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F~ ■ Washington Day by Day News Gathered Here and There at the National Capital if QUITTING THE SENATE NOT A POPULAR HABIT WASHINGTON.—People do die in public office, of course, but resig nations are so rare that the retire ment of Senator John C. Spooner of Wisconsin continues to be a topic of interest where the politicians gather. The old-timers have brought to mind the fact that voluntary leaving the senate in late years is far more in frequent than it was in the earlier history of our country. The last resignation from the sen ate of a member who retired to go into business was that of George F. Edmunds of Vermont, who in 1891 re- | signed to practice law. He is still at I i: in the city of Philadelphia. Mr. | Edmunds had served continuously in the senate for a little over 25 years and retired to seek his fortune at the age of Gf. Mr. Spooner retires for the same reason, declaring that he goes into private life without engagement as counsel for any person or corpora tion. He and Mr. Edmunds served 1 long a3 members of the judiciary | committee of the senate. Both are great lawyers and both were states- , men of the fir3t class. Statistics applied to present condi- i tions are not dull. In fact, they are j filled with interest. Out of the 59 | JUST off the rotunda of the capitol is a little nook that is an espe-1 cial object of interest to visiting tour- j ists when congress is in session. It is the capitol terminus of the under ground tail way to the congressional library. Hook? are constantly arriv ing over this subway line for sena tors. representatives and supreme court judges. They are delivered on their written order. One would get a rather startling impression of the class of books the statesmen on Capitol hill are partial to from a casual inspection of the list of books that are drawn out in their names. For instance, the scholarly Henry Cabot Lodge of the old bay state, according to the record, recent ly took out such instructive and thrilling productions as "Jimmy the Bootblack,” "The Boy Captain” and "Little Joe.” by James Otis. Mr. Foraker of Ohio is charged with sev eral volumes by "Old Sleuth” and "The Starry Flag," by Oliver Optic. Mr. Tillman, if the card tells the truth, has been perusing Thomas Bailey Aldrich's “Story of a Bad Boy” and some of W. Clark Russell's thrill ing sea tales, including "The Frozen Pirate.” Mr. Aldrich, the tactical leader of the Rejniblicans. has been mixing Old STUDY OF THE NEGRO AS SLAVE AND FREEMAN AN important investigation of the negro in slavery and freedom is now being made by the department of economics and sociology of the Car negie Institution of Washington, which was founded by Andrew Carnegie. This investigation will he of great im portance to the negro as well as the white race, as it will show what the negro has done and what he is capable of doing. The work is being con ducted by Alfred Holt Stone, an edu cated business man from Mississippi, who is a thorough, impartial and can did student of the economic develop ment growing out of negro slavery and the work of the negro under con ditions of freedom. 511; Stone has outlined a treatment, which is reasonably exhaustive, relat ing to the economic life of the Ameri can negro, without trespassing on either the political or social aspects of the topics. He recognizes the diffi culty of treating the one as separated from the other two topics, but the de sirability of such a method is believed to more than outweigh the difficulties involved in its execution. Mr. Stone will make an effort to in terpret the salient features of negro life in relation to their economic sig SHERIDAN ALTHOUGH nearly 19 years have elapsed since the project for a statue to Gen. Philip H. Sheridan in the national capital was proposed by the Army of the Cumberland, the statue is as far away as ever. The statue committee has rejected the work of J. Q. A. Ward, canceled its contract with him and will begin all over again. This action was taken by the com mittee some time ago, but did not be come public until recently. Mr. Ward has been at work on the statue for nearly 15 of the 19 years, and has made models, none of which has been approved by both the artist and the committee. A similar fact about it is that he did make one model which sat isfied the committee and was approved by them, but Mr. Ward himself did congresses to date there have been but five in which there were no resig nations ot senators. These were at a comparatively early age. The rule of these resignations was that the sena tors needed more money than the government pays, or that they might accept some office with a larger sal ary and greater distinction. it is nice enough to be a senator, if one has the income of a private fortune of a few millions, judiciously, invested. It is a different thing when keeping up the dignity of the office means dunning tradesmen and good wives dressed in the style of the year ago. And so it is as a natural con sequence that the United States sen ate is not inappropriately termed "The Millionaires’ Club. ’ In the first 50 years of the senate's history there were 124 resignations. In the first 50 years of the senate’s history there were 124 resignations. In the next 50 years, but 47 re signed. Since the end of the 100 years of senate history, omitting the southern senators retiring to join the secession movement, there have been 24 senators to lay aside their togas. Of these withdrawals 15 were to en able the resigning senator to accept other office. STATESMEN SEEM FOND OF JUVENILE READING Sleuth with Dottie Dimp e stories and tales of Indian adventure. Dr. Conan Doyle's account of the wonderful adventures of the redoubt able Brig. Girard and the exploits of Sherlock Holmes appear to have caught Mr. Allison’s fancy. Uncle Shelby Cullom apparently is devoted to Oliver Optic. "Now or Never" and "Jack Hazard and His Fortunes" are on his list. “Uncle Joe" Cannon, tie speaker of! the house, evidently is fond of detec tive stories, having called for “The Clique of Gold” and several of Gaboriau's works. It would appear from circumstan tial evidence that nearly every mem ber of both houses of congress and most of the learned judges of the su-j prenie court are confirmed readers of, juvenile literature, but such in real-! ity is not. the case. The pages and messengers are the ones who read; this class of books. They get a sen ator or member to sign an order and then fill it out for the book they want. An official record is kept, however, of all books drawn out of the con gressional library and some future historian, it was pointed out, might obtain queer notions of the class of reading matter that found most favor with the statesmen of the present day. nificance, both to the race and to the country as a whole, the purpose being to correlate the negro’s economic his tory with that of the American people along broad lines, as, for example, through the cotton industry and in the creation of national wealth and favor able trade balances as affected by products closely identified with negro labor. Mr. Stone will treat of the condition of laboring classes during the Amer ican colonial period—the introduction of negro slavery into America as an economic factor. He will also investi gate the efforts to utilize slave labor ; in manufacturing and other industrial J enterprises. His work will constitute an exceedingly important and novel feature in American economic history. He will also treat of the negro as a free man, the result and development of the negro industrial school, their effect with reference to lccal economic conditions, the negro land owner and all such topics as will bring out clearly and fully the whole industrial relation oi me negro to economic conditions. This investigation will be compre hensive in its scope, and it will be at least a year before such progress has been made as will justify a report on this important subject. SCULPTOR’S WORK OF 15 YEARS IS REJECTED not consider it good and destroyed it. Meanwhile the statues of Hancock and Logan, provided for in 1891, are standing here in public squares. Both were completed years ago. Sheridan died in 1888. In 1889 congress author ized a statue, appropriated $40,000 and created a commission to take charge. In March, 1891, congress made a further appropriation of $10,000 for the statue, making the total $50,000. The Army of the Cumberland raised about $5,000. In April, 1892, the commission contracted with\Mr. Ward to make the* statue for $30,000, making an advance' payment of $2,500. Two of Mr. Wards statues already ornament the city. They are those of Garfield and Thomas and nre generally regarded as among the finest of the many statues of the nation’s heroes in the capital city. “Old Faithful” in Action. From stereograph, copyright, by Underwood A Underwood, N. Y. i his geyser is one of the most tamous sights in Yellowstone Park; it j spouts to a height of 130 feet. SIXTY CIGARETTES DAILY. AVERAGE NUMBER SMOKED BY, AN IOWA PEDDLER. After Consuming Nearly 1,000,000 Isaac Manhoff, of Dubuque, De cides He Has Had Enough and Quits Using Them. — Dubuque, la.—With a record of j nearly 1,000,000 cigarettes, at an av- > erage of 60 a day, Isaac Manhoff, a i peddler 40 years old, has decided to j ’•enounce the weed. The .habit had such a hold on him that it was neces sary to awake at all hours of the night and roll a “coffin nail" before j he could be lulled to sleep again. When a lad in Russia he began the habit which he found so hard to shake j off. Despite this fact he will devote his days to trying to convince men and boys that they should cease the practice. Manhoff was in the habit of smoking ten cigarettes before breakfast, and the rest of the day a cigarette was out of his mouth only a few minutes at a time. For a man who has inhaled the fumes of so many cigarettes Manhoff is a strong man. He weighs about 175 pounds, and has a massive chest and a square build. He says: “You see, when I awoke in the morning the first thing I wanted was a cigarette. Generally I smoked about ten before breakfast. No, I never smoked while eating, but as soon as I finished I would put one in my mouth. Then through the day I would smoke them continuously, one now and another shortly after. Then night would come and I would smoke them late and many times even in bed.” “Have you ever smoked a cigar?” “J have smoked two cigars in my life. I couldn't smoke them because they made me sick. When I get cigars now I give them to my friends.” “How did you happen to quit smok ing?” “Well, you see, it was just like this: When I was afflicted with a cold I usually got hoarse and while I smoked the hoarseness grew more Intense. One day not long ago the thought oc curred to me that I should forsake the cigarettes. It was then and there that I made up my mind to never smoke another one.” "What was about your cigarettes that was different from others?" "Well, when I smoked I always used the Russian rice paper and not the rag paper used generally in America. Why, if I had smoked the rag paper instead of the rice I would have been dead long ago.” Manhoff estimated the cost of his smoking at $3,191. TO SAVE HISTORIC PLACE. Relic of Days When Spain Ruled in the New World. Santa Fe, X. M.—If the bill now pending in the legislature of New Mexico becomes a law the old gover nor’s palace, one of the most historic structures in Santa Fe. erected hun dreds of years ago, will be turned over to the city for a hall. The bill was introduced by Speaker Roman Liberato Baca of the house, who is a descendant of one of the old est native families in the southwest and whose ancestors helped to build the old palace. At present a section of the old pal ace is rented by the territory to the United States government for a post office. The New Mexico Historical so ciety also has a valuable collection i of antiquities stored in the palace. Several rooms have been used by pa- | triotic and political organizations for j headquarters. The old governor's palace has been ! the scene of action, martial and politi- j cal, for centuries and could be pre- i served indefinitely. The history of j the southwest is interwoven about the old building. Indian governors and warriors, I Spanish and American governors and | soldiers have in turn used the old pal- j ace as headquarters. The histories; of the murders, assassinations, fights and councils that have been held with in its walls would till a volume. It is probable that when the bill to turn the historic old structure into a city hall comes up for consideration much of the history of the ancient palace will be brought out in speeches on the floors of both houses: Leaves a Mansion for Slums. i Daughter cf Wealthy British Contract or Labors Among the Poor. Elkhart. Ind.—Mrs. Howard James Clifford, wife of the Salvation army ensign who has bt'm assigned to the Indianapolis field, is the daughter of a wealthy contractor of London Eng land. This fact, which was kept se cret from the husband until recently, became public a few days ago. The husband first learned of his wife’s prominence and wealth while on a trip abroad. Mrs. Clifford’s father was so generous in paying the expenses of the trip and providing them with en tertainment that the truth dawned upon the ensign. Ensign and Mrs. Clifford have been in Elkhart two years and have won innumerable friends by their persist ent, modest and incessant labors in hovels and slums, and upon the streets. Mrs. Clifford is a tireless and able assistant in the work. Ensign Clifford is a native of Charl bury, a village near Oxford. England. He has been in the United States about five years. One of the first sac rifices that he made upon entering the Salvation army in his native country was that of personal liberty. He was imprisoned for a time during the bit ter persecution which the army suf fered in the early years of its warfare in England. His parents were Metho»!sts of the old type. A boast of the ensign is that every male of his family from the days of John Wesley has been a Methodist minister. Two of his sis ters and three brothers, one of them Major John Clifford, who did heroic rescue work following the Kingston, Jamaica, disaster recently, are en gaged in the work. Epidemic is Killing Fish. Disease Strikes Hatcheries and Mil lions cf Finny Tribe Die. Harrisburg. Pa.—Sore throat is epi demic among the young trout of the state fish hatcheries of Pennsylvania, and is causing wholesale distruction of small fishes, according to State Fish Commissioner Meehan. Meehan says in his latest quarterly report, submitted to the fish commis sioners to-day, that this disease iB common among young lake trout at certain times, but it has been many years since it has attacked the young trout of the state hatcheries. At the Corry hatchery 1,500,000 have died in the last two weeks. At the Spruce Creek hatchery nearly one-third of the entire stock is gone. The disease has broken out at the Bellefonte hatchery. The young llsh at the Wayne hatchery are showing signs of uneasiness, a symptom which often'precedes sore throat The cause of the disease is un auuwu, uui 11 is proDamy due to snow water getting Into the spring water in unusual quantities and thus reduc ing the quantity of oxygen. A Lawyers’ County. The Law Times, observing that the Hon. James Fitzgerald, the pre siding judge at the trial of Harry Thaw, in New York, for murder, is a native of the County of Clare, points out that this division of Ireland Is fa mous for the number of eminent law yers it has produced. Included in the list are another Fitzgerald, prime sergeant of Ireland, distinguished alike in the Irish and imperial parlia ments; Sir Michael O. Loghlen, M. R.; Stephen Wolfe, lord chief baron of the Irish court of exchequer; the Henns, who for four generations oc cupied judicial offices; the present lord chief justice, Lord O’Brien, and Justice Kenny. These were all bom and educated in the county. Opportunity knocks once; incompe tency knocks all the time. RICH OIL FIELD ON SEA MARINE EL DORADO REPORTED IN GULF OF MEXICO. Discovered by a Naval Officer Who Says Petroleum Covers an Area of 400 Miles and Is Four Feet Deep. New Orleans.—About 100 miles south of the coast of Louisiana and 150 miles from New Orleans Lieut; John C. Soley of the United States navy has recently discovered a field af oil 400 miles in area and four feet ieep floating on the surface of the Suit' cf Mexico. The news cf this find, which is worth several millions, as soon as it becaiye known to the southern ship ?ing centers, created almost as mud interest to treasure hunters as the dis covery cf gold in the Klondike, and al. ready along the wharves of Mobile 1 and the levees of New Orleans, where sailormen gather in low-jowled build ings, the fever of treasure trove is ir their veins, and they are planning ex peditions such as made the old argo nauts famous. No similar event has so gripped the avaricious instincts of the southern sailors and it is doubtful if such an unusual discovery has been made be fore. For several days past the United States hydrographic office, undei whose direction Lieut. Solev was worfc ing, has been receiving hundreds ot communications from men interested in the venture and who are inquiring for charts plotting the exact location of the sea where the oil can be found The scene of activity along some ot the wharves has been unusual, and it is said that some of the keenest bust ness men not only of the south, but all over the country, have expressed the intention of sending out searching parties, comprising experts in naviga tion and high-salaried oil testers, to locate the oil and to report on the practicability of making it a paying venture. An insatiable desire for rapidly ac quired riches has grown among the maritime men along the gulf coast similar to the excitement of the gold fever of ’49, and a wild scramble for the floating oil field threatens to be in full sweep before another week has passed. According to one of the prospectors who has made arrangements to char ter a large tank steamer and to install a powerful pumping apparatus for drawing the oil from the sea, he fully expects to reap a rich harvest, provid ed the survey steamer which he has sent to the oil field ipakes a favorable report on the quality of the oil and the chances of getting it aboard. liven in some of the most conserv ative commercial houses careworn business men have turned away from the perpetual grind of their daily du ties and have expressed more than a perfuntory interest in the discovery. PRODUCTION OF ILLINOIS OIL. On March 1 There Were 3,222 Wells in Main Field with Output of 60,000. Marshall, 111.—Figures just complet ed show the number of producing oil wells in the Illinois field on March 1. At that time there were 3,222 produc ers. divided as follows: Casey pool (including all of Clark county and Cumberland and Licking townships in Crawford county), 2.085; Crawford county (outside of the two townships in the Casey pool). 932; Lawrence county, 205. In addition to these there are about a dozen light wells in Coles, Edgar and Jasper counties. They are, however, unimportant because of their small production. A large number of wells has come in since March 1, and there are at present over 400 rigs at work in this state. New wells are being brought in daily. Dry holes are more common than they were a few months ago, on account of the wildcat work being done in an endeavor to find new ter ritory. The daily production of the Illinois field is now about GO,000 bar rels. WOMAN SINGS SELF TO DEATH. Ranchman’s Wife Has Hysterics Until She Is Exhausted. McPherson, Neb. — Mrs. Ainanda Hill, wife of Morris Hill, a ranchman living in this county, literally talked and sang herself to death. She had been an acute sufferer from a nervous affection for a number of years, and her malady did not yield to medical treatment. At times she became hysterical, but her hysteria was of the usual kind until a few days before she died. Four days before her death she began to talk and sing, and she talked and sang almost constantly from that time until, completely exhausted, her heart ceased to beat. Her talking and singing were evi dently of a hysterical nature, and she was unable to cease either. She was requested and commanded to keep si lence, but could not do so. One Drawback'. “Do you think the time will ever come when every one will fly?” “It may. But if it does I hope I’ll not have to live near the people who are our next-door -neighbors now. 1 know they would be running in every day or two to borrow our wings.” Well in Bank of England. The iSank of England is not in dan ger of a drought. An artesian-bored tube well, reaching to a depth of 400 feet, has just been completed there. Springs have been tapped yielding & minimum supply of 100,000 gallons a day. Bequeathed Son to Friend. At the Northwich (England) rural council Councilor Watts reported a case of a boatman who willed and be queathed his son Fred to another boat man, who paid a half-crown to make the transaction, as he imagined, legal. First to Employ Women Clerks. Benjamin F. Hamilton, of Sa,m, Me., claims to be the first storekeeper in New England to employ women clerks. He recently passed his eight] eighth blfthday^ How Patrick Saved the Bank! An Irish Folk Tale By Seumas MacManus (Copyright, liy Joseph B. Bowles.) It’s mighty wonderful if you have never heard tell of how Patrick saved the bank. Ye see it was this way. The Bank of Ireland was at that time owned by a man named O’Toole, who was a great grandson’s great grandson of King O’Toole. He was a mean fel low, who didn’t take after his ances tors; and the devil tempted him to covet making a tremendous pile of money, all at one haul. So he em ployed a sea captain and sent him off on a voyage round the whole known world, to find where and how the most money was to be made, upon a spec ulation of any particular description. And this sea captain sailed for the three years and three days, returning back, at the end of it, to tell his mas ter that, in the South sea islands, the natives would give their one eye—if they had only one—for scalpeens (salted mackerels), and he said that there was loads of money to be made by sending out a venture of that commodity there. O’Toole he jumped with joy when he heard this, and he not only gath ered every penny he owned himself, and likewise every penny that was invested in the hank with him; but, moreover; he sent messengers, east and west in Ireland, for to notify every man who had a shilling of money put by in old stockings, for to fetch it to him, and lend it to him for a year and a day, and at the end of that time he would pay them back double. And the amount of money he took in, on loans, in three weeks, was a miraculous sight. Well, the year and a day wore round, and every man. woman and child in Ireland that had a penny in vested in the Bank of Ireland walked up to Dublin, at the end of the time, to draw their money and their inter est ; hut lo and behold ye, the sea captain and his fleet hadn’t re turned Andy O'Toole he asked of the peo ple to give just ten days spavin's, and his fleet would be in. What to do he didn’t know, for he was sore afraid that the fleet would not be in within the ten days. So he sent private messengers throughout all the land, and gathered up to Dublin at once every great and clever man that could be found, and here and then offered each man his weight in gold, when the boats would come home, if they could invent some plan of saving himself and saving his bank till the arrival of the fleet But all of the plans put together, if they were tried, couldn't save two slates on the bank. Now there was at this time in the far parts of Donegal a poor man who went by the name of Dark Pat rick, by reason that he was dark vis aged, and had a black head and a black beard, and he was noted for sound sense. Now it was on the very last day of the Hank of Ireland's sparins that Dark Patrick arrived in Dublin, and. finding it was so late, didn't even wait to look for lodgings or get a pick to ate, but inquired his way to the Hank of Ireland, and to the coun cil chamber in it. O'Toole welcomed Dark Patrick, and he told him that, as all the oth ers had failed him, and as the worst had come to the worst, it was no harm for him to have his try. Dark Patrick bowed gravely, and he inquired of O'Toole, and satisfied him self that the fleet was, sure enough, safely on its way, and couldn't be far from the coast of Ireland now. and that it carried loads and lashin's of money to pay, and double pay, all claims. And. when he was contented on this point, he asked O'Toole what was the most money, in gold and sil ver, he could, by any means, obtain, beg, borrow, or in any ways come honestly by. O’Toole said that he owed a hun dred thousand pounds, and that the most money he could now obtain, beg or borrow, to pay off his debt, would be £1,000. •What,” says Dark Patrick, says he, proceeding to the window, and look ing at the houses opposite, "what is that establishment that I see oppo site me?” "That establishment," says O’Toole, says he, “is a manufactory of horny buttons.” "Well an' good," says Dark Pat rick, “I now want you to do three things” “Name them," says O'Toole. “They are," says Dark Patrick, that, in the fcrst place, you'll hire— at any money—for this day that man ufactory opposite, and have it com pletely cleared out instantaneously And the next thing that you get me at once 50 trustworthy men, with 50 picks and shovels, whom you can rely your life upon. And, in the third place, get me ten herring barrels. Can you do all these things?” says Dark Patrick. O'Toole considered with himself for a minute, and then he says des perately: j'T’m prepared to do as you diiect.” In short time O Toole had engaged 'he manufactory opposite and turned •r. inside out. He had brought Dark atrick the 50 men with the 50 picks . d shovels, and tne ten nernng Dar rc ». and he stood by to see wtaht in iht name of wonder the next move was ?oing to be. ■'Now,” said Dark Patrick, says he, “I want you to start 20 of these men in the cellar of this bank, and 20 more in the cellar of the manu factory opposite, working for life and death, cutting a passage under the street from the one cellar to the .other cellar, and they are to’ fill the ten bar rels to within half an inch of the lip with the clay they take out. The thousand pounds in gold and silver, and the other ten men,” says he, “is to come with me.” Then across the street he started, and while the men in the cellars be low were working like the fury, cut ting their way under the street from house to house. Dark Patrick got the other ten men to start the fires in the factory, and he got ten frying pans and put them ou the fires, and he got hammers and anvils, anc he set them on a bench that ran along the window looking into the street. On the frying pans he emptied the hags of gold and silver, making the men blow the bellows like murder till the coins were red hot, and he then started them carrying the frying pans, full of coin, to the bench and beating the coins on the anvils, nicely and lightly, with little hammers, opening the windows at the same time so that the noise would get properly into the street—where the crowd now was gathering at a tremendous rate in front of the bank, and instructing the beaters that they were to make all the clatter and clang and jingle that they could The passage underneath the street was soon completed. Then ten her ring barrels filled within an inch c\ of lip were fetched up; they were filled up with a couple of layers ot hdt coins—some of the barrels with gold coins and others of them with silver—and w-hile some of the men went ou with the frying of the coins, and some with the beating upon the anvils at the window, the remainder were started in pairs, with hand sticks, to carry the barrels as fast as they could across the street to the bank And as fast as the men entered the bank with the barrels of money they carried them back just as fast as the underground passage, so that when the last barrel was going in of the bank door the first was coming out again out of the door of the manufac tory, and there was one continual string of barrels of fresh gold and sil Were Fetched Up. ver coins streaming across the street from the manufactory to the bank. And, when the people heard this, their amazement was a wonder to be hold Some of them were sent in to draw their money, and report to the others upon what they observed. And when they came back with their money on plates smoking hot, they said how that the barrels of gold and silver were going down to the cellars, in a string, to be stored there, and, by this time there must have gone in a thou sand barrels if there went one. And ^their money, they said, had been served across the counter to them upon iron scoops, for no man could handle it, yet while it was boiling. When the people heard this, not only would they not draw their own money, which they had in it, as they were now greedier than ever for the big interest, but those of them that had just drawn it out, went back with their plates again and de posited it. O’Toole, the banker, was a glad hearted man that day. and, for the first time in three weeks, closed his eyes in sound sleep that night. Dark Patrick, at his special entreaty, re mained with him for three days long er, till his mackerel fleet came safely in. And it is said that it took 300 men,* three days and three nights, car rying off the fleet, into the bank, the bags of gold that they had brought back with them in exchange for the scalpeens; so that O’Toole was able to pay off, with double and treb'e compound interest, every creditor he had in Ireland. It was him was the elated man then, I tell you. He nearly threw himself at the feet of Dark Patrick, and he asked him to name the size of his reward. “Well,” said Dark Patrick, Til ask as a reward that you’ll never again risk the money of the poor people of the country” And O'Toole promised that he never would, nor did he. MUST BE FRESH. Editor—Seems to me I have seen this before? Contributor — No; absolutely the latest thins I have turned out.