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TIMES, &BtNPAY,'MAY 9, 1897.
Will find these two Items of special Interest, as they
are sold for much less than their regular values.
The Wrapper Is made extra full and well fin
ished. The Skirt is extra full at the bottom.
THIS WRAPPER, $1.19.
per is made
of fine per
cale, in beau
of blue, pink
ate body lin
ing to the
t e a u back,
with a fancy bolero jacket,
neatly trtonied with braid; the
new sryle sleeve, turn-over col
lar, extra wide skirt, full length.
Sizes, 32 to 46. Regular price,
Special Price, $1.19. j
ARE YOU TO BE MARRIED?
We engrave Wedding Invitations In good form
for less than an engraver would charge you, but
in the very best manner. Give us a chance to give
you an estimate.
We also engrave your name and fifty cards for 86
cents. Work guaranteed to be the very best.
420, 422, 424, 426 Saventli Street.
I No I
All there is to do Is to come up a
tore and pick out the wheel jou
want-and tell us you will pay Tot
it a little at a time weekly or 0
Eerv bicycle sola by us-no
matter" what the price-la uncon- 0
ditionally guaranteed against
breakB or every description-NO g
MATTER HOW CAUSED! All (9
punctures and broken parts will g)
be repaired-or 'replaced free or rt
COSTI See the "Fast Flyer," at fl
60 and the "P. F. V.," at $70.
ee the "Postal" "Druid" and Q
We have broken all records for
giving accommodation both in
bicycles and furniture. This is
the house that furnishes EVERY
THING on credit and at lower
than lowest cash prices.
flammoth Credit Hous:
117. 119. E21. 23 7th St J. W.
1 u.....o.. lfni.il TJa
PAINTER OF MINIATURES,
Remove! lo 932 F Street,
InttrueUona to o limited class ezery morninj.
High grade and high wbenl.
Easy to run and oa3j" to buy.
12-ln. cut, 82.50, 14-in. cut, 52.75, 16,
In. cut, $3. Grass Catchers, extra-
$1. Grass Sickles, sharp, 25c.
36 9th St Bet. D and E Sts.
Hopper nnd "Cnfeej at the Bat."
"After I had recited 'Casey at the Bat'
for the thousandth time," isaid De "Wolf
Hopper at the Press Club the other even
ing, "I met the man who wrote the piece.
I first saw Thayer, I think, at the Play
ers' dub, New York. I pictured him in my
mind as a big, stong, manly-looking fel
low ol a decidedly athletic build.
"Imagine my surprise, upon introduc
tion, to find him a small, pale-faced man,
almost effeminate in appearance. I abked
nim for his version of 'Casey, curious to
know Just what the author's interpretation
"I was disappointed. He ran through
the several vcnu3in the most ordinal y tone
of voice with an absence of gesture, and
with scarcely a rising or f allitigof inflection
to relieve the monotony of his expression.
But for the words, you might havefaa-ji-M
he was reading a spring poem.
"The worst of all came when he reached
the 'Kill him; kill the umpire!' part, i'ou
"know how the cranks say it just roar
It out savagely, as though they meant it
But Thayer put no particular emphasis on
the lines; bo spoke them just as he had the
rest of It, in a sad, 'fireman, snvemychild'
tyle, conveying absolutely no idea of the
animosity of the Mudville rooters toward
le umpire who dared to call strikes on
"I was heartbroken when he concluded;
omeway his rendition didn't seem right: It
wasn't the real thing. I flattered myself
that I had the correct idea.
"My reflections were rudely disturbed. A
drunken actor frlondof mine, then traveling
with nie, who hadheardme recite theplece
many times and in whose judgment Ire
posed the greatest confidence, had listened
to Thayer with the most rapt attention.
"Turning to me he said, in dead earnest:
1 think you could make it go bettor that
"Perhaps you understand why I haven't
recited thething In a year." Minneapolis
- Lansburgh & Bro.
THIS SKIRT, 4gc.
This excellent wash Skirt Is made
of good quality stripe 1 gingham;
extra wide, finished with a 6-inch
flounce at the bottom, with a neat
heading, gored, at the top on a
French yoke, with draw-string.
Really worth 65c For 4oc.
RESCUED FROM THE FLAMES
Peter Loruie, an Invalid, Saved by
a Gallant Firemen.
Wus Asleep When the FJre Broke
Out uud "Nenrly Overcome "WIiou
Ite.seued by Foreman Wngnor.
Smoke and flames had nearly over
come Peter Lornie when Foreman F. E.
Wagner, of Engine Company, No. 7,
stretched a ladder to the third floor of
the burning house, at No. 1252 Eighth
street northwest, and rescued the man
by carrying him down in his arms. Mr.
Lornie has been ill for nearly a year,
and It Is feared that the shook may re
sult disastrously to nim, though he whs
not injured by the flames.-
The house is owned by Charles Stolt,"
and occupied by Mr. S. E. Trott and
family. Mr. Lornte occupied a room on
the tiiird floor of the house, and was
asleep in bed when the fire broke out
A little daughter or Mr. Trott was alone
in one of the rear rooms on the second
floor, and, in endeavoring to light the
gas, she accidentally dropped the match
and sot fire to some fringe on the couch,
directly under the gas Jet. Instead of being
frightened and ciying for help, the child
braely attempted to smother the flumes
and to quench them -with a pitcher of
The 6jlTlance, however, was quite com
bustible and buined rapidly, so that the
fire had secured considerable headway be
fore tlie elder members of the household
were aware of the danger. An alarm was
quickly sent in by Policeman Copel.md
from the box at the corner of Seventh and
M streets. Engine No. 7 and Truck E re
st.onded The confusion had awakened Mr.
"rLornie, but owing to his feeble condition
he was unable to fight his way through
the smoke and flames down two flights
of stairs, which was his only -way of es
cape. Opening the front window of his room
he cried loudly for help, which the crowd
of people which bad gathered by that
time were powerless to render him.
All thin time the smoke from the blaze
below was filling Ills room nearly to tuf
focation, and in his bewilderment Mr
Ixrnie climbed partVyout of his window and
was making preparations to leap thirty or
thirty-five feet to the ground, when a
ladder from truck E was stretched to the
window and the firemen shouted to the
man to remain quiet. Foreman "Wagner
ran up the ladder and sccared him in his
arms and brought him safely to the ground.
He was then immediately removed ln"No
2 patrol wagon to the Emergency "Hospital,
where Dr. Turner found that the man was
suffering only from shock, and had not
been injured by the flames.
He was placed in a ward, and late last
night was resting comfortabfy.
The loss to the house and its contents
is estimated to be about $G00, the amount
on the dwelling being fully covered with
A Side-Light on Milton.
Of Milton's three wives-and his relations
with them enough lias been written. It was
a hard thing to be Milton's "wife or Milton's
daughter. He -was stern, he was austere,
he -was self-centered; his impeccable
strength was purchased by a sublime and
monotonous egoism which is thenameth -y
give to selfishnessin poets. Verychlllmust
have been the life oi hisgnlsin thatrui'tan
house, reading to the inwrapped Fiuitan
father from languages they did not under
hand, and taking down from his lips poetry
they understood less. Milton found them
undutiable. Poorhttle"undutiable" daugh
ters! Fathers had teirible conceptions of
duty in those days. Did anyone evei "want
to know Milton? Did anyone ever not
want to know Shakespeare? Doubtless
there are readers of the Exeter Hall class
who would have yearned for the godly
company of the great "Christian poet."
But, on the whole, how thankful one should
be that Shakespeare was not a "Christian
poet." "Les vrais artists sont toujours
un peu patens," said poor Stephen Heller
to Sir Charles Halle, in uoimidlous sense,
for was he not a Catholic writing lo a
His Good Benson.
Mr. Howland I tell you, Maria, you're
worrying over nothing. I can stop smok
ing any time I want to.
Mrs. Howland Well, then, stop now
Mr. Howland r don't want to now.
Theory, vs. .Experience.
"It is the nature of a child to be want
ing to do something," said the enthusiastic
"As far as I have noticed," said the
mother of six, "it is the nature of a child
to be wanting to do something' else."
Cincinnati Enquirer, -
Signorina Belinfante the Sensation
of the Week.
Senator SherraanHBirtliday Reception-.
Urlllinnt Dinner at
the Mexican Legation. s
SignoiinaEstreta Belinfante, the wonder
ful Italian prima donna, who made her
American debut at the Executive Mansion
on Monday evening last, is just now the
talk of the town, owing to the sensation
created on tliat occasion by her glorious
voice and charming personality. Every
where one goes, and particularly among the
members of the Cabinet elide, who were
o fortunate as to hear her at the White
House, one Is greeted wlth"Have you heard
SIgnorina Belinfante?" or "You must let
me tell you about the treat we had on
SIGNORINA ESTRETA BELINFANTE.
A few days ago, while Judge Lewis, of
Washington State, was in a wtll-known
jeweler's establishment two ladies entered
They were talking of Signorina Belinfante.
One of them said: "Oh, yes, bbe Is per
fectly wonderful as a singer, and her voice
is magnificent, but It's too bad about her
religion." The Judge became interested,
wondering what was going to be saldabout
his little friend.
The speaker continued: "You see, bhels
an Italian, and tlwy are all Catholics."
The Judge smiled, wondering what dif
ference it could possibly make if she
were, but as he knew she v, as an Episco
palian, having been brought up by the
strictest of Scotch Protestants, the re
mark seemed as ridiculous as it was
Signorina Belinrante doeb not like to be
called blind. She says that while she can
not see to read or study, or distinguish
color, she is quite sensible of light and
darkness, and can get an idea of the out
lines of forms, so that she is very Mr
from being absolutely blind, as many
people suppose her to be. Her eyes are
large and beautiful, and at a glunce'one
would never suppose that she had any
trouble with them.
Signorina Belinfante was left an orphan
at a very early age and was adopted by
Miss Farquehar, who belongs to one of
the oldest and wealthiest Scotch families.
Miss Paiquehar desired that her protege
should enter Gerton and take a degree
Her education was begun with this end In
view, but when still quite a child, Estreta's
sight began "to fail, and it was at ome
clear that she would be uuablc to under
take so severe a course of study.
Music was her one thought, but her
aunt objected to her taking it up as a
profession, and she was denied further
musical training than any school girl
During the summer of '84, when Estreta
was with her friends, staying at an old
Italian villa, which was the property of
Lord Craven, and which adjoined the old
Church of San Rocco, the little girl
used to listen to the chanting of the monks
with great interest.
This was the terrible cholera year in
Naplcs.PcopIeweredylngby thousands, and
every day the old monks chanted their
prayers to the protecting saint. One day
Estictasaw them bring the huge image of
the saint out of the church, piece by piece,
and set it up in the church yard Then
the monks marched around it, chanting
their deep-toned prayer.
Estreta did not understand what it all
meant and was much amused at the pro
ceedings. Running to an old well which
had, as she says, "a most beautiful echo,"
she began to imitate the deep voices and
the chanting of the monks. The people
of the villa gathered about in amazement,
saying,. ""Why, where in the world does
she gctthose notes?" As she had never been
heard to sing in anything but the childish
soprano before, no one had realized, as
they then did, that here was the foun-Ja-tion
for one of the world's greatest con
traltos. So much was said to Miss Tarquehar,
who was called the slgnorina's uunt, about
her niece's wonderful voice, that this lady
finally realized that the girl was intended
to bo a singer. But it was three ycaiB
after the eplsodo at Naples before she
was allowed to enter the conservatoire at
Naples. After this she also studied at
Florence, Milan and Vienna.
Meanwhile, she had sung with such suc
cess In concert that her masters were eager
for her to appear in grand opera. This
she did at the age of seventeen, In Naples,
andln a few months all Italy was wildabout
her. The subsequent failure of her sight
was considered as a national loss, as It
deprived the grand opera of Italy of a
contralto which was everywhere compared
to that of Scalcht.
A year's most serious Illness resulted
from an attempt to end her life, when the
young prima donna found that she must
relinquish her career at the very momentof
Miss Farquehar, who had almost en
tirely deserted her Scotch home, in order
to travel with Signorina Belinfante, now
decided to take her on a sea voyage to
Japan. This channinglndylavlshed every
thing that wealth could procure upon her
adopted niece, to whom she was completely
devoted. Every desire of the young girl's
heart was gratified. No country was too
distant to visit if Signorina Belinfante de
From Japan MissFarquehar accompanied
her niece to San Francisco, where she was
married to Mr. Willis Edminister, a well
known New Yorker, whom she became
acquainted with in Japan.
Mrs. McMillan, wife of SenatorMcMIllan,
is spending a fortnight In Detroit.
The Minister of Mexico and Mme. Ro
mero entertained at a very brilliant din
ner Inst evening in honor of delegates to
the postal congress.
The guests included tho Secretary to
the President and Mrs. Addison J. Porter,
Mrs. Call, -wife of Senator Call; Repre
sentative and" Mrs. Bayers, of Texas; Mr.
and Mrs. Garfias, Mr. Chavez, Mr. and
Mrs. Zapata Vera, Miss Vera, Mrs. "Klll
patrick, the delegates from Chill, Mr. and
Mrs. William S. "Walker, Mr. Navella, the
delegates from Guatemala, and Mrs. Na
vella, and Mr. and Mrs. Mujica Sayaga.
The table was most beautifully deco
rated with La France and Jacqueminot
roses nnd Easter lilies. The wine glasses
tit "Rohf-mian ware, which stood beside
i well cover, were of tbf tints ot tho flowers,
$5 a Month
All DIsei$e$"y No Varia
ThU Charge It
Covers Full Treatment and
1411 Tcnna Ave.
Ad). WiUard's Hotel
Guarantees Prompt and 'Perfect Cures.
Bear These Groat Facts In
Over 10,000 Caaes Treated and Cnred In the
Past rive Years.
Over 1,000 autogiaph. testimonials,
signed, sworn to, und attested by people
whose word cannot be doubted for one
These are what Dr. Walker offers as
evidence of his skill, of his healing power,
of his being able to accomplish cures
wherein others and good doctors at that
have faliod. No wondert hat Dr. Walker's
work grows; no wonder that enthusiasm
increases; no wonder that the people have
come to the Inevitable conclusion that no
other doctor can equal Dr. Walker's
achievements. He is par excellence a man
of tho people, for the people; a man who
detotes the talents Ills Maker save him
to tiie alleviation or the sufferings of his
DAILY OFFICE HOURS 10 to 5; Mon
day, Wednesday, Thursday-and Saturday,
till 8 p. m. Sundays, 10 to 12.
- CONSULT ATKW FREE.-Sa
red, green, pink, nnd also of clear crystal,
making the whole effect extremely attrac
tive. The reception wliich will "be given to
morrow evening to celebrate the birthday
of the Secretary of State, will include a
very distinguished company, though not
a very lurge one, only about three hundred
invitations having been sent out It is
quite probable that Presldentand Mrs. Mc
Klnley will be present and of course the
members of the Cabinet and diplomatic
circles, and the Senate will bo largely
represented among the guests.
During his stay in Washington Bronislaw
Huberman has endeared himself to Wanh
ington society, not only as a genius, but
as a genuine whole-souled boy. Almost every
afternoon be has been 6een riding his new
blcycleabout th2 neighborhood of Lafayette
Square, with all the enthusiasm of any
lad of fourteen years. He has been the
recipient of much attention from the
diplomatic circle, especially from theladis
of the British embassy, and from the Austro
Hungajian Minister and Baroness Hengel
muller. The Misses Paunccfoto.ai;e expert wheel
woiren.as are Baroness ilengelmuller, and
the gentlemen of the legates Several
veiy jolly cycling exCuriicrfs Into the
surrounding country lavebecn,made up of
thoo well-known people wifO, with Count
ZainoisM and Boy Huberman lave seen all
tuo points of Interest about- Washington
in this manner during thelapufortulght.
Huberman gles a finpl -concert tonight
at the Columbia, and it Is Eafe to predict
that a great ovatiop will lettndcred tills
prince of violinists.
Mrs.Frances Hodgson Burnett has kindly
consented to give the useof her, drawing
rooms for a "charity-auction," which is
to be held on Wednesday evening next.
A number of well-known local arti&ts
have contributed sketches in water-color
and oil, and much beautiful band-painted
china, all sorts of embroidered-articles, and
knick-knacks have been contributed by
prominent society people.
Mr. Parker Mann andMr.Stilson II utchins
are to be the auctioneers, and the even
ing will probably be very entertaining as
well as profitable. Mrs. Lane, Mrs. Pill
ing, anil Mrs. Parker Mann are the lathes
In charge of the affair.
Another charitable enterprise will be
the kettle-drum and tombola, which will
be glveu on Saturday next, at Rauschcr's
Hall, in aid of the Children's Hospital.
Among the ladles In charge are: Mrs Jack
Rodgcrs, who Is one of the mest inde
fatigable workers In affairs of this
nature; Mrs. James Johnston, Mrs. Anden
ried, Miss Schench, and a large number of
well-known young ladies.
Miss Lillian Pauncefote has taken up
water-color painting under the direction
of the well-known artist, Mr. Edwin Lama
sure. -Miss nelen Block will give her annual
May ball at National RiHes Hall on Wed
nesday evening next.
Mrs Elkins went over to Annapolis for
the german which was given at the Naval
Academy last evening.
Mr. Snndford Beatty, who has been in
New York for the past few days, is ex
nected to return today.
The marriage of Miss Juliet Lareaux,
daughter of Prof. Lareaux, of the Navy,
and Ensign Davidson, will occur early In
Among the Washington belles who
went over to attend the naval ball at
200 Ladies' Tailor-made Suits
that were $25, $20, $15 and $10,
Yoiir These suits are the finest lot of YOUT
Choice costumes ever brought to Washing- GilOiGe,
ton. They are made up in tiie latest oj c
styles Eton effects, Umpires, Reef- $J
er and Fly Fronts in broadcloth Q
and novelty cloth -black, blue, helio- Oil
trope, cadet, green, brown and fancy QC
mixtures. Stylish garments, silk 0J
lined, plain and braided effects good O C
values at $25, $20, $15 and $10. 0 J
We defy competition on this lot of suits
and advise you to come early, as there are
only 200 of them.
812-814 7th St? ; Branch Store, 715 Market Space.
Annapolis," were Miss Mae Coleman, M,lss
Julia Scott, Miss Gordon, o,f. West Wash
Jinton; Miss Dodge, and the MlssesPea
Mrs. Albert Akers, one of the most
chai inlug and beautiful representatives of
the South in this city, has been appointed
a delegate to the Nashville Centennial by
the Eouihern Relief Society, of the Bis-trlcfc.
Tljo- Mississippi Association will meet
at the residence of Mrs. Pegram, No.
1116 Rhode Island avenue, on Wednesday
next. A brief sketch of MiEsIsslppians who
have become distinguished since leaving the
State, Is expected from each member of
Mr. Harry Wertheimcr and bride, of New
York city, after having spent a week at
Atlantic City, aie now visiting Wash
ington. They are Quartered at the Hotel
Wellington, where they will be glad to
receive their friends this Sunday after 3
p. m. Mr. Wertheimer is well known
here in Washington, as he has lieen a
visitor to this city in the past ten years.
His bride was known as one of New York's
belles. She is a beautiful woman of the
brunette type, having a splendid musical
education, and 1b a highly cultured lady.
A very pleasant party was given at tho
home of MissLilllau Coblenzer in honor of
her seventh birthday. Among the guests
were the Misses Herman, the Misses Na
thans, the Misses Hlrsh, Miss Rich, Miss
Mautner, Miss H. Hoffer, Miss Lucille
Tanrer, Elsa Coblenzer, Mamie Kruntz,
Messrs. S. Tanger, H. Rich, S Grassner, E.
Silverman and E. Hollander.
A very enjoyable surprise party was
given to Miss Ida Fry In honor or her fif
teenth birthday. The table showed the
aruStic taste of Mrs. Fry and Mrs. Ruppert.
Intnecentcr were fifteen white roses,
surrounded by fifteen candles. Games and
dancing were the thoroughly enjoyable
features of the evening.
The guefts were Misses Mabel Murray,
Minnie Murray, Florence Goss, BesleCnld
wcll, Omlc Watson, Gertie Gates, Blanche
Pumphrey, Ethel Lnngley, and the Messrs.
Irving Dcnlson, Walter Fry, George Fry,
Harry Caldwell, Horace Ewin and Alex.
Dr. and Mrs W. W.Baker have removed
to D04 T street, Le Droit Park, where
they will be pleased to see their friends.
LOOKED DPON LENIENTLY
Executive Clemency Will Be Ex
tended to Broker Chapman.
He May He HequeHted to Apologize
to the Senate Committee and
PioinifeXot to Offend Again.
Mr. Elverton R Chapman, thebroker who
has been so near to serving out a term of
thirty days in the District jail, may, it
is authoritatively stated, within a few days
receive notice of executive clemency.
Mr, Chapman, whose attorney, Mr. Wil
son, has made application for pardon, as
has been stated heretofore. Powerful New
York friends lave also called on the Presi
dent in lis interest. Every Scriator on the
famous investigating committee with a
single exception, has signified his willing
ness that Mr Chapman be pardoned It is
said that the majority of the community
is even desirous that the President shall
take this action.
The Senators arc said not to wish to
puni-h Chapman more thuu he deserves
They base thfir seemingly vacillating
course on the general opinion that he has
alrendy received considerable punishment
and on the fact that the judgment in the
courts fully upholds their power in Sena
torial investigations. Mr. Chapman has
been guilty of 110 moral lapse, and their
precedent has been established.
President McKlnley has advised these
various friends of Mr. Chapman as to what
he considers the broker should do in the
matter, though this can be but a matter
of surmise, it is thought probable, of couise,
that Mr. Chapmau is asked to apologize
to the committee. It is also thought possi
ble that Mr. McKlnley may have suggested
that he promise never to do it again. This
action on the part of the President also
is thought by the friends of Mr. Chapman
to leave no doubt that the President looks
with leniency on his offense and believes
that tills imprisonment should not be in
flicted. It is probable that Mr. Chapman's
fine will not be remitted.
It was reiorted yesterday afternoon that
information had been conveyed from the
White Houseto District Attorney Davis that
any undue activity on his part in the Chup
man case would be regarded unfavorably
and as pernicious, and possibly might mili
tate against his retention in office.
Mr. Davis said to a Times representative
that every word of the report was untrue.
He claimed that it was founded on an ar
ticle In a New York paper, which he warmly
denounced as untruthful and without the
"You may say," he added, "that I
have received no Information from any
source nnd will proceed vigorously with the
trial of the other cases. I will continue to
do my duty, and the law will be enforced
as far as I am concerned, unless I am
really stopped by some higher authority "
".No exaggerations as to qualttioa or values are permitted in this advertisement." -,
A Very Tempting Menu for a j '
Millinery Bargain Feast.
such as reds, violets, greens, as well as
black. Sold by the stylish Fifth Avenue
milliners at $5, $6, $7 and $8. Here
Children's Hats, 4Tc.
A big collection of the newest and
choicest styles in Children's and
Misses' Trimmed Hats, in all the good
enapes anu in an me rasnion
able shades. The regular $1.25,
DHc. and 75a values. Monday..
Ladies' Yachts, 89c.
A lot of those smart, new Dressy
Yachts, In white, black, navy, brown
ana reu, in nanusome plain anu
rough straws. Should be sold at Ofl
Jo. Special introductionprice. OJu
Large Red Poppies, 2 in a
Hunches of Velvet Geraniums.
Bunchesof large Carnations.
Large bunches of Velvet Pan
Eles. Monday ,
American beauty Roses, with
bud and foliage. Monday ....
Bunches of Ragged Robbins.
Clearance Sale of
$15 Suits at $7.98.
"We are determined not. to carry a
single Spring Suit over until next year,
and are willing to give you big con
cessions to make you buy at once.
Ladies' and Misses' Stvlish Man
tailored Suits of Serge, Broadcloth,
BON MARCHE, l 4-31 6 Seventh St.
PUBLIC LIGHT QUESTIONS
Contentious of Companies Before
ItiKhtH of the City to Duett Laid
Down by the Potomac Compnuy
in Certain Streets.
Tbe Commissioners havenow beforethm
a very interesting question, growing out
of tbe reservation to them by the Potomac
Electric Light Company of two ducts in
the conduits laid down by that company
in ceitain streets of the city. The public
has also a large share of Inter
est in tbe problem by reason
of the fact that the United States
Electric Light Company offers by the use
of these two ducts to save to the city $14,
000 annually In the coil of lighting. They
claim that the $-14,000 thus saved -would
be enough to furnish from 150 to 175 arc
lights, in addition to those now used to
light streets and reservations.
Tbe proposition has gone to the Commis
sioners in tbe bid of the United States
ElectrlcLignt Company for the pubUoiight
ing. One of the propositions is to furnish
lights at $70 a lamp less than the same
light can be f urnished by the PotomacCom
pany. In the bid vras the proviso that the
Commissioners permit tbe United States
Company to make use of tbe ducts reserved
to their use by the Potomac Company. The
president of tbe United States Company
received a letter from tbe Commissioners
yesterday asking him for further Informa
tion on this proposition.
It is claimed for the Commissioners by
the United States Company that the per
mits to the Potomac Company, and their
terms generally, secured to the city the
absolute right to two of the ducts, and it
is this property of the city that the United
States Company now deslies to utilize
with the result of saving $14,000 an
nually. It is maintained that although
these ducts v.'ere nominally for police
alarms, telephone service, etc., the city
can use them for any purpose that -will
not be detrimental to the wires or service
of the Potomac Company in the same con
duits. One of the directors of the United States
Company said yesterday that the Po
tomac Company came into the city as op
posing and attacking monopoly and that
it -would furnish electric light service at
a low cost to the city "When it has ac
tually come to the test of bidding, how
ever, the bids of the Potomac Company
were up to the maximum limit.
It was held, It was further argued, by
Commissioners Powell and Truesdell that
a saving to the city of only $3,600 was
a sufficient reason for permitting the Po
tomac Company to come east of Jtock
Creek to break up the "United States Elec
tric Light Company monopoly," as they
called It- It was necessary to do this, to
construe a provision of Congress In .such
a way as to convey exactly the revere of
its terms. Tho United States Company's
officers are now anxious to see what con
struction the Commissioners will put on
Ihe terms on which they were given control
The big Millinery Store has pre
pared a tempting menu for a big ..
millinery bargain feast Monday,
which must interest you if you are
careful, economical shoppers. The
prices are so plainly and substan
tially below those prevailing around
us for equal qualities that you can
not stay away without personal loss.
The story of the feast opens with
this charming entree in Trimmed
A tableful of the handsomest and
most exclusive styles in Trimmed
all the good color effects,
in white and
Novelty Cloth, Cheviot, and Covert
Cloth, in all the new plain colors; Nov
elty Cloth and Combination Suits, in
fly front reefer, eton, bolero and mess
jackel effects. Jackets lined througn
but with good quality taffeta silk. You
have been paying $10, $12.50
and $15 Tor these Suits right (1 QQ
along. Your choice Monday ...., 30
The perfect Bicy
cle Skirt at last.
The new Circular
Bicycle Skirts are
claimed by themaa-uracturr-rs
most perfect Bicy
cle Skirt In exist
ence. We'll let you
have a sample one
Monday, witli Leg
gins to match, at
A tableful of Bi
cycle Leggins, in
tan, brown, black
and mixed colors.
Ought to be
40c. Choice O I n
Monday L I It
$1 to $1.98
Too many Shirt
Waists in siock
Tor this time of
the season In
duced a leading
uart with 283 doz
en or his choicest
creations at just
about a hair of
tc-hiil. rtifv onirht
MiiS'lli'i!1' to bring "Not an
undesirable color or Rtvle ill the lot.
SlwCn In theflnestqualitylawns, dimi
ties and batistes, iu the loveliest and
most attractive striped, figured and
natural leaf patterns Very latest
sleeve, detachable, self and linen col
lars and cuffs. They certainly be
long with tne i ys, i o
SI .48, 1.25 and the SI grades.
They are yours for
40c Candy, 19c.
Kqual to any In the city soldat40c
Includes over TO different varieties of
the choicest confections Our great
leader at 19c lb.
Best Ice Cream Soda in the dty at 5c.
of thetwoducts, whichlnvolvesasavingof
$14,000. four times as much as was In
volved in the permission for the Potomac
Company to come east of Rock Creek to
break up a monopoly.
The point before the Commissioners ap- .
pears to be whether they can permit the
use of these ducts for the purposes de
sired by tbe United States Electric Llghtt
In the explanation to the Commissioners
it will be shown that atthe hearings beforo
a committee of the House on this matter
the Potomac Company's agents did not
exclude electric lighting as one of tho
purposes of these two reserved ducts. On
the contrary it is stated that the records
will prove, and specifically on page 185
of the report, that one or the directors of
the rotomac Company said In so many
words that these reserved ducts could ba
used "even for electric lighting." It is
now contended that the quoted language
referred to use under municipal owner
ship. As Is well known now the Potomao
Company has come east of Rock Creek
on a permit granted by the Commissioners.
The right of that company to exist in the
territory n st of that limit is now Involved
in a suit in equity. Should the decision
be adverse to the construction of law as
sumed by the Commissioners, the Potomao
Company will be again relegated to opera
tions west of Rock Creek.
A fix . Iji!'
The Noblemen of Old Japan.
The changes or the present meijlera have
placed the nobles of Japan In a peculiar
position. The days of feudal sway, when
each daimio was absolute sovereign of his
own domain, with his scores of retainers
and his princely mansion, kept up with al
most royal ceremony and display those
days of pomp-and grandeur hava all passed
away. Now the noblest among them,
always excepting the Imperial family, pass
unnoticed and jostle among those who
used In past times to bow down to tha
earth at their approach, thinking It sacri
legious to raise their eyes to them or to
sit In the same room with thcrn. The
nobleman of more than fifty or sixty years
or age who can recall the old days before -the
revolution, with their ceremony and
pomp, must, Indeed, find It strange to havo
life so much changed, his estates and rev
enues given over to the central government,
and he himself with an empty title and a
reduced income, left to make a place for -himself
in the world side by side with his
former retainers, or else to enjoy an hon
orable but a most qulet-retlrement, almost
outside of the busy life which mak.-s up
the new Japan of progress and activity.
The feudal days or old Japan are now
gone forever, leaving only a few remnants
behind, and republican Japan makes but
Many of the households of the noble men
have given up much of their useless display
and luxury and have cut ofr their numerous
retinue, keeping up only a few or the old
time customs and ceremonies. In this they
are guided by motives or economy and tho
changed ideas orthe heads orthebouseholds,
who, in turn.taxc lead bythe advice of
their old retainers. These retainers still
keep up in a -way theirloyalty and interest
in their former feudal lords, and are often
men o f distinction and rank: far the great!
men of distinction and rank; for the greab
have come from the ram uraJ, the class,
which is and was the mrwig power Im
i Japan. Chicago Becora.
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