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<•111 DAY, JULY 20, 1889.
An>u I'ostmaster-General Wauamakcr
has do i,- g .mething to improve the New
Yorl- '' >m office he should turn his atten
tion i„ fashionable seasidoresorts. Corn
pin, c! is tv.ade that they, too, suffer from
" d ' '.(>!,( male facilities."
t iff the wonders of Johnstown is the
Vnff iViOnnt of work having been done
iu 1 1. erection of new buildings. From
da o to twilight in the evening the sound
i l l -(renters saws, chisels, hatchets and
hn i.- iters are heard in all parts of town.
It .alters not where you go, on what
si" i t. through what alley, carpeuters by
i n dozens arc to be seen plying their
trade: you will see carpenters on the
rig. if. carpenters on the left, carpenters
i" i.,nt and carpenters everywhere;
B'pic on foundations, some on scaffolds,
mo a roofs, plaining, sawing, cutting,
IP' ci ig and nailing.
\ .iei cin the world did they all come
ft', hi, and by what process was such an
* i; i.v of them gathered together; and
v crc do tliey all find lodgings and
1 atiling? We will not attempt an aus
v .a, but say we are glad they arc here.
Ve need them far worse than we did some
others that have been here, as they arc
far more useful, although, possibly not so
ornamental. They are the life of town,
and their good works become more ap
parent every hour.
Under their faithful, industrious, skill
ful operations shops, houses, offices and
barns are springing up like magic. At
the same rate of progress, tiie waste
places of town will soon be dotted all
over with buildings.
No one not in town within the past ten
days or so, has the least idea of the great
numbers of buildings that have been
ereeted. and are now in process of erec
tion. In a hurried glance around town
we noted down some of the evidences of
our rapid growth.
Starting at the corner of Clinton and
Washington, in a walk down the latter we
counted eleven new buildings 011 the
south side of the street, while the north
side is taken up by the commissary's long
warehouse, and the line large new li. fc
O. U. It. building. From Franklin down
to Market, fifteen new frame buildings
have been put up, which include those oc
cupied by the Company store on the right
of the street. Standing on the 15. & O.
platform and looking up towards Cone
maugh and over towards the river tifteen
buildings of various kinds are in view.
Up along Bedford there are over twenty
within the range of the eye.
Along Franklin to Stonycreek the street
19 adorned with ten, not including the
block on the public square, with its seven
store rooms opening 011 it. The portable
houses shipped from Chicago are not in
cluded in the lists given.
Without going all over Johnstown, or
up Into Woodvale, or down into Miners
ville and Cambria City, or over into Ivern
ville this hurried glance at our improve
ments will give some idea of the woik
accomplished in building up the town
again within the last fortnight.
It might be proper to say that not many
three or four-story houses have beea
erected yet, and, in fact, comparatively
few that attain an imposing altitude. But
diminutive as tlicy are they subserve the
temporary purposes for which they are
intended ; and in saying that we say all
that need be said just now with reference
to dimensions, bight and style of arclii
Elsewhere we have a few words in re
spect to necessary expenses in distributing
money and other donated tilings. And
while itmay be the wish of all
to get donations into the hands
of the beneficiaries at the least
possible cost, we have shown it can
not be done properly without the aid of
accountantants, clerks, stationery, etc.,
thus making considerable of a draft on
But in the meantime this fact is no ex
cuse, much less a justifcation for any un
ncccessary expenses. The money con
tributed for the relief of sufferers ought
to be regarded as a most sacred trust by
all who have Mie handling of it, and not a
dollar should be recklessly squandered.
The closest practicable economy ought to
be rigidly'observed, so that as much of it
a< possible may reach those for whom it
was so generously given.
All things considered we do not wonder
that the people, donors and beneficiaries,
are jcalousiy watching the methods and
agencies employed in getting every cent
to its proper destination. This Is the ex
cuse for so many inquiries just now as to
the means adopted by Judge Cummin in
distributing the .*500.000 placed in his
hands. The questions on almost every
lip are, how much will be the total cost of
five notary publics at a liberal salary,
twelve or fifteen clerks at •'jt! per day, (a
day's work consisting of Ave hours;, and
railroad fare to and from a summer re
sort, and boarding there! Getting to
work at 9 o'clock a. m. and shutting dowu
at 3 P. M. leaves only a few hours to be
devoted to the business m hand. A job
that might be completed in a few days,
and under the circumstances ought to be,
is likely, at such a rate, to consume con
siderable time—at least, so say the people.
People are asking, is this right ? Ought
it to be tolerated ? In tiic end the ex
pense account will be carefully scrutin- i
WHKKR SOME MONEY NECESSARILY
In a determination to hold everybody
entrusted with relief funds to a strict ac
count for the manner they are expended
and the purpose to which they are appli
ed, it is well for us to remember that the
necessary incidental expenses make
heavy drafts upon them. While as little
red tape policy should be practiced as
possible, it should not be forgotten that
the work pertaining to the duty of apply
ing the funds requires the employment
of competent clerks and accountants.
Let anyone go to the Alma Hall and see
the many committees at work, and the
necessary work they perform, he will see
that no inconsiderable cost is involved.
Committees and clerks could not be ex
pected to give their time and do the work
for nothing. The many articles found,
assorted and labeled as published in yes
terday's DEMOCRAT, sho.vs that that use
ful and necessary work took days to ac
complish. It is highly proper that the
men who did this work shou d receive
compensation. We refer to this particu
lar case as ail illustration, and as an ex
ample of how some of the contributed
money must and should go. It is absurd
to think that every cent donated will be
handed over to liood sufferers.
All we demand, therefore, is that the
utmost care and economy be practiced in
doing necessary work, and that accounts
be so kept as to facilitate the duties of an
One of the cheering visible signs of
Johnstown coming out of the flood all
right, is to be seen in the evening around
and about the Public Park. Several of
the rooms being supplied with electric
lights already are brilliantly illuminated
from dark until 10 o'clock. No better ev
idence of the town's old time activity in
business matters being restored could be
furnished. Wheu all the rooms are fin
ished and occupied, a business aspect
will be imparted to the place, that will go
far to revive every drooping and despond
The application of paint, which a few
rooms facing Franklin street received
yesterday, will add greatly to the favor
able appearance of the block. All ought
to be subjected to the same ornamental
treatment, not only for appearance sake,
but with reference to properly preserving
THE COMING STATE ELECTION.
Present indications give reason to think
that there will not be much of a contest in
Pennsylvania this year. No Governor nor
Legislature are to be elected. Speaker
Hover will likely be the Bepublican can
didate for the only State otllce to be
elected, that of Treasurer. At present,
the Democrats have no anxious candi
date, hut they will present one with some
hope of success. There are so many He
publican embarrassments that they may
gain a victory through default. The great
battle will be fought next year, when a
Governor and Legislature will be elect
ed, when retributive blows may come
from Prohibition disasters. The Prohibi
tionists may remain undercover this year,
but next year they will surely uncover.
This is an off-year in Pennsylvania poli
IT seems evident that Harrisou's Pre
mier's great work is done. The Plumed
Knight is losing his feathers. He can no
longer soar aloft as was his wont, lie is
now a flightless caged eagle. He has
ceased to be Mr. Blaine of old. He is no
longer the Plumed Knight of the Grand
Tiie bruisers Sullivan and Kilrain and
their principal participants, however he
roic they may have been before the
tight, are not very heroic now, but are
cutting a very rcdiculous tigure. The
great pugilists and their friends are not
very comfortable at the present time. The
Governor of Mississippi, who appears to
be a man of sense and determination, is
causing the briscrs and their abettors to
get under cover.
It appears as though the idea of exe
cuting criminals by electricity, originated
and embodied in a law by New York
State, was going to extend everywhere.
The State of Massachusetts lias talked it
over and amended its law on the death
penalty so as to make it include electrici
ty as a method of execution ; other States
are moving in the same direction. And
now a motion has been brought before
the Municipal Council of Paris, France,
for the adoption of execution by electric
ity. Still New York hesitates to carry
out its own law.
Aid Through Mi** Lilian McOarrj',
To the. Editor of the JohtufUnnn Democrat,
Will you be kind enough to acknowl
edge the receipt of 20 checks from the
Westchester Normal School of $5 cacti
to twenty of our people ?
These checks were sent to me by Dr.
J. M. Philips, Principal, for Rev. Bates
and myself to hand to parties named in
them. The money was contributed by
students and teachers of the school, and
1 would like a public acknowledgement
that I may send them copies of the paper
with my letter. Lilian McGaury.
Ai<l From I'lui uixville.
A musical entertainment, presided over
by Miss Euen, at I'liocnixville, Pa., the
other day netted S3O. As the participants
are friends of our Mr. E. 15. Entwisle, of
the Johnson Company, the amount was
sent to him for distribution among flood
LOCATING THK KKSI'ONSIHILITV.
To the fAitov of the. Jvhnstoion Democrat:
It betrays great ignorance of the teach;,
ing of the Bible, the laws of nature and
the dictates of reason to impute to the
providence of God the results of our own
disobedience to those laws which He has
imposed upoit the universe and under
which He requires us to live, This is be
ing done by a great many who survived
the terrible calamity of the 31st of May,
1889, by which so much loss suffer
ing has been visited upon the residents
of the stricken district. It is nonsense for
people to say that they want no more re
ligion ; that they have tried God and
found him to be a failure. It seems al
most certain Hint the people who indulge
in such baseless assertions are uninstruct
ed, and do not know much of God or em
ploy a great amount of religion.
What did God do iu the matter ? Why,
by one cruel act of his providence he lias
robbed thousands of everything dear uud
precious—their property, their houses
their dear ones, everything, nnd left them
helpless, stripped and sore.
If God is a God of love, aud wise, and
good, lie never would have dealt with us
in this manner. So some people talk and
think they are wise. Hut they are mis
taken. The disaster never came by di
vine appointment, but as the result of a
violated law; the law of gravitation
which is universal and dare not have an
exception. The same law holds you to
the ground and keeps you from Hying off
of the eiirtli like mud from a revolv
ing buggy wheel. That, law was violated
and the fearful consequences followed.
God's love is not a caprice.
By disobedience we make an enemy out
of our best friend, the law of gravitation,
and will suffer accordingly. Well, who is
to blame for this unsurpassed catastro
phe ? Who built the dam imperfectly,
and with dangerous 'material ? Who ieft
it unrepaired ? Who took more pains to
protect the inhabitants of the lake than
the lives of 30,000 men, women and chil
dren below the dam ? What was the ver
dict of the coroner's inquest? Did it put
the responsibility on God, or the men who
owned and built the worthless dam ? The
man who calls this the actof God does not
know what he is talking about. The
laws of gravitation was understood by
those who built and kept, or rather
failed to keep that done. They knew
that water would exert a given pressure
ou every part of the dam, and when let
out must run down hill at a velocity de
termined by the pressure and fall. And
they further knew that rain would fall
and streams fill with water, and therefore
should have anticipated what hqs occurred
and by all jtomHe means prevented the
disaster. The blame of this awful calam
ity belongs to man, and it is folly beyond
telling to put it upon God. God did not
will the death of one man, woman or
child that perished in the flood. It as
'through the carelessness of man. God
will not reverse His good laws because
man disobeys tliem. His law must
rule. Anything else were disoi
der, chaos and ruin. IVu must know
what to depend on, or else life were a
hopeless uncertainty. He who acts in
conformity to God's law shall live, hut he
who acts against his laws will suffer.
There is no escape for the disobedient.
The law of nature was transgressed by
the South Fork Fishing Club and hence
the disaster. The raging, devouring tor
rent heeds no more the voice of a Canute
than the cry of a pauper's child.
Locate the blame where i' belongs. God
permitted it to come, but '*. lot origin
ate it. But does he no, •ermit every
thing, homicide, suicide, theft, drunken
ness, etc., hut be does not cause tliem.
Never neither did he cause the breaking
of the dam.
City of ConeiiiauKh-
To the Editor of the Johruttowh Democrat.
Seeing that the committee appointed to
report a plan of consolidation has report
ed that a city of the fifth class can be
erected under the act of Assembly class
ifying cities, it is to be hoped that the dif
ferent borough councils will acquiesce
with the committee's report, and that an
efficient effort will be made by all the
surrounding boroughs to carry the ful(
measure ofg'.hc committee's action. There
should be a prompt consolidation of all
the boroughs. The whole people should
speak with one voice, through oue body.
There should be no doubt about the suc
cess of consolidation. All the councils
should agree on consolidation. Let them
all acquiesce with the committtee, and
let them and the committee unite on an
another important feature of consolida
tion, that of naming the consolidated bor
oughs •' Coneuiaugh." It is to he hoped
that the new city will be named C'oue
maugh. G. NELSON SMITH.
One Hotly Keeovertitl Friday.
Fridny morning the body of a ycung
woman was found near the residence of
Mrs. Campbell, on Walnut street, and re
moved to the morgue. The following is
the description : Height about five feet
four inches, weight about 130, bar breast
pin with three Rhine stones representing a
three-leaf clover, button shoes, black hose,
one ankle probably sprained, as it was
bandaged and somewhat swollen, dark
gray tricot cloth dress aud basque, trim
med with garnet ribbon, velvet, buttons
same color, and white ticking skirt, mus
lin drawers, with lace gauze undershirt,
long black hair.
Mar Huge Licenses.
(James Gallahor Cambria Borough
(Susan Redmond Coueiuuugh Borough
J James Ramp coueinaugh Borough
( Jennie Kupple conemaugli Borough
/.Max Ztmmer conemangh Borough
(Rose Flu , Conemaugli Borough
(Roberts. Boone Reade Townshllp
(Edith S. Miller Reade Township
I)viil I.uveJy'H Journey, Hay a Int.
AmoDg those who had a perilous and
exciting experience on the day of the
flood is Mr. David Lavcly. He lived at
61 Water street, and was in his house
when the merciless and irresistable del
uge came. There were six feet of water
in his yard before the dash from Cone
tnaugh Lake came. Seated at the attic
window lie looked over the doomed city
and bewailed the fate of the helpless in
habitants. The ringing of hells, and
shrieking of whistles, mingled with the
roar and fury of the oncoming mountain
of waters was terrible beyond telling.
He saw the Ilager block and Swank's
hardware store yield to the wrathful
waves. About 4p.M. or perhaps 4:30 his
house was lifted and carried up
Stonycreek to Grubbtown, where he was
rescued by friends. While on his jour
ney up the stream the waters cimeinto
the attic to a depth of two feet, and,
fearing the worst had not yet come, lie
made for the roof, on which lie rode the
balance of the wav.
He had a narrow escape just as he got
into the main channel of Stonycreek lie
low P. A. Cobiiugh's where he passed
right between the bridge and the Unique
Rink. Mad either of these struck the
house he would no doubt have perished,
but fortunately he got through. Near the
same place lie saw a n\ua climbing a tele
phone pole to save himself, hut all in
vain, for when lie was about half way up
the pole was hit by a log or car and
plunged into the water no more to be
seen. The cars near the turn-table of the
IJ. & O. R. 11, were floating on the water
like store boxes. He saw a man in a tree
that stood in Sandy vale Cemetery. "I tell
you I had a wonderful ride up that creek.
How I got through and was saved is a
mystery to me. but 1 got there all the
same. My houses are all gone, hut I
don't care just .so I had all of my family
left." Mr. Lavcly was a heavy loser,
having Install his property, consisting of
three houses and furniture.
The .state Commission's Furniture, Etc.
Mr. S. S. Marvin, of Pittsburgh, one of
the Governor's Commission, Mr. J. H.
Kramer, Secretary ot the Commission,
Colonel S. M. Hill, James McMillen, Esq.,
Captain 11. 11. Kuhn, and other gentle
men, called at the DKMOCKAT office on Sat
urday, and asked us to accompany them
to examine the various kinds of articles
that the State Commission were distribut
ing to the Com imiugli Valley sufferers.
The two large buildings erected near the
B. & O. Station are filled with the house
hold furniture nnd goods that the Com
mission is distributing, and all the articles
are good an* fit to he in the houses of the
best housekeepers anywhere. There are
tine mattresses, blankets, stoves, bed
steads, chairs, tables, pillows, and al
most every conceivable article necessary
for furnishing a house. The goods and
furniture are well-made, substantial, neat
Mr. Marvin is anxious that the neeiy
people should he furuished these articles
at once, ami earnestly expressed
himself to that effect, unci if moie were
needed that more of the same kind would
be sent here. "We were informed that
about eighty-nine outfits for houses had
already been supplied from these ware
houses. People who are in need of
these articles can have them
by making application to Capt. Kuhn.
and giving him the evidence that they are
in want of them. People who are suf
fering for these necessary articles should
not hesitate about asking for thuin. They
are intended for them, that is what they
have been sent here for.
Saved at the Bridge.
Mr. and .Mrs. Iligson, live children anil
two visitors stopping with .them had a
thrilling experience on the day of the
flood. They lived at 113 Walnut street.
They were driven to the attic and on to
the roof of the house, one corner of which
afforded them a place to stand upon.
Nine of them together, and they all ex
pected to perish, as they were carried to
the stone bridge, where everyone of theni
escaped. In going down the McConaughy
brick block was passed, half of which was
already torn away. Ilere they witnessed
a painful sight. On u part of the remain
ing block stood Mr. and Sirs. Fink and
their daughter Mamie. A few words
only were exchanged, when the building
toppled and all of them were buried, to
be seen no more alive. Only one of the
bodies have been recovered. The Iligson
house lodged at the bridge and all of
them, nine in number, were rescued with
out eyen a wetting, except from the rain.
Strange, indeed, how richly some people
were treated by the waters. ()! that the
thousands found and unfound of the dead
were here to tell their experience and de
. , ♦ -T
Inquir'eH for Aliasing.
OFFICE OF THE GERMAN* RELIEF ASSO-)
OIATION OF THE CoNKMAUGII VAI.I.KY.
JOHNSTOWN. PA., July 18,1889. )
To the Editor nf the JohMtouni Democrat,
A letter from the German Consul, Chas.
11. Meyer, of Philadelphia, has been re
ceived by me, inquiring about the follow
ing persons: Julius Frederick, Wilhelm
Zermiko, born in Hamburg, who worked
for the Cambria Iron Company ; also Gus
tar Schneider, born in Pownnern. As the
relatives of the above named persons liv
ing in Europe have inquired through Con
sul Meyer, any (persons knowing of
these persons will please notify me by
mail or otherwise.
GKOROB KEIPBU, Secretary,
No. 457 Bedford St.
TUB great Anarchist llerr Most has cut
his hair, and his fellow Anarchists are
now denouncing him as an aristocrat.
Will Continue to be Widely Sought After.
We are again in receipt of the Jonus
towu Weekly DKMOCKAT and gladly give
it a co-dial welcome to our sanctum. The
DEMOCRAT ollicc was so completely brok
en up by the flood that the paper
has had un enforced suspension
of about live weeks, but it
has finally got fixed up again, and
we trust that it nor its people may ever
again have to undergo the horrors of the
terrible 31st of May lat. Mr. Woodruff,
the editor, has the sympathy and best
wishes of the fraternity throughout the
State, and his paper has been and will
continue to be widely sought after. Its
many stories and incidents of the flood
are thrillingiy interesting and deeply
Brighter<tnfl Better Than liver.
After an absence of a month the Johns
town DAILY DKMOCKAT emerges from the
flood brighter and liettov than ever. We
congratulate our friend' Woodruff ou his
resumption of business ami hope that the
DKMOCKAT will speedily regain its old
place in the affections of the people of
The report that (huutuissioncr Kirby
has been in consultation with Com
missioner Lloyd about the exoneration of
taxes in the flooded districts, and that.
Commissioner Lloyd was adverse to the
proposition, Mr. Kirby says is not cor
rect The Commissioners have not dis
cussed the matter at all.
Father Field, Chaplain of the lied Cross
and Iron Cross, made an interesting and
able address to a huge meeting near the
Lincoln bridge, on Saturday evening.
His subject was " High Wages and What
to Do With Them." The workingmen
turned out largely to hear him. He par
ticularly referred to the temperance ques
Biiiu Kail of News.
The Johnstown DKMOCKAT has resumed
publication after a suspension of only a
little over a month. The daily ami week
ly are heartily welcomed to our table.
They are brim full of news. The first is
sues gave a graphic description aud most
accurate account of the flood, and should
be preserved by everybody. Mr. Wood
ruff is deserving of liberal patronage. We
wish linn iiiucu prosperity.
Bnliy Uarrlage* Free ou the I'eiinsylVHiitu
The Pennsylvania ltailroad Company
has issued instructions io all baggage
agents and baggage masters on the system
east of Pittsburgh and Erie to receive aud
carry free of cost in baggage ears baby
carriages, when accompanied by their
This is a concession in favor of the
children which their parents will heartily
appreciate ; and it ; s but another mani
festation of the constant endeavor of the
company to make the road attractive to
Merit Where Harlt is l>ue.
to the Editor oj the JohnxtoiDn Democrat.
taut: —I would tie unfeeling and want
ing in gratitude did I not publicly record
the many acts of kindness, benevolence
and charily 1 received from that most
noble of women —Mrs. F. Jerome, Presi
dent Yellow Cross Volunteer Nurses As
sociation, 47 West Twenty-second si reel.
New York city. I have been a heavy
sufferer by the fiootl disaster, having lost
all my property, furniture, clothing etc.
The iady above referred to having come
here on her mission of charity and having
heard of my calamity, kindly provided
me with articles of comfort ami sustenance
—not only for myself ami children, but
also for that of an aged motile rami orphan
sister, who lived witli me. lam not the
only sufferer to whom she lias so kindly
administered comforts and relief. Scores
of others can bear testimony to her many
generous acts of kindness. E. M. C.
Excursion to Atlantic City via the 11. *O.
The announcement that the Baltimore
& Ohio R. R. Co. will again, this summer,
resume their select excursion to tlie most
popular of our seashore resorts, will be
hailed with delight by the public, who
appreciate the advantages offered in
these trips. The low rates, long time
limit and the privilege of their best train
service running oil regular schedule,
composed of fust express trains, elegant
day coaches, Pullman's best equipment
and vestibuled limited express trains are
among the advantages afforded by the B.
& 0., and the stop-off at Washington on
the return trip will allow the sight seer
an opportunity to take in the points of
interest in and about the Capital before
returning home, and form a fitting termi
nation to a week's sojourn at the shore.
The second of these select excursions
will be run on Thursday, August Ist,
1880, we give below a list of stations
showing the time of trains and round
trip rates of fare :
Stations. Kate. Leaves. Loaves.
conlluenoe fv no to 5g A. >T. ijmiA. M.
Rock wood IK) 11 as •• la 4.1 "
Johnstown <I as N " ioor. M.
Somerset u IMI toil " > <rr "
Jleyrsilale 880 11 58 " 1 A. M.
Correspondingly low rates ore made
from other stations on the line.
The tickets are good ten days with the
privilege of a stop-off at Washington, D.
C., on the return journey.
CIIAS. O. (Scull,
Gen'l. Pass. Ant.. B. A O. R. R.
Arose From tlie Ilehris.
The Johnstown DKMOOKAT has arose
from the debris and is again circulating
among its readere. May ".t neyer agnin be
a victim of such a calamity.
TBBTTT MUMMIES' EYEBALL
Parta of the Anatomy rel a Jfwmi hjr
A man came into tills office a dav or
two ago, says tho Philadelphia "in
atifrer, with a haniltul of wlint look< I
like dull reddish golden eyeballs. They
were of various sizes, "lio you know
what they are?' said he. "You will
never guess nor do I believe there are
many persons in Philadelphia who can
te I you. They are taken from the mum
luies of the Incus of Peru. When I was
stationed there some years ago, when in
the naval service, 1 got a \iiiole lot of
them. The mummies were thrown up
ar.il in some eases destroyed by eelsfiaie
convulsions. Tliero are thousands of
them about, particularly about Arcquipu.
These that I show you are taken from
the skull, and are believed lo be the real
eyes of the Incas, and are respected as
"The women wear them made up Into
necklaces, scurf pins and other articles
of jewelry. As a matter of fact, how
ever, they are really tho eyes of the oc
topus or devil llsh. They are thoroughly
dessioated or rather inummiHed by the
uir, and were put iu ages ago to taki; the
place of the natural eve, which the abo
rigiuatos found would not Inst in that
oliniato. In having them set as a piece
of jewelry you must be very cautious.
The workmen iu trimming them down
mu -t beware of getting any of tho dust
in any cut he may have. ll' he does
blood poisoning is sure to set in and the
tennin.ition may be fatal.
"By tire way." continued tho ex-naval
officer, -j II tell you a queer thing ihut
happened down there. I have no doubt
that you recollect the great tidul wave of
about twenty years ago. The United
States store.ship Fredonla .as sunk and
the man-of-war Wateree liftod bodily
and deposited several miles inland, cross
ing a railroad in its llight. When it was
proposed to got her to the beach again
the natives wanted such an exorbitant
sum lor cutting out übout the railroad
that the scheme was abandoued. borne
time afterward auother earthquake took
place, which again lifted the Wateree
bodily, carried lier back over the rail
road trucks and deposited tier buck on
the beach. It was found, however, that
her condition was such that it would not
pay to do anything with her, so she was
left to rot and be broken up by the in
Irrigating tb Sahara.
There was exhibited in Paris recently
a fuc-sitntlo of two enterprises com
menced by tho province of Algeria, which
bid fair to revolutionize a large portion
of the world. Une was the representa
tion in miniature of the third plantation
of 10,000 palm trees, which lias been
made since IHSO-N1 in the desert of Sa
hara, as artificial oases on the lines of
the principal routes of travel. These
have ull been perfectly successful. 'I lie
trees have grown magnificently aud be
come a source of refreshment and rest
which put aside tho risks an t dangers of
desert travel. The system is based upon
tho production of water from artesian
wells, conducted through ilio fields iu
shallow ditches which nourish tho roots
of trees and plants, and change the plain
of sand into a garden of shade and ver
dure. Later on otiier forms of vegeta
tion will bo Introduced in tho shadow of
the trees, which will -heller the frailer
growths, otherwise impossible under i no
What a revolution this will make in
the face of nature, and what a new lield
for the ingenuity and industry of man!
It reminds ono of the changes effected in
our western and southern plains bys,the
introduction of water, wliieii make- a
garden of beauty wherever it touches
tho barren sand. Long ago, in the time
of the empire, there was some question
of a process invented by lie Lesscps and
much encouraged by the Empress Euge
nic, to form a great lake in the center of
Sahara, by a canal cut from tilp liedi-
torruueau. Whether feasible or uu, tin:
disaster of Sedan caused the eollup.-o of
this scheme also, and the possibility of
suocess in the enterprise must be left fin -
ever in doubt. But it is strange that this
simpler method was not earlier at
tempted ; or, now that its perfect feasi
bility lias been proven, that it is not
mode of more general uso.—Providence
L*tncolir Advice to u Nnval Hero.
Among the inmates of the National Sol
dier's homo at Togus, Me., is Itichnrd
Rowley, who was captain of the guns
on the Kearsargo when she sunk the Ala
bama olt the harbor of Cherbourg,
Franco, and performed uu act of bravery
which probably saved his ship and her
crew. The battle had raged for over an
hour and a half, when u 100-pound rille
shell from the Alabama struck the gun
which Rowley was sighting and foil on
the deck, with tho fuse still burning. In
an Instant Rowley picked it up and threw
it into the sea, where it exploded just as
it touched tho water. Tho sailor's beard
and mustache were burned off by the
fuso, but ho stepped back to his gun and
sent a shot into the sinking Alabama.
Capt. Winslow at once gave the order to
man the rigging, and gave throe cheers
for Quartermaster Rowley.
The latter was greatly lionized after
his return to this country. Congress
voted him a gold medal, he received
other valuable gifts, and President Liu
coin personally thanked him. For sev
eral days before his interview with the
president Rowley had accepted frequent
invitations to drink champagne, and
probably showed the effects. As he arose
to go Mr. Lincoln gave him SIOO, say
"Now don't drink too much liquor;
drink just a little, but not too muph. I
know you old sailor's all like a little grog,
but be careful and not drink too much."—
The weight anil hulk of the gold and
silver coin now hold by tho United States
treasury forms the subject of inquiry by
a correspondent of a mathematical turn
of mind and he finds that the weight ol
the gold is COl tons of '2.000 pounds and
tho silver 8,000 tons. Packing it along
the highway as cord wood is packed, the
gold would make a barricade four feet
high, four foot thick for a distance of 3:15
feet, and tho silver, if similarly packed,
would extend 1,248 feet or live-sixths of a
mile. If packed in carls, ono ton to each
cart, the procession would be nearly
thirty-three miles long, of which distance
tho gold bearing carts would cover two
and a half miles and tho silvor a fraction
over thirty and a quarter miles.—Ex
Reports describe Mount Ruapehu, in
Now Zealand, to be In a state of volcanic
activity. On tho 29th of April an enor
mous cloud of steam was seen ascending
from tho summit. Sinco the terrible
eruption at Tarawora in 1886 any now
out Durst gives cause for muoh alarm all
along this belt of volcanic country.
Another volcanic eruption is reported
on the island of Oshlma, the first news of
whioh was brought to Yokohama by the
master of a passing steamer. This haa
been an active volcano sinco the year
684 A. D.