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MANY NOTABLE ADDRESSES Assistant Secretary Newberry Talk ed on the Naval Reserve. FEELING AGAINST SUBVENTION Explanation by Representative Green of the Merchant Marine Committee of the House. ?? v. Special Dispatch to The Star. CLEVELAND, Ohio. December 21.?A national campaign for the enactment of ship subsidy legislation by the Sixtieth Congress was launched In Cleveland to-, day at the annual convention of the Mer chant Marine League of the United States. Conspicuous figures In the na tional government mingled with repre sentatives of great business Interests from coast to coast In an efTort to solidi fy the movement for a subsidized mer chant marine. The convention was the most notable gathering in the history of the league. Following the Cleveland convention the organlzattion, with representatives from every state In the Union, will center Its activities at Washington. Senators Foraker of Ohio and G'allinger of New Hampshire will be the principal speakers at the banquet tonight, which will bring the convention to a close. It will be the first public appearance of Senator Foraker since his declaration that he is a candidate. The first session of the convention was called to order at 10 o'clock" at the Hol lenden Hotel. Ex-Qpv. Herrlck was chair man. Addresses at the morning session were made by J. T. McLeary, assistant postmaster general; Trueman H. New berry, assistant secretary of the navy; Representative Greene of Fall River, Mass., and H. Coulby, president of the Pittsburg Steamship Company. Cleveland. Truman H. Newberry, assistant secre tary of the navy, was introduced. Newberry's Speech. Mr. Newberry reviewed the (history of the American navy and the American merchant marine at length. He pointed out that Admiral Dewey in a report pre pared in 1905 at the request of Senator Gallinger, chairman of the merchant ma rine commission, stated that on the basis of a strength of twenty-seven battleships, the United States Navy would require from the merchant marine in a serious war approximately 100 vessels, In addi tion to a large number of tugs. The ves sels, especially of the larger size, do not exist in sufficient numbers in the Ameri can merchant marine. The present cruise of the United States battleship fleet, the speaker said, is giv ing sharp and unwelcome proof of this point. All of the coal, required by the fl^et, except a small portion conveyed by the regular colliers, has had to be in trusted to foreign "tramp" steamers, be cause there were not enough American steamships available, even though Presi dent Roosevelt offered to pay American ships a rate of 50 per cent higher than that given to foreign vessels. An important foreign war. the assist ant secretary continued, would find the United States with a strong navy, the second navy in the world, very gravely handicapped by the lack of an ocean going merchant fleet of ships, and further handicapped by the lack of a trained and prepared reserve of officers and men. William S. Green of Massachusetts, chairman of the merchant marine commit tee in the House of Representatives, fol lowed Mr. Newberry, and spoke in part as follows: Subsidy Sentiment. "Thert is a great sentiment against shlp# subsidy in the central western states, simply because the people of that district do not understand the question. This must be a campaign of education. It is said by many newspapers that this is a great graft. That Is not so. It Is an Important business matter of utmost im portance to the people of the United States. "What I want is results, and I do not care where it comes from. We will never obtain a merchant marine until the peo ple drive Congress to action. Some of our representatives In Congress are afraid. There Is talk that this will help some of our rich men and trusts. Whatever the result, we must have American ships. We are asked why private capital does not build a merchant marine. The answer is that it la unprofltable, and that is why we need government assistance. "The building of a great merchant ma rine would mean almost unlimited labor, yet the labor organizations are opposed to the proposition. I do not understand it. Possibly I am too innocent." The congressman said he was going to exert his every effort to have his com mittee in Congress report favorably upon the subsidy and would do all that could be done to have the House act favorably. Nixon on Shipbuilding. H. Coulby, president of the Pittsburg Steamship Company, spoke on "A Ques tion of Business and Transportation." He told of the business interests in the coun try that were suffering from the lack of American ships, and said he was heartily in favor of the subsidy movement. Lewis Nixon, the ship designer of New York, ppoke next. Mr. Nixon spoke at length upon the details of shipbuilding, the vaet undertaking It entailed, the em ployment It would give ancj the amount of money that would be distributed among "American workmen as a result. He also i it-counted, in a <Jegree, the history of shipbuilding and told what other coun [ tries had accomplished in this respect. "Shipbuilding was the keystone of the British nation," he said, "and it is the secret of that nation's maritime strength and success. We have the material and the genius and can build boats cheaper and better than any foreign country. What we want is the government to make it possible for our shipyards to become active again. "We collect tolls, through the railways, from our own people. England, through her subsidized ships, collects tolls from | the whole world, and we are England's biggest customer. Have we sot to stand forever and let partisan politics play its game? Have we no American patriotism? One of the causes of the present financial depression Is the constant drain of gold from this country, drawn by the foreign ship owners. This shi? subsidy we arc asking for will benefit every person in ! the United States: "Do you know that we pay foreign ships $300,000,000 a year?half the value of our wheat cror>?for carrying our ex ports abroad? I brins with me a mes sage from the New York Board of Trade denouncing the Ihimillation to which the people of the United States are subjected In finding themselves unable to get Amer ican eoillers to send with our battleship fleet to the Pacific and In being com pelled to call for forel?.n aid to help our fleet around the horn." Oriental Trade. W. E. Humphrey of Seattle, Wash., In his address upon "Why America Is Losing Its Pacific and Oriental Trade," enthused the auditors to frequent applause. He explained In detail what Congress was doing regarding a subsidv and what he expected of the House of Representatives. He also reviewed the history of the mer chant marine, and later devoted most of his time to the conditions upon the Pacific ocean. He said there were now only eight American merchantmen upon the Pacific ocean, whereas about a year ago there were fifteen, and that In the near future all will pass from the Paclflc unless some thing Is done ny the government. . "W e have wasted our opportunities." he said, "and have wasted our time In talk ing about trade following the flag. Japan has taught us a valuable lesson. From practically every standpoint Japan's vic tory over Russia in the late war waa due to ablp subsidy. Japan Is gaining the mas !!J? Pf the Psclflc. I do not believe there ?}?ki war wlth Japan, and I will do all ?hrmiS my p?wer to prevent it. But if It ?nouu come I want my country to be pre ?n< h.rilS willing to subsidize our rivers Zrrh^ all our railways. but not our upon the hl&h seas. I a?p?r,n^ "'e 1110 peopIe of this country thl bnMH.n u>,8pend ?00..xw,000 a year in vlrtin-* of a freat nayy without pro avan LaEiaUX ,ary fleet" What will it us to have scores of war vessels if r;fr?,ann0t?man them? We must have this t<^ Jrary of mercha-ntnien not onlv i0JraKw, ?ur sailors from in time of sels We ??nna^Knd our b!K flKhtlnK ves nafi? . JJ ot borr?w vessels from other ??SL?- of war- Thft best measure of peace is always to be ready for war. "Want Free Ships. "It Is my hope that when the great Panama canal is completed the first ves 1*]*? paf through will be an American ship built in our own shipyards and bearing the name of M. A. Hanna. and I would nr^L ?>, Theodore Roosevelt standing When the hn^ U"?,er the Stars and Stripes 2 makes the trip through the awiT i unite our two oceans." sentativt ?w^e ?k the address of Kepre cu^foi ^.Um?hiryJ,an imPromPtu dis w was started by Welding Ring the New |*i* the delegates from are v^s?l Produce Exchange. Both fnf owners and complained against chtse ofrfir?r?Vl3l0nS ProhibltinK the pur free sWn?r?gn ves8els- They advocated tOTiiirnha?L? .t same as one ,s allowed other commodities in foreign wated ,LTe11 as Bhlp aubsId>-- They Pn'ef l.he law repealed that they might couId be HnPr,U/C.haEeJboats wherever this G^ulder ?fia ?v..? advantage. President problem nf wLould not solve the ?W rZ'.lr,"? ? Lewis Nixon also took a hand in the dis motlvea. a"d appealed fort more patriotic Mr. McCIeary's Address. Assistant Postmaster General J. T. Mc Cleary spoke to the question, "Why the Post Office Department Is Interested in Our Merchant Marine." He said in part: At all hazards and at any cost the in tegrity of the nation must be preserved. VVe maintain a small standing army of ficered by professional soldiers, to serve !? n"cIeUs for expansion in time of need. For our reserve we depend on our ..^tns who constitute the militia. Principle adopted for land force can be applied in large measures to our sea forces. W e must have battleships and cruisers and other vessels of war. These must be owned by the government. But in addi tion there must be In actual war a vast number of auxiliary vessels?a naval re whIch is absolutely essential. Effective preparations In the way of naval reserve vessels can be met In either 0* two ways?the government may build and own all the auxiliary vessels required, or it must secure them without making the original investment. "In time of peace, when not needed, such vessels could be used in commerce, if they could'be constructed by private Individuals according to plans approved by the Navy Department, and if the gov ernment could secure from the owners a contract to turn them over to the gov ernment in case of war on demand, it would surely be in the public interest. It is a public service, and the government could well afford to make a moderate ap propriation from tho national treasury to secure this naval reserve in time of peace. "The government received last year for carrying the malls to foreign countries over $6,500,000, of which more than $3, oOO.OOO was profit. If the government is willing to forego this profit, and to have the mails carried by its own citizens, in stead of by foreigners, this $6,500,000 of postal receipts will provide at a minimum cost the naval reserve, which the nation is bound to provide at any. cost, and will at the same time secure for this country lines of ships which will develop valuable streams of commerce with Sputh America and other parts of the world, the benefits of which will be felt by all of our people." Foraker's Remedy. Senator Foraker, speaking on seafaring traffic, said: Coming directly to the subject this convention has had under consideration, si>me one has prepared a chart showing the rise and fall of our merchant marine as measured by the percentages of our imports and exports carried in American' bottoms. It starts with 1780 and ends with 1007. At a glance it tells the story bf a century. Rapidly mounting upward from practical ly nothing to 90 per cent, it substantially held its own, except during the war of 1812, for half a century, and then plunged downward to the point of beginning where it remains today. In other words, In 1780 something imparted life and prosperity to our mer chant marine and caused it to grow, un til in 1797, only eight years later, it had reached the point where it carried 1)0 per cent of all our exports and Imports. It maintained this supremacy with slight fluctuations until 1847, when a pre cipitous decline commenced that has con tinued until we are now carrying less than 10 per cent. And the end is not yet. The decline continues. This very moment marks our deepest humiliation, w'e now have less satisfac tory conditions than any that have ever yet been known, and there is less promise of improvement, except as we find it in the hope and belief that the extremity to which we have come may, for very shame compel attention and precipitate action. Forced to Employ Foreign Ships. Notwithstanding the subsidies we have been paying, we have only eight ships in the Transatlantic line, and within the last year fifteen ships that crossed the Pacific In trade with China, Japan, the Philip pines a#d Australia have been reduced on one account and another until today we have only eight of them left. These, with the Ward line to Cuba and the South American line to Venezuela and Jhe Pacific mail steamship line, make up our entire marine, except the Panama steamship line, owned by the govern ment?the whole a mere fragment of what we should have. As a result we are compelled to employ foreign ships to meet the ordinary neces sities of the government. Only a few weeks ag?L it was published In all the newspapers that a shipment of 12 and 13 Inch guns with ammunition de signed for the fortifications at Corregidor and Subig bay was shipped from the proving grounds at Sandy Hook on a ves sel belonging to one of the British lines There was no American ship to carry American guns designed for American fjrt'ffCCtlons. Coal for Fleet in Foreign Vessels. What American read of the sailing of our fleet of Luttleships for the Pacific and the Orient with pride in our navy and Oie great frlrength and power and glory of our people and government which it rep resei'ted who did not at the same time feel a sense of reproach and mortification, when he. also read that the colliers that carried the coal, without which the fleet would have tieen helpless, were foreljn bottoms, hired for the occasion, not one o' w ilch could be utilized without its con sen: In the emergency of war? Wc have what is indeed a great navy but, as this incident painfully indicates' we have no nursery of seamen for times of peace, and ro auxiliaries for times of war The Oceanic line has abandoned the struggle, and its ships are out of commls Elon. V ?Since '.hrough billing over the canal Lone ha* been allowed to foreign lines the Panama steamship line, plying be tween New York and Colon, which belongs to the government, has suffered such in roads upon its business from the German lines that it runs only at a serious loss that would drive it out of business if it were a private line. The Pacific Mall Steamship Company which has been flying our flag for fifty years between San Francisco and Panama and on the western coast of Central and South America is confronted with the same sort of disaster as a result of the concesaion about to be put in operation of through billing over the canal zone that has been conceded to the German Kosmos line. What Is the Remedy P Without stopping to criticise anything or anybody the practical question is, what Is the remedy? To answer Intelligently wc should recall what was the cause of our former pros perity. and to what should be attributed our present low estate. The fathers who framed our govern ment were wise and broad-minded men Almost everything they did was a success. Their scheme of departmental government was a success; their written constitution was a success; their tariff legislation was a success, and so too was the policy they adopted for the upbuilding of our ship ping and our merchant marine. It was simple and self-operating. It was based on discrimination not between American Interests, but in favor of American ships, as against those of all the rest of the world. On merchandise Imported In American bottoms a rebate of 10 per cent of the tariff duties was allowed, and when it was urged in objection tha this took money out of the Treasury they met the difficulty by providing that all Importa tions In ships other than American should pay an additional duty or 10 per cent, thus putting money Into the Treasury. There was the same discrimination In tonnage duties, American-built and Amer ican-owned ships paying 6 cents a ton. while others were required to pay as high as 30 and 50 cents a ton. There was no attempt to distinguish be tween fast boats and slow boats, freight ers or mall, big or little, or to establish special lines, to measure distances, or favor one market over another, or to go into any kind of detail. The theory was to simply make the investment of capital in shipbuilding and in ocean commerce safe and then leave the results to the laws of trade. The Republican Policy. In 1896 the republican party declared in its national platform for a return to the policy of discriminating duties. This dec laration of party principle has never been revoked or qualified, but for one rea son and another It lias not been acted upon. In 1SSM- a joint committee of the two houses of Congress was appointed to make a thorough investigation of the whole subject. They called attention In their report to three certain difficulties in the way of a return to this successful policy of the fathers that they regarded as -insuperable. These are the treaties that prohibit the resumption by us of that policy, the risk of retaliation and the necessary abolition of our free list. It Is impossible on an occasion like this to do more than merely suggest what seem to be satisfactory answers. The thirty-odd treaties to which the commis sion referred were each and all entered into with the distinct understanding that we reserved to ourselves the right to re turn to that policy whenever it might suit our pleasure to do so subject only to the provision that in such an event we should first abrogate the treaties: our right to abrogate being expressly pro vided for In each of the treaties on twelve months' notice. As to retaliation It does not seem that we would have much to fear when it Is remembered that we would have no for eign and only 10 per cent of our own carrying trade at stake, while our com petitors would have their own and 90 per cent of ours involved in such a contest. But aside from that suggestion no na tion has ever successfully or long pur sued a policy that was based on a spirit of punishment or reprisal because of something some other nation has done which It had a right to do. Favors dscriminating Duties. We would, of course, encounter diffi culty, but It would be hard to Imagine greater trouble and difficulty in recurring to the policy of discriminating duties than we have had In the ^in struggle that has been going on for the last decade to secure satisfactory subsidy legisla tion. From considerations of this character I continue to believe that the surest and best way to restore our merchant marine is by a return to discriminating duties, and I continue to believe that when we shall have done this our flag will again soon be flying over all the oceans. We should take that step at once, but that seems to be for the present impossible. In the meanwhile there is no chance for any kind of help except only that which Is in the nature of bounties or subsidies. It is that or nothing and that is far bet ter than nothing. It is by this means that the Interna tional Navigation Company, the Ward Line, the Red D Line and. all the . other American ships that are still in commis sion are being operated. Without this help they would all go straightway out of commission an<l into bankruptcy. We must, therefore,' until such time as we may be able to do better, avail ourselves of this means of keeping alive what we have, and adding thereto If possible, Tlie Emergencies of War. All hooe there will be no more war. but no one expects that we can forever escape that calamity. Such emergencies usually come suddenly and unexpectedly. We can recruit an army and organize and drill and discipline it on such short notice that no more than a mere nucleus need be maintained in time of peace; but no: so with the navy. It take# months, even years, for the special training neces sary to make men able to successfully handle our great battleships, with their big guns and delicate electrical machin ery. It would be the height of folly to postpone preparations until danger Is im minent. In recognition of this fact we expend annually almost one hundred mil lion dollars to maintain our sea power at its present high state of efficiency. In this work wa have more to look after than ships and guns. They are of the very essence and yet without value unless we have men?men to man the ships, men to officer them and also men and the best of men to stand behind the guns. We should not depend for these requisites upon others. Our sailors should be trained under our own flag, on our own decks, and 1q an American atmos phere. It is unnecessary to dwell upon what is so patent to everybody. It is, therefore, a duty of the highest order to address ourselves to a satisfactory solu tion of this great problem. More will be needed than bounties and subsidies, but until we can ret more let us take what we can get. Possibly we may be able to blend sub ?sidles for our mail ships with .discrim inating duties that will build up our car go carriers of all sizes and descriptions. \\ ithout the business they command we never can have that complete success for which wo should strive. Passing Strange Experiences. ^e are passing through strange ex periences. The plainest common-sense propositions with respect to great busi ness transactions are whistled down the wind if they do not happen to suit the excited fancy of a lot of self-constituted representatives of an alleged moral re generation of the business world. All this is unnatural, unwarranted and in jurious and we are now paying the pen alty. The most stupendous prosperity the world has ever witnessed has been checked and chilled. There has been a shinkage of v^lue amounting to more than $3,000,000,000. It has affected not only Wall street, but the whole country, and in greater or less dugree all classes of people. Just at the time when there was necessity for redoubled energy in the building of ^iew railroads, the ex tension of old lines, the increase of equip ment and the betterment of tracks and ail facilities for the transportation of freight and passengers, we are suddenly (?halted. Instead of encouragement for what so vitally concerns us there is dis couragement and positive hostility. The credit that only a few months aeo was unprecedented is fo?nd so far im paired that it is impossible to sell secur ities necessary to prosecute this great work. Not alone the roads suffer but the whole country suffers. All classes and all kinds of business pay a common penalty. It will be months, probably longer, be fore we recover, and we never wlli re cover unless we regain confidence in the integrity of each other, once more regard success in business as honorable, and con tent ourselves with sane regulations that will punish wrongdoers without brineim* wholesale disaster to the innocent. Bad State of Affairs* The little band of 167 special deputies, agents and inspectors on the pay rolls of the government ten years ago has been swelled to an army- of more than ,1,000. Their sole occupation Is "turning on the light" at the expense"~of~tlie'gove~rnment for salaries and perquisites of about ten millions annually. They have all been busy. The pulling, hauling, inspecting hectoring and prosecuting that have fol lowed have done tlieir well-nigh perfect work. At last results are teaching that men cannot do business under such conditions It is a bad state of affairs. It dampens ardor, restrains energy, arouses lack of confidence. Induces hoarding, impoverishes the banks, curtails business, shortens the pay roll, and has turned thousands into Idleness who had been happily employed. All this Is bad, but it will pass away" Reason will reassert Itself. BALTIMORE LID OFF Wide-Open Town Since the Recent Election Was Held. POLICE AFRAID TO MOVE Conditions Soon Will Approach Thfse of the Year 1895. WARFIELD TALKS PLAINLY Question Now Arises as to What Crothers Will So After He Is Inaugurated. Special Correspondence of The Star. BALTIMORE. Md.. December 21. W07. On the authority of the president of tlie board of police commissioners, Mr. George B. Willis, Baltimore is a wide-open town, and the executive end of the police de partment is unable to cope with the sit uation, This startling condition of af fairs, it is charged, is due to the victory of the democrats at the elections held last month. The Impression is general among the police force that a return to the old regime is about to take place, when the new police board is named, and as a re sult members of the force, it is claimed, are afraid to enforce the law against the saloonkeepers, who permit gambling on their premises. Just prior to the election the lid was on tight in Baltimore, and it was a lucky man, indeed, ^who could find an open house after midnight or on Sundays. The orders of the marshal of weje car ried out to the letter and the dtoclpline oi the department was well-nigh pert ? Hardly had the election returns been counted and the victory of the ??w and city machine become ^" before slot machines and other gambling ae vices were Installed in many of the down town saloons. One sergeant o p stated to The Star correspondent this nftpnoon that he was cognizant or ine factthat the gambling laws were being violated, but as he had no orders to make raids he could not proceed.Even when raids were ordered, the police on arr*y ' at the place found that the proprietor had been tipped oft and no evidence could be secured to warrant even an arrest. Some Straight Talk. President Willis, in discussing the sit uation with The Star correspondent to day, said: "In my personal investigations I found that the men of the police de partment, high and low, were afraid to do their duty for fear that the new police board which is shortly to be ap pointed would count it against them. I found that there was a feelingofunrest and uncertainty in the force that abso lutely Interfered with discipline. B cause of the uncertainty about thenew board which is to b?-iU>polnted I do lint feel that the present board can meet this situation in the way it ought to be met It has been suggested that some one of the captains in whose district these violations of the law have been occurring ought to be made an example Oi. lhe law does not permit us to reach a cap lain without charges made and a trial held, but it doe? give us power to reduce a man in rank. But suppose we should re duce a captain, whom shall we aP.P?'I?t in his place? The men on the eligible list are subject to the same feeling of unrest and uncertainty as the men that -might be displaced. The law does not give the board sufficient liberty in making appointments to ? cope with a situation such as exists today."/ In Full Blast. That the town today is full of gambling games in full blast is well known. Even the most casual observer can readily lind a slot machine or a sweat game if he is seeking a chance at the wheel of for tune. And a peculiar fact in connection with the outbreak of gambling is the fact that the games appeared in numerous saloons in such a concerted way as to in dicate that one hand had pushed the but ton which brought them into view. The public exposure of the serious con ditions prevailing within the police de partment has caused the greatest sensa tion in years here, and the impression is general that it means a return to the old conditions that prevailed prior to the overthrow of the democratic party in ^That the police department was used as a political machine until the present gov ernor look up the reins of officers a well known fact. When the present board of polic3 commissioners was named by Gov. Warfield the ringsters threw up their hands in dismay, because it be came apparent from the day of induction into office that the sole idea of the board was to divorce the police force from politics. And in this move the board was successful until the election in No vember, which placed the old ringsters in the saddle once more. Gov. Warfield Emphatic. Gov. Warfield Is standing squarely be hind President Willis in his criticism of the police force. "As I understand the meaning of Mr. Willis' statement, it is that the men now in control of the demo cratic party machinery in this city have impressed upon the members of the pol ce force, and all others holding office under the state government, that unless they have the indorsement of the new party leader in this city they cannot expect preferment. The result Is the belief in certain, quarters that there will be a re turn to MJss dictation. Ijnfortunatelj. the city managers of the democratic party have given too much recognition to the lawless element. Especially was this the case during the recent primary and gen eral elections. It was publicly asserted by the chairman of the local organization that large sums of money were necessary to carry the elections. These funds were distributed by the ward and precinct ex ecutives. who are today claiming that preferment and office will only be be stowed on their recommendation Many of tlieee bosses have been disqualified by newspapers as leaders of the democratic party and some of the most corrupt of these so-called leaders or ward bosses, who have unsavory political records, nave been distinctively honored by appoint ments to positions of responsibility. So it can be readily understood why the police forpe is influenced by such political conditions." What Will Crothers DoP In view of the situation existing in the police department there is much specula tion as to the course that Gov.-elect Cro thers will pifrsue when he assumes office January 8 next. Friends - of the in coming executive assert that he will meet the situation by naming a board which will have the confidence of the pub_ic and quickly restore discipline In the depart ment. Others claim that great pressure will be brought to bear upon Crothers to name a board that will permit the police force to be used as a political machine by the city boss, "Sonny Mahon. In the meanwhile the present police board is at Us wits- end and openly acknowledges rifat it is powerless to remedy existing evils The situation is, indeed secjous, and one which has never before been paralleled In the history of the cltj. Stage and Peerage Meet. Special Cablegram to?he Si sr. LONDON December Jl.-Much Interest has been displayed in the report current In theatrical circles here that th? announce ment may shortly be expected of the en gagement of a young actress bearing a name prominent on the English stage to the elder son of a duke. If this report and the predictions on the subject are' very positive. It will be the lirat time that an actress liar become a JiuclWin Ereland. It will also be a notable connection between the peerage L id thr stage as the young lady referred to is an Stress in th- "legitimate." 4Hherto the British aristocracy have never been attracted by really cs tineiilshed actresses, but have succumbed ^o gthe fascinations of "fcuoW girls and chorus girls. ' ; D Women's lk/ff Correct Dress ! DON riARCHE i Open Late Evenings Until Xmas. ? Special Reductions for the Two=Day Xmas Sale in All V Departments. All the finer Furs will be marked down tomorrow, giving you the advantage of the lowest prices "for Xmas. f ;vu uiv. > ??' ? ? - C 1 rwfk lor Fancy Pelerines * I UU worth 5 x 30. C CO *or Fancy Pelerines worth $75. $59 for Muffs, extra large, $25 s-5. for Muffs, worth $75. for Throw Ties worth $30. Lot of the Finer Mink Muffs, with five heads, tails, $37.50 v-tC? ? *?????????? ? A few Handsome Mink Sets, with heads and tails on muff and neckpiece. Worth $30 ?PXO Lot Mink Sets, worth $18, $20, and $25. Rcduced to $15.00, $18.00 and $20.00 Black Russian ?Pony or Sable Coney Fur Coats... Others, $30, $40, $45. Sable Squirrel Fur-lined Coats, I | $25-??. *30.00, $40.00, $50.00 and j. * $>00.00. [ Xmas Waist Sale. |! The dainty 1908 lingerie styles in hundreds of patterns. I . , 98c, $1.48, $1.98, $2.48 to $10.00. i Lace Waists, $3.50 to $15.00. I Kimonos and Dressing Sacques I- Less Than Regular Prices. ? This is a manufacturer's surplus stock of Imported Challies, Jap Silks, Teazledown, French Flannels and Crepe Cloths. Short Dressing Sacques and Kimonos, 39c, 59c, 79c, 98c to $3.98. Worth 69c. 75c, $1, $1.50 to $6. Long Kimonos and Dressing Sacques, $1.69, $1.98, $2.98, $3.98, $4.98. Worth $2.50, $3, $4.50, $6 and $7.50. ?? ? Finest Imported Silk Challie styles, $10, $12 and $15. Worth Sr5. $18 and $20. Xmas Sale Children's Coats. A superior line of the finer styles, including Astrakhan, Broadcloths, Caracal and other fabrics in all colors. Sizes 2 to 8 years. Coats worth $5 and $6. Choice, $3.98. L I Marche. 314=316 Seventh Marche.^ [ Special to Christmas Shoppers. 15% Discount on All Christmas Articles. . ? \ [? These are practical gifts at practical prices on weathered ? oak, mahogany, wicker and beaten brass. Here are a few ar i* ticles: $6.25 $9.75 Mission Card Table and 4 chains to slip un- ?3^ Mission Rockers with leather seats Mission Armchairs ?with rush seats Mission Slide and Hall Chairs, wood seats Mission Ladies' Desk Chairs Mission Tables, suit able for every room in the house, from $4.75 $6.<DU) ... 75c $3.75 Mission Tabourets... Mission Foot Rests.. Mission Bock Rack^.: $2.(1 Mission Screens $3o5 M i s,b* i o n Magazine Mission Nest of 4 *J|) Mission Shirt Waist A or Utility Chest 3MroW Golden Oak Morris <?g Beaten Brass Candle Mahogany Candle stlcks White Enameled Toilet Table Golden Oak Revolv ing Bookcase $33.5(0) Mahogany Rocker...' Mahogany Sewing Tafcles, re productions of Martha <OVfh Washington style 11 .W Mahogatj^ Rockers.... $9.25 Mahogany Ta- <5"T> T>E! bourets Mahogany Settee, eflftrfn) for hall or library <4>liO.?7<U> Mahogany Inlaid ^y.-..for..h.a,.,.or.!1:. $16.50 Tuna Mahogany 1 Dressing Table Tuna Mahogany Chiffonier Cretonne - covered Shirt Waist Box Mahogany Sewing Taible, with cut-glass knobs Mahogany Book case, colonial style, hand carved M a h o g a n y Chif foniers. colonial style.. Koierh0ga.ny.S."PPer. $11(0.25 Smoking Stand... $3.50 $3.' $50.?? Mahogany Pedestal... Birdseye Maple Rock er Teakwood Tatou rets $9.75 $5.50 $12.75 Carpet Sweepers, Small Domestic Rugs, Small Oriental Rugs, Oriental Saddle Bags, Portieres and Lace Curtains at equally interesting prices. v All goods will be delivered before Christmas. Open Evenings Till Christmas. CLARK, DAVENPORT & CO., 10th and F Sts. s I 1 1 i I 1 !?4^M^K?X?X"X'<,*X?t"K,'>,X?SX":4<?X?X,,X"X?X"X?X'^<?X*W"M SURVEY FOB NEW HALLWAY. Line From Frederick to Buckeys town for W., F. & G. Finished. FREDERICK, Md., December 21?A corps of engineers under the direction of Theodore J. King, superintendent of the Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad Company, has completed a survey from Frederick to Buckeystown for the pro posed extension of the Washington, Fred erick and Gettysburg road from this city to Washington. The engineers are about to cross the Monocacy river and push toward Mont gomery county. The route from Freder ick to Buckeystown is a straight line, thref-quarters of a mile shorter than the distance by turnpike. Beyond Buckeys town the route will toe to the right of the Sugar Loaf mountains on to Poolf? ville It is likely that after reaching Seneca one survey will be made from the latter place to Great Falls and another will cross the river at S'neca and run down on the Virginia side to Grent Falls, Dr. Llewellen Jordan of Washington, one of the promoters of the road, is In Fred I erick in the interest of the movement. L In the meantime progress is being made vn the road now in the course of con struction between Frederick and Thur mont. Rails have been laid nearly to Lewistown, nine miles from this city. President D. C. Kemp and other officials of the road have purchased a fine site about helf-way between Frederick and Lewistown for a large summer hotel. Great Fuel Story. Special Cablegram to The Star. DUNKIRK, December 21.?A .new fuel, which, it is confidently believed, may j play a great part in the heating problem, has been invented by MaJ. Colas, com mandant of the Dunkirk lire brigade, who has taken out a patent for his invention, under the name of "charbonnette." The fuel is made Of inexpensive mate rials at a cost which Is stated not to exceed two-thirds the coast of coal. It lights easily, and. becoming Incandes cent. gives out no smoke, but intense heat, and consumes itself entirely, leav ing no trace of ash. It has the appsar unca of blocks of cork, another advantage being that it leaves no mark when being handled, and It has also no smell. It Is i intended to establish a^factory at Dunkirk I capable of producing 40,000 tons annually of thla aew fuafc i