Harper's Weekly 10/04/1884


Experiments are going on in this country and
in England simultaneously with the view of de-
termining whether the electric light can be used
with advantage in light-houses. The English ex-
perimenters are endeavoring to decide as to the
relative values of oil, gas, and electricity as illu-
minants, taking into consideration the luminosity
and penetrating power of each light in land and
sea atmospheres. Their work will be done thor-
oughly, without doubt, and it will be interesting
to compare the results with those reached on this
side of the water, where the work is going on
somewhat pretentiously and with inferior facili-
ties. The London Standard says the experiments
in England have already shown “that by means
of concentric lenses a light nearly as powerful
as the electric light can be obtained without the
same risk of failure and at a comparatively light
cost.” It is suggested that good results might be
obtained from extending the inquiry so as to in-
clude the important matter of giving distinctive
character to fixed lights.

The notorious brotherhood of miners known
by the grotesque name of Mollie Maguires has
been revived in the coal and iron producing re-
gions of Pennsylvania. This murderous organ-
ization was broken up only by a free use of the
hangman's rope. One of the objects of its re-


“We's the crew of the Sairy Jane, canal-boat, an' we shy this yer bokay at yer
Honor, hopin' ye'll prove useful to us in various canals, an' give us a show in
heavin' anchors to windward, seein' as how we's short of funds an' our mule's
up an' died.”

vival seems to be to
clear the region of
Hungarian laborers,
for whom the Mol-
lies have a bitter
hatred. A number
of men occupying
places of influence
have been threat-
ened with death
through notices sent
as in the previous
days of Mollie Ma-
guire terrorism. But
the detective and po-
lice bodies are on
the alert, and having
learned how to deal
with the murderers,
the authorities un-
doubtedly will make
quick work with re-
vived Mollie Maguir-

The American pro-
cess of “interview-
ing” will be made
more unpopular in
England than it has
ever been if the Pall
Mall Gazette
, which
has taken it up to
some extent of late,
permits the persons
whom it interviews
to make such revela-
tions as are made in
a conversation with
a London cigarette
dealer. He used to
think that his lady customers bought cigarettes
for their husbands or brothers; “but I know
better now,” he says. The advice he gives them
is, “Smoke, but do not oversmoke, madam.”

Next year, on March 27, the anniversary of
the landing of Ponce de Leon in 1512 will be
celebrated in the city of St. Augustine, and at the
same time the founding of that town in 1565 will
be commemorated. Santa Fe, the rival of St.
Augustine in the matter of age, has already cele-
brated the completion of a third of its first thou-
sand years of existence. It was not entirely clear
to all that Santa Fe was 333 ? years old, but the
enthusiasm of the celebrants was not dampened
by this doubt.

It is generally acknowledged in the West that
the terrestrial tremor which was noted a few days
ago in parts of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana was
but a feeble imitation of the robust earthquake
that played hity-tity with the fifteen-story build-
ings of New York earlier in the season. Yet that
mild shake will come in handily when the young-
sters of to-day shall occupy grandfathers' chairs,
and relate to a generation yet to come how 1884
came to be known as earthquake year.

The law regulating the sale of intoxicants in
Vermont is so well enforced that a demand has
been created for lithographic prescriptions for
some of the popular beverages. These are made
up at the drug-stores and administered to the
sufferers on the spot. The prescription for that
purely American remedy known as the cocktail
is as follows: “R.—Spir. Frument. 2fl. oz.; Ext.
Angos. ½ dr.; Syr. Simp. ½ fl. oz.”

“A diamond recently found in South Africa, and
sold to a European syndicate of diamond mer-
chants, is described as being equal in quality to
the finest India stones, and superior in weight to
all of the historical gems. It is estimated that
when cut it will weigh three times as much as
the Koh-i-noor, and fifty per cent. more than the
great Orloff.

Complaint is made that the barbed-wire fences
along the walks in some parts of Central Park
are destroying the dresses of ladies, and the hands
and faces of children.

At a colored camp-meeting on Staten Island
the sermon of Dominie Bardus was interrupted
by the shrieks of the sisters who occupied the
front benches. The good man looked among
them, and spied a snake wriggling along the
ground. Thereupon he seized his walking-stick,
descended from the pulpit, and attacked the ser-
pent. Having vanquished him, the dominie as-
cended and took up the thread of his discourse
at seventeenthly.

There was held in Austria recently a nose
show, at which were displayed olfactory curiosi-
ties in interesting and almost infinite variety.
The nose which took the prize was that of a Vi-
ennois, and it is described as “a gigantic, violet-
hued trunk of elephantine proportions.” The
result might have been different if the inhabit-
ants of the Bourbon region of Kentucky had
known that a nasal exposition was contemplated.

There is a theory that goats cause famines in
India by destroying the forests, and thus decreas-
ing the rain-fall. The propagation of circus post-
ers and tomato cans would therefore seem to
be the only sure preventive of famine in that

The Democratic candidate for Vice-President
and the Democratic candidate for Governor of
North Carolina have had narrow escapes recent-
ly from death by accident. The man who sat in
the seat with Mr. Hendricks was grievously hurt
in a railway smash-up, and General Scales's car-
riage was thrown over a precipice. He escaped
death by lodging in a tree-top.


THE MILWAUKEE EXPOSITION.—Drawn by Charles Graham.—[See Page 657.]

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