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BUMMER-DAY GOSSIP OP THE I'" NATIONAL CAPITOL. «tEX-SENATOR HENRY G. DAVIS irh' Democratic Vice Presidential Can didate Is Well Known and Liked in Washington—New Cabinet Officers—Other Gossip. Washington.—Of all the men who have places on the national tickets I none is better known or better liked locally in f:*0O a r The Old Method Washington than or S a to Henry G. Davis, of West Virginia. Senator Davis for many years has been a familiar fig ure in the streets of the capital and about the hotels. From his home in West Virginia Washington is the most convenient Senator Davis, •lty of any size and hardly a week passes, winter or summer, without find ing him here. His relationship to Sen ator Gorman and Senator Elkins and his business connections with John R. McLean and other district millionaires have brought him here even more often than would otherwise be the case. Seen in the company of any of these men he does not seem to be their senior, although there is no one of them to whom he cannot show a score of years in retro spect. He has the sturdy form and the springy step ot a youngster of 60, and there is not a sign that can be ebsarved of the encroachments of extreme age. An early life on the farm and hard work on the railroad undoubtedly have had much to do with this, and an ab stemious life has had more. With all his millions—and Senator Davis is credited with a fortune rang ing all the way from $20,000,000 to $40, 000,000 according to the imagination of Ithe chronicler—he has never yet been known to indulge in extravagances of any kind. His tastes arc as simple as those of Russell Sage. When he was in the senate and had rooms at the Ar lington hotel the members of his fam ily used to make their own dresses and a sewing machine was constantly run ning in their modest apartments. Congressional Campaign Open. 1 The republican and democratic con gressional committees are both hard at work here with headquarters es tablished for the sending out of doc uments during the campaign. am pa purposes the con gressional commit tees are chiefly document bureaus and have been ever since they first be gan to take an ac tive part, in elec tioneering. Collection. Away back in the seventies and the yearly eighties they had in addition the task of collecting funds from the un fortunate government employes who iwere expected to contribute a certain percentage of their salaries to the cam- Ed aign fund ot the party which happen to be in power. Jay Hubbell, ot Michigan, became no torious during the campaign of 1880 by his demands upon the government clerks and by the systematic persist ence with which he brought them up to the captain's office to settle. Hub bell worked in harmony with the na tional committee, but he was chairman of the congressional committee and really achieved a reputation which he did not fully deserve. That was before the days of the civil service regulations, which made the solicitation ot campaign funds from government employes unlawful. It has been a good many years since thei'e has been any suggestion of a scandal of tht kind. A great many government offi cials contribute to the campaign funds of their party and their contributions are always welcome, but such a thing as solicitation is no longer known. Mortons Republican Friends. WashinL-on is well pleaded with the acquisitions to the cabinet which have been made within the last month. Both Secretary Morton and Secre tary Metcalf prom ise to be among the most popular officials in the ad ministration circle. a to finds a great many friends in Wash ington whom he used to know well Paul Morton. lhe tilnc his lathc-r was a uieru- •Jr of the cabinet of Grover Cleveland. Curiously enough a number of these have followed his own example and have transferred their allegiance from the democratic'to the republican party, r": One of the first men whom Morton met when he reached Washington was bis father's,old private secretary in the -•.•agricultural' department.. The .-young man is no longer in the government service, but is one ci the most success ful business men in the District of Co lumbia. Of course Morton was glad to see him and after the first greeting the talk drifted to politics. Pretty soon the Cornier private secretary began to make complimentary rt marks about the prt» ident. "I didn't know you had changed your politics," remarked the new secre tary of the navy. "When did that hap pen?" "Oh, no, I haven't, changed at all," was the reply. "I used to be a J. Sterling Morton democrat. Now I am a Paul Morton republican. It's all in the family." Morton is going to take a house out on Massachusetts avenue just beyond the splendid mansions of Thomas F. Walsh and Larz Anderson, but a very modest establishment compared with those places and he is counted on to do a good deal of entertaining next win ter. The Third from California. Victor Metcalf, the new chief of the department of commerce and labor, is enthusiastic over the possibilities of the establishment over which he pre sides. "It is bound to develop," he says, "into the most efficient and the most impor tant department of the government. It touches almost ev ery line of activity in the United States—the o'-por ations, the labor ing men, the min Victor Metcalf. ers, the manufacturers. Then it covers the question of immigration, which is bound to be one of the most vital and insistent questi' before the American people for a grea ~nany years to come —to say nothing t_ the lighthouses, the coast and geoa *ic survey, the steamboat inspection \rvice and the bureau of statistics. There is not one of these bureaus which is not destined to expand greatly, with the additional attention which they will all receive from being placed under the jurisdic tion of a new department. I had rather be at the head of this department than of any other department in the govern ment." Metcalf is the third man to be chosen for a place in the cabinet from the Pa cific slope since the admission of Cal ifornia. The first was George H. Wil liams, of Oregon, whom Grant made attorney general and tried to make him chief justice of the United States, but whom the senate refused to confirm as chief justice. Williams was com monly known as Landaulet Williams on account of the handsomely uphol stered landaulet in which Mrs. Wil liams used to drive about Washington to the envy of less fortunate women. After his retirement no Pacific coast man held a place in the cabinet until McKinley appointed as attorney gen eral Judge McKenna, who served on the ways and means committee with him in the house and who, curiously enough, represented the same district in congress afterwards represented by Mr. Metcalf. McKenna is now a jus tice of the supreme court. The Public Printing. The subject of economy in printing Is one that is bound to come before congress before long in such a way that it will have to be settled. Presi dent Roosevelt at the last session of congress brought the matter sharply before the legisla tive leaders and he also called the va us executive departments with a round turn W as of re in a Printing Offlce. steps be taken to diminish the con stant stream of publications that is stantly flowing from the government printing presses. The printing bills of the United States are something out of all reason. Documents are turned out by the ton on all sorts of subjects and on every conceivable excuse. To say that three fourths of this stuff was ever read by anybody would not be perhaps an ex travagant estimate. Of course every document is read by somebody, but there are not many that are read by any except a very few. Tons upon tons of printed matter are stowed away or thrown away year after year without having been of the slightest benefit to anybody. Senators and representatives have learned to use documents in the same way-that. they use garden seeds from the agricultural department. They bundle them off indiscriminately to constituents whose names happen to be on political lists. Occasionally docu ments sent out this way reach an ap preciative destination. More often they are thrown aside or—if they are bound In boards—transformed into scrap books. It is proposed now in some of the de partments to put a nominal price on all publications issued so that when ever a document is sent out It will lie sure to reach somebody who car«s at least enough about it to pay something. Such a policy would not make the doc ument business self-supportiug, for the pricc fixed would be simply nominal, but it would surely tend to lessen tho volume of printed material. Benefited. "Has your son benefited by his stay abroad?" "Yes," answered Mrs. Cumrox. "When he used to say the weather was bad lie now say.s 'the climate ia beastly.' "—Washington Sta/. Truthful Bessie. Mrs. Tooker—And Bessie must have some tea the same as the rest. Do you take sugar, Bessie? Bessie—Yes'm—when nobody ain't luokin'.—Boston Transcript with is worn. Yellow has, of course, been a very favorite shade in Paris, and it certainly looks quite effective in a crowd, surmounted by a big black tulle hat and a black feather and chiffon pelerine. Taffetas changeants of soft and sou pie quality really take in a variety of exquisite shadings. Wonderful satin dresses are also worn in the daytime, and many were seen at Ascot. Quite beautiful are the vieux rose and green effects with pretty fichus of chiffon of the same shade, and a chemisette of fine lace. With these the "Eighteenth Century" hats, with lace strings hold ing down the brims, are worn. Some entire frocks of white crepe de chine and crochet have stood out by themselves with great distinction at several of the most recent big func tions. There is a new make of coarse wool len lace which looks extremely effective on a pale sose or deep cream cloth. There is no doubt that in a climate like ours v.-e should alwayc get one or two light cloth gowns for the summer. Some of these effective laces and em broideries are worked in with gold and silver threads which enhance the mag nificence of the frock. The cult of the magnificent is thoroughly understood, and nothing is too good (for those who can afford it) for the toilette de recep tion, etc. Real lace, costly embroidery, A PRETTY SUMMER GOWN. Made of Muslin and Trimmed with Taf fetas and Lace. and wonderful, painted chiffons or beautiful silks, not to speak of exqui site handwork, go to make up the dain ty confections' of to-day. Even the parasols are perfect studies in colors and fabric. Quite charming are some of the plain silk shades with encrusta tions of beautiful embroidery or lace, or medallions of hand-painted silk out lined with narrow lace insertions. NEW SUMMER. MATERIALS HE curious new shades of blue-green are lovely, espe cially in taffeta trimmed quaint ruches and worn with big leghorn hats, with Romney strings. A curious amount of black and yellow In the matter of evening dress we ettes have reached the height of magnificence. But for races and morning wear there is a furore for the simple tailor frock, with new short basque coat showing the small sleeves, and giving the idea of great plainness and this neatness is observable in the linens and serges destined for morning wear. But for the moment in the middle of summer, we do not wish to think seri- Summer Fashions of Paris ARIS.—Fashions over here at the moment are what the Americans would call "just lovely." There have been some very smart weddings and receptions, and the toil list DAINTY SUMMER EVENING GOWN. The gown is of pale blue Liberty, draped bodice with collar of Valenciennes lace, embroidered with gold paillettes and pale shades of blue, gray and green. Tho skirt Is gathered and has fwo llounces of Valen ciennes lace, embroidered like the collar, and a band of gold tissue. ously of these smartly-cut but ralher severe clothes. I only mention the fact because these small sleeves and plain fitting garments show an upheaval in fashions and the difference between the modes of three months ago and those of three months hence promises to be considerable. In my opinion, the tailor is right, to_desire a change, fori continue greatly attached to the point ed "Eighteenth Century" bodice, all sorts of attractive berthas and tuckers, and, above all, to the wearing of costly lace. Possessors of genuine old lace may, indeed, congratulate themselves, for lace of every make, and in the shape of tuckers, .flounces, insertions and edgings, is used in the greatest profusion on nearly all the best even ing frocks. No doubt there is an Increasing de sire for plain white satin of thick SMART WALKING GOWN. Made of Pirle-Flnished Cloth. make—a kind of duchesse satin of soft finish—for evening wear. Some of the newest gowns are cut en princesse, and embroidered with velvet leaves occasionally they are further decorated with precious stones. White and vieux rose seem to me to be the favorite evening shades just now. Once again there is a craze for old brocades, but these are not stiff. It has been a magnificent season as far as the best dresses are concerned. At the same time the girl on a small allowance can invest in most effective muslins, quaint chine silks, and many inexpensive fabrics which can be made up in the 1830 styles, and with the al ways popular fichu which covers such a multitude of the amateur's defects in dressmaking! With a fichu and well-cut waistband one can really do wonders. Washing white oriental satin and crepe de chine has many possibilities for the intelligent amateur to get va riety at small cost. After several vis its to the cleaner these fabrics can b^ dyed navy blue or brown, and these are distinctly good colors for evening wear. Of course for dancing and really hard wear nothing beats taffeta, and if you get a fairly good one it need not be lined then it cleans and dyes admir ably. You can always make a change by having two or three different col ored fichus with waistbands to match. ELLEN OSMONDE. so much frou-frou and elaboration is unsuited to practical garments. And now to return to more summery garments which have been much in evidence of late. A certain comtesse of renown is evidently possessed of several tunics of beautiful lace, for they have appeared on different occa sions: one, over the most beautiful soft white satin messaline, seems to be of finest Mechlin, and has under sleeves and a slightly open decolletage composed of folds of embroidered mousseline de soie. Another tunic is of point de Venise, and was worn at a wedding reception over beautiful rose oriental satin. The waist was encir cled by a wonderful Marie Antoinette band of shaded old rose taffeta with a marvellous strass buckle at the back. Surmounting this frock was an exqui site white chip hat, the brim veiled with embroidered lisse and trimmed with a single shaded pink sweeping ostrich plume. Very pretty are the new high crowned hats adorned with a series of small, nodding, shaded plufnes. The high-crowned hat in white or black crinoline or leghorn, the brim veiled with lace, is one of the prettiest frames for a pretty face, and the newest coif fure over here is so admirably suited to this style of picture hat, being ap parently simply arranged in loose, big waves, but in reality the work of a most artistic coiffeur. A good many leading Parisians have been wearing the softest black frocks, ve^-y often relieved by a touch of rose. Rose is much in evidence just now, from the palest to the deepest shades. Girls are wearing a quantity of pale rose muslin, while married women are affecting magnificent gowns of taffeta and satin messaline. A soft embroider ed mousseline de soie gown iu black was worn with a beautiful shaped and pointed band of rose color,--with revers of pink embroidered velvet, and a pic ture hat of shaded rose chip, the brim of which was lined with pink velvet and draped with black chintilly, the crown being trimmed with deeper rose colored plumes. This was worn at a wedding reception and was accompan ied by a bouquet of La France roses. I have seen some lovely bridesmaids' gowns of palest rose chiffon mounted over rose taffeta, and finished with very wide, long chine sashes. This is to be worn with big black iegliorn bats and shaded roses. ANNETTE G1VR*. Om FLAYING UNDER THE TREE. I've a new play to play with me, And this is what it is: I'll make right here, 'longslde the tr&e, A village just like this. Now that's the church, and that's a house, And there's the blacksmith shop Oh, 1 forgot the church's spire! I'll put one right on top. And now, another house I'll build Where mamma lives' with me This room I'll have with dollies filled, A table set for tea. Now, for my garden! Stick—and stick— I'll put a fence around Then lots of liowers I like I'll pick And stand them in the ground. These are for cows—just coming home— And driving them is Nell Oh, good—here's Nell!—the cows have come! And there's the supper bell. —Rhoaa Dendron, in Good Housekeeping. THIS STORY HAS A MORAL. It's About a Little Stranger Who Now Is "the Nicest Girl on Eukin Street." That's what they call Drusilla now, the other little girls who live on Eukin street—which isn't mentioned in the city directory, but which is a real street just the same. But when Dru silla first came to live on Eukin street the other little girls didn't so call her. In fact, they called her "that horrid new girl," instead. And Drusilla got to hear of it, somehow, and felt just as unhappy as you or I would do in similar case. Now Drusilla isn't horrid she never was horrid, never was anything but a nice, sweet, sensible little girl. The other girls only thought she must be horrid because they didn't know her, and didn't want to take anyone else into their "set." All the other little girls on Eukin street—which is such a short street that nearly everybody living on it knows everybody else— had known each other since they could remember. They thought it would be "just awful" to have another little girl walking to and from school with them, playing on and about the lawns and the empty lot they all shared in com mon during vacation season, takirg part in all the fun. Therefore they snubbed Drusilla, without stopping to think about it. When she walked down the side of the street on which they were playing they all crossed to the other side and when she shyly smiled at them they just looked ugly, instead of smiling back. In fact, Jim mie Murphy did say that he believed his sister Annie put out her tongue at Drusilla, one day, but Mrs. Murphy said she could scarcely believe one of her children could be so rude and ill bred as that And Annie didn't say anything only her cheeks were very red. It was the very next day that all got acquainted with Drusilla, and it came about so simply. The little pet puppy dog that Jennie Crews was trying to bring up ran away by itself and didn't come back at all. And Jennie almost cried as the twilight darkened it did seem so awful to think of that poor little, dear little, dog out alon'e in the dark, hungry and cold, and as miserable as could be. But Puppykins never came back, although she called and called xiim, and all the other girls THEY SNUBBED DRUSILLA. went over to visit Jennie in the eve ning, to try and cheer her up. They were all trying to play merry games and pretending they were not thinking of the puppy at all when there came a gentle little ring at the door-bell. And there on they step— they all rushed to the door, hoping It might be somebody with the puppy stood Drusilla, and she had a little brown bundle in her arms. "He^was crying in a corner of the vacant lot, just crying like a baby," explained Drusilla, all smiles and blushes and friendly excitement and shyness, "and I knew he was your puppy, so I brought him home." "Come in, dear, and play with the others," said Mrs. Crews, appearing behind the eager group 'of little girls who surged about the puppy and came near to forgetting his new friend. And she gently drew the little stranger, who would have slipped off silently, in among the rest. Ten minutes later they were all play ing again, with the puppy safely, warmly tucked up in his basket, and Drusilla was as merry and lively as any of them. And now—though all this happened but a few greeks ago— they call Drusilla the nicest girl on the street," as I told you. Of course she was just as nice from the beginning, only they wouldn't give her a chance to show it. And—well, if you have any "new little girls" in your neighborhood, children, you might bear this true story iu mind.— Chicago Record-Herald. SOME TRUE DOG STORIES, One Shaggy Little Canine Saved a Train and a Big St. Bernard Rescued a Miner. $ Twenty-five dollars for a dog collar seems like a waste of money but there is a shaggy little canine out in Colora do who earned a collar costing that amount, and-so long as he earned it himself nobody need care. It was this way. One stormy night, a few months ago, the dog's master was aroused 1h the middle of the night by a furious barking, and, upon investigating, dis covered that a burning bridge on tho railroad near by was the cause of tho disturbance. Back and forth from the house to the bridge and from the bridge to the house the excited dog ran, becoming quieted only when his master dressed and visited the scene of the fire, which he did just in time to flag a long freight train, thus1saving it from destruction. For his wise act in saving the train $25 was sent to doggie's owner, and the entire amount was spent on the fine collar which ho now wears. Prince Leo, a monster St. Bernard, living in the Arkansas range of Colo rado, is another wonderful dog. So many wonderful things has Prince Leo accomplished that his master lately refused an offer of |20,000 for him. One of this dog's remarkable acts occurred during a blizzard in Feb ruary, near the Little Louisa mine. A workman had been sent some distanco for a can of machine oil, but the storm increased with such fury that the man was unable to return, wandering about the mountain side in a dazed condi tion, until finally, exhausted, he fell and lost consciousness. Alarmed at the workman's prolonged absence, Prince Leo was called, given the scent and dispatched to search for the piiss- THIS DOtf SAVED A TRAIN. Ing one. Horn 6 passed. The storm increased until an awful howling hur ricane with sleot and snow swept every foot of the mountains and can yons, and all hope for the return of either the man or the brave dog was abandoned. However, at nine o'clock that night Prince Leo's barking was heard at the mine cabin door, where he was found with bis unconscious burden. Once insid* the cabin tho faithful beast refused to allow anyone to touch his charge uAstil he had suc ceeded in licking the sufferer back to consciousness. And here's the story of a common, big, yellow dog, who ins lately been arrested. It is so—arrested by the Mexican authorities charged with be ing a smuggler! This dog's owner, a cunning Mexican, has for months used the animal in evading the cus toms laws by tying to the dog's neck a basket in which contraband goods were placed. The canine was taught to sneak with his load through the river boskets and across tl'w border into the United States, thus escaping the alert eyes of the government rid ers who patrol the line. At last, how ever, the animal was captured with evidence of guilt in his basket, and now he is in prison with his master. Poor fellow! He only did what he thought was his duty, but the law ia strict as to smugglers, and no doubt this dog will be severely punished. What child living in the cities is there, asks the Chicago Record-Her ald, who does not despise the dog catcher? Well, the other day one of these miserable dog-catchers took from the door of a poor family their sole guardian and comfort, Zip, the children's playmate, and dragged him off to the pound, where he was to be killed just because his owners were too poor to purchase a tag for him Pleadings at the pound availed not. but an officer of the Humane society heard of tlve occurrence, and after looking into the matter and finding that Zip was really useful as a watc'i dog, interceded with the mayor, and in consequence carried to the pound keepc-r, much to the children's glee, a regular pardon for their companion, who trotted hoihe- happy, bearing in his mouth a huge bone which the offi cer gave him. This is, perhaps, the first case on record where a dog has received an official pardon, regularly signed aud cealed. White Elephant Ia Sacred. A while elephant is considered sa cred in Siam, and when one shuffles off this mortal coil it is given a funer al grander than that accorded to princes of royal blood. Buddhist priests officiate, and thousands of devout Si amese men and women follow the de ceased animal to the grave. -Jewels and offerings representing much wealth are buried with the elephant. Many Castles on the Rhine. The most picturesque' and ancient looking river is the Rhine. It has 721 venerable castles on its lianVt.