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CAPITAL OITY OOUKI1SLK.
A SUMMER RETREAT,
HEFUGE OF THE PRESIDENT, MRS
CLEVELAND AND DADY RUTH.
Itrrmt CIiiiiikp In Mr l'li pIiiiiiI'h Nrw
llonirnlrntl t'lnn Olil .Muii.liin III
HI in l Ic It j- itKil C'nnviMilt'tirr , Siiintiit'
llrnlilriirr I'cir tlm Nrt 1'inir Yi-iiri.
JSprt lal C'()rrt't,"il',iK'',)
Wasiii.N(1Ton, May is. In ono of t lie
prettiest sections of the picturesque Uoelt
creek region in the northwestern suburbs
of tho Capital City Is tho now summer
homo of tho proslilontinl fiimily. Mr.
nuil Mrs. Cleveland mill lluby Until liuv
Just taken possession of tt, ami they ex
pect to remain at thMr country seat un
til early autumn. Tho placo in not quilt
ns far out us "O.ik View," tho suniniet i
homo of Mr. ami Mrs. Clovolaml iluriuu
their former sojourn at tho capital, und
It is inoro convenient to tho ptiptilat
driveways which oxteml from tho city
through that section. Tho estate, which
Mr. Clovelanil has leased for a period ol
years, contains -lit acres ami has loan
been known as "Woodley."
This houso is a largo, old fashioned
tmcturo ami was liuilt nearly n cen
tury ago. It has a frontage of 100 feet,
tho central portion being thrco stories
high and tho two wings two stories each.
Tho walls aro of brick, imported from
England in tho days beforo it was sus
pected that brick could bo niailo out ol
tho Boil of Virginia or Maryland. Tha
foundations aro of heavy stono, and the
walls aro thick and substantial. Tho
outsido la covered with hurt gray stucco,
anil this in turn is overgrown in place
with clinging ivy. Tho urcl -.tecturo is
old fashioned, tho big mansion resom
liling somewhat an English rural villa
of tho stylo of tho last century. It con
tains SI!) rooms, all of them liberal in
Tho ceilings aro high and tho window
wide and reaching almost to tho tloor.
Tho biggest room is tho main parlor,
which is on tho ground floor. It has
been handsomely furnished, and it is
whero Mrs. Cleveland will receive
her friends who may call this sum
mer. Adjoining it is tho music room,
another hamlsomo apartment. It is
nearly as largo as tho big parlor, and a
grand piano occupies a prominent place
in its furnishings.
An interesting history attaches to tho
old mansion. Tho estate was originally
owned by Governor Plater of Maryland.
Ho deeded it to Uriah Forrest, ono of his
eons-in-hiw, and in 181)0 tho latter sold it
to Philip Uurton Key, another son-in-law
of tho governor. Key built tho houso and
lived in it until his death. During his
residenco thero Francis Scott Key, tho
author of "Tho Star Spangled Banner,"
spent considerable timo on tho placo as
a youth, and his name may still bo seen
where ho curved it in ono of tho window
panes in tho front hall.
TUP. PRESIDENT'S Rl'MMKR IIOMK.
It is paid that Washington at one timo
visited tho spot where Koy afterward
built his house, ami examining it re
marked that tho capitol ought to bo lo
cated thero or elso uimn the hill whero it
now stands. Van Buren, Tyler, Buchan
an and other of tho earlier presidents
were occasional visitors at this country
seat, and in 1817 Baron Erault.then Ger
man minister to the United States, oc
cupied it as n residenco. It was at one
timo selected by General Winfield Scott
ns tho site for tho soldiers' homo, but
Bonio misunderstanding with tho owners
arose, and tho homo was located on its
present Bito in tho northeastern part of
Robert J. Walker, who was secretary
of tho treasury shortly beforo tho civil
war, purchased tho placo and mado some
additions to tho old mansion, but his
heirs sold it about 20 years ago to S. E.
Middloton. Then a Baltimore man pur
chased It, ami recently it pulsed into tho !
possession of Francis G. Nowlands, the !
present owner, now a congressman elect
from Nevada. Mr. Nowlauds is tho
millionaire who bought Oak View of
Mr. Cloveland four years ago, making
for tho president u net profit of $100,000
on his original investment of $:J0,000.
Mr. Nowlauds has made exteusivo re
pairs about tho old mansion since. Mr.
Cleveland leased it, and it is now as neat
and nttractiv as u now houso. Tho archi
tectural riosi.il) of tho house was not
changed in tre least, but all tho wood
work from cellar to roof was removed
ami now timber identical in shape and
size substituted. Fresh paint was ap
plied wherever it was needed, and tho
old walls were cleaned and frescoed or
papered inside, and tho stucco outsido
was renewed. Now plumbing was put
in and u bystem of steam heating intro
duced for uso in tho fall and winter if
tho family should decide to remain until
the days get cool. Homo comfort hits
beon obsorved in every detail, and the
arrangements have been mado with a
view to simplicity and convenience.
A recent visitor to this country home
of the president described it as "a place
suggestive of comfort, case and quiet,
blessed with an abundance of pure, fresh
air, cheered with tho warbltngs of count
less singing birds, bathed hero and thero
in tho unobstructed sunshine, and again
supplied with grateful shado from its
wealth of frhrulibery and greenery. In
deed," ho continued, "it would bo diffi
cult to Imagine u country seat more de
lightful, whither a president can take
refugo from the hot city and enjoy rest
and relaxation from tho cares of state,
whero tho leading lady of tho land can
find freedom and privacy from tho try
ing social exactions of her position, or
whero young children can grow strong
mid mcrrv in healthful gambols over th
lawn or in frolics under tho trees and
out in tho sunny air." Amid such pleas
ant surroumlingti Mr. and Mrs. Clovo
laml and Baby Ruth will lnuko their
summer homo during the next four years.
Ur.oiuu: Hanson Am itsoN.
Tho Hkiipu un tho left U n nutty littlo rostuino (if rliiuik'i'iiMti Mini mid mu dljoiud.
Tho run lid waist Iihh iioiiitoil rovers, npi-nlnn uviir a IiiiiiiIhiiiiip uliiit front of pale Muu
silk. Thu itillo mill ruvt-rs on tlm hIpum-n am alsti nf pule lilun Milk. The cntuni w
thu rilit is of HJiKu-k'nivn cmikiii cloth. Tlm nkirt luis knrn Himnrp, headed with A
hnliil of orienUd anil KM (,'nlooii, n Hhort j.u-kpt with ciii fnriiiini; a iluublu fold on tlm
bunt. The full vest and sluuvos aro In fancy nliot ttilk, in uluului of peach and Kruua.
OLIVE HARPER'S LETTER.
h-m-rllim n I'iipiii nfu IIiiiiiipI anil It.
vrnln u Tollut .Srrriit.
Nr.w YoitK, May 18. Thero aro a few
women who like to bo original in all they
rio, havo or wear. Thero aro others who
would never daro to put on a garment
unless some ono elso had worn a similar
one. They aro afraid that other folks
would scorn them for iconoclasts. Not
that half of them know what that means,
but they rio not want to lead for fear of
making u false step and putting a bum
blebee on a bonnet whero fashion calls
for a dragon fly, or u rose when cabbages
aro in style, as they bometimes are. For
tunately wo havo a fow women who art
not too timid to bo individual, und wlu
rather liko to lead. Such women r
deem fashion und dress from conven
tional commonpluconnd Bomehowcvolvi
an idea with every gown, a fancy wit I.
every wrap and a pooin with every bon
For didn't 1 seo a young woman yes
terday, a decided looking though pretty
woman, who had wrought a poem with
her hat? It win of rough green straw and
had no ribbon on it, but all over it 1-iy
single violets, each with its green stein.
In Homu places there would bo six or
soven of theso lovely flowers, all lying
carelessly thero. Somo were fastened by
but a thread and hung over tho edge of
tho brim us if ready to fall off. Some-
rnr.TTY hats an'd honnkts.
times thero would bo ono littlo crushed
blossom lying miito alone.andasllonl.i d
at it I heard tho tale it told, ami tin
was it: "Thero was a cool, shady, grei t
placo whero a lot of purplo wood violetr
grow. A littlo child wandered thero ami
gathered its chubby hands full of the
tender blossoms that it only know how
to lovo and not to proservo. It crushed
tho sweot flowers in hot littlo palms and
kissed them to death und finally wan
dered uway to find newer pleasures, let
ting tho broken and bruised flowers full
on tho grnss forgotten."
Rnthor a long story for n hat to tell,
but why not havo everything we wear
hiiggi'nt something pleasant? When we
do not, wo sink nearly to the level of the
buvnges who wear their strip of calico
tho sumo tho year around, all cut tin
same length und shape for old ami
young. If wo beliovo, liko Walt Whit
man, that wo should treat our bodies
with respect, wo ought to try to make
our clothes worthy, and 1 can conceive
no worthier way than to make them
something moro than more coverings.
Other hats I havo seen this week.
Somo of them were so pretty, but none
so poetic as tho first mentioned. There
was a hut for a girl of IS, all laco and
shirred lawn, with a shirred und pinkec
lining of pulo pink floreutino silk. On
tho top wus a many looped bow of rib
bon in a very tiny brocaded rosebud pat
tern, Tho hat wus lurgo und formed al
together by tho reeds in the shirring.
Right hero let mo mention that a lady
of my acquaintance, whoso flesh was so
firm and fair that every ono longed t
discover her secret, always kept a pint
bottle, in which an ounce of alum wus
dissolved in a pint of rainwater, on her
dressing table, und she used to moisten
a part of her faco every day und night
with it ami also rub a little under her
oyos. It is very simple to make und vury
sure ami quite harmless.
1 haven't got quite through with hat i
yet, for I wish to mention a hat worn by J
n lady who doe what 1 so admire gets1
her clothes to look in sumo way liko a i
picture, or at least to make her look liko
one. This hat Is just like thoso worn by
that wicked king who didn't think mar i
lingo was a failure and who didn't be- ,
Hove in divorce. But tho lady wanted '
her hat small, us a small hut becomes
her best, and bo it sits upon her golden
hair in its rich beauty, made of green
velvet, with gold and jeweled buckle
holding a pale pink plume.
I hardly know whether to say that th
costume matched the hut or the hut tin
costume, but tho gown was of green vel
vet of the dark myrtle shade, cut prin
cess and made plain. There was u her
tha of lino luce on tho neck. Tho sleeves
were slashed with pale pink satin, an I
tho dainty little bug that hung by a gold
en chain was pink nlso. Thu gloves wen
light green. Oi.ivu IIaiii'imi i
IN OLD NEW YORK.
Faster in old (jkitlmm was not Faster
but tho l'uus of tho Netherlander)!, cele
brated with feasting and drinking. Tin
chief business of l'uus was fun und frolic,
and tho consumption of eggs was limited
only by tho capacity ami endurance ol
tho appetite. It was u Dutch feast of
Dionysitis, only tho wine was schnapps
und the grapes were eggs.
A KANSAS FOREST KING.
A Mllliliuiitli l.(i; In III- lUlilhlti'il lit tllp I
Wiirlil'it I 'air.
lB-i'pul ('iirri'HiNiiiilt'iii n.
Alili.r.NK, March 10. Visitors to the
World's fair who havo thought of Kan- i
sas ns a treeless plain are going to bo en-'
lightened us they look upon tho great '
walnut log to bo exhibited from this
state. Tho tree from which it was cut
stood in a secluded valley near Heno,
Leavenworth county, and its emersion
from obscurity is duo to tho efforts of
Congressman W. A. Harris. Naturalists
declare that it is the largest specimen of
its kind on the continent and probubl)
in the world.
In felling the tree the utmost euro was
used to prevent breakage, but despite it
all giant limbs were broken which yield
ed L',000 feet of lumber, somo of them
being a feet in diameter. A log 10 feet
in length was finally cut and with much
difficulty hauled by 1:2 teams of horses to
the railway, whero it is ready for loading
and shipping to Chicago. Wheels and
sleds wore tried in vain fo- tho removal,
and it was finally by niciiis of houso
moving apparatus that the journoy was
Rings plainly discernible in the curly
grain indicate an age of .772 years, and
tho log weighs over !i0,000 pounds and
will make il.OOO feet of lumber. Ger
man manufacturers have submitted a
fluttering oiler for the monstrous picci
of wood to use in making veneer, but it
will not be accepted, at least until after
the close of the exposition. The tree is
without doubt the most colossal growth
of Kansas soil ami will attract much at
tention by leason of its hnving been pro
duced by u prairie state.
C. M. HaH(ii:u.
EASTER AND THE PASSOVER.
The paschal solemnity among the Jews
wuh their principal festival, as is FustoX
among Christians, ami is considered to
have lieen a prellgurutiou of the Chris
tian feast. The .lews celebrated the day
on which under the guidance of Moses
thoy were delivered from tho bondage of
Fgypt. Christians celebrate the day on
which under tho leadership of one might
ier than Moses they were liberated from
tho bondage of sin and death and "n
rtored to tho glory of tho children of
KICKING FOR THEIR LIVING.
In Buckinghamshire a village charity
was grunted on condition that "the in
habitants, every Faster play one or more
games of ball." Accordingly every j ear
I 'J old women the beneficiaries-are
obliged to kick a football about the il
lago green for a time long enough to
preserve tho charity intact.
nCMINISCCNCCS OY ONC WHO KNCVv
HOW IT WAS HIMSELF.
Ilmr tin, I'liHipprt Siidprpil 1'rnin Miilnrlt.
mnl Mill, si,!,,,,.,,, With I'mir I'nr Wan!
nf ii.Miitkpt mnl I.uiikIipiI at I'nr 'Mull
Cppi lit 1 ('iirn'nNinilinrn.)
llowAiin, 1'urko County, hid., May is
As 1 sit on mi old null keg on the shinlj
fide of the old, old. battered littlo build'
lug in which my father "kept stole" It
IH-17 tl I have to laugh at memory nl
the many odd characters (lion in cu
ilencu in this Wabash country. Hut tl.t
laugh Is quickly followed by it slgl
When 1 remember how they sulTeied
with malaria und how, for want o!
transput tutlon except to New Orleans
they suffered equally by poverty. At
that time tho Wabash valley lioosiei
wus the nution'M standing joke for hi
ignorance and awkwardness, but tlieout
Indisputable and painful fact was that
they did indeed suller in the flesh.
As Into us 18(10 tho people of a few fa
voreil sections told amusing stories of ml
jacent villages whero a church bell wu
rung or it horn blown every I wo limii
(only one family owning a clock) for the
people to take their quinine; of places in
tho "bottom" whero (hey put the boys li
the tree just beforo the ague lit came on,
that they might "shako otf the hiekon
nuts," or of farmers who could not pro
iluco pork because the ague stricken
hogs shook all the fat olT. In IH.'iO my
native township hud about us many will
ows an the average Virginia township at
the close of tho war. The fact that worn
en generally escaped tho worst effect"
ought to have given tho men a hint that
it wus the morning und evening exposure
that did most damage, but apparently i
did not. One generation of good men
wus killed off in redeeming this section
and though full grown men when the
came 1 read on their tombstones that
most of them died ut or under 40, Wi
lly it was at great price that wo won
this goodly heritage.
Our pioneers came from tho hi-h-lands
and old sections of Kentucky ami
Virginia, North Carolina ami Tennessee
There it had been their custom to get into
the field as soon us they could seo, to take
a long rest in the heat of the day an I
then work in tho field as lute as the)
could see. Such habits meant death in
a malarious region. Almost every fain
ily developed scrofula in some form -that
is, it showed itself in tho second or
third child born in the new country. In
a careful inquiry made among tho old
records and tombstones of my native
county several yearn ago I proved that
the average length of life there in lHID-.'i
was but Jill years; now it is 41.
The doctors were woefully unskillful.
"Calomel and jollop," as tho people ex
pressed it, were the first reliance, and
with their prescription went ulwuys the
rigid injunction that the patient must
not touch cold water or milk "iiothin
warmer or colder than thu milk us it
comes from tho cow." Ah, many a time
in boyhood have 1 lifted up my voire
and wept for permission to go to the
spring. In fevered sleep I dreamed of
stooping down to the cold current ns it
gushed from the rocks, and like an in
fant Tantalus I saw it vanish even us 1
drunk it with my eye. Nor did I real
ize tlie beauty of tho Hebrew Scriptures
till 1 read that expression of David, "Oh,
i that one would give mo to drink of the
well of Beth-Horou that is by thu gate."
If a man couldn't stand fire, ho wasn't
expected to live, and tho fire was inside
of him. By ami by, when the worst was
past, tho people made a joke of it, for
western humor triumphed oven over the
terrors of tho ague. Fuel) village had its
etory about some neighboring village in
which the people lived chiefly on whisky
and quinine with an occasional "mess of
jowl und greens."
Ono story run to tho effect that a fam
ily from tho sand hills of North Carolina,
"cawnsisting, sir, of tho olo man, ole wo
man, fifteen children an ee-Iov'nduwgs,"
hud two rather simple minded children,
Sam ami Susannah, of whom they were
ashamed. They wero "mortal hungry
for greens," but afraid to out many of
tho plants which wero straugo to them.
So when they found n now und tempt
ing plant that looked fit for "greens"
they fed Sam and Susannah "a power
ful mess of It," so if it did not kill them
the rest might eat of it.
"Milk sick" wus also a terror. Tho i
fact that outs laid on a "milk sicky"
piece of ground would prove tho fact
wus discovered by accident. Afterwar l
tho experiment was tried with con
demned stock, and in ono instance the
oats thus impregnated killed a calf.
Children of any ago (inSO-Ii) were always
carefully instructed to avoid drinking of
spring near Mich tracts, but in truth
tho caution was almost superfluous,
since tho recogni.ed und admitted "milk
sick" springs wero fenced in, und so
were the streams issuing from them until
the 1 flowed fur enough for the uox
iou nent to bo dissipated.
Ai. ilieso evils have passed away,
though "milk sick" is still ocrusiui.ully
heard of. Markets nre easier of access,
und us to ignorance, "our repro.u li is
taken away." The school system of In
(liana was adjudged the best at tho ecu
tenuiul, and our percentage of native il
liti rutes is almost the smallest in the
Union. So we can now allot d to laugh
at ourselves us we were in the days when
tlie lloosier IiiiiKiiaue was spoken lierein
all its iuipu
'I lie Hunker Srt n Omul i:uiiili.
In Philadelphia there is a recent ordi
nance requiring wide tin-s 0:1 nil heavy
vehicles. Four thousand-pound vehicles
shall havo iMnch-wido tires; over 5,000
pounds, 4-lneh; over 0.0(H) pounds, ft-iuch;
over 7,000 pounds, 0 inch. There is a fine
of sJlOO for the infraction of these provi
nous. Thus evi ry heavy team or curt
will net us a road roller. A similar or
iliniiiicn ought to bo in fimc in many
otlu r parts of the count r .
FOR LADIES AND GI-IILDRliN
During This Week.
Wo ifi-i'ivrtl n liiro sliipmrnt for this tU-purliiic'iit, bought
lliniiili our N. Y. itnuIciiI liuyt'r from n commission houso tit us.
louisliiiiirly low prices, which wc place on sale full)' onclhird less tliiui
regular pi ice. The assortment is Inic anil complete in Ladies'
Silk, Lisle Thread, (Jaue Vest of lite latest itleas.
Also a full assortment for children.
A visit for inspection through this line will be your fjuiclu for
1 1-11-1 1-13 0 ST.
BARGAINS in odd lots of Ladies' and Misses' Shoes, something
nice for World's Fair sculling, at the price of cheaper shoes.
1 1 29 O St.
" " ( ' . II"- & .T
- - '-sSJJlI&rO
iMYtJ Asf V H r Jm i i I Vl,
ift'rivlvrUV ' V V
"Dauntless Scorcher," "King Scorcher,"
"Royal Light Roadster," "The Majestic,"
"The Dauntless Compeer," for Ladies,
also the Latest Novelty, the COMMON 8KNSK MICKOUY WIIKRL.
Novor buy a Wheel until you havo seen us.
Cor. 10th and M Sts. Carriage Manufacturers.
1; Telephone 176.
None but Experienced Men employed. Latent devices for
Safes, and other heavy articles.
S. 1. MQQRI'S,
II 34 O
Bloch & Kolin,
The Progressive Dry (Joods Emporium.
than tii i, si:
l'utent Loathor, Cloth Oxford.. (jig.OO
Put. Leather Ono Htrup, Ituoklo
Patent Leather und Kruiiuh Kid
DuchuHM Hlippor 2.50
Ono Strap Kid Slipper ftl.OO
rut out Leather Oxford 1 .50
l'utent Leather Oxford Tie ....gl.OO
Clout, HarvardTlo I.OO
Velvet Slipper OO
Ed G. Yates.
OF THE DAY
We have now in
and host lino
of Wheels over
und invito you
to call and
Office, 1001 OSt.
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