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E. F. Droop <& Sons, 925 Pa. Ave.
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
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
X"X"W- v>
925 PA. AVE.
Steinwav and Other Leading Fianos.
F St.. Cor. 11th.
Furniture Factory. 14th and B.
Storage Warehouse, 22d and M.
Mattress and Couch Factory, li&ti F st.
' tfr
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.
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
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.
$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,
? W. IB. Moses
The Leather
Four mi Stare Sale.
Sons, F St., Cor. 11th
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
Sold by all druggists. 25 doses
35c. Never sold in bulk.
Slhouid You Care to
? ? A call ulU convince yon that thU 1? ?
? the |)la<'e to come uiid transact the ?
? ? busluesa. ?
S. Bensinger,
?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.
An Issue as to Construction
Constant Inspection Required by Both
Authorities and Con
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
Captain, Corps of Engineers.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
$2.25 Waist Patterns,
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...
?|$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
kPeaude Soie, 49c
$3.25 Waist Patterns,
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
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
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 ^
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
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
$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
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
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
Fine Satin
$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
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
Future of Department.
In concluding his report the Secretary |
"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
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
"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
Movement Entirely of a Precautionary
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
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.
Deputies and Clerks Fired Upon Near
Berwind, Col.
A dispatch from Trinidad, Col., last night
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."
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
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. '

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