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Literary JVet&j
and Criticism.
4 Bool; Reviving an Old Tradition in
English Fiction.
___iri,i VAKCE. An 111-written Autobiography.
llv 'Uiuirt.u \j- Morgan. lii'io. pp. x. 525. Ilenry
T-je rrvlf^pr of this book fir.'J? himself con
fronted, nt Ine outset, by a. serious obstacle.
« i~. The VSXtH of boo* about which it is emhar.
as «.j nP , ar.d c\fn a little absurd, to rite a re
x : eV ' £t all. i' 1 the strict technical sense or the
' ni. jjow can any appeal be mail.' to the
■ffcieipl** ?■ .'ruinj: Xn * art of fiction, in the
T, se of a book v.hkh abide* by no rule, ami
fwi remains', whe-n nil is fuilrt. .! beruuiful work
"j nr , 7 Only a i • last could drag la matters
, form and the like, with reference to a work
' i with human tniriiTiiPFS that
t*je tsylzUK c * academically critical land*; upon
ftinSEt s^cth merely an act of oMan irr.r*rt!
-fr.f**. "Joseph Vance" is at once nentaaeata>
Hre »r\A unique. It rovivs the best tradition of
♦he Victorian era, tvhen n new masterpiece of
flrtinn wii read by many thousand.*, but the
••best seller" vis Ft ill happily unknown. Thavk
era - Wdceni and TroUope snti spacious books
In those days, books in which the reader moved
round a* In ■ roomy world and came to cherish
gst m: rani mi* he found there, as amongst the
PPM endearing souls he knew. Those books were
written en the fide of the angels, and DO one
jound theirs old-fashioned, It was left to the
little winds of later generations to prefer the
jrimy farts of Continental realists to the un
tlushing Roodr.ess of the English romancers.
Bu: the old tradition has never really lost its
sjBMF. the old standards endure, and not only
are there countless readers still faithful to
them, but. as the present volume snows, we
bjre in Mr. r»e Morgan a novelist worthy of
the old school. He has |\ritten Just such ■ book
an hi? Baaasaa predecessors were wont to write.
» book to turn round iii. a King. absorbing and
e:;n»bUng rtory. He writes in the old vein,
wilh a difference, and on that difference hangs.
fn is proper, much of his success.
Technical criticism of ■ novel looks narrowly
to the question of design. A masterpiece of
creative art like -Vanity Fair" Impresses you
by itF detachment, as a i arrive fabric, from
everything written before or after it. It la a
supreme Invention, a thing bodied forth from
the author's imagination and given an existence
similar to that of a great palatine. You can
not think of it without thinking of the personal
force that created it. The singular quality of
"Jo^eyh Vance" iF that of a record as distin
guished from that of an invention. It Is a slice
of human life; it la so much experience in
which, by ■ process of art that conceals the
ert. the reader Is permitted to share. N> better
ftory. ToM for the story's sake, has been pro
duced in the. fiction of our time, yet it Is not
through the customary sequence of dramatic
episodes that the tale la made effective. The
*tre=« is laid upon character, and it is in his
handling of this best of all literary elements
that the author makes the finest revelation of
his originality.
The supposititious narrator unfolds his life and
character from childhood practically to old age.
but never did the hero of a novel get himself
celebrated with a more unobtrusive use of the
personal pronoun. Joe Vance has his love
etory. if ever the hero of a novel had one, but
hi« "ill written autobiography. 1 ' colored as it Is
from beginning to end by this romance, Is nev
ertheless co well written that in the cotirse of
more than live hundred pa*'* it does not once
slip into sentimentality. If Joe describes him
self or hi* emotions he does so with a freedom
from pelf-consciousness that allows the essen
tials of his story to steal, as it were. Into the.
reader's mind. All along we find ourselves
growing In Intimacy with his personality and
character, but WO would be hard put to it to
say just where, or In just what specific terms,
Mr. De Morgan had made us acquainted with
this or that trait in his hero. Joe is not ex
plained: he is Ihrtr. like any other humen being
with whom we have, come in actual contact, and
we may tay as snuch of all the other figures,
whether they he important or subordinate from
the point of view of pure composition. It is a
good deal for an author to achieve, if, through
out a long narrative involving many conversa
tions and embodying, too, a certain number of
>tters. he always causes a given character to
«ay ar to write precisely what would be ex
pected by the reader. The last touch of verl
ahasntade is given when this Virtue of consist
ency is carried Into the FuLtlest phases of ac
tion l nd even of carriage: fo that on e\en the
briefest re-entrance of a character upon the
acane he or she brings just the right atmos
phere, jus* the right play of light and shade, into
The picture. This book is made up very largely
ef !lttle things, of casual encounters and fleet
ing sayings. These little things touch the imag
ination as poignantly a* do the salient tragic
•vents t.i the story, kacauaa invariably they
%tve behind them the appeal of flesh and blood,
Uic appeal of Individuality.
The point may be illuminated by tome allu- j
sjou to the rough substance of the novel, though, i
as we have indicated. It is for character rather ,
thaa for drama that "Joseph Vance" is to be
read. The hero is the son of a. workingman j
whose wholesome nature i* bald in thrall by a '.
:»n>ler.cy to drunkenness. The na/ive shrewd- J
r.»fs of this man. a shrewdness entirely divorced ;
from HKaia impulses, comes to the rescue and j
w.r him on his legs as a contractor while Joe j
it .1 boy. The two are befriended by Dr. !
Thorjie. « man who recalls Colonel .»ewcome in j
the nobility of his soul, ami it is with his j
daughter Los-?le that young- joe fails in love.
Al! this occurs very early la the book, and '
thfiicc-forth the author records not simply the
life at his her-, bat the lives of the elder Vance
and his wife, of Dr. Thorpe and his children,
ann of all the other personages, young and old.
wh«> go in and out of the houses of three or
four closely related families. There is marriage
■nd giving in marriage; there are births and
there are deaths. Fortunes are mad*>, and lost j
There are changes of scene. There are incidents j
without number, and some of them are thrilling. ;
V' lie Morgan docs not Rilnt his reader. On j
the contrary, he is lavish Of hi« mat-rial. But
it never occurs to him to use that material with
what ue may ill literary intent, with the pur
pose or building up a plot, of deliberately con
structing a romance, duly worked up to a
climax. No. It Is. as tre have said, a .record
rather than an invention that he seems to give
U«. and that Is why. as ■•• noted in the fore
going paragraph, the little thing* in which the
book Is so rich are touching and impressive.
They are the links that go to make the chain
of life; tfce little thing* that occur to us all,.
that pass perhaps unnoticed at the time, bat la
after years come back to the memory with al
most cruel meaning. There Is a chapter in
this etory In which the narrator tells of the
shipwreck In which he suffered an Irreparable
lota, it Is by Itself one of the masterly chapters
In firtlon. masterly In Its restraint. In Its power
of suggesting, by almost Impalpable touches,
tragic realities to which the ordinary novelist ,
«x>u:d devote pages of floundering rhetoric. We !
may note in passing that this book often makes
as think with sardonic amusement of the dif
ference between it and the staff that passes for
action In so many of the popular volumes of
«hs day. Beside "Jaaaall V&nce" ir.e average
"beat ecllcr" f&rlvela Into nothingness.
The stery in "Joseph Vance' 1 may be left for
«a* reader f> follotr fr<r himself, but MMirhfnf
aunt h-i said -f two Important factors In the ,
charm of this back, its truth to nature and it*
WEEK-END OUTINGS
AT
ATLANTIC
CITY
VIA
PENNSYLVANIA R. R.
Saturdays. March 16 and 23
(COVEni.VG r.\LM BUXDAIJ
310 AND Sl2
Covers rour.d-tr' : transportation and two
days' board, according to hotel selected.
Through trains will leave New York' on
above dates at 9.^5 A. M.. 25 and 2.55 P. M.
b^p.utiful spirit. We have spoken of the con
sistency with which the author draws his char
acters. This is due. In a measure, we believe,
to his artistic Rift, but even more to his insight
into the human heart. There i.« great variety in
his company of men and women. Th* quaint
ness of Joe's father and the homely sincerity of
bis mother bring distinct notes of interest into
Dls own household. In Dr. Thorpe's home the
author shows the same scone. Laaato and her
sister Violet «n.l their brothers Joey and Nolly
make four absolutely outstanding- individual
ities, and Joey, by the way. the evil genius of
the plot. Is a positive triumph of portraiture.
AYe inigbt go on Indcflnnltely citing illustrations
of Mr. De Morgan's skill In making his char
acters not simply credible but unforgettable.
His touch is unerring Its sarenoss Is explained
by the sympathy underlying it. and that brings
us to the golden thread which runs through this
novel, and does perhaps more than anything else
to rank it with the works of the Victorian epoch.
It is a sari book, one of the saddest ever writ
ten, but Its sadness is of the humanizing sort
that br»a«s up the waters In the reader's soul,
filling his thoughts with sweetness and strength.
It is a healing hook, thai makes for spiritual
calm and fortitude; a book that deepens the
wells of sympathy and makes the reader ■
sharer In the pre< loua happiness that is felt
through tears. Joe Vance is ;t good man, a
Don Quixote »h< story, surcharged with sor
row, is lit by the sunniest gleams of romance.
He is a hero, as the central figure in a novel
is bound to be. But he is a man like ourselves,
akin to every one acquainted with grief. His
"ill written autobiography." a perfect piece of
writing, will live among the works of fiction that
perennially give jo>* and comfort to thinking*
men and women.
MISCELLAXY.
The biography of the late William Krn<*r
i v. which of aa possible some
time ago. is now actually under way. It is being
prepared by Mr. Charles Whiblo. perhaps hi^
rr.opt intimate colleague. Many of Henley's let
ters will be included in the work These are
said to b^ generally brief, but considering bis
stylo this will not make then-, any the leas Inter
esting.
Henry Holt & Co. announce a new biographi
cal series, edited by Mr. W. P. Trent, which
ought to prove highly Interesting and useful.
It will appear under the general title of "Lead
ing Americans," and each volume will contain
from half a dozen to a score of biographies.
The first volume, prepared by Mr. R. M. John
ston, will be devoted to soldiers, beginning with
Washington and including: twelve other heroes.
President David Starr Jordan will contribute a
volume on leading American scientists; Mr.
Trent will write one on our salient historians,
and in other volumes biographies will be print
ed of our chief actors, artists, lawyers, poets,
novelis{a, editors, engineers, naval commanders,
philanthropists, statesmen and pioneers. Each
essay will be accompanied by a portrait.
The new novel by Ellen Olney Kirk, which
the Houghtons will lfFue next Saturday. la called
"Marcia." Its heroine la a girl who at twenty
one comes into possession of a large estate
without the income necessary- for Its upkeep.
The tnle treats of her experiences as a worker,
and, of course, of her love affairs.
<>i;r- of the nt-w musical books coming out In
Paris Is If. Henri Marechul's "Pails Souvenirs
a'tin Musicien." It contains recollectiona r 'f
Lm I)e!ibes. Victor Masse. Auber. Jules Barbler,
Bi«et, Berlioz and others.
Under the title of "Act of State in English |
Law" (E. P. Dutton & Co.). Mr. W. Harrison
Moore, dean of the faculty of law in the Uni
versity of Melbourne, presents a technical re
view of a problem highly interesting to Etudents
of constitutional and international law. Be
tween the fields covered by ordinary law. on the
ore hand, and diplomacy, on the other, there
lies a broad and perplexing array of cases in
volving questions both of common law and of
International polity and equity. Continental
countries have, as a rule, provided for this class
of cases tinder the head of administrative law;
but nothing analogous has ever been done in
England. Nevertheless, a set of rules has been
growing up for centarlaa. precisely* us the prin
ciples of English common law have been; and
they are new well enough defined so that codi
fication and commentary are feasible.
In seventeen clearly wiitten chapters Mr.
Moore sketches Of" growth of the. doctrine of
royal prerogative since the seventeenth century
and reviews all important typical cases which
since that time have given definite shape to the
legal theory of "matters of state. 1 Both Eng
lish and American practices are recorded. The
discussions touching the ambiguous interpreta
tions and rulings concerning martial law. the
dangerous American precedent of the civil
courts' retroactive power over wartime cases
properly adjudicable before a military court.
and the open question as to the validity of treat
ies detrimental to private rights are especially
good. The student of international law will be
chiefly interested in the chapters on treaties and
the rules of succession to state rights and lla %
bllitlej.. And the unprofessional reader would
probably be pleased to discover that the Amer
ican system of federal courts assists the ad
ministrative department in a way wholly be
yond the power of the highest English law
courts. An excellent Index of topics and cases
is given.
We are to have still another volume of an
autobiographical nature from the pen of Victor
Hugo. It will be published by the Funk & Wa«
nails Company, under the title of "A Post-
Seriptum to My Life." and the translation will
be made by Mr. Lorenze O'Rourke. Part of the
book was written during Hugo* exile in Guern
*We may note, by the war. that Little. Brown
* Co.. of Boston, are bringing out a new popu
lar edition of "Lea Mlaerables." It is to appear
in five volumea. with photogravure frontispieces.
Jaaquin Miller hss not published a new vol
ume of poetry for aome time. Herbert Turner
& Co.. Boston, announce such a publication
by him. It will consist of a long narrative poem.
embodying a love story, the scenes of which ar*
lsd at the Golden Gate, in the Klondike, in
Jafaa anl In Hawaii. It will be called "Light."
UcCluro. Philllpa * Co. will issue In this coun
try tV.e volume entitled "Through Portugal."
by Major Martin Hume, which we announced
NEW- YORK DAILY TRIBUNE. WEDNESDAY. MAUPH Ift, 1007.
Boohs and Publications.
"A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT"
"A WONDERFUL FEAT".
JACK LONDON'S
Bo : nre Ac! a in
. A p M The New York Times Saturday Review
JACK calls it: a A remarkable achievement . . .
LONDON'S the vitality and realism of the story beget
new fascination which ultimately reaches con
nov ! , viction. ... Purely a work of fiction and
. VC . .° tinged with no devitalizing touch of scientific
primitive investigation. . . . Jack London has per
11 Cf formed a wonderful feat. He has bmlded a
illustrated romance of the unknown ages, . and of the
in colors. creatures that may have been, and endowed
cloth, $1.50 it all with poignant reality."
JACK LONDON'S BEFORE ADAM
»*%*« THE MACMILLAN COMPANY, 6^f ce 6 wsVo*k*'w s V o*k*'
not loiijr since, We are glaJ to team thai it is
in bo fully Illustrated. Little Is known about
Portugal, and Major Hume is the <>ne living
writer whose observations on tba country we
\\ <n;!il most appreciate.
The Harpers have In press new novels by two
popular authors, Mr. Norman Duncan and Mr.
Basil Kl:.r. Mr. Duncan's story will r^liite to
the jtfupif of Labrador, whose characteristics he
has treated with much sympathy, and Mr.
King will depict Americans siudied chiefly at
Monte Carlo and Paris. Prom the Harpers comes
the news that Mr. H. <I. Wells has ht-en made
a justice of the peace, Folkestone being the
scene of bis activity in that character.
HI US FOR SUBWAY LOOP.
• — _______
Advertising for Centre Street Section
to Begin Saturday.
Bids for the Centre street section of th» pro
posed bri-iK" loop subway will be opened on
April 11 at 12 o'clock. The advertising for pro
posals for the work will begin on Saturday of
this week, and continue for at least three
weeks. This is tho subway that the city Itself
Is going to build. Mayor McClcllan taking the
stand that If the city builds a four track sub
way connecting the bridges and reaching into
Brooklyn there will be room in it to" operate
a belt lino over the bridges as well as allow
the Brooklyn elevated lines to distribute their
traffic at various Manhattan points, relieving
the pressure on tho Brooklyn Bridge.
It developed yesterday that the law permits
the Rapid Transit Commission to let contracts
after advertising only threo weeks. It is the
Intention of the commission to hurry forward
the plans for the Lexington and the Seventh
and Eighth avenue subways, so that they may
be advertised next month. Th^ advertising will
be begun before the Legislature passes the Pub
lic. Utilities bill, it is believed.
Th>. bridge loop system, being a smaller con
struction proposition, is under way ahead of
the other two subways, The regulations gov
erning the bidding are unusually strict. No
proposal can bo withdrawn after it has been
deposited with the Board Of Rapid Transit
Commissioners. Th« award of the contract Is
to be made within ten days after the opening
of the proposals. The successful bidder must
file a bond in the sum of $300,000. No proposal
'« .JVT" 1';1 ';* 1 unl< ' ir is accompanied by a
certified check, made payable to the Controller.
In the sum of $25,000.
The bridge loop subway is to be built in three
sections, and the section t.. be advertised on
Saturday is the most difficult of th« three. It
extends from Pearl to Canal street. The bridge
subway Is known to the engineers aa route No.
ft. Ultimately it win include Delancey, Grand,
Deabrosses, Canal and William street In Man
hattan, and Pulton street, Lafayette avenue and
Broadway in Brooklyn. There is to be a station
between Leonard and White streets. The exca
vation is to be almost wholly under cover. The
Pearl street and of th* subway win abut on tho
northern end of the proposed new bridge ter
minal, plans for which were adopted last year.
The Brooklyn elevated trains, after running
through the Centre street subway, will enter
the bridge terminal ami climb a stoop grado
to the bridge tracks. The plans for the Centre
street section <•( the subway to be advertised
on Saturday call for the building of plpo gal
leries. Th<- disposition of the gas, water and
electric pipes in these galleries will afford a
demonstration of the practicability of having
pipe galleries in all future subways.
VOTE $25,000 FOR HEW BRIDGE WORK.
Alderman Meyers Thinks City Needs More
Tunnels Under East River.
When the Board of Aldermen met yesterday the
Finance Committee reported favorably on the ap-
T»ropriatlon of J2s,ix>o to make preliminary surveys
In connection with the preparation of plans for a
new bridge over the East River. The IJoard of
Estimate has already approved of the transaction.
mi. an Meyers said he was not In favor of any
more bridges, He said that tunnels were the thine
now. and, he would gladly vote for another tunnel.
but WOUld oppose unother bridge.
Alderman Downing said that Brooklyn needed
both bridges and tunnels. He believed Brooklyn
needed ten bridges, in his communication on the
matter the Bridge <v,mmisßlon*r aakl thnt within
five rears nft»r completion of th« proposed bndjres
and tunnels he thought that another congestion
would t/ike place, and that another bridge ought to
he provided for now. The resolution was adopted.
>
ELLISON ON B. R. T. MANDAMUS.
Corporation Counssl Ellison has advised As
sietant Corporation Counsel Bell, of Brooklyn, to
take an appeal from the decision of Justice afaraaa,
of Brooklyn, In regard to the granting of the
manrlamuM to the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Com
pany to compel Borough President Coler to issue a
permit for the extension of the company's line In
Xostrand avenue to Avenue U.
FOR PROTECTTOir OP SAILORS.
Government to Have All Important Light
ships Equipped with Submarine Belli.
The United States Light House Board has ar
ranged with the Submarine Signal Company to
equip with submarine bells all Important lightships
-not already equipped. This includes the light
vessels south of Katteras. those on the Great
Lakes and those on the Pacific Coast. The Point
au Pel?e lightship. Lake Erie, which is maintained
by the lAke Carriers' Association in Canadian
waters, has been equipped, arid work Is in progress
on Bar Point, at the head of Lake Erie: Lake
Huron and Poe reefs. Lake Huron; Gray's Reef
White Shoal. Lansing Shoal and Eleven root
8 T°h a ike L ?e k «el 9 lC wiu'be r«dy when they go on the
station at the opening at navigation. The Pacific
C'oaat U ht-ve«sels will be equipped as opportunity
offers. The five new llght-ve»se.s now building will
supplied with submarine bella be fore leav Ine the
shipyards. The entire coast of the Lnlted States
will be protected by submarine signals, and. Can
ada having made similar arrangements, all North
American v. at c r , will soon have the advantage of
such protection.
Boohs and Publications.
Art Exhibitions and Sales.
IN PREPARATION
FOR PUBLIC SALE AT THE
Fifth Aye. Art Galleries,
MC riFTII AVEM K.
Mr. James I*. Silo. Auctioneer.
The Valuable Collection
of Ancient and Modern
Chinese Porcelains, Bronzes,
Rugs and other Art Objects,
including; Rare Black Hawthorn and
Blue Hawthorn Vases, Apple Green
and other valuable specimens,
The rispaiu of
Miss Clementine Bash,
OF KKATTI.K.
Long Krxiilrnt of IVLin.
The Entire Collection on exhibition from April Ist.
at the above galleries.
JfO FEAB OF EPIDEMIC.
MX. BETTS AT KATOXAH.
Xo Danger of Typhoid Spread, Says
A ssis taut Engineer,
Assistant Engineer T<*>tts of ihf Water De
partment, who ha* supervision of the sanitary
work under Commissioner O'Brien, was In
Katonah early yesterday on ■ still hunt fur
danger, but he found that there h;td been no
Increase In th«» number of typhoid tats beyond
tho^ reported In The Tribune, and also that
non« of tho usual precautions had been over
looked. But he was ho much concerned over
the nppearanct of one of the cesspools belonging
to the home of a patient that he ordered the
Immediate use of a liberal quantity of Quicklime.
Mr. Betti made a thorough Investigation of the
whole typhoid section, and said that there
seemed co reason to fear an epidemic in Kato
nah, or contagion in New York City.
A heavy thaw would not be a good thing to'
Katonah at this time, and consequently not a
benefit to this city. The very boast ut the vil
lage that the soil in the place is sandy might
prove a menace, for the cesspools are sunk in
this sandy soil, and only one of tiioae where
typhoid patients are is protected by cement.
The contents of these goes into' the soil an!
Joins the general drainage to the brooks. Quick
lime will be liberally used to overcome the dan
ger from this source.
The extra Inspections were made yesterday.
Samples of water were taken ut the springs and
elsewhere for analysis. This will be continued
until the Immediate danger of infection has
passed. The springs near the school are now
receiving renewed attention. It does not follow
that, because the water taken soon after
pupils of the school were stricken with the
disease wi>s pur*-, there was no Infection In the
water at an earlier date, when the patients
were using it for (linking purposes. The springs
nre email and the Infection taken one day might
easily be washed away the next. The spring*
are not protected. The surface drainage of the
slopes round about runs Into them. There is no
safeguard .whatever against contamination. It
Is beginning to be believed more and more thnt
the children who nre 111 were infected by these
spring?. The illness of the fourth patient, tho
painter. Is believed to have been un unfortunate
coincidence.
Miss Smith, who was on.» of the victims of
th« accident on the Harlem division on Feb
ruary 16. taught in the Katonah school. There
are about 160 pupi.s of all grades. A new
building Is going up. and In It the village water
will be used. This water comes from protected
springs, la pumped to ■ tank on the hill back of
the village and Is conducted thence to the
homes. The springs and the tank are carefully
guarded against contamination.
Nothing is cafe from contamination from the
many aliens brought In by the contractors. At
th^ Cross River dam. less than a mile from
the village, there are about twenty temporary
houses for the laborers. Some of the houses are
nor more than twenty feet long, but will con
tain more than ten men. The snow covers un
sanitary conditions, btit a reporter for The
Tribund yesterday saw the Improvised cesspools
used by the laborers. They are on both high
and low ground, and the contents may drain
lnt" the water supply streams without hin
drance. The garbage is periodically burned; the
cesspool contents are not. But so far as could
be learned the laborers are very healthy. It was
said that only one man was being attended by
a doctor, a pneumonia convalescent. A physi
cian from a riVarby sanatorium visits the labor
ers occasionally.
Drs. Carpenter and Chapman, when seen yes
terday, said that their «>atlents were making
good progress toward recovery? and that neither
was in danger of death. The suspected case
had not developed. It might be typhoid event
ually, but Dr. Chapman said that the patient at
this time was absolutely free from every symp
tom of that disease. Dr. Chapman said that
there had been suspicious cases of disease in
the village a little before the typhoid attacks
were reported, but that none of the former pa
tients was ill any longer, and a diagnosis had
been unable to establish the nature of the dis
ease.
The time of danger to the whole water sup
ply is fust approaching. When the general
spring break-up occurs the Italian camps will
be the object of careful scrutiny by the'ln
spectors. The latter will demand a cleaning up
as soon as the snow has gone and the dirt has
been laid bare. And the Water Department has
been urgent In its Insistence that the spring
coloring of the water supply In this city does
not necessarily mean contamination or the pos
sibility of infection.
Store Closes at S:3O P. M.
CONCERTS
In the Wtnamaker Auditorium today at .11 A. M. and 2:30 P. M. Mr.
Arthur Depew at the Organ, Mr. Ferdinand Himmelreich at the Piano, Mr.
P. K. Van Yorx at the Angelus, Mr. Deno-Nemes, Violinist, Mine. Dtaaa>
Nemes, Pianist.
The Display
Of Women s Dresses
Grows More Interesting Daily
Won. en who are studying questions of style, and icajriaaj that which is
most becoming, and most pleasing to them, individually, are delighted and
helped by visits to Wanamaker's.
The showing includes Dresses and Tailored Suir« of every variety
favored this Spring. The completeness is earlier than ti*ual. because of
Easter's early date.
Among the groups of gowns mo?t interesting at the moment are the
smart Tailored Suits of fine worsteds, in the irc?h Spring colorings, in
stripes, checks and plaids. The new effects in sleeves cause immediate ad
miration. Touches of newness are manifold, and the tailoring is of the high
est character throughout. Prices range from $15 to $52.50.
Third floor. Stewart Buildins;.
Men's Fine SHIRTS
Of Imported Madras at $1.50
This new collection of Men's Xegligee Shirts will interest men who ap
preciate fineness of quality as well as refined patterns in the materials from
which their shirts are made. The shirt making i> equal to the usual custom
made shirts. The materials were woven especially for us in Glasgow, and
the shirts made up in our own factor}. They are in plain negligee style,
with attached or separate cuffs. Sizes 14 to 17. $1.50 each.
Main flr*.r. Wanamaker Building:
Superlatively Beautiful Spring Suitings
For Tailored Gowns
These imported suitings of soft. lustrous broadcloth and smart English
worsteds arc light in weight, of unquestioned beauty of weave and finish,
and show the latest effects in color tones, the color-blending in the stripes,
checks, plaids and overplaids being strikingly effective.
Imported Broadcloths: chiffon ■ni»i(cht; all the new Spring- shades. $; to $3.
52-lm-h Checked and Striped Suitings, in brown and (fray tints. $1.75 to $2.
Fancy Visroreaux Suiting. In mixtures and fancy weaves, in shades of tan and eara,
and in pray effects; hard and soft finish. 52 in. wide, $1.75 and $2.
New Herringbone Cheviots, in mixed gray, blue, tan and gr*-en effects; 54 In. nt|a>
tl.ta.
Ensrllsh Worsteds. In plaids, checks, stripes and overplaida: stylish mixtures in the
gray tones. %-■
Special Values in Spring Dress Goods
$I.?S 5>4-ln. Homespun Suitings. !n mixtures of gray, tan and brown. 75c.
$l.">'i Fancy Panama Suitings, in stripes and checks: stylish colors: 54-ln. wide. $1.£3.
Second floor. Stewart Building.
«
Lace & Net Waists
Nen\ Smart Models
Out big Waist Store affords an un
rivaled collection of Blouses from
i which to select. Made of many dif
ferent fabrics, they show infinite vari
ety and beauty, and no end of modish
devices in trimmings to give distinc
! tiveness to the style. We call special
' attention today to five attractive mod-
I els. which express the newest designs:
At $s—Of5 — Of plain net. trimmed with Re
; nai«»a»nc<» medallion* and Valenciennes lace.
At $6.50 — (if plaited net. with yolc« of
figured net. and trimmed with Cluny In
: sertion.
At $7.50 — Of net. with emhr'"Mrl«r<».l panels
: and Cluny insertion*.
At $10— Of strips of nailj and filet lace.
: trimmed with batiste and medallions. .
At $13 — cream-colored net. prettily
| trimmed with applique.
i Fourth floor, Stewart Building.
Wilton Rugs at Low Prices
A fine lot of highest grade \\ ilton Rugs, seevred at remarkably \ovr
prices from a manufacturer's surplus stock. Quantities are not large, and
the range of sizes is more or less broken, altogether there is excellent choice
in each of the sizes nameil below.
« x 9 ft., at $B*. worth ISO.
I ft. » in. x lft ft. « in., at $33.75. worth I
$4.' :•".
la IS ft., at $35, worth $47.5<\
If you are not ready to receive these rugs just now. they may be par- j
chased today and held for you for later delivery.
Fifth floor. "vTanamaker Building.
JOHN WANAMAKER
Formerly A. T. Stewart «£• Co..
Broadway. Fourth Avenue, Eighth to Tenth Stresta.
(ITY A BAD LAXDLORD.
Its Tenement Houses Found Filthy
and Sources of Disease.
All the city's tenement house holdings were
printed in the City Record yesterday, the list
showing that more than half of them are unfit for
habitation. The city owns sixty-two tenement
houses, and of thts. thirty-three are uninhabita
ble and against them, according to the same offi
cial publication. 1.03 violations of the Tenement
House law have b.en filed. Forty-six of the sixty
two have interior rooms, without proper v«til»
on and a dozen more than ten families each.
The'cuy has Just learned that it ha. not « single
Jepartment or buresu with power to pull down
Se Sings, and It will have to go to the Leg
.We for authority to do so. Most .f theai are
plcni" ground, for about every known variety of
bacilli-
A commission was appointed last year -by the
Bo\rdTf Estimate to Investigate the condition of
SSovld" Property owned by the city. It has
jus?«porfd that of seventy-five house* tae»ud
iS thirteen not tenement, the city »s getting «r
5? yearly in rentals. The sixty-two tenement
houses average 1&8 violations a buildlnjr.
The commission says that the best of these
houses, one at 153 d street and Bradhurst avenue
Tfour story and cellar brick tenement arranged
for one family on each floor, hi In this condition:
The earth floor i* covered with sccumuUtion. of
washed The plaster celling of the cellar Is in
v?rv bad condition, broken, loom*, defective and
The skylight In tne roof over the stair ell ts
not adecuate. The wash basin In the first story
apartment to missing and the waste connection I*
no? properly closed The faucet i****"* 1 ™ and
when turned on discharges on the floor. The wash
bowls to the third and fourth story apartments are
cracked and defective. The covers of wash trays
floors and woodwork surrounding sinks and wash
was" la the apartments are decayed and saturated.
Candy Boxes
Ice Cases & Candy
for St Patrick's Day
Unique favors and pretty oddities in |
the shape of fancy green boxes. Tack '
Homer pies, pipe Shamrocks, hearts, j
harps, hods. hats, flags, snapping
mottoes, and in other forms, sugges- ,
tive of the sentiment of the day. are i
here at prices which ranjre frorrt 10t to '
$6. Favors, from 3c to 15c each; some >
st 10c a dozen. :
Candies for St. Patrick's Day — I
Gam-wafer Pipes and Shamrocks, 50c t
pound. •
Small Shamrock Hard Candy, for '
fining boxes. 25c a pound.
Small White Candy Pipes, 23c
pound.
Assorted Chocolates and Bonbons,
30c and 60c a pound.
Green Jelly Gum Drops, 50c pound.
Basement. Stewart Building.
!>j£r. x 14 ft. 3 in., at $50.50. worth $92.90.
im- I in. x 12 ft., at $52 50. worth $83.
II ft I in. x 11 ft. I In., at $60. worth 539.
11 ft. 3 in x 15 ft., at $65, worth 132.30.
The plumbing is in generally bad repair. Tho
front area Is not paved, graded or drained.
The commission, continue* that it believes
the city should not continue to tease houses which
violate in almost every resp-ct the laws and regu
lations which its own officers are required to en
force. "Against the slight Income." the report
says, "must be s«t the cost to the city in dTseass
caused by the wholly unsanitary condition e>f tits
houses in which it Invites occupancy and the heavy
moral coat of placing the city tn the position of a
slum landlord." Some o* th« descriptions are un
printable.
The commission cites the opinion of the Corpora
tion Counsel th.it the city should dispose of all
buildings it acquires within ninety days of vesting
tlfle. The commission reports th» condition of
every house. Una house at No. 7S-S2 Fifth «v#nue.
Lone Island City, had forty-two violations.
VOTE $1,133,500 FOR WATER SUPPLY.
The Committee on Finance reported out at the
Board of Aldermen meeting yesterday a resolution
calling for the appropriation of 51.t33.3W for neces
sary improvements to the water supply of Man
hattan and The Bronx. Th» resolution was adopt
ed.
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