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CITY AND DISTRICT. TJ5L 711:1 IIAMC.V LAW. Uhat liuilifinr ln*p?*rtor Enlwiale Tiiiuk* of IU it- kffr.cr rrox bcii.imxo?he rewards the j.aw as vnwi.sk am) ixji rjol s?how ll? thinks n cvme to be passed?the interests UK T11K ? ATE RIAL MEN. Ac. Ho far as your observation lias extended v . it has lieen the practical effects of the new ?echani< s* lien law on the building business fit* passage?" inquired a Star man of Building lrspecter Entwisle to-day. i hav>; not had time," said the building 1 -pector. '"to jTf much attention to it. and I ti<>r thiak sufficient time ha.-> elapsed since f e la v went into effect to show much results, j Ir wili n<>t be Ions before the law will be hoard from if it i? oppressive to any class of citizens." \ -What do vmi think of it as a law, and how will it probably atlVct the builuing business?" 1 Continued The >r\k. 'iii my mind." answered Mr. Entwisle. "the ] i--.;.'t>irf tlit) act was very unwise legislation. . and will nataralh retard the building of houses j and other Improvements in this l>istnct. There | seems to be a disinclination on the part of men who are in th?* habit of loaning money on build- ' inirs in process et erection to make such ad- ! vance- ?>u account of the Insecurity under the new law. This is what I predicted when 1 first 1 paw tin- law, ju-t before the passage of the act. ; ] ?wvresri d iuv views to the District Commisf ! ? > !- at the tine. and pointed out what I 1 tt ought was wrong and would work to tlie disadvantage of parties interested. My mind was tl at :t was no improvement over the old lien law. On the contrary, it w ould do much injury t ihe very parties it seemed to be intended to ! benefit." W ho does it really benefit the most?" asked j the reporter. i "Whv. you can see yourself by reading both the old and new versions of the law. The old j la-v w ;i;~ much better, as the benefits were more j mutual t" ; 11 parties Interested. A lien made t n cording to the forms prescrilied has prece- 1 rciic* over Any other claim, and the parties who j furnish bricks. lnmberor other material or labor, can c< 'i ? In w ith their recorded liens and sw allow i |i tie* whole property involved, leaving tae money lender, who furnished the sinews, to shift tor himself. The law is of no practical benefit to the Jonrueyman, who. as the practice now stands, gets his pay every week and runs no risk at all. It has always b?*t>n the case in ' l!ii> Ibstrht that any responsible citizen could get accommodations of loans for the purpose of Improving his property, at a reasonable rate of interest ?>n long time, by giving a deed of trust j on the whole estate Improved, including ground i and improvements. These deeds always had the precedence in our courts over other claims in rases of suit, in this way the money lender felt secure: all others Interested received their pay pr .i:pti> and but very little jarring ever occur*> <'.. tl.e bem-iit.- al r und being mutual." ) "What. then, caused tin change of the law?" > "That is an interesting point, and all kinds j of explanations are made according to the way i:i whb h persons are atT?"-fed. Some say that t iitics 1 ad much to do w ith the j>assage of the bill. If being a popular on*-, favoring as it apparently does the journeyman mechanic and laboring man. It is m>t improbable that this had much to do with the passage of the law. 'iiie i;n-{ is. ix any one can see. that the effect < the law is to more fully protect the lumber dealer. brick maker and others, who furnish if tterials for building purposes to the prejudice ol the monev-lender. building association or liny other organization which furnishes the j means tVr improvements or repairs. Look at the second section of the act: 'That any person wishing to avail himself of the pro- , visions of ti.i- act. whether his claim be due or 1 not. shall tile in the office of the clerk of the Supreme Court of the LUstrict of Columbia. 1 during the con.-fruction or within three months ?' er th -completion of such building or rejiairs, j * r the plao'iMgfht rein oraijac .-nt thereto of any engine. ma -hinerv or other thing, a notice of Id- ixent, -ii to hold a lien upon the property ileelared by this act liable to such hen for the j ount due or to become due to him. specific? v-t? i c forth the amount c'aUned.' The third hi rjen provides 'That these liens hereby . giv??n m':: * be preferred to all judgments, mortdc. is of trust, liens and incumbrances ; v. hich att..-.'Ii upon the sc.al building or the ground aforesaid s-ubsequent to the couimeucei:i lit of wor'\ on said building.' Ac. 1 e-t*. c ntinned Mr. Kntw isle, "are sam- j flf-< of the tenor of the law throughout the! nt re act. and. in my opinion will work great injur to progress in this city." ' V. I. it r ot S ave an injurious effect on the p.ateria! men then selves?" ventured the re- : porter. Yes. it will." replied tli^ Inspector. "The ftopp^te of. or retarding of. building In this c ry v play th?* m ?.-idef with all who furnish materials. ar-d pro! :-,!>!>- will bring them to their s-ea-f-s. fiitd -iShtir.e-t contractors will see an i to their operations. The real estate dealers j v i!! >u;; -r. too. Ithe operations of this law, as | if n ii-t i atu' ally retard the sales of property in ' tii s 1 'istr t. I see. t<>o. that the board of dl- j ! the Eqa table Building association ' 1 e I ;t Tuei-t i; Wednesday night last, at which they re*; se i to 1 an money u{?>rThouses under i Ci i struct ion ow ing to the terms of the present i Ti erhanics' lien law. Another effect is that a j> r journeyman mechanic will have no chance t rise The preference will always be given to i wealthy cell tractor, who is su |-posed to have n ore n -r s;!/,lity. I have 110 doubt that the | law v. hi re rej -.tied or modified the next scs- i flon o; (VTigress." soi s iit:\iii( ims, I'imiiias Ih'vif"* ol Itrggan lo Increiwe Ibeir 1 tiooiiie. %x ?>i t> roioitvn m?.x who rt ns a boarpixo l'o: -K OX IKuKKX - JAIN?THK OEXTKEL bko- ' ? . :i w:i<> has mi si. a in tffs rorket-boos?the V \N wiio'V.-.ts \ rilST.MiE ST A Ml'?THE CARTii K i. r w< ?: w. i. rc. If I ti er lino^e" had been a resilient of ' t\a- .ti.; n .-he wou.d pruhably never have UKiS? ' II hark* the tf -sda birk, " )i ; eg^-.i -> .u'e coi..iiiy to town," f r 1 eg gars ar . riot of the migratory sort. 1 1 ..ey ah' ays with us if there is any proa - >-n . muni [ o law prohibiting str?*et beg,l " ht.viy en; .reed as to be practically a <i> ,.i! u tter Aiios me a.-hed on l'eni sylvania avenue :tn impunity, and there are numerous jr.fes- onal beggars here In the national cap1 a. Local tahnt .-<? c,nnj letely occupies the field that itenerant* ?re kept out. There !s a Clthat asks o:tly for "Cole vittels." It cons f negroes, principally children, but some v :i ? '-age it. There are families which km.- s: by sending t!ie children out 'lay after day to bey ; ?r broken victuals and cold scraps. Tiie-cc: drcn' av-'their regular l?eats. They soon ban w their re-jtiests are tolerated, and the i' I* at Re,-,C||-IM ih.fes tiiem once is pretty ' : Vl " -d'hereafter. There Is an oid col< el a i'er.- the proprietor of a cheap boarding 1 'ii- '. a suj j table b*. hogging "cole v -?eMn ?-d w tii an oid market basket and ' ! ' " 't. !.e start-* out early in the uiorni ' - ! . ;y ioiiiid. He is very pious, or at l a-' proa to tie. Hut many" susjrf-ct that i -1 I i.ty i- merely a part "of his stock in t:.ule. t..r lie turn- it to goo?! account. Age has I <-ached hH woo . v locks, but he steps along v w. a go. (b-a! of tin ;Ties?. At the door he ! Will say.-Ah. m s-os. ain't you g . somethin' J r .te |f j-an f. > ?y? 'lie dat jriveth to do' po' Seno-th to the Lor d.' an' de Lord's kep* me hvar un? . i -e too o!e to work." A contribution ids if.s'Kcr is sure to elicit a profusion ol tl Mil Ml I the b - -er the contribution the r-' ,v , :< * e ti i* thaaks. He <4Uote? Scripture l?- iiu. atiy. p.:ci is as garrulous as any old wo:i aa On Saturdays he carries two baskets. I rest.\ to tret a double supply of "grub" t v\ , . - >H,arders over Sunday." On one ocf ' a?-!:e \ i-ited the same house several * " "ion. and was given something a time, 'he <]UestioR. "What do vou do with f. : tiles:,;;! j ,JU -2-,^ 0]j man r -seated the que-tion as a piece of Impertinence. Hejrot very mad. ami the suggestion that he t. uhi not ?at ail he begged only Increased his angrr. He poured out hU wratb w lth volubility i;?K>n tl e household, but he never returned there oi. > c. :.. ct ng tours. He >Iid not want ctiarity accoujpauied by inquisitiveness. THK GKXTKEI. RKUGAR. The gentoel b-g.-r. who levies h!s contributions under the disguise of loana. Is not unknown In W a- .ingtun. There Is one who Kldes himself upon his dignity, and who Is a Chesterfield In po! tene-s. He jjoes ior cash altogether, and puts his requests in the mc*: refiutd inngnage. \>jli you conse'.t to be my hanker for the space of half an hour for a trifling amount?" he will fav to an acquaintance. "I w ant the Inslgniflcarit sum of fifteen cents. W ith a carelessness that 1 am n. t habitually ^iven to, I loft my 1 o? l.-.-tbook nt I am in another^>air oftrows^-rs. and I am compelled to vis.t the Navy Yard on ku-iuess. I oaly wa.ni car fare, and i w'iil return It to you pron ptly." H.? invariably asks for flfteeuci-nts.whi. ii is th? pr'ce of a drink, and never seen s to reflect that ctr fare, for a round ti'! wi-uld be 'at t- a cents, lliti luxurious _ t. te w-?uid revolt at l:.;uor that cost less than 1 .teen cents a drain, uad oeuee. that is his fixed a- int. He ir> mi ?nt rtatalog taUer. a j. e. r caGiri . and tne y a" li-equeiitiy InU...0-. alai la tLitccu C'jul lyi tin; eakc of in g<*ing him well wound-up for vftm-atffiaiB"^ . He will relate the most thrilling exploits,? always. and in every case. makiug himself the hero?all of w hich are made out ol whole cloth. one of the "regulars." Another one ot the regular professional beggars here Is an old negro with but one leg. He never asks directly for alms, ne thumps along up one street and down another, and as he meets an individual whom he regards as a good subject to be impressed, he stops, removes his bat. and makes a most profound bow. If ignored he moves on undisturbed, and if lie encounters tiie same person again he bestows another gracious bow. showing that he bears no malice to those who pass him by; but the donation of even a penny elicits a smile and "Thank yer boss. You is a gentleman " He never, thnuch. wastes his words ui>on those who give nothing. "Mister, please, sir. gimme a rvnnv to buy a piece of bread." uttered In them jst doleful tone and in a whining voice freque ntly greets the ears of the pedestrian. It conies from white and colored, old and young, and in most instances is hut a device to get monev tor other uses than buying bread. The pennies collected in tri;s way. probably, are seldom expended for something to eat. the postage stamp owe. There are shrewd bezgars here who Ingeniously devise schemes that make bigger returns than the plain request for charity. There is one man, who, with a worn and badly soiled envelope in his hand, goes from house to house asking at each for a postage stamp. He exhibits his envelope, already addressed, and represents that the letter within Is upon urgent business.but that he is too poor to buy a stamp. Many people will give him a stamp who would muse money, and when he has collected a few stamps he readily exchanges them for liquor at the nearest saloon. There is a woman who makes a practice ot standing near one or the other of the street car junctions with a covered basket on her arm. She begs passers-by for "ji3t a car ticket" to get home with. Very many who would ignore a request for even a penny hand a car ticket to an old woman with a basket apparently too heavy for her to carry, and she finds no difficulty in converting car tickets into cash. There is another old woman who plays the double role of beggar and confidence operator, s-he makes no l>ones of asking for money, but when that fails she plies her other and more disreputable vocation. S!ie carries a small basket containing a pair of socks or stockings one of which is not ouite finished. She plies her knitting needles as if too industrious to lose a moment's time. Calling at a house she applies for stockines to knit, and exhibits the contents of her basket as a sample of her work 1 he customer is required to furnish the yarn or thread and the old woman proffers to do the knitting at a very low price. She gives a fictitious address and is never heard of again hv her patron. She either sells the yarn betore or after knitting it up. ?? ? A SATURDAY AH. 1ST scoe. The Flickering Light* find Moving Throng at the Market?The Country IVople and I'tacir Cusiuiuvrsit On Saturday evenings the pavement along the south side of K street, fur about a square, up to ilst street, and nearly as fcir again up 21st. is a double row of little dim lights, present intr a curious and picturesque scene. By the flickering and fitful light of the innumerable little tallow dips and smoky torches, exposed to the freaks of the wind that frisks down the little hill, around the corner, blowing them almost out and then letting them brighten up a^ain like a lot of fire-flies In a dark swamp, tiie observer at a short distance sees a moving mass bobbing up and down and pushing and shoving hero and there, as if in a great hurry without an aim; and a prolonged and meaningless buzz pours forth, discordant and perfectly unlntelli<rible. Jr. very momen' black forms extricate themselves Irom tiie general mass, and men and women v. 1 nwell-tilled baskets come down the street. 1 asking other men and women with empty baskets going the other way. Drawing nearer the mass becomes an assemblage of human forms vi h market baskets, and the Incoherentsounds become: -This way. lady; nice fresh tomatoes, apples, onions, suzar corn, beats, cabbage and cantaloupes'?or "Fresh eirg*. butter, honev lima beans, peaches and watermelons"?shouted out m different voices. Eager, honest, country faces are stretched out from behind the candles and torches, soliciting buyers for their produce, which is heaped In little piles or Improvised stands of boards and boxes, or on the brick pavement. Men. women and children but mostly women, with big baskets on their arms, are leaning over the heaps of vegetables examining them critically and asking all sorts oi questions, while between the double row of lightstoodim to cast a glimmer beyond their own immediate little pile, the black, squirming lostling mass is eternally in motion. On the Inner curb are the more pretentions hucksters, with their wagons backed up on the brickway prepared for them; and on the outer curb squat the humbler country folk surrounded with their small stock of potntoes. corn, eggs, or whatever It may 1m??eenerallv a little variety of every thing from peached to cabbage. The buzz of voices:? J" bean9:'" "Sweet sugar-corn!" i his way for yer sweet cantaloupes.'"' "Fresheggs; j ust-from-t he-count ry-t wenty- fi ve-centsp-r-dozen! "Sell in' out cheap, this way"' "bolt peaches!" -Ten cents, mum; have a Quarter? "Sold out yet, Jim?" "Ail-aboard "! the country! "Dem's spring chickens, lady; lo sho dev am!" "Any butter?" "Free-stones!" it aid heads. 'Have a quarter, mum?" "iU"ht "Tomatoes five cent* a ha if p ck. and a thousand other shouts, questions and exclamations rise up with the smoke from tiie torches. A woman with a baby carriage and a man w:.h a corn are trying to make their way through tne crowd with comfort. Women are stopping to gossip where the crowd Is thickest. -Tj ejaculations are rising, but are lost in the general buzz. Two Irish women with huge market baskets are stan,ling in the middle of the thoroughfare, vi hich makes it "no thoroughfare." Tiie crowd are pushing and shoving on either side. "And oi in almost dead entirely, oi am, alonz o'carry in this baste of a basket. And ol've murther In me heart, oi have! for that boy o' mine who s home only on every Saturday night and then alnt home at all. at all, but off" a skylarkin wl the girls?the blatin' huzzies!?In*irU,, ,? ?arr-vi,n' t,lis ^sket for his mother, w h.ch Is the only one he ever had " "Yes ind ol was thlnkin' the same thing raeselr, when me Maggie " But.the crowd thrusts them apart and they caddie and Jost.e off In opposite directions, lie another pair of gossips talk about their neighbor s wife ut the corner. This Is Saturday ni;rht at the market. The thr n lnr"? wen* throngh and joined with the throng of buyers in asking prices. The country , -Mar>;Iand ?nd Virginia bring their 'rtc^ 'ier? to market every Saturday?and some on other days. too. but Saturday is the day. ibey bring apples, peaches, grains, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, corn, watermelons and cantathSt^n?11, i i'?Ut e?very varietv of vegetable tnat can be had anywhere this time of year and uli have a peculiarly fresh appearance. ' ______ A .Street Cur Crcwl, tr> the Editor of The Evexing Star: riease allow a subscriber space in your paper .or the presentation of a complaint against a practice which has long been of serious inconvenience and annoyance to the patrons of the "Belt" line railroad cars. The practice referred to in that of the company in allowing Its late cars to wait at the steamboat wharves in summer and at the entrances of the several theaters in winter for the patrons of those places when numbers of belated travelers are ?m! f? wait ?fte" untl1 these places have been closed In order to be able to secure a ride Your subscriber lives on 11th street northwest, ai?d was one of the many who re|o!cod when the new me was started, and has bestowed his patronlure since, notwithstanding the fact that the Metropolitan and Washington and Georgetown roads were but a Tew blocks distant. The efforts : n .aj!frCOnM>afy lD, obii*'DK excursionists and i theater-goers is, of course, proper and appreciable, but this course will be apt to lose them custom If continued, unless something is done the annoyance spokon oi. For instance late at night, when the cars are run few and far nr atuVh especially vexatious to board a car at 14th street and Pennsylvania avenue ride ! "V,*? ? *here ? transfer and then wait probably twenty or thirty minutes for a Boundary car or wait a corresponding time at i n .o i**1 antl Pennsylvania avenue for a dir.Hit Boundary car. It is hOI>ed the company wUl lv U?.n? lCei?f those complaints and remedy the iL i out> Aml thus wbile obliging the multitude also oblige the lew. Crruis A Michigan justice of the peace wants to trim an honest penny by performing marriages nnd bas Issued the following card in a iocal^er \iarnage ceremonies performed at all hours of i.,!n ^ ?r n'r,ut- Special attention given to ; il.uriis of soldiers who were frightened or .discouragedduring the war. Office horn?from i M-nel" !U moruia? 10 midnight, standard m in q iii jui ii I) i m*t urn ti <i iwin i r~ TIKE LAtE DB. WOODWARD. IIis Life m4 ScrricM Some of His Important Works?The Medical and Surgical History of tke Rebellion* Woodward (Joseph Janvier), M. D., surgeon, U. S. A.. was born In Philadelphia in 1833: died of disease of the brain near Philadelphia ISth of August, 18-54. He received his academical education at the Philadelphia central high school, from which he received the degree of A. B. In 1850 and his A. M. in 1855, and was honored on , the occasion with the position of valedictorian. 1 After receiving his first academic degree he began the study ot medicine in the office of Prof. George B. Wood, and attended lectures at the same time in the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received the degree ol M. D. 1n 1853. His graduating thesis was on the anti: septic properties of chloride of zinc. Heat onec 1 began the practice of his profession in his native city. Dr. Woodward formed a class for Instruction in the use of the microscope and the study of pathological anatomy and the examination of students preparatory to their final examination > by tlie faculty for their medical degree. His practice was growing, and he was becoming favorably known as a teacher and practitioner. when the war between the states broke out. He at once tendered his services to the government, and was commissioned assistant | surgeon 5th August, 1861, and served for a ; time in the peninsula of Virginia. He i was assigned to duty in the snrgeon general's office 19th May, 1863. and continued in this position until his Illness and death. He was curator ol tne Array Medical museum,which grew up under his immediate supervision. Pr. Woodward was advanced to the rank of captain and assistant surgeon 28th July. 1866. and promoted to the rank of major and surgeon 36th June, 1876. He received commissions ot brevet captain and lieutenant colonel for '-faithful and meritorious services durI insr the war." To I>r. J. J. Woodward ] and the late Pr. Geo. A. Otis, U. 8. A., was entrusted the editing of the Medical and Surgical History of the Rebellion. The medical profession of the country know and appreciate how ably this work was accomplished. 1 His classification, naming and describing the many pathological specimens In the Army Medical museum was of Itself a vast work, and one which will be an enduring monument to his genius, industry aud accurate knowledge of the subject. It is true that in the surgical part of this he was ably seconded by his accomplished associate. I)r. Otis. Pr. Woodward was a voluminous writer in various departments of medicine and of the collateral sciences. A simple enumeration by title I of his papers would till several columns of this I journal. His contributions were welcomed by ; every medical and scientific periodical, and they adorn the pages of many of them. His | work was always well and conscientiously I done. He had a true love for scientific investi' gation. His mind was analy tical and demanded I evidence, which he weighed in a most searching I and logical manner. He had great power of w ork, which he taxed severely, and to w hich may be ascribed as clearly as in any case I ever knew his failure of health and premature death. In 1875 his healtn underwent something of a strain, and far some six or eight months he suffered from a series of painful phlegmnous boils, but a little rest restored him to his usual good health. BREAKDOWN FROM OVERWDRK. In 1879 the doctor from overwork impaired hia digestion, and for a time he suffered ex; tremely from insomnia, but a trip to the moun tains of Switzerland and rest for some six or , eitrlit months apparently restored him again to | full health. The completion and character of ! the worn done on his last volume shows no pcr1 ceptible impairment of his vigor or powers. In : the winter of 1880 his horse fell with him in ! Pennsylvania avenue and fractured his leg. This j confined him to his room for some time, but he J apparently fully recovered from this. The ran<re of studies in which I>r. Woodward i was proficient and master were numerous. With ; the microscope he was an authority ot wide and j general recognition by those most competent to judge. His writings and opinions have a high value with the profession. In point of magnitude the "Medical History of the Rebellion'' is, perhaps, the most colossal professional work ever published in the United States. Upon this and his work upon Typho-Malarial , Fever, and his photographic.microscoplcal work i will probably rest his lame as a medical man and scientist. His literary work not only called j i for a familiarity withXatin and Greek, but with : the French. German, Spanish and Italian languages, all of which he was able to read and , translate with ease. His proficiency in lan; pua^es he acquired while engaged on his other j work, and his last volume of the medical hisI tory of the rebellion Is particularly rich In classical allusion, comparison of texts, and quotations from original authors. Pr. Woodward early identified himself with medical organizations. and w as an earnest supporter ot a high standard of medical education, professional worth, and medical ethics. He was a member of the Philadelphia County Medical society, and of the college of physicians and surgeons of Philadelphia. He was a member of the central International medical congress, which met in Philadelphia In 1876, and read an aide paper opening the discussion in the section of practical medicine on fever. He became a member of the American Medical Association in 1865, attended its meetings in 1866-'67-'68-'69-'70'?3-'73-'74-'75. (when fee was chosen one of the vice presidents) 1876-'77-'78 and '79. In 1881 at I the meeting in Richmond, Va., although not j presen*, j)e wa3 chosen president of the association. Shortly after this his health broke down ! and he,with his devoted wife,started on a trip to Kurope in hopes of benefiting him. On the 31st of January. 1883. Just before leaving, Pr. Woodward wrote a touchingly kind letter to the association Informing them of his impaired health a?d his purpose to travel, and the regret he telt J in not being able to he present at the meeting in St. Paul. This letter was read to the meeting. and may be seen In full on the third page of | the volume of transactions for 1883. His trip abroad, although protracted, did not j stay his disease, but, on the contrary, it pro! pressed unfavorably, and he returned home in the spring ot 1883 in a worse condition than | when he left. After some months treatment in his own house he was taken to an institution i near Philadelphia, which was under the charge of a personal triend and an accomplished physician, where he received every attention which friendship and the best medical skill could command, but without improvement. DIS CAREER IN WASHINGTON. Pr. Woodward was elected an honorary member of the medical society of the Pistrict of Columbia in 1874, and occasionally read papers before it. He was a member of the Philosophical society of Washington, and its president in 1881. He was one of the original members of the National Academy of Sciences, and an active and valuable worker in Its ranks. It was characteristic of the doctor that he always engaged in his scientific studies with zeal and enthusiasm, never saving himself labor or taking | facts at second hand which he could verify by experiment or examination. He thus by his temperament and his love of true science kept himself In a strain all : the time. He was a fine conversationalist I and popular in society, but late years became so engrossed in his work as to give but littlo of i his time to mere social Intercourse. Ho was also a good debater, possessed a fine flow of language and presented his points in logical sequence and with convincing clearness and force. Although Pr. Woodward is chiefly known outside or his near acquaintances by his writings, still he was a skillful practitioner, and one ol the most accurate diagnosticians to have been met with anywhere. His abilities In this direc, tlon alone would have assured hitn a large and lucrative consulting practice In Washington or j any other city. Even with all his engagements and duties, both in army circles and with city practitioners, he was always ready to advise with practitioners who called upon him with a history of an obscure or embarrassing case. ! Scarce a medical practitioner of any note in Washington but who has repeatedly profited by i his suggestions and advice In this way. The ; writer takes pleasure in acknowledging his uiauy obligations to him. ATTENDING UPON GARFIELD. JulyS. 1881, he was selected, or rather detached, by the surgeon general, by the request of the Secretary of War as one of the staff surgeons to attend President Garfield. The labors and anxiety Incident to that long and confining duty seriously impaired his health, and from which he never recovered. It was understood that he had kept accurate notes of this case with a view to publication, but never, we believe, took it up for Btudy or , arrangement. Pr. Woodward was frequently i solicited by different medical colleges to accept i chairs and devote himself to teaching, but he felt as though his life-work was to complete the medical history of the war. So he worked on. and we know the result. Dr. Woodward was twice married; by his first wife he had two children, a daughter and son. His son, Janvier Woodward. graduated with high honors at Annapolis, and is now an officer in U. S. navv. His second wife was Blanch, daughter of the late Cornellu* Wendell, of this city,' by whom he had three children, two sons and a dau"hter. The doctor's death, although expected,0 was sudden. His remains were brought to his late residence, 630 F street, Washington, where funeral services were held by the Rev. Alexander Kent. His body was laid to rest on the evening of the 30th, In the peaceful shades ot Glen wood cemetery, in the presence of manv fcleud*. J. M. X. * THE DE.TIA.'VD FOR OWLS. Birds l'?ed for Hau and Dccoratlve Purposes. HOW TH* HOOTlfcS Aft! CAPTURED?~HEIR FAVORITE RK80RT8 IX VIRGINIA?SUPERSTITIONS CONCERNING THEM AMONG TUB NATIVES?A TALK WITH A BIRD FANCIER. i __ "That'B a fine fellow, one of the finest I ever saw; only he's got his nose scratched and his feathers mossed Just now," said a 12th street bird-fancier, as he stood admiring a big hootowl, who was holding his solitary reign in a dry goods box, alternately shading himself discontentedly, as he eyed those about him suspiciously. and picking angrily at the iron bars fixed on top of the box to confine his perambulations within the limits of two Teet by three. "He's a fine one. (Joh, you ugly beast! Don't you bite me!) He's a genuine hooter. If he were out in the woods yon could hear him half a mile." 4'What are you going to do with him ?" asked The Star man, leaning over to make friends with the wise-looking creature. "Don't know; sell him to some of these rich folks who fancy owls, I reckon. Don't put your fingers there if you don't want him to bite you." "Folks don't make pets of those creatures, do they?" "Not generally when they are alive." replied the bird-fancier. "They have 'em stuffed. It's quite the tiling to have a stuffed owl on the mantel or buffet in a dining room. I don't think I shall kill him though. I'll Bell him to some one who wants him alive." "Do you sell many owls?" "Yes. just as many as I can get. For the past two or three years they have been In great demand. They are used a* decorations and are very fashionable. Sometimes they are used for hats; the small ones lor decorations and larger ones for the whole hat, the head in front and the wings lopping over behind to form the crown. Then sometimes they aro used in fancy dress. One ot the most .effective costumes you could Imagine at a fancy ball is'Night,'with a little screech owl on her* shoulder or perched on the nether horn of the moon on her staff. But the great big hoot owls are most sought after as ornaments for the dining room or study. It's gotten to be quite a craze, and it's hard to get birds enough to meet the demand." "Where do you find them?" "Down in Virginia. One of the best places anywhere near here is down In the swamps at Mt. Vernon. There's a place they call 'Hell Hole' that's full of them. I guess that's why they gave it the name, because the owls keep up such a hooting there at night, and some of the darkles fancy the devil lives there. Then there's another place?I guess it's the be6t in the country?up in Chesterfield county, Virginia. In the Chesterfield woods, near the coal mines. That's where we hunt them mostly." "Do you hunt them yourself?" asked The Star man. "Yes, I can't always get the folks up that way to hunt them. The colored people w ould not kill one for the world, and even many of the white folk9 are superstitious. The last time I was out I took a young fellow along with me, and when we got into the woods he got so frightened I had to take him home again. The negroes think if they kill an owl they will never see 'de land ob Jubilee.' They think they will die a speedy and Unnatural death, and be translated into the depths of darkness. "Hunting owls," he added, after beating on the box to make his "hooter" stop biting the bars. "Hunting owls Is great sport, but it's kind of weired and lonesome. We take moonlight nights for Itf and go out In the dense woods, miles from any habitation. Down in the oak woods at Chesterfield Is the wildest place at night you ever saw. Yoi) can't see anything but the big black trees and the heavy shadows cast by the moon, and you don't hear anything but the dropping of leaves and acorns and the hooting of the owls. But tho last Is music enough w hen it gets started. When you first get into the woods it seems awful dark, and you are depressed by the stillness, and when an owJ flies by it'll frighten you, I don't care how used to it you are. Did you ever hear nn owl fly through the woods at night? Well, they make a noise that's the nearest no noise of anything you can imagine. There is no word to describe it. They don't beat the air like any other birds. It sound's as if their wines were muffled?it's a soft noiseless noise, as if their wings were of the softest down. Weil, when you get deep Into the woods you hear the hooting all around you In every tone and in every direction?they keep up a regular chorus to the 11101 n. Their tuwhoo, tu-whit, tu-whit, tu-whoo-o-os, come out of every dark shadow, from every deep gulch, and shattered stub. We follow the sound, and that's the way we hunt them. We generally find them on old stubs, whose branches are shattered off so that they stand out in bold relief between us and the moon?that's the way we .see theru. A big hoot owl looks very solemn standing out against the moon that way. Sometimes we creep upon them and kill them, or if they are too sharp for us to get them that way we mark tlie stub and come back in the daytime, when we are sure of finding them asleep la th<Mr hollows. We can catch tliem alive then. The screech owls are easier to get, but we don't care so much for them. It's the great, big hooters we want." "What are they worth when stuffed and mounted?" asked The Star man. "From five to eight dollars a piece," replied the taxidermist. "They are about the highest priced birds now. The eagle used to be the most expensive, but they were never more than five dollars. But I've got, to feed my parrots," he said, and walked back Into his little shop and was lost among the cages and cases of birds and animals of all sorts, dead and alive, that lumbered up the little dingy room in picturesque confusion. "Sick" and "111," Etc. To the Editor of The Evening Stab: The very positive contributor to The Star of this evening (who wastes so much of your space in citations from the Bible of instances where "sick" is used to mean "ill," when he might have referred your readers to Cruden's Concordance) Is wrong In supposing that old usage is identical with good mo>lrin usage. The Bible waB translated before 1611; Shakespeare died in 1616; what the translators and the dramatist used may have been good English In their day: but their use is no safe rule for our guidance to-day. Good English igthe usage of cultivated society and trained writers, and It changes from time to time as that usage changes. This is whywords once used in some senses become obsolete, and also why other words take their places to some degree. "Sick" is one of these words; formerly It meant what we mean now.by "sick," as well as what we mean when we say "ill;" but cultivated society and trained writers in modern times have used and do use "ill" in its stead. Therefore, at tho present time, "ill" is the proper word, and people who use it are not "finical nincumpoops." as your contributor elegantly calls them, but are correct In their use, while other persons are, if not wrong, at least archaic in their diction. The common version of the Bible, although abounding in passages of the greatest beauty, pathos, simplicity and sublimity, has many of these archaic and obsolete words and usages. I do not wish to bore you or your readers with instances; therefore I mention only one?the use of "prevent" in Psalms xxi, 3, where the translators use It as equivalent to our modern "anticipate." We still use "prevent." but with tiie usual meaning of "hinder." The Biblical use of this word has long been obsolete; therefore, when Sidney Smith, writing in the Edinburgh Review of 1803. said that the Norwegian in Norway "Is hospitable In the extreme, and pntkiUs the needy in their wants." he used an archaism, and showed (a very good thing in a clergyman) more familiarity with his Bible than with the later condition of his native tongue. I am, sir, your obedient servant, (Jlias. Warren. 1208 N street, Aug. 16. '84. Johuuy'H Logic. From Texas SiftingB. 'Couldn't you find room enough for yourself on that bench without pushing that little boy off on the floor?" asked an-Austin school-teacher of the bad boy of the school. "I didn't want any room for myself," was the reply; "I wasn't crowded at all." "Then why did you push him off?" "To give him more room. He was the boy who was crowded, so I pushed him off to give him plenty of room. There is a great deal more room off a bench than there is on it." Poiaton Firnt and Then a Bullet. At Ithaca, N. Y.,Miss Jennie Sesson committed suicide Thursday morning, in consequence of disappointment in love. She had been receiving the attentions of a young man named Reding for about two years. Her parents forbade her giving encouragement to Reding, but she persisted, and it was believed by many that the couple were engaged to be married. Recently the young man has been less devoted to the girl, and last evening she saw him in company with another lady. She immediately retired to her room and took laudanum, but the dose was insufficient to produce death. She awoke this morning before the rest of the family, went quietly down stairs, procured a revolver and, returning to her bed, shot herself dead. This was a Tew minutes before six o'clock. The ball passed entirely through the head near the temples. > Miss Sesson had always borne a good reputation. WHAT FmEHALS COST. A Very Rraprrlnblr One Fnrnifehed Sometime* for Tliirtjr Dollars. some fvxf.ral8 which COST over a thousand? coxgr8ssioxal and presidential fl'xerals ?long uxesof empty HACKS?the texdexct towards qcibt axd private fl'xerals, *c. "Congressional funerals arc things we don't care to talk about," said a down-town undertaker to The Star man the other day. "That Is, we don't care to talk about what they cost, i You know the Seuators and Members, especially the Senators, like to have the best of everything when they are assigned to the melancholy ! duty of escorting the remains of a fellow-member on his last trip home. They like to have the best of everything and they like to have a good . The cost? Well the serjeant-at-arms provides for that. It's the trip rather than the funeral expenses proper that costs so much. No. I don't care to give any particulars. Nothing's left in the undertaker's hands. Things are ordered to be just so, and so they have to be." "How about Presidents funerals?" asked The Star man. "Oh. they don't cost so much. Garfield's I'm told cost a good deal; or It would had it ever been paid for, but it has never been paid for yet. At least I so understand." "But to come down to ordinary funerals, vou can 'put a man under' for ?30, or you can make it cost a thousand. You can make it cost even more than that ifyou want to. A $30 funeral is about the cheapest we can put out. not to be a disgrace to us, and they are 'specials', and we generally lose on 'em." "How. special?" "Why. they are 'specials' in this way. Sometimes persons who hold good positions or have held goodplacesin society dia without leaving money enough to bury them. In these cases we make a 'special' of ttiem. We charge about $30, and give them a pretty good funeral, one that costs us a great deal more than that. You see they are lolks that naturally belong to our class of customers, and we have to take care of them; it would not do for us to let them go to a cheap undertaker, and we could not ourselves 'put one under'exceot in good style." "Are there many of this class?" "Yes, there are more such funerals than you could Imagine. I've had three or four within the last two or three weeks." "Getting ud funerals in Washington." he added, after a short pause, "is very curious sometimes. There are so many persons die here who, though they are people ot means, have no friends outside their immediate family. Naturally they give orders for a nice funeral; "a large number of hacks are ordered and all that; but when the time comes there's no one to ride in them?no. there aren't even friends enouirh to act as pall-bearers. This is because there are so many people come here just to stay a short time and don't know any one. Some folks won't have anything like that! thoueh. If they can't get up a stylish funeral here they will go'where they can." "But, speaking of pall-bearers, It's getting more and more out of fashion to ask friends. It's become quite a general thing for us to be asked to furuish bearers. Friends don't like to serve, and it is getting to be looked upon as not just the proper "thing to ask them. The customs change in these respects as in others. But it don't stop there. People are actually getting so that they won't attend funeralB at all. Funerals of late year3 are very slimly attended to what they used to be. People won't go, and that ends it. They don't feel that any excuse Is necessary. I wouldn't be surprised if, a lew years hence, funerals would be the quietest things possible, no one but near relatives being present. It will be only among plain folks that strangers will attend. Among fashionable people the proper thing will be simplicity and seclusion. Without having any strangers or neighbors, and hacks and all that they will make the alfair just as expensive by the character of the casket and the laying out. No. it's getting out of fashion to attend funerals." "What are the most expensive funerals?" asked Tiik 8tak man. "The expense is made up by the style of the casket, the trimmings, and the number of hacks. A state casket?that Is one ol black cloth with full glass toy. and heavily moulded, might cost from ?200 to ?300, or ?350. according to t he trimmings. This, together with a large number of carriages, you see, would make the affair very expensive. A very nice luneral can be had, though, for ?100 or ?150." "What are the best caskets made ot? Oak?" "They make some of oak, but they are not popular in tills country. The best caskets are made of red cedar,*covered with cloth, and if they are to be extra fine the outside case, which is usually ot pine, is made of red cedar, too." "You don't want a casket this evening? Well, whenever you do I shall be pleased to serve you." LEARMINO UXDKR DIFFICULTIES. How Two Farmer Boys Learned to be TelegnipherM? A ini nt lire Telegraph Line at lflome?An Illustration of What Persistent Lffort Can Accomplish. In one of the towers on the Baltimore and Potomac railroad, from which the block system is worked, the traveler sees at night as he is whisked rapidly by the figure of a young man, whoso perseverance amid difficulties and discouragements in learning the business of telegraphy entitle him to the most abundant success In the profession he has chosen. A younger brother, who, with him, shared his toils and trials in learning, only waits for a few days for his majority to enter the service of the railroad company as an operator. These two young men are of a family of three boys, who lived with their father, a plain, hardworkingfarmer, residing about a mile from astation on the railroad. When not otherwise engaged, the boys spent much of their time at the station, and watched with curious eyes the manipulation of the telegraph keys. They discussed between themselves the advisability of learning the business, and came to the conclusion that it would be far better for them to follow this business than that of working corn and tobacco. There were, however, many difficulties in the way, the gravest being lack of knowledge and want of time to devote to learning as well as the necessary instruments for practice. They were non-plussed, knowing that it would be tedious and almost impossible to learn by picking up a sound now and then at the station. After a few days, however, they had reason to rejoice, for chance threw into their way the very thing they wanted. Tills was a fragment of a book containing a few pages on telegraphy, including the Morse alphabet, found in a rubbish barrel bought by their lather. Then they commenced a regular course of study, and arranging some nails In two pieces of wood so as to strike the heads together to Imitate the ticking of the instrument they went into practice. As soon as they had learned how to manipulate this rude sounding key another similar instrument was made, and during the long winter evenings in separate rooms they would communicate with each other. Sometimes they used their school lessons and transmitted from one to the other In the course of their practice the whole of the Sixth Reader. The father did not, however, take much stock in their proceedings, hardly realizing that they would become expert operators without a practical teacher; but the tapping of nail heads continued. As they seemed determined, and withal did not neglect the work on the farm, he interposed no objection. One fall the father proposed to l?is three boys that if they would cut and load for him eight car loads of wood he would give each of them the proceeds of one car load. This offer they accepted, and in due j time had the cars loaded" and the wood sold, each netting ?35 or ?30. This was given thera to do with as they pleased, and It was thought that most of it would be spent in clothing, In which they stood in some need. When, however, they returned from Baltimore each with a cheap suit of clothes, they brought home with them batteries, instruments, and wires. It was apparent that not only had the two disciples of the art laid out most of their money to further Erosecute their studies, but that the third rother had helped them. With their plant a line was erected, with about a mile of wire running round the place, one Instrument being placed in the corn-house and the other In the kitchen, and the practice went on. During the Guiteau trial. In this city, on receiving a paper, one would go to the corn-house and, calling the brother up at the kitchen end of the line, he would telegraph the whole report. Thus the family would learn the news. This practice was kept up until a few months ago, when the elder boy received an appointment on the Baltimore and Potomac railroad, and, as stated before, may be seen every night In his tower as he signals that his block is clear by raising the red (danger) signal out ol sight and showing the white (safety) signal. Learned by Experience. From Texas Silting*. They were sitting on the sofa in their parlor, conversing In alow tremulous voice. They had only been married a short time. He seized her hand, and said with a voice lull of emotion; "Birdie, do you know that it was your innate ' modesty, your apparent indiflerence, that made me resolve to win you at all hazards?" "Yes, George; the apparent iudifference game is what captured you. You are the first one 1 ] tried it on. I slipped up on three or four occa- ] sions by gushing too much, before It occurred i to me to change my tactics. I wish it had oo- < furred to me sooner," sbe globed UeayiJ/. j THE HATES WORKS EXTEXSIOX. Tin J or I.fi?rk?r,a Meport of Ihr Work During the Piul l>ar-Operaiion? oh Ihe Dam, TbmmI aad Kewrvoir Well 1'Bder W ay?A Compliment to Capt. Moxio. Major Lydecker In hts annual report of the work apon the Washington Aqueduct and the water works extension pays of Capt. lloxle's share tn the work of Increasing the water supply of the city: "In the laborious Investigations and study which preceded the adoption of the project for increasing the water supply, and In the preparation of specifications for the several parts of this Important work, Capt. Hoxlo's intimate acquaintance with the present system of water supply i and his previous study on the question of Its increase were of great value; but he deserves the higher credit lor the skill and untiring devotion which he displayed in managing the preliminary \ surveys and examinations, especially the days j and nights spent in the trial shatt during every critical period of its construction with a marked I sacrifice of health and at the risk of life itself, only to keep the work going when his subordJnates had lost all courage and regarded their task as a hopeless one. And durimr all thistlrue he was diligently occupied, in addition, w ith his onerous and perplexing duties In the office of the engineer Commissioner. D. C. It was only after the contracts had been made and operations under them commenced that his active participation in the work of inoreasing the water supply ceased, the services of an additional assistant who could give all his time aud attention becoming necessary." Lieut, (now captain) Symons wa? selected tor this duty, and Major Lydecker warmly compliments his ability and real. Major Lydecker devotes the greater portion of the report to a description of the progress made upon the Aqueduct extension. The preliminary surveys and examinations having been completed at the close of the last fiscal vear.ln August last the necessary condemnations of land were I made, and In October bids for construction of I dam, reservoir and tunnel were oj>ened and work promptly commenced under the several contracts TUB CONN'S TSI.AXD DA*. The site for the solid masonry dam at Conn's Island was cleared at once., and at the close of the year the foundation bed for the dam across the island was nearly completed and about onethird of the dam finished up to the coping, about $21,026.70 having been expended upon this branch of the work. The plan adopted requires tlie extension of the dam at Great Falls across Conn's island and the Virginia channel to the Virginia shore, with Its crest at an elevation of 148 feet above mean high tide In the Potomac river at the navy yard, and raising the dam over the Mary land channel to the same height. The value of the 21 acres taken In this locality in addition to that already owned by the United States has not yet Iwen determined by the appraisers. THE TCNXEI*. Ground was broken for the tunnel to run from the distributing reservoir to the new reservoir, near Howard University, between December 12 and February 12. The Foundry branch shaft was sunk to a depth of 09 feet, and 580 feet of tunneling was completed; Rock Creek shaft was sunk 58 feet, and 836 feet of tunnel completed; the Champlain avenue shaft was sunk 137 feet, and 155 of tunnel oompleted; the east shaft w as sunk 162 feet and the tunnel commenced, and the west or inlet shaft was sunk 97 feet and tunneled 13 feet through rotten rock. At the close of the fiscal year 1,591 feet of the 20,715.8 feet required had been completed. This tunnel Is located at a depth which will carry It below the bed of Rock Creek, and will Hermit the construction of the aqueduct to a great extent In solid rock. Progress on the tunnel, the report says, has not vet come up to the requirements of the contract, but Is on the whole in a satisfactory condition. '1 heexpectations astothe feasibility ofthe tunnel and probability of carrying it in good rock have been more than realized. Up to June 30, ?70,530.85 had been expended on this branch of the work. The appropriation Is sufficient to pay for the land necessary to be condemned for this work. tiie reservoir. Since A pril work on the new reservoir has been actively prosecuted. This reservoir will have a capacity of 300.000,000 gallons. The excavated material is used In forming an embankment or dam In the lower end of the valley In which the reservoir is situated. This dain will be 1,050 feet long, 45 feet high. 170 feet wide at the top, 425 feet wide at the bottom, and 250 feet wide at the water line. The depth of water in the reservoir is to be 30 feet. $48,883 had been expended on this work at the close of the fiscal year. The report calls attention to the fact that while the owners of the 67.To acres of land taken for the reservoir claim $417,641.15 for it, and the appraisers estimated its vaiue at $205,874.30, the original appropriation by Congress was only $35,250, leaving a deficiency of #170.624 required to pay the appraised value, which is only partly provided for by the additional appropriation of $87,500. The valuation of the appraisers, the report savs, Is far In excess of the estimate of $75,'.*40.50 originally submitted. and the assessed value of the land for taxation which was only $69,417.10. Main connections for the introduction of a direct flow from the new reservoir Into the city's water supply have been arranged, and $139,403.07 has been expended on the work. It Is proposed to lay cast iron water mains, 75 and 48 inches In diameter, from the new reservoir to the center of distribution at the intersection of New Jersey avenue and L 6treet north. With the exception ol the deficiency for the payment for land for the reservoir, It is believed the amounts already appropriated will suffice to complete the work of increasing the water supply. tue treeext water sciti.y. Respecting the aqueduct and the present water supply the report says the water level at the dam has varied during the year from 3.35 feet above Its crest to .77 feet below It. The average pressure for the year in the mains at the crossing of Rock creek was 32.13 pounds per square Inch, acalnst 30.87 pounds for the pre- , vious year. On the 27th of June the actual con- I sumption of water lor 24 hours was found to be 21.827,013 gallons, against 24.314.715 gallons for June 27, 1883, and 20,727,864 for June 27, 1882, a showing which Major Lydecker thinks Indicates that the efforts Inaugurated in 1882 to prevent the waste of water have not been without a beneficial effect. ? FKO.1I THE SHi:v\\DOAIl ALUM SPIllMiS. A Famous Health Iiesort?What Class of Invalids are Specially Benefited* Correspondence of Tfk Evening Stak. SnEX'an'doah ALt'M SPRINGS, SiTEVAxnoAH County, Va.. August 20, J8S4. Nestling In the heart of Shenandoah county, and on the side of the Great North mountain, nature has put forth her hand as the great physician for the "healing of the people'* not only in the beautiful mountain scenery and pure air which, at an elevation of 2,500 feet above sea level.is found in its primitive simplicity here,but especially in its numerous medical springs, which for a variety of the Tils man is doomed to encounter, a positive remedy; such at least is the experience of many who have found their way here, both for recreation and physical benefit in the past as well as the genial company now gathered here at present. The Shenandoah Alum Rprlngs are among the oldest of the medicinal eprings in the country, and perhaps have been visited bv more persons despairing of ultimate recovery of health, and who have left It in buoyant spirits and with a renewed lease of life than any springs of a similar nature in the country. The waters seem to benefit especially those of a relaxed constitution and suffering from disease* requiring an astringent and tonic action. The alum springs found here are decidedly a freak of nature, and If the worn steps leading to them can speak anything they surely attest to the countless hundreds who have visited them In the past. The season here, proper, lasts from June to October, although many remain throughout the year. The season, now at Its height, has been exceptionally good. The hotel accommodations, under the management of the accommodating proprletess, Mrs. A. G. Myers, is all that could be wished for, although, "perhaps, not as gay as many more fashionable resorts, yet life here is replete with pleasures of a more lasting and enduring character. The pleasant morning walks to Peck's cave, Fort Ashby, and the top of North mountain, from which point the view of mountain scenery Is, perhaps, unexcelled in Virginia or elsewhere, tend to make the time pass pleasantly, while the evening parties are replete with Interests to the guests. The weather here fbr the past, few weeks has been all that could be desired; there is no night but in which blankets have not been needed, while the days have been clear and sunshiny! rhose here Include among others Col. R. K." Elliott, Mrs. B. B. Elliott. Mrs. Roberta Elliott Miss Bertie Shachlett, Mrs. A. W. Lewis. Mr. G. H. Balston, Miss M. L. Hallett. of WashingtonMrs. Dr. Linsler, Mr. Blchard JJnsier, Dr. M. l! Mitchell, Mr. William V. Walsh and "family. Mr. ' and Mrs. J. F. Ingle, of Baltimore; Mrs. "m E* Guild, oi Cincinnati, Ohio; Mr. John II. Ea^er jff New Orleaus. ' 1. LETTEB IBOn UBATOdl. I.lfe at Ibr Grtai Wairriaf Place. What I* (^tM o?, ut ?Im an Thcre-PerMaal 9 ration, Mc. Bjxvial fom?iioti3?cf of Tbi Ennnoi Bta*. 1 Saratoga. August 2lst, 1SS4. And still the crowd at Saratoga increase*, and each week adds Interest to passing event# t by the presence here of noted personage*. The tm-eting of the Bar Association It as attracted hither this week as many whom it Is a pleasure to meet as the Ranker*' convention brought together last week, and plenty of amuse* menta will fill up the time for the next two weeks. The second garden j>artj" of the season will occur at the Grand Union ' hotel next Tuesday. Miss Clara Louise Kellogg, who arrived this week. Will this month give a concert here for the benefit of the liartholdl statue fund. Two benefit balls, each of which aunuallv e*. Cites much Interest at Saratoga, hare lately occurred at the United States hotel, both ot Which were very successful. The first was that of the leader of the orchestra at that hotel Mr. Stub, and the second that of Mr. Frothingham, who does so much to make those who attend hops at the United States hotel enjoy themselves. On these occasions even the ladle*, who ordinarily do not take the trouble to dress for the hops, appear in their most elegant costumes. Two fuil-dresB hops were given at the Grand Union last week, and two will occur this week. At each one there are more toilets seen of a kind a that would do credit to a city private ball than at the preceding hop. The man who conies to Saratoga provided With a dress coat has a great advantage over any man. however much sujierlor he iuav be, w ho has not brought one. 1 saw one ot these fortunate boin^n at a hop on?* oreuin^ lutolv an the escort of two ladies who were "t he ol<served of all observers," whose hustiands had not brought their dress coats here, and who. therefore, could go no further than the ball-room door with their w ives. Vra. "Lucky' Baldwin is the latest sensation at the hotel w here she stajs. She is only four feet six inches In height, but well formed. aud rather pretty. She is uiueteen years old. but looks like a girl of twelve, and dresses like one. Her skirts are short, and her brown hair hangs down in two plaits tied at the ends w ith ribbon. Lucky, her husband, is slxtv-one years old and a grandfather. The romantic story Is told that the present Mrs. Baldwin studied architecture 1 in San Franclsoo with her father, whose profession it Is. He w as summoned to appear before a building board In San Francisco to give his views on ventilation, but being too 111 to do so, his bright young daughter prepared the report and read it before the board, of w iiich Mr. Raidwin was a member. So successfully did she present her plans that the wealthy widower fell in love with the y<ung architect, courteJ her, and In due course of time she accepted the heart and hand of one of California's most successful speculators. They were married about two months ajjo. Mrs. Baldw in appeared at the hotel hop Saturdav night in a pretty white muslin, trimmed with embroidery and lace. The baby waist was confined by a sash of pink ottoman ribbon, and her long braids ot hair tied up with pink ribbon*. Bow s of pink ribbon were on each shoulder. Around her head was a wreath of maiden-hair lern, studded with tuberoses and pink buds. She looked the embodiment of the ideal "childish simplicity" so seldom seen nowadays. She wears scarcely any Jewelry, and what she wears is ot the least show y kind. There are children here of ten and tw elve years old who look more matronly and dress more like mature women than does this little bride. 8he does not seem to have had her head turned in the least by her thus far successful matrimonial venture, nor by the attention she attracts during this her first trip to the east. Mrs. Haynesworth. Pre I dent Arthur's sister, who presided for him at the White House for a few weeks in the spring of 1883, was at Saratoga for a short visit last week on her way fur| ther ftorth. She spent her time quietly at the hotel where she stayed aud few kuew she was here. Mrs. Pudd, of New York, who sj>ends part of each winter at the Arlington in Washington, Is now hero. Among others well known in Washington who have lately visited Saratoga, and most of whom are stiir here, are Justice and Mrs. Field, and Mr. Cyrus W. Field; ex-Senator and Mr*. Davis, of West Virginia; Senator and Mrs Gorman. of Maryland; Senator Saulsburv; Representative Turner, of Kentucky, and" son; exRepresentative Rice, ol Massachusetts; I'av Director Cunningham. Miss McKeever, ex-Attor- ' ney General Gwinn, of Maryland; Count and Counters Lewenhaupt, ex-Senator Stevenson and daughter, Hon. David Dudley Field, ex-Representative Willis, of New: York; Admiral and Mrs. Temple, Mr. and Mrs. ! D, F. Murphy and duughter. Gen. T. T. Crittenden, wife and daughter: ('apt. Holllngshead, Dr. and Mrs. Stanton, Mr. R. T. Merrick and his partner, Mr. Morris, and Miss Morris; Mr. J. H. Asiiton, Mr. and Mrs. S.G. Parker, Alex. P. Morse. G. A. Britton, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Thompson. W. B. Shaw, J. F. Chamberlain, Mrs. Dr.T. B. Hood. Miss DeKrafft. J. F. Beale, Mrs. F. H. Saltzlr, Miss J. J. Hagirerty, B. Sunderland. Prot. Huntington, H. W. Garnett and C. W. Hoffman. Washington was. as w ill be seen, from the list of names given, well represented by its lawyers in the Bar Association. Mr. Morse read a paj>er at the first evening meeting of that organization. When Mrs. Davis, w ife of the ex-Senator from West Virginia was here, she mentioned how gay Deer Park, her summer home, had been, and how many of those well-know n in Washington were there. Senator Harrison's wife and daughter, and Miss Gouveneur and Miss Warfield have been visiting Mrs. and Miss Davis. Mrs. and Miss Harrison w ill make another visit to them on their return from Indianapolis. Justice and Mrs. Field, who spent a few days here, left on Monday for Buffalo, where Mrs Field 3 sister, Mrs. C'ondit Smith, has a country scat. In September Judge and Mrs. Fle d wll' start for California w ith Mr. Cyrus W. Field. The party will travel iu the pri\ate car of the latter. Senator and Mrs. Gorman when they left here went first to Niagara. Mrs. Gorman Is In poor health, aud w as not able while here to leave her room. When ex-Senator and Mrs. Davis, of Illinois, left here they went to Stockbridge, Mass., to visit friends and expected to remain there 1 two weeks. From there they will go to Boston for a week, and then return to their home In Blo.milngton. They hope to visit Washington next winter. Even those who have long known Judge MacArthur are astounded w hen told that he will be seventy years old next w iuter. I found It difficult to credit it when Mrs. MacArthur told me. He has been 6o well this summer that he has lieen able to devote some of his leisure during his vacation to the book, which he has nearly ready for publication. Pay Director Cunningham. U. P. N , who arrived at Saratoga this week, came from Narragansett Pier, w here his son has a cottage. Mrs. Cunningham is with their son at the Pier. Miss Kate Breckenridge, of Louisville, who visited her cousin, Mdme. Go^oy, in Washington, is at Saratoga with her mother and uncle, Mr. Albert Fink. Senator Camden, who has ju*t returned from Europe, accompanied by his wife and daughter, went there this summer to meet them, they having been traveling there for a year for the benefit of Miss Camden's health. She has not improved as much as her friends hoped, for they anticipated perfect recovery. One of her old friends here has lately heard from Mme. Mantilla, who Is so pleasantly remembered at Washington. She wrote from Biarritz, where she then wa* with the late Marshal Serrano and his wife, the latter beiug for years an intimate friend of Mme. Mantilia. The friendship was doubtless first begun In Cuba. when Marshal Serrano was captain general ana Mine. Mantilla's second husband was governor of Havana, before he was sent here as minister from Spain. Her first husbaud was an officer in the Spauish navy. Miss Grundt. Aefee*. 1 saw the gardener bring and strew Gray ashes where blush roses grew, The fair still roses bent th^in low. Their pink cheeks dimpled all with dew, And seemed to view with pitying air The dim gray atoms lying there. Ah! bonny rose, all tragranries, And life and hope and qui' k desires. What can you need or gain from these Poor ghosts of long-forgotten fires? The rose tree leans, the rose tree sighs, And wafts this answer subtly wise: "All death, all life are mixed and blent. Out of dead lives fresh life is sent; Sorrow to these is growth for me. And w ho shall question God's decree?" Ah, dreary life, whose gladsome spark No longer leaps in song and Ore, But lies In ash*-* gr ly and Ktark, Defeated hopes and dead desire, Useless and duli and all bereftTake courage, this one thing is left, Some happier life m.ty US'1 thee so. Some flower bloom fairer on Its tree, Some sweet or tender thing may grow To stronger life because of thee. Content to play an humble part, Give of the ashes ot thy heart. And haply God, whose dear decrees Taketh irom tho e to give to those, * ? Who draws the snow-drop from the snows, May Ironi those ashes find a rose, ?SrSAK COOI.TDOB. !?? Child ill CliurrU. From the New Orleans Time*-Democrat. 'You did not pay very i-ioae attention to the sermon. 1 fear, thl-> m-mlng." "Oh. ye I did. ni oiima. " Well, w hat did the minister snr?" "lie :,.tlJ the picnic v.ould start at ten o'clock Jhuieuay morning, aud oh, ma, cua A ?<V'

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