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TIIE TIMES, WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, JULY 15, 1899.
HBATIOli OP BAILWATS Annual Report from ilic Interalaic Commerce Commission. The Total "llllrnsie I P to Juno Ml). 1S Tlif Kunliiiurut Aninhrr ot I2ninlajci Vnluatlon f lrnpcrt Auralicr or Arc!i1cntH Kariilwr nutl i;iiciic Improved Service. 1'rcai Mumarlcs which will appear la Ihe Eleventh Statistical Report of the In terstate Commerce Commission, prepared !) its statistician, being the complete re port Tor the year ending June CO, 1898, for which a preliminary Income account was issued In December, 1S9S. the figures In the following adrance statement are ob tained: On June 20, 18D8, It appears there were 91 roads In the hands of receivers, which operated a mileage of 12.744.05 miles, the mileage owned by these roads being 9, 761.08 miles. As compared with the year preceding, these figures show a net de crease of 6.116.73 miles In mileage operat ed, and of 5,133.49 miles In mileage owned. .During the year in question 45 roads were removed from the control of receivers, and for 11 roads receivers were appointed. Of the roads operated under receiverships on June 20, 159S. 10 had an operated mileage In exces3 of 300 miles. 13 between 100 and 200 miles, and 4S less then 100 miles. complete returns in all cases for roads J June 30, In the custody cr the courts, substan tially complete figures, however, show that the amount cf capital stock of rail ways under receivership on June 30. 1S9S, was $2G4.137.371, of funded debt. $322,892, G9L and of current liabilities, $74,545,236. A comparison with the figures for the previous year Indicates that there was a decrease In the capital stock represented by railways of this class of $221,927,2:9, and In the funded debt of J20S.515.O99. The JIllenKO. On June 30, 1S9S, the total single-track railway mileage in the United States was 186,396 32 miles, there being an Increase In this mileage during the year of 1.S57.S5 miles. The States of Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, and Wis consin show an Increase In excess of 100 miles. The aggregate length of railway mileage. Including all tracks, on the date given was 247,532.52 miles, the increase being shown as 4.CS8.U miles. IloIIInc Stock. One June 20, 1S9S. there were 36.234 locomotives in the service of the railways. This number Is larger by 248 than the previous year. Of the total number of Jocomotives reported, 9,956 are classed as passenger locomotives, 20,627 as freight locomotives, and 5,234 as switching loco motives, a small number being unclassified. The total number of cars of all classes reported as In the service of railways on the date named was 1,326,174, being an increase of 28,694 as compared with June 20, 1897. Of the total number, 33,595 were assigned to the passenger service and 1.248.826 to the freight service. -43,753 be- numbcr of tons of freight carried one mile per mile of line v. as 617,810, which is 93. 731 greater than tho corresponding Item for the year preceding. The Knrniiii nntl Kxpciinch. TLo gross earnings of the railwajs of the United States, covering an operated mileage of 1S4.64S.2C miles, were $1,247, 22C.621 for the jear endirg June 30, 1&98, being greater by $125,235,848 than the cor rcspcjding Item for the fiscal year pre ceding The operating expenses durln; the same period were $S17,S73,27G, being an Increase of $C3,44S,512 as compare! with the j ear 1S97. The items comprise J In $ros3 earnings from operation for the fiscal year under consideration were: Pas senger revenue $206,970,490, increase as compared with the previous jear $15,834, 63, mail $34,608,352, Increase ?553.SSti, express $25,908,075, Increase $1,007,009; ether earnings from passenger service $7, 224.CO0; freight revenue $876,727,719, in crease $103,678,405; other earnings from freight service $4,6S3,2C3. increase $473, 548; other earnings from operation, ln cludlnga few unclassified Items, $31, 203,780. The operating expenses for the year were assigned as follows: Maintenance of way and structures, J173.314.93S; In crease as compared with the preceding jear, $12,880,555. Maintenance of equip ment, $142,624,862; Increase. $19,862,504. Conducting transportation, $454,674,276; Increase, $32,148,414. General expenses, $36,476,6S6; decrease, $4,5S3. The gross earnings averaged $6,755 per mile of line, and operating expenses $4,430 per mile of line. The Income from operation, that Is, the amount offeross earnings remaining after the deduction of operating expenses, com monly termed net earnings, was $129,352, 315. This amount is $59,787,336 greater than it was for the preceding year ending 1897. The amount of income from other sources was $13S.202,779. The fol lowing items are embraced in this amount: lecomo from lease of road, $95,471,678; div idends on stocks owned, $15,614,638; inter est on bonds owned, $10,529,343, and mis cellaneous Income. $16,5S7,120. The total Income of the railways, $567,555,124, that 13, the Income from operation and Income from other sources. Is the Item from wh'ch fixed charges and other analogous items are to be deducted before reaching the amount available for dividends. Taking from tbi3 amount the total deductions from inccme, $427,235,703, leaves $110,319,421 as the net Income for the year available for dividends or surplus. The total amount of dividends declared during the year. Including $87,973, other payments from net income, was $96,210. 864. It therefore appears that the surplus from the operations of the jear was $44, 078,157. An analysis of the total deduc tions from Income, $427,235,703, mentioned above, shows that they were composed of tho following items: Salaries and main tenance of organization, $113,325; Interest accrued on funded debt, $216,126,611; in terest on interest-bearing current liabili ties, $7,073,933; rents paid for lease of road, $92,391,005; taxes. $13,823,224; per manent Improvements charged to income account, $6,817,905, and other deductions, $30,524,597. POLICEMEN EXONERATED. CliarRCM AfrnlnNt HolIInsrbcrjrcr mid Sulllan DlNniitmeri. The District Commissioners have dis charged as groundless the charges which ing assigned to the sen ice of the railways , were recently made by Christena Pollard tncmseives. ine nuraDer oi cars ownea Dy against Lieut. L. H. Holllngberger and private companies and individuals that PoIiceman Sullivan, of the Fourth police are used by railways in transportation Is , .,-, , Smlth washlnrtnn. Sullivan not covered by reports filed with the Commission. An Inspection of the summaries which are designated to show the density of equipment and the efficiency of its em- j ploymcnt, shows that during the year end ing June 30, 1698. the railways in the United States used 20 locomotives and 718 cars per 100 miles of line. dumber of liuploj en. The number of persons employed by the railways of the United States, s reported on June 30, 1E9S. was 874,558, which is equivalent to 474 employes per 100 mile of line. As compared with the number of employes for the previous year, there was an Increase of S1.062. The emplojes of railways, as reported to the Commission, are divided into eighteen classes. It thus appears that on June 30, 1898. there were la the employ of the railways 37,939 en glnemen, 38,925 firemen, 26,876 conductors, and GC.S68 other trainmen. There were 47, 124 switchmen, Gagmen, and watchmen. A distribution of employes conforming to the four general subdivisions of operating expenses shows that the services of 32,431 employes were required for general admin istration, or 18 per 100 miles of line; 261, B6G for maintenance of way and structures, or 112 per 100 miles of line: 171.600 for maintenance of equipment, or S3 per 100 miles of line, and 39S.907 for conducting transportation, or 216 per 100 miles of line. was alleged to have visited the Pollard home, at 126 Second Street southwest, dragged her daughter out of bed, cursed and struck her, and hauled her to tho police station in an almost nude condition. The incident is alleged to have occurred about 1 30 o'clock Sunday morning, June 25, when. It is stated, the policeman en tered the house of Mrs. Pollard without provocation. The specific charges made against the police lieutenant Is that he branded her a thief, when she visited the police station, with clothes for her daugh ter. The woman complained also that the lieutenant accused members of her family with stealing and said uncompromising things about them. These gross charges were referred by the District Commissioners to Major Syl vester for Investigation. Subsequently Lieutenant Holllngberger was asked to make a written explanation, which he did several days ago. That explanation reached the Commissioners yesterday. It tcnd3 to show that the Pollard woman bas a bad character. The allegations made by her are denied and the statement made that the Pollard woman entered complaint against the Interested policeman for pur poses of intimidation and in order to pre vent police interference with her and her family. Lieutenant Holllngberger explains that the trouble grew out of a complaint made "Hechts' Greater Stores. )) "Hechts' Greater Stores." -S-K-H- X-S-S-K-r it Hechts3 Greater Stores. a Most iiMilant bargai ns yd from Hechts' "Clearing Sale." X The whole store is pervaded with the Clearing ideamanaging buyers of every department have entered into the spirit of the sale with the enthusiasm that charac- X t terizes the athlete as he enters the race. The immense selling of the past week pro- $ I claims the decisiveness of the sale. It will be shorter than we expected, because we I -v I have cut deeper into regular prices than we had any idea of at first. Every buyer is being accorded the privilege of having purchases "charged." You pay nothing extra for it. 98c to $J.37 sailor hats, 69c, r A wonderful offering for today ladies' trimmed sailor S hats, of fine Milan and split braid with double brim, of white X.and navy satin Jumbo braid, both sorts made on the ''Knox'' j; block, which is the most stylish of the season; also English j- shapes of mixed and white Jumbo braid and rolled edge sailors -: which sold for !Sc to 1.37to go for C'Jc. 89c to $1.68 imtrimmed hats, 29c. 7. An immense lot all of which are fine French black chip X shapes. We sold hundreds of them at Site to 1.09. The bal j; auce should go in a hurry at 2t)c for choice. j: Ladies' and children's Leghorns, 69c. X Our finest Leghorn hats for ladies and children, in all sizes, X which sold for 1.25 and 1.00, go down today to Oiic each. ! . Sprays of wreaths and of flowers of -j. many sorts, which sold for Ave and 4- 'Six times as much, cut to 5c. X Sprays of beautiful Imported arti- 4. flclal flowers, which sold originally for J- SSc to $2.18, to go for 39c. Maline nets. In nil colors, 9c instead of 33c. S:raw trimming braid, from narrow edging to braid 2 1-2 Inches wide, for 2c yard. Greatest values are in boys' wear. i 4. X We'll have to admit that we have never sold boys' and j. youths' clothing for as little as we are asking for it during this X sale. Even if you have no immediate need for it, it will pay you j; to buy for the distant future. fr $2.98 for boys' $5 serge suits. styles; Sizes to fit boys from 7 to 16 year3 doublo-breasted sergo which will keep its color and shape. 1 a guaranteed Blue flannel sailor suits,' 39c. If you will take the trouble, you will find these Identical suits selling for 08c and more about town. Dlue flannel of a splendid quality; sailor b'ouse style with largo sailor collars; trimmed with white or red braid; stze3 3 to 8 years. Boys' washable suits, 19c. Little boys' (3 to 8 years) washable galatea cloth suits, striped patterns ga lore, which aro sold elsewhere for 39c. and 49c., for 19c each. t T IX k IX Boys' washable suits, 49c. Handsome washable galatea cloth and linen crash sailor blouse suits for little boss from 3 to 8 years; some with collars of plain materials: some of them trim med with handsome braid, and some with silk embroidery; sold originally for 98c. to $1.30, to go for 49c This statement does not Include 9,754 un- j r Mrs- MaT lUe?- f " tT,eeU classified employes. Valuation of I'roprrt). The amount of railway capital outstand ing on June 30, 189S, not Including current liabilities In the term, was $10.81S,534,03L This amount, assigned to a mileage basi3. represents a capital of $00,343 per mile of line. The amount of capital which existed In the form of stocks was $5,3SS.26S,321. of which $4,209,271,714 was common stock and $i,118,S96,G07 was preferred stock. The amount which existed in the form of fund ed debt was J3.430.2S3.710, comprising mortgage bonds, $4,040,762,032; miscel laneous obligations, $486,977,279; Income bonds, 2C2.194.CSS. and equipment trust obligations, $40,251,111. The amount of capital stock paying no dividends was $3, 570,155,239. or 00.26 per cent of the total amount outstanding. The amount of fund ed debt, excluding equipment trust obll- J gauons, wmen paia no interest, was i&bz, 402,022. Number of Accidents. The total number of casualties to per sons on account of railway accidents dur ing the year ending June 30, 1893. was 47.74L The aggregate number of persons killed aa a. result of railway accidents during the year was 6.859, and the number Injured was 40,882. Of railway employes 1,938 were killed and 21.7C1 were injured during the year covered by this report. With respect to the three general classes of employes, these casualties were divided as follows: Trainmen. 1,141 killed, 15.045 Injured; switchmen, flagmen, and watch tnen, 242 killed, 2,677 Injured; other em ployes, E75 killed, 13.439 injured. Tho casualties, to employes resulting from coupling and uncoupling cars were, per sons killed, 27S; injured, 6.9S8. The cor responding figures for the preceding-year were, killed, 14; injured, 0,283. The number of passengers killed during the year was 221 and the number Injured, 2.915. Of the stock paying dividends, 0.63 per cent of the total amount outstanding paid from 1 to 4 per cent; 7.15 per cent paid from 4 to 5 per cent; 7.00 per cent paid from 5 to 0 per cent; 3.69 per cent paid from C to 7 per cent, and 4.54 per cent paid from 7 to 8 per cent. The amount of divi dends declared during the year was $95, 152,839, which would be produced by an average rate of 5.29 per cent on stock on which some dividend was declared. The amount of mortgago bonds paying no in terest was $520,124,188, or 11.34 per cent. llnlln-ay Sen Ice. The aggregate number of passengers car ried during the year, as returned In the annual reports of railways, was 501,060, 681. Indicating an Increase, as compared with the year ending June 20, 1E97, of 11,. C2L4S3. The number of passengers car ried one mile during the year was 13.379. 930.004, there being an Increase of 1,122, 990,257, ta compared with tho pre vious, year. The increased density of pas senger trafflo is shown by the fact that In 1898 the number of passengers carried one mile per mile of line was 72,462. as com pared with 66,874 for the previous year. The corresponding period for 1853, how evor, was 83,809. The number of tons of freight carried during the year was 879, 006,307, there being an Increase of 157. 200.S6L The number of toss of freight car ried one mile tu 1H.0T7.D76.J03. which, compared with the previous year, shows the large Increase of 18,938,554,019. The southwest, to the effect that she had gien two five-dollar gold pieces to Henry Pol lard, a huckster, through mistake. She was under the Impression at tho. time that she had handed him two fhe-cent pieces. When she discovered her error she went to Pollard's house and found he was not at home, after which she placed the mat ter In the hands of Policeman Kemp. When Policeman Kemp was relieved of duty at midnight he transferred the case to Policeman Sullivan, who tislted the Pollard house In search of the huckster. The man was not at home. Sullivan claims that Mary Pollard, the daughter, put her head out the front window and be gan to use indecent language, whereupon he entered the house and arrested her. He claims that she was intoxicated. The case was tried In the Police Court June 20 and the girl flncd $5. Regarding the complaint against him self. Lieutenant Holllngberger states that when the Pollard woman vls'.ted the Fourth precinct police station the morning fol'ow Ing the arrest she began to abuse Police man Sullivan in particular and the entire police precinct in general. Lieutenant Hol llngberger alleges that the w hole f ami y is composed of "hard" characters. He states that she keeps a "fence," or repository for stolen goods; that her bouse was scarchel for stolen goods in 1893, at which time her son was convicted for buying stolen oats; that the Pollard woman is now suspected of running a "speak-easy;" that It is diffi cult to secure evidence against her, and that she brings charges against policemen for the purpose of Intimidating them. "If such characters as these are permit ted to bring charges against police offi cers," states Lieutenant Holllngberger in conclusion, "It would soon destroy the ef ficiency of the force, knowing as they do that this class of people will swear to any thing In order to accomplish their pur pose." The Commissioners decided to take no action In the matter. VISITED OPIUM JOINTS. 1'ollccninu Oiippiilirlnicr llucil jj;ir fur 'rlint Offence On recommendation of Major Sylvester the District Commissioners yesterday de cided to fine Policeman Jacob Oppenhelmer $25 for conduct unbecoming an officer. Tho fine is to be paid In monthly Install ments of five dollars. Oppenhelmer has also been warned that he must be very careful of the company he keeps, other wise ho will be removed from the police force. The chargo against the officer Is the re sult of a visit to an opium Joint In Four-and-a-half Street, and that while there he dlttsted himself of his coat, rctoher, and blackjack. The matter was afterward brought to the attention of the police trial board. Witnesses testified that Op penhelmer permitted a man of the name of Cochran to use his revolver, producing much confusion and endangering life. It was further brought out In trial that the policeman was partly under the Influence of opiates. Witnesses testified that he had bfen eccn In the opium Joint and In a Missouri Avenue house smoking opium. In his recommendation to the Commis sioners, Major Sylvester states that the policeman was a soldier in the volunteer service In Cuba. He has been a good policeman. Boys' washable knee pants, 6JAc Doys' washable knee pants, in variety of striped patterns and in all sties sell for 19c elsewhere will be sold at the record-breaking price of 0 l-2c. Immense reduction in wash able skirts and suits. Ladles' duck skirts, trimmed with white and blue and white and black soutache braid, to go for 49c, reduced from $1. Lot of white pique skirts, of the most elaborate sort, trimmed elegantly with two. three and four rows of inserting; some trimmed with three Swiss em broidery ruffles; tho highest-grade skirts to be had tho creations of the best skirt maker in New York; orig inally sold for $7 and $3; to go for $2.93. Choice of any pure linen skirt In the house for $1.49; some are plain and some aro braided and some are even trimmed with embroidery Inserting of tery elaborate sort; seme of them sold for as much as $4 first of the season. Ladles' linen, pique, and linen crash suits, some of them elaborately trim med with soutache braid of many sorts all this season's effe:t3 and none of them worth less than $4, will be sold now for $1.98. Reductions in ladies' hosiery and underwear. Ladles' fast black, full seamless hose, In all sizes which sell for 15c Of black 10ic for. pair. Children's lisle thread fast hose, full seamless and In all sizes from 5 to 7 1-2, to go for. Ladles' lisle thread swIss rlbbecf vests, handsomely crocheted and IOC run with silk ribbon, to go for... ' Ladles' fast black, full regular made and drop-stitch hose imported, 1 CC to go tomorrow for '" Scarce a'.l-over embroideries at nearly half prices. Nothing Is scarcer than all-over em broideries. An order which we placed many weeks ago arrived yesterday and goes on sale this morning not at the prices which wo were going to put on them, but about half what we Intended to sell them. There arc three lots all are the handsomest embroid eries you have ever laid your eyes on. E9c for $1 00 embroideries. 89c for $1.25 embroideries. 98; for $1.6S embroideries. Boys' percale shirt waists, 9c. in best patterns, and well-made waists. Doys" pleated percale shirt waists, for 9 l-2c Instead of 19c Youths' long pants suits, $3.98. the suits which have been selling for as high as $10 last season the neat check casslmcrcs and worsteds in the best patterns and plenty of tbem. Size3 14 to 19 years. The larger sizes will lit small men. Youths' serge suits for $7.50. The finest serge under the sun suits which sold for $10 and more thU sea son. A serge which we guarantee which Is fast which will retain ita shape. Sizes 14 to 19 ear3. Youths' separate serge coats, $2.98. The Ideal coat for wear with duck aad linen crash pants as well as with the check cassimere pants which are so very stylish Just now coats which have ben $1. - An awful cut in meis shirts. Tho Lrr:itfsi reduction pvfrin:iilr in iipipps nf innn'u Oiii-to j o -- I "- ....... ...... ,o X have heen made in the balance of the stock. Not content with a slaughter we made last week, we make it still deeper cut today. Men's 75c shirts, 29c. The same qualities and the same patterns which you will see in the windows of other stores about tovvn for 75c perhaps the same make of shirts are of fered jou for 29 cents, because we can do it because we bought thousands at a clip, which were made to sell at wholesale for 02 1-2 cents. The whole front window has been filled with them. It 13 an enormous showing. Thev are all j soft bosoms, some have detachable collars, and some have detachable cuffs, T and there arc all sizes from 14 to 17 1-2. Perfect in every way unsmirch- OQr X ed, unsolled fresh from the factory LJ f Finer ones go for 39c. Handsome silk-bosom shirts and madras bosom and percale X shirts the best patterns to be had the best made shirts possi- X ble to buy, which 1i.tv been selling for as high as 1 each will 4- be closed out beginning today for :Wc. You can see them in X the windows in front. The variety of patterns is almost unlim- X ited. T T X t I. Ribbons lower than ever. We got the credit for selling ribbons for less than any other store in town when we sold them at regular rri:es. We have cut every regular price now cut them to the core and because we offer such enormous values we should make quick work of the surplus rib bon stock. Three immense lots for today selling, consisting of plain and fancy taffetas -from 2 to 6 Inches wide, but positively all silk. 25c ribbons for 12 l-2c. GOc and 73c ribbons, 19c 10c and 12 l-2c ribbons. 5c Cut in velvet ribbons. As stylish as they arc, they go down before the Clearing Sale knife a3 well as those which are not so stjllsh. Best satin-back quality. No 1 1-1 for 29c piece. No. 2 for Sic piece. No. 5 for 12 l-2c yard. No. 7 for 15c yard. No. 9 for 15c jard. No. 12 for 25c yard. No. 16 for 23e yard. No. 40 for 41c yard. g-jj Such a cut in men's clothing! and such selling! Sales inaugurated about town to counteract this sale's influence had no effect whatever. Everybody knows the ; reliability, the trustworthiness, the ; worthfulness, of Hecht-madec'othinj:, which ; at regular prices Is by far greater values ; than others offer. The men's $J0 and $12.50 suits at $4 caused unprecedented buying yesterday. The offering was a 'knock-out" blow to the sales of damaged clothing, which really is not cheap at any price. All these suits at ?1 are guaranteed, just as every suit which goes from here is guaranteed. There are len patterns from which to choose, in fine all-wool cheviots all desirable. The suits are the best-made suits possible to buy. ', Uecause they aro sold at an astonishingly low price is no reason ; why they are poor Buits. Broken sizes, hence ?1. These values have caught the town. Nobody ever cut prices with such a keen knife as we have cut the prices of the men's suits. It is a cut for a clearing, and ' because it is, every suit in the house has been slaughtered. ; ML i n ll n Suits which sold up to S12i0. Neat dark check fancy cheviots, light homespuns, handsome casstraerc3 and worsteds. In all Flze3 from 34 to 4C with coats made with full French fac ings and lined with Italian cloth- handsome garments in plen- i tiful arlety of patterns. Instead of J12.j0 for. ;$6.75 Suits which sold up to $17.50. Fancy check cassimercs. fancy check worsteds, nerringbone ca3slmeres. blue serges, black cheviots, and clay wor steds in all sizes and In all shapes to fit all size and all shape men elegant- fitting custom-made cloth- i Ing. and which we sold up to 517.50 for -S9.90 300 more 35c office coats, 15c. Men's pants go like this : Ilea's neat cassimere pants, made with patent riveted buttons, and In all sizes; 'splendid variety of patterns, which sold for $1.50 and more, QC to go now for OJ lien's fine dres3 pants, in a variety ; of check patterns, which are so styli3h "j this season pants which sold for as V high as $1 50 to go now ") CI X V ,100 pairs striped linen crash pants, 39c- All-linen crash suits in 2 lots. Ever- man's linen crash suit in the house has been includ ed in two lots and priced at a sacrifice. There are none re stricted none resered. The are well-made suits every ontTof them thoroughly shrunk before they were made up, and made up with the greatest care as to fit, etc. , -J $h65 for those sold up to $3.50. $2.29 for those sold up toj7.50. $4 Flannel pants go for $2,45. 2Tot more than a hundred pairs plain white and striped those very sorts which are so very fashionable have straps for belt and fit perfectly reduced from 4 to 2.43. Men's underwear reduced. Men's balbrlggan shirts and drawers, with short sleeve shirts; both garments elegantly finished; you'll And them selling elsewhere even today for TOC 50c garment, to go for J All of our men's plain and fancy balbrlggan underwear, which havo been selling for 50c and CSc garment, and for which men's furnishing stores get $1, will be so'd beginning to- OQC day for " Men's Pepperell Jean drawers, with ribbed anVlets, double seats, TQC pantaloon cut reduced to LJ Men's balbrlggan hose In plain fast black, white, white feet, and natural color; made full seamless with tlght Qtting ankles and warranted fast 1 CC color, for More men's linen collars at 5c More men's linen cuffs at Sc pair. HECHT AND COMPANY, 5 3-5 5 Seventh Street. Lot of men's linen vests, 17c. A most ridiculous price for men's summer vests. Choice of striped or plain. You know that you cannot buy them usually for less than three times this price. i I r I ! T i i V T. 4- Bicycle clothing at big cut. Lot of men's all-wool bicycle suits. In elegant patterns; with pants hav ing military seats; sold up to $3.50. Re- V) QO duced to -.JO Men's crash and covert cloth bicycle suits ideal wear for pedaling in hot weather, wh'ch sold for ?r:.?..!! 51.45 Lot of men's wool bi cycle pants, made with double seats, which sold for J2.50 pair, to (1 fin go now for .JI.UU Men's 79 c straw hats7 39c. The biggest and best offering of the season. ITundrcds of men's rough and ready straw hats, with plain and polka dot silk bands, in all sizes, go for :!)c each todav, and the offer ing ought to cause the biggest sort of a stir in the hat depart ment, for these hats are the same as have been selling all sea son for 7oc, and nearly the whole summer is yet ahead. The men's 50c crash hats, 37c. the Alpine, the square or the round shapes take your choice none of them sold for less tlian ."0c and others have been get ting more for them. Ideal hats for hot weather. 4-t-K-f- H-H-r-K-H H-" i-i-M Lot of boys' which sold for to go for Sc ii i-jI" " r-JIi linen crash golf caps. 20c first of the season, Choice of a lot of boys" yacht straw hats, which sold for 75c, $1, and ?1.5, for 49c. -:-:-H-:-K-:-x-!-:-i-H---K-K-5-i IN BRITISH WEST INDIES. Iiitcrcittnir FlKure Concerning; Ja mnlcii mill llnrlniriocM. The detall3 of the commerce of those portions of the Dritlsh West Indies with which reciprocity treaties are under consideration are discussed somewhat in detail by the "Monthly Summary of Com merce and Finance." Just issued by the Treasury Bureau of Statistics. The Imports of Jamaica and Darbadoes, with which reci procit) discussions have reached such an advanced stage as to render this subject a matter of special Interest, amount to nearly $15,000,000 annually. Discussing the details of tho commerco of these two Islands, tho summary says: "Jamaica, tho largest of the British West India Islands, lies ninety miles south of Cuba, and 100 miles west of Haiti; it bas an area of 4,200 square miles, and a population of 040,000. The total number of acres under cultivation and care in 1E07 was 053,500, of which 49S.010 was un der pasture. 2S.764 acres devoted to sugar cane, 22,387 to coffee, 10,700 to bananas, 10,759 to cocoanuts, 1.011 to cacao, 902 to pimento, 245 to corn, and S0.050 to ground provisions. Tho tillable soil of Jamaica had, since the abolition of slavery, passed to a great extent from the hands of large holders to those of small owners, and the productions have at -the same time been greatly diversified, coffee, bananas, cocoa nuts, and cacao having. In many cases, oc cupied the area formerly devoted to sugar cane. Business facilities include a colo nial bank with a circulation of $1,9S5,097, and assets of $17,993,644. Tho Government savings bank has 20,660 depositors with de posits amounting to 463.199. The local currency Is that of Great Britain, but va rious American coins are also current. The registered shipping of Jamaica consists of 124 sailing vescsls of 6,694 tons, and one steamer of 459 tons. There are In operation 155 miles of railway,, and 937 miles of tele graph. The products of Jamaica are, besides trcpical fruits, already mentioned, dye woods, cabinet woods, spices, and other vjiluable tropical products The coffee raised in certain districts of the Blue Mountains, brings. It is said, the highest price paid for coffee in tho London mar ket. Tho exports from Jamaica in the year 1S97-9S Included 83.410 cvvt. of coffee. 445, 866 pounds sterling of bananas. 11.533.726 cocoanuts, 88,013,091 oranges, 1,405.165 pounds of ginger, 1,379,278 gallons of rum, 284,375 cvvt. of raw sugar, 42,600 tons of logwood, and 3S.S28 cwt. of pimento. The total value of the exports of 1897-9S was 1.418.443 pounds sterling and of the imports 1,660,667 pounds sterling. The Imports Included 32.657 cwL of bread and biscuit, 7,898 cwt. of butter and com pounds, 56,623 tons of coal and coke, 300. 401 bushels of corn, 37,083 barrels of meal, 20S.317 pounds sterling of cotton manu factures. 118.612 cwt. of dried or salted fish, 147,616 barrels of flour, 25.124 pounds sterling of hardware and cutlery, 35,775 pounds sterling of linen manufactures, millinery and haberdashery, 9,500,000 feet of lumber, 8,500,000 pounds of rice, and 2,. 403,120 pounds of soap. Of the 1.C6S.607 pound3 sterling of importations In 1S9S. 776.8S9 pounds in value was from the Unit ed Kingdom. 719,765 from the United States, 11S.838 from British North America, while of the 1.448.413 pounds sterling val ue of exports in 1895, 313,853 pounds went to the United Kingdom and 202.932 to the United States. Jamaica was discovered by Columbus May 3. 1494, taken possession cf by the Spaniards in 1509, but taken In 1055 by a British expedition sent out by Cromwell, which, after an unsuccessful attempt to capture the Island of San Domingo, seized Jamaica, which has since been held by the British Government, having been ceded to England In 1570. The Island of Darbadoes, with whose Government a reciprocity treaty has already been signed, lies on the east of a chain of islands which stretches south wardly from Porto Klco to the coast of South America, and which geographers divide into "Windward" and "Leeward" groups. Its population Is. according to the "Statesmen's Year Book of 1899," about 190,000; its area about 160 oquaro miles, and tho area under cultivation about 100,470 acres. The staple product of the Island Is sugar, about 30,000 acres being annually planted with sugar cane, which yielded In 1897 5S.6C0 hogsheads of sugar, as against 36,451 in 1895 and 49.399 In J8D6. There aro 441 sugar works, and 9 rum dis tilleries. Sugar 13 the chief export, though 1.880 tons of "manjak" or "glace pitch" a bituminous petroleum for fuel was ex ported In 1897. In the exports of that year were 56,397 hogsheads of raw 3ugar, valued at $2,058,417: 2.203 hog3head3 of other sugar, valued at U20.426; 37,432 puncheons of molasses, -valued at SI1S,97G; 43.449 quintals of dried fish, valued at 3222,502, and considerable quantities of coal,' corn, flour, and manufactured articles, much of which was apparently Imported Into Darbadoes. and distributed thence to others of the West India group. The Ira ports Included 3.947,731 pounds of bread and biscuit. 770.280 pounds of butter and compounds, 19,749 tons of coal and coke, 304,973 bushels of corn and other grain. 46.683 barrels of Indian corn meal. J.5,089 barrels of flour, S3.453 quintals of dried fish, $221,620 value of hardware and metals, $657,522 of linen and cotton goods, 9.1S.2S1 feet of lumber, 2.S91.430 pounds of salted or pickled meat. 1.581.S3S pounds of oil meal and oil cake. 9.211.783 pound3 of rice; 1.649.96S stae3 and shooks. the total value of the year's importations being $4,90S,S33, cf which $2,309,577 came from the United Kingdom, $329,643 from North America, $1,550,564 from the United States, and the remainder from British India, British West Indies, British and Dutch Guiana, and Peru. Of the year's exports, which amounted to $3,5S2,537 In value. $2.CS0,535 came from the United States. racillties for satisfactory transaction of business include a colonial bank, with a paid-up capital of 600,000. having a cir culation of $1,9S3,097. The chief city, Bridgetown, has a population of 21.000. with 3 dally, 2 weekly, 2 bi-weekly, and 2 monthly newspapers. The registered ship ping of 1897 consisted of 48 sailing vessels and 2 steamers; total tonnage, 7,105 tons net. There are upon the Island 24 miles of railroad. 170 miles of wagon road 24 miles of telegraph line. 23 miles of police telephone wire, and 600 moles of nrivato telephone line, which supplies 406 services. Darbadoes is a station of the West Indian and Panama Telegraph Company. Its dls tance from New York is 1.S20 miles from Porto Rico. 449, and from Liverpool 3 703 miles. ' COMMISSIONER ROSS EETTJENS. AkuIii nt 111 Oil!,-,. After Two IVccUV VIIt to IlllnoU. John W. Boss, cf the Board of District Commissioners, returned to his desk at the DUtrict Building early yesterday morning He had been absent from the city about two weeks, visiting his mother and slater at his old home at Lewlstown, 111. Mr. Boss 13 looking well after his brief sojourn ami has gained several pounds In flesh. He spent considerable- time riding horseback and enjoyed the exercise Im mensely. He contemplates continuing tho practice In this city. When Mr. Boss left the city he bad hoped to return in time to be present at the opening of deslgn3 for the new Public Library, which cere mony occurred last Wednesday. Just as he was about to leave Lewlstown. how ever, hl3 mother a3 taken sick. Mr. Ross then concluded to remain with her several days longer. He Is President of the Libra ry Commisslcn, and hjs return at this time Is very opportune. Ho will preside at the final adjudgment meeting which will ba held at tho District Building at 2 o'clock Monday. J-1 l 1 '? -J