Harper's Weekly 08/18/1888


Professor Elisha Gray, who has been such a determined con-
testant of the honors given to Professor Bell for inventing the
telephone, has organized a “telautograph” company, the telauto-
graph being an instrument that he has invented for transmitting
messages long distances in fac-simile handwriting of the sender.
Rich New York capitalists are back of him.

—General Sherman averages two dinner invitations a day, but
he accepts considerably fewer than he did a year ago.

Rossi, Italy's great tragedian, has decided to quit the stage.
It has given him a fortune.

—New York's Grand Lodge of Masons has been tendered the
handsome estate of the late Governor Washington Hunt at Lock-
port on which to establish a Masonic Asylum. John Hodge, who
is Junior Grand Warden of the order in this State, makes the gift.

—Germany's new Emperor is distributing pictures and images
of himself broadcast. One of his latest freaks was to have him-
self photographed beside Bismarck.

Thomas H. Seay, who has just been re-elected Governor of
Alabama, served through the war as a private in the Confed-
erate ranks. He is hailed as a sort of political curiosity on that
account down South, where every other politician boasts an army

Henry Ward Beecher's country home at Peekskill is report-
ed to be sadly neglected. It cost Mr. Beecher $300,000, but is
now said to be offered in the market at $80,000.

—General Alfred H. Terry, who gave up army duties for the
chance to rest, is rapidly regaining his health and strength. He
spends most of his time in an old army tent that he has pitched
upon the lawn of his new home at New Haven.

—A patriot doomed to disappointment lately addressed this
epistle to General Black, of the National Pension Office: “I am
the father of seven sons by one wife. I have been informed by
different parties that where a man is the father of seven sons and
no daughters he was entitled to a pension. Therefore I write you
to know the truth about it, and how shall I proceed?”

James Stevens was a poor man, and one of the original set-
tlers of Portland, Oregon. He pre-empted 260 acres of land in
what is now the heart of that town, and now, dying, he leaves to
heirs who had forgotten him an estate worth hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars.


GERONIMO AND HIS BAND RETURNING FROM A RAID INTO MEXICO.—Drawn by Frederick Remington.—[See page 611.]

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