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TALKING MACHINES Rccords LARGEST STOCK IN THE CITY TO SELECT FROM. John F. ESSis & Co., 937 Penma. Ave. Wholesale and Retail Victor Agents. dsB-tr Q TP a m d Mil Greatest TciSet Luxury Made. Cleanses, aoftemi. purifies. whitens and beautifies the skin. Soap and water only cleanse superfi cially. Bkfrae Tale says: A Uttle Almond Blos ?om Complexion Oream should be applied every time the face and hands are washed. It removes the dust, soot, grime, smut and ?mudge from the Interstices of the skin aud makes the surface smooth as velvet. A dally necessity at home and abroad, a treasure When traveling by land or water, or when on an OQttQf of any kind, and particularly prized at the seaside or mountain resort. Protects the skin from euttlpg winds, burning rays of the 6un and every Injurious effect of the elements. Prevents and cures abnormal redness of the nose or any part Ct the face: also chapping, chafing, cold sores, fever blisters and all Irritations of the skin. It Is the greatest known specific for burns: takes the fire out oioro quickly than anything else. soothes, teals and prevents scars and suppuration. Indis pensable for use of infants and every member of tha household. An exquisite natural beau*lfler. A grateful application after shaving. Excellent for massage purposes. Mme. Yale's Almond Blossom Complexion Cream comes In two sites, at special ?rices, of 79c. for the large $1.00 site and 30c. for be 56c. size Ask tor a free copy of Mme. Yale's 06-page sou venir book at our Toilet Goods Department, given away free Also mailed free to those living out of town. Write for a copy We are Madame Yale's Washington agents and have permanently placed her entire line In our Toilet Goods sacticn, where ladles can at all times obtain any of these well-known preparations. We sell the entire line at Special Cut Prices. no7-tuAf.rf r; Coke PopmiHar FiueS for CookSo:_ Consider Coke from every standpoint, and you'll find it is superior to all other fuel for use in the kitchen range. Then, too, it coats only a fraction of the price of other fuel. 25 Bushels Large Coke, delivered *2.50 40 Bushels targe Coke, delivered *3.70 60 puslieia Large Coke, delivered..... .$5.80 25 Bushels Crushed Coke, delivered. .. *8.00 40 Bushels Crushed Coke, delivered... .$4.50 60 Bushels Crushed Coke, delivered-.. $0.50 'ashington Gaslight Co. 413 10TH ST. N.W. RHEUMATISM Cured in Few Hours. I WILL REFUND i'OUH MONEY If IT FAILS. MUNYON'S Rheumatism Oars rellsres pains In legs, arms, back, (tiff or swollen Joints la * few hour*. Posl tlrelj cures In a few days. Contains no morphine or drug to put the disease to sleep, but drives It from the system. II you bate Dyspepsia or any liver trouble, use Munyon's Paw-Paw Pills. Tbey cure Biliousness, Constipation and all impurities of the blood. Price ?6 cent*. All druggists. MCNYON. Bo22w.f.m.tf.2S ing. Co. Twenty-flve years' experience. Steam and Hot Water Heating. Largest, most complete nnd best equipped shop in "Washington de voted exclusively to this clasa of work. Repairing and Remodeling. We will estimate for you. Offices, 918 F Street N.W. Telephone Main 448. . ml.26-tt /uiDD & o BITPKHT SWISS WATCHMAKER AND DF.ALEH IN SWISS AND AUZBIOAN WATCHES. S3 years tn burluNS In this city. FINE WATCH AND CLOCK BEPAIB1NO A S SPECIALTY. 1213 Q St. N.W. nolec^Ct.lS SL.' .a McClure's? The Marketplace of the Is a marketplace in which hundreds of manufacturers present their wares with all the attractiveness which only truth can give, with never a word that misleads and with never a ware that deceives. The keys to this market place are at the disposal of all whose goods McClure's Maga zine can honestly recommend to its friends. All news stands, 10c., $1 a year McCEure's Magazine 44-00 East 23d Street, NEW TOHK WANTED. Keys with bicycles cam ofctaiim employment in our Messenger Department. AppHy to Postal! Telegraph Cablle Co., 11345 Pen ma. Ave. ?e10-42<J * " Paintbrush FREE GIFT MIRRORS We' tp Jnst reeelred a large shipment of fine American and German Mirrors? suitable for holiday gift*. Prices, 65c. to $7.50. Bsst Gold Paint, 15c. We sell hundreds of pounds of Gold Paint every Christmas and never have a complaint, as we handle only the best quality. Hodgkin's r"-!n-t a^ yi3 7that. 'I'honeM.2706.i JK de~-2Sd Holiday PIANOS at de4-28d Farina Cologne. The cologne that pleases all. For the toilet and bath. Full pint, $1.00; y3 pt., 50c.; Y* pt., 25c. True Violet Water?full pt., $1.00; pt., 50c.; Ya, pt., 25c. Henry Evans, WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DRUGGIST, 922=924 F Street N.W. co26-tf,28 I X M A ?Portables and ?A splendid stock to select from? goods that make Ideal gifts. Prices are well within reason. Qeo-MMtlh^Co. iSSSZ 418 7th St. de7 2?4 SPKCJAt, BAUD. (14*. [One pair of |!uhi < to ra soar and far. | 40% Discount on Oculists' Preoerlotloas. A. KAHN, 838 F STREET. noll-d,eSa,28t*10 $ A PYTHIAN JUBILEE Class of 1,116 Initiates Re ceived Degrees in Baltimore. LARGEST IN HISTORY MANY WASHINGTON KNIGHTS ATTEND CEREMONIES. Preceded by Street Parade, Ritualistic Exercises Are Conducted and Ban quet for Guests Follows. Baltimore had a big Pythian event last evanlng in wlilch many Washingtonlans participated. It was railed a "Pythian Ju bilee, and more than one thousand new members received the first, or page, rank. The wotk was actually performed only Upon Mayor Timanus o.f Baltimore, tho hundreds of other candidates simply being obligated. Washington Pythians played quite a prominent part in the ceremonies, a large delegation being in attendance. Late yesteruay afternoon a special recep tion committee from Baltimore, consisting of Past Grand Chancellor A. S. Strlte, Rep resentative Wachter and Wm. P. Broening, met prominent members of the order here and escorted them to Baltimore on afternoon trains. Supreme Chancellor Chas. K. Shlvely, Supreme Vice Chancellor Barnes, Charles S. Neal of the endowment rank and Representative Pearre had gathered at the residence of Representative Watson of Indiana. Mr. Watson is a member of the Pytlilan Supreme Lodge, and was a guest of honor of the Baltimore members of the order. The Washington visitors were met at Bal timore by a special delegation at the Hotel Belvedere and were put into carriages and driven through the business section of the ?}*y- Jp the party were Past Supreme Chancellor E^iward Dunn and Supreme Out er Guard John W. Thompson, both of v\ ashlngnon. Washington Knights Present. A large number of Washington Pythians went over on different evening trains and returned at various times in the night and morning. The Baltimore papers of today assert that about five hundred Washington knights were In attendance. The actual figures were about 150, but that was enough to exhibit the active interest of the Wash ington Pythians in the big enterprise of their Baltimore brethren. It is asserted that the record of 1,116 can didates initiated at one time topped the previous record of 1,050, made in Indiana. Every now member was enlisted from the city of Baltimore, while the Indiana record breaking initiation gathered candidates from the er.tire stato. In the course of the ceremony Mayor Timanus was chosrn as the representative of the entire novitiate, the others standing and taking the obliga tion. The ceremony is described by vet eran members as the most impressive in their experience. It was amplified and Im pressively rendered. The initiatory cere monies were In charge of a team of fifty members from .mountain City Lodge, In which Is Included an orchestra of twenty pieces. Representative Watson's Report. The feature of the evening was a speech by Representative James E. Watson of In diana. He said: "When I was Invited to come over here by your distinguished chancellor and by my good friend. Frank Wachter, whose gentle seductions I could not resist, little did I think I should meet such a throng. Out In Indiana, where we have 3,000,000 people and 70,000 Knights of Pythias, we oan expect It, but in Maryland, with 1,000,000 and 7,000 knights. It Is marvelous to find such a pro portion present. And a class of 1,100 from one city alone is remarkable In the annals Of any organization. Now, my brothers, I did not come over to make a speech. "I am glad I came to Baltimore. It Is a beautiful city; but, after all, brethren, the greatest crop you grow here Is the crop of people. But what we need most, my breth ren, is a return to the common things of life?the simple things of life. It la the common things of life we must learn to ap preciate. and the 'common thing of greatest interest is the common man.' Lincoln said, 'God must love the oommon man?He made so many of us.' And that brings us down to fraternity, and fraternity moans a square deal for the 'common man.' People say 'fraternity Is a sentiment." So is love a sentiment, and heroism and self-sacrltlce. "Home Is a sentiment, and the love of home will appeal to man as no other force that is known. Why. love of mother is but a sentiment, yet what power is there?what will win men back to the paths of recti tude like mother's love? Fraternity is more than a sentiment?It is a vital principle that will never die. "This fraternity of ours is the result of an Idea. What idea? The fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. We hear about anti-graft?that Is a negation; but what Is back of the idea for better things? The 'SQuare deal' and the prinalple 'Do unto others as you would that they should do unto you.' "As sure as day follows night this Idea of fraternity Is what lies at the root of our principles and the foundation oif the welfare of America. I was pleased to see your hon orable mayor marked as the sacrifice for the slaughter?he had evidently been fat tened for the sacrifice?-and I congratulate you on your wonderful showing." Banquet to Guests. After the adjournment of the meeting at the Lyric the Jubilee committee tendered an Informal dinner at the Hotel Belvedere to Representative Watson, Supreme Chan cellor Shlveley, Mayor Timanus and A. C. Strlte, mayor of Hagerstown. The affair was strictly informal, there being but seventeen present. One of the most Interesting features of the evening was the parade from Pythian Temple to the Lyric, In which many kn.ghts from Washington participated. At the head was a platoon of mounted police. Next came the 5th Regiment Band. Then the visiting Pythians and the members of the committee, all seated In carriages took their place*. Every town In Maryland was represented, as well as the District of ?umya'. ?elaware and Pennsylvania. fnTi'o iK.uS f!f Khorassan turned out In force, and the line was swelled by a great number of the uniform divisions, the thirty wfr i alodges and lodges from Maryland. Delaware and Pennsylvania. At the Lyric each member was admitted by password, the hall, for the time, being a lodge room Tickets admitted the candl ?hie3if0r 1?,, ' for whom was reserved the whole n..ddle section of the first floor. Handsome Decorations. It Is estimated that in all about 12,000 Pythians participated in the Jubilee. The Lyric was dazzlingly decorated. The most striking feature was the arrangement ot the long streamers of electric lights. From the center of the ceiling they were stretch ed in long sweeping curves to the balcony where they were attached to poles about twenty feet apart. The eyes naturally fol lowed the line of the string of lights to the central focus, where hung a large bel' wrought In white bunting, with umila*. vines to bring out the lines of its curves The national colors and the Maryland black and goid formed the decorations of the bal cony. The Pythian colors?red blue and yellow?were draped about the boxes Upon the stage a huge United States flag and a Maryland banner were draped to All in the top of a great arch, the edge of which was covered with Pythian colors. Maryland Farmers' Quarrel Fatal. Joseph R. Price, a well-known farmer of Kent Island, Maryland, -was found Wednes day In his cornfield unconscious and with bis skull fractured in several places. He died that night without regaining con sciousness. J. B. Lane, a well-known farm er of that vicinity, was held for the crime by the coroner's Jury. He says that be struck Price In self-defense during a dis pute about a load of corn. There were no witnesses to the encounter. OYSTER BOAT SLAVERY SKA MAW GALLAGHER RESCUED BY UNITED STATES MARSHAL. William Gallagher, the young white man who wrote his friends from Lewlsetta. Va., telling that he had been cruelly treated on an oyster boat, arrived at Richmond, Va., yesterday. In charge of United States Deputy Marshal Samuel Bendltt, who was armed with a warrant signed by Judge Waddili. Bendltt boarded the oyster schooner Ethel Ruth off Lewlsetta, Northumberland county, In the Potomac river, and demand ed Gallagher. Capt. William Marsh of the Ethel Ruth at first refused to give Gal lagher up, but, being threatened with ar rest. consented and handed over his outfit. Four other men on the schooner begged Bendltt to be taken also, and were much disappointed when they found he had no authority to release them. Galiagher tells a pitiful story or hard ship, cruelty and suffering, and declares he "lived in liell" the whole time he was aboard the Ethel Ruth. Shipped in Baltimore. Gallagher says at Baltimore he signed a document with a firm of employment agents. He expected to fill the Job of cook at a fair sum agreed upon. He found out when he was aboard the Ethel Ruth that he was to be used in dredging and deck work. He was told that he was to bo paid only $14 a month, and that he could not quit his Job. When Gallagher refused to do the work, he says, he was frequently hurled to the deck and bound and threaten ed with being strung in the rigging. Therq, were five of the crew ? white men ? who claimed to have been "shanghaied," and there wero four negroes with the captain, who kept guard over the white men and forced them to work, he says. Gallagher says that the negroes were armed. He and another alleged "shanghaied" man, James O'Brien, managed to escape to the shore, but the captain ran them down, according to the story, and brought them to a halt with four or five shots. Letter Led to His Rescue. In despair Gallagher managed to get a letter posted to his uncle in Philadelphia. The matter was Immediately reported to the Department of Justice, in Washington, and in turn to the United States marshal of this district. Deputy Bendltt did not take long to find the vessel and to get the man. Gallagher will have a hearing before Commissioner Brady today. Accused of Peonage. A similar case reported at Richmond Is from the oyster boat Daniel, and the com plainant. an Austrian sailor. Is now being sought by the government as a witness in possible peonage charges to be made against captains along the coa?t. The Austrian, whose name is Feiey Bela, says that he was brought from Baltimore to Westmoreland county by various promises of a good Job aboard ship, and finds him self a slave and denied the rlgh^ to leave the vessel. Gallagher's testimony will be supported, It is said, by similar stories by his ship mates. A dispatch from Baltimore, Md., last night says: James Hodges of the firm of Jubb & Hodges, shipping agents, was to day indicted by the grand Jury on the charge of assaulting the late James Mc Cabe of Philadelphia, whose dead body was found floating in the water at Deals Island some time after he had been shipped ns an oyster dredger on the schooner Sadie E. R. Gibson. IN BEHALF OF THE JEWS. Correspondence Between Simon Wolf and Secretary Root. Letters from President Roosevelt through his secretaries, and from Secretary of State Root and Simon Wolf In this city, chair man of the board of delegates on civil rights of the union of American congrega tions, were presented to the select council at Philadelphia yesterday in response to the resolution of request recently adopted by select and common councils urging President Roosevelt to exert his influence to cause a cessation of the outrages against the Jews In Russia. One of the letters was from Acting Sec retary of State Bacon, who stated that the councils' resolution has been called to the attention of President Roosevelt. It Included copies of the correspondence be tween Simon Wolf and Secretary of State Root. Mr. Wolf's letter was in part as fol lows : "Dear Mr. Secretary: As chairman of the board of delegates on civil rights of the union of American Hebrew congregations, t am In receipt of numerous telegrams and letters asking me to intercede with our gov ernment on and In behalf of our Jewish so-religionists in Russia. In obedience to their wish I bring this matter to your at tention, being fully cognizant of the fact ihat our government can in nowise at this lunoture intervene or even offer Its good jffices, as the condition in Russia is such ;hat that government seems to be power ess to prevent riots and bloodshed." Secretary Root replied in part as fol ,ows: "Sir: I have to say that I quite concur n your view that at this Juncture any ac tion by this government looking to the re let of your co-religionists in Russia would i>e Inopportune and unavailing. With the hoped-for establishment of a more liberal form of government and the restoration of administrative control over the remote scenes of the occurrences which are so greatly to be deplored, this government may look for a practical response to its repeated solicitations of freer treatment of American Hebrews, and may be in a po sition to exert efficient good influence to wards the more liberal treatment of all Jews in Russia, and their better protection from the consequences of deep-lying racial antagonism. The pro-blem is one which strongly attracts the sympathetic attention of this government. I am, eir, your obe dient servant, "(Signed) ( "ELIHU ROOT." Supervision of Oyster Dredges. The United States revenue cutter William Wlndom sailed from Baltimore Wednesday last for a cruise on the bay, in compliance with the recent orderB directing her to cruise and keep a lookout for vessels that may need her assistance In consequence of having been blown ashore by a winter gale or tUJm being In distress from other causes. These cruises of the Wlndom will, as has been stated, be kept up almost constantly throughout the winter, with only short vis Its to Baltimore for coal and supplies. It is also stated that the Windom has orders to visit the oyster dredging fleet at inter vals to look after any cases of cruelty that may occur. The recent visit of the Win dom to the oystermen, It is believed, will make the captains of the oyster vessels more careful In their treatment of the men aboard the boats, particularly when it Is known the cutter may drop anchor along side of them at any time. It is stated that the Maryland oyster police officials have or ders to take a more active interest in the welfare of the men employed in oyster dredging on Chesapeake bay and its tribu taries. Manitoba Asks for Low Tariff. The Canadian tariff commissioners spent an entire day at Winnipeg llsten'ng to the arguments of the farmers of Manitoba against an increase in protection to the manufacturing industries of the Dominion The farmers claimed that the prices of agricultural Implements were unreaeonably high and asked for relief along that line yesterday. . They quoted figures to show that Cana dian manufacturers were driving Ameri cans from the field. This, they argued, tended to keep up prices and also resulted In inferior goods, as In many Unes Can adian articles were not equal to the Amer ican product. A strong plea wa* also en tered against putting a duty on lumber, as was advocated by British Columbia lum bermen. They offered In return to forego any duty on agricultural products. John R. Ward, adjutant general of In diana, resigned yesterday on the demand of Gov Hanly as the result of an investigation of Ward's accounts showing an alleged shortage of $87*. LOOAL MARKET PBIOES T.TTTT.TB CHANGE IN QUOTATIONS SINCE THANKSGIVING. Fowls of All Kinds Scarce-Increase In Supply of 'Wild Ducks?Fruits and Vegetables. Now that the Thanksgiving holiday has passed market dealers are looking ahead with Interest In what conditions will rule during the Christmas holidays. There has been an Increase in the demand for sup plies since the meeting of Congress, and dealers expect a gradual Increase in trade from now until the height of the holiday season. There has been but little change in prices sine* a short time before Thanksgiv ing, and, with the possible exception of high-grade butter, eggs, veal and lamb, sup plies are plentiful and moderate prices pre vail. There has been no scarcity of turkeys thus far and dealers hope the supply will not lessen between now and Christmas. It is believed by the dealers that there will be no change in the price of turkeys before Christmas, and that they will retail for about 20 cents a pound during the holiday season. Farmers are still sending in small lots of dressed turkeys, and some of the larger shippers are sending carload lots of live ones. Fowls are scarco this week, dealers being unable to get ducks enough for the trade. Capons are in demand. Ordinary fowls are selling at 10 cents a pound and capons ut 25 cents. No large shipments of game are being received and the market Is firm. Wild ducks from the Potomac river are more plentiful than they were before Thanksgiv ing and are in splendid condition. Some fine canvasbacks were received from near Gunston yesterday and found ready sale at $4.50 a pair. Mallards are to be had at the rate of $1.25 a pair and smaller ducks are as cheap as 75 cents. Quail are still scarce, and dealers say there are no prospects for lnerense in the shipments. Dealers are de pending almost wholly upon Maryland and Virginia farmers for their supplies, only a few birds being received from the west. They find ready snle at $4 a dozen. Fruits and Vegetables. Dealers in fruits are able to make attrac tive displays on their benches at this sea son. Grape fruit, oranges and bananas are plentiful and reasonable, but apples are still scarce. Florida oranges are coming in in splendid condition and dealers are sell ing them at from *20 to 50 cents a dozen. Grape fruit is selling at from 5 to 20 cents each and bananas are to be had at from 10 to 20 cents a dozen. Pineapples are as fine as any that were ever offered on the local market and are selling at from 15 to 30 cents each. Tangerines are selling at from 25 to 50 cents a dozen, and Cataw ba grapes at 25 cents a basket. The choic est apples are bringing from 15 to 20 cents a quarter peck. Florida tomatoes are coming in fairly good shape and dealers regard them as being dheap at 15 cents a pound. String beans and peas are also being received from Florida and are selling at 20 cents a quar ter peck, cheaper than they are to be had early in the season. Cucumbers from Flori da may be had at from 5 to 10 cents each, while hothouse stock commands prices ranging from 15 to 25 cents. White pota toes are bringing 25 cents a peck and sweet potatoes are a little higher than they were a short time ago, spiling at 25 cents. Cab bage is by no means plentiful and the curly stock is selling at 8 cents a head, while Danish cabbage is selling at from 10 to 2t> cents each. Cauliflower, celery, spinach, radishes, lettuce, egg plant, oyster plant and other vegetables are plentiful and bring reasonable prices. Fish and Sea Food. Dealers in fish are able to supply the de mand at prices that are considered reason able for this season of the year. The principal luxury in the line of fish is the brook trout. The first trout of the sea son reached the local market this week and are selling at from 75 cents to *1 a pound. From the Potomac river the dealers are re ceiving a few black bass, some rock and perch. Potomac bass are selling at 15 and Jo cents a pound, according to size; rock are bringing the same price and perch are 15 cents a pound. Spanish mackerel are in demand at 16 cents, halibut are 20 cents, Balmon 26 cents and cod and bluefish are 12% cents. The demand for fish of all varieties at the wholesaJe fish market oh the wharf was quite brisk this morning, and the supply on sale was also fair. Prices in consequence of the deimajid keep up and range as follows: For rock, pan 8o. to 10c. per pound, medium 12c. to 15c. per pound, boiling 20c. to 25c. per pound; white perch 8c. to 12c. per pound, mud shad $1 to $2 per hundred, black bass 10c. to 12c. peT pound, green pike 10c. to 12c. per pound, yellow perch, large, 40c. to 50c. per bunch, small 16c. to 25c. per bunch, catfish, white, 35c. to 4oe. per bunch, black 25c. to 30c. per bunch, whiting $(1 to 17 per barrel, ling H to $5 per barrel, codfish, small, 4c. per pound, large 10c. to 12c. per pound; haddock 6c. to 6c. per pound, pol lock 4c. to 5c. per pound, mackerel Oc.to 10c. per pound, and frozen trout 6c. to 7c. per pound. Butter and Eggs. Strictly fresh eggs and high-grade butter are hard to get in large quantities, and arrivals are taken by dealers at prevailing prices. There are plenty storage eggs on the market and many of them are sold for tresh stocki The strictly fresh eggs are selling at from 35 to 40 cents, whiie stor age eggs are to be had at about 10 cents cheaper. There has been no change in the price of butter during the past month. CENTEE MAHKET HEWS. CENTER MARKET NEWS. RED CLOVER CREAMERY BUTTER "THE BUTTER THAT BETTERS THE BREAD." RED CLOVER Everywhere. It costs no tr.ore than other butter, and your dealer Is authorized to guarantee Jt SAVE the WRAPPERS and get the BEAUTIFUL, ART PICTURES free. Your grow>r has them on show. If your dealer says ha has Just sold out or hns no RED CLOVER, 'phone or see The E. O. WinWord Company, Wholesale Oiistri footers. CENTER MARKET. Visit our booth at the Food Show. Convention Hall, next week No*. 148-152. A. LEPPER, D*l!eate?*en. Try Rettberg's Celebrated Frankfurter*. No*. 181-183. F. R. LAMB. Fine Old N. T. Full Cream Cbee*e, 80c. 250-260 B it. Wine. HcKeever Bros., TABLE DELICACIES. Coffee*, Fot*t<i Cbli?, Dried Fruit*, Candle*, Raisins. Nats. No" CHAS. H. KETTLER, WASHINGTON DRESSED REEF. 'Phone Main 804. F. H. KRAMER. FLOWERS FOR THE HOLIDAYS. CENTER .MARKET AND 91? I' ST. No. 180. CHAP1N & BKALL. The Best Butter. The Freshest r.Rg*. Nos. 261 to 2fi7. _ _ _ CHAS. BRUNQER, FRESII DRAWN CHICKENS. ?5f. EACH. Collfinns' Pork Sausage Meat ABSOLUTELY PURE. WE SELL DOVE BRAND HAMS, The Finest Sugar-cnred Hams on Earth. D. D. COLLINS, 17-18 Center Market. 04-95 O St. Market. 'Phr.re Main 87S1. PAY FOB CROP REPORTERS. Not Thought Likely That Congress "Would Favor the Expense. The Department of Agriculture Is "sitting tight" In regard to the proposal of Repre sentative Livingston of Georgia that the cotton crop reporters should be put on a paid basis with a view to increasing their lntc-rest in the work and the accuracy of their reports. The matter was Investigated by a Star reporter today, and while there was no one In the department who was anxious to talk on the subject, there were a number of interesting facts to be gleaned in connection with the proposal. The de partment <3oes not now pay its reporters anything. It distributes some seeds and publications that In the ordinary course or events would go to those interested, and the reporters give their service gratis. There are between 800 and 000 counties In the cotton belt, and at $60 a month to each man it would mean an expenditure of $48,000 a month so long as the crop re porters were in service, which would be practically the whole year. It is not be lieved likely that Congress, In its present mood of retrenchment and reform, would sanction such an expenditure. It is also pointed out that the cotton crop is only one of several crops on which the Depart ment of Agriculture reports, and as there are something like 2,300 counties in the country, if the reporters were put on the salary list it would considerably increase the department's annual expenditure. The census office pays its reporters, but the sys tem has not been running long enough to make a fair comparison as to whether there Is any essential difference in the ac curacy of the reports under a paid and a voluntary system. There is another point that has been se riously considered at the Capitol aside from the actual expense involved. That is the fact that there would be an enormous rush for the paid positions, and while it would xe a very nice thing for the congressman to have a $<50 a month job at his disposal in each of his counties, he would make one friend in the man for whom lie secured it and enemies of everybody else that want ed it. It is thought there may be some discus sion of the matter when Congress gets a littie further along with its work, but It Is hardly thought likely that there will be anyliing serious done with it. Pledged His Income to Creditors. Edward G. Lewis, president of the Peo ple's T'nited States Bank, filed an assign ment of his income at Rt. Ixmis yesterday to Harry L. Kramer, of Kramer. Ind., as trustee for creditors who are holding Lewis' 5 per cent, notes. In the document filed yesterday, Lewis pledged li:s income from the Lewis Publishing Company, the Uni versity Heights Development Company, the Development and Investment Company, and all other income over and above his living expenses. ROBERT H. JOHNSON, Fruits and Early Vegetables, 22. 23 end 14 Center Market. East Side. Seventh St. WlDf. TELEPHONE MAIN 3.\*5. No?. ido to ;e?. JOHN R. HOPKINS. ? Market Rackets of all klnda. 6o. tip Tin Rockets aid All Market Supplies. No. iotx o7 m ~hF#t. " Pr!u?? Rft? Roast, 12V%o. Originator Bourdon Rolled Corned Beef, 10c. Sob. 04. 0.1 and C6. J, Ncfolle Hoover, RIB ROAST, 15c LAMB 15". Steclal Delivery to Chevy Chase Fi eight. Sta.ls 332-381. Henry Thooifordt, FRESIl FISH. POOLTRY. GAME. TERRAPIN. OYSTERS AND ALL KINDS OF SEA FOOD. Local and long-distance 'phone. Nos. 28 to 80. 'Phone M 3S661 S. Qatti <& Son, Fancy Fruits mid Vegetables, Dried Fruit and Nuts a Specialty. No. 113. A. H. COLMAN. Dried Fruits, Pickles and Saratoga Chip*. B. W. DONALDSON, 1120 H N.E. Bread. Cakes. Pies. Ice Cream. No. 315. 8. E. MARTIN. Sclnveltr-er Oh??' se, !]??? us imported. 20c. Strictly Flesh Butter at Reasonable Prlcos. NEW PHASE OF ROAD WORK. Office Has Fine Collection of Photo graphic Pictures. There Is a phase of the road work of the Department of Agriculture that from now on will receive more attention than ever and wiil he of the greatest interest to every community in the country that ex pects to build a road, and especially to the agricultural colleges that are. help'ng In this work. It is the lantern slide depart ment of objcct lessons and missionary work. The road office, s nee Its establish ment, has accumulated one of the most unique collections of lantern slides on the road question that has ever come together. There are pictures from all over the United States, and many from abroad, showing roads of all sorts, good, bad and IndiiTerent. Some of the bad roads of the United States, by the way, are about the worst In the world. There are pictures of roads in all stages of construction, showing the ma terial used and how it is put together and the machinery used in the work. There ts every phase of material getting from the work of the convicts blasting out rock at the Folsam penitentiary to the latest Im provement of rock-crushing machinery. There are enough of these slides to fur nish a dozen series of pictures, each a lec ture in Itself on road building, the need of roads, the difference in transportation that the coming of good roads has made, and the history of roads and transportation ail over the country. These pictures are being arranged In scries and will form an Illus trated circulating library for the agricul tural colleges of the country that want them. They are to be loaned out to the colleges, with or without lectures accom panying them, and will form a valuable auxiliary to any school that is teaching road-making, besides making an interesting lecture for the community at large, and the smaller towns Especially are very much alive to this sort of entertainment and edu cation. The set of slides is a collection that none of the smaller colleges could ever get for themselves, both on account of the prohibitive cost and the difficulty of find ing just what they wanted to illustrate a particular phase of the work at a g'ven time. It Is the sort of a thing that the government with agents everywhere can get together at comparatively little trouble and expense, and it will be nude available for use in a score of colleges year after year at practically no expense to the gov ernment and none at all to tlie school. Lord Roberts Coming. A letter received at Jamestow Exposi tion headquarters In Norfolk yesterday from Fresldent Tuckcr. written before his departure from London for Berlin, etates that Lord Hc.berts, of Boer war fame, will in all probability be assigned to command the British troops which are to be sent to represent the armies of Great Britain at the Jamestown Exposition In 1907. THIS FOR THAT. You Have Something That Somebody Else Wants. 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