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SEPTEMBER 7, 1S90.
PAGES 9 TO 12
HARD ON LETTER CARRIERS.
THEIR WORK GREATLY INCREASED
BY CONFUSION IN STREET NAMES.
A Surprising Number of StrootR nnd Alloys
In tho City that Hear tlio SamoNamo
Soma of tlio Qucor Ones A Proposad
Ono of tho severest trials of tbo City Post
Ofllco officials Is tho carelessness of peoplo In
addressing tholr letters. This confusion ex
ists to a great extent In ovory city, but In
Washington there seems to bo a combine against
tho letter-carrier by tho peoplo who send letters
here and by thoso who named tho various llttlo
alloys, courts, and places which Intersect tho
principal streets In all sorts of odd and puz
zling ways. If tho post ofllco had tho naming
of all these alloys a great share of tho letter
carrier's woes would bo dissipated. On the
contrary, tho names have been given by tho
residents, frequently tho negro population, and
they will not adopt any moro harmonious cog
nomen for tho place of tholr residence than tho
ono applied somo tlmo in tho past, because of
somo peculiarity of tho location or inhabitants.
Tho Commissioners have been requested lotoly
to change tho names of somo of theso alloys to
ones that will bo moro distinctive nnd conven
ient. Among somo of the peculiarly named alleys
in tho city Blood alloy in tho northwest, Brldo
alley In tho same section, Cabbage alley in the
northeast. Christian alloy in tho southwest, and
Hope, Grinder, and Jordan alleys in tho south
east aro among tho most peculiar. It would be
no doubt interesting to dclvo backward into tho
pages of local history and discover tho origin of
the various names. Chaln-houso alloy north
west is rather suggestive of tho days of dun
geons, whipping posts, and the like, whilo Cha
riot alloy expresses a better state of affairs and
was probably named by tho negro residents there
immediately after the emancipation, llushinthe
hope of great things to come by and by. Child
alley is popular, although the characteristic is
oommon, and two alloys are known by that
name. Church alley, taken with Hope, Jordan,
Christian, Temperance, and Splash Water alleys
give amplo evidence of tho religious instincts
paramount in tho hearts of theso simple folk.
Phases of lifo other than religious take their
part In tho nomenclature of pur by-ways. Love
forms a strong factor In this question as it does
in many others. .,J3ride alley has been men
tioned. Knight alley, King "alley, and Queen
alley all show e.yidcnces of the feeling of tho
days of chlvalrySyhlchi can only, be expected to
show itself in rstf Important ainattor and by such
a people. Tiff alley-also take's Ms part in tho
Tho drop from tbo hig&siftne Idcalo :tho
depths of real and prosaic, when we consider
tho origin and derivation of such alloy as Cow
alley, Goat alloy, Hog alley, Pig alley, and
Church alley. There used to be a Louse alley,
but tho present administration took a firm stand
If peoplo had ever seen ono of tho kind wo
should bo led to suppose that Tea alloy is tho
residence of a host of old maids, but as people
haven't, it Is to bo supposed that tho existence
of such an alloy must bo taken with Temper
ance, Tin-cup, and Water alloys to denote tho
existence of persons with such proclivities in
thoso sections. There is a Euclid place In the
northwest, but whether it is because of its re
semblanco to Zlz-zag alloy In another quarter of
tho city, or because of the residence of some
dlsclplo of that geometrician, Is not generally
known. Among other alleys of peculiar and
suggestivo names aro Fighting alloy, with its
accompaniment, Sheriff alloy: Fitz alley, with its
cataleptic suggestions, and Tinker alley.
Theso aro all merely peculiar names, and do
not givo tho post ofllco attaches any con
siderable trouble except In cases In which the
names aro merely local and tho situation known
by other names at. tho post office.
Thero aro other instances, however, in tho
irregular naming of streets and alloys which
givo considerable trouble, especially when tho
persons addressing letters are not particular in
specifying tho location of tho streot in ques
tion. Thero aro probably two hundred streets,
places, courts, and alloys In Washington which
do not hold their names as exclusively tholr
own. It is as a result of this and tho careless
ness of persons addressing letters that tho car
riers are troubled.
Among somo of theso streets may bo men
tioned: Aloxander alley and row, both north
west; Armory street, northwest and southwest;
Baptist ulloy and Baptist Church alley, both
northwest; Mates alloy and road, northwest, and
streot, southwest; Brown alley, court, and throo
Brown streets, all in tho northwest,
court in tho southwest, and another south
cast; Carroll alloy southeast, avouuo south
west, and Tflkoma Park and streot southeast;
thero aro two Cedar alloys and ono street in tho
northwest, besides a court in tho southwest and
a road In another section; Collogo streots and
alloys, courts, and places oxlst with a like de
gree of frequoucy; Do Sales row und street aro
both in tho northwest section of tho city; Earl,
and Earlo stroets both oxist In tho northwest
section, and give tho writer a chance tooxerclso
Tho admirers of Benjamin Franklin have com
plicated matters In tho northwest by calling
into exlstcuco an alloy, a place, and a stroot
after his name, Tho Presidents hayocomoln
for their share of tho honors, and wo havo Gar
field avenues, n Grout avenue, place, court, and
road, Jackson alloy, place, and two streets, Jef
ferson avcuuo, place, and street, Lincoln avenue,
square, streots, and terrace, Madison alley,
avenue, place, aud four streets, and Pierco
place, streets, aud road. Other characters, well
known in history no doubt, come In for a share
of tho post ofllco worker's maledictions. Thero
is a Hamilton placo and a road, a Lufayetto
avenue and square, a Scott avenue, placo, row,
aud street all in tho northwest; a Sheridan
avenuo and street, a Sherman avenuo, road, and
a street, and a Trumbull alloy and a street.
Thero aro Prospect streets and alloys In abun
dance, Liberty streets, Summit streets, and Jots
of others which add their quota to tho general
confusion existing amoug tho smaller thorough
fares of tho city.
To avoid tho inconveniences caused by tho
Indifferent uso of such terms, streets, places,
and alloys, Capt. Bosscll, of tho District En
gineers, suggests that tho term "court" bo
added to tho name of all alleys in which dwelling-houses
are erected, and that all such whoso
location it 1b necessary to designate should bo
known by tho namo of tho contiguous stroets.
Thus, au alloy haying dwelling-houses erected
thereon bouuded by Twentieth and B streets
would bo known as Twentleth-B court. Capt.
Rossell suggests that these alleys bo officially
recognized under such a system of naming.
STILIi THE AVAR RAGES.
Another Sharp Fusillade on tlio Anucontlu
To the Editor of The Sundau Herald:
The case of literary measles, postmarked
"Citizen," that dodged the waste-basket and
broke out in your last issuo, was a paragraph of
mental wreckage floated off by a watery brain.
"Ipso" would never sacrifice his self-esteem by
"parting his hair in tho middle." By writing a
reply to "Citizen" ho might. "Ipso" in an arti
cle of tho !Mth did defend Dr. WItmcr. Still,
"Ipso" sits not at tho feet of the St. Elizabethan
official, but stands tip for tho best interests of
our peoplo. If ho wielded, as "Citizen" asserts
ho does, tho butt end of tho English language,
ho would club thoso who, like "Citizen," mis
apply sets for sits. "Citizen" declares that ho
will say nothing about Dr. Witmer's scholarship.
I admiro a man who keeps quiet about things ho
is not able to discuss. Dr. Witmer does llvo
within stono walls. If "Citizen" will promise
to do tho same thing I will vote for him with
Eleasuro. "Citizen" wants as truiteo "a full
looded Amorlcan citizen, frco, white, and
twenty-one, accessible to tho public and inter
ested in tho schools." Hold on to Dr. Witmer
with both hands. A mirror could not describe
If Dr. Wltinor gets into society on tho strength
of his ofllco it has Improved under his r6glme.
If tho society which three of his predecessors
got into was a result of their trusteeships no
first-class man would want the office.
"If, as "Citizen" says, our children huvo to
leayo town to socuro a common-school educa
tion, this Is ovldenco that "Citizen" never trav
eled In his youth. If "Ipse's" "forensic howitzer
wasn't loaded" why did "Citizen" groau forth
a half column of lamo reply ? "Citizen" damns
tho lucumbent, but falls to notice tho gentleman
nominated as tho successor. Ho curses tho
present trustee and treats tho prospoctlvo ono
with contempt. Does ho want tho office to re
main vacant ? or, most horrible to contomplato,
does ho deslro it hlmsolf? "Citizen" states
"that a number of our school patrons deslro a
change." Lot him stato tho number. If ono of
tho original objectors "was a follower of Ewell"
pleaso answer by return mall how far behind ho
followed. Mr. Petty Is not necessarily Ineffi
cient because ho cau't rum classics iuto those to
whom a shovol-handlo comes moro natural.
Tho Citizens' Association does not represent all
of tho blood, brain, or cash of tho Au6ter-EolIau
side of tho river by several acres, and when It
seeks to thwart the wishes of our peoplo It is
our duty to kick. It, of course, has tho right to
nominate aud indorse a candidate, I will not
say that this ought to kill tho candidate, but 1
will say that If Its Indorsement weighs with tho
Commissioners, put Auacostla down for suffrage
Anacostla raises its voice, ovory note of it from
A flat to 7. sharp, iu protest against tho associa
tion. Gentlemen of tho association, do you con
sider Dr. Witmer iuaccesslblo and non-approachable
? Aro you paralyzed becauso ho rides on
rollers and doesn't wear overalls on Sunday ?
Do you consider his phvslognomy austere he
cause it docs not contain a clay pjpo? Won't
ho say "complected," "I seen," or "havo saw."
Won't ho help voto teachorshlps to your daugh
ters? Geutlemou, you aro snowed under. Volun
teers for Witmer aro sending In their subscrip
tions from every dlroctlon. Witmer Is hero to
stay till Gabriel sounds "Lights out 1" and "tho
last galoot's aBhore." no has administered his
ofllco faithfully and well. Neither mis-user nor
non-usor has been alleged against him. He Is a
Government employe devoted to ministering to
unfortunate humaulty, and to affirm that ho
shall be estopped from holding an unsalaried
office because of this other employment is to
arguo that our trusteeship shall bo conferred
upon a man of means and leisure, thus offering
a reward for idleness. To declare (as has been
done) that he is ineligible because of not being
a property-owner In our village is to arguo that
tho genius of our government should be re
versed. We want as trustee one who Is inter
csted In tho general development of ourtotvn,
and not merely In tbo development of a partlca
lar part of It. District funds apportioned to us
must bo disbursed for tho greatest good of tho
greatest number. Tho next time "Citizen"
tries to wrlto a letter on a subject ho does rot
understand just let that bald-minded corre
spondent freezo up his current of word6 and
thaw out a flow of thought. Choke him off 1
Anacostia, September C.
AS USUAL. WITH THE EL.KS.
Thoy nnd Tholr Gnosis Uiivn a Jolly Good
Tlmo of It at Marsh all Hall.
Ono of tho most thoroughly onjoyablo excur
sions of tho season was tbo Elks' aunual excur
sion to Marshall Hall on tho Macalestor, Tues
day evening. At Alexandria tho steamer took
on about fifty from that city. Among them
were Professors Nails and Whittlesey, who
greatly added to tho pleasures of tho musical
and literary exercises. Upon arriving at Mar
shall Hall tho wharf and tho steamer were
flooded with beautifully colored lights flashed
from the huge lanterns on the bluff above. A
great many enjoyod themselves dancing on tho
pavilion during tho ovenlng. An exceedingly
Interesting musical entertainment was given in
front of Col. McKlbbln's homestead. Mr.
Daniel E. Cahlll, ono of Washington's promi
nent legal lights, mado a vory amusing speech
In prcsentlng"a beautiful gold medal to Gou.
Joseph Darr as a. token of tho Elks' esteem.
Mr. Georgo S. Smith was floor manager ard
George D, Scott stage manager. To both of tho
gentleraeu groat credit is duo for tho success of tho
entertainment. Tho executlvo committeo was
as follows: Gen. Joseph Darr, Daniel E. Cahlll,
Anthony Rodler, August Douglass, Frank B.
Clarkson, E. C. Reedy, Georgo S. Smith, Benja
min Eugol, A. Carow, John Culbert, John T,
Warde, John C. Maxwell, Montague Jacobs,
and Thomas L. Movers.
Among thoso present wero Mrs. Amos. L.
Burtsell, of Brooklyu; Mrs. Edward M. Burt
soll, of Now York; Mrs. John C. Maxwell, Dr.
Hamilton Leach, Col. Capehart and family,
Georgo Smith and wife, of Alexandria, Commo
dore and Mrs. Donnelley, Robert Slmms, of tho
Census Ofllco; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Cahlll, Mrs.
Cox. Mr. aud Mrs. DeGrummond, Mr, Edward
Noel and wife, Department Commander M. E.
Uroll, G. A. R., Mrs. Laughlin and sl6ter, John
Delhi, Charles Towlo, Mr, and Mrs. Cooper
McGinn, Mr. Ernest Hoffman, Thomas L. Mil
ler, Daulol Shannon, Mr. Charles World, Miss
Berry, Mr. M. H. Weird, Mr. aud Mrs. W. H.
Waddlngton, Mr. Thomas Rudderforth and
wlfo, Robert J. Walker, Georgo P. Gauzhorn
and son, Mr. Frank Webster, Georgo McElfresh
wife, and 6lster, Mrs. Sammou6 and daugh
ters, Mrs. McGIll, Richard A. O'Brien, captalu
of thoEmmott Guard; Miss Lulu Smith, Mrs.
Georgo Frltch and family, Mr, P. II. McLaugh
lin, Mr. Moses SInshelmer, and Mr. Conrad
Tho first Creole Burlesquo Company, at Ker
nan'e, includes Egyptian beauties.
OUR PLtAYPUIi STATUES.
Somo Amusing Suggestions by a Contem
porary's Oiflco Cat.
From Yesterday's Journal.
When the mighty current of modern munici
pal reform shall invade the National Capital it
Is to bo hoped that its waves will not recede
without vouchsafing to Washington tho bless
ings of a much-needed reform in tho heretofore
aimless arrangement of monuments and 6tatucs
to the great men of the nation. Otherwise wo
shall witness a frequent recurrence of such a
game of "tug of war" between two heroes of
stono or bronze as that which is being carried on
now between Lafayette and Jackson. It wero
a timely -reform, if tho future of thoso great
men could bo mado secure who have been com
pelled for years past to play "puss-ln-tho-cor-ner"
with each other In public places. Not
every ono of them can faro so well as Gob.
Rawlins, who, from his hiding place In tho
shrubbery in front of tho Centre Market, may
play "peek-a-boo" with all the pretty girls.
Should 6uch a plan of permanent retirement
bo adopted for these our heroes, perhaps a fow
suggestions from tho artistic offico-cat of tho
Journal may find f avorablo consideration. Tho
proper placo for tho Lafayette Monument,
then, Is the park named after him, if for no
other reason because ho was ono of tho "great
guns" of tho Revolutionary war, while Jackson
won fame and laurels long after him. His
claims, therefore, antedate thoso of Jackson.
For Jackson a splendid sito would be tho trl
anclo In front of the National Theatre. All
passers-by would feel flattered by his courtesy,
for everybody could Imagine that tho old war
rior was taking off his hat to him (or her.) His
horse would certainly feel nt homo In that
neighborhood, In view of tho proximity of sov
eral livery 6tables. And how fast tho gallant
old soldier's heart would pulsato as during
tho theatrical season ho kept a sharp lookout
on tho stage entrauco of tho theatre watching
tho beauties of tho ballet pass muster as thoy
proceed to tho scene of their triumphs or left
lato at night.
Tho half-nudo "Father of his Country,"
Greenough's marble Washington, east of tho
Capitol, which already shows tho offect of the
weather, theso suggestions would nlaco iu tho
interior of the Washington Mouurrieut upon a
movable pedestal, so that during tho warm sea
son Washington could be given tho benefit of
open-air exercise and rolled back again Into his
snug homo during inclement weather.
Tho Poaco Monument at tho foot of tho Cani-
tol, having, In view of the recent "onpleasant
ness" In tho House of Representatives, ap
parently fatled in it6 mission, should bo re
moved to Franklin Square or to tho Soldiers'
Garfield's statue 6hould be removed to Market'
Space, where tho many-sidedness of both origi
nal and brazen imago could bo better admired,
Tho thin, slender Lincoln 6haft and tho long
lean flguro of tho martyr President, now appear
ing still more attenuated by the cutting down of
the street level in front of tho court building ou
Judiciary Square, should bo removed to Mt.
Vernon Square, where it could serve as an apt
Illustration to tho slender appropriations for tho
embellishment of that neighborhood.
Tho proposed Columbus Monument, In con
clusion, should bo placed in front of the Capitol,
and our esteemed legislators might occasionally
profit a llttlo from a recollectlou of tho wolf
kuowu story of tho great discoverer's egg trick.
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Dr. J. E. Wnlsh has resinned from tho nicdl
cal staU' of the WnshlnKton Asylum,
AFTER THE SUMMER OUTING
EVERYBODY HAD A SPLENDID TIME,
Even If Tholr Countenances Aro Slightly
Disfigured by MoRqultos and Sun
Burn Country Wntor and Autumn
Thoso who loft us at the beginning of the'
summer aro coming back to tho city in droves,
and pretty soon Washington will bo Itself again.
Of course they havo all had a splendid tlmo and
enjoyed themselves immensely. If thoy bring
back with them external symptons Indicating
that their happiness was not unalloyed, as
hinted at by our artist in an adjoining column,
no doubt theso drawbacks to tho pleasures
of their summer outing wero moro than bal
anced by tho fun thoy had, and tho flesh thoy
gained at tho seashore, in tho mountains, or in
primitive rural retreats. However, thoy nro
all no doubt glad to get back to their snug
homes in Washington, and feel a renowed en
ergy for work because of their rest and recuper
ation. There Is another phase of the matter, aud a
serious ono, to which attention is likely to bo
called later on. It is tho fact that tho malaria,
typhoid fever, and intermittent fevor, which
sometimes prevail in tho city in the autumn, aro
frequently attributed to country woll water and
the unsanitary condition of country houses.
Dr. Hamilton Leach said tho other day
that peoplo did wrong in blaming tho place at
which they stayed during tho summer for tho
ills they dovolop later in tho season.
"Of all tho ills that flesh is heir to," he said,
"malaria seems to be tho predominating one iu
this section. Malaria is by no means confined
to any particular section or sections, such as the
Southern Atlantic States, as Is often thought.
It exists to a greater or less extent all over tho
countrj'. In Washington we suffer considerably
from it, and whilo tho death rate cannot bo said
to bo directly affected by it, tho weak
ening of the constitution which it brings about
leaves us less able to resist tho attacks of other
"Tho idea that the germs of typhoid and other
fevers are contracted during tho summer vaca
tion in tho country is, I think, largely erroneous.
My belief is that theso germs are usually in the
system when the summer vacation begins. Tho
healthful surroundings of the country and moun
tains either dissipate them entirely or retard
their development. In tho latter case when tho
patient returns to tbecltyin thefall after breath
ing the pure, bracing air of tho country or moun
tains duringtho summor his system Is more sen
sitive to tho less pure air of tho city, and tho
disease germs rapidly develop, thus bringing ou
tho attacks of typhola aud other fevers which
are 0 commonly attributed to country well
water or the unsanitary conditions of country
houses, when iu reality tho germs of tho diseases
wero carried to tho country wheu vacation be
gan. That diseases take this course Is proved
oy experiments made with birds. If a bird is
taken and placed in an air-tight bell, sav for
fifteen minutes, It will gradually begin to droop
and loso its brightness as tho air becomes vitiated
by being breathed over again and again. When
the bird is released it Immediately revives, and
tho bad effect of breathing the impure air rap
idly passes away. Then if the bird is restored
to the bell tho impurities of tho air affect it
much moro quickly, and it will dio In a few
minutes, whereas if it had been left In tho bell
from the first it would havo continued to live
for a much longer period of time.
"Of course, thero aro frequently conditions in
the environments of tho vacation-taker which
conduce to the production of theso germs iutbo
system. In fact, largo cities aro not as subject
to 6uch complaints as aro rural districts. A fow
years sinco a town in VirginiaPlymouth, I
think was visited with an epidemic of typhoid
fever. It was a town of probably five thousand
inhabitants, and the people wero dying at tho
rato of nearly a hundred a day. Tho physicians
of tho city undertook an investigation as to tho
cause of tho fever, and found that it originated
a dozen miles up in the mountains. A poor
former, living on tho edgo of tho stream which
furnished tho city with its water supply, was
very ill with typhoid, and his wife had a habit
of washing his bed clothing in this stream. Tho
wator eoursed down tho mountain-side, carrying
with it its infection, and was declared by tho
investigating physicians to bothocausoof tho
city's epidemic. This merely goes to show tho
extent to which a small ovll of this kind may bo
carried. In country places tho wells aro fre
quently dug In Injudicious places, and tho drain
ago from neighboring sources of Infection fre
quently finds an outlet in them In cases of
this nature tho production of fever germs is not
to bo wondered at.
"For a person afflicted with malaria tho best
courso oi treatment is to begin with a mercurial
purgative, as calomol. Follow this with quiulno
In small doses, and tho malaria will soon bo
dissipated. This courso of treatment can bo
used any way bj' persons who may not bo
affected by any such tendencies, and once in
threo mouths is as important an aid to good
health as pure food, frequent baths, or clean
Tnkonin Pnrlc Gun Olub.
Several prominent residents of tho beautiful
6Uburbau city of Takoina Park recently organ
ized tho Takoina Park Gun Club, composed of
tho following-named gentlemen: D. F. Mason,
(captain,) 0, II. Brashears, (secretary,) J. W.
M. Myers, 0. A. Brown, Charles Bailey, and
teen, J. F. Birch eleven, and Charles Bailoy
eleven. At the second match, tho same num
ber of birds llyiug. Dr. Carroll brought down
fourteen, D. F. Mason ton, Dr, Parson nine,
J. W. Beale olovon, Judgo T. Lay nine, J. F.
Birch ten, J, F. Thompson, Jr., nine, and Dr.
Schafhlrt ten. Third match, September 3, with
twenty possible birds, Dr. Carroll took seven
teen birds, Dr. Parsous mado a good second with
fourteen, D. F. Mason eleven, Dr. Schafhlrt
eleven, J. W. Bealo ten, Judgo Lay teu, aud J.
F, Birch uluo.
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Good summor reading a Washington story
by Emfly L. Sherwood, a well-known socloty
writer, "Willis Peyton's Inheritance." For sale
at nil book stores and nows sttvnds.l
ueaxe, (ireasuror,; x. a. .Lay, ur. Schafhlrt, J. F.
Birch, Dr. Parsons, Blair Lee, Dr. Darllug, Dr.
E. S. Carroll. J. Ford Thomnson. ,ir . r.onnm
uuuu x. i.ujf. j.u muijjuimuruuucu, oi iweuiy
birds liberated, Dr. E. S, Carroll bagged seven
teen, D. F. Mason twelve. J. AV. Bnnlfi thir