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PIGNEO THE LEASE,
gMbnongaMa House Changes
. Hands Once More.
WO BE CLOSED E0K3I0NTHS.
Twenty-Six Thousand Dollars Paidjo
Anderson & Woog.
3KO OFFICE BUILDING IS TYAKTED
The Monongahela House has again
changed hands. Anderson & Wooir, the
lessees of th hotel, have sold their ten
years' lease to the proprietors of the build
ing. The amount paid by the latter was
526,000. Mr. Woog will probably take hold
ot another hotel in this city, and Colonel
Anderson may go to .New York, where he
lias a hotel in view.
'The transfer of the leasewas made at 4
o'clock Tuesday afternoon. A meeting was
held by the proprietors of the hotel. Messrs.
tsf Anderson & Woog were invited to be pres
ent The.proprietors were represented by
Charles J. Clarke. Florence Miller, Law
rence Dilworth, and William B. Blair, the
attorney. The lessees were asked what
amount of money they would take to give
up the lease. After considerable discussion
$26,000 was the figure named. The lease
was then signed over to the owners of the
-Jncluded in the transfer are the fire in
surance policies on the goods in the house.
-Everything was1 pureed OTer to thf owners
of the building, who will settle with the
companies. They will then arrange a final
settlement with the lessees.
FOKMEB XMPLOYES DISPENSED W ITU.
All the employes who have been working
since the fire were notified yesterday that
their services would no longer be required.
Among them is Sam Golden, the colored
.porter, who says he is 95 years ot age. Sam
has been in the service of the house since it
was built, and bemoans the fact of leaving
the old hotel. It is probable that he will
be re-engaged by the new lessees, whoever
they may be.
The work of rebuilding the damaged por
tion ot the .hotel will be inaugurated at
once and pushed to completion. The ques
tion as to what will be done with the build
ing has been settled finally. It will con
tinue to do business with the public as a
hotel, and not as an effice building. The
information was obtained from Charles J.
Clarke, who was seen by a Dispatch re
porter at his residence, in Oakland, last
evening. Mr. Clarke said:
"The hotel will not be changed to an office
building. The proprietors of the hotel are
satisfied to continue on the present plan, and
will re-construct the hotel. The house will
fbe overhauled and every room in it will be
refurnished. The house will then be in bet
ter shape than ever and will again come to
the front as one of the best hotels in the
"It will take us fully six months to repair
the damage done by the fire. The work
will be started at once and pushed to com
pletion. We purchased the lease. lor the
reason that we thought we could better re-
model the honse after we got the tenants
out The Litter would be practically out of
'business fonhalf of the next year, and it is
better lor everybody to make the change.
The insurance'policies were turned over to
us in order to facilitate the settlement of
claims. I do not know who will run the
hotel after we remodel it "We will lease it
to anybody who wants the house. Ko, the
proprietors have no idea of running the
louse themselves. I do not think any of
them want to engage in the botel business.
SEEKIKO OTHEB LOCATIONS.
Mr. Woog has made an offer for pnother ho
tel may and secure the lease. He said: "The
lease, we had fan for nine years and six
months vet: and we decided to dispose of it
If we reaitned the lease, the proprietors
wnnlH Tiqva Kppn nndpr obligations tn hnrrv
tbe work of rebuilding. This they might
not want to do. As we are ont ot the bouse
now, the proprietors can do as (they please
with the hotel. We come out about even on
"I have made an offer of $35,000 for the
furniture, lease, etc., of a hotel here. I can
not say what honse it is," as it may interfere
with my plans. I will have an answer from
the proprietors next week. 'It is a largelio--iel
about 115 or 120 rooms. It will take us
about a week to straighten out ouraffair.
It was rumored that the hotel Mr. H.
"Woog is after is the St Charles. The latter
has been recently refurnished The Im
provements alone cost about $6,000. Mr.
Anderson wonld not say what he intended
to do, but it is said he is after a hotel in the
Among the features the proprietors of the
house contemplate when it is remodeled is a
large restaurant where the new cafe is, on
First avenue. The restaurant will be run
at popular prices.
DEATH OP AN ACTOB.
Comedian John O'Connor Drops Dead While
X SIttins; in a Cbnlr.
John O'Connor, one of Pittsburg's favorite
Irish comedians, dropped dead last even J
"ibe at the home of Patrick Sangrast 38
fc South Nineteenth street O'Conpor was
sitting in a chair when he fell to the floor,
and before his friends could reach him, he
was dead. He was carried to his home next
door, and a physician called, but the latter
could do no good.
Mi. O'Connor was born on the Suuthside
about 35 years ago. He learned the glass
blowing trade, but being naturally humor
ous took to the stage. He began on the
Tivoli garden stage, when Isaac Leissey,
the Cleveland brewer, had charge. He was
then a stock comedian under the manage
ment of Jeff Staley, and afterward he began
traveling. He made several tours through
the West and gained quite a reputation
with Kelley the comedian, who -died two
"He was a favorite in Pittsburg and, was
employed for nearly two years at the
Casino Museum. He completed a two
weeks engagement at the World's Museum
a week aco..He leaves a widow and six chil
dren. His funeral will take place to-mor-1ro
," BDBMED BI OIL"
Id ItaUaa'CelebraterSeTerelrSnflers From
t ilie Explosion of a Lamp.
iCntonio Goriti, a resident of Bedoubt
alley, near the Point, was severely burned
last evening by the explosion of a lamp. A
small social was being held at Goriti's
house, when, about 8:20 o'clock, a lamp set
ting on the table exploded. The burning
oil Tan down "Goriti's body, setting his
clothes on fire and burning him badly.
His son, Leonarda Goriti, managed to ex
tinguish the fire, but in doing so was severe
ly burned about tbe hands and arms. Both
men were taken to the Homeopathic Hos
pital. The"elder Goriti's injuries are very
' ASSAULTED BI HEGE0ES.
SaJa He WesBeatea by Colored Men on the
Twenty-Eighth Street Bridge.
i Aman named Alexander Donaldson-was
ft found lying on the Twenty-eighth street
p bridge last evening, at 1030 o'clock, and
s, conveyed in tne patrot wagon to tne west
He had sustained a scalp wound and some
bruises. On coming to, he said that he had
ibeeniset upon and beaten by four colored
ISMB, .i S ,. , ,
A GREAT 'WAREHOUSE,
Costly and Fine Btraeiare to be Sreeted
Near the Point by the TJalea Storage Come
pony A Siee.eee Enterprise.
Mr. Samuel Bailey, Jr., Secretary and
Treasurer of the Union Storage Company,
said yesterday to a reporter for The Dis
patch, that a lot of ground, 160 by GO feet,
had recently been bought by his company in
the immediate neighborhood of the Du
quesne Freight Depot of the Pennsylvania
Bailroad Company. "Upon this property,
now occupied by small and old brick build
ings, the Union Storage Company has plan
ned to erect a six-story warehouse, to cost
about $100,000, and to contain about 1,000,
000 cubic feet of storage. The present offices
and warehouses of the company are located
on Twenty-filth street, and the new idea of
the company is io provide a down-town
depot for the accommodation of a large and
rapidly increasing business in perishable
freight The company intends to provide
rooms for drying, freezing and preserving
meats and fruits, the main idea being the
reception of through meat shipments and
their preparation for the continuation of the
Weather permitting, work on the new
bnilding will be begun directly after the
holidays. The first business will be tbe
razing of the old buildings occupying the
ground. The proposed warehouse, accord
ing to the plans, will be not only useful,
but ornamental, being designed according
to the recent models of the American renais
sance. The building will contain well
finished and handsomely fnrnishtd rooms
for the company's offices, which will be re
moved from Twenty-fifth street Work will
be pushed, to the end that the building may
be ready for the trade of next summer's
The beginning of this one work is .re
ceived as an assurance that the movement
begun by tbe Exposition Society, looking
to tbe rebuilding and reformation of the
Point, is in a fair way to be carried ont
within a few years.
UKDER THE WHEELS.
A Tonne Conple Torn From Bappr Antlclpa
tlon to Sad Reality Ono Killed, the
"Love laughs at locksmiths," but when a
locomotive bears down upon a loving couple,
something has to give way. Probably two
lives, certainly one, was lost at Brushton
station yesterday about 630 o'clock. Ben
jamin J. Xovett, aged 19, and Miss Mary C.
Campbell, aged about 20, were engaged to
be married, and one of them lies to-day in
the Morgue, while the other has but little
chance of life.
The young couple were walking along
the west-bound track, and it is supposed
that they were tired out and sleepy and
failed to notice the approach of the oyster
express on its way to the city one hour late.
The train was almost upon them before they
made any effort to leave the track, and
when they did they were too late.
The engine struck them both, throwing
them a distance of 20 feet The train
stopped and the conple were picked -up un
conscious and brought in to the West Penn
Miss Campbell showed no internal in
juries, bnt was hurt internally, and died at
the hospital at 1 o'clock yesterday after
noon. Lovett sustained a compound fracture of
the left leg and internal injuries, from
which the hospital physicians did not ex
pect him to live until daylight this morn
ing. Iiovett is the son of James Xovett, a
painter, who is in business in Wilkinsburg.
Miss Campbell is the daughter of a well
known citizen of Wilkinsburg, and both
the young lolks are highly respected.
The Coroner will investigate the case this
TO ARREST THE MURDERERS.
Connty Detective I.ansnrt Sends Ont a
Circular Aboat the Tarentum Tragedy
Five More Ken Arrested.
County Detective William Langhorst
sent out the following telegram yesterday to
the chiefs of police iu the surrounding cities
and towns, describing as near as possible
the murderers of Mrs. Budert, atTarentum,
"Arrest on suspicion charge murder and
robbery three men committed December 23,
at Tarentum. No. 1, 35 years ot ace, 5 feet 10
inches in height, weight about 160 pounds.
No. 2, 30 years of ace, S feet 7 inches in height,
and weighs about 150 pounds. No. 8, 25 years
of age. 6 ieet 6 inches in height, and weighs
about 140 pounds. Hold men and answer.
Wore dark overcoats and slouch bats."
A telegram from McKeesport says:
Chief of Police James Robinson and a posse
of officers arrested five of a gang of men to
night who were holding out at a stone quarry
near the city line, and lodged them mialL
They are a tough, desperate looking set It is
believed that something in reference to the
Tarentum mSrderwill be developed through
the arrests, They will be held until to-mor-,
row.wnen a description oi me men woo com
mitted the Tarentum murder can be secured
from the Pittsburg authorities.
A DRUNKAKP'S DEEDS.
He ricks a Qaarrel, Smashes a Store Front
and Beats a Han.
Henry Helwig, an old man living at 322
East street, Allegheny, where he keeps a
small variety store, had his place of busi
ness nearly wrecked last night and was
himself badly beaten by a drunken man
said to be Edward Kau. '
About 5 o'clock the man went into Hel
wig's store and bought a cheap handker
chief, at the same time haggling about the
price. He went out, but returned shortly
alter and wanted his money back, which
was given him.
He then quarreled with Helwig and
Knocked him down. Going outside be se-'
cured a club and broke the show windows
andthe windows in the store door. The
matter was .reported to the police, who were
instructed to look out for Nan, as he is al
leged to have done tbe deed.
Colored Odd Fellows Molested While Re
turning From a Funeral.
Yesterday afternoon as a small parade of
colored Odd Fellows were returning from
the Allegheny Cemetery, where a member
of the order had been interred, a crowd of
men at Thirty-second street- and Penn ave
nue commenced to jeer and cry "Look at
the niggers." The members of the parade
commanded them to stop, but their request
was met by a volley"of stones.
A riot seemed imminent, as several of the
meui colored and white, had commenced to
'fight, bnt Officer John McAndrews ap
peared and put a .stop to tne iracas. John
O'Learv was arrested and sent to the Seven
teenth ward police station as one of the par
ticipants in the row.
FELL DOWfi A PAIR OF STAIES,
A Peculiar Accident at the Sontbilde Mnr
John Plannery, of 71.7 Washington street,
Southside, fell down the stairs leading to
the basement of the Southside Market house,
early yesterday morning.
He was picked up in a semi-unconscious
condition and removed to the Southside
Hospital. It vras thought at first his spine
was injured, but upon further examination
this proved not to be true.
An Engagement Broken.
A young lady, high In social circles in
this city, nas just broken her engagement,
because her intended, who promised to.buy
ber a musical box, refused to go to Gallin
ger's, 1200 Penu ave., to buy it The xoung
lady claims that their stock, consisting of
musical boxes, guitars, mandolins, liolins,
accordions, concertinas, banjos, eta, is the
largest and finest in the city; ako tfcir line
of all kinds of steMfis, Jflhsu
How Pittsburg Enjoyed the"Festival
of Bright Christmas.
LIVELY INCIDENTS PORTRAYED
Crowds a) Churches, 0a the Streets and
THE WEATHEB MAN KNOCKED OUr
In his great snow palace, under the cold
glare of the Northern lights, sat old Father
Christmas, awaiting the hour of midnight
In his wrinkled fingers he held the golden
beaker, brimming with ruddy wine; and
over his sturdy shoulders was loosely thrown
a mighly robe of furs. In .the caurtyard
his reindeer team stood pawing the snow
clad ground and jingling their bells in
pleasant unison. Their hot breath floated
upward through the frosty air, and they
seemed impatient to be gone.
But old Sieur Noel was in no hurry to
wend him forth over hill and dale. He'had
scampered so often over the snow to the
little lolks he loved in the far-off South,
that these journeys had 'begun to grow mo
notonous. So he sat with the wine in his
flagon, and silently waited.
DBAINED A -fiTIBBUP CUP.
Presently it was midnight, and the old man
knew it, for he knows many things that
others reck not of. In an instant he was
upon his feet, with the golden cup liftedhigh
above his bead. "Wassaill" he cried, and
drained the bright wine to its last drop.
Then with a galloping of hoofs, and a scat
tering of snow, tne brave old monarcn oi
-merriment was speeding swiftly southward.
In the good city of Pittsburg, as in many
another city the wide world over, the burgh
ers were awaiting the coming ot this guest
from the realms of ice. Some of them stayed
to see the morning in, with song and merri
ment; some very wisely laid them down in
the arms of Morpheus and slept the sleep of
the just Some again strode through the
streets in the fresh breeze of night to the
glowing church pprtals, and kneeled them
down in the warm-lit aisles to join in tbe
glad pjean of praise swelling up "from lips
and finger" to the honor of the Christ child
born in Bethlehem so long ago.
BBOUGHT GLAD TIDINGS HEBE.
To few, indeed, in this great city did the
mighty festival Dring aught but happiness.
With the last stroke of midnight all
Pittsburg chuckled gaily, and wished the
world a "Merrie Christmas."
Soon as the day began to dawn the crowds
swarmed in the streets, and a hundred bells
tolled out a greeting to another yule tide.
It waff a ''green Christmas," but spite of
the time-worn sun, no one felt downhearted
or discouraged, and all the good things sa
cred to the day were enjoyed with as much
gusto as if the snow lay thick about the
caves and on the pavements. Everyone
seemed to be as merry as the season itself,
and jokes and fun were freely bandied.
Fifth avenue, toward mid-day, when the
sun streamed down in strange disregard of
all tradition, was a happy hnnting ground
for the "gnys and cranks." Such was the
good-fellowship observable on the big thor
oughfare indeed, that one observer re
marked: "If this be a green Christmas,
folks seem to be making the snow ftyl"
The hotels were practically empty, while
their guests were actually full; and indeed
everybody who could leave bis house to get
out into the sunlight seemed desirous of
PEETTT WKtl,, CONSIDEEINO.
If the patrol wagon consumed a little
more grease than usual, the general sobriety
of the vast crowds which filled the highways
and byways was really remarkable.
As night began to fall, the merriment
only-waxed faster and more furious. Lamps
were lit, and, couples whirled gaily together
ben eat n the hanging holly boughs. The
children romped about the hearthside, all
alight with the blazing yule log. or its arti
ficial substitute; and their young voices
rang out to cheer old Christmas to his sad
good-night And so he went from among
us as he came, with the tolling of the bells
and the sonnd of merriment, -and every true
man felt better for having seen'another Yule
tide. The reindeers galloped back again to the
ice palace in the suowhills, and the greatest
festival of tbe year was over and done.
Various Entertainments Participated In by
I tbe Across-River People.
The Southside was prolific with Christmas
entertainments last niglit There is scarcely
a hall or church on that side of the river but
that was filled with a joyful crowd. At the
dancing halls the merry waltzers held sway
until long after midnight At the churches
the Snnday school children recited their lit
tle Golden Texts and received their reward
cards and Christmas gifts. People who be
lieve in patronizing home industry wit
nessed theatrical periormances by local com
The Excelsior Dramatic Company ren
deren the national drama, "Under the
American Elag," in the AUentown Turner
HalL The Midget Martial Band and mem
bers of the Eighteenth Begiment partici
The William A. Long Dramatic Company
played to a crowded house in Odd Fellows'
Hall. This company is composed entirely
ot Southside talent
The Terrance Murphy Camming Club gave
a ball at the Birmingham Turner Hall, oa
There was a concert at St Peter's Church,
on South Twenty-eighth street, in which
members of the congregation and Sunday
There were dances at the St. Clair Incline
Hall, the West End Bink, and Slater's
Bink, on Mt Washington.
'AT THE CITY HOSPITALS.
Enongh Goodies Contributed to Bluko all the
. The patients in the Allegheny General
Hospital were not forgotten yesterday and
the Turkey, sauce and delicacies which tbey
received irom the various church societies
were enough to feed several hospitals for sev
eral days. .
Bonbons, cookies and. crackers were in
tbe large majority, but few of the patients
were in condition to enjoy such luxuries.
There was a general response to the circu
lars which were sent out by the hospital au
thorities a few days ago asking for dona
tions of either money or food for Christmas.
Several hundred dollars id cash were
received, and the food swept down upon
the hospital liEe an Alpine avalanche.
At the Homeopathic Hospital a Christ
mas tree-was erected pu Christmas Eve in
the chapel, and on yesterday morning &
large number of gifts and goodies were dis
tributed among the convalescent patients by
Colonel Slack, the Superintendent
The West Penn Hospital had a very
pleasant Christmas, and the balmy weather
allowed the convalescents more freedom of
movement than usual.
t At Mercy Hospital the patients were
made the recipients of many pleasant re
membrances of the day.
Their Annnal Christmas Dinner Enjoyed la
The annual Christmas dinner at the
Newsboys' Home was given yesterday. The
boys of the school, to the number of 100,
were at the feast and they enjoyed a royal
time. Turkeys, cakes, pies and fruits were
supplied in abundance and were served to
the happy "newsies" by a number of ladles
and the larger boys of the Home.
The .dianer was proaoaaced one of the
best ever given to the boys- 'It was pro
vided by James W Drape, B. S. Marvin &
Co., James T. Buchanan, E. A. Kitzrailler,
B. P. Duff, Charles Lockhart.J, D. Thompw
son, H. K. Porter, Josiah Cohen and J. P.
Hannah, J. C. McCombs.
THE WABMEST CHSISTMAS.
Temperature 65 Degrees and NotWag ea
Record to Beat Ir.
"It was the warmest Christmas on record,"
said Assistant Signal Service Observer
Smith, as he wiped the beads of perspiration
from his brow &nd waded through his re
port, last night " "A great many people said
to-day that the Christmas of '77 was warmer,
bnt this is not so. In that year a picnic was
held on December 25 in Linden Grove, but
it was not as warm a dav as the last 12 hours
by 8 degree.
"The warmest period of the day was at 2
o'clock, when the thermometer registered 65
degrees. The minimum temperature was
M. The following are the official figures for
the past few years. In 1883 the highest
temperature reached was EC. In 1887 it was
37. In 1886 it was 34, and in 1885 the max
imum was 33. We have been taking obser
vations here since 1871, and we have no
record of Christmas day being warmer than
The prediction sent out by the Weather
Bureau last night was that it would rain be
fore noon to-day. This may or may not be
taken as a sure indication of July weather
without a drop of rain. The prediction
sent out on Tuesday night was that it
would rain on 'Christmas Day. Tbe fall
was barely enough to measure, being only
one-hundredth of an inch. When the
readers ot The Dispatch read the pre
diction of rain, they armed themselves with
umbrellas'. The sun shone all day and was
quite warm about 2 o'clock. One man who
bad an umbrella under his. arm raised it
while cfossing the Smithfield street bridge
to protect him from tbe rays ot the sun.
Lost, strayed or stolen: One Jack Frost
Known in these piping times of trusts and
combinations as the "Ice King." It found he
can be identified by the icicles which tbe south
enOr&delwlnds freighted with spice and damp
ness deposited in his whiskers. When last
seen he was astraddle a blizzard from Winni
peg playing freezeout with his side partner,
King Boreas. It is feared that Old Sol got into
the game and forced both monarebs to return
to Greenland for Ice-chips. Any information
relating to their whereabouts will be thank
fully received by Old Probabilities, Washing
ton, D. C.
The above advertisement was sent to this
paper for publication, and probably will
pass for an explanation ot the mental con
dition in which Old Probabilities finds him
self after solemnly assuring the Pittsburg
public that rain would fall, when, as a mat
ter of fact, it was to all intents and purposes
a May morning which dawned on this city
It may be remembered that the popular
supposition has been that May aud Decem
ber nave been considered the antipodes in
ages as well as in weather. When an old
man weds a young bride the pert para-
grapher will nave to omit tne pet stocs
phrase, however, for it wonld puzzle even
General Greely to point out the difference
between a December day, such as yesterday,
and the average day of the vernal month.
IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCHES.
The Usual Impresstre Services Were Held
in Bonor(of the Day.
The regular Christmas services were held
in the Catholic churches throughout the
two cities. At St Paul's Cathedral solemn
high mass was celebrated at 5:30 o'clock.
Dr. S. Wall was the celebrant Father
Murphy, President of the Holy Ghost Col
lege, was master of ceremonies, Father Con
way was deacon and Father Casey sub
deacon. ' Fully 3,500 persons were in attendance at
the mass. A great many of these were
Protestants, who came to witness -the cere
mony. Some of them have been in the
habit of attending the first Christmas mass
for years and yesterday they witnessed
something grand. Extra seats in tne aisles
had tn be nrovided for them.
Nearly all the scaffolding in the church,,
nas oeec removeu, leaviuf; cipuaeu me
newly-frescoed walls and pillars, with their
beautiful figures of the saints. For the first
time the congregation realized tbe extent of
the work Father Avail had undertaken. The
church when finished will be undoubtedly
the finest in the country.
It took nearly three hours to sing the
mass. Father Murphy preached the ser
mon. His text was on the Gospel of the day
and was a learned discourse.
Masses were said-at the side altars every
half hour. At the 9 o'clock mass, Father
Holyneaux preached tire sermon. He re
ferred to the beautiful work done in the
church. He said Father Murphy had re
ferred to the same thing at the first mass
aud bad asked the people to contribute lib
erally to pay for the work. This they did
not do. Father Molyneaux said the people
praised the work done by the priests but
gave little money. He then asked them to
give a little money now and -pocket their
praise for future use. The effect of his
words were seen in the heavily-laden con
tribution baskets. In addition to the music
of the choir at the first mass, the Cathedral'
Band was present and rendered sacred se
lections. Six of the stained glass windows to be
placed in the church have already been
ordered, and will soon be put in position.
The rosettes, vestibule and sanctuary
stained windows will be placed in position
next week. A new carpet will also be put
down in the sanctuary, and linoleum will
cover the floors of the aisles for the present
Tbe pews will also be painted in imitation
of antique oak. The contract for this will
be let this week. The newest improvement
contemplated is the covering of toe outside
of the massive structure with Portland ce
ment, in imitation of stone.
At fat Peter's Uburcb, Allegheny, lit.
Bev. Bishop Phelan celebrated the first
'mass. Father McAvoy preached the ser
mon. The music was especially fine. At
St Fhilomene's and Sat. Patrick's the usual
services were observed, with appropriate'
POPDLAE HEN NOT F0BG0TTEN.
Tbe Gentlemen Behind Hotel Coasters Re
ceive Sonrenlri of tbe Senson. .
That large section of the people known as
the "traveling public" was not behind
hand in acknowledging the courtesies it has
received during the year at the Instance of
the clerks of the various hotels. Mr. W.
H. Crosby, the always-suave and deservedly
popular chief of the Anderson gentlemen
was the recipient of quite a number ot valu
able presents. Messrs.', Huntington, Mc
Donald and Perdue, of the Dnquesne, three
gentlemen whose affability is well known,
were similarly favored, and Messrs. Frank
Schefiler, Ed. Land's and their confreres, at
the Seventh Avenue, had many acknowl
edgements in tbe same direction to make.
Mr. Harry J. TJlara, the popular and effi
cient clerk of the Central Hotel, was the re
cipient of many remembrances from
his friends in all sections of
the country, and when they look in
upon him in the course of tbe year he will
have as many acknowledgments to make as
any man in the city. Charles F. McKenna
made the bellboys of tbe hotel happy by a
liberal bestowal of currency, and his exam
ple was followed by W. N. Jacobs, Mrs.
Andrew Fulton and other residents of the
The waiters of the Seventh Avenue gave
Mr. Jacob Taylor, the head waiter, a gen
uine surprise in the shape of a very hand
some .silver water pitcher, mounted on a
stand. Mr. Taylor is entering on his
eleventh year in the service of the hbtel.
Among other gifts bestowed on employes
during this time were thoje of Burns 3c
Jahn, who gave each of their employes a
New Suits for. the Newsies.
C. Li Magee, of the Timet, yesterday
made a Christmas present of a new outfit
each to 123. newsboys. The little lads
walked in procession to the various stores
whereat the purchases vrere to be obtained,
apd hailed the generous liberality of the
donor wita deugat
Even Dwelling .Houses Hay Be Con
structed of Metal. .
S. S. MAEVIff WAXES PEOFHETIC.
A Great English Journal Comments Upon a
FOE PITTSBUKG'S CHIEF PE0DUCTI0N
The construction of iron houses has just
been commenced in England and the proba
bilities are that before long tbey will be
used extensively in the United States. Iron
is becoming an all-important factor in build
ings of every description, and the innova
tions which are being made cause the old
timers and tbe people who have been on
earth since 18 25 to gaze upon the works of
the present age with the most profound as
tonishment The Queen of Eagland has recently had a
pavilion erected which formed, an orna
mental feature of the Wfndsor'show. It is
placed upon a basis of hard concrete, so that
Her Majesty may be able to enjoy her meal
almost in the open air without risk of damp
ness. The success of this pavilion has given an
impetus to iron houses.
A OEEAT PAYEE'S OPINION.
In this connection a recent issue of the
London Standard says:
"Mr. Gladstone, we are informed, is having
an iron library erected at Hawarden. It is to
contain 16,000 volumes. The honse contains
five rooms, the largest one measuring 41 feet
by 21. Cases are being made to hold 20 tons of
books. Mr. Gladstone intends the library for
qnlet study, and therefore proposes to admit
only a few persons at a time. These nouses are
put together like a child's puzzle, and can be
taken apart, compactly packed, and removed
elsewhere. A large number of iron villas have
been sent from the works at Albert-gate to the
Biviera. and there erected upon plots of land
nurchased or rented for a tens. of years. When
the lease expires tbe bouses can be packed up
and removed. There is beginning to be a de
mand for iron bungalows as marine residences
in England. The rapidity with which tbey can
be built and their small cost, as compared with
the ordinary dwelling of brick and stone, are
recommendations which tell in their favor.
Tbe possibility of having a house built jn a
month to the buyer's own plan and; ready for
occupation as soon as finished, seems almost
incredible. The prettv Welcome Club at the
Italian aud American Exhibitions was made of
iron, and its cost 300 will give some idea of
tbe comparative prices of brick and Iron. It
was covered with trellis work, which imparted
a picturesque and rural aspect to the outside.
In its uncovered state the corrugated iron can
not bo said to be ornamental, but tbe trellis
work embellishes it at a small cost It is sug
gested by the manufacturers that thatching tbe
roofs with heather would add to tbe pictorial
effect, and also give additional protection to
the roof. Heather from Bournemouth thus ap
plied would last for IS years or more. The
thatching would aid in keeping the house cool
in summer and warm in winter, though this
double desideratum has already been secured
by the air spaces between the outer iron walls
and the inner ones ot felt and pine wood.
"Tt Is now feasible to add an additional room
to the ordinary brick dwelling bouse, where
such accommodation is needed. Being remov
able, it is the property of the tenant, so that
tbe objection felt by most people against build
ing for tbe ultimate benefit of one's landlord
does not hold good in such a case. Stabling
and coach houses can, in tbe same way, be tem
porarily erected. As a playroom or schoolroom
for children, a detached iron building commu
nicating with the house by a covered way would
frequently prove a boon to the brain-working
father of the family, and in times of Illness ft
would be possiDie, oy tnis means, to isolate a
patient cqmpletely from the other members of
"There is no damp to be apnrehended in an
iron house. A, useful present to a village
would be an iron playroom, which could be
built in a week. A building costing 200 can be
erected In a fortnight The price of a room
measuring 20 feet by 13 feet would be about 50.
The cost of removal is from 5 upward." With
this novel architecture it would be possible to
reside in one's own house at a different seasldo
resort in England every year by having an iron
honse removed in this wav. The brickwork
'chimney is preferred to an votber by the, build
ers of iron houses, no mode of heaung being so
wholesome as the open grate, with direct venti
lation. There are other methods of warming
roomsJand some of them are sufficiently satis
factory when the ventilation has been properly
secured. Tbe drainage can be worked on the
usual plan, if this be preferred to the simpler
mode recommended by the originator ot the
A SPJCE W" PEOPHECT.
President S. S. Marvin, of the Exposition
Society, has been an enthusiast upon iron
buildings ever since Machinery Hall was
rushed to completion as an exhibit of energy
of Pittsburg builders and a showing of the
local resources in such lines. It will be re
membered that a great discussion was en
gendered by his letter to Mayor Grant, of
New York, during the inciniency of the
World's Fair boom, in which Mr. Marvin
suggested that buildings modeled after the
style of Machinery Hall and combining its
many and marked advantages, would be just
what New York wanted. Mr. Marvfn still
advances and emphasizes that opinion.
His remarks have a spiceof prophecy about
them which makes them still more interest
ing to a public whose whole future may be
said to hinge upon the possible ramifications
of the iron and steel trade. Mr. Marvin
was shown the item published in the London
Standard, and after reading it closely he
"Wa are only entering upon the 'Iron
Age,' although very few people appreciate
that fact You may not see it realized, and
in all probability none of us will. But
within the next hundred years iron houses
will no doubt be in universal use.
I have always been in favor of using
iron buildings whenever feasible, and
Borne time ago I sent a letter to the Mayor
of New York in which I advocated -the use
of iron buildings for the World's Fair.
They are portable, durable, and in every
way answer the purpose of buildings of
brick and mortar.
"They will be used by tenants on land
which cannot be purchased from landlords,
and will also be used extensively in suburbs
of large cities.
SOME CLEAE-CTTT FIGTTBES.
"Now take, tor instance, Machinery Hall
at the Pittsburg Exposition, which was
erected at a cost of $110,000.. It covers jnst
one acre ground, and from that you can see
what an ordinary dwelling would cost. The
iron plates are 14x6 feet, and "can be taken
down, shipped to any part of the United
States and put up again iu a few weeks.
"The main building of the Exposition
cost $225,000 and the new foundations alone
cost $65,000. From this some relative idea
can be gleaned of tbe difference between
brick aud mortar and a building made of
"An iron dwelling house can be erected j
at much less expense than one ot Dries: ana
ihrra is no reason whv thev should not be
mnm noDular. Thev are warm, clean, dry
and fireproof, and should be favored espec-s
iallv for small dwellings instead oi stone or
THE PEEMIEIt'S PtJBPOSE.
Mr. Gladstone has sent the following com
munication to the English Magazine:
Observing that statements, either erroneons
or premature, with reference to the small
structure of corrugated iron which I am now
erecting near the church, have found their
way into somo of the public journals, I address
to you these few lines with the view of obviat
ing any apprehension among my fellow parish
ioners and friends. The building Is simply a
depository for books, with the additions neces
sary for due care-taking, and will be in no wise
suited for the purpose of a reading room. My
design is not limited to this narrow scope, and
it will not be of a merely personal character;
but I require more time and leisure for reflec
tion before deciding what shape it shall ulti
mately assume, and no description of the llan
which has been given has had any authority
from me. I trust, however, that it will not be
without utility to the parish, though possibly
not to the parish only.
The Mt. Washington Grand Army Fair.
Last night the people of the Thirty-second
ward gathered together in Slater's Bink to
attend the fairot Post 155, G. A. B., and
made such an onslaught upon the booths
that tbe goods for sale were all nearly car
ried off. The attractions are being multi
plied, and the post will come ont with a
very nice balaaco tA the end of the fair os
January 1, "
AtlesheBj'a New SUsbr cache Throws a
Stream Over Two Haadred Feet Hick
Its Good QaaHUea Proven.
The new Silsby engine of the Allegheny
fire department was tested yesterday after
noon at the corner of South Canal and Syca
more streets. Chief Jones and Assistant
Chief Clark had complete supervision of
the test and stated that they were more than
satisfied with the result
' The test commenced at 230 o'clock, and a
crowd of over 2,000 persons were present to
witness it A pressure of 240 pounds of
water and 120 pounds ot steam was placed
on the engine, and 250feetof hose laid along
Canal street io the elevator of the Eber
hardt & Ober Brewing Company, which
stands about 180 feet high. On the top of
the elevator is a flagstaff 30 feet in height
The water was tamed on and a stream from
a inch nozzle was thrown completely
over the flagpole. A l-inch nozzle was
then tried with a similar result
Then two streams similar to the first were
tried at once and reached tbe top of
tbe building. A 1 inch stream
was also tried successfully. All of
the streams were thrown perpendicularly'
from the pavement at the base of the ele
vator. At each attempt the crowd gave
vent to their admiration by loud cheers.
A test of all the lines wa4 made then by
throwing the water iu an almost parallel
line with the pavement. The greatest dis
tance thrown was 300 feet A pressure of
2G0 pounds of water was on to attain this.
Several other tests were made and proved
the good qualities of the engine.
Assistant Chief Clark stated that his
expectations had been surpassed; that the
greatest height thrown was 225 feet, which
was remarkable, considering the strong
wind which was blowing. 'The test occu
pied two hours time.
AN UHPB0T0KED ASSAULT.
A Penn Avenue Man Becelves a Broken
Shoalder tot a Christmas Gift.
Patrick McCIeane, aged 25 years, who
lives on Twenty-third street, below Penn
avenue, was assaulted about 8 o'clock last
night on Thirteenth street by two men.
His shoulder-blade was broken. McCIeane,
it appears, was walking on Thirteenth street
and was accosted by the men, who addressed
on insulting remark to him and then at
tacked him. Officer Kinney heard of the
affair, and, upon going down to investigate,
was met by McCIeane, who was being sup
ported by two companions.
McCIeane was unable to tell anything
about himself, as he seemed to be stunned.
Hs companions stated, however, what is
known ot the attack, which apparently was
tinnAvnt0i1 ff.nitf9n was fAnl in ihtk
West Penn Hospital. His condition is not
considered serious. No clew to the assail
ants has yet been found.
M0EE FOREIGN GLASSW0EKERS.
Thev Come With Fall Directions as to Where
Io Obtain Employment.
Foreign glassworkers are finding their
way to this country, if not in droves as in
the Jeannette case, still in sufficient num
bers. They are coming in detachments, per
haps with the object of not attracting atten
tion, but still they are coming and tbey are
here. A party of four, accompanied by
their old country habiliments and language
they were from Belgium landed at the
Union Depot last night They were en
route for Cochran station. This is the third
party in a few weeks, that have arrived with
full directions as to where to make their des
tination. They do not come over on the off
chance of finding work, but with the surety
ot getting immediate employment at points
indicated. At this rate of importation, there
will not be any necessity to teach American
boys the glassworkers trade as there will be
enough foreign workmen to fill vacancies.
UNDER A WAGON.
A Iilltle Boy Injured by a Delivery Convey
ance, bat t!ot In Dancer.
Francis Downey, an 8-year-old boy living,
at No. 12 Perry street, was knocked down
"by the horses attached to Gusfcy's delivery
wagon, on Webster avenue, about 3 o'clock
yesterday afternoon. One of the horses
tramped on the boy, bruising him some
what, but not seriously injuring him. His
wounds were attended to and he was taken
David DeWolf, the driver of the wagon,
after stabling his horses, gave himself up
at the Eleventh ward station. Inspector
McAleese investigated the case, and finding
that the boy was not badly hurt aud the
driver was not to blame, ordered his dis
charge. 0TEK THE NEW E0UTE.
Tbe Central Traction Horse Cars Now
Running Down Town.
The Central Traction Company yesterday
began running their horse cars down town
via the new route which the cable cars will
take. From Wylie avenue the cars run
down High street to Sixth avenue, to Wood
street, to Fourth avenue, to Grant street, to
Webster avenue to uign street ana inence
to Wylie avenue. The work of stringing
the cable will be begun in a few days. The
rope is now on hand. It is expected that
cable cars will be running by February 1.
Bliss Cnsack is Sick.
Miss M. F. Cusack, the nun of Kenmare,
who was to have lectured at McBteespon
this evening, has been ill since Monday.
The McKeesport lecture has therefore been'
postponed until next Thursday evening,
Positively Only Half Price
On all goods store will be closed after Sat
urday. If you want goods.lor nearly noth
ing, you must come now.
F. Schoehthai.612 Petfn ave.
After the crush we find in handkerchief
dept quite a lot that are "slightly disfig
ured." For sale to-day at i and i their
proper prices. Good as new after being
through the laundry. Boaas & BtjhIi.
That will not warp or be affected by natural
gas a few left over, being closed out at
half price prior to stock-taking, by French,
Kendrick & Co., 516 Smithfield street
Some beauties among them. Speak quick
if you want one.
Fbatjekheim & Vilsack's ale and
poVter are snperior beverages. Call for
them. All dealers keep them. Or order
direct 'Phone 1180.
Paris robes all divided into three lots this
morning, ?15, ?10 and ?5 are the respective
prices. Boqgs & Buhl.
Japanese Leather Papers.
The largest assortment of these goods to be
found in the city at Crumrine, Bane & Bas
sett's, 416 Wood st
Steipeb cloths, braided wraps reduced
from $12 and ""15 to the uniiorm price of 58.
TTSSU HUGTJS & HACEE.
Big pile of remnants of ribbons ,at sacri
fice prices. ' Bogos & Buhl.
The most healthful winter drinks are ale
and porter. Z. Wainwright & Co.'s brew is
the best Telephone 5525. - ttsu
Black silk warp Henriettas at 50c, 60o
and 75a; original prices 85c, $1 and $1 25 a
yard. Huous & Hacke.
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No-New Yeas's table should be without
a kettle of Aagstrmr Bitters. ... .
Tbe F. I. . Has Secured tbe Ayery
A. X. E. Church Property
A TEUSTIETHEEOFIS AOTH0RITT.
It la Said lesoval, of City Jail to! Fiflk
asd, Grant Is Intended.
A TAEIETT OF OPINION ON THE SATTEE
You can chalk this down in your hat and
when subsequently found make a note on't
if it doesn't turn out as it is told here. The
Avery At M. E. sdstentation fund prop
erty, back of the Duquesne Hotel, has been
sold, and the buyer is the Pennsylvania
Bailroad Company at least the buyer is
Mr. Clark, of Philadelphia, the wealthy
iron manufacturer, who is supposed to rep
resent the railroad company and probably
does so beyond any doubt The informa
tion comes irom Mr. Johnston, one of the
nine trustees of the property.
Headers of THE DISPATCH will recollect
the statement published a few days since
that a million dollar hotel had been pro
jected to occupy the site of the presentpctt
office and United States courtrooms. Well,
it seems, as far as can be learned, that a part
of the eventnal project is to secure this sec
tion for a vast hotel and opposite will be a
depot of corresponding proportions. A
property holder who has been studying the
situation, asking questions and taking
notes, says that the ultimate Idea includes
the removal ot City Hall to the corner of
Fifth avenue and Grant street to the
f round now covered by the old McTighe
uilding. Hestates that the powers that
be are already planning tne project ana
arguing that the city and county buildings
should be contiguous and that the present
location of City Hall is unsuitable for
ONE ilOEE LIKE 07 A CHATS.
The price jiaid for the Avery property is
$45,000, an advance of $7,000 on the pre
vious offer, which seems to indicate that the
railway company does not propose to be
balked in its project to get to Fifth avenue
and recover some of the local traffic it has
lost to tbe cable lines, which loss is esti
mated by some at half a million dollars an
nually. Mr. James Quinn insists that railway
companies can exercise the right of eminent
domain at terminal points, and quotes pace
and section of law reports for his support,
but says they must pay full value for all
they take, and where they go through a
man's house damages are like to be as
sessed to tbe uttermost fathering.
' The sreneral belief seems to be that the
Pennsylvania Bailroad does not, however,
wish to get" to the Monongahela river from
the corner of Filth avenue and Smithfield
street, as it is said, and doubtless with
truth, that it can.' get there much more
cheaply via Liberty street, on which it has
already right of way for both freight and
passenger 'trains and could reach the Pan
Handle Baiiway either by a modification of
the Point bridge or by a new structure more
easily than from Smithfield street
The assessed value of the Avery M. E.
Church-sustentatlon-fund property in ques
question is $20,000, so that it Appears, in
paying $45,000 for it, the Pennsylvania
Bailroad does not propose to allow a trifle
ot $100,000 or so in, difference of opinion as
to values to stand a its wav to the corner
of Fifth avenue and Smithfield street. No
use has so far been suggested for ,ne,w City
Hall, should it be vacated, but doubtless it
could be remodeled so as to serve a.usefnl
purpose of some kind. It might be con
verted into railroad offices.
The Avery A. M. E. Church property is
100 feet square, but as it fronts on Virgin
and Cherry alleys,f it will never be very
vaiuauie lor uusiuess dothucs. unless
, Cherry alley be widened Into a street! "and;
this will cost a great deal or money. In tbe
first place the widening1 must be done on the
lower side from Sixth to Fifth avenues," for
the Third Presbyterian Church on the other
side is a very valuable- structure and comes
close to the alley. Then St Paul's Cathe
dral abuts close to the alley, and of course it
isn't likely that any attempt wonld bqmade
to out into it On the opposite side from
the Cathedral is the Maeder building, which
is also of considerable value, and so is tfie
Hamilton law building. Then when Fourth
avenue id reached an offset wonld be neces
sary to throw the street to the other side,
unless Uncle Samuel would be willing to
give a portion of his back. yard.
Taken all around, the widening of Cherry
alley would be beset by considerable diffi
culties and its Monongahela river terminus
isn't, in its present shape, a desirable one
for a street
TO BE CLOSED
LADIES AND CHILDBEITS FOES
At Slaughter Prices.
All onr Extra Seal Garments
AT CUT PBICES.
Special Bargains In Plush Garments.
CLOTH NBWMABKETS, , -'
tZ 60 to 25 00. ' --
CHILDREN'S GAKMENTS ALL DOWN.
Handsome Kobe Pattern Dresses,
Silk and Fancy Dress Fabrics, -All
pruned In price.
' BIBER & EASTON,.
505 and 507 MARKET STREET.
For the holiday season of 1SS9, we exhibit
tbe most snperb collection of Diamonds and
precious stones we have ever shown, mounted
in all the latest designs.
Our Diamonds are all ot finest quality, and
being purchased before the recent advance in
prices enables us to offer special inducements
to Christmas buyers.
AN INSPECTION INVITED.
' E. P. Roberts & Sons,
de6-S2TTS Cor. Fifth ave. and Market st
FJt- ENCH, KENDRICK & CO
THE CHINA STOKE.
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DELICACIES A LA GOURMET.. '
The- a it Hotels AH Dlstlartae' ThVbi.
selves by Toothsoaso Layeats.
The guests at the hotels yesterday enjoyed,
a bounty of good things to eat Every-pnb-lic
house in the city furnished an extra
spread. At the Hotel Dnqnesne'thefe was
a splendid dinner, with the indispensable
turkey. Thit hotel distinguished itselby
furnishing, in its bar. the best luncbever
set in this city. The table was loadeilritli
delicacies. Boast turkey and roast pig were
among.the dainties served.
At the Seventh Avenue there was a good?
attendance of diners, the largest ever knowixT
at that house on the natal anniversary. Tha
bill of fare was a choice one, enlivened: byi
Siberian punch. Beautiful DoutonierWlrt
were furnished to the guests. Mr. WilsonffS"
ki v vu w. w w.wm iuur-m-naatt--i
tie, ot tne nnest cream-coiorea silk. They
were worn during the remainder of the day, "'
to the great bedazzlement of all visitors.
The Anderson was likewise well patron
ized, for a holiday. The bill at dinner was
elaborate and substantial. The cards of fare
were artistic, and will be long treasured by
those who received them. The liquid sus
tentation was frozen chartreuse punch.
At the Central and St Charles there wen
excellent dinners, the bill at each place con
taining more good dishes than any man
living could even taste. The souvenir bills
There was no dinner at the Monongahela.
a la carte, but a good spread was furnished
in the cafe. The proprietors were well in
tentioned, but were affected by circumstances
over which they had no control.
The Hotel Boyer, which is well-known for
its generous hospitality on every ordinary
day, furnished a bounteous repast at the
noon hour yesterday. There was a good at
tendance ot guests.
A HEBEEYT ORPHAN ASILUJT.
Win. Do Wolff Stales that One Will bo Bnllt
A Dispatch reporter was talking to Mr. .
De Wolff of Messrs. Gusky's, yesterday
about the various orphan asylums, when he
asked Mr. De Wolff how it was that no
Hebrew asylum had been provided for.
He saicLhitherto the Hebrews had main
tained their orphan children al Presbyterian.
Orphan Asylum. He said it was his inten
tion, however, to build a Hebrew Orphan
Asylnm,. on the Perrysviile road, in the
JOB. HQRNE k EE'B"
PENN AVENUE' STORES.
Pittsburg, Thursday, Dec. 2a,'lja,
Christmas Day of 1889 is now a matter
of history. To the great majority a
pleasant memory. It Is hardly possible
there is anyone no better in spirit for
the influences of the day. Some, per
haps, have learned how they can make
the day more enjoyable in thefnture,
and will carry new thoughts around the
circle of another year. The day has a
lesson for everyone who will learn.
From a business standpoint it has
been a most gratifying season to us.
Wa .mention this to say we sincerely.
nope oar eaorts toserrstna peopia
may open for us even a greater neid
In the newspapers we mention the
goods we keep. We "advertise' by
pleasing the people whobuy. A com
mendatory word from a pleased cus
tomer Is worth columns of our best
The Cloak Booms this morning will
present a scene of carnage in prices you
will scarcely realize until you come to
buy. Useless' to talk of "enormous"
sales in cloaks. Everybody knows the
mild weather has not made this a ''cloak
season." Hundreds and hundreds of
stylish Wraps and Cloaks have been
sold, but there are racks upon racks
here filled with tht handsomest kind of
good warm winter garments that would
be upon the backs of the people with
You haven't needed them badly, and
haven't bought them because you want
the Interest on yonr money. Just so.
But now we will give you mors than tha
Interest on your money for ayear or two
if you will take them at once.
Though not ready to buy come this
morning and see how little of the story
we are able to tell on paper. Ton will
come back again aud bring a neighbor
Those who are ready to buy have the
advantage of a very large and choice
stock and extremely low prices.
This Is tbe story: The entire stock of
Come this morning for first choice.
Our stock of evening and party
Bilks and Woolens is thorough and
complete. We are prepared to fur- -nlsh
everything In this line from the
moderate to the highest priced
goods, with the most excellent: and
elegant lines of trimmings and rib
bons. On the brim of the party sea- '
son we wonld direct your attention
to these departments.
What says Reason we will have cole!
weather, and plenty of. It But out
Blanket and Comforter sales are not
what they ought to be. We'll make
them. Again, those who buy of. our
present stock will save years of interest
on their money. It Is only business.
Money is worth so and so much to us.
We will give you so much of our regu
lar profits for so much, ready cash. A
Tbe Blanket and Comforter rooms to
day will make this much plainer.
We have a most excellent line of
goods for New Tear's buyers not leav
ings ot Christmas, but just as choice
stock ot elegant goods as has been
shown this season. Special efforts will
be made to serve New Year's buyers.
JDS- HORNE I CO.,
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