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Mo ylheUncannies-t f JpookiT Will Washington s Commercial Club Break the Chain of Horrors Which Makes Its A[ew Home a Place of Dread ===or Will It JIdd Hew and Weirder Links? THE most Implacable of spooks, ?with a terror-Inspiring record covering a century nnd a quar ter?almost the "whole existonce of the National Capital at Washington ??has been boldly challenged by the Commercial Club of that city. They have bought the land which reeks of murder, suicide, deaths by fire end wysterious infection and the un canniest ghostly visitations that have ever figured in ghostly history, and are spending $120,000 to convert this awesome spot into a cheerful centre of Washington club life. Although three separate buildings have successively taken the place of the lonely cottage where, In 1792, the record of horror began, ? the ghosts have remained with the land. They rendered uninhabitable even the present handsome mansion ?which Baron Rosen occupied witli his family during his period of ser vice as Russian Ambassador. The wife of Bakhinetieff, the Baron's suc cessor. a Washington girl, familiar with its history, would have none of Jt. It has remained vacant and avoided?for the daring members of the Commercial Club to recon struct and occupy, while the older generations of Washington society await with shivery confidence the resumption of the spook's blood curdling activities. This persistently haunted spot, latterly known as the Tyler house, is on th?* south side of Farragut square, almost in the centre of that fashionable residence district. On the same spot stood the mansion oc cupied by Secretary of the Navy Benjamin F. Tracy and his family during the Harrison Administration. The'- Tracy servants were fright ened on'l of tin ;r wits by the ancient spoil's ma', cmus artiviti. Th" climax of horror came with a con flagration in which Mrs. Tracy and her daughter Jos',, their lives. But th"-se ghosts, which had remained with the land?al thong \ the cottage of their still sto nl, moved out tn the junction of the Bright wood road with .Ior.nt Pleasant proved themselves tin jiroof. To Ik- r'-adilv intelligible, the story bogjus wiih thr- building of that fatal cottage back in 1702?^co incident with the earliest work upon what, during a century un<i more, has developed Into the flneBt legis lative structure In the world. The builder of tho cottage was a young English stonemason employed on the Capitol foundations. He built it with his own hands to be a loving welcome to the blue-eyed, golden hatred woman whom he had sum moned to join him in his now pros perous state fpom across the sea. The beautiful, golden-haired bride came, and was enchanted with the home prepared for her. When he left home in the morning with his heavy stone-chipping hammer aijd his kit of tools, she walked with him among tho roses to tho gate and kissed him goodbye. She was there to meet him on his return at night?often with her great masse* Ex-Secretary of the Navy Tracy, Whose Wife and Daughter Were Burned to Death in the Hoodoo House. Washington Comm ercial Club's New Home, Situated on a Spot Which Reeks with Tragedy, and Has for Years Been Haunted by the Uncanniest Ghostly Visitors. of sunlit hair floating about her graceful form. Those of his fellow ?workmen who were permitted to visit at tho cottage did not wonder at the husband's adoration. But they did not realize that the demon of unreasoning jealously was harrowing him into insanity, that he was conjuring up all sorts of in juries to himself during tho long hours when his treasure was alone in the cottage. Cunningly he con cealed his Jealous madness from her. No suspicion nssalled her when he returned one afternoon earlier than usual with the tale that the night watchman at the Capitol was ill and he mu6t serve in his stead. Having finished his supper, the stonecutter kissed his wife, took up his kit of tools and was off. ? Until some time nfter dark he re mained away, then, with swift and silent footsteps, he returned to find the cottage dark with closely shut ?blinds. Hut from between them streamed out from the sitting room a narrow bright ray. On the instant, with every magnified Jealous fear augmented he rushed noiselessly up the steps, on to the sldo porch and, giving the Venetian shutters a quick turn he gazed full into the brightly lighted room. What he saw Heaven only knows?or If, indeed, Ho ac tually saw anything at all more cfulpablo "than his wife entertaining some caller. Whatever it may have been, real or fancied, the sight turned him frantic. He snapped the shutter asunder, raised the sash and valuted into the room. One glanco at her husband's face revealed to tho poor young wife that murder had possession of his heart, and that naught but flight might save her. With the fleetness of the I hunted deer she sped up tho steps toward the second story where, at tlje head ol the stai/way, was a cot tage -window open ing outward. Closely fastened for the night, fhc could not open It be fore the madman, rushing close upon her heels, caught nnd held her relentlessly. With li s stonecutters heavy hammer ho literally crushed out her life J xils done, seizing her by the long f^r-? ^ K,r h? had BO ad?red. he dragged her down tho steps and out of the front door, down ..hrougS Z roto garden, over the muddy road and into the thlcke&t of the belt of woodland, which later was to form the delightful old garden of Corcoran house, on which now look o,u the windows of the former Armv and BDuZmentb> ^ the Rochambeau apalament house. knThe" *1? wander'* away, no one knows where, to be gone for several years, until lured back by some aw ul Instinct to the scene af his love and happiness?and frantic crime h0.?,. Holne aa-VH tho mur der discovered; not until friends go ,nB *? rnll found the houie onon and deserted, with a trail of blJod hold" ?!!h H?talrs' acroBS the t,irp? nold, and here und there still in way" to th?6 P??!,s, a,on? th" r?"d" ua> to the woodland where tho lalei131^ b??y WaS f0,ln(i- Whe". later, the stonecutter was Liken IT ZVV "" &*?" ?v<L> vith horrible frankness gave e%er> revolting detail of the wan marl!yUhange'd.r h" "as su?" For years the cottage with ita rose garden and the Nubian blacka moor standing guard at the cate stood idle?a haunted house, shunned by all in daylight as in darkness ?hLen?i8o ?ne sunsh|ny morning place was opened up as if by magic and workmen comnletelv removed the disorder into which through the years of abandonment and neglect. It had fallen. It was a quiet neighborhood with few curious ones to make Inquirv even then-a retired spot selected for thlB very reason by the wild younc Xr ? * , W6althy Congressman wherein to luxuriously establish the beautiful young woman with whom he elected to set up his household gods without benefit of clergy. A fast life tho young counfe led? th Z drlnk and c:trd Playing jn which the gayest of the gilded youth about town uproarioualy took'nan A fast life it continued until the merry pace came to a sudden stand still as the young fellow, in order to pay a so-called debt of honor forged for a largo amount the name' of his father's dearest friend. The friend sought him out and con fronted him at the club with his crime. The distraught youngster rushed to the cottage and .told his story wildly accusing his companion of being the cause of his ruin. Then he blew out his brains and fell a corpse at her feet. It was In Winter, nrul snow lay deep over the roadways of the city. As the servants rushed with blanched fares into tho room they saw their mis ' t ress in a dinner gown,'with thin slip pers, standing mo tionless, gaznlg at her lover's corpse. A moment later, brushing past the agitated onlookers, rending the air with her shrieks, nhe rushed Into the night. For days she was a wanderer, with reason completely gone. N/hen finally she was discovered, lying exhausted on the frozen ground, r ' / ohe lived hut a few hours and died without uttering a word. Many yearB wont by, yearB in which the charming honeymoon cot tage stood deserted and shunned. Then nni> line day the property was purchased by an army officer. Colo nel Baron, who, having married a Miss Stoughton, of Washington, was fully aware of what ho was doing. With the true military spirit of hit ting at the root of things, Colonel Bacon announced that the cottage was for Hale at a ridiculously low figure, and a purchaser having been found who undertook to put It on wheels and move it far away to the I Junction of the Brightwood road with I Mt. I'leasant, where it now stands I intact. Again Washington society stood agapo, propounding the query, whether the curse went with the house or remained with the land. Colonel Bacon and his wife, build ing themselves a handsome house on the haunted site spent ? number of happy years, until, being ordered away just as the Harrison adminis- " tration began, the moment was au spicious for leasing the house to Secretary of the Navy Benjamin F. Tracy. With the awful tragedy of the Tracy fire, which resulted in the burning of the Secretary's wife and daughter, and of the latter's maid, the whole world Is acquainted. Every monarch in Europe gave sympathetic recognizance in telegrams which lit erally showered upon the stricken head of the United States Navy. That was the last sacrifice of nu man life upon that fateful spot. When later the Augustus Cleveland ] Tylers bought the property, and. i tearing down every trace of the fire scarred house, built the splendid mansion which the Commercial Club has just purchased for Its future home, every one regarded them as brave indeed, and looked for some thing tragic to mark their occu pancy. No sooner were the premises in or. der and the family arrived than th< place was ordered under quarantine by the Health authorities, as one of the maids had contracted scarlet fever. As she was a faithful crea ture, Mrs. Tyler would not hear tc her being taken to a hospital, but in stalled her in tlie tipper story. This ended the Tylers' hopes as entertain ers. No one cared to visit the f "haunted house." The Tylers began to bo bored to death. After a couple of seasons . they moved away "for good and all." , This evacuation was followed by a f series of occupancies by wealthy j peopio, all more or less known. The ; Seth Barton Frenches established \ themselves there immediately after j their marriage, and Mrs. French, f fresh from a long residence with ! \ her parents In Greece, gave some \ delightful Illustrated lectures In the grand salnn, which, overlooking Far- Al ragut I'ark. will undoubtedly bo the rs. Seth Barton French, Who Escaped the "Hoo doo" by Hurriedly Leaving the Haunted House. favorite lounging room of the Com mercial Club. Hut the ghosts so a<>. moralized their servants that they had to give up the haunted residence. When the Hakhmetieffs were ap pointed to succced the Rosens it war generally supposed that as the Ru sian Embassy is still unfinished that they would lease and occupy the Tv. ler house on Karragut Square. Hut :'.o. Mine. DakhmetielT, being a former Washington woman, and having spent all her girlhood in the old De catur house on Lafayette Squ&r* within a stone's throw of the Tyler house, would have none of It. Ha 1 not the nerves of Baron Rosen's daughter been wrecked there? The membership of the Commer cial Club Is over live hundred Will habitation of the ghost v premises by such numbers, wi'i the gayety of modern club life ban ish the wraiths of the murderci. stone cutter and his beautiful wife Washington is awaiting with inter est the answer to that question.