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THE GUILLOTINE GLUTTED
OVBB COO DISCHARGES IN THE OEN
SOS OF1TICK ITS THKKK WAYS.
ratliotlo Scenes When the Fatal Yellow
Envelopes Were Handed Hound
Sobbing Women and Men Who Hiil
Their Anxiety with .Token,
Tho man wbo works tho guillotlno rnadcthe
biggest record among tho Census Ofllce em
ployes last week. Ho dealt out official death
right and left with a skill and rapidity that
would have obtained for him the highest pos
sible rating if ho had been manipulating a
punching machine. In one day he cut off no
less than 500 official heads of male and female
clerks, and his operations spread almost ss
great a relen of terror throughout the oflice
as did tho operations of the original guillo
tine in revolutionary France.
But it Is only fair to Bupposo that the guillo
tine operative in tho Cohbus Office did not take
much pride orpleasure In his work. Necessary
as tho reduction of the force may have been,
it was attended with enough pathetic 'inci
dents to make the all-around decapitation
severely felt by the officials who are obliged to
handle the guillotine. Tho notices of removal
camo very suddenly. It had been understood
that at least three-fourths of tho force would
be retained until tho first of next year,
although 6ome reductions were expected, but
even tho special agents in charge and chiefs
of division were amazed when word was
passed around early last weekthat they were
to be deprived of by far the larger proportion
of their force, If their divisions should not
be closed up altogether.
Butthe appropriation was understood, had
got way down, and there was no help for it.
So they had to go to work at the not very
pleasant ta6k of making out tho lists of those
whoso heads were to bo dropped into the
basket. In making out these lists, although
the points considered were length, faithful
ness, and efficiency of service, together with
trained competence to finish the work remain
ing to be completed, tho heads of division
could not avoid sacrificing scores of employes
whom they hoped to keep with them until the
Whon the rumor began to go around among
the clorks that tho day had come or was
rapidly coming tho uneasiness apparent was
almost painful. "I wonder If I am in it?"
wa6 the question heard on all sides, and the
men began figuring on how many railroad
tics there were between Washington and
home, and how long it would take them to
traverse them, providing tho Weather re
mained fair. A good many wondered how
they were to pacify their landladies without
paying their board. The men joked a good
deal about the wrath to come, although it
might have been noticed by a close observer
that their hands did not grasp their pens very
Eteadily. The women said hardly anything,
but their looks betrayed tho extreme uervous
ness they felt.
When tho messengers entered, their hands
full of tho fatal yellow envelopes, there was
an immediate hush. Not a word was said.
But when the envelopes began to bo handed
around the uproar commenced. "Well, I've
got my valentine," a man would say. A
typewriter girl would open her envelope with
trembling hands, trying to hope that it con
tained something else thau her dismissal, and
then give way to harrowinir sobs. One brave
little woman, in the Lincoln Hall Building,
who is tho only support of her mother and her
dead sister's four children, closed her teeth
down hard on her under lip and said not a
word. She was used to reverses. An old man with
a fine intellectual face spoke up, to a group of
young men standing around and discussing
tho situation. Ho said: "You young follows,
with strong arms, sound bodies, and heads
clear with youth, you talk among yourselves
of what you are going to do when you 'got
home.' Your advantage oyer mo Is manifest.
I have no home."
And so the talk among the men, mingled
with tho suppressed sobs of tho women,
went on. But, as almost always happens
amid such distressing surroundings, there
were some humorous Incidents to relieve tho
-tension. A very largo lady, when her envel
ope was passed over to her, bridled up and
grew tremendously Indignant. As soon as
she was capable of speech at all she gasped
"Just wait till ray Beuator gets hero. lie's
coming to-morrow. Then they'll find out that
he's a bigger man than tho whole Census
Ofllce put together. Just you wait till ho
gets here, I won't budge from this seat until
I have been reinstated and had an apology
from tho whole crowd for daring to dismiss
Tho qhjef of one of tho largo divisions,
whoso force was decimated to almost nothing,
said the dismissal of his people was the sorri
est task he bad ever undertaken, and that he
could not again listen to the recital of all the
sad tales and pleadings for reinstatement for
all tho mouey in tho Treasury.
As a matter of course, about tbrrn-fourths
of those dismissed will make franuc efforts
to bo reinstated. They will bring all the in
fluence In their power to boar, ana tho Super
intendent of the Census will hardly Ho on a
bed of roses for a long while. But if there
i6 no more money left, what is to be done ?
Perhaps those dismissed will work for nothing
until a new appropriation is made.
Cl-AHUNOE L. CULI.EN.
Tho Extension oV T Street.
MesBrs. n. Y. Garnett and W. L. Cole ap
peared before the District Commissioners yes
terday as counsel in the matter of the exten
sion of T street from Lincoln avenue to First
street northwest. A jury had awarded the
property owners $300, but Messrs. Garnett
and Cole demanded $500. The Commissioners
refused to give more thau the amount awarded
by the jury, and further proceedings in tho
matter were postponed tillMonday,
A. M. Gorman, manacer, will take pleasure
la driving you over Northwest Alexandria.
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AN AMPIiB ICE SUPPIiY.
I'rosUlont Lambert Dooh Not Iook for a
Rlso In 1'rlcos.
"Yes, I road that letter in one of the dally
papers relative to tho prospect of a deflciont
supply of ice here, and consequent high prices,
If we should have a contluued spell of hot
weather, but I do not think thero Is any cause
for alarm," said President T. A. Lambert, of
tho Great Falls Ico Company. "Tho compauy
I represent has better Btorago facilities and
wharfago facilities than over before. Moro
over,we have larger and swifter ships to bring
tho ice here from tho storage houses ou the
Kenuobee. Tho storage capacity of our two
ware-houses here is 8,000 tons, and besides wo
have 8,000 tons on storage iu Georgetown.
The state of tho atmosphero outside has but
little effect on the preservation of our snpply
In tho storage-houses, for they are built to pre
vent waste in all conditions of tho weather. I
am positive that our citizens can get all tho
Ico they want, even If wo have a long dry spoil,
and I do not think thero will bo any necessity
for a rise in prices. It 1b the common belief
that tho ice companies waut tho earth, so to
spoak, but I know that my company onlv
want a fair profit on their work and invested
SOME OJJEItlOAIj CHANGES.
John Walker Supersedes Frank StllBon oh
. Gol. Robert's Chief Clerk.
There were some important clerical changes
made in the office of the Engineer Commis
sioner of tho District yesterday afternoon.
Mr. Frank Stilson, the chief clerk of tho office,
gave up that position and was made a $1,000
clerk. This change, it was said at the Dis
trict Buildings, was made at tho request of
Mr. Stilson, whose health is not good and
would not permit him longer to discharge the
duties of chief clerk, Mr. Stilson will be suc
ceeded as chief clerk of tho Euclneor's Ofllce
uy Mr, John Walker, who was long an em
gave him a thorough familiarity with District
matters, so that he can take up his now duties
with Intelligence. Mr. Walker went West
6ome time ago into tho banking business, but
did not like it and returned to Washington.
The salary of the chief clerk In the Engineer's
Office Js $1,900 a year.
Mr. F, M. Guy, a 1,400 clerk in the office,
was reduced to $1,800 and Mr. A. Y. Lakeman
was appointed to a ?1,400 clerkship.
ploye oi tue Jbirst uomptrouer'B uillco in tho
Treasury andforsomo tlino was acting Deputy
Comptroller In charge of District affairs. This
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THE HUTTON CASE.
Commissioner Ross Has a Talk With
t Comptroller Matthews About It.
District Commissioner Boss had a talk with
First Comptroller Matthews yesterday in re
gard to tho Ilutton case. It will be rerapm
bered that Mr. Hutton was appointed to a
place on the District police force to test tho
legality of what Is known as tho Army and
Navy clause, which provides that District
policemen shall bo selected from men who
were honorably discharged from the Army or
Navy of the United States. This clause greatly
hampered tho Commissioners and tho major
of police In getting tho best available men for
tho forco, and Mr. Hutton, who had not been
in tho Army or Navy,was appointed a patrol
man to make a test case, llecently tho
case camo up in tho District Court and It was
decided that Mr. Ilutton was legally ap
pointed. This decision was generally re
garded as Invalidating tho Army and Navy
clause, but Comptroller Matthews, who con
trols District expenditures, will have some
thing to say In the matter. What viqw he
will take of the matter is not yet known.
Commissioner Boss yesterday Informed him
officially of the decision of the court, and ex
plained to hlra the manner in which tho Army
and Navy clause worked to the detriment of
tho District Interests. Mr. Matthews will
make his decision known on Monday, It is
expected to coincide with tho view of the
Big Gales and Icebergs,
New Yoiik, June 18. Tho steamer Fulda,
which arrived to-day from Bremen and South
ampton, reports a heavy gale from the south
and going to the southwest and west south
west. Tho sea was like a boiling mass of
foam, and the flying spray prevented any view
from ahead. An oil bag was used with great
Buccess, The Fulda passed a large Iceberg
about 1C0 feet high, and tho same day she
passed another large Iceberg about tho same
Whore Servants Get$l a Month.
In Bwedeu you can get a competent hired
girl for $14 a year, If she agieed to do the
washing, baking, cooking, and cleaning, mind
the children, clean the gentlemen's boots, make
garden, put up preserves, milk tho cow, clean
the family buggy, ljyelp with the mending and
do night duty in case of sickness you would
have to give her $20 a year
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THOSE WICKED GERMAN CARP.
A JTishormaii Charges Them with Killing
Off tho Other ITlsli.
" Tun Herald last Sunday had an article
about nets and seines being set in the river,"
said Lawyer Howard M. Norris, "but the de
pletion of the annual run of shad and herring
Is not tho only cause for complaint. I am a
member of several fishing clubs who troll tho
lino in the upper aud lower Potomac. As a rter
voted disciple of Isaac Walton, I naturally am
interested Iu tho fishing crounds of our river.
It is a matter of notoriety among our amateur
anglers that tho catch of fish has been very
much on tho decline. Men go now along tho
banks of tho river from the Long Bridge to
tho Chain Bridge and do not even get a blto,
where formerly they could get a well-filled
creel in an hour or so.
"What Is tho matter? Why, simply this tho
Importation of German carp has done tho
business, They are hogs and scavengers.
Ihey are suckers and they go nosing along tho
bottom of tho river and feed preferably on tho
spawn of tho bass, perch, pike, and others of
our pan fishes. You may ask nuy of the men
connected with the angling clubs and they
will tell you what I have said. Tho carp aro
like the English sparrows. And how we are
to get rid of them In our Eastern rivers is a
problem that I would not like to attempt to
solve. But, anyhow, I am positive that'the in
troduction of the carp, and its fertile' prop
agation, has done away with anything like
enjoyable angling iu the Potomac."
A Heiuld reporter saw one of the commit
tee of clerks who are engaged in making up
tho schedules for supplies to be used for tho
ensuing fiscal year. He said: "You don't
know how much work there is to bo dono
about this matter. For example, there aro
twenty different classes in the schedule, and
for each of these there are half a dozen or
more bids for instance, groceries, provisions,
boots and shoes, plumbers' supplies, station
ery and school-books, printing, drues, and so
on to tho end of the chapter, so that you can
see that it is no child's play to systematize all
this mass of material. I believe that each class
has fully two hundred bidders, and for each
item there are several bidders. All of this we
must go through, but I think that we Ehall be
able to present a report to the Commissioners
by this day (Tuesday) week. Anyhow, the
work will be pushed forward as rapidly as
PAGES 9 TO 16
THE LOCAL STOCK MARKET.
AN UNCSUAM.Y DUM, WEEK ON
Metropolitan Rallrond IIlchor, with &
Still Further Important. Advance In
tho Onotatlons A BIr Sale oC .Local
Securities at Auction.
Business continues dull and tho transactions
few and unimportant on tho local Stock Ex
change. But for tho Bale of ?40,000 United
States registered 4's, which brought 1183, the
aggregate for the week would have been much
bolow tho average. Washington Gas stock
showed a little less strength; 75 shares brought
.448, 73 44i, 25, 44, and 35 44J. The closing
bid was 44, and 45 tho lowest offering to
Bell. For $100 Gas bonds, series B, 130 was
paid. Seven hundred dollarsGas convertibles
There was a stronger market for American
Security and Trust stock; 7 Bhares brought
.003, with 90 paid In, 20 903, after whlclilO
shares brought 91.
Washington Loan and Trust stock is hold
ing its own very well, too, 20 shares bringing
90i. Good accounts are heard of this com
pany, tho undivided profits footing up a
handsome sum. Tho demand deposits re
ceived some important accessions recently,
for which the institution pays but 2 percent,
and receives a return of rarely less than 4, on
call, on good collaterals.
Tho advance In Metropolitan Railroad stock,
which tho readers of Tiie Herald were led to
expect, still continues. About three weeks
ago the stock sold at 97. Tho bid was yester- .
day advanced to 112 and tho lowest offering
at'120. There was no Metropolitan sold last
week, tho difference between tho ideas of the
buyors and sellers beinc too wide to permit
transactions. Tho depression in Belt Railroad stock con
tinues. On Eriday 20' shares sold at 45. The
closingbid Saturday was 44, the lowest offer
to sell at.474.
Riggs Insurance stock remains dull; 200.
shares brought 8. Tho closing bid was 8, witli.,
no offerings. Commercial Insurance stock le "
stronger, 100 shares bringing 4&, with no stock
for sale at the close. '
There js an improving tendency manifest in .
Chesapeake and Potomac Telegraph stock.
Tho offerings are light. But 8 shares were
sold last week; it brought 04. About two
months ago this stock sold as low as 58. The
closing offering was at 05, but it would be
difficult to buy 100 shares without advancing
tho price to 70.
The sales for the week of bank stocks were
7 Traders' National at 115 and 10 at 117; 30
West End at 100 and 10 at 100. At tho close
there was no West End offering and tho bid
on Traders' had advanced to 118, with 120 '
asked. Tho only other sale of local stocks on
tho board wa9 of 100 Pneumatic Gun Carriage
at 75 cents per share.
Outside of the stock board the financial
event of the week was tho sale of local stocks
on Friday, at I o'clock, by tho new firm of
Ratcliffe, Darr & Co., auctioneers. Although
this was their Initial effort, tho success of the
offering was such aB to place this firm in the
fore rank of sellers In this difficult branch of
the auction business. In addition to having
thD Stnnkn tlinrnilCrlilTr nArrarHeat nr.,1
having financial people personally invited by
circular, tho members of tho Stock Exchange.
w6ro requested to be present, aud before the
bidding was begun the large company in at
tendance were cordially invited to accept the
hospitality of tho firm by partaking of a deli
cate but none tho less substantial lunch of
cold viands and cooling drinks. Thus when
overy one was In good humor with himself
and iu a mood to please tho firm if possible
the business of the afternoon was beirun.
The following were tho stocks which were
knocked down to tho highest respective
bidders, many of them great bargains, some
of tho District bonds being especially low,
viz.: $4,00019017 per cent. Water bonds
which a year ago sold for 189, brought
1273, and $1,000 1003 7 per cent.
Water bonds, which last Aueust brought
140i, was allowed to 20 for 129. These bonde
aro rarely for salb and command I1M1
prices. Washlncton Gas stock for 102 shares
brought 44 J; 20 Central National bank, 310: 15
Citizens' National, 181; $2,500 Washington and
Georgetown Railroad bonds, series of 1SS0,
1071; 10 do., series 1889, 135i; 2 Washington
Market Company Improvement bonds, 110J;
550 LIghtlnfautry 0's, 100J; 22 shares Farmers'
and Mechanics' National Bank, 197; 10 shares
Washington aud Georgetown Railroad stock,
215; 30 Belt Railroad, 472; 75 National Union
Insurance, 19; 100 do., 182; 20 Arlington In
surance, 180; 800 Riggs Insurance, 8; 125
Commercial Insurance, 43; 10 United States
Electric stock, 102g; 87 Washington Market
stock, 18J; 10 Great Falls Ico stock, 155J; 3
CluJnJbla Bank 1551; 4 Ecklngton Ballroad,
503; 5 Georgetown Gas stock, 54"; 100 Columbia
Insurance, 10; 33 shares Belt Railroad, 47i; 10
Bhares Columbia National Bank, 150; 25
Georgetown and Tenleytown Railroad, 58; 100
Washington Gas stock, 45; 50 do., 44; 10 Far
mers' and Mechanics' National Bank, 197, aud
200 shares of Franklin Insurance stock, 502.
The White House Improvements.
A number of tho contracts for the contem
plated Improvements at the White House .
have been let, some of them to Wa6hlngtou
flrm8. Messrs. Hayward & Hutchinsou haye
been awarded the contract of tlllnc the laun
dries and bath-rooms. The firm of Kane &
Roach received the contract for plumbing.
The three bath-rooms and laundrv are to re
ceive special attention, Messrs. Houghton Jc
Co. will furnish one of the bed-rooms, the
hallway, and the stairway in the east end of the
house, W, II. Post & Co., of Hartford, Conn,,
will furnish the decorations cf tho front vesti
bule, tho Green Room, and the state dluing
room, also the upper hallway and stairway In
the west end of the house. Messrs. Post &
Co. decorated the Blue Room last season, and
tho work was Yery satisfactory. Tho East
Room Is to have a flue new carpet of American
manufacture, but the award of contract has
not yet been made.
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