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Many Hundreds of Men Women and Chil
dren Wno Would Otherwise Never Have
Been Given a Glimpse of the Country
in Summer Have as a Result of the Free
Street Car Ride Fund Enjoyed the Health
Giving Breezes of Washingtons Suburbs
women and children are en
MEN this summer a pleasure
and a privilege that has been
denied them in the summers
past They have had street car rides
to the cool and shady suburbs where
they could loll about on the grass and
breathe the cool fresh air of the coun
To those v ho spend summer after
summer in tho mountains of tho North
at the lakes or on the sea shore a mere
street car ride to the suburbs may seem
a trifle not to be considered but to those
to whom the cost of a street car ride
for tho whole family is simply pro
hibitive and to the children who bae
been forced to breathe the hot and
fetid air of the streets by night as well
as by day the ride to the subums the
romp 01 r the green and the sweet cool
breeze is as much an outing as a trip
to the Wbito Mountains is to tho pam
pered child of wealth
Nearly 2000 families have been given
this great boon this summer and at
little expense to anybody at least to
no expense that was felt merely a
quarter here and there and it was done
No undertaking of this character has
been marl cd by such signal success and
has given surh ratlfng results to
those at the head of the charity work
in the National Capital Tho vast possi
bilities of this enterprise have just be
come manifest Tho great good that
fresh air outings contain for women and
children in poverty stricken circum
stances is almost immeasurable The
fresh air of the country and the life
and cplrlt of the suburban resorts seem
to put new blood Into the veins and to
give them a renewed grasp upon exist
The free car ride fund is an innovation
in this city certainly It has never been
taken in hand in a systematic fashion
and carried to such a high plane of suc
cess as it has this summer A few wecks
ago the present movement found its
origin with a few sturdy supporters
who when they take hold of a matter
of this sort do not let go until a definite
and most effective outcome has been the
Tfie care of the poor of Washington Is
alwavs complex and requires the must
versatile and Indefatigable work on the
part of those who have It In charge It
many respects the ministrations to the
indigent of the National Capital differ
from the methods cmplojed in other
large cities Tho population hre Is
different and In lots of instances per
sons are reduced to charity by reasons
or circumstances which seldom prevail
elsewhere and when a person sp as
of the poor of Washington he seldom
realizes what this means One gen ally
understands the term to app to crea
tures dressed In rags and llvirg n
cramped bqualid rooms la dirty streets
end narrow alios There Is of courM
muzh poverty cf this class hero but
this Is onlj one of the many classes of
the poor of this city that must be min
istered to through the agencies of the
Associated Charities or otherwise
Probably the most pathetic class cf
people who are the objects of the pub
lic charity are the proud hlgh inlnded
widows with large inimbers of small
Happy Fresh Air Company In a Suburb
children who strugglo day In and day
out to 1 ecp up appearances and keep
their offsprings from going to th
dogs 33 term It and from asso
ciating with evil companions These
leople live In a genteel manrer on coia
parativelj nice streets and never lose
sight of their refinement Tie suIcr
probablj more than any others for their
pride will keep them for a lorg time
from ashing for help
The heated season presents Its prob
lems to those who look after tho poor
and they arc In some respects mora vex
atious than those met with In cold
weather Summer Is the season of sick
ness In the heated months great c ire
must be exercised to prevent poor chil
dren especially from falling 111 Epi
demic prevail among them and special
nourishment and mcdlcnes must De pro
nut slckrcss does not confine itself to
children alone In the hot season It
visits hundreds and even thousands of
adults as well and all these conditions
must Le taken Into consideration by tho
charity workers
Close and Ill Smelling Alleys the Hot Pave
ments and the Broiling Sun All Day Have
Been the Conditions of Mid -Summer
Life For Many of the Young and Helpless
Until This Inexpensive - But Beneficent
Charity Was Put Under Way
Four things are very necessary for the
execution of tho plans of tho Associated
Charities in Washington They aro food
Ice air and medical attention
The innovation providing means by
which the Indigent of the National Capi
tal may get fresh air is Just now occu
pying the attention of the charitably In
clined to a large extent This Is so for
the rason that an ounce of preven
tion is worth a pound of cure It is
realized that by giving tho poor women
and children of the city car rides into
the country and all day outings at the
pleasure resorts much sickness and dis
ease otherwise Inevitable is prevented
The sewcrago of the city in certain
sections is not regarded as of the best
and children suffer more or less in the
summer months especially where thjv 4
are so situated as not to be able to get
ING EDWARDS sudden lllncis on
the eve of his coronation day
gava currencj to numerous pre
dictions which had been made by
fortune tellers and palmists concerning
the English sovereign It was said that
in tho fatigue and worry incidental to
the preparation for the crowning fes
tivities the King bad been haunted by
theso predictions
There was the story of tho Epsom
gvpsy whom Albert Edward visited as
Prince of Wales but without revealing
his Identity to the fortune teller She
looked him over and remarked
You will como very near to gaining
tho throne but you will ncTer be crown
Then there was the visit of the Prince
of Wales and his son the Duke of Clar
ence who afterward died lo Mme Io
normand a Parisian palmist they being
also accompanied by Crown Prince Ku
dolph of Austria Sho told her callers
that none of them would ever wear a
crown Regarding It then as a Jest It
Is stated that Edward revived this ex
perience In his mind last week to his
distress Nor was any comfort afforded
him by the coincidence some energetic
historian pointed out that George IV
died on a Juno the day set for the
There have been very few KIcm of 1 should afterward condemn him might
England very few rojaltles of ary
country In fact about whom ihc e lias
not clustered a mass of wiDerstilon
Even as far Lack as tho coronation of
William the Conqueror It was rigardeu
asvcry Ill omened that Archilxhop Stlg
nnd refused to attend the coronation
ceremonies The refusal was based upon
the opinion that William was covered
with the blood of man
Astrologers busied themscbes no Illtle
with predictions concerning the rPlgn of
King John It was predicted that he
would close his reign on Ascension Da
Tho fact of this prophecy having been
made was revived after the King had
been really crowned on AsenslaT Day
and dire forebodings vscro felt In the su
perstitious minds of tho time
Concerning Charles I th e were nu
merous predictions made from his vouth
Hut the greatest Important wjb at
tached to tho fact that vhcn he was
crowned he was robed Ii a garment ol
white Instead of the roval purple Kligb
had been accuitomcd to neir on pucfi
It was afterward ascertained that tha
King had ordered a purple robi but It
did not arrive In time Soothsayers it
tor the fact Interpreted tli vcirlng
of white en the Klivqb part to a 1rovl
dcntlal arrangement that the Kin- In
noeency should be thus made plain en
hib coronation day that tosa who
themselves feel the full measure of their
The coionatlon of James II reeked
with ill omens Tho most significant of
them as the people of the time consid
ered was that the Kings champion fell
full length at his feet when he went to
kiss his hand It Is the duty of tho
champion to challenge an one contest
ing the right of tho King to tho throne
There were nnny sneers upon the weak
ness of this official on this occasion At
this coronation also the Kings crown
tottered upon his head when it was
first pHced there and many prophecies
were based upon the fact
When George III was walking down
the aisle of Westminster Abbey after he
had been crowned a fair large dia
mond as the chroniclers of tho time
described it fell from his crown The
noblemen and ladles who witnessed It
arc sild to have been greatly awestruck
and afterward when the American col
onies fell from among the Kings do
minions It was recalled that on the oc
casion of the coronation propheelcs of
calamity wero generally Indulged In
Probably no sovereign of history was
more superstitious himself than was
I ouls NI of Trance whose superstition
received a powerful Intensity from the
chastening of his conscience Ho hid
nun crous astrologers and demonologlsts
a lie ut him On one occasion It wab pre
dicted by one of tbo court fortune tellers
that upon a certain day would occur the
death of one of the favorite women of
the court
Tho woman did die nnd the King In
his anger summoned the astrologer be
fore him commanding tho sublect to
foretell the day of his own death In
stantly the reader of the stars replied
Sire I foreseo that I shall die Just
three days before our majesty
This was too much for the aged King
and tho fellow was dismissed In great
anger Tho King alwas took great
pains afterward to see to It that this
mans health was well cared for
Prom tho time of his birth in Corsica
Nnpoleon was tho subject of prophecy
When he was crowned ho took the crown
from tho hands of the Pope and placed
It on his own head It was a signal to
his people that ho reigned by his own
right and that ho owed allegiance to no
man temporal or spiritual
There are numerous superstitions con
nected with the paraphernalia nnd re
galia used at the coronation In England
Tor Instance it Is said that the corona
tion chair In Westminster gives out n
sound when n legitimate heir to the
throne sits In It but In tho case of a
pretender the chnlr Is dumb The sound
comes It la alleged not from the wood
en framework of the chair but from the
Stone of Destln beneath tho seat
There is another tradition that wher
ovar this stono shall bo a Prince of the
Scythian race shall rule This was 1c
fact fulfilled when James VI of Scot
land became James I of England With
the exception of Queen Mary all the
Hrltlsh sovereigns have been crowned n
this chair It was the subject of a apo
dal treaty at Northampton when It was
stipulated that It should be returned to
Scotland That promise however was
not kept
This stone Is said to be tho same one
as was used by Jacob for a plliow on tho
night when he dreamed of heaven The
Turks however claim to have Jacobs
stone In Jerusalem safely stored in the
Mosque of Omar
The diamond which it has
been reported King Edward would allow
Queen Alexandra to wear is said to
endow Its possessor with the sovereignty
of India it Is tho property of the King
of England It having been presented to
the late Queen by the East India Com
pany although claimed now bv the
Maharajah of Dhulup Singh A French
traveler mentions having seen It In 16G0
when It was in tho possession of Att
rungzbee Emperor of the Moguls
Among the striking prophecies In e
gard to sovereigns was the one made at
Martinique by a negress when the Em
press Josephine as Mile Taschcr de li
Pagerle was a Oung and practically un
known girl there Sho was told that s ne
would be Queen of the grcates empire
that ever existed This was subse
quently realized
fresh air This 13 wherein the street
ear fund Is proving of much benefit
Tho Associated Charities has three
schemes for giving poor women and
children the benefit of the fresh air
outing fund Parties are gotten up and
In chargo of a lady or gentleman aro
taken to some nearby pleasure resort cr
cool shady place In the country there
to spend the day and enjoy luncheon
under the trees returning home after
sundown In other instances car tick
ets are supplied to families and they to
for their outings as they choose Spe
cial provision is made for getting the
sick out for theso car rides In most
cases someono from the Associated
Charities takes chargo of the Invalids
but it Is not Infrequent that an adult
of the poverty stricken clas3 who is
himself an Invalid but able to get abojt
Is given tho care of two or three frail
or sickly children for one of these fresh
air Jaunts
One of the beneficiaries of the outing
fund iiecntiy was a woman past middle
age the mother of eight small children
who had never before been upon a street
car The sensation was something ab
solutely marvelous to her and to her lit
tle ones The children at first acted like
frightened birds but as tho car sped
along on Its way to a suburban resort
they becamo accustomed to its motion
and returned home later in the even
ing a most happy lot of youngsters
One little Incident touched tho
of many who knew of it As a car bound
for the country and filled with benei
clarics of the free ride fund ped alons
past one of the street corners there
came Just too late to catch the car a
woman and six little children Tho dis
appointed cxpreaiuu on the mothers
facet attracted the attention of enc of tho
charty agents and when sle had aua
about two blocks she gnt off the ear and
went back finding the woman with her
sit little ones huddled around her
standing In the same spot where she had
first seen her The charity agent took
the woman and children on the next car
and I ever a family enjojed a days
outing this one did It would bo inter
esting to note that this woman had not
been two blocks from her homo In
eighteen rears

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