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To bury them, at fifty dollars apiece, cost over forty-three mill ions. Think of what Life Insurance, even in a moderate amount for each, would have meant for the relatives and dependents of these dying people. Everybody should insure, if only for a small sum. Make a start and see how much better you will feel. I will take the same pains with a small as with a large polic', give you the best rates in the best com panies, and start y off with the advantage of my tei years' experience- T.D.fladdaway No. 519 14th St. N. W. P. O. Box 503. To Help You 872,944 AT THE TKEATERS. r.nfnycttr ''On anil Off." If any manager may be said to have a personality that reaches the general pub lic, that manager, is Charles Frohman, whose new Madison Square Theater Comedy Company produced for the first time in tills country last night, at the Lafayette, the Parisian success, "On and ! Off." Mr. Frohman had spent his proxieJ time for the last two weeks in explaining to local theater-goers that his latest ac quirement was racey in the extreme, complicated to a degree, and a dozen other things that are not exactly pleas ant to a man 'who has already purchased his seats for an evening's entertainment. Further than tills, in a seeming effort to conceal the merit of his presenting or ganization, the metropolitan purveyor of theatrical amusement went so far as to call Reuben Fax and E. M. Holland by the picturesque cognomens of Fox and Edward Holland. And then a good-sized audience went up to Nixon and Zimmer man's play-house yesterday evening and there discovered that the offering is one of the brightest, cleverest and most fin ished farces of the year, with just enough spice in it to make New York approba tion possible. "On and Off" is one of the sort of pieces that one lias always associated with Augustln Daly. It is brilliant and smooth, quiet and orderly, rather smll able. than uproarious a comedy with more inciuents than situations and more enjoyable dialogue than either. In fact, there are many points in the play that remind one forcibly of the last of the Daly successes. "Number Nine." Incidentally it is also reminiscent of some three score other presentations of the sort, but then all farces are alike when one scratches them deep enough, and It is no feign, be cause the horses In a race begin at the same time, that all will reach the goal in that order. When It is considered how little really new material the author has used ono cannot help admiring the Ingenious things he has evolved from hid Initial story. While neglected wives and secret liasons, Ingeniously coutrived excuses and blund ers that render them valid, suspicious mothers-in-law and loving partners, be long to ancient history, the idea of bringing St. Michael into such a mixture j uirouKa .uiu h euium u. u. ,...w..ui,.i... andof Introducing a lady with a nenou, affection that proves unfortunate to male j members of the cast are not only or- , lginai dui ueciaeuiy ingenious, ahu dis son has woven them in wi:h his tangle of other matters so evenly and grace- fully that one cannot help being pleased j at his craftiness. ELoth plans are used to consistent advantage, and though the lire: named of them needs more build ing before St can be made to serve as a second-act climax, na one can complain that each is not rendered laughable. The play, by the way. Is constructed in rather a unique manner, and has more separate and distinct themes than a Sousa march. But this faot militates rather in its favor than otherwise, since all begin from, the same root and an audience has hardly a chance to weary of one idea when another is supplied. The original story admits of no end of humor and this is so aptly handled that pene tration of plot may be said to be one of the first virtues of a piece that is al ways pleasing and often very funny in deed. The tale told by the comedy is too complicated and too creditable to de serve spoiling by repetition In cold type. Mr. Frohman's presenting organization is ono of almost unequaled ability and merit. It workb together with smooth ness only possible to an aggregation of artists. E. M. Holland still chooses to disregard his more serious talents by the assumption of a farcical role and does it w well that he makes the house dlsre- ! gard them, too. His impersonation of George Godfray, the deceptive husband, is artistic in every way quite the clever est thing of the sort ever seen here. Fritz Williams gives a. portrayal that, in its methods, is only a trifle different from the book agent of Charles Evans and not less enjoyable, while Samuel Reed makes his old man Brumaire so consistently characteristic that a spectator cannot help wondering how he has managed to keep his name off the lithographs so long. There is not much for Reuben Fax to do in his brief part, but he does it well, the same praise being admissible in con nection with the Du Patty de Clam of Byron Douglas and the Martel of James Kearney. Amelia Bingham does not look the part of an" ill-treated wife hr charm is so great that one cannot i.-lmit the possibility of a spouse being infelna to j her She is. moreover, a delighUully leSiu nait- ,nCu u,u a"u . . ' ct""- round actress. Maggie Fisner's nio'her- ' . . f ,.ii,. ti.-,, Vi 1 lu-iuw BT."CL"", t r'nr i ,h ' not altogether a p feasant one and the Impression created by her work is that she is under a too heavy steam pressure. Katherine Florence makes a dainty in- genue, while Anita Roth, May ....ambert, Augusta Gloso and May Gallyer are all exceedingly good in smaller characteriza tions. The entire presentation is a de light to eye and ear, and Its suceess is assured. Columbia "A Misfit Mnrrlnsc." H. A. Du Souchet, the author of "My Friend from India," and "The Man from Mexico," is said to be very anxious in deed to prove his ability to write a play with no tincture of geography in it. This may have been the main impulse that prompted him to construct "A Misfit Marriage," which came to light yester day evening at the Columbia. If it was, Mr. Du Souchet has succeeded admirably as far as the Impulse goes but whether his farce has the other elements Smyth & Rice sought in their new production, cannot be determined until later In the week. It would be as impossible to follow the plot of "A Misfit Marriage" through the columns of a newspaper as to draw a map of Andre's wanderings in his bal loon. There is, however, this difference: The plot finally reaches dry land and the audience is able to recognize It at close range. At first a blundering magistrate succeeds in marrying one of the young men in the cast to his sweetheart's mother. This scene and the by-play necessary to introduce everyone to the audience said by-play being exception ally bright exhaust the first act. As the curtain rises on the second.hus bands and wives for everybody develop out of the air. Only the magistrate and one or two others, including a drunken man and a housemaid, escape. All through this scene last night the house a good sized, first-night one could hadly crowd Into the time given the laughter the situations seemed to deserve. Mr. Du Souchet then introduces some color to relieve the almost tiresome stage settings of the two preceding acts, and he does ho by bringing in an almost forgotten spouse of the mater to whom the young man mentioned above was wedded. The gentleman is really harmless, but creates endless furor among the unfortunates in whose matrimonial complications he takes an interest. His is the part of a gay sea dog, who dresses like the "sailors of the Main" in burlesque shows of the period and carries enough shields and arrows to stock a store. This ruse is repeated in the last scene of the piece wjjh the help of three closets that are made to moTe about the stage wherever the author choses. Finally, after the audience has screamed with mirth until the plot is practically for gotten, one of the characters succeeds In straightening things out. Those, on the stage seek their proper mates and "The Misfit Marriage" Is annulled. Included In the company are Max Fig man, Clayton White, Henry Herman, Ina Hammer, Katharine Mulkins and Willie James, and the half dozen make merry THE TIMES. WASHINGTON T with some .success. When all of them learn their parts, the success will proba bly be greater. Mr. Flgman plays tho young man to whom half the ladies in the cast are married; Mr. White is tho magistrate, and a very, very good one, and Mr. Herman parades the sailor clothes in tho second act. Miss Hammer poses as the old lady of tho piece; Miss James takes the role of tho old lady's maid, ono of the most ef fective in the cast, and Miss Mulkins more than sustains the reputation she earned in "The Man From Mexico." The minor parts are,all acceptably taken, espe cially rtiat of James Topper, a clerk in the magistrate's ofilce. which has been assigned to Malcolm Bradley. To sum up, "A Misfit Marriage" is a fair comedy, with rather novel lines, full of bright dialogue and promisingly pre sented. It needs considerable polish and Smyth & Rice are renowned polishers but that Is all that may be required to furnish these managers with another hit. N'aUoiiiiI "Wlij- Smith Left Home." That a same author should write two phenomenal successes within ono year is perhaps not to be expected, and no one who did not look forward to this could have been disappointed n tho new comedy, "Why Smith Left Home," pre sented for the first time in this city last night at the New National. The farco lovers of the capital being divided among three theaters, there Is Httlo wonder that the house Avas not filled with people as was the comedy with merit. Eut the au dience was duly appreciative, despite Its lack of numbers, and curtain calls fol lowed each act. "Why Slm'th Left Home" is a three act plajv tho last scene being of a double barreled variety in which two little coun ter plots arc explained. Smith Is a mid dle aged contractor who has recently wedded a beautiful young woman, he marrying for love and she for better or worse with anticipations of the former state. Because of business reasons, the customary honeymoon has been post poned and, to add to the sorrow of the twain, the manifold relatives of the wife come to spend their vacations with Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Now. it chances that the family lord and master possesses enough of this world's goods to have three servants, aomng them a "cook lady," whose very badness proves her on ly virtue. In his efforts to get rid of a troublesome visitor "an aunt by mar riage but a mother-in-law by nature" Smith brbea th,3 gr, tQ serve such ba(J moals that ,he guest3 cannot remain. A ncwiy married brother of the young s))0Use boD3 up inopportunely and a. forel?n coun,t faUs ln jove wUh Mrs Smith, mistaking her for her sister-in-law, a maiden of forty Winters and nntnlfl Tn 1 1 si A fmiMitnp mnlrt n TTVnnVi husband oC the mother-in-law aunt, a re- tircci major, and several others of small! importance add to the confusion and the salary roll. Finally, after untold suffer ings. Smith explains that he loves his wife, the foreign count gives up the am tronly sister to the major, the other fami ly relatives skip for the woods and the newly married man leaves home with his helpmeet. This more or less clever farco is Inter preted by a company in many ways good in others unusually mediocre. The title role, as done by Maclyn Arbuckle. is strong, even in Its farcical fervor, and graceful where many would incline to overact. In the few serious bits with which Mr. Broadhurst has interspersed the part, Mr. Arbuckle appears with especial capability, placing this creation on a par with those of his old stock days. Mrs. Anna Yeamans Is probably the pop ular favorite of the piece, her "cook lady" being probably the equal of Mrs. Bates's famous Mrs. Murphy, or Mattio Ferguson's Swedish servant In tho "Jones" farce. She Is always excellent in character work, and in this is more than excellent. In make-up, accent, action and business, she is all that can be de- sired. Marion Giroux Is a capable Mrs. Smith chic, pretty, vivacious, shapely, well gowned and finely formed. Miss Giroux could do serious work if she wished, but should never wish so long as slie can offer lighter matter so refresh ingly. The General Bllletdoux of Fred Peters Is effervescing, and the Major of Matt Snyder seems a little Irksome, prob ably because of the fallings of the author rather than his own. Count Von Guggen heim, by Frank Hatch, is as unique as it is brief. The players' dialect being nat ural yet humorous, with the exception of Jessie Conant, granted a small bit In order that she may display her really beautiful and excellently trained voice, the roll of commendation ends here. Sadie Klrby, who attempts to offer a comic Impersonation, is simply pathetic In her efforts, the chief merit of which CQmes when s'he alspays a very shapely ank,e an(1 uamty ,lnRerfo ln :t few un ainty lingerie graceful perambulations early 1V..i.i -i, i -r, t .. rambulatlons in the irouuie. uiaunue jjaruy is uvuu worse, trouble. Maurice Darcy not Possessing the shapely ankle. Blanche chapman ,g bworse tntusne tries to be , ... T, , , .. , and-Dorothy Lsner! Well Dorothy. In a refe"1 Interview, said that she was in spired to write poetry, but that her acting was due to her own efforts and labor. "Repulescat in pace.' Rose Snyder is above the average. Viewing the comedy retrospectively, it must be said that it is not the equal of "What Happened to Jones," or of other trees from the facile pen of Mr. Broad hurst. It resembles a Hoyt concoction too much. The author has been com pelled to seek the trodden paths for situ ations. His writing appears forced and as a result lacks coheslveness. It Is not satisfying, while bright In repartee and clever in design. For all that. It Is funny, reasonably well presented, and appro priately staged. Aenilemy "GnyoNt Mniilinttnn." "Gayest Manhattan," which appearcu last night at the Academy, is a cheerful mixture of song, dance, horse play, and costumes, with a slight admixture of acting. It is what might be called a typical New York show, and the characters are those easily recognizable as metropolitan types. There are nurse girls, Summer girls, policemen, bicycle girls, chappies, soclarty girls, and various other people, all serving as a background for a family of country peo ple from Skowhegan, Me. Sol Aiken, as Hiram Prindle, the far mer, scored a decided success, and has the elements of a genuine comedian. Jean Mcllmoyle's Mellnda Is a saucy and fetching soubrette, and the imper sonator made two of the greatest hits of the evening in her topical songs, '"Susie Smith from Troy," and "But Wasn't It an Odd Place to Do It?" Jennie L. Lew. is, as Tess of the Aristooks, Mr. Prln dle's eldest daughter, Is also clever, and with Mr. Aiken, in the second scene, gives a bit of burlesque of the rural and hay-scented drama that is highly amus ing. D. E. Alta, as Louis Spitzberger, seems to think his abilities much greater than they really are. A little of Mr. Al ta's German dialect is very good, but too much of it is like too much sweltzer cheese It leaves a bad taste In the mouth. Some of the work of Frank Gardiner, as Nathaniel Belgraff, teacher of elocu tion, is open to the same objection of superfluity, although he won an encore with his imitations of popular vaude vlllians. In the last act there is some capital dancing by William Robinson and George Sanderson, who are, for some occult reason, dressed in Chinese cos tumes and look about as much like "Mon golians as James A. Klernan does like a negrp. Mr. Klernan essayed to play an Irishman in the first act and a "coon" in the last, both being done indifferently well. The ballets are effective, especially "The March of the New York Dailies," CASTOR I A Forlnfantsand Children. The Kind You Have Always Bought VfiSDAY, ln which several pretty-anddaintlly cos tumed girls represent t,he leading papers of Gotham. j t. As a play, "Gayest Manhattan" Is not much, but as u polltlqaj indicator it is beautiful. Several of j,Its oplcal songs have a special significance, and tho audi ence, which was a large pne, cheered them enthusiastically They left no doubt whatever that Spjiley Dewey and Fltzhugh Lee are popular iji this city. , ni Kenuiii'n Morrls'N fl,it$Je I,imls." Harry Morris's "Little Lambs" opened a't Kernan's yesterdays and succeeded with a bright and very1, cleyer show In pleasing two large audiences. The man agement has provided for the perform ance elaborate scenery and rich costumes. Mr. Morris is still a great favorite hero and the reception given' him after an ab-' sence of several years was a hearty one. Ills General Fink, in the closing bur lesque, was done with his usual excel lence. He was ably assisted by Jean Cunningham,. Sophie Leslie, Burt Wes ton. The curtain raiser, a bright skit entitled "Training the -Lambs" proved very friskj and not at all lamblike. It presents a lively melange of music, dance and pretty girls, with two or three very bad spe cialties. A striking feature of the performance and one of Its most attractive numbers was "The Artist's Dream, or Mephhlsto's Triumph," an elaborate device lor the dis play of living pictures. Tho olio could not be said to be up to tho Morris stand ard, although it included several people of merit. Under this head came the Ford brothers, wooden shoe dancers, who have not been equaled here. Belmont and Wes ton appeared in a sketch which would have been better had it been .only half as long. The Patterson brothers are clev er horizontal bar performers and did a number of daring turns, while DIllccs and Wade presented their old act and Jean Cunnlnghnm sang In her own pleasing way. Eunice Sayre, Charles Johnson and Nellie Fenton appeared in a sketch, the best rart of which was the dancing of the trio. Every night and dally matinees. IJIjou Vaudeville. The program presented by Manager Grieves to Bijou audiences yesterday is considerably above the average, and if the crowded houses present at both per formances are a criterion, this ought to prove a record-breaking week. The leading attraction la Troja, who repeats her former successes here and adds scores of new friends to her list with her clever monologue and da3hy songs. Joe Fiynn, who becamo famous through vrit lng "McGinty," kept the crowds in an up roar with the many funny things he said and sang In his own peculiar style. The Armstrong Brothers presented a happy turn which scored a prompt hit; Gard ner and Gilmore appeared In a clever singing act, and the Aherns pleased with their acrobatics. The Rever sisters prove io be an at tractive 'team; Johnnie Webber is funny in his get up and funnlenirrwhut he gets off, and the Maglnleys close -the enter tainment with a flying trapeae perform ance which Is remarkably difficult and daring ln Its execution, er Tho Bijou Burlesque Company scored 'a hit with an entirely new skit In which appear clever John Tlerney. Nina Col lins, Clara Adams, AllceriTfCirren and SI donne Dixon. l Multifield Does "C rnno oi-iic;."4 rte Berfr- New York, Oct. 3. Richard' Mansfield added new laurels to his crown tonight when, before the largest.indmost dis tinguished audience of the year he pre sented his much-talked-of play, "Cyrano de Bergerac," at the Carder" Theater. The drama is mounted In, a manner that totally overshadows anything of the sort ever seen In this country, The four acts of the piece afford opportunity for sump tuous setting, all of which are employed. There are In the cast fifty-nine speaking parts and seventy-two ensemble roles, all In the hands of competent and well trained people. William Courtney, Ar thur Forrest, A. G. Andrews, J. W. Weaver, Francis KIngdon, Fred Backus, Margaret Anglln. Helen Glldon, Blanche Weaver and Ellen Cummlngs all appear to advantage, while Mr. Mansfield's im personation of Cyrano proved one of the most powerful portrayals ever given ny this finished artist. There were curtain calls Innumerable and bravos that finally culminated In a grateful speech from the star. The piece will probably be the greatest of the Mansfield successes. THE SEIGHT OF HEDGES. O. M. Mcl'licrhon LocIccn Complaint With, the ComiiiInnloiier.i. O. M. McPherson, a resident of No. 1250 Princeton Street, Columbia Heights, has written to the Commissioners asking for information concerning the recent regulation restricting the height of hedge fences in the District and complaining that a hedge Is being maintained at the corner of Thirteenth and Princeton Streets four and a half feet high. The complaint points out that the hedge is adjacent to his property and that it ob structs his view. Mr. McPherson states that he would like to have the hedge removed if it Is unlawfully maintained. If it is not unlaw ful, but Is of too great a height, he re quests that the owner be required to trim It. The Commissioners will inform the complainant that there Is but one regula tion governing the height of hedges in in the District The regulation was pro mulgated September 23 last and reads as follows: "Hedges on public parkings within the city limits shall not exceed three feet in height nor eighteen inches ln thickness, and the superintendent of parking is au thorized to reduce hedges of greater di mensions thaa named In this paragraph." The regulation is to take effect thirty days after Its promulgation. THE HOWARD UNIVERSITY. Secretary BHhh Has the Matter Un der Advisement. Secretary Bliss yesterday notified the Commissioners that he haaj held a con ference with Dr. Rankin, the president of Howard University, on the subject of the lease by that institution of the buildings and grounds now used by Freedman's Hosnital and Asylum, but that the matter cannot be considered very .fully until the latter part of the week. Secretary Bliss writes in his letter to the Commissioners as follows: "I will then personally Inspect the hos pital with a view to the adjustment, if practicable, of the dlfferenjcesj apparently existing between the two institutions re garding the matter of room that each is entitled to. In the meantime I am not aware of any reason why the directors of Howard University should not be paid such rent as may be due Tor the use of the buildings occupied by freedman's Hospital up to the present time." Will TnUe Time. (From the St. Paul Dispatch.) Spanish "honor" will require more or les haggling and delay in negotiating-a peace treaty. A ready acceptance of the American terms, no matter what they might be, is not to be ex pected. So wc may be prepared for repeated pro positions, counter proposals and answers on the part of the Spanish commissioners, for they must "die game." Therefore they will resist the first terrn3 of peace offered them, for the sake of form, though knowing well that they must consent at last. B.ears th9 Slgn0afture (ZM OCTOBER 4, 1898. SOCIAL AND PERSONAL. Mrs. Clare Hanson Mohun has issued Invitations for the marriage of her daughter, Edyth, and Lieut. Walter Ole phant Hulme, U. S. N. Tho ceremony will take place-at St. Paul's Church, cor ner of Fifteenth and V Streets, Octo ber 10. Mr. and Mrs. O'Donnell have returned from Europe and opened their home on Sixteenth Street. Mr. Nathaniel Slmpkins has joined his family at Manchester-by-the-Sea. Mr. and Mrs. G. W. CIssel left for New port News last night by Invitation of the Shipbuilders' Company to witness the launching ceremonies of tho battleship Illinois. ( . . Miss Mary Desha Breckinridge, a daugh ter of Maj, Gen. Joseph C. Breckinridge, inspector general of the United States army, and Ensign John Fore Hines, U. S. N., will bo married October 19 at tho home of the bride in Lexington, Ky. The ceremony will be quietly performed, and after si honeymoon spent in the South the couple will reside In Washington. It Is announced that the marriage or Miss Margaret Folsom, daughter of Mrs. George Wlnthrop Folsom. and Mr. Sat terlee, son of Bishop Satterlee, will take place ln Lenox tho second week In No vember. The Folsoms will arrive in Len ox about November 1. Chief Engineer and Mrs. David Smith have sent out invitations for the marriage of their daughter, Helen Saunders, to Mr. Charles Hewitt Wright, of Plttsfleld, Mass. The ceremony will take place at St. Margaret's Church Thursday, October 20, at S p. m. At home after November 1 at 2G Maplewood Avenue, Plttsfleld. Mrs. do Smirnoff, who for years past has made Washington her home, died Saturday night at Newport of disease of the heart. During the Summer, which she spent at Narragansett, she suffered more or less, though her malady was not con sidered necessarily fatal. Her death, therefore, comes as a painful shock to a large circle of friends. Mrs. de Smirnoff was the widow of a Russian, who was ln the diplomatic service at the time of their marriage, and she leavos one daughter. Miss Elka Smirnoff. Deceased was for merly Miss Nellie Blow and the daughter of a former minister to Brazil. Miss Jane D. Andrews, of Mount Pleas ant, and Mr. Albert M. Keen were quietly married yesterday at noon at St. Steph en's Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs. Keen will return from their Northern trip October 15, when they will go to house keeping at their new home. No. 1531 How ard Avenue, Mount Pleasant. Mrs. Maurice Joyce and her daughter. Miss May Joyce, of No. 922 M Street, have returned from an extended Northern trip, which included visits to Halifax and Bos ton. Mr. and Mrs Maurice Francis Egan have returned from. Oakland and Atlantic City and have taken a house on Capitol Hill. The marriage of Miss Alyce Owlngs and Mr. Louis Payne Hieston will take place at the residence of Miss Owings, 1514 K Street, at S o'clock on Saturday evening, October 15, and will be followed by a reception. Governor Tanner says wine. The quart bottle of "extra dry." meshed in gold net and flying national ribbons, is ready to piny Its much discussed share in the christening of the Illinois, and Miss Nancy Lelter is probably the proud est young woanm In the world. The spectacle of the christening of a battleship Is a brilliant one. Ashore and afloat there is a great profusion of flags floating over the heads of a crowd of people. The guests of honor are taken aboard the new battleship, and. after the christening, a banquet is served in their honor at which the ship's silver is used for the first time. Many of the gay people who will be present from Washington will make a prolonged holiday of the affair and naval men at Newport News will enjoy a rare round of dances. Miss Martha di Zarega will make one of the group of bridesmaids who will at tend Miss Ottie Louise Fleming, of Rich mond, whose marriage to Mr. W. C. De Armond, of Philadelphia, will be the fashionable event in Richmond society In November. Mrs. Xott and Miss Margaret Nott will close their Summer home in Massachu setts about the last of this month and spend a portion of November in New York before returning to Washington for the Winter. Miss Antoinette Greely. a daughter of the Arctic explorer, and Miss Rosemary Sartoris, a grand daughter of Gen. Grant, will be among the debutantes of the coming season. TOR THE FREE LIBRARY. Mr. "Wlllett RcrpieKted as to the De livery of Mnll. For some time the District Commis sioners have been receiving newspapers, periodicals and other mall addressed to the Free Public Library and to the Rittenhouse Academy. As neither of these institutions Is sup posed to receive mail through the office of the Commissioners, and as the re mailing of the papers has involved delay in their proper delivery the Commis sioners yesterday requested Postmaster Wlllett to have the mail for the former institution addressed to Xo. 43S Louisiana Avenue and for the Free Public Library to Mr. Theodore W. Xoyes, the presi dent of the board of trustees. PLUMBERS' BONDS. More Cure In the Future About MnUiiiKT KencvrnlM. The attention of Commissioner Wight was recently called to the matter of bonds which-are furnished by plumbers in accordance with the requirements of the law, and the statement was made to him that having furnished bonds they are not careful as to making renewals after the first expiration. He has accordingly recommended that the matter be referred to Engineer Commissioner Beach with a request for a statement from the inspector of plumb ing, whether there are any bonds now credited to plumbers, in connection with which they are now receiving permits to do work, and which have expired. Municipal Brevities. The Commissioners yesterday refused the request of John L. Weaver, on behalf of the Washington Sanitary Improve ment Company for tho planting of trees on Bates Street northeast. The resignation of J. W. Hurley, a pri vate of 'the fire department, has been ac cepted by the Comisslone'rs and Joseph I. Hopkins has been appointed to the va cancy. The Commissioners have requested the Washington Gas Light Company to lay mains to the Bruce School building so that that structure may be supplied with gas. Promotion From the RniilfH. (From the Philadelphia Item.) Tho possibility of promotion js the real basis' of an effective oIuntcer force and advantage should be taken of every possible opportunity to advance men from the ranks. It was this system that made such gallant fighters of the volunteers in the War of the Re bellion. Now that the army is to be increased, it should be an inducement for bright and brainy joung men to enter Uncle Sam's service. .VhWmVm'mWmVJ.V-VoVmWmVi Our.New Credit Way. Bottle of Will iams's Black Ink cash or credit, 2c. Bottle Sewing Machine Oil no better produced. Gish or credit, 2c. Seek the Equals Of these leaders in all the advertisements of the past weeks, and where will you come across half as good values? We're building our new departments on lines that are too true to warp. Using methods that predestined success. We're not only giving as big but even better leaders than the other stores. In addition there's the standing offer to avail yourself of the fairest and squarest waj' of giving credit in the world. One price to everybody. Pay down or pay later it's all the same. Double Size iockwood Sheets, 39c. Where's the store that'll make an equaling quotation ! None in this town ever named such a price. This is value-giving extraordinary. best Sheets in creation either the special pii:e .' $2.25 and $1.75 Nottingham Curtains, 98c. Full size (32 yards) and in a range of patterns that no season has produced in moderate priced coods. Some are in clever Brussels effects some with dainty Grecian centers some have centers of plain net others with beau tiful floral border. Never were goods like 'em sold uuder $1.75 to $2.25. Cash or credit 75c Marseilles Spread, 49c. Not the genuine Marseilles but a clever reproduction. Full size ssnd of a good weight texture. It's . as good a spread as ox everJUr got anywhere at 75c .g ''" CASH OR CREDIT. 51.25 Dresden Umbrella, 59c. Hold them beside any you ever got for $1.50 and see how much bet ter these are. Ladles' size, good, strong frame, narrow steel rods, terminating in dainty porcelain knobs, decorated in Dresden designs Some other time Kuf you'll pay us 51.23. Today t7w CASH OR CREDIT. Samuel rriedlander & Co,, Successors to New York Clothing House, 311 Seventh St. KING'S PALACL iNew Department Store. BIGGEST DAitGAlNS IN TOVVN. CBlt 7th St. 715 lUr!:t Space. 200 Ladles Grenadine and Brilltantlm Skirts, best make, well lined, woith $2.00, for esc EISENMANN'S, Wa. Won't Hurt" Extracting k ril I IMP Kor an actual fact, we can rILUllU. bcth extract and fill a tooth without causing our patient any pain or discomfort. I'timr all the down-to-date paln-sunng appliances and exercismir the every care the skilled operative is capable of, justifies us la claiming to give "Won't Hurt" Dentistry. The Washington Dental Parlors, N. E. Cor. E and 7th Sts. Open Sundays 9 to 2. oc4-tu,th,Su-tf CATHODE BAYS. .V Radical Theory That They Are Sent Out by the Sun. (From the Xew York Times.) Experiments made recently by Francke L. Woodward, Harvard,- '96, and now liv ing in this city, to determine the penetra bility of a vacuum by light, have led him to conclude that, owing to the presumable vacuum existing between the atmosphere of the earth and that of the sun, the rays generated by the sun must be a form of cathode rays, or we would get no sun light whatever. The theory is radical, and if confirmed by other experimenters, will set at naught the accepted ideas of the transmission of light through space. Mr. Woodward conducted his experi ments in this city, and used a glass tube, exhausted of air as much as Is today pos sible, covered with black paper, in which wero cut two circular openings at oppo site ends of a diameter to enable the pas sage of light. A beam of lime light was sent across the tube through these open ings. As it left tlte second opening its intensity was only about one-twentieth of that it had on entering. It was found that the more perfect the vacuum the less was the Intensity of the light. It would therefore seem, according to Mr. Woodward, that, granted an actual vacu um were obtainable, no lime light what ever would emerge from the second open ing. .Next cathode rays were sent through the tube. They came out of the second opening with almost the same intensity they had on entraace, proving the pene trability of the X-ray. Mr. Woodward thinks that this supports Tesla's theory that Roentgen rays consist of a stream of material particles capable of passing through the glass walls of a bu'b. When these particles enter the bulb the trans mission of light Is facilitated. It would follow from this, then, that light can only be transmitted where material par ticles as well as ether are present. In regard therefore to the transmission of light from the sun to the earth, Mr. Woodward says it is reasonable to con clude, in view of his experiments, that if. as is supposed, a perfect vacuum ex ists between the sun and the earth, the rays of light generated by the sun are transformed in traversing this vacuum and our atmosphere. There are also some astronomical and meteorological phenomena which support the theory of the existence of a cathode stream from the sun. According to the theory of comets, which Is now most in favor, tails of .comets are due to a ca thode stream such as Crookes found to proceed from an obstruction placed In the main cathode stream. The aurora borealis has also been explained by Birkeland on the assumption that it con sists of cathode streams in the upper re gion of the atmosphere, directed and con trolled by the earth's magnetism. i AWAY horse almost impossi ble if you use SNELL'S SAFETY AUTOMATIC) HiTCHINO WEIGHTS. Call and see thern. Prices, 1.50 and 52. JOHN B. ESPEY, 1010 Pa. are. se7-tf-cm EXCURSIONS. FOR MOUNT VERNON, Alexandria and Arlington. ELECTRIC TRAINS, STATION, 131-2 AND PA. AVE. For Mt. Vernon, every hour, from 10 a. m. to 3 p. m. For Alexandria and Arlington, see schedule. ROUND TRIP to Mt. Vernon, including Alex andrla and Arlington, 60c. Alexandria only, 25c Arlington only, 20c. Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Rj. f&. ,rtWlVifVVV,.'V,,".'uVVV,i,V'i"."A"i"VVy " JL Bottle Mucilage the s t i c k i n Kird . Ca.-h or credit, 2c. Bottle Shoe Dressing vroith 10 cent?. Guh (r credit, 4c. We're offering the cash or credit for Girls' $1.98 Reefers. $2.93. We showed you some handsome lines last week, but added recruits swell these attractions wonderful ly. These garments are natty tail orings from good cloths. They are honestly worth V Q CASH OR CREDIT. More Handkerchiefs at Ic. It was folly to greet you with such a small quantity as 50 dozen last week. They went in a jiffy. Couldn't keep em a half day. But here's another lot 10 times as many. The same neat bor- lf ders. All you want at x CASH OR CREDIT. A-MlSEMENTs National . Tonight Matinees Wednesday and Saturday. BROADSHUKTS LATEST FARCE Why Smith Left Home By the author of '-What Happened to Jons." Cast includes MacHn rbiicW, Marion G.rour. Mrs. Annio Teaman. Frank Hatch. lirotby Us- ner, trrd Peters. Rose fenjder, M B. Sayder. Sadie Kirln. i SEXT WEEK SEATS THURSDAY. DE WOLF In Sousa's and Klein's N"w Comic Oper THE CHARLATAN. oc3-tf EK TONIGHT. WED. MAT. KOSTER & BIAL'S GAYEST MANHATTAN t Jirsif. SOXf.S. DWCES. s-CEXERr, WSW C0STl MES- EFFECTS OJMLDIAX3. I,v" SPECIALTIES, MARCHES. Regular Academy Prices. Xet Week Williams and Walker in "A SENB OAMBIX CARNIVAL." COLUMBIA. TofligW at 8l5 POPULAR M T1VEE THURSDAY, 5Cc. REOILAR XIVT1XEE SATURDAY. MESSRS. SMYTH AND RICE PRESENT Another Screaming Hit. Received last night with roars of laugater. u Misfit Marriage." By H. A. DU SOITHET author of "My Friend From Indu," "The Man Frrm Mexico." Etc. Next Week "A WAR CORRESPONDENT." German Bay Tournament and Dress Ball, At Otto C. Rupperfs Highland Park, Thursday, October 6. Best riders will contest. Tiltins: will besin at 2 p. m. Crowning of Queen at 7:30 p. ci. Free busses to and from Eckington cars and-" Highland station, B. k O. Admission Free. ocl.S.ampm.Gam ABSOLUTELY . FIREPROOF CTIARLES FROHMAN'S MADISON SQUARE THEATER COMEDY COJIP.VNY, On and Off By ALEX NDRE BISSON. Author of "The Masked Ball." M VTINEE SATURDAY. Next Week-"THE CUCKOO." KERNAN'S LYCEUM THEATER. AFTERNOON. 2:15. EVENING. 3:15. HARRY MORRIS'S LITTLE LAMBS. The Funny Military Burlc-ucy "GEN. FINK'S ARMY." The $5,000 Feature. MEPIUSTO'S TRIUMPH. Next Wcek-RENTZ-SANTLEY BUIILESQUER3. BIJOU THEATER lO, 20. 30c. 50c SMOKING CONCERTS. DAILY, 2 P. M. NIGHTLY. S P. M. The Great TROJ V; JOE FLYNN. "The Man That Wrote McGinty," the- French Djncire; Dolls. 12 Other Bis Act3 and Burlesque. 25 Pretty GitU and Comedians. PARK BICYCLE TRACK. RACKS WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 3 P. M- 1-t-MILE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. All the Crack Riders of the Country. PRICES, 50c, 75c, and 91.