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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, SATURDAY, JULY 8, 1911. Publlahed Every Event air In the Year t the: munsey building, Peno. ve.. between 13th and Kth ata. Telephone Main 6260. w York Office 175 Fifth Ae. Chicago Office. ...mo Commercial Bank Bide. Botton Office Journal Bulldlne Philadelphia Office 611 Cheatnut St. Kal(lmore Office News Building FRANK A. MUN6EY. froprietor F. A. WALKER. Managing Editor SATURDAY. JULY 8. 9U. SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY MAIL. 1 BO. i I moi. 6 mm. 1 yr, 11.75 P. l.K) 3.00 .25 .50 Tally and Eunday.10.30 Dally only ZS Sunday only 10.60 .75 JU.E CIRCULATION. Dally. The number of complete and perfect copies of The Washington Tlraei printed dally dur ing the month of June was a follow: I... Z... I... .. I. . 6.. 7... ... ... 10.. . . m.:m 11 Sunday 61.153 63.0-JO . t.:,i6G 12 50,748 3,235 . Sunday 13 60,593 11 51.103 15 61.473 16 61.634 S 63.141 24 61.157 25 Sunday 2 50.637 . 61.21S . 0.509 . 5J.30S . 50,70 . S1.C32 53.117 17 63.333 18 Sunday 27 50.76S M 62.079 19 60.519 60.549 129 oi.tm 61.316 1 30 62. W 29 61.496 20. Total for month W Bally average for month 51.67 The net total circulation of The Wash ington Tlmea (dally) during the month of June waa 1.1K.769. all copies left over and returned being eliminated. This number. Mhen dhidf-d by 26, the number of daya of publication, shows the net dally averago for June to have been 44JB37. Sunday. The number of complete and perfect copies of The Washington Times printed Sundays during the month of June waa as followa: June 4 4S.002lJune 18 47,171 June 11 47.0C5June 25 48.317 Total for month 188,545 Sunday average for month 47.158 The net total circulation of The Washington Times (Sunday) during the the month of June as 1S6,P1S, all copies left over and returned by agents being eliminated. This number, hen divided by 4. the number of Sunday during June, shows the net Sunday average for June to have been 41.705. Entered at the Postofflce at Washington, V C . ns second-class matter. A few more storms like that and we shall have to celebrate Arbor Day In between times. The moonlight excursions have re cently been enlivened by the extra at traction of a moon. They are putting a lot of things on Ice at the White House. Testerday the Cabinet got a taste of the Joys of the official refrigerating plant. And now General Wood and a large party of friends are going to Panama. It looks as though the Isthmus were becoming a summer resort. Morgan Shuster. of Washington and Teheran, Is showing his financial acu men still further by securing his as sistants from this country. Lightning struck a shoe factory over In Alexandria. The principal damage consisted In Inspiring the local wits to remark that not a sole was Injured. If that donkey and elephant are to race from New York to Washington, whj not have Champ Clark's Missouri mules meet them at the District line? Washington again has cause to bo proud of her women. Six of them have successfully passed the District bar ex amination, and only six took the exam. ' Dr. Wiley has shown courage many times, but his valor becomes positively heroic In Its proportions when he be gins organizing a crusade against Lady Nicotine. A genial party of Elks are also to take a flying trip to Atlantic City, but it is dollars to doughnuts that none of them v.f, follow the Atwood example of gettlrig ' almost drowned in the water." Secretary Fisher Is quoted as saying he will make a trip of investigation to Alaska this summer. If cuirent reports approach the truth, his investigation might better begin In the recotds of the olficeof his department. The business and professional men of the city have an unusual opportunity of seeing the very latest ideas in labor, time, worry, and expense saving de vices for the office at Uncle Sam's big exhibition In the Union building. If Senator Newlands Is elected next PreslSent, at least he will have an ad vantage over other Presidents, in that it won't be necessary for him to look for a summer capital. The Senator has one 9 the finest country residences in the District. The latest organization to Join In the all-summer activity policy adopted oy the commercial, residential, and con ventions committees of the Chamber of Commerce, is the Retail Merchants' As sociation. At yesterday's meeting of the board of governors a decision waa reached to start work at once on the formation of a credit and collection bu reau. The "stay busy" idea is taking firm root. The work of Lieutenants Arnold and Milling, the army aviators, de serve special praise. The officers handle their machine with both skill and care and yesterday broke two records. Lieutenant Arnold made the army altitude record by going up 3,260 feet, and Lieutenant Milling, with Lieutenant Klrtland as a pas senger, made a thirtyrmlle flight into Washington. This Is the longest flight ever made here. Commissioner Rudolph could not have selected a better place than Ger many for the study of municipal gov ernment. Many of the problems with which we are Just beginning to grap ple, the Germans have long since threshed out and solved. The nation. In fact, leads the world In progress In municipal government. While en Joying his vacation In the Fatherland, Mr. Rudolph should pick up some -valuable Ideas for application in the District of Columbia- WHEN A MAN IS HIS OWN RIVAL. Just take that Ty Cobb, for instance. One would think he would be afraid of his own past achievements every time he waked up to a new morning. Hav ing sustained himself on the foughten field throughout another grilling day, he might easily lie awake half the night wondering if there wasn't an clement of luck in his success, even as it is written by a number of people who discount skill and determination. And yet day after day, and month after month, even year after year, the wizard of the willow wand continues to ndd new leaves to his laurels, and his supremacy shows neither variable ness nor the shadow of turning. It was said of Richard Brinsley Sheridan that he feared no rival except the author of "The Rivals," and the feeling must have haunted him, though he managed to maintain much of his prestige until be died. And Lord Bacon, turning from the incubation of one of Shakespeare's plays,, jauntily and sig nificantly remarked that "no man sees worse days than he who, yet living, doth follow at the funeral of his own reputation." The jauntiness faded con siderably when, as lord chancellor, he was caught with the swag, and he be came a pallbearer at the obsequies of his own good name. Taking a flying leap to our own land and time, there was something pa thetic to Princetoniaris of half a gen eration ago when they saw the aged Dr. McCosh strong and virile thinker that he had been unable to compre hend his own philosophy. Whether the good ones can come back or not may be left to the debates of the sporting circles in their lighter hours. The im portant thing is that the last note of sorrow is sounded when the man of achievement finds that he can achieve no sore, for the mob shout ''Hosanna!" today and "Crucify I tomorrow. And yet there is Ty, serenely making good season after season. On his home grounds last Wednesday he sent out a triple when he first came to the bat, and then scored on Delehanty's sacri fice. In the third he drove home the one run that was scored, and in the fifth his triple brought in the two runs made by the Tigers. It's enough to make any man afraid of himself. Of course, it's only baseball, but, taking it for what it is, there is something almost uncanny about Tyrus. LOAN SHARK EXPERT CUSSES LOAN BILL. DIS- The Washington Times is today pre senting a letter on the "loan shark" bill which ought to carry weight with every member of Congress and with every citizen of the District interested in the enactment of legislation to re strict the outrageous interest rates charged by local loan agencies. The letter is from Arthur H. Ham, the agent of the Russell Sage Foundation, who has spent several years investigating the "loan shark evil," establishing philanthropic loan agencies, and ad vancing the regulation of the small loan business by obtaining legislation in various States. Mr. Ham's letter was written for publication at the request of The Times, which hopes that a word on this subject from such an authoritative source will aid materially in the pass age of a loan shark bill at this session. Mr. Ham was asked to express himself especially on the question of interest rates, giving Congress and the people of Washington the benefit of his ob servation and experience. He em phatically declares for a rate of 2 per cent a month, and protests vigorously against anything less. The following extract from his letter, dealing with the Washington bill, is particularly sig nificant, and should be given careful consideration by members of Congress and others who have felt that a rate of 2 per cent a month is too high: The support that has been uniformly accorded the loan bill of the District of Columbia by the press of Washington and by the large numbers of civil and social agencies and individuals who have openly supported the bill ought to convince doubting Congressmen that the bill's adherents are not directly con cerned In the passage of the law en abling money-lenders to make a profit, except that they realize that in no other way can borrowers be protected. If the law does not allow a money lender to do business honestly and at a reasonable profit. It Is practically cer tain that In response to the great need for small loans, money-lenders will exact illegal Interest, and In proportion as the laws of the locality in wliich they operate are drastic and unfair, the rates of interest charged and the busi ness methods adopted will be corre spondingly exorbitant and unjust. In the opinion of most students of this sub ject It will be a grave misfortune If the District bill in Its original form, allow ing 2 per cent per month Interest, is not passed by Congress. Mr. Ham speaks out of the fullness of experience. He has probably had more to do with solving the "loan shark problem" than any other person in the country. If Congress should spend a year and it has already spent two investigating loan agencies and striving to construct a model loan bill, it couldi not improve on Mr. Ham's sug gestions. The crux of the problem is that agencies where small loans may be negotiated are a necessity. They should not and cannot be abolished. They should be regulated, to the end that they may live and that the unfor tunate person who has to patronize them may do so without being robbed. GAS PRICES IN CHICAGO AND IN WASHINGTON. Edward W. Bemis is very rapidly earning for himself the title of "Gas Expert for the People." The man who furnished such valuable service in Washington a few years ago, when he was brought here by The Washington Times as an expert witness in the local gas investigation, has just completed an investigation for the Chicago city council, and has filed his report, which is to' be made the foundation of an ordinance fixing gas rates in that city. Mr. Bemis finds that the gas com pany in Chicago can make a fair profit on a rate of 75 cents for the next year, 70 cents for the succeeding three years, and 65 cents thereafter. In Chicago, as in Washington, he found the com pany claiming the right to earnings on a value represented by the fact that the company is a "going concern." In Chicago that' value is estimated at $1,300,000. In Washington, it is esti mated at $3,000,000, AND THE COM' PANY IS PAYING DIVIDENDS ON IT! Curiously enough, opposition to the acceptance of Mr. Bemis' recommenda tions for Chicago comes from council men who are pledged to enact an ordi nance making the rate 70 cents. They say they are afraid to vote' for a mens ure making the rate 75 cents, even if it provides-' for a reduction to 65 cents within four years. Imagine, if you can, serious opposition to a gas bill in Congress on the ground that the rate is too 'high! Mr. Bemis' Chicago report is of pe culiar interest in the District of Co lumbia. Out there the issue is whether the rate shall be 75 or 70 cents. Here we are paying 85, and we imagine the company has made a wonderful conces sion in stubbornly yielding to the de mand for reduction by cutting the price 15 cents in a period of three years. How much longer is Congress going to permit our tight little monopoly to get away with this bluff! Isn't it about time to make prices here some thing like decently proportional to the real, bona fide investment in the prop erty "used in the conduct of the com pany's business for the public?" Rates fixed on such a basis would make the present price of 85 cents look like highway robbery. VICTORY FOR THE LIBERALS OVER THE LORDS. It seems certain now that the British house of peers will accept the lords' veto bill of the government, without making the effort to force another elec tion on the issue. The tory attitude during the earlier part of the session was that another general election ought to be held on the issue. However un reasonable this demand, in view of the fact that the last election fairly turned on this very proposition, the tories would doubtless have insisted on re jecting the veto bill if they had not become convinced that another election would merely increase the liberal strength. The armistice between parties, agreed upon in anticipation of corona tion, is ended. The manifestation of national enthusiasm incident to the coronation season misled somewhat the tory leaders, who became afflicted with the idea that there was in progress a revulsion of feeling in favor of the old aristocratic order. They got the no tion that if they should force a general election soon after the coronation, when the glories of the imperial and aristocratic system were yet impressive in the popular mind, they might benefit. , To the contrary, in the brief period since the coronation all the evidences of popular sentiment have convinced the conservatives that the country stands as firmly as ever for the re striction of the lords' power. ElTort.4 to complicate the home rule issue with that of the lords' veto, have failed; they failed in the last campaign, and arc producing no effect now. The lords are yielding, with such grace as they can summon. They had hoped that King George might do something to save them, by refusing to create peers at the demand of the government in order to make up a Jiberal majority in favor of the veto measure. George, though far more the aristi crat than Edward, nevertheless has de clined to commit himself to such a revolutionary doctrine. Had he re fused to create peers, the commons might have retaliated by cutting off his civil list; stopping the salary and allowances of the King, in short, which would have been highly calamitous. His majesty decided not to risk it, and the veto measure will be accepted by the lords, with the intention, appar ently, of repealing it whenever the conservatives come back to power. If they make much -noise about that plan of repeal, it will decidedly postpone the return of unionists to control. Britain will not permit a backward step, once the peers have been shorn of their power of. paralysis. Head of House District Committee Is 111 While the Investigation of District af fairs and the approval of proposed leg islation Is halted, Chairman Johnson, of the House District Committee, Is confined to his room by a slight Indis position. Mr. Johnson has not been at his office for several days. Mainly because of the absence of a quorum, the District Committee has been rather inactive since the beginning of the extra session, and Its meetings have been few and far between. Those Interested hope Chairman Johnson's illness may prove of short duration, in order that the District body may get down to work. In the meanwhile, Prof. Mares. the special accountant brought from Snrinir Held, Ky., to aid In the Investigation of the taxation system of the District, is compiling data for the use of the committee when It resumes operations. Flynn Leaves Estate of Seventy-five Thousand The will of Prof. & W. Flynn, making his wife the so!e beneficiary and exe cutrix, has been filed for probate. The estate Is valued at $73,000, comprising mostly real estate and bonds. Under the provisions of the will, no bond or In ventory Is -.'quired of Mrs. Flynn. At torney Wilton J. Jambert is named executor. French Warship Afire. TOULON, France, July 8 The big French battleship Brennus caught fire while In dock today and before the flames could be extinguished the bow and forward part 'of the vessel were badly damaged. The magazine was, flooded to prevent an explosion. ) Sightless Washingtonians Feel, Thai They Are Exiles c Since Losing Reading Room At Congressional Library i It's Like Being Thrust From Home, They Say. COMPLAINT MADE OF NW QUARTERS Advantages at Carnegie Institution- Not the Same, It Is Averred. "It Is like being thrust out from home," fthe blind people of the District say, about their library being removed from the Congressional Library to the Carnegie Library. "We had our booths and music and our friends there for fourteen years. Then we were part, a small part, but a component, of a great people, enJ6ylng a national Institution. Now we feel that we are exiled, cut off from other Americans. We are Just blind persons." That was only a portion of the rea sons the blind people of the District named for their opposition to the re moval of their books and music from the Congressional Library to the Car negie Library. They had reasons that were more disinterested. They told their reasons to The Times through representatives today. They narrated, first of all, that a reading room for the blind was opened and successfully established In the Con gressional Library In 1S97. Miss Etta Josselyn Glffln Inaugurated the work, with which she has ever since been identified. She was placed In charge of the room, and was made an assistant librarian, according to the general policy of John Russell Young, then librarian of Congress, who made the chiefs of the bureaus of the library assistant librarians. First Large Library Of Kind in the Country. A library for the blind was main tained by a New York church, but the one In the Congressional Library was the first large library of the kind In the United States. Mr. Young took an instant and unceasing Inter est in it. Miss Glffln had had no spe cial training for instruction of the blind; but since her childhood the sightless had held her sympathy, and her work In kindergarten helped Jier to win the success that has marked her administration of the reading room and her management of the con comitant activities that have made it so valuable. Mr. Young and Miss Glffln at once recognized the advantage of having the reading room for the blind In tho Library of Congress. It not only stim ulated the blind themselves with a pleasurable sense of patriotism and of sharlngg the national life, but It of forded to visitors from all parts of the country an example of what could be done for those who forever were In utter darkness, yet might have joy from the lamps of truth and beauty kindled within by the mystic charms of men and women who set down in books the wonders of the world of the sun and the moon and the stars. The foresight was a true one. More than eighty libraries for the blind have been founded In the United States since that time. The presence of the reading room In the Llbray of Congress wns an lnsplra- Georgetown Professor Is Pneumonia Victim John P. Vlteck, a Jesuit professor, d'ed at Georgetown University Hos pital early this morning. He was horn in Baltimore. February 25, 1S8L He became a Jesuit at Frederick, Md., on his graduation from Loyola College, Baltimore. August. 1SV9. After finish ing the higher studies In Woodstock College, he returned to Loyola as pro fessor of physics, lie w.xs afterward professor of physics at Canlslus Col lege, In Buffalo, where he lectured for two years, being then transferred to St. Francis Xavler College, New York. Falling health forced him to relin- oulsh his chair at this' Institution After leaving New York he rested for some months at St. Thomas' Manor, Md.. and then came to Georgetown. An attack of pneumonia still further weakened him, and for the past month h had been steadily sinking. Funeral services will take place In Dahlgren (Memorial Chapel of George town University on Monday morning at 9 o'clock, and he will be buried in the college cemetery. Fined Ten Dollars for . Selling Watered Milk A fine of $10 for selling watered milk was imposed on George H. Bayliss In Police Court today. Pure Food In spector Maurice H. Lanman was the complaining witness. The fine was Im posed for the sale of a pint of alleged watered milk to Grace Thomas this morning. What's on the Program in Washington Today. (The Times will be pleased to an nounce meetings and entertainments In this column.) Concert by the United States Marine Band. White House grounds, 5:50 p. m. Meeting of Canton Washington, No. 1, I O O. F.. business, tonight. Meeting of Champion Council, No. 15. Jr. O. U. A. M., 623 Louisiana avenue northwest, tonight. Amusements. Columbia Columbia Players m "What Happened to Jones," 2:15 and 8:15 p. m. CosmosContlnuous vaudeville. 1 to 11 Chevy Chase Lake Dancing and mu sic dt section of Marine Band. Glen Echo Park Dancing and music by section of Soldjers' Home Band. Luna Park Midway attractions. Arcade Motion pictures, bowling, and pool. Elver View Dancing and other amuse ments; boat leaves Seventh street wharf 10 a. m., 2 and 7 p. m. Colonial Beach Boardwalk, bathing, and other amusements; steamers leave Seventh street wharf daily except Monday, 9 a. m.; Saturday, 2:30 p. m. Marshall Hall Steamer Chailes Macal ester leaves Seventh street wharf II a, m.; 2:30 and 6:45 .p. m. dally. Stops made at Mt. Vernon. Steamer St. Johns leaves Seventh street I wharf for forty-mile trip on the Po- j tomac, 7 p. m. , 1 P Z!t!Z , (.RL f y&OMEm H iMmlU' ft elf . lffiSMiiBim 71t4 f LHrW)6RHHlw iff iuiXtiEEmmM&jmm Iff fgfigaMMjjMI pwMtgmijpijp mtiwt r viMMMmMki mWMyiwmr. 'iir9MK'njMTwjyBmszjer MISS ETTA JOSEEYW GIFFIN, Who Was Instrumental in Founding the Reading Room for the Blind at the Congressional Library, and Who Has Carefully Watched Over Their Interests. tlon also to the blind In other parts of the United States. They learned that the efforts for their happiness were na tional and of the Federal Government. They began to hope that a mighty people was trying to place before them a handful, a mere SO.000 what 80,000,000 already had. The deaf do noi always love one another, but there Is a close bond of sympathy between the blind. Throughout the country there ran a lit tle wave of Jubilant hope among them. Mr. Young planned, too, that he would be able to bring together at the Library of Congress a splendid set of books In the brail type for reading by the blind, and also of books in any way affecting blindness or defectiveness of eyesight. It was to be sclentlflc for the friends of the blind, as well as literary for the blind. He worked far along those lines, and In the meantime Miss Giffin, with readings and muBicales for the blind who came there, had made the place more than a club, and almost a home for them. It was the home of their thoughts. Thomas Nelson Page was their first reader. So they got used to coming to the big library with Its many wonders, and to the bright airy rooms where their f w In the Mail Bag & 1 Readers of The Times are Invited to use this department as their own to write freely and frankly with the assurance that no letter not objectionable In language will be denied publication. Letter must not. however, exceed 200 nurds In length, and must be written only on one side of the paper. Letters must in every case bear the name and address of the writer as evidence of good faith, but the name will not be made public without the consent of the contributor. Ad dress MAIL BAG EDITOR OF THE TIMES". SOME DIFFICULTIES THE ICEMAN ENCOUNTERS To the Editor of THE TIMES: In recognition of the faithful service shown to the Washington public by your paper, I would like to say some thing to the public about short weight ice if you will kindly allow me space. In the first place the man In charge of an ice wagon has his Ice weighed by scales at different factories and at times he has found his Ice to be short any where from 50 to 150 pounds. Then If he says anything about it the answer he gets Is "my scales are correct." I am not upholding a man for giving short weight, but I am trying to show you what we are up against In this re spect. There are a number of people vho expect the driver to cut the exact number of pounds of Ice that they order which is a matter of Impossibility. If they want twenty-five pounds, and you should cut twenty-three pounds and give them, a small piece with it they would request you to take It back and give It to them in one piece. The people of this city have the best Ice servlce"-of any large city in the East. Take Balti more, Philadelphia, and some of the other cities and you will find that the iceman does not bring the ice in, but leaves It at your door or gate. Neither do they deliver it on Sunday. We are only allowed to give ten pounds of Ice for 5 cents. Some expect twelve and a half pounds and will not take less, and still the companies tell you to get their patronage, which we have to do at a loss to ourselves. The company only allows 10 per cent meltage or drainage to the driver, no matter how hot it Is. If the law governing the sealing of all scales used by Ice dealers was made so as to include scales used by the con sumer then everyone would get along D"ier. is. ju, HOW THE DECLARATION WAS SAVED FROM BRITISH To the Editor of THE TIMES: In one of your recent numbers appeared-a statement that the State De partment had Just discovered that the Declaration of Independence was saved by an officer oremploye of the Depart ment at the time the city fell into Brit ish hands after the battle of Bladen burg. As a mere matter of curiosity, let me Invite your attention to a passage Losslng's Field Book of the War of 1812. It is true, Bpsslng is not a hls tortun. and freouentlv degenerates Into a mere patriotic romancer, but on the other band, he often backs his state EffiSa &&BT$ books were, and their music, and their friends. It Is a strange thing to many that, though the blind cannot see, they love light, they sense it. A blind person. Instinctively, perhaps, looks upward. They sense beauties around them, too. The, number that has been vts'ting the reading room at the Library on the Hill is approximately 225. They love Its beauties as if they saw them. The Library on the Hill offered this advantage, too: that books could be sent to the blind from that place by messenger. At the Carnegie Library they have to be called for by the blind or their friends. Books Removed On Putnam's Request Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Con gress, had the books and music of the blind removed to the Carnegie Library last autumn. Mr. Putnam Is now out the city, but his report to Congress stated: "The services of the reading room for the blind consist of the following: "1. The supply of books and period icals In raised characters, both for ref erence use and for home use within the District. "2. The supply of Information regard ments with details of accessory circum stances that one it loath not to accept his statements. In this Instance, he says (page 935): "Mrs. Madison had already been ap prised of the danger. When the flight of Congrove rockets caused the panic stricken militia to fly, the President sent messengers to Inform her that the defeat of the Americans and the cap ture of the city seemed to be prom ised, and to advise her to fly to a place of safety. These messengers reached her between 2 and 3 o'clock. Mrs. Mad ison ordered her carriage, and sent away in a wagon silver plate and other valuables, to be deposited in the Bank of Maryland. She anxiously waited for her husband, and In the meantime took measures for preserving the full-length portrait of Washington, painted by Stu art, which hung In the Presidential mansion. Finding the process of un screwing the frame from the wall too tedious for the exigency, she had It broken in pieces, and the picture re moved with the 'stretcher" or light frame on which the canvas was nailed. This she did with her own hands. Just as she had accomplished so much, two gentlemen from New York, one of whom was the now (1867) venerable New Orleans banker. Jacob Barker, en tered the room. The picture was lying on the floor. The sounds of approach ing troops were heard. They might be the Invaders, who would be delighted by tho possesion ofso notable a captive as the beautlfu wife of tho President. It was time for her to fly. 'Save that pic ture!" she said to Mr. Barker and Mr. R G L. De FeyUter. his companion; 'Save thai picture, if possible; if not possible, destroy it; under no circum stances allow it to fall Into the hands of the British!' Then, snatching up the precious parchment, on which was writ ten the Declaration of Independence, and the autographs of the signers, w hich she had resolved to save also, she hastened to the carriage with her sis ter (Mrs. Cutts) and her husband, and two servants, and was borne away to a place of safety beyond the Potomac." p -HISTORY. Spanish War Veterans Invited to Camp Fire Gen. Henry W. Lawton Camp. No. ,4, United Spanish War Veterans, has Is sued an invitation to all the campa in the department of the District of Columbia to attend a campflre to be given at Eagles' Hall, Sixth and E streets northwest, Tuesday. July 11. at 7:30 p. m. The committee on entertainment con sists of Dr. S. C. Cox, chairman: Sher idan Ferree. S. L. Lamb, B. D. Rlcken backer, Peter J. Duffy, Emll Walter, and Edwin M. Lawton. Work for Return of Books, to Place Occupied Four teen Years. j SENATORS PROMISE TO AID MOVEMENT "The Request Seems Reasonable and Just," Declares Curtis. ing not merely literature for the blind, but various projects for the ameliora tion of the condition of the blind. "3. The maintenance at the library during a portion of each year of lec tures, readiness and muslcales for the Instruction and incidental entertainment or entertainment and Incidental Instruc tion of the blind residents of-the Dis trict of Columbia who could attend them. The participants in the pro gram have been lnarlably volunteers, bo that the service of the library has consisted merely in furnishing accom modations and arranging for tte pro grams. "Except for Item X all the above serv ice benefits exclusively the blind resi dents of the District of Columbia. It Is a service not to research or to scholar shlpv, but to the general reader, alt-alt a particular class of general readers. On both of ihe above grounds. It Is there fore a service logically rather within the province of the Public Library of the District than of the Library of Con gress. The accident of Its Inauguration here should not prevent Its ultimate location there any more than did the project for a children's department in the Library of Congress prevent the adoption ot work with the young as the exclusive task of the Publlo Library. The books are chiefly used at home, and It Is the public library rather than the Library of Congress which Is the lending library of and for the District." The last Congress also passed appro priation bills that put the assistant In charge of the reading room for the blind, now at the Carnegie Library, on the rolls of the District. Instead of oa the roOs of the Congressional Library. Not Satisfied With Present Quarters. But the blind people are not satisfied. They say for one thing, that their lit erature is not "miscellaneous," but the, most highly specialized In the world. They do not like the basement In the Carnegie Library. George W. Bower man, librarian, has told them he cannot buy any new books for them. They miss the light and the beauties they saw with spiritually seeing eyes and knew with understanding hearts. The dampness of the basement ruins their "tactile" books, they say. They have some mighty good friends, who think that way, too. Not only delegations of the blind went to see Senator Curtis, Senator Martin, and Senator Gore, of the Senate Library Committee, but Thomas Nelson Page, president, and Miss Etta Dorsey, re cording secretary, of the National Li brary for the Blind an Incorporated society that will .some day build a great library for the blind In Wash ingtoncalled on the Senators. The Senators are going to talk the matter over with Librarian Putnam and see if an arrangement for the return of the library cannot be made. As it Is now, the reference works of the library for the blind are In the Congressional Library. "The library for the blind ought to be brought back to the Library of Con gress," Senator Curtis said today. "Un til we can have a talk with Mr. Putnam it Is impossible to say what we shall do. But as I see it now, I am going to do all I can to have the matter ar ranged as the blind people wish. Their desire seems reasonable and Just." Last Theatrical Season Failure, Says Munsey's The theatrical year which began last August was entered on with no little trepidation by the New York man agers. Playhouses were too plentiful, good plays were scarce, and competition from other forms of amusement auto mobiles, motion pictures, and the opera was keen. And the outcome has Justi fied the managers In their fears. Fail ure followed failure, one of the most prominent among tho American pro ducers scoring as high as fifteen during the reason. The New Theater did not escape Early In April, the beautiful houso fronting Central Park was abandoned as being too large for Its purposes and too costly to maintain, and tho institu tion will Intermit Its New York per formances until another home is built, on a smaller scale, in the Times Squares' district. Matthew White, Jr., in Mun sey's Magazine. Retailers to Give Banquet Next Fall A banquet In celebration of the first anniversary of the formation of the Retail Merchants' Association Is to be held in the fall. This decision was reached at a meeting of the board of governors at the rooms of the Chamber of Commerce yesterday afternoon. Prominent speakers and officers of merchants' associations In other cities will be Invited to attend, and it Is the intention of the association to make the affair one of the largest gatherings of retail men ever held In the city. De tails will be arranged at a later meet ing. The association will Immediately form a credit and collection bureau. The committee, of which Gerson Nord llnger is chairman, was authorized to commence work upon the bureau at once. A motion to this effect, made by Alfred Mayer and seconded by W. w, Norman, was carried unanimously. Concert Today By the TT. S. Marine Bind, at the White House, at 5:50 P. M. WILLIAM H. SANTELMANN. ' Leader. PROGRAM. 'March. "The Fre-FIghters"..MueIler Overture. "Bohemian Glrl"....Balfe Valse Petite, "ClrIWrlbln".Pestalozsa Solo for saxophone, "Norma," BeUlne (Musician August Pfleger.) Prelude and Slclliana from "Caval- lerla Rustlcarra" Mascagnl Waltz, "Girls of Baden" Komzak Humoresque Fantasia, "The Merry Widow" Arr. Lampe "The Star-Spangled Banner." I . ..