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Were Summoned to Advise
the Secretary of the Navy.
The Latter Had Claimed That the Duty
of Others Was Simply to Fol
low Instructions.
Naval circles are considerably stirred up
?ver the wide difference of opinion existing
between the general board of the riavy and
the board on construction regarding the
types of ships foe which Congress should
be asked to appropriate this year. In view
of the far-reaching importance to the
American navy and to the country gener
ally of the present controversy a brief out
line of its several phases has been obtained.
In his annual report Secretary Moody
contented himself with a general recom
mendation regarding the increase In the
navy with the intention of taking the mat
ter up in detail when he appeared before
Congress. That he might be equipped with
the facts in the case the Secretary called a
joint meeting of several members of the
general and construction boards and the
matter was taken up. By direction of the
Secretary a subcommittee from the two
boards was appointed to continue the con
sideration of the best types of ships for
recommendation to Congress, the final re
port on the subject to be made to the Sec
Views of the General Board.
The members of the general board con
tend that the sole mission of the board on
construction is "to do what it is told to do.
As a naval officer friendly to the general
board said today: "The construction branch
of the navy is not supposed to know or Ur
pass upon the types of vessels. This is
peculiarly the work of the strategists of
the navy. It is for the general board to
plan the type of the vessel, to fix its torf
nage, to say what its speed shall be and
what guns it shall carry. It is for the
working out of these details that the board
of construction exists, and It is usurping
authority for members </f the board on con
struction to attempt to recommend to the
Secretary what ships the navy needs. The
board on construction has no initiative in
the matter. As I said before, its work is to
do what it is told, and its members must
not expect to receive the same considera
tion for their views regarding types of ves
sels as do the members of the general
board, who are expert strategists, who
make a business of the study of war. of the
preparations of war plans, the working out
of elaborate schemes of national defense,
of planning great trans-oceanic campaigns,
and in general of thoroughly studying naval
tactical and strategical problems."
So much for the opinions of the members
of the general board.
Attitude of Board op Constructino.
The board on construction is composed of
these officers: Rear Admiral Charles O'Neil,
chief of ordnance, president; Hear Admiral
George Ray. engineer-in-chief of the navy;
Rear Admiral George A. Converse, chief of
the bureau of equipment, and Rear Admi
ral Washington Lee Capps, chief construc
tor of the navy. This board emphatically
states that it is quite correctly versed in
Its duties, and members of the board, while
not in the slightest inclined to battle with
the general board, feel that they do not
need to be instructed as to what are their
duties, save by the Secretary himself, at
whose instance the board of construction
was created. Members of the board are
quite ready to work up plans of ships that
will float, but they feel that it is a waste
of time and expense to prepare elaborate
plans of proposed vessels which the board
is able to prove on paper at the outset by
facts and figures are certain not to float.
It seems that Secretary Moody 2sked the
general board for suggestions regarding de
sirable types of battle ships and cruisers.
The board prepared an elaborate bunding
program, extending over a long period of
years, and calling for the construction of a
large number of cruisers, and also of some
battle ships and armored cruisers. Empha
sis was placed, however, upon Che import
ance of these protected cruisers. The pro
gram was submitted to the board on con
struction. which pointed out to the general
board that this program was going back
ward and In the face of the policy of other
navies, the most of which had abandoned
construction of protected cruisers, on the
ground that they were useless.
Wouldn't Float.
The sensation of the general board build
ing program, hewever. was the "ideal bat
tle ship." This ship, according to the ideas
of the general board, was to be of 10,000
tons full load displacement, have a speed
of eighteen knots and carry a large battery
of heavy guns. After investigation of this
plan the board of const ruction replied that
the only trouble with the proposed "Ideal"
ship was that, although undoubtedly a
formidable looking man-of-war on paper,
it wouldn't float. The constiuction board
backed up its verdict with facts and figures.
Agreement on one point hag been reached,
and that Is that whatever battle ships shall
be asked for this year shall be of the Min
nesota type. The question of protected
cruisers is still pending. It is probabie that
In the last instance the Secretary of the
Navy will be compelled to make his own
r commendation, which will probably be in
the nature of a compromise between the
two boards.
Value of State's Realty Outranks Geor
gia?Taxes and Bank Deposits.
> roui the New York Tribune.
Material Injustice seems to be done to
the state of Maine by regarding it and
treating it as chiefly a wilderness region,
given up to hunting, trapping and fishing.
Thus at the St. Louis fair this year the
Maine state building Is to be a log cabin,
filled with hunters' and fishermen's trophies.
It.is also complained that the laws for the
protection of game, chiefly In the Interest
or non-resident sportsmen, are so unjust
and oppressive to farmers that the agri
cultural development of the state Is seri
ously retarded, and In some parts of the
state growth of population has entirely
ceased. There (^}n be no doubt that the
forests, mountains and lakes of Maine pre
sent to the sportsman one of the most at
tractive hunting grounds in the world; and
the spoliation of them would be a mon
strous shame. Yet. on the other hand, the
superb agricultural and manufacturing re
sources of the state deserve recognition and
safeguarding, and there can l>e little hesi
tation In saying that the subordination of
these latter to the sportsmen's pleasure
would be an Intolerable hardship, while to
set up a hunter's log cabin as representa
tive of Maine Is so grossly unjust as to be
Maine is not one of the most populous
states, yet it considerably outranks Colo
rado. Florida, Washington and Oregon, and
has more inhabitants than the three states
of Utah, Montana and Idaho combined. In
value of real estate it outranks Georgia, the
"empire state" of the south, and lp total
valuation it surpasses Kansas, Louisiana,
North Carolina. Tennessee, West Virginia,
Washington and Oregon. Its debt Is smaller
than that of Rhode Island or Mississippi, or
th2 territory of Arizona. Its tax rate is
one of the lowest, it has more capital in
vested In manufactures than has Georgia,
or Alabama, or either of the Virginias, or
either of the Carollnas. or Louisiana, or
Kentucky, or Iowa. While In population
It stands thirtieth, in amount of bank de
posits It stands eighteenth, almost equaling
Texas, surpassing Kansas, Nebraska, Ken
tucky. Tennessee and Louisiana, and more
than twice exceeding Georgia, or the two
Carollnas combined. Its millions of acres
of farming land rank in fertility and value
of products almost If not quite as high as
any on the continent. It Is true that Its
lakes are productive of many fish, and
more fish stories; and that receipts of "big
fame" at Bangor amount to about 170
513-515-517 Seventh Street
The Clearance in Shoes
akes Least Prices.
700 pairs finest grades of Men's Dress
Shoes; newest leather, including patent,
colt and calf, vici kid, box calf, velour
and Diamond calf; swell button, lace
and blucher shapes; genu
ine welted soles; all the ? -ovF?
small lots of $3.50 to Jo.00 ^ ]|
Ladies' Extra Fine Dress Shoes, In all
leathers, high or low heels, broad or
narrow toes, extended or
close soles; up-to-date
shapes; balance of our
(2.50 shoes
Balance of all our Men's 50c.
Rubbers; several styles and good
qualities; take your choice of any ^
Ladies', Misses', Children's and Youths'
Best Quality Rubbers; some have
double soles and rolled edges;
worth up to 00c
Boys' and Girls' Dress and School Shoes;
ail styles, heavy and light weight;
kid or patent tips; lace and but- (U)r$lC
ton; worth up to $1.75 4w?
Ladies' Overgaiters; tailor
made; worth 25c
Women's and
Wool Leggins;
Misses' Pure
fast black;
fleece lined; extra length;
worth $1.00 io>y^a
Ladies' Black and . Dark Red
Juliets, fur trimmed; soft, easy
soles; worth $1.00
600 pairs of Ladies' Good Quality
Dress Shoes, lace and button;
several new shapes; worth up
to $2.00
Shoes, button, 9c.
Infants' 40c.
with patent tips.
Millinery Almost
Given Away.
A handsome collection of Women's and
Misses' Trimmed Hats that sell as high as
$18?all materials of the highest class, and
every hat most desirable. At these remark
ably reduced prices?
Women's and Misses' Ready-to-wear and
Untrlmmed Hats; white and colors; many
handsome styles and effects; values up to $2.25
This Handsome
Reed Rocker From ? to 9
Tom or
row Even-i]g\ II
ing at - - ^
As the leading special for tomor
row evening's 5 to 9 sale we have
selected this large and roomy Reed
Rocker that sells regularly at $3,
and have made the price $1.59! It
is exactly as illustrated?full roll
reed; high back, roomy and com
fortable. Very strongly constructed.
From 5 to 9 only the price is to be,
instead of $3, $1.59.
Additional 4-Hour Specials.
Golden Oak Sideboard with French
Plate Mirror; shaped base; two
small and one large
linen drawers; regular /j?/f> an
$16.50 value; special
from 5 to 1) p.m...:.
Soft Top Mattress, with unbound
edges; covered with good quality
ticking; worth $2.75; <=.
??ra 5 to 9 $11.15
Regular 85c. All-wool Ingrain Car
pet, 36 inches wide; large selec
tion from our regular .
stock; special from 5 to 4LR)(fV
9 p.m Tri/'wa
Size 9x12 Smyrna Rugs; very beau
Uful Persian effects;
fast colors; worth $18;
special from 5 to 9 p.m.
Solid Oak Dining Chair, built and
braced very strongly;
very rigid; worth $1.00; falBrT
from 5 to 9 p.m *
Oil Cloth Runner; sold at 25c. and
30c. yd.; extra heavy ? "5 /
weight; special from 5 j (n\n"$/fl(f
to 9 p.m
Smyrna Rug, in handsome oriental
designs; worth $1.00 and =3,r>>
$1.25; from 5 to 9
Ending a Remarkably Busy Week;';;'with
New and Greater Sacrifices!
Another Lot off Men's Sample Hats.
Ready for tomorrow morning?another lot of about 24 dozen
Men's Sample Hats in the grades sold at $2 and $2.50 everywhere.
In tan, pearl and gray shades and in all sizes. Soft hats only. The
Clean-Sweep Sale brings the price down to, for choice?
98 cents.
Bedwear in the Big Sale,
Heavy 10-4 Blankets; gray,
with colored borders; worth
75c. pair. One pair to cus
Heavy 11-4 Tan Blankets,
with colored borders; worth $1
Heavy 10-4 White Wool
Blankets, with pretty bor
ders; worth $3 pair
Heavy Comforts, in neat de- ?
signs and colors. One to a
Large White Bedspreads;
pretty patterns; worth 60c.; ^*0^
one to a buyer
Good Quality White Bed
spreads; large size; worth 98c.;
to go for
The steady stream of buyers that has filled these spacious stores since
opening time Monday morning is an eloquent evidence of the place they hold
in the people's estimation?an unshaken confidence in the advertising state
ments?a knowledge that when you are invited to share in the most wonder
ful bargain selling the store more than bears out the story. For Saturday
we have gone a step further in the stock sacrificing that the week's last day
shall more than keep up the average.
Test the convenience off the Siecht credit way by having your purchases
charged and paying later on.
Open Until 9 O'clock Tomorrow Evening.
Boys' Wash Sailor Blouses 49c.
Boys' 50c. and 75c. Wash Knee Pants.15c.
Boys' Corduroy Knee Pants; sell up
to $1 29c.
Boys' 25c. Flannelette Wa;sts 6l?c.
Boys' Wool Knee Pants; 75c. value..39c.
Boys' Laundered Dress Waists; 75c.
value 39c.
Women's Tailored Wear
Away Below Cost.
A Chance to Select
the New Spring (S)(fT\
Waist, Worth Up
to $3, at - - - - -
Description cannot do justice to the beauty
of these elegant waists, and certain it is that
never before, either in Washington or else
where, has such a remarkable offering been
made. Waists of finest madras, dimity, lawns,
India linens and many other high-quality fab
rics. Waists superbly designed with finest
lace insertion, briarstitched open work, full
tucked yokes, lace inserting and applique ef
fects. Most of these choice and handsome
waists were bought to be sold as high as $3.
Pay 89c. and take your choice.
Clean Sweep in Cloth*
is Going Ahead of
Every Record.
Of course, no man who
knows will require a second
invitation to avail himself of
the wholly extraordinary
price reductions that are
bringing a phenomenal rush
of business to this depart
ment. As stock-taking time
comes nearer the pressure to
close out stocks becomes
greater?many lines not in
tended for the clearance sell
ing have been added to the
sale, making it more inviting
and more extraordinary than
ever. Don't miss it. Here's
the pricing?
Clearance of Fine Fancy Vests.
They are in finest mercerized, all-wool tans and grays and plain
white styles, with tasteful figures; single and double-breasted styles.
Vests sold up to $1.50
Vests solid up to $3.00?
The Greatest Collar Purchase Ever Made by
Any Washington Store!
Men's High
Quality Linen
Collars - - - -
The leading collar manufacturer
of Troy, New York, has just closed
out to the Hecht Stores about 4,962
dozen Men's Collars?his accumu
lated stock, countermanded orders,
goods where orders were not filled
for one reason or another. The
Hecht syndicate of seven great
stores being among his best custom
ers, we were given the opportunity
to buy the entire stock in one lot?
The collars are now here and were
placed on sale this morning.
As the brands are among the best known in the world, we were required to
agree not to advertise the names. Not a collar in the lot retails anywhere under
10c., many hundreds of dozens sell regularly up to 20c. each. There are all styles
?the very latest and newest shapes?and all sizes. We've placed the tremendous
lot of nearly 5,000 dozens in a big sale, and they will be sold by the dozen only.
Take your choice at?
Children's Sale Specials.
Children's Heavy Cloth Reefers; sizes
6, 8 and 10 years; sold regu- /rr. <r\
larly at $3.08; now reduced
Infants' Sacques, made of soft quality
flannelette; the kind that sells >? ^
regularly at 25a; now reduced J
Specials in Suits.
For Men's Suits we've
at$a?i?-01- $5.??
For Men's Suits we've
always sold
up to $115 -
For Men's Suits sold
$20 $11.75
For Overcoats
always sold
at $110 = =
For Overcoats
alwavs so2d
at $12.50 =
For Overcoats
always solid up
to $17.50?
always sold up
to $22.50?
For Overcoats
always solid up
to $30?
Advance Purchase of Boys' Wash Suits.
A big purchase of Boys' Finest Wash Suits. We agreed to take
them now instead of later on to secure a gigantic price concession
and into the sale they go at the most ridiculously reduced prices ever
named. All the finest fabrics are included?some of the Suits are im
ported?all are tip-top in style. In two lots?
Suits Worth High as
to go for
Suits Worth High as
to go for
!Qc. Dozen,
$29.98 Silk Costumes - - - - =
A most wonderful Clean Sweep Special will be the offering
of these exquisite and handsome Silk Costumes at $12.98 in
stead of $29.98, their real worth. They're In the richest and finest b!ack peau de sole
silk: some fashioned with elaborate tucking, in pin widths and wider; some are trim
med with silk braid medallions. All the newest and most stylish productions. It will
be the sale's most extraordinary offering at $12.98.
$25.00 Velvet'Suits = = = - = = -
Very stylish and $LmArC, Velvet Suits, fashioned in the newest
pleated Gibson blouse .style; finished with chic stock collar, and
made with full pouch, sieves; walking and dress lengths; all sizes. The velvet Is
of rich luster, in plaiil, bla'ijk. blue, brown and gun metal effects. We advise every
woman who wishes to s/itU'e in this great Clean Sweep Special to be here promptly
Suits Worth $15== = = = = = =
Lot of Suits remaiiiing,.from the quick-selling lines up to $15,
Including Etons, NofrfjJjks and box coat suits; all are well tailored
and most desirable. Less.'than a hundred in all, so be prompt.
$20 Tailored Suits ------
A handsome collec'lirfn Of very stylish and up-to-date Suits, in
all-wool black zibelina. and hrown and blue cheviots; blouse and
skirt coat effects; trimmed with finest silk braid; form-fitting skirts. Suits that
have sold at $20 readily.
Specials in Skirts.
, $3.98
$7.98 Dress Skirts -------
Fine Broadcloth and Cheviot Dress Skirts; blue and black;
handsomely trimmed with taffeta silk bands; regular price, $7.98.
$15 Walking Skirts* - = - - -
Fine grade Walking Skirts, many of which sold as high as
$15; finest broadcloth, thibet and Imported cheviot, seams all
strapped: hip trimming of match bands; blue, tan, black and smart mixtures;
choice at $5.98.
$12.98 Voile Skirts -------rt?
Fine quality Voile Skirts; some lined and some unlined; dP'Qj'o
made with flare bottom, some with habit back; blue, tan, gray
and black; trimmed with tailor-stitched bands in many exquisite designs?triple
bands forming hip yokes; rows of bands heading flare and perpendicular bands;
value $12.98.
Waists and Furs.
In Men's Furnishings.
Men's Anchor Brand Laun
dered Percale Shirts; one pair
cuffs; 50c. and 75c. values.... ?
Men's Fine White Laundered
Dress Shirts, slightly mussed =
by handling; the regular SI
kind ^.
Men's Laundered Percale
Shirts; cuffs attached and de
tached; regular $1 and $1.50.
Sample Men's Finest Muslin a a
Night Shirts, silk trimmed, 4f-4!-??
50c., 75c. and $1 values
Boys' and Girls' Fine Qual- ^
itv Heavy Golf Gloves; regular I! SC.
25c. to 39c. values
Men's Fast Color Black
and Fancy Hosiery; sell at
15c. usually; reduced now to
Children's Good Quality Rib
bed Underwear; shirts only;
sizes 16 to 20; 25c. value
Boys' Good Quality All-wool, '"ft/Ov _
Fleeced-lined Underwear; sold VL.
regularly at 75c
Men's Excellent Quality *=T[ /
Hemstitched Handkerchiefs; a
sold regularly at 15c /^t
Men's Dr. Wright's All-wool Under
wear; wool back; regular $1 ="
and $1.50 values; now reduced
rs, in twenty
Men's Silk Neckwear, reversible four
in-hands and tecks; 25c.
and 39c. values;
down to
Men's Pioneer Suspenders, in twenty
five styles; sold always
at 25c. and 39c.;
Men's Finest All-wool Un- ? w=>
dershirts; drawers to match; EJf
$1.50 values. Reduced to
Men's Heavy Ribbed Under
wear; shirts and drawers to
match; flesh color; 75c. value. '?
Men's Flannel Pajamas; a _ e,
fine sample lot; regular price
$1.50 to $2; reduced to
Men's $2.50 and $3 Cardi
gan Jackets; single and <? pr>
double breasted; reduced H
Men's Wool Sweaters; full
fashioned; extra good quality; /
the regular $2 value
Men's Umbrellas, made
on steel rod and Paragon ?=
frame; never sold under $2. ]J
Children's School Umbrellas; "Ti/rh ?
never sold under 50c.; very
serviceable; now reduced to ..
Infants' Long Slips, made of good
cambric; perfectly sewed and >? ft
good quality throughout; now 1 7C
priced ? m
Choice of any Girls' Coat In zibeline,
kersey or other fine ma
terial; 6 to 12 years; sold
up to $10.98; at
$5.98 Dress Skirls - - - - - - -
New Dress Skirts, in splendid grade blue and black cheviot,
with taffeta silk band trimming; tailored in up-to-date manner;
real value, $5.98-, in the sale at $2.20.
Specials in Wraps.
New $10 Coats --------
Lot of stylish Coats in excellent quality English Kersey,
Montenac Cheviots and unfinished Worsteds; corset coats and
box-fitting coats; black only. Sold up to $10.
$09.98 Velvet Coats
Lot of Fine Velvet Coats; blouse and long coats; lined with
best satin; handsome trimmings of silk braid and jet. At the
wonderful price of $5.
3>8 Coats at --------
Very stylish lot of All-wool English Kersey and Montenac
Cheviot Coats, in tan, mode and black; corset fitting and loose
coats; some lined with best Skinner's satin. Sold up to $24.98.
$4.98 Silk Waists -------
Black Peau de Sole Silk Waists; elaborately tucked and with
medallion trimmings; large sleeves. At $2.29 for the sale.
$6.98 Silk Waists -------
Fine quality Peau de Cygne, Peau de Soie and Taffeta Silk
Waists; all the evening shades and black; sold up to $6.98.
$5.98 Fur Scarfs
Lot of Very Desirable Fur Neck Scarfs, in fine marten and
brook mink; smooth and fine; to go for $1.98.
Immense Clean Sweep
Savings in Boys' Wear.
Choice from lot of 150
Suits; 2 and 3 of a kind
from the best selling lines;
blue and black cheviot and
fancy mixed effects; double
breasted Norfolk, sailor
blouse and Norfolk with
sailor collar;
mostly all $5
Choice of any Suit from
the full and complete lines
sold regularly
as high as
Boys' Heavy Blue Serge,
Cheviot and Fancy Mix
ture Suits that
have always
sold UP to ^2 Qg
$5.98; now <4>
Boys' Tan, Red and Blue
Beaver Overcoats in novel
ty styles; sell
Boys' neat Oxford Gray
Overcoats of splendid qual
ity; sizes up to 16 years;
sold up to
$6.00; reduced .
Choice of any Overcoat;
sizes up to 16
years; from
the finest lines;
reduced to.
Boys' Finest Grade Nov
elty Overcoats; very stylish
and handsome; sizes 2%
to 8 years;
sold up to
Girls' Wool Plaid Dresses; lined
throughout; velvet and braid trimmings;
sizes 6 to 12 years; a num- ^=?/Ck _
ber of pretty styles; reduced
Children's Flannelette Dresses; sizes 1
to 3 years; well made and per- ^
fectly sewed; now reduo^d Jj J[
moose and 8.000 deer a season. But what
are thesse compared with more than $20,
000,000 a year from three agricultural prod
ucts, and $10,000,000 worth of domestic ani
The fact Is, Maine Is a state of excep
tionally varied natural characteristics. A
considerable part of It Is best suited for
hunting, fishing and the like; and it would
be well to have It maintained as such,
forming, along with the mountain region
of New Hampshire, an unsurpassed forest
preserve. But that region should l>e so
administered as not to interfere with the
larger and far more Important part which
is adapted to the high development of
agriculture, manufactures and commerce;
and the representation of the state which
la made at St. Louis should be one that
would show it to be a state of varied re
sources, rich in farms and factories and
ocean-going fleets, and not be confined to
the subordinate and incidental features of
log cabins and deer hides.
Social Ostracism for Chewers of To
bacco and Arrest of Offenders.
From the Chicago Record-Herald.
Social ostracism for chewers of tobacco,
Increased fines and penalties for people who
expectorate on sidewalks artd In public con
veyances, and a general acceptance of the
doctrine that cleanliness and morality are
synonymous terms, are aims of the Pro
gressive Health Club. This organization,
now In the fourth year of its existence, has
embarked pn a crusade which its members
hope will literally sweep the town. It in
tends to prod city officials Into a realization
of the dangers of widespread, prolUic ex
pectoration, to demand of traction: com
panies tliat passengers who persist in such
practices be ejected, and to agitate until all
spltters are classified as enemies o{ publio
Only women are affiliated with the Pro
gressive Health Club, but there is a chance
for men to belong If they will join In ef
forts for the extension of Its sphere of In
fluence. Its officers say there is no reason
why those of the other sex should not be
eligible for membership upon proof of hab
itual cleanliness, and particularly of hav
ing refrained from expectoratiop in public
places for a long period?provided tliat they
are willing to accept the leadership of the
But this Is a digression. It la the convlc
tion of the members of the club that no
question now before the people is more
fraught with possibilities of good than that
of the cure of the spitting habit. The club's
basic objects are the investigation and study
of hygiene and home sanitation, pure food
measures, climatology, bacteriology, the
Influence of the solar system on human
health, and lastly the expectoration nuis
ance. But now the last has become the
flrst, and all of the society's energies will
be bent toward the abolition of a habit
that, in their opinion, has spread more
disease and discomfort in centers of popu
lation than any one other.
"Yes." said the man in goggles, "the au
tomobile horn is a great invention."
"I hope you don't disgrace the league of
chauffeurs by warning people not to get
run down?" Interrogated tlm man in the
touring car.
"No: I use It to drown the remarks after
they are run down."?Chicago News.
The old friends met.
"Allow me to congratulate you, old man,"
said one: "I hoar you are a high official."
"Sh!" cautioned the other; "if any on#
hears you call me a 'high official' thep"H
think I'm mfxed up in some kind of a gov
ernment scandal;"?Chicago News.

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