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THE GOSSIP OF GOTHAM. Interesting Chatter from Our Soa Board Metropolis. i Wiildorf Aiitor J.H Orowlnc TlJ-e<1 of III» London Ilomn «nd Will Upturn to Amorlra — American Society Teoplc In Fi;ypt. ._ T, IH95.I Mr. William \Valdorf Astor returns to this country from England in October. This much can be stated on the authority of his New York rep- re s e i; t a t i viis. Themii!:o::uin-'s afTalrs nre not in the HinMi llmir- ishingcondition. The real estate lias 71 ot been renting to the best advantage f ( >r t w e 1 v e j-AO'L'.s l-Kiii'i.KXITV. months pust. It 'even appears that -Mr. AM.or has been asking why his annual income has shrunk fully five hundred thousand dollars since he went abroad. This deplorable loss is due to the vacancy of one great hyt'-l and about thirty Kifth avenue houses. Hard times has .made the well-to-do tal;e up their residence in side streets. Then, too, .Mr. Astor proposes to brinff one of hi;< children to to educated in America. The fact that ho is now in mourning obli/fes him to shut up Cliveden and his Condon houses. lie will pass some very dull moments in England this year. This coming .summer Mr. Asku spend in the south of France. The. reason for his sojourn tin; re can be scon in an intimation that has reached him that Mr. John .laeob Astor will visit England early in .lune or July. It i.s worth while pointing out that, Mr. John .Tjicob Astor made formal overtures of reconciliation to his kinsman but the latter repulsed them with posi- Kappcars that the message to young Mr. Astor was of a tenor as to make it impossible lor h'irn to attend the Astor funeral •with self respect. Tho I'-.uil family and the Willhigs, which contributed wives to the Astor family, are, further, not on quite cordial terms, and this has tended'' to tighten tho tension. The man who holds the key to _ the situation and is most powerful with all the eou tend inff factious i.s James \V. I'aul, Jr., of '('hiiadc-lphiii, brothur-in-huv of W. W. Asl.or. ll'e worUs prttfcty hard iu his banking oHice ami has a superb collection of bric-a-brac and objects oi 1 art. lie is quite democratic and very popular with all classes of people. It TO ESCAI'U JUl'.V DUTV. is stated in New York, arid believed, that Mr. 1'aul is the arbiter selected to reconcile ovorvbudy and bring about pence. Already he has accomplished much in xtrjUK-hlening out the tangle. He is, u-s i.s well known, nearly related by msii-nago to the great house of Drexel. Tor a man of his wealth and social position he is quite a profound scholar and very studious. It seems that he now does very little but sit distractedly among his books wondering how he can reconcile those warring- factions. He has been dragged into the controversy very mneli against his will,, InvuTKli 10 Clllilri. To be wheeled about a city in a rolling- chair has been deemed the best possible evidence of sickly Condition. B u t there is reason 'to believe that tho i n v a 1 i d's chair has been used very successful ly by .1 'few famed millionaires as a ineans of cscap- jtiry duty. A oil of almost national reputation, having been sum- inoned for jury duty, entered the court in a wheeled chair. lie had no doctor's certificate, but made such demonstrations of pain every time his attendant moved him that his presence on the jury was seen to be a positive impediment to justice. So he was allowed to go. A month later a similar scene was 'repeated in the case of another millionaire. But by accident a "tip" reached the court officers that this was all a trick and tho man was not allowed to make ati exposure of his chair, although he escaped service on another plea. But this is not the only way in which people of means, who are in no •way physically incapacitated, avail themselves of the invalid's chair. Many lazy old fellows like to be wheeled through Jsow York's streets in tins fashion. One can get courtesies on tho Btrcngth of one's evident illness and thus be a privileged person in a crowd. 1 "" A Tonne Earl's Adventures. Quite a flutter of interest has been occasioned by tho announcement that the father of tho young earl of Ava is iu declining health. .The first reports cir- e u 1 a t e d were th.it the parent in question, who is now Great Britain's ambassador to France, was suffering from an advancing malady that fied the best medical skiH, ouffh not of an incapacitating- na. This story was originally so vagno that little credence was given it, but It is repeated with some additional details. Tho young carl has been breaking- some hearts in New York and was very conspicuous in bJa attentions to Airs. . Paran Stevens and the Goulds at the Patriarchs. Ho has caused some jealousy In view of his gnat success, and a quiet "combine," Mth«y §ay in political circles, was ef- THE KARL'S WEAKNESS. fectcd among the yonng men to down him. Tho girls, however, came to 'he youthful earl's resene and danced witn him in turn. Then the past of the ari»- tocrat was canvassed and a story wont about that he has developed such a fondness for poker that his allowance was overdrawn on two or throe occa sions. This story has been declared absolutely false. The young- fellow plays cards, no doubt, hut any assertion that he is a slave to poker is inspired by malice. The earl of Ava, it must still bo confessed, is an admirer of our national game and plays it frequently, but loses verv little for a man of his means. Altogether the earl has been a source of some bitterness in Xew York society. He is very brilliant nnd his success among 1 the women is arousing considerable enmity in all directions. 3:orron ami tjie \';intlorb!lt.M. The (Treat intimacy between the families of ' Cornelius Vanderbilt and Gov. Morton, of Xew York, is growing apace. The f, r ov- emor, his wife and one of his daughters having dined at Mr. Vandcrbilt'spal- nce, the courtesy will be returned early in February, when the Yandcrbilts become tho gover- THK riAXL.T MAKES nor' s g u e s t s, roi.rTics. The following- week Mr. and Mrs. John Jacob Astor and the Slouncs are to be dined in tho executive mansion. When Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt (rocs abroad it is more thao likely that ono of the governor's daughters will accompany the family. Miss Gertrude Yanderbilt and Miss Edith Morton have grown toifjc very intimate friends. They play duets together on flic piano and both arc equally fond of horseback riding. They carry on their conversations entirely in tho French Or Italian languages, in both of which they arc proficient. lioth are rather shy misses, witli comparatively little tasto for social crusfies. There lias been much talk regarding the intimacy between Cornelius Vanderbilt and Levi P. Morton, Political significance has bcon attached to the growing frequency of their reciprocal social attentions, but the whole comradeship has been the result of the friendship between Miss Edith and Miss Gertrude. This in turn was cemented by the fact that they had tho sa.me music teacher, a perfect master of his art, but comical with all in view of his personal eccentricities and the contortions he went through at his piano. The maestro, however, was impressed by tho similarity in the musical tastes and aptitudes of his plutocratic pupils and advised that they study together. So tho girls became friends and their papas see much of each other, too. L'lutocrscy Abroad. Cairo, in Egypt, is almost a branch depot, as it wore, of Now York society. "What with the 'Whitneys there now, Mr. Fred- crick W. Vanderbilt on his way • there, tho Pullmans, who are^ half Now York-" ers, not far bo- hind, and other -multitudes planning- to go. the- J\ile-lovcd m e - tropolis is ac- qurhifr an American fame. l>ut trouble lias been caused by the m-«'i'Ki;K WHITNEY adequacy there. niiiss. The American consul, Mr. P. C.'Pcn- licld, has been called upon to arbitrate a difference that grew out of a very hot light to possess a certain attractive villa for tho whiter. Mr. Whitney tried to lease the property only to find through Mr. PonCeld that the Pullmans had already secured n refusal of it. Mrs. Pullman, knowing that Miss Whitney is very ill, and learning of Mr. Whitney's wish to have the place, informed Mr. Penficld that he could tell Mr. Whitney to take possession. But meanwhile Mr. Whitney had secured another place, and when ho found that he could have it for all the Pullmans cared, secured an English family, the Vivians, a lease of it. When the Pullmans found this out they felt hurt, but Mr. Penficld is,trying 1 'to smooth matters out by declaring that it was nil a misunderstanding-. Poor Mr. Whitnoy is by no means strong himself. lie has been making himself conspicuous by wandering "on the shores of the Adriatic in heavy mourning- and gtizing- solemnly at the moon. Tho Solllnc I'rlco oC Snow. What to do with the snow is alwa}-s a mystery in Now York, but a portion of the commodity finds buyers at tolerably fair prices. The passion for making a snovr man is strong- in the breasts of all boys, but when snow fulls in diminutive modicums, as it does in the metropolis, the youths have hard work SXOW IS SOLD. t<) g . et enongh for even a snow ball. Papas who can afford it have been giving- the carters a 'air price for their cart loads. In the lew little gardens of Sew York aa occasional snow man had hce.n challeng- .ng- the admiration of neighborhoods. Some carters have even boon ring-ing- floor hells where they knew children ived and offering to leave their ablen wares for'a consideration. Tho police ore very watchful for these fellows, / lowever, for it is a. misdemeanor to empty a wagon foa'd'ot snow in a York street. It is not unusual for enow to be heaped up at a dinner table on some silver tray or other, with roses and other flowers arranged about it. Mrs. Sloane very effectively adorned a recent dinner of hers in this man- oar. DAVID WECHSLEB. PUSSY WORKED HARD. For Weeks She Pursued a Pair of Gray Squirrels. ROOSTER WORTH HAVING. H« Ii De»f nnd Dnnib, Bat Brlcbt «» » New Silver Dollar. Asa Judkins, of Palermo, Me., says that his deaf and.dumb rooster just heats creation, and that's right, too; ho wasn't created that way. Up to tho time he was eight months old he could reel off a "cock-a-doodle" as flippantly as anv rooster in the neighborhood, and then one unlucky clay ho got his head caught in a barbed-wire fence in such a way as to mangle hLs neck and probably tear out Lis vocal cords. Just what made him deaf, though, is ! uncertain, but it is likely that when he j lost his .power to make sounds he evidently forgot how to hear them; At loast now, at the age of three years, he gives no evidence of- hearing. So this brown Leghorn goes through life crow- £>»rl Loit Throe Focmli TThll* Planning to Sluj- the Nlmblo Gr»ycoat«—How She Finally I,»licl*d Her Gome, and Killed It. DEAF AXD DUMB. •less and cluckless. He doesn't wake up the neighborhood • at four in tho morning with an 'everlasting cock-a doodlc-doo. Every time a clond passes over tho sun he does not scream "Kaw-w-w," and send tho hens scaling for tho barn in fear of hawks. Ko, hut he is just as much lord of the chicken park as ever. There is nothing that ho fails to soe. Ho makes eyes answer for ears anc voice, too. When tho first glow of sunrise appears ho hog-ins the duties of the day by raising the rest of tho fowls in the hennery in his own-original way. Ho walks around to each one and kicks it off the porch.. There's no resisting such an invitation to get up. It's over so much more effective than crowing. When he gets a challenge to fight he does not stop to announce what he can do. He goes and docs it. 'What is most remarkable, however, about this deaf and dumb bird is that he can readily distinguish between an admonition to "»hoo" nnd a.n invitation to come in and have something to eat His owner thinks ho docs it by watch ing the motionsof the lips and tho gen oral attitude of tho person. At least, he knows what it means when a stone is thrown at him. A VORACIOUS SHARK. Uy Bllstuko Re Swallows a IJ:ir;c<>ntlue'» TnRrall T.OC- The crew of the Tortlnnd barkontino John .1. Marsh, Capt. Whiltier, which has just readied pier IS, Korth Wharves. Philadelphia, with a full cargo of salt, from a remote spot known to mariners as "Ragged Island," had dangerous encounters with myriads of hungry sharks which at this season infest the waters in tho locality of the Bahamas. As result, the vess isel readied hero minus her talTrail lo/r, a -nautical instrument without which tho navigation of a vessel is rendered not only difficult, but dangerous. This huge instrument, fashioned somewhat after a ship's propeller, is towed by a heavy line astern of ships, and an indicator on the quarter-rail marks the railes run. While thus being used it was svral- .lowed by one of the hungry sharks and tho lino'parted just two feet aft of the indicator. "It was quite an unhealthy mistake," said the mate yesterday, '-for the shark THE SILi-KK SWALLOWS THE LOG. to make. Perhaps this man-eater may swim for months with the sharp-edged instrument in its stomach, hut eventually it will die from its meal." So closely followed was this vessel by sharks during her voyage north that it was difficult to get the men to go aloft to furl the sails, they fearing that _in the event of their falling overboard they would be swallowed up by tha hungry monsters. It was at 7 o'clock in the "morning that the log was first discovered missing. A huge school ot sharks had been following the vessel all the previous day and night, and, no doubt, they took the revolving instrument for some kind of a fish. After swallowing it, a desperate . fight for freedom must have resulted, as tho rail •was badly chaffed and.the line parted in such a manner as would indicate tho application of crest strength. Mrs. E. jr. 'Polk, ofMountain Valley, near Scranton, Pa., owns a handsome tabby cat named Pearl. Up to 3Ti2\v Year's day puss had been growing thin for two months, owing to the thinking she did and the time she spent in trying to capture- a pair of gray squirrels. The bushy-tailed little fellows appeared on the premises late in October and settled down for die winter. Their presence worried Pearl from the start, and she tried every way she could think of to get near enough to nab thcm- By means of the fruit nnd shade t.rees tho squirrels gambolled from ouo farm building to another without touching tho ground. Pearl climbed the trees and"buildings in her eagerness to seize the playful strangers, but they wore too spry and wido-awakc for her every time. There was a black oak in the front yard, and the squirrels gathered . acorns from under the branches and stored them in various places. While they were busy Pearl lay in wait on the veranda, but they invariably outwiUed hor. The squirrels slept in the grain barns, and were in the habit of carrying acorns up a tree close to it. Tho cat noticed this, and one morning while the' squirrels were in the oak Pearl climbed the other tree and watched for the nimblo little nut gatherers to return to the barn. Instead of skipping up the tree where the cat was the cunning squirrels ran up a corner of the building and chattered at the euclircd cat from tho caves. Pearl was so humiliated over the-disappointment that she vacated tho tree immediately and wont sneaking to the house. The provident squirrels stored a lot of acorns under the stone base of a flower urn in tho front yard, and Pearl squatted in tho urn for hours, but got no chance to spring at cither of the artful little dodgers. Ono afternoon she csme within an ace of nailing one of them, and after that they climbed a. pear tree T for Infants and Children. IHIRTY rear!!' observation of Cftstoria_with_thg_p»fafonago^t million* of pcmons. pgrpii^u^_tqjipc«jt_<>f_it_^itfcOTit coox-.ing. Itjs TiTiqEBst.ioTia'bly thajovt_rpmp(iy_for_IgfantM nnd Children the world has «-vor ImoTrn. JCt_i_»_harmIoii». Children l^o it, It -their lives. In it Mother* h.-vrg _^oji^^ motlicino. Custorin. destroys Worms. Cr.storia Castorift prevents vomiting Sonr Curd. Ciixtorin. cures Piarrhron. K.E Cantorift relieve* TcothiiiK Cartorin. cures Constipation mad Flatulency'. Cavtorin neutralizes tho effects of cn.rbonio ncid guti or poi»onoui» ate. Co«toria doe* not contain roor;)!binc.j»gium._qr other narcotic proparty. Cartorla a«»bail»te« tho food, regulates tho stomach and powol*, giving haalthy and natural »leop. Ca»torla i. put up In on*-»Uo tottla. only. It i» not «old to bulk, Pon't allow any one to toll yon anything cl»o on tho pica or f that it i» "ju»t a^good" and "will an»wor every pnrpoc.^ gea that you get C-A-S-T-O-R-I-A. Tha •ignatnre of m^< ~* i» »n every Children Cry for Pitcher's Castoria. BEST WORLD ? For keeping tho System In a Healthy Condition. CURES Headache, CURES Constipation, Acts on tho Liver and Kidneys, Purifies thA Blood Dispels Colds and Fevers, Beautifies the Complexion and l» Pleasi'nf? and Refreshing to tho Taste. SOLD BY ALL. DRUGCISTS. nicely illustrated cipUtj-pacc Lincoln Story Boolt srivcii 10 every purchaser of ». f Lincoln Tua. Price 25c. Ask your druprffist.or LINCOLN TKA Co., Fort Wayne, Ind, sre of For Sale by W R. Porter I'USS AXD TDK and peeped into tho urn before they undertook to get acorns from under it to carry to tho barn. Aftor awhile tho squirrels took do- light in teasing tho anxious eat by capering close to the piazza when she was watching, sitting upon their haunches and chal.Wing- at her saucily. The impudence of tho daring little graycoats broke the cat all up, especially after she had sprung at them without getting- so much as & tuft of hair. The squirrels vexed puss every day, but she didn't g-ive up trying to kill them on that account. The more they teased her the more determined to slay them she became. A deep snow fell in Christmas week, and for a couple of days the squirrels kept shady. Then they scampered out, tunnelled'in the snow to the base of the urn, and lug-gcil more acorns to tho barn. Again Pearl endeavored to r.ab them on tho sly, but they were too quick for her"as before. Tho patient and persevering puss was still bent on destroying tho squirrels, however. At daylight on New Year's morning- Mrs. Polk saw Pearl climb a spruce troc in the front yard. It was eighteen degrees bolovf zero, and Mrs. Polk couldn't coax tho ca.t to come clown, so she stood at the window to lot the cat in as soon as she left the troc. A few niinu1.cs afterward the squirrels scampered across the yard, scooted into the txmncl. and soon shot, out and sat up side by side in tho snow. Each had an acorn'in its paws, and both faced the window. All of a sudden Mrs. Polk saw Pearl sail out of the tree and land on the unsuspecting squirrels. Sho wont out of sight in the snow, and Mrs. Polk ran exit to make her let the squirrels alone. Pearl was loo spry for the gray i/Jows this time, as well as for Mrs. Polk, and killed them both before Mrs. Polk could interfere. The cat wouldn't cat a particle of the squirrels; all she wanted was to put them out of the way. Pearl lost three pounds while planning to slay the squirrels, and within a week after she had killed them she gamed two pounds. Floni 1» a tlood Mule. Flora is the name of a white mule which belongs to Alexander Taylor, near Miona Springs. Maco county, Tex. Flora is S" years old. has made J-! croDS, is in good health, livtly as a cricket and will make the trip from home to town and return. 10 Kiiles, aa quick as any of her kind not half her ago. ___• When Blactlns the Stoye. In blacking the kitchen stove, better . epalts arc reached if the blacking U wet with coffee instead of. water. guarantees the future. It la not what we say, but-what ostf* SarsapariHa does, that tells the 3017. Remember HOOD'S CURES CHINESE DISLIKE RUSSIANS. They Object to jriiKcovHc Visitors its 1V«H us to .i;i*siojiriHes. A Russian gentleman wiio \vc:it up to the Yung-low-tun:.;- u'a districts to rr.sko observations On the Chinese mode of preparing tea and other matters connected therewith had a very r-avrmv escape from being stoned to death by a native mob. In -act, it appears i.h:'.i; he was only saved from sharin:; '-• « fate of the Sung-pu victims thi-o;i;,'h the commendable- action of his native boy and cook, who carried him in an unconscious state under a shower i>f stones to tho magistrate's yanu-n, which happened to be close by, and attended to his wounds. The infuriated mob tried to force tho yamen doors, but fortunately did not succeed, relief in the shape of some native soldiers having arrived in time. Xo provocation whatever preceded the attack, and from what we learn of the g-cntle- ! man's disposition it is beyond doubt j that nothing could have happened ' that could -have given rise to had feel- The only explanation, therefore, is to bo found in the fact that the gentleman was employed by tho Russian firm who -Din-chased a number of tea plants last year, and the natives arc afraid of losing their means of livelihood. How- j ever, this only partly explains the at- i tack, for, while the firm had trouble- j with their purchases in the Kingchow districts, everything went smooth in a friendly way in Yung-low-tung; so that the people must have been put up to it by some miscreant. The matter is in the hands of the Russian consul, we are told, and wo feel sure will be taken -up energetically and without a repetition of the blunders that have marked the Sung,-pu affair as one of the most detrimental to the' prestige of foreigners in China, The attack proves beyond any doubt . that the anti-foreign movement is not directed solely against missionaries and not against Scandinavians only but that, unless strong- measures bo taken, we may without donbt expect :o hear of more such attacks ere long-. We are glad to record that the gentleman has returned to Hankow and is do* ing- welL—Shanghai Mercury. Uron-tli of tue Ha.tr. The influence of diet on the growth of hah- has often been discussed. It has been shown that starchy mixtures, milk, and many other foods recognized as being highly nutritious are, ia fact, sure death to hair growth. Chemical analysis proves that the hair is composed of five per cent, of sulphur and its ash, of twenty per cent, of silicon 'and ten per cent- of iron and manganese. The foods which contain the larger per cent, of the above named elements are meat, oatmeal and. graham. Elenry pointedly says: "Nations which eat most meat have the most hair:" KiiiiT Cut Out of it Uliunoiul. Everybody knows bow (lii'lcult it is even for export lapidaries to cut diamonds; not only on account of their hardness, but by reason of their structure and veins, which must be well defined before the cutter begins his work. M. Antoinc. one of the best- known jewelers of Antwerp, has. after many fruitless attempts, sml three years of arduous and patient toil, at last succeeded in cutting a whole ring- out of a block of diamond. The ring is perfectly round, with a di.i::wler of nineteen millimetres (about three-quarters of r.n inch). It was exhibited for some time in Antwerp, and was very much admired. Us value was not given, as the maker will not sell it. Outsido of this ring there is but one other ring known to be cut out of one stone, anci that is the beautiful sapphire ring i» tho Marlhorough collection. Street JIull C»ni. Brooklyn street ears, like those of Pittsburgh, now carry mails. MERCURIAL POISON re-mills from UICUKUH! Iremmentof Wood troubled by which ll >c fystem is llllcd \vitliimcrctiryana pouisb. mixtures—more to lx> dr«idc*l ihsn the •and in a shon while i.s ill a ivonsc con- diliou than before. Boon tntepc*- w-Ksion ot tlrtt frame and its RHEUMATISM »nd ac'.iiop Joints make life miserable. S.S.S. ifl a reliable cure fur mercurial rheumatism, ana affords relief even nfter ~~ all else bus Jailed. Itiu punrant<ecd purely vegetable, and absolutely harmless; take no sub- Btitulc. Send for our | treatise on Hood and Eltin'di!=eascs. mailed free to any adores*. 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