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VOL TIT, NO, 24.
IM THE P?LPIT
Abstracts of Sermons Deliv?
"CHRIST IN SOCIETY."
K?v V C. Cox Arrulgnx Sonic- of tho Social |
Function? and Minien of the Day.
Tile Card Tuhlu ami
"Tarrying Uy the Stuff.-' This was |
the topic ot th- sertnon Sunday evehiOT
lit the Chestr.ut Avenue iMetbud'ist
tihurch. The text was taken from the
Hrst o-.ck v? Samuel, the With, verse of |
the 30th chapter?"As his port is that j
go-.'lh dewn to the battle so shall to
part lie that tatrieth by the stuff."
By ?ay of introduction Mr. Colonna
said that .David, with the approval of |
Go.i, hod started in pursuit u? the- thiev
ish Amaiekites to recover goods that had
been stolen-. 'Six hundr-d gallant fel?
lows follow the bold leader. "-But,"
said Mr. Colonna, "by and by the forceJd
marcth 'begins 'to u.11 on tho mem, a part
of the Weary succumb, one-third ot the
- boys, faint and foot sore, stcip with the
baggage at the brook Besor. The brave
?g four hundred scon overtake and defeat
this < nemy, capture the booty and return
t'o the brook. The question of how to I
distribute the spoils arises and provokes |
hot dis-.uss?ion until an order
ceived direct from headquarters. Da- I
vid's rule of ki'ivlsion, as found in the
t.xt. henceforth becomes a ?; erpetual
ordinance of Israel.
"This scripture suggests that in life
there mus!; always be sortie persons
tacry by the stuff. To go forward -with
the four hundred meant the exhibition
of courage, deeds of valor on the field,
ovations on tb-e return march and an
thonora'bl- peace ever afterward in the
heart of'the nation. To remain with the
luggage was to forego all chis and to
pass the days in monotony and seclu- i
sion. This is -precisely what the major |
part of us must do. There are not c
spicuous places for ev cyone in lite,
spite of what -the fond parent believes,
not every mother's son can iie a presi?
dent. The work In lonely places must |
be done. Whether we choose to respect
the '.oilier or not we are cl.-perdent
upon him. Truth to tell, most of us too
are not ciuati1ied for the higher posi
'tions in lif-r.
"A second inference from the text is
-that merit -as often dwells in the back
. igrourd as on the Held. That the .soldier
? is.not fitted'feir the gene-ralship does not
detract from his merit as a s-ddier. The
truest worth.- is often found-clad in old
greasy rags and feeding on broth. Ig?
norance is no bar to merits. Who cares |
?whether Grete-.- Darling, as She pushed
the life-boat but over those surging I
? (waters,, could Cecil ne a Greek noun. |
If- The r-uccst gems are often found in the
.hospitals and in sick chamb-.-rs. The af
llllcted man attracts no attention irflm
?the world. Think of Sidney Longer, the |
?-a. Wr-.tt.st sh-.g-r Ol I've South,j^*fng him- |
self it-alf dead ur.iier a lofof human
jc.tr. isses on the deck cf a steamer!
holm i for Cl'.y Point. That ,-.ne is dwell,
ling In the shadow of poverty or isrno
(raneo <yj misfortune' does not detract
-from his merits.
"We are reminded again that fieelity
is of in... importance than notoriety.
The feverish thirst for notoriety has
?been aptly termed publleomanhv. Men |
have ma'.e clowns and even criminals
of themselves fir Its sak-. The -wiser [
mode of action is .to magnify the office [
?you 'held and to aim at pr-if'et fidelity
in it. As somebody has sugg. feted, if you
are- r.iy a stoke. ? sbove'.ling coal in the
furnace. -_f the ship, say to yourself: 'I
' -may not be the captain of this ship, but
?I am the comman-Jer of this shovel.'
" 'Honor -and s-harr.e from no condition
Act w.-II your part, there all tne honor
"A LIVTCCG CHRIST."
fAt th.; Second Bap'tist ehur h Rev.
Thomas J.'M-acKay, the pastor, took for
bis evening subject "A Living Christ."
Mr. Mac-Kay said in part:
"If I came to- you tonight with
Christ of history and tel! you he died
simply a tleath of 'the body, you would
: ask me of what benefit to us is a Christ
;of the .past. We want today a living
Christ: one that enters evety avenue of I
life and eve'ty avenue of our b.-ir.g?
a living Christ 'remonstrated; in every?
day. Wha't do men care about your |
Christ of theory? They want a practi
cal Christ. You rememb r. the man in
the torr.ib. When be saw Jesus he fell
down before him. We do want men to
See this living Christ of today. The
\ widow standing at th,- grave, when the
sod is heard tn the coffin, wants a living
Christ to whisper: T am the resur?
rection and the life: he that believeth
in mo, though he were dead, yet shall he
live.' -We want from our pulpits a
Christ, that is in touch with the feeling
of rar Infirmity and was in every point
tempted just as -we- are. T e-m he .that
'.^glWah.' He lives as the pre-eminer.':
sfHi CJhr^st of Sod, a living power in tije
?lives of men, "j -ebT.-. the b.-loved-dTsclple,
leaned on Jesus' breast. H.j\v<nrfany to,
day are leaning on Jesus'.breast?*^AsR
the -saint of Clcd on whom she leans
, and she' will respontl on J%sus. * "We
erect monuments to our* Lees, our
(Girant? and Washingtons, but wfhc has
?erected a monument to the name of Je
- sus? Why go to trfe tomb and the
ang I answers the- question?'why seek
ye the living among the dead?' Let
monuments be erected to those who
law made hfstory sublime, but Christ
n-fds no monument. He is not '.lead,
'hut lh-eth. He lives in literature aw*
sreaks as rever men spake. He lives In
the press ef our city, for the pap rs
print Ihe Ermens of the men of God, so
tteit the sick ?ns<y r,cad them. Christ
liv- s in the nrotcetlve laws of cur na?
tion. Th- Christ of tr-Say lives in the
hymns of n-'i;? that -ascend from the
chtirehcs, from the horv*s of tree- poor
? and from the ralece of the wealthy.
Lock" ir.'.o th'-t hon--?. Let us place the
curtain to one side and there see the
lic k of Gr-*; see the family kneel to
the living Cr-'rist of to'ay. Helive-s ln
the1 :Tfirt of the nurse in our hospitals.
See her as sh ? kneels by the side of that
perfect stranger. Go tell' the worst
drunkard -y.-.u-can find that we ';Vsire to I
have him l--*nv this living Christ who
can give him s new hm t. Tel! the
crimir-il inrarnr-Ri ?' V] in cur jail (if we
i rrtn.y- call it o jail) that Christ will live in
fi'V life. P- nr freen".' dro* this llvin?
Chris; live In your heart? Take him into
"The Sabbath was made for man,"
was the text selected by Rev. B. F. I
Lipseo-mb. pastor of the Washington
Avenue Methodist church, as the basis
tor h'is sermon on Sunday observance |
After referring to the institution ot
the day ot rest, which be declared was |
one ot tbe oldest institutions in the j
world, dating back to the Garden of
Eden. Rev. Mr. Lipscomb declared that!
one day^s rest in seven was a (physical
necessity; that God. bad" written this
law in the co.nstr?Sti'ih ot man and
whether one recognized it as a divine
ordinance or not the Sabbath as a day
of rest was a -necessity.
iHe said the exceptions to the law
were few and easily understood. They
were comprised under two heads: works
of necessity and works of mercy. He
declared that much unnecessary work
was done on the Sabbath because of
the greed for gain and said that a num?
ber of men 'throughout the country
were forced to work on Sunday not be?
cause they wanted to, but because they
felt Impelled to do so by the inexorable
law of bread and meat.
There wias no necessity for passing
more laws. In addition to the law of
God on the subject, the law of the State
of Virginia was plain and easily under?
stood. So far as the railroads were
concerned it provided that nothing but
p'a.ssengers, mail and perishable freight
should be moved on the Sabbath, and
when it said perishable freight it didn't
mean a train of twenty-four cars of
something else and one bunch of ba?
nanas; it didn't mean a train load of
stuff which might just as well wait un?
til -Mpfiday, with an old broken-down
steer on the rear car.
It was not his province as a minister
of the.gospel to either criticise or de?
fend -the'a.ot'ion of the officials in failing
?to enforce the Sabbath law; they must
answer for themselves before the bar
of God: but it was his duty as A ?itizen
of the State of Virginia to do all in his
power to arouse public sentiment to the
point of backing up the officials in doing
their duty. He declared that public
sentiment was more powerful than the
officers of the law, more powerful 'than
the law itself. This was a government
by the people, for the people, and when
the people said a thing must be done
it was done. There was no official in
the country from the President down
to the humblest position in the public
service who was not susceptible to and
arrienable to this all powerful influence,
and in this lay the solution <if the ques?
tion. ,' T.c
Rev. Mr. L!p=oomb then told what
constitutes a proper observance of the
Sabbath, saying that those who devoted
the entire day to physical rest and neg?
lected the spiritual side of their nature,
had only half of the idea. The ideal
Sabbath was one which combined a ces?
sation from secular labor with the cul?
tivation of the religious and spiritual
side of life.
The sermon was listened to with
marked attention by a congregation
which entirely filled the church.
At night Rev. J. T. Whitley. of Hamp?
ton occupied the pulpit and Rev. Mr.
Lipscomb, occupied the pulpit of -thW
First Methodist church, of Hampton.
"CHRIST IN SOCIETY."
Sunday night Rev. C. C. Cox. pastor
of the Baptist church, preached the
fifth of a series of sermons on the life
of Christ, the subject being "Christ in
Society." -Mr. Cox said that the word
society was a very vague term, and to
exploiin the meaning read the several
definitions given in Webster's diction?
"You can readily see," said Mr. Cox,
"uhat these definitions can be divided
up into three distinct classes First,
the association of a number of persons
together for mutual profit, taking for
instance the Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty 'to Animals. The second
seems to get a little nearer the subject
In hand, and refers to those gathered
.together for social -relations, and the
third seems 'to be coextensive with hu?
manity. The auEhor of an article on
the science at right living holds that a
man stands in the center of concentric
circles. Man stands in the center of it
all and society feels his touch to its
fullest extremity. 'Let us look at so?
ciety, not in its highest sense, but as
.'t u'ffects man's social relations.
"In 'the first place -Christ was in so?
ciety. -H'is life was of a social nature.
Lord Bacon said that only fools and
the gods loved solitude. God does not
love solitude, but He is united to His
creatures and walks with them day by
day. Christ did not isolate Himself
from people.but walked with them and
used 'the everyday occurrances of iife
to illustrate some of His greatest
"There was a great difference between
Christ and His forerunnner. John the
Baptist. John lived in the mountains
of solitude. I am often reminded of
him In Cooper's "Beer Slayer." His
raumant of camel's hair and his food?
locust and wild honey?carries with
thee the idea of retirement. Christ
did' .--ven live a retired life during
th\ irie which He spent in preparing
Hit.,self for hi.s life work.
"Soon -after the .beginning of His Gal?
ilean ministry we find Him at a mar?
riage feast in Cana. He not only graced
the occasion with His presence but took
part in the festivities, and when the
host was about to" be disgraced came
to his rescue. Some make the claim
that -the parties married were related to
Jesus' mother, 'this idea being formed
because cf the prominent part whichshe
took, and tihe manner in which she di?
rected things. Let that be as it may;
we know that -He walked some distance
'to 'be there, and that He made Himself
sociable after His taTrival. We find Him
at numerous feasts in the homes of
rich and poor alike. (He called Zacheus
down from his position in the sycamore
tree, and told him that it was at his
home tthia't He was to dine 'that day.
He 'is not only found in the homes of
the rich and the poor, but we find Him
sitting as the guest of sinners and pub?
licans, and was even known as the
friend of 'this much despised class of
"Some of His best utterances were at
public feasts, among them 'being the
declaration that He came not to call
the righteous but sinners 'to repentance
?tihaJt it was the siok and not the well
which were in need of ta physieion. He
was interested in social life to the ex?
tent that He took notice of little child?
ren, and used Incidents in their lives
as examples for some of his lessons,
among them being 'the mimicks of the
children 'in their play ?round the mar?
ket places as they piped to each other.
He also told His disciples that unless
they humbled themselves -and .became
as little children they could not en'ter,
InJro the kingdom of heaven. What'
the Lord Jesus Christ demands is not
that we isolate ourselves from society,
but that we go Into society and try to
lift it up.
"Christ rebuked those lacking in com?
mon courtes?es in society. This was
done when He went to Simon's house
to dinner. He had been there but a
short time when He saw that He had
been invited, not becaiuse Simon really
wished to have the Savior to partake
of his hospitality, hut because of Si?
mon's curiosity to know what Jesus
would have to say and do."
Here Mr. Cox went over the incidents
connected with the meal at the house of
Simon during which the silnful woman
came in antd performed the customary
courtesies which 'the host h'ad neglected,
after which Christ .tells him about it
and shows him his littleness.
"The Lord Jesus was a perfect gen?
tleman and He expected other people
to be gentlemanly in their conduct.
The people of that day -were particular?
ly scrupulous about the courtesies ex?
tended to guests. In the letters of '.lie
Apostle Paul to Timothy and to TitU3,
?he tells 'them that bishops and deacons
are 'to be gHven to hospitality.
~~"T>r. William Taylor says that If he
were called upon to decide the charac?
ter of a mam he would not use the de?
terminate virtues but the Intermediate
?these which man is not eompellel to
perform. It is tfietse little things which
go to make up life. No .man ever took
more notice of these slights of courte?
sies than did Christ.
"The Lord Jesus Ohrlist rebuked the
hollow social farces at his day, and
stood up .boldly in the face of public
opinion land condemned it all in no un?
"Christ taught a lesson of humility at
the fea?t where He saw many of the
guests come in and go immediately up
to the highest seat and g-.-c as ne3r the
host las possible. It was ait tins time
that He told those before Kim of the'.r
foolishness in trying to push themselves
to the front."
iMr.Cojt said that Christ spoke against
the social evils of .his day, and that he
regarded it as one of the duties of the
ministers of today to denounce the
same conditions which exist now.
"I 'tell you," said Mr. Cox, "what 1
thiink of when you say society. I th.-nk
of the card table, progressive euchre,
the ball room with all its immodesties
and 'tire wine glass. I tell you, I be?
lieve in the new woman. T?l3 may
seem to some of you who have heard
me express my opinion on the new wo?
man as iai contradiction of former state?
ments, but it is not the new woman in
the shape of Mrs. Lease but in reality
the old woman brought back again.
"I arraign society on account of
gambling. Progressive euchre has been
decided by a. court to be gambling pure
and simple. The card table has opet.ed
a door through which many have en?
tered hel'L The social glass does harm
because there is supposed to be respecta?
bility behind1 it. I arraign society be?
cause; of its unjust and unholy dis
criminaition. Because in this country
social standing is based on money and
in 'the old country on blue blo?d. It
considers money and birth before brains
and character. I arraign society be
cause it strips -manhood and woman?
hood of those things which they ougnt
"What shall we say of so-called
Christian young -men and women found
in these places or about charity trails
given by churches. What a travesty
on the name of religion. It is a lew
type of -manhood or womanhood which
seeks out this so-called society.
?'Would that I could draw a .picture
?and show you the possibilities of intel?
lectual culture and the life of a child of
God. so as to have those who have been
leading this false life bury it all right
"Jesus Christ in society knew how to
lead conversation to higher thingi. He
was a master of conversation. This Is
something which we might all to cul?
tivate. We ought to learn how to tell
men ntoout Christ in the right way so
that they will accept the invitation of
Christ a.nd join the society of his peo?
ple, where the necessary quality for ad?
mission is character."
CITY NEWS Nl ?K1EF.
?Mr. 'Parkinson, of East End, is criti?
A light fall of snow occurred yester
'Mr. E. C. Madison, of Denbigh, -was in
the city yesterday.
Rev. C. C Cox addressed the colored
Y. 'M. C A. Sunday afternoon.
Miss Emma Cooper is the guest of
Mrs. J. R. Arringdale in Richmond.
Miss Cora Loekley, of Manchester, la?
vishing Miss Mary* Phillips In East
Mr. A. J. D-aughtrey. of Suffolk, is
visiting his sister, Miss Sallie Daugh
Miss Susie Harrison, of Richmond, is
the guest of her brother, Mr. Prosser
Mis.* Annie L. 'Salley is visiting Miss.
'Elizabeth Bobbins, in Richmond.
Mr. Bedford Hackett, of East End,
who .has been indisposed, is now con?
Miss 'Marguerite Tuttle, of Richmond,
is visiting Misses Jennie and Mam e
Jordan in the East End.
The Ladies' Auxiliary of the Young
Men's Christian Association will hold
Its monthly meeting this a.fternoon.
The five-masted schooner Governor
Ames, which rescued the crew of the
wrecked schooner Tillie. off the Jersey
coast, arrived in port yesterday morn?
'Miss Lucy -Bloxton, of 'Richmond, ar?
rived in the city Sunday, and is now
the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hos
A horse attached to a grocery wagon
ran away on Jefferson avenue Sun?
day morning. A negro named Bert
King was knocked down by the horse,
but was not injured.
Mrs. Je.ihn Johnson, of Thirty-fourth
Street, left yesterday for Massachu?
setts, having been called away by a
telegram announcing the death of her
It is learned from a trustworthy
source -that Mr. Collis P. Huntington
contemplates- -the 'erection of -a large
new brick school building on the prop?
erty near the shipyard on which the
Hunting-ton School now stands.
Prof. H. M. Hamil. international field
worker for the Sabbath School Associa?
tion, faliled to put in an appearance at
the Washington Avenue Methodist
church last night, and the large audi?
ence whiich was assembled was dis?
The (Parsonage Society of the Wash?
ington Avenue Methodist church met
yesterday afternoon at the residence of
Mrs. John G. Livezey. The Ladies' Aid
Society of the same church will .meet
tomorrow afternoon at the church.
THE WYANOKE STILL THERE.
Attempt to Raise Her Resulting Uaau
cessfu ly. She Will be Blown Up.
The second attempt to raise the Wy
anoke failed Sunday afternoon at 3
The C. & O. tug Alice attached a
stout hawser to a chain leading from
the wreck and tugged away for three
hours in an effort to raise the ship.
It Is said that the wreck moved slight?
ly several times.
At 3 o'clock the forward .part of the
old hulk, to which the chain was at?
tached, gave wiay and the Alice darted
forward when released from the great
strain to which it had been subjected.
The Luckenbach and Phillips then
stopped pumping and abandoned the
It is probable that the Wyanoke will
be blown up by degrees as soon as the
necessary preparations can be made.
A Happy Woman
Is the housekeeper who buys her coal
and wood from the Warwick Coal and
Wood Co., Twenty-eighth street. Ja 14 tf
More 1 ietura..
Wagoner, the 'best tin type artist ever
In the State of Virginia, is new at his
old stand, 2412 Washington av*n?K," also
Phoebua. You all know his work. Come
in the morning and avoid' the evening
rush. Jan S0-3t.
Dr. D. S. Harmon-, optician. By ? ex?
amined free. S58 Main street, over S
sind 10 cent store, Norfolk, Va.
Deposit your clothes money with ua.
It will pay you good Interest.
WOODWARD & WOMBLH.
u VA ~ T?ISDAY,
'ROUND THI BOARD
Democrats Re|el at the
Americus CiuS Banquet.
SPEAKERS AND TOASTS.
Elotiucn Tributes PmI?:$o monocracy anil
the "her Stain by plfttHl Orati.rs.
lly itut ioruerly
Ksseuibiy. , ^
"Three Cheers for th# Americus Dem?
"Hurrah! Hurra! Ij^xah !'*
"Hip ! Hip ! Hip ! "
After shouting th-einiselves- hoarse
the 300 'Democrats- who attended the
celebration of the thlrtf anniversary of
the Americus -Democratic Club, filed out
of Armory Hall a't 1 ojglock this morn?
l'c wa a Jolly crowd.) Everybody was
happy and a. feeim'g ?iri^wjd will perme?
ated the atmosphere. rThey bad min?
gled 'round the festay. board, drunk
Americus Democ-raltlciCluib. punch and j
listened to eloquenc. speeches that
touched the patriotic cords. ; Never in
the history <?t Newport 'Newts has a
banquet been so well fettended. It was
a success; a pronouncfed success.
Shortly after 7 o'clocSTast'evenlng the
invited guests began to assemble at
the club rooms on Wsashington avenue,
and it wais not lotng -tin-til the apart?
ment.-- were thronged ^S-ith Democrats.
Here men mingled tifiVg ? o'clock, the
'hour when the feslliviHes began. At the
appointed hour CouaS?man James F.
Hughes, president "of 3??e club, rapped
for order. Quiet tjeln-g restored he
spoke briefly as follows:
"We are gathered jjere tonight to
fittingly celebralte the third anniversary
of the foundation, oif the. Americus
Democratic Clup. Thje club, since its
organization, htst? been the only perma?
nent Democratic'club Within the city of
Newport News,. Where the fight
has been thickest aih? the battle hot?
test our representaijjves have been
found. Proud oCits ?rjtcord in the past,
and confident of Triumph in the future,
this club has invited^ou gentlemen to
enter with her inio'th'fa occasion. Hav
.Ing the honor KT be its president It is
my pleasant duty to aay to you gen'tle
men that we bid y-pja o, most cordial
and hearty wjelco-me;; your presence is
a compliment 'to uisi? We trust that
>our cup of pleaisure will be filled to
the brim; we rejojee In having you.
As time goes and years pass by may
your memories of ten look back upon
the scene and recall; pleasant things
and bring the smile of joy to your coun?
tenance and sunshine to your hearts."
After applauding the president's re?
marks the crowd made a break for the
door, marching in, twos to Armory
HaiL At the hail a) complement of
ushers were in waiting to assign the
guests to seats, and tight well did they
perform their duty. .Then Toiastmoster
C.eorge Henefer in a: brief address ex?
tended a, cordial welcome to' the large
assembly. Concluding the toostmaster
beckoned to the leader of the orchestra,
and the clinking of goblets and the
strains of a familiair air began simulta?
neously. The feast 'Wtas on. Caterer
George Losh-e, who served the repast,
was assisted by a large corps of wait?
ers, and there was no cause for com?
plaint, for there was no unnecessary de?
lays. "Every one was served promptly.
After this feast came the feast of
reason. An hour later the toast-master
introduced the first speaker of the even?
ing. Judge Baken P. Lee, of Hampton,
who responded to "Democracy." Judge
Lee was in good voice, and in his usual
chaste and eloquent language he laud?
ed the principles of Thomas Jefferson.
"Democracy," he said, "means more
'than I can express. It was born .when
this governmenit came into existence.
Democracy has a glorious past and it
will have a glorious future."
Judge Lee closed with a beautiful
peroration, declaring that when the
tide ceased to flow, the stars went out.
and the universe was rolled up in a
scroll the las* dying light of the grand
old Democratic party would yet be vis?
"The City of Newport .News" was the
next toast, and Mayor W. A. Post was
called on to respond to it. He said, in
"In responding to the toast you have
assigned to me. I feel that I have- un?
dertaken u. stupenduou3 task; for while
the city of Newport -News Is not so
very large now, it is growing a't suoh
.'?a. rapid rate I fear I could not keep
pace with the growth of my subject.
?But I have been admonished by a mem?
ber of your committee to be very brief.
Now- you do not know what you hlave
escaped through the foresight of 'that
member of your committee. If he had
not said I should .make my remarks as
briefly as possible, some of the disting?
uished orators who are to follow me
would simly have to come here some
o'tlher time, while I should have been
.struggling on, vainly trying to, do jus?
tice to the city. J3e,wport Slews Is not
such a- largo-city^ but 'there is~'no- city
in the State of VirgtaPa, and ?0 far as
I know, in the United States, that can
show such a rapid progress, such a
marvelous commercial development, as
cam this city in -the short period of two
years since its incorporation. The time
at my disposal will not permit me to
trace the eaWy history of Newport
News, so that I wiil only mention that
when I landed on i/his shore of the
James in 1880, no evidence whatever of
the present city was visible. Some
three or four! farm houses were
here, and earth works left as memen?
toes of the .war, were scattered over
the site of the city. Of the few white
men then living here I know of only one
who now resides in the city. The ter?
minal works of 'the Chesapeake and
Ohio railway were soon commenced
'.amd the Taiilroad extended from Rich?
mond. The great grain elevator was
erected, the streets- 'laid out and the
budding of the town begun.
' "In 1887 the work of constructing the
dry dock was commenced, and in 1889
tihe building of 'the magnificent ship?
yard was begun, and in 18D6 the city
was created- with a population of over
10,000, and today we are claiming 1G,
000 population. I will not tire you with
statistics, but .merely state 'that hi 1895
the exports from Newport News were
valued a't, in round figure?, $13,000,000
In 1897 they were valued at $26,000,000,
am increase of 100 per cent in two years.
"Just'think what this means!
"The commerce of this city has doub?
led in two years time! If we keep on
growing a't that rate?doubling every
two year.??in about a dozen years all
the commerce of the United States will
be done through thils port. We will
have to stecken the pace a few years
hence, or we will be charged with ibe
lng commercial gluttons.
"We have Just entered upon an era
of progress and prosperity; we have
promise of large expenditures of capi?
tal for the estafblishment of great in?
dustrial works, growing largely. If not
entirely, out of the confidence reposed
in the conservative anageroent of the
Democratic p*" 7 with a united
FEBRUARY I, im
honest 'Democracy, that confluence shall
never be betrayed."
When Mayor Post arose toncspond to
the toast be was greeted with deufen
?ing applause which lasted ? veral min?
utes. It was an ovation.
TiVe committee on- arrangements moide
a happy selection when It request'd Mr.
R. G. Rickford to prv.nour.ee an eulogy
on "Old Virginia." The orator had a
theme that suited him and never did the
Moth, r State receive a mo>:e eloquent
'tribute in so short a Teri<.d. "I never
realized what poor things words are."
said Mr. Bickfotrd, "until I attempted
to speak the thoughts that swell mv
bosom ton'ght. I simply say Virginia."
After brc;, fly reviewing the eOK^y his?
tory of the State, in. which he said that
when the eclonists left England' they
brought all ti'c culture, but left behind
the limitations of the fathers. Mr.
Bickford Vie-clarei that Viiginia was
never disloyal to the mother country Be?
long a? she was not g.eviously oppress?
ed.. "Wti. ai Charles the II was a king
with'out a kingdom Virginia offered to
the exiled Charles the kingdo-m of the
Old Dominion. The blackest tyranny
someitime distilled the purest lib rty, for
without Ctorge the r?t Patrick Henry
might have remaln-ed a brllliamrtbut in
'iotent country lawyer; George Mason,
th. peerless lawyer, would have been
stagnated; Jefferson's opinions would
not have been written, and Washing?
ton, the Clnclnnatis of the west, might
have gone to swell und not to stay the"
'British power. That great triumvirate
rose; to resent on Insul t-d people's
rights." Aftr referring ito the State's
past Mr. Bitkfcrd spoke of the future.
"We have been told," he said, "that
there ,is a grain of gohl in everv ton of
water. The way to get the gold is
plough that water with the keels of our
battleships and in the swell b hind them
wiil follow our reerchentmen. In- some
sections of Virginia the anvil iw silent,
and, as in years past, men look, d for
news from Newport, so th y will look
for news from Newport now. Virginia!
May the Cod of the nation- bliss her.'
Attorney C. Aylett Ashby followed
Mr. Bickford. responding to the toast.
'The Americus Democratic Club."
Mr. Ash-by said in part:
"It has been said by a sapient old
philosopher, and the correctness of the
maxim has been -proved by experience,
hat 'man is the architect of his own
It seems in laying the foundation of
my own mortal house I was wise in at
least one regard. All mankind is cre?
ated 'to bore or to be bored. And while
no reflection is meant on the gentlemen
who have and will yet speak tonight,
j yet the sayling is a true one. For some
(years of my life I belonged to the latter
class and was always among the list?
eners, but as though guided by some
| kind hand I .made an assignment of
my previous vocation of gathering po?
tato bugs and thinning corn, and upon
the streets of .Newport News there ap?
peared an humble shingle announceing
that all of those who wished free trans?
portation to Richmond and board and
clothes at the expense of the State,
could find in me a willing and able
helper. Almost since that moment I
have been transferred to the other side,
and now wreak vengeance upon a suf?
fering humanity, for the days when I
had to sit and iteten to the elaborations
of. politicians and speech makers.
"The Americus Club is a link In a
chain of historical progression worthy
of consideration. In days of old, as we
are tohl, when men were hold, a party
ieft the old country to come over and
settle the new land which one C. Co?
lumbus hard discovered a few years
previous. They sailed across the brl
ney deep, and with a lack of judgment
and foresight, they failed to land at
Newport 'News, but passed on up the
James river and lander! at Jamestown.
Soon the woods of 'the new country
disappeared as though moved by magic,
and where the Indian pushed his birch
canoe and war dances and scalping
bees were the order of the day. Old
Virginia- appeared. Upon this State
our country placed her then feeble feet,
and by the aid and counsel of old Vir?
ginia's famous sons reared her head
until today the flag of our country
floats wi'ih solemn and defiant majesty
above the heads of over ??xty million
devoted and free American citizens.
But though Virginia and our country
were both in existence something was
still lacking. Oid glory wanted. Again
Virginia put her shoulder to the wheel
am! the land re-echoed with responsive
appreciation as she gave to our country
and to t?-a-.we&ri-d one of the finest of
havens, through whose waters the fleets
of the universe mllght. pass and repass.
and they carried our produce to all
parts of 'the earth. Upon the shores of
this- expanse of .water there appeared
x city, the rapidity of whose growth
has caused wonder and amazement
Around this Virginia basin the city of
?Newport News sprang up?a ci:y which
fills the veim? of Virginia with new and
invigorating blood. Newport News, by
her industries and workshops, makes
Uncle Sam feel that security whi-ih
comes only from known and tried fa?
cilities and causes the old boy to shaka
his fist at even England and say \Hy
the eternals if Newport News contin?
ues to make me ta navy as she is doing
now, your title of mistress of the seas
will mat come across the herring pond."
"As we look -upon the footprints in
the sands of time it is befitting that we
should gather inspiration and -profit
from the experience of days which have
parsed, when we would begin the new
year which now opens before us with
resolutions and determinations picked
Crom the lines which have Rillen in
sunny places. IWe should scrutinize old
records. Heretofore our policy has
been conservative: our alms what they
should be; our leaders all that we could
ask, and as the beginning of a neve
year is the time when main Tesolves
Let's determine that the Americus
Democratic club shall be always guld
^d by pilots whose hands are steady
and whose charts are true. We shall
jet our compass to the old north star of
Democracy, and though Mark Hanna
may scatter abroad his filthy lucre, our
markets be closed by an infamous tar
ff bill and the expansion of our cur?
rency checked by those who have, we
will never vary from the oft trod path of |
true and tried Democracy, under whose
colors Thomas Jefferson stood as the
hero of our early days, and the tip of
aid Hickry's- sword inscribed his name
forever upon the rolls of American hon?
or, and the eloquent and mighty Wil?
liam Jennings Bryan w?ll be elected in
IDOO. tAppiause.l We still stear clear
if all trouble and difficulty, marking
and digesting the words of the darkey
' 'You foiks kin keep on shoubin" wif
. ? your gold an sllvah cry.
?Bu*t I tells you ipeople hams is scarce
and fowits am root-tin' high;
An hit taint no 'tickler trouble that am
pesterin* my mln'
But the things I am a dotn' Is keepin'
out of ebery kin'.
"Our club must be ever on the alert,
and may the richest of blessings crown
" 'Here's to our principles we love so
Here's to our guests, may they be of
Here's to Democracy we give a toast;
And last but not least, here's to our
The other sjieakeTs- were 'Mayor Bar
roll Hope, of Hampton, Mr. P. H.
Couch, Attorney Clarence W. Robinson.
Commonwealth's Attorney J. K. M.
Newton, ex-Congressman >T>. Gardner
Tyler. Hons. E. C. iFolkes and Charles
St. 'Wallace. Their addresses were
punctuated by rounds of applause. In
closing his address 'Mr. Newton said:
"Let each household attend to its own
affairs, and let us see that the party is
ke>pt intact. We don't want mug?
wumps and traitors in our ranks. We
want-the guns turned upon our enemy.
As the billows roll let every man stand
At the helm. Let no .man sulk in the
tent. We must unite."
CHIEF tIAKWUOl) A PRESS CISNSOB.
He Frohlblts a PHtnilmsn From Telling
About an Arrest.
The Dally Press stated Sunday morn?
ing that Chief of Police Harwood and a
squad of policemen had rotided several
gambling houses. This statement was
erroneous, not because the Daily 'Press
made no effort, tfr get "a correct report,
bu t because the chief decided 'that the
public was not entitled to any informa?
tion in reference to the raid.
The Daily Press learned Sunday
morning about 3 o'clock that a rail had
been made, 'and a reporter hurried out
of the office to ascertain who had been
arrested. An officer who was a member
of the raiding squad was found, but he
was as dumb as an oyster. He finally
admitted, however, that the chief had
prohibited him from telling a reporter
anything about the raid. That is why
the Dally Press did no: state Sundav
morning who was arreste 1. F.ir rea?
sons best known to himself Chief oi Po?
lice Harwood suppressed everything in
connection with the arrest?information
that the public was justly entitled to.
The proceedings of the Police Court
yesterday morning developed the fact
that the mysterious raid resulted in the
arrest of only one man?John Magee?
who was charged with running a gamb?
ling resort over ITzzell's saloon: The
accused appeared in court yesterday
morning, but his case was postponed
until Wednesday. He was represented
by Attorney R. M. Lett.
The Daily Pres.* does not ask police?
men to divulge secrets relating to crim?
inals whose capture Is desired and the
publication of which would be calcu?
lated to defeat the ends of justice. But
as a newspaper,whose province it Is to
dissemimale legitimate information, the
Daily Press has a rlgat to know the
names of persons who have been ar?
rested. The policemen }f this city are
an obliging and courteous set of officers,
who are willing to facilitate the work
of newsgatherers and wh > have sense
enough to know 'that the press Is an in?
strument of great value to the police
department, and that reporters and offi?
cers of tlie law can co-operate with mu?
tual advantage. The chief has taken it
Into his head, however, that the "least
we have to say to newspapers the bet?
ter we are off," as he expresses it.
A LARGE POLICE CO ?BT DOCKET.
Justice Rrown Dispose* of Many Canes of
Justice Brown disposed of the follow?
ing eases in the Police Court yesterday
Anthc-ny.JMitchell. (colored), disorder?
ly conduct; warrant withdrawn at
K3eo. SpaTks (white), drunk: fined $2
'George Lowe (white), drunk; fined ?2
Richard 'Ellis (white), fined $2 and
James'Martin (white), disorderly con?
duct; fined $2 and costs.
George Anderson (white), drunk;
fined $2 and costs.
Allen Wilkerson (white), drunk; fined
$2 and costs.
(R. Devlin (white), drunk; fined $2 and
lAloirozo Murray (colored), drunk; fined
$2 and costs.
Sam 'Bell (colored), disorderly con?
duct; fined J6 and costs.
iSallie Allen- (colored), disorderly con?
duct: fined $3 and costs.
Wentfield Banks (colored), dlseirdeTly
conduct; fined $3 and casts.
'William Henderson (colored), disor?
derly conduct; fined $3 and costs.
Chas. Jackson (cedored), disorderly
conduct; fined $3 and costs.
L. Ross (colored), working ein Sun
Jay; .fined ?3 and costs.
Jim Leakey (colored), keeping disord?
erly house; fined $6 and errata.
W.P. Reed (colored), working on Sun?
day; fined $3 and costs.
Monroe Austin (e-olored), working on
Wm. Ga-ston (white), disorderly con?
duct: fined $2 and costs.
Wm. Iroin (white), drunk; fined $3.50
J. W. Purnell (white), drunk; fined J2
Amnanias Williams (colored), disord?
erly conduct; fined %3 and eessts.
Will e Crump (colored),disorderly con?
duct: -fined $3 and costs.
Walter Chambers (colored), disorder?
ly conduct: fined *3 aind costs.
Willie Payne (colored), disorderly
conducrt; fined $3 and costs.
Richard Carter (colored), and Ran?
dolph Diokelt (colored), fined $3 and
Johnnie Harris (colored), suspicious
charaeter; bond of *100 for two months.
Charles Epes (colored), suspicious
character; bond .af $?K> for two months.
Jim Lewis, alias "illog-eye" (colored),
suspicious character; bond of J1(M> for
Kcv. J. F. Whltley on "Missions."
The meeting of the Missionary Socie?
ty of the Washington Avenue Methodist
church Sunday afternoon was well at?
An enjoyable program of a mu?
sical and literary nature was ren?
dered, after which Rev. J. T. Whitley.
of the iPIrst Methodist church, Hamp?
ton, delivered an address on ."Missions."
It was cm able presentation of the sub?
ject, and was heard with interest by
the large audience present.
A Great Invontlou.
ITndoufbtcdly. the gr atest improve?
ment ever put on a bicycle, since Dun
lop invented- the pneumatic tire, is the
automatic coaster and brake that is put
on the '38 Eciips,- Bicycle. With it you
can coast with your feet on the pedals
and keep perfect control over your bicy?
cle under a.l conditions, even' on the
steepest hill. Does away with half the
work. Fred G. Kippeir, 221 Twenty-sev?
enth street. Newp.rt Nc-ws, has these
wheels on exhibition. Jan 3?-tf.
When you see a vacant lot without
i sign on 'it, don't think it can't be
bought. Just call on Powell Bro's. &
King. They are very apt to have it
for sale. Ja26tf
Mr. C. IE. Cheyne has Just opened a
full iine of up-to-date Amateur Pho?
tographer's Supplies. Kodaks, Cameras
and' supplies of all kinds are at his stu?
dio awaiting the inspection of the ama?
teur, to whom he gives any and all ex?
planations. Jan 30-St.
<Tf SINGLE COPY. TWO CENTS
ONE WEEK. TEN CENTS.
Proceedings of the Senate
?tl-Tradins Stomp BiU PaMe. the
Home. Fire Insurance BIU Ordered
to It? Kneroi?ment. Night.
Sessions to be Held.
(Special to the Daily Pres* 1
RICHMOND, VA.. -ItaoTsi"ISte days
of the.i?gisiatjVe?esslon of 1897^8 ?j?~.
of importa** boslr^se, oh the cale?*E-:
in committees and Sn the hands of tnon?
oers. that in ,the present -90331008 o'
? hree hours per day it seen? Impossible
.0 accomplish the work mapped o?V
tndeed unless extra hours of sitting- are
adr-pted it seems -inevitable that mzjir
of the momentous measures now on the'-''-'
calendar must die the/re for lack of time
Tor consideration. Day after rfay the
really important Wills which have been
reported favorably, but to the passage
of which objection is anticipated, have
been passed by, until the calendar is
now twenty-four printed pages ->n
length, and consists almost entirely of
general bills, revenue and reform meas?
ure,?. Anticipating the failure for lack
of time-, for consideration of many of
these bills, unless something is done at
once, Mr. Saunders, of Franklin, today
.otroduced a resolution providing for
evening sessions from now on. The
House adopted this resolution, which
provides for adjournment at 2:30 until 4
P. M., and -Anal adjournment each day
it the discretion of the House.
The Houi-^e then Vigorously tackled
che calendar and in a short time passed
many bills, among which were the fol?
lowing important measures:
To amend and re-enact section 3260
of the code of Virginia of 1887, when
plea in abatement is Hied.
To require city and street railways
to use vestibule fronts on all ears run
on their lines during the months of De?
cember, January, February and March
of each year. Amendment excepts the
city of Petersburg froim e-p-eration of
To amend and re-enlact section 32,
hapter 1, of an act to provide for the
assessment of .taxes on personal proper?
ty and Incomes and on 'licenses to trans?
act business and in paying taxes there?
on for the support of the government
and -public free schools, and to pay the
interest on the public debt, and pre?
scribing the mode of obtaining licenses
to sell wine, ardent spirits or malt II
nuors or any mixture thereof, in cases
where? a court certificate is required,
approved March 6, 1890, relaitl-ng to sale
To incorporate the Hampton and OH
Point Gas and -Electric Company.
These bills now .go to the Governor
tor his approval.
House lengrossed bills were passed aa:
To prohibit trading stamps, trading
checks and similar gift enterprises and
any inducement to trade in which lot?
tery or chance enters.
To amend section 85 of an act ap?
proved March 6, 1890, entitled an act
to provide for the assessment of taxes
on person's property and income on li?
censes to transact business, and Im?
posing taxes thereon for the support of
the government and1 public free schools,
and to pay the Interest on the public
lebt, so as to define & show, circus or
To establish a circuit court for the
city of -Buena Vista.
To create a circuit court for Radford
To amend the act in reference to the
manner In which a minister is author
zed to celebrate the right of marriage.
To 'Ineororate the Peninsula Railway
To incorporate the Union Indemnity
To amend the charter of the town of
To ineonporate the 'Montgomery Rail
read and Mining Company.
To amend section 2823, chapter 130 of
the code, in relation to interest.
To amend the charter of the Virginia
3tate Bar Association.
To amend section ,1202 of the code of
IS87. in relation to rates of toll on rail?
To amend section 4107 of the code in
relation to the right of appeal to court
from the Judgment of police Justices
and justices of the peace in criminal
-ase-s. to provide for the disposition of
:he accused unless let to bail, and for
the amendment of the warrant in the
eounty, corporation or hustings court,
to fix the rule of procedure on these
warrants in the appellate courts to said
eounty, hustings or corporation courts.
To incorporate the Virginia Railroad
rod Mining Company:
The House postponed the retrench?
ment bills which have been under dls
cui-sion for several days, owing to ihe
absence of their patron, Mr. Winborne.
The House then took up House -bill
no 172, to prevent fire insurance eom
oanles, associations or partnerships
doing tr fire insurance business in the
State or the agents of said companies,
associations or partnerships from enter?
ing into comblnation to make or con?
trol rates for insurance on property In
-his State, and providing a puniibment
for violation of this act. The bill Is aim?
ed at the -Southeastren Tariff Associa?
tion, a combination of insurance agen?
cies designed to -maintain, rates. Dis?
kussion was precipitated on a motion to
recommit 'the bill in order to allow in?
surance men to be heard. The bill is
known as the Wharton bill. The motion
to recommit the bill was los-t.all amend?
ments were defeated and the bill order?
ed to Its engrossment, which ij$ equiva?
lent to its assage by the House. Mr.
ooke, of iNorfolk, was In charge of
the bill. . ? _ .
The House took up the LeCato fish?
ery* commission bill, which regulates all
matters relating to the flsh and oyster
'n'cerests of the.State to a commission of.
five .pen-ons, two (the president and.
secretary), to be chosen from Tidewater
and the other three from other sections
>f the State. The bill has already pass?
ed the Senate, where it originated. Mr.
Cooke's amendment to reduce the com?
pensation of the secretary from $1,20<)
to $1.000 per annum was adopted. A
bill has also .been offered leaving the
appointment of the commmis3-.on to U>e
board on 'the Chesapeake atid its trib?
utaries. The -estimated Increase in rex
enue to the State from the work of the
propa-ed commission is $40,000 per an
aum. Pending discussion of the bill
the House adjourned.
Among the House bills introduced to?
By Mr. S. H. Walker?To move the
office of commissioner of agriculture to
Blacksburg, Va. "
By Mr. Wharton?To establish me
eountv of Tyler out of parts of Mont?
gomery, Giles, 'Floyd and Puiaskl. A
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