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We Invite Comparison
These houses are located in the most attractive
section of the city, with an unobstructed view of
Rock Creek valley, convenient to the Conn. ave.
Kilbourne Street, Between 17th
and 18th Streets N.W.
Open for inspection daily and Sunday until g p.m.
Located in Ingleside
These homes are superior to any homes ever of
fered in this section.
Built by the well known builders, Cahill & Duni
gan. They contain every modern comfort and con
venience. Heated by hot water; shower bath; elec
tric and gas lights; servant's room and toilet in
basement; beautiful hardwood trimmed through
out; gas logs, open fireplace; deep closets; beauti
ful lawns and porches.
The appointments, fixtures, etc., will compare
with those vou find in any $10,000 home.
JAMES A CAHILL,
1308 F Street
Have You Seen It
How to Keep Cool
Buy, build and live at Potomac
Heights. Temperature 15 degrees cooler
than any other spot in the District. Water,
sewer, electric lights and phone system
now installed. We have sold 1,308,
000 square feet in 18 months. Five
cent car fare. Twenty cents per square
foot. Liberal terms. See us before
buying elsewhere. Meet us on the
221-222 Colorado Building
Phone Main 7306
30 Sold. 2 Left.
Take Time Sunday to
Inspect These Well
Located at the intersection of
Florida avenue, ist and R streets
northwest. Six rooms, reception
hall and bath.
These homes are wide and
roomy and are built to stand the
All we ask is that you take a
look through them.
Thomas J. Fisher & Co
t 738 15th St. N.W.
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IMPROVEMENTS AT 15TH AND G STREETS.
MCW HUI DIX, WHICH WILL BE PLACED ON SITE.
OLD RIGK5S HOUSE AND CITIZEXS' NATIONAL BANK, NOW IN THE HANDS OF THE WRECKERS.
RIGGS HOUSE WILL GIVE WAY
TO MODERN OFFICE BUILDING
Old Hotel Vacated This Week?Work to
Begin at Once on New
This week marked the passing of the
Riggs House, one of the most historic
hostelrles In the National Capital. The
doors of the old hotel were closed to
guest* Thursday morning, and all of the
furnishings of the house were placed on
sale at public auction.
Work is to be started Immediately on
the wrecking of the Riggs House and the
old Citizens' Bank building, which ad
joint* it on 15th street, so that the site
may be cleared for the proposed new
Riggs building. Wells Bros., a firm of
contractor* from New York, will con
struct the new building, and they will
take charge of the *ite as soon as the
old structures have been raxed.
The Riggs building, to be located on
the southeast corner of 15th and Q
street*, is, so to speak, the hub of the
financial district of Washington, being
directly opposite the United States Treas
ury and within two minutes' walk of all
j the leading trust companies, bank* and
most recent and modern office buildings.
In addition to this It will be accessible
easily from any part of the city on any
car line, and is on the direct Nne of
march of all Inaugural parades and other
procession*. The building will be erected
in accordance with the most, modern type
of fireproof steel frame construction, and
erery precaution against fire will be in
There will be in the building eight
floors, a basement and a subbasement,
the *even upper floors being given up
to large, well lighted and ventilated of
fice*. In each office there will be a coat
closet and a lavatory, in which each baain
will be supplied with hot and cold water
and a drinking faucet for ice water con
nected with tne refrigerating plant of
the building. There will be also in each
office a fireproof vault with sheet steel
door, equipped with combination lock.
Unusually large window space has been
allotted to all the offices and these win
dows will be fitted with shades and awn
ings. The electric lights in each office
will be very generously located and In
addition thereto provision will be made
for electric outlets for lamps and fans.
All the floor* and trim of the offices will
be of the best quality oak and the floors
of th* corridors of mosaic with sanitary
The building will contain 146 office
rooms, while on the first floor and in the
basement there will be a cigar and news
stand, barber shop, Turkish bath and
plunge, bar and cafe and a long-distance
telephone exchange connecting with each
office. There will be three modern elec
tric passenger elevators.
Another important feature of the struc
ture will be a large and complete theater
which will be occupied by "Chase's."
WHAT IS TO BECOME OF
OLD STEWART CASTLE SITE?!
Real Estate Men, Noting Senator Clark's
Dispute With Assessors, Are Led to
Speculate on Future of His
Dupont Grcle Property.
News dispatches of the past week have
contained several reference* to the diffi
culties encountered by the city expert*
of New York in making a proper tax
assessment against the mansion of for
mer Senator William A. Clark of Mon
tana, located at 6th avenue and 77th
street In the metropolis. This magnifi
cent dwelling was assessed at $2,200,000
in 1906^ $8,000,000 in 1008. $3,290,000 In 1900
and $8,600,000 in 1910.
Senator Clark did not object to the 1906
assessment, but when the valuation
steadily mounted upward he did voice
a protest and only last week a formal
petition was presented in court in an ef
fort to have the assessments against the
house reduced. According to Senator
Clark's statemsnt hi* 6th avenue home 1*
actually worth $2,100,000, and he declared
that the usual ratio of assessment would
make $1*690.000 a fair basis for the fix
ing of taxes. It is stated that the sena
tor concedes that the land on which hi*
house stand* i* worth flvOOO.OOO, but he
take* decided exception to the contention
of the city expert* that the structure and
its fittings are worth $8,000,000.
Property Long Unimproved.
Washington real estate men have no
tleed with interest the dispatches telling
of Senator Clark's troubles with the as
in this connection they have
led to speculate freely upon what
disposition ultimately will be mads of the
former senator's property facing Dupont
Circle In this city. This property, which
? nrsiplM all of the triaagie between Mas
sachusetts and Connecticut avenues, has
been permitted to lie for years in an un
improved stats- If it is on the market
for sale there Is no external evidence of
that fact In the way of "For sale" signs,
and any would-be
unless he hap
pened to be familiar with the city as
sessment book*, might have considerable
difficulty in finding a channel through
which an offer for the property could be
The lota at Dupont Circle are assessed
In the name of the W. A. Clark Realty
Company, and the city valuation placed
upon the 16JS32 square feet in the prop
erty is $81,610. Even on a basis of a
two-thirds valuation this wouid make the
property actually worth fully $125,000,
though It Is extremely doubtful that It
coula be bought at any such figure.
Was Known as Stewart's Castle.
The property at Dupont Circle now
owned by Senator Clark first came Into
general public notice In the period im
mediately following the civil war, when
it was purchased by the late Senator
William Stewart of Nevada, and he built
upon it the first of the large houses to be
placed in this section of the District of
Columbia Because of Its msgnMl pence
this house was known a* Stewart's castle,
and probably because at the time of Its
building It was such a grsai distance
off the usual lines of travel In the capital
It was referred to not Infrequently ss
Subsequently this property passed Into
the hand* or Senator Clark, the house
was demolished and the property has
been idle ever since.
In making the assessment upon Senator
Clark's New York mansion the experts
employed by the city declared that the
house could not be appraised on the
basis of Its market value, "because it has
none." The experts dsclsred they did not
intend to mske a criticism of the lavish
ness and prodigality with which It was
built, nor of the way In which tbs ar
chitects carried out Senator Clark's luxu
It was simply ons way of stating that
the house Is unique, and was used as a
basis for the argument that the measure
of Its value should be the cost of Its con
" Finer Than King's Palace.
Nd emperor or king in the world has a
palace which can compare with the Clark
mansion, according to the New York
taxing experts. The house, they say, has
every conceivable luxury. Every room
has a secret entrance In addition to its
doors. There are safe deposit vaults and
a cold storage plant for furs ?nd victuals.
There is a garage conceafed rn the houee.
riot apparent fro? outside yUw. There
also a Turkish bath establishment, a
swimming pool, a solarium on the roof, an
astronomical observatory, an ^t gaUery
and a miniature opera house.
nspd where copper Is used In ordinary
houses, and the house is roofed with
l2on? Only the rarest woods are used
'"carraxa^glass' in the house is valued at
137 623, according to Austen Sargent, ex
pert for a plate-glass company. The total
S.t of the erection of the house and the
SSt.fi.tlou of 1? ??"?', ?
I $3,500,000, according to the clt> s ex
?'The Truffle of the Sea."
From the Philadelphia Press.
A French tourist, returning home from
a brief visit to this country, has had the
audacity to besmirch the character of the
American oyster. He describes It aa
"tough" and of a taste "abominable.
This said of our peerless "truffle of the
sea." the only perfect hivalve on earth, or
rather in the salt waters thereof! It is
really astounding how obstinate most
foreigners are in refusing to
palm to our American oyster, "lhe Eng
itohman swears by his Colchesters, the
Irishman by his Carlingfords; the Scotch
man by his Pandores, and yet to the
American taste?which, as all the world
knows Is faultless?every one of these
varieties, as well as those appertaining
to the shores of France, Portugal. SP?1"
and Italy, tastes rankly ?
InaxDlicable fact In the life of the great
I Vaooleon was his willingness to c0[*"
! iume enormous quantities of the wretch
ed little French things; he gorged upon
them the night before Austerlitx, and one
Sly fancy that that battle had not been
so hardly won had he been supplied with
several hundred-the B?p?r?ytt,n" "?d
*te a thousand oysters at a sitting, ana
Peter the Great ate them like # peanuts,
calling them his "life V?ser??-ot our
choicest blue points 'or Chesapeake?.
This Is not Intended as an eulogy o
the American oyster; It needs none. It
loeaksT or more properly, "wallows for
itself; even though Th ackeray. on **ting
his first Shrewsbury, vo^.e<L^at_ t^v
' _ ?v>nurh he had swallowed a baby.
Which reminds us that thla same 8hTom
bury constitutes the arms of old Tam
many Hall. Could higher praise be given
5S- oyster? Could vindication be more
?W?!prefer to discern no malice or even
nreludice In the attitude of misguided
aliens in this matter. They are simply
lacking at once in good taste and delicate
palate They don't know a good thing
when they bolt It down; they are not
worthy of our "tidbits for deities, am
Breaking Vp Soil With Powder.
Prom the Manhattan Industrialist.
It doesn't take long to tear an awe to |
pieces with the powder system now being
used in adobe lands. A demonstration a
few days ago on the college farm showed
how thoroughly the ground was broken
up. Whether the process Is to he Buccess
?yti <? still to toe proved. E. R. Angasi
has charge of the work now be\ng'done.
In to be used for an orchard Mr.
?n^t had holes bored-196 to the acre
anart. The charges put into
s,p&n* wirM Thr66
these were connected with vrtres. Tnree
oKnut twelve or fifteen cnaxises.
?w'nn?at one time. The tough adobe
ZJ? cricked from hole to hole; large
JKST hSfiA "T JS?u3S
lnitUcosts ^out1115 an acre for the pow
der Sd SSaaS 12.80 or $2.75 for the
The Logic of It.
pram the Philadelphia Record.
But for the prohibitory provision of the
I federal Constitution the professional gran
gers who are furnishing agitation against
reciprocity with Canada would doubtless
urge the erection of a high tariff wall be
tween Pennsylvania and New York,
fkaea ife a good many tnwufactorcs and
Iirtcultiiral products in which there is
I^m^tltion between the two states as
weTl ? b^t^Sn the United States and
Canada. The difference chiefly is to the
rMMctive volumes of trade. Fortunately,
S?Con!tUutlon has anticipated these
Prove the Old Saying
That the Best Values Sell First
O n ly Two Left
On Capitol Hill
The demand for modern homes in this particular section has
increased wonderfully since the erection of the House and Senate
The owners of these new homes, familiar with that condition,
studied this section carefully and stlected this site as the most log
ical place for a new home of this character.
Th? horn? fth?y hav? produced! is a
ravelatsoui m sftwdly corastniction, aftfaractiv?
<dl?sigmimig aimsS g?im?ral ?qmpm?mt.
You should s?? nfto
Coir, of 3dl anadl E Sfts. S.E.
SAMPLE HOUSE OPEN AND LIGHTED UNTIL 9 P.M.
Prices, $4,500 to $5,000
$500 Cask; Balanac?, $3<6.5<D Monthly
(Including all interest)
DESCRIPTION: Six large spacious rooms, resulting from an
unusual width of house, 2i FEET; ELECTRIC LIGHTS; PAR
QUET FLOORING; two-story rear porches; large front and rear
yards. Many of the lots are 129 feet deep. There is an unusual
amount of value represented in these homes.
COME NOW DON'T PUT OFF
Phillips & Sager,
715 14th St. N.W.
South African Diamonds.
From the Chicago Examiner.
The first South African diamond was
discovered in West Griqualand, March
33, 1867. The excitement that imme
diately followed put the California craze
of 1849 completely into the shade, and
from all the lands of the earth men be
gan the mad rush to the Griqualand set
tlement. The rush for the dark continent
was already in full swing when & lucky
dog of a prospector picked up the "Star
of South Africa," & atone that was valued
at something like a quarter of a million,
and the rush became a wild stampede.
The negroes thought that every white
man In the world was coming to Africa
and that they wera all "crasy."
With their blood fairly up, the gun
hunters spread out over the black man's
land, and It was not long before the rich
mines of the Transvaal were discovered.
"Kimberley." Well, to Kimberley came
a white man who was not "crasy"?a
man with a mighty brain, and with pur
poses that were almost cosmic In their
sweep?a man who cared nothing for dia
monds and the wealth they represented
except as he might use them for the fur
therance of his far-reaching alms. That
man was Cecil Rhodes, the son of the
poor English rector. Rhodes put his hand
upon the mighty mob of South African
diamond hunters, quieted It, assumed con
trol, and turned millions upon millions
into his strong box. He became the "dia
mond king," the richest man In South
Africa, one of the richest men In the
He was happy not because he was rich,
for he despised riches, as such. But he
knew that his millions, made out of dia
monds, would enable him to carry out his
great plans in the direction of empire,
education and the general advancement
of Anglo-Saxon civilisation.
The mighty man died in the prtane of
his life, but not until he had been en
abled to so arrange things that the con
summation of his purposes was prac
Two Hondred Million Tons of Soda.
From the Evening Wisconsin.
Reliable Information adds to the won
ders of East Africa a soda lake whose
area is about thirty square miles. The
deposit at Magadi Is divided Into distinct
layers of soda, the topmost being ten
inches thick. Imagine a lake filled with
solid soda instead of water. The surface
is hard and resembles pink marble. Dur
ing the short rainy season the lake is cov
ered over by a few Inches of water, which
quickly disappears when the season Is at
an end. Like everything else, this sin
gular formation has a "mother." The na
tives say when a block of soda Is removed
the "mother liquor" rises to the surface
and at once begins to form a fresh crust.
You may thus work the same spot year
after year and procure the material
freehly made. The British expedition
bored a hole about nine feet deep, and
found crystals all the way. They believe
the formation is solid. Even a depth of
nine feet would mean 200,000,000 tons.
Too Mnch for the Clairvoyant.
From tbo Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"You claim to be a great clairvoyant,"
began the client who had been shown
into the home of Mme. La Faque. "I
am told that you can read the past, pres
ent and future. Nothing is hidden from
"It Is true," answered the famous me
dium. "F?r $2 I will tell you "
"I will give you flO if you will put mo
wise to one problem," Interrupted the
client impatiently. "What was It that
my wife told me to bring home for din
ner tonight V
The money was refunded, M set cheer
fully; as the advertisements promised.
Your Ev@iry Wnsk Mas Bern Asntk
ipatedl ainidl Provided forimTK?s?
Commodious k Attractive lomieSc
Sample House, 3126 Mt Pleasant St.
Opera for Inspection Sunday.
$500 Cash. $40 Per Month,
.Including all interest and monthly payments.
Average reduction of the principal per month, $24.
These houses will rent for $40.50 per month.
'HE homeseekers or the investors who investigate
this property are bound to look on it with favor.
The houses are ideal in every respect, the price ex
ceptionally reasonable and the terms very easy.
These houses are attractively designed, with numberless
features which are not to be found in the ordinary home. Six
large, bright, pleasing rooms, effectively trimmed through
out in hardwood. Hot-water heat. Refined and elegant
decorations. Artistic fixtures. Double floor*. Modern
tiled bath, containing all the latest appliances, including
"shower bath. Laundry chute in bathroom. Refrigerator
in porch. Plenty of good size closets. Servants' toilet
Double porches. Large yard leading to public alley.
Fmiradis A0 Blmdfoinij
707 G Street N.W.
For Old Horses.
From the St. Lonla Time*.
The report that the city Is to establish
1 on Chesley island where its ailing or ex
i hausted horses may have a chance to re
| cuperate is rood news to the humane
i Individual who has occasion to notice
j every day that ailing and exhausted
! horses are not always so justly dealt
But now that the city has acted on be
half of its own property, may we not
expect that we have progressed a little
toward the day when it will also insist
that all citisens recognise the rights of
the faithful horse.
The Society for the Prevention of Cru
elty to Animals can do much; but pre
ventlon has never yet solved any big
problem. Education is the effective force
which not only prevents but forestalls.
The avt.toS- owner of a horse?of a
draft-horse, perhaps we should say?ap
parently believes that he has a right to
work the animal to the day of Its death,
with a possible dispensation of a few
hours, before an officer Is called to put
a relieving bullet Into the brain that can
no longer compel the woraout body to
obey. A very large number of work
horses dte. literally, in the harness. And
the average man looks upon himself as
an' aggrieved person, and estimates his
loss, when his horse falls for the last
Very certainly the world will solve the
problem of its old horses, when It has
become wise and kind; but humane per.
sons ettll hiv? a gigantic work before
them, if the horee is ever to be treated
with as moch consideration as numer
ous other species which are by no meaae
so useful, or so thoroughly worthy of re
Let there be a recuperation ground not
only for the city's horses, but for all
Finally Got to Fighting.
From tbe Philadelphia Tines.
Bishop Woodcock of Kentucky was dis
cussing the southern mountaineers, among
whom he had lived and worked for many
years. The question of family fends
was brought up and the Mshop related
the following anecdote:
"A. certain family had attended a re
union which terminated In a free-for-all
fight. The offenders were taken before
the local justice of the peaoe. Who ques
tioned an old woman as to the particulars
of the fight. Her description was typical
of the mountaineer's attitude toward
strife and bloodshed.
" "Well. Judge,' she said, 'Jem Lewis
got Into an argument with Hank Budda.
Budds smashed Jem over the head wttk
a stick of cord wood, bursting his head
open. Then Jem's brother slashed Hank
up with a butcher knife, and Lou Barry
shot him through the leg. Larry Stover
went at Lou with an ax, aad then, Judge,
we just naturally got to lighting."