The Stephens City Star.
C. E. PAINTER, Editor.
Saturday, August 13, 1881.
Entered at the Post Office, Stephens City,
Vn., us second class matter.
Wb have made it a rule, from whirl) we
will not deviate, that all papers sent to a
distance —excepting those to he paid for hy
friends residing here—must he paid for in
Condition of the President.
The Baltimore Sun of Thursday has
the following: "The extreme weak
ness of the President yesterday was ]
the most discouraging feature of his :
case. Although there was some abate-1
ment in the fever, the pulse at times |
went np to 110. These alarming I
symptoms the physicians still attribute (
to the Shock occasioned by the surgi
cal operation of Monday, the nausea
which followed the taking of ether as
an anaesthetic and the diminution in
the quantity of food taken by the pa
tient since the gastric disturbance on
Monday afternoon. The last bulle
tins report the President as enjoying
a refreshing sleep. The new incision
seems to have greatly facilitated the :
flow of pus from the lower channel of
Republican State Convention.
The Republicans of Virginia who '
have met in convention at Lynchburg
to nominate a ticket for the several I
State officers to be elected this fall, l
do not seem to be in "perfect accord," I
and as a result we now see two bodies
in session—the straightouts and Ma
honeites—with but slight prospects of
a reconciliation of the two factions.
A correspondent of the Baltimore Sun
says: " The probable action of the i
straightouts is much discussed, and
there are some who think the two bod
ies will yet harmonize, but the best
informed think otherwise. A leading
debt-payer said to me to-day there
would be no nominations, and that
himself and others whom he named
would vote for Daniel. Another well
informed politician say 3on the other
hand that the regulars will certainly
nominate, and that their ticket will
be Wickham for Governor, Yost for
Lieutenant-Governor, and Wiilough
by, of Alexandria, for Attorney-Gen
It is a sprightly paper, that New
York Sun, and much given to expend
ing its surplus energy in the way of
exceptions to the average verdict and
the general rule. Commenting on the j
cheapening of transportation which
has enabled America to compete with ■
and almost drive the English farmer
out of his home market, to the great I
injury of the landed aristocracy, whose
chief revenues are derived from rents,
it thinks that the world is not much
of a gainer after all. If the aristoc-1
racy of England is being crippled.
through the causes mentioned, a plu- j
tocracy of railroad managers and
stock gamblers, who corrupt legisla
tion and subsidize the press, is grow
ing up in this country through the I
very agency that is injuring England.
Of the two, the Sun thinks the Eng
lish aristocracy infinitely preferable
to the American plutocracy.
In North Carolina the elections are
all one way. It is impossible to esti
mate the majority, but the State has j
gone overwhelmingly against prohi
bition. As far as heard from not a
single county has been oarri3d-by the
m , «■■'► 'i
The platform adopted by the Vir
ginia State Democratic Convention
pledges the party to pay the honest
obligations of the State. Hon. John
W. Daniel, an able lawyer of Lynch
burg, received the nomination for Gov
The Readjusters of the Senatorial
district composed of Russell, Taze
well, Dickinson and Buchanan, have
nominated Robert Barnes for the Ren
ate by a vote of 46 to 44 over Captain
Samuel Leece, the present incumbent, j
A Tourist recently returned from
Florida, says: "It is the most fertile
country in the world , the land pro-1
duces forty bushels of frogs to the
acre, and alligators sufficient to fence
——a ».«. »
Wyman, the Wizard, who made his
first appearance nearly fifty years ago
on the stage of the old Baltimore Mu
sonm.- is dead.
Why Is It ?
WE;often hear the question asked,
' Why is it that G. F. Mayers succeeds
in distributing such a large amount of
merchandise among the people each
year?" We append the following as
our answer :
Ist. His purchases are made in a
I large measure direct from manufac
' hirers or iheir agents, thus saving to
his customers the usual jobbers' profit.
2d. From his large and varied slock
(probably the heaviest carried by any
one establishment in tho county), you
'can always be sure of getting just
whnt you want," and not be compelled
to substitute something else.
3d. The prices at which lie marks
his goods are fully'ten percent, lower
| than other ho'nses, depending for his
I income rather upon the quantity han
| died than a high rate of profit.
4th. The prices he allows for pro
| duce in exchange for goods will al
ways be found to be a shade higher
\ than the current market rates.
4th. His modest but pointed adver
tisement is always found in the col
umns of the Star, the statements con
tained in which are fully corroborated
by a visit to his establishment. 4t3
Vice in the Departments—The
Fruits of Radical Rule.
The Washington correspondent of
the New York Sun presents a terribly
sad picture-of the corruption and vice
that at- present exists in the depart
ments of the national capital, and he
! asserts that Secretary Windom i 3 the
' single Cabinet Officer who is pronounc
ied in favor of a speedy and radical
'reform of the civil service. This con
clusion on the part of the Secretary
is riot inspiration proceeding from the
attempt to kill the President, but the
Secretary of the Treasury has found
that the larger part of his time and
nearly alibis patience are exhausted
in giving heed to applicants for office,
and he lifts his hands in amazement
at the practice and facts which it re
quired no effort on his part to find
out, connected with the manner in
which appointments have been made
and the way parties have been kept in
The correspondent, whoso letter oc
cupies a conspicuous prominence on
the editorial page of the Sun, states
that could everything be laid bare re
lating to the appointments in Wash
ington, the unsuspecting portion of
the people would be appalled. "Not
only," he writes, "is there incompe
tence in the public service, but im
morality, vice, wickedness. What
would simple-minded peoph proba
• bly say were they told that the wages
jof sin are borne on the pay rolls of
i departments ; that appointments are
; made and persons kept in office on
| grounds that wOuld put to shamo the
| face of virtue and shock every true
I moral sentiment? Not only do these
things exist, but to an extent that few
! outside of Washington suspect. It is
I difficult to describe the real state of
J the case. The ramifications of these
things are so extensive that it would
ibe difficult to say with any certainty
where they do not reach. They per
meate the etitire public service at
Washington. The readers that would
not be shocked at a recital of even
'part of the truth are few. Indeed,
i the truth cannot be told."
This is a terrible picture graphi
cally presented, and we have no doubt
of its truth. It is time for correction,
and it is to be hoped that an admin
istration that has shown a determina
! tion to weed out and bring to justice
I the thieving crew who have fattened
on the plunder of postal contracts,
will exert a like determination in
cleaning the departments of those who
hold place at the sacrifice of virtue,
and whose wages are the wages of sin.
Cameron on the Stump.—A por
-1 tion of the remarks of Colonel W. E.
' Cameron, Readjuster candidate for
Governor, at Lebanon, Russell county,
recently, is thus described by the
The usual appeal toprejudice against
, "brokers and bondholders," was the
feature of the argument. It was al
most pretty, and graphic, and touch
ing, his word-painted picture of Mr.
diaries U. Williams, with his hand on
the throat of a toiling tax-payer, ex
torting interest on bonds we gave to
Tiie Marion Oil Company on Sat
urday started a pumping well on Lit
' tie Bingamon creek, fourteen miles
northwest of Fairmont, W. Va., and
i five miles from the Baltimore & Ohio
) | Railroad, which yields twenty barrels
■ a day. The oil was struck at a depth
|of 670 feot.
Maroß, Lancaster Co., Pa.,)
August sth. 1881. )'
Mn. Editor : —I have just received
a copy of the Star, and am highly
delighted with it. And now, with
your permission, I will givo you and
your readers a short sketch of my
trip to this place.
I left Stephens City about three
weeks ago, boarded the train at White
Post, and after a pleasant ride of eight
hours through tho Shenandoah and
Cumberland valleys, arrived at tho
city of Harrisburg, a description, of
which may not be uninteresting to
Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsyl
vania, is situated on the left bank of
the Susquehanna river. It- has twen
ty-five thousand inhabitants, and is
the intersecting point for a number of
railroads. It has consequently be
come a place of considerable import
ance. It was laid out by John Harris,
in 1755, and in 1812 was made the
capital. The State House is beauti
sully situated upon a natural emi
nence near the centre of the city; and
from its dome there is a grand, beau
tiful and picturesque view of the river,
with its two fine bridges and numer
ous pretty islands.
The railroad facilities for travel,
freight, &c, together with the canal
and river navigation, give Harrisburg
a grand position for trade as well as
manufactures, and as apolitical centre
(its being the home of the Camerons)
it is equally important. As a manu
facturing city it ranks high, and com
prises a large variety of important
establishments, the principal of which
are the Lochiel Iron Works, situated
jußt outside the city limits, and occu
pying fifty acres of land, upon which
is erected a blast furnace, rolling mill,
gas house, church, school house, and a
sufficient number of dwellings to form
a complete village. There are also
extensive steel works located near the
city which occupy ninety-seven acres
My next stopping place was Mid
dletown, nine miles east of Harris
burg, which has a population of about
three thousand, and is beautifully sit
uated on the left bank of the Susque
hanna river and right bank of Swa
tara creek, and is a town of consider
able importance. Here I spent S
week very pleasantly amongst friends
and acquaintances, and then took the
train east, passing through the towns
of Bainbridge, Marietta, Chickies and
Columbia, arriving at Washington, a
small but thriving village situated on
the Susquehanna river, amid delight
ful and picturesque scenery.
The post office at this place takes
its place from Manor township, which
is indeed the garden spot of the State.
And now, Mr. Editor, after wishing
you God speed in your noble enter
prise, I will bid you and your numer
ous readers a hearty good-bye until
next month, when I purpose visiting
the western part of the State, after
which you may hear from me again.
J. F. B.
Middletown is justly proud of so
creditable a paper as the Star, pub
lished within five miles of our city.
We wish the proprietor success in this
new and laudable enterprise. Since
it launched forth its first number we
have heard some merited compli
You will remember, I am sure, that
Middletown is your nearest neighbor,
and deserves some notice in your col
umns, at least occasionally, and I was
pleased to see your kind recognition
of us in your first issue. I may, if
you wish it, contribute a few items oc
There will be held in this place in
the M. E. Church South, a week's re
ligious service, embracing the first
Sunday in September. C. D. H.
The wheat crop in England is re
ported to be an average one; the bar
ley crop about the same. The pros
pects in Scotland are less favorable
than in England.
For several days past Secretary
Blame has been a sufferer from mala
ria, with a strong tendency to chills.
His physician is anxious to have him
go to the seaside.
A plan is being considered at the
post office department for the collec
tion in a more expeditious manner of
the surplus revenues of the smaller
Baltimore is to have a carnival
immediately preceding or else directly
following the celebration of the York
Stable BrjRVEC.—The stable in
rear of the Hart Hotel was burned
about one o'clock on Saturday. It
was owned by Mr. Isaac KreLs, and
occupied as a livery stable by Major
C. S. Bart-. The horses, harness and
vehicles were all saved, and only a
small quantity of hay and feed was
destroyed. There was no insurance
upon the property. T!-.e building
was of brick, and the firemen worked
so effectually that only the uj.per por
tion of it was burned. U was an in
tensely hot fire, and it was only by
! great skill and determination on the
'part of the firemen that the adjoining
property was saved—several build
ling", including tho large now stable
just erected by F. D. Wheat, being on
' fire at once. The sparks also reached
! the public school building on Fort
'I Hill and set the roof on fire, but it
was promptly extinguished. The
Hook & Ladder company rendered
invaluable lervioe in keeping the con
flagration from spreading. The cause
of the fire is unknown.— Winchester
The undersigned, executors of the estate
of James Affleck, deceased, will sell at itis
late residence, between the Cedar Creek
Grade and Middle Road, four miles north
west of Stephens City and nine miles from
Wednesday, August 31, 1881,
at 10 o'clock in the forenoon of said day,
the following property, to wit i
Four Valuable Farm Horses
One Fine Two-Year Old Colt,
SIX HEAD OF CATTLE,
10 head of sheep, 21 head of nice hogs, a
full set of blacksmith tools, and sonic car
penter tools, 2 road wagons and beds, 1
1 spring wagon, 1 cart, 1 buggy mid har
ness, 1 combined reaper and mower, two
wheat drills, one nearly new. fanning uten
sils of all kinds, 1 wood saw-horse power
and fixtures, one apple mill, one buggy
rake, one wheat fan, a lot of good harness
and plow gears, chains, &c; 800 bushels of
wheat alia about 8 lons of hay will lie sold
about the same lime. Also, household and
I kitchen furniture.
Terms oi<' Sale—A credit ot G months
will be given on nil sums of (10 and over;
under that amount the cash will be requir
! cd. The wheat will be sold for cash.
The farm will be offered for sale at the
same time and place. It contains
One Hundred and Fifty Nine Acres.
, all under good fence, and in a good state of
cultivation. A sufficient amount of good
timber. The Improvements consist of a
good, comfortable and roomy
kitchen, wash house, smoke house, ice
| BOUSS, barn, wheat, cow and wagon sheds.
11 corn cribs, hog house, blacksmith shop, and
all other necessary out buildings. All va
rieties of excellent fruit, altogether making
i It a very desirable home.
Terms made known on day of stile,
1 M. V. SMITH."
JOHN S. OAMPBKLL,
A FUR MONTI
This is our motto, and we mean to stand
to it. All we ask is just to call around and
be convinced. It is not worth while for us
to attempt to enumerate. We have a little
and not, so litt'e of everything you can pos
sibly want. Of
Men's and Boy's Goods
i we have an extensive stock, comprising
the latest styles, but with the good old-time
1 wear in them. Get a suit, antl you can
i break through brush without danger of rip,
tear, wear or curl, and slide on the cellar
door and laugh at splinters and nails. We
have any quantity and every style of
at prices that cant be beat in this Valley.
In groceries, we do claim a big thing, and
' If you will call in we can prove it.
We have one car load of Phosphate on
hand, ready for delivery at a very low price,
ly STEELE & DINGES.
EXECUTOR S NOTICE.
All persons indebted to or having claims
against the lute James Albin are hereby no
tified to settle the same with the undersign
ed. JOHN HURKU, Br.,
EMANUEL J. ALBIN,
Augusts, 1881-4\v2 Executors.
, . Grove & Brother,
Contractors for Fine House Painting,
Main Street, Stephens City, Va.
The above firm arc now prepared to do
nil kinds of bouse, sign, fresco, scroll and
ornamental painting; also, kalsominlng and
glazing. Purchasing, as they do, pure
paints and oils, at lowest wholesale juices.
the) are enabled lo do durable work at the
lowest possible rates, ly
OF E VER V DESCR IPTION,
Neatly and expeditiously executed at the
office ot the Star.
MARBLE AND GRANITE WORKS.
MARKET STREET, NEAR DETOT,
Winchester,, ... Virginia.
. Dealers in Italian nnd American
MONUMENTS & HEADSTONES.
And every kind of
Cemetery Work at the Lowest Prices!
Also, Marbleized Mantles nnd Floor Tiles. Call and examine our stock,
which is the largest and best in the Valley. Iw3
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PLAIX FACTS FOII
Would respectfully inform'llie citizens'of Stephens City and of Frederick
and adjoining counties, that their stock of goods is still complete,in every
department, and that they are receiving
ftew and Seasonable Goods!
which they are offering at startlingly low prices. They would call speoial
attention to their large and well selected assortment of • . ,■..■/-
of the host and standard brands, which they have just received. Table
Damasks, Oil Cloths, Shirtings, Cheviot Shirtings, Brown and Bleached
Muslins, very cheap. Gottonades at reduced prices.
Fresh Goods in the NotSn Department!
Fancy Cotton Hosiery, Corseti, Lisle and Lace Top Gloves, Ribbons, Fans,
Toilet Soaps, Perfumes, Gents' Collars and Cuffs, Laundried and Tlnlaun-
dricd Shirts, Ties, Scarfs, Collar Buttons, Men's Socks l Jackets, Overalls,
etc., etc. An entirely new supply of
Ladies' Shoes, Lasting* Gaiters*,
Fancy Slippers and Buskins, Men's Plow Shoes, Gents' Congress Gaiters.
We always keep on hand a fresh assortment of Confections, Cakes and
Crackers, Fresh Lemons and Cheese. All grades of
«& ' i !
Brown and White Sugars,
Syrups, Green and Roasted Coffees. Try the celebrated Arbuckle's Roast-
ed Coffee in pound packages. Tobaccos and Cigars of tho best grades.
Bacon, Ltrd and Flour always kept in stock. A beautiful assortment of
Glass and Qaeensware, Hardware,
Cutlery, Iron; Nai[s, Brass Kettles, etc. Spices, Drugs and Medicines, '
Paints, Lubricating Oil, etc., etc.
B«S"'Produce ta' • n, and the highest market rates paid. J.y
stand if wm is I!
We Have Promised Them, and Here They Are !
Our New Prices and Last Reduction for'
THE SWMffilE SEASOH !
The unsolicited verdict of an appreciative public is that
We are the Opponents of Esorbitanl Prices !
and the extensive speculator' for the interests of the people! "VVe have this
■ ■ day thrown upon our counters the largest assortment of
ever presented to Uio* penetrating jrazcof an astounded public. We mean what we say,
and say what no other house this side of New York can say; our say is a say that will
convince all callers at our house that we are the boss.
Yard wide Victoria Lawns!) cents, worth 15 cents; Victoria Lawns 0 cents, worth 15
cents; Victoria Lawns I) cents worth 15 cents; India Linens, 20, 23 and 25cents; 80 inch
Striped Victoria Lawn 15 cents, worth 80 cents; Line Lawns 9 emits. Worth 15 CCHtf)
Persian Lawns,Ficivch Mull and Figured Swiss, greatly reduced. Towels! Towels! I
All Linen Towels 10 cents worth 18 cents; N.'ipkfns, Napkins; Bleached and unbleach-
ed Table Linens, Turkey red table linen. Dress Goods. White Goods. All wool Bunt-
ings, plain and lace in all shades reduced from twenty to twenty-five cents a yard, Best
black bunting twenty-rive cents worth thirty live cents. Lawns, lawns, lawns. One
hundred ladles' ready made linen and lawn dresses $1.25,1.00 and $2.00, worth over
double the money. Linen Pinters, Linen Ulsters. Lace and Mull Ties ten, fifteen and
twenty-five cents up. Curtain luce twelve and a-half, fifteen and Iwency cents a yard.
"The Boss' finished unlaundrled shirt, fifty cents. Bilk* and Salins in all shades. Mll-
liiiei'y at t'osl. _ This department will he closed out at any price.
B©"AVe "call especial attention to "Mrs. P. Hellers Renowned B'eautifier
for the Comjilexion," which we are introducing at 25 cents pur sample bottle.
P. HKLLBR & CO.,
Sign'of the BANNER, opposite Court House, Winchester, Va.
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