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$3.50 White Jap. &
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? $1.50 Black Lawn Waists, ^
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It $4 Linen \\ ash Suits...$2.98 ^
?*> $2.50 Wash Suits,
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ICED,
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summer beverage, 6oc. lb. 50c.
when war tax comes off.
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OIL MAY SUPPLANT COAL.
Mr. Ely of the Pennsylvania Road
Discusses the Matter.
The Philadelphia North American of to
day says:
With a strong possibility that the coal
Strike may extend to the bituminous fields.
In which event the fuel supply would be
practically cut off, the question of burning
oil on locomotives is under consideration.
To change a locomotive so that it can burn
oil Instead of coal Is a comparatively
easy and inexpensive matter.
In speaking of the subject yesterday. T.
N. Ely, chief of motive power of the Penn
sylvania railroad, said:
"There is nothing prohibitory In the cost
of making the change. We experimented
with oil In 1887, and were perfectly satisfied
as to its practical value and efficiency as
locomotive fuel. We did not adopt it be
cause coal was so accessible to our lines.
As a broad statement it may be said that
one pound of oil is equivalent in steam gen
erating power to two pounds of coal."
The daily consumption of coal by loco
motives on the Pennsylvania lines east of
I'ittsburg Is about 1H.OUO tons, costing op
the tenders $1 a ton on an average, to
?which must be added 50 cents for cost of
handling and removing ashes. This makes
the daily fuel bill nearly $25,000. Six bar
rels of oil Is about equivalent to one ton of
coal. Calculating ..iat Texas oil can be de
livered f.t 4<> cents a barrel. It would cost
$38,400 per day for the amount required by
the Pennsylvania, if all its locomotives were
to burn oil.
Chinese Leper Cured.
Dong Gong, the Chinese leper, who has
for nine months occupied an Isolation
house near quarantine, at St. Louts, has
apparently recovered from his malady and
will be released within two months unless
the disease shall return. Chaulmoogra oil.
the product of an East Indian tree, was the
Hole treatment administered.
James P. Rudy of 312 7th street north
east. who recently complained to the Dis
trict Commissioners of the obstruction of
an alley In the rear of hla premises, has
been Informed Mje alley is a private one.
The computing engineer has suggested to
the Commissioner/ It might be well to se
cure a dedication of the alley to the public.
Country Rings With Sounds
of Locusts.
BROOD IS NOT LARGE
HAS ALREADY DISAPPEARED
FROM THE PARES.
Scientists Lament Locusts' Probable
Extermination?But Farmers
Help It Along.
For two weeks past the woods of Mont
gomery and Prince George's counties, in
Maryland, and of the District of Columbia
have resounded with the peculiar and rasp
ing buzz of the seventeen-year locusts.
Gauged by that sound they have taken pos
session of all the trees and half the mead
ows from Fairfax, Va., to I^aurel, Md.,
and the whole aspect of country life has
been changed accordingly. The locusts
have now supplanted heat and cold, cloud
bursts and drouth, in the conversation of
the "Branch" farmers, and have taken first
place in the attention of all the Washing
tonlans who work in the national capital
and live in the nearby country.
Several scientists in the service of either
the Smithsonian Institution or the Agricul
tural Department have already made in
formal tours of Inspection through the
country indicated. Their reports are to
the effect that ubiquitous as the locust
would seem from his music and plentiful
as he is to the eye the brood of this year
Is far less strong numerically than that of
1885- Many causes have contributed to this
decrease, they say, and will operate to les
sen still further the brood of 1919. Every
where they saw birds and chickens eating
the locusts before there could possibly be
time for the Insects to deposit their eggs.
Maryland Well Supplied.
But even in its present limitations the
domain of the locust in Maryland seems to
be large enough for any purpose. Advices
received from all the middle and eastern
parts of the state indicate that he abounds |
elsewhere in almost as full force as in |
Montgomery and Prince George's counties
In western Maryland the brood has not
been so large, but wherever there is roll
ing country broken by woods and farms
no1e8ofU"L0landsecapeU8t * thC prevalli"e
Through all the thickets and wooded land
thereabouts the trees and bushes are cov
Sh"1 thf delicate brown shells In
vear? is year s brood spent the last few
L?,iL, residence underground. At ,
twilight the who.e country rings with the
??"St,S 5" ?ne spot on the E?,f course
is perforated with the holes through which
locusts came to the surface. The trees
from wh'ch the grubs fell In 18S5 was cut I
however, to improve the course, and
when the locusts came to the surface two i
nfmhS U\v< Lheyu found no tree trunk to
climb. With the instinct which marks
Ph?se animal life, the locust!
crawled directly to the stump of the tree
discovered by exploration that their foster
, een destroyed, and crawled
blindly along until they reached a hedge
and nestled among its leaves.
Many Killed by Improvements.
Few stories of this kind can be told how- ?
ever. Field after field about Washington
has been plowed so deeply as to kill the
entire brood which buried Itself in that
soil seventeen years ago. New roads have
been built; much building of other kinds
has occurred, even in the rural districts'
5 e ?f munic'Pal improvement has
reached out Into the county since the last
brood, and all these have involved the de
struction of thousands and thousands of
locusts. Excavations for cellars or foun
dations throw the insects to the surface
wre they have matured. Road
building has more effect than plowing. Lev- I
eling and filling to give the county a more
even surface destroy the locusts instantlv I
In short, wherever the land has been re
cently cultivated or Improved the brood of
locusts has been killed. j
The insects which have survived these i
influences have fared almost as badlv
since discarding their old shells. The bird's
have already eaten the entire brood In the
cltj parks and made great inroads on the
broods in the country. For about two davs
the Museum grounds vibrated with the lo
cust s "song." After that time there was
only the cheep" of the English sparrow,
?who had filled his stomach on the insects'
toothsome bodies. As far as the Mall is
concerned, there will be practically no
19H) seventeen-year locusts at all in
Away from the city English sparrows are
not so numerous and the consumption of
the locusts before they could deposit their
eggs has not been so general. Chickens,
black birds and cat birds have come to the
sparrow s aid, however, and many, many
thousands of insects have been eaten.
Next Brood Will Be Small.
In consequence the next brood of "cicada
8eptendecim" is expected to be very small
In the neighborhood of AVashington. Thirty
four years may possibly exterminate the
species in the District of Columbia This
would be merely the operation of fixed
natural laws, say the entomologist, and is
as certain as the sequence of vears be
tween broods. But in the country the grad
ual decline of the species will require a
longer time, although even there new
agencies are being introduced to prevent
the deposit of eggs. A fungus growth is
believed in many quarters to kill the locusts
the Instant they come in contact with It
either directly or by contagion from infect
ed locus's. Many farmers are purchasing
chemicals which are said to kill locusts If
they have their way there will be no brood
at all seventeen years from now
This possibility is viewed with dismav
by many students of biology and kindred
sciences. In their Judgment the locust not
only does no harm but presents one of
the most Interesting fields for study In all
the realm of animal life. He lives above
ground for only a few weeks. Hiss buzz
Is not disagreeable. He is one of the most
beautiful creatures in the whole animal
kingdom. That a popular prejudice, based
entirely on misinformation, should lead to
the complete extermination of such a crea
ture is in their opinion little less than a
calamity.
Non-scientific Americans will prove dif
ficult converts to this chain of reasoning
In the popular mind the locust stands for
destruction and waste. Stories are told
| everywhere of broods which ate the lumber
on houses and barns "until they looked
like boards fresh from the mill," of crops
devasted In a few hours, and of numerous
children who died instantly from the poison
of "locust stings." To all this the abun
dance of the insect, the disagreeable sight
of the little brown shells on the trees and
the all-pervading, overwhelming buzz of
their six-weeks life above ground give em
phasis. The popular Judgment is that the
seventeen-year locust Is a dreadful pest
and ought to be destroyed.
Prejudice Vs. Science.
As far back as the history of Aryan In
fluence In America, almost, this belief in
the ravages of the locust has been record
ed. Plymouth, which numbered among its
earliest settlers, several men of scientific
Inclinations, fell under the spell of the
"locust horror" In 1633, only thirteen years
after It was founded.
An odd publication called "New England's
Memorial" dwells at length on a very
strange and deadly sickness which smote
the colony In that year, and concludes:
"It is to be observed, that the Spring be
fore this Sickness, there was a numerous
company of Flies, which, were like for big
ness unto Wasps or Bumble-Bees, they
came out of little holes in the ground, and
did eat up the green things, and make such
a constant yelling noise aa made all the
woods ring of them, and ready to deaf the
hearers; they were not any ol them heard
or seen by the English In the Country be
fore this time: But the Indiana told then
that sickness would follow, and so It did
very hot in the montha of June,-July and
August of that Summer. Toward Winter
the sickness ceased. It was a klnde of a
pestilent Feaver."
Light on the habits aad nature of the
locust was obtained very early. About 1748
the Swedish government sent a scientist,
Pehr Kalm, a pupil of Llnne. to study
American animal and plant life. He re
turned to Stockholm some time between
1753 and 1761 and published an account of
his travels, in which he noted:
"There are a kind of locusts which about
every seventeenth year come hither In in
credible numbers. They come out of the
ground in the middle of May, and make,
for six weeks together, such a noise in the
trees and woods that two persons that meet
In such places cannot understand each
other unless they speak louder than the
locusts can chirp. During that time they
make, with the sting In their tail, holes in
the soft bark of the little branches on the
trees, by which means these branches are
ruined. They do no other harm to the trees
or other plants. In the Interval between the
years when they are so numerous, they are
only seen or heard single in the woods."
LOCAL AMEN CORNEB CLUB.
It Has Passed Away Owing to Death
of Its Members.
"The recent notable dinner in New York
given in honor of Senator Piatt as presi
dent of the Amen Corner Club of the Fifth
Avenue Hotel," said a well-known Wash
ington correspondent, "reminds me of a
local gathering of similar name and pur
pose, which, until recently, met nightly for
years in a corner of the Arlington Hotel.
"Our own Amen Corner Club was in ex
istence fully as long as the informal or
ganization over which the senior senator
from New York presides when he is at
home, but, while the Fifth Avenue Club
flourishes with such virile youthfulness as
to give dinners and otherwise enjoy Itself
In such reckless ebullition of frolicky vigor,
the Arlington Amen Corner Club has pass
ed regretfully out of existence by reason of
the death, one by one, of its leading mem
bers.
"Former Mayor Berret, who lived around
the corner on I street for nearly a quarter
of a century in a big brown stone man
sion, was the acknowledged president of
the club, sometimes denominated by the ir
reverent and frivolous as the 'Liars' Club,"
and he tacitly accepted the honor. He was
a giant in frame, measuring several Inches
over six feet In height, weighing In propor
tion, was as kind and gentle as a woman,
and respected and beloved by all who cir
cled around his chair. For over twenty
years, with scarcely a break while he was
in Washington. Col. Berret would enter the
office of the hotel at 8 o'clock, take his
seat within the 'sacred circle of old cro
nies,' and the business of the evening of
discussing and settling all questions of the
hour, Including political, social, diplomatic
philanthropic, medical, state, local, finance,
geographical, archeological, historic, naval,
theological and all conceivable questions,
theories and ideas would begin, and the
discussion would proceed sometimes grave
ly and often heatedly on the part of the
younger members. During political cam
paigns the arguments would wax very
warm, as in political faith the members
of the club were about evenly divided, and
during the two free silver campaigns there
were 'warm times in the corner,' as sev
eral of the democrats flopped to the gold
standard, and made it interesting for the
silver men.
"There were many young men who were
Irregular attendants at the meeting of the
club who now look back with mingled re
gret and pleasure at these meetings, and
with sorrow that another old and respect
ed feature of Washington life has passed.
The little circle of earnest gentlemen in
the Amen Corner were pointed out to visit
ors and guests as objects of interest, and
were looked upon by strangers with corre
sponding respect as the history of the club
was recounted to them. The regular mem
bers. including Colonel Berret. Dr. Mar
mion and others, now dead, were always
In their seats, rain or shine, snow or sleet,
punctually before the hour of 8. and when
the hands of the clock pointed to their par
ticular time to go home they would rise
and say, 'Good night, gentlemen,' and leave
the others to 'settle' the question of the
evening under discussion.
"But now, unhappily, all of the old mem
bers have passed beyond the great divide,'
and the club is only a matter of pleasant
memory. I venture to say, however, that
while it was not numerically as strong
as the congregation presided over by Sena
tor Piatt, it discussed and 'settled' as
many public questions during its quarter
of a century of life and as often 'saved the
nation' as the faithful coterie in the lobby
of the Fifth Avenue Hotel. There were no
dues or fees attached to the membership of
the Washington club, and the Initiation
ceremonies consisted of an Informal intro
duction on the part of the introducing mem
ber: chairs were drawn aside, room made
for the newcomer, and the discussion pro
ceeded without interruption."
POST OFFICE AT SHANGHAI.
Domestic Money Order Service Estab
lished in China.
"It is a matter of more than ordinary In
terest that a United States post office should
be established upon foreign soil and prac
tically under a foreign flag," said a postal
official to a Star man this morning, "yet
such is the case with the establishing of a
postal money order office at Shanghai,
China, under the direction of the -United
States postal agent at that city in the
Chinese empire, for the postal agent is in
effect a postmaster, and the United States,
therefore, has a postmaster Kf its own in
China.
"You see, this country at present conducts
its money order business with Shanghai by
means of the international system, the ex
change office being situated in the British
colony of Hong Kong, and money orders
are issued on international form, and in
ternational fees charged therefor, which
are much heavier than domestic fees, of
course. The new system will make it pos
sible for the postal agent in Shanghai to
Issue domestic orders only, which may b?
drawn upon any money order office in the
United States. Canada, Cuba and the Phil
ippines, and for which domestic rates only
will be charged?that is. 30 cents maximum
fo*- $100, as against SI maximum for in
ternational orders for the same amount,
and three cents minimum for orders up to
$2 50. On the other hand, all postmaster3
!n money order offices in the United States
Will discontinue the use of the international
form and will issue the new orders upon
the regulation domestic form.
"This presents a striking innovation In
postal affairs of this country, and of the
wcrld. and would appear to raise at first
thought International questions as to the
authority of one country establishing a post
office of its own in another, but these
questions are more apparent than real, and
no actual international problems are pre
sented for solution. The American postal
agency was until last October situated in
the British settlement of Shanghai, but it
was at that time moveij to the American
settlement, and by agreement between the
two countries an American postal agency
vas authorized to be maintained therein.
In 1S80 it was the desire of the postal au
thorities of the United States to establish
such a postal station at Shanghai as is
now about to go into effect, but the matter
was adversely reported upon by the then
assistant attorney general for the Post Of
fice Department, and the project was aban
doned. Not long ago, however. In view
of the probable increased trade relations
between the Chinese city in question and
the United States, the project was revived,
the opinion of the legal adviser of the de
partment again sought, and. in this In
stance, it being favorable, the domestic sys
tem. much more simple and easier of trans
action than the international, will be inau
gurated.
"There Is no international money order
convention between this country and China,
but, though it is not generally known.
United States international money orders
arc payable through the Hong Kong ex
change office In ten large cities in China, in
cluding Amoy, Canton, Foochow, We-Hal
Wei, etc.. and this service will in nowise
be affected by the new domestic office at
Shanghai.
"And this bring3 up an analogous ques
tior which is at present engaging the at
tention of Congress?the question of the
coining of an American piece of silver
money which will take the place of the
Mexican silver dollar, at present the prin
cipal circulating medium in the far east
anel In the Philippines. The amount rep
resented by an order Issued in this coun
try will be converted by the postal agent
at Shanghai Into Mexican silver money at
the rate quoted on the day of payment of
the order, and the amount of Mexican
money handed in by the remitter of an
order at Shanghai for transmission to the
United States will be converted Into United
States money at the rate quoted on the
day the order Is drawn In Shanghai. When
the new American silver Philippine dollar
Is placed in active circulation In the far
east, a modification of the present rules as
to values will be necessary, but this will
I not affect the advantages of the new system
Parker, Bridget & Co. 9th and the Avenue. | Parker, Bridget & Co.
9th and the Avenue.
A Word About Expansion
_ We'll never contract?we'll always expand. This establish^
mentis built on a firm foundation that makes constant improve
ment,and enlarging a necessary sequence to its career. Success
linearis more success?with each expansion further success is as=
sured?and you may expect us to. grow right along.
\ The annexing of the building now occupied by the United
States Express Co. is our next move of expansion. As soon as we
can rebuild on this site to suit our requirements we shall occupy
the building with some new departments that you have shown you
wanted, and will expand other old ones that require more space for
their growing business.
The taking in of a new building isn't simply a gaining of more
space; it tells more than that. It speaks louder than words of the
popularity of the house. We-always Judge by appearances in such
matters, because such appearances can't deceive. It's your de=
mand, not ours, nor any matter of pride with us that makes it
imperative with us to gain more room.
. There are only three things a concern can do?to grow?to
stand still and to contract. The flatter speaks for itself?then
there's a certain amount off success that can be enjoyed without
expansion, while the greatest success is shown in the greatest
expansion.
to $20 for Two=
?utti
?Lots of men say,
"What's the use of buy
ing vests if you're not go
ing to wear them?"
.There's a saving in buy
ing two-piece suits?-a lit
tle saving in fabric and
some in the making. You
can put that difference in
a fancy vest if you want
one. Two-piece Suits
here at from $8 to $20.
They're made of Wool
Crashes, Homespuns,
Serges and Striped and
Wrhite Flannels. No lin
ings to these! They're
made as light as possible.
?The Three-piece Serge
Suit at $12 is half lined?
best we ever sold at the
price. That's saying a
good deal, because the
one of last year led its
line?and this is an im
provement over that.
Oxfords, $3o50, $4
? The rivalry among
Shoe men is keener, perhaps,
more so than in any other line,
because they have less latitude.
It's quality in Shoes that counts.
The man who gives the best
Shoe at a given price reaches
his ambition. The men who buy Shoes here never say much?
it's the men who have bought here, then happened in some
where else and come back here who tell us they haven't seen
so much style or bought so much quality and service anywhere
else they've been!
Head-to-Foot Outfitters, 9th and the Ave,
Men's Furnishings.
A live man in furnishings is invaluable to the customer.
There are so many little kinks of fashion he can look out for, for
you. Some men wouldn't notice the change themselves, while
they'd notice the improvement that the proper provider will ef
fect from time to time. The chief of an ordinary Furnishings
Department could go on year afttr year buying the same things
and his customers would not know why they were dissatisfied
until they saw somebody's else goods.
We keep right up to the minute in furnishings as in every
thing else. We look out for you when you probably wouldn't
be so careful yourself. A man is likely to buy what's shown him
in furnishings. We look out for it that he buys what's right.
The Negligee Shirts we're showing this season illustrate a
point of improvement. Some that are lower priced than the
same shirts were last year. That's an important improvement.
And others that register about the same prices as last year that
are better made, better fitting shiits than their predecessors.
Plain and Pleated Negligee Shirts divide honors this sea
son.
There's a lot that's new in Hose. The styles in fancy Hose
are "quieter." Taste is running that way ? and fashion, too.
Of course, we're showing Hose at prices from the lowest that
tallies with good quality?to the price of the finest.
UNDERWEAR?You've got a price interest in this line.
We haven't cut the usual prices you pay for underwear, but
we've got better Underwear at those prices. That's more im
portant than a reduction.
Boys' Cloth in
Just want to say a word today about Boys' Clothing?but
it's to the point?pertinent?and then the price tells much, too.
It's a further reminder about these Suits at $3 95. They're
made of Serges and Mixed Cheviots, and we
don't know one suit in the whole lot that /Th F=
wouldn't do honor to a $5 price mark. Yestee
Suits, Double-breasted and Blouse Suits
Boys' Furnish I nigs,
A list of prices here?not "bargain prices" at first appear
ance, but when it comes to quality and service the bargain in
them becomes evident.
Boys' Negligee Shirts, white and fancy, at. .50c. and $1.00
Bovs' Negligee Blouses, with and without collars 50c.
Boys' Pajamas 75c-> and &1.50
? Boys' Stockings, a special line 25c.
Boys' Belts 25c. and 50c.
Boys' Stocks in P. K. and Madras 50c.
A special line of Boys' White Balbriggan Underwear?odd
sizes?to close out at 15c.
-to-Foot Outfitters, 9th and the Ave.
at all, but will, no doubt, tend to accom
plish still simpler methods."
THE DIAMOND MARKET.
Prices Are Stiff and |Vill Go Higher
by Next jail.
"An article I noti?|d recently In The Star
on imitation diamonds gjBmlnds me of a
fact or two concertlngfelthe real article,
which may prove of Interest to those who
possess these gems and t<? those who would
like to have them." said the diamond ex
pert in a Washington Jewelry house.
"You know. It was said two years ago
that the price of these Jewels would go
down by this time, instead of which the
wholesale and necessarily the retail price
has steadily climbed jupward, and diamonds
will be much higher next fall than they are
today. The wholesale diamond market is
unlike that of othap markets, which may
be flooded from time to time by a surplus,
with attending droi> In-'prices. The only
diamonds on the market today come from
the South African mines, as the mines in
Brazil are not worked. No new mines are
being discovered, as Is the case with gold
and silver. The output and the duration of
life of the South African mines is, there
fore, a matter of estimate and conjecture,
and even If new mines were discovered?a
quite unlikely thing?the diamond trust
could be relied upon to control them. At
any rate, none are being discovered, and
thus the market stands today. This in one
measure accounts for the stiffening and
upward tendency of the market. Of course,
you understand that the initial output is
regulated by the diamond mine trust, and
they can let go or hold back as little or
much as they please, and they do not ap
pear to be letting much go. An Importer, a
friend of mine, went abroad for the pur
pose of putting In diamonds any way up to
a million, and wrote me that the condition
of the market was 'fierce,' meaning that at
the present prices of high-grade stones?
and my remarks are not directed toward
the other grades, as they merely follow
along in line?there was no money In them
to buy wholesale abroad. You see. we are
retailers, and if the wholesale market goes
up 10 or even 5 per cent it means such a
big raise on our retail price that the change
is at once noted by purchasers, and it
makes them hesitate and balk a bit.
"We have sold more diamonds in Wash
ington in the past two years than in any
three of our previous history. The demand,
like the market, is stiff, and when such is
the case reduction of prices is, of course,
not thought of. The big importers do not
like to buy heavily in the face of a contin
ually rising market, for if the tide should
turn they would be badly caught, as com
petition is keen, and some of the importers
do a business on a margin of 15 to 20 per
cent profit. Assuming that they did busi
ness on a margin of 25 per cent profit, a
slump of 12 per cent would scorch them
badly. The retailer can do business on a
more independent margin of profit. Thus,
if he can get 50 per cent he will take it.
while he may, to effect a sale, be satisfied
with 20, or even 10 per cent. It all depends
upon the house. TTie retailer' must neces
sarily make a good margin of profit on dia
monds as compared with his other stock,
because their sale is proportionately less
in quantity, and-where a dealer may have
to hold goods for a long time he would soon
go out of business if his profit was not
large. Where goods are turned over
quickly, as groceries, a small profit is
money-making. Ketailers, however, keep
up their end of the market, and it is seldom
that you will find one cutting the other on
diamonds; it wouldn't pay all around.
"Another point about the diamond mar
ket is this: Steel-blue stones are scarce,
and their value is high and uncertain; that
is, they may be worth 1300 a carat or 1500,
wholesale. It depends upon how much the
purchaser desires the particular stone or
stones. Dealers will keep these high-grade
stones in their safes, perhaps for years, be
fore they will let them go until they get
their price. They are not shown usually in
the cases; it Is the pure white, or the com
mercial white, usually seen there. Jlany
dealers sell the latter grade for the former,
and a grade with a tinge of yellow only
visible by comparison for the commercial
white. Some dealers would sell a yellow
horse for a white diamond if they thought
the customer wouldn't know the difference.
?'It remains to be seen whether the new
'twentieth century' style of cutting dia
monds will take with the public?that Is,
where the entire top surface of the stone
Is cut into facets, without the little flat,
circular center or 'table,' of familiar sight
up to which the facets lead In the "bril
liant' style of cutting. In Washington
there has been no demand for the new
style, and we have handled none as yet.
It all depends whether the public will take
kindly to the new style, which. It is con
tended. adds Are to the stone. Rubies,
amethysts and one or two other stones are
often cut In this style, and have been for
years, but with the diamond it Is entlrtly
new."
DIFFERENCES ADJUSTED.
Court Dissolves Temporary Order
Against Thomas F. Walsh.
In accordance with an agreement reached
out of court. Justice Hagner. in Equity
Court No. 1. has signed a decree dissolv
ing the temporary restraining order hereto
fore issued in the case of Victor Myns
bridge against Thomas F. Walsh and oth
ers. The restraining order had to do with
the tearing down of the Foundry Church
building at the corner of 14th and G streets
and prevented the carrying out of an al
leged threat to demolish house 1335 G
street, occupied by Mr. Mynsbridge as a
tailoring establishment under a lease from
the former owner of the premises. The
decree provides that the possession of the
property shall be given Mr. Walsh by the
complainant on or before the 10th of June.
It Is stated that a stipulation has been en
tered'into by counsel requiring all matters
in connection with the claims of damages
on the part of the complainant to be sub
mitted to arbitration.
Mr. Mynsbridge alleged that damage was
being done his trade by reason at the way
in which the church was being demolished,
and that hi* yard, adjoining Um kNn ?o
cupied by him, was being: obstructed and
the dividing fences seriously Injured. He
asserted that he was entitled to unrestrict
ed possession of the property under a cer
tain lease. According to the defendant,
Mr. Mynsbridge was unlawfully attempting
to hold the property, and loss resulted by
reason of retarding the use of about $450,
0(10 which had been set aside for placing
improvements upon the ground referred to.
The complainants were represented by
Attorneys Wilton J. Lambert and D. AV.
Baker and defendant by Wayne McVeagh.
F. McKenney and J. S. Flannery.
Trinity Church Choir Concert.
The choir of Trinity Episcopal Church.
3d and C streets northwest, last night gave
its third Annual recital and concert. The
attendance was very large, the afiiuite en
thusiastic and almost continuous, and the
concert as meritorious musically as the pa
trons of the choir have been led to expect
through a series of fine recitals and other
notable musical undertakings. Professor
W. A. Kirkpatrlck, organist and choirmas
ter, conducted the concert.
Flotow's "Aressandro Btradella," per
formed by a large orchestra, opened the
program. The second number was the
"Damascus Triumphal March," by a chorus
of sixty-five voices. Other numbers by
these two organizations were Chopin's Po
lonaise. Op. 40, No. 1, by the orchestra, and
"An Old Favorite," concluding with "Dixie"
rendered by both instruments and chorus.
Several aolo numbers each were performed
by Miss Grace Cook and Miss M. B. Wood
ward, sopranos; Miss Carrie Smith, con
tralto: Mr. M. Harry Stevens, tenor, and
Messrs. W. H. Peter and Halstead P.
Hoover, bassos. Many of the soloists were
accompanied on the violoncello by Professor
Ernest Lent, who also performed am a solo
number Godard's Berceuse."
The wood workers' strike, which besan In
Baltimore three weeks ace, has keen prac
tically ended by tke great majority of the
strikers retairalae te work.

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