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Sunday Star Will be a great newspaper and one that every resident of the national capital will want to read. It will contain all the news of the world reported in bright, readable style; many enter taining and attractively illustrated magazine and special features; a carefully selected list of clever and wholesome fiction; news and gossip concerning the field of sports, and many ar ticles on subjects to which The Sunday Star de votes separate departments. In addition to the news and literary features there will be a Col ored Comic section. This announcement is calculated to give the readers of The Star an idea of some of the good things that will be found in tomorrow's big paper. Theatrical Premiers, By Bronson Howard. One of the most notable features in the Magazine Section of The Sunday Star tomor row will be an article by Bronson Howard on "Theatrical Premiers: First Nights in London and New York." The theatrical premier has been a social function in Paris since the days of Moliere; in London since the days of Shakes peare, but it is only within the last twenty-five or thirty years that first nights in New York have come to have a character of their own. Mr. Howard points out differences between American and English first night audiences which are exceedingly striking. The writer re lates several interesting and unique stories about first night failures. Queen of the South. This is a love story by Marvin Dana, of an altogether unique and interesting type. The tale had its inception on one of those adventurous Antarctic exploration trips?possibly Nordensk jold's. Months in the fearful solitude of the ice pack had worked the inevitable result. All were wretched and hateful to themselves and to one another. The "Boy," one of the number, found in the bottom of his trunk the colored supplement of a Sunday newspap er, one side of which was covered with pictures of ten girls. To vary the monotony of their lives he devised a lottery. They were to discard two of the least likely girl portraits, and the remain ing eight were to be drawn as "sweethearts" by the eight mem bers of the party. The denouement of the story is one of absorb ing interest. The Rancher's Ball. This is an amusing short story, written by Agnes C. Laut. The ball was given ostensibly for the benefit of the rancher's hospital, but in reality for the purpose of ingratiating into favor of the voters a new cabinet minister, the scene being in the Ca nadian northwest. Interest in the tale centers in a practical joke played on a bachelor ranchman by some of his associates. Into the Earth's Depths. In these later days of bal loons, airships, kite flyers and mountain climbers, it is the up per atmosphere that wins most attention, but for twenty years a prosperous French attorney has devoted all his spare time and consderable cash to cave ex ploring. The adventures of Edouard A. Martel of the Alpine Club, as related by himself in an article entitled "Into the Earth s Depths,' is a unique contribution to tl\p Magazine Sec tion of tomorrow's big paper. "Sir The installment of Conan Doyle's great historic romance which appears in The Sunday Star's Magazine Section tomorrow is one that will command the reader's interest. It contains a scene be tween young Nigel and Mary Buttesthorn, which makes a most de lightful little love story. In this chapter, also, are described several thrilling adventures in which Sir Nigel and his trusty bowman, Sam kin Aylward, participate. ife MM M M MM MM MM M: Mc M. Hfc M M M ^ MM M M M i ' ft The announcement of Prize Winners in . The Sunday Star's Photographic Contest for last week will be found in tomorrow's big paper. OTHER NOTABLE FEATURES. DELICIOUS NEW FOODS. Illustrated. BABA HADJI, OLD ISMID'S MASCOT. By Emma Paddock Telford. BEAUTY-MAKING UP TO DATE. Illustrated. MILLIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS. > Illustrated. THE TEST OF A STORY. By John Habberton. ORGANIZING CHINA'S NEW LEGIONS. Illustrated. THE WELL-GROOMED WOMAN. Illustrated. "CURL Y." By Roger Pocock. Get a Copy of The Sunday Star Tomorrow REAL ESTATE GOSSIP Weather Conditions Favorable to Building Operations. AN OPEN SEASON SO FAR Bridges or Tunnel is the Rock Creek Problem. CAN BE MADE A BEAUTY SPOT The Prospects for the Coming Season Especially as to the Nature of Building Operations. flood progress is being made in the build ing operatlnna which are under way In this locality In fact, the progress has been so marked that It la likely the present season will go down as rather unusual In this re spect. What is known as "open weather" has continued for such a long period that practically all kinds of outdoor work that could be done In the winter has gone on without interruption. The usual calculation of time required for building operations at this season of the year has been entirely set aside and work has gone on without the usual Inter ruptions and stoppages caused by bad weather. A notable Instance of the progress made is found In the case of the large of tice building which Is being put up for the use of the House of Representatives. Rapid Building Operations. As the uses to which this building Is to be put sufficiently indicates, It Is to be a large structure, covering an entire square. It was only begun during the past season, but the bricklaying and the stonesettlng has been pushed forward with such vigor that the walls art- approaching the second-story level, and It Is thought by the coming fall It will be possible to see the cornice of thl3 great structure. The system followed hy Mr. Klllott Woods, who has charge of the cons:ructkm. no doubt contributes something to this end, for Instead of making contracts for the differ ent portions of the work he buys the ma terials, the iron, marble and brick, and em ploys men to put them In place. The same system is being followed in the construc tion of the office building for the use of the Senate, which occupies the corresponding square on the north side o? the Capitol grounds. The Bock Creek Problem. Although there has been no revival as yet of the efforts begun last year to Im prove the means of communication between this city and Georgetown, or, more proper ly speaking, between those portions of the city that are separated by Rock creek, still the need for something of the sort Is not only as imperative as It was last year, but It has gained in that respect. It seems that each year, as the popula tion grows the congestion at the bridges which are now provided naturally Increases, and the pressure upon the area that has no direct outlet Is, of course, greater each year. There Is no question that a bridge over the creek at Q street would contribute to the public convenience and is something that is acknowledged ought to be done. This was brought out clearly and Impres sively last year by a committee of ladies, led by Miss Klttenhouse. who, with her ex perience of life confined mainly to a re fined social and personal circle, had about as little an Idea of what was required to g>'t a measure through Congress, or even In a place where there was a reasonable likelihood of its receiving even the atten tion of that august body, as she had about the methods of flying. The Advocates of a Tunnel. However, she lived In Georgetown and knew the need that existed for a bridge and also for a park, and she put her heart In It, and so when she came In contact with the men at the Capitol they realized that I she was not the ordinary petitioner for 1 congressional favor. They heard her story i and those who came with her, and good ! progress was made, but the bill did not be j come a law. At the same time this measure was up | for consideration another plan was being advocated Which, while not antagonistic in the sense that its indorsers opposed the bridge project, yet It was In the sense that If that scheme was carried out there would be no ne<<d of a bridge at Q or at any other point, for there would be no Rock creek. Arching of the Ravine. This was known as the tunnel project, which contemplates the arching over the ravine of Rock creek In somewhat the some style as is done on the line of Massachus ettes avenue and then extending the build ing lots over the area now occupied by the waters of the creek and Its ravine. This measure also failed to become a law and agitation in Its behalf has not been renew ed this year any more than the Q street bridge project has been taken up again. It Is likely that before the session closes something of the sort will toe attempted, for as stated the need is a pressing one. One of the objections to the tunnel scheme lies in the fact that it would take several years before the scheme could be carried out and in the meanwhile the present ap proaches would have to be used. But even If there was no delay on that score there would still ibe opposition to this plan, which comes mainly from those who are opposed to sacrificing what they regard as an unrusual opportunity to secure for the embellishment of the city a picturesque wooded ravine. What is Done in Edinboro. It does not look very picturesque or at tractive Just now, but those who favor such a project point to the Rock creek ravine north of the P street bridge and especially the section north of the street railway bridge as an Illustration of what can be done in providing In the midst of a densely built-up city a place where the beauty and the wlldnesrf of nature can be preserved for the delight and refreshment of all. Mr. J. C. Hornblower, who is a member of the recently-formed society for the adornment of Washington, as well as a long-time student of the development of the city, thinks that the possibilities of the Rock creek ravine are equally as gTeat as those which are developed In the surround ings of a stream about the size of Rock creek that passes through the busiest sec tion of Edlniborough. The principal business street there for a portion of the way fronts on this scene of rustic beauty and there arc also residences which line It. But at any rate It Is the beauty spot of the city and Mr. Hornblower, who has often seen It, says there is no doubt Rock creek can be made equally attractive, unless this opportunity Is let slip and the gorge of the creek filled UD. Prospects of the Coming Season. The plans for the coming season, as far as building operations are concerned, are not BuSlclently matured as yet to give any definite Idea of the extent to which work of this sort Is going on during the coming months. There are several apartment houses which are being finished up and will be ready for use perhaps too late to secure tenants, at least to any extent, before the summer vacation, ,, and there are also houses which are In various stages of prog ress, wfth the prospect of toeing ready with in the opening season. The character of the market will, of course, toe determined to some extent by the volume of the building that wKl be undertaken during the coming months. It will, of course, be Important to know whether the demand for house accommo dations In the form of apartments or of in dividual houses has been supplied, and with such Information, as exact as possible It will also be desirable to know whether the buyers of houses are In evldenoa enough to clear off to some degree the present supply. Apartments or Houses. Of course, the amount of building to be done win be regulated to a large extent by the ease with which loans to builders are paid off. The freeing of the money now put in that form of investment will be available for use in other directions, and until this latter question is decided it will be impossible for those who control large sums of money to determine to what ex tent they will be able to provide funds for building operations. I.cist season the bulk of the money put in builders' loans went Into apartment houses, and It is uncertain whether this kind of building will be continued during the coming season. In the opinion of some, the activity will be apt to take the form of building houses, and the larger structures will not figure to such an extent. Land at Oiesboro Point. The contracts have been awarded for the erection of the group of buildings that will i be needed by the Firth Sterling Steel Com pany of McKeesport, Pa. on the land re cently purchased by that concern at Gies boro point, on the south side of the Eastern branch. The buildings are to be finished by the 1st of July next. A period of time will then be taken for the installation of the machinery, so that some time next fall it may be expected the plant will be In op j eratlon. The company has acquired about three hundred and fifty acres of land, and, ac cording to Its representative, that quantity is more than it actually needs, hut it is obliged to take It in order to se cure certain portions. It Is no part of the plan of the company to supply houses for these who may be employed In the works, but there is no doubt that as soon as the market Is aesured there will be no trouble about getting persons to invest money In providing homes in that locality. There is abundance of available land In the vicinity, and owing to the se'eotlon of the site for the steel plant the owners have found that it has come very suddenly and unexpectedly Into the market. Some trans actions have already been made In the way of options on land, and when the plans of the manufacturing concern are sufficiently advanced to be generally known then it may be expected that the surrounding prop erty will be more affected than tt is at present. The 14th Street Extension. Mr. Thomas Blagden and the Saul heirs have donated the ground for the ninety foot street (Emerson) to run east from 16th street to 7th. This will be not only a great benefit to the District, but a mutual one to the parties donating. It will bring a portion of Mr. Blagden's property within one block of the 14th street car line, about to be extended, 14th street having al ready been graded two miles northerly and nw ready for the macadam, which is about to be put on This opening will benefit the Saula by af fording them an outlet to ltfth street and will be of great value to the public, as It will afford a direct thoroughfare to the Rock Creek Park, as the intersection of this street and 16th is only a few feet from Blagden avenue, which is 120 feet wide, and which was also donated by Mr. Blagden and is a direct entrance to the park from 16th street. Surveyors are now at work plotting off twenty acres of the Saul tract, which lies each side of 14th street and north of the twenty acres recently purchased by the Capita! Traction Company. It is the inten tion of Mr. Saul to open up and grade this property at once, so that it may be ready for the spring market. A Recent Change. Mr. W. H. E. Reinecke has been elected treasurer of the B. F. Saul Company! and is to take charge of the rent department of that company. He has been for a number of years connected with the Swartzell, Rheem & Hensey Company. Houses Going Up. A number of houses aTe being built by Blundon, O'Brien & Belt in what is known as Bloomingdale, which is the sec tion of the city in the vicinity of 1st street northwest at the entrance on the south side to the grounds of the Soldiers' Home. There aTe to be fourteen houses put up at this time by this corporation. The most of them will be on Randolph street between 1st and Sid streets northwest and the bal ance on Seaton street between the eame streets. The new structures will be two stories In height, and some of them will have a frontage of twenty-one feet. Sales of Realty. Blundon, O'Brien & Belt (incorporatd) re port the following hitherto unpublished sales of real estate effected within the past month: No. 66 V street northwest, for Mr. Joseph Paul, for $4,000. No. 987 Massachusetts avenue northwest, for the Clifton estate, to Mr. J. M. 8tein, $10,000. No. 807 K street northeast, to Mr. J. J. Lanahan, $4,000. No. 1137 Princeton street northwest, for Mr. Covert, $7,000. For Mr. David Moore, No. 41 U street northwest, $4,350. For Mr. Richard H. Bailey, two of his new houses on Rhode Island avenue, one sold to Mrs. Murray and one to Mrs. Wag ner, at a total cost of $11,500. No. 711 2d street northwest, for Mr. Smith, $3,750. To Mr. William Dyer, No. 116 V street northwest, for (5,000. To Dr. Galllgher, medical examiner pen sion office, No. 2S21 13th Btreet northwest, for $6,500. For Mr. H. Clay Stewart, one of the new houses on Columbia Heights, for $6,500. No. All Orleans place northeast, to Mr. Foes, for $3,250. No. 72 V street northwest, to Mr. Py well, for $4,000. ? No. 703 Massachusetts avenue northeast, for Mr. Harry S. Welch, for $3,500. No. 130 V street northwest, to Mr. Ruper tus. $5,000. No. 3 S street northeast, to Mrs. Irwin, for $6,500. No. 1353 Harvard street northwest, sold in conjunction with Early & Lampton to Mr. J. M. A. Spottswood, for $8,500. An apartment house. No. 2401 P street northwest, sold in conjunction with Willige. Gibbs & Daniel for Mr. Ladd, for $8,250. Sold, for Mr. R. T. Warwick, his hand some residence at 712 10th street north west, Including his large stable in the rear, to Mr. Taylor, connected with the Arling ton Hotel; price. $15,000. For F. A. Blundon, 8 Rhode Island ave nue northwest to Mr. Armes, for $0,000. No. 2120 1st street northwest, to Mr. Mock, | for $5,500. A large tract of ground in the southeast section of the city, near South Capitol and D streets, was sold to the Anderson Dray and Storage Company; price, $16,000. No. 30 Q street northwest, for Mr! Graff; price, $4,200. No. 476 O street, for Mr. Appich; price, $4,500. A Large Transaction. This firm has had signed a contract for the sale to an out-of-town party of property located in the norfhwest, the price of which amounts to $140,000. In deference to the wishes of the parties Interested in the mat ter the names and specific location of the property is temporarily withheld, but will be published later. HOMES FOB LABORERS. Abodes of Small Wage-Earners Should Be Pleasant and Pretty. From the Brooklyn Eagle. With our abundance of cheap land we have not often been confronted with the difficulty of providing adequate homes for the humbler working people, and now that congestion is threatened in the Industrial centers a new solution of impending diffi culties has been found in electric traction, which enables the laborer to ride to his collage in the suburbs for a nickel. In the city we do not discover the desire of the laborer to do this, for he long ago elected the tenement as his place of residence; but In the country, where mills foul the air and the morals, there are few or no tenements and the laborer is often found at a distance of a mile or so from his work, where he can enjoy room and health for his children, and rent a home for what in town would be regarded as a trifle. Unhappily and strangely, most of the lit tle houses that spring up in the neighbor hood of mills, factories, mines, refineries and freight yards are attractive by reason of their cheapness, and for no other cause. They are squalid and unsightly, they are filmsily built, en-tailing a disproportionate expense for heating; they border roads that are mere canals of mud in wet weather and deserts of duwt in dry seasons, and there are few communal advantages, such as shops, schools, halls and libraries, in the vicinity. Life in them is dull because the incentives and opportunities to a better kind are not ofiereO. There are a few conspicuous exceptions, notably at Pullman, 111., where a vast deal his been done for the comfortable housing of the employes of the great car worts, but residence here is accompanied by i sense of dependency and hopelessness of ownership that disclosed itself unpleasantly In the time of the strike, when all that Mr. Pullman had spent for well built houses, good roads, shade, playgrounds, churches, a theater, a library, schools, arcade and for cleanliness and sanitation, were counted as nothing and his life was threatened as a representative of capital. But while the "company house" Is but a. partial success in this country, and while effort to persuade the workmen into the country is even less rewarding, the Kngllsli are talcing the lead In the erection of cot tages that are really cheap, either to buy or rent, yet are well enough put together to make the Investment desirable. Indeed, they have erected a Garden City, not far frojn Ixmdon, which promises to i>e truer to Its name than our own, and other ex periments in a similar line have been un dertaken in villages where access Is easy to the towns. The characteristic of the^e places Is modernness in respect of fitments, with respect for the architectural traditions that make the old and isolated hamit-ts so delightful to the eye and Imagination. But the old cottages, with thatched roofs, earth fioors. rain barrels and' timbers all askew, while picturesque, are hard to live In, be ing dark, damp, primitive in appliances and loo often dirty. It Is possible to mnke a cottage picturesque yet comfortable, and the recent exhibition at L?etchworih shows that it Is possible to make it cheap. Labor and some materials are less costly in Kng land than here, so that It Is possible- to accomplish more with $J(iO at Saffron Wal den than it would be for double that amount In Hempstead or Yonkers; but the numer ous plans submitted and the numerous accomplishments put in evidence through photography, show that what the Kngllsh can do in reformation of the poor man's house we can at least approach In our better furnished land, allowing for dis parities in cost of labor and of living. Some of the English plans are ugly, some are commonplace, some are objectionable In that they are pretentious, and cottage* sliould be modest; but most of them com mend themselves for their simplicity, and the builders desire to place them so that they shall form a part at the landscape, and age graciously instead of falling into early ruins, like the flimsy shell put up by the American speculative builder. The Impor tance of the Letchworth show lies In the evidence it gives that it coats no more to build beautifully than to be ugly; tha.t the right sort of architect will make his house not merely pleasant to live In. but pleasant to look at and satisfying to the pride of Its occupant. We need houses of that sort la America, where we are used to seeing barns of greater size and consequence than the houses attached to them, and where there is a sad deal of Jigsaw work masquerading as construction and as ornament. When we substitute houses for sheds, in the sub urbs -and the country, the workmen who now herd in the alrl&u and wretched slums may consent mors willingly to remove to the open.