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Conversion of Residences- Into
Business Houses. DEVELOPING OF INTERESTS Capitalists Attracted by Returns From Investments. SALE OF A FORTY-ACRE TRACT New Gyrr.; isium of Georgetown Col lege Nearing Completion?Up to the Roof Line. r .1 of tlie most striking features -of the r? al e- ati situation and Illustrating, loo, the i .1 .1 development of the general busl in Tr t, : < >= ts of the city. Is the conversion of former residences into business houses on a r. .;mhtr of praminent streets. This is pa*'leularly true of the more important ar te!., o trade. such as K and G streets, lJth and loth streets, and la measurably cli.ii i -terlstic of Pennsylvania avenue and 7lii street. 1'ractleally the whole of that p'i;'on of l.'lth street from Pennsylvania avenue to .Now York avenue nortnwest Is i: i\ going through this transition stage. 1 if fa. i, it is stated that every former res: i : within these boundaries has been alreadv or is now under contract for re in dell is' for islness purposes. On 11th. l-l and other streets that serve as feeders to the main commercial thoroughfares the same conditions prevail. _ A good deal of talk has boen heard re eeiitly oncerning outside capitalists who have been attracted by the possibilities of unusually good returns from investments in re 11 estate l>..ih ^within the city and in the > ii'Urbs of Washington. That there is more ti u mere talk in this is Illustrated by the o summation in the lait few days, as stated in Thursda'y's Star, of an important sale of a forty-acre trart of land in North (??-t Washington for a consideration of over $113,000 to out-of-town capitalists whose names were not disclosed. On Bladensburg Road. The locution is 1,1<?? feet northeas.t of 15th and II Mreets northeast, on the Bla densburg iad Maryland avenue runs through the property, also K, I,, M and ICth and 17th streets northeast. It includes ti ? tract of George Huhn, ten acres, and th.-.t of Josephine Davis, containing a trifle ov. i thirty acres A portion of the forty ? i- s w i rmerly known as Hall & Hold eii'h ? uUli vision of Cottage Hill. It adjoins - ongliig to heirs of W. W. Co >ran, which is known as Mulligan's ' oi, ? ..i Mt. Olivet cemetery Is opposite e northwest corner The promoters of t ? nterprlse are arranging today to have ;lu lane; graded where necessary, and the new subdivision has already been made and w il be put on record within the coming w t k The lots, it is said, are to he sold at reasonable figures and on easy terms. Wa ter sewers sidewalks and curbing will probably ht put in at the earliest time pos sible and g.is Introduced as soon as neces sary. Th< proposed new street railway to run out the liiad-ensburg road will, it Is t) 'light greatly aid In the development of this section. 'he sale was consummated through I,e R y Mark md Charles A. McEuen, and H. H. Gilfry represents the parties who fiave undertaken this Important development. Gymnasium of Georgetown College. The new gymnasium of Georgetown Col li ? whi. t, is now in an advanced state of construction and which Is a gift to the In stitution from Mrs Thomas F. Ryan, will be one of the handsomest buildings of this chara let- lr. the c untry. It will cost JCO, ??"' and. t is thought, will be finished by ?? ? penlng of the next scholastic year. Thi is one of several munificent gifts to the college by Mrs. Ryan. The dormitory a- ' iefe, tory. which was completed last year at a cost of about $130,000, was also He : rod net of Mrs. Ryan's generosity. The gymnasium >? located Immediately to the right of tl.e main building and is separated from it only hj the entrance road. In ^st \bunding will conform to the older buildings, which are constructed after th.- Romanesque type It consists of one main stor\ with basement below and run ning track above, the roof containing a very large skylight, which, with the un usually large windows looking from the mi n room, will give ample light and ven tilation. The basement plan Includes rooms for the various 'varsity teams, for visiting, baths and locker rooms, medical director's room, trophy room and chamber for the athletic association's and directors' meet ing? The main fioor will be devoted ex clusively to a modern and complete gymna sium outfit. The faculty, student I?odv and friends of Georgetown College are taking deep interest In the completion of this hand sen.. Improvement, which the builder, Mr. J !,:i S. I.ar. ombe. has finished to the point of the roof line. Mr. l.arcombe also con stru. ted for Mrs Ryan the Convent of the Perjietual Adoration on V street northwest i' : l">th street. The plans of the new Kjmnaslum were furnished by Kwlng & *'happell. New York architects. New Construction. Or out I has boen broken for the new stable to be erected for Mr. Albert G. Brooke oil 17th street between 1" and V streets north west The stwicturc will be fireproof and will ? over an area of 8S feet by 110 feet, and will be three stories in height. The 17th str-et elevation will be laid up with select 1 and-n.ade red brick, laid in red mortar, pre.- 'ntlng an unusually attractive front for a building of this character. There will be two entrances on either side of the main office the latter !>elng located at the center Tie luilldir.g will have eighty-five stalls and .io.ooo si,uar f*.-t of floor surface for the storage i?f vehicles It will be fireproof, and the >n!v one of Its kind In the District of ' o! umhla There will be an office and inter communicating hath, with lockers for the use of horseback riders, also coachmen's rooms, harness and carriage wash rooms, e ? .Mior. ell -trie light throughout and many other accommodations. The building will be known as the Portner staples because of its <-!o?e proximity to the Portner apartment house. It will coat $30,000. Mr. Oscar G. \ ogt is the architect. Th. ? ime architect. In connection with Milton I'ana Morrill, ig preparing plans for the proposed Masonic Temple at Manassas, \a toward the building of which the late Robert Portner of this city gave $8,000 in his will. The first floor will be used as stores and the upper floors as lodge rooms. The ME. KLEE'S NEW RESIDENCE. (Fbota bJ ft Sue ftMUfnjkKj size of the building will be 38 by AO feet. A. B. Mullett St. Co., archtects, furnished the plans and the work Is being pressed on the handsome elghteen-room reeluence of J. H. Cranford on 22d street between R street and Massachusetts avenue. The house will be constructed of hand-made brick with white stone trimmings. There ?will be an ir.ngllsh basement. The style of architecture 19 French renaissance, and, as the lot extends through, there will be an entrance on Florida avenue similar to the 'J2d street main entrance. The resi dence, built at a cost of $18,000, will be a handsome addition to the homes In that part of the city. The same architects are also making plans for a four-story fire proof warehouse for the Union Trust Com pany on L street northeast, near the new union station. The building will cost about fJ5.o<)0 and will probably be completed In four months. Construction will be of brick and concrete and there will be two electric elevators. Pians have been made by O. G. Vogt for a store for E H. Calllsher, the jeweler. The building will cost $13,000 and is to have three stories and be used as a Jewelry es tablishment. It will be located on Pennsyl vania avenue between ?tli and 10th streets northwest. It is Intended to use light cream brick anu copper for the front elevation. The floors will be of Mosaic with ornamental borders, and the ceiling to be of deeply re vealed panels of Iron highly decorated. A prominent feature of t.ie store will be a mezzanine at the rear forming an architec tural approach, the mazznnine to be used for an optical department. The upper stories will be utilized as offices for rent. Extension of Railways. The extension of street car lines In the District has uniformly given extraordinary Impetus to building activities along the rew routes given transportation facilities. This was notably true In the case of the extension of the 11th street line, and the effect, it appears, will be similar when (he 14th street line Is extended. Officials of the Traction Company state that the rails and necessary fixtures &re distributed along the entire right' of way of the extension and that the actual work of laying the track will begin at once. It Is expected to have the ears running in about sixty days. A number of subdivisions are being prepared for the market along this important thor oughfare and extensive improvements are predicted for this neighborhood following the inauguration of the extended street car service. I'ntil the extension of the car line be yond Florida avenue about two years ago little effort was made to exploit the prop erty immediately on or closely adjacent to 11th street. Once, however, the ' ne was completed and cars running reguli-rly and on a frequent schedule, transfers or unimproved realty began to be noted in in creasing number. On 11th street last year VIET* the block between Irving and Kenyon streets, on the east side of that thorough fare, was made a solid one by the erec tion of nine houses. Three apartment houses were built at the junction of 11th street and Columbia road, the buildings fronting on the latter thoroughfare. A considerable number of other structures were erected nearby on the various streets Intersecting 11th, Sherman avenue, whlcn corresponds to loth street, was improved by a half dozen or more blocks of houses, with other dwell ings placed adjoining on Gresham and Gl rard streets. This season so far has seen, among other improvements on 11th street, the four teen houses erected by Harry Wardman along the entire west frontage between Co lumbia road and Irving street, with two houses on the latter street as well; a block of dwellings, also by Mr. Wardman, on what remained of the unimproved property between Kenyon and Lamar streets, east side, and on the remainder of the unbuilt portion of the east side of 11th street be tween Glrard and Harvard streets, nine houses in each block. In addition to Mr. Wardman's ventures, the block between Columbia road and Irving street, on the east side, Is being Improved by eleven houses, under construction by M. J. Ko&ne. Just east of 11th street on Irving two more lots of houses are to be built, work having been started on one lot. Al together, It is claimed, that more houses have gone up on 11th street In Columbia Heights this season thus far than on any other thoroughfare in the national capi tal, while the section of which It is a part can claim to have fared as well as any other of equal area in the District of Co lumbia. Demand for Houses. Mr I.,. E. Breunlnger, the builder. Is nearing the completion of two handsome apartments on Euclid street between 13th and 11th. These buildings will be four stories each, containing thirty-two apart ments, modern throughout, possessing every feature of convenience and comfort. Every room will have direct sunlight. The building Is semi-flreproof. possessing the unusual advantage of having thirty feet open space between that and adjoining properties. He has Just begun the erection of twelve two-story six and seven-room houses on the corner of 1st and R streets northeast? five on the northeast corner and seven on the opposite or southeast corner. These buildings are built from plans and spealfl catlons prepared by K. R. Grimm. They will be modern and attractive homes, nicely arranged and beautifully decorated. They will be ready for occupancy from about the middle of August to the 1st of September. These, with the building enter prises that he will soon begin on Irving street near 13th. will represent an ex penditure of about 1123,000. N. L. Sans bury. real estate broker, will be the ex clusive agent In the sale of this property for Mr. Breunlnger. In speaking with Mr. N. L Sansbury In r< ference to the condition of the real estate market at present he remarked that there was an unusual demand for new houses containing from six to nine rooms, modern and well built. In good localities. He finds that houses of that character are selling far more rapidly than any other kind, tlje demand being more than equal to the sup ply. Of the forty-five houses built by Mr. Breunlnger last year, all have been sold, most of"them through Mr. Sansbury's office. Investment properties have been unusually active, also, and considerable attention Is being drawn to suburban properties in Vir ginia which are traversed by the Old Do minion railroad up as far as Great Falls. This property ranges In altitude from 2j0 to -KK) feet above the city. The transfer given by the Old Dominion to the Capital Traction 'Company takes a passenger to any part-of Washington on one fare Mr. Sans bury has just issued a handsome booklet descriptive of properties along that line, which has brought clearly to the attention of the prospective investors many of the attractions possessed by this property. It Is destined to become one of the most at tractive and convenient sections around Washington. ? Development at Berwyn. Former Representative S. S. Yoder has just purchased all the interests of the Jacob Tome Institute In what was formerly known as Charlton Heights. This property was subdivided by Maj. James Waugh some twenty years ago, and after his death be came the holding of the Jacob Tome Insti tute. Judge Yoder has given this subdi vision a new name, Berwyn Heights. This Is news to the people of Berwyn and vicin ity, who have recently heard only rumors concerning this property. Judge i'oder has organized, in connection with the sale of lots, a unique co-operative mutual indus trial land and manufacturing corporation, capitalized at $200,000, the theory of the corporation being that all purchasers shall unite In efforts for the general development of the subdivision, a portion of the pur chase price being set aside for Improve ments and the promotion of industries. The tract of land Involved in the transaction comprises about 275 acres. The streets will be improved and sidewalks laid. It is pro posed to erect a sand lime brick factory, a concrete cement hollow block factory, a r IN PROPOSED MONTROSE PAI (Photo by a Staff Photographer.) tile and terra cotta plant and a sand and gravel wash plant. The deposits of sand gravel and pottery clay are said to exist in quantities In the neighborhood. This purchase of Judge Voder Includes nil of the improvements and buildings on this property, including what has become a landmark in this section, the Waugh mansion, which is one of the finest resi dences between Washington and Baltimore. The mansion includes four acres of beau tiful grounds, adorned with tine magnolia and other shrubbery, massive oaks and driveways, twenty-one rooms, and affords from the verandas a beautiful prospective view of the monument, Capitol and Library, the Soldier's Home, Takoma Park and a part of Howard county beyond Laurel. The Baltimore and Ohio railroad, the City and S burban electric road, the Washington and Spa electric road and the Washington and Baltimore boulevard are all accessible to the subdivision. The Harrison Realty Company has dis posed of the ollowlng business properties: 17 H street northwest, opposite the govern ment printing office; 1717 and -1723 7th street northwest and the house 7,'i 8th street southeast, which stands opposite the marine barracks. AWARD OF CONTRACTS. Conflict of Authority Over Licenses? Political Gossip. Special Correspondence of The Star. 1'PPER MARLBORO, June 15, 1006. The contract for furnishing a steel bridge to be placed over the Northwest branch at the foot of Prospect avenue, Evansville. has been awarded to the York Bridge Com pany, the lowest bidder, at $1,594. The con tract for the abutments for the bridge was awarded to Joseph Blandford, his price be ing $583. On motion of counsel for the newly creat ed liquor license board for Prince George county, argument on the demurrer filed by counsel for County Clerk B. D. Stephen to the cross bill submitted by the liquor board has been postponed. The liquor board sought by a cross bill to prevent the clerk from Issuing liquor licenses, and the clerk filed a demurrer to the bill. The clerk had previously secured an Injunction against the liquor board prohibiting them from issuing licenses, and this injunction was followed by the cross bill referred to above. It is predicted that the Prince George county democratic convention will indorse Mr. Robert W. Wells of Hyattsvllle as candidate for Congress to oppose Sydney E. Mudd. recently nominated as the republi can candidate. It can be definitely stated that Mr. Wells does not desire the nomi nation, but would, of course, appreciate the compliment of an Indorsement from the convention. In conversation with The Star correspondent Mr. Wells declared that he was in favor of sending delegates to the congressional convention favorable to the nomination of Mr. George M. Smith of Bowie, whom he believed would make a strong fight. There is also considerable talk of the district convention nominating Dr. Charles A. WeHs, ex-mayor of Hyattsvllle, but it la not believed that Dr. Wells will entertain the proposition for an Instant. Just Missed It. From the London Tribune. An elderly woman who had. during the course of a somewhat eventful life, buried four husbands, encountered at the gates of the cemetery where they reposed an old but timid lover whom she had not seen for years. She took him Inside and showed him?not without a feeling of pride?the well-kept tombstones of her former lords and masters. "Ah, Jamlfe," she remarked feelingly, "you might hare been lying there today tf you had only had a UttJe more oourage." Conservative and Healthy Prog ress Noted in Georgetown. DESIRED IMPROVEMENTS Obliteration of Boundary Line by Arching Sock Creek. OPEBTNG OF HEW HIGHWAY Marked Advance in Beal Estate Values?Rentable Houses Scare* ?New Construction. Aside from questions or present day com mercial progress and modern development, there Is much of Interest that attaches to the old and historic community of George town. Its homes have in times gone by sheltered many of the great men of trie republic, and ever-spurning the passing boom, the good old town has experienced a healthy and conservative growth, and ha3 justified the civic pride of Its people, aa the present important western section of the great capital city. A number of romantic stories cluster about some of the old buildings in George town, once occupied as Young Ladles Sem inaries. Among these traditions is one to the effect that Baron Bodisco, one of Russia's early diplomatic representatives, then near lv seventy years of age, met the beautiful Miss Williams, who was aged sixteen, coming forth from the old school structure on the east side of TOth street, position and wealth overcame the objections based on disparity of age, and a brilliant wedding took place In the Williams' home on Georgetown Heights, attended by the President of the United States an3 a nu merous company of distinguished persons. Gen. John Mason's town house at 34th street and the canal, Is now a tenement. The Foxhall Foundry walls are still stand ing just west of Georgetown, and it will LK. be remembered that Henry Foxhall sub scribed to the fund for the erection of tno Foundry Church to emphasize hla gratitude for what he regarded as the providential escape of his property from destruction by the British during the war of 1S1Z The Jefferson house is still standing on Jeffer son street, and "Tudo Place." "The Oaks." and "Evermay" are still maintained in worthy style. Theje. too, are the old le gation buildings on N street, where Kuro pean diplomats used to live In state; Pros pect Cottage where Mrs. South worth lived and wrote her one hundred thrilling ro mances. and where she died; the home of Francis Scott Key. author of the 'Star Spangled Hanner." near the Aqueduc? bridge; the old stone house on M strea', marked "Washington's headquarters," cr.i structed evidently under the famous budd ing regulation of that day, referred to In last Sunday's Star; the remains of Suter's Tavern, where the plans for the federal city were made and discussed and where, as Jefferson claimed, was served the best wine he had ever tasted. The fact that Georgetown is the home of one of the most famous American Catho lic colleges and also the high reputation of the school for young women, has served In no small measure to make the now new portion of this city favorably known throughout all sections of the country. As with all new towns located on the water the early residential sites of George town were located on the river bank. Now those once dignified homes of the fathers of the town are tenements or the homes of industries. The homes of the people are now mainly on the upper streets and the heights. * Suggested Improvements. Two public improvements that the Citi zens' Associations believe w'ill contribute largely to the development of Georgetown are first the proposed movement to arch Rock creek, obliterate the boundary line between Washington proper and George town, and continue uninterruptedly the streets which the old stream ia^lts present condition bars. The second Is the opening up of highways to the country west of Georgetown. All of the Harlem and Conduit road sections, now available for development, are ap proached by two high-ways only, the Canal road and the New Cut road, near the northern corporation line. If the bill, appropriating $160,000 for the purchase of the Boyce tract, otherwise known as "Montrose," becomes a law, the people of Georgetown may well exult. "Montrose" slopes from R street back to Rock creek valley, and contains several groves of primeval forest trees. While the Boyce family, who own the property, have not resided in the old mansion for fifteen or twenty years, an experienced landscape gardener lias kept the turf and trees In admirable condition. Advance in Realty Values. Out Wisconsin avenue, toward Tenley town, there has been a very marked ad vance In realty values during the last few years. The establishment in that section of the country of the homes of John R. McLean and C. C. Glover; the Methodist University construction; the Harriet Lane Johnston $300,000 school for choir boys; the Cathedral School, and the handsome semi nary, erected by the Sisterhood of Terre Haute (Ind.), have contributed to the at tractiveness of the section, the enhance ment of values and the permanency of Im provements. The cathedral Is every day approaching realization. The fund invested In the site and otherwise, now amounts to about $1,000,000. The proposed Massachusetts Avenue Boulevard skirts the cathedral site for a long distance, and as planned, will be ex tended to the District line on the west Mr. Glover's plan to preserve the natural and picturesque beauty of the drive by GROUP ON R STREET NEAR 32D STREET. (Photo by a Staff Photographer.) having the government purchase the bulk of the Thompson syndicate property la highly commendable, and all interested In the Improvement of this section hope for Its accomplishment. Rentable Houses All Taken. It is claimed that rentals were never so high in Georgetown as at present, and that there is practically nothing for rent that is tenantable. AU the real estate men report that houses are generally re-rented before 1 they are vacated, and rentals during the' past year on most of the houses that have i changed tenants, have been Increased from J fifteen to twenty per cent. Outside co-operation for local develop ment Is not only invited, but is being daily solicited. The commercial facilities are being brought to the attention of the put>!ic at large. The Georgetown water rront is said to be the best for commercial purposes on the Potomac river. Again, the title to the Georgetown water front being held In fee simple by the owners, permanent es tablishments are encouraged. Those who build on tho Washington wa-.er front are at the mercy of the government, the title to all the land being in the Unit'd States. Prospective Railway Facilities. The Pennsylvania Railroad Company, with connections at Rosslyn, has brought that corporation's facilities to the doors of the Georgetown merchants, while he Baltimore and Ohio Is endeavoring at tne present time, through Its branch director ates, to secure an entrance In competition. It is said that the Baltimore an.l Ohio already owns practically the entire light of way Into town ar.d needs only certain other privileges to make its franchise val uable and profitable. The Rock Creek Auto and Wagon Works j has let the contract to the Brennan Con structing Company for a large addition to its plant at Pennsylvania avenue and Rock Creek. The new building will have a front age of about seventy feet; will be three stories high and have a depth of about slxty-flve feet. It will be used as a garage. The company's original building, a mas sive three-story structure, was completed about six months ago, but was insufficient and It was found necessary to enlarge the plant. The Rock Creek Auto and Wrigon Works has Installed the finest machinery and a large equipment for the making of automo- ( bile paits and the construction an.l repair j of all kinds of vehicles. A. B. Mullet iV Co. ' prepared the plans for the new building. The Construction Company guaranteed to deliver It to the company, complete within sixty days. The buildings will then have a frontage on Pennsylvania avenue and Rock Creek of about one hundred and forty feet. The M. E. Church South has purchased a large lot on the south side of CJ street, near 31st street, on which an attractive edi fice will be shortly erected. There is little doubt that o!d Trinity Church, now better known as the Trinity Sunday school building, will this summer give way to a very handsome parochial school building, estimated to cost about $00,000. The building will front N street. Construction of Buildings. One of the substantial Improvements of the season In Georgetown is that of Fred Stohlman & Sons' new bakery, 320!!-32'>S and .1210 N street. Modern and complete bakery equipment has been Introduced, and the new struc tures will aggregate $25,000 to $3o,tXK> In value. Mr. P. T. Moran is having plans prepared for the erection of a six-story apartment house at the northeast corner of 30th and P streets. He recently purchased the site, contain ing about 10,000 square feet, from the May field estate. A syndicate, headed by G. L. Nicholson, is promoting a movement to construct an apartment house on the site known as 1514 20th street. The property has a frontage of about sixty feet, by a depth of 120, and borders on a wide alley. It is Improved at present by the old H. H. Dodge home, later occu pied by the Cassin family. It is noticeable that believers in the apartnient-house investment movement In Georgetown have generally selected this particular locality for their buildings. Group of Improvements. Grouped in this Immediate vicinity at present are: Jlammcnd Court, a reconstruc tion and enlargement of the old Gov. Cook mansion; the Stoddart apartment house; the Irving; the Irving annex; another on the east side of 30th, north of Y street, of which the construction was begun by the Sunderland Bros.; a series of two-family apartment houses on Q street, near 30th; on R street, opposite the proposed Mont rose Park, and on Avon place. The two new apartment houses under consideration will cost. It Is estimated, about $125,000. Among the many improvement now under way In Georgetown are; Klght houses for George E. Howard, fronting on Prospect avenue and 83d street; architect and builder, Richard Ough, a $12,000 home for G. A. Greenlees, 3315 R street; a home for Mr. J. Bernard Harry on the Wendel tract, recently purchased by Mr. Harry, in Ten leytown. and the new Hyde School build ing, north side of O street, west of 82d. A. K. and C. W. De Maine, the pur chasers of the C. B. Cropley business building, at 3213-3215 M street, have made arrangements to so alter the building as to adapt it to the use of three tenants. H. Kaks has constructed a business build ing, one story in height, at 3235 M street. The Huck Construction Company has the contract. The old Forrest property at East Mar ket space anil Canal street, long used as a fish market. Is in the hands of builders for reconstruction and the introduction of mod ern conveniences. The demolition of the number of connect ed frame buildings at the corner of 33d and M streets, long occupied as a carriage repository by the late J. J. Cooke and his successors, has been ordered by the build ing Inspector. The property was recently sold for (8,000. The Capital Traction Company Is build ing a large addition to its power repair shops on M street and Warehouse alley, and otber improvements are contemplated. Transfers of Property. Some of the transactions In Georgetown realty that have Just been consummated in clude the sal* of the Wheatly property on the water front, containing 50,000 square feet to the Columbia Sand Dredging Com pany for 180,000; the Cropley building, 8213 M street, to C. W. and A. K. DaMalne for 110,900; one-half Interest In the building at the southeast corner of 83d and N streets, occupied as a market store, to H. W. Fisher; tho iron front building, ia^t-13'JT. 32d street, from Elizabeth I!. Kink et al. for $1?.0U0; 3080 p street, $.',,1x1'), '2!>00 P street to I)r. George W. Wood, JKI..VK). The territory serosa the Aqueduct bridge, which contributes to the development of Georgetown, has prospered greatly during the last two or three years, the introduc tion of railway facilities having opened up a large area to convenient settlement. Ileal estate values have advanced Tepidly, and large numbers of city folks are making country homes in the Virginia hills. Conditions west of Rock creek wore never more favorable, and It Is confidently be lieved that the accomplishments of the Hock creek improvements will result In call ing general attention to Georgetown as one of the most attractive sections In the District for residential purposes. NEWS Or RIVERDALE. School Principal Resigns ? General and Personal Items. SpeWal Correspondence of The Star. RIVERDALE, Md.. June 15, lflort. Mrs. J. L. McGee, for the past eight years the principal of'the public school here, has tendered her resignation to the board of county school commissioners, to take ef fect at once. Several months since delega tions representing tho two citizens' asso ciations of Riverdale appeared before tho school commissioners asking that local trus tees be appointed to take charge of the school. Each delegation wanted different men, showing a lack of harmony. The commissioners declined to make any ap pointments. preferring to handle the River dale school themselves. Mrs. McGee'* res ignation was. therefore, handed to the com missioners. The commissioners appointed Dr S. M. McMillan and Messrs. John H. Schaffer and W. H. Chase local trustees, and it is stated that two of these trustees are affiliated with the Riverdale Citizens" Association, and <^ne with the Riverdale Citizens' Association (Inc.) Mrs. McGee, it Is understood, has the indorsement or the incorporated asso ciation. Work was started yesterday on the new post office building, in which will be the offices of the Riverdale Park Company. The building will be 32x10. one story high, with a lobby or waiting room In the center. On one end will be located the post otllce and on the other end the offices of the Riverdale Park Company. The stucture will be of pebble dash, and will have colonial columns. It will be heat ed by hot water and ail the modern sani tary facilities will be provided. Mr. N. T Haller of Washington is the architect. The building will be ready for occupancy within the next five weeks. At a recent meeting of the teachers' coun cil of the Sunday school of the local Presby terian church Mr. W. A. Rutherford was presented with a handsome Bible. Mr. Rutherford Is one of the elders of the church. The Riverdale base ball team easily de feated a club representing Woodward * Ko throp in Washington Tuesday by the score of 10 to 2. McGee pitched a fine game for Riverdale, and the batting of Owens for the same team was a feature. Rose Farm of 12 Acres. From tie Pomona Times. One of the most Interesting sights in the Pomona valley is the development work now being done bv the California Rose Com pany on Its rose farm at the foot of White avenue. Here may be seen literally acres of roses, the slips being pi inted a few weeks ago, covering the entire twelve-acre tract, in rows about three feet apart. The plants are about six inches in height, ani here and there over the tract many of tht-m are In bloom. It will he a beautiful sight when the rose bushes are grown to two or three feet In height, all In blossom. The work of Irrigating and tending the plants at this time of year requires about twenty-five men. From December until I April, during the shipping season, probably fifty to seventy-five people will be kept busy. At this season the young plants are being pushed as rapidly as tender care, good soil, the available amount of sunshine and constant Irrigating will accomplish it. AMONG THE GOOD TEMPLARS. Subordinate Lodges Meet for Business and Pleasure. Minnehaha Lodge, No. 1. Intern.iti" il Order of Good Templars, met In Pytl in Temple, 1012 Oth street north wi at 'I o - ; ijr evening. Among the vl*ltf>r? wre .Mr I. L. Corby, grand chief; J. W. Ntchol, j st chief; Mr. Harry J Jeffrie*. Mi s I. L. Corby and Silss Ward of !'? u Lodge. No. 2 Mr. Henry I". Sir. i ?f templar, presided. The trinsactlon of business w is followed by a social session, after which good >f the order was entered upon, conducted >y Miss Jcannette King. Miss Kat' rlne Whitcomb and Messrs. Simu.-i i;.d?ord and Jeffries entertained with ye- ?1 trl arid favorite songs, Mrs. Carrie Smith ? - companist. Mr. Henry F. Smitu d!s urs.-d in humorous monologue, taking the Inter rogative "Why," of which he give .in h ^ structlve analysis as his starting | olnt Miss Whitcomb gave a dramatic recital In which the veterans of the civil ivir ?? ro conspicuous. Judge Nlchol addressed tiio meeting, opening with the Inquiry, "How may the number of active temperam e workers in the District of Columbia lie In creased?" and dwelling upon the dispro portion in numbers of total abstainers to moderate drinkers. He refe.rr- 1 to the triennial session of the International Lodge . of Good Templars, to be held in Washing ton In the summer of Unix, as an ever,! t' it appealed strongly to members of the orrVr here and would doubtless stimulate the worthy ambition to prepare for it by great ly augmenting the present effective force of the organization. Excelsior Lodge, No. 21, T. O. <J. T.. met In Elks' Hall. Pennsylvania av> n ie northwest, Wednesday evening. There were visitors from Perseverance Lodge, No. 2. Mr 1. 1.. Corby, grand chief tem plar, presided. Routine business was dis posed of and was followed by a social ses sion, after which readings and addresses were given, setting forth the privileg. s, duties and achievements of Good Templars. Among those taking part were the grand templar and Mrs. J. 8. Freeman, vice templar. Silver Star Ixidge. No. 20, I. O. O. T.. met In Good Templar Hall, on the Hrook vhle road, Tenleytown, Thursday evening. There were visitors from Perseverance and Minnehaha Lodges. Mr. W. A. Collins. ' past chief templar, presided. Routine busi ness was transacted and several special re ports were received and acted Upon The picnic to have been held at Friendship Heights on the 20th instant was postponed till Tuesday, the Mth instant. An unusually interesting good of the order program w is given, conducted by the chair. Grand Tem plar I. L. Corby gave a temperance recital and an address, in which he remarked upon the history and prospects of Silver St ir l,odge. and urged Its members to compile for the prize he offered for bringing in t! >? largest number of candidates during the present quarter. Addresses upon the or der and how best to advance its Interests were also given by Mrs. I. I,. Corby. Mr. S. W. Russell and Messrs. Keene, T>ean. Collins, Blackford. A. and W. Pa>ne and Shoemaker. Best Way to Drink Milk. Fr <m Leslie's Weekly. We live by digesting ami a-sslmllating food, not merely by eating It. Milk as food bu ids up and forms body tissues and fluids and repairs waste. When taken slightly In excess the unused portion, most ly butter fat, is stored in the system for future use As is well known, fluid milk and vichy is a wholesome drink for many who cannot assimilate milk a'one. A plncti or two of salt In a glass of milk will pro duce a similar result. It aids in the easier digestion of the curds as formed In ths stomach prior to digestion. It Is wise for the possessor of a weak stomach t<> sip a glass of milk slowly Instead of drinking 't hurriedly. The larger the quantity of milk taken at one draught the greater the dif ficulty of Its digestion. It may not be gen erally understood that hot ml k taken Into the system is almost Immediately absorbed. It Is stimulating without reaction. HEW HOME Of THE ELKS.