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PITTSBURG. MONDAY. OCT. 14, 1SS9.
THE LAST "WEEK.
The last week of the Exposition opens to
day with every prospect of terminating the
first effort of the society with a success that
surpasses all expectations. It is, of course,
too early to estimate financial results; but
ihe crowds that have visited the buildings
during the past three weeks, and the attend
ance, which there is every reason to expect
lor the next six days, indicate that the re
turns will be such as to warrant an import
ant increase of the scope and features ot the
Exposition for the future.
Such a gratifying result will fully reward
the labors of the gentlemen who have worked
for years to provide the magnificent build
ings and put the Exposition on an assured
basis. "While the response to their efforts
lias, at times, seemed so slow as to almost
discourage the friends of the project, the
persistence and energy which carried it for
ward to its present success have been fully
vindicated. The plans for next year's Ex
position can be made with a surplus in the
treasury and an assurance of publio support
such as will indefinitely enhance the attrac
tions and public usefulness of the exhibi
tion. The last week of the Exposition should be
utilized byPittsburgers in visiting the show
and seeing what can be done by public
union in aiding the managers to spread the
fame and credit of Pittsburg's industries.
SHOULD HOT BE ABANDONED.
The discontinuance of the Signal Service
stations at the headwaters of the rivers in
this section is a step which can only be
satisfactorily explained by complete
ignorance on the part of the authorities,
concerning the importance to river com
merce of early and accurate information of
the state of the river at those points. Not
only the preparations to ship hundreds of
thousands of tons of freight, but the safety
of the coal ready for shipment often de
pends on the warnings of rising witer which
come from those stations. Of course, if the
Government discontinues the service, the
rivermen will be obliged to find some means
of maintaining it at their own expense. But
it is hardly creditable that a rich Govern
ment like ours should abandon a service of
such importance after having undertaken
if. If it does so, the inquiry will inevitably
be made as to the nature of the extraordinary
expenditures which have exhausted the ap
propriations before half of the fiscal year
REFORM IH SLOT MACHINES.
We are pleased to observe that steps are
being taken to arrest the slot machine in its
mad and criminal career. At the first in
stitution of these novel contrivances they
appeared to be a beneficial as well as unique
invention. The ability to deposit your
nickel in the slot and get what you expect,
without being talked to death by an urbane
clerk, who insists on selling you what you
do not want, or without having to miss your
train while waiting for the article to be
wrapped, docketed, the rhange made, and
the whole thing returned by a cash railway
with a hieroglyphically marked slip, took
the guise of a boon to a long-suffering
But the slot machine soon evinced a dis
position to develop the worst features of
commercial immorality. A machine which
calmly receives yonr coined money and then
stolidly omits to disclose your weight or
shell out a dime novel, is doing little better
than obtaining money under false pretenses.
Even when it makes a pretense of fulfilling
the contract, but iu lien of a glass of cold
water gives you a draft about the temperature
or lukewarm tea, or informs you that you
weigh two tons and a half which is a man
ifest libel the beguiling mechanism is en
gaged in no more houest business than the
stock waterer who sells the public millions
of dollars worth or stock on hundreds of
thousands worth of property. The simili
tude is not decreased by the fact that it is
impossible to put the slot machine at mak
ing barrels in the workhouse or mats at the
It is therefore with great pleasure that we
note a reform in slot machines. An En
glish inventor has devised one which, when
its internal economy is out of order, will
honestly reject the coin and roll it out at
the bottom. This is a disposition towatd
honesty in slot machines which we com
mend to the emulation of more animate and
a good deal bigger business agencies.
ABANDONED EASTERN PABKS.
With regard to the abandonment of New
England farms, which is becoming a rather
prominent subject of discussion, the Phila
delphia Press offers the following explana
tion: The causes which have led to this wholesale
abandonment of New England farm lands are
easily stated. The first is the ease with which
the neb. prairie lands of the West could be ac
quired and their greater productiveness. A
steady stream of emigrants has gone out from
New England to build up the great Northwest
and make its progress the marvel of the nine
teenth century. Another cause is the tariff,
which has bniltup the manufacturing indus
tries of New England and drawn to the towns
much of the young blood of the farms. This
has made farm help dear .and rendered it im
possible for the Vermont and New Hampshire
farmer with a sterile soil to compete with the
products of the Minnesota and Dakota farmers.
Still another cause Is the summer boarding
business, which has proved more profitable
than the old methods of farming.
This explanation commits the logical er--ror
of confounding effect with cause in the
first point and of alleging totally inadequate
causes in the other two. The emigration
from New England farms, when the latter
are totally abandoned, is simply due to the
fact that Western profits are greater. But
what is the reason 'that Western farmers
can pay for one to two thousand miles of
transportation and cause the entire extinc
tion of New England farming? It certainly
cannot be the building up of factories by
the tariff, for while that may make labor
dearer, it should more than compensate in
the increased demand for farm products
from the farms at the doors of the fac
tories. The summer boarder plea as a reason
why the New England farmer abandons his
farm is rather severe on the summer
boarder; but its alleged profits certainly do
not explain the unoccupied lands in the
The fact is that the explanation is one to
which people generally close their eyes.
While the farms of New England, Hew
York and Pennsylvania are at the very
doors of factories and mills, and within two
to four hundred miles of the seaboard, the
policy of railroad rates is to take away that
advantage, and place them as far or farther
away than the Northwestern farmer, in the
matter of freight charges. The much be
rated long and Bhort haul clause of the
Inter-State Commerce law, checks this prac
tice to the extent of forbidding the railroads
to put the Pennsylvania larmer farther
away from the seaports than the Kansas
farmer; but as one is charged as much as the
other, the latter has all the benefit ot cheap
and rich lands, while the latter is deprived
of his legitimate advantage of locality.
The subject is a difficult one; but it is
well to see its actual presence and recognize
the results inevitably involved, when it is
thrust in our faces.
CONTRASTS IN INTEREST BATES.
An example of the discrepancies which
appear in the rates for loans, even between
localities very close to each other, Is fur
nished by the report that the building and
loan associations at Johnstown find the de
mand for loans so great that they are selling
their money at 28 per cent premium in addi
tion to the regular interest At the same
time the similar societies at Pittsburg and
Philadelphia find it hard to get any premium
at all; while first-class morteages in both
cities are negotiable at 5 per cent or less.
Of course there is some difference in the
security of the high-rate loans at Johnstown
and the 4 or 5 per cent mortgages in the
cities near to it But the marked difference
between the building society rates is un
doubtedly due to the very great excess of
demand at Johnstown. But this brings out
a peculiarity in the money market, as dis
tinguished from markets for mercantile
commodities. If an especial demand for
grain or iron springs up at any
one place, so as to enhance1 the
price, the supply from other
markets flows in so quickly that the only
permanent difference in prices, is the cost
of taking the staple from the supplying
markets to the points of distribution. But
the cost of transferring money from one
point to another is almost infinitesimal; yet
we have constantly such contrasts pre
sented as that between the rates for secured
loans at Johnstown and those at Pittsburg, or
Philadelphia, as well as that between mort
gages at the East and at the West.
Experience with the latter suggests the
fact that the reason for these difierences is
the difficulty of exact and personal informa
tion for the lender, as to the character of the
property on which the loan is to be secured.
Nevertheless it ought to be possible for
modern ingenuity to overcome the diffi
culty. In a case like that at Johnstown,
for example Pittsburg and Philadelphia,
capital ought to be able to find some means
of making loans to assist in rebuilding
the town, with full assurance as to the se
curity ot the loans. It would be both for
the advantage of borrower and lender, to
have the rates which the latter is paying re
duced and those which the former is. getting
That single case illustrates a need of our
financial system. The device which will
bring together borrower and lender, from
different parts of the country, so that the
former shall be assured of his security,
and the latter obtain the advantage of lower
interest rates, will be a great gain to both.
A WEAKENING INFLUENCE.
The rather small-sized straw which was
furnished by the defeat of the President's
party in his own city is given more than
proportionate significance by the explana
tion of Congressman Thomas Browne, of In
diana. He says that there are 12,000,000
people in the country eligible for office, and
9,000,000 of them want appointments. In
stead of that they get disappointments.
This, he declares, defeated Cleveland, and
he strongly intimates that it is the trouble
at Indianapolis. But hold onl The very
foundation of the argument forgiving offices
to politicians is the assertion that it
strengthens the party, and is therefore es
sential to political organization. Yet here
we find one of the politicians declaring that
the disappointment caused in the distribu
tion of patronage defeats the administration.
According to the statements of Mr. Browne,
the best thing to strengthen a party would
be to make it. impossible to distribute the
patronage as a political reward. The true
friends of party organization in that view
must be the hated Mugwumps.
The kind of wire that is causing so many
deaths in New York was long ago recognized
to be dangerous. The first report of the
Board of Electrical Control said: "Under
writer's wire is a wire covered with tape
saturated with white lead, and a certain
amount of usage renders it susceptible to
moisture. After being in use still longer
the tape rots away and leaves the naked
wire exposed." Are we to understand from
our Pittsburg electricians that none of this
class of wire is now suspended over the
The Government officials who are turn
ing up their noses at that African scientific
expedition probably are of the opinion that
science Is only of valae when applied to
setting up the wires for carrying Congres
sional districts or States.
The chief cook at the White House is
reported to have retired because his lofty
soul could not brook the interference
of Mrs. Harrison in kitchen affairs. Mill
ions of American people will stand ready
to support the wife of the President on the
platform that the mistress of the White
House, like every other competent Amer
ican woman, shall be mistress of her own
The police raids on the "speak-easies"
yesterday, will knock the profits off several
months operation of those institutions', and
make the business decidedly less attractive
for the future. The speak-easies must go.
The last six days of the Exposition should
bring iu every one who has put off visiting
it, in order that he may not miss the oppor
tunity of seeiog-what can be done when the
public works together for the credit of the
city. Those who have been there already,
will not need urging to make them take the
last last chances of seeing the exhibits once
JEFFERSON Davis has a hundred thou
sand .acres of land for sale. However
attached he may have' been to the Lost
Cause, he does not want any Confederate
bonds for it.
The report that the Pennsylvania Kail
road people are boasting in Philadelphia
that they have captured the committee ap
pointed by the Board of Trade to advocate the
Belt Line project, indicates that the big cor
poration is disposed to repeat, with regard
to that enterprise, its tactics against the
South Penn project.
Ix is hoped that after election day is past
in Ohio the politicians will consider it
consistent with their patriotic duties to stop
slinging mud and take mutual baths.
The United States Supreme Court begins
its annual term at Washington this week.
Being able to hear about 400 cases in a
term, and having 1,325 cases on the docket,
the anxious suitor must possess his soul in
patience until Congress 'helps the court or
the court helps itself by holding longer
Bev. T. DrvviTT TaIiMAOe's tabernacle
has gone up in smoke for the time being;
but Bev. T. Dewitt Talmage's talk still flows
The test of the dynamite guns on the
Vesuvius having demonstrated their ability
to sling 1,500 pounds of dynamite per min
ute at the aggressive foreigner, this nation
can consider itself entitled to claim a place
in the front rank of civilization.
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
Peesidekt Eliot, of Harvard, has declared
himselt a Democrat.
Mr C'laus Spbeckels, the sugar manu
facturer, has removed most of his personal
property from San Francisco, and will make bis
home henceforth at Philadelphia.
Mks. Austin Cobbin, Miss Corbin and more
than a score of their friends are making an
autumn tour in the White Mountains. A few
of them are In carriages and the rest of ' them
Mks. Benjamin Habrtsox will go to New
York within a fortnight to order several recep
tion costumes for the winter. Both she and
Mrs. Robert McKee will have their work done
by the tailor who made their inaugural cos
tumes. The bronze statue at Vienna of the composer
Schubert, who was a short, insignificant man,
with coarse features, represents a gentleman of
great elegance, tall and stately form. Seated on
a heap of stones, with his elbow resting on a
tree stump and a pencil in his hand, as if writ
ing ma large book upon his knees. He gazes
into the air with a rapt look.
The announcement comes from the Pacific
coast that ex-Senator Fair proposes to take up
his residence in New York, and will probably
secure a large house and entertain conspicu
ously during the coming winter. MissTessie
Fair, the Senator's daughter and heiress, has a
wide popularity at the West, and is quoted as
a very charming and sensible girl.
A portrait painted by Van Dyck, which he
thought so good that he took it about with him
on his travels as a sample of hi3 skill, is that of
Cornelius von der Geest in the National Gal
lery, London. No picture in the gallery Is so
often copied. A crack has made its appear
ance in this masterpiece, running up from the
bottom of the plctnre about four inches and
showing the ground on which it was painted.
Colossi. Fbaxkijit FAntBAHKSj President
of the Fairbanks Scale Company, will give to
the town of St. Johnsbury, Vt, his entire col
lection of birds, minerals, shells and curiosities,
and erect a suitable granite building for a mu
seum. His collection of birds is one of the
finest in this country. His other curiosities in
clude rare and costly articles from all parts of
the world. The museum will contain working
rooms for students and a scientific library.
A PHAHTOM CHILD.
A Ghost Aypcurs Id the Roadway In Broad
New Yobk, October 13. The people of
Pleasantville, Westchester county, are debat
ing among themselves whether they have or
have not a ghost in their midst This state of
mind has been brought about by a statement
made the other day by a gentleman who does
not wish his name to appear in print. He says
that recently, while riding In company with
his wife along Hillside avenue, after passing
the residence of Ira Nodine. tbey reached a
Elace on the old road when his wife attracted
is attention by exclaiming, "Don't run over
that child!" Looking in the direction pointed
ont by her he says he distinctly saw a child
standing In the road near the head of his horse.
Ho turned aside as quickly as possible, but not
quick enough, for the wbifiletree seemed to
both ot them to strike the child. He imme
diately stopped his horse, when they were sur
prised to discover that no child was there.
It had vanished from their sight, leaving no
trace. There were no bushes or other shelter
of any kind whatever in which it could have
This occurred in broad daylight and at a
point where there was nothing to obstruct the
vision, and any object could be seen for a long
distance in either direction. It is said by some
of the oldest inhabitants thereabout that in
early times several vision similar to the above
were reported. Still, this gentleman is neither
a believer in ghosts nor a Spiritualist.
THE FASTEST OP MAILTEA1NS.
The Canndlnn Pacific Propose to Cross the
Continent In Fonr Days.
Bangor, Me., October 13. The Canadian
Pacific has perfected a time table for the run
ning of a mail train which for speed will eclipse
anything known in the history of railroading.
No passengers will be taken, and it is to run
from Vancouver or Port Moody, B. C, to St.
John, N. B. from the Pacific to the Atlantic
in four days. It was requested by the home
Government for the speedy transit of the
English mail which passes between that
country and China, Japan, Australia and ports
in tho Indian Ocean where there are English
The experimental train will be given four
days. Fourteen locomotives will be run, each
doing abcut 250 miles. These or some of them
are now ready for the rail, and will be distin
guished by having red smokestacks, driving
wheels and ranning gear. Though not of extra
weight, the capacity of the tender will be
double that of ordinary machines. It is quito
likely that the train will be put on as soon as
the St. Lawrence freezes over.
TAK156 0DT TEETH IU TEXAS.
A Cowboy Dentist Who Used a Mallet For
From the ew York Star. J
Henry Dixey 3ysthat he was once playing
In a small Texan town during his early stage
days, and having suffered tortures with an
aching tooth, at last decided to have It out On
inquiry he learned that the only dentist there
was an alleged Indian doctor, whose office was
located in a tent oc the outskirts of the town.
The fellow was an Indian only In dress, how
ever, for in reality ho was a type of the un
tamed cowboy of the plains.
My tooth has been paining roe dreadfully,"
began-Dixey, as he seated himself on the only
camp stool in the tent, "and I want you to give
me ether, doctor."
"Ether." roared the cowboy dentist, as he
swnng a huge wooden mallet around his head.
"Ether be blowed; we stun 'em here."
Ways of Getting Office.
From tbe Oil City Blizzard. 1
An exchange observes that when English
men want office they "stand" for it. The
Americans "run" for it. Both occasionally
"lie" for it more or less generally more.
Tbe Only Persons Excited.
Prom the Chicago New.!
Tbe wild-eyed rumor about Canadian press
rations for war will doubtless cause a great
deal of subdued excitement among the irre
pressible horse marines;
Nor Much of a Fait.
From the "H ew York Herald'. 1 ,
A correspondent asks if Btrateriger's down
fall will kill him. No, ae was so near the bot
tom when be fell this last time that he wasn't
The Sermonizing Novelist of To-day Dlt
cusae'd Bret Htirto and lbs Short Story
Monopolies and the People Chronic
Despotism and Chronic War Compared
Nationalism as a Remedy Tho Jackdaw
"There is to be taught wax works of all sorts
fruits upon trees or in dishes, all manner of
confections, flesh, fish, fowl, or anything that
can be made of wax Phllllgree work of any
sort. Japanese work, painting on glass, sashes
for windows upon sarsnet or transparent pa
per, straw work of any sort, as horses, birds, or
beasts, shell work in sconces or flowers, quill
work, transparent work, puff work, paperwork,
tortoise work, gimp or bngle work, silver land
skips, a sort of work in imitation of Japan;
tape lace, cutting glass, washing lace, pastry of
all sorts, with tho finest shapes that's used in
London; boning fowl without cutting the back,
bntter work, conserving and candying; all sorts
of English wines, writing and arithmetic, mu
sic ana the great end of dancing, which is a
good carriage, and several other things."
This, in the year 1703, was the course of
stndy in a young ladles' school. We havq
changed things somewhat since that.
Mr. Morgan's paper on "Ladies and Learn
ing," In the Atlantic Monthly for October, is
followed by an exceedingly clever paper by
Agnes Bepplier on "Fiction in the Pulpit."
Miss Reppller is not pointing her sharp pen at
preachers who tell lies, bat at novelists who
preach sermons. The trouble, she says, with
the novelists of our day and generation is that
they all want to attire themselves in gown and
bands; they all want to preach sermons. When
Coleridge said to Lamb, "Did you ever hear me
preach?" Lamb answered, as everybody knows,
"I never heard yon do anything else." It is
undoubtedly true that the most notable of
recent Action writers are among those who, if
wo cannot say that they never do "anything
else," do manage to write a good many sermons.
"Great is the company of the preacher."
"Mrs. Battle," the essayist remembers, "re
laxed herself, after & game of whist, over that
genial and unostentatious trifle called a novel.
Fancy Mrs. Battle relaxing herself over 'Dan
iel Deronda,' or the tOrdeal of Richard Fev
erH,' or the 'Story of an African Farmf " Mrs.
Reppller maintains that Mrs. Battle's idea of
the purpose of the novel is the right one. In
which opinion, no doubt, the young ladies ot
1703 would have heartily coincided. The bust-
nessof the novelist la to please. Nobody asks
him to teach. Nobody wants him to preach.
We ask him to give us two hours' pleasant en
tertainment. And, "to beguile us into tho
pleasant shades of fiction, as Jael beguiled
Blsera into the shelter of her tent, and then,
with deadly purpose, to transfix us with a
truth as sharp and cruel as the nail with which
Jael slew her guest, is a dastardly betrayal of
Well, so it goes, one on one side, and another
on the other; 1703 and 1889; the novel with a
purpose, and the novel whose purpose is to
please. The truth is, we want both kinds. Let
the writer write his book: and whether it turn
out a song, or whether it tum out a sermon, if
it Is genuinely good, if it is worth either the
singing or the preaching, what does It matter?
Only, do not make us read too many sermons!
No one, I think, will be likely to suspect Mr.
Bret Harte of being a novelist who is trying to
ascend the pulpit stairs. Indeed, there are
some who wonld like to argue the assertion that
he is even a novelist. His novels have not
won very conspicuous success, at least Mr.
Harte's strength is in the1 writing of a short
story. That he can do admirably. And so he
it American not only in bis subject, bnt in his
style; for tbe short story is the peculiar con
tribution of this conntry to recent fiction. The
best writers of short stories live in that part of
this round earth whicfi was discovered by Co
lumbus. Mr. Harte has gathered several capital short
stories into The Heritage of Dedlow Marsh
(Houghton, Mifflin & Co.) Beside the title
story are three others: "A Knight Errant of
the Foot Hills" and "A Secret of Telegraph
Hill" and "Captain Jim's XTriend." Bret Harte
has no need to put his name on the title page
of this book. We would have recognized it as
his property if. we had discovered it with the
backoff and the front pages missing in the
dustiest cupboard of the library of the Convent
of St. Catherine In Mt Sinai.
These people are old friends of ours. Here
are tho same simple-minded and remarkably
tender-hearted miners whom we have known of
old. Here is the same well-dressed, handsome
gambler, with his astonishing coolness and his
extraordinary courtesy, such a bad fellow, and
yet such an amazingly good fellow, tool We
have been introduced to him more than twice
Mr. Herbert Bly, a member of a San Francisco
vigilance committee, has been out all 'day on a
man hunt The vigilantes aro after several no
torious gamblers and desperadoes. Mr. Bly
comes home'pretty tired, opens the door of his
room and goes in, and there is a strange man
asleep upon his bed. The guest opens his eyes,
"Well, Johnny, what's your name J'
" T am Herbert Bly, of Carstone's bank.1
'"So! And a member of this same vigilance
committee, I reckon,' he continued.
'"Well, Mr. Bly, I owe you an apology for
coming here, and some thanks for the only
sleep I've had in 48 hours. I strucK this old
shebang at about 10 o'clock, and It's now 2, so I
reckon I've put in about four hours' square
sleep. Now look here.' He beckoned Herbert
toward the window. 'Do you see those three
men standing under that gas-light? Well,
they're part of a gang of vigilantes
who've bunted me out to the hill, and
are waiting to see me come out of
the bushes, where they reckon I'm hiding. Go
to them and say that I'm herel Tell them
you've got Gentleman George George Dorn
ton, the man they've been hunting for a week
in this .'room. I promise yon I won't stir nor
kick up a row when they've come. Do it, and
Carstone, if he's a square man, will raise your
salary for It, and promote you.' He yawned
slightly, and then slowly looking around him,
drew the easy chair toward him and dropped
comfortably in it, gazing at the astounded and
motionless Herbert with a lazy smile.
This Is delightful. It is thoroughly In
Harte's style, and the whole book carries one
back just as charmingly to the days of Poker
It is not easy to think up any particular con
nection between The Heritage of Dedlow
Marsh and Mr. Charles W. Baker's Monopo
lies and the People (G. P. Putnam's Sons, H.
Watts & Co.), unless we find It in the fact that
the Inhabitants of Eureka Gulch were after
gold, and that that is what the monopolies are
after, too. And crushing the people to get It,
some will say, as the miners crashed the ore.
Mr. Baker is one who says that, but he says it
very temperately. There is no loss of temper
nor lapse from fairness in his book.
The largest revelation which most readers
will find here Is the number and extent ot the
monopolies which surround us. Monopolies in
manufacturing interests, monopolies of mineral
wealth, monopolies of transportation and com
munication, municipal monopolies, monopolies
In trade, monopolies depending on tho Govern
ment monopolies in the labor market these
are titles of some of Mr. Baker's chapters. And
each of these includes the many varieties which
form a class. And each of these varieties has a
hundred illustrations. The web is woven pretty
Take municipal monopolies, for instance.
We hardly realize how dependent we are upon
tho monopolies which belong simply to our
existence as dwellers in cities, or suburban
passenger traffic, street railways, tho water
supply, the gas supply, the telegraph, the tele
phone, monopolies in. the ground over which
we walk, monopolies under the ground Some
times In more senses than one!
Mr. Baker is not blind nor dnmb as to the
evils due to monopoly. Wealth gets into the
hands of a few, and, with wealth, power. Small
competitors are ruined. Over-production
causes lack of work. Men are kept in idleness.
There Is an essential relation between monop.
I olies and poverty.
And yet, on the other land, competition Is
very little better. The choice between chronic
despotism and chronic war presents a most
uncomfortable alternative either way. Each
side of the dilemma has a very unpleasantly
sharp horn. What then? Why this, Mr. Baker
says, tbe proper remedy for monopoly Is not to
get rid of It and put competition in its place.
"The proper remedy for monopoly is not aboli
tion,' but control," But who shall control mo
nopoly? The Government, Mr. BakeT answers.
Or, in other words the State being; as Prof.
Sumner reminds us, singly ail-or-us the
people. That is what is meant by the title of
the book, "Monopolies and the People."
The last chapter sets forth practical 'plans for
the control of monopoly; These" plans' are worth
reading and, thinking about. 'Bat this is "state
socialism;" this Is "nationalism," if anyone
wants the technical name set to it. This is the
"way out" which Mr. Bellamy has suggested in
tbe opening pages of "Looking Backward."
This is what the Nationalist societies are aim
ing at This Is simply the postofflce system,
and the inter-State commerce law, and several
otlier significant eatures of our present social
state carried out logically. After all, why not?
The millenium would be here to-morrow If we
could dispose of monopolies, and poverty, and
ot despotism and war, and of all the other ills
which vex society, after tbe sorry fashion of
the "Cardinal Lord Archbishop of Rbelms."
When that impudent little Jackdaw made off
with his turquoise ring, you remember how.
"He called for his candle, his bell and his
book." and proceeded to curse tbe undis
covered thief, with such an elaboration of In
genious and comprehensive malediction, that
one remembers that "digest of curses" In Tris
tram Shandy, at tho end of which, good Uncle
Toby, drawing a long breath, declared that he
wouldn't curse tbe devil himself with a corse
so hard as that The Cardinal's curse discov
ered the criminal instanter. The poor little,
rascally Jackdaw's feathers were turned the
wrong way. Nothing was left him but the
necessity of confession. A good round curse
would be a good plan, if It wonld work so
speedily and well as that A bell, a book, and
a candle would become useiul articles in every
The Jackdaw of Rheims is published, with
pictures which are almost as good as tbe text,
by Raphael Tuck fc Sons. We expect good
work from that house, but this is a better piece
of work than common. It is a pity that the
artist who made these spirited and fitting
pictures should not have his name upon the
title page. It is almost like having the pleasure
of reading the poem for the first time to find
It with such graphic interpretation. From tbe
front cover, where the Jackdaw stands with
his bill in tbe air, beside the red-robed cardinal,
to tho back cover, where, with a halo around
his head, he is pictured as a saint in a stained
window, the pictures are charmingly done,
everyone of them.
There is some difference between 'The
Jackdaw of Rhiems" and "The Recluse," by
"William Wordsworth. One difference is that
tbe "Jackdaw" Is about a hundred times more
interesting. Tho interest of "The Recluse" is
attached not so much to tbe poem, as to what
it tells us about the poet "The Recluse,"
coming out now for the first time a hundred
years after Wordsworth wrote it, affords a text
for Prof. MInto's paper In tho September
Nineteenth Century on "Wordsworth's Great
Wordsworth, it seems, was not contented to
to be a poet of nature: ho wanted to expound
"a final philosophy of life." He made a good
many attempts, and left some very dreary
Eoetry as the result, but in this, his great ideal,
It was as a poet of nature that he succeeded,
and especially as a writer of short poems. And
yet he wrote some of the longest pieces of
poetry which any poet ever Imposed on his ad
mirers. So little are men conscious, some
times, of their genuine aptitudes!
Wordsworth wrote verses for nearly 60 years.
Bnt all that will likely last of his poetry was
written during ten years ot tnat time. The
consequence is that Wordsworth appears at his
best only in a book of good selections. Such a
book is better than the most comprehensive
"Complete Works" even though that include
the poem "On Wilkinson's Spade." Mr. Rolfe
has made a first-rate presentation of Words
worth in his "William Wordsworth's Select
Poems." (Harper & Bros.; J. R. Weldin & Co.).
This little book, with its pictures by Abby and
Parsons, its paragraphs from Wordsworth's
autobiography, its quotations from Matthew
Arnold, and its careful annotating and editing,
is the very best shape in which tbe general
reader can have the work of this really great
Perhaps it is the fault-finding spirit of the
"Sandal Maker of Babylon" which possesses
the critic as he reads Will Carlton's City Le
gends (Harper A Bros.: J. K. Weldin & Co.).
At any rate, the pictures In the book have the
look of being clumsily done, and some of the
poems are not much better. "Tbey pummel
each other rhythmically with the remaining
manuscripts. One of them (the manuscripts)
files open and reveals still another dialect poem
upon still another humble subject. This ad
ditional calamity unnerves them, and they fall
into each others arms, sobbing poetically."
These poets have been comparing poems. The
poems are in tbe book. The reader may ven
ture, if he will, and see if tbe poems affect him
in the same unpleasant manner. Let us except,
however, "The Sandal-Maker of Babylon." He
Is worth all the other people In tbe book.
BLAINE AT HIS NEW HOUSE.
The Secretary, Apparently Well and Strong,
Supervises tbe Moving.
Oath, In Cincinnati Enquirer.
Mr. Blatne, the Secretary of Btate, has been
so often described as having his month drawn
down at the corner, having a mysterious white-of-an-egg
color, indicative of devastated kid
neys, etc., that I was pleased to see him at tbe
work of house-moving, which will break down
a man of iron health. I was passing from
Pennsylvania avenne toward the new Arling
ton Hotel, which is being?1 more than doubled
in size, when 1 saw the old Rodgers-Seward
mansion in a new coat of dark red paint, and
I observed to my companion that these old
houses stood well up among their new cotem
porarles. A wagon was at tbe door, and as I
came nearer 1 read upon the cases the words,
"James G. Blaine, Washington. D. u. Glass.
This side up with care."
The simplicity of the address of so great a
functionary provoked a 6mile, and turning to
the open door of the old mansion it was seen to
be unoccupied. "Let us go in," Said my friend,
"and see what it looks like." As we were
about entering the door a man with a bat on
advanced from one of the side parlors, and we
found the Secretary of State doing his own
moving. In view of the fact that this gentle
man at this moment Is giving an international
party an excursion to representatives from
most of the other American States at a cost of
more than S100,000-it seemed republican sim
plicity in the highest degree to find him alone
directing the furniture men where to put the
Why Field Goes Abroad.
From the Washington 1'ost.l
Mr. Eugene Field, the gifted Chicagoan, has
sailed for Europe. We understand his pur
pose in going to the Old World is to keep an
eye on Mr. Charles A. Dana, in order that the
able New Yorker may not bring undue In
fluences upon Mr. Christopher Columbus rela
tive to the location of that eminent Eyetalian's
A Sad Day Approaching.
from the Baltimore American, t
Edison is perfecting a machine for telephon-
lng a phonograph. The sad day may yet come
when a person can have no possible excuse for
going out between the acts to see a mau.
ODD ITEMS PfiOM ABEQAD.
The latest Parisian novelty In gloves has a
small purse Inserted in the palm, wherein
women can carry their railway tickets and
Waiteb Scott was the peculiar object of
the late Wilkie Collins' worship, and he prob
ably never passed a day without taking up one
of the Waverly novels.
The Rev. Baring Gould, who is a musician as
well as an author, has organized a company of
amateurs, who have had great success in sing
ing old Cornish and Devon ballads through
M. Nantet reached the Paris Exposition af
ter a seven days' journey from Brussels in a
phaeton drawn by a pair of dogs. He is a hu
mane man, and when bis dogs were tired he
went between the shafjts while they mounted
General Faishebbe. who died recently in
Paris, was almost tbe only French Commander
whoi in the war of 1S70-71 gained distinct un
deniable advantage over the enemyr ana quite
the only one who in a pitched battle caused the
Germans to retreat
THE Duke of Edinburgh bas practically ex
patriated himself, and will hereafter visit En
gland only occasionally. His disgust with the
Prince of Wales for permitting tbe Princess
Louise to marry tho Duke of Fife is the cause.
He 14 a cantankerous person, and has never
been popular in England.
On the day of the general election the French.
it would seem, allay their exe'tement byvheavy
eating. On Bunday, September 22, they ate
432,800 pounds of oysters and 152,000 pounds of
fowls. On the previous Sunday, a very fine
day, they consumed 100,000 pounds less weight
of oysters and 8,000 pounds less weight of fowls.
A Fbenoh statistician has just ascertained
tbata human being, of either sex, who is a
moderate'eater, and who lives to be 70 years
old, consumes during "tbe days of the years of
bis life" a quantity of food which would fill 20
ordinary railway baggage cars. A "good
eater," however, may require as many as SO.
A HAN,' Mr. John LeVCrsha, appeared as a
plaintiff In a breach of promise Suit In Hand
btittt Australia, during last month. He
claimed 1,000 from Miss Sarah Wrang.
hamV Hi was H years of ae, The de
fendant pleaded that she was an infant when
the promise was made, but the jury found for
the plaintiff, and awarded him a Shilling dam-ages.
mistakes of Unbelievers.
To thfl Editor of The Dispatch:.
In list Monday's issue of The Dispatch ap
peared an article over the signature of "J. H.
Y" which X thought wonld have received
notice from some ot the leading clergymen of
Pittsburg, but not having seen anything from
that source, I ask for space for a brief retort
One of the mistakes of infidels Is in suppos
ing every man who dares advance some theory
against the Bible to be an intellectual giant
ready to say to every one who wonld defend it
"Come to me and I will give thy flesh unto tbe
fowls of tbe air, and to the beasts of tbe field."
"J. H. Y.'i mistakes widely if he thinks Sir
David Hume said anything that trouble tbe
friends of the Bible. His syllogism, to tbe
effect that miracles (especially the resurrec
tion of man from tbe dead) are contrary to the
universal experience of mankind; that men
will lie, being in accord therewith, and that it
Is easier to believe that 12 men lied than that
one man rose from the dead, needs no answer.
It is simply a truism. The tronble with it Is,
that It is not broad enough to cover tbe testi
mony on which the miracles and resurrection
of Jesus Christ rests.
Men are moved to lie by motives of gain or
advantage, and for men to lie against motive
is as contrary to tbe experience of mankind as
for one to rise from the dead. This the wit
nesses to Christ's miracles and resurrection
did, unless they told the truth. They forfeited
all earthly comforts and their lives for saying
they had seen Him, talked with Him, eaten
with Him, and touched Him after He was put
to death. Not only 12 men, but hundreds did
this when tbey might have saved all by simply
telling tbe truth. It is easier to believe such
testimony than to disbelieve it and tbe learned
Hume doesn't toucb it "If weak thy faith
why choose the harder side?"
According to Darwin, Huxley, Spencer and
their indefatigable co-Iaoorers, all credit for
their industrious and fruitful research into the
records of nature, and for their valuable dis
coveries in tbe fields of science. Whenever
they promulgate tbe theory that species have
been produced by evolution, tbe humblest
country parson should have courage to answer
them, with the Bible in hlshand declaring that
the Almighty God created tbe ancestral
pair of each species and gave them
power to reproduce their kind and nothing but
their kind. Ho would be unworthy to speak
in tbe name of the Lord if he did less, and until
evolutionists shall discover the "Missing
Link" they have no facts whatever with which
to controvert this Bible truth; and believers
have no fear that such evidence will ever be
brought forth. From Tbales to Plato, Greece
produced a long line of brilliant intellects who
devoted themselves during more than 700 years
to the task of finding out the mysteries of the
creation. The result of their efforts was self
proclaimed hi the inscription in the city of
Athens, "To the Unknown God," and the
philosophers of the present day are no wiser
than were they who then sought by wisdom to
find out God. There is nothing wrong with
Pope's couplet when properly applied.
For modes of Tilth let graceless bigots fight,
He can't be wrong whose life isln the right.
Bat his life can never be in the right who re
fuses to learn what right is from Him who
alone is the standard of right "He who hath
ears to hear let him hear" what bis Creator
says: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of
wisdom." L O. M.
WKixsBtraa, W. Va October 12.
Should Clergymen Read the Newspapers?
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
I see in Saturday's Dispatch that Bishop
Foss. in iis address to the class seeking ad
mission to Conference, advised the young min
isters to give scanty attention to the daily news
papers. Let me whisper a secret, namely, that this
address to tbe candidates is called the Confer
ence "whip," for, though ostensibly for the can
didates, it is really an indirect way of giving
Episcopal chastisement to the whole Confer
ence! But I must certainly disagree with this
Episcopal dlctnm, for I think the wise reading
of the dally newspapers is a symmetrical edu
cation. While things slip in sometimes which
ought to be passed by, tbe editors ot a great
paper have the true Midas-touch, and know the
gold of promise from the brass of profession.
There is no noble sentiment, no true strain of
poetry, no sonorons word lit to roll round the
world, no gem of thought, but finds Its way at
last into the columns of the daily press. The
newspaper is a fresh photograph of human
life oh! has it not depth, of meaning for
tbe noblest sermon? I read often, even tbe
advertisements of the paper, and find
in them tbe wit power and also
tbe pathos of life. I thank the daily
press for tbe living sermons it bas given
me. As on an autumn's day the wind shakes
the tree ana the leaves fall down ana make an
amethystine and golden floor, so this great
tree, tbe press, shaken every day, sheds down
Its white leaves upon tbe world leaves of
knowledge, leaves of healing.
I would advise ministers to read the speech
as it comes hot from the eloquent lips of Glad
stone rather than his treatise on "Theological
Authority," and When I see a young minister
who wisely reads the daily paper, I am snre be
is growing in grace, at least on that spot where
it is thought the average minister is sadly
deficient J. O. Townsksd,
Pastor Unitarian Church.
PrrrSBtTEO, October 12.
The Governor's Term.
To the Editor or The Dispatch)
For bow long a term is the present Governor
of Pennsylvania elected? What county is he
from? ' H.
Salev, O., October 12.
Four years. Governor Beaver is from Selle
fonte, Center county.
A WELCOME T1S1T0E.
The Joy of n Parisian Fakir on Hearing Dls
Native Tonsne Spoken.
From tbe Philadelphia Inquirer.
3. C. Osborne, of tbe Lafayette Hotel, and
his wife were in Paris recently doing the exhi
bition. Mr. Osborne's French is' limited to "we,
moslenr," and consequently he found things
rather lonely, as he found very few people who
could speak .English. At the hotel, on the
street and, In fact everywhere he went the
French jargon would greet his ears. Walking
along tbe street one day be noticed an adver
tisement of the Buffalo Bill Wild West and he
saw in this a relief. He felt certain that be
would find somebody who knew bis tongue
there. He at Once made for the Exposition
grounds. His dismay was great upon reaching
the grounds to find the name of the great Wil
iam over tbe entrance in French, French ticket
sellers, French ushers and a French master of
ceremonies. Nevertheless he took a seat All
around him everybody was talking animated
French, only as Frenchmen can, when sud
denly his heart was filled with jqyteheara
fakir sing out:
"Here yer are. prize candy boxes, 1 frane a
piece: prize in every box, dead sure."
Mr. otborne knew bis man. and in a spirit of
f enthusiasm yelled, "Rats!"
ine laxur was equany nappy auu, iiuuiug
toward Mr. Osborne, said:
"Hello! Cully, glad to see yer. First civilized
man I bave seen in a month. How.'s things on
the Bowery?" ,
Tbe Cow Was There.
The pupils at -a Green street kindergarten
were instructed to draw a landscape, tho feat
ures of which should be a bam, brook and two
cows. Little Helen Highstrung handed in her
sketch, and the teacher saw that she had for
gotten one of the animals. "Where's the other
cow. Helen?" she asked. "Why why-it's in
the barn," said Helen.
t WHITISH TOB Tfflt DI8FATCH.1
October In Its solemn stillness dyes'
The leavv world avarleitated crest;
IU winds breathe but in melancholy sighs
A requiem on the brown year's pulseless breast.
Each fltral gust dcth scatter to the ground
A wealth of colors klnftt might proudly wear;
la every leaf a diadem Is found.
On every tree a thousand fillets fair.
On every bough a flaming torch Is lit
That mingles with the sunset's linrlng rsy,
Effulgent flood-and to extinguish it.
To slothrul twilight slowly sinks the day.
And even arler night her curtain drops,
Pegasus sweeps the center of the sky,
And lights again the blazing maple topi,
With sparks that from his flery fetlocks fly.
And when the mighty god of day doth soar.
On radiant Wings, above the Eaiteru hills,
Thin comes the sparkling flow of light once more,
And all creation with Its brightness Alls.
'TIS in this ambient iiood of russet Ufcnt
October rules, In somber mien, the day;
A holy calm that follows" through the night
Ber constellations as tbey tread their way.
The lowly cricket ohlrps in peaceful bliss
Upon tbe hearthstone warming into life;
The happy child delays Its bedtime kiss;
Through lengthened evening kntts the good
Ahl tender days. Ohl happy go-between,
The half-way bouse from summer to the snow.
Weald that thy noonday and thy evening's ihe
Ifrom out our Htm O, nevermore, could go
Vf. COTTIX DoVRTOtO.
Famished to Bbpatcfa Reader la Yes
terday's Mammoth Triple Namber.
Twenty pages of live news and good liter
ature, furnished by some of the best writers of
Europe and America, were placed before
Dispatch readers yesterday. A complete
record of important events In all parts of tbe
world, together with scores of carefully pre
pared articles, covering a wide variety of inter
esting topics, was presented in a most attract
ive form. The Dispatch believes that tbe
best is none too good for its readers, and is
constant in its endeavor to supply their wants.
A startling- conspiracy has come 'to light
in connection with the Cronin case. SIX per
sons bave been indicted for conspiring to de
feat justice by the attempted bribery of jurors.
One of the accused has made a confession,
implicating court officials. C. E. McGregor
shot and killed J. M. Cody at Warrenton, Ga.
Both were prominent citizens, Mrs. Ernest,
the wife of a St. Louis merchant, jumped from
a bridge, U8 feet high, into tbe river. In a
fruitless attempt to commit suicide. Fire in a
lumber yard at Horton City, Px, caused a
aamage of $173,000. Senator Manderson's pen
sion is alleged to have been declared Illegal.
The International delegates visited Niagara
Falls on Saturday., Doctors fear Secretary
Half ord will have to quit bis duties on account
of illness. The horrible death of a lineman la
New York by electricity has aroused Mayor
Grace to earnest warfare against tbe overhead
From London comes the cheering news that
the cause of home rule for Ireland is making
steady progress. G. W. Williams, an American
negro, well known as a lecturer and author, is
to marry a well-connected English girL Bis
marck is trying to persuade the Czar that the
present Enropean alliance is for peaceful pur
poses only. The Russian ruler bas not yet de
clared his intentions.
There is more discord among tbe musicians.
It is understood that the Grand Opera House
will withdraw from the Protective Union. Ten
million ousbels of coal are ready for shipment
wben the river rises. Rev. Colonel Danks has
been suspended from the ministry far a year
for threatening the life of another man.
An interesting discussion of the League
Brotherhood's plans was a leading feature of
the sporting columns. The Allegheny team
defeated the Wheeling club by a score of 2 to L
The usual amount of sporting newsand gossip
Part second contained the' continuation of
Prof. Ebera' entertaining story of "Joshua,"
superbly illustrated. Brenan contributed a
well-told ghost story that was full ot humor.
Wales furnished a pleasing sketch ot rifle
ranges of the local military organizations. A
number of well -known literary women, among
them Louise Chandler Moulton, the Duchess
Mrs. Frank Leslie, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Mrs.
Mary J. Holmes and Kate Field, gave their
viewB on the theme '1 Wish I Were a Man."
The usual departments, and special articles by
James B. Morrow, Rev. George Hodges, Bessie
Bramble, Morton, M. M. Dilke, H.X McClel
land, G. H. Sandison.M M., and other were
also included In this part of the paper.
In part third 8. O. R. described an Alaskan
summer, giving an Interesting glimpse of the
customs of the people of that country. "A
Daugbter of the Slavs'' was the title Of a
charming novelette by Sidney LusKa. "The
Blind Prince," a pretty story for younger read
ers, was Contributed by Ernest H. Heiurichs.
HenryIaynie3 letter described the quaint old
monastery of Grande Chartreuse. Other arti
cles in pages 17 to 20 included "We Rank With
Kfngs," by Theodore Stanton; "Cfoodby, Queen
Anne,"B.W. Shoppefl; "The Dead Novelist,"
Hall Caine; "Guarding the Sale," M.Q.' Will
iams; Clara Belle's Chat; "Why Women De
ceive," Maud Howe; "Cooking a Fine Art,"
Adrien Tenu: "Sunday Thoughts" and "The
Fireside Sphinx." It was a most excellent
Reports Showing That Centenarians Are
TeryNameroo In Ireland.
1'rom the London Lancet. 1
The Irish report for 18S8 records the deaths
of 16,611 .persons aged upward of 75 yean: the.
208 reputed centenarians were therefore equal
to 12.5 oar 1.000 of tbasavhndlAl flhnmth .m
of 75 years. If wq'measara the SO reputed cen
tenarians in England and Wales in 1887 in tbe
same manner we find that they were equal to
Ll pef 1,000 of the recorded deaths of persons
aged upward of 75 years. WO are faced, there
fore, with two alternatives. Either we mast
believe that of persons aged upward ot 75 years
more than 12 times as many attain the age of
100 yean in Ireland as In England, or we mast
decline to accept as trustworthy the statement
of the Registrar General of Ireland that 268 un
doubted centenarians died In that country dur
ing tbe past year.
Indeed, further ground for doubting the ac
curacy of the Registrar General's report as to
Irish centenarianism is afforded by the fact
that tbe death rate in Ireland among persons
aged upwards ot 65 years (stated by Dr. Qrlm
shaw to have been 97.0 per LOCO In 18SS) has. In
recent years, somewhat exceeded that whlcn
has prevailed in England and Wales. If tbe
mean death rate amine persons aged upward
of 65 years Is hlgherln Ireland than In England,
there is tbe best ground for disbelieving that
the proportion of survirsrs to the age of 100
years is larger in Ireland than In England.
DB. DEFEW MEETS A CH0M.
A Newsboy Sixes Dp the Situation and
Breaks Up the Proceedings.
From the New York San.
At about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon a
handsomely dressed, powerfully built man.
with closely cropped side whiskers and a benev
olent mouth, stopped in Park Place to examine
a big colored portrait of Doctor Chauncey
Mitchell Depew, which a street agent of the
artist was exhibiting to tbe passing crowd. The
man with the side whiskers and benevolent
mouth inspected the pictute very critically. Hs
took a dozen different positions before It,
craned hi! neck to the right and left and for
ward and backwatd. In the midst of this In
spection a small newsboy happened along. He
looked over the portrait and the big man be
fore it Then he exclaimed:
"Ho. see de chart a lookln' at his own rlcter."
Two or threejmen who heard the small boy's
exclamation passed the word along that bere
was Dr. Depew, and a crowd catbered. Then
Dr. Depew began to notice that be and bis pic
ture and his admirers were blocking tbe side
walk. "How much is that?" he asked the agent
behind the portrait
"Uive me your card."
The agen t hastily pulled a dozen cards Out of
his pocket Dr. Depew took three of them and
hurried off to the elevated station.
As Far Back As They Remember.
From thl Chicago Hews.1
The woman-suffragists of Boston are to give
a historical pageant to-day. Tbe scenes will
not go back further than tbe founding of
Rome,as the managers have decided to limit the
exhibits to matters within their own personal
Two large black bears leisurely marched
through the village of Woolrlch, Clinton
county, Saturday, and then hied themselves to
tbe woods, followed by a crowd ofNirarods.
Old hunters predict bears will be unusually
plenty this fall.
A gbxsk mall agent on the Heading Rail
road hung out the mall-bag catobex and hooked
a reel of hose from a water-tank,
Tnsns are 25 saloon keepers yet io be tried
In Reading for violation of the liquor laws.
Fbd Wrtsow, of Jefferson county, O.. had
a coon dog that he wouldn't bave sold for 15ft
Bnt last week the dog tackled a Coon tbat Was
more than his match, got his eyes scratched
out and had to be killed.
A iaroe black bear was seen crossing the
old plank road leading to WQmore, about four
miles southwest of Ebensburg, on Thursday.
Ho was I ollowing Greeley's advice, going West
A fabmer in Brooke county, W.Vsw, has
an old-fashioned pocketbook that his father
, and grandfather used to carry. He estimates
that more than 200,000 bas been In it since it
was in use.
Steel is being turned out of a Reading mill
which is said to be superior to tbe Sheffield
Ai Ohio saa has ised a, wealthy widow tor
breach of promise of saarriage.
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f", jtocu, a BvoK)jn resiuest, SBV
utucr aay osefcai as J-F m ynserei m uwt
UUB, ' 1,
xne squirrel UJer uaiway, Baraiegs m
county, n. Y., has kiHed 5.1H9 sqameto this
A man In Leg Aseies zested a oeJeuy
of bees from under the eaves et bis boase
last week, and extracted 9 pea of beaey.
A beat anchored direetly over tbe wreak
of the Pliny. oS South Elbenm. N. J., was
filled by tbe two fishermen occupying it with
blackfish of immesM i. Tn urn kuui tb
1 oaten was over 260 pounds.
CaBtaiu Wahlberg, of the nfrirmirhfp H.
A. Hartman. reports that on tbe ostward
passage to Jamaica on September 2E. la tti.
tude lOBgiwde 71.18, the f'veJran S4?a
almost lifted oat of the water by the base aat
maL Large fortunes sometimes grow frea
queer begtentegs. A Gardiner fMe.) paper
is respossible for the story that oseottM
wealthiest ftrms in the. State began basiaesg
on $5,060 wbiofl a sister of tbe partners get la a
breach ot promise salt for damages agaJast a
A man 30 years oW, wWh no hair oa hk
head, no whiskers oa We faee, and bo eyebrows
is under treataaeat ra a S t Leato h ooiHal. Xe
comes from Texas sad eiaiaetefcave beea
hairless from his birth.. He has bees saarried
once, and another Lose Star belie bas agre4
to become his bride If the defects Is Ms make
on can be remedied. Tfeae. ta wlrv ll wt Mmi
.self in. the doctor's hand.
Early last summer a yoang girl at 8mk
raerside. Prince Edward Islasd, wrote her aae
and address upon an etrtr. which rehanrra'tmtto-
.found its way to Boston, Has, asaeag ether
BBipsiBEts. ina parents of the yease todr
visited. Boston recently, and, strange to sv.
were introduced to the young Beeteasa wm
had received the egg asd asked them tf Mm
.y .Us J"-"b "ujr meir owm aaugaier.
.Explanations followed and a correspoBdenee
was opened. The wedding is to take place in
J. E. Brown, of Delta, Ost, oa Mon
day received a package by express whleh was
found to contain a gold watch and ehafai.a geld
ring and SS0 in money stolen from him fire
years ago. Tbe sender asked that te receipt
be acknowledged in tbe local papers and prom
ised to send the rest of the mosey sielen if Mr
Brown Would notify him of the a&eant The
restitution is supposed to be the result of tho
revival now being held at Kingston.. Two men
are now serving sentences at the Central prison
lor tbe crime.
,A man who lived near fidelity, He.,
died last Wedsesday, ad steee that tfee a
steady rain bas been falling on the part of tho
roof immediately above the ebaaher is wheh.
he died. At first it attracted mt
until It was notked that tfcere wag et a titwi
in tbe have, and the ram eontferaea1 laf
only in the one place. The neighhefs aoWeed
it and became much exalted, asd. hnnrtnirtr
people soon floeked to see the singular eoaar
rence. An eye witness states that the HibHs at
the rainfall are so exact that oae can hoM Mi
hand in the rate and only get ft wet sa far as k
introduces bis band. The deceased -ma a
The Lodx Zeitung states tbat'aa esfcrs
ordinary discovery was made la as oWleahor
roomatLodx An old arm ohatr, whfch had
belosged to the present owner's graadfattor,
and had beea put away in as attie for want of
room, was brought out the other darto be re
covered When tbe old cover was takes off, a
large packet was fused 'stuffed krta the seat of
the chair, ooBtainto three bank notes of 1069
roubles e&ob, 860 roaMes in goM, a reoetet from
the bask, dated 1897, for 8,5 reafciee, and sev
eral bond. The ohalr has beea la the posses
sion of the present owner for soae years, asd
was looked open as a useless peee of old
The intelligence oobms frsa Park t&ai
a subterranean river has jast beea discovered
in the dtstriet of Miers, la' tho department of
Lot "Two explorers found tbe river at the
bottom of a genffre or abyss teows as the PR
of Paderae. Retarnl&g thither with a folding
boat made of sailcloth, thy worked their way
down stream for a couple of miles threagfc a
succession of wonderful grottoes sparking wish:
stalactites. Tbey found seven lakes db thete
way, and bad to shoot 37 oasoadea or rapids.
The two explorers intend to start on free
expedition to aseortaiH, if possible, tho oatfet
ot thk unknown river. They cosjeetare that
it Joins one of the, heads of tbeDoraOg&estx
miles from tho abyss.'
The builders tell a rather iatoraottay'
'story of a Bon'ato capitalist who wumotr
( saamarlly tafcea down for trying to sotjaW.
1 .fnnutli. muIb.u uLum in irfi.1 i.-
self .up. a the end of all thisgs la whatwm hJj
west into it, he teas have "an the . say a4 ae
body else was aJrewtd even a sloe rework. Uwt
loBfc ago bo baiH a tee brick hoate. la late
uaaenakiBg, as is all others, be was best aaa
all bands, dictating to baHdars. architects and.
all without the slightest hesitation. At htac
they grow very tired, of the browbeathse they
had to stand, an let him bavenis way, wh other
ltwasrightorwreag. Tho hoate was ftohHnd,
and shortly afterward the owaor tot abeat
building farnaee ares to tost Ms beaMsg ap
paratus, wben behold, there wasn't a nhtninoy
la the house!
KliPalmiter ttraok a rich find wlafe
excavating tn his. garden it Harbor Bariagt,
Mich. He dog up three sketeteasia one gam,
the moat of the bases betefrin a fair state of
preservation, together with two steel toma
hawks, a stone pipe, a- copper kettle with,
cranehooks, and a silver breastplate as lte as
a saucer. If there was ever any hMotlfKioa
upon the breastplate it had been ohHtorated.
There la an old Indian story to the MTeet that
a chief or other important neraber of the Mho
'was murdered at Middle Village years age.
The murderer and victim were brought to tho
Indian village when Harbor Springs sew
stands. Here another Indian constituted Mjb
self Judge aadexeeatioaer, asd killed the mur
derer. He was exeeated by the tribe, and the
tnreewere onnea ra rag same grave.
About three months and a half ago the
schooner Mosquito, from tho Mosquito Coast
of Central America, dropped alongside Pier U,
in the East river, Ndw York, aad unloaded
her cargo of rubber and coeeaaatsv The
schooner carried in her dee oag a bacMt.
containing two ssaaU boa ooastrteierswhMi
some thrifty tailor had brought aleag as at
private importation. Darwgthe dJsohajge.of
the cargo this fateful and saakef nl barrel-aM
tlppea over, and the two saakes, beUeviBg that
the sailor's accident was tbetr Ofaertaatty,
glided gently away and bW la the shadows
under the pier. The other day two war katon
on tbe pier were surprised to see a taako's head
pop up through a orack. They lassoed it .with
a piece of wire, drew tie reptile oat and killed
it Its length was nearly tve feet Tho other
snake 14 still at large. s
CLIPPED BITS 6F WIT.
It is very difficult to fiada key to wcceM
that will work without a clique, BetUmoreAmr
lean. A man arrested for stealing a helmet
from the property room of a theater, said he was
only taklaga knight-cap belore golagtobed.
The nights are getting longer, bat the
young man wbo occupies half oi a. parlor chair
with his alrl every eveatag doesn't realise it
Chief Have yoa got any clewsl"
Subordinate No; but I've caught the criminal.
Chief Welt yoa mast go out and get s few
clews. It will never do to break established rules,
you know. Terrt Haute Stprtte.
"It's always a relief io me when iteoaes.
time to pay Bridget" ! -Mrs- Hoasekeep.
"Why?" inquired her basband. "Because that
is Hie only time whea I feel positive that tho
doesn't employ me." Washington Capital.
Jones, a chroaie bore, telling about, aa
accident In whkh a man was drowned, said: -
"It happened Is less time than I take to tell It."
'1 guess so; otherwise tfceman might have been
rescued," replied a dugarted listener, yawning.
Encouraging a bashful ssaa. Hostess
Won't yoa sine something, Mr. Greene?
Mr. Greene There are so many strangers hers
Hostess Never miadtsear they'll be gone be
fore yoa get half through. ijweA.
Johnny I wonder yrhy I can't make raj
kite fljT ,
Elder Stster-PerhSps the cftsilat appendage Is
disproportionate to the superficial area.
I don't tfalak that's M. I believe there Isn't
weight enough oa the UiLTtsas Sifllngt.
Father Yoasrf mas. Ton have asked rao
for my daughter la marriage; what maa r
Ymur Min-VV ell. I hin nnnarttd her held OB
my Shoulder ftr about two years, three night per!
week, ana to her sattsrsettes. I naTo n
the future. Kiarney Mnterpnte.
"Papa. what. Is a doubtful State?" askei
llMe Xreddy, who had been looking over the po
litical news. -Marriage U doubtful state, my
soa, " answered Brows, with a humorous twIMH
la hit eye as he leaked at hit belter hair. Ds t
yea thtak to, Mr. Mrewfr" "No, 1 don 't MK
U'saaUtaat all." the Satwered. rroiaKi-i
wan aeai4 Hk & trror-teTT." BSOWa. WaS
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