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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1S9S.
WHOSE FAULT WAS IT?
The report on the accident to the
cruiser Cincinnati shows that some one
has been almost criminally negligent.
The existence of the rock upon which
the cruiser crashed was known to the
marked by a buoy. The fact that there
marked by a buoy. The fact that here
was danger to vessel of deep draft had
been accentuated by the experience of
one of the first steamers entering the
harbor of Santiago after the dangerous
place had been ma i ked. This vessel
ran near enough to the rocks to carry
away the buoy, leaving the shoal un?
Why the buoy war, not replaced im?
mediately is incomprehensible, and some
one should be given an opportunity to
explain. To condone the habit of put?
ting off until tomorrow what should
have been done today would furnish a
bad precedent and one which might re?
sult in much harm in the future. A
thorough investigation should bo made
into the matter, and unless a satisfac?
tory explanation is forthcoming sonic
one should be made to suffer.
Fortunately, the damage to the Cin?
cinnati was not serious. It was good
fortune, and not proper precaution,
however, 'to which this result may be
attributed. The pilot on the vessel
says that the landmarks on the shore
were at fault, but it seems to us that
failure to properly mark what was
definitely known to be a dangerous
spot, was the real cause of the acci?
It is difficult to imagine an adequate
excuse for such negligence, and the
sooner it is discountenanced in a prac?
tica! manner the belter it will be for all
In matters concerning the safety of
ships no precautions or expense should
be spared, and "manana" should have
no place in the vocabulary of the men
who have charge of such matters,
Of course, Senator Platt, of Connecti?
cut, does not maintain that your Un?
cle Samuel is the only pebble on the
international beach. He simpiy rises to
remark that the old gentleman in the
antiquated headgear is fully as large
as any of 'the other pebbles. That's all.
The nation which was responsible for
'the "Inquisition" today agrees to re?
ligious freedom without protest. Who
will say that the world is not progress?
Up 'to date the President seems to be
several laps ahead of his late es?
teemed corrtemporay on speech-making,
during the past few weeks, at least.
It did not require calcium light effects
to make the McKinley-Wheeler tableau
HUNTING THE CHAMOIS.
The chamois belongs to the order of
the goat antelopes and the animals have
short black horns curving back at the
Chamois are as a rule hunted in two
ways?by stalking or driving with
beaters?and hunters say it is one of the
finest sports in existence.
It is a mistake to fancy the chamois
lives only where there is snow and ice,
for they are as fond of green fields as
the cattle which graze on the low slopes
cf the mountains.
The chamois is usually identified with
Switzerland, but the animal is less com?
mon there than in any other country
which it inhabits. Austria is the real
home of the chamois, where they are
Chamois driving differs little from
deer driving, except that the beaters
have often bad ground to cover. The
only 6kill consists in shooting straight
and picking out the bucks, which is
facilitated by the animal's habit of fre?
quently stopping to look bnck.
In hunting the chamois the first thing
to do is to find a high point of vantage,
where the chamois are watched. When
one lies down he usually remains there
some hours, and then is the hunter's
chance. Then commences the "stalk,"
which has to be conducted most warily.
With care a shot can generally be se?
cured at 150 yards.
There is a variation of driving the
chamois called riegeln, which is rather
sporting and consists of a herd being
first found with the glass and then
moved by a few beaters toward the
hastily posted guns. As a further varia?
tion of thiG, one or two guns post thexn
r.elves, while another attempts a stalk.
Whether he succeed or fail, the animals
will probably give the other guns a
JOSH BILLINGS' DEFINITIONS.
Silence is a still noise.
Bashfulness is ignorance afraid.
Conscience is our private secretary.
Economy is a first mortgage oa
Prudery is nothing more than co?
quetry gone to seed. '
Pleasure is like a hornet?generally
ends with a sting.
Flattery is like cologne water?to bet
smelt of, not swallowed.
A "gentleman about town" is one'
who pays cash for everything except
Humor is like a swarm of bees?the
more jou fight them the less you get
rid of them.
Anxiety is milking & kicking heifer
with oue hand and holding her by. the
tail with the other.
Fortune is the aggregate of possibil?
ities?a goddess whom cowards court
by stealth, but whom brave men take
Kiss?The only way to define a kiss
's to take one, and then sit down, all
?Jone, out of the draught, and smack
Friendship is like earthenware?if it
is broken it can be mended; but- love
Is like a mirror?once broken, that
Contentment is a kind of moral laflti-'
ness; if there weren't anything but con?
tentment in this world, man wouldn't
!>e any more of a success than an angle?
MUSIC AND ANIMALS.
One dog amuses every one because'
when his owner practices on a violin he
howls so distressingly that he has to be
shut up. Whenever the piano is played,
on the contrary,' he edges up to the
player as close as possible and beams
A handsome and sensible pussy
owned by -a puzzled lady" will sleep
?weetly during general conversation,
binging and piano playing, but let a
certain hymn tune be sounded, she
ivakes, arches her back, meows and will
not be comforted till the tune is fin?
ished, when she resumes her inter
A man \vho owns some Pomeranian
dogs says that at the sound of his cor- j
net one of' the little animals will rush !
around the house wild with delight,
oegging and dancing. Another of the j
Poinerunians will not notice the cornet,
but delights in the picco pipe, bega,
wags his tall,.and, if he can get th*
chance, licks the small instrument that
produces the music he loves
A well-known man has a dog whicli
does not object to, music in any fort?
or as produced by any player, but ha
strongly objects to the crowing of a
certain cock. This might not seem so
peculiar if it were not that only when
this especial chanticleer raises his voice
does the dog begin to howl. The other
roosters may crow ever so loudly, and
they make no impression whatever on
Bouncer, the dog, who only joins in the
chorus when his enemy crows.
THE DOG AT WORK.
Throughout Holland and Belgium to
a great extent the dog takes the place
of the horse.
In some parts of Germany and Russia
dogs are trained: for war purposes.
They are also- used for smuggling pur?
poses, being trained; to ehuu a person
In somepartsof France dogs are used
to work machinery, somewhat in the
same way as the donkey at Carisbrook
Sledge dogs form an essential part of
all Arctic exploration parties. Little
could be done without (hem. Dr. N?*n
Bfn has a good deal to 6ay about them,
t-lteir capabilities, etc., in his recent
A little more than half a century ago
?ttt be precise, in the year 1830?the
ose of dogsi for drawing vehicles' was
abolished in London and it was not un?
til 15 years later that it was prohibited
la th* United Kingdom generally.
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A WORD ABOUT WAR RELICS.
In an unfortunate hour I met an offi?
cer of the First Kentucky Volunteers.
It was during the recent arrival of
that gallant organization from Porto
Rico tha't we warriors were brought
together. The officer presented me
with numerous souvenirs and relics of
historical interest, appertaining to the
war. I left his hotel with a pound of
Mauser cartridges and bullets in one
pocket of my overcoat, two Krag-Jor
gensens of the same in my vest, frag?
ments of several shells that had been
fired into Morro Castle done up in a
newspaper and a small square of bark
from the tree under which the release
papers for the exchange of Hobson and
his gallant crew were signed in the
other. From that day I became a
"relic fiend." In common with seven
or eight million other idiots, I began
collecting relics. The most treasured of
my collection was the bit of bark.
The officer upon presenting it to me,
explained that he came into possession
of it through a brother officer who was
with t'iie third detachment of troops
that landed in that neighborhood. 1
pinned my faitli fast and tight to that
bit of wood. Money couldn't have
bought it. I went around among other
relic collectors and sneered at their
treasures. I was the envy of the entire
bunch, and when they saw me coming
they stopped taiking relics and 'turned
their conversation upon another topic.
Tn the meantime, I accumulated from
returned soldiers vast quantities of
other war relics. I bought fragments of
cloth, torn from Spanish uniforms, ma?
chetes picked up on the field at El Ca
ney, after the fight; epaulettes formerly
worn by 'Spanish captains and lieuten?
ants; buttons that once decorated the
coats of the men who fought under
Cervera. I acquired bayonets, gunlocks,
Spanish coins, atoms of ship armor,
splinters from the mast of the Maria
Teresa, sections of battle flags, a pair
or brogans that had been removed from
the hoofs of a dead hero, and a bullet
riddled hat that had been worn by a
soldier, whose third cousin had a casual
acquaintance with the nephew of the
woman who used to wash shirts for
Second Lieutenant Casanova's nephew.
If while inspecting the relics of other
collectors I discovered in the lot any?
thing not included in my own collec?
tion, I never rested until I had a du?
plicate of it. Tn short. I bought relics
until the Citizens and Marine Bank re?
fused to honor my checks.
It was my ambition to possess the
most complete outfit of war curios held
by any individual in this part of the
country. Yesterday I met a man
named Kelly?W. C. Kelly. Kelly had
seen the tree from which my bit of
bark was represented to have come.
He had been over to Puba in La
Grande Duchesse, as a machinist, hav?
ing enlisted from the Newport News
shipyard. Tie had seen the tree, 1 say,
and he had beheld it about three weeks
ahead of the date 'that my bit of bark
was torn from it. "It was as bare as
a bone," said Kelly. "There wasn't a
bit of bark the size of a dime on it
from top to bottom. Every limb was
broken off and there wasn't anything
much left of that tree, except the roots.
That tree was disintegrated and carried
off by Spanish officers the day the pa?
pers were signed."
I am still collecting relics and I am
satisfied that I have the largest and
most valuable collection extant. When?
ever I learn now of a new style of relic
that has just been turned out. I get
one just like it, and at much less cost
than I have heretofore expended upon
additions to my collection. In fact, I
have ceased to lay out money on war
relics altogether. I see by the Philadel?
phia papers a man in that city is ex?
hibiting a spar taken from the flagship
of Admiral Cervera's fleet. The
first off - day I have I am
going to get a saw and an
axe, hie me out into the woods of War?
wick county and get me one of those
THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING.
The days intervening between now
and Christmas are few and short, but
to the little folks 'there's a week in
every twenty-four hours, and the hours
are filled with torturous anxiety. The
problem of the Christmas stocking, how
much i't can be made to hold and how
best the prodigal Santa Claus may be
enticed into freighting it with a lav?
ish hand on the occasion of his noc?
turnal visit, is the all-engrossing sub?
ject of debate, and reflection as well,
in the juvenile world. Those are 'beau?
tiful traditions, those legends of the
fine old gentleman in the snow-covered
fur cap and great coat, riding over the
house tops in a wonderful sloigh be?
hind a spanking string of fleet-footed
reindeer. Those are fine old legends
that cluster about the Christmas sea?
son, and one of the saddest days in the
he discovers that they are but fiction,
he discovers that hey are but fiction.
RHT/GN OF THE DOLL.
Newport News seems to have gone
doll-mad. Never before has there been
such a large and variegated display of
dolls in the stores at 'Christmas time.
But if the supply is great, the demand
is in equitable proportion, for never be?
fore has there been such an
immense sale of dolls. The life
sized ones displayed in several
store windows around town are
in a large measure responsible for
it all. The tots, having gazed with
delight upon the pulchritudinous fea?
tures and the astonishing proportions
and dimensions of these huge dollies, fill
the ears of the household with their
longings for "one like that." Even
where there is no expressed desire on
the part of the little girl, Mamma is
certain to include a doll among her
purchases* svhen she goes out Christ?
mas in g.
Tl?e Lecture ana Hie Lcctar?s-.
Mrs. Learned?Had you no engage?
ment for to-night, dear?
Prof. Learned (jumping to his feet)-?
By Jove! I was booked to lecture at
7; 30 on *?Tho Cultivation of the Mom:
ery," and her? it is ten o'clock! Whf
"n blazes couldn't you have asked that
question three hours ago? ?? N. Y,
Alice?Isn't It too, bad! The romance
of my life has been shattered.
Winifred?-Oh, I'm so sorry! What's
happened? Have you and Charley quar?
Alice?No; but just as we had got
all ready to elope, papa and mamma
spoiled it all by cjecidlng to give their
consent.?Chicago Daily News.
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located for business. Ten-horse
power boiler and engine. Terms cash.
Corner of 27th street and Roanoke
WANTED?Two or three unfurnished
rooms by young married couple. Pri?
vate reidence preferred. Address
Box 667, Newport News. 12-21-3t*
PLEASANT FURNISHED ROOMS,
southern exposure, with or without
board, private family. 113 Thirty
WANTED?SITUATION, TO ASSrST
in housekeeping, or as mother's as?
sistant. Address B, Box 52, Hamp?
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WANTED?A man of experience in
?Fire insurance and Real Estate wants
position. Address J. H. F., P. O.
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Address I. X. L., care Daily Press,
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head Singer Sewing machine. Call
at 717 Twenty-seventh street. 18-3t
BY FRANCIS M. ELLISON
N?- 114 ThlrtiHirst Street.
Also furnished rooms for rent, with
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O ALE OF VALUABLE SCHOOL
O PROPERTY FOR THE CITY OF
NEWPORT NEWS, VA.
By order of the Board of School Trus?
tees of the City of Newport News. Va.
we will offer for sale at public auction
TUESD4Y, JANUARY 3. 1S9S.
commencing at 11 o'clock A. M., in front
of the Twenty-eighth street school, ihe
following very desirable pieces of prop?
erty together with the improvements
FIRST?The two lots and school
building thereon situate on the North
side of Twenty-eighth street between
Washington and Lafayette avenues.
This property is in the heart of the bus?
iness section of the city and with [
slight costs could be turned into stores |
and Hats which w-ould rent very hand
so m el y.
SECOND?The two lots and two !
houses thereon situate on Roanoke av?
enue between Twenty-third and Twen- I
'.y-fourt'h streets in a most desirable |
section of the East End.
THIRD?The two lots and improve?
ments thereon on Twenty-second street I
between ejfl'erson and Madison avenues |
occupied by the colored school.
Possession of these buildings will be I
given as soon as the new public school '
buildings now in course of construction
are completed. From the day ot sale
until the 2Sth street property is turned
over to the purchaser the school board
will allow rent for it at the rate of $1)0
per month. It is estimated that pos?
session to these buildings can be given
by March 1. 1899. On the Roanoke
avenue property the school boad will
allow a rental from the day of sale un?
til it is turned over to the owners of $15
per month. On the Twenty-second
st i eet property the school board will
allow a rental of $25 per month from the
day of sale until possession 'is given
which is estimated to be April 1.
TERMS:?One-third cash, balance in
six and twelve months. For further in?
formation and examination of the
buildings and property, call at our
IRWIN TUCKER & CO..
Real Estate Auctioneers, Washington;
avenue and Twenty-eighth street,
de 20 td
I Washington Ave., Cor. 3istS 1
jjj liATESl U|
$ $7.00 to $12.00 Per Week. |
Room 7, Citzens and Marine Bank
Bell "phone, 293. de 17-lyr
2107 WASHINGTON AVENUE
Consignments of every discriptlon so?
licited. Liberal advances made on
same. Special attention given to trus?
tee and court sales.
E. R. WHITLOW has removed to 233
Twenty-fifth street, where I am prepar?
ed to do all kinds of
SIGN. AND HOUSE PAINTING,
graining, papering and decorating.
Give me a call when in need of any of
the above work.
233 TWENTY-FIFTH STREET.
? BOOT AND SHOE MAKER.
REPAIR WORK A SPECIALTY.
2809 Washington avenue.
29?6 Washington ?venne. - - Newport News, Ya
Again for Xmas Gifts.
Infants' Soft Soled Colored and White Kid Moccasins. Regular
Children's Genuine Dongola, solid leather, patent tip, lace and but?
ton Shoes. Regular value, $1.00.
Misses' Vici Kid, hand-turned, patent leather tip, solid throughout,
in lace or button. Regular value, $1.50.
Ladies' Genuine Vici Kid, soft and flexible, patent leather tips, in
lace or button, in all the lates't shapes. Regular value, $2.00.
Ladies' Hand-Sewed imported Viel Kid, silk fitted, in all styles, in
lace or button. Regular value, $3.00.
Men's Satin Calf, heavy sole, bull dog toes, lace and Congress Shoes.
. Regular value, $2.50. ' ?. j . ?
MerC-s Tan Russia Calf and Box Calf, leather ? lined, heavy soled
Shoes, in bull dog and all the leading toes. Regular value, $3.00.
Men's patent leather Shoes, hand sewed, in all the latest styles.
Guaranteed not to crack. tj. _
98c '. ' '
Men's black and brown Der-bys and Fedoras, in all the latest
shapes. Regular value, $1.50.
Men's black and brown Derb ys and Fedoras in Dunlap and Knox
styles. Regular value, $2.50.
290G Washington Ave., Newport News, Va.
Bell Wiring done
on short notice.
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NEWPORT NEWS, VA.
(Board of Directors meet third Tuesday in each month;)
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