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PLANS NOT YET MADE Business Opportunity May Lead to His Early Retirement From Office. Postmasu r Xorman Alien Merritt the Washington post office today said the published report of his intention to T-' sigT. before the expiration of his term \'t December was sonvwhat premature and unauthorized. Fie admitted, however, that there is a likelihood that he will effect an ar raMoment whereby he will become finan ? ii.l manager of the Aaron Peter labora tories of Pittston, Pa., and when that ;s done that lie will tender his resigna tion as postmaster at Washington. Retirement Not Asked. Ke\ olid the fact that the public- press had intimated the intention of Postmaster < ;?-r.eral Burleson to name Otto Praeger. a newspaper man. as his successor. Mr. Merritt said i.e had had no intimation from the Postmaster General or the de partment that 'lis retirement was de sired. Mr. Alt iit) is th? sot: of .loin A. Mer riv former postmastei at Washington *nd for some time third assistant post-; master :a>. He entered the postal' s?er\ ice many years ago and his rise had been gradual and due to merit untii , his appointment to the office formerlv helti i,y 2iis father. Has Reorganized Service. Sim* his incumbency upon the suiidcn tlcath oi former Postmaster }>;irties soino > ears ago Mr. Merritt has thoroughly leor^'aliized the loi'ul service, extending its facilities as rapidly and ;,s far as department appropriations and authority Mould permit. Til.- employes of tlie offlt e. especially carrier?, are anions his warm est admirers In liis office there hangs a handsomel> engrossed set of resolu tions commending him for his stand in relieving the earriers of the t.uracil of Sunday ivork. ILLITERACY IN DISTRICT IS GREATLY DECREASED Dr. Winthrop Talbot of New York Shows Conditions in Other Sections of United States. ;,as been a decrease of 4'J illiteracy in the District of ^ '' ; ' i!l *' ;1 years .vas the statement m : !tl Mouse committee on educa '' 1 l",i: 1 y Winthrop Talbot. M. !>., o. Xe-.i York city. The decrease in illit er:e V n.,s compared with an increase in ti:' i>"PUlation during the same period. T'r Uiathrop gave figures from every st.it. a'Jvtw.. v i,f tlit* preposition to g v. the Secretary of Labor more power to effect co-operation among industry, education and social agencies. He in stanced one practical illustration of the work of Dudley Sizsehner. a garment manufacturer of New York citiy, who gives illiterate employes instruction along educational lines in working hours. Tiie menace of illiteraev is not great m tiie south, said-Dr. Talbot, "as all the southern states have decreased the percentage of iJlitera* y about per cent I"e nienate is in ti.e northeast. Con necticut. for instance, has increased the percentage of illiteracy from 5.9 per cent ... t. per cent ,n ten years, and the in creased population was lis.i per cent. New , ? state still retains per cent of i| literacy, as it did in 190ft." Dr. i albot tohl the committee that he behovesi that !n view of the great efforts being shown toward wiping out illiteracy the illiteracy test ? of the Burnett-Dll I ingham lmmigratios bill is a vicious Piece Of legis ation. and that the effort should be made to keep out defectives rather than men and women who cannot read. COST OF ITS PURCHASE IS SUBJECT OF INQUIRY. House Committee Questions Official of Local Railway Regarding Systems Under Its Control. Efforts were made today by the Grosser j subcommittee of the House District com- j .littee to fret officials of the Washington i I tail way and Electric Company to give a :!at statement concerning the cost of the .?> stems which were taken into the pres nt organization. W. F. flam, vice presi U'-rit :t]ul treasurer of the company, was a&ked to u v? the cost of a single mile of tiacK. He replied that it might be possi ble to give ti;is information, but that he did not have it H. also said he did not kn?.w the cost of the lines taken over b. th*. Washington itailway and Electric t ympany in 1?2. Is it possible." asked Mr. Crosser, that yo.i bought a pig in a poke?" It is rot exactly that." said Mr. Ham, j out railroad companies are not bought, un inventories." Mr. Ham said tiie road carried 65,3^1,40ti | paying passengers in 1913; 1?.<jOu,OUO on j transfers, and OOo.uw on passes. 1 Pointed Paragraphs. Eva some Impossibilities are possible. It is easy for a good man to make a bad break. Poverty makes it easy to live the simple life. More ot ? would make good if our i neighbors would quit shoving. ! Jealousy is responsible for a lot of fruits that are \- ;?t in family jars. Babies can't say what they think -while cutting teeth. Lucky, isn't it .' Love Is like the wind?no one knows when it come- or whither it goes. Man wouldn't m!nd being awkward :* he could fa!, into a good thing oc casionally. Children seldom realize how well oft' ti?ey are until i*.. y grow up?and then csreRs parade has passed. If :? i ar. unable to se< any good in your neighbor try ;molnting your eyes vv:lh a little milk o? human kindness. Occasional!;.- a woman is so contrary that she v.j 11 ?iot la.: in love until she discovers that tiie f- i!ow isn't worthv of her. MAT BE OPERATED UPON. Senator Bacon Spends Comfortable Night?Temperature Reduced. '1 hat isenator Paeon of CJeorgia might possibly have to submit to an operation was revealed today by a photographic plate of an X-ra; examination of the senator,; winca showed a shadow or: one of his kidneys. Surgeons thought the shadow might b that o: a stone, and ?ii.it an o;."-rution nngat o ? necessary to aid tii? patient Senator fcacon sp? :.t a comfortable night, his tern:-craiurc being reduced, but not normal. If ycu want work, .cad ine . ant col umns of The Star. POLLY AND HER PALS Money Talks So That Any One Can Understand hbl^SttlML'/doT a TuRRlStt oiost tmrx wlM TfcO R*L (SfaOMI/ED adltbooud sals . lb HELP \bu! wadp/e -&mw I am* a lM>UIOd/4<gE-? fm pliasf dOKff , Tw?E~faE Poor Thwg. pavli. Shes ohlV l tsnti'iz a MomTm ! I DOMT VMKMA SKrtl ME <jAL. 8UT(_ fER RL4&NS ?^ICH aim 6oi mnm ioo V/ffH vfc>U ptqsohaulv VboRfc 'DI5CH4R6EDJ /Vl ?Ju$tT$hoW 'itou I/4lMT the Cruel MBLKtO'TmuK |m SLlPPlW' V/4 MOWTh^ salain Tolioe )bu Ov?r Tiu. Vdrr /4M<5Ther Rwa! (IthW^oomess She I 1 r?r>iiT Pi# 1 MOMV^TFPltS 1 ?? OtDUT pull mo HYSTERICS j WfHEAl I 6fUfc 'ER The. 6/TTE. IW46 4FR4ID THty W//15 gohha be /4 '^ce^E '? ^HE DOM7 UWDEPSMMD/* 1 word you 5*V PA' ff \bu W/4WMA "PlCt U?6A SbUlL HMElfc , 5iPE/4k StfEWSH' WHAODVt Mfc?i New Department Officers for Grand Army and Relief Corps. Patriotism will be "on tap" tonight, in i combination with interesting: ceremonies, at G. A. R. Hall. 1412 Pennsylvania ave nue northwest, the occasion being the an nual public joint installation of officers of the Department of the Potomac and the Woman's Relief Corps. There will be the usual greetings, speech making, flow ers and soldier camraderie. The recently elected officers of the De partment of the Potomac will be inducted into office by Past Senior Vice Command er-in-Chief John McElroy, installing of ficer. who will address the gathering. The retiring president of the W. R. c., Mrs. R- P. Entrikin, is to be presented with a gold badge and other interesting features will mark the affair. Members of the Sons of Veterans, United Spanish War Veterans. Army and Navy 1'niori and other patriotic organizations are expected to be present. Officers of the G. A. R. Officers of the Department of Poto mac, to be installed by Col. McElroy, art.-: Commander, J. K. Gleeson; senior vice, L. h. Patterson, junior vice. Hazard Wheeler: medical director. Dr. Thomas Calver; chaplain. Dr. X. J I. Holmes. The department adjutant and department quartermaster will be ap pointed by the new department com mander. Representatives to the national encamp ment: J. Tyler Powell, at large: J. B Blackburn, Post. B W. Bonney, Post 6; Stanton Weaver, Post 10; Alex Ogle** by. Post 21: F. W. Archibald. Post 5. Alternates?Samuel R. Stratton, Post 1: John Shaw. Post 14); I. B. Thatcher. Post 15: B. F. Davis, Post 21, and John M. loung, post Relief Corps Officers. Following are officers of Department of Potomac, W. R. C., to be installed: President, Georgeanna D. Van Fleet, Lafayette Corps; senior vice president, Alice Stein. Burnside Corps: junior vice president. Elizier B. Davis, O. P. Morton Corps: treasurer, Augusta Palmer. Thom as Corps; chaplain, Ruth A. Gibson, Thomas Corps; chairman executive board Mary A. Mangan Lafayette Corps; Ida Stulker, Farragut Corps; Mamie Drnt >umner Corps; Mary E. I?e Marzo. La fayette Corps, and Rosa Xoske, Burnside < orps; delegates at large, Julia West Hamilton Lafayette Corps, and Jennie usiek, Sheridan Corps; alternate to dele gate at larg?*, Mary M. Bricker, Lincoln ^?rps; alternate to delegate, Dora Hen dricks, Thomas Corps. AILS TO NAVIGATION. Notice Regarding Buoys in Mary land and Virginia Waters Issued. A notice regarding aids to navigation in Maryland and Virginia waters has been issued from the office of Inspector Ruland, at Baltimore, as follows: Maryland?Poplar Island shoal gas and bell buoy was reported extinguished and will be relighted as soon as practicable. Chesapeake bay?Baltimore harbor ap proach, main channel. Brewerton chan nel gas buoy, 12B, found extinguished, re charged and relighted. Fort Me Henry channel gas buoy. 10M, round burning dim, was recharged, re paired and relighted. Virginia, James river?Rocks buoy, ns, spar, was reported about one-half mile below its correct position, in mid channel and will be replaced as soon as practicable. Senate Lays Aside Sufi rage. Consideration of the constitutional amendment extending the right of suf frage to women was again postponed in the Senate to enable senators to speak on the question. The amendment retained its place at the head of the calendar for bills awaiting considera tion. GIVES AN IMPRESSION OF "SMALL CRINOLINE" Item in Advance Notices From Paris ; of Spring Fashions?Models j Being Prepared. NEW YORK. February 10.?An impres- J sion of looseness, according- to advance spring fashion notices from Paris re ceived here today, will characterize the new models. The details of the spring fashions will not be released until Feb ruary 15. but the principal creations and style rules for the season have become known and already dressmakers are mak ing up models to show their patrons. Here are a few of the rules: Narrow, Suromunted by Flounces. The first and lowest skirt will still be narrow, but it will be surmounted by deep flounces, which will give an impres sion of looseness and produce almost the effect of a small crinoline. There will be a high but very open collar, and the bodice will be cut loosely and easily, often in soft silk. Sleeves will be short for day wear. The evening dresses will have no sleeves. The popularity of marked decolletage for day and evening wear will probably increase. Favorite Materials. Taffetas and velours de laine will be the favorite materials for day dresses, but gold and silver brocade \*ill be used in the evening dress. The hat will be a tiny toque, set well forward on the forehead, after the fash ion of twenty-live and thirty years ago, with one side turned. It will be trimmed with flowers. CREW RESCUED ON LAKE ERIE. Tug Caught in Ice and Life-Savers Go to Aid. The crew of four, of the fishing tug Oaldera. disabled and fast in the ice. nine miles northeast of Loraine, Ohio, on Lake Erie. has been rescued by the life-saving crew of the station at I^orain. The news was telegraphed to Supt. Kimball of the life-saving service this morning. The life savers boarded the tug liva Pierre to go to the aid of the Caldera Ice made impossible the use of the sta tion lifeboats. this time-tested?world prov ed?home remedy which suits and benefits most people. Tried for three generations, the best corrective and pre ventive of the numerous ail ments caused by defective or irregular action of the organs of digestion and elimination has been proved to be (The Largest Kale of Any Medicine j in the World) j If you have not tried this matchless I family medicine, you do not know what it means to have better diges I tion, sounder sleep, brighter eyes, i clearer complexion. which come after Beechain's Pills have cleared the system of impurities. Try them now?and know. Always of the same excellence?in all climates; in every season?Beecham's Pills are T&3I TRUED, TRUSTED Sold Everywhere. In boxes. 10c, 25c. Directions with every box are very valuable, especially to women. R. W. & J. B. HENDERSON. ENDURING STYLES IN ENDURING FURNITURE HEX you buy 1IEXDERSOX I L'RXITLRE you make an investment by which FUTURE as well as present generations will profit. HEXDERSOX FURNITURE is always "in style"' ?it i? built for ENDURAXCE?age serves but to enhance its value and its charm. Accurate reproductions of all the noted classic de signs are shown on our floors?Chippendale, Sheraton. Uepplewhite, Adam, Colonial, etc. You will derive great pleasure from an inspection of this distinctive furniture, while possession of it will mean REAL economy and LASTIXG satisfaction. SUBSTANTIAL . REDUCTIONS have been made on a number of odd pieces of Solid Mahog anv Furniture for dining room and bedroom. R. W. & J. B. Henderson l ine lu'.ruiture. W all Papers. Laces. Draperic.-. Rugs. Etc 1109 1" Street. Through to 1108 G Street. Infants'Bands Regular 59c Embroidered; Flannel, 50c Garbage Cans With This Coupon. 29c CAMBRIC 6 ;>4C Y4: THIS COUPON and 29c for Iiftavy Gal vanized Iron Garbage Cans, with tight lit - ting e over s. 17-qt. si zo. Strongly made. The kind sold regularly at 50c. SEVENTH AND K "THEDEPENDABLE STORE Yard-wide White Cambric, .? soft finish. excellent grade for under wear, etc. 'I* o m or row at <?;?c yard instead of 10c. Buy this White Embroidered Flannel tomorrow decidedly under pricc. Nice soft j wool quality with i neat woven em- j broidered designs. : May Manton Patterns for Spring The new spring styles of May Manton Patterns are now ready. All ihe smartest and most charming fashions are shown, and the new one-piece dresses* and frocks are prominently featured. Tin* May Manton Spring Fashion Book of 1)3 pages just out. Price 5c when bought with a pattern. Infants* Fart Wool Bands, low neck and sleeves, finished with crochet in neck and armholes. Clean-up of former 3'Jc and 50c values for 15c each. Dollar Sale of Important February Clearauj Sales Mow in Progress. Involving Our Entire Remaining Winter Stock of Women's Suits, Coats & Dresses In February prices seek a new level?the lowest ever touched during the season. 1 lie ba! ance of our stock of women's winter apparel must be converted into money, for we carry 110 gar ments over to next season. This policy of absolute clearance spells "'opportunity' for the woman who seeks the utmost in style and value for the money spent. Women's Coats and Suits. 00 f / Former $i8 and $20 values Women's and Misses' Coats. <dj? ^ (Q)$^ jkk Former $1 9.00 values Women's Silk Poplin Dresses. (dj? fl (H) Former $7.98 values <4^ W 0 |||jppg Women's Stylish Cloth Dresses. Jflpfllli Women's Coats and Suits. /(1(D) ^| Former $22.^0 and $25.00 values. . . ^ oTrV IIIIII^V Women's Velour and Corduroy /I (T])Q Dresses. Former $20.00 values Women's Stylish Silk Dresses. A 0) T /[ Former $20.00 and $22.>0 values. . . A V ter? Girls' Coats. Sizes 8 to 14. <1 (T))<Q> Former $5.98 and $6.98 values 11 o >^0 Misses'and Junior Coats. ()?& Former $7o0 and $8.98 values. . . . Lace Curtains orme Think "f buying l ine Quality Scotch and C able Xct Lace Curtains at a half, a third and a fourth their actual value. That's what you can do in ihi^ remarkable Dollar Sale tomorrow. W e have grouped our entire stock of C urtains, of which we have but one pair of a kind left. A great many are vcrv similar in design, and can be used at different windows in the same room. Patterns are copies of the costliest imported lace ? urtains. such as Brus sels, Tambour. Irish Point and Novelty Lacvs. in white, ecru and ai'abian shades; full 3 and 3V? yard lengths and 40 to ?'?" inch widths. A Wednesday Sale of 85 Men's and Young Men's $15^and $16-50 Overcoats at $8.25 Stylish, well tailored Overcoats were ji never so low priced as they are in this sale of our remaining stock of winter garments at $8.25. There are exactly 85 overcoat- in the lot?and at this very low.price one day's ; active selling should wind them up. Up-to-date styles, tine material- and su perior workmanship are features. Included are strictly All-wool Black Kerseys, neat Grays, Browns and Fancy Plaid-backs. Made in conservative, shawl collar and belt ed back styles. Sizes range from 33 to 40. j Mc-n's and Young Men's Suits, of all-wool cassi meres, cheviots and worsteds, in a good (assortment of neat, serviceable colors. ^^=7 o. e? fttzes 32 to 42. Values worth $12.5o t<? $15.00 at 75c Cork-Filled Linoleum Tomorrow at 29c Sq. Yd. 98c Wash Tubs Lowered to 49c I f you need a new Wash Tub you will not care to miss litis bar S a i ii chance tomorrow. Heavy G a 1- 1 1 vanized Iron Wash Tubs, 24-inch size, with drop handles?the regular 9Sc kind offered for one day at 4i?c each. The well known Cook's make of Heavy-weight Cork-filled Linoleum?in 8-4 width?offered at a price that will send housewives here in a hurry to morrow to supply their needs. Mill lengths from - to 30 square yards, and plenty of the long lengths in the lot. Choice of tile, mosaic and parquette llooring designs, in light and dark colors. Sale price, 29c square yard. Large Rugs Reduced Satin Foulards for Spring 43 Seamless Brussels Rugs, in s zes f?x!2 ft., S t't. 3 by to ft t> and by 0 ft. All are Alexander Smith's well known make. Floral, medallion and conventional patterns in light and dark color- ^p)// ings. Regular $15.00 values at 0x12 ft. Axminster and Seamless 10-wire Brussels Rugs, ^ <1 'T in floral, oriental, medallion and conventional designs, show- rjp) 11 ing various rich colorings. Regular $20.00 value at Regular 75c Value at Lincoln Birthday Souvenir Post Foulards will be more popular ihan ever the coming season, as forecasted by the new fashions. We anticipated the demand, and as a result can offer you value> above the ordinary in these fashionable silks. Tomorrow we otter a line of regular 75c Satin Foulards, J4 inches wide: all pure silk quality, in grounds of navy. Mice, Copenhagen, brown and w l-taria. w ith neat floral design-. for 49 a yard. uCjo 40-inch Black Satin Duchesse, all-silk quality, with handsome- ^ satin face: heavy-weight, firm-woven grade for waists and dresses. Regular $1.25 value at A Special Purchase of Girls New Spring Wash Dresses Cards, 2 Doz "With malice toward none: with charity for a<l: with firmness in the right as God gives lis to see the | right, let us strive on to finish the work we are j in." ?Lincoln. 1 We will sell Lincoln Birthday Souvenir Post Cards, beautiful ly embossed in colors, at TWO i; DOZEN for 5c?regularly 5c for six. (Stationery Dept., First Floor.) An exceptional chance for mothers to buy a supply of wash dresses for their girls at very much less thay expected cost. We bought two big lots of garments?brand-new spring styles, in all the best and most serviceable wash materials?at a big discount, and tomorrow we give you the advan tages in these big savings. Girls' Wash Dresses, of ging hams and percales: in square and round neck styles, with drop sleeves and Balkan belts; pleated and plain skirts: unusually charm ing styles in sizes to fit girls from U to 11 years. <=7/fjv Regular $1.00 and $1.25 values at Little Girls' Wash Dresses, of chambray, gingham and percale, with low neck and short sleeves; Russian and Balkan styles; choice of pretty stripe and plaid effects; also plain colors; Ef/Th sizes 1 to t> years. Worth ?3)((J)C 50c All-Wool' Serge Offered at 37c a Yd. Sardines. 3c. THIS CO I POX and ilc for re; ular 5c cans of Sardines, pack* in oil; good quality. 10c Salad Oil. $1.50 Comforts, 95c THIS COUPON and 1 pint cans of Salad Oil, uine olive oil flavor. Large Size, Double-bed Comforts, covered with best grade silkolines. in light and dark colors; tilled with white cotton, soft and fluffy. Tomorrow at 4J5c, instead of $!.."?. Evaporated Milk. V/zC. THIS COITPON and : lo TWO regular 5<- cans of "Pet' Brand Evaporated Milk. THIS COUPON and 15c for TWO regular 10c packages of ?'Jello,*' popular dessert; assorted flavors. A good, serviceable quality for skirts and tailored suits. 36 inches wide. All-wool Storm Serge, in the most desirable shades, including navy blue and cream, as well as black. Regular 50c grade at 37c a yard. Enameled Saucepans $1.25 Wash Boilers 25c China Mattings 25c Window Shades 75c Sateen Petticoats j One Dav at Seam less E nameled Saucepans, j with covers: J full 24-pint I size. The I hardy uten- * sil for which h o usewives can find many 37c instead of Offered at 49c Extra Quality Tin Wash Boil ?-rs. with copper f bottoms and wood i handles. The de- j sirable No. 7 size, which housewives I like. W?mmm Regular 51.25 value for S9c. Heavy-weight Seamless China Matting, the close-woven, double cord edge, smooth palmed finish straw that gives such long service. Choice of stripes, checks and plaids in various good colors. A few 20-yard rolls at ?3.37*?. Opaque Cloth Window Shades, sizes 34 to 37 inches wide and 5 to ti ft. long. Choice of several shades of green, also ecru. Mounted on good strong spring rollers, fully guaranteed. They're "seconds"?so called be cause of a slight crease or oil spot. Women's Black Sateen Petticoats with highly mercerized finish?all lengths, at 49c tomorrow. Made with neat tucked flounce, with ruffle and underlay. Well fin ished seams; regular 73c value, at 49c. Tomorrow at r CIVIL SERVICE CHANGES. Interior Department Appointments. Promotions and Transfers. The following changes in the personnel J of the Department of Interior were an Inounced today: | Probationary Appointments. ? General | land office?Miss Mary D. Kessler, Indi [ana. $720. Geological survey?Lewis A. Garred, Michigan. SJ'.HJO: Miss Roche M. Mc-Kinney, Georgia, $720: Benjamin M. Hall, jr., Georgia, junior engineer, $3.50 per day while actually employed (duty outside of Washington); Morris D. An derson. Nevada, junior engineer, $1,080 (duty outside of Washington): George W. Garland, District of Columbia. $700. Reclamation service?Arthur J. Gravelle, jr., Iowa. $1,020. Bureau of mines James J. Fcioney, Massachusetts. $000. Reinstatements.?Patent office?John II. Hawkins, District of Columbia, ?4SO. Reclamation service?Wayne A. Perkins, Montana. $l,t*2??. Promotions.?Patent office?James If. Yeatman. Virginia. $720 to siwio. Geo logical survey?Willis H. Mitchell. Maine. $1,000 to junior clerk. $1.20o: Lawrence P. Roys. District of Columbia, $48<? to Reclamation service?Albrecht Oeh ler. Texas. $1,320 to Sl,44<?: Curtis K. Widdoes. Kansas. $1.."?20 to SI.440. Bureau of mines?William J. German, Pennsyl vania, $l,32o to S 1.500: Miss ITattie M. Lansehe. Illinois. SHOO to $l.ojo. Transfers.?Within the department?Sec retary's office?William Jackson. I "istrict of Columbia, from patent office. Geo logical survey?Andrew J. Bligh, District i of Columbia, from patent office. From other departments?Indian office?James If. Miller. Kansas, from government printing office. Pension office?William Meissel. Minnesota, from \V;tr Depart ment. Resignations.?Pension office- John J. Donahue, New Hampshire. S1.2??k: Thomas B. Miller. P? nnsyJv.tni.?. Sl.'JOrt. Patent office?J. Joseph A Martin. Hi ion** Island. sTJo; \\ . Khoades. District o' Columbia. < o-olotrical survey?Dan ie' \V. Oherr. Oklahoma, assistant geolo gist. sr. per di?-m when actually emplo>e?C Miss Valla K. Kenneth, Iowa. S?Jf?o. Joseph 11. Brunk. M.viy-three years <?!d, who. while ill in the Rockingham. Va.. Memorial Hospital la>t summer u prop peil up in bed while his marriage cere mony was being performed, is dead.