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Location in This City of Large
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UrmiMUCO ur i nt i?i_?t i l.piii
Outlook for the Coming Building Season
Views as to Present Condition and
Whether Market is Now
The s.-etions of the city where large residences
are built cover an extensive area.
Thire is no one locality which can claim, a
monopoly of such Improvements. As this
is a city of homes, it Is natural there
should be a pretty wide distribution of
them over the territory that is within the
urban limits and contiguous to them. By
reason, it Is supposed, of convenience to
one another, people who have use for large
houses have of late years sought to bring
them within one general locality. But It
Is by no means a restricted section. In fact
what is known as the northweit section is
a large stretch of territory extending to the
District line, Just as is the case with the
? u .1.. t i,o tt.l n nnrtlnn of the
On account of the extent of the subdivi ions
of the ground on which the city is located,
it has been attempted to select and
assign what is called a fashionable residence
locality. Such efforts have not been
very successful, for the reason that changes
have bet-n going on which have added to the
number of houses, and in the exercise of
Individual judgment as to the locations it
has frequently happened that in this way
what might be called new centers have been
Older Residence Sections.
But the curious thing about this movement
is that the older places have not been
abandoned. For example, K street, as far
ast as Franklin Park, still retains Its
place as one of the residence sections, although
it lias now been a good many years
since It tH'K.m to nave wnat are luuneu upun
as fine residences. I street is another similar
Instance of this same permanence in the
character of a particular section.
There are other sections which are regarded
as having this character and if the
past is any Indication of the future it may
be expected there will be other localities
which will be added to the number. Perhaps.
however. It may he a case of expansion
rather than addition. Tt Is evident
that It is more or less misleading to speak
of any street or even one restricted locality
In any section as the fashionable residence
quarter, for whatever claim It may
have to such a title it must share It with
others which have equal rights to such a
distinction If such It be.
Appeal to All Classes.
At any rate U is evident from the num
oer OI uwrutuga III me Ullj ui un: i?i ftvri
class and from the increase In late years
that Washington as a place of residence
appeals to the rich as well as to those in
moderate circumstances.
There is 110 doubt that, as in many other
respects relating to the growth of the city
In late years, things are done in a larger
way and so there is a decided tendency to
build bigger and more expensive dwellings
than was the habit of the rich several years
ago and to have such establishments on a
more elaborate scale. The houses are bigger
and so are the grounds which surround
them, althoutrh in this latter particular some
of th<> builders of large homes are not as
careful as they might be, and in consequence
have the misfortune to builii a
house that was designed to look its best
when it ha<l some sitting of lawn space
about it and which it is entirely lacking.
Enlarging- the Force.
An addition to the corps of the Moore &
Hill Keal Estate Company has been made
by the following entering its service: Mr.
Theo. A. Mayer, son of Mr. Theo. J. Mayer
of Win. M. Cmlt & Co.. and Mr. Percy Pickford.
son of Mr Thomas H. Pickford, will
be connected with the sales department,
Hnd Mr William J. Fentress, for the past
five years with the B. F. Saul Company,
has ac< i-'?ted a position in the rent department
of the company.
An Anniversary Celebration.
The firm of Heiskell & McLeran is celebrating
the twentieth anniversary of itf
appearance in the realty field as brokers
and real estate agents. The original members
of this firm, Jesse L. Heiskell and
John K. McLeran, still constitute that business
partnership as they did from the start.
There has been no ch in the personnel
ot th>- firm, and it is also remarked thai
they opt-ru-d twenty years ago in the officc
where they now do business, and where
they have been without a break from tin
In these two particulars, namely, nc
change in the firm and none in the location
it is probably true that this firm is the old
est In the business in this city.
0 Record of Sales.
The Harrison Realty Company report c
most active and prosperous year ending
with the sales in December of eighi
Louisiana avenue and B street northwesi
properties to Joseph S. Justh, eleven In
vestment houses In square 515 to Jbsepl
Schtffman, five houses In square li'5.r> to Mr3
C. E Lent and No. 1030 4th street north
west to Nathan Sickle.
-viuv. t; lilt; ui me >r*xi n f j e ii1c iui
lowing properties: One row of fight house:
jn 1st strict southwest to Howard E. Be!
anil Joseph Schiltman, the exchange of thi
corner of 11th and P streets northwest fo
Mr. Wolfe, 17113 7th street northwest fo
Mrs W'enzel, corner of Mh and A street!
northeast for Mr. Au, two lots on ISt 1
street, Washington Heights, to M. O'Con
nor; !?.'! M street northwest for Mr. Keegin
attorney; 1717 7th street northwest for Mrs
Prelnkert. 7t?> North Columbus street, Alex
aridrla, Va., for Mr Julius EglofT, a rov
of eight houses In Navy place southeast fo
tlue Perpetual Building Association, 17 \
street northwest to Miss Annie Murphy
124.T K street southeast to Dr. H. E. Ryan
northwess corner of 7th and N street
northwest and adjoining property to Mi
Harry Kaufman. five and eighty-five hun
dredihs .i r.-s at i'ranby for Presley Dorse
et al.. 7ih> H street northeast, a buslnes
propert>. to Mr. Korman, 223 F stree
li 'Mnwisi i1 r .*ir. r. i.annaii,
<iirard street northwest to Max Michael
son. 7!."i (Jreshain street northwest to Mrs
Jennie Thumits. ?<1."> 1> street northwest to
Mi- Louise Scott anil s-.-ter. Hi:; I.oulslan
avenue northwest to Mr .)< .-'-ph S Jti.Uli.
The Coining Building Season.
At this time of the year. In the rea
estate market ut least, plans are being i on
ldertd for the coming season. Th< se wh
have money to Invest will come to a con
elusion pi tty soon us to what they intern
to do in tii.- way of improvements and no?
buildings during the season that will ope
with tii*! approach of mild weather.
There are two <iuestions which have a
Important bearing In this conne tion am
that 1? the probability of securing the necea
Bary money and then the kind of bulldin
which Is most In demand. In this lattc
Connection it Is of course understood tha
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ered?dwellings and apartment houses. I
is to eut-h classes of property that th
speculative movement Is mainly confine
and which constitutes what may be calle
the general arul the most act.ve feature c
the market.
Question of Loans.
I.nrge sums of money arc Invested eac
year In undertakings of these description!
and the question of continuing such opers
tions during the coming year and the ej
tent to which they are to be carried on 1
what is occupying the attention of cat
italiats a:.U builders at this time of th
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year. It may be said that no definite conclusion
has as yet been reached. In the
first place It is still early in the season and
it will be some weeks yet before the usual
building operations will be started.
It may also be said that Independent of
the condition of the market here and
whether there is need for more houses and
apartments or not. it is still an unsettled
matter as to whether or not It will be possible
to get loans. At the present time, as
has been the case for some months past. It
has been practically Impossible to get
money for building purposes. There has
been no change in the rate, which remains
at 5 per cent, but money is scarce. The
condition is effected by the state of the
general market where the money stringency
is marked.
Difference of Opinion.
It is supposed there will be a change in
the money market some time early In the
present year and that money wIH be easier.
If that turns out to be the case then one
of the questions relating to the local real
estate market will be answered. In the
event it will be possible to secure money
and plenty of it. then the next consideration
is, can a profitable use be made of it
in the way of adding to the number of
houses and apartments?
It is only stating what is the actual situation
to say that about this latter proposition
there is a difference of opinion and
one that Is entirely honest. There are men
whose Interests are such as to lead one to
think that their knowledge of the market
is as thorough as It Is possible to have it
and yet who shake their heads when some
one approaches them on the subject of
some building enterprise in order to find
out what is their opinion.
The Line of Argument.
Men of tills class say that they would not
advise any one to go on with undertakings
involving the erection of houses or apartments
for the reason that there 1s already
a plentiful supply of such buildings. Until
all such accommodations are taken up, is
the argument oif those who hold this view,
then It would be wise to hold off from adding
to their number.
On the other hand it is asserted that the
town is not overbuilt and that as the result
of the past rental' season this condition
has been demonstrated. There are but few
vacancies In either class of living places.
It Is asserted, and with the usual increase
In tn<> population inert; win ue a ucru ih-.vl
fall for additional quarters. The situation
in this respect has perhaps been gone over
more carefully and is still being given
greater consideration than has been the
case in a similar matter for years past.
Investors in the Market.
Or.e reason for the keen interest which
the realty market and its outlook arouses
at the present time is because of the presence
here of men of means from other parts
of the country who are thinking about investing
their money here or at least a portion
of it. Their attention has been attracted
to the city by its great growth and
development In the last year or so and naturally
they see the possibilities of such a
A man of the latter type has made a
rather close study of the apartment house
, situation here and how it has taken as |
a commenrcial venture, and also whether j
there are now here more buildings of the j
' kind than the market can absorb. He has |
taken the number of apartment houses in j
the city, which now amount to over 100? i
that is. buildings of the larger kind?and he
has estimated the number of suites of rooms
in each. In this way he has arrived at a
sort of rough guess of the tot&l amount
of accommodations in this city of this character.
Result of a Calculation.
He finds bv this method that as com1
pared with cities such as New York and
i Boston and other places with which he is
acquainted the supply of living rooms
I of this kind is not in the same proportion
as is the case in these cities. In other
words, the ratio of suites in apartment
I houses to the population is less here than
t I in the towns of which he has statistics.
| His conclusion from these data is that the
s | town is not over-supplied with apartment
; houses
i It is a suggestive thought in this connec>
tion that the man referred to is not the
, only one who has money and who at this
- time is looking over the chances In this city
for finding a good investment. The large
sutiks of money that are available for that
purpose form one of the sources for an
i encouraging outlook for the coming season.
r It Ls Ol course UOSSiuie iuai uuLmug Will
[ come of this interest, which at this time
is- manifested on the part of prospective
Investors in the local market, but it Is en
couraglntf to know bow some outsiders
1 look upon local conditions.
Expressions of Good Will.
Some of the real estate brokers send to
- their friends and customers at this season
3 of the year calendars which are found to be
' useful as well as serving as reminders of
p those with whom pleasant business relar
tions are sustained.
s The calendar sent out this year by the
3 Swartzell. Rheem & Hensey Company Is
- adorned by a bright and attractive face
which Is guaranteed to have a smiling welcome
that will last throughout the twelve
" mouths.
v Mr. Joseph I. "Weller has provided as a
r heading for the record of the days of the
I coming year a reproduction of an Interesting
oil painting which is decorative and,
therefore, tiie more welcome on that acs
The F. H. Smith Company has had prepared
a useful sketch map showing the
i' roads and the bridle paths in Rock Creek
8 Park. As there is nothing of the sort In
[5 separate form such a map serves a good
purpose in bringing to the attention of
many who are not aware of the facilities
> ofTered by this great public pleasure resort.
r The distribution of such a map will place
a at the disposal of all who care to have information
on the subject what Mr. E.
Quincy Smith and others who ride and drive
have found out about the resources of the
' ' p.irk.
Mrs. Shaler's Residence.
? Plans are being prepared by Mr. G. O.
Tot ten. architect, for a house which is to
v bbe built by Mrs. Shaler, the widow of
n Nathaniel S. Shaler, dean of the Lawrence
Scientific School and professor of geology
II of Harvard University. The house is to be
located on a large building site which was
g purchased during the past week and fronts
,r on Sheridan circle to the northeast. While
the lot Is a large one, with broad frontages
both on the circle and on R street, the
t house is to be rather small, thus allowing
e space on the sides and rear for light and
j air. Such an arrangement will benefit the
? j ?<a.icd orhinh hoinc hllilt bv
d OUJUllilllS ? C
,( Mr. Hennen Jennings and which belongs to
the class of large residences.
In design the two houses will harmonize,
and as they will occupy the entire frontage
h of the square between R street and Massa3
chusetts avenue the group effect will be an
attractive one.
is The transaction which was closed during
i- the week by P. J. Walshe, real estate
e broke:, representing Frank J. Burke and
N. L. Sansbury on behalf of L. A. Barr. Is
of Interest, for the reason that independent
of the value of the properties in the transaction
it involved the exchange of an apartment
house for property In the business section
ot the city.
Mr. Barr exchanged the Cumberland
apartment house, adjoining the southeast
corner of Massachusetts avenue and 14th
street, for various properties owned by Mr.
Burke In the business section of the city.
Both were Investments and yielding annual
revenues of good proportions and showing a
satisfactory percentage of net Income.
Plans of Mr. Walsh.
It is stated that Mr. Thomas r. nana
has practically abandoned his purpose of
Improving his large holding at the northwest
corner of New York avenue and 14th
street. When he acquired the property It
was his plan to erect there either an office
building or a hotel, and he finally decided
upon the former.
Since then, owing to obstacles met with
in bringing about a change In a private
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mie/, W iiiv u una.Ycu ilie ucein>?t?s v?. uuwu
ln^ operations, and other considerations
which have arisen since, it is said now
that Mr. Waleh is not njuch Inclined to
carry out plans for a great office building
that would occupy the broad frontages of
the site on three streets.
It is understood he has expressed a willingness
to sell the western portion of his
holdings, and in that event he will merely
make such improvements in the building
at the corner as will Increase the income
from rentals.
Transactions Made Through Office of
Early ? Lampton.
The following are the sales made in
recent days through the office of Early
& Lampton, real estate dealers:
For Robert S. Simpson, to Clarence P.
Norment, lot 21, in square 110, $6,250;
for Robert H. Simpson, to Geo. P. Sacks,
lots 25 and 12, in square 382. 020 Louisiana
avenue and 913 B street northwest,
$48,000; for Emelie S. Lawton, to Samuel
W. Pickford, 1708 WiHard street. $?.375;
for Sanford Edie, to Mrs. Emelie S. Lawton.
house in North Laurel, Md., $2,170;
for the National Safe Deposit, Savings
una i nisi company ei hi., 10 rcoderi n.
Simpson, lots 20, 21, 22, square 151, $0,000;
for Robert H. Simpson, to Frank W.
Hopkins, lots 20, 21. 22, in square 151,
$10,000; for S. W. Plckford. to Fred C. S.
Hunter. 138 D street southeast, $4,550;
for Fred C. S. Hunter, to S. W. Pickford,
lot 0. in block 9. Todd & Brown's subdivision,
$2,500; for Franklin T. Sanner.
to I>r. Harrison G. Dyar, sublot 2, part
lot 1. In square, 67, $12,000; for Dr. Chas.
R. Collin.*', to Clinton M. Moore, 1125 14th
street northwest, $1(1,500; for the Gait
lielrs, to Elias Heklenheimer. 525 l.'ith
street northwest, $32,500; for Ralph Hall,
to John McGregor. 174o P street northwest,
$13,500; for John McGregor, to Ralph Hall,
lot 49 in square !M5, Jti.oOO; for Fred C. S.
Hunter, to P. II. Christman, lot 4 in square
R11, $1,100; for Edward Flather, to John
D. BardrofT. 1731-33 7th street northwest.
101 v larcnte r . i^ornreni, 10 i^aura.
F. Olnej. Kulorama road. $0,250; for
Harry Wardman, to H. VV. VanSenden,
12442 Colombia road, $27,500; for H. W.
VanSenden. to Harry Wardimun. 1744 K
street northwest. $17,500; for Harry Wardman,
to Robert H. Simpson, 24MS Columbia
road, $18,500; for Robert H. Slmpeon, to.
Abby H. Phelps, 1407 I, street northwest,
$15,800; for Abby H. Phelps, to Robert H.
Simpson, lots 78 and 7!) in Denison and
Leighton's sub, $13,500.
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From Tit-Bita.
There Is a curious old gravestone in Prestbury
church yard wlilch records the fact
that one woman at least in this country
died a bachelor. Her name was Sarah Pickford,
and the stone gravely informs the
reader she was there interred "August ye
17. Anno Dom., 1703, and died a bachelour
in the 4Kth year of her age.''
A stone in Westminster Abbey records
the interment there of George Graham, who
was the only workman that received the
I honor of being buried in Westminister Ab|
bey. He was a scientific instrument maker,
who, in 17<>0, invented the dead-beat es
capement In clocks. His funeral was attended
by the royal society in a body.
In East Ham church yard there is a tombstone
placed crossways. The woman interred
is said to have been born oross, lived
cross, married a Mr. Cross and u.ed cross,
Her dying request was to be burled cross,
and this was tarried out.
As to more ancient graves, that of Noah
is reported to be In the small town of Nakhitohevan,
near the foot of Mount Ararat,
and Is sixty feet In length. Another tradition
says that the grave is merely a niche
In the wall of an abandoned fortress.
The supposed grave of Eve can be seen
at Jeddah In a cemetery situated outside
the city walls. More than -10,000 pilgrims
visit the place yearly. According to the
Arabs Eve was the tallest woman that ever
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(Photo bj Staff Photocrtpher.)
Satisfactory Device Adopted by the
Companies Whose Lines Use
"I observe that the car-riding public Is
having its troubles in the capital." said
a visitor from New i'ork to a Star reporter
in an uptown hotel, "and we had
the same difficulty with the many lines
of different destinatloned cars which run
up and down Broadway until the companies
yielded to public protest and
properly placarded thorn.
"Cars bound up '7th avenue,' 'Broadway.'
'Columbus avenue' and to 'Central
Park' all go up and follow in a practically
continuous Jtre the 'Great White
Way' until their respective points of divergence
are reached. They are nearly
all painted and look alike, and but for
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lilt) ouiuil uui |/i ij cmv ou oo|/cn aio
designation letterings there would be a
continuous performance of wrangling
between conductors and riders.
I "There are four separate destination
designations upon these cars, as there
should be upon the cars in this city,
and those in the metropolis are marked
thus: A block of wood, about two feet
long by four inches in thickness, with
four surfaces, and In the shape of an
extended parallelogram, is placed upon
both ends of the car on the top of the
roof, and a similarly surfaced parallelor
gram Is attached directly over the steps
and at the front and rear entrances to
the car. These blocks turn easily upon
ratchets, and are moved according to the
car's destination when the car starts on
its run by the conductor.
"I can readily understand why there is
so much complaint in this city, and I am
at a loes to understand why such a simple
pirnedlent as thLs is not adooted in the can
ltal. With the new large cars, the front
and rear destination designations are already
In place and are of glass on the car
"It Is my understanding, however, that
the main cause of complaint In this city
comes from the patrons of the old-style cars
with the out-of-date trailers. It Is not surprising,
as It Is practically Impossible, especially
at night, to tell where you are going
when you enter these cars, until the
conductor comes through with the transfers.
as I discovered to my annoyance the
other night in going up 14th street. The
patrons of the street car lines in the capital
have been educated by long usage and
practice mat tne yeiiow cars go to one
destination and the green cars to another,
but when there Is a diversion of destination,
as ha-i recently been the case, without ample
and full explanatory lettering, that confusion
results is a natural consequence of a
change in established practices without adequate
The Lack of Straps.
"And there Is another thing that I have
noticed aJoout the new side-seated cars on
the 14th street line. These cars are fine
ones, but when they are crowded they are
much more uncomfortable than the oldstvle.
lone, slncle-seatod cars, and the rpa
son Is simple?the lark of the good, old
standby, the familiar flanging straps.
"But most of the crowd congregates not
In the center of the aisle, but in the widened
spaces In either end of the car, in which
the seats are placed parallel to the car
sides, forming a standing room capable of
holding about twelve passengers. Here are
two small strap racks of about three feet
in length and each holding four straps, or
eight in all. These strap racks should be
made just twice as long again, with double
the number of straps, extending to and
over the first side sweats on either side.
"Under the present conditions the stopping.
jolting and swaying of the cars at all
points and turns of the line throw the
standing passengers In these spaces, and
especially the ladies, on the feet and Into
the laps of those who may be seated in the
two parallel seats, as well as upon those
seated in the two side seats. Many are the
injured or savage looks and sharp words,
sometimes not unaccompanied by expletives,
given by those seated to the swaying
and luckless standing passengers, who
are endeavoring to preserve their equilibrium
and look pleasant at the same time,
but who cannot do so for the lack of the
straps. It would seem to me that additional
straps are quite necessary in these
Hollow Glass Bricks.
From the Building Management.
The demand for hollow bricks ami building
blocks for house construction has In>
duced grlass manufacturers to put hollow
ti Street, Looking West From 18th Sti
(Photo by Staff Photographer.)
glass bricks on the market, and they promise
to be used extensively for novel and
artistic effects. The first glass bricks,
being, solid, proved & failure on account
of their cost, but the hollow glass bricks
can be made at a much less expense. They
are lighter and stronger than clay bricks
and are such excellent non-conductors that
walls built of them are proof against dampness,
sound, heat and cold.
The bricks are sealed hermetically when
hot and are placed In walls with a colorless
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strength of the glass mortar is almost as
great as the brioks themselves.
Some of the Sales Hade by Stone &
Stone A Fairfax, real estate corporation,
tate that they have found their business
this year has greatly exceeded that of any
like period during their career, which they
regard as a strong Indication of the enormous
real estate business conducted In this
city. The large number of non-residents
who have been Investing money In Washington
real estate has more than doubled
this year, which will no doubt, they think,
have an Influence In attracting purchasers
of that character coming here. Of the several
hundred sales consummated by this
corporation the largest are as follows:
The Le E>rolt building, southwest corner
of 8th and F streets, for John J. Albright,
Buffalo, N. T. "lli
For D. S. McFarland, No. 1340 New York
avenue, which has been thoroughly remodeled
and leased.
For Harry Wardman, the Ilkley apartment
house, on U street near l*th.
For the McKelvey estate, the brick and
stone residence iso. Massacnuseus
avenue northwest.
For D. S. Burt>ank, No. 732 13th street
For E. A. Dick, No. 730 13th street northwest.
For E. L. Roam, No. 1763 Q street northwest.
For C. P. Stone, No. 720 11th street, opposite
the Palais Royal.
For the Valiant estate of Baltimore, No.
716 11th street northwest, opposite the Palais
For George S. Cooper, seven three-story
houses. Brown and Newton streets.
For Col. George Truesdell, seventy-five
lots fronting on R street, Ecklngton place
and Qulncy street.
For J. Robbins, No. 1450 Irving street,
Mt. Pleasant, with surrounding grounds.
For A. W. Hughes. No. 3339 17th street,
Mt. Pleasant, with surrounding grounds.
For W. J. Rhees, twenty lots fronting on
14th street northwest beyond Whitney avenue.
For Harry Wardman, eight houses on
Ontario place, Lanier Heights.
For J. T. Meany, No. 1020 Rhode Island
For the Canfield estate of New Jersey,
southeast corner of 11th street and New
Vnrlr u vonnp
For the Evans estate, three houses on Q
street near 14th.
For J. M. Carmody, twelve houses on 23d
and N streets.
For the Gaither estate of Chicago, store
property northwest corner of i)th and H
For Gen. George M. Sternberg, No. 2019
Kalorama avenu*.
For Col. George F. Schayer, No. 3447
Holmead avenue.
For Charle? W. King, jr., ten houses in
Mt. Pleasant.
For Harry VVgrdman, No. 2440 Columbia
Fo-r J. Sprlgg Poole, an office building,
No. 006 F street.
For J. M. Carmody, the Prince George
apartment house on 30th street near Q.
f or 1'. r. ?cnneiuer, iwesuij-mree nouses
on Heckman etreet southeast.
For Harry B. "Wilson, four apartment
houses on Wlllard street.
For C. P. Stone, No. 2010 Massachusetts
avenue northwest.
For W. W. Finley, president of the Southern
railroad, No. 1700 15th street northwest.
For ex-Gov. William P. Kellogg, No. 1859
California avenue northwest.
For Representative John M. Griggs, No.
1870 California avenue northwest.
For William E. Speir, northwest corner
of 13th and Vale street, Columbia Heights.
For Lewis E. Breuninger, No. 1224-20 Irving
street northwest.
The above sales, together with hundreds
of small properties sold by this corporation
during the present year, will aggregate
several million dollars.
Business Men Who Surround Themselves
With Order.
From the New l'ork Sun.
"Curious about men's desk habits," said
a man whose business takes him about
more or less into various sorts of offices.
"I was in an office yesterday where I had
occasion to write something.
" 'Here, sit down at my desk,' says the
man. 'I guess you can find a place there.
"And I did find a place there after mov
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eet Northwest.
lng one or two things.'but that was alt I
found?a place Just big fHOUEh to write In,
and that square In the middle of the desk.
"This was a flat-top desk and. except
for that small, bare spot In the middle. It
was just covered with papers and things
of every description, and these not folded
or stacftwt t>r set up about In any orderly
manner, but all apparently In the utmost
"The desk looked as though Its owner
when he had got through with a document
or bill had Just pushed It back from the
bare spot on the desk. And so he had
stuff piled up on his desk overlapping and
lying around any way all around the top
of his desk,, and actually sloping down
from all around to that bare spot like a
little flat valley, where he wrote In the
center at the front.
"And this was a business man, too, and
moreover, as I was told, a man who has
accumulated a comfortable property In the
pursuit of his business. And I found him
in the dealings I bad with him not only
personally amiable In all things, as indicated
by his cheery call to use his desk,
but fair and exact in his business ways.
"How he ever did business with his desk
littered up in that way, how he ever found
anything there that he wanted, or how he
ever remembered anything I don't see; but
as far as I know he never forgot anything
that was Important.
"It made me think of something a minister
said to me once. I was saying to this
minister, talking about preaching extemporaneously,
that I should think when a
man got up in the pulpit to preach without
any notes that he'd be apt to forgot some
of the things he wanted to say. and the
minister said that sometimes you might
forget things In that way, but then he
recalled what an experienced old clergyman
had said to him. in reply to the same
suggestion from himself, which was to the
effect that the things the preacher forgot
to say were usually the things not worth
"And maybe it was so about the forgotten
things in the pile of papers on that
"But he wasn't the only man I have met
who kept his desk apparently In the greatest
disorder, but was nevertheless successful;
and then I have known plenty
of men -who went as tar the other way,
and who would have a lit unless they
could "keep everything on their desks Just
"The inkstand must be here and tho
stamp box here, and the pen rack here; all
just so, and kept so^ and no litter anywhere,
wjtli everything free and clear and
in ordor. And X have known men who
couldn't write unless they had their paper i
squared Just right, and all that; precise
men, who must have everything Just so
before they could get to work; all the very
opposite ?f the man with the littered desk,
who lias at least in his favor the fact that
he doeso't worry himself over trirtes, but
keeps on serene through It all.
"And while I have known men who
must have everything just so neat about
their desks, fresh blotters and clean inkstands
and all that, 1 have known other
men who didn't care if tholr desks were a
foot thick with dust, and who only asked
that their things should not be moved or
Bhifted about; Just simply and only that |
their desfta should be let alone.
"As a matter of fact there is In these
days less and less disorder In business
methods and more and more system; this
la an age of system."
Bounty to Be Offered to Wipe Birds
Out of Existence.
Parsons Cor. Topeka State Journal.
The'tame-of the crows' roost on Timber
Hill may soon be history of the past. The
county commissioners of Labette county
are considering thv plttn of giving a bounty
of five cents on crows" heads, and if such
a scheme is carried through the slaughter
will'-be- grettt-in wesK-rn part of the
county. Hunters and sportsmen would be
attracted in droves to that place, because
the most conservatieas estimates place the
number of crows that nightly roost there
at a figure not less'Oian two or three hundred
thousand- *> . > -, ,
Crows' Roost is a vicinity about thirteen
miles- south and a iiuie west of Parsons,
near Dennis. The land there us very rough i
and covered with st:?i>!i. *mK. Timber Hill i
is located there, and the place is known i
best by that -name; It ts only a few miles
to the Montgomery county line.
Evfefy evening about Sunset the sky around
that place is black with the dense throngs
of crows'"fhaf Hdvt1 cOfn^'Tbr miles to roost
in the hills. In every part of Labette and j
Montgomery counties these birds have been j
feeding the crops of the farmers, and i
when night comes they wish to visit the ;
others and gossip over t)ie day's events. |
The noise in the evening that they make |
can be heard for miles. When morning
comes the birds fly away to their daylight j
haunts again with more cawing, also mak- j
ing the sky black with their numbers.
It is a mystery how the farmers living In j
the vicinity can raise any crops. Fiocks of j
birds have been secn'to settle on the fields
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until the earm was uiacn. ?o wmj*v um mrj i
cover it. Several visits like this to a growing
field would be worse than the blights of
grasshopper days.
The commissioners desire to help the
farmers In getting rid of the nuisance.
They are now conferring with the county
commissioners of Montgomery county in
the matteri because at least half of the
crows belong to that county. Both counties
may offer the bounties if they find It
expedient and too great a drain on the
county treasury. -- - -Owning
a Wife.
From the New York Mall.
That Russian In a Pennsylvania town
who killed his wife and justified It In this
sentence, "I have a right to kill my wife;
It's nobody's business but my own," carried
to an extreme length a still surviving
and by rib means uncommon theory of the
marriage relation. The Ten Commandments
place in the same category "thy
neighbor*^ wife" and "his ox," "his ass,"
"anything that Is thy neighbor's." A good
many well-meaning people look upon their
own wife as In tjje s^me category with
onTmolfi the rpsn^ot that
she, too, Is their personal property. Has
not title passed In the marriage contract?
Is she aot "mjr" wife? This idea of one's
wife as his chattel is not inconsistent with
the reality of an indulgent and affectionate
nature in the man In the case. But it is
inconsistent witii the rights of the woman
In the case?an adult, responsible human
being and a free moral agent.
It is the basis of the so-called "unwritten
law*'?the' assumption by a man that a
woman is not the proper or competent
guar8l&n' of hefr own honor, and that he
has a right, on proof or upon suspicion, to
slay 'Her arid some?body "else, as he would
slay an ailing sheep of his flock and a
aV.QO.n.Hll-Tno' HAO"
Not all men and women are yet able to
realize that the so-called possessive pronoun
"my" sometimes denotes relation Instead
of possession. The phrase "my
couotry,'- for Instance, means a different
thing when uttered by an American citizen
than when uttered by the Bourbon who
held that he was the state. "My wife" is
a phraae Hke "my friend." The pronoun
Implies obligation and privilege, not the
"right" to kill?or even to nag.
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Such Seems to Be the Judgment
About This City.
Apartments and Dwellings Are All
Well Occupied.
The Outlook for the Coming Building
Season in Respect to Various
Living Accommodations.
There Is no phase of the realty market
that Is of more Interest at this time of tint
year than the prospects for the coming
season. People who have money to Invest
as well as those who use money are
alike alive to know what the exact situation
Is, and what are the probabilities of
the near future.
There Is on? consideration which la
looked upon as affording very favorable
ground for taking a hopeful view of the
outlook. Those who are familiar with
one class of buildings In this city, namely,
apartment houses, are aware that from the
standpoint of the Incomes which these
properties are now yielding It Is evident
that the market has not as yet been overstocked.
Are Well Rented.
One of the men who Is largely Interested
in this class of property, and who has
made careful examinations of the present
condltons. finds that in case of a number
a Inm.vnt ??oitn?nr/>a rt f tKl a VI ml
KJk IUO lai V 9tlU< lutco U1 vilta
taken at random snd yielding an annual
Income of nearly $700,000, the loss front
vacancies amounts to less than one-half
of 1 per cent of the gross Income In
other words, the buildings Included in this
estimate are practically aH rented. It *
believed that this represents a general
condition of the market, mid In view of.
such facts the conclusion Is reached that
at the present time the supply of apart
ment houses is noi in excaas ui uie u^mand.
While there has been great activity In
the erection of these buildings during the
past few years, the entire movement has
been characterized by great conservatism.
There has been no reckless anticipation of
the future, and It may be said this Is In
a great measure to the credit of the men
who have engaged In such undertakings,
and that they examined with great rarn
the condition of the market, regulating the
supply of such buildings in accordance
with what they found to be the actual
facts in the sttuatlon. In this way the
overstocking of the market has been prevented.
A Spirit of Conservatism.
The same cautious spirit regulates the
market at the present time, and as an evidence
of this It Is only necessary to cite the
building records of the city, which will
demonstrate that there has been a decrease
In the number of permits Issued for this
class of construction during the past six
months. In fact, the addition to the number
of apartment houses Is much less for
the entire year than was the case In the
preceding year, owing to this policy of
keeping the supply within reasonable limits
of the demand. Buildings of this character
at the present time are not only profitable
' * ' ? Kilfr hatfu a fllflirn which is
1II\ CMUiriiia, uuv . v ?
looked upon very favorably by those win;
are at all posted in property of this kind.
The conservative tendency In apartment
house building has. of course. been
strengthened by the policy of the flnuncl.il
Institutions, which have aimed to supply
money for such enterprises in amounts proportioned
to what Is looked upon as the
needs of the market. In other words, builders
as well as those who have money to
lend have acted In harmony In this part!'
ular. and as a result the market has tin
staple character of today, and one wh:e!i
promises well for the future.
Owing to the fact that these structures,
generally speaking, have proved to be sir i
excellent earners of good dividends on t! >
money invested, those who have loaned
money naturally feel a confidence In thU
class of investments, which, under other
conditions, might not be felt.
Attention of Capitalists.
The situation is such that it has naturally
attracted the attention of outside capital
ists, and consideration Is being given ti?
undertakings which, if carrl>-d out. will result
In the uouition of large and expensivo
buildings to the number in this eltjr. Tha
bringing of money of this sort to the city
Is an advantage not only for the present,
but for the future, as It serves to Identify
with local Interests men of large means.
The attitude of men who are connected
with financial institutions and others who
in a nosition to be supposed to have a
knowledge of the loeal market is an important
one in that particular, as frequently
their advice and counsel are sought by pr<>speetive
investors. It Is. therefore, of mu.Tl
consequence that there should l?e a thorough
knowledge of the market condition*
at this time in order that the pro?;]" < ts i
truthfully and fairly described.
As to Houses.
A similar policy has been pursued in regard
to the erection of houses, and in this
class of buildings, as well as that of apartment
houses, the experience of the rental
departments oif real estate offices demonstrates
that the results have been equally
satisfactory. It Is not the experience that
the market for houses is overstocked, and
whatever new work of this sort is attempted
during the coming season It Is thn
belief that it will be carried on along rim
same conservative Mncs that have chara terized
building operations In the past.
It is a sufficient explanation of the fad'
itles with which the market has rbsorb 1
both classes of buildings to say that Wasl
lnglion has enjoyed. In common witli tt..
rest of the country, great prosperity during
the past few years, and in addition to that
factor It Is also noted that the population
of the city has grown to an extent that
believed to be without parallel In any other
similar period in the history of the nation's
Remarkable Body of Water in the
?iean 01 lae yjz.ain.oFrom
the Southwe?t.
In Oregon county. Mo, and Fulton county,
Ark., are grouped Grand gulf, Mammoth
spring and Spring river. Grand gulf is tha
crowning wonder of the group. The shal-.
low streams, atwut one-fourth of a ml!a
distant from each other, flowing In the
same direction over an elevated plateau,
suddenly drop Into (Canons W?> feet il > p.
These two canons form a Junction half t
mile below, where they strike a mountain
lying directly across their path. This mountain
has been tunneled by the action of tli
water, and the natural bridge thuo formed
i? no less a curiosity and almost e<iual In
size to the famous natural bridge of Virginia.
After passing through this mountain the
united stream strikes another mountain and
tunnels It for several hundred feet and then
spreads out into an Immense undergroui>4
lake, the area of which lias never been
ascertained. Many parties have entered tl.tunnel
and picnics have been held by torchlight
on the margin of the lake, but still it
remains a mystery. No light can exist Iogx
over the bosom of the lake and nothing can
be heard save the far-uway rumble of tin
waters as they rush on.
This underground lake is a reserve!
which supplies Mammoth spring, the targes
spring In the world, with Its GO.<jiO cuhi
feet of water a minute. The most surprls
ing feature In connection with this extra
ordinary natural curiosity Is the fact thw
wnen these great canons are filled will:
water even iv uie mh-ii *ii wie nniui. h
bridge, hundred;" of feet deep, the volum H
of water in Mammoth spring la not U. V
creased. M.iminutti sprint? covers eightie: H
acres of ground J") feel deep wiib crystal
water. I

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