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After Weary Months,
Work of Recovering
Bodies Begins.
Some Articles in Good State of
Preservation, but Army En?
gineers Are Astonished at
Deterioration of Swords
and Other Steel Objects
Caused by Salt Water.
Havana. June 10.?'With the first dls
tovory this morning of some human
fragments, the work of exploring the
hull of the Maine for the primary
purpose of recovering and giving
honorable sepulchre to the bodies of
her crew -was at last begun, after
many weary months of preliminary
While workmen were clearing the
spar deck between the after and en?
gine-room superstructure In the Im?
mediate vicinity of the after port side
turret they found bones of a right
foot enclosed In the ragged remnant
of a shoe and nearby the bones of a
forearm, the hand being missing. All
were blackened, possibly from fire,
and dec-ply encrusted with a coral
growth. No hope of Identification was
offered except that the shoe suggest?
ed that the wearer prohabiy was cither
an officer, a mess attendant or a mem?
ber of the marine guard, i.le blue?
jackets in tropical service habitually
going barefoot. Further exploration
In that portion of the ship did not
reveal anything which might assist In
the Identification. The remains were
reverently placed in a receptacle on
board the United States collier
A search of the spar deck and offi?
cers' quarters superstructure resulted
In the discovery of a paper-covered
novel. In which the owner's name on
tue title page was Illegible, a pair of
binoculars, much corroded, two rain?
coats, a barrel of bottled mineral
water and a quantity ot porcelain be?
longing to the captains and the ward?
room messes, it was noticeable that
the rubber articles withstood, well the
action of the water. All metalic ob?
jects were reduced to unidentlfable
masses of black oxlode.
To Fourteen Feel.
The water level - had been lowered
at nightfall to fourteen feet, leaving
visible all the spar deck from the
stern to the forepart of the engine
room superstructure on the port s'de
The latter deck Is badly bulged, and
apparently the side of the ship undei
this, Including the armor belt, was
bloxvn outward, which probably re?
sulted In the explosion of the main
after magazine.
This evening, the after part of the
vessel. Including the officers' quarters,
had been for the most part cleared of
mud apd debris. The dead lights of
the main deck on the alter port side
are visible, but a view of the Inner Is
obscured by masses of mud. By morn?
ing the water level will be reduced to
fifteen feet, when pumping will be
suspended. The exposed portion will
then be freed from marine growth and
further exploration of the inner por?
tion will be possible.
Pumping out the cofferdam about tho
ship goes on slowly,'the army engi?
neers in charge giving most of their
attention to the condition of the dam
which is In excellent shape. Water
from a hose was played on tho mud on
the spar deck and the surface was well
cleaned off. Engineers who explored
the exposed, parts of the vessel found
on entering the after superstructure
a quantity of dishes laid out on the
mess table. Many of them were un?
washed, and gave indications of having
been left by mess attendants, whr
were surprised at their evening men'
when the explosion occurred. The ofil
cers, of course, had finished their niea'
long before, as tho explosion was aftei
8 o'clock.
On clearing off the spar deck an
ammunition box was found lust att
of the port turret, which conlaineo,
besides a full complement of ammuni?
tion, clips for hand rifles and several
hand swords.
Steel Swords Eaten Away.
. The lead and brass of the. cartridges
were little Injured, but the steel swords
practically were eaten away by the salt
water, which the engineers take as an
indication of the condition of the en?
tire hull. Officers' dress swords in
scabbards were found leaning against
the starboard wall of the deckhouse,
with the leather in good shape, but
with the steel so badly eaten tnat it
fell apart when picked up.
The engineers were astonished that
the. steel should so deteriorate In tlu
water, and the only explanation ifl
galvanic action.
Several electric bulbs are said to
have been found whole, which, with
the fact that the crockery was un?
broken on the mess table, Indicates
that the explosion was not felt to any
extent aft.
General Bixby expocted to depart
for the United States to-dny, and an
attempt was made to pump as much
as possible, hefore he started. inc
outlook now Is that the pumping will
go on slowly but steadily till tho cof?
ferdams Is all unwatered.
Belles From the Mnlne Wreck.
Ntw York, .I'.r.n If-.-?m> b>?:i/d t^ie
steamer Bays mi, of the Ward Line, the
first set of relics taken from tho wreck
of the battleship < Maine arrived in
Brooklyn yestord'iy. and were ci-vicd
to Governors Island, wher-j they will
rcir-ln lr, the Wir museum tint'l (?!':
d'.-s for their llnil dlspos'tlon ; :Jru
The object of greatest Interest In
the first consignment was a part of
tho foremast, about fifty feet long. It
was lashed to tho dock of the Bayahio.
and proved to be an object of unend'ng
Interest to the passengers.
Republican Opposition
to Reciprocity in Sen?
ate Intense.
Whole Tariff System May Be
Overthrown If Anger of North
westerners Is Not Cooled.
They Predict Crash of
Old Style Protection?
Washington, Juno 19.?Republican
opposition to the Canadian reciprocity
bill In the Senate reached the stage
of open revolt to-day. Led by Senator
Ulxon, of Montana, who again failed
In his demand for an explanation or a
speech In favor of the bill from somt
of the Republican leaders who cham-.
fdon the measure, the Republican op?
ponents declared that If the bill passed
many Republicans would Join the Dem?
ocrats In an attempt to lower the
duties on all manufactured products.
"When the corner-stone is pulled out
of the system of protective tariff," said
Sc-natov Dlxon; "when the farmer's
products are thrown Into a free mar?
ket while his purchases continue to
be protected, there are many good
protectionists In the Republican ranks
here who will vote to have the duties
pulled down on Iron and steel, chem?
icals, cotton and many other things."
Signify Their Approval.
Other Northwestern Republicans sig?
nified by their approval of the Montana
Senator's words that the passage of
the reciprocity bill, which. It is ad?
mitted, will have a majority of the
votes In the Senate, will be attacked
with a fight that threatens to throw i
open the whole tariff subject.
"We want to make one killing." de- i
clared Senator Crawford, of South Da?
kota. "We find the Senators from j
Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, j
Massachusetts and Maine, States that
have always reaped the greatest har- |
vest of protection, advocating this!
measure that proposes to put on the'
free list every single article raised In I
,the Northwest. I want to deal with
this matter in Its entirety.
"If Pennsylvania, Mississippi and
Massachusetts have Joined- hands in a
new political - propaganda, it is time
for the rest of the country- to strike !
out on a new track."
"If you can get enough Senators on |
that side with you," returned Senatot I
Bailey, of Texas, "we' will' take one j
of these bills now coming over troth :
tho House and make a whole new ,
tariff law out of It."
Senator Bailey declared there woulo ;
be no adjournment until the Senatt
has acted upon the free list b'U ano
the woolen bill.
Reciprocity came before the Senate
to-day with the Root amendment, af?
fecting the importation of pulp wooo
and paper from Canada, as the matt?i :
for Immediate consideration. Thlt
amendment again was laid aside be- I
I cause of Senator Root's absence j
Later he came Into the chamber, but j
said he would not be ready to discuss
the amendment until Wednesday. j
Opponents of the bill. Including j
Messrs. Bailey. Dlxon, Cummins ann !
Smitn. of Michigan, then demanded an
explanation or speech from some one |
In favor of the measure.
Root Explain*.
Senator Root made a brief explana
tlon of the reason for offering nis
amendment, which requires Canadian
provinces to remove export restric?
tions before pulp wood and paper are
admitted free.
Reference to President Tart's
speeches in favor of reciprocity, ano
his criticism of the Root amendment
were met by Senator Root with the
statement that he would not discuss
newspaper quotations of the President I
Senator Bailey declared he proposed |
to discuss them; that if the President :
could criticize legislation and attempt
to . influence the Senate In open |
speeches, the Senate should feel treej
to discuss and criticize the President.]
Senator Williams, of Mississippi, in- I
slated that President Taft is not open
to criticism for his efforts to secure
the ? passage of the Canadian re:tproc
Ity bill.
In a direct attack upon the Root !
amendment Senator Williams contend- |
' ed that If It were adopted, no Cana-i
dlan paper or pulp would come into|
the Unitod States free of duty unlit I
all Canadian provinces had removed j
their export restrictions, and. that tne
influences of the "paper trust" would j
result in - preventing Its ever coming
In free.
"Those wbo would continue tne
present grip of the International Pa?
per Company will vote for the amend
ment," he said, with much intensity,
"while, those who wish to remove that
I strangling hold will vote against it."'
No Peunlon Leglftlntlnn.
?Wnshlngton. .lun-i 19.?The Democrats
of the House decided to adjourn r.lther j
than take up legislation outside of i
that which the party had decided in
caucus should be considered at this
-session. An effort was nadc when
the House met to bring up a pension
bill introduced by Representative An?
derson, of Ohio, which would add $lft.
000,000 a vear to the present pension ?
rolls. This hill had the right of j
way to-day under the discharge of j
committee rule. The Democrat!; wore;
unwilling to consider the measure, and .
forced adjournment by a 3trlct party :
vote. I
' s_}. I
Bookkeeper l.enrned Sheriff Wnx After \
Bangor, Mich., June 19.?James j
Houghey, a Chicago bookkeeper, com- I
?mitted suicide here to-day by shoot?
ing himself at the home of his wife's
father. Oe'orge Flawson.
Houghey. who came here Saturday
with hla wife, had Just learned that
Under Sheriff Bcattle had arrived from
Paw Paw' to arrest him on a charge
of embezzlement, made by his Chicago
Gaudy Coronation Col
ors Are Blurred
by Rain.
Weather Is Unkind at Beginning
of Memorable Week, but Pro?
gram Goes Forward With
Undiminished Ardor?No
Rest, Day or Night,
.Till It Is Over.
London, June 10.? Rain began fall?
ing steadily ear;ly this afternoon, and
the Mags along the streets to-night
hung limp, their gaudy colors blurred
while paint ran down the columns of
the triumphal arches. Some of the
finest decorative effects arranged foi
the coronation celebration stand a
fair chance of being ruined. The Bpec
tacular aspect of London Is consider?
ably damaged, but the town has a -
festive appearance regardless of the
unkindness of the weather.
Many illuminations blazed to-night
all the way from the .\Test End clubs
to the heart of the financial district,
where the Stock Exchange and the
Uank of England were bright with
electric lights. Throngs of people
splashed cheerfully through the muddy
streets enjoying the patriotic show.
Centre of Intcrent.
Buckingham Palace again to-day
was the centre of popular Interest.
Central London will see little rest
day or night until the crowning Is
over. Well Into the small hours of
the morning there was a constant pa?
rade of bela,tcd sightseers watching
curiously the thousands of workmen
engaged In completing the decorations,
of which much still remains to be
done, and must he done at night time
owing to the difficulty In obtaining
sufficient men.
The King and Queen had a busy
day. In addition to receiving a large
number of visiting royalties at the
palace they attended a rehearsal cere
mony at the Abbey and this evening
dined the foreign representatives at
Buckingham Palace. The Queen re?
ceived deputations from various parts
of the empire, who presented gifts
and addresses. All the visiting princes
and princesses and lessor members of
the royal families, with the Duke and
Duchess .of Connaught and John Hays
Hammond, - the personal representa?
tive of the President of the United
States, were present.
The fleet at Splthead now Is prac?
tically In full force for the review.
Most of the foreign vessels arrived
to-day and took up their stations
Each of the foreign vessels on enter?
ing the harbor fired a salute of twen?
ty-one guns In honor of the, nation
and another of seventeen guns in
honor of the commander-ln-chler.
MoRUlfJeent Ball.
After the royal dinner at the palace
many of the guests drove to StaftorO
House, which overlooks the -Mail
where the Duchess of Sutherland gave
a ball. This was the most magmn
cent private social affair London nas
seen In years.
Besides the members of the Brltisn
royal family, with the exception 01
the King and Queen, most of the royal
visitors from abroad with their suites,
the diplomatic corps, Including the
members of the regular and special
American embassies, the colonial rep?
resentatives, many of the leading
statesman and nearly" every one prom-1
inent in society were present. The dis?
play of uniforms and costly dresses
and Jewels was regal.
The British Empire League gave a
large ball to-night at the Hotel Cecil
In honor of the officers of the over?
seas forces. Several hundred colonials
and English officers were present.
Earlier In the day members of toe
colonial Parliaments In London were
tendered a luncheon at the Westmin?
ster Hall by the members of the'
House of Commons.
Lord Rosebery was the principal
speaker. James Keir Hardie, M. P. for
ilerthyr Tydfll. Socialist and Indepen?
dent Labor member, struck the only
discordant note thus far heard In the
coronation season.
"The workers ought to have suffi?
cient self-respect to spit at the coro?
nation procession and all Its hollow
mockeries." he said, speaking at a
miners' demonstration at Barnsley.
"What will be seen in the coronation
procession is not humanity, religion
or Industry, but the forces that op?
press the common people. The work
Ingmen should see that, kings, czars,
emperors and all the unholy brood are
put in their proper places."
The coming coronation of King
George is signalized by a free-handed
distribution of honors, among the
most interesting being that of a bar?
onetcy upon Dr. William Osier, reglus
' professor of medicine at Oxford, and
formerly professor of w medicine at
Johns Hopkins University, at Balti?
more. Lord Bosebcry, Lord Cu.rzon,
of Kedleston, and Lord Brassey are
made earls. Altogether twenty new
baronets and forty knights are cre?
ated^ who include men conspicuous in
commerce and science. Several hun?
dred decorations also have been be?
Deluwnre Arrives.
Portsmouth, England, June 10.?The
United States battleship Delaware,
which will represent that country at
the coronation of King . George, ar?
rived here to-day. She fired the cus?
tomary salutes, and passed through
the lines of the British fleet, taking up
her assigned position. The Delaware
Is tho largest of all the warships here.
All the visiting ships reached this port
during the course of the day with the
exception of the German crulsor Von
der Tann, which Is due to-morrow.
Aftpr visits were exchanged many of
the officers and men wero given shore
leave. Official entertainments have
not yet commenced, but the British
sailors are- doing their . best .to play
host to the visiting bluejackets
President and Mrs. Taft Entertain 5,000 Guests
At Celebration of Silver Wedding Anniversary
Witness Resents Aspersions Cast
on Name of H. O. Have?
Tells How He Served as Presi
?dent of Sugar Trust
Without Salary.
Washington, D. C, June l'J.?ThU
was field day in the Hou6e inquiry
Into the American Sugar Refining Com?
pany and other refineries, two commit?
tees devoting hours to Interrogating
witnesses as to the formation and. op?
erations of the bii' corporations. A
number of new. facts were brougnt
out bearing on the sudden creation
of wealth by combinations of manu?
facturing concerns, and more waf
learned of the frauds practiced upon
the government In sugar weighing at
the port of New York.
The special sugar trust Investigat?
ing committee had before it .lames
H. Post, presloent of the .National
Sugar Refining Company, of Aew Jer?
sey, whose testimony closed with a
spirited defense of the corporation
activities of the late H. O. Havemeyer.
organizer of the American Company.
The House Committee on Expendi?
tures in the Treasury Department,
questioned Oliver Spitzer, a former
dock superintendent for the corpora?
tion, with a view to discovering the
identity of the "men higher up" in
the perpetration of the frauds.
Gruelling Inquiry.
Mr. Post was subjected to a lonB
and gruelling examination as to hu
and Mr. havemeyer's connection with
the formation of the National Com?
Representative Madison, of the com?
mittee, complained that whenever the
committee had "g?lten down to some?
thing" witnesses freqnently "throw it
off on to Havemeyer."
"His memory has been traduced by
men who would not have dared to
have done so had he been alive," said
Mr. Post, his eyes flashing. I
The defense was made after the Wlt
| ness had told of the issuance to Have?
meyer, through Post himself, of 81.
000,000 of the stock of 'the -National
Sugar Refining Company, without any
money consideration.
"There, are some things I cannot' ex?
plain," declared Mr. Post. "But I have ?
such confidence in Mr. i.avemeyer |
that 1 know that he would explain
everything if he were, here."
Mr. Madison referred to testimony
given ? by Vice-President Atkins. Of
the American Sugar Refining Com?
pany, and Lowell M. Palmer, tormer
director of that company. He said
Palmer had testified that Air. Have?
meyer had organized the beet sugar
refineries, and'-while he (Palmer) was
on the directorate he did not nave'
anything to do with it.
"What idea have you of a strong,
able man, a- Mr. Palmer is. who will
say that?" exclaimed Mr. Pom greatly
excited. "He is a coward."
Mr.' Larklns, counsel to the witness
relieved the situation by objecting
to the line of investigation as heyono
the authority of the committee. Chair?
man Hardwtck disagreed, but the ex?
amination was not pressed further.
As president of the National Com
puny for eleven years without evei
having received, a penny of salary was
the light in which Mr. Post appenreu
at the beginning of the afternoon ses?
Given $500,000 In Stock.
Representative Raker, of California,
(Contlnuod on Second Page.)
Look At These Names
I In next Sunday'* l Hunt rated Mng
j n.'hie with the Sunday Tlmcn-Dln
pntch, there will be a number nf
notable olferiugs, ninong the well
known ?ritern mid nrtlKtn who will
bnvc cnutrlhittlonn In that number
being Robert flnrr, John Kendrlck
Rnngfl, K. Knrl ChrlNly, f,|n Mcl.cnn,
Roy Crnndntl, and 'Otbera. "The
Blue Fonder," by Hugh Pcndextcr,
will nppcnl to cverj- render of popu
I lnr fiction.
(Who married .Mr. anil Mrs. Tuft.)
(At time of niarringc.)
Luke Lea Makes Sacrifice That
Her Life May Be
Patient Recovering Strength.
While He Is Weak but
Very Happy.
Washington, June 19.?United States
Senator Luke Lea, of Tennessee, to
save the life of his stricken wife,
heroically sacrificed a quart of his
blood at Georgetown Hospital yester?
day, and to-night hope for Mrs. Lea's
recovery, wh'ch had almost been
abandoned. Is practically assured, the
anxious youngest Senator of the na?
tion as he lies near the bedside of
his wife, recuperating his strength.
Mrs. Lea's condition, serious for
some time, became alarming Sunday
after an operation the day before. Her
strength., because of lack of blood,
was gone and vitality was fast ebbing
away. Senator Lea, upon learning of
her condition, demanded that a trans?
fusion operation be performed and pre.
pared at once to submit to the ordeal.
Attending physicians and surgeons
made arrangements Immed'atoly, and
the operation which followed was de?
clared to have been very successful.
Wenk, But Happy.
Senator Lea withstood the opera?
tion well, though it left h'rn so weak?
ened that for hours he could not stand
alone, but gratification over the re?
vivifying effect It has upon his wife
was inexpressible. Surgeons assured
him that without the sacrifice which
he made. Mrs. Lea. could not have
lived but a few hours. Both are to?
night in Georgetown. University Hos?
pital. It will be two or three days
before Mrs. Lea is altogether out of
danger. At present her symptoms are
favorable, although she is still very
week. Senator tien is confined to his
bed at the hospital, Iiis vitality be?
ing reduced by the transfusion open,
lion. It Is sai<), however, that he will
be able to leave h's room in n i'eiv
I When heroic effort in Mrs. Lea's :,e
j half became Imperative and the trans
I fusion operation was determined upon,
Senator Lea, athletic In stature, would
I not consent to anything but that a
j sacrifice of his own blood to rene>v
her vanishing strength be made.
Bill because a prime factor In trans
I fusion operations is that the bloods
( be fusible, tests were hastily ordered.
Before the analysis was' complete, the
surgeons, Drs. D. H. Fry and George
Tully Vaughan, fearing that death
might be swifter than they, hecamo
alarmed at Mrs. Lea's condition and
determined to try the operation any?
way. Just as the"Senator's arm had
been bared nnd a tube Inserted In
an artery, word came that the bloods
of the husband and the wife ? were
fusible. The oilier ond of the tube,
which had been Inserted In Senator
Lea's arm. was connected with an in?
cision In Mrs. Lea's arm, and the
(Continued on Seventh Page.)
fAt time of mnrrlngc.l
They Come From Cincinnati to
Share in Silver Wedding
_ i
Some Time He Expects to "Hang
Out Shingle" in the Ohio
Washington, June lO.-^-Prealdent
Taft, in a happy vein, delivered an
address to the Commercial Club, of
Cincinnati, to-day, at which he lightly
referred to the possibility of "going i
back to a less active life," away from
the presidency, as having both wel?
come and unwelcome phases; that in
the absence of any provision for ex
Presidents, lie would open a law office
In his old home city, and that he Is
determined that his son. Robert, shall
work out his life amid those surround?
ings. Mr. Taft was speaking at the
Chevy Chase Club here In the Wash- j
ington suburbs, at a luncheon tendered;
him there by the Cincinnati Commer- !
clal Club, and was formally accepting j
for Mrs. Toft and himself a sliver rose ,
bowl presented by the Cincinnatlans. j
The President said In part:
"As I look about this table, and!
exercise such memory as has been left]
to me after my experience In Wash-(
ington, almost every face brings up!
some incident In my life at Cincinnati )
that I like to cherish: and as the time
grows nearer when I shall go hack tc
Cincinnati to make It my permanent
home, as a retiring place for one ox
President, the pleasure of retrospec?
tion as to Cincinnati friendships grows
greater and greater
Their Chief PIcoHlire.
"Mrs. Taft and I esteem the coming
of the Commercial Club here to attend
our silver weddins as the chief pleas?
ure of the occasion. It Is an Indication
that you men of affairs have been
willing to take the time to come, here,
to give an expressloh :.t good will and
? of fellowship, which the objects of it
I ought to value, and do value, most
j highly."
! The President then, In referring to
i the fact that It had been twelve years
[ since he and bis family had lefl Cin?
cinnati, said that It did not seem such
a long time. In this connection he told
of the tremondous change lhal had
taken place since tnnt time In his
career?from Judgeshlp to the presi?
"The effect that It has upon one's
life anil character." sold the President.
"Is something that one realizes fully,
hut cannot explain. Of course, there,
are others who have had similar expe?
riences, but I venture to say that It Is
rather exceptional to include within
j a limit of little more than a decade
that which has happened to me?to go
from the somewhat humdrum, but
ways delightful, life of a judge, who
could retire from public life In any
sense without being exposed to criti?
cism, to a i lace, where there seemed
to he nothing hut criticism, was a
change that only a man who has been
through It can fully understand. The
(Continued on Seventh Page!)
Their Silver Wedding
Celebration Is Most
Brilliant Affair.
On Lawn of Mansion 5,000
Guests Gather, While Many
Times That Number Crowd
About Grounds and Look
Longingly at Gay
Throng Within.
Washington. D. C, June ID.?The
silver wedding celebration of Presi?
dent and Mrs. Taft, the second that
has been held In the White House,
came to an end to-ntght with the re?
ception on the White House lawn. In?
vitations had been sent to HI,ODD per?
sons, and It was estimated that at
least 5,000 people were present.
Never in the history of the nation
probably has such a function been <
held In Washington. The diplomatic
corps, the United States Supreme
Court, the Senate and the House 01
Representatives, the departments ol
the government, the men who are high
In political affairs of the country, tne
army, the navy and every walk in lite
almost were represented.
The cool, clear night that made a
reception in the open air possible,
prevented the crush that the wmte
House for days bus been afraid ot
and made the reception not only bril?
liant and unusual, but delightful ir
every respect. The guests would have
filled the White House to overtlowing
but the White House grounds arc am?
ple, and thore was no crush and no
Possibly 15,000 people crowded about
the Iron fence that surrounded tue
grounds and looked longingly at the'
electric display, the splashing loun-'
tain and the gay throng within.
To StrulnK of Wcddlug March.
The cards said that the reception1
would begin at 9 o'clock, and promptly
on the hour, to the strains of the
wedding march, the President and .Mrs.
Taft came slowly down the main stair?
case of the White House, preceded by.
the six presidential aldos and followed
by tlie Cabinet. Out through the Ked
Room to the rear portico of the man?
sion, down the broad stops and out
on to the lawn the procession marched,
while hundreds of guests aii'eady tu
the grounds watched their progress.
They took their stand beneath two
trees just about the centre of tne
lawn, whose brunches were joined by
an electric sign, flashing "1S86-l'JlI."
The guests entered from the east
front, passed through the corridors
beneath the White House and: out.tc
the lawn. Down the winding walk
they passed In two lines to where the
President, his face wreathed In smiles,
was waiting to meet them all.
Above the walks the electricians had
touched the trees with magic, and the.v
blazed In red and white and blue bulbs .
From the top of the Treasury a mon?
ster searchlight played upon a new
American flag upon the summit of the
mansion. Over the rear portico an?
other dag in red, white and blue in?
candescent lamps shimmered and
waved. The fountain In the grounds,
played upon by another searchlight,
sprinkled forth all hues of the rain?
bow. The Washington Monument, a
thousand feet to the south, brought
Into relief by the thousands of lights
stood out sharply against the sky, '
dark blue, with here and there a star
striving successfully against the lights '
of man.
On Grassy Carput.
The White House lawn, clipped and,
shaved to the very quick, made a car?
pet of soft, dark green oxer which
walked lightly the gaily ??lad women,
the men In black or in the white of
the military service. Down near 'hi
fountain the Marine Bind, in scarlet
coats, played with vigor, mil In the
White House Itself the Kn?inecr Band
vied with It.
Every corner of the mansion nad
Its own particular light. On the ter?
races that extend from thj old man?
sion eastward and westward tlui i.eau
,y . of the White Hius-j cr-nservatot Us
. .ieen poured. The tall lamps that
stand along the borders of these ter?
races had been shade I by deep i ed
pa;>er, and they resembled nothing so
riiich as monster poppies.
The receptlcn was just as Informs!
as the President could make It. Those
v.ho could waited fa lino for hours vo
thakf- hands, hut many slipped out of
the lino and s-.-i :ht the shaded walks,
IK chairs wa'tlVl on the grass, or
wandered at will through the lr.wor
.a ors of i h *. ? 1'! >l.
The presents that numbered In the
hundreds and whose money value ran
high into the thousands attracted
many, while others turned to the
East Boom, whose polished floor echoed
to the tread of the dancers.
I Preparation had been made for 5,-.
000 guests and refreshment tables in
the state dining-room came as near,
groaning as a perfectly good table
can. The President and the members^
of his family, w.th the Cabinet and
the aides, were served on the east"
terrace, but guests found their re
? freshments in the state dining-room.
Sirs. Tnft Surprise* All. '
Mrs. Tnft surprised even those,
familiar with the Improvement In her'
health that she has shown by. re-',
malntng by the President's side In
> the receiving line all of the evcnlngl
' She wore a gown of white satin.
! brocaded with silver flowers, with a
.court train. Miss Helen Taft, who was
' near at tiand, wore a gown of pink,
j satin with a tunic of pink chiffon.
, In aplte of the unusual crowd th<?
machinery had been so perfected that;
.everything worked smoothly., Whll?.
(i o'clock had been named as the hour
[at which the reception began, no tlma

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