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P1TTSBOBQ. WEDNESDAY. DEC. 25. 1888.
. Christmas has seldom come to Pittsburg
in brighter guise than it comes to-day. The
fashion is a fair one, eren if the weather has
knocked the conventional characteristics of
the season into a cocked hat This Christ
mas marks a pretty high stage of the
tide ot prosperity in the affairs.
,uot only ot this greatly blessed
locality, but of the American nation
at large. The stage of this tide has been
'"deep enough tofloat vessels bnrthened with
plenty to most of us. There is no sign of
the rise abating; it is still raining prosper
ity all abont Pittsburg. Every rivulet of
tfde is leaping bank fall to swell the flood
of the great river. Christmas in 1889 is in
deed a season for joy and charity and good
. trill to all among us all in Pittsburg.
There seems also a fitness, supernatural
almost, .in the balmy benignity of the
weather; as if the elements conspired to
"bring home.to us the message of peace and
love, the good tidings to men, which nearly
nineteen' hundred years ago awoke the
echoes of eternity in Bethlehem. Blue Bkies
sever smiled more welcomely than they have
this holiday time. The blessing of moderate
weather is oneVbich the poor can appreciate
most, and Heaven has set us a shining ex
ample to turn our thoughts and our hands
to them. And happily the poor of this
community "have not been forgotten. How
well they have been remembered may be
learned in our news columns.
. The day will be full of congratulations to
'all, of kindly greetings and pleasant words,
but Tee Dispatch begs to be allowed to
add its little offering, to wish all its readers
a very merry Christmas!
CHAIBHAS H'EIHLEY'S IDEAS.
..The idea accredited to Mr. HcKinley of
getting rid of the surplus by cutting off the
'duties on sugar and tobacco will meet with
favor from those friends of protection who,
because of a surplus, do not believe in tink
ering with the whole schedule of dnties
' -experimentally, and at more or lees risk of
danger to many established industries, if the
result can safely be attained by dealing only
with a couple of subjects. Probably no tw
articles could be selected, the taxes on which
come more immediately and generally from
the masses of the people than sugar and
tobacco. Of course it will be said that
tobacco is a luxury and a fit subject for tax
ation; yet the fact is that its use is very gen
ieral, and that those who do use it, regard it
as a necessity.
But it would be poor statesmanship to
suppose that merely by cutting off the duties
fptisngaFa'noi tobacco, and stopping there,
the tariff question is settled. Mr. McKin
ley cannot believe that As we understand
it, his proposed bill is merely to settle the
surplus question primarily. After that the
fact will remain that there are inconsist
encies and occasions for change in the gen
eral tariff which must be carefully met
But it is right enough, if possible, to re
move the surplus question at the start if it
can be safely done, as a dominating factor
of influence in he consideration of the
tariff. The tariff, according to Republican
doctrine, should be decided with first refer
ence to the prosperity of the industries of
the land. Mr. Cleveland took the other
course of recommending its settlement
chiefly with regard to the state of the cash
in the treasury. Mr. McKinley's method
of treatment is from a diametrically opposite
standpoint to that of Mr. Cleveland.
THE TABEHTTTJa" TBAGEDY.
The dastardly murder of Mrs. Budert at
.Tarentnm on Monday night has created a
more general feeling of horror than any deed
of blood of recent occurrence. This is nat
ural enough, for besides being a peculiarly
cowardly, cruel and unprovoked murder,
the circumstances under which it was com
mitted inevitably snggest its repetition. If
such lawless and unscrupulous villains dare
to attempt robbery in the street of a popu
lous town, and are prepared to commit mur
der should they be thwarted, the thought
naturally arises: "What will they not do in
lonelier places, in villages, in hamlets and
isolated farm houses?
ilt is a deed in keeping with the outrages
which created such wild excitement in Fay
ette county last summer. There does not
Eeem a great difference in the contributing
causes of the crimes in the two cases either.
Before the bandits appeared in bands in
Fayette county, individual lawlessness had
been prevalent there and had been allowed
to go unchecked. We are told that Taren
tnm has been in a very insecure state for
some time past "Women have been insulted
and robbed npon the streets, but their as
sailants have not been sought diligently.
23ow there is, of course, a prodigious activ
ity in all circles at Tarentnm, and the
town's officers are doing their full duty we
are prepared to believe. It strikes us, how
ever, that it ought not to have been possible
for the three robbers to besiege as they did
a jewelry store at an early hour in the
evening in such a place as Tarentnm.
Just now the main point is to capture the
three desperadoes. It ought not to be so
very difficult to get upon the trail and to
follow it up quickly. At the same time the
police authorities in the smaller towns and
the public, too, ought to take warning by
the Tarentnm tragedy. This is the season
when the burglar and the cutthroat work
hardest; watchfulness before will pay better
than after blood has been spilt or treasure
HTTSBUBG'S GIFTS OF VIEW,
St Nicholas, whose name at this season is
a household word, did not wait for Christ
mas Eve to bring his presents to Pittsburg.
All through the year they have been drop-i
ping upon this town in an almost magical
way. Our artist, on another page, particu
larizes a number of the most magnificent of
' the presents, but in the space of a cartoon,
clever though this one be, there is room
only for a few bold suggestions. Columns
would be filled by the details.
JThe -Schenley Park, the Exposition.
the Shoenbcrger Hospital and the Car-
(.negieIjibrary rightly Jsccupy places in
htheffottSronnd. No matter what the dates
at which these Wterialiaed, they are
all redolent of the true ChrisfeSas spirit It
was the wish for peace on earth and good
will to and among men which prompted the
splendid donations of Mrs. Schealey and of
the late Mr. Shoenberger. It is bo lees that
spirit which underlies Andrew Carnegie's
pledge of a great library, which the artist is
quite safe, even if not literally exact, in
treating in his sketch, as an accomplished
fact These gifts breathe a grand spirit
As for the Exposition, though not wholly
a matter of .disinterested benevolence, it
works to the same end. While its primary
purpose Is to bring trade to this great work
shop and market, its result is to educate the
public, and to teach our people to do still
greater things by hearty co-operation.
The artist did well in noting that archi
tecturally Pittsburg is putting on garments
becoming its new growth. But it would be
impossible to crowd into a picture sugges
tions of all the handsome and strikingly
commodious buildings which have been put
up dnring the year. Thus, by inadvertence,
the Fidelity's splendid edifice on Fourth
avenue is omitted, and so is the Westing
house on Penn andNinth botbvery recent
and both unsurpassed in their ways.
Nor could any cartoon convey an idea
of the thousands of attractive houses erected
in both cities, from the model cottage to the
palatial mansion. Some of the larger struc
tures would command attention anywhere,
because of their architectural beauty as well
as by their proportions. A handsomer
building for commercial purposes than the
Hnssey (occupied by our cotemporary, the
Chronicle-Telegraph), is sot found perhaps
in any city; while the new quarters ot the
National Bank of Commerce, and of the
German National Bank are admirable spec
imens of the homes of solid and conserv
But we must not attempt to run over the
full list of Pittsburg's gifts of 1889 in de
tail. They are all on imposing and instruct
ive exhibition, under our eyes, from day to
day. And the list is constantly growing.
CHABXES A ASHBUBHEE.
The death of Mr. Charles A. Ashburner
yesterday wasone of those grim and grievous
surprises in which this transitory liie
abounds. As far as the general public was
concerned not even the fact that this beloved
and distinguished citizen was sick was
known. It was a sudden seizure, and the
city and the State will find it hard to realize
what death has done.
Though Mr. Ashburner was not a native
of Pittsburg, having been born in Phila
delphia only 35 years ago, he has come to
be regarded as one of the shining lights of
this community. Very seldom has a man
so young reached the prominence in scien
tific circles which Mr. Ashburner com
manded almost as soon as he entered the
field. Why, it is only 15 years ago that he
was graduated at the University of Penn
sylvania, and yet we find his the leading
mind as far as Western Pennsylvania is
concerned in the great domain of geology,
and in other matters of scientific research
easily among the foremost By his brilliant
example the cause of all true science has
won many a servant in Pittsburg. He did
all he could to turn the minds ot all he met
toward the study of the sciences. His fol
lowers were many.
The State of Pennsylvania early recog
nized Mr. Ashburner's talents and capacity
for work. He left college to enter its ser
vice in the latest geological survey of the
State, and from time to time his time and
labor have been given for the public weal.
Not only was this so when the enterprises
were grand and the honors to be won plain
ly in sight for Mr. Ashburner was always
ready to give the benefit of his insight into
nature to the lowlies) audience. He was
not only a gatherer, but a distributor of
knowledge also. The whole community
may be said to have shared the treasures his
The loss is a great one. We cannot fell
what heights of earthly fame Mr. Ashburn
er might have reached had he lived. Nor
can our eyes reach to the great realm of full
knowledge to which the Divine Providence
has been pleased to call him.
NUHBEE ONE IS WOETHY.
In the abounding kindness of her excel
lent heart Sarah Orne Jewett, may her
pen ever be running and her imagination
never grow less, has struck a bold blow for
suffering humanity at this season. Nothing
can keep Miss Jewett from painting nature
and ail she sees truly, and she speaks by
the card when she says: "For oneself Christ
mas is apt to be a season of extreme self
denial; there are always so many things one
longs to do to make pleasures for one's
friends, and of course the best happiness
comes from bo doing. But it is an amaz
ingly good plan to have some pleasant as
sociations and reminder of one's very own
to buy some long-coveted book, for instance,
or manage to save a, few hours for an often
planned walk, and so take a pleasure (long
deferred otherwise, or crowded out), just
because it is Christmas Day. A bit of
selfishness of this sort need not leave one's
friends the losers."
This is exactly the case with most of us
When we have spent three days at the least
in curiously assorted misery and a hundred
stores, have bought presents for the old
folks and the middle-aged folks and
the young folks, when the family
has been remembered down to the third and
fourth generation, and the merest acquaint
ances have not been forgotten, to whom has
the daring idea come of a present for the
present buyer from himself or herself? A
glimmering ofthe necessityofsomesuch con
summation may have tantalized .some of us,
but our indignant conscience, with its' stiff
choker ot charity and its vest of unselfish
ness fast about it, has blown out the light
But Miss Jewett has held up a hope on a
high hill for the weak-spirited one. If
any of us at to-day's close, find that we have
not received back our full money's worth,
as it were, let us go out on the morrow and
buy a few only a few handsome reminders
of our own affection for ourselves.
Px is terrible to read such a tale of starva
tion u comes from Fayette county to-day.
Eight persons nearly dead from hunger, and
yet food 'was never so abundant
There is one feature of the present bitter
political contest in Ohio that must bring some,
comfort to Senator Payne and bis friends. For
years tbe radical opposition Journals of tbe
State have denounced him as the type of all
that is corrupt and unworthy. Now many of
these same papers are declaring that as com
pared with Candidate Brice, be is a very credit
able representative. Mr. Payne, however, is
not seeking re-election.
THE prospect of a ten-story hotel, appa
rently as an annex to tbe Anderson, is encour
aging. There Is plenty olroom for more hotels
of the first class.
Poor-Boston, her Christmas cheerful
ness is shattered and shivered into a thousand
fragments. She has discovered that her lead
ing men belong to a slab of doubt! ml character,
which meets I an oM warehouse aw fee wharf
and is known as the Rat' Clap. In,thls club
culture has togivefefiefreetsaat to beer and
The world revolves and the walkers go
on walking tor their Caristsa' present on the
A kkw employment for broken-down En
glish, lords has been found. .Two precious
scamps, Lords Maadovllle and Abingdon, hired
the roughs to assault Slayin In the prize-ring.
Mandevillehad reason to dislike Blavln, for the
Utter had knocked htm downstairs:
A merry Christmas -tV insure a merry
day after Christmas should be tempered with
The manifestation of 'regret at Editor
Grady's death is remarkably widespread. The
personal characteristics of the man endeared
him to many. He was loved more than his
Turkey in America is again a martyr,
"but he onebt to be happy If he is well cooked.
Govebnob Thomas, 'of Utah, has a
copper-plated plan to wipe out the Mormons
politically. He says it is sure to be efficacious.
That is counting without the Mormons prob
PEOPLE OP PE0MINENCE.
Queen "Victoria is three-score and ten and
all the small share or womanly beauty she ever
possessed is swallowed up by a condition of fat
amounting almost to obesity.
Mbs. & P. HtrNTmaTOir, the wife of the
railroad millionaire, for good luck wears a pair
of yellow garters bucklea with fine topaz, set
with diamonds. If money Is a blessing she has
it most abundantly. It did not come by luck,
Paul Du Chahxtt. the author and traveler,
is a small, round-shouldered man, abont 62
years old. He is far from good-looking, but
has a vivacity of manner and brightness In his
conversation which make the listener forget
his want of good looks.
Bobebt Browning's familiar form will be
missed at London dinner tables, for he was one
of the most inveterate diners-out dnring tbe
fashionable season. He was devoted to society,
especially American society. His conversa
tion was perfectly delightful not Inscrutable,
like his poetry, but bright clever and fasci
nating. Dnring tbe last London season he
looked the very picture of robust health and
seemed good for at least ten years.
Last Londonderry, whoso exquisite" rose
and white loveliness time has not the heart to
despoil, attributes her youthful freshness to
the practice of spending one out of every ten
days in bed.- She sleeps until she wakens nat
urally, takes a warm bath, and goes back to
bed again, where she partakes of alight break
fast remaining in bed, resting until 6 in the
evening, while her maid reads to her a light
novel. At 8 she puts on her dressing robe and
has her dinner served in her room, and reclines
on her sofa until 10 o'clock, She will not allow
anything to interfere with this programme.
Henrie Ibsen, whose works are the last
literary craze of London. Is 62 years old. For
25 years he has lived a self-imposed exile from
his native land, Norway. He leads a. solitary,
wandering life: no land calls him master; no
home calls him Its head. He goes into no so
ciety, and takes nothing with him In his wan
derings. Although his poetry has many ad
mirers, he has no friends, and Wants none. He
began life poor as an apprentice to an apothe
cary, spending his spare time writing a tragedy
on tbe subject of "Catillna," which he. printed'
at his own expense, and was glad to sell as
"waste paper in' order to buy bread. OleBuil
gave him a position In his theater at Bergen,
where he remained for fire years. In 1864 he
left Norway and began his wandering life,
which he will probably coatinue as long as he
Whttklaw Beth, editor of the New York
Tribune and Minister to France, made his first
success In journalism as a war correspondent
under the Signature of "Agate." After the
war he wrote an elaborate "History ot Ohio in
the War," which attracted tbe attention of
Chief Justice Chase, and he Invited Mr. Beid to
accompany him on his Southern trip In 1868, an
account of which he-wrote. The Chief Justico
Introduced him to 'Horace Greeley, who made
him his secretary and.managing editor of the
Tribune. When Greeley djed In 1872 Mr. Beid
succeeded him as editor-in-chief. He married
the daughter of the millionaire, J. O.Mills.
As Minister to France Mr. Reld lives in lux
urious style, paying 20,000 a rear for a fur
nished house. He is 3 years old, tall and hand
some. It is reported that he is already tired of
living abroad and that he will return to New
York next year.
LAST CHAPTER OP A L0YH 8TQBI. ,
A Second Wife Divorced From a Man Whose
First Wile Was Living.
rSPKCIAL TELEGBAH TO TBS PI8PATCH.1
St. Louis, December 21 The last chapter In
a famous Russian love story was enacted In
the Circuit Court to-day. It is a decree of
divorce granted Mrs. Maria H. Miller from
Louis Miller, Tbe petition briefly states that
the plaintiff was married to the defendant In
July, 1S34 and in September of this- year she
diseoveredhe had another wife living when he
was married to her. The truth is, Mr. Miller
left a wife and child in Russia, more than
twenty years ago, and after his arrival in this
country kept up a correspondence. A war
came on, and after a long while he was in
formed his wife and child had died. After
several years he married again.
The first wife and child did not die, however,
as stated, and last year the boy now a young
man, came to this city from Russia, leaving his
mother In Baltimore. Friends of Miller see
ing tbe striking resemblance between the J
stranger ana Mr. Aimer, Drought them together
one night last spring, and the father recognized
his boy. The mother was telegraphed for, and
a week later the' second wife sorrowfully with
drew from Miller's home and entered a suit for
divorce. Both Mr. Miller and tbe lady who
secured tbe divorce were innocent and she
takes tbe matter very philosophically.
AN ANTI-SECTARIAN LEAGUE.
Incorporation of an .Organization to Prcj
tect American Institution.
israelii, telxgsax to tbs. dispatch. 1
Aibant, December 21 A certificate of in
corporation of the National League for tbe
Protection of American Institutions was tiled
with the Secretary of State to-day bv John
Joy. James M. King, Peter McDonald, Clinton
BFisk. "Warner Van 'Worden. John D, Slay
back, H. Hi Boyesen, Churchill H. Cutting,
James M. Montgomery; Charles B. Uhapin,
William H. Parsons, and William Fellows
Morgan, who are also tbe trustees, together
with the following: George 8. Baker, Charles
E. Whitehead, Constant A Andrews. Peter A.
Welch; Alexander' B. Orr, A. J. D. Webermay
er, Mannel A. Keersheedt, James McKeen and
Its principal office Is to be in New York City,
and its objects are to secure constitutional and
legislative safeguards for tbe protection of tbe
common school system and other. American in
stitutions: to promote public instruction in
harmony with such institutions and to prevent
all sectarian or denominational appropriations
ot publio funds.
MARRIED TO ESCAPE' A WHIPPING.
A 17-Year-Old Boy Take a Wife and
Then Abandon Her.
JSPECIAI. TKMtGKAlt TO TK OlsrAlpH.!
New Yoke. December 2t Iiltfle Mrs.,Leon.
ard Eammeyer, 16 years old, bad her 17-year-old
husband up in a Brooklyn police court to-day
to answer the charge of abandonment Tbe
.boy husband said he married her because her
mother threatened to lick the life out ot him if
he didn't and abandoned her because he did
not love her. He earned only $5 a week, and,
having a brother and mother to" support he
conld not spare much toward the support of
A very touching scene occurred, during
which the child wlfepiteonsiy begged the young
husband to accompany her borne. He turned a
deaf ear to her pleadings. It was finally decided
that he must pay tl 75 a week toward her sup
port i . 1
A Geod Word far BUeatt,
From the Washington Pottl
If it is true that the bank clerks of Detroit
have caught the Influenza by" handling money,
there's another reason, why we patriots ought
all to be grateful to our late lamented country
man. Craven Silcott, for doing all be could to
keep our esteemed 'Congressmen from con
tracting the dread disease.
, A quiet Secretory of State, may become
very loud candidate for Pii4eat , ''".
THE TOPICAL TACKER.
What the Deaucrau ta lata Chy Are THt.
tn Afcaat A Feltae- Errer AVatMMr
Judos Bailey is not worrying himself about
the Mayoralty contest He stands In this
position; The Democratic party must make an
useaulvocal offer of the noainatiqn for Mayor
or he will have nothing to do. with it He is
not seeking tho office, but a personal friend ot
Jndge Bailey who is" very near to him tola
me a few days ago that tbe man who made such
an acceptable judge is willing to serve the peo
ple of Pittsburg in the capacity of Mayor if
they desire it "Yon can Imagine," said he,
"what kind of a Mayor Jndge Bailey would
make.- It would mean a stirring up of waters
that have been still for a good while."
From what tbe leaders of tbe Democratic
party in this city say it would appear that Mr.
Barney McKenna is not very seriously enam
ored of the project favored by some of hU
friends to run him again for Mayor. The prin
cipal reason, one would imagine, for Mr, Mc
Kenna's disinclination to enter the field again
is that he hardly cares to give np his very com
fortable position as Alderman an office with a
revenue of a good many thousands a year. His
Aldermanlo term expires next year and he is
likely to think twice before abandoning a
pretty dead sure thing in the Aldermanlo line
for a chance at game which from a financial
point of view is very little bigger.
Tt Is a fact that the Democrsfcio party in -Pitts-burg
is in better spirits without the offices
than it has been for the, past four years with
them. 'There has been, .too, a real growth in
the party of late, and it is evidenced in several
ways clearly visible. The Bandall Club and
the organization of the County Democracy are
both in better fettle than ever. There is less
chance of Internecine warfare in tho party
than there has been of late years.
rs small cloud there Is on the political hori
ton which may portend trouble for the
Democrats. This is the way one of tbe most
prominent Democratic leaders described the
clond: "There is no trouble likely to come of
a clash of bona fide candidates for' the Mayor
alty. What I fear and what twothirds of the
party fear is that some man will be put forward
by a certain small coterie of Democrats which
affiliates with City Hall Republicans, not to be
really run, but to be held up to impress Judge
Bailey with the Idea that there will be a fight
over the nomination. These people know that
Jndge Bailey will not fight for the nomination,
and this is the way they hope to keep hta out
and so serve their friends in City Halt I do
not think they will succeed."
By inquiry in sundry quarters I found that
this feeling is very general and really the main
topic of discussion among Democrats.
'TJBE.BIae Cat is under a slight misappre-
hension about 8alvinl's engagement in this
city. Tbe feline journal says:
Salnni Is another disappointed foreigner who
finds the American dollar hangs high and don't
always drop when he shakes tbe tree. But his
lonesome houses in Pittsburg were dne more to
the high price of admission 52 a ticket than
to any fault of Mr. Salvinl's.. The people of
Pittsburg boycotted tbe theater rather than
submit to what they deemed an extortion.
In tbe first place the scale of prices, was as
follows: Parquet and first three rows In par
quet circle, J2 50; balance of parquet circle,
t2: dress circle, first three rows, Jl 60; balance
of dress circle, $1 gallery, 60c; lower boxes,
18; upper boxes, S3.
Bnt the intelligent people of Pittsburg were
not scared away by the prices per se. They
thought, no doubt that the half of a tS bill was
f ar too much to pay for the privilege of hear
ing an Italian tragedian of the second class
shout himself hoarse. Bnt I venture to think
that had Mr. W lit played Salvtni at the regular
prices of the house the audiences " would
have been very little larger. Pittsburg
has' not reached that blissful condition
of culture which ordains the acceptance of an
actor because London, New York, Boston or
Paris has set the seal of approval upon his
forehead. Tbe nnmber of Pittsburgers who
go to see an actor because it Is the fashionable
thing, because all "good society" went to see
himin New York, is not very large yet This
was shown by the many empty seats at the
Grand OperaHouse during the Sarrini engage
ment 'The sunset lastl night was a wonder in this
wonderful weather. The west was, crim
son, and thongh the clouds on the horizon
were dark and ugly, tbey caught enbngh ot the
rose tint on their furred edges to remind one
of summer skies. For half an hour the glow
of rich warm color lasted, and then died away
Into a primrose twilight which again faded till
tbe heavens grew dark and tbe stars came ont
Without assuming authority to prophecy, tbe
sunset maybe taken as a good augury for to
A Rendition Remarkable for Adherence to
The music-loving citizens of Pittsburg who
attended the Grand Opera House last evening
were indebted to the Jnch Opera Company lor
a performance of Verdi's masterpiece, "II
Trovatore," which was in every sense a faith
ful portrayal of an opera which is not infre
quently handled very recklessly by traveling
artists, both vocal and instrumental.
For fidelity to past traditions and for strict
adherence to tbe score, the representation was
in every sense satisfactory and satisfying. Re
gardless ot musical entities, tbe score of Ver
di's modern opera has been so-butchered by
companies which have performed it in this city
as to be scarcely recognizable. Even if the
work of the singers last night bad not been up
to the grand 'opera mark, the performance
would have given pleasure. But with excellent
vocal effects, the dramatic niceties closely ob
served, the orchestra smoothly handled and the
muse en scene In accord with all demands, the
iopera provoked hearty approbation from first
Charles Turner, who was a successful dra
matic) tenor many years since, seems to have
retained the purity of bis voice remarkably
well, and his representation of Manrico was
excellent in every respect. It would be absurd
to attempt to criticise the Count di Luna of
SIgnor Tas-liaeptra. His sonorous baritone
brought out in clear relief every light and
shade of the score. As Mueena Miss Lizzie
Macnicoll was eminently satisfactory, and her
dramatic singing created, furore of applause.
Miss Laura Bellini, wbo appeared as Leonora,
did not seem to be in good voice, but her rendi
tion of her mnsic was satisfactory even with
the slight drawback above noted. Tbe chorus
had little to do, and did it well, and tbe
costuming and scenic accessories were atmira
ble. Ad. Mendorfs baton waved in a master
ful fashion as usnal and his musicians played
vigorously and well..
This afternoon for the first time in many
years if not for tbe first time Adolpho
Adam's charming opera, "Postilion of Lonju
mean," will be given with Hedmoot in the part
the f amons Wachtel wrested from the world of
tenors and made his own. Hedmont sings a
chest "D" in the score, wblch will be a:decided
novelty as tenors go nowadays. Much interest
is taken in the "Postilion,'' and tbe musical
elite of the city will be on hand to hear and be
To-night Juch will appear as Arline In the
never wearing opera "Bohemian Girl." Huge
houses are assured for both performances of
AN EQUINE YETBKAN DEAD.
A Horse, 33 Years Old, Which Served In
the War for Three Yean,
rSPSCIAL TZLXGRAK TO THB DISPATCH.1
IiYNCHBUBG. Va., December 2t "Stone
wall Jackson," better known as "Old Jack,"
the oldest war borse in tbe South, is dead. He
belonged to Colonel B. T. Cralghlll. who rode
him from the spring of 1863 until tbe surrender
at Appomattox, Old Jack was 83 years old.
He received only tbree wounds while in ser
vice, none ot wblcb were serious. After the
war he served for a time as a riding .horse for
Lieutenant James L. Craighill, of Maryland.
Old Jack will be burled on bis master's farm,
and a monument will' be' raised to mark his
DEATHS. OF A DAY.
CHICAGO, December 24.-Mr. H. W. Arntint a
prominent citizen of Oak Park, and well known
in Chicago "and Illinois, died, early this jmornlng
at his suburban honle of nenralgla of, the heart
Mr. Austin left a fortune which Is estimated as
being between' l,030,O30 ana tl,W0,aiQ.- The de
ceased was about 0 years .or age, and leaves a
widow and two grbwn-np children. ,
BPnraoruxn, lit., December 24,-Slls Wilcox,
or Island Grove, tnts county, died at his home
last night He was Over 100 years old, haying been
born In Davidson county, Jinn.-, August iz, 1769,
tics np to a few weeks before bis death,
m JTack JeM-('AMtfcer Mmtttn
Jt, VftSftlVBMB'ttj KcVwVnw WF WkVsim
A Cbrtetmaa Weddis. '
Charming Miss JEmm Juch, at the informal
reception given for her yesterday afternoon by
Mrs. E. M. Ferguses, by' hr 'grade and
fascinating manners, fully verified the' reports
that have long bees current ra. Pittsburg re
garding her social success. She was suffering
from a severe cold that affected ear throat and
eyes, but not her amlablaneas.
The carriage containing Miss' Juch, her
mother and Master Ferguson, wbo escorted
them from the Hotel Anderson, rolled up to
the door of the lovely home of Mrs. Ferguson or
few momenta after i, and the, ladles were taken
to the private room of the hostess, on the" sec
ond floor. There tbey were served with, wine
and wafers, and the two little maidens of the
household Martha and Helen presented the
fair prima donna with a lovely bouquet of
Soman hyacinths. Miss Juch received It with
one df her most winning' smiles. Kissing each
little miss she said: "You selected one of my
Miss Jnch was attired in a stylish gray broad
cloth visiting costume, fashioned In the dlrec
toira style, with tbe sleeves ana tbe front com-
fiosed of velvet of the same shade. Anexquls
te little bonnet of velvet with velvet ties, was
brightened by clusters of French violets, so ar
ranged that they crowned tbe blonde bang of
the lady in a very becoming manner. A bunch
of tbe same modest flowers was worn at the
throat Suede gloves of the predominating
color and a dainty, delicate, embroidered hand
kerchief of tbe finest whte linen, were tbe ac
cessories to this most "fetching" costume. Tbe
lady who was so attired, is by daylight far
prettier than by gaslight Her complexion Is
matchless, her hair soft and fluffy and her
smile discloses tbe most perfect pearly teeth
imaginable. Not a wrinkle, nor the sign of a
wrinkle has dared to put- in an appearance, bnt
that Is not very strange, as the young lady is
said to be only 26 years old.
Her mother was costumed in an elegant black
silk visiting toilet with a pretty bonnet to cor
respond. She found her chief pleasure in
watching her daughter, tbe pride ot her heart
thongh she made friends of all tbe ladies, and
Is a very agreeable lady to chat with. .
Tbe ladles who assisted Mrs. Ferguson jand
the honored guests in receiving were Mrs. Har
vey Chllds, Mrs. James W. Brown, Mrs. and
MfasWoodwell-Mrt. Reuben Miller, Mrs. W.
N. Frew, Mrs. Joseph D. Long and Misses Sny
dan, Robinson, Moorhead, Guthrie, McClelland
and Miss Mackintosh, a sister of -the hostess.
Mrs. Ferguson was dressed in a charming
toilet of., black silk and lace, with pointed
velvet bodice cut V shaped, and with sleeves
terminating at the elbow. A fall of handsome
lace finished the neck and sleeves. A diamond
pendant was suspended from a black velvet
ribbon around the neck. Afternoon toilets
were worn by all the ladles, and were exceed
ingly stylish and becoming.
The spacious drawing room was utilized for
receiving, but all the rooms were at tbe dis
posal of the guests. Refreshments were served
by Kuhn on dainty trays, in tbe attractive
dining room. About 100 ladies, of the most
select circle of PittSDurg society, called and
were gracefully received and entertained.
Miss Jnch has scored a brilliant social triumph
In this city, as well as a professional one.
A COLLEGE PRESIDENT OFFICIATED.
The Rlggs-Ellsworth If npllnla at the Fourth
Avenae Baptist Clmrch.
Tbe wedding of Miss Lillian Biggs and Mr.
Elmer Ellsworth Caddes was solemnized in the
Fourth Avenue Baptist Church last evening.
The bridal couple unattended were preceded
to the altar by six ushers. Dr. & A Biggs, tbe
bride's brother, and Messrs. David Bosser,
Theodore Motherel, John F. Kraft Charles M.
Smith and J. L. Penny.
Tbe officiating clergyman was Bev. H. B.
Grose, tbe pastor ot the. church. Tbe cere
mony was performed at 9 o'clock, and the bride
was attired in a handsome traveling costnme,
which was exchanged for an evening toilet
later in the evening, when tbe intimate friends
of the contracting parties were given an oppor
tunity ot extending congratulations to them at
the borne of the-bride's parents. A Southern
wedding trip will inaugurate married life for
tbe young people.
Jilts. Chables Mstoaxt, the bride, will
greet old friends and new next Friday after
noon at a reception given by Mrs. James B.
Scott at her lovely home on Bldge avenue.
Tbe other ladies who will assist the hostess in
receiving are her sisters, Mrs. Matthew New
kirk, of Philadelphia, and Miss Jacobus, also
her daughter. Miss Scott A great many invi
tations have been issued, -and the hours from 8
to 6 will be very bright and happy ones at tbe
Scott residence. . ,
Me. Mobbis B. Goldbeko and wife from
Philadelphia -will .register '.at.tha Anderson
Hotel this morning. Tbey purpose spending
a few days with their sons', the Drs. Goldberg,
and investigating tbe beauties and Industries
of the city. Mr. Goldberg Is the oldest prac
titioner in the United States and one of the
faculty ot the MedlcoJChirurgleal College in
THE cantata "Santa Claus Home, or tbe
Christmas Excursion," by W. H. Doane and
Fanny J. Crosby, will be glvenat the West End
M. E. Church this evening by the choir of tbe
church and their friends. D.T. Moore wilM
officiate as conductor, and Miss Eva J. Beacon
Miss Hansah Cohh, of New York, daugh
ter of General William Cohn, of tbe Germania
Life Insurance Company, is visiting at tbe
bomeofB.0. Oehmler, Esq., of Allegheny.
Miss Cohn is an accomplished musician and it
is said several receptions are being planned f Or
Thk Parker-Hippie wedding is this evening
at 7:30 in the" -East Liberty Presbyterian
Church. The Negley-Sloari wedding occurs in
the same sanctuary a't an earlier hour.
The fifth annual'tea party and entertainment
for the benefit of tbe Independent .Order of
Becbabites S. TJ., wm be given this evening at
tbe reading room, Mt. Washington.
Mbs. H.S.A Stewabt, of Penn avenue,
will have a number of her friends enjoy tur
key and cranberry jelly with her this evening
The Pmkerton residence, on Fifth avenne,
will be tbe scene of one of tbe famous dinners
for which its mistress is noted to-day.
Mbs, John, M. Kennedy will receive her
many friends on the Zd of January at her
charming home on Wllklns avenne.
Mbs. Geo. S. Geiscom will entertain a num
ber of ber friends at dinner to-day at her home
on Allegheny avenue.
Mb. and Mbs. -C. L. Maoeb will spend'
Christmas' in Massillon, O., with tbe parents of
Mbs. Bobebt A. Fitcairk will entertain
a number of friends with, a Christmas dinner
ACHbistmas dinner will' be given by Mrs.
Elizabeth Lloyd to friends and relatives to-day.
'SUED HIS .SWEETHEART
For Breach of Promise and for tho Cost of
IfirlCIAI, TELIQllAM TO TUX DISPATCH.
BBOOKXYif, N. Y.,- December at The mar
riage of Theodore Frank, ot 1186 Bushwick
avenue, to Miss Matilda Ballay, tbe pretty 21-year-old
daughter bf. Constance Ballay, of 839
Uottth Third street wa& set for December la
It did not take place, but Mr. Frank
was not responsible for this result Ho
anxious was be to carry out his engagement
witb Miss Ballay that be drove to ber house on
tbe day mentioned with a' clergyman for the
purpose of having tbe marriage ceremony performed-
Tbe door of tbe bouse was closed in
his facet and stones, as he alleges, were hurled
at his departing carriage.
On this account he has sued the young lady
for breach of promise, laying the damages at
S5, 000. and claiming in addition $75, tbe amount
he expended on presents for bis prospective
bride, and which she refused to return to him.
Without doubt, the, Balmoral Choir, who
sing at the Waverly concert in the Old Cltv
Hall on.January 3, at 8 P. M., are the leading
Scotch singers in the world. Tbey bare twice
sang by special command before Her Majesty,
Queen Victoria, in Scotland, and before' the
leading personages of the Old World, and
wherever tbey hare appeared in the United
States tbe halls have been crowded to their ut
most capacity. Tickets should be secured In'
advance. Hundreds "have already been 'sold,
and the rush still goes on. Members ofthe'
Waverly Society are selling them now atEOo
and 5L On and after December 38 reserved seat
checks may be got from Mellar Hoene, 77
The management of the Bijou Theater and
of Brady's "After Dark Company" will invite
tbe newsboys of Pittsburg to the Monday night'
performance; December 30. Tickets will Ie
given t them gratis, and Mr. Thomaa Drnit,
manager of the Newsbeys Home, will distrib
TnE business Miss Maggie MIteb ell is play
dng to Is simply phenomenal.' The house was
packed last' night .,."' ,-
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Oaital ftss.lsllslsslsl alJLal AaamlaW sfthsiT Wllilllsl WsSslssal
UH upivtwnl fjsrsjrsja ojsajajiaw VWwtri vt IUHS Ml m 0B
Care aad CarrMar.
("HM8TXAS.eeBae with weather not at all la
aecordasoe with the views of tbe animal
kiuf dopj. It i rare that the bearer and the
goose make a false prediction for the winter,
hut reliable returns f rem the baek counties in
dicate that they have fallen into grave error on
this occasion. Men from the great Northwest
say that last fall the beavers built their houses
strong and thick, indicating a severe winter.
Along tbe Saskatchewan and other unpro
nounceable rivers of the British dominions, tbe
furry rodents are well housed and almost
smothering to death, The beaver, however, is
degenerating, with the buffalo and the Ted man.
His sagacity must be going with his numbers.
Poultry dealers and caterers say that the goose
bone this winter is decidedly heavy. The goose
Is as badly away In his indications as the beaver.
His error only confirms the old theory that
however good ha may he when roasted, he
always was a goose.
gEBOEANX OSCAB D.f3TKWABI.0t the United
estates aignaj service, yesterday receivea
tbe following telegram: "Dear Os Snow nine
feet deep and thermometer 27 belo w zero. A
spanking white Christmas. Everybody happy
and blubber cheap. Congratulations. Yours,
Chief OmenAvik, Snkkertopper, Greenland."
Tbe Sergeant immediately went and bongbt an
J-JON. B. B. Store, of Bradford, Pa was at
the Seventh Avenne Hotel yesterday. He
IS a small, black-whiskered man, with a keen
countenance. He is brother to Hon. Charles W.
Stone, Secretary of the Common wealth,and one
of the candidates for the Republican nomina
tion for Governor. The brothers look much
alike, the Secretary being somewhat the fairer.
Mr. B. B. Stone spoke hopefully ot his broth
er's chances for the nomination.
T7HAT newspaper man had a very longhead
who, last spring, when days oil were being
assigned to tbe members of the force, looked
up an almanac and discovered on what day of
the week Christmas would fait He pot in his
bid for Wednesday, and got it He is happy to
day. Jakes EL Uhbstaetteb tells a story which
illustrates one of tbe tricks in" the patent bus
iness. He wears a peculiar, old-fashioned watch
chain, with a ring for a fob hanging from a
vest buttonhole. It was given to him by his
father, who had worn it many" years. A day or
two ago he visited a jewelry store and asked to
be shown some watch chains. The urbane
clerk banded out a tray, and, holding one chain
delicately between his white thumb and fore
finger, said: "There Is the latest thing out It'
bas just been patented." "Why. it's just like
the one I wear," Mr.-TJmbstaetter said, and he
compared the chains. Tbe designs were identi
cal, but the new patent was bona fide.
tt"SJav cannot buy real estate in any of the
blocks adjoining the new Postofflce,"
Superintendent Malono said to tbe Stroller.
"Tbe reason is that the owners set their prices
too high. They seem td, think that the com
pletion of this building will make it tbe busi
ness center of tbe city, as the old Postofflce
comer is now. Tbey would rather hold ttieir-
property than sell at even a fair figure, and
their figures are almost fabulous. Several real
estate men have been trying to get options on
some, of those lots on tbe opposite side of
Smithfleld street but have given up the at
tempt to bring the owners down to anything
reasonable. There is that Fulton property,
where, the three-story brick stands which
escaped the great fire of 1815. You can' see the
memorial tablet In the front wall. You would
not believe me if I would tell you what that
propertyis held at Undoubtedly the opening
of tbe new Postofflce will bring to this neigh
borhood a vast number of people, and make the
vieinlty a good one for retail stores, .but Pitts
burg is too large to have a distinctively central
point any longer. "When the traction lines are
running on Fourth and Sixth avenues you will
see a great deal of its glory depart from Fifth
Mow comes word tbitt tbe newspaper writers
of Boston are trying to form a "labor
union." Letters of inquiry have been received
from that city asking for particulars concern
ing the Pittsburg union, which has not been
L '"The Stroller's friend from Fayette county
r ! tliAalfvwaatanlsv TlMi't trn wenf
naoiu VUO Vlkj jotvuja -rw vjvu iaur
to buy some crab clderT" he asked. "Hanged if
crab cider ain't getting bard to sell. It used to
go oft like hot buckwheat cakes on a cold
morning. Ten and twelve dollars a barrel and
more. Now I can't get six. Tve got 30 barrels,
as fine as ever come out of a cider press. It'd
make Captain Wlsbart's eyes sparkle. Nobody
seems to want it, though. What's the reason?
They're getting too slick making, cider. Tbey
fix 'most anything up, with different sorts of
stuff, to taste just like the genuine crab, and
they make it so confounded cheap that a
decent man can't afford to make cider to sell.
I was down at the market trying to get rid of
mine, but it won't pay." With a sad face and
regretful tone, he added: "1 guess I'll have to
drink that elder myself."
'THE following kind contribution was received
yesterday by the society reporter of The
Dispatch, and is published with pleasure:
"Mrs. Hiram A Wegg gave a brilliant and
recherche party at her charming mansion at
No. 169S Fifth avenue last night Among the
guests were Mrs. Reginald de ConrcySmydt
(wife ot old Smith, tbe boot and shoe man).
Miss Dorothy Neville Bobbynsone (daughter of
Tom Robinson, agent for a well-known button
house), Mrs. Gallia CisalpinaMnldoon (wife of
Colonel Muldoon, who nsed to keep Muldoon's
Rest on Bpeakeasy street), Mrs. G. Washyng
ton O'Bryen (wife of the West End contrac
tor), and other distinguished society people of
this city. N. B. Please insert the above and
oblige. Hiram A Wegg, candidate for Alder
man," A DEtrilMKR banged his valise down on the
desk at the Hotel Duqueane. Attached
by a stringto the handle was a tab set in a small
frame ot wood, and bearing tbe words, "Mr.
Barnes of New York." The Stroller looked atthe
possessor of tbe valise withsomolnterest, won
dering if be were tbe real and only. The gentle
man grabbed a pen and plongedhis name head
lone on the register. It was. "A Solomon,
New York." When he had departed for his
room the clerk explained that it had beebmd
quite the cutest thing out, among a certain
class of drummers, to fasten such a tab to their
luggage. The Stbolleb.
Wbo Has Gat It?
From tbe Philadelphia Inquirer.
-Somebody must hare run away1 with the
World's Fair. Nobody hears of It any more.
He Has.Ko JEaaal.
From the Chicago Tribune. 1
Santa Claus is tbe great surplus exhaulter.,
IT IS BETTKE TO LITE.
I have sometimes felt that the harden
Of life was too heavy to bear;
And bavelonged to lie down at the noontide,
And rest and forget all my care;
But over my heart comes a message;
Bepeated again and again
' 'It is better to live and to suffer.
Than to die to be rid ot the'paln."
There is rest in tbe darkness of dying,
And an end to the weary dcspalrr
The grave holds sure peace and calm site nee,
No sorrow nor pain can be there;
But perhaps, In the struggle or living.
Is a soul that has need of my care
Borne heart may be bearing a burden
Tbat my band may lighten or share.
'Twould be easy to say 1 am weary, ' '
And lie down and sire up the strife.
To suffer no more with tbe heartache
And sorrow 1 meet in this life:
Bnt perhaps from my sorrow-swept fcert strings
A melody sweet may be wrunp.
And my lips, when they drank deep of suffering,
The teaderest songs 'may have sung. -
'Tls o hard to be patient with living,
When all of the world Is awry;
Bo wearisome waiting for pleasures
That will only come after we die ;
Dot even through all my complaining
I can hear that undylngrefnln
"It is better to live and to suffer.
Than to die tb be qui ofthe pain."
I will lire and be ttrong, and will suffer,
Ir need be, until 1 find rest,
When life and its trials are over;
Though never my life should bo blest
Though always tbe luu should be daraeaed
By tha'clQuds tst bang oyer my way, -I
will trast that the light wW be elaarer ,
V AgntlL. Pratt ia Morton Qloti,
IsiAareTI at aba FraaMaafa FaMayVa.
Ts the Xdtier of e IMwatofc:
On revtewfog tbe message of His Eaeerlaftcy.
President Harrieaa, I 'am -ebnstoalasd te as
ye to grast m saaaa te your colaaaaa f or the
fallowing, relative -is the elevaAisa of MM'
freedmes. That it is a duty as weUaaawiae
policy of this Govannseot te do sosethiaa;,
SDeedfly and affectively ia this matter, bom
oaa consistently deBy, Senator John A Logs,
not long before hie deaths said: "It lathe la
herant right of every child, born la this great,
country ta be educated. He has an absolute
rigfcttosudfcaneduoatlBa as will qualify him
to meet respoosibtfty."
It was a bold and startling measure that this
Government took when it liberated 4.086,080
stevee, and so soon after made them citiaens,
upon whom devolved the gravest respOBaiblll
ties that oa be thrast upon a people. After
tbe race, were enfranchised they were vested
with the privilege of voting; even before they
could read the names os the ticket they voted,
or could spell a single syllable of taeConstttu-
. tlon. Among tbe 1,460,060 colored voters there
are. l,Ob,oee .Illiterate. These, it must be re
' membered, in the .final summing up have the
'same numerical strength as tbe same number
of votes cast by those who have, been fa
vored, with aa education. It is well
known that these' votes, to an extent are
manipulated by unprincipled men. who in vari
ous ways are able- to exert an influence; and
often do so deceptively. The negroes are fond
of politics, and in their present illiterate con
dition have but one thought of political action;"
and this is to eo with those who will do most
or lead them to think they will do most for tbe
negro. He bas no" confidence in himself, and
no tangible idea of party; and is swayed hither
and thuberae his confidence is gained at the
moment He is naturally suspicious of tbe
controlling element in Southern politics, but la
in a great measure controlled by those whom
ho feels be ha the most cause to fear.
We cannot hope that tbey can take a broader
view of their responsible situation as enfran
chised citizens of- this country, while they
remains In this condition. Nor is there any
hope that their condition will be ameliorated by
other than national measures.
No stronger claim exists upon this Govern
ment than that ofthe negroes, especially those
of the South. They are not here of their own
volition. They assumed not the responsibility
that is upon them. Tbey are striving as well
as they can to be loyal to their country's flag.
Tbey mingled their blood with the noblest of
patriots in its defense. They have, so far as
their education admits, adopted our manner of
thought and customs of life. Thov want tn be
.taught We must either teach them, or they.
u a measure commensurate witn meirrapiaiy
increasing numbers, will teach us. It is a
solemn thing tostand face to face with nearly
7,000,000 illiterate people! It is an appalling
thing to contemplate their Influence.
The character of a nation is certainly what
the character ot toe people of which it is com
posed make it Tbe negroes stand before us.
pleading with outstretched arms. Can this
nation longer afford to hear their cry without
beedingr Tbefreedmen have peculiar claims
upon us as a nation. We forced them from
bondage to freedom a freedom of ignorance,
degradation, poverty and the! greatest of re
sponsibility. It is said that there are 85,000,000
unclaimed in the-United States Treasury be
longing to colored soldiers who fonght on the
field of battle. If so, should not a portion at
least be spent to ameliorate their condition,
especially since a colored soldier only received
$7 per month.
Can there be a nobler work for a nation
tbantobelp a struggling peoole who vainly
endeavor to rise from the conditions in which
slavery left them? How sad to think that of
tbe 7,000,000 negroes in our land, more than
three-fourths can neither read nor write! Nu
merically thev bold 75 of our 401 electoral votes,
61 of our 325 Congressmen, and 16 of our United
states Senators. Can our Congress fail to re
spond favorably to the call as outlined by the
President: It is to be hoped it will not
John E. Kennedy.
Lincoijt Avenue, E. E., City.
Brazil aad Its People.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
What is tbe population of Brazil? What per
cent of the people are whiter D. W.
Uniontown, December 2t
The 20 provinces of Brazil contain, accord
ing to recent reports, 12,922,060 people. Of this
population, one-twelfth reside in 13 cities. Bio
de Janeiro was given In 1885 a population of
337,332. Bahia 110.000, and Pemambuco 130.000.
The pure whites comprise something like 35
per cent of the total population; 25 per cent or
so are lull negroes; So per cent are mnlattoes.
or dececdants of whites and negroes, Indians
ana negroes, and progressively white persons;
while the remainder are.oboriginal Indians. In
the northern provinces the Indiana are most
numerous, and in Bio da Janerlo, Bahia, Per
nambaco and'Minzs the negroes are to be round,
in greater numbers. The Europeans and their
. white descendants live in the seaport towns
and tbe adjacent provinces.
Aa to Conkliaa'a KealffaatlOB.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Please state tbe date of Senator Co nkl tag's res
ighationand the causes. DidPresident Arthur
antagonize him .in any way regarding tbe ap
pointment of Collector ot tbe Port of New
Yortr C. P. Bakset.
Pittsbtjbg, December 21. 1889.
In 1SSI Mr. Uonkling became hostile to Presi
dent Garfield's administration, claiming, with
his colleague, Thomas C. Piatt, the right to
control Federal patronage in his State. On
May 16 in that yearhe resigned his Senatorshlp
on that account, as did also Senator Piatt
Though Eoscoe Conkling and the then Vice
L President Chester A Arthur, drifted apart
politically after Arthur's accession to the rresl
dental chair. Collector Robertson had been ap
pointed before then, there was no open antag
onism between them.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
If a registered letter is lost or the money it
contains stolen, is not tbe Government obliged
to make good tbe lossf H.
SHABFSBtraa, December 24.
The Government does not insure registered
letters or thBir contents; it simply agrees to
take all possible means to deliver tbe letter
safely, and is expressly relieved from liability
for loss or theft by section 3,926 of the Revised
Statutes. Bat if aletter goes astray or Is stolen,
the Postofflce' Department by its admirable
system of receipts and checks, can ascertain
the exact point at which the letter disappeared,
and if it bas been stolen will soon have the
thief under lock ana key.
The Word Cannes:.
To the Editor of The Dispatch!:
Is there such a word as Canuck or KanuckT
If so, what is its meaning? L.M.B
East Brady, December 24.
Canuck Is a colloquialism for Canadians. In
Canada a Canuck is a French-Canadian; here a'
Canuck Is any kind of a Canadian. The word
is said to be a corruption of Connaugbt, tbe
name said to be given by French-Canadians to
the Irish. The real origteef thenaaeisdouot
f ul, so far as we know.
One Way to Get Even.
From the Chicago News.!
There ia talk of sending Foraker abroad u
Minister to Russia. This would be poetic jus
tice; Russia sent us the influenza.
AN Allentown hotel keeper, whHe working in
his barn, disturbed a colony of rata.. .Aided by
bis hostler be began making war on them. One'
of tbe big rodents ran up tbe gentleman's leg.
'inside his pantaloons, and before he could be
expelled, bt and lacerated the limb terribly.
Captain Geobqe'B. Mcintosh, editor of.
'tho Huntington Gazette, Is one of the oldest
newspaper men in west Virginia. He entered
tbe newspaper business December 13, 1888.
A Bkavhb Falm man says he caught a rat
by placing an apple core with a string tied to It
near the rodent's bole. Then be waited and
watched util tha' rat came ont and swallowed
tlM core, string aid all. The man then pulled"
in the string and killed the rat
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Aaron Trexxkb won 10 and tha p!e-a ting
belt of Sctrwyrkttt county by eastae four and a
'half unsweetased'squash pies at Btngtowa two
Bights age; . .
As Peter JeVwofPotarrllte, wm open!
large oyster a strange flh flipped oat It had
eaten part of tha oyater. It has tha head of a
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A WIRE rope webbing 49,989 peunds and two
and "a half- miles long was shipped from the
Hazard Rope-Works, Wilkeabarre, Monday to
jLNkwarkv .0., msw .fcratrhti a lot af
I Christmas glfte fnr bat hasaiaa and cW4raa
HhreeVek;aol.andMdtem away so" oars-"
I iaMytrtBJsBflwata4tea. - .
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The naiivee ofthe Tiji islands" have
take up the game of cricket
The deepest bored hole is the world is ia.
Scbladenbach 6,731 feet It took av diamond
drill three years and a half to reach the bottom.
Four hundred thousand sacks ofAflour
west to the United Kingdom last weefc.fro'ra
the four principal American points of..sbijp
was executed at Jubbulpora three weekijaia.?
His. relatives expressed great diisatisfacttoaT
that be had accumulated no loot for tbe family.
The Sandwich Iilandert pipe is iad?, .
of virgin cork lined with meerschaum and'is-i'
Mnvftna Hv ,.,,.. tG ,. ...... .. ytt.
made bythe insects tbat f eed on tbe tree.JIt
u uae suicsh iaco wore
"Cigarettes for ladies' smoking" are soli
in London, provided witb, specially prepared
mouthpieces. They are perfnmaiwith mask
and violet, and they are enjoying a very extend
Indiin Jim, captain of the Washoe
band; In Sierra Valley, Cat. laid m ICO pounds
of flour and a can of baking powder, for- his
winter supply. He then killed l.CCO rabbits far
fresh meat and settled down in' bis camp with a
The British boat Brisk has given the
most conclusive proof that a torpedo may In
effective. Sbe fired one of hers at a buoy which
had been tawed out as a target by ber steam
cutter, and, missing the buoy, hit the cutter
and sank her.
Here are a few definitions given by
pupils of the Gardiner, Me., grammar school
, at a recent examination: "Exile, a part of :
wagon: byword, a word tbat bas gone by; mer
maid, a kind of a maid: tnrmolL a kind of oil:
repast, to pass by."
A timer in HigHind, Osceola county,
Mich., wber awoke thei other night and ob
served bis wife's foot sticking ont of bed, mis
took it for a burglar and fired at it with the re
volver which he always keeps under bis pillow.
The good woman has since had a bad limp.
Mrs. Libby Phillips, the last survivor
of tbe Pequot tribe of Connecticut Indlans,and
reported dead, turned np at Birmingham,
Conn., recently alive and told her friends that
she proposes to live a long while yet, although
now 70 years old and wandering from town to
Four hundred plans have already beerr
recelved by the committee wbo offered prizes
for the best and second best plan for the pro.
posed Watkin Tower the English Eiffel. It
will bo so high tbat all that need ba dona when
fog comes on will be to enter the lift and in a
few minutes be np In the clear bine.
A wedding was celebrated in a unique
manner and novel place last Saturday night at
Shrewsbury, Vt, namely, in a newly built hog
bouse belongtng.to Henrr Plnmley. The-con
tractlng parties were Warren Dean and Miss
Gertrnde Plnmley. There were about 40 per
sons present, and they enjoyed an old-fashioned
The pastor of a New Jersey church an
nounces tbat there will be a cremation In the
church on New Year's eve. He has succeeded
in raising the money to pay the debt on the edl-'
flee, and the cremation alluded to will be the
burning of tho mortgage. This will be done
with appropriate ceremonies and tha ashes will
be placed in a vase for preservation la the
In parts of Brooklyn the excellent ens
torn bas been adopted of placing on street lamps
the numbers of tbe bouses nearest to which
they stand. This is a great convenience to peo
ple who are searching for a certain number in
the dark of the evening, since the general
methods of displaying house numbers are Jar
from satisfactory. The idea is not new. having
been adopted in New York at least ten years
ago. " .
The aristocratio town of Salem, Mass.,
is stirred np over the discovery of a "Girls' In
vincible League," formed for the purpose of
committing deviltries and with a membership
of four of tbe most beautiful daughters of the
most aristocratic families In that staid old
burg. The league climbed chnrcb steeples and
hung ont flags on the lightning rods, tampered
with water meters, disarranged the church
organ pipes, and committed Sundry other
heinous crimes and misdemeanors. Other
atrocions acts were planned and would bare
been consummated had not tha evil ona
tempted the girls to write their names In a
hymn-book, by which means they were discov
ered and made. to confess.
In a lecture to a girls' assemblage not
longago rror. Ames, of Columbia College, said
waiintomojHra.oi AROia. tbe Illy is actual
used as ah axticla of dler. It has hatmjaml
by the. botanists to be a highly nutritious article
ot food, being peculiarly rich lnnltrogeneour
compounds. The poor Indian, who evidently
"considers thelilies" from agastronomlcal point
nf view, either eats them as a vegetable or
kneads them witb dough and makes them Into
cakes. In either form they are declared to
afford a most substantial and nourishing re
past nd the sesthetes of ten years ago, when
accused of "living on lilies," would certainly
have been enabled to return tbe lauzb against
tbelr tormentors if they had known the culin
ary attributes of their cherished flower. Mark
the result of the professor's information. Ata
stylish luncheon recently given by an enter
prising belle stewed lilies were one of tbe novel
dishes. They tasted like an amalgam of spin
ach and cabbage, and were not very dainty, but
they are bound to have vogue for awhile, any
how. There was a startling departure from
tbe conventional at a wedding celebrated in
Oneonta, N. Y., the other night the bride,
groom and parson beinfc residents of tbat
town. Tha Powhattan tribe of the Order of
Bed Men, which has its camp there, had been
giving an amateur theatrical entertainment
for the gratification of their friends and the
publio at the- Opera House. When the regular
performance had ended tbe curtain was rung
npfora supplementary spectacle. The scene
was that ot an Indian camp, witb tent and for
est accessories. In the foreground, and in ba.
coming attitudes, were Conductor Joseph Bed
ford, of the Albany and Susquehanna Bail
road, and Mrs. Rose Bessey, a handsome
young widow of the brunette type, both in
Indian costume, and resplendent with feather
headdresses, gay blankets, bead-embroidered
moccasins and fringed leggings. Tbe Ber. E.
A. Wilson, of the. Free Baptist Church, en
tered upon tbe scene and neatly tied tbe nup
tial knot Then tbe curtain fell upon the prin
cipal figures, posed in ablaze of colored lights,
to the strains of a wedding march by the or
chestra. HUMOROUS HITS.
Educational Toys. "I saw a nice varia
tion or the old Noah's Art idea is a toyshop yes
terday." "What was it?"
"A bologna sausage filled with little bones and
dogs. Ntio XorkSun,
THE CAUSE OP HEE CHIEF.
Oh! why down her cheeks do the tear drops
Oh, is there an ache In ber heart 1 wonderr
So, ber shoes are new and a size too small,
My friend, and they're pinching her feet Ilka
thunder. Uotton Courier.
And Algernon Gave In. "My dear, I
can't, afford to grrojlt to you. We most save our
money, " said Algernon.
"I don't see why," said Penelope. "A much
wiser man than you once said, Do not lose" the
present In vafo perptexltles about the future.
Ah, there's many a star, 3 big tragic star,
Who td shine on the boards often tries, ' v '
Who comes down slam bang excuse the slang;
And countetb ye railway ties,
Ail along. ' GoodaWtBun.
As She is Spoke. He Now that yon
have made me the happiest ot mortals; can I kiss
She (Boton-Never having bad. any personal
experience of yonrosculatory abilities, Mr. Jes
ner, I do not know If you can, but you may.
Bow Things 60 In Life. ITcFlpgle Do
you know that seedy-looklBg individual over
McFangle-Yes. He's tbe Inventor of one of the
most wondwinl and nsefnl engines la tbe world.
prosperous-looting man to whom he Is talking?"
"Ob, he invented an oil can to nse on the engine
invented by, the other. " Aw Tort Sun.
Ia Cambridge. Holworthy Hall If
you're not golug home, why .don't yon send tha
old folks your pboto for a Christmas present?
Laws School -Don't dare. Tha governor is al
ways waatia'r to know where' or allowance goes
to aad J urt think how deuced awkward it would
be If the pletare turned out a speaking uzenasst-.
HOVr CAH HE?
How can the poet soar?
The hoary winter write anom . j
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He'll never wear tne wream 01 m mu-w-.
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