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Briet Hlstoru ot Me Soutifs Greatest
FORTRfllTS OF MUNICIPAL OFFICERS
Some of the Advantages of the Phenomenal City
at the Mouth of the James.
Like other Virginia cities Newport
News) can lay claim to some historic
Interest and dates the origin of ins naime
hack to the old colonial days when the
Virginia coast, and, especially the
Jaimes river was the 'Mecca for Engli-h
settlers. Unlike most Virginia cities,
(however, there is nothing 'left standing
today that figured on the site of "New
port's News" three hundred or even as
Jute as a hundred years ago. Not a
building standing today was in evi?
dence twenty years oago. The city is
practically newly constructed, a.nd lias
all modern improvements.
When Captain John Smith returned
t to Jamedown in 1007, after making an
I exploration of the Chesapeake Bay ami
E Its tributaries, lie found only thirty
I vestments, convmenced active opera
? lions, tlie town wau ?well on its way to
i the .position to which its many natural
' advantages entitled it.
I'll .th- --.wly part of 1S96, the popuiLa.
i tion was rated at !),300.
i in the part of the same year,
the fljru.-?-*.- w~re swelled to 11,500.
..\lan-r. ?1 ;.?>?" saw a population of 14,
000. and today it is estimated that at
least 16.500 i>ersons claim Newport News
as their 'home.
The past three years have been re?
markably successful ones for the city
and also for its enterprising merchants
and business men. In 1802 there was at
?uddieti activity or enlargement which
at first -was looked upon as being rather j
, too much on the order of a boom. The |
MAYOR W. A. POST.
eight of his colony of settlers alive, the
others having been either murdered or
succumbed to the inevitable through
unavoidable privations. Just as despair
Hon. Thomas Temple Powell, Member
seemed to be settling on the few sur
viviors. Captain Newport arrived on
his second vieit to the James, making
a landing at the point where the Ches?
apeake and Ohio piers now stand.
It will he of interest to know that the
first colonists to land at 'Newport News
numbered 120. and. to use the words of
Captain John Smith, were made up
chiefly of "goldsmiths and gentlemen."
The news of the arrival of Newport
with an abundance of supplies was sent
to the Jamestown survivors by messen?
ger and from that time on the place
where the English captain landed wui
knonvn as '"Newport's News."
About 25 years ago Mr. Collis P.
Huntington, the great self-made man.
visited the present site of the city and
at once became impressed with its won?
derful natural advantages as a seaport.
In after years, when Mr. Huntington
gained control of the Chesapeake &
Ohio railroad, he recollected the many
advantages that were awaiting devel?
opment at the magnifiemt haifoor at
the unknown village of Newport News
and determined to make this point the
deeep water terminus of his far-reach
Sn,g railway system.
With the investment of Mr. Hunting
ton's capital in this section, the insig?
nificant village commenced to assume
the appearance of a town and with
each succeeding year the population
swelled materially and there was gra?
dually more evidence of wealth and lib?
Private residences, stores and build?
ings of other descriptions, large and
small, soon commenced to go up. The
heart of the town, when it first com?
menced to grow, was on the south side
of the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad, now
known as "Hell's Half Acre." One by j
one small houses were erected on this
side of the railroad and the new com?
munity soon commenced to spread to
the north and east, as it 'were.
The growth of the new Virginia t-oiwn
was heralded abroad and it enlarged
with such rapidity that in 1890 it had a
population of 3,500.
?>wel,lings and mercantile establish?
ments were put up very rapidly after
that and when the plant of the Newport
News Shipbuilding and T>ry T>ock Com?
pany, another of (Mr. Huntlngton's in?
Judge T. 'J. Barhtam.
Capital invested, however, was amply
backed by more and the substantial fu?
ture of 'Newport 'News was aissured
from that time.
The old appellation of Newport's News,
which had held on since the colonial
days, was soon contracted to Newport
News, after the modern idea of fashion?
ing names, and, when the seat of War?
wick county was incorporated as a city
January 17. 1S96, a charter was granted
to 'Newport 'News and not Newport's
When tthe city wais incorporated air.
Walter 'A. Post, one of 'its earliest in?
habitants, was named as the first
mayor, and that office be holds today
by the choice of the people, having been
elected May H. 1S92, at the city's first
The following gentlemen today hold
offices under the city government:
Mayor, 'Walter A. Post.
Treasurer. James 'II. Curtis.
Clerk of Courts, Douglas C Smith.
Commonwealth's Attorney, J. K. AI.
City Sergeant. E. W. Milstead.
City Auditor. J. W. Read.
City Clerk. J. A. Massie.
Judge of the Corporation Court, T. J.
Police Justice. J. T>. G. Brown.
Chief of Police's. J. Hamvood.
ID. G. Smith, Clerk of Courts.
Sergeant of Police, J. W. "Reynolds.
High 'Constable, George W. Crow.
Harbor Master, C. R. Hoskins.
Health Officer, S. W. Hobson.
Sanitary 'Inspector, C. J. Padgett.
Jail Physician, W. F. Creasy.
Street Superintendent, B. R. Ketton.
The members of the Common Council
Finst Ward, IP. J. Mugler and J. Tho?
Second Ward. F. C. Ojenz and Wyatt
Third Ward, A. E. Burcher and W. C.
Fourth 'Ward, J. A. Buxton and Geo.
Fifth Ward, J. A. Willett and K. J.
Sixth Ward. J. F. "Hughes and J. J.
(E. <W. Milstead. City Sergeant.
Seventh Ward. !Mark McLaughlin, and
The two officers appointed by the
1 President are:
Co-Hector of Customs, Jesse IW. Elliott.
Postmaster Freu Read.
Tn addition to the judge o!f the cor?
poration court and the 'harbor
master, the governor makes the ap?
pointment for quarantine officer, now
held by X>r. A. C. Jones.
Police Justice, J. T>. G. Brown.
I The plan of Newport 'News was laid
out by the old Dominion Land Com?
pany, with broad streets running at
right angles, so that the elements of
light and air would always be abundant
no matter how large and crowded the
city should be. The numbered streets
run east and west and the designated
avenues north and south. Located on
a high bluff at the very mouth of the
James River, the city stretches back
over a level territory at the southern
extremity of the Peninsula of Virginia,
as It is termed. It comprises about 12
square miles inside of its present cor?
porate limits. The growth of the city
has been so rapid that the next few
years will see a necessary extension of
the boundary lines.
The city is lighted by electricity and
gas, furnished with water from the
Newjwrt 'News Light and Water Com?
pany's large waiter works, and has a
pleasant, salubrious climate. The city
will shortly be drained by a $75,000
system of sewerage, the contract for
which will be let in a few days.
Of the industries of Newport 'News,
the shipbuilding .plant in the north end
of the city rank? first. This immense
plant represents an outlay of $7,000,000.
and employs 3,.r>00 men.
The Chesapeake & Ohio railroad has
sight large piers along the water front
at the southern extremity of the city
and adjacent to these is this great cor
[Hjration's grain elevator, which is an
industry in 'itself. The C. & O. yard is
more than a mile in 'length and con?
tains X! miles of railroad track. The
road does an immense pussenger, ex?
port and coal business.
The large brass fuundery of the Cas
ney 'Brothers is one of the city's -big in?
dustries and is located in the north end
near the shipyard. All of the brass
work for the shipyard is executed in
ibis establishment. The company also
has a Urge outside custom.
The Peninsula Electric Light & Power
Company, having its offices and plant
between Warwick avenue and the rail?
road and Twenty-fourth and Twenty
sixth streets, 'furnishes all of the elec?
tric power and artificial ice for the city.
The 'Newport News Gas Company has
only recently put in a Sfi?.OOO plant and
has been furnishhing illuminating and
heating gas for several month--. The
Newport 'News Knitticng Mill, located
on Thirty-third -street, near the rail?
road, has a large custom and turns out
work of the first quality.
J. IC. Qt. Newton', Commonweatlith's
There are many other smaller indus?
tries, such as lumber establishments,
brick yards, iron and marine repairing
works, stone yards, etc.
The city has three banks?First Na?
tional. Citizens and Marine and Schmelz
Brothers. There are security and trust
companies, building and loan associa?
tions and the like without number.
There are a great many real estate
firms, all o'f which are doing a good bu?
siness, and a large number of tire and
life insurance companies have local re?
Every description of retail business to
be found anywhere in this country is
carried on in Newport 'News. There
are also wholesalers in a number of
The 'Newport News. SHa'mpton & Old
Point Electric Railway has a city line,
running from the C. & O. depot to the
shipyard, which connects with the road
to Hampton and Old 'Point Comfort.
The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad oper?
ates an hourly short line service be?
tween this city and Old Point.
The C. & O. runs two trains
in and out of Newport 'News every day:
the Old Oominion 'Steamship Company
has a daily service to New York; the
Merchants' and Miners Transportation
J. M. Curtis, City Treasurer.
Company disipatches steamers every
day -for "Boston and Baltimore;
connection with Norfolk is made by
the C. & O. steamers and several river
boats, which ply daily.
It is estimated that at the pnseru
time there are 2,f>00 buildings of all de?
scriptions in Newport News. This is an
unusually large nunmber for the sire
of the city.
The only building owned by the city
now is the courthouse, in which are all
of the municipal offices, as well as rhe
circuit and corporation, court rooms
and the council chamber.
The United States Custom Hv.ise and
Postoffice are located in rented quar?
Th* government expects to erect a
public building here in the near future
and the city will in the next six months
build a new high school, central school,
and combined jail and emeregency hos?
THE OLD KE&RSARGE
History of the New Battleship's
FAMOUS NAVAL VESSEL
How Alabama Was Sent to the
Bottom of the Sea in 1864
Off Cherbourg, France.
In Febijuary, 18011, Congress author- !
ized t?te conesicructinon of seven sloops
of war, and the Navy .Department, so
as to take advomiUage of the plans, al
rcatiiy ini its posses'ion, of the sloops
built three yens previous, in 1S5S, du?
plicated the IMohican. in the Kcarsurge,
the iroquois 'i'li the Oneidu, the .Wyom?
ing in the Tusearora, and the engines
of the Semlnole in the Wachusett.
These vessels were of about 1,560 tuns
displacement. By suO>equenfc action of
Congress, ait the sepc ial session of 1S61,
authority was giuuted to 'the. Secrewry
of the INavy to build other sloops o?
war similar to those previously order?
ed, marking fourteen new vesse.s in- all.
Besitzes those already mewt'icned were
the Junlata. Cossipee, Adirondack,
Hi lusatonie, '.-'acnuneiKO, Cutiaindaigua,
Lia'cawaninlat Tieonderoga, Sh'emandoa'h.
and iMonongabeTa. The hulls of all
fourteen of t .j.sloops -of wait* were
-built by tire United State? government
at the navy yord?, thu-e'e each ait Ports?
mouth, N. H., and Boston, iMiaiss., and
four each at (New York and Philadel?
phia, the .machinery being built by con?
tract at various .places in' New Eng?
land, _ New York, and Philadelphia.
They "were all largj^ handsome vessels,
for that type, a ndVaiUt excellent service
during the war 'between the states and
for sievetal years thereafter.
The machinery of the Kears-vrge was
built .by the well known Arm of Wood?
ruff & Beach, of Hartford. Conn., the
contract prke Tor it ?befog $104.000. The
various poriwu-tions of the vesse'i were
as follows: length over all, 214 feet,
John Read, City Auditor.
5 inches; length on water line. 19S feet,
6 inches; beam,, 33 feet, 10 inches; depth
of r.oid, 10 inches; tannage, 1,031. The
ship itself was well ibuilt, although it
was not .designed' with any special re?
ference to. sj>eed. and its fine condition
at the time of its famous duel with .the
Confederate cruiser, Alabama, afer hav?
ing been in service for thirty months,
is the best possible proof of the zeai and
capability of the engineers Wiho hod
eruinge of .the work. An Englishman,
Mr. (Frederick Milnes EUge, who pub?
lished a phampiet account of the bat?
tle with the Alabama soon Ufter it oc?
curred, warf so impressed with the evi?
dent utre exhibited by the condition
of the machinery o: the Kearsarge that
?T Ivave not seen the engines din
finer dcndillon.?looking in. every part
as though they -were fresh from the
workshop, instead of being, as they are
half through- the1 thirUI year of the
At the time of 'its famous conflict
with the Alabama, the Kearsarge had
been in commission for more than two
M. B. Jones, Commissioner of Revenu?.
years, under a well trgunized' and
i?beral'ly administered system of naval
discipline; that length of time being
more than sufficient to convert almost
any class of recruits into thorough
men-of-war. It is true the gun crews,
divisional officers, as well as marines,
were all volunteers. The material
was intelligent to start with, and
after thirty monthis of constant train?
ing aboard ship, had arrived at a state
of competence and' familiarity with
their duties that left absolutely nothing
to dread from the products of British
or any other system of it raining. "Just
such volunteeis as these manned' our
ships in the war of 1812, an'dt win man
in the next naval war."
The engineers' division was admir?
ably and efficiently conducted under
The first two years after the Kear?
sarge had been_ put into commission
were uneventfuf ones, the time being
occupied! in a cruise of European- wat?
ers, and the men. who as hinted, were
recruits, being put through a training
and discipline which wa? well calcul?
ated to fit them for the service into
which they volunteered.
The one event dulng the cruise, and
which made the name o.f the oM 'Kear?
sarge a blessed meanrnv to the people
J. J. O'Dor.nell, Tv?denit Council
of the 'N.Orth, and ro the South as well,
and one which wj',1 retain for the ves?
sel a glorious place in the annals of the
United States Navy, was its famous
conflict, which has already been re?
ferred, to, with the Alabama. No
history of the Kearsarge woiu'.'dl l>e com?
plete without dwelling upon this con
filet, which was one of the most bril?
liant in the many naval battles of the
country. The following description of
this battle is given, because, of the
many descriptions to be found upon
the event, it seems to be the fairest,
and most impartial to bath sides of
the contending forces:?
DESCRIPTION OE THE 'BATTLE.
"Sunday morning June 12. 1S6*. the
UnitetJI State? sloop of war Kearsarge.
Captain John A. Winslow, lay off the
D. S. Jones. First President of Council
After Incorporation of City.
tow.n. v:f Flushing, Hull land. 'Many of
her officers and- men were ashore, und
everything about: the ship denoted an
entire absence of thought of im- !
mediate action. As the day wore wn,
however, a cornet sud'aie-n'.y appeared
at the .foremast, and a gun. wus fired,
a signal for every member of the ship's
company to repaitr on. 'board immed?
iately,. Winslow had just received) a
telegiuni frtom' -Day-ton, our (Minister to
France, saying that the lAleiliima 'had
arrived at Cherbourg. On leaving the
Cape of Good Hope Semmes ihad sailed
for Europe, arriving at Cherbourg
June 11th. Hastily making his prepara?
tions for am immediate departure,
Winslow steams! to IXiver .for dis?
patches, end on Tuesday appeared off
Cherbourg, where the Oonfedei-ate Hag
could .'be seen- across the breakwater
(lying from the Alabama. tFeat-im-g that
the twenty-four hour rule might be ap?
plied to this ship. Winslow did not an?
chor an the hu'rbo-r. but took a station
off the port. A close watch was plueeu
in order to prevent the Alabama from
taigaiin getting to sea unobserved. In
this instanCe, however, the precaution
was unnecessary, for Captain Semmes
had determined to offer battle to the
nationa'i ship and intimated Iris inten?
tion to the United' S ates consul.
"The two vessels were -well matched.
The former 'had a slight st i peri rioity of
speet?, but this- was mot utilized in the
action. (A year before, while at the
Azores, Captain Winslow hud arranged
his sheet chains for a distance of for
'ty-eine"'feel amidships over the side of
his vessel, and extending six feet, two
inches down, us a-.VT'ional protection
to his machinery. These <-.hafins were
secured- up and down by mat-lines .lO
deal 'boards. But as this part of the
ship was struck only twice in the ac?
tion, this protection cannot l>e counted
as having materially aided the Federal
S. J. Hat-wood. 'Chief of Police.
ship. The oompu.ra.tive force of the
two vessels was as follows:
Tons. Guns. Pounds. Crew.
Kears arge.. 1.0,11 7 36G 163
Alabama!_1,031 8 32S 149
"The sentiment -among the town folks
was overwhelmingly in favor of the Al?
abama. Whenever her men were re?
cognized on the streets they were re?
ceived with enthusiasm and prophecies
of victory. Winslow realized that the
public feeling in Eranee ani.il England
was against him and his crew, but he
knew what the American tars had dmne
in former years, and be had an impli?
cit coii'fidence in his own men. And so
day after day, end night after night,
the Kearsurge Ini grim silence stood
guard over the harbur. With each pass?
ing hour the hope of a battle grew
faintea. Wednesday came and ntn Ala?
bama. Thursday came anUIpassed with
the same barren results; then 'Friday
and- 'Saturday, yet no fight.
"Sunday, June !19th, dawned with a
light haze hanging over the harbor and
town, but in the light westerly breeze
the mists.were gradually cleared! away,
revealing "the shipping and town in all
the ll>eauty oif ai bright summer's day.
A careful scrutiny of the harbor gave
no indications tuf the Alabama's coming
out 'that day. and the usual routine of
the Sabbath' on an American war ship
began. The- decks were holy-stoned un
W. K. Stow, Jr., Chief of Fire Depart?
til they shone with- dazzling whitentsA
the brass wotks anUi guns were polish?
ed, ropes were coiled away, and every?
thing made shipshape, in keeping with
the holy day. After the men, dressed
in their best elaths, had been Inspe.teJ
they were dismissed to artend divine
services. At 10:20 A. M? while the bell
was toiling for church, the o'fleer of
the deck reported a steamer coming out
o; tn* harlot*, but this v.:-: a c mmon
oceurence, so it aroused no special in
went on. But a few seconds later the
words "She's coming, and heading this
way!' rang out over the ship. It was
not necessary to ask who 'she' meant.
Captain Winslow immediately put
aside big prayer book, and seizing the
trumpet oidered the ship about and
decks cleared for action.
"Between' nine and ten o'clock
Semmes had got uniiier way, accom?
panied by. the French Ironclad Obu
ro-nne, flying the pennant of the com?
mandant of the port, whose duty i t was
to see that the fight should not take
place within the Marine League. .Hav?
ing performed this duty, the Frenchman
returned to port. Closely following
him was the private English yacht,
DeerhoundV Soon the hills and vant?
age points atang (the coast were black
with spectators eager to witness a
naval battle, wihiiie specital wires to
Paris reported each stage of action.
Specduil trains were run from Paris at
frequent intervals, which added to the
crowd. It is estimated that at least 11 f
teen tliousana peopie witnessed the hat
"In order that no quest-ton about
neutral waters shKJU'.d be raised, Wins
low led the A.abama seaward, and at
10:30 on reaching a point about seven
miles from land turned about and
hea'.ed- straight for the Alabama, not?
withstanding he was exposed to the
taking tire from the entire bn.<idsides
01' th? Conti-derate cruiser. At 10:57,
when the vessels were ab ut 1.S00 yards
apart, the Alubamu opened the action
with a broadside, which cut away a lit?
tle of the rigging, but did mo material
damage. A second and pant of a third
broad^iUte were llred with a similar
want of serious effect, when Captain
Wvnshow, tearing a raking tire, sheered
round and delivered his broadside of
flve-seocinl.lt shells at a distance of about
?00 yards. Without slacking his speed
Winslow endeavored to pass under the
Alabama's stern., but Setnmes prevent?
ed this by putting his helm hard to
l>ort. .'Each vessel then continued' to
keep its starben!'!*broadside toward -che
other, which resulted in a circular mo?
tion, the ships going around a common
center. Seven! complete revolutions
were made in this way." the three mile
current currying the ships westward.
"Early in the action a. shot from the
Kearsarge carried' away the Alabama's
gaff and colors. Observing this, the
National crew cheered. Unit the Com'fed
etiires soon hnisiei;1 an.flier ensign at
their mizzen. About the close of the
battle a shot carried away the hal?
yards of the Kearsarge's odors, stop?
ped at the mizzen.. end In doing so
pulled' sufficiently to break the step,
and' thereby unit'urled the flag that was
I to 'be shown in case of victory. The
I firing of the Kearsarge was an exhibi
Dir. S. W. Hobson, Health Officer,
flow' of magnificent giunnery. Word
was passed a'.ong the buttery to make
every shot tell. The wisdom of this
was shown in. the result of the Kear?
sarge firing only 1T3 -missiles, nearly all
of which took effect, while tihe A'.a
'oama fired 1170, of which only 2S stiuck.
"At. noon the Alabama ceased tiring,
seit her fore trysail! and jib, and en?
deavored' to rum ashore- This, for the
first time brought her pert 'broadside
to bear where only two guns could be
used'. 'Setnmes hoping to bring the shot
ivoles on the starboard side above the
water litSi. by heeling the ship to port.
Observing -the- Alabama's intention,
Winslow quickly steered so as to cross
her.'bow, and wets about lo-iiour 4n a
raking fire when she hauled down her
flag. INot knowing whether the eOlor'S
had been cairied away by a shot or by
accident, and thinking it might be mere?
ly a ruse to enable the Alabama to
reach the neutral waters, now .inly two
miles distant, Winslow ceased firing,
but held his guns in- reali'iness to open
again at o moment's notice. About this
time a white flag was dispkvyedi, which
?onvitveed the National commander
that" the Alabama intended to surrend?
er, ami1 Tve begun his preparations for
rendering her aseistan..e. But at this
moment the Alalmma renewed her fir?
ing, upon- which the Keairsarge dis?
charged three otf her guns. Yet the
course of the famous cruiser bud been
run. 'She mis rapidly sett'llng. arid' the
only two serviceable boats In the Ke.ar
J. A; 'Massiie, Clerk of Council,
surge were sent to save the drowning
men. In a few minutes the Alabama
setttled by the stern', and lifting her
bow high out of the water plunged to
the 'bot tum of the sea."
?At -the close of the war the Kearsarge
was stil1.' in commission, faking -several
cruises. iWtviile on one of these cruises,
in March, 1866, ion a -passage from Mon?
rovia (liberia, to Lisbon., -yellow fever
apppeai-ed on board. Seven officers, in?
cluding the surgeon. Dr. Benjamin
Vreelarfi', and seven of her men, died.
Fotuir of the unfortunate officers were
members of the engineer coups.
On April 1st, 1865, the Keorsa-rge again
went into commission at Boston, Mass.,
and- made -a- cruise in (European waters,
under Commander A. D. Harrelli, U. S.
N., returned to_ Boston, and went out
of com mission August 14th, 1S66. Jan?
uary ieth,lS68, she was- again put in
corr.'missionl ut Bostonv and made a
cruise in.' the South Pacific Ocean', un?
der 'Commander James S. Thornton, U.
S. N., her executive officer in the com?
bat with the A'iabama: going out of
commission at Mare Island navy yard,
California. On December Slh, 187:5, she
went into commission a,t 'Mare Island,
and imade a cruise in Asiatic waters un?
der the following commanders: D. R.
Harmony, till March 1. 1S75: R. F. R.
Lewis, till J-uCy 29, 1875: F. V. MeN'air,
till January 16th, 1S78, when she went
out of commission ut Boston. Mass.
May 35th'. 3879. she was commissioned
at Boston and made a cruise on the
C. R. Hoskins, Harbor Master.
North Atlantic station-, under Comman?
der H. F. Picking, till May 7th, 1880:
Commander George B. White till Au?
gust '16th, 1SS2; Commander WEllam R.
Brldgman assumed cctmrnand August
16th, 1882, and on Au.gust 20th. 1883, hav?
ing been tKitach^d from the North At?
lantic station, the Kearsarge left New
Tork on a European! cruise. Command?
er C. D. Sigshee, who was in command
of the Maine when she was blown up
In Havana, harbor. assiMnod aoanmand
October -JOth, 18SG. The Kearsairge re?
turned" to Portsmouth, N. (H., and ?went
out of coimmiission December 1st. 188?.
Commander O. IF. Heyerman ussuftned
command. November 23rd', 1S93.
Jesse VV". Elliott. Collector of Customs.
Although the vessel hud long before
outliwd Us. usefulness as a modern war
vessel, and bad remained im the service
lonjter than any of her sister sloops
construe ted at the same time, her re?
tention In the naval service was d'ue to
n patriotic public impulse, which was
recognized by Congrsss n making, fre?
quent appropriations for her repair and
While on her way from Port au
Prince. Hayti. to Bluvfieids, Nicanau
gt:a-. under the command of Common^
der Oscar IF. Heyer-man, the Kearsarge
was wrecked February 2. lS?l, on Kon
cador Reef. a:t which time she was the
tlag ship of Acting Rear-Admiral O. F.
Stan ton. To show the veneration im
which 'the Old sloop -was held Congress,
which .was then in session, immediate?
ly, upon receipt of the news of the dis?
aster, made an appropriation, and dis?
patched a United1 States vessel to the
scene of the wreck, to save the vessel
if possible, but It was too late* The co?
lors were afterwards reeovered, and <m
June 19, 1894, thirty years after lb? bat
Fred Head, Postmaster,
tie with the Alabama, they were pre
i sented to the representative of the
navy dei>artment in the New York s'Jock
exchange, all business being suspend?
ed an hour for the ceremony. The flag,
bell and numerous other relics .were
! subsequently recovered by traveling
Americans, who ifound and purchased
tlhem in Junk shops at different Carri
For a number of years a piece of the
Dr. A. C. Jones, Quarantine Officer,
stern post of the Kearsarge, with one
of the shells lodged therein, a imemento
of the famous buttle, has been exhi?
bit ed' at one of the navy yards, and
has attracted much interest among
visitors. Tlie same stem pest and shell
was exhibited at the World's Columbian
Exposition at Chicago*, and one of the
most attractive exhibits on the model
btttleship. and was seen 'by upwards of
three million people.
Geo. B. West, President Citizens atnd
?Marine Bank, and one of the Earliest
Residents of Newport News.
WOMAN IN ART.
?Apropos of .woman in art, it may be
of interest to mention that owing to
the talent and enterprise of the only
woman photographer in the State of
Virginia, 'Newport 'News can now 'boast
of one of the finest photograph studios
in the country. The Tenmianit Photo?
graph Gallery, situated iin the Com?
mercial Building at the cornea- of Wash?
ington avenue and Twenty-sixth street,
has recently been enlarged, renovatd,
and furnished with the latest and
most approved appliances used in mod?
ern photography. Mrs. M. W. Tennant
is now entering upon her second year
in this city, and the patronage received
during the past year has been such as
to warrant her in taking the whole of
the second floor in Commercial building
and greatly enlarging and .beautifying
her premises, where her patrons will
find every convenience a?d courteous
M.rs. Tennant. who is*?F graduate of
the Maryland School of "Design, is an
artist of the very first rank, having
fifteen years experience in her profes?
sion. Her crayon portraits, of whicn
she makes a specialty, adorn same of
the finest houses in the states of Mary?
land and Virginia. Mrs Tennant has
recently been fortunate in securing the
services of Mr. 'Haitis Clark, who hau
been for many years leading artist in
Foster's studio at Ttichmond. It goes
without saying that Mr. Clark Is an
all-round photographic artist. At -the
last State Convention of the Photo?
graphers of Virginia. Mr. Clark was
awarded the medul for the finest amd
most artl?tic display. Also a medal for
the six best retouched negatives.