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ALL 6ECTS AND RELIGIONS IN A
Turks, Christians, Jewt and OmrLa
Unite In Putting the Slaters of Charity
la Charge of the Ituiltllug and It
Work An Impressive Scene.
A most infc-resting article of The Jour
nal des Debats describes a remarkable
scene which took place in Jerusalem.
The need of a municipal hospital for the
recejition of all the sick of the city had
long leen felt in Jerusalem. The pasha,
an excellent man, has just carried out
Ihia important work, which had already
been bcguu by his predecessor, Rahoui
But whom to iut in care of the sick.'
Jewish nurses? for half the population
ia Jewish, ami 14,000 more Jews from
Russia are expected. Or Mussulmans':"
for Mussulmans are also numerous. Or
Greeks or Armenians, Copts or Catho
lics? The question lunif remained with
out a solution.
Finally the president of the municipal
council, accompanied by two Elfendis,
presented himself before Sister Sion, su
perioress of the Daughters of Charity,
and asked her to give some of her uius
for the service of the hospital. She ui
once asked from her superiors the per
mission to accept the invitation, and a
few days later the municipality itself
came to thank the sisters for their con
sent, and beg them at once to arrange
the house for the reception of the sic k.
There was no time to lose. In early
May they received their notice, and on
Sunday, May 10, the opening was to tak
place in presence of Ibrahim Pasha and
the seraglio that is to say, the council
omposed of a member of each n!itior::il
ity, the heads of all the religious and the
For three days and three nights t!ie
nuns nail no rest. At mmday on Sun
day the nuns were all summoned in or
der to meet at 1 o'clock in the largw re
ception room. At 1 o'clock the pasha
arrived in state and all the dignitaries
took their places. But the superior and
the sisters, where are they?
A carriage is heard approaching.
"Here they come!" At once a serenade
began, and a thousand voices cried
aloud, "Long live the Sisters of Chari
ty!" The soldiers presented arms; the
crowd pressed forward, so that the dra
gomans had difficulty in making a way
for the sisters. But at length they as
cended the main steps, preceded by the
On their entry all arose. "You are
welcome, sisters," said the pasha in ex
cellent French. "I am too much aston
ished at the appearance you have given
io this house, in which yon have been
working for only three days, to be able
to congratulate you as I ought." "Your
excellency, we have done our duty,"
Bird Sister Sion. "1 am delighted," re
plied the pasha, "and we can only con
gratulate ourselves on our choice." The
whole meeting testified to their pro
found sympathy and agreement. "Do
you find anything wanting, gentlemen,
or is everything as you wish?" said the
pasha, turning to the authorities.
"For my part," said the grand rabbi,
"the most beautiful thing I see in the
hospital is the Sisters of Charity. For
five years we have watched them at
work, and they have never fallen short
of their professions. They have been
mothers and sisters to all, whosoever
they might be."
AN INTERESTING SCENE.
"Long live the Sisters of CharityT' was
the cry on all sides, in the wards, the
corridors, etc. All were full of emo
tion. After the presentation the pasha
returned to the divan to take part in
a Turkish religious service. "Allah!
Allahl" cried out the assistants, opening
wide their arms and invoking blessings
on the sisters and the sick.
The military doctor, on being present
ed to Sister Sion, said, "Sister, I beg
you to employ all your influence with
the pasha to obtain me eight beds, so
that my poor sick soldiers may be prop
Sixteen doctors of the city who had
been invited to the opening were pre
sented by the physician of the hospital
to the pasha and the sisters. The rabbis,
the Mussulman and Schismatic chiefs
came also to address their congratula
tions to them. Finally the president of
the municipal council assembled all the
personnel of the establishment before the
A moving scene then took place. He
caused all to swear respect to the sisters
first of all the medical staff, then the
pharmacists, the nurses, cooks, garden
ers and porters. Each came up accord
ing to his rank and swore in his own
language and manner what was asked.
When the last had retired the presi
dent said: "Sisters, I confide this house
to you. You are at home. 1 need not
beg you to act as mothers among your
!' Monster Vessel of Olden Times.
Ptolemaeus Philopater, one of the an
cient kings of Egypt, is said to have
built a vessel 420 feet long, 50 feet broad.
72 feet high from the keel to the top of
the prow, and 80 feet to the tcp of the
poop. She had four helms of 60 feet;
her . largest oars were 56 feet long, with
leaden handles, so as to be more easily
worked. She had two prows, two sterns
and seven rostra or beaks. On both poop
and prow she had figures of men and
animals that were fully 13 feet high.
She had 4,000 rowers, 400 cabin boys or
servants, 2,820 marines to do duty on
deck, besides being provided with im
mense 6tores of arms and provisions.
St. Louis Republic.
An English gentleman, not a poet and
not recently deceased, always wore in a
braided necklace about his neck the long,
beautiful hair which h9 cut from his
wife's head during her illness. The doc
tor insisted that the hair must be shorn,
and the husband allowed no one to cut
it but himself, that he might preserve
each shining strand.
I CHINESE ORCHESTRAS.
REMARKABLE INSTRUMENTS OF EAR
j SPLITTING BAN C5.
Description of Aotne of the Queer Look
ing Inrenthina from Which Chinese
Musicians Kxtract Delectable Melody.
Prices of the Musical Devices.
The ordinary Mongolian orchestra,
such as is to Imj found usually dis
pensing tunes for the delectation of the
Celestial ears at the Chinese theaters in
this city, is composed of ten pieces, and
each player has his peculiar instrument,
on which he is an adept. He also per
forms upon it with an apparent stoical
indilference us to the scores of his fellow
Thoroughly to equip an orchestra
with proper instruments entails a rt
of -fjO. .V), which amount any nervous
householder who has ever had the mis
fortune to reside within earshot of one
at practice would be willing to admnce
twice over in order to have it moved on.
After purchasing the instruments play
ers are needed, and their services vary
in price, according to ability, expertness
and reputation. The Mongolian musi
cian values his ability at from $1 to f2
per night, but if he has clirubed the lad
der of fame he will demand from $."5 to
!j;20 per night.
The drum, in the estimation of the
Chinese musician, is the most important
instrument, which opinion is shared like
wise by the juvenile American. A
Chinese drum costs twelve dollars, and
has much the same appearance as a key
constructed of light wood, covered with
cowhide. This instrument is beaten
with a pair of heavy wooden sticks, and
produces a booming sound, which grow;
extremely monotonous when it is con
tinued for several hours.
THE CHINESE GONC1.
The alarm, or taps, is a Chinese musi
cal device of peculiar construction. It
consists of a framework of wood, upon
which is set a conical top of hard woo-d
covered with calfskin. Projecting from
the top of the frame is a hollow square
the size of a cigar box, covered with
rawhide. Sounds are produced hy strik
ing the top, which emits bass nofes, and
the projecting hide covered square with
drumsticks. This tuneful instrument
The cymbals of the Chinese ait- of
hammered brass, similar in design t -those
used by American bands, aod cost
Brass gongs shaped much likft a taw
borine are used by Mongolian musicians
in the makeup of their orchestra. A
first class gong can be bought for fifteen
A gong of concave form and of very
light weight, that gives forth a tingling
sound, is another orchestral instrument.
It costs $2.50. Mongolian fiddles are of
peculiar construction and emit sonnds
which, from a musical point of view, are
as inharmonious as the instrument istnn
couth in appearance. Divested of its
strings a Chinese fiddle has the same ap
pearance as a mallet, with the handle
long and flattened to about an ihek in
width and an eighth of an inch in thick
ness. In the lower part of the handle are in
serted two keys, one above the other.
To each of the keys are attached two
striugs of horsehair or catgut; the other
ends are firmly wound about the malie
head. What varied and discorda
sounds are produced when the Chine
fiddler runs his bow across the strings !
And besides the Chinese have the temer
ity to ask $7.50 for such a device.
THE BANJO, FLUTE, ETC.
The banjo of the heathen may be very
appropriately likened to a small size
frying pan with a very long handte. The
drum is covered with snakeskm drawn
tight. Three keys and four stringy com
plete the instrument, which is sold for
The bass banjo is the size of a large
sized snare drum and about half t he
depth. Four keys and the same number
of strings are used. The sum of $2.5'
will buy one for ordinary use.
A Chinese flute is r)urchaseable at
seventy "five cents, if of ordinary make
and without ornamentation. It has ten
finger holes and gives vent to shrtll and
discordant notes, which delight Chin-.--ears
but grate upon those of the Cau
In some cases Chinese orchestras con
tain several flutists, who, when toget lujr
appear to vie with each other in in.
emitting of the most dismal and hAU
tunes that ever lacerated human nervi.
The clarinet is to the Mongolian what
the comet is to us. Its evident use is to
add variety to the clamors of the druu:.
and cymbals and the discordant sotaid.--of
flute and fiddle. It is a sort of medi
ator between all those revolutionary in
struments, and has a tendency to veneer
the discord, which apparently is the ba
sis of all Chinese music.
The Mongolian ear has become inured
to such strains, and to th child of the
Flowery Kingdom it speaks of home,
tragedy, love and revenge. So long as
he does not take summary vengeauee
upon his musically inclined fellow coun
trymen let him enjoy to the full the ag
onies of sound which Mongolian orche:
tras produce. San Francisco Chronicle.
Bed Hair the Fashion.
The one thing absolutely de rigueur is
red hair. Blonds and brunettes seem
to have been wiped off the face of the
earth so far as Paris is concerned, and
there is hardly one woman in a huudrea
who cannot boast of locks the shade that
Titian loved. A wonderful preparation
is to be had which works the transforma
tion. It is put on at night ahd the hea.i
bandaged in many folds of cloth.
In the morning comes the harrowing
moment. The swathings are removed,
but such are the peculiar properties of
the compound that no one can tell be
forehand whether the hair will turn out
the desired hue or purple or green. If it
is red the color staj-s for a month or two,
and if it is grsen nobody knows wiiat
happens, for the wretched victim retires
to the country, not to be seen agnin for
at least a year. Paris Letter.
Foiriiil In the Stoic ach of n Arab.
The Londn Lancet has jnst recorded
a remarkable case, which odds one more
to the list of those which have beon
placed on record to ehow what a uwi
will eat in order to satisfy the cruving
of his stomach and the pain he stiffens
when he is starving.
The body of an Arab, who was a stow
away on a ship which had just arrived,
was found in the hold, and was con
veyed to the Seaman's hospital at Green
wich, where a post mortem was made
The physicians noticed that the boUj
was greatly emaciated, and on opening
it several hard bodies were observed it;
the intestines. The alimentary cai.a!
was thereupon opened, and in it ti
found the following objects, which pi;
tic-ally turned the man's intestines into .
sort of museum.
The articles were: Twenty trou
buttons, three cog wheels, appar
portions of a watch; a 2-inoh m
which was bent double; a 1-.
screw, six pieces of a lock, thelai .
being half an inch long and half an
broad: a circular piece of brass, sever. u
pieces of iron ware, some bits of brass
and lead and two key tallies on a ring
a inch long. The weight of these vari
ous articles in mass amounted to exactly
half a pound.
The time of one housekeeper has been
prelly well occupied this season tryimj
to break up the business of a pair of
sparrows who have determined that they
are going to raise a family in a particu
lar spot under the roof of lrbr side piazza.
The first nest was removed and some
wire screen drawn across the opening,
but the birds picked and pulled away
enough of it to wriggle their little bodies
through sideways, and built again. She
swashed them out this time with the
garden hose, but in a little while another
nest was located and four eggs deposited
The drowning out scheme was tried
once more, but the birds didn't seem to
mind, and investigation showed that
they had roofed the nest over so that it
shed rain like an umbrella, and only a
Little hole was left under one side for
them to crawl into. With the persever
ance of her sex the lady pulled the nest
down for the third time, and this week
the birds begau cheerfully on nest No.
4. It is pretty hard work to discourage
an English sparrow. Springfield Home
stead. A Heal Summer Danger.
To talk of guarding against cold in
summer seems absurd, and yet it is as
necessary as in winter. Where the cli
mate is changeable a hot day is often
followed by a cool evening, or a sudden
rain storm chills the air, or a cold wind
springs up, gratefnl after the heat, but
dangerous to those who are thinly clad
unless they are protected from it by
proper covering. Cotton is a good con
ductor of heat and allows it to escqo
rapidly from the surface of the body.
As soon as the surrounding air becomes
cooler than the skfn it steals the heat
which the body requires for its own
needs. A fresh supply of heat must be
produced, and thus the system is over
taxed to supply the demands of the rob
ber. Flannel is a bad conductor and
guards the tender body more faithfully,
retaining the heat. Elizabeth R. Scovil
in Ladies' Home Journal.
Finished His Story.
On Jan. 15 two laborers were at work
on a railroad running into Indianapolis.
One was telling a story, and while bend
ing over he was accidentally struck - on
the head with a hammer by his compan
ion and his skull was fractured. He was
rendered unconscious, and remained in
a comatose condition until last Friday
night, when Dr. G. D. Sturtevant, of
Indianapolis, trepanned the skull, and
immediately upon removing the pieces
of skull from against the brain the man
continued the story which was started
five months before and had lain latent in
his brain during all this time. Cor. St.
Hair Turned by Lightning:.
A curious instance of the blanching of
the hair was recently reported by the
Philadelphia Times. At Petersburg, in
the course of a thunder storm, a laun
dress named Ellen Barnes stood watch
ing the storm from the door of her house,
when she was struck by the lightning
and knocked senseless. Though unable
to speak for hours after being resuscitated
she recovered and was apparently unhurt
by the shock, except that a part of he:
hair was turned a dazzling white. The
line of demarkation separating the black
hair from the white extended about an
inch and a quarter to one side of the
middle of her head.
Furniture, 50 Cents; Dogs. $11.
One of the assessors relates an odd ex
perience in Bucktown, near Indianapolis.
He called at the house of an old woman
whose furniture was valued at fifty cents.
Under the law he had to place the value
at one dollar, which would make her tax
a fraction over one cent. As he w;.s
about to leave the house he discovered
that the old woman was the happy owner
of six dogs, on which she was assessed
$11. Chicago Mail.
The jewels of that ill fated qneen,
Marie Antoinette, whose tragic death
glorifies a frivolous life, are now on sale
in London. The price of a single pair of
earrings is $65,000, but the stones are of
wonderful brilliancy. A large pointed
drop, cut in facets like the pendants of
chandeliers, is suspended from a large
circular diamond by a tiny silver pin.
Don't go to the beach on a hot day
with the expectation of lowering your
temperature. It is hotter at the seaside
than in town, except when the wind
blows from the east, and in that case u
Is easy enough to keep cool in town
One of the souths most successful
evangelists is William Evander Perm
who has just finished a great revival in
Mississippi. He is a man of sixty-three,
and has been constantly preaching d.-!
and night for sixteen years.
No Obstructive Wires In Paris.
I It Aonld be noted that the question
I how to dispose of wires a question that
j makes no vast and so continually recur
! ring an agitation in all American cities
never comes np at all in Paris, and is
seldom mentioned in any Eurojean city.
There are absolutely no obstructive wires
in Paris. The government has purchased
the telephone as well as the telegraph
6ystem, and all the wires for these ser
vices are placed in the subways of
sewers. The wires of the electric com
panies are buried under the sidewalks.
Armored cables are laid hi simple con
duits, or even in the bare soil, without
the slightest diiliculty from any point of
In crossing streets it is forbidden to
break the paving, and underground con
nection is made from the manholes of
the sewers. The whole city of Paris will
have been laid with a network of elec
tric lighting cables a few months hence,
and traffic on the sidewalks and in the
streets will have suffered a minimum of
obstruction, while no injury whatsoever
will have been done to pavements. All
these minor questions of practical mu
nicipal engineering that we in ur cities
are attacking in a fumbling, rude, orig
inal way, heedless even of the experience
of our nearest neighbors, while densely
and contentedly ignorant of the experi
ence of foreign cities, have leen thor
oughly solved in Europe. Dr. Albert
Shaw in Century.
Sifters to Marry IJrothers.
Clerk Bird in the orphans' court yes
terday granted marriage licenses to two
pretty girls, who are sisters and who an
going to marry two brothers. The p;:r
ties are Amelia Louisa Wilke, aged nine
teen, who will wed John Somershoe.
aged twenty-five. This couple are resi
dents of Olney. The other pair are Ag
nes Theresa Wilke, aged seventeen, who
will become the wife of Alexander
Somershoe, aged tvent3T-six, a resident
of Franklinville. The young ladies were
accompanied by their mother, who, with
a beaming smile on her countenance at
the prospective happiness of her chil
dren, gave her consent to the coming
The clerk said that the nearest ap
proach to an incident of this kind was
some time ago, when a man came in ai' '.
got a license and shortly afterward
another man came in giving exactly the
same name and getting a license to
marry a woman of nearly the same name
as the other. Mr. Bird asked a few
questions and discovered that the appli
cants were father and sou, and that
neither of them had been aware that
they were courting sisters until they
found it out at the license office. Phil
adelphia North American.
After the Jewelers.
Captain Porter's determination to treat
as counterfeit money all money that is
gilded and made into scarf pins or any
kind of ornament has roused the ire of
jewelers generally. Several dealers
called at the secret service office and
protested against Captain Porter's strict
interpretation of the law, and the editor
of a journal devoted to the interests of
the trade gave him a scoring. Captain
Porter said his views had not changed a
particle, and he straightway swore out a
warrant for the arrest of Charles Korup.
Korup has a place at 345 Clark street,
and he was caught with some gilded
nickels in his possession the edges of
which were milled. Korup was held m
$500 bail by Commissioner Hoyne.
Captain Porter says he will continue to
arrest all jewelers fcaving this class of
goods in their possession. Chicago Trib
une. Razors Hurled with the Dead.
In making the excavations for the new
Trinity Lutheran chapel, on North Sixth
street, beyond Washington, it became
necessary to remove the remains in sev
eral of the graves in the old cerneter
In. one of the graves, which had been
there seventy-four years, a perfect skele
ton was found, under the head of which
was a razor, the handle of which had
rotted off. In the early days of the
century it was customary to bury with
the body the razor which deceased had
used during life. The skeleton was in
a good state of preservation. The con
tents of the other graves simply consist
ed of a little dust. Among the old graves
is that of General Francis Swain, who
was in the revolutionary war and who
died in 1820. Heading Telegraph.
Climbing Mount Hood.
It is about time that parties were be
ing made up for excursions to Mount
Hood. It used to be a regular thing for
parties to be made up to climb that
mountain about this time of year, the
month of July being generally consid
ered the most favorable month for mak
ing the ascent. For some reason such
parties are not so common of late. Since
parties spent the night on the mountain
and burned red fire there on the evening
of July 4, the ascent of the mountain is
not looked upon as much of a feat.
Mr. Hood's Bad Case of Bines.
T. H. Hood, a citizen of Frankfort.
Ind., has been subject to epileptic at
tacks, and, in consulting a young doc
tor by the name of Perkins, decided to
take his treatment, which consisted of a
small pill to be taken every night before
retiring. In a short time he began to
turn blue, and today he is as blue as in
digo. His entire body is blue, with his
face and hands a deeper hue. The doc
tors can ascribe no cause for the change,
and the best skill has failed to restore
natural color. Cor. Cleveland Leader.
An Untimely Death.
Isaac Dixon several months ago came
to this country from England and went
to work as a laborer in a rolling mill at
Passaic, N. J. He drank ice water to
excess Thursday and died Saturday as a
result. Since then it has come to light that
had he lived seven months longer ln
would have received a large estate in
England. Why he came here and hired
out as a laborer no one appeared to
know. He was to be married within a
few weeks to a young lady of Paterson.
IE Usee Blus Prlte.
It Is now more than ever probable that
I the Academy's biennial prize of 20,000
francs, which the Due de Broglie declined
will bo awarded to M. or, as he prefers
to be called. Citizen Elisee R"clus. The
sjiecial committee has decided already in
his favor The only objection to the
choice of this hard working savant, who
is just on the point of bringing out the
seventeenth volume of his immense
work, "La Geographic Uni versed," is t.
be found, of course, in his olitic.-:.l
opinions, which are frankly communistic
He is, moreover, not only a theoretical
but a practical advocate of "freedom in
everything," for some years ago he gave
his two daughters in marriage to their
suitors with no other ceremony than that
of linking the hand of the couples and
giving them his paternal blessing. M.
lieclns, however, has abstained from a.l
active share in politics for the pri't
twenty years, so that it is not thougiit
likely that the Academy will be influ
enced by his previous history, and its
members probably will vote tho '800 to
the learned man who is aptly described
by his intimates as "a lay monk." Paris
Cor. London Telegraph.
Trying Days for the Fat Man.
These are tho days when the man who
tijs the scales at 250 and wears ihe
largest sized collar has a delightful time
on the cars.
He boards the train with a genial sn:;i
for all fat men are jolly and are bcru
for the express purpose of laughing their
way through this valo of tears.
In a few moments, however, ho does
not feel half 60 gay. He fans hiniM-1."
with his paper, but that only gives t lie
perspiration a chance to assert itself in
large globules and play tag down h!.i
neck and chase itself across his rubicund
He must have the window up, so he
makes a grab for the side spring and the
lifter. But tho window stays right where
it is. He is now hotter than ever.
He wades in mattered expletives. He
anathematizes the railroad corporation.
He turns nervously in his seat, but hit
clothes stick to him like a porous plaster
He tries to make a dignified swoop for
the ice water tank, but he bumps into
seat after seat and is forced to make
dozen apologies, each serving to make
And thus he pursues his tortuous jour
ney with wheezes of disgust, while he
swelters and melts and continues to uy
to keep cool. Albany Argus.
Large Herds of Wild Animals.
Though wild game has been decimated
in number within the past few years lv
unscrupulous hunters, it is not all gout
yet. Still it is even rare to see even an
antelope close to the city, though now
and then a small band of blacktail dee:
will come down from the hills to drink
at the city springs, or a stray elk may l.e
seen between here and Sheep mountain.
On this account the sight witnessed by
Charles Bock, who came in from North
Park, was an exceedingly interesting
When just this side of Pinkhampton
near the Mountain Home ranch, alio" t
thirty-five miles from Laramie, he saw
four bull elk, ten deer and a herd of an
telope, so numerous that he could not
count them, grazing altogether in a little
park close by the roadside. He did not
disturb them and they paid no attention
to his presence, so he took a good looi
It reminded him of a visit to the zoolog
ical gardens in some eastern city to see
such a number and variety of animals
congregated together in so small a space
Laramie (Wy.) Republican.
Good Plot for a Farce.
The following singular will case comes
from Hamburg. Some years ago men
died in Schleswig, Germany, a govern
ment official named Nielsen. Some lit
tle time before he died Nielsen
queathed to his man servant 20.000
crowns and to his cook a like sum, on
the condition that if either of them mar
ried the 20.000 crowns should revert to
the other. As soon as the old gentle
man died, however, the happy possessors
of this fortune went to the altar an !
were married. The couple then took up
their residence in Hamburg, where they
have resided for the last six years.
Recently there arrived from Copenha
gen a relative of Herr Nielsen, who by
their marriage considered the spirit of
his relative's last will and testament had
been departed from, and demanded ti.e
restitution of the 40.000 crowns. The
matter is now before a court of law.
Qxieer Places to Swarm.
An Italian organ grinder at Eighth
and Main streets had a rather novtl ex
perience. When he started to grind hi?
machine a swarm of bees suddenly,
poured forth from the barrel and fair!
made the Italian dance to keep out ol
The swarm then took up it3 quartern
in the electric light globe just overhead
and when the electric light man came
along to clean that globe there was aa
other seance similar to the first. He sue
ceeded in dislodging the insects of in
dustry, however, and the last seen ol
them they were wending their flight
heavenward. Kansas City Journal.
Rats In a Mulberry Tree.
Rats have taken possession of a larcre
mulberry tree along Frankford creek.
They eat the ripe, luscious berries and
drive off all birds, but when disturbed
by the approach of a human being they
drop headlong from the branches of the
tree to the ground and run off until the
coast is clear for their return after more
berries. Seven sleek rodents were seen
to drop from the tree in succession yes
terday. Boston Record.
Apparently the wheat crop of 1891 will
be the heaviest ever harvested in thi.?
country. Not only is the condition ol
the crop better than in many years past
at this time, but the acreage is the larg-.
est ever known. Experts estimate the
probable crop at between 520,000,000 and
r,4- 000,000 bushels. The greatest yield
aiiherto was in 1SS4, when 513.000.0H
bushels were gathered
The Cities Help Fmy.
'The country towns generally manng)
to make the city pay the freight," re
marked a prominent wholesaler the other
, day. "When they build their churched
' they often send delegations to th city
j after subscriptions, and their civic and
; military organizations and charitable
institutions are nevef backward alxmt
i striking tho city busiuesa or profesiod
! man for assistance. But tho latest
scheme is to make tho jobbing ho., s
in the city help pay for the FourUi of
j July celebrations in tho various villages
where they have customers.
"The jobber receives a letter from tue
subscription committee to the effect that
his customers, Messrs. Doe. Uoe, Jones
and Smith, will consider it u favor if ha
will do something toward the celebra
tion. The letter says that tho celebra
tion will call a great many penjrio into
town, and of course the ale of his goo.14
will be increased, for special pains will
be taken to puh the sale of the goods
purchased of those who help the celebra
tion by subscription.
"It is a species of blackmail that the
jobbers must wink at, and the res ul is
he sends his little check for rive or ten
dollars, at the same time b -.fling his
wrath. You can see that if ho receives
similar letters from four or five tuv i
tha draft ii ion him is not small, and
that he pays tribute to four or five of
them is an assured fact, as 1 have h-tteis
to prove. There are very few flies on
the country subscription committees, I
can assure you." Utica Observer.
A Story of love and Marriage.
The statement of the marriage license
clerk in Covington to a young lady yes
terday afternoon wits ono that would
disappoint oven an ardent lover of the
male persuasion. Sin- applied for a mar
riage license, ami was told in cold, judi
cial accents that it was not yet leap
year, and that it was a custom, sanc
tioned by the laws of Kentucky, thai
the gentleman in a marrying alliir
should call for the license and do the
necessary oath taking. She was some
what abashed, but soon recovered her
serenity and went on to explain. Ih r
name was Leonora Schloenker, she said,
and the gentleman to whom she was to
be married was John J. Ruby. It was
almost impossible for him to leave his
occupation before dark, and then it
would be too late to get tho license.
Therefore, she had consented to come
over and secure the paper.
It seemed a deserving case in the ej-es
of the clerk, and he proposed a plan to
circumvent the difficulty. Ho agreed to
hold the office open to a certain hour
and secured the promise of Judge Shine
to be present at the appointed time to
perform the marriage ceremony. Miss
Schloenker went back to consult Mr.
Ruby, who was more than delighted
with the arrangement and readily as
sented to the proposition. Last evening
they met and went across the bridge,
and a half hour later returned husband
and wife. Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Designs on Our Money.
The director of tho mint, authorized y
act of congress, tias recently issued
circular letter to artists inviting them tc
submit "new designs of authorized em
blems or devices to be prepared or adopt
ed for the coins of the United States."
This on its face- is highly to be com
mended, for our coinage at present is
calculated to make the judicious weep
and the lukewarm patriot 6yin patina
with the strictures of the foreigner on
our degree of civilization. The criti
cisms on our coinage could indeed be ap
plied with equal force to all our moneys,
for the treasury notes, with their wealth
of turning lathe tracery and their sign
painter's lettering, are no better than
our coins. The one excuse for their ex
istence has been the difficulty whi. Ii
they were supposed to oppose to counter
feiting; but this, it appears from late d
velopments. is largely imaginary, aim
their ornate ugliness is therefore with
out extenuating circumstances. Scrib
ner's. Practical Philanthropy.
A sound scheme of philanthropy has
been carried out with good results by
M. Felix Deleuze, a gentleman of fur
tune in Paris, who some years ago, be
reft of wife and children, adopted six
teen orphan girls. These he installed iu
his fine but desolate house under a suita
ble staff of governesses, and had them
educated carefully under his own sujiei--vision.
Two of the girls, now grown to
be women, were happily marrf 1 la.-.t
year, three more, attended by t. ne of
their companions, were wedded at a
triple ceremony thi3 spring, and two
have taken the veil. Each girl is pre
sented with $4,000 and an excellent
trousseau on her wedding day, but a-,
the magnificent fortune of their bene
factor is not to become their property
they are brought up with no luxurous
tastes or extravagant expectations.
New York Sun.
California's r.aek of Song Birds.
In the autumn the society organ iz'-l
for colonizing foreign song birds in ta:s
state will commission a prai-tical deu! -i
to select and purchase as iany so. ;
birds in Europe as the money at his com
mand will permit. The money is beinf
secured by contributions, and is bein
paid in gradually. The absence of song
birds in California is a misfortune. The
presence of song birds in California
would be an everlasting enjoyment.
Golden Gate park should be alive an I
merry with them. They would te an
attraction there as beautiful a3 the many
hued flowers, the graceful trees and tue
smiling landscape. San Francisco Post.
An Old Venetian Ship Launching.
Admiral Canevaro, commander of the
Venice arsenal, has arranged that in
stead of the Sicilia being baptized in tho
usual way, by having a bottle of cham
pagne broken on its bows, the anci- ':t
custom of the Venetian republic shall ue
revived. That is, that a gilt ring shall
be attached to the vessel's prow in 6uch
a way by the godmother that when the
ship is launched the ring shall be the
first thing to touch the water, this ful
filling the "wedding of the sea." Lou
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