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Fig. l.--The const WUtioni Most Brilliant Sky of the Entire Year. TOTAL ECLIPSE OF MOON Will Occur in the Early Morning of February 9. PLANETS MARS AND SATURN Constellation Leo and the Legend Con cerning It?Jupiter in Good Posi tion for Observation. Written far The Stiir by Prof. Krle Doolit t le On a dinar night the ?ky now presents the most brilliant appearance of the entire ? -ar. The Milky Way, bordered on each side by the bright midwinter constellations, passes exactly overhead, while toward the tast there is the beautiful group of l.eo, or the I Jon, and the southern part of the very large Great Bear. Low down in the west the two faint autumn groups, the Whale and the Fishes, still linger with us, and the upper half of the very long faint constellation Kvidanus may also be seen, although the rest of the mighty river lias sunk below the ground. As Evidamis sinks In the west there begins to emerge from below the ground in the east the head of the similar enormously long, faint group known as Hydra, or the Water Snake. The magnificent blue star, Slrius, Is now exactly south; Just above, is tl>e brilliant Orion and the lesser dog star Procyon, while KCO Fiff. 2 Path of the Moou through t the twin stars. Castor and Pollux, are near ly overhead. The beautiful group Taurus lias begun to settle very slowly downward toward the west, but It will not entirely disappear from the early evening sky until next May. The planet Jupiter, now the brightest object of the sky, is still near the (enter of this Constellation; with the little d!pper-shai>?d group of Pleaides above It, and the large V-shaped cluster of the Hyades below, it forms a most striking ami beautiful appearance. Leo Well Up in the Sky. The constellation I-eo, or the Lion, ap- I pears well up in the sky tills mouth for | the first time since last July. This Im portant group has been celebrated from the most remote antiquity; It is suggested that I its na ne may have arisen'from the fact that when the sun enters the constellation in midsummer the lions abandon the desert anil appear on the banks of the Nile. The Kgjptians worshiped the stars of this group because at this time the rise of the great river occurred. As might be expected, the sign was astrologlcally considered .noxt fortunate, yet ancient physicians thought that when the sun was in this group all medicine became poisonous, possibly not without reason when we consider the medi cines which they administered, and hearing * Ig i - Appeafaore of th? Mood at different nugea of the ifllpac. thunder at this time was supposed to pre sage the deaths of great men. The ob server can readily trace out the beautiful sickle forming the western half of the con stellation, and which even thus early In the year gives promise of the harvest tline tc* come. Below l.eo Is the head of the Water Snake, Hydra, the entire constellation extending one-quarter of the way around the sky. Its brightest star Is the orange colored star at A; the star marked B In the neck Is a beautiful triple star even In a pair of opera glahsea. while each of the three stars of the bead marked C Is .a double. The little (roup Argo, or the Ship, In the Milky Way, contains one magnificent white star, Cauopus. the star of Egypt This Is one of the finest objects In the heavens, but unfortunately It Is so far below the celestial equator that it cannot be seen In a latitude north of :<T degrees. To an observer In this latit I* r1s?'s above the horlson for it few moments at ? o'clock on th? (Jth of I 45A.NV 4 i'O A.M. urn ) at 9 p.m February 1. I* ebmary, while to one as far south as Georgia it is a conspicuous and well-known object. This star, which appears almost as bright as Sirius, must in reality be In conceivably brighter, for its distance from us is so great that with our present meani we cannot measure- it. Those who have watched the bright little pair of planets, Mars and Saturn, in the southwest, have noticed how during Jan uary they have gradually drawn apart, Mars moving so swiftly toward the e.ist that by the end of the month it left Saturn far behind The sun in its eastward mo tion is rapidly overtaking Satirn and will pass between us and this planet on Feb ruary 24; consecjufntly it is not now visi ble except for a short time after sunset. The eastward motion of Mars, however, wi 1 keep__this planet in the early evening sky throughout the entire month. It is rapidly drawing away from the earth, Us distance at present being about IMUOO mi'es. r.or will it again be in favorable position for observation for more than a year. The brilliant planet Jupiter is in the best possible position for observation, and with its moons and the markings on its surface presents a beautiful aspect in a s.na'1 tele scope. Neptune remains in Gemini in the position shown in tigure 1, but none of the other planets is visible in the early even ing during February. Total Eclipse of the Moon. In the early morning of February 9 a to tal eclipse of the moon will occur, which will be visible throughout the whole of the United States. The moon will enter the earth's shadow and the ?eclipse will begin at three minutes before 1 a. m., eastern standard time: the eclipse will become total I at 'J minutes before 2, and will remain to tal for one hour and thirty-eight minutes, at the end of which time the moon will be gin to emerge from the shadow, the eclipse ending at thirty-seven minutes past 4. The large shaded circle in figure 2 shows a section of the earth's shadow at the point where the moon will pass through it. This shadow of the earth is in the form of an Immense cone, whose base is the earth itself and whose apex points directly away l'rom the sun. The moon will move through this shadow from west to east along the iine of A B. At twelve hours fiftv-seven minutes a.m. the center of the moon will be at C and the eclipse will begin; at one hour fifty-eight. minutes the center will have reached I), and the moon will then be completely in the shadow. At c^ny Interme diate time the moon will be partly within the shadow and partly outside of it; its ap he Karth's shadow, Febiuary ii, 1WKJ. pearance at intervals of fifteen m!nutes is shown In figure ;i. The center of the moon will reach K at three hours thirty-six min utes a.m.. ;<t which instant the moon will begin to < merge, reaching the point F, and thus ending the eclipse at four hours thirty-six minutes a.m. Sometimes when (he moon is wholly with in the shadow it Is totally invisible, but more frequently it is illuminated by a faint greenish or copper-colored light. In the former case we know that along the gre'it circle of the earth In which the shadow cone touches it the skies are cloudy. In the 'atter they are clear, and more or less sun light is bent downward into the shadow rone by the refraction of the air. "Usually, however, the faint light of the mcon con tinually changes in intensity and color as the earth turns around at the base of the cone, the whole rather strange appetrance forming an impressive and most interest ing sight. Club for Women Shoppers. From I-i-mMc's Weekly. One of the unique dining clubs of New York is situated in the heart of the shop .ping district, where members weary with a tiresome round of the stores find it handy to drop in for luncheon and a nap. The organization flourishes under the name of "Clover Club." and the membership fee en titling one to its hospitable comforts is only 10 cents a month; or if one wishes to en Joy its conveniences but once, she is ad mlted for Ave cents. The most important | feature of the club is the dining room, whore each member W.l its 11 nnn liAPoal f <1 ii /I The Planets. From SunjfI Mapn/loe. The Texas a Northerner Finds. pistol in Tc I People Recovering From the De . vastation of War. COUNTRY'S CREDIT HIGH Eighteen Millions Borrowed From Germany FOE IHTEEKAL DCPEOVEMEITTS Germans, Showing Enterprise and Ag gressiveness, Are Elbowing Out the British. BY WIXX/IAM K. CPHTIS. Written for The Star and the Chicago Record Horn Id. The republic of Peru has made great progress wltliln the last fifteen years. Dur ing all that time It has had peace and a government and has prospered. For many years previous the presidents of Peru were soldiers, and gained their power by he support of the army. They were prac tically military dictators. But the civilista party Is now In power, which demands the entire separation of military and political affairs. It has reduced the army to a minimum and does not permit soldiers to have anything to do with the elections, while the officers are required to remain In their barracks and are not allowed to exer cise civil authority or take part In political contests. The result of this reform is seen n the industrial and commercial improve ments and in the public revenues, which have increased 70 per cent during the last L?e1rs- EvPrybody Is prosperous, and .e people are rapidly recovering from the staniWrf r the War Wlth Chile. A god for plrhi ? eurrem'y ''as been maintained ror eight years and the credit of tlie veargHaec)W'l?C n WaS down t0 zero not many wa. v 80 _Pood that *18.000,000 and 1^4 borrowed in Germany at HO This money is to be used for Internal im provement,. chiefly for railways f^to now inaccessible sections of the interior and tI k mr Thb"!!'linVhem wJ11 be Iet'early be verv F 'UY,an government would l.ecr F ? American contractors would work wtere8t?d and tend(>r Wds tor this Kn to'd tl ln?re frle?"?y to the N? rraintn- ?I any ?,her nation, win nearer to us or reciprocates ?terc?r0?e S?rdiaI. flings tlie neighborly lerv Mk^v hVe 8 ih "cr affairs. It is catic imy' howe.Yer' that German syndi strnctln VfH? the contracts for th# con struction of the proposed roads. The money to build them was borrowed in Germany The great Deutscher Bank is taking a di tiateH Hwf8J ln.thp enterprises and nego uatecl the bonds. The lnnn wqc ! however, by the Transatlantic Bank, which was recently established at Lima with tier man capital under the protection of the I a~Utrehr? Bark.' to rep^sent and encour age German interests in Peru. The first loan of *3.000,Orx) Ls secured by a tax on r t?van l, 1second loan of 115,000,000 by tl OOfiM? '?^5co- wh,STh bri?ss in about Jl.000.000 e\ ery year. Under the contract wav iin I Wt! r"'t be issue(J until the rail way (Jn sections) is ccnstructed, inspected and accepted, toy the government, so there ,,SS '10h-?anK^r ?,f, a diversion of the funds countries. sometlm''s occurred in other German Aggressiveness. The Germans are showing the same en- j terprlfe and aggressive policy in Peru that j j they have shown in Brazil and otlyjr parts [ of South America. They are gradually elbowing the British out. They are ab sorbing the export trade, and in almost ! ?'ty throughout Latin-America the retail shops the commission business the manufacturing industries and all kinds of tiv Jw/'6 ??'"ed and controlled by Germans. They have only recently come into Peru, but have evidently con.e to 8tfy- Jhe people of the United States might have had the best of everything but ?? ,a:e.vf?. mu, h absorbed with our'own f_,? ,Lhat we are very reluctant to go out into other countries. We have had for several years larger interests than any other nation in Peru. The two great rail roads, one of them running from Callao to the famous mines of Cerro de Pasco, and the other from Mollendo to Lake Titicaca are owned by American capitalists. The iho?,. ? P??ro mines were recently pur chased by Mrs. Hearst, j. b. Haggin of ?anK ,T7nc r? nnd members of the Van derbilt family. The Inca Mining Company "owns the San Domingo mine, is com posed of capitalists of Bradford, Pa. These gentlemen have recently received from the government a very valuable grant of rub ber lands on the eastern slopes of the Andes and are now constructing a road through the wilderness to reach them This concession lies on one of the tribular- ' es of the Amazon, so tnat an outlet will be given to the Atlantic for their products There are several other large American enterprises in Peru, and the Nfew York house of William K. Grace & Co for many years has been very prominent In mercantile affairs. There ought to be much more trade between the two coun tries. Callao is becoming a great port, and wlien the Panama canal ls opened will be nearly equi-distant from New York and Liverpool?about 3,300 miles. The principal staples of Peru are sugar, cotton, wool and rusher, which promise the greatest wealth lor the future, although up till now *uano and gold silver and copper mines have brought the largest revenue to the iwopie and the government. Peru a Vast Treasure House. I'eru is a vast treasure house. Its min eral deposits are perhaps unsurpassed in all 1 he world. The gold, silver and precious stones which were carried away as loot by the conqulstadores enabled all Spain to live in luxury for centuries. Nowhere else in all the world was so large a value of porta ble booty ever captured. And never did any community grow so rich with so liftle labor From lf!30 to 1K24 the Jesuit priests took twenty-seven tons of pure silver out a s'ngle valley, while other mines yleld ed hu"dredfl, of millions of dollars, even with the primitive systems employed by the monks an<l the native Indians But for nearly half a century or more Peru went backward and became so poor that her richest citizens were compelled to live on the pawnshops. But that period has hap pily passed, and with permanent peace the country has slowly recovered Its prosperity and today enterprises are formed for dig ging the treasure of the mountains and se curing the cultivation of the valleys which are exceedingly fertile and produce all of the staples known to the tropical and tem perate zones. Down In the hot lowlands along the coast cotton and sugar are grown and In the mountains wheat, corn and bar ley. The slopes of the foothills furnish un limited pasture lands, which are now prac tically unoccupied. There ls room In Peru for several mil lions of immigrants, and every occupation known to man is open to industrious arti sans. The population is very scanty There are vast areas entirely uninhabited chiefly because of the lack of railways and other means of transportation. The mines of Cerro de Pasco lay Idle for a third of a century because they could not compete with modern methods of mining elsewhere, and It was impossible to take machinery over the mountains. Now a railroad ls finished to the very mouth of the inineg There are many other mineral derx>slts of corresponding value In a similar situation and millions of acres of -rich agricultural land which remain uncultivated because there are no means for getting the crops to market. Government Bailways. For this reason the government has un dertaken the construction of a system of railways connecting those already estab lished with the new productive fields, and within a few years, when the present plans are completed, through cars will be run ning over the Andes from Lima to Buenos Ayres. The Argentine government is ex tending its railway system northward, and next year the tracks will reach the city of Tuplza on the boundary of Bolivia. The Bolivian government intends to employ the ten million dollars recently paid It by Bra x!l In the settlement of a boundary claim In building southward from La Pa* to Tu plza, and there connecting with the -ar gentine system. The money U on aeposu In the Bank of England and the surveyors are now laying out the line. The new Peruvian railway system, as proposed, will provide for the extension of the famous Oroya road, which was built by Henry Meigs, an American, thirty years ago, and was probably. the moat and expensive example of railway construc tion ever undertaken. Trains now nin from IJma eastward over the mountains to the town of Oroya, and from there nortn ward to Cerro de Pasco. From Oroya a new line will be built southward throuan the great basin between the two ranges or j the Andes to the ancient Inca capital of Ousco. From there a line la already ne?xl> completed to Puno on LakeTlticaca, where passengers take steamers for L* Pes. the capital of Bolivia, and connect with tne other American road which runs from Pw lo the Pacific port of Molendo, by way or Arequlpa. The distant between Puno and Cuso is about 200 miles. The ??*** already In operation for ?boutl40 and the gap of sixty miles will ^?'?com pleted during the present /ear. In tne meantime Patrick Hawley. an enterprising Irish-American, is running a line of auto mobiles between Sicuani and CW?. This line runs through a great plateau between two ranges of the Andes, which was the seat of the Inca empire. It ror merly supported a dense population and is capable of producing unlimited of wheat, corn and cattle, while the *noun tains on either side are filled with ? The distance from Oroya to Cuico I about 500 miles through a similar country and It is hoped that the railway can be | laid within the next four or five years. To reach the rubber country it is pro posed to build a line from Oroya in a north easterlv direction to the river I cajali. which Is one of the chief tributaries of the Amazon. It Is about 300 miles to navl gable water, where the rubber and other products of the country may be shipped to market via the Amazon and the Atlantic ocean. The river t'cayall runs '? p?nt??ly rich country that is now almost entire^ uninhabited, but has a fine cllmate and offers unusual inducements .t0.cQ?j?n'^iTy Several large tracts of land have already been granted for colonization purposes. Valuable Deposits of Minerals. In the northern part of the republic. It is proposed to rebuild and extend two lines of railway in order to reach valuable de- j posits of coal, copper and other minerals, and open up tracts of land that are suit able for vinyards. fruit and general agri culture. One of these roads will be an ex tension of a short line now running out or Paeasmavo to the undent town of Caxa maroa. where you will remember that Ata hualpa. the "l.ast of the Incas, was stra"J gled in the most treacherous manner ny Plzzaro. after he had filled with gold the room of the palace in which he had been confined. The mines from which that gold came have been forgotten, but still lie somewhere back in the mountains and what Is much more valuable, there are beds of coal of good quality. It Is the only coal between the Isthmus of Panama and south ern Chl'e and is needed by steamship lines along the coast. The opening of the cana^ will Rive It even greater value, and tne Peruvian government will use a portion oi the new loan to open up that territory. It is also proposed to build about a hun dred miles of road from Ho to Moquegan through a rich agrlcn'tural valley where I he soil is especially adapted to vinyards. Tn addition to the railways I have de scribed, which will be constructed by the government, a concession has been grantea to an English corporation to build a line a distance of two hundred miles, from tne port of Clilmbote over the mountains to the town of Husfrnz. capital of one of tne northern provinces, which Is the center or a rich mineral region with large deposits of copper, silver and coal. An American svndlcate has recently obtained a conces sion and lias deposited a forfeit of for the extension of the present railway from Payta to the Maranon. one of the largest branches of the Amazon. Inis P**?~ pored line will cross both ranges of the Andes and open up an agricultural country and vast rubber forests. Xenrlv all of these railways have been in contemplation for many years, but the government has never had the money to build them. It is now possible to do so. Eighteen millions of do'lars In gold aTe at Ihe dhnosal of the minister of public works for this purpose: the preliminary surveys have been made and before the end of the year It Is believed that the work of con struction will be In progress. At Peace With the World. Peru not only has domestic tranquillity, but is at peace with all the world. Boun dary controversies with Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia have been submitted to arbi tration and decisions are expected In a short time. The only open question Is a longstanding dispute with Chi'e over the territory that was taken by the latter as Indemnity for the war of 1881. Various proposals for the settlement of that con troversy have failed, but since Mr. Calde ron was transferred from Washington to Santiago there have been evidences of a more friendly feeling betwen the two gov ernments and hopes for a satisfactory set tlement have been revived. El Commercto of I-lma. one of the ablest | newspapers in South America, in comment ing in a complimentary manner upon the appointment of Mr. Felipo Pardo as min ister to the United States, referred to a speech he made at a banquet In I?lma three years ago. where he "advised his audience to prepare Itself to receive the benefits of the Panama canal, the opening of which he considered as the most favorable event for Peru, next to that of its Independence. "Animated with these ideas, he now goes to Washington to represent the interests of his country, which are not only those di rectly related with international politics. As a man of business he knows the value of well-directed and truthful propaganda In the centers where the necessary ele ments are found with which to give Im pulse to the development of the germs of -wealth that exist In our own soil, and. to dav. when railroads are being constructed In Peru, and new ones in project, and the greatlv productive mines are being multi plied In number, and an unprecedented ac tivity is visible In all branches of industry, said propaganda can be of more use to the country than ever before. "The mission which Mr. Pardo takes, al though it has no especially determined ob ject. may be of great advantage now that the eyes of commercial men and econo mists. not only of the United States, but also of Europe, are fixed with Interest on the material progress of Peru. "To demonstrate that said progress is a real one and originated by permanent causes, will not be a difficult task for him; and we are sure he will not fall to carry out his mission to the fullest extent which his diplomatic position will permit." K-AM9NGTHE II FKATEBNITlESlI Almas Temple of the Mystic Shrine held its January ceremonial last evening at Na tional Rifles' Armory. There was a large attendance of the nobility and much Inter est was displayed In the ritualistic work, done for the first time by the new line of officers, headed by Potentate Jacobus S. Jones. An Interesting class made the pil grimage to Mecca, and its members de clared themselves to be "completely satl.i fied." In the peculiar official Arabic parlance of the Mystic Shrine the occasion was des ignated as "Leylet-el-Jumaah, First Day. Twelfth Month, Hejra, 1323, Duh'l Hajja." Recorder Dlngman announced the pro gram as follows: "Magnificent ceremonial! Festival of Bed el Kourban! Sacrifices by pilgrims at Mecca! Circuit of the Kaafea! The black stone! The holy zem zem! Commemorative secriflces by Ibra ham." The ceremonial session was followed by a "traditional" banquet in the hall below the armory. In his announcement of the banquet and ceremonial Potentate Jones alluded to the fact that he had been an officer of the tem ple for a full decade, and thus addressed the nobility: "I hail you In hearty salu tations. I greet you In joyous acclaims. Let our watch word be good fellowship. In this sentiment let us come together, and in this sentiment let us work together. It Is fair to trust that a spirit of this sort will prevail among our chivalrous nobility. This being my tenth year as your officer, I renew my pledge of untiring devotion and best efforts to continue the substantial wel fare of Almas Temple and advance to the uttermost the Interests of her membership, and I reaffirm the vow to exert my best endeavors lo promote the happiness of my brother nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Almas Temple has attained distinction and eml nence In our mystic order, and yet It l? within our power to Increase her prestige for good among men and add new luster to her name, thus bringing fo ourselves pleas ure. pride and honor." The Washington Shrlners who are' to make the pilgrimage to Los Angeles May 8 hare practically completed arrangements by which Almas' nobility and those of Bou ml of Baltlmoi'e shall travel together to the Pactflc coast and probably by special train. The committees of the two temples have held a meeting at Baltimore and de cided to leave Baltimore and Washington April 28, reaching Los Angeles May 0, go ing by one route and returning by an other. The entire time consumed upon the Journey Is expected to he from twenty-one to twenty-five days. The Los Angeles ses sion will be the thirty-second In the his tory of the Imperial Council. The repre sentatives of Almas Temple are Harrison Dlngntan, ad vitam; Jacobus S. Jones, Ed win B. Hay, George Harold Walker and Carter B. Keene. A large number of nobles and their families are expected to accom pany the delegation to the Pacific coast. Potentate Jacobus 8. Jones has made the following announcement of Ms official <tt va nfor lttiW; Jacobus 8. Jones, Illustrious potentate; Francis A. Sebring, chief rao tan; Alien Busstus, assistant rabban; Alex ander Grant, high priest nd prophet; John A. Ellinger, oriental guide: Alllaon Nallar, Jr.. treasurer: Harrison Dtngman, recorder; Arthur D. Marks, first ceremonial master: Robert E. Burks, second ceremonial mas ter; Frank L. Matteli, director; Sidney K. Jacobs. James Ciscel and Allen T. Curren. assistant directors: Samuel Hart, marshal; Roe Fulkerson. captain of the guard; Hen ry C. Davis, outer guard; Armat Stoddart, assistant outer guard: George M. Walker, bearer of the great seal; Ferdinand Wall man and Hliiebert W. Thomas, alchemists; Louis C. Wilson, captain foot patrol; Rob ert Cook, captain mounted patrol; Harry L. McNulty, commissary: James A. Hun ter. quartermaster; Philip A. Deffer, elec trical director: Edward Kolb, master OT wardrobe: I,eon L. Frederieh. I.yman li. Swormstedt. Floyd V. Brooke, Robert K. Cooke, Elmer SoUioron. Frank E. Gtbso'i, George C. Ober, J. B. Gregg Custfs, Fred erick E. Maxey, Charles W. Brown, S. Clif ford Cox and WIlHatn P. C. Hasen, medical directors; Oscar F. Comatock, organise; James Walter Humphrey, William D. M : Farland. Perry B, Turpln and J. Henry Kaiser, chanters: Louis A. Dent, 8. Fred Hahn and*Harry B. Cramer, audit commit tee; Thomas P. Morgan, Lurtin R. Ginu, William F. Hunt, Robert Cook. Alexander McKensle, L<ouis Goldsmith, Henry S. Mer rill. Walter H. Klopfer, I^em Towers. Jr., Andrew W. Kelly. John H. Olcott an.l James I^ansburgh, advisory committee. Washington Commandery, No. 1, Knights Templar, had a conclave Wednesday even ing for the conferring of the order of the Red Cross. In his current official circular Eminent Commander Wm. H. Yerkes, Jr., makes the following statement concerning the re cent celebration of the eighty-first anni versary of the organization of the com mandery: "The anniversary was an evening of evi dent pleasure to the 105 sir knights who were present and participated in the fes tivities. After the conferring of the Red Cross upon four candidates by our general issimo, James A. Rutherford, the sir knights procteded/to the banquet room below, where an excellent menu wns served. The room was beautifully deco rated with American flags. The committee to whom praise and thanks are due was composed of the following sir knights: <Jeo. Spransy. chairman: Jas. A. Hunter, Jos, 1'. Stephenson. Conrad F. Bennett and Wm. S. Quinler. We were honored on this oc casion by the presence of distinguished guests as follows: Frank H. Thomas, grand captain general ui the Grand En campment ; Grand Commander Bennett A. Allen. Inspector General William T. Gallt her. WalteT H. Klopfer, past commander Columbia Commandery, No. 2; David H. Fenton. commander of Columbia Com mandery, No. 2. and Charles T. Lindsay, commander of Potomac Commandery, No. 3. It was. indeed, gratifying to see such a large attendance of past commanders present. Only two were absent, and that because of circumstances beyond their con trol." De Molay Mounted Commandery, No. 4, Knights Templar, conferred Jhe order of the temple Tuesday evening. Grand Com mander Bennett A. Allen was present and the occasion was made an interesting Tem plar event. * Robert de Bruce Council,' No. 1. A. A S. R? held a meeting Tuesday night at the cathedral. 1007 G street northwest. Allen Bussius, Sid degree. Is the present com mander of this council of Kadosh, and John H. Olcott. 324 degree, K. C. C. H.. continues to be its recorder, as he has fceen for many years. Capitol Circle, No. 315, P. H. C., lias in stalled the following officers: Past president, Wm. A. Riedl; president, J. A. Cook; vice president. Rose Riedl; guardian. M. Peter sen; chaplain. Bertie Kirc-her; porter, J. M. Hodkinson; watchman, Hirwood Hall; sec retary, Florence B. Callahan; treasurer, J. M. Annadale; accountant. A. O. P. Grant; guide. E. A. Smith, and companion, Eva Nallv. After the regular business the meeting wis even to menders and their friends and a banquet was served in honor of the sixth 'birthday of the organization. Seventy-five members were present and also a number of visitors. , Ernest W. Bradford, the present grand 1 master of Odd Fellows, was born at Mat- J tawamkeag, Me , May 23, 18*12. Both his ] parents died when 'he was five years of age. and he then went to live with rela tives on a farm in Winsiow. Me., with whom he resided until he was seventeen, when he begun life for himself. He en- ! gaged in different kinds of employment J during vacations, which cnak'-d him to at tend Oak Grove Seminary at Vassalboro. Me., a Friends' preparatory school for the following three years, except during the winter months of the last two years, when he taught school in neighboring districts. In May of 18K2 he went to Indianapolis. Ind.. and entered the patent law office of an older brother. He attended the Central Law School of Indiana the following year and graduated in April of 1SS3 number two in his class. He was admitted to the bar of the state and 1'nlted States circuit courts with his class In April before he was of age. He became a member of the firm of C. & E. W. Bradford In 1S87. giv'ng exclusive attention to the practice of pat ent law. He spent much of the time in Washington attending to the firm's busi ness before the patent office, and in 1893 sold his interest in the Indianapolis firm and opened offices for himself in the Wash ington Ixian and Trust building, where he has since bten located. He joined Beacon Lodge, No. 15. I. O. O. F.. in April. 1801. and passed through its chairs. He is also a past officer of Fred D. Stuart Encamp ment. No. 7, an active member of Canton Washington. No. 1. Patriarchs Militant, and it is at the present time military secretary of the general military council, Patriarchs Militant, with the rank of brigadier general. He was appointed grand marshal of the Grand Dodge of the District of Columbia In July, 1802, and advanced each year until his election as grand master in July, of 190r>. His term of office will not expire until January of 19t>7. owing to a change in the constitution of the Grand Dodge making the annual sessions in January hereafter instead of in July as formerly. It is nearly forty years since any grand master before him has served for more than one year. At a stated communication of George G. Whiting Dodge. No. 22, F. A. A. M., on Thursday evening, the master Mason's de gree was conferred on two candidates by Worshipful Master W. H. Harrison, assist ed by Grand Master Walter A. Brown and J. H. Dlchllter. master of Dafayette Lodge, No. 19. Interesting addresses were deliv ered by Grand Master Brown and W. C. Pond of Hiram Lodge, No. 10. These were given close attention and very much en Joyed by the large audience in attendance. At the next communication the fellow craft degree will be conferred. There was a large and enthusiastic at tendance of members at the last regular meeting of Camp No. tt. Patriotic Order Sons of America, and arrangements were 1 completed for the third annual ball at Na tional Rifles Armory. Officers for the cur rent term have been installed by District | President E. Jackson as follows: Past 1 president. CTias. G. Lohr; president, Chas. E^f*razler; vice president. John A. Trewol la", master of forms, E. R. Thomas; record ing secretary. James W. Allison; financial secretary, James E. Thomas; treasurer, E. Jackson; conductor. D. T. Garrett; inspec tor, C. R. Withers; guard, C. E. Ford; trus tee, C. R. Withers. Camp No. 6 meets every Thursday night at their hall, 410 10th street northwest, when all members of the order are cordially Invited. The official visitation of the national officers will take place *ln the near future, at which time there will be a public reception. Metropolis Lodge, No. 18, I. O. O. F., cele brated Its sixtieth anniversary in Its hall, 8th and D streets northwest. At 8 o'clock the lodge room was filled to its capacity with members, their ladies and friends. The program consisted of a piano solo by Louis Potter, a song by Clifton Whyte. two numbers by the "C. H." Orchestra, com posed of the following gentlemen: S B. Pole, leader; L. A. Potter, pianist; violin, R. J. F. Pole, J. U. Phillips; mandolin. L A. Herbert. E. Thompson, M. Phillips and W. Stockett: bass solo by Mr. J. H. Cathel, accompanied by Mr*. Parker; mandolin duet by Messrs. I>avls and Mattern; two numbers by a quartet composed of Messrs, ?,tigar D. Thompson, Crand Nolile. F. Thomas Moore. B. Boswell, Jesse Veih meyer nnd Henry Madert. The oration of the evening was delivered by H. S. Harrell, who acquainted those present with the eventful history of Metropolis Lodge from its inception to the present day. In order to gather his facts It was necessary to read through the rec ords of sixty years' standing, and Mr. Har rell vrhs congratulated for the thorough manner In which he discharged the duty Imposed. His tribute to the lodge and Odd Fellowship In general was warmly applaud ed. After the program^tad been concluded refreshments were served. The entertain ment furnished members und Invited guest* was a credit to the committee having the anniversary Celebration In charge. Grand Master E. W. Bradford was present. The committee having charge of the celebration was composed of the following gentlemen: Dr. Edgar D. Thompson, R. T. Pumphrey and W. P. Betts. At aji ensuing meeting of the lodge a large number of members were present to witness the conferring of the Initiatory degree upon three candidates Metropolis Ix>dge is enjoying much prosper ity. At Its meeting last night the first de gree was conferred upon a number of can didates In the presence of a large audi ence. The stormy weather was no barrier to a full attendance of members of Sioux Tribe, No. 18, Improved Order of Red Men. at the last regular meeting. After the transac tion of neciissary routine business adjourn ment was had to receive Nappa Walla i Counoll, No. 5. degree of Pocahontas, led I by Past Great Sachem Wm. King, for the I purpose of presenting a set of resolutions expressing the thanks of Nappa Walla Council for the part taken by Sioux Tribe. No. 18, In the entertainment on the occa sion of the annual official visitation of the Great Council of the Imperial Order of Red Men to Nappa Walla Council, No. 5. degree of Pocahontas. The presentation was made by Past Sachem James W. Allison on the part of the council and was accepted by Senior Sagamore F. I,. Snow on the part of the tribe In an appropriate speech. After remarks by the visitors and the members of the tribe refreshments were served. The gener.il fair committee of the Knights of Pythias Is progressing finely with the arrangements for their fair, and the meet ings of the committee on Friday evenings at the temple are largely attended. Chair man T. A. Bynum of the general committee has appointed Knigtu H. W. Bassett of De catur Lod?ee, No. 9, on the commtttee on printing and publicity, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Past Grand Vice Chancellor John A. Frank. The re<ports of the several subcommittees show a great deal of interest being manifested, und the ladles' auxiliaries of the several lodges are already doing good work. The Toadies' Aux iliary of Harmony Lodge, No. 21. held a nice entertainment for the benefit of that lodge on the istta of ? this month. The Ladles' Auxiliary of Myrtie I^odge also held an enjoyable ghost p irty In the room.s of the lodge on the 2.1d instant. The Indies' Auxiliaries of Franklin and Century lodges both have pl.ins well under way for a rum mage sal<? and a e.uchre. respectfully. The ; committee on publicity and printing he!d a meeting during the past week and com pleted their organization by selecting the following officers: Chairman,- Claude H. Woodward: vice chairman. F. H. Hoe ford: secretary, S. M. Pearson, and treasurer, E. W. Morcock. At the meeting steps were taken toward the publication of the fair paper. Asculosi Temple, No. 81. Dramatic Order of Knights of Khorrassin. has plans well under way lor their sscond annual ball, which will be held at the Pythian Temple. The committee saving the matter in hand Is composed of G. W. Boynton. chairman; T. A. Bynum. royal prince; W. J. Coffin, royal prince; G. W. Haley, royal Vizier; S M. Pearson, grand emir; Albert Kahlert, treasuruer. and Votaries Arthur C. L. Col lins, J. M. McQueen and W. C. Dean. The committee held an interesting meeting the early part of ...is week, and tlw reports of the several subcommittees were re ceived. and all showed that the work was progressing finely. The ball given by the temple last February was such a success that the temple has been asked repeatedly to hold another one, and those who at tended the last one can be assured that the coming one will be as good in every imrtl-cuiar, If not better than the last one. The proceeds of the ball are to be used to procure new paraphernalia and to arrange for a journey to Baltimore on the 20th of March to confer the degrees of the order for Ben Hadad Temple, No. 93, of that city. Wednesday evening next Federal City Lodge, No. 20. I. O. O. F.. will confer the degree of Brotherly Love In the prize con test for the banner which it now holds for the best degree work in this Jurisdiction. The degree will be exemplified In North east Temple, with Past Grand Master J. H. Wood as degree director. Substantial en tertainment has been provided for the large number of members of the order who ar# expected to be present. The board of judges will be Grand Master E. W. Bradford, Deputy Grand Master A. R. Vermillion and Grand Warden E. H. Easterllng. Eastern Lodge, No. 7. I. O. O. F., held a meeting Wednesday night. The initiatory degree was conferred upon Messrs. Reed, Dean. Smith and Tracy. A feature of the work was the participation of the Easiern Lodge quartet, composed of Messrs. Hul ling. Root, Snow and H. D. Lawson. Next week the second degree will be conferred upon three applicants. Eastern Lodge is In a flourishing condition. James M. Dunn, who has been absent from the city for some time with his family, returned this week and was warmly re ceived by officers and members of Wash ington Ixjdge, B. P. O. E., of which he U an active member. At the regular meeting of Covenant Lodge. No. 13. I. O. O. F.( held the 23t in stant, it was decided to confer the third degree upon five candidates. There will be a social feature after the conferring of the degree. - At a regular convocation of Brightwood R. A. C., No. 9, held the 24th Instant the following officers were elected for the en suing capitular year: H. F. Ivers, E. H. P.; A. C. Shaw. K.; W. B. McGrain, S.; W. E. Nalley. secretary; G. W. Battoch, treasurer; J. R- MtrChesney, C. of H.; G. H. Jones, P. S.; W. G. Wise, R. A. C.; C. W. Llppold, third veil; E. T. Elliott, second veil; J. E. Meisenhelder. first veil; J. L. Moudy. sentinel; J. R. McChesney, G. H. Jones and W. G. Wise, proxies. The new officers were installed by Pmst High Priest Abram Frey. Seltese Trfbe, Improved Order of Red Men, held Its regular meeting last Tuesday, which was largely attended. There will be a class initiation on February ?. The steamer Atrato of the Royal Mall Steam Packet Company sailed from Jamaica Thursday for Colo A with 650 persons, who will work in the oaftal THE PUBLIC LIBBABY MUSICAL SCORES FOB CIRCULA TION?NEW BOOKS. Comparatively few user* of the Dlxtrtet Public library mre aware that It contain* the nucleu* of a musical collection which* It la hoped, will grow steadily as funds and the generosity of the music-loving public Increase. There are at present about 300 volumes, representing classic and popular music, both Instrumental and vocal. These Include collections such as the Musicians" Library. World's Best Composers. Masters of Music, etc.. all of which may be taken liome on the borrower's card in the same manner as ordinary books. An effort la being made to supply the constant demand for librettos of the English and foreign operas, as well as musical literature on thl* subject. The library is further equipped with about. 280 volumes of the Imst theoretical works and biographies of munlctan*. It Is ex pected that the collection will reach such proportions as to enable the library also to render assistance to those attending con certs and who wish to familiarize them selves beforehand with the music to be rendered. In the reading room may be found three of the leading musical re views. American and English, as well as the standard dictionaries of music. Some of the local musicians have already presented copies of original compositions and it is hoped that many others of the profession will taKe a like interest, as well as the public In general, b> adding to the number and value of the collection. In order to give a better idea of the mu slcal scores possessed by the library a *e? lection of them will !*? displayed on shelves for one week, beginning Satur day, January 27. The following new books have just been placed In circulation: Music. Meyer, I,eopold de. Air boemicn rusee rarfe pour piano.?VZP-M57K7al Weber, K. M.. Freiherr von. Schtummertied.? VZP-W3W*. Schubert. Fran*. Ave ..larla, VZO-8efaB8av. Masters In Music. 31 v. 10(18-Ofi? VY- - 9M3&3. Contains selections from the fol* lowing composers?Momart. Chopin. Oounod. Mendelssohn, Greig. Haff. Verdi. Haydn. Bizet. Beethoven. Handel, Weher. FTanz. Liszt. Purcell. Johsnn Straus*, the 8cm* lattis. Rossini. Dvorak. Schubert. Tschal kowsky. Bach. Schumann. Franck, Meyer beer. Brahms. Rubinstein. Bellini and Ix>n tzettl, Qluck. Salnt-Raens Wagner. Victor Herbert and others, eds World's B<*?t Music. 8 v.?VY-9H417w. Sonneck. G. T. Bibliography of Early Secular American Music.?ZWV\-SoTiflab. Reference Books?Dictionaries. Flugel-Schmldt-Tsnger. a Dictionary of the English and German languages for Home and Schools. Immanuel Schmidt and Gustav Tanger, eds ? X47I)-Scli53^2. Complete Rusfilan-Kngllsh Dictionary. A. Aleksandrov. X54D-A I 257 lexicon of Modern Greek. Nikolaos Kon topoules.?X32D-K838. Svensk-engelsk Hand-ordbok V E. Omsn.w ?X32D-1 >mH'?H A New Dictionary of French and Knglish. C. E. Clifton and A. Grimaux. compa.? X39D-C#132n. Philosophy and Religion. Thus Spake Zarathustrs. Friedridi Nie tzsche.? Be47-N.V>7t.E. A History of Modern Philosophy. Harald Hoffdlng.?BD-H173 E. New Essays Concerning Human Cnder standing. G. W. I^ibniz. BII-IA'fJJE. Fetlchlsm in West Africa. R. H. Nassau. ?BTF-N188f. Science and a Future Life. J. 11. Hyslop. ?BXS-H?07s. Teachers' Guide to the International Sun day School lessons for 11XMI. Mrs. M U Tarfcell. CBD-T172t. Series of Meditations. E. C. Ga (field ? Ct* G123s Earthly Problems In Heavenly Eight. James Reed and H. C. Hsy.-TZ-RSlSfc The Valerian Persecution. P. J. Healv ? DP-H342V. Mirror of Perfection. I.eo of Assissi ? DZS-LM.8?. Fiction. Rom of the World. Agnes and Egerton | Castte The Scarlet Pimpernel. Emmuska Orcsy Pedagogues. A. S. Pier. Wood Fire in No. 3. F. H. Smith. Sociology and Politics. The Elements of Sociology. F. W. Black | mar.?1-B.VKe. Foundations of Sociology. E. A. Ross. - | I-R73*f. ' Seven Years' Hard. Richard Free.?IAS F873s. Roman Education. A. S. Wilkins.?IK3U W?S5r Hand Sewing l?essons. 8. E. Krollk.?IKT KUlSh. A Primer of School Method. T. F G Dexter.?I P-D6282p. Home Kindergarten. Katherlne Beel>e ?IS IMh. From Servitude to Service.?IZN-F1KW. Old South Leisures on Southern Institu tions for the Education of the Negro RushU from Within. Alexander I'lar -- J54-LU7r.E. ? Duties of Women.?F. P. Cobbe ? KW CC32d. Art and Science. Artistic Development of Reynolds and Gainsborough. Sir W. M. Conway.?WIO-R 334c, Photography. Alfred Bothers.?WR-Z798i> Camera Shots at Big Game. A. G. Walil | han.-VE-Wl.%4c. Counsels and Ideal* William Osier.?Q j Osf>37c. Elements of Physical Chemistry. J. L. R. Morgan -l.QP-S;>2e. Biography. Daughters of the Puritans S. C. Beach.? : E-0B8SSd. Life of Stephen A. Douglas. William 1 Gardner.?E-D7G?g Life of (Joethe V. 1. Alls-rt Bielscliov. ? sky.?E-G714M.E. Quintin Hogg. E. M. Hogg ?E-H(578h. Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent. S M. Hussey.?B.-HMR. The Autobiography of Abraham Lincoln, selected from Ms complete writings. Abra ham Lincoln.?E-LftTol. History and Travel. Famous Battles of the Nineteenth Cen tury. Charles Welsh.?F07U-W4457. Leader of Society at Napoleon's Court. Mrs. C. M Bearne.?F3tM4-B38?i 1. History of Queen EHmai.-eth. Amy Rob sart and the Earl of Leicester. Leycester's Common-wealth -F454?-L5U8h. A Russo-^^tiinese Empire. Alexander I'lar.?F54-C17.E. Rhode Island, a Study In Separatism. I. B. Richman.?FW5-H412r. Authority and Archaeology. D. C. Ho garth.?FF-H673au Transatlantic Sketches. Henry Jame*.? G-J237L The Egyptian Sudan. J. K. Glffen G364e. Inns of Old Southwark. William Ren-dle and Philip Norman.?G45Sou-R2:?. 21. Russia of Today. Ernest Bruggen ?G54 B834r.E Austria-Hungary. Karl Baedeker?OM B14aus.E. Exploration of Tibet. Graham SanuDerg -G664-Sao32e. Garden of Asia. R. J. Farrer. (it7-Fil.'kc The East M. F. Morris?GW-M834 E. Thirty Years In Washington. Mrs. J A. Logan.?G85Bw-I>28t. 4 Literature. Coming of Peace. Gerhart Hauptmann YD-H298f. E. Quia Hornbook. Thomas DekkeK?Y D306? Qui nil Ho rati Flacei Opera Omnia. Quin tlus Horatlus Flaccu*.?Y36-H5a 1. Underground Man. Oabrlel Tarde.?Y3U T173.E. Michael and Hi* Lost Angel, a Play in Five Act*. H. A. Jones ?YD-J714trrh. In the Days of Sh-ikoa pear*. Tudor Jec.ks?YD-?GJe. Low Tide on Grand Pre. Bliss Carman ? YP-C212 L The Great Adventure. Q. C. L*dge.?TP L824g. Milton's Shorter Poem* and Sonnet*. Joha Milton.?Y P-MC4*hn. Brushwood. T. B. Read.?YP-R222t> Hunting of the Snark Lewi* Carroll.? TW-OWh.