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PITTSBURG. TUESDAY. DEC, 24. 1SS9.
GRIPPE, OB PLAIN COLS.
Not to be behind the fashion, Pittsburg
discovered yesterday that it is attacked by
the Russian influenza. As the epidemic
does not call for any increase in the mortu
ary lists, but only requires general testi
mony to its discomforts and suffering, the
statement that we are abreast with the roy
alty and aristocracy of .Europe, in sneezing
and snuffling, may be accepted. Scientific
investigation, however, will be likely to de
velop the fact that the dampness and dis
comfort of the past few weeks have pro
duced a general crop of colds in the head,
and that the alleged "influenza" was just
as prevalent two weeks ago as it is on this
Christmas Eve. But it is a satisfaction to
lenow that we can keep up with Europe in
the fashionable ailment .
A BRIGHT LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
The Christmas holidays, North and South,
are saddened by the death of Henry W.
Grady, the interesting yonng journalist of
Atlanta, whose words of patriotism and of
manly hope and encouragement for all
sections have more than once within a few
years electrified the whole country. Mr.
Grady won fame early, and in an uncommon
manner. Though locally known in the
South as a capable newspaper man, his
name was not familiar to the general public
until a few years ago, when, by a single
speech at a banquet in a Northern city, he
attracted universal attention. Since then
his utterances have carried weight, and
scarcely a man speaking or writing on pub
lic topics has been more respectfully heard.
The keynote of Mr. Grady's speeches on the
South was that the past belief ot its people
in tne "Lost Cause" and their continued
personal admiration for their leaders should
not and did not prevent them from accept
ing fully and in perfect good faith the re
results as they stand. He argued thai the
best elements,including the new generation,
were only too willing and anxious to treat
ot the past as a condition wholly and irrevo
cably past and. at that, a past which they
would not recall if they could. Prom the
North he asked a recognition of this new
feeling, and the magnammons consideration
which would not assume that the South was
still disloyal or rebellions merely because
it refused to condemn itself and its leaders
for the mistakes which brought it disas
ter. The efforts of the deceased were to pro
mote patriotic devotion to the Union in the
South, and to induce the North to believe
that the feeling existed. His evident sincer
ity and his eloquence in presenting the situ
ation won cordial approval -in the North,
while in his own section he was applauded
with equal warmth. His death will be very
widely and deeply regretted, as that of a
man of high and generous feeling whose in
fluence, had he Jived, promised to make for
whatever was noble and good.
CHANGING THE SAYS.
Representative Crain has introduced the
measure which was pending in the Fiftieth
-Congress to change Inauguration Day to the
50th of April, and to commence the session
of Congress with the first of the year. The
effect ot the change would be to permit the
inauguration of our Presidents at a date
when the outdoor exercises were not envi
roned by dangers of pneumonia, influenza,
pleurisy and bronchitis, and, besides length
ening the short sessions of Congress about a
month, to set its meeting at a date which
does not insure the wasting of themonth be
fore the members go home for the holidays.
This proposed change in the governmental
moving days is very similar to the proposed
change in Pittsburg's moving day. The
dates, as at present fixed, in both cases rep
resent a survival from obsolete conditions.
Pittsburg's moving day is evidently handed
down from rural customs, the 1st of April
being selected in order that farmers may get
in their crops, and less agricultural residents
get settled in time to dig and sow In their
kitchen gardens. The governmental date
Lave a similar though more obscure origin,
the meeting of Congress being fixed when
farm work is all over, and the inauguration
and close of Congress being set lor a date
that will enable the world of politics to get
tome in time for spring plowing.
"We may regret the days of this close con
nection between the fundamental vocation
of tilling the soil, and life, both in politics
and in the city; but as that era is past, it
will be wise to conform to new conditions
and avoid the exposure of moving and in
auguration in the season of bad weather.
The opposition to either change can only
come from the insensate forces of fogyism.
The difference between the two is principally
that Pittsburg seems to be going at her
change with more of a will than Congress is.
RADICAL ENACTMENTS REQUIRES.
Mr. Whiting, of Michigan, has intro
duced in the House of Representatives a bill
which he thinks is of "vital importance to
the agricultural community of the United
States." The fact that the speculators get
information as to the condition of the crops
before the farmers, he correctly considers to
give them an undue advantage. He there
fore proposes that the Department" of Agri
culture shall give the earliest copy of the
crop reports to the Chief of the Signal
Service, who shall at once telegraph it to the
signal stations, whence it is to be distributed
to all the postoffices, and there displayed
for the inspection oi all comers.
The idea of giving the farmers asarly in
formation as to the crop, as the speculators
now get, is a fine one, hut Mr. 'Whiting will
nave to go deeper than his bill proposes be
fore "he accomplishes his purpose. No doubt
e speculators get information before the
ners; but there are several important
Hies in the political nature, which Mr.
"ngwill have to change, before the
tionof Government crop reports will
t inequality. Prominent among
i inveterate habit, which the
1 Department long ago con
etting out its crop reports some
ie information has reached the
yithe direct advices which they
ir correspondents throughout
scheme' 'will be of avail
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when the Government crop reports give their
information ahead of the intelligence re
ceived by private enterprise. But to secure
that end Mr. Whiting must introduce a bill
enacting an improvement in the breed of
A C0E0NETED TURNCOAT.
The cable tells us that the Liberals are
having some fun with the Marquis of Salis
bury over a speech he made in Ireland's be
half in Parliament a quarter of a century
ago. It Is a very good chance to poke fun
at the present head of the English Govern
ment, too, that the Liberals have unearthed,
though surely it can surprise no well
informed Englishman to hear, of Lord Salis
bury's contradicting himself.
In the speech in question which Lord
Salisbury made as member ot Parliament
for Stamford, he asked rhetorically for an
explanation ot the miserable state of Ireland.
Then in answering his own question he
showed that the cause of Ireland's misfor
tunes was not to be found in the Celtic race,
Romanism or the demagoguery of Ireland's
leaders, but in the bad government of
Ireland by England for centuries. No
doubt as Lord Robert Cecil, his title then,
the present high and mighty Marquis told
the truth. It may do him good to recall the
fact that he tied to veracity once upon a
time. But we fear it will not convert him.
It is hard sledding to convert a man who is
The effect of this revelation of Lord Salis
bury's tergiversation upon the voters of
England and Scotland is not likely to be'
great The Tory party is made np largely
of turncoats. It is not a sew thing, it
should be remembered in fairness to Lord
Salisbury, to find the Liberal of thirty or
fifty years ago a Tory to-day. Mr. Glad
stone himself, that king tree of the political
forest, started on his career in Parliament a
rampant Tory. Disraeli, the greatest op
ponent Gladstone has ever bad, professed
faith in the extreme Liberal creed when he
first ran for Parliament Of late years the
turning of coats has been immensely fash
ionable in English politic!. It is not safe
to say of what complexion an English poli
tician may be on the morrow.
The change in Lord Salisbury's views
occurred naturally enough. When he
was young, his father, the Earl
had no love for him and virtually turned
him adrift He was the younger son then.
In a plucky fashion he sustained himself
with his pen, writing a great deal for radical
reviews. But the blind Viscount Cranborne
died and Lord Robert Cecil in due time
succeeded to the Earldom. When he took
the coronet he took a new look at the world.
It seemed a good world, a comfortable
world, noi needing reform to the Earl of
Salisbury. It is an old story in England
and elsewhere for that matter.
THE ENEMIES OP PE0TECTI0N.
The declaration of Congressman Burrows
that the trusts can be wiped out without af
fecting the protective system, is indorsed by
the St Louis Globe-Democrat, which adds
this important truth: "In fact the trusts
are, in principle, diametrically opposed to
the theory of protection. Protection cre
ates, and was designed to create, home com
petition, while the trusts destroy competi
tion." This is a fact which should not be lost
sight of in discussing the question of pro
tectioT and trusts. The purpose of protec
tion is to secure the cheapness of staples
produced by the increase of competition
among the industries which are thus called
into existence. The aim of the trusts is to
defeat the object of protection by preventing
the competition in home industries, and
thus to secure the benefit of protection to
the members of the trusts instead of letting
its fair share reach the people.
Bat should not this fact arouse the friends
of protection to the knowledge that every
combination among the members of pro
tected industries, to limit or prevent com
petition, is a direct attack upon the pro
tective system? Every attempi to prevent
and monopolize the results of protection not
only appropriates to the few the benefits
which should be distributed among the
many, but creates the strongest prejudice
against the system which is so perverted
One of tbe first principles which should
be inculcated in the defense of protection is
that tbe trusts are its most dangerous
BELLIGERENT SOCIAL ETHICS.
The question, which arm a gentleman
should offer a lady in escorting her, either
to or from the table, or from church, is
agitating th e social philosophers of Paris
It is interesting to observe that the theory, of
"the only Juliet" in Nat Goodwin's "Gold
Mine," that a gentleman must always offer 1
a lady his left arm "in order that his sword
arm may be left to defend her," is main
tained in Paris, and for practically the
same reason. It is held that the escort
must keep his right arm free in order to be
prepared for any contingencies of attack or
defense that the service of the lady may re
quire. This nicety of French etiquette is calcu
lated to give us queer ideas of the condition
of French society where it is considered
necessary for the esiort to be ready to slug
any disrespectful ptrwn who may offer in
dignity to hi convoy between the dining
hall and the saon. inch a necessity might
cause an indisposition on the part ot cau
tions men to act as squires of dames in
France. Bat it is reassuring to find a writer
in V Intermediaire holding that there is no
necessity for this belligerent attitude in the
salon or at church, and therefore ft should
not be assumed.
Perhaps a more modern version of the
code would conform it to the needs of the
present day. The French gallant might be
required to give his left arm to the lady in
order to have his right hand free to twirl his
mustache; the English, that he may suc
cessfully manipulate his monocular; and the
American dude, in order that his power
ful richt arm can wrestle with his over
Of course neither ancient nor modern
theories would think of the common sense
and courteous reason for offering the left
arm to a lady: in order that she may have
the superior support and convenience of
taking it with her right
A REPORTED DEFICIENCY.
The report which was circulated a few
days ago that increased appropriations
wonld be asked for the various departments
of the city had the life temporarily crushed
out of it by the prompt denial of the heads
of departments. It now bobs np in a new
form to the effect that the revenues from the
various sources this year show an aggregate
deficiency of $250,000 to $300,000, which
will have to be made up by an Increased
tax rate next year. The patient taxpayer
will certainly hope that the sudden dis
covery of a failure in the revenues that
have been coming in for nearly year will
not necessitate -a materially ineressed.bur
den of taxation. Clear reasons' will be re
quired before the people approvr a raising
.of the rate of tax levy, 'aid the city officials
sill do wisely to be sure of their ground be
fore advancing any such proposition.
Pxbhaps the suggestion of the Weather
Bureau that we majMiave a rainy Christmas is
based on the hope that It It says so, the oppo
site will prove true The weather has devel
oped a habit oi reversing the bureau this sea
son. Mb. HolmAX, of Indiana, -was quite
right in telling the House, the other day, that
It it is to maintain economy In public expendi
tures, it must begin by cutting down tbe wasto
In its own expenses. Tbe trouble with Con
gressional economists Is generally that they
wish to retrench everywhere but in the expen
ditures out of which they get some benefit It
Sir. Holman succeeds in re forming that dispo
sition, ho will work a great Improvement in the
character of the legislators; and, according to
some reports, Mr. Holman, of Indiana, will be
among the statesmen who are reformed.
The pending trial ot Aldermanio crook
edness Is also made to Illustrate the peculiari
ties of tbe jury system by tbe exclusion of
some leading citizens, wbo ought to bo the best
jurors that could be obtained.
The Senate was a good deal wrought up
the other day. during executive session, by the
discovery of a stranger in the gallery. This be
ing against the rules, an Investigation was or
dered, and It was found that the interloper had
fallen asleep just before the Senate went Into
secret session. The fact that he did not wake
up till rudely disturbed in his slumbers by the
sergeant-at-arms indicates that the proceedings
of tbe Senate in executive session are of the
same soporific character as those which the
public is permitted to know of.
Since Redloe's Island has been decided
to be the property of New Jersey1, will the
function of the great bronze statue be described
as a case of "Jersey .Lightening the World."
Ik London, Milan, Rome, Vienna and
Paris, electric light currents of high tension are
successfully and safely operated by under
ground wires. The statement of American
electricians that It cannot be done in this
country, therefore amounts to a confession of
their own incompetence, or worse.
Nets from New York is to the effect that
Thomas B. Piatt has the grip. He has had it
on the offices, for a long time, but that Is not
what makes the tears come into his eyes.
The irony of fate was never writ larger
than when Mr. Reed, of Maine, has succeeded
in achieving the speakership ot the House of
Representatives, and cannot conquer a very or
dinary collectorship up in Maine. This Is
enough to give a great statesman a low idea of
The North will join the South in mourn
ing the death of the gifted orator of the New
South. It will be hard to find a man to match
the dead Henry W. Grady.
TJndetebked by example the bogus de
tectives have been trying to make a stake for
themselves for the Christmas season. Perhaps
they think they are no bigger frauds than their
friends In the private detective business but
that does cot excuse them for the offense of
All parties will nnite in approval of pro
tection forthis country agalnstthepauper In
fluenza of Europe when it is shown bow that
protection can be secured.
The Hon. John C. New is reported to
have unburdened himself of no less than 69
speeches at a recent London banquet The
number of wines between each speech may ac
count for the quantity, andgive us correct ideas
of the quality, of the oratory.
The report is abroad that the "Russian
grippe" is In Pittsburg; but there is reason to
believe that It is the sauft old cold in the head.
The English syndicate has got the mills
and elevators of Minneapolis. The mills have
been rnn by water power for a long time, and
the Englishmen will now try and see If they
cannot run the market for their capital stock
in the same way.
PEOPLE OF PfiOHLNENCE. ,
Me. F. Mabion Cbawfobd will henceforth
make his home chiefly at Washington.
Govebnob Hm. has been Invited to make
a speech at the dinner to be given by the Mas
sachusetts Democracy on the anniversary of
Jackson's victory at New Orleans.
The Hon. Bonum Nye, of North Brookfleld,
Mass., has lived under the administration of
every American President, and is still able to
run a railroad and manage a bank.
Mb. William Henby Httj.tabt), the
American painter, always gets a great re
ception when he goes to Amsterdam, because
be" is a descendant of Jan Van der Heyden,
Mb. Richabd Smith, ot the Cincinnati
Commercial Qdzelte, who arrived in Washing
ton Saturday, took lunch with the President
yesterday, and will leave Washington for bis
home this evening.
Bats a Washington correspondent; 'When
Speaker Thomas B. Beed gets angry his fea
tures assume a most benignant aspect and an
almost seraphic smile illuminates his
countenance. Those wbo know him best say
that this Is tbe time to stand fro m under. It is
when he smiles good-naturedly that he Is most
- Kino Kalaxatja, ot the Sandwich Islands,
is a handsome-man, rotund and well-proportioned,
nearly 6 feet high, and nearly 200 pounds
in weight He stands erect, and has a stately
and dignified appearance. His complexion is
dark mahogany, but clear and soft His hair
is black and silky, and he wears side-whiskers,
mustache and Imperial.
The German National Zeitung attacks Stan
ley's statements in regard to Emln Pasha. It
says these statements seem to be made with the
Intention of replying to the reproach that
Emin's embarrassments were caused In part
by Stanley's appearance and his determination
to rescue one who did not desire to be rescued,
and that Emln must be heard in his own de
fense before conclusions are reached.
AT THE WEST PM.
A Royal Christmas to be Observed at the In
There is to be a royal time at the West Penn
Hospital, on Christmas day. Yesterday a large
wagon loaded witb turkeys stopped in front of
the hospital. Ten men were utilized for carry
ing the birds into the kitchen. Tbe hospital
chef says that it is going to tax his brains to
cook the various edibles, as multifarious as
they are extensive.
Dinner will be served in the wards for 300 peo
ple. A number of guests have been invited to
partake of the hospitality of the institution.
At supper" the patients and staff will be re-
faled witb ice cream provided by ladles of tbe
lower and Fruit Society.
Four Christmas trees nave been donated to
the hospital by Miss Lizzie Tindle, The tree to
be set up m the children's ward is to be decor
ated with choice presents for the pretty suf
ferers. DEATHS OP A DAY.
Edward T. Walte
WASeinqtox, December 23. Mr. Edward T.
Watte, son oi the late Chief Justlce'Walte, died at
an early hour this morning at his mother's h ome.
In this city. His mother and wife, brother and
sister were at the bedside. The remains were
taken to-day to Toledo, where the funeral win be
held. Mr. Walts was engaged in tbe practice or
law in Toledo, where be was much respected. His
death, which was doe to Bright' disease, occurred
alter a lingering- Illness,
Asa R. Wood.
tsrlCClAl. TltlO BAM TO TH DISPATCH.1
Washington, Pa., recembera.-AiaB. Wood
died of nerrons prostration, yesterday, at his lata
residence In the Wrst End, aged 40 years. He
had been for the past eight or tcnyears connected
with the press or this place as reporter. He leaves
a wife, but no children.
PboYXdxncx, B. I., December . JalrnesPnt
ncy.Jtfce oldest optician In this dtste, and widely
known lln NeirEngland and tojthe trade, died
here yesterday. , a .'.?$
A Young Calculator' Terrlao Effort Tbe
Explosion of as Old Caek McGInty
In tho Builders' Exchange.
MONG thollttleraay.be presidents who are
growing up in this neighborhood is a young
man who has made away with two and a halt
years of iia life and has sundry accomplish
ments to show for tbe time spent. The latest
of his acquirements la a knowledge of num
bers. It is not an exact knowledge; h6 Is likely
enough to tell you that he saw a million dogs
daring his perambulation In the park, when be
When his brother, a few years older, came
home from school late the other day the young
calculator said with baby gravity; "Ob, you're
dreftul late clock's struck a hundredl"
'TMie usual appetite of a clock is qnencbed in 12
strikes at tbe outside, and In that it has the
privilege of nine more than tbe baseball player,
who can have but three. Any clock onght to
be satisfied at having four times as many
opportunities as a Daseball player gets for
everyone knows that the latter wants molt of
the earth, and usually obtains what he asks
On this ground the behavior of an aged clock,
which has been tbe trusted timekeeper of one
family or another for tbe past 75 years, on a
recent occasion is not only extraordinary but
reprehensible. The clock in question Is of tbe
"grandfather" type, and stands seven or eight
feet high, commanding an uninhabitable
region picturesquely called a reception bait
It's a plain old clock, with a good-natured
.brown face, and no frills. For years and years
it has conducted Itself in a rigidly proper way,
but several nights ago contemplation of its
new abode, tbe roception ball, or some other
irritating circumstance, provoked it to ex
plode. When the night was at the flood tide 6f still
ness, tbe old clock began to strike. I do not
know whether I was awake at tbe start but I
counted 78 strokes. At any time tbe clocx's
voice Is a trifle raucous, but this unusual effort
bad a peculiar effect on its vocal chords, and
the jangle of discordant tones which came out
of that old wooden case alarmed the whole
Since that night It has not struck at all. It
has gone on strike as it wore. Some people
profess to discern a patriotic meaning to the
clock's wholesale striking seeing that it hit
fhe memorable figures '76.
The McQinty joke is not likely to die for
the air everywhere.
One n'ght last week while the builders and
contractors were consulting together in solemn
conclave at their exchange on Liberty street,
a boy came in and'asked tor Mr. B a well
known builder. Mr. S stepped to the
door and the boy said: "Mr. S , there's a
man over at the Beventh Avenue Hotel that
wants to nee you about some concrete contract.
He's in the bar.
Well, Mr. B and the other worthies who
belong to tbe Builders' Exchange often ad
journ to the Seventh Avenue Hotel, and there
is some business done there as well as friendly
conversation. So it struck Mr. S as natural
that he should be called to meet a man there.
As the boy turned to go, Mr. B asked him
what the man's name was.
"Oh, McGInty, I b'leeve."
Five minutes later Mr. S crossed Liberty
street and entered the hotel. He asked at the
clerk's desk, and remembered then he was to
meet the man in the bar room. The bar room
was empty, and Mr. 8 asked the bartender
if anyone had been Inquiring for him. The
bartender said : "No, Mr. 8 ; did you expect
to find some one here? Who washer"
"A man named McGInty," replied Mr. S .
The bartender caught on, as they say, at once;
and contriving to suppress a smile, said! "Why
there was a man named McQinty here ana he
said If anyone asked for him I was to say that
he had gone down to the Anderson."
Mr. S , still unsuspicious, trotted down to
the Anderson. Of course be found no Mc
GInty there. However, he did not dream that
a joke bad been played upon him till be entered
the lobby of the Seventh Avenue Hotel again
and was hailed with roars of laughter by his
brethren of the Exchange who had gathered
there to see tho finish.
A SUIT P 0B A DUKE'S FORTUNE.
Titled Beneficiaries to Share the Historic
London, December 23. The Brunswick
Court has dismissed tho suit undertaken on
behalf of the children of the Countess of Civry
to recover the fortune of the late Duke of
Brunswick. The Duke Charles Frederick
Augustus William died la Geneva In 1873. He
was the elder of thj two sons of the "Bruns
wick's fated chieftain" of Byron's line the
Duke Frederick, who was killed atQuatre
Bras. He succeeded to his father's titles, and
became the reigning Duke ot Brunswick In
1823, but he misgoverned the country so abom
inably tbat he was driven out in 1829. Tbe
German Diet gave bis estates to his brother
William. Charles led a loose and eccentric life
and accumulated property, particularly dia
monds. His diamonds were sold at his death
for a very large sum. He was never married,
or. never otherwise than morcanaticallr.
The mother of tbe children In whose name
this suit Is brought is alleged, however, to be a
legitimate daughter of the Duke, and the
ground of the action was that claim. The
Court, on tbe contrary, stands by tbe law that
has made the King of Saxony and the Dnke of
Cumberland the beneficiaries of the estates
tand vast personal fortune of tbe Dnke.
FfilENDLT TO ALLISON.
Senator Beck Thinks Iovri Won't Befnse
fto Re-Elect Him.
'FKOM A ETATF CORBESTONDBNT.l
Washington, December 23. The constant
solicitude of bis fellow Senators, without ex
ception, in regard to the re-election ot Senator
Allison, is exceedingly complimentary to that
gentleman. There Is no sign of party feeling
in the matter. A good illustration of this was
the remarks of Senator Beck, of Kentucky,
to-day. He said:
The State of Iowa wonld never be so .foolish as
to pnt any one In Allison's place save Allison
himself. If It did it would disgrace itself. At
present Iowa is the most prominent State In the
Senate, for Allison is not only chairman of the
committee on appropriations, bnt he Is the second
member of tho committee on finance. If they send
a new man here he will hare to go down to the
lower end of. It may be, and probably would be,
somt of the minor committees, William B. Alli
son is a statesman, and If tbe Iowa Legislature
has not completely lost Its senses, it will send him
back to the Senate as often as he can be persuaded
A Humane Act.
From the Chicago News.! .
Tbe members of tbe United States Senate
were dreadfully shocked the other day by tbe
discovery tbat a spectator was in tbe visitors'
gallery during an executive session. They
caused an officer to hustle him out In short
order. The Senators deserve praise for their
prompt action, for the poor fellow was noarly
boredto death when found.
WHEN SANTA CLAUS WAS YOUNG.
Was Santa Clans ever a child? I think
Be must h&Te been, my dear.
With golden hair and fair, young face,
And bine eyes, deep and clear.
And, very much like you. my child,
Be had his little joys,
And romped in play the livelong day
With other Uttle boys.
And that Is the reason, I think, my child,
Be knows just what will please
Each little heart, and witb bis gifts
Loads down the Christmas trees.
And when he flUs your stocking, dear,
With bonbon and with toy,
I'm sure old Santa thinks or days
When he, too, was a boy.
And when be grew up. I think he had
A boy like our own Ned,
A romping, cheery little lad,
Whose sort, bright, curly head
Would often nestle on his breast
As yours on mine now lies,
And listen to old fairy tales
With wonder In bis eyes.
I think that he loved the little chap
As tenderly as I
Love you. my child; and when one night
An an gel from the sky
Came down unto the earth and bore
His little boy away
Into the land beyond tbe stars
In heavenly fields to play,
1'm.sure old Santa grieved and grieved,
As other people monrn.
And for the sake of tbat little boy,
Into the hcaveus borne,
Throughout the world he goes each year
With reindeer and with sleigh.
And fills the children's stockings op
On every Christmas day.
. j Chicago Sent,
4 . .
SfWelr Old Trinity the Hch f a BrllHatt
Hoclal Event One or the Handsomest
Weddlaca of th Seaaaa.
The merry bridal chimes rang out from Trin
ity Episcopal Church at half-past 8 o'clock last
evening, announcing the wedding of Miss Mary
Watson and Mt. Frank P. Sprout.
Never has the aristocratlo sanctuary wit
nessed a more imposing or brilliant scene than
was presented fiom half-past 7 until 9 o'clock,
for it was fully that before the last guest bad
passed down the Steps and out beneath the
awning into the crowded street
At either side of tbe entrance to tbe awnine
were throngs of pedestrians, inspirod by
curiosity, vainly trying to get a glimpse of tbe
bridal party as they entered or left tbe church,
and both sides of Sixth avenue, in the vicinity
of the church, and for two blocks down Smith
field street, carriages were in line blocking the
street cars several times as tbey were driven
up to receive their precious loads.
Tbe pews In the front of the church were re
served for the more intimate friends of tbe
bridal couple, all of whom were in the extreme
of evening attire; the remaining portion of the
pews being occupied by the street-costumed
guests, wbo bestowed manyan admiring gaze
upon the lovely ladies who removed their
evening wraps at the door, thereby displaying
their beautifully ronnded necks, upon which
gleamed rare jewels, and their lovely toilets of
varied magnificence and cosmopolitan fashions.
Tbe gentlemen wbo attended them fell heir,
to a liberal share of admiration, also, and com
ments were passed freely upon the manly
beauty and bearing of some of the knights of
Tho ancient edifice has never In Its existence
been such a bower of beauty and fragrance as
It was last evening.
Tho pulpit was banked solidly with band
some palms with a wide border of Boman
hyacinths, white bouvarded and white carna
tions. The golden eagle, holding' the Bible on
the lectern, arose from a lovely bed of dellcato
harrasl lilies, and the same-exquisite flowers In
a multitude nodded their pretty heads in the
marble font The chancel rail was gracefully
trimmed with tbe green polnt-setta, whose
bright red flower was the only bit of floral
coloring In tbe entire decorations.
Back of tbe chancel railing the pure jnarble
altar was a pretty setting in a dense arch of tbe
most exquisite productions of the tropics
which reached almost to the dome and was
brightened and made mors beautif dl by myr
iads of lighted tapers and innumerable harrasl
lilies, the pure glorious effect of the entire for
mation being in keeping with tbe white gar
ments of the vested male choir of 45 voices that
occupied the choristers seats.
Organist Leonard Wales began the musical
portion of the programme with a march by
Niels W. Gade, played with a triumphant
movement and the fnll strength ot the organ.
A series of modulations led to the overture to
''Lion of Peru," Introducing a new gavotte
therein. "The Strueusle," from Meyerbeer's
"IAfncaiue," followed. At Just 8 o'clock a
signal was given and the stately strains of a
Wallenhaupt march heralded tbe entrance of
tbe vested choir, which filed in from the cbanel
and divided at the main aisle,passing around tbe
two-side aisles and coming together at tbe main
door. Careful practice bad resulted in a striking
evenness of movement which provoked ad
miration. While the bridal party was being
arranged In order soft musio was played.
When tbe column, led by the choir, was ready
to commence the line of march a signal was
given and the strains of tbe bridal chorus,
"The Voice That Came From Eden," set to a
bridal chorus from "DerMachtlager in Gren-
aaa," aoatea tnrougn tne loity eaince. The
strains became louder as tbe procession neared
the altar and the organ came in with a bnrst of
melody as tbe choir reached the chancel. Filing
into their seats the cboir continued singing
while the lengthy procession was traversing
the main aisle.
The ushers who led the bridal party to the
altar, after seating tbe audience, were Messrs.
George Painter, Frank Jones, Jr., Garrison
McClmtock, Henry Cnalfant, Henry 81nger,
William Patton. J. Dennison Lvon. McClurcr
Hays, John Myres and George Singer, au
dressed in Immaculate evening dress and wear
ing clusters of white violets.
The charming maids wbo followed the
ushers were Miss Julia Watson, Miss Eleanor
Reed. Miss Louise Beggs,Miss Sue Dalzell,
Miss Julia Morgan, Miss Byers, Miss Anna
Marshall and Miss May Newport, of St Paul,
They were attired in white silk mull gowns
that j ust tipped in the back. The deep hem of
the plain full skirts were embroider
ed in blue forget-me-nots, and the
bodices were cut low and sleeveless,
and trimmed with blue forgetme-nots.
rhelr toilets were completed with handsome
surah silk sashes of pale blue, knotted grace-fnUy-in
the back, and pretty white silk tulle
tells wero confined with wreaths of fhe same
poetic little flower, whichenhanced but did
not conceal the beauty of their faces. They
carried lar;e bouquets otMadameDe Watts vffle
The maid of honor, Miss Harriet Watson,
who will now be Miss Watson, was a picture in
a trained gown of pale blue brocade, with bare
neck and arms, and yell and bouquet similar
to tbe other maids.
Leaning on the arm of her father, Mr. Mark
W. Watson, arrayed in white1 silk brocade, the
front elaborately trimmed with ducnesse lace,
and the back a la nrincesse trained to extreme
length, was Miss Watson one of the most grace
ful and prettiest brides of tbe season. A neck
lace of pearls, with diamond pendant the
groom's gift, was worn, and the customary veil
enshrouded her girlish figure and fair face, and
she carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley
At tbe altar the groom, attended by Mr.
Harry Sproul, bis brother, received tbe bride
from tbe bauds of her father, and Rev. Samuel
Maxwell, tbe rector of the church, performed
the beautiful ceremony of the Protestant
Episcopal ritual in an impressive manner.
The tableau presented by tbe bridal party
wbo were confronted by tbe white-robed minis
ter was Intensely pretty. After reading a por
tion of the service at the chanqel railing they
advanced to tbe altar, and the grouping of the
maids with maid of honor, best man, bride and
groom and minister formed an inverted V ex
tended from the chancel steps to tbe altar.
At the conclusion of the service a choral
amen was sung and tbe brilliant harmony ot
the wedding hymn, "Give Thy Blessing to this
Union," tbe musical setting of which was by
the organist rose in the perfumed air, Mrs.
Sproul. leaning upon the arm of her husband,
descended tho chancel steps and moved slowly
toward the door, followed by her father, who
escorted tho maid Ot honor. The ushers and
bridemaids followed. After the hymn a march
was played until the bridal party bad been
conducted to carriages and the ushers had re
moved the satin bands from the pews. With
the recessional hymn, "Xby Kingdom Come, O
Loid," the choir filed out Tbe far-away effect
of their voices as the volume of sound dimin
ished and became almost inaudible was cer
tainly very pretty.
Tbe invited guests were then transferred to
the residence of tho bride's parents on Lin
coln avenue, where tbe florist had spent two
days in decorating the lovely rooms tbat were
all thrown open.
In a domelike canopy of smilax, perfectly
round, ar.d trimmed with pink roses, knotted on
with pink ribbons, the bride and groom re
ceived tbe congratulations of the company.
Tbe remaining decorations In the drawing
room were of pink, tbe mantels, of which there
were two, were banked with orchids and roses,
and the picture moldings ratling was graceful
ly trimmed with asparagus plumosa. In the
ball a magnificent teakwood table, the only
piece of furniture lert there, was filled with
maiden hair ferns and American beauties,
while the Christmas holly hung from wall and
ceillog. The library and two dining rooms were
all trimmed in the bright cheery holly, and
vases of rosea wero scattered promiscuously
through, the various rooms.
The wedding' presents comprised everything
wealth, and artistic taste could suggest; many
of them coming from Europe. Mr. Watson's
present was a handsome residence on Alle
gheny avenue, near tbe family home, which
the young couple will take possession of some
time in early spring;
The bride remembered her attendants with
pretty little lace pins made to represent a bow
of ribbon and set with torquolse.
Tbe supner was ono of tbe most elaborate
ever served in the city and was under the
direction of Schlosser.
Tbe musicians, Toerge's orchestra, occupied
a small square room temporarily built for
them from one or the side doors, which was
draped with pink and screened with tbe holly.
The-floral decorations wen, in charge ot A. M.
and J. B. Murdoch.
Tbe young couple departed on an Eastern
trlDAt 11 o'clock last evening,. but will return
in time to be present at the wedding cere
monies of Mr. Harry Sproul, the best man, and
Miss Louise Beggs,one of tbe maldl, which
will occur some time next month.
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An GHo Han Deposits 8483 In It and HU
Wlfo Bsllds a Fire.
rSTKCTAL TXLSQBAHTO TUX DISPATCH. 1
Mansfield, 0., December 23. George B.
Herring, a contractor, brought the charred
pieces of $102 worth of'greenbacks to tbe Sav
ings Bank this mbrnlngtn ascertain bow much
be could realize on them. Friday night be put
them in the top of a base burner, and Satur
day morning Mrs. Hefrtbg built a fire in tbe
stove and forgot about the money until ber
husband asked her to eet it for him.
Tbe fragments havo been sent to Washing
ton to frresamteed by a Treasury expert
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Odd Optslese and Qaatet Observations From
Cork and CorrWor.
JAKES O'KEtLX, is sow playing bis seventh
year of "Monte Cristo." During' tbat time
he has had few departures. For a short time
he played ''The Ataerican King" is the, West
and 'Hamlet" In the SOuth. He said, tbe
other afternoon, at the hotel, "I am growing
tired of tbe one tblng, but 1 suppose I will play
"Monte Cristo" as long as the people like It
However, X have made preparations fur a com
panion play, with which I will change off. It is
an old play, in which I acted 15 years ago, but
It will feel new to tbe great majority of, theater
goers to-day. In its general plot and atmos
phere it is very much like "Monte Cristo," but
tbe detailed situations are different No one
situation will remind you much of "Monte
Cristo." Its locale Is Paris, in tbe days lead
inglnto the Revolution, Instead of tbe chateau
d' If we have tbe Bastlle. The fall of that
famous prison is the hero's liberation. The
play will be liked, I know."
'J'hz sensation caused two weeks ago by the
appearance at aNbrthslde church of a dark
haired man who claimed to be tbe Christ, gave
occasion for a club discussion, tbe other even
ing, concerning the complexion of Jesus. Some
held, by tbe traditions, that he was fair: others,
because of bis race, maintained that-be mnst
have been da'rk. "Let us see what James
O'Neill says," was suggested, and his view was
sought He Is the only man who ever played
the part ot Christ on the American stage,
having acted it In the Passion Play at San
Francisco, about 11 years ago. He-made a care
ful study of history and tradition, at that time,
and collected many ancient portraits: He said:
"I made up as a blonde. It wonld hardly do,
in this country, to play it any other way. It is
probable, however, tbat Jesus was dark. The
man who acts that part at Oberammergau, Mr.
Meyer, wears his own longhair and beard, care
fully cultivated to tbe traditional shape, but
tbey are of rav;n hue."
fHS matron at the police station was
seen to pick a cigar stump from the floor.
That naturally caused a query. She said: "I
save them for the poor wonlen who are brought
in drunk. They cannot have whisky and their
I next craving is for tobacco. Tbey love these
stumps because tbey are full of nicotine and
satisfy their depraved taste. I don't believe
they are good for them, and I have made up
my mind to get plus tobacco for them. Do
you know, it is a fact that nearly all besotted
women chew tobacco?"
(ivrrE have just signed a new Brotherhood
" player," was the announcement which
Jimmy Ualvln aado yesterday afternoon, when
he came down town, "and he weighs 14
pounds." This Is the eighth boy, and, as
Jimmy's friends said, there are now just
enough to form a nine, with himself in the
rpHE young bloods of Pittsburg put on as
a much style nowadays as their models in
New York. With many of them It has become
tho proper caper to wear evening dress wh en go
ing out on a lark or a swallow or any similar orni
thological diversion. Of course, tbe gentle
men go only by carriage on such occasions.
The young man who desires to be au fait in
other words, "in the push," has a chest pro
tector made of blue Silk, plush or satin, which
covers the entire shirt bosom when wearing
evening dress. It is worn upon the street or in
the carriage when going to or from a society
affair, The other evening a very young young
man entered a downtown restaurant wearing a
gorgeous pleated and frilled breastplate. A
party of newspaper men were in the place, and
tbey were dazzled by the stranger's appear
ance. It was soon seen that he was not exactly
sober. One of the most hardened ot the pencil
pushers made a wager tobies, of course that
be wonld interview the young man, learn bis
name and borrow a dollar from him. The feat
was accomplished. Names can be had on re
ceipt of a 3-cent stamp.
Phaxi,bs A MrLLEE, Is probably the best
known hotel clerk in Pittsburg. For seven
years he held down tbe desk at tbe Mononga
bela House and worked off bis "sad sea-dog"
jokes on millionaires and traveling men. Then
be went to the Hotel Lafayette, in Philadel
phia, and tried to be frolicsome and happy in
the City -of Sedateness by the Schuylkill's
wave. It was vain. He had too many friends
In Pittsburg. In tbe night's silence be would
hear tbe plaintive voices of the paving stones
on Bmithfleld street calling him to return to
his septennial love. So be came back. At
10.30 o'clock on tbe morning of December 4 he
rose up behind the desk at tbe Monongahela
House and smiled at "Front" At 11:40 o'clock
the fire broke out and the ancient hostelry
went out of business. Mr. Miller nas trans
ferred bis affection to the Hotel Anderson, and
for several days he has been shaking hands
with old friends across the desk at that hotel.
He-says that he is "dead stuck" on Pittsburg,
and that nothine short of an election to Con
gress will persuade bim again to leave it
Thb daily registry lists sat tbe hotels are
growing short Business men have ceased,
lo'r two weeks, to travel, and even the drum
mers are at borne for their Christmas. Mer
chants revel In the holidays, but the hotel man
groans. His principal patrons are from the
adjacent country towns. Tbey come in to buy
Christmas presents, and tbey stop at the hotel
only for dinner. As a porcupine bristles with
quills, tbey bristio witb bundles; bundles big
and little, round and angular, long and short.
Tbey strew them upon tbe desk and about the
corridor, and are continually losing them and
calling for numerous porters to aid in the
search. No one will give the New Year a
heartier welcome than the weary hotel man,
when it gives him an opportunity to turn over a
new leaf In his register.
Tt will be a white Christmas, in the store win
dows. It is already white th ere. Santa Clans
and hosts of children, in effigy, deport them
selves amid drifts of whiteness behind the big
plate glass windows. Outside crowds of real
children stand in the sunshine or tbe drizzling
rain and envy the effigies in their furs and
dumb frolics. In one show window the figures
of children are skating on a floor covered with
powdered isinglass which shimmers like actual
snow. In another a host of little ones are hav
ing a sledding picnic on a hillside of white
wool. When tbe weather man falls to deal out
a genuine winter, tbe enterprising merchants
ot Pittsburg can tjo depended npon to supply
Weather man says rain Christmas.
Captain Dan Srtvis wa the recipient, last
evening, of a neat package, delivered to
him at tbe Central Station. He undid it care
fully while many jealous eyes watched him.
On the inner box was the address, "To tbe
Dude of the Police Force." "It's a box of
gloves or a silx handkerchief,'' the Captain
said, camplacentlywblle a soft smile played
over his heroic visage. The wrappers being
removed, thero was displayed a box of cig
arettes. Tbe Captain desires to receive tbe
name of his admirer. He never smokes
cigarettes, but every man connected with tbe
Central Station found it convenient to smoke
one last night
A 3-yeae-old incipient newspaper man of
the East End asks a great many puzzling
questions in tbe course ot the busy days he
puts in, Yesterday he came at his doting
parent of the male persuasion with the in
quiry:. ''Papa, how does 3od put heads on
peoples f" Tbe puzzled progenitor studied a
minute, and by a brilliant thought begged the
question by saying: "Ask Santa Clans." Hope
ful ran to the chimney, which, he had been re
cently told, was Santa Claus' avenue to the
outside world, and shouted his question into tbe
fireplace. He then put his hand to his ear in
anattltndeof attention, and after a moment
turned back with a triumphant expression and
said: "lknow. Santa Claus says God grows
your head on." . TheStbollsk.
A PHYSICIAN'S AID EEPDSED.
A Clergyman Forbids a Doctor Prescribing
for HI. Sick Child.
Attlxbobo, Mass., December 28. Rev.
Charles Plnney recently came from East Sag
inaw, Mien., and was placed in charge of- the
Second Advent S6ciery here. About two weeks
ago bis 9-year-old daughter was token slctwlth
typhoid fever, but the father was an ardent be
liever In the faith cure doctrine, and aid not
call a physician or notify the Board of Health.
Tbe neighbors brought the case to tbe atten
tion of the board Saturday nUhr.
A physician was ordered to visit tbe Child,
but the father refused to allow him to pre
scribe, saying- that he was ready to leave the
whole- matter ia tbe hands ot tbe Lord. The
Mastaeh-BSetca Society for Prevention of
Cmelty ta Children has been notified, and will
doubtless iUopr6fflptftute.' !
Cmelty ta Children has been notified, and will i rlevllte, Chester county, hat bees at las. JM ported Irish whisky, snd there can't be any (1 I
WMHtM ARfw W ClflHH
To the Editor ofT&e Dispatch:
Aooheetor sad New Brighton people are
going into a decline. The cause of tt Is lots of
sleep, and the loss of sleep is caused by too
much steam. When Daate wrote the "Inferno"
be had never beard ot steam whistles oa rail
road locomotives, or be would have doomed
some mortal to live is a hotel near the Pitts
burg and wbat-are-thelr-other-names railroads.
Each" esgiaeer seems to take a pride la having
the shrillest, most soul-destroying whistle
he can get And then, after he
has it, be proceeds to play
upon sensitive nerves with It As
near as I can iudae. the engineer will ran a
mile in order to draw out a dbubla whole note
in 4-4 time. He whistles in andante and varies
it with allegro. Bat it IS when be gets off a se
ries of sixteenths in positive and distinct stac
cato that be makes living people groan and tbe
buried mortals turnover in their graves. He
whistles when the train stops and when It
starts; he whistles two or three times because
Helen's babies find tout tbat tbe "wheels eo
wounds" be whistles after going six feet, to
tell the people, that ha is eolnr. and the last
moments ot his presence is a departing and pro
longed screech. And there are lots of him,
more is the trouble.
New Bsiohton, December 23, 18s
Regarding Popular Rock Foist.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Could you please furnlBh me with the name
or address, or both, of .the manager of. Bock
Point picnic grounds T A. iL, N.
Pittsburg, December 20. 18S9L
Mr. J. M. Kimball, Superintendent of the
Pennsylvania Company at Lawrence Junction,
has charge of the physical maintenance of the
grounds at Rock Point Application for dates
for picnics should be made to Mr. Samuel
Moody, District Passenger Agent, 1127 Liberty
Try Stenbebvllle or Yonngatowa.
To the .Editor of The Dispatch:.
Wonld you please tell me through your
paper which Is tbe nearest city In Ohio from
Pittsburg? I want to get married In Ohio. Tbe
reason is I want to surprise my friends no
elopement for I am 25 and tbe lady 84 years old.
Would I need to take any witness Irora Pitts
burg? may. and Decxmbxb.
AiLiairEirr. December za
Yes, to tbe First; No, to the Seeosd.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Please decide the following bets: Is there a
Board of Pardons In the State of Ohiof If so,
is the Governor a'member of said board?
Wheexuto, December 19, 1BS3.
If She be a Minor, Yes, or Get Affidavits.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Please Inform me If the young lady or her
parents have to accompany tbe prospective
groom to secure a marriage license, and oblige,
McKbbspobt, December 19, 18S9.
A Good Suggestion.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:.
As there Is much talk aboat ornamenting
your city, why not erect a monument to the
memory of Stephen C. Foster, the gifted Pitts
burg song writer ? 0. D. R.
Allegheny, December 21.
Why Not, If Yon Remain a Widow f
To the Editor of Tbe Dlspaten:
Would it be proper to use my husband's in
itials, in addressing a letter or visiting cards,
after his death? Readeb.
Ftttsbdbo, December 21, 1SS9.
Coin Atone Are In the Lists.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Is there any premium on United States legal
tender bills of 1SC2? G.B.
Ikodaxe, 0 December 19, 1889.
Commissioner Baura Makes One More Im
"Washington, December 21 Commissioner
Raum, of the Pension Bureau, to-day issued
an important order looking for the speedy deter
mination of all cases in his office now pending
in which no material evidence for or against
the applicant seems to be wanting. He directs
that the files of all pending claims shall at once
be examined, and a list of such as seem to be
complete sball be kept ana known as the "com
pleted file's." Chiefs of division are directed
to require all examiners to devote their entire
time during the' five days of each week to the
consideration of these completed cases, acting
upon them in the order ot tbe filing of the last
piece of evidence. On Saturday of each week
the entire force of -examiners are required to
devote themselves to the examination
of cases bearing upon the pending
files, and In making the necessary calls
for evidence in those cases. As soon as the
necessary evidence In any case Is received, that
case will immediately oe put npon the com
pleted list and receive proper action in its reg
It Is expected tbat on Saturday of each week,
tbe day to be devoted to Incomplete cases, each
examiner in tbe office will be able to make the
necessary examination and calls for additional
evidence In at least 15 cases. An improvement
also has been made in the manner of keeping
the record in each case of what evidence has
been received, and what Is stlU required to
make it complete.
FOE ST. BKIDGET'S MA PARTI.
A Lilt of tbe Ladles Wbo Will Have Charge
of tbe Tables.
The tea party of St Bridget's R O. Church,
to be held on New Year's Ere and night, prom
ises to be one of the most successful yet held.
The school ball Is being prepared for the event.
Tbe following ladles were chosen as heads ot
the various tables:
No. 1 Young Ladles' Sodality, Mlss'llegraw
and Miss Rafferty.
No. 2 Mrs. M. Ennlss, Mrs. Frank Blithe and
No. a Mrs. John Carr, Mrs. Cokely and Mrs.
No. 4 Sirs. James Fennessy and daughters.
Lemonade Booth Misses Hopper, Oallagher
Father Ward. Father KearneVs assistant In
conjunction witb Mrs. W. C. Hopper, Presi
dent, is doing energetic work.
. Tbe Proposed English Channel Bridge.
Pabis, December 23. Tho French Govern
ment has appointed a committee to examine
tbe plans for a bridge across the English
From, the SU Louis Post-Dispatch.
The only foreign nation which can bring,
America to its sneeze is Russia. That influ
enza gives it a terrible grip on the nose of the
Canada Doesn't Attract Them.
From the Chicago Inter Ocean.?
Women cashiers are becoming more and more
popular. Tbey do pot speculate in stocks or
more suddenly to Canada.
Latton MgCloskt, ot Curtin township.
Center eounty, on last Thursday, December 19,
killed a blacksnake which measured 6 feet S
inches in length. The strange part of this is
that so late as the season Is tbe snake was
crawling around as lively as if it was midsum
mer. A West VrBOiNlA girl has savod money
enough to buy herself a gold watch bytrapplng
musk-rats skunks and other animals and selling
A Zanesytli-k merchant lost bis pocketbook
on Main street and found it an hour later lying
on the sidewalk right where be dropped it No
one had touched it, fearing a sell.
To show the capacity of his stomach a visitor
at the Neverslnk Fire Honse at Reading, a few
days ago ate a mixture composed of a pound or
figs, GO raw oysters, and a pound of sugar, and
topped off the mess with a pound of lard. He
said on a wager he wonld eat a box ot wagon
grease, but the spectators would let bim go no
THE gunning dog belonging to Jacob Hen
dricks, of Swamp, Berks county, was stolsn a
few nigbtsago and tied to a tree In tbe woods.
When recovered It was nearly famished, and
(had almost gnawed tbe tree down.
A X.ABOK lump was formed in the chest of
John Dobbin, or Norristown, just over bis
heart, and the doctors are at a loss to account
With a record of having buried 1,300 persons,
George L. Moore, ajraged undertaker of Gatb-
. rievllte, Chester county; hat bees at last. 1M
unoer ie sea suaseu.
A squid with tentacles 30 feet long re
cently washed ashore on the coast of Mayo.
A North Atchison woman, .poisoned
seven skunks In two weeks and attended to ber
domestic duties besides.
One Episcopal Church in San Fran
Cisco Is said to have a membership of S73.00CU
000, and yet the missionary fund of the' diocese
is in debt nearly 00
A. thief stole a pair of shoes from'a'po
liceman at Srdalia, Mo., the other night and
the "cop" didn't even stop snoring while the
thief was untying them.
One hundred and sixty-seven beara?
navo ueen xuiea m Maine aunng the year. The
oiaie nas paia out joso. or lo per head bounty.'
over 31,000 will be paid as bounty tor kUlin"
Situated on the farm, of Scott West, &
the town of Fayette, Me., are two living springs
wu.j ,.ofv iwu apct, wu uu apposite SI0P6S OI
a watershed. Rills running in different direc
tions from these respective springs traverse
each a distance of more than fltty miles before
wey nnaiiy reacn tne same destination.
John McCloskey, of San Antonio, Tex,
bad been mourned as dead for nine years.' The
other nigbta bearded stranger appeared at the
home of Mrs. McCloskey. She became very
indignant when be took her in his arm. It
was ber husband. He bad been In the -West
and made a great deal of money.
In Vienna practical philanthropy takes
tbe shape Of cheap eating bouses for poor peo-
jue. xuere are ten cooaing mtcnens through
out the city that feed an average of 1,000 people
each and every day. Tbe average cost of a
dinner is 8 cents, and of a sapper, 4 cents, both
meals comprising about the varieties tbe com
mon eating houses furnish.
J". E. Bradley, of Northborne, Mo., of
fered a $35 sewing machine for the best twelve
ears of corn that were brought to htm between
December 1 and IS. The corn was weighed, and
Mr. Ell Circles, of Carroll county, won the ma
chine, his twelve ears weighing eighteen pounds
and eleven ounces. It was pronounced the best
corn ever raised In the county.
William 8. Burroughs, a yonng St
Louisan, who ten years ago did not know that
he bad mechanical genius enough to use a file,
has perfected in a strong, durable, compact
machine of 2465 pieces, an adjunct to the count
ing house that is already in successful opera
tion in 60 banks. It is an adding machine,
which is said to work more rapidly and more
correctly than the most expert accountant
There are many people alive yet who
want something: for nothing. About 60 ot
them live In Sioux City. A man named R A.
Sears, of Minneapolis, sent out offers to give
three pieces of elegantly upholstered parlor
furniture as au advertisement to all wbo wonld
send 90 cents to pay boxing. Many sent (he
money and got three cute little iron toys with
plush seats and pretty finish. Tbe recipients
were surprised, and yet cannot claim tbat they
were badly swindled, for they got all tbey paid
A young man in Bowdoinham, Me., re
cently set a box trap beside a brook for the
purpose of catching a mink he had seen in the
vicinity many times. He Baited the spindle of
the trap with meat Soon after he bad set the
trap a heavy rain set In. which caused the brook
to rise over tbe ground where the trap was
placed. After the water had subsided some
what he went to look after the trap, and found
it was still where he bad set it, but It was
sprung. Thinking he bad caught the mint he
carefully peeked in, but Instead of a mink be
found a trout about 14 inches long.
The school board of Prairie township,
says a Columbus, O., special, bare taken steps
to remove a lady teacher for teaching in a
practical way the effects of alcohol on the hu
man system. A recent act of the Legislature
added this "study." with a series of nw and
costly books, to the common school course,
and the lady teacher interpreted it literally.
Consequently she procured a quantity of
alcohol, and compelled her pupils to taste It
and poured it on their bare arms, td give them
some practical lessons of Its effects. The
effects were so striking that tbe parents raised
a row and the practical teacher will lose her
The members of the Baltimore Society
of Amateur Astronomers have reclved a dis
patch from Prof. Ritchie, at the Harvard Ob
servatory, a change in the crater Pliny of the
moon. This remnant of a volcano is one of tbe
many crags and peaks distinguishable through
an opera glass, field glass or telescope. The
entire surface of the moon is broken up by
walled plains, in tne center of each of which
rises a straight monnd. Crater Pliny is one of
tne oest Known or these, and is in th north.
had been niade in regard to the discovery, as
the satellite Is believed to be dead and no
change can take place on its surface. He said
that it was possible tbat the Professor, who
thought he had made a discovery, had been
misled by tb.3 different prominences on tbe
surface being illuminated at different angles,
and thus presenting a different a-pect.
For the last IB years Mrs. Charles T.
Worthlngton, of EvansviUe, Ind., has been
partially deaf, and suffered a great deal from
ulceration In her left ear. During tbe time of
the trouble she bas placed herself under the
treatment of a number of physicians, and al
though they did much to alienate the pain,
their efforts were n ot productive of satisfactory
results. Last week she placed herself under
the care otDr.F.S. Compton, who discovered
the cause of ber trouble. It was a large mos
quito, which must have been In the ear for
nearly 15 years. The insect bad lodged in tbe
membrane of the drnm of the ear, causing an
ulceration which bas never healed np entirely
within that time. Wben tbe physician re
moved the cause of the trouble, the patient ex
perienced almost immediate reliflf, and or
dinary sounds, which heretofore she was un
able to bear at all, were distinctly audible.
The physician Is now of the opinion tbat in
course of time Mrs. Wortbington's hearing
will not only be perfect, but the ulceration and
irritation caused by the presence of the Insect
in so tender a part as the ear, will entirely dis
appear. At Batesville, Ark., a recent shooting
affray brought into notice a woman known as
"Sorrel Sue." She always appeared in public
riding a sorrel horse. It was believed she be
longed to a ganjs who stole horses A surgeon,
wbo was summoned to attend one of her ad
mirers wbo had been wounded in the row, mis
took his wayand wandered to Sue's cabin. Be
fore he could be bustled out he saw certain
things which aroused his suspicions. These be
reported to Sheriff Simcne, wno, witb a posse,
managed to surround the den of tbe horse
thieves, capturing Sue and two of her gang.
He found that Sue had applied the means of
bleaching ber own hair to that of the horses.
Wben the posse entered they found a horse en
veloped in a jacket made out of rubber coats,
being treated to a sulphur vapor bath. The
appliances were very ingenious, and worked
very well. A black or bay horse would be stolen
and run into the bleachery. After its color was
changed and its tall and mane trimmed, the dis
guise became so pronounced that without any
great risk the animal could be taken in daylight
through tbe very district from which it had
been stolen. It was Sue's business to not only
superintend the bleaching, but also to ride the
animal out of the country.
TO DRIVE DULL CARE AWAY,
Many a youthful scion of wealth is de
pendent on papa hoT.Bingtiamton Herald.
Traveler (in the Indian Territory) How
do the folks In Oklahoma manage to live?
Half Blood-Jest by accident, stranger. Time.
Perhaps the hardest test a man can give
bis self-respect IS to tit down and read one ot his
own love letters when lth 5 years olA.Somtrcillt
Waiter (to TJncIe Greencorn) What is
your order, sir?"
Uncle Hreencorn-I belong to tbe Masonic or
der at Sturupville, thank ye. Can't I have some
thing to eat? Time
"Another good man gone wrong,'.' mused
the parson as he stood at his study window and
saw the deacon slip on a bit of ice. carom on the
sidewalk, and glide glibly Into the gutter. Som
Teacher (holding up in oratorical colors
the horrors In intemperance) Mow, boys, look at
me. Why don't I drink?
Boy on back seat 'Cause you ain't got the
price. EMta&elpMa lwjuirtr.
Jack's Sister I can't see why you admire
that odious Miss Btrnekoil.
Jack-I have a million reasons, my dear.
Jack's Sister A million reasons?
Jack-Yes, she has a million dollars.-Tfo.
Griggs Do you mean to tell me there is
no money in literature? Look at Dawson; he's
worth his millions.
Penman Dawson? What did he ever write?
Griggs-Nothlng; he's a publisher. B"to
"Bnt Edith, if von do not love Charlie.
yon thonld break your engagement " said her
"Yes. I know, mamma, bnt it seems such a plrft
to break It off right now In the middle ot ins nou-
days, don't you see?" St. AiwpSJfw,
Wickars If you don't let up on yonr;
drinking, Vlcaars, one of these days you will be
Tlckars-No. I won't 1 drink nothing but Im
ported Irish whisky, and there can't be any n
saakes In that, you know.-rre UatWEmtH,
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