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By CAPT. J. WALTER MITCHELL. lEailtora Sot. -Thi. ?a th? ?rat at ? strie? ot ?Miri?? ?a "Lnoklnf Bai k ward.'? ?trita?? a.paei?lij for Um Waaliiiistoii Herald h? I'm*. 1. Walter Mttch ?0. a pramiKnt ?nm?s?"?jn ?ad a mktftn ?* l?*s city al??? IMI, ?'?? ? MltcMl thwitrfor. i? ?.U qmlnM to writ? ?bet?) W???in?too at natatoaj. Xou ?rill lw tatari??, d la u? l*ill|-" "r itMitoimnt antri? ??d tile '?sriaatio? cos an?? tritt Wasfcinstoa a? I? i? Uxlaj-Uaa workFs ?jtMtMt capital Ca??. Mltrti ??*? ?Urla? am tall ot hietoftcsj ia?-?}???.; ttej bstts Utsir ?hai? of p?tho? and mota then tlt.tr than at bvsoor. rasa on? ?fld ?otoriuus ctiaia<-tere. ooc. ??11 "raotra to Washington. ?ppMr in th? ?tosi?. i?imtJd wit? tit. tonca of one who ??saw tint. Intim???-?;. Nat 8uBJ?r Capt. iliuhell wiU ?rit. on "Old Waa.V "Ha Wortliii?." "Br-r-r-r* buzzed the buzzer of a Seventh ?trect car a? it swept past a long line of masts and smoke stacks on the river front. "All off for the morgue," bawled the angular conductor as the car came to a grinding stop in front of a churchlike gray building, and several visitors proceeded to the house of death with its chapel entrance surmounted by a gilded cross. "Washington has not always boasted of the ownership of a morgue," remarked a veteran police man standing in front of the official deadhouse as he twirled his club while awaiting the arrival of witnesses in a homicide case. "This building came when Washington commenced to grow out of its swaddling clothes. For many years the dead of our city were kept in the backyards of xjlice stations "under the stars,' and later in stables and other out louses." Obsserve r*?\ateea?h Aaalsaraarr. ? The morgue may be reached by three line? of street rar.?, snd since Uncle Sam threw his hat Into th? ring of the world war It has been a busy but greusome place. With their sins or virtue? frosen stiff within them, the unclaimed dead of Washington with the human toll of accidenta and homicides And their way to the grim, gray morgue at the foot of Seventh ?treet ?nd ?re held In cold storage for the action of the district coro ner. Dr. J. Ramsey Nevltt. This in stitution is comparatively modern ?and was once referred to by a mem ber of Congre?? a? the "national dead house." The fourteenth anniversary of the completion of the District morgue was quietly observed sev ?ral days ago by Morguemaster Will Sciioneberger and his assis tant?. Th? event waa conducted without any particularly greusome features and resolved Itself into a ? reminiscence party with Mr. Schone berger as the principal story teller. It was recalled that old Washing ton vv.is morgueless for many year?, resulting in many harrowing ex periences. Civil War Perl??!. In the civil war period and im mediately following It there were many "sudden" deaths In Washing ton. Some were the result of acci dent incident to the congestion here, but many died as the result of brawls. South Washington, then known ?? "the Island," because It was surrounded by water?the Po tomac ??n the south, the canal on ihe north and west and Tiber creek on the east?furnished the early coroners with m*ny ceses. In those days the dead were removed in ve hicles of many kinds to the b?ck yards of the several police stations. It there was a stable attached to th?: stati'-ti h-tlise it v.ns used as a temporary morgue. If n?t, the re mains were pieced in the open y:?rd* and c??vered with canvas or tarpaulin. The effect in the neigh borhood of the police station after a decomposed corpse was brought ? n can be better imagined than de scribed. -Pa?** OmraU Fo*le?L ^ An amusing incident hapened in 1??66. ??hen "Pap" Clements, a veteran policeman, who had served a? member of tho "auxiliary guard." the first organised police force of the District of Columbia, wa? called to the unclassic precincts of Louise alley so-ahwe?.:, to have the supposed corpse of a stout colored man re moved to the station house. He found the "dead man" stretched out on the cobblestones in front of the "Cracker Bos," declared to have been the wickedest building In the world. A.? that was before the era of auto mobiles and as no horse-drawn vehicle could be found. "Pap" was compelled to requisition a venerable wheelbarrow for use as a patrol wagon and dead wason in combination. The tempera ture registered up near the 10O mark, and after the sweltering policeman had pushed the barrow and the fat man to within a short distance of No. 4 police station and was himself near ly exhausted, the "corpse" suddenly became animated. With a grunt the fat colored man reared his head, smiled at the funny situation he had unconsciously created, lay back com fortably and sang out. "Shove her along. Here I cum. hot lend hollow." In disgust "Pap" Clements dumped the fat man to the sidewalk and pro ceeded to boot him viciously. ?*1 with I could run you in." he j*iJ, "but there Is no law to punish drunk rdneaa in this city." Kverr Inrh ? Morgne. The finishing touche? were given the present morgue July 4, 1804, and the structure was occupied a few days later. In outward appearance it is every inch a morgue, th? prevail ing color being ghost gray. The morgue idea has been followed In the interior arrangement and coloring. The suggestion that it Is a death house greets everyone who passes through Its portal?. It Is located im mediately on the river front with a wharf or landing platform for the reception of victim? of drowning ac nrlent? brought In by the berbor police steamer. One could imagine standing on the morgue wharf that he was at the starting point for the final voyage acro?? the river Styx. In the dead room are twelve Individual allding ??ulta In which the cadaver? are kept on cold storage, provided the ice sup ply I? not exhausted. It ia said Con greea does not appropri?t? one-half enough money to maintain an ade quate supply and thst sometimes in very warm weather unpleasant re sults follow. On the payroll of the morgue are the name? of three employes?Morgue master Schoneberger. hi? assistant and the driver of the "dead wagon." which makes its uncanny rounds dally, "gathering them In." Th? pay of these men Is beggarly, especially in view of the character of service they render the Dl?trict and the pre vailing high coat of living. Congress has repeatedly been requested to In crease their stipends, but Invariably decline? to give .uc matter favorable consideration. Potters Field. Intimately related to the District morgue are potters' field and the city crematory. The field where "Uneung. unhonored and all alone The unclaimed dead reat In obscurity." is now more of a memory than a reality. Under present law? there are but few interments In the pub lic cemetery .n rear of the District Jail. It Is the privilege of Morgue master Schoneberger to either bury or cremate the unclaimed dead of th?? District. The first body publicly cre mated here was on July ?. 1910. The rirst morgue officially estab lished in the Districi was a room of ten by twelve feet In rear of No. 6 police station on New Jersey ave nue. Without ceremony this minia ture dead-houce was Installed In 1S?>2. and Will Schoneberger. then Janitor of No. 6. wa? appointed morguemas ter. July 15 of th?t year. Prior ta that time morgue facilities were con fined to a l?ck yard of No. 6. when it was located at Hirst and F streets northwest. ?..t ? ??i?in?. Thi* open-air monrue waa the sub ject of vigorous complaint? on the part of citizens of that vicinity, while the superstitious white and colored people gave the rear yard a wide berth, claiming that It Was haunted by the ghosts of those who had been murdered or who died of accident. The rrotesta against the morgue conditions reached high-water mark about July 10, 1888. when the remains of a colored man, who had been murdered by his wife, were placed in the back yard awaitincr action by the coroner. The body of the mur ?iii, *< MiiM.iii.itf.r.i:. Washington's first and onlv morgue master, who is the present incum bent of that grewsome Job. dered man was found boarded in the floorlnt; of hla former residence near Second and D streetee northwest It developed at the Inquest that the ? man had been killed about eight j months before and the odor in the vicinity of old So. 6 waa wellnlgh unendurable; whereupon the coroner's Jury entered Its protest with those of the citizen.-*! against the open-air i monrue system, and Police Lieut. John Kelly gave it his "amen." But it was not until several years later, after No. ? station had been ' removed to its present location on ! New Jersey avenue, that an offi cial morgue was established in the little room in the rear of the sta tion house. First Moraraesaaster. Will Schoneberger wears the unique distinction of being the first morguemaster of the District of Columbia. He has served under five coroners, Drs. Patterson, W. C. Woodwards. afterwards District health officer, Hamm^tt, Carr and the present coroner. Dr. J. Ramsey Nevttt He la a native of the Dis trict, and has acquired the art of embalming the dead and assisting O I) e \#as ?jtttg ton 5\oof (Bar?en ytow Open, 7:30 to 12 i). mt ??&?????? by t3lck*t Only Deputy Coroner Carr In making autopsies. Soon ?fter his appointment as morguemsster tt becam? th? vogue In thla city for professional men and mechanic? to wear as scarf I pins the emblem of their profession or trad?. For instance, writers ! wore miniature pen? or pencil?, ma ! chiniate small hammers, etc. - ? bunch of newspaper men assembled at the little morgue on New Jer sey avenu? to get the details of a tragedy, suggested to 8choneberg?r that he should b* in fsshlon and wear the emblem of hi? trade, pro fession or whatnot on hi? ti?. "I sure would wear the emblem if I had It." Schoneberger ?aid in reply. Bkall anil < res?bo?r?. Forthwith a committee of the newsmen proceeded to a Seventh street Jeweler and purchased a glaring skull and crossbones In gold and mother-of-pearl, the eye? in the ?kull being of glittering rhin? ?tone. This emblem w?? proudly worn by the morguemaster for ?ev ersi year? until It wa? lost or stolen. On the occasion of the recent four teenth anniversary observance of the morgue, Schoneberger stated that the old James Creek Can?!, which flow? cluse by the District dead-house, ha? been a moat prolific source of grim business for the establishment under his care. From away back to civil war days to the present, this noisome stream, polluted by the sewage of the central section of Washington, has contributed many "floaters" to the present and former morgue?. The brink of thi? stream was unprotected for many years by fence or other ob struction, and on dark nights nu merous persons, some of them be fogged by slcohollc Indulgence, walk ed overboard and were mired In the filthy slime of the creek. Veterans Drawn. Following the first national en campment of the Grand Army of the Republic here, prior to the war with Spain, several? of the vetersns wandered away from the temporary barracks provided for them in Gar fleld Park, near the canal, and went overboard to their deaths. Some of the bodies of tbe victims stuck In the soft mud at th? bottom of th? canal and were not recovered until months afterwards. There are many pathetic incidente at the abbreviated morgue on New Jersey avenue at the time of the Ford Theater disaster In 18% when the bodies of the victims were lit erally piled like cordwood In the lit tle ten-by-twenty morgue room ?ad joining; the stable of the police ?ta lion. This accident served to empha size the necessity for a modern morgue, and the city press called the attention of the District Com missioners and Congress to the de plorable condition. The destruction of the Strumph mat tress factory, on Massachusetts ave U1^ ?TONTI.NTSD PSOlst PAHS FOUR. Stotesbury is certainly not a Roman Catholic. And, by the way. Mr?. Kd ward Doheny is doing the same thing right here for Camp Meigs. As for the diplomat?, they are here today and somewhere else tomoriow. A gtiodly number of them having es tablished their families up In the Mue Ridge Mountain country are the most ! diligent week-end commuters?the | Italians, some of the British, the Chi nese Minister, and the majority of the South Americans?motoring hack ? and forth, always once and sometimes twice a week. Some few of the South Americans are about the only ones whose coun tries are as yet almost untouched by the world war that has Involved nearly all of Europe, quite all of North America, and a goodly part of Asia, and even a good part of Africa. The South American diplomats have found it possible to be away from Washington rather more than their Huronean colleagues. The De Gamas, for instance, betook themselves to Heron Hall, Mme. De Gama's lovely estate on the Jersey coast, quite early in the season, and have not bean back to Washington since. The Elizaldes, of tbe Legation of Ecuador, who discovered the Blue Ridse country the first season they were in America, are there again this year, with a ?toodly part of their le gation staff. They have a delightful cottane, and while of course the Iega ? tlon in Washington la not closed, they ? have practically established a sum ? mcr lesatlon at Blue Ridge Summit? a delightful wide-verandaid place, with the wood? almost at their door. 1 Mme. Elizalde manages to get aloni: very well without any tiresome trips ? to the city, and even Senor Elizalde does not And any serious complica tions between the United States and Ecuador that bring him down to Washington very often these midsum mer daya I?ast week he was In New York for a few days, but he Is back in his beloved mountains by now. About the only rival to the Blue Ririee Summit colony Is the White Sulphur Springs colony, the one being largely foreign, the other of domestic officials. Just last week the crowning glory at White Sulphur was the horre show, held Friday and Saturday, of course, that the week-end crowd might get the benefit of It. end vice versa, for it ?va? for the Red Croes. This week it wss a Japanese fete given on the Old Whit? lawn yesterday afternoon and evening, winding up with a Japa nese costume ball for the benefit of the free milk for France fund Just le cently started. Tickets for the affair had been sold by a corps of young women headed by Ml?s Isabel Stettl nns, ?nd ss it waa under the patron age of such women as Mrs. William G. McArloo. Mrs. Edward Stetiinius. Mrs. Cary T. Grayson, Mrs. W. Fltzhngh T?ee, Mr?. Henry Waters Tuff. Mrs John H. French. Mrs. Alexander Brown. Mrs. Thornton Lewis, Mrs. W. M. Reld, Lady Richard Crawford. T.ady Williams-Taylor, Mrs. Ernest Iselln, Mrs. John W. Grant and Mrs. George Blumenthsl, Its success wss a j foregone conclusion. Just why the organization which is ? undertaking to supply France with milk, to the extent of sending over one ton of dried milk each month, should run to Japanese fetes Is hard to explain, but Washington Is to have a similar one. with certain difference?, tomorrow evening In the grounds of the Club de Vingt at Cabin John Bridge. The grounds surrounding the Club de Vingt on Monday night will be lighted by myriads of Jspanese lan terns and an added Japanese atmos phere will be given to the fete by members of the Committee for Free Milk for France 'Mrs. Robert Low Bacon heads It, and associated with her ?re Mrs. J. Borden Harri ma ?. Mrs. Bernard Baruch, sirs. Nicholas Longworth, Mrs. Gordon Auchlncioss, and Mrs. Arthur Woods) who. It Is an nounced, will wear Janane?? cos tumes. Somehow I had thought that these majority of these were out of town, but one doesn't wish to doubt the ?tatement of the publicity me dium which ?ends the announcement. It is explained that Free Milk for France, founded ?nd sponsored by Miss Josephine Osborn and Mrs. War ren McConlh?, of New fork, was or lanised in the Iste spring.. Th? pur PO?? Ot 111? conimi??? Ig to ajad ?llf THE DISTRICT MORGUE. The church-like gray ?tructure that receive? Wa?hln-rton'a victim? of accidents and crime?, with th? official "dead wagon" returning with material for a coroner*? Inqucat. nue near Seventh atreet, somewhat later, also resulted ,n overcrowding th? little New Jersey avenue inornue. as several workers In the building were burned to death while others ?prang from the roof and were killed. Horrible ?ase. Perhaps tha body of Jane Nicholson, who was stabbed to death by former policeman Qcorge W. Horton, present ed the most horrible appearance of any homicide case ever handled by Morguemaater Schoneberger. Th? murder was an atrocious one. the woman bein? stabbed repeatedly be sides having her throat cut while sha was sitting in old Armory Square. When the Steamboat Wawasset was burned to the water's edge near Point Lookout on the Potomac, many years ago. there was no morgue, and the re mains brought te this city on tug boats and other craft .were placed on the wharves until they could be re moved to undertaker? establishments In various part? of the city. Thero were soul-harrowing scenes as the victims were indentfled by relatives and friends. Korty-twa la Mara-ae. ?oon after the opening of the new morgue, the great railroad disaster on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, near Terra Cotta station, on the outskirts of this city, taxed the building to Its capacity. This was in the fall of 190-1. when a train of empty pessenger coaches going at high ?peed telescoped a train well filled with passengers that had stopped at Terra Cotta station. Th? bodies of thirty-two of the a ton of the best dried milk to relieve the milk shortage in France. Th? milk I? distributed to the wounded, allied ?oldicrs. little French rhildren and tubercular patients. While Mme. Ferdinand Foch. wife of the com mander of the allied armies, head? the French committee, the milk I? dis tributed by Princesse de Poix, her first aid. Princess de Ugno and ?monne de Beauverfer are working on the French committee with them. The feature of the evenins Is to be tbe second out-of-door performance in this country of the "Noh" ?what ever that mav mean) drama, the "Hawk's Well." In vtliich Mlchlo Itow, the dancer, la the ?tar. The I performance i? given under the di rection of Mr?. Robert S. Hawkea worth, and John Murray Andetaon. "The Hawk'? Well." it appear?, wa? adapted from th? Japanese by Will iam Butler Yeat.i especially for Mietilo Itow. The combination, or collabora tion, of an Irish poet of Ye?ta" cali ber with a Japanese ?lancer of any character, sound? a bit weird, but I? none the lea? interesting for that. "The Hawk's Well Is described as Quite new to America, there having been only two previous performance? in this country. It I? recommended, however, a? having been done in Eng land for a war philanthropy, at the town house of I.ord Islington, In Lon don, before a distinguished audience which Included the Dowager Queen Alexandra. It 1? a relief to know that "while th? play I? to be given after the Japanese manner by the picturesque, with three mimic play er?, a trio of Japanese musicians, and a chorus, the lines will be delivered j in English." The program, moveover. j is to Include legendary dance? of Ja j pan, Japanese music on primitive 10 I strumenta, and son?;.-? bv Mntsuy.ima, I tenor of the Imperial Theater of To kyo^?and Japanese music and settings are guaranteed aa historically accu rate a? are the masks and costume... It all sound? interesting?but a bit bewildering to an Ignoramus like me, who I? not a good bluffer. To get back for a minute to White Sulphur, nnd every-day Americans. | of course about the most looked-for ? arrival, "not yet. but soon," is the new minister's wife, who was Alice Wilson, and the latest White House bride?usually accounted the fifteenth. i She Is expected there by the end of | this week or early next, and of coair?e ? will bo made much of, with Mr?. Mc ' Adoo waiting to introduce her. | There I?, however, sume question a? ? to whether she Is the fifteenth White ; House bride, for there are tradition? ? of one or two weddings not officially recorded. One of these was rather amusing. It tells of a union soldier j who eloped with the girl of his heart from Mount Sidney. Va. He onga'ced I a Baptist minister and whisked him 1 off to the White House. There he ca ? Joled the attendant? to let him Into the state parlors. It was not an un I heard of privilege in Llncoln't time. I There were only a few others In them nt the time, and before they I realized what was up the Baptist | clergyman had hi? elopers half mar- j fled. No one had the heart to Inter- j fere at that stage of t he game. And I the soldier and his bride departed happy in the consciousness that they hsd achieved their heart's desire and ? had actually been married In the ] White House. It Is ?aid that that was the only ) White House wedding for which there j was a smaller party assembled than ; the one which witnessed the marriage ? of the President*? niece the other day. Incidentally, if the story Is true, that was the first wartime wedding In the Executive Mansion?for It Is ?up posed to have taken piare In. lSe. However. that 1? a mere tradition. No one seems very sure of it, and of ficially It is not counted In the list of White House weddings, to which the present administration has added three, thereby breaking the record for any one regime. Speaking of weddings, I am assured that the announcement of Lieut. J. C. Edgerton and Miss Mary Olive Robl nette. carried in an evening paper a day or two ago. was a bit premature. It's another case of not yet. but soon. They are to be married next Tuerday j at 5 o'clock, and one wonders who will ; carry the air mail that day, for Lieut Edgerton, who I? the ?on of James A. Edgerton, of 1646 Park road, waa Washington's first airplane mall pilot. He successfully Inaugurated the serv ice In a record flight from Philadel phia to Washington on May IS, pilot ing the plane which brought hundreds of historic letters from New Tork and Philadelphia, to President Wilson and other high government officiai?. And he has the rather remarkable record of having since then made daily trips between New Tork and Washington, without a ?Ingle acci dent, and., without once getting loat Several times he has run into storms while making the ruth wi%l?** b?v? victims wer? taken to th? morgue. At the urn? time there wer? th? remains of ten other victims of ac cident and homicide in the build ing on th? river front, making a total of a% Those killed in tbe railroad wreck wer? terribly mangl ed, many being ground beneath the wheels of the rushing train of empties. This mad? Identification difficult and th? autopsy room on the second floor presented an uncanny appear ance with Its piles of human flesh and long lines of msngled dead. Morguemaster Schoneberger worked both night and day "patching- up the bodies." as he termed It, so they might b? Identified. < um|io?l(e "J?..? Doe After accounting for 32 dead per son? lie found he itili had ? he?p of iiuman debris?portions of hands, feet, etc.??and he was compelled -to combine the piece? Into a composite corps in another coffin, which he entered upon hi? record? ?s "John Doe.*? "The Job w?? a big one," Schone berger explained, "but I ?tuck to it though at time? th? police and n,y assistants deserted me for time. When my mind reverted to the abbreviated morgue on New Jersey avenue, and to the ?laye when old Washington was morgue less. I worked the harder and wa? glad we had such a modern morgue for the reception ot the remains Of 1 the unfortunate." tried his nerve, ia which h? might easily have met his death. The wedding Tuesday is the out come of a Washington High School romance, for both Lieut. Edgerton and his promised bride are graduate? a few years back of Central High, where, even as boy and girl, their devotion subjected them to consid erable teasing from their school mate? Miss Roblnette has been liv ing with her uncle, Augustine Robl nette, at IS Third street northeai.t, and the ceremony is to be performed there next Tuesday, Rev. Howard Down? officiating. Yet another romane* In which Washington Is not a little Interested was revealed In the announcement of Vimini? Le Seur?'? eng?gemea| to Capt William Houghtellng, U. Il IC C For Virginia L? Sear? Is for*?*r Speaker Cannon's granddaughter, and has been sines her debut three or four year? ago, very much "one of our girl?,** having spent th? greater piurt of each winter In Washington, ?nd has been one of the moat ?ought after of the younger ?et. She is a picturesque young person, with plenty of style, and a pretty wit of her own. I remember her being allowed to attend th? Easter bach elors' cotillion a few years ago. It wa? ? special dispensation, for she was a schoolgirl here for the Easter holiday, and not yet out. A certain big blond man was presented to her and asked for the pleasure of a dance. Then he asked for seversl more, and her chaperon ?nd the other chaperons were rather amused. There was some comment?not only that the little schoolgirl had made at hit. but that i she bad made a hit with that partic ular man. For he was one of Ihe most famous official bachelors of that day. Virginia didn't know who he wss. Nor did he know who Virginia was. Neither one had caught the name at the moment of Introduction. Late In the evening he asked, and she ad mitted that she was equally In the dark. He didn't see how any on? could fall to know him. "Why, I?n Frank Hitchcock, the Postmaster General!" "Oh. are you? Well, I'm Virginia Le Seure, t'ncle Joe's grand daughter!" Then they both laughed. For Just at that time there was some sort of a political quarrel on, and the Speaker and the Postmaster General were not speaking as they passed by. "Capt" William Houghtellng Is not very well known here. He Is a son of the late James L. Houghtellng, of Pcabody. Houghtellng & Co., of Chi cago, and a brother of the present James L. Houghtellng, who less than eighteen months ago married Mia? I.aura Delano, daughter of Frederic Delano, of the Federal Reserve Board. He was, of course, here for that wed ding. As I remember it, he was his brother's best man. It is quite on the cards that he and Virginia Le Seure met then, for, while she was not of the wedding party?in fact has not played around with quite the same crowd as that In which the Delanoe are most Intimate?still they frequent ly met, and undoubtedly she went to many of the festivities that preceded that wedding. The Cuban Minister and Mme. de C?spedes have been threatening to get away for the last two week? Now they think they will accomplish It next week. But undoubtedly the Minister has had hi? fill of travel, for he was almost a commuter between here' and New York ali winter. HI? legation was here?half built?and his wife, who did not find a half-built legation a particularly alluring place to live in, was In New York. And Dr. De C?spedes spent most of his time on the road between th? two. Now the legation?It Is a beautiful building and many a bigger and richer country than Cuba would be proud to have such an on??Is completed. It Is a distinct addition to "Ambas dor's Row" In upper Sixteenth street, and Mme. De C?sped?? haa estab lished herself there and has been bar ing all tire fun ot getting settled In her line new home. Just now she has as her house guest Countess Castelli Salina of Italy, and they are planning to get oft* next week to Asbury Park for a little stay at the seashore be fore going to th? mountains for the early autumn. But it seems to me that next week is something Ilk? "ma?ana." It never comes. I seem to have been hearing for several weeks that th? C?spedes were going?next week. As a matter of fact, it's been too hot to move; and It Is doubtful If any hotel in Asbury Park would be much pteaaanter than that big airy embaaay on th? crest of the Sixteenth hill, with a wonderful panorama of tha city and the sweep of the river entirely vlsltble from its upper windows. Dr. and Mme. Porn?, the Minister of Panama and hi? wife, are Just hack from a long visit horn?. On? aa? al? moot bear the sigh of oontent with which they settled Into their legitlon. which la down at the other end of Sixteenth street, within a fow block? of the White House, snd, aa yet at lea?t. there Is no talk of "getting away.'* Aa for the "war missionarie?,'? they I ara scattered along tbe coast, some of them area oat In California, and > at the same time there I? a perfect array of .them In Washington. In | fact, there are ?o many of them that ! only comparatively few of them make any real dent in tbe ?ocl?l scenery. Among those who have, however, la I MaJ. Llvius Teinsanu. who came over as a missionary and remained aa act line military attache of the new Rou manian Legation Ha la a daahlng looking chap with a whole string of ; met?ale and only one arm?equally tes tifying to his valor and heroic serv ie?. He haa been giving a series of talks ! for tha Red Cross, and only last Thursday he gave one In the roce I room of the Traymore. at Atlantic I City, for the benefit of the memorial fund for th? "Joanne d'Arc of Rou manie." But Washington la soon to lose him, as he Is leaving for France very soon. In fact It has been d?fi ' niteiy atated that he was sailing on August 20, from which, without know ing anything at all about it I Infer that there are no ?ailing? at all on ! that date. But undoubtedly ha Is going soon, and he's going to be sad ly missed. He's been a good deal of a Hon. and has made all aorta of hit? with the girla, partly because he'* ?o picturesquely fiere? to look upon. Another who ha? made a distinct dent In Washington'? consciousness? partly by virtue of hia very attractive wife?la Col. Charlea Lee, bead of the British aviation mission. They have been here for ?av?rai month?, and when he flrat came Col. Loe did all sort? of ?pectacular stunts ovar the city. He waa a feature of the dally sky circus that haa been entertaining Waahlngtenlana and the ?tranter? within their gates for the past year. Col. Le? took np quite a number of the Congressmen last ?pring. and I know at least one girl who envied them. But when ?he longingly, "It I waa only a Congregatone*, or a female person wtth an oflldal pull, I certainly would get that man to take me up," she waa promptly squalehed with: "No you wouldn't either: he won't t?ke women. - He ?ay??with a nasty little emphasis on the 'says'?it's against order?." I've been meaning to ask that pretty wife of his??he's a typical straight-featured, rose-leaf English beauty?whom I used to see at all the dance? in the spring (m\?. believe me, she danced?every dance!) ?whether ?he had ever been up with him. But ?omehow I never did. And. ?peaking of dance?. ? am more than a little Interested In the one that the boy? of the Twenty-seventh En* glneers are planning for next Satur day night at Camp Leech?American University Park. It 1? only about half the regiment that Is giving It for the other half is already In France. Those that are left?Head quarters Company and Companies D. E. and F, Lieut Col. M. E. dimore commanding?have arranged this par ty?a reception and ball?at regimen tal headquarters In America, as a sort of return hospitality for tbe many that have been offered them sine they bave been In Waahington. It i? one of tbe few regiments of raining engineers In th? ?ervice; picked men. they are, and watting their sailing orders. And they propose to make this party of their? "?me blowout!" And, believe me, they are quite equal t"> It?even though the District la dry. The particular man who was telling me about It promised to drop In with the details when their plans are com pleta and they knew Just which of th* "officers* ladles" were going to hetfl them receive, and all that sort of thing. He hasn't showed up, but as It'? th? flrat big party that that p.i.tlcL'lar camp has attempted?and that Is th? oldest established ramp within the District of Columbia?I'm Interested. Which reminds me again that the Arlos Club of the Signal Corp? has been having some very nice parties. There wss a dance at tbe Thompson School at which fully ITS man In uni form wer? present, on Wednesday: and on Thumday a moving picture show which brought out nearer 300. An especially Interesting program Is being arranged for next Wednesday night. August 21. in the shape of a band concert and motion picture show to be given In th? stadium at Central High School. The film made from Bret Harte's famous story "M'lies." with Mary Piekford in the title role, will be shown, ?? well as a comic film, "He Smothers Love," and a new official war film. The performance Is one of a seiles of five the Arlor. Club i? givlnu in connection with its Wednesday even ing entertainments st Central High School for workers In the War De partment. Half the froceeds will go to the wool fund of the Signal Corps Emergency Committee. Dancing, swimming, tennis, basket-ball and gymnastic? are other pleasant fea tures on the evening program. Miss Edna Oppenheimer hss re turned to her home in the city, after a fortnight spent In Atlantic City with friends , Mrs. T. Haas, of this city, is spend ing a short time in Atlantic City, the guest of friends. Mr?. E. We?t has returned to her home In Washington, after a ehort time spent with friends in Atlantic City. Mr. and Mr?. A. Kahn, of this city, spent a fortnight In the North before returning to their home in the city. Mr. Joseph Schiffman, of this city. left town during the past week to spend s short time in Philadelphia, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. L Loen. Mr. Emanuel Haas ha? returned to his home In ths city, after a short stay In Atlantic City at the Hotel Pierpont. Mrs. L Glaaer has returned to her home In the city, after spending a few days with relatives in New York. Mrs. B. Walburg and little daugh ter, of this city, are spending several weeks In Ocean View, Va. Mrs. S. Stein and little son have re turned to the elty, after spending some time In Asbury Park. Miss Elsie Picard and Mis? Ruth Kahn have returned to their home in the city after a fortnight spent In Ocean View. Va Mr. and Mrs. J. Eisemann have re turned to town after a stay of .'irne weeks In Atlantic City. N. J. Mrs. S. Heller and daughter Kath erine have returned to their home in the city after a short stay in Atlan tic City. N. J. Mr. and Mra 8. Ganas hsve returned to their home In the city after spend ing two weeks in the North. Mrs. I. Qreenbaum and daughter. Dorothy, are ?pending ? fortnight at Ocean View. Va, before returning to their home In the city. Mil? Rose Mordecal. of this city. 1' spending a few weeks in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mra M. Oppenhelmer. of Baltimore, ?pent a few days In ths city during the past weak. Rabbi and Mra I. Stern, of this city, are ?pending a month ?i Brad dock Height?, Md. Mis? Eleanor Cohen, of Uii? clt*". THE OPE] WAR-TIME ECONOMY. Make* Impossible Some of die Wall Wishes of Oar Fricad. Editor Th? Washington Herald: It waa eon? month? after I came to ltve In Washington before I had tha great good fortune to "dis cover" The Washington Harald. Perhaps it waa du? to a silly prej udice and aa unformulated notion that tsecauase it sold for only 1 cent therefor? It could not amount to much. But on? morning last winter I "Just happened" to bay ? -copy of The Herald and waa moat pleasantly surprised at the healthy tone of Its editorials and also th? compietene?? of Its news columns. But It was not until some weeks lster that t found It to my great advantage to procure Th? Herald ?vary morning ?nd ?lnce then ? have wanted no other morning paper. On many occasion? I have been pleaaed to not? that Th? Hrald has "put one over" Its competitor?. Thi? was don? in great inane th? Sunday morning after th? Presi dent's great speech In Baltimore. It ao happened that I lud as a guest a friend from N?w York who procur ed tb? cntlr? outfit of New Tork. Washington and a couple of Phila delphia paper??and Tb? Waahing toa Herald waa th? only paper of the lot that bad an editori?! deal ing with that historic speech: I hav? recently moved to room? at IIS ? ?treet northwest, and would appreciate It If you would le?ve me a copy of The Herald every momlag. Your circulation ought to be? and could b??greatly Increased. Often I have trouble getting a copy from the averse? newsboy who seams to think It Is only "cheap guys" who want Th? Her? Id. And white I waa for a time taking my meal? at Child?' restaurant I found that the alloted number of Herald? carried by the old man who sell? papara there wa? ?xhauated early In the morning and the patron? of that plae? were obliged to teke ?n othar p?per You need an activa circulation booster. You've got and are producing that which thought ful people need end will appreciate ?but most of such newcomer? to the city do not know of your ex istence?or your worth. FRANK THEODORE ALLEN, Director. Astrologie?! Research Society. NEW DRAFT BILL. Believe* Farmers and Manufactur ers Opposed to It Editor The Washington Herald: If not asking too much of you. and if ?pac? will allow you. kindly print thla letter and oblige. In my recent private interview with tbe leading (both farmers and Indus trial) men of tne country. I find that they have a serions objection to the new draft bill In Its pr*.int formation, that la, they ?So not favor the age limit??IS to 46. respectively. They contend that a boy of 18 has not the grade and quality as a citizen, as a rule; he is not fully prepared to ** sum? his responsibilities la the broad er field of his own independent life Tbey further say tbe home of any people ar? the very beginning? of it? progr?s?, the very center? of ite law and order, and of its social and po litical prosperity. They are th? cen tral pointa around which th? crystal lising and solidifying process of na tion?! lite snd growth can alcr.e be carried forward. Therefare, if the men of 45 ?<*? drafted, the great loj.iJation rock upon which our national Ufe must rest will be greatly disturbed and the flow of our national life and character greatly hindered. In order to avoid trou ole with the government I And these men o?.?>nly supporting it hut silently planning to make a radical chance when ?he proper Urn? comes. Yours re*p?-ci fully. HENRY WHITE. Jr. CLOSE PARKS. "For Repairs to Suffragettes'* and Stop Picketing, Reader Suggests. Editor The Washington Herald: 1 h?ve re?d ?ith disgust of the anile? indulged in by the lot of irrespon sible women who have lately given trouble In the sacred neme of wo i man'? suffrage. A? a ?uffraglst I protest with all my heart and offer' the following hint for their future ' 1 management: Why not try ha? Ing the park ad- ? vertlsed a? closed for repairs?re I pairs to the suffragettes??nd then! allow them ?lone to enter. Have a ? cordon of police surround the park to keep ?way the public so th?t nobody will be ?hi? to get ne?r enough to he?r the women ?peak. If they have no audience their enthusiasm will ? soon fade away and they will be- j come among our most innocuous ?It- I Isens. You may r??t aasured that ' they will not continue to "parade ' Just to see themselves, or to "or?'e" ! to no listener? except themselves. Very truly yours, MRS. F. BLAKE. WHO FINANCES PICKETS? Helen G. Gardener Asks in De nouncing Tactics of Militants. Editor The Washington Herald: I want to thank you for your rea-ent editorial condemning the Woman's fjarty for its new attack: upon th? President and the Congress. It seem? to me th?t nothing th?t could h?ve been thought up by the enemies of suffrage could he so Ingeniously de vised to prevent the psssag? of th? amendment at the re-openlng of Con gress. It had been the belief and the, hope of the National American Woman Suf frage Association, a? I know it haa been of the President of th? United State?, that the amendment would go through so soon as Congre?? recon vened. As you have seen by some of the letters written by President Wil son personally to Senators, he hss been working very earnestly and con sistently toward that object. Who do you suppose furnishes the money, and who would be benefited by a return of the public nagging of the President and the Congress on this subject' Who would be especially pleased to have banners accusing the ? President of a lack of democracy and of sincerity-? Who so certainly as I the German* and the vice Interests' would object to the passage of the I ; amendment? I sometimes wonder if i ? the finance? come from that ?ource ' | to sustain the party that is bent upon ! ! annoying and affronting the President ' ?nd the Congres. I believe that you editor? could do more to ?top the has returned to her home ?fier a fortnight spent with relative? In Bal timore. Mr. and Mrs. I. Kaufman, of Jila city are m?kln: an ?-Men. I e tour throughout the North befoic return ing to their home. Mr. and Mrs. I'oleman. of thi? ?1ty. ?re spending a few weeka In North Carolioa. tar. and Mr?. 8. Lattsburgh. of thi? city, are ?pending a fortnight In At lantic City before iv turning to their home in tha city. ? FORUM thing kkr ?uggetstlng this point tsf-s In any'ether way. Thanking you again for your rtaoess? edltonaJ. I remain. Very sincerily. HELEN H. GARDENER. DENOUNCES PENSION SYSTEM. "Most MonumenUl Fraud Th* Sid? of Gcnntsat*.** Editor The WwhingtsB Herald: Your editorial. "We've L?srns? Our Lesson." Is interesting; la that it show? how badly the people are Jwivd At this moment it 1? Jtast ?? much a? posalbls to get a dais? through th? Pension infice without big political influence as it I? for the prove? b,al camel to go through tbe eye of the finest cambric needle. If a man ?hould return from tha battlefield of France now and ??k a pension for wound? received la line of duty he would be required to furnish the name? of two of his - comrade? aa witnesses, notwith standing every man in Bis unit may hav? been left on the field dead. The officiala who administer pen sion law throw every possible ob? stari, la th? way of tb? claimant, and look upon him a? an importer ? nd cheat Ton are woefully inn taken If you believe the road to a pension Is going to be ?nade easier by the great sacrifice men are now making for liberty and democracy. Right now there are clerks In ?Us pension bureau scrutinising ths records of dreftees for any little defect of vision or hearing, and though they are passed and Induct ed into ?ervice th.y will ?ml day be confronted with these imper fection? when they apply for ad misalon to th? pension roll?. The present pend?n administration Is the moat monumental fraud this aide of Germany, and ha? been since it? inauguration. It ought to be Investigated by Congre??. It deeds the limelight of pitiless publicity. The press of our country owes it to Its fighting men to ?e to It that they don't fall Into the hands of the preaent pension officials. Just think: An applicant may pass sn examination physically that entitles him to the maximum pension and yet have hi? claim re jected. No ground need be ?tiled, no reason given. The trouble Is ta*s much discretion 1? lodged in tb? commiesioner of pension?. No duty required of an officer of the law ?hould be left discretionary, but made mandatory. No man 1? ?good ? nough to exercise autocratic pow er in thi? or any other country. If you want the hero?? now suf fering the horrors of wsr to be trested with proper consid?ration and enjoy the bleeting? outlined in your splendid editorial begin now an agitation to have the pension bureau ripped up from top to bot tom and placed on a common-sens? b??i?. ao that favoritism, prejudice, or bigotry c?nnot pl?y a part in adjudicating claim?. All the men now in service are not taking out insurance. Lee? than half are do ing ao. The other? will be left to the tender mercies of beaureaucrata who will be endeavoring to mak? a recoid for eo-nomy in order that they may hold their job? under toni? administration ob*e??ed with th? Idea of rav.ng the dear people'?' money and prolonging their politi eli 1 i vea The people mean well, no doubt but their watchmen on the wall??? the newspapers?don't keep them ported as they ?hould on tbe shortcomings of their ?., ? vanta. . Thank you for the editorial: it . evinces an interest that I? helpful and encouraging. Re?pectfu!Iy. OLD SOLDIER APPRECIATES "DOROTHY DDL" Subscriber Says Herald Contributor Win? Heart? of People. Edit'T The Washington Herald: May I congratulate you for printing the writing? of "Dorothy Dix?' I have read, with eeperial interest ber ? rtlcle which arpeara in The Herald today, "Force of Sympathy." Thi? alone will give her a place In tbe heart? of many peoi>le. If 1 am not asking too much can you Inform her. In some way. that there Is at least one of your regular reader? who doe? ap-i-eciAte her writing?. Wishing you nr. i sucos?*. I am. Your? truly. J. A. GOLIHEW. PHOTOGRAPH ETES Of Eva Roy to Find Slayer. Read er Suggests. Editor The Washington Herald: If the eye? of Eva Roy ?re photographed will not the object last ?een appear Thi? w?? done in ? caae of a young wuman who waa murdered near the Zoo eeveral tear? ago while drtvtnr her cow? home. I do not remember the reeult?. however. 1'crhapa you will be able to find out about the case and result?. A READER M??nt?io?D| Ckt-Msc Mail Seme*. In a little more than twenty year? China lia? built up a national i-otial ?ystem which 1? one of the be?t ?nd cheapest in the world, sat? Popular Mechanic? Magazine. Thl? has been done in spite of extraordinary dif ficulties, due r, ? only to the vs?t ne?s of the population ?nd terri: rv sertod. but also to the fact that ia recent tear? the monarchy ha? given place to a republic, and ?sverai prov inces have declared their Independ ence. Regardless of revolutions,. the service has been maintained. Since there are only about ?*.?** mile? of railway for carrying mall In China, a big pert of the transr-m - tion is done on boat lines aggiegat lng *?,?*??> mile?, and by courier lin?-? which total 1COU0 miles. Snow ?leal., wheelbairow?. carts, pack animila rafts, boats and bicycle? ar? all em ployed in this remarkable system. which has feature? both picturesque and hazardous. Today. In the large cities, there are as many a? twelve deliveries ?tally. A letter for local delivery reajulres a stamp worth one-half cent. Amen in money, and for domestic delivery, a stamp worth a cent and one-half. Amaricen money. In Itoti. "fc.fifti,??**? piece? of mail were handled, while tm 1*1? the number wa? ?SO.(?u.<xn. In re cent teer? the department haa shown a profit and nas made a steady growth in public favor. How t? Look ?nd Feel Bright ia Hot Weather When depressed by tbe hsat and you want to freshan up for the afternoon or evening, lust bathe the fece In a lotion mad? by dissolving an ounce of pure powdered ntxollte in a half pint of witch haael. Teu ?ill find this more refreshing than an hour's real. As a wrtnkle-remoarer the saatohte lotion is remarkably ?uccetaful Its action Is almost magical. The deer*??! furrow?, as well a? th? finest line?? whether due to age. Hinca?, weather or worry?are Immediately affect??. Enlarged pore? ax? rtsduced. flabby ?kin 1? "drawn in." faelal etmts???? ?? Improved ????nderfulty. The ?im"??? ??>? sredlent? of course can he h ?d. at ?any drugstore, and you need inot ????*-**?*? to try the lotion, as tl a***??* mat ?** pu? atto in tb? i%Y>~ "