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V5" ". Li y. irf I ii vjw «,Ti\ %rT 'W S1' J* f% 1 1 -Sfl?PSfP|^^P s£" W V- :, r*\. 5*^ 1 "v*V WASHINGTON LETTER SOME TIMELY GOSSIP FROM THE NATIONAL CAPITOL. A TROUBLESOME HEADLINE It Headed a Report of the Post Office Department and Caused Com motion in tile House— Other Items. Washington.—Members of the house of representatives have been greatly excitcd by the ac tion of the house post office commit tee in publishing Fourth Assistant Postmaster n eral Bristow's re sponse to the com it a for information in regard to in creases of allow ances for clerk hire and for post office rentals granted on Hon. Joseph L. Bris- & If Tr *1 f- iSfet 'W &<! \A $ •w therequestof mem. ow' bers of congress. The excitement is an indication of the sensitiveness of statesmen at the capitoi just now to any development which might seem to connect them, even re motely, -with the irregularities in the post office department. It is due largely to the officiousness of somebody in the government printing office who for the lack of any other headline manufac tured for the document the title "Charges Concerning Members of Con grew:," when, in fact, there were no charges whatever and the document con sisted simply of a compilation of routine letters, such as any congressman is writing daily to department officials, on all sorts of matters affecting his dis trict. In the entire list of congressmen whose names were published there is not one who is properly open to criti cism for anything that he did, for there is no intimation that any one of them profited directly or indirectly through t)*e advances they secured in the allow ances for post offices in their districts. In almost all the cases the sums in volved were small, amounting in only two or three instances to more than $100 a year, and in almost every in stance all that the congressmen did was to forward with his indorsement the local postmaster's request for an ad vance. Congressman Overstreet. Mr. Overstreet. the chairman of the post office committee in the house, is a a a whom a great deal will be heard be fore the close of the year. He was made chairman of the committee by Speaker Cannon because the speak er knew him to be able and honest and because a man was needed in that position who could be depended upon to handle 'to Mak® ple^es post office affairs 1'^selves. \ln a clean and intelligent manner. It was all the greater compliment be cause he had never been connected with the committee before and had no special familiarity with postal affairs He has made a. record already for effi ciency which gives him a rank among the real leaders of the house Overstreet is still a young man, only a little over 40, but he is serving- his fifth term in congress and he is like ly to serve a good many more before he gets through with politics. In several recent campaigns .lie has acted as secretary of the republican congressional committee, so that he knows the political end pretty well and understands how to get along with the level-headed statesmen whom he rur.s up against in the course of his legislative activities. He comes from Indiana, which is a hotbed of politics where some kind of political fightin is going on from one year's end to an other. Babcock, of Wisconsin, has been chairman of the congressional committee for the last ten years. He and Overstreet make an efficient pair. At the beginning of every campaign they have got together, solemnly shaken hands and pledged themselves not to have anything more to do with the congressional committee. Then the party leaders come at them and they go back on their promises to each other, take off their coats and settle down to work as usual. This year they got together in the same old way and, after talking the matter over, de elded that thej would not make any rash pledges about the future. The Smoot Investigation. For the last two or three weeks the senate committee on privileges and elections has had a pretty good oppor tunity to size up the leaders of the Mor mon church, from Smith, the chief re el at or the list. Of all the men who have ap peared before the committee the Prophet Smith is by far the most in teresting partly by reason of his offi- President Smith. dal position as head of the Mormon church and partly on account of the delightful frankness hich he confessed to the attitude ^Hyggj^ers on the Question of Smith does not look like either a prophet or a preacher he does not even have the appearance of a hard-headed business man which a Mormon leader is very apt to be in his face and bearing he is more on the order of a pedagogue who has been accustomed to give in struction on elementary subjects with out having his statements called in ques tion by anybody. While he was seated at the head of the committee table, re plying to the questions showered on him by the investigating senators, one might have imagined that he was an old-fashioned college professor deliv ering a lecture on the rudiments of the Mormon religion and looking down from a superior height upon the ignorance of the pupils who were unfortunate enough not to understand clcarly all the in tricacies of the subject of which he was an easy master. The question of the eligibility of Reed Smoot to a seat in the senate has be come so complicated with religion, poli tics and morals that the committee on privileges and elections are going to have a hard time in coming to a con clusion and the senate may have an equally hard time in acting upon the committee's report. The far western senators, both republican and democrat, are very much stirred up about the busi ness. They say that if Smoot is permit ted to retain his seat it will not be many years before every jone of the Rocky mountain states will be represented there by a Mormon, so great is the spread of Mormonism through all that »art of the country. New Seat for Beveridg*. Senator Beveridge, of Indiana, will occupy a seat in the senate which was left vacant by the death of Mark Hanna. That will bring him for the first time since he came to Washing ton over on the republican side of the chamber where he belongs. Ever since Bev eridge has been in the senate he has had a place .way over on the outer edge of the demo ocratic side. For a Instances have been known where senators have filed applications on the seats of venerable or invalid associates whose days on earth were supposed to be numbered. That sort of thing is not apt to make a man popular at the time but nothing succeeds like sue cess and after a little while a break of this kind Is pretty sure to be forgot ten. "King Row" in the Senate. The second row from the front on the republican side of the senate is known as the "king row." i&cVv* -nator Beveridge. time he had as his companions there, Foraker and Depew, ami he leaves among the democrats a number of re publican unfortunates. The howling for desirable seats in the senate is about as lively as any thing that happens in that staid and dignified body. It is always a case of first come first served. Favoritism or influence count for nothing. When ever a senator is approaching the end of his term and there is any question whatever about his reelection some one of his associates who happens to be less fortunately placed in the chamber is sure to file an application with the sergeant at arms for the seat which may be left vacant. The first man who gets his application in gets the seat. There is never any other outcome. Here have been a is he out of mind the a generally con trolled the destin ies of legislation, and it is to this that every young senator as pires. •ODD Adjoining the middle aisle in the "king row" sits Senator Spooner, of Wisconsin. That is the seat which Dreams of a Seal in Kiny Loiv. was once occupied by Dawes and Conkling and Sumner. It is the most desirable seat in the senate. Next in order are Allison, of Iowa Proctor, of Vermoni Hale, of Maine Hoar and Lodge, of Massachusetts, and Burrows, of Michigan. Gorman, of Maryland, occupies the conspicuous seat in the king row on the demo cratic side. Aldrich, who is usually regarded as the floor manager for the republicans, has never chosen a seat in the king row, but has a place just behind, and Hanna's place adjoined that of Aldrich. Frye, of Maine, and Piatt, of Connecticut, are in the very front row, although Frye's place is usually occupied now by John Kean, of New Jersey, while the Maine sen ator presides over the senate. So long as the republicans have so pronounced a majority in the senate it will be the fortune o.'" some of them to be isolated in the corner of the democratic section of th* chamber. Just now there are enough republicans over there to form quite a respectable group —Dryden and Kcnn, of NV-v Jer sey Long, of Kansas Ball and A'len, of Delaware, and Dick, of Ohio. The section corresponds to what is known in the house as the "Cherokee strip," where in past congresses some of the leading republicans have been forced to choose seats—Ilitt, of Illi nois, and Hepburn among the others. The Cherokee strip received its name away back in the Fifty-second con gress, when the democrats had so big a majority that many of them had to go over on tlife republican'side. That was w)-4n the Cherokee strip in Okla homa was being opened to settlement LOUIS A. COOLIDG&. ,f ^—M y»'F" SHE HAD«THREATENED IT. "You don't seem to be able to keep the children quiet, Maria. Bring them in to me and I'll sing to them." "Oh, I've threatened them with that, mum, already, but it don't do any good."—Cincinnati Commercial .Tri bune. 1h.e Old Man's Advice. He—If you don't intend to Dreak your engagement with me, why do you allow young Richmann to make you such valuable presents? She—My father advised me to accept them. "He did? Why?" "He said if I married you they might come handy on rent days."—N. Y. Weekly. WOULDN'T HE LIKE IT Lady—What! you've just come out of prison? I wonder you are not ashamed to own it. Ne'er-do-Well—I don't own it, lady— .wish I did. I was only a lodger.—Ally Sloper. Some Hope. Mrs. Hiram Offen—What! another dish broken? See here, Bridget, at that rate, my dishes won't last a month. Bridget—Oh, don't worry about thot. Oi'll be l'avin' ye before a month, ma'am.—Philadelphia Press. Epitaph. Beneath this mound1 lies all we found Of little Johnr.y Green. He went one night, by candle light, To get some gasoline. —Judge. AN ODDITY OF ANCESTRY. "This," said Mrs. Gotrich, "is one of jiy distinguished ancestors—my great, great, great grandfather, in fact." "Is itv possible?" murmured Mr. Thicliedde. "Why, he doesn't look to fco a day over 40."—Chicago Tiiljunc. Going It Blind. Parke—Poor old Jenkins! No wonder he failed—put all his money into a thing that he was entirely ignorant about. Lane—Well, maybe it wasn't his fault. I've done the same thing. "How's that?" "Well, I've often put all my money into my wife's clothes."—Brooklyn Life. Easy Victory. Goodson—It. was Lawer Tcwnsmun that won my lawsuit for me. Simply—Why, I thought he was on the opposing side. Goodson—He was.—Tit-Bits. ',v.J\ip- ," 9 IF 'i "/rtl"'' fy.?S\ if ^i?*.''^^ i' V. ^V'.1 4 */,* .« _tt S^kf *X Elsie Cheated. Said an indignant mother to hei young son, "Why did you strike llttl* Elsie, you naughty boy?" Dick, indignant in turn, exclaimed "What did she want to cheat for then?" "How did she cheat?" asked mam ma. "Why," exclaimed Dick, "we were playing Adam and Eve, and she had the apple to tempt me with, and she never tempted me, but went and at» it up herself."—New World. ,i:y A Long-Felt Want. There's a chance for some inventor To spend his days in clover, By devising a cloth for overcoats That will fade alike all over. —Cincinnati Enquirer. WILLING TO ILLUSTRATE. "Daisy," 'said her distressed mother, "I don't see how you can get so dirty." "Come on out and I'll show you," was the prompt reply.—The Barber shop. Advanced. "You say that Lord Fticash's social position has improved since he married a rich American girl?" "Yes, indeed. Formerly he was only a nobleman but now he belongs to our heiresstocracy."—Washington Star. Cruel Girl. The love-lorn youth heaved a sigh, As the maid of his choice passed For she had a new beau, 1 THE REASON. blgh, And he hadn't a sheau For even one glance from her elgh. —Philadelphia Inquirer. "Why don't we celebrate Martha Washington's birthday?" "Because no woman ever lets ua know the date of her birth."—Chicago Chronicle. Bad Start. His wedding trip was sudden— He was thinking of the halter, And stepped upon her bridal train While coming from the altar. —Chicago Dally News. Telling Tales. gray Mr. Oldboy—Always respect hairs, my boy. Tommy—Why? My ma doesn't. Mr. Olaboy—You shouldn't say that. Tommy—She wouldn't dye them if she did.—Ally Sloper. The Exact Size. Patience—You say a cloud has come into his life the size of a man's hand? Patrice—No I believe it is about the size of her papa's foot.—Yonkers States man. Two Classes. "Our club meetings," said Mrs. Upp. lsoh, "are attended by the best people —the brains and culture of the city." "Indeed!" exclaimed Mrs. Planebud dy, "and do your swell society folks really condescend to associate with them?"—Catholic Times and Star. His Objection Ijo. Montt—Say, old man, there is a widow down the street, who keeps a tobaccft store. Why don't you buy your cigars from »er? La Moyni—Because I never dkl fane)1 vidow's weeds.—Chicago Dai'y N'^wh •••••MaivnNnoBSsap! MRS. DENISON'S TRAVELS. President of General Federation of Women's Clubs Has Established Unique Record. Mrs. Doinies T. S. Denison, presi dent of the General Federation of Women's clubs, is at present at her home in West One Hundred and Third street, Manhattan, resting between journeys. And she probably needs the rest. For three months she was as con tinually on the road as a commercial traveler. In those three months she traveled more than most women do in a lifetime, and all without going out side of the United States. She crossed the Mississippi six times, got almost out to the coast twice ana kept en gagements in Louisiana and Texas, and engagements in Michigan and the Dakotas. She visited 22 states in all, traveled about 30,000 miles, talked to not far from 100,000 women and came home fresh as a daisy and having gained weight during her travels. That is something of a record even for these strenuous days, and now she has started off again to Florida first and then to Arkansas and Tennessee and possibly to one or two other places. All this, of course, on federation busi ness. Who takes the place of presi dent to that enormous aggregation of women must make up her mind to put her own private and personal affairs entirely in the background for two years. And even that Mrs. Denison has not done, inasmuch as her toother has been very ill—a situation which she did not foresee when she took the presidency—and she has been drawn hither afid yon by a divided duty, and, succeeded in neglecting neither. But poor Mr. Denison! He has been prac tically wifeless for the past year, be tween his wife's mother and his wife's clubs. However, he brought it on him self, so far as the clubs are concerned. MRS. D. T. 3. DENISON. (President of the General Federation of Woman's Clubs.) for it was he who urged and encour aged his wife to go into club life and cheered her through her first moments of stage fright and wa& so proud and pleased at the generr.l recognition of her brilliancy and graciousness and ability that sh« couldn't help being pleased and proud with liim. Speaking of her travels—and even as she spoke Mrs. Denison was dressed and ready to go to a big local club re ception as "guest of honor"—she said to a Brooklyn Eagle reporter: "I had a perfectly delightful trip in every way. It seemed to me that each town outdid the last I had visited in its wel eome. And those western club women! They are such forceful, brainy, prac tical creatures. They don't seem to waste so much time on unimportant de tails, but get right down to the meat of the matter. I suppose that in «ur eastern cities our various reforms and charities and public works are so well organized, so crystallized that there is not so much for the clubs to do. But out west the women's clubs are an ac tive living public force, doing things that ought to be done, accomplishing things that need accomplishing. And their hospitality is not mere civility their politeness seems to be a deep seated courtesy that springs from real kindness. "I think any one who had been on my recent trip with me would have realized the uses of women's clubs. Possibly occasionally they would have realized their abuses, too. But in the main they do stimulate and develop. And the club woman is not necessarily a masculine, domineering, unwomanly creature. She can overdo it, of course, and sometimes clubs seem to become an obsession with women. But those are the women who are naturally ill balanced if it wasn't clubs it would be something else. Of course, a whole lot of them take themselves with tre mendous seriousness and are awfully funny. "This southern trip of mine is prob ably the last one I shall take as presi dent of the general federation. My term ends in the spring." Stuffing for Green Peppers, Corned beef hash is said to make an excellent stuffing for green peppers. Of course no one would make hash on purpose to stuff peppers with, but hash is often left over. A housewife of an experimental frame of mind who had hash left over filled some peppers with it, poured around them a brown gravy of butter, flour and water and baked them. She says there is no doubt of the success of that experiment. ^4"^/% ^ms- '#j fS Ap -*&%.-. UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPH FANS. A Novelty from Germany 'Which Is Destined to Become Quite Pop ular in This Country. Of the making of fans there appears ss to be practically no end in ftiese days, and novelty and artistic results arc the dual aims of the designer and manufacturer of these essential posses sions of maid and matron. The French man and the American are exceeding ly adept as fan designers and con- ••m structors, but the newest idea in this line comes frdm the land of the Teu ton. It is the photograph fan, of which a picture is here shown. The THE PHOTOGRAPH FAN. framework is of thin silk and tortoise shell, the mount elaborately decorated gold. In orchid design silk is ap pliqued on the foundation fabric, with the petals so arranged as to leave» space for the painted portraits of the owner's dear friends. In place of the painted picture a tiny photograph may be inserted if desired, and if cleverly done the effect is good, although the painted miniature adds to the pictur esque and artistic effect of the fan. The college girl, the debutaifte and the young girl in general is likely to ap prove of such a fan, as it can be made to serve a decorative as well as useful purpose and hold the place of honor as a photo frame.—Brooklyn Eagle. HINTS FOR YOUNG MOTHERS Caring for the Baby Is Robbed of Many Trials by Adopting a Rational System. Young mothers usually know very little about the care of babies, and this lack of knowledge is apt to make the task seem a very difficult one. Let his clothes be soft, warm and comfortable, t We often fail to realize how much more sensitive he is to changes of temperature than we are, and are not careful enough to guard against them../ ,* The room in which he stays should be kept as near the same temperature as, possible, and well ventilated, but avoid keeping him in a draft or he will be apt to have the colic. A healthy baby, that has not been taught bad habits,.: will be happy and coffleuted in his crib:^ .1 the greater part of the day, allowing the mother time to attend to other duties, or to rest. He does not need to be held in your arms all the time, and he never needs to be carried about ,1 5 to amuse him. Few mothers are strong enough for that task, and they should never begin it. A great deal of worry and many cross spells might be saved if the mother would begin by having regular hours for feeding and bathing the baby. The bath should never be neglected, for so much of his comfort depends upon it that he will be rest less and cross without it. Have the room warm and the water just wsrai enough for comfort. Get the bath tub in place, with towels and clean clothes hung on a chair before the fire, so they will be at hand when needed. Batlio him quickly, and wipe him dry with a very soft linen towel. Dust him un der the arms and any other places that sc-em in 'janger ot chafing with a powdter composed of ten parts talcum powder and one pai't boraclc acid, thor oughly mixed by sitting-together two or three times. This is very soothing and healing, and when prepared at home it is inexpensive, and one can be sure to have it pure. Slip his clothes on and fasten them with as little turn ing and twisting as possible, and if he is not hungry he will fall into a quiet, refreshing sleep. When babies are teething tliey need special care to keep them well. They should have plenty of simple and nu tritious food that is easily digested. The gums become swollen and th» mouth feverish. Give them a drink of water occasionally and see how eager ly they take it. Any tendency toward diarrhoea should' be checked at once. If home remedies fail call a physician without delay.—St. Louis P.epubllc. They Like to Be Ugly. As if nature had not been unkind enough, the Thibetan woman heightens her ugliness by smearing her face with a horrible black ointment to keep her skin from cracking in the dry wind. Her dress is not different from her hus band's. Her crowning glory is her hair. Plastered down with butter from the part to the ears, It goes off behind into a sunburst of small braids to which Is fastened a great fan-shaped headdress falling to the hem of her gaiuents. It is of spreading strips of red and blue cloth jollied horizontally by Iron bands and ornamented with countless coral and malachite beads, silver coins, and tiny bells. The one poetic thing about a ThiboLan lady is the sound of her gor.g—a soft, melodious tinkle, belying, the grotesqueness of her face. Cleaning White Satin Shoes. While satin shoes may be easily cleaned at home. Stuff out thb shoe in shape and rub It gently with a soft cloth dipped in methylated sp.rit, re peating till clean. Dry with a cltan* •oft cloth.