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THIS SCRANTON TllIJiUNE SATUUDAY MORNING-. AUGUST 25. 1S94.
CASES OF GOOD
Guarding Unsuspecting Ledgers at the ;ry
Swell Summer Hotels. .
INGENUITY OF CUNNING THIEYES
An Occupation That Requires Cool
ness and Judgment Use of Wigs,
Spectacles and Skeleton Keys.
Good Luck of a Diamond Drummer.
A Well Laid Trap, and Other Reada
ble Incidents of a Side of Life That
Seldom Is Made Public.
lor the Saturday Tribune.
r Just now tho detectives in tlio summer
hotels nro dooidedly busy. Thpy must not
only guiml tho guests from outsiders, hut
from wolves who havo stealthily strayed
Into tho fold. And they must mako no
mistake, for that would ho awkward,
i "My tot casa this summer," said a de
tective nt ono of the largo Atlnutlu City
jiotela tho othox day, "was a queer one.
Mr. 9. and his wifo havo buen coming hero
pow for flvo years. This yenr they camo
up on tho i o'clock troia and were assign-
"GIVE MENO. 2C."
oil to room Na. 2t5, their old quarters. At
0 O'clock they enmo down stairs, left their
room key in tho oflico und went 'into tho
1 "At 6 o'clock wo chango tlosk clerks, nnd
this year wo havo a new man on duty
from 6 o'clock to 13. IIo hiul never seen
$lr. and Mrs. S. About 10 minutes after
lie como on duty a man stepped up to tho
desk and snld, 'Givo mo No. SO,' adding
pleasnntly. 'You see, wo hnvo thusamo old
"Tho clerk handed out tho key nnd went
back to his books.
' ''Ten tnluutcs Inter tho man returned,
(throw tho key on tho disk, gave tho clerk
a clfcar and walked out,
"Now, Mr. and Mrs. S., after dinner, sat
on tho piazza awhilo, listening to tho
music, and it was fully 10 o'clock when
Sirs. S. went to tho desk, asked for her
key and went with her husband to their
room. A minute aftar wo were startled
by tho news of a burglar, and Mr. S.,
frantiowith excitement, rushed down to
MI us that all Mrs. S.'s jewels, her laces
and valuable keepsakes of nil kinds wero
gone, whilj trunks, gowns and satchels
vcro torn in the hasty ransacking.
"'I went to their room and found it nil
true, but who and where was tho thieff
i'I havo not spoken to anybody in tho
place, ' said Mr. S., 'except a man I met on
tho train, to whom I gave my card. I
r.skcd him to call and told him I should
be in tho room I had had for flvo years.'
"This was a good clew, and, with tho
description given by tho clerk of tho man
who had asked for tho key, I telegraphed
ull over tho country. I was answered by
other hotel detectives looking for tho same
man, and in a week wo had our sleek bird
landed in town, where ho will remain for
n year at least.
A runcl Jewel Thief.
"i'ou know that hotel rooms mostly all
lead into ono nnothcr. Whon only ono
room is wanted, tho door is locked bo
tween and a bureau placed against it.
This was the caso with Miss Varick's
room. Tho dresser almost hid tho door.
' Ono afternoon Miss Varick locked her
door, took off her jewels, which wcro
very handsome, and laying them upon tho
dresser with some other pieces which sho
Intended to wear that night sat down in
nn easy chair by the window to rend. Tho
day was hot, and Miss Varick thought
after that she might havo dozed off. Any
way sho awokowitha start, looked around
the room, saw everything was all right,
wid was about to settlo herself for another
nap whon sho happened to glanco at tho
dresser, only to find it empty of all her
Jewels. Not a ring oven was left Sho got
lup and stared at its niarhlo tup. It was as
lilank as a sheet.
"In tho next room wero two gentlemen,
eld men and very dignified. They left tho
oftcrnoon of tho robbery. As I afterward
found, they left within' five minutes after
It was committed. I went to their room
and searched thn door, but there was noth
ing to show It had boon unlocked. Tho
liig hook that hold It was on Miss Variok's
sldo of tho door. Vet' through that door
seemed to mo tho only rcasonaulo way of
accounting for tho robbery. Tho men had
left very hastily.
''As I searched the door for tho hun
l redth time I noticed that the paint around
oiio of tho panels was scratched. Picking
PUSHED Tim MIRROR FORWARD.
et tho fretwork around the panel, I liftod
It out easily, and tho panel I pulled to
ward mo by Inserting a nail In an old nnll
Jiole. i " 'Now,' said I to Miss Varick, 'seat
(yourself where you wero on that afternoon
pud keep your eyes upon tho dresser.'
"Very quietly I slipped lrfto tho noxt
room, took out.the panel, pushed the mir
ror of tho dresser forward and romoved a
iplncushlon from the top. Miss Vnrlck sat
watching me, with eyes wide open. "The
wry sound that wuko mo that afternoon,'
;lie exolaimed. 'It was tho swinging of
I "After that things wero easy. Wo caught
he thieves in Boston, but not until wo
earned to know thorn without tho wigs
jmd epcctaclos which changed thorn from
well known crooks to respectable middlo
A Diamond Drummer's Lack.
''A diamond drummer camo up from
bo ' .city, to, k1 diamonds, to. tho local
stores. At dinner ho got acquainted with
ono of our guests, an old patron, who has
been coming hero for years, and who is
also very rich.
"After dinner they went to drive to the
Madhouse, where they met two unes
corted ladies, and all had dinner together.
At dinner tho drummer drank too much.
Ho became very cumin untentivu and im
parted tho fact to uli that he had $50,000
worth of diamonds In his inside poc ket.
'I ought to havo left them at tho hotel,'
said ho, adding, 'I havo novcr carried a
pistol In my life'
"Well, tho drummer got so much undor
tho lnQuencoof tho chanipagno that he
would not go homo, declaring that ho
would stnyut tho roadhouso with more
congenial company. In vain our old pa
tron, Mr. Lumbard, urged him. Return
homo ho would not. And after nn argu
ment that ioso ulmost to blows tho drum
mer sank back in a drunken stupor, from
which ho could not bo roused.
"Mr. Lumbard, after many efforts, nil
unsuccessful, started home, but not until
ho had reached into tho drummer's vest
pocket and got tho packet of diamonds,
which woro in a long, slim chamois caso.
Next morning early Mr. Lumbard read
his mall, scanned a telegram and an
nounced 'that ho must go homo, saying:
'I may not return this season, as I am go
ing north and maybo to Europo upim an
unexpected Journey, I will pay my bill
now. Call tho stage.'
"Within two hours nftcr his departure,
tho drummer camo back to tho hotel whito
with fright and now thoroughly sober.
'Whoro is that man?' ho cried. ' Where is
my dinner companion? IIo has robbed mo
of my pAkago of diamonds!
"Although tho start had been a short
ono, tho search for Mr. Lumbard was very
long. IIo had apparently gono north, but
must linvo either got over tho Canada bor
der or havo redoubled his steps south. An
outgoing Atlantic steamer could havo
been taken by him before noon, or he might
bo In disguise almost watching our opera
tions. "Ono day, after a month's search, I met
tho drummer, who had never left tho
house. ' I boliove, ' said I, 'that Lumbard la
right in this very town, and wo shall see.'
" 'Right you nrel' exclaimed a hearty
voice, and with n slap on tho shoulder
Lumburd wheeled mo about nnd clasped
my hand. In u second tho wurrunt was
" 'What's this for?' ho exclaimed, laugh
ing. 'This is a good joke? What? Ac
cused of robbing diamonds? What?
"Then as light camo upon him ho said:
'Why, thoso diamonds, tho ones I took
from tho drunken drummer, nro in your
safe. 1 put them there that night. Next
morning camo word of my mother's ill
ness. 1 started north to seo her, got a tel
egram that sho was better, Hew off to
Now York to attend to sonio business, got
my mustache shaved off on account of the
heat, went north again and now am here.
What? Havo you counted them? Bo sure
t'ffl hi .:!
ii i n w..:.1 uwi
"I SHOULD LIKE TO SKE VOtT."
they'ro nil right. They wouldn't have
been if I hadn't taken them away from
him that night.'
A Cool Thief.
"Tills was ono of tho most serious hotel
cases I havo over had, because n woman's
fair namo and fame wcro in question.
"I had noticed for sonio weeks that Mr.
Blank was paying devoted attention to
Mrs. Beech, although that lady's husband
camo up to the hotel twice a weel; and
sho was surrounded by Ave little children.
Shu was evidently flirting with Mr. Blank,
and that it was not quite open 1 believed
fiom tho reputation which I knew Mr.
Blank to bear la tiie southern city from
which ho hailed.
"Ono day thero camo a letter from a fel
low detective, telling mo of a jewel rob
bery two weeks since that had baffled his
eitorts, anil a day later, by a system wo
detectives hnvo, camo another letter from
another detective, telling of a similar rob
bery. The jewels had disappeared at so
cial functions, dinners, balls and concerts.
"I searched Mr. Blank's room during
dinner and found nothing at all. That
night Mrs. Beech appeared with a ehato
laino watch precisely like tho one de
scribed in a letter in my pocket.
"I did not wait a minute. Culling a
hallboy, I said to him, stepping up behind
Mr. Blank, so ho could hear mo: 'If you
see Mr. Blank, tell him u gentleman from
tlioAvcrgne hotel, on tho seashore, is hero
and wants to seo him. Co look for him
"When I turned, Mr. Blank was gone,
ns I suspected ho would be, and half an
hour later I had tho pleasure of learning
nt the ilc.sk that ho had left for homo und
would not return. It was now plain sail
ing. " 'I would liko to seo you a minute,'
said 1 later that night, tapping Mrs. Beech
upon the shoulder. 'I havoa message from
''Smiling, eho followed mo into tho re
ception room. But her smllo soon faded.
" 'Hero is n warrant for your arrest, ' said
I, 'as being tho receiver of stolon goods.
I havo a description of tho articles. Will
you givo them to mo now? Or shall I
servo tho warrant?'
" 'For God's sake' sho began.
" 'Givo mo tho Jewels, then,' I said. 'I
will go to your room with you while you
collect them. No. Mr. Blank Is not here.
IIo has left. Ho told mo ho had given you
tho stolen articles. Ho took them frum
tho scashoro places ho has visited. IIo said
I could get them from you. IIo described
tho articles, tho rings, the bracelets'
"Half carrying tho almost fainting
Mrs. Beech, I went to her room nnd got
tho things. Two days Inter I had the
reward jingling in my pocket, and I felt
that tho end justified tho means as long as
It cured Mrs. Beech of her folly, as It cer
tainly did, for sho devoted herself to her
children tho rost of the summer. Mr.
Blank was arrestod later and Is now In
Jail. If he ever sons Mrs. Beech again, they
Will discover tho trap I laid for them."
He Slmvcd Himself Without a Uliu.
I know a wcalLhy Bnck Bay man who
shaves himself standing in the corner of
the room and facing the wall. He was a
poor country boy, and, like most boys,
oought a razor on the sly. There was no
looking glass la his chamber, and rather
than let his folks know what he was about,
he faced the wall nnd scraped away by the
sense of feeling. Once accustomed to this
method ho never needed a glass. Boston
Cor. Bt. Louis Globe-Democrat.
When 1 was before the mast I used to
notice tho Yankee skippers who would
congregate on the pier and whittle, and I
could always tell how business was going.
Wheu freights were good you'd see them
roll off the big shavings in great Bhape,
but when freights were low they'd handle
over their sticks und shave off little fine
ones. You could tell every time. Bath
OF I DOWNFALL
One Em Win Is Ihppler in Prison Tnan lie
Was Oat of It
THE STORY CF A BANK DEFAULTER
Thirteen Years of Torture for Fear
of Detection William R. Melville,
of a California Bank, Tells a Tale
with a Moral 'Danger of Good
Credit Crime and Sin Provide
Their Own Punishment to Men of
For the Hiturday Tribune
William It. Melville, thedcfaultingbank
clerk of San Francisco, says ho feels mure
freo in jail than when he used to dlno
sumptuously ut tho club. Thirteen years
of misery, foar and peril are succeeded by
years of dlsgracu and imprisonment, but
disgrace und Imprison nicnt, horrible us
they are nro not equal to tho torture that
camo from his evil deeds and from tho
fear of their detection.
"When I licgan to takn money from tho
bunk," said ho to a Pan Fruncisco Chron
icle reporter, "I was Iiot in lovo, I was
not gambling, I was not drinking. I was
quito a youngster then, as you can under
stand, for that was 13 years ago, and I am
only lilt now. I was attending to the clear
ing house business of tho Bunk of Cali
fornia at tho time. If you know anything
obout tho management of banks, you will
know what tliat means. If you don't, It
Is hard to explain, but tho mnn in chargo
of the clearing house business takes tho
checks upon other banks to tho clearing
house to mako tho sottlomont.
"My credit was very good, oven nt that
timo. That was a porll. Good credit Is
an awful danger to any man who depends
on a salary for a living. A bill camo into
tho bank for something. I don't remem
ber what it was now. When this bill was
presented, 1 did not havo tho money with
which to pay it. I hold over a check from
ono day to tho Dcxt in order to pay that
bill, expecting, of course, to replace tho
money from my salary. I was surprised
when I found how easy It was to tako
money by this way of holding over checks.
I tried it again. I supposo in all I took
about $200; perhaps a little more, of tho
money of the bank. I paid It back in duo
timo. Nobody knew anything about it.
I was perfectly satisfied that, though I
had been unwise, I certainly was not dis
honest. I had paid the bills as they wero
presu'ited and then had paid back tho
bank tho money that I had taken. You
see, it was just a transfer of creditors. I
thought It was better to owo tho bank
than to owe tradespeople.
"Well, when I wanted money again, 1
took It from tho bank. That went along
for years. I supposo I was clear with the
bank two or thrco times after tho first
timo that I took money from it. Then tho
amount gradually got bigger and bigger
and bigger, and of cimrs it was plain to
mo that I never would bo ablo to pay it
back, so I just kept on taking more and
more as I needed it, or wanted it, rather,
for certainly I didn't need it, to pay my
current expenses mid livo In tho stylo that
"All tho money that 1 took from tho
bank has gono for my ordinary expenses.
Tho exact courso that it took I can't tell.
I never kept any personal expense account,
and I really do not know in detail how I
spent so much money us I did spend. My
salary, of course, was not $175 during all
this time. Tako my salary and add to it
tho amount that I took, but did not earn,
and it makes an average of about $1,4U0 a
year. That mei.iis nearly $400 a month.
For my life I could not tell you how I
spent so much. I havo figured in my mind
as well as I could what my expenses wero,
and I can't account for anywhere near
"Figure up my average expenses for tho
past few years. My room rent was $ 10 n
month. I boarded at tho Cosmos club.
My cards from tho club amounted to about
$U0 u month. I belong to tho Olympic
club. That cost $3 n month. I was n
member of two yachting clubs, tho raciflo
and tho Corinthian, but they aro inexpen
sive. My club dues altogether did not
amount to $15 a mouth. Now, ull that
figures up $140 a month. I suppose my
cigar bill was about $10 a month. That
makes $180. You see, that is $5 more than
my salary already. For many years I
have been accustomed to contribute to tho
AT THE CLl'B.
support or my mot her. I gavo her some
times $00, sometimes $80, sometimes even
as much as $100 a month. I supposo tho
average would bo about $30 a month. You
udd that to the other $180, and that makes
$200. Whero the rest went I cannot Ooll.
It Just drifted away.
"I was never extravagant in my oloth
lng, though I wanted to dress well, of
course, as any young man would. Sonio
times after hard exercises nt tho Olympic
club I wantedm good, hearty dinner, und
I would get It. The cost might lie well,
$4, nnd this would not happen moro than
once a week. There Is nothing very ex
travagant in thut. A man on my salary
might reasonably havo afforded ono $4
dinner a week. But all theso things count
ed up to inula tho total of nearly thrco
times my salary.
"I never gambled. I don't moan by
that that I never touohed cards for money,
but I am sure that $200 would cover tho
entire amount of my losses. I lost a few
dollars, perhaps $5 or $10, not moro than
that at a time. I novcr lost any money
speculating in stocks.
"I novcr took from tho bank any largo
sum at ono timo excopt just before I ran
owny. I should say $200 was porhaps the
largest amount, and Whenever I took any
It was merely for current expenses or to
pay sonio bill that was presented.
'No ono can understand tho torture
that I have endured during these lust fow
years. I could not stay way from tho
bank for ono day, bcoauso detection would
have boon certain. I never took tho voca
tion that is always given to the clerk, giv
ing somo excuso for not going.
"Every morning when I went to that
old bunk I did not know what I might ex
pect whon I entered. Morning af Ut morn
ing I had to grit my teeth ns I took out my
koy to open tho door and force myself to
turn tho lock and enter the bank. Kvcry
day at noon when I was returning from
lunch I had the same awful feeling, tho
fear that I had been discovered during tho
time that I was away from tho bank. This
fear of dlscovory grow worso and worso.
In tho afternoon nftor tho bank closed I
used, to wal.uutlLcaah waeMiuicctLjnd
men even until 1 bail corn my box go into
the vault, and tho vault looked. Then 1
felt reasonably sure that I was safo foi
one more day.
"I suppose tho otTkeraof tho bunk might
hnvo discovered what I was about If they
had made a careful examination, but a
mere casual lmspoction would not huvc
proved uuythiug to them. You sou, tho ac
counts wero apparently ell straight, the
money that was mining being accounted
for day by d;y by huldovcr checks, us bus
been explained. Unless tho assistant cash
ier or whoever was making tho examina
tion hud gouo over my correspondence as
well as tho books ho would not have no
tieed that nny money was missing. My
fear constantly was that while. I was out
somo tclegraphio communication might
como from somo eastern bank asking the
fate of somo draft. Any ono looking nt
my book might liml that tho draft had
been cnslied. Then ho might want to
know If the money had been remitted and
find that the roinittuncc had been mado
This novcr occurred, however, though I
expected it day by duy.
"Thuro ought to bo a lesson in mo to
tho young men of Pan Francisco. I am
not exactly in tho position to preach a ser
mon, but I fcnl that my distress is the
gain of some ono clso if from mo any
young man should learn to live entirely
within his income, to avoid a debt ns
though It wore poison. The credit system,
the fact that I was ablo to buy what I
wanted to wit limit paying for it in cash,
was tho beginning of n career that ends
With this." And Mclvillo pointed to the
grated bars of tho prison windows.
ISO LONGER A FlllENI).
Fair but Jealous Missouri Postmis
tress Is Accused of Tampering
with Her Sweetheart's Mail.
Pho may not have dono It. Sho says sho
is Innoccnt.und until next November, whon
sho Is to appear before the United States
district court in Kansas City to answer
tho charge of opening letters that did not
belong to her, sho should havo tho benefit
of tho doubt.
And yet whero jealousy bo added to wo
men's curiosity thcro is no knowing what
Miss Blancho Pay was until recently as
sistant postmaster at Fountain Grovo, Mo.
Sho Is a vury pretty and amiable young
HISS DAT. MISS WILKETiFOX,
lady of 18 summers. Ever since Blancho
was old enough to receive attentions from
gentlemen Mr. William Green has, until
a few months ago, been looked upon ns
her steady company. But by and by Mr.
Green began to bo scant In his attentions,
and recently ho began to correspond with
oiio Mattio Wllkcrson of Meudville, Mo.
Tho letters passed through Blanche's
hands, and soon they begun to bear evi
deneo of having been tampered with.
Then Miss Wilkorson was excited. Sho
went to tho postmaster nt Meadvillo, and
whon a little later Mr. Green began to
mako complaints of the samo character
concerning his receipts from Miss Wilkor
son it was decided to notify tho postofflea
inspectors. Tho Meadvillo postmaster
wroto to Inspector Paul K. Williams of St.
Louis, and Mr. Williams, after holding n
consultation with the chief inspector, took
the matter up. Going to Meadvillo, ho
caused Miss Wllkcrson to wrlto in his
presenco a letter to Green nnd to lncloso
in it a photograph. Tho picture was plac
ed faco up, and only one-half the envelope
was sealed. Careful note was taken of
the relatlvo positions nnd condition of tho
picture, letter and envelope, and when it
was all ready for transmission Mr. Wil
liams carried it to tho train on tho Wa
Thero ho showed it to tho mall clerk for
the purpose, of Identification nnd saw him
put It in tho pouch. Ho followed the
pouch to Fountain Grovo and saw it
thrown olT there, watched Miss Bay pick
it up, followed her to tho postollico and
saw her open the pouch and tako out tho
Tho next day, when Green called for his
mail, he received tho letter, but when it
was opened in tho presenco of Mr. Wil
liams tho position of the photograph was
sn'ii to have lieen reversed, and the envel
ope was sealed on both sides, which It had
not been when placed In tho mail.
Mr. Williams now caused to Ik- prepared
at Fountain Grovo a letter to Miss Wilkor
son, taking precautions similar to thoso
adopted In the case of tho letter addressed
by Mifs Wllkcrson to Mr. Green, and
when tho missive had gono its course it,
trai, boro evidence of tampering.
Thereupon tho inspector arrested Miss
Day, and she was given a hearing before
tho United States commissioner, with the
result stated. A large number of tho peo
ple of Fountain Grovo testify to the good
character of Miss Day and tho satisfac
tory manner in which sho had discharged
the duties of her position.
Tho young lady herself unflinchingly
denies her guilt of the charge. Sho do
clares that her arrest is tho result of a
conspiracy to drprivo her mother of the
The fair defendant looked quito as Indig
nant ns her words seemed to show her to
bo when sho discussed tho chargo. Sho
said: "Do you think that If he had been n
sweetheart of mine, nnd knowing that such
things wero going on, ho would not hnvo
como nnd told me? No, sir, I don't regard
him ovon ns n friend," und her dark eyes
flashed with anger as sho mado this not
too logical denial.
Married Iu a IluiToom,
A wedding ceremony was performed in
a barroom at Magazine Point, near Mo
bile, tho other night, Ernest C. Cherry and
Mary A. Vernon being tho contracting
parties. Tho parties had known each oth
er only a week when they suddenly deter
mined to marry, A young Justice, just
appointed, was the most immediately
Available mun and was in the barroom
near by. Tho yearning pair sought him in
stantly, and thereat tbothronoof Bacchus
they wero mado man and wlfo.
Tho justice, not being a learned man,
had a constable prcsont to read the mar
riago ceremony for him, nnd between them
tho wedding was accomplished. Tho bar
kecpos set up tho drinks all around, and
tho brldo and groom withdrew.
llli Only Requust,
It happoned oopo that a faithful Moslem
married, but when he saw his wife she
S roved to be very unprepossessing. Some
ays ufter the marriage his wifo said to
him, "My dovo, as you have many rela
tives, I wish you would let me know before
whom I may-,unvoll." "My gazelle," ha
replied, "if thou wilt only hide thy face
from me, I care not to whon) thou a ho west
it." San FrajMslsco. Ajjjojaajifc.
y?r a n
Kiafi Embjrt of Il:lv Sacck:d at tlw flu.
dacily of Frlucjss Laclitia.
ROYALTY RACES ON A DICYCLE
The Beautiful Sist;r-in-Law of Italy's
Sovereign and Daughter of Plon
Flon Surprises the Gossips by Dis
playing Her Charms Astride a Cycle
That Wa3 Euilt for One Kindly
Anger Incensed at Thi3 Breach of
for the fat irday Tribune
Princess Laetitia, duchess uf Aostn, sister-in-law
of tho king of Italy, daughter
of Plon Plon, or Prince Napoleon, creatod
a sensation tho other day by riding to the
raco track, near Turin, on a bicyclo.
Princess Laetitia is a widow. Sho Is
handsome, tall, athletic, and her 172
pounds avoirdupois is judiciously distrib
uted over her lino figure. Sho docs not
mind exhibiting her beautiful neck and
It was tho day of tho Grand Prix, and
all Turin, with its wealth, beauty and
royalty, found its way to the raco track.
Tho Duchess of Genoa made her nppcar
anco in a gala coach and six, driven from
the saddle. Thero wcro tho Princess Isa
bel's outjudors in scarlet livery. But the
popular Princess Lr.ctitia, which is the
Latin for merriment, wni; not to bo seen.
It was utmost timo for tho start. The
stands were crowded, and the mob outside
tho railings was Impatient. Fearful of u
riot, tho syndico of Turin sent a mounted
messenger to the pnlaco to Inquire when
her royal highness might bo expected.
Tho officer reappeared after about five
minutes, galloping wildly and motioning
tho guards at tho royal cntraneo to open
Everybody rose, overylxidy stood on tip
too, hats and handkerchiefs in tho air, na
tional anthem by the band, soldiers and
army officers preparing for saluto. But
what was lttlieynaw? No postilions in
gay dress, no plumed horses' heads, no
carriage decorated with flowers. Instead
tho svmlico's man was leading a small bi
cycle brigade into tho grounds and nt the
head of it Prlncipessa Letizia Bonaparte,
duchess of Aostn, followed by tho Marquis
ill Castellineo, grand master of ceremony;
Countess Colli di Felizzano, first lady in
waiting; Count Avogadro do Colloblato
et Carrisio of tho lato duke's military
household; Prlncipessa Murozzo della
Kocca, another lady of honor, und several
chamberlains, all mounted on bicycles.
The princess woro black silk tights, pat
ent leather boots with leggings, a divided
skirt of heavy black silk ornamented
with silver thread and a close fitting waist
of the samo material. She wore a white
silk yuchting cap and around her waist a
sliver girdlo with numerous attachments
on small silver chains. Among them were
a penknife, n pi'.lr of scissors In a leather
case, n writing pad and pencil and several
Tho faces of tho Duchess of Genoa and
tho Princess Isabel wero n study. To say
they looked daggers at tln ir relatlvo is
putting It very mildly Indeed, but the
manner in which Laetitia received theii
greetings was delicious. They wero icy.
Sho was effusive. They tried to frown her
down, and Laetitia by simply appearing
at tho balustrade of the box evoked tre
mendous npplnuse, such as in Italy is only
uVeorded to Queen Marguerite
During the races tho princess occupied
herself with bettin , wildly and receiving
the gentlemen wh called to pay their re
spects. Sho dh aved a lot cf money, but
kept a tally sheet o'i her bets on hrr writ
Shu likewise drank champagne freely
and otherwirio conducted herself with so
much democratic, abandon that tho B-ich-ess
of Genoa drove rapidly away in dis
gust, taking tho Princess Isabel with her.
ruINI i'SS I.AKT1TIA.
Miantimo the fair Laetitia made a day of
it, at tho close bidding a charmingly frank
farewell to tho fast, set that is usually
found at such places.
At night there was a ball, and nt first
her royal hlghn.ws declared sho would at
tend it in her bicyclo suit. She was final
ly persuaded not to, however, much to the
disappointment of 6ome of her admirers.
Tho affair ended most ignomlniously.
King Uiiilierto was so much shocked when
he heard of it that ho telegraphed the fair
princess as follows: "Keep to your apart
ments until further notice. If disobedient,
Mcantlnio all Italy is talking about the
affair, but in extenuation of Laetltia's
wild conduct it is said that ns a young
girl sho was forced to participate in the
Bsontio lifo her mother leads in Castle
Moncalierl, which is moro of a cloister
than a royal resldenco. Tho restrictions
imposed upon tho lively girl only tended
to mako her tho moro eager for worldly
"At ono time," said a high ofllclul of
Turin, "she was corresponding with overy
officer In the squndron, from captain to
lieutenant, assuring each gentleman that
ho, and ho alone, was the favored one.
When King Unihcrto heard how matters
stood, ho transferred tho squadron clso
whero." C'liuructcri8tloa of the Cowboy.
Where the cowboy conies from is a mys
tery. He is often of Mexican origin, and
more than half Indian. He is a democrat
always; he lives under tho flag of a repub
lic, aud knows it. He recognizes no social
superior in any man; hut, on tho other
hand, to thoso he considers his inferiors,
as tho Indian or negro, no aristocrat of
aristocrats could be haughtier. He is
brave to foolhurdiness, nnd will tako
chances of his life that it would seem none
but a crazy mun would. IIo takes no
manner of care of his iiralth. When a
long way from the camn or ranch, he
sleeps whero night finds him on the open
prairie, with only the stars for light. He
bathes when he has time, nnd eats and
drinks anything he can get and all he
He can be depended upon to do his work
well, bo it at camp or when driving In a
big bunch of horses from the ranges to the
ranch. H Is strong as an ox, has an un
bounded love for gay trappings, and is
geftqpUIy Kay find, tree from care. Ilia
chief characteristic is a proiound contempt
for tho denizen of the east, whom he calls a
"tenderfoot." The cowboy might not shine
ou Fifth avenue, but he is found just the
paper person for the runch, and he is
withal a very picturesque, very useful and
very natural man. The wages paid him
nro small, and are usually expended as the
lirst opportunity pre.iuuts itself. IIo thinks
not of the morrow. He is a creature of to
day. .He is tho same cowboy that Mark
Train knew, and he is no different when
driving the beeves iu Kansas or the bunch
of horses on the prairies of Dakota and the
northwest Harper's Weekly.
Huniuii Saerilico Among Aslmnteen.
The most savage and horrible of all tho
barbarous customs of the Ashnntees In
Africa is that uf celebruting tho death of
a king or great n?lile by a s:icrlttce of oth
er lives. Indeed almost all of their anni
versary rites aro attended by a holocaust
of human beings. They belicvothnt when
a king or n noble dies ho must hnvo wives
and slaves in the next world, just us he
had in this, nnd in order tiiut these may
not bo wanting the simple expedient is
resorted to of killing 1:1s wives nnd slaves
and sending them after him. Strnngo to
say, numerous volunteers are always found
who are not only ready, but anxious, to
be offered up in honor of a dead king.
Ham anil tgpi Tor Gallows Ilirds.
Murderers always ficem to waut ham
and eggs on tho morning of their execu
tion, or, ut uny rate, thut dish always fig
ures in tlio rhetorical accounts of exocu
ifons printed in newspapers, observes tho
astute Buffalo Courier.
LIKE A YOUNG GIAXT.
Fourteen-Year-Old German Young
ster Is Six Feet Tall and Weighs
Three Hundred Pounds.
A boy of gigantic 'proportions such as
have never before been cquulcd by similar
objects of curiosity Is being exhibited in
Berlin. His namo is Carl Ullrich, and he
was born iu September, 1HS0. Ills father
Is a man of small stature, and his mother
and their seven other offspring show no
unusual proportions. Up to his third year
dairies grew normally. From thut timo
TITF. BIO EOT.
on ho took a spurt toward an unusually
rapid development. Ho is now nearly 6
feet tall and weighs 8110 pounds. His head
measures in clrcumferenco 27 Inches.
Hands and feet nre enormously developed,
tlio middlo finger of each hand being in
diameter the slzo of a silver dollar.
Professor Virchow, who has closely ex
amined this juvenile monstrosity, states
that all tho bodily organs perform their
functions normally, and that In all proba
bility tlio giant youngster will surpass all
giant men when ho reaches his majority.
Carl was a bright and activo pupil at
school and converses Intelligently with
his audience, although he has been In tho
museum but a very short timo. Ho is to
day ono of the attractions for which every
proprietor of a m useum makes a lively bid.
"Small 6wt Courtesies."
Life is so complex, its machinery so in
tricate, that it is imposslblethat thewheels
should always move smoothly and with
out friction. Thero is a continual strain
ing of every nerve to gsin and keep n place
in this overcrowded busy world. What
wonder if in tho hurry nnd pushing tho
rights of others arc trampled or complete
ly ignored, when every individual is in
such haste that tima fails for the "small
sweet courtesies of life!"
But it is the little offices of friendship
the encouraging smile, tho appreciative
word, tho thought for our preferences, tho
avoidance of our prejudices which make
lifeeasicr and which lessen in n marvelous
degree all its worrits and perplexities.
For nothing prevents friction so perfectly
as t he exercise of what we sometimes dis
dainfully call the minor virtues. As
though one should be endowed with truth,
and yet, lacking prudence nnd delicate in
sight nnd circumspection, wound with
sharp needle pricks the sensitive hearer.
Wo do not eare to he constantly reminded
of our failings. "Faithful are tho wounds
of a friend," but friends too often show a
fonduess for tlio scalpel, nnd lay bare our
pet weakuesses in a truthful but exceed
ingly uucomfortablo fashion. Harper's
Where Proplo Drink Iilood.
The old legends of how the giants of
Cornwall slew great fat oxen by tho score
and used their warm blood for drink while
they champed the rare flesh between their
great teeth have for centuries afforded ma
terial for many a nursery tale to tho hor
ror of the youthful listeners. If the drink
ing of tho blood and the eating of raw beet
were the only requisite to bo a giant, then
Louisville could form nn army of giants.
The vury thoughtot such a thing is enough
to Bicknn most people, but it is a fact thut
there are scores nrnl tcniMj nf hnnn. in
this city who satiate their thirst by drink-.
mil oioou, anu wno appease tuelr hunjfr
with raw. bloodv beef. Of
not do this all the time, but they probably
wouiu u lao opportunity wore presentud.
Such persons are verv ruMi-nnt nn M, nK.
ject, not because they are ashamed of it.
I... Al. - .1 ... ... ..
uuiiiuruiB reason tunc it nilgtit disgust
their acquaintances. Louisville Courier- j
Aking A SNOOZE. .
Tho drowsy hum of the murmuring beos,
Hovering over tho lavender UW, " !
Steals through half shut itttleif', !
As, awake or asleep, I wnrc; kaow which, 1
I lazily loll near a window frtnhn
Whoso gossamer curO-ii am softly stirred
By the guuzy wlutfs oj afcummine bird.
From airy hcluUts feathery down
Blown from tho P.MUol uodfllng crown,
Weary with wnaderlrg ovorywhare, i
Palls slowlytoearth through tho sultry air;
While indolent senhyrs, "oppressed with por
fume" Stolon from many a halms- bloom. j
Are falllnft- asleep wlthinlho room. !
Now floating afar, now hoveringticar.
Dull to the (WAUT,. ,!,K..I
Grow the shapes that I see, thoounds that
Every murmur m-oumLfllcs Into Jny dream,
have only tho song of u sylvan stream,
A hoso bunlr.n. nt. fn n .nn.n..r.. .
Has lulled the rhlsperlng loaves of Jane. I
AU things are hazy and dreamy and dim; '!
Tho flK in laiter circles swim;
On shnnberouB whins, on muffled foot, '
Imaginary sounds rotroat; ' :
And tho eloiids-Elysian Isles that IIo '!
In the bright blno sea of summer sky ' '
Fade, out before my closing oyo. ... ' '
m p ft
1 11 VSll IA.S-i A.VU hi l.lihoNS.
DU.O. EDGAK DEAN lias removed to 619
bprucB etri'ot. bcrunton, la, (.Just op
tusitn couri-houao hi-usre.)
DU. A. J. COM NELL, Oflico 2iH Waslungtoa
avenue, corner bpruca street, over
r rsucke s drug store. Kesidonco, 7iB vinost.
(Jftice bourn: 10. to IS a. m. aud to! audi
tijtn7.;io p. m. BundayS to 3 p. m.
DR. W. ET ALLEN." Oflioe" 7orLi
wanna and Wushiuetou aves. ; over Leon
ard shoe store; oitico hours. 11) to 12 a. m. anj
Jto 4 p. m.; eveuiugs at residence, 6Uii.
v aslnugton uvo.
I) tt.UU FKEY. i'raaieVlmtea-!-iiii
XJ eases of the Eye, E:ir, Nose and Throat;
otl.ee, LJ Wyumiug avo. Uuaidonoe, ait Via
DK,L,M. GATES. Za WitshiiiRton Avenm.'
Olttee hours, S to D a.m., VJU to 3 aud t
to 8 p.m. HoMilouee ;tl HitiliKon avenue
It 'UN L. WEN i;Ol.ur Officoi "fia "aud S'
f ( omnionweiilib tiuililinz: residence ill
Mailisouavo; ollioe hours, 1J to 12, 2 to 4, I t
b; btiiiuaya 2 60 to 4. evenings at residence. A
Bliccially mado of diioasus of tho eye, uur, nooj
aud throat aud gynecology.
1 ) "KAY, iWB PunuAve. ; 1 to 3 p. in ; call mi'.
J ' iw.r women, obstetrics and din. of cb.il.
(M. C. KANC'KX Law and Collection of
. fico, No. 817 Bpruce St., opposite Forost
House. Benin ton, I'a.; collections a upoclalty
throughout Pennsylvania; reliable correspond
erts in every county.
JLb.'jU'8 4j IIAjND, Attorneys and Counsol.
... Io,r? ' Law. Commonwealth bmldlmi
Viashiugtoo avu W. H. Jkssvp,
HouAC'K I. HAwn.
W. II. Jessup, Jb.
WILLAltD WAKItEN & KNAl'P, Attur
uey ana Counselor at Law, Republican
uiiiiiKRHiiingion am. wcraiiton, I'a.
IJATTEltaoN & "VlLCO. Attorneys and
X CoUnudllora at. I.nw nftip.ua S ami A l.lhru.
building, burautou, I'a.
Koswet.1i It. rArrinso
WILLIAM A. WILCOX.
A Ll'ltKD HAND. WILLIAJ1 J. HAND, At-
torneys and Counsellors, ComiuonwealtU
building. Rooms 11), a) and al.
W E. bOYLK, Attorney at-Law,No.19 and
. ' l)lirr building. Washington avenue
HENKY M. KEEL Y -Law oltieos In Prita
building, 12ti Washington avenue,
LMiANK T. (JKELL, Attorney at Law. liooui
1 6. Coal Exchange. Scranton, Pa.
MILTON W. Ll'WKY,
0. H. YON BTOIiC II,
Att'ya, 217 Washing
ton av., U II. square.
TAMES W. OAKKOKD, Attorney at Law,
J rooms S3, M and tA Commonwealth b'l g.
tJ AMUEL W. EDUaB, Attorney at Law.
IJ Oflico, 31T Horucest., Scranton. Pa.
I A. WATKE6, Attorney at Law, ti
J. Lackawanna ana., Bcrantnn, Pa.
1) P. BMITH. Counsellor at Law. Office,
I . rooms 54. ,r, IW Commonwealth building.
( 1 U. PlTCHEIt, Attorney at Law, Com
vjjminiwrbnHajng, Scrnnton, f iv,
(' COM EG Y3, ail Sprueest.
KKi't.i ii ;i.ir AftnvA
; v,u..,j uimun iiou-
tinted on real estate security. 4tia Bprnca.
E. K 1 1. LA II, Attornevlit-Law, Ul Wy
cmim; avenue. Scranton.
;CHOOL OK THE LACKAWANNA, Bcran-
, .. ., y, ?;rau-
tnn. Ha M-nnu-na h. nrL ,t
or business: thoroughly trains young children.
Catalogue at rouueut.
Kkv. TnOMAS M. CA.XX
MISS WOKCESTEH'S KIN DEUGARTEN
and School, 41i! Adams avenue, fupilj
received at all time Next term will open
CI C. LATJBACU, burguou Dentist, No, 115
J . Wyoming ave.
R. M. STUATTi'N, olij e7rn.il KxehnnriT
rpilL KLPl HLIC Savings and Loan Asso
x nation will loan yon monov ou easier terms
and pay you better on Investment than nny
?!,.V,r ""woctatioii. Call on S. H. CALLEN-Hl-
R. Pime M'lnl; huihl'n-
GK. CLARK & CO., Soertsmon. Florists
and Nurserymen: store 14 Washington
avenue; green hou3e,li Korth Main avouuo;
store. teh-nhuiiB isa.
GRAND UXIOX TEA CO.. Jones Bros
WIHK M REKNS.
TOS. KL'ETTEL, 5i Lackawanna avonua,
r Scrnnton. Pa . pinnnfr of Wire tfereens
'PUF. ELK CAKE, XS, and 127 Franklin avo.
uuu. itun-a reasouaoio.
. P- ZiEui.r.n, Proprietor.
lyLST-iuaisTEB HOTEL. '" '
Ri) .k . W-O. SCHENCK. Manager.
Sixteenth street one block cast of Broadwar,
at Union Square, Now York.
Anlrriran 'lan' S-'l'Alper dajrand upward.
CCRANTON HOUSE, near D., hT&Wm.
O tengor depot. Conducted on the European
P1""- Vk-toh Knrn. Proprietor.
DA VIS & HOUPT, Architects. Rooms
25 and 36 Commonwealth b ld'c Remntnn.
V b,ffhlElt' Architect. Office, rear of
Xi. COO Washington avenue.
If L BROWN. Arch R Architect, Price
X . huilding.la) Washlnrtou Ave., Scranton.
BAUER'S ORCHESTRA - MUSIO FOB
balls, picnics, parties, receptions, wed-
GlTlL-n nnd nnnrert vnrk h,.nl.l. L-... .
address K. J. Bauer, conductor. 117 Wyoming
""-. . . . I miimTi K a IUHPIC store.
HORTON D. SWARTS WHOLEHALB
lumber. JPrjco building. Berantou, Pa.
MEUARSeE BROTHERS, PHINTERff
supplies, envelopes, papor bags, twine.
areliouao. Iu0 Washington avo., Scranton,
HORSES AND CARRIAGES FOR BALK
ut 1,'aI3 Capouse avonne.
u. fc.wTH Agent
PRANK P. BROWN CO.. WHOLE
.linn io ii .i w-nnnir, vAiraaea una
OU Cloth. iU W. Lackawanna avmrae.
Ei Robinson's Sons1
Manufacturers of the Celebrated
100,000 Bbls. Per Annum,
AT THE OLD PEPOT HOTEL,
Is prepared to recolvo summer boarders and
furnish rigs for tourlHts to surrounding towns'
and summer resorts.
What is Moro Attractive
Than a pretty face with a fresh, bright I
complexion! For it, use Poizonl's Powder.