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NOTES OF A WEEK
LATEST HAPPENINGS THE WORLD
OVER TOLD IN ITEMIZED
EVENTS HERE AND THERE
Condensed Into a Few Lines for ths
Perusal of the Busy Man
Latest Personal Infor
Genera Charles Louis Tremeau has
been appointed commander in chief
of the Fernch army in succession to
General de la Croix.
Joseph H. Leute, American vice
and deputy consul general at Zurich,
Switzerland, died in the arms of his
young bride on the steamer Marquette
just as the steamer was entering Ant
werp. Mr. Leute was married in
Philadelphia July 25. Death resulted
Prince Herman of Saxe-Welmar-Eisenach,
the heir presumptive to the
grand duchy of Weimar, has re
nounced the succession of himself or
his heirs, if any to the throne of the
grand duchy or its property. This
action, which was carried out with
every official formality, is in conse
qnence of the prince's extravagance,
7hi"h olrV - cacced his transfer
limn the curiassiers of his own ac
cord from Berlin to the upland regi
ment garrisoned at Saaraberg, and
later compulsory to a regiment of
gendarmes after which he was placed
under a guardianship. The prince
has been given the title of Count Ost
helm, but he is totally bankrupt, and
remains under the control of his
Greece has replied to the Turkish
.note presented, which, although
couched in friendly terms, practically
demands the recall of the Greek offi
cers serving in Crete, to the effect
that the question is in the hands of
the four protecting powers of Crete
with whose knowledge and consent
the officers in question were sent to
the island. Turkey is appealing to
the four powers.
An early and successful outcome of
the negotiations in the participation of
American bankers in the Hankow-Sze-Cbuen
loan is anticipated. The Eng
lish and French groups already have
accepted the American terms, and it is
expected that the Germans will shortly
The central committee having in
charge the earthquake fund announces
that all but $25,000 of the total of $5,
020,000 subscribed for the relief of the
victims in southern Italy has been ex
pended. Tne will of the late Don Carlos, the
pretender to the throne of Spain,
leaves to the pope works of art and
money totalling $2,000,000 in value.
The American embassy at Paris has
been formally informed that France
will send a squadron of three battle
ships to represent the government at
the Hudon-Fulton celebration next
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Cravens of
Spring Lake, Iowa, were instantly
killed as the result of a collision be
tween their touring car and a limited
traction car, one mile north of Alex
andria, Ind. Mr. Cravens' head was
almost severed from his body. Mrs.
Cravens' body was also badly man
gled. Mr. Cravens was president of
the First National bank at Spring
Isaac C. Wolfe, aged seventy, of
Paducah. Ky., was killed by an auto
mobile on the highway near Belleve
dere. 111. The-machine was driven by
P. A. Nott and his son, C. A. Nott
who were on their way to the Algon
quin bill-climbing contest. Wolfe was
a prominent Mason.
One of the four surviving widows of
Brigham Toung died at Salt Lake
City. She was Maanah K. T. C. T.
Toung. She was married to Toung
at Nauvoo. Illinois, before the west
"Ward pilgrimage of the Mormons.
She was eighty-eight years old. No
children were born to her.
Prom all quarters of the state en
thusiastic young Christian workers
are flocking to Epworth-by-the-Sea,
where ths fifth annual encampment
of ths Texas Epworth league Will hold
forth during the next ten days.
George M. Snippy, chief of police
of Chicago, tenders his resignation on
the ground of ill-health
Advices say that cattle are dyins J
y scores aiouzd Mldlsci, Texas, as
the result of .a peculiar epllemlc.
Gen. P. P. Johnston, adjutant gen
eral of the Kentucky state guard,
was beld to the grand jury, .for an
aaaault on Denny Bi Goode. editor -of
a weekly publication In Louisville.
General Johnston resented a reference
to him as "General Peacock P. John
ston," in an editorial. ,
A strike of street laborers in Pitts
burg. Pa., which has been of small
proportions for some days, has become
widespread, and gangs of the men are
parading the-streets. Steps, it is said.
have been taken to form an organiza
tion among the 15,000 Italian workmen
of Allegheny county.
The Georgia senate has voted to
remove from office Chairman of the
State Railroad Commission S. G. Mc
Lendon. McLendon was recently 'sus
pended by Former Governor Smith
on charges of being too lenient with
One hundred and forty-seven thou
sand seven hundred and sixty-nine ap
plications for lands in the Coeur
d'Alene, Flathead and Spokane reser
vations, where 700,000 acres will be
opened to settlement by the govern
ment were reported by notaries at
the' close, of the ninth day
So great la the rush of applications
for Indian reservation lands, to be
drawn August 9, that the land depart
ment officials placed sji order for 50,
000,000 more registration blanks. With
little more than half the time' for reg
istration passed. Superintendent Wit
ten has received 148,955 -applications.
Confirmation was made of. a deal
by which the Jones and Laughlin
Steel company acquires more than
5,500 acres of coal lands from the
Pittsburg-Buffalo company. The price
is Bald to be $165,000.
Harry C. Pulliam, president of the
National League of professional base
ball clubs, committed suicide in-New
Philo, Illinois, a Tillage in Cham
paign county, was almost wiped out
by fire. Half the business section
was destroyed. Loss. $40,000.
As a result of the anti-trust suits
recently brought by Attorney General
Sterling of Mississippi against the Re
tail Lumber Dealers' association of
Mississippi and Louisiana, fifteen out
of the seventy-three defendant con
cerns have effected compromises with
the state, agreeing to pay $800 to the
state treasurer upon a decree rendered
against them In chancery- court
According to Vice-President Fred
Robinson of Empire, the Dakota
Western railroad, a branch of the Chi
cago ft Northwestern system, will
commence actual construction of its
line from Wbitewood to Empire along
the irrigation project, within the next
thirty days. TBe right-of-way has
been practically all secured and ne
gotiations with the Redwater Power
and Light company are on to secure
power enough to operate the motor
cars for the line.
Charles H. Moyer was unanimously
re-elected president of the western
federation of miners. This is his eighth
term in that office. James Kirwan, of
Perry,S. D., was elected, as one of
the delegates to attend the conference
with delegates from the united mine
"wcikcis of America.
W. A. Harris, formerly United States
senator from Kansas, is dangerously
ill at his home In Lawrence, suffering
from a heart attack. His weakened
condition, due to the effect of the heat
while horseback riding. Is thought to
have brought on the attack.
In a quarrel over a ball game at
; Lee City. Ky.. W. F. Larson was struck
, over the head and his skull crushed
with a baseball in the hands of his
brother. Clay Lawson. The injured
man, who was forty years old. died in
a hospital at Lexington.
The failure of Governor John A.
Johnson of Minnesota, to arrive in Se
attle in time to deliver an address on
Swedish day at the exposition, which,
according to President Chilberg of the
fair, he promised to do, has caused a
controversy and bitter feeling between
the governor and the fair officials.
Additional time for pleading to the
federal indictment against them was
granted the American Sugar Refining
company and its officials by Judge
Hans in the United States circuit
court. The court extended the time
until August 30.
The sheep men of South Dakota
report the best wool crop ever known
in the history of the state.
Twelve persons killed and a num
ber Injured is the result of a head-on
collision at a small station twenty
miles east of Spokane, Wa6b.
David Williams, the negro mess at-
i .'endflnt on the battleship Vermont.
will be surrendered by the navy to
the Massachusetts state authorities,
who charged him with manslaughter
as the result of the death of the mess
attendant, Foster, following a boxing
bout aboard the Vermont
President Taft sent to the senate
the nomination of A. Piatt Andrew 0f
Massachusetts to be director of the
mint The nomination is to succeed
Frank A. Leach, who resigned some
time ago to become president of the
People's Water company of Oklahoma
The new issue of Lincoln , pennies
will continue in circulation despite
the criticism that the initials of the
designer appear rather conspicuously
on the coins. That was the statement
made at the treasury department
President Taft of the United States
and President Diaz of Mexico are to
meet at El Paso, Tex., October 18. This
program has been arranged as the re
sult of correspondence between the
United States and Mexico.
The acting secretary of the interior
has vacated the order of withdrawal
in connection with the North Platte
irrigation project in Wyoming, and re
stored to the public domain where not
otherwise withdrawn, reserved or ap
propriated, about 21,920 acres of land.
Settlement may be made on the land
on and after October 26 and 25 at the
Cheyenne. Wyo., land office. The va
cated order of withdrawal is in con
nection with the tame Irrigation pro
ject in Nebraska, and restored about
1,280 acres of land to the public do
main "where not otherwise appropri
ated, subject to settlement on and
" October 26 and to entry, filing
or selection November 25 at the All!
ance. Neb., land office.
Nineteen members of a party of
Maorie form New Zealand, who have
been held up at quarantine at San
Francisco by the Immigration authori
ties because they were found. to be af
flicted with trachoma, were refused
admission into this country by order
of Assistant Secretary McHarg
Distribution of the new cents, which
bear the head of Lincoln Instead of
that of the Indian which has orna
mented them for so many years, will
begin Monday. The Philadelphia mint
has a total of over 30,000,000 of the
new coins on hand with which to
supply the orders
Satisfied that the government has
been "short changed." either intention
ally or unintentionally in the matter of
customs duties on imported beers, As
sistant Secretary Reynolds of' the
treasury department promulgated a
change in the customs regulations to
remedy this situation.
Approximately 142.000 acres of land
in Wyoming near Gillette, which had
been withdrawn for the purpose of
coal classification, was recommended
by the geological survey to be restored
to the public domain by Acting Secre
tary or the Interior Pierce, Jet entry
under the general lard laws .
GONE FROM CAPITAL
POSTMASTER GENERAL IS ONfcY
HIGH OFFICIAL LEFT.
TIFT KEPT IN CLOSE TOUCH
Members, of Cabinet and Other High
Dignitaries Hurry Away on
Washington. Direction of the af
fairs of the administration is left in
the hands of two cabinet officers
Secretary of the Treasury MacVeagh
and Postmaster. General Hitchcock,
and by Monday night the distinction
will probably be enjoyed alone by Mr.
President Taft is keeping in close
touch with Washington over the gov
ernment wire from Beverly, Mass.
Vice President Sherman is at his home
in Utica, N. Y. Speaker- Gamiol"teIt
for his home in Danville. III. Attorney
General Wickersham. accompanied by
Mrs. Wicicersham, started for New
York in an automobile.
While no definite time has been
fixed for a conference respecting Pres
ident Taft's plan to reorganize the In
terstate Commerce commission, "it is
expected that the president and some
members of his cabinet including At
torney General Wickersham and Sec
retary of Commerce and Labor Nagel,
will have such a conference early in
September either at New York or at
Beverly. The whole matter yet is in a
The president's, idea is to arrange
for a division of the work now done by
the Interstate Commerce commission.
His plan provides that investigations
into violations of the interstate com
merce act, from which prosecutions
may result, shall be conducted either
directly by the Department of Justice
or by the Bureau of Corporations in
stead of by the Interstate commerce
Secretary of State Knox left for his
home at Valley Forge, Pa. Secretary
of the Treasury MacVeagh expects to
leave Monday for- Dublin. N. H., where
he has a summer home. Secretary of
Agriculture Wilson will leave Monday
for the west.
Mr. Wilson will spend a week at his
home in Tama, la., after concluding
some departmental work in Wyoming
and Utah. He will confer at Rawlins.
Wyo.. with the sheep raisers of that
country- He is anxious to ascertain
whether there are lands included in
the forest reserves which are valuable
for agricultural purposes.
If there are such lands in the re
serves he will recommend to the sec
retary of the interior that they be
listed for settlement and entry. Later
Secretary Wilson will go to Ogden.
Utah, where he will take up the same
question. Since June. 190C. there have
been 250,000 acres of farm lands In
the forest reserves turned over to
Secretary Nagel of the Department
of Commerce and Labor will leave
Monday night for his summer home
at Marion, Mass.. to spend ten days.
He will then return to Washington for
a few days on business connected with
his department. He will then return
to Marion again and will visit his
home in St Louis before returning to
take up the winter's work here.
CAR MEN WILL NOT STRIKE.
Indications That All Differences Will
Be Settled by Agreement
Chicago According to present
signs there will be no strike of the
street car employes of Chicago and
an amicable settlement is likely to be
reached. It is said an offer of a
wage increase will be made by Presi
dent Thomas E. Mitten of the Chi
cago Street Railway company in the
negotiations which will be resumed
John M. Roach, president of the
Chicago Railroads company, has had
his auditors at work figuring out a
method of advancing .wages and it is
expected that his first offer to a com
mittee of his employes will be on the
same general basis as that proposed
by Mr. Mitten.
Don Jaime To Take Wife.
Paris A special dispatch received
here from Madrid says that Don
Jaime, the pretender to the Spanish
throne, shortly will marry a princess
of the imperial German family. Em
peror William has consented to the
To Discties Silver.
Denver. Col. The official call for
the twelfth annual session of the
American Mining congress, to be held
at Goldfield, Nev., September 17 to
October 4. has been issued from the
office of the secretary here. The sil
ver question will be discussed with
a view of increasing the use of sil
ver and of securing such an adjust
ment of its value as will decrease the
rate of exchange between the United
States and countries with a silver,
The Extra Session.
Washington The extra session of
congress, which has just closed, is by
no means the longest on record. Dur
ing the last, fifty yearsr-.congress has
been convened in extraordinary ses
,skra a great many times. The first
session of the Fortieth congress war
convened at noon on the 4th day of
March, 1867, and did not adjourn,
sine die, i until the date fixed for the
meeting of the second session, Decem
ber 2 following, but there were re
cesses from March 30 until July 1
and from July 20 to November 1.
One Veteran Kills Another.
Dayton. O. Captain Oscar Eas-
mond of barracks No. 6. general
branch, National Soldiers Home, was
shot and killed Sunday by Edward
Leonard, another veteran, who later
shot and wounded two other men.
Large Missionary Offering.
Old Orchard. Me. Nearly $50,000
for missionary work was raised by
the Rev. A. B. Simpson of New York
within three-quarters of an hour at
the annual offering of the Christian
i Missionary alliance here SunJay.
NEBRASKA' NEWS AND NOTES.
Items ef Interest Taken From Hert
and There Over the-State.
Hastings Chautauqua opened witb
an attendance of 5,000.
Grand Island Is busy with work of
paving the streets.
A special election was held in Val
ley on the proposition to issue $17,00C
in 5 per cent twenty-year bonds tc
construct a water plant The issue
was approved by a, vote of 115 to 22.
Edgar Stanley, one of the best
known young men in Lancaster coun
ty, killed himself near Lincoln. He
left a note saying he did not care tc
Omaha 'is to be equipped with a
wireless telegraph and telephone sta
tion available for all .commercial uses
The j new plant wil be in operation
about January 1.
Carl Bek has Just purchased thirty
acres of land from Philip Spohn. par
lng $10,000 for it. The land is the
highest in price that has been, sold
for a long time.
Mrs.-Jennie Beck ofCIatonia, Gage
county, filed a complaint against hei
husband, Joseph "Beck, charging him'
with wife desertion. Sheriff Trade
has gone to Pierre, S. D., to bring him
Mrs. Elizabeth Harpster, an old res
ident of Liberty, Gage county, com
mitted suicide at the home of her
daughter at that place by hanging
herself. Ill health is assigned as the
County School Superintendent Vogl
tance has completed a report which.
among other things,-shows the school
population of Colfax county to be
4.046 for 1909. This is a little less
than last year.
The immense wheat crop in Cass
ounty Js being threshed and marketed.
The farmers are taking advantage of
the high prices and turning the crops
Into cash at once. The promise of a
big corn crop is flattering.
Rev. John Wilt of the Avenue Meth
odist Episcopal church of Auburn, has
undertaken the task of securing a par
don for J. P. Cohoe. who was sent to
the penitentiary from Nemaha county
for appropriating money he found, but
which he knew belonged to the estate
of Josph Ulbricht. Mr. Cohoe is in
Horace Hunter, living near Harvard,
died from the effects of an injury re
ceived while raking scatterings in the
wheat field. In fighting flies his
horses got over the tongue, breaking
it. then running away and throwing
Mr. Hunter several feet, dislocating
his shoulder and causing internal in
juries The heat last Thursday, says a Ne
braska City dispatch, was the most in
tense that has been felt in this section
during the season. It was so hot that
in places farmers lost their stock. One
man on the east side of the river lost
fourteen head in one pasture, despite
the fact that he had plenty of water
A young man named Henry Damon
has been arrested at West Point on a
charge of forging and uttering a num
ler of checks upon local merchants.
The checks were drawn upon the Frst
National bank of Beemer and were for
sums ranging from $5 to $7. The
names of August Gardels and Ed Gal
lagher, well known farmers, were
signed to the checks.
Attorneys for the railroads will ask
the state railway commission to post
pone either the date for taking testi
mony in the 2-cent fare case or the
class- rate"-schedules. Both of the
hearings are set for the latter part of
August and the first of September and
the railroad attorneys want one de
layed until the other is out of the
John Dawson, a special attorney for
the Kansas railway commission, called
on Attorney General Thompson to ask
' him about the 2-cent fare litigation in
which Nebraska and the various rail
roads are interested. Kansas. Mr.
Dawson said, was holding back wait
ing for a decision in the Nebraska
case though he was not sure that the
decision in this state would be ac
cepted by Kansas.
A second vein of coal, measuring
seven feet thick, was struck by the
drillers of the Bloomfield Gas ft Oil
company. After leaving the first vein,
which was six feet thick, the drill
passed through about five feet of rock
then striking the second stratum of
coal. After leaving this stratum the
drill passed through eight feet of rock
and dry clay, when the third vein of
coal was struck.
Word has been received at Beatrice
that Frank T. Wagner, a former Beat
rice resident, was sentenced at Madi
son, Wis., to three years in the peni
tentiary for giving perjured testimony
before the senatorial investigation
committee. Before leaving Beatrice
,AVagner took anactive part in politics,
being strongly' identified with the
Farmers' Alliance and populist move
ments. Everett Buckingham and C. C. Rose
water of Omaha returned from Chi
cago where they went in the Interest
of the National Corn exposition, tak
ing up the matter of railroad co-operation.
The response has been all that
could be asked and the different roads
centering at Omaha, as well as con
necting lines, are willing and anxious
to help in the corn exposition enter
prise. Michael Kaus, who has been incar
cerated in 'the county jail at Madison
for the last thirty days for wife beat
ing, was liberated "by County Judge
Bates. Kaus was vigorously lectured
by the judge and given to understand
that henceforth he must behave him
self. At present there are three men in
the county jail of Otoe county charged
with being insane and one woman
outside, who has been convicted a
subject for the asylum and the official?
have received notice that .the state
asylum is full and they cannot take
any more patients.
Alfonso gets a salary for sticking to
the king business of over $1.000,000.:
But when one considers the risks ol
the job perhaps he earns every penn
of It -
American women distinguished
themselves by coolness and bravery
In the mutiny of constabulary at
Davao In the Philippines. The ladies
were fearless during the fight with
the mutineers and did everything pos
sible to assist In the defense. The
American woman is always equal te
It COMPANY IS SUED
FIGHT BEGUN TO ENFORCE ANTI
BEBIM BY ATTORNEY GENERAL
Act Applies to Foreign Corporations
Doing Business in State, and
None Have Complied.
Attorney General Thompson filed
Buit in the county court of Lancaster
county against the American Surety
company for failure to comply with
the Junkln antj-trtist law, enacted by
the legislature" of 1905.
The specific complaint is that the
company has failed to file an annual
report with the attorney general as
provided by law, and it has also failed
to file an undertaking with the attor
ney general, saying that it will com
ply.wlth -.the .provisions, of- the Junkin
act and all other laws governing such
The penalty for failure to comply
with the law is a fine of $5,000. or ln
prisonment for one year or both.
The law applies to all foreign cor
porations except common carriers.
Not one corporation has ever filed the
reports and all are subject to the
same prosecution as that which has
just been' started.
Attorney general Thompson has
contemplated this action for some
time, but the matter was precipitated
by the action of the American Surety
company in seeking an injunction
against the state bonding board and
the rates it proposes surety compa
nies may charge.
Fight on State Freight Law.
The railroads of Nebraska In their
fight on the Aldrlch freight rate law
and the 2-cent fare law will stand on
the valuation of their property as
fixed by the state board of assessment.
This statement was made by W. D.
Mcllugh, one of the railroad lawyers,
at a conference between the attorneys
for the corporations and the railway
commission. The lawyers asked for
a delay in the hearing on the proposed
classification of freight rates, as the
hearing on the 2-cent rate bill and the
Aldrich bill comes up shortly in the
The railroads, will insist that the
rates in effect prior to 1907. when the
reductions were made, were then non
compensatory and evidence will be in
troduced to prove this statement, said
the railroad attorneys. The evidence
introduced will be the valuation of
railroad property by the state board.
The railway commission has not yet
decided whether it will grant the de
lay to the railroads.
County Exhibit at State Fair.
About $4,000 -is offered in premiums
at the coming Nebraska State fair.
September 6 to 10, for agricultural
products. These are usually shown
in county collective exhibits and are
valuable advertisements for a county.
In many of the live, progressive coun
ties the commissioners or board of
supervisors makes an appropriation
for an exhibit representing that coun
ty at the state fair, and the result is
that the county doing this is the one
which attracts the attention of the
prospective settler to a much larger
degree than those which do not be
lieve in advertising. Among the coun
ties that have already made entries
Counties and in Charge Of
Richardson Arnold Bros.. Verdon.
Washington J. H. Ballard. Blair.
Red Willow Stephen Bolles. Box
Nemaha O. P. Dovel. Auburn.
Frontier Loyal M. Graham, Stock
ville. Dundy W. E. Godell. Haigler.
Lancaster S. R. Hall. Havelock.
Howard Z. T. Leftwicb, St. Paul.
Wheeler C. J. Lawless, Erickson.
Pawnee Arnold Martin. Dubois.
York A. J. Martin. York.
Keya Paha J. W. McLaren, Spring
view. Brown C. W. Potter, Ainswortb.
Webster L. C. Peisiger. Blue Hill.
Furnas J. W. Turner, Beaver City.
Kearney E. B. Trough. Minden.
Soline John August. Dorchester.
Occupation Tax Held Up.
Secretary of State Junkin is holding
$1,480 paid as occupation under pro
test by a number of corporations, who
Insist that the new law is unconstitu
tional. '' Mr. Junkin is holding the
money merely as an accomodation, as
there Is no law by which the money
can be held up, but he has notified
the companies he will hold it only a
bort time, pending an attack on the
Boiler Bids Rejected.
The Board of Public Land and
Buildings rejected all bids on the Doll
ar for the Lincoln asylum and the
generator and motor for the Norfolk
Omaha Road Pays Tax.
The secretary of state received a
check for $200 from the Chicago. St
Paul. Minneapolis &. Omaha' railroad
in payment of the occupation tax pro
rided for by the law enacted by the
recent legislature. The money wa?
paid under protest, the company writ
ing that if understood the law was to
be attacked and that it believed it
was unconstitutional. Out of a total
of something over 7,000 letters sent,
out to corporations, over 3.000 have
been returned, the corporations hav
ing gone out of business
The Governor's Trip Northwest
Governor Shallenberger's journey
into the northwest has been arranged
For fourteeen days the governor and
his staff and the wives of his col
onels will be entertained by the peo
ple of the west No special train will
be used, though special cars will be
attached to the regular trains. These
cars will be parked at every stopping
place save Seattle, where the party
will make its headquarters for five
days. Side trips will be made into
British territory. The governor leaves
Lincoln' August 11. .
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Daylight Plan Is Not Popular
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ASHINGTON. Washington busi
ness -men do not ..want- to .save
daylight The proposition to have the
hands of the clock in the summer time
indicate that it is nine o'clock when in
reality it is only eight o'clock does
not meet with favor in their eyes.
The national capital has been strug
gling along under standard sun time
in the summer time for a good many
years, in the opinion of its conserva
tive business leaders. They have de
cided 'thatthe tdty can continue to do
the same in the future.
Members of the two trade bodies
the board of trade and the chamber
of commerce have decided that they
can save trouble by not saving day
light by fooling with the hands of the
city's clocks May 1 and October 1.
They have so notified Commissioner
When the president of the board
of district commissioners received a
suggestion from the National Daylight
Association of Cincinnati that the
hands of the clock in Washington be
turned forward an hour May 1 and
turned back an hour October 1, as will
be done in Cincinnati next summer, he
Parks to Line the Potomac River
N LINE with the general movement
advocated by the American Civic as
sociation, plans are pending in con
gress for a thorough improvement of
the river front of the nation's capital.
These provide for a park system
along the picturesque Potomac and
the beautification. of both sides that
will be a credit not only to Washing
ton but to the nation.
In the opinion of Engineer Commis
sioner Major W. V. Judson, U. S. A.,
Washington's river front "would be a
disgrace to a small town," and, re
marking recently on the present con
dition of the Potomac's banks, the
commissioner added that "altogether,
the spectacle on the river is one
which, to a person acquainted with
the trim and often elegant quays of
the capitals of Europe, can not fail
to arouse some measure of surprise."
By the terms of a recent decision
of the federal supreme court, the na
tional government has entire control
Chum of Alice Longworth Going on Stage
THE Countess Marguerite Cassini,
once the chum of Alice Roosevelt
and long an object of great interest
and attraction in Washington, has
been having all sorts of trouble in
The stiff-necked Spanish court, to
which Count Cassini was accredited
as minister, failed to pay her proper
honors as the chief lady of the lega
tion. At the same time the czarina
of Russia treated her with marked
In consequence of these slights the
countess has definitely announced her
intention of going on the stage, and
her a adopted father, Count" Cassini.
has given up the legation at Madrid
Little Encouragement for the Inventors
THE United States is not likely to
make great progress in aerial
navigation during -the next fiscal year
as a result of any encouragement- of
fered inventors by congress.
The spirit of economy in govern
mental affairs is now so pronounced
as to discourage even the asking of
funds by the war department for the
purchase of any class of air ships.
Gen. Allen, chief signal officer, advo
cated last year an appropriation of
$500,000 for experimental work, and
he succeeded in not only having thar
estimate sent to congress by the war
department, but in having it favorably
acted upon by the committee of th
whole house, only to meet defeat be
fore the appropriation bill was passed
by the house itself.
This year there is such close par
ing of all estimates that it is not likely
that any money will even be asked for
The board of ordnance of the army
now has $45,000 for air ship experi
ments, $25,000 to be paid to the
Wright brothers if they succeed in
making a flight of ten miles at the
rate of 36 miles an hour carrying one
person besides the operator, and $20,-
referred the question to the two com
mercial organizations for expression
of opinion as to whether a municipal
regulation along that line should be
adopted for the District of Columbia.
Since the boom first landed in the
national capital through the aid of the
Cincinnati organization, it has been a
continuous candidate for a home for
the friendless. It has discovered that
so far as it is concerned the business
men of Washington jtte frigid and dis
tant. Not a letter, not even a postal
card has been written to district of
ficials In its behalf.
Commissioner Macfarland has deter
mined to reply to the National Day
lisht Association of Cincinnati that he
does not consider it advisable to sug
gest as the association desired the
adoption of a law here, Bimilar to the
Cincinnati ordinance, for "more day
light" He will state that the expres
sion of public opinion made in re
sponse to bis request is not favorable
to such action. t
Pointing out that the board of trade
and the chamber of commerce are
representative of the public opinion of
the District of Columbia, Commission
er Macfarland will tell the National '
Daylight association that he has been
notified by the presidents of the two
trade bodies that their executive com
mittees, after careful consideration of
the matter, have reached the conclu
sion that it would be inadvisable to
advocate the adoption of any Iegisla-
I tion providing for a
' time cf the District of
change in the
of the city's lands bordering the river.
Establishment of Potomac park was
the beginning of improvement, and it
congress shall approve of the late:
plans, it wiil not be long before the
river front of Washington will be n
source of pride.
Commissioner Judson's plans in
elude the building of stone or concrete
docks in place of the wooden struc
tures and shanties that now mark the
busiest part of town. It is proposed
in time to have a splendid driveway
and promenade, a scheme which, it is
believed, will lead to the extension ;f
the city to the other' side of the Po
tomac. There is to be built a recrea
tion pier where the fish wharves now
Potomac park itself was established
upon the fiats, the elevation being
made with the mud and clay dredged
from the river when the channel was
deepened. This park is only the be
ginning, and similar recreation places
will be established along the rh-er
front now available for commercial
purposes. Along the upper Potomac,
too, it is proposed to make parks.
In the extensive river park system
contemplated provision will be made
for the benefit of Georgetown and
East Washington will have great
driveways and promenades. Here the
shores of the eastern branch of the
river are low-lying flats.
and will probably retire from the dip
The countess has chosen for her
debut the role in which Mary Garden
made her first appearance that of
Louise. She has been studying sing
ing with Jean de Rcszke in Paris. She
is still as handsome as she was i;j
other days, when she wore wonder
fully fancy dress costumes at the so
cial affairs in the nation's capital.
The latest slight that caused the
countpss to abandon diplomatic and
official life came from the czarina of
Russia. Her majesty declined to ap
point the countess one of her maids
of honor, a post which it has been cus
tomary to give to the daughters of am
bassadors and very high officials.
Count Cassini pressed as urgently as
possible for the customary honor, but
the empress said "No."
This refusal was made particular"?
cutting because the daughter of Ba
ron Rosen, who succeeded Count Cas
sinl as ambassador at Washington
was recently appointed maid of bonor
to the czarina.
000 to A. M. Herring, If he meets prae "
tically similar requirements.
This will be the end of experimental
work unless some interest "In aerial
navigation is shown by congress lc
the form of a liberal appropriation.
Deadly Gas from Oil Well.
The noxious gases which are beinit
constantly emitted from an oil well
at Dos Bocas, Vera Cruz, Mexico, have
already resulted in the loss of lift
andthe destruction of much property
The fumes thrown off by' the- well
which was on fire for two months, art
so strong that all metals in Tampico
65 miles distant are turning black,
and all ships traversing the coast be
tween Vera Cruz and Tampico show
the effects of the poisonous gases b
the discoloration of metals and whltt
paint work, especially should they en
counter land breezes whilst near this
locality. It has been authoritative!
reported that two laborers with ten
mules encountered a current of th
deadly fumes at some distance from
the well'and died almost immediately.
Buzzards, parrots and other, species
of birds have been destroyed in great
numbers, and many people find thai
the action of the poison in the ait
affects their sight.
"The old man told me if I wanted
to marry his daughter I would have to
go to work."
"Well, did you work?"
"You bet I did. I worked him."
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