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Slight Decrease Noted in the
Business Transacted.
Building Operations Not Materially
Retarded by Labor Troubles.
Inquiries From Those Wanting Homes
and Business Sites?Develop
ments of the Week.
A job lot of odds and ends of
weather, with which Jupiter Pluvius
seems to have been overstocked;
rumors and reports of strikes and
the absence from the city of some
of the big dealers in the realty mar
ket, and, more important still, the
absence of many wealthy Washing
tonians who have been making land
and building propositions here hum
for the past few months, all served
to make the current week in the
realty market the dullest one of the
summer thus far. Yet it was far
from featureless. Deals that make
certain a new hotel, a new theater
and the erection of additional busi
ness buildings were carried through.
An important piece of news of the
week is the statement from army of
ficials that the work on all public
buildings in Washington will go on,
strike or no strike.
Probably less business was transacted in
the realty market during the past week
than during any similar period this sum
mer. Yet the developments were far from
low-water mark, with nothing like the
stagnation stage that usually characterizes
the month of August. The possibility of
absolute cessation of work in the building
trades because of the anticipated strike did
not materialize. On the contrary, there was
but very little noticeable difference in build
ing activities. It so happens that most of the
buildings under way In the northwest sec
tion of the city where much of the principal
construction work is being done In private
residences and homes generally was in
such a stage that but little delay was
caused, and very little time was lost. Real
estate men and builders and contractors
are confident that the present differences
between employers and employes will be
settled at a very early day.
Real estate men prophesy that when the
Ides of Octobe. roll around Washington
will be the scene of building activity of a
description hitherto unrecorded In the his
tory of the city. The principal building In
the city?that Is, the work on the govern
ment structure^?was not materially af
fected during the week, and government
officials say, that they do not anticipate any
further trouble?In fact, they are entirely
Independent of the labor troubles and the
work will go on on all public buildings
whether there is a general lock-out or not.
These officials who have been sorely tried
and inconvenienced in the last few months
because of labor troubles are not only in
different to the condition, but some of them
go so far as to say that they hope there
will be a strike.
Views of Government Official.
"It would really be better for the govern
ment." one of the officials .said, "If there
was a strike. No one but those on the
Inside know what trouble we have had with
contractors and workmen during the last
two or three years. It has been prac
tically impossible to make the work pro
gress as it ought to. and the government
has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars
because of labor troubles. The cost of ma
terial has Increased very much In value,
labor has gone up. the scale of wage ori
"I'"!*:8,,18 hl?he: anii everything in the
building: line now far more expensive. Like
Pe?P,e- , my sympathies are always
with the workmen. It looks to me, how
i' *f. the!r difficulties should be settled
on buildings other than those owned and
controlled by the goverflment. An Ameri
can who does not want to do the best he
can by his country and his capital is a poor
sort of a workman. And yet an effort has
been made to make the government build
ings the l>ones of contention. Things have
come to such a pass now that Uncle Sam
will have to take a hand in the game
"The scale of wage for bricklayers, for
example, is actually almost twice as high
T!l." a fe* years ag0- a"d all things
taken Into consideration it is four times as
nigh. As an illustration, the bricklayer if
he is at all expert, can lay l,r><)0 bricks a
aay. It is a fact that many of these work
men are not permitted by their bosses to
?;iJ?Jr.tnore n an(1 they are receiving
? w. ..per day" 1 do J101 think this is
Work Will Go On.
Another official of high importance is
authority for the statement that the work
on all public buildings In Washington will
go on no matter what labor troubles tran
spire. The President, the same official as
serts, has done everything In his power for
the laboring men at the capital, going so
far as to grant a half holiday on Satur
day the same as government clerks, and
e\erything within the bounds of reason has
been done to satisfy the trained workmen
?ha? Ca.p al, These officials do not think
that under the conditions the workmen
should attempt to precipitate trouble when
they have been treated with such fairness
and met half-way with all their contentions.
?? > ,Ke .? <*men.t the workmen
on both public and private buildings has
shown very conclusively that they are con
tent with existing scales and hours and
have shown alfo beyond a doubt that they
wished to continue their work without fur
ther trouble.
All argument to the contrary notwith
standing, the army officers in charge of
the public buildings in course of construc
tion and repair at the capital say that they#
will continue their work, and some of them,
who are much incensed and irritated at
the demeanor and attitude assumed by the
laboring element, go so far as to wish
that a strike might be precipitated. They
say that they can get better results for
far less money with "open-shop" than
they can under tlie direction of the labor
unions. The army officials have already
made plans looking to a continuance of
the work, strike or no strike. As matters
now stand the government officials under
stand that the question of strike or no
strike has been left to the bricklayers.
Opinion of Real Estate Men.
Real estate men are inclined to the opin
ion that the worst is over, and they are
telling their clients and customers that
there will in all probability be no prolonged
trouble. During the early part of the
week there was a feeling of alarm. A
strike just at this time would have un
questionably injured the interests of the
city in no small degree. Some of the
realty agents, however, have gone to the
trouble to hold conferences with the labor
elements on both sides, and they are of the
opinion that they will get together and
settle -their differences in a very short
time. The strike just now. If it may be
so termed, is just where it was at the be
ginning of the week. There are said to be
signs, however, that the factions will get
together in very short order. Such Is the
earnest wish of the realty men, of course.
Some of them have loaned valuable assist
ance to the powers that be In the matter
of warding off the trouble between the
bricklayers, plasterers and plumbers on
the one side and the bosses on the other.
In the meantime work on most of the
buildings in this city, except those imme
diately affected by the plumbers, has been
going steadily on, and despite inclement
weather a remarkable amount of progress
has been made. In The Star last Saturday
the statement was made by a prominent
business man that if no more building
were done this summer the cr.pital would
still have a record-breaking year in that
line. Added to this Is the further state
ment that if the sound of the hammer and
the cry of the bricklayer were not heard
again until January 1 the capital would
still have a record of having more build
ing and improvements accomplished than
during any previous year in Its history .
The Jobbers and Shippers' Association
and the business men generally who are
interested in booming and advancing the
interests of Greater Washington are using
that argument with effect to those persons
making inquiries about the purchase of
property for business and residential pur
poses here* Inquiries are coming in on all
sides for homes in this city and from busi
ness men who think of establishing manu
facturing plants. These inquiries recently
have been numerous. Manufacturers In
many walks of life are anxiously inquiring
about railroad facilities, sites and other
commercial and Industrial attributes of
the capital, with a possible view of set
tling here eventually.
Manufacturers Interested.
Letters have been received from the head
of a box factory, steel plant, shoe and boot
manufacturer, ladles' underwear firm and
numerous other concerns asking about
Washington's advantages as a market, rail
road facilities and other things pertaining
to the possibility of successful business en
terprises here. Real estate men say that
on present lines they do not see how some
of the important concerns in the country
can fail to be attracted here.
As a market for all materials and things
generally used by wealthy people Wash
ington is not to be surpassed by any city
of its population in the world. Of course. If
these luxuries and necessities of life can
be sold directly to the user, the benefit
and profit will be great to both manufac
turer and purchaser.
The capital, being the practical gateway
of the industrial south, there does not seem
to be any reason why these manufacturers
cannot attain marked results of profit here
?perhaps greater profit than in other cities
of the country in the next few years. The
concessions made during the week by the
Pennsylvania railroad In the matter of bet
ter freight transfer facilities at Alexandria
and the absolute promises of the officials
of that company that they will do every
thing in their power to enhance the capi
tal's attractions as a commercial and in
dustrial center, the real estate men main
tain, means much In the matter of advanc
ing those interests. It is only a question of
time when these factories In numbers, per
haps, will be attracted here, and some of the
real estate men are showing a spirit that is
being commended generally by endeavoring
to place sites for both factories and homes
of workmen on the market at rock-bottom
figures. That success will eventually at
tend their efforts Is regarded as a foregone
conclusion in some quarters.
Developments Noted.
The developments of the week In the real
ty market proper were far from devoid
of interest. The announcement of a new
hotel, the absolute assurance of a new the
ater and the purchase of some minor prop
erties were among the happenings that pre
cluded the period of midsummer from fall
ing in the usual' August slough of despond.
The announcement that the new hotel is
i.nw a certainty was received with great
interest In real estate circles. For many
ye.irs it has been the belief of many real
esiate men that a handsome and thoroughly
n.odern hostelry on Capitol Hill would be
sure to win a large share of success. The
men back of the new Congress Hall', which
is to be erected on New Jersey avenue, be
tween B and C streets, on a plot of ground
L shaped, which contains about 20,000
square feet, are all representative Washing
ton business men. The celerity with which
they broughj the project to success and the
announcement that it will be completed
within a year is a fair Illustration of their
enterprise. It is thought by hotel men that
the site selected Is an Ideal one, and that
If the house is run on thoroughly modern
and up-to-date lines It cannot fail of suc
With the assembling of every Congress
the repeated inquiry i3 heard, "Why is it
there is no hotel on Capitol Hill?" Strangers
in Washington are very apt to think a good
deal more of Capitol Hill' than the average
Washingtonian does, sometimes, and the
convenience to congressmen and employes
of the Senate and House of this new hotel
cannot be gainsaid.
It is to be known as Congress Hall, an
admirable title It is very generally con
ceded. and the plans call for a modern and
very handsome building that will in all
probability meet with general approval.
The site is immediately opposite the new
?!,<WO.OA) office building of the House of
Representatives and a view that will be ob
tained from the root garden and upper
stories will be beautiful; In fact will take
In all environs of the capital', as the ground
at that point is probably as high, if not
higher, than any point In the vicinity of
Investment of $300,000.
The new hotel means an Investment of
$300,000. The men who incorporated the
company and the officers thereof are as
follows: Dr. William P. C. Hazen. presi
dent; Henry H. McKee, secretary; John C.
Weedon, treasurer, and Silas A. Manuel,
general manager. The board of directors
Includes Dr. William P. C. Hazen. Richard
J. Karnshaw, B. D. Earnshaw, Theodore
V. Mayer, Lucius T. RoyaM, John C. Weed
on. Elljot Woods, William T. Carter, S.
Fred Hahn, Isaac C. Slater, Henry H. Mc
Kee and Silas A. Manuel.
The foregoing realize and appreciate that
the old-fashioned caravansary can no long
er be made a vogue at the capital, and the
new house will have all* the frills and fur
belows of the latter-day public palace.
Among the features will be the sun par
lor, 'M feet wide and 100 feet long, and a
garden in keeping with the beautiful sur
roundings. On paper real estate men say
that the house looks Mke a great big win
Work will be begun on the new structure
In the early fall, and It Is hoped to ca/ry
It to completion within ten months.
The contract for the construction of the
new "gayety" theater on ?th street near
F street was let during the week. It Is said
that the building will cost about $150,000.
Weber & Rush, the owners, say that the
house will be one of the most attractive of
Its class in the south. There seems to be
some confusion as to the character of Its
class In the south. There seems to be some
confusion as to the character oif entertain
ment that Weber & Rush present. The
house will be the home of burlesque and
not entirely on the order of the old variety
hall. Real estate men seem to think that
an addition to Washington's amusements
will be acceptable and profitable pext sea
son, when the prospects for a prosperous
business winter are bo eminently fitting.
New Buildings at Soldiers' Home.
In connection with the new million-dollar
?rocss hall and dormitory which Is now being
constructed at the Soldlers'*Homc, Capt. J.
S. Sewell of the engineer corps. In charge
of the work, directs attention to the fact
that the mess hall Is only one of numerous
Improvements that are being made at the
home. The new mess hall, as stated, is to
cost a million dollars, and is to je a build
ing at once impressive and irrposing in an
environment of natural beai'.ly. In addition
to that structure, Capt. Sewell says that a
new central power house, to cost $300,000,
another large and Important addition to
the magnificent hospital building, several
new and handsome officers' quarters and
other Improvements are to be made at the
home that will mean a total expenditure of
more than $2,000,000.
In accordance with the plans for the im
provement of the property Is a desire on
the part of army officers to make It the
handsomest and most attractive spot of its
kind in the world.
The two new band stands, artistic and
beautiful, have attracted much attention,
and for the first time the residents In the
Immediate vicinity have begun to appre
ciate the fact that the home and the great
tract of lawn about it has attractions that
but few of the most picturesque parkways
in the vicinity of the capital can rival. The
lanes and driveways about the "park are
nearly always thronged summer evenings
with automobiles and carriages. There are
concerts, mornings and evenings every day
in the week except Saturday and Sunday
in either one or the other of the band
stands and the music is not only of an ex
cellent order, but it is not so classic that
it cannot be appreciated by the old soldiers
and the Innumerable visitors always to be
found strolling through the natural lanes
and walks of the grounds.
Millions Expended.
Citizens and others who are Interested In
the strenuous effort of the Jobbers and
Shippers' Association for the advancement
generally of Greater Washington can get
no better idea of the wonderful progress
that the city is making and the way It is
branching out in nil directions than by visit
ing the numerous suburbs of the city.
An old Washlngtonian who has been away
from the city for the past ten years re
ligiously visited nearly all the important
subdivisions In the District and vicinity du
ring the last week. His astonishment can
beter be Imagined than described.
Millions of dollars have been expended in
the improvement and landscape gardening
of the little villages and residential ham
lets. In the time he has been away from
the city this old resident in question said
the whole complexion and profile of the
District proper and the Virginia and Mary
land nearby country had been so changed
and built up that he could hardly recognize
It. He declared he did not believe there
was a city In the world that could boast
of such astonishingly fascinating environ
ments. Only this summer the improvement
in some of these properties has been re
markable. In Cleveland Park al,one there
have been more than twenty houses built In
the last few months. As none of these
houses sell for less than $7,000 and some
as high as $30,000, an idea of the class of
residents that are being attracted can be
Home for French Embassy.
Efforts were made in Paris during the
week to influence the powers that be to
appropriate a sufficient amount of money
to build a new French embassy on the
tract of land in S street above Florida ave
nue. There Is ample space there to create
elaborate grounds, with gardens and deco
rative floral hedges of which the French
are so fond. The land is admirably situ
ated for a magnificent embassy. The prop
erty, it will be recalled, was purchased from
Stilson Hutchlna and the consideration
was $100,000. It is thought here that there
will be no trouble about the French gov
ernment appropriating a sufficient amount
of money and that work will soon be begun
on the structure.
Perhaps there could be no better illus
tration of the rapidity with which Wash
ington is growing than that suggested by
the numerous annexes and places of busi
ness that are being enlarged and attrac
tively enhanced. The Hotel Raleigh annex I
which is to contain 100 rooms, all en suite, '
Is rapidly nearlng completion. A part of
It will be finished September 1 and the ban- i
quet hall addition to the dining room. In
[ tact the entire feuUdtn*, will be la apple
pie order by November 1, In ample time
for the winter business. The addition,
when completed, will make the hotel one
of the most attractive buildings In the city.
A feature of the annex In connection with
the main building will be a series of mag
nificent drawing rooms and an orchestra
balcony. When the annex is completed the
house will be very roomy and characteristic
of the luxury upon which habitues of latter
day hotels insist.
Signs of Activity.
Along F street there are already signs of
the approaching activity In the business
world. When Washington shoppers return
from the mountain and seashore they will
find considerable improvement in several
of the shops that are already noted for
their artistic windows and appropriate fur
nishing. The property owned by 'Stilson
Hutchlns, Nos. 932-9."8, is being Improved, at
an expense of about $23,000. The three
stores U32, 9:<4 and 93B, occupied, respec
tively, by Rosenthal, the haberdasher, the
Hudson Variety Store and the Imperial
Tailors, will all have very handsome and
ornate new fronts In time for the fall busi
ness. The ceilings are to be raised and
ornamental stone windows and light brick
used in the finishing of the front in order
to make the building in keeping with other
new structures In the immediate vicinity.
Snyder & Kidd at 1211 F street are put
ting In a new front which they say will
compare with any on the street and follow
out their original purpose of furnishing
their entire establishment and finishing
their windows In the latest mission styles.
Farther up the street attl343 Arthur Burt,
who formerly had his shoe establishment
at 1211. is also erecting a handsome struc
ture. The front will be of a plain but
chaste finish that, it is said, will have a
distinct architectural character of its own.
Other shopkeepers along' the thoroughfare
are cleaning up and refurnishing so that
the new wrinkles of their neighbors will
not show to their disadvantage.
In the financial district there Is the same
hurry and scurry In getting ready for the
new buildings. At least 200 workmen were
engaged In pulling down the old structures
to make way for the new buildings during
the week. It was difficult to Imagine that
there was even a strike talked of amid
such scenes of activity as those to be ob
served all through the district in question.
A Washington Realty Exchange.
"Why has Washington no real estate ex
This is a question that Is no doubt very
frequently asked, and the logical answer
Is not on the surface. There are just about
820 real estate firms in this city, and the
volume of business which they handle Is
enormous. The members of these firms to
no small extent represent the very rank and
file of the capital's business men. A major
portion of them are men that stand high
In the commercial life of the city, and a
real estate exchange organized on modern
lines, it is suggested, would greatly facili
tate all business except that of a private
character which has to do with the local
realty world.
The members of several firms with whom
the matter has been discussed were inclined
not only to regard the proposition with fa
vor, but In one or two Instances with down
right enthusiasm.
Dealers familiar with the rules that gov
ern exchanges In other cities do not fear
any disagreeable conditions contingent upon
the strenuous rivalry which, of course, ex
ists here where such enormous interests
are at stake. On the' contrary, they say
that every firm would In the end be greatly
benefited and much time and labor saved.
As a matter of fact, the modern exchange
Is but little more or less a clearing house
for the realty Interests of the city where
It is situated, and the convenience to be had
from such an institution to all members
and would-be purchasers Is not easily over
A Convenience to Purchasers.
The convenience to members and would
be purchasers of an exchange run on broad
lines is easily appreciated. As matters now
stand a manufacturer or a wealthy man
i wanting to buy a handsome property for
business or residential purposes has to make
the round of the real estate offices, and
he Is put to a great deal of trouble that
might be easily avoided by the medium of
! the exchange.
! It Is also suggested that in all matteas
of public Improvement the recommenda
tions of the members of such an exchange
would be of great value. This Is true of
all exchanges, but especially true of this
city, because of political condition^ here.
There Is no city in the country with a
real estate market with greater possibili
ties than those that govern at the capital.
i Thousands of people of every walk in life
are being attracted to the capital as a
place of residence, and It seems to be
only a question of time when they will be
attracted here for manufacturing and other
business purposes. That an exchange cre
ated on the proper lines would be of great
benefit to dealer and purohaser alike seems
to be a foregone conclusion.
No Advance in Bents.
Real estate agents say that there will be
no material advance in the rentals of busi
ness properties this fall. For nearly every
year past for the last ten years there has
been some advance in the rentals of prop
erties along F and G streets and in other
business sectfbns of the city. The Increase
has been a steady one until now, when
some of the dealers say that they have
reached a figure that will not stand an
other bost. Then, again, there Is a dis
position on the part of many property own
ers to meet the efforts of the Jobbers and
Shippers' Association half, way and give
that organization a fair, chance to attract
other business Interests. It Is. of course,
readily understood that nothing could act
as a greater handicap In this regard than
exorbitant rents. The agents assert that
business rents are not exorbitant, consider
ing the results that all fashionable busi
ness concerns are able to attain here in
the season. The owners of valuable busi
ness properties who are Insisting on a year
ly advance, no matter what the condi
tions are, only Injure their property. It la
said, as a business man is not going to
hold on to his store or shop whsn the high
rent destroys his chance for anything like
fair profits.
Several Members of Congress Back of
the Deal?Other Sales
in View.
A sale of considerable Interest to the
Brightwood section of the District was
closed today in the' transfer by the heirs
of the late Archibald White to a party of
Pennsylvania capitalists, represented by
Attorney William McK. Clayton, of a tract
of land embracing fifty acres fronting on
the Shepherd road immediately north of
Brightwood Park and distant some eight
hundred feet from Brightwood avenue.
This tract of land, it appears from the
record*, was acquired in 1845 by the late
Archibald White by deed from Henry Ould
for $1,500. or some $30 per acre. It figures
in today's transfer at $75,000, or at the rate
of $1,500 per acre. It appears from the
above figures that for the fifty-one years
it remained in the possession of the White
family this property doubled In value
every year on the original price paid for I
it in 1845.
The sale is a marked instance of the
steady 'and persistent advance, extending
over a half century of time, of real estate
values in one of the growing suburban sec
tions of the District of Columbia.
As an Investment.
Mr. Clayton said that he was not in a
position to disclose the names of those in
the syndicate that had purchased the prop
"The purchase was made," said he, "for
investment. The land has been cultivated
for some years, and there Is nothing on it
at present in the way of buildings except
a few negro shanties. The syndicate which
has purchased the property will hold it for
investment, as they are firm believers in
the future of Greater Washington. Mr.
Clayton declined to tnak? known the names
of the parties that make up the syndicate.
He said that they included several con
gressmen and had unlimited capital. He
also declared that other purchases of realty
were to be made by these gentlemen In the
near future .for a similar purpose of invest
ment. The deed which went on record late
Friday afternoon discloses nothing in rela
tion to the identity of the parties, the rec
ord being simply as follows:
"Beau's Fancy, resurvey on partnership.
White's Discovery and Grove's Hunting
Outlet?Clarence M. Erisman to William
McK. Clayton and William L. MlHer, to se
cure Mary E. White and others, $4,850.53,
and Ida M. White, $9,701.07, one, two and
three years, 5 per cent, semi-annually, part
of said tracts."
Subdivision Has Been Purchased by
Mr. H. L. Thornton
One of the important dealings in sub
urban realty was recently completed
when Mr. H. L. Thornton, with the firm
of Wm. H. Saunders & Co., purchased
from Mr. Leo Simmons the subdivision
Just south of the town of Takoma Park
known as "Kingston," the original owner
of the tract being Mr. Edmond K. Fox of
this city The tract comprises about five
acres and is considered one of the most
attractive and conveniently located suburbs
around Washington, situated as It Is on
Piney Branch road at the Intersection of
Butternut street, with a large frontage
on Plney Branch road. The property has
a frontage on Plney Branch road of 300
feet and on Butternut street of 405 feet.
The tract Is bounded on the south by As
pen street, while 6th street extended sub
divides a portion of the property, all ac
cording to the street extension plan. Tile
streets are all ninety feet In width. The
property Is located on high level ground,
overlooking a pretty valley in one direc
tion and surrounded by attractive woods
on two sides.
Mr. Thornton has had the property sub
divided and placed it on the market, ow
ing to the great demand for "property In
the vicinity of Takoma Park. Mr. Wil
liam K. Hill is erecting a handsome resi
dence facing Butternut street at a cost
of $5,000. The three lots, with a frontage
of 162 feet, were recently purchased from
Mr. Thornton by Mr. Hill. Mr. Thornton
has also sold to Mr. Edwin Bradford lot
12, on the southwest corner of 6th and
Butternut streets, with a frontage of ->0
feet and a depth of 115 feet, closing ihe
sale before the property had been record
ed by Mr. Thornton and Mr. Simmons. Tho
property has all of the advantages of the
city available, water, sewer and gas malna
running along Piney Branch road. The
subdivlr on Is within a square of the
property recently sold by Mr. Thornton
for the erection of a $30,000 branch of the
Washington Public Library, the site for
which was purchased by the citizens of
Takoma Park and later ratified by Con
gress for the erection of a library.
Mr. N. L. Sansbury Beports Excellent
Midsummer Business.
Mr. N. L. Sansbury, real estate broker, of
719-21 13th street, Is among the dealers who
report excellent business during the last
few days. Among recent sales made by Mr.
j Sansbury are:
For L. E. Breuninger, 1103 and 1105 Park
road, for $16,000.
For Charles Wright, 416 10th street north
east, for $4,000, to Fred D. Gery.
For A. J. Ward, 1352 North Carolina ave
nue northeast, to Carrie G. and Lena M.
For Adelaide Boyd, 1393 F street north
east, to Harriet Davis.
For George Palmer, 414 10th street north
east, for $3,400, to Mrs. Davis.
For H. I. Peerce, 1417 Duncan street
northeast, to Mary Clssel for $1,750.
For P. F. Mullady, 718 24th street north
west, to Joseph Herzog for $1,525.
For George "Palmer, 428 10th street north
east, to E. E. Berry for $3,400.
For Blanche Burch, 443 11th street north
east, to Annie M. Wise for $3,850.
For T. F. Schneider, 2413-2415 I street
northwest, for $3,600, to Joseph Herzog.
To L. E. Breuninger, lot In Ingleslde, for
For John Brennan, 410 10th street north
east, for $3,000.
For George N. Palmer, 410 10th street |
northeast, for $3,400, to P. F. Mullady.
To Simon Potts, 2419 I street northwest,
for T. F. Schneider for $1,800.
For Charles Boyd, 1110 G street northeast,
for $3,000.
For George Palmer, 418 10th street north
east, for $3,400, to C. A. Chlsm.
JTor the Capital City Improvement Com
TSany, corner of 1st and R streets northeast,
to Mary L. SchafTer, for $5,500.
For Mr. O'Relly, 39 S street northwest, to
Ellen Callihan for $4,500.
For Rufus Brooks, 301 11th street north
east, for $3,400.
-For Charles Boyd, 642 7th street north
east, $4,000.
David Moore Beturns Prom Pleasant
T~ip to Atlantic City.
Mr. David Moore, the real estate dealer
of New York avenue, had two experiences
with his automobile during the week. He
returned to the city from a run down to
Atlantic City and was enthusiastic about
his trip, which he described as most en
joyable despite some very bad weather;
the next day but one he came very near
to being blown up- In the self-same ma
chine. Of the two experiences Mr. Moore
says he Infinitely prefers the trip to At
lantic City. The roads part of the way to
the city by the sea are not good, but the
roads that he came very near taking be
cause of the other happening are not down
on any automobile map, and Mr. Moore
declares he is entirely willing to wait
awhile before endeavoring to discover
whether they are concreted or not.
O^ the route which he took to Atlantic
City Mr. Moore passed through Coatesvllle,
Lancaster, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore and other .
charming , little villages. He say* the trip
la xell worth taking. On fell return fee <*d 1
the sixty miles from Atlantic City to Cam
den in two hours and Ave minutes. Allow
ing for the many places that he had to
slow up. Mr. Moore thought that this was
very good time.
The official Journal of the proceedings of
the recent session of the Imperial Coun
cil. A. A. O. N. M. S.. has been received
by Recorder Harrison Dingman of Almas
Temple. The meeting took place at Chi
cago. June 12 and 13. Th? Journal contains
full-page memorial portraits of the late
George Harold Walker and Edwin Bar
rett Hay, representatives of Almas Temple,
and both for many years menvberj of the
Imperial Council. Accompanying the por
traits are complimentary ske'ches of tie
deceased nobles. Mr. Walker is credited
with having been the "author of the re
vised ritual of the shrine now In use
I throughout North America." The sketch
of his life contains the following tribute:
"Honors came to Noble Walker as a just
I reward for his great usefulness to the fra
ternity, and not of his own seeKlng W11
Uam of Orange said of Godolphin that he
was "never in the way and never out of
| the way,' and this could be said with equal
truth of our beloved brother. Modest and
unobtrusive, content to follow when It was
not for him to lead, he was ever depend
able. and his time and means and the re
sources of his trained and well-balanced
mind were fully given to the service of all
branches of Masonry. Of genial and kind
ly disposition, and full of love for his fel
low men, he abhorred piques and quarrels,
and his Influence always made for har
mony and conservatism. He was a cour
teous and dignified presiding officer, an
engaging speaker and an accomplished
writer. High on the roll of those who have
served the fraternity with ability and dis
tinction, hi? name will be written among
the noblest of Masons and the truest of
The journal reproduces the American
Spectator's sketch of Col. Ed. Hay. and
adds: ' His smiling face, genial manner
and many stirring addresses made before
the Imperial Council will long be remem
bered by those whose good fortune it was
to be associated with him in that body.
? ? ? Noble Hay was an -apostle of sun
Bhine. Every one who came In contact
with him was better for the acquaintance.
He was widely known as a speaker and a
wit, and was called upon to reply to toasts
at numerous banquets all over the coun
try. He was known as Col. Hay. The
title of 'colonel' was an honorary one,
which the deceased received a number of
years ago, and which clung to him. it
fitted him gracefully and his friends ana
comrades were unwilling to let it go.
In the necrology lists appear the names
of eighteen members of Almas Temple.
The date for the annual field day exer
cises of the Grand Commandery of Knights
Templar haj not yet been definitely nxea
by Grand Commander Hunt. It is. how
ever, probable that they will occur on
Thursday, September 27. Field day will
doubtless become a permanent templar fea
ture. It was first Instituted last year, when
the exercises occurred at "Friendship, the
country estate of John R. McLean. At
time Orient Commandery, No. 5, was the
victor. From her membership of 217 sue
turned out 112 swords, giving her a percent
age of fifty-seven as against fifty per cent
for Potomac Commandery, No. which
had the advantage of proximity to the re
viewing grounds. There will be a spirited
and friendly contest this year. Orient will
endeavor strenuously to retain its position.
DuPont Circle. No. 426, of the Protected
Home Circle held its regular meeting Mon
day night in Odd Fellows' Hall, 4% and G
streets southwest, with President Edward
P. Jenkins in the chair. Reports of the
several committees were received and
showed that DuPont Circle was In pros
perous condition and gaining in member
ship J- M. Reck was appointed to act In
ccnjunction with the guardian. Mrs. Annie
E Lasscer. to arrange a series of enter
tainments for the enjoyment of the mem
Edward P. Jenkins,
President Dupont Circle, P. U. 0.
bers during the fall r.eason. Mr. Beck was
elected treasurer and will be installed at
the next meeting of the circle.
Orient Commandery. No. 5, Knights
Templar, has arranged to confer the Red
Cross Monday evening. The conclave fixed
for the first Monday in September (Labor
day) has been called off. A spcclal con
clave will be held September 4. In his lat
est official circular Eminent Commander
William Mehn announces that there will be
dTills on every Monday and Wednesday
evenings until the Field day exercises next
month. The commandery expects to have
seventy-five swords in line at the triennial
conclave of 11)07. It has arranged to have
its headquarters at Elmwood Hall Hotel
at Saratoga Springs. Beginning September
29, the drill corps will hold Saturday even
ing dances, to be continued weekly through
out the season.
The base ball contest between ninos of
Columbia and Orient commajnderles of
Knights Templar was a kind of tragic
traveslty. The event took place at Nation
al League Park in the presence of a large
number of admiring and sympathizing
friends. The odds were considered to be
greatly In favor of the Orient team, but
it was defeated by the figures of 20 to 10.
In his circular Eminent Commander Mehn
of Orient Commandery modestly observes:
"Our base ball team went down under t'ne
mighty Columbia," and then adds a note
| of pride that this "makes their victory the
greater, u it is our ftrst defeat."
O. W. Hammond. commander of Golden
Rule Tent. No. 3. Knights of the Maccabees
of the World, announces that at each re
view of the tent the current topic* of the
day will be discussed and short debates
indulged in under "good of the ord?er."
The first topic selected Is "Greater Wash
ington." which will be discussed Thursday.
The tent meets the second and fourth
Thursdays of each month at Costello's
Hall, ttth and G streets northwest. The
members of other tents have been Invited.
Decatur Lodge. No. S>. Knights of Pythias.
I gave a very successful excursion to Mar
shall Hall Wednesday evening. Pnses of a
I music cabinet and suit case were awarded
to successful ticket holders.
Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 2. I. O. O. F.,
held Its regular semi-monthly meeting
Wednesday evening last, and regardless <>f
the heat there wus a large attendance. The
degree staff, which is preparing to go to
Toronto, Canada, in September, to compete
for a prize at the annual session of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, conferred the de
gree upon six candidates. " lug the work
in the efficient manner for K lich this staff
is noted.
The session of the Grand Aerie of the
Fraternal Order of Eagles at Milwauk< o
I this week was largely attended and one of
I the most successful in the history of this
flourishing and comparatively new order.
The result of the annual election of officers
I is not yet announced, but the contest is
j known to have been close between Henry
G. Davis of Ohio, the present head of the
' order, who is seeking re-election, and Kd
! ward Krause of Delaware. The candidacy
of Davis was in the nature of a surprise.
When Wooda N. Carr of Pennsylvania,
who was looked on by many as the strong
est of the candidates for grand worthy
president, suddenly withdrew his name, and
in an eloquent speech nominated the pres
ent grand president. Hy. D. Davis, for .1
second term. The move was a complete
surprise to almost every one. as Mr. Itavis
was elected last year upon a one-term
platform and his iwme has not been con
1 sidered by the slate makers. Mr. Krause
was nominated by Col. Kd. R. Edson of
I Seattle, Wash., and seconding speeches
were made by Senator Thomas F. lirady
of New York. M. J. Carney of Waltham,
Mass., and half a dozen others. The nomi
nation for Davis was seconded by J. A.
Cline of Cleveland, Ohio, and a half a
score of delegates from all parts of the
country. S. B. Wadsworth of Iowa, a can
didate for the office, withdrew in favor of
Mr. Davis, and P. J. Barrett of Omaha,
Neb., withdrew in favor of Mr. Krause.
Another surprise was the nomination of
Lieut. Gov. Charles E. Coon of Port Town
send, Wash., for grand worthy vice presi
dent. Gov. Coon has not been advertised
as a candidate.
He was formerly a resident of the District
of Columbia, and for a number of years
assistant secretary of the treasury. The
several changes in the slate making disar
ranged many plans, and one of the liveliest
contests in the history of the order Is pre
dicted before the polls are closed Friday
Judge John C. March of Sacramento re
ported on the Eagles' San Francisco re
lief fund. He announced the receipt of
more money since his printed report, nota
bly $100 from Cavlte Aerie, Philippine
Islands. The additional receipts make the
total relief fund of the order $<13,1)15.50. of
which $31,0*10 is still In the hands of Jud&e
March and the San Francisco and Oaklan l
Ascalon Temple, No. 81. D. O. K. K.,
will hold a special meeting at Pythian
Temple Monday evening. Final arrange
ments will be made for the temple's an
nual excursion.
The Knights of the Modern Maccabees
and the ladies' auxiliary of the District
held a basket picnic at Great Falls Thurs
day, August 16. There were about 300 of
the members and their friends on the
The Woodmen of the World give an
excursion to Marshall Hall on Monday. It
will be the first Joint affair participated In
by all the local camps. During the after
noon the following athletic events will take
place: Ball game. Old Glory Camp vs.
picked team from Alpha and Oak Camps,
fifty-yard dash for married ladles, fifty
yard dash for single ladles eighteen years
and over, running high jump, running
broad jump, sack race (boys ten to four
teen years of age), fifty-yard dash (bora
under ten years of age), race for girls un
der seven years of age. During the even
ing there will be a match bowling game
between picked teams of the W. O. W.
Another feature will be a price waits.
The Fraternal Sons of Jonadab, at a
meeting held Friday evening. Indorsed the
project for the union of all Washington
temperance societies. The meeting was ad
dressed by John C. Moore, past chief uf
the Order of Rechabites.
Revelations In Probe of Chelsea Na
tional Bank Crash.
Following the official Information given
by Bank Examiner Ewer to the controller
of the currency In this city that the fail
ure of the First National Bank of Chelsea,
Mass., the doors of which were closed
Thursday night, was due to excessive loans
made to officers and directors of the bank.
It became understood yesterday that the
principle factor in the suspension of the
bank was a large indebtedness on the part
of Its president, Sylvester B. Hinckley.
This Indebtedness Is unofficially estimated
at from $300,000 to $500,000, but statements
made yesterday by directors of the bank
Indicate that President Hinckley had trans
ferred to the institution his equity In large
real estate holdings, which. It was expected,
would provide for the payment in full of
all depositors. President Hinckley is said
to be fatally ill at his home In Newton.
Yesterday's developments Indicated that
Mr. Hinckley was involved In extensive
real estate' transactions, from which he
Is expected to realize splendid profits for
the bank as well as for himself. The fail
ure of his plans, in connection with his
illness, as well as dissatisfaction on the
part of at least one of the directors with
the nature of soma of the papers placed
with the bank as collateral, accounts for
the closing of the bank.
Chicago Man Placed on the J. C. Co~l
mi stsion.
President Roosevelt, at Oyster Bay, yes
terday appointed James S. Harlan of Chi
cago a member of the interstate commerce
commission. Mr. Harlan Is a son of Joht\
M. Harlan, associate justice of the Supreme
Court of the United States. He is a lawyer
Of extensive practice and held for some
time the position of attorney general of
Porto Rico.
The appointment of Mr. Harlan com
pletes the membership of the commission
as provided for under the new railroad
rate law. The appointment was decided
upon by President Roosevelt several weeks
ago, but It was deemed best not to make
the announcement until this time.

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