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THE PHILADELPHIA TIMES. MONDAY MORJONG. MAY 15, 1899. ABRAHAM ABRAHAM BARKER TO RETIRE TO-DAY AFTER FIFTY-FOUR YEARS' MEMBERSHIP HE LEAVES STOCK EXCHANGE. A LONG AND UNSULLIED CAREER Inheriting tho SterllntE Qualities From His Father, Jacob Barker, Who Was In His Uay One of the Foremost Men in This Country, Abraham Barker Made for Himself a Xame That Was Known Around the World He Was the Head of What Was Once One of the Greatest Banking ' Houies In America, and In His Fifty-Four Years on 'Chance He Has Brought About Much That Has Been of Benefit to That Institution. To-day wltpesses the retirement from the Philadelphia Stock Exchange of one of Us oldest and most active members a man who was a leader In abolishing the old primitive methods of stock transactions and in Introducing new ideas and innovations In the business, some of which have been copied by stock exchanges In other cities, and which are still in vogue, although, probably, In an Improved form over the original methods. This man Is Abraham Barker, the head of what was once one of the greatest banking houses in America, a house that was almost as well known In far-away China. Japan aud Russia as In the United States a house, In short, that had Hrnatlomtl ."Md international reputation. It war over fifty-four years ago that Mr. Barker was elected a member of the Ex change, but he had been In business for even a longer period, having been a banker aud broker in New Orleans before he came to Philadelphia and hung out his shingle un South Third styet, between Chefctnut and Market. And to-day he retires severs a connection that has been continuous for over half a century. His seat in the board will go to another to whom it matters but little; probably to some new would-be leader of the bulls and bears. It will be with deepest regret that bis old and new friends on 'Change will nee him go, for Mr. Barker was ever genial and pleasant, always having n kind word or friendly smile for those who greeted him dally on the board room floor. Only the kindest will be the recollections of this old member, for he ret'res with a reputation as pure and unsullied as that of a child. Worthy Son of a Worthy Father. Abraham Barker Inherited thegterliug qualities he possessed. They were transmitted from father to koii. In his day Jacob Barker, the father, was one of the' most prominent men In the United States. He was a thorough student of political economy, an attorney at law, a banker and State Senator, and It Is difficult to say in which profession he excelled. He was a mnn of the old school, aud lived to be 92 years, his death occurring December 26, 1871. Jacob Barker was born at Terklns, Swan Islands, In the Kennebec river, Maine, December 17, 1770. His parents were members of the Society of Friends, and- both father and mother were distant cousins of Benjamin Franklin. At the age of IS Mr. Barker went to New York and entered the counting house of Isaac Hicks, a commission mer chant. Three years later, In 1800, he formed a partnership with John Bard and Jonas Minturn. engaging In the commission business. Some time thereafter they added the shipping business to their lines, and Mr. Barker ultimately became the second largest ship-owner In the United States. His trade expanded to n remarkable extent, cspce. lally that with foreign countries, and particularly with Ilufsla, for which government, as well as other European governments, he, bought and sold ships. When Robert Fulton built his first steamboat, Jacob Barker Imported, at bis own expense and on his own risk and account, the first marine engine brought Into this country. He became an ardent politician and political leader, espoused the eaiwe of Jefferson, advocated the purchase of Louisiana, and defended the embargo aud non-Importation act. During the second war with England, In 1812, all of Mr. Barker's ship were captured by the British, resulting In his sustaining enormous losses. Notwithstanding this disaster, he raised nearly $8,. 000,000 for the government at a time when its own loan bad failed, contributing largely himself. After the war he established the Union newspaper to advocate the election of De Witt Clinton as Governor of New York. He founded the Exchange Bank, In New York in 1815, and became largely concerned In stocks. He was the first to advocate the construction of the Erie Canal. He nominated Andrew Jackson for President In 1820, and supported him for that office In 1824 and again In 1828. In 1834 he removed to New Orleans, was admitted to the bar, and later engaged in the banking business. He opposed the rebellion and in 1805 was elected to Congress from New Orleans, but owing to reconstruction difficulties, he was not permitted to tike his seat. In 1807, with his once great fortune lost from the vicissitudes of the war, be came to Philadelphia and remained Soft White Hands IN A SINGLE NIGHT Soak the hands thoroughly, on retiring, la a hot lather of Coticuba boaf. Dry, and anoint freely with Cuticvba (ointment), greatest of emollient skin cures. Wear old gloves during night. The street Is truly wonderful, and a bleating to all with sore hands, itching palms, and painful finger ond. BARKER until his death with his son Abraham. Mr. Barker never received a dollar of the money he had raised for the government, his claim having been for something like $5,000,000. He steadfastly refused to compromise. The writer was shown a book written by Mr. Barker and dedicated to his son Abraham, in which are recited In full the claim and the proceedings to recover the same. One paragraph reflected the noble qualities of the man's character. He said: "Although the courts have not awarded my money, the Congressional and Judicial Investigation have established the Importance of the aid rendered by your father to our country In the second war for Its Independence, which he considers a better legacy to leave to posterity than all the money In the Treasury." Abraham Barker's Career. This extended reference to Jacob Barker has been given solely because so many of his characteristics were transmitted to his son Abraham, and because In a way their lives and their business pursuits and methods were much the same. As an example: The old house of Barker Brothers & Co., like his father's firm, established Important foreign connections, and bought and sold ships for foreign governments, especially Russia, for which government they disbursed $500,000 during the Centennial In this city. Three years later $3,500,000 was entrusted to them, and this amount was expended in the purchase of four vessels for the Czar. Abraham Barker was born in New York city June 3, 1821. He was therefore only 13 years of age when his father removed to New Orleans, and three years later he began his business career, the lad being the "company" in the brokerage firm of Horace Bean & Co. Just before the house was established Mr. Barker, Sr.. asked of Abraham what business pursuit he intended adopting. "If you will emancipate me," replied the lad, "according to the old Spauls.h law In Louisiana emancipating minors I will nevei ask you for a cent of money." The law to which he referred accorded to a minor all the privileges of an adult excepting the right to vote at national elections. It was then In force In Louisiana, but has long since ceased to exist. The father finally determined to grant the re quest, and the necessary legal proceedings were taken, the son in due time being emancipated from the father. A Broker at Sixteen. A short time thereafter Horace Bean, of New Orleans, "a friend of the family," received by malf a $10,000 draft from Jacob Little, n former clerk in the New York office of Jacob Barker, but at that time a leader In Wall street. As Mr. Bean had never had any transactions with Mr. Little, whom he did not know, he consulted Mr. Barker, Sr. He explained who the draft was from, but was also puzzled to know why It had been sent "to Mr. Bean. A few weeks later a similar draft was received. This time Abraham Barker examined it ami found that It was made out to Horace Beau &. .Co. a firm which did not exist at that time. But It was formed within the hour, at the suggestion of the lC-year-old bey, who became the "company." A little office was secured, ami 'Abraham Barker, destined to become the head of one of the greatest bnnklng houses In America, was started on his career a career which ends to-day with his retirement from the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. It was subsequently learned that Mr. Little had sent the drafts to Horace Bean & Co. upon the suggestion of Jacob Barker, Jr., a brother to Abraham, who had at one time intended forming such a firm, but abandoned the plan to undergo treatment for nn ailment in Paris. Little's transactions with the firm assumed such proportions that Jacob Barker, Sr., felt compelled to look after them, and he spent most of his time in the little office. The first year's profits amounted to $24,- 00O. Mr. Bean thought a third of the amount should go to Mr. Barker, Sr., for his assistance, and It was tendered, but refused. Mr. Barker, however, after a moment's consideration, suggested that he be taken into the firm, which was done, aud thus the once great financier became the junior partner of his own son. , A Great Panic. It was during the first year the firm of Horace Bean & Co. came Into existence, In 1837, that occurred one of the greatest panics Wall street has ever known. It resulted from the great fire In New York city In 1835. which "broke" nearly every fire insurance company In that city. The first to go to the wall was the bouse of Josephs. Others followed In rapid succession, and before It was oil over no less than lit) firms the first houses In New York had failed. The panic extended a period of three weeks, and wrought terrible disaster, the subsequent historical panics 1847, 1857, the Chicago fire panic, 1873, 1800 and 18113 in no wise comparing with that of 1837. Abraham Barker remained in New Orleans only five years after the formation of the firm of Horace Bean & Co. In that time he amassed the comfortable fortune (for those days) of about $50,000. With tills sum to his credit he came to Philadelphia In 1812. formed the firm of Barker Bros, (his brother Blgourne was the Junior partner), and started business at It) South Third street. The firm continued until 1890, and then became Barker & Co., Abraham Bark er's son. Wharton, being admitted Into the partnership. Mr. Barker's first landlord nn Samuel Bettle, Sr., and for forty-two years he was a tenant of the Bettles (a Quaker family), and In all that time there never existed a contract of any kind between them. Become a Stock Exchange Member. Whan fp Ilni-trac nnma t v Ph MnHftllihla he did not at once become a member of the Stock Exchange for the reason that a rule ... U- I n L . . ......1.11.1.,.,, K l ..... ' a member until after he had served two I years In the city as a broker, fulfilling cer- J tain requirements during that period. On i March L 1845. Mr. Barker was elected n member of the Exchange. Its business was then conducted with much more decorum and greater coiirtesy than at the present time. Each member was provided with a chair (Mr. Barker still has his), and when 1 reporting a transaction the member would have to arise and stand while reporting. Another peculiarity of those days was that the presidents of the Exchange were elected monthly, and It was not compulsory for a member to serve as president longer than a month. Other officers, however, were elect- ed for a year, and General A. M. Prevost was secretary and treasurer when Mr. Barker was admitted a member. . The Exchange also had a standing committee whose duties corresponded to those of the present board of governors. In the 40's trading -was principally In small lots of less than 100 shares, and bank stocks formed some of the active stocks. It was not until 1847 that the Exchange had telegraph facllftles, and then E. W. Clark made arrangements for one month's quotations by. wire from New York. Previous to that Philadelphia brokers had to wait for the New York papers to obtain New Y'ork quotations, or secure them from a company In which "Bull" Bridges was In tcrested. This company had a series of poles with arms planted on bill-tops be. tween Philadelphia and New York, the arms working something like a semaphore. code of signals enabled the transmission of quotations between the two cities. . Some Xew Methods. In 1852 it occurred to Mr. Barker that It would greatly facilitate the work of brokers in dealing with their customers if they could have a printed list of the stock transactions of each day. "Before that time," said Mr. Barker, in speaking of the matter, "the brokers used to carry long blank books In which they noted the prices or the various stocks, and to which they used to refer when dealing with their customers. The newspapers of the day used 10 print tne quotations of the first and sec ond boards, but not the closinir onotntlons The first printed list ever used was printed .uurco zi, ism. it contained on v the nun tations of the first and second boards. On April 3 of the same year an additional form of a third column for the closing quotation was introduced, the entries to be filled in mtn pen and Ink. Finally, on May 7, a complete list of the day's transactions, closing prices and all, was issued. Mr Barker has still the original copies representing these three successive stages, and intends to have them framed and presented to the Stock Exchange. An Interesting story Is connected with the issuance or tins first number of March 24 1852. Mr. Barker went Into a printing office at Third and Chestnut streets at noon to have fifty copies of the manuscript he had prepared struck off. The workmen were going out to dinner and he could find no one willing to undertake the work at once. Finally a young man volunteered to undertake It. He asked one of his fellow-workman to assist him, and on his refusal set the type himself and struck off the whole fifty copies in remarkably short time. The next day the obliging printer was surprised to receive a letter from Mr. Barker, offering him $500 to print his lists for the next three months. The offer was repeated, the contract being made for longer periods at the expiration of that time. The young man was Frank McLaughlin, the late publisher of The Times, between whom and Mr. Bar-ker there existed in after years warm friendship. The Idea of a clearing house was suggested a few years afterward in the same decade by Mr. Barker. Before that time the settlement of balances was a complicated and cumbersome affair, for which the practical mind of Mr. Barker sought and found the remedy. The task of adjusting each dav's transactions could be entrusted only to bank ers of large means and responsibilities. It was undertaken one day by one man and the next by another, aud the simple Idea of having nil the transactions adjusted by a uniform and stable committee was the germ of the Idea from which the clearing house sprang. New York subsequently adopted the plan. Another Idea of Mr. Barker s subsequently put In operation with the most happy re sults was the establishment of the Stock Exchange gratuity fund. From this widows of members of the Exchange who die during membership receive $5,000. The amount of the fuud is now over $100,000. Although in his 78th year, Mr. Barker is still remarkably active and enjoys excellent health. He was the father of eight children, the oldest of whom Is Wharton Barker, by his first wife, who was the daughter of William Wharton. His present wife was Miss Crane, daughter of James Crane, of Elizabeth, X. J. EPWORTH LEAGUE SERVICES Special Sermons In Many Churches In South Jersey. Special Telegram to The TIMES. Clayton, May 11. There was a general observance of tlie tenth anniversary of the formation of Ep-worth Leagues throughout South Jersey today. . Iu inuny ehurches.the entire day was given oyer to League workers, ami it was a profitable move. Itev. J. L. Surtees, lu the Elmer M. K. Church In the evening, preached from the theme: "The Glory of the Young Man In His Strength." A week of special services will be helil, beginning to-ninht. In connection with the founding anniversary, the Erankliiiville League celebrated lis eighth unniversary. Professor MacOeorgc, of Yiuehind, made an interesting address. After the League serviced In the Salem ltroadway Church a series of revival meetings began. Trinity Kpworth League, of Peunsvllle, rendered a delightful programme this even ing, iiieliidlug au adilress by Key. G. H Xeal. of Krldgeton. The new officers are: President. Mrs. Gideon Tussey: vice presi dents, .Moivin Mavis, i.yma ireinn, Kiln Dunn, Mary Mitchell; secretary, Ellen El- weil; treasurer, -Mary puncher. The Bridgeport League gave an Interesting programme lu the new church in the evening, and tne t'ennsgrove chapters cele brated the occasion In the evening. In St. Paul's Church Pastor Nichols preached a special sermon to the young people. I he I'uulsuoro League prepared a very Interesting programme, both the old and young taking an active part. A feature of the exercises at Swedesboro wag that of lady ushers aim collectors. Church Dedicated Sear Vlueland. Special Telegram to The Times. Vlnelnnd. May 14. The ninety-first anniversary of the Friendship Methodist Episcopal ('hureh, several miles northeast of Vlnelnnd, was celebrated to-day by a eon tinuous xervlce. Rev. Albert Matthews, of Vlnelnnd, pastor of the elinreh In 1836-7, preached In the afternoon, and Kev. c. W. Helsley. who occupied the pulpit In 1H54-5, officiated at nlnht. The present pastor. Rev Charles H. Harneg, had charge of the morn- ins service. "cNecessity Knows No Law' But a taw of Nature bows to the necessity of keeping the blood pure so that the entire system shall be strong, healthy and vigorous. To take Hood's Sarsaparilla, the great blood purifier, is hence a law of health and a necessity In nearly every home. Eczema "Our baby's face itched so and ws covered vjith scabs, she suffered everything. We tried Hood" s Sarsaparilla and she tvas cured. Her face is novj smooth, white and soft." SMrs. Wilbur Wells, Warren, Conn., MArnino FaticllA 1 1 1 1 1 ti 1 ftllbUg 'I suffered wlifl " feeling and headache every coming and evening. J took Hood's Sar .,.,. B at.J.. sPrOU, and got relief. B also cured me of the grip and of catarrh of 12 years duration." SMrs. Jennie Horner, Stoys-town, 'Pa. Hood'i JtlliM!U llverjlln; the nrni-lrrltattnfc and only cathartic to take wlth "Hool'i"HrpiirtlliC STRAWBRIDGE & CLOTHIER Robes Fresh and dainty ; are the ' fabrics ' collected here for Commencement Gowns, Bridal Robes, and all 'dress occasions of the' Summer season. Assortments are unusually East Utore, Filbert and Eighth Streets. Black Silk Grenadines Our special offering of these desirable and popular dress goods is fast melting away. Several desirable and stylish patterns are still here though in reduced lots affording the unusual chance of purchasing an all-silk Grenadine of the highest quality at 50 cents a yard Centre Store, Main A nude. Cards and Wedding Stationery Fifty Visiting Cards, including nicely engraved plate selections to be made from sample sheets as shown heretofore at. 65 cents now 45 cents. Wedding Invitations, $6.75 for the first hundred; $2.50 for each additional hundred. Wedding Announcements, $5.00 for the first hundred; $2.50 for each additional hundred. West Store, Main Aisle. Writing Paper Marcus Ward's Royal Linen Papers- royal ana smooth finish; billet, octavo and commercial sizes former prices, 20 and 25 cents: now 15 cents a quire. Envelopes to match, 15 cents a package. Hurd's Madras Linen Paper colored borders; three fashionable sizes and tints formerly 35, 40 and 45 cents; now 15 cents a quire. Envelopes to match, 15 cents a package. Wedgwood Paper two shades, . with white borders formerly 2o, 30 and 35 cents; now 20 cents a quire. Envelopes to match, 20 cents a package. S. & C. Superfine Stationery plain or ruled formerly 15 cents; now 10 cents a box. West store. Main Alslr, MILLION GUT OFF SCHOOLS Continued From First Page. ever, a bill was Introduced Into the Legislature which authorized and required directors to furnish free text books to the pupils In our common schools. At that time a very large number of the districts throughout the State did not provide free text books for the pupils. Tlie Introduction of free text books necettsnrlly Involved the expenditure of large sums of money, and the friends of the measure succeeded in securing an additional SSOO.OtlO for this purpose. Following these precedent ecli succeeding Legislature has appropriated J.'i.rsTO.tHX) annually for the support of the common schools. Kd lien t Ion Costs SG, 000,000 Annually "It must not be forgotten In this connection that the appropriation of (5,000,000 does not Include the approprlotlons made for the maintenance and support of our orphan nchools.normal schools and expenses Incident to the Department of Public Instruction, the payment of salaries to couuty superintendents and the appropriations made from time to time to other worthy educational Institutions. Adding the appropriations made for the purposes last enumerated to the annual appropriation for the common schools we Ond that more that W.OOO.OOO are paid out of the State Treasury each year in support of the cause of education. When we take Into consideration the fact that the net revenues of the Stute amount to little more than $11,000,000 a year it will be readily seen how generotw the State has been iu dealing with the ttchool question. "These large and magnificent appropriations to the common schools have gone on from yar to year until our treasury Is left In a condition of financial embarrassment, and we are now confronted with tho practical question whether or not we can continue to make these appropriations without seriously affecting the credit of the Commonwealth. It Is absolutely necessary to reduce the appropriations made by the Legislature, aud It linn seemed to me that since free text books have already I been provided and paid for out of the gen ero! appropriations niude since 1893 the annual appropriations could be reduced $500,- 000 a year without doing any Injustice to the schools. Not Enough Money for Obligation. "On the 1st of June, but a few weeks hence, the whole appropriation of $.1,5tX),0H0 for the year ending at that time will be due, no part of which has yet been paid. At that time there will not be a million dollars in. the Treasury to meet this obligation. In view of this financial condition It seems to me unwise to accumulate one appropriation upon another when there are no funds with which to pay them." Outside of the general appropriation bill the Governor says he has reduced the ap propriations In round numbers about $500,-OO0. He says: "My purpose Is to pay all the appropriations made by the present Leg islature which receive executive approval and liquidate at least $1,500,000 of the obligations remaining from former Legislature during the next two years." The Governor bnei his action In disapproving a part of an Item (that appropriating $11,000,000 to the common schools) on the precedents estab lished by previous chief executives of the State and his construction of the Cotmtltu. tlon that the authority which confers the right to approve the whole of an Item necessarily Includes the power to approve part of the same Item. The Item lu the general appropriation bill STR and Dress Draperies complete and varied; the lowness of the pricings can be fully appreciated only after inspection of these beautiful offerings: French Organdies 66 inches wide 25 cents to $1.00 a yard. French Nainsooks 48 inches wide 25 to 85 cents a yard. , Irish Swiss Mulls 32 inches wide 12 to 50 cents a yard. Silk Mulls 46 inches wide 35 to 85 cents a yard. Persian Lawns 32 inches wide 20 to 50 cents a yard. India Linens 32 inches wide 5 to 15 cents a yard. India Linens 36 inches wide 12 to 45 cents a yard. Drap de Soie 32 inches wide 20 to 40 cents a yard. Tucked arrd Fancy All-overs for waists, yokes ' and gamps; sheer and lawn weights ; in plain and cluster tucks and fancy weaves 65 cents to $3.75 a yard. Madras Cloths a new fabric especially desirable for waists, 84 inches wide at 25c. Madras Cloths with dimity cords, 30inches wide at 15 cents a yard. Pique Cords in plain and cluster effects on a cloth the weight of Victoria Lawn at 20 cents a yard. Piques in cross and vertical cords; in all width wales and with ottoman cords, single or in clusters special values at 12, 15, 18, 25 and 35 cents a yard.. Fancy Silks Seldom is there an opportunity like this right in the height of the season to make selection from full lines of stylish Fancy Silks, of this year's favorite designs, at prices far below real value. The special offering includes many patterns that are in general demand for Waists and Costumes checks of all sizes, large blocks in striped effects, broad and narrow stripes on various grounds, plain or fancy stripes interlaced with embroidered polka dots or geometrical figures, etc. a great variety. None of these Silks have sold heretofore at less than 68 cents, and many bt them are regularly priced at 85 cents a yard-All are now marked 58 cents a yard Displayed on Special Tables in Main Arcade of Centre Store. Fly Screens Adjustable Window Screens will fit any window from 25 to 45 cents each. Screen Doors in following sizes; 2 ft. 6 in. wide by 6 ft. 6 in. high 2 ft. 8 in. wide by 6 ft. 8 in. high . 2 ft. 10 in. wide by 6 ft. 10 in. high 3 feet wide by 7 feet high. In frames with natural wood finish at $1.00 each; in stained frames, 65 cents each ; spring hinges and handle. West Store, Basement. . Fine Chinaware at Half Price We are making an interesting display of 3500 pieces of Austrian China, in a very light shade of Baby Blue, artistically decorated in underglaze colors. The lot includes plates of all sizes; tea, bouillon, coffee and chocolate cups and saucers; celery trays; spoonholders; peppers and salts; chocolate pots, cake plates, ice dishes, placques, tete-a-tete sets, nut trays, jewel boxes and vases. Early inspection is advised, as these goods are certain to go rapidly. Plates, worth $6.50, now $3.00 a dozen. Tea Cups and Saucers, worth $8.50 ; now $4,00 a dozen. Bouillon Cups and Saucers, worth $9.50; now $4.60 a dozen. After-dinner Coffee Cups and Saucers; ; worth $6.00 ; now $3.00 a dozen. West Store, Filbert Street Front. AWBRIDGE & CLOTH 1 1 . HIPQH Umbrellas. 111UU11 J07 Market. appropriating $3,994.62 to pay the expenses of the, delpgates to the Farmers' National Congress at St. Paul in 1897 and at Fort Worth iu 1898 Is vetoed because It was well understood that they would serve without compensation and without expense to the State. The appropriation of $2,203.90 to pay Theodore C. Erb, mechanic of the Capitol build-lug, for the destruction of bis tools in the tire In 1S97 Is vetoed because there Is no warrant for Its appearance In the general appropriation bill. An Item allowing three dollars a day to Anthony Frenle and Joseph Higgins, Janitor of the toilet aud bath rooms, for time actually employed Is disapproved because these mi'u are already borne ou the rolls as em. ployes and paid for their services. Two Items appropriating $3,4M) for quarters for the Department of Public Instruction and for the Forestry Commissioner and KconomlC' Zoologist are vetoed because ne- cessary accommodations can be secured lu the Capitol building. The Item Included In the payment of the salaries of officers and employes of the Senate, $34,324, providing for the payment of $.'1,000 to the engineer and fireman. Is vetoed because the use of steam heat does away with the services of such employes. For a similar reason the Governor reduces the amount of (l.StH! allowed a fireman In tho House and cutting the appropriation for salaries of officers and employes of that body to $40,654, or about $24,000 less than the amount expended for the same purpose two years ago. The reduction from the amount ELKINS STATION OPENED AT OGONTZ PARK The "Elkins Station," seven miles out, on the Philadelphia and Reading Kail-road, opened yesterday for business.. The ner station will be the regular stopping place of the express trains on the new schedule, thereby doubling the through train service of the nresent time nml enabling dwellers in that locality to make the trip to the city in twenty minutes. Elkiiis Station harmonizes with the general improvements and surrounding!) of Ogont!! Park, and its erection marks a new era in stations of the Philadelphia and Heading Railroad. The company's plan is i to abandon Ashbourne and Ogontz stations as regular stops, using the latter, in all probability, as a through station. Adjoining "Elkins Station" is beautiful Ogontz Tark, the most attractive uhurban development ever attempted. Ogontz Park's present beauty only foreshadows its future loveliness, with stately homes along wide and beautiful avenues and with lawns, trees and flowers in a state of perfection which time and cultivation Rive. This .property is being sold to the best citizens of Philadelphia, who intend to erect homes In the nenr future. Ogontz Park has all conveniences of the city gns, electric light, pure spring water, Waring's sewerage system, macadamiz ed streets, granolithic sidewalks, lire hydrants, and, in fact, everything that could go to make a suburban site desirable. After to-day the price of lots will advance $3 iter front foot No more delightful Sunday outing than a visit to the park. The operation Is under the control of William T. IV Roberts, whose ollice is at 410 Land Title Building. Mr. Roberts has representatives on the property every dny and Sunday, with conveyances to carry people over the site. Full information and prices on houses already built are sent to any address upon application. STRAWBRIDGE & CLOTHIER Colored Piques for children's dresses and women's waists 18 to 38 cents a yard. Striped Lawns suitable for wrappers and waists ; also desirable for curtains at 5 cents a yard. . Swiss Embroidered Skirts many of thein handsomely trimmed with lace $4.00 to $8.00 apiece. Pique Skirts $6.50 and upward. Complete Robes with all-over embroidery for the waist $8.00 to $20.00. Pique Robes complete with plain material and trimmings to match from $10.00 to $20.00. : at 58 cents English Covert Suiting A timely offering of this exceedingly popular and desirable material .for tailor-made costumes and separate skirts. The lot not a large one embraces ten distinct mixtures in the wanted colorings; goods 52 inches wide, perfect in every way. Though actually worth $1.50 a yard, we mark this lot, for quick selling, at only 75 cents a yard Centre Store, Main Arcade. Chocolate Cups and Saucers, worth $8.50 ; now $4.00 a dozen. -Celery Trays, worth $1.00 now 50 cents each. Cake Plates, worth $1.00; now 50c each. Nut Trays, worth $1.00 ; now 50c each. Vases, worth $4.00 ; now $2.00 each. V. E. AB.CHAMBAULT & SON Floor and Window Coverings Selections for Summer Furnishings can be made here with the most satisfactory results, both in the variety of choice and in the values' offered. Our own direct importation of Mattings from China and Japan is most comprehensive. Novelties not to be met with elsewhere are here. Prices start at $3.50 and go up to $20 a roll (40 yards). Japanese Jute Rugs in Oriental and Delft colorings, many sizes, sold at the rate of $1 a square yard. Moodji Porch Mats from India, most any size, $1.50 a square yard. They're smart Iooking-and almost everlasting. Vienna Slat Shades for Porches and Windows. Awnings to order cost $2 each and upwards. s - paid for salaries of officers and employes of the Senate In 1807 Is about $13,000. Amounts for Various Departments. . Different reasons are given for the veto of a number of small Items in the general appropriation bill. Among the smaller items are these: For the payment of William K. Miller, clerk to the House appropriations committee, for stenographing services and typewriting authorized by the Legislature of 1807; for the payment of $000 to the estate of the late Edgar L. King, of Harrisburg, for services as stenographer and typewriter to Investigating committees aud lor $450 to Miss Gertrude M. Butler, of Harrisburg, and flM to William F. Reber. of Philadelphia, who assisted Mr. King; for the payment to the estate of George K. Murray, of Harrisburg, $.850 for carpenter work In aud about the capltol; appropriating $3 a day during the legislative recess for a calendar and property clerk In the Senate; appropriating $l,7"iO for the payment of the salaries of five extra pages In the Seuate during the session of 1807. 'The general appropriation bill, before It reached the Governor, appropriated $1,087,-003.26 for the payment of the salaries of the several State officers, the clerks and employes in the several departments of the State government and for the Incidental expenses of the departments. Two years ago the bill appropriated for the same purposes $1,223,502.03,9 showing a reduction of $138,-409.67. The amount appropriated to the Judiciary department of the Commonwealth Is $1,334,000, or $8,682.38 less than in 1807. and to the leglslaUve department, for 1890, $500,-754.00, reduced from $644,617.02, appropriated in 1807, and making a difference of more than $90,000 in favor of the present Legislature In the saving of money to the State. DR. VARLEY AT BETHANY Famous Ene'ili Evangelist Preached Morning and Erenlna:. Tho Rev. Dr. Henry Varley. the London Evangelist, was the preacher at Bethany Presbyterian Church yesterday. At both services the church was crowdvl. for his power as a preacher Is something remarka ble. He was assisted lu the morning Dy Jack Cooke, the boy evangelist. At the conclusion of the morning meeting every mnn and boy In the Krotherhood of Andrew and Philip was presented with a picture of the young preacher. Dr. Varley will probably not be heard at Bethany again, as he leaves for his home In England the last of this month. In closing Pastor Van Deur expresoed the gratitude that w-as felt by his congregation for Dr. Varley's visit to Bethany, and hoped at some subsequent time for a renewal of the great Englishman's work lu l'blladelphla. Cotton Dress Goods French Organdies These fine sheer fabrics are indescribably beautiful; finest French printings, with rare richness of coloring. The price has been 35 cents now 25 cents a yard. Beautiful Piques A choice line of fine Printed Piques, white and colored grounds in plaids, stripes and figures; - many of them our exclusive designs at 18 cents to $2.00 a yard. David and John Anderson Ginghams a good showing of the celebrated Scotch Zephyrs in plain colors, plaids and stripes at 35 cents a yard. Batiste Brillantee has proved to be very popular this- season ; our showing embraces very dainty colorings, finest French printings in stripes and figures on white and colored grounds, and the price is only 37c. a yard. Silk Ginghams several new and beautiful lines, for women's shirt waists and children's dresses, in delicate colorings, stripes and plaids at 30, 37, 45 and 60 cents a yard. Linen Suitings very serviceable for skirts and plain suitings, also stripes and mixed effects in blacks, blues, browns and greens at 25, 30, 45 and 50 cents a yard. Also, a multitude of Printed Cottons: Beautiful Printed Lawns, at 7 cents. Fine Dimities, at 10 cents. Cymbeline Cloth, at 10 cents. Cotton Covert Cloth, at 10 cents. Dotted Swiss Mull, at 10 cents. Tyn E. Cord Batiste, at 12'2 cents. " French Batiste, at 12y2 cents. Organdie Touraine, at V24 cents. American Galatea, at 12'i cents. Centre Store, East Aisle. Oriental and Domestic Rugs Standard Smyrna Rugs, 6 bv 9 feet, $16.25; 7 feet 6 inches by 10 feet 6 inches. $25.00; 9 by 12 feet, $32.50. Standard Wilton Rugs 6 bv 9 feet, $18.00; 8 feet 3 inches by' 10 feet 6 inches, $28.00; 9 by 12 feet, $36.00. Khorasan Rugs 6 by 9 feet, $20.'00; 7 feet 6 inches by 10 feet 6 inches, $32.50; 9 by 12 feet, $40.00 Best all-wool Art Squares, in all sizes up to 12 by 18 feet 70 cents square yard. The above Rugs are all in new designs and colors. East S:ore, Second Ftoor. Dress Trimmings Desirable pieces for the trimming of skirts and waists at decided reductions: Black Silk and Beads regular prices $1.25 and $1.75 at 75 cents each. Black Silk and Beads regular prices $2.00 and $3.00 now $1.00 each. Dress Ornaments Black Silk Applique, black spangle and black cut beads-regular prices 75 cents and $1.00 at 25 cents each. East Store, Filbertand Eighth Streets. Pillow Cases . . , Two hundred dozen.of good quality in bleached Muslin, size 45 by 36 inches, are to-dav offered in half dozen lots at prices that will insure their prompt sale: Plain hemmed, 63c. a half dozen Hemstitched, 68c. a half dozen Centre Store, West A isle. V. E. ARCHAMBAULT & SON 1 - iftoal Cstate for Sale SlIHRUAN The hls-hest and most de lightful residence section SC'S in Philadelphia. vW LANSD0WNE AVE. C$ HIGHLAND AVE HIGH 63d STREET CLASS Elevation HOMES FOR SALE 226 teet Reasonable Termd. Will Rent a Few. Send for Boo'i. FL0REY & BEVAN 14 S. BROAD STREET or on premises IIlKber Prices fr Shad. Special Telegrrm to The Times. reunsgrove. May 14. While the catch of shad the past week has not been as great as the preceedlng week, yet the receipts to the men have been considerably larger. The price went up from $6 on Monday to $10 yesterday, aud even should this keep up the balance of the eason. only a few of the gill fishermen will barely meet expenses. Kvery day several men quit utid go home. The catch fell from 400 per net on Monday to 75 on Saturday. Took Paris Green. Speclsl Telegram to THE TtMUs. Hainmonton, May 14. James Curry, a well-known citizen of Elm, a suburban town. Is to-night lying In a critical condition, the result of taking a dose of I'arls green, with suicidal Intent. Curry Is about 5o years old, and Uvea alone upon a farm. He had been, on a two weeks' spree, and according to hUi own testimony, had become tired of life and decided to end It. French Sardines Nictst wt tver sold at the price. Large, firm, genuine Sardines, in finest olive oil. Packed bv Usina Palmer, and selected from samples sub-mitted by twenty of the best packers in France. Large " quarter" boxes, key openers. Very, very exceptional at 2 boxes for 25c. ' . $1.50 doen Regularly ISc box, $2.00 doz;n. EBmMrd CMe Co t LIMITED- ChesTnuTG l&STs,- 1 uA-i."S 1

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