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RETIREMENT WEDNESDAY ? Joint Employes' Committee Will Push McKellar Keating Bill. The MeKellar-Keating bill Intend ed for relief ot ?uperannuatloa In th? civil servie? will com? up for hearing in the Interstate and For eign Commerce Committee next Wednesday. Representative Thetus . W. 81m?, chairman ot that committee. Inform ed the Joint Conference Committee an Civil Service Retirement of the ?fette for the hearing and told them to govern them?elve? accordingly. The joint conference committee ?sa? formed to bring about co-ordi nation of effort and mutual en couragement in their long campaign among the organisations Interested la obtaining relief from superannua tion In the civil service. - The committee has decided to puah the McKellar-Keating bill aa being a vehicle that would care for the worst case? of superannuation in tbe civil service and would initiate a series of economic ?tudies finally resulting in the enactment of a per fected atetut?. List ef Orgaalaatlena. The Joint conference committee ls composed of representatives of each trade in the Washington Navy Tard, of the National Association nf Lat ter Carrier?, the National Federa tion of Federal Employe?, the Na tional Federation of Postal Em ploye?, the Railway Mail Associa tion, the Typographical Union, the Plate Printers' Union, the Nation al Association of Civil Service Em ployes, the United National Asso ciation of Postoffice Clerk?, the United State? Civil Servie? Retire ment Association. Dstrict 44. In ternational Association of Mach inists, the Federal Civil Service So ciety, of New Tork, and tba Na tional Association of United States Custom? Inspector?. Columbia Gives Course In Recreation Leadership A? one of its national service courses. Columbia University offer? early this fall special training in or ganisation and leadership of recrea tional and patriotic activities for working girls. The course is given under the auspces of the National Council of Defense. Co-openting with the university is the National League of Women Workers, which ha? been organising wage-earning women in nonsectarian evening recreational club? for thirty year?, and has a membership of ?Ml 24-DAY RECORD MADE LAUNCHING 12,000 TON STEEL VESSEL CONTINUED FBOM PAOS OHO and ?erve the world under tbe unsel fish policies of President Wilson." Chairman Hurley'? message to Sir "Joseph Maclay, th? British mlnlstar of ?hippie?, wa?: "I know tbat you will be glad to learn that American shipbuilders hav? arala broken all record? in launching tomorrow at Alameda, Cal., the twelve-thousand ton cargo steamship Invincible, ballt In twenty-four working day*. A lib erty job from ?tart to flnsh aa keel was laid on July 4th, five seconds after launching of ?liter ?hip 'De fiance built In forty working day?. Invincible will be under ?team thirty-five day? after launching. Merchants ?hlpyard launches tint hull today and Hog Island first hull Monday, thua putting Into produc tion all four great Eastern fabricat ed shipyards. We are determined to match American military forces with tonnage." Fabricated Ship. The Invincible la a fabricated ?hip, but not an assembled ?hip. She waa put together on the fabricated principle, but all the ateel waa punched at the Alameda ?hlpyard. which ha* a complet? fabricating plant of Its own. In building this ship 117.84 tons of steel were put in place every day. and about 40, 000 rivets driven dally. The In vincible la 4S7 feet S inches In length overall. 5Vi feet beam, and St feet deep, 12.000 ton? deadweight carrying capacity. Elevator Operators Wanted by Government Application for position of elevator conductor for both men and women may be filed with the Secretary of the Fourth Civil Service District, Wash ington. D. C. ?The competitive exam in.ition required counts two-fifth* for physical ability and three-fifths for education and experience. Applicants mist be between 30 and 50 years. Sal aries range from STX to $900. KNOCKED DOWN AND ROBBED. Blacksmith. Struck from Behind, It Relieved of $40. Struck from behind and knocked ilown. George Foll?n, a blacksmith, of -ttm Prospect avenue northwest, was robbed of $40 laat night by a colored footpad at the corner of Twenty seventh and ? streets northwest. Foll?n was on his way home and was about to eros? the ?treet when he heard some one sterpine lightly behind him. Before he could turn to see who was following him he wss struck down. While he was lying down, a colored man went through hie pockets and took his money. Foll?n, when he recovered safflcieritly, re ported the matter to the police. England's strawberry crop this year yields only one ounce of jam a week for the population of the country. FOCrTM?STER OFSTRATEGEM AYERS FRENCH English General Proclaims Him "Greatest Leader of War." London. Aug. t.-A fin? tribute to the skill of Gen. Foch haa been paid by Lord French. Ha aald within the laat few daya he had witnessed an exhibition of leadership and military genius which would probably cause the name of Gen. Foch to rank In hlatory among the world's greatest military commander?. With the utmost bravery and te nacity he aald the French artillery disputed the ground foot by foot throughout the first great onslaught. Slowly falling hack In excellant or der, they held position after posi tion with such stubborn gallantry as to inflict unheard of losses on the advancing Gsnnans. Although the capital wa? closely threatened and communication in danger, their movements were car ried out deliberately, with precision and with a total absence of anything like panic or disorder. Lord French continued: "Just at tha right moment In the nick of time, when tha enemy had eaaily gone Into the trap so cunning ly laid, the acen? suddenly changed like magic and with an Irresistible rush the French turned round. Calty of Caaaasaad. "Wa ?hould do well to remember how thia reversal came about. It waa because the hand of one great commander waa at the helm on the Weatern front. Unity of command had at last been established and the armies on tbe Western front were be ing led In union by the greatest ?ol dler thia war has produced?General Foch. "I aay we do well to remember tt, because the establishment of unity of command waa In reality the work of our own prime minister. No one but a ?oldler can fully realise the tremendous difficulties there are In arriving at auch an arrangement ss this between th? allied commanders. "Of all the many war reforms In itiated and carried through by Mr. Lloyd George after he had brought hla wonderful munition? conception Into active operation and ?elsed the reins of government at a moet crit ical moment, nona, I believe, will he found to be ao pregnant with the germs of victory aa this last measure which haa already secured ao auapi ctous a commencement." GEORGE L. BERRY TO SPEAK. George T.. Berry will speak at flonxaga Hall. North Capitol and I streets northwest, Tuesdsy evening at 8 o'clock. He was a member of the American labor mission Mr. Berry will speak on the "European War Sit uation." New Things Crowd the Store-Among them are Hundreds of Waists Hundreds of beautiful Crepe de Chine, Georgette and Wash Silk Waists, in all shades and -dJO QQ sizes, special at.????/0 And Late Arrivals in The Dress Section OFFERING FOR THIS WEEK DRESSES OF Taffeta, Georgette and Satin in Gray, Navy, Bur gundy, Taupe and 'other wanted shades. Specially priced, If""' 14.75 -V ' 402 7th Street N. W. Qamond Qmpa^,mc RUS&IMSGI?TT ~- . IS PROTECTED BT PRESIDENT CONTINC?D TTjOH ?AOB OH? country to tha rear of the waatwerd moving Csecho-Slovalt?; atl tha Ja panese government haa consented. Ho Iaterfereaee. "Ia taking thia action tha gov ernment of the United States wlsbsi to ?nnounc? to the people of Rus sia In ths most public and ?olemn manner that It contemplates no In terference with the political sover eignty of Russia, no intervention ia her Internal affair??not even In the local affair? of the limit??? area? wblch her military force may ba obliged to occupy?and no Impair ment of her territorial Integrity either now or hereafter, but tbat what we are about to do bea aa Ita atngl? and only object the render ing ot auch aid aa ?hall be accent atale to tha Russian people them selves in their endeavor? to regain control of their own affaira, their own territory and their own des tiny. Th? Japanese government, it la understood, will Issue a similar assurance. "These plans snd purposes of the government of the United statea have been communicated to the govern ments of Great Britain, Franc? and Italy, and thoae governments have advised tha Department of State that they aasent to them in principle. No conclusion thst the government of the United States has arrived at la thia Important matter Is Intended, how ever, ss an effort to restrict the ac tions or Interfere with the independ ent judgment of the government? with which we sre now associated In the war. A (emmlssloa. "It la alao th? hop? and purpose of the government of the United Sutes to take advantage of the earliest op portunity to ?end to Siberia a coin mission of mei chanta agricultural ex perta, labor advlaera. Red Cro?? rep repr??entatives and agent? of tb? Toung Men's Christian Association accustomed to organising the beat methods of spreading uaetul Informa tion and rendering educational help of a modest kind. In order in ?ome systematic way to relieve the Imme diate economic necaasltle? of the peo-' pie there In every wsy for which an opportunity may open. The execu tion of this plan will follow and win not be permitted to embarrass the military assistane?) rendered to the Csecho-SIovaks. "It 1? the bope and expectation of the government of tha United Statea that th? government? with which It I? associated will, wherever neces sary or possible, lend their active aid In the execution of these military and economic plans." A. R. C. GIVES AID TO 412,560 IN ONE MONTH Report from France Shows Bounty Spread Among Sufferers. The Amerlccan Red Cross through the varied activities of Its civil affairs department in France laat month reached 412.5?? civilians, according to a cabled report Juat received from Harvey D. Glbeon. American Red Crosa commissioner to France. Seven teen delegates gave special relief In eleven department? of Franc? tn the war sone, and ninety-two delegates and associates rendered servce to re fuges In seventy departments through out the country. The work on the medical ?Id? has been specially prominent In June. Seventeen civilian hospitals. Including a new hospital for mutilated soldiers, were opened during the month, with a total capacity of l.?M bed?. Sixty one dispensaries were established where 46,028 children, tubercular or refugee, were cared for. Medical dir ection waa also supplied three insti tution? where 1,500 children have been assembled from the war sons, and 4.087 articles of hoapltal equipment and supply were distributed. Special attention is being given to the children of France, particularly with a view to decreasing Infant mortality. As part of this work a campaign for the education of mothers in the care of infanta haa been inaugurated and many child welfare exhibits have been hald. A baby saving exhibit at Marseilles, laat month, was attended by 12.231. Red Cross medical authorities also deemed tt advisable to supply additional nourishment to the school children of Paris, and last month 32,000 of them received supplementary food from the American Red Croas at school lunches. The Emergency Refugee Relief Commute? ald^d 45,000 refugeea pass ing through Paris from Msy ZT to June 80. To the?? and other refu geea. a? well as the needy of France, were distributed goods aa follow?: 2M.710 garments. 6?,?47 pairs of shoe?, 17,222 article? of furniture, ?0,078 ar ticles of bedding and household linen, 85.68? yarda of cloth and e*68,<72 pounds of food. Where established French relief so cieties were found to be doing sn ef fective work, the American Red Cross haa sought to work through these sedette?. Increasing their ef ficiency and acope with financial aid. Laat month this financial assistance amounted to 821,586 franca. Anti tuberculosa societies received 436,477 francs; organization? caring for refu gees wer?' granted 346,353 francs; for relief work In the war sone, 38,(100 franc?; 70.606 franc? to a??i?t estab lished orgsnlsstions In the care of children, and 12.V50 franca for the help of mutile?. Two electrical workahopa and a recreation were alao completed by tha Red Cross for the French School for the Re-education of War Cripple?. Of the total of 412,.-? civilians thus reached during the month of June, 127,043 cam? under the Red Cross Children's Bureau; 10.17? w?re help ed by the Tuberculosis Bureau; 10,188 by the War Zone Bureau; 216,(38 were refugees or the children of refugees ?a total increase of 86,368 civilian? aided over the highest number reach ed in any previous month. KERENSKY SPURNED. Y. M. C. A. Secretary Say? London Hissed Russian Commoner. An Atlantic Port. Aug. I.?Alex ander Kerensky'? reception In Lon don was very different from th? ex pectations of th? former premier and dictator of Russia, according to John W. Burnett, hospital secretary for the T. M. C. ?.. of th? United States and Sanglant?, who landed har? today from a British liner. Kerensky expected to be hailed as the hero of the Russian revolu tion and to be lionised, said Mr Burnett, but hiss?? and overripe vegetables were hla portion Instead. Only nations that retain In war their Industrial strength fight victoriously. Industrial strength does not mean the maintenance of tb? production of lux urie?, but th? production at ttrhtejtlauhph] thhAuha f ?.???? nmim HEXT, BELIEF " OFOTFICER Diplomatic Offensive by Hun Prophesied by Ginadian Here. That the nest move of the Germans would be a tremendous peace offen sive wu the prophecy of Lieut. R. K. Finlayaon, of the Canadian Infantry, speaking last night at the T. W. C. A. Country Club before too girl* and soldiers. "Th* result of the present conflict," he said, "depend* largely on th* staying power of the people. The Russian army was not beaten but betrayed by the Oerman*. "The offensive Is now being trans ferred from the enemy to our side, but this doe* not mean that the war will end this year and maybe not next. The Boche Is a good fighter and will flght to the finish. This la a fact which must be faced. It Is a mistaken Idea so much held in Amer ica, that. It takes one American or Canadian and about fifteen Germans to mak* a good flght. Nevertheless the Oerman* have retreated about fifteen mil?*, and a retreat I* a retreat and 1* not made Ju?t for the purpoae of backing up for a good atart. The reason the German* are retreating 1* because they have/ to." Lieut Finlayaon told many In teresting Incident* of trench life from hi* own personal experience before he wa* wounded at the Somme, In the fall ot 1<1(. These had particular interest for the men from Camp Leach, who are expect ing to leave for France shortly. "It I* juat a* well to keep your head down in the daytime," the speaker advised, "because they have perl scopes which make a man's head look the sis* of a building. Tried ?Better? Plan. "On one occasion we thought we could do It juat a little better than our commanding officer advised, ao we formed an ?-shaped figure out In no man's land. Instead of keep ing our formation simple. The two sides of the wedge became separat ed?It wa* 100 per cent on paper, but not ?o good In practice." Lieut. Flnlayion'? talk wa* pre ceded by group game* and dancing, and open air moving picture* fol lowed. LEAGUE RETRACTS BRYAN STATEMENT Retraction of the atatement that William Jennlnga Brran had agreed In the paat to make speeches to the German-American Alliance Waa made yesterday by T. M. Otlmore, speak ing for the National Model License League, of which he Is president. The letter of retraction says that thia Is the flrst time the league has had occasion to retract Its state ments, and that the assertion con cerning Mr. Bryan was made on au thority of a written statement hy a member of Congress and that his statement waa in writing. On receipt of a telegram of denial from Mr. Bryan the ?tatement was retracted with full apologie*. GET YOUR SUMMER CLOTHES NOW! H ABRAMSON'S ?deh nothing extra for Credit Privil**-??. and you ?will End at ABRAMSON'S the hum grade? of stylish Summer Clothes that any of the first-class llores ?how. Bring the family along. ABRAMSON hat all the Fashion able Dresses, Suit*, Skirt?. Waist? and Millinery for Women and Suit* and Furnishings for Men, a* well a* the Cute Gar ment* for Children. OPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY ABRAMSON? THE ONLY CREDIT HOUSE AT CASH PRICES. BARS FOR MEXICANS LET FURTHER DOWN Mining and Construction Work Benefits by Suspension of Rules. So successful has the suspension of literacy and contract-labor pro visions In the immigration regula tions proved in the Induction of Mexican labor to farms, work on railroad maintatnance of way and minlBwg, in the lignite coal fields, that the Secretary of Labor yesterday extended the suspension of th? regu lations to Mexicans coming In for minine of all kinds and to do con struction work on government jobs in Texas. New Mtxico, Arizona and Southern California. They will be permitted entry at all gulf ports and aa far north on the Atlantic side as Charleston, B. C. in addition to the entry ports on the Mexican frontier. The provision that they must have a small portion of their wage* deducted at each pay day. to be returned on their leaving the I'nted State*, has also been suspended. 2 LOST FROM POSEIDON. Thirty-three Survivor? of Vessel Sunk in Collision Landed. According to the latest Information received by the Navy Department, thirty-three sun Ivors of the fjteera shlp Poseidon, which was sunk In collision last Wednesday night, have been landed and the bodies of the cap tain and three of the crew taken to port. The captain wa? rescued af ter the sinking of the Poseidon, hut died Thursday night. The tn'.al compl?tement of the Po seidon ia given at thirty-nine, which leavee two men apparently unac counted for. The housewife who studies the problem of buying, making every dol lar do ita full duty, aerves her coun try well. War Workers from Main? Get Acquainted at Picnic About fifty young peopl* a'tend*d Um picnic pvcn by th? Mein? Biai-% Society it Twin Lake?, in the ItMtotw1 Home ground*. The pieni?? men ar ranged for the purpose of hnr.k ??*?--. gether young war worker* in th# ri*^ from Maine. There wAre no fennel speeches or anything eise Nm] the picnic, but everybody mc-CCtflcfl tn having a good lime. MARINES HARD TO CATCH. Marine Corp? Q-T.rr?*?* and nv* Ken immune against ?a??"?-.?a hy the Out of sixty caeualtlrs ?mone rf. cera at the front, oaly one Is rep^r-rM mistime up to July tL whi> afttne period b^t five of lb* ! ? ualties in th? ranks of -enlisted rr" ? are known to be m the hand*? of It*?" enemy. R-pvAnty-two erriis'?^ sr* reported missine:. but n^n?? *-.f* these has y*?t b***n \erifled as ?ksrmg been tak? a rrl?oner. ? Seventh & Eye Streets Seventh & Eye Streets THIS STORE is changele** in its policy?established to place the best that is made in housefurnishings before you for selection at prices that are conspicuously moderate. This has been and is our claim to that generous preference which you have ac corded us?and of which we hope to enjoy a deserved continuance. Splendid Example of Period Dining Suites|???JJ?? "Sellers" Cabinet William and Marv Suite?of four pieecs?offered in Mahogany-finish and Walnut?both of which are consistent with period of the design. The construction is of that high grade which insures durability ?.nd service; dustproof bottom to the cases; latticed side panels in China Closet; drawer in Side Table; 48-inch Round-top Dining Table?extensible to 6 feet. SPECIAL? III finish rr1: $143.50 In American Walnut. $148.50 Tt meets every n??d of the kitchen?and provld--' the convenience? tha' mean ?o much in aa* r? of time and effort. ? ? other Kitchen Cabinet hi' so many exctuelve featui*? ?? the .Seller???nd tat th?t reason we make 1* our leader. Sold only ir Weehlnsrton by u?. Man?' model? ? all rea*onari'\ priced. ? **?***** *****?***?*?*? + Don't forget fhe * boyi ti the front ?^t ?mey ?re eip?.t ji. in. yo? to stand jl. behind them. Buy all the War * Saving! Stamps -?? you can?tkat't a tr real war kelp. 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