Harper's Weekly 01/25/1890


The late Congressman William D. Kelley was an inveterate
smoker and chewer of tobacco till within the last few years of his
life, but the appearance of a cancerous growth in his cheek, and
the warning given him by the death of General Grant, led him to
give up the habit to which he had been attached for over fifty

—Rev. John Jasper, of Richmond, Virginia, the colored clergy-
man who won fame by his sermon, “De Sun do move,” has just
preached the sermon for the one-hundred-and-seventy-fifth time.
He is growing old, but his fifty years of preaching do not seem to
have lessened the vigor with which he presents his favorite
themes. Till the close of the war Mr. Jasper was a slave. His
present church, although not organized till 1867, now has two
thousand members, who worship in a handsome edifice. Next to
his preaching, the pastor prides himself on his skill in officiating
at baptisms, and it is said that on one occasion he baptized three
hundred persons within an hour.

Clara Morris when a girl acted minor parts in plays where
John Wilkes Booth was the star, and has taken up the cudgels
quite vigorously in his defence against recent published statements
that he was commonplace in his acting and a bravo in his general
life. Miss Morris believes that he, more than any of the other
sons, possessed the genius of his great father, and says that to his
inferior in the profession he was always gentle, considerate, and

—Devotion to duty and an exceedingly kindly sprit marked the
life of the late Stephen A. Hubbard, who was for twenty-three
years managing editor of the Hartford (Connecticut) Courant. At
one time he was associated with E. C. Stedman in the publication of
the Herald at Winsted, Connecticut, and all his life, from the time
he began learning the printing business at Amherst, Massachu-
setts, has been spent in a newspaper atmosphere.

—Hon. John Bigelow, ex-Minister to France, started not long
ago for an extensive trip in Europe, but has been recalled from
Copenhagen by the death of a son-in-law.

Emin Pasha has been made a Doctor of Philosophy by the
University of Koenigsburg.

—Seven of the twenty-seven widows made by the massacre of
the Little Big Horn were officers' wives, and four of these were
strongly bound together by the ties of relationship and friendship.
Their husbands were General Custer, Captain Yates, and Lieuten-
ants Calhoun and Smith. The quartette of women were all thrown
on their own resources, and have bravely met the demands made
of them. Mrs. Custer has won an enviable literary reputation.
Mrs. Calhoun, a sister of General Custer, studied elocution, and is
a successful recitationist. Mrs. Yates had three children to sup-
port and educate, and is doing it by giving dancing lessons; while
Mrs. Smith is a skilled worker in embroidery.

—The military service of the late Lord Napier of Magdala cov-
ered a period of sixty-three years, nearly all of it being spent in
active campaigning in India and other countries where British
conquest was sought. The storming of the fortress of Magdala,
in Abyssinia, gave him his title and a pension of $10,000 a year,
and in 1876 he was made Governor of Gibraltar, with a salary of
$25,000. He resigned this post in 1882, and since then has held
the commission of Field-Marshal.

—A full-blooded Moor, Madame Margaret Vayo, died in Boston
recently at the age of one hundred years. She was brought to
this country by Jesse Hallister, of Burlington, Vermont, a captain
in the Revolutionary war, and thoroughly educated. Having mar-
ried Louis Vayo, a Frenchman, she had eleven children, several of
whom became quite celebrated as musicians.

—Among the Mongolian residents of Mott Street is Whong Pok,
an aged and distinguished-looking Celestial, who keeps himself
aloof from his countrymen, but seems to delight in deeds of char-
ity. He is said to have distinguished himself in the famous Tai
Ping rebellion of years ago, and to have fled the country to save
his head. His life as a hermit is a self-imposed penance for
wrongs committed as a rebel.

—The Emperor, Princes, Generals, Cabinet Ministers, and Am-
bassadors attended the funeral of the late Cardinal Prince Archbish-
op of Vienna, the son of Farmer Gangelbauer, of Upper Austria,
and humble peasants stood side by side with court dignitaries dur-
ing the splendid ceremonial. Celestin Gangelbauer became a
monk while a young man, and rose step by step till he was the
Primate of the Austrian Empire, with an annual stipend of $30,000.
He gave largely to the poor, and left but a small fortune. His
successor will probably be Cardinal Count Schoenborn, Archbishop
of Prague, formerly an officer of cavalry, and who greatly distin-
guished himself at the battle of Sadowa.

Henry W. Grady was a most enterprising newspaper man.
He reached Charleston at ten o'clock on the night after earth-
quake, and by 2 A.M. had put eight columns on the wires, his re-
port of the occurrence in the Atlanta Constitution being generally
accepted as the best sent out. At another time he employed
four hundred men and as many horses in gathering the returns
of two important Congressional elections in the mountain districts
of Georgia, and had the full result within ten hours after the
polls had closed, although it cost him $2200 to do it.




ARTIFICIAL ICE MANUFACTURE.—From Sketches by Horace Bradley.—[See Page 67.]



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