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P1TTSBPRQ. SUNDAY. DEC, 22, 1889.
CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES.
The agitation of the London Globe over
tbe relations with Canada is an interesting
evidence that the British Government is
getting quite uneasy. It also indicates
that the Tory view of the attitudeJf the
United States toward Canada is not par
ticularly veil-informed. '
This is shown by the statement that the
United States will not grant Canada com
mercial union without political union.
Exactly what the basis of that assertion is,
it is difficult to say. There never has been
any authoritative assertion from this coun
tryon that point, nor even a reliable indi
cation of public opinion. There is reason to
believe that if commercial union were
offered on a basis that would prevent Canada
from becoming an entrepot for British goods
on their way to the United States, it would
meet with as much favor here as the closer
union of government.
As to political union, the position of the
United States can be easily defined. When
the Canadians wish to become part of the
United States and to accept its system, the
United States will consent Until then we
are not borrowing half as much trouble over
the matter as the British Government ap
pears by this article to be.
TBE HOUSE COMMITTEES.
Speaker Beed followed up his promptness
in the appointment of the first five commit
tees, by announcing the full list yesterday.
This is doing somewhat better than has been
the rule of late rears; although the full ap
pointments have been made much earlier,
those of Mr. Blaine, at the session of 1873,
having appeared fully two weeks sooner.
The proof of the pudding lies in the eating;
and the best test in the composition of these
committees will be in the legislation they
turn out Mr. Dalrell, notwithstanding ad
verse reports, gets the coveted Pacific rail
road chairmanship; while the stories as to
the disappointment in store for Mr. Harm er,
at the other end of tbe State, with regard, to
the desired chairmanship of the naval com
mittee receive the degree of verification
which attaches to the appearance in that
place of the name'of Mr. Boutelle. This
puts Ibe House in a position to go to work
with a will. It should prove its ability to
BARGEES TO BRAZIL.
A dispatch announcing that General I?on
ceca, the head of the new Brazilian Govern
ment, is dying, asserts that th'e filling of the
vacancy created by his death may lead .to
"serious complications." It it difficult to
see how the complications could be serious,
if the Government is proceeding ou the
lines of a popular system.
General Ponseca occupies a provisional
position only. Ample time has passed for
calling a constitutional convention and con
structing a frame work, at least, of a per
manent government, under which regularly
elected officials could take the place of the
provisional officials. The very essence of
.constitutional popular government is to -provide
against complications arising from the
death of a single leader, and to insure that
a successor shall be peaceably and constitu
Another cable dispatch says, with regard
to the remarkable action taken concerning
the rubber trade at Para, "there is great
danger that the enemies of the Repub
lic will be successful in their attempt to
array the commercial monarchies against
tbe infant Bepublic" But in this respect,
if any prejudice is created against the Gov
ernment of Brazil, it will be done, not by
the enemies of the Bepublic, but by the
act of the Government itself, and of a mere
i 'Provisional Government at that in manipu
lating taxation in favor of creating a great
i In other words, it is pertinent to note that
(the dangers which threaten Brazil are not
'those arising from a constitutional Bepublic,
k but such as would naturally grow out of an
. '(irresponsible aqd arbitrary dictatorship.
A PLUCKY POLICEMAN.
The trials which make a policeman's lot
in Pittsburg the reverr of a happy one,
were illustrated by the terrible fight which
one of them had last night in bringing to
the station a rough, who was threatening to
make mincemeat ot an obnoxious colored
man. An officer who is set upon by a gang
of several score of hoodlums might be par
donedibr releasing his prisoner. But it is
to tbe credit of Officer Boche that, though
knocked down, pounded and kicked to an
almost unrecognizable condition, he brought
lis prisoner off in about as bad condition
as himself. The determined policeman who
ithu triumphed single-handed over a small
(regiment of toughs should be marked for
promotion, and the police authorities should
make it their especial niiness to give the
whole gang of bruisers who attacked 'the
officer in the discharge of his duty a term
of honest labor at the workhouse.
HUMILIATION WITH A BEC0LL.
A Washington letter on the appointment
'of Judge Brewer to the Supreme Bench,
contains several expressions from public
men. exnressinfr the highest confident. in
TJrewer's integrity -of purpose. This is
nleasant to notice: but It lias some alinv.
fA.. -..It.-!.- !-. h .n..l -. !.
A4VUC CUUGUlfiU UUU1 tt lUMJUAl UC(lU&lUl"
! iflnceiwlth the new Justice, indorses him
highly, but is nevertheless free" to express
bis belief that the chief motive of his ap
pointment was to administer a rebuff to
This view, while purporting to come from
& Republican source, is, it is only fair to
say, published in a paper highly inimical
to the administration. It refers to the
famous Wabash case, and an article con
cerning it in the jforth American Review,
which "all but asserted that Judge Brewer
had been serving as a tool in the hands of
professional railroad wreckers, but, al
tho&gh Judge Brewer never saw fit to make
reply, I have never believed him capable of
doing a wrong act." On this point, while
it may be true that Judge Brewer was not
capable of wittingly serving the railroad
wreckers, the facts showed him to have been
even more incapable of preventing his
court from being used to further the"ir
schemes. The receiver of the Wabash road
under his appointment, continued the
wrecking policy which had been inaugur
ated under the Gould management. The'
difference between Brewer and Gresham
was that the former, either negligently or
wittingly, permitted the policy to goon; the
latter detected, exposed and stopped it
The statement goes on to. say that the
President, after looking into the case, acted
from the motive of finding "some new
means ot humiliating Gresham."' 'Whether
the allegation is correct or not, the public
can judge for itself; but, if it is true, it
warrants the inquiry whether the humili
ation really rests on Judge Gresham. If a
man earns enmity1 for honesty and energyln
thwaiting colossal schemes ot thlevishness,
does the exhibition of that enmity humiliate
We think that whatever humiliation
there is in this business will have to be lo
cated somewhere else other than on Judge
HELLIONS VERSUS MIND.
It ought to be easy forthe Ohio Democracy
to select a United States Senator who is
above any suspicion of pecuniary influence
and whose reputation would show him to
have been selected for higher qualities than
his possession of a big fortune. But the
names that are prominent in the canvass in
dicate that the most vital qualification for a
Senator in the eyes of the ruling powers of
the Ohio Democracy is the possession of a
Jndge Thurman's age is generally sup
posed to be a disqualification; but if it did
not bar him from campaign work last year
it ought not to shut him out from the easier
work of the Senate, which he has discharged
with such honor in the past Still, if
the Ohio Democracy prefers old men
for action and young men for
counsel, they have younger men
whose choice would relieve them from the
suspicions which must arise when none but
millionaires get a place in the lists. Kline,
of Cleveland; General McMahon, Hunt, of
Cincinnati; Governor Campbell, Frank
Hurd and a score of others might be named
who are creditable exponents of Democratic
principle, and who, if chosen, would be se
lected for their mental and not their mone
It would be easy for the Democrats to
choose a man from outside the ranks of
boodle, but the legislative mind seems from'
the lists to be turning unanimously to the
SEDUCTION BY N0N-BEDUCTI0N.
The nroposition to reduce the surplus by
repealing the sugar duties, and thus relieve
the pnblic from the excessive prices exacted
by the Sugar Trust, meets with the disap
proval of the Chicago Times tor the reason
that "the tariff taxes on sugar that is un
refined sugar are nine-tenths for revenue
and only one-tenth for protection."
Beyond the fact that a very large moiety
of the burden on sugar is represented by the
hig't duty on refined, this exquisite argu
ment is worthy to be framed as a choice
specimen of revenne reform logic. The
problem is to cut off revenue. The cause of
the movement as stated by its authorized
head, in his message of two years' ago, is
that the Government has too mnch revenue.
But when it comes to repealing a tariff tax
that supports a trust, in a staple ot universal
consumption, the revenue reformers rise in
opposition to it because it would do exactly
what all parties concede to be necessary.
Hardly anything is more delicious in this
tariff muddle than the solemn declaration
of the tariff reformers, that the true revenue J
reform way of redncing the revenue is not
to reduce it
a unique case.
That contract labor case is replete with,
features of unique and surprising character.
The Dispatch has freely expressed itself
as to the singular character of the prosecu
tion of a labor leader, acting by the au
thority of a labor organization, forthe viola
tion of a law which was supposed to be
passed for the benefit of labor. The facts of
the case being that the offense consisted of
bringing skilled labor to this country where
it is needed in harmony with the settled
policy of the organization, and that Mr.
Campbell is being prosecuted for that very
pardonable action, while thousands of cheap
and undesirable immigrants are admitted to
the country weekly, it appears that the ad
ministration of the law, or the law itself,
must be fearfully and wonderfully made.
As if to keep the balance even, Mr. Camp
bell added his 'share of the unique features
by his request for the opportunity to make
a private statement of the reasons and justi
fication for his action. This is said, on his
behalf, to be necessitated by the fact that he
had to communicate matters which were
held under tbe pledge of secrecy of the
Knights of labor. But it is hard to see
how any private information in this matter
can be pertinent to decide the question of
enforcement, or non-enforcement, of a
statute law. Law is a public affair, and
neither condemnation nor exoneration by
secret hearings is permissible under our
The whole matter can be summed np in a
few words. If Mr. Campbell is convicted
under the present law, it will show a neces
sity for its amendment But, in order that
action may be intelligent and open justice
assured, every step and consideration in the
matter must be taken in the full light of
The manner in which the view of things
can be colored by prejudice is furnished by an
editorial comment ol tbe Atlanta Constitution
on a battle with razors among some Kansas ne
groes. The Southern paper says: "Tbe spec
tacle of two church factions suddenly relaxing
into savagery Is notreassnrlng to those who are
trying to believe that tbe black race is steadily
advancing in civilization." Immediately fel
lowlngthis the Constitution had a comment on
the case of the two leading lawyers of Lancas
ter county, Va who fought a duel with flits;
but, singularly enough, it falls to say anything
about "relaxing Into savagery." Bo Southern
ethics make that savagery for the blacks which
is the highest civilization for the whites?
At.T.KTf O. H'teb; asserts that be was
offered a bouse and lot, if he would cease his
warfare on the sale of tbe Ohio Senatorship.
But tbe offer did not tempt Allen. It is worth
.several houses and lets tohayo thej.luxury of
liberating bis mind and making the'boodlers
The civil service reformers have de
cided to move on the works ot the enemy, and
open headquarters In Washington. Under
tbe laws of tbe land and the declarations of tbe
Republican platform, it was supposed that civil
service reform headquarters was located at the,
White House, nut tbe reinforcement maybe
of service In sending copies of the Republican
declarations to those eminent Civil Service re
formers, Senator Farwell and Congressman
Stanley's inquiry, when someone men
tioned a back-number hero of European poli
tic?, in his hearing tbe other day, "WatJlsBou
langerl X never heard of him before," shows
that seclusion in tbe wilds of Africa is not with'
out its compensations.
The German physicians have developed
a theory that tbe influenza germs are actually
useful in exterpating malarial and tfbhoid
fever bacilli. In order to thoroughly enjoy the
coming epidemic therefore, it maye wise to
contract malaria first, Tbe great American
mind, however, will be quick to perceive the
superior advantages of having neither, and will
therefore be satisfied with ordinary cold in the
The purchase of a herd of 36 buffalo the
other day at HO per bead shows that even with
tbe supply nearly exhausted the extinct -Boi
slmericanui is not as valuable as the more
abundant but better cultivated kind of cattle.
As Senator Quay has adopted that re
markable idea that the President was obliged
to accept his man for the Pittsburg postoffice,
because the constitution requires that appoint
ment to be made "with the advice and consent
of tbe Senate," we suppose that Senator Quay's
advice and consent having been obtained, it
will not be necessary lor McKean's appoint
ment to be confirmed.
Those real estate purchases accredited to
the Pennsylvania Railroad are materializing in
away which brings them nearer to the great
corporation and the great corporation nearer to
the center of the city.
If Senator Hale succeeds in amending
the census act so that the Census Bnreau will
finish up its work promptly, be will establish a
claim on the gratitude of the public To re
ceive volnmes of censns reports just when the
new census is impending is calculated to
arouse sentiments tbe reverse of compliment
ary to the statistical machinery of the Govern
ment The appearance of confidence men and
sneak thieves to take advantage of the
holiday season, should prompt the city to give
them a Christmas present ot some weeks' stay
in the workhouse, '
The electric lighting dispute is getting
lively, as will be seen by the challenge pub
lished elsewhere from the Westingbouse elec
tric lighting corporations to the Edison organi
zation. The challenge is an outspoken one, and
advances several important claims, which the
public will bo glad to see substantiated. The
Edison people now hare the floor for a reply.
The French Government leader has got the
influenza, which may be commended to Russia
as a delicate proof of the sympathy existing
between the two Governments.
Those stories about the dissatisfaction of
tbe Haytlans with Frederick Douglass, our
Minister to that country, turn out to have
been works ot the imagination. The dissatis
faction probably originated in tbe minds of the
lofty naval officers, whose pride revolted at the
idea of carrying a colored representative of the
United States to a colored Bepublic.
The cross-prosecutions between thf labor
leaders are multiplying with rapidity enough
to either turn tbe head ot a Philadelphia law
yer, or make bis fortune.
The statement of a practical lumberman
that a hundred million dollars worth of lumber
has been destroyed in the 'Winnipeg region.
indicates that the far Northwest is living up to
the great American rule of taking the natural
wealth, with which the country has been en
dowed, and wasting it as rapidly as possible.
The information that work on the new
United States building is being pushed, night
and day, may create suspicion that the milieu
ium is arriving.
The banquet over the success of Mr. Hc
Kean, In obtaining the postoffice appointment;
is pot unsuggestive of the good things which
have been spread before tbe members of that
wing of the Republican party, by their active
purveyor. The feast is rich in more senses
.PEOPLE OP PE0HINENCE.
Bes Butxee's law practice is said to bring
him In $100,000 a year.
Browning's resting place in Westminster
Abbey will be near that of Chaucer.
The Sew Year's reception at the White
House will be conducted according to the usual
programme. Mrs. Harrison will not assist, ow
ing to tbe recent death of her sister.
Bib Chables Lewis, an ultra Tory, does
not mean to sit again in Parliament. He was a
figure in the House and stuck to his opinions,
often when they were in opposition to those of
bis party. He bad a bard, vigorous style, which
commanded respect, butopposed home rule for
Ireland with all an Orangeman's bigotry.
It is stated that Secretary Allen, ot the
Korean Legation, is one of the leading appli
cants for the position of American Minister to
Korea. Tbe mission is now held by Mr. Hugh
A. Diosmore, a bright young lawyer of Arkan
sas, who was appointed at the instance of ex
Attorney General Garland. He is a close
friend of the King, and is an able man. The
Korean Minister's salary is $7,500 a rear, and
our Minister to Korea has a .b.ouse furnished
him by tbe Government.
Eenatob Reagan shows no traces of his ill
ness of five years ago, and bis Western trip.
which he took during the past summer, seems
to hare put new fife into him. He is a hard
worker, a fair speaker and a man of more than
ordinary common sense and ability. He never
flies off on a tangent, and now that the war is
over, he believes that its discussion should be
dropped In Congress. He can talk very enter
tainingly abbut his career in the stormy days
from '61 to '63, but he seldom does so. One ot
the trophies of Senator Beagan's trip through
the Territories Is an immense pair of antlers,
which bang in bis library on the wall to the
right of his desk.
A SahFeancisco newspaper man tells the
following story of the Prince of Wales: "When
be was here in 1860, Henry Watterson accom
panied him on his tour through the States. In
1SS6, Watterson, Wayne MacVeagh and myself
were In the House of Lords listening to the de
bate on the home rule question. The Prince
was sitting near us, and I noticed that he fre
quently glanced at our party. Finally he
leaned forward and touched Watterson, say
ing: 'Pardon me, bat I think your name is Wat
terson, and you were with us when we were in
the United States in 1660.' He remembered
Mr. MacVeagh, too, and recalled the names of
Honest When Not Watched.
From tbe New York Herald.l
There Is one fact in connection with the
secret ballot system wblch must not be for
gottennamely, that the party which nomi
nates the best men will win every time. This
is another way of saying that the average
American citizen is an honest fellow if the
politician is kept away from him.
A Word to Doss.
From the Detroit Free Preis.1
We donlt want to seem impertinent In the
matter, but our advice to Dom Pedro is to take
that 2,600,000 offered him and as much more as
he can get. Pork and beans are bound to go
np, and a fellow away from home is sometimes
pinched for tbe want of money.
Big Pay for-R Clows.
From the Hew York World.?
An English newspaper eys ttHtfP.T.'Bmuav
has offereiQeael.Bealgstl,W8a weekta
travel with his circa. JJ,
THE TOPICAL TALKER,
The Hon Who ffates Fig-ores Ah Adder
Extraordinary Who, Slav the Maiden
Bet A S aesthete 'far Swearing Ssw la
PronouDcs Hay The Mist and the Night
IF a man is born with a hatred for figures, if,.
as uc Ifc.wno uf,,uo tvaiuf ut)km;uuiuuuiq
abhor the multiplication table and to prefer a
thrashing any day to a sum in addition, sub
traction or division, tbe shake of fate's dice
box is pretty sure to land him ina profession or
trade which demands skill in mathematics.
Sometimes the man so handicapped stays on
the course and runs a miserable race, dis
tanced because be is out of his class. I know a
man very well, indeed, who, without the ability
to add a column of ten figures correctly, was
sensibly dedicated by his parents and guar
dians first to banking, and. upon his utter fail
ure in that capacity, to the railroad business.
He lost one year of his lite nUing out bills of
lading with mistakes, giving shipping and
tracing clerks endless trouble, add bringing
down upon his devoted head the curses of the
biggest, lubberly bully he has ever bad the mis
fortune to know. All tbe figures that individ
ual Indulges in to-day appear upon his check
book, and be wishes be could enlarge that in
Ctilx, I envy tbe man In that ridiculously
discontented way we all will who can foot
np two or three columns of figures at 6nce.
There are, I am told, not a few men In the rail
road offices, banks and commercial houses of
this city who can add from two to even four
columns of figures simultaneously. I asked
one of these wonderful beings how he did it,,
but all ba could or would say was: 1 don't
know how I do it"
Several years ago, while the clerks at the
Transfer station of the Union line were bard
at work, an old man of somewhat spectral ap
pearance and great height, with a piece of red
flannel wound around his throat and a ruffled
high silk hat on tbe top of his long, narrow
head, entered softly, and waited for someone
to speak to him. Transfer agents have no
more time for book agents and other nui
sances than most people, and tbe old man
might possibly have been standing there still,
stroking his hat the wrong way.had not a callow
junior asked his business. Without any intro
duction the singular visitor said he should like
to show a system of footing of which he pos
sessed the secret '
"Let me have that book a moment" tbe
owner of the systemsaid, and the clerk let fcim
take the account bdok whose long columns he
was footing up. The old man took a look at
the page, on which were many columns of fig
ures running into the millions, and in a few
seconds called the totals of them all.
'Write them down." be said.
"No, sirr replied the doubting clerk, "I 'don't
want to spoil the page."
"well, then," rejoined the old man, wzite
these figures down as 1 call them out, and then
foot your columns and compare."
Tbe young man did so, and lol the old man
had made no error.
'The other clerks were interested by this
time. One of them brought ont a book
whose pages were three feet long by four wide.
It was what is known at the "Transfer" as a
primer. If I remember rightly It records tbe
tonnage, charges and other details of freight
handled. Tbe figures run up into the millions
and tens of millions. The expert adder took
the book and looting six columns at a time
called out the totals almost as. fast as one of
the clerks conld write them down. Ic was an
! old primer and the' totals in ink, which had
been covered during the experiment, were
found to tally exactly with the expert's.
Til teach any man how to do this for 20,"
. One of the clerks chosen by them all
agreed to pay the price, and I rather think he
handed over the doubloons then and there, a
time and place for the delivery of the secret
having been set.
Tbe old man departed with bis secret and
has never been seen or heard of since.
WHO KAY THE MAIDEN BE f
With gold of sun, and blue of sky.
And amorous winds that wanton fly,
A blooming maid of summer time
Bnpplants the saint of snow and rime;
Uskesjest of staid December's pace,
Laughs at his manners elderly.
Nor cares to hide her smiling face
Who may this sancy maiden bef
Bhe's'charmed away the winter skies;
The sunlight dances In her eyes,
And little spears of em'rald grass
Flash out to ball tbe fairy lass.
Tbe wond'rlng red bird by the creek
Pipes out a carol merrily.
And leaves Its cedar cave to seek
Who may this sweet magician be?
Who can this sweet magician be?
May, here too soon to kiss the leaf
To gem the lawp, and fragrance spill
from apple bloom and daffodil?
'XIs lit to pnule birds and men.
And flutter field and forest tree,
But her we warmly welcome when
We wonder who the njald may be.
A I.ADY is rather unkindly denied the use of
strong language, and she is apt to find
some simple substitute. One fair laborer In
tbe vineyard, far, far away from Pittsburg, has
fallen into'tbe curious habit of usinga friend's
name in vain whenever he Is moved to wrath.
Tbe friend's name is De Armit
"There is such a sense of satisfaction." she
says, "in uttering that name, lor you know, a
lady is excluded from tbe privilege of using any
word with a big, big D, and this name of De
Armlt answers all practical purposes. When
in perplexing situations which would cause a
man to give way to his feelings and utter a
word of a similar sound, I gently murmur 'De
Armlt,' and am straightwayrelieved if, as all
gentlemen pretend, It is a relief to say those
HOW QUAY'S KOW PBOKOtWCED.
They do not whisper it by night,
They shout it out by day, p
That Fresidental tides are carted '
By Malhew Stanley Qaay.
Yet better were Quay's name pronounced
As if It fenced tbe sea. .
For Harrison is bat a lock,
Tt is alleged that when old Mr. X , a
wealthy iron man, -finished one of those tre
mendouslyjong stories lor which he Is famous
the other day, one of the victims said: "Why,
Mr. X. must bo in his dotagel"
"Anecdotage rather," suggested another vic
Tx one of the neighboring towns which havo
been earning wondrous fame lately by rea
son of the inefficiency of tbeir jails, a woman
ran up to the 'police force as he was parading
tbe street about midnight, ana told nun there
was a burglar in her house.
"Madam," said the police force solemnly,
"keep him there. He is better there than in
THE THST AND THE NIOHT 'W1WD.
The mist rose from tbe river,
It sifted thrbugh tbe trees,
And wound about the wooded hills
A gray and ghostly frieze.
And the wind amid the pine trees hissed
its loftyscorn or the valley mut. '
Tile mist spread over tbe valley;
It swept on quiet wings
O'er sedge and marsh and meadow,
O'er rocks and fairy rings
And tbe night wind told tbe trees it kissed,
Its bate for the low-born valley mist.
But when tbe day was dawning,
Tbe p'jai mist grew gold,
Ana to the1 azare o'er the bills ,
In cloud) of glory rolled.
While amid tbe pines, and in its pride,
Tbe scornful night wind sank and died.
DEATHS OP A DAY.
' John Henry Wllhelm.
John Henry Wllbelm died at his home in Oak
land, Wednesday morning, at 5 o'clock. In the
prime of bis early manhood, he was stricken with
a mallxnant attack of typhoid fever, and notwith
standing every attention tbat skill and affection
could procure, he passed away after a very short
illness, leaving a beloved wife and- three small
children to mourn his early death. He was tbe
only ion of an aged mother, a kind husband and
father, a respected citizen, honest and Indus,
trious, and bis loss is an irreparable one to bis
family and friends, Tbe sympathy or a large
circle or friends Is warmly extended to the sorely
grlevedT family in their deep bereavement.
Ellzabei Blanche Connor.
Elizabeth Blanche Connor, a teacher in the
Kranklln school, died at ber bOme, 41 Colwell
street, yesterday morning. Miss Connor has been
kick since May, and although there was little hope
for her recovery, the School Board .w-elec'.ea ber
attbebelnn!Bgoftbjreent tern, una was a
member or St. rs'Ul's Episcopal Cburca. Tbe
funeral will take plaee to-morrow afternoon.
CLT 81X18 1WIK9LGSS.
They Seek M Kstrnp en 0fcU Mas by Tale
of Great For tones.
Oiwcinwatt, December 2L last April Mr.
John Koenler, a tteU-tc-do butcher, received a
letter from Bagurita, Spain. It was written in
EngUsb, and stated in substance that tbe
writer had a great scheme to make a fortune,
but he would not disclose it unfisss Koehler
answered his letter. Theletter was signed M.
Del Bio, paster ot tbe St, Joseph Mission at
SagUnta, Spain, ani Implored Mr. Koehler to
keep tbe matter a secret and to answer the
letter in French and direct it to the writer's
brother-in-law, Andreas Adria, at Paris.
Koehler answered the letter, and in June re
ceived a reply stating that it Val was a pris
oner sentenced to ten years' imprisonment for
robbing King Alfonso of Spain of a casket con
taining 1,000,000 francs and a lot of valuable
jewelry. In fact, though, the King, when he
died, lnNovember, 1885, had given Val the treas
ure to deliver to his daughter Helena. Val
was in prison, and for 9,783 francs, tbe costs of
the Court in the case, Val would 'be released.
He coula then secure the treasure, which was
in possession of tbe Court, and the treasure
was to be divided into five parts, of which.
Koehler was to receive nne-fifth part.
A month later Koehler received another let
ter stating that Val was dead, but that before'
he died be made the writer of the letter execu'
tor of bis estate. He- inclosed a cony of his
will, with court seals and all. also a list of the
jewels to be found in the casket, which was
held by tbe Court as security for the costs.
Tbe letter further contained an order from
court to sell tbe jewels at auction unless tbe
costs be paid within four months.
' The plan seemed so plausible to Koehler that
he was about to send tbe money to pay tbe
oosts. Before doimrso, however, be consulted
Mr. Marokwotth. bis attorney, as to the best
means of getting the money. Mr. Marckwortb
wonld not allow him to send the money, but in
stead be wrote tbe Spanish Embassador, E. De
Muideaga, at "Sagunta, inquiring about tbe
ease. Day before yesterday Mr. Marckwortb
received a. reply, saying that there is no such
case, ana that the wholo thing is an old
swindle, well known and extensively practiced
in Europe, but recently Introduced here.
EECLAIMIBG TBE DESERT.
How Western Capitalists Get Kick by Or
Bsnlzlns Canal Companies.
From Bcrlbner's for January.
As the quick-witted Westerner stands by the
side of one of tbe great rivers and looks over
thousands of acres of desert land along its
hanks, he sees a fortune in the situation. Only
get capital enough together, organize a great
company, nig an immense canal which will
"appropriate" all the water in tbe river.andyou
command the whole valley. It is the position
of the Western railroads repeated. Instead of
waiting for settlers to come and dig little
ditches as thoy need them, an Immense capital
digs one hugs canal, watering thousands of
farms, and then draws settlers by advertise
mentand boom. So all over tbe West, through
out Colorado, in Central and Southern Cali
fornia, in Montana and Idaho, on jthe Salt and
Oila rivers in Southern Arizona, there are
great companies, with capital running into the
millions, putting this idea into effect.
Tbe canals they dig are 20, 30 or even SO miles
long. The largest are 100 feet wide and 10 .feet
deep, very rivers in themselves. They follow
the contour of tbe country, running back
farther and farther from tbe river as the latter
falls away. Tbe main canal gives oft lateral
branches at frequent intervals, and by an In
genious system of gates, crossings and ditches
sends water to every foot of arable ground be
tween it and the river. Tbe land belongs to
tbe Government, and is taken up by indi
vidual settlers at merely nominal prices nn
der tbe "Desert Land Act." But the water be
longs to tbe canal company, and it is this water
that the settler really pays for.
FEEDING THE PAN-AfiEBIOANS.
Somo of the Good Things Provided for Onr
New Yore, December 21. The following is
allstsbowlngbowmuch and what was consumed
by the 1,000 guests of the Union League Club at
Tuesday nights reception to the Pan-Ameri
Slrhundred deviled crabs, 00 sweetbreads, 700
chicken croquettes, 400 terrapin, 400 canvas back
ducks, 700 portions or fried hominy, 40 gallons of
chicken consomme. 3,000 stewed oysters, 1,000 oys
ters a la roulette, 1,000 esealloped oysters, 2,000
breaded oysters, 4 ribs of beer; 12 turkeys, 18 ca
pons, 14 saddles of mutton, 14 saddles of antelope,
12 tongues, 13 hams, fl pates of game, 400 cups of
chocolate, 0 cups of coffee, axb!scu!t tortonl,
bOO biscuits Klsces, 30 quarts of pnddlng X ejsel-h-ode,
20 quarts or charlotte plombtere, 20 quarts or
tuttl-rrnttl, 60 quarts or vanilla Ice cream, 23
quarts of chocolate cream. 30 quarts of lemon
water Ice. 350 pounds assorted cakes, 12. turkeys
for sandwiches. 12 hams for sandwiches. 24 ter-
rines of pates de f ols gras.
This does not exbanst tbe list, for tbere were
immense pans filled with celery chicken,
lobster and Buseian salads. A low estimate of
tbe cost ot these good things is 35,000. As to
tbe wine, there were 1,500 bottles ot champagne
purchased, and by 1 o'clock In -the morning
nearly all bad been disposed of.
MAKE1ED IN A TWINKLING.
A Memphis Justice Jllends Two Heart la
From tbe Memphis Avalanehe.i
Justice Blackwell is a hustler when the oc
casion warrants it. He bad just adjourned
court yesterday for the purpose of beating a
man out of the cigars at poker dice when a
couple entered who wished to get married.
Their names were S. R. Patten and DUIlej Con
nors, and they stood anxiously awaiting theper
fonnance of the ceremony. The man who
wanted to shake for the cigars was in a hurry,
and started to leave.
"Hold on a minute?' called out the Justice
t6tbe departing citizen, then turning to tbe
candidates he fired tbe following qnestlons
at them: "Da you take this woman to be yonr
"I do." said Sam. "Do you toko this man to
be your husband?" t reckon." said Dillie.
Then I pronounce you man and wife."
The ceremony occupied just two seconds by
the watch, and tbe Justice overtook his friend
at the bottom of tbe stairs, beat bim out of the
smokes, and was back in his office to collect bis
fee before the couple bad sufflclently recovered
to realize that they were married.
ONLY ONE WITNESS HEARD.
The Taking of Testimony In th'e Dravrbaugh
rsrxcux. tzlxohax to tub dispatch, i
Habribburo, December 2k The takinc of
testimony in the Drawbangb branch of the suit
of the United States Government against the
Bell Telephone Company began in this olty to
day. The entire afternoon was occupied in
bearing one witness, in the interest of tbe
Drawbangb. Invention. "
Tbe Government was represented by Charles
a Whitman, of Philadelphia, and M. W."
Jacobs, of tbis city, and tbe Bell Telephone
Company by George U Roberts, of Boston, and
Bfllcf for Mrs. ParnelL
WASHnrfeTox, December. 21. In the House;
to-day. Mr. Cpmmlngs, of fe'w Xork, presented
a petition of the Governor and citizens of New
Jersey.ttfor tbe relief ot Mrs. Delia Panel).
The petition was referred.'
From the Philadelphia Times. 5
A magazine has exploded with terrific vio
lence in Bussla. Can mello Bives have been
contributing to it?
A hllahir Kl.lt.
From the Philadelphia Press. 3
London has a company which insures prop
erty against lots by "burglary. Wonder if it
wonld take a risk on a Democra,tlo United
Btates Senatorship in Ohio?
Such beautiful, beautiful bands!
They're neither white nor small.
And you, 1 know, wonld scarcely think
Tbat they were fair at all,
I've looked on hands whose form and hue .
A sculptor's dream might be,
Yetarifthose'wrlnkfed, aged bands
Most beautiful to me.-
Such beautiful, beautiful nandsl
Though heart were weary and sad, t
These patlenthands kept tolling on
That children might be glad.
I almost weep as looking back
' To childhood's distant day,
I tbtnk how these hands rested not,
When mine were at their play.
lint oh I beyond this shadow land,
"Where all is bright and fair.
I know full well those dear eld bauds
Will palms of victory bear;
Wheraeryitajitresraj, through endless tow,
Flow, over golden sands.
And where the eld grew young aftla,
I'll elsep my BSoNMf' s beaes.'
PJtJIHSKTAL flWSTKIAMSM. '
i , ,-
Harrises and His Grandfather aa Prone
naders How John Quince- Adams Leet
Hts Clothes While Bathing Senators
Who Bo Net Like Ibe Weather.
ICOBBESFOHDXXCX Or TSE DiSFATCH.l
TJirASHnroTOu; December 21,-1 saw Presl
dent Harrison walking with a friend oa
Connecticut avenue last Sunday. He wore a
plain black 6vercoat, buttoned tightly around
his rather rotund form, a nalr of hrnwrl'lrld
gloves, which fitted remarkably well', ana a ne w
and shining black silk hat. He chatted with
his friend as be walked, and tbere was nothing
aboutnis appearance or the notice taken of him
by the other promenaders to show that be.wa
President of the-greatest republic on the face
of tbe globe. President Harrison in his every
day habits is showing himself more domocritlc
than any of bis predecessors ot the past decade.
Arthur was seldom seen on the street save in
his carriage or on horseback, and all the walk
ing that President Cleveland did was in tbe
country about Oak View or in tbe back yard of
tbe White House. Garfield was a great walker
whle he was in Congress, but he bad no chance
to got out during the few stormy days of his
administration, and President Hayes took bis
outings in a carriage.
President Harrison's grandfather was one of
the most noted walkers of all the Presidents.
He did bis own marketing and got up and
trotted out, often without an overcoat to pro
tect bis slender old frameto get his chops and
steaks for his White House breakfast. Of late
years the etiquette of Fresidental life has
rapidly changed. The President grqws bigger
as the office grows older, ana his frame is now
wrapped round with red tape from big toe to
Buchanan and Fierce often called upon their
Congressional friends, and one day, an old
stager of Washington tells me, be remembers
Pierce coming into a room wbere a group of
Senators were playing poker. One of the Sen
ators had his coat off, and he rose to put it on,
whereupon President Pierce said: "Don't
bother, gentlemen, and go on with your game,
for I can only stay a momen t with you."
A President's Dilemma.
John QcrjicY Adams took a walk of four
miles before breakfast while be was Presi
dent, He would get ud at daylight, prance
down the avenue, take a turn around tbe Capi
tal and like as not a swim in the Potomac. He
took these Potomac baths even in the coldest
weather, and he was horrified one day to see a
colored vagrant running off with his clothes.
Old John Adams was another great walker,
and George Washington, while he was Presi
dent, took a walk with his Private Secretary,
Tobias Lear, every afternoon on the streets of
Philadelphia. Bye witnesses have stated tbat
these walks were very sober affairs, and tbat
during them neither Washington nor his Secre
tary spoke to each other. Jackson was a good
walker, and Van'Buren visited his friends while
he was President.
General Grant was often seen on the streets
during his term in the White House, and a
newsboy one day noting tbat bis cigar was
nearly smoked out. and net knowing who he
was, stepped np to him and said, "Please, Jedge,
give me the stump."
President Grant looked at the-urchin with a
smile and handed him the remainder of his
cigar after he had lit another from it.
Tbere is no reason why the President of the
United States should not act as ordinary
mortals. He is only a man up to the time of
his entering the White House, and when he
leaves it he finds tbat he is reduced to tbe
ordinary standard of manhood again. Had
President Cloveland strolled along Pennsyl
vania avenue during his administration, his act
would have been an Item of news lor all the
papers. To-day he can promenade Broadway
from morn until night, and ha will not make a
Historian Bancroft's Pedestrian Powers.
gPEAKDto of pedestrians. Mr. Bancroft, tbe
historian, has stopped riding and taken to
walking. Hetold'me about a year ago tbat be
could ride SO miles without tiring, and bis tall,
thin frame seems to be made of iron. He
walks with a firm tread, and though his valet, a
handsome, brown whiskered, blonde German,
always goes with him ho does not support him,
Bancroft was a great friend of tba Emperor
William of Germany, and it may he that he
adopted the cap of the Germany army out of
deference to him. He wears at any rate one of
these caps with the vizor well pulled doVn ovec
his eyes, and he goes about- Washington aa
cninper as a coy. He bas practically given up,
however, his literary work,and though he plays
at writing and pretends to labor, he Is really
doing very little.
Senator Henry B. Payne is another great
walker. He walks from his house to the Cap
itol and back every day. Tom Beed usually
walks out to Congress, and McKinley and Tom
Bayne do likewise. I often see Justice Har
land on the avenue, and I have seen halt a
dozen Justices of the Supreme Court at one
time in the same streetcar. Ex-Speaker Car
lisle not infrequently bolda onto the strap of
tbe herdics, and 1 once saw binv rise and give
his seat to a colored girl. General Joe John
son patronizes tbe street car, and Joe Cannon
rides thns to tbe Capitol every morning: I saw
Senator Edmunds in a herdic yesterday, and
.the President while be was in the Senate used
to patronize the street car.
Two Senators on tbe Weather.
Come funny conversations are heard in these
Washington herdics, A lady friend of mine
describes an incident which occurred yester
day in one of the red herdics going out to tbo
Capitol. Senator Cockrell, of Missouri, In an
6ld slouch bat and an overcoat considerably
worse for the wear, came in and plumped him
self down on a seat sear the door, while he
handed a three and seven-tenths cent ticket to
his postman, who sat next him, to put in the
box. He began to talk to the postman, and
"Alnt this awful weather? I never saw such
warm days during December in my life. There
are half dozen peeple sick in my block, and
we'll all get sick if it don't get colder. It's just
The herdic went on a half a block and Gen
eral Palmer entered the herdic. He said, "How
do you do Senator, and shook hands with Mr.
Cockrell as he sat down. Said Senator Cock
"Ob, I'm pretty well, but I don't know
whether Til stay well long. Alnt this awful
weather? I never saw'suchweatber in Decem
ber before. People are sick all around me.
We'll all be sick If it don't get colder."
At the next corner another passenger got in.
He was a rotund, straw-whiskered man, with
long hair and a big round bead, pasted down to
a pair of broad shoulders. He wore an overcoat
tbat showed the same marks of age aa that of
Senator Cockrell's, and ho had on his .head a
drab sombrero with a rim a yard wide. Outside
ot Us wristbands a, red flannel shirt plainly
showed, and he evidently had a redflanno
dleky across bis breast under the coat, "xfow
are you, Cockrell," said he. "How are you, '
George," said Cockrell.
"Oh," said Senator George, with a gasp.
"I'm jest twcstin'i I've walked a mile, ana the
water's runnin' down me (n streams. I wonder
It It would be. wrong for a fellow to take off his
coat," nd with that be pulltd off bis overcoat
and laid it across his lap as he sat down
opposite Senator Cockrell. The two statesmen
looked at each other, and Senator Cockrell
"George, do yon know I tblnkthis weather is
jH5t awful, Tbe people are sick all over
town" and here he leaned nearer to tbe Sen
ator, and with a suggestion of fear in his tone.
continued; "and George, wp'll all De sick if It
don't get eolder, Why, I go up this morning
and put on a heavy coat and an overcoat, then
I tried a light coat and a heavy overcoat, and I
finally rut on a medium coat, and that's the
coat Fra got on now. Ain't it awful !"
Senator George laid it was, and the conversa
tion drifted from the weather to the discus
sion of Chief Justice Fuller's oration on
Washington," and from that as to whether it
was better for a bishop to be an eloquent
speaker and a polished man in society or to be
less eloquent and less polished and to be a very
good man, This subject was under discussion
when my friend left tbe herdic.
Pattl Warble for Cashja Adyaoee.
()ne of the leading ladles of Washington so
ciety came across from Europe with Pattl,
and during the voyage becamt) quite Intimate
with hen She says that Pattl will sever sing
until she is assured of her money beforehand,
and that in most cases Nlcollnl goes out before
the curtain is rung up and brings Iq tbe certi
fied cbeok lor , 090 or tbe cash.
During one of ber engagements is America
NleeUat te the dreseteg reeei with a
ekkiMBS4aadteMPMi she, ma.
a had beea U te raise oaly K,M,.tt ttet
be weold'sjiva feer tMo aeseaat ami. wonld as
Bare her tbat the rssna-lnder would be paid as
seoa as' she. yacfoiiiuince was oyer. Madam
Patti wm sittwg in ber dressing room and she
had gotten down to the putting on of her slippers.-
See straight up as NIcollal spoke
and said, eeollj: "That will not do. -Take the
caVek back to the manager and tall hist that
Madam PattI is in her dressing room, and tbat
she bas one slipper on. She will not put on the
other until she receives the full amount of J5.00Q
and if there is no money there will be no song."
Tbe audience was waiting, it was time for the
f cwrtalB to rise, and It Is needless to say that
Patti get ner money.
FBAKK G. CARPBXTXEt
A XANLI LITTLE HEB0.
Saves, a Man's Life and
From the New Vork Press. "
A runaway horse thundered down Seventh
avenue, near Twenty-fourth street, Wednesday
afternoon, dragging a disabled open buggy, In
which a gentleman sat vainly endeavoring to
stop the animal. Turning toward the curb, tbe
vehicle was upset and the gentleman thrown
under It in a precarious and dangerous posi
tion. A policeman on a neighboring corner
and a number of bystanders were too paralyzed
td come to his rescue. But as tbe hdrsewas
temporarily checked, by the wreclba slender
schoolboy sprang out in front of tho animal,
raising aloft a stick; and by commanding
languaifo managed to seize the bridle rein and
control the beast. It was a heroic act, endanger
ing himself but saving tbe driver. When the
latter crawled out he thanked the boy, while
the policeman reprimanded the little fellow
severely for placing himself in sucb a position.
"It's all right this time, but don't you ever do
it again,".said tbe big policeman.
"But the gentleman says I saved bis life, sir,"
was the lad's response.
"Indeed you did," said the gentleman, "and
here's 10 for you.''
"Oh, but r can't fake that, sir. I don't be
lieve my papa would allow me to do it"
"Then 1 must know your name.',
"Yes, sir. It's Henry Winfred Carr."
"Well, my name's Johnson, and you will hear
And that- is why Colonel W. H. Carr, the
head clerk at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, is so
proud of bis 11-year-old boy tbat he gets absent
minded in answering questions, a thing tbat
has not happened before In bis 23 years' ser
vice there behind the desk.
SES. CLETELAND COMPLIMENTED.
A Street Arab's Tribute to the Wife of the
rrom the New York Star.l
One of the prettiest compliments I have ever
heard, said a Washington man to me yesterday,
was paid Mrs. Cleveland by astreet boy. It was
on Pennsylvania avenue, Washington, and she
was alighting from her carriage at a fashiona
ble store. A ragged but sweet-faced boy
stepped up with-a basket of flowers and asked
the mistress of the White House to buy a
bunch of violets. Airs. Cleveland smiled, spoke
kindly to the lad, took the violets, and tossed
him half a dollar.
"Jimmy," said tbe ragged urchin's company
Ion. "did ycz know dat de lady who giv yez de
money wuz Mrs. Cleveland f
'Is that so, Grimseyt" answered Jimmy.
"Golly. 'f I'd only known dat I'd given herde
whole basketful, for she's, sweeter dan de bush
dey grows on."
GEITING ALONG WITH W0EK.
The First Appropriation BUI Ever Reported
Before the Holidays.
Washington, December 21. In the House
to-day Mr. McComas, from the Committee on
Appropriations, reported theDistri'ctot Colum
bia appropriation bllL Printed and recom
mitted. This is tbe first time In tbe history of the
House when at tbe first regular session a gen
eral appropriation bill has been reported before
No Need of Wasting- Time.
From tbe St, Louis Globe-Democrat.
Speech-making when the tariff bill comes up
in this Congress should be cut short. The
number and the length of tbe speeches de
livered in the last Congress were a reproach to
tbe body which permitted them. Nothing new
can be said on the subject now, and the old
talk ought not to be allowed to take up much
Jdst for d Chaise.
JTrom the Washington .Foitl '" '.
Mr.Keely, tbe motor man, has made another
report. We should think, it would rest Mr.
Keely If now and then be would turn'f rom the
arduous task of making reports and try his
hand at making a motor.
More Pension Physicians Wanted,
WASHtwoTOirr December 2L Tbe Commis
sioner of Pensions to-day sent a letter to the
Secretary of tbe Interior, asking tbat Cangress
be requested to authorize tbe appointment of
30 additional physicians and surgeons to the
medical division of tbe Pension Bureau.
AxnzKHAK Donohde, ot Wllkesharre, has
gained almost a world-wide reputation for bis
novel method of punishing a wife beater, by
himself recently flogging tbe prisoner at tbe
bar, A letter commending his action has been
received from a French lady residing in New
A MrrrLEt woman -threw some medicine in
the Are, and an explosion -took place which
carried the store out of doors.
A tract of land wbleb Included the main
portion of the original plot of Johnstown was
once bought for 10 18 at a forced sale.
A iuocs. of wild geese flew over Akron the
other night, and some ot them sauattedtiown
on tbe tops ofbuildings and took a rest.
A Sombbsbt county veteran drew his pen
sion money, and put it in hi j pants pocket. A
few minutes later be felt an unpleasant heat,
and putting his hand In, found his pocket and
money destroyed. He thinks a match came
In contact with a silver dollar, and 'caused
the fire. At any rate 12 In silver was all tbat
remained of his SIS.
Oir the Kanawha and Ohio Railroad a quail
flew against the headlight of a locomotive the
other evening, breaking the; glass and extln
guisbingthe light. The quail was picked up for
dead and given to the baggage master, who re
vived it. Soon it was as chipper as ever and
was turned loose to go on its way rejoicing,
while tbe train ran tbe remainder of the way
Seventeen years agy a nlan named Ebbs, a
cripple pauper, left Mlffllntown and has been
wandering around tbe State ever since. In a
recent lawsuit at Bellefoute tbe Court decided
that he was a charge to that borough, and now
Mlffiintown has a debt of 11,000 to pay on. tbe
The description ot a missing man which was
sent to the Columbus (O,) police headquarters
contained the statement that ha wm 65 years
old and small for his age,
THE SNEEZING EPIDEMIC.
Nkw Yobk IFoWd; The chief requisite for
treating influenza is tbe handkerchief.
New Orleans States: A clean city passes
tolerably easy through the visitation of a
plague; a filthy city is hit very hard.
NEWYoKK'JJirrald; New Yorkhu the in
fluenza. Now we suppose tbat envious Chicago
Will txy to get up a bigger sneeze than .curs.
Boston Globe: Tbey say the influenza has
crossed the water to pay ns a holiday visit.
But 'we ate too busy to entertain the croup just
AxbAny Argus: Since it bas attacked
tbe nobility across tbe sea the gilded youth of
tbe metropolis are laying lu a supply of pocket
St. Loots- Jpost-VUpatch: It Congress does
not pass a law forbidding the Importation of
influenza it hasno regard for ho Interests of
th people. The home ne market Is sV
Indianapolis Journal: Tbe so-called Rus
sian influenza is said te bave appeared at De
troit, Kansas City, aad several smaller Western
towns. It it Important for the reputation of
this city that soma person should Ibave.lt at
New Yoek Herald: While It Is not very
fatal (she mortality being generally put down
a4arBt)ad gsj aetblag in eea."
ate wfea Astasia eWlet, a rMtatieq ef la-
Aausti isuaLJ Bssssa ssVaa .sIsbbbVHibbbI sVfl SBBsesssa sssl
' CDRI0US CONDEKSATIOSST' X
Twins, aged 90 years, are living in
KansasCityhas the inflneaSTind'St.
Louis Is jealous. .4
An Idaho physician advertises: "Jb
poor never refused."
Christmas trees are declared'iobe'going
out of fashion in New York.
A 'Chattanooga lawyer dared a Shelbys
villa bellorfo marry him. She wotUdn'tltake
dare, and the wedding came off the same day.
One of the items in a bill received by
tbe Selectmen of Eastport, Me., for thelmaln
tenance of an estrayed Eastport panperfby '
another town was Jlo for popcorn cakes.' ;f '
A petrified moccasin was unearthedsat
Pendleton, Ore., last Monday by somaJlabor-
ers, wno were aiggingror the foundation' of la
Will be sent to tbe Smith-" .
A petrified apple was discovered at.. ,
Harrington, Me., a few days ago by some boys."
It had 'changed to tbe color of marble. The
stem and blossom were apparently as perfect
as when tbe fruit fell from the tree.
A remarkable poised rock, famous
throughout South America as "tbe moving
stone," may be seen on Tandil Mountain, in
Buenos Ayres. It is 2i feet high. 30 feet long
and 18 feet wide, containing over 5,000 cubic
feet and weighing some 25 tons. It U irregu
larly conical iu shape and r-sts upon a conical
support with a bearing surface some ten
Inches in diameter. The power of a single man'
Is sufficient to oscillate the enormous mass.
iwHbu, M uiKUBnajni uj WiU WlUa.
-yAt Atlanta, Tuesday, two well-dressed
men stopped on the corner of Broad and Mari
etta streets and began gazing upward, one of
tb em often pointing to a telephone wire with
his cane, as if trying to make his companion
see something be was looking at. The other
shaded his eyes with his band- but sbook bis
bead, at which tbe first man mentioned cangbt
him by tbe arm and led him backward a few
steps. They kept up their antics until a big
crowd collected. Finally, when asked, tbey
said: "We were just experimenting to see how
many gaping idiots we could collect in ten
An heir for the J20.000 estate of Thomas
Ablewhlte, of Chicago, has been found. For a
long time it was expected tbe small fortune
would revert to tbe State. Ablewhlte was a
drygoods merchant, and Austin Clement, a
creditor, was made administrator to collect his
estate. Clement reported that as far as known
deceased had no heirs. He was told to adver
tise and make a search. He did so and. after a
long delay, a half sister of Ablowhita bas been
found at Longcbester. England. Her name is
Mary Wignall Lever, and when she proves her
relationship tbe $20,000 will be given her, much
.w uu ptcseub surprise.
Paul Hall, of West Union, la., over 70
years of ageand a firm believer in Christian
sciences, was recently induced to go East to Hat
Bottom, Busquebannacounty, Pa.byamedlun
who claimed to bave a message from a former
wife. The medium persuaded Mr. Hall to
leave his present wife, and to eive to her (tbe
medium) about $3,000. It is said tbat his wife's
spirit wanted some apples, wbereupon ho
bougSt and gave tbe medium 200 barrels. Silk
dresses and otber material things were offered
to tbe ghost and appropriated by tbe woman of
the flesh until Mr. Hall Is penniless. Mr. .Ball
is no w trying to get his money back.
At the meeting of the Hudson County
(N. J.) Health Board Wednesday evening, J3r,
Leonard J. Gordon called attention to com
plaints that John Feilfle, who claimed to be a
doctor, was practicing the arts of a conjurer on
bis patients. It was said tbat a skull stained
with blood was one ot tne instruments of bis
incantations. This was denied by bis wife
whed his house was1 -visited, but she said that
somo people called to ask him. to be cured of
tbeir troubles: tbat be put papers in a bottle
and looked in the looking glass, mumbled
something, and told them tbey would be cored.
Tbe only thing he everorescribed was hot mar
row to be rubbed on the affected parts.
Mr. Sumner and one or two other gen
tlemen were in the woods on Ty-Ty creek; in
Colquitt county, Georgia, a few days ago and
saw a yearling deer running in the direction of
the swamp. While watching tbe deer, they
saw a large wildcat spring upon it, ticerlike,
and bring it to tbe grouna. The deer made bnt
a few leaps before the cat brought it down and
killed it. The party not having tbeir guns with
them, went and got tbeir guns and dogs and
gave chase to tbe cat. Tbe eat being full from
bis mess of venison, did not run far before be
climbed a tree. A well-aimed .rifle ball front
tbe gun of one of tbe party brought down tbe
cat, which measured 6 feet from the end of
his tail to the end of his nosa -
Another, "old man of tho-raountflnt'sjejlfc,
has been discovered in the' White Mountain
region by J. M. Jerow, an artist of Portland.
Me., who has been taking pbotograpblo views
of the picturesque scenes near Sawyer's river.
The most curious circumstance of the discov
ery Is the fact that tbe artist who took tbe view
of the gigantic crag from which the bugs stone
iroflle of a man stands out in well-defined
Ines did not discover the statuesque bead until
it was pointed out to bim by George Payne,
who happened to take up tbe photograph. The
likeness to a gigantic human face which tbe
picture displayed to tbe eyes of the astonished
artist as soon as his attention was directed to it
by Mr. Payne was so strikingly accurate than an
excursion was at once made to tbe spot whence
the picture was taken, and then for tbe first
time tbe stern features of the "Hermit of the
Gulch" were revealed to mortal eyes. It is such
a palpable semblance ot the human face tbat
tbe dullest eye cannot fail to-discern every
feature of a well-defined profile.
Some years ago one of the present Con
gressmen from New York State and his brother
were examining the .stock of a pawnshop in
London with the hope of picking up some
curiosities. They came across a necklace of
green glass beads, which the New York man
purchased for S3 50, intending to bring it home
to his little dauebter. The-brother was sur
prised to And in the shop a counterpart of this
necklace, which he brought home to his little
girl. Two months, later tbe latter showed ber
gift to a jeweler, who pronounced tbe glass
beads to he emeralds, and who sold tb em after
ward for several thousand dollars. The mem
ber of Congress, upon hearing this. took, his
necklace to tbe same dealer; who pronounced
It to be composed of glass beads. The London
pawn dealer bad purchased tbem of a thief,
who had stolen tbem from a wealthy Woman.
The latter kept tbe emeralds in a sate, and
wore tbeir glass counterparts. Ot course no
one could toll the difference wben the necklace
encircled her throat.
Blenskey Where Is Mr. Chalkitdown?
Clerk He is oat. sir.
Blenskey So am I. He owes me fla, Jfjnns
Baseball players labor tinder some great
disadvantages, for Instance, how can a short
stop render himself Invaluable in th long run.
Canvasser I have here a work that goes
off like hot cakes
Lady of tbe Bouse Please let me see It go off.
Perhaps the most trying experience in the
career of a maiden who has passed the first blush
of romantic girlhood la wben she braces herself
to roeot the shock ol a proposal of marriage from
some-man and the shock doesn't comc-CMeaga
Pater-Tou children turn np your notes
at everything on tbe table. Wben I was a boy I
was glad (o get enough dry bread to eat.
Tommy-gay, pa, you're having a much better
time of It, now you are living with us, ain't you?
Charles, (in love) Bnt yon should see
her eyes when sbeis angry. They flashlie light
John (been tbereb-Ycs, or wben she's looking
for a new beau. Then she keeps 'em peeled like
thunder. Hi nghamton Republican.
Content Wasn't Assent. Diek I intend
to marry yon whether or no. I know'yoa lore
me. I shall not go until 1 get yoac consent.
HIisFUrlte-Yoa have It.
Dlok-Ah. I knew I should triumph.
Miss Fllrtte Of coarse ,1 meant my consent to
go. Chicago Journal.
Briggs Young Smithers'is a friend of
yours, is he not?
Bnggs-Does he ever recite any of his poetry to
Braggs-Certalnly not, Didn't I just tell yonhs
is a friend of miner Terrt Hants Sxprest.
A OESTIK APPEAL.
Sweet lady with thegentle eyes t
And lips of cherry red
Nay, start not In annoyed surprise
Hor to?s thy haoghty bead
Go, chatter through tbe opera,
And giggle, flirt, all thai;
Bat pity those who tit behind,
And doff thy giant hat.
Tha SIpUon Passed the House. "Ac-,
cording to my father's rules, Mr. CnPm. we '
always saionro here at a. It Is now one minuio
or." - . .A
'Ah. lndecdf Well. In accordance, with Icgiilm-.it
tlve custom. Miss Barrows, there being some,naa
asisnea cosiness Dtlore tne nonse. a wiu vua-,
back the clock."
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