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INDIRECTLY CAlSED THE DEATH OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST GENERAL. It I* a matter of history that Napoleon wss a formand. inordinate lover of the Kood things of th? table. and history further records that bis favorite dish was fried onion*; his death from cancer of stomach It I* claimed also, was probably raiised from bis eicesslve Indulgence of this fond l tKs for the odorotia vegetable. The onion l< undoubtedly a wholesome article of food. in fart has many modi* inal qualities of value, but It would bo difficult to tiud a more indigestible article than fried onions, jitul to many people they are simply poison, but the onion does not stand Alone in tills respect. Any article of food that is not thoroughly digested becomes a source of (lis- 1 ease and iMs.onifort whether it be fried unions or beef steak. j 'Hie re isim why any wholesome food is not i prompt ly digested is because the stomach lacks iMttne important element of digestion, some stom achs lack jieptone, otiiers arc deiii ient in gastric Juice, still others lack hydrochloric a*-id. The one tiling necessary to do in any case of |x>or digestion is to supply those elements of discs- i tion which the stomach lacks, and nothing does this so thoroughly and safely as Stuart's Dyspepsia j Tablets. Dr. Rlehardnon in writing a thesis on treatment of dyspepsia a.id indigestion, closes his remarks by saying, "for those suffering from acid dyspepsia, shown by sour, watery risings, or for tlatulent dyspepsia hown by gHs on stomach, causing heart ' trouble and difficult breathing, as well as for all I other forms of stomach trouble, the safest treat- I lncnt is to take one or two of Stuart's Dyspepsia 1 Tablets after each meal. I advise them because they contain no harmful drugs, but are composed of valuable digestives, which act promptly ui*>n Hip food eaten. I never knew a case of indiges tion or even hronie dyspepsia which Stuart's Tab lets would not reach. ' ? "?heap cathartic medicines claiming to cure dys S'psia and indigestion can have no effect whatever i actively digesting the food, and to call any cathartic medicine a cure for Indigestion is a mis nomer. Everv druggist In the 1'nlted States and Canada sells Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets, and they are not only the safest and most successful but the most j scientific of any treatment for Indigestion and j stomach troubles. fel2&14 j Most Gorgeous Gems of o o <? 807 Vermont Ave. A Permanent Branch Store. Hcadquaitcrs, Philadelphia, Pa. ESTABLISHED IN NEW YORK IN 1S83. no-3-7St,BO Oriental! Picture Free? We wlvh to announce that we will make all gar ments at the following exceptionally low prices when goods and trimmings are furnished iflt guar anteed): Ladles' Jackets, $4.50; Skirts, $3.00. Gen tlemen's Coat, $3.50: Trousers, $i.'.oo; Suit. $7.50; Overcoat, $5.75; Fro<k Coat or Dress Coat, $10.50. Cleaning, repairing, etc., at reasonable rateb. Write for price list. A. RAZZOUK & CO., feS Bt* <V40 POMEROY ST. N.W. - SKATES, A good pair that'll last for years, flood skating coming. Buy a pair now, here. For Joslah R. Bailey,^TT" ST fel2-10d The Bailey $1 Saw -Warranted. E=Z Tablets, I was about to give up In despair. I have been teaching school for over 25 years, and my heelth had gone to rack -constipation in Its worst stages aud indigestion. A friend of mine handed me a 5c. bos of E-Z Tab lets. 1 bad tried so many things I put them aside; but one day I took one little Bo. package, anil what a relief; and the best of all, it has been permanent. 1 am now teaching both day aud night, and never felt better li? my life, but am never with out a package of E-Z Tablets. At drug gists'. The large s.ze last 100 days. Whole sale at Evans', 020 F St., and Tscbiffely'a, 475 Pa. ave. ? 12 LITTLE CHOCOLATE-CO ATKD TAB LETS FOR 5 CENTS. OrR GUARANTEE?If not relieved or cured by six 6-cent packages or one 25-cent package of E-Z Cathartic, your money re funded. Ja28-tf,40 BARGAINS In Artistically Framed Fictures! ? Hurry if you want to share In this sacrifice ? of ull the pictures brought from our old store. S. J. Venafole, ^ 9th St. "The Framery." f?-4 3ml4 'Phone Main 309U-2. RAILWAYS CONTRIBUTE. Local Company and Seaboard Air Line Add to G. A. R. Fund. The Washington Traction Company and the Seaboard Air LJne were among the largest contributors to the Grand Army of the Republic encampment fund today. Pennsylvania avenue from 6th street to the Peace monument was canvassed yes terday afternoon with gratifying results. Mr. Oans of Saks & Co. Is superintending the canvass of Pennsylvania avenue from 8th to 11th streets this afternoon. That will complete the work of canvassing In that thoroughfare. The hotel subscrip tions are expected to be all In by tonight. Secretary Bulkley said today that If Mr. B. H. Warner shall return to Washington this afternoon he will at once call a meet ing of the committee of eight for tomor row. This committee will wait upon the Commissioners of the District of Columbia and show to them what the Business Men's Association has accomplished In the mat ter of funds. Mr. Bulkley said that there was no doubt of the association's ability to show to the executive committee of the Grand Army of the Republic, when It meets here next week, that a sufficient amount of money has been pledged for the entertainment of the encampment. To Refund Certain Taxes. A bill directing the Commissioners of the District of Columbia to refund certain moneys received by the collector of taxes haa been introduced In the House by Mr. Mudd, by request. It.appears from the bill that these taxes were collected 'r 1800 from occupants of stores on Louisiana ave nue and B street between Oth and 10th streets northwest* licensed aa vendors. Proposed Removal of Rural Carriers From Civil Service. THE PLAN CONSIDERED EFFECT OF THE BILL REPORTED TO THE HOUSE. The Change Strongly Opposed in Post Office Department ? Believed It Would Prove Disastrous. By the operation of the%Post Office De partment appropriation bill as reported to ih^ House yesterday the many thousand mall carriers of the rural free delivery are to l>e transferred from the salary rolls of the Post Office Department to the contract sys tem which prevails in the star route service. At present the carriers are appointed after a civil service examination, draw uniform salaries of &">UO each?which recent legisla tion Increases to ?and hold office as long as their service is entirely satisfactory to the department. They are to the Coun try districts exactly what letter carriers are to the cities. The effect of the proposed legislation would be to give the service to the lowest bidder, without anything except a superficial examination, and permit mm to hold office only until the expiration of the period named in his contract. This is thought to be the most radical change pro nosed in the administration of the Post Office Department since the establishment of the civil service commission. When seen by a Star reporter this morn ing none of the officials of the department would discuss the matter. The bill had not yet been made law, they held, and any pub lic statement they might make would seem like an attempt to influence legislation. But it was clear they opposed the change practically without exception. Postmaster General Payne, the one official who felt free to talk* of the bill in its present form, explained that he had b^en out of the city and consequently had not noticed the pro vision of the bill which was called to his attention. A statement of the attitude of the postal authorities, however, was obtained this morning from a member of the House, whose deep interest in post office matters gives his declarations on the subject as much significance as though they came from an official of the department. Present Contract Service. "The contract system in the postal serv ice today," he said, "broadly covers the transportation of mail on railroads, steam boat lines, star routes, the messenger serv ice and the screen wagon service In cities and towns. "These contracts involve the perform ance of no personal duties on the part of th - contractor. They provide for the mere transportation or hauling of the mall. The onlv exception is. perhaps, what is known as the star route box delivery-, where the contractors are required to deliver ordi nary mail to boxes erected along the route. Even in this case the department Is care ful to relieve itself of all responsibility by requiring patrons who desire their mail de livered by the contractor to leave a writ ten -order with the postmaster to deliver their mail to the contractor. In this way the contractor really becomes-the agent of the patrons and not of the department. "The rural free delivery service to which it is proposed to extend the contract sys tem is one wh'.eh only Incidentally involves the transportation of mail in bulk. The duties imposed upon the employe (the rural carrier) constitute the important feature of the service. The rural carrier not only delivers ordinary mail to boxes and col lects sudh mall as may be deposited In patrons' boxes or in United States collec tion boxes, but he delivers registered let ters, also registers letters on route, giv ing ' receipts for the same; he accepts money for the purchase of money orders, for which he" also gives receipts on forms supplied by the department. "He carries a supply of stamps and s'.amped envelopes for the accommodation of patrons on his route. He is obliged to deliver snecial delivery and pension letters, as well as registered letters, to the houses of the addressees. He cancels the stamps on letters collected by him, so that he j may deliver such letters on route as may be intended for delivery thereon before his return to the post office. In short, he per forms the functions or duties of a post master, and when the paying of money orders by carriers is extended to the rural I branch of the service he will perform all the duties devolved upon a postmaster at a money order office. Effect of the Change. "To subject to the contract system the procuring of a class of employes such as is required in the rural free delivery service as It Is now conducted would reduce the personnel of the service to the level of that now generally found throughout the star route service, and prove detrimental to the whole system, in that it would prevent an efficient"personal service on the part of the contractors. "A man who contracts for the faithful performance of certain duties for a speci fied period can hardly have the same in terest in the service that is usually dis played by an employe who works under a stated salary and is sure of a permanent position during good behavior. "The wording of the section shows clear ly that "ability to read and write" will not necessarily produce a contractor of 'suffi cient intelligence and ability to properly perform the service,' such as is now re quired of a rural carrier. "It is generally conceded that the only safe contract system is that which re quires the acceptance of the bid of the h west responsible bidder, and a responsible bidder is one who is able to supply a suf ficient bond for the faithful performance of contract. To deviate from that rule by allowing three or four other conditions to affect the selection of the successful bidder, conditions which must bo judged by the ageut who investigates the feasibility of es tablishing a rural route, will only open the way to favoritism and corruption. The awarding of the contract to the lowest re sponsible bidder who can read and write, who lives in the immediate vicinity of the route to be served, and who has sufficient Intelligence to perform the duties now re quired of a rural letter carrier would In variably cause criticism and complaint on the part of all others whose bids might be lower than that of the successful bidder, and lead to oharges of corruption and bribery against the agents and officers of the department. Objections to Contract System. "Wherever there would be honest compe tition, it Is practically sure that the desire to get the contract might Induce bidders to offer a price below that which could be termed fair, and which would Insure an ef ficient service. This would be followed by failure to perform service or a default of contract, in which event the department would be put to. the trouble of readver tlsing and reletting the service. Besides, In many instances for a day or perhaps for a longer period the route would be without service. Such irregular service would cause protests from Indignant patrons, cause a de moralization of the service which would de stroy its efficiency and eventually break it down. "While the exact figures are not at hand at this moment. It Is stated that under the contract service the average cost of a twenty-flve-mile route exceeds ftiOO. I doubt very much If a contract service In the rural free delivery system, requiring the personal service of the contractor ex cept when absent on account of sickness would prove an economical service, as compared with Its present cost. This would surely be the case wherever there was col lusion on the part of the bidders. Limit ing the bidders to persons having a resi dence on or in the vicinity of the route to he served would make this practice easy, ind would result in the department's prac tically paying the maximum contract prices, 11 <A maximum limit should be fixed. Could Hot Discipline Carriers. ??It will be conceded that under the con tract system the department could not \ And Now Comes the Suit Sale That Eclipses All Others. A large part of plants and trees is usually clipped at a certain season, which act places thern in prime condition and assures a healthy, rich growth. We may be termed the horticulturists of the clothing business, for we wield the price-knife, clipping and pruning here and there, just like the skilled gardener==with seem ingly disastrous effect?but truly for the stocks' healthfulness and bettermess. You and we both are the beneficiaries. You, in the securing of abnormally great bargains; we, in the shaping of stocks according to our idea. Thus, this < * Greatest of Men's Suit Sales which we inaugiuirate tomorrow monraiinig. Suits that sold as high as $20 go for S9.25. Suits that sold as high as $3(0 go for 112.75. the two lots more than fifty styles are represented; thus you may realize the excellent choosing that awaits you. Of course not all sizes in any one style?but every size in the entire lot. Better selection, however, than has ever been offered before in a clothing sale at this season of the year. Garments that represent the highest art in clothing manufacture. And to offer them at the above prices means to make them irresistibly attractive. Almost something of everything that is new and popular this season is represented. Not just certain styles. Not bought=for=a=sale stuff, not last season's goods?but our own high=grade clothing?the kind that has built this business up?the kind that has placed this establishment in the position of leadership?the kind that has-won your confidence and patronage?the kind that is worthy the wardrobe of the very best dressers. To say more is absolutely unnecessary, as every word we utter is meaningful, weighty and truthful?and always accepted as such by a discriminating, appreciative public. So we'll close this announcement by just adding that if ever a sale merited strong and hearty response, this one surely does, as the values represent it to be one of the most intensely interesting occasions that ever offered savings to the eager, economical buyer. t This lot of Menu's Overcoats represents the balance off the various lots that have been on sale for some time. The sizes are badly broken, being mfnostly small and large. Iff you are ffortunate enough to find your size, you may indeed congratulate your= selff upon securing the greatest Overcoat bargain ever presented. The styles are the season's very best. The lot is not very large, so we advise early coming iff you'd share. Not on sale before tomorrow morning, 8 o'clock. :eeptl?mal Offerings in Boys' Suit Overcoats and Meefers At r. To buy Parker - Eridget Clothing at such a reduction is to receive sensational value indeed. That's just the bargain opportunity we offer you tomorrow. The pith of the story is this: We desire, to close out about 500 Boys' Suits. Represented are Double-breasted Fancy Checks, Plaids and Mixtures, Double-breasted Blue and Black Cheviots and Worsteds, Fancy Mix ed Vestees, Norfolks, 3-piece Suits?^and our entire stock of Russian Blouses. In the entire lot will be found all sizes?but not every size in every style. Choose among the lot and any you may select are yours at exactly 50 per cent off the original price. Those that were $7.00 go for $3.50 Those that were $8.00 go for $4.00 Those that were $9.00 go for $4.50 go for $5.00 Those that were $4.00 go for $2.00 Those that were $5.00 go for $2.50 Those that were $6.00 go for $3.00 Those that were The Overcoats represented include a number of broken lots. The styles are highly desirable, in fact, the season's best. The Reefers embrace our entire line. In all there are about 250 garments. Your choice of any at 50c. on the dollar. We need not emphasize the importance of the bargains?for those who have ever attended a Parker-Bridget sale know that the values are exactly as advertised. Wise and prudent women will not only supply the clothing needs of their boys for the balance of this season?but with a provi dent and economical eye will buy for future days, as rarely do such bargains present themselves. Exceptional!ly Great Values 5mi Boys' Furrjishaings. Boya' Fancy Stripe Bedford Cord Shirt Waists. Slrea e, 7, 8 an?l 10. 'Iftp Regular 75c. value for aPOW. Boya' All-wool Flannel Shirt Waists. at extactly half marked price. The $1.50 Shirt Waiata go for 75c. The $1 28 Shirt Waiata go for 68c. The $1.00 Shirt Waiata go for 80c. The 86c. Shirt Waiata go for 4Sc. Boya' Flannel Sailor Collar Blouses. A aplendld lot, in alaes from 3 to 8 years - sold tip to $2.50. W?* ofTer the CIV* choice to close Boys' Laundemd Shirts, lfi. Regular 75c. quality. -.Reduced to.. wOW. Boys' Extra He?*y Cotton Rib bed Black Hose.r.BeguUr 80c. qual- fl ity for?.. ?... ? *.* ? ? ? ?????? ? ? ?.. a Boys' Regular 60c. Silk Neckties fl ?Tecks and l'uffs?go for * vFV. Boys' IJnen Collar Pique and Percale Shields to be worn with Veatee t] Cs* Suits?sell regularly for 28c.?go for 11 A lot of Boys' 4-ply Linen Collars. Always sell for 10c.?to close at.... *^ A Great Offer inn of Men's Trousers. 12.90 for values up to $6.*00. Here is one of the best Trouser offerings we have ever made. About one=half of the lot are from suits that have sold as high as $30.00. The other half represents various small and odd lots taken from our regular trouser stock. Among these will be found very choice and desirable pat= terns in worsteds, neat and nobby stripes and checks; also splendid patterns in cassimeres and cheviots. Former prices range as high as $6.00? and not a few have sold at that price; a great many commanded $5.00. Pick where you will you cannot help but get a really great bargain. Parker, Bridget & Co., Head-to?Foot Outfitters, 9th and the Avenue. 5 possibly have the same control over the contractors in matters of discipline as it now exercises over salaried employes. Ef ficient service will not be maintained where a proper discipline cannot be enforced. The moral effect of periodical inspections of routes upon the rural letter carriers and postmasters does much to raise the ef ficiency of the service. "Under our present system the depart ment can discipline the carriers for in fractions of the postal I^ws and regula tions by suspending them from duty for a period of time. A contractor could not be disciplined. The department would be re quired to accept an Inferior service, un less it reached a point- where the cancel ing of the contract would be clearly war ranted, and it is probable that the depart ment would be willing to accept from a contractor service that it would not toler ate from a sworn and bonded employe, rather than to be subjected to the annoy ance and bother ofjrelettlng contracts. "There is no douot that a contract sys tem applied to rural free delivery will place the service in the bands of an inferior class of persons, as compared with the carriers now employed, will lower the efficiency of Um service and prevent tbe fullest exten sion of the facilities of the post office to the residents of rurSl communities. The President's Order. "Another point thai should be considered in connection with the,proposition is the fact that the department has reoently inaugu rated, by ordeifi0* President of the United States, a,, classification of rural car riers under the'Civil Service law. On Feb ruary 1 we began to operate under rules formally approved by the department and the civil service commission, acting under the direction of the President. The effect or results produced by the first examination now being held will not be felt for several months, I may say for a year. "The placing of the service under the con tract system beginning July 1 next would prevent a fair trial of the plan ordered by the President. In my Judgment Congress should not hesitate to sustain the President in his desire to establish a practical civil service system in the selection of rural let ter carriers. The strict enforcement of the order recently issued by the President pro hibiting postal employes from attempting to influence legislation will no doubt prevent the very conditions which members of Cpn gress complain of, and which the contract system is brought forward to prevent." ALLEGES CRUEL TREATMENT. Thomas Williams Tells Story of Suffer ing Aboard an Oyster Dredge. Thomas Williams, a colored man thirty five years of age, pleaded guilty to a charge of vagrancy ir the Police Court today, and was sent to the farm by Judge Scott for ten days, with directions that he be given medical treatment. Behind this case is a story of cruel treatment at the hands of oyster dredgers on the lower Potomac. Williams approached a policeman in South east Washington last evening and request ed that he be locked up, saying he had been without food for some time, and had not enjoyed the shelter of a house, with the privilege of sitting beside a fire, for many days. In September, Williams said, he secured work on the Bertha May, an oyster boat hailing from Baltimore, with the under standing that he was to be paid $20 a month for his services. He claims that be fore they were out from Baltimore many days he and the rest of the Crew, fourteen In number, were badly treated, and that the system of cruelty continued until they were placed ashore at Plaey Point the last week in January, without receiving a cent due them as wages. Williams states that the men separated, and he started for Washington by himself. "I was without money, and had to de pend on the hospitality of the people in the country through-which I passed," he informed a Star reporter. Williams is a man of large proportions, but as a result of his sufferings is almost unable to walk. The man said he spent most of the time at night sleeping in the woods beside a Are, but at times he was without matches and could not kindle a fire. Agent C. A. Massle of the Prisoners' Aid Society has interested himself in Williams, and will probably see that he is sent to Baltimore when he is released. Judge Scott took occasion to remark that there ought to be some law passed to pun ish the captains of oyster boats who ill treat the men employed as dredgers. THE SATURDAY STAR BT lAB (1.00 IB YZAB. CERTIFICATES AUTHORIZED. Receiver McDermott Kay Issue Them to Amount of 143,760. Justice Bradley of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia today signed an order authorizing Allan L>. McDermott, re ceiver of the City and Suburban railway of Washington, to Issue receivers' certifi cates of Indebtedness In such denomina tions as he may in his discretion deem best , for an aggregate amount not exceed ing $43,750. The certificates, it is directed, shall bear interest at the rate of 6 per cent per anhum, and shall be payable one year from the date they bear, or sooner, under the order of the court. The receiver is empowered to sell the certificates for not less than par and to ap ply the proceeds in payment of the Interest coupons which fell due the 1st instant. It Is provided that the receivers' certifi* cates shall be a lien upon all of the prop* erty of the City sad Suburban railway of Washington, but. It is stipulated, it shall be postponed In all things to the lien of the mortgage or deed of trust given t% secure 11,150,000 outstanding.