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Barber & Ross.
Safety Razors ?We offer as a ?special leader The famous "Ever = Ready" Safety Razors, including 1 blades (a blade for every day Ira the week), com= Jj plete in box, for., ' us u 1 The "Gillett" Safety Ra zors, including 12 blades complete, for. .. We carry in stock at all times a complete line of the celebrated Star and Gem tfr;ltRa;$i.50up All the best = known makes of Regular Ra= zors at $1 nip, including Our Special Barber & Ross Razor, which carries our unconditional dT'T) guarantee, at And a Guaranteed Razor, including Good (P fl Strop, at Razor Strops, 25c. up. Shaving Brushes, 25c. up. largest and boat stock of manicure goods in Wash ington. * Barber <& Ross, and G Sts. It ?E== J?- ,, ?2f This is the powder that's uBest for the teeth OU Make No | Mistake T *'? ordering M*r? \ OLIVE i-ixvca I OIL, whether Intended fur ?| < ul'.narr or medicinal us*v Ita At. f\I IA'I^ ?l'?ality ndapta !t for all pur- -f ( )l-l \ 1 - !->??? requiring pure. liigli grade ollre ell Our own im ?*r j?oriailon and bottling. Ku'l 4 OU : (?ta .10c. |=J : Full QT. Bots., 90c. | * b V\' Thompson Pharmacy, ^FrankC.Ilenry,Pr0p.,/03 St 9. nfVSM WANTED, beys with bicycles can obtain employment in our Messenger Department. Apply t> Postal Telegraph Cable Co,, 1345 Penna. Ave. fflMlw OU may ttnt tb? walla and cell logs ~ ' "TINK to banuoolia acbeine yon In tneans of stencil* nominal cost yixi uihj also apply bonlera In beauti ful acroJl rtfecta. ALAIIAS TIN K Id all aiutdes. 5 1b. l'kf . only Hodgkin's15""'Depo'" ipl-SM >913 7th St. What a satisfaction it is to know such good Coffee? Burchell's "Bouquet" Coffee, 25c. Ib. 1325 F St. ILevertcns 1115 6 St., Next to Comer of I2tk. Women's Outer-garments Exelushrely. A Saving of $5 to $20 on Women's Suits. A variety of over 530 styles. No other concern offers such inducements. In the entire assortment there are not two suits alike, which makes choosing easy, even for those of the most fastidious taste. A careful comparison of prices will assure you that our claim to save you from $5 to $20 is no exaggeration. .95 for $22 and > $25 Suits. One hundred Suits at this price?made of all the new and fashionable- materials, in all the new shades and mixtures, and in "Eton," "Bolero," "Pony" and other stvles. 16' 24 .95 for $35 and $40 Suits. One hundred Suits at $24.95, embracing every "swell" effect that you'll see in the largest New York shops?all of them exclusive in design and distinctive in effect. No two alike. it Easter Number of the New York Herald will be issued SUNDAY, APRIL 8. SEVKN PAGES IV <OI?R. ILLUSTRATED STORIES BY UU IAN BELL JOHN KKXDBKK BANGS, HENRY TOURHE. A. STEWART AM) UtUISE FORSSTINn THE MEANING OF THE RBHIliaCrnOS," BY BISHOP DOANE. INTERESTING ARTICLES BY HAMLIN GAR LAND, GCNBRAL o. o. HOWARD AND .1AME8 GIBBONS Hl NEKHIt. GEORGE AI>E IN THE EXPLORATION OK IjONIJON. MARSEILLES AND NAPLES. LITTLE NEMO IX SLl'MBERLAND," AND A SCORE OF OTHER FEATl'RES. ORDER FROM NEWSDEALERS NOW. epf>-3t +-M4H+H++ +++H+W+++H44 $ J. Makover & Co., Tailors. + 1 * | i fiNew Arrivals 1 in Spring >uiting?. ? GZf <V^rl E'VE just re- ?? ceived 34 more Single Suit Pat + terns (no two J alike). They're in the latest J and most attractive gray ef + fects?and are exclusive. These we'll make up for $25 to $35. * + ()ur excellent facilities en ^ al)le us to promise garments + for Easter if the order is + placed without delay, i The class of tailoring we T are doing merits the approval of the most discriminating men. | I J. Hakover + I Co., | Tailors, J t 504 tilth St. t + 'Phone Main 5182. j * For Furniture, Pianos,. Trunks, Silverware, etc. HERE'S no better protection against fire than that afford ed by this company's thor oughly modern storage ware houses. USF'KCIAL VAl'LTS for Silverware in banking house. Urn a on Trust Co., ' STORAGE DEPT. Main office, 1414 F St. N.W. Warehouse, 1st and K Sts. N.li. np3-th.Sa.tu.40 ) We Do All an ??tluiate on 4 i Kinds of repairing your old trunk?or. 4 uiu (.ruutt?ur jLeatner Goods!"?, fact- *n> * thing that 3 Repairing, : S*ol,?yS5; ] Trunks, Dress | ?>Bt. 'Phone M. f 4 c -A r- jl aou) or dro,> ?Suit Cases,etc. wagon 1 * 1 will call. KNEESSrS i ;sr.?r,f"0 425 7th st. t JAP=A=LAC Is not only a bright and last ing finish for floors, but it lends a pleasing newness to any wood or metal or other surfaces. Any quantity In an/ desired tint F.eo'Muth^kCo., 418 7th St. RAILWAYS II MEXICO The Line From Vera Cruz to the Pacific. CONNECTING THE SYSTEMS Building of the Road Was Done in an Unskillful Manner. ALL TO BE RECONSTRUCTED Company Transferred the Project to the Government ? Work Now Going Steadily Forward. BY WILLIAM K. Cl'RTIS. Special Corr?iK>D<Ipnoe cf Tbe Stur and r;. lei go Btrord'Herald. SANTA I.UCRETIA, Mexico. March ;*?. l'.wu. The Vera Cruz and Pacific railway is a connecting link between the general trans portation system of northe n and central Mexico and the new road recent.y con structed across the Isthmus of Tehuante pec. It will alsa be an important l.nk In the great Intercontinental railway that Is being gradually constructed along the spinal column of the American cont'nent from the frosty gold-fields of the Klondike to the plains of Patagonia and the Straits of Magellan. Mr. Carnegie jecently remarked to ex-Senator Davis of West Virginia that he expected to live long enough to make an all-rail Journey from New Yo;k to Buenos Ayrcs, and lnv ted tl.e lite canlidate for Vice President on the democratic ticket to be his guest on the Journey. Both these gentlemen have been deeply interested In the extension of railway connections be tween the American repuDitcs, and, al though there have been many discourage ments, and some of the countries In Cen-' trai and Uouth America do not seem to be very much In earnest about doing the r share, actual progress is being made an nually, so that Mr. Carnegie and Mr. Davis, the latter eighty years of age, may be able to realize their anticipations. Mr. Carnegie once proposed to the first International American conference when this (subject was- under discussion that the government of the I'n'ted States offer to fu-nlsh the rails for a track between the termini of the Mexican and Argentine sys tems if the several governments along the line would build the road. It was hard times with us then, and he thought the of fer might serve a double purpose. It would keep our mills in mot on and our miners busy and would give substantial encour agement to the other countries. The Mexi l can government has constructed a railway southward from Its capital to Oaxaca, the metropolis of the coffee country and the most Important city in southern Mexico where Juarez, Diaz, the late Matlas Ko mero and other famous leaders were born. And a concession bas been granted for the extension of tr.e linn to the Isthmus of Te huantepec. Construction will be very ex- I pensive, however, and. owing to the moun- | tains, the route will be much longer than ! the railway which has already been built. ] The latter, the Vera Cruz and Pacific, tills | all present requirements. It furnishes a I connection between the northern and I southern systems of the republ'c sufficient for commercial purposes; it is of great im portance from a military standpo nt ar.d opens up a new country that is very rich in agricultural and pastoral resources. A. B. Mason's Project. Alfred Bishop Mason, a son of the late R. B. Mason, once mayor of Chicago, and associated in the building of the Illinois 1 Central railroad, seems to have proposed 1 and promoted the Vera Cruz and Pacific, i He was a brother of the late Edward <1. I Mason, who in his time was the most popu- ' lar man in Chicago. Alfred Bishop Mason ; is a versatile gentleman with a rather ec- ! centric career. He is generally regarded more as a theorist than as a practical bus;- j ness man. He has written books on tinance, has been a newspaper reporter and ' editor, and has done various other things. ! I have not been able to discover how Mr ' Mason s genius was brought to bear upon the transportation problem of the Mexican ' tropics, but he succeeded in gett'ng a sub s'dy of $o.;*oo,oro from the government and between J'J.OUO.OCO and $10,000 000 from ti e Maryland Trust Company of Baltimore. Iu this enterprise he seeing to have been more theoretical than practical, and to have shown the traits of an amateur, both as a financier and as a railway builder He laid 28 miles of good steel rails upon the soft soil of Mexico, but his grades were so low that the track was usually under water during most of the rainy season and during the dry season the wind blew his embankments away. Old railway men down here declare that it was the worst piece of track they ever saw. The work was done by contract in a peculiar way. The company fur nished all the rolling stock, locomotives and machinery, paid the skilled mechanics to handle it and everything in repair, while the contractor merely bossed and paid the peons without furnishing any capital or assuming any responsibility. This made construction very slow and expensive with out producing corresponding results. The government had a similar experience with the Tehuantepec railroad, which was orig inally built in the same way at an enor mous cost and every loot of the track had to be relaid before a heavy engine or a train could pass over it. Too Much Water. The Vera Cruz and Pacific people also met with many physical difficulties similar to those encountered by our people at Panama. The greatest was due to tho abundance of water. It is a pity that this essential element of nature cannot be more equally distributed. There are lota of places where a small portion of the rain that falls on the gulf coast of Mexico would be highly appreciated. I believe it was a bcotchman who said that If he had a cer tain obstreperous stream in the infernal regions he could sell the water for a shilling a quart, and the same could be done with the rainfall along the Vera Cruz and Pacific railroad if suitable arrangements could be made. But down here rain has no value. The water Is not only superfluous, but Is the cause of great anxiety, labor and ex pense. The precipitation is often as much as ISO Inches a year, while thirty Inches Is considered sufficient for a good corn crop. And the doctrine of the total depravity of nature is further illustrated by the fact that the heaviest rains come when they are needed the least. The road crosses twenty-one large streams. Including tho Paloapani and Tese choacan rivers, which are the largest In i the republic, and the Bio Blanco, which is esteemed the most beautiful. The latter is crossed twice. These rivers are navigable l for a hundred miles above the rallwav and the bridges are provided with draws to lot the boats go through. During the rainy season they spread over a good deal of ter ritory. Floods are frequent. The water often rises twenty-four feet In twenty-four hours, and that is not conducive to tho happiness of men who are running railways in a low country. The Bond Bebuilt. The enterprise of Mr. Bishop terminated witli the failure of the Maryland Trust | Company In May, He gave up tlio | control, a receiver took charge and. In the ! August following, the board of directors, at I the suggestion of President Diaz, elected Thomas Milan, for many years superintend ent of motive power on the national lines of Mexico, as president and general man ager. A deal was then made under which the company transferred the road to the government. The latter gave as compen sation $7,000,000 In gold bonds and received the property and ?_',000,000 gold In cash for rebuilding. Kver since then Mr. Milan has been engaged in relaying the track from end to end, raising the grade above nigh water and putting in new ties and ballast. Everything is new except the rails and bridges, which are about all there is to STrow for the *18.000,000 expended by Mr. Bishop and his associates. The bridges are substantial and up-to-date and were brought down from Baltimore. ' Mr. Milan *a>-? that In soma respects It naa beea worse than building a new road* JWHMf MiMHMNMlMI *# * flMNMlMHMMHMMi ** We've Always Featured a Young Man's Suit at $11.75. The result has been that young men have learned to look to us for something very special at this price?and they're never dis appointed. It is true by the proof of comparison that the Suits we sell at $11.75 are equal in quality and value to what must com mand from $13.50 ta$i5, when a middleman's profit is paid. There are five particular models to which we are directing attention today. The extreme styles of the season have been inter preted perfectly, while our designers have lent little touches of originality to their work that give these garments certain exclusive features. Both single and double-breasted models are shown?made up from specially selected worsteds in various gray effects. Some coats are half lined?some full lined. All have the wide lapels and either side or center vents. Boys' Section!==Very Special Opportunities * Boys' Suits Worth $3 for Circumstances have combined in a most satisfactory way to give us this special to offer you. There are two patterns in fancy cheviots rep resented. The Suits are made with double-breasted jackets, lined with Italian cloth, and the trousers fin ished with taped seams and patent buttons. Those who know most about the values of clothing will be the most enthusiastic buyers of this clothing. 95 Boys' Suits Worth $4 for This line of Boys' Suits is made up of garments in both double breasted and Norfolk styles, and there is a wide variety of fancy cheviots in the lot to choose from. Some Suits have two pairs of trous ers. The double-breasted suits have straight trousers and the Norfolk Suits bloomer trousers. Sizes 7 to 16 years. *2.75 Boys' 50c. and 75c. Pants for - = =? - Only 35 pairs in this lot, in sizes 3 and 4 years. Made of a well-varied line of fancy cheviots. The price is low enough to give you good reason to call. Boys'75c. Corduroy Pants ----- A big line of these most serviceable knee pants for boys. Thoroughly well made and finished with patent waistband and taped seams. Si?cs 3 to 16 years. The price is down to almost half the value of the goods. Misses' and Children's Footwear. The Wear'Resister Shoes have won their place in the estimation of parents. They wear well ?in fact, we go so far as to guarantee satisfactory service or we will give a new pair of shoes. Made in black and tan vici kid and Russia calf. Special values at their prices. Sizes 5 to 8 = Sizes 854 to H Sizes 11 x/2 to 2 $1.00 $1.25 $1.50 Boys' 25c. Blouses : - 15c. A line made up of regular style Blouses, with and without collars, and Russian Blouses, with regulation standing collar. The patterns are in dark blue and fancy effects, sizes 2V3 lo 12 years. The circumstances under which we got these goods make it possible to quote them at 15c. They're standard 25c. Blouses. Boys' Stockings - 15c. The famous Vitality Hose? fast black and stainless dye. 2 thread, double knees?sizes 5^-3 to 8. They're not cheap hose in a sense of having been made to sell at a low price, but good hose at a low price. Friday's Specials in Boys' and Children's Headwear. Children's Golf Red Tams, made of good quality cloth with silk embroidered emblem on front?sizes 6 to 6-}?. $11.25 Values for =. = = 85c. Children's Wide-brim Felt Hats, in two distinct models, in navy, red and champagne?very becoming hats. $1.25 VaSsues for - = = 85c. Boys' Felt College Hats, tele scope models, like the men's, with either wide or narrow brims, in black, navy, pearl, steel and mode. $11.25 Values for = ? ! $1.00 Boys' Golf and Eton Caps? the Eton Caps in black and navy?the Golf Caps in gray mixed effects?sizes 6yi to 7. Special for Tomorrow, 25c. Men's Furnishings Specials. 50 c. Men's White Madras Negligee Shirts ? thoroughly well cut, well-made garments at a special price Friday. They're 75c. Valuss for ? ? ? ? ** *? Men's Fancy Lisle Suspenders, leather ends and patent cast-off. Strong, comfortable, well-made goods. Regular 50c. Values for - - = = - - A Leader in Women's Footwear. We've made up a lot of the broken sizes of Women's Rus sia Calf Oxford Ties in regular cut, Blucher and Gibson Tie effects. Plain vamps and tips ?Cuban and military heels. Welt sewed. Regular $3 and $3.50 dj f Cjr\ Oxfords for - - - * *0" Men's Pearl Soft Hats, $2.00. A special grade of Hat that registers in value far above its prige. Entirely new models, 35 different effects in all. Among them the "Delta," a hat that is making a particular hit with the college men. Ask for the $2.00 Pearls tomorrow. Sporting Goods Specials. Five leaders from this department for the day's sale: Fishing Lines?all highest grade? plain, oiled and enameled silk? the black King Fisher included. Lines worth as high as 85c. Tomorrow. yds. Base Ball Fnlfocms for Boy Pants. Shirts, Cap. Belt, Ball and Bit Included. Tomorrow. $1.00 Tennis Racquet special, bell.Sears and B.G.I. Racquets that are worth to sell for. Camp $3.75 Safety Razors?highly satisfac tory' ones at that. Complete with 7 blades. Work as well as the $5 kind. Price $1.00 Golf Clubs^ including Mac Gregor's, Spalding's and Slaz enger Clnbs; worth $1.50 and 12.00. To morrow $1.00 I % * 1 % % Peooa. Avenue. ?>aks $c Gkmtpang Seventh Street. but he is getting on bravely and will have the work completed before the next rainy season beginii. The improvement is indi cated by the fitet that trains very seldom run off the track nowadays, whereas, when he first took hold of the property there were an average of ir>0 derailments a month. Through traln^ with Pullman buf fet sleeping cars are now running from Cordova In connection with the Mexican railway, and from Vera Cruz in connection with tihe Interoceanic, to Sallna Cruz, on the Pacific coast of the isthmus, connecting with tiie Tehuantepee railroad at the little town of Santa IjiRTetia. The time from the City of Mexico to Sallna Cruz is thlrty fcix hours, and from ocean to ocean the journey can be made In twea'.y hours. Difficulty in Getting Ties. One of the greatest difficulties encoun tered. and one that would be least expected I in this timber country, Is the Inability of ! the railway company to get ties. Here are millions of acres of the finest hardwood timber In the world, wood that will last like steel, but the railway people seldom get any one to cut it up into ties and bring them out to the tracks, so they are com pelled to send for cypress tics to Louisiana and Texas. I.ast winter Mr. Milan made a contract with a native citizen of import ance, who agreed to deliver a thousand ties a month for six months at the rl?rht-of-way. He hasn't delivered any yet. Although his ?six months are nearly up, the company has never been able to get anything from him hut assurances. The engineers claim to have evidence that he has never cut a sin gle tie, and some of them have serious doubts whether lie ever Intended to do so. He signed the contract merely as a testi monial of his good will and interest In the Improvement contemplated. That is the sort of people with whom the railway builders have to deal. Sometimes they hire natives to go out Into the woods to out ties; but when the latter bring In the first load and are paid for it they disappear and are not seen again until their money is exhausted. Not long ago when Mr. Milan was in specting a lot of ties that had been brought In by suoh men he found that many of them were mahogany and ebony, for the forests on both sides of the track are filled with those valuable woods. There are many I ?bony, rosewood and mahogany ties under the rails of the Vera Cruz and Pacific tracks, and they will last forever. Ordi narily wood rots very rapidly. The cypress ties that are brought down from the States are all creosoted before they are laid. Access to Natural Resources. The forests and otiher lands are owned by natives in large tracts, as in northern Mexico; some of them embracing' hundreus fit thousands and even millions of acres, partly timber and partly grazing and agri cultural lands. Most'of the territory, how ever, has been lying idle for centuries be cause It has been Inaccessible, and even if it had ben cultivated, there were no means of getting the crops to market. Tho construction of the railway, however, has brought them into the world, as It were, and has given a high value to lands that have been practically worthless. Many newcomers. Including farmers and specula tors from the United State*, are buying up the agricultural lands on both sides of the road for two and three dollars and acre. The soli is suitable for coffee, cotton, corn, sugar. rice and other semi-tropical staple*, and there are millions of acres of excellent pastures on the highlands, within a few miles of the road. The climate, however, is not suitable to everybody. People who have been born and raised in the temperate zone will find It very trying, and they will take great risks if they come here to live. It Is particularly trying to women and children. The swamps and lowlands are lllled with stagnant waters, which breed the most malignant mosquitoes and other dangerous pests, and during the rainy sea son the atmosphere is Impregnated with fever poisons and a great variety of microbes that should be avoided. Sanitary Measures. This is the most important, and to rail way men the most serious, feature of the problem here, as it is at the Isthmus of Panama. It is impossible to get reliable men to come down here unless they axe satisfied that their health will not be ruined. The railway company Is doing everything it can to Improve sanitary con dition/ and protect its employes from In fectious diseases, from fevers an! from mosquitoes and other pests. It has first class hospitals at different points along the line, a medical inspector far every see tion of sixty miies to look after the gen eral health of the communities, as well aa that of the employes of the road They test the purity of the waters; they do all they can to exterminate the mosquito; tliay recommend the drainage of pest hole?. and compel native employes to keep tneir < ablr.s clean The railway company offers a month ly prize in cash for the cleanest section house along the line In this way the dan ger and the deatli rate have been very much reduced already, and If the natives can only be convinced of the advantages of cleanliness and sanitary precautions thl* railway "will soon be as free from disease as those In North America News Briefs. Miss Ethel Barrymore, the actress, be came suddenly ill at Boston yestorday, and her physicians diagnosed her case as one of appendicitis. She will be operated upon today. The steamer Mona, which arrived yester day at Honolulu, reports that 121 persons were destroyed during the hurricane which recently swept over Tahita and the neigh boring islands. Dr. J. Herman Feist was Indicted by the Davidson county (Tenn. i grand jury yes terday for the murder of Mrs. Rosa Mali gna m of Nashville, whose dead body was found floating in the Ohio river at Cairo, HI. The hearing of Albert T. Patrick's motion for a new trial on the charge of killing William Marsh Rice was postponed at New York until tomorrow afternoon. Fire yesterday completely destroyed the buggy and wagon factory of R. D. Scott & Co. and seven residences, occupying half a block, at Pontiae, Mich., causing a total loss of $120,000. In the Massachusetts house yesterday the Joint committee on ways and means re ported a resolution appropriating 175,000 for state representation at the Jamestown ex position next year. After long negotiations at Santiago, Chile, which at times were critical, the nitrate in terests have successfully organised for the control of the output of that product. Gifts to Adelbert Collage of Western Re serve University, aggregating $150,000 were announced at Cleveland yesterday. These rifts are by J. P. Chamberlain, Salah Cham berlain aad Ellen S. Chamberlain of Oaa Francisco, grandchildren of Joseph Perkina, for many years a trustee of the college. British shipbuilders have received from the Brazilian government orders for threa first-class cruisers of 10.000 tons. Rev. F. H. Rouse, rector of the St. Paul (Minn.) Ascension Episcopal Church, com mitted suicide by shooting himself. Mr. Rouse went to that city a year ago from Boston to take charge of the parish. Ill health is given aa the cause of the suicide. Lord Comrton, late Bishop of Ely, is dead at London. He was born In 1825. J. Burdette, president of the Eufaul* (I. T.) National Bank, merchant and one of the most prominent and wealthy men of the Creek nation, was shot and kille l at hi* home in Eufaula. Alphonse P. Sclienck. aged thirty-on* years, a railway foreman, and Alexander Probosco, an Italian track walker, wera struck by a freight train at Bellevue, Del., yesterday and both instantly killed. After a long chase over two continents, Fernando Vellosia Fellzo. an alleged swin dler, was arrested at Philadelphia last night. I?e is charged with embezzling 114,000 from Barney and Lewis Vessettl and Louis Gambaldo of Hoboken. Kimr Edward arrived at Marseilles Tues day from Biarritz and boarded the royal yacht Victoria and Albert, where he joined Queen Alexandra. The king was received with military and naval honors. FIRE-PROOF STORAGE. Erery aafiirfuard for tbe storage of home boll good*, etc. Separate locked compartment*. 12 a month up. Lowest rat* of Insurance. Merchants* Transfer & Storage Co. MM03 K at. 'Phone Main OS,