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HiNGluN, D. C.
AUGUST 31, XS90.
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ATLANTIC CITY G-AYETY.
OUR CITY'S DRUG STORES.
THE WASHINGTON COLONY BY THE
SEA STII.Ii ENJOYING ITSEI.F.
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Notes About Wnfihlngton 1'ooplo.
Atlantic Citv, N. J., Aug. 29. la spite of
the waning of tho season Atlnntlc City still re
mains gay. Tho board-walk is crowded ap
parently as much as over with Its composito
gathering of peoplo from all sections of tho
country, tho verandahs are thronged with ma
trons and their charges, while tho various hops
aro attended with as many pretty girls as they
wore earlier in tho season. Seldom has Atlantic
City seemed prettier, tho ocean more exhilarat
ing, or tho girls more fascinating than thoy do
just at this time. There is but one Atlantic
City, and never before In its history has it en
tertained so many guests as this year. The
Pennsylvania Railroad Company has erected a
mammoth pavilion at tho extretno southern cn
tranco of the board-walk, where dally its trains
dump thousands of excursionists from all parts
of Jersey and Pennsylvania. The pavilion is
nearly three miles away from tho centre of tho
city, lienco tho regular summer guests are not
overrun with tho throng that comes dally, a
circumstance that caused considerable annoy
ance in previous years, when the excursion
houses wero right in tho centre of fashionable
Atlantic City. I stood there on Wednesday
afternoon and saw three trains of seventeen
coaches each pull out, all being freighted down
with human beings, and still there did not ap
pear to ho any diminishing in tho size of tho
I stood on tho beach yesterday when tho 6urf
was highest and saw tho life guards safely land
three men who had ventured out too far in tho
treacherous outward flow of thowator. On this
stretch of coast there aro eleven of these bravo
fellows, who almost dally risk their lives in
rescuing foolhardy men who think they know
how to swim. Well, perhaps they do in lakes
and rivers, but hero on tke'crcst of tho foam
capped waters they aro likeeo much chaff after
they onco cot beyond their -depth, and yet you
cannot make them realize' the difference until
onco thoy havo felt themselves within the toils
of tho seething undertow. It Is generally the
great and good swimmers who lose their lives.
Tho strangest fact is that these bravo and ven
turesome set of life-savers receive no pay for
daily patrolling tho beach, looking after tho
welfare of tho thousands who aro seeking health
in the bath. All they mako is what generous
summer boarders contribute for them, or the re
wards that Is bestowed by those saved from
Wnshingtonlans have experienced lots of
trouble In accustoming themselves to dancing
here, as tho stylo in vogue is so radically
different from what thoy are accustomed to at
home that they are almost frenzied when thoy
hear one of Strauss's waltzes wafted on the salt
laden air. Instead of playing tho music in a
measure compatible with tho poetry of good
dancing, tho musicians wail out the notes as if
each one was tho la6t. This seems to suit the
Philadelphians, who move around In a waltz
with one purpose in view to seo if they can go
slower than tho music. There is no beauty
to it, and tho waltz loses half its attractiveness
by tho funeral music. It is tho samo in all their
other dances Yorko, polkas, quadrilles, and
lanciers. A party of gay Washington lads and
lasses rebelled against ttie stylo at tho 'Welling
ton's hop Tuesday evening, and for a time they
showed tho "Quakers" what real dancing was
made of. It goes without saying that they just
capitivated tho entire place.
Tho hop at tho "Wellington Tuesday evening
was in charge of Washingtonians, and it was ouo
of tho most delightful gatherings that has taken
place hero this summer. Mrs. L. S. Wells, Mrs.
Carusl, Mrs. J. II. Doyle, Mrs. Baggett, and
Mrs. Eugene Carusi, Jr., wero tho patronesses,
with Mr. J. H. Doyle as master of ceremonies.
Among tho dancers wero Miss Wells, Miss Maud
Baggett, Miss Collins, Miss McNcir, Miss Stella
Merrltt, Miss Rose Alexander, Mr. Stephen Vail,
Dr. "William Wirt, Mr. Frank Thompson, Miss
Bercaw, of Easton, Pa., but well known in
"Washington; Mr. Lewis, Miss La Compto, Mrs.
Clarke, Miss Mamie Clarke, Miss Mattio O'Brien,
Mr. and Mrs. Eugeno Carusl, Mr. Francis Ca
rusl, Mr. Reisfnger, sou of Lieut. Kei6ingcr, and
Miss Maud, Baggett, of Washington, is one of
tho most attractive young ladies at this place,
whero, with her mother, sho is occupying u cot
tage on Kentucky avenue. Sho is a dark bru
nette, dresses well, and is one of tho best swim
mers hero. Another lady who attracts much
admiring attention is Mi6s Bercaw, of Easton.
She Is tall and graceful and dresses exquisitely.
Tho latest freak in feminine society has struck
Atlantic City. It is'what is known as tho Now
port shako. You elevate your elbows sharply
above the shoulders and extend tho forearm
obliquely down, as if you wero going to pull tho
cork out of a bottle of claret. Your partner
does tho samo thing, and clasps your fingers so
that both arms together mako a lettorM. As
your Aimers become clasped together, each of
you give threo little Jerkb of greeting, like pull
ing a door-bell. Then you unlock 3'our fingers,
unwind your arms, and tho salute is done. A
clergyman, amazed at tho spread of tho fad,
said it looked llkoa handshake, "inveuted by
Idiots to bo practiced by Imbeciles." But a
Httlo thing Hko that never interferes with
Mrs, Harriott Martin, Mr. Frank Martin, Miss
Hattio Martin, Miss Jillson, and Mrs. L. M.
Scrivon have left tho Wellington and aro now
at tho Maddox llouse, Warrentou, Va.
Miss Mattio O'Brien und Miss Mario Murray
have returned to Washington.
Judgo and Mrs. Carusi, Mr. and Mrs. Eugeno
D. Carusi, Miss Stella Merrltt, Miss Emma
McNelr, Miss Merrltt, Mr. F, D. Carusl, and
Mr. Itclsinger leavo to-morrow for homo.
Mrs. L. S. Wells and Miss Wells left Friday
and returned to Washington.
Tho guests of tho Wefiiugton participated in
tho annual donation sale of packages for tho
benefit of tho Children's Sea-3ido Homo Thurs
day eveniug, Tho affair proved to bo tho most
beneficial 0110 given at tho resort this year.
The guests donated packages runging in Yaluo
from a penny to a dollar, and tho sale realized
tho handsome sum of seventy-five dollars.
Your correspondent acted as auctioneer, and
tho Washington folks did a good deal of bid
ding. I heard a pleasant compliment paid to Wash
ingtonians in general last night. A prominent
lady of Philadelphia was seated iu tho parlor of
tho Wellington, surrounded by a coterio of
friends from the Quaker City. Tho whole party
was engaged, as is generally tho caso at sea-
After Wednesday's Sullivancsque Debate on the Come-Pound Imrd Bill, with
Cannon, Congress Ought to Adjourn So as to Avoid an Anti-Climax.
to Work Up Another Tableau on Which the Curtain Could
side homes, discussing fellow-boarders. In the
courso of tho talk I heard tho lady remark,
"Well, I can tell you one thing, I can always
toll Washington peoplo when I see them."
"IIow so?" inquired a gallant from her city.
"Why, they always appear so cheerful, so
genial, and seemingly havo no trouble in mak
ing themselves pleasant to everybody. They
como into our resorts Hko sunshine, and I
always look for enjoyment when Washing
tonians aro guests." I felt like gettinc right
up and shaking hands with myself in behalf of
my native city.
Mrs. L. L. Clarke- and Miss Clarke have gone
to tho upper portion of New York for a visit.
Thoy will return about tho middle of Septem
ber to Washington.
OYSTERS WILL) BE DEAR.
A AVoll-Itnown Dealer's Itiithor Alarming
View of tho Situation.
In speaking of tho prospects for tho oyster
season, which opens to-morrow, Mr. Ilogan, tho
well-known Twelfth-street dealer, says oysters
are going to bo very high this winter. "Tho
beds on tho Lower Potomac aud in tho Ches
apeake aro being depleted, and each year oysters
become much harder to got. It is only a ques
tion of time when it will be impossible to get
oysters at anything short of a fabulous prico.
Tho best quality oysters aro not brought from
tho Potomac banks, but como from New York
and Philadelphia. Wo receive them all winter
from those cities, and also from Baltlmoro and
Norfolk, in largo quantities. A great part of
tho supply consumed by tho peoplo of Washing
ton is brought directly from tho Lower Potomac
in boats a fow hours after they aro taken.
"Washington is tho best market In tho world
for oysters. Every year tho peoplo get to Hko
them better, and the demand becomes greater,
There are more consumed hero than in nuy other
city in tho country, New York not excepted,
Tho consumers like the best quality, too. Tho
demand begins with tho opening of tho season,
and continues unabated until tho first of May,
when oyster-taking is prohibited, Tho largest
demand, wo find, is durlug tho mouths of De
cember and January. During those months It
is not a question of how many wo can sell but
of how many wo can got. There aro from threo
to flvo thousand peoplo engaged in the business
on tho beds of Maryland aud Virginia, and tho
beds aro raked pretty thoroughly every year for
their product,but tho demand can by no means bo
met. Tho quality procured from theso beds dur
ing tho first month of tho season is far inferior to
that of those which aro got later. Tho season
for dredging, or oyster-catching proper, does
not begin until October 1. Tho dredgers get
uieir supply irom ino ueop water where tho
tongcrs can't got at them, Tho dredgers' catch
is far superior. Tho oysters and tho oyster
eating public doesn't get a fair chance. Tho
law protects tho former from May to Septem
ber, but tho oyster pirates aro dredgiug meau
tirno, and All tho market during tho whole of
tho summer. Iu this way tho oyster does not
havo time to accummulate, and tho fall supply
is constantly dwarfed by this violation of tho
To Oresson Springs and Return.
A personally-conducted pleasure tour to Crcs
son Springs via Pennsylvania R. R. Special
train will leavo B. and P. depot 8;10 A.
M. Thursday, September 4, Tickets for tho
round trip, Including ono day's hoard at tho
Mountain House, will be $S, good for ten days.
COIi. ROBERT ALiTj RIGHT.
The President Plonsea With Him, Kut Not
With Hln Civilian Colleagues.
A Ukuald reporter inn across John Ambler
Smith yesterday, and had a talk with him over
tho District embrogllo. Mr. Smith takes a
good deal of interest in matters and things
that concern tho District. Said the reporter:
"Do you think Mr. Iline will be reinstated as
Mr. Smith replied: "You ought to know
better than to ask mo that question. President
Harrison is neither an ass nor a Hayes. lie is
a Arm man and has a determined policy, and
ho will not swerve from it. Ho has been much
disappointed in his civilian Commissioners.
When a clean sweep of tho members of tho
District Government opposed to tho Adminis
tration was expected there has been no such
thing. Tho clvillau Commissioners havo not
done what thoy were expected to do, and Dem
ocrats have been retained in some of tho most
important offices, Tho wishes of President
Harrison in U1I5 respect havo been utterly ig
nored. "Now, sir, as far as Commissioner Robert is
concerned, ho seems to mo to bo a stern and
able officer, who is doing his best to enforco the
law as It stands, and, to tell you tho truth, ho
is moro Hko Stonewall Jackson in character
than any man I ever met. Ho has tho samo
qualities of conscientious devotion to duty and
stern decision in execution, and I know that
he has tho full confidence of tho President, and
all his acts havo met with approval. Tho press
has to somo extent criticised his acts aud mo
tives, but that is becauso thoy do not under
stand him. Rest assured that his measures and
methods will receivo tho full support of tho
Administration, and all tho efforts of Demo
cratic spies and Democratic nowspaper writers
can avail nothing to tho contrary. Mr. Harri
son is well aware of tho insidious and underhand
methods and plans that aro being used to injuro
"And finally I can testify that tho govern
ment of this District is rotten to tho coro, aud
that particularly In tho Guy precinct, whero I
resided for a time, disorderly and gambling
houses were openly carried on without pollco
molestation and against tho repeated protests
Another Ellcs' Excursion.
Tho Elks' Annual Reunion Association in
tend giving ono moro of their delightful excur
sions, which aro always refined and first-class
in every particular. Tho committee having
charge of this affair propose to excel all
former efforts, and it is safe to predict that those
who attend will have as enjoyable an ovoniug
as was over spent on tho river or at Marshall
Hall, In order to avoid confusion those de
sirous of taking tho morning and afternoon
boats must purchase tickets either nt Droop's
or from mombers, as no tickets will bo 6old nt
tho wharf for the early trips.
How to Clean Russet Shoes,
From tho Dotrolt Free Press.
Do you of tho russet 6hoes know how to
clean tho leather and restoro it to its first es
tato ? Of courso, you havo tried tho varnishes
aud washes aud found them altogether voxa
tlous of spirit. And tho real thing is 60 easy
when you know about it. Just squeeze tho
juice of a lemon on a bit of soft cloth, givo tho
leather a thorough treatment with this, and seo
if your shoes don't look as well as thoy did
when you bought them.
the Incidental Premature Discharge of
It Will Assuredly Not Be Aide
More Fittingly Fall.
Another Lively totter on the Question of
Ta the Editor of 27ic Sunday Herald:
Anacostia, Aug. 29. Your issue of August
24 contains a communication signed "Ipso" that
was evidently written by somo ono who parts
his hair in the middle to keep his mind from
slopping over, though evon such precaution is
unavailing. The avowed object of tho article
was to defend Dr. Witmer against the move
ment recently made hero to secure another in
cumbent for tho office of county school trustee,
and the writer seems to have been completely
hypnotized by tho Doctor. "Ipse" sets at the
feet of the St. Elizabeth assistant Hko a blind
nindoo beneath his cod on wheels, wearing out
tho butt-end of thoEnglish languago and all
tho dGbris left overfrom high-school graduating
exercises in the losing cause of his idolatry.
Against Dr. Witmer as a scholar and a gentle
man I havo nothing to 6ay. But wo want a
trustee who is hampered and hemmed
in by neither 6tone walls nor governmen
tal employment a full-blooded American
citizen, free, white, and twenty-one. Ono
who is accessible to the public, who is
personally interested in tho schools, and who
uses tho office for something besides an cntrco
to society. Upper cruBt is not essential, and a
man who is willing to cat open-faced pio will do
for us. Tho incumbent, it is true, never slept
at his po6t, for ho was never there long enough;
and, as "Ipso" says, ho may fit tho place with
out a wrinkle, but with a scoro of our children
forced to go out of town for a commou-schpol
education it is high timo to havo a few new
wrinkles in our public-school mauagemont.
"Ipso" sweats out a formldahlo array of hypo
dermlcally injected adjectives without striking
tho intellectual flint or throwing a single ray of
light on our serious school problem. His foren
sic howitzer wasn't loaded, and he merely
wasted tho wad in tho air. His squash-vino elo
quence climbs high, but it grows nothing but
gourds after all. At first ho roosts high, but is
soon attacked by tho nightmare and falls off his
"Ipso" says tho request for another tru&teo
is a Hank movement to oust tho local superin
tendent, Mr. Petty, adding that "Mr. Petty was
a soldier under Pickett, and needs no other
indorsement than this; let him rest." "Ipso"
Is quite mistaken. Thero is no "ilauk" move
ment, A number of our public-school patrons
think a change of local principals would bo
helpful to our schools, have said so openly, and
acted on that Hue. The implication that any
ono wants to be rid of Mr. Petty becauso ho was
a Confederate soldier is dlsingeuuous. All
honor to thoso who fought on either side ! But
a man who served with Pickett is old enough
to bo a quarter-stretch behind tho times, ami so
I joiu with "Ipso" and emphasize tho request
to "let him rest." Pickett's men got so iu tho
habit of being at tho front that thoy don't know
when they havo been thero long enough. It is
timo to give young America a chance. One of
tho Ur6t movers in tho opposition was a follower
of Ewell in tho Confederate Army, but wo aro
lopklng to future achievements, not to past
glories now. It is tho Interest of our children
first, last, aud all tho time, no matter who it
$1.25 Pen Mar and Return $1.25.
Wednesday, September 3, the Pennsylvania
Railroad will run tho last excursion of tho sea
son to Pen Mar. Special train will leavo tho
B. A P. depot at 8:15 A. M., returning leavo
Pen Mar 5:37 P. M, Fare for tho round trio,
This Proportion, Howovor, Is Not InrRor
Than in Other Cities Ono IJruBcist Ad
mits, However, Tlint Wo Aro Fond or
Tnlcinsr rionty of Medicine.
Thero are 151 drug stores iu Washington, ono
to about every fifteen hundred Inhabitants.
Tho number is neither larger nor smaller in
proportion to population than it is in other
cities. Tho prices of drugs hero are lower
than they aro in almost any other city of its
Tho values of our drug stores vary greatly,
ranging from a hundred or two hundred dollars
for somo of our suburban shops to as high as-thirty-flvo
thousand, which is tho valuation
placed upon a well-known centrally-located
drug storo by a druggist who ought to know.
The average commercial valuo of tho stores is
probably two thousand dollars. Llko every
other business, tho drug business tends toward
centralization, nnd becomes more and more dif
ficult with ovory year to start a now stand with
any show of success. A few years ago a stand
could havo been started in a business portion of
the city for fifteen hundred or two thousand
dollnrs; to-day it would take at least four thou
sand. With the progress of tho times, from a resort
for which man applies for remedies for all the
diseases flesh is heir to, drug stores havo bc
como bureaus of Information and centres of
general convenience. Tho telephone, city di
rectory, and postage-stamp drawer all havo
their places In tho modern drug store, and each
adds its quota to tho public convenience, whose
cost is taken unwittingly by tho patient like
tho 6ugar on tho coating of his pill.
"Drugs aro comparatively cheap in this city,"
said Mr. R. L. Eliot, secretary of tho Board of
Pharmacy. "Our rents aro much lower, and
wo do not have to keep so largo a stock on hand
as they do in larger cities. Tho rents in some
cities nro very high. I know of ono drug store
in Chicago which pays $25,000 rent. In New
York and other largo cities they pay ten and
fifteen thousand frequently, in Washington
tho highest rent paid is by Scheller & Stevens,
who pay $4,000 a year.
"Washington peopletakeagreatdeal of medi
cine. When they are not sick thoy think they
ought to take medicine to keep well, and when
they aro sick they simply add to the quantity.
Tho popular idea among Washington people
when they feel out of sorts Is that thov have ma
laria, und malaria Is a trouble for which thero is
no end of remedies patent and otherwise. There
is at present a great deal of typhoid fever in the
city. It is probably caused by the numerous
changes in tho condition of the atmosphere. A
few hot days with a sudden cool spell is very
hard on any but a perfectly healthy person, and
at this particular season tho systems of most
people aro considerably relaxed. Intermittent
fevers aro also quite prevalent. As a conse
quence wo sell a great deal of quinine. Quinine
is tho principal medicine bought, any way, and
it is used to a very great extent in the city. Yes,
its 80 per cent, cheaper than it used to be. It
enters into a great many prescriptions, and 6Uch
medicines generally aro decreasing in price.
Opium preparations aro affected similarly by
tho great fall in tho prico of opium during tho
Inst ten years. Ten years ago gum opium cost
12 a pound; to-day it can bo bought at ?4. An
amount of laudanum which formerly cost 20
cents can now bo bought for 10. Other dms
have fallen proportionately. Our profits hare
"Your profits aro still quite large, aren't
"In ono sense, I suppose they arc. On indi
vidual sales ourporcont. of gain is usually large.
But people who think wo coin money should
look at the cost of running an establishment of
this kind. Wo mii6t have good locations, plenty
of light and room, places well fitted up, au ex
ten6lvo stock on hand, must keep ouo or more
clerks always, and In the end wo don't sell as
many drugs as casual observers would imagine
from the number of peoplo who enter our stores.
If wo could sell medicine as fast as wc could
hand it over tho counter drugs would bo cheaper,
but wo cau't, aud our expenses havo to bo paid.
Staud In a drug storo two or threo hours somo
day and watch tho peoplo como in. A largo
proportion of them either want postago stamps,
candy, soda water, or somo little article whoso
prico Is very low. A stone-mason is paid flvo or
six dollars a day for threo dollars' worth of
work, but tho reason is that ho can only work a
Httlo over half tho year, maybo not so much.
On tho samo prineiplo peoplo ought to bo will
ing to pay us a Httlo moro than cost prico on
prescriptions and drugs generally."
"Do you sell many patent medicines ?"
"A great many, but thoy are sold at almost
cost price, and aro hardly worth sholf-room to
us in themselves."
"If a living is 60 hard to mako in your busi
ness, don't druggists sometimes resort to dis
"Thoy try to occasionally, but aro usually
caught up. Our Board of Pharmacy here,
whose duty It Is to investigate all such affairs,
has so far dona very well in exposing cases of
any evasions of tho pharmacy law. Tho princi
pal ovasion is tho employing of unregistered
help. Tho law oxpressly requires that all men
who proparo prescriptions shall bo regularly
registered as pharmacists in the District of Co
lumbia. The requirements for registration are:
Tho applicant must havo served flvo years in a
drug store, or must havo attended our pharma
ceutical college for threo years, passing his ex
amination at tho expiration, or must have passed
an examination before tho hoard, and must bo
at least twenty-one years of ago. Tills law In
particular is broken in a number of instances,
and unregistered assistants aro frequently
allowed to put up prescriptions, and sometime
aro left for hours in chargo of tho storo. In tho
spring we prosecuted a number of men who had
violated this law, and in the fall still moro will
bo prosecuted. Tho safest rule for tho public Is
to refuse to allow any ono under twenty-one
years to fill a prescription. A great niauy mis
takes occur from the vlolatlou of tho law re
quiring competent assistants, but they aro
usually hushed up, Of courso, unregistered is
cheaper than registered help, aud for that rea
son so many druggists employ it. It is a
dangerous practice, and should bo stopped,"
Good summer roadlujj-a Wusulugton story
oy Emily L. Sherwood, n wull-kuown society
writer. "Willis Peyton's Inheritance." For Eala
at all book stores und nows stands.