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THE "SUNDAY HERALD, NOVEMBER S, 189a.
TWO TALES OF BLOOD
And One of the Evil Influ
ence of Opals.
Two correspondents sat together at the Press
Club tho other night comparing opals. Each
man possessed a gem which ho Tallied highly,
and each had a story to relate touching tho
superstition attaching to tho opal and' h6w
tho truth of It had boon proved In his Indi
vidual case. Thd conversation soon extendod
to others, and for an hour or moro Ihbro'wns
a porf ect fusillade of tho mysterious and tho
uncanny poured forth In tho nnturo of per
gonal experience. A mild-mannered man,
with a low, sjmpathetlc voice, told tho follow
ing: " friend of mlno moved to an old town
In ono of tho Middle States, nnd bought a
very pretty homo for his young wire. She
was a gentle, home-loving Uttlo woman, and
In a short time had mado tho placo a sort of
paradise. Sunh flowors grow In no other gar
den In tho community; vines ran over the
walls, tho orchard yielded abundantly, and
"At tho height of tho young couplo's enjoy
ment of tholr homo they Invited under thIr
roof an old lady who had spent her youth In
that town, but who had been away for a num
ber of years. She was now lovloltlng tho old
haunts, and, of course, was tho guest in turn
of many of tbo citizens. She noted many
changes, and on this occasion, being tbo guist
of comparatively now-comers to tho commu
nity, sbo garrulously went over tho wholo
history of the town from the beginning.
"'What an especially great change Is right
here, my dear,' she said, addressing tho young
wife and referring to tho pretty home. 'Have
you over heard the history of this spot. ?'
"Neither husband nor wlfo ever had. Then
tho old lady told it; how thpro was onco a hill
thero, upon which 6tood a homely frame house
occupied by a druuken butcher and his
wretched family: bow ono night tho man
camo home in a frenzy of drink and with a
long sharp knife murdered his wlfo and
children, and was afterward hanged for It.
How the premises remained unoccupied ever
afterward, people shuddering oven as thoy
walked past. 'But how charming a spot tho
place has become now,' tbo old lady said in
conclusion. The compliment went unheeded.
The charm of tho spot to tho young wifo was
"Tho husband noted tho change in his wife
almost Immediately. She grew to bo nervous
and preoccupied. Her interest iu the flowers
slackened. Her health after a time seemed
shaken. He took his cue quietly and con
siderately for her. Pretending that tho placo
was not healthy for some reason, ho sold it,
bought in another part of town, though at
great loss and inconvenience to himself. In
tho new homo tho wife's health and spirits re
vived, and no referenco was over made to the
haunted promises thoy had left."
"This is a better story than that," said a
bachelor present who evidently did not
sympathize with tho great consideration that
had "been shown tho youne wifo's nerves.
"I had been ill for several weeks of a low
fever, and wob on the mend. My rooms were
over a restaurant, and my landlady was a
French woman who had refused to permit mo
to be taken to a hospital, but had kindly been
looking after me herself. Tho fever was
broken, but somehow I was slow about rally
ing, and tho doctor was a Httlo worried about
the symptom. He said I must try and wafeo
up to my old-time interest in things. It was
tho habit of ,my landlady to drop in after din
ner, count her rosary in my behalf, and talk
to mo. She did the best she could, but her
topics at times were far from being cheerful.
Ono night whilo I was in my sluggish stato
sho camo iu and began entertaining me as
usual. Looking about tho room with furtive
glances she said: 'And you know nol what
happen in zls room once V I said no. 'A
woman kill herself. She cut her throat, md
all over bed -was ze blood. I find her myself
vln ze morning. Her husband has run ze way.
Sho loaves ze home in France to And him.
Ho bo not in Washington, and so she kill her
self.' "That was a cheerful thing to toll a man at
night about his 6leoplng-room. "Well, It was
not much of a sleeping-room tbat night, I can
tell you. Tho doctor next morning found a
slight rise of fever, but said tbat otherwise I
wa better. 'You aro wider nwako than
usual,' ho observed.
" 'Yes,' I said, 'that's because I got such a
good start. I haven't been to sloep slnco I
saw you,' I replied. Then I told bim about
madam's little story, and ho said I owed her a
fee for it. It was the very thing necessary to
break tho lethargy that had takon possession
of mo. I was up and about In a week."
"Now here is an opal story, and a true ono,"
said a man who formerly lived on tho Ohio
River. "In my town was a very attractive
young married woman whoso mother had loft
ner a nanasomo set or opals. The mother
had always scouted tho popular Idea about
opals, and dying, had bequeathed her gems to
her daughter. Tho daughter was not so firm
in her faltb, but still was Inclined to accept
her mother's ylew about tho gems. After a
lomr period of mourninc: sho put on colors
again, and with tho brighter costumes came
the opals. They were very handsoroo stones
and groatly admired. Within a mouth after
tbo womau began wearing them, however, her
Httlo daughter, who before that timo had been
a robust and beautiful child, sickened and
died. Both tho mother and tho father were
plunged into the deepest woe, and wore in
consolable. " 'John,' said tho wife one day, 'I waut you
to take my opuls and disposo of them. I
won't havo those stones any longer in this
"Tho husband trlod to reason with his wlfo
about the matter, but finally gave It up. Ho
saw that tho death of tho Httlo 'girl had car
ried his wlfo over to a supremo fear of hor
gems. Ho took the stones to a Jeweler there
fore, explained tbo matter, and asked to bo
allowed to deposit them with him for safe
keeping. 'I don't want to soil them,' said tbo
husband. 'My wlfo is in low spirits now,
but wheu sbo Is altogether herself again I'll
take the stones back to her.'
"Tho Jeweler took them and deposltel
them in his safe, saying as ho did so that tho
superstition about opuls was Yory general,
and that while he did not share in it ho yet
kept none of tho stones for mlo. In a week's
time diphtheria attacked the Jeweler's children,
and two of them died in ono day. Tho heart
broken man thought at once about tho opals
iu his safe, and wioto a note to the owner to
como and take them away.
"Tho qwner of the opalb went immediately
for tho package, feeling like a murderer. Ho
was In the greatest quandary. He was afraid
to take tho opals back home, and ho would
not imposo them on anybody olso. Finally ho
decided to throw them away. Packing tho
box carefully with buck shot, ho wont down
that night to tho now railroad bridge spanning
tho river at that point, and, walking out to
tho middle of tho structure, dropped tho box
with tbo opals in It overboard."
"And that destroyed tho spoilt" was asked.
"By no means," wos thoreply. "Thohorbor,
which had been one of tho deepeston tho river,
soon began to fill up wjth sand. The common
council ordered an Investigation, and tho city
englneor attributed the deposit to tho piers
of tho bridge, which, ho said, caused eddies
to form thero. But there's n man In that
town who boUovcs that tho brldgo plere havo
nothing whatover to do with tho matter. Tho
opals, in his Judgment, aro still at work. But
ho doesn't wnnt tliem disturbed. Ho feels
safer whllo they aro at tho bottom of tho Ohio
River than over ho would If ho knew they had
boon flshod up."
Everybody at tho Whlto IIouso is rejoicing
over tho arrival of Dr. J. W. Scott, Mrs. Har
rison's aged father, from his summer sojourn
In Oregon. Ho was accompanied by his son,
Hon. J. N. Scott, of Portland. They reached
Washington yesterday morning at 8:80. The
old gentleman stood tho fatigues of tho Jour
ney remarkably well, considering his advanced
age, ho having passed his 02d year.
A reunion of tho Mlgnonotto Club was hold
at Sheldon's Dancing Academy on Wednesday
vonlngatwhlelutho guests present enjoyed
danclntt from 8 to 12 o'clock. Tho committee
Incharee, Gus Voigt, John Moore, James
Ward, Earnest Kuobol, Walter Kolleg, Frank
Iullian, and William George, wore compli
mented for tho admirable manner in which
tho guests were entertained. Too ladles
present were: Misses Manyer, Clements,
Taylor, Otlo Nelson, Emma Shced, Rakoman,
Berens, May Smith, Gowan, Downs, Coleman,
Reeves, Kellcy, Herfuth, Annto Hines, Hoff
man, Bidlo Hodges, Campbell, Larch Killlan,
Mlckell, Dorsey, Katie Greene, Newton,
Frettler, Boteler, Stollo Morgan, Cowling,
oeiiE, anu itoooins, ana anout an equal num
bor of gentlemen.
Senator Faulkner, of West Virginia, has
taken a house for tho winter on Niuteenth
street near R street, and will bring his family
here about tbo middle of tho month.
Mrs. Holston, of Phoonlxvllle, Pa., Is spend
ing a month with her cousin, Miss Holston, at
1520 P street northwest.
Tho Misses Marlow are residing at 1410
Stoughton street northwest.
The marriage of Miss Agnes Otis, daughter
of tho late Dr. George A. Otis, U. S. A., and
Mr. Charles Smedes, will take place on Thurs
day at tho family residence on Corcoran street.
Bishop Chappelle will officiate.
Mr. and Mrs. John "W. Clafko havo issued
cards for tho marriage of their niece, Annie
PrlsclllaVanderpoll, and Mr.Moncure Burke,
of Virginia, on Wednesday evening, November
18, at 8 o'clock, at tho First Baptist Church.
The bridal couplo will bo at homo to their
friends on "Wednesdays in January at 1313 Q
Tho marriage of Miss Lizzie McGlensy.
daughter of Captain McGlensy, of the Navy,
and Dr. Pickcrell, of the Navy, will take place
In tho spring.
Mi83 Coyno Fletcher and Miss Cynthia
Cleveland were handsomely entertained by
"Meg," the brilliant correspondent of the
Philadelphia Times, on Saturday and Sunday
last at tho home of Mrs. Mary Temple Bayard,
in the City of Brotherly Loe.
Mrs. J. N. Patterson and Miss Patterson
will be at homo every Tuesday, at their resi
dence S22 Connecticut avenue.
The Knights of tho Golden Eaglo will cele
brate their flf th anniversary by an entertain
ment and hop at the National Rifles' Armory
Thursday evening at 8 o'clock.
Minister Ryan, of Mexico, is in tho city, on
his way to Kansas to attend tho wedding of bis
son. During hia stay hero sevoral fine dinnors
aro to bo given in his honor, f.ho principal ono
by Minister and Madame Romero, and another
by tho Hon. John W. and Mrs. Foster.
Dr Frank Luerseen, a former well-known
druggist of this city, now In business in
Philadelphia, is spending a few davs In tho
city with his numerous friends.
Mr. T. "W. O'Brien, superintend ont of tbo
Wilkesbarro (Pa.) Electric Light Company,
arrived in tho city last night, and will
spend 3unday with his relatives.
The wedding of Miss Rice and Mr. Bassett
will tako placo on Wednesdsy.
Mrs. Margaret V. Mllburn has issued cards
for tho marriage of her daughter, Miss Martha
Coad Mllburn, and Mr. Rudolph F. Bartle, Jr.
Tho date is Bet for Wednesday morning, No
vember 18, at 11 o'clock, in St. Matthew's
Captain and Mrs. Ripley and family, who
have been living in n cottago at Washington
Grovo, havo moved Into tho city.
Miss Carrie Smith has returned from tho
Hot Springs, where sho went for tho benefit
or ner neaitn.
A very onjoyablo meeting of tho "Dominlo
Club" was held at tho residence of Mrs. B.
C. Locke, 709 Elchth street northwest, on
Friday oveulng. Tbo features of tho evening
was the violin solos of Mr. H. M. Shlpman
and tho graceful skirt dancing of Miss Light
foot. Among those present enjojing the
evenlug were Misses Byrnes, Bates, Hart,
Rhodes, Perduo, Latimer, Bouden, White,
and Locke, and Messrs. Woodworth, Yeat
man, Pickett, Chapin, Jett, LocKe, "W. R.
Smith, Hooe, Burch, Hlllyer, Fay and Locke.
Mrs. Hattlo August and daughter, Miss
Emma, leave to-day for their home in Chicago,
after an extended Eastern trip.
Dr. Ida Heibergor, of 423 Eighteenth street,
who has been taking a six weeks' rest, has
returned to tho city and hor professional
duties much refreshed and improved in
Miss Mabel Carter, daugnter of Major
George T. Carter, has returned to her homo
In this city after a pleasant visit of several
weeks with friends at Concord? N. H.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Keogh havo in
vited their friends in Washington Olty to bo
present at tbo marriace of their daughter,
Katbryn, and Mr. Charles Henry Conrad, at
tho delightful Keogh home, at GreeuBboro,
N, C, Weduesday evening, November 18.
Spluuor Memorial Association.
The Spinner Memorial Association hold its
monthly meeting last night at the Board of
Trado rooms, on F street. It was decided to
give an euteitalnmenton the 21st of January,
tho birthday of General Spinuer. Tho presi
dent, Mls3 Stouer, appointed the following
committee to dovlse a plan for the entertain
ment: Mrs. Alice Hill, Mis. Rosenberg, Mrs.
Deveudorf, Miss Wadlelgh, Mis. It. Foreyth,
and Miss Rhodes.
10c. Aprons Laco bottoms, full width,
strings, at lie. '
33c. Aprons Deep hems, largs size, at 25c.
25c. Aprons Colored borders, full size, at
50c. Vests Vest in merino, pearl buttone,
silk stitching and braid, at 41c.
25c. Vests Egyptian Cotton Ribbed Vest,
superior quality, pearl buttons, at 21c.
35c. Pants Egyptian Cotton Ribbed, all
sizes, at 25c.
50c. Gowns Full length, double back, her-rine-bono
trimming, at 41c.
59c. Skirts Excellent cotton, deep ruffle,
edged with embroidery and lace, at 40c.
$1. Skirts Excellent cotton, deep cambric
ruffle, trimmed In torchon inserting and laco,
25c. Drawers Plain, deep hem and tucks,
yoke bauds, at 19c.
62c. Drawers Excellent cotton, yoke
bands, lace and embroidery around bottom, at
35c. Chemise Embroidered yoke, lace trim
med, at 25c.
At tho annual meeting of tho stockholders
or the Northwestern Investment Company, of
this city, hold at Alexandria, Va.. November
3. tho following directors wore elected: C. H.
Burgess. George A. Provost, L. W. Spear,
George C. Vldetto, Olarnco Baker, D. G. Pur
man, and George E. Corson. Tho directors
elected tho following officers: C. H.-Burcress,
president; Georgo A. Provost, vice president;
George O. Vidotto, secretary, and L. W. Spear,
treasurer nnd manager.
Tho ladles of Farragut Rellof Corps, G. A.
p., will jrivo a musical and literary ontalnment
at Capital Bank Hall, Pennsylvania nvcnuo
southeast, on Monday eveninjr, for tho benefit
of tho poor. A progrnramo of unusual merit
has been prepared, some of tho best talent in
tho city having volunteered. A largo repre
sentation from tho other corps Is expected to
bopresont and help swell tho poor fund.
At this season of tho year It is seldom
that an opportunity for securing superb
household effeots at public auction. Messrs.
Lattlraor & Sloan, auctioneers, will sell bv
catalogue the cntlro contents of tho elegantly
furnlsnod residence, 1330 Nineteenth street
northwest, on Thursday, NovomborlS, com
mencing at 10 o'clock.
Do not miss tbo art sale of rich bronzcs.flno
glnss and Chinawure. Japaneso ourioa, lino
oil paintings und engravings. This and much
moro to bo sold nt publlo nuotlon by Messrs.
Lattlmer & Slotin at their sales room on
Wednesday, November 11, commencing at 11
n. m. nnd 3 p, m.
An old man who gavo his name as William
Ray, and his occupation as a carpenter, died
nt ProvJdonco Hospital yesterday morning.
Ho was romoved thero from tho Now York
lodaing houBo In a dvlng condition and only
lived thirty mluutes alter being admitted. Ho
la bolloved to havo friends in this city, but un
less some ono claims tho remains they will bo
burled In Potter's Field.
Mr. John G. nodges, ono of Washington's
well-known book binders, for a long timo
located at 051 Louisiana arenuo, has moved to
1320 F streot northwest,
Three small whito boys John Hudsor,
James Hudsor, nnd Harry Budd wore locked
up in tho F.rst Precinct last night for being
disorderly in tho Lyceum Theatre. Officer
Koudig arrested them.
nonry Smart has resigned his placo in tho
Augustus Amblor. n whito-hnirod lawyer
of 73, is hold at tho First Precinct on charges
of threats mado by his wife, Mrs. Rosaline
R. O. Dodgo, of Engine Company No. C,
has been promoted to the position mado vacant
by tho resignation of Fireman Cox.
Captain Minor's Condition IJuttor.
At 1 o'clock this morning tho condition of
Captain Miller, who was sh6t by Offlcor
Bums Wednesday, was rather favorable. Dr.
J. Ford Thompson said his condition was
better than it had been at ony time Bluee ho
was shot. Tho Doctor said ho was still in a
very dangerous condition, but thero was a
glimmer of hope in the patient's present appearance.
Week Read the Fo
59c. Chomlsc All-over embroidered yoke,
excellent cotton, embroidered around nock
and sleeves, nt 45c.
12Jc. Corset Covers Fine cotton, felled
scams, porfect fit, at 8c.
59c. Corset Covers Excellent cotton, all
over embroidery front and back, embroidery
around neck and sleovos. at 45c.
$2.25 Infants' Coats Embroidered capes,
cream cashmere, $1.62.
$2.50 Infants' Coats Embroidered capes,
embroidered around bottom, $1.93.
$3.75 Infants' Coats All wool, handsomo
embroidered capes, embroidered bottom. $2.98.
$4.25 Infants' Coats All wool, very elabor
ately embroidered capes and bottom, $3.75.
75 pairs of Soiled Corsets tbat range in price
from 50c. to $1.50 per pair. Special prico, 35c.
Early callers ect tho pick, so don't delay.
It has never before been offered in this city.
An elegant quality Sateen Corsets for 39c, in
all colors. Regular value of this Coiset is 73c.
They are no seconds, no imperfections. As
good as any 75c. Sateen Corset in this city.
Special prico is 39c.
Prevail in Millin
1S-Slt SEVENTH STREET.
KAOB OOUKSE AT BENKTIIGS.
Continuing every day this week. Grand Sweepstakes of $250 each
with $400 added. Hurdle Race, 1 miles, between Hercules Fu
turity, and St. Luke, WEDNESDAY, November 4. ' '
The best class of race horses in training will take part at
STEEPLECHASES AND HURDLE RACES.
Admission to grounds and grand stand, $1; Toadies; 50c.
Special trains leave station, Sixth and B streets, at i:or and 1-15
returning immediately after the races. Fare round trip, 25c.
Improper characters excluded.
Galleries, 1217 E Street; Art Stores, 1221
Pennsylvania Avenue and 916 7th Street.
Fourth Auditor Lynch, in his annual
roport to the Secretary of tho "Troas
sury, shows tho naval expenditures for
tho fiscal year ended Juno SO, 1891, as fol
lows: Appropriations and balances, $47,
753,185; amount drawn out by warrant,
$37,010,815, balance in hand Juno 30, 1891,
$19,900,143; amount expended by vouchers
$20,590,343; amount cnrrled to the surplus
fund, $880,727. During tho year bills or ox
change was sold by naval pav ofllcers to the
amount of $1,195,507 ou which the total not
cost of negotiation was $20,554.
-Mr. Francis E. Leu pp, tho associate editor
of Kate Field's WaahUtytan. had his bioyolo
stolen from tho Corcoran Building yesterday.
For Children's Suits go to Eleemau Bios.,
Seventh and E,
Tho regular $1 C. B. a la Spiritc. War
ranted Fast Black Corset. Special price, 69c.
Wo carry a full lino of
Dr. Warner's Corsets.
R. AG. Corsets.
Thomson's Glove-fitting Corsets.
C. 13. a la Spirito Corsets.
Children's Short Coats.
$2.73 Children's Coats Eiderdown In all
colors, stripes, and plain, Mother Hubbard
and Grot'chen stvles, $2.25.
SS.OS? Ghildrbn'sSilk Coats Very handsome
silk, In all thelatest shades, trimmed with silk
braid, zouave styles, pleated backs, shirred
sleeves, forming rufflo on shoulder-. Bargain
price, $4 50. Sizes, 2 nnd 4 years.
$6.48 Children's Coats A. dainty Httlo coat
In Gray and Tan, trimmed prettily with surah
silk, finished, with silver braid, angel sleevers
over full surah sleeves. Bargain price, $4.75;
2 and 4 years.
Children's Caps Wo havo the largest and
most completeassortment of Children's Hats
and Caps in this city at prices from 25c. to $10.
Many Iilvos Lout at Sen.
Madmd, Nov. 7. A number of lives havo
been lost by the foundering of the Italian brie
Victoria off Alicante. Only ono Bailor out of
tho entire crow has been saved.
Special Trnins to "Washington Jockey
Glut) IIhcoh vin 1'onnsylvaula Kailroad.
The Pennsylvania Railroad will continue
tbo special trains from Washington, leaving
Sixth Streot Station at 1:01 and 1:80 p. m., for
Deauwood, to accommodate persous "who de
sire to attend tho races of the Washington
Jockey Cub at that point from November
9 to November 19. Special train returning
will leave Deauwood Immediately after the
For Children's Overcoats
Bros., Sevonth oud E,
go to Elsemau
ery and Cloaks.