The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, December 28, 1894, Page 4, Image 4

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C. P. KINGSBURY, Pucs, tm Giu'iMm.
C. H. RIPPLE, Scc'v and Thus.
LIVV 8. RICHARD, Editor.
W. W. DAVI8, 8urcmTo(HT.
W. W. YOUNGS, Ao. Mao'.
BIW yOKS 0FF10 : TRIBDRI boiujino. FRAJIK &
BMriRIQ AT Til a Fosrorrioi AT SCRANTOH, PA. Ai
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in Northeastern Pennsylvania. " Printers'
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fcCRAXTOX, DECEMBER 28, 181)4.
Como and Inspect our city.
Elevation above the tide, 740 feet.
Extremely heulthy.
Estimated population. 1S94, 103,000.
Hegtstered voters, l!0,ri99.
Value of school property, J7M.000.
Number of school children,- 12,000.
Average umount of bank deposits, J10,-
It's the metropolis of northeastern Penn
sylvania. Can produce electric power cheaper than
No better point in the t'nlted States at
Which to establish new Industries.
See how wo grow:
Population in 1SG0 9.2
Population In 1S70 35.000
Population In 1SS0 ".f'"10
Population In 1800 75,215
Population in 1891 (estimated) 108, UJ9
And tho end la not yet.
Now thut the pull-backs In council
have been routed horse, foot and dra
goons In the preliminary warfare of
words over those new bridges, lot us
hope that they will have the good sense
to suppress any future Inclinations to
"trifle with the buzz saw." Scrunton,
In this matter, has had delay enough.
The Glimmer of the Dawn.
It is a pleasant omen for the anthra
cite region that upon the very day fol
lowing the belated appearance of win
ter, presidents and representatives of
the leading coal carrier railroads, meet
ing In Philadelphia, should favorably
consider such n readjustment of ton
nage allotments ns Is calculated, If
finally ratified, to bring renewed pros
perity to the anthracite industry. The
report, In another column, of this Im
portant conference Is somewhat
meagre; but the mere fact that such a
conference has been rendered possible
Is nn agreeable symptom of returning
common sense among elements In the
coal trade which were wont to prove
AVe are aware that there yet exists,
In some quarters, a notion that It will
somehow prove a benefit to the workers
In our mines and to the Industries of
this section which are Intimately de
pendent upon the prosperity of the coal
trade to have the fuel resources of,
'"anthracite district squandered In
tr iierco and profitless internecine busi
ness warfare. How ordinarily careful
reasoners can reach such an absurd
conclusion by any tenable process of
logic Is to us a profound mystery.
Scarcely less rational Is the allied no
tion that the best Interests of the mass
of fuel consumers are likely to be sub
served by a competitive struggle In
which an honest dollar's worth of coal
is forced upon a panicky market at 00
or 80 cents. If the 10 or 20 cents dis
count, In such an emergency, Bhould
actually go into the pockets of tho
poorer classes of consumers, It would
be at least a partial consolation for the
losses necessarily inflicted by such a
struggle upon the miners, the mine
owners Itnd, through them, upon the
merchants, the professional men and
the working classes of the anthracite
'region. .'As a matter of demonstrable
fact, however, this loss to the coal pro
ducers does not become corresponding
profit to the coal consumers. The bulk
11 of It is absorbed by already well-to-do
middle-men, who make quite as much
ut of the coal trade at its best as Is
iheir's by any reasonable apportion
ment of the profits of that trade.
One of the happy lessons of a period
of general depression Buch as that from
which we are Just beginning to emerge no section and no branch ot
legitimate business can euffer without
diffusing something of its pain among
nil the other flections and trades. Con
versely, to depress one sectian and one
business Is to strike a direct blow at the
general welfare. In the marked recent
shrinkage of railway freight revenues,
the transportation companies have
witnessed one of the dlreot results of
their earlier discriminations against
anthracite coal. Other causes, even in
this scotlon, have no doubt contributed
to that shrinkage; yet If the hard coal
trade had in the past uniformly been
treated with the consideration which
Its magnitude as. a, traffic-feeder war
ranted, many railroads which today are
cutting or passing their dividends
would, instead, be In the receipt, de
spite the general depression, of agree
ably larger revenues.
We are glad to see that the presi
dents of the large railroads which
traverse this section are beginning to
perceive the significance of these facts,
Such perception augurs well, not only
tor the future of the railroads and of
the coal trade, but also of 'the large
public whose prosperity rises or falls
with the rise or fall of the prosperity
of coal and its carriers.
Councllmen Battle and Sweeney, dur
Ing the consideration of those bridge
contracts, displayed great skill as fl 11
busterers, and yet they were not able to
block these much-needed improvements.
Their's was clearly a case of love's
labors lost.
To guard ogalnst the opposition of
Wquor dealers in large boroughs to the
adoption of city charters, because of the
Increased license cwt, a member of the
leglBluuture from Montgomery county
will propose an amendment to the
Brooks law providing that In all bor
oughs -of lfi.OOO or more, the license
tiharge tfvall be the name as in third
class cities. An example of this selfish
opposition was recently exhibited dur-
ng the PKtston campaJgn for a city
charter. There Is no reason In logic
why a liquor license iln a large borough
should coat one-Jialf less than a similar
license in a small city.
There was something much more
than the conventional slgnlllcance in
the tributes yesterday paid by the
Lackawanna County Bar association
to the memory of ex-Judge Henry M.
Seely of Honesdale, who died last Wed
nesday night. No one who heard the ex
pressions of those who spoke In eulogy
of tills etnlnent Jurist and citizen could
mistake them for tho commonplace re
marks common to such occasions. Al
though Judge Seely had been a resident
member of the Lackawanna bar for a
few months only, the fairness and Intel
ligence of his professional career and
the quiet dignity of his private life had
won for him an enviable place in the es
timation of the members of this bar.
There are few persons of any promi
nence in this city who had not, long
ago, become admirers of Judge Seely;
who had not recognized In him a splen
did type of the courteous and studious
professional man whose presence In
any community Is a daily benefit. Well
rounded Intellectually, dean In morals
and high in chic purpose, Henry M.
Seely, living, was a distinct public re
source; and dead, Is through memory a
notable exemplar of tint dignity of true
The Farr Bill Will Pass.
We do not know what opinion Gen
eral Hastings entertains with reference
to compulsory education. He hns pro
claimed himself a hearty friend of the
American home and the American
school. That being true, It. would seem
to be a reasonable Inference that he
views with upproval the general prin
ciple of systematic popular Instruction,
a principle that can never be thorough
ly applied without' recourse to a com
pulsory iichool-attendance law. If pru
dent in Its details, such a law ought to
receive his signature, and we have no
reason to doubt that it would receive it.
Representative Farr, of this city, who
has already Imparted his name to a
well-drawn measure of this character
which encountered defeat only through
gubernatorial veto, will, we have rea
son to believe, next year make another
attempt to bring the school law of
Pennsylvania up to the modern stand
ard. Tho governor who blocked his
past efforts along this line will have
retired from oltice; and his successor
will have entered the office with a popu
lar Indorsement of exceptional magni
tude, not a little of which was due to
the belief that he would, as governor,
keep uccurntely in touch with the best
and bravest public sentiment' of the
This circumstance strongly points to
an early victory for the Farr school
attendance law. We shall be much in
error in our estimate of the governor-
elect if he shall permit the clamor of
the opposition to blind him to the in
trinsic Justice and conspicuous present
necessity for compulsory education.
Scranton already covers nearly twen
ty square miles. Future additions to
the city should at least be within walk
ing distance of court house square.
An Unworthy Argument.
Our usually dignified contemporary,
the Philadelphia Press, in upeaklng of
the proposition to create a new Judge
ship In this county, steps aside from
Its accustomed fairness and descends
to sarcasm. This Is the result: "Lack
a wanna wants another Judge. This was
to have been anticipated. Luzerne
county has. four, including Its orphans'
court Judge, and It would have been too
much to expect Lackawanna to be very
long contented to put up with one Judge
less than her big neighbor. Lacka
wanna bases her claim, however, on tho
amount of litigation reaching her
courts, which It Is presumed docs not
come up anywhere else."
This Is tho first time that Luzerne
county has been introduced into this
discussion. The people of Lackawanna
county, however, do not need to cite
the number of Judges in a neighboring
county In order to make out a case for
themselves. It Is amply sufficient to
lay down the single proposition that
when their courts, with three Judges
working steadily, cannot keep pace
with the constantly enlarging volume
of business entered upon the dockets of
those courts, It Is time to Increase the
number of Judges. It Is a safe presump.
tlon that tho "amount of litigation
reaching our courts does not come up
anywhere else." If It only could be
shunted over upon the half-filled dock
ets of Borne of the more orderly rural
counties, Lackawanna would, perhnps,
not need a fourth Judge. Unfortunately
for this solution ot the problem, lltiga
tlon arising In Lackawanna county
must be tried In Lackawanna county;
hence if three Judges cannot try It with
out falling behind, it is fair and proper
to call for a fourth Judge to help the
three present Judges out.
The Philadelphia Press would appear
to better advantage in this discussion
If it would be more willing to accord
to the people of Lackawanna county a
reasonable discretion In the discern
ment of their own needs. We are quite
certain that, were the tables reversed,
the Press would resent an attempt on
the part of Scranton to oppose an In
crease in the number of common pleas
Judges needed to administer Justice
properly In Philadelphia.
"Let us hope that Mr. Rchadt will l)e
more fortunate in his administration
of the county treasurershlp than he
seems to have been, last evening, In
his administration of parliamentary
law, while officiating as president pro
tempore of common council.
A New Currency Scheme.
Jay Cooke, the veteran financier, sug.
gests the Issue of a low-rate govern
ment bond for no other purpose than to
be subscribed for bythe national batiks
as a basis for circulation. He thinks
ttie bonds should be Issued in exchange
for greenbacksi which should, in tils
opinion, be retired as fast-as they come
into the treasury, until the full anioun
of the greenback currency is withdrawn
awl canceled. But Mr. Cooke's scheme.
which thus far (s "simply jt-modlfllcaUon
of one proposed several years ago by
Secretary Wtlllnm "Wlndomrdoes not
rtop here. He furtiher contends that:
. The banks should be allowed to issue
circulation to the amount of one dollar
for every dollar at par of governmen
bonds held. The banks should also lie al
lowed to make additional Issues of eur-
ency upon the deposit of such bonds so
as to keep up a gradual Increase Buited
to the enlarged demands of the country
from year to year. As the above provis
ions for tho increase of national currency
would not be sultkient to cover all the de
mands and requirements of our currency
system I think it would be well to form a
Man, perfectly safe and secure, by which
the banks could call for pro rata and re
ceive a further amount of circulation
upon tho deposit of such securities as a
ommlssion composed of representatives
of the treasury department, tho banks'
and a committee of financial men would
decide legitimate and safe, to the ex
tent of such valuation as would leave
ample margin. As illustrating tho char
acter of such securities 1 would men
tion first mortgage bonds on Improved
real estate In the city of Philadelphia,
first mortgage bonds of the Pennsylvania
allroact and similar securities. The val
uation to be placed upon these should
be tuich as In tho Judgment of the com
mission Is absolutely sale. In addition to
thin tho government should, upon the de
posit of similar securities. Increase its de
posits with the national banks when
there Is a surplus In the treasury, so that
money may not be withdrawn from cir
culation nnd locked un In the sub-treas
uries, as is the'ease now.
Mr. Cooke would throw a number of
vuluable precautions and safeguards
around this kind ' of currency. Ho
would, for example, establish a safety
fund, consisting of n small percentage
of tho banks' circulation, for the pur
pose of promptly redeeming the notes
of suspended banks. He would also
modify the present system of taxing
banks, so that the receipts therefrom
should not enter Into the Income or ex
penses of the government, but should
bo laid aside as nn Inviolable security
for this circulation. He contends that
ills scheme Is not only practicable but
also that It would give the country a
currency which would automatically
contract and expand In accordance with
the honest needs of business.
It will not escape notice that tho fore
going proposition Is In some respects
Identical -with that recently outlined In
The Tribune by Dr. Daniel B. Strong,
of Stnrrucca. Dr. Strong rejects the
Idea of creating a new federal debt
merely to benefit the banks; but would
instead base circulation on approved
municipal, county and state bonds,
which would be obviously a safer basis
than fluctuating Industrial securities
suggested in the Cooke proposition. The
Strong scheme, furthermore, abolishes
Interest, thus effecting nn economy suf
ficient every twenty years to redeem
the whole amount of tho proposed cir
culation. Of the two propositions, al
though both are preferable to the Car
lisle plan, we regard that of our Star
ruoca friend as the better one. Its
greutest drawback Is the fact that the
public Is not yet educated up to It.
The legislative committee of tho State
Orange. Patrons of Husbandry, as an
nounced by Worthy Master Khone, com
prises: Gerard C. Ilrown, York; James
(1. McSparren, Lancaster; It. II. Thomas,
Cumberland; F. N. Moore, Bradford, and
B. II, Warren, Chester.
President Pro Tom. O. Wesley Thomas,
of the senate, and Prospective Speaker
Henry F. Walton, of tho house of repre
sentatives, are hard at work selecting tho
standing committees for the coming leg
islative session, and will lie ready to make
them public within a few days after the
organization of tho two houses. A dis
patch from HarriHbuig states that Rep
resentative George . Lawrence, of
Washington county. Who has been confer
ring with Republican leaders, says that
tho legislature will adjourn finally about
tho second week In April, and "orders
have been given to carry out that pro
gramme." Tho name of ex-Sorgeant-at-Arms
George R. lloopes, of West Chester, will
be presented to the legislature next week
for a reappointment to the cilice, und, In
asmuch as he Is tho only candidate who
has yet materialized, It Is asserted that
his application will receive favorable
consideration. Isaac Martin, of West
Grove, has been promised the transcrib
ing clerkship of the senate by the Ches
ter members, and William Robinson, or
Spring City, Is Indorsed by Senator Sny
der and several members of the house
for tho otlli'o of deputy factory Inspector
for the West Chester district. Chester
county furnishes about seventy-live ap
plicants for places ut Harrlsburg, but
only those referred to above have been
promised places.
From the Pittsburg Dispatch.
The extension of the trolley system Into
the rural districts will probably come up
again In the coining session of the legis
lature. The question whether electric
railways should bo permitted to run
through the country may be taken us an
swering Itself. It Is practically a self-
evident proposition that if capital has
faith enough in electric power, as a motor
for rural transportation, to Invest In
these country railroads It should be per
mitted to make the experiment under
proper conditions. Edward Burroughs,
tho state road commissioner of New Jer
sey, has luld down certain rules which he
regards as vital to protect the public in
terest. His main point Is that the grants
of right of way should require the track
to conform to the width or vehicles gen
erally In use on the highways; thut the
rails sholl have at Jeust four Inches
flange, und that wherever tho tracks uro
laid upon public roads the spuce bo
tween the rails and for at least llfteen
Inches outside of them shall bo either
paved or macadamized so as to secure a
good roadbed.
But there are moro vital points to be
covered, with reference to the legal status
ot electrical railways on the public high
ways. The public experience both with
steam rullrouds and with electric roads
In cities has been sufllclent to convey a
warning ugulnst the Idea that any cor
poration can obtain a monopoly in a pub
lic highway. The spectacle of corpora
tions using their legal ownership of
streets as a basis of speculation and ns
merchandise In corporate deals should in
spire provisions against the repetition of
such things on the rurul highways. It
may be asking too much of our Icglsla-'
tors to expect them to enact the Anglo
Saxon prlnclplo that all Improvements In
the public highway must be for tho com
mon use on tho payment of uniform and
reasonable tolls, But It can at least be
expected that legislation shall provide
for uniform privileges, equal rights for
new lines, nnd the purchase of all lines
by counties or towns, when desired, at a
valuation that shall not be Influted by
monopolistic privileges. If rural railways
aro practical at all, they will be so Im
portant as to make these questions of the
first magnitude for the future era when
the transportation of the agricultural
regions will bo performed by them. The
legislation thut gives them being Bhould
carefully provide for the tightB of the
common people, especially In view of the
need for Buch provision exemplified by
the older railroads and In the cities.
From tho Detroit Tribune.
She hesitated.
"If I glvo- you this pie," she aBked,
"will I ever see you again?"
The individual with deep fringe on his
trousers and gores In his coat, shook his
"Madame," he anBwerod. "I will be
frank with you. I am not prepared to
say aught as to the possibility of such
manifestation by the souls of the de
parted as to render them visible to the
mortal eye." - ......
The dripping of the rain mingled with
the sound of retreating footsteps, while
thero could be plainly heard a harsh,
grating noise, as of a woman trying to
unchain a bulldog.
They Runge All the Way from $8,000 a
Year Down to $400.
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. -
We hear a lot of talk nowadays about
tho princely salaries of railroad men, but
the last report of the New York Central
road does not Becm to offer great Induce
ments to desert a successful mercantile
or professional business to hunt for pas
sengers or chaso up freight . It Is true
that there ure sixty-nine general ofliuers
who averago JCtKtO a year each, with
which most of us could worry along very
well. But as an offset to these there are
l.SSO locomotivo engineers averaging Sl.liO
each, and. this is the class drawing the
highest average pay when the general of
ficers are omitted. Conductors average
$901 apiece, $1 more than the previous
year. The general ofllce clerks have $808
oath, and then come the employes on the
flouting equipment, who have $704 each;
they ure really mariners rather than rail
way men. Mechanics and helpers on the
road receive about $Cli1 and firemen and
wipers $010. Station agents get $033, and
trainmen, other than engineers, tlremen
and conductors, have the sumo wages, us
a rule. Roudmastcrs and track foremen
average $009, and telegraph operators
have an even $000. Slutlon men, other
than agents and telegraphers, averago
$.Vj5, and mechanics and helpers in the
shops are puid $523. Switchmen, flagmen
,and watchmen receive $500; shopmen,
other than mechanics and helpers, make
about $t00, and, trackmen have $419. The
most numerous class on the road are the
station men, other than agents and tele
graph operutors, of whom there are 5,314.
Next come the 4,379 trackmen, 3,010 me
chanics und helpers In the shops, and
the 2,y BWltchmen.
Not In That Business.
From the Washington Post. .
The Philadelphia Times calls on Mr.
Reed to help the Democrats out of their
financial dllllculty. The Times ought to
understand that Mr. Reed has never1
posed as a member of the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Democrats.
His eyes were weirdly haggard1
Ills cheeks were worn and thin,
He paced his cell with restless strldes-
A madman bolted In.
"Pray tell me, tell me truly,
Can this a human be?
Or is Is It some wild animal
Who runts and would be free?"
"Alas! he once was human,
A learned man, they say;
Who always kept abreast the times
Until one futal duy
In his literary passions
Ho tried to read. It seems,
All the histories of Napoleon
In the current magazines."
Washington Post.
Useful and Ornamen
tal goods for the holi
day trade.
131 AND 133
We are now showing the larg
est line of Dinner Sets ever dis
played ia this city. A splendid
variety in
If you want a Dinner Set examine
our stock before buying.
Coursen, Clemons & Co.
Trc secret is out. Not only do they
say we do washing for a living, but
that we do it well. So keep It going.
Tell everybody you see, but tell them
not to tell.
Washington Ave.
The Lackawanna Store Association, Limited.
We will tell for the next thirty days, previ
ous to our Inventory. Edwin C. Burt & Co'.,
FINE SHOES FOK LADIES, at a reduction ot
10 per cont, from regular pries. Every Udy
In Scranton and vicinity should avail them
selves of thii opportunity to purchase these
celebrated Shoss at the prices usually paid for
ordinary goods.
We have nuveral othor uare.ilna to offer.
Pee our new novelties in FOOTWEAB KOR
THE HOLIDAYS. W bava original styles
and designs.
A full line of Loggings sndOvurpalter.
Our stock of the J. 8. TUHXEK CO.'HHIOH
GRADE SHOES for gent's wear is complete.
You will be peasod with our goods la all
departments, having a floe lino of
Groceries, Hardware, Dry Goods,
Gent's Furnishings, Etc.
SrExamlne the new "Kaysnr," Patent Pin
ter Tipped 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 the Gloves.
We Are Ready
To Show You Our
Holiday Goods
Comprising Dressing Cases,
Jewel Cases, Glove Boxes,
Cigar Boxes, Sterling Si-
ver-Mounted Card Cases
and Pocket Books, Bill
Books,Photograph Albums,
Photograph Frames, Prayer
Books, Family Bibles, Ox
ford Bibles.
The Most Elegant Line of Ink
Stands Ever Shown In the City.
In All Its Branches.
Stationers and Engravers,
Pot teeth, Sii.60; best net, J8; for gold caps
nnd teeth without plates, called crown and
brklgo work, call for prices and refer
ences. TUN ALU i A, ror extracting leota
without pain, no etner. no gas.
We desire to thank the public for the unprecedented
patronage extended to us. It is not our desire to rest on our
well-earned success. From now until New Year's Day we
will hold a final sale of
llOHI uUUUu .
II fill 11
In accordance with our usual custom every dollar's
worth must be disposed of before we begiu our annual inven
tory the first week in January.
Books, Booklets, Games, Toys, Silverware, Leather
Goods, etc., etc. all must go for a mere song.
China Closets reduced 15 to 40 per cent.
Dec. 27, 1894.
Fine Dressing Tables greatly reduced In price
Partridges, Quail, Rabbits,
All Kinds of Poultry,
Ripe Tomatoes,
Mushrooms, Green Beans,
Cucumbers, Head Lettuce,
Salsify Radishes, Etc.
Pierce's Market
And keep going right
by buying and carry
ing one of
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IT. .
Pearl Lamier Opera Glasses for $3.85, worth $7.50
The Philadelphia Specialist, and his asso
ciated Hlufl of English and German
physicians, are now permanently
located at
Old Postaffice Building, Corner Penn
Avenue and Spruce Street
The doctor is a graduae of tho Univer
sity of Pennsylvania, formerly demon
strator of physiology and surgery at the
MoUieo-ChlrurKiral college of PhlladeU
phla. Ills specialties are Chronic, Ner
vous, Skin, Heart, Womb and Blood dis
The symptoms of which are dlzzlncss.laek
of conlldenee, sexual weakness In men
and women, ball rixlng; In throat, spots
floating before tho eyen, loss of memory,
unable to concentrate tho mind on ono
subject, easily startled when suddenly
spoken to, and dull distressed mind, which
untits them for performing the actual du
ties of life, making happiness impossible,
distressing the action of the heart, caus
ing flush of heat, depression of spirits, evil
forebodings, cowardice, fear, dreaniB, mel
ancholy, tire easy of company, feeling ua
tired In the morning as when retiring,
lack of energy, nervousness, trembling,
confusion of thought, depression, constipa
tion, weakness of the limbs, etc. Those so
affected xhould consult us immediately,
ard be restored to perfect health.
Lost Manhood Restored.
Wenkuess of Young Men Cured.
If you have been given up by your phy
niclan call upon tho doctor and be exam
wd. Ho cures the worst cases of Ner
ous Debility, Scrofula, Old Sores, Ca
tarrh, Piles, Kemnle Weakness, Affec
tions of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat,
Asthma, Deafness, Tumors, Cancers and
Cripples of every description.
Consultations free and strictly sacred
and coiilidcnir.,. Ofllce hours dully from
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 9 to 2.
Enclose live 2-cent stamps for symtpom
blanks and my book called "New Life."
I will pay ono thousand dollars In gold
to anyone whom I cannot cure of EPI
, , . DR' E- GREWER.
Old Pont Odlre Building, comer I'enn
avenue and fipruco street.
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