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CAPITAL CITY COURIER. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14, 1891,
OF WASHINGTON HOMES.
WALTER WELLMAN WRITE3 ABOUT
SOME HANDSOME HOUSES.
Mm. ChmiiUrr' Nrw IIhiuk It IhrOrumt
tt lUiltlrnrp In llm CnIUI Clif.
Other Atmilo Tlmt Aro Hlcliljr Worth?
Washington. Nov. It!, TIiu grandest
ivsiuViirn In Washington Is tlio now
homo of Mm. Chandler, widow of tlio
fatuous Michigan senator. Mrs. Chan
dler In ft very rich woman, and fond of
society. Two years ago hIiu determined
to Inwu tlio most mngulllcout houso nt
una. CNAN'nt.r.ii'rt iiourk.
tho national capital, and employed
Rotch As Tilden, tin Huston architects,
to proparo tho plans. Tlio situ selected
mi ft worthy one, a corner on Sixteenth
street, three blocks from tlio Whlto
Houso, and in full vluw thereof, It in
Colonial hoiiso though not of an oxtroiuo
typo. Tho exterior Ik ploasing, and tlio
interior not tho loss artistic because it is
old fashioned. In tho center of tho
houso Is 11 great hall with n big flrc
place, suggestive of backlogs and hot
toddled. Tho hearth Ih depressed eight
inches below tho level of tho floor.
Ono side of tho hall is a dining room
largo enough to bo called r banquet
hull, being S3 by fit) feet. Tho other sido
in ft library, with a inusio room and
drawing room adjoining. All thoso
apartments aro practically ono, when
tho doors and imrtlorea aro drawn, and
tho hostess will have an open reception
hall ninety feet long in which to receive
her guests. Of course this houso was
bnilt to bo used as a social palace, and it
is ndtnirably adapted to that purpose
It has cost 150,000, exclusive of decora
tlons, which will swell tho total to $175,
000. Mrs. Chandler's son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Halo,
will live with her in this magnificent
home, and Mrs. Halo has carefully
watched and superintended tho work at
all stages. The houso will bo thrown
open to society in a few weeks.
Colonialism is tho erase in Washing
ton just now, and in soino cases it is car
ried to a ridiculous extreme. Mrs.
Chandler's house is beautiful, light, com
fortable, modern. Its Colonialism is a
mere device employed for tho sake of
character, everything else being thor
oughly modem. Hut in a houso which
stands only a hundred yards away, and
is now nearly ready for occupancy,
we havo Colonialism run mad. It is
tho property of General Henry Strong,
who established tho validity of a largo
issue of railroad bonds in tho supremo
court of Iowa and mado a fortune,
General Strong appears to havo said
to himself that as the Colonial was tho
rage ho was going to havo his Colonial
ism Simon pure and unadulterated. Ho
has had his way about it, as I suppose a
rich man may no matter how tho artis
tic senso of other people may bo shocked,
and tho result is a houso as ugly as sin,
inside aud out, a houso which detracts
OKNKRAI. KTltONO'8 HOUSE.
from the beauty of the city and vthttty.
will not make a pleasant and satisfy
fcory home. It is simply such n hoiisita
Wfll to do New Euglanders and Jjlv
Yorkers have been tearing d6vn ?.' t
modellng let fifty years, and the Juuba
bilities are that after trying ttf Jivo in
this one for a year or two General Strong
will tire of it aud pull it to pieces.
One first enters in this structure a
large hall with a very low ceiling. The
apartment is so large aud the ceiling so
near the top of one's head that a visitor
is eager to get away as quickly as possi
ble. Thero is something dreadfully do-
pressing about it. Up stairs there is ono
redeeming feature, an old time ballroom
of magnificent proportions in which
Washington society will soon assemble
and be reminded of tho days in which
our great-grii'idmothors were belles.
The kitchen, an absurdly small one, is
in .tho basement, and the dining room
on the second floor, adjoining the ball
The third or chamber floor is a muzo
of little corridors and narrow passages.
This floor actually has three levels,
caused by the three different heights of
the ceiling of the dining room, ballroom
and drawing rooms of tho lower story.
As a novelty, General Strong's house is
a success, and its old fashioned win
dows, each with the thirty little panes,
supposed to denote by their great num
ber the high quality of tho owner, at
tract much attention. Its unique ar
rangement will for a tluio make it very
popular in tho circles of fashionable
society, but I great)y fear it will not Iw
a success as a home. The cost was $100,
000, and it ia money ill spent.
Another Colonial house which has at
tracted a great deal of attention in
Washington is Captain Tyler's new
home, the remodeled Tracy house, on
Farrngnt square. It was iu the old
' iu that Mrs. Tracy and her daughter
lost their lives, imuhlng the sot forever
iih one of sensational Interest. Tho new
dwelling Is called Colonial, but It is
more Italian than anything else In its
exterior. Tho handsome loggia suggests
tho presence of dark eyed daughters of
sunny Italy, while tho hood over tho
mini door is Moorish, uaptain ryier
has invested hero nenrly 75,000.
There Is great curiosity hero to see
What tho Letter houso Is going to loolt
like. Levi 'A, Letter mado live millions
selling dry goods in Chicago in partner
ship with Marshall Field, thou ho re
tired, and Mr, Field has gouo on until
his fortune is estimated at twenty mil
lions. For several years Mr, Letter has
occupied tho Hlalno mansion on Diitout
circle, paying therefor u rental of $11,000
a year. After tho llro which badly
damaged tho houso a year ago, Mr.
Letter offered Mr. Hlalno $80,000 for It
as it stood, and though this sum, with
the Insurance, would have netted Mr.
Hlalno $100,000, and a profit of $10,000
on his Investment, ho declined to sell,
Now Mr. Letter is building a houso of
his own, and tho fashionables of the
capital aro taking great interest in it,
because it is promising to bo tho grand
est house in Washington and tho scene
of the most lavish social entertainment.
Mr. Letter's newhouso will cost him $1-10,-000,
and tho ground on which it stands
cost $0.1,000. Tho decorations and fur
nishings will bo $10,000 more snug sums
even for a millionaire. Hero again tho
Colonial spirit rages. Tho houso is to
face bupont circle, across tho street
from tho Chinese legation, and on Now
Hampshire aveuuo is to bo n porte
cochere, with columns running up to
the top of tho second story, like thoso in
the White Himso colonnade
The interior is to Iw magnificent
hard wood and enamel finishes, a great
oak staircase, an old fashioned iireplaco
big enough to drive a wagon through,
and spacious parlors aud drawing rooms
in which u thousand guosts may assem
ble without discomfort. Mr. Loiter
wants more ground, too, in order that
he may enlarge his lawn, and for the
additional spaco ho will have to pay six
dollars ior square foot.
TUB KKMODEt.KD TIUOY HOURK.
I want to tell you something about an
othor now house here, ono which at
tracts tho attention of every man and
woman who takes a drive iu tho swell
section. It is tlio handsomest houso in
Washington, and its owner isquitons
interesting us tho house. Six years ago
Mr. T. F. Schneider was just starting
out as a young. architect without clients,
and not so sure where clients wero to
como from. Finally ho concluded to
build some houses on his own account,
as tho surest way of finding steady em
ployment for his talents. Ho started in
on borrowed money, buying ground,
building houses and then selling them,
until ho had performed tho remnrkablo
feat of building, at his own risk, 250
houses, costing from $1,000 to $15,000
All this was dono in six years. In this
poriod ho bought a million dollars' worth
of ground and paid two millions to stone
masons, brickmnkers, for other build
ing supplies and for labor. In addition
to this ho has built 750 houses for clients.
This remnrkablo record Mr. Schneider
has just crowned with tho erection of a
homo for himself. It stands in tho midst
of 'tho 1,000 houses which ho has built,
fully one-half of them being visible
from the balcony of his new home.
Handsomo as is this little palace in its
exterior, its greatest beauty is within.
Hero tho extraordinary genius of thia
young architect has in a labor of love
wrought out tho most original and
The best thing about this model resi
dence, to my mind, is that it apes noth
ing. It is neither Colonial nor Italian.
It is not a fad. Its character is its own.
Originality, boldness and art are every
where blended. "What stylo is your
house?" some one asked Mr. Schneider.
"American," replied ho, significantly.
An American homo it is, built not for
purposes of social display, but to live in.
Thero is not a square foot in tho little
palace that fails to adapt itself in appear
ance or utility to tho functions of a true
homo. To this $150,000 model residence
tho modest young architect, who has n
record for which a parallel cannot bo
found in all tho laud, recently brought
a charming bride.
MR. BCIINKIPER'S MTTI.K PALACE.
Washington is becoming a city of
magnificent homes. Besides these new
houses which I have mentioned, other
notable residences here are thoso of Mrs,
Senator Hearst, Mrs. S. S. Cox, Mr,
Warder, designed by Richardson, the
greatest American architect; Senator
Sawyer, ex-Senator Henderson's castle,
Vice President Morton, John Hoy, John
RJ McLean, Mr. Frazer, Mrs. Clover,
Mil.. Patlon, Mr. Truesdell, Minister
Romero and mauy others.
vutfe " "-' Ivf'"'" 'i" fhw'.,...,1 .;'
At it Kin-till Tfillor's.
"Sir, the charge will Is? half a crown it I
stu to lull you everything."
"Here Is the money. Now, ns a guaran
tee for tho future, tell me a llttlo of my
"Nothing eaxlur. You havn been un
happy In wedlock f
"I never was married."
"Vou have had false friends?"
"All my friends have remained true to
"I may he mistaken. Vou have traveled
far and wider"
"I have never been any farther than the
"Come, let me see your hand, I shall ho
nliln to read more clearly. Now I have It.
Von have lost money recently t"
"(Julie, correct, lost that half crown I
gave you jusi now." Joyeux Passa-temps.
A Tvit f War.
Nearsighted Stranger What Is this, my
friend a test of strength between that
man and the horse?
Wildcat Kit-No, paid. That's only
Consumptive Charley sheddiu his porous
Tim Kngltii'cr' Kliiry.
locomotlvu ungluccr was' off
and had time to talk,
"We have some queer experiences," Im
said. "One of the things that is nut pleas
ant Is to run over animals, and we avoid It
all we can. They never seem to know that
It is a good ileal safer to take live steps to
the right or left than It Is to take five hun
dred right ahead. That's why wo have to
stop often and head them off the track.
"I had a funny thing happen to mo
oncu on the Chesapeake and Ohio road.
About two miles from a bridge ono
day I scared up a mule in tho middle of
the track, and I whistled for all I was
worth, hut the mule k'ept iu the track on n
run. At last I had to stop, aud the fireman
went ahead and drove him olT. Hy tho
tlmu the fireman got hack aud we had
started that confounded mule
was on thu
track again aud we were after him. We
didn't dare to take tho risk of running
over him, for that Is a dangerous business,
so wo had to stop again and drive him
away. Well, this thing occurred once or
twice more, and hy the last time we had got
so close to the bridge that we wero sure
tho fool mule was going to try to cioss It,
and we stopped again, this time cuss
ing mad, aud fully prepared to shoot
tho mule if we got a chance. We
chased him right up to the bridge, aud
then down over tho field he went with a
bray and stooped all right in tho road bo
low, and right ahead of us on the bridge,
fastened down some way by his legs Iw
tweeii the ties, we found that mule's mate.
We saw it all then, aud, by George I wo
were tempted to take up a collection from
tho passengers on hoard for the benefit of
the mule which had saved their lives, for
If we had run Iu on that obstruction noth
ing under heaven could have saved tho
As the engineer concluded his talo a
pious looking man In tho far corner got up
slowly and started out.
"I had a very respectable slr.ed Ho to tell
myself," he said wearily, "hut I'm too par
alyzed to tell it this evening," and tho door
slammed to on his heels. Detroit Free
I'firlintu It Was lMusli.
There was a fatherly old man among the
passengers who lauded from a West Shore
railroad ferryboat at tho foot of Forty-
second street, aud some of his observations,
after getting into a cross town car, proved
what an innocent hearted old chap ho was.
Pretty soon the car stopped for a woman
wearing a fur cape, and she sat down al
most opposite lilm
lie looked her over
very carefully and pretty soon leaned over
"My daughter Haulier has bin coaxln
me all the fall to hity her a cape like that.
They do look purty stylish."
Tho wearer of the capo blushed and
looked confused, as was proper under the
circumstances, while tho other passengers
winked at ench other and kept very quiet.
"I told her I'd see about it when I come
to town," continued the old man, as he
bent over still further. "Is'pose they are
purty comfortable, hain't theyf"
She blushed still more, and looked very
nervous aud uncomfortable, but he didn't
notice it. He extended his hand, felt of
the fur, and continued:
"I don't purtend to be posted on slch
things. Is that real fur or only plushf"
"Slrl" exclaimed the woman as she rosa
aud caught a strap aud glared at him for
thirty seconds before making for the plat
He looked after her with open mouth
and never uttered a word until she stepped
off and the car started again. Then he
turned to the man on his left and whis
pered: "Iaud o' massyl hut I jest thought fur a
minute she was golu to scratch and pull
hair! What d'ye s'pose she got so all
fired mad about." New York Evening
A Thrifty IlegKitr.
A gentleman met a pauper whom he hail
seen on the previous day painfully drag
ging himself along with tho aid of a pnlr
of crutches, hut who, at the time we speak
of, was trudging along quite briskly with
"Was it ycu 1 syoke to yesterday? You
said you were deprived of the use of your
legs. Where are your crotches?"
"You see, my dear sir, I am so poor that
I have to leave them at home, now and
gain, for fear of wearing them out too
soon." Feullle d'Avls.
Tlmt Wui All.
Weary Clerk (after cutting off twenty
Ave. samples of dress goods) Is that all,
Miss Grabbe Urn-1 would like ono
more sample. My mother is so particular.
Cut me off a piece from that roll undei
Little Sister (loudly)-Why, Moll, that
won't do Ht all, Mother said she wasn't
going V) have auy blue in that crazy quilt,
'cause U always fades, New York Weekly.
r v' l"..' J- .--w
WIT AND HUMOR.
Tlio llll-xMrr Is the innn who will stick
up fur the vwiiitnmu hi the community.
Hemlqiinrtcrs for Indies hns, the gientliTi
cent store, I ISM O street.
The H)llceiiian has a tangible vnluo when
unified fo make mi an est lie's a "cepier"
Oiirreniimtltiiis ndveitke Indies "cheiip
hats as well as good". Wo sell igood lints
cheap. Orent 2.1 cent toio IIL'I O tticot.
If only the tins a Mft voice even a homely
girl looks entiiiiieliigly pretty at the other
olid of a teli'i hone whe,
ladles flue velvet hats mllllneis prices
8.00, Wo iiiiike to older the snino for $!l.ti.1
at the gri at i ci lit htoi e.
I'iK't "1 havi'ii little poem hcie, sir, that
linn Iksii liidltul "Kdltoi "Well, sir, I
would he glial Insto It (tiivirltd, lait I 'nn't
Misses eajic, iiMial rice 1.00. The great
itt cent stele sells tin III for. -10 cents.
"Money Is tiiitiMe," sighed old Hanker.
"No It Isn'telthei P'oxeliilmulyming Honker.
"You urn imlly l now Iroublo."
Ono trial will con vli.ee you thnt wo are
lenders In Indies fine lints at pi lees Hint as
tonish all. (Hunt '.'.' cent store, 1124 Oklrevt.
Upson Dow nes "Iwmt evtiilngj I wns In
troduced to a girl woith three millions."
HoHiiodo limit "Oieat (Vsm I Whnt did
you do?" Upson Dow ns "I ankcd her If
she bvlleviMl In 'Jove nt III st sight.'."
Indies felt hats US cuils at the great "ft
"Do jou iitiileistiiiid how to fix up my
hulrf' askid a Indy of her newly hhod jeolei
edseivnnt. "Yes, inn'iiiu, 1 kin fix It up In
ten inlimtis." "You will never do for lie.
What would I do with myielf all the rest of
longest stock of tluw aio nt tho prent 2.1
Wiiiiniln That tlm New lliillnl ftlnka.
The tendency In thodevisiugof Improved
rifle bullets Is now to attain increased
penetration, and tho consequence is that
much of tho smashing power of the old
bullet is lost. Some of the latest hulletH
are more like a lead pencil iu shape than
The elToct of this mollification was re
cently shown In tho case of a laborer who
was accidentally shot hy a soldier who was
practicing at a target with tlio new Ia-o
Metford magazine rille, which has Just
been adopted for tho Hrltlsh army. Al
though tho bullet passed clean through the
thigh, tho wound healed so rapidly that
the patient was nil and on a meat diet In
eleven days. In twenty-four days ho was
discharged as well, with his leg in as good
condition as ever. Ills luck In one respect,
however, deserted him in another, and
soon after ho caught cold and died of
bronchitis. The opportunity of making
valuable Investigations was too good to bo
lost, and the army surgeons secured per
mission to make a past mortem exami
nation. They found that all internal traco of the
wound had vanished. From this they were
able to draw the most satisfactory conclu
sion that, whatever may bo the power of
tho now weapons in disabling a much
larger numtwrof men In a given time than
was before possible, tho severity of indi
vidual wounds will be much less. Iu placo
of large apertures aud tracks, where there
always was considerable destruction of
tissue, much smaller wounds may be ex
pected, with such trifling damnge to tho
soft tissues through which the ball passes
that tho destruction of substance resulting
is almost inappreciable. The size and se
verity of the wound will bo further de
creased by the sheathing of hard metal
incasing tho bullet, which prevents the
lead from breaking up on contact, aud so
lacerating tlio llesh. Louisville Courier-
Tlrait of It.
MMnm.t (raising tho slipper) Willie, my
Willie (across the maternal kneo) Sprink
away, mamma, but don't give mo that old
gag about it's hurtin you worse'n It hurt
me. Chicago Tribune.
Clerk A deaf man today got a seventy-
ftv mint liniBPrlfitlnti 1 nnilliln't. mnlrn
,, ,t.r) ,i he paid only flvo cents,
l . - '.... ......,, a wu,..,,. v (....nw
Drugitlst What did you d" 'tout itf
Clerk Charged $1.45 for ...j i.ext pre
A Uue,ll'ii of Mlmillei.
Cumso So your wife hurled maledic
tions at your head, did she, Undo Ebeue
zorf Uncle Kbenciser No. sab; she frew a
flatlron, salt. Detroit Free Press.
A Welcome ltollef.
Sf.fi nimtiilii Tlinrn Ih nn hnrtfll
is doomed! In an hour we
will all be
Seasick Passenger Thank heaven! New
MukliiK (-rent Strlilr.
Hackett How Is your wife getting on
with her dress reform movement?
Sunsette Immense. She has two new
dressmakers. Cloak Review.
"I wonder why the Mediterranean
"You'll bo blub if j cm but U wash tho
Itallau shore." Life.
All on Wind.
It Is the little puffs which raise the wind
for the poor actor. Auburn Bulltttn.
Those Wonderful tloatiin Kills.
Some years ago, in a village school not
many miles from the Hub, It was the law
of the "committeeman" that the pupils
should learn to spoil aud define all words
placed at the beglnniiiK bf the reading les
son. The knowledge attained will bo evident
hy the following dialogue which actually
Teacher Johnny, spell anil iieune up
Johnny Ue-wltch-liig, fascinating.
Teacher Correct. Now, what does fas
dilating liioanr Who can tellf
Silence for the space of half a minute
then up comet a hand, shaking with Im
patience to give the desired Information.
Teacher Well, Michael, tell us what
your Idea of fascinating is.
.Michael (drawling, mil biiouiwk wiui
the utmost insurance) Phwhat yer put Iu
yer arm Ur keep off sinallpoxl Wide
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General Passenger Agent,
Nebraska's Leading Hotel.
Cor. 13th ami Harnoy Sts,,
All Modern Improvements and
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OF HARD COAL.
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City Passenger Agent,.
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