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VOL. 108, NO. 15 LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 1912 $1.00 PER YEAR
ON COUNTRY ROADS
A Few Reckless Drivers Bring Craft
lt is quite time that the county
authorities took up tba question o'
the abuse of the county roads by
reckless automobile drivers, and we
are glad to see thtt Judge Scott aid
the grand jury are looking into tbe
We bave repeatedly called atten?
tion to this matter, and it is a qties
tion tbat is of growing importance
in the country districts. County
authorities all over the State wbere
ever good roads have been built
over which automobiles can run
have benn giving anxious thought*-.
to the subject. From all these
country districts totne complaints of
good roads tuat have been built at
heavy cost to the public, being torn
to pieces and their safe use practi?
cally denied toa large portion o' the
public by a fe* owners and opera?
tors of these huge, high-power ma?
chines,driven at a terrific pace with
an utter disregard to the laws of the
laud aud the rights and safety of
Two or three tons of steel and
iron burled along a public highway
at the speed of an express train by?
an engine of forty or fifty or sixty
horsepower, is a formidable pro?
position and is difficult to deal
witb. It is found to be almost im?
possible to ccntrol and regulate au?
tomobiles on well-guarded and
thoroughly policed city streets. In
unnoticed country districts the dif?
ficulties of the problem are multi
plied many times.
Frankly, in the present state of
the law, we have no solution of tbis
problem; and yet one must be found
and will be found. Drastic law_
and regulations must be devised
and enforced, or tbat infallibly will
happen which always happens in
such cases. lawlessness will pro?
voke lawlessness. Men will not
continue indefinitely to submit to
having the roads they aro taxed to
build and maintain monopolized and
wantonly wrecked, and tho livta
and safety ol their families imperil?
ed in deference to the whims and
fancies of a few aiitotnobilists whe
choose for their own selfish amuse?
ments to defy the law, secure in tht
difficulty of arresting them anc
bringing them to justice.
Law-abiding a'ltomobi lists should
give caretul and anxious considera
tion to this matter. The club
should taite it up. The good row
movement itself is endangered bi
thu criminal recklessness of a (ev
men in seeking thus to monopolize
the public roads. Men are heart
with increasing frequency to ex
press doubt as to the advantage c
building good roads to be monopc
lized and their use rendered dan
gerous and unsafe by reckless au
Let the courts, the good roads as?
sociation and the automobile club
consider this question.?Kichmon
Some Frivolous Aspects of Easter
In the minds of many people
Raster suggests mostly sp rim
millinery, colored eggs, rabbit:
post cards, and other illogical mell
ods of telling the world that th
Lord has risen.
Even the anthems thut the cho
is practicing may not have tbe wo
sbipful spirit. Sometimes you coal
shut your eyes, and if you did n
catch the words, you could drea
?yourself at a comic opera.
Nevertheless the F>aster thong!
ht* two sides. It not merely brini
the sweet and solemn confiden
that the grave has lost its stin
and that death is an iilusion, but
st mils for the renewal of all life
large things and small.
All the mirth of the springti
finds natural expression. It te
of the greening of the fields, of t
rise of the budding plant fri
seared Mother Earth, of the frol
some lamb beside its mother.
You can no more prev<
womanly beauty from blossomi
Easter day or the choir from sit
lng music with rythm and spark
than you can go out in the fie
and tell the flowers they wo'
batter not bloom.
METHODIST CHURCH -
FACTS JD FIGURES
Presented to Recent Conference
ACTIVE IN EDUCATIONAL WORK
Large Membership Within Bounds
Some interesting and instructive
facts were presented to the annual
meeting of the Baltimore Confer
once, Methodist B >iseoi>al Church,
SvUth, last wojk in Roanoke:
Thoro are thirteen active bishops
io the church and eacb received a
salary of #4.800 each year, with $100
additional for telegraphic service.
The salary of the superannuated
bishop is $2,400, with the $100 ad?
ditional as mentioned above and the
salaries of the widows of bishops
ire tl.000 eacb per year.
Laat year the church contributed
for the support of the episcopacy
alone for thirteen active and two
superannuated bishops and the
widows of seven bishops a total of
$75,700. This amount for the quad?
rennium would make a total of $302,
S00, for this ore item of support
ilone. There are a large number of
secretaries of the different interests
of the church?foreign and domes?
tic missions, church extension, edu
cation, Sunday school. Epworth
League, and others, and most of
t.he*-e secretaries receive a salary of
$3,600 each per year.
The expense for salaries and office
-xpenses in the board of missions
alone last year amounted to consid?
erably more than $40,000.
The statistical report showed
'il,696 members of the church with?
in il.ti bounds of the conference.
The Epworth Leagues have 10,888
members, and the Sunday-schools
contain 55.301 scholars, $152 769.00
was paid during the past year for
In the report of the Committee on
Education the following information
Randolph-Macon College reports
154 students,the iargestin its recent
history; 28 of these ministerial stu
dents, 54 increase in number of th?
students, and of $9,BOOin endowment
Randolph-Macon Academy, a
Front Royal, Va.: 170 pupils, 9 min
isterial, bb per cent, of student:
from Baltimore Conference terri
tory, and 45 per cent, from Metbc
Randolph-Macon Institute report
an increase in values of propert
and a slight decrease in pupils.
Total value of theRandolph-Maco
system, $855,754 76, and of endow
ment, $503,588 61. making a total (
$1,389,313.37. There are 106 teaci
ers and 1,318 pupils, an increase i
Southern Seminary, Buena Vist;
Va.: Plant worth $75,000, with 5
teachers and 138 pupils.
Alleghany Collegiate Institut.
Property worth $17,500, with
teachers, 117 pupils.
Dr. R. E. Blackwell, president
Randoiph-Macon College, spoke
the college and its work. Arnot
other things he said that more gra
tates of Randolph-Macon College a
at the head of public schools in Vi
ginia than from any other school
the State, not even excepting tl
University of Virginia. He stati
also that tbe student body of Ra
dolph-Macon system numbers th
Many persons feel offended 1
cause their comings and goings a
not mentioned while those of othe
are, and wonder what the matt
can be. The explanation of the matt
is that the editor means to
impartial, but some escape mer.tir
The likes and dislikes of an edit
have nothing to do with it, a
while it is not pretended tbat 1
editor is more than human hekno
that the success of his journal <
pends on his fairness and impart i
ity to all. It is the best way
ways when a notice ls desired
mention it to the editor, or comm
icate through the post office,
one feels worse about any seem
neglect or partial performanct
duty than tbe editor himself.
GREED of Americans in their WILD DESIRE TO PILE
UP GOLD is a present day parallel of the dragon of dis?
loyalty and jealousy that refused supplies to thc army of
George Washington at Valley Forgo, the sanir* that called
Lincoln a clown and a canker and Grover Cleveland a wife beater.
THE UNION STANDS STRONG AGAINST OUTSIDE ASSAULT
SINCE IT RECEIVED IT8 BAPTISM OF BLOOD UNDER LINCOLN. UN?
LESS WE OURSELVES SURRENDER OUR RIGHT TO BE THE ONLY
ARBITERS OF IT8 FORTUNE8 IT IS SAFE AGAINST FOREIGN FOES.
NO ONE WILL ATTACK US. BUT FROM WITHIN THERE HAS
COME A PERIL AGAINST WHICH IT BEHOOVES US TO MAKE A
SOLID AND UNITED FRONT.
Democracy is a process of education that is never finished. The
fathers of the republic laid down the lines.
Wealth has piled up. Poverty, in our cities especially, seems
MORE GREWSOME BY THE CONTRAST. This is a real peril,
for the VERY SOUL OF A DEMOCRACY is this?a fair oppor?
tunity for every one.
Bot with tbe piling up of great fortunes the human greed and
selfishness which no political system can ever euro as long as mon are
what they aro, but which for ita very lifo a democracy must fight, bo
eause its mission is to make men BETTER?hotter men, better citi?
zens*, NOT MERELY MORE COMFORTABLE?with tho piling
up, I say, of great wealth, this GREED, this SELFISHNESS, ha*
grown like a deadly upas tree, and there has como a gap in our ranks
in which wp hoar the old dnuron of DISLOYALTY hiss.
Sparks' Famous Shows a Vast Vision
Of Beauty and Splendor
So familiar has tbe public become
with the fact of tbe enormous .
growth attained each year by the
John H. Sparks Shows that the re
turn of this greatest of American
shows is awaited with much inter?
est, knowing full well that there i*
always something new to be seen
In fact words fail to do justice U
this wonderful aggregation of arenic
celebrities, hippodrome spectacles
and animal features. This season
they have come together from ali
corners of the earth to make this tin
most complete exhibition of its kind
Every day at 12 o'clock noon tht
grandest, rarest and most complete
free street pageant ever seen?a
fortuno invested in wardrobe, trap
pings, and accessories?will pass
through the principal business
streets, and cages and tableaux in
endless variety, gorgeous floats.
fierce wild animals, ponderous ele?
phants and stately camels will swing
past to the martial music of four
brass bands, musical wagons and
the soul stirring caliope.
Notwithstanding the previous en?
largements the claim is made that
tbe additions that have been added
to tbe show for tbis season are far
greater than ever before attemp'ed
and make this beyond all doubt
the most noteworthy amusemei 1
achievement of the century,keeping
ever in mind the three chief watc i
words?magnitude, excellence anc
Sparks Show will exhibit here oi
Friday, April 19.
Property Bound for Poll Taxes
State Auditor C. Lee Moore bat
issued circulars to every count}
and o>ty treasurer, and to each 0
the commissioners of the revenue ii
Virginia calling attention to the far
that under the statutory la s of th
Stale they are requested to mak.
proper and timely reports and r?
Quittances to the auditor's office.
Ha also states that poll taxes mus
be paid, and if not voluntarily tl
treasurers will seize personal proi
eity and have the same sold.
V. M. I. Official Register Issued
From the Press
The official register of the Virgin?
ia Military Institute for the year
HUI 12 has been issued from the
Tiie enrollment for the present
-.ess ion numbers 369. Thi rt yt wi
States are represented, beside:
K.ngland, China, Cuba, Brazil anc
the Philippine Islands. Virgini;
ranks first.numerically, with 187.
Two classes of cadets are admit
, ted to tbe Institute?State cadet
ind pav cadets. Fifty young me
. from Virginia, one from each of th
Sen torial Districts and eleven a
large, are entitled to appointment a
State cadets. These appointment
carry with them free tuition an
free board. Of the pay cadets, a
entering from Virginia are exein*.
The academic stall, with tteneri
K. W. Nichols, the superintenden
is composed of 21 members, and th
military staff of five.
Tbe course of military instructio
embraces military science*, and arti
war, and i*. of advantage to outre
ons graduates of the school who ei
ter the United States \rmy.
Since the organization of tl
j school in 1838, there have bet
2.2(12 graduates, including la:
year's class of 52.
Will Not Sell Monticello
Representative Jefferson Bf, Lei
as no intention of selling*; Mon!
cello, once the home of Thomas .It
ferson, to the government or ar
one els*. The idea of the purchai
"f Monticello by the government r
,-eotly proposed by patriotic soci
lies in Washington, is distasteful
niin, he declares, in a stateme
niven out in New York.
Mr. Levy has been the owner
f Monticello for thirty-five years, ai
luring that time the property h
t cen carefully guarded and ma
,. .lined. Visitors are admitted to t
t* estate freely, Mr. Levy explait
.. ind the condition of the property
letter than it would be if owned
;t the government.
??' There are two things calculate!
' make a mao's head swim?amer
go-round and a merry widow.
WORK WM W. L U.
Moran Went to Pieces Friday in
AVENGED HIMSELF SATURDAY
The Game on Local Grounds Full of
Saturday's Lynchburg News: Co?
lumbia University of New YorU
City, opened tbe local baseball sea?
son yesterday afternoon at the Fair
Grounds by defeating Washington
and Lee in a long drawn-out game
by the score of K to 4. Tbe gam.
was devoid of sensational feature
and was seen by a fairly large crowd
of enthusiasts, many of whom were
Three unfortunate errors in tht
third inning paved the way for some
heavy hitting by Columbia, and
lead was accumulated by tho New
Yorkers which Washington and Lee
tried vainly to ovenome. But for
Moran's wild heave to Erwin in ai
attempt to -.tart a double play, then
would probably be a different story
to tell, for this slip-up at a critica1
stage tunned the tide against the
j Lexingtonians and had a demoraliz
I ine effect upon the premier twirler of
; the Blue and White. In view of
1 the touting which has been given
1 Moran, who at the close of the col?
lege season will be given a tii.il by
! Manager Hughie Jennings of the
I Detroit Tigers, his work yesterday
was disappointing to many fans
who expected to see an exhibition
of Ditching out of the ordinary. In?
stead, Moran seemed to have what
is termed in baseball an "off day,'
; and although he managed to finish
; the first two innings safely, tin
. third proved to be his Waterloo and
i he was driven from the slab for the
' tirst time in his college career.
In the field, Washington and Lee
: played a fast, snappy gum;?, and
showed equal class in every depart
1 ment with Columbia, except possi
I bly in the matter of age and experi
Inability to hit Rothwell at criti
' cal st;k^es was an important factor
' in the defeat of Washington and
\ Lee. Time and again the Blue and
White would get as far as third and
a clean single would have tied the
score, but the bit was not fcrthcom
Kor Washington and Lee, Dona
hue's throwing and Smith's work a
Score by inuings: R.H.E
Columbia 0 0 4 0 0 10 0 0?510:
W. and L 10 0 2 10 0 0 0?4 10
Batteries: Columbia?Roth wei
and Williams; Washington and Lee
Tomkins and Donahue. L'mpire
Mr. Wool urns.
Harry Voran revenged himso
against Columbia Saturday ou th
home grounds, holding thut team t
five hits and four runs, while hi
teammates behind him were pilin
op six runs for Washington and Lei
The gama was long drawn out, bu
was exciting throughout. Men wer
on bases in nearly every inning;
The game abounded in pretty field
ing. Ferguson in centre for th
visitors pulled in two hard die?
robbing Smith of two hits. Th
tirst ot these he caught right at hi
shoe tops, this catch being the pre
tiest seen here this season.
Webster in centerfield for Wist
ington and I>ee took in Meerai har
chances, but Smith at second hei
the fielding honors of the day. th
feature catch being a hard linersei
eral feet over his head.
Score by innings: ll H. I
Columbia 0 10 2 0 0 0 1 0-4 5
W. and L. 0 13 0 10 0 1 x?6 8
Batteries: Columbia?Dugan an
Williams. Washington and Lee
Moran and Donahue. Umpire, M
Mr. Moses Joy of New Have
'n' j Conn., has sent Mr. Greenlee Letch
ne I an extract from a newspaper con tai
QS* I ing the notice of the death of M
is Thomas A. Lake. Mr. Joy writ
by (that Mr. Lake always said that
was e who under the orders
I to C H.inter, set fire to the but
ry- ' _rot the institute during t
BRYAN SAYS "MISLED,
Epitaph Written on Tombstone of
"Misled, betrayed deserted"?
this will be the epitaph written oo
Democracy's tombstone tbe day
after the election if it allows Wall
street to lead Tt into the nominution
of Governor Harmon or any other
reactionary. President Taft is the
choice of Wall street?no one can
get it away from bim.
If Wall street ware authorized by
the Democratic convention to write
the Democratic platform and nomi?
nate the Democratic candidates.
Wall street would not support our
ticket as against Presidet Taft.
Wall street has no politics; it
worships money and money only.
Its heart is a pocketbook. A sur?
render to Wall street would be the
alienation of the rank and file of the
party and. after having disgraced
the Dany, Wall street would desert
it. That is what it did in 1904.
Why go through that humiliating
experience again? And yet some of
"ur Democratic leaders, fogetting
1904, favor Governor Harmon.
Mr. Harmon's nomination and de?
feat would end for some time the
power of the reactionaries todeceive,
but why postpone success? Mr.
H. yan ii> anxious for a Demo?
cratic victory now, and he is try?
ing to get it in the only way pos?
sible, namely, by the selection of a
positive, aggressive candidate on a
progressive platform.?T e Com?
Many Virginia People Streaming to
Many Virginia families,influenced
by stroog inducements of superior
conditions, are constantly stream?
ing west sard.
The pictures as painted to these
emigrants by agents of the western
countrv and the western railroads
are doubtless vivid obos of the
golden opportunities in the golden
West, where one is almost led to be?
lieve tbat all he bast to do is to fur?
row the ground and the shining
shekels buried beneath western
soil turn up, and all that is neces
I sary is to gather them ic baskets as
! one gathers his potato crop in old
True there have been some who
have gone West and prospered and
become men of influence and aft! 1
ance. These baye been, though,
men who have prospered to a large
degree in scratching in Virginia
soil. The man who has from indif?
ference never been able to eke out
a living from the rich soil in tbe Old
Dominion bad better take the advice
of The Times and stay where he is,
for he will starve in the West.
Many of those who have been
caught by an epidemic cf this west?
ern fever are longing to get back in
1 this section.?Roanoke Times.
Postmasters for Civil Service
Abolition of the patronage system
of appointees in post offices,
pension agencies, laod offices, in?
ternal revenue.andcustoms service,
.md transfer ot such political jobs
to tho classified civil service list of
ihe Government, is the sweeping
recommendations urged by Presi?
dent Taft in a "second-chapter"
message on "Economy and Ktlicieo
In the Postoffice Department, tbe
Presid'-nt declared that the investi?
gations of the Kcomony Commission
indicated that in many cases t?o
persons were paid for doing tbe
work of one.
"For example." the message de?
clares, "it appears that a very sub?
stantial economy would result from
pi.'.ling experienced and trained
officers in charge of the first and
second class post offices instead tf
selecting the postmasters in accord?
ance with the present practice. As
I the annual operating expenses of
n, the first and second class offices
er I aggregate the enormous sum or
n- more than 180.000,1)00, un lau bled ly,
lr. if the postmasters ol ttie-*e offices
,es were embraced in the classified ser
it 1 vice, and required to devote all
of I their time to the public service, the
ld-lanoual saving due to increased
ibe efficiency of operating would amount
to about t4,*mo00.'*