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THE PITTSBURG- DISPATCH, FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, '1889.
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PITTSBURG, FRIDAY. AUG. SO, 1889.
EFFECTIVE EXPOSITION WORK.
The reports of the rapid progress of the
Exposition toward presenting a creditable
exhibit on its opening next Wednesday are
highly satisfactory to the public and form a
feather in the cap of the management It
is evident that a remarkable feat of work
has been accomplished, in which Pittsburg
should feel both pride and a public obliga
tion. It is well known that the Exposition
Board has been working against time, with
the apparent chances of the race against the
Exposition. Four weeks ago the main
building was in an unfinished condition
and the machinery hall practically inchoate.
To-day the majority of the exhibits in the
first are in place and the machinery depart
ment is so far along that its readiness for
the opening next week is assured. The
erection of a fine iron and glass building in
two months is of itself no contemptible
feature of the Exposition. A large art
show is promised; a creditable display of
Pittsburg's mercantile and" manufacturing
interests is promised, and the only criti
cisms of the Exposition now heard arise
from its inability to accommodate all the
applicants for space.
This is a Terr creditable record, and the
fact that it has been made in the teeth of
adverse circumstances makes it all the more
entitled to public recognition. Pittsburg
can pride itself in the possession of first
class Exposition bnildfngs and should now
direct its energies to making the fame of its
exhibits world wide.
TEE ASSESSMENT HUDDLE.
The doubt that has been raised whether,
under the inscrutable amendments to the
laws with regard to the election of assessors,
this county has any legal assessors in the
townships, presents a variety of interesting
possibilities. Doubtless the rural taxpayers
would be able to view the absence of legal
assessors with great equanimity, if the re
sult were an equal absence of taxes. But
in that case the urbane taxpayers would be
the persons to raise prolonged and vocifer
ous objections. The possible continuance of
old and erroneous valuations as a basis of
taxation would be equally objectionable to
all concerned. It is probable that some
way will be found to secure a legal dis
charge of the necessary duty of taxation.
Certainly our friends in the townships
would not be wise to. spend the money they
have laid aside for taxation on the assump
tion that there can be no legal assessments.
A SPECULATIVE SCHEME BALKED.
It is decidedly satisfactory to the public
at large to learn that the project of certain
eminent New York capitalists to buy np the
floating supply of Government bonds and to
force the Treasury to pay 130 or more for
tbem has been defeated by the steady re
fusal of the Treasury Department to exceed
its stated price of 128. Rumor states that
the syndicate had succeeded in making a
considerable impression upon the Treasury
authorities with regard to the necessity of
buying bonds for relieving a scarcity of
money in "Wall street; but a, timely ex
posure by the financial column of the New
"York Tribune of the project to make a lib
eral profit for the speculators out of a mis
representation of the Treasury's duty nipped
the project in the bud. The Secretary de
cided to maintain the price at 128, anS on
Monday the syndicate surrendered at dis
cretion, and offered a total of $5,200,000
bonds at the Treasury price. The only
doubt in the matter is whether the Treasury
might not have obtained the bonds a little
cheaper. If "Wall street operations create a
scarcity there the Treasury certainly has a
right to buy the bonds at a price which will
render them a 2 or 3 per cent investment
for Government funds.
SCOLDING AND THE LAW.
Women who are unable to restrain their
tongues, and are given to creating discord
among their neighbors by scolding and
brawling, are under notice to beware. There
seems to be a concerted movement all over
the United States to put sa check upon the
tongues of excitable, fen-ales. During the
last two or three weeks there have been
prosecutions of women as common scolds in
the States of New Jersey, New York, Min
nesota and some one of the Southern States.
Now the movement has been extended to
Western Pennsylvania; and we hear of a
Lick Hollow, Payette county, woman being
held for trial on the charge that she is a
No sentence has been imposed in this case
as yet Witnesses have testified that the
defendant made a daily practice of scolding
everybody within earshot, and often put in
a whole day at it Everrone knows that the
old penalty for this kind of breach of the
peace is the ducking stool. But this pict
uresque and humorous form of punishment
has not been dealt out to scolding women in
Pennsylvania for a considerable time, prob
ably a century. We presume that the ami
able lady of Lick Hollow will be punished
by fine or imprisonment, or possibly by
both. We find on consulting legal authori
ty that in 1825 a woman was convicted of
this offense in the city of Philadelphia, and
the sentence was, at the common law, that
she be placed in a ducking stool, and be
plunged three times in the water.
This sentence was reversed by the Supreme
Court, which decided that the old common
law punishment had not been adopted in
Pennsylvania. The Court also said that
the punishment was introduced at s time
when women were subjected to degra
dation as slaves. The authorities differed
as to what the original punishment was,
and how, therefore, it was to be executed I
upon offenders, if executed at all. A later I
decision of the same Court upon the ques
tion, however, makes the imposition of the
old common law sentence possible, although
the carrying out of it would doubtless be
beset with difficulties, as the Supreme Court
ruled in 1SC6 that it was a matter for the
Legislature to decide irhether or no the
ducking stool was unconstitutional as a
cruel and unusual punishment, It there
fore appears that a woman who makes her
self a nuisance to the neighborhood in
which she resides, by the loudness and
violence of her conversation, is still liable
to be summarily suppressed by legal means,
of fine or imprisonment, though she may
not be subjected to the humiliating punish
ment of a ducking in dirty water.
Nevertheless, there is a wide difference
between legal enactments and their enforce
ment. When the law undertakes the re
straint of the female tongue it attacks a
more hopeless task even than the restraint
of the corporations.
THE G. A. B. AND THE COMMISSIONED
The discussion .over the resolution with
reference to Pensions Commissioner Tanner,
by the National Encampment of the G. A.
R. at Milwaukee, was a peculiar feature;
but we fail to see how the action of the
order can afford much aid or solace to the
assailants upon the CorporalVofficial course.
The Grand Army thanks the President for
the appointment of Tanner, and expresses
its confidence in the integrity qf the head of
the Pensions Bureau. It takes the un
assailable ground that the investigation
should be made, as all public offices should
be open to investigation if serious criticism
or charges should be made against their
management. It does not stultify itself by
attempting to prejudge or cry down the in
Yestigation; but above that the expression
of confidence in the Commissioner is clear
This is what was to be expected ot the
Grand Army with reference to Commissioner
Tanner. It says all that is necessary and
gees to the full extent of its province in in
dorsing him. The fact that the resolution
adopted maybe a little more conservative
than that first proposed does not discredit
the Commissioner, and really makes the
indorsement stronger by its moderation.
NEW ENGINES OF DEATH.
An article in Scribner's Magazine for
September, entitled "The Small Arms of
European Armies," by W. W. Kimball,
TJ. S. N., United States Inspector of Ord
nance, is a rare instance of technical knowl
edge conveyed in language intelligible to
the average reader. It is an article, too,
which every citizen of the republic
ought to read. The reading of it may
awaken the nation to a sense of the
seriousness of this question of arma
ment, which is always a live one in
Europe. At present there are in this conn
try only Springfield rifles of antique pattern
for a few thousands of Americans, while in
Europe even little Switzerland and pauper
Turkey have furnished their soldiers with
the latest patterns of magazine rifles.
The race of the European nations to se
cure new weapons of destruction has been a
hot and exciting one ever since the end of
the Franco-German war. .Germany was the
first to throw her affections upon a maga
zine gun, the invention of Mauser, who
made the single-loading rifle of the German
army. Mr. Kimball does not think very
mnch of the Mauser magazine gun,al though
he admits that it shoots well. Of the Lebel
magazine arm, which France has adopted to
offset Germany's Mauser, Mr. Kimball
thinks less, but he regards the Mannlichcr
magazine gnn, with which the Austrian
army is armed as a very effective weapon.
It is evident from what 5 Mr. Kini
ball tells us that nil the European
countries including England wht.ro the
tolerably serviceable Lee magazine rifle has
been selected have decided that they need
small-bore magazine guns, with a prefer
ence for the box form of magazine attached
to the piece. Mr. Kimball, who reveals a
remarkable knowledge of his subject, is
strongly in favor of a detachable magazine
piece, so arranged that the gun can only be
used as a single-loader with the magazine
We cannot refrain from quoting a para
graph from -Mr. Kimball's concluding re
marks: "Our criterion of military excel
lence is 'very different from that of Europe.
There it is the capability of men to get into
position to shoot, and to shoot straight and
quick; here it is the prettiness with which
soldiers, under police escort, can march up
the main street of a great town." What
have the military experts to say to this
LIMITED TOO MUCH.
It is pleasant to hear that a railroad com
pany is likely to have to pay dearly for in
dulgence in the abominable habit of plas
tering ridiculous limitations upon their
tickets. In this case the Atlantic and Pa
cific Railway Company sold a ticket good
for six months to a certain Michigan man
named Miller. The ticket contained a de
scription of Miller, in order to enforce the
'non-transferable clause of the ticket's lim
itations. Un this ticket Miller went to
Mexico, and from a thin and beardless man
grew stout and raised a beard before he
started homeward. His appearance did not
tally with his description on the ticket; the
conductor pnt him off the train, and now he
has sued the railway company for $10,000
This is one of 'the inevitable results of the
hidebound efforts of the railroads to enforce
tbe non-transferable clause of their cheap
excursion tickets. Similar mischances are
constantly occurring and the railroads
maintain that limitation with due knowl
edge of its hazards. A few years ago a
prominent and responsible Pittsbnrger took
his family to Colorado, and leaving a part
of it there, took his daughter's ticket by
mistake on his return. The conductor when
he was coming across the plains pointed out
the discrepancy of passing off a fifty-year-old
man as a young woman ebout twenty with
black hair and eyes. The conductor in
that case had too much discretion to enforce
the clause; and so saved his company a long
bill of damages.
The railroads can easily protect them
selves against abuse by transferring tickets
by selling all tickets at uniformly cheap
rates. Until they do that it is to be hoped
that when their rigid limitations get tbem
into trouble like that of the Miller case,
they will have to pay through the nose for
TlTK Republican clubs of Maryland serve
notice on the administration that they want
the spoils and want thtm bad. As the na
tional platform of the Republican party'in
dorses the civil service law which the clubs
denounce, it seems necessary to conclude
that the Maryland Republican clubs are not
It IS surprising to learn from tbe gener
ally good authority of tbe New York Press,
with regard to th e position of the political
parties in Virginia on the subject of taxa
tion, thai "The Democratic party says that
every tobacco planter shall pay upon every
pound of leaf tobacco which he raises in the
field an iniquitous tax aggregating over thlr-J
ty muuon aoiiars. .a. tax aggregating winy
million dollars upon each pound of leaf to
bacco would certainly make the genuine
Virginia leaf an extremely expensive arti
cle. No wonder that the manufacturers of
domestic cigars are prone to resort to the
innocuous and untaxed cabbage leaf.
The trunk line agents have got together
and advanced the carload rates on iron
from Pittsburg to Chicago from 11 cents to'
16 cents. After which the railroad authori
ties will proceed to inform the. public and
the legislative powers that the railroad com
binations do not advance rates.
It is interesting toIearn from a New,
York paper, which appears to be favorable
to Jarvis, the crooked Clerk of the Court of
Common Pleas, who has been forced to re
sign by the exposures in the Flack divorce
case, that his former connection with a trust
estate which disappeared while in his charge
can be explained in a way which will in
volve a prominent judge of the New York
courts. If that satisfactory explanation is
made, and the responsible defaulter pun
ished, it will be a new and comfortable
corroboration of the old adage that when a
certain class fall out honest people have a
chance to get their own.
The report that the Triple Alliance, with
England at its back, has decided to recog
nize Ferdinand ns Prince of Bulgaria and
Eastern Roumelia, is calculated to raise the
angriest of growls from the Russian bear.
The scholastic institutions located in
Florida and in Chicago, which are confer
ring degrees of doctor of divinity for from
fifteen to forty dollars, certainly place the
pretense of learning within the reach of
the most moderate purchaser. It would be
just like that wicked Bob Ingersoll to buy
a degree of a doctor of divinity in order to
show that his theological ideas are ex cafAe
dra. The mobbing of a radical temperance
newspaper office out in Dakota is likely to
convince the mass ot the Dakota people that
the new power which works its rule by mob
law mast be speedily pulverized.
We are, glad to be informed that high
officials of the State have concluded that it
is best to follow the mandates of the Consti
tution with regard to the election of mem
bers of the Legislature to fill vacancies in
that body. A deliberate consideration of
the subject has brought the political lumi
naries to the conclusion that the Constitu
tion is constitutional.
If the proposed glass trusts are formed
people in that structure will bear in mind
the old adage and be careful how they throw
stones at the glass houses of other trusts.
Tiie disturbing announcement is made
that Mr. Brodie will not jump over Niagara
Falls because the unfeeling hotel keepers
decline to put up a guarantee fund. But if
the case is put before the public at large
perhaps the entire country will be ready to
subscribe to a fund which will guarantee
that Mr. Brodie shall jump this time and
never jump more.
Ojte favor the United States ought tcaak
of the new President of Hayti. That is to
give the luture news from that island a
greater degree of coherency.
KlLBAtt? has filed bonds and departed
from tbe State of Mississippi; but whether
these bonds are of the kind that will bring
him back again, may depend upon the out
come as to whether Sullivan will spend his
year in prison or not If Sullivan goes to
jail it may be discovered that Kilrain's
bonds are not the ties that bind.
PEOPLE OF PKOlIISEKCE.
Max O'Rell, the cuto little Frenchman,
having patted Brother Jonathan gently on
the back, and thus put him In a good humor,
will return to America next winter to lecture.
William Pink'ey Whyte, ex-Mayor of
Baltimore, ex-Governorof Maryland, ex-United
States Senator, Is making an effort to return
to publlo life, from which he was retired some
years ago, by Senator Gorman.
Oscae Wilde is not so wild, and therefore,,
less picturesque in his dress than he was when
he visited this country to make money by
delivering a dull lecture, In knee breeches,
velvet coat, silk stockings and pumps. Since
then he has married a sensible wife, who has
reformed his dress and address.
William Black is 40 years old, with a
slight, graceful figure, which is well set off by
his elegant dress. His eyes are dark and
have a very earnest expression. He talks
well, but says little about his own works. His
home is at Brighton, but be spends much time
in London, where he keeps a sumptuous suite
Richabd Malcolm Johxstox is a very
fortunate author. He bas recently received
$2,000, without writing a iine. John W. McCoy,
who spent SO years of bis life in collecting the
the finest private library in the South, died
last week, and by his will, left the above
amount to Colonel Johnston, as a mark of a
long and intimate friendship.
William H. Bishop became a novelist in a
queer way. He was editing a newspaper in
Milwaukee, and as an experiment, wrote a
story in competition for a prize of $50, offered
by a local newspaper, the owner ol which was
bis warm personal friend. He read tbe story
to his partner, wbo liked it so mnch that he
advised him to send it to tbe Atlantic Monthly
instead of dropping It into the Milwaukee
prize bag. Mr. Bishop did so, and the editor of
the Atlantic discovered Its merits.
Matthew- Aknolp, the self-appointed
apostle of culture, paid little attention to the
cultivation of an attractive personal appear
ance. He wore badly fitting clothes which dldH
not show off to advantage his large, ungainly
figure and harsh features. His manners were
cold and repellani, and his expression was that
of a disappointed man of tbe world. He was,
however, a man ot a warm and generous
nature. His last visit' to the United States
was a disappointment to him, and he showed It
in the article which he wrote after bis return
Last Drx.EE is one of tbe most accom
plished women in EnglarA. It is said to be a
perfect treat to sit by her at dinner, she is so
bright, piquant and clever, and at tbe same
time, so kind and sympathetic She possesses
in an eminent degres'what the French call
savoirvivre. She has a rather large mouth,
but bcantiful teeth, which is a rare thing
among the women of England. Lady Dilke
bas the highest moral courage, and she showed
it in an eminent degree when she married Sir
Charles Dilke in the midst of the social
scandal watch covered his name a few years
Picking Blackberries nt 05.
Saratoga, August 29. Another aniherc
tofore unnoticed aged Saratoga county citizen
is Otis Bentley, or "North Milton. Mr. Bentley
Is 95 years old, but 1st remarkably well pre
served, and abuses and supports himself tbese
August days by picking blackberries to sell in
the Saratoga markets.
A Pleasant Pastime.
From the Chicago Hews.
A rumor comes from, Maine to tha effect that
Tom Reed has spent the summer in studying
Cushing's Manual and yelling "Mr. Speaker!"
at himself before the mirror.
From tbe Philadelphia Calll V
New Tork wlirbare the World's, Fair pro-
Tided somebody else wfll pay for it .:-
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
I4cfat to Lighten Sewickley by Night A Man
Wbo Could Not steer Ilia flllnd A Isw
yer'a Hopes, '
Aocobdejq to the latest obtainable Infor
mation tneWestlnghousetlltctric Lighting Com
pany, of Sewickley, will lie Is position to
make that pretty suburban a place of radiance
by night as well as day about September 15. A
good many of the poles are already up, and the
power house has been commenced. The dyna
mos and engines will be sheltered in an Iron
building at Fife street and Centennial avenue.
Although Bewlckley has been lit of late by
eas. the streets. timt-Iv all at which are Dlen-
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teoosly endowed with-shade trees, have been a
little darker than is agreeable to anyone whose
perambulations are not undertaken in pursuit
of flirtation. With a hundred arc lights the
likeness of a Sewickley street after night-fall
to the interior of a whale will be shattered. It
will be an act of great grace to those who can
not always get home netlmes to let the silvery
electric globes shine on till the midnight train
from town arrives. The large and beautiful
collection of dogs which Sewickley boasts may
regard this extra illumination as an infringe
ment of their rights to bark at and occasionally
bite strangers, but on this occasion tbe nation
will expect Sewickley to rise superior to her
The few lines which appeared in this column
some days ago anent thedistrlbution of flowers
intbestores,tand which were penned in an
honest desire to benefit women who work pretty
hard for a living, and also to show what a
pleasure some women find in doing kindly
deeds for their fellow-women, have been so
woefully misunderstood by some of the readers
of The Dispatch that I despair of bringing
any good out of farther discussion of the sub
ject The ladies who have written taking one side
or tbe other of what they Insist shall be a con
troversy, will be good enough, I feel sure, to
consider their letters read and digested, with
out seeing them In print
The man who cannot keep his mind and will
tied to any res station more than an hour is to
be pitied, and now and then he is a superb
source of entertainment to his friends.
There used to be at the head of a mercantile
establishment In a near-by town a man who
was famous for bis Irresolution and his weak
memory. 'One morning when I entered bis
office ne was talking angrily in a loud voice
about his chief clerk. The latter, a man
named Causton, who is 'dead now, was a hard
worker, bnt unfortunately a hard drinker also.
He had failed to put In an appearance on this
morning, and his employer was summing up
the case when I entered.
"Causton off again," he said. "This is too
much I I won't have such a worthless scamp
in this office a day longer. I've stood his
drunken habits too long. This day he goes.
Mr. Breton, yon can tell him It be comes in to
day that he's discharged. Give him any pay
there is doe to him, and tell him not to ask me I
to give him a character. The blanked houndl
I'll teach him he can't impose upon me any
As be paused for breath he caught sight of
me and added: "Now, you are a witness to
what I say. I won't have that Causton inside
this place again. If he tries to enter, call a
policeman and have him locked up, Mr. Bre
ton. I'll send him to jail and be rid of him.
Blank his picture."
I may say just here that I bad heard pre
cisely the same denunciation of tbe luckless
Causton from tbe same lips perhaps half a
dozen times before, but I had never heard ot
the consequences being serious for the defend
ant In tbe afternoon of that day when I entered
the merchant's office I found Causton sitting
in a comfortable armchair smoking one of his
employer's cigars. He retired soon after I en
tered and gave me a chance to ask whether he
had been discharged.
"Discharge Cauatonr" was the reply. ''Well,
I really think if he does not mend his ways I
shall have to be rery severe with him, very
severe indeed. It's tbe only way to make him
bebave treat htm firmly and let him under
stand be can't do as be likes with me."
The scene of the morning and his determina
tion to have done with his erratic employe had
slipped out of tbe mind or under tbe will of
this funny bid man.
Refeiuuno to the prosecution of the private
detectives and Qdermcn for blackmailing and
conspiracy a leading attorney said yesterday:
"I hope and believe that this revelation of
rascality will be the entering wedge for a
movement which a large majority ot citizens In
Pittsburg approve, namely tbe abolition of the
Aldermanlc system entirely. It cannot come
too soon for the sake of justice. I have met in
the course ot my practice a few Aldermen wbo
were tolerably competent to discbarge their!
duties, andVho were certainly honest. As to
how many of the other sort I have known
personally, or by trustworthy evidence. I would
not care to say. Tbe necessity for a stipendary
magistracy of educated and upright men
grows with the growth of the city, it cannot
be long before Pittsburg demands tbe reform.
I may be sanguine, but I believe I shall live to
see the grand jury, a cumbrous institution, and,
unbappily, only too often an absolute hindrance
m the path of justice, abolished also."
TAEI0DS USEF0L IliYENTIONS.
List of Patents Lately Granted to Citizens
of Three States.
Tbe following is a list of patents issued to
Western Pennsylvania. Eastern Ohio and West
Virginia inventors on Tuesday, Angust 27, as
furnished by O. D. Levis, patent attorney, Ho.
131 Fifth avenue, Pittsburg, Pa.:
'William D. Arnot, Spring-Held, O., seeder; John
h. Arnold ana (I. W. Ooldlngcr, Avenue, Pa.,
not lock: Robert 31. Beck, Chambersbnrs;, lubri
cator; Walter C, Bcckwlth, IToUorla, O., railway
torpedo; William Blankner, Columbus, extension
table; Louis II. Bonn. AlUzbeny, machine for
edging roofing sheets; Frederick n. Carpenter,
Llnesvllle, O., carding machine: Alfred J. Coop
er, Dnryea, Pa., mowing machine; John M. Cre
ly, Lioveland. O., butter pressand printer; George
II. ETerson, Plttabcrg, metallic wheel; Ditto,
assignor to rolled steel carriage wheel company,
metallic wheel; Uarcns J. Frank, Emmet, O.,
harrow; Albert J. Gregory, Canton, axle
lubricator; Henry G. Unmmcr, Day
ton, , O., burner . for gas stoves:
Julian Kennedy and 8. Porter. Latrobe, mill ap
pliance: Milton B. Klrkcr. McKee'. ltocks, valve
gear for steam hammers; Albert H. McLure and
II. Holland, SIcGovern. Pa., automatic safety
lock for gas: William J. ilcElroy, Pittsburg, sys
tem or electrical distribution for railways: John
8. Merrill, Columbus, bracket for electric lamps;
David SI. Motherwell. Logan, O.. bolts: Archi
bald W. l'aull. -Wheeling, central draft lamni
Archibald W. l'aull. tY heeling, lag top; William
M. Presler, Adrian, O. , metallic fence post:
Tlljah J. Preston, Dayton, folding um
brella; Edwin it Proctor, Washington
Court House o.. box for neckweir;
Donal C. ltlpley, Pittsburg, box for tobacco, etc. ;
M. L. itlnehart Richmond, O., clow: Edward K.
bmtth:Corry, leaching tan bark: William bwln
aelL Allegheny, gas store: Charles F. Thompson,
Norwood. O., feed mechanism: John H. Iliiams,
Urbana, O., steam engine valve: Joslab Williams.
Jr., l'ittsbnrg, fifrons lubricator: Robert Young,
John IS. and J. F. Zlegler, Junction, u, water
filtering medium: Thomas B. Atterbury, I'ltts
burg, dish cover design patent.
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"" MAKB1ED AT MIDNIGHT.
A Slrnngo Wcdillngln the Tremont House In
tf raCIAL TZLXOnAM TO ini DISPATCn.t
Chicago, Argust 29. A tall, good-looking
man. wbo registered himself as W. H. Powers,
of Philadelphia, came to tbe Tremont House
yesterday morning. He was assigned to parlor
"E," but quickly changed his room to parlor
"U." Ha was intensely nervous, and frequent
ly consulted his watch. Finally he lcittbe
hotel, walked over to Marriage License Clerk
Salomonson's office In the county building, and
secured a marriage license. There be gave his
name as "W. H. Greenland, of Denver. Tbe
name of his prospective bride, he said, was
Blanche It Pratt, of New York. After be got
the license tbe mysterious stranger returned to
the Tremont House, and attracted considerable
attention by scanning all the railroad time
tables in tbe office. He disappeared late in tbe
evening. About midnight he returned with a
pretty woman on his arm. He said bis compan
ion was Miss Pratt She was nervous, and told
her escort to hurry up. A minister was sum
moned by telephone. Then tbe strange conple
entered parlor "U." Two commercial travelers
were also summoned to the room. They came
and stood beside the groom while he was mar
tied to the pretty girt This was at midnight
At 6 o'clock this morning man and wife left for
Waukesha without giving np their secret Tbe
hotel men are looking for an enraged papa to
Tito Celebrities. .
From tbe Boston Globe, 1 '
The discussion as to who is the best' known
person recalls tbe remark of a recent writer in
the Arum, that "only the, dtvil and Sarah
PBrnhardt are uniyersil celebrities," .
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UNITED aFIXB JJaNI 1EARS.
Boraantlo Marriage of a Millionaire and a
Philadelphia, August 20. The informa
tion sought by Samuel H. Hoshour, a lawyer
and real estate man ot Cambridge City. Ind.,
relative to the marriage In this city last May of
Millionaire George E. McKIbben to wealthy
Sarah M. Lawrence, was obtained yesterday.
Rev. James T. Satchell, pastor of the Green
Street M. E. Chufch, who bas been away on his
vacation, called at the Orphans Court and
identified the photograph which Mr. Hoshour
sent to Clerk Bird as the Mrs. Lawrence wrhom
I B. ioined to vr, M.Tn,h t, ti,.
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i otuJ " Buuio 4 years ago, wdbh jur.
McKIbben, who-is now 48 years old, was a
young man, living in Han Francisco, be became
engaged to a young lady of Salt Lake City,
Utah. Tbe betrothal was broken off, and since
that time both the lovers have been twice mar
ried and become widow and widower. They
accidentally met again, she being Mrs. Sarah
M. Lawrence, and he having- become a million
aire through successful mining ventures. They
talked things over and came to Philadelphia,
where they obtained a marriage license from
Mr. Hoshour became Interested through a
newspaper account of tbe affair. His Idea was
that the bride Is the stlf-same Mrs. Sarah M.
Lawrence, who is tbe widow of J. Lawrence, a
steamboat owner and capitalist, who was a
life long friend of his. Mr. Hoshour and Mr.
Bird corresponded about the matter and the
Indiana man sent on a large photograph ot bis
dead friend's' widow. This the clergyman
yesterday Identified as a portrait of the woman
whom he had united in marriage to McKIbben.
Mr. Bird wrote this fact to Mr. Hosbour and
returned tbe photograph to him. The object of
tbe identification is not positively known, but
it was thought that relatives of she dead Mr.
Lawrence are interested in his estate, and that
some litigation regarding it is to ensne. In the
meantime the happy Mr. and Mrs. McKIbben
are said to be passing their honeymoon in
A PHONOGRAPH TALKS FOE Hill.
A Seal Estate Man BInkes tbe Machine Sell
New York:. August 29. Mr.Jere Johnson,
Jr., the real estate broker of 60 Liberty street,
owns a lot of real estate in Lefferts Park, L. L,
which be bas been selling in small lota on the
installment plan since Decoration Day. When
he began he had nearly 600 lots to get
rid of, but now there are less than 100
left To sell real estate at such a
rate required a lot of talking. Mr.
Johnson .kept a large force of good talkers on
band, w hose duty it was to answer pollUly all
questions about Lefferts Park and eloquently
toexpoundnpnnthe beauties and-the advan
tages of the place. How Well they performed
tbelrwork is demonstrated by the lively sale
of the land; bnt the incessant talking made
their jaws very tired, and they came to Mr.
Johnson with their grievance. Mr. Johnson
put his forefinger to his forehead, and, after a
moment's deliberation, said, "Ah."
Tbe result of Mr. Johnson's "ah" was that
the next day one of Mr. .Edison's workmen
called at Mr. Johnson's Lefferts Park office and
pnt up a pbonogiaph. Then Mr. Johnson put
down all the advantages and beauties of Lef
ferts Park in black and white and rea1 them
off in a clear voice into the machine. Tbe
operator set tbe machine in motion, and lot a
discourse on Lefferts Park issued f ortb.
Tbe idea was pot into practical operation
yesterday. When a prospective buyer comes
into tbe oSce and asks: "How about the water
supplyT" or "How often do tbe trains runt"
tbe operator, without saying a word, slips a
certain cylinder Into tbe machine and rattles
off the information asked for. Tbe collection
of cylinders at the office includes several re
productions of tbe sounds of musical instru
ments. When the would-be purchaser of land
has asked all tbe questions he can think of,
one of Levy's S2S cornet solos is slipped into the
machine to entertain tbe listener.
BUILDINGS HADE OF SUGAR.
Dr. Clnvla Confident They Aro Among the
Possibilities of iheFotnre.
ISrrCIAL TXLXGKAM TO THE DISPATCH.
WASHlHaToir, August 29. Dr. George O.
Glavls, who has lust filed a caveat in the Pen
sion Office for letters patent on a process for
making building material out of sugar, upon
tbe basis of a discovery made by Clans Spreck
els, the sugar king, assured The Dispatch
correspondent to-day tbat there was neither
joko nor misrepresentation in the matter: that
Spreckels Is in dead earnest and that be him
self would have had nothing to do with what
appears at a superficial view to be an utter ab
surdity bad he not felt felt assured of the entire
feasibility of the project. He is firmly con
vinced there are "millions In it" and that be
fore long residences will be built of.sugar
blocks, which cannot be affected by heat nor
frost rain or drouth.
Dr. Glavis is an extremely practical, clear
headedGerman, who has had his attorney's
office for several years in tbe very midst of
"newspaper row" for congenial association, as
be himself is an experienced writer for tbe
press. He is tbe agent and attorney of tbe
North German Lloyd Steamship Company, his
principal business as attorney being a super
vision of proposed means and rulings which
affect steamship companies. He is exceeding
ly popular with his acquaintances, and answers
the liberal guying of the newspaper fraternity
good bumoredly enough, but seriously asserts
tbat he has got a big thing, and that when it
gets under way he will let all of the "boys" in
on the ground floor.
This city is plentifully sprinkled with expert
chemists, and these are, without exception,
disposed to make sport of the Invention, and
warn people against taking stock in it Dr.
Glavis retorts tbat be does not expect them to
believe it but adds that nobody will be asked
to invest any money in tbe scheme, as Spreckels
has enough to promote it without the least as
sistance. It is said, however, tbat Senator
Farwell will be financially interested in- the
DIED FB0JI A FEYEB BLISTER.
A Remarkable Case Which Pnzzled Sev
eral Alabama Physician.
rSFZCXU. T1XKGBXM TO THI DIS7ATCS.1
Bikmingiiam, Ala., August 29. An infant
9 months old, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H.
Pence, of thia city, died yesterday from the
effect of a fever blistor on the lip the first bf
ihaklndon record. About three weeks ago
tbe blister appeared on the lip of the child,
then a strong and healthy Infant. After a few
days tbe blister broke and commenced bleed
ing. It bled a long time and a doctor was sum
monedi He applied the usual remedy, and tbe
bleeding stopped for a while, but in a day or
two it commenced again, and tbe child con
tinued to bleed at intervals, growing worse
every time. Doctors were colled in, and still
others came out of cariosity to see so remark
able a case. Everything known to medical
science was done to stop tbe bleeding, but it
continued until to-day when the child died. The
Infant nad been very weak, and when the
bleeding set in it died from loss of blood before
It could be checked. Tbe case has greatly puz
zled tbe doctors ot the city;
JOHN O'CONNOA'S FUNERAL.
Tbe Obaeqale ol a Noted Railroad Man nt
- rSFECIAL TELEOBAM TO THE DISPATCH. 1
DUNKIRK, N. Y August 29., The funeral of
John O'Connor, Commercial Agent at St Louis
of the Uould system of railroads took place at
St Mary's Church, Dunkirk, to-day, and was
atten ded by a large concourse of people. Rev.
Father John, assisted by Rev. Fathers Boniface
and Cosimer. conducted tbe services, which in
cluded high requiem mass and a sermon.
Among tbe floral tributes surrounding the
bier were a large elegant pillow from the em
ployes of the St Louis station, and a beautiful
broken column from the ceneral telght office of
tbe Missouri Pacific Railway. Among the
friends from other places were three Commer
cial Agents of ibe Missouri Pacific Railway,
A. S. White, Cincinnati: W.H. Clark, Pitts
burg, ana A. H. Torricelll, New York.
' ALOYER'S LAST EFFORT.
He Goes to Meet HU Sivcethcnri, bat the
Exertion Kill Him.
New Haves', August 29. John J. Glerding
died iu Terryville, Conn., on Monday after a
lingering illness, during which his mother re
fused to allow Miss Katie Eagan to visit him,
although the two had beenrVngaged for some
time. Miss Eagan called at the bouse on
Monday, and, as usual, admit unco was refused
From his room above Glerding beard b
voice and crawled down stairs to the door,
where be talked with her. Later he was car
ried back to bis room, and Miss Eagan ordered
from the house. Glerding died In a few
moments from over-exertion in crawling down
stairs to see his affianced bride.
Tbe State Fair to be Held at York.
tSrXCIAI. TXLXOBAX TO THE DISrATCH.1
CARLISLE, PA., August 29, The Pennsyl
vania Bute Fair will be neld at York during
tho first week in October. Tbe joint meeting
of the .officers ot tbe State and York Connty
Fair Committees held on tbe Grangers' exhibi
tion grounds, to-day, unanlmoosly reiolred to
bold the State fair la connection with the
county )f air.-Some trouble, arose among the
officerS.as to tbe increase of admission from 86
1 to SO cants, bat wm anally settled.
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0UE 0CEAK COMMERCE.
Cnllf ornla Business Men Meet and Dlscas
the Subject The Importance of tha
Nicaragua Canal What Congress la
Asked to Do lor Oar Foreign Trade.
San Francisco, August 29. Tho commer
clal conference, which was called by the San
Francisco Chamber of Commerce some time
ago, met bere this afternoon. The organiza
tions represented were tbe San Francisco Prod
uce Exchange, Manufacturers' Association,
Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trade, Calif or
nia State Board of Trade and Chamber of Com
merce of Los Angeles, Ban Diego and Eureka.
Several of tbe State representatives in Con.
gresa were present and letters were received
from others. The committee appointed some
time ago to prepare papers upon various sub
jects submitted their reports. The first was of
encouragement of maritime commerce and
Increased energy in construction of the navy.
Tbe report is very lengthy, and enters
largely into trade statistics, showing
that the United States stands fourth
in rank among the great com
mercial cations of tbe world. Tbe report
urges tbat other American countries and Aus
tralian colonies would be glad to have closer
trade relations with the United States It better
transportation facilities were provided. It
suggests tnat tbe law should be repealed re
quiring vessels in foreign trade to be built and
owned in America before being registered. It
appeals to Congress to adopt measures which
will secure that portion of tbe world's com
merce, remunerative employment for tbe peo
ple and for the security of tne foreign aggres
sion. The Klcaragna Canal.
The next report submitted was upon the
prompt construction of the Nicaragua Canal as
ameansof national defense and commercial de
velopment The report declares that it would
be a national crime to permit any European
power to obtain such advantage as that which
would be derived by the United States from
tbe construction of this canal. Its importance
as a naval station and means of quick
passage from tbe eastern to the west
ern coast of America, as well as its
commercial advantages, is pointed out Reso
lutions were submitted requesting tbe State's
representatives in Congress to aid in tbe con
struction ot the Nicaragua Canal by any proper
legislation. A lengthy report was also sub
mitted on the marine defense ot tbe Pacific
coast ports. The fact Is deplored tbat tbe
present fortifications are a reproach to the
wisdom and statesmanship of tbe country, and
that in tbe event of war, tbe Pacific coast
would be at the mercy of any foreign power.
Congress is urged to make the beginning toward
prober coast defense at the earliest moment
Subsidies for Steamships.
Another report was on the subject of estab
lishing and maintaining permanent ocean mall
steamship lines. The first reference was to the
mail service of Ban Francisco and Vancouver
with China and Japan. ' The Canadian Pacific's
three steamers are subsidized at the rate of
nearly $38,000 per round trip from each steamer.
while tbe eight steamers of tbe two American
companies running from San Francisco are
allowed '$400 apiece for the round trip.
Tbe report deolares that the statement
of this fact is enough to condemn the parsi
monious policy of our Government in re
spect to ocean commerce and to ex
cite admiration for the liberal and
S regressive policy of England and
anada. Among tbe other striking featnres
Presented Is tbe faet that tbe Australian and
Tew Zealand malls to and from San Francisco
are carried by the American Steamship Com
pany, which receives 21000 yearly from the
Hawaiian Government and $200,000 from the
Australian aud New Zealand Governments and
R0O0 from tho United States, which latter sum
has lately been increased to (17,000, owing to
tbe dissatisfaction of the New Zealand Govern
ment ' Congressional Aid Asked.
Resolutions were submitted calling upon
Congress to enact the necessary laws and ap
propriate a sufficient sum of money to enable
American steamship lines to compete with the
foreign subsidized lines running to China and
Japan, Bouth American ports. New Zealand
and Australia and Mexican, Central American
and British Colombian points. Resolutions
also favor the adoption ot the French scale of
navigation construction, naval bounties for
ships, provided tbat all the ships be built with
a view to being enrolled in tbe naval reserve
list All reports and resolutions submitted
were referred to committee. Another session
of, the conference will be held to-morrow.
THE FICTUEES DID THE BUSINESS.
Dr. Mitchell's Article on Snakes Drives a
Chicago Lawyer to Drink.
From tbe Chicago Herald.l
It is the hardest kind of luck to have some
untoward event come up and knock one out of
good Intentions. A young lawyer who is ad
dieted to occasional sprees had jnst about got
to the end of one when he started off again in
a most unaccountable manner. For nearly
three weeks he had been on a drunk, but bis
time for sobering up bad arrived. He knew
this and had resolved to go home one evening
Instead of carousing with tho boys. In order
to have something to occupy bis attention
when at homo he went into a news stand and
bought the August issue of the Century Mag
Arrived at borne he, with heroic determina
tion, seated himself to lead. As he cut tbe
leaves of the magazine and opened it his luck
bad rt that ho turned to an article on the "Poi
son of Serpents." This article was profusely
illustrated and, as he turned the nrspage, bis
eye caught the representation of a group of
poisonons serpents, wim a
ludder he turned, acain and "a rattlesnake
coiled to strike" met bis gaze. Page after page
ho turned and saw the rattlesnake in all its
forms; he saw the copperhead, too, but finally,
when he came to a mammoth moccasin, with
its vicious looking head erect be gave a yell of
terror and started for tbe nearest point wbere
he conld get some liquor. For two weeks more
be kept up bis spree and was nearer having the
delirium tremens than ever before in bis life.
WHAT HADST0XES ARE.
Utile Pieces of Half Decayed Coral That
Was Blade Agra Ago.
From the St Louis Globe-Democrat.l . .
Tho madstones that most people perform
their wonderful cures with are nothing bat
half decayed coral made years ago.
I have several good specimens In
my possession which came from
Ralls county. In Missouri, and each has a very
respectable record of cures. In Marion and
Pettis counties tbere are large deposits of this
coral, as well as in Ralls. A large piece of it
rubbed down until tbe rotten part is gone,
makes tbe madstone.
It is porous and will adhere to a wound and
suck like a leech. I don't know bow much
farther it will go in preventing rabies from tbe
bite of a mad dog.
I saw the wild honey bee kissing a rose,
A wee one, that grows
Down low on the bash, wbere ber sisters above
Cannot see all that's done
As the moments roll on.
Nor hear all the whbjpers and murmurs of love.
They flaunt out their beautiful leaves la the sua,
And they flirt, every one,'
With the wild bees who pass, and tbe gay butter
flies. And that wee thing In pink
Why they never once think. .
That she's won a lover right under their eyes.
It reminded me, Kate, of a time yon know when
. You were so petite then.
Your dresses wero short, and your feet were so
Yonr sisters, Maud, Belle
They all set their caps for mc, after that bait
How the blue eyes and black eyes smiled up In my
Twaa a neck and ncek race.
Till tbat day when yon opened the door In the hall.
And looked np and looked down.
With your sweet eyes of brown.
And you seemed so tiny, and I felt so tail.
Your sisters had seat you to keep me, my dear,
Till they should appear.
Then you were dismissed, like a child la disgrace.
I How meekly you went.
But yonr brown eyes, they sent
A thrill to my heart and a flush to my face.
We always were meeting some way after that
You hang up my bat
And got It again when I finished my call.
Sixteen, and so sweetf
U those cute little feet 1
Shall I ever forget bow they tripped down the ball?
Shall I ever forget tho first kiss by tbe door.
Or the vows murmured o'er.
Or the rage and surprise of Maud, Belle? Well-a-
Bow swiftly time flows
And who would suppose
Tbat a bee could have carried me to far away?
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A DAI'S DOINGS 13 GOTHAM.
IXEW TOUT EIJEIAU SPECIALS. J
New Yoek. August 29. Max Bloomfield,
charged In a police court to-day with burglary,
proved that he was guiltless and pat bis ac
cuser, Abraham Knobler, behind the bars.
Bloomfield made a social call on Knoblerin bis
room. He had bean tbere about fire minutes
arben Knobler, without a word of' warning,
knocked him from bis chair, jumped on him
and rifled his pookets of 112. Bloomfield event
ually broke awr , from bis assailant and ran to
tbe street to get a policeman. Knobler hur
riedly broke open bis own trunk, smashed the
lock of his door with a baseball bat and then
ran for a policeman too. Bloomfield, after
looking In vain lor a pollcemanreturned to
Knobler's rooni to try to get back his money
just as Knobler came back with a detective.
Knobler at once acensed Bloomsjeld of burglar
izing bis roonuasd pointed out the broken trunk
and lock to prove his statement Bloomfield
was too thoroughly bluffed to tell his side of
the story, and without a protest permitted tbe
detective to arrest him. In court Bloomfield
told bow he was robbed in Knobler's room.
Knobler eventually acknowledged tho truth of
Bloomfleld's narrative, and was locked up to
Graver Cleveland Accepts.
Tbe Secretary of tbe World's Fair organiza
tion received to-day this letter, dated at Saranac
I acknowledge receipt of notice of my appoint
ment as a member of tbe Commltteeon Permanent
Organization for the International Exposition of
less. I shall be very glad to co-operate as a mem
ber of such committee with other citizens of Mew
York to make the exposition a grand success.
A Feeble Old Peddler Bobbed.
A feeble old man, in shabby clothes, called at
police headquarters this morning. He had
walked down from Albany this week, he said,
and bad been in the streets all night, because
he had no money with which to pay for lodg'
ings. Two months ago this old man was very
prosperous in a small way. For many sum
mers be has peddled jewelry in Central New
York, Some ten weeks ago he invested all his
savings, about 51,600, in trinkets, watches and
rings. On his way to the Albany train be fell
in with a yonng man wbo Induced him to drink
whisky in a Bowery saloon. The whisky was
drugged. The old man became unconscious,
was robbed of his pack and purse, and was
thrown ont into the street He reported bis
loss to the police as soon as he regained his
senses. Tbe robber has not been caught, and
all the goods he stole are still missing.
Best Time Ever Made by a Lloyd Steamer.
The steamship Lahn,.of tbe North German
Lloyd line, which arrived bere to-day,made tbe
voyage from Needles to Sandy Hook in Six
days, 22 hours and 42 minutes. This is tbe best
time ever made by a North German Lloyd
steamship, although it Is 12 minutes behind the
Belgian Glass Blowers Didn't Com.
The steamship Rhynland, from Antwerp,
came Into port to-day without the ISO Belgian
glass blowers, wbo were thought to have sailed
on her to work for a firm near Pittsburg. At
quarantine United States officials searched the
boat high and low, but without success. The
only two glass blowers found bad certificates
of citizenship. Arthur F. Searle, who came
over one month ago under contract to work in
Seguln, Tex., and was sent back, turned up
again in tbe steerage of the Rhynland. He
said be was under no contract this time, and
showed a railroad ticket and plenty of money.
Nevertheless, he was detained as a suspect
They Will Spend the Money.
All the aldermen and most of the other offi
cials of Brooklyn have decided to start Bouth
next Saturday to help the Brooklyn veterans
celebrate tbe city's "Gettysburg Day" and
spend tbe city's $2,500 appropriation for tbat
purpose. More than 2,000 persons will partici
pate in the excursion. Tbe big party will re
main in Harrisburg Sunday afternoon and
night, and will proceed to Gettysburg on Mon
Tree Growing In a Church Tevrer.
The unfinished tower of the Roman Catholic;
Church ot St John the Baptist, in Thirtieth
street, jnst west of Seventh avenue, is tbe ob
ject of curious attention on the part of people
unfamiliar with the neighborhood who come
that way. Sixty feet or more above tho street
three young alias thus trees there may be fire,
it Is hard to tell from the street the exact num
ber have grown out of the crevices in the
tower, where enough sand and dust had collect
ed to make soil for their roots. All of them are
green and thriving. Two on the south side of
the tower are probably a good deal taller than
a man. The trees bare been in the tower un
molested above two years, but will probably
soon have to be removed, lest their growing
roots Injure the masonry of the walls.
IIow the Chinese IMannge Theaters.
This is the way they run stock companies (n
Chinatown. A grand cash capital of 6,000 is
called for. This is divided into iS shares at
$125 a share. Those wbo own a S123 share are
entitled to one season ticket to the show and
those who own more than fire shares become
directors of tbe great company. The man who
owns more than $1,000 In shares becomes
president manager and treasurer, and this is
Mr. Tom Lee. On the opening night at the
little theater a general invitation is extended
to all tbe Chinese business men ot Mott street
to attend free of all charge, whether they are
shareholders or not This Is done to create a
happy family feeling throughout the Chinese
colony, and it is expscttd that the little play
house will be crowded from cellar to root
Something less than 500 people will do this
easily. The Chinese ladies, as usual, will not
be allowed, to attend any of these perform
ances for fear of the wicked eyes of the Chinese
dudes, as the Chinese merchants, unlike their
Caucasian brethren, bellevo that tbe only way
to. avoid trials and tribulations In their
domestic peace is to keep their attractive
spouses securely locked within doors. Never
theless, it is said, the tew Chinese womon in
New York are kicking against this outrage in a
free country, wbere men and Women aro free
to go to theaters.
The Disappointing Feature.
From the Boston Herald.
The humble heir to a big fortune continues
to turn up, but tbe big fortune doesn't
Not a Bad Brenk.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer.!
A record is about tbe only thing that Is im
proved by being broken.
Sadie GtrcrrER, one of Mr. John Canter's
little girls, wbo lives near Mechanicsburg, Pa.,
has three pet coons. One was captured by her
father and taken home, after which two others
came and gave themselves up, making three
which may be found occupying cells within the
Two flocks of sparrows at Moundsville, W.
Va., engaged in a pitched battle and when they
had finished eight birds lay dead upon the
A Massillok mother tried to open ber son's
eyes as to the ugliness of tbe girl with whom
he was blindly in love by giving him a good
strapping. Ho thinks the girl prettier than
JiMSomvEED Ltmpkiss, of Perry township,
tells the following snake story, which we give
for what it Is worth: "Jim McCracken, the
milkman, bas a large black snake trained to
keep tbe flies off his cows while they are in
pasture. It measures 27 feet In length and 9
feet in circumference, and drinks 32 bottles of
milk every morning for breakfast One day
McCracken found tbe snake with four cow J
horns sticking out of its mouth, and upon In
quiry learned tbat the snake bad not been
given its breakfast that morning, and pro
ceeded to help itself by swallowing a couple ot
cows. Jhrnxtutaxmev Spirit.
Whek John Freer, of Potter connty, drown
his cows home the other night a full grown
deer,. that was among the herd, went with the
cattle until lc came In sight of bis farm build
ings, then took to Its heels and disappeared In
.Jonx TKl?r.ETOX, of Adams county. 70
yearrof age, ha I a jack-knife tbat be has car
ned since he was 18 years old.
AJKST0lcatia Fultoti county. Pa., bean
the brief and nnraye ism ot "Sit,"
eUBIOUS COKDEKSATIOKS, .
The mouth of Calumet river, emptying
into Lake Michigan, has moved east 2,860 feet
A stone at WoodvillelT. H., is said to
roarkthe'boundary of two States, three coun
ties and f our towns.
An aged citizen of Hancock countyj HI.,
is sning for a divorce from his seventh wife, and
it is said be wants to marry again.
Sheriff Henry 8berman, of Casey, Ind.,
raised this year 1.375 bushels of oats from 20
acres an average of C8 bushels per acre.
Mr. Finlby, a farmer living in the
vicinity of Marshall, Mo., fired at a crow that
wrs stealing- eggs from his barn. He killed
tbe bird, and the burning wad from his gun set
the bam on fire, completely destroying it
A San Diego grocer kept a fine Maltese
Thomas to kill off rats. Last Saturday night
he was attacked by a giant tarantula and -was
found dead on Monday morning. Tbe tarantula
was subsequently captured and is now on ex
hibition. It is four Inches long. ,
A cotton-stalk walking stick, nearly
four Inches in diameter, is on exhibition at
Montgomery, Ala. It was cut from a cotton
stalk grown on the plantation of P. P. Gray.
Esq., of Montgomery county, which bore 1,009
bolls of cotton, and grew to be 20 feet high.
According to an official -Russian daily,
the Russian Government will furnish many of
its regiments shortly with repeating rifles,
which for many years it persistently refused to
Introduce in any part of Its army. While la
Russia tbe Shah ordered 10,000 repeating rifles
for bis troops,
There is a woman in Milwaukee who is
the mother of nine children. Not one of tbem
was named until it was 12 years old. They
were simply called by their nicknames, and
their numbers, "One," "Two," etc. As each,
one became 12 years old he chose his own name
and was baptized.
Mrs. J. W. Coughlin, of St Paul,
while walking on the railroad track, was struck
by a rapidly moving train, hurled into the air
and over a barbed wire fence into a vacant lot.
She was not seriously hurt and after giving;
tbe engineer a piece of her mind she started
out aoross tbe lot at a rapid gait
Willie Colbert, of Troy, Mo., had on
exhibition Wednesday afternoon three straight
chunks of a jointed snake, which be and his
Uncle Jim bad killed in the pasture. Two or
three blows from a stick knocked the snake all
to pieces, and only three joints could be found,
the others wriggling away through the grass.
A 'Swiss inventor.has perfected aroethod
of making artificial boards, and is advocating
their use in building- Tbey are made of a mix
tare of plaster of paris and reeds pressed Into
shape by hydraulic process Tbe material bas
the advantaso of incombustibility and light
ness, and will resist the warping action of at
A novel service was held Sunday by
the congregation Shearath-TeffiUeh. of Orange,
N. Y. It was the consecration of a scroll of the
book of the law presented to tbe congregation.
The scroll Is written entirely by hand, m .
Hebrew, upon parchment and is 18 inches in
width and over 200 feet in length. It contains
the entire Pentateuch.
A Mrs. Williams, living on the Santa
Clara, while shocking sheaf oats a few days
ago, lifted a bundle in which was hiding an
immense rattle snake. When lifted above ber
nead the reptile dropped on the woman's
shoulders and coiled itself suddenly about ber
neck. She threw it off, however, before any
damage was done, though it was a narrow
Mrs. F. B. Mapp, of Milledgeville has
something of a curiosity in tbe shape of a chair
made in a bottle. Tbe bottle is a small square
vial with a very small neck, and holds about 12
ounces. Tbe miniature cbalr was made by a
yoang negro convict with a pocketknife, and
was pat together, pieco at a time. In the bottle
by tbe use of a wire. Tbe legs occupy each
corner ot tbe bottle, and every part rounds,
cross pieces in the back, etc, are firmly fitted
together adjusted as neatly as the works in a
The idea of making Queen Victoria s
Colonel ot German Dragoons has struck a
good many people as rather odd; but it is said
female officers were quite common in tbe Brit
ish arm about a hundred and fifty years ago.
At that time, it Is said, persons wbo had a pull
on tbe Government were In tbe habit of chris
tening their daughters by masculine names,
eettine tbem commissions in tfip army, and
drawing tbe pay for the service whlrlkhe girls
did not perform. Colonel Victoria, W course,
does not draw pay, bat is content w,,I the mil
itary glory that goes with it ,V '
The water was let out from ths di
Oakes' Lake, near Bloomfield. N. Jf, In
to make some repairs. Hn,:d.eds of people
and their summer boarders went to tbe dam to
sed, tbe rush of water as ihe sluices were
opened. As tbe tide went out the surface of
the lake was covered with white-caps as the
fish flapped their talis In efforts to keep in tbe
swim. Black bass, large and small mouth
pickerel, lake trout and sunflsh were seen br
tbe hundreds, some of the black bass and
pickerel weighing three or four pounds. As
the water cot low tbe people on thesborp
waded in and picked up great numbers of. tbe
At Owingsville, Ky., the other day two
young men, accompanied each by a lady, roda
into town horseback and baited in front of the
County Clerk's office. The party attracted
much attention and were soon surrounded by
a crowd of men and boys. It soon became
known tbat both couples were bent on v matri
mony. Tbe licenses having been obtained, tbe
grand jury was adjourned in order to allow its
foreman. Esquire T. W. Crouch,to perform the
marriage ceremony, which h . did, the contract
lng parties remaining" on horseback tbe while.
The young men were James and Noton Adkin
son, brothers, of Carter county, and 'the young .
ladies were Maggie and America Foley, sisters.
Monday morning Mrs. F. Shepard, ofl
Mansfield, Mass., went to her cellar kltohen tot
wash. She. bad no sooner got there than abal
beheld a large black snake, which immediately I
started toward her, sticking out his forksd
tongue. Mrs. Shepard was all excited in a
moment picked up a good size stick and gave
him one vr two hits tbat stunned him for a
minute; then she piled upon him tubs, rocks
and an old pot of lead tbat weighed 60 pounds.
When sbe thought bis anakeshlp was dead she
tried to remove the pot of lead, but found that
ber strength bad deserted ber. So everything
was left till her husband came home. The
snake measured jnst fire feet long.
BRIEF BUT BREEZY.
Tight money is the inevitable conse
quence of the treasury taking too much, Boston
It is never clearing weather for the man
who doesn't Intend to clear np bis debts. Texas
An unsinkable boat has been invented,
but it bas not yet been adopted by the United
States Kavy. Puck.
It makes considerable difference to a
ycung man whether a pretty girl sits on his lap or
on his Dunlap.-re.
His Wife Takes Boarders. "Do you
live within yonrlncome?"
'Ho; 1 live without one. "-Puck.
A Hereditary Feature. Mrs. A. What
black eyes tbat baby has I
Mrs. B. Yes; his father Is a purlllst Pue.
That the hen is a hypocrite is proved by
tbe fact that she uses her bill to smell with. If
this Is not a Peck-snU3an trait what lsltf "iar
A Father's Feelings. He What did
your pater say wheu you told him we .were en
gaged? She Oh, yon most not ask me to repeat such
His Vacation. "Have you had a pleas
ant vacation this summer!"
"Yes; enjoyed myself hugely.'
"How did you spend ltl"
"By sending my wife to the conn try for six
Mr. Oldtymer Well, I suppose you find
a treat many surprises in married life, don't
Mr. Youngbusband Bather. Why,, It was otly
the other day that I found ont tbat sbe was fondtr
of onlous tban icecream. Tore Uautt Exprtss.
She Perhaps you don't care to marry ma
when I confess that I have been engaged ten
times In my life. ,
Ue-Dfd jou return yonrlovers all their pres
ents! She; Not a single one.
lie Then, darling, I forgive yon. lAfs.
Sure Indication. Willie I guess papa
has said something tbat baa made mamma awful
mad. He'll get a roasting after them callers has
gone away. ..
Johnny How dp you know? ,.
Wlllle-Sbe's begun to call hhn "oarllng."
Chieaga Tribune. Jg
"Mr. M.cCllntock," shouted hbibetler
iialA "I want you t take your feet off tbenasftr
table." SS6k 1
.Mrs. MsCllotock." be said, la a 'fixed, de
termined voice, "fallow only one person to tall
to me that way.," - ?
ion. ray near, "no renuea sewy, as oe iiw
moves tae pe,-vtije.