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Closing-out Sale. This wonderful Closing=out Saie as approaching its climax. You've been reading about it and lhiear= ing about St, amid St is everybody's opportunity now to benefit by the greatest price sacrifice's ever made. v * This building must be handed over to contractors within a few weeks, and we want every dollar's worth of these great stocks closed out com pletely before the bells ring in the new year. This store must be made new, and when the remodeling and refurnishing are completed we'll have the foremost outergarment establishment in town. Suits, Cloaks, Millinery, Undermuslins and Infants' and Children's Wear are the lines to be carried?all other departments are to be closed out absolutely and discontinued. GIFTS All the Beautiful Gift Stocks Are Included in This Great Sale. GIFTS Twenty=two Great Departments, representing the Rich Gift Stocks bought for the Holiday Season are marked for immediate sacrifice, and you should remember that every Christmas dollar will buy about double. That's why this store is crowded from night. - We are dosing out the book and stationery departments and the prices are such that it is worth a special endeavor to do your shop ping now, while stocks are best and varieties of books greatest. Prayer Books. New Books. Fiction, Works off AS! Bibles and Hymnals. Popular Books. Poetry. Best Authors. Books for Old and Young, Including: Special Xmas Editions. * Leather Goods. All the latest effects in fine Leather Hand Bags, Purses, Cigar Cases, Card Cases in immense varieties. Jewelry. Brooches, Necklaces, Bracelets,Dog Collars, Stick Tins, Cuff But tons, Chains and the new Gold Purses. 4. Toifiet Sets. Largest variety Sil ver and Hand - painted Toilet Sets, Manicure Sets, Shaving Sets, Military Brushes and Comb and Brush Sets. Fine Fans. Gotd Beits. Opera Bags. A Few Other Gift Suggestions. Gold Clocks. Ink Stands. Jewel Cases. Gloves. Hosiery. Neckwear. Toilet Goods. Handkerchiefs. Umbrellas. They're all marked at the littlest prices you have ever known. Hundreds of other items not advertis ed. Ask for what you want. Special Prices inn Other Departments. Extraordinary reductions have been made in Suits, Cloaks and Furs; also Waists and Knit Jackets. Special attention is called to Children's Fur Sets, one of the most desirable gifts. Kimonas Reduced. Aprons Reduced. Children's Caps Reduced. Si5k Skirts Reduced. Undermuslins Reduced. Children's Coats Reduced. | Sifik Negliges Reduced. DressingSacques Reduced.' Infants' Wear Reduced. S 334=320 Seventh St. e w r< H) 3114=320 Seventh St. rtJgUMEl Wfftn \) 12th and F Sts. U? Cbnstma The doubt and perplexity of Christmas shopping may he solved by reading over our list of Christmas articles, Each item is numbered and can be readily checked. You can likewise order readily by mail or telephone. (Main 2355 and 23*56.) < Vnc spccial offering for tomorrow only: $5 Rocker in Mahogany Finish or Weathered I ( Oak, $3. / Item No. Articles. I Check', Prices. I here. \ This PaHor <<? ( Corner Chair, ,<0>? \ sTI i I Articles. | Prices. ? Check here. 3. 4. 6. fl. Tabourettes Clothex Trees.... Plate Hacks Fancy Tables.... Book Racks Sectional Book Cases, per sec tion $1.00 up. J1 26 up. $1.50 up. $2.00 up. $2.00 up. $2.25 up 8. 10. It. 12. 13. 14. 13 1C. 17 ts. 1?. 20. 21. ?>?> 2T(. 24. 25. a?i. 27. 28. 20. 30. 31. 32. as. 34. 36. Shirtwaist Boxes' $2.50 up. Medicine Cabinet s|$3.00 up. ? \>uch Covers ; (8.25 up. <"arrt Tables $4.00 up. 3-Fold Screens... $8.50 up. Rockers $4.<>0 up. Straight Chairs.. $4.00 up. Magazine Stands $4.50 up. Dadies' D'?sks $5.00 up. L a d I e ?' Desk | ( Chairs ?j $3.50 up. | Gilt Parlor Chairs) $5.00 up Morris Chairs $5.00 up. Music Cabinets.. $6.00 np. j Chiffoniers *6.00 up. I Arm Chair* :. $7.<0 up. f Gilt Mirrors 1 $8.00 up. Divans $10 up. Hall Clocks $11 up. Tofiet cables $12 up. Dnet Benches.... $12 up. Ceilarettes $12 up. Parlor Cabinets. $12 up. Office l>esks $12.80 ui> Revolving Desk | Chairs [ 15.00 up. | Sleepy II o 1 low | | Chairs $18 up. 1 Turkish Chair*.. $65 up. Auto Valet $125 up. Hassocks 40c. f 30-in. Smyrna j Rue: ?.| $1.75 up. | Fur Rugs j $2.00 up. >. B.?Don't fail to see our window display exhibiting a model home equipped with the latest elictrieal appliances. Will to Be Contested. 'A caveat against the probate of a paper writing purporting to be the last will of Allen B. Hamm, deceased, was filed today by Mrs. Mamie Jarrett, who claims to be %..e *>!e heir of the deceased. The prof fered paper, she contends, is not executed according to law. Further. 8he asserts that the execution was procured by means of compulsion and .threats, and adds that Mr. Hamm's mental condition was ettcji at the time that he did not realize wkit disposi tion he was making of tail property. VIEWS OF Tiifci STARS PAST YEAR'S WORK OF NAVAL OBSERVATORY. The report of Rear Admiral Colby M. Chester, U. S. N.. superintendent of the United States naval observatory, through the bureau of equipment to the Secretary of the Navy, Is an interesting resume of the year's work at ti><- observatory, besides Important recommendations In accord with the gradual growth of this scientific Insti tution. During the year over !**) astronomical ob servations have been mnde. Including dou ble stars, satellites, asteroids, comets, mis cellaneous stars, etc. In the division of Meridian instruments, which embraces the Important work of de termining the right ascension and declina tion of the sun. moon and planets. It ts noted that more than tt.oOO observations were made, including a series of observa tions by dilferent observers to determine their personal equations depending on the magnitude of a star by the use of wire gauze screens. Work in the divisions of both the Alt Astlmuth and prime vertical Instruments of the observatory ls< progressing most satis factorily; In the former mare than 1,800 observations were made. Of the latter prime vertical work Admiral Chester says: "Astronomers may well expect it most use ful addition to astronomical records when the series of observations, which It Is hoped will extend through at least one revolution of the moon's node, Is published. Over WW observations were made In this work. Admiral Chester announces that the branch observatory at Tutulla. Samoa, which ha* been In "the course of construc tion for the past year, is about ready to begin astronomical work. The results of the photo-heliograph dur ing the year have developed some Interest ing phenomena pertaining to sun si?ots. A new triple lens of seven and one-half Inches aT?erture and slxty-flve feet focal length has been added, which gives an image of the sun's disk about seven Inches In diameter Instead of four und one-fourth Inches as in the photo-heliograph at present in use. Given Heavy Fine. Insulting ladles on the street was a spe cific charge against John Taylor, who was arraigned In the Police Court today on a charge of disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty. Policeman Cavanaugh of the first precinct, who arrested Taylor, stated to the court that when he ? was on 14th street northwest about 10 o'clock last night he noticed that Taylor was very drunk, and he gave offense to some ladles whom he met. "What do you want to say?" was asked the defendant. "I was drunk and don't remember speak ing to any ladles," was the reply. "I will give you the highest fine." con cluded Judge Mullowny. "Twenty-flvo dol lars." In default of payment Taylor was sent (3 the farm. GARRISON EULOGIZED Centennial Anniversary of His Birth Observed IN COLORED CHURCHES LIFE OF GREAT ABOLITIONIST REVIEWED AND EXTOLLED. Celebration Was OeneTal Among the Negroes Throughout the District ?Addresses and Music. The centennial anniversary of the birth ot William Lloyd Uarrlson Was observed w til appropriate ceremonies throughout the coaiitry yesterday. In this city special services were held In many of the colored churches. The life and works of the great anti-slavery agitator were made the topics of inlerestii;g and Instructive addresses, and in many instances musical programs of .moid tlcin usual excellence were presented. The exercises at Lincoln Congregational Temple, corner ot 11th and R Btreets, last night were attended by a very large audi ence. An excellent program wax arranged for the occasion, Including speeches and readings from the writings and sayings of Garrison. Justice Robert H. Terrell pre sided and in his opening remarks said in par t: Judge Terrell's Address. "The battle for tiie freedom of the slave In America was one of the grandest moral movements Oft any time, and one of ti.e greatest reforms the world has ever known. It lias not yet. however, received Its proper place In history, nor have Its heroes found there an impartial estimate in the critical analyses of their conduct and their methods. : "Much has been said, much will be said. Of the character and life of William Lloyd Garrison:'-and yet there are no word* rich enough to say all that he was. no human praise too great to emphasize the teachings of his life?whase evtry period was the ut ' terance oi. a lesson.' His integrity was such that no temptation could corrupt it, I his purposes could be shaken by no din gers In. the panoply of divine justice, in the service of truth and right, fettered by no parly vassalage, he contended against foes tterce with hitterness. strong in num beis, powerful in abilities and intrenched in an apparent impregnable position be hind the gold of the slaveholder and the subterfuge of Ills northern sympathizers. "With his devotion to his cause and his martyr spirit of liberty. Garrison himself could' never have been a failure, even though his work liad not been crowned with ultimate success. To contemplate such a career as his Is to study a life beautifully adorned throughout with all that makes a man great?wisdom, purity, undaunted bravery and practical piety. The character of Garrison shines like a be nignant star and will continue to shine the brighter as the years roll on." Judson W. Lyons, register of the treas ury, and John C. Dancy, recorder of deeds delivered addresses extolling the life and cflreeer of Mr. Garrison a6 a journalist, philanthropist and lover of freedom. Tho salutatory to the "Liberator," Garrison's famous newspaper, was read by Attorney James A. Cobb; Mr. William H. Cowan gave a brief biographical sketch of the man, and Miss Susie Quander read selections from his works and speeches. Rev. Sterling N. Brown, pastor of Lincoln Temple, read appropriate passages from the Scriptures and Dr. William A. Rice, secretary of the Congregational Ministerial Relief, closed the meeting with an excellent talk on the anti slavery workers. The music was rendered by the regular church choir under the lead ership of Dr. Franklin. In 15th Street Church. Impressive services,.were held at the Fif teenth Street Presbyterian Church, of which Rev. F. J. Grimke 4s pastor. Special music had been prepared by the choir consisting of a number of anthems and solos. Rev. Ml-, firiinke delivered the oration on the life and services of Garrison. After an ex haustive historical resume of the limes arid conditions in which Garrison lived, Dr. Grimke closed with a few observations on the lessons whleh his life had taught him. "I am thankful for the teachings of this life." he Said. "I would that there were more Garrisons today to redress the wrongs of a people and demand rights with held. We need a press of our own to cry out against wrong and oppr- ssJon." Tho church was decorated for the occa sion with palms and potted plants and cut flowers. on the pulpit were two flower holders with placards "1805" and "1905," wiille on the front of the pulpit In semi circle were the words "William Uovd Gar rison." In the afternoon the exercises in honor of Garrison wars continued addresses, being delivered by Prof. Kelly Milley of Howard University. Mrs. Anna J. Cooper, principal M Street High School; Mrs. Coraiie Frank lin Cook, teacher of expression in the Wash ington Conservatory ?f Music, and Rev. \\ illiarn V. Tunnell Warden of King Hail. Lincoln Tecnipie also held services in the evening, at which Attorney James A. Cobb read the salutary frrrm the Liberator and Justice R. H. Terrell, Judson W. Lyons, J. C. Daucey and Rev. Rice spoke of the life and services of Garrison. I At Second Baptist Church. A large congregation assembled at the Second Baptist Church, 3d street nodthwest. Rev. Dr. W. Bishop Johnson pastor, to hear the pastor's eulogy of William Lloyd Garrison. Dr. Johnson read extracts from Garrison's speeches, and eloquently refer red to him as the foremost anti-slavery agi tator, calling him the most remarkable character in American history. He paid a glowing tribute to Abraham Lincoln and said Mr. Garrison had majle John Brown. .Abraham Lincoln. Frederick Douglas, Chas. Sumner and all the maguiiioew galaxy of' anti-slavery charr\pions a possibility. He reviewed the world's systems of slavery and declared American slavery ihe most wicked In its effects upon the enslaved and the n.itlon as well. Dr. Johnson praised the patriotism of Mr. Garrison "and gave him a high place among the benefactors of the human race, urging the negroes not to forget his invaluable services to them. He referred "to the progress of the ne*ro to show that Mr. Garrison's efforts were ' not in vain. Church of Our Redeemer. Spe' ix! exercises In hoiior of Wll!l<un Lloyd Garrison were held last- night In the Church of Our Redeemer, on 8th street northwest. Rev. D. E. Wiseman, the pas tor, gave a brief address upon the words of Carrlsoiu This was followed by an oralion by"Mr. lx>u!s Monroe, "upon the greatness of Garrison. Mrs. Jesse Lawson spoke of Garrison In temperance work. TWO CASES OP SMALLPOX. Health Office Takes Prompt Action to Prevent Spread of Disease. Two more cases of smallpox, discovered yesterday and Saturday, engaged the atten tion oif the health authorities today. Both patients arc in the smallpox hospital, and ail usual precautions are being forward-id In an effort to prevent spread of the dis ease In the communities effected. The first case reported was that of Louisa Norton, colored, thirteen years old, of Burr ville, D. C.. and she was removed to the smalliKix hospital late on Saturday night. Three members of the Norton family will be watched for sixteen days at tho quar antine station, and their home has been fumigated and closed. Floyd Johnson, colored, forty years old. walked Into the Casualty Hospl'al yester day, and caused a. small-sized panic when he asked for some medicine. H? was Isolated In the dispensary and the healtn office notified. His removal to the smalipox hospital was ordered as soon as the de partment's expert confirmed the diagnosis tr.ade at the Casualty Hospital. After the negro's removal the dispensary was thoroughly fumigated. Johnson lived at 43 Jackson alley, and that bousa, with five Inmates, la now under quarantine. hhUhHhIIiUIH "Piano technic is one of the SIMPLE things. It consists only of putting the right finger in the right place, at the right time, in the right manner, for the right duration. Just that, nothing more."?The Etude. v Simple, yes! But can you imagine your father or your husband doing it? It's one of those "SIMPLE" things that requires years of hard, persevering practice, unlim ited patience, and the expenditure of much money to become proficient. The average man hasn't the time nor the patience to learn to play the piano, yet he enjoys the music, and would enjoy it still more if he could produce it himself. The Invention of the Farrand-Cecilian Piano has made it possible for the person who knows nothing of "technic," who has no musical knowledge, to play any music on the piano, and to plav it | as well as though he had devoted years to mastering the art of "putting the right finger in the right place, at the right time, in the right manner, for the right duration." MIXD YOU, the person who has mastered this art can play the Farrand-Cecilian piano in the usual manner with the fingers, but?and here is the marvel of it?the person who knows nothing about piano playing can play it equally well without making any changes of any kind, simply bv inserting a music roll and putting his feet on the pedals. The "TECHNIC" is taken care of by the mechanism of the Cecilian Piano-Player which is built inside of this piano, and so responsive is this mechanism to the control of the performer that it gives the utmost freedom for individual expression. The touch is absolutely non-mechanical, and the operation of the pedals is so easy that a woman or a child can play without fatigue. The Farrand-Cecilian Piano is a high-grade instrument, thoroughly well constructed and with a beautiful, rich and mellow tone. It is built with the Farrand patented "separable" features, which enables the entire front of the piano, including the keyboard, to be instantly removed, thus, making the instrument easier to handle and permitting it to be carried without difficulty through narrow doorways and up narrow, winding stairways. ?... t It is a piano which will give pleasure.and enjoyment to every member of vour family, FOR THEY ALL CAN PLAY IT. You are cordially invited to visit our warerooms, and sec, and hear, and try this wonderful j piano for yourself. Pride, $650. Easy monthly payments if you wish, and your old piano taken ! in exchange at its full value. 1. F. B100P & SONS ?0., 925 Pennsylvania Aenaie N. W., . Washington, D. C. dejl&16 ORGANIZED CHARITY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY HEARS MR. WELLES. A meeting of the St. Vincent de Paul So ciety of the District of Colombia -was held at Carroll Mall last evening, when, the mem bers listened to an address by Mr., Charles P. Weller, secretary of the Associated Charities, and heard reports from officers of subordinate bodies. Air. William H. De I-aoy, president of the society, presided. In his address Mr, Weller urged the Im portance of systematic co-operation among all people engaged in charitable work. He reminded the men present that a carefully matured plan for the upbuilding of a needy family is often ruined by sotafe tie# chari table agency, which is called- upon to aid the family and does so without knowing the j Situation or understanding the real needs. Every member of the St. Vincent de Paul was Invited to consult the agents and confi dential records of the Associated Charities, and to use this Information as a means of making their work constructive and ade quate. - ? It was suggested that the 15,i<)0 records now on file at the Associated Charities con tain essential information as to how two thirds of all the people who will apply for help this winter should be treated. In cases not already recorded the agents of the asso ciation stand ready to make tactful confi dential"" investigations, and the speaker urged liis auditors to make use of their ex pert services. A plea was made for one or two represen tatives of the society, to serve on eacl- of the eight "division conferences" of the asso ciation, which meet regularly in each of the eight district offices to decide what relief or other treatment shall be administered to the families under care. Mr. Weller said that he was deeply im pressed and encouraged by the sight of nearly two hundred resourceful business men assembled in the interest of personal work with needy households. He paid an earnest tribute to some of the St. Vincent de Paul workers, who had given some of their best 'thought and energy for years to the relief and upbuilding of neglected homes. The stfieaker urged the society to come into closer touch with other charitable workers in order to help them realize and follow the ideals of volunteer personal ser \ice to the needy, in which the St. Vin cent <ie Paul Society has been the pioneer. On the conclusion of hie Address, Mr. Weller left the Jiall, in order to keep an other engagement. In the dlscussdon that followed It developed that a number of the councils of the St. Vincent de Paul So ciety had been employing some of the methods used by the Associate Charities. The members present expressed them selves as highly pleased with Mr. Weller's remarks and extended hlift a unanimous vote of thanks. Following Its usual custom, the mem bers of the society attended mass in a body at St. Patrick's Cburch yesterday morn ing, which was celebrated toy Rev. Thomas E. MoGuigan, an assistant pastor of the church. THE CLOSING SESSION. National Convention of Colored Bap tist Ministers Adjourns. last session of the national negro Baptist evangelical convention- was held last evening at the Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, 708 O street northwest, of which Rev. Simon P. W. Drew Is the pastor. The program for the last day Included sessions in the morning and afternoon. Rev. Dr. S. S. Thompson delivered an ad dress at a.m. on "The Relation of Will iam Lloyd Garrison to the Sunday School." and at 11 a.m. a sermon an "The Four Beasts" was preached by Rev. Dr. William Perry of New Jersey. At 3 p.m. a sermon was preached by Rev. W. W. Wines, jr., of Richmond, Vfr The one hundredth birthday anniversary of William IJoyd Garrison was observed in the evening, Dr. Drew preaching the sermon. At the conclusion of the evening sermon a resolution wan passed indorsing a project "to erect a National Cosmopolitan Biptlst Temple Church in this city." The following committee was appointed to call upon President Roosevelt and pay the respects of the convention: Rev. E. N. Daniels of New York, Rev. Dr. William Perry of New Jersey ;-R?t. W. W. Wtnea, Jr., of Richmond, Ya., Rev. G. W. Bailey of New York. Rev. Dr. Simon P. W, Drew of this city. The convention Adjourned to meet In.the Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, this city. In 1308. THE HOUSE OF QUALITY. MAYER & CO., 415=417 Seventh St. &= appropriate xhas gifts. I 5 LET SANTA CLAUS BRSNQ A BYRNE PIANO. *? i s Delivered on Payment of $5.00 Stool, Scarf The Balance on Easy Terms. Tanned One Year Free. WE WILL TRUST YOU. IRON AND BRASS BEDS. This Colonial! Style Iron Bed Extra heavy, continuous-bent tubing-, high head and foot. In white, blue or green enamel, trimmed with gold. AH sizes. Regularly $10.<X>. $6.98 $23.00 BEDS BRASS $16.75 All brass; full size; bow foot; high head and foot; heavy cast brass knobs and well finished. GOOD ROCKER VALUES. * $2 OAK ROCKER Colonial style; Roman-shaped seat; bn?ad arms; strong and well made. | THIS $4 ? ROCKER $2.89 In oak or mahogmy finish, with slat paneled back; colo nial arms; strung, well made and highly polished. COMBINATION BOOKCASES. $24 Quartered Oak Case . . . . $17.69 Bent-glass door in bookcase, one drawer jrnd large cu;> board, large pattern plate glass, well made and finished. $38 Quartered Oak Case $29.75 Finely figured stock, bent glass door, three large drawers, one large shaped glass, handsomely carved, well made and highly polished. McDougail Kitchen Cabinets, $15.75 to $54 00. riAYER & CO., 415 to 417 SEVENTH ST PLEADS NOT GUILTY. Pasqualano Mattel Arraigned for Al leged Murderous Assault. Pasqualano Mattel was brought up from jail to the Police Court today to be ar raigned on a charge of assault with In tent to kill ?pon Pasquall RussonlUa, a fellow countryman. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and waived the preliminary examination before the police magistrate. He was held for the action of the grand Jury, and in default of bond for < 1,000 he ?was committed to JaiL The assault with which Mattel la chart ed occurred on November 17. The two men were in a discuaflun over a bet, the one claiming money which lie had put up in the bet. This led to an altercation, ana Mattel procured a revolver, it is said, and shot Russonilia through the Intestines. His chances for recovery were regarded as slight, and at one time his ante-mor tem statement was taken by Assistant District Attorney CHven. He Improved slowly, however, and It is believed he wilt recover. John Ceses, a witness to the trouble, who was locked up in Jail as a witness for the government, was ordered released to day and his witness fees ftald. If you want -work raad the want columns ?t The Star.