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The quiet settlement of the window glass
strike, by the concession of a moderate
advance to the glass workers, was a mild
and sensible way of ending what might
otherwise hare been a Terr stubborn and
protracted dispute. This disposes of the wage
question in the important industries of
Pittsburg for this year. There is good
ground for hope that work will go on with
out interruption and that the improvement
of bnsines next year will make the settle
ment of the wage question a comparatively
easy matter.
It is hardly possible to avoid a little
comment on the difference between the
verbal attitude oi the employers at the
beginning of this strike and the practical
admission of its conclusion. Like their
brethren in the iron trade, the manu
facturers declared that they could not
pay the wages demanded without loss,
and that their works would remain closed
until the men accepted their terms. The
precedent was followed by conceding an ad
vance rs soon as it was found that other
concerns did so. The assertions of last
month that this will make the glass indus
try a losing business need not canse anr un
easiness. "We have every confidence that
our Iriends of the glass trade will be able to
meet all their obligations and to close the
yc.tr with a modest balance on the right
bide of the profit and loss account.
feiill it is worth while to ask. whether
thcie is any use making such representa
tions when they are ill-rounded. They do
not affect anyone now, and some time it
may be a vital matter to have the working
men and public understand that they are
The interview with Mr. Bigelow, the
head of the Department of Public Worts,
with regard to the materialization of park
projects, makes very pleasant reading. Mr.
Digelow says, practically, that the Hiland
avenue, Duquesne way and Bedford avenue
parks are assured facts, and that there are
very favorable prospects of the largest and
most attractive of all, that on the Schenley
property, soon becoming a certainty. This
lioldsouta gratifying promise that Pitts
burg will soon be well supplied in what has
lieretofore been her greatest deficiency. The
attitude of a great manufacturing city,
whose open spaces -were comprised within
the limits of the squalid Second avenue
opening, was not creditable. But when the
parks referred to are completed, Pittsburg
need not shirk the .comparison of its parks
with any in the country for natural beauty.
The pleasant expressions of Edwip Ar
pold we cannot regard the "Sir Edwin"
as anything but an unornamental prefix to
the name of the author of the "Light of
.Asia" concerning the way affairs at our
national capital strike him are quite sooth
ing to American susceptibilities. But they
have the ring of genuineness; and their
strongest characteristic is their truth. The
assertion that our Government and society
Jose nothing in dignity by simplicity and
absence of ceremony rests on a sound
basis. Simplicity is never undignified and
ceremony can only be useful to conceal some
inherent lack of the qualities which make
up trne dignity. This view, from one of the
mobt cultured men of the age. should have
its instruction for those who desire to re
place our dignified simplicity with a cheap
imitation of the forms by which the Old
"World covers up thevery petty qualities of
its courts.
The case of Corporal Tanner was the lead
ing piece on the political bills all last week;
and right lively has been the commotion
over it. To suppose that the Corporal's
resignation composed entirely the troubled
waters, is surely to err, as the protests of In
galls, Alger, the fiery Private Dalzell and
other spokesmen for the veterans were
hardly .needed to show. Tfie Administration
will secure, of course, as a successor for the
Commissioner, some one gifted after the
fashion of the President himself, with wide
open ears and a very little and infrequently
opened mouth. Yet, after all is said and
much admitted of Tanner's loquacity, or of
laxity even in his business ideas, his case
will be apt to be long remembered chiefly as
one in whichatoo vociferous and enthusiastic
effort to carry out the promises and pledges
of his party met with decidedly chilling re
sults. It is just liable to happen that the
most discreet of Commissioners will find
difficulty in living up to a liberal interpre
tation of the pension laws without knocking
"a hole in the surplus," unless when Con
gress makes legislation, it also makes appro
priations to correspond. For the present the
Executive branch of the Government has to
"bear the embarrassment of trying to stretch
the cloth to fit the pattern; but that is
hardly fair to President Harrison and his
Cabinet who may wclL demand that Con
gress either revise the pattern -or supply
more cloth.
There is one feature oi
Tanner's case that is gratifying by contrast
with, its other features. No one charges
that pensions were fraudulently, dis
honestly or illegally allowed during his
encumbrance. The President and Secretary
Xoble may have been put to an extraordi
nary mental strain by the radical views of
their outspoken" subordinate, who evidently
meant to live up to his own pledges with
eclat, come what might; but there is nothing
to allege against tbe ex-Commissioner's
good faith. It was the width of the swath
which he cut the swine of his lively right
arm his uncommon earnestness and fre
quency in telling what he thought, and his
uncommon vigor in trying to do what he
promised that produced the alarm.
Where an appropriation runs short and
an Administration is discovering that two
and two do not make five, these qualities in
an official may not be the most useful. Still
they are not, perhaps, intrinsically repre
hensible; so that while the Corporal has
lost his situation, it is by no means likely
that he has also lost so much of his in
fluence as some of his critics have been
rather hasty to assume. He is of too ener
getic a temperament not to be heard from
With the further distribution of f 1,600,
000 ordered lor the relief of Johnstown,
the efforts of the people of the afflicted town
to get upon their feet again must be ma
terially forwarded. The revival ot the town
is no longer a matter oi question. For a
long time yet its citizens will have an up
hill struggle: but great emergencies bring
out forces equal to them. Much assistance,
as well as sympathy, will continue to flow
to Johnstown beyond the disbursements of
the Belief Commission. The claims of in
dividuals for consideration in their mercan
tile dealings with the outside world are sure
to meet with considerate and generous re
sponses, of which no mention will be found
in the daily papers, but whose influence
will none the less be encouraging and bene
ficent The shadow of the recollection of
the terrible calamity of May 31, 1889, will
ne"Ver in the present generation be wholly
lifted from the mountain town which has
become so tragically historic; but the town
itself within twelvemonths from now will
doubtless be as far renovated and rebuilt as
to present few, it any, material evidences of
the awful disaster.
One of the incidents of the storm on the
Atlantic coast gives an additional argument
in favor of a general practice of putting
the electric wires under ground. As is
nearly always the case in storms of more
than ordinary force, the wires were broken
and telegraphic communication was sus
pended. In New York this very usual
result, in the streets where the overhead
wires have been left, was contrasted with the
entire absence of trouble with those in the
subways. There was an actual and' ma
terial saving of expense and interruption
wherever the wires had been buried; and for
it the telegraph companies have to thank
the officials who forced them 'to put their
wires in the subway against their wills.
This example is not only conclusive as to
the plan of underground wires in cities, but
it raises the question whether the burial of
telegraph cables throughout the rural sec
tions would not, in the end, be more econ
omical than the overland system. It would
cost more in the first instance unquestion
ably; but tbe avoidance of constant inter
ruptions and loss ofibusiness by wind-storms
and rains in the summer, and by blizzards
in the winter, would overbalance the en
hanced cost very soon.
It is certainly to be hoped that, after a
few more illustrations of the practicability
and superiority of underground wires, Pitts
burg will take tome steos in earnest toward
relieving her streets of the masts and over
head wires that are now their most conspicu
ous disfigurements.
There is a certain lack of harmony among
the statements as to the circumstances under
which Commissioner Tanner's resignation
was presented, which is perhaps a natural
result of the dissonance in ideas which pre
ceded that event. Private Secretary Hal
ford asserts that "no issue was ever made
by Secretary Koble as to whether he or Mr.
Tanner should go," and again, "ihe ques
tion was. not at all in the President's mind
whether one of two persons should go." On
the other hand the Corporal, on whose com
municativeness there is now no official re
straint, states that the President said "that
if I remained in office Secretary Noble
would resign," and because "the dismem
berment of a Cabinet is a very serious
thing," the Corporal handed in his resigna
tion. The hiatus between these two state
ments, from what might be supposed to be
authoritative sources, furnishes a justifica
tion of the policy of putting padlocks on the
mouthpieces of the Administration, at least
until it is certain that they will tell the
same story.
Americans are coming home in veritable
legions from England, Prance, Germany,
Mesopotamia, froln the country beyond
Tyre and Sidon, from all oyer the world, in
fact. Most of them are already landed,
though the westward procession will con
tinue till Christmas. They are bringing, or
have brought, with them much merchan
dise, trunks full of mementoes of travel,
and a valuable assortment Of new ideas.
The last outweigh in real worth all the
gewgaws from Paris, the pottery from
Borne, the trousers from London, the silks
from Lyons, and the remnante of mummies
from the banks of the Nile. Ideas are hard
to get in the routine of toil or play within
the limits of life at home. It is good to
search for them abroad, using that nord to
mean any place beyond our customary walk
from day to day.
America can teach the rest of'th world
more, perhaps, than the older countries can
teach her. Still there is an abundance of
knowledge, of practical doings in art and
industry, for Americans to acquire and ob
serve in the Old World. It is good for
America to know her neighbors, to visit
them, to learn the sources of their strength
or weakness, just as it is good for the lands
of a longer past to make the acquaintance
of the Young Giant of the West, and behold
tho achievements of the greatest Bcpublic
the world has evcrseeu.
In 1892 foreigners will find within onr
borders many fruitsof the great pilgrimage
made by Americans to Europe in this year
of grace.
A policeman in a Southern town is re
quired to make nice discriminations in the
discharge of his duty. How he treats the
colored race does not seem to matter in the
least, but his bearing toward white crimi
nals, especially if they belong to the First
Families, must be respectful and forbearing.
There has been a singular exemplification
of this in the town of Anniston, Alabama,
recently. Captain William Pelham, brother
of "the gallant Pelham" of the Confederacy,
who had grorn ugly in his cups, encoun
tered Marshal Stallings, representative of
of the Anniston police force. The gallant
Captain Pelham was advanoing with the
playful intent of shooting Marshal
Stallings when the latter shot the
member of a First Family dead.
Apparently the deed was considered
so manifestly to have been done in self-defense
that the law was not invoked to pun
ish the policeman for his sacrilegious act.
But the social law, unwritten bat omnipo
tent, took charge of the Marshal. It com
pelled him to publish a card in which in
ludicrously solemn terms he swears that he
will leave Anniston and the vicinity never
to return, that he will revere the memory of
the man he shot, and of his sisters and his
cousins and his aunts, and that "it ever in
the years to come I shall meet John Pelham
I will get out of his way". The correspon
dent who tells the story says naively: "It is
well known that the members of the Pel
ham family would not permit Stallings to
stay where they would have to see him, and
that their permission for Stallings to leave
is a compromise reached after much nego
tiation." What a gracious society there must be in
Anniston. Observe with what gentle for
bearance it permits an officer of the law to
go into exile for doing his duty and daring
to save his own life. Marshal Stallings
may thank his stars that his skin is not
black. Had he been a negro a rope and a
short shrift would have been his reward.
Mb. Chaeles A. Dana is' reported as
about to start for Europe. Whether he
hopes to discover there the site for a World's
Fair or the money to build one, is among
the interesting pieces of information that
are withheld.
The completion of a new 36-inch main
from the city to the gas districts, together
with the information credited to an official
of the natural gas company that only one
fifth as many manufacturers are using gas
as heretofore, ought to enable the company
to make it an object to domestic consumers
to use gas by meter. This can be effected by
charging a low rate per thousand feet. Talk
of a decreased supply of gas is also credited
to a corporation official; but the best answer
to that, is the work now going on of putting
down the largest and most expensive gas
main ever laid between this city and the
gas wells.
The Brotherhood of Baseball Players
proposes to form a trust. If this organiza
tion adopts the regulation trust policy and
proceeds to restrict the production of base
ball players it may be a blessing in disguise.
Oxe of the beauties of the trust business
was illustrated by a report which was heard
in Wall street the other day, that the Lead
Trust has piled on another $15,000,000 ad
dition to its capital stock. There are a
number of "official statements" in denial of
the report; but somehow the public did not
seem to place much faith in the denials.
Investors are beginning to perceive the true
inwardness of the fact that it is as easy for
the trust to tell fibs about it as to water
their stock; and, vice.vcrsa, the swelling of
the dropsical total "is as easy as lying."
After the example of Tanner, it is per
tinent to suggest that it would be money in
the pocket ot the Republican party if some
one could put a muzzle on the too active
mouth of John James Ingalls.
Commenting upon Governor Abbett's
political ambitions in New Jersey, the Cin
cinnati Commercial Gazette says: "Ab
bett is represented as a great organizer and
campaigner, but is overmatched in this ac
complishment by the Bepublican champion,
ex-Senator Sewell." But does it never
occur to the esteemed Commercial Gazette
that Sewell's victories over Abbett are due
exactly to the same class of influences which
our cotemporary is making such a vigorous
warfare upon, as having secured the victory
of Senator Payne.
The Phcenix Part murderer who claims
his release from prison as the price of the
testimony against Parnell, has a strong
claim on the British Government. Is not the
laborer worthy of his hire?
New- York is reported as undertaking
the task of trying some vote buyers. But
no one thinks that the District Attorney of
that great city will make any serious efforts
to convict the vote buyers and thus interfere
with the free flow of one of the principal
sources of revenue of the people who put
him there.
The Belief Commission's order of an
other distribution of $1,600,000 will place
the greater part of the contributions of the
people in the hands ot the sufferers, four
months after the disaster.
Wrxn all sympathy to the stricken peo
ple of Johnstown, and all desire that the
relief fund shall be promptly and fully ap
plied, it is necessary to suggest that a com
munity which can support fifty-one saloons,
and cannot support public schools is in
need of prompt and radical reformation.,
Tiie total cost and loss of the Haytian
civil war is stated at $10,000,000. This ought
to convince the Haytians that it is much bet
ter to quit raising insurrections and go to
raising sugar.
Wyomino Territory is now struggl
ing with the task of drafting a constitution.
The labor may be an instructive ono; but
nevertheless the fact sticks out from the
situation in Wyoming that the ambitious
Territory needs to get a population before it
enjoys a constitution.
That window glass strike was very stub
born in the index, but it made a mild and
edifying conclusion in the last chapter.
The putting of workmen in the factories
on double turn and the steady upward ten
dency of the iron market indicate that if
Pittsburg is not on the eve of a boom she is
certain of enjoyment of a period of steady
and satisfactory prosperity.
Private Secretaey Haxfobd's Illness is
said to be dne to over-indulgence in cigars.
Sir John E. Millais has spent his vacation
tbis year chiefly In salmon fishing, in which ho
is an expert.
E. D. Bi.ackhore, the English novelist who
gained immortality by writing "Lorna Doone,"
is growing old and now devotes most of his
time to tending his garden.
The White Cross University of Science has
decorated George w. Childs, James Gordon
Bennett. Thomas A Edison, John W. Mackay,
Cyras W. Field and 'William W. HubbelU
Ernest Benzon, "tbe JUbllee Plunger,"
whose book on how he squandered over 81,000,
000 in two years is having s run in England,
says that the worst form of gambling consists
in betting on cards.
The following sentence, from a letter written
by Livingstone short time before his death,
and which refers to slavery, is inscribed on his
tomb In Westminster Abbey: "All 1 can add
in my loneliness is, may heaven's rich blessings
come down on everyone, Amerioan, English or
Turk, who will help to heal the open sore of
the world."
How a Brass Band Mar be Carried la a
Cont Pocket Parlor Concerts A Coin
cidence Tho Boat Race Referee.
Science and frivolity have lain down togeth
erthe subtlest machine the brain and hand
of man have evolved has been led out for a
dance by Madamoiselle Fashion. In plain En
glish, society has taken up the phonograph.
Here and elsewhere it is now the very proper
est thing to invite one's friends to spend an
evening with the phonograph. The phono
graph, as it is generally known to business is
not sufficiently cquipt to move in full dress
society, but Mr. Edison has been equal to the
In a hail attached to Mr. Edison's laboratory
at Llewellyn Park, Orange, N.J , jou might
hear any afternoon you chose ono qf the crack
bands of New York playing the latest popular
airs apparently for their own diversion or prac
tice. Nobody, save one or two of Mr. Edison's
employes, are present. In place of a living
and breathing audience there are ranged
about tho hall a number of phonographs
whirling away under the influence of
an electric engine. Each phonograph has on
its biggest-Bized ear a wide-flaring-funnel of
tin. They are most attentive listeners, and each
phonograph inscribes upon its waxy cylinder
every note it hears. 'Ihe deep growl of the
basses, the shrill shriek of tho picolos, the
alarum of the cornets, the soft harmonics of the
flutes, and every atom of music in short as it
comes from tho playors, all float into tho gaping
funnels and are cut into the cylinders with per
fect accuracy.
As each number is finished by the band the
wax cylinders are taken from tbe phonographs
and set aside, while new ones are fltted on in
their places. Then another tune is started and
the same process of sound preservation is repeat
ed until a good-sized concert has been stowed
away in wax. The cylinders are marked with
little paper tags inscribed with the name of the
air. Further for the identification of the
musical cylinders as a preface to tho perform
ance of the band, the conductor or someone
else with a big voice, announces tbe name of
the piece, and all tbo phonographs make a note
of it automatically.
These cylinders are packed up and sent to
the various depots from which phonographs
are distributed. Anyone who owns a phono
graph can buy ono or a hundred of these
pocket brass bands. It becomes easy to give
a full brass band concert in the smallest
drawing room imaginable without the least In
convenience. Thus It has come to pass that
society has taken up the phonograph. Phouo
graph band parties are the style, and inquiry
at phonograph headquarters yesterday re
vealed the fact that dozens of well-known
Pittsburgers are indulging in band concerts at
Sounds strange, doesn't it, to hear of a man
carrying home a brass band of a hundred
pieces in his coat pocket? That's what many
a man is doing.
Talklncj of phonographs, Mr. Polk, tho
well-known actor, introduces ono in his now
play, '-The Silent Partner," in a most ridiculous
Vay. It is always in tbe room when the villain
falls to talking about his malicious plots and
awful deeds, and the phonograph is supposed
to record these tell-tale soliloquies and reveal
them In the nick of time to discomfit tbe bad,
bold man. This has a humorous look, but, if
the audience happens to know anything about
the phonograph,, the laugh will be on the
author. For, of course, it is utterly impossible
for a phonograph to record sounds unless it be
set in motion by some human agency. Neither
can it catch correctly the speech of man unless
he talks into it that is, where the big receptive
funnel is not used, and in Folk's play it is not.
It has been proved down at the Exposition
that the number of receivers that can be at
tached to one phonograph is practically illimit
able. Eight or ten persons hear the same con
versation, pieco of music or what not from one
instrument. Of course this makes the enjoy
ment of a concert such as I have spoken of full
and complete to the whole company present.
The rather dry discourses descriptive of the
phonograph which the machines at the Expo
sition doled out at first to the crowd of visitors
were not appreciated by the majority. A change
has therefore been made. Cylinders full of
jocular remarks, imitations of dogs and cats,
and stump orations have been substituted wits
immediate success. The familiar jests and
talk strike a sympathetic chord in the hearts of
the rural visitors particularly.
Was it merely a curious coincidence or had
it a prophetic meaning?
When a certain well-known attorney entered
the cafe of the Monongabela House at lunch
time yesterday he saw seated at ono table,
John S. Bobb. W. D. Porter and B, H. John
ston. ,
"There," said he, "is the District Attorney ot
Allegheny county past, present and future,"
and the remark drew upon tbe trio an amount
of attention they did not understand or per
haps altogether appreciate.
I would not mind so much, you know,
A baseball umpire's suit to fill
'TIS true his lot Is full of woe,
And players kick and sometimes kill-
But, oh! I'd rather never be
A hunted boat race referee.
A hangman has an ugly place.
The scaffold Is a sorry stage.
But I would rather have his case.
And drive Death's dismal equipage
Than cursed from post to pillar be,
A basted boat race referee.
The Czar sits on a powder keg.
And treason sniffs In every breeze,
"Within the grave he has a leg,
And yettoznounthls throne would please
Me more than that poor man to be
They call a boat race referee.
HEPBurcf Johns.
A Queer Looking Craft, Half of Mexico's
Navy, In New York.
New York, September 11 A strange look
ing craft was to be seen lying over on tho Red
Hook anchorage all day yesterday. She was of
a type seldom seen in these days, but one that
was common to tbe men who blockaded the
Southern ports during the last war. The vessel
in question has all the appearance of a block
ade runner. She is comparatively low in tbe
water, is of iron, has side wheels, and is
schooner rigged. She is ostensibly a peaceful
merchantman, but in reality a Mexican man-of-war.
and, if properly battened, would be a
really formidable craft against wooden vessels
possessing little speed.
Tho Merida is the name of tbe vessel, and she
Is bound for Procrcso as soon as tbo weather,
will permit her to proceed in safety. The
Merida until recently has been engaged in the
West India trade, running among fie various
islands. Until thus engaged she flew the En
glish flag, and It is plain to see that she is En
glish in build. She has an English saf line mas
ter and an English engineer. Not long ago tho
Merida came North, visiting Now York for the
nrst time, quo was iai;en up into uowanns
creek, put in tho hands of constructors, and
rapidly altered. A couple of days ago several
Mexicans took possession of her, got a crew
aboard, put an English sailing master over
them, and hauled tho craft out Into tbe bay.
Ever since tho Merida has been up in tho
Gowanus creek she has excited the Interest of
tugboat men and others running; about tbe
harbor. Yesterday her real character wasjlis
covered when it was lound that Admiral Pinto,
of tbe Mexican Navy, was on board. It was
hinted yesterday that tbo Merida was bent on
some smuggling mission, and that she had too
much the air of a racer to be destined for any
warlike purposes.
The Mexican naval establishment consists of
two small barks, neither one of them bemjr over
ISO tons in displacement, Tbey rarely stir out
ot era Cruz harbor, though one did attend
the new urieans exposition.
To Encourage tbe Industry Mexico WW
Par a Bounty. .
Crrr or Mexico, September It The Gov
ernment has granted a concession for rubber
tree culture in tbe State of Oaxaca, paying 3
cents per tree planted, and permitting the free
entrance of all needed machinery and appli.
ances. The concessionaires must plant 1,000,000
trees the first vear and each succeeding year
L 050,000 till 15,000,000 are planted.
A company with a capital of 1,000,000 is to be
organized to carry this concession into effect.
Six years are required for the rubber tree to
come to maturity, after which the yield ot rub-
kber is steady.
ainrrlrd After His Sixth Divorce.'
Lapobte, Inp.. Bebwmher 14. a E. Morris,
a prominent citizen of this county, to-day ob
tained his sixth decree of divorce in the Circuit
Court, and was at once remarried .to Miss
Reese Culbertson, a young girl of sweet 16.
Morris' age is 65.
The Aristocracy Stnud no Longer Atoor
From It nnn Unclean Thine;.
New York Commercial Advertiser.
The present state of things in England has
the tendency to segregate society into two
classes; one a small body of capitalists, and the
other a numerous section of the community
which must always remain the servants of the
former, with no nope of improving their social
condition. In fact, as Sir Charles Beade said:
"The scope of the economic laws in force at
the present day in this country is tb-render the
rich richer, and the poor poorer."
One sign of the times Is the circumstance
that the barriers of caste are being especially
broken down, in one respedt, in a manner,
which, only a quarter of a century ago, were
seldom overleaped. Then, the aristocracy and
landed gentry stood aloof from trade as an "un
clean thine." Now the Duke of Argyle has
three sons in business in London; the Earl of
Talbot and Shrewsbury a descendant ot that
Talbot who figures in Shakespeare, and who
was a distinguished leader during the wars In
the time of Henry VL is a cab proprietor; the
Marquis of Londonderry has a shop where
coal is sold at retail; the Duke of Fife who
has just married the daughter of
the Priuceof Wales Is a partner in a bank,
and two ladies of rank havo recently opened a
large millinery establishment In Regent street.
Besides these there are many members of the
aristocracy who, although their names do not
appear over the' shops, are well known to be
"sleeping partners" in various firms. At the
present time w. H. Smith, Secretary of War,
is the individual who is the proprietor of the
bookstalls at all the railway stations. In con
nection with that fact an anecdote is related to
this effect:
At the last Parliamentary election, in ono of
ine rural uistncts, a norist offered himself as a
candidate. One ot the circulars was addressed
to the vicar of tho villa-re, who, in reply to the
application for his vote, wrote a letter, in
which he said: "lam surprised tnat a person
in yoor position should have the impertinence
to offer himself as a candidate for a seat in the
Legislature." To this communication the re
joinder was: "I simply asDireto the sjmniio.
.htical position as that which is already occu
pied By tne person wno Keeps tho bookstall in
this place." Tho logic of this retort was so
palpable that the reverend gentleman thought
it unadvlsable to prolong the discussion. In
deed, Parliament is no longer composed,
exclusively, of members of the upper classes,
as was the case when unless a man possessed
an income of 300 per annum, derived from
landed property, ho was not eligible for elec
Ho Docs Not Commit Snlcide Because of
Life's Wortlilesincss.
Ifrom the New York Sun.l
Undoubtedly life is not worth the living, so
far as society is concerned, nuless it is made
useful; if it is selfish, and employed for seif
indulgenco only. It is also squandered if it is
spent in self-pity. The pessimists are usually
tbe people who think too much about them
selves, who have an exaggerated conception of
their own importance, and who imagine that
they .ire separated from the rest of the world
by greater fineness of fiber, and a superiority
of organization which unfits them for the
struggles in which ordinary mortals are en
gaged. Of course there is a pessimism which is as
much a, mental ana moral disease as melan
cholia, to which it bears close likness; and
liko melancholia it affects its victims with
out regard to their reasonable grounds
for happiness and hopefulness. Then,
again, there are vain and silly young
men who pretend to .Dessimism simply to at
tract attention. But the real, and genuine,
and sane pessimist is usually a man of a senti
mental temperament, with a more or less mor
bid physical organization, who has leisure for
Introspection, and who has tried in vain to get
satisfaction from the material abundance of
which he is possessed. The enre for it, the
sovereign cure, is to set the invalid to work, so
that he shall foiget himself, and to indnce him
to spend his sympathies on others rather than
Of course, this pessimism in all except its in
sane manifestations is a mere fancy, a manu
factured state of mind. It is a whim, or it may
be nothing more than a symptom of transitory
bodily ailment depressing to the spirits. Bane
pessimists do not commit suicide because of
their sense of the worthlessness of life. They
marry and propagate life, hateful and burden
sqme though they regard it. They are as
anxious as other people to live long, and death
has the same terrors for them. Tbe truth Is
that tbey do not really believe what they think
they believe. So far from being convinced of
tbe worthlessness of life, every day shows that
they hold it of supreme value. If there was an
elixir ot life obtainable, they would be the first
to rush for ItT
Leads Him to Onklnnd to See tho President
and the Electric Lights.
Oakland, Ms., September il A very amus
ing: incident that occurred a day or two ago at
the Executive cottage was heartily enjoyed by
the President's family, and Is told as follows:
Court is in session over at Oakland, the county
seat of Garrett county, about six miles from
tbis place, and a number of the country people
in attendance upon the court have come over
here for the purpose of seeing the President.
Among the number wa3 an old fellow named
Paul Beacby. residing about 30 miles back in
the mountains, who said he had come here to
see tbe eleotric lights and the President.
The Executive cottage was pointed out to
him, and away he went in search of the Presi
dent. Arriving at the cottage his courage
failed him, and he stood for some time gazing
toward tbe bouse undetermined whether to
venture in. Finally be summoned up courage
to march up to the door and give a vigorous
knock. Mrs. McKee, who had been an amused
spectator of what had occurred outside, an
swered the knock in person. Ihe old man, al
most overwhelmed with embarrassment, man
aged to ask. "Is tbe President at home ?"
"No." said Mrs. McKee, kindly, "bnt I am
the President's daughter."
"Well," said Beachy, "I want to shake the
hand of the President's daughter" which
privilege was accorded him.
Mrs. Harrison learning what was going on,
camo out and also shook hands with tbe old
man, who was so delighted that he is waiting
in the neighborhood for tbe President's return
in order to see what manner of man he is.
Litigants In n Divorce Caso Decide to Llvo
Together Again.
Greencastle, Ind., September 11 A pe
culiar ending of divorce suit is reported from
Fillmore, this county. Tho wife of Mr. F. M.
Iddings, of that vicinity, left home with her
children during the month of December, while
her husband was attending a meeting of the
Masonic lodge. No trace could be found of
her until it was learned that she had gone to
Frankfort, where her father resides, and w here
she instituted suit for divorce. Last week she
returned to this county for tho purpose of
taking depositions to be used in tbe trial of the
case. Meanwhile one of the children had taken
sick, and the father being notified, reached ltd
bedside on Sundav. just before tbe little one
died There be met his wife, and the sad scene
can be better Imagined than told.
The depositions in the case were to have been
taken at Fillmore ono day this week, at which
time the parties, witnesses and attorneys wero
E resent, but the great sorrow of the parents
ad tho effect of awakening reflections that
led to a compromise of their differences, and
by the consent of all parties tbe suit was with
drawn. The busband and wife will bring their
remaining children home again and live to
gether as of old.
Fifteen Rattlers Found Under a Board nnd
Quickly telanglitered.
Mabioi O., September 14. While Harry
and James Clark, living five miles northeast of
Marion, were crossing tbe James Lickins farm,
one of tbem stepped on a plank, when a warning
rattle was Bounded. Preparations were made
and tbe planK turned over, when 15 ugly rat
tlers were discovered.
Onslaught was made and the entire nnmher
killed. Two ' 'le snakes were very large for
rattlers, while 13 of them were less than IS
inches long.
Electric Light Wires nnd Umbrellas.
From the New York Tribune. 1
And now a man over in New Jersey has been
knocked down by an electric shock received by
his umbrella coming in contact with a low
hanging wire charged by an electric light cur
rent. The obvious moral is that until the
wires are put underground umbrellas must be
left at home when It storms, or else carefully
carried without being raised.
) Ono Thing He's Not Guilty Of.
from to Chicago Inter Ocean.)
If John L. Sullivan should be Indicted for
modesty he would never be convicted.
Quarrels Among: Conereentions and Their
Wofal Results A Few Examples of Re-'
liglons Ib toleration' at Home and Abroad
A Noted Clergyman's Words.
rwBinxx ron the dispatch.!
It appears from reports in recent numbers of
The Dispatch that two prominent East End
churches are agitated by widely different ques
tions tobacco and music A pastor who has
been doing a successful work In reviving a
church which for a number of years has been
under financial cloud, feels constrained to re
sign because some of his flock are aggrieved at
his use of tbe weed. Rev. Mr. Hammond is In
good company, for tbe leading light of his de
nomination, Spurgeon, said a few years ago
that he could smolco a good cigar to the glory
of God at the close of his exhaustive Sunday
Wbile there is no serious trouble anticipated
over the introduction of the pipe organ into the
U. P. Church of East Liberty, It would not be
true to say that there is not some opposition to
the movement In the congregation. Ono. lead
ing elder has already cast his lot with an anti
organ church, in view of this step, and other
members are not entirely harmonious.
When Brethren Dlsngree.
Said an experienced church official recently:
"I have learned to dread these sauabbles in the
church, for they seldom heal. I know of alien
ations produced in this way more than a half
century ago atid the sores then made have left
their scars. Business men have their differ
ences, but can agree to differ and keep up fra
ternal business relations after their little spats
and swears. But when a first-class fight gets
into a church, tbe trouble is long in
healing. Men can adjust their dif
ficulties much easier than women, and
you know that the latter are largely in the ma
jority in tne ennrcnes."
A minister whose pastoral work lies not in
this region and whose name will not be guessed,
by Dispatch readers, said: "I once bad a
very painful experience of tbe truth of Row
land Hill's tfords. namelv. that 'if the devil
couldn't get into tbe church in any other way
he could most certainly get in by tbe organ
loft.' I was at one time pastor of a church
which was apparently as prosperous as it well
could be. My congregation were united and
enthusiastic. An elegant organ was put into
tbe church, and it was productive ot anything
but harmony. (
An Inhnrmonlous Choir.
"A choir trouble started in which I became
involved in spite of the greatest caution. My
church, from a condition of harmony and en
thusiasm for the Master's work, became in
volved in a regular Kilkenny fight over the
proper person to lead the music. We had
music that was far from harmonious. I tried
every way to steer clear of the trouble, but it
was a vain effort. The upshot of it all was
that I found it best to seek another field ot
labor. The troubles started then are not to
this day healed."
It was not long ago that a faithful, sensitive,
noble-hearted pastor's wife in a church of ono
of the Western States fell ill and passed to her
long home, because of a trouble in which her
husband became involved. "Alas, for the
rarity of Christian charity under the sun."
Veryfewof the troubles that divide churches
and break the hearts of ministers and their
wives ever come to the surface.
A Plea for Toleration.
A great writer, the greatest of this age, in a
plea for charity and toleration, has given ex
pression to a sentiment which should be en
graven on all beans. The man was called an
unbeiiever,;andyeth!s words are a rebuke to
multitudes of believers. These are his words:
"It is unworthy a religious man to view an ir
religious man with alarm or aversion or any
other feeling than regret and hope and broth
erly commiseration. If he seek truth Is not
our brother to be pitied? If be do not seek
truth is be not to be pitted still more? Who
would not sigh over the thin delusions and
foolish toys that divide heart from heart and
make man unmerciful to his brother."
London's Greatest Proncher.
It is announced that the Rev. Stopford
Brooke, of London, will, some Sunday this
fall, occupy Plymouth pulpit, Brooklyn. This
announcement started a train of reflections,
which are here jotted down. Stopford Brooke
came into prominence in the literary world
many years ago as the biographer of Frederic
Robertson, England's greatest preacher, and
for that matter Christendom's greatest
An enthusiastic admirer and disciple of. Rob
ertson, Brooke, who at tbe time of Robertson's
death was a young clergyman of the English
Church, performed a labor of love in furnish
ing a biography of bis master which is one of
the best things in this line in the English lan
guage. No man can read the "Life and Letters
of Frederic RoDertson" and fail to nnu therein
an intellectual and spiritual tonic.
Stopford Brooke has for a .quarter of a cen
tury or more beeb rector of one of the London
churches, and has been in that period one of
the leading lights of the Broad Church party.
Though he has not reached the prominence of
Robertson or those other great London
preachers, Spurgeon and Parker, Brooke Is to
day recognized by the best thought of England
as tbe foremost preacher of the times. There
Is not a particle of the sensational in his com
position. His congregations in London,have
never been large, but have been made up of
a highly intelligent class.
Brooke's Literary Work.
A few volumes of his sermons, which have
been published, are fully up to the standard of
his master, Robertson. His lectures on poetry
are among the choicest literary productions of
the English language. A few years ago Mr.
Brooke announced to his London congregation
that he had ceased to believe in the superna
tural, and no longer accepted the orthodox
view on miracles or Inspiration.
On making tbe announcement of his changed
views, be withdrew from the Established
Church of England, and for the past few years
has been what might De termed an independent
Episcopalian. His flock did not forsake him
when he became independent and though
small, is composed of some of tbe leading
lights of London. 1: H. Y.
The Common Custom of Ducking Them Con
demned Use Persuasive Methods.
There is In connection with sea bathing, ob
serves the Lancet, one point in particular to
wblch we would direct attention. A cotempo
rary writes a,t some length in condemnation of
the common custom of ducking and forcibly
bathing young children in the sea. He objects
to this, not unreasonably, on tbe ground that
the beneficial effect of batblng depends chiefly
on its influence as a cardiac tonic. Tbis ad
vantage, he observe, is largely discounted by
nervous depression when a child, already scared
at the sight of what seems a wild waste of
water, is further terrified by rough-and-ready
Immersion. There is truth in his argument
that there need be no difficulty In bathing even
such children if their education in tbe art be
carried out by more persuasive methods. In
cases of this kind any known constitutional
timidity should have ample consideration. At
the same timo it is most necessary to distin
guish between this and mere passionate disin
clination. In the latter case a disappointment of the
will Is itself a useful lesson In obedience. More
than this, there are even children of naturally
diffident character, but otherwise healthy, for
whom a prescribed sea bath under moderately
rigorous management provides an ultimately
useful tonic In all such cases much will de
pend upon tbe judgment of the persons Im
mediately responsible. It follows, from the
abovo remarks, that any who may be thus
placed should study closely the characters ot
their children, and guide their conduct accord
He worked in a telegraph office up North,
And In handling tbe ticker excelled as a star;
And the sign that bo put on each message to tell
By whom ' twas received or was sent was "A JU' '
And she sat at a desk In an office down South,
Ana handled tbe ticker as deftly as he
With a hand that would canse any senlptor to
"She would write on a message, "Received by
One morning a messago Sew over the line.
To his town In the North, from her's down
BoutU so far.
As it came he received it, and -when he had done.
Wrote, "Sent by O E and received by A B."
Then his eyes caught the letters-he loosed at
them, smiled.
And said to himself, "I declare, this Is queer.
These letters arc strange" (lust a moment he
"'DE'and 'A B,' why, by Jovo, that spells
A proposal by telegraph's noel, at least.
But tbat is what followed. In less than a year
Tbey resigned their positions. They're married,
and live
In well, near New York, andtheybotharenow
"DEAB." -tf. IT. Evtning Sun.
1 .i?T - 'SkLa. - HTi ihi I'isf nfi " ''" J.:h:,,A ...-.sfcssB
Old Eooagh to be His Mother,
t jrarw toex sunixr spxcui.s.'',
N EW YORK, September K-Bety SeJdHtoa,
30 years old, had Charles Cobn, a beardless boy
of 16 years, arraigned in court to-day for breach
of promise. She told the Justice how Charles
had courted her, and won her and deceived her.
Young Cobn, when called to the bar, said
Betsy was old enough to know better than to
allow herself to be led astray. The, Justice
looked the small boy over, said he thought so",
too, and discharged him.
Gono to Europe Again.
Charles A Dana sailed for Europe on tho
steamship La Champagne this morning. He
was accompanied by Mra.Dana and hh grand
child. Miss Emma LDana. He will remain
abroad about lour months. He will pass most
of his time in Paris and Spain, and will prob
ably take a flying trip to Egypt. Mr. Dana his
De en abroad three times in tbe last two years
The Marriage Was Delayed.
Wm. Christian Strublne, 28 years old, and
Maria Cox mier, 21 years old, arrived here from
Hamburg to-day on tbo steamship Augusta
Victoria. When they got to Castle Garden
they asked to be married. While a clergy
man was beinglookedup a cablegram was re
ceived from Herr Coxmier. in Germany, for
bidding tbe bans. Maria then eonfessed that
she had eloped with young Strublne, who was
formerly a laborer on her father's farm. As
Maria Is of age, the Castle Garden authorities
have decided to let her become Mrs. Strublne
to-morrow, in case nothing; more is heard from
Papa Coxmier.
Oyster Beds Nearly Pained.
The wholesale oystermen on West street say
that the planters have snstalned a loss of
nearly $2,000,000. Owing to tbe storm this
week, many of tbo planters have suddenly and
most unexpectedly been forced out of busi
ness, and into bankruptcy, by the change in the
weather. James W. Bpjla says that all the
oyster beds on the Great Kills, the so-called
m iddle grounds at Oyster Bay, and thebeds on
the sand bars in Jamaica bay and Rockaway
are almost all mined and the stock a total loss.
On many of the beds, which are located in the
creeks and inlets, the so-called sea lettuce is
from two to three feet deet deep, and the cost
of removing it will equal the value of the
oysters. Over 1.000 oyster openers have been
idle for three days, waiting forthe arrival of
the oyster boats, but they will probably wait in
vain.' Only three boats have arrived this
Locked Up for Manslaughter.
Carl M. Olsen, tbe faith-curist charged with
manslaughter, was locked up in Raymond
street jail to-day, in default of 52,500 bail. He
is charged with wilfully neglecting to follow
tbe physician's order In tho' case of Martha
Olsen, who, by the way, is not related to Mr.
Olsen. Olsen protests bis innocence of all
wrong doing, and describes himselfas "a car
penter, like Christ." He says the only reason
Miss Olsen died was because Christ wanted her,
and that all the- medicine in tbe world could
not have thwarted the Lord's will.
Fattening nndTeedlng Slaves UpLlkeAnl
mals for lbs Table.
from the London Globe. 1
Fattening slaves in a park, and feeding them
up like animals destined for the table, and then
leading them to 4 shambles where there ara
slaughtered like oxen, cut into pieces, and
shared, bit-by-btt among hungry cannibals
such is tho practice which is permitted, accord
ing to M. Fondese. a French explorer, in some
of the French, Belgian, Portuguese, and even
British territories in TJbanghi.
M. Fondese was sent out three years ago by
the French Government to discover the
sources of the Niarlgulllon. and having re
turned after tbe successful accomplishment of
bis task, he hastens to tell bis countrymen all
about the terrible things which be has seen in
his travels. Tbe "fattening parks" or paddocks
are, be says, to be seen in each village, and
contain men and women who have been taken
in war. Tbe poor wretches take their doom
philosophically, and soma of them to whom M.
Fondese offered freedom actually refused it.
Tbey eat; drink, dance and sing until tbe head
"Fetish-man" comes round, accompanied by
an orchestra of tom-tom and tin-kettle players,
selects a sufficiently fat specimen, carries him
or her to the market place of tbe village, and
splits bis or her head with a hatchet or, scythe
like knife. The eyes and tongue of the victim
are given to the "boss" f etisb, and, the rest of
the body is divided among' tbe atrocious an
thropophagi. M. Fondese, who has gone right through tbe
heart of tbe African continent, has brought
several interesting reports back, which he pro
poses to read in a public meeting. Cardinal
Lavigerle, th6 anti-slavery crusader, will un
doubtedly find a new incentive in his philan
thropic work after having heard tbe testimony
of the new explorer.
After Being Used 172 Years It Goes at Last
to ibe Grave.
Richmond, Ind., September 11 Mrs. Cath
erine Mary Wanker, who was burled in the
German Lutheran Cemetery Tuesday after
noon, was 96 years of age, and was bnried in a
robe 172 years old, that had before done much
service as a winding sheet. She was born at
Forden, near Osnabrook, Kingdom of Hanover,
Germany, November 13, 1793, and she andber
busband came from tbeir native land to this
city in ISIS. Sixteen years ago she had Mrs.
Miller make her burial robe. This was made
out of material woven by her grandfather 172
years ago, and intended and originally used for
a winding sheet, or a sheet to cover tbe dead.
It was utilized by a largo community, and
covered tbe lifeless form of many a loved one.
At first, when not in service, it was kept In the
house of her grandfather, afterward in that of
her father, and after his death in her own
house. She brought it with her to America
and kept it most sacredly. After having cov
ered many dead bodies of those near and dear
to ber, it at last cavers ber own form and is re
turning to dust with ber own dust.
Why He Loves It.
ITrora the Philadelphia 1'rcss.r
Tbe undertaker loves the Brown-Sequard
elixir for the business it has made.
C. R. Sexton, of Benezette, Pa., had a horse
Dlttenby a rattlesnake recently. The horse
died about a week later.
The dudes ot Seranton, Pa., are drinking
"corn beer," and they say it is real nice.
Aiken TnoursoN. of Mercer. Pa., leads tbe
egg stories. He says be has a hen,Laugsban and
silver spangled Hamburg cross, that laid 222
eggs In as many successive days, with never a
"cluck." At this stage of the game he was
compelled to shut her up to save the tomatoes,
and after a few days she kicked on production.
At St. George, Tucker county, W. Va., a
9-rear-old son of John Stull fell into a kettle of
boiling berries and was probably fatally
George Goff, a blind man, an inmate of
the Preston County, W. Va., Infirmary, picked
and sold 301 gallons of blackberries this sum
mer. A 4-year-old daughter of Isaac Cbaney,
near Frankfort; Hardy county, W. Va, was
bitten four times by a copperhead snake last
Sunday week. She will recover.
Railroad baggage agents in Ohio are both
ered by homing bird enthusiasts, who ship
pigeons to them and ask tbat they be released
at a named time.
Two women, each carrying a large rattle
snake around ber waist, visted ConnellsvlllR,
Pa., a few days ago", trying to secure a pur
chaser for the reptiles. '
Emmanuel Moore, of Ashland, Pa., in -a
drunken frenzy, kicked over tbe ice box in
which his dsad child was laying, and was ar
rested. After setting Are to a bed a Bcranton, Pa.,
7-year-old took up a position on the fence to
watch the house burn. His father warmed him
for it.
t ' '
A pioeon which cost J100 la owned by A B.
HogEins. of Media, Pa.
A quilt on exhibition at Bcranton, Pai
sewed together with 7,2oq feet of silk.
A pie-zatino matcn took place in Consho
hocken, Pa., a few days ago, when the victor
disposed ot six pies.
chiious (mmmnmffg
"While exaaiiuaffataMfcot' W u, s
.Boston dealer feaada ssMftatsw ItN Mtf k
concealed wrier the frafc.
-V '
-A peMlr, gives a sighi'i k5gia tlfc
week in a Cleveland poHea ttssMoa, MM ke'ww
92 years old, sad that ha bad waJk4 a Mm -way
from WBUaaasport, Pa. - iw ' .
A Moorish gentleman ride at W"5
friends at a gallop, shoots hi ptstai a laastes
that ho ha dona everytbiaff taMMssMjof
courtesy wMea eta bo expeotrt at Ja.f"7
Prof. Paul Wiegert, a oMssiagaisaed "
German, figures tbat 7 cents wfcrta of feed wH
keep a strong man la good form toss davits
day. sad ttat we would all ha nnilssrii75sh.-V
out BBoenrear or overcoats.
JOftqnia Miller, who gave to the .'
lent State of Idaho its name, says that HAi
written ana spelled improperly. The soneot
form Is Idflhho, with the accent on the lEMpe
syllable. The aasM mtaat the UglK.e ate
mosntaiae. iir?s
A steer wMek .seem deetiaed te a tftM
ufols exhibited at FfeaBeo, Md. It is i yeas
old. H feet is Ieaeta, 17 bands hieh. and weicha
4000 pounds. Not eesteat with beteg a cariosity
as to beljrtt, the steer has added the ltre at
uuuoie joints m bis legs.
Tbe Emperer of Gemaay reeeaWy.sea
a specimen rise to the Sneerer of Aastria. the
barrel ot which does net grew hoi. After 1M
shots bad been fired the harret was seety
Warm. The "laiinHn." vflSU. rU u In fc
stocky and the "load" consists of 38 eartrif. l
. i itcioauea in nve seeeaas, aa Maw,
charge 60 shots a minute. k
The following notice is nested la si eeaiT5'
spicuous place In tbo Cedar Hsrlso. 'MhIl'-
postofflce: "BurcbjEsmAug.theaB-SB.'BetJei
ijveu mA. uc mholson at feuroas M ass at
y ..r1,.'?"1 i,?6" oId to sell 1 first etas oew
Of WhlCh-he Will sell f m- mk TVn-. k. . V .'
stock is orderly the cow comas at eawHag as fart?
rr-t . ir " T : """"""son.oBeTQ sua.
stock at burchs mill."
According to a decree published by the
Minister of Education no clergyman eaa in
Italy be an inspector or director ot a sehooL
Tbisb based upon a recent law to the effect
manae local control ot scaoots saeatdnein
the hands of heads of families, who v would
naturally take a deep interest In their wellare. "
Of course, tho leading object is to oat tbe
schools loose from clerical OTerjJgbtaadififla
ence. An Ins-taaee of close figuring has come.
tolightlnaa Areerfeaa city. A wesaa wasted
some peas or dtener, ssad, ceaiag down town
In tbe af ternootr, learned that they were 25
cents a half seek. After oonstdorttblo ajga
mentshe succeeded la getttog tweqwrtsfer
12 cents, and the next moralBg, as the seeded
a half peck, she came down town and get the
other two quarts at the same priee. 8e saved r
i cent.
A remarkable orchid is exhibited i'a
Baltimore florist's window. The pbwt'faJe"
inches square. Pendant from it are 68 bteess.
each bloom three to four inches across, sad ot'g J?
rwttlan vallnw ss3ii41im asV awa T1iF i
sjuiuuu jsvn musuttij va vsvcnrsxio re
scent is not agreeable.ln which reepeet 1 re?"
sembles the slant lily receaHv shows is Lea-"'
-don. Another carious eharaeteristte K pas-?'
sesses is that for six months of the year it re
quires no water whatever, and its bloom de
pends upon its being kept perfectly dry tor
this period.
The firm of Ansaldo Bambini, In Ssm
pierdareti, Italy bare recently completed fce
colossal engine and boilers inteaded.for the
Italian, ironclad Sicllia. The engine is con
structed to work up to 19,500 horse-power, and
it is the most powerful hitherto constructed ia
Italy. It is constructed on the compound prte- -cipls,
with eight cylinders and four surface
condensers. It drives two four-armed serews,
which hare a diameter of six meters. Tbe1
weight of tbe boilers is 00 tons, and the total
weight of the engine and boilers Is L7J0 teas.
The town of Szegedin, in Hungary, is
threatened by another catastrophe. Its princi
pal embankment, erected after the disastrous
floods of 1879 at a cost of 2,000,000 florins, has
collapsed, and Is found to require entire recon
struction. It appears that tbe dam rests on
marshy ground and has no proper foundation.
This failure will bring much severe criticism
on the Hungarian Government, who will be
held responsible for the Dad engineering, as
the works were executed under the control of
Count Ludwig Tisza, the brother of the Prime
"Old Jack.' Phipps, who died lately ia
Fairfield, Connwas known as the modern
Pied Piper of HameUn. He made a living by '
ridding houses of rats, and with hU ferrets' Inl l
a box in one hand and several nets hi1thwUF
other he was often seen on tbe strwtsoPtfcis rw"
city. After leaving here he went to New York
and then to Connecticut. His illness began two
months ago, and all during it his faithful little
ferrets were almost Inconsolable. His death
seemed to break their hearts. They would not
eat or drink, and early the other morning one
of them, "Nellie," quietly breathed her last.
A few hours later her brother. "Ted," went to
join her in the ferrets' hereafter.
The problem of the "battle of' life" has
Just been solved in a most extraordinary man
ner by three dames of a certain age sisters to ..
all appearance, and comfortably endowed with '
this world's goods who resided in a pleasant
villa at Le Vesinet For some reason hitherto
unexplained they were weary of existence, and
they determined to die together. The three
sisters having previously provided themselves
with a perfect arsenal of revolvers, set fire to
their house on Mondav mornlne. Thev thecm
the most methodical manner, bade each other
a last farewell, and turned their weapons
against themselves. In two cases the snots
were fired with fatal effect, two of the sisters
falling to tbe ground mortally wounded. The
third inflicted severe In Junes on herself, but
hopes of her recovery are entertained. Some '
passers-by, perceiving smoke issuing from, tbe
villa, ran in and found tbe two corpses, while
tbe third sister was seen lying Insensible on the
floor. Tbe inhabitants seem utterly at a loss to
account for this extraordinary tragedy, which
has naturally caused intense excitement in tbe
neighborhood. The whole thing was manifestly
planned with deliberation, care being taken to
kill a horse and dog, both old favorites.
"Kewspaper men have a right to be
proud." Well yes. Handling the paste-pot Is
apt to make 'em a little stuck up. Florida Tints
"What sort of a fellow are you?" spoke"
the hub to tbe wheel, "that you are always"
strongest when you are tired." Mngliamtony
Editor Tes, my dear fellow, by all
means write Just as much as you want. But don't
print anything, for if you do you wIU be found
fault with." FlitQtndt Blactter.
Little Elsie O, take mo wo, mamma.
Mamma Walk across, that's a good girL
Mamma has all she can do to carry poor Fldo.
Honors Were Easy. "James, you have
been fighting. I can tell it by the look a your
"Yes; but, mother, you should see the look In
the other boy's eye." Life,
A Natural Mistake. Little Brother (bed;
time) "Why don't you take your stockings off? " ,
Little Sister (whose motber burs the cheap black
kind) I's dot all of 'em off 'at will come off. Ai
York Witxly.
Little Johnnie Say lies here,
He neither cries nor frets:
He Just bad reached his thirteenth year
Cigarettes. Boston Courier.
Needs a Best Wile (who never lets her
husband forget that she Is doing the housework)
My poor hands nave been working ever since
I've been married.
Husband I know your poor tonzue has.
His Thoughts Were Elsewhere. Barber
Close sbave, sir?
lllgsby (thinking or something ftr different)
You bet It waj 1 1 bad hardly dodged the old man's
foot when the dog made a spring for me, and if I
hadn't O, excuse met Ho, Just go over It once.
New lork Sun.
A Reasonable Inference. Johnnie
Cumso Was Solomon a baseball umpire, par
Mr. Cumso No,. Johnnie; what made you ask
Johnnie I heard the minister say something
about tbe Judgment of Solomon. Units' Jfajo
line. Ready to Help Out. Moneybags Ton
say you wish to marry my daughter? Well, you
know I have three, and on the mairlage or each I
shall give ber husband 110,000. Which one doyoa
Jack Nspes-I'U tell you what we'll do. You'll
move out to Utah, and I'll take all three of them
oil your hands. I'm willing todo the square thing.
2cw XorkSwA.
What's the use of chasing fortune! Fortune
never dies. ,
Have yunr grief, but never grievance. Waste no
time In sighs.
Everything will come to you. Tbe world will bet
ter bo
For rivers only ran oao way, and ever toward ;
the sea.
Once a Wuk.
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