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HAUNTED HOUSES Cf
Historic Homes of the Capital That Are Inhabited by Spirits Tales of
Ghostly Forms That Hover Near the Scene of Some Tragedy of
Bygone Days Occupant of Van Ness Mansion Saw a Small
Woman in Old Fashioned Bonnet Running Through the Hall Calling
Frantically Steve Steve Headless Horses Seen in the Grounds
some extreme material
ists there is no human being v ho
vill absolutely deny the possibility
or even the probability ot the ex
istence ot beings in a state not ordinarily
perceptible to human senses but there
are few who will express belief in an
account of a specific instance of the ap
pearance to mortal sense of these myste
rious phantoms of another world
There Is perhaps no other subject of
discussion received with such absolute be
lief in the general and suth entire skepti
cism in the particular Yet for this very
reason possibly there is no class of folk
lore which attracts greater attention than
ghost stories
The Origin of Ghost Stories
Ghost stories usuall cluster about a
house that was once the home of some
individual of marked character either for
good or bad The arbitrary will or great
eccentricity lives in the memor of the
weaker dispositions about and finally
rystalllzis into an apparition or a
nstration which is a tribute to the force
and power of ihe dead There are a few
houses Wt in Washington vbich are bald
to retain ghostly reminders of dajs gone
By L A WILSON
by memories of revelry and Joy or the
darker imprint of cruelty and crime
Of these one of the best known is the
octagon house on the corner of Eight
eenth Street and New York Avenue a
solid plain building erected by the Tay
loe family a century ago It was in its
gloiy in the dajs following the war of
131 when lovely Dolly Madison held
court there after the burning ot the
White House The prettiest legend con
cerning it is that ever midnight the
old brilliant scenes of gayety are re
enacted by the ghosts of the old regime
Then the watcher in the building may
hear phantom carriages drive tobe front
ot the house may hear the calls of the
coachmen the footmen apnouncing guests
and all the incidents of a stated ball
Never Saw the Ghost
IJtit the ierj charming and gracious
lad who is assistant secretary for the
Architects Club whose headquarters arc
here said that she had frequently staed
until 11 oclock in the octagon room but
had nccr jet heard the sounds alluded
to ncr hid she ever seen the ghost of
Ihe unhappy girl a Mies Tayloe who be
cause she had married beneath her either
TUB 1131 K WASHINGTON SUN I AY APRIL 13 1902
WASHINGTON
flung herself or was flung by her brother
from the top of the great spiral staircase
to her death on the iloor at the foot
She is said to haunt the scene of her ter
rible death Of another tragedy the
murder of a beautirul slave by a British
officer no details tan be had These are
the principal events that make this old
mansion the theatre of ghostly rehearsals
of events long gone by
Heard a Deep Sigh
Only once said ny Informant the as
sistant secretary did I ever observe any
thing I could not account for 1 was
sitting alone in the octagon room when I
heard a very deep sigh behind me I
turned to sec who it could be but there
was no one Again I heard the same deep
sigh tills time right beside the desk v here
I was seated In a few seconds there was
a third sigh 1 confess to having hid a
feeling of nervousness and rose to leave
the room when the door opened and the
secretary walked in I spoke to him in
great relief but neitner of us coul 1 ast r
tahi any cause for the sounds The room
as 5 on see is solidly built with thick
walls and the vindows and doors wer
all closed
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The site of a house on I Street just
off Connecticut Avenue has been one of
the reputed haunted places of Wash
ington It was built on a century ago by
a tailor who had married a very beau
tiful girl of whom he was jealous The
wife disappeared and the tailor gave out
that she had gone to visit relatives Soon
afterward ho went away and never re
turned Later when repairs were being
made the remains of the unfortunate
woman were found hidden in the house
Misfortune followed successive occu
pants of the house and servants declared
that the shadowy apparition of a woman
in white was to be seen outside the win
dows beckoning The tragedies which
filled the lives of both owners and resi
dents culminated in the destructive fire in
which the wife of Secretary Tracy lost
her life The new house built after the
fire has no gliostly associations
Haunted House Near Capitol
The story of a house south of the Capi
tol and facing it wltn its murder from
Jealousy in the cellar and the figure of a
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woman in oicxtk who enters irom tne
street and goes upstairs disapeparing in
an upper room was given in detail in
The Tiinc3 about a jear ago
The house iai which Mr Seward and his
son vcre attached on the night of Presi
dent Lincolns assassination bore a repu
tation for being unlucky Mr Sewards
daughter died from the shock of the at
tack upon her father and brother Sub
sequently General Belknap and his
l lly lived there and the last to make a
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died Mr Blarne himself his son and his
daughter The Lafayette Theatre now
occupies the site
Van Ness Mansion
The last and by far the mo3t interest
ing of Washingtons haunted houss is
the Van Ness mansion Connected with
the very earliest history of the city a
mansion whoso rotting splendor fills one
with a strange sense of loneliness its
beautiful location its grandeur Its isola
tion and the pathetic hopelessness of Its
decay make the spectator feel with a
shudder thtt in this blasted and forlorn
spot there must indeed be Inhabitants not
of mortal ken or kin Within the ruin
is still moro desolate and the odJIy
planncd houso with Its numerous turns
and windings its many closets aud un
expected corners and hiding places and
the legend of the underground passage to
which the entrance cannot be found its
dismantled rooms with ribs grinning
where the plaster has fallen away is all
unfit for any save a ghostly tenantry
A Tradition of the West
In the West there is a tradition that
to move into a grand new house from an
old home entails evil fortune Col J P
Van Ness married Marcia only child and
heiress of David IJurns and they resided
ia the Hums cottage for twenty years
until their daughter and only child re
turned from school Then it was that
Colonel Van Ness and his family built
and moved into the mansion The daugh
ter married Mr Arthur Middleton and
two years later the young bride and her
babe lay dead in the new home and the
hopes ot the Van Ness family died with
her
On the anniversary of Colonel Van Ness
death aix headless white horses are said
to gallop frantically around the house at
midnight Footsteps are heard and mys
terious knockings A lady in quaint old
time costume flits through an upper hall
calling the name of an unknown person
Saw Dim Outlines of Woman
The writer saw and questioned the last
family of caretakers who moved out but
a few days since The wife told of her
own experience of seeing tho dim out
lines of a womans form beside her bed
one night as she was half awake She
was startled into full consciousness and
distinctly heard the visitant bid her to
go to a place far in the northeastern part
of the city t the corner of two streets
She was sick and did not go at the time
the mjsterious stranger told her to go
but two days later her husband went to
the place There was only a vacant lot
however and the meaning of the message
is beyond the understanding of anyone
The wlfss mother testifies to having
seen the ghcat ot the Van Nes3 mansion
She the mother was standing in a door
opening into the front hall in the second
story when she saw a rather small iady
in a very old fashioned bonnet run tho
entire length of the long hall calling
Steve Steve The bonnet hid her
face so that It could not be told whether
she was young or old She was wcll
dresscd but she ran so swiftly that It wa3
difficult to observe closely Tho hall Is
not wide and she passed so near that the
spectator might have touched her
The attention of the writer was called
to the concrete by a mechanic It is a
peculiar red color and is less than an
inch thick and the art of making it is
lost No concrete made today would last
at all unless spread much more thickly
The broken places cannot be patched by
workmen of today Not only have build
ers and owners long since molded lno
dust but the very art that constructed
the old mansion has been buried with the
craftsmen
And the slowly crumbling concrete and
the fading memories and the mournful
figure of the Lady ot the Mansion flitting
through the long corridora alone remain
of the splendor of thi3 most beautiful and
mose celebrated ot Wasningtoas haunted
houses
INTERES 1 ING CURRENT CHAT IN THE CAMERA CIRCLES OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
tow path does not alvas lead to
THE White House and it is not
always the soHl fortune of the
photographer to reach Congress
In this column recently reference was
made to a photographer who had found
a place In the Senate and now by was
of contrast I will mention a photographer
who missed the nomination to Congress
nnd who has found something that is
much better from the material standard
by which we are accustomed to estimate
th good things of this world
A former clerk to the Committee on
Hanking and Currency happened to be an
amateur photographer Perhaps it would
be better to say that an enthusiastic ama
teur happened to be the clerk to the com
mittee as he wa3 a photographer first
and all the time but found time to write
learned reports on financial matters ie
tween the times that his negatives were
drying During his stay In this city he
managed to make negatives of every
house ofhUtoric interest that he could
find and in odd moments he wrote verses
and historical articles for the magazines
In vacation times he made side trips to
the historic places about Washington and
at times made negatives at Lincolns old
home and during a hurried trip to Ver
mont and New Hampshire he secuicd
many choice negatives of historic inter
est Every day counted something done
in this line until the time came when a
iicw committee selected a new clerk an I
the photographer was ready to turn his
attention to something In the way of
finance on his own account
In the hustling of Worcester Masj
the home of this wide awake man it was
suggested that he might return to Wash
ington as the Representative from the
Third Congressional district and upon the
theory of nothing ventured nothing
w on our photographer entered the cam
paign and though he made a brilliant
canvass he was defeated iu the primaries
by a very few votes
Sei far there did not seem to be very
much ot promise in the defeat but the
association of our photographic friend
during the campaign with some of the
business men of Worcester gave them a
better insight into his fitness for posi
tions of trust and confidence than eould
have been gained If he had not entered in
to the political race in which he failed
to win
The owner of a large manufacturing
concern In Worcester was at this time
very much In need of a capablo business
man who could take up the details of thp
business and relieve the proprietor of the
burden which had broken down his health
The place was ofTcred to this energetic
young man and as a result ot this open
ing Washington lost from her camera
rlub one of the cleverest amateurs and
Worcester gained a wide awake well
equipped man of business
At the present time our late camera
club member is traveling abroad as the
representative of the manufacturing con
cern In Worcester and so far as money
considerations go he is several thousands
better off per jear than bo would have
Jjen it ho had been elected to Congress
tram tho Third Congressional district of
Massachusetts but the man is still a
loung man and Congress may yet count
nnong Its members Frank Hoe Datehcld
er formerly clerk to the Committee on
Hanking and Currency and for some time
It member of the Capital Camera Club
Time brings many changes and even
photograplu are subject to Its influence
We may boast of the accuracy of photog
raphy and its general truthfulness and
assert that the camera like figures will
not prevaricate but it Is the exception
that alwavs comes to the front and sets
known laws aside
My attention has been called to this by
notiLing in the current number of the
Delineator a reproduction of a photo
graph entitled The Hour of Prayer
made by one of the most active members
of the Photo Socesslonift School to which
reference was made in this column a
short time ago The picture i one that
has been exhibited iu this country and
abroad for probably a score of times dur
ing the past seven jeirs and no doubt
with the fresh impetus of this new name
It will win new laurels and grace the ex
hibition walls of many an exhibition of
the future This old friend with a new
name Is none other than the famous pic
ture formerly known as Scurrving
Home -ml to some the suggestion may
ccme that the author of this picture
would make a better iccord by giving
to the public new pictures Instead of old
pictures vith new names
The selection of a proper title for a
picture is not the easiest thing under the
sun and many an artist of merit who
could give the public much pleasure by ths
expression of his message has fallen short
in tho selection of a title Much has been
written about the want of harmony be
tween the picture and the title and some
realize fully that it is much easier to
make a beautiful picture than to selert
a title that will strengthen the theme
instead of weakening it In the
Silon for lni I noticed this
title belonging to a picture sent by a for
eign exhibitor Wherefore that faint
smile of thine drram shado vy Ade
line and while tLc picture is forgotten
the jingle of the meaningless title re
mains vith me as a horrible example I
realize that It is impossible to please
everyone in the selection of i title and
j enn ot Turners masterful marines for
which no artist has achieved a greater
fame and to which he had given the title
Ho Another Whale was dlsmissel by
Tom Taylor the art critic of the Lou
don Times with the single remark Ho
i Another Lobster Salad
Mr J W Ervvin of San Francisco is
In the city and has called at the Camera
Club to meet and exchange greetings
with his fellow -amateurs Mr Erwin Is
an enthusiastic amateur photographer
and a prominent member of tho Sau
Francisco Camera Club and at one time
served the club as its president The
lectures of Mr Erwia in this city during
the season of 1SD3 and the season of 1401
will long te remembered by all who had
tho pleasure of listening to his interest
ing illustrated lectures
In his olucial duties as an inspector of
the PostofTee Department Mr Erwin
was sent to the Philippines to inspect
the postal service of tho3c islands nnd
as usual his camera formed a part of his
baggage His departure from San Fran
cisco was pleasantly remembered by his
friends In the Camera Club who char
tered a small steamer and accompanied
the outgoing transport a short distance
ot her way The pictures made of the
departing transport are used by Mr Er
vvin as the Introductory slides in hs pop
ular lecture The Land of the Jap the
Chino and the Filipino
Mr Charles A I Pearson of Woods
field Ohio a well known contributor to
photographic magazines has recently
been appointed as an assistant examiner
In the Patent Office Mr Pearson at one
time contributed a series ot articles to
tho Camera on the manufactui and
use of Plain Paper an almost forgot
ten process In these days when the ama
teur find nearly everything in the lino
ot photography ready for his use a con-
ditlon that adds greatly to the conven
I ience of the amateur at the expense of
restricting his Individuality
The Postal Photographic Club of the
UnitedStates at a recent business meeting
decided to hold its annual meet n this
I city during the week of May 12 and to
i earn out this arrangement committees
were appointed to attend to the necessary
I details The club secretary Mr G A
Brandt made a highly satisfactory report
upon the present condition of the club
showing that there are no vacancies in
the club membership and that there are
several applications for membership on
the waiting list The finances ot the club
are In a flourishing condition with a large
stock of supplies on hand and a fine sur
plus in bank
The Postal Photograph Club Is probably
the most unique photographic organiza
tion in the country Its membership 13
limited to forty members and these are
scattered over the Middle and Eastern
States At some time members have re-
t riPST MIGHT PERrORMANCE AT A WASHINGTON THEATRE i
is a new race being dcvelopel
TIIEHE Washington that of the
first nighter at the theatres and
so marked is Its progress this sea
son that the familiar figures of Iiroadway
arc being fairly rivaled
Once a first nighter alvvajs a first
nighter has rassd Into an axiom in the
metropolis and once a first nighter In
New iork Hoston Philadelphia
St Louis or Cleveland always a first
nighter In Washington is its variation at
the National Capital
The Washington first night Is In fact
considered a social function the bulk of
the audience Is ictrulted not from the
professional element but from luh
lonable sodcty at large Dowagr3ina
Irons and young girls come from their
drawing rooms via the dining rooms
members of the Metropolitan and tho
Army and Navy Clubs from their cozy
eorners paterfamilias from his library
and lle beaux of the town from their fa
vorite haunts
The diplomat leaves his smoking room
the Congressman his den or cafe and to
ward S ID oclock n goodly contingent of
all Washington eomes whirling In cab
or automobile or iu tho convenient and
democratic street err from the residential
quarter of the town along Connecticut
and Pcunsvlvanii Avenues down II and F
Stieels to the theatres
The ladles usually come with uncov
end heads IlpI tly draped or hire save
for Mjine sdornnient of the coiffure the
ineti In regulation evening dress Now
and aain a small brougham or an elec
tric bus earrjiig a family party varies
the proeesFlon of carriages and herdlrs
and jti haps once or twice a week the
now well known equipage of the White
House bowls swiftly along up to the en
trance of the theatre The colored
footman leap- from the box tout lies his
hand to his stiff lat ornamented with
the Continental cockade in the form of a
ret white and blue rosette and opens
the door of the carriage for Mrs Itoose
velt and her friends or euiI occasIonaIly
for the President himself prepared In
enjoying an evening at the play to for
get the continuous Interviews ot the day
and tomorrow
The natty footman ushers the members
ot the Presidential party Into the box re
served for them arranges the chain
draws back the curtains and distributes
the programmes then stationing him
self in the passageway Just outside the
boT stands on guard and within call
catching glimpses of the performame
lhrjuh the open door The President
crjojs the plav as he doej everything
else demonstrative Mrs Uoosevclt
often smiles and seems absorbed In the
story told behind the footlights They
both make what is known as an excel
lent audlenee
The members of the Cabinet are equally
Irregular in their attendance and at pres
ent Secretary Hoot alone mav be de
ycrlbcd as a theatregoer Ihe Senators
who figure most conspicuously at tho play
are Hanna Lodge Dcpew and Wetmorr
who arc oftentimes seen iu boxes al
though Senator and Mrs occa
sionally occupy orchestra chairs The
play la in fact the favorite icrreatlon of
the Lafayette Square Senators Hanna
and Depew
Depew is perhaps the best listener
occasionally he throws his head back
Hughs aloud and figuratively speaking
nudges his neighbor Few of the joungcr
Senators enjoy a play so much externally
Senator Lodge seems to be Indulging In a
critical analysis of its merits weighing
every voril Senator Hanna grasis the
broad effects and revels in the humanlly
of the story rather than in its embroidery
Senator Ileverldgos tonuuents are occa
sionally truly sententious
There arc Western Senators who hit
quiet and unobserved passing In and out
without the calcium light of recognition
belnrf thrown on their movements and
thecc might easil be mistaken for Iotal
busiueis neti out for the evening
The botes at the pla are often as good
as a comedy Shining lights of the plu
tocracy of Djyont Circle and Missaehu
setts or lihodu Island Avenues sit In one
fringed by the ininoi members of tho
Corjs Dlplomiillqui with perhaps a
bachelor Minister er a detiehed Charge
dAtfaires The ladles of the house of
Lelter an I Townsend are among these
and often have fimlly partita
The Ambassadors octnsloiMlI appear
although the German mbissador Is more
partial to conci rlB and musical perform
ances than to the diama The Trench
Ambassidor 13 attracted oily by some
special star such as Mrs Patrick
Campbell whom h appIauJs with both
liauus The British Ambassador is too
ndisposid to visit the theatres this sea
son and ladv Pauneefotc keeps him coni
paiij at home while Mrs Craekanthorpe
the Uiutiful daughter cf Ceneral -icicles
and wife cf Hie Third Se cretar of the
Ilritish Embassy chaperons the Hou
Misses Pamecfote
The Italian Ambassador and Mmc Ma or
des i lanehes occasionally occupy orches
tra scats as do the utro IIungarlau
Minister and Mmc Hengelmuller while
as Ihe sister of ltostand author of
LAiglcn and Crano de Bergerac
Mine de Margerie is naturally a constant
lheatigor Wry smart in lostume
and as dark as her husband Is fair the
wife of the First Secretary of the French
Embassy is conspicuous among fashion
able first nighters
Ihe Russian Ambassador favors few
perfornmnecs and Is attracted only by
transcendant merit but his adopted
daughter the Countess Marguerite Cas
sini is frequently present escorted by
one of the scevtarles and attended by
her dame de ccinragnlc In which case
bhe occupies an orchestra seat At othT
Hires she figures in a box with some gay
party of joung friends and wearing o ie
rif the enormous floral hats in which she
appears lo such advantage
There arc a dozen or more secretaries
Ijsslan Italian German French Eng
lish Swis3 South American who ar
habitual attendants at first nights of til
these rerhaps the most inveterate thea
tregoer is Slgnor del Viao one of the
most hospitable members of the Corps
Diplomatique while Boston is represents J
b those budding diplomats Messrs Char
lie Itichardsou and Bertie Winthrop
and New York by the new appointee
abroad the outhful widower Mr Bar
clay Itives
Those handsome and clever sisters
daughters of former Senator Farwell of
Illinois ilesilames Reginald de EovenanJ
Chattleld Taylor occasionally appear side
by side In a box Tho former is brunette
the latter rather fair than dark and one
of tho great beauties and belles of the
day One bo wearing blue and the
other rose pink In the Mrs
StIIson Hutcluns with head uncovered
for the orchestra stalls and covered for
thc boxes is a Lelle at the play The
accomplished daughters of Mrs Barney
the artist one of whom is an amateur
actress of rare ability are often in a bo
as are the Misses Ieiter
General and Mrs Miles occupy orchestra
sens by prefeience well down iu front
and the Adjutant Ceucral and Mis Corbln
appear in a stage box thus upholding the
traditions of the previous Administration
The Belgian Minister Baron Monchcur
and his charming briJe formerly Miss
C la ton the daughter of our Ambassador
to Mexico are with Mr and Airs Ned
Padclfurd and not far av ay are Mr and
Mrs Pierre Lorrillard so well satisfied
with this their first winter in Washington
that they proposed rcturnlug to the Capi
tal from Tuxedo Park vhenever they do
not elect to pass the season abroad
Stroll out into the IoLby during an entr
acte and the full extent of the cosmopoli
tanism and continentalism and metropol
itanism of Washington in season comes
upon the lounger Luxuriously clad Mon
golians are not lacking and Europeanizcd
Jais are ceing Husslan
askance there is war in the air
vhlle the gloved hands of the Spanish
Charge dAflaires are engaged in llghtiug
a fresh cigarette and Representative
Ned Morrell of Philadelphia his sil
ver sabled hair curled tight about his
handsome head is elucidating the myste
ries of the right of way to Itcpre sentativc
Oliver II P Belmont whose French
ehautietir and Egyptian valet and other
household gods have been transported
Pennsylvania from Fifth Avenue and who
has substituted the Metropolitan Club
pro tern for the Knickerbocker
Hre too are Mr S J Hovvlaud keen
on racing and Mr Edward Buckley who
has exchanged the metropolis for tho
Capital and Is monarch ot all he surveys
in one of the most comfortable bachelor
establishments this side of London Mr
Frederick May and Col Henry May the
Li gare brothers both famous whips
Woodbury and Gist Blair that mighty
huntsman Clarence Moore master of the
hounds Odin Ilorstmann and handsome
Jack Woolsey famous In the cotillion
these are only a few of Washingtons first
uigiuurt i
l The Oil Guard too is well in evt
i dence admirals on the retired list
moua beaux and bon vivants all help too
swell tho typical Washington first night
audience There are great occasions when
dralral Schley fairly divides honors with
the star aetor before the footlights as he
bows from his box and others when the
Admiral of the Navy himself is carefully
scrutinized to note the effect on a heros
susceptibilities of the emotionalism of a
celebrated actress
The fashionable artistic clement In
Washington covers a wide range Mrs
Van Rensselaer Cruger the Mullen Gor
don of literature now and then graces a
box accompanied by some clever Senator
and his wife and passing through Wash
ington Mrs Edith Wharton appears at
the play and remarks tho Interpretation
of Pincro by one of his most occomplishcd
exponents
Now and again Henry Watterson strolls
into a playhouse and proves himself the
same excellent critic of the drama as of
politicians while a courtly clean shaven
gentleman Is pointed out as our Minister
to Spain Bellamy Storer and the Pansna
abroad is represented by Chartran tlis
portrait painter in his orchestra stall
The three hours or so passed at the play
make harmony out of discord and soothe
the nerves that have been upset uy a long
days course of sprouts from Capitol Hill
and the racetrack far beyond through
the White House and departments to be
hunting rendezvous After the play
of suppers big and little unite the spec
tators at the restaurants aul form the
appropriate epilogue
Tho Washiugtcu first nighter may have
been born In England or America Russia
or the Argentine lcpubllc China or Cali
fornia Paris or Chicago the mid west of
our own land or far away Persia He ti ay
be a diplomat or a Congressman a man
of leisure or an artist a worker or an
idler He cannot be costallized Into oay
one type or grouped under one head
He is of his day nnd generation since
ho represents the Washington of the pres
ent which is composed of the essence of
so many communities a sort of social
salad in which there is a little of every
country ard every section ind a consid
erable slice of all our principal eitle3
Tho Washington first nighter up to dat
is sometimes a resident and again a tran
sient stTHngcr booked only for a few
weeks or a few months but ho is none the
less peculiar untotho highway an I by
ways of the capital of the United States
In 11102
-sided as far West as San rmnclsco and
at the present time there are members
residing at Evansville Ind who have
moved there from the Eastern States and
have still held their membership At
present Washington Is represented by
seven members and Boston is a close sec
ond with a membership of six
The interest in photography with thU
scattered membership Is kept alive by
Issuing an album each month containing
prints from each member This album
Is accompanied with a notebook contain
ing a full description of all tha facts con
cerning the making of each print con
tained In the album and there is amplo
rom in the space in the notebook al
lotted to each print for full criticism ot
each picture and criticisms by each mem
ber is one of the duties of membership
The notebook also contains a voting list
and the print receiving the highest num
ber of votes Is awarded a certificate
which is issued by the secretary of tha
club
The business of the club Is all carried
on by correspondence and tho monthly
albums are shipped by express from one
member to another according to a route
list arranged by the secretary
I have said that tho Postal Photographic
Club Is the most unique photographic or
ganization in the country and it may
also be said that it probably contains a
larger percentage of prominent amateurs
than any other organization Its mem
bership is largely composed of profes
sional men those who practice photo
graphy from a deep love of this beautiful
art and who have joined the Postal Club
for the purpose ot keeping in nearer
touch with some ot the best amateurs
of the country and exchanging prints and
criticisms with those whom they may
never become acquainted with except
through the medium ot the albums and
notebooks
Among Its present membership may be
mentioned T A Waugh of Burlington
Vt Frank R Trapie of Boston Mass
Osborne I Yellott of Towson Md and J
Horace McFarland of Harrlsburg Pa
all ot whom are frequent writers on pho
tographic subjects and the authors of
text books on photography which are
recogntzed as standard works
The club has the distinction ot Includ
ing in its membership Mr Alfred Monroe
of Concord Mass who has attained the
ripe old age of eighty five and still con
tinues to contribute to the album his
quota of prints which show that his eye
has not dimmed and that his hand has
not lost its skill
And there is a long list ot ex members
who arc known to alt tho photographic
world such as F C Beach editor of the
Amateur Photographer J E Dumout
of Rochester N V Elizabeth Almy Slade
of New York Emma J Fitz of Boston
Howard Gray Douglass Max Hansmann
and Frances Benjamin Johnston of this
city
At the last convention cf the National
Womans Suffrage Association held in this
city there was presented to Susan B An
thony a portrait ot Miss Anthony which
was considered a work of a high order ot
merit This portrait was tho work of
Miss Sarah J Eddy of Providence R L
who is a painter as well as photographer
and an enthusiastic rnpmhor of the Postal
Photographic Club
And so In May the members of this
unique organization will pick their
cameras and start for Washington and
for a week devote themselves to the beau
tits of the National Capital

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