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. t Triim Illleetl of Oxford.
AN ( JI ) I) K I ND OF CLUB. ' My not being at a public -chool has, I
have no doubt, Htrengtbened my love of
THE -REAL LOBBYIST.
An Amateur Organization, tbn Member
of Which Ifava Their If oum-s Connect-
. by Wlrt-a. So That They May Con
munlcntn with Karh Other by Telegraph.
One of the most novel or unique or
ganizations in Brooklyn is one that baa
recently gained a new leatte of life
through tbe infusion of new and vig
orous blood and by a thorough reorgan
ization. It is cjilb-d the Phenix Morae
Telegraph club, and is perhaps the only
one of its kind in the United States.
The old organization wia formed in
1879 and started in life unlr the name
of the Phenix club. It wan inaugurated
by a nainber of yonug jieople, some of
whom were engaged in occupation as
telegraphcTH, and others of different vo
cations, who took pleasure in studying
the mysterious language of dots and
dashes. A private telegraph line was
established and connected with the res
idences of the members. A busy wire
it waa too. The hum of "conversation,
if it can be termed such, was constant
throughout the evening. Stories were
passed over the electrical current, jests
and jokes bandied, chess and checkers
played by individuals who liked this
ort of recreation, and in fact as good
a time was usually passed as if the mem
bers were brought in contact with each
other by person in one room.
Jokes of an innocent character were
also carried on over the circuit, which
had the advantage in so far as to allow
the perpetrator to remain unknown or
making it unnecessary to flee from the
my university ana my college, in my
time the "head roasters" had not had
everything their own way. It was pos
sible to enter Oxford at the age of nine
teen it was nothing wonderful to get a
scholarship before eighteen or even
earlier still. And to le scholar and fel
low of Trinity from l&il to 1817 was
something to Iw. It was indeed a circle
to look back to of which fifty years ago I
was choj en a nimnbcr, acircl of which a
mau is inu h to be blamed if he is not
wiser and nobler for having been one.
But love of tno foundation, the feeling
of member! hip, of brotherhxd, in an
ancient and honorable body, the feeling
of full possesfion in one's colletre as a
home, the feeling of personal nearness
to a benefactor of past times, all that
gathers round the scholarship that was
something worthier than a mere prize,
the fellowship that was something
worthier than a crammer's wages all
this, I hope, has not even yet utterly
vanished, but under the hands of one re
forming commission after another, such
feelings have undoubtedly greatly weak
ened in the Oxford to which I have come
In the nnreformed university, the nn
reformed college in which I had the
happiness to spend my youth, we had
time to learn something, because we
were not always being taught. We
were not kept through our whole time,
vexed by examination after examination,
examined in this subject one term, in
, that subject the next term, all ingenious
ly combined for the better forgetting of
one thing before the next was taken in.
We had one examination, and a search
ing one, the successful passing of which
could not seem to any but a fool to be
the Koal of study, but which, bv the
THE WOMEN ARE NUISANCES JUST
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wrath of the person upon whom it was
inflicted. Quite a number of these are reading it required, gave a man the best
stock property amoncr the old members, possible start for study in several
who relate them to friends with as much
fusto and enjoyment as if they had oc
curred only yesterday.' One of these is
to the effect that two members after
practicing with another in the early
evening, during which the sender trans
mitted the Morse characters as fast as
he could, or as telegraphers would say
"rushed" the receiver, notwithstanding
the protests of this unfortunate disciple
of America's noted inventor. The latter
promised himself that a speedy revenge
would follow, and sought to find some
means whereby he could make tht,
"rusher" as uncomfortable as he had
The practicing finally came to an end,
ana tne receiver waited uutil an uu
branches of knowledge. Edward
Freeman in Forum.
A Question to Pncr.Ie Over.
He was a "likely" looking Afro-American,
and as he boarded the elevated
train at Twenty-eighth street attracted
no small amount of attention. He be
took himself to one of the cross seats,
facing the rear of the car. As he set
tled himself comfortably, one of the
two male passengers seated opposite
said to his companion in what was
evidently intended to be an undertone,
bnt which was nevertheless plainly au
dible, "Do your people permit colored
folks to ride in first class compartments
i in public conveyances" Wbat tne re-
earthly hour of the morning, when he Tlv to the question may have been will
supposed his victim had gone to bed and
when the click of a sounder would strike
the gloom and quiet with the distinct
ness of a blow from a trip hammer. At
about 3 o'clock in the morning he went
to the instrument and began to call his
victim in a manner which would indi
cate that a fire had perhaps broken out
or that the transmitter had serious need
of aid in some dire calamity. He called
in this furious style until he had awak
ened the sleejier, who jumped up out of
bed and went to the instrument, ex
pecting to hear that something dreadful
had happened. He answered the call
quakingly. His indignation can be im
agined when the query came slowly an J
"Will you please tell mo the time; my
clock has run down."
His answer is not recorded, but it is
safe to assume that the immediate vicin
ity became as warm as a hot box of an
The organization went on in the even
tenor of its way until two or three years
ago, when it began to languish, jwirtly
on account of a defection of members
who moved away from the city or 1k
cause the remaining persons would not
shoulder in the proper or newssary man
ner the worry ami expense of conduc t- j
ing such and organization. Then came
another club which was purely social
in its character and which was also
called the Phenix club. It may have
been that the similarity of names caused
a bond of friendship to be established
or that some of the members tf this
body were capable of handling a key
and working the electrical current.
However this may be, the two organ
izations were amalgamated and a new
order of affairs brought about thereby.
The name was changed to the present
one, and under which it started out with
bright and prosperous auspices.
A flat, corner of Marcy avenue and
Fulton street, has been made the head
quarters of the club, and which may be
termed the main office of this amateur
telegraph company. Here are located
the battery room, which furnishes the
powerful fluid by which the wire is
worked, and another, which is called the
operating room, in which are placed four
sets of instruments and a double practic
ing outfit. A galvonometer. whereby
the wire is measured, so that the where
abouts of any trouble on the line can be
detected, is also included in this spac e.
Meetings and social gatherings are held
in a larger room running oil from th.s
one. Eighty o-lls of battery work the
circuit, which covers a distance f near
ly eighteen mile i:i this city, mainly Li
the upper resid:ce section.
The old "-tri;iir" was overhauled l y
an exierienced lineman recently and
2ut ia sufficiently substantial shai? i-i
order to enable it to more readily resist
the wear and tear of a line in a large
and busy "city. The circ uit is placed
along the housetops on the route, and
trouble of any kind or, as an operator
would say, "bug" are rarely met with
or exi rieneed. Twenty-three so called
offices" are on the circuit, all of which
liave their calls iu the same manner as
Jo the stations of a telegraph company.
Among the present members of the
Jub are practical telegraphers of skill
and records for seeding and receiving,
j. Considerable rivalry exists between
''. them, and it i proposed at some future
: time to have a tournament for fast traus-
nutting and also for skill and ability in
i .irinn' the Morse characters. Classes
never be known. As for the occasion of
the query, he did not betray by so much
as the movement of a muscle or the
quiver of an eyelash that he had over
heard what had been said.
But just before Bleecker street was
reached he straightened himself up and
addressed the inquirer. "Dis yere ain't
no question of the Fiftyent 'mend-
ments," he said. "I knows right plain
dat me and my race has all de rights ob
de white peoples to ride in dese yer
keers so long as we got de money and
Tiaves ourselves. So dat ain't de ques
tion. But what I would like to have
you gemmens tell is dis, How kin a man
be colored when he s born so?"
And as he stalked out of the car the
passengers ail looked at one another and
wondered if they had been given a new
problem in socio-Ttolitical economy to
puzzle over. New York Times.
There Una Itcen m Great Deal of Koiuuoce
Circulated About the Lobby lata, anal It
la Time That the Truth Vu Known.
The Iteal Thins; I Very Dlaaupointlui;.
"Show me a lobbyist" was the rjwst
of a friend who was walking through
the Capitol with the writer. This vinir
was a reader of the uewspa tiers, a i:iaa
of intelligence, and a believer in most of
the interesting stories he had rea l a!tu
the number, ingenuity, bobint .
and usefulness of the body of I i' t ,
that is supposed to le almost n i..-. t- . .
part of the legislative machinrrv.
1 snowea my vim or a io;.. .
was one of the best known i f
about the Capitol. Ilewasliu
against the corridor wall, op;
entrance of the house of reproH i.,
with his haii'ls thrust into the p
a. pair of trousers that were
about the he Is that they might i
to wear wln-kers without provt.;
remonstrances or tne tnoct tnoro
tester of slang.
If this man had an overcoat it wa
rning up somewhere, but the dusty cou
dition of his rather thin frock coal,
which carried the ixili.sh on its back that
ought to have been on his very disrepu
table looking sloes, justified the conclu
sion that he was not finding an overcoat
necessary this winter. He was a spare
man, with a gaunt face, crossed by a
white mustache stained at the ends with
tobacco juice. His shirt was not clean,
and he showed a good deal of it, but he
wore a while tie, which only added em
phasis to his otherwise forbidding lack
of neatness. When he moved away
from his place against the wall to meet
a member of congress who had come out
of the chamber upon the call of one of
the doorkeepers to see him, his gait was
a slouching one, and he might have been
mistaken for any other loafer about the
hall if he had not been so much more re
pulsive than the others.
My friend was disappointed. He
could not understand when 1 told him
that this man was one of the best of the
lot of lobbyists about the Capitol, that
he had been a member of congress, that
he was, therefore, entitled to the privi
lege of the floor, and that the bouse of
representatives has never yet had the
sense to makes its rules so strong as to
keep out this man and several others
iust like him who are well known to be
nothing more than strikers and lobbyists
who linger here to pick up odd jobs to
help them hang on to a miserable exists
ence. They do not, one ought to be
thankful, thrive as they are popularly
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Perhaps you are run down, can't
eat, can t sleep, can t think, can't do
anything- to your satisfaction, and
you wonder what nils you. You
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taking the first step into nervous
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condition. Surprising results fol-
Where "Ited Tape" Counts.
Said one of the oldest and most suc
cessful legal practitioners of the city bar
to one of his rising young students a short
time ago: "My dear young fellow, never
fail to remember that in the successful
career of a lawyer there is no one item
so important to his reputation as 'red
tape.' You may smile at this remark,
but it is as true as Holy Writ, and the
proper nse of it in binding up a legal
document has saved many a court paper
from being handed back for perfection
or revision to its legal sponsor. In ear
lier life I practiced in the court of one
of the most particular judges in thi.
commonwealth. I presented, as I be
lieved, a well prepared report which 1
asked for confirmation, and to my sur
prise the judge unfolding it and looking
it over found a hundred and one fault?
and directed me to prepare another one,
but in better form, as he said. I was
"My time was so limited it was utter
ly imjiossible. An idea struck me. That
night in my office I put on a showy out
side wrapjier, with a hand indorsement
of the title, with the most liberal supply
of the widest red tape that I could find
in graceful bows. The next morning T
nervously presented it again. The judge
received it smiling, adding: 'That is the
correct way all papers for the court
should be drawn up. There's nothing
like red taiie." Philadelphia Press.
low the use of this great Nerve
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stored, and the liver and kidneys re
will be established in order to give every
ione a chance. One of the fastest senders
in the country is the secretary of the or-
Kanization, Mx. Frank h. Cathn.-Brook-tlyn
The Governor's Quills. . .
The governor of this commonwealth
signs every bill with a quill. This isn't
liecause he is fonder of that particular
kind of pen, but it is rather in obedience
to a well established custom that has ob
tained with the chief magistrates of the
last decade. There are always a few
members of the legislature that have the
collector's passion, and requests are
regularly received by Private Secretary
Roads from lawmakers and others for
Iens that the governor has used for
signing bills. Accordingly dozens of
these (mills are purchased ever so often,
and the governor makes his signature
each time with a new pen, which, is
carefully preserved and set aside for the
next quiil hunter that calls. Boston
It is said that the manifestly corrupted
word, "isinglass." owes its change from
a foreign to its English dress to the pop
ular fancy, which, . finding the Dutch
term, "huizenblas" (sturgeon bladder),
meaningless in English, quietly changed
it into "isinglass" and secured its easy
remembrance from association with the
icing" purposes for which it is used
and the "glassy" appearance it presents.
a mistaKe tne professional lobbyist is
they would be driven to sawing wood or
working on the railroads, or into doing
some other useful and laborious busi
Then 1 showed my friend another lob
byist. This was a thin, sliding fellow
witn a gray close oearu, wno toea in as
he walked quickly along the passage
and who glanced furtively about as he
went, as if watching to pounce down
upon some one. This man was not an
ex-member of congress; but he had
been an employee of the house many
years ago, and had been caught taking
money to enable a corporation to reach,
through the door of which he hac
cnarge, tue men wno were to be pur
chased to get through a subsidy bill.
He was dismissed, and he at once went
into the service of the corporation that
had led to his distrrace.
He is in that employment still, and he
associates with a great many senators
and representatives who do not know, or
have forgotten that others know, his
odious history. He is an errand runner
and a sneaking watcher of members
who are to be encouraged to vote this
way or the other on bills to be reported
or killed. He would buy a member
without hesitation if it were safe to buy
him, but he is cautious. He finds out
his venal man before taking any risks.
He is not ingenious, nor is he bold. He
follows the instructions of the corpora
tions that keep him here, and he gets off
in the course of the j-ear very well in
deed if he does not get kicked out of a
gentleman's house more than half a
The female lobbyist is, generally
speaking, a myth. The women who
come to the Capitol as promoters of the
bills for tensions or f or claims, come on
their own account, and the only skill
they exhibit is that which consists in so
persistently bothering the members who
have introduced their bills for them that
they undertake to have them passed in
order to get rid of terrible afflictions.
The marvelous woman of charming
manners that cannot be resisted is to be
found only in the syndicate stories. The
women who undertake to promote legis
lation are, almost without exception,
bunglers and failures. Few women
know enough about the ways of legisla
tion or the ways of the legislators to
qualify them to undertake lobby work
or to approach members to direct their
actions, except ly the most vulgar spe
cies of blackmail made possible byr con
Generall' speaking, the lobbyist is a
fraud and au unnecessary nuisance. He
exists mainly ljecause most people do
not know anything about the methods
ef legislation, and because nearly every
body interested in a bill not public be
lieves that the lobbyist is a creature who
can tide over difficulties and remove
them. As a rule the employment of one
of the throng of disreputable lobbyists,
and most of them are disreputable on
their faces, is prejudicial to the legisla
tion they are employed to promote.
They thrive on account of the general
ignorance about the legislative methods
of procedure. Washingson Cor. Provi
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Mr. and Mrs, Loren Trescott are
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April she taken down with Measles,
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