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PITTSBURG. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1. 189a
TEE OLD AND NEW YEAB.
The old tear has taten its departure, -with
some regrets on the part of those who might
be trilling to stay the swift flight of time;
but the whole world is giving most of its
attention to welcoming the young -stranger,
whom our illustration shows firing in out of
the darkness of 'space, and whose record for
the weal or woe of humanity daring the
next twelve months is still a blank page.
With regard to the year which expired at
the stroke of the last midnight, there is
much to be said, both of its beneficent and
destructive features. Hardly any year of
the past two decades has presented more re
markable 'contrasts. The year which over
whelmed an entire city with a destructive
flood and wiped out thousands of lives at a
single stroke must bear a black mark in
the calendar; ana yet 1889 has had
much to redeem its record. No
war has desolated any part of the
globe, outside of petty conflicts of savage
countries. While the prosperity of busi
ness was in some respects doubtful at the
opening of the year, its close sees trade ana
industry enjoying exceptional and sound
activity. For the vast majority of the peo
ple of the United States 1889 will take away
with it memories as pleasant as the hopes
with which we greet the opening of 1890.
It is also to be noted that the change of
time noted by the stroke of the big bell at
midnight was not only that from one year
to another, bat that from one decade to
another. The period of ten years which has
been closed was a notable one for Pittsburg.
No preceding era in the history of this city
has been more important in its effects on our
commerce and industry. While it opened
with an era of prosperity for our industrial
interests, the steady tendency of events has
been to expand and solidify that prosperity.
The decade which has given natural gas and
cable roads to Pittsburg would be, simply
for those features, a red letter era in
our municipal history. We must include
among the characteristic features of that
period the enlargement and expansion of
our industry and commerce and the recon
struction and improvement of the city.
Above all these material causes is the in
citement of that public spirit which causes
our citizens to act in unison for the welfare
of the commnnity, and induces the repre
sentatives of wealth to make magnificent
donations for the improvement and adorn
ment of the city that is the common proper
ty and pride of rich and poor alike.
What of 1890? It opens with the bright
est auspices. Every indication points to
business prosperity. Every promise leads
to the hope that the work of improvement
will go on, and that snch examples of
public spirit and generosity as the
Schenley Park and the Carnegie Library, in
Allegheny, will be followed in the future.
But we should not forget that whatever
fruition comes from the gratifying auspices
under which 1890 begins, the real value of
the year will be determined by the use we
make of it. If public spirit, integrity of
purpose in the administration of public mat
ters, and generosity in the application of
private wealth are made the rnling prin
ciples, we need have no fears for even the
adversities that the coming twelve months
It is in the hope that both the moral and
material promises of 1890 may be an in
crease upon the beneficial achievements of
1890 that The Dispatch wishes Pittsburg
and Western Pennsylvania a happy New
CEKDITAELE SOUTHEBH FEELIHG.
It is no more than justice, in making up
our opinions with regard to that horrible
Barnwell butchery, to recognize the fact
that the respectable Southern press is in
unison in denouncing the bloody lawless
ness of the act and in calling for sharp
measures to punish the murderers. That
this feeling of revulsion against wholesale
assassination is shared by the people of the
South, we are heartily glad to believe;
and yet they should hardly lose sight of the
fact that such slaughters are a necessary re
sult of the theory that the legal rights of
any race can be denied by mob edicts or
taken away by mob violence. The earnest
ness of the Southern endeavor to stop such
wanton attacks upon law and the orderly
administration of justice will be measured
by the activity with which these assassins
are hunted down and punished. That the
spirit of law and order, which moves these
expressions of indignation may result in
such an example as will prevent the repeti
tion of these horrors, will be the wish and
hope of the entire country.
A PUBLIC DISGBACE,
The conclusion of a case in New York, that
was briefly reported in the Dispatch, last
week,should arouse the indignation of every
honest American and ought to cause the blood
of decent New York people to tingle with
shame. Many years ago, a rich Hindoo
came to that city with a hundred thousand
dollars in his possession. He became in
sane and finally died; but before his death
his money was placed in the hands of a trus
tee by the courts. During the intervening
time his heirs have made unavailing at
tempts to get possession of the money. The
effort of their lawyers were only sufficient
to procure a compromise last week, permit
ting the trustee to retain a considerable
share of the wealth.
If this were merely a case of private dis
honesty, defiantly successful, it would be
bad enough; but it is far wor&e. The
trustee was placed in possession of the money
by authority of the courts. He was an
officer ot the court in his capacity as trustee,
and we understand him to have been a court
official who was mixed up in one of the re
cent scandals that have uncovered corrup
tion in the administration of Hew York
justice. It was, therefore, by means ot the
machinery of the law that he was enabled to
hold on to the money that belonged to
others, and it is a robbery for which- the
public is responsible when he forces the
rightful owners of the wealth to accept leu
than what they are entitled to.
-.- When the 'machinery of justice can be
used for robbery and extortion it is time for
sweeping and thorough reforms.
AN OBIGINAL PITTSBUBGEB,
The remarkable statement of Mr. George
A. Macbeth, before the Ways and Means
Committee, will not surprise people (n Pitts
burg. That gentleman's peculiar views In
favor ot free raw materials and the repeal of
the protection of finished product have been
frankly uttered here, as well as at Washing
ton. They will be taken as the opinion of
an active and successful manufacturer, with
peculiar opinions of his own, based on a
rather exceptional independence of his pro
ducts from foreign competition.
No one will question the sincerity of Mr.
Macbeth's declarations; bnt that they are
not shared by the glass industry generally,
was made sufficiently clear by the state
ments of other representatives of the inter
est who appeared before the committee yes
terday. The majority of the glass trade are
in -favor of protection on materials as
well as on product, and that fact is made
clear enough by the exceptional and unique
position of our original and enterprising
But Mr. Macbeth's attitude is rendered
more remarkable by his frank avowal that
he is in favor of trusts, as private affairs, al
though he frankly admits that they put up
prices. A position in favor of free raw ma.
terials in order that the manufacturer may
get them cheaper, and combinations by
which he can get higher prices Tor his'pro
dncts will hardly commend itself to the
WASHINGS TO ALDEBMEN.
The trial of the second aldermanic con
spiracy case closed yesterday with another'
verdict of guilty. The evidence adduced in
the case will be sufficient to create the
opinion on the part of the general public,
that the position of the Aldermen on trial,
as was shown in the preceding cases, was
systematically used to extort money by ille
gal and dishonest methods. The verdict
will therefore be generally indorsed. There
is no offense which calls for more severe and
signal pnmshment than the use of the lower
courts of justice for the practices of injus
tice and illegal gain.
The closeof 1889 will be a signal one if these
convictions impress in a decisive manner
the lesson that the Aldermen who make their
official power the lever of extortion will be
certain of the severest punishment. No
more wanton betrayal of the public rights
can be imagined than snch a perversion of
the instrumentalities of law and justice;
and the visiting of sharp penalties upon
every snch offender is a necessity for the
people's protection. '
But with-the visitation of the penalties
we should not fail to ponder upon the sig
nificance of the fact that the system of selec
tion for our primary courts has resulted in
the installment of altogether too many Alder
men who have been found upon trial to have
committed acts wholly inconsistent with the
integrity and nprightness that are essential
qualifications for such positions.
The complaint has been made in some
quarters that it is not so hard to make good
resolutions at the birth of a new year as it
is to think of resolutions to make. To 11,
therefore, what appears to be a long felt
want, we will make a fewsuggestions in this
A good resolution, to begin with, is to re
solve not to make any resolution you know
you cannot keep. For instance, it is better
to keep on smoking four cigars a day than
to resolve not to smoke at all, and then
smoke six cigars on the third day. Then
you would do well to resolve not to boast of
the good resolutions you have made,
at least until you have tested the latter's
sea-going qualities, as it vere. There is
nothing more annoying to a callow youth
and we are talking for the benefit of the
fledgling especially than to have his be
nevolent mother remark on January 4 that
his breath has an odor which suggests that
his vaunted resolution to never gaze upon
the wine cup has disappeared in a whisky
For young men this season a nice line' of
resolutions is offered, including these: To
be thoroughly' American in all things; to
think more of his parents than his panta
loons; to keep body, mind and month clean;
to seek the society of pure women always,
and to repress the consciousness that he is
the best-looking, the smartest and the most
blue-blooded young man Pittsburg has ever
We did think of offering a few sample
resolutions for young women, but, on second
thought, it seems uncalled for. Young
womeH are fnll of good resolutions, and some
of their failures are due to lack of them. A
healthy, happy girl can make a hundred
good resolutions at breakfast and break them
all before supper. But young women would
oblige us very much if they would resolve,
and stick to their resolve, not to wear high
hats at the theater.
It will be observed perhaps that we sug
gest no resolutions for the use of persons of
mature growth. Youth only resolves. Age
acts or fails to act upon youth's resolutions.
THE LAWEENCEVILLE PAEK.
Every Pittsbnrger will join in wishing the
fullest success to the movement of the
people of Iiawrenceville for getting a grant
of the vacant arsenal grounds for a park.
Since the United States are so blind to their
own interests as to fail to utilize that prop
erty for the national gun foundry, the next
best use that can be made of the land is to
establish it as a breathing spot for the
closely populated district iu which it lies.
Such an addition to the park system of
Pittsburg would balauce the establishment
of Schenley Park on the other side of the
city, and go far toward locating the'sub
sidiary parks, where the working people can
reach them without difficulty. Jf Mr. Dal
zell can secure this benefit for Lawrence
vllle, it will be a decided addition to his
hold upon the public appreciation. v
JOKES A LA BTJS8E.
It is a mistake to suppose that the Bnssian
people are not fond of jollity, that they
wear their beards long and their faces to
match. The contrary is the truth; witness
the behavior of the Czar and the Nihilists.
They are always having fun with one an
other. To-day the Nihilists try to blow up
the Czar, and the next day the Czar has a
few Nihilists hanged or shut up in the case
mates in a St, Petersburg fortress, or sent to
join the happy fellows Mr. Keenan has told
ns all about in the Century. A very merry-go-round
is life in Bussia,
The Nihilists had their little joke a
few days ago, at least the Czar puts
the jest to their credit. The Czar
was enjoying himself greatly in
the bosom of" his family. Only
twenty detectives were in the family's
bosom with his Imperial Majesty. The
doors were- all shut, the Gatechina
palace was surrounded by soldiers, the
burglar alarms were all set, and the politi
cal indicators new -electrical machines
which record with minute accuracy the
state of the political atmosphere showed
an absolute loyalty to be dominant. The
Czar had plavlully suggested that th
Czarina should be searched for dynamite,
when without the slightest warning the
electric lights all over the palace went out,
The Czar was so badly scared that his lungs
became congested, and he has been confined
to his room ever since. Nobody thinks of
attributing the extinction of the electric
lights to any cause but nihilistio plots.
When it rains there loyal people always
curse the Nihilists. So now the latter are
blamed for a broken dynamo or grounded
The next joke will be upon the Nihilists
the scaffold, the casemates, Siberia or
suicide; "something humorous with boil
ing oil in it," as Gilbert puts it.
With no material increase in the public
works estimate beyond the $100,000 required for
park improvements it hardly becomes neces
sary to apprehend any undue enlargement of
last year's moderate tax rate.
The report that Mr. Blaine is to make
an alliance with England to push the McMardo
claim against Portugal does injustice to Mr.
Blaine.. The Secretary ot State may not be su
perior to the suspicion of meddling with
claims, but his worst enemies never before ac
cused him of being foolish enough to get np
an alliance with England.
It is to the credit of the strikers on the
Traction road that tbey are preserving the best
order. They will command the public sym
pathy most thoroughly by adhering to that
commendable line of action. x
That fifty-thousand-dollar service of
silver, presented by the VanderbUts to Mr.
Morgan, is a slight testimonial to the services
which secured victory to the policy that no
railroad must run through.New York in com
petition with the New York Central or through
Pennsylvania in competition with the Pennsyl
A Seetant girl in Columbia, S.'C, is
reported to break everything she touches. The
fact that she is regarded as a curiosity speaks
volumes for the solution of the servant girl
problem in the South.
The able-bodied Democratic journals
which are taking up their time in sneering at
John Wanamaker are likely to be chiefly use
ful in advertising the fact that Mr. Wana
maker made a success of his ,bnslness and is
likely to make a success of running the Post
office Department on business principles.
The Montana and West Virginia dead
locks still continue to hold themselves up as
examples of what rabid partisanship can do, in
the way of reducing honest Republican Govern
ment to a mockery.
Mrs. Potteb, her dresses and Eyrie Bel
lew have recovered from the recent indisposi
tion which attacked the feminine part of the
combination, and are going to charm the Aus
tralian theatergoers. We presume there is
plenty of opportunity for elevating the Aus
tralian stage. "
With the English syndicates trying to
buy up the United States, why would it not be
a mild retaliation for an American syndicate
to organize and buy up Ireland?
Concerning that fire engine test, the
supporters of the rival engines should remem
ber that tbero is scriptural authority to the
effect that it is wiser not .to boast about your
engines as much before tbey have won in the
test as after.
In view of the prevailing habit on New
Year's Day, why not introduce a little variety
on the present occasion and swear off from
swearing off r
The prominent events in the Criminal
Court at the close of the year wam the Alder
men of this city to start the new year with the
good resolution to conduct their courts in the
future on the principles of honesty and justice
for the people.
Peehats this contrary season will adhere
to its policy of reversing things by letting a
January freeze take the place of the usual Jan
As Mr. Westinghouse has solved the
problem of safe electric lighting by a practical
underground system, with an induced current
for each lamp, let us hope that rittsburg will
get the benefit ot it at an early date.
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
Bill Nye, who was rather careless in his
dress, has blossomed out as a man of fashion,
a Broadway dandy, almost a dude, since his
visit to Paris last summer.
Empress Elizabeth, of Austria, was one
of the most beautiful women in Europe, before
the tragical death of her only son, the Arch
duke, crushed her to the earth.
Miss Julia Fletcher, author of "Kis
met," and other novels more or less popular,
is tall and handsome, about 30 years old, with
large dark eyes. ,She has a rich, musical voice,
and she converses with great fluency, bhe has
been abroad ten years, chiefly in Italy, Her
home is now in Venice.
Jefferson Davis' letters bring only 52,
while those of Captain Wirz will readily fetch
32. One was President of the Southern Con
federacy, the other the jailor of Andersonville
prison. Such is autographic famel Letters of
Stonewall Jackson are among the scarcest of
the prominent men of the Civil War.
Gladstone is 80 years old, but bis mind and
body are in as fine a condition as when be was
only three score. His voice is still clear and
ringing, and he is never thrown off his guard.
He is tall, slim and bony, has been all his life
fond ot healthy out-of-door exercises, and to
this he attributes his vigorous old age.
John R. Tait, the Cincinnati artist, has
come out as a man of fashion since he married
a famous Baltimore belle, and established him
self in the Monumental City. Mr. Talt has
lived much abroad, and be speaks English with
an elegant English accent He is 62 years old,
and his face is decorated with a full dark
Walt Whitman is the most picturesque
character in American literature, to-day. ills
splendid wealth of white hairis a fitting frame
for a face of majestic beauty. His magnificent
figure is not yet boned by the weight of 70
winters. In bis youth, he described himself as
a "rough," and he was in the babit of
associating with stage drivers, and he some
times handled the reins, and drovo down
Broadway, dressed in outrageous style. But,
of late years, he has settled down into a decor
ous and most respectable character, as the
"good, gray poet."
James MoWhobter Whistles, the eccen
tric artist, is coming f orjcertatn this time. He
will stand and deliver his "Five O'clock Teas,"
and the publio will be curious to see and hear
this most un-American of Americans. Ee is
65 years old, is a native of Lowell, Mass., bnt
has lived abroad more than 80 y earB. Buskin
once said of him, that he threw a paint pot at
the British public, and charged 200 guineas for
it. For this severe criticism, the great art,
critic was sued lor tiu,ow pounds aamages, and
Whistler received one farthing, which he has
worn as a charm ever since.
AN EXCITING FOX CEASE.
It Extendi Ninety Miles and Thirty Hounds
SPECIAL TXLKOBAU TO TUX DISPATCH.I
MnxEBSntmo, O., December SI. A fox
chase took place yesterday at, Benton, five
miles eastot here, in which 30 bounds took
part. D. B., Splelman, a noted hunter, had
charce of the affair. Thecliase began at 8 a.
jr.. and at 3:1 P. II. tbo fox was caught bra
genuine English hound, owned near "van
At nearly .as could be ascertained, Mr. Spiel,
man claims that fully 99 miles were traversed in
the chase. The closing scenes -were very ex
citing, 28 dogs still holding, out .and the Vau
.Wert hound only leading by aiew lengths.;
Greeting for the New'Yenr The Blessnire li
Brings Resslvesin Uubber New Yenr'e
Kecepiions Our offfyle A Tip to Bou
Innger. A happy New-Year!
How easy it Is to say it, and how many times
it Vrlll be said, sincerely and otherwise to-day!
Surely I may say. with all sincerity, "A happy
New Year!" to The Dispatcu's readers, to
whom I have been talking for more than two
years and a half continuously. That Is one ad
vantage the talker has over1 the talked to.
What they wish me I can only conjecture. But,
having wished them a happy New Year and
many returns of the day, the Talker retires into
impersonal existence for another three hundred
and .slxty-flvo days. This personal paragraph
is, moreover, a first offense.
THE BAT'S MESSAGE,
To you who linger still in love.
Who, plucking blossoms by the way,
Walt nana in nanu, ana slowly move.
Or gaily dance away the day,
The new year dawns with rosy light;
Unmarked the old year takes his flight.
With vou who know love's limits here,
Whose hearts the scats of passion show.
Who miss and mourn the dead and dear.
Who long where they have gone to go,
The new year pleads with gentle voice:
"Put by the past, rejoice) rejoice!"
And you who have no hearts at all
Home deem you luckiest of men
Conn t np yonr cash, a balance calll
Ton have much goods, he merry then I
For all the new year means to you
Is but a calendar that's new.
As far as my personal observation goes the
giving of presents at this holiday season
has reached unprecedented proportions. An
other little indication of the prodigious pros
perity of the people:
One youngster, a blue-eyed boy who has
seen three years dawn, received on Christmas
Day no less than 67 presents, and, showing the
infinite variety of children's toys, books, etc.,
there were no duplicate among them, strictly
speaking. Of couise there was a strong family
likeness to be observed here and there. The
toy horses, iron and wooden, had the impossi
ble tails and fierce countenances of their race,
of course. A mild-faced palfrey, with a modest
tail, would feel uncomfortable in a nursery
But children were not the only ones to reap
great harvests. The presents of Christmas in
a family of four grown up people numbered 92;
two young ladies received 35 and 27 presents
EESOLVES OF BTTBBEB.
Abjuring evil habits is
A pretty custom of to-day;
Han swears to go that way or this,
And straightway goes the other way.
The trouble is that time dissolves
Cast iron vows, when mortals make 'em
Of rubber form; yonr good resolves.
Ton then may bend and never breakemt
And when old Satan starts to pave
Anew his realm, he'll rage to see
Intentions good rise wave on wave,
Is rubber melted instantly.
Tt is.curions how the New Year's reception
has gone out of style, out of existence alto
gether. The custom has taken half a dozen
years dying here. Gradually year by year few
er receptions were held, and fewer young men
have gone to them. Last New Year's it was
clear that society had buried the reception
which once was so great a feature of the day.
The custom has long been in decadence in the
East. Eight years ago there were still plenty
of ladies in New York who received at New"
Year's, and the society dandies, gorgeously ar
rayed, went from bouse to house exchang
ing courtesies and swallowing wine
until they were so .full of lov
ing kindness and liquor that they
were content to allow the coachman to drive
them home. I do not know how the decadence
of the hospitable custom came abont bere, but
in New York the presence of wine upon the
sideboard had a good deal to do with it. Re
fined women naturally grew tired of having
their parlors turned into barrooms, and ot
seeing young men in various stages of Intoxi
cation paying loud compliments to their
daughters. The best people found the only
remedy was tdceaSe receiving on the holiday;
for though they might remove the wine cup
from among the refreshments offered in their
own houses, there was nothing to prevent the
men who called upon them getting all they
could drink at other houses. So the custom
bom In revolutionary days died.
HE OUGHT TO CHANGE HIS NAME.
Boulanger'a changed his mind, they say,
It Is a way he has
And homo be now Intends to say,
Hor come to us, alas 1
Bonlanger should no longer bear
That name he's not a baker,
But rather agcntfuneralre
That is, an undertaker.
0US MAIL MUCH.
Amendments to lbs Constitution.
To the Editor of The Dlsoatch:
.How are amendments to the United States
Constitution adopted? Do the people vote on
tbemT C. C.
Allegheny, December SO.
INo. Article V. of the Constitution provides
that, by a two-thirds vote of both Houses,
amendments may be proposed to the States,
and that when the Legislatures or special con
ventlons of three-fourths of the Btates have
ratified the proposed amendments tbey shall be
incorporated in the Constitntion. Another
way of amending is by a convention called on
the application of the Legislatures of two
thirds of the States; amendments proposed by
such a special convention must be ratified as
amendments proposed by Congress, Congress
can't amend the Constitution, as you will see if
you read the Constitntion. You'll find much
strange and new matter iu It
Cleanliness Next to Godliness.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Whence comes the expression: "Cleanliness
is next to godliness?" Marion.
WATSESBtmo, Dec 29.
John Wesley used the expression, "Cleanli
ness Is indeed next to godliness," in his ninety
second sermon. "On Dress," Beacon, however,
used the idea in his Advancement of Learning:
"Cleanliness of body was ever esteemed to pro
ceed from a due reverence to God;" and Dr.
Bettelheim, a rabbi, says that Fhlnehas ben
Yair, one of the Hebrew fathers, writes: "The
doctrines of religion are resolved into careful
ness; carefulness into vigorousness; vigorous
ness Into guiltlessness; guiltlessness into ab
stemiousness; abstemiousness into cleanliness;
cleanliness into godliness."
From the Boston Herald.:
Every Governor of Pennsylvania since the
war has been a volunteer soldier. It is prob
ably the only State in the North that can make
good such a boast.
No Appropriation Needed.
From the Germantown Independent.
There appears to be no need of Congressional
expenditures to deepen Salt- river. The ma
jority of political crafts that ascend it are light
DEATHS OP A DAY.
Dr. W. OsTvell Livingstone.
LOUDON, December 81. Dr. W. Oswell Living
stone, the only surviving son of David Living
stone, the famous African explorer, died last
night at his home at St. Albans. Almost with his
dying breath he regretted that he could not lire
to tee Stanley again. Oswell Livingstone was
born In Africa 39 yean ago. He had been in fall
ing health lor nine years, enable to follow hit
practice at a medical man.
Rev. Wllllnra W. Pnttod.D. D.
New York, December l.-Bev. William W.
Patton, D. D President of Howard University,
of Washington, died suddenly at Vestneld.N. J.,
from congestion of the lungs. The funeral serv
ices will be held at Westfleld on Thursday. The.
remains will be taken to Hartford, Conn., for In
terment. Before going to Washington Dr. Pat
ton resided In Chicago for a number of years.
Judge Alvn stmr.irt.
POXTACW, WIS., December 31. Alva Btewart,
Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit of this Slate,
died at the Corning Bouse, this pity, last night,
from pneumonia. Jndge Btewart was 63 years of
are and had been On the bench of this - circuit for
25 years. , . ,
The Woman's Christian Association, of the
East End, Bravely nt Work.
"Charity coyereth a multitude of slns,"and in
the case of an East-End young lady, a multi
tude of carters. Early inthe season, when the
Woman's Christian Association, of the East
End, placed a case of fancy articles in Knhn's
store, the sates of which were to accrue to their
fund for payment for the new building recently
purchased' by them, this young lady contrib
uted apair of silk garters with the understand-'
Ingthatlf tbey sold she would make all that
purchasers could be found for.
As a result she has spent her winter garter,
ing, has made over 50 pairs, and has orders
ahead for more, and my, howsho does dislike
the very sound of the word garter, hut she
keeps her word faithfully.
Anotner oenevoient jaaysent a silk purse
with the same conditions tacked on and has
ever since been enriching the purse of the as
sociation by her contributions, for tbey sell
like hot cakes.
The President of the association stated yes
terday that they already had J3.600 of the $8,000
thev exnect and hone to raise before the first
of April, when they will come into possession J
01 tneir now purcnase, Known as tne ul ciede
property, on Collins avenue.
The Industrial School will be removed to the
new building as soon as possible; a school
for boys will alto be organized very shortly,
and a child's hospital is being talked of for the
near future. May success crown the efforts of
the Woman's Christian Association of the East
THE BEGGS-SPE0UL WEDDING.
The Handsome Residence of Mr. Dllworth
to be the Scene of the Event.
In a manner befitting the social rank of the
young people will the wedding ceremonies of
Miss Louise Beggs and Mr. Harry Sproul be
celebrated on the 22d of January.
The residence of Mr. Lawrence Dllworth, on
Fifth avenue, will be graced by the happy
event, andtbe appointments of the weddingand
reception will be of the handsomest ever wit
nessed in the city.
The bridal trousseau, which was all selected in
Europe during the recent travels.of the family
there, is a dream of wonderfully pretty gowns,
tea gowns; afternoon gowns, street gowns and
reception gowns, but the handsomest and most
elaborate of all is the bridal gown itself, so
Dame Bumor says. However elegant it may
be, though, it is doubtful if Miss Beggs can, or
will, look more charming than she did when
bridemaid at her future brother-in-law's mar
riage in Trinity Church a short time ago. The
groom-elect was also one of the attendants at
his brother's marriage, and Mr. and Mrs.
Frank P. Sproul will return from their wedding
trip in time to congratulate Mr, and Mrs. Harry
Bproul immediately the all important words
SWEETS FOB THE HOLIDAYS.
Tbo Newest Thlnsa la the Confection Una
Cost 84 a Ponnd.
The breath of the society belle or matron
now is either fragrant with the perfume of the
blushing rose or sweet with the odor of the
dewy violet, made so br the crystalized rose
leaves or violets sold by the up-and-np dealers
in toothsome sweets. They make an exquisite
bonbonier; the true rose leaves and violets,
not an insipid imitation. France claims the
honor of preparing these dainties, and America
imports them from there. They cost only H
a pound,- expensive enough to make tnem ex
clusive, you see, hence their popularity.
It is said that tbe acme of perfection in con
fections is reached in the land of Mexico, and
that the greatest connoisseurs of the sweet art
are to be fonnd there, but the confectionery
stores in Pittsburg have a sufficiently tempting
array of dellciousness to ruin any ordinary
digestive apparatus, and what a busy scene one
of these stores did present yesterday afternoon,
although, the proprietors said "trade was hor
ribly dull." Box after box, and basket after
basket, was filled with the tempting dainties,
and "tafly," plain taffy, also was in great de
mand. A NDPTIAL TBEAT.
The Members of Trinity Tested Choir the
Recipients ofn Plensnnt Token.
By the courtesy of Mrs. M. W. Watson, the
Trinity vested choir was given a treat at the
chapel last evening subsequent to the usual re
hearsal. The music of the choir at the Watson-Spronl
nuptials gave so much pleasure that the mother
of the bride signified an intention of conveying
to the choir a formal acknowledgment, and ac
cordingly arranged with Director C. tt. Hunt
ington for the pleasant event of last evening.
The cozy little hall en Penn avenue of the
John J. Davis Commandery was the scene of
mnch merrymaking last evening. About 45
couples were in attendance, and a right royally
enjoyable time they bad. It was souvenir night,
and each lady present received a handsome
case containing three exquisite little books, the
"Matins," "Noon Songs" and "Vespers,,' bear
bearing the name of Cassell Brothers. London,
on their title pages. A banquet was served at
11 o'clock, and with many a toast was the old
year honored and the new year welcomed.
A pine: dinner was given last evening. Mrs.
W. E. Scbmertz was tbe hostess to a very
charming company, and her table was decorated
with pink carnations of the Grace Wilder
variety, intermingled with maiden hair ferns.
The lovely residence on Craft avenue was un
usually attractive, and tbe interesting farewell
given to the old year must have made it re
luctant to resign In favor ot its successor.
At the pretty home of Mrs. John Woodwell,
Lang avenue, from i to 6 yesterday a very en
joyable tea wa3 in process. The house was very
prettily decorated with pink carnations, and
the costumes worn by tbe ladles receiving and
the ladles received were such as to excite con
At the pretty home of Mrs. John Woodwell,
Lang avenue, a number of congenial friends
gathered around the long mahogany table that
was beautifully trimmed with pink carnations,
and with merry repartee and enjoyable conver
sation the sumptuous dinner was appreciated.
New Year will be celebrated in flue style at
tbe Oliver residence. Shields station. Early
this afternoon the festivities will commence,
and until late this evening they will oxtend.
Miss Amelia, the eldest daughter of the house,
will assist Mrs. Oliver in her duties as hostess.
The Yalo Glee Club of 23 voices and a
banjo club ot 13 instruments will occupy tbe
sfcige next Saturday evening of the Pittsburg
Club Theater. The programme ds an unuusally
Mrs. Henry Hats, of Ellsworth avenue,
received a numter of her friends yesterday af
ternoon. Tbe Concordia club bad the third of
its series of receptions last evening.
The McAllister Four Hundred, or eight
hundred rather, are in a tremor of excitement
over gowns and flowers to-day.
Mbs. McKee will pose as the first lady of the
land to-day in Washington.
Some English Weather.
From the Newcastle, Eng., Chronicle.
A correspondent says: Aloes- the Shotley
Bridge road, on Monday last, the writer ob
served the following flowers in full bloom:
Wallflowers, sweetwllllam, jessamine, roses
(cultivated), and wUd strawberries.
Greely Losing; His Grip,
From the Philadelphia Times, J
This weather has. been so bad for General
Greely that if be said to-morrow would be
Tuesday nobody would believe binn
A NEW YEAR.':! EVE REGRET.
Tbe coming years may bring me fame,
Health, wealth and happluess-and more;
Hay make me winner in life's game,
May grant me blessings in great store;
Yet can I not repress my tears.
Nor cease, beloved, to repine.
That ne'er again thro' coming years
Shall we see dear old '29,
'Twas then I met you", fairest one.
One dreary January day.
When, e'en as though the hidden sun
Had pierced the cloudswlth one bright ray,
Ton came into iny life nay. more,
thenceforward were this life of mine.
Now that its bark has reached tbe shore,
1 weep for.dear old '89. y
And when the blossoms came in spring,
'New life you gave to my dead heart.
My tonl you took and made It ting
With gladnets when it learned Love's dart
Wa tare ot aim; and sweetly yes"
You said when I approached that shrine
Where lovers ever do eonless
In that dear spring of '89.
In autumn we were wed. To-day
The old year dies, so rilled with sweets
I'll not forget it; cherished nay
.Not e'en when death my own soul greets.
And In that distant time when all
Shall stand before the throne Divine,
My memory shall still .recall : ,,
These happy days Of '89. , , ' . ..
John Kendrttk Sangi in Harper I Baiar.
Odd Opinions and Qanlnt Observations From
Curb and Corridor.
pEANCis Mukpht, the gospel temperance
evangelist, was standing upon the street the
other afternoon talking with the Btroller, when
a smooth-faced, wide-mouthed, illy dressed
man approached and held out his hand for a
shake, sir. Murphy turned for a moment to
look at the newcomer. "Oh, you poor fellow,"
be said, with a look of compassion in his deep
gray'eyes; "I know what yon want." Mr. Mur
phy went into his pocket and prodnced a silver
dollar. He gave it to the man, saying to him:
"John, If Igtve you this, will you allow me to
get by yeu to-morrow?"
At a meeting of veterans tbo other evening,
C. F. McKTenna, the lawyer, smiled across
the table and said: "The other day down in
Philadelphia General f earson sat for a photo
graph of Phil Sheridan." "How is that Gen
eralf" two or three men asked, with smiles on
their faces. "That's right," General Pearson
replied, They wanted a good-looking portrait
of Sheridan that day. It- was the time when
Charlie McKenna sat for a picture ofOsss
watomie Brown." The,clo3e resemblance set
the laugh going the other way.
QN the large calendar hanging over the
Stroller's desk tbe leaf for December has
been f of two weeks' banging by one little cor
ner. At 12 o'clock last night the lights winked,
tbe leaf fell, and there was revealed to the eye
of the toiler a new page, where 1890 was printed.
(ipBlEjTD." Steve said to Jim IT. the otber
day, "Mr. Brown has stopped traffic on
Fifth avenue," "Why Is that, Mr. H.T" Jim
asked, with a large dish o( surprise plastered
over his countenance. Tbe answer was, "Be
cause there's a Hole In the Ground at the
Qeoege was playing billiards. George had
not been at home for three weeks, and his
nerves were shaky. He poised his cue and
sighted at the pink ball. At that moment a
monse popped out of tbe wall just opposite the
pink ball. George saw the mouse. He saw its
bright eyes, and be took off his bat and wiped
bis forehead. He looked about the billiard
room to see if anybody else saw It, All had
seen It, bnt tbey did not show it. The game
went on. George shot again, and again as he
drew his cue'the mouse popped its head out of
the hole. George saw it. The perspiration
rose upon his forehead. He took off his bat,
looked at tbe mouse, wiped bis brow, felt his
limbs to see that he was awake, and glanced
nervously about the room to see if any
body else bad caught sight of the miscreant
Apparently nobody had seen It, and George
was bathed in perspiration. Tbe mouse disap
peared when he moved, and his shot, was made
without a resulting carom. Was it fate or
chance which brought that mouse out every
time George shotT It will never be known. A
stranger entered tbe billiard room, and stood a
minute to watch the bad game then being
played. "By George," he cried, "look at that
monse." George braced up. He wiped his
forehead, and with hearty steps he chased
around tbe table, and grasped tbe stranger's
hand. "Did you," he cried, with the clinging
'confidence of a Chicago widow, "did you see
'T'he gentlemen who have charge of Mr. J. O.
Brown's Second avenue blue wagon sta
ble were somewhat wroth the otber evening.
At about 2 o'clock in the morning somebody
called up Ben Leech. "Send the wagon to Sec
ond and Ferry," the voice said. "What's the
matter?" Ben asked. "Never mind," was the
reply; "a fellow tried to pick my vest pocket.
You get the wagon bere quick and I'll have a
man for you." The wagon was sent. Dick
was not there, and tbe gentlemen who operated
the wagon looked here and there without avail.
Morris Mead was asking yesterday if anybody
bad seen bis assistant.
QAPTAnr Stone, of McKeesport, was in the
city yesterday. "How is the postoffice con
test coming out?" be asked. "Unon my word, I
cannot tell. I know that I have tbe best sup
port from the people. I have offered to leave
the question to a vote of the people, but my
opponents have not been willing to try that
test. I have confidence because I have noticed
that in other cases tbe President has appointed
the men who havothe best backing from the
people." Captain gton'e is a tall, manly man,
with hair growing gray, a strong, genial face,
and a beard almost white with tbe frosts of
iiThess has not been any profit for us,"
said an iron ore man at the Hotel Du
quesne yesterday, "for the past two years. The
trade is good now, however, .and prices are np.
Wo look for a good season in 1890. It always
runs that way in our business. For two or
threo years we make no money, but we keep
the furnaces In blast. It Is only in tbe good
years, every three or four years, that we niako
up for tbe dull season. Iron) ore dealers gen
erally expect a good season."
Tories In Desperate Strolls.
From the New York Star.l
Tbe latest Tory assault upon Parnell Is uni
versally regarded as evincing tbe desperation
of a losing cause- Political opponents do not
resort to efforts to show that there are laws in
tbe private life of a popnlar idol until they
have lost faith in their ability to combat him
in a fair fight in the political field.
How to Dlsgnst La Grippe.
From tbe Boston Ulobe.l
It is only a solemn duty to the public which
compels us to state the nnsavory fact that the
man who goes to bed with his chest covered
with a hot onion ponltice, and bis stomach full
of boiled onions, will wake up to find la gtippe
disgusted and gone. It is an heroic remedy,
but brings with it a great reward.
From the Cincinnati Enanlrer.l
The Philadelphia Record Is right. That New
York iceman who quit business and went to
Congress must have foreseen how mild the
winter would be.
THE OHIO SENAT0RSHIP.
Chicago Inter Ocean: It Cal Brice wants
to settle tbo question of bis citizenship in Ohio,
why don't he run that champagne Pullman car,
used in St Louis in 18S8. down to Columbus,
and make it his abode during the Senatorial
Washington Post: Ohio is developing a
new Senatorial candidate every twenty-four
hours. There Is now grave danger that when
it comes to casting complimentary votes there
will not be enough members of the legislature
to go around.
Philadelphia Prets: Judge Thurmau. it
issaid. is opposed to Calvin S. Brice' for the
United States Senate from Ohio. Possibly the
original Bed Bandana is trying to get square
with the illustrious rain-bow chaser for bis
failure to elect the Democratic ticket last year.
Cleveland Leader: If Mr. Brice had not
bought tbe chairmanship of tbe National
Democratic Committee, he would not now be
abletobuytheSenatorsbip from Ohio. It is
the "hope of favors yet to come," as well as the
"zeal born of benefits received," that makes
him popular with the party boodlers In Ohio.
A.TLA5TA Journal: The strongest point
mtde against Calvin S-Biice by his opponents
is the charge that he Is not a citizen of Ohio,
having removed to New York several years
ago. Ho denies having given up bis Ohio resi
dence. But if he is defeated in tbe canvass for
the Senatorshlp, be will owe it to this charge.
Cleveland Plain Dealer. It tbe angel
Gabriel should appear on earth and receive tha
election to the United States Senate at the
bands of the Democratic Legislature tbe Re
publican papers would accuse him of bribery.
No matter what the result of the deliberations
Of the Legblatute of Ohio may be tbe Repub
lican" papers wilrflnd fault.
St. Lours GJo&e Democrat: If any serious
mention of the name of Allen G. Thnrman In
connection with the Ohio Senatorshlp has been
made since tbe election of tbe Legislature it
has escaped the notice of the public. The
"Old Roman" is young when bis party gets in a
tight place In a canvass, but be Is always too
old when offices are to be distributed.
Philadelphia ihgrufrer: Mr. Brice will
suit tbe Ohio Democracy very well. He Is rich
and can accommodate hiSTlewS on any subject
to the exigencies ot the occasion. He Is a guile
less young man, who might learn sometninz
by contact with Senators of ability and exper
ience. But it seems to us that if , tee Ohio I
Democrats have to go outside their State they j
might make a better selection. .. v, '
The Bank of France has at the preseS
s3SO,rjop,(rjo in gold in Its cellars. jK
A hlflf.lr'flnnlro L femtRJ 1nlA lft'n(1
killed on Christmas near Mount Holly. NrJ
by George W. Craig. ii riJJ
Francis Christian, of Muskegon, Mich?
was 100 years old the otber day. His 'mother!
lived to be KM. and ho has a cousin who ii'noi
in nis tuutn year.
Last unmmpT ih Onpcn n( TlnWatlf
talned the loftiest point ever reached.-bv a?
.curMpeau BarerBign, Dy ID9 ascens OX Uie
.Dreimorn, io,odieet. 'v
, The Empress Frederick has eiven orders.-
tobave her castle at Cromburg" put in tele - '
phonic connection with the opera house atV
Frankf ort, 10 that she may bear the music In',
her own home. ,
An eagle attacked a peacock on tha
farm of Henry Huber, noar Baraboo, Wis.
Aiboy who tried to drive the bird away was at
tacked in turn and was badly hurt. Two men.
who finally came to tbe lad's assistance, cap
tured the eagle, which measured 9 feet from
wing tip to wing tip.
An Englishman who cams to this coun
try SO years ago, leaving a wife at home, to
whom be soon after ceased writing, was amazed.
Sunday at his boarding bouse in Cohoes, TH. Y
by coming face to face with. her. They eyed
each other for a moment-and then embraced.
Bhe bad been searching for years for him, going
from town to town all over the country.
Miss Martha Kah, of Cheyenne county,
Nebraska, is the only representative left of the -missionary
party established at Mamby, In the
French Congo, by Bishop William Taylor.
Though living wholly wlthont whtte compan
ions in one of ithe most uncivilised parts of
West Africa, she Is too busy to repine over her,
lot. She nnfc nnlv tA-1.htta axhnnl hnt mntuiTta
herself by keeping np the plantation opened.1-
n ou mo ui 4iua was siartea.
The first apple tree ever planted m
Washington Territory can yet be seen alive
and vigorous on the borne place of William
Huggins, at .Nesqually. It was planted by his
brother-in-law. Dr. W. S. Tolmle. in 1850. The
doctor at that time was agent for the Hudson
Bay Company, who occuDied that portion of
Washington under the belief that the line of
the British possessions went nearly aa far -sontb
as the Columbia river. t
A great discovery of fossil footprints has
just been made at Bosworth's qdarry in Hol
yoke, Mass. Here is a clean surface of shale .
about 100x40 feet, on which are seen about 200 :
tracks. Nearly all of tbem are fn rows. the lone- .
est one containing 17 tracks. The tracks are 1
from six to eight inches in length, and were ' '
probably made by a reptile that, it It had frontv '
feet, seldom used them. This is, without doubt, - '
the largest uncovering of tracks for many
The weather this winter is much litj
that of the weather of 1829. if tbe memory of
old George M. Ward, of Salem. If. J- is not, at ,
fault. Mr. Ward remembers that the fall and '.,
early winter of 1829 were very similar to the "
present. He made grass bntter that year until '
January, 1830. and the weather was unusually'
mild, but winter set in on tbe 9th of that.'M''
montb. and a four foot snow fell, which lay, y
withfreqnent additions, until the following '". -"?
April, and for four days there was nocornmu- -.
nication between Camden and Philadelphia. -
John O. Foering, Chief Grain Inspector
of the Philadelphia Commercial Exchange,
who recently made a tour of investigation in ;
the Western corn belt, has been so impressed
with the magnitude of the corn crop that he- ''
has dropped into a little calculation that shows : -tbe
crop to be pretty nearly large enough to ':
stretch a elrdle of freight cars arouna the
globe. Mr. Foering says tbs crnp or 2,000.000,- -000
bushels will require 3,333.333 cars for its
transportation, and as tbe average length of a '-.
car is 35 feet, tbe entire length of this mam- ,
moth corn train would be llft6666oo feet, or .
There are 7,000 diamond cutters out of '-'
work m Amsterdam alone. At a meeting of
more than 1,000 of tbem recently held there, M.
Van Fraag attributed the want of work chiefly
to the high prices of raw diamonds, and next
to tbe tendency of' the jewelers to trade In raw
diamonds Instead of devoting themselves to
their preparation for the market. Tbe speaker.
counseled eitner tne esiaDiisnment 01 a wor-
and a ca
of tbe trade to London.
raw diamonds and the owners of the diamond
fields were living;
Mr. W. B. Lockwood, who resides west .
of Jefferson City, tells a good, true snake story.
Last Saturday workmen on Mr. Daniel Wade's
farm, on tbe river and eight miles above town,
were engaged in excavating along the. south' ,
era side of a ledge of rock for some purpose, ;. :.-.
and In their operations nnearthed a nest of . y
snakes. Tbe serpents were not very torpid,' m
and made things pretty lively tor the men, but- -. -tbey
seized clubs and began a war of extermi- -Cj-nation
and soon laid ont tbe last one. They
then counted up and found S3 reptiles nad f -been
killed. Tbey were mostly blacksnakes,. '..
some of them very large, measuring seven feet. -;
in length anu as tmc tnrougn as a man's arm.
According to a paper read by Mr. Gif- "
fen before the Boval Statistical Society re-' -cently
the accumulated wealth of tbe United : ' n
Kingdom up to the year 1875 was, in round ' "
numbers, worth 10,000 million pounds sterling. ' '. '
This would give' 270 to every person inthe
three kingdoms, or an average of 1,350 per
family. Tbe estimate is a valuation of tbe
United Kingdom as "a going concern" which
at present is. Mr. Glffen confesses that the
totals are somewhat bewildering, but Is quite
certain that some such -cures are about the
mark. Taking tbe countries separately,
England has 303 per bead of property; Scot
land 243, and Ireland taa. comparing tne tnrea -richest
nations in the world, the figures stand
thnu: Wealth riar head of thenonulation in the
United Kingdom. 270; in France, 190; in the
A Kansas City lady has a most, unique '
banner. It la aa beautiful as it is unlace, and Is "
prized by its owner lor its oeaucy ana ouaiiy. v
It is made of the skin of an enormous rattle-V
snake, with a background of plush. Tbe snake'"
skin was sent the lady by a friend who lives In;'
Texas. It Is beautifully tanned, the back being. '
colored and covered with spots resembling
small scales, which on the background'of plush
look lor au tne wona iiko mo-aiu. a uo bjuu u
over five feet long without the bead and tall,
and 11 rattles denoted its age. In tbe widest
part the skin is nine inches in width, thus show
ing that in life tbe rightful owner of the skin
which now adorns tbe lady's parlor must have,
been an ugly customer. A letter wbicb pre-!
ceded tbe present states that belts made of rat
tlesnake skins are much worn by the young la
dies of Texas, ana are a common article oxa
"Mv face is my fortune, sir," she said,
Yes, you could easily get a long engagement la
a dime museum. oonon -icrum.
No Harm. Guest You have got yonrj
finger In my soup.
Walter-Oh, that's all right; it isn't hot-Sev
SheWJll Be His. She What do
think abont the World's Fair?
He I think thev are adorable, and you arer
of the fairest ot them, and I wish, you to be rained
Boston Courier. ;
Jaggs (funny streak on) Do yon
Vlgar aian venaiai j, na uu. xmPSssh-v
jaggs x ou re louusu. ivuvuKutwHuwca,
Vhwidtlvhla liurulrtr. '''aJSKI?
Kocky Bepartee. "You wait'niilltts'C
"Vou wouldn't Elektp'oo Indian, then,' would
you?" ' . . A K.
Well. I'll Sioux later. "Boston Eerabt,
Forgot to Cash His Chips. "Say pa,
yon must have strong teeth."
'Hothln', only I found a lot of red. white and;
blue lozenges in your overcoat pocses ucuw;
day, and there ain't a fellow in the neighborhood!
that can bite 'em." Stio Xort Sun. iVm.
Truthful. Customer I bought a piece.of :
calico from you the other day, and yoa tald-.tae
colors were fast.
ripr- I remember It. madam.
"Well, wheal wet the calico the colors'eama
out at once." ' ."&"M
"Certainly. I knew they wonlan't, betlow;
about it. Did yon eomefor more7"-jrra.xer
John Clara I've got an lmrrtaatqneS'a
tlon to ask yon. va-.i
Clarai snowwSat It It. xon want -me tobej
T-rm-wtr. i dreamed It, Well, take me..
John rmtber nonplussed) Ton dreamed vtrj
t v.. t dreamed last sight that Ton asked SM!
what I am asking yon and tht,you took'meig
your arms and kissed me alter I said yon,
What could John dof Botton Couritr.
HE KNEW THE- OLD MANi
Won't you take o& your coat," thelssUdJI
"And tarry here with me? '. .?
He sleeps quite heavllee."
Tbe young man shook his bead, NayvnsyJ
I know that dodge," tald be.
His jags is far too much of a
aAnnfmlTit fnr mat"
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