The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, December 18, 1894, Page 4, Image 4

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C. P. KINGSBURY, Put. no Gcn i Man.
C. H. RIPPLE, Sic'v and Tm.
LIVY 8. RICHARD, Editos.
W. W. DAVIS. SuntiiNTcNocNT.
w. w. youngs; ao. Man .
Biw York offici : tribuni bdildiro. Frank &
" Printers' Ink," tho recognized Jonrmil
for advertisers, rutcs THK SCKANTOS
'1 KIIUMi us the best advertising medium
in Northeastern l'ennsy lvuniu. " l'rimeru'
Ink" knows.
dome and Inspect our city.
Elevation above tho tide, 710 feet.
JOxtremely heulthy.
Kstimnted poiulntion, 1S9I, 103,000.
Registered voters, 20,."iil9.
Value of school property, $"50,0X.
Number of school children, 12.0U0.
Average amount of bank deposits, $10,
fcoo.uuo. It's the metropolis of northeastern Penn
sylvania. Can produce electric power cheaper than
No better point In the United States at
W hich to establish new Industries.
See how we grow:
Population In 18(H) '2-3
1'opulation In 1S70 3-un"
Population In 1 SSi) ti.h'A
Population In lHlit) ?".-15
Population In 1891 (estimated) MW.U'JO
And the end Is not yet.
Scranton Is too big a city to be bound
down to the standard -of curbstone
statesmanship represented in the pres
ent common council. It would be dol
lars In Scranton's pocket to Ret good,
clean business men into this body.
, j
The Christmas Tribune.
The impression which prevails In
pome places thu.t thin is a poor year for
business does not receive corroboration
from this Issue of The Tribune, tho
twenty-four pages of which are laden
with Invitations to holiday merry-mak-iiiK
and adorned with bright helps to
thf season's gayety. We call attention
to the general character of the busi
ness announcements represented In this
Imposing Christmas display, and proud
ly believe that in no recent Issue of a
morning newspaper In Northeastern
Pennsylvania has such a distinguished
number of high-class advertisers found
tquully conspicuous representation.
Wliile the bargain-Oiunter and tho
barg'aln-provlder naturally have prece
dence In this happy season of holiday
gift-purchasing, it Is not amiss to call
our readers' attention also to the varied
literary menu provided for their delec
tation in today's Tribune. The special
articles in this number are not com
posed of boiler-plate material pur
chased In New York at ton-rates: each
lias been written or edited In this office;
put In typt? by the expert manipulation
of The Tribune's staff of linotype opera
tors and illustrated by our own artists.
When It is said that this extra labor
iha.s been performed simultaneously
with the getting out dally of the best
tnorning newspaper In Northeastern
Pennsylvania, the regular issues of
which have not been slighted, an
femple eneonlum Is pronounced upon
the fidelity and Industry of this jour
nal's force of erriployesr
The past year,, although one of busi
ness depression which -this paper has
felt In cum moti with cither enterprises,
has 'been a year of steady progress for
The Tribune. As It draws nigh to Its
end, It brings us constantly nearer to a
correct realization of the indomitable
energy, pluck and resources of this
growing city of ours resources which
(have carried It In safety across the
panic and landed It securely upon as
cending, solid ground. In wishing each
and every reader and patron the com
pliments of the season, we beg to assure
them of our determination to push on
to yet greater achievements, kex-plng
pace with the advancement of Pennsyl
vania's foremost city.
The grade crossing evil Is none the
less an evil for being very common in
Lackawanna county.
Good men In councils would possibly
have been a better Investment at a
period in the city's development before
all the valuable franchises were given
away; but good men are yet desirable
in those 'bodies, and ought next spring
to be put there.
An advertisement in The Tribune is
read by a class of persons who are In
variably attracted by enterprise and
new ideas.
The East and Silver.
We commend to our readers' atten
tion the article elsewhere In this pa
per entitled "Why the West Asks for
Free Coinage." Without Indorsing It
unreservedly, we bespeak for It a fair
perusal and invite comment upon lit.
This question is obviously of such
growing Interest and magnitude that to
confine the discussion of it to what Is
generally regarded as the eastern side,
which is to say the Bide of the gold
monometalllsts, would be both unjust
and inexpedient. The aggregate com
mon sense of the American people, once
faJrly enlisted tin (!ne consideration of
this currency problem, may be depend
ed upon to reach a safe and wise con
clusion. Therefore, we begin our part
In such a "campaign of education" by
offering a free field to 'all who have
opinions to present.
The views of Judge Goodwin In tho
Article just alluded to contemplate, if
we understand them, the throwing open
of our mints to the silver of the entire
world. We fail ito perceive in his argu
ment sufficient warrant for such an ex
(reme step in international philan
thropy. The primary duty of this gov
ernment. It occurs to U3, is to legislate
for the beat Interests' of Americans.
Its obligations to mankind in general
are subsidiary, to Its home obligations.
We therefore believe it possible and
practicable notwithstanding the de
nials of tho gold monometalllsts, to of
fer free coinage to American Bllver at
a fair ratio, provided a high tariff on
foreign, sliver shall protect us from be
ing swamped by it. This wo under
stand to be the policy of the more liber
al and progressive Republican leaders,
notable among them being Thomas IJ.
Reed. To this compromise policy we
have no doubt the mass of eastern
Republicans will ultimately yield their
If the conservative western friends
of silver will be satisfied with this
proposition, well and good. If not, let
them reflect a second time before enter
ing, with Incongruous Populistic allies,
upon a sectional fight that offers small
hope of ultimate success and largo
prospect of needless bitterness.
The best men in every ward are none
too good to send to councils.
It takes a better grade of brains to
govern a city properly than it does to
govern u nation, because in city' gov
ernment the resources are fewer and
the people more critical. Very singu
larly, though, people as a rule make
twice the fuss over the election of one
congressman than they do over the
choice of ten councilmen. It Is tlma
tills abnormal ratio were changed, if It
Is possible to change it.
An interested public Is eager to hear
from Superintendent Byrnes.
Robert Louis Stevenson.
Among judges of good literature, the
death of Robert Louis Stevenson, in far
Samoa, suddenly, by apoplexy, will pro
duce a shock such as would be occa
sioned by the death of no other writer
of English, fiction. There are writers,
although not many, who possess greater
popularity than was possessed by the
author of "Kidnaped," "Unvid Bal
four," and "The Master of llallyntrae."
There are writers, this time many, who
have managed to be more talked about.
P.ut there has been no English writer
since the day of Scot who possessed
more thoroughly the artistic spirit es
sential to historical romance, combined
with the rare power of Investing his
torical characters with real human in
terest. And there has been none other
in any age possessed of a superior style
or with ear more keenly attuned to the
nicety of his language. In this latter
detail the name of Stevenson will take
rank at the very head of English novel
ists; nor are we aware of many defeots
which would seriously jeopard his
chance of primacy along other lines of
There Is but one missing gift which
we recognize ns threatening his taking
foremost rank among the masters of
creative fiction, lie lacked the saving
resource of humor. Satire he unques
tionably possessed a polished, genteel
kind of satire it was; illustrated at its
best in the little sketch, "Prince Otto."
He was also master of sarcasm, al
though it was a resource sparingly em
ployed. I3ut of humor, In the mellow
and unctuous sense In which that word
Is associated, for example, with the
writings of Fielding, with those of
Smollet to a less degree and Dickens
most of all, Stevenson had none. Ills
characters, in the main, are stern and
serious men, tinged with melancholy
and not infrequently bordering upon
the shadowy domain of monomania.
Perhaps upon the whole he Is closer to
the Imagination of people than to their
hearts or fancy. He fascinates, where
he does not induce sympathy nor ob
tain reverence.
We regard it as a Just criticism of
Robert Louis Stevenson that he signally
failed to catch the true note of womanly
character. The men in his stories are
admirably hit off some brave, some
cowardly, some grand, some mean and
pitiable. Hut the women name one
that reaches the plane of nn immortal
character! They are, for the most part,
mrre, genteel creatures of ludo and
linen, introduced because women are a
necessary part of life, and politely es
corted off the stage at the earliest con
venient' opportunity." Possibly had our
author possessed a better fund of
humor, this failing would not have been
so noticeable. As it is, it Is his most
serious bar to first place In English
fiction a plain which he would occupy
without question of his title were nil
his powers as well developed as are
his gifts of describing somber, romantic
und terrible scenes, in language livid
with the fires of his consummate genius.
The only "pull" which should land a
man in councils Is the "pull" of honest
fitness and honest popularity. Un
luckily, such pulls are scarce.
The mayor of a third-class Pennsyl
vania city, however good, Is largely at
the mercy of councils. When one of the
branches of councils is made up, either
in vfholc or In part, of venal or Ignor
ant members ready at any time to sell
or trade their votes, what can a mayor
do? If the taxpayers of the represent
ative wards of this city should elect as
good men to common council ns they
elect to manage their individual busi
ness enterprises, there would be decid
edly less cause for complaint at the
way Scranton Is governed. Cleanse
common council.
We know, you know and they all
know that common council needs
cleansing. Why, then, not cleanse it?
Judge Qunster and Grade Crossings.
The ruling of Judge Gunster In the
Injunction proceedings of the Dolnwnre
and Hudson Canal compuny ngalnst the
Scranton and Plttston Traction com
pany denying the defendant company
tho right to cross the former's tracks
at grude because of the danger of such
grade crossing to the public establishes
a valuable precedent in tho county. The
court's condemnation of grade cross
ings as inimical to the public welfare
is really simply an expression of wide
spread popular opinion. When it
says further that overhead crossings,
while costly, are thoroughly practical,
It expresses a familiar fact, which car
rier corporations should more generally
be made to recognize it.
A grade crossing, once authorized,
means, generally speaking, a grade
crossing permanently. If a grade cross
ing is dangerous, tho proper time to
guard against It very obviously Is be
fore it is built. While the decision In
this particular case will in all proba
bility interrupt for some months the
progress of the electrical transit rail
ways .that seek to connect Fores.t City
on one extreme with Nantlcoke on the
other,. It is much more Important to tho
genera1, public . that this connection
should bo made properly and safely
than that it should be made without de
lay. There is already a disposition
among newly born trolley corporations
to claim the Bame sweeping monopoly
of public privileges once coolly assumed
by the steam lallronds. The people,1 In
their innocence, sat quiet under the
audacity of the steam railroads; but
having learned, upon that occasion, the
value of self-conttdence there is reason
to believe they will be more earnestly
in evidence while the trolley companies
are spider-webbing the country with
their Interlacing wires and rails.
We regard Judge Ounster's decision
as a very timely expression of cour
ageous common sense. It is unfortu
nate that other trolley companies prior
to this have established grade crossings
in this county. Where such crossings
could be avoided rhort of the Impossible
they should have been supplanted with
overhead structures, voluntarily if pos
sible, but compulsorlly if necessary.
The fact, however, that upon oilier
occasions: other Judges have been b'Ss
outspoken in this particular direction
Is no reason why Judge (Sinister should
shirk his full duly. That his opinion Is
sound in law we do not assume to say.
In all probability an appeal to the su
preme coi.rt will be necessary for a
determination of that point. lUlt the
finding of the local court Is certainly
orthodox common sense, which in the
judgment of laymen Is even more im
portant, upon the whole, than is tech
nical soundness.
Scranton, It is true, is not the only
American city which penults some men
to make laws for it whom no cltr.'.cn
would employ hi an equally responsi
ble private relationship, liut tills is no
reason why Scranton should continue
to make a victim of Itself.
The New Yolk Sun struggles bravely
to defend Taiiiniany:m and sneer at
tlic! Lexow findings, liut nut even this
able paper's unequalled mental equip
ment can stay for an the popu
lar uprising against Gotham's official
I a visiters.
From pre.teiit appearances peopl-?
hoivabouts will be obliged to content
themselves by reading poems on the
beautiful snow on Christmas.
The Scranton Republican last Saturday
Issued a IS-pane I'hrir.tmas edition, Includ
ing a 4-page lithographic cover. The num
ber contained many interesting special ar
ticles anil was a creditable Scranton pro
duction. After it was printed, J. A. Scran
Ion & Son, the publishers, tendered a ban
quet to the Republican employes und a
pleasant occasion was pleusantly com
memorated. There are two newspapers on Tre Trib
une's exchange list which are having a
merry rivalry the liulTalu Express and
the Rochester Post-Express. Roth are In
variably so bright, newsy and good that
It Is a difficult mailer lo award the pref
erence; and Ibis difficulty is Increased by
the magnificent illustrated Christmas
numbers tliut the two Journals have Is
suedthe former comprising twenty-eight
pages, sixteen of which an of calendared
paper beautifully Illustrated with half
tone engravings; und the laller thirty-six
pages, with a handsome Illuminated
cover. Without deciding between them,
we congratulate the readers of both pa
pers upon the splendid bargains they get,
not only on special occasions, but also
every day of the year.
Our esteemed Albany contemporary,
the Tltnes-l'uion, last Saturday Issued a
Hi-page spi cial number replete with bright
miscellany and enterprising advertise
ments. The Times-l nion Is a wholesome,
trustworthy and readable newspaper ev
ery secular day In the year.
The Sunday Free Press this week
greeted Its readers with sixteen well-edited
pages, many of which were devoted
to holiday advertising. Politics apart, the
Free Press is a clean, able and enterpris
ing Sunday Journal, lelleetlng most cred
itably upon the uniform skill and judg
ment of Its editorial manager,' E. J.
Lynelt. We wish it unbounded success.
The Ilazlcton Sentinel several yours ago
set for Itself a metropolitan pace, under
the control of John McCarthy; and now It
confirms this characteristic by printing a
liu-puge holiday annual. The Sentinel Is
fearless, uggrcssivc nnd untriininu leil.
May Its Interesting shadow continue to
One week ago Sunday the . Milwaukee
Sentinel was GO yours old. It commem
orated the occasion by Issuing a "S-pugn
papercontalnlngiiri elaborate history of its
successive managements. Every eastern
render of newspnprs knows that the Sen
tinel Is one of the representative dally
journals of the northwest; its growth In
Inlliieiice and prosperity Is, therefore, a
subject of general congratulation,
That veteran Journalist, K, A. Nlven, of
Wllkes-llnrie, unnounces the appearance
next Thursday of a Christinas annual,
entitled the Cricket. Prominent mem
bers of tho Luzerne bar have contributed
signed articles, and the schedule of eon
tents gives assurance of a lively chirping
on the Cricket's part.
The Lancaster New Era Is one of the
few Journals In Pennsylvania which will
not uooopt a cut In its advertising do.
partment nor shade n. card rule In behalf
of a foreign advertiser. The result is that
tho the merchants of Lancaster swear
by the New Era nnd. frequently onublo It
to print lli-pago special numbers like that
of last Saturday, which babble over wilh
good reading and attractive business nn
nouncements. The New Era has won lis
r.oy to fame nnd fortune by keeping fuitli
with every patron.
Eckloy n. Coxe is reported to have with
drawn his opposition to Jlaule county.
Major Everett Warren, of this city, de
nies the llarrlsburg dispatch which said
he hud been appointed u member of Gov
ernor Hastings' stuff.
Richard V. llaywurd, of Philadelphia,
night watchman at the r.tato arsenal, re
ceived a letter last wool: from Governor
elect Hustings assuring him Hint he would
bo retained under the next administration.
It Is understood that Governor-elect
Hustings will not appoint a successor to
Recorder of Deeds Curloy, of Philadel
phia, until after the February election.
Then tlfe Democrats wil dispute tho le
gality of the appointment nnd enrry tho
case to the supreme court for final settle
ment. Willi Coroner Snm Ashbrldgo out of tho
Philadelphia mayoralty contest, Senator
Penrose has a clear Held for the Repub
lican nomination. Inasmuch as a nomina
tion on the Republican ticket Is equiva
lent to an election, It Is not premature to
proffer congratulations to Mayor Stuart's
brllllunt successor.
According lo the Patriot, Governor
elect Hastings Is overrun with applica
tions for positions on his stuff. The only
selection ho has thus far made are those
of Col. Fred W. Reynolds, of Hellefonto,
an aide on the stuff of Governor I'attlson;
Colonel James L. Spnnglor, of Hullefonte,
a loading Democrat In that section and a
member of the slull of Governor Heaver,
und Henry Hall, the populnr nnd versatile
correspondent of the Pittsburg Times.
According to the Pittsburg Commercial-Gazette,
there Is a prospect that Governor-elect
Hastings will, In his messngo,
favor tho movement that has boon under
way for some time to oonoentratu tho au
thority of certain state departments In
responsible heads, Instead of allowing
them to remain In the hands of boards,
as at present. It Is thought if this plan Is
carried out that one of the first of tho
boards to be abolished Is the Mate board
of agriculture, and another Is the state
board of charities and committee on
Republicans hereabouts view with favor
tho effort of Pittsburg to secure tho next
national Republican convontlon. Thcro la
obvious geographical JUBtlco In Pennsyl
vania's expectation or recognition In that
convention, and Pittsburg is well located
for the adequate reception und entertain
ment of delegates. Hy all means let tho
convention meet In Pittsburg.
According to Editor (ieorgo W. Turner,
of the New York Recorder, who has been
visiting ex-President Harrison at bis In
dianapolis home: "Nothing Is more re
pugnant to Mr. Harrison than a third
nomination, anil he would much prefer to
remain at his home here In lndlanupolls
unci practice law. lie needs no vindica
tion, for the Inst years have abundantly
vindicated him und his policy, and for
li i tn to undergo the Hying ordeal of a
presidential campaign with Its subse
quent turmoil und trouble would be u
severe hardship." General IiurrUou's
earnest wishes in this mutter will In nil
probability be respected.
n Ik
What a queer World this
would be if Quaker Oaf,
were buried at the bottom
of the sea! Millions of
ruined breakfasts!
Sold only In a lb. Packages.
Presents .
Useful and Ornamen
tal goods for the holi
day trade.
Hill &
131 UNO 133
We arc now sliow ins the larg
est line of Dinner Sets ever dis
played in this city. A splendid
variety in
If you want a Dinner Set examine
our stock before buying.
Coursen, Clemons & Co.
Ti c secret is out. - Not only do they
say we do washing for a living, but
that we do it well. So keep it going.
Fell everybody you see, but tell them
not to tell.
Washington Ave.
S $ a
' ' '
Taken the Town
By storm with our magnificent display of Holiday
Goods, and with the extremely low prices we are sell
ing them at. If you are wise you will do your Holi
day shopping now, and you will do it right here. Use
ful Holiday presents of all kinds, Umbrellas, Neck
wear, Handkerchiefs, Gloves, Smoking Jackets, Jew
elry, Leather Goods, Celluloid Goods, Silverware,
Toys, Games, Books, Booklets, Pictures, Rockers',
Cushions, Lambrequins, Linen Sets, Rugs, Curtains',
Carpet Sweepers. ' ' '
Special Holiday department, second floor take elevator.
Articles selected now laid away for customers until wanted.
We will discontinue giving away Crayon Portraits after
December 31st, 1894. those who are entitled to them
are advised to order them now.
Tbe Lackawanna Store Association, Limited.
Wo will soil (or the next thirty days, preyi
ens to cur inventory, Kdwin C. Burt & Co'.s
FINE SHOES FOK LADIES, nt a reduction of
10 por cent, from regular prices. Every lady
In Scranton and vicinity uliould avail them
Eulvea of tliin opportunity t,i purchase these
coliibratcd Shoos at tho prices usually paid for
ordinary Roods.
We havo several other lari;niiiH to offor.
Hoe our new novelties ill KOOTWEAU KOR
THE HOLIDAYS. We liavo oritfnal styles
and designs.
A full line of LegiiliiRn and Overenitem.
Our stock of the J. 8. TURNER CO. '8 HIGH
GRADE SHOES for (rent's wear is complete.
ou will bo p eased with our goods ill all
departments, having a flue line of
Groceries, Hardware, Dry Goods,
Gent's Furnishings, i:tc.
Examine the new "Kaysnr," Patont Fin
der Tipned Cashmere GLOVES, for Ladies:
perfect fitting. With each pair you will find
a guarantee ticket, which entitles you to anew
pair if the tips wear out before tho Gloves.
We Arc Ready
To Show You Our
Holiday Goods
Comprising Dressing Cases,
Jewel Cases, Glove Boxes,
v Cigar Boxes, Sterliug Silver-Mounted
Card Cases
and Pocket Books, Bill
Books,Pliotograph Albums,
Photograph Frames, Prayer
Books, Family Bibles, Ox
ford Bibles.
The Most Elegant Line or Ink
Stands Ever Shown In the (It).
In All Its Branches.
Stationers and Engravers,
Pot teeth, J'l.nO; best cot, 8; for gold cops
nnd teeth without plutes, called crown and
brlrtKO work., cull for prices nnd refer
cticoM. TONALCIA, for extracting tootlj
without puln. No other. No gas.
411 Lackawanna Avenue.
A dollar saved Is a dollar made, nnd
you can certainly Have a dollar In pur
chasing your holiday footwear from tin.
Our .Men's department Is complete,
from 11 French culf patent leather und
Kngllsh enamel lo a Die. shifting t-hoe.
Men's Vine Calf Welt Shoes, former
price Si: thin month S'i.
1 lot Men's t'ulf Welt Shoes, full value
at S3; December price, $2.25.
CORK aul.KS, 12.23. Yes, you gener
ally pay more for them, Come and sea
Never before were we aide to show you
such 1111 assortment of the latest In
ladles' shoes.
Ladles' P"lne llund-turn Shoes from
S2..10 upwards.
Ladles' Extension Sole from S2 up
wards. our line of Ladles' $2 shows you the
same stock and style as shoes you pay
2fc. to Sue. more for.
We have prepared for tho holiday trade
and plnced In stock a superb lino of
SIJI'l'KRS, for the lurRcst man or the
tiniest child. See this handsome line.
Nothing mukes more appropriate Christ
mas presents.
The Spf oialist on tho Eye. Haidsehe. iid
ness relieved. Latest and Impr. d. B.W f W!Z and Bpeotaclfs at tho Lowest Prices. Bul
Artificial Eyes Inserted for la.
30S Spruce Street, Opp. Old Postofflct.
1 1 stock aud rented the
Shoolug Forge of William
Slues A Bcs, I shall no
give constant attention to
ahoeinp horses in a practi
cal and scientific manner.
Quick work aud good is the