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Realty Market More Lively the Past Week. NEW STREET TO THE MARKET To Have? Nn Np.mp T?iif (lirmriprahlfi Use. SAVINGS BANK WANTS SITE Notes of Sp.les, Leases and Building C: cm.tions of the Week?Brokers Coming Home. T: l ical re.i'ty market was more lively during lli< pas: week than i't has been for e mor.th hack Not only did renting boom along nicely, but sales began to pick up again. Good weather was largely responsible. Already many residents have re turned to the city and are desiring to get nettled by the beginning of the early fall. The good weather has permitted work to go merrily on along Pennsylvania avenue, and it will not be long now befyre the wide street will appear in the best clothes it has ever been dressed up in. Property owners and business men along the avenue, who have been Inclined to grumble at the dirt, will be glad, thev saw to see the lob fin Ished. Ono and a'l agree, however, that the repaying and the changing of the grade Is the best thing the District authorities could be doing for them. Considerable satisfaction has been expressed by merchants of the Center market and their patrons over the cutting through <?f a short street from Pennsylvania avenue to the market, thus affording a new outlet for vehicles going to and from the market. This change has bet-n renuested for some time by the market people, and the Commissioners decided that this time, when the adjoining street was all torn up anyhow, was the best In which to cut through the reservation. New Street to Market. The new street is only eighteen feet wide and is befog paved with asphalt blocks. It will have no name and will be merely for vehicles. The recently elected officers of the newDime Savings Bank soon to be established here are said to be casting their eyes about for a suitable site. According to President Rosenberg It will very likely be a year or two before the Institution will have a permanent home. It is proposed to open a number of branches of the bank in various parts of the city. Once more the proposition to straighten F and G streets, particularly G striet northwest. by removing a portion of the steps and the parking of the patent office, has been revived. It is claimed by several property owners that the street car lines a.or.g these two streets to the new union railroad station should be straight, and that it would not detract from the beauty of the building to thus mutilate it. Apparently - ncimuii la itt'iuy given uy the authorities to the present "agitation" as that of former years along the same lines. It Is claimed this time, however, that a well-defined movement is on foot to bring about the change If possible. Admiral Dewey Leases. Admiral Dewey has leased his house, at 374" Rhode Island avenue, given him by the American people after his victory at Manila bay. to Frank Mitchell, millionaire and clubman. It is understood that the new tenant will begin his occupancy of the historic residence In Octobsr. In the meantime, upon his return from Richfield Springs, the admlra! will live in the large house at the northwest corner of K street and fonne.'tirnf avomiB nn-fiaH vt-.. Dewey and occupied by Secretary Hitchcock until his retirement from the cabinet. The hou.<*e Is larger and better fitted for entertaining than the one purchased for the admiral from James E. Fitch with money raised by popular subscription. Mr. Mitchell now lives at 1707 Rhode Island avenue. He recently purchased a large lot on (J street near 19th street, and it 1b understood that he contemplates the erection of a handsome residence there at a cost of ?1U0,UX>. Realty Notes. A row of aix new apartments known as the "?hires," located on Columbia road between 18th street and Ontnrln ara ready for occupancy this week. They were built by Harry Wardman for Mrs. Charlotte Dailey, from plans by A. H. Beers, architect. Charles W. Fairfax of Stone & Fairfax reached home this week. Mr. Fairfax has been on an eextended trip on the Pacific coast, visiting the great northwest. W. G. Rogers, who has been employed for the past seven years by the Standard Brick Cum pari)*, has aflliluted himself with H I>. Kust, and will engage In the real estate business, with side features uf loans un>l Insurance. There Is considerable Inter, st In the selection by t:;e building committee of the Chamber <>f Commerce of a site for the erection ? f the proposed horn - of that organization. ChitrU-s J. Bell, chairman of the committed, will reach home front his \acat!on in t.'.?* r.orthw. st next Monday, and it is Known that matters wi'.l then be in readiness for | <iun? wiivn fn me aeiecuon ?>r toe site. Tlir committee lias been quietly at work on the problem and has settled upon two it t. re locations on which the members < an atrree. It is probable that Mr. Hell will t.ose with tln> agents for one of them immediately upon his return, and it is now t;;oujs!:t to be amonR the possibilities that the committee' will be a! le to so before t.ie hoaril of tl.rctors at the September inectMX with Its plans well advanced. Tho committee has s far kept tae location of tuc probable sites a secret. Prince George County Politics. t ial Correspondence of The Star. j UPPER MARLBORO. Md.. August 31. HH>7. Affa'rs In the republican camp In Prince George county appear to be In an unsettled condition, and If the leaders have decided ?>n any candidates for county offices to be nominated next month they seem determined to enjoy ft monopoly of their Intentions. A report Is current here that the leaders are by no means certain of the wisdom of nominating a candidate for chief Judge of the seventh Judicial circuit. Including I'rlnce George, Calvert, Charles end St. Mary's counties, to oppose John P. isriscue, recently nominated by the demotrats. It Is said to be recognlised that li'TresPntative Mudd would make a formld?ble candidate. but If he has any Intention \>t entering the race people who ought to be pasted either do not know anything or decline to malfe an announcement. They say Mr. Mudd has not decided what he will do; that when he does he will probably lose no time In making It known. There Is some talk of the republicans nominating F. Snowden 11111 of near Marlboro. There Is Just as much uncertainty con cerning the local ticket. While the general Impression prevails that either R. H. Vincent of Hyattsville or Thomas M. Uni'arii'rt/vl est Pla^itiwiV will ho nnmlnofod for the office of sheriff, there are several others In the county who appear to be im pre.wed with the idea that they would make excellent guardians of the peace. John W. Stuart, jr., of Stafford county, Va., was drowned last evening In Aquia (Sreelf. The boat Capslred when he was crabbing. Frank Woodwa-d, who was also Jn the boat, succeeded in holding to the ?lda tntil rescued, but Stuart came up un<ler le boat and was drowned. , NEW REAL ESTATE FIRM BOSS & PHELPS OPEN OFFICES ON 14TH STREET. Large Force of Salesmen Will Do General Realty, Loan and Insurance Business. estate llrm of Boss & Phelps, Incorporated. began business In temporary offices at 004 14th street northwest. Harry K. Boss, the president of the Him, was recently secretary of the realty firm of Moore & Hill, and he has been engaged In the real estate business for the past nine years. H. Glenn Phelps, the vice president and treasurer of the corporation, was formerly in charge of the settlement of sales and title work for Moore Ji Hill, and has been in the business for the past ten years. By the middle of September the new firm expects to be permanently installed in its new offices at 010 14th street, where the building is being remodeled lor business purposes. The offices are to be equipped in an up-to-date fashion, and there will be u large force of salesmen nnd rent clerks. While Boss & Phelps Intend to make a specialty of sales and rents, they will do a general real estate, loan and insurance business. Among the men who have already become associated with the new firm are Ben Temple Webster, formerly connected with the sales department of Moore & Hill; Bert Saxton, who has been in the shoe business here for several years; Herbert G. Hopkins, recently in the real estate business in his own behalf, and Richard L. Boss, formerly in enarge of collections of rents for Moore & Hill. New Business Section. Mr. Boss said today that he is a believer In the future of 14th street northwest as the coming business street of WashingIon, and for that reason his firm is establishing Itself in the new section. The offices face Franklin Square and are In a block that is rapidly being turned over to the encroaching business interests. The entire first tloor of 1*10 11 th street will be occupied by the new firm and is being remodeled to suit. Since its business began last Wednesday, said Mr. Boss yesterday, the firm has listed houses for rent and nearly 400 for sale. He says personal attention will be given by the members of the firm to every detail of the business. CAPITOL HILL. P.pfll TTcfatA PnoiTlAco TlnAminrr A Lincoln Park. President Rowzee of the Rowzee-Van Reuth Company believes in the future of Capitol Hill. "In speaking of the rapid advancement and building up of certain residential sections of the city," he said today, "one should not overlook the rapid strides made In the vicinity of I^incoln Park on Canltol Hill. Only a few years ago the eastern UPtlnn r?f thp r>\tv nroM^allv etrkrwWl of this park. On the north, south and east was a great area of vacant ground, but during the past three or four years row after row of attractive residences ranging from $3,<i00 to J7.500 have been built one WOULD CHECK DIVORCE BALTIMORE LAWYER ON RESTRICTIVE LEGISLATION. Speaking of the efforts of the American Bar Association to secure the passage of uniform marriage and divorce laws, Mr. David Stewart, whose legal works on "Marriage and Divorce" and "Husband and Wife" are well known, said yesterday: "I have followed with a great deal of interest these proceedings of the American Bar Association. Some years ago a uniform code of divorce proceedings was adopted by the association and was sent to the different states with a view to have their bar associations approve it and to have it vQptmw Rtntp lf>srislaturpfl. "Mr. George R. Gaither was at that time one of the committee for the American Bar j Association, and he presented tills code here. 1 opposed Its approval at a meeting of the city bar association, and I also opposed it in Annapolis, and It was not passed. Its defect lay in that while attempting to cure the evil of fraudulent divorces it put unreasonable obstacles In the way of the perfectly legitimate divorces. Would Remedy Defects. "TTnder International and Interstate laws j no state has the right to divorce persons I who have not their matrimonial homes within its boundaries. Our courts, for exhnve no rieht to ?rrant a divorce to persons whose home Is in New York. Owing to defects in the laws, by means of a little perjury, persona desiring a divorce have been able to go to a state where a divorce is easily obtained, and there get a counterfeit or fictitious divorce. This has been done so much that it has caused great scandal, reflecting on the courts of certain states. "It is not difficult to prevent outsiders from thus abusing the courts of a state, but for financial reasons those states where such divorces are usually granted do not wish to prevent the visits of parties desiring divorces. Perhaps it was for this reason that the American war Association sougm. to cure the trouble by making it much more difficult for any one to get any kind of a divorce. "To prevent cattle from being driven across Kager street at night It would not be necessary to close Eager street, although by the latter means the trouble would be stopped. So to prevent dishonest divorces It is not necessary to legislate against all divorces. "There seems to be no particular evil to be cured by uniform marriage laws. Under International laws a ina?riaj?e good where made Is good everywhere. After the house of lords, by a tie vote, sustained the lower Kngiish court's decision that a common-law marriage to be good had to be solemnized by a clergyman.' persons who wished to be married without such formalities slipped over Into Scotland, the Scottish courts having decided that a marriage by a mere agreement was good. This gave rise to Gretna Green marriages. "Some Publicity Necessary." "For the sake of order and statistics it Is. of cours?. very desirable to have some publicity about marriages and to require licenses, but there seems to be no good reason why persons should not be able to i bind themselves together as husband and after another, adding not only to the beauty and attractiveness of the section, but to the value. "One of the largest enterprises ever undertaken by a single firm in this particular section is that of Kennedy & Davis, who have purchased and subdivided the entire square No. 1056, bounded by 14th, lr.th, A and B streets and North Carolina avenue northeast. They intend to erect on tills new subdivision a total of eighty modern houses, twenty of which are now in course of erection, and from present appearances these houses will be an ornament to this section of the city. They are twenty feet wide, with fronts of Flemish bond brick, containing six rooms, with modern bath and furnace heat. The Interior finishings will be first class in every respect, as this well-known firm will allowno other kind of work to pass from its hands. These houses will be sold at a remarkably low price. TO CLEAN RESERVOIR. Large Number of Fish and Frogs in the Big Reno Tank. vme ui ine iark?3l iisii uauis in uie vicinity of this city in a long time will occur early next week, when the officials of the water department commence cleaning the Reno reservoir, near Tenleytown. The reservoir has not been cleaned for a number of years and the presence of a considerable green growth on its sides and bottom caused the Commissioners to order action taken. The reservoir is divided into two sections and the cleaning will be conducted so that only one section will'be out of service at one time, and the portions of the city supplied from the distribution point will not l>e in any way affected. Superintendent McFarland of the water department, who ia busily engaged in making preparations for the work, says that thousands of flsh and frogs are in the water. wife by agreement; and nearly all the courts where the common law has been administered?that is to say, In America, Australia, Scotland and other countries, ex, ceptlng English courts themselves?have decided that under the common law a marriage was good by agreement without any religious services or celebration. "Of course, this condition of law has often been availed of by adventuresses claiming to be widows of rich men, but for one case of that kind there have probably been 100 in which men have availed themselves of some technicality to repudiate their wives. "It seems a hopeless task to attempt to secure uniform marriage and divorce laws In the United States. Certainly the other states -would not recognize that South Carolina. where alone no divorces can be granted, Is In any way superior to them or has any claim to be a model for them, nor would South Carolina be likely to allow divorces so as to become like other states. "My idea, therefore, Is that the object of | those who are trying to Improve the law of marriage and divorce should be to prevent the fraudulent use of the courts of any I ??,1 n.KIU rtonaltiac proper formalities In marriage3 should not make these formalities essential to the validity of a marriage." Happenings at Herndon. Special Correspondence of The Star. HERNDON, Va., August 31, 1907." The Pranesville district school board, composed of W. A. Thompson, W. H. Fox and J. P. Tucker, met at Herndon last Thursday afternoon for the purpose of organizing and arranging the list of teachers for the coming school term. M. D. Hall, r.f ErhnnU xmaa alcn present. Mr. Fox was chosen chairman and Mr. Tucker clerk. The following appointments were made: Vale School, No. 1. J. F. Wilson: Powell School. No. 2. Ellen Franzel; Colvin Run School, No. 8. Bessie Ramey, assistant to be supplied: Forrestville School, No. 4, to bo supplied: Dranesvllle School, No. 6, Lulu O. Fulton: River Bend School. No. 0, to be supplied: Floris Schools, Nos. 7 and 8, Sadie C. Detwiler (principal), Katherine Grow (assistant); Navy School, No. 9. Lillian W. Mlllan; Moneys Corner School, No. 10, Mary NefT; Colored School, No. A, to be supplied. The boanrl will meet at Herndon September 12 for the purpose of making contracts with the teachers and opening bids and contracting for fuel for the schools of the district. Edgar Wiley Is visiting his parents here. Mr. Wiley.' "who has been away from Herndon for sixteen years, is located at Southern Pines. S. C. John B. Sleman. sr.. of Washington. D. C.. and Lucius D. Alden and daughters of Dunn Loring, Va? were in Herndon Thursday attending the Fairfax county Sunday school convention. It is announced that R. E. Thornton, candidate for the democratic nomination for state senator from this district, will make the only public address of his canvass before the primary election September 10 at Herndori Saturday, September 7, The new town council, -which is composed of E. L. Kobey. H. B. Hutchinson, C. H. Reed. C. F. Russell, C. M. Burton, E. Dyer, E. N. Fitzhugh and M T. WUkins, clerk, and E. W. Bauckman. sergeant, will meet me nrei aionaay in septemoer ior tne purpose of organizing. Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Blanchard have re- I moved from Herndon to their cottage on the Shenandoah river, where they will remain until the Ute fall. 1 I im. lis rail 7t. 1 ^ __ HIGHER, ST|LL HIGHER New York Skyscrapers May Reach 150 Stories. ENGINEERS SAY "POSSIBLE" Must Substitute Great Heights foi Lack of Width. ARE LIMITED BY BASE ABE A If They Could Broaden Out Enough, Buildings Could Be Put Up a Mile High; Special Correspondence of The Star. NEW YORK, August 30, 1907. The fact that two forty-five-story skyscrapers are now pushing up from New \ork's narrow streets toward the clouds is causing the throngs, who stop at all hours of the day to watch the ironworkers dangling like spiders in the web of steel, to ask continually what the limit will be in skyscraper construction. Both a prominent INTER-MET FI6HTS ORDERS WILL NOT OBEY TRANSIT BET TERMENT RULES. Not to Yield to Public Service Commission?Will Try to Keep Books Secret. NEW YORK. August 81.?The Interborough-MetropolItan Company Is preparing to resist compliance with the orders the public service commission will issue next month for the improvement of the operating services of the subway, elevated and surface lines. The company also will refuse to give up Its books to the commission. It was learned yesterday that the counsel of the company held a meeting Thursday and after conferring for several hours agreed upon a course of action to be taken when the time comes for putting into effect the orders of the commission. Just what this procedure will be could not be learned yesterday from the company's lawyers for the reason that Paul D. Cravath, De Lancey Nicoll and G. \V. Wicker sham, who are the company b principal legal advisers, had left town to be gone over Labor day. There ia to be another conference Tuesday, when the reply to the commission's demand for the InterMet books will be drawn up. Refuses to Give Up Books. In the order Issued by the board on Thursday It was demanded that the books should be produced not later than by next WednesdftV. It. wa<i flsnprtalnpd v??atorrinv frnm William M. Ivins that when the formal refusal of the company to deliver up the books is received the commission will apply | to the supreme court for a mandamus to compel the enforcement of the order. It Is expected by Mr. Ivlns and the members of the commission that the company will appeal on the ground that the commission has authority over operating companies only, and that as the Inter-Met Is merely a holding company the commission has no Jurisdiction over It. The settlement of the question will be taken to the court of appeals and it was said yesterday by Mr. Ivlns that a decision would be obtained from this court in about ten weeks. It Is provided in the public service act that all cases affecting the commission shall have preference In the calendars of the courts except In the case of election matters. The suit will be the company's lawyers make no secret of the fact that it is their Intention to question the constitutionality of the act which brought the commission into being. Reasonableness of Order. It is the purpose also of the company to fight the orders which undoubtedly will be issued for increasing the number of cars run on the various lines controlled by the Inter-Met. It is provided in the act that where there is any question as to the Teaunnjihlpnpnq nf nn nrdf?r issued bv the mm. mission the courts can be appealed to. It is Intended by the company to take advantage of this clause. The company will contend that under existing conditions elevated and subway trains cannot be run under less headway than they are now irnwM?r^ - : skyscraper architect and the head of one of the largest building concerns in the city, who were seen on the subject, declared this week that the limit was still far distant. The loO-story skyscraper is possible today, they declared, so far as the builder and the architect were concerned, and is certainly a probability of the future. Such buildings would be a quarter of a mile in height. New York's building problem is unique in the world. The major part of the vast business interests of Manhattan is compressed j within an area. of less than two square miles. Here are the headquarters of practically all the great railroad systems of the United States; here stands that mysterious building from which the Standard Oil Company puts out its tentacles to every quarter of the globe; here the billion-dollar steel trust has its financial home, and hundreds of other holding companies and corporations; here are the great exchanges, banks, trust companies, brokerage offices and the great horde of lawyers. Height for Width. The business growth, shut in from the south, west and east by the waters of the bay and the Hudson and East rivers, can find an outlet only by pushing the theater and residential districts slowly to the north, for New York has ample length for expansion in one direction, but is lacking in width. For this lack the utmost engineering ingenuity is constantly employed to substitute height. Hence, the building of the skyscrapers has become practically a science of itself. Two factors limit the si2e of buildings in New York. The first Is the wind. If the wind never blew in the metropolis the skyscraper builder's task would be greatly simplified, and he could pile story on story to his heart 3 content. Hut the wind pressure oil a thirty-story building Is something enormous. The modern skyscraper Is built to withstand a wind velocity of 125 miles, and there Is practically no chance of New York getting a mightier blow than that. The second factor Is the limit of the buildoperated and that without police regulations for keeping the surface tracks clear of vehicular traffic the orders for the placing of additional cars on the Broadway and Madison avenuo lines cannot be complied with. SOBBED NEW YORK CENTBAL. Inspectors and Switchmen Accused of Stealing Laces and Furs. NE3W YORK, August 31.?Two Inspectors and three switchmen employed by the New York Central railroad In the freight yards along the Hudson river north of HMh street were arrested yesterday charged with breaking into a freight car In the yards and carrying oft furs and laces worth Jl,500. The Central 'has had other losses of this sort lately, and detectives think that these Ave men may be a gang which has been robbing their road. The nolice of the "West C8th street station got word ut 2 o'clock yesterday morning that a car had been robbed. Two hours later Detectives Leonard and Horan called at the home of Switchman Charles Gusswein at 438 West 58th street and found a missing set of furs. When Gusswein was taken to the West Side court Magistrate Kernochan held him for twenty-four hours. Later in the day Inspectors Leonard Ludwig of 170 West End avenue and Edward Nisspickel of 644 West 50th street and Switchmen John Rodriguez of 1317 Avenue A and Daniel McGraw of 533 West 57th street were arrested. At Ludwig's house the detectives say they found another set of furs. Another lay tucked behind an oil tank In the Central yards. DEFY UNION", STRIKE. Uiners Quit Work Despite Orders of United Mine Workers. JASON VIL.L/E, Ind., August 31.?'Three hundred and sixty coal miners employed In the Lattas Creek mine defied their union yesterday, took their tools and walked out of the mine. Two days ago President Vanhorn of the Indiana United Mine Workers visited the mine, and after personally inspecting conditions ordered the miners to remove the slate according to the terms of the contract between the miners' organization and the operators. At the same time President Vanhorn warned the miners that they would be responsible In damages of W a day per man for every day that the mine Is idle If thtfw Hhmilil en nut. Resrardloss of Van horn's warning, every man In the mine . quit work. Ice Cream Poisons Thirty-Five. BUFFALO, August 81.?Health Commissioner Wende was Informed yesterday of eight cases of ptomaine poisoning due to eating? 'ce cream bought at a local factory and served at a wedding held Thursday night at the home of a family named Thompson, at 200 West Utlca street. The total number poisoned waa thirty-five, but only eight were seriously 111. They will recover. Four members of the family of Mark C. Deters of 627 Elm street were poisoned Thursday night by tomato soup made from tomatoes which had been sprayed with pans green. All will recover. Kunlgunda Herman, the twelve-year-old child who was struck by a Gullfordi avenue (Baltimore) car Wednesday as she was on her way home from work, was alive late last night. The child's limfls were so badi ly crushed that it was necessary to amputate both just above the ankles, r.\ ll ApNlK?L T)E.WFY<? tinME lng's base. With land tn the financial district selling as high as 1700 a squaro foot, the base of a building; is naturally not ft huge thing-. If the skyscraper could have an unlimited base It could have an unlimited height. Before ever a spadeful of earth Is dug for foundation the skyscraper must be weighed, it Is weighed with, paper and pencil, and hundreds of sheets are covered with figures. The great girders and beams, stone, cement, desks, human beings, even nuts and rivets, are carefully figured In before the building Is begun. Another Large Building1. One of the newest skyscrapers now In course of construction, at Cortlandt street and Broadway, which will be the largest oaice building in the world, will, It Is estimated, weigh, when completed, 88,000 tons, an umount equal to the combined weight of all the inhabitants of Philadelphia. This enormous weight will be placed on a plot of ground hardly 25,000 square feet in area, or about equal to ten ordinary city dwellings. The steel skeleton of the building has eighty-nine legs or columns, which will bear its whole weight, and the engineers hnu V.t.,1 Q A ..1;....?t.. aoa that the weight was evenly distributed on these legs, lest some of them should collapse. There are about 900 sections of Bteel columns weighing from one to ten tons each, and several thousand girders and floor beams weighing from one to twenty tons each. The number of rivets being used will run into the millions. Architect's Death a Mystery. PITTSBURG, August 31.?The body of A. E. Linkenhelmer, one of the best known architects in Pittsburg, with offices In the Park building and home In Allegheny, was found last evening In Panther Hollow, Schenley Park. From wounds about his ncaa it is oenevea mat mt. t^inKenneimer was murdered, although the police are mystified as to the motive. In his pockets when the body was found were certificates for mining stock of the value of $3,000, while some $40 In cash, his gold watch and other valuables were untouched. At his home In Allegheny last night It Thursday evening, but it was supposed that he had gone out of the city on a business trip. To Promote Parcel Package Service. NEW YORK. August 31.?Baron Buscha de Ippenburg, the royal Hungarian postal and telegraph councillor and district chi?f, who arrived here a few days ago, has a mission from his srovernment to promote the parcels post service between the Hungarian harbor Flume and New York. He will spend considerable time here studying the systems and institutions of tht? T" n i tfifnfpQ nnaful oorvlpp PLANS OF THE DOWAGER CHINESE EMPRESS WOULD HAVE A MODERN" CABINET. PEKING. August 31.?With the arrival of Yuan-Shl-Kal, commander-in-chief of the Chinese forces, there began In the summer palace yesterday an unusual series of deliberations concerning the condition of the empire. The dowager empress has assem bled her most Important and Influential advisers, and the arrival of Viceroy Chang Chi Tung, who came on a pilgrimage from Hankow, was surrounded' with secrecy. The imperial family believes and the government fears that the Chinese race Is bent upon unseating the Manchus. The Chinese imi>erial family ia of Manchu origin. All the previous devices adopted by the throne to remove the existing- distinctions between Chinese and Manchu having failed, tne throne now contemplates the amalgamation of the two races, and this purpose led the throne recently to call for suggestions from the memorialists. These came in and a course o? action is now ready for promulgation. The four main points are?first, the disbandme'nt of the Manchu banner troops, the abolition of their pensions and the submersion of their officers into the regular army; second, the daughters of Chinamen of the upper classes will be eligible to marry into the imperial family, and this promises a future Chinese-Manchu emperor; third, Chinese females will no longer be permitted to bind up their feet, and tills will remove the difference in the appearance between Chinese and Manchu women, and, fourth, Manchus will be required to take surnames llKe Chinamen. xne government hopes that within ten years the two races will Ik) Indistinguishable. The recent comet -was a subject of anxious discussion at yesterday's meeting- and the court Is disturbed on account of the universal belief that comets presage revolution. The dowager empress is falling rapidly. She has suffered two apoplectic strokes in the past two years and her vitality clearly Id lessening. The fulling of the empress' health has been accompanied, during the last days of her reign, by the unusual occurrence of a kaleidoscopic recast of the department of state, as well as a resolution to prepare China for a constitution und the first participation in the government of an electorate. Furthermore, the dowager empress contemplates wide-reaching and fundamental changes in the metropolitan government. She plans to change the grand secretariat, which has been destitute of power since the days of the Ming dynasty, into a modem cabinet and to rescue the throne from promiscuous advisers. Van, T.ir? W?orV TJ a___I *,v " ?w?**jr ^vuujr ivi ocxvao. A new steel-hull tugboat built at the Skinner shipyard at Baltimore for the Standard Oil Company was launched this week and is being made ready for service. The vessel will be known as No. 17 and will be used In towing the barges of the oil company between Atlantic coast, ports. The new tug is 102 feet long and has good beam. She Is modern In her equipment and has bright and comfortable living rooms aboard for her crew. There were no ceremonies Incidental to the launching of the vessel, and the launching was witnessed by but a few persona, j , FOB THEJSLftND PARK Amusement Resort Promoter* Make Visit Here. CONSIDER PLANS IN DETAIL They Enthuse Over Analostan Site, 'Tis Said. WHAT THEY PROPOSE TO DO Court Has Not Settled Matter of Pur* chase. But That Makes No Dlfference to Them. 1 A number of amusement resort promoter# were In this city luring the present weeltf looking over Analostan Islam! and dl*^ cussing plans for converting it Into a mo;!*1 ern amusement park. The fact that thtf1 court has not yet rendered a final decision" In the matter of tho proposed purchase ol? the tract from the many heirs does not' apparently deter the hackers of the schonM) from announcing -' xtenelve plans. A Star reporter was shown today by Sec? retary Plllebury of Ihe Island Park Cora*' pany a prospectus of the various amuse-' inents which It Is Intended to place on the Island. Mr. Plllsbury stated that the plans ard now being prepared by a landscape artiefl for the purpose of enhancing tho natural beauties of the Island. In the renter nf -lia Ulunri to n lnr.? of about forty acres with sod, undisturbed for half a century, forming a perfect carpet. This open space was the head-" quarters and the principal village of tha powerful Analostan Indians, and If was from this stronghold, It Is bellevedi that they made their raid on their foes lit the adjoining territory. Around the Island -j there Is n border of original-growth timber; Interlaced by wild grape and trumpet fiowee, \ines, forming a close network. TheM natural beauties wlU bo preserved us far a#j possible. Here and thtre rustic seats will be placed. With regard to the amysement plans, Mr. Plllsbury further stated that near the site of the present picturesque ruins of the olt^ Mason home the :lnest type of a mountain railway will be erected. It will be a dup'U cate or inai now in operation at willow Grove Park, Philadelphia. It will be un<^ der the management of L. A. Thompson. Mr. Thompson says his present plans coni^' template a scenic production which, if pos* Bible, will surpass any yet erected. Tha total height from base to peak Is ninety; * feet, and the actual distance traveled in making the round trip will be about one and one-half miles and will require six minutes. Attraction From Jamestown. From the Jamestown exposition will coma what is claimed to be the greatest attract tlon on the "Warpath." E. W. McConneil Win uiiiifc IU mo 19diici uic jJiuuuti tlon of the battle between the Merrlmatii and Monitor. An enormous caroussel has been contracted for from G. A. Dentzel ot Philadelphia. Mr. Dentzel Is the pioneeD caroussel man, and Is Interested in tha I promotion of the island enterprise. Mr. K. W. McGarvey, who is at present one of President Barr's lieutenants at Jamestown, will also be Interested. Mr. McGarvey 1^, said to have been connected with all til? expositions held in this country in the pa?C twenty years. Arrangements are uow be- ^ ing maue to secure tne kosiock ammat; show, which desires to make the Island lt<?( winter headquarters. J. H. Livingston, tha^ man known from Maine to California a*' M the "Greatest Living Fakir," will be on' 4! hand with his shoot the chutes und other amusements. J Natural Lake. On the Island there Is a natural lake, which, In addition to the surrounding water,' will supply a place for motor boats. The laKe will tusu ue buituumul-u uy tuiuivti lights. At present there are a number Of float!) along the shores of the Island owned by lovers of water sports, and these. It ift said, will be encouraged to make the ii-1 land the headquarters for their craft. OH the Virginia side of the island a bathing beach will be arranged for, which will be safe In every particular and well guarded. For those who follow the steps of lsaalc Walton, Ashing tackle and well-built, safe boats will be provided. Another feature will be the roller-skating rink. 1 inHniy thft pntlrfi Reason th# orchestras playing at the large metropolitan parks will be alternated at the Island, and every evening; there will be a free open-air concert and dancing. Mr. Fillsbury stated that he was now negotiating with the tbe* atrlcal syndicate to place the park In tha summer vaudeville circuit, and there Is too doubt but what this arrangement wl'.l be ,j consummated within the next few days. / I In order to insure protection against un- ' I desirable characters, the company has de- I elded to make admission to the park free M of all charge, thereby allowing them to discriminate In the matter of their guest*. Transportation Facilities. The railroad companies are reported as being already at work on their plans tot handling the patrons next summer. It proposed to form an Incline at the south end of the new bridge, allowing the cars to land their passengers from any pcutlon of the city, on the grounds. Arrangements are being made also to run barges between the island and 3-d street northwest for the aoconiratxla- ' tlon of those who do not take the brlugo line. Another point where It Is proposed to connect with the Island Is at 25th and P streets. Another mear.s of reaching tha park, which will be especially acceptable to the motorists, will be by the way of the 1 new Highway bridge when the government has completed the parkway along the Virginia shore, upon which it has men now at wont. Among the Pleasure Craft. The power launch Louise, one of the fleet of pleasure craft owned In this city, was yesterday hauled out at the foot of 9th street southwest to have some repair work done to her shaft and wheel and to t>a painted and put In order for hunting and fishing trips on the river during the coming i* fall. The little craft will be ready for J service In the early part of the coming week. '') ^ The power launch Sport, Capt. Coleman, j which was hauled out at Cumberland'5 M tjoathouse Thursday. Is to renew her rudder shoe, which was Injured by running In shoal water, and to have other work dona i to her that will out her In trim for cruising' | during the fall and early winter. Befora returning to service the vessel wll also bo jjalntM Inside and out. The work of construction on n larga power launch at Cumberland's boathou?3 at the foot of Oth street was stopped by tlja death of the owner at Providence Hospital. a few days ago. It is expected the boat will be completed and placed on the market some time during the coming fall. The newcraft Is an able one and Is built for rough weather service on the Potomac and oa Chesapeake bay, , | Prof. Herscbel C. Parker Injured. 1 NEW YORK, August 31.?Word liaa been. ro^oiirA<1 fn Hrrw?k1vn thnt Prof. Harsnhel C. Parker of Columbia University met with a painful accident soon after ho had succeeded In climbing' Mount Olympus* Washington. A premature discharge cf a revolver at Port Angeles mangled the m!d? die finger of his left hand. "*'f" Prof. Parker nearly bl -d to death t>efor?, 0 : help arrived, and th^n blood poisoning J in. Delmoro Brown of Flushing, who waa a member of his party, had his hand crushed while building a bridge on the, homeward march. The wounds of both men are rapidly healing, and tbey will "turn home soon.