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HEN you take in the city of Wash
ington what the unregenerate call
a "rubber-neck wagon" jour course
is bound to lead by the Cosmos
club. Until the Metropolitan club
built its new quarters, its build
ing was situated near that which
houses the Cosmos members. It
was the great delight of the in
formation giver on the sightsee
ing automobile to declare to the
passengers that the Metropolitan
club, "which you see on your right,
is the home of the nobs, and
the Cosmos club, which you see on
lyour left, is the homo of the cranks."
I Presumably scientists have become accus
Jtomed lo being dubbed cranks by the unthinking,
lit has been a long, hard struggle at times for
ieome scientists to get recognition from the world.
H"bo Cosmos club has a membership which in-
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rludes some of the greatest scientists of the
United States, and. in its non-resident member
ship, some of the greatest scientists of the world.
There are botanists, astronomers, ornitholo
Kisti;. and. in fact, scientists of all kinds and de
Kcriplions, lo be found nightly in the great.
Hweeping parlors of the club's quarters. There is
.list as much hospitality and Jollity In the club
.is are to be found in the rooms of any social
organization in the world and learning besides
ere, also. In order to be a member of the Cos
mos club you must have something besides
money and social standing. It is probable that
thero aro many members of other organizations
'in Washington, who would be willing to throw
their memberships Into the deep sea. if the act
'would buy for them admittance into the club
or theso scientists.
The headquarters of the Cosmos club are in
toe old "Dolly Madison" residence. It was there
that Iho widow of President Madison lived and
J4ie!d social -away for years after the death of her f
.husband. During the Civil war, for a time, Admi
ral Wilkes lived in the Madison house. It was
' Wilkes who took Mason and Slidell from the Brit
ten steamer "Trent" and thereby nearly brought
on war between the United States and Great
Britain at a time when such a war might have
insui ed ultimate victory to the Confederate arms.
Tho biological survey of the United States
government has lost the services of Dr. C. Hart
.Merrlam, who for years was the survey's chief,
and who in the early days worked so hard to
makn theservire what he succeeded in making it,
one of tho most useful departments of govern
ment Dr. Merriam has accepted the direction of
tho Harriman Foundation for Zoological Re
noarch. Mrs. Harriman. the widow of E. H. Har
;riman, tho great financier and railroad man, has
j carried out the wishes of her husband, and has
iBt. aside a large sum or monej to be used for
'.purposes of zoological study. Acting unquestion
ably in line with her husband's wishes, Mrs. Har
jriman requested Dr. Merriam to take charge of
It Ik probable that the former chief of tho bio
logical survey is the foremost authority In the
United States in matters pertaining to certain
lines of natural history work. It was Dr. Mer
riam. mere than any other man. to whom Theo
dore Roosevelt went for advice about the scope
of his expected work in Africa. The doctor and
the colonel have been friends since boyhood;
when In New York stale both were pursuing bird
Htudies and exchanging letters on general sub
jects of natural history.
These words about Dr. Merriam and the Har
'rlman Zoological Foundation lead one to tell a
Btory about the late financier, which perhaps
will throw some light on a side of his life con
cerning which most people probably know little.
Om year ago List winter I went south from
Washington, bound for Augusta. Ga.. with a
friend. E. H. Harriman's private car was at
tached lo tho train at one of the stations on the
way. It happened that my friend was a close per
gonal acquaintance of Mr. Harriman. and he was
invited to dine with the financier on his private
car. and was told to bring his friend with him,
'provided the friend would like to come.
There wore several men of large affairs at
that Utile dinner party, one of the guests being
the president of one of the greatest railroad
Hystcms in the world. The conversation, natu
rally, was about big afTairs of the financial world.
" iMHicernlug which 1 knew very little, and I am
fico to confess, carod much less. After hearing
n good deal about certain things concerning
which the discussion was more or less unintelli
gible to me, I ventured to break into the conver
sation and to tell Mr. Harriman that I hail such
, ot tho journals of the "Harriman Alaska Expedi
i lion" as already had been published, and more
over, that I had read them.
For the next two hours I had ample evidence
lhat E. H. Harriman cared for something besides
railroads. Ten or twelve years before he had
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taken a company of naturalist!: to Alaska wtiu
him as his guests. He had had a delightful time
with the scientists and they bad profited much
in a knowledge way by the trip to comparatively
new fields. I found that Mr. Harriman was keen
ly interested In birds, trees, shells, Howers.
stones and mammals, and that he knew and ap
predated nature in all its forms. That was til?
only time I ever saw E. H. Harriman, but from
what he said during the two hours and u halt
spent In his car that winter night I was not at
all surprised when I found out that he hail pro
vided a fund for zoological research.
Across Lafayette square, due west from the
Cosmos club, is the acant Decatur mansion.
This house was built by Commodore Stephen De
catur In the year ISIS, and it was from Its por
tals that he went forth one year later to meet his
death at the hand of James Barron, also a naval
officer, who bad challenged Decatur to a duel. It
Is American history and the circumstances are
known to all, but It might be said that it was
Barron who was in command of the United
States ship Chesapeake at the time it was over
hauled by the British ship Leopard and searched
for alleged deserters from the British navy.
Books have been written about Itfayettj
square, but the stories that are told about th
men whose statues are in the square, and about
the men who lived In the houses surrounding it.
are endless, and not ail of them, perhaps, have
found their way Into print. The statue or Lafay
ette was erected at one corner of the square not
long after the statue of Andrew Jackson had
been put in place in the center of the square,
provided a square can be said to have a center.
Lafayette visited America in 18.".. and even to
day one hears occasionally of some living persou
who remembers his visit
Not long ago there died in Chicago, at hor
home on Elm street, the aged Mrs. Davidson
She was born in Charleston. S. C. Her maiden
name was Ancrum; she was a granddaughter or
Col. William Washington, a first cousin of George
Washington. It was William Washington who
at the battle of the Cowpens fought a hand-to-hand
fight with Colonel Tarleton of the British
forces. Colonel Washington succeeded in cutting
ofi the thumb of Tarleton's sword hand, and
then there was Interference which separated the
Lafayette was a strong personal friend of Wil
liam Washington, and when he visited Charleston
in the jear 1825 he was a guest at the Ancrum
residence, Mrs. Ancrum, th mother of Mrs. Da
vidson, being a daughter of Colonel Washington.
Mrs. Davidson, then a child six or eight years
old. remembered the visit perfectly and kept
until she died a present t. hlch Lafayette had
given to her, the grandchild of his old friend and
comrade in arms.
There is no statue of Washington In Iafayette
square, though one day there may be. for it is
said to be possible that Andrew Jackson may be
put elsewhere and George Washington may take
Ids place. The nearest physical approach, so to
speak, that one gets to the first president, in La
fayette square, is In the White Hous". which
fronts it. It may not be generally known that tho
While House was completed before Washington
died. It was only a few days before his death,
as Washington tradition has It. that George and
Martha Washington walked through the recently
completed White House, to give their approval
or disapproval, as It may be. of the arrangement
of the rooms. It is possible that that visit to
the capital was the last one which the Father
of his Country made, fcr it was only a short time
afterward that he died at his country seat. Mount
Reference to Mount Vernon brings to mind
the fact that there Is living in Washington today
an aged mun named John Lane, who is the only
living person who ever saw George Washington.
Now, inasmuch as the Father of his country died
111 years ago, this may seem to ! something
j.rotty clise to a false statement on its face, but
il is the truth nevertheless.
When John Jjine was a small boy the driver
of a stage that ran between Washington and
Mount Vernon asked the lad if he wanted a ride,
and the nnswei was a hasty climbing up to the
seat of honor by the driver. The boy made the
trip all the way to Mount Vernon and arrived
there just as they were removing he body of
Washington from the old tomb to the new one.
In order to make certain that the remains had
not been tampered with b ghouls who not long
before had broken into the old tomb, the coffin
was opened and John Lace, aged ten, w lifted
up to look on the face ot the Father of h. . Coun
try. Mr. Lane today is the only per.-jn who
survives of the little company which was present
at the transfer of the body.
FOLLY OF NURSING GRUDGE
A bad memory is often the adjunct
of magnanimity. Personal injuries
fade out of the normal mind even
when they are not forgiven, but where
wo get a good memory and a bad
heart they rankle forever. The act
of remembering is, except in rare in
stances, and among abnormally sen
sitive people, who often strive to for
get, pleasurable. There are few recol
lections which any of us would con
sent to lose if we were consulted;
but the pleasure to be gained from the
going over of grudges, while it is
undeniable, is fearfully unwholesome,
is liable, in fact, to undermine the
moral health altogether. To this form
of intemperance the man with an ev
ceptionally long memory Is most
prone. "How badly I was treated'
he says to himself. The truth is, I
am too good-natured, too scrupulous.
too highly strung. In this rough
world every man should look out for
himself" and he proceeds to teach
some one else the same unfortunate
lesson. The constant renewal of his
sense of injury has made him think
better of himself and act worse by his
neighbor than he would ever have
done had he been more forgetful.
From any expression of determined
revenge all decent people now shrink.
It is a passion with which persons
above a certain level of cultivation
hardly count Hard work, mora es
pecially mental work, destroys the
worst forms of rancor. A continual
rush of fresh thoughts tends to flush
the memory and to wash out personal
spite. San Francisco Bulletin.
Stubbs What's Jenks making
that fuss about?
Penn His wife gave him a roll-top
desk for a birthday present and ha
says It reminds him of her.
Stubb In what way?
Pens It wont shvt up.
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Hints For Hostess
for Those Planning Seasonable
An Amusing Contest.
After a card game, while the hostess
was busy preparing to serve her re
freshments, the following Interesting
contest took place. Before leaving
the room the hostess passed little six
.eared booklets, the front of which
was a representation of a slate bought
at the doll's department. The first
page had this word "Alphabet" with
What letter is a VegetableT-P.
What letter la a CIue?-Q.
What letter Is a Btrd?-J.
What letter Is a Beverage? T.
bat letter Is a direction to Oxen?-G.
vv hat letter Is a part of a house? I
Tha second page said "Geography"
What State Is a Father?-Pa.
wtiat State is a Number? Tcnn.
What State is the most EBOtistlcal?-Me.
vv hat State Is a Church Service? Mass
What State do Tramps shun? Waslu
The third page had "Arithmetic"
, Questions. Answers.
pOO plus a Iarpe boat divided without
1000 phis held divided by an unmarried
, u;'"an? M-aid.
W plus uncooked divided to pull?..D-raw.
l( plus competent divided ly a heavy
Questions. . Answers.
Of the human body what are two estab
lished measures? Keet and Hands.
What are two musical instruments?
What are two dedicated buildings?
What are two graceful trees? Palms.
What are 'two small articles used by
What are two instruments of torture?
Fifth Page Literature.
What author is:
A river in Italy? Po.
A native of tho British Isles? Scott.
A dark mineral, and a low- line of hills?
An Kniclish hedgi- row? Hawthorne.
A domestic anitn.U and noise ot another?
A very tall man? T.omrfellow.
Not high and part of a house? Towell.
Of course the prizes were awarded
to the best scholars in "Readin," "Ui
tin" and Rithmetic." Then the
hostess announced recess and the re
freshments were forthcoming.
A Book Auction.
A crowd of young people known as
the Recreation club had this for their
entertainment at one of their last
meetings: Over tho living room door
the word "Auction" was made In per
fectly huge letters and below It was
a red flag and the sign of three gold
There were pracardx around the
walls saying "Please do not put your
feet on the seats." "No Smoking."
etc. Then the guests were given
wee purses containing fake money.
The books were neatly wrapped in
manilla i-aper, tied with cord and de
posited in a pile beside the auction
eer's platform. The gents were nil
seated In a semi-circle and the bidding
began. No packages could be opened
until all the hooks were sold. A
clerk seated beside the auctioneer
wrote dowB the name of the book and
the name of the purchaser as the
sales were made. After the auction
closed the narcels were all placed in
'the middle of the room and a chair
for the purchaser who paid for her
books as the name was called off:
each one undid the package and held
up the contents so that all could seo
what had been purchased. The fol
lowing list show the titles of some of
the books and the articles represent
ing them. Any one may add indefi
nitely according to the size of her
"The Foreigner" a little Japanese
"Pfck-Wick Papers" A toothpick, a
lamp wick, and some paper, wrapped
up in a shoe box.
"Along the line" two clothes pins.
In a candy box.
"When Knighthood Was In Flow
er" a r.ightcap. wrapped in a flow
ered paper napkin.
"A Pleasant Reflection" small
looking glass in a pill box.
The war the refreshments were
served caused much merriment. There
was a paper bag for each one which
contained two sandwiches, a cookey.
a sugared doughnut done up in waxed
paper, and a banana, coffee was passed
on a tray In tin cups.
. A Good Luck Party.
A mother of three gave this pretty
party: The invitations were on green
cardboard, cut in shape of four
leaved clovers of cardboard, hidden In
the downstairs rooms, for which the
little guests hunted merrily. The
prizes were clover candy boxes filled
with peppermints. Ico rceam and
cakes were in form of clovers. Kin
dergarten games were played to music
and all had a "perfectly splendid
Black and white veilings are chiefly
Long gloves are leaping into a new
Solid greens are promised a decided
Coiffures are going back to the
Sleeves show more fullness at the
top and less length.
The scarf of fashion Is usually of
the color of the hat.
Colors generally are less vivid, and
black Is to be much worn.
Hair ribbons for girls are narrower,
and the hows are less conspicuous.
Everything that is not black or som
ber now seems to be striped.
Tunics are quite long and are edged
with heavy fringe of silk or beads.
THKflE could be no more dainty and
attractive gift for the girl who
loves pretty things than this little
embroidered apron. It would be espe
cially useful for "a shower gift" for
tin bride-to-be, who would surely count
it one of the treasures of her lavencr
scented linen chest. To fashion this
effective trifle about one and one-half
vards of finest lawn i required. This
will make the apron and allow for the
pocket and bib. which are both made
in the shape of enormous blossom".
Sis yards of Valenciennes lace will
make the dainty frilling, which should
be carefully whipped to the button-
Many qirls think they are demean
ing themselves If they are approach
able. They cultivate an icy manner
as a hallmark of respectability.
Don't be afraid of being pleasant.
I: cannot hurt yon. and will be good
as a tonic for all you meet. What
though you do think yourself superior
to most of your acquaintances. Is it
good taste to placard jour belief by a
There is nothing like affability to
conceal one's family fkeletons. A
haughty maimer is a direct bid for tbe
rest of the world to rake up ancestrai
secrets that yon thought buried under
a mound of gold.
The secret of many a homely girl's
success is an affable manner that
makes everyone she meets feel wel
come. Be affable. If you are not pleasant
because It comes natural, be so be
cause it is tho only manner that is
The shyest person can cultivate af
fahtlitv. She will be surprised to find
that the effect not only helps her own
holed edges ot the apron.
For the strings three yards of ribbon
is required. This should match or
harmonize with thi color scheme ol
the design. The result when finished
will be most satisfactory. Shown here
are some suggestions in desgin, wbicr.
may be enlarged by the maid who Is
clever with her pencil. If she prefers
the may originate one of her own
only using these as a guide. The giri
who emLroiders (but cannot draw)
must go to a good art needle work
store. She there will find many prett?
designs, which may be readily adapted
for the purpose.
shyness, but is a regular magnet as a
If you want to be affable take ar
interest in everyone you meet.
Fichu cfTects that aro tucked intc
high belts are one of the favorite boJ
ice draperies. Quite often one sees
three deep folds cross the shoulders
and either end in the wide back panel
just above the waist line or, as in this
case, under the princess and very
slender waist line of the wearer and
is finished at this point with a wide
folded girdle of black satin.
Such a girdle, however, outlining
one of the most trying points of a bad
figure, is only possible for a very small
"Women may be weakly." boasted
the landlady, "but there is certainly
no weakness in my poultry raising."
"I should say not," commented thm
stellar boarder, as he picked a sta
tion of leatherized chicken wing, "jvm
are there with the bone and sIpaw-'
OONT NEQECT YOUR KIDNEY
Little kidney troubles gniaally
grow more serious and pave the way
to dropsy, diabetes and fatal Brigkt's
disease. Begin asteg Doaa's Kidney
PUls at the f rst sign
of trouble. Tfcey cure
all kidney Ills.
Mrs. L. E. Wilcox.
27 W. Cherokee St.
says: "I was seized
with aa awful at
tack of kidney trou
ble which came on me In an Instant. My
back ached Intensely and I lost all
lower of control oyer the kidney se
cretions. My health became greatly
run down and nothing helped. Doan's
Kidney Pills cured me and I hare been
well ever since."
. Remember the aaaie Doaa's.
For sale by all dealers. 59 cents a
box. Foster-MUbura Co., Buffalo, N. T.
The wise know better than to try to
live on the spice of life alone.
Dr. Plrrrol Pellet, a
take as candy, rrgulatn sad lavl
Uicraaa Duweiiaaa com cosau,
n. mm iwwi. easy
Submarines' Toll of Lives.
In the last five years about fifty
lives have been lost in France la sub
marine boat disasters.
Important to Mothers
Examine carefully every bottle of
CASTORIA, a safe and sure remedy for
Infants and children, and see that it
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In Use For Over SO Tears.
The Kind You Have Always Bought
Just suppose the man who finally
obeys the latest demand of fashion
and goes on his knees to propose,
finds he has had a moving picture
machine making material of him for a
new comic film!
Different Sort of Hair.
"Deceiver!" sho hissed. "I hate
"Hate me!" he gasped. "Why. It
was only yesterday you said you loved
every hair on my head."
"Yes, but not every hair on your
shoulder!" she retorted, as she heW
up a bit of golden evidence. Stray
In a Hurry.
It was Anna's first visit at the sea
side. She was only a little girl, and
very enthusiastic over the long-looked-for
opportunity to go Into the water.
They came too late the previous
day for a dip in the surf, so Anna was
up early, and as she put on her bath
ing suit while tho rest were at break,
fast some one questioned her as te
"Well, you see," replied the thought
ful child, "I want to hurry and go in
before so many people get In and get
the water cold."
Tuberculosis In the West Indies,
Associations for the Prevention of
Tuberculosis have been formed In
Cuba, Porto- Rico and Trinidad. In
Cuba there are over 40.W0 deaths front
tuberculosis every year, and the death
rate from this disease Is nearly three
times as high in the United States.
In Porto Rico there are over 6,000
deaths every year out of 1.000,000 In
habitants. In 'irinidad, the death rate
from tuberculosis in Port-aa-Spaln. the
only place where figures are available,
was 4.75 In 1909. nearly three tisses
the rate In New Tork dty. Condi
tions in the other Islands of the West
Indies, whero no active campaign
against tuberculosis has been under
taken is even worse. The chief rea
son for this high mortality Is found
In the unsanitary, dark, and poorly
ventilated houses of the natives ef the
HARD LUCK, INDEED.
"Yep. Bill fell inter a beer vat an'
nearly drownded; but dat ain't de
wurst of it Sey pumped him out
when dey rescued him!"
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