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SATURDAY EVENING. DEC. 30, 1899
With today's edition the Gazette
closes its one hundredth volume?a rare
old age for any newspaper in any coun?
try to reach, and more remarkable
from the fact that the descendants in a
direct line from its founder still own
and conduct it. Through good and
bad luck it has shared the fate of Alex?
andria, and its settled determination is
to continue to do so, whether that fate
be propitious or otherwise, for, as Ruth
said to Naomi, it says to Alexandria:
"Whither thou goesi I will go; thy peo?
ple shall be my people, and thy God my
TtZE truth of the numerous dispatches
from Geu. Otis, to tbe effect that the
"rebellion" of the Filipinos had been
suppressed and that 'civil govern?
ment would soon be restored in
the Philippines, is not sustained
by intelligence received from Ma?
nila today, according to which the
"rebels," instead of having been dis?
persed and disintegrated, are not only
united and well organized, but have re
occupied all the towns they had recent?
ly abandoned, and been hospitably re?
ceived by the inhabitants thereof. Th<
conquest and pacification of alien races
are by no means so easiiy accomplished
as Gen. Ods vainly imagines.
The project of erecting a monument
to General Lee in sight of his confis?
cated home and within view of the
tombstones of those who shot his kiib
and kin, conquered h:s country and
ravaged, despoiled and divided his
Slate, has not, as was once supposed,
beeo abandoned, but has been revived,
and its promoters are again at work in
Washington. A Northern republican
was at the head of the previous attenip!
to profit by lh:s scheme; who heads it
now is unknown, but it is hoped that
no Soutberr people have any thing tc
do with it.
The negroes ot Washington met lari
nieht and declared in favor of the ap?
pointment of negro officers in the arm\
and navy, of the appointment of ne?
groes as commissioner at the Paris ex?
position, for the reduction in Southern
congressional representation, against
separate cars for the two races, for
tbeir full share in the government of
the District of Columbia, and against
Ivncuing in the South. Washington is
the very place, of all others, in which j
they should make such a declaration.
The State Superintendent of educa?
tion favors manual, instead of mental
education for negroes, and saye the lat?
ter turns their beads, while the former
improves their usefulness. The expe?
rience of thirty years proves that the
study of school books improves neither
the intelligence, the manners, nor the
morals of the ne_>res. Whether manual
schools would do otherwise or not, can't
be told until they, too, shall have been
Governor Tyler has refused to al?
low his name to be used as a vice pres?
ident of an anti-British meeting in New
York to express sympathy with the
Boers. Tne republican and imperial?
istic and gold mooometallist Anglophc
bist feeling is not as popular in this
country as Governor Tyler evidently
supposes it to be.
[Correspondence of tho Alexandria Gazetto.]
Washington, December 30.
Seiator Foraker, of Ohio, will be the
cbeif supporter of the bill to provide *
system of'government for Porto Rico.
The republican programme in re?
spect of tue new tioanctal bill will bo tc
refraiu from discussing it, and to allow
its democratic opponents to exhaus
themselves in talkiug to deaf ears, and
then to pass it by the republican ussui
ed party majority.
Tne attempt ot the administration to
throw the blame on Secretary Gage for
selecting favorite banks as the de?
positories of the internal revenue re?
ceipts, is ridiculed here, where it is wt?n
known that the President was wei
aware of all the particulars of the trans?
action as Mr. Gaga was. It id also
well knowu that Mr. Gage, in addition
to his otner tricks, sold the old New
Yortc custom house to the same favor?
ite bank, which has never yet paid a
single dollar lor the purchase.
Robert E. Turner, a motormau ot>
the Metropolitan railroad, died at the
Emergency hospital this morning of h
kuife wouud iu the temple which pene?
trated the brain, ioilicted Jaat night bv
OaarlesL. McUtn. Both were suitors fo"r
17 year old Benha Crown, the daughter
of their boardiug house keeper. She
had accepted the attention of Turner
McUin last evening became threaten?
ing in his attitude toward the girl.
Turner came to her protection and r< -
ceived his death wound. He was 22
years old and wme here from GreeL
vdle couuty, S. <J.,
Tho time for the redemption of gov?
ernment bonds, so as to increase tho curren. y
of too country, was oxteudod today nutit
?tato Seuatv r Senator Donaboe of the Alei
audna district was here today. He says the
only local bill of interest to Alexandria that
is likely to a.mo up in the Virginia legisl .
turo speedily is oue allowing tho Smcot tu?
ning company to uso the switch on Wilkos
Street, Alexandria. The sale of this property
to at other manufacturing company depends,
it is said, upou iho uso of that switch.
Tho republicans of Lynchburg, Virginia,
or rather some or them, are very desirous
that thoir prosout democratic po.tniiater,
though they coucede Uiat he has conducted
his office vory acceptably, shall be removed
and that Mr. Wiieon, a republican, his pre?
decessor, shall be reinstated, and delegations
I of them have been here recently t > effect
Th?> Lawton fund tolay amountol to
?32,774, rash received. Miss Hel n M.
Gould gave S50U aud J. M Sears, of Boston,
A report reccivtdat the War Department
shows that there ?ai a wholesale case of
ptomaine poisoning on board the transport
(ity of Bio wlduh left Portland Ortober 4
with part of the 35th infant!" on board. At
one t mo thero Weio lJS9 onPs ed men and
two oiH era dangerously sick. One man died.
?ll suffered terribly.
London, Dec. 30 ? The Gazette ac
uounces the nppuiotmeut ol the Duke
of Counauaht to be commander of the
forces in Ireland, succeeding General
Raine, Dec. 30.?The Pope today con?
firmed the rtpjrt of the congregation
of the propaurtbda against the teaching
of the classics in the schools of the
United Staus. The American innovs
tion has been strongly opposed by the
French superiors. Mousignor Satollt
?^ays the deci-ion of the propaganda is
perfectly justified aud the American
order is men-ly commanded to abide by
the constitution of the brotherhood
which forbid* the .eachiug of the elast?
ics. The ruiiug of the congregation is
regarded an another ! low of the liberal
tendencies oi the Catholic hierarchy in
the United S <?i<jr.
Tne report that the confirmation of
Mar. Sbaretti to be Bishop of Havana
hud been canceled appears to be erro?
neous and it is believed Staretti will
shortly take u , his duties in Havana
despite the objections of many of the
Cuban clergy to a foreigner.
From feout h Africa
Pretoria, Dtc. 28.?Cjtumandaut
Synman reports from Molopo station,
north of Mafekiog, under date of Dec.
24, tbat the enemy made a sortie from
Mafekiog that day with an armored
'rain and Maxims and attacked the
Boer forts. Tne fighting was carried
to the very walls of the lurts but the at
'Hck was repulsed, the British losing
tiftj-Mght men, including three taken
uri.-oner. Trie burguere behaved splen?
L.irenzo Marqui z, Dec. 30.?A re
pjr: from Pretoria states that in the
sortie from Maf-king December 24, the
British casualties were 109 and the
Bii-rs n ne.
The German E*st African liner Buc
desratb, from Hamburg, has been cap?
tured by a Bntish warship and is held
as a war prizj. Aboard the Bundes?
rath wer? three German officers and
twenty men attired in khaki uniforms
and en route- to the Transvaal.
Cnieveley Camp, Natal, Dec. 28.?
Native reports received here say that
General Waits made a sortie from
Ladysmicb Drcember 22 and captured
one of the Boats' hi* guns.
Cipeto? n, DiC 30.?The s'eamer Ma?
jestic urr ve l here today with 2,000
Brazilian .Line Steamer Ashore.
DnogeneB9, Hag., D-c. 30.?The ve:
sel ashore in Hist Bay, east
I of here, is the Homburg South
American eteamer Pelotas, from
Snotrs, Brnzil, for Rtnterdam and
Himburg, wan a luii curgo ofgrair.
Eirly today the life savers succeeded
in es'ablishiug communication by
means ct a rocket apparatus with the
nig li;ier. The ship's officers signalled
tba! they were iu urgent need of a
sistance, but as yel no life boats have
oeeo able to breast the terrific tea to
reach ihe strunded vessel. Tne wind
bas abated somewhat this morning, but
the heavy sea continues. The life
aivers at D iver and Folkestone havr
made several ult"aip!s to get to the
Pelotas, but their boats are hurled
oack on the beacb. several tugs are
rt-ported to have left Dover for the
-i'randed steamer, but they have not
yet put in an appearaoce. The
Pelotas is lying about a mile
an 1 & hall off 8 ore apparert'y,
>u her beam ends. The seas catch he.
amidships und break clean over her,
?lending up a shower of spray. The ve^
sel has been washed a little farther in
-hore since daylight. Her position is
perilous and she cannot stand the
pjucdiog much longer. The gale
?vbicb. bus 11 >wn for two days is one of
'he most severe ever known in the
E igltsh chmnel. A tremendous sea is
running. The breakwater a: Dover is
smothered by the waves. The South
Studs head light ship is adrift and is
thing siguals of dis'ress.
Dungeness, Dec. 30.?There were no
; asseugers on the stranded liner Pelo?
tas. Tne officers und crew have been
landed aud seut to Dover.
Great Wallpaper Factory Burned.
New York, Dec 30.?Five fireman
hurt and at least j'500,000 damage were
ihe result of a fit-roe fire at the foot o!
east 24th street last night. The build?
ing burned was the greatest wallpaper
facory io the country. It was iounded
t>y William Campbell, but recently has
iieeu controlled by the Wall Paper
Trust. Tne fire was discovered soon
liter 10 o'clock but when the firemen
reached the scene the huge building,
.vhich was seven 9 ones high and had a
frontage of 300 feat and a depth ol 200
teet, was on fire from centre to circum?
ference. For hours tbe fire burned
furiously, bursting forth from 600 wiD
iows ?nd lighting up brilliantly the
eist side of the city aud the river. The
fireman fought to confine the fire to
i ne wallpaper factory, ouly one small
building, occupied by the Hygeia Ice
C tnpauy, besides the factory being de?
stroyed. It was two o'clock this morn?
ing tielore the fire was under control.
The night wa- bitterly cold and the
firemen sufiered terribly. Five of them
were caught under u lulling wall, and
Resignation of a Bishop.
Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 30?Infor?
mation has reached here that Right
Rev. H. M. Jackson, D. D., bishop coad
j itor of the diocese of Alabama (Episco
p?l), has forwarded his resignation to
tt.e presiding bisnot., Rev. Dr. Clark,
of Rnode Islaud. B.shop Doane, of Al?
bany, however, is the actiug presiding
bishop, in consequence of the feebleness
of the bishop of Rhode Island.
River Steamer Burued.
Snreveport, Li., De\ 30.?Tbesteam
er Linda, i i the upper Red r ver trade
was burued yesteruay near Vancevilie!
in Bossier parish. The Linda was load'
ed with 150 bales of cotton aud 3S9 sacks
of co:ton seed. Four of the crew, who
were colored men, are reported drown?
By tho explosion of a boiler near Elizi
bethtown, Pa, this morning four men lost
their lives The victims were all employed
by tho firm of Keller <? i'rossun, contractors.
The body of au Itilian, who was known as
"Tony," was found J.50 feet from the scene
of the explosion.
ALEXANDRIA IN 1899. <
For a long lime past the Gazette rt
the close of its annual volume has pre?
sented a resume of the city's business
for the year, in order to bdow its read?
ers what position Alexandria has mair
tained in the commercial world, and
today gives a compilation of what its
reporters have gleaned from interviews
with the most prominent merchants
and business men in this city.
The concensus of opinion is that the
whole-ale business of this city during
1S99 increased considerably, but that,
as a rule, the retail trade was not so
large, though in some instances it was
as large as that of last year.
That the volume of trade increased
is proven by the statements of the rail?
roads centreing in this city, wbicb
show that both in receipts and ship?
ments of freight the tonnage this year
is larger than that of lust year.
The statement heretofore made in
this column, that the conditions of
trade change as the trusts grow in pow -
er is being more fully realized and year
by year prominent firms find them
se'ves, iu some respects, but little more
than agents for the big combines and
never before were they compelled to
sell on such close margins.
Though the majority of the merchants
have duc made as much money as they
did Use year, the fact that the volume
of business done in the city increased
is a eource of congratulation to all Alex
The early part of the year was cer?
tainly dull and discouraging, but later
conditions in some respects changed,
several braucht 8 of trade began im?
proving, the manufactories became
more active and by the end of the year
there bad been an "evening up" of
business. Many mechanics and labor
log men who had been idle or partially
so, for some time, secured regular em?
ployment and a belter state of aflaire
was the resulr.
The financial afiairs of the city con?
tinue iu fairly good condition. The
recent tax sales brought several thou?
sand do'lars to the treasury, which was
heavily bled by the smallpox fiaeco ol
last winter. During the year the city
bonds, the 3.b*5's, for the first time since
their issue, sold at par.
Considerable work in street improve?
ments has been done, but most of the
work was on side streets where it was
much needed, but whery it does not
make much show. The vacancy iu the
office of City Engineer interfered ma?
terially with street improvements, bui
it is believed t- at with the opening o(
spring sucb work will be resumed and
prosecuted more vigorously.
The outlook for the establishment of
manufactories here is better than for
some time, and should the hopes ol
tho e interested in such enterprises be
tultilled a material improvement io the
city's condition will result. Indeed,
oue of the chief hopes of Alexandra it
believed by many to be iu mukiog tbis
i manufacturi g city. All tho manu?
facturers here are doing well and tbr
natural advantages of the city 6hould
be a sufficient inducement for starting
more such enterprises. But the Alex?
andria people should not wait for oth?
ers, they should themselves take the
lead in such matters.
Asain we note no business failures o.f
importance in the city during the year
?an excellent business showing.
The transactions iu real estate have
:>eeu larger; more property has changed
hands this year than last, but as a rule
valuta have not increused?'he excep?
tions being wharf property or that near
the river front, lor wh:ch there has
been a better demand. During the
year several pieces of property which
have been lying idle for a long time
have been put to useful purposes, and
there is every reason to believe that
other such property writ in a short time
be places ot busy activity. Rents us a j
rule have not advanced.
The ciiy banks report an increaeed
business and somewhat Lrger profits.
Reference to the excellent management
of these institutions has frequently been
made in this columo. Their liberal
policy is most praiseworthy and th?y
rarely fail to tender assistance in legit
imate business afiairs when called upon
by their patronF. The recently-pub?
lished statements of the banks show
them to be in a most satisfac ory condi- J
tiou and on a solid basis.
The building associations have done
a fairly good business and declared
quite satisfactory dividends. They con
ir.ue to be of great assistance to people
of limited means io enabling them to
purchase home*, while others are en?
abled to borrow money on easy terms.
The management of the associations U
The lumber dealers report an in?
crease in business of from 15 to 20 per
cent over that of last year. Their
milts, too, which give employment to
many hands, are kept in constant oper?
ation supplying the demand for sash,
doors, blinds and other mill work for
aD increasing territory. The dealers
here who buy extensively from the
southern timber field have been some
what hampered by their inability at
times to get euough lumber to supply
the demands made upon them, and but
for this their sales would have been
?:ven larger. The price of lumber has
considerably advanced, but tbis has Dot
lessened the demand, aud the territory
covered by the Alexandria dealers is
being extended anuualiy, lumber being
shipped from this city to Maryland,
Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as
well as throughout this entire section
of the State.
The grain and lower grades of flour
trade show little or no increase. The
trade in high grade flour, however, is
fully as good as that of last year. The
building of mills in ali this section in?
creases annually and these mills grind
the grain raised in their respective
neighborhoods and supply flour to
the people thereof. Tnis, of course,
aflects the city trade in two ways The
li Hiring mills in tbis city and (hose iu
ibis immediate vicinity are all doing
well, running to their full capacity and
readily disposing of their products.
The general commission business, as
a whole, has not increased, though
those eogag d in this branch say there
has been no falling ofl. Many farmers
and country merchants now sell their
grain and produce directly to dealers
instead of sending them to market to
be sold on commission.
The river trade to and from the city
has somewhat increased?particularly
from the city, the Alexandria mei
chant3 now supplying more of the
country stores and people ia toe river
counties, on both sides of the Potomac,
than for some years past, while more
farmers have shipped their products to
this city. These people find that they
can buy goods here as cheap as else?
where and can get fully as good prices
here for their grain and produce as they
do in farther away cities.
The two shoe factories have done
weii during the year and have consid
I erahly increased their facilities. These
I factories started on a small scale, but
I by close attention to business and ex?
cellent management have succeeded
admirably and have shown whut can
can be done iu the manufacturing line.
The shoes made here are of the best
quality and Qnd a ready market.
The retail boot and si ou trade was
hardly so large as that of last year, the
attractive advertisements of such goods
in other cities having caused some of
the dealere here who overlook such
things to lose some of their trade.
The wholesale trade in drugs, paints,
oils, &c, shows a decided increase for
the year, and this trade has doubled
during the past five years. A gratify?
ing feature is that the extensive estat -
lisbment in this city, which virtually
has a monopoly of the business in tb*s
section, including Wash it g ou city, is
rapidly extending its salts territory
and now receives orders from as far
south as New Orleans. As an evi?
dence of the growth of this business, it
can be stated that this Alexandria firm
in addition to its main store, occupies
live big warehouses, has a force of
thirty-five employee, keeps six men on
the road and uses several large wagons
in handling goods.
The retail drug business has increas?
ed aud now there are more drug stores
iu the city than ever before and these
are more generally scattered.
The business done in fertilizers has
considerably increased, both of the
large manufactories here being now in
the ucombiues" and supply most of the
farmers in this cut ire section. The
manufactories are being constantly en
Urged and fitted with the latest devices
fjr making fertilizers and give employ?
ment to quite a large number of men.
Phosphate rock from South Carolina
and Florida, and bones lrom the plains
of South America are brought here by
tbe cargo, converted into fertilizers and
sent off to enrich the fialds of this and
the adjoining States. Alexandria's
natural facilities for receiving and ship?
ping fertilizers are. unsurpassed, but
sometimes complaint is made tbat tbe
railroad freights act disadvantageous!}'
to tbe city.
The coal business shows an increase,
both in receip s and shipments, and the
Alexandria merchants are pushing their
trade into new and more distant terri?
tory where they are meeting with con?
siderable success, s
Tne A'exaudria brick works have
been kept busy throughout the year
and were uceble to eupply all the or?
ders, so active was the demand for
bricfcs. Toe sales wore mainly out ol
town, however, tb? shipments bein^
made to several of the cities and towns
of the Stale.
Tne leather trade has been fully as
Urge es that of last year. Although
no leather is mado in Alexandria now,
the tannery having been moved to
North Carolina in the midst of a bark
region, most of tbe product of the tan?
nery is shipped to this city as the dis?
tributing point and the general business
A the tannery is transacted here. The
price of leather has advanced during
The lime and cement business has
about held its own, tbe sales out oi
town about making up for any falling
off in the quantity soid in the city. The
high tar:? has hurt the plaster trade
and not so much of ijs is uow received
The hardware dealers report a larger
jobbing, but not so large retail business
The dry goods, notions and carpet
business shows an increase, In addi?
tion tc the home trade tbe Alexandria
merchants sell a considerable amount
of such goods to tbe country merchants
in the nearby couDlies, while tbe coun?
try retail trade has been quite fair.
Their stock of gocds is large and va
ried and their prices compare quite
favorably with those in other cities. In
carpets this fall, it is said tnat Alexan?
dria undersold Washington right along.
One Alexandria house, especially, has
built up quite a wholesale trade in dry
goods and notions.
Tbe dealers in china, glassahd cart I -
enware report an increase in sales and
an extended territorry of operations.
In this line Alexandria has one of the
oldest importing bouses in tbe country
and this city sells as good and as cheap
I goods as Cdn be found anywhere. The
merchants are active and enterprising
and bring much business to the city,
j Tbe furniture dealers report their
sales as being equal to those of lasl
year, but some engaged in this line
seem to be totally lacking in enter?
prise. There was a time when the fur?
niture bueiuess was a feature in Alex?
The wholesale grocery and provision
business has for some years constituted
a large part of Alexandria's trade and
this city supplies a very large territory
with such goods. The merchants in
these lines report equally as large bus?
iness this year as last, but say the mar?
gins now are smaller than ever before.
The retail grocers who have adver?
tised their business and otherwise
shown ordinary enterprise report
equally as good if not larger sales this
vear than last, while others who lack
such enterprise report a falling off in
The tobacco dealers report little
change to note in their business?if
anything, a slight improvement in the
sale of ctiewing tobacco. The cigar
manufacturers have held tbeir own
against constant competition, tbe ex?
cellence of tbeir cigars enabling them
to do this.
Annually tbe business of the Alexan?
dria brewery increases, as does the con?
sumption of beer. The enterprise of
the owners of tbe brewery is most com?
mendable and they have established
agencies in many of the southern
States and ship their export beer, made
expressly for the warm climes, to Cuba,
Central and South America and else?
where. The brewery has frequently
been mentioned in these columns. I
is regarded as one of the most complete
and beet arranged in the country.
The wholesale liquor merchants re
port their business as about tbe same as
that of last year. Tbe price of liquor
has been advanced by the trust but
even if it comes high it must be bad.
Tbe number of retail dealers in tbe city
is not so large as last year, several hav?
ing failed to take out licenses, but the
consumption of liquor varies but little.
The distillery near this city, which bad
not been run during the year, will re?
sume operations in a short time.
The ice business increases annually.
Ice is in more general use now than
?-ver before and has become an arsc
lute necessity. 'Beside for domestic
purposes much is used for cold storage
and whole trains of cars loaded with
fruits and vegetables from the South
and meits from the West are re-iced
here. Tbe ice manufactory is kept in
constant operation and numbers of
large sailing vessels are encaged in
bringing ice here from the Kennebec
The cracker, cake and candy trade
measures fully up to tbat of last year,
and the Alexandria made goods io these
Udos maintain their reputation for ex?
cellence and are favorites on the mar?
ket. Tbe manufactory ol these articles
in this city in one of Llie most complete
and beHt arranged in the country ann
the owners are active, business men ar.l
keep in liue with such manufactories in
much larger cities.
The Alexandria bakeries, which have
become well established, report a good
trade, not only in the city, but in tun
surrounding country, Alexandria-made
oread now beiog shipped daily to many
of the stations on tbc railroads for somt
distance from Ibis city.
Some of those engaged in tbe cloth
iog and gentlemen's furnidbiug goods
business report a fairly good trade for
? be year, while others say there was a
The jewelers report a fair business for
"such times." People can live without
jewelry, so spend money in such arti?
cles only when they have "spare
The confectioners report a better
wholesale, but not so large retail busi?
ness bs last year.
The trade in foreign fruits is increas?
ing, tbe consumption of such fruits be
inn larger now than ever before.
The business in hay, feed, etc., show
an increase, especially io the out of
' Tbe business in agricultural implt
ments, seeds, etc., was as large as that
of last year.
The stove dealers report their sales
as equal to those ol last year.
The book, periodical and stationery
dealers report as large a business as
that of last year.
Whi'o not as many new buildings hav
been erected during tbe yenr as was wished
for sti;l a number were bui.t and much re?
pairing wo k has baon dour, keeping tbe
carpenters al? busy.
'Iho ship yaid has boon kept quite bus'
during tbe year overhauling and repairing
j Tho number of aimmi of fire and tlie lime
of service during each mo.itb as furnished bj
Engineer Woo i, of the Columbia Company
is as follows: January, 4 kltrms, 2 boiiu
nod 20 minutes' service; Febmary. 5 alarms
4 hour*' service; Marjb, 7 alarms, 13 hour;
and 30 minutes' service; April, 3 ala-m-*, n<
service; May, 3 tlsrms, 1 hour's 6irvice:
Juno, 5 alarm*, 4 hours and 15 miuct s' ser?
vice; July, 2 alirms, 30 minutes' service;
August, 3 hUroif, no seivice; September, '.i
alairns, 45 mir-Utjo' service; October, J
alarm, 40 minutes' service; Novomber, 2
alarms, 1 hour and 45 minutes'sarvice; Do
cembor, 1 alarm, no service. Tnoro wen
S,350 foot of hose used.
The report of Engineer Bmtz, of the Hj
drtulion Company, la as follows : Thwre were
38 alarms of fire during tho year Jauu ry
5 alarms, 2 hours and 30 imntitss' noivire
f-obruary, 5 alarms, 3 hours' sei vice; Mar? b,
6 alarm?, 6 hour,' soivico; April. 3 a'ainii.
no service; May, 3 alarm*, 45 minuto*' ser?
vice; June, 5 alsrme, 3 hours' serviee; July
2 alarm1, 45 mmutoa' eervico; August, 3
alarm3, no service ; September, 2 a'arms, ni
sei vice; October, 1 alarm, i_o service; No?
vember, 2 alarms, 1 hour's service; Decem?
ber, 1 alirm, no service. There were abou;
7,5 JO feet of hose used Actual time of sei?
vice about 16 bour<?.
Tho valno of imported goods ontc-rjd in thr
Alexandria district f r t ie year ending D.
cember31 amounts to $6,522 Tho nun
ber of coaatwiss eu tr.es at to is poit was ?04.
The number of marine tapors issued at thfc
port, under which vos?els are now sailing, it
9 i. Tbe custom house building is kept in
5' ol condition and tbo giounds have been re?
cently gro=t y improved.
Tbo business of the <Mty postoflica baa iu
croa?ed and PostmaUcr Crupper is contiuua'
ly striving to keep hisclfice on a footing with
the best managed. During tho past few
montha tho free de?voiy syetern has been cs
tandod to Wost End and Monday a aub-rta
tion will be established at tbo corner of K.u
and Eoysl streets.
TheClrkof tho Gas Works roports thnt
there are r ow 1,007 gas consumer.-1, au iu
crr-aso of 22 over last year. During tho yea; j
28 new seiviccs were put in buildings and
35 old ones renewed. Tbero are 23 church
and hail lamps in use and 20 street gas 'amps
aro lighted evory evening ir. addition to the
93 electric lamps?2 more electric Ibinpsthan
last year. During the year 342 feet of 4 inch
pipo was laid on south Coiumhus streit, ?n 1
t' oy havo now on hand 1.518 feet of 4 and
6 inch pipe to be used in renewing old main
iluring the coming spring The gas work
h vo been considerably improved during tbe
year. 3 new benches containing 17 retorts
having boon built at the ^vorks under con?
tract by the B.ltim>re Bet?rt and Fire Brick
Company, a large coko shod has been addt-c
to tho worka ar:d other improvements made.
Tho works aro now coneidured iu excellent
There are row 2,749 takers of wat:r, an
increase during thgyearof53. Thj mains
havo been eztonded as follows; Two square*,
of G inch mains on Patrick street between
Madison and Montgomery; two squares OQ
Montgomery street from Patrick to Henry;
two squares of 4 ineh mains on Peyton strict
between King and Duke; one equarj of 4
inch mains on Payno strett between J;uko
and Wolfe; three squares of 4 inch mains on
Ct-lombUB street batwoen Montgi.mjry and
Washington streets and tho Alexandria turn?
pike; one Eqaare of 4 inch mains on Colum?
bus street betwoon Gibbon and Franklin; one
square of 4 inch miina betwoon Wost and
Pejton streats. Four now firo pliga have
boon erected aa fo'lowa: Cornc r of Patrick
and Montgomery stroots, corner of Henry
and Montgomery streets, corner Prince and
Peyton street* and on toe Washington and
Alexandria tampike, near Bobert Taylr's
residence. Manv improvements havo been
made to the work* during tho year and the
property of the tompmy wa? never in bette
During tho year's session ths Clerk of the
City School Bear 1 hae Issued 2,123 permits
to children to attend the public scboo's?691
to white boys, 653 to white girl.?, 344 to col?
ored boys and 435 to colored girl*. Lau
j-car th-j number of permits is-.und waa2,lU8.
This year more white and fewer colored doi
8ons were issued poimit'.
Duting the year the Alexandria Light It
fantry has boon reorganized aud has recently
boon equipped. The company is now on a
sound basis and the members ate having
their srmory greatly improved.
Tho fire companies aro nil well equipped
and hkve an average membership
During the year the number oi persons sent
to jail was 303, of wb m 50 were white
males and 257 colored miles Of these 191
wore sent to the chain gmg, 89 wore Stat ,
12 county and b United States prisoners.
The number of females was 3 colored.
The deaths occurring in Alexindiii (in
which is i'.elided the persons who died at tho
alms house) number 36(1 for tho year 1899^
which is 14 morn than in 1893, tho (dferease"
id white by.ug 19 and incrosse in colored 14.
The number of deaths box and co'or, was as
fol ows : White, males 96, femiles 81; col >r
ort, msles 94, females 95; total, whits 177.
colored 1S9. the youngest having lived 30
minutes, and tho oldest within one year of
tho century maik. The average death rtxta
in Alexandria for 6 years?189l-'9o"?was
376; eo comparing tiese years with 1899.
which is 10 less than the avtrige, tbore has
been good beal.h for the past year in spite of j
tha so-:allcd smallpox o. last J-.r.utry and :
February. Thedtath :a e of 1899 was about
17 out of each 1 000 whitd and 32 out of'
each 1,000 colored. The remains of 125 ?
per o -.s were brought herj for interment, of j
which 51 were from the District of Ctlambia. I
The amount of fines collected in the Maj?
or's Court during the calendar year 1898
was $2,602.45 ; this year $2.093, recal.ing
ex-Mayor Sirmas's rerasrk to a city offi.or,
"Sammle, business is very dull at tha Etat o j
Alexandria ha? 19 licensod physicians, 4 :
dentists and 18 lawyers.
A slight increase is noted in the number of
dog licenses, 679 having been issued this
year as against 588 U-t Tear. Tho average
each year, 1892-96, was 720 per year. It is
estimated that at least 400 dogs are anli
I consed, und coitunly more than ono ra^h fc
! owned by bcuib of tbe ' four hundred."
buring the pirioi in which a disrount of
20 per centum was allowed on city taxes
$74,402 59 was the fsce amount of tax bills
A tax sale of delinquent taxes was made on
November 17 of this year; that immediately
prior w<ts in November, 1895. More than
$5,000 was colleited from delinquents by
reoson of this sale.
('bain gang expense* were less this calen?
dar year than lust bv ?101.42. Last tnree
vo rs as follows: 1897, $1,482.75; 1898,
$750.52, and in 1899, $649.10.
Tho cost of operating electric lights tbiB
yrar was $5 890, last year ?5,755. fceveral
hundred new poles have bean recently erect?
??It cost $3,880 to clean tin streets and al
*ysm 1898 and it cost $5,925 this year.
3,665 Of tho amoui t ladt named having
been exper.dod since June 1 la-t, an average
?f $552 per month for seven months.
Alexandria has not an agent for i bonded
insurance com; any. It has 35 fire insurance
companies licensed and represented by agent?,
aud 5 life insurance companies. Two of theto
corporations Lave tbeir main office here?
the Alexandria aud tto Mi Veruon.
About $3,000 was exoended on sowers
during the yoar as follows: Connections
made between ' itt s'.roet and P*rT and Bro's.
manufactory, $83 70; Grace Church alley
und Princo street, $960: Columbus street,
$530; Washington street. $230; Pitt f treet,
$923; alley in the rear of Fleischmann He?
ul $175 The fo lowing was paid by pcr
?o is tapping sewer?: Pitt am or, $325; Grsce
Chimb, alloy, $225; Columbus street, $125;
Washington atiear, $25; Pali's al'ey, $100;
alley back of Fleischmauu Hot* 1, $50; totd,
Aloxandria has but tbree licensed real es?
tate brokeis and but two auctioneers.
TboCl rk of tho corporation Court during
tho year issued 318 marriage liceneos-244
o white aud 74 to colored pi r .ons. Last
y ar ho issued 279 to while and 53 to col?
The nonibi r o.' deeds recorded by the Cl-jrk
of tho Corporation ' our: during the year wa-.
546 as against 508 last year.
In tbo Ccrporation Court thnro wore 28
chancery suits institute, ii9 conimm law
suitr, 18 wi 1) admu?<d to probate, 27 power>
of aiteriiey rccordid and 44 chi rt rj at d
amended i charters granted. Last year 39
charters ivore grauted.
In tbe Circuit Court foi the City 4 eommon
1 iw and 7 chsncory suits were enured. 3
ebbrMrs granted and 1 will probated.
D?ring tho year the police undo 957 a
rests, as against 1,412 l.st year. The num?
ber of loggers acctmmuJatol at the station
houio was 2,598. There were 3,057 last
'Tho total amount of iustiranco paid for fi-c
l.isses w;t-in the city limits during the year
win $7.103, as against $2 378 last year.
T-.;e t-tal rmount of flour inspected dur?
ing the yo?r was 23,913 barrel?, as against
.'?1 300 last y<*ar. .V any be 1 mil s are now
iupplying some of (ho jobbing trade and
ajucn of tho flour rcitived now is sold with?
'.' he GaeitLc tomplo:es its o le hundredth
v iluuie and wishes its readers a happy New
Engineer John Wise was asphyxi
ited yesterday in a tunnel on the Ches?
apeake and Oaio road.
The river at liichmod is frozen
over from banktobauk. This is unusual
and with the exception of last winter,
lias not been known for several yearc
It is given out that early in tbe new
year a great manufacturing concern is
o locate in Richmond. Tbe capital
look of this company, it is stated, is
A bill will be presented to t^e legis
atnre, af.er tb.i holidays, empowering
trio town council of Woodstock to issue
bonds sufficient to give tbe town a good
It is said (bat a somewhat eimiliar
measure to tbat otlered in tbe Georgia
legislature for preventing the consoli?
dation of tbe Seaboard Air Line, is to be
introducei in this legislature.
Mr. John AV. Logan, a well-known
and prosperous farmer of Loudoun
county, died at bis home, near Wood
burn, yesterday. He waa 54 years of
-ige and leaves a widow, but no child?
The Southern and B. & 0. railroed
complication at S rasburg junction is
o be decided by Hon. Thomas W.
Harrison, judge ot the Circuit C mrt of
Saenaodoah cjuuty in Woodstock, on
Mrs. George Flint, who died at her
home neHr Elmeri i, Rjckbridge coun?
ty, a few days ago, was but thirty-six
yeiars old, but was the mother of sev?
enteen children. SeV6n of her progeny
News from Smith Held is to the effect
tbat Nick Giliingau who is .spected
of the murder ol Mr. C. B. .urner at
Ferguson's Woarf, is believ> d to have
succeeded io eeciping the officers who
sought to arrest bim. It was at first
believed be had been arrested.
Governor Tyler yesterday refused to
allow bis name to be used as one of the
vie -presidents of a meeting to be held
in New York tomorrow for tbe pur?
pose or expressing sympathy with the
Boerp. Tbe request came from the
Irish-American riociety of New York.
Governor Tyler refuses requests for
his views on tbe business and financial
prosuects for the new year. It is known,
b iwever, he is not willing to concede
that the era of general and lasting pros?
perity has come to this country, al?
though a year ago he saw its rapid ap?
The Southern Riilwny has notified
Mrs. L-wis Apperson, owner of Wil?
son's Hotel, at Mount Jackson, that tbe
i one hotel building, which is situated cd
the corapanj's property, muse be rt
movtd within sixty days. The South?
ern proposes to erect a passenger sta?
tion at Mount Jackson, and tbe hotel
site is tbe only available location.
Governor Tyler yesterday issued ren?
dition papers for Burnley Taylor, who
is charged in Boston with the forgery
of coffee ordcr->, amou-uing to $2,000.
A Massachusetts officer arrived at
/Richmond yesterday with requisition
kp?pers for the accused. Taylor ex?
pressed perfect willingness to accom?
pany the officer without such formality.
TheBriii-b steamer Ashland, which
arrived at Norfolk yesterday, reported
that she sighted twenty-five miles north
of Diamond Shoals iighrsbip, which lies
o? Hatterae, the topmasts of a three
maited schooner. Tho crew of tbe
8jhooner, it is believed, lost their lives
Beauty Is Biood Deep.
Clean blood means a clean skin. Nc
beauty without it. Cascarets, Candy Cathar?
tic clean your blood and keep it clean, bv
stirring up the lazy liver and driving all im
purities from the body. Begin to-day to
banish pimples, boils, blotches, blackheads,
and that sickly bilious complexion by taking
Cascarets,?beauty for ten cents. All drug?
gists, satisfaction guaranteed, 10c, 25c, 50c.
J L B.vry, Logantown, Pa., writer, "I am
willing to taSe my oath th?t 1 wss cured of
pneumonia entirely by tbe use of One Minute
' ougb Care af'er doctors failed. It also cur?
ed my children of whooping cough." Quick?
ly relieves and cures coughs, colds, grippe and
throat and lung troubles. Children ail like
it. Mothers endorse it,
in the storm two days hefore Chri*tm?s,
daring which tbe B.-uieh steamer Ario.- -
to went ashore neurt-y and twenty-o. e
of her crew were lost.
Mrs. Frank Daniel, a widow, of North
Fork, Loudoun county, left her five
year-old daughter alone in an upper
room Thursday while she went down
stairs to attend to her work. Short v
afterward she heard screams, and rurl
ning back to the room, found tbe child
wrapped in flames. Tne little one wc a
literally roasted to death. How she
managed to set her clothing on tire i :
a mystery, as there was no ?re iu tho
Considerable excitement was created
in Danville last night by an attempt to
kill Mr. Andrew Jamieson,an attache
of the Continental Tobacco Company
by Walter Hurchin?, a negro operative!
Mr. Jamie8ou hid h<d h me words with
Hutchins in the alUn.uon and then -
gro returned in the evening and renew?
ed the quarrel, firing on Jamie on at
short range with a revolver, hu; fortun?
ately missing him. Hutchins li d and
is still at large.
SHALL WE PREVENT IMPROVE?
To the Editor of the Alexandria Ga ze
I understand an eflon is I ein^ made
to indue* the Legislature i ot
pass a bill allowing the use if tbe side
track on Wilkes street, fronting C. t.
Smoot & Sons'tannery. If t hi - i
it is a serious midtake, in my opinion
from a business standpoint, ai.d tbo
tllort must arise from a misapprehen?
sion of facts and should the move
prove successful will mo.-t undoubted y
result in great detriment to the city.
To thoroughly uudeisiand the.-; i.
it must be reviewed and space is re
qu>s:ed for the purpose.
Th9 tannery was built in 1820 i 1
the railroad track along Wilket -
was authorized by Cjuncil in 1849
by lhe Legislature in 1850. Io 181
ordinance was pass<d by tbe C
Council permitting the laying oi .
side track in front of the lam
For upwards of 30 years thereat
?ide track was used for business j .
poses, as are used in ail
cities and manufacturing and comi
cial towns all over the United ?
An eflort was then made <
the courts to have the tract
Wilkee street torn up, but tbe court
sustained the railroad in i s rig
tbe use of the street, but denii
riebt of Council to grant th i use I he
switch to a private liraa, add thes h
was closed?not torn up, not
ed, not in any way interfered wi b, l u
simply closed so as to prevent one
the largest firms in the c ty from u
it and thus materially lessening
expenses and preventing damag
their goods which are liable tc eerii
injury from too rough handling, a
which is compelled to cor,,pete with
one of the most gigantic of American
Tbis firm now handles from on.- to
three cars a week. They are arrant:
ing for and bad hoped to increase
largely their business in thi* city, pr. -
vided they could secure tbe same tint i -
portatiou facilities ollered elsewhere.
The railroad company runs ov r the
main track hundreds oi cur
many of which go through thu ci'j
are of no benefit to Alc-xnndrta. I.
seems hard, therefore, thar a tirtn > -
tablished for over twe-thirds o( a ?
tury, (or iu fact any busuies !i ?
should be denied so simple a priv
as to be afforded the means ol facili a
ing their business, especially wbei
are anxious from patriotic motive?,
no other, to largely increase their hu=
nces here. If the railroad had I.ei n d<
uied the right to the use ol the streei
tben property values might have increased,
but ao long ?t> tho r 'ad is down and ru
so long w 11 the piopsrty values be k pi
down except for business purposes, an;
the street is to be used for business alone
greater the facilities for business that
given tho better for the city and tbe prop*
along tbe etrext This mitt.-r is not
aentimont or friendship It is purely on
busines?, uvl as it presents itself to in - I ai
compelled t> cay that should iheefljrt
<eed to prevent the application of ihj a
Smoot & Sons Company that it would ! o
rious biow to tbo introduction ol
manufactures and heavy businois in A i
The idea has gotten abroad tint t
provide* for additional tide trat ks, etc.
is an error. Ali la at is asked is that i
ba allowed to uso tho one now dowi
which ba* been in use for upwards of t liri
years and for which they paid to hu I .
that tbla great b< m . industry sboul 1 bi
equal opportunitiea now being offered to
oign indu-tries that wo aro all urging to
in our mid?r.
Alexandria has g-e<t opportuui:ioj. Itil
pendaupon her own people win th- r th y
be realized or lost. 'To succeed it must ?<??
upon a business piano that wi 1 en it
tho dignity of a city. Otherwise it
generate iutoat>wn?a t.iwu tu-ii as it 1.
been represented to be?ono borao in the fii
degree. To ba a city it must put on i it.- w
and act as a city, forgetting tbe ind i
aod remembering only tho city's g < d
between the wiabes of a few ind v lunl
the good of a large factory giving < mpl lyii i
to half a hundred bands it will not take
to docide whore the city's iuteret-t iiej. Tin
can be no progresa, no st eot improvement,
mercantile and manufacturing a< v.n
upon narrow lines and personal prefer in
The road to success lies i-l >ng tbo broad :
of modern up-to-d*to work economy ?'?
determination to meet and b?at compel I
Can this bo dono if othor citie sa-id towi .- gn
greater advanfges than wi V it m n ?
move in tbe country and build warebout
aod ship Koods ms easily, as from hare ?I 0
cost are they likely to stay hen- ? i 'an c ;
be indnced to invest in a pl.ee which
no', afford the most ecooomicai means o
ment? Of courso net I trust 1 may Ii
cuaed for thuegivi g my views up >n the '?'
ttr but tho fact is 1 returned here i i I
yrsr ago determined to provj asi'-r is I
work could that Alexandria wis worth) I ?>
tbo good things of tbis earth.
I havo to the very boat of my poor < ;
done what Uy in my power to prove m
by my works and was about entern e inl
business to try and bring both cap
labor here, but sbou d the people ot
dria say they are willing to tarow ob6t?
in tho path of man,jf*"iureri in such a -imi
thing as this what would they not d" i:
important ones, and what indoccmi i t car I.
or anjooo else, f-ffer to bring ot I era 111 ?' n
our own neopio through f-?t-1 ioittakes -?'
driveu from business. VVba goo : ? i
8esqui Centennial a;eom[ 1-b '.' VVi. I tti
have we t> securo ihe assi8;auce <?f Ci| ' ??
develop our latjnt advantages if we r ?
utter inability ta comprehend busiaeis
cipals, first among which is to Becui
manufacturer the most economical aed be
transporttt Oa f>cilitie<.
Trusting that I may not be mUtaki
my readers and assuring them that in'
alone is to prcmoto the welfare of Alei
dria, I remiin, very respeitfully,
Alex. J. Wjxddebbcbs
Alexandria, Vs., December 30.
Q. H. Applcton, Justice of Peace-, I
burg ti. J., says "DjVVitt'd Little ?ai j
era ?re the b;st pills made for constipate ?
We use r.o othtri," Quickly cure for *. . '? ?
und bowel trouble.
To Cure Constipation Forever.
Take Cascarets Candy Cathartic. 10c <
Ii C C C. tall to cure, drmnrists refund o ?
Lewis Dennis, Salem, lud., stys
Dyspepsia Cure did mo more good than
thing I ever took." It digests wb;i you <
and can not help but cure dy ;? ; a ?od