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k.V I I I l IB III rill I I THE PRESIDENT'S WIFE Wives of Generals Dell anJ Ed ward Chief Among Social Leaders at White Mouse. GOLD LACE HAS GREAT HEYDAY Presidential Affairs Made Gay Through Presence of Land and Sea Fighters of Nation. U'anlilntnn correspondence : When Mrs. Tart, in her official role as first lady of tlie land, surrounded herself with a coterie of the cleverest and brightest offlcers ot the twin branches of the service, everybody in Washington society recognized that the era of the army and navy set had arrived. In bravo array the military men -form a moving background at Mrs. Taft's at homes, and in their Im maculate diess the officers of the land and sea forces are a splendid attribute fltMrs. Taft's fascinating garden par ties. At the White House entertainments scarcely has the line of guests passed until Mrs. Taft is surroundd by a group of officers and their wives, daughters and sweethearts, whose persiflage and laughter instantly dis sipate any Indication of an oppressive or i "military" perfunetorlness. Replacing Col. Hromwell. who with Mrs. Dromwell were dominant factors ii the social life of the capital In the last administration, Is Col. Spencer Cosby, whose career h:is been marked with distinction. Col. Cosby is the first of the administration bachelor? to announce his engagement, and in the fall Miss Yvonne Shepard,. daugh ter of Mrs. Charles R. Shepard of New York and Washington, will fall heir to the position vacated by the withdrawal of Mrs. Hromwell. Miss Shepard Is tall and svelte, her well-carried head Is graced with quan titles of silky, fair-brown hair, and her pretty complexion is set off by the taste Miss Shepard displays In the se lection of the color of her gowns. She wears large hats, flower trimmed, and long, sweeping gowns, which accen tuate the graceful slenderness of her figure. As the wife of the President's aid and constant attendant, Miss Shepard will be thrown constantly in associa tion with the White House family, and hn' adroitness and social graces tt1 llo nilf trt Q Eovnra tent lr tm carrying of a role not less Influential than difficult. (pii. IlplTn Wife a Tower. As wife of the chief of staff, Mrs. J. Franklin Bell will have a high position in the full tide of the official season. Not content with standing at the head of the serried ranks of army dom, Mrs. Bell Is no less popular with the diplomatic as well as the con gressional and president set. As a great friend of Mrs. Kdson Bradley of New York, she Is in touch with the smart life of the little coterie of tbe ch and important who come to shlneton each winter to entnv Ita 6 uson. Gen. and Mrs. Bell 1nst winter took possession of a commodious home at Fort Myer and there throughout the season Mrs. Bell challenged the ad miration of society by the conduct of a series of delightful entertainments, her guests Including tho grizzled vet erans who surround the chief of staff, the young officers pager for an oppor tunity to display their mettle, the debutantes, the foreign "guests" of the nation and the general everyday-man anil woman who goes In for Washing ton's social good times. Associated with Mrs. Bel' In the so cial life of the army set Is Mrs. Woth erspoon. tha attractive wife of Gen. Bell's first assistant. Mrs. Bell's sis ter. Mrs. Krnest Oarlington, wife of Cen. Garlington, Is another army ma tron whose power In society has to he reckoned with. Mrs. Oarlington Is a pretty, fair-haired woman, endowed with n liberal share of the good fel lowship and pood humor Mrs. Bell displays In such a marked degree. In the childless home of the chief of staff Miss Sally Oarlington, Mrs. Bell's jolly, good-natured and good-looking young niece, has a large and import ant role .to carry. Miss Sally is a laneer who has won acclaim at the amateur dramatic productions which have been features of Washington's tmiurt life for the last few years, while her skill as a horsewoman gives her a forward place In the gay little com ,1iy of "pnperebascrs" who gallop over the. hills two or three times a w oek. Mrs. Aleshlre, wife ef Gen. Aleshlre, is one of the army matrons whose wit and poise count In the proper equip merit of an army officer's wife. She la largo and nice-looking, noticeable chiefly for tho sweetness of her ex- ARMIES AND i' '.ia'j'.e I'hotograpU BhJ-ing o2 a Monetae. WOMEJf WHO LEAD XU . ' ''If? ; - '--aw 1 i:v i;t, ... f Si's l" f it. ' k' ; i. 5 pres;-!on and her general air of ex trcme cood breeding. She Is the moth er of a debutante daughter, who has tbe distinction of being one of Miss Helen Taft's best chums. Mr. Kilwurila Winn I.nurc-In. Cue of tho handsome homes of the !nmv set established In Washington Is presided over by Mrs. Clarence Ed wards, wife of Gen. Clarence Edwards, chum to the President and general food fellow. Oen. Edwards, who 1.4 one of the most generally liked officers of the service, has his honors to look to when It comes to a discussion of his wife's popularity. Everybody likes Mrs. Edwards, and her place In the fa vor of the community waxes as the vears Increase. In girlhood, as pretty and vivacious Bess'e Porter, she made her first ap pearance in Washington, coming over to visit her great aunt. Mrs. Saunders Irving, widow of Washington Irving's nephew. Mrs. Irving maintained a menage second only to the White House In point of social importance, its gentle mistress, who was an In valid, being one of the few women up on whom the wives of the Presidents felt it incumbent to leave ciius. Mrs. Edwards is a slender, delicate looking woman, whose chief beauty lies In her sweetness of expression, her well-bred air and her lovable manners. She looks at life through two jolly, twinkling eves and she has sympathy with everybody and with everything that lives, without regard to place or position. Her servants adore her and pay her the sovereign compliment of remaining In her service to decades or more. A very great-great-granddaughter of the first white man that nettled In the western part of Xew York, Mrs. Ed wards' family, the Porters of Niagara, X. Y., held the original grant of the Immense tract of land which Included the falls until the taking over of the property by the State government. Oen. Peter B. Porter, Mrs Ed wards' great-grandfather, served as secretary of war In the cabinet of President John Quincy Adams. Oen. and Mrs. Edwards' daughter Bessie Is a pretty little woman of 10 years, who is a chum of her father and the boon companion of her mother. The Edwards home Is a reflex of the character of Its owners. Beginning with the general's office on the first THE AEROPLANE. ""1 a Cavalry Korie Siiyiag at the ilk1 -i (. . v - r.-y V , ...v- MRS. TAFT'S SOCIAL LIFE. v. 4 - t " . 1-: I V - ; t tV-. "-''f 4 , ,, .I.. T- . .V-, "Mr. j. J. I) ELL floor photographs of familiar friends men. women and small children run riot and overflow into the attractive drawing room on the second floor, gay in Its dress of summery English chintz and filled with fine old mahogany and Interesting things picked up in the out of the way corners of the army of ficers' world. ; The Kdwardses keep open house In and out ef season and aside from dis pensing a hospitality as 6mart ai the smartest, Oen. and Mrs. Edwards delight in having friends to lunch or dine en famllle. A TRAVELING BRIDGE FOR RAIL WAY CONSTRUCTION. A device for building a railway em bankment, reminding one somewhat of the construction of a cantilever bridge by adding pieces continually to the end of one of the arms, is now in use in New Jersey. The building of an embankment by first making false work in the form of a trestle, and dumping earth from a train standing on It, Is familiar. This may be likened to the building of a brldgo by nu'ans of similar false work, which serves to sustain the pities till they are fastened together. In the new method, the embankment is pushed forward continuously from one ex tremity by dumping from a train on a so-called traveling bridge one end of which rests on the embank ment while the other Is hung from a cableway, as shown In the picture. Briefly the apparatus consists of two towers, one fixed and one movable, between which a double cableway is suspended. From this cableway is bung a cradle, or,travoling bridge, on j.yv-vv:---.- THAVDI.l.VO HltllHiK AT WOltK. which a three-foot gauge track Is lajd. Beginning just Inside the movable tower a construction track is started on tbe line of fill on which the dump cars are pushed. As the fill progresses this track Is extended out over its cradle, which is moved ahead with the fill. The view shows tho track extending out over the fill and the cars dumping. The cars arc backed on to the track and each car Is dumped as it reach.-) the end of the fill, so that the empties ara always at the suspended end of the structure and the filled cars near the supports. The fixed tower at the far end of the line is a standard cableway tower of timber, firmly held In place by the pressure of the cables and by Its an chorage t( the ground. It will not bo moved during the entire construction. The movable tower is of structural steel. The cableway at present Is dumping 1,100 to 1,200 cubic yards a day with no trouble whatsoever. It could handle many times that amonvt, but is lim ited by the amount of excavation in the cut farther back. Tlie llumlnir lneatlu, A Baltlmoro teacher was trying to explain the meaning of the word "re cuperate." "Charley," she said, "when night comes your father returns home tired and worn out, doesn't he?" "Yes, ma'am," assented Charley. "Then," continued the teacher, "It being night, and ho being tired, what does he do'" "That's what ma wants to know," Kiid Charley.- Sm-e:-H Magazine. eimiilil lie (irrl.-rl Out. "I wish you wouldn't lie cross to that dear little do(- u' mine," said the. wife. "The little fellow is just filled Willi good Intentions.'1 "Well," replied the husband, grabbing the pup. "I just like to r; iry out good Intent ions!" Yonkers Statesman. illilnu lliiiiui riMiK A limit 'Mint. eltl iu-lays are diui;;eious. Jew e'tOti, I don't know. My ife re ceived a l.-tter this morning naylug j that hei mother would have to poit' J pone her vUlt New York 1'reis. WASTED SYMPATHY. t The moving quality of the human role In Impassioned utterance, apart from the meaning of the words ut tered, has twen often exemplified. Tha startled clerk of whom the great act roes, Mrs. glddona, purchased calico was thrilled to the aout by the traglo intensity with which she demaiulad, in deep contralto, "Will it wash?" Madame Modjeska, proiulngly Invit ed at a reception to oblige the con puny with a recitation, did so in her native tougne. She Is a Pole, It will be remembered. "At first," says Prof. Brander Matt hews, in relating the story, "it seamed simple enough, apparently with aoras give and take of question and answer) then It became pathetic, and as she spoke the saddening words, the voire of the accomplished actre33 broke; there was almost a sob in her tones, and there were tears ready to fall from her eyes. But tho one person present who understood Polish had to leave the, room to restrain his laugh ter, because what she was deliveries thus emotionally was the multiplica tion table." Ernesto Rosal, the Italian tragedian, achieved an even greAter triumph of manner over matter when, dialog at a restaurant with some fellow actors, be accepted a wager that he could so read the bill of fare as to bring tears to their eyes. - His noble voice, pathetia at soups, appealing among fish, fre zled with the roost, rising to agony at vegetables, sinking to heart-broken sobs and poignant whispers In the enumeration of sweets and fruit, and fading finally at coffee to a dying Ugh, was not to be resisted. Te;rs streamed down their cheeks, and Rossi won the wager. The temperameutaldlfferen.ee between a restrained and an emotional raco brings about kindred effects through accident. A lady, waiting for a be lated train, recently witneaned a most affecting parting between an aged fath er and his son, both Italians. The old man seemed in a frenzy of woe. lie moaned, raved, lifted his clenched hinds toward heaven, and shook them despairingly. "Poor, poor souls!" she exclaimed, compassionately. "The young man go ing away to seek his fortuue, and the old man left behind. I suppose he fears they may never meet again. A common tragedy, but it grips one's very heart." "Cheer up!" briskly advised her com panion, who understood Italian. "The young chap Is only going to the next town to visit his married sister, and the venerable old party is worried be cause he's lent him his season ticket, and wishes now he hadn't promised to. He says he knows the boy will lose It, but anyway, If he does, he'll break his back with a broomstick v, hen he (jets homo. That' if all." MODERN LAND OF PROMISE. Ifndaor ny lallwr Op-u V (;rrnt ronatbtUllra. The great development likely to re sult from the Hudson Bay Railway Is (suggested by Carl R. Loop, vlce-oonsul-general a Winnipeg, who has sent to the department of commerce and labor information baBed on a report mado to the minister of railways at Ottawa. The engineers report having eucoun tered between 230,000,000 and 300,000, 000 feet of logs Immediately along tho right of way, with tho possibility of much more along the tributary streams, and that there are hugo areas ot timber suitable for pulp wood and ties along the whole route. Rich ag ricultural lands were found along the Mltlshto and Grass rivers as far as Spilt lake aud along both side3 of the Nelson lake to Hudson bay. The Nelson river Is described as one of the greatest rivers of the world, aa regards the actual volume of water discharged into the bay. Its total length is approximately 400 miles aud Its drainage urea la tremendous. Its tributaries cover the whole of Mani toba, the greater portions of Alberta, Saskatchewan, North Dakota aud On tario, west of the great lakes, while they also enter Montana and Minne sota. Its discharge has been roughly estimated at five times that of tho Ot tawa river st tho ChaudlerON Falls, at Ottawa. Many .soundings were taken over the greater part of its length, and depths ot water were found from fifty to sixty feet, with a current not ex ceeding two to three miles an hour. Lake Winnipeg furnishes an extenalou of this water route to within twenty miles ot the city of Winnipeg. From Information obtainable It would seem that a canal might be built along tlie Nelson river which would enable oceau-going steamships to on tor Lake Winnipeg, where a good channel, the minimum depth of which la thirty three feet, already exists to tho south end of the lake. The amount of puw er which Is available for dovelopment along the Nelson river is enormous and places the Hudson Bay Railway In a very favorable poaltlon to use electricity for tho operation of Its trains. In touching on the harbor at Churchill, tbe report BtaU;s that it suems to be tho best natural harlxr on the w8t coast of tho bay, though the depths of water ure not of tho mmt desU-ablo, the natural anchorage for veiels drawing twenty feet of water being rather restricted. Port Nelson, which lies ac the mouth of tho Nelson river, sms to possess gn ai pusiibilltles, but would require fnrthir surveys to determine, deliuil-ely Its value as a port for the Hudson Hay route. Armed fur I he I inplre, i you were so- Dinks I bud no Ue perstltiotis. WinksI'm not. I)ink But you were carrying a horsethoo when you entered the ball park yesturday. Wluka Oh, that was to heave at the onspJre In case ho got gay! Brooklyn Eagle. The way to make a woman happy Is to make her believe that she Is making you unhappy. nH3fTLEB AT WEST TOTTV. 4 nut Wm ! Glaring M a loUltr, It U (lifted In Mr. ana Mrs. Pen- nell's reoent "Life of James McNolU WlUstr,, In that part which relates to his briof West Tolnt career, that the great American painter was not soldierly .la appearance, bearing or habit," But if he did not reach tho requlftr-d military standard, he was al ways able to eat away ajl criticism. Several str!es bear upon the record of his failure. In one case be was under lamination In history. "What!" said his examiner, "lou do pot know the date ot tho Battle of Paiaoa Vlata? Suppose you were to go out to dinner and the company began to talk to the Mexican War, and you, a West Point mam, were 'asked the date of the battle, what would you do?" "Do?" said Whistler. "Why, I should refuse to associate with people who could talk of such things at din ner." Ho was called up for examination in chemistry, and given silicon to dis cuss. When requcated to recite, ho be gan: "I aiu requested to discuss the sub ject of silicon. Silicon is a pas." "That will do, Mr. Whistler," was the comment which ended his Went Potnt oareer. "If silicon had been a gas," said Whtatler, after he had become famous, "I might have been a major-general." Whistler's horsemanship Is said to have ben hardly better than his schol arship. According to General Webb, it was not wholly unusual for him at cavalry drill to go sliding over his horse's head. On such occasions Ma jor Sackett, then In command, would call out: "Mr. Whistler, aren't you a little ahead of the squad?" According to Whistler's version to the Pannells, Major Sackett'B remark was: "Mr. Whiatler, I am pleased to see you for once at the head of jour class." THE CHDIAMAH'S CONQUEST. The Chinaman, being a gentleman, writes Will Irwfn In "Pictures of Old Chinatown," gives himaelf forth but charily. The Americans of the Pacific Coast were a long time learning that the Chinese were an honest people, honest beyond our strictest Ideas. Tbe housekeeper reached admiration and understanding through a different channel. The Chinaman was an Ideal servant. The Chinese cook was a volunteer nurse; for hlra the nursery was the heart of the house. lie was the con soler and fairy-teller of childhood. He passed on to the babies his own won der tales of flowered princesses and golden dragons, taught them to patter In singsong Cantonese, and saved his frugal nickels to buy them quaint lit tle gifts; and as the better Southerner, despising the race, loves the Individual negro through this very association of childhood, so the Callfornlan came to love the Chinaman that he knew. In his ultimate belief, however, he euttrlpied the Southerner, for be ciune first to a tolerance of the race and then to an admiration. The Chinaman's respect for a con tract, written or spoken, made him ob nerve every article of tlie servant's code. Hi delighted In "company," In all the pimps and parades of a house hold. Nothing pleased him more than to take the responsibility of a dinner or a reception upon himself, to plan confections for It, to have a hand in the decorations. If his term lasted long enough, he became the gentle familiar, versed in the arta of friendship. Who more gracious than your Chinese cook or laundryman calling on Chinese New Year's, his hands full of lilies for the women of the family, his pockets full of nuts for the children? Under kindness, he might blossom into a feudal retainer of the family, lingering on for years in voluntary slavery, truced only when, the price of Chinese service having gone up, he made his Just demand for a raise in pay. So, cut of family life, both child and parent learned to appreciate and love the rac. SHE'S AN ATHLETE AT 50. Woman JIxmll-Ve Betorlan Brat iriounlnJncer In I.onit limb. As the last registered contestant left the foot of the trail Thursday morning on the second annual Mount Wilson race, the hundreds of specta tors wrre startled at tho appearance of a woman. DO years of age, garbed la sklnfittlng tighta wid wearing a crimson blouse; ' ilnttij offset with a baby-blue headgAar ot natty material which Btrearoed dowti her back and dangled almost to hoc heels, the Los Angulea EjtamJner sera. Her luuiM wus aiirtatnd to be Mrs. Marie A. RUleilki, a well known charartiv- about the Santa Anita can yon, wlro Uvea aa a honnlt and thrives as a Turmarlan. Mr Ulenedelle In sisted that she be started up the trail afUr the regular participants and with the same formality. After posing for her picture, she was eetfct away by the aturliT with the usual "formalities." K4ih left the foot or the trail at 8:4j o'clock aud negoti ated the distance to the top in 2:05, beutlng wit II. H. Whmler, of Pomo na, who Is regarded a an athlete of wide reputation. Judgia at the sum mit arirtH that she finished quite strong and In much beiu-r condition tliuu many of thu male contestants. After retting about ten minutes bho started down tho trail. Tint M All. "Ho Isn't one who hides his light under a bushel,' Is he?" "On the ouutrury. Ha thinks he's the wholo nine trie llgM plant, and that the whole pJnra would be dark If be shut down for a minute." Cleveland Lwub'.r. It takeu a bustler to distinguish the difference between an obstacle and a hindrance in his oath. WOMEN AS GAMBLERS. Illsn fforlrlr llimn Ialnac Tht Internal In nrldgre Whist. It Is doubtful If wonen ever should be permitted to play cards. Hardly a day passes without women gathering for cards In one or another of the big hotels of New York city. Sometimes big parties are in aid of certain chari ties; sometimes they are merely an Item In the season's program of a women's club. Does one of them ever pans without talk of cheating? Not one. Every time women guther to play cards for slender va?es or Jup aneso tea sots there Is heated talk ol the winning of the prizes by methods Mot exactly friendly. There are wom en undoubtedly who have a weakness for sharp practices at cards?tHl It Is doubtful If they offend as oWh In this respect as men. When anything Ir regular crop up, however, they talk about It. without fear or favor. In this way dissension and bitter rmar rels arise, and It Is doubtful If even a "booby" prize Is awarded without the "winner" getting her share of gossip. The wise woman Is the one who lets cards severely alone, and that. Is Just what some of them are doing. One of the most surprising things nbout society women recently has been their SOCIETY WOMEN loss of interest In bridge whist. For several years It seemed aa if this game would become a permanent In stitution. Women played for high slakes at almost every opportunity. They were at it morning, noon and night. In many Newport houses it was not an uncommon thing for the hostess to lead her gueats Btralght from the breakfast table to the card table, and the afternoon receptions usunlly resolved themselves Into brldga campaigns. There were many women who gambled themselves poor, In the sense that they lost all their pin money and their own incomes and were forced to go In humiliation to their husbands for more funds. There were other women who fattened finan cially on bridge. There was one promluent society matron who re ceived an automobile as a gift from her husband and the next week part ed with It to liquidate a bridge debt. There Is, however, little or no bridge gambling at present. Bridge 111 dead. After all, aa the evidence shows. It was a fad. Society cannot stick to anything. It must have change. Society women are restless, nervous, always calling for something dltferent, and so bridge whist has gone. Of course It will be played, but only occasionally, and never again will it be a wholesale thief of time and a maker of card sharps among women. Utlca Globe. ROUTING THE DESEHT. ainklnir the Wnterlena "Drr Vnllcr" - lun a Sra'of Grata. I first had a practical Introduction into the secrets of dry farming in 1005, up to which time I had heard of tho science aa a schoolman's theory, says a writer in Collier's. Its most enthuslastlo advocate In our vicinity was Dr.JohnA. WIdtsoe, a graduate of Harvard University, who had filed on a tract of land In a desolate water lews section known as "Dog Valley." It was a basin surrounded by low hills In a parched country five tnlleH from' the nearest water, and so hopeless in the eyes of an ordinary Irrigation fanner that when Wldtsoe's plows were put to work he became the laugh ing-stock of two whole valleys. 1 ac cepted an Invitation to a "plowing demonstration" on bis farm and as we rode on horseback across the ten miles of sagebrush separating It from the nearest town I first sensed that some new force was at work within the KEEPING HIS Lfl S 4 iMMmmmmiu -'ft i - -4 r v a -1 -V.rr-"v.. I 'At" St. Louis Star. land I taw a black cloud of cmcka hanging M the horizon as we ap proar.hed, and saw workmen busy, as we got a nearer view, piling up dencrt sage that, since tho waters of some prehistoric lake had receded, had de fied and resisted all advances ot civili sation. Then, when a great nteam plow bnre down upon us, puffing and snorting in the labor of dragging a sagebrush-cutter, Improvised out of railroad rails, I camo fully to know that at last a war of final extermina tion was on and that the desert was being routed from Its last vantage ground In the West. An actuality far greater than the wildest dreams of pioneer forefathers was, In Us quiet way, looming up In the terms, of brush fires ablate and uprooting harrows. Across another rise In the ground there burst upon the view a, great sea of yellow grain, heading out In the warm July 'sun, whereas for all the miles over which we had come from the railroad there had been only the dewrt grays and the dusty sagebrush. Tho Miracle of I'cllte 1'eri.Ut rnry. Says Orison SMt Marden, writing" In Success Magazine: When genlun has failed In what It attempted, and talent says impossible; when every other faculty gives up; when tact re- AT THE CARD TABLE. tires and diplomacy has fled; when logic and argument and Influence and "pull" have all done their be-t and retired from the field, gritty persist ency, bulldog tenacity, steps In, and by sheer force of holding on wins, gets the order, closes the contract, does the impossible. Ah, what mir acles tenacity of purpose has perform ed! The last to leave the field, tho last to turn back, It persists when all other forces have surrendered and fled. It ha:, won many a battle even aftor hope has left the field. Confederate commanders In the Civil War Baid that tbe trouble with General Grant was that "lie never knew when he was beaten." When Grant's generals thought that his array, with only two transports, would bo trapped at Vicksburg, they asked him how be expected to get his meu out, urging that In case of defeat he could get only a small part of his army upon two transports. He told them that two would be plenty for all the men that he would have left when ho surrendered. It Is the man In the business world who will not surrender, who will not take no for an answer, and who stand his ground with such suavity of man ner, such politeness, that you cannot take offense, cannot turn him down, that gets the order; that closes tha contract; that gets the subscription; that gets the credit or the loan. He is a very fortunate man who combines a gracious manner, suavity, cordiality, cheerfulness, with that dogged persistency which never gives up. ' Mumble or Monthliiv. The member's oath in the House ol Commons la, lu these days, only an affair between himself and tho clerk at tbe table, and passes without at tracting any particular attention. The new member for East Edinburgh, however, has created something in the nature of a record by taking the oath in the Scots fashion, with uplifted hand and In an audible voice. Mr. Gibson has thus set an example which, if It should be generally fol lowed, will make for dramatic effect, but will take up a good deal of time. Moreover, a Bolemn adjuration of the kind might not in all cases commend Itself so well as does the perfunctory mumble that is customary on these occasions. Pall Mall Gazette. WITS ABOUT HIM.