Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, September 26, 1886, Page 9, Image 10

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Selections of Railroad Literature from
Various Sources.
rccnllnrltlcH of Pcoplo "Who Travel
A IMcturo of "Tom , the llnllrond
OnL" An Astonished Conduct
or The Oldest Hullroadcr.
Jllficry ilitncttnn.
Kdimul K. KMilcr.
Oli , wasted hours "put In" at railroad sta
with diirly rnllronil "linnils , "
Reading those nwlul "tliuo card" combina
Which no one understands !
The dirty room , the scats barred oIT with
\ \ ork of a lioiullsli inlnil.
JIaklui ; the bench Impossible to lie on ,
1C one \ > ro .so Inclined 1
The roaring nic , whcn'er It Isn't needcd-
'Ihc cniity | stoic , so purposely no doubt ,
Wlion winter , like a demon , all unheeded ,
Hoais viciously without I
The vllhiKO "jayo , " wlio nM t before the fire ,
. .lea atoiloB , sMr mid jull ;
iGgodtl If you would niooiio desire ,
Bund mo a "chestnut belli"
The ( inccr ii'frcsliincnl stand.the aged candy ,
1 Mu pies that bloomed 1SVI ,
The coffee ( I ) urnwl to servo at will , qultn
Iiandy ,
As either that or teal
The frowzy maiden of uncertain summers ,
Who "ninn" those dainty joy.i ,
And loves to flirt with all the lively "drum-
mere , "
Or "hkyliuk" with the boj si
Ah mol this lack of healthful occupation
Is it-ally very dcadunln * lo the brain.
Jlaikl there's n wulcomu tintlnabulatlon I
At last , it Is the train 1
Uic Itnll.
Rochester Democrat : In no plnco arc
the idiosyncrasies of dilVuront pcoplo so
clearly brought out anil dclincd as upon
the railway. To one accustomed to trav
eling it is really amusing to sit and watch
the people : is they crowd into the cars
when the train halts at si railway fetation.
All in hurry and ovoryrono wants to got a
trooil sent. Tito woman with a big band
box and several parcels will go through
the car looking for a seat. She will pass
a do/.en vacant ones and then retrace her
stoS | , muttering because those she has
passed are now lilled , and is finally forced
to bo content to crowd in with some one
The old traveler , to whom traveling is
part of existence. will take the first va
cant seat ho finds on the shady side and
near the center of the car. Experience ,
that infallible teacher , 1ms taught him
Unit in a railway car ono rides more
easily and with less jar and noise when
seated in the center of the car than when
seated in the end over the trucks and
near the door , and , besides , ho is aware
that tlio chances for safety are better in
cnso of an accident. Ho always puts his
"grip" on the beat nearest the window ,
unfolds his paper , and settles down for
comfort , oblivious to all around him until
he is sure that every ono in the car lias
secured a seat and loft him the solo occu
pant of his little domain.
A yoimy lady enters in a modest , re
served manner. She takes a cautionary
survey of her surroundings , especially of
the occupants of the car. She sees a va
cant beat , and slips lightly and noiselessly
down the aisle and gets next to the win
dow , which bho opens. A pretty hand
kerchief with a neat , tasty border and
fragrant with spring llowors and a well-
thumbed novel are in her lap. The
foriupiupeossiiryidjiinctof ; femininity is
kojt ) handy for any case of emergency ,
whio | ,6\cr | the other she watches every
moVvmont of her fellow-travelers through
her half-closed eyelashes.
The dude always struts about the plat
form until the train is ready to move out ,
and then displays his nimblcncss by
jumping on while the cars are in motion.
lie always stands on the car platform to
enjoy a few parting w'nills from a vilo-
smelling cigarette , after which ho hastily
arranges his carefully made toilet anil
starts through the car. Ho sees the
young lady and has eyes for nothing else.
As ho neap ; the seat ho tins his hat , and
with a smile says , "Aw , miss , I am very
sorry to trouble you , aw , but is this seat
engaged ? " and , without further cere
mony or waiting for an answer , ho sits
down , while the young lady blushes anil
becomes more deeply interested in her
The young granger from his rural
homo among the groan Holds , with his
bronzed face , big hands , and ready-made
black diagonal suit , -will walk through
the car and back with an I'vo-been-thcro-
before air. Ho forces the drummer to
"move along" and drops into the seat
with the determination to kc6p it. Ho
looks all about him , ga/.lng in a curious
way at first ono and another , moves
about in a fidgety milliner , and crosses
one log over the other , never forgetting
to make a foot-mat ot his unfortunate
scatmato's light pantaloons. Every time
the door opens ho looks around to see if
Jt's the conductor , and whenever the
locomotive whistles ho stretches his neck
out of the window , to the utter discom
fort of the "knight of the grip.1 ! to see
"what's the matter. " Ho wouldn't bo a
farmer if ho didn't.
Troublesome , indeed , is the fidgety and
fussy old maid , not only to the passen
gers but to the train men. "Does this
train stop at MossbaokV" "When do wo
got there ? " "Will 1 have to change
cars ? . " and many other like questions she
propounds to tlio conductor , never for
getting to repeat them every time hogoes
through the car. She forces some Jono
woman to share the scat with her , and
about llftoen minutes later the lone
woman sees what a blessing loneliness Is.
When the brakeman opens the door and
"M-s-b-k " sho. does
Boroams - - - , of course ,
not understand it , and it is not until the
train is ready to start that the idea that
she Is homo dawns upon her , when she
rushes out and into the arms of "Undo
Josh , " who has comedown to the "keors"
to moot her.
The porcine monstrosity who always
wants a double seat to himself ; theatrical
people , who can talk nothing but "shop , "
and tlio eternal gambler , whose mission
on earth is clothed in obscurity , arc al
ways OH board to display their peculiari
ties to tlio already suffering traveler.
Tom , the Itnilrnnd Cnt.
"Tom , " the Lowell railroad cat , has n
clinch upon the ollloials , stronger than
the latter can over hope to have on the
territory of any of its rivals , writes a
Woburn. Mass. , correspondent of tlio
Boston Globe. Tom Is a model of sobrictj
and good humor , and challenges the ad
miration of everybody connected with
the corporation. It is hard to believe
that Tom was once a petted kitten , but
such ho was , for ho saw tlio light of day
first In a pretty suburb of this cltv , but
having several brothers and sisters , too
many , in fact , for any ono household ,
Tom , not then known by that appella
tion , was selected as ilio ono to go.
Ono morning in spring , when the buds
rolled forth to moot tlio sunshine , the
propiiotorof the house placed Tom in a
bag , collected the mouth of the bag in
one hand , and started for Ms place of
business in the metropolis. His object in
taking Kitty along was to drop him some
where. He cared little what became of
the waif , as long as ho was not under his
feet at homo. Jumping from the crowded
car , tightly clasping tlio bag which con
tained his charge , ho tripped along gaily ,
thinking only whore ho could Icavo the
hittim ami not bo seen , when all at on > 'q
ho slipped ou the tile lloor in the bcauti-
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With a small payment down , and 'the ' balance on tlie easiest possible
It is what has long been known as the "Sheeley Farm , " and almost joins Walnut Hill. It has
all the advantages , such as churches , schools , Belt Line , etc , , enjoyed by that and other additions
in North Omaha. There is not a poor lot in Grammercy Park and no other property in the city
can compare with it , either for beauty of location , prices or terms. Every lot slopss gradually ; no
grading being required to make any lot as fine a home as could be desired. A charter has been
granted for the extension of the
k B / n * i1'
Work on which will be begun in the next 60 days. You are sure to double your money in the next
six months by purchasing lots in Grammercy park now , while they are cheap ,
All These Beautiful Lots For Sale By All These Beautiful Lots For Sale By All These Beautiful Lots For Sale By
) s glss its.
7D Ha9 lfe ( 5i I
ful hcaa-houso of the station , and would
have struck the ground had not a corpu
lent merchant , who was behind , caught
him and saved a fall.
15 ut in the act of falling ho lost his
grip on tlio bag , the kitten walked out
and crawled under a bench. The owner
did not care to follow the kitten , hut
picked up the bag and wenthis way.This
iwent occurred m the spring ot 1888.
Fclis saw that ho had fallen in a soft
spot , for he was made much of by the
employes , and soon crow to command
the respect of the whole corporation.
Tom lacks that beauty so necessary jn
cats and which makes them beloved in
ordinary households. In common with
many other employes , ho has mot with
mishaps. There was a time when Tom
preferred the cqlit and noisy train-house
to the tasty waiting-rooms , and ono day ,
a cold ono for Tom , a car-wheel tiot the
best of his tail. The train hands tied up
the .sf.iinj ) , but this did not teach Tommy
a lesson , for not many weeks after ho lost
a portion of ono foot , and again ho had
one of his legs broken. This last was the
toughest of all for Tom , but the surgeons ,
mostly brakomon. cared for him , and ho
was kept In the hospital several weeks ,
with a clotlics-piu bound around the
broken limb.
Ho finally got out again among the
boys , and the disasters which had be
fallen Tom caused the boys to love him
the bettor , for ho had been baptised in
the service. To-day Tom has all the ele
ments of gooil health. After these
troubles Tom made the waiting-rooms
his homo , although making trips out of
doors and to all parts of the great build
ing. Tom is independent and has no
idea of getting put of the way of travel
ers , and will quietly nibble on a crumb
or peanut vhilo things are passing
around him. iiis tail is curtailed and his
hair resembles somewhat the quills of
Uio porcupine. In color ho is a mixture
between an old army blanket and a rusty
nail , and ho is a torriblu temptation to
kick , but a kicK would have a worse clleet
on the railroad management than passing
a dividend or missing the weekly pay.
An Astonished Conductor.
A train on one of the railroads , the ter
minus of which is Hoston. bad got under
a very great rate of speed , when the con
ductor entered ono of the cars , and on
being accosted by n gentleman ho imme
diately pulled the bull-rope , and the train
came to a standstill. This somewhat un
usual proceeding attracted the attention
of the reporter , and as soon as an oppor
tunity permitted , the conductor was ques
tioned in regard to the subject. Ho said ;
"I stopped the train to accommodate a
passenger who desired to get oil'at the
last station. The name of the station
was called loud enough , but he said ho
was busily engaged in conversing with a
passenger , that ho did not notice tlio
station or hear the name called. 'I'm to
blame ; it was my fault , ' ho said , 'and I'm
sure 1 should bo made to learn a lesson
by being carried to tl\o \ next station. ' I
told him 1 would stop the train , for. ho was
the lirst passenger who was taken beyond
his station who did not blame the con
ductor or brakeman , I'm willing to ac
commodate a gentleman any time , but I
will not stop a train for a passenger who
abuses mo. A conductor has some feel
ing , and knows when ho Is well treated ,
1 was brought up to bo polite , and I've
always found that It pays. If passengers ,
who are themselves often in error , would
bo honest enough to acknowledge it. they
would find that railroad men would ap
preciate their disappointments and en
deavor to help them , Instead of taking
no notice of them. "
The Oldest Railroad Mr.n.
George L. Perkins of Norwich , Conn. ,
is undoubtedly the oldest man in active
fcorvico in the country , lie began his
I'Dtli ' year in August , and is the active
financial head of the Norwich & Worces
ter railroad , working as regularly now as
ho did twenty-live years ago , .
A discolored condition of the stomach ,
or malaria in thu sy&tem , will produce
sick headache , you can agreeably remove
this trouble by taking Dr. J. 11. McLean's
Liver and Kidney Pillets. 23 cents per
How Ee Gained the Confidence and Support
of Montana Miners.
An Incident of Early Times In Helena
"Ihc HlffRCHt and Iest liishop
and the Whitest Man in
the Gulch. "
Now Orleans Cor. St. Louis Globe-
Democrat : lit. Rev. Dr. Tuttle , bshop of
the Protestant Episcopal church for the
diocese of Missouri , is not unknown to
UIOMJ who had the good fortune to enjoy
the bishop's ministrations in the golden
days of Montana. About a score of years
ago , before the railroads had crossed the
Kocky mountains , Bishop Tuttle was sent
as a missionary to tlio northwestern ter
ritories. Ho might have been appro
priately styled Episcobus in partibus in-
fidolium , for the rough miners and moun
taineers who inhabited tlio country" cared
little for the men or affairs of the church.
The conventionalities of lifo , the mcro
husks of fcocial forms had been pretty
well discarded , and the pcoplo in the
mining camps had como down to plain
business. The average preacher in the
eyes of the average miner was a man
whoso business was to pass around the or the contribution box , if there had
boon ono in the country , and who made
his sermons the pretext. Doubtless such
an opinion did injustice to earnest men
who wore laboring among the apparently
barren wastes of that portion of the
Master's vineyard , but the thirst k > r gold
and the rugged realties of daily lifo loft
little inclination or opportunity for listen-
inji to sermons.
The good bishop might well have been
appalled at the first view of his diocese.
It was an empire in extent , but it barely
allbrdcd him a single congregation. Af
terward , when no had planted the church
in a few of the chief centers of popula
tion , ho had congregations a thousand
miles apart , requiring weeks of painful
and dangerous travel to reach them , for
the hostile savages hold sway on the
plains , while bandits , more daring than
the savages and no less bloodthirsty , in
fested every mountain pass through
which the lines of travel leu.
Hut never was a man butter fitted by
natuio and by grace for his high mission.
Of heroic stature , in every physical sense
a man among men , ho hud a heart for
every fate and a courage ami resolution
equal to any demand , Ills hand , htrong
as a giant s , was soft and white as a
woman's , and moro than once ho has
made same insolent and sacrilegious
brute fcol its might , but far of tuner it has
wrought sweet charity and tenderly
nursed the sick and brought comfort to
the dying , to rough men in lonely cabins
in the wild mountain gorges bereft of
woman's caro. He entered into the lives
of the pcoplo and made at least their
troubles his own. and when the rude
mountaineers , as they presently did , came
to know this strong , bravo and gentle
man , his fame went through the moun
tains and ho became the beloved bishop.
The city of Helena , if it could bo called
a city , with its nibble of houses , hovels ,
huts and tents crowding a gulch between
two high shoulders of a giant peak and
climbing up the Etcop slopes to perch on
rocky ledges and platforms , was the
metropolis of the northern mountains ,
Ono winter morning , soon after mid
night , fire broke out among some shan
ties in the upper end of the gulch. The
mountains wore white with snow ; a
small rivulet which meandered among
the rocks was locked inico. while a biting
blast blow down from tlio mountains ,
and , sweeping through the gorge , soon
fanned the Tire into a conflagration. Men
rushed to the scouo with buckets and
blankets. There was no tire brigade and
no other apparatus fpr lighting the
flames. Everything was confusion , and
the nwius of the sale , the roar of the lire
and the shoutings of men supplemented
thu frantic exuttions of the people to save
their property , and in many cases to
escape with their lives from the fiery fur
nace into which the narrow canyon that
hold the fated town liivd been converted.
Finally , when many residences , hotels
and shops of all sons had bocn swept
away and the fire had invaded that quar
ter where were situated the largo ware
houses in which wore stored tno chief
stocks of provisions and necessaries , the
bulk , indeed , of the supply for the entire
territory , tlio situation seemed desperate
enough. The pcoplo realized that hero
was the last hope , and hero the last rally
for deliverance was to bo made , A thou
sand miles of plains and mountains
buried deep in snow lay between the people
ple of that burning tqwn and any other
source whence the necessaries of lifo
could bo drawn. In ono moment these
people were confronted with the present
horrors of conflagration to bo inevitably
succeeded by starvation amid the rigors
of a northern winter.
In a social convulsion pcoplo gravitate
to their pronor places. The real leaders
unexpectedly find themselves at the head
of affairs , while others are content to
obey. \ \ lion it had been realized that to
save the town was impossible , every en
ergy was bent to the work of saving the
magazines of provisions , and a few lead
ing spirits had organized , a dcienso and
had gathered the populace for the last
struggle. The plan j of operations was
simple enough. It was to cover the
precious houses with blankets and keep
them wet. A few daring men wcro to
maintain themselves on the housetops
while the others were to pass up unccas-
inirly water in buckets , masses of ice cut
fioiu the streams and lingo balls of snow.
The men on the roof must bravo fire ,
smoke and the freezing wind. To falter
was defeat ; to retreat was ruin. There
was no faltering in that desperate strug
gle , and finally the battle was won.
Morniiifr hail come , and with it tlio sun ,
which , as it rose oVer a shoulder of the
mountain , gilded the forms of three men
who stooil high on , the parapet of the
building where the lire had boon slopped.
They were the chiefs , self-chosen , to lead
in the conflict , but acknowledged and
obeyed by the populace , whoinstinctivoly
recognized their supremacy. Those three
men , with their visages grimed and black
with smoke , their hair anil boards singed ,
their hands torn and bloody , their hats
blown away by the wind , and their cloth
ing ragged ami awry , and with the lire ot
battle in their eyes , and grim and stern
lines of resolution on their faces , wcro
terrible , almost ferocious , They , looking
abroad at tlio smoking ruins , then at the
houseless pcoplo below , then they turned
and saluted each other , the two at the
extremes regarding their companion in
the center as if in some sort hu was their
superior. It was at this moment that thn
rising sun shone upon the trio , gilding
and glorifying them , while the multitude
below gave u great shout , recognizing , as
it wore , their deliverers.
" \Vhowcrothcsomon \ ? They were well
known in the mountains , if not imme
diately recognized in the disfigurement of
battle. Tlio ono on the right was "liittur
Root Hill , " otherwise Mr.lVilliam Hunk-
erly , a noted desperado , who got his
cognomen from a daring adventure with
the Indians in the Bitter Rout mountains.
The man on tlio left was " ( ientlemaii
Joe , " a loading gambler. His real name
was Joseph 1'loworeo , said to bo from an
aristocratic ATirginii | family. Ho was a
handsome follow of thL'ty , well educated
and so well known for his courteous do-
portingnt that the public appreciation
had crystallized into a titlo. The llgure
In tlio center , taller , moro erect and
heroic-looking than the others who had
erected him as their 'chief ' , was no less
than Bishop Tuttlo. , In the dcspcrato
turmoil these tlireu-men had gravitated
to each other and had risen to leadership.
Tlio good bishop was soon at the height
of his popularity , Tho-mountaineers - luul
tested Ids manhood and they were ready
to love and trust him for the friend and
counselor he proved to bo , and the popu
lar verdict was solemnly announced by
Mr. William Buiikcrly when ho declared :
"He's full-jeweled and eighteen kaiats
fine ; he's a better guntleman than Joe
Floworeo ; he's the , biggest and. best
bishop that ever were u , black gown , and
he's the whitest man in those mountains.
He's a fire-fighter from way back , and
whenever ho chooses to go on a brim
stone raid among the sinners in this gulch
ho can do it , and I'll back him with my
pile. Ho is the boss bishop , and yon hear
mo howl. "
This statement appeared to bo uni
versally satisfactory , for among thorough
rough men of the mines and mountains
no man was ever found to gainsay it.
Politics in Holt County.
To the Editor of the BIU : : The O'Neill
correspondence to the Omaha Re
publican , under date of September 20th.
says : "W. D. Muthows , ex-editor of the
Frontier , and until recently postmaster ,
was an open candidate for state senator ,
and expected Ins homo delegation with
out much opposition , but ho was defeated
by a combination ho least expected. The
caucuses and convention were packed
with Van Wyckors , and a Van Wyck
delegation to the senatorial convention
was selected. Mathews made a good
fight under the circumstances , and
straight republicanism is stronger now
than before. While the Yun Wyck crowd
think they have captured the plum they
are mistaken. The other counties in this
senatorial district will nominate an anti-
Van Wyck man , and a portion of Holt
county's representative delegation will
assist in nominating an anil- for repre
sentative. Mark this , "tho Van \VyoK
scheme will not work up lioro. " If W.
D. Mathews was in fact an open candi
date for state senator , and we have some
reason to think ho was , his candidacy
mndo so little impression upon the re
publican voters of Holt county that ho
did not have a following in the county
convention that would do credit to a
candidate for the ollico of road overseer.
Out of the 101 delegates who came to the
county convention fmm tlio various pre
cincts there were not 115 Mathews men.
It was a fortunate thing for Mr. Mathews
that the Van Wyck issue was raised in
the county convention , for by that means
the Mathews delegates received some 15
or 20 votes which were cast as anti-Van
Wyck votes by men who wcro also anti-
Muthows. but oven then the vote stood 05
lo i0 ! against him. Nothing but his over-
assurance and brazen audacity could
have led him for a moment to expect his
homo delegation without much oppo
sition. The people of Holt county have
learned his record too well , both before
and since ho came to Holt county to give
him support for anything. Tlio fact of
his announcing hiinsclt moro than six
months ago as a candidate for the ollico
of state senator lias boon looKcd upon as
ono of the ludicrous circumstances in
politics which sometimes occur. A man
who cannut carry Ids own precinct nor
the comity in which ho lives tor the
smallest ollico within the gift of the people
ple , aspiring to represent the Twelfth
district in the state senate was looked
upon as a joke , and the sequel proves
that such was the C.IEO. Ho was defeated
by no combination , but by the almost un-
anymous voice of the ropublioun voters
of Holt county and had not the anti-Van
Wyck feeling been stronger with a few
republicans than was the antl-Mathows
feeling , ho would have had hardly a fol
lower in the convention , Neither the
caucuses nor the convention were quickly
packed with Van Wyckers as stated by
haid correspondent , but the Van Wyck
question was openly and fairly discussed
and canvassed throughout the county ,
and each product mot the caucus and
wherever the Van Wyck issue was raised
with but one or two exceptions a solid
Van Wyck delegation was sent to the
county convention. It is safe to say that
there is not a stronger Van Wyck county
in the state than Holt. That Muthows
was downed and a Van Wyck delegation
to the senatorial convention was
selected is true ; and wo must give
said correspondent credit for making one
truthful statement in his article to the
Republican. Wo cannot speak for the
other counties in this senatorial district ,
but from what wo are able to judga from
thn somewhat conflicting reports in cir
culation , Van Wyck has can led nearly
every county in the district , solid , aid )
will have more or less strength from
every county. This man Mathcws has
never been a favorite among the repub
licans of this section. It was E. K. Val
entino who pushed him to the front by
making him postmaster at O'Neill ,
whereby Valentino lost the support of
Holt county forever after. But his
acts during the past two years have
made him more unpopular than over. Ho
combined with certain ring-Jcador of the
democratic party last fall , and helped to
elect a democrat for county clerk who.
whatever else may bo charged against
him , cannot bo accused of being a toto-
lelar. whereby one of the best men on the
republican ticket was defeated for the
most important office of the county. In
addition to this little scheme , for the pur
pose of holding the postollico during a
democratic administration , &aid Mathews
has boon writing for more than a year
past from ono to"two columns of editorial
matter in the O'Neill Tribune , a demo
cratic paper , a great deal of which has
been devoted to tallying Cleveland and
the postmaster general. No one
but W. D. Mathews would expect ,
after such treachery to the re
publican party to bo able to
carry his county as a republican for HO
important an ollico as itatq senator with
in a month after the termination of the
facts before alluded to , but this man
Mathews is capable of anything. He was
a democrat in Wisconsin before ho came
to Holt county , an independent during
the first publication of the Fron
tier in Holt county , a straight republi
can while ho had the O'Neill postollico in
his eye , prior to Cleveland's election and
a mugwump forever after until ho look
it into His head that he would like to go
to Lincoln and sec how ( hey run things in
the legislature , llo must nave a moan
opinion of the intollitronco of the pcojilo
in this section of the state. C.
The Antarctic Ocean.
Popular Science Monthly : The Ant
arctic ocean occupies a position around
the south pole similar to that of the Arc
tic ocean at the opposite end of the earth.
It Tills all the space to the south of the
Antarctic circle. It differs vastly , how
ever , from its northern homolopuo , for ,
instead of having land at its outer cir
cumference , it has water , While the
North American , the European and the
Asiatic coasts encircle the northern
ocean , the Pacific , the Atlantic and the
Indian ocean mingle their waters
with those of the frozen zone at
the south. As it differs in
physical conditions , so also it
differs in having received much loss at
tention from the world at largo. While
the aim of innumerable expeditions for
the past 400 years has boon to find a
northwest passage to Asia , to plant a
flag at 1)0 ) ° , or to rcscuo some unfortunate
commander and his crew from a horrible
fate , and while thousands of dollars has
been expended , and hundreds of lives
have been lost , there is a strange con
trast offered when wo turn to the far
south. The expeditions which have been
sent out by the great nations of the world
to explore the vaht watery expanse about
the southern polo are KO low as to bo
counted on the fingers of one hand , and
all the ships which have loft records of
any extensiveexplorations ] beyond the
Antarctic Circle might bo counted on the
fingers of two hands.
And yet "within the periphery of the
Antarctic C'irolo , " says Lieutenant
Maury , "is included nn area equal In extent -
tent to one-sixth of the entire land stir-
fuco of our planet. Most of this
area is as unknown to inhabitants of the
earth as the interior of ono of Jupiter's
satellites , * * * For the last 200 years
the Arctic Ocean has been n theater of
exploration , but as for the Antartio no
expedition him attempted to make
any persistent exploration , or
oven to winter thero. " It
is noteworthy , too , that in the voyages
which have been made not a ship nor a
life has been lost south of the cjrclo. "It
does not appear , " says ono writer , "that
Antarctic voyages would bo attended
with any excessive degree of danger. *
* * It may cyon bo found that the
Antarctic barriers are impenetrable , but
this has certainly not us yet been demon-
etrated,1' '
Political Meteors Eash for ft Time. Then
Tumble With n ' 'Dull Thud , "
"Knmo Vnpor , Popularity nn Incl-
tlcnl" Klpvntcil I > r Clrout i tnucc
to Dl/.r.y llclKlit" ) They Soon
tlio I'roper tievel.
Chicago Herald : In a recent "per
sonal" note going the rounds of the press
It was announced that cvSenutor Pinch-
be cK , of Louisiana , was now a profes
sional "bookmaker" in England , and
might bo heard calling out the results on
any prominent race coursoi yet it is but
little moro than ten years ago that his
election to the national senate set that
dignified body in a uproar , anil made and
unmade governments In the jstuto ho was
supposed to represent. Elevated by cir
cumstances to a position beyond his abil
ities , his was the name of the hour for iv
few brief months , quickly dropping into
a natural obscurity , and only to bo re
vived years later by the transient breath
of passing curiosity. Another man in a
somewhat similar situation Is Henry H.
Howls , now doing his plodding duty as
presiding elder of a Methodist southern
district , but who at the of tlio war
took Jefferson Davis' old seat in the sen
ate , to bo hailed as the liberator of Ids
race by untilusiastiu republicans and
erected by a storm of abuse by the con
servative who could only remember the
past. For a brief while ho was a national
With the beginning of President Ar
thur's administration Abraham S. Crow-
lev , representative in congress from the.
Ninth district in New York , lilled a largo
space in the public press , and was the
president's most intimate friend and con
fidential adviser , an engagement being
announoed between his daughter and the
president's son. hike meteors , himself
and family swept across the Washington
social horizon , only to Milk into darkness
and ob.scurity , Friends are now trying
lo get him a binallcIerHhii ) in sumo of tliu
public olltces In Now York.
And Swaim General ( Jarliold's intim
ate friend ; the man \\homwero ad
dressed his pathetic Inst words is an
other of thoHo once favored ones who
have tallcu from their high estate. T , C.
Murphy , once collector of customs at
Now York , the chosen counsolorof Grant
and Conkling , whoso favor meant suc
cess to hundreds , thousands almost , now
nightly walks the streets of that great
city too poor to buy a place wherein to
lay his head. Belknap , once in the cabi
net , with a household tamed in the bril
liant circle of our first .society , foil in a
manner that is known to all , and now ,
rubicund and portly , glories in his past
honor , lauding the opportunities that
once were his.
Across the water this past summer the
world has seen Sir Charles Dilko , a man
of fortune , position , ability and elo
quence , once the favorite of his party ,
once ono of the most in'omisinir of "com
ing men , " suddenly close a career of bril
liancy , politically dead , socially ostra
cized. "Oh , what a fall was there , my
countrymen. "
Eighty years ago a drama , whoso his
tory has not yet lost its vivid interest , oc
curred in our own country , in which the
princial ] ) ) > oi former was one Aaron Burr ,
a politician of profound skill , a society
man of wondrous fascination , an orator
of merit , a public man with the lu'ghcst
ideas of public ; honor , and a lioni'tlnns
marauder on the domain of social life.
From the most brilliant height of uiowor
ho sank in an instant to tlio lowest hb'
of infamy , and lived out the remainder of
a miserable life in a solitude nnclicorcd
by pity and obscurity beneath contempt.
A similar statement would bo true'of
licnedict Arnold and Charles Leo , the
two prize traitors of our revolution.
In IS.'iSa ! ) "chess craze" raged in this
country , equaling the base ball mania of
the present time , roused by the perform
ances of Paul Morphy , who conquered
the chess champions ot the world , play
ing game after game without seeing the
board. The last twenty years of Ins lifo
ho passed at Now Orleans , harmlessly
demented , and with but two marked
ideas an intense aversion to the game
of chess , and a thought that ho would be
mined for the want of $100 , which com
passionate merchants always agreed to
lend him , but for which ho never called.
hi the lives of soldiers wo conlinully
see proofs of tl o bubble reputation.
Arab ! Pasha , who once lilled the world
with his deeds of violence , is now an un
noticed school teacher , Bucll and Sigol ,
for whoso achievements a nation once
waited with bated breath , have accepted
comiuonplaco olliccs , and Beaurogard
and Early are "stool pigeons" for the
Louisiana State Lottery. Ex-Premier
lirissoiij once holding the destinies of
Franco in ( ho hollow of his hand , is now
a provincial gentleman farmer , and who
now hears of Catacazy , the late well-
known Russian minihter , who crstwhllo
lilled all Washington with his deeds ?
llyacintho , whoso withdrawal from the
Itoman church was the religious sensa
tion of 1801) ) , cannot now till the smallest
Parisian chapel , in spite of his eloquence
and fame , and "Adirondacks" Murray ,
most noted of Huston's fashionable
preachers , sank from sight after a wild
career on Texas plains , a melancholy res
taurant keeper in Montreal. A year or
two ago a "mountain evangelist , "
Barnes , was "posmg" _ with wonderful
clfoot as a Salvationist , converting oven
governors anil members of congress.
Who can give his present address ? And
away along in tlio sixties u brilliant
young journalistic clergyman , or clerical
journalist , created a furor by his editor
ship of the Now York Independent ,
wandered amid the uncertain pathways
of social reform , wrote "Tho Life of Mrs.
Woodhull , " became the aggrieved party
in the most famous scandal of the time
but who knows Theodore Tillon's where
abouts now ?
And Anna Dickinson , once a most
noted figure on the lecture platform , with
her engaging ways and vivacious bril
liancy , vainly endeavoring to change it
for tlio stage , wearing a "Crown of
Thorns'1 and making a llgtiro of herself
in "Hamlet , " has disappeared from pub
lic view completely in a mist of failure.
When Martin Van Jturon was president
of the United States las son John made a
trip to Europe , and. dancing with the
them newly crowned Queen Victoria , was
dubbed "Princo" John over afterward.
Of such a sou of such a falhorgroal things
were expected , but expected in vain.
A few months ago the papers wore lllcd (
with the name of Martin Irons , whoso
prominence in the labor troubles of May
and Juno was very great. Now a three-
line item tolls us that ho is arraigned in a
police court for drunkenness , pleading
"innocent , but without the means of
proving my defense. " Just after thu
presidential election of 1881 John Elklns ,
the cattle king , was traveling wosl. As
they filackcnoncd speed to halt at a small
station a companion inquired If ho wern
any relation to "KUivo" Elklns , the polit *
ical manager. At the station first news
was received of ISIaino's dcjcat , nml.
pausing to ascertain this , John replied ;
"I'm in no way related to Steve Elklns
now , but before thu election Uo was my
brother. "
Truly "famo Id a vapor , popularity an
acciucul ' as good old Horace Urn Ivy
aid. ami Ills own naif forgotten nr inory
is H striking and melancholy proof of thu
truth nt h ! words.