The McKinney Gazette. (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 6, 1890 Page: 1 of 4
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M' KINNEY, COLLIN COUNTY, Tbstte
A Cabinet Officer Bereft of Wife,
Child and Home.
Impressive Ceremonies at the Installation of
the Hon. Seth Low.
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sleeping rooms above.
One Thousand Negroes En Route to Louisiana and
Texas—British Grain Trade.
Washington, Feb. 4.—Early yesterday
Morning a terrible calamity visited tlie
household of Sec re: ary Tracy, whereby
three persons lost their lives and three
others were injured.
Tne family residence, a three-story-and-
b.iscnient brick, situated on I. street, took
fire at an enrlv hour and, regardless of
the heroic efforts of the tire department,
was entirely consumed. At the very
Wltlffltenc inent of
"i ti i,
cation with the
Mrs. Wilmerding. tlie secretary's ilaueli-
ier, and Miss Wilmerding forced their
way through the blinding smoke and
jumped from a second-story window.
Both were seriously injured. Mrs.
Tracy was found on her lied overcome by
smoke. She was removed by tlie firemen,
but died in less than an hour after her
removal. She was not burned, but died
of suffocation. '1 he secretary's daughter
Mary, aged 14, aud one of the family
servants were found later, both bodies
burned to a crisp. Secretary Tracy him-
self had a wonderful escape, but is now
lying in a precarious condition at the
residence of J. C. Bancroft Davis. The
full extent of his terrible affliction is with-
held from him for the present.
The residence of W. S. Cox of the dis-
trict supreme court which adjoined the
Tracy residence on the left was badly
With Mrs. Tracy and Miss Tracy and
Mrs. Coppinger, Secretary Blaine's daugh-
ter, all lying dead, Secretary Tracy se-
riously ill and his health permanently im-
paired, government circles to-day are en-
shrouded in sadness and gloom. Presi-
dent Harrison as soon as he heard of the
calamity sent assistance from the execu-
tive mansion to aid the bereaved family
and followed himself to inquire what as-
sistance he could render, and up to a late
hour was still with Mr. Tracy.
Installation of Seth Low.
New Voisk. Feb. S.—It is seldom tha
the Metro|Hilitan opera house here is
called upon to entertain such grace and
beauty as it di^i yesterday. The occasion
was the installation ceremonies of Hon.
Seth Low as president of Columbia. The
ceremouies were opened with prayer by
Chaplain Duffle. This was followed by
an address on behalf of the board of
trustees by Rev. Mr. Morgan Dix. Hon.
Hamilton Fish, amid tumultuous cheering
fonntUIy installed President Low into
office. The honorable gentleman was
bne^^u^OnTarks anil filially" P7tecT alVd
Seth Low the eleventh president of
Columbia college. When Mr. Low arose
to respond he found himself compelled to
face a sea of upturned face and to listen
to vociferous cheering for fully two min-
utes then he made an eloquent address
accepting the position.
Manj Creditors Mourn His Departure.
Laportk, Ind.. Jan. 30.—Adelliert
Drown, attorney, insurance, loan and real
estate agent, has skipped for parts un-
known, leaving creditors to the amount of
S:S0,000. He lias been in business here
for a number of years. His victims are
coming in by the score and have claims
for from $.">0 to §250. The departed
worked many schemes. His most shame-
ful trick was played on Mrs. Conden,
whose husband died not long ago leaving
a life insurance policy of 5? 1500 in the
New England Life Insurance company,
for which Brown was agent The money
coming through his hands, Brown per-
suaded the sorrowing widow to loan it to
him on his unsecured notes. Now she is
penniless with four children to support
Several insurance companies represented
bv him are out about SI 000 each.
British liraln Trade,
London, Feb., 4.—The Mark Lane
Express in its weekly review of the Brit-
ish grain trade says: England wheats are
lower, the stock in the millers' hands
slackens the demand. Sales of English
wheat during the past week were 68.903
quarters at 3s Id, against 52,791 quarters
at 29s 9d during the corresponding week
last year. Foreign wheat is wok, and at
Liverpool is Id per cental cheaper. Amer-
ican Hour lias declined 4d. Barley is dull,
inferior has declined Oil. Oats, rye anil
beans have fallen Sd. Linseed is tirm and
3d dearer. Corn has declined Od. At to-
day's market there was an increased buy-
ing all around, and prices were firmer.
Good English wheats rose Is, oats ad-
vanced 3d, corn, beans and peas were a
Hung lor Murder.
Fout Smith, Ark., Jan. 31.—The
eightieth execution of murderers from the
Indian country took place here at 11:05 a.
m. yesterday when Hangman Maledon
broke the neck of George Tobler. It was
the same old routine. The condemned
slept well, ate a hearty breakfast dressed
for tlie occasion, engaged in religious ex-
ercises, listened to the death warrant,
then took up a march for the gallows
smoking a fresh cigar.
He displayed remarkable courage being
less nervous than the men on the gallows
with him. lie had nothing to say but left
a statement with his minister declaring
his innocence of the crime for which he
was being hung. The crime for which
Tobler was executed was the murder of
Irwin Richardson, a colored tiddler, who
had escorted Tobler's sweetheart to a
Blackmailed His Benefactor.
Kansasas City, Ma, Jan. 30.—Ar-
thur Blake, the alleged adopted son of
Arthur Gorham, the milliondire cattle
dealer of Kingsley. Kan., on trial at Kings-
ley yesterday for attempting to blackmail
Mr Gorham, pleaded guilty to the charge.
Sentence was reserved.
Ile4vy London Failure.
London. Feb. 4.—John Reid & Co.
oue of the oldest shipbuilding firms on
Clyde, have failed with heavy liabilities.
Cashier's Act Coittmemle.f*
Nkw York. Feb. 3.—The Times says
the honest straightforward aud plucky
conduct ot Cuhitr Andi«w Y. Celioc in
exposing to the Clearing House associa-
tion the state of aiTairs at the Sixth Na-
tional bank has elicited words of warm
commendation from business men. A
prominent member of the New York Stock
Exchange said Friday that he would be
anxious to be one of a number of citizens
who would subscribe to a handsome testi-
monial of appreciation of Mr. Colson's
brave and conscientious devotion to hon-
est business principles. Had Cashier Col-
son baen willing to content himself with
simply obeying orders, said this gentle-
man. "the robbery scheme would have
practically been a success. And merely
selfish interests were not of the sort to
induce him to obstruct the schemes. They
had become his employers, his livelihood
was in their hands. To get in their way
was to risk dismissal, and if they choose
to make it appear so, the l o-sibility of
having it appear that he had been dis-
charged under a cloud. He tl r.:w selfish
considerations to the wind and in a brave
manly way brought the conspirators to
The result is that while his
has r/ally sacrifice;! in~o;her pc
terests his occupation and a handsome
salary. Now, I want to be one of the
number of representative business men of
New York to show such a man that he
has not acted honestly and courageously
in vain." It is suggested on the stock ex-
change and among the bankers th it a
purse be raised for Mr. Colson of sufficient
value to olfset at least the year's salary
which h • has unhesitatingly sacrificed.
Bobbing tlie Bead.
Ciiicaoo, 111., Feb 37—A special from
Nicholasville, Ky., says: A mob of infu-
riated colored people Saturday last at-
tempted to deal out vengeance to one of
their color for violating the graves of their
dead. Edmund Martin, proprietor of tlie
cemetery, is a prominent and influential
citizen and is a member of the board of
trustees of the town. He has been selling
lots for burial purposes for years. Ite-
cently attorneys for the Richmond, Nicho-
lasville, Irvine and Bettyville railroad
needed a strip of ground sixty-six feet
wide through the cemetery for right of
way, and Martin sold the ground occupied
by the remains of sixty dead bodies with-
out mentioning the sale to any of the
owners of lots. Martin began to remove
the graves, hiring a dozen men to do the
work. The news spread and the work-
men were met by an angry mob of men,
women and children and stoned out of the
cemetery. For several hours Martin's life
seemed to tie in iiiunim lit danger.
Attempt at SuiciJe.
Cincinnti. Feb. 1.—Mr. Win. C.
Shank of Hamilton was found in his
room at the St. James hotel yesterday
afternoon, by a chambermaid, with his
throat and wrists bleeding and an empty
paper that had contained some kind of
poison on his table. It appeared he had
swallowed the poison and then cut tiis
throat and wrists. He was taken to the
hospital where it was found that his
wound was not necessarily fatal, but it
seemed t'.af wouU^JdUhiin.
Mp^liiuTk was proprietor o^Tdo' SwhI's
store in Hamilton, Ohio, ai d had left
there several days ago presumably to pay
bills. But as he could not be heard from
a receiver was appointed Thursday. Mr."
Shank had recently suffered from la
grippe, and it was thought that this had
caused despondency in connection with a
financial stress which caused him to try
to end his life. He was a man of excel-
lent standing and character.
Ail Insane Prohibitionist.
Pnil.adei.pinA, Feb. 1.—David Alex-
ander, who tried to assassinate Bishop
Wliittaker on Sunday evening last, plead-
ed guilty yesterday morning before Judge
Arnold. Dr. Andrews of the county
prison testified that Alexander was sane
on every subject except that of prohibi-
tion. When asked by Judge Arnold what
he had to say Alexander rose ai>d, in an
eroquent voice addressing the court, said:
"1 always thought the church was sup-
posed to help anil support the poor
widows and orphans, and when a minister
of the church openly denounces prohibi-
tion, I as a Christian consider it a base
crime, but when a man ranks so high as a
bishop, 1 think he is guilty of a very vile
crime indeed and a hindrance to tlie
church instead of a support. They
speak of the increase of the good cause
and the church, but when the bishop is
allowed to openly and publicly denounce
prohibition I think it shows a greater de-
crease." Sentence was deferred.
A Maniac Struggling with I'eitli.
New Yokk. Feb. 4.—Emil Meyer, the
blind chainnaker, heretofore a fond hus-
band and father, in a tit of insanity night
before last made a fiendish attempt to
murder his whole family and himself,
lie dragged his wife from the bed bv the
hair, drove the sharp prongs of a pair of
shears into her chest, tried to brain her
with a hammer and then dashed her chil-
dren against the stove. His blindness
made him fail in his purpose, and his
wife and children escaped by the narrow-
est chances. Before the police came he
ate a fistful of Paris green, and was taken
to Bellevue hospital a raving maniac
struggling with death.
A Magnificent Cliurcli.
StiKKVKi'onT, La., Feb. 1.—The grad-
ing of the lots upon which the new Catho-
lic church is to tie erected. will commence
soon. When completed this will be one
of the handsomest churches in the south.
The plans were secured in France by Kev.
Father Gentille. It will bo erected in the
corner opposite where the present ehurcli
Vienna, Feb. 4.—Dr. liokir, professor
at the Klausenbuig university, claims to
have discovered an absolutely certain anti-
septic remedy for hydrophobia, destroying
the virus at the seat of the bite. It con-
sists of a solution of ehi.nine. bioaiine,
sulphurous acid and permanganate of
potash with oil of eucalyptus.
1 ariu Crospccts.
Corsica xa. Tex.. Jan. 30.—During
this fine weather considerable work is
being done in the country preparatory to
the coming crop. Land is being broken
rapidly and the indications are that more
cotton laud will be prepared here than
ilf «;e * Six Years.
Kansas Ctrv. Feb. 1. — Arthur C.
Blake, who pleaded guilty in the district
court at Kinsley, Kan., to having attempt-
ed to blackmail Arthur C. Gorham, the
millionaire cattle dealer, lias been sen-
tenced to *ix ye u in the penitentiary.
A Mystery Surrounds the AlTar—The Plan
Worked Like Charm.
Sr. Louis, Feb. 1. —A daring sensa-
tional abduction of a child took place at
dusk last Thursday from the St LouisChil-
dren's Free Hospital on Jefferson avenue
and Adams street. The child abducted
was lloy Bryant, aged 0 years, and his fa-
ther and two women figured in the abduc-
tion. \\ hile an attorney engaged the ma-
tron in the parlor, the child, just recover-
ing from an attack of pneumonia, was
taken from his sick bed and carried off in
his nightgown. The conspiracy was well
planned, and the matron, Mrs. Shelble,
was thrown completely off her guard by
the lawyer, who handed her a card bear-
ing the inscription, "Charles L. Hamm,
attorney at law, 519 Pine street" He
claimed to be seeking information about
the institution and held her attention
while the abduction was accomplished.
Dr. Boyee, the physician of the hospital,
says the exposure may kill the child.
clear up. but little isTcunwrrvf the antece-
dents of the parties involved. The child
was placed in the hospital by its mother.
JAMES BOYS AT HOME.
A Preacher Becalls Some Things in Their
A 1)1 astrous F.re.
Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 3.—A disas-
trous tire occurred Friday night in the
plant of the Kansas City packing and
chase refrigerator company in Kansas
City. Kan. The tire started at midnight
in the lard room of tl e hog killing house
from a cause unknown. Before it was
discovered tlie entire room was in tlames,
and by the time the fire department ar-
rived on the scene the flames had com-
municated through the ceiling to the floor
above and the tlames then spread to the
building occupied by the fertilizing de-
partment and both were consumed. Loss
about §103,000; fully insured.
The Bar. Myron Beed's Recent Visit to Their
Mother and the Reflections the Trip Sug-
gested—A Man Who Was Hanged Three
Newspaper literature about the
dames Boys has been for the most part
confined to a denunciatory character.
H is not often that a writer attempts
to shun the recital of dark deeds laid
at their door when speaking of them.
But Rev. Myron W. Heed, while stop-
ping at Excelsior Springs, a health
resort not far from the homo of these
roughriders, visited their mother,
Mrs. Samuels, and was evidently mov-
ed to kind thoughts by the account
which she gave him of the history of
her sons. - In a letter to the Denver
New* he wr.tes entertainingly of wh'U
1 I'd. It^Js unnecessar
eroTo reier TO t.itfui
Doubtless Fr.itik and Jesse, says he,"
were both bushwhackers during the
war; but as between rebjl bushwhack-
ers and federal jayhawkers honors are
easy. When the war was over both
the boys would have been glad to set-
tle down on the farm, but that was not
Washed Overboard and Drowned.
New Yoiik, Feb. 5.—Steamer Jersey
City from Bristol, which arrived here Sat-
urday, had a continuation of heavy gali s
from the west during the entire passage.
During the liurric.iir> of Jan. 9 the vessel
was going with all possible speed and
would not steer. Seas broke over the
ship continually. At 9:30 a. m. of the
10th a heavy sea strirk the ship on the
starboard side and Boatsw ain Albert Davis
of Bristol, Alfred Tuplin, carpenter, aud
a German, were washed overboard and
drowned. William Sainsbury had a leg
broken and another German, F. II. Sto-
berg, was injured in both legs and head.
Violation orih; Contract l.alior l.aw.
St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 1.—Judge Thayer
of the United States district court yester-
day heard evidence in a novel case. Hen-
ry A. Schmidt, a merchant tailor, was
convicted on twelve counts for violation
of the contract labor law in importing
tailors to this country to work in his shop.
He was lined $1000 for each offense, a
total of 812,000. and now seeks remission
of fines. Schmidt acknowledges his
guilt, but pleads ignorance of the exis:
cnce of such a statu*®. "™ ■« -
usly hath he sinned; griev-
he answered it"
Why the Tot Coal In't.
At (he last meeting of the Equal-
I Suffice association, says the Detroit
permitted. At this time began their j Tribllei duriu„ the disCussion of the
irregular mode of life. Mrs. Samuels j <iUest ou of the incorporation of the
does not admit for otio instant the kindergarten system into the public
charged against her boys. scho(fa the president, Helen P. Jen-
When a man begins to go down hill
everything is greased for him. Every-
body made haste to account for any
bold robbery anywhere in the United
States by fastening it on to the James
boys. They were endowed in tlie
mind of the public with the attribute
of omnipresence. It is simply impos-
sible that they could have done a tenth
part of the business that has been
shouldered on to them. They rode
fast, but not fast enough.
Jt should be kept in mind that the
Business of the James bovs is a hard
one to retire from. Once in it, it is
nearly impossible to quit. Suppose
them to change their names and set-
tle down to private farming as they
did for three years in Tennessee.
There is no wanting some virtuous
person who knows them and their past
history to inform on them.
This can be said of them. They
did whatever mischief is referred to
them away from home. Their imme-
diate neighoors seem to have been their
friends. They did no small business.
They dealt for the most part with rail-
roads and banks. One can icbii trust
say the Standa rd Oil company,
much less compunction of cons
than the shark ought^o feel who
widows and orphans. These boys h3
tho virtues of one of Mark Tv
heroes, they "never shook/f*.
iusisaid that S
iaral they were
•1 ' rilAt'O !1 PA t 1
Sunt. Robinson had de-
e not ready for them
There are the back yards for the
!ittl . children,' he said," remarked
Jenkins. "Yes, but I saw a little
won the sidew.ilk in front of his
house the other day who had escaped
froJn bis own b ck yard and was carry-
ing, on a conversation by shouts with
anothor little fellow on the opposite
cufb He was a very little boy, not
yet out of his skirts, with a mud-dault
onoie side of his mouth.
'Tome over and play wif me in my
back yard,' coaxed the little tot of a
neighbor across the street
■The tiny wanderer from his own
baoc yard hesitated a moment, and
then shook his head energetically.
" 'I taut. If 1 go over there m mm*
will give me h ?"
Called Out and *hot.
Cincinnati, O., Jan. so.—A dispatch
from London, ()., says: William Wood-
house, a farmer living near London, was
called to his door Tuesday night by Kin-
ney Graham, a neighboring farmer, and
shot iu the right arm and right groin.
Mrs. Woodhouse ran to her husband's as-
sistance as he fell and she also received a
ball in the right thigh. Graham is said to
have been intoxicated and to have had a
grudge against Woodhouse on account of
a lawsuit. Graham was arrested.
Negro Immigrants Ko Koute to Texas.
Bikmixoiiam, Ala., Feb. 4.—A special
train with 1000 negro emigrants on board
arrived here on the 22d inst over the
Georgia Central railroad. The negroes
are en route from South Carolina to Louis-
iana and Texas. They were packed into
cars like sardines iu a lh>x. Few of them
seemed to know where they were going or
what they would do when they reached
their destination. They seemed to trust
everything to the agents who had them in
Cor.rvnrs, O., Feb. 1.—The hearing
in the Marquis-Lanipsou contest ease for
the lieutenant governorship was concluded
in the Ohio senate yesterday evening.
Lampson, Republican, was ousted J|y a
strictly party vote. The Republican
members tiled a number of protests against
the manner of the proceeding, and the
conclusion was attended with stormy
seeres. I ampson gave notice that the
case would be carried to the supreme
T«*>a. I.mid Swindle.
Kansas City, Me., Feb. 3.—J. F.
Ilorrine of this city was arrested Friday
night charged with swindling II. D.
Stringer and J. S. Warder out of $22,000
worth of real estate. The latter gentle-
man asserts that Ilorrine traded fifteen
sections of Texas land to them for quite
valuable real estate here. They claim
that Ilorrine had no title to the land in
Shot and lladly Wounded.
Mc Ai.istkr, 1. T.. Feb., 3.—In an al-
tercation here Saturday Clay Drye, for
inerly of Sherman, shot and badly wound-
ed J. W. Brown, better known as 15ill
Htirk, who had been working for Drye,
was discharged, and having fortified him-
self. returned to discuss the troubles with
the above resuit.
Cleveland Makes a Sale.
Buffalo, N. Y., Jan. 31.—Grovei
Cleveland has shaken the last particle ot
Buffalo dust off his feet. He has sold
his valuable property on Lexington av-
enue, which tie bought six years ago for a
nominal sum and is one of the choicest
locations in the city.
good for^^ ning.
I prefei "Tuem to
assumed to hunt for ^ jth
tlemeu who threw a
shell into the wesV room c*.
. -i * xO tiio
at midnight, which ^
ed a little boy, the yoi"*-% -
Mr. and Mrs. Samuels,
the right hand and part of
the mother, are welcome to the
thoughts of themselves. They ,
not good company for sneak tbievW.
We will put them hereafter into artfri
rcom by themselves.
I asked the old gentlemen, "Were
tha boys at home at the time?"
"Oh, no," he said.
"Would to God they had been.
Those who threw the shell would
Cronin Trial Aftermath.
Chicago. 111.. Feb. 1.—I'atrick Gib-
bons. the northside politician and witness
in the Cronin trial, who was shot Tues
day night by Police ('apt. Schuettler in a
saloon brawl, died yesterday morning.
never have got to the railroad."
Which is very probable.
This kind of warfare and the shoot-
ing of Jessie James in the back by a
man whom he was supporting at the
tima, makes plain, common robbery
A robber can repent One we read
about in the gospel did repent lint
for r. coward there is no repentance.
All he can do is to pity himself. Says
Carlyle, "A coward is hateful to God
and to the enemies of God." Hunting
the James boys was a good deal like
hunting a grizzly or a "silver tipped."
As long as the animal is a hundred
miles away the hunter is full of anima-
tion. He walks as one walks toward
his sweetheart But as the distance
diminishes the gait of the hunter
moderates. As a rule, with excep-
tions. hunters were not anxious to find
On my visit Mrs. Samuels was not at
home. She had gone away a short
distance to call on her daughter. I
fjot the directions and soon found her.
"Oh," she said, "this are lik?_it
used to be. Men always a cme to see
the boys when they were away from
home, but they never went to see when
Mrs. Samuels was born in Kentucky.
Her first husbanrl. Rev. Mr. James,
was a Baptist preacher and organized
the New Hope church, of which Mrs.
Samuels is a member. Her Christmas
present to Frank, who i« now employed
in a shoe store .'it Dallas, Tex., was a
beautifully bound Holy Bible. Mrs. |
Samuels is a very intelligent lady, lias !
the Martha Washington kind of lace,
hair slightly gray and is as hospitable
to strangers as Kentucky.
She has given away four portions of
the homestead to'her children, and
still has a small farm left The house
is comfortable and neatly kept. Pic-
tures adorn the walis and embroidered,
work, done by the skillful fingers o
her daughter, brightens the pleasant
Mrs. Samuels is a philosoher-prob-
ably she has not re^d Ilegel on C'ar-
! lyle, Epictetus on Emerson, but &"• U,
j iias come to the same conclusions. r.'l'
Two Stori?s Abcu; Ja1ge9.
A good story is told on J^dirc French
ot South Dakota. Some years ago h!
became judge of the supreme court,
and was known all over the st.te by
the name*of "Old Necessity," and this
was given him because it war
^he "knew no law." As an illus-
ion of how apt this appellation
the most remarkable decision the
ever rendered is directly to the
A case was before him where-
"i nroscution failed to prove its
cou Tha attorney for the de-
oij_Jliat ijroim i to put in
v.in.il intended doing so, the
t>r said "No," and then the
drew' himself up and said:
11 in thai cas ; I shall order the
to convict If there is any one
h of the law I fully understand
'critnin d law, and if a man is in-
nocent he lias got to provo himself
Another good story from the same
section is on Judge Gideon C. Moody,
recently elected United States senator
om South Dakota. When he was
tome years ago associate justice of the
tsupreme court, a horse thief, known
as "Light Fingered Harry," was up
before him on a charge of stealing a
horse. The trial was a long ono and
Harry got a long term in prison. In
sentencing tho prisoner Judge Moody
scored the thief in a most unmerciful
'"iinner, and closed by asking the
usual question if he had anything to
say. Harry looked his denouncer in
tho eye for a moment, and then said
in an even, cold tone: "Jutljre, I
wouldn't, have that temper of yours
for the best horse in tiie Black Hills."
—New York Star.
Mr. Shelford Bidwell. F. It. S., has
found that the opacity of steam issuing
from a nozzle is greatly increased by
bringing electrified points near it and
that its color is changed to oratige-
brown. Spectroscopic indications lead
tojthe couelusion that electrification
causes an increase in the size of tho
water particles in the steam, from
something small in comparison with
th« wave length of light, to about one
iiojo )0tb of an inch in diameter. These
observations are of considerable me-
teorological interest for tho steam jet
pb inomena go far toward explaining
th< s iuy of the intense jUirkness of I
th'< mridiight with which that dark- |
net s is frequently tempered.
lllaijie's Kldest Daughter Dead.
Washington. Feb. —Mrs. Coppin-1 said: "I have all I want but I ,ijj
gher. Secretary Blaine's eldest daughter, j learned not to w nt what I i,
died at her father's residence here at A have." Which made me think $
o'clock yesterday morning. Ivle's advice to us all to lessen t ^
nomination so that it wiil go : -*••**(
numerator at least once, then we^Ulifj
be all right and reasonably happy,
"When I marry ug-ain," sh;
The Enfant Terribli
'his really occurred three days ago
in]this city, says the Pittsburg Dis-
k. lady from Chicago was visiting
thfe family, and it so happened, owing
"i^a chaptcr of accidents, that the lady
°M the house met her guest for the first
tifne at the dinner table. The hostess
partial to powder, and in the eve-
ng increases her natural pallor with
1 s assistance. After the conventional
8 nbrace the lady lrom Chicago said:
' You must have had a very tiring day,
Yes, indeed, I have, dear, an t I
icl very fatigued."
'Yes-r-I never saw you look so pale
^Oh, that's powder," broke in the
pear-old enfant Icrribk. Miss Nellie,
,io had not been a spectator in her
[Other's boudoir for nothing,
kiiinpowder could not have exploded
way wftth this eternal of
things to each other. W^^^u see
anything out of reach that you want,
ali you have to do is to give the table
a gentle little whirl and there you
have the dish you want right in front
of you. Now wh t do you think of
that, my dear? Don't you think our
fortune is made, eh?"
"It might work, Elijah," replied
Mrs. Bixby, calmly. "If you could
mike several little improvements."
"What improvements?" snapped out
"Well, tell me. please, where your
own plate would be when the dish you
wanted had been whirled around iu
front of vou?"
•'Why I —I—it—"
"And where would the rest of our
"Well, I never thought of that. I
'•I suppose, my dear, there might be
some sort of a signal given by which
all tho others could grab their plates
rind hold on to them when the table
was about to be whirled, or we
"Take care, Harriet Amanda Bixby;
don't you go too far now!"
"Or we might-why, Elijah, what
Jo you mean by throwing a valuable
patent like that into the fire?"
"What do I mean woman?' You'll
know what I mean when you're left a
despised grass widow with six young
ones to look out for! Aud that is just
what will happen, as sure as shoel if
you open your mouth again! Laugh
now! Giggle! Titter! Tee-hee some
more, can't you? Darn a woman, any-
NOT A SHORTHAND.
The Parsian Scribe Is a Genuine
It may be worth while to describe
the Persian method of writing. As
may be generally known they write
from right to left. They never use a
table if it can be avoided, but write
on their hands. By preference they
sit ou their knees and heels on the
floor. The pen is a reed the color of
This pen is called a kalemdan and is
kept in an oblong box called a kalem-
dan. This case is made of brass or of
papier-mache, which is often most ex-
quisitely decorated with|hand-painting.
i'he age of a kalemdan can be in-
variably told by the costume of the
figures painted upon it. in one end of
the slide of the kalemdan is the ink-
box: the ink is thickened by being
mixed with silk. I'he paper is glossy
and generally a cream tint The best
comes from China.
Every great man has his secretaries,
each provided with a kalemdan and a
roll of sheets of paper, both of which
lie carries in his girdle. If a "letter or
document is to be written the secretary
immediately drops oil his knees and
whips out inkhorn and paper. Laying
the former on the floor at his right he '
seizes a sheet of paper iu his left hand •
and proceeds to write." Owing to tlie j
position the lines always slant some- !
what. He leaves a broad margin, and |
in case the letter overruns the page he
writes on the margin in the prefer-
ence to continuing on the other side of
the leaf. When the document is com-
pleted no name is written, no auto-
graphic signature is appended, but tiie
seal of the author is allixe 1 dipped in
ink and then pressed on paper. This
seal, in the ease of oflicials, has the
date of tiie year also engraved upon it,
and is annually renewed. To counter-
feiter such a seal brings the counter-
feiter within the shadow of tho
yasaktchee bashee. or lord high ex-
ecutioner. and the olVense is therefore
KerUlt ii or I'oiifdtiAioii or Faith.
CuiCAiio. Feb. 4. —The Chicago Piesby-
tery yesterday morning voted almost unan-
imously in favor ot revision ot th* confea-
bid ffoirg snarrj1 a tircpqj
Etill His Opinion.
ily wish to say," feebly spoke a
;d passenger as he dragged him- j
t from under the wreck made by 1
tic railway collision, "that in
pinion, nobody is to blame for
accident." And he then pea ;e-
y brcp.theo bin ia^tn He wiw ft
Statistics as In lluiii hliarks.
Ten years ago a remarkable charac-
ter died in Paris. He was known all
tiver France and the greater part of all
Kurope as "The Learned Hunchback."
He was very wealthy and spent a mint
of money in the 1
life traveling in all directions makiiig
researches concerning liis hunchback-
ed brethren. It was in the middle
portions of Europe that, lie found the
misfortune most prevalent Spain
supplied Vu** iiuuixjvsr, anu )u ii
circumscribed locality at the foot of
Sierra Morena lie found that there was
one humpbacked per-on to every t.liii-- |
teen inhabitants. They were also [
found to be quite numerous in the :
valley of the Loire in France. The j
little humpbacked statistician came to :
the conclusion that there was one
humpback in each l,"<i;i inhabitants, i
or an aggregate of l.DUii.o.ii against!
the estimated thousand millions of the
entire earth. After the death of this j
eccentric individual his heirs found in
place of a will a voluminous manu-
script of 'J,UU0 pages, all concerning
humps. The last page, although it
said nothing about the disposition of
property, expressed tho author's wish
to have a hump of marble raised over
his grave, with this inscription: "Here
lies a humpback who had a taste for
humps, and who knew more about
them than any other humpback."'
Scotch Diniwr- tost in? a Ont.
They manage dinners for poor child- j
ren a trifle more economically in Edin- !
burgh than elsewhere. In Edinburgh
it is found possible to supply for a
h ilf penny a wholesome meal of vege-
taVi'e broth and bread. Scotch children
thrive on the various savory thick ,
soups of many ingredients for which
the cuisine of the country is celebrat-
ed, and unfortunately soup of any
kind, clear or thick, is rarely prepared
in the home of the English poor. Solid
meat, bread and potatoes form the
staple diet In too many cases in
England bones are only regarded as
useful to the rag and bone man: in |
Scotland such waste is r .re e o,
among the poorest.
the efbov.s flWH;"ees Or ten
pants. 'I'he first one starts in feet
and takes a lantern: the rest follow one
by oue, the last one with lantern and
ball of binder twine. Tlie end of the
twine is fastened at tlie entrance and
unrolled as we go along, serving aa a
guide to return by.
Flat ou our backs or side, wo shove
ourselves along down this narrow pas-
sage covered with small stones, which
are anything but soft to crawl on.
When the first one reaches the divide
at his left the passage goes straight
down like a wall, entering a large
chamber at the top, but this time wo
will take the one to our right
Shoving ourselves along a little fur-
ther we drop down about four feet in-
to a small vestibule the entrance to
the "chute," a round tunnel about
twenty feet long and very steep, and it
requires no "shoving" or "wiggling"
to get down, but with your hands and
feet braced out on ail sides, and wish-
ing you had several more pairs to hang
on with, you go down with more speed
than grace. From this chamber there
are many different passages, each lead-
ing in a different direction, the gener-
al course being down. Some of them
you can enter on your hands and knees,
but in most cases one must lie down
and crawl in. But we will take the
passage that leads directly down from
For the first few rods we criwlover
rocks and under them and then find
ourselves at the mouth of tho "well."
We pause here for a minute and throw
in a rock, thump, thump, thump,
flown, down, fainter and fainter, until
the sound is lost to the ear, but you
have not heard it strike the bottom.
How deep it is 1 have never heard and
I have no curiosity to find out by ex-
A littie more of this crawling and we
are at the middle of a great crack
running up and down. This is called
the "devil's crack." The crack is
narrow and you are obliged to go in
sideways. The path is quite steep and
about twenty feet long.
On leaving this we turn short to our
_ti«litjtver a short ridge, and down an-
other crack emiuar "to tho "devil's
crack." At the end of this passage is
the "bride's chamber." Another long
passage and wo are at the "postoffiee."
At the bride's chamber and post-
bftiee we gather our first specimens
plaeing them together to be picked up
on our return. Before we leave we
register at the postoflice. There were
twenty-two names with ours, three of
them being ladies' names.
The passage frtnu here on is more
open, and the walls and ceilings are
the grandest sight a person ever saw.
The walls are of a light purple, thickly
studied with lime crystals and covered
with the most beautiful frostwork con-
ceivable. The sparkle of the frost-
work, the deathlike stillness, tlie feel-
ing of awe which pervades the'entire
surroundings, contribute to make a
scene most beautiful and weird.
As we go further in the crystal work
is more consolidated and the frostwork
is much heavier—more coral shaped —
until it runs into a heavy solid mass.
The courthouse is ttie next place vis-
ited. The ceiling of this room appears
to be 100 feet high or more, and the
floor is loo feet across. The ceiling
and walls were covered with a reddish-
brown. lattice-work form ition, thickly
studded with the frostwork an 1 literal-
ly covered with crystals. The ceiling
is thickly covered with stalactites,
which look like largo icicles. i'he
lady who visited it a few weeks ago re-
marked "that she could not see how
heaven could be more beautiful.''
1 will say here that the cave from
the entrance down is very dry, and tlie
nir is as pure as it is above ground.
The fro-twork that I have spok.m of
and also the other formations are of
lime, which has crystalized. From
the entrance to the bride's chamber
liiere are no formations worthy of men-
tion. The trip up into the stalactite
region is very interesting, but we will
leave that for some future time.
whieli they (not others) can
There are ^=o many causes f.>s; «no
forms of dyspepsia that it is impossible
to perscribe one :nid the same diet for
all. Nothing is more disagreeable or
useless than to be cautioned ag.iust
eating this and that, because your
neighbor "so-and-so" cannot eat such
things. If we would all study the na-
ture and digestion ot fo 11. and remem-
ber that air and exercise are as essen-
tial as fooJ in promoting good hea th,
we could easily decide upon the diet
best suited to our individual needs,
l iie diabetic should ab.tain from sugar
and anything that is converted into
sugar in digestion, such as all starchy
fo uls, sweet omelets, custards jellies,
sweet sauces, starchy nuts, wine and
'I'he corpulent should abstain from
fat as well as sugar and starch. A
diet of whole wheat, milk, vegetables,
ruit-. and lean meat will produce only
a normal amount of fatness, wnile an
excess of acids, sweets, sniees, and
shortening keeps the system in an un-
healthful condition. Those who can
digest tine flour, pastry, sugar ;■ nd
f ,ts become loaded with fat. but are
neither strong nor vigorous.
Tliin people with weak digestion
should also avoid such food: for thin
people are often kept thin by the same
food which makes others fat If they
cannot digest the starch, butter and
fine flour, the system is kept in a fev-
erish, dyspeptic state: they become
nervous or go into consumption
year by the
M0 immigrants from Europe.
;iou of them were Italians.
Noble Prentis observes that much valua-
ble farm machinery is lying out in the cor-
ners of Kansas fences with no other cov-
jring than a chattel mortgage.
Many newspapers are trying to explain
"the secret of the weather." He who tries
;o be weattierwise is quite otherwise. "Tho
.viii'l hloweth where it lUtetii."
The entire French army is to be armed
•Vitl: a new helmet. It is of nickeled copper,
with a cockade, worn for the first time by
.lie French soldier, upon the top.
Ex-President Cleveland will spend part
)f the coining summer ut the Martinsville
springs iu Indiana. The Hoosier state
teems to be happy over the affair.
The prices of camphor and gum promise
X) rise, 'i'he German government is mati-
ng gigantic purchases of these articles for
.ne manufacture ol smokefess powder.
Not many Americans become legal citi-
zens of England. Last year only three
took out naturalization papers in England.
I'hey are probably asijauiad of it by this
The pope is keeping ut) with tho current
ustory of the world. He reads the news-
)a|>er of all nation from ti to 10 every eve
Jing. He knows how to remain youug and
Ex-fjueen Isabella, "formerly" of Spain,
■s always bound to excel iu some way. She
low boasts that she is more it debt than
in.y woman iu Europe. She is worthy of
Congressman Kelley always slept with a
)uid of tobacco iu his mouth. He says
that gave him th# trouble with his jaw.
So tobacco reformers will have another
Charleston, S. C., for many years ob-
tained its celery from Michigan and New
Voi'k, but now raises not only enough for
ionic consumption, but has a surplus for
ihipment to the north.
The king of Spain is three years old, and
lis successor in case of his death is a eirl
if nine. A throne would seem too good an
jftice to w*aste ou children. A great many
trowu up people would like oue.
Tliu Xi w Yorn Sun says: "The unlet-
tered man stood by Andrew Jackson be-
cause lie feared nothing but wrong and
trusted in tho people." 'i'he popular opiu-
,on is that Jackson never loured anything.
Tho scholar is slowly making his wa.'
into politics. It is said that of thu me.ti-
mers of the present congress seven toea
ire graduates ol the University of Michi-
gan, sixteen of Harvard and eleven, of
An usher who was going to remove an
.nloxicated man from tho theater w«s told
Dv a lady to "let him alone. He got u.l ho
wanted before lie came in, and wiil not uj
iKcly to annoy people by going out between
New York talks of a monument toColum-
sus. It is doing the same thing about ono
.o Grant aud another one to Washington.
Iu tlieae iiMtters New York is ever ready
^o put out the talk. All .t asks is that
Hhcrs put up the money.
On the roof of the New York Hospital
DUildiiig will be a garden probably inclosed
n glass, where patients may enjoy the cool
breezes that bldw over the housetops.
Here there will bo flowers, plants, an
iijuariuin, seats and hammocks.
Tho development of tho St Lawrence
Uiver as a summer resort is indicated by
the following statistics printed in tho
Toronto .Mail. "There were in lSSit about
} HI iiersons employed as oarsmen ou the St
Lawron e Uiver: in 1**1 there were per-
Mrs. Albert Evans, of British Columbia,
:s said to be the oue woman in that regiou
who can successfully fight the tiger. She
lights with leaj and not with gold, how-
sver, and the winning so lar has been on
aer side. The last tiger that she fought
Weighed l.">0 pounds.
The Sidney Herald renorts that during a
tevere storm at Louth, south Australia,
:hunks of ice us large as cricket balls
fell iu the streets. The court house, Koyal
aotel, Telegraph hotel aud all buildings not
covered with iron roofs were perforate! by
■he falling hailstones.
Cyrus . Field has been pretty success-
ful. He began with A. T. Stewart as an
errand boy a^rf^uu^veek. He is now
, .o-uay as when *. ■>-f* .is a boy. Money mak-
,ug has its attractions.
Jeremiah Smith, of Morgan County,
Ohio, has a cat which is known by the
□e.gnbors as "solar spectrum." From the
i p of its tail to the end of its nose there
ire distributed all tho colors of the rain-
jow. Its nose sh.ues like a carbuncle, and
there are several shades of violet on the
A native movement to broak up certain
lliudoo customs has been started in Bom-
bay. By it no sons are jiermitted to marry
luder sixteen, aud no daughter,, under ten.
No mm is to marry after lifty or marry a
second wife during the lifetime of the first;
ne is also not to drink spirits save under
nodical advice. X
They are estimating the jKipulatiou of
New York at 1,'K>i,ojj. There is some dis-
ippointnieiit in this. Ten years ago the eity
promised to have - million |>eo|)!e by lw*t.
Lint it seem'* somewhat natural that the de-
ficiency should appear, since the city has
become noted more for public premises than
The Troy Press makes the point that tho
stories of rapid growth in population at the
west are more tiian matched in tho empire
state. Tlie census to be taken this year
wnl show that the populat.on of the state
of New York is about The rate
of development of the upper portion of the
city of New York is wonderful.
A jewelry salesman sa?s that January Is
the best mouth for the trade. "W e sell our
other reason than that the life in iur(je diamond pieces and sets in January.
burned out by a diet which only feeds '
the lire and does not renew the tissues.
.Men d ig theirgraves with their teeth;
not only by drinking whisky and using
tobacco, but by eating food loaded
down with inflammatory materials.—
You see then i when the big balls come
off. and also people who make purchaaes of
this klud have cut off their coupons, col-
lected iheir interest got off their trial
balance raid feel like suending a
money W laenpenslvo Jewelry,"
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