The San Antonio Light (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 26, Ed. 1, Wednesday, January 30, 1884 Page: 1 of 4
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GRAND REDUCTION! T 1 In Order to liaise Cash
Harry Baum&Co... J(JLfM. I A. JLJL X IV-x JL JLJLV- JpLJLVJL A
II Offer an Immense stock of fine
wines liquors nml cigars at greatly
Importers of lino wlnee J reduced price for tho next 00 days .
liquors and cigars.
Vol. IV. No. 26.
San Antonio Texas Wednesday; January 30 1884.
Ten Cents a Week
TURNER OPERA HALL.
fpeotrtl cntfAtrctnont nf America's favorite
traffcillcaoo for two nUlita only
cominunclnif Similar Fub. 3
Supported by Cyril Boarlo Qn.l n care-
fully selected roinpnnjr.
Sunday Fell. 3 -LED ASTRAY.
( Slink 09 poare).
MOXDAY AIAT1M:K2 p. in. r'EMCIA.
Adml lon SI gallery GO reserved seats J I.
try Scuts aecurcd three ilay In advance at
ltl-chcs' opposite postnlTlci.
Ilcrtha Welby February II and 10.
Furowoll Ifcturv torn of tlio Veteran
l-brenolojtlst of Now York
Subject Sunday night lMirrnolcKV and
SHf Culture; mluifIoii freo.
Monday nln-ht IiOvo and Matrimony j Hilrnla-
rtton 10 cent.
Tuesday nlirht -Manuoo'l and lt Host ora-
tion; for KPiitlemen only; ndralMlon 2.1 cviita.
Wi-dnowlay nlirhtHuwM and Failure In
Mfe; nr. How to Obvlalu Our Faults; adrafu-
l-ubliof-xamtiinllnnA nt nvnry loci tiro.
l'rivato consultations dtilly-atthrt Professor'!
rooms In tho Monger hotel until in.
Hat unlay Frbruarj Snd.
J. W. HANNIG
Wholesale Itctall Dealer lu
Furniture Carpets and Mattings
Oil Cloths Window SlimlM Kto.
37 and 3) Commerce street San Antonio Tel.
GEO.W. VAN VORST
LATHS SIIIXOLUS FTC.
California 1 ted wood sasli doors blinds and
moulding. Cor. Dawson and Chostout sts.t
fan Antonio. Telephone W. 1 ltfttiu
f. w. McAllister
Purcepsorto F. W. McAllister
& Ilro. dealer In
Groceries Country Prodnce Etc.
Austin whlto llmr reinrnt. te. Goods do-
llvered free to all piirts of trio elty. Lowest
price guaranteed ail cor. Hnuth Alamo and
Vllllta streets. TelepUonoNu.lt). 1-llMlm
1i r. I'eitEiiiA. jt. u rritmiu.
Watchmakers -i Jowclcrs
N K. Cor. Commerce rikI Alamo Sts
RuoiwBHors to PcroliU Itros. cRtublUhcd 1M8
formerly on Market street. All kinds of ro-
palrlnir dono In a Mrt-class manner. 10-12 3m
C. SchieM Prop.
No. 41: corner Avenue. K and Seventh street.
Furnished room lo lot by day. week or month
at liberal prices. 10-0-lm
HARRY C. MILLER
STKXCILS AND SUALS
Motpl checks door plates bouso numbers etc.
No. 8 Navarro street adjolnlnjr (Irons' bank
Han Autonlo. l-i-tt
J. M. ECKE0RD
Olllco 45 Sulctlud St.
San Antonio Texaa Examination of title
and land imitation a specialty. 1.30-1 j-
Thos. Dawson & Co.
Ilolvln St. Neur North l'lorea
CASINO HALL FEB. 2.
01 von by tho
Y. M. B. A.
To bo had of tho Commlttoo It. II. Martinez
F. A. Fischer V. A. Jalmoa Win. Iloelllng Jr..
Louis Folder Uua Zooller.
Thero will be two prizes given to tho best
maio ana lomaio cuaracier masica.
O. II. Hathaway haa Justcpcnod his board
Inghousoat SIS Vllllta street and ask his
friends u well aa all desiring good boarding
and lodging at reasonablo figures tn try him
with tholr patronage. -3l-lm
HE COMETH NOT.
DISTRICT CLERK BALDUS FAILS TO
APPEAR THIS MORNING IN ODE- -OIENCE
TO THE COURT.
M Aunel Yturrl .Jr. Appointed Afl Interlri
Clerk -Mr. Ilnlilus Is Want1 to l'ro-
iluroln Court BAOOO-AII Hurts
It bn been inme lime since in this city
there was so much etdtement at the court
house as this morning which culminated In
the suspension or ricrhsps removal of
Theodore Italilus the popular District Clerk.
The circumstances which led to this result
begin last October when the Sunset rosJ
secured sn attachment against N. K Connelly
fc Co. contractors and the Slier lT of Pecos
county levied on properly belonging to this
firm to the amount of $7129 20. The attach-
ment was allerwards quashed leaving the
costs to be collected from ()e railroad corn
piny Mr. George Dashiell was then District
Clerk receipted for the same and when Hal'
dus became his successor took hli receipt
after turning over the money. The railroad
afterwards secured a verdict against Connelly
& Co. for $5004 cO. Ualdus before psying the
money over as he claimed thought that some
$600 of coits belonging to the Sheriff of
Pecos county should be deducted from the
gross amount. .On last Saturday the railroad
through its attorneys dcranded the money
from Ilsldus He declined to do so till the
Sheriffof Pecos county had been paid. The
matter was presented to Judge Noonan who
decided that the railroad company was en-
tilled to the full amount with interest. This
left Mr Ilatdns nothing else to do but to
satisfy the claims ol the railroad company. It
eipectcd that he would give his check
instancer and liquidate the milter now that
the court had decided the point at issue.
Things begin to wear a doubtful look when
Messrs. Waelder & Upson as attorneys for
the Sunset road caused an order to tie issued
yesterday afternoon for Clerk llatdus
to appear this morning and show why
he had not complied with the order or
be punished for contempt. This morning
Clerk llaldus failed to appear. He had been
seen on the streets late last evening and said
to some of his friends that the matter would
be straightened out this morning and he would
convince the public that some lawyers had
been dealing entirely too hastily and harshly
with htm. This morning about Q oclock he
telephoned the Sheriff that he was coming
down immediately to the court room. Alder-
msn Schreiner one of his bondsmen also had
heard from him to the same effect. Ten
o'clock and II o'clock came and yel no Clerk
Ualdus csme with the fleeting hours. His
friends who are numerous were astonished
His absence coutd not be accounted for. Mr.
1'. II. Ward added something towards break
ing the monotony of suspicion and doubt by
moving the court that as the District Clerk
had not made his appearance in obedience
to the repeated mandates of the court that his
place as such official is vacated and that Mr
Maauel Yturii Chief Deputy be placed in
charge of the office ad iaterim. The motion
was granted thus leaving Mr. llaldus' friends
still more anxious to have him come into
court and retrieve his good name by turning
over the money.
Alderman Schreiner and Mr George R
Slumberg are his bondsmen but only to the
extent of $5000. Mr. llaldus is so far reported
as behind ts the railroad $5001 and to Con-
nelly & Co about $2000 so that his arrear-
ages will reach the total of more than $7000
About $2000 to the credit of Ilsldus was found
in the bank and this was all that so far can be '
traced to the credit of Mr. Ualdus. It wis
rumored on the streets that Messrs.
Schreiner and Slumberg had attached
the money in Groos & Co.'s bank as pirt
security lor their liability on Ualdus' bond. It
is a heartrending affair to dethrone even by
implication so popular a gentleman as Mr.
Ualdus from his pedestal. Perhaps lew men
could count as many warm devoted friends in
the city asTheodore Ilsldus. He was always
attentive and sealous la serve any.ne in any
condition of life who approached him officially
and there was a magnetism In his service
which caused one always to remember the
obligation. He had been for some time City
Clerk his accounts were always correct and
his demeanor that of a pleasant public servant.
He had endeared himself lo the Council and
city officers and when the field far his promo-
tion was open his friends irrespective of party
or nationality rallied to m ake his induction
into office a most flattering 'Humph. It
Is to be hoped that appearances only are
against Mr Ualdus and to-morrow will find
making everything square and accounted for
in open court. We pay no attention to the
extravagant rumors concerning the causes .of
his distress or downfall. It is only when a
man is submerged with difficulties that one
can wonder from whence so many jacals who
hack at character derive their origin. Mr.
Ualdus made his friends by his genial cour-
tesy and it is but courtesy and fair play to
await the developments of a few days ere
passing individual sentence.
At 3:15 p. m. as we go to press we are in-
formed by talephone that Mr. Ualdus ha paid
'and got a receipt from the railroad company
lor the $5000 in question. There seems to
have been much more sensation and talk on
the streets regarding the matter than the
circumstances really warranted and the whole
business will no doubt be satisiactorily settled
THE ALAMO CITY.
A Vnrelgner'a Opinion as tn Its Arcoimno-
ilittlon for Acllng-Ita I'lirka and
Kdllnr Han Antonio I.lKht.
San Antonio January 27. I think that a
description of the Alamo city from the pen of
a foreigner might be of interest to your
San Antonio is a city with as ills ssld 32
000 inhabitants and for its sire hss certainly
from my point of view comparatively speakinf
few atlraclions. Firstly it does not possess
a theatre. Turner hall where dramatic
performances are held has not enough spsce
to give a play welt mounted any lramatlc
effect and the limited accommodation pre-
vents the scene being so effective from a his-
tronic point of view. The dramatic troupes
who visit the city with a few brilliant excep-
tions are one-horse affairs. I suppose the
Interponeres think that any dramatic per-
formance will go down with residents and
visitors of the Alamo city. They error in the
opinion that there are no intelligent and caustic
critics among newspaper men in this city and
occasionally the histronic companies and their
artists get hot potatoes to use a vulgarism
more implicit than polite In local journals.
Secondly no parks. The Travis as it Is
called and San Pedro Springs are no real at-
tractions for the lahsbitants of the city.
It is true the Eighth cavalry band discourses
sweet music in the park once or twice per
week and is patronised by children and their
nurses a sprinkling of colored people a
few city "dudes" a handfull of strangers and
may be if the weather is propitious some of
the San Antonio kelles are the object of these
Drink is the curse of the city and gambling
is as bad or worse. As long as the gambling
commands the city so will drunkenness
crime dishonesty and debauchery be rampant
As long al there are beautifully furnished
honscs ol ill fame I believe they call them
bagnios here inhabited by high-toned lustre
of the demi-monde who are pretty-fascinating
fashionable in dress and accomplished
men will not enter the bonds of matrimony or
if they do marry and do not really love the
woman they marry will be tempted to stray
from the paths of virtue probably under the
Influence of alcohol or the bad inftu
ence of unprincipled so-called friends friends
as long as their dollars last but no longer
There are a great many I doubt not hard-
working honest men and women in the city;
there are churches and chapels with their esti
mable pastors and priests; there are excellent
societies for the distribution of charily and for
fostering other good works; but what is
wanted in this city is a high moral tone one
to put down with a strong hand lawlessness
drunkenness gambling and debauchery.
An Oriental Uird
The Express is very much concerned about
the Liqiit in its alleged p ospective bbel suit
not so much from the fiet that there is a
shadow of such an event but because that
paper desires to see it. The Light is in the
way af the Express and it endeavors by every
act of Inuendo and back-biting to create any
impression flut will prejudice the Light.
When the Express gets through paying a
righteous judgment impoied by the court for
an uncalled-for and malicious and slander
ous assertion regardiog an honored citizen
when it pays up this deservedly-imposed judg-
ment there will be plenty of time for it to in
terest itself in our affairs. In Ihe meantime
the Light will take care of itsell and Its
Had th largest sale of reserved seats of the
season at Houston She opens in "Led
Astray" at Turner opera hall Sunday night.
Fresh Flail and Oysters.
Elsewhere In the Light can be found the
card of Mr. Ludwig Mahncke agent for the
Standard Canning company ol Corpus Christl
You can get fresh fish and oysters in any
quantity by leaving your order at Ihe Mission
garden or telephone No. 330.
A Thief Caught.
Captain Hughes accompanied by Officer
Abbey arrested a man named Henry Shaw
for theft this morning at Ihe Uradcn hotel
Some time ago a railroader was robbed of his
watch. Shaw now turns out to be the
who did the robbing and. afterwards pawned
Ihe watch for $15. Shaw also stole un over
coat which he pawned at Emerson's. The
tlfief Is now in jaiL
Tried to Cutch lilin.
"Tip" a well-known young man of fair
complexion adorned himself with a beautiful
and artistic black beard and moustache sham
of course. "Tip" issued Into the streets aad
looking suspiciously like a man got up for the
occasion was closely followed by a zealous
policeman who swore "Tip" was a thie! In
disguise. He eventually got away from- the
bobby by jumping in a hack but is determined
to go out again though he will dissemble bet-
ter next time;
A young lady of this city has undertaken to
eat 30 quail in 30 days. To-day is her ninth
day and she shows no distaste for the game as
yet. It might be said that she does it for a
wager since her uncle with whom she con-
tended that the feat could be easily accom-
plished by herself has promised her a $500
diamond ring in the event of her success. The
young lady in question eats her btrd at the
mid-day meal and an ample supply of other
substaatials aa well besides having so far a
healthy appetite lor two meals more.
COLONEL GUTRIPPAH ON SKATES.
The (Jantlemnn front Kentucky Sat llowit
Upon At the Rink.
From tho Chicago Inter-Ocean.
I'll go with you all sah" said Colonel
Gutrlppah. "I used to be a mighty fine
skatah when I was a boy sah."
I didn't know that they ever had skaliog
In Kentucky Colonel" said the reporter.
That's whah you all Is fooled sah" re
plied the Colonel. " We all down ouh way
has just as good skating aa you all up heah
sah only it don't last so long sah. They Ice
in Kalntucky when it does come sah Is
hahdah smoothah and bettah in every con-
demned mannah foil all uses including
skating and mint juleps sah than they com-
mon soht of ice yon alt has up heah sah.
Yes sah 'deed I will go with you all and show
they general assohrlment of cussed mechanics
that will boubttess be present how they busi
ness is done in old Kainlucky sih. Uet you
all a hohn of Haeh Grass against a second-
hand wooden toothpick that I drive everybody
off they ice sah."
Hut Colonel" said Ihe reporter "this Is
no ice skating. It's roller skating."
Same thing sah" replied the Colonel
putting on his fur overcoat. "Any man who
can skate on ice can skste on rollers sah."
The above conversation occurred between
Colonel Gutrippab. and the reporter at the
Grand Pacific hotel. The latter had stopped
In to thank Sam Parker fur a standing invita-
tion to dinner and finding the Colonel some-
what at a loss for an evening's entertainment
had invited him to 'go to the roller skating
rink which the reporter was obliged to visit in
the line ol his duties.
Arrivinc at the rink the reporter s bauce
quickly gained admission and Iront seats lor
himsell and Iricnd.
Foh thev sweet love ol Maud sah!" ex
claimed the Colonel. "Does you all do that
"tvery where" saw tne reporter.
"Just flash and go in sah?"
"Yes: but it won't pay restaurant bills nor
just then a handsome couple came gliding
gracciuuy uy on ine smootn aspnan anu in
Colonel slatting up exciaimea:
f 'I can't stand mat san. 1 roust put on
ffey skates myself and show these people
heah how we all do It in Kalntuckr. sah."
Remonstrances were unavailing and the
Colonel disappeared In the skate room. Soon
be emerged stepping careiuny along on ine
platform and holding on by ih railing he
walked along to the flight of thrte steps that
led to the field carefully descended them.
and gaining confidence stepped boldly upon
tne poiisnea suriace. iiui nis commence was
premature for the minute his weight rested
uaon the -lldlne wheels they shot out from
under him and he sat down with such force
as to stop his watch and to quote the negro
song it "Made his eyeballs jingle."
Uy this time hundreds ol eyes were upon
Mm ana encouraging cries reacnea nis ears
which he took in cood rait and as compli
mentary to himself lie rose to his teet
rather painfully and with a forced smile re
moved his hat but this destroyed his eciulli
brium and down he came again. This lime
he was really hurt .and cast longtng eyes
towards the siairs.so near and yet so far. Two
mischievous young men came up and lifted
bim to his teet. Ihe Colonel was pr.luse In
his thanks and in declarations of his ability to
skate well an ice. After cautioning him aot to
"dig in his heels" the young me. skated with
the Colonel for a few strokes then getting
him well balanced they gave him a shove mat
bid fair to take him across the rink. The
Colonel kept his balance wonderfully well.
and the reporter was beginning to hope he
would reach the other side without accident
when an unexnecled camohcatlon arose
fat lady weighing something like 250 pounds
came sallinc alone on aa agle which must in
evitably produce a collision. The lady was
looking over her shoulder at a friend among
the spectstars and waving her handkerchtel
while the Colonel was looking la the opposite
direction. The result was annoying to bolh
painful t the Colonel and produced shrieks
of laurhter amonf the beholders. When the
Colonel became aware of the lady's
close proximity he vainly tried to
stoo. and to do this he instinctively
adopted the tactics of the old slyle ice skater
ne aug in nis neeis. ine consequence
was that his feet shot out ia froat like
catapults striking the lady's ankles which
naturally upset her. The Colonel fell fist
upon his back while Ihe lady with a wild
shrlejc of terror and deipsir sat down with
great force upon his abdomen. The breath
was completely knocked out of the Colonel
while the lady was too terrified to know
where she was. or even to move. A roar
of laughter from the crowd shook the
rafters and ihs trombone tilaver was so over
come as to fall off his chair got inextricably
mixed up with his instrument and completely
"For the sweet love of Maud madame."
said the Colonel in a weak voice "will you
be kind enough to remove you an a weignt
from mv urostrate form."
"E-e-e-e-e j" shrieked Ihe lady gathering
herselt with a recoil taat nurt as uaa as in
first blow and rushing away to the ladies'
dressing room she kicked ott her skates an
burst into tears.
The Colonel rose slowly and nalnfullv to
sitting position pulled down his vest and
straightened his collar. Then deliberately
and with an air of determination he took off
the skates and flung them with great force
across the rink. Takine the reporter's arm
he limped painfully out of the building and
all In silence to the door of the hotel. Then
he bent down and whispered in his com
Danion'a ear :
"I nevah thought sah that a woman could
weigh as much as a Ross."
Mary Clark Lena Kussel vagrants $5
each; Richardson striking $5; Weber viola
ting hack ordinance $5; Hernandez striking.
$5; Mirtinez Hood Glazier; drunk; $5 each
The following building permits were issued
from the Mayor's office this morning :
J D. Smith lumber dwelling 18x36 south
side Zavalla street $350.
Mrs. M. J. Hammon lumber dwelling
20128 east side Leona street $400.
F. Hull lumber gallery 10x18 east tide
King William street $50.
Russell Howard two lumber dwellings
16x26 east side Labor street $400
MORRIRON HAS GOT UP A TARIFF BILL-
UNION OF TELEGRAPH LINES.
Ilnyrottllig Treneli (foods Wholeiuili
re.t uf Thtavr-a at Clfitelamt -.Ml.celloneou.
New York January 29. The Court of
Appeals decides unconstitutional the law of
the last Legislature forbidding the manufac-
ture of cigars in tenements in Ihe city ol New
Pottsyille January 29 Thomas O. Rich
ards Superintendent of the Hull Run colliery
f Ihe Lehichand Wilkesbsrre Coalcomnany
felt to the tiottom ot a shaft 200 yards to-
nay ami was insianuy mneu.
Althny January 29. A bill has been in
troduced in the Assembly declaring votd all
contracts written or verbal for the sale or
translrr of any share or interest in stock of
any company unless the party contracting
wno sens or trantiers snail be In actual pos
session of such stock etc.
Uoston January 29. J. M. Reford
merchant ot Moriah Vermont with his wile
and two daughters started for Warren Ver
mont on January II to visit his father. They
had a good team of horses.but the party has not
since been heard from. It Is feared they
either broke through Ihe ice on Lake Cham-
plain or were troien to death under the snow
on i.reen mountains.
Cincinnati January 29. Reuben Sprin
ger has given $20000 to furnish the buildings
for the art school which has just been com
pleted. It is liberally endowed by Judge
Nicholas Longworth In pursuance of the
wishes of his father. Joseph Longworth.
recently deceased. Mr. Springer's gift will
be used to add two stories to the Cincinnati
college building on Washington street near
fourth lor Ihe use 01 the Art school.
Cleveland January 29. The police 0
this city have been working for some time to
break up an organized gang of burglars
hich has been operating here and elsewhere
in Nonnern unio ana western rcnnsyivania.
Acting upon information extracted from a
prisoner fifteen crooks were arrested this
morning ana large quantities 01 stolen
properly recovered. The officers are scouring
the surrounding country lor the rest 01 In
Chicago January 29. The safe in th
postoffice at Ulue Island one of the south
western suburbs in this city was blown open
last night and in addition to the stamps am
money of the nostofSee some of the township
funds stored in the safe were also carried olf.
The value of the plunder secured by the
thieves is placed at $15000. Liter Further
investigation shows that the robbers only sc
cured about 92000 worth 01 plunder.
Pittsburg January 29. While SLevein
proprietor of a Sixth street jewelry store was
absent this morning and his wife in a room
near the store a thief entered and carried off
jewelry valued at $1200 to $1500. Mrs
Levein discovered a mulatto at work on th
safe and was driven back into the room at the
point ol the pistol. The robber then escaped
A special irom ureeniuurg rennsyivaai
savs: Last nifht 27 men met aad formed
secret oath-bound brathcrhood not to buy
f rench goods and to boycott any dealer sell
ing them until ine embargo on pork I
New York January 29. A Ualtimo
special to Ihe Tribune says that rumors gai
credence that the action of Ihe Baltimore and
Ohio railroad company in placing so many
prominent Western Union men in charge of
the management ol Its telegraph business hss
been in contemplation of its ultimate Intention
of union with Ihe western union company
The Tribune also notes that a prominent ofh
clalol me banners ana Mercnanis" iciegrapn
company remarxea nut it was uauersioou in
Postal campany were trying to sell out but t
what company ne reiusea tossy.
ritlLADtLrillA January 29. In' the lunacy
caseof William Meredith Judge Fell delivered
a long charge to the jury to-day defining the
law of lunacy. The jury after 15 minutes
rendered a .verdict for the defendant thus
establishing Meredith's sanity. Meredith is
son of the distinguished jurist and cabinet
olhcer William M. Mcreaun. ine proceed'
logs were begun at the instance of relatives
and bore upon the disposition of his property
It was shown at the trial that Meredith wai
possessed of great Intellectual ability had
been carefully educated and all his powers
were clear ana torcioie except on a singii
point lie believed nimsell the object
some secret and mysterious persecution.
Khartoum January 29. A refugee from
Kl Obeld reports that he taw Major Von
Sickendorf stabbed to death while on his bed
in the hospital. Edmund O'Donovan cor
respondent of the Daily News.was killed near
General Hicks and the rest of the Europeans
belonging to the army he saw lying dead after
the battle lie saya that kl Mandl has sold
lari'e quantities of watches tines and the
like. The Sheikh Abond has summoned
Khartoum to surrender to avoid bloodshed
The town is quiet but the soldiers are clamor
ing for pay. The arrival of General Gordon
is anxiously awaited. Hussein Pasha is offer-
nir obstruction to every measure.
' Washington January 29. Morrison
Chairman of the Ways and Means committee
has completed a tariff bill but will not Intro
duce It until the other members of the com
mittee have had an opportunity to consider
The bill provides for a general reduction
20 per cent. but in no event is the reduction
to be lower than the tariff rates In the Mor
rill bill of 1861. At the meeting of the House
Committee on Uanklng and Currency a reso-
lution by Representative Hunt introduced
last Tuesday was discussed and with the
amendment onerea oy mucins auoptea uy
to i. Those opoosed were iluckner. Midi
(Texas) Yaple and Drumm. The resolution
as amended declares that the. public welfare
demands that the benefits of the national
banking system be substantially preserved
and continued for the time being provided
that mis resolution be not consiruea to ne 1
declaration in favor of the perpetuation of th
A Mournful Epitaph.
'rom tho New York Tribune.
It Is understood that above the grave of
leorge II. Pendleton's political ambitions a
mple siab will be erected bearing the inscrip
tion t " Here lies a statesman of the credu-
lous school who believed that the tears shed
by the Democratic party In the cause of civil
service rclorm were tirawn Irom the party's
own eyes. All too sadly late he woke to the
realization of the fact that said tears were fur
nished by an able and accomplished crocodile
who Is a weeper by profession."
A Bloody War Looming Up.
rom the Erlo Herald.
Another and more uncomfortable solution
of the "sunset mystery" Is given by a Perslso
astrologer according to Nature who predicts
that the blood-red appearance of the sky Is a
forewarning of a war such as the world has
never yet beheld.. There Is to be bloodshed
on an unexampled scale in all quarters ot the
globe. The astrologer's prediction will not
cause much uneasiness lor the present at least.
Nobody will lake any stock in tt so long as the
unset and there Is no blood to he seen on the
What They Found.
Chicago Uelle "Did you get any pres
Philadelphia Uelle "Oh yes; my stock
ings were full. Brother lack tried to play a
jiVeon me by putting a mouse In the foot
but there was not room enough for the poor
little thing there and it smothered. Did you
find your slocking well filled t"
inicago Bene "I snouta say so. 1 here
was a box of dishes a box of jewelry and a
sealskin sscque in mine but what do you
think my brother did! lie put an English
pug dog In the foot."
inuaueipnia iiene Mercy 1 L-'iun 1 11
Chicago Uelle "Oh. dear. no. I didn't
discover it until it began to snap and bark
when I was putting the stocking on." Chl-
(Juinc Uelle"! got a square grand piano
In one slocking and a parlor organ in the
other that's all. Pa said he was too poor
this year to fill 'em."
Confronted With His Villainy.
Prom the Now York Morning Journal.
When Mr. Popperman threw off his over
coat last evening his wife said:
"My dear this Is your birthday. Now
what kind of a present would you prefer!"
That's iust the kind of a present I have for
you" and Mrs. Popperman took from be
neath ner apron a plethoric bag and emptied
upon the table a pile of iiogllcg coins.
"There's your birthday present.
The husband looked at the coins in amaze
ment and then said:
"Why. my dear. Ihe money is no cood.
There is nothing here but lead quarters and
dimes with holes in 'cm. Here's a quarter
with a hole In It and the hole Is bigger than
the quarter. What confounded rascal palmed
that money on you! Oh! the scoundrels there
are In the world!"
Calm yourself my dear" said Mrs. Pop
perman. "that money must all be good.
That's what you've given me for pin money
slnci we've been married."
A Japanese Hotel.
From tho London Telegraph.
Osaka'a hotel was a curious place. On the
occasion of our visit a large number ol the
more notable citizens were dining in its prin-
cipal room. Each guest was furnished in
addition to his plate with a little square
wooden platter on which were arranged a
small take an orange and an artificial
flower. Every man had one wine glass i t
was instructive to note that all were aerved
with knives and forks. With these imple-
ments of feasting some of the guests were
evidently a little unfamiliar and some gentle-
men of the company would evidently have
been much happier with a spoon and two
chop slicks. Uut they struggled manfully on
drank sakl ihe native spirit a beverage
f reitly resembling poor sherry and made
rom rice and made themselves believe they
were really enjoying themselves. When they
had eaten many things. European and
Japanese combined and rad drank a very
considerably quantity 01 saki mev leaned
back in their chairs while f party of singing
girls came up on a stage with Instruments of
music and gave a concert. On the painful
noise they made I will not comment further
than to say that it waa the most thrillingly
dreadful I ever heard. Hut the Japanese en
A Deserted City.
It is not oltcn that an American town is
doomed to decimation but Virginia City
Nevada affords an instance at least. Eight
years ago Virginia City and Gold Hill ad-
joining each other and practically one town
had 30000 population. It was the largest
community between Denver and San Fran-
cisco. There were merchants doing business
with a million of capital. There were private
houses that cost $100000 to build and fur-
nlsji. There were stamp mills and .mining
structures that cost $500000 each. There
were three dally papers and a hotel that coat
$300000. It was a teeming busy and money-
making population and among the people
were a score or more men worth from $300-
000 to $30000000. Mackey and Fair loth
lived there. There were three banks a gas
company a water company a splendid
theater and a cosily court house.
Eight years have passed and the town is
wreck. The 35ooo people have dwindled to
5000. The banks have retired from business.
The merchants have closed cp and left; the
hotel is abandoned; the gas company is bank-
rupt and scores of costly residences have
either been taken to pieces and moved away
or given over to the bats. Real estate will
not pay the taxes. Nothing can be sold that
will cost its worth to move away. The rich
men have all gone. Those who remain are
the miners their superintendents and the
saloon men and gamblers. The latter are
usually the first to com to a mining town
and the last to leave.
The cause of this decadence which has
swallowed up millions of capital and wrecked
the worldly ambition of thousands of persona
is the failure of the Comstock mines to tway
out additional wealth.
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