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E. F. Droop <& Sons, 925 Pa. Ave.
?I | 1 * i f t ?:? ? I V ?> I X 'bFamdt To Sell for Circumstances have combined to enable us to make an offer of extraordinary importance to those who will make presents of Pianos at Xmas. A line of brand-new Rembrandt Pianos ?new models?that we got from the maker at a special price?and can sell at a figure that dis counts any price yet quoted on a Piano of equal merit. Like to have you see them?compare with instruments selling at 20% to 333/3% more money. jpsccals im Mandolins, Guitars and Banjos. MANDOLIN?Style 6. with 9 Rosewood strips, white holly luiaid between strips: rosewood cap and sides; neat plain in laid design around sound hole and front edge. Rosewood finger board, with 3 position dots. Good ma- ? chine head and sleeve protector tailpiece. Guar- /j\\ en teed to be perfecty true Special price for vy// the Holidays, including canvas case " Gt'ITAR?Style 8; maple top: Imitation R'osewood back; Inlaid in colors around sound hole and front edgp; convex rosewood finger board, with three pearl position dots, uood machine head and re inforced bridge Guaranteed to be perfectly true. Special price during the Holidays, includ ing canvas cose BANJO?Style 6; grooved hoop top, 10*? or 11 in. rim, 10 latest style brackets, with protection nuts, all nickel plated. German silver raised frets; selected head, polished arm. best strings: rose wood finger board and pearl position dots. Guaranteed to be perfectly true. Special Holi day price, including canvas case $6'75 $/C?75 o DROOP'S HUSIC HOUSE, I I ? f I I y f t * * * j ? : X V ? ? I f I 1 f 1 n X"X"W- v> it 9 .? 9 it'? 9 925 PA. AVE. Steinwav and Other Leading Fianos. | 1 :??!? F St.. Cor. 11th. Furniture Factory. 14th and B. Storage Warehouse, 22d and M. Mattress and Couch Factory, li&ti F st. $ it .i 9 ' tfr * ?<: G1VABLE THING: IN FURNITURE. E would really like to have more room than we have for the putting aside of furniture that's being bought to be presented at Christmas. Just goes to show how much furniture is going to figure in gift lists. Showing everything you can fancy here?from the little prices right through to tlui big -ones. % fh 9 t 9 f: * t 9. !t '9. 9. * 9 ft: 9 *: 9 St-' 9 fr 9 fr 9 ? 9 fr i * 9 % r: * s t 9 t 9 r 9 This Morris Chair: Frame, $2.75. Cushions, $2.50 up. An exceptional piece of Fur niture at its price. In golden oak, weathered oak and ma hogany finish, elab orately carved. Frame" for ?J %J Another Morris Chair Frame, in mahogany finish? well built, well fin ished, to sell special at Cushions for these frames in tapestry, $2.50?in velour, $3.50, $4.50, $6. $7.50 and $9. Rocker, $L91 In golden oak and mahog any finish?a value that speaks for itself. Well built?well polished Rocker?one that looks and is a much higher priced piece of furniture. s i i # 9 (fr ? j(C * I $45 Leather- (S, ? covered Chair - $45 Leather covered Rocker Like the illustration. Luxurious leather - covered pieces that have the merit of construction as well as the merit of design to recommend them. Reasonable at $45. Bargains at $32. Another item from the sale ?Leather Chairs and Rock ers?covered in the new roan skin leathers?that must nec essarily sell for $44, for ? W. IB. Moses The Leather Four mi Stare Sale. ft 9 f( 9 9 $ 9. tfr $ it * ftf' 5 9 !('? ?T ? 1! i * i Sons, F St., Cor. 11th 9 I $ I I I I $ I. Neuralgia is a terrible affliction. If you are a chronic sufferer you will be glad to learn of Dr. Miles' Nervine, which will positively cure this and mam other nervous disorders. For im mediate relief. Dr. Miles' Anti-Pain Pills Are without question superior to any other remedy. They contain no opiates, are non-laxative, will not cause a drug habit and sold on a guarantee. Sold by all druggists. 25 doses 35c. Never sold in bulk. DR. MILES MEDICAL CO. Slhouid You Care to Buy, SeHi or Exchange liorss, Vehicle, or Harness, ? ? A call ulU convince yon that thU 1? ? ? the |)la<'e to come uiid transact the ? ? ? busluesa. ? S. Bensinger, till-20.1 ?asntiiNii.iiui ititi Millinery Reductions! Beautiful Trimmed Hats at a discount of 20%. ?The Phippa & Atrhlaon anil other ?T> Walking Huts, worth K> to $10, a: ?P->> ?Colored uotriuuiied Lata Id beaver and felt at HAI.F PRICE. -Splendid stock of fura. M.rs. C. Stiebel, 111113 G St. <ieS-i.tbj.J0 An Issue as to Construction Material. TRUE FIREPROOFING GOOD WORKMANSHIP NECESSARY IN ANT CASE. Constant Inspection Required by Both Authorities and Con tractors. To the Editor of The Evening St?N Dear Sir: As an engineer deeply Interest ed In fireproof construction, the writer would like to say a few words with refer ence to the article published over the name of Mr. F. W. Fitzpatrick in your issue of Saturday. December 5 Mr. Fltzpatrlck practically states that the only type of really fireproof building is a steel skeleton, with brick walls and hollow terra cotta floor arches, beam and column coverings. He condemns concrete In a very dogmatic way and leaves the non-technical reader to infer that no building with con crete floor construction, column and beam coverings Is either fireproof or structurally safe. He Inferentially condemns the build ing department for allowing such types of work to be used. Now these are points on which there is a wide and honest difference of opinion among those having more or less expert knowledge of the subject. The general public Is at least entitled to hear both sides. There is printed in Chicago, a magazine called "Fireproof." which is published, not with a view to disseminating accurate In formation about fireproof construction in general, but for the purpose of promoting the use of hollow terra cotta and combat ing the use of any other for of flreproof ing. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a prominent con tributor to tiiis magazine, and his articles are written in such strain as to expose him to the suspicion of being a partisan, rather than an earnest seeker after the truth. Reference is made to "Fireproof" for No vember. 1 !?(>?'!. and an article entitled "Whittlings," by F. W. Fitzpatrick. No Real Fireproof Construction. As a matter of fact, in the writer s opin ion, none of the types of fireproof construc tion commonly used in commercial build l ings is really fireproof, but all of them are more or less fire-resisting. Some of them are very good and some are very poor; both hollow terra cotta and concrete sys tems are to be found in both of these grades, as well as In all Intermediate ones. Even plaster of Paris is not to We entirely excluded from the h gher grades. As for the fireproof qualities of hollow tile, it is Quite true that In the kilns the titles have been subjected to a heat in ex cess of that usually found In conflagra tions, but the tiles are loosely piled, free to contract and expand, and the heat Is gradually applied and as gradually with drawn. No maker of such tiles would dream of cool.ng a kiln by suddenly opening It?let alone applying a tire stream to its con tents. The result would be a lot of broken tiles, and that is just what happens in an actual conflagration, if it is at all severe. Hollow tiles, rigidly built in. will not stand sustained high temperature without crack .ng from unequal expansion; if they would, kilns would be lined with them, instead of with solid fire bricks. St 11. burned clay is one of the best of fire-resisting materials; it could be used so as to produce a realiy fireproof structure, but not in the form of commercial hollow tiles?and no commer cial owner would pay the cost. Cinder Concrete. As for cinder concrete, if It contains much partly burned coal, it is not only not fire proof, It is actually combustible. But If It is made of clinkers and ashes and good Portland cement, and properly applied, it will not only develop reasonable mechanic il strength, but it will outlast under fire and water tests the best type of commerc al hollow tile work. Some manufacturers of Portland cement line their kilns with a concrete mr?de of Portland cement and cement clinker, because it stands the In tense heat (it.000 to 4.0<>0 degrees Fahren heit) better than fire brick or any other form of burned clay. Concrete made of Portland cement and good clean ashes and clinker from a steam plant is very similar to that made from cement clinker, though not quite as refractory. When we come to ordinary commercial types of fireproofing. as actually executed, and average tr.e good with the bad. the con crete and hollow tile systems are about on terms of equality so far as efficiency goes. When the design of reinforced concrete has become settled on as definite a basis as that of steelwork at the present time, the con crete systems will probably result In more stiength and better fire protection than the hollow tiles, for a given cost. In the mean time, there is every reason to believe that the building department Is doing all that can be done with the means placed at its disposal, to prevent the use of any system of fireproofing not susceptible of a reasona ble degree of efficiency. Bad Workmanship. As for defective and careless workman ship. the building department cannot pos sibly prevent it altogether. To the writer, one of the advantages of the concrete sys tems is that unless reasonable care is taken with them. the3' go back on the contractor before he gets his money?Instead of de teriorating on the hands of the owner after ward. Cement acquires at least 75 per cent of its total ultimate strength in thirty days, so it is quite unnecessary to give It a year I to harden, as one would Infer from Mr. Fitz i Patrick's article. If it were, the hollow j tiles would show up more of the careless ! work that is done upon them than they do. Men are pretty much alike in all trades; the writer knows from personal experience that hollow tile fireproofing needs just as careful Inspection and more skilled labor, for its proper execution, than any system of reinforced concrete. The mission that the non-technical press might well take upon itself would be the education of the owners of buildings to realize the necessity Of maintaining efficient Inspection over their work, on their own account, in addition to that rendered by the architects and tlie'build'ng department; and also to realize that they generally place a wholly fictitious value on time, with the result that, they pay more for poor work than they ought to pay for good, to the ultl ?mate detriment, not only of workmanship in general, but of their own particular in vestments. If this could be done, we might safely leave the hollow tile and concrete In terests to fight It out, with the full assur ance that, whichever won, we would have buildings as nearly fireproof as necessity demands. JOHN STEPHEN SEWELL, Captain, Corps of Engineers. MOST SUICIDES AMONG MARRIED. Coroner Reports Startling Figures? Carbolic Acid Favorite. A dispatch from Chicago says that married people are more prone to seek death as a relief from life's sorrows than are those who are single, according to Cat roner Trager's report for the year ending with November. Out of 459 suicides the last year 2rit> were married, while 132 were single. Fourteen widows, thirty widowers and only ten divorcees committed self-deatruc tion. Almost three times as many men as women look their own lives. an<J in all but eight of the cases investigated the vic tims were w hite. Out of 225 persons who chose poisoning as a means of death 169 took carbolic acid, the most painful of drugs to take, but the easiest to obtain. A Bright Thought. From the Detroit Free Press. "Yes, ma'am," said the obsequious gro cery clerk to Mrs. Bridey, who was order ing her first bill of supplies, "I've put down parlor matches; what next?" 1"Well, er, X suppose I ought to have some kitchen matches, too; oughn't I?" Department of Commerce and Labor. COVERS BROAD GROUND BUREAU OF CORPORATIONS CARE FULLY STUDYING THE LAWS. itary Cortelyou Tells of Hopes and Ims of the Great Establishment Placed in His Control. The first annual report of the Secretary of Commerce and l,abor gives a full ac count of the progress made in the organiza tion of the department, discusses at con siderable length the work of the various bureaus, complies with the several pro visions of law relating to statements of moneys received and disbursed, and makes such comments and recommendations in regard to commercial and industrial affairs as appear to be warranted by existing con ditions. Composition of the Department. On July 1. 190:i, tlie following offices, bu reaus, divisions and branches of the public service became parts of the Department of Commerce and Labor: The lighthouse board, the lighthouse establishment, the steamboat inspection service, the bureau of navigation, the United States shipping commission, the national bureau of stand ards. the coast and geodetic survey, the commissioner general of immigration, the commissioners of Immigration, the bureau of immigration, the immigration service at large, the bureau of statisitcs, the census office, the department of labor, the fish commission, the office of commissioner of fish and fisheries, the bureau of foreign commerce, the Alaskan fur seal and salmon fisheries. The department organization already ef fected in part was: The Secretary's office, chief clerk s office, disbursing and appoint ment clerk b office, solicitor's office (through detail of acting solicitor from the Depart ?Tust'ce), bureau of corporations The following are extracts from Secretary Corielyou's report: On July 1, lsxn, the personnel of the de partment co nprised 1.289 employes in ashington and 8.8.W in the country at large, making a total of 10.12.-,. The anuro prlations to be expended under the direction department amountd to $9,790,kit. of t,le inltial appropriations tendered it impracticable, in the time be tween the creation of the department and the next session of Congress, to do more than secure the systematic arrangement and oo-ordination of the bureaus and branches brought together. It precluded, except In the most general way, the prose cution of new lines of investigation or the development of new plans of administra tion. Department Building Needed. The Secretary calls special attention to his recommendation of last year for an ap propriation for the construction of a build ing for the department. Provision Is made in the estimates for an appropriation to'bc expended under the im mediate direction of tlie Secretary for the investigation of trade conditions at home and abroad, with the object of promoting the domestic and foreign commerce of the United States, and for other purposes. Statistical Work. One of the most important branches of the department's work is that of statistics. The aim being to furnish the business world with prompt, complete and reliable statistical reports upon' the various subjects of commercial and Ihdustrial interest. An effort is being made to secure a prompter issue of the department's publi cations without impairing their accuracy. The value of government documents de pends essentially on their presentation of current conditions, rather than the repro duction of facts and figures with which an energetic country is already acquainted. Bulletins containing the rulings, regula tions and notices of the department, and also statistical and other information of immediate interest to the public, will be is sued with the least possible delay. Among the more comprehensive publi cs ticns now in couise of preparation, and soon to be issued, is a history of the de partment, including a compilation of the laws with the administration of which, di rectly or indirectly, it is charged. The bureau of corporations is also praparing several publications that will undoubtedly be serviceable to Corgress and to those concerned in the special work of the burea u. Bureau of Corporations. It is the duty of the bureau of corpora tions to gather information on the subject of interstate and foreign commerce, to investigate the organization, conduct and inaiisgement of corporations and joint stock companies engaged in such commerce (other than common carriers subject to the jurisdiction of tha interstate commerce ct mmission), to report the results of such Investigations to the President through the Secretary of Commerce and Labor, and to compile and publish useful information ctncerning corporations engaged in inter state and foreign commerce. Including in surance companies. As an aid to investigation, the commis sioner of corporations is given like powers to those granted the interstate commerce commission. The creation of the bureau was viewed by some with alarm, or at least with sus picion. It was ieared that' the powers grrntcd might be hastily or inadvisedly used to 'he injury of legitimate enterprise. No such purpose actuated the framers.of the law; no such purpose will control Its administration. I Many corporations have been granted important privileges by tlie public, and some of these corporations, through con solidation of capital, have acquired exten sive influence in the industrial affairs of the country. Such privileges, if used Im properly, not only retard the progress of Industry, but frequently breed corruption in politics. The legislation creating the bureau cf corporations was the expression of a popular belief that further safeguards should be rrovided for the regulation of business enterprises to which special privileges have been granted by the people. Publicity will disclose unfair dealing, dis honesty and corruption; but if properly enforced It will not disclose to trade com petitors the fruits of Individual thrift and iritlathre. nor pmniQii any other manner the Invasion of pVivate rights. Bursau of Labor. The department is empowered to acquire and diffuse among the people of the United States useful ln?wrm?U.>n on subjects con nected with labor, in the most general and comprehensive sense of the word, especially regarding its relation to capital, such as the hours of labor and the earnings of laboring men and women; the means in general of promoting their WiStfcffiil, social, intellectual and moral condlticn; the elements of cost, or approximate cost, of products; the com parative cost of living, and the kind of liv ing; the articles controlled by trusts or other combinations of capital, business operations. Or ktboro^ind the effect such trusts or other combinations have on pro duction and prices; the causes of and facts relating tc all contrnversles and disputes between employers and employes. Capitalists and wage receivers are to be treated on an equality, for In these matters relating to labor and capital and to their respective representatives the department must stand in the position of an educational office, collecting and publishing such in formation as will enable each party to un derstand more fully the prevailing condi tions. When the present lighthouse board was organized in 1852 Congress adopted a pol icy which, when carried fully into effect, will equip the coasts of the United States so thoroughly with lights that no vessel off our shores will be out of sight of a light, or out of hearing of a fog signal. Panama Canal. The work of constructing the Panama canal will probably soon be undertaken, it will involve the transportation of consider Lansburgh & Bro. I Bargain Friday Sales, j Lansburgh & Bro. A Cloudburst of Bargains Stamps Tomorrow a Day of Importance to Christmas Shoppers. $2.25 Waist Patterns, $11.17. Fine Imported Waist Patterns of all-wool and silk-and-wool fabrics plain colors ? self-colored satin stripes Dresden effects, trl-colored stripes. The scasoritakk newest and choicest fabrics. Tlir?FVards in each pattern. If you buy these for gift purposes we'll box 'em upon a re quest free of cost. Now here's a chance to live a $2.25 Waist Pattern at the small outlay of only... % ? Y j Y ? z t ? Y x Y X J ? Y f ?|$2.00 Heavy Kersey, $1.59 Y 5<!-lneh Satin Kersey, heavy weight for coats or suits; brown and black only; Boys* $4 and $5 Suits, $2. 75 Buster BUI Brown Suits, sizes 3 to 10; coat, pants and vest, in all wool navy blue cheviot and serge, some fancy cassimere; a stylish and neat garment for the little fellow. They are $4.00 and $5.00 value. We offer them to close at i.39 Black Taffeta, $1 86 inches wide; a very strong all-silk cloth, perfect black. Friday, per yard 75c. kPeaude Soie, 49c $3.25 Waist Patterns, $1.95. 1.000 Waist lengths of silken, shitnmcry Jacquard Sublime, same weight and luster that made Eans downe famous. Colors are brown, green, red. gray, helio. black, royal, navy, old rose. pink, turquoise, &c. A full waist length of tills silky fabric, boxed all ready for pre sentation. Worth fully $3.25. Friday's special price for entire waist length Is value. $2.oo. Friday Spe- $1 $1.39 Fancy Suiting, 98c. X 58-incli Fancy Suitings; Scotch ef A fects. over plaids and A flakes. Including navy, and _ Y black flecked with white. (LDj^iC* ? Friday s Special Y v 1! an ported Mercerized $ Wsistings, 49c. ?j. 100 pieces Fine Imported Mercer ?J. ized \\ liite and Colored Waislin?r.s; y the kind we have been selling all Y season at tide., 75c. and 89c. yard; a Y waist of th s fabric makes . _ Y a suitable gift for Xmas; 4lO(C Y special, per yard " ~ % lj*35c. Wool Eiderdown, 25c 27-incli Jersey Back Wool Eider down, in ail tl.e following colois: Red. light blue, pink, tan, black, gray, cream and white; actual value 86c. per yard $2.98 Wrapper, $1.98. Of exclusive designs of fancy flan nelette, pointed yoke, outlined with stylish tuck effect. The new sleeve with cuff, turn-over collar, excel lent width skirt, finished aa ? with full deep flounce. *511 Size 34-4-1. Friday at U. 20 inches wide; pure stlk; . a perfect -black; will give 4lO(T* good wear. Friday, per yd. " ^s,'? $11 Black Peau de Soie, 75c. 30 inches wide; a very f=n f= strong and bright cloth; all silk. Friday, per yard $1.48 Wrapper, 98c. ' $L<C0 Black P?^?ce, 69c Of flannelette, in good, serviceable shades or navy, red, gray; also black and white, in neat stripes and fig ures; full front with pointed yoke; neatly trimmed with braid to match. The new shaped sleeve witli button cuff; extra wide skirt with .r, full deep flounce. Sizes 34 4*:. Friday at Foot Stools. With brass feet and upholstered in Velonr. ;Wc. ones this Friday, orly 2T*o. 49c. ones this Friday, only 35c. Fire Screens Filled with printed Tap estry Panels; a very great special at Wool Smyrna Rugs. New patterns and col- ^ fl Q/j-j. jrs; size 30x00; regular >5 II 12.25 values; Friday ^ )C? M ?que tie Rugs. Exquisite colors; new patterns. Note the prices for th.s Friday. The SI.25 ones for $1.10 The $2.75 ones for 2.3!) The $4.00 ones for 8.59 Japanese Folding Screens. 35c. White Flannel!, 25c. Y * Y Infants' White Flannel Y pure v ool, 27 inches wide; ? Y 35c. value; special for Fri- x fC Y day, vard ?=* [Women's 39c. Aprons, 29c. | Women's Aprons, of fine white ma ? terlai, seven small fine ^ tucks and deep five-inch j, hern. Friday, each ?Women's 29c. Aprons, 19c. I Women's Aprons, with 't deep hemstitched hem and j, embroidery pocket. Friday, 1 each Infants' Bibs, 50c. A dainty little holiday gift for the baby, a Silk Bib of Fine China Silk and Lace, the U D<C* 75c. grade, at ^Children's Umlbreililas, 49c. Y Children's 22 and 24-inch English y Gloria Umbrellas, paragon . _ Y frame, steel rod. natural Y wood handles. Friday at.. ? Four folds, covered with cloth, embroidered in gold; $3.75 ones; this Friday black $3.00 White Silk Fans. Spangled, painted and lace trim med. Equal to most $1.00 grades elsewhere. Hun- . ,-v dreds to choose from. Spe cial at Art Bust. A handsome Oriental Bust, 10 inches high. Spe cial at Men's Hose, 850 dozen Men's Fine Gauze Fancy Half Hose; new colorings. 2 pair for.. 735 dozen Men's Black and Gray Wool Half llosa; good weight. 2 pair for 25Co $2.CO Comfort, $1.69. Full-size Satine Comforts, filled with pure white lami nized cotton; handsome /fc * S/rf. dark oriental colorings. j[ ,0)^ $2.00 value, at 420=426 lib St. 24 inches wide; Kngllsh dye; per fect black; strictly pure silk; will not crush; for , waist and entire costumes. nVl^Lt'lC Friday, per yard ^ 39c. Colored Japanese Haibutais, 28c. 24 inches wide; French dye; will stand the water test (don't mistake this cloth for tha cheap do mestic fabrics*; any color you may desire. Friday, per yard c Piiiow Shams, 45c. Plain Linen Hemstitched Pillow Shams, with three , rows drawn work; size. :?i\ jjl J 3o. Friday, each ? * Bleached Sheets, 52c. A lot extra heavy-weight Bleached Sheets; linen fill- pj lsh; 2% yards wide by 2'^ ^Cc long Friday at 12y%c. Pillow Cases, 9c. 150 dozen Pillow Cases; soft finish; medium size. 45x 3<5. Friday at # 25c. Sheeting, 20c. 1 case 2^i yards wide l'n bleached Sheeting ; the 25c. X'U'C ? grade. Friday at.. 8c. Muslin, 3%c. 1 case yard-wide Bleached Mils lln; soft finish; in siieet IT / lengths: the Sc. grade. Friday at, yard / $4.00 Quilt, $3.00, $4.00 12-4 Extra Size Marseilles Quilts; six all-over fern leaf and medallion designs: the greatest value ever of fered in a first-class spread Fine Satin magnificent $3.00 $4.25 Blanket, $3.48. 11-4 Full Size Silver Gray Blankets: very close in weave: durable, strong and easily laundered; ^ -5 / o pretty blue and red bor ders: value. $1.25 $5.00 Comfort, $4.45. $5.00 Down Comforts, filled with pure white odorless down; new designs and colorings; light and dark $4.45 4I7-42S St. able material and some passengers from the Vnited States. Trade by way of the isth mus between our Atlantic and Pacific coast ports is now confined to American vessels. American cgntrol over the strip of territory through which the canal is to be built is to be guaranteed. The situation suggests the inquiry whether I lie special trade be tween the I'nited States and the isthmus, involved in canal construction, shall -be confined to American vessels. Many questions concerning it will come before the Department of Commerce for investigation. Future of Department. In concluding his report the Secretary | says: "The department deals with the great concerns of commercial and industrial life. To be of service to tliess Interests it must have their hearty co-operation and support. It must be a department of business. It must be progressive, but at the same time conservative. It must not deviate in Its course from the pathway of justice, strict and impartial. It must be non-partisan in the highest and broadest sense. It must recognize no distinction, as between large and small interests, as between the affluent or powerful and the humblest citizen. If It attempts to occupy a field that properly belongs to private endeavor it will inevita bly fail to realize the high hopes of its present well wishers. It must adhere rigid ly to the lines marked out since the founda tion of the government for federal agencies in executing the will of the people. If these general principles are made- effective, if conservatism and impartiality, coupled with ever-increasing efficiency, mark its admin istration, I cannot but believe that this new department will become a mighty Influence for good in our commercial and industrial affairs." No Confidential Files. "As far ns practicable I desire to do away with confidential flies. They are often the resort of the blackguard an<jj the blackmailer. Only such tiles should be held confidential as the law requires or public considerations demand. Every offi cial document in the department, whether it relates to appointments, contracts or other subjects, should be accessible to au thorized inspection, and should afford a full and satisfactory answer to every proper inquiry. "The Department of Commerce and Labor does not seek growth by the absorption of duties now assigned elsewhere. If, in the j opinion of the President, however, or of i Congress, as the law may provide, the transfer of bureaus and offices to this de partment seems to promise a more efficient administration of public affairs, such transfers will be welcomed. On the other ! hand, if experience plainly shows that cer i tain duties now allotted to this depart 1 ment can be better performed under a dif ferent control the transfer of such duties will be promptly recommended. Viewed With Suspicion. "The creation of the bureau of corpora tions was viewed by some with- alarm, or at least with suspicion. It was feared that the powers granted might be hastily or inadvisedly used to the injury of legit imate enterprise. No such purpose actu ated the frgmers of the law; no such pur pose will control Its administration. "It Is usually wise to await the experi ence gained in the execution of existing law before recommending additional legis lation. "The new department should not be ex pected to do impossible things. If it can be helpful to any considerable extent In Improving existing relations as between employer and employe; If its publications can furnish facts from which there may come fuller understand!!^; if, having gain ed the confidence of the people, it can from time to time point the way to better feel ing and broader views as between contend ing interests, it will accomplish one of the most beneficent results of its organiza tion." ATLANTA PATROLS SAN BLAS. Movement Entirely of a Precautionary Nature. A cablegram from Colon lust night says: Tfie United States cruiser Atlanta is still patrolling the eastern end of the San Bias coast and keeping an outlook for any at tempt on the part of the Colombian govern ment to land troops on the isthmus, which the Atlanta would at once prevent. The Atlanta is also endeavoring to ascertain it the Indians know anything of the move ments of troops from the interior across the frontier, and is also seeking information concerning the alleged concentration ol Colombian troops at the mouth of the Atrato river, on the Gulf of Dar'.en. The movements of the Atlanta are en tirely of a precautionary nature, and for the purpose of securing informal on. The I'nited States gunboat Bancroft left today to patrol the western end of the San Bias coast in co-operation w.th the Atlanta. It is expected that the latter vessel will return here in a day or two to report Boyd's and Vicinity. Spct !?1 Correspondence cf The Evening Star. BOYD'S. Md? December 9, HXB. The residence of Dr. S. B. Miiford, in the town of PooleavIHe, caught fire last night at 9 o'clock and burned to the ground. The fire is supposed to have originated from a defective flue. The house was valued at $1,800, and was partly Insured. The Baltimore and Ohio railroad will In the near future build its depot platforms on concrete, thereby saving large expendi tures for repairs. The condition of Lloyd Jones, whose arm was recently crushed by a husker and shredder, is improving. His arm was am putated near the shoulder. A peculiar accident happened yesterday to a yard engine in Brunswick in charge of Engineer Smith. An incoming freight train hit it. rather hard. The trainmen jumped and the engineer was knocked from his post and received some broken bones. The throttle was thrown partly open and the engine started toward Harper's Ferry up the main track. The tower switchman at Weverton was notified to sidetrack it, buti it did not reach there, the steam run ning down. Railroad Smoke. To the Editor of The Evening Stnr: This would seem to be a good opportunity to amend the railroad act to require the several railroad companies entering this city to use electrical locomotives exclusive ly within the city limits. The electrical locomotive nas passed the experimental stage, and is used in New York and Balti more. Unless this condition be Imposed now, at the eve of the work, we will have for yea re to come the same smoke nuisance that has prevailed for years in South Wash ington. The steam locomotives can be kept In readiness at the boundary of the city or beyond Just aa well as at the station. K. STRIKERS SHOOT TO KILL. Deputies and Clerks Fired Upon Near Berwind, Col. A dispatch from Trinidad, Col., last night says: VVliiie a numlier of deputies end clerks were driving from Berwind to Tobaeco this afternoon they were fired upon by several men hid behind rocks and brush. The dep uties and clerks jumped from tlie wagon and returned the fire. The shooting con tinued at Intervals for thirty minutes, though no one was Injured. Sheriff Clerk and posse were preparing to leave for the scene on a special train, when word was received that reinforce ments of guards had arrived from Tobasco, half a mile away, and the ambush party fled. No arrests were made. The trouble is said to have originated this morning when a miner came Into the mine office at Berwind and became very abusive. He was kicked out by a deputy, and it in thought that he stirred up Ills friends to start the difficulty. The double funeral of Velano and Band, the miners killed by guards in the battle at Segundo, Monday night, will be held ill Trinidad from the Catholic Church tomor row afternoon under the auspices of tho miners' union. This being the first blood shed since tho ' strike began, great preparations ar<* being made for a demonstration. Over l.utKt union miners are expected to march in the fu neral parade. The relations between the miners ami guard at Segundo are still strained, ami trouble is expected there at any time. Mrs. Homelelgli? "Your husband Is at hn club a good deal, isn't he?" Lady Gadabout?"Yes. The poor boy hates being at home alone, you know." ?Punch. OLD AND NEW WAY. Hyomei the latest Scientific Dis covery for the cure of Catarrh. The discovery of Hyomei has wrought a wonder ful change In the treatment of catarrh. Prior to three year* ago the medicine* ordinarily employed In the cure of this disease wi re nauseat ing drugs and worthless tonics. In some instances they benefited,, but the improvement was not last ing. With Hyomei you take Into the air passages of the throat and head a balsamic air ibat goes to the minutest cells, effectually killing all germs and microbes of catirrh. It enters the blood with the [ oxygen, killing the germs In the blood, and re stores health to the whole system. Many astonish ing testimonials have been received from those who have been cured by Hyomei. A complete outfit costs but $1.00. and includ s an Inhaler, dropper and sufficient llyomel for sev eral weeks' treatment. Perhaps the strongest evidence that can bo giv?n to doubters is the fact that Henry Evans, 623 and 924 F St. n.w., has so much faith in Hyomei th?t be sells every package under a positive guarantee to refund the money If it does not core. Now is the time to begin the use of Uyoiittt. Druggists F. S. Williams & Co. Sign the Bond. With every box of Ml-o-na sold hy F S. William* & Co., 8th and F sts. n.w., they will give signed bond to refund the money If It d.e# not re*-' ulate digestion and give a natural ine rt ase of good col Id flesh. You run no riak whatever when yon b ;y Mi-o-n?, You are the Judge as to whether it costs }uu thing or not. '