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PITTSBURG. TUESDAY. DEa 3. 1883.
A CHANCE POE REFORM.
Congress opened its session yesterday in
ths usual stereotyoed manner. The pro
ceedings consisted wholly of the work of or
ganizing, and there were no contests. Tet
the whole day was taken up with the work,
and the President's message did not reach
TMs i th usual stvle of doing business
in Congress at present Yet the nation
would have been glad to perceive some inui
cation of vigor and promptness in the open
ing of the present body. For two years the
Congressional vice, apart from the inevitable
mil nmninresent partisan fight has been
dawdling. "With important legislation press
ing it has simply fooled away time ana iei.
the business undone. If the opening of the
new Congress could have shown a disposi
tion to get to work more promptly it would
have given hopes for an improvement on the
public usetulncss of Congress
The burden, in this Congress, is upon the
Republicans; and they should understand
that if they do not establish a prompt im
provement in the matter of attending to busi
ness, it will be concluded by the people that
the vice of legislative dawdling is as bad in
one party as in another.
PARTIES AND PRAYER.
The inability of politicians to see beyond
the partisan rule of distributing the patron
age of their friends was rather unpleasantly
illustrated by the action of the House Re
publican caucus with regard to the selection
of a chaplain. Although one ot the most
radical Republicans in the House, pleaded
for leaving the chaplaincy ont of the list of
partisan patronage, in order that Rev. W.
H. ilillbnrn, the blind clergyman, might
be undisturbed, the Republicans insisted on
making the business of prating for the
House a partisan matter. Supposing this
action to be based on the usual spoils argu
ment, that a party cannot be expected to
succeed unless the administration of the
offices is in the hands of its friends, it reveals
a theory of prayer to the effect that if a
Democrat sbonld be permitted to discharge
the duty, he might bring the Republicans
to disaster. That view presents a remark
able degree of faith in prayer, although not
a very clear understanding of its merits.
FREE BRIDGES AND THE COUNTY.
The proposition to call upon the county to
furnish Iree bridges over the rivers within
the city limits is reported to be meeting with
a good deal of favor among the farmers who
live to the north and sou'b. of Pittsburg,
and who have to pay toll in order to get to
"the city. To this class the saving in tolls
would more than balance the increase in
taxation. The non-bridce-crossing agricul
turists to the east of the city have not yet
been heard from; but may probably make
their opinions known when the proposition
for the county purchase of the bridges takes
There is a good deal of force in the argu
ment that as the two cities have paid the
greater part of the taxation required to keep
up the bridges in the rural districts, the
county expenditure should be extended to
the bridges in the cities. It is not meant
by this argument that the cities gained no
advantage by the building of rural bridges;
but, on the other hand it is equally trne
that the rural districts will share in the
gain from free bridges over the rivers. It is
true, also, that an annual expenditure of
550,000 for rural bridges is a very
different thing from an expenditure ot six
to ten times the amount for city bridges;
but when we remember that the greater part
of the increased expenditure will be borne
by the city taxpayers, the account between
city and country is left about even.
Whatever p'an is finally adopted, the dis
cussion of the Eubject is steadily opening
the way to the adoption of a settled policy
which will eventually secure the abolition
of toll bridges.
EASTERN PARKS AND HENRY GEORGE.
We observe in au esteemed cotemporary
the statement that within four miles of a
Connecticut town, there are twenty-seven
farms that can be bought for "half the value
of the land with the buildings thrown in,"
which is alleged to be destructive of the
Benry George theory. The statement of
the valnc is redolent of a Hibernian origin,
as the value of land, like that of other
things, is generally what it will bring. But
the fact that farms throughout the Bast are
being deserted, certainly weakens the force
of Mr. George's argument that the evils of
tiA the day are founded upon an alleged mo-
"oiopoly of lands. That the present state of
affairs indicates something altogether wrong
is clear enough; but if the phenomena are
properly studied they will be likely to show
rf'thst they rise from abuses of transportation.
y and are not to be remedied by piling more
taxes on the land that is being abandoned.
A NATIONAL PROJECT.
The advocacy of the project of irrigation
to reclaim the arid lands of the "West at
the expense of the general Government,
which has been undertaken by Mr. Joseph
ZNimrno, evokes from the Philadelphia
, Times a rather ill-tempered characteriza-
tion of Mr. Nimmo as "another surplus
. UMr-Himmo never commits himself to
anything worse than the expenditure of
public money to turn a vast and useless ter
ritory into actual wealth, he will have a
Terygood record. Of course a wholesale
spending of national funds for irrigating
all the arid land at once, is not to he ap
proved; but there could hardly be a wiser
use of the public fuads than experiments on
a sufficiently large scale to determine exactly
what may be done by irrigation. If the ex
periments prove that irrigation can convert
l,-,a desert nearly twice as large as the original
- ' thirteen States into a fertile territory, it
. wonld be hard to find a better investment
f'JLox a liberal share of the surplus than to
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The objection to the proposition advanced
by the Timet it that perhaps some of the
booming new States trill be willing to irri
gate their arid land for themselves. But a
State that is made up of arid land can
hardly be expected to boom, and the amount
of money which can Je raised by taxation on
such land could not be expected to yield
very much for improvements of that charac
ter, even if the coyotes and Digger Indians'
who make up the population of these terri
tories, were willing to vote the appropria
tions. It is difficult to imagine any expenditure
of more national character than the recla
mation of a territory big enough to cut up
into half a dozen States. It is certainly
clear that "such work is much more
likely to yield broad national Jesuits than
the expenditure of millions to dig up an in
convenient island in the harbor of Philadel
phia, PUBLIC SPIRIT IK PITTSBURG.
The prosperity and growth ot the State of
Allegheny, and of the two great cities within
it, are manifesting themselves in the cry
which comes from all sides for many reforms
and improvements. "Wonderful changes
for the better in the matter of rapid transit
have been made.
"Within little more than a year the two
principal lines of street cars have exchanged
horses for cables as motive power, a third
important line is shortly to follow suit; and
there is still a constant demancLfor the en
largement of these privileges. Allegheny,
which has too long been held away from
Pittsburg by inadequate means of transit
and bridges of obsolete fashion, is determined
to suffer no longer. The electric street rail
road, well under way, a cable line or electric
road in place of the horses which stroll be
tween Manchester and Pittsburg, and two
or three new bridges of the best modern type
will much improve that lack. The suburbs
of Allegheny, following that city's ex
ample, are agitating in dead earnest
for new avenues and rapid means
of inter-communication, and already the
electric road which is to bring Bellevue,
by means of the new California avenne,
within easy reach of Allegheny is assured.
In other directions the same desire for the
conveniences of travel which modern science
has put within our reach is being mani
fested in a very practical way. A great
many of these improvements were due years
ago, but it is satisfactory to know that they
are to be had for certain now.
Another symptom of the same awakening
is to be found on the Southside. They have
discovered there that it is time to compel
the railroads to give human beings, great
and small, a chance of using their own
streets without incurring peril to life and
limb every hundred yards or so. And the
necessity of making passage from one part
of the city to the other free has also been
brought into such prominence as will make
any further postponement of this important
question very difficult
It is a general liveliness of the public
spirit which is being manifested all over the
community. Already it has accomplished
mncb. The beautiful Schenley Park is one
result "Who knows but that the Federal
property in Lawrenceville may not, as sug
gested once more by Mr. E. M. Bigelow
in The Dispatch on Sunday, be procured
from Congress as another breathing place.
"When the great body of a city's inhab
itants work together for the public good
there is no telling how beneficent and grand
the results may be.
THE GROWTH OF EXPENDITURES.
The increase of aopropriations for the
next fiscal year, as foreshadowed by Secre
tary "Windom's estimates, indicates the
steadv tendency toward enlargement of
Government expenditure that has been
going on for some years.
Seventeen million dollars may not be a
very large increase for a great and wealthy
nation like this. Bnt when it is remem
bored that the appropriations on which this
increase is based were the largest on record
except for war expenditures, and showed an
increase of about 5100,000,000 over the ap
propriations four years previous, it is a per
tinent question whether the tendency toward
increased expenditure has not gone far
The United States has no necessity for
meanness in its, expenditures; but at the
same time extravagance with the public
money is a vice against which there is the
greater need to guard.
CIVILIZATION AND SAVAGERY.
A remarkably frank statement of what is
after all a rather widely held view by a cer
tain part of civilization is .made by the St
Bonis Globe-Democrat, to the effect that the
only hope of redeeming Central Africa from
barbarism "lies in a process of gradual ex
termination. There is no room to hope for
the civilization of such a people, and it is
useless to expend time and money in efforts
to bring about such a result"
This is a practical assertion of the prin
ciple that the mission of civilization is to
kill off the savage owners of otherwise un
occupied territory and then to enter in and
take their possessions. According to that
view the civilized world should support the
Arab slave traders, for they are depopu
lating Africa about as steadily as can be
done. Perhaps the great work of civiliza
tion might be done more scientifically. An
international congress might offer a prize
for the discovery of some method of quietly
killing off the Africans, as it was proposed
to kill off the Australian rabbits. "When
this great scientific operation had been com
pleted, the Christianity of the land could
move in and occupy the wilds of Africa
until some more advanced and scientific
race was able to come and kill them off
This maybe civilization; bnt after look
ing it all over, it would be interesting to
have the esteemed Globe-Democrat inform
us in what respect it is better than sav
agery. It is gratifying to Fee that the disastrous
succession ot fires elsewhere has stirred up the
Pittsburg authorities to extraordinary meas
ures for the prevention ot similar destruction
in this town. If the insurance companies will
now back this up by a; rigid inspection of in
sored premises and insistence upon the owners
clearing away all dangerous rubbish, the ap
prehensions will be measurably dispelled. The
pnee ot safety for insured property and ot
profits for the insurers is eternal vigilance.
A hew charge to the grand jury instructs
its members as to the duties of that body.and It
is left for the new grand jury to show whether
it can prove any superiority to its predec tssors
by paying attention to the charge.
The case of the ice-man who has been
elected to Congress from New York, is held up
as an example of the rewards which aro reserved
for the lee-man who gives full weight to bis
customers in hot weather. If this Ice-man
really has that proud record, and remains true
to It, by giving the public full weight f states
manship in his Congressional career, he will be
as remarkable a figure among Congressmen as
Ths reduction of passenger rates to
Washington by the Baltimore and Ohio fur
nishes another proof that the era ot trunk line
associations has not prevented the force of
competition from doing Its work.
TWy 4.Im..m4 .hi'iiim 1n. V.nMi. V..-
who sometime ago confessed to having prac
ticed frauds in the production lor spiritualist
phenomena, now retracts-the confession. She
states that she bad not control of herself when
She made the confession. This will'' enable
the general public to regard the confession
as a case of involuntary and accidental trnth
teuing. Feom the way in which the Pennsylvania
Railroad is picking up property above Smith
field street, between Sixth and Seventh ave
nues, there is ground lor suspecting that some
thing is going to turn up.
Ax epidemic of influenza which is pre
vailing in St. Petersburg, counts among Its vic
tims the Czar, bis Empress and two ot their
children. The greatest potentates must bow
before the inflictions of a cold in the head, and
lay aside imperial dignity while using up the
stock of handkerchiefs.
This Mexican public on Saturday got
mad because the bnllsprorldedforthe national
amusement would not fight so it proceeded to
show that it was not as wise as the bulls by
getting up a riot of Its own.
Mb. David T. Littler announces that
he "has no nse for President Harrison." As it
has taken Jlr. Uttler just nine months to produce-
this conclusion, the inference is possible
that it has a certain decree of connection with
the apparent fact that President Harrison baa
no use for Littler.
So FAB the Fifty-first Congress has shown
itself equal to the most striking achievements
of Its predecessor in the line ol doing a large
amount of nothing at alt
Ix IS natural to suppose that the farmers
out in Kansas who have been burning corn for
fuel because it was worth less there than coal,
are now going around kicking themselves be
cause they did not ship the com in time to catch
that CO cent market at Chicago last Saturday.
Govebnob Hoet's idea that no one is
loyal who does not support a service pension
enriches the list of definitions of loyalty with a
new and novelmeaning.
The allegation that one of the constables,
who yesterday returned a report of no speak
easies in his bailiwick, is in the speak-easy bus
iness himself, illustrates the lack of confidence
which exists concerningthe strict disinterested
ness of the local Dogberries.
That Portuguese resolution does not
seem to have much more foundation than the
latest reports of big real estate 'deals in Pitts
burg. The formation of a combination which is
to consolidate all the factories making cotton
duck, and control the prices of that fabric, will,
if realized, mako a decidedly active market for
the employment ot capital in building new cotton-duck
The roast-chestnut season is supposed to
commence at Halloween; but now that Con
gress has got into session, we shall know better.
The tinder-box building came to the
front at Philadelphia yesterday and demon
strated its ability to cremate human beings in
competition with the modern tire-proof struc
ture. PEOPLE OP PEOMINENCU.
. James H. IIlodoett, of Rockford, 111., has
been appointed a special agent to collect sta
tistics ot education in the United States for the
The SecretarV of the Treasury has -received
the resignation ol Joseph A. Neill as examiner
of national banks in Pennsylvania, to take
effect December I.
Pbof. R. B. Richabusok. of the Lawrence
Chair of Greek Language and Literature at
Dartmouth College, has been granted leave of
absence for one year to enable him to accept
the place of Director of the American School
The United States steamer Enterprise, now
in English waters and under orders to come
home, has been ordered by the" Navy Depart
ment to proceed to Antwerp to receive the re
mains of ex -Minister Pendleton and to convey
them to the United States for burial.
A Scotch society in London professes to
have found a treasnre in a portrait ot Robert
Burns, painted by the famous Sir Henry Rey
burn, which was unearthed somewhere in an
old picture shop and is supposed to have been
lost for 90 years. An artist is restoring It with
a view to exhibition in Edinburgh and ultimate
sale to some rich American.
Captain Setekbeiki, who represents the
Italian navy at the Maritime Conference in
Washington, owns the most complete collec
tion of nautical works in the world. The library
consists of over 12,000 volumes, and is very val
uable. Captain Setembrini speaks English flu
ently, with a slight foreign accent He once
commanded the famous ironclad Dullo.
Presidestt Chahlotte Smith, of the Wo
men's National Industrial League, has ad
dressed a memorial to Congress, in view of the
World's Fair of 18912, asking for an appropria
tion to erect a monument at Washington to
Queen Isabella L of Spain, who was the friend
and patron ot Columbus. The petition suggests
that the monument In question sbonld bo the
work of a Spanish or American woman sculptor,
and states that it is destined to commemorate
the services rendered by a representative
oman in connection with the discovery of
A misqtjided robin began building a nest
in an elm tree nearParkersburg in November.
The late cold snap forced her to suspend opera
tions and seek a sunnier clime.
Whet Farmer John Bobbins, of Belmont
county, O.. opened bis barn door the other
morning be was surprised to see a large gray
animal send hastily up a post into the hayloft
Ho went alter the intruder with a pitchfork,
and succeeded in killing a big fat raccoon.
Ah Ohio -tramp stopped a runaway team,
thus saving the lives of a woman and her two
daughters. The grateful owner of the rig pre
sented tho man a gold watch.
The Miners' Examining Board of fhe Second
Anthracite District Pa., havo completed the
record of registrations under the new Gal
lagher law. In the district i,iH miners have
registered. In nationality they arc distributed
as follows: Irish. l,166i Welsh, 675; English,
750; Americans, BSS: Hungarian; 336; German,
13S; Polish. 211; Scotch, 23G; Swedish, 89;
Prussian, 28; Russian, IS; British American,
21; Danish, 4; Snitzer, 12; French, 11; Italian,
If, and Australian L The oldest miner in the
district is G eorge Brisco, an Englishman. He
is 73 years of age, and has worked at coal min
ing in England and here for a full half cen
tury. Adam P. Hopkiks, of West Brldgewater,
Pa., has filed a caveat upon an "improvement''
in tho form of posts and railroad ties mado ot
burnt tire clay. The posts will he burnt very
hard, and will have the railing secured by
means of nails driven into boles made in the
posts when soft, at an angle that will bring tho
heads together and bold the railing firmly in
place. Holes through the ties upon either side
of the rail will admit bolts, the upper ends of
which will have washers and nuts bearing
upon the rail and holding it firmly in position
Aoentlemah who purchased a skeleton
ticket from an Oil City ticket agent about a
year ago, called at tho office of the same agent -a
day or two ago and wanted a ticket ''just
like the other." It seems that he had ridden
around on the ticket indiscriminately for an
entire year. Each conductor to whom It was
presented scrutinized it closely, at arm's
length and with spectacles on, and in every
other way, punching and bandingit back. The
owner or anybody else couldn't read it but it
appeared to be good. It bad been so thor
oughly punched that it fell to pieces, and no
wonder the gentleman wanted another "just
like it" '
A Meabviixe young lady has a peculiar
craving for matches, which she nibbles with as
much gusto as tome girls display in masticat
ing caramels. Saturday tae masticated several
red-headed lucifers, and, 'veryjnaturally. was
taken violently 111 but recovered.
THE TOPICAL' TALKER.
What a Single Energetle Spinster Did for
a Kearbr Town She Built a Church and
Collected Tin Cans for the Bell That
Bcll' Awful Tone.
One energetic woman can accomplish a good
deal, but I never heard of one lone spinster in
moderate circumstances building a church, al
most with her own bands and entirely by her
own endeavors. Tet that is exactly what oc
curred in a little town that may almost bo
called a suburb of Pittsburg not more than fivo
It was the upshot of a church quarrel, I be
lieve, this church building. The energetic spin
ster I've spoken of left the -church she had be
longed to for years and started out to build an
other one for herself and her friends in the
controversy to worship in. Leaving her sister
to look after the house they were two spin
sters living alone she went out to raise money
for her new church. She obtained a start from
the church erection fund ot the Presbyterian
chureh, and she followed this up by getting
donations from all the churches of that sect in
Plttsbnrg and its neighborhood. She made
a house to house canvass in many places, often
obtaining goods and building material of ono
sort and another whero she could not get
money. For instance, she actually carried
home as many boards as her arms would hold
from a sawmill ono day, and she was known in
those days to pick np a loose brick wherever
sho saw it What help sne bad from those
who sympathized with her canse did not
amount to much. A not over-friendly ob
server of her labor tells me that there is np
donbt but that that church rose under the im
pulse of one woman's indomitable will, cour
age and devotion.
It is a structure of a modest sort and you
can see it for yourself any day you choose.
Any doubting Thomas who refuses to credit
the story can have the name of tho woman and
the town where tho church stands of mo for
But when the church was completed, the roof
on, and a minister more or less regularly en
gaged to preach from its unostentatious pulpit
was the founder, the builder, the inspiring
spirit of tho sanctuary satisfied? Not she.
She wanted a bell; a bell to summon tho little
floek to their spiritual fold. AU the money she
had raised was gone. Not a cent was in the
young church's treasury. She was not to bo
daunted or discouraged. She went to a bell
foundry in Pittsburg and told someone there of
the plight she was In. Whether for a joke or
because he thought It a handy way to get rid of
an importunate woman, the founder tqjd her
that if sho would collect a goodly number of
tin cans he would cast them into a bell for the
church's belfry for nothing.
She took the proposal seriously and again
started out to raise a fund of tin cans. She
scoured tho whole county for tin cans. Id
many a neighborhood the goats had to starve
while this wonderful woman was collecting the
material forber belL Finally she bad the re
quired number of tomato, sardine and other
tin cans, and trne to his word the Pittsburg
founder mado them into a belt
They say the tone of the bell was indescriba
ble. It created a great sensation, and it must
be said a good deal of godless murmuring.
After it bad clanged for a Sunday or two, a
bold, bad man climbed into the belfry and cut
the rope off close to the bell. Since then it has
not been rung regularly.
They tell another story about the bell. One
day a Pittsbnrger went down to the town In
question to see the energetic spinster on some
matter of business. Sho was not at home, and,
after searching high and low for her, the Pltts
bnrgar was abont to go home when a church
member advised him to clamber up into tho
belfry of the church and ring the bell.
"That'll fetch the old lady, sure," tho deacon
After hesitating awhile the Pittsbnrger fol
lowed tho deacon's directions, and, with some
difficulty, reached the belt He swung the
clapper to and fro onco or twice, and came near
fainting at the excruciating sound it emitted.
But before be had reached the ground the wo
man he had searchod in vain for was inquiring
in sharp tones who was tampering with the bell.
PAIR PLAY FOE ALL.
The Objeet of the Civil Service Law, as Ex
pounded by the Commission Tho System
Good, Bnt Not Tet Perfect Honesty
WashxkgtO!?, December a The sixth re
port ot the Civil Service Commission Cbarles
Lyman, Theodore Roosevelt and Hugh H.
Thompson was Bent to tho President to-night
The report is simply a general review of the
work done during the past year. Special atten
tion is called to the need of adequate means
to carry on the work. Paring the last fiscal
year the number of applicants examined was
abont 20,1)00, as against 11,000 the preceding
year; thus very nearly doubling tho work ac
complished while the working force remained
exactly the same. The commission asks for an
appropriation of $53,000 this year. The report
after reviewing tho changes and improvements
In the system, continues:
The merit system of making appointments
to minor Governmental positions, as contrasted
with the patronage system, whereby these ap
pointments were made as the rewards of per
sonal or political service, is no longer in the
merely experimental stage. It is not on proba
tion. It has been given full trial; and wherever
this trial has been fair the system has worked
Perfection Nof Tet Beached.
It is not contended that the system is ideally
perfect no Governmental methods are. From
time to time there have been shown certain de
fects in the working of the civil service law
and rules,though.most of these defects already
have been, and It Is believed that the majority
ot the remainder Boon will be, remedied. Bat
it is most emphatically contended that the
merit system shows to a very great advantage
when compared with any other, whether actual
or proposed; and this is especially the case
when tbe comparison is made with tho patron
age system, which It is now slowly bnt surely
The fundamental proposition of tho new sys
tem is that every American citizen has a richt
to .serve the public provided that bis services
are needed It on his merits be is able to show
that be is the man most capable of filling tho
positionbe seeks, and all ho is required to do is
to show this superior capacity in fair competi
tion with other American citizens. In other
words, tbe svstem is one of common honesty
and of fair play for all, and therefore, it is es
sentially American and essentlally.democratic.
The Theory of tbe Spoilsman.
The object of tho law Is to give to the average
American citizen what it takes away from the
professional politician. .How little this object
is understood by some men in public life may
be gathered irom recent proposals to parcel
out all the ofBces among the different Con
gressional districts according to the political
faith of the Congressman representing them.
ThiB would, of course, simply mean a revival
ot tbe patronage system, with an added touch
of chaos. . . , . "
It Is apparently brought forward In tho
simple faith that all that is needed is to divide
the offices among the politicians of both parti's,
instead of among those of only one, and ignores
the very common-sense view, which Insists that
the offices are not tho proparty ot the poli
ticians at all, whether of ono party or of the
other, orofboth;4)ut on tbe contrary, that
they belong to tbe people, and should be filled
only with reference to the needs of tne publlo
A EOW AMOKG TflE FAITHFUL.
Bedford County Democracy all Torn np
Over tbe Chairmanship Question.
tSFXCIAL TMOBAlt TO THI DIBPATCn.l
Bedford, December 2. The outlook for a
Democratic row was never more promising than
at present The election ot a connty chairman
takes place early in January. The working ele
ment of the party claim that they are tired of
the way tho present chairman. Hon. John M.
Reynolds, and his friends have been conducting
things for the past three years and are kicking
hard for a new man. Mr. Reynolds has his eye
on the judgeship and his friends claim that to
dethrone him from the chairmanship Is a sohemo
to throw the Dcmocratio nomination to a Som
erset county man. This is denied by the othor
side, who say that Reynolds has been permit
ting tho interesu of the party to go by default
and that be has driven tho whisky element
from the party, owing to his being chairman
for tho Prohibitionists daring the amendment
Jmt who will be tho man to down Reynolds
has not been decided. Tho only names so iar
mentioned are K. F. Kerr and Frank Fletcher,
esquires. Kerr would be the moans of stirring
np the old fight between the Reynolds and Kerr
factions, which, for the pass three years has
been quiet so Fl.tcher will likely "be decide
.upon as the one who will please the boys and
get the Bedford County Democracy together.
If THE THEATERS. '
"Blucbenrd, Ji.," at tho Grand, "Later Oa"
nl the BIJon.
The Ideal Extravaganza Company appeared
last evening at the Opera House in tbe specta
cular extravaganza ot "Bluebeard, Jr., or
Fatima and the Fairy." The motive of an ex
travaganza is to display pretty girls, hand
some costnmes and gorgeous scenery, and
"Bluebeard" more than fulfills its mission. Tbe
company is very large, and embraces a number
of shapely women and several good
comedians. Edwin Fay, as OMahdi Sen
ztni, Arthur Dunn ar Mufti and Miss Esther
Williams as Ayetha caught the audience in a
topical trio, and each did excellent individual
work. Frank B. Blair was a good, or rather. In
keeping with tho character, a bad JJluebeard.
Miss Edith Mnrilla was a sprightly Fatima.
and Miss Alice Johnston, as Belmi. contributed
a good voice and pleasing presence. The bal
lets are numerous and yery novel, and tho cos.
tumes are really gorgeous. 2 be scenery is
irom tne nanus oi Albert, voegtnri anurox,
and is remarkable in its splendor. It is claimed
that this spectacnlar is the handsomest that
has ever been placed on the road, and there Is
considerable foundation for the assertion.
Several of the tableaux are dazzling with their
combination of rival colors and animated
femininity. In the midst of all this loveliness
it was sad to see that the ballet master in his
selection of local talent had obtained anything
hut a fair example of the beauty for which
Fittsbnrg has so long been famous. A large
audience witnessed the performance.
Of "Later On," at the Bijon, ono may say
that It is excellent in its way. For an acknowl
edged farce-comedy this is surely high praise.
Messrs. Hallen and Hart succeed in making
everybody laugh, and the proverbially shrewd
Yorkshiremen tell us,tbat"a good laugh is worth
all you pay for it" Last night the whole Bijou
audience laughed with a vengeance, and it was
not the fault of the "Later On" company If a
good many ribs did not ache contumedly after
the performance. A good many new songs and
dances have been Introduced since "Later On"
amused Pittsburg crowds last year, and now
and then one is actually surprised by now jokes
a really remarkable thing in these dull days.
Mr. Hallen, as Plunger, is a typical young
American, and makes love just as his critlo re
members to have done In bis dear old days. His
manner of laying siego to a kiss is really
natural. It is to bo feared that Mr. Joe
Hart, who played Todd, the bookmaker,
is an irishman. His rollicking fun and de
cidedly amatory tendencies can be explained In
no other manner. "Place aux Dames" Is an
excellent motto; but in these notes It could not
be followed. The lady portion of the company
presented so many features worthy of being
dwelt upon that tbe critic, in despair, left them
to the last. Now he is forced to give up the
attempt at description In despair.
Suffice it that Miss Annie Lewis, Miss Mollle
Fuller, and Miss Carrie E. Perkins, were ad
mirable in their various parts, and everybody
envied their respective lovers, of tbe other
ladies, and tbe remainder of tho company,
there was not one who did not add to the ex
cellence of "Later On" in a marked degree.
Harry Williams' Academy.
The Sheffer fc Blakely Specialty Company
opened at tbe above theater last evening to the
usual crowded house for this place. There is a
great deal ot variety In the bill, which is fur
nished by the following artists: Lester How
ard and Miss Emma Howard, in a melange of
now absurdities; Master Belzac, in wonderful
wire-walking and musket drill: Miss Mabel
Francis, recitations: Williams and Brennan,
break-neck business; the Robinsons, In songs
and duets, with high jumping: John W. Ran
Bone, the well-known comedian. In one of his
best specialties; M'Ue Catharine Nelson, in as
tonishing transformations and a uniqne act;
Oeorge A. Booker and Maude Leigh's sketch,
"Assurance;" Sheffer and Blakely, the negro
dialecticians; the sisters Ouri, marvelous jug
glers and tumblers, the whole concluding with
"A Bed Hot Stove," Lester Howard's latest
Notwithstanding the fact that "Beacon
Lights" was presented at this bouse late last
season, it drew two large audiences yesterday,
The play, which is full of interesting situations,
is in the hands of a competent company in
some respects, though not as strong as it was
when seen here before, -Harry O. Sinclair does
tbe best he can as Colonel Clay Calhoun, but is
not an Improvement on his predecessor, and
Miss Kitty See, as Julia Hadley, also suffers in
a like comparison. Fanny Cohen is a sprightly
Carrie, and Percy Plunkctt a real villain. Tbo
other characters are well sustained, the Mexi
can costumes are bright and new and the
scenery plenty and very good. A big week's
business is assured.
The "Ginger Snap" Comedy Company and
the interesting collection of curiosities at
tracted the attention ot large crowds at the
World's Museum yesterday. The principals
and suspects in tbe Uronln trial are shown in
wax, in very lifelike figures. Dr. Chittenden's
collection of relics also contains much that is
worth looking at while a very funny farce
comedy is presented on the stage.
A large number of freaks and curiosities are
shown at the Casino Museum this week. Harry
Hartman is truly a wonder, and Miss Liizio
Sturgeon, wbo plays the piano with her feet is
another. Then there are tbo clever tricks of
the boy magician and the flame king, besides
tbe clever artists on tho stage, to amuse and
lS'ye nnd Bllcy Booming.
Tickets for Nyo and Riley's entertainment at
Lafayette Hall on Thursday evening next have
been placed on sale at Klebers' music store, on
Wood street The sale opened yesterday, and
already a large number of tbe choicest seats
have been taken. The humorists bid fair to
eclipse their former engagement in this city,
when many people were turned away unable to
gain admission. Tho entertainment is under
the auspices of the Press Club.
Will Cnrleton To-NIahr.
Will Carleton, tho poet will to-night lecture
in Old City Hall, on "The Science of Home."
On the same subject be delighted a large
Beaver Falls' audience last evenincr. His char.
icteristic runs of rhetoric from tho humorous
to tne paiaeuc. emDracing many ui uis xamous
"Farm Ballad" scenes and incidents in word
pictures, are irresistible. Ho will be introduced
by Erasmus Wilson. A great audience is ex
pected. A LOST SATCHEL TURKS UP.
Singular Recovery of Some United States
Bonds and Other Valuables.
rSFBCIAL TKLXORAK TO THE DIBFATCn.1
HavebhixIs Mass., December 2. On July
9 a Mrs. Moran, living in Kingston, N. H., left
on a seat in the Boston and Maine depot hero
a satchel containing two 8500 United States
bonds, two bank books representing 81,000, and
other articles, and on returning for them they
were gone. About a week ago a young girl
from a neighboringNew Hampshire town came
Into tbe office of a lawyer and told this story:
On July 9 she and her mother were standing
on tneaepot piauorm, wnena im; uressea in
black handed her the satchel, witb a request
to bold it while she got a ticket The lady in
black failed to return, and the girl took tbe
satchel to their New Hampshire home.- There
they looked at tbe contents, seemingly only
some cotton batting and other things. ,
The satchel was laid aside until a few days
ago, when, having need of some cotton, she
went to get it and discovered the treasure.
The next day she came to the lawyer's office
with the satchel.
Putting on Airs.
From tbe Chicago News. J
Tbo picture of tho Phlladelphl-vschoolma'am
which adorns the big cartwheel dollar which
you borrowed yesterday of a friend and intend
to pay back next week wears a haughty look
since the silver convention at St Louis paid
its addresses to her in such au Impassioned
DEATHS OP A DAY.
Major John V. Rogirs.
IEXtKGKHf, Va., December 2.-Major John D,
Bojcers, Solicitor of the Chesapeake and Ohio
Kallroad. son of General Asa ltogers. ex-Auditor
ofVlrclnia, relative of (leneralK. E. tee. Chief
Quartermaster of Oencral It H. Hill's division or
tte Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, died
Sunday from Injuries received In a railroad col
lision at scotuvllle on tho Chesapeake and Ohio
Kattroad In August last.
Rev. John J. Pomoror.
Bev. John J 1'omeroy died yesterday at Cham
bcrsbnrg. Mr. Tomeroyls a brother of Mrs. 8.
D. Berron and a relative of Dr. D. N. Itahkln
and A. J. ltankln, of Allexheny. He was very
well known in mtlsbarg,
anEEsvn,iK, December 2, -Newton Packard,
for many years proprietor ot the Packard House,
and one or the best known men In the State, Is
dead, aged 60 years.
Chioaoo, December x-Itftsa L. Mllltken, ex.
Mayor, of Chicago, died to-dsy. Be--wa3'75 yeari
-'FLOWER PRICES. ,
A Spicy Letter Prom a Retailer A 59 Per
Cent Raise Generates a Howl Sorac
thloa of Flower nnd Ynsarlea of
Tho blllfor flowers, received this morning, sim
ply takes oar breath away. How yon have the
neryetojump tbe prices on ns SO, per cent from
Saturday we, can't Imagine.
"And how you expect to have the gall to raise the
price proportionately on our customers we can't
understand. Now, any reasonable Increase at
this time of tbe year Is all right bnt to knock the
breath out of us like that well, we can't stand it:
that Is all there Is about it You must remember
we have great many home productions td com
pete against, and while we admit tbe blossoms are
often Inferior to those you send us, yet the differ
ence In prices Is quite an Item.
This letter Is to see If yon have any conscience.
Will await yonr reply before taking chances on
bankruptcy by sending In further orders."
The damp, cloudy weather of tho past few
weeks has in a great measure retarded the
growth of the florists' beauties, and as tbo so
ciety season is just opening and the demand
constantly increasing, the wholesalers are tak
ing advantage of the combination, of circum
stances. That their action met with a "kick"
from ono firm the above letter, copied beforo
the ink was dry, proves conclusively. Whether
or no it will be an effective remonstrance re
mains to be seen.
Mr. Dell, with J. It A. A. Murdoch, when
asked bow be felt regarding the radical increase
in the price of flowers, said;
"Well, we don't like it, but we can't help our
selves" for the New York florists control tbe
market and wo can't depend on home produc
tions, for our trade is too large, and tbe native
f;rowu flowers arc not nearly so large or luxur-
He furthermore said: "Wecxnect the win
ter prices to dawn upon ue about this time
usually, but they are making them pretty steep
this year on account of tho weather we hare
been enjoying (T) for the past month, which
has been demoralizing to the local growth of
At A. M. t J. B. Murdoch's they woro in
clined to to take an optimistic view, and said it
was just what they had been expecting. That
summer prices had rolgned up to last Saturday,
and they could not expect them to continue all
winter. People would have the flowers any
way, and the profit was Just about the same.
Various conditions ot resignation and rebellion
were found among the other florists, and some
interesting little bits of information regarding
different varieties of flowers gleaned from
Decline of Chrysanthemums.
The above lovely flowers aro losing ground,
not through lack of appreciation, for never
have they bad such a successful season as tbe
one just passed, but they are practically out of
the market now. The chrysanthemum is a
flower that has grown wonderfully id populari
ty within the past few years, and has received a
great deal ot attention from the growers of fine
flowers relative to Increasing Its beauties. The
rage for them has been national, and chrysan
themum weddings, receptions and teas have
abounded from New York to San Francisco. In
color their range is bewildering, and there is an
expert florist experimenting now with a view to
rendering the flower odorless. If he is success
ful a Vanderbiltlan fortune will be his.
Witb tbo chrysanthemum's departure, tho
harrisii lillies, beautiful in their transparent
whiteness, ana the sweet Roman hyacinths, re
ceive a warm welcome from their many ad
mirers. Long-stemed carnations in all their varied
and beautiful colors and delightful fragrance,
always have and always will be favorites, it is
safe to predict
Tbo pretty modest little violet is lovod by
many, and will, so it Is said, be a favorite doc
oration for the Oolong wave or afternoon tea
that Is threatening to make Japanese of all the
society ladies just at present and what is
sweeter or daintier than a cluster of these de
licate little blue flowers T
Roses what memories,and visions that word
recalls. Doubtless, it is one of the most sug
gestive words in the English language. How
often do people grow sick at heart, and tbe
pallor of death spread over their faces at a
-passing wnm or a tube rose T The odor pene
trating and peculiar, sweet to a sickening de
gree, recalls involuntarily to almost every one's
mind the sad obseqny rites of some dear one.
It is unusual to see them used in any other ca
pacity. Occasionally, howover, a cluster will deco
rate the lapel of some young gentleman's coat
or be tucked In a fair maiden's belt Such
always convinces the observer that the grim
reaper has not called for any of tbe loved ones
of the wearer.
The refreshing fragrance of the lovely la
France calls up brighter, happier remem
brances. Perhaps, to the young girl, tbe even
ing of her debut or, Indulging m a little more
sentiment the first basket ot flowers received
from the accepted lover, may be recalled by a
sight or a whiff of the deep pink flower. Tbe
creamy white bride rose, the delicate pink
Catherine Mermet the brilliant red Bennett
the pink-edged Madam Wattville. the pure
white nephetos, with leaves like silk, tho yel
low pearl and the queenly American beauty
all revive memories pleasing and sacred, joy
ous and happy. How often, many years after
the event, a bright-eyed, rosy-cheeked matron
will, by the sight or smell of a rose, become
again by mental process the radiant bride
standing at the altar, or in dress of simple
white, witn vaieuiciory in nana, renew tne
triumphs of a graduation day.
Boses, in fact all flowers, are credited with
inspiring tbe better part ot human nature to
more activity and often witb awakening dor
mant virtues, but sometimes they have tbe
opposite result An instance in mind is of a
lady who herself is responsible for tbe state
ment that whenever placed In a conservatory,
or hothouse, amid beautiful flowers ar almost
insane desire to steal some wonld possess her.
Even in the most sacred places she was not
exempt from this impulse; walking through a
cemetery where beautiful flowers abounded
she would control her desires by the exercise
of her will power solely. And never, under any
other circumstances, did each a thought ob
Very amusing scenes aro witnessed in the
florists' stores, and they say that it is abso
lute! v necessary for them to have the heaviest
French plate glass mirrors to withstand the
strain that is constantly put upon them.
An example of the vanity of man was wit
nessed yesterday, when a teputed Count
entered a well-kriown establishment for the
purposo of purchasing a bouquet for a lady.
After giving bis order, and while awaiting Its
preparation, he took up a position in
front ot tbe mirror, and apparently
oblivions of everything but Ills own dear little
self he posed and primped. Yes, and primped
and posed, arranged his coatcollar, curled his
mustache, adjusted his handkerchief so tbe
"mer would peek out coqnettisbly, twisted
his bead to tbe verge of dislocating bis neck to
see bow be appeared in the rear, and when be
luncluded to wear a scarlet carnation after
deciding that that was tho proper color to con
trast with hie necktie, spent five minutes in
obtaining just tbe proper degree of slant in
the button bole. He is a regular customer.
Another one, a lady, whose only weaknesses
are chewing gnm and wearing flowers, so she
asserts, is very particular abont where and
how she affects each. In the latter a sad tax
is she to the florist, for she insists upon his
pinning tbe blossoms in place, and tbe entire
extent of ber upper anatomy is canvassed with
the cluster often before the proper longitude
and latitude is obtained. In this case, also, the
mirror is subjected to sovera and long-continued
nro. Bnt all who indulge these
"whims" are good advertisements for the flor
ist, and he bottles up bis wrath and assumes
a patient, perpetual smile when ho sees them
entering his store. TnoRlfE Branch.
Tbo Lafayette's Reception.
From present indications there will bo a
select crowd at the opening reception of tbe
Laf ayettaClnb, to be held at New Turner Hall,
Forbes street to-morrow evening. Gernert
& Guentber's full orchestra will be in attend
ance. The hall will bo 'tastefully decorated
with plants for tho occasion by Murdoch.
MBS. Jomr Waikek, of Western avenue,
who has Just returned from New York, will re
ceive her friends at ber lovely home on
Western avenue, Allegheny, Wednesday, from
The first large ball of the season comes off
this evening at the Pittsburg Club Theater.
It is given by Mrs. Joshua Rhodes, and at i
her charming daughter, Miss Annie, will make
Tbe M"ther Goose Committee of the com
ing entertainment for tho benefit of the News
boys' Home, m?t at Jdn.C.L. Magee's apart
ments in the Duquesne yesterday afternoon.
Me. AND MBS, J. M. CoubtneT celebrated
their twenty-filth wedding anniversary yester
day at their charming home in Emsworth by a
reception from 6 to 10 o'clock.
The P. F Donahoe Club gave their second
annual reception at Imperial Hall, on Grant
street last evening. An enjoyable time was the
verdict of all present
THE Woman's Club discuss tbe time-worn
topic "IDIarriage a Failure?" at tbclr meeting
VnA CAB1.ETON wlir lecture on the
"Science ot Home" at Old City Hall this even
la The. Women's Exchange-' CsM-tttee hM
their regular meeting yesterday af teraooa.
Til 'GiSSIF OP GOTHAM.
Will Not GIvo Any Medicine.
rnxw tobx bukiau snails.!
NewYobk, December 2. Olo E. Larden,
the Scandinavian falth-curistot Brooklyn, was
arraigned in a police court this morning; on tho
charge pf refusing to administer medicine
which Dr. Prendergast prescribed to bis 3-year-old
child, who Is sick with diphtheria. He re
peated the declaration be has so often made
under similar circumstances, that it God
I. wished tbe child to die it wonld die; no man
bad a right to try to thwart God's win by ad
ministering medicine. In default of foOO ball
ho was sent back to jaU. to await his trial on
next Friday. The Humane Society is caring
for his child.
An Echo of tbe Hamilton Case.
There was au echo of the celebrated Robert
Ray Hamilton case In the Recorder's court
this morning. Mrs. Anna Swinton. .Eva Ham
ilton's mother, and Joshua Mann, Eva Hamil
ton's lover, were arraigned for conspiracy, in
tbe Tiresencepf a curious lot of Hamilton's old
friends and acquaintances. Mrs. Swinton
looked careworn and haggard and indifferent
Mann was so nervous he could hardly articulate
distinctly. After some sparring between the
lawyers the case was continued till to-morrow
to allow the District Attorney time to summon
witnesses from other cities.
A Little Hippopotamus.
Fatima Murphy, wife ef Caliph Murphy, the
three-ton hippopotamus of Central Park, gave
birth to a fine black eyed little Murphy at 10
o'clock this morning; The baby weighs just 40
pounds, about SO pounds less than a baby blp
ponotamus usually weighs. Nevertheless, it is
healthy, and as frisky as a kitten. It is of a
deep reddish color, shading here and there into
pink, and has a very big month, even for a Nile
baby. Fatima will nourish her infant for about
ten months, when she will proceed to wean it
in the most approved form. After that it will
dine with its parents on bran, oats, bay and
Doesn't Bellevo Brlco Will Win.
The Hon. Julius Dexter, the lone mugwump
of Cincinnati, has been telling the politicians
at his hotel, to-day, why he thinks Calvin S.
Brice will not succeed Senator Payne in Con
gress. He said: "I aro. not so sure as most
people that Colonel Brice will be elected. The
strongest point against him, and one that Is
being urged for all It i3 worth. Is that he is a
non-resident Some have it that be even did
not vote iu Ohio. Doubtless money will have
some influence, bnt I do not think the Legisla
ture of Ohio will select a Senator on account
of his wealth. Alien O. Myers speech, advis
ing the members of tbe Legislature not to elect
a millionaire, will have some effect But Col
onel Brice's wealth is not against him so much
as the fact that be Is a resident ot this city.
There are several candidates in the field, and
in my judgment either of them stand as good a
chance as Colonel Brice. They are Thomas, of
Springfield, MoMahon, of Dayton, and Mr.
Neal. They are well known in tbe State, and
are residents of long standing. These three
candidates might, after a few ballots, consent
to join their forces and defeat Colonel Brice.
My idea is tbat Colonel Brice will not have a
walkover, and may never reach the goal first
Ao Elevated Railroad to England.
A very crazy young Georgian, wbo said bo
had walked all tbe way from Atlanta, Ga.,
tried to show Mayor Grant bis plans for an ele
vated railroad across the Atlantic Ocean to
day. He described just how it was to be done
with a wealth of detail tbat would fill a Sunday
newpaper. He did not want any money, be
said, as he was going to England Saturday to
run for the office of Prime Minister, to whlcbbe
bad been nominated. As soon as be got the
office he was going to get the Knglisb Govern
ment to take hold ot tbe scheme.
Her Jewelry l Safe.
Mrs. James Crawford has annoyed the city
police greatly to-day by telling how she lost and
recovered 10,000 worth of diamonds recently.
Mrs. Crawford is a woman of wealth and a rela
tive of tho late Commodore Garrison. Ten
days ago she hid her diamond earrings, dia
mond brooch and other jewelry under a bit of
bric-a-brac in her back parlor. Only a servant
whom she had had for years, and a seamstress
knew where she had placed the trinkets. Two
days later the jewelry vanished. Mrs. Craw
ford told tho police all about her loss, and they
atonce pitched upon the seamstress as the
thief. After several scenes, in which the sus
pected woman and Mrs. Crawford went Into
hysterics, tbe police decided they bad made a
mistake and tried the trustedservaut Several
more scenes andno traces ot tbe jewelry were
tbe results. No clew to the identity ot tbe
thief had been discovered until this morning,
when a messenger boy appeared at Mrs. Craw
ford's door witb a little box. While Mrs,.
Crawford was undoing the package the boy
ran away. The box contained all of the miss
ing jewelry, carefully packed, but unaccom
panied by a word of explanation. The police
explain their inability to clear up the mystery
by maintaining tbat some of Mrs. Crawford's
friends have merely bad a little lark with her
and her diamonds.
Not Fit to Brine Up Boys.
James 8. Smith told Judge Lawrence, in tbe
Supreme Court to-cay, why his wife was not fit
to bring up his two little boys. Since she left
him, one year ago, he said, she has been living
with Francis E; Harte, son ot Bret Harte. in
Harlem. The Judge referred the case formal,
and directed that the two little Smiths, pend
ing the proceedings, should remain in school at
Roslyn. L. L Mr. Smltb has brought a civil
snit against Mr. Harte for alienating his wife's
Row In n Cheap LodglDghouse.
The World Iodglnghouse Is a Bowery hotel,
where a man Is required to check all his clothes
at tbe officer beforo retiring to his W-cent bunk.
About 150 men slept there last night, under the
general supervision of John Cramer, bouncer.
Most of tbem were aroused at 4 o'clock this
morning by a flght between John Shay and
Patrick O'Day, boys under 20 years of age.
Both boys were drunk, and were pelting each
other with stovelids, chairs and other portable
f umiftre. Cramer tried to stop the row. In a
mlnnte they had him pinned against the wall,
and were sticking knives into him. Three Ital
ians rescued Cramer and threw the boys ont
Into the corridor. There another young des
perado joined them, and the trio at once began
to stampede the house. They marched through
tho big sleeping Tooms, scattering spittoons,
crockery and chairs right and left. After clean
ing out the place they ran oft and have not
been seen since. The only person seriously in
jured during the row was Cramer. He Is terri
bly cut in the back and breast and may die.
KOT FEASIBLE AT PEESENT.
An International Marino Tribunal Consid
ered an Impossibility.
Washington', Dec. Z-In the International
Manne Conference to-day, the commlttoe hav
ing under consideration the subject of the
establishment ot a permanent International
Marine Commission, reported that such a plan
is not feasible at present .......
lhe committee also decided that it is not
possible to create an International tribunal to
try questions of collisions between subjects
of" different nationalities.
OVER THE FERRY.
Ay, over the ferry.
With heart sad or merry,
At sometime we surely must go;
And the boatman so grim
There is waiting to trim
His sail ere he takes ns In tow. -
The river Is swelling
And there Is no telling
How Jeep that the waters may flow;
Tis best to be ready,
With strong hand and steady,
When over the ferry we go.
The black clouds may lower
In this trying hour,
In darkness and peril we row;
The lightnings may flash,
The waters may dash.
The thunders may roar as we go;
But if we are ready,
With strong band and steady,
(God alone can courage bestow),
There's nothing can harm us.
And nangut will alarm us,
When over the ferry we go.
Ay, over the ferry,
A haven so cheery
Lies bright in eternity's glow;
Then over the river
Without even a skiver,
,, . When over the ferry we go. .
W. coram Domtow.
TFM-u Cbxee. PA. i December X,
A calf whose hack is covered with fine
fur instead of the regulation hair, is one'of ths
cariosities of Appletoo, Me. r -
The largest infant ever born in Con
necticut was that of Mrs. Lewis Duke, ot
Meriden, which weighed 23 pounds at birth. It
was born about a week ago and lived only a few
moments. Physicians say it was a phenomenal
In the windows of the principal clothing
stores in Detroit one now sees livefturkeys,
fantastically dressed In garments made of
cheap United States flags. In- those stores a
turkey Is given away to whomsoever buys a
suit of clothes or an overcoat.
The Connecticut muskrat's winter hut
rises like a Chinese pagoda out of the waves
of ponds and rivers this fart last year the
water rat built his house In a similar way. and
be bad to run it up two or three stories higher
-after winter set in. Rrmnn. tn int
I phenomenal rains and floods followed. Conse-r
T . ' .V.r"1 wvvucis surmise tnai ino;
winter will be very much like tbe last one. witb
little snow and frosts and plenty ot water.
There is an uncommonly frank and hu
morous darky porter on ono of the""Wagner
cars tbat ply between Chicago and New York.
The other day when he appeared before tbe
passengers, brush in hand, to get tbem aH to
t flt.nil i.a ..nil it.lln. .1...1 ? . j .,.
- "- k -- "- .ucir quarters ana u-ui.
dollars in tbe usual way, this is what be said:
"Stand np. tell I brash you off. gemmen. It
don't amount to nothin'. anil nn .-.-, nn. naaii
it, but you want to let me go through the mo
tions, id's to feel as if learned what you're
goln' to give me."
Vashti is'a beautiful Persian cat livinjr
In East Fifty-ninth street New York; a great
pet and until within a week queen of tho man
sion. A visitor came, bringing a parrot, ashtl
saw and Immediately felt a hungering desire
for parrot flesh. Bbe approached and prepared
for a spring, when she heard In amazement a
sound as of a human voice issuing from the
cage and her ears were shocked with a torrent
of oaths such as bad never before been heard
In that well-regulated household. Tbe horrified
cat fled from the room, which she has never
since been Induced to enter.
Mr. Roscoe "Whitcomb, of 'Wso, Me.,
has a shepherd dog which he prizes highly. Ono
day last week a colt that was fastened by a
halter got his feet through the stall and fell in
such a manner that he was choking to death. "
The dog was in the barn, saw the trouDle. and,
running to the house, caught Mrs.Whltcomb by
tbe dress and attempted to pull her out of doors.
The dog wonld run toward tbe barn and then
catch Mrs.WhItcomb by her clothes. She final
ly went to tbe barn, arriving just in time to save
the colt Mr.WhitcombsaIdbe had been offered
S10U for the colt, and he feels very grateful
toward the dog for saving the animal's life.
The term "Johnnie," which was origin
ally coined in London, is now very generally
used in New York to describe the peculiar class
of pallid youngsters wbo bang around stage
doors and frequent burlesque theaters. The
distinction between a Johnnie and a dude seems
to be that tbe former has money, while nothing
Is needed to equip the latter bnt a silver-beaded
stick, a cigarette, considerable HI health an 4
a vapid smile. The Johnnie is also an improve
ment on the dnde to the extent that he has an
object in life beyond cigarette smoking, even if
that object Is only the worship of a stage
This story is tpld by a Cornell student
of President White and tne college football
team of '7t A match bad been arranged be
tween tbe elevens of Cornell and Rochester
TJnlverslties,and it was to take place in Geneva.
When the captain of the Cornell team called
upon President White for permission to go to
Geneva: "What go all that distance to kick a
bag or wica!" President White exclaimed.
"Never, gentlemen, with my permission. Just
think, and you'll see tbat it is ridiculous to go
kicking a bag around a ten-acre lot Then to
thinkofgoingaumilestodoitr' The game did
not take place.
The first aerial voyagers were a sheep, a
cock and a duck, which were placed in an osier
basket attached to tbe lower part of a bal
loon that ascended on the 19th of September,
1783. at Versailles', France, the King and royal
family "assisting" at the spectacle. The ascen
sion was made at the Instance of a commission
appointed by the Academy of Science, and the
balloon was constructed under the supervision
of Stephen Monrgolfler, to whom, with bis
brother, Joseph, the invention of tbe balloon
is dne. Tbe sheep and duck and cock reached
the ground again in safety. The first air voy
age made by any human was also made in this
CharlesKellogg recently shot a very
peculiar-looking bird near his grist win on the
outskirts of Great Harrington, Mass. No one
seemed to know to what species it belonged,
and it was sent to a naturalist in Boston, who
writes as follows: "Tbe bird is a Florida gal-' '
llnule; its native place is in the South, prin
cipally Florida. This bird was batched this
year, and It is not unusual for young birds to
leave their place of nativity and travel In the
opposite direction from which they should.
You can consider this bird a decided prise on
account of the locality from which it was taken,
as It is tbe first recorded instance of one being
found in tbe Berkshire Hills." The bird has
gray plumage and is web-tooted.
The latest version of "The girl I left
behind me," comes from California. In this
case the young man did not seem to realize the
girl's attractions until he got across the conti
nent and then, after a, year or two of hard
work in California and with tbo prospect of
wealth before him, be bethought himself of a
young lady who used to be a schoolmate ot his
in Maine. He wrote to her to see if she had
forgotten him. She hadn't and cordially an
swered tbe letter. The return mail brought a
proposal of marriage, which was accepted. A
ticket for California came next, and though
her friends did not quite approve of the
journey, the young lady started. Unlike some
who have made similar trips, she liked both
the farm awaiting her and Its possessor even
better than she thought she did beforo she saw
tbem. The wedding came next, and everybody
was happy at last accounts
A laborer near Starke, Fla., who owns
a large flock of chickens, has been much
troubled of late by wildcats and .hawks, which
caught his fowls. Compelled to be away from
borne all day he cannot shoot the hawks. The
other day he tied his heavily loaded gun to a
stump in the potato patcb and trained the gun
at the top of a dead tree, where hawks often
light tied a long clothes line to the trigger and
told his wife to pull it when she sawa hawk in
the tree. Soon a bog broke through; the fence,
and after filling np on potatoes proceeded to
scratch himself against the gnn, whereby its
muzzle became lowered. He got tangled in
the line and drew the trigger, tbe charge ex
ploded and it was afterward found that it had
killed an enormous wildcat hid In some pal
mettoos in a fence corner. The .butt of the
gun, in recoiling, struck the hog between the
eyes and killed him, and thus by good luck the
man got rid of two beasts of prey at one time.
It is said that smacking the lips is a vul
gar habit. Much depends on whose lips are
smacked. Lofton Herald.
Definition Dashes. A Charity Bawl
The wall that Is heard In a foundling asylnm.
Always Good Tempered A Damascus blade.
A Question of Time Asking the boar. Ktv
He Sawed "Wood. "I don't see how .Tones
has ever made such a success,' said one of his
friends to another. "He never says anything."
"Jlsybe that's the reason, "was the reply.
A Protested Note.
She tried to sing a lofty note.
Beyond her reach It rested;
The manage' next morning wrote;
'illis B., your note's protested." '
Sod Tort Prut. v
In Russia women are not allowed to prac
tice medicine before reaching the age of 40 years.
In free America, every woman feels herself folly
qualified to practice medicine so soon as she owns
a baby or can borrow one of her neighbor to ex
periment on. Terrs Haute Exjpat.
The following was overheard between a
Columbia student and his best girl! "Oh, Will,
what lovely flowers. They look as If they bad just
been gathered. Why, there is a little dew upon
Will (slightly embarrassed) Hot a cent I
assure yoo: not a cent Jfoti and Bxprtii.,
Making Allowances for Her. -Jimmy '
Miss ThrMhem licks ns fellers terribly hard, don't 1
she? ' ,.
Johnny Yes, but I don't mind It.
"O. she ain't got any little boys of her own to '
lick, so I suppose she has to let out onnsfello-rs.1!
Laxmna A,mtrican. ?. '
New to Him. Mrs. Zealous Will yooi
have a suffrage leaflet, sir? c
Visitor From tho Interlor-A which?
Mrs. Zealous-A suffrage leaflet in favor of
woman's suffrage, you know. j
Visitor-Walt now. I swan! S'manthy's aHus;
tried ter make me think that wlmmen suffered
'nongh a'ready. Detroit Fret Pre: ' "m
Bollingsby "Who was that fine-lookine
mm yon brushed against so nseeremonlontlyjin
entering? - 'jjS'ii
Wlddener-Oh, that was the owner of the building-
BoUlngiby-And that little weazened-op wretch
you took off your hat toJ , r j, Tf
WWaener-S-sh? That was the-jinlturJ-JrttaU
UllU't lUttttrated Htvstvaftr, 5 -5Z-a-
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