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Nn Place LikE Home.
Summer, with all its pleasures, its outdoor
parties, seashore and country excursions, is
now at an end, and all are returning to town sur
feited with amusement of that sort. The first
thing a man does upon returning home Is to
look about him to see thafnothlng is missing
from its place, and nine times out of ten be
finds there is something missing. But it is a
matter easily remedied. AU he has to do to
make his borne all his heart desires is to step
to the telephone, pick up a postal card or send
a messenger down to the offico of
TtiE Pittsburg Dispatch
and order his paper delivered at his door
bright and early every moraine. "When that is
done he begins to realize again that life Is
worth the living, and that after all, there is
Nn Place Like Homa
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PITTSBURG. SATURDAY, SEP. 7. 1SS8.
THE LIBRARY CASE.
The movement made on behalf of the
Pittsburg Library Association, to intervene
in the sale of the Library Hall buildings,
raises a complication of legal qnestions with
regard to the relative rights of the Library,
the Library Hall Company and the mort
gagee, -which are outside of the province of
the press. The determination of those rights
may be left to the courts, and cannot be de
bated with much profit outside of the court
room. It is, however, a pertinent matter of pub
lic discussion to say that any proper move
ment to save the property for the ends to
which it was created will be entitled to the
public sympathy. The work of' putting up
the Library Hall, designated and under
stood as it was, to be for the benefit of the
library, was a commendable one. That it
has been prevented by adverse conditions
from yielding any support to that public
work, has been a matter of regret
for which no one was to be held especially
responsible. But it would be especially un
fortunate, just at the time when the proper
ty has begun to yield a revenue in excess of
the interest on the bonds, and to hold out a
prospect that it may fulfill the purposes de
fined in its charter, to have those public
purposes defeated by the foreclosure of the
If such a misfortune can be averted the
public will be glad to see it done. Proper
ties created for beneficial ends should, if
possible, be maintained strictly for their or
WOESE THAU WE ABE
The explosion of a dynamite cartridge fac
tory at Antwerp, so far as shown by the de
tails received by cable, is, io addition to the
ruin which is wrought, decidedly subver
sive of the general idea that the public safe
ty is more carefully protected abroad than
in this hasty nation. According to the re
ports received by cable, this dangerous in
dustry was located in a crowded quarter
near petroleum warehouses, where an explo
sion must inevitably be attended by disas
trous results. It is satisfactory to believe
that no city in this country would have per.
mitted such dangerons conditions to con
tinue, to the natural climax of the destruc
tion of 200 lives and millions of dollars'
worth of property. "We are bad enough
sometimes; but we have more regard for the
public safety than is shown by this disas
ter to have existed among the conservative
BATHEB LATE JOB BELIEF.
To the public generally to those who put
' money in rival telephone enterprises only to
be enjoined, particularly the news that the
Government now feels pretty confident of
having a good case against the Bell monop
oly comes tinged with an autnmn melan
choly. The Bell people have1 had control of
the market until the patent is nearly run
out. They have got the courts to shut up
every other company. Every city has its
rcminiscenses of other telephone enterprises
upon which the strong and asphyxiating
hand of the law was laid as soon as started.
The Bell Company also has watered its
stock indefinitely and levied charges on the
public to the extent the directors pleased.
The "hello" service in places and at times
has been as exasperatingly indifferent to cus
, tomers needs as monopoly service of any
sort is apt to become on occasions. What
poor comfort can now be extracted from the
intimation that the Government thinks it
has a sure case'against the Bell concern on
the ground of fraud in getting the patent,
must surely smack of irony.
This view is not lessened by the added
statement that it is by establishing the
priority of the telephone of Daniel Draw
baugh that the Government hopes to succeed.
This is the same inventor who 'was hustled
out of court when he originally contested
for the honor 13 years ago. It is a late
recompense that is promised.
13 MORALITY SO AWFUL!
In a recent criticism on art, Philip. Gil
bert Hamerton asserts that it is the extreme
energy and activity of their moral sense
that prevents the English from understand
ing art. They insist too much upon
veracity, and count upon their industry and
consciousness as meritsto be counted before
art itself. Mr. Hamerton rightly says that
Mr. Buskin's teachings have encouraged
this subordination of everything in art to
morality, and whether be is right in his
conclusions he certainly speaks truly when
he says that the English artists have a
healthy attachment for morality, hile the
French school has not. The essence of his
contention is that the English idea, because
it is generally speaking moral, is lower than
the Parisian ideal, which is artistic.
m Setting aside the question as Mr. Hamer
ton asks and answers it, we may pause to
inquire whether after all it is not a gain to
art to be allied to the pure and truthful?
Mr. Hamerton would have us believe that
it is not. Evidently he believes that the
products of the Parisian ateliers are im
measureabiy superior to the work of En
glish artists, and why? Because they are
devoid of morality, because they are not
pervaded with a passionate affection for na
ture, and because they are altogether,.so
Mr. Hamerton says, of the kingdom of art.
In a word this critic exalts paganism
as a roof to the temple of art, Morality is
a dreadful thing to him to be kept out of
the artist's studio, out of his heart, his im
agination, hft pallette, at all hazards. Poor
morality 1 Mr. Hamerton and his friends of
Paris are doing their best to warn their
brethren all over the world of your terrible
attributes. The truly artistio Parisians
have cast her from them and she is supposed
to have fallen like Lucifer to rise no more.
All the same we shall be surprised if she
does not find a home still in England and
the United States. "We have not learned
yet to regard morality as a certain unmen
tionable potentate of the nether world is
said to look on holy water.
NATIONAL WATER B0UTES.
The indorsement of the project for a ship
canal from the upper Ohio to Lake Erie, to
gether with a similar indorsement of the
plan for freeing the Monongahela from tolls,
put the "Water "Ways Convention at Cincin
nati in line with Pittsburg's vital enter
prises. The indorsement may be regarded as
somewhat detracted from by the fact that
the same body indorsed the Hennepin Canal
project. But the fact is that the Hennepin
Canal, the improvement of the Mississippi
and the two Pttsburg projects are all
propositions of national scope and import
ance.. By making common cause with each
other, and throwing off the incubus of mill
dam and frog-pond appropriations, they can
place themselves on a basis to command
respect and attention.
A project which would create a connected
circuit of water ways throughout the "West
would he no mean one to lay before the next
THE BTVAL MOTORS.
"While Pittsburg is extending its system of
traction street railways other cities are de
veloping, to a considerable extent, systems
of electric transit Our community was one
of the pioneers in .the early experiments in
the electric line, and some of the primitive
efforts have developed into the electrio
roads which will soon connect Pittsburg
with Allegheny and its northern suburbs
Nevertheless it is an inferesting illustration
of the different ways in which the same,sub
ject may be looked at by practical men.
that while Pittsburg is tending away from
the electric method of propulsion other cities
are strongly setting in its direction.
Cleveland has pnt in successful operation
an electric line on what was previously its.
principal street railway line, and the results
of experience on that line have led to a
general adoption of electric cars on all the
street railroads of that city. In New York
the storage battery system has been under
experiment for severil months, and news
paper reports credit it with great success.
It is a conceded point that if electrical
roads can be operated with the same prac
tical success and anything like a parity of
expense with the cable roads, the much
smaller amount of capital required for them
will insure their success. The hills which
most of our street car lines are required to
surmonnt may make a factor largely in
creasing the cost of producing adequate
electric power for this purpose. "With due
allowance for this difierence, it is still a
singular feature of the times that while
other cities are largely going into electric
lines, Pittsburg is largely going into the
The respective wisdom of the two policies
can only be determined after years of ex
perience, b ut Pittsburg can at least lay this
consideration to her credit, that she has a
system whose utility is demonstrated be
yond question. Even if electricity should,
in the future prove to be the superior and
most economical motive power, our city
will possess roadways and conduits that are
adaptable to electricity and superior in
solidity to those of the ordinary electric
A DISCOTJBAQING S10BY.
The story irom Buffalo that Graham's re
ported feat in going over Niagara Palls was
a complete sham, is of the sort that raises
the pathetic inquiry whether there is no
virtue extant even in the business of
tumbling down cataracts. To assert that
the ambition of being known as the cham
pion idiot of the country, betrayed an
aspiring soul to make a sham tumble and to
be really launched in his barrel below the
falls, is to exalt Graham b good sense iu one
respect; but it still leaves him in the atti
tude of seeking a bogus reputation of fool
ishness. Of course the answer is ready that
this story is the weak invention of some
rival who has only succeeded in abrading
himself against the "Kicks of the rapids.
Nevertheless the story must destroy the
public faith in human nature, and to incnl
culate the most gloomy views of a world in
which even the falls jumpers are alleged to
SPBECEELS' VEBBAL VIG0B.
'It is interesting to read in our Eastern
cotemporaries very outspoken interviews
with Mr. Claus Spreckels, the great sugar
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policy, when he puts his new sugar refinery
in Philadelphia into active operation. Mr.
Spreckels declares thatall reports of friendly
relations between himself and the Sugar
Trust are unqualified lies; that he is going
to fight the trust so long as he lives; and
that the big refinery which he has built for
his sons will be managed by them in accord
ance with his business policy of eternal and
unyielding antagonism to the monopoly.
If Mr. Spreckels fulfills about twenty-five
per cent of, his declarations the control of
the Sugar Trust is definitely terminated.
But the public, in view of the wide dis
crepancy which frequently makes itself ap
parent between promise and performance,
will await the actual fulfillment of his
declarations before banking very unreserv
edly upon the promise of beet sugar. Never
theless the most cynical view of Mr. Spreck
els' declaration indicates that the Sugar
Trust has got to pay him for his alliance.
Thus it shows the weak point of the trust
in offering a premium upon new refineries
which are bound to come into existence so
long as the combination policy sustains
prices at a non-competitive level.
The news that the Government of Russia
has forbidden the Hebrew schoolmasters of
Odessa to teach, impresses the lesson that
with all our faults, and subject to all the
disadvantages of .practical politics, it
worth while to live in a free country.
It is rather interesting to find some of
our esteemed cotemporaries taking the
position that the stock operating firm that
went into bankruptcy in New York this
week, deserves little sympathy because it
was on the short side" of the market. There
being lio especial reason why people have
not as good a right to bet that stocks will go
down as to bet that they will go up, a
logical yiew of the case would be to assert
the absence of ground for sympathy because
the firm under consideration did nothing
but bet on the market, whichever way it
The arrangements appear to be completed
for a new railroad line between Pittsburg
and the lakes. "When we can get our long-fought-for
Eastern trnnk ' line through,
Pittsburg will be pretty well supplied with
TnE official Turkish statement of the
troubles in Crete attributes them all to the
bloodthirsty and disorderly character of the
Christians of that island, , who wantonly
attack peaceable and unoffending Mnssul
men, and get themselves killed in order to
bring the Turkish Government into dis
repute: which begins to look as if the Cretan
Christians were of very much the same
suicidal and incomprehensible character as
the Southern negroes, according to the "White
Congressman "W. L. Scott, having
won sixty thousand dollars on one of his
race horses, ought to be able to let his
miners in Illinois and elsewhere, have
enough wages to fit them for making a good
record in the mining of coaL
It is interesting to learn from corres
pondents that New York's District Attorney,
Mr. Fellows, recently won immense ap
plause by his clever conduot of a Bham pros
ecution at a fashionable gathering at one of
the hotels at Bichfidd Springs. This must
be an agreeable variety for District Attor
ney Fellows. His last appearance in the
role of a sham prosecutor has won anything
but applause from the spectators and com
mentators upon his official achievements.
The sensational disclosures of that Ham
ilton scandal in the East, evoke a good
deal of editorial comment; but all is said
when it is stated that it gives us a vivid and
realistic idea-of the disgusting contents of
the sewage of society.
"We are pained to observe that the esteemed
New York Press, in publishing a communi
cation with reference to the Hamilton-Burr
duel, states in its headline that it is from
"one of George "Washington's descendants."
It being a part of the history of this country
that the Father of his country had no other
children than the grateful nation, a little
more accuracy is desirable in speaking of
the descendants of his brothers and cousins.
The "Waterways Convention at Cincin
nati adopted a timely attitude in favor not
only of the maintenance but of the improve
ment of the natural water courses.
The new Constitution of North Dakota
declares logrolling in Legislatures to he
bribery. This is not a bad definition; but
"until the Constitution makers solve the
problem of punishing both the logrolling
and bribery, when they are committed by
influential people, the abolition of tho evil
will be as far off as ever.
The cool wave has vindicated the Signal
Service this time.
The weather seems to have a spite against
the Exposition. Its persistent attack apon
the Music Festival has been renewed at the
opening of the present show. But we do
not think that the bad weather, can last
all the while that the Exposition will be
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
It is prsposed to erect a monument to the
distinguished f ormulator of the laws of storms,
Matthew Fontaino Maury, in Washington in
The widow of President James K. Polk re
ceived many visitors on her 80th birthday,
Wednesday last. Her mental vigor Is remark
able. Mrs. TJ. S. Grant, who accompanied her
son, Minister Fred Grant, to Vienna, is home
sick, and she will soon return to this country,
and spend tho coming winter in Washington.
Edward Bellamy, author of "Looking
Backward," was born in Chicopee, Mass., in
1650, and still lives there. His father was a
clergyman, and Bellamy has been a journalist.
Judge E. R. Hoab. of Massachusetts,
President Grant's Attorney General, celebrat
ed on Tuesday the fiftieth anniversary of his
admission to tho bar and the fortieth annivers
ary of bis first taking a seat on the bench.
Seventeen negro babies in Atlanta havo
been christened Benjamin Harrison. The
President's Secretary has written letters to the
parents of the babes thanking them for the
compliment, and expressing kind wishes for the
welfare of the children.
Justice Miller, of Iowa, and Justice
Field, of California, are the two men now on
the Supreme Bench who owe their places to
President Lincoln. The other two whom he
appointed, David Davis and Noah H. Swayne,
are dead. Justice Miller is nearly 75 years old.
William E. Henley, who ;has won recog
nition as a poet, was a laborer of dissipated
habits, it is stated, when an accident that
crushed both his legs laid him up at a hospital,
where he came under the influence of Robert
Louis Stevenson. He now ranks many of
the most brilliant English writers among his
QUAY. FOE PEESIDENT.
The New Democratic Paper of Washington
Bacccati Him for Tbnt Position.
rSPZCIAL TEL0VM TO THE DISPATCH.l
wktttnrton. SeDtember 6. The first nm-.
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ul Democrat, made its appearance to-day under
auspices very favorable for its brilliant success.
Mr. Edmund Hudson, late of the Capital, and
'correspondent of the Boston Herald, and Mr.
Fred Perry Powers, one or tne amest or Wash
ington correspondents, are the leading proprie
tors and editorial writers. The project has re
ceived the most earnest encouragement from
eminent Democrats in every part of the coun
try. The new weekly is a large eight-pago pa
per and very neatly printed.
The initial number contains along editorial
artlslo on Senator Quay as a Presidental can
didate, criticising some of his methods, bnt
giving him credit for great sagacity, and sug
gesting that the Republicans might as well em
body the President and the President maker in
The article closes with the assumption that
with Quay in the Presidency that omce would
at least be relieved-of cant and hypocrisy.
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Bachelor Aro Failures.
From the Inter Oreah.l
The Kansas City Exenlng Ifeus says: "A
matrimonial fever has taken bold of Kansas
City and is spreading rapidly." Well, It is a
good fever to spread. A young man don't be
gin life properly until be has persuaded some
good, honest girl to help him. More than that,
he, as a rule, makes a great failure In life
while a bachelor. There is no man more to be
pitied than the homeless, childless old bache
A New Rollins: Mill In Ohio.
Cambridge, O., "September 6 Arrange
ments were practically completed to-day
whereby a roiling mill plant using natural gas
I fuel and employing 125 hands, will be estab-
mneu nere at once.
THE TOPICAL TALKEB.
Rural Visitors la Plenty An Echo of Dress
Reform Cool Dr. B .
THE country excursionists are really showing
greater eagerness than the dwellers In the two
cities to see the Exposition. Yesterday after
noon, though there were not very many people
in the Exposition, almost all who were there
hailed fromrural parts. A rather startling re
minder of the presence of one countryman im
pressed me with this fact. I was standing well
out of the way of passers-by, as I thought, in
the aisle, and lost in admiration at the speed
with which some men were unpacking cases of
candy, when a sharp-pointed body penetrated
my back. It was only an amiable farmer's um
brella carried at right angles under the arm as
the owner opened his mouth and shut up his
When Manager Wilt went back of the stage
to apologize to Mrs. Jenness Miller for the un
intentional presence of Mr. Voeghtlin, the
scene painter, and -is assistant on the lofty
painting bridge above the stage during the
very secret section of her address, he found
the lady in the best of humor.
She accepted his apology with a smile, and
added: "There was nothing that a man might
not see without any fnss being made about it
but I was bouna to protest against the
presence of men or my own sex would not
credit me with a bit of modesty."
The modesty and refinement of Mrs. Miller
aro established In the spirit and form of her
lecture. Her return to Pittsburg Is one of the
pleasant certainties of the season.
"Some men are possessed of amazing cool
ness as well as courage," said a New York at
torney to me yesterday. "I had a Very striking
instance of such a combination brought before
me a few weeks ago. With some ladles and a
certain Dr. B who is well-known every
where as a very clever surgeon and anatomist,
1 went to see 'Booth's Baby' at the Madison
Square Theater. It was rainln- a little when
we came out of the theater and we all got into
a back and drove over to Delmonico's to supper.
When we got out Dr. B asked the hackman
how much the fare was, and he said, Two
dollars.' The doctor looked a little vexed and
offered the driver a dollar, which he refused to
"All right,' said Dr. B , watt a moment,'
and he accompanied us into the dining room
and saw that we were seated before he returned
to the hackman. I followed him. He offered
the jehu a dollar again, but he refused It, ask
ing surlily for $2. With that Dr. B , who is a
small man, seized the hackman, a big bulking
fellow, by the thrqat with one hand and ground
bis clenched fist into his, the hackman's, face.
The hackman was completely mastered in a
moment and yelled like a spanked child. The
doctor released his victim, gave him the dollar,
pulled down his right coat sleeve, which had
rucked up, and taking my arm walked into Del
monico's. When we rejoinei the ladies afew
seconds later. Dr. B 's face was as placid and
angelicas a baby's. There was not a tremor in
bis face or a sign of excitement in bis manner.
I do not wonder that he has won fame as a sur
geon. He has the nerve to 'do anything he
wants to without incurring the least agitation.'1
THE WE0NG PEIS0NEE EELEASED.
A Comedy of Errors. That Kept on Innocent
Man In Jail.
CniCAOO, September 6. A comedy of errors
has been enacted at the county jail for the'last
six weeks, but the plot was so involved that it
did not become known until the last act was
played in Judge TuthlU's court yesterday after
noon. In the latter part of July two meu, each
bearing the name of John Conley, were impris
oned in the jail, one charged with larceny and
the other with assault. The July grand jury
heard the evidence in both cases and returned
an indictment for the assault and "no bill" in
the other case. An order was sent to the jail
for the discharge of the John Conley held for
larceny, but in mistake his namesake was given
his liberty, and John Conley, who was not
guilty of larceny, was lodged and boarded at
the expense of the county for six weeks loneer
than he was entitled to be.
The mistake was not discovered until the as
sault case was called in Judge Tuthilt's court,
and State's Attorney Elliott sent over to the jail
for the defendant. The prosecuting witness in
the case was a watchman at the Lake Shore
yards. As soon as the prisoner was brought
into the court the witness exclaimed: "Why,
that is not the man!" After a little investiga
tion the facts related were brought out and
Conley was discharged. He did not appear at
all grieved over his false imprisonment. A
capias was issued for the other Conley, who had
profited by the mistaken identity.
A EEM1NDEE OP SLATEET DATS.
An Aged Colored Woman MeetsHer Former
Dlistrcss After BInny Venn.
tSI'SCIAL TELEQEAU TO TUB DISFATCn.I
Washington, September 6. The village.of
Anacostia, across the Eastern Branch, which
is chiefly distinguished as the home of Fred
crick Douglass, has just furnished a pathetic
little incident recalling the days of slavery.
Mrs. Susan Bryan, of Prince George's county,
Md., aged 82 years, came into possession by in
heritance when a young woman of a large
number of slaves, among whom was one named
Caroline Henson, now SC years of age, who had
been reared from childhood by Miss Julia Lan
ham, also of Prince George's county, and often
as a child played with her later owner. Caro
line's husband was owned by a neighbor
planter and relative. Dr. Edward Bryan, who
in 1833 moved with his family and effects to
The two slaves were given the privilege to go
or stay, but the attachment for tho master be
ing stronger than that for husband or wife, the
husband followed his master to Misslssippi.and
was lone since buried near him at Vicksburar.
while Caroline remained in Maryland. About,
40; years ago she was given ber liberty, and dur
alltbe Intervening years had not met Mrs.
liryan.nor did cither know the other was living
till a few days ago, when Caroline learned that
Mrs. Brjan was visiting relatives ,here, and
passing the house recognized her face at the
On beinc ushered into the presence of her
former mistress, the two aged women gave vent
to their feelings and wept freely in their em
braces, and together tlfoy traversed in memory
tho family events for three-quarters of a cen
tury. A BOY BECOMING OSSIFIED.
An Indiana Youth feafferlnu Prom a Most
Remarkable Aliment. '
Columbus, Ind., September 8. Amos Her
old, a 12 year-old boy living near Trafalgar,
Johnson county, is suffering from a most re
markable ailment His knee joints, ankles and
jaws have become cemented together with a
bony substance, and he is now in an almost
The boy has been afflicted with the strange
disease almost two years, and has received all
nourishment during that time through a tube
inserted in his mouth by the removal of a
THE JODENET OP A BOTTLE.
Thrown Into tho English Channel It Is
Found on Holland's Const.
COLtrMRTjs, lND.,Septembcr ft James Zoller,
a citizen of Greensburg. went to France a few
months ago, and in crossing the English Chan
nel he wrote a note, sealed it iu a bottle and
threw it Into the water. Tho note said: "The
finder will please return to the writer, James
M. Zoller. Greensbdrc, Ind., 17. S. A."
The mother of Mr. Zoller, who wrote the note,
has just received a letter, written by a French
man, who lives on the coast of Holland, which
states that be picked up the bottle iu which
was inclosed the note on the morning of July
The Kn! Suspects,
From the Chicago Mall.l
Tho average stranger passing through tho
city will find some difficulty in deciding, to his
own satistaction, who is being tried in the
Cronin case. As matters stand now the unfor
tunate talesmen seem to be about the only peo
ple suspected of having at any time known any
thing of tho conspiracy.
A Modest Ambition.
From tho Lcwlston Journal.)
A Malno boy, afterward a millionaire, is re
membered as the author of this touching as
piration: "I wish 1 had all the gold which could
bo contained In all the bags which could be
made by a cart load of needles." He died rich
but dissatisfied and unhappy.
DEATHS OF A DAY.
CottaosCitt, MASS., September 6. -General
Rodney C Ward, of Brooklyn, died at the Oak
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Streets and Conn Homes. "
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Tbe state of affairs as to street grades and
pavements about the two new Court Houses
seems to be unsatisfactory to everybody.
Judge White considers it a nuisance for juries
not to hear his charges, and has induced tbe
grand jury to present this as an obstruction of
justice. And, at the other Court House on
Smltbfleld street, Mr. Malone threatens that
when he has it finished he will sit down In its
best parlor in his easy chair and never open
it, but keep on sitting there until the streets
are graded and paved with asphalt or some
other elastic substance. Wonder If a case of
conspiracy could not be made out against
Judge White and M. L. Malone? Tbey would
seem to be acting in concert to compel the
city and county authorities to do something;
Concert of aetion can readily be proved against
them, and if the acts which they want 'done
are unlawful, or even if lawful, and the method
they are pursuing to accomplish their purpose
is unlawful, either way the case of criminal
conspiracy against these two officials would be
Deemed Terr Important.
But, jesting aside, the matter is a very im
portant one. Tbe expedient of covering the
pavements with sawdust, or plastering them
with asphalt, can afford no permanent remedy.
The grade of Fifth avenue and Ross and Grant
streets should be lowered to correspond with
the grade of Diamond street. This would
make the objectionably noisy streets eight to
ten feet lower than they are now, relatively to
the court rooms, and render tbe noise measure
ably imperceptible. That Is the only perma
nent remedy that can be applied at the County
Court House. Besides, tbe city and county
should have some regard to appearances, and
the everlasting fitness ot things. If it is a
proud distinction to possess the finest
County Court House In tbe United Btates,
how absurd to leave it in its present lop-sided
condition, in regard to the streets. The people
have borrowed and spent 3,000,000 in it con
struction, according to a plan which contem
plated the lowering of Fifth avenue and Grant
and Ross, at least to a level with its base
course, and can it be possible that it is to be
left for all time iu its present unseemly condi
tion, merely to save a few thousand dollars in
not carrying oat the original plan?
But besides tbe eyesores and inconveniences
which these objectionable humps cause to the
Court House, other considerations demand
their removal; to obtain easier grades for all
purposes that streets are used for Is one of
them, and a very important one. Another
reason Is the obstruction which tho present
condition interposes to building and Improve
ments. The common sense of property holders
admonishes them that these humps will not be
allowed to remain forever, and this deters them
from pulling down tbe present dilapidated
structuies and erecting such buildings as the
present progress in architecture demands for
such prominent localities.
Effect of It. v
If these humps were removed and tbe grades
finally established, we would doubtless in a
very short time have splendid office buildings
of eight or more stories in height at the corners
of Fifth and Grant, and buildings of pro
portionate respectability all along the streets
It was unfortunate that the adtators for the
removal of the humps when they Introduced
the ordinances into Councils a year ago, asked
too ranch. They asked a cut from 18 to IS feet,
while 8 or 10 feet, or just as much as would
bring the surface of tho street to a level with
the base course of the Court House, was all
that was needed. The deeper cut raised such
vigorous opposition from tbe Cathedral people,
and other property owners, on account of the
serious damage it would do their property, that
the- ordinances were defeated, and tbe matter
was left in the present unsettled condition,
much to the disgust even of the property hold
ers, as well as tbe public.
Now would be the proper time for the City
Councils and Mr. Blgelow and the County
Commissioners to act, and act promptly and
effectively. The County Commissioners take
much credit to themselves, ou account of the
Court House and its fine condition, and Mr.
Bigelow will get deserved praise from tbe pub
lic for the fine park he has succeeded in raking
in from the remnants of the city's property sur
rounding the Hlland Reservoir.
It only remains now, for him and the County
Commissioners to procure the removal of the
humps In question, in order to secure the ever
lasting gratitude of this community.
Pittsburg, September 6.
New York City's Generosity.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Hold the World's Fair ot 1892 in New York
City? Certainly. All alone and unassisted. Its
citizens have succeeded in raising the stupend
ous sum of about $23,000 to defray the expenses
of the Fair; they have graciously decided to
allow Congress to pay the balance and have re
fused to allow tbe buildings to be erected in
Central Park for fear the grass will be spoiled.
Sucb unexampled generosity should not go un
If these reasons are not entirely sufficient, a
glance at tbe city's past record will at once dis
pel any faint lingering doubt, which we might
entertain in regard to her capacity to take care
of and make a success of the Fair. It shows she
has always been of the same unselfish and
liberal disposition. How quickly was raised the
necessary funds to build a monument to Gen
eral Grant; what excellent caro she Is now
taking of his tonibl
With what unselfishness New York under
took to build a pedestal on which to erect the
Goddess of Liberty statue, an- with what
sweet assurance and unexampled coolness she
asked tbe citizens of the United States to pay
for it; meanwhile claiming tho entire credit.
How pressingly the metropolis invited the
Pennsylvania State troops to take part in the
Washington centennial parade, and with what
kind hospitality, when they accepted and came,
she told them to lodge and board themselves
or starve! What great managers New Yorkers
have shown themselves to be! What a grand
success the Washington centennial ball was
and with what great propriety it was con
ducted! What honest and incorruptible Judges and
officials that city possesses! How can we
conscientiously reiuse ner cooi ana mouest re
quest? By all means give the lair to New
York. Oh, yes! Give her the earth if she but
asics ior it, oa uu.ua.
Pittsburo, September 6.
Flowers on FIs Trees.
To thn Editor of The JJIspatcn:
In an item credited to a California paper, and
recently published in The Dispatch, the
statement was made that the fig is utterly un
like any other fruit. In that it has no blossom.
This'statemcnt is incorrect. Tbe receptacle of
the flower, which is the apex- of tbe flower
stalk, from which the organs of tho flower
grow, or into which thov are inserted in the
fig extends over and around tbe flowers, which
are almost Inclosed within it. If the light and
air fail to reach tbe flowers they would not
come to perfection, and the fruit would in turn
be imperfect. The fact alone that figs contain
seeds would assure us they have blossoms of
A better description than I have given of a
fir blossom I quote from Gray's Botany:
"Flowers of both kinds mixed, lining the in
side of a fleshy receptacle, or hollow flower
stalk, which ripens into what seems a berry.
The receptacle of a strawberry is convex, of a
fig concave. In tbe former we have tbe seeds
on the outside: in the latter on the Inside."
E. L. HOLAX.
Allegheny, September 6.
The Shah Wonnded.
From the Chicago Ilerald.l
The Government of Turkey has Inhibited the
importation of English newspapers. The Shah
dropped a Timet leader on bis corn the other
day and he is sore.
3SOP AND THE BEASTS.
He sat amonjr the woods; he heard
The sylvan merriment: he saw
The humors of the beast and bird,
The pranks of donkey and of daw,
And in the lion and the frog;
In all the tribes of swamD and den,
In deer and hare, in stork and log.
Marked the similitudes of men.
"From these, of these, "he cried, "wecome;
Our hearts and brains descend from thesel"
And lo! tbe beasts no more were dumb,
But answered out of brakes and trees.
And thus, perchance, their saying ran:.
"Nay, not from us your folly springs,
O, deeply fallen race of man.
Bewildered about empty things!
For we have neither hope nor dread,
We look not forward nor behind,
We lead tho life our fathers led,
We live like clouds or streams or wind;
;'For we, have neither doubt nor faith,
For we are neither bond nor free;
We hear the word that nature salth.
And nigh to nature's heart are we.
"Behold, wo neither laugh nor weep,
Are well content with everything:
But ye would fly that scarce can creep.
And ye would speak that scarce can sing.
Hay, were there cause for moan or mirth
Tls we, not you, should sigh or scorn,
O, latest children of the earth.
Most childUh children earth hath borne."
They speak! bnt that misshapen slave
Told never of the thing he heard,
And unto meu their portraits gave
In likenesses of beast and bird.
. UkB the Flack Com.
(mCW TOES BUSEAV 8PICX1LS.1
Nsw Yobk, September 6, There was a
Flack case in. the Brooklyn courts to-day. Mrs.
Julia Bllgh, of Brooklyn, had her husband,
John Sligb, arrested to-day on a charge of
abandonment. Mr Bllgh is a Republican poli
tician, and the proud possessor ot a big '.'pull."
He was an Assistant United States Weigher
under 'President Arthur,- but went out with
the advent ot President Cleveland. Recently
he hat been a United States Weigher at the
Wall street stores. When Bllgh was arraigned
in court to-day he produced a paper whh h'he
claimed to be a certificate of a decree of di
vorce. He said he got the divorce in Chicago,
and it cost blm 55. Tbe decree, he said, liad
been granted by the Rlinols Supreme Court,
proper notice having been served on Mrs.
Bllgh by mail. Mrs. Bligh vigorously denied
that she bad ever been served with notice of
suit of divorce, or law papers ot any kind.
Justice Patterson adjourned the case for a
Preparing; for Emmons Blaine's Wedding.
Emmons Blaine is in town, spending tbe last
daysot his bachelorhood in making prepara
tions for the great event on the 26th inst. Em
mons takes little or no interest In politics. Six.
months ago he was elected General Manager of
the West Virginia Central Railroad, after hav
ing made vt record with the Santa Fe. It was
while living In Chicago, as the freight manager
ot tbe Santa Fe, that Emmons met Miss Anita
McCormlck, whom ha Is to wedsiu Rlenfleld
Springs three weeks hence. The honeymoon
wlllbe.spent in Secretary Blaino'a house at
Ear Harbor, which will be placed entirely at
the disposal of tbs young couple. Before going
there, however, tbey Intend spending a week
journeying in. ex-Senator Davis' private car.
West Virginia. Miss McCormlck, It Is said,
will be worth a million in her own right on the
day of her wedding.
A Southern Mayor Buncoed.
Mayor M.R. Marks, Mayor of the thriving
city of Orlandi, Fla., called at police bead
quarters to-day. It was a business call of a
rather embarrassing character. Tbe-Major
confessed he bad been buncoed. Mayor Marks
reached this city a few days ago and made his
home at the St, George Hotel, on Broadway.
There is scarcely a man of any note in Florida
who is not at least an acquaintance of the
Major. He was not surprised, th erefore, when
a dapper young man stepped up to him, and
grasping him cordially by the hapd said effu
sively: "Good day. Colonel." "Major, If yon
please, sir; Major Marks, of Orlando," the
Southerner replied, innocently, having a faint
idea that he had met the dapper young man
somewhere In the Sunny Sduth. "I am glad to
see you, Major," responded the stranger, "aid
how is my old friend Judge Hughes, of Jack
sonville?" Now it seems that Judge Hughes,
of Jacksonville, is one of the Major's best
friends, and the stranger, who claimed to be a
nephew of that judicial personage, readily
won bis way into tbe confidence of Major
Marks. Tbe Major was induced to go to an
office on Eighteenth street, and there the
dapper young man robbed him of M0, all tbe
money tbe Major had. Tbe young man is still
Lawrence Barrett Back From Europe.
Lawrence Barrett, tbe tragedian, returned
from Europe this morning by the Alter. Mr.
Barrett has much improved In health, and he
says that he is ready and eager for tho work of
Georso 8. Knlght'a Broken Health.
Two years ago worry over the failure of bis
piece, "Baron Rudolph," drove George S.
Knight, the actor, to tho verge of insanity at
San Francisco, and his wife, Sophia Worrall,
tbe burlesque actress, and one of tbe famous
trio of sisters who were at Woods' Theater,
brought him borne and nursed him until be was
sane. He has never been the same since, men
tally ot physically, and to-day he is at Orange,
N. J., stricken with progressive general pare
sis. His devoted wife, who began to pay the
expenses of his last illness a year ago by dis
posing of her diamonds, declines aid, but Is
going to star in a Rosina Vokes repertoire,
and starts on Monday. Knight was affection
ately spoken of to-day by Benjamin A. Baker
and John H. W! Byrne, who knew his life his
tory. He was the leading exponent ot German
comedy in variety theaters. In "Over tbe
Garden Wall" be made a barrel of money, to
lose it in his pet hobby, "Ua.on Rudolph."
Poor Sophia last appeared before the public
five weeks ago at Asbury Park, and she is as
good an actress as ever.
THE CKiTEEION CLUB.
Its First Iwn Fete at tbe Old Knox Man
sion, on the Southslde. '
The old Knox mansion, in Knoxville, had its
memories of old time hospitality and gaiety re
vived last night by the lawn fete given by the
Criterion Club, of the Southslde. The
spacious grounds were beautif ullyllgbtedand
decorated. About 150 ladies and gentlemen
were present. Supper was furnished by Ken
nedy, the caterer, and Gnenthers orchestra
supplied excellent music Tbe mansion is the
home of the Countess Moutercole, where she
spent her childhood days.
Happy in Wedlock.
Mr. Robert C. Carothers and Miss Maggie J.
McKee were united in marriage at 8 o'clock
on Thursday evening, at the residence
of the bride's mother, on Herron Hill.
Tne ceremony was performed by the Rev.
R. A. Hill, formerly of tho Seventh Pres
byterian Church. But a few relatives and
friends of tbe principals were present, and im
mediately after the wedding supper the couple
repaired to their handsomely furnished future
home on Webstar avenue extension.
Insurance Agents Banquet.
George A. Wood, General Manager for West
ern Pennsylvania of the Equitable Life Insur
ance Company, gave a banquet last night at
tbe Duquesne to tbe agents of the company in
his district, Thirty-eight were present, includ
ing H. B. Hyde, President of the company, and
E. W. Scott, Third Vice President. Caterer
Albert Menjou did himself proud on the menu
prepared. The table decorations were very
beautiful and artistic and the party a jolly one.
Their Fourteenth Anniversary.
Pride of the West Council No. 15. Jr. O. U.
A. M., celebrated its fourteenth anniversary
last night with a ball at the Union Rink, in Al
legheny. Handsome invitations had been
Issued, It was a delightful affair.
A POX chase will bo one of tbo drawingcards
at the Lancaster County Fair. A fox in a box
will be dragged around the race course, and the
dogs will follow the scent.
TniKTT-TiiBBE inches of catchflsh was
caught near Norristown by W. W. Potts. It
measured six inches between tbe eyes.
Hxr thick woolen stockings saved the life of
Mrs. Button, of Middlebury, Pai She was bit
ten in tbe ankle by a rattlesnake, but the stock
ing absorbed the venom. The spot turned
At Morgantown, W. Va., the State Unlver
sity opened with an attendance of 160 pupils,
ten being young ladies anxious to tako advan
tage of the coeducation resolution passed at a
recent session of the Board of Regents.
A most singular accident occurred in front
of a drugstore iii York the other evening. An
empty alcohol barrel was standing In front of
the large show window. George Rinely struck
a match on It for the purpose of lighting a
cigar. The alcohol on the barrel blazed up,
exploding the barrel, shattering tho plato glass
in the show window and disarranging the stock.
Rinely was thrown some distance by the ex
plosion, but was only slightly hurt.
Fkanklin and Marshall College, Lan
caster, has entered upon its 103J J car.
Cal Johnson, in sinking a hole on Major
J. F. Brushart's premises, at Pottsmoutb, O.,
at 24 feet below tbe surface ran across a petri
fied rabbit, a pair of tusks, each measuring five
feet in length, and a dozen coins, bearing dates
between 1750 and 1SO0.
H. Richabd HuoHitS, a saloOnlst of
Springfield, O., was married Thursday evening
to Miss Ella R. Fisher, after a courtship of 11
THE ART OF DRESS. fZS
Dispatch, shows thai it consists, first of all, in
conforming to the seasons, and a due regard to
comotnafiojw oj colors u necessary.
It Is death is
aay peree :
that a ay oiker tribes TSBkDy
Chicago hotel on the same day.
tfleir way weft to pw up wrem
Ho Yen Citesjr, a astir of
a graduate of the CohuaMa I sr I
one cas been admitted to jm
courts ot the HawIan MaJs.-
In Iceland tho Good easWJt Ve-j
sun an aeitatioa for nro-IMtew. .
population of Iceland is but TtVNtW
of these several thousand are OW
A Memphis policeman, w
on to shoot a dog; managed to on
lee. a man in the foot and a horw H
and, wane ne was scattering two or fSHH w
bullets along the street, the dog tMMe Kjjop,
An enterprising firm has aieJLjyy
British Government 1136.060 a yer.JorTfc-ji.ivi
Tilege of placing a soap aedpHi
ment on the postage stersna. the adn
to be put on at tbe time the onoornT
and by the same, machine.
There nave been settles
Kennebec river In Maine since M aaeTfti
only tne otoer day mai ineauco-erywaa
that there is coal in the bask ot tee
A local geologist says that eonsidmHo
ties of it are washed aafeore on tbe bee
mouth ot the river.- "
Mrs. George "W. Towle, of KeaaVJ
Me., recently got a letter. The letter 'was
an ordinary every-day sort of unMnvM
one that has traveled. It left tbe oseee at
uranger. N. Y.. October & 1S7S. a4
somewhere on the road ever staee, last wkaaj
nobody knows, but it only reacted Kesar 9tm I
lew days ago.
On Monday John German shot
at Evans' Lake, N. J. It ease M iaebe.
long and 20 inches around tbe Be4.T-Te'
weight of the fish was U pomwfaMcaaees.,;
uBrain naa unce Deen patrotosK ise pona'SJ
and Thursday discovered another carp nearly is
as large as hfs former capture. He succeeded
in capturing it and took it to PhBadelstua,'',
wnere it win oe piacea on exniDition. fj
A steamer arrived at Philadelphia tfitv"rl
other day with a cargo or fruit and a number ..
of tarantulas onboard. Members of theerewSi
Were often obliged to keep, watch at night and 5
sweep the vipers into the ocean as fast as teey i1
nr&wled nn on dftfik. Tha tmssi was loaifad inf
Its hatchways. At times the dec was litteraTlr '
covered witn- mem, ana some were as g
around tbe body as a good-sized orange.
A London paper states that the other
night the marchioness of Sristet,' tbe ladles
Herrey, and a few ot their fries- west
through the streets and squares of .Bctgravja,'
ftfntrin and nla rap on trai t&rs and msn-nlitiM
They tried to salt all tastes asd saatr o !BiiJ5r
Italia" and ''O Dem Golden Bppe"wl
equal vigor. The proceeds of the night's wecK
are to oe given to tne nospitai sunaay iaa.
A very extraordinary society, c1l
"The Order of tbe Mystic Circle." has just bees1
organized, in Philadelphia, and will sooaiW
duly chartered. Its objects are the protection"
and relief of unfortunate husbands. And oaly,
those men are eligible for membership who
have wives who make their lives unhappy. The
society already numbers 200 members, and. It Is
said, it will soon have a membership of 5,066
'Winslow, Me., must be a good place to
grow oia in. mrs. xtoxanna oimpsos, oi ut 'jg
town, 93 years old last January, makes her own f
Vaj4 nnft . tllra a.ntinil thn M hK hnnA tn fttlfk ?
distance of one half mile or more. Mr. sad V
Mrs. Gulllfer. of the same town, are aged 98.
and 96, respectively, and have been married 71j
years last November. Mr. Gulllfer does te
chores about tho farm while his wife does thai -'
housework, and after tbe labor of the day theyr
sit together and smoke their pipes. y
A runaway couple from Virginia wero
married Thursday evening on tbe Baltimore
and Ohio Railroad bridge at Harper's Ferry.
They were George S. Houses and Mary H.
Mohler, both of Eules Switch, Jefferson county, ,
W. Va. They attended the fair at Shepherds
town In tbe morning, and there decided to wed.
Tbey drove to the ferry, and npon reaching
there sought the Rev. Mr. Isaac, wbo, in the '
presence of a few of tbe bystanders, made
A wealthy gentleman who died in
Vienna not long ago. In his will left the whole
of his property to a person whom he had seen
every day for years. This was a young lady
who lived directly opposite his own Iodglngsa
Of this young lady the old gentleman knew
nothing whatever except her name, and t'
grateful fact that lor several yean, as he,'
passed to and fro, she had greeted Mr com
and going with a pleasant, friendly aditle. -was
very lonely in his elderly "bachdioThoou,
and the daily smile cheered and made him
grateful. No tie. indeed, seems to have bound f
him to any human being except to the fair!
damsel wbo thus silently brightened his soil- 1
At Madison, "Wis., the other day, Miss
Kato L. Pier, of Milwaukee, made an argu
ment before the Supreme Court. She is the
first woman lawyer In that State who ever did
such a thing. Miss Pier is a beautiful young
brunette with magnificent raven hair, which
hung in a prodigious braid to within a toot of
the floor. Her opponent war John J. Sutton,
of Columbus, one of the biggest and gruffest
lawyers in the State, but wbo, on this occasion,
woro a singularly subdued mien. The case ar
gued involves several hundred dollars, and a
decision in it was reserved. Miss Pier gradu
ated from the law department of Wisconsin
University a year ago. Both her mother and
father are lawyers, and the trio practice to
gether in Milwaukee. Another girl In the
family is now studying for the bar.
Colonel Charles X. "Wilson, Kentucky's
State Agricultural Commissioner, has a rabbit
foot with a history to it, which he intends to
present to the next Speaker of the House of
Representatives, with the request that It be
handed down in the direct line of succession,
each subsequent term of the Legislature. The
rabbit had but three legs, and was caugh t in a
cemetery at the dead hour of ..midnight by a
one-legged man. Before begot it the whole
neighborhood had been nrayingf or rain to save i
the crops. But when he took the rabbit foot
in bis hand, rubbed the fur and made a few
mystic signs, to his astonishment In a short i
while the great clouds began to pour a deluge
of water over the thirsty land. Colonel Wilson
bad It tipped with silver for a talisman to be '
suspended as a watch charm and used by the
Speaker of the House like tbe magical ring in
the Arabian Nights.
FUNNY MEN'S FANCIES.
The fashion of keeping a jester to enter
tain a court went out when the fool lawyer began
to pratlce In It. Texas Sittings.
Mr. Gladstone believes in bringing np
children without restraint', ir "restraint" is
English for "rod," we are with hhn by a large
majority. Boston Transcript.
More, Perhaps. Mrs. Fangle (reading)
The Saltan of Turkey maintains 474 carriages.
Fangle That must be as many as tbe Emperor
of Coacbln' China keeps. A'eio tort Sun.
"Wife (who never lets her husband forget
that she Is doing the nonsework)-Uy poor hands
have been working ever since I've been married.
Unsband-I know your poor tongue has.
Mumley The proprietor of this ready
made clothing store Is a law breaker. i
Dumley How do you make that out? ' ,
Mumley-Why, isn't he a counter-titter? i'ea
York Sun. -
Tried in the Balance. Subscriber Say, j
I don't see anything funny about yoor Jokes. y
Faragrapher You don't? I waut you to under
stand, sir, that those jokes convulsed thousands
with laughter before you were born. Sew York
Enamored swain For yon, darling, "I
wad lay me doon and dee."
Practical maiden That sort of thing Is clear out
of date, Willie. What a elrl wants nowadays is a
man wbo is willing to get up and hustle for her.
Terre Haute Express.
At the Seaside. Jack Jove, those are
Tom I know them well; called on them every
night for two months In the city.
Jack But tbey seem to avoid you? ,
Tom Yes; tbey haven't paid up yetl Time.
Visitor (at insane asylum) Who is that
fine-looking man making stars, crosses and things
oat of letters?
Attendant Ob, he was the editor of a children's
colnmn in some paper. One week he lost tbe
answers to thepaziles and tried to solrethem
himself. Uunseys WteXly.
"I love von. Emeline. with all the fervor
at my command," he sahU as they strolled out
East avenue. "Yes, George," ho replied, "I
know It, and yet 1 would that you had told me of
your love In some other terms. I have been loved
with fervor, OI to many times, and I do want this
match to amount to something. Eoeaester
Had Seen Smaller. Miss Hautenf (ex
hibiting a diminutive spanieU-Tnla is one or the
smallest dojs living, bee, I can hold him in the,
palm or my hand. j
Iffirth- That Is nothlnr.
Miss llauteur-Have you ever seea.a asitllv
one? ' " - A
Yes, Indeed. I've seen many a dog ito4f
he put oak KXnU-Sev lort .,.