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PITTSBURG, TUESDAY. DEC. 10, 18S8.
"WILLIAM KIDDLE'S DEATH.
The death of William 2f. Eiddle, as an
nounced by telegraph elsewhere, 'will pro
duce a universal feeling of sorrowful retro
spect anions hundred?, if not thousands, of
people who knew and admired the dead
man in his successful career, and who,
whether sufferers or Merely impartial
lookers-on, mourned the almost tragic dis
aster which overtook: him ten years ago.
Hardly any recent life presents more re
markable contrasts, or typifies more strongly
both the virtues and vices of American
character, than that -which is thuB closed.
Up to 1883 a better example of the success
which can be won and the character which
can be self-made in this country could not
be presented than "William Eiddle. Start
ing as a poor boy, at the foot of the ladder,
he fought his way by energy, faithfulness
3nd unconquerable courage to a position of
high trust and ample fortune. His liber
ality and good humor won him the widest
popularity, and even his eccentricities of
habit and conversation endeared him to the
many friends to whom he in turn showed
lis ready friendship.
Bnt the equally prevalent error of drift
ing into speculation made him at once a
victim and offender. Ve believe his asser
tion to have been truthful, that he went into
the speculation! which wrecked the Penn
Bank, solely with the wild idea of recover
ing losses that had been made by loans on
oil security. But the fatal error of judg
ment grew into the most reckless dissipation
of other people's money in order to recover
the lost ground, with the results of a terrible
crash, broken fortune, and the ruin of a pre
viously unspotted career. The moral is so
obvious and so familiar that it need not be
repeated nere. The mere repetition of the
facts is a sermon.
In this hour, we can afford to forget the
errors of the dead man and remember his
many and shining virtues. "We can mourn
the man as we knew him at his best; and re
member that even with all bis faults and
failures in the balance, many a worse man
than William N. Eiddle has died sur
rounded by the cloak of the highest respect
abilitv and success.
Clans Sprectels big sugar refinery started
yesterday, and it is announced that the work
has already commenced for the duplication
of his plant This will give a capacity
sufficient to supply forty per cent of the con
sumption of the United States; and promises
a blow more close to the vitals of the Sugar
Trust than any it has yet received from the
courts. It is beyon-i doubt that
Spreckels intends to fight the trust
at present: and even if he should come to
terms with the monopoly which he de
clares that he will not do that combination
will have to bear the burden of an immense
addition to its already idle capacity. The
new refinery carries with it the promise of
cheap sugar for the people, and the proba
bility of a demonstration that the trust de
vice in the end, hurts the monopolists more
'than anyone else.
COLONEL ANDREWS' IDEA.
Colonel James Andrews is prolific in new
engineering ideas; and that which is pre
sented in our local columns, has many
points about it which are worthy of public
attention. The idea of a free bridge be
tween Pittsburg and Allegheny will un
doubtedly be a popular one; while the pro
ject of dividing the expense between the
two cities and a traction company indicates
a feasible method of lessening the cost
Nevertheless there are objections to the
plan which would be likely to be developed,
if the project were seriously taken up. In
the first place there is a more pressing duty
for Pittsburg in obtaining free communica
tion between the parts that are under the
same municipal government than in estab
lishing the same privilege with another city.
As a question of jnstice between corpora-
lions, also, it may be asked why the cities
should go into partnership with one passen
ger railway company for the building of a
bridge rather than with another which has
already commenced work on its own bridge.
It would seem as if the same public policy
should apply to all bridges, which are to be
used by traction or electric roads, or at
least, that any bridse in which the cities
have an interest must be open to the use of
all such companies upon the payment of
reasonable trackage royalties.
The proposition shows that the free bridge
idea is working, and indicates that we are
moving steadily toward the time when that
will be the rule over both rivers.
PROMPTNESS IS HEEDED.
Progress was made toward getting the
House in shape to do business by the an
nouncement of five committees yesterday.
The Chairmen of these committees are about
what was to be expected, McKinley having
the Ways and Means, with Burrows and
Bayne next in order, and Cannon the Ap
propriations Committee. Kelley, Powell
and Lind have the chairmanships of the
Committees on Manufactures, Election and
Mileage, of which onlv the second is of
political importance. This progress having
been made in the first week, it is to be hoped
that Congress may get in shape to do busi
ness before long. "There are a number of
pressing matters that should be disposed of
promptly this winter, and among them the
location of the World's Fair should be
settled before the holidays. This session is
a good one in which to eschew the legisla
tive vice of dawdling.
HIE STEELS' LAST LAYS.
Good authorities in theatrical matters re
gard the dismal failure of Mr. Dockstader's
theater as the death-knell of negro min
strelsy of the burnt cork variety. Sock
stader's Theater in New York City was the
only one in the country given up entirely
to minstrel entertainments. Its failure is
disastrous and complete. In New York
Gity everybody seems lb agree that the day
of negro minstrelsy has gone by.
It has been noted in Pittsburg that the
'two or three companlei'of minstrels which
JTe appeared here of 'late years hare not
played to very large audiences. Througb
out the country the popularity of minstrel
shows has been manifestly on the wane. It
is true that several organizations of burnt
cork artists are still on the road, and if any
reliance could be placed in the reports and
flaring advertisements of their managers we
should suppose they were making a great
deal of money. The probability is, how
ever, that the minstrel companies in ques
tion have been benefited by the general
prosperity of theatrical business every
where. The people, when times are good,
cannot be kept out of the theater by any
thing. The cause of the decline and fall of burnt
cork negro minstrelsy, after flourishing
more or less luxuriantly for a quarter of a
century, is not hard to find. . The minstrel
performance of to-day is, as a rule, nothing
more than a variety show given by black
faced artists. The burnt cork on their faces,
the bones and tambo as end men, and the
man in the middle have been retained as a
ma'tter of form. But the faithful portrayal
of negro character is no more seen in these
nondescript productions. The spirit that
made colored minstrels popular is dead;
there is no good reason for postponing the
counterfeit's departure from the stage.
THE PRESIDENT AT CHICAGO.
Chicago yesterday gave an exhibition of
its impressive style of doing things by al
most mobbing the President and his famil
in the endeavor to prove bow welcome they
were to that city. .Always bustling and
hustling, Chicago is at this time specially
effusive to every public man, in the hope of
extracting some quotable opinion favoring
that town for the World's Fair; so that if, in
the President's progress yesterday from the
railroad station to the carriages for his party
there was such "rushing" and ''tackling"
as would have done no discredit to the late
Princeton-Yale football match, it is sup
posed to be all taken in kindness, and as a
mere spontaneous outburst of the patriotic
solicitude which Chicago now feels for every
distinguished public man who can help along
the World's Pair cause.
Of course the energy and earnestness of
the great mercantile city by the lakes are
undisputed. Prom now on, until Congress
awards the golden apple of discord, each of
the competing cities will be prone to make
the most imposing display of those charac
teristics which each for itself conceives to be
powerfully attractive. New York Is ding
donging away upon its list of millionaires,
its cosmopolitanism, and its general bigness
just as arduously as Chicago is displaying
its unbounded energy in its own wild, West
Meanwhile, Washington is very quiet.
Yet the conviction is slowly but clearly
enlarging that the placid and beautiful city
on the Potomac, which is the nation's capi
tal, is growing in interest for the public;
and that Congressmen will not be the less
susceptible to its claims for holding their
World's Fair deliberations in the midst of
REPUBLIC OE DICTATORSHIP!
The further details of the revolution in
Brazil, and of the events which have fol
lowed it, justify the policy of waiting till
the course of the new Government has.
shown itself to be a true Republic, as has
been suggested to be wise in these columns.
The statement of the cause of the revolu
tion may be tinctured with monarchist
prejudices; but as it is the only explana
tion of its rise which has yet reached the
outside world, it has to be given some
weight nntil disproved. This account does
not afford ranch foundation for faith in the
new Eepublic Constitutional and demo
cratic institutions are not, as a general rule,
securely founded on a military mutiny; and
a Government placed in power by'insubor
dinate troops is likely to be the reverse of
careful of the liberties of the people.
The statements as to the acts of the new
Government since its establishment are
calculated to strengthen that opinion. The
Provisional Government it has already been
announced, has prescribed a suffrage quali
fication. Now we hear that the E10 Legis
lature "approved a construction of the
constitution on the basis of thorough
democracy,"' while General Fonseca, "is
officially styled President" This Is a fine
way of saying that some one, without either
calling a full constituent body, or holding
an election, has undertaken the job of
making a constitution and naming a Presi
dent Add to this the apparently undisputed
fact that the transmission of news from'
Brazil has been placed under a censorship,
and it begins to get rather plain that the
enthusiastic people of this country who
welcomed the new Bepublic before they
knew anything about it, made a brilliant
record of leaping before they looked.
Certainly the burden of proof is on the
Brazilian Government to prove that it is a
genuine Bepublic, and not as it is under
just suspicion of being, a dictatorship in a
THE DAHQEB OF CIVILIZATION.
The sentiment of the old sailor, who conld
never, after a slight experieffce of railway
travel, bear to subject himself to the awful
hazards of travel on land, is parallel in a
good many respects to Emin Pasha's experi
ence. The perils of the head of the Nile he
had braved and found them unable to injure
him. Tropical suns, rebellious soldiers and
fanatical engineers all had attacked him and
been repulsed. But the first contact with
civilized dangers, in the conjunction of the
festive board and a second-story balcony
proved better able to conquer the Governor
of Equatorial Africa than all those from
which Stanley spent two years to rescue
This is all the mare striking in view of
the reluctance the "infatuation" as Stan
ley called it; which made the Pasha linger
and hesitate long before he was induced to
abandon the province which he had held so
long. It is not likely that he had any pre
vision, however dim, of that inglorious
balcony at Bagamoyo. Probably he did
not even formulate any distinct idea that it
is better to endure the dangers that we
know how to meet, than fly to those of
whose existence, even, we are ignorant
Nevertheless, in view' of the unfortunate
sequel, it is permissible to question whether
the infatnatiou was really such, or whether
it was not an indefinite feeling that the
perils which a man has proved, where his
duty lies, are likely to yield a more honor
able issne than those which, being unknown
to him, overcome him before he recognizes
A HIGH STANDARD FOB SMOKEES.
The removal of the smoking cars from one
of the Philadelphia cable lines, recently,
appears to have taken place for a novel and
fastidious reason. Inquiry of the president
of the line revealed the fact that it was be
cause the smokers are not sufficiently high
toned. "If they would all smoke as good
cigars as this," said that official, referring
to thePerfecto which he waa smoking at the
time, "there wpuld be no objection to the
sraokiug compartments." But the travelers
bj the line were, matur of Hum. obstinate 1
economical in the nicotian- tastes. Some
of them consumed noxious Connecticut leaf,
while others even went to the extent of in
troducing the vulgar, pipe. This last touch
was too strong for the fastidious company,
and it made haste to remove the smoking
"compartments in time to save them from
that last stage of defilement typified by the
With no sympathy at all for the idea of
the persistent smokers that .they cannot
divorce themselves from the weed long
enough to go from their work to their
homes, we must say that the standard set
by the Philadelphia cable president is
rather unique. It has muoh the same senti
ment as the inquiry of Marie Antoinette
why the French population, which was
starving for lack of bread, did not eat cake.
Poubtless the Philadelphia populace whose
pipes and cheap cigars are so obnoxious,
would gladly consent to smoke Havana
cigars if the cable line president insisted on.
throwing them in with the five cent trans
portation. Or, it is safe to say that the vast
majority would gladly give bonds, if some
one will furnish them with the income of a
cable road proprietor, to smoke even better
cigars than his standard. But in smoking,
as well as sartorial matters, the law is
supreme which compels people to cut their
coat according to their cloth.
There Is something millenial in the sug
gestion by the corporation magnate of the
time when the whole people can smoke Per
fecto cigars. But we fear that it is a long
time distant Until then there is a certain
justice, as well as a lofty standard, in the
decision of the Philadelphia Cable Com
pany that smokers of pipes, 'tobies and
Havanas alike must enjoy their different
brands of nicotine elsewhere than on the
Mast interesting features attend the
Stanley expedition, but none are more char
acteristic than the way in which he discovered
the correspondents who were sent out to dis
cover him. This is another triumph for jour
nalism of Stanley's kind.
Some very justifiable fun is being en
joyed by the Louisville Courier-Journal in
connection with a statement in Secretary Win
dora's report that "the tax on wool is 200 per
cent less than the tax on alcohol." It is cer
tainly interesting to the wearers of wool to be
informed by the head of the national fiscal de
partment that the tax which they pay is 100 per
cent of the tax on alcohol less than nothing.
The Treasury Department should go tbroueh a
common school course on percentages.
The statement from the mint that the de
mand for pennies and nickels is increasing can
readily De explained. New York's World's
Fair guarantee fund has been actively urged
for subscriptions during the past few days.
Ix is interesting to learn that while
American bison, orbuffalo.bave become extinct
in the United States, vast herds of the same
kind of animal are roaming the plains of
Northern Australia, which are the descendants
of some specimens taken there sixty years ago.
We shall presently have to go to Australia to
see this truly American big game, just as we
now have to travel to Minnesota and Dakota
to study the New England Yankee In his most
Senator Vance has introduced a bill
to repeal the civil service law. Senator Vance
and Senator Farwell are professedly of dif
ferent parties, bnt they both really belong to
the same army of professed spoils hunters.
Colonel Elliott F. Shepard has been
repeating his old story that the New York and
West Shore Railroad ran Sunday trains and
was driven into bankruptcy by the Lord. It is
natural that the truly good Colonel cannot
understand that the West Shore was driven
into Dankruptcyby runningthe practise of issu
ing bogus stock values to a phenomenal
degree; but did he never hear of any solvent
roads, which ran Sunday trains?
It is repbrted that a sharper has victim
ized several Washington lawyers, but it is hard
to believe that any such shock has been given
to the old proverb about the existence of honor
in a certain class.
The ordinance presented in Councils re
quiring all lot owners to construct sewer con
nections of terra cotta drain pipe, has a super
ficial appearance like a strike in favor of a
special make of sewer pipe. Perhaps, however,
the term may be construed so general as to be
all right "An ordinance requiring efficient
sewer pipe connections for all houses is no
more than the public interest requires.
The statement that two children have
been found in this city, one dead and the other
dying for want of medical care, while the
mother is insane, does not speak very well for
The young woman who was married on
November 11 and now intends to get a divorce
because her husband tried to get up a
dramatic show on false pretenses, has learned
by experience how to Improve on the proverb
about marrying in haste and repenting at
leisure. She repents in haste also.
Path expects to make 5500,000 from her
present American trip. She evidently wants
the world, and regards it as her oyster patti.
Jay Gould is bulling stocks, according
to the face of the returns; but Jay's smart
offspring is reported to bj making large sums
nnloading stocks on those whom his sire talks
into buying. It is sometimes better than a
serpent's tooth to have an undutiful child.
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
Amelia Bloomeb rises to remark that she
didn't invent the "Bieomer" costume, and
hasn't worn it for 30 years.
Mr. Parnelii is ilL He will not speak at
the meeting at Nottingham to-day, as was pre
The Czarewitch greatly enjoyed his visit to
Athens and the somewhat democratic life of
the royal family of Greece was a source of con
stant astonishment and surprise to him, accus
tomed as he is to the thraldom of Russian
court etiquette. To see King George walk
about the streets of Athens unattended, or to
jump into a surface car when late for break
fast and in a hurry to get borne, was an extraor
dinary novelty in his eyes.
Chief Justice FrjiXER is a man of small
size, smaller even than President Harrison. He
wears long, flowing hair, which is almost en
tirely white white. He is, however, of a very
energetic temperament, and rarely sits per
fectly still for a minute at a time. Heaturns
over the pages of a brief in a hurry, whispers to
an associate, or sends a page on an errand. He
is always active, even when his colleagues ap
parently fall into a doze under the spell of some
earnest but tedious barrister.
Congressman Goodnight, of the Third
Kentucky district, enjoys the distinction of
looking very much like Postmaster General
Wanamaker. His face is smooth, has that pe
culiar clear complexion, and his features are
not at all unlike those of the head of the Post
office Department. In another respect Mr.
Goodnight is very much like Mr. Wanamaker.
The Kentucky member is very much interested
in Sabbath school work, and there Is no gath
ering of this kind in his section of Kentucky
but he takes a prominent part in the pro
ceedings. Senator David Turpie, of Indiana, is in
appearance a typical Hoosler. Disdaining fine
apparel, the Senator wears an old-fashioned
roomy coat and a big broad-brimmed stiff hat,
which sets well back upon his head. His vest
is partially unbuttoned, and he keeps up a con
stant chewing on a comfortable quid of to
bacco. Senator Turple's face is a strong one,
with big black eyes set very deep, looking out
irom under overhanging brows. io wears a
short, full beard, crisp and grizzly gray. He Is
credited by the other meaberaof the party
with being a grettory4eHc Mi a very !es-
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
A New Stars and Stripes for the KecraltlBg
Station Mr. WamsraakerM Experience
The RIs Mentation a Little Dog Made
ConcrrM Need Protection.
It would be a patriotic deed to present the
United States recruiting station on Penn ave
nue with a decent national flag. The old piece
of faded muslin which masquerades as the
Btars and Stripes outside the melancholy build
ing in question is enough in Itself to discour
age recruits. It seems to be a part of the
policy of Congress toward the regular army to
stint it of all the pomp and circumstance In
color which is really essential to the cultiva
tion of the military "spirit in time of peace.
Probably lack of appropriations for such pur
poses is at the bottom of the exhibition of
such a miserable old rag outside the recruit
Perhaps the Jr. O. U. A. M, micbt see its way
to coming to the rescue of the Federal Govern
ment in this instance. Considering the gener
ally unattractive appearance of recruiting sta
tions and the soldiers one sees about them, it
is more of a wonder to me that anyone enlists
than that so many enlisted men desert at the
BE HAS NOT BEEN XUGKT.
Good Mr. Wanamaker says
There's no such thing as luck;
Tls Industry, be thinks, that pays
When linked with care and pluck.
Postmaster John has learned all this
Ere yet a year has flown.
The moral is: "Stick to your bis!
Let politics alone!' '
A week or two ago some friends of mine
lost their little Skye terrier; bo was stolen by
one who will never bring him back, no matter
what reward maybe offered by one who will
steal you and me some day Death! When
a Bright brown Dandle Dinmont Skye
terrier has lived with you upward of ten years;
when be has "begged" prettily for scraps of
food at every meal through all that period;
when he has barked with Joy at your return
home every night, and has been a companion
in your walks abroad summer and winter,wben
you have found bis affection unfailing and his
fidelity unshakeable, it is a mighty bard thing
to see the poor little fellow die. I am free to
confess that very few deaths have moved me as
poor old "Skye's" in the summer of J879 he
had been playmate and chum to me for 11
years, and almost as he closed his eyes for the
last time, racked with pain as he was,' bis eyes
had a loving look for me and he feebly tried to
wag his tail. '
Bat there, I've wandered away from my
Soke days after the death of their faithful
old "Bough," a good-sized basket came to the
house of my friend Blank. A note was deliv
ered with the basket, From this it was
learned that the basket contained a dog which
a certain amiable lady hoped would serve in
some sort to fill the vacant place In the house
hold. Mr. Blank read the note and handed it
to his daughters young women who l$ve a dog
better than a dudeany day ana being privately
rather alarmed at the notion of new dogs, hap
pened to go upstairs while the question of
"who shall cut the string and let the dog outf"
was still under discussion.
The basket, it was true, was not large enough
to house a huge mastiff or bound, bnt it was
not so small that a healthily developed bnlldog
couiu mate nimsen quite comfortable therein.
But fears of this sort were dismissed after the
weight of the basket had been tried. This
operation was croing on in the hall when I
happened to call. It was one of the funniest of
sights two charming young women were gently
balancing the basket in the air. Then tbey set
it down, and one with a pearl-handled pen
knife sawed away at the string which kept the
lid down. The crucial moment came when the
lid was gradually raised and enough daylight
let fnto the basket to show a tiny fox terrier
pup peering upward through the straw. The
puppy must have been awfully scared at the
enthusiasm his revelation called forth, but
when 1 last saw him he was lapping milk with
tne cairn assiduity 01 an unterriiied torn cat
CONGEES3 MUST BE PROTECTED.
Wnen gay cashiers to Canada
Fled with the people's money,
Did Congress lose a wink of sleep ?
You bet ft didn't, sonny.
There was no hurry, so they said, ' ,
Ifor extra legislation;
In time some treaty might be made
To fortify the nation.
But 811cott flees -all Congress howls
For some new way to reach him.
Hit hard a statesman's privy purse
j! or mat's tne way to teach him.
A MAEYEL0US JIEM0EX.
Jefferson Davta Never Forgot Names or
Faces of IHea He Diet.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Jefferson Davis had a memory for faces and
names that has probably never been excelled
by that of any public man in the United States.
It has been said of General Sherman that when
he meets a man who was introduced to him 20
years previously, he will recall his name and
the circumstances of the introduction, and
will talk over the incidents of their first meet
ing. Both Grant and Lee possessed to a great
aegree the same faculty of remembrance, but
neither Sherman nor Grant nor Lee could do
what Mr. Davis did. At his office-in Richmond,
as President of the Southern Confederacy, and
in his visits to the front of the army, be
treasured up in bis memory the names of
every officer and soldier with whom be came
into contact, and he never forgot them.
While he was at his Beauvoir plantation last
winter, there came to him a worn-out and
broken-down man who made a claim on his
charity as having been a lieutenant in a certain
Mississippi regiment. Davis taxed his memory
for a moment, and then told the applicant that
be was a fraud, and that a man bearing an
entirely different name was the lieutenant of
the company which the mendicant had speci
fied. The beggar made a quick exit from the
house, and was never seen around it again.
BECAUSE INDUSTRIES THEITB.
That Is the Benson Leading Financiers Ad
vance for a Rosy Outlook.
New Yobk, December 8. Henry W. Clews
4 Co., In their weekly financial circular to-day,
furnish some very interesting pointers. They
say: "From the general aspect and symptoms
of the market, we should judge that while there
is no disposition to start at present any active
movements, yet there is a steady laying
in of stocks in preparation for a future
campaign. This, however, does not so mnch
depend on the prospects of the new-year de
mand for the reinvestment of earnings of capi
talwhich has in late years been so much over
estimated as an influenco that it has now
almost ceased to be considered as It does unon
considerations of a more solid and substantial
nature. As usual at the close of the year, the
course of business is likely to be that of dull
ness and neglect, perhaps favoring the "bears"
quite as much as the ''bulls." in spite of the en-
"Reports from all the leading branches of
industry show not only an unusually active
state of trade, but also a healthy and satisfac
tory state of prices. The activity of current
business is shown by tho fact that the clear
ings in all the clearing houses of the country,
for the month ot November, show an increase
over a year ago Of close upon 15 per cent,"
Taxes la Turkey.
From the Detroit Free Press. J
Taxes in Turkey are calculated to be just
high enough to prevent any poor man from
getting enough money to leave the country on.
The exact sum is left to the collector to de
termine, and ho has power under the taw to
give any citizen 50 blows with a stick. Rhu
barb and rugs come from Turkey, but that's all
the good there Is in her.
DEATHS OP A DAY.
Prof. William F. Allen.
Madison, Wis.. December 9. William F.
Allen, professor of history in the Wisconsin Uni
versity, died suddenly this morning-. He was
born in Northboro, Mass., September 6. 1830, and
graduated from Harvard in 1831. in 167 6u wis
elected to the professorship of ancient laneuazea
and history in Wisconsin University. He has
always been a great favorite with the students,
NEW Yobk, December 8. Harvey Kennedy,
one of the oldest and most prominent operators
on Wall street, was taken suddenly ill at the
Union League Club at 8 o'clock this morning, and
died lu a few minutes.
Colonel W. W. GrlSs.
,1 W. Griffin, President of the First Mstlonalianr,
rand ChalrmWof the JtesublioinTtf ritorlat Con.
3.5 jY10'"' aieanere vesieruajf, j
IEIBO0KN WON'T WEAKEN.
Ho Yet Insists That He Was to Dave
Bank Blessed br tbo Pope.
New Yoek, December ft In conjunction
with Us denial by the Vatican's Secretary of
State,, Cardinal Bampolla, there is published
here to-day a reiteration by Colonel Leybourn
of his chimerical universal banking scheme, to
have the benediction of the Pope, in addition
to 1100,000,000 capital. Colonel Leybourn, in
this connection, says;
"Inquiry on this point was not mdeattbe
proper department of the Vatican. Cardinal
Bampolla is the Secretary of State, which is an
office that was great when the temporal power
of the Pope was fully recognized. Now only a
few countries Recognize the Pope's temporal
power, and the office is not a great one. Bam
polla is better known as the Minister of For.
eign Affairs, and as such he has nothing to do
with the granting of benedictions and knows
nothing about what has been granted. Your
correspondent may be a very smart one, but no
correspondent can find out what is going on In
the Vatican. Why, one department, and there
are seven or eight, does not know what is done
in any of the others.
'What do I care what you print! Can that
alter facts? I tejl you that Bampolla knows
nothing of the granting of the benediction to
the Universal Association Bank. Cardinal
Laurenzl Is the man who obtained it from the
Pope, and his seal is upon it. Did I forge that
seal? No. Well, why don't you cable to
Lanrenzl and ask him about )t? He is the one.
Count Galatari, the editor of the Papal news
paper, knows all about it also. If you should
Show me such a dispatch from either of these
men I might be startled, but from Bampolla :
never, because, of coarse, he knows nothing." ;
THE FOUNDER OP A GBEAT 0EDER,
Hon. Justus H. Rathboue, (he Originator or
the Knights of Pythias, Doad.
(6FZCIAL TELKOBAK TO 'Till CISPATCB.1
Lima, December 9. Hon. Justus H. Bath
bone, founder of the order of the Knights of
Pythias, died here atU o'clock this afternoon,
after three weeks' illness, suffering frpman
immense carbuncle on his back. His two
daughters. Misses Lnlie and Sara, were at his
bedside, and his sister, Mrs. J. O. Pease, of
Uennantown, Philadelphia. These were all
the relatives present. Several members
of the locar lodge, and Franklin
Ellis, Grand Chancellor of Ohio, were
in the room and witnessed the demise of the
noble founder of the order. He has been un
conscious since yesterday and he passed away
peacefully without a struggle. His remains
were immediately taken charge of by the un
dertakers, who embalmed the body and placed
it In an elegant casket.
This evening-bis remains were removed to
the lodge room of No. 91, where they will re
main until to-morrow night, when tbey will be
taken to Utica. N. Y., for burial beside those
of his wife, who died some threo years ago.
Hon. Howard Douglass, of Cincinnati; John
G. Beeves, of Lancaster; Frank Sanborn, of
Cleveland; Grand Vice Chancellor Beatty, of
Toledo; John Q. Burns, of Mansfield, all officers
and members of the Grand Lodge, have been
telegraphed and are expected to act as escort,
with the addition of Grand Chancellor Ellis,
who is already here.
An Indianapolis dispatch states that General
Carnahan has ordered the draping o( badges of
officers and members of the uniform rank for
60 days. He will take charge of the funeral ar
A DEAR PLACil TO DIE.
Paris, Municipally and Ecclesiastically,
Exacts High Fees.
From New York Star's Paris Letter.',
Paris is generally considered an expensive
place to'Iive In. It Is certainly a dear place to
die in. Yet 67,786 Interments took place In the
year. Should a touriat have the misfortune to
die when in Paris his relatives will have to pay
heavily for it. The town draws over $200,000 a
year from a funeral tax and obtains half a mil
lion from cemetery charges.
The church also makes a little pile out of
funerals. Funerals in Paris are undertaken
by a monopolistic company called the Pompes
Funebres. The amount of mourning which
the dead receive is regulated by the amount of
money which the relatives of the defunct are
prepared to spend.
There are nine classes of funerals, and the
church supplies nine classes of ceremonies. If
the deceased is bulled under class No. 1 the
cnurcn wui oe pang with crape, there will be
an impressive funeral service, and a whole reg
iment of ready-made lachrymose mourners.
Bat first-class f nnerals are luxuries, and .only
27 took placo during the year. Ot the 57.780'
funerals. 46,107 took place with Roman Cath
olic services; and although 19,000 ot them were
In class nine, where the ceremony is short,
plain and cheap, the churches made S450.000
out of them.
There were 1,037 Protestant funerals and6S6
Jewish, and 15,885 people, or 21 per cent, were
buried without any religious ceremony at all.
This represents the free-thought element.
PITISBOEG LEADS THEH ALL.
Her Gift to the Pnn-Amerlcnn Delegates
the Finest la the Lot.
From the Washington Post.;
Every delegate to the Pan-American Congress
has a trunk packed with the souvenirs of his
excursion about the United States, At least
every delegate could have a collection of that
size if he took as much pains to preserve bis
collection as did Edmund W. P. Smith, an at
tache of the Congress, who was one of the party
of tourists The collection, when spread out
in museum style, constitutes an exhibit of no
mean order and testifying to the enterprise of
American cities and American merchants when
a chance to advertise themselves presents it
self. Two hundred dinner and lunch menus, fully
150 gifts from manufacturers and merchants,
and over two dozen presents from cities iu the
form' of books descriptive of the beauties of
the places, all elaborately illustrated. Pitts
burg leads the cities in the elaborateness of its
souvenir. Of the size of a double cabinet pho
tograph album and bound in morocco, the 400
pages of the book are at least half taken up
with photo-lithographs of every point of inter
est in Pittsburg. Another book of 500 pages
elaborates the ousiness facilities of that city,
each of the volumes being elegantly bound in
SPIDERS AS APPETIZERS.
Crankr Notion of a Long Island City Pris
oner as lo Menus.
New Yoek, December 9. John Blake, one
of the inmates ot the Long Island City Jail,
eats black spiders. On the third morning of
his imprisonment, during which time not a
morsel of food had passed his lips, Mrs. Blake
came to the jail, and asked to see her husband.
When she was being searched a small tin box,
containing about 60 black spiders, was found in
The warden refused to allow Mrs. Blake to
take the spiders Into the prison. She said she
had brought them for her husband and that he
would starve to death unless be obtained black
spiders to eat. The keepers laughed at her and
came to the conclusion that she was insane; but
they finally weakened and watched the prisoner
try a brace of the buss, after which he said he
was ready for other and ordinary food.
Mrs. Blake has called at the prison almost
every other day since her husband has been
committed, and brought a box containing six
or eight spiders. Blake for years has been a
"crank" upon the subject of food, and always
doclared that all food which the people of the
present generation eat contains a certain
amount of poisonous matter, and unless some
thing is eaten to counteract the effect a per
son's life will be greatly shortened.
Sam Small Wants Co be Ordained.
Atlanta, December 9. Rev. Sam Small
has made application for ordination in the
Protestant Episcopal Church. His application
is being considered bya committee of ministers,
and doubtless will be favorably received. Mr,
Small has been a minister of the Methodist
Church, but his family are members of the
A Samsonlnn Combination.
From the Phlladelphlalnqnlrer.
About the most successful combine iu exist
ence is that of the conflagration and the
elevator shaft. It never fails to bring down
THE concert for the benefit of the Allegheny
General Hospital this evening will be a very
enjoyable one; It will be held at the Fonrth
U. P. Church, Allegheny.
IN Curry Institute Hall, this evening, local
dramatic and musical talent will give a concert
for the Allegheny County Association ot Union
ex-Prisoners of War.
The Waverly Euchre Club met at the rest
dence ot Mrs. H. S. Patterson, East End, last
evening and spent an enjoyable evening.
The pnpils of Miss Anderson's school will
give a parlor, entertainment to-night at their
rooms, 6i Union avenue, Allegheny.
The "Nun of ICenmare," Miss Frances Clare
Cusack, will lecture to a crowded house In
Lafayette Hall this evening.
The Lincoln Club held a yery pleasant reeep.
tlonattketeclab room J'LwrceTHelK
'firenubT, . ; - ' y.'
A Gold IQine Clara Harris'
' Ketarn Other
'There can be no question of the popular -'jnc-cessof
Mr. Nat O, Goodwin and his brilliant
company In the new comedy. "A Gold Mine,"
which was produced at the Grand Opera House
last night. A large .and most appreciative
audience laughed heartily the whole evening,
and applauded both play and players gener
ously. And it may be said in the first place,
that Nat Goodwin shows in the choice of "A
Gold Mine" as bis play, and In his impersona
tion of a leading character therein, a tremend
ous advance upon such worthless trash as
"Turned Up," and the vulgar and offensive un
dertaker1. The step forward Is unmistakable,
and as The Dispatch last year urged Mr.
uuuuyviu bu i, we aijJiauu ic
"A Gold Mine" is one of the latest additions
to the swelling list of American plays. It Is a
comedy in three acts by Messrs. Brandis
Mathews and George H.Jessop. The story is
or the simplest character. Silas K. Woolcot,
of Grass Valley, California, visits England with
a view to selling a gold mine. He meets an En
glish widow in London, or rather on a train
flying tbitber, falls in Iovo with her, and gains
an introduction by chance to her in the house
pf her brother, to whom he Is trying to
sell his mine. The American and the
Ehglish widow clash at first. The
former, however, wins her over to his side by
helping her nephew out of a financial hole
Woolcot to do this sacrifices his mine to the
widow' brother or the exact sum needed for
the erring youth's salvation. The English
widow, with entirely unnatural acuteness, ob
tains the mine from her brother, and when
Woolcot in due time proposes she gives him
back bl3 mine. All the other details of the
play are auxiliary merely to the story.
Mr. Goodwin, as Wogtfot, gives us an Ameri
can of no extraordinary elevation, but an
American all the same, a Yankee of positive
character, shrewdness and warm heart. For
me most pan jjir. uooawin nas laid aside bis
weJl-knpwn mannerisms, reserving only a ten
dency to wink at the audience and to open and
shut bis mouth with a snap. His comedy is ex
cellent, and the truth and tenderness of bis
pathos in the recital of a wild brother's tramc
history, make that incident the brightest
Jewel in the play. There Is a deal of
sparale and dash in the first two acts, and na
turally Mr. Goodwin shines in the interchange
of eavage repartee with the charming widow.
The charm of Mr. Goodwin's lovemakingin the
last act is largely its novelty. Nobody ever
knew, we fancy, a man-to otter his heart to a
grown woman in such a fashion. We take-it
that it is a high compliment to Mr. Goodwin's
art to say that be made that love scene appear
natural. To take Mr. Goodwin's work in de
tail is neither possible now nor fair to the yery
clever actors who played with him.
The fact is that one of "A Gold Mine's"
greatest merits is the number of good parts it
contains. The star has no field to himself In
the play. A truly artistic and unusual charac
terization is Mr. Paul Arthur's as a Home Bule
M. P. and Journalist. Barely indeed does any
one attempt to portray an Irish gentleman
upon the stage, and rarer still is there a suc
cessful portrayal. Mr. Arthur elves ns an Irish
gentleman as we have known bun: a generous,
courtly, spirited and very eloquent creature
about the best friend a man can have in a
pinch, and a princa of good fellows when
goose hangs high. You don't wonder for a
minute that the imDnlsive littln frniri0nYiai.-At
ingenue, Una Foxwood, falls in love with
Gerald Uiordan, M. P. He can make love like
a house afire, and coin compliments faster that
the United States Treasury can great uely
silver dollars. And this little 'ingenue. Mitt
Una Foxwood, what a gracious illuminated plc
ure of Eirlhood Miss Mae Durfee makes of
her! There Is hardly time enough in the play
to get a satisfying vision of ier. The little
touches of force and feeling which accentuate
the maiden's part were admirably dealt by
Miss Durfee. '
Miss Isabella Coe as the widow who first
fiehts, then admires and last loves the Ameri
can was charming you can't apply another
word to such a tempting glimpse at widow
hood in its warlike and yielding models. Her
lips were as ready to shoot sarcasms as tender
words of love though the epigrams predomi
nated, and better ones at that. A clever study
also was Mrs. Cecile Rush's presentment of a
retired actress a great JuUetin her day? Mr.
John H. Browne and, indeed; all the company,
even the too stiff and pompous city baronet
Mr. Ince deserve praise. The scenery from
the opera house stock fitted the nlav wn
oB wa7 nn;lne np we may say that MA
Gold Mine" would be a great comedy if ail of
it were as strong as the second act, if the plot
which makes a good woman swindle her
ujuuicr-eien u ne oe a swindler were
changed so as to avoid this absurd inconsist
ency. The dialogue is always bright: the wit is
almost too abundant and to supply all of it
somebody, authors or actor, has been led to
pilfer epigrams and bon mots. Take it all in
all it is a play well worth paying a good price to
see, and Mr. Goodwin and his company are to
be congratulated on their capital work.
Emma Jnch's Vlslr.
Miss Emma Juch and her array of lyric stars
will be the attraction at the Grand Opera
House week of December 23. English opera
has no more devoted champion than Emma
Jucb. She has given tbo stage many an artistic
and well-remembered portrayal, and her high
rank among prima donnas well warrants the
taking of her name to designate this well
known organization ot singers. Under the ex
perienced direction of Charles E. Lock and J.
Charles Davis, the Emma Juch Grand English
Opera Company has made a notable record ot
artistic successes in Boston, Philadelphia,
Washington and New York, the various
theaters in those cities being crowded with
-the largest and most brilliant assem
blages. In the company will be found
Laura Bellini, Charles Hedmont, Marie
Ruebert, Frank Baxter, Lizzie Macnichol,
Franz Vetta, Susie Leonhardt, Aloazo Stod
dard, Fanny Gonzales, WUHam Bott and L S.
Guise. The repertoire for the week will be as
follows: Monday, "Carmen," with Juch as Car
men; Tuesday, "11 Trovatorej" Wednesday
matinee, "Postillion of Lonjumeaa;" Wednes
day evening, "Martha," with Juch as Lady
Harriet Durham; Thursday, "Faust," with
Juch as Marguerite; Friday. "Mignon," with
Jnch as Mignon; Saturday matinee, "The
Bohemian Girl," and Saturday evening, "Der
Preischutz." The various representations will
be mounted in the most elaborate and costly
manner. The chorus will consist of powerful
voices, . made up exclusively of young and
handsome Americans, and the orchestra will
be under the direction of Add Neuendorf.
The sale of seats will open Monday, December
16. and there will, no doubt, be a spirited rush
for the choice of seats.
For the first time in three years Miss Clara
Morris faced a Pittsburg audience last night,
appearing in the dramatization of that powerful
work of the younger Dumas. "Camille." There
were very few empty chairs in the bailding,and
as the ever-popular star madejber first entry she
was greeted with a most generous burst of ap
plause, which was often renewed during the
evening. In the second and third acts, es
pecially, the sympathies of the audience were
with Miss Morris, and many persons were
moved to tears. The versatility of the noted
actress was well illustrated by the sudden
transitions from frivolous gayety to the pas
sionatealmost tragic portions of the charac
ter. With one or two exceptions the work
of the supporting company was fair.
Mr. Frederic de Belleville, as Armand
Duval, grows stilted in the longer speeches,
and bis voice lacks feeling when that is most
requisite. Perhaps be suffers more by contrast
with Miss Morris than would otherwise be the
case. Miss octavla Alien, as Maaam Pru
dence, takes excellent care of the lighter por
tion of the play, and m the supper scene, at
least, doe some very realistic work. Made
moiselle Mitehette,ia the hands of MlssBeatrice
Moreland, is a very agreeable young lady, who
caught the fancy of the audience by ber clever
imitation of a lawyer's boasting sneecb. Be
tween the second and third acts Mr. Samuel
Barkell rendered the cornet solo, "Carnival of
Venice," in such an acceptable manner that
he was encored twice. Some confusion was
caused by the curtain rising considerably be
fore the announced time, and before a great
many of the auditors had reached tbelr seats.
To-night Miss Morns will appear In "Helene."
Hartley Campbell's last play, "My Partner,"
Is being given at this house this week by prac
tically the same company seen here last season,
the weak parts having been well braced up, so
that the company is exceiientiy Daianceu,
Every character is now in competent hands,
and the play moves along as smoothly as the
action of a story. J. F. Pike is the same greats
hearted, affectionate, upright Joe Saunders,
and F. Chapman ft handsome Ned Singleton:
Miss May Hoimer a pretty, trusting Mary
Brandon, and Stella CoDgdon a very clever
Grace Brandon, Charles Kay could scarcely
be Improved upon in the Chinese character of
Wing Lee, ana the other characters are all In
as good hands as is needed. Large audiences
Wltuessed both performances yesterday.
The World's Moseuss.
The attractions at the World's Museum In
clude Crawford, the one man orchestra, the
latest sub-marine torpedo boat. Captain Chit
tenden's curios and a new vaudeville perform
ance. Harry Wlirtems' Aeasessy.
A much Jbetter prograrae is offered at the
afeert house tWs week teas there wu 1 week;
Letter A.-Ws' BfsclsJtf Oesswwy bMe
teKdttd,M-ei!a some old I arsrites with
sew work, Stediean's Kiino-Drome ad mon
key carnival opens the perfonnance.followed
by the Sisters Coulson, luster and Williams.
Harry La Bose.am Devere, Imro Fox, Polly
McDonald, Haines and Vidocq, the -wonderful
Jatan, aBd concluding withSam Deveres "Bag
Elephant," a very funny iaxec.
GATHERED IS GOTHAM.
109 BIm to Stay In Anerlca.
IHEW TOBX SUBA,U 6FECIiifl.l
New Yoek; December 9. The dirtiest immi
grants ever received at Castle Garden were
landed there by the steamship City of Chester
to-day. They were Itzlg Perlmutter, Itzlg Iiub
chfn, Mendal Kahu, C. Sehg Splegleman,all
Poles and bachelors. In the Garden they were
avoided as if plague stricken. None of the
other immigrants would pass through the same
gangway or jit on tne same bench with them.
They were turned over to the doctor in the
Castle Garden Hospital, bnt bis steward re
f nsed to go near them. Eventually the hose
was turned on them, and tbey were locked up
in rooms without furniture. Tbey will bo sent
Faith CarWuLoekcd Up.
Scores ot faith curists crowded a stuffy
Brooklyn police court to-day, to hear the trial
of their fellow believers, Jobann Jansen, Maria
Petersen and Amed Jansen. The complaint
against the prisoners was that they bad refused
to give medicine to Mrs. Jobanu Jansen. ill of
diphtheria, and baby Jansen, suffering .from
scarlet fever and diphtheria together, and that
they had broken tne quarantine set upon the
Jansen family by the Board of Health- The
prisoners were smiling .and full of faith. The
jail keener said that they iad been praying all
night In Scandinavian, and seemed to fully
believe that the angel of the Lord would come
down and unloose their bonds. None of them
could speak, much English except Amed Jan
sen, the nurse. She said tbey all trusted in
the saving force of Jesus Christ, and that was
enough for them. This did not satisfy Judge
Tiebe, so be committed them all under 2500
bail each, for examination December 10, Tbey
went back to prison without a murmur.
Bunkoed a FclIow-CoDntr7man.
Two Italians Introduced themselves to Fran?'
Cisco Marono, a junk .dealer, Saturday, as An
tonio Roma and Soverjo Secilano, old fneuds
of the Marono family in Italy, iioveriosaid
that 'he was soon to leave for his home in
Naples, but before be could go he must have
1,500 changed to the currency of Italy. As he
was a stranger here, be found it difficult to
get this done. Maronp said that be would take
the money to his banker, andSovcrlo gave him
a soiled handkerchief, which he said contained
the money. Roma .suggested that the junk
dealer give some Sort of security, nd Marono
handed over a roll ot bills amounting to J300.
T,he men then parted, to meet a half-hour
later. When Marono unfolded the handker
chief, at bis banker's, he found nothing but a
plug of tobacco in it He fell to the floor In a
fit. When he recovered he reported his loss to
the police, who arrested the bunko men late
last night. To-day Antonio and Soveriowere
arraigned audneld for trial.
A Pi-Packer's Wife InTronble.
Mrs. Sarah Holland, wife of the Rev. George
O.Holland, of the New York City Colored
Mission, was held in 8500 bail to-day at Jeffer
son Market Police Court, because she Kept a
disorderly house. The police raided the place
last nigbf, and found there four colored
women, four white women and Mrs. Holland.
They arrested them all. The Bev. Holland
promised to get bail far his wife, and she was
sent back to her cell. The o'tber women were
sent to the island.
Arrested brvHIs Sweetheart's Annr.
A small middle-aged woman created tremen
dous excitement in the busiest part of Myrtle
avenue, Brooklyn, yesterday afternoon by col
laring a young man in his Sunday clothes and
screaming: "Now Vre got you, you young
rascal, I'm going to take yon to the station."
The young man tried to break away from her,
but the small woman held on to him and
marched him to Myrtle avenue, toward the
Adams street police station. A large crowd
qnickly gathered and followed the young man
and his fair captor. Several men in the crowd
offered to help her, but she declined their as
sistance. "I can take care of him myself," she
said, as she tossed her head and garo her
prisoner another yank. As she delivered the
young man np at the station bouse she ex
plained that be was Thomas H. Barnard, ex
Mayor Grace's clerk; that he had broken his
promise to marry her niece. Miss Beatrice
Emery, and that for two weeks he bad been
dodging a warrant, sworn out on a charge of
breach of promise. Barnard was searched and
a loaded revolver was found in his pocket He
was locked up. To-day he was arraigned before
Justice Walsh, who fined him $5 for carrying
concealed weapons, and held him for examina
tion next Friday on the other charge.
MORE CAE8 P0E f HE KXPAN0.
Some Important MadlSemtloBS U tho Lease
to the Erie.
Cleveland, December 9. The new bond of
fellowship was consummated between the Erie
and tbeNew York, Pennsylvania and Ohio Bail
road Companies at a meeting of the stock
holders of the latter company held at Cleve
land to-day. The new lease, which has been
approved, provides for a reduction of the
rental after the rental of the 32 per cent of the
$6,000,000 gross earnings annually has been ob
tained. Another modification of the lease that is im-
Fortant is the agreement by the Nypano to
Ornish the Erie with two locomotives and 00
coal cars: also to furnish 600 additional coal
cars should the annual earnings reach 6,500,000,
200 more when earnings reach 7,000,000, and
500 more for each 500,000 of earnings annually.
LIQU0E DEALERS' KESP0N8IB1LITT.
Saloonkeepers Not to Blame When Miners
Falsify Their Agr.
Dotlestows, December 9, A case in
volving an Important point In the liquor laws
bos been decided here. Two boys, both about
19, purchased liquor at the hotel of Charles B.
Yost, declaring they were of age. Mrs. Yost
sold the whisky. In charging the jury Judge
Yerkes said that where the landlord issued in
structions to bis agent or bartender not to sell
to minors, to persons visibly intoxicated or to
habitual drunkards and the bartender dis
obeyed these orders, the landlord could not be
convicted if the jury believed such orders to
have been issued in good faith.
In this case, the fact that Mrs. Yost had been
deceived by the young men falsely claiming to
De of age, added another extenuating circum
stance. The jury rendered a verdict of not
REABnro has a silent barber who has a large
number of customers. He is deaf and dumb.
A Chambebsbubq youth thought he ought
to try some of his girl's cooking before mar
riage. He ate a dinner which she prepared
with her own hands and hasn't been to see her
The largest sawmill ever taken to West Vir
ginia has Deen purchased by G. W. Curtln &
Co., and will be set np in Braxton county. It
was made in Erie, Fa., and weighs 75 tons. It
required 24 yoke of oxen to haul from the
depot a part of the machinery.
Pkteb SracLAiE, of Wanseou, O., on a
wager, ate 24 pumpkin pics, a dozen doughnuts
and drank three gallons of cider.
Thomas Edwakds, of Erie, was walking
along the street the other day when his dog
came up, pulled his coat and tried to make blm
retrace his steps.' He turned around and fol
lowed the dog a short distance and picked up a
fine revolver. The dog seemed to know that
the weapon was valuable, although it was too
heavy for Llm to carry in bis month.
A pokchpine Invaded the home of a Bedford
county farmer and was discovered sound asleep
in the kitchen. It was killed without trouble,
but not until a foolish dog had got bis mouth
fun of quills.
A man came into Bradford the other day and
paid a bill of J1S In old-fashioned paper currency
5, 10, 25 and 60 cent shlnplasters, which he had
kept since 186t
Lawresce JAMM, ayonng colored man of
Parkersburg, has just been returned to his
parents, whom he has net sees since the war.
Hi father sad asstfcw, who were slaves, we
bekfHyiBgia Geetipjia, a4 were (Heovee4
lsH Mts&sl sssH ssstttsssMS ssssMssL
A wife in Vinalhaven, Me., left her
husband because be wouldn't buy onions.
At Pomona, Cal., four dogs that had
been poisoned crawled to an undertaker's shop
and expired on the steps.
"Wildcats and wolves are numerous near
Montfeeiio,Iii. Elijah Hariins and.hisdogs
killed the largest wildcat ever seen In that re-x
gion, the other day.
A tramp 6 feet and 10 inches iu .height
was locked np in the Auburn, N. Y, Jail for
ten days recently. He cave his name as John
Winar, but would tell nothing of his past his
tory. A 6elma (Cal.) man went into a"'store
last week and put a lighted cigarette on ..the
edee of an aquarium. A goldfish seized it and.
took a puff. For several days the poor thing,
lay at the bottom or the tank and panted like sAJ,
tired dog. Its color changed to a jet black; andr '
the owner of that cigarette has sworn off 'for"
A South Carolina man who was curious
to know just bow much stuff an alligator could
get away with when be felt well, fed out a hind
quarter of a cow, seven chickens, x sheep, four
eeese anil a hoe's head before the reptile
backed water. The cow and sheep and poultry
had died of poison, but this didn't trouble the
Two chairs that have been handed down
fourgenerations go to help out on the furni
ture used In the late Abram Sampson's bouse,
In Coleman, Mich. The oldest one was bought
In Boston. Mass., In 1749, and has now reached '
the ripe old age of 110 years. They also have a
flour barrel in the bouse that was bon Eh t in
New York In 1839. has been in 12 different
States, and is good for 12 more.
Among the treasures of the Kansas His
torical Soeiety is a ebelv geography which
was compiled in 1862 by General John H. Bice,
then a prominent Georgian, but now equally
prominent as the editor of tho Bepublican
Fort Scott Monitor. Twenty-three pases of it
are devoted to the "Confederate States of
America," which are cited as "the best ex
ample of a Republican form of Government."
A friend of the lazy, in Bangor, Me.,
has invented a device by means of wbich a man
can catch a fish without fishing. He attaches a
small sleigh bell to a piece of barrel hoop, one
end of which be inserts into a crack in the
dock. After baiting bis line and throwing it
overboard be fastens it to the hdop. puts his
bands in his pockets and awaits developments.
As soon as the bell is jingled bya jerk on the
line, he hauls it in and lands the fish.
Captain A- O. Paine, of Cocoa, FJa.,
has shells and pottery taken from the mound
on the east bank of Indian river as the foot of
Merritt Island. These shells and fragments
were taken from the mound about SO feet be
low the surface, the action of tne water having
washed away a large portion ot the mnund, and
leaving the strata exposed to view. From that
portion of the mound used as a burial ground
only conch shells were taken from among the
skeletons, and the curious feature of the case
is that in every eoncb shell a hole is broken in
the same relative position. It Is supposed that
the conchs were burled with the dead to be
used as food in the happy hunting grounds-,
and to facilitate the eating process each shelf
was broken so the fish could be eaten without
trouble. The shells and pottery may beseea at
A German chemist in Chicago has been
experimenting for a number of years in the
hope of discovering a process for purifying and
refining milk and cream for the purpose of
shipment to points distant from the place of
supply, and he says be has found it at last. By
this process mnch of the water is taken out,
and the ingredients are left unharmed in their
natural state. All disease germs, it is also
claimed, have been destroyed, and. if there has
been a taste of bitter herbs, it has been re
moved. The milk, thus purified and refined,
will keep sweet for fully 30 days, and can be
shipped anywhere, and when the water has
been replaced, is in as good, if not better, con
dition as when it left the cow, and cannot be
distinguished irom milk six hours old. The
inventor is now shipping refined milk to New
Orleans, where high prices rule, and some has
been sent to Boston.
The Museum of Antiquities at Dresden
has come Into possession of an interesting
marble relief from Rome, which represents an
ancient butcher's shop, of oblong shape, and
divided by a pillar into two unequal parts. In
the greater stands the butcher, with a high
chopping block, resting on three substantial
legs, before him. while behind him bangs the
steel yard and a cleaver, he himself being occu
pied iu dividing a rib of meat with another ,
cleaver. On the wall above him, just s with "
as. is & rowolhoolfs near to exctjsotlier. on""
which bang pieces of meat already dressed; a
rib and leg of meat, a pork joint and udders a v ,
tit-bit of the Romans; also lungs and liver, and s
last of all, the tavonte boar's bead. On the
left, in the smaller division of the shop, the
wife of the butcher sits in an easy chair, with '
an account book on her knees, engaged in as
sisting the business of her husband by acting
as bookkeeper. Her headdress points to the
time of Antonine.
Curtiss Hicks, an ossified man, who re
sides in Racine, Wis., has been attracting a
great deal of attention. He has been visited by
many doctors and others who pronounce him a
living wonder. At one time be was one of the
most popular railroad engineers in the Western
country. A newspaper man called upon him
and found a man not over five feet high lving
upon a bed in an apparently lifeless condition.
Hearing soma one approach be roused up and
conversed in a clear voice and in an intelligent
manner for over an boar. His feet, toes, ankles,
legs, knee joints and even the hip joints are in
a complete state of oseificatlen. They were as
hard as bone, and the sEin was of a reddish
color, ine arms, nanoa, nngers ana an tne
joints of the same were in like condition, and
the man stated there was not a sintrio joint In
his body that was not ossified. Hisiawsare
set, and only a cracker can be forced between
his teeth. His body is in a perfectly healthy
condition, and bis mind unclouded. Still he is
like a dead man, and has not been able to move
or help himself for ten years.
Mr. B. W. Cason, agent for the Pacific
Express and United States Express Companies
at Now Orleans, In an interview with a re
porter, said: "l believe our companies have at
last hit upon a plan which in the future will
make impossible the robbing of express mat
ter. All the ears are being supplied with sta
tionary safes with combination locks, the com
bination of wbich the express messenger in the
car will be kept in ignorance. Hereafter when
money is shipped a responsible representative
of the company here will co down to the tram.
deposit the valuables and money in the safe,
check it with the messenger and then secure
the safe. When the train reaches Memphis,
Chattanooga, or any other point, another
representative of the company, also acquainted
with the combination, will visit the car and
ascertain from the messenger if there are ,aay
valuables or money in the safe for that point.
If answered in the affirmative he will open the
safe and take out the property. By this sys
tem if an express car is attacked by tram rob
bers they will be compelled to blow open the
safe, as no matter bow much they might desire
it the messenger will be unable to assist them."
The Terror No, pans; I didn't lpiow it; but
now that you've told me, I feel better. Fhiladii
He's a pretty tall man who stands six feet
in his socks, even If the socks come np to LU
shoulders. Philadelphia Inquirer.
Balm to His "Wounded Feelings. Papa
(after the seance in the woodshed) Do you know
that It pains me more than it does you to hare to,,
"Look here," said the, farmer to the;
tramp. "Letmellstgiveyouaplnter " "Bui '
Idon'twantaplnter," replied the tourist. "It;
want a quarter." Terrs HauttExprtt.
Teacher What is a volcano ?
PupU A cutaneous disease.
Teacher How do you make that out 1
Fupll-Isn't it an eruption J Detroit Irta
Wanted No Such Bisk; Agent Suppose
you let me write a policy on this building.
Owner Why, It's fireproof.
Agent (retreating-) I didn't know that. Psrdoa
me. I wouldn't tate it. Seta lark Sun.
Florence (looking at some bonnets in the
milliner's wlndowj-O, Jen' I aren't tbeyj.
loveiy j ,
Jennie (looking arross tne street)-Yes, Indeed!
Especially the one with the side whiskers. Xoit
A California judge fined himself $50 forj
getting druofc, and tcrned over the money toTil
bailiff, with instructions that It be recorded lnlthe-l
usual way. This Is a rather heavy flne forJ
drunk, hut perhaps it was not the judge's flrrtj
onense. unicago acraia.
Living on the Old Man. McFingle-STj
Bow are you, Bmlthf I haven't seen you fory '
long while. How's your son jacxr wnere'she
Smith (dolefully) Ho hasn't been kesplng htav
selfl I've been keeping him. Aeio Xor Sun.-'
Mrs. ToUngbride How does your breast, .
fast suit you this morning; darling t s Mg1
Mr. Yoonghride Just right: I tell you,, Annie,' '
It may be plebeian, but I am awfully fond of calPsVr
'Mrs. Youngbrtde So ami. Don't yroithlnlSf
ixvmge, 1. nuuKliro.au u. auu ceuBOBCSIt
OSSI, tlHt WCM UMO CUSS BlITSflJtC
immn every morsras. uwncsvl
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