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PITTSBURG. WEDNESDAY, SEP. 35, 18SSL
The deliverance of the Republican
League Convention yesterday was princi-
pally noticeable for its careful adherence to
the regulation line of Republican utter
nnces. It was safe and conservative rather
than brilliant, original or radical.
The rumored resolution calling for the
repeal of the civil service act was conspic
uous by its absence. This is a creditable
demonstration that the membership of the
Republican clubs take a higher view of
politics than to make it a mere competition
for spoils, and accept Republican pledges as
more binding than the duty of rewarding
party workers. Outside of this the deliv
erances which indorso the administration,
call for the protection of colored people in
tbe South, denounce the Democratic grab
in "West Virginia, pay honor to the vet
erans of the war, and indorse Boyer and
Beaver are decidedly of the conventional
It would have been interesting if the or
ganization could have risen to the height of
shaping party policy on such questions as
corporation or trnst abuses. But perhaps it
would be too much to expect purely polit
ical organizations to break over the rule of
following rather than leading publin
A GEEAT HELD FOE EITTEBPBISE,
The arrival of the members of the Pan
American Congress, at Kew York, brings
out interviews with them showing that
many of the South and Central American
republics are keenly alive to the work of
cultivating trade relations with the United
States. The delegates from Honduras and
Bolivia are quoted as declaring that the re
sults of the English and French domination
of their trade are disadvantageous to the
development of their industries; and that
they are anxious to call in the commercial
competition of the United States as a re
dressing influence. Perhaps a more de
cided weight will come from the formal ut
terances of the representatives of such coun
tries as Chili and the Argentine Republic,
which are tbe leading South American re
publics. But every indication is to the ef
fect that a great field is open for our indus
tries and commerce in the countries to the
south of us, if we shape our commercial
policy to cultivate it
THE DANCE WILL GO Off.
The iron government of the German Em
pire seems determined to test its strength
and the patience of the people. Having
brought almost every pursuit of man in the
Fatherland under tbe strict eye of the drill
sergeant and the detective, Prince Bismarck
Las now attempted to dictate how, when
and where Germans shall dance. And it is
cot the interference of a kindly critic either,
Ijut of one who denounces dancing as a per
nrciocs amusement. Children are to practice
dancing only under Government supervis
ion, under set conditions, and between the
hours of noon and 8 r. n. They may not
learn to waltz, and the polka and some other
lighter dances are forbidden to them also.
In fact, it will be almost as difficult to
learn to dance as to escape service in the
army in Germany from now on.
Hitherto the harmony of tho German
federation of States, and the loyalty of the
masses to the Emperor have been unde
niable. But can any federation, any body
of sensible Teutons, attached to the waltz
ss to their mugs or beer and good old pipes,
tolerate such tyranny as .this? Prince Bis
marck might as well have ordered that no
German citizen should drink more than one
glass of lager a day. It comes naturally to
the good German to dance. He dances as
befights, with all his might. Ruleswritten,
on official paper, or cast upon slabs of iron,
are hardly likely to be obeyed when they
impinge upon thefreedom of the home. Even
if the death penalty were to be attached to
waltzing, we believe the witching strains
of Strauss or Waldteufel would not call in
rain upon the men and women of the
fatherland. They wonld dance still,
though it be a dance to death.
THEPEBSEVEBA1TCE OF THE PROPHETS.
The indomitable character of the weather
prophet is illustrated by the Rev. Irl
Hicks, of St. Louis. Last month this mete
orologic sharp scheduled a choice assort
ment of storms and cyclones for the period
from the 10th and 15th, which were to rav
age the land. Over the greater part of the
country at that time the weather was one of
unbroken sunshine and great heat. But an
Atlantic cyclone made itself felt along the
extreme coast line. So the undaunted
Hicks claims an "appalling fulfillment of
our calculations," and proceeded to assign
"reactionary storms of energy" for the past
few day. The ideal autumn weather
which we enjoyed may appear to Knock out
this prediction. But Hicks and his admir
ers will discover a storm in Mexico or a
blizzard in British Columbia and proudly
point out how he hit it. This is such stuff as
weather prophets are made of.
HABITS TELL TALES.
It is not to be supposed, of course, that
every man looks forward to embezzling
a hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Per
haps he may be a junior clerk in a bank
with a chance to pilfer by the thousand
only, or he may be the President, with a
i lofty contempt for thefts of less than a
million. And still there is a moral for all
in the story of Simon Baruch, a Spanish
gentleman, who brought the results of his
brother's embezzlement in Austria to this
country, and was captured, as narrated in
The Dispatch yesterday. Simon Baruch
might still be a free man, in possession of
a hundred and fifty thousand dollars, if
be had not had the habit of frequently
laying his left forefinger alongside his nose.
The detective knew he had the Simon pure
embezzler when he saw that left forefinger
travel to its accustomed couch in the lee of
a Spanish nasal organ.
Of the habit of putting the left forefinger
beside the nose it may be said that it is
aesthetically in bad taste; it lends a suspic
ion of irony to the expression, and can easily
be interpreted in an offensive sense by other
parties. Financially speaking the case of Mr.
Baruch demonstrates the costliness of the
habit. Supposing Mr. Baruch put his fin
ger to his nose one hundred and fifty thou
sand times dnring his lifetime up to date,
each indulgence cost him one dollar. He
could have had a great deal more fun with
a dollar than that, had he taken thought.
So, unless a man harbors no ambition to
reach wealth via embezzlement and Canada,
there are plenty of reasons why he should
not fall into the inartistic, offensive and ex
pensive habit of laying his left forefinger to
A SUGGESTION TO VISITORS.
Tne tens of thousands of Pittsburg's
friends from neighboring towns and adjacent
country who have been thronging our streets
this week, certainly do not find the occasion
short of attractions. Not only the Exposi
tion, but the circus and the regular places
of amusement with lively attractions con
tribute abundantly to the entertainment of
eye and ear, not to speak of the profit of the
pocket or the instruction of the mind. But
the most interesting of thp sights, we are
sure, is the one which Pittsburg itself pre-
sents.of a large city in that process of grand,
visible growth which illustrates the wonder
ful industrial and mercantile activity of the
times we have happened upon.
It is a privilege to live in an age like
this, when upon every line of natural prog
ress human intelligence is making astonish
ing advances. The Pittsburg of to-day,
with its six, eight and ten-story buildings;
its cable cars whirling along by steam
power at twice the old-time rate of speed;
its handsome bridges spanning the rivers at
many new points; its magnificent new
county buildings which are justly esteemed
tbe finest in the land; its long-promised
postoffice taking on final proportions; its
new Exposition quarters, whose present
stage is but a glimpse and an assurance of
what they will be when completed the
Pittsburg of to-day, we may confidently
suggest, is vastly interesting and instruc
tive when compared with the Pittsburg of
fifteen years ago, when the first Exposition
was held across the river upon Smoky Isl
and. Much though the visitor will see in the
city proper, they will miss the most agree
able and pleasing experience if they fail to
take in what were formerly mere suburbs,but
are now the residence quarters of the Pitts
burg and Allegheny. An hour or two can
not be more delightfully spent than by
making the tour of Fifth and Penn avenues
through the East End, by cable, or by tak
ing a like trip through Allegheny. Our
friends and neighbors who have been hear
ing with wonder of the fabulous growth of
Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City and
other famous towns of the West, will at once
see that Pittsburg, too.has put on its seven
leagued boots, like the giant in the fable,
and is making such astonishing strides to
ward pre-eminence as, a few years ago, the
most imaginative could not have dreamed
And in viewing tbese abounding evi
dences of Pittsburg's growth, our visitors
will have, besides, the gratifying knowledge
that the prosperity and advancement which
they see here, as well as the splendid pros
pects for the future which these things pre
sage, but typify and illustrate on a large
scale tbe conditions of activity throughout
the whole region. It is the growth and
development of "Western Pennsylvania,
Eastern Ohio, West Virginia and Northern
Maryland which is so largely making the
wonderful growth of Pittsburg.
THE COAL CONSOLIDATION.
The latest phase which rumor takes con
cerning the coal consolidation is to the
effect that the combined corporation will be
formed. In addition, it expands the scheme
to the very liberal proportions which will
take in the Kanawha mines. This is prob
ably about as authentic as the preceding
rumor that the deal was off, or any of the
previous variations which have been afloat
with reference to the scheme.
The probability of success by means of a
consolidation, in controlling the coal trade
and preventing competition, does not appear
to be much enhanced by the new proposi
tion. Supposing capital enough to be got
together to buy up all the mines in opera
tion on the Kanawha as well as those
on the Monongabela, what will be the
result? In the first place the operation
of a wholesale purchase or such property
must necessarily enhance its price. To that
increase of capitalization, add the profits
which the promoters of the scheme must
take for floating the securities by which the
money must be raised; and there is a mate
rial enlargement of the charge on coal nec
essary to pay returns on tho capital. This
will offer a premium on the opening of new
mines in the undeveloped coal territory
which lies between this point and tbe Gulf
of Mexico; and that premium will not be at
all decreased by the presence of a big cor
poration which founds its existence on the
policy of buying up competitors.
It must be left to the coal interests to de
cide whether they will be benefited by going
into a scheme, in its nature involving a
large increase of capitalization on the basis
of increased returns from an unattainable
exclusive control of the market. It
is, however, worth while to note
that the scheme is not one that
promises well for theindustrial prosperity of
Pittsburg. Coal is our basic staple what
ever the life of natural gas. If this consol
idation has any measure of success in pre
venting competition, the first conquest must
be in the local market for river coal, thus
enhancing the cost of tbe fuel on which
Pittsburg's manufactures are fonnded.
Besides that the departure from the safe,
conservative and successful organization on
which our coal trade has grown to its pres
ent magnitude, for a policy which natur
ally leads to an unhealthy and dropsical or
ganization like that of the railroad system,
is not one which promises the surest found
ation of publio prosperity.
These considerations certainly are suffi
cient to warrant the public in failing to feel
any very keen desire for the success of, the
project, or any decided regrets if it should
not be consummated.
"The relation of the yard to the meter" is
a subject under discussion by scientific
people just now. They explain it to mean
the exact fraction which expresses the
greater length of the French meter over the
English yard. Pittsburgera who are using
natural gas by meter, however, will be apt
to think that the relation of tho yard to the
meter is that the cubic yard of gas which
the meter records is about equal to a foot of
gas in actual heating power.
The statement of the esteemed Atlanta
Conititulion that "a good deal of Repub
lican boodle has been imported to Ohio.
In other words the bar'l is on tap," shows
a vital inaccuracy of information. What
ever side the Standard Oil barrel may take
in the politics of other States, it is on tap
for the benefit of the Democracy in Ohio.
It might almost be accepted as a good rea
son for letting New York have the World's
Fair, if the Riverside Park site would
shame the New Yorkers into the completion
of Grant's monument there.
John L. Sulmvait is now threatening
to thrash the Boston newspaper reporter who
wrote up the account of his last spree. John
is decidedly premature in this respect. He
should adhere to the political precedent of
cultivating friendly relations with the press
until he gets elected to Congress. After
that he will be at liberty to suppress the
The report that New York has secured a
820,000,000 fund for the World's Fair, of
which Mr. Andrew Carnegie gives 2,000,
000, is calculated to create the impression
that Wall street is watering the stock of
that enterprise more vigorously than it has
done with any railroad.
Of course Boulanger claims that he was
counted out. The French General is fully
versed in the regulation methods by which
af defeated American candidate explains
what hit him.
The Chinese army is said, if all the re
serves are called in, to number 100,000,000
men. But the exact military value of that
hundred million, in the way of fighting
power, is so small that the figures do not
find it easy of expression. A hundred mill
ion sheep would not be likely to present any
decided terrors to a small pack of active and
When the New York jurors get to inter
rupting Colonel Fellows in his speech for
the prosecution of Ives, the public deter
mination that Fellows shall never succeed
in convicting anyone, may be said to have
reached high water mark.
The Pension Commissionership presents
the unique case of the office seeking the
man, and making a hard job of it to find
The report that the, boss pickpocket of
the country has been in town for the prose
cution of outside business in connection
with the circus, should cause the politicians
present to examine their pockets and make
certain that they have been relieved of none
of the prizes of politics which they fondly
believed themselves to carry about with
The Marquis of Londonderry's "twenty
years of coercion," which he regards as the
proper remedy for Ireland, might be re
ceived with more favor if some two hundred
years of coercion had not already proved a
In the game of politics the Republican
party at present seems to hold the long suit
PEOPLE OF PROMINENCE.
Queen Louise of Denmark has just, cele
brated ber72d birthday anniversary.
Mrs. Mona Caibd, who started the "Is
Marriage a Failure?" business, has been study
Senator and Mrs. Stanford have been visit
ing their old borne at Sacramento, CaL, for tho
first time in several years.
Senator Hoar, of Massachusetts, is tbe
finest linguist in. Congress, but there are those
among his colleagues who are more proficient
In profane language.
Mb. Hubert Hekkomer has been at work
oa bis house at Boshey for five years, and it
will take five years more to finish it. He is
making it a work of art, for art's sake.
John S. Graham, son of ex-Speaker
Graham, who, after the death of his brother in
tbe railroad wreck west of Altoona, took his
place as clerk in tbe Treasury Department, has
resigned to connect himself with tho stove
works of Baldwin & Graham, Harrisburg.
Mr. M. M. Estee, a delegate to the Inter
national American Congress which meets next
month, was entertained at a complimentary
banquet the other evening in San Francisco,
Senator Stanford, Representative Morrow and
Governor Waterman being among his hosts.
Hon. John Dalzem, has closed a lease of
the residence No. 1501 Massachusetts avenue,
Washington, for two years. It is in the heart
of the fashionable section, between Bcott and
Thomas circles, and well fitted for elegant en
tertaining. Mr. Dalzell boarded at tho Arling
ton Hotel, with his family, during the sessions
of his first term in Congress, but for the second
will enjoy the greater seclusion and-comfort of
his own establishment.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich has returned
from Europe in good health and spirits. His
twin boys have just reached the age of 21. Tho
boys have worked hard and stand high in their
class at Harvard. Mr. Aldrich took them to
Europe with him. They spent ten days In Lon
don, went to Paris and saw tbe Exposition,
made a tour in Switzerland and Italy and then
returned to England. Like true Bostonians,
they were glad to get back to their native land.
Thomas A. Edison caught a severe cold
while visiting Sir John Pender at Foot's Crag,
near tbe village of Cudlip, England. A chill
greatly aggravated his chronic deafness and
kept him in bed for a few hours. He will sail
for this country on Saturday. Tho peculiar
position bo now holds is well Illustrated by a
question asked him by a reporter. "When will
the public hear from you again, Mr. Edison!"
"Oh, pretty soon," was the answer; "I have a
few inventions under way."
Sextt-fouk members of No. 2 Fire Engine
Company, of Harrisburg, have just closed a
jolly visit at Washington. They are the crack
oompany of Pennsylvania's capital, and whilo
they did a deal ot serenading and toasting
themselves, they were met half way on that
ground by the local firemen. They left Wash
ington yesterday for Baltimore, and from there
will take in Richmond, Winchester, Frederick
and Hagerstown. They expect to reach home
Saturday, and then a great receotion and
banquet will be given them. Mr. Harry Lacy,
of tbe "Still Alarm" Theatrical Company,
piloted tho boys about the Capital.
A 'PLEA OP USDEY
Decides a Case In Which a Considerable
Amount of Money Was Involved.
Madison, Wis.. September 21 Many relics
of the Gogebic mining craze came to the Bur
face in tho Supreme Court in tbe form of de
cisions in a number of suits resulting from the
big deals in mining property of two and three
years ago. Themost important suit is thatgrow
ingout of the failure of J. E Burton, tbeex-min-ingking,
entitled theCentralTrust Company of
New York against Burton. In the suit the
former applied in the Circuit Court of Wal
worth county for a receiver of property mort
gaged by Burton to secure notes for $330,000
given the trust company.
Burton set up a defense of usury. The tnut
company demurred to the answer, and tbe Cir
cuit Court overruled the demurrer, and also
refused to annoint a receiver. The trust com
pany then took an appeal, hut the Supreme
Court affirms both orders appealed from.
A NAIL iff HIS, SKULL.
A Alan Carries a Piece of Iron la His Head
BRnxJEPORT, Conk., September 24. John
Stewart rammed his head against a stone cell In
Fairfield county jail five months ago. He was
a prisoner and attempted suicide. He was taken
to the hospital and his bond treppanned. Two
weeks ago he recovered sufficiently to get about
tbe hospital, but Saturday be grew worse, and
he died this morning.
An autopsy reveals that a two-inch Iron nail
bad been thrust into bis skull whlob the physi
cians had tailed to discover.
THE TOPICAL TALKEB.
Blind Men's Ways A Pleasant Change In
Scenery Bnrnom In England.
Two blind men came marching down Fifth
avenue on Sunday afternoon. They were arm
inarm. When tbey came to Smlthfield street
one of them turned toward tbe City Hall, but
tho other gave him a sharp tug, saying: Let's
go down Fifth avenue."
"Whyr" asked the other,
"Oh, there is so much more to see."
It is a curious thing, which 20 years' intimacy
with hundreds of blind people has taught me,
that a blind man never acknowledges his lack
of sight in bis conversation.
In reply to E. M. M. the tremendous operatic
fact may he recorded that tbe song, "Lis
ten to My Tale of Woe," or "Little John and
His Bister Sue," was sung when "Nadjy" was J
at the Bijou last season Dy air. nanus vvnson
and his partner and right bower, Miss Marie
Jansen. And thoy sang it very well. They
are still singing it in "The Oolah" at the
Broadway Theater, New York.
TnE 'scenery used in Miss Wainwrieht's
production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
at the Opera House this week is not at all what
we are accustomed to see here. Several of
the scones are pictures of real artistic value.
The servants' hall, in tho second scene, of tho
second act, tor example, is a rarely quaint
interior of an old mansion. The furniture is
historically accurate and unusually complete.
Tho gallericd hall, with its- huge fireplace, in
which the brass mounted bellows is a conspicu
ous feature, its old-fashioned settles, it3 tablo
whorebn reigns a genuine punch bowl of the day
represented, afford a guiding glimpse at the
fashion of life in tho era of the play. Another
painting ot considerable beauty is the bower
of roses in sight of tbe Duke Orsino s palace.
Other scenes rarobardly less remarkable for
taste and ability u the artists.
Tho chime of bells which occasionally pulses
prottlly is another evidence of the care and in
tuitive artistic sense that prevails in this pro
duction. Miss Wainnght must be congraulated
on this achievement, and so mnst her advisers
and tbe executors of her desire. Not least
among these, I strongly suspect, should be
plated Mr. Julian Magnus.
In another way the interior of a postofflce
shown in Tho U. S. Mail" is worthy of praise.
It is highly realistic and no doubt will provo a
great feature when the proper dramatic strength
of thatscene is developed.
It is not understood, I think, how ambitious
are the plans of Mr. P T. Barnum for his En
glish tour. He will take all his animals, and
not a single English performer will he hire.
Instead ot English artists, Mr. Barnum will
take with him Americans with peculiarly
American specialties. And yet the circus and
the various troupes of performers will really be
subsidiary to the great spectacle of "Fall of
Rome" produced la this country by the Kiral-
fys. The circus as a whole will enter Rome as
a sort of triumphal parade after the fashion of
the triumph of a Roman emperor aftera vic
tory. There are one or two difficulties ahead of the
circus in England. One of them is tbe absence
of the big advertising spaces Barnum A Bailey
have been wont: to use here. The boardings,
however, will offer a fair amount of room for
the elaborate colored posters. It is feared by
the managers of the show that the night parade
of tho circus in London, which it is proposed
to give after the New York fashion, will not
be. allowed to take place. There is reason to
believe that the London police will Interfere
because of the immense crowds a torchlight
parade wonld attract, and the field for thieved
the crowds would afford.
;INTEB-8TATE COMMERCE CASES.
Ocean Sates Advanced as an Excuse for
Kansas City, September 21 The Interi
State Commission was in session hereto-day.
The cases of most general interest, were heard
at the afternoon session. They were those of
Lehman, Huzginson fc Co., ot Humboldt, Kan.,,
against the Southern Pacific, Texas Pacific,
Central Pacific, Atchison. Topeka and Santa
Fe, Missouri, Kansas and Texas and the
Atlantic and Pacific roads. The complaint
charges that the railroads discriminate in,
freight rates against them In favor ot 'Missouri
river points. They charge specifically hat the
rate on sugar In car lots from San Francisco toi
Kansas City is 65 cents per 100, while tho
rate to Humboldt, 117 miles nearer San Fran
cisco, is 85 cents per 100; that the 20 cents
additional is then local charge between Kansas
City and Humboldt The complainants ask
that tbe rate be so adjusted as to do away with
Tho general answers of all the roads were in
substance the same. Thoy state that tbe rato
of 65 cents to Missouri river points from San
Francisco is an unjust rate for tbe service, but
that it is forced upon them by the competition
over the ocean; that if such rate were not
made, water rates to New York and other sea
ports, and thence to Missouri river nouns
would be les and thereby injure tbe business
of the various roads. On sugar shipped around
Cape Horn, the answers further state, to New
York, thence to Missouri river points and
thence to Humboldt, Kan., the local rales west
of the Missouri river would be added to the
rates to New York and the Missouri river,
making the rate 85 cents. The roids claim!
that was tbe manner of fixing tbe Humboldt
rate and deny that there is any discrimination
against Humboldt. The Commission adjourned
PE0M0TI0NS IN THE AEMI.
A Lively Contest Promised for Three Posi
tions Soon to Be Tacani.
Washington, September 21 Secretary
Proctor is ocenpying his spare time before tbe
return of tbe President examining the applica
tions of candidates for the vacancies that are
to occnr next week in the subsistence and
Quartermasters' departments of the army,
through tbe retirement of two officers on ac
count of age. These are Colonel Amos Beck
with, subsistence department, and Captain
Charles H. Hoyt, Quartermasters' department,
the former retiring October 4, and the latter
September SO. Besides these there is another
vacancy that has been left unfilled since tho
retirement of Colonel William W. Burns, sub
sistence department, September 1, because it
was then thought best to wait and fill all the
places at once. These retirements necessitate
tho appointment of two commissaries of sub
sistanco with the rank of Captain, and one of'
Assistant Quartermaster with the same rank.
It is ordinarily presupposed that such vacan
cies shall be filled by promotion from the line
of the army, and, of course, servicemen declare
that they should bo so filled, but there is a be
lief growing that Secretary Proctor and the
President intend to take advantage of a law
passed during the Arthur administration,
which provides that such appointments may be
made from civil life.
Tbe Adjutant General's Department, the
pay department, and the ordnance department
are so constituted by law that vacancies must
li filled from the armv. while tho Quarter.
master's, medical, subsistence and J udge-Ad-,
vocates Department are open to civilians The'
retirement of Colonel Beck with will cause the
promotion of Lieutenant-Colonel George Boll
to be Colonel, Major Micbael Small to be
Lieutenant-Colonel, and Captain Charles B.
Penrose to bo Major.
AEID LANDS OF THE WEST.
The Report Which Will bo Made by the
CHICAGO, September 21 Major J. y.
Powell, Chief of the Geological Survey, arrived
in Chicago to-day on his way' to Washington,
after 55 days' constant work as advisory mem
ber of the senatorial committee investigating
irrigation In the West.
Major Powell said: "We visited North and
South Dakota, Montana, Washington terri
tory, XJregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California,
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Indian territory
Kansas, Colorado. Wyoming and Nebraska, or
everv State and territory in which there are
arid lands. We held 80 meetings and heard
oner 200 witnesses. The arid land that can be
irrigated and thus made productive will in.
clnde tbe larger portion of eich State visited.
In all over 100.000,000 acres. Tbe work of the
committee will be the preparation of a report
upon the advisability of congressional appro
priations for surveys in the arid district.
There is not much doubt but that such appro
priations will be made. I do not believe Con
gress will ever take In charge the construction
of the ditches and reservoirs. Whoever does
It, when It Is done, will revolutionize the Wcbu
Destroying- Pet Phrases.
From the Courier-Journal, t
This newfangled smokeless powder will never
do. What would war correspondence bo with
out "the bmoke of battler" And after a Presi
dents! election, what would become of the
newspaper writer's "Now that the smoke of
battle has cleared awayT"
A SILTEE WEDDING.
TwentT-FIvo Yoara of Conjugal Felicity
Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Kearns, of Market
street, McKeesport, celebrated their silver
wedding last evening. About 75 of the most
prominent McKeesport peoplo gathered at the
home to participate In the festivities, and offer
congratulations to tbe doctor and his esti
mable wife on completing the one-fourth of A
century of married bliss.
Mrs. Kearns, who was dressed in black
velvet trimmed with lace, and her
daughter, Mrs. Klrkpatrick, of Leech
burg, arrayed In white satin, received the
guests in the spacious drawing room. The
contrast of the dresses of mother and daughter
was extremely pretty. The guests began to
arrive at 8 o'clock. The reception room was
beautifully decorated, the mantel being
banked with ferns, and choice cut flowers were
interwoven through the green foliage. Large
potted plants were tastefully arranged in an
alcove at the rear of the roam.
Dr. and Mrs. Kearns received a large quan
tity of presents from their friends. Among
them were a silver tea service, ladles, cruets
and salvers. A yery edible repast was served
and tbe guests did ample justice to the good
things. Ludwig had charge of the' decorations
and Kennedy provided the repast in his usual
A Church Wedding Held In Allegheny Last
The marriage of Miss Mary Emma Coyle,
daughter of R. J. Coyle. to Mr. Francis Arm
strong, took place last evening in the First
Presbyterian Church, Allegheny, Rev. David
Kennedy officiating. The bridal party was
preceded by tho ushers, R, 3. Coyle and R. B.
Coyle, brothers of tho bride, and Messrs. Grove
The bride was drossed in a handsome im
ported costume of dark wine and Persian, with
sash drapery, and wore a pair of elegant dia
mond earrings, the gift of the groom. Mr. and
Mrs. Armstrong departed Immediately for a
Western trip of two weekB' duration, and will
then he at home to their friends at the resi
dence of R. W. Scott, Garfield street, Alle
gheny. WEDDINGS TO COME.
Tho Approaching Pnul Nuptials at Oakmont
Invitations are out for the marriage of Miss
Nellie Paul, daughter of J. W. Paul, of Oak
mont. to Mr. Francis H. Skelding, a New York
banker. September SO is the time set for the
event. An interesting feature of the wedding
will be the music composed by Mr. Bert Nevin,
a brother-in-law of the prospective bride, who,
it will be remembered, composed tbe music for
his own wedding some two years ago.
The wedding of Miss Catherine Julia Stoney
to Mr. Harry Homer Phillips, will take place
at Calvary Church, East End, this evening.
A WEDDING TO-DAL
McKeesport Social Circles Interested in the
A pretty home wedding will take place this
evening in McKeesport. Miss Tilly Hartman,
daughter ot William Hartman, and Mr. R. J.
Caughey, assistant paymaster at the National
Tube Works, being the contracting parties.
Rev. Montgomery, of the C. P. Church, will
officiate. The bride will wear white silk, with
pearl trimmings, and carry Nephetas roses.
Immediately after the ceremony the happy
couple will depart for an eastern trip.
E00SETELT A PH1L0S0PHEE.
Ho Talks at a Little Length on tbe Subject
of Civil Service Reform.
rflPKCIAL TELEOKAM TO TUX DISFATCH.1
Washington, September 21 The return to
the capital of Mr. Theodore Roosevelt
one of the Civil Service Commissioners,
is a. signal for the renewal of the
attacks on him and on the civil
service law, Mr. Roosevelt takes tbe opposi
tion very philosophically, like one who .feels
that be is on the right side, but perhaps just a
trifle in advance of the sentiment of the poli
ticians, if not the public In conversation this
afternoon he spoke as follows In regard to the
prospect of a backset for civil service reform:
'The repeal of the law," he said, "or a failure
to appropriate for its enforcement twice the
amount of money now appropnated would be
an immense evil For any Congressman to at
tack civil service reform would be an evil act:
for a Republican to do so would be party
ireacoexy a Dase oreacn oi xaitn."
"Do you think, these attacks come from any
powerful source!" the reporter asked.
f V They come from three classes of men: those
who cannot get office, and probably could not,
anyhow, comfort themselves by attacking civil
service reform: those whose political power de-
Sends upon nothing but their capacity for ped
ling political patronage are, of course, op
Sosed to it. The other class is composed of
ull people deluded by the other two."
"Do you think there is any danger of arc
peal of the law?"
"No: for if nothing else stood in the way, tho
President's veto would prevent this. The
President would certainly veto any act repeal
ing tbe law, and by no possibility could the op
position get strength to pass it over his veto."
"May Congres3not fail to make an appro
priation!" 'Ibave too much faith in the majority of
members of Congress to believe that such a
thing will happen. The Republican party is
strongh in favor of tho law," he added, "and
every Republican who acts against it is a
"Are not tho Democrats pledged to ltssup
"I am a Republican," was the reply, "and I
cannot speak for the Democratio party at all."
THE INTEENATIONAL C0NGEESS.
A Number of the Delegates From South
America Have Already Arrived.
Kew Yore, September 21 A distinguished
lot of visitors to this country arrived at this
port to-day, on the City of Para, being dele
gates to the coming International Congress,
from the various Spinish-American countries.
Secretary of State Blaine was to have met tbe
visitors at the barge, as tho Congress is one in
which he takes great interest, it is said, but he
did not appear, possibly on account of the ex
tremely early and unexpected hour. The dele
gates were met at quarantine by a reception
committee and taken on board of the revenue
cutter Manhattan. Mr. Charles B. Flint, of
this city. Commissioner to tbe International
Congress, acted as master of ceremonies.
A half dozen gentlemen acted on the Becen.
tlon Committee with Mr. Flint. The delegates
were Dr. Juanto Cassellanos, delegate frjin
Salvador; Dr. Joaquin Arrleta Rossi, attache,
and Samuel Valdloyesa. Secretary; Senor Juan
Francisco Velarde, delegate from Bolivia; AI
cibiades Velaide and E. C. Fiallos, Secretary.
Ex-Minister Roberts, from Chill, and Julio
M. Foster, Esq., of Santiago, Chili, were also
taken on board the cutter, as was Captain
Wbalen, of the barge office, who had boarded
the City of Para at lower quarantine. In
reference to the coming Congress, Senor Selya,
a delegate from Honduras, said: "Our people
are very enthusiastic over this International
Congress and expect many advantageous re
sults from it. Wo wish to develop our mining
and agricultnral interests, but our mines are
what we want to see in operation as soon as
soon as possible. Wo need railroads and en
largement of our commerce with foreign
countries, especially with the United btates
All classes iu our country desire closer relations
with your people.
NAGLE ON THE TEAIN.
Nevertheless Jnsttco Field Snya lie Is Not
Now Under Protection.
Chicago, September 21 Justice Field ar
rived iu Chicago to-day from tho Pacific coast.
Ho was asked:
"Is Marshal Nagle traveling with your"
"No. I havo. had no protection since leaving
It was asserted, however, that Marshal Nagle
traveled on the same train with Justice Field,
but J ustice Field said that Nagle was not of his
"Marshal Nagle directs his own affairs," Bald
Justice .Field, when questioned on this point.
"I have nothing to do with his actions. He goes
and comes wben bo chooses. I have no body
guard, I assure you."
Justice Field and party left the city for tha
East this afternoon on the Lake Shore Limited.
ST. L0DI8 IN THE SWIM.
An Effort to Securo .the Proposed Fnlr at
ST. Louis, September 21 A well attended
meeting of prominent railroad officials of roads
centering here revealed the fact that great in
terest Is being taken by them in the World's
Fair, and that active efforts will be made by
them to bring it to this city. The assessment
of $1,000,000 on the railroads will be promptly
subscribed, and In all likelihood that sum will be
exceeded by them.
A meeting of newspaper proprietors also
brought out subscriptions largely Iu excess of
the sum assessed upon them. The individual
subscription of the dally papers are: Olote
democrat, $20,000; JttpubUo, $20,000; Post-Dlt-patch,
116,000; Star Sajinet, (10,000; Chronicle,
THE EAILE0AD TICKET.
Its History From tbe Time it Leaves tbe
Printer's Hands Until Used nnd Destroyed
now Theft and Fraud are Prevented
A Perfect System of Account Keeping;.
"Not one In ten of the people who travel
and Americans are the greatest travelers on
earth, as well as the most inquisitive realize
the complexity ot the railroad systems in the
United States," remarked Colonel C. E. Grey,
a well-known railway passenger agent. "When
people complain of the long strip of printed
paper that the ticket agent carefully stamps
and presents to them in an envelope neatly
folded, they never think of the uses to which
that ticket Is put after they have given it to tho
conductor and finished their ride. Let me ex
plain. Tickets are called local or foreign, ac
cording as they read, between terminal points
on the issuing line or to points beyond the lines
of the Issuing corporation. Tbey are printed
on the order ot the general passenger agent, tn
lots of 100,000. each lot having a serial number,
and the tickets in each lot being numbered
consecutively. The initial point Is left blank,
to be inserted when agents at various points
make requisitions for tickets. These are
known as 'blank' stock tickets. Each destina
tion has a separate form number, without ref
erence to the initial point: so that a ticket
reading To St. Louis would havo the same
form number, whether sold at New York, Phil
adelphia or a way station. When the tickets
are sent by the printer to the general passen
ger agent, the bill for printing them is sent to
tbe auditor of tho road, who charges the gen
era passenger agent on his books with that In
voice. Tho Affent's responsibility.
"When a local agent needs tickets, he fills
out a blank form of requlsition,wbich he sends
to the general passenger agent, who stamps the
tickets called for with the number of tbe office
making the requisition, and the name of that
office as an initial point, and sends them to the
local agent with an itemized Invoice; the local
agent then checks up the Invoice to see that it
tallies with his requisition and the tickets sent,
records It In a book furnished him for that
purpose, signs a certificate that it is correct,
and forwards it, with the certificate attached,
to the auditor, who credits tho general pas.
seoger agent with the number of tickets
issued, and charges tbe invoice to tbe local
agent individually. In selling these tickets,
the agent must follow the consecutive numbers
and make daily and monthly reports, showing
the form number and consecutive number ot
those sold. This report Is sent to the auditor,
who records the report of each office in a
separate book. You would naturally think
that the agent was then relieved from;further
responsibility for the tickets be has sold, but it
is not so. The conductor receives tbe ticket,
punches the coupon, tears it off and at the end
of his run turns It In with others to the ticket
receiver at his terminal nnlnt whn nnsnrfa
them and returns them to the auditor with his
own report every day.
"The auditor turns totho agent'sreport book,
checks the coupon on tbe agent's report, and,
when all the coupons reported are In his hands,
credits the agents with the tickets named in
his report, which balances his account so far as
that report is concerned. The cash received
by tbe agent has, of coarse, been turned over
to the treasurer as soon as possible after its
receipt. If the agent has accidentally spoiled
or torn a ticket, he preserves It or returns it to
tbe auditor with his report, and he Is credited
with it When tickets In the hands of an agent
are stolen dr are missing, the agent reports at
once to the auditor, who sends a special agent
from his own office to examine the office repqrt
ing the loss. All tickets-reported missing by
this special agent are at once 'outlawed,' and
all roads over whose lines tbe coupons thereon
read are notified, but these tickets are still car
ried on the auditor's books as a charge against
the agent's account. After notification, for
eign roads accept 'outlawed tickets' at their
own risk. If tbe butlawed ticket turns up. the
blue stamp on tbe back (which is necessary to
the validity of all tickets) Is examined, and If
the date of this stamp is. one day previous to
the agent's report of loss, the agent must pay
for the ticket if, after the report, the agent 13
credited with the ticket."
Checking Up Accounts.
"Sometimes it becomes necessary to change
a form or withdraw it from sale. In this case
the general passenger agent requests the audi
tor by letter to recall all tickets bearing that
form number, which is done by a formal letter
from the auditor to the agent, which forms
part of the records of the agent's office. Upon
his return of all tickets In his office so recalled
he Is credited with them nnd relieved of
responsibility for them. At the end of
the month the auditor sends a statement to
each connecting road, showing each ticket sold
by his agents over that road during the montb,
whereupon the connecting road draws on the
selling road for its proportion of the ticket
sales. Leased lines are operated as separate
corporations in this respect. Connecting roads'
check up the auditors statement by the cou
pons tbey have collected dunng tbe month,
and if any coupons have been collected that do
not appear on tbe statement tbey do not look
for them in their own offices, but request tbe
selling road to report to them tbe date of sale.
They may have been reported the preceding
montb: but railroads take nothipg for granted,
and will not credit the selling road until spe
cially advised. Local tickets are reported and
turned in to the auditor by the selling agent at
the close of business every day, and destroyed
when properly accounted for.. In tbe case of
foreign tickets the coupons are kept for one
Swindlers Have No Show.
"Now, I have traced the ticket from the
printer until it has been taken up, canceled and
returned to the auditor. At the close ot the
year, during which the coupon Is kept, it is
taken to the foreign ticket room' in the audi
tor's office, and placed in charge of the chief
clerk ot that room, who puts It in a lockbox, of
which he holds the key. Then he takes the
box to another room, always accompanied by a
witness, turns its contents into a macerator, re
taining a full and complete statement of each
ticket or coupon in the box, closes and locks
be macerator, turns on the steam and hot
water, and together with bis witness watches
until tbe ticlvets are reduced to pulp, which is
afterward dried and sent to the paper, mill to
reappear as new tickets. Tbe system, as you
see, is extremely complicated, but it is as per
fect a system ot checks and balances as can be
devised. Under it a would-be swindler would
have a short rope." New York Star.
THE NEW POSTAL CAEDS.
Three Sizes to bo Made, to Salt All Tastes
rSPICIAL TEUCQltAM TO TITS DISPATCH. I
Washington, September 21 The new
postal cards will be of three sizes. The first
size will be, In round numbers, 2 by i inches;
the second, 3 by 5, that in use at present, and
the third, S by clinches. They will sell for
a cent apiece, as heretofore, without distinc
tion of size. Why, then, it may be asked,
should there be three sizes instead of one? In
the opinion of the Postmaster General, who Is
the author and finisher of the Idea, the la'dles
of the United States want a neat little card, of
pretty tinted board for shopping purposes.
They have only a few words to say, such as, "l
shall need a yard more of that twilled silk," or
"Will Mr. Wanamaker please add one paper of
puis to the list of articles ordered by Mrs.
Smith this morning." and It will tickle their
fancy to havo a sweet, dainty card, all of their
own, to write this message on.
Size No. 2 will be used for ordinary pur
poses of correspondence, the Postmaster
General thinks, just as it is now, but size No.
3. he believes, will fill a long-felt want to the
mercantile community for advertising par
poses. When tbe great Wanamaker shop, for
instance, wants to give a weather report and a
floor walkers' directory and a long and familiar
talk to its lady customers about babies' wraps
and children's school umbrellas. It ought to
have room to spread itself out. Tbe cramped
dimensions of tbe old-fasbioned card did very
well for the cramncd dimensions of the old-
'.fashioned announcements: but tho slap-you-on-
tne-DacK style oi aaveriisenieui. ui uu
sprung Into existence Bince Philadelphia be
came the leading retail market of the world,
has quite outgrown such bounds.
Naturally there is a good deal of amusement
over this whole postal card performance. The
size chosen for the largest card is one which
every postmaster In tbe country will condemn,
becauso It Is going to give blm a lot of trouble
in making up his packages of mail, and the
cards are certain to be torn and broken on the
edges in transit. Then, who is going to pay a
cent for a small card, when be can get a big one
for the same priceT
He Should Go West.
From the Baltimore American, i
Philadelphia has a man with two mouths.
What a pity It Is that it has not also an Expos),
tlon to boomi Perhaps it can lend its curiosity
to Chicago on favorable terms.
A Hnprrnbnnrinnco of Gas.
From the Columbus Dispatch.)
Up in Findlaytbe otber day tbey bad two
political conventions running at one and the
same time. The inhabitants declare that the
natural gas wells were"completely eclipsed.
M ATTIIS'METfiOPOLlTM. ..
Makbiff Up a Hospital.
New Yobt; September 21 The New York
Hospital, one ot the oldest and wealthiest In
stitutions in the city, will probably be pretty
well shaken up within two or three day by aa
'investigation of the condnctof lu sufriBtead
ent'and surgeons In holding an autopsy upon
the body of Frederick W. Doty Tfotras Doty
fell to the sidewalk about a week age, when
leaving a Sixthra venue saloon, i He was picked
up apparently dead. Sis body was taken to
the New York Hospital, notwithstandlse the
rules that no dead body should be reeelved
there. The attendants of the hospital say that
Doty was still alive when the ambulance ar
rived, but died shortly afterward. Five hours
after tbe arrival of tbe ambulance tbe autopsy
was held, although no permission to bold It bad
been obtained from JJoty's family, as the law
required. Dotys friends have protested
against tbe action of the hospital staff, and
have created a tremendous stir to-day by
claiming that Doty may have been tbe victim
of the Burgeon's knife, as was Bishop, the
mlndieader. Tbe hospital officials have made
a bad mess to-day ot their side of the story.
Some of them claim that Doty was dead when
he was brought to tho hospital. In which case
tbey had no right to receive him. Others say
that he died after arriving, Jn which case they
acknowledged to have been Indecently hasty in
cutting him up.' The Coroner announces that
he will thoroughly Investigate tbe whole affair.
Dotys people are very well-to-do. The young
man took advantage of his mother's absence In
the West to go o3 on a terrific spree, with re
sults as stated.
The Largest of All Ingots.
A 600-pound Ingot of gold stands on a track
in the outer office of the Chase National Bank
here. It Is said to be the largest ingot of gold;
ever run, and is the first large Invoice of bul
lion sent hero from Montana. The gold dust
of which It is composed was brought down tbe
mountains to Helena In" sacks, and the cast of
the block and tha Government assay was made
here. Its valde is $100,316.29. The value of the
ordinary gold brick of commerce Is (7,098. A
policeman with a big night stick in his hand
and two heavy revolvers in his pockets guards
the enormous Ingot day and night.
Going to See His Brotber Married.
Walker Blaine arrived here late last night
and left to-day for Richfield Springs, to attend
tho wedding ot Emmons Blaine and Miss
McCormlck. Mr. Blaine rode in an ordinary
common palace car, although Steve Elklns and
Colonel R. C. Kerens had tried hard to have
him travel in a special ear over the West Bboro
Railway. At Albany he expected to meet his
father and the other members of the family,
and accompany them to Richfield. After the
wedding Secretary Ulaine and wife will go
to Washington for the winter. Republicans
around town sook hands with Walker Blaine
in such a hearty, congratulatory way. this
morning, that ha was obliged to remind them
that his brotber was the principal In the affair.
He Was a Friend of 8ewnrd'.
Nelson Marvin Beckwith, 83 years old, died
at his home In Fifth avenue, this morning.
He was the son of Judge Beckwith, who
helped to draft the constitution of New York
State. He was an intimate friend of William
H. Seward, who in. 1867 made him American
Commissioner General at the Paris Exposition.
At the Centennial Exposition, In Philadelphia,
Mr. Beckwith was the New York State Com
missioner. Sued for 35,098 Libel.
Robert Ruzlcka has sued for libel Joseph S.
Cada, the rather vttoperous editor of theFVe
Citizen, a Bohemian weekly. In a recent issue
of the Ciiiien, Mr. Cada described Ruzlcka as
a well known scoundrel and a crazy drunkard,
and said that he deserted his wife and children;
that he was a criminal, and should be loan
Insane asylum or State prison; that he was
guilty of a felony and other charges. Mr.
Ruzlcka thinks that this description of him
damaged his lepuUtion to the extent of $5,000.
Changed the SIrn Over the Door.
Mrs. Ida Schroeder, 43 years old, lost her hus
band last March. A benefit society to which
he had belonged paid her $3,000. She bought
out a small grocer in Hobskeo, and engaged
William Boemg as cleric William was 18 years
old and his salary was $4 25 a weak. By and by
Hne'leir;inIoVa"wIthrjhlmrtwo- weeks ago the
popped the question to him, and last-night they
were married. This morning a sign painter
changed "Scbroeder" to "Boenig," before "fine
groceries," on the sign over the door.
In the Interest of Harmony.
From the Washington Post.1
We aid glad to learn that a Brick Trust baa
recently been organized. With political cam
paigns warming Into action in several State,
we regardverythlng that is likely to shove up
the price of missiles as a movement In the In
terest of peace and harmony.
THE FIGHT FOB THE FAIR.
Representative Residents of tbe Rival
Cities Talk Upon the Subject.
Chicago, September 21 W. F. Mldgely.
Vice President of tbe American Steam Boiler
Insurance Association, of New York, came to
the World's Fair headquarters this morning.
Said he: "Much is to be gained by extending
our business in the West and Northwest, and
this is gradually becoming the sentiment of
New York business men. To show you I am In
favor of Chicago, I will insure all the World's
Fair boilers and buildings for nothing and give
Mr. William McMurtrie Speer, Secretary of
the New 'York World's Exposition, made a
friendly call on the Secretary this morning. He
is on his way west to attend a wedding, and as
tbe Chairman ot the Execntive Committee,
Mayor Cregteri while In the East, called on
Mayor Grant, he thought be would reciprocate.
He expressed the kindest feelings for Chicago
and said that tbe bitterness of tbe New York
papers to this, city was not shared by the mem
bers of his committee, that they recognized
Chicago's right to the Exposition as much as
theirs, and while he could not speac for the
committee, he had no doubt but that if Con
gress sanctioned the holding of it at Chicago,
New York would do its best to make it a grand
success. He mentioned that the hotel Keepers
of New York had met and passed resolutions
agreeing not to raise their rates during the
Fair, and that they would raise whatever
amount of money was assigned them by the
Finance Committee. He stated that there was
no doubt that the money could be readily
raised and that all necessary funds for pre
liminary expenses and for carrying on the Ex
position would be forthcoming whenever suit
able plans were determined upon.
Tbe difficulty, he stated, was that their city
conld not nroride anv money and the narks
could not be utilized until the legislators sanc
tioned the plan. He recognized that while Chi
cago bad many sites, they had but one,
but that one he thought was satisfactory to the
great majority of New York people, and he had
,no doubt but tbatlts selection would be ratified
by tbe general committee.
Air Ohio boy of li purposely cut his foot to
avoid being sent to school.
Fifteen potatoes that weigbed 21 pounds
were raised by a farmer in Wetzel county,
Mb. SAI.UVE, of Tionesta, has a badly
scarred face, the result of a recent encounter
with a squirrel.
Quite a number of deer have been seen In
Southern Pennsylvania. Small game Is also
very plenty the resnlt of close, strict enforce
ment of the State laws.
Geokoe B. Hickhak, of West Chester, has
just received an oider for 10 head ot hogs from
Frank James, of Mexico, the famous ex-outlaw
of Missouri, now settled down.
Habbt C. Donaldson, a son of School Di
rector Donaldson, of Chester, met with a pe
culiar accident a day or two ago while playing
baseball. The sphere was thrown toward htm
with great force, and as it sped past bis bead it
whizzed bo close to his temple that tbe current
of wind paralyzed totally tbe right side of his
face. He is in. the doctor's care, a
Two Italians and a performing bear visited
an Island near Wllliamsport a tew days since,
where a crew of men were getting out logs de
posited by the Juno flood. Louts Schnltz, one
of the crew, offered ta wrestlo the bear, and, a
ring being formed, the bear gave blm a hug,
then rolled blm over the Island and sat oa him.
In response to his appeals the Italians flaaUjr
called off the brute.
tsv iagis itrpn
A Detroit Pete wo tried is
wife with an ax. was lets with a SS fee.
A Conneetleut pear tree, over a eeninry
old, eentalas ripe Irait aael qaHeaawaber of
A Qnfaey, III., paper says ftwe ka
J?.0 wild f owe wllkia tfce eerperate tteHs
of that city.
A man with the odd Base ot WMtm O.
2TS tried recenay at Hewlf tta, SUefc,
for stabbing a man. He was aeqaJHed , ,
A horse weighing 1,109 peeaek, owBei
by a man in Dover, N.H got baagry is tbe
night, left Bis stall and climbed a teBRStee
andjiarrowpalrof stairs into the bar left.
where he was found the next mornlsg.
A pair of horses were steles &ea as
Iowa City woman and taken to a town 86 me
distant. The men who took them there were
arrested oa suspicion, and to and the horses'
owner the animals were turned loose by Mw
officers and followed back to the lady's hara...
Tha old engine bease at Harper's Ferry,
used by tbe great astt-slavery leader aedbss
iouowers as a place of refuge from the setdtefs
and citizens sarroasdlag them. Is to be deeael- '
ished, and wffl disappear forever, unless tkeaa
yet unsubstantial rumor that It has beea par
chased by aa assoolatkm of .Boaters geatleBaea
for removal to Philadelphia should be true.
A rainy-day game of progressive eefere
at the State Fair at Waverly; N. J fe wMefc
the forfeit was a kiss, led to the marriage of
the loser and tbe winner at tbe fair greasds es
Wednesday. Miss Harriet Lsekwsed, of
Springfield, and Richard A. Parker, of COates
township, were the bride and groom at Mm oe
caslon. and both of them were exMfettoM te the
fair, as well as friends of a year's staadlsg.
Braidentown, Fla.,has a genulae tmr
rlosity In the shape of a three-legged pie; Tie
llttie thing is perfect In every respeet, beta
the finest of a litter of six, except that aWleR
foreleg Is absent, the place where It seeeM
have been being marked by a boneless projec
tion tout an inch in length. He stems to get
around with perlect ease, and Is always ready
for a frolic with bis little brothers asd sisters
when tbey come around.
There is a man living in Hartford,
Conn.,, who deserves the prize for absent
mlndedness. A few days ago he was haiias;
his boots blaeked by an Italian street boot
black. Just as tbe job was flubbed and the
gentleman had picked out a nickel from his
purse, an acquaintance stepped up' aad began
talking. The first gentleman absent-mindedly
put the nickel In his poeket and gave the pone
to the bootblack, who seized it asd djsan.
appeared. The purse oostaiued $3 let.
Though sailors are proverbially so ta
perstltlous that, when a ship gets a revatatioa
of being unlucky. It is of tea disSouttti geta
crew to salfher, it is not of tea that a sWctgets
that reputation before she is lannolioaVjTaJs
appears to be the tate of tste -raiser mm
Cisco, now Being dbih sy use
Works. It Is reported that the
Pacific coast think the name Is ualaskyi;
that if the ranlser foes to sea bearish It sae"
never be heard of again. This .belief is foasil.. -
on the loss of a number of vessels bearing Mt '; -'
name, and it has resulted, In an esert to have -the
name of tbe ship ehasged.
A Scranton man who bad observed a
butcher bird carrying1 off bamWa bees aad
sparrows, finally traced the bird tea large
thorn bush bard by the river bask; aearlyfcaU
a mile away. Impaled on the sharp tfceras he
found 13 beetles, 8 bumble bees, S sfaiteted
mice, asd the skeletons of 7 Eagiufe saarrews.
While be was making thtomterestiaesaseevery
of the butcher bird's nice and aeearato. work,
the master of the bosh suddenly appeared, ea
cled about- the spot a number of riaies, piped
spitefully at the intruder, and seemed to be
greatly afraid that the mas was sjeiac to dis
turb itscfloiee and neatly arranged eoMesMon
Washington is the Gretas, Greea- far
ruuaway'couples from tbe adjacent States.1"
The ease with which a marriage beease eaa be
obtained and tbe many attractions the city
offers to strangers make If such. Hundreds of
young men aad women, aad sld ones, too, tat
that matter. In consequence go to the Capital
yearly from Virginia and Maryland to have the
marriage knot tied. The laws of marriage ta
both of the States mentioned are, oeaipara
tively sneaking, exceedingly exacting, aad it is
to avoid these, as well as the displeasure of aa
feeling parents, that the triple planned and
One of the moat interesting staeHesof
the habits of migratory fowl is the rare ifiteeK
gence which they show in guiding themselves
by prominent landmarks. Aa WngHshm-in
who was shootine la Labrador sesaarean. .-
'knee, recently stated that wt lie fa an mt'sMb BJfc..
basa of a ranee of ksu-ka was lnterestea'isaffiJfj
l ' serving tne-precision wita wmcu boosefw m
abreast of two prominences, conspicuous
jects In the landscape. At that pomtr ey ."
swerved from west to south. At times the cM.
ganders, leading flocks of young- birds, were
greatly troubled in enforcing their orders for a
shift of route.
A weddiDg ceremony was performed ia
St, Louis Sunday evening under peculiar cir
cumstances. Last Wednesday H. C. BUUaajs.
ley was married. The ceremony was performed
by Rev. Stephen M. Greene, rector of St.
John's Episcopal Church, of which Mxs.BU
Ungsley bas been a member for years, Mr.
Billlngsley comes from a well known Tennasseo
family, which for years has been closely r asso
ciated with the Southern Methodist Church.
When the arrangements for the weddssg were
arranged he gave tbe bride full sway. aad. she
selected the minister of her own church, and,
like a chlvalrlc person, Mr. BUlingsley made no
objection. Since then it appears be bas re
ceived a strong letter from nls father on this
subject, which wound np by advising him to
nave a soutnera jieiaooisi minister mess tne
marriage ceremony over again and taey were
tied up again.
Last Thursday Mrs. N. B7Urden, re
siding between Mt- Homer and Tavars. Fla,
had an experience with snakes that, forstlady.
was rather exciting. Hearing a coram
among her chlckeas In the back yard she
covered a large chicken snake, which she
killed. A short time afterward a second dis
turbance among the fowls announced tha
presence of another Intruder, which proved to
be a huge black snake, and he had, wbea dis
covered, succeeded la swallowing nearly half
the length of his deceased predecessor. This
one was also dispatched. At a later hearia
tbe evening, a third call by the frightened
chickens brought the lady to their tfeferse,
and. muoh to her trepidation, the turtroae
proved to be a large rattlesnake. After a lively
skirmish tbe plucky lady succeeded la harpoon
ing blm with a pitchfork and dispatched him
with a hoe The two first snakes were each
over 6 feet long, while tbe "rattler" measured
6 feet 8 Inches and had U rattles aad a Button.
FUNNY MEN'S FANCIES.
Slim waists, are often the result of, 'mere
force ot habit. .Boston tttrald. a .'
"Yes," said the poet to the boy, as he
iteppud Into the elevator, "ism going np. I
want to feel for once, in my life that I'm a rising
poet." Uotton Courier.
It was asked for. Friend (to Demo
cratic officeholder) What's that you say? En
gaged on your last sad rites;
Officeholder Yes, my last sad writes, lhavs
just penned my resignation. New Tort Sun.
Baglej I saw a man to-day that John
L. Sullivan can't hold a candle to.
Bailey Why can't he?
Bagley Because he'd est It. The man was aa
Esquimau. Xoehttttr ?ott-Exprui.
A season ot humiliation "So you arel
golngiawayfortwo or three months? Going for
"tb, no. My health Is all ntht but I'm going
to keep oat of sight while I am railing a beard.
She knew better. Wife Well, what
do you think Is the matter with my husband,
Doctor I fear be has got water on the brain.
W.-l'll bet he ain't. If it's anything It's
whisky. Boston Courier.
A mean man. Wife X believe that
mors women than men go to heaven
Husband You do? What makes yon think of
W. Women live better lives than men.
H.-1 grant It, Muy, but there Is one thing that
leads me to think there are very few women oa
the other side.
W. What Is that?
H.-It is spoken of as the silent shore.-"'"
The elam, ofall the birds that swim.
And fish that cleave the air.
Doth moat of all both large and small
Adorn the bin of fare.
In stew or fry, or wet or dry, -y
In batter, shell, or bake:
Dor ham, nor Iamb, nor Jam, nor yam, , J
From elam can take the cake.
He leads sew cheer to lager beer. ',
lt him be fresh or "high;"
He's good with ale, and gin-cocktall.
And tola, rock and rye.
Let others sing the joys of spring,
wneosaipsieie"a . wiwana-1
WHa three eheers f"1!