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REAL ESTATE GOSSIP.
The Bulldm' Exchange and What It Proposes to Do. T*e won* or the board or. assessors awb THE BrriCT CFOS THE DISTRICT REVENUES? ?OH* XI* HOC8ES THAT ABE OOISO UP 19 the crrr asd country. A new feature in the building business hM fceen introduced by the organization of the Builders' exchange. This is an association formed among those engaged in the bnilding trades or in furnishing material The exchange was recently incorporated, and has leased the bnilding 1421 O street. It is the intention to hold meetings about 12 o'clock each day. In fact the daily meetings are regarded as the Bain advantage of the exchange. The build ers. the sab-contractors and the material men will all come together at a certain time, and if a subcontractor wants to see & builder or a material man would like to know how the bricks or lumber are holding out at ahy building the exchange will be the place to go. In other words the exchange rooms are to be made the center where men can meet those with whom they have buainess?convenientlv and promptly. Heretofore there has been no headquarters of this kind in the city and in consequence about noon each day the builders and others hare been in the habit ot meeting on 1 ath street Hear the Metropolitan bank. One of the organ izers of the exchange said to a Star reporter that if the exchnnge accomplished nothing else it would have the effect of reliev ing the heavy traffic which blocks Tip 15th ?tree! and transfer a large number of the waiting vehicles to G street. The mem bership of the exenange is at present about fifty and the organization hopes that all the representative* of the various building interests will come into the exchange. While at pres ent the majority of the members are builders, nearly all the trades are lepresented, and it is ?aid that the organization will probably benefit the subcontractors and material inen more than the builders. The president. Mr. Charles A. Langley. and th?j secretary. Thos. J. King, in talking with a Stab reporter about the ex change said that it had been chained that it was a combination to raise prices. They said that they wanted it understood that the ex change would have nothing to do with fixing price ik THE OBJECTS OT THE EXCHANGE. The organization was formed as a matter of convenience. Similar organizations existed in other cities and there was a national body. If an exchange was found to be useful in other cities they saw no reason why it would not bo of advantage to the bnilding interests in this city. The objects as set forth in the constitu tion of the exchange are as follows: '?The object of this exchange is to be a cor porate bodv, nnder the charter of its organiza tion, in order that it may be a body responsible to those with whom it may have business; and it also purposes to maintain suitable rooms for the daily meetings of its members; to establish a general and good understanding on the part of its members: just and equitable principles in all business done within its limits: to acquire, preserve or disseminate useful business infor mation; to arbitrate, adjudge and adjust all differences or misunderstandings be tween mem bers: to enhance its membership and contribute in all reasonable and legitimate ways to the Success and prosperity of its members in busi ness matters, individually and collectively." The exchange has the following standing committees appointed from the members of the board of directors: Plans and contracts, mem bership. finance, legislation, rooms and rules. A complaint committee is also provided for to investigate grievances or charges of one mem ber against another. A PINE COCSTB* RESIDENCE. A handsome country residence is being built for Mr. Thomas W. Buckey. It will be located at a picturesque bend on the Woodley Lane road, just this side of the Middleton place, aud at the western end of the Woodley Park. The design of the architect, Mr. W. Bruce Gray, re cognizes the fine natural surroundings and the graceful lines of the liigh-gabled roof, and the broken contour of the house will harmonize with the irregular but effective contrasts of wooded heights and glens with which this reg ion abounds. The rough but massive stone which is found along Kock creek will be used in the construction of the lower portion of the house. Besting upon this substantial foundation will be the shingled superstructure stained in soft colors, with its irregular but picturesque roof. A massive rounded tower at one corner gives a character of stability to the entire building, while porches and balconies are introduced with good effect. The feature of the interior is a large central hall opening out from the en trance hall. It contains a fire-place and a stair case. and the latter is lighted by long windows in the front of the house. The parlor and library open out from oue side of the hall, while at tne end is the entrance to the dining room. This house is one of a number that are now being built in the suburb* of the city which in dicate a new depart ire in the style' of country bouses. The picturesque houses of A. Parker Mann and Prof. C. V Bilev on Washington Heights represent one phase of the new style, while the residence which Admiral Quacken bush is building on Columbia road represents another. W. E. CCBTI8' RESIDENCE. The contract has been awarded to Mr. W. C. Morrison for the erection of a house at the northeast corner of Connecticnt ave. and S st. for Mr. Wiu. E. Curtis. The house will be of brick, with a eoriftr tower, and in the third ?tory the over-hanging roof will form a bal cony. One of the features of the house will be the balconies, the two fronts giving an op portunity to the architect, Mr. James G. Hill, to introduce them with good effect The house will be on the English basement plan, aud the main entrance will be from Connecticut avenue. On the first fioor there will be an office, kitchen, servants' room and furnace room. The parlor floor will have a large cen tral hall separating the parlor in the front of the house from the dining room and librarv in the rear. The central hall will be 16x28 feet and will contain a large brick fireplace, with a five-foot opening capable of receiving a good sized log of wood. The interior will be hand somely finished. A CAPITOL HILL IMPROVEMENT. Two handsome houses are being bnilt by Dr. 3. W. Bavne oa A street, between 4th and 5th Streets southeast. The houses will be three ?tones in height with basements. Mr. T. F. Schneider, the architect, in designing the houses has introduced the various features which are of convenience to housekeepers. The fronts are of press brick aud the interiors Bra fitted up in wood in the natural finish. Tax NEW ASSESSMENT. On Monday the board of assessors will cease to exist They have finished their work, and Whether satisfactory or not their estimates of the value property will be the basis of taxation for the next three rears. During the greater Cot last month the assessors have been sit as a board of equalization. They have re ceived the complaints of citizens who for any reason were dissatisfied with their assessment, and they have approved or disapproved them' It is estimated that only about 1,500 complaints bave been received. Perhaps this estimate may be a little out of the way. but it is nearly accu rate. As there are over 21.000 taxpavers in the District it m.ght 10 inferred from these figures that some V2 |>er cent of the taxpayers are sat isfied with the work of the assessors. Such a conclusion, however, would hardly be correct, as a large number of taxpayers with whom a Star reporter talked say that while they con sidered the assessment on their property too high yet thev did not consider it excessive. For this reason they made no appeal from the esti mate of the value placed bv the assessor npou their property. There were a number of cases where men could not swear that their property was not worth the Bseessud value; yet, as compared with the valu ations placed upon other propertv, they knew the assessment was too high. The inequalities Of the assessment and the glaring discrepancies when one piece of property was contrasted with another seemed to be the main defects in the work of the board. The general criticism is made that there has been a general increase in the valuation of property throughout the District It is said bv those who have an op portunity of knowing that there has been but few instances when the values of land have been reduced. The members of the board, while acknowledging the general advance* in Values, justify it on the gTound that tliev were ?worn to assess the true value of property, (.nd that there is no doubt that property in the Dis trict is more valuable to-day than it was three years ago. For this reasou the assesablc value of property ha* been advanced some twenty per cent as compared with the last assess ment. at least that is the estimate made bv several members of the present board. The amount raised by taxation ou real property alone last year was over B million and a half of dollars. If there has been an increase equal to 20 per cent the taxes next year from this source alone will be over two million dollars. It is argued by many that the moat conscientious observer of the law eoald have performed this dnty without going ?o far to tne other extreme snd placing a rather exaggerated estimate upon the advance of land values in the District Especially in view of the fact that it would only result in piling up a useless surplus of District funds in Lm U. & Treasury. THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR. Preparations for the Coming Triennial Conclave. WHAT IU BEEN DOSE BY THE VARIOUS LOCAL COMMITTEE* rOR THE COMFORT AND ENTER TAINMENT OF THE VISITIXO SIR KXIOHT8? ARRANGEMENTS TOA THE OBEAT PARADE. In about two month* this city will be the scene of a grand gathering of Knights Temp lar. From all parts of the country and even from Canada they will como by the hundreds. It is estimated that some 20,000 Knights Temp lar will make a pilgrimage to the capital city at that time. Already quarters hare been se cured for between sixteen and seventeen thou sand knights. Many of them will be accom panied by ladies, and naturally a large throng of visitors will come here to witness the parade and the events attendant upon the assemblage of such large bodies of men. The city will wear a gala appearance and the scenes of inaugura tion time will be to a great extent repeated. THE IMPOSISO PAGEANTRY OF THE PAHADE which will be participated in by the com manderies from all parts of the country, wear ing the brilliant uniform of the Knights Tem plar. will in itself be a spectacle that will sur pass anything of the kind ever witnessed here. Even the inaugural parade will suffer in com parison. as the uniforms of the various bodies will afford finer spectacular effects, than the rather sober garb which now distinguishes the militia of the various states forming a large part of the procession which escorts the newlv made President from tlie capitol to the White House. It is not a matter of surprise, therefore, that preparations were begun over a year ago for the reception of this expected crowd of visitors THE ENTIRE MANAGEMENT was placed under the direction of a committee composed of eleven members from each of the four commanderies of Knights Templar in this city. This committee proceeded to organize and arrange for the proper reception and en tertainment of the members of the Grand en campment and such commanderies and Sir Knights as may make a pilgrimage to this city on the 8th of October. The members of this committee are as follows: Washington commandery. No. 1?Wm. G. Moore. Warren H. Orcutt, John H. Olcott. Jos. Brummett. Zach. T. Carpenter. Harrison Ding man. Jos. Gawler. Allison Nailor, jr.. llenry K. Simpson. Geo. H. Walker, J ax. H. Wardle. Columbia commandery, No. 2?James E. Waugh. Hobert Ball, Myron M. Parker. Abner T. Longlev, Edward H. Chainberlin, Jose M. Yzuaga. Matthew Trimble. Emmett C. Elmore, George Gibson, George W. Pratt, John K. ltob inson. Potomac commandery. No. 3?John H. Schultz. Geo. E. Corson. Daniel Johnson, Albert B. Jackson. Begin W. Darby. William C. Doores. William B. Huston. James T. Greaves, Jesse W. Lee, jr., Frank J. Tennyson, Edward Turken ton. DeMolav Mounted. No. 4?James P. Pearson, Andrew W. Kelley, Martin B. Thorp. Thomas Somerville, Bobert T. Heiston, Fred. G. Alex ander, Henry F. Breuninger, Geo. W. Evans, Chas. C. M. Lceffler, O. G. Staples, John L. Vogt. The committee organized by the selection of the following officers: Myron M. Parker, chairman: Geo. E. Corson, vice chairman; Thomas Somerville. treasurer; Harrison Ding man, corresponding secretary; Warren H. Orcutt, recording secretary. IS A WORK OF THIS MAGNITUDE there are a vast number of details, and after a careful cunvass of the entire subject it was de cided to appoint a number of sub-committees. This was done, and it is found to have worked well. Mr. Parker, the chairman of the general committee, or terminal committee as it is called, because the grand encampment meets only once iu three years, told n Star reporter the "other day that the work of the various committees were well in hand and the chairmen were nearly ready to make their final reports. The reception committee, under the chair manship of Col. Wm. G. Moore, provides for the reception of the visiting templars. In a number of instances the coinmandries in this city will pay a special honor of marching to the depot in a body and escorting the com mandries to their hotels. The Washington commandery will escort the grandcommaudries of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. De Molav commandery will meet the Chasseur command ery of Philadelphia, Potomac commandery wikl receive the grand commandery of Ohio, and Columbia commandery will receive the grand commandery of Illinois. All of the local com mandries will receive and escort several othrr commandries in addition to those mentioned, aud the members of the reception committee will see that a hospitable reception is given to all visitors upon their arrival in this city. ?She finance committee, of which James E. Waugh is chairman, have the important duty to perform of raising the requisite fund, and with the generous aid of the citizens they ex pect to be entirely successful. A one-fare rate over all railroads has been obtained for knights intending to visit Wash ington next October. This is the feature of the work accomplished by the committee on transportation, of which Edward H. Chamber lain is chairman. The committee are verv much gratified with the hearty co-operation of the railroad companies, and their reduction of fares, which enables the knights to come here and return at half the regular rates. The committee, of which Allison Nailor, jr., is chairman, has had an important duty to per forin in securing accommodations in this city for the visitors. They have not only provided for all who have asked for rooms and board, but they are prepared to perform a similar ser vice for any who may yet apply. Every day some commandery is located and yet the' facil ities of the city in this direction are by no means exhausted. THE COMMITTEE OH EXCURSIONS, of which William B. Easton is chairman, has arranged for a number of delightful trips, which will make the visiting knights rejoice that they came to Washington and want to come again. Among the items iu the program prepared by this committee are daily excur sions down the river, and. of course, frequent trips to Mt. Vernon, excursions to Fortress Monroe. I.uray, Fredericksburg, Bichmond and Gettysburg. Arrangements will be made by the committee on levee. Geo. W. Evans, chairman, for a reception by the President,und several other pleasant social affairs There are a number of other committees whose labors are arduous and whose work will contribute greatlv to the success of the coming encampment. As for instance, the committee on carriages. Edw. Turkenton. chairman; the committee on music, Bobert Ball, chairman; the committee on badges. James P. Peaison. chairman; the com mittee on theaters, O. G. Staples, chairman, and the committee on printing, George Gibson, chairman. The committee on hall and decorations, of which Johu H. Olcott is chairman, has selected Masonic T'-mple as the place where the meet ing of the grand encampment will be held and they will ste that it is handsomely decorated. THE OENP.RAL COMMITTEE some months ago opened headquarters at the Atlantic building. They have four rooms on the third floor. Two of the rooms are used for the meetings of the various committees. Across the hall is the office of the corresponding sec retary, Harrison Dingmun. He answers the vast quantity of letters that come in from all parts of the country, and also receives the vis iting brethren who are sent on here by the commanderies to select quarters. Mr. Ding man lias clerical assistance, or he would never get through half the work that is piled up on nU desk. He has all the details reduced to a system and is ready with a pleasant smile and a hearty greeting for all visitors. People who want rooms and people who have rooms to lease all come to see Mr. Dingmun. He keeps a list of the accommodations offered as re ported by the committee on hotels and ^ indi viduals and sends out agents to inspect them, so that he is able to furnish complete informa tion whether the inquiry comes dv mail or by person. Although nearly 17.000* knights have already been provided with rooms and board, yet Mr. Dingmau receives each day applica i tions from commanderies, and his list is by no I means exhausted. One of the features of the headquarters is an immense ice-water cooler, j which is kept supplied with icebv the WiBis ice I company free of charge, and during the hot I weather Mr. Dingnuui has been able to offer a | seasonable refreshment to his visitor*. Accidentally Shot Himself. Dr. H. 8. T. Harris, a young surgeon of the army, while dressing yesterday afternoon at Orkney Springs. Va., accidentally shot himself in the breast. The wound is serious, bat not necessarily fatal. Dr. E. K. Ballard probed for the bullet, but could not locate it. Fears are entertained of internal hemorrhage. Doctor Harris is a nephew of Doctor Gardiner of this city. _ Preacher flemon Kn Konte. The colored preacher. John Yelidale alias E. T. Flemo n, arrested in Pittsburg ou a requisi tion from the governor of South Carolina, being charged with the murder of a deputy sheriff in Edgefteld county, passed through the city yesterday. He was in charge of Marshal Lyon and Deputy Sturman of South Carolina and Detectives Fiugerald and Dennieon of Pittsburg, bat the Utter left him here. THK CITY'S SHIPPING FACILITIES. What They Are and What They Prom ise to Be. "In the readable article in last Saturday's Stab abont Washington's fruit supply," said a well-known business man of this city to a re presentative of the Stab, "an error occurred which might lead to a misapprehension as to the freshness of melons, fruits, &o., brought to this market Instead of being six or eight days en route the time on melons is about forty eight to sixty hours, and on fruits from as far as Charleston, S.C., not more than thirty-six hours." ''Nothing connected with Washington's busi ness interests," he continued, ''has been so completely revolutionized as the shipping of fruits and vegetables to this city within the past few years, particularly within the past eight months. There is what is called a 'refrig erator car company,' which owns and rents these cars to the railroads. Very few roads own their own refrigerator cars. It would not pay. for they can be used in one section but a few months of the year at best. At one season they rany be in the south, bringing fruit* and vegetable to Washington and the eastern mar kets; at another out in Ohio or Illinois, or in California. They are now mostly bringing small fruits and vegetables to this and other eastern markets from the south via the Pied mont line, through Danville and Lynchburg." The first shipments of vegetables by thin fast freight line was made this past spring and 050 car Toads have been transported. At a meeting of the Charleston shippers and agents a few days since they said that the trade next year would amount to 2,000 car loads, which prom ises to make such things much cheaper then than now. On one train load 6,000 ponnds of ice is used, and. if necessary, the supply is re plenished at Lynchburg. In this work only a few minutes are consumed, as the amount needed is telegraphed in advance and arrange ments are made to dump the ice into all the cars at the same time from above. Then the doors are closed and the train moves off. A train load of vegetables leaving Charleston. 8.C.. at 8 p.m. Thursday finds its way into Washington at 8 a. m. Saturday morning." Last year 750 ear loads of watermelons were brought by the Richmond (iml Danville system to this place. This year shipments amounted to 1,000 car loads and will increase every year. Just now heavy shipments of pears, neaches, berries, cantaloupes, Ac., are starting^. The watermelon crop of the lower country has been about gathered. Every season adds new facilities to shipping facilities and the products of both the summer and winter season will annually become cheaper." A Hint to Washington Undertakers. To the Editor of The Kvenino Star: I live in Georgetown. By some people such residence is regard as the acme of earthly hap piness and by others very much the reverse. On this question I occupy neutral ground. It has been my misfortune to have to attecd sev eral funerals lately, and on each occasion in returning from the cemetery the driver of the carriage has refused to take me to my home in Georgetown. This refusal is accompanied by more or less rudeness, regardless of the fact that there are ladies in the carriage. When I have insisted that the driver should me take me home, or drive to the undertaker's office for an explanation, he has generally, with much grumbling, walked his horses ail the way as a means of revenge. My brother has invuriably been treated in the same way. one driver even refusing to drive him home from a funeral at which he was one of the pall-bearers. These tilings occur at funerals where 1 know the un dertaker has been given carto blanche to ar range everything properly, regardless of cost. As you will readily see the annoyance is very great, especially when there are ladies present, and. as is generally the case, the driver is loudly abusive at your front door. To report such outrages to the afflicted family is obviously out of the question. If the drivers are at fault the Georgetown people would like to know it. and if the undertaker or liveryman give any such instructions to their drivers we would like to know that also, so as to avoid in future such decidedly unpleasant episodes. I inclose my card. F. S. Bryant MeCullen Exonerated. Prosecuting Attorney Armes in the Police Court to-day investigated the charge of false pretenses made against Mr. Bryant McCullen, president of a live stock insurance company. It was shown thjit the company was regularly incorporated and that Mr. McCullen had done nothing in violation of law. The case was therefore nolle prossed. The Late Mrs. Olmstead. The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Katie H. Olmstead, the wife of Mr. J. F. Olm stead, will be held at the Portland on Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock. Rev. Dr. Townsend, of the Church of the Incarnation, will officiate. The pallbearers will be Elias 8. Hutchinson. Jesse Hutchinson, C. A. Wall, Hallet Kilbourn, Col. D. C. Forney, Gen. X. L. Jeffries, and Sur geon General Browne of the navy. The inter ment will be at Oak Hill. The Catholic University. A marble bust of St. Thomas Aquinas is to be presented by the English-speaking colony in Rome to the new Catholic university in this city. Prof. Luigi Guglieimi has undertaken to execute it in Carrara marble. A donation ot 2.000 books to the library ot the university has been made by Bishop O'Farrel of Trenton. THE GERMAN EMPEROR. How He Will be Entertained During His Visit to England. Emperor William was entertained at a fam ily dinner in Osborne palace last evening. The weather remained beautiful throughout the day. The emperor has been appointed an honorary admiral of the British navy. At the conclusion of the naval displays at Kpitbead, the emperor will leave for Aldershot to witness the military review, arriving there on Wednesday. He will return to Osborne in the eveniug to pay a farewell visit to the queen and will rejoin his fleet on the following day for his homeward voyage. The emperor's proposed visit to the Sultan occasions considerable uneasiness in St. Peters burg. where the reports of immense war pre parations on the part of Turkey have already had the effect of quickening Russian sensibili ties. Unless some satisfactory explanation is given by Turkey of her warlike attitude, it is doubtful if Emperor William will care to as sume the risk of offending the czar by visiting Constantinople at this time. At Osborne house the queen received Em peror William on the terrace mid kissed him on both cheeks. Cowes and Osborne house were illuminated this evening. Many thousand lights were displayed aboard the vessels in the harbor, and the effect was splendid. The Aorth tfrrman Ua<t, commenting on Emperor's William's visit to England, refers to Ur< at Britain's sympathy with a ruler who is indefatigable in the interest of peace, and says: "The Kpitbead review will show the two nations the magnitude of the forces at I their disposal in the great task of civilization ! undertaken by Europe in the remotest quarters I of the globe. England's sympathy with Em peror William marks the close relations and the community of interests existing between the two nations." Colored Exodus from North Carolina. The committee appointed by the colored emi gration convention which met at Raleigh, X.C., last April to go to the west and southwest to ex amine the country and It urn what arrangements can be made for the movement of a large body of colored people from Xorth Carolina, expect | to leave Raleigh for the southwest to-day. The committee says that over 78,000 names of those who will move have been enrolled, and that these have agreed to be ready to start in forty eight hours after notice has been given them, provided the commission makes a favorable report. It is said by the committee that the people in the southwestern states have held | meetings, composed of farmers, business men. and capitalists, who bave appointed commit tees to meet and confer with the Xorth Caro lina commissioners, and to offer such induce ments as will direct the tide of emigration in. their direction. If the conditions are favorable and the committee shall so report, it is thought that at least 50,000 people will be moved next fall. Louisiana. Tennessee, Kansas, Arkansas. Texas, and California seem to be makiug prepa rations to increase their colored population at the expense of Xorth Carolina. Exodus agents from Kansas and Arkansas are expected in Raleigh to-day to accompany the commissioners. Information comes from Mobile, Ala., that the recent consolidation in that city of rival ice companies has led to the formation of an ice trust for the purpose of controlling the manufacture and sale of artificial ice in the south. H. C. Graves A Sons of Sandwich. 111., have bought of A J. Alexander of the Woodburn ?tables at Lexington. Kv., the bay colt Sand wich, four, by Lord Russell, dam Rosabella, by Belmont, for 95.000. Ex-Public Printer Benediot is the democratic candidate tor the New York state treasurer -V;? ANALOSTAN ISLAND. What It Was Like Nearly a Hundred Yean Ago. ? xb. mason's hospitable hoki ox the island? WHAT THE ISLAXD COXTAIXED?INTBBXSTINO NOTES HOMCTHIXO ABOUT THE PEOPLE, BIRDS, TREES, AND FLOWERS OP THE ISLAXD. Those who have seen the Analoetan Island of to-day, with its tennis' courts, base-ball dia mond. race track and other kindred equip ments?the outdoor athletic home of the Co lumbia athletic club?may probably never have read of the island as it was when the great American republic was young. There are fes tivities upon the island in these days which are fully as gorgeous as any that preceded them by seventy or eighty years, but there is a charm in ancient history which will compel everybody to read what David B. Warden wrote of the place early in the present century. Mr. Warden was a man of considerable ability and an acute observer. He was the United States consul at Paris in 1810. and when he returned lie wrote ranch of the city of Washington and its environs. Here are his notes about the island: "Annalostan Island, the seat of General Mason, is situated in the river Potomac, oppo site Georgetown, and contains nearly seventy acres. A flat-boat, of rude construction, awk wardly impelled by an oar, placed near each extremity, affords a safe conveyance between the island and the mainland, a distance of about two hundred yards. The profits of the ferry are rented by General Mason for the sum of $700 a year. Before the erection of the Potomac bridge it yielded more than double this amount. On one side the island is now connected with the mainland by an artificial mound, or causeway, which was raised at the expense of the government for the purpose of stopping the current on this side of the island aud thereby increasing the depth of water in the Georgetown channel. This current, in 1784. was considerably deepened by the passage of an immense quantity of ice that forced itself down after a sudden thaw, and carried with it large masses of the muddy bottom. The Georgetown channel has been but little deepened by the erection of this causeway. Mr. Custis proposed to open a passage fcr vessels by means of flood-cotes. He observes that there were from 15 to 26 feet of water in the channel. Near the close of the year 1810 it was proposed to confine the cur rent by one channel means and to remove the Soft bottom by increasing the velocity of the water. For this purpose the corporation of Georgetown entered into a contract with the proprietor of this plan, engaging to pay the sum of $S.000 for its execution.with the guaran tee of its duration for the space of two years. If, at the expiration of this time, there re mained 15 feet depth of water from the Eastern Branch to Georgetown, they were to receive the additional sum of $2,000; otherwise, to ex pend from their own funds, for other necessary labours, a turn not exceeding $3,000. OF MODERN FORMATION. "Annalostan Island is evidently of modern formation. In searching for water, a mass of trees was discovered at the depth of 15 feet. Gen. Mason instructed a workman < Bryan Duffy) to cut through them. After having re moved several of large dimensions he threw aside his axe, swearing by that he now met huge ones with their tops upward. In other places water was found at the depth of 25 or 30 feet. The highest eminence, on which the house stands, is 50 feet above the level of the river. The common tide rises to the height of 3 feet. I can never forget how delighted I was with my first visit to this island, jfhe amiable ladies whom I had the pleasure to accompany left their carriage at Georgetown and we walked to the mansion house under a delicious shade. Tile blossoms of the cherry, apple, and peach trees, of the hawthorn and aromatic shrubs, filled the air with their fragrance. THE HOUSE. of a simple add neat form, is situated near that side of the island which commands a view of the Potomac, the President's house, Capitol aud other buildings. The garden, the sides of which are washed by the waters of the river, is ornamented by a variety of trees and shrubs, and iu the midst there is a lawn covered with a beautiful verdure. ??In Julv, 1811, Mrs. M. gave a rural dance to the friends and acquaintances of her son at the eve of his departure for France. Though the weather had been excessively warm during the day there was a delicious breeze. The young people danced on the lawn. Tea, coffee, cakes, fresh and preserved fruits were preseuted to the guests, who sat or walked about conversing, or silently admiring the dance under the shade of trees, illuminated by lamps which were halt obscured by the light of the moon. The summer house is shaded by oak and lin den trees, the coolness and tranquillity of which invite to contemplation. The refreshing breezes of the Potomac and the gentle mur muring of its waters against the rocks, the warbling of birds, and the mournful aspect of weep;ng wiLows inspire a thousand various sensations. What a delicious shade " 'Ducere solicits jucunda oblivia vitie.' Tl'E VIEW FROM THIS SPOT is delightful. It embraces the picturesque banks of the Potomac, a portion of the city, and an expanse of water of which the bridge termi nates the view. Numerous vessels ply back wards and forwards to animate the scene. Di recting the eye over a corner of the garden we perceive the "sails only, as if by enchantment, gliding through the trees. A few feet below the summer house the rocks afford seats where those who are fond ef fishini; may indulge in this amusement. From the portico on the op posite side of the house, Georgetown, Calo ramaCthe beautiful seat of Joel Barlow. Esq.), and the adjacent finely wooded hills appear through a vista. To the left there is a pros ed of the fields and woods on the opposite auks of the river Every part of the island is romantic. Hawthorn and cedar hedges and an improved cultivation indicate taste and agri cultural knowledge. By means of a hydraulic machine water may be easily raised from the river and conducted by pipes to every part of the surface. TREES AND SHRl'BS. "This island has a great variety of trees and shrubs, owing to the seeds brought by the stream from mountainous regions?different species of oak. walnut, mulberry, poplar, locust, ash, willow, the paw-paw and the spindle tree or burning bush. At the summer house there is a white walnut of about a foot iu diameter, perforated by a grapevine of three inches in cir cumference, which nas been squeezed to death by the growth of the tree. Near the causey there is a species of eglantine, thirty feet in length and three inches in diameter, which is supported by a neighboring friendly tree. The poison oak. or poison vine, grows here aud en twines itself among trees, but is easily distin guished by the mossy appearance of its stem. Its touch crcates an irruption over the body which is usually accompanied with fever; anil this disease is aud to renew itself yearly about the time of flle first attack. The poison ash, or fringe tree, grows at the extremity of the island, near the causey. A foreign plant of this species was sent to General Mason as a curiosity, and it was recognized by a farmer, unacquainted with botany, to be the same as that which inhabits the American woods. The Virginia jessamine grows in all parts of the island, entwining itself among trees and bushes. It Doners iu June; the flowers, during sunshine, are infested with red ants. Several species of asclepias grow here. That with purple flowers, which blows in July, contains in its seed-cap sules a kind of silk'which, mixed with cotton, forms a very durable thread. The asclepias with orange flowers is here called pleurisy-root, a name derived from this malady, for which it is supposed to be a sovereign remedy. A de coction of the root is a powerful sudorific aud is employed by the blacks as a cure for all dis eases. The crimson flowers of the American rosebud, or Judas-tree, appear early in tho spring aud have a flue effect. The sas safras tree thrives well here; its leaves are tho first which change their colour in the antuinn. Mrs. M. informed me than an infusion of them uffords a beverage of a pleas ant aromatic taste, which might be employed as a suly titute for tea. CULTIVATING COTTOX. "General Mason cultivates for the use of hi* family a species of cotton of the oolour of nan keen, which is span and woven with facility, and wears well without losing its natural hue. Great pains were taken to prevent its sexual intercourse with other species of cotton, and yet its colour is not uniform. Some pods have a shade of yellow, others are whitish and must be separated from those of tho natural nan keen colour. If some shades remain it is no disadvantage, as the colour becomes uniform by the operation of carding. General Mason, not knowing how he obtained thif species of cotton, conjectured that the seeds had been brought froj* China or India. On my voyage to France, on board the Constitution frigate, I was one day perusing a small volume, entitled 'An Epitome of the History of Malta and Goso,' by Charles Wilkinson, lent to me by the purser, Mr. Gar retson, in whieh it is stated that three kinds of cotton are there cultivated, and that one, im ported from the Antilles, is of a cinnamon colour. Mr. Morris, first lieutenant of the frigate, with whom I happened to converse on this subject, informed me that he had carried nome of the seeds of this species to OnMrtl Mason from hi* brother-in-law, then at Naples, and not finding the former at home when he called to deliver thia present he left the a?ed w ithout any indication concerning it* origin. This author observes that the seed is town in April; that the head of the plant is cut in Sep tember to let the ootton spread, which is gathered in October: that the plants are left in the ground three or four years and are staked every spring, like raspberry plant* in England: that* this method saves the trouble of annual sowing and cultivation; ainl. he adds, that a square piece of fruitful soil, containing four hundred and twenty geometrical yards, pro duce* five hundred pounds of cotton. THE SOIL or THB ISLAND. "The soil of General Mason's island and of the neighboring tracts of land is good for cotton, but the summer ia not long enough to bring the plant to maturity, and it is liable to be injured by frost before it is ripe. General Mason cultivates a species of maize (zea-mays), the leaves of which, of a deep purple colour, are employed as a dye. For thib purpose they are gathered before the grain ripeus, whenthev contain the greatest quautitv of sap. With raordaunta of alum and cop|v?ras wool is dyed of different shades of purple. The plant ia vigorous and has a great number of graius. I had the honour of presenting some of the seeds to the Empress Josephine, who sowed them with her own hand in the gardens of Mal maison, where they gave a luxuriant produce. RESORT OF REPTILES. "This island is the resort of various reptiles. We found the nest of the terrapin, or fresh water turtle, in the garden, at the distance of about thirty feet from the water, containing nineteen eggs, laid close to each other and the interstices filled with earth. The greater cir cumference of the egg was four inches and a halt ; the lesser, three. The nest or hole was of an oval form and four inches in depth. The eggs of this species are deposited from the first of June to the middle of July. Before the turtle commences the formntion of the hole for her eggs she urines on the spot, then scrapes out a little earth, again urines, and thus con tinues until the operation is finished. I saw another nest, from which the turtle was taken at a moment when she had placed herself in an almost erect position to deposit her eggs, which she always performs during the day. and, it is said, never returns to the spot. The young ones are hatched by the heat of the sun and are supposed to remain in the nest till spring. Several persons whom I consulted on this sub ject assured me that they have turned them up with the plough at this season. The turtle, when shakeu before she lays hereggs, makes a hollow hnise. as if she contained water. One in this state weighed six pounds, which, it ap pears, is the common size. TERRAPIN SOUP. "The species known by the name of the ter rapin is very shy and ceases to walk as soon as it sees a person approach near it. When endeavoring to escape it runs nearly as fast a duck. The blacks make soup and eat the egg* of this species, of which they are very fond. The snapping turtle is also seen in the waters of this river, some of which weigh from forty to fifty pounds and lay forty or fifty eggs. "General Mason some years ago caught one of a huge size, which he threw into his canoe, and it attacked him so furiously therein that he was obliged to leap into the water. The reptile followed and thus made its escape. Its bite is severe and dangerous. PAINTED TORTOISE. "Two species of fresh water tortoise inhabit the island?namely, the painted tortoise (etny* picla or textudu picta). and the streaked tor toise cirgulnta). The sternum of the first, with ten compartments, is almost as long as the shell, truncated at the extremities and sol idly united to the shell, of which the plates of the disk, thirteen in number, are bordered with irregular yellow stripes. In its circumference there are twenty-five pieces. The anterior part is narrow and nearly of an equal breadth: the head is flattened, of a blackish colour, with yel low spots. The anterior feet are half-palmated. and the hinder are wholly palmated. The tail appears considerably beyond the shelL The other species has been described by liosc un der the name of <nny<Je or fresh water turtle; by Latreille, under that of the small striped turtle; and by I,acepede. under that of la bum ble. The head of the painted turtle manifested symptoms of life two hours after decapitation. Three cherry stones were found in the stomach. It is said that small snails are its daily food. This species is not eaten. THE XCSKRAT , inhabits the banks of this island. The surface being now cleared there is no place for its habitation, which was formerly constructed of vegetable substances in the midst of the reeds of a marsh, and was generally five of six feet in height and as many in breadth. The family reposed in a dry and neat apartment above the surface of the water, into which they descended when attacked and retreated by a subterranean passage to a neighboring stream. If the family were numerous there were three such passages; if otherwise, one or two only. A method of taking them, practiced by the sav ages, was to discover and intercept this com munication by means of knots of twisted grass. I he animal then returned to the water under its abode, where, forced to seek air, it showed its head, and was struck dead with a stick or club. HOW Xl-SKRATS WERE KILLED. The muskrat abounds in the swamp adjoin ing the Potomac bridge and is killed by the blacks in a curious mauner. A square board, bearing a considerable weight of stones or mud, is placed in an inclined position and is supported by three sticks in a particular man ner. Parsnips are put underneath, of which the rats are very fond. While devouring them they necessarily move one of these sticks, by which thu board suddenly falls and crushes them to death. The skin sells at 25 cents. DUCKS AND OEEHE. "The deer, wild turkey, canvas-back duck and wild goose, which inabited this place about fifty years ago have, all disappeared. This species of duck, so delicious to the taste, wns then sold for sixpence. The following method was for merly emploved to kill the wild goose: This bird, shy and cunning, feeds in the midst of a plain or open field and forms a regular line, at the extremity of which is placed a centinel to give warning in case of danger; which, if re mote, is indicated by a certain position of the head, and if imminent by a certain cry. The sportsman, by means of a docile horse, which concealed him from the view, approached slowly, until he brought them within the reach of his gun. "Bv an act of 1730 the shooting of deer was prohibited from the 1st of January to the 1st of August. The penalty was 400 pounds of tobacco. By other acts' of 1728 anv master, mistress, owner of a family or single taxable person was obliged to produce yearly to the justice of the county three squirrel scalps or crows' heads. The penalty in this case was three pounds of tobacco. A premium of two pounds was giveu for every scalp more than three. The reward for a wolfs head was 300 pounds. BIRDS OF MANY KINDS. "Annalostan Island abounds with birds of va rious kinds. TLe catbird is almost tame. When the nest is in danger it makes a loud noise and seems as if it would tear the face of the person who approaches it We saw in the garden a partridge nest containing nimsteen eggs. The humming bird frequents this place. When caught it feigns death, like the opossum, and by tins means escapes from the hand. We saw one thus escape from the pretty hand oi Mrs [ B e. The mocking bird does not frequent this island, though it is seen on the adjacent borders of the river. Perhaps it has been ex pelled by the crow blackbird, its natural enemy, vtliich swarms in this place. It is a pity that so enchanting a spot is deprived of the notes of this inimitable songster." At Bat IUdoe.?Mr. Sam Fort's celebrated opera company will continue this week. Sun day positively the last performance. The Two Piccanmnies, John and Sam, will give daily ex hibitions in fancy dancing. Their ludicrous representation of Sullivan and Kilrain is im mense and should not be missed. Next week grand music festival. Everything free. Bouud trip $1. For trains see schedule in another column.?A<tcl Unanimous I'tmnlmity. From the Philadelphia Bulletin. The New York press is unanimous on one thing: That the exposition should be held in New York. We know of no other agreement of the enterprising snd mutually abusive editors, except it is that the United States government should pay for the great show. Appropriate Grief. From the Dallas New*. A weeping peach tree ia one of the curiosi ties of Denison, Tex., and it is stated that "a number of superstitions persons believe that spirits operate upon it." It is easy to account for the tree's emotion without referring it to the spirits. It would not be strange if a sensi tive peach tree should be moved to tears as it reflected upon the abandoned way in which some fruit dealers basket peaches for the mar ket?the big ripe one* on top, the little hard onee below. Tkm only wonder to that more peach trees do not weep. ? TJS^tww* Clu* one of Washington's favorits literacy organisations. e FROM KRKDKKIC'K. Mews and Gossip of Tows ud N?l(h> borliood. OotiMpwlfM of Tit I Rrti Fhkdihicc. Mn.. A Off. 1. The tirw colored companies brokf camp to day anil left for their home*. The tents were aooti taken down. the sheds removed and the field cleared. The inspection and review of the colored camp yesterday was an interesting event. The reviewing officers were Brigadier General Stewart Brown. Col. John S. Saunders, inspector general, and Brigadier General lid ward C. MoSherry of the governor's staff, who represented the chief executive. The men and officers of the camp were highly complimented upon the splendid condition in which every thing was found. The experience of the colored troops in camp has profited them greatly in the amount of instruction received in military matter*, and. withal, enjoyed them selves to the fullest extent. The two troops of United States cavalry from Fort Meyer who have be*.n camped at ttie fair grounds here for several days this week, en route to the encampment of the Pennsylvania national guard at Mt Gretna, left yesterday, resuming their march by a devious route in order to avoid fordingthe water* of the swollen Monocacv. They camped last night at Bruce ville. are due to-night at Hanover, to-morrow night at York, thence to Gettysburg and direct to Ml Gretna. Deputv Grand Chief Templar G. W. Tyson last night installed the following officers of Purity lodge. No. 24S. I.O.G.T., this city: ('. T.. Thomas P. Bice; J. T., Lillian C. Kice; S. J. T., Walter B. Dorsey; secretary. John J. Bielfeld; assistant secretary, W. F. Schmidt; financial secretary, I>arid S. Bice; treasurer. W. H. Compiler; chaplain. O. E. McClow; mar shal. Frank Snman: deputv marshal. I.ucv Leoce; guard. Maggie Snutii; m ntinel. A. .t. Willard. The lodge elected Mrs. W. G. Zim merman, Miss Katie Kemp. Messrs. John J. Bielfeld and Thomas P. Bice a committee to represent the lodge at the District lodge con vention. Gluey. Montgomery county, on Sat urday, August 17. Col. Baughman continues to scoop in the in dorsements of the democratic conventions of the various counties of the state for a second term as state controller. Harford county is the last one heard from. He has an oppo nent for the controllership in the person of I>r. D. E. Stone of Mt. Pleasant, this county, who was yesterday nominated for the position by the prohibition state convention in session at Glvndou. Baltimore county. The people of Harper's Ferry have already expended 71.000 iu cleaning the streets of the town of the debris of the June flood. Mrs. Win. Armstrong of Frederick, a remark ably well-preserved lady, yesterday celebrated her ninety-fourth birthday. Friends were present from Baltimore. Washington and else where. She is the mother of Mrs. Thomas l'aramore. Miss Nannie Clements of Georgetown. D.C., is visiting relatives iii this city. Mrs. Dr. Whitehill of Union ville, this county, has sailed for Paris and will speud the summer in France. Switzerland and Germany. Miss Jennie Steir of Washington, is the guest of relatives at New Market, this county. Miss Biauche Butcher of this city is visiting relatives in Washington. Miss Katie Hopkins of Washington, who has been visiting Mrs. F. J. Nelson here, has re turned home. Hon. L. E. McComa* and wife have just left Brussels for Florence and are en joying their foreign tour very much. Mrs. aud Miss Cart Wright of Washington are visiting Mrs. Nannie Claggctt at Oakland, this countv. F. M. MRS. MAYUKKK'S ORDKAL. Popular Sentiment Revolutionized In the Accused Woman's Favor. Interest in the sensational murder trial, now going on in Liverpool, grows daily, and the newspapers here print many columns of the evidence, morning and evening. When Mrs. Mavbrick was first arrested, and the damaging disclosure of her relations with Alfred Brierly made, popular feeling was against her. Little doubt was expressed in any quarter of her gnilt and of her ultimate conviction 0:1 the charge of poisoning her husband. Sir Charles Bussell's admirable preparation of her case has completely revolutionized pub lic sentiment, and if his work produces upon the jury anything like the impression it lias already made upon the pnblic, Mrs. Maybrick's conviction is out of the question. It is gener ally believed that she will be acquitted, or at the worst that the jury will fail to agree. The medical testimony introduced by the crown is very weak and is far from supporting the theory of the prosecution. Drs. Humphreys and Carter, who attended Mavbrick iu his last illuess, upon whose testimony the prosecution relied very largely, flatly contradicted one another on the stand upon some material points, and upon their cross examination by i Sir Charles Bussell both became confused and showed themselves uncertain of their ground. FOREIGN NOTES. 8ir Wm. Ewart. member of parliament for the north division of Belfast, is dead. He was a conservative in politics. The short time movement in the cotton miUs at Manchester. Eng.. has proved a failure. An official note says that Prince Bismarck's reply to the Swiss note of July 10 does not ex clude the hope of an amicable settlement of the dispute between Switzerland and Ger many. Great surprise was caused in Rome vestcr j day by the sudden prorogation of the Italian parliament. No reason for the prorogation is assigned, but it is surmised to be preliminary to dissolution and a general election. The royal grants bill passed the committee stage in the British house of commons last evening. All the amendments were rejected by large majorities The bill will come up for a third reading on Monday. An estate for which the ear! of Cadogan has just given .?175,000 was sold for X200,000. less the church patronage, in 1H28. M. Le Herrisse, the Boulangist leader, and several other adherents of Gen. Boulunger have been summoned to appear in court in j connection with the stealing of the Evidence given before the high court of the senate. England has annexed the Union and Phtrnix groups of islands in the Pacific ocean. After Emperor William had reached Osborne \ he was welcomed in person by the queen. <? Heiresses to Many Thousands. Two young women of Philadelphia who have been in extremely moderate circumstances, have discovered that they are heiresses and that a fortune aggregating *400.000 awaits them in England. Their names are Miss Etta M. Scott of 2012 Naudain street and Mrs. Schuyler Conger of 1515 Camac street. Thev will leave for England in a few days to establish their claim. They are the sole surviving heiresses aud their good fortune will avail them much as they are in very moderate circumstances at present Additional Changes in the Jesuit Order. From the Baltimore Sua. To-day. Additional changes in the Jesuit order of Catholic clergy, as ordered by the Bev. Thos. Campbell, provincial of the order, are as fellows: The Bev. Wm. McTammany, lately of New York citv; Bev. Mr. Quill of New York city; Mr. P. Casey of Georgetown college. Mr. G. O'Connell of the Gesu. Philadelphia; Mr. T. Walsh of Fordham college. New York city, So to St Peter's college, Jersev Citv. Bev. L O'Beilly will go to St. Francii Xavier's col lege, New York city; Mr. Hearn to Frederick: Mr. Hayes to Woodstock college. The Bev. Joseph Zwinge. lately of Frederick; Rev. p. F. Dealy of the Gesu, Philadelphia; Rev. James Halpin of Boston, Mass.; Bev. i imothv O'Learv of Holy Cross college. Worcester, Mass. Bev. Joseph Prachensky of New York city Mr. J. Coyle of St. Francis Xavier's college,' New York city; Bev. L. Kavanagh of Woodstock college: Messrs. J. Smith and J. Walsh of Woodstock college, Messrs. O Hill of Boston college, and A. O'Counell of Woodstock will go to Fordham college. Rev. E. J. Flynn will go to Georgetown col lege; Bev. T. J. 8. Freeman to St Francis Xavier's college; Bev. G. Quinn to St Law rence's church. New York city; J. P. Fagan to Frederick; F. Maes to Holy Cross college, Wor cester. Mass., Bev. P. Colgan to Bo*on college; Mr. French to Bonton college; Memn. Huuwl man, Schmidt and Kelly to Woodstock college. Bev* Couuelly, lately of St Alovsius' church. Washington; Rev. Henry Van Kensselser of Woodstock college, Bev. James Wellworth of Frederick. Bev. John A. Jsnsen of Trinitv church, Boston; Bev. P. O'Beilly of St Peter s college, Jersey City: Bev. Bene Holaind of Woodstock college, Bev. T. A. Wallace of St Mary's church, Boston; Mr. Clifford of George town college; Mr. Bussell of Woodstock col lege, will all go to 8t Francis Xavier s college. New York city: Bev. E. W. McCarthy. Bev.M. McDonald. B. McDonald and Bev. A. Langcake will go to Keyser Island; Bev. Joseph M. Jerge, Bev. & Jungcke, Rev. H. Himrnel aad Bev. J. O Connor to Frederick; Bev. Nicholas Basso to Georgetown college; Bev. 8. McTammany aad Bev. Patrick Quill ta St Peter's college, Jersey Citv; Bev. M J. Bynee to Boston; Mr. J. Coyle to Jtardhaai wdio^ Kow York city; Mr. Wsber BOOKS OK THK WKKK. THK ROR* OF FLAMK; aa.1 nttisr !\?en?w ?* Ixwf. By Am Kritrv ai u?un. K4tWm. with a<t<ltHl foMM.) New ^oit Amxrtcwi Nein 10. JTIV.K LTNOH. A Konikitr* of the California vineyard*. H* litoaot H Jnxir. autnor <4 "l adar tlis Redwood Trse." eac.. ne. THK IjOST W*PATCH. ft story of th? I-a to War.) ii?lMl?r|. 111*. Uutvburf t*n tiling and FuNIiIiidi (V THK PACK THAT KILbH. A OironlcU. Ry Knits faLTCS. N?w Ivc*.: Heltord.? lark* A ^a. ?' ? ? POWOKKLY MAY RKSKiX. May Not be Master Workman for Aa> other Tprm. Fn??t> the Baltimore Amsrk au. Friday. It ? very probable that (leneral Msater Work* man Terrence V. Powderty will r. sign at tit* meeting of the Rem nil aasombly of the kulghta of Labor whieli will be held at Atlanta. Ok., in November. Then are a good ntanr reaaons wbv he mar resign. Hi* official life has n?t been a bed of ro*e?, but ha? lieen fall of ear* and responsibility. He has become disgusted with the petty ambition* and jealousies of the j workingmeu. Then Mr. PowUerly la not w sure ot re-election ami may think it better to resign now nther than wait. There is no doubt that there will be strong opposition to j his election for another term after the two ' years expire. Several of hi* atauiichcst friends in ltaltiuiore have so eXpre.iaed tin mselves. and j one who ha* attended several sessions of the general assembly and been hi* stall iu lie ?t friend aay* he opjioses a re-election Iwcsuse Powilerly i* not always true tu hi* bwt friend*. Another potent reason why JHr. l'owderly may resign is l that uo louger will the order pay f.S.OOli a v<-er salary. It can't afford to do so. There aero | mam iu the order who thought that #1. 1 which wn* originally j?aid. wa* enough. It ia wi ll known tii.it when f.VtlUCi was voted at Uichmond two years ago there wa* strong opposition to the increase, and if the debate ou the increase could lie published it ia said it would be exceedingly interesting reading. Another RM wliv Mr. Powderly may not ! be a candidate is because he may become ? candidate lor Congress in the Scran ton dia . trn-t of Pennsylvania, where he is very i popular, Laving been three timet elected ! mayor of tScrauton. He lias a friend in John J E. faarntt. editor of the Secaataa Irvth. who is said to want hiui to run. Then, a^aiu. tlie 1 general master workman is a good wriier. j and lie thinks he can make a good living as a journalist. He may go abroad as a corre i spondeut of a New York paper. It i* aanl he once stated that the New Vork World offered ' him ??'>.(*10 a rear to go to Europe as a corre i spondeut ami specially to write up the labor | situation and economics. Another reasoa why Mr. I'owderly may not be a candidate is that the asseiubln-a are full of men am bitious to accept the position at tl.SOO a year. But Mr. Powderly may be |>ersuaded to hold on to the position. He has nnuiy trieuds who will stand by hiin in the coming convention. BALTIMOKK 1LIB8 ALAKMKD. In Trouble on Account of Yiolatlons ot the (?ambling and Liquor Laws. Home consternation was caused among club men in Baltimore yesterday by the news that the governor of the state had. upon the request of the grand jury, directed the state's attorney to institute proceedings for the confiscation of the charters of a number of social clubs. Tho present grand jury iu that city has been mak ing things lively for the liquor people gener ally. and the basis of the present proceedings Is that the clubs permit violations of the liquor and gambling laws. The state s attorney is be ginning the crusade by filing hills in the circuit court for the annulment of the charters of the Merchants' exchange club and the Ivauhoe club. The more influential clubs have not vet been named, but the grand jury, which is a strong anti-saloon body, is expected to follow up the present proceedings by makiug a shot for higher game. It will be easier for them to make out a ease agaiust the clubs composed of the "Four Hundred" thau the other*, a* tho proceedings there are less guarded thau iu tho smaller ones. Throughout all the counties in Maryland there has been a warfare waged agaiust the clubs. In most of them the clubs have been wiped out of existeuce. Baltimore county is one of the few exceptions. The political clubs are also expecting the attention of the grand jury The Will of a Johnstown Victim. Among thoae who perished in the Johne town. Pa., flood waaChristian Rimpelaud wife. The husband waa an undertaker, and duriug his life he accumulated property?personal aud real estate?to the amouut of flT.tiOO. When the man was found he had only ?3.100 on his person. The couple had uo children, and Kimpel had made a will which bequeathed ab solutely his personal estate to his wife, and it is this which has caused a lawsuit Letters ot administration had been granted in Cambria couuty to the relatives of the wife, but a Valen tine Kimpel of Philadelphia a brother of the deceased, through au attorney of thst city, ha* taken ste]? to huve the letters of administra tion revoked. His claim is that the estate never vested in Mrs. Kimpel, because there is no evidence that the husbaud died before the wife. But, ou the other hand, it is contended that they both died at the imif time, aud the presumption of the law beiug that tho woman--regarded always as the weaker of the two?died first, the estate, of course, never vested iu her at all. The point is a very tine one in law, and the outcome will be watched closely. The I'rlce of the "Angelus.** Mr. Sutton, on behalf of the Ameru-an art association, has paid to M. Proust SH0.65C francs for Millet's picture "The Angelua," which was bought at the Secretan sale. A Daring Kobber's $l.*>,tNM> Haul. In Kansas City, Mo., yesterday afternoon a wi ll-dressed man. riding a large sorrel horse, rode up to Altnian's jewelry store. He dis mounted, letting the horse stand without hitching, and went into the store. He asked to look at some diamonds which had been shown him the day before. The tray was handed to him. when he grabbed a handful aud made a dash for the door. He sprang for his horse, but the animal became frightened aud daalied off down the street. The robber ran to the corner, where he jumped into a hack and drovo rapidly away, pursued by the police. He has not been captured. The diamonds are esti mated to be w < Ktlrain Will Not (io, A Hampton special to the Baltimore AtMTi* enn says that Jake Kilraiu is still there and in tend* to remain out of Maryland for some days. The arrest of John L Sullivan has some what taken the nerve out of him. and he pre fers remaining there to going home, where a Mississippi detective with a requisition ou tho Maryland governor could pick hiui up. Be sides. Kilrain has been advised by his friends in Baltimore to wait autii Sullivau's case is de cided before he goes to Mississippi that la, if he can help it. If it goes leniently with the "big fellow then Jake's friends think he should go to Mississippi and try his luck. But if Sulli van should get a term in jail then kilrain will consider well before be acta. Kilrsin would not talk yesterday ou the subject, and says does not care to t>e interviewed anyhow. Style and Anatomical Information. From Uie New Vork Urapliic. The reign of sllmpsy skirts and no bostles ia the feminine world is upon us. and 1 most aay there are signs that it will be rather trying for some of us?those in whom modesty is unduly developed. At a Long branch hotel the other day I saw a young woman, properly chaperoned by her mamma, float into the dining room in an exquisite empire gown of some thin white stuff. She waa pleasant to look at and I kept my eyes that way a good deal perhaps, so I saw her when she started oat; I did indeed. Site happened to get between me and the light, aad it was made clear that she?well, that she was a biped. 1 had not doubted it. so perhaps T waa unreasonably startled by the demonstration, butl had not had such a dooe of anatomical in formation since Mrs. Potter opened in Cleo patra. I suppose the first wearers of first em pire gowns went m for that kind of thing, hut with thu voung lady I'm ears it was an over sight, aad I tell this tale as a warning to other young ladies. Unless yon arc doing that kind of thing on purpose it lent tho sort of thing yon want to oo at alL Court CtfMt'i Remains Seat to I Tho remains of Connt Carnot, the statesman who died in Xadgeburg on Aagast S, HQS, were sent to Paris yesterday, tho French government having decided to place the re mains in the Pantheon. Tho co?n. which was draped with the tri-eolor. was followed to tho railway station by the soa aad brc ~ President Oaraot, tho bargomaator of harg. memliers of t Of U