Newspaper Page Text
AFTER LONG ILLNESS
John W. Boteler Passes Away at the Age of 78. STRICKEN FOUR YEARS AGO Had Been Confined to His Bed Ever Since. FUNERAL SERVICES TOMORROW Succeeded His Father in China and Glassware Business, Which He Conducted for Thirty Years. John Wesley Boteler, who died yes terday at lils home, 1341 lliggs street, was born in the District in July, 1S31. His father, Charles W. Boteler. "was horn Just beyond tLio District line in Maryland. and in sight of the United States Capitol, in 17?8. His great grand father, Walter Boteler, was bora in Prince George county, Md., near this ? ity. in 1TH3. Air. Boteler was stricken with paralysis ;ibout four yearn ago. and had been con fined to his bed ever since. His wife, who was formerly Miss Fanny Miller of Baltimore county. Aid., and two sons, Prank M. Boteler and J. Allen Boteler, survive him. He was married in 1S57. The late Lieut. Boteler, who was for many years connected with the police force, was his cousin. Air. Boteler bccame a member of the Masonic fraternity in this city in ISiiu, ..nd was a member of Washington Com manderv. Knights Templar. The funeral will be held from the lioteler home at 2 o'clock tomorrow aft ernoon. Rev. Dr. Bicknell. rector of St. Andrew s Episcopal Church, will officiate. The interment will be in the family vault at Glenwood. where lie the remains of his father, grandfather and other mem bers of the family. Sixty-Six Years on the Avenue. .Mr. Boteler's father established a china and glassware business here in 1820. He succeeded his father as head of the establishment In 1866, and retired from an active business career In 1S90. The Boteler china and glassware Btore waa in continuous operation on Pennsylvania avenue sixty-six years, most of the time being located at 923 Pennsylvania ave nue. Mr. Boteler was said to have been the first Washington merchant to go abroad and buv foreign goods. He was also one of the" first to introduce here ceramic ( bric-a-brac. , , John W. Boteler furnished china and glassware for the White House from the time of the administration of Presi dent Buchanan to President Cleveland's last term. On many of the rare old pieces now retained at the hitc House as heirlooms may be found the name Boteler." o At the time of the occupancy of the White House by President Hayes, Mr. Boteler, by direction of Mrs. Hayes, sup plied the mansion with the rioted twen ty-thousand-dollar dinner set about which so much was written and said at the time of its purchase. The set was made to order through Boteler & Son by Haviland & Co. of Limoges, France. Ppon its arrival In this country it was placed on exhibition and attracted ?wide spread attention. Every piece of the Hayes set was hand painted, and by particular direction of Mr3. Haves every subject was American. For instance, the tish plates were deco rated with lishes that are found in this country. On the game plates and dishes were painted American birds or other game. On the big turkey dish was the representation of a large wild turkey in the act of taking flight. One piece that was amusing to Mr. Boteler was a huge Kreen frog and a pond lily on the bottom of one of the soup plates. Referring to this particular plate Mr. Boteler was wont to say with a smile: "When the diner had finished eating his soup he was confronted by the big green ! rog at the bottom of the plate, a picture that was not at all suggestive of soup." Many of the Hayes pieces are said to be vet in the china closet of the White House, where they are regarded as some of the curios of the Executive Mansion and its former distinguished inhabitants. Lover of His Home City. Mr. Boteler was a great lover of Wash ington, his native city, and during his last illness his great regret was that he could not get about town and see the improve ments that were in progress. After one of his several trips across the ocean to the old world, where he inspected the capitals and the principal cities in Europe, he de clared to his friends that Washington was destined in the near future to be the hand somest city in the world. In his last days and through the eyes <>f another century Mr. Boteler read with interest and amazement of the ac complishments of the aeroplanes. He was interested greatly in the advance ment being made in the flights through ihe air and other twentieth century ac ? ompllshments, and in his mind made comparisons of the olden days of the slow-going stagecoaches that were in his youth the only means of land travel from ity to city. He was a great admirer of Alexander Shepherd and to him attributed the great strides which have resulted in making Wnshinsrton a city beautiful. Two of his valued possessions were an ?fe-> el lowed book by an ancient author and a medallion in plaster of paris of Ills father. The venerable volume, he often explained, was all that was left of his grandfather's property when his home was burned to the ground many years ago. The medallion was made by a young man who was employed in his father's store as a clerk. It was pronounced a most lifelike reproduction of the profile of the elder Boteler. The father ad \ ised the clerk to give tip the occupation as store clerk and begin a career as a sculptor, for which he was uaturally endowed. The young man followed the advice given him and afterward became renowned as an artist. MILITARY SURGEONS TO MEET. Preparations Under Way for Con vention in This City. Preparations are being made for the approaching meeting in this city, October 5 and 8. of the Association of Military Surgeons. There will be a large repre sentation of prominent medical officers from the army and navy, the National Guard and the public health service. Among the prominent persons to be pres ent will be Sir Alfred Keog'n, director general of the Royal Army Medical Corps of Great Britain, and Inspector General Jan es Porter of the royal navy medical service. The headquarters of the con vention will be at the New Willard, and the principal meeting, to be held Tues day. October 6, will be In the D. A. R. Hall, on 17th street. Reports received at the Navy Depart ment from the Naval Hospital at Las Animas, Col., continue to give gratifying information respecting the successful treatment of tuberculosis by the appli cation of mercury. It is expected that the results of the work inaugurated by .Surge-on B. L. Wright, I". S3. N., at Las Animas, will be made known to the delegates of the convention in October. Paymaster's Absence Explained. The Navy Department is informed that Paymaster William H. Doherty, attached to the battleship Missouri at the navy vara, Boston, has again reported for duty on that ship after an unauthorised ab sence or several days. It appeared that liu? officer became ill at Mai bleliead, an1 *aid he was unable to communicate with the naval authorities. He has been restored to duly. His accoonts are all right* ALEXAtlDRIAAFFAIRS Selection of Census Super visor for Eighth District. NAME NOT YET ANNOUNCED Representative Carlin Says It Will Be Given Out Today. ELECTRIC LIGHTS IN POTOMAC Council to Sign Contract With Alexandria Company?Quiet Labor Day Expected. Sperial Corrcspoii'ieuce ef Star. ALEXANDRIA, Ya., August 2b, 100i>. The name of the man who will serve as supervisor of the census for the eighth congressional district will br*made public tomorrow evening by Representatt-\e Charles C. Carlin. This information was given out ton 1st!it by Mr. Carlin, he ha% - ing lust returned to the city, lie, how ever, declined positively to give the least intimation as to who the successful can didate would be, adding, however, that the name of Raleigh T. Green was with drawn from the contest some time ago. This was done, it was stated, because Mr. Green will be a candidate for the position of clerk of the house of delegates betoi-e the session of that body which will be held next January. Rumor has it that a compromise has been effected on Albert Fletcher, jr., of Warrcnton, Va. This, however, cannot be verified. This loaves Edward Walton of Fairfax, republican, practically out of the race. The only two Known candi dates are, therefore, Col. Granville Gains and Albert Fletclicr, jr., both of War renton. The announcement of the name of the supervisor is awaited with considerable interest. Tho appointment will make the list of supervisors for Virginia complete, the other nine having already been I named. ' The position pays a salary of J2.000 per year. The supervisor will. It Is stated, have under him about 175 enumerators who will be engaged in taking the census for this district. May Have Electric Lights. Electric lights for the little town of Po tomac, Alexandria county, embracing the subdivisions known as Del Ray and St. Elmo, are a possibility In the near future. The town council will In all probability at its next meeting sign a contract with the Alexandria Electric Eight Company for the illumination of the streets of the town with incandescent lights, numbering fortv. of which twenty-eight will be placed in Del Kay and twelve in St. Elmo. Residents of the town have also ar ranged, it is stated, to install Incandescent lights in their homes as soon as the serv ice is extended to that place. t The citizens of Potomac are very en thusiastic over the proposed extension of the lighting system to their town. At the present time all is inky darkness at nightfall within the town. By many it is regarded as dangerous to traverse I the streets unaccompanied at night. 1 It is probable that a special meeting of j the town council will be called In the (near future to sign the contract with 1 the company. Should this be done, the I company, it is stated, will at once begin i the work of extending its line into the I county In order to fulfill the require ! ments. Withdrawal of the "Annex." Employes of the Pennsylvania Rail road Company will not be inconvenienced in the least, it is declared, by the tak ing off of the train known as the "an nex," operated by the Washington-South ern Railway Company between Washing ton and Alexandria for tell accommoda tion of the employes of the Potomac rail road yards. It is stated that when the Washington-Southern takes off its annex October 1 another annex will be placed on the line from the Washington end by the Pennsylvania Company, which will be used exclusively for the employes of that company residing in Washington in going to and from the yards. It now develops that the people who will suffer most through the withdrawal of the annex will be the Alexandrians employed at the Potomac yards, most of whom are In the service of the Washlng ton-Soutliern Railway Company, but it is believed the transportation facilities to and from the yard which are already provided will be adequate. Quiet on Labor Day. Labor day, September 6 next, will be quietly observed in this city. There will be no public demonstration. Many of the business houses will suspend operations at noon for the remainder of the day, but the only amusements thus far ar ranged for Include several base ball games. It Is expected that many of the residents will go to the various river and country resorts, where they will spend the day. Active preparations are being made by local hunters for the opening of tho bird season Werlfesday next. It is expected the marshes in ami around Hunting creek will be filled with gunners in quest of birds. It Is said the birds are plentiful, including reeds, sora and blackbirds. Laborers arc wanted by the city at $1.50 per daj*, hut the services of us manv as are desired cannot, it is stated, be procured. This is the explanation of fered for the slow progress of the work on tho extension of the King street sower, which Is bring ext< rnj^d northward on ?\Vest street. The city finds itself in the rather peculiar position of being unable to proeuro labor at any price. Still Absent on Vacation. A number of the resident clergy are still away on their vacations, and as a re sult pulpits at several of the churches to morrow will be filled by non-resident min isters. Services at Christ Episcopal Church will be conducted by Rev. R K. Massie of the Episcopal Theological Seminary. At St. Paul's P. E. Church the services will be conducted by Rev. L. T. Combs. The morning services at the Methodist Epis copal Church South will be conducted by Rev. E. A. Lambert. Following the regu lar services tomorrow night at 8 o'clock at the Immanuel Lutheran Church the con gregation will hold a meeting for the pur pose of electing a pastor. Since the resig nation of Rev. J. J. May, several months ago, the church has been without a regu lar pastor. ^ Arrangements have about b6?n^ com Dieted by Seminole Tribe, No. iio, Im proved Order of Red Men. for Its autumn festival, which will be held at Armory Ilall, September 15-18 next. Many new and unique innovations will be featured at this affair, among them being a large In dian village surrounded by a miniature forest. Brief Mention. Isaac Edney, colored, made his escape from the chaingang yesterday. Edney was In for four months. He was recently sentenced to serve four additional months for escaping from the gang. This is the second escape that has been made from the chang gang this week. A game of base ball between members of Alexandria-Washing ton and Andrew Jack son lodges of Masons will be played at 4:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon on the grounds on Xorth Alfred street. At the next meeting of the city council a petition will, it is understood, be pre sented asking council to pave Prince street with vitrified brick from Royal to St. Asaph streets, a distance of two squares. The funeral of John G. Wiley, who was killed yesterday in Andover, J., will tak? place at 4 o'clock tomorrow after noon from his late home, 123 Prince street. Lewis Jackson, colored, was today given a hearing before Justice Wright of Fair fax county on a charge of cruelty to a liorse. He was fined *5 und costs, the latter amounting to S4.'JU. Post F, Travelers" Protective Associa tion. this city, will give its annual moon light excursion Friday evening next to Marehall Hall. The committee on ar Solid Trail-Load of Sample Furniture At the close of the great Furniture Exposition at Grand Rapids we purchased the entire lines of many of the exhibiting manufacturers. As these pieces were made especially for the exhibition, and the manufacturers had no further use for them after they had served their purpose, we were able to secure them at an average rate of 33 1-3 cents on the Dollar of manufacturer's cost. It was a gigantic purchase and"took an entire train to transport it here, and it has kept our working force busy night and day getting it ready for this sale. Sale Commences Tomorrow Morning At 8 o'clock This big purchase was made in addition to the regular orders we had placed for fall stocks, and consequently it will bo necessary for us to dispose of these goods at once, so we shall offer them at 50c on the Dollar of Manufacturer's Cost i They are the very finest goods made, and represent the choicest of the new fall patterns, and this sale will he the talk of the city for many a long day. Don't hesitate a moment, but come and pick out the pieces you want. If these goods do not sell themselves at these prices, you will not be asked to buy. It is the most wonderful exhibition of furniture you ever saw, and is the grandest buying opportunity that you will probably ever have. A small deposit will reserve any articles selected for future delivery. 3 and 5 Piece Parlor Suites The very handsome three-piece Parlor Suite shown here, with crotch ed mahogany frames and detachable cushions covered in Russian panne plush, attached with silk cord. One of this fall's new designs and made by one of the best man-j ufacturers in the country. An unusually gfkxi $30.00 value. Sale price ?e$16.45 $19.50 $33.50 $35.00 $30.50 $83.50 $85.00 $$0.50 $30.50 $85.00 $88.50 $43.50 for three-piece Parlor Suites made to sell for $40.00 for three-piece Parlor Suites made to sell for. $45.00 for three-piece Parlor Suit?6 made to sell for.. $52.50 for three-piece Parlor Suites made to sell for.. ..........$60.00 for three-piece Parlor Suites made to sell for........................ .$65.00 for three-piece Parlor Suites made to sell for.. .......................$75,00 for three-piece Parlor Suites made to sell for.........................$79,00 for five-piece Parlor Suites made to sell for..........................$60,00 for five piece Parlor Suites made to sell for..........................$75,00 for five-piece Parlor Suites made to sell for.?.....882,50 for five-piece Parlor Suites made to sell for.. $85.00 Rugs and Carpets Also Reduced To make this sale complete we have purchased a big stock of Bugs and Carpets, which, although bought at regular prices, -will be offered at the same reduction as this big Sample Furniture stock. These goods are all of the highest quality and represent the prettiest o 1 the new fall patterns. $13.50 for 9xl?t Brussels Bugs regularly sold au............................ .$24.50 $15.00 for 9x12 Brussels Rugs regularly sold at...$30.00 $18.50 for 9x1? Brussels Bugs regularly sold at .....$88,00 $30.00 for 9x12 Brussels Bugs regularly sold at .......*.....$40,00 $18-50 for 9x13 Smith's Axminster Rugs sold regularly at $32.50 $15.00 for 9x12 Wilton Velvet Bugs regularly sold at. ......................$32.50 $18-50 for 9x12 Wilton Velvet Bugs regularly sold at -S37.50 $31-50 for 9x12 Wilton Velvet Bugs regularly sold at. ..$42,50 $35.00 for 9x12 Wilton Velvet Rugs regularly sold at $50.00 $37.50 for 9x12 Wilton Velvet Rugs regularly sold at .....$55,00 88e per yard for Reversible Brussels Carpet worth 80c 45c per yard for Tapestry Brussels Carpet worth 90c 50c per yard for Tapestry Brussels Carpet worth $1.00 15c per yard for Tapestry Brussels Carpet worth.. $1.35 75c per yard for Tapestry Brussels Carpet worth..t........ .............. ....$1.50 55e per yard for Velvet Carpets actually worth.. 81.10 75c per yard for Velvet Carpets actually worth ....$1.50 90c per yard for Velvet Carpets actually worth.. $1.75 $1.10 per yard for Velvet Carpets actually worth. .$2.00 All Mattings Reduced to Cost We shall offer our entire stock of Mattings during this sale at actual cost. We still have a big assortment of excellent patterns in many different grades, but they will be sacrificed indiscriminately. China Closets. $10-35 $13.50 $15.85 $17.85 $31.50 $38.50 $35.00 $37.50 $39.35 for China for China for China for China for China for China for China for China for China Closets Closets Closets Closets Closets Closets Closets Closets Closets worth, worth, worth, worth, worth, worth, worth, worth, worth. . .$ao.oo . $25.00 . .$30.00 . .$35.00 . .$40.00 . .$45.00 .$50.00 ..$55.00 ..$60.00 Wardrobes $14.50 for Wardrobes worth... . $28.00 $31.50 for Wardrobes worth $35.00 $34.85 for Wardrobes worth $43.00 $27.50 for Wardrobes Worth $55.00 $33.50 for Wardrobes worth $65.00 $88-35 for Wardrobes worth $75.00 Enameled Iron Beds $3-50 for Beds worth $5.50 $3.85 for Beds worth $8.00 $5.50 for Beds worth $11.50 $7.50 for Beds worth... $15.00 $10.50 for Bed* worth $22.50 $13.50 for Beds worth $25.00 Sideboards $10-50 for $13.50 for $14.00 for $16.50 for $17.50 for $30.00 for $33.50 for $35.00 for $$0.00 for $$5.00 for $89.50 for $40-50 for Sideboards Sideboards Sideboards Sideboards Sideboards Sideboards Sideboards Sideboards Sideboards Sideboards Sideboards Sideboards worth $20.00 worth $24.00 worth... worth... worth.., worth... worth.., worth, i, worth... . .$28.00 . $32.00 ..$35.00 . .$40.00 . .$45.00 ..$50.00 . .$60.00 worth $70.00 worth.... .$80.00 worth $90.00 Morris Chairs $8.50 for Morris Chairs worth $12.50 $10.50 for Morris Chairs worth.. .$20.00 $13.50 for Morris Chains worth.. .$34.00 $15.00 for Morris Chairs worth...$80.90 $18.00 for Morris Chairs worth.. $38.50 Music Cabinets $8.50 for Music Cabinets worth.. .$12.50 $15.00 for Music Cabinets worth..$30.00 $18-00 for Music Cabinets worth..$36.00 $30.00 for Music Cabinets worth..$40.00 85c Tabour ettes 39c Made of selected quartered oak In weathered or golden finish. The top is 12 by 12, and it stands 18 inches high. It is hand mortised and put together with screws, making it strong and sub stantial. It will soon be time to bring your plants in the house, and you will find one of these very 2i|r useful. Special sale price $4 Dining Chairs $1.85 $1.85 Solid quartered oak Dining Chairs just like illustration. Box frame, good cane seat?hand polished: a massive and good look ing chair, and a regular $4 value. Special sale price Other Dining Chairs with cane and leather seats. $3.50 for Chairs worth $5.00 $3.98 for Chairs worth... T $6.00 $$.9$ for Chairs worth $8.00 $4.35 for Chairs worth $9.00 $$.35 for Chairs worth $10.00 $5.98 for Chairs worth $12.00 $6.65 for Chairs worth $14.00 Buffets In golden oak and mahogany. $18.50 for Buffets worth $32.50 $19.50 for Buffets worth.. $40.00 $33.50 for Buffets worth $45.00 $35.90 for Buffets worth $50.00 $39.85 for Buffets worth $60.00 883.50 for Buffets worth $65.00 $36.00 for Buffets worth....... .$70.00 $40-$5 for Buffets worth $90.00 $45.50 for Buffets worth $90.00 $57.50 for Buffets worth $ 110.00 Chiffoniers $4~50 for Chiffoniers worth $8.59 87-50 for Chiffoniers worth $15.00 $10.59 for Chiffoniers worth $31.50 $13.50 for Chiffoniers worth $24.50 $14.50 for Chiffoniers worth $28.50 $18-50 for Chiffoniers worth S3*.50 $18.50 for Chiffoniers worth S38.00 $33-50 for Chiffoniers worth. .... $44.00 $35.00 for Chiffoniers worth $50.50 L50 Rockers for ,98 $1 $1.98 This exact Rocker in quartered oak, hand polished and excellently made. Very substantial in construction and finely finished. No phone or mail orders accepted. Good value at $4.50 Sale price Other Rockers in oak and mahogany. $3.50 for Rockers worth $5.00 $8.50 for Rockers worth......... 87.00 $4.50 for Rockers worth $9.00 $5.50 for Rockers worth $11.00 $6.35 for Rockers worth $13.50 $7.50 for Rockers worth $15.00 $8.50 for Rockers worth $17.00 $10.00 for Rockers worth $20.00 $11.35 for Rockers worth $22.50 Davenports In oak and mahogany, with velour or leather covering. $33.50 for Davenports worth... $42.50 $35.50 for Davenports worth.. .$50.00 $35.00 for Davenports worth.. .$68.00 $43.50 for Davenports worth $80.00 $45.00 for Davenports worth $90.00 $55.00 for Davenports worth... .$110.00 $83.50 for Davenports worth... .$120.00 Ladies' Desks In oak, mahogany, and bird's-eye maple. $6.50 for Desks worth $13.00 $8.35 for Desks worth $16.00 $10.00 for Desks worth *20.00 $12.50 for Desks worth $24.00 $14.00 for Desks worth $28.00 $16-50 for Desks worth $32.50 $28.50 Dressers for $14.25 The exceptionally handsome Dresser shown here is one of several patterns we have that we can offer at $14.35. They are in bird's-eye maple, golden oak, and mahogany, with swell or serpentine fronts, and oval or square mirrors, 18x34. Beau tiful in design and ex cellent in construction. Sale price $6.35 for Dressers worth $12 50 $7.50 for Drawers worth $15.00 $8.88 for Dressers worth .$18.50 $10.50 for Dressers worth $21.50 $13.50 for Dressers worth $24.50 $14.50 for Dressers worth $30.00 $16.80 for Dressers worth ..'$33.59 $1$.50 for Dressers worth $38.50 $33.50 for Dressers worth $46.00 $35.00 for Dressers worth $53.30 $14.25 $18.50 Tables for $10.85 Hall Racks $7.50 for Hall Backs worth $14.00 $8-35 for Hall Backs worth $16.00 $9.59 for Hall Racks worth $19.50 $10.50 for Hall Racks worth $20.50 $13-50 for Hall Racks worth.. .. .$24.00 $18-35 for Hall Racks worth $27.50 $14.85 for Hall Racks worth. .. .$30.00 817.85 for Hall Racks worth $35.00 $31.50 for Hall Racks worth $38.50 $33.85 for Hall Racks worth $45.00 Library Tables In Weathered and Golden Oak $5.50 for Library Tables worth .. $10.50 $7.50 for Library Tables worth. .$15.00 $10.50 for Library Tables worth . $21.50 $12-50 for Library Table* worth . $24.00 $15.00 for Library Tables worth .. $29.50 $18.00 for Library Tables worth.. $38.00 Cribs These prices includc mattresses. $5.85 for Cribs worth $12.00 $7.85 for Cribs vrorth $16.00 $9.50 for Cribs worth. $19.50 $11.50 for Cribs worth $22.85 $13.50 for Cribs worth $25.00 $14.50 for Cribs worth $28.00 Solid oak Table, like illustration, with massive pedestal base and carved claw feet; all hand pol ished round top. Big value at $18.50. Special sale price $10.85 $13.50 for $14.85 for $16.50 for $18.50 for 331.60 for 332.50 for 335.00 for 339.88 for $$1.88 for $$5-00 for Tables Tables Tables Tables Tables. Tables Tables Tables Tables Tables worth, worth worth. wort h. worth. worth. worth. worth, worth, worth $24.00 .$28.00 .$30,011 *3j.Ou $41.50 .$45.(40 $60.00 . $80.00 .$63.00 <?70.00 Mattresses Reduced During this sal" ive shsH offer all .Mattresses and Springs at greatlj re duoed prices, so that you ?an furnish your home romplete, and save money on every article Brass Beds $9.50 for Beds worth $18.50 $13.50 for Beds worth $25.00 $31-50 for Beds worth $4 2 ?o $38-50 for Beds worth $52.00 $83-50 for Beds worth ^64.50 $35-00 for Beds worth $70.00 $37-50 for Beds worth $750.0 Above Carnegie Library GATES & RICH 1013-1015 Seventh Street Between K and L Streets rangements consists of J. William May, Alfred Thomson and H. K. Field. Frank Williamson was struck on the liead with a rock while on the old Fair Grounds shortly after 9 o'clock tonight He was taken into custody by Policemen Beach and Rawlett. The police also se cured the name of his assailant, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. ??? m ? Street Obstructions and Dangers. To the Editor of Tb? Star: Your issue of August 27 had a para graph showing the institution of two damage suits against the District on ac count of injuries alleged to have been sustained through obstructions in the sidewalk?projecting water boxes, _abnor mal depressions or like conditions. I remember trying to get our three mayors twenty years ago to adopt and enforce regulations which would put an end to damage suits for this cause. They did issue orders to the police force whose beats cover every sidewalk in the city, requiring that every obstruction should ?be promptly reported. That may have been done for a time, but it is evident that the machine fails to connect at some poiut. for obstructions still exist and arc not at once corrected. I suppose there is dereliction by some officer in the Dis trict building whose duty it is to at once cause the removal of the obstructicrfi, or if from any cause that cannot bo done, to cause danger signs to be placed. There is absolutely r.o excuse for dam age suits against the District for .this i-ause. Common business methods might easily be adopted so as to absolutely tlx the responsibility for the existence of such excuses fur damage stilts. - ? >V. J. AlORiUS* IN BEHALF OF ABYSSINIA HEIR TO THE THRONE WANTS AMERICAN INTERFERENCE. "Prince of Africa" Speaks of Men ace to His Country, and Utters Curse. CHICAGO, August 2S.?A remarkable plea for American Interference in Abys sinia, addressed to the Daily News 01 this city, and signed by Prince Johannes Menelik of Adis Abbeda, heir to the Abyssinian throne, is printed in the News of today. ? The missive, though in broken, and often chaotic, English, glows with feeling and concludes with a typi cally oriental curse against England. The authenticity of the letter is vouched for by Prof. D. D. L.uckenbill. instructor of Assyrlology at the University of Chicago. "Not only the postmark, but the char acter of the whole document shows its oriental origin," said Prof. I-uckenbil'. "The curse Is typical." Prof. Luckenbil stated that there was a sort of. Young Turk movement in every oriental countrv at the present time. Abyssinia being no exception. The letter begins: "Adis Abbeda. Ji?!y is, i?yy. Fxoxu iL_iw AL Pryrce.Jyliiia* nes Afenelik, to Chicago, 111., U. S. A., the News manager." ?* Opposes Appeal to Germany. The writer speaks of the menace to his country of Germany. France. Italy ami England, particularly of the last named. He speaks of advising his father, the emperor, against the hitter's appeal to Germany for help. America 1s the one land he can trust. "I am a prince of Africa," runs the letter, "and 1 now call to the worldwide attention to help me In this great work, because if we left In our native people's hands Africa shall go to hell and not to f heaven. I must point out one thing. ; We don't want German or English or j French in this country. But if America j come in my lifetime she nnd her subjects shall be welcome. But German people is no good to any colored people. England she 1s h?l enough. German 40,000,0nf> times worse. And on other hand T do think we can set as goodes man in the state of America." Will Act After Father's Death. The prince adds that if the emperor does not expel the Germans, he, the prince, will do so after the emperor's death. "I do not wish to kill people as Eng land done: going all over the world and killing other native and taking away their country what do not belong to them." he declares. Speaking of the emperor's health, the | prince says: "He is getting very weak now and upon his constitution. He therefore cannot help himseives. and it is my duty to help him with all the power that is within my j soul." Prince Johannes proposes a visit to America ?ia China and Japan in further | ance of his desire for American inter vention to save his country from becom iiULttU Euiujpeaoi pipteeturat*. CZAR AND GENERALS AFIELD * 1 WAR MANEUVERS ON VAST SCALE RECEIVE ATTENTION. Area of Operations Placed Within Three Days' Infantry March of St. Petersburg. Special Cablegram to Tlie Star. ST. PETERSBURG. August 28.-War maneuvers on a vast, scale on the plains between Gatchina and Narva have this week occupied the tzar and the leading Russian generals. The area of operation is placed within a three-day infantry march of St. Petersburg, and the entire scheme was remarkable for political can dor. The strategic advisers of the czar started on the assumption that Russia was at war with Germany before the navy had been sufficiently reconstructed to defend even the upper coasts of the Gulf of Finland. German warships were assumed to have conveyed transports to Narva, ?here they had debarked an in vading army within one hundred miles of the capital. The invading force, under Gen. Nik,itin, sent an army across country to due south of Gatchina. where Gen. Daniloff. com manding the defending army, had his base. It was Niiiklns aim to make a flank attack from Narva on the defend ing army, drawn forward by an attacking corps on its sviUIa, The uygirea decided that tli#*- attacking- force had made the outer portions of St. Petersburg's de fenses untenabjp, but that ample rein forcements had been brought up in time to defeat their final effective advance. "Bussification of Finland/' This verdict doubtless was framed as personal consolation for Nicholas, but the all-important fact is that tlx maneuvers were used as convincing argu ment for proceeding with the Russlfka tion of Finland. If a Russian fleet held Sveaborg. the rocky stronghold outside llelslngfors, no invading convoy could advance within two hundred miles of Narva. The im perative necessity of converting 8veabor? into Russia s strongest place of arms in the north is all the more urgent, as Cronstadt is now recognized as ub&olcit and topographically impossible as a fort ress, owing to the long range of inodei > artillery and the use of submarines anu swift destroyers. The friends of Finland will ple;<d in vain against this invasion of their right The fact that their local legislature are not only persistently socialistic, but anti-military, makes it impossible for t ?. czar's ministers to leave Russia in ar,\ danjrer on the Finnish mainland be? hind Sveaborg. Personal Mention. Joseph T. Keefer of this city, a cod* n of Gen. Washington through >larv Bail, his mother, has just returned from an extended trip through New York. Dr. N. Wyiis Pomeroy will return from his vacation tomorrow ^ It pays to road tho want column* The Star. Hundreds of situations are tilled tUtfUK.il UiCitt.