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John W. Boteler Passes Away
at the Age of 78.
Had Been Confined to His Bed Ever
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
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.
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
Selection of Census Super
visor for Eighth District.
Representative Carlin Says It Will
Be Given Out Today.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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..
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. .$2.00
All Mattings Reduced to Cost
We shall offer our entire stock of Mattings during this sale at actual cost. We
still have a big assortment of excellent patterns in many different grades, but they will
be sacrificed indiscriminately.
China Closets.
for China
for China
for China
for China
for China
for China
for China
for China
for China
. .$ao.oo
. $25.00
. .$30.00
. .$35.00
. .$40.00
. .$45.00
$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
$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
worth $20.00
worth $24.00
worth, i,
. .$28.00
. $32.00
. .$40.00
. .$45.00
. .$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
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
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
$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
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
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
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
$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
$18.50 Tables for
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
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
$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
wort h.
. $80.00
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
Carnegie Library
1013-1015 Seventh Street
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*
"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
"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
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
"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*.
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.

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