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-h-m imiii h-h Store Cllosed Ail off Today. i New Year Greetings The past year has been a record breaker in agricultural, speculative, financial, industrial and commercial circles. The entire country has experienced an era of more general pros perity than ever known before. The manufacturing industry, according to the reports of Dunn and Bradstreets, Shows the largest gains over all pre ceding years. This, of course, means that trade in the retail realm has also been phenomenally large. The outlook for the future seems full <>f promise, and the advent of 1906 is awaited with confidence unsurpassed in recent years. Our business has made great strides; in fact, its advance over tlie preceding vear is away and beyond our most san guine expectations, l .ach year it has grown, until today it ranks with the largest and best established of its kind in the countrv. Its record is indeed a proud one. And while the business keeps expanding?as naturally it will?its leading idea and principle will be to show how well a store can serve its public and how much real good a store can be to its business community. While our business sticcess is extraordinary, our real success is measured by our approach to the ideal in service. The 1005 book is closed. On the first page of the new one we write?that ambition and energy will ever be loyal to aspirations?that while following the principles of progress we shall ever reckon that there's an ethical reason for the better work done in the Parker-Bridget busMicss Our kindliest wishes for A Happy New Year. i V + * t THE HOUSE OF QUALITY This Heavy A Colonial Bed, J The popular colonial style, heavy bent tubing, continuous posts, pretty scroll effects, high head and foot; In white and green en amel trimmed with gold; strong and well made; full sizes only. Bells regularly for $10; spedal for $5.45. WE WILL TriUST YOU 415 and 417 Seventh St SUICIDES BREAK ALL RECORDS. Deaths by Violence Numoered 9,212, Against 8,482 in 1904. Unofficial statistics of the year gleaned at Chicago show that the number of mur ders and suicides in this country has great ly increased, and that there has been a de crease In the number of legal executions, compared with the number of homicides. The homicide* and deaths by violence total 9.212 as compared with 8,482 last year. The startling feature of the record Is the increase In the number of murders com mitted by highwaymen, being 582, against 4<M during lt*M. Kour years ago the num ber was only 103. Jealousy provoked 579 murders and liquor 042. Homicides growing out of quarrels number 5,111. The record of self-destruc tion is one of the moat deplorable of the year, the number of prominent men being much larger than hitherto. The total is P.WC2, ar. Increase of 542 over the list of the preceding year. The steadiness of the in crease is indicated in the following table: In 1899. 5.340; 1900. 6,775; 1901. 7,245; 1902. 8.507; 1904, 9,240; 1905, 9,982. The proportion of suicides between men and women remains about the same, nearly twice as many men as women taking their own lives. Physicians head the list of pro fessional men, the number being 340. The causes were despondency, domestic infelicity, disappointment in love, 11 health, liquor and business losses. Poison was resorted to in 4,732 cases, shooting In 2.801 cases, hanging In 1.022 and drowning In 80S Ten blew themselves up with dynamite and three starved themselves. The legal executions numbered 133, crt which 51 were In the north and 82 In the couth. Seventy-three were negroes, 59 white men and one a Chinaman. Mrs. Rogers of Vermont was the one wo man executed. Showing the relative changes of murders and executions it may be said that in 1885 1.808 murders were reported, while the number of hangings wits 108, whlie this year 133 were hanged or electro cuted for 9.212 murders committed. The number of lynchlngs was ?*!. the smallest number reported since 18S5. when statistics were first gathered by the press. Of the total number lynched <15 were ne groes. Thirty-four wore lynched for mur der, 15 for criminal assault and 15 for mis cellaneous reasons. Phillip Fried, once a well-known tenor singer, died at Rochester. N. Y., yesterday, ?fter a long Illness. Headaches and Neuralgia From Colds I-ixatlTe Bromo Quinine, the world wide Cold an<! t.rtp remedy, remorea the rause. Call for the full ?aice and look for signature of E. W. Grove. 26c. INQUIRY INTO "SHANGHAING." Senator Will Introduce Restrictive Bill in Maryland Legislature. Senator J. Charles Llnthicum of Balti more will Introduce In the legislature a blil designed to put an end to the evils or "shangliaing" men for service on the Ches apeake bay oyster boats. Two years ago, while a member of the house, Mr. Untm cum Introduced a similar bill, but It w#"5 not acted upon favorably by the senate. Had it then become a )*>w much of trie recent trouble "down the. bay," due to "shangliaing," could have been obviated. In his bill Mr. Llnttolcum makes provision for the appointment of shipping commis sioners. "not to exceed twelve, by the gov ernor. They will be required to superin tend the engagement and discharge of the men and crews, including the taking of a record of important facts relating to eacl mar. shipped, such as age, residence, etc Members of crews shall be discharged and paid off before a commissioner. Officers of the state fishery force are re quired from time to time to make inspec tions of oyster boats to ascertain If the i 1: w has been properly compiled with. Formerly there was a similar law, but it was repealed in 1U02. The complaint was that the shipping commissioners made too nvuch money In fees. It Is proposed that commisloners be stationed at such important centers of the oyster industry as Cristleld, Cambridge, Oxford and An napolis. It Is believed that the proposed meas ure, with the aid of the United States stat utes. will meet the pres?nt demands for correction of the unsatisfactory system under which crews are shipped on oyster boats. It is within the power of Congress to enact leg;?latlon similar to that pro posed by Mr. Llnthicum. George Washington Dead. Georgo Washington, a well-known resi dent of Charlestown, W. Va.. died in that city yesterday after an illness of a few days, aged forty years. He was mayor of ' Charlestown from 1898 until 1CKM and served j In the city council for several years prior 1 to that time. Mr. Washington was a son of the late John Augustine Washington, who was at one time the owner of Mount Vernon. Mr. Washington Is survived by a widow, who was a Miss Porterfteld. daugh ter of Col. G. A. Porterfteld of this city; a son Richard, a brother I.awrence Wash ington and five sisters?Mrs. Elinor How ard. Mrs. R<?bert W. Hunter of Alexandria, ' Va., Mrs. Beverly Tucker of Norfolk, Va.. Mrs. R P. Chew and Mr?. N. H. Willis of Charlestown. Recent Appropriation by the Carnegie Institution, AN ECONOMIC HISTORY WORK UNDER CARROLL X>. WRIGHT'S DIRECTION. Study of Chinese Immigration?In> vehiigation of the Mosquito?Re port on Marriage and Divorce. BY WILLIAM E CURTIS. Written for The Star and the Chicago Roeord Berald. The trustees of the Carnegie Institution have appropriated $3<M>00 for the prepara- j tlon of "An "Economic History of the i United States" under the direction, of PresI- j dent Carroll D. Wright, president of Clark j University at Worcester, Mass. It is pro- I posed to make a great collection of ma terials which will be available for econo mists, sociologists, students and historians more comprehensive than could be under taken with profit as a private enterprise. That is one of the purposes which the Car negie Institution is trying to serve?to per form useful functions that are outside of the ordinary jurisdiction of governments and too expensive or unprofitable for pri vate agencies. This economic history which is proposed Is only one of several Important publications already provided for. Not long ago the institution issued a work o>f three quarto volumes on a purely mathe matical subject. Its contents are of importance to professional mathematic ians only, few of whom would have been able to purchase It if it had been printed by an ordinary publisher. Its value cannot be measured toy dollars and cents. It is a contribution to science. Therefore the trustees of the Carnegie Institution considered it profitable to Invest a large sum of money in an edition to be presented to public libraries, schools and colleges and sold at cost price to a few mathematicians who can afford such luxuries for their book shelves. Several publications of similar value are now under way. The list of books issued by the Carnegie Institution is lengthening out considerably slncc Dr. Woodward became president, and while few of them are of popular interest all are of great value to science, and probably never would have seen the light if Mr. Carnegie had not provided the funds for such pur poses. The Proposed History. The economic history of the United States will cover Its ground in a thoroughly ex haustive way, placing the largest possible collection of materials within reach of the historian and the economist. The scope of the work will include an account of the growth of our population from natural causes and from Immigration; a review of i the development of agriculture, forestry. Irrigation, mining, manufacturing, trans portation, fisheries, internal and foreign commerce, money, banking, insurance, the labor movement, industrial organization, education, public health, etc., etc. These topics will be placed In the hands of ex perts, those most competant to handle them under the general direction of Col. Wright, and it will require several years of investi gation before any portion will be ready for the press. Immigration of the Chinese. Another work nearly completed under the direction of the trustees of the Carnegie Institution has particular interest just now n connection with the boycott of American goods in China. It is entitled "A Study of the History of Chinese fmmigration to the Pacific Coast," and It is being prepared by Mrs. Mary R. Smith of San Francisco. The book when completed will be a history of the Chinese in the United States. There are twenty-five chapters altogether, about 90,000 words, divided into four sections: 1. Free Immigration, 1848-1882. 2. Restriction and Exclusion. 1882-15)05. 3. Social and Economic Results. 4. Appendix and Bibliography. Mrs. Smith has brought together almost all facts of importance bearing upon her subjectTand among them some which have never been given proper weight. For in stance, the origin of anti-Chinese agitation on the Pacific coast has not been properly understood, she says, and she declared it to be a phase of the general anti-foreign movement which found expression In the rise of the "know-nothing" party. It was stimulated by the rush of Spanish Ameri can. South American and French miners to California, and was intensified by the gen eral antipathy to persons of color during the period of the civn war. Mrs. Smith says also that "another illustration of error is the belief, still prevalent In California, that most of thfe Chinese in this country were coolies under contract to serve either foreign capitalists or the Six Companies for a term of years at low wages. I have traced the origin and growth of this idea, and have established beyond controversy that there were at most only a few hun dred such contract coolies brought to the United States, and at least 98 per cent of the Chinese were voluntary immigrants, who cither paid their own passage or bor rowed money to pay it from relatives or from passage brokers at an exorbitant rate of interest. The original anti-Chinese agitation and the first restriction law were founded on this fiction. "It has been widely believed," continued Mrs. Smith, "that the Chinese have never paid taxes in proportion to other immi grants, but it is a fact that the license, poll, capitation, hospital and other taxes which they paid in the first period actually kept county governments from bankruptcy, and. in the mining counties, in some years I more than supported all the public institu tions." Sentiments of the Chinese. Mrs. Smith has attempted to discover the motive of the Chinese in coming to this country, their attitude toward our form of government, and the degree to which they have become Americanized in habit and feeling. She feared at first that it would be difficult to get information on these mat ters, but surprising results have already been obtained, and she says that "the ven eration of the commonest kind of Chinese for scholarship is so great that he ;s quite approachable if he is convinced that you are neither an official or In politics. The Investigation of the applications of ths ex clusion law has revealed Instances of per secution. mistakes, delay and hardship thU would be incredible were they not care fully verified. The unfortunate reaction of these laws and the harsh measures that j have been adopted under them could scarcely have been predicted, and in China it has only Just begun to be apparent." Mrs. Smith takes a very serious view of the possibilities and consequences of the boycott in China. She discusses at length the effect of Chinese exclusion upon indus trial conditions on the Pacific coast and gives some Interesting Information con cerning the amount and supply of labor and capital and the amount and kind of white immigration. Investigating the Mosquito. Another important scientific Investigation undertaken by the Carnegie Institution concerns the American mosquito, which Is rapidly becoming an important factor In our national life. The work has been con ducted under the direction of Dr. L. O. Howard of the Department of Agriculture,, who has been more prominentjy identified with the measures for the extermination of i the mosquito than any other man. He has sent entomologists to every part of North I America. Central America, Mexico, the I West Indies and has collected examples <jf I the various species which number not less i than 128. One Important result of the work | has been to show that the yellow fever mosquito occurs everywhere on the Paci fic coast. While it has been supposed all along that auch was the case, up to this time there has been no authentic record of the fact. Various other scientific Inquiries of great er or less importance are novf m prog ress under the direction of President Wood ward of the Carnegie Institution, and the resuKs so far as they are published, are re We Wish You a Bright and Prosperous Year. Store Opens for Business 8:30 a.m. Closes 5:30 p.m. Lansburgh & Bro., 420-26 7th St. 417=25 8th St. I I Y Y t ? | Y * Y Y Y Y Y ? T T Y i Here's Where We Make 1,500 Women Happy. One thousand five hundred Handsomely Tailored Walking Skirts, three styles, made of good quality melton, in Mack and blue?a perfect slkirt fin style, fit and finish?1,500 of them and no more. Every Skirt Worth Fully Six Dollars. While They Last==$1.98 Each. A word to the wise?This annual offering has always made a sensation in Washington, and generally cleans out every single skirt in the offering between store opening and store closing. We have always been obliged to inform several hundred shoppers who came the next day that we were "all out." We therefore give this notice in advance that all may have an equal opportunity to secure what is gener ally considered to be the greatest skirt bargain of the year. Sale starts 9 a.m. : t 1 t ? Y Y I | 1 Y Y ? Y Y Y * ? I Y Y I t Y Y + Y Y Y Y Y t Y Y Y Y This model is a thirteen gore skirt, stitched to knee, f or m i n g full kilted effect around bottom. All seams bound. Nome Sent C. O. D. No May Orders FnHDed! 00 These Skirts. This model is a gore skirt, stitched yoke torn. thirteen to form Full flare around bot None Sent C. O. D. No Mai! Orders Filled on Tlhiese Skirts. This model with inverted pleats from knee, finished with stitched cloth. Five rows of stitching around bottom. V Y f Y Y ? i Now Will the Great Crowd of Skirt Buyers Who Will Attend This Sale Please Give Heed to Another Important Piece of Bargain News. V ? ? On the same floor, and adjoining the skirt section, we show and sell FURS, but old Boreas has played us a sorry trick this vear. We have twice as many good furs on hand as we should have. We Are Going to Make the Furs Fly. Washington will know a Fur Sale that will certainly create a furore. We are going to sell Furs at prices that would actually make our fur manufacturers sit up and rub their eyes ? for wholesale prices are steep compared to the figures we quote to reduce this stock?sharp, quick, clean. We mention a few specimen values?there are dozens equally as good. | ? I $2.90 for $5.98 Siberian Marten Boas Two yards in length; two full tails on each end. Persian Lamb Sets. Scarf, two yards in length; lined with black satin; pillow - shaped muff. Was $39.50. Now $27.85. Was $49.50. Now $34.75. Was $65.00. Now $47.50. Was $87.50. Now $62.75. $2.90 for $4.68 f Brown Sable Q>ney Muff, I * x I I I Y Y ? % Y * | i Pillow shape, brown satin. lined with $4?90 and $6.90 for $7.50 and $110.00 Siberian Marten Boas Two and one-half yards long, fastened with cord; finished with two full tails. $112.90 and $114. $22.50 and $25.00 Isabella Fox Collars Lined with figured satin; stole finished with tails. $11.39 for $2.48 Pillow shape, black satin. lined with $13.90 and $H9.< $25.00 and $35. Manchuria Sable Collars Trimmed with fur heads and tails. $95.00 for $1175.00 Mink Pelerine. Heavy shired satin lining, trimmed with genuine mink heads and tails. Squirrel Sets. Scarf one and one-half yards long, lined with gray satin. Pillow-shape muff. Was $25.00. Now $15.00 Was $27.50. Now $17.50 $7.90 and $8.90 for $113.50 and $15.00 Isabella Fox Boas in One and one-half yards length ; two full tails. $69.^0 for $125.00> Manchuria Sab e Peferine With figured satin lining; trim med with fur heads and tails. 69c. and 75c. for $1.24 and $1.48 Children's Fur Sets Of Angora and lamb's wool; collar lined with satin; pillow shape muff. I t ? ? x f I I ? V White With Black Polka Dots and White Lawn Waists. A lot of 75 dozen fresh from the makers, in two interesting models, thoroughly well made, perfect in fit. At Nearly Half Usual Prices. White Lawn Waists With box plait of embroidery down front; three tucks on either side; full sleeve, with tucked cuffs. | Sizes 32 to 44. Instead of 75c., the usual price, ^ while they last 49c. White Lawn Waists With Black ? Polka Dots, Front elaborately trimmed with fine tucks and lace insertion; full sleeve; tucked cuff. Sizes 32 to 44. Instead of $1.00. the usual price, while they last : 59c. ported In the Year Book for 1905, now In press. Report on Marriage and Divorce. The director of the census, Mr. S. N. D. North, has undertaken a special report upon marriage and divorce which was suggested by the President, and which will no doubt serve as a basis for legislation by Congress and also by the legislatures of the sever?.! states upon that subject. A similar report made In 1889 by the bureau of labor cov ered the Judicial records concerning di vorce and marriage during the. twenty years from 1837 to 1H8<>, Inclusive. Mr. North proposes to take up the subject in 1887 and bring it down to date which will make another period of twenty years. Col. Carroll L). Wright, formerly Commissioner of Labor and now president of Clark Uni versity at Worcester, Mass., has consented to undertake the supervision of the inquiry and his experience in making the first re port will be of great value. Mr. North also proposes, as soon as he can get the authority, to undertake an In vesrtigation of crime in order-to determine whether we as a people are as wicked as we have been represented. His Inquiry will Include homicides, felonies, misdemeanors and other punishable ofTenaes. No such in quiry has ever been made officially. No state in the Union except Massachusetts, pretends to keep a record of crime, and the j statistics of arresls, criminal trials, etc., elsewhere have never been officially ascer tained. although there have been frequent compilations from newspaper reports which naturally cannot be complete or accurate, j As Director North of the census bureau says, "the demand for authentic Informa tion along these lines has become more and more insistant. The European countries, by annually compiling the records of their courts, are able to measure with accuracy the moral advance or retrogression of a community by exact knowledge of the com parative numbers of crimes, properly class ified and tabulated. These reports make it possible to direct wisely the organized movements for social reform? and restric tive legislation. They are important la J their economic significance also, for they establish the relationships of the material condition of the nation, whether it be one of prosperity or depression, to the increase or decrease of crime. The lack of such in formation in the United States results in a mess of conflicting state laws and local ordinances and haphazard efforts." Difficulty of Collecting Statistics. It Is much easier to collect such statis tics in Europe than in the United States because of the differences In our state statutes and modes of ?procedure. The only way the actual facts can be obtained Is to apply directly to ?very court and to ev ery police organisation, and that will require an Immense amount of labor and correspondence. Mr. North sug gests that "a census investigation of this subject, presenting authentic statistics of crime and pointing out the inconsistencies of state ordinances, would greatly assist in solving this problem and make proper comparison possible toetween the different states and municipalities. It Is the first step and the indlspensalble beginning of a movement for the unification and co-ordina tion of our criminal statutes under which the condition of social existence and legal restraint should toe similar throughout the Union. The Investigation should naturally be conducted in connection with the inquiry regarding marriage and divorce, for both Involve a systematic overhauling of court dockets and their simultaneous undertaking "by the same force woukl greatly reduce the cost of the combined work." There Is a defclded difference of opinion as to the accuracy of the vital statistics of the United States. The number of marriages and divorces can be accurately ascertained because legal formalities are required 111 each case, tout it is asserted that outsiQe of cities of 2,800 population or more the death rate cannot be accurately cal culated and the cumber of births reported Is very much smaller than the actual facts. It Is argued that the race Bulclde theory would lose much of Its pop ularity If every new baby were reported at the headquarters on arrival. The reg lstrars of statistics In the gTeat cities know this better than anyone else, while In the country districts births are seldom reported at all. Mr. W. A. King of the censua bu reau is quoted' as saying that the school census of Chicago shows that 61,990 chil dren were born in Chicago alone during the last six years without being registered. Another Important Inquiry. Another very important inquiry might be taken up toy the census bureau in this same connection. It would be not only a satis faction but of great Importance to know to what degree modern sanitary methods and medical science have served to prolong human life. There is no way of making accurate comparisons with the past, but the census bureau could lay out the grounds for them in the future. It will naturally have to undertake such Inquiries some time and It would be better to begin now than later. During the last few years all kinds of "new fangled notions" have been intro duced for the preservation of the health of mankind. The acceptance of the germ theory has enabled physicians and sanitary officers to organize their forces and make direct attacks as well as systematic de fenses against disease. How far they have been successful cannot be ascertained with out a more thorough system ctf vital sta tistics than has ever been gathered and the census bureau ought to be able to tell us how much of this energy and Ingenuity has been wasted. It is proposed also to make a new inquiry Into the mortgage question and ascertain whether our farmers are as rich as Secre tary Wilson asserts. The last census show ed that the number and amount of mort gages had been very largely decreased dur ing the previous ten years, and that the financtal condition of the people at large In the United States was not only better than It had ever been before, but was con tinually improving. That report brought the figures down to 1000. During the last five years the Improvement has been even greater than It was before, so far as pri vate individuals are concerned, but it ts entirely probable that a new inquiry win show that the debts <vf tl-e ?states, counties and the municipalities l.ivf increased rath er than diminished vlih the advent of the present era of prosperity, now nearly ten years old Up to Brackett to Ask Depew to Quit. Unless State Senator Breckett of Sara toga, N. Y., changes his mind by Wednes day, a resolution will be presented v.-hen the state senate meets on that day de manding the resign .in at Cliauncey M. Depew as United 8ta> senator from New York. If no other senator presents tho resolution, Senator ii.-ackett will introduce It. As far as can be learned no other mem ber of the senate intends to deprive Sena tor Brackett of hio >i !Ortunlty. Senator Brackett declared .i.s ledief a few weeks ago that Senator D> < w would come to see the wisdom of vo untarliy resigning rather than run the si, <?f receiving an official request, backcJ -.y the entire legis lature, to surrender :ii? seat. The senator, however, has not as yet Indicated to Gov. Higgins hie desire to retire from the Sen ate, and it is therefore probable that Sena tor Brackett will Introduce the resolution requesting him to resign. Noted Knight Templar Dead. Maj. B. Frank Ercneman, aged sixty nine years, for many years a prominent figure in Pennsyvania Masonic circles, past grand commander of the Grand Comman dery of Pennsylvania. Knights Templar, and Interested in numerous Important In dustrial enterprises, died yesterday at Lan caster, Pa. With the wordj "Merry Christmas" writ ten on the wrapping, a box of poiqpnctl candy was received by mail by Miss Mel'.a Caratenson, at Clinton, Iowa, yesterday. The box contained a dozen bonbons, the In side* of which had been mixed with car bolic add.