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ALONG THE BOARD WALK.
THIS ODD AND INTEBEST1NG MEDI.ET
OF HUMANITY TO BE MET THERE.
Guy mid Curious SiulitH at Atlantic City
"Spoon"An Immense Crowd of Buth
ors Pretty Washington GlrlB niul Lots
of Other "Washington People,
ICorrcsDondonco or The Sunday HnnAiiD.
Atlantic City, August 23. Atlantic City is
probably tbo most cosmopolitan sea-sido resort
in America. Hero on tbo four-milo board walk
one may meet in tho medley of promeunders
representatives of every rank in society, every
condition in life, from tho lowest to tbo bighest,
from tbo poorest to tbo ricbest. A result of
this throwing together of all sorts and condi
tions of men and women, lads and lasses, is a
great deal of liveliness, flirtation, and uncon
ventional carrying on that astonishes tho new
comers. If all tho escapades of Atlantic City
in which well-known people have figured could
bo written up, I am suro they would fill more
volumes than Bancroft's History. I do not
mean by this that there is much real naughti
ness at Atlantic City; far from it; and if there
is, enough that is good and innocently enjoya
ble remains to moro than balance tho account.
But people at Atlantic City are certainly flirta
tious to an extraordinary degree. That is, tho
people from Philadelphia, Trenton, Baltimore,
Wilmington, and other cities are. Tbo people
who nro here from Washington are not. Wash
ington people never flirt awuy from home. I
don't mean by this, either, that they do it so
regularly at home that they think it necessary
to break off as from their other accustomed
habits in order to get the full benefit of the
change wheu they go off on their vacation. I
simply state it as a fact.
There are two methods of enjoying yourself
at Atlantic City. They may bo designated the
serene and the hysterical. As I sat on the ve
randah of tho Wellington Wednesday evening
while a dance was in progress, I had illustrations
of these two before me. Among the throng on
the dancing floor, a lovely vision, red-cheeked
aud panting from tho pleasures of a dreamy
waltz, rushed up to theclerk and inquired: "Ob,
was that really and truly the last dance?" She
might have known it, for her programme said
so, but like all tbo other sweet creatures, she
hoped that at least one moro waltz would bo
added for her sako and the Adonis that was her
partner, as she had not had enough during tho
four or five hours of tho evening. She went in
bathing this morning in tho rain, and tbo more
it rained tbo better fun sho thought it, Sho was
of the hysterically joyous sort. While sho was
in tho height of her pleasure an old lady of
three-score eat in tbo front of the houso the em
bodiment of coutentment. Now and then she
lulled herself to little naps with snatcbesof popu
lar songs of tho day. I believe sho would have
whistled quietly if sho had considered it old-lady-like.
First sbo hummed tho "Sweet Bye
and Bye," then "Hub Smith," I meau "Listen
to my Tale of Woe," ending up with that grand
old psalm, "Guide lie Over, Thou Great Jeho
vah." Sho took tho serene method of enjoying
her summer vacation.
I have often heard of "spoons," but I never
fully realized tbo complete significance of that
term until now. If you keep a lookout along
tho beach, on tho board walk, on tho hotel
porches, in tbo fast toboggan slides, iu fact in
any spot where youths and maidens congregato
in this place, you will find there interesting
species of humanity galore. There is one couple
hero who spend most of their time on tho
"gravity" up-shoot and dosvn-sboot through
the tunnel road, In order that thoy may be
together. I am afraid tho tunnel Is tbo attrac
tion. As I stood on the boach to-day and took In
tho great crowd of bathers, stretching almost
from tho light-liouso down to the excursion re
sort, I turned aud asked Capt. Jack Williams,
the man who has saved scores of lives In tho
surf, what was tho largest crowd ever seen in
tbo surf at one timo. "Last Sunday morning,"
bo said, "when tho number was estimated at
37,000, a census, as it were, being taken among
tho various booths where suits are hired out."
Just think of this ! Thirty-seven thousand peo
ple bathing at the samo timo. it te a sight
worth going miles to see. Tho bona fide pop
ulation of this Island is 18,000 people, aud on
Sunday there was estimated to be within tho
water-inclosed place 310,000 people. In speak
ing of tho bathers at this placo it might be well
to state that nine-tenths of them really and
truly do cntor tho water and go out to tbo first
breaker, while of tho other tonth one-half pass
their timo exhibiting their natty rigs, whilo tho
remainder wet their feet and then roll ovor in
tbo sand for a sun bath. Thoro bavo been few
striking costumes seen on tbo beach. Tho only
ono conspicuous on Weduesday was a young
bud in a dress of puro whlto legglns, bodice,
aud skirt, that was ruined just as soon as tho
first breaker struck It. She had to bo escorted
by a guard of female companions to her bath
houso to repair rents.
Miss McNeir and .Miss Stella Merritt, of
Washington, are receiving attention here, and at
tho Wellington aro decided bellos. MI6S Merritt
found a beautifully fat-looking pocket-book on
tho board walk, but when sho attempted to pick
It up it wont tobogganing along out of her reach.
Two wicked little sinners were at tbo other end
of tho ropo that yanked It.
As a resideut of tho National Capital prome
nades tho board walk ho Is particularly struck
by tho great number of familiar fuccs bo sees.
Tbo place Is Utterly filled with Washington ians.
Tho youug ladies of Washington, It must bo
said, aro'tho prettiest and brightest ornaments
of this city by tho sea, and they aro greatly
Among tho Washington people to bo seen
hero are Judgo aud Mrs. Carusi, Mrs. aud Miss
Lacey, Mr. aud Mrs. James Durant, Comp
troller of tho Currency Lacey, Mr. aud Mrs.
Eugene Carusi, Mr. Thomas Durant, Miss
Cleary, Miss Collins, Dr. William Wirt, Judgo
Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stanton, Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Egglestou, Tat Wills, of tbo
. Columbia Athletics; Mrs. Martin, Mr. Frank
Martlx, Miss Martin, Miss Utermohle, Miss
Glllsou, Mrs. Cogau, Miss Cogau, Mr. and Mrs,
AV. II. Manoguo, Mr. and Mrs. Archer, Dr. G.
P. Fenwlck and Mrs. aud Miss Fouwick, Miss
C. Stewart, Mr. aud Mrs. Hediau, Mrs. and
Miss Ellis, Mrs. L. S. Clarke, Mi68 Clarke, Miss
LoCoinpto, Mrs. J. D. Duval 1, Mrs. J. P. Whlto
ford, Mrs. Lewis S. Wells, Miss Wells, Mrs. J.
II. Doyle, Mrs. J. B. Baggett, Ml6s Maude Bag
gett, Mr. Harry Sohen, Mr. Thomas Carroll,
Mr. A. B. Smith and son, Mr. Charles Edmon
ston, Mr. A. L. Miller, Mies Hattio McCluro,
A.N JElMBA.IB.IiA.SSlMCEN'T OF RICHES.
The Democratic District Commissioner Having Cut Oft'His Own Official Head, the President Finds No Linclc oi'
Material Prom Which to Put a New Head on the District Cerhcrus.
Miss Romen, Miss Gloasou, Mr. and Mrs. David
Kindleborger, Jr., and child. Mrs. W. II. Mc
Knight aud family, Miss M. E. Grav, Mrs. J. R.
McConnell, Mr. Felix Maboney, J. G. Hick
ling, Mr. Andrew L. Lipscomb, Mrs. W. L.
Cash, W. J. Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. Heenan,
John Coleman, Charles P. Lincoln and Airs.
Lincoln, Miss Bertha Lincoln, Rev. AVilllam
Price and Mrs. Price, Miss M. II. Brady, Georgia
Shallenberger, Ella L. Sballenberger, W. B.
Matthews, Leon E. Albert, Henry Bowling,
Mrs. Alex. Elliott, Miss Ray Elliott, Miss
Lacey, A. J. Miller, E. E. Hamey, II. B. Hamey,
Harry II. Thompson, George T. Parks, E. O.
Wiggenhorn, Miss Martha Bluinenberg, Mrs.
Isabel Palmer, Miss Margaret Kenedy, Walter
Cochran, M. J. Colbert, W. II. ltciueckc, Win.
H. DcLacy, J. I. Jones, H. B. Polkinhorn,
Lilian Jones, Dr. S. S. Stearns, Mrs. Tiers and
daughter, L. R. Stowoll, and L. L. Thompson.
A pleasant progressive euchro party took
place Thursday ovenlug at the Colounado. Tho
players wero all from Washington. Tho gamo
was very Interesting, and Mrs. Rlnes gave the
players a charming lunch at tbo finish. Tho
prizes wero won by Miss Armprester and Miss
Elliott, and Dr. William Wirt and Mr. Reeves.
J. II. D.
ANOTHER DEFECTIVE IjAW.
A SorioiiH Drmvlmck to WiiHhingUm'h Ad
vantages uh it Grotnu Green.
Yesterday an old gentlemau from Westmore
land County, Va., called at tbo Clerk's office to
obtain a certificate of tbo marriage of bis daugh
ter some fifteen years ago iu this city. His daugh
ter lately died, and tho certificate was needed to
settle in tbo Chancery Court of that county tho
tltlo of certain real estato to which her children
wero ostensible heirs. Tbo marriage llconsobook
was produced, aud it was fouud that whilo a
marrlago liceuso had been issued tbero was no
return mado by tho minister who celebrated tho
marriage, whoever lib might be. Both husband
and wlfo wero deavj, and tho father of the wlfo
never knew tho name of tho minister who per
formed tho marrlago ceremony.
Timo and again tho Clerk of tho Court has
called tho attention of Congress to tho fact
that whilo tho law regulating tbo Issuance of
marrlago licenses was intended also as a record
of marriages, yet owing to a defect In tbo terms
of tho act tho record is practically worthless as
evldonco thereof. This defect Is that tho law
requests instead of ordering, with a penalty for
non-fulfillment, every minister celebrating a
marrlago In tho District to make record of tho
same within reasonable timo in tho Clerk's
office. As matter of fact, a search of tho books
for tho past twenty years shows that out of tho
total number of marriage licenses lesucd during
that period not ouo-fourth of tho number have
been certified to by tho celebrants of tho mar
riages, Tho Roman Catholic and Episcopal pastors
keep a church record of tho marriages per
formed by them. Tho pastors of other demonl
natlons, as a rulo, do uot keep such a record.
As Washington is a sort of Gretna Green for
runaway couples from Marylaud and Virginia,
it 13 easy to soo what complications in tho set
tling of cstatos may arlso from tho defective
marriage license record In tbo District Clerk's
office. Parties who take out a license generally
bollovo iu thoir Ignorance that said act is an
evidence of marriage, but It is not. Auybody
by paying a dollar eau tako out a license In tho
name of auy parties, and then tear up tho docu
ment without using it. As tho lawyeis say, tbo
marrlago license is somowhat in tho nature of
Tbo Bar Association has had this inattor un
por consideration for soma timo past, and uttlio
earliest opportunity will seek remedial legisla
tion from Congress to compel ministers to per
form their duty.
AN ACT OF TARDY JUSTICE.
An Appointment "Which Gitrlluld "Would
IIuvo Made But for GuitenuV Bullet.
The nomination of Dr. Jedcdiah II. Baxter
to be Surgeon General of the Aimy, btklly an
nounced in Tiiu Hkiiald of last Sunday, was
an act of tardy justice to a faithful and ca
pable official, which President Harrison ought
to have been glad of the opportunity to per
form. Connected with the appointment there
is a story of moro than ordinary interest, going
back to tho painful days of tho summer of 1SS1.
Among tho minor results of tho fatal shot which
Guiteau fired on tho 2d of July of that year
was tbo destruction of Dr. Baxter's prospects
of becoming Surgeon General. President Gar
field only tbo day before bo was shot had prom
ised to send Dr. Baxter's natno to tho Senate,
as bo knew tho Doctor's fitness for tbo place
and recognized tho justice of the claims
which his fi lends mado that ho should
receive tbo appointment. But Pres
ident Arthur, owing to some personal feel
ing, declined to fulfill tho promise mude by his
predecessor. Dr. Baxter's friends urged Mr.
Arthur not to allow this feeling to interfere,
but without success. Tho President as much
as admitted that the Doctor had the qualifica
tions and rights which should entitle him to
that promotion. The Doctor was thus com
pelled to wait for years for what was acknowl
edged to bo bis jii6t dues. Drs. Crane, Murry,
and Mooro bavo each had tho honois of tho po
sition of Surireon General over Dr. Baxter's
head. Tbo press throughout tho country has
spoken in tho bighest terms of Dr. Baxter as a
g'entleman and a man fully qualified in overy
particular for tho high ofilco to which ho has
Dr. Baxter was a self-mado man and a man
who has always been known for bis determined
will, never undertaking anything that ho did
not succeed In accomplishing. Ho was born in
Vermont, and graduated at tbo University of
Vermont, located at Burllugton, in 1800. Ho
then took a course iu tbo Collego of Physicians
and Surgeons of New York. Ho entered a com
petitive examination with a class of twenty-five
surgeons for n vacancy In Bcllovuo Hospital,
Now York City, aud camo out with first honors.
In tbo early part of 1801 his father, without his
knowledge, obtained a commission for hint as
assistant' surureon, U. S. V., and was very much
surprised, and his friends likewise, when ho de
clined tho commission, on the ground that It
would bo said that It had been obtained for him
through his father's iulluonco rather than by his
own meiit. Ho mado an application In bis own
behalf, and appeared boforo a board of surgeons
aud stood u most rigid examination and was
commissioned surgeon of tho Twelfth Massachu
setts Infantry Juno 20, 1801. Iu April, 1802, ho
again entered a competitive examination with
ouo hundred others for tho position of biigado
surgeon U. S. Vols., In which rank therowero sev
eral vacancies. Tho records of tho Surgeon
General's Ofilco, referring to this examination,
state that owing to tbo sevcro and rigid exami
nation only eighteen possed, Dr. Baxter's name
appears third on tho list.
In September, 1803, Dr. Baxter was assigned
tho task of establishing what was to bo known
as Campbell Hospital, which covered tbo greater
part of what is now Lo Droit Park. Campbell
Hospital was considered ono of tho modol hos
pitals in Washington, made so by energy, perse
verance, aud good management, and tbo able
assistants which Dr. Baxter had, selected.
Nothing was considered too much trouble that
would add to tbo comfort and amusement of
tho patients. A theatrical company was formed,
much to tbo displeasure of tho Surgeon Gen
eral, likewise a baud which was composed of
tho attendants and Inmates of tho hospital.
Even the chaplain and his wife and daughter
took a prominent part.
In 1804 Mr. Baxter was made chief of the
Board of Enrollment. On March 80, 1S05, he
was brevetted lieutenant colonel for meritorious
and faithful services in recruiting. In July,
1807, he was brevetted colonel and appointed
assistant medical purveyor, and in March, 1872,
promoted to medical purveyor. In June, 1807,
he was made colonel for gallant and meri
torious service. In 1S74 Dr. Baxter commenced
the study of law at the Columbia College in
this city. His time was so much occupied with
his other duties and lectures that ho was com
pelled to do all of his studying after !) P. M.
Saturday evenings ho would "retire at 9:30 and
not rise until Monday morning, wheu the samo
order of things would bo repeated. Ho grad
uated at the bend of his class and was admitted
to tbo District bar and to practice before tho
Supreme Court of the United States lu 1877.
The Academy of the Holy Cross.
Studies will be resumed Monday, September
1, at the Academy of the Holy Cross, 1312 Massa
chusetts avenue. Tbo courso of studies hero
pursued is woll known to be of tbo highest order,
embracing all branches of a finished education.
Tho higher mathematics, phonography, and type
writing receive especial attention. The musical
department is all that could be desired, and is
conducted according to tho best methods. The
Instruments in use are the piano, harp, violin,
guitar, nud banjo. In the studio every atten
tion is paid to tho progress of those who show a
tasto for art. During vacation many improve
ments have oeen mado which add greatly to tho
comfort and pleasuro of the pupils. Now class
rooms have been fitted up to accommodate tbo
over-increasing number who seek admission.
The room devoted to tho natural science classes
has undergone complete renovation and has re
ceived a largo supply of new apparatus.
Col. AVood Arrested Tor Libel.
Detective Block was very much stirred up
over the letter published iu Friday's Star over
tbo slgnaturo of Col. William P. Wood. He
therefore called upon Assistant District Attor
ney Amies asking him to institute a piocess
aealnst Wood for criminal libel. After con
sideration Armes told Block that whilo he
deemed tbo letter a gross criminal libel, yet on
account of tho peculiar circumstances surround
ing tho case bo thought it inadvisable to prose
onto tho matter at this juncture But Block
sworo out a warrant and had Wood arrested yes
teiday. Tho talk at police headquarters was to
tho efl"02t that when thjs case comes to trial
therowill be "a pretty kettlo of fish to fry" 10
latlvo to pollco methods,
A Few Fashion Notes.
Somo of tbo most fashionable girls aro weuring
tennis shoes of a deep red.
Two parts of lemon juice, ono part glyoorlno,
und ono of almond oil aro recommended as
making qulto tho best of all preparations lor re
Cotton is kimr and iu spite ot modes and mod
istes tho world is wouring gingham, lawn, aud
cam brio dresses brightened with colored braids
and heavy wash lace.
Blaok is never ou of style, but it bus received
(x now leaso of llfo this summer, tbo lovely bluok
grenadine being among tbo most elegnutand ap
preciated toilets, us aro also tbo black nets and
figured laces, which nover go out of stylo.
Tho cbntelaiuo belt, with its dangling accom
paniments, is not becoming to all figures, and,
besides, tbero aro somo delicate fabrics llkoly to
bo injured by contact wltli the metal, son com
promise has been cll'cotod, aud a wide silver pin
holds till tho pendent pencils, vinaigrettes, bon
bon boxes, etc
Drink Tnnntmuser beer. 11. Uenzler.
WE ARE VERY HEALTHY.
WASHINGTON'S DEATH KATE GETTING
LOWBlt AND IOWEB ALL THE TIME.
It Huh Boon Particularly Low This Summor
Dr Towiiflhond Thinks Good Drainage
and JnatlSnotighllalnlSxplnlnlt Pooplo
"Who "See "Washington nndThon Die."
Dr. Smith Townshond, Health Officer for the
District, says that Washington is an unusually
healthy city this summer. The death rate is
much lower than It has been for several years
past. When asked why this was the case, the
"Tho health of a city's population depends
moro than anything else upon tho draiuago. It
Is only natural that built as Washington is,
with its wido and accurately constructed streets,
tho drainage hero should bo good. That is the
case always, but when thero nro few rains, no
matter how good tho draiuago may be, thero is
somo water that is bound to get stagnated in the
sewers and produce sickness. Typhoid fever is
in a largo degrco the direct, result of this condi
tion of affairs. This summer, though, wo bavo
had a great many rains and our sewerage has
been in an unusually good condition. The only
danger under circumstances of that nature is
that tho heavy rains may wash into tbo cellars
and produco the germs of disease there. Wo
overcome this danger as far as possible by mak
ing close inquiries into tho condition of tho
cellars after every rain approaching at all the
dimensions of a flood. Tho utmost caro is used
that no such case may go unreported.
"Tho sewerage in tho city is not so good as it
might be, but overy year new appropriations
aro being mado toward its Improvement. In a
like degree wo find the health in certain locali
ties to improve. Of course tho death rate varies
with tho season. Its annual variation is for tho
better, and every year tho percentage of deaths
grows less. Tho months of July and August
are the most fatal for children, and, indeed, for
people generally. Tho children especially,
though, are stricken down during these months.
General weakness, diarrhoea, aud summer com
plaints all servo to increase that rate of mor
tality. In December and January the principal
ailments aro those arising from the malarial
troubles of tho pieceding months. In March
aud April the deaths among old people and
thoso from throat and lung troubles swell the
"In tbo summer thero aro probably twenty
thousand less people hero than In the winter,
and, of course, there arc fower deaths. Our
city is an exceptionally healthly one, aud our
death rate would not be as high as it is but for
tho number of people who pass through here
both for tho North and South. Whether they
express it that way or not, It seems as though
a great many sick persons don't want to dio be
fore they see the Capital of their country. So
whenever an invalid Northerner comes South
ward for warmer climes ho stops over iu Wash
ington. Tho Westerner coming Eastward is
imbued with tho samo idea, and wo nro called
upon to entertain him. Likewise Is it with the
Southerner going North for his health. This
city may uot be a very largo city, but everybody
who possibly can wants to seo It. In that way
our population is swelled nearly always with
strangers, many of whom aro suffering from
some"malady. In consequence our death rate
"Ono would think that from tho number of
persons engaged here in closo application to
desk work, as iu the Departments, consumption
would bo very prevalent. The fact Is that it is
not, and our rato of death from that causo is
comparatively low. There Is most nssuredly
nothing In our atmosphere conducive to tho de
velopment of that disease. Thero is more or
less malaria here, as there is in all Southoru
cities. In fact, it is a causo of general com
plaint all along tho Atlantic seaboard. Tho
extent of its Influence broadens as wo go further
South. New York contains more than Boston,
Philadelphia moro than Now York, Baltimore
moro than Philadelphia, au(l Washington more
than Baltimore. Further South it 'is a very
n 'evaleut disease, especially in Richmond and
Savannah. Wo have our share of it here, but It
is by no means so serious,
"it would bo natural to presume that tbo gen
erally unsettled condition of tho weathor during
tho summer and spring, first cold and then hot,
would bo tho cause of much sickness. Such,
however, is not tho case. It has beou noticed
all through tho East that tho condition of the
peoplo has been better this year than for years.
Tho peoplo seem to thiivo ou tho variety. The
change from winter to spiing, as I said bofore,
is tho cause of many deaths, but these meteoro
logical changes within a few days of each other
seem to bo accompanied with no very unfavor
Pretty Novelties in Jewelry.
From tbo Jewelers Weekly.
A pretty silver match stand is formed by two
shells standing upright in u shell ot larger size,
Cull' llnkB, each bar representing u colled suako
wltli it dlamoud set lu tho head, aro suro to iu
Tbrco diamond owls, diminishing in size, sleep
ing on n gold hough, tuako a. lace-pin of attrac
A bracolet recently revived is a closo gold
chain baud which can be fastened with u buckle
at any point of its leugth.
A cigarette box of plain silver, having an
anchor with a ropo coiled to form tho word
"Cigarettes," Is seasonablo novelty.
A beautiful heurt-shaped opal, apparently
pierced by u shaft of diamonds and rubies, is a
laco-pin recontly produced by a Now York jew
eler. A gold mosquito, with emerald eyes and hav
ing its proboscis thrust through a lino whlto
prarl, Is a scarf-pin qulto suggestive to tho sum
Light bluo enameled ileurs-do-lls, iuserted iu
tho centre of an oval whlto enameled disk en
circled with small brilliants, mounted in Roman
jtold, for outr lluks, bavo met with considerable
An Interesting Trip,
Every Thursday to Island Park aud Uurnor's
Forry. No confusion orurowdiug. livery ticket
entitles tho holder to u rcsorvod seat. Round
trip, SI. Train loaves IJ. & O. station each Thurs
day until Sontomber i at 10 A. M. Sceuro seats
in udvaneo at 010 and K5."1 Pennsylvania aveuue.
No extra charge.