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FPU AY. JUNE lf>, tlloT*.
ADVICE AS TO TIPS.
There recently has been widespread
discussion of the lipping habit, pro?
voked hy a law recently passed in one
of the Western States, The esteem?
ed New York Sun has been drawn into
the matter hy (he receipt of I lie fol
To the Editor of the Sun: Sir?Will
you treat this question of lipping edi?
torially ami say what, in your opinion,
is a fair tin to a waiter on u check for
7r> cents, one for $1.fi0 and one for S4V
Spring Lake. N. .1., Juno 7.
Whereupon our New York contempo?
rary lays down the law as follows:
This letter invites us to enter into a
discussion which ought noi to arise in
There is no "fair tip." A tip Is purely
a gratuity, and there is% no law of
.morals, propriety or usage governing
its amount. Whatever a man chooses
to give a waiter is "fair;" ami it is
also "fair" if he gives no lip. There
is no soil of obligation of decency or
custom as to the mutter, nt least In
this domnorntii: country.
The Sun goes on to tell of the ah
surd system of extortion thai has
grown up nlong this line in England,
and of American freedom from the
evil until a comparatively recent dale.
The time was. it says, when any Am?
erican would have resented as an in?
sult the offer of a lip in return fur
mere civility or for requisite service.
If there are to he lips at nil, the Sun
recommends I he rule id' making them
something like 10 per cent, of the hill.
"A tip of ;i dime for a meal costing a
dollar or therehbouts, or of a quarter
for a dinner up to is ample," says
tin- Sun, and ii winds up with the lli
junclion "Don't he bulldozed hy the
While the system of feeing every?
one who peiTorms a trivial service,
even when such service is paid for in
other directions, has not become so
general in this country as in Europe,
there are limes when it is difficult for
the ordinary mortal, who does not in?
dulge ill tips, to secure consideration
til the hands of I hose who are chasing
fees rather than performing their
duties witli Impartiality. We believe
the Sun has hit upon tho proper solu?
tion of the whole problem. The man
who cannot afford to pay a lip should
not allow himself lo br bulldozed by
the waiter, and ho who feels Inclined
in give a small fee should not allow
himself to be bullyragged into giving
more than he can afford lo givo by (lie
spectacular generosity of some idiot
with more money than brains.
GOVERNMENT AND TRIGG YARD.
The esteemed Richmond Evening
Journal comes to us with the following
"Apropos of die projected Increase
in our navy, would it not lie praeliea
,ble to induce (he general government
to lake over the Trigg shipyards and
use them for the construction of tor?
pedo boats, destroyers, and the lighter
"Sm h an enterprise miglll be of
grout service lo I lie government, and
would certainly be of great hcuctli to
Richmond. It is a cruel waste to allow
this plant to go to ruin unused.
"It was understood that (he organi?
zation of i be Trtgg company and the
building of Die plant was originally
Inspired by the Navy Department.
The advantages were obvious of a ship
building plant centrally located and of
easy access to the sea, and yel safe,
or readily made safe, against any at?
tack from thai qunrtor. These ad?
vantages are.as obvious now as they
were then, and the present neglected
plant could probably be purchased at
a price far loss than ii cost (o build.
We understand from Umso who uro
familiar with tho juibjent; thai hoi only
cruisers and lighter craft could readily
he built and launched here, hui even
the heavier war vessels con hi lie hnill
and launched from these yards, ami
their armament'pal on arter they had
boon towed down to I lampion Hunds.'.'
Under the most favorahlo conditions
it seems impossllde for the govern
menj to huihj its warships as cheaply
and as etlieiently as I hey can he hnill
by private contract, ami there is noth?
ing in ilie achievements of the Trigg
yard to indicate that Richmond has
any advantage over the Hampton
Roads plants, while ii possesses many
obvious disadvantages. Why should
Ilm general government go Iii the ex?
pense ni' buying ami maintaining a
shipbuilding plant at Richmond when
it has a splendidly equipped navy yard
at Norfolk'.' W hy build ships in the
shallow water of the upper .lames ami
low them to I lampion Roads when all
of the work- could lie done in one yard
and under one manngemeiit'i Adop?
tion of i lie Journal's suggestion might
be a good i bin}-, for Richmond, but we
don't sei- where Undo Sam would
Rigelnw. the unrepentant Milwaukee
bank detaillier, gels a sent olio; Of only
10 years because that is tie- limit of
I he law. Apparently the luiiv needs
revising when the legislature meets.
Rlgolow stole $i.f.lMUH?. so that he got
Jro.uiKi lor each of the 10 years of
his imprisonment.-?Roston Globe.
Our esteemed <: i!tei::poinry seems
to bold (he vi- w held by thai Newport
News jury which failed in coiivlel a
nu.Ji of burglary because he got only
two dollars lor his pains and the mem
hi is. >f tin' jury Ihoughl siicli jioor ie
eel pis should not he punished by even
tie* minimum seiilenc?.' for burglary.
When the people ai large get a pi ope r
conception of thieves und thievery
there will lie lower miscarriages of
The people at large are wailing with
piiticdcc lilial details of the Ivp.iluhlc
reforms. Tho-e are certain Indications
that tin- men back of the great linaii
ein! Institution believe that most or
the people may be fooled all the Urn-.-.
When men who have ferociously do
nouneed oa:h other as dishonest ami
Ullgruleful gel together it 11 of a sud?
den there is ground for the suspicion
that die --cohesive power of public
plunder" is more or less, responsible
lor tho otherwise inexplicable change
iT pel icy.
Tho Washington Post says "Ihn
ikon crop Is a failure in Manchuria.
We have been Inhering under the im?
pression Hint it wits n failure of the'
ikons inlher I'uau of the ikon crop,
which si-ems to hnvo been super
abundantly ph ntiful.
China Is planning a new navy, to be
established largely according in Japa?
nese liilvko. It would he ditlictiii to
IIml a nation In betier position to give
expert advice on thai important suN
A French inventor says that airships
are not so dangerous its ahtotuoblles.
They may become a good second, how
over, when they come into general
A Uriuk Mude .Noll nnd Void.
The Sunset Magazine tells a story of
the relinlillllntlon of the character'of
Johnson Sides, a noted Indian tem?
perance orator or bygone days: One
day be was caught In the act of drink?
ing a glass of whisky and was lined.
Neither Indians nor whites would listen
then to his temperance speeches. Poor
Johnson was in despair. One day,
however, bo had an inspiration. Jlo
naked Senator poplin of the Nevada
legislature to absolve bis sin by act of
legislature. Senator Ooollu wits agree?
able, and Introduced ami carried
through "Senate Joint Concurrent Res?
olution No. II," which Is as follows:
"Resolved, lly the senate, the people
of the stale of Nevada concurring, that
the drink of whisky taken by Johnson
Sides on the 17th day of September in
the city of Virginia, county of Story,
be mid Is hereby declared null und
void." Thus was Johnson Sides made
a good mini again. He became at once
a power among bis own people, resum?
ed his advocacy of the cause of water
and was listened to with great respect.
What it Illiiliinint Im.
The London Pall Mall Gir/clte dis?
cusses the wont "diplomatist," inter?
preting it ns "one with a double duty
and a double responsibility"--to bis
own country and the country that re?
ceives him. The evolution of "diplo?
matist" from the Creek verb for "to
double" Is very curious. "Diploma." a
doubling, was specialized as a folded
paper nnd particularly In Roman times
nn official passport or license. Thus
"diplomatic science" down to tin* end
of the eighteenth century meant the
science of manuscripts ami documents,
which explains a modern writer's
strange remark that "then! Is not a
shadow of diplomatic doubt thrown
over the integrity of the/bird gospel."
Dr. Murray's Dictionary assigns the
translation to the modern meaning to
Leibnitz's "Codex Juris Gentium Dip?
lomat lens" (documentary code of Inter?
nationa] lawi and the title of a similar
French work. "Diplomatic" came to
be considered ns meaning "Interna?
tiona! documentary," and then the
"documentary" dropped out.
THE GH EAT ICE AGE.
II??? Ii? I'iihnIiik Left IIn Iterord In
II ru vein mill Iluck*.
SoicO 10,000 or more years ago the
eon,lit ions which liinl brought about
till' great let! age where beginning to
change. The elevated Innil began to
sink, ami n higlier temperature slowly
followed. The long winter was gradu?
ally drawing to a close, and ihe great
springtime of the world was beginning
to hasten Ks lliihicilcc upon an let; cov?
ered bind. Tons, rather mountains, of
lee begun to melt, and the water tilled
the river valleys to overllowlng. Grav-i
el, sand and mud were borne along by
these raging waters and deposited
wherever the conditions were favora?
ble. Ice rafts covered the surface of
Ihe Hood, bearing rocks and bowlders i
from more northern lauds.
All rivers which bad glacial sources
were greatly liitlucnccd by the Until
inviting. As the southern part of the
lee sheet rested over northern Penn?
sylvania, the Delaware and the Sus
ipichauua were tepical rivers of the
age. The rocks und gravels which line
their banks show bow well they have
kept the record, in the Delaware val?
ley brick clay and gravel are laid out
In beautiful terraces, especially at
Stroudsburg and (he Water thip. Hero
the waters rose some 'J00 feet, and an ]
lirttllcllll dum is supposed lo have
formell the river inl.i a broad lake.
The Indians, It is said, have n curious
legend about this Hood. They tell us
that the '?.Mlusles'' were the first race
which dwelt here, and the region round?
about they call "Mlulslnk," mennlug
that the '"waters tire gout!"- a vague
remembrance perhaps of the postglu
THE GIFT OF GAB.
Why SteplM-liNOi, TbouKlit Tbero
' Una Xti Power Kiiuiil <? It.
When George Stephcnson was visit?
ing the seat of Sir Kotiert Feel at
DraytOl) on one occasion, says the writ?
er of "Famous Urltlsh Engineers,"
there happened to be present Dr. thick
land, the scientist, iiud Sir William
Polled, the /unions advocate.
Btephcuson discussed with Dr. Huck
land one of bis favorite theories as to
the formation of coal aud, though un?
doubtedly in the right, was ultimately
vanquished by the arguments and or?
atory of the doctor, who was a better
master of tongue fence than himself.
Next morning while pondering over bis
defeat In the solitude of (he garden he
was accosted by Sir William Follctt
and conUdcd to that gentleman the sto?
ry of bis failure.
Sir William, acquainted with the de?
tails of the mutter In dispute, agreed to
take up the case and soon afterward
attacked Dr. Ilticklnud on (he subject.
A long discussion ensued, in which the
mail of law completely silenced the
man of science, who was at hist com?
pelled to own himself vanquished. Sir
Kotiert Feel, highly amused at this
example of "tit for tat," then turned
to the Inventor and inquired, with a
"And what do you say on this mat?
ter, Mr. Stephcnson?"
"Why," he replied, "I will only say
this- that of all the powers above and
under the earth there seems to me no
power equal to the gift of the gab."
IlloU' llenutlful Stnlren.se.
Now or old, Itlols is an amazing
achievement of the human brain und
Ihe human bead. The great staircase
In the courtyard, an outside one, funn?
ing an essentiai part of Ihe elevation,
Is, of course, the masterpiece of won?
der and delight. There Is nothing like
it in the world, anil probably there
never will be. The staircase of the
Paris Opera?nn interior one, by the
way?would have everything to fear In
(he comparison. The other Is u mass
of the richest ami of the purest orna?
ment, wltli n beautiful proportion be?
tween its shadows ami its lights. It Is
characteristic of the spirit in which
such work was done that It is not
always easy to give due gratitude to
architect or to stone carver.?Klchard
Wbltelng in Century.
An \si nir Wentlier 1'rophet.
"When in doubt," said a southern
senator, "we should imitate Ihe exam?
ple of the nstllte Weather prophet.
This prophet walked Into his inner of?
fice one tiny and said to his junior
clerk, 'Well, how are the Indications
for tomorrow?' 'Mighty uncertain, sir,'
the junior answered, '1 hardly know
what kind of a prognostication to make
out.' 'Oh,' said Ihe chief, -just make It
line weather, with local rain. Then If
It is tine we me all right, and if it
storms that will be one of the local
rains of our prophecy.' "
Scout (from the city)?Where is tho
beautiful view you advertise? Farmer
Tnkcmiuii?Why, ye Jest walk over ter
Pokovllle nn' take 111' stage to Hen
Luke an' the steamer ter Moose Land
In' an' then climb up Skooter moun?
tain ter what they call "Lover's Leap,"
and tbnr ye git th' view, an" It's a dan?
"Self opinionated? Well, I should
any he Is. I never met any ono so dog?
"Is tbnt so?"
"Yes. Why, he's positively bull-dog
Young Husband (to wife)?Didn't I
telegraph lo you not to bring your
mother with jou? Young Wlfe-I
know; that's what she wants to see
you nbout. She*rend the telegram.
Puiiiatiii.t ill <<> Pit Hit* Crime.
Judge?It seems to nie I've soon you
before. Prluoi'ier You have, my lord.
I used to give your daughter singing
lessons. Judge--Twenty years. - Au
A WOMAN'S WIT.
It Served Her Well When the StncjBC
c?acli Itniduii Cnnie.
A good Illustration of the ipilck wit
of n woman appears in tlie following
Incident of the old coaching days of the
far west. The man of the tale does not
show oft' In the liest of lights and did
not deserve his reward. Tho coach
was on Its way over a lonely road ami
carried among its passengers a lady
going to Join her husband and a man
traveling liy himself.
"1 have $1.000 in iny poeketbook,"
confided the lone traveler to the lady,
"ami I feel very uneasy. Would you
mind concealing it In your dress? If
we are held up they are less likely to
The lady consented and hid the roll
of hills. Toward evening the shout of
"Throw up your hands'." brought the
coach to a standstill, and four men,
masked and on horseback, demanded
at the point of the pistol that nil money
should he Immediately given up. Tlie
lorn1 traveler passed over all his ro
imtlnliig cash, consisting of a few dol?
lars, and was congratulating himself
mi his escape when, to ids horror, be
heard the lady say:
"1 have a thousand dollars here, but
I suppose I must give it up." Ami
without further hesitation she handed
over the precious pile of greenbacks.
The robbers rude nlT In high good hu?
mor, but as sunn as they were gone the
traveler let loose bis wrath. He abused
tlie lady In no measured terms ami
hardly stopped short of. calling her a
coward. Tlie accused said little, but
when the end of the Journey was reach?
ed she Invited the angry man to her
"I shall have to accept," be said sul?
kily. "I haven't a cent In tho world
through your stupidity."
As be was dressing for dinner that
lllght Ids host came to his room.
"Here Is the thousand dollars," he
said, "which my wife ventured to bor?
row. You sei-, she bad S'JO.OOO hid ill
her gown, and she thought If she gave
up your thousand it would save further
search. Thank you for the loan, which
saved me a heavy loss."
BITS FROM THE WRITERS.
A great love Is the next best thing to
a great faith. Ellen Glasgow.
The centenarian Is a man who has
mistaken quantity for quality.?Barry
Probably woman expects less of life
and In that sense may be said to be
more fortunate.?Lady Violet Greville.
It Is a defect of our educational sys?
tem that we are not started in life
with the habit of happiness.?Sarah
Life is very scrappy. Look bow our
meals break up the day. Why can we
not eat for three hours aud be done
with it for a week?? Mrs. Humphry.
Numbers of people smile without be?
ing amused. * * ? To smile broad?
ly Is their notion of gentlemanly be?
havior aud good breeding.?Robert
Poets naturally sing, like birds, In
I he springtime of their lives; the cares
of this world silence them or make us
rather anxious that they should be si?
Hot CrtiHM Hun Memorial.
At ttroinloy-by-Ilow Is a public house
with the sign of "The Widow's Son,"
and there a curious old custom Is
maintained. Once the tavern was kept
by a widow with an only son. lie
started oil a sea voyage oil a Hood Fri?
day and promised that he would be
back by that day In the following
year. Ho did not come, but for years
the mother kept her promise to prepare
a hot cross bun for his return. Buch
year she lived the anxious mother ob?
served the custom, which has been
maintained by successive hosts and
hostesses of the Inn ever since. Now,
ns fur long time past, "within its guest
chamber may be seen old oaken raf?
ters with buns hung up between."?
Koltoilv Wiin on .? niicii.
A Michigan congressman tells this
"A certain citizen of my district was
called upon to defend a man who bad
soundly whipped a worthless individu?
al. He bad been Indicted for assault
und battery, 'contrary to the pence und
dignity of the people of Michigan.' Tho
lawyer contended that the prosecution
coujd not hope lo convict unless the
entire allegation was proved. 'We ad?
mit the assault and battery,' he said,
'but we deny that it was eontrury to
tho peace and dignity of the people of
"The Jury so held, and the fellow was
The IViiMt of Annen.
Tho festuni asinorum, or feast of
asses, was formerly held Jan. 1-1 to
commemorate the flight into Egypt.
There are still extant several rituals
of this festival. One, of Beituvals, In
France, orders the priest to bray three
times In a similar manner. An ass,
decorated with costly coverings, was
led to the altar In a procession und with
hymns of rejoicing.
I'lmirinn It Out.
Miss Stocksonbons?I thought I snw
the baron come In. Where Is he? Mr.
Stocksonbons?He has Just had an In?
terview with me, nnd at present he Is
In the library to ilguro out whether bo
loves you or not.?Life.
If some people bought a hat accord?
ing to their own estimation of the size
of their bend they wouldn't need an
Facts arc God's arguments; we
should ho careful never to misunder?
stand or pervert them.?Edwards.
Surface and Ground Wafer and Drainage,
Sewer and Water Supply for tne Jamestown
Exposition Co., on their Properly at Sewall's
Point, near Norfolk, Virginia.
Scaled proposals for llio above work will ho received by the James
Inwii Exposition Company, up to .'tr?b p. in.. SATURDAY, JUNE 24T.H.,
1905, in acconlnucc with Lho plans and specifications prepared for the
an me by llio Hoard of Design, ami which may he obtained on applica?
tion lo John Kevnn Peebles, Architect, (Resident member of the Board
of Design) room No. II, Loweiihcrg building, Norfolk, Virginia, provid?
ed thai each application for the plans and speciticalions must, lie ac?
companied by ;i certified chock for-twenty-five, ($25.00), payable to C.
Brooks Johnston, chairman, which chock will he returned when the plans
and specifications are returned.
A cert tiled check for live hunred dollars, (fr.00.00), made "payable
to C. Brooks Johnston, chairman, must accompany each bid. Bond as ,
sei forth In detail in tie! specifications, will be required of the success?
ful bidder. The. approximate quantities required in the vnrlous works
are as follows: '
SURFACE AND GROUN? WATER DRAINAGE.
1,38.1 feet of S inch pipe.
'.I,Till feel of 10-inch pipe.
4.710 reel of 12-Inch pipe.
2.025 feel of 15-Inch pipe.
1.175 feel of IS-innh pipe.
1,203 feet of 20-inch pipe.
?115 feet of 11 1 Inch iron pipe.
38 feet of 8-inch iron pipe.
30 feet of 15 Inch iron pipe. . :
5:1 wooden manholes or catch bas?
3,805 feel of 8-inch pipe.'
1,01(1 feet of 10-inch pipe.
2.1:15 feel of 12-inch pipe.
4,400 feet of 18-Inch pint
'.?.270 feet of 3-inok ungln/.eri land
2,ltiu tuet ot 4-inch unglazcd land
75 8x4 Inch "Y" branches.
ot 10 Inch
5.200 linear roe*
1,275 linear foot
2IG linear feet of 1 inch straight
Three (ID 12 inch double faced
gale valves, box and cover complete.
Three (3) 10 inch double faced
gate valves, box ami cover complete.
Nine (9) 10x10x4 inch tees for
Nine (?) 12x12x1 inch tees for
25 I Ox I inch "Y" branches .
30 12x1 inch "Y" brauche;.
17 S.\K Inch "Y" branches.
0 SxlO Inch "Y" branches,
s Kxi2 inch "Y" branches.
24 brick manholes, complete.
2 wells, complete.
14 Inspection boxes, complete. ...
12 inch One (1) 12x12x12 tee.
, One (1) 12x12x0 inch tee.
One (1) 12x10x0 inch tee.
Eleven (11) lOxlOxGxG Inch
Eight (X) 12x12x0x0 cresses.
One (IJ 10x10x12x0 cross.
Four (4) 12 inch, forty-five (45)
degree bends. ,
Forty-one (II) 0 Inch plugs.
One (1)10 inch plug.
Eighteen (18) fire hydrants, com?
The Jamestown Exposition Company,
BY C. BROOKS, JOHNSTON,
%?f&*8c!^?A^.3}i?ii.? . - . Chairman, Board of Governors..
For June Weddings.
Wo have a wonderfully
complete stock of artistic
things suitable for gifts.
Everything in solid Silver.
Libby Cut Glass.
J. R. SPRAOUE,
WE HAVE WHAT YOU WANT!
in all pans of
the city at're?
markably low ptices. We
have just opened a new*
section near the center of
the city. The
lots are selling
This will enable you to,,;,
get your house- up cheap.1
Call at our office at
240B Hotel Warwicfc Building, and talk it over. ;".!
Others have?why not you?
consult the [nternaf i?na? Correspondence
Schools. Offices, rooms 9-11 Coleman Bldg.,
261-5 Washington Ave. ..,"';
T. L. FARRAR, Representative.