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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2!?, 1S9S.
THE LAND GRABBERS.
There has been much adverse criti?
cism of the law passed by the last Leg
evident that those who have been
most strongly inveighing against the
measure have lost sight of one or two
essential facts in considering the mat?
The collection of taxes is absolutely
necessary for the maintenance of the
machinery of government. This fact,
however, hss never made taxation pop?
ular. From time immemorial the col?
lection of taxes, whether justly or un?
justly assessed, has been a problem.
Even in the churches, where men are
supposed to be influenced by the high?
est and purest of motives, it is some?
times found necessary to adopt meth?
ods of doubtful expediency in order to
make both ends meet.
In the case of real estate it is pos?
sible, of course, for the government to
collect the taxes assessed upon it by
forcible sale, if the owner fails or is
unable to pay the amount due. For a
number of years the method in vogue
in Virginia has been to go through the
farce of advertising and making sales of
property returned delinquent. That
this system was an utter failure was
shown by the constantly increasing
length of the "delinquent list," many
names of persons appearing who were
amply able to pay, but who through
disinclination or sheer negligence let
the matter proceed, and in the mean?
time the State was forced to get along
without the money assessed. This con?
dition cf affairs made it necessary to
enact a law which would not be a dead
letter on the statute books, one which
would convince careless property hold?
ers that tax paying was not child's play,
but something upon which the govern?
ment of both the State and the nation
depend for their maintenance. The
new law is by far the most effective one
yet adopted. By means of appealing to
the instinct of self-interest of both the
would-be "land grabber" and of the
man who has carelessly permitted his
'and to get into a "grabable" position,
the law accomplishes the desired end.
It is unfortunate that the provisions
Of the law fall with unnecessary harsh?
ness upon any one, but the collection of
taxes is absolutely necessary and it is
difficult to imagine how such a thing
can be accomplished without bringing
inconvenience to some one, and we feel
sure that a. careful perusal of the meas?
ure will convince all fair-minded per?
sons that the interests of nil the citi?
zens of the State are- reasonably safe?
guarded. Before going into spasms of
?indignation against the law-makers il
might be well to remember that they
have to deal with an element of human
nature which abhors taxation, and
which will sometimes go to almost any
: lengths to escape payment.
THE WESTERN WAY.
In commenting upon the action of the
Chicagoans in their recent fight against
the aldermen of the "Windy City," the
Chicago Chronicle says:
"We are wiid and wooly out this way; l
we are noisy at times but we don't wait
to lock the stable door until the horse
This is the only and proper and sen?
sible way of conducting affairs. So
long as the citizens of a municipality
keep a close watch on those who have
charge of the city's affairs there will \
be little danger of things going very far
wrong. It is only when the people be?
come so much engrossed in their own
affairs as to .lose interest in public mat?
ters that corruption has full sway.
! Whatever is is by sufferance of the peo?
[ A dispatch from Havana says: "On,
the heels of the announcement that Jim
Corbett will open a saloon here comes
the news that Bat Masterson and Wy
att Earp. of Tombstone, Ari.; Doc Hol?
iday, Ed Casey, the Kid, of Skaguay,
Alaska, and Doc Brown, of Spokane
Falls, are coming to Havana to engage
in various enterprises. From appearan?
ces the early history of Western towns
of the United States is to be repeated
in Havana. Gambling-houses are being
opened everywhere." Thus we carry
the blessings of Christian civilization to
the benighted Cubans.
Items of Interest.
The wives of Siamese noblemen cut
their hair so that it sticks straight up
from their heads. The average length
of it is about one and one-half inches.
Gelatoid, a mixture of gelatine with
formaldehyde, is being/ used for un?
breakable goggles to protect the eyes of
workmen exposed to flying particles of
stone, metal or wood.
The names of the architects of the
new South Station. Boston, will be chis?
eled in enduring granite high up on the
front facade of that structure, in ac?
cordance with plans duly submitted by
Corncob pipes are made by the car?
load in Missouri, and sell for 25 to 27
cents per bushel. The industry is also
an important one in Indiana, and one
factory at Brightwood turns out be?
tween '1.000 and 5,000 a day.
In 1S2S there were 1,085 debtors im?
prisoned in Philadelphia, their debts
amounting to $25.40!!: the expense of
keeping them was $R02.07fi, paid by the
city: the amount of debts recovered by
this process was $295.
Soup has been in use for 3,000 years I
and is twice mentioned in the Bible. A j
few years ago a soap-boiler's shop was
discovered in Pompeii. The soap found I
in the shot) had not lost Its efficacy, |
although it had been buried 1,800 years.
Debtors in Siam, with three months'
arrears, can be seized by the creditors
and compelled to work out their indebt?
edness. Should a debtor run away, his j
father, his wife or his children may be !
held in slavery until the debt is can- I
The father of Major Marchand is an
old carpenter at Thoissey, in the Ain, j
and he is vastly proud of his son's
General Otis, now in Alanila. is said to j
be ignorant of his candidacy to succeed
Senator White, of California. The gen?
eral is editor of the Dos Angeles Times.
A brochure, by Mary Foote Hender?
son, wife of ex-Senator J. B. Hender?
son, of Missouri, advocating a new
White House to be erected on Meridian
Hill, is being distributed at the capitol.
Dr. Shweninger. who won fame and
fortune through Prince Bismarck, has
accepted the headship of a big hospital
which is being built in 'Steglitz. He will
open a college of medicine in connection
with the hospital.
Miss Wiesen recently won the first
prize for marksmanship at the little
town of Attinghauser, made famous by
Schiller. She won from over 100 com?
petitors, including her father, seven
brothers and three sisters. The family
look nine prizes in all.
Arthur T. Hadley, professor of polit?
ical economy in the academic depart- I
ment of Yale university, is at present
considered the most likely successor to
President Dwight. Professor Hadley is
a graduate of Yale of the class of '76.
New York Yale graduates are booming
Judge Henry W. Taft of the class of
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\ Notice of Dividend.
Citizens & Marine Bank.
Newport News, Va.. Dec. 15, 1S9S.
j The directors of this bank have de
i clared a dividend of three (3) per cent,
j out of the profits for the past six
i months, payable to the stockholders on
and after January 2, 1S98.
W. B. VEST, Cashier.
At a meeting of the directors of the
: First National Bank of Newport News,
; held December 23rd. a dividend, of three
per cent, was declared out of the earn
| ings of thr- past six months, payable to
: the stockholders on and after January
2, 1899 J. A. WILLETT
112-29-Ct ..: '. .
ALONG THE WATER FRONT.
Flotsam and Jetsam of the Tide
of Current Maritime
WASHINGTON. Dec. 2S.? Forecast
for Thursday?Virginia: Increasing
cloudiness, with probably rain at night;
warmer; light southerly winds.
Calendar for This Day.
Sun Rises.7:17 A. M.
Sun Sets.4:57 P. M.
High tide 9:19 A. M? and 9:55 P. M.
Low tide 3:00 A. M.. and 3:49 P. M.
Vessels Arrived Ve3terd?7.
Steamship Phoebe (Br.), Story, Gal
Steamship Stella, Galveston.
Schooner John S. Beacham, Rich?
Vessels Soiled Yesterday.
Steamship Leander (Br.), - New
Steamship Riojana (Span.), Guerrica,
Steamship Kanawha (Br.), Maxwell,
Steamship Drat, -, Bristol.
Steamship Betty (Aust.), Bleecinch,
Steamship Prazathus, -, Trieste.
Steamship Stella, -, Aarhaus.
Barge Mary Whitridge. New Bedford.
Barge George Moon, New York.
Barge Raeitan, New York.
AN INSPIRING SCENE.
Hampton Roads presented an inspir?
ing scene yesterday with something like
a hundred schooners at anchor, and
dozens of steamships. The former ves?
sels had, most of them, put in for fear
of the prospective storm which it seems
is not scheduled to materialize. Many
of them took their departure yester?
DIED ON THE MARYLAND.
One of the crew of the bark Maryland,
formerly the Spanish bark Carlos F.
Roses, now anchored In Hampton
Roads, died on that vessel outside the
capes and was buried at Fisherman's Is?
land. The Maryland is bound to Balti?
more from Havana hy way of Tortugas,
where she performed a strict quarantine
and was fumigated. The death of the
sailor makes the fourth which has oc?
curred in connection with the vessel
since her capture.
MANITOBA AND JAMES xOWN.
The shipyard officials have as yet re?
ceived no advices about the time of ar?
rival of the quarantine siiip Jamestown
and the United States transport Mani?
toba, both of which will be overhauled
The Cape Charles quarantine station
has been closed for the season and the
Jamestown doubtless will come here
from Old Point, where she is stationed,
in the next few days. It was expectsd
that the old ship Would he sent here as
soon as Quarantine Officer Pettus, .at
Old Point, left her.
The Manitoba is now at Charleston, S.
C, taking on soldiers and military sup?
plies for Cuba and is expected to sail
from that place daily. While it is not
known just when she will be here, it is
believed that the transport will make
for Newport News after loading this de?
tachment of men.
Both of the ships need overhauling
and the Manitoba will be refitted as to
staterooms and saloons. The James?
town will be placed in condition for the
next quarantine season. The contracts
to overhaul these two vessels aggregate
upwards of ?200,000.
THE B.-VDGER IS HERE.
The converted cruiser Badger arrived
in Hampton Roads on Tuesday from
League Island. She will be further
equip-ped for her trip to Pacific waters'
at the Portsmouth yard. The Badger
and the Yosemite, which ts soon to sail,
will each carry a complement of 350'
The collier Sterling has arrived at
Montevideo on her way to Hampton
Roads. She was one of the vessels sent
ahead of the battleships Iowa and Ore?
gon to supply them with coal on their
voyage to the Pacific. She landed her
cargo at Punta Arenas, in the Straits
of Magellan, and then started back.
CLEARING AWAY THE RUBBISH.
Two tugs and crews of the Merritt &
Chapman Wrecking Company are at
work clearing away the rubbish and
burnt parts of the steamer Cape Charles
taking on coal, and it is said will sail for
SAILING OF THE SANDOVAL. i
Yesterday morning the captured!
Spanish gunboat Sandoval sailed out of
Hampton Roads en route to Ports-1
mouth, N." H., where she will be re
The Sandoval is commanded by Lieu-'
tenant Edwin A. Anderson, who distin-j
guished himself by cutting the Cienfus- !
gos cable during the late war.
Her sister ship, the Alvarador, com- j
manded by Lieutenant Victor Blue, isj
mouth and then commissioned for serv- j
TO DELIVER RELICS.
NORFOLK. VA., Dec. 28.? The former
Spanish gunboats Sandoval and Alva
rado, commanded respectively 'by Lieu
tenants Anderson and Victor Blue, sail?
ed today for Portsmouth, N. H. via
Annapolis, where they will deliver relics
to the Naval Academy and give the
cadets a chance to see the captured ves?
sels. They will be overhauled at Ports
with a view to raising her. That will
require several days yet, but the wreck?
ers declare that they will raise her.
It is probable that this yard will bid
on the work of rebuilding the Cape
When the late Calvin S. Brice failed j
in his earliest ventures he was about to !
give up entirely had it not been for the j
encouragement and aid given him by !
Mr. Foster, who was afte.'ward secre- j
tary of the Treasury under President
Lord Curzon, before leaving London,
completed a book on "The Indian Fron?
tier," and had arranged for its publica?
tion, but the book has been withdrawn
from the publishers, at the suggestion,
it is believed, of the queen, who has
pointed out the impropriety of a book
about India by the viceroy during his
term of office.
While on the bench Associate Justice
McKenna. of the United States Supreme
Court, is the personification of dignity,
in private he is the most democratic
member of "the highest tribunal in the
land." In pleasant weather he always
walks to the court, stopping frequetitly j
to chat a moment with a friend or gaze j
with interest at the shop windows.
The young Chinese emperor, having j
outlived the reports that he had com- I
mitted suicide or been assassinated, is j
now described by Dr. Dethere, a j
Frenchman, who is one of his physi- j
cians, as merely a sufferer from fits of
depression and lassitude, his real ail?
ment, so far as there is any, being ab?
Governor Wolcott. of Massachusetts,
has recovered from his recent attack
of the grip and expects to resume his
duties in a day or two.
A memorial window to the late Gov?
ernor Luzon B. Morris, of Connecticut,
lias b.;en placed in Center church. New
Haven, by his daughter, Mrs. Pratt, of I
A. W. Millspaugh. aged 85, has been i
ticket agent at the LTnion Depot, Kan- 1
sas City, Mo., since 1870 and has been i
in the railroad business for over fifty |
years. Mr. Millspaugh is as active as |
though only half his age.
The Princess of Wales never carries |
any money about with her. It was not j
so long ago that the Princess, on at- ?
tempting to enter an entertainment in- j
cognito, found herself without the two :
shillings required to pay the entrance i
PUT ON SALE FOR THE
FIRST TIME THIS WEEK.
Nobby a ad Stylish.
2606 WIoshingicn ayenue.
2906 Washington Avenue, - - Newport News; Ya
Again for Xmas Gifts.
Infants' Soft Soled Colored and White Kid Moccasins. Regular
value, 2?c. ?} --"* ?.?_ u_i_ u_._,_.iii_
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 latest; shapes. Regular value, $2.00.
Ladies' Hand-Sewed imported Vici Kid, silk fitted, in all styles, in
lace or button. Regular value, 53.00.
(Men's Satin Calf, heavy sole, bull dog toes, lace and Congress Shoes.
Regular value, $2.50. g?? t\ ;xu^.n^_.?
Men'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. ? ??? .
Men's black and brown Der-bys and Fedoras, in all the latest
shapes. Regular value, $1.50. i&u f j. ? u_u_
Men's black and brown Derbys and Fedoras in Dunlap and Knox
styles. Regular value, $2.CO.
290G Washington ?ve., Newport News, Ya.
sale ana mmi]
Peninsula Electric Light and Power Co.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA.
(Board of Directors meet third Tuesday in each month.)
\ Incandescent and
WHOLESALE AMD IftUL, BeU Wiring done
GOLD STORAGE, I on short notice.
ARC LIGt\TS I Inspection guar>
Incandescent Lights, lanteed.
UETERORCONTR*CT\m\iti m G?i??ii
mo ras i rixiures oi Factory Prices
Schmelz Brothers, Bankers,
NEWPORT NEWS, VA.
Off r TJ-ioir* Customers SSv&ry Accomnnoda
tion Consistent lA/itti Safe? Benking,
Accounts of individuals, firms and corporations solicited. Collections ma.?
on all parts of the country. Foreign drafts issued.on all parts of the world.
Of mo Saving Department.
j Deposits received from 10 cents to $5,000, and interest allowed at the rate of
FOUR PER CENT. PER ANNUM.
! SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES f-OR RENT.
iOrly Safety Boxes In ?ri? City Secured oy Time Lock
W. A. Post, President; J. R. Swinerton, Vice-President; J. A. Willett, Cashier.
Fairst National iBank
of newport news, va,
GnHTf.L $100,000-. 5l'RPLUS$ 30 000
W. A. Post, J. R. Swinerton, M. B. Crowell, M. V. Doughty,
R. G. Bickford, * C. B. Orcutt, I. Eugene White, J. A. Willett.
Accounts of banks, corporations, merchants, individuals and firms invited.
We offer depositors every accommodation which their balances, business ami
responsibility warrant. Sell our own drafts drawn on all principal cities o?
"'safety deposit boxes for rent.
G. B. West, President; D. S. Jones, Vice-President; W. B. Vest, Cashier.
of newport news, va.
CAPITAL $50,000. SUKPLUS $15.0<JQ,
PAID IN DIVIDENDS, $5.5,500.
A gene.al banking business. Every facility offered for safe and prompt
transact'on of business on favorable terms. The accounts of corporations,
firms a:i<*. individuals solicited. Special attention given to collections. Drafts
drawn all parts of the world.
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