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Conversion of Residences- Into
DEVELOPING OF INTERESTS
Capitalists Attracted by Returns
SALE OF A FORTY-ACRE TRACT
New Gyrr.; isium of Georgetown Col
lege Nearing Completion?Up
to the Roof Line.
r .1 of tlie most striking features -of the
r? al e- ati situation and Illustrating, loo,
the i .1 .1 development of the general busl
in Tr t, : < >= ts of the city. Is the conversion
of former residences into business houses
on a r. .;mhtr of praminent streets. This is
pa*'leularly true of the more important ar
te!., o trade. such as K and G streets,
lJth and loth streets, and la measurably
cli.ii i -terlstic of Pennsylvania avenue and
7lii street. 1'ractleally the whole of that
p'i;'on of l.'lth street from Pennsylvania
avenue to .Now York avenue nortnwest Is
i: i\ going through this transition stage.
1 if fa. i, it is stated that every former
res: i : within these boundaries has been
alreadv or is now under contract for re
in dell is' for islness purposes. On 11th.
l-l and other streets that serve as feeders
to the main commercial thoroughfares the
same conditions prevail. _
A good deal of talk has boen heard re
eeiitly oncerning outside capitalists who
have been attracted by the possibilities of
unusually good returns from investments in
re 11 estate l>..ih ^within the city and in the
> ii'Urbs of Washington. That there is more
ti u mere talk in this is Illustrated by the
o summation in the lait few days, as
stated in Thursda'y's Star, of an important
sale of a forty-acre trart of land in North
(??-t Washington for a consideration of over
$113,000 to out-of-town capitalists whose
names were not disclosed.
On Bladensburg Road.
The locution is 1,1<?? feet northeas.t of
15th and II Mreets northeast, on the Bla
densburg iad Maryland avenue runs
through the property, also K, I,, M and
ICth and 17th streets northeast. It includes
ti ? tract of George Huhn, ten acres, and
th.-.t of Josephine Davis, containing a trifle
ov. i thirty acres A portion of the forty
? i- s w i rmerly known as Hall & Hold
eii'h ? uUli vision of Cottage Hill. It adjoins
- ongliig to heirs of W. W.
Co >ran, which is known as Mulligan's
' oi, ? ..i Mt. Olivet cemetery Is opposite
e northwest corner The promoters of
t ? nterprlse are arranging today to have
;lu lane; graded where necessary, and the
new subdivision has already been made and
w il be put on record within the coming
w t k The lots, it is said, are to he sold at
reasonable figures and on easy terms. Wa
ter sewers sidewalks and curbing will
probably ht put in at the earliest time pos
sible and g.is Introduced as soon as neces
sary. Th< proposed new street railway to
run out the liiad-ensburg road will, it Is
t) 'light greatly aid In the development of
'he sale was consummated through I,e
R y Mark md Charles A. McEuen, and H.
H. Gilfry represents the parties who fiave
undertaken this Important development.
Gymnasium of Georgetown College.
The new gymnasium of Georgetown Col
li ? whi. t, is now in an advanced state of
construction and which Is a gift to the In
stitution from Mrs Thomas F. Ryan, will
be one of the handsomest buildings of this
chara let- lr. the c untry. It will cost JCO,
??"' and. t is thought, will be finished by
?? ? penlng of the next scholastic year.
Thi is one of several munificent gifts to
the college by Mrs. Ryan. The dormitory
a- ' iefe, tory. which was completed last
year at a cost of about $130,000, was also
He : rod net of Mrs. Ryan's generosity. The
gymnasium >? located Immediately to the
right of tl.e main building and is separated
from it only hj the entrance road.
In ^st \bunding will conform to the
older buildings, which are constructed after
th.- Romanesque type It consists of one
main stor\ with basement below and run
ning track above, the roof containing a
very large skylight, which, with the un
usually large windows looking from the
mi n room, will give ample light and ven
tilation. The basement plan Includes rooms
for the various 'varsity teams, for visiting,
baths and locker rooms, medical director's
room, trophy room and chamber for the
athletic association's and directors' meet
ing? The main fioor will be devoted ex
clusively to a modern and complete gymna
sium outfit. The faculty, student I?odv and
friends of Georgetown College are taking
deep interest In the completion of this hand
sen.. Improvement, which the builder, Mr.
J !,:i S. I.ar. ombe. has finished to the point
of the roof line. Mr. l.arcombe also con
stru. ted for Mrs Ryan the Convent of the
Perjietual Adoration on V street northwest
i' : l">th street. The plans of the new
Kjmnaslum were furnished by Kwlng &
*'happell. New York architects.
Or out I has boen broken for the new stable
to be erected for Mr. Albert G. Brooke oil
17th street between 1" and V streets north
west The stwicturc will be fireproof and
will ? over an area of 8S feet by 110 feet, and
will be three stories in height. The 17th
str-et elevation will be laid up with select
1 and-n.ade red brick, laid in red mortar,
pre.- 'ntlng an unusually attractive front for
a building of this character. There will be
two entrances on either side of the main
office the latter !>elng located at the center
Tie luilldir.g will have eighty-five stalls and
.io.ooo si,uar f*.-t of floor surface for the
storage i?f vehicles It will be fireproof, and
the >n!v one of Its kind In the District of
' o! umhla There will be an office and inter
communicating hath, with lockers for the
use of horseback riders, also coachmen's
rooms, harness and carriage wash rooms,
e ? .Mior. ell -trie light throughout and many
other accommodations. The building will be
known as the Portner staples because of its
<-!o?e proximity to the Portner apartment
house. It will coat $30,000. Mr. Oscar G.
\ ogt is the architect.
Th. ? ime architect. In connection with
Milton I'ana Morrill, ig preparing plans for
the proposed Masonic Temple at Manassas,
\a toward the building of which the late
Robert Portner of this city gave $8,000 in his
will. The first floor will be used as stores
and the upper floors as lodge rooms. The
ME. KLEE'S NEW RESIDENCE.
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size of the building will be 38 by AO feet.
A. B. Mullett St. Co., archtects, furnished
the plans and the work Is being pressed on
the handsome elghteen-room reeluence of
J. H. Cranford on 22d street between R
street and Massachusetts avenue. The
house will be constructed of hand-made
brick with white stone trimmings. There
?will be an ir.ngllsh basement. The style of
architecture 19 French renaissance, and,
as the lot extends through, there will be
an entrance on Florida avenue similar to
the 'J2d street main entrance. The resi
dence, built at a cost of $18,000, will be a
handsome addition to the homes In that
part of the city. The same architects are
also making plans for a four-story fire
proof warehouse for the Union Trust Com
pany on L street northeast, near the new
union station. The building will cost about
fJ5.o<)0 and will probably be completed In
four months. Construction will be of brick
and concrete and there will be two electric
Pians have been made by O. G. Vogt for
a store for E H. Calllsher, the jeweler.
The building will cost $13,000 and is to have
three stories and be used as a Jewelry es
tablishment. It will be located on Pennsyl
vania avenue between ?tli and 10th streets
It is Intended to use light cream brick
anu copper for the front elevation. The
floors will be of Mosaic with ornamental
borders, and the ceiling to be of deeply re
vealed panels of Iron highly decorated. A
prominent feature of t.ie store will be a
mezzanine at the rear forming an architec
tural approach, the mazznnine to be used
for an optical department. The upper
stories will be utilized as offices for rent.
Extension of Railways.
The extension of street car lines In the
District has uniformly given extraordinary
Impetus to building activities along the
rew routes given transportation facilities.
This was notably true In the case of the
extension of the 11th street line, and the
effect, it appears, will be similar when (he
14th street line Is extended. Officials of
the Traction Company state that the rails
and necessary fixtures &re distributed along
the entire right' of way of the extension and
that the actual work of laying the track
will begin at once. It Is expected to have
the ears running in about sixty days. A
number of subdivisions are being prepared
for the market along this important thor
oughfare and extensive improvements are
predicted for this neighborhood following
the inauguration of the extended street car
I'ntil the extension of the car line be
yond Florida avenue about two years ago
little effort was made to exploit the prop
erty immediately on or closely adjacent
to 11th street. Once, however, the ' ne
was completed and cars running reguli-rly
and on a frequent schedule, transfers or
unimproved realty began to be noted in in
creasing number. On 11th street last year
the block between Irving and Kenyon
streets, on the east side of that thorough
fare, was made a solid one by the erec
tion of nine houses. Three apartment houses
were built at the junction of 11th street
and Columbia road, the buildings fronting
on the latter thoroughfare. A considerable
number of other structures were erected
nearby on the various streets Intersecting
11th, Sherman avenue, whlcn corresponds
to loth street, was improved by a half dozen
or more blocks of houses, with other dwell
ings placed adjoining on Gresham and Gl
This season so far has seen, among
other improvements on 11th street, the four
teen houses erected by Harry Wardman
along the entire west frontage between Co
lumbia road and Irving street, with two
houses on the latter street as well; a block
of dwellings, also by Mr. Wardman, on
what remained of the unimproved property
between Kenyon and Lamar streets, east
side, and on the remainder of the unbuilt
portion of the east side of 11th street be
tween Glrard and Harvard streets, nine
houses in each block.
In addition to Mr. Wardman's ventures,
the block between Columbia road and Irving
street, on the east side, Is being Improved
by eleven houses, under construction by M.
J. Ko&ne. Just east of 11th street on Irving
two more lots of houses are to be built,
work having been started on one lot. Al
together, It is claimed, that more houses
have gone up on 11th street In Columbia
Heights this season thus far than on any
other thoroughfare in the national capi
tal, while the section of which It is a part
can claim to have fared as well as any
other of equal area in the District of Co
Demand for Houses.
Mr I.,. E. Breunlnger, the builder. Is
nearing the completion of two handsome
apartments on Euclid street between 13th
and 11th. These buildings will be four
stories each, containing thirty-two apart
ments, modern throughout, possessing
every feature of convenience and comfort.
Every room will have direct sunlight. The
building Is semi-flreproof. possessing the
unusual advantage of having thirty feet
open space between that and adjoining
He has Just begun the erection of twelve
two-story six and seven-room houses on
the corner of 1st and R streets northeast?
five on the northeast corner and seven on
the opposite or southeast corner. These
buildings are built from plans and spealfl
catlons prepared by K. R. Grimm. They
will be modern and attractive homes,
nicely arranged and beautifully decorated.
They will be ready for occupancy from
about the middle of August to the 1st of
September. These, with the building enter
prises that he will soon begin on Irving
street near 13th. will represent an ex
penditure of about 1123,000. N. L. Sans
bury. real estate broker, will be the ex
clusive agent In the sale of this property
for Mr. Breunlnger.
In speaking with Mr. N. L Sansbury In
r< ference to the condition of the real estate
market at present he remarked that there
was an unusual demand for new houses
containing from six to nine rooms, modern
and well built. In good localities. He finds
that houses of that character are selling
far more rapidly than any other kind, tlje
demand being more than equal to the sup
ply. Of the forty-five houses built by Mr.
Breunlnger last year, all have been sold,
most of"them through Mr. Sansbury's office.
Investment properties have been unusually
active, also, and considerable attention Is
being drawn to suburban properties in Vir
ginia which are traversed by the Old Do
minion railroad up as far as Great Falls.
This property ranges In altitude from 2j0
to -KK) feet above the city. The transfer
given by the Old Dominion to the Capital
Traction 'Company takes a passenger to any
part-of Washington on one fare Mr. Sans
bury has just issued a handsome booklet
descriptive of properties along that line,
which has brought clearly to the attention
of the prospective investors many of the
attractions possessed by this property. It
Is destined to become one of the most at
tractive and convenient sections around
Development at Berwyn.
Former Representative S. S. Yoder has
just purchased all the interests of the Jacob
Tome Institute In what was formerly
known as Charlton Heights. This property
was subdivided by Maj. James Waugh some
twenty years ago, and after his death be
came the holding of the Jacob Tome Insti
tute. Judge Yoder has given this subdi
vision a new name, Berwyn Heights. This
Is news to the people of Berwyn and vicin
ity, who have recently heard only rumors
concerning this property. Judge i'oder has
organized, in connection with the sale of
lots, a unique co-operative mutual indus
trial land and manufacturing corporation,
capitalized at $200,000, the theory of the
corporation being that all purchasers shall
unite In efforts for the general development
of the subdivision, a portion of the pur
chase price being set aside for Improve
ments and the promotion of industries. The
tract of land Involved in the transaction
comprises about 275 acres. The streets will
be improved and sidewalks laid. It is pro
posed to erect a sand lime brick factory, a
concrete cement hollow block factory, a
r IN PROPOSED MONTROSE PAI
(Photo by a Staff Photographer.)
tile and terra cotta plant and a sand and
gravel wash plant. The deposits of sand
gravel and pottery clay are said to exist
in quantities In the neighborhood.
This purchase of Judge Voder Includes
nil of the improvements and buildings on
this property, including what has become
a landmark in this section, the Waugh
mansion, which is one of the finest resi
dences between Washington and Baltimore.
The mansion includes four acres of beau
tiful grounds, adorned with tine magnolia
and other shrubbery, massive oaks and
driveways, twenty-one rooms, and affords
from the verandas a beautiful prospective
view of the monument, Capitol and Library,
the Soldier's Home, Takoma Park and a
part of Howard county beyond Laurel. The
Baltimore and Ohio railroad, the City and
S burban electric road, the Washington
and Spa electric road and the Washington
and Baltimore boulevard are all accessible
to the subdivision.
The Harrison Realty Company has dis
posed of the ollowlng business properties:
17 H street northwest, opposite the govern
ment printing office; 1717 and -1723 7th
street northwest and the house 7,'i 8th street
southeast, which stands opposite the marine
AWARD OF CONTRACTS.
Conflict of Authority Over Licenses?
Special Correspondence of The Star.
1'PPER MARLBORO, June 15, 1006.
The contract for furnishing a steel bridge
to be placed over the Northwest branch at
the foot of Prospect avenue, Evansville. has
been awarded to the York Bridge Com
pany, the lowest bidder, at $1,594. The con
tract for the abutments for the bridge was
awarded to Joseph Blandford, his price be
On motion of counsel for the newly creat
ed liquor license board for Prince George
county, argument on the demurrer filed by
counsel for County Clerk B. D. Stephen
to the cross bill submitted by the liquor
board has been postponed. The liquor
board sought by a cross bill to prevent the
clerk from Issuing liquor licenses, and the
clerk filed a demurrer to the bill. The
clerk had previously secured an Injunction
against the liquor board prohibiting them
from issuing licenses, and this injunction
was followed by the cross bill referred to
It is predicted that the Prince George
county democratic convention will indorse
Mr. Robert W. Wells of Hyattsvllle as
candidate for Congress to oppose Sydney E.
Mudd. recently nominated as the republi
can candidate. It can be definitely stated
that Mr. Wells does not desire the nomi
nation, but would, of course, appreciate
the compliment of an Indorsement from
the convention. In conversation with The
Star correspondent Mr. Wells declared that
he was in favor of sending delegates to the
congressional convention favorable to the
nomination of Mr. George M. Smith of
Bowie, whom he believed would make a
strong fight. There is also considerable talk
of the district convention nominating Dr.
Charles A. WeHs, ex-mayor of Hyattsvllle,
but it la not believed that Dr. Wells will
entertain the proposition for an Instant.
Just Missed It.
From the London Tribune.
An elderly woman who had. during the
course of a somewhat eventful life, buried
four husbands, encountered at the gates
of the cemetery where they reposed an old
but timid lover whom she had not seen
for years. She took him Inside and showed
him?not without a feeling of pride?the
well-kept tombstones of her former lords
and masters. "Ah, Jamlfe," she remarked
feelingly, "you might hare been lying there
today tf you had only had a UttJe more
Conservative and Healthy Prog
ress Noted in Georgetown.
Obliteration of Boundary Line by
Arching Sock Creek.
OPEBTNG OF HEW HIGHWAY
Marked Advance in Beal Estate
Values?Rentable Houses Scare*
Aside from questions or present day com
mercial progress and modern development,
there Is much of Interest that attaches to
the old and historic community of George
town. Its homes have in times gone by
sheltered many of the great men of trie
republic, and ever-spurning the passing
boom, the good old town has experienced a
healthy and conservative growth, and ha3
justified the civic pride of Its people, aa
the present important western section of
the great capital city.
A number of romantic stories cluster
about some of the old buildings in George
town, once occupied as Young Ladles Sem
inaries. Among these traditions is one to the
effect that Baron Bodisco, one of Russia's
early diplomatic representatives, then near
lv seventy years of age, met the beautiful
Miss Williams, who was aged sixteen,
coming forth from the old school structure
on the east side of TOth street, position and
wealth overcame the objections based on
disparity of age, and a brilliant wedding
took place In the Williams' home on
Georgetown Heights, attended by the
President of the United States an3 a nu
merous company of distinguished persons.
Gen. John Mason's town house at 34th
street and the canal, Is now a tenement.
The Foxhall Foundry walls are still stand
ing just west of Georgetown, and it will
be remembered that Henry Foxhall sub
scribed to the fund for the erection of tno
Foundry Church to emphasize hla gratitude
for what he regarded as the providential
escape of his property from destruction by
the British during the war of 1S1Z The
Jefferson house is still standing on Jeffer
son street, and "Tudo Place." "The Oaks."
and "Evermay" are still maintained in
worthy style. Theje. too, are the old le
gation buildings on N street, where Kuro
pean diplomats used to live In state; Pros
pect Cottage where Mrs. South worth lived
and wrote her one hundred thrilling ro
mances. and where she died; the home of
Francis Scott Key. author of the 'Star
Spangled Hanner." near the Aqueduc?
bridge; the old stone house on M strea',
marked "Washington's headquarters," cr.i
structed evidently under the famous budd
ing regulation of that day, referred to In
last Sunday's Star; the remains of Suter's
Tavern, where the plans for the federal
city were made and discussed and where,
as Jefferson claimed, was served the best
wine he had ever tasted.
The fact that Georgetown is the home
of one of the most famous American Catho
lic colleges and also the high reputation of
the school for young women, has served
In no small measure to make the now new
portion of this city favorably known
throughout all sections of the country.
As with all new towns located on the
water the early residential sites of George
town were located on the river bank. Now
those once dignified homes of the fathers
of the town are tenements or the homes
of industries. The homes of the people
are now mainly on the upper streets and
* Suggested Improvements.
Two public improvements that the Citi
zens' Associations believe w'ill contribute
largely to the development of Georgetown
are first the proposed movement to arch
Rock creek, obliterate the boundary line
between Washington proper and George
town, and continue uninterruptedly the
streets which the old stream ia^lts present
The second Is the opening up of highways
to the country west of Georgetown. All
of the Harlem and Conduit road sections,
now available for development, are ap
proached by two high-ways only, the Canal
road and the New Cut road, near the
northern corporation line.
If the bill, appropriating $160,000 for the
purchase of the Boyce tract, otherwise
known as "Montrose," becomes a law, the
people of Georgetown may well exult.
"Montrose" slopes from R street back to
Rock creek valley, and contains several
groves of primeval forest trees. While the
Boyce family, who own the property, have
not resided in the old mansion for fifteen
or twenty years, an experienced landscape
gardener lias kept the turf and trees In
Advance in Realty Values.
Out Wisconsin avenue, toward Tenley
town, there has been a very marked ad
vance In realty values during the last few
years. The establishment in that section
of the country of the homes of John R.
McLean and C. C. Glover; the Methodist
University construction; the Harriet Lane
Johnston $300,000 school for choir boys; the
Cathedral School, and the handsome semi
nary, erected by the Sisterhood of Terre
Haute (Ind.), have contributed to the at
tractiveness of the section, the enhance
ment of values and the permanency of Im
The cathedral Is every day approaching
realization. The fund invested In the site
and otherwise, now amounts to about
The proposed Massachusetts Avenue
Boulevard skirts the cathedral site for a
long distance, and as planned, will be ex
tended to the District line on the west
Mr. Glover's plan to preserve the natural
and picturesque beauty of the drive by
GROUP ON R STREET NEAR 32D STREET.
(Photo by a Staff Photographer.)
having the government purchase the bulk
of the Thompson syndicate property la
highly commendable, and all interested In
the Improvement of this section hope for
Rentable Houses All Taken.
It is claimed that rentals were never so
high in Georgetown as at present, and that
there is practically nothing for rent that is
tenantable. AU the real estate men report
that houses are generally re-rented before 1
they are vacated, and rentals during the'
past year on most of the houses that have i
changed tenants, have been Increased from J
fifteen to twenty per cent.
Outside co-operation for local develop
ment Is not only invited, but is being daily
solicited. The commercial facilities are
being brought to the attention of the put>!ic
at large. The Georgetown water rront is
said to be the best for commercial purposes
on the Potomac river. Again, the title to
the Georgetown water front being held In
fee simple by the owners, permanent es
tablishments are encouraged.
Those who build on tho Washington wa-.er
front are at the mercy of the government,
the title to all the land being in the Unit'd
Prospective Railway Facilities.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company,
with connections at Rosslyn, has brought
that corporation's facilities to the doors
of the Georgetown merchants, while he
Baltimore and Ohio Is endeavoring at tne
present time, through Its branch director
ates, to secure an entrance In competition.
It is said that the Baltimore an.l Ohio
already owns practically the entire light
of way Into town ar.d needs only certain
other privileges to make its franchise val
uable and profitable.
The Rock Creek Auto and Wagon Works j
has let the contract to the Brennan Con
structing Company for a large addition to
its plant at Pennsylvania avenue and Rock
Creek. The new building will have a front
age of about seventy feet; will be three
stories high and have a depth of about
slxty-flve feet. It will be used as a garage.
The company's original building, a mas
sive three-story structure, was completed
about six months ago, but was insufficient
and It was found necessary to enlarge the
The Rock Creek Auto and Wrigon Works
has Installed the finest machinery and a
large equipment for the making of automo- (
bile paits and the construction an.l repair j
of all kinds of vehicles. A. B. Mullet iV Co. '
prepared the plans for the new building.
The Construction Company guaranteed to
deliver It to the company, complete within
sixty days. The buildings will then have a
frontage on Pennsylvania avenue and Rock
Creek of about one hundred and forty feet.
The M. E. Church South has purchased a
large lot on the south side of CJ street,
near 31st street, on which an attractive edi
fice will be shortly erected.
There is little doubt that o!d Trinity
Church, now better known as the Trinity
Sunday school building, will this summer
give way to a very handsome parochial
school building, estimated to cost about
$00,000. The building will front N street.
Construction of Buildings.
One of the substantial Improvements of
the season In Georgetown is that of Fred
Stohlman & Sons' new bakery, 320!!-32'>S
and .1210 N street.
Modern and complete bakery equipment
has been Introduced, and the new struc
tures will aggregate $25,000 to $3o,tXK> In
Mr. P. T. Moran is having plans prepared
for the erection of a six-story apartment
house at the northeast corner of 30th and
He recently purchased the site, contain
ing about 10,000 square feet, from the May
A syndicate, headed by G. L. Nicholson,
is promoting a movement to construct an
apartment house on the site known as 1514
The property has a frontage of about
sixty feet, by a depth of 120, and borders
on a wide alley. It is Improved at present
by the old H. H. Dodge home, later occu
pied by the Cassin family.
It is noticeable that believers in the
apartnient-house investment movement In
Georgetown have generally selected this
particular locality for their buildings.
Group of Improvements.
Grouped in this Immediate vicinity at
present are: Jlammcnd Court, a reconstruc
tion and enlargement of the old Gov. Cook
mansion; the Stoddart apartment house;
the Irving; the Irving annex; another on
the east side of 30th, north of Y street, of
which the construction was begun by the
Sunderland Bros.; a series of two-family
apartment houses on Q street, near 30th;
on R street, opposite the proposed Mont
rose Park, and on Avon place.
The two new apartment houses under
consideration will cost. It Is estimated,
Among the many improvement now under
way In Georgetown are; Klght houses for
George E. Howard, fronting on Prospect
avenue and 83d street; architect and
builder, Richard Ough, a $12,000 home for
G. A. Greenlees, 3315 R street; a home for
Mr. J. Bernard Harry on the Wendel tract,
recently purchased by Mr. Harry, in Ten
leytown. and the new Hyde School build
ing, north side of O street, west of 82d.
A. K. and C. W. De Maine, the pur
chasers of the C. B. Cropley business
building, at 3213-3215 M street, have made
arrangements to so alter the building as to
adapt it to the use of three tenants.
H. Kaks has constructed a business build
ing, one story in height, at 3235 M street.
The Huck Construction Company has the
The old Forrest property at East Mar
ket space anil Canal street, long used as a
fish market. Is in the hands of builders for
reconstruction and the introduction of mod
The demolition of the number of connect
ed frame buildings at the corner of 33d
and M streets, long occupied as a carriage
repository by the late J. J. Cooke and his
successors, has been ordered by the build
ing Inspector. The property was recently
sold for (8,000.
The Capital Traction Company Is build
ing a large addition to its power repair
shops on M street and Warehouse alley,
and otber improvements are contemplated.
Transfers of Property.
Some of the transactions In Georgetown
realty that have Just been consummated in
clude the sal* of the Wheatly property on
the water front, containing 50,000 square
feet to the Columbia Sand Dredging Com
pany for 180,000; the Cropley building, 8213
M street, to C. W. and A. K. DaMalne for
110,900; one-half Interest In the building at
the southeast corner of 83d and N streets,
occupied as a market store, to H. W.
Fisher; tho iron front building, ia^t-13'JT.
32d street, from Elizabeth I!. Kink et al. for
$1?.0U0; 3080 p street, $.',,1x1'), '2!>00 P street
to I)r. George W. Wood, JKI..VK).
The territory serosa the Aqueduct bridge,
which contributes to the development of
Georgetown, has prospered greatly during
the last two or three years, the introduc
tion of railway facilities having opened up
a large area to convenient settlement. Ileal
estate values have advanced Tepidly, and
large numbers of city folks are making
country homes in the Virginia hills.
Conditions west of Rock creek wore never
more favorable, and It Is confidently be
lieved that the accomplishments of the
Hock creek improvements will result In call
ing general attention to Georgetown as
one of the most attractive sections In the
District for residential purposes.
NEWS Or RIVERDALE.
School Principal Resigns ? General
and Personal Items.
SpeWal Correspondence of The Star.
RIVERDALE, Md.. June 15, lflort.
Mrs. J. L. McGee, for the past eight years
the principal of'the public school here, has
tendered her resignation to the board of
county school commissioners, to take ef
fect at once. Several months since delega
tions representing tho two citizens' asso
ciations of Riverdale appeared before tho
school commissioners asking that local trus
tees be appointed to take charge of the
school. Each delegation wanted different
men, showing a lack of harmony. The
commissioners declined to make any ap
pointments. preferring to handle the River
dale school themselves. Mrs. McGee'* res
ignation was. therefore, handed to the com
The commissioners appointed Dr S. M.
McMillan and Messrs. John H. Schaffer and
W. H. Chase local trustees, and it is stated
that two of these trustees are affiliated with
the Riverdale Citizens" Association, and <^ne
with the Riverdale Citizens' Association
(Inc.) Mrs. McGee, it Is understood, has
the indorsement or the incorporated asso
Work was started yesterday on the new
post office building, in which will be the
offices of the Riverdale Park Company. The
building will be 32x10. one story high, with
a lobby or waiting room In the center. On
one end will be located the post otllce and
on the other end the offices of the Riverdale
The stucture will be of pebble dash, and
will have colonial columns. It will be heat
ed by hot water and ail the modern sani
tary facilities will be provided. Mr. N. T
Haller of Washington is the architect. The
building will be ready for occupancy within
the next five weeks.
At a recent meeting of the teachers' coun
cil of the Sunday school of the local Presby
terian church Mr. W. A. Rutherford was
presented with a handsome Bible. Mr.
Rutherford Is one of the elders of the
The Riverdale base ball team easily de
feated a club representing Woodward * Ko
throp in Washington Tuesday by the score
of 10 to 2. McGee pitched a fine game for
Riverdale, and the batting of Owens for the
same team was a feature.
Rose Farm of 12 Acres.
From tie Pomona Times.
One of the most Interesting sights in the
Pomona valley is the development work now
being done bv the California Rose Com
pany on Its rose farm at the foot of White
avenue. Here may be seen literally acres
of roses, the slips being pi inted a few weeks
ago, covering the entire twelve-acre tract,
in rows about three feet apart.
The plants are about six inches in height,
ani here and there over the tract many of
tht-m are In bloom. It will he a beautiful
sight when the rose bushes are grown to
two or three feet In height, all In blossom.
The work of Irrigating and tending the
plants at this time of year requires about
twenty-five men. From December until
I April, during the shipping season, probably
fifty to seventy-five people will be kept
busy. At this season the young plants are
being pushed as rapidly as tender care,
good soil, the available amount of sunshine
and constant Irrigating will accomplish it.
AMONG THE GOOD TEMPLARS.
Subordinate Lodges Meet for Business
Minnehaha Lodge, No. 1. Intern.iti" il
Order of Good Templars, met In Pytl in
Temple, 1012 Oth street north wi at 'I o - ; ijr
evening. Among the vl*ltf>r? wre .Mr I.
L. Corby, grand chief; J. W. Ntchol, j st
chief; Mr. Harry J Jeffrie*. Mi s I. L.
Corby and Silss Ward of !'? u
Lodge. No. 2 Mr. Henry I". Sir. i ?f
The trinsactlon of business w is followed
by a social session, after which good >f
the order was entered upon, conducted >y
Miss Jcannette King. Miss Kat' rlne
Whitcomb and Messrs. Simu.-i i;.d?ord
and Jeffries entertained with ye- ?1 trl
arid favorite songs, Mrs. Carrie Smith ? -
companist. Mr. Henry F. Smitu d!s urs.-d
in humorous monologue, taking the Inter
rogative "Why," of which he give .in h ^
structlve analysis as his starting | olnt
Miss Whitcomb gave a dramatic recital
In which the veterans of the civil ivir ?? ro
conspicuous. Judge Nlchol addressed tiio
meeting, opening with the Inquiry, "How
may the number of active temperam e
workers in the District of Columbia lie In
creased?" and dwelling upon the dispro
portion in numbers of total abstainers to
moderate drinkers. He refe.rr- 1 to the
triennial session of the International Lodge .
of Good Templars, to be held in Washing
ton In the summer of Unix, as an ever,! t' it
appealed strongly to members of the orrVr
here and would doubtless stimulate the
worthy ambition to prepare for it by great
ly augmenting the present effective force
of the organization.
Excelsior Lodge, No. 21, T. O. <J. T.. met
In Elks' Hall. Pennsylvania av> n ie
northwest, Wednesday evening. There
were visitors from Perseverance Lodge,
No. 2. Mr 1. 1.. Corby, grand chief tem
plar, presided. Routine business was dis
posed of and was followed by a social ses
sion, after which readings and addresses
were given, setting forth the privileg. s,
duties and achievements of Good Templars.
Among those taking part were the grand
templar and Mrs. J. 8. Freeman, vice
Silver Star Ixidge. No. 20, I. O. O. T..
met In Good Templar Hall, on the Hrook
vhle road, Tenleytown, Thursday evening.
There were visitors from Perseverance and
Minnehaha Lodges. Mr. W. A. Collins. '
past chief templar, presided. Routine busi
ness was transacted and several special re
ports were received and acted Upon The
picnic to have been held at Friendship
Heights on the 20th instant was postponed
till Tuesday, the Mth instant. An unusually
interesting good of the order program w is
given, conducted by the chair. Grand Tem
plar I. L. Corby gave a temperance recital
and an address, in which he remarked upon
the history and prospects of Silver St ir
l,odge. and urged Its members to compile
for the prize he offered for bringing in t! >?
largest number of candidates during the
present quarter. Addresses upon the or
der and how best to advance its Interests
were also given by Mrs. I. I,. Corby. Mr.
S. W. Russell and Messrs. Keene, T>ean.
Collins, Blackford. A. and W. Pa>ne and
Best Way to Drink Milk.
Fr <m Leslie's Weekly.
We live by digesting ami a-sslmllating
food, not merely by eating It. Milk as food
bu ids up and forms body tissues and
fluids and repairs waste. When taken
slightly In excess the unused portion, most
ly butter fat, is stored in the system for
future use As is well known, fluid milk
and vichy is a wholesome drink for many
who cannot assimilate milk a'one. A plncti
or two of salt In a glass of milk will pro
duce a similar result. It aids in the easier
digestion of the curds as formed In ths
stomach prior to digestion. It Is wise for
the possessor of a weak stomach t<> sip a
glass of milk slowly Instead of drinking 't
hurriedly. The larger the quantity of milk
taken at one draught the greater the dif
ficulty of Its digestion. It may not be gen
erally understood that hot ml k taken Into
the system is almost Immediately absorbed.
It Is stimulating without reaction.
HEW HOME Of THE ELKS.