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PITTSBURG. TUESDAY, SEP. 10. 1SS3.
A HOPELESS TANGLE.
The letter of Governor Beaver, in answer
to the demand of the Pittsburg Belief Com
mittee for the refunding of the ?125,O00
which that bed y advanced to start the clean
ins up at Johnstown, amounts to a denial
of his liability. The full text of the letter
may furnish more light on the subject when
it is placed before the public; but so far as
reports give any indication of its contents,
its practical effect is to traverse and deny
the assertion that he agreed to refund the
"We do not suppose that anvone claims
that the Governor is individually and per
sonally liable for the money advanced from
the Pittsburg relief fund. That in his offi
cial capacity he agreed to sec the money re
funded, was the public understanding, and
is the specific assertion of the Pittsburg
committee. On the other hand, the Gov
ernor is understood to deny it. As far as
wc cm see, this makes further wrangling
Thcifliir is an unpleasant and appar
ently irremediable one in which the cir
cumstances are mightier than the men en
gaged in it. The fact is, beyond qnestion,
that the Governor has not got the money;
and therefore it is totally beyond his power
to comuly with the request to pay it. On
the other hand the Pittsburg Committee
cannot properly close up its accounts with
out the money; but the well-known impossi
bility to obtain blood from a turnip makes
the obstacle as great for it as for the State's
Possibly the best way is for the Pittsburg
Committee to turn over the claim to the
State Belief Commission to be preserved
there among the other monuments which go
to prove that when State funds are needed
for State work, the proper way is to call
together the Constitutional appropriating
THE GETTYSBURG COMMEHOBATIOH.
The veterans of Pennsylvania are assem
bling at Gettysburg to dedicate the monu
ments oi the various regiments engaged in
that great and pivotal battle of the civil war.
The occasion will be an interesting one,both
as a reunion of the participants in one of the
most theatrical battles of history and as a
commemoration of those who fell there. The
old soldiers of Pittsburg, and the long list
of "Western Pennsylvania regiments whose
members have gone to the commemoration
show the more important representation
from our half of the State at the time that
the rebel armies were given their most vital
check. Gettysburg was one of the great bat
tles of the century; and the participants in
it do well to commemorate its mighty results
and to honor the memory of their comrades
who lost their lives on that field.
Niagara Falls has had the ill-luck of late
to attract a noisome gang of cranks, cow
ards and crooks. The usual quota of sui
cides and the Niagara hackmen are not
included in this contingent. "We refer sim
ply to Messrs. Graham, Brodie, ct al., who
have sought to turn the wonderful waterfall
to their advertisement. A cunning crew of
Email bore rogues, bankrupt in morals as in
The evident failure of the advertising
schemes of these gentry is gratifying. Con
siderable doubt has been thrown upon the
man Graham's plunge of the Falls in a
cask, and there is every reason to believe
that Brodie's more recent exploit occurred
in his imagination. If the lives of Graham
and Brodie possessed any extrinsic value,
we should rejoice that they had plunged
into a sea of lies instead of the Niagara
river. As it is their survival to vex the
world with exhibitions of their stern de
termination to avoid working for a living is
not a blessing.
It was the same Graham whose heroic
career in a cask as likely as not never took
place, who so bravely sent aa unfortunate
dog to its doom over the Falls not long
since. In little side issues of this sort we
get a glimpse of the real fiber of the sensa
tionalist He .seeks notoriety that he
may escape toil. By cajolery he hopes to
make the world support him. Of course it
flatters the wretch's vanity if he can win a
name for bravery at the same time, but dol
lars are what he is really after.
Perhaps the public may be persuaded at
last to provide for men of Graham and
Brodie's class in jaiL A few years at hard
labor might temper their imaginations and
discourage other vagabonds with similar
KO REASON FOE UNEASINESS.
The intimation that the dealers in milk
"who make a regular business of supplying
milk to customers on Sunday, as well as
other days, are alarmed lest Judge Stowe's
ruling on the milk-shake case should inter
fere witjj their business, does not, on in
vestigation, amount to much. There is no
reason why any man who attempts to con
form to the common-sense interpretation of
the law should be uneasy about its inter
ference. The delivery of milk which is made
legal by the law conveys a distinct meaning
to all who take the trouble to consider it in
connection with the methods of that trade.
It refers to the delivery of the regular daily
supply of milk at the houses of customers
a function of the business wholly distinct
from keeping open places where milk is sold
to transient customers. There has been no
recent judicial assertion of this construc
tion, but it is safe to credit the courts with
the ability and disposition to construe, the
law by the light of common sense.
DIVEBGEHT VIEWS OH THE LAW.
It is calculated to arouse suspicion when
we find that eminent millionaire, Mr.
Russell Sage, indorsing the inter-State com
merce law. It is true, as Mr. Sage says,
that great good and lasting benefits will
now from the use of "tne power to enforce
upon the railroads a policy of common
sense and common honesty and obedience to
the law." Nevertheless such a gift of the
Greeks, as the support of Mr. Russell Sage,
to a law which was intended to restrain the
aggressions of his class, is likely to arouse a
fear that the law as he supports it, is not
the law that was enacted.
Such a support of the enactment has more
concealed dangers about it than the opposi
tion to the law which reverts to the old and
threadbare method of misrepresentation.
An example of the latter class is afforded by
an "editorial in the "Washington Post, which
in quoting a deliverance from the Pacific
coast against the law and the competi
tion of the Pacific railroads, says that
the Canada Pacific road "is not competitive,
because the inter-State commerce law forbids
American Pacific roads to compete with its
through rates unless they lower their local
rates to the same rate per ton per mile,
which for them would mean bankrnpey."
It does appear quite plainly whether this
remarkable statement is to be charged to the
Pacific coast assailants of the law, or to the
Post, which indorses them. In either case
it is a completely exploded and threadbare
falsehood. The law makes no such require
ment and assertions of that sort are only in
tended to create prejudice against it among
those who know nothing of its provisions.
Attacks upon the law which resort to
open and easily exposed misrepresentation
are little to be feared; but the support of
Mr. Russell Sage, which implies its perver
sion to corporate uses, involves a dangerous
and unknown quautity.
A CEITIC OF FUTSBUBG.
The report made by the Rev. J. O. S.
Huntington, the mission clergyman of New
York, concerning the condition of the
miners at Spring Valley. 111., where he
has recently visited, will not be very pleas
ant to the Hon. "W. L. Scott. He declares
that the condition of the miners in that cap
italist's mines is especially deplorable.
Epidemics are starting as the result of want.
Mr. Scott has ordered the mines closed down
indefinitely, "because," as Mr. Huntington
says, "W. L. Scott insists on having inter
est on 1,000,000 represented by 40,000 acres
of coal rights, while he operates only a few
This is a very telling picture. It ex
hibits an abnormal condition of affairs and
would indicate that something was wrong
under any circumstances. But when it is
the case in the mines of an operator who
has made himself prominent in attacking
the relations of other employers to their
laborers, it is especially a matter of public
criticism. Little more than a year ago Mr.
Scott made a particular assault on Pitts
burg employers; and the nature of that as
sault warrants a comparison between the
condition of Pittsburg labor and that of
Mr. Scott's workmen.
It is a mild statement of the truth to say
that at no time have the working classes in
Pittsburg been in danger of dying "of want
and diseases induced by insufficient nour
ishment" Even at Mr. Scott's mines, in
this section, where, at the time that Demo
cratic leader made his attack, he was
making his miners accept wages 5c lower
than at neighboring mines, there was no
such a condition of want It is the favorite
policy of Mr. Scott and his party to revile
Pittsburg; but if labor everywhere was as
well paid as it is here Mr. Scott's millions
would not be so overshadowing as they seem
to be at Spring Valley, 111.
The main trouble here, from Mr. Hunt
ington's statement, is that egregious capital
has control of the industry and holds the
miners down to starvation wages. This
might result without regard to the politics
of the capitalist; but the Illinois miners
have exceedingly ill fortune in being in the
grasp of a Democratic capitalist and pro
fessional friend of the workman for po
litical revenue only.
ADVANCED PEICES FOE IRON.
The change which has taken place in the
iron market since the opening of the summer
months is -shown by the comparison of
prices. At the 1st of June the iron market
was nearly if not quite at its lowest ebb.
The general advance is shown by the fol
lowing statement of prices three months ago
with those prevaling at present:
Junol. September L
Bessemer pig per ton 515 a
Gray forgo per ton 13 fco
Steel rails per ton 26 00
Bar iron per pound l.Go
Coke, per ton 1 00
J17 7518 00
15 0015 25
Thus, it is shown, the advance in the
course of the past three months has been
$1 402 00 per ton on pig iron; $2 00 steel
rails, and three dollars per ton on bar iron.
The advance in coke bears the largest per
centage to the old prices but is the least ab
solute advance. In the comparison of abso
lute gain about one-fifth of the advance in
pic iron is appropriated by the advance in
coke; the entire advance in steel rails is
taken up by the advance in pig; and two
thirds of the gain in bar iron is balanced in
the same way.
These are not boom prices by any means..
They are below the average prices for 1888;
and could stand a still further increase be
fore reaching a stage where inflation is
threatened. But the large increase of out
put which is certain with a very slight en
hancement ot ptices over the present level,
will prevent any such advance as is likely
to contain the dangers of a reaction.
The satisfactory feature of the present ad
vance is the fact that if the iron trade could
make itself whole on the prices prevailing
three months ago, it must be enjoying very
comfortable margins on the conservative ad
vance that has since taken place.
The burglar as he is found in this lati
tude is not a cleanly person. His character
will not wash, and he will not wash himself
with regularity and soap and water. He
works in the dark, and he has no desire to
show his face. Cleanliness is not a part of
his stock in trade. But in the jumping and
joyous "West it is otherwise. The other
night Mrs. Babcock, an estimable lady re
siding in Omaha, heard the water running
in the bathroom, and, seeking the cause,
discovered two healthily developed burglars
disporting in the tab. They politely ex
plained their errand, and, bidding her keep
quiet, finished their ablutions before thev
ransacked the house. As they did not steal
anything, it is to be presumed that the bur
glars were chiefly bent upon takftig a bath.
Of course, without more exact informa
tion at our disposal it is not possible to
exact a superb sheaf of morals from this
story. It is plain, however, that a clean
burglar, even if he obtain his cleanliness
at your expense, is superior to a soiled
burglar any day or night Is not cleanli
ness second only to godliness? Maybe
that healthy form of Anglo mania which
finds expression in a devoted attachment to
the bathtub early and late has broken out
among the burglarious brethren of the
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burglar risking his liberty to get a bath is
as encouraging as it is novel. "We do not
go so far as to say that we desire a visit from
any burglar, but if it is our fate to be so
visited we sincerely hope that the burglar
will take a bath before invading our cham
ber. The thought of a freshly-washed
burglar brings to mind the days when the
polite highwayman robbed his coach or
chaise in a cocked hat, perriwig and frilled
shirt. A clean hand might make the
chloroformed handkerchief it held less ob
jectionable; an odor of Perrybinks' un
paralleled soap see that you get it might
render the request to give up your money
or vour life less terrible. Burglars will do
well to study these facts In the interest of
The news that the State of Virginia has
an old mortgage upon the "White House is
disturbing to a good many politicians from
other States; but it furnishes an explanation
of Mahone's attitude.
Tiie esteemed New York World inter
poses objections to the breaking of a bottle
of champagne under the auspices of Mr.
"Wanamaker, at the launch of the cruiser
Philadelphia. This is professedly on the
ground of Mr. "Wanamaker's temperance
principles; but the most evident ground ot
the World's objections is the belief of our
esteemed cotemporarv. that champagne
should not be allowed to encroach upon
what it considers the exclusive and sole
function of water, namely, the purposes of
Pbedictions are now heard that there
will be a hard winter. Nevertheless, it is
safe to predict that about the end of the
wiuter we shall hear the usual reports of a
short crop of ice.
Since we have set up our claim to the
ownership of Behring Sea, it is announced
that the geographical center of the United
States is six hundred miles north by west
of San Francisco. But besides the difficulty
of erecting a capital at that point in the Pa
cific Ocean, there is the danger that if we
did, it would follow the example of our
prize crews and be taken into Canadian
ports by the refractory Canadian sealing
The erection of tinder box franc sheds in
the vicinity of the Exposition will afford a
good opportunity to test the question
whether the building inspection laws can be
enforced or not
The fact that a Scotch cutter in the yacht
races of Marblehead, last week, defeated a
crack Burgess "forty-footer" on all the three
points of sailing is giving American yachts
men a decided and disturbing intimation
that future contests for the America's cup
may not be such a walk-over as they have
The Florida orange syndicate is the
latest thing in the combination line. If it
expects that it can stop the shipments of
outsiders, it will be squeezed before its
General Algeb is quoted as saying
that he "would rather be Commander-in-Chief
of the G. A. R. than President of the
United States." "Without enlarging on the
acidity of the grapes that hang beyond our
reach, let us hope that Governor Alger will
always continue to preserve the modesty of
Cardinal Manning's friendship to the
London strikers will be of little-avail to
them, if they cannot learn to be satisfied
when his efforts secure them a moderate
Mh. Howells now states that Tolstoi is
the greatest living novelist. This indicates
an advance in Mr. Howells estimate of
Tolstoi. Heretofore Mr. Howells opinion
has been understood to be that Tolstoi was
one of three greatest living novelists and
that Mr. Howells is the other two.
Johnstown is getting worked up to the
point of giving a very downright utterance
to the belief that the way to distribute a re
lief fund is to distribute it
Mr. Aemouk, of Chicago, adopts the
Shakespearian method of claiming that he
docs not bite bis thumb at the United
States Senate; but he wishes it distinctly
understood that he continues to bite his
AlJJANT furnishes the last fire trap
which achieves the feat of penning up a score
of working girls and burning them to
O'Connor's defeat has cleaned out
the Canadians, of all the money that they
won from the rash backers of Teemer in this
country and elsewhere. The whirligig of
time and boat racing is certain to bring
round its revenges.
TEOPLE Of PROMINENCE.
Mns. Hakbiet Beeciier Stowe remains
in promising health.
Mr. Edison smokes a great deal; the more
woik he does, the more cigars be consumes.
TnE Woman's National Press Association in
tends to erect a statue to Mrs. R. B. Hayes, in
Mr. R. D. Blackhobe, the great novelist
now devotes more attention to his market gar
den than to his pen.
Prof. Georoe A. Wentworth, Chairman
of the Faculty,has been made Acting Principal
of Phillips Exeter Academy.
Mrs. Harrison left Jenkintown for Wash
ington yesterday, accompanied by her father,
Rev. Dr. Scott, and Postmaster General Wana
maker. On his fifty-eighth birthday anniversary, the
other day, Mr. Goschen received many girts,
among them a largo cartwheel, with the in
scription: "Don't tax me."
Ahokq the inscriptions In her album most
prized byMme. Patti-Nicollni is this, by the
elder Dumas: ''Being a man and a Christian I
love to listen to your singing; but if I were a
bird 1 Bhoald die of envy."
EX-ATTOBXEr GENERAL GARLAND iS
hunting at his hermitage at Hominy Hill, Ark.
He has been chasing deer and having a good
time. He wrote the other day to a friend to say
that ho had just killed a fine buck.
Tub railway postal clerks at Now Orleans
presented Congressman Peters, ot Kansas, tho
other day with a handsome snakewood cane,
with a gold crook In the shape of an eagle's
head, whose eyes are rubies. The gift is Intend
ed as a grateful recognition of his efforts in be
half of the service and its increased pay.
OUR MEXICAN TRADE GROWING.
Figures That Show nn Increase of Several
millions Last Year.
City of Mexico, September 9. The Mart can
Economist, the best authority of Mexican
finance and statistics, gives some facts and
figures regarding the condition of trade be
tween Mexico and the United States which are
regarded as rather startling, and which differ
materially from those given out at Washing
ton. It says that in the flBcalyear 1887 S8 the
value of the exports from the United States to
Mexico was; in American coin, S19.281.6T3, or, in
Mexican money. $25,686,237, and that tho value
of exports from Mexico to tho United States
during the same period was 31,059,220.
These fignres are regarded as tho most ac
curate that have ever been obtained, and show
that exports from the United States to Mexico
are several millions larger than heretofore
stated by either Mexican or United States authorities.
THE TOPICAL TALKEE.
A Frond of Spolted-Lobstcr Color Odds
and Ends and Peraoonl Notes.
There's a rather gaudy spoilt lobster-colored
ice-water tank behind the gateman's
house at the Federal street crossing of the Fort
Wayne Railroad. It is one of those Ingen
ious machines that defy the Law and Order
League and serve water at 1 cent or 5 cents a
cup. A legend on the tank says that the water
comes from Waukesha. Perhaps it does: that
is not the point I'm after. So long as the
water is pure and cold I care not where It
comes from. What I want Is to know for cer
tain that when I drop a penny or a nickel into
the slot the waterwlll come from the tank.
. The tank has a modest sort of look, and its
spoiled-lobster tint is not unlike a blush, but I
am pained to be obliged to say that it is a
fraud. On Thursday night last, after a rather
wild walk to catch the last tram out of (town, I
stopped before the tank and Inserted one good
cent of the United States coinage into its maw.
Then I turned the handle. It turned beauti
fully; there was nothing wrong with tBo
mechanism. But no water came not a drop.
The cup remained as dry as I was. But the
penny never came back.
A friend of mlno had a similar experience
with the tank on another occasion. It is prob
able that a great many pennies go into the
tank's treasury and bring forth nothing. Of
course, the proprietors of the tanks are toler
ably safo from suit, because nobody cares to
enter suit for a penny. But could not the tank
be made to signify by the closing of the slot,
for instance when it is empty?
Yor hardly look for theater parties thus early
in the season especially on a warm Monday
night but nevertheless two stage boxes at the
Bijou wero filled with the guests presumably
oi a well-known Iron man.
At the first performance ot "The U. S.
Mail," in Louisville last night, were present
qnito a number of Plttsburgers, besides the
author and his financial partners. Manager
Gulick, of the Bijou Theater, was there, and
so were George Shoppard, Charles D. Scully
and several others.
Tiie Exposition is really in flr3t-class shape
now. There aro heap3 of things to see there,
and not lease of all to a lover of his race the
variety of men, women and children who
flock to the befogged hall.
Under the moonlight last night and with its
own abundant jewels of electric light, the Ex
position building looked very attractive. Just
the sight of it drew many visitors from among
the pedestrians who crossed the Allegheny
A PARADISE FOE FISHERJIES.
One Firm Alono Captures 30,000 Alaska
Salmon In n Month.
WAsniNOTON, Septembers. In accordance
with an act of Congress passed last session Col
onel Marshall McDonald, Fish Commissioner,
sent a party this summer to Alaska to make
an investigation of the salmon rivers of that
territory, with a view to prescribing regulations
for the protection of the fisheries. Dr. Tarl-
ton H. Bean is in charge of the investigation,
and his first report, dated Karluk, Alaska,
August 12, has just been received by Colonel
McDonald. Dr. Bean says the Karluk Is, accord
ing to the statistics, the greatest salmon river
in Alaska. A falling oft in the catch this year
is anticipated owing to over-fishing and seining
at the mouth of the river, which makes the as
cent of the fish to their spawning grounds a
matter of great difficulty except one day in
The river is full of young salmon and the
stream is broken by rocks int rapids and la
goons. - Bat few enemies of the salmon, aside
from the fishers, are found the salmon shark,
a species of porleagle, cormorants, gulls, scul
pins, dolly vardens and steel heads. There are
six canning companies located at Karluk, and
all the fishing is done along a little piece of
outside beach adjacent to the river's mouth,
not exceeding half a mile in length, and in the
last two miles of the river's course. Haul
seines are the main dependencies. Some of
the larger ones are 1.500 feet long. The catch
of August 4 was 153,000, one firm alone taking
50,000. Fishing continues all day and all night,
as it Is light enough to see plainly except from
10.30 to 1:30 A. M. From Friday midnight to
Saturday midnight the ascent of salmon is un
obstructed. The doctor says the sentiment of the fisher
men is in favor of obeying the law against ob
structions. A trap placed in the river was
torn out by tbem just before the arrival of the
party, and the old Russian sapoa, formerly lo
cated near the rapids, has been dismantled.
The number of fishermen employed at Karluk
is 400, all white. Six hundred Chinese are em
ployed in the canneries. Mr. Booth has sur
veyed the river three miles, but further pro
gress cannot be made this year.
PROGRESS OF THE COLORED RACE.
Interesting Uemnrks on the Snbjcct by
Bishop Newman, of Omnhn.
CniCAGO, September 9. Bishop Newman, of
Omaha, addressed the Methodist ministers at j
their meeting in the Methodist church block,
onsthe subject of the race problem in the South
and the work of the Methodist Chnrcn in
solving it The speaker told of bis late trip
through the country and gave several graphic
illustrations of his experiences. Ignorance and
fanaticism were to blame for much of the ill
feeling, he said, but contrarv to ceneral belief.
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tus ignorance hdu xaoaticisi
ms were as much
on one side as the other.
The colleges for the
colored people were doing a wonderful amount
of good, and a prominent Southern statistician
admitted tnat mere were now more illiterate
people among the whites than among the col
ored people. This was largely due to the ef
forts of the Methodist Church in pushing
education among the negroes. Bishop New
I called on the Governor of South Carolina and
had a long talk with him. He discovered for the
first time that the Methodists were not working
for social equality for the neerocs, but lor full rec
ognition, lie complained of the terrible strain of
the conflict ensrendered by the race prejudice. I
told him that lie had i comparatively easy prob
lem. You of the South," I said, have only
your native born people to contend with, while
we in the North bare all Europe." 1 would
rather a thousand times be the Southerner and
have the race problem to grapple with than to
be here in Chicago and the North, and be con
lrontcd by the vat hordes of lcrnnrant, unedu
cated foreigners, who are swarming over here to
take possession . 1 look, forward to the time and
hope It is not far dUtant when we ican stand up
and firmly sav: 'Noforelitn-bom cltlien shall
henceforward nave a place lathe legislative con
ductor this country."
Bishop Newman's remarks wero received
with applause, but were not discussed.
AL1TE WITH A BROKEN NECK.
A Camden Man Who Has Survived a Seri
ous Injury for Eight Days.
PnHiADELPHiA.Septem ber 9. Caleb Lozier,
the young man who has lived with a broken
neck in Camden for eigbt days, one inch and a
half of his sninal cord being exposed tnrough
the successful removal of the crushed verte
bra?, thinks he is going to get well. He cannot
Eossibly lh e, however. His sweetheart, whom
e would have married next month, sits by his
side day and night, and also thinks ho will get
well despite the physician's intimation to tho
A bate Bet.
From the later Orcan.l
Now York City claims to have as many
millionaires as all otber sections of the coun
try combined. It would be safe to bet a red
apple that she can not prove it by her tax
DEATHS OF A DAY,
Father Philip Hnrtmnn.
rCFECIAI. TELEGRAM TO TIIE DISfrATCn.l
EBIE, September 9. Kev. Father Philip Hart
man, of this diocese, died to-day at the
age of four score years. Father Hart
man built St. Mary's church in Erie and
several other churches In this section of the dio
cese. A few months ajto he had his hands severe
ly burned with kerosene, and had been unable for
some time prior to his death to perform the func
tions of his office.
Julia A. Falrmaa.
Julia A. Fairman, widow of tho late James Fair
man, a former well known old-time river man of
thiscltv. died in l'lainfiela. N. J., Saturday and
her remains will arrive home this morning. They
will be burled in Allenheny Cemetery from the
residence of Mrs. J. Cable, Ne. 64 Irwin avenue,
Louisville, KY., faeptember 9. -Mr. Samuel
Graves, editor of tho Lebanon Standard and
1 mu, died this morning of blood poisoning at his
home at Lebanon. He was 37 years old and was
one ofthe best known and ablest members of the
State press. He leaves a wife and one child.
Hon. B- B. Dnnn.
WATXnraiE, Me., September 9. Hon. E. B.
Dunn, a prominent business man and ex-President
or the .Maine Central Katlroad, died this
morning, aged 7. ,
IJentennnt O. O. SUnrrnr.
WASHINGTON, September 9. The Hsvy Depart
ment has'becn.lntormed that, Lieutenant O.O.
Sharrar died yesterdav. at Aurora W. Va.
SOME GOOD FLATS. ' THE ALCnEMISTS:OP 0LDh ' 'tII GwStKlS G0THi(9WrifliMnHHHK
Sir. Scnnlnn Is Very Welcome Brlc-n.Brno
nnd Other Plays and Players.
Itls a genuine pleasure to welcome back to
Pittsburg after an absence of five years Mr. W.
J. Scanlan, an actor whose talents are of the
highest order. A big audience made the greet
ing warm enough at the Bijou Theater last
night in fact, the warmth of the almighty
"gods" was destructive of the artistic effects
and the continuity of action at times.
First as "to the play. -Shane-na-Lawn," writ
ten by J. C. Roach and the redoubtable J.
Armory Knox, this much can be said; It is a
clean, pretty story, raoy ot Ireland in its pleas
antest aspects, devoid of political colortand
still more happily divorced from agrarian
troubles. It is not a melodrama, although a
murder and a good deal of bombastic language
are thrown into it. It is really a love story, or,
rather, two or three Jove stories woven to
gether, and the villain is allowed to interrupt
iue course oi hub love during two acts, only to
ba tripped up and punished finely for bis
deserts In the third act.
The meat of the play is the delightfnl charac
ter of Sfiane-na-Lawn (meanine "foundling of
the grass" ) which Mr. Scanlan assumes. It is a
part that Boucicault might revel in, and it fits
Sir. Scanlan to perfection. He is a merry Irish
boy, fall of that graceful graceless hUmor, that
readiness at quip and repartee, that courage
unquenchable for which no race Is So famous
as the Irish. It is Scanlan himself, and not a
merely assumed character we see in his Bhane-na-iatCTV
or if it -isn't he is the
more consummate actor,-that's all. More
over, be has a voico built for
the homelv, happy ballads of the "onld coun
thry." It is worth a position in the Treasury
Department with nothing to do but draw a sal
ary and curse the Civil Service Commission to
hear Scanlan sing Sam Lover's "Low Back
Car," even if he does take tremendous liberties
with the air of the famons son?. His own
songs are good, too the women are always
caught with tho old favorite "Peek-a-Boo,"
though we confess the Irish ballads please us
the Lest The quaint whimsical love passages
between Sian and his sweetheart are the
finest gems in Mr. Scanlan's work. Na
ture is there in every look, move
ment and word. Luckily, too, he has a
young woman worthy of his metal to
maseioveto. juiss ilattie Ferguson Is a deli
riously dainty colleen, with a fair face and a
tongue sharp as a needle, and sweet if she
please as a honeycomb. So with her as Peggy
O 'Moore. Sftan's lovemaking is a picture of
amazing fun and cuteness.
The rest of the company is good,
though we are sure the ghastly
imitation of Mr. Mansfield as
Hyde given by the lesser of the two villains
wo Jld be very much better in some more con
genial play. The chief villain, Mr. Charles
Mason, rould not be heard always. It is un
necessary to tell Mr. Mason that nobody will
believe in his villainy if he docs not put fury
into his voice.
After Mr. Boucicault no better Irish come
dian than Mr. Scanlan walks tho stage to-day.
Grand Opera House.
A dictionary gives as the meaning of tho word
bric-a-brac, a collection of objects having a
certain interest or value from their rarity, an
tiquity, or the like, and the derivation of the
word shows that It means literally things col
lected by hook or by crook, As to
the definition of "Brfc-a-Brac," the farce
comedy which made a good many people laugh
very often and heartily last night at the Opera
House we cannot speak so strictly by tho card.
The materials out ot which it Is formed were
certainly gathered by hook or by crook from
all sorts of plays and places. There Is nothing
veryvaluableinit on the ground ot rarity,
hut there is a good deal which is old enough to
be valuable on the ground of antiquity.
The fact is that llr. Tanehill's "Bnc-a-Brac"
is not very great shakes even as a farce com
edy.'and yet is funny enough, and presented
stroigly enough to make andlences faugh and
for its owners a good sum of money. The farce
is ofa rushing, rattling order. The company is
stroig in comedy, in voices, and, on the femi
nine! side, wonderfully comely. You can cer
tainly find a beauty to suit your particular taste
with such a bevy of beauties before you.
"Bric-a-Brac" received the stamp of popular
appnval beyond a doubt. The laughter was so
incetsant that no less than three persons wore
caned out of the theater m hilarious hysterics.
Bi-tley Campbell's "Passion's Slave" is be-
iven at this playbonse this week by a very
r company. The mechanical effects are
good and the comedy parts in excellent hands.
Missj Josie Sisson being a pretty soubrette
and 3. W, Larsen and Richard Lyle taking
propsr care of tho buffooneries. Miss Bessie
Taybr Is a very pretty young lady, and has tho
sympathy of the andience throughout her
trlali, while Miss Bstello Keene's rendition of
the role of ClotMlde Dijon is excellent. Charles
Barringer as the hero, Manuel de Foe, is man
rls.lmt John W. Cope scarcely grasps the vil
lain's part he essays. The audiences at both per
formances yesterday completely filled the
Hurry Williams' Academy.
The attraction at this theater the present
week is one of those female burlesque shows
that always draw large audiences. But this is
rather out of the ordinary, in that it is a more
than good company. It is a "corking good
show," in the language of a man heard at the
doors after last night's performance. The spec
tacular burlesque that concludes an evening of
amusement is "Parisian Revels." It affords an
opportunity for tho exhibition of some very
beautiful costumes and a number of pretty
faces and figures. The company has strength
ened throughout since Its last appearance here
and will undoubtedly do an Immense business
Tho World's Museum.
This new but popular place ot amusement
has an attraction that drew large crowds ester
day afternoon and evening. The minstrel en
tertainment is one of the best evor given hern
for the price, while innumerable curiosities are
shown in the other department. A more Inter
esting place in which to spend a leisure hour
can scarcely be found In the two cities.
TERI JIUCE IN EARNEST.
Chicago Proposes to Raise $13,000,000 to
Cnpinro the World's Fair.
Chicago, September 9. The Times tomor
row will say: Wlthm the next few diys some
Important developments are promised in con
nection with Chicago's World's Fair project.
A syndicate composed of some of the wealthiest
and most influential citizens of the city has
been orgiiiizfrt and proposes to put up not less
than S12.000.000, and even more, if necessary to
make Chicago's success certain. Already $8,000,
000 has been assured, and the other plan, when
completed, will give the organization a backing
of sso,0w,ouu. These gentlemen, wnne tney win
not work directly in conjunction with tho pres
ent World's Fair Commission, which is now do
ing such excellent work, will not act antagonis
tic to it.
They propose to Issue bonds to bo secured
with actual property, and to create a sinking
fund. It Is then propos:d to locate the exposi
tlon buildings on the lake front. Within tho
next few days all of the arrangements will be
completed and tho plan matured, when the de
tails of the enterprise and the names of those
interested will be made public.
DE NEVER .IIAD A DOCTOR.
An Ex-Pltlsburser Passes Away at tho Ago
of 09 Ycnrs.
Lebanon, O., September 9. John E. Dey, a
well known pioneer resident of this place, died
last evening in his ninety-ninth year. He cele
brated his ninety-eighth birthday July 3 last.
He came down theJOhioriver from Pittsburg on
a flatboat in 1818, and from thence came out to
Lebanon, where he has ever since resided.
He joined the Odd Fellows in 1842. being tho
second one initiated into Lebanon Lodge after
its charter. He never employed a doctor for
himself in his life, and was alwajs adverse to
the use of medicine. He retained his faculties
to the last.
SULLIVAN FOR CONGRESS.
New York TTorW: John L. Sullivan has
been noted for his overwhelming "return." but
his return to Congress Is not probable.
PHILADELPHIA Inquirer: It might bo
more appropriate if John L. Sullivan would
run for Congress in the Mississippi State
Philadelphia Record: With tho re
doubtable John L. in Congress the Speaker of
the House might want a sledge hammer for a
Indianapolis Journal: John Snlllvan says
bono longer feels like living as he has done,
and wants to go to Congress as a change. But
is this reform T
New York Tribune: An ex-pngllist might
"givo tone" to a legislative body; but oould
the country stand the spectacle of a Congress
man leaving his seat to cballengo all comers in
the 24-foot ring?
Louisville Courier-Journal: When Gov
ernor Lowry goes to the Senate and Mr. Sulli
van goes to Congress, two acquaintances may
chance to meet on Pennsylvania avenup.
New York Herald: The member who
should interrupt him or Intimate that "Tho
gentleman doesn't tell the truth, and knows
it," or "The gentleman is a coward, ana aare
cot repeat the' assertion outside ot this
Housej" would probably be sent home in a box, J
i i - -i
Some Extrnordlnary Delusions That Oc
cupied the Blinds of Wise Men la tb
Middle Ages Elixirs of Life and Uni
One of the most extraordinary delusions in
the history of human evolution is the search
for elixir ot life and the philosopher's stone,
which occupied the minds of mediaeval alchem
ists. Ho w far these two were identical is left in
some doubt by the more mystic and Incoherent
authorities. Originally, indeed, they seem to
have been one the substance which in Geber's
phrase would "heal" the baser metals into the
convalescence of gold would certainly exert
similar effect upon the human body, would'
purge the impurities therein, restore
youth and indefinitely prolong life.
Most alchemists agreed that It was some form
of lfquld gold. Roger Bacon recommended
gold dissolved in aqua regla, claiming that it
had kept him alive for 70 years, and that he
bad heard of an old man being restored to
blooming youth by Its use. But people drank
of this solution, and still death was not ban
ished from the eaxth. Bacon himself died.
Then the advocates of potable gold fell back
upon a new explanation. The gold of com
merce was not the proper article, but only the
gold produced by tbe touch of the philosopher's
But whatever tbe ingredients of the elixir,
says a Boston Globe writer, two things were
held to be certain by the most intelligent and
learned minds of tbe middle ages: First, that
such an elixir did exist; and, secondly, that it
had been discovered at various periods, but
had been lost either through tbe selfishness of
the individual, who kept the recipe a close
secret, or else through the dullness of Intelli
gence which prevented any but tbe most fa
vored mortals from penotratlng to the esoteric
meaning of the chaotic iumble of words in
which the secret wasrevealed.
Some Extraordinary Stories.
There was Axtcpbino. for example, who In
the twelfth century published a book on the
art of prolonging human life. Certainly, no
one could bo a better authority on the subject,
for at the date of publication he was in the
1025th year of his age. There could be no doubt
about this. He said so himself. He bad
known the great men of antiquity, bad con
versed with them familiarly, and was never at
a loss for an answer when questioned
as to their personal appearance, manners
and characteristics. His disciples even
attempted to prove that he was Apol
lonlus of Tyana, who lived in the time of
Christ, and whose life and pretended miracles
formed the subject of a biography by Fhilos
tratns. Theie was Nicholas Flame!, who, at
the age of 80. discovered the elixir of life, and,
according to the more modest story, was en
abled to prolong his life for a quarter of a cen
tury longer, although, according to his more
enthusiastic disciples, he did not die at all. and
even now may be traveling around somewhere
in company, perhaps, with the wandering Jew.
Other alchemists, like Roger Bacon, pos
sessed brazen heads which were so far ani
mated that tbey could speak and predict the
future. It was even whispered that other
Ehilosophers had succeeded In making a
omunculus i sort of elf orfalry. Paracelsus
boldly gives a recipe for producing one. As
Disraeia remarks, there was a greatness ot
mind in this pilosopher, who, having furnished
a recine to make a fairv. had the delicacy to
refrain from its creation. Even the serious
minded Baptista Porta does not deny the possi
bility of engendering creatures which "at their
full growth shall not exceed tho size of a
mouse," but he adds that "they are only pretty
little things to play with."
Superstitions Die Hard.
Long after the doctrines of alchemy had
been exploded, long after the learned had
abandoned the search for the philosopher's
stone and tho elixir vita?, these marvelous
legends retained their hold upon the popular
mind, and gave a fruitful opportunity to im
postors. In the sixteenth, and even In tbe
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries pretended
alchemists traveled from town to town selling
elixirs which would restore youth and beauty
and prolong life for ages. There was the
famous Dr. Dee, for example, an Englishman,
who, in 1581, claimed to have found the elixir
among the ruins ot Glastonbury Abbey. Peo
ple came from far and wide to see a man who
could never die, and to be sharers in his im
mortality at a fair commercial equivalent.
A weatby Polish nobleman, Count Albert
Laski, came among tbe rest. He was cordially
received, his horoscope was read, it was pre
dicted that he should become the owner of the
philosopher's stone, should live for centuries
and become the King of Poland. But in order
that all these things should be added unto him
he must first leave EnglandV taking with blm
the doctor and his assistant, with rheir -wives
The happy family proceeded to Poland, and
for several years tbe doctor and bis assistant
lived a cheery life on the count's estate, spend
ing several hours every day in the endeavor to
transmute iron into gold. But somehow the
experiment always failed at the very moment
it ought to have succeeded. At last, when tbe
count was almost rained, he disembarrassed
himself of his visitors. But they readily found
other victims to fleece. It is gratifying to note
that Dr. Dee finally died in penury in En
gland. An Ancient Faith Care.
Tho belief in tho elixir vitas was not a whit
more astonishing than the belief in tbe royal
touch for the King's evil or scrofula. From
the time of Edward the Confessor to that of
Queen Anne it was currently held in England
that scrofulous patients could bo cured by the
touch of the monarch. Sovereign after
sovereign submitted to tbe public ceremony.
Not less than 100,000 people were touched by
King Charles II. According to eminent au
thority none ever failed of recovering "unless
their little faith starved their merits," an im
portant reservation, of course. Many who had
been blind for weeks or months were restored
to sight at the first touch of the royal hand.
Physicians acknowledged its efiicacy; Catholic
divines did not deny that the power had de
scended to Protestant princes.
Then there was the weapon ointment, which
300 years ago excited tho wondering credence
of Europe. This ointment was prepared in
various wajs sometimes of portions of a
mummy, sometimes of human blood, some
times of moss from the skull of a thief or
pirate who bad been banged in chains. But its
peculiarity was that it was applied, not to the
wound, which was merely cleansed and dressed,
but to the weapon that had inflicted the
wound 1 Even Lord Bacon speaks of this oint
ment as having the testimony of men of credit,
acknowledging, however, that ha himself "as
yet Is not fully inclined to believe it."
Other Universal Panaceas.
The same idea reproduced itself later In the
so-called sympathetic powders, which were
simply powdered blue vitriol and were applied
not to the wound, but to the blood-stained gar
ment of tho injured party. These powders
were tried with marvellous success by Sir
Kenelm Digby in the presence of King James
L of England, and performed many miraculous
cures In France and Italy.
The extraordinary virtues of tar water were
next exploited by tbe famous Bishop Bcrkely,
of whom Dr. Holmes says that he held
two very odd opinions, "that tar water
was everything and that the whole material
unlversowas nothing." The bishop's recipe
consisted simply in stirring a quart of tar in a
gallon of water, leaving It 48 hours and pouring
otf the clear water. This was the universal
panacea which he recommended for all dis
eases. Cure after cure was in fact reported, and the
good bishop was raised to the eleventh heaven
when one day he received a letter stating that
a sailor bad fallen and broken bis leg, and had
cured the fracture instantaneously by an ap
plication of melted tar. The next post, bow
ever, disabused his mind. The wag who had
written the AM letter now wrote a second,
saying that he had forgotten to state that tbe
patient's leg v. as a wooden one.
MILLIONS WORTH OP PROPERTY
Claimed by nelrs cf a Nero Who Owned
the Site ofa CUT.
Looansport. Ind , September 9. The heirs
of Benjamin Talbot lay claim to 610 acres cov
ering the central portion of this city. Talbot,
while a slave, settled at Logansport 55 years
ago, with Mr. McBaue and famll from Yellow
Springs, Ky. Ho bought from the Government
640 acres of land, and lived on It until the pass
age of the fugitivo slave law, when be aban
doned bis property aud fled to Canada. He
never returned to claim it, but often spoke of
it to Ms children. Not long ago one of them
put the matter lntotbo hands of attorneys,
who, upon examination, found Talbot's titlo in
dinputible. . . .
It is said that tho Wabash and Eel River
Railroads, with valuable buildings on the Tal
bot ground, have already compromised. The
entire property is estimated to be worth sev
eral millibns. There are four sons and two
daughters who are tbo heirs. One of be sons,
Henry Talbot, has not been beard from for
several years. He was last heard from at Dan
Cblcnim'n Court Record.
From the Chicago 'lrlbnne.
It Is written in the breeze
As it passes on Its way
With" a murmur through the trees "
"No juryman to-day."
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t ,. -??-,. , i " " - imrzm&mm .j
Ives Seere4 m Heparnts Tvtt
KrewysT wnr i u srxcuLa.1
New YobkI September ft Hewr-3-
the young ,2rt)eieoa of
his former partner In Wa4U street,
George H.' Stayaer. were cilrt
bar of the Court .of General DsiolsBS tfefe
morning. 'Both looked sleek, dapjwr iad anx'
iouf. Ires wore va natty fall rait, a roMe's eie
blue necktie and a WOO diamond Mrtit4.'Hel
tried to conceal bis' nervousness by sbUIb W1
interruptedly sl by carrying Ms ohln Mgtt,
His fat partner, Staynerwu badly Haste,,
and made no attempt to bide it. The request"
of Ives' and Stayner's lawyerforseparata tfttas
of his clients was granted, and to-morrow was '
fixed for the opening of tho case against Ives.
TbenNapoleon and company were lad back to
their luxurious quarters in Ludlow street' jH.'
In a PKlabI Condition.
A policeman found four children, under; 8r
years of age and their grandmutfcerJ
Catharine Nolan, 80 yean old, crying fro
hunger in a wet cellar near the river at 3
o'clock this morning. Two ot the ch'iidrea bad
whoonlng cough: one cholera infantum, sad
onecroup. Their father was to jail, and, their
mother bad disappeared while on a spree four
weeks ago. They and their grandmother had
been evicted from their lodgings for non-payment
of rent, and all ,their fumltnre bad been
seized; ' All five seemed half starved to death.
They were sent to a hospital.
Alexander Gladstone, 13 years. old, upset
Jacob Bloomfleld, keeper of a soda water and
cigar stand, by dodging, between h legs.
While Bloomfleld was scrambling t bis feet,
Gladstone's three pals, all under II years, ran
oil with two-boxes of cigars, $1 in money, and
some soda water paraphernalia. Tbe young
highwaymen were arrested, arraigned in court
to-day, and were handed over to the care of
the Children's Society.
Studying the FostoSee System.
Sabnro Fujn. Japanese Consul here, to-day
introduced to the postofflce authorities a Jap
anese postoffice official; who has been seat to
this country by the Japanese Government to
study our postal system; After making a de
tailed examination of tbe New York postofflce
tbe Japanese official win visit the central post
offices in Washington, Philadelphia and Bald
more. A Faithful Canine BentlaeT.
Oscar F.Dudley was awakened by the whin
ing of his pet dog at 3 o'clock this morning'.
The air in his room was thick and smoky. He
opened tbe door and found the corridor all
ablaze. He dropped from bis window to the
pavement, a few feet below, and shouted
loudly to awaken the 23 other tenants of the
house. No one heard him. Then he threw five
or six glass bottles, which he found in an ash
barrel, against the side ot the house. The crash
of glass awakened the house. In a minute there
was a panic Ten persons harried downstairs
and escaped with onljf a few slightbnrns. Sev
eral saved themselves by way of the scuttle and
ran across the adjoining roofs. Two men
jumped from a second-story window and suf
fered bruises and sprains. Otherwise no one
was injured. About one-half of tbe building
was destroyed. The dog was saved. The drug
gist's yonng wife committed suicide about two
months ago, while insane, and Dudley since
then has lived in the tenement where tbe fire
occurred, with his dog as his only company.
Hnd a Bight to Hit Blm.
A'coroner's jury to-day exonerated Henry S.
Harlman, of San Francisco, who fractured the
skull of Patrick J. Ready by striking mm oa
the head with a cane when Ready attempted
to steal his watch on August 30. Ready died,
September 4, of his injuries.
OJiE WAI OP PAIIKG DEBTS.
How the Slate of Arkansas Settled a Bill
Washington, September ft Ex-Attorney
General Garland has been chasing deer and
having a good time at Hominy HIU. He wrote
the other day to a friend to say tbat he had
just killed two fine bucks. He explains! also
bla anmrunt rttriw,ri1 fnr tha mlmA lnr- Th.
State of Arkansas owed him some 85.000 for
legal services. Ho put in a bill for nair that
amount and said be would calllt'soaaro If tbe
bill was paid as presented. At the last meeting
of the Legislature money should have been ap
propriated to pay him. bat unexpectedly the
bill was defeated. Tnere was no dispute over
the indebtedness, but some of the old legisla
tors were simply opposed to paying. The
reasons tbey gave for their opposition were
varied and eccentric
One old fellow, wearing a choker collar and a
full salt of black, said that during the last
campaign he had heard Garland tell stories
that were oH color, and he did not think that
the State should vote money to a man who
would do such a thing. Another man gave as
his reason for voting against the bill tbat the
ex-Attorney General played poker, and that to
pay blm the money would be to encourage vice.
A friendly member ultimately suggested:
"Garland is always here along during the
month of August and has to be a going home
about the middle of September. If he does
chase deer with hounds he's a mighty good
shot, I propose tbat we just change the law so
as to allow the shooting of deer to begin tbe
1st of August, instead ofthe 1st of September.
That will allow blm a month of shooting."
This proposition met with approval and the
game law was amended accordingly. AH dur
ing last month Garland was chasing deer,
under tho new law, and" be says he is perfectly
sausueu wua me settlement oi nis Claim
against the State.
THE SELECT CA8TLE'S SESSION.
An Outline of What Will bo Done at York
tSFECIAI. TXI.XGB.UI TO TOI DISFATCJI.1
York, September ft The Select Castle of
Pennsylvania will convene in annual session in
I. O. O. F. hall, in this city, at 10 o'clock to
morrow morning. Select Commander J. F.
Skerrett will, in bis report, recommend the ad
vancement and encouragement of the funeral
benefit relief Jn all subordinate castles, as well
as enconraging tho advancement of the mili
tary rank and the establishment of assemblages
of the ladIes"Tank. The Select Castle will, in
all probability, accept the privileges granted by
tho constitution recently adopted by the Su
preme Castle, by which tbe original officers ot
castles hereafter will, at the expiration of their
first term ot service, receive the honor and title
of past commander.
A parade of the order in honor of tbe Select
Castle will take place to-morrow afternoon. It
will be marshaled by tbe general commanding
tbe military branch, J. B. Roberts, and will be
participated In by members of the order from
various parts of the State. Mayor D. K. Noell
will make the address of welcome.
A Very Good Reason.
From the New York World. :
The question, "Why do not more Americans
marry English girls?" is up again for interna
tional discussion. There Is one reason so suffi
cient tnat the others do not need to be men
tioned. And that reason is the American girls.
One of the cannon used by tbe American
Colonists in 1763 In defending tbelr settlements
from tbe attacks of the 'Indian Chief Fontlac,
is imbedded in the foundation walls of the
residence of J. Samuel Krause, of Bethlehem,
Pa., where it was placed by the officers of the
Moravian Church, to prevent Young America
from firing it oS on Liberty days.
A newly married woman named Wltman
threw red pepper in her husband's eyes daring
a quarrel at Reading.
A man arrested at Erie for jumping a board
bill had 50 in bis pocket.
A Juniata county woman pqblicly flogs her
husband every time be comes home drunk.
Tbe Mayor of York bas been presented with
a cane made of wood from tbe Waterloo battle
field. A tame woodchuck belongs to a family in
Trumbull county. O. Tbe boys caught it when
young and treated it so nicely thatlt now fol
lows tbem about like a kitten.
A Wheeling grocer carelessly left a cheese
uncovered at night and in tbe morning ..dis
covered that- mice had riddled it with holes.
One had evidently started a nest in it.
A dog that has been taught to walk back
ward Is on ned by a BUlalre man.
Three hundred and eighty-five crows were,
counted on two trees in a cornfield near Barnes-
ville, Ot a few days ago.
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snake saias aM btaaariajr. fmajsanatii, aa44
ww oe oatoc avtM beauty.-
H. P. TTarreor'of Coaaefl,
had a red bin i ate faattly stat.ttK. ;M
oat last weer, lanat: reaeoM im i
age oi ao yean at Mast. Bad tar a
Mpposed to be saarteY-fvad.
peoially whea eouaaed. Tbey '
OreeS and diaauhr.-aatt Mats sat
tamo them or raaie thorn cBWayto
m xuoiea nome-
. e-Attutawat; stand frew aettrtoair-
iromjacason lor W ooffljw. watt raakss eft
raaroaa wrecks, riots, snail per
many others gained cireBlattoa
.NotlHc3eoold be gotten frees
the COfflua were axnrsasad. Tjttar It
that a mistake hadbeen sawk-eatr M JM
casket had been ordered. ' '"''
A hen at Barnesville, G., baa kid aa
average of aa egg a day slaee JaaeeryL Tlaa
tremendous number, however, dM net satisfy
ber. aad Friday aad Satarday she laid Ave eggs
eaeb oay., Again she waa not sid, aad
Sunday, taetead of "keeping the fsaaaatbday
holy," she laid serea eggs, tasking 17 la three
days, or for the 2H days of this year she had
laid268eggs. She Ja owned by JoaaVaa.
Among the pateaes of sea-weed whisk
float in tie Gulf Stream there a
small fishes very prettily colored.
tBMehasa earieas aaeaa ef defeat e aad be-
cause ot this ja eased tae ale . NenaaHy
folded down upoa Ha back la a rather: leeg
spine, w aenever aasger is aparoasaaeai
spine suddenly springs aariaat aaaWih
mere or a lime Dose oeoma k aet
and under the skis.
A slaughter of swallews JW
ganixed oa a-large scale aleag-tae soataom
seaboard of Franca. Tha nam omo.tnT)raWaht
on wires provided for the purpose, feted oatl
v-- si. t-ir -
after long flights to or from Italy and tbe Jaset, $fc&
and they are killed in thoataBda bymaaaaef ; -eleetrie
currents. This modern mosansea of .1
the innocents, has been wdalsed ha tae later
eats of fashion, and tiie slaughtered Mras are
used for the decoration of the.bats or boaasta
of dainty dames and-damoseis la -Ion Jot),,
Paris or New York. "" ",
The Hennonites of the HaaMHt Creek
district, Lancaster county, held a saetiat seat
ing a few days ago to select a Biaisteraaeerd
ing to the usual custom. Tweaty-oae Btbles
were placed upona table in the meeting beasev
eligible members of the congregaUea taea
passed around the table, each taklag oaa of
tbe Bibles. The one tbat contained tbe sMp of
paper fell to Jonas Hets, of Lltitr, aad be was
accordingly declared called to the ministry and
endowed with the ministerial authority.
Sir. Gordon, A member of the Georgia
House of Representatives, created a sensation
ia the Legislature the other day. While talk
ing to several members he suddesly drew a live
snake from his pocket. As the reptile darted
its tongue towards the Representatives there
was a dispersion tbat eclipsed tbe dispersion
after the flood. A shout aad burst of laughter
followed that endangered the gravity of the
House. One of the members said that a snake
was an uncanny sort ot a jest. It carried with
it an insinuation not pleasant to a member who
had been up late tbe night before.
On the banks of the Trinity, about a mile
and a bait from Galveston, stands an old log
cabin dating from the earliest days of Texas.
I Tb ea6in.lt is daisied, JsnlghUy the seeae of
chostlv ors-fea. ralnnlated to freesa tSin fclwl nf
any living creature within sioat aad hearisg otjLfit,t
them. A party of young men in a spirit of ad- '
venture visited this haunted hovel a few nights
since and report tbat they found It illuminated
by an unearthly blue light, which emanated ,
from no visible source and filled with suffocat
ing fumes of brimstone and sulphur. Invisible
hands snapped and tngged at them and shrieks
of diabolical laughter and lamentation too
pitiful for description mingled In a dreadful
chorus. Half-embodied figures coald be dimly
seen through the hazy atmosphere of the room.
A party of sportsmen from Port Stock
ton, Tex while hunting antelopes la the Sierra
Charrote a few days ago, made a most singular
discovery. Riding up a narrow gorge they
caught sight of a gigantic rattlesnake trailing
his hideous length along the steep crag just
above their heads. Several of the party, states
the truthful correspondent, fired at the reptile,
but none of tbe shots had any effect beyond
causing his snakeshlp to accelerate hisleisurely
movement: Tbe sound of their shots brought
a man out of a cave in the rocks, and after
some talk the hunters were Invited to enter.
They found a woman and children there. Tbe
woman lighted a torch, revealing the cave
swarming with snakes of every description
and size. They bung from rocky projections la
the root and sides of tbe cavern, hissing at the
unwonted light, and glided about from one
corner to another: One great slimy black
monster lay across the throat of a sleeping
infant; gently waving its horrid head above the
child's month. An older child was eating;
something from an earthenware vessel, and a,
large rattler leaning from his shoulder would'
swing over and eat from the diah. while the
child would strike it with Its bare band when
ever its strange messmate seemed getting more
than its share.
FUNinr MEN'S FANCIES.
An exchange says: "What does
make by getting married?
Occasionally he makes a fool of himself. It also
bappens occasionally tbat he makes his wife mis
erable. Tza Sifting.
Not a Fast Color.-rMiss Periode (at tha
races) I shall buy the horscvirhose driver wears
Hiss Discreet I wouldn't. Bine Is not a fast
color, yon know. Sta Tort Sun.
Widow Flapjack Are yoa superstitious,
Ous UcSmlth-Not at all.
Then I don't mind telling you. That's t9S
thirteenth hlicult you've eaten to-night. Test
Mrs. Luopkini-Jb5b.u3, I am going- to
the dentist's to nave a tooth pulled out. You mind
the baby while I'm gone.
Mr. L. (J umplng for his ha1,) Say, you mind the
baby and I'll go and get a tooth pulled, yon know.
Sew lor Sun.
Traveler My friend; did yon notice a
pedestrian passing this way wlthm the last half
honr? Native I seen a feller trampln' erlong, but I
dunno whether he war a pedestrian or a Free-Will
Baptis'. St. Paul Punuirprut.
The Usual Monkeying. Bessie How
was It yoa refused Charlie when yoa love him
Jennie Because after proposing once he
changed the subject and never referred to It
again, I Intended to accept him the third time ba
asked. Drake's Magazine.
A little boy bearing some one remark tbat
nothing was quicker than thought, said he knew
better than that; whistling was quicker than
thought, and ha had some marks on bis legs to
show for It. Being asked to explain, be said: "la
school the other day I whistled before I thought,
and got a licking for It" Texat Stjtingt.
As "Warm as Toast Squeers Ton Mt.
Washington j-Whew, Isn't It cold?
Nlctleby Why. I feet. warm as toast,
Squeers-You do. ffhy, man, the thermometer
Is down to 15.
Nlekleby-WelV I feel as warm as toast. Inst tha
same-that is, boarding boose toast. Sew Zorl
Had Been Tnere. Mrs. Blotterwlck
Joshua, there was a tramp here this afternoon,
and he looked so bungry that I gave him a large''
piece of gooseberry pie. I wonder how- he feels
Blotterwlck (gloomily) I know how he feelilTI
had a piece of that pie at dinner, you remember?
Drake's Magazine. . &
"What It is Coming To. Attorney Hare
yoa formed or expressed any oolnlon as toioeJ
gnllt or Innocence ofthe accused In-tbls ease? " c
Man drawn as a juror No, sir. But I have some
times thought "
Attorney (rising Indignantly) Your Honor, this
man acknowledges that he sometimes thinks. It Is
hardly r&teccusry to say that we.saaH caaHeage
him aa a Juror In this cue, Chicago Tribune.