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Store Closes at 5 O'cEock?Saturdays at 9. HALF-PRICE SALE. J 1A Colossal Sacrifice of Smm= j I inner Wearables at I THE BON MARCHE, X It lias hern a backward season?from early spring until now it lias been cool and rainy. Immense stocks were ordered in an X ticipation of a big trade. We have been disappointed. We must \ unload. A SACRIFICE MUST BE MADE AND WE MAKE 4 IT NOW. The sale begins tomorrow. ? I I Y Y Y X ? Y ? i Y | i Y J J Y ? | Y | Y Y Y Y Y Y X MusSim Underwear at Half Price. The best made. Every delicate conception, liberal propor tions, including the Baker Sample Undergarments. Entire 3d lloor. fiO<\ Oowns. Now 2^C. 75c. Gowns. Now 37'2C. ?8c. Gowns. Now 4UC. $1.23 Gowns. Now fij'-jC. 12.3)) Gowns. Now $1.25 Wk-. Petticoats. Now... 2J0. 7.V. Petticoats. Now 37' -C. $1.2^ Petticoats. N"W $2.oO Petticoats. Now 6j',jc. <>. 12%*. Corset Covers. Now 6c*. Cornet Covers. Now j 2ljC. Wk\ Corset Covers. Now 2^C. IWc. Corset Covers. Now 49^' $2.00 Corset Covers. Now C)8C. 3t?c. Drawers. Now 21C. 0L??\ Drawers. Now 39^* HKc. Drawers. Now 4QC' Toe. Cambric Chemise. Now. C. SI .OO White Tndla Linen Klinonas. colored borders. Now ^OC. Ix>t Ladles' Fine White Tnpe Girdles. Now 39^* Clearance Children's White India Linen Dresses Less Than Ha J J Price. Lot No. I. Lot No. 2. Lot No. 3. Children's regular |1 W) White India Linen 1 ?resses, up to 14 years, 69c. Children's J2..V) anil JM.Oo India I.inen and BtrljieU Madras Dress es? Children's }.".<*> and JB.00 Persian Lawn Presses; all linest qual ities? Parasols | Y \ Y X I V Y X I X Will he cleared away tomorrow, nil tine taffetas, plain fancy stripe and embroidery polka dots. plain and fancy pongees and black and white ef fects; ?1.00 and $4.0U values. Your choice rice. Ladies' 3f>c Ladies' 2."c Children's Men's 50c. Half Hose Lace Hose 14c. >c. Lace Hose 14c. 25c. Ladies' Cloth Suits at SiaSff Price, Indies' 110.00 Suits. Now I .a dies' Jl.YtiO Suits. Now... I ..idles" JJ" 00 Suits. Now... Ladles' Suits. Now Ladles' JT-to.VO Suits. Now ? Indies' JWM?> Suits. Now .. $5 00 ? $7-50 . SlO.OO ..$12.50 . . $15.00 $25.00 Vests Half Pric o Ladies' 115c. Lisle Vests 14c. Ladies' 3f?c. Lisle Vests ^7^* Ladies' 15c. Vests (jc. Rsbhons lHaSff Price. Fine. Soft, I.ustrous Ottoman Itll> bons. II Inches wide. All colors. ltyg^r... "T": 25c. Yard M 4 Sacrifice prices f< ?r White Waists and Dresses of every de scription, including Taffeta Silk Dresses. 2d floor. Tomorrow. 12 styles of Lace. Embroidered and Hemstitched Waists, in Ions j| !f\ find short sleeves. Regular $2 and aists il >*? 4 t ? I BON MARCHE, 314-316=318-32 Seventh Street. <^~X~X~XK~X~X~X~X~X' <?x~x~x~x~x"x>*x~: ?x~x~x~x~x"x IMPROVEMENTS AT FT. MONROE. War Department Pushing Them Rapid ly?U^l Be Impregnable. A telegram to the NfW ^ ork Tribune from Fort Monroe, Vu., yesterday says: The Improvement of Port Monroe Is belnk prosecuted rapidly by the War Department, tine hundred new mines have lieen receiv ed. The anchors for them have been h'-re since the Spanish-American war, anil, as all the electrical apparatus used is still In place, army officers say that the submarine defences could be made available within a few da>s. The facilities for mining the channel through which an enemy would have to pass to attack the fort are vastly superior to what they were In 1HW. The ten-ltuh disappearing rifles are be ing dismounted in several t?f the batteries to give place to more modern armament. The unsatisfactory disappearing guns will be replaced by heavier guns of much greater power. The picturesque water battery Is being demolished to make way for separate concrete emplacements with rapid-fire guns. When thl? work la finish ed Fort Monroe will be the most efficient fortification we have Army officers say that it will be Impregnable. There will lie no further arrivals of (}er man warships In these waters for some time. The Gazelle has gone to Halifax, instead of coming to Newport News for her repairs this time. There has scarcely been a month In the last three years when a German warship has not been at New port News for repairs. Naval officers say that this Is remarkable. In view of the small German squadron in this hemi sphere, but they nevertheless regard It as a compliment to American shipyards. JEWELED TREE FOUND. The Chinese Imperial Treasure in the Boston Art Museum. A special to the New York Tribune from lioston yesterday says: One of the most In explicable mysteries connected with the forbidden city of I'eklng has come to light here with the strange appearance In the Modton Art Museum of the famous sacred Jeweled tree belonging to the Imperial fam ily of Chlnu. For more than two centuries this treas ure. made of native Chinese precious stones, standing two and a half feet high and ra diating a brilliant mass of colors, had been closely guarded day and night, few per si ns knowing of Its existence or where It was kept. Then Its disappearance several years ago caused a furor among Chinese officials, who searclied the empire and then the world for It without success. Recently the tree appeared suddenly In the Host on Art Museum, arriving there as mysteriously as It had disnpia-ared from China. An efTort has l?ecn made to have It returned to China, but as It was stolen years before the Hoxer trouble It Is lost to the Chinese forever. THE CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING COL UM NS OF THE STAR Contain the greatest number and variety of Wants. Rent*. Bales and other notices of the Washington public :: One reason for this is that by experience many have learned that in no other way can the whole of Washington be reached by one announcement. GEN. C. M. CLAY'S WILLS. Dora Clay Brock Says She Has Found Latest One. A dispatch from I^xlngton. Ky? vestor day says: Another will of Gen. Cassius M. Clay, executed March l'.Kil, a year after the one to be offered for probate tomor row In Richmond, has been produced by Dora Clay Brock. the fornler child wife of Gen. f'lav. according to an a< count In the Herald of this city. The instrument Is said to lie In Gen. Clay's own handwriting and pealed on the j back with his private seal ring in green j wax. The will appoints Dora Brock, his 1 former wife, and two others. Selected by 1 her. as executors and Kives them one-half of the proceeds of certain sales. Section y reads: "The White Hall lands and fixtures of 360 acres shall remain. Including houses, trees, etc.. forever the same Intact, the | finest natural park on earth. It shall be in fee simple the property of the Culled i States of America in trust for the Inhabit- | ants of the earth. It shall be so long j , under the care of my executors as may ; be deemed best by the federal government, and then- be under Its direction and support in the purposes of this legator. "Section 4. My coal mines in Clay county. Ky.. bought of Eli Bowlin. near Manches ter. about acres more or less, shall be formed into a company and worked for thu use and benefit of the funds and needs of the White Hall l'ark and to pay all lega cies, debts here enjoined. Three hundred and sixty acres of my son. Green Clay, de ceased, where my late divorced wife. Mary Jane W. Clay, lived in Madison county. Ky.. shall be sold and the proceeds go into the White Hall l'ark reserve fund All other lands shall be sold for the same fund or gtven to the legatees as ordered herein." Sections S. C, 7 and 8 give Dora Brock Jlo.OOO In bonds and make bequests to James Bowlin and other employes. All other property, personal and real, goes into the White Hall Park reserve fund. Section It reads: "Of the works of art In my house, the portraits of the Emperor and Empress of Itussia gtven me by their majesties with their autographs and seals, and the like ness of my son. Wartield Clay, shall re main. and such other th.ngs not then dis posed of shall remain there foruver. The bust of this legator In marble on Verde antique marble stand, wherever found, by the great sculptor. Joel Todd Hart, shall be placed in the Corcoran Gallery at Wash ington, or other gallery, as the executors elect. "Section 10. My manuscripts, five vol umes or more of my memoirs, the matenal for 'Icarus,' written by this legator, shall be given to the association of American Authors In New York, of which I am an honorary member,>r publication and copy right. one-half of the proceeds to go to my former wife Dora and the other half to the society forever In the event of her death before publication of said book 'Ica rus,' the child of said I)ora, Cassius Mar cvllua C. Brock, forever." The other will dated May 1'.'. W O. will be probated tomorrow, and It was for her protection in that will that Dora B.ock re tained J M Norwood, to whom she told that she had an unopened envelope that Gen. Clay gave her with the admonition that It was to be kept until after his death, it turned out to be the last will. Col. James Scott has since been retained^ to assist Mr. Norwood. Threatened Hia Wife. Walter Coakley, colored, whose address was given as <>37 Pomeroy street, was de fendant In the Police Court today In a threats case. His wife appeared and entered complaint against him. Coakley was una ble to give a satisfactory explanation of his conduct and the court sentenced lilm to spend sixty days In Jail unless he gives a real estate bund in the sum of $100 to keep the peace. A gasoline tank exploded In the grocery store of J. W. Nash, No. 4O0 11th street southwest, Saturday night about 8 o'clock I The flames damaged the stock of groceriat i to th ? amount of about $150. No dama?? vat. sustained by thy building. M OK THE iUVER Annual Report of Col. Charles W. Alleu. DEEPENING CHANNEL BENEFITS TO NAVIGATION THAT HAVE RESULTED. Jperaticjns During the Past Fiscal Year ?Possibilities of Potomac Park? Necessary Appropriations. i Col. Charles \V. Allen, the engineer officer In clmrge of the river and harbor works in this city, has submitted his annual report to the thief of engineers. The operations to ilate for the improvement of the Potomac river at Washington are summarized by L'ol. Allen as follows: The existing project for the improvement was adopted by the act of Congress of Au gust 2, lt^i.', and has for its object the im [irovement of the navigation of the river by widening and deepening its channels, the reclamation of the Hats by depositing on them the material dredged from the chan nels, the freeing of the Washington chan lel of sewage, and the establishment of har bor lines. To effect these the project pro vided "that the channel depths * * ? should be sufficient t?> accommodate the largest draft vessels that can be brought up to Arsenal Point" (the projected depth was not stated In feet, but by the above imposed condition was. at that lime, limited to twen ty feet at low tide. The ruling deptn In the l'otomac river below Washington has been increased to twenty-four feet at low tide. b> dredging completed during the past fiscal year I. that the Hats lie reclaimed to a height of three feet above the flood plane ot 1Si7, for tidal reservoir to Ik- provided xiu tom.itic inlet and outlet gates, and for an ample system of drainage for the reclaimed a'ca A training dik" on the % irginia shore, extending down stream from Analostan isl and. was added to the project !nlW*>. 1 he project also provided for the rebuilding of I,onc bridge and for the interception of all sewage discharged into the Washington channel, but neither of these works was included In the estimated cost of the im provement. which was JJ.Tl'l.'ii*'. r,ie cstl m.a te as revised ill 1X?T is The amount expended on the work of toe existing project up to the close vear ended June l'.KCI, was f . l-."> of which about ISO,000 was applied to tenance. What Has Been Accomplished. The expenditure resulted in the dredging of a channel 20 feet deep and iifiO feet wide through the bar above Long bridge, and in restoring the standard 20-foot navigation by redredging shr.als due to freshets; In increasing the width of the natural channel just below Ijong bridge by :><> to W*> feet and in deepening it to 2" feet; in dredging a channel feet wide and 20 leet deep through the bar in the Virginia channel near (Jiesboro* Point; in dredging W.'.shington channel to a width of 4nO foV and a depth <if 20 feet for a navigation channel, and In dredging between this navl g'i 1 ion channel and the wall of the adjacent reclaimed area to a d-pth of 1|! , ' " dredging at the Junction of the Washington aji(] Virginia channels?: in dredging tne tidal reservoir <111 acres) to a depth ol about s feet: In the construction of thf reservoir outlet. and in the construction ol 35 W linear feet of sea wall, of whirr 4 l"o linear feet have been taken down and rel-.ld and '.tc.r. linear feet of training dike Th-' area of land reclaimed by th-se operations Is ?21.12 acres (or. including reservoirs, 7.V.i.42 acres), which by act >1 March K lMiT. was declared to be a public park under the name of Potomac Park. The maximum draft that could be carried through the Washington channel on June 'Mi it 11 iT! at mean low tide, w.ts 1!> ? the Virginia channel It was IK feet. 1 he mean range of tides is about 3 feet. Benefits to Navigation. The benefits to navigation from the im provements have been marked. Vessels can come to Washington loaded more heav ily than was formerly the case. The val'-K of the commerce to be benefitted may be Judged of by examination of the following tables, showing the commerce of the jM.rl of Washington, in tons, from lto. to 1J02. inclusive: Tons. I ? ,,ft- f,l>-.;iT2 lMr, Irri r.si.r.7.1 iwm ii,.?..v7 4ssr,SfMM?7 r.il.t.tvM IMis f,M.219 IM? |1.?.MJ }?;!? ;w.'.i.m moo 2'iiirV ih.; ?m.4:i3 I'.xn 706..-M ::: The additional work proposed is nee s K.lTy *<,r extension of benefits to navigation interests and for the maintenance of the Improvement in a serviceable condition. Operations During the Year. Field operations during the past year were limited to the building of a store house at Kisby's l'oint to replace an old one which had become worthless, the re moval of the old structure, the rebuilding of about 1.2"0 linear feet of the boundary fence which had become unserviceable, the cutting olT and removing of a dense growth ,f overhanging brandies along the 11 til Street sewer canal, the cutting of brush and weeds on the park and other work incidental to the maintenance of the im '"Viwing 'to the comparatively small amount of funds available for this work and to the local conditions it was impracticable to undertake any extensive operations prior to the close of the year. The channels, which had been dredged In l'.tol to as great an extent as the funds then available would permit remained in serviceable condition during' the year i;*>2. The annual spring fre?het? generally shoal the channels to a greater or less extent, and it whs consid ered unwise to expend the available funds until the effect of the spring freshets of 11)03 was determined. These freshets con tinued until unusually late in the season and the water was frequently highly charged with slit, although the maximum height reached, at Kasby's Point, wan but <i 1 feet above low tide The desired ex amination of the channel could not be made until the last of May and iirst of June, and It revealed the fact that considerable shoal ing had occurred in both channels. Speci fications were accordingly prepared for work which, while it will afTord temporary relief will necessitate the expenditure of practically all of the available funds. The advantages which will result to navi gation from the increase in channel depth arid to the park improvement from thu. ad ditional filling have been stated in previous reports. At least one large vessel coming to Washington lias recently been obliged to first partially discharge Its cargo at another port, which could have been avoided had the same depth been available at Washing, ton as exists below it. With an Increase of depth more deep draft vesels would un doubtedly seek tlilfl port. Potomac Park. Congress by act of March 3. 1KD7, declared the reclaimed flats a public park. This ex tensive tract, amounting to 021 ucres of land and 118 acres of Inclosed water area, is capable of being transformed into one of the finest parks In the country. Willie it is necessary that the greater part of this area be, for the present, reserved for the deposit of material dredged from the river channels. If sufficient funds be appropriated, certain portions of the same can at the same time be filled to their final height and covered with a rich alluvial soil by dredging and then devoted exclu sively to park purposes. During the paat fiscal year about 11,<XK) cubic yards of good earth, free from ob ieetlonal matter, were dumped upon 'otomac Park, at localities remote from the river, where deposit by dredging is most expensive, and graded by private parties, under permit, free of cost to the United States. The reports for several years past have called attention to the fact that about J3.000 is required per annum for maintenance and preservation of the reservation, inlet gates, sea wall, training dike, for clearing weeds and underbrush, etc., and the need of proper police supervision has been noted. Appropriation of $400,000. Owing 19 tha continual eho&ling ot the dredged channels by deposits from freshets and the considerable expenditure required for the maintenance of this improvement. It has been Impossible, with the small appro priations recently made for this work, to undertake any extensive operations toward the completion of the general project. Of the $2,434.000 which has been appropriated for this work. $2,035,000 was appropriated in the first ten years of the project. from August. 1882, to July, 18!?2, and but $390,000 has been appropriated in the. eleven years since the latter date. Colonel Allen says: "In view of the urgent popular demand for better navigation facilities and for ad ditional park space It is believed that ap propriations sufficiently large to insure the completion, at an early day, of the entire project. Including channel depth and also height of fill, would be welcomed by the public. "A considerable appropriation Is neces sary for the removal of freshet deposits and also for maintenance: It Is also essential, for economy, that an appropriation suf ficient for the final dredging of the tidal reservoir and for the construction of the reservoir Inlet gates be made at one time, as the tidal reservoir will be Inaccessible to a dredge after the gates are built, while the construction of the gates will prevent shoaling In the reservoir after It has been dredged. "Th sum of $4<V>.000 can be profitably ex pended during the fiscal year ending June 30. 1S*i5. In the accomplishment of the work above outlined." MARINES ON THE RAMPAGE. Disturbance Created by a Party of Them in Annapolis. A special dispatch to the Baltimore Bun from Annapolis, Md., yesterday says: Shortly after last midnight the street on the west side of the governor's mansion, In Annapolis, was tha scene of violent disorder by a party of marines on the way to the Naval Academy barracks. A powerful young marine named Woods, who was mad ly Intoxicated, started In to clean out the whole party. He became Involved In a struggle with another marine named Man yon, during which many hard blows were exchanged, the last one being a terrific right-arm swing by Munyon that felled Wcods. This so frenzied him that It re quired the assistance of four bystanders to restrain him from further violence. Several shots were fired, and these brought to the scene ('apt. L'unlap of the Marine Corps, who Is staying at the Hotel Maryland, near by, and by iiis interference the disturbance was quelled. Woods was ordered to be taken to the city station house, and all along the route made fran tic efforts to assault the marines who had him In charge. He was transferred to the marine barracks this morning, and will probably be sentenced to a long term in the brig. ALBANY MOB AFTER A NEGRO. Attempt Made to Lynch Black Who Cut Peacemaker. A special dispatch to the Baltimore Sun from Albany, N. Y., yesterday says: An at tempt was made to lynch a negro, named Bert Hazelock. In the quiet old city of Al bany this afternoon, but the Intended vic tim was protected by an officer with a drawn revolver. The affair developed from a street brawl and the extent of the negro's Injuries is an arm shattered with a paving stone. Two negroes fighting caused It all. A white mill, named John Scharff, tried to separate them, whereupon he was attacked by Hazelock. who drew a razor and slashed the man In the bark. A crowd of some fifty white men attracted by the brawl made a rush for the negro, who ran down 3d street, where the affair had taken place. Cries of "Lynch the nigger!" were heard. One stone, which was thrown by one of the mob. struck him on the arm. shattering it and felling him to the ground. Trem bling with fear the negro regained his feet and continued his flight, followed by the crowd, which had grown to 2oo. He ran into a house on 1M avenue, near Swan street, frightening the women occupants and bolting the door to save himself. The crowd had surrounded the house when officer John Begley of the 3rd pre cinct arrived. He went Into the building to arrest Hazelock. Bagley drew his re volver and kept the crowd at bay until the arrival of several other officers, who es corted the negro to the station house, where he was locked up. CONVICTS' VICTIMS FOUND. Jones of First Tennessee One of the Killed in California. A dispatch from Placervlllo, Cal., yester day says: The five escaped convicts from Folsom prison who engaged in a tatal fight with the pursuers at the Grand Victory mines Saturday night, have not been seen and apparently have made a successful re treat. The dead bodies of Fes*us Rutherford and W. C. Jones, the two militiamen who were shot by the outlaws, were found this morn ing where they had fallen. Jones had served In the Philippines as a member of the 1st Tennessee Regiment and the 37th Volunteeer Infantry. Gill, the National Guardsmen, who was shot through one lung, is now exacted to recover. Another victim of the convict chase was i'hillp Spinger. a res dent of tills district. He Is deaf and, failing to respond to an order to halt, was fatally shot by a picket early In the morning. A report Just received Is that four con victs, not believed to be the same who am bushed the officers last night, were discov ered near Bolus, in the Webber creek d s trict. by a posse. A number of shots were exchanged, but so far as known without result. ELEPHANT TAKES A SWIM. Basil Escapes From Zoo and Goes in Bathing. A special dispatch from the Baltimore Sun from New York yesterday says: By an elephant swimming at large In Ixing Is land sound passengers on steamers and numorous fishermen In small boats were startled today. The big beast was some distance from shore and swam with appar ent ease There were several rowboats In peril and many attempts were made to capture him, but without avail. That the small boats were not overturned was duo entirely to the docile disposition of the beast. The elephant was Basil, the largest of the herd In the zoo at Glen Island. Early In the day he was tied to the stake outside the elephant sheds while his stall was being cleaned. He amused himself by encircling the stake with his trunk. Then he gave It a quick Jerk and the stake trav eled high In the air. The water looked cool and tempting, and he started In the direc tion of it. The keepers went at him with hooks and spears, and then started a battle royal. Basil filled his trunk with water and drenched them time and again. Then the elephant struck out into the deep waters of the sound. It was feared that Basil's strength would give out and that he would drown. Gangs of men In a steam launch and several row boats went after him. They managed to get ahead of him, and. by waving their arms in front of him, g-ot him to turn and swim for shore. When he reached land he shook himself after the fashion of a dog and then went to his stall. Contract for Disappearing Gun Car riages. The ordnance bureau of the War Depart ment has awarded a contract for fifteen disappearing gun carriages to Detrlck and Harvey Company, Baltimore, at $10,871 each, and for five disappearing gun car riages to the Mansfield Engineering Com pany, Mansfield. Ohio, at $10,260 each. Bids for Painting Opened. The chief clerk of the Treasury Depart ment has opened bids for the painting of the hallways of the first and second floors of the department. There were only two bidders. Charles C. Carter and J. S. Lin skey & Son. Mr. Carter's bid was $3,385 for both floors, while Blnskey & Son bid $3,280. One bidder was lower on one floor than the other, and the contract may be awarded by floors. iDISTRICT AUXILIARY Second Annual Convention Opened Saturday Night. PRESIDENT'S REPORT CONDITION OF ALL THE BODIES IS SATISFACTORY. Speeches by Male Veterans Who Were Present as Guests?Real Work to Begin Tonight. The second annual convention of the Dis trict Auxiliary to the Spanish War Vet erans opened Saturday evening In Spanish War Hall, with every delegate and most of the alternates present and with a large number of the members of the auxiliaries and friends. The bg lower hall was made attractive by handsome silk llags grouped round the room In the hands of some six teen young women, all attractively gowned In white. The guests of honor of the evening were numerous and comprised representatives of the staffs of tlie Department of Potomac, G. A. R., the District Corps of Spanish War Veterans and the Department of Po tomac, Woman's Relief Corps. The ses sion, which httd been declared an open one. was devoted to the reception and speeches of the numerous distinguished guests, and the reports of the District officers of the Spanish War Auxiliary. In her address the acting president. Mrs. Isabel Worrell Ball, asked that when adjournment was finally taken for the evening. It be in respect and love for the district president, Mrs. Mar garet W. Castle, who was unable to be present because of her late bereavement In tho loss of her son, James A. Castle. When the session was called to order there was a picturesque presentation of the representatives of the various organiza tions, the chairman of the committee on courtesies, Miss Agnes I. Ijlttle, and her assistants. Miss Mayme Burke I^ewls and Miss litter Austin, each carrying largo silk (lags, escorted tho guests to the altar, where they were formally presented with a color guard of twelve young ladles, who Immediately formed in two lines up which the guests passed to tho platform. The representatives of tho Grand Army o. the Republic, Senior Vice Commander Abra ham Hart, Department Inspector Randolph and Surgeon Dr. Thomas Calver, were the tlrat to be presented. Mrs. Rosamond H. Meacham, president of the Department of Potomac, and Major Frederick Hodgson, commander of tho District Corps. Spanish War Veterans, accompanied by the senior vice commander, Capt. Ryron, Inspector Hurne, Capt. I. N. Dolph, Capt. T'llrich, Capt. Shorey of the John Jacob Astor Com mand. and Mr. W. W. Smith were present ed later. The convention opened with prayer by the district chaplain, Mrs. I. N. Dolph, after which the color guard, under Instruction from the acting president, escorted to the platform the whole department staff of the Spanish War Auxiliary, and Mrs. Ball in troduced them to the assembly with a few words eulogislic of their labors for the year. President's Annual Address. The Junior vice president of tho District. Mrs. Klmira Foley, was then called to the chair by the acting president, who pro ceeded to deliver her annual address. She spoke of tho chaotic condition of affairs when the District was organized a year ago, and congratulated the organization on the progress that the auxiliaries had made un der discouraging and Inauspicious begin nings. She stated that the memltershlp had Increased to a gratifying degree, and that the auxiliaries were financially In a pros persons condition. Mrs. Ball declared that the ritualistic work was not well done, however, ami recommended that Inspections begin directly after installation of officers In January, so that Instruction might be given In what she considered very necessary work. Siie also recommended tho setting apart of 10 per cent of all funds for a relief fund. Mrs. Ball declared that the relations of commands and auxiliaries were of the most cordial character. She declared that abso lute harmony in all organizations of this character was necessary, as the people would not lend their aid and support to or ganizations all the time disrupted by quar rels. She emphatically denied the right of any command of the Spanish War Veterans to interfere with the elections or eligibility of anv of the members of her auxiliaries, and announced that she would severely dis cipline one of her memtx-rs who made any attempt to create a disturbance In one of the commands. The trouble between Miles Command and Its auxiliary was given but brief mention. "But one exception Is noted to the harmony between commands and auxiliaries." said Mrs. Ball. "And I am of the opinion that wounded pride and Injudicious gossip of aux iliary matters by those not members, com bined with unwarranted interference of in dividual members of a command tended to augment a deplorable episode, all of which might have been avoided had common sense and cool judgment been exercised by all parties concerned." , Mrs. Ball spoke with a great deal of pride of the patriotic labor that the auxil iaries were doing, and of the splendid work done by the members In the Spanish war section of Arlington on Memorial day. Other Reports. The report of the District secretary, Mrs. I.ulu Adams, was very full and dealt large ly with tho history of the organization, which Mrs. Adams has now gathered In compact form to file for future reference. As a companion piece of historical litera ture came the report of the District chap lain. Mrs. I. N. Dolph, who gave an in teresting account of the Spanish war sec tion In Arlington from the time of the burial of the Maine dead to Memorial day. The reports of the District Inspector, Mrs. Anna M. Baden, and of the treasurer. Mrs. Ada C. Williams, dealt with the statistical work of the auxiliaries and were exhaus tive. Mrs. Ball stated that she had requested that the reports be made as full ns pos sible as the documents would be historical as the first that had ever been made by the District Auxiliary. She said that she was perfectly astounded to learn a short time ago that when the District Corps came to get a seal for the Spanish War Veterans, there was not a member of the organiza tion who could tell the day and date of the organization of the District Corps. She was determined that this should never be said of the District Auxiliary, so a search was Instituted by Mrs. Adams for the min utes of the first meeting. It took two weeks to find these, but they are on file In the District archives now. Speeches by Guests. The remainder of the evening, after the reports were all presented, was devoted to short speeches by the veterans present. Senior Vice Commander Hart at once won the heart* of his audience by telling them that he was the father of a Spanish War Veteran, and Dr. Calver followed him with a like statement, anil then recited a hu morous poem about his "Not Being In It." Major Hodgson, to whose corps the Dis trict organization of ladles is auxiliary, spoke In the highest terms of the splendid work that tho auxiliaries had been doing for the commands, and declared it to be his belief that the commands would not long survive if the ladles were to with draw their support. He said that he felt proud of them, and he felt that they would In time become the same power In the patriotlo and charitable work that some of the older organizations of women had become. He congratulated them on the fine showing made by their reports, and promised the aid of himself and com rades at all times, a statement which was greeted with applause. Capt. Shorey declared that the Astor Command was a "bachelor" command, and Mrs. Ball, amid much laughter, told him to wait awhile and she might have an auxiliary to present to the Astor Command. Capt. Shorey promptly responded that they would quickly accept such a gift. Mrs. Meacham's Encouragement. Mrs. Rosamond B. Meacham, ? a sweet faced little womaoi who wears a crown ot Sc (Hompatti} Pennsylvania Avenue anil Seventh Street. Store closes at 5 o'clock; Saturdays at 9 o'clock. We Announce the >emI=Anniuiall Sale of Men's Pants, We include in this sa!e, as is our custom, EVERY pair of separate striped and mixed CHEVIOT, worsted and FLANNEL pants IN the house=?FROM THE $2.50 TO the $7.50 grades, INCLUSIVE. There are hundreds off pairs and scores off patterns ??and every pair off the Pants represents the highest tailoring ability in the de signing and making up; the best taste and judgment in sellection off pattern and weave--witii'e the reduc tions are from the proverb ialiy lowest Saks=prices. $2.50 and $3.00 (S? n *=7 ?? Pants. Choice 4* " 0 " & $3.50 and $4.( Pants. Choice $5.00 and $6.00 Pants. Choice $2.7< $7.00 and $7.50 Pants. Choice ,9>< $5.4. There are, off course, breaks in the sizes; but j there's sure to be every inseam and every waist measurement in a dozen different patterns. stall snow-white hair, said that she was so de lighted to bo able to meet the younger women who were taking up the work or caring for the young veterans. She want ed to extend to them theHKhth.iml fellowship and to assure them that th y had her earnest wishes for ??~ss ?hich she felt was assured, as they w' prosperously started. She dec a're great work and that tt appealed to all loyal mvomen. vfice Harriet Mrs Ball then presented Miss Harn i ll-wlev "the heroine of Montauk I oln . who had originated the idea of the Spanish second to Miss Hawley in the ^anizatlon ,,f which both were so proud. Both jounn ''were greeted with hearty applause and b^h spoke briefly of the organized 'relief work which wrouKht Piichgreat r suits for the sick and Buffering Spanish ^Among'the veterans who spoke was C"rl I'lrlch. whom Mrs. Ball ^trodu^ aa^a veteran of two wars. Capt. . how proud he felt as V'? * ???dvanla <ller to act as escort down JennsjUania avenue when President Lincoln was .n augi rated and the greater pride wh& fell when he l.ead?d the column of reti^n inn Spanish war veterans after tiie wai with Cuba. He was proud ^ many of his old comrades-in-arms were in the Spanish war with him. He ire'|rr with words of praise to the work of tn Spanish war auxiliaries and his own work in assisting to organize the auxiliary t Miles Command, of which he was captain at that time He declared It had done sLilendid work for the command. It was nearly midnight when the conven tion adiourned. The session tonight w 11 be behind closed doors, to which onl> members of the Spanish war auxiliaries irlvlr.K the countersign will be admitted Election of officers and reports of commi. tees will be the work of the evening. The acting president Is d-sirous that every member of 'he local auxiliaries at tend the session tonight. WHIPPED IN FRONT OF CHURCH. Claimed That Alexander Murray Had Defamed His Assailant's Daughter. A special to the Baltimore American from Buchanan, Ga.. yesterday says: Begging piteously for mercy, Alexander Murray, son of the wealthiest man of this section, war frightfully cowhided today just as he waf preparing to enter church by Mrs Jos.. Harrison, the postmistress here, who waf aidf d by her sister. Mrs. Harrison has a beautiful young daughter, to whom Murray has been pa> ing attention. A few days ago rumors ^ fleeting on the girl became current mother traced these stories to Murraj. ^ This ,no|"V!nf'lher si^er Mrs. HarrUoP sStioned'herself at the church iU>or In ? few minutes Murray appeared. The y>U"? the thuied to use the cowhide until the young man's clothes were cut from him and - ^'severa? strokes ^anded'on his fa- one o, rwas& s^ted XrZ ^um^iU the public sentiment sustains the mother. TRIPLE SCREWS FOR CRUISERS. Rear Admiral Melville Writes in Their Defense. Rear Admiral Melville, chief of the bu reau of steam engineering, has written a paper in defense of the system of triple screws for cruisers. In which he says, in Pli"The use o: triple screws is highly fa vored by the officials of the German, Rus sian and French admiralties. In fact, it has been officially stated that Germany will not hereafter use any but triple screws In the battle ships of the home squadron. The number of triple screw battle ships now in commission Is at least treble those that wore in existence when the Columbia made her successful run from Southamp ton^to^New^York-ter ^ Columbla reached New York the chief engineer of the vessel personally called my attention to the state ment that had been attributed to him as to the advantage that would be secured b> dispensing with the third screw. He told me that he had been misquoted, since he meant to say that by reason of the bunker construction, which made it ^possible to secure sufficient coal to use forced draft, the third engine oould not be used as effi ciently as the design provided for. Since the run of the Columbia the aues tlon of Installing triple screws fias Wn very carefully inquired into by experts ?t continental navies' Both in the French and Germ in navies triple screws were original ly installed for structural and economic i Experience with the?e vessel* ha. demonstrated that tactical advantages can be secured from Filch an Installation stnco the maneuvering qualities of the ship are greatly improved where there Is such an Installation. It has also t*?en discovered that the art of steering can ho acquired much more readily by the seamen where there Is such an arrangement of pow-r. "Is It not a fact that the Cun.ird Steam ship Company have practically settled upon a triple screw design of motive power fop the new greyhounds which they are con tracting for? If It be j?ue that we can ex pect at an early day the transatlantic steamer to be fitted with turbine engines? an Installation of motive power where there may be not only three but six screw pro peller shafts- then It would see in that the logical development of marina machinery Installation is In the direction of more than two screws. "The latest British nrmored cruisers have an Installation of SO.Otxi horse power of ma chinery, and It will only require the break ing of one of the propeller shafts of such an Installation to forever settle the ques tion as to whether such power should l>e transmitted through two or through three shafts. "The Installation of three screws will aim materially reduce the excessive vibration of machinery which Is so obnoxious to ocean going passengers, and which will seriously Increase the wear and tear of the hull structure. Those who have crossed the At lantic on an ocean liner fitted with triple screws have noticed 'lie Improved comfort resulting from the decreased vibration of such machinery over that of vessels where the power Is transmitted through two shafts. "The triple-screw Resign Is the logical ar rangement of machinery of cruisers, battle ships and ocean liners where thero is an excess'of D0.0<?i horse power of machinery. It will not only lie found that th e are economical, structural and tactical reasons for such an installation, but experience will show that the life of the ship will he long er. It Is simply engineering retrogression to fail to use triple screws In very lirire powered vessels, and this opinion is sus tained hv the experience and judgment of those officials of naval and mercantile serv ices which are in possession of such ships." Base Ball Notes. Hoston and Washington ag;.ln today. the 1 feaneateis winding up the series tomor row. Howarl Wilson certainly had a good look Saturday, especially when working ?'gainst the great Cyrus Young. lHinkle made the mistake of depending almost entirely on speed. When he sent in the slow ones they seemed to worry the Hoston batters considerably. Huck Freeman now shares honors with ilarry Pa vis In knocking the ball over the right-field fence, his drive Saturday look i like one of ids efforts in the olden c.ays. when he was a Senator. Selbach wound up the first game In the way that pleased his friends and himself, taking a high foul on the dead run after covering an acre of ground. Manager-Captain Collins and "Chick" 8t&h! made sensational catches, the lat ter'* catch of l.ee's drive probably saving trouble for the Bostons. A funny mix-up occurred at the plate In the sixth inning. Kyan had made a single and was trying to reach the plate on Clarke's double Into center. The ball and Ryan reached Jake Stahl about tho same time, the Senator going one way and the sphere another. A couple of the Sen ators rushed to Ryan to get him to the plate, but Hughes picked up the ball and made a head-first dive for Jimmy, touch ing him on the Jaw before the plate was reached. Ryan was dazed by his collision with Stahl and was almost knocked out when Hughes landed on his Jaw with the ball. President Postal reached the grounds shortly after the first game started and proved a mascot. Fred made the mistake of not going on the bench In the second to offset the good pitching of Hughes. Give Barry McCormlck half a chance and he will finish a double play up In quick order. He was the pivot once more In the second g:ime Saturday and turned the third out with quickness and dispatch. Detroit has signed a left-hanitd pitcher by the name of Duquette. Ho is a Cana dian and never has had experience in fast company. Donohue. pitcher for the St. Louis Amer ican league club, has been traded to Cleve land for Wright and a cush consideration. Wright has not given much sitisfactlon, and Donohue declared he wculd quit pro fessional base ball before he would ever play again with St. Louis. No truth exists In the statement that 'Harry Pulllam, the National League presi dent. contemplates releasing Moran. one of the umpires. On the contrary, he la pleased with the good reports he hits had regarding Moran's work. General Amnesty In Nicaragua. The acting secretary of state has received a dispatch from the United States consul at Managua, dated July 11. saying that at noon on that day all political prisoner* were liberated and a general amnesty pro claimed to all enemies of the Nlcaraguan government, both at home and abroad, and that protection has been granted to all now living abroad on account of political differ^ encts, it they return to their country* "