Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, April 15, 1888, Part II, Page 12, Image 12
T 12 THE O IAHA DAILY BEE : SOTTDAY , APRIL 15. . 188a SIXTEEN PAGES , I 4 K.l.tf.l A Crank Who Poaoa nnd Drossoa to Impersonate Christ. MECCA OF THE FANATICS Condition of n Densely tiornnt Class Oontlniintl Divine He vclnt Ion Faith Cure Didn't AVork. SALT LAKK CITY , April 11. [ Cor respondence of the HUB. ] "I caw Christ at Offden to-day , " was the startling its- BOrtlon of a prominent member of the Utah bar , In a recent conversation with your correspondent. Interrogation con cerning this seeming sncrlleeo devel oped the information that In Ogden there dwells a crank religionist who imagines himself to bo Christ , and as sumes a bearing consistent with hta de ified condition. Solitary and tactlturn , ho hold himself aloof from the common herd , seldom deigning to converse with ordinary mortals. . The most pertina cious qulz/.ing fails to elicit more than monosyllabic answers from this self- constttuted doity. As bo fits his celes tial degree , he is robed at all seasons of the year In a distinctive uniform of whlto , nnd with his surplice-like rai ment and llowlng beard , worn precisely njlor the fashion of the alleged pic tures of Christ , ho looks not unlike some inedtovlnl prophet , condemned against his will to live out a term ol existence amid the uncongenial ele ments of the nineteenth century. Part of his croud consists in daily im mersions. Summer or winter his habit is to plunge into the river. Ho may bu seen any morning on the streets ol Ogden , with a towel under his arm and his clothes dripping small rivulets on the pavement. Sometimes ho will wander into a hotel , glanue ovorn news paper , and proceed on his silent way. It is related of him that at one time bodily discomfort so far subdued hifl zeal that the river was abandoned , and an ordinary tub substituted , which ho consecrated to his daily UMJ. Ilis land lady one day utilized it for household purposes , when the owner appeared and was seized with a mighty frenzy at be holding His sacred tub given ever tc the vulgar uses of the fulmily wash. He never afterwards deigned to approach preach the contaminated vessel , which goes to show the oddness and .sincerity of his delusion. Such instances of im becility arc common in this MKCCA Or FANATICS though elsewhere so rare that the mosl conscientiously correct pen picture ol the erratic combinations of ignorance and egotism everywhere encountered in Mormonaom , would seem to thi dwellers in free and civilized localitiet like the fanciful and daring invention . -of a writer willing to sacrillco fact U sensationalism. Such , however , is tin class of i > ooplo imported into Utah through the olTortsof Mormon cinisar ics , who know that in the ignorance o its adherents lies the safeguard of the Mormon church. Wholesale seducon and procurers are deputed to visit oh countries , which are scoured by thesi scavengers for converts who are lurci by golden promises and fair stories of t land flowing with milk and honey. Th < result is that Utah is settled with th refuse of Norway , Sweden and Greal Britain olTal fashioned after the like iies.s of men and women , but pobsessiiij only brute instinct and endowed scarce ly with brute intelligence. Those beings ings are well content to find themsolvo in a fortilo.and beautiful valley , wher the earth readily yieldssubsigfonceam whore the hardships of their own rig orous countries are unknown. Tin work of conversion meets with no oil Btuclo , and shiploads of human soul are periodically launched into the 310HMOK STYX. Such is the benighted condition o this densely ignorant class , that the , are readily taught to believe that thi is the greatest country in tnc universe and that Salt Lake is unapnroachcd bj any'othor city in the worm. Oae Mor mon settler recently inquired of a resi dent olllclal if Salt Lake was not tin Greatest city in the world. Ills astonishment ishmont was boundless on being toll that Now York has many times th population of the entire territory. Th < Is'iji Islanders were never more in iieo of missionary workers than this alic : fipot of the United Stales , and groate results might bo realized in arousing ( ho dormant faculties of these omigran Bottlers , than are ever achieved by sul ; Ecriptiotis to obscure charities. If measures ures were adopted for the more genera establishment of missions for the pur poio of undermining the harrier < Ignorance that shuts out daylight froi this people , Utah might bo emancipate from the Mormon yoke more spocdil and effectually than by any other pn cess. Thus far her vitalities has bee smothered and her facility suppresso by I the craft ofMormon monopolistswh dread the exposure of their chicanorii with the advent Into the territory t culture nnd enterprise. They fool th : with intellectual advancement mui como moral enlightenment , and tin cither would eventually result in tli overthrow of their sovereignty , and cessation of the revenue that suporst tion has enabled them to filch from th laboring hordes , who are kept In a stal of serfdom by the heavy taxations of tl ; church. The law of tithing requires the s-.n plus property of members coming t Zion , to be paid into the church , an after that one-to nth of their nnnui earnings. No itemized account is nmf of these funds , which are supposed i o to the Lord. The only visible shov ? ng is in JIONUMKNTB TO JIOUMONISM In the way of costly tabernacles an temples , and imposing residences ft their bishops. The dignitaries of the Marine churches ilnd that the most olTocth method of gaining ascendancy ov < their subjects , is by working on the superstitions. A popular doctrine that of "continued divine revelation by which the inspired are armed fi Ray dilemma in which they may fir themselves. The most ingenious at far-sighted was the pioneer prophc Joseph Smith , Ho turned the creduli of his people to profitable account , ai whenever God revealed his will for tl building of houses or gathering herds , "my servant Joseph" was nlwa , liborallv remembered in the con t rat Local history has it that Smith inhot ted his vivid imagination and ino liauslible fund of invention from h mother , who in addition to going a , , washing and pilfering clothes line turned an occasional penny by fortut tolling , She determined that one iier sons was predestined to bo a pr phot , and selected Joseph as the 01 best lilted to sustain the honor. Fro childhood up he was imbued with r the qualifications for a successful ii pOBtorand in nllJhUschemes ot duplici nnd croft in. later years , ho dopendi en his mother 'us. an infallible prln jniulstor , The doctrine , of revelation did n atrhy with the firstnrophet'b has thriven and gained strength with successive generations of impostors , and to-day enthrals as many shadowed souls ns in the earlier annals of the creed. The pretense of healing by the laying on of hands is Icxtonslvoly pratlccd. A Mormon family living in one of the ad jacent villages lately lost two children through dispensing with a physician , and trusting to the efficacy of the elders palms. The death of "the children was attributed to the divine will. The mass of Mormons nro ns personally un clean as they are morally defiled , and the oilor of sanctity pervading the tabernacle , ia at Mines vulRarly aupgcstivo of a rooloRicnl garden. The Ciders know how to make use of their comprehension of grosser human na ture , nnd create visions of celestial rewards best calculated to engender zctil In their followers , and compensate thorn for the tith- Inff sacrifices ot their present condition. In stead of the theory of "no marrying nor eiv- liiK In marriage in heaven" part of the bliss of the Mormon hereafter is to consist in a conUnuar-co of the polygamous state , which Is ono of the promises held out to them by the leaders. In fact , with the boldness of blasphemy which characterizes thorn , they oven strive to overthrow divinity , utul main tain that Christ was n polygumlst , that ho Is espoused to Mary and Martha and many others , with whom ho is even now begetting nn eternal race of goddesses. The evidences of bestiality among Mor mons are innumerable , and mcludo crimes , the very existence" of which , is too great a horror to admit. Instance * are frequent where not even the laws of consanguinity nro regarded. Nothing is Incredible among people with whom it Is nn every day occur rence for a man to marry a whole family. Most of the women are sodden creatures , the dupes of their religion nnd the slaves of the men. Taught to believe that the more children they boar the creator their glory In the future lifo. they degenerate into mere cattle , absolutely without decency , com monly attending to maternal duties in the street cars mui on the sldo walks , The baby crop Indicates in what direction Mormon in dustry tends , imd in Its wild exuberance , often gives rise to the Impression among tourists , that n colony of Methodist ministers must have been imported to people the Jerri- lory.atul proves that the natives lag not in re plenishing the earth oven though they full to cultivate it. rt.ATixtt POSSUM fitly describes the present political attitude of the Mormons. In u short time they pro fess a great chungo of heart. Uut a few months have alnpscd since they preached polygamy and disloyalty with all the old- time zeal ; nnd taught , the followers of the faith to be firm In their violations of the anti- polygamy law. Having lately again turned their eyes toward the goal of statehood , they assume a more obedient front , nnd strive to deceive the people of the United States into the belief that they are a loyal sect. To a resident their hypocrisy is most apparent. In n recent Mormon statehood convention they pledged themselves , if admitted to the union , to pass and obey laws against polygamy , and declared allegiance to the government. He- fore the oeho of their pledges had died away they wore refusing by dozens , when called as Jurors in the United States courts , to malco oath that they would obey the anti-iwlygamy law of congress. Kelinble information shows , that polygamy is as generally practiced now as at any time In the history of the church , but trickery and perjury having become part of their creed , a grout majority of the guilty successfully elude Justlco. The Mormons halo the United States , nnd only their impo tence precludes them from claiming this un absolute monarchy , It is not likely that con gress will place in the handsjof this foreign foe the dangerous powers of statehood to bo administered by this so-called church , which has been defiant from its infancy. Once em powered to legislate and govern , polygamy nnd church rule would flourish with the rank luxuriance of a noxious weed. Indications , however , point to n better future. Her natural superiority is such that with a few gigantic strides Utah can recover all that has so long been denied Her. What nature can give she lias been abundantly endowed dewed with. With largo deposits of most of the metals , and gold and silver mines , which , though scarcely developed , have been nn im portant factor in tno precious metal product of the Pacific coast. Already the yield has amounted to one hundred millions oJ dollars , with possibilities yet to bo estimated. The deposits of iron in many localities are almost boundless. Close by nro acres of coal , many thousands of tons being extracted annually for railroad and domestic purposes. Recent experiments show that hero abound the materials necessary for the manufacture of many chemicals , and works are now in con struction for this purpose. A man may have the choice of white or brown sandstone , gray granite or best earrara marble witli which to build hiir * n palace. Ono thousand carloads wore shipped to eastern points this year. Natural gas nnd oil springs are among rccont discoveries , nnd many other adjuncts to prosperity , too numerous to mention. In dryer regions the water question has been solved by the artesian well system , nn abun dant flow being obtained by boring two hun dred feet. Many of the wells will project a stream fifty feet in the air. In short , once freed from the oppression which has thus far retarded development , Utah will take her proper nink among the rising empires of the west. MIX.NII : llmi Wixx. FASHIONS VOn MKN ONLY. ffcw Yurli Commercial Advertiser , A tiny gold revolver , with a psarl handle appears among new soarf pins. The very newest shirt front of white pique , with tiny dots of a color sprinkled over it. Tweed is the thing for lounging Jackets , though alpaca will bo admissible as suintaoj comes on. The four-in-hand grows in favor , in lengtl also , nnd threatens a revival of the "choker * of the regency. For evening wear whlto gloves nro par donable , but p.ilo primrose or paler lavender is par and uway butter stylo. No good dresser now wears tight gloves ; by consequence , 7H i-s the smallest size kepi by some very tonv houses. In Paris wo nro told there Is a strenuous effort to revive kncobrooches , silk stockings low shoes and paste bucUl os. High authority asseverates that man ; American mon , so called , now wear corsets nnd that the practice is increasing. For athletes como caps of printed cotton with gray or navy or indigo blno grounds with polka dots of contrasting color. Round collar and cuff ends are hopclcssl ; pnsso and square ones to uchiovo the height ) : of style must bo artistically turned down. Very choice nnd now silk handkcrchie have centers of nolld n out nil English twil with bright or figured borders two Inche wide. Many percale shirts nro rainbow hucd ye quiet , nnd modestly elegant ones can b found for these who will not bow down t the glaring Haul. For rough weather ami hard usage nothiii ) equals the real doucgal homespun a coat o which will turn aside the most dronchioi storm of spring , English thmnuls for tennis wear como Ii inch square plaids of black , with whlto , red brown , old gold or orange and are inado u with capo to match , Spring neckwear , too , approaches the flori cothlo embracing , as it does , all light bright and ataring tones of color , with prc nonce , not to say loud patterns , Now cotton ho&o have rainbow onkl stripes on n tan ground with ribs and foot o darker shade , wltilo Lisle thread show uia tcso crosses on mode or black grounds. Flannel shirts will bo more worn than ovoi nnd the favorita stuff for thorn U the Jin English twill whlto ground with polka do of red , black , brown or bluo. Now linen handkerchiefs have eight Inc hems either of solid colors or striued n cross bar red , or else the border is two mchc wldo , with ombroidcred dots at the corners Whlto collars nnd cuffs will again bo wor with fancy shirts , anil tins linen embroider , still prevails in full dress , though the con mon grades are sent hopelessly to Coventry A sliding suspender buckle warrantcn nc to "wear , tear , rip , ravel , run down at th heel nor cut in the eye , " even on the floes silk webbing , is among the latest supplies o loiifj-feit wants Silver is as much In favor for canes , nn ; brellas nnd paraools this season as last , bu Instead of being a lmpo ! overlay , or in ox dim ] effects , ornament fairly runs riot ujw it in Hit latcdt JosJK'iis. If "straws iboxv which way the wind blow , " we will have them this .summer of u shapes , pattcros and colors , us never bofor w.u there so violent conjunction of tint and styles o * la the atr.iw hats now hurloi iifoa uu uc.cflumlluk' public. Corner nth aiid Farnam Streets , . COMMENCING SUNDAY , APRIL 12th : wn untutuuti\tt _ uamm xmw _ . * t M % ttttM u u u vv\m vM % M fa * MU\ - ' j 3 A STRANGE NOVELTY , READ THE HISTORY , Among the ninny cuests at the Mllltird yesterday wns Jtultl Webb of Fremont. VI In api'tiking of the city where bo resides ho stilted tluit It uovor before was so pros 0) perous ns it Is to-dtiy , nnd tlmt the future before It is a brilliant ono. Industncsol MRS. WM. DOHES and her Huge Fet , that has many kinds nro growing tip , nnd business of every kind Is increasing. Webb is n very genial nnd bright conversationalist , such ns nro naturally found among hotel men and owing to his Inrgo amount of traveling in past , years , ho has n stock of been. her constant companion for 29 years. good stories on hand , Yesterday ho told a reporter a peculiar nnd wonder ful snake story , ono thnt would hnrdly bo believed by inniiy , if it were not for the c3 fnct that Mr. Webb is greatly esteemed and respected bv all who know him , forhla w c3d c3W stern Htogrlty and honor. Ho said : lll supiuwo you will hnrdly believe this story , o m but nevertheless it is ns true ns gospel. I have seen nnd talked with nil the part d ies interested in it and , in met , nm personally acquainted with them. It Isa story L of peculiar devotion the only case of the kind over known. The devotion is that § of a bon constrictor thirty feet long , who seemingly has reasoning powers , under stands language , sleeps on the hearth rug of n homo , keeps the house free from rats end mice , nnd follows Its master nbout the house liken dog. The huge ser pent Is to-day the property of Hov. Gornm Nnil , now n resident of David county , North Carolina , nnd some twenty years ntro n missionary in Africa. It seems thnt shortly befori'Ilonvlng Africa ho wont into his house ono morning nnd stepping in it to the kitchen ho wns horrified at llndiughis little child fondling on the floor with a young serpent. The two were caressing each other like lovers. There seemed 3 to bo no harm in It , nnd he kept the serpent in family nnd it soon became domestic § ated. It grow rapidly and to-day it is thirty feet in length , nnd has the power to O crush , elephant. Since it taken into the it hns nn ox or , perhaps nn wns family , SNAKE Frum um never shown n savage disposition In any way. In 1870 the Kov. Dr. Nail returned to this country with his family nnd brought the Inrgo serpent with him. The bon of H has been'fed on iiiilk , gruel nnd rabbits , but does not have the ravenous appetite that appearances would suggest. As it grew older it became more domesticated , and to-tiny it is the slave and pot of the child who has grown to bo n woman. A peculiar instance of its devotion is told. A few years ago its mistress had boon away from homo on n three weeks visit. When she returned to the house , the ser pent recognized her nt once and crawling to her shoulders ho rested his ugly head on her back. She had hard work to dislodge it , nnd it seemed that ho feared that she would leave the house again. This is the longest time thnt the two had been separated. A few yonrtt ago the parents of the young lady died , and last year she was married , ono of the stipulations of the union being that she should not be sep arate from her huge pot. Frank Uuckland. of the London Xoological Garden as sociation , in writing of this case stntes tlmt it is the only ono known nn affection between a human being and a serpent. " The above described novelty demands and receives $500 per week. WEITZMAN The hero of Niagara Falls and London Bridge , will give a grand tree exhibition , crossing on a wire stretched from the top of the Musee building to the opposite side of the street , every day , commencing Mon day , at 1:30 : o'clock , ascension daily thereatter at 1:30 : and 7 p. m. APRIL 20 , EVERY LADY VISP1OR WILL BE PRESENTED WITH A BEAUTIFUL PLAQUET BOQUET OF WAX ELOWERS. O lOc , BLndlOc Musee Open Eaily trom i to 10 p. m. No improper characters admitted. IN THE ELECTRICAL FIELD , Now Plans For Lighting Theaters in Europo. MORSE'S TRIALS AND TRIUMPHS. The First Government AIrt of the Tclejjrnph Ivi htitit ; Havre Snl'e- , guard A > ; al nut Klcctrlc Shocks Conductors. Theatre Ijl litinn Abroad. A special caolo dispatch states that the Spanish government has issued a decree ordering that nil theatres in Spain shall adopt the electric light within six months. It is probable that the recent faad disaster at Oporto may have led to this , though the Portugese themselves should have been first to learn the lesson. Wo are glad to see such preference given the electric light , not only in Spain but equally in France .and throughout Europe generally ; but it does seem to us that danger lurks in such a wholesale edict. "Wo doubt the possibility of finding men and material enough to carry out the work satis factorily , in the time mentioned , even though contractors and their men should swarm into Spain from every part of the world ; and unless a theatre can be properly wired it had hotter stick to gas for n while. Ship Inditing. An important addition to the fleet of transatlantic liners will shortly bo made by the launch of two now steamers for the Inmun steamship company. These vessels are to surpass anything atloat in point of size , safety and luxury. The incandescent lighting will also bo upon the largest scale hitherto attempted. No less than 1,000 lamps will bo carried in each vobsel and the whole of the engine and dynamo plant has been du plicated. The work has been carried out by Messrs. KingBrown & Company , of Edinburgh. The largest installations at present afloat nro , I believe , those of the Umbrln and the Ktruria , which are each wired for 800 lumps nnd carry en gines and dynamos with a total capacity for $1,200. Another ship installation oi some interest which has recently been completed is that of the S. S. Ocean , n ship built at Groonock , for carrying petroleum in bulk. This is a small ves sel requlriag only 60 lumps , but recent disastrous accidents in this country have proved the necessity for electric lighting wherever inflammable oils arc extensively handled. New York City At the last meeting of the gas com mission , the following bids were pre sented and opened for public electric lighting : Brush Electric Light com pany , 381 lamps at 41 cents per nighl mid 5U lamps at 3U cents per night ; United States , 10 lamps at12 cents , 3t lamps at 44 cents , 13 lamps at 47 cents and 3:19 : lamps at 49 cents ; Harlem , 20 ; lamps at 39 cents , 29 lamps at 40 cents 38 lamps at 41 cents , 124 lamps at-U cents , 12 lamps at 45 cents , 19 lumps nl CO cents , and 60 lamps atOO cents ; Mount Morris , 87 lamps at 32 cents , 143 lamp : at 80 cents , and 60 lamps at 40 cents : Kast Uivor , 162 lamps at 32 cents , 2-51 lamps at 59 cents , and 212 lamps at 42 ! contsBall.72 : lumpsat 60cents on Broad way ana Sixth avenue frou Twenty-third to Fifty-ninth streets : North New York , 370 lamps at 39 contsi Each light is to bo of 2,000 candlo-pow- or. The North Now York eleotrio Hghl company further submitted the provis ional bid to furnish any required num ber ol incandescent lamps at 7 cents pet night. Mayor Hewitt asked why the EaitBlv r electric light company Lad failed to furnish the lights contracted for during the past voar , and was in formed that the board of electric con trol had refused tho'cortfyany the priv ilege of putting up the necessary poles for stringing itn wires. The company would during the week demonstrate to the superintendent of lamps and gas its ability to execute any contract it might hereafter enter into. No awards were made , but the bids were referred to Su- perintnndont MeCormiclc , of the bureau of gas and lamps , to tabulate and report which were the lowest among them. First Government Aid of Telegraphs. From a sketch of "Tho America n In ventors ot the Telegraph , " with special references to the services of Alfred Vail in the April Century , profusely illustrated with portraits and diagrams wo nuotc as follows : "This was a period of discouragement and depression for the proprietors of the tolegraphscarcely relieved by a ray of light from any source. At the time , there seemed lit tle hope that congress would over grant the desired appropriation. The session of 1849-40 was on the eve of the most exciting and disgraceful presidential campaign that the country had ever known , and as in later days the mom- burs were far too much interested in i legislation which would give them some imaginary advantage over their politi cal opponents to pay attention to meas ures affecting the real welfare of their constituents nnd of the country. In December , 1812Morso was persuaded to make one more application to congress. The committee on commerce again recommended an appropriation of $30,000 in aid of the enterprise. The bill passed the house by n close vote , and only after a discussion , which , as re ported in the 'Congressional Globe , ' re- llects scant credit upon the patriotism , to say nothing of the intelligence , of some of the participants. In the last hour of the session , March 3 , 1643 , the bill passed the senate , and wns signed by the president. Morio , writing to a friend in after yeors , says : "This was the turning point in the history of the telegraph. My personal funds were reduced to the fraction of u dollnr ; and had the passapo of the bill failed from any cause , there would have boon little prospects or 1111- ether attempt on iny part to introduce to the world my now invention. " "On March 4 , Morse wrote to Vail the most hopeful letter penned In many years : "You will ho glad to learn , doubtlrsi , tlmt my bill has passed the aouuto without a di vision und without opposition , so Unit now the telegraphic enterprise begins to look bright , I slmll wniit to sco y6u in Now York after my return , whluh will probably bo the latter part ot next week. I have other letters - tors to write , so excuse th'o shortness of this , which , if short , Is swoot'ot least. My kind regards to your father , mother , brothers , sisters and wife. The whole delegation ot your state , without exception , deserve the highest gratitude of us nil. "On March 81 Morse tendered Vail nn appointment as assistant and super intendent of the machinery department of the telegraph to bo constructed be tween Washington 'and ' Baltimore under the government Appropriation , which was at once accepted , Vail im mediately entering upon the duties with characteristic energy and industry , From this time forward the condition of the work is minutely detailed in his diary , and from this wo gather much information of interest in respect to the subsequent progress of the work. On April 13 ho suggested to Morse the trial of two or more circuits from ono bat' levy. The experiment was successful , the result proved to ho of the utmost importance when the tologruphio sys tem became more widely extended. " Contract Onon Tor Ijlghtinc Havre The municipal council of Ilavro has issued a circular of which the following is a translation : "The municipality ol Havre is prepared to authorize for n period ol six years an electric lighting company to establish In the said town a contra ! station , and to lay down in the public streets .sucli conductors , cables and wires as are necessary to serve the following streets and places : Rue do Paris , Place Gnmbotta , Place do 1'Hotol- de-Villo , Hue Thiors ( as far as the Hue du Camp do Foiso ) , Rue dos Drapiers , Rue Royalo. The conduits and cables are to bo placed underground , and must bo perfectly insulated. They will bo subject to the regulations of the streets committee. The lighting will comprise in the district nnmcd nbovo , both private lighting , incandescent lamps , and pub lic lighting , either arcs or incandes- cents. The authorization will confer no monopoly , and a fixed scale of charges 1 must bo agreed pn. Under these condi tions the municipality is prepared to consider communications and proposi tions from such companies , and would particularly direct their attention to the following points : 1. At what rate will they bo prepared to undertake pri vate lightingV 2. Will they albo under take public lighting , ami at what rate1 ( The tariff should bo given both in terms of lamp-hours and by motor ) . 3. What annual royalty will they offer to pay to the municipality ? Communications should bo addressed to M , , A. Rcspal u la Mairio du Havre. Agninfit ISlectric Shocks. Since it is quite futile toshu t ouroyos to the danger of contact with wires car rying high tension current , says the electrical world , the question of the best way of preventing or guarding against such accidents is important. No doubt intelligence on the part of these whoso duties bring thorn into proximity to such wires , is a prime con dition of immunity from clangor ; but ns this intelligence does not always ex ist nnd tiinco familiarity often breeds carelessness , some independent safe guard scorns to bo wanted. Various of these hnvo already been suggested , though wo believe noyor adopted in practice. The latest , which wo describe in another column , is a device which , while it can bo easily applied , may leave doubt in the minds of conductivity's its practical utility. According to the arrangement of this device , immunity from danger is sought by providing a shunt/or a cur- rout which has already penetrated into the body. In other words , a person having grasped the \vlron allows the current to iiass into his body , and the device described is such thnt , in order to become operative , the current must pass out through the slcJn again nt another point. It booms a question , however , whether the current having once entered the body , would prefer to pass out again at a point ol compara tively higher resistance or continue on through the hotter conducting portions ; that Is , the muscles nnd norvcn of the human body , liut If , as is asserted , 50 par cent , of the current is shunted by arrangement , the chnnces nro Unit whnt might have boon a fatal shock would bo converted into one having no permanent oll'octs , and if it only act ns a mitigation of the evil , Mr. Delnny's invention is worthy of investigation and application , I'lKl'tnliiK Conductors. It might have boon supposed that at this late day scientific ideas upon the best methods of applying lightning con- nuctors , nro well grounded on the experience - porionco of many yours , but wo uro oneo more brought fnee to fuca with ex periments nnd conclusions which uro diametrically opposite to long cher ished notions , \vo refer hero to the latest results arrived at by Dr. Oliver J. Lodge , and presented to the world for the llrst time in a series of lectures before the society of arts. The full text of these lectures lias not yet rc-iched this country , but wo nro informed of enough in our English correspondence to make it evident that another light ning rod conference Is a pressing' no- ceasing , to thoroughly discuss and verify the conclusions drawn by Dr. Lodge Among these wq need only to montioo that ho has shown that within certain limits conductivity 's not important , and may in some casse bo detriment ; that the presence of bad joints in a line is not a source of great danger , nnd whnt will appear as most striking of all , that n bud earth con nection , though to bo avoided if possi ble , is usually ns good a "ground" as the electricity in its erratic coui > e chooses for itself. The experiments mace to demonstrate these facts were of a not less remarkable character , being carried out with Leyden jars and frie- tional electric mnchiuo. When the disctnrpo ( wns sent through the best conductors , it was vivid and accompan ied by a largo volume of sound. Whun , however , worse conductors wore used , to a certain point , the discharge wns drawn out , ns it were , and it manifes tations were not nearly so vivid. The experiments showed the time element of discharge was an important one , and if by any means the time cnn bo in- crensed , the disduplivo olTcct of the dis charge in decreased. The experiments showed also the necessity ot providing sutliciont surfnco ns well as sectionnl area for the lightning conduccors , as was pointed out by Hughes and Guil- lemin in their experiments. Another striking conclusion drawn from these tc&ts ib that galvanized iron is a better material than copper for this purpose , because for extremely rapid current re- vcrwils. such as probably take place in n static discharge. Iron possesses n smaller coellloient of self-induction. In. n note appearing in a recent issue , it was shown that according to Prof. S. P. Thompson , iron was the most a uitabln material for lightning rods , lun'iny * ' / / induction out of eoiibidorntion , nnd it is thus interesting to observe the conclu sion nubs tun tinted in another important direction. An Klcctriu Dog-Cart. Mr. Magnus Volk , the electrician of the Brighton , England electric rail way , has applied electricity to propel n dog cart. The currant is provided by six teen "E. P. B. " ( Electrical Power Storage Company's ) accumulators cnii- nblo of keeping up a supply for mx hours. The ni'cumulnlors nro stowed under the nent-i in the body of the cart. The current works an Immirieh electric motor ol one-half horno-powur , which IB supported by hangers under the body of tiiucarl , n'uil drives n counter-shaft in front by n steel Unit chain. The right-hand wheel of the cart him n num ber of blocks on the inner side of its rim , nnd a second steel chain , passing round these blocks from the counter shaft , turilb the wheel and propels the cart. The cart travels nine miles an hour on asphulto ; nnd with n load of two ponjoiiH n grade of ono in thirty can bo suiynnunted. HiDUOATIOXAIj. There uro u hundred students in the mudl- cnl dL'imrtmnnt of the university of Ver mont. The university of the city of New York IKIS established a post-graUuate department , and forty candidates for advanced degrees uro ulrciidy enrolled. Anna Whoulor wns chosen a member of the Hnvorhill , Mass. , school board ut n ro- c'cnt special election. She is the llrst woman to ecrvo in thnt city. The young women who loft Adelbort not- lego upon the decision tlmt no more girls should bo udinittod , liavo entered the senior class at lioston university. Hon. A. E. JuJovlne , of Ilardwick , Vt , has given by will one-fourth of his estate to the university at liurlmgton. Tho. bequest Is thought to bo worth fSOO.OOO. Williams college is to send a scientific ex pedition to the Uiihuimis this suiumui to do bimilar work to that performed by the school of biology of the university of Pennsylvania latt year. The library of Professor von Kanko , the famous historian , urrivod ut Now York by the Galileo. U coiini.sts of 50,1)00 ) volumes , which are to bo transferred to the library shelves of Syracuse university. The alumni of Minnesota Mate university Imvo undertaken the cornmcndublu work nt endowing university fcllowuhips for the jiur- pose of encouraging advance ; ! study and ] > ott-gruduato work along sHicliil | lincs-of in. vestigution. Profesbor Torrey , of Harvard university who has always maintained that woman are incapable of higher education , unwittingly selected Miss B. B. Pearson's essay ns the best from a number submitted to him by mnlo collcgiatcs for the Uowdoin prize. "Smiling Mickey" Welch , of the Now Yorlc league luiim , has accepted a position in tne faculty of Trinity college , Hartford. Cotm. Ho occupies the chair of curvcit pitching , and is teaching the collegians the principles of higher mathematics ns applied to buau ball. Miss Hattie Allen , M. D. , the daughter o H. I ) . Allen , a hanker at Waterloo , In. , lias noeeptcd the assistant professorship of moii- icinu in the Michigan state university Dr. Allen is the first lady who has over held n position of this nature in a western univor < sity. sity.At At Cornell college , N. Y. , the board nt their last meeting in view of the unexpected growth of the law school , appointed a num ber of non-resident lecturers for next year. Amoiifr the moro prominent nro George Francis Pinch , of the court of appeals ; Mar shal D. Ewell , M. D , LL. M , the well known law text book writer of Chicago ; Albert H. Walker , of tee Hartford bar , and the author ot the work on patent law , and ox-Govenior Daniel II. Chamberlain , of Now York city. An effort is bciiiK made to endowa chair of English and ono of history at the University of the City of Now York. The alumni asso ciation has already secured 10,000 , und a friend , who withholds his mime , has pludguil $ . ' ) , f > 00 n year for llvu years ) to bo used in tills direction. This in a wolrotno ntc-p , Two more important branches of collegiate study could hardly ho mentioned than the-,0 , nor two that in proportion to their merits receive loss attention. i Is oxcitcd over the report that Mr * . K. 13. ItrlKBH , a newspaper correspond ent who writes unucr the nnino of "Olivia , " has donated about seventy thousand mmarn foot of land known as "Maple Square , " situ ated between .South Carolina nvimuo mid Sixth , Seventh nnd D Htroots , as n slto for n women's university , to bo patterned uftor ( llnird college , Philadelphia. The property is worth about $300,01)0 ) , Tim proposed insti tution is to bo wholly umlui- the control ol womch. The instruction Klv n will bo in thu form of lectures , so as to ( 'ivo the women n chtinco to talk. The Johns Hopkins university will soon ndd another department to Its academic DUO , that of medicine. The hospital , which was imlullmtoly endowed by Johns Hopkins with tli reel nnd onu-halt millions ol dollars , U now noaninr completion , under the HUporvis- ion of Or. HilliiiKi ) , librarian of the hiirjreon Ki'iiCTiil's olltco In Washington. It is doubt less the flnust and bust equipped hospital In the world. Several appointments have al ready been made to the medical staff , and that dcpuitmcnl will probably open next fall. The rnurso will l > o the most mlv.mr < vl and scientific in the United Status , nnd will cover thruo years , nnd ho upon only to Knui- imtfs of some college or to tbosci with equal qunllllcntiona. Seidonborg's Fijjnro , the talk of Urn town , a lo ( ) cigar for /5u. / Mux Meyer & Co. , wholesale depot. Very now waistcoats nro of natural whlto wool broken faintly by line lines of ml or bluo. They nro bound on the cilgo , without collars , have six buttons , nnd arc mount , to takii the plactiof the plqilo and llnnn horrors , whereby the average laundress transform * the inilJi'st-inaunored man into a man la Huckram. BARNACLE & JONES , Special Attention Paid to Fine Plumbing. Thw must ui'piovod xanltury nppllui.Ci > alu'ayj on Iminl lralnlayln a spi-cliilty All wml duui' uccoicllng to thubtilcf luluaot i.tnltuttuu. Estimates Furnished , Fop Plumbing , Steam nnd CMS FiUiri'j nnd Cos Fixture * . Hose und l.uv/n Goods Always on Hand , 40-4 Worth IGtlt Street Telephone 1OOI.