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DEATH OF BJCBt. THOOLU5 SCOTT.
Mir. Thomas Scott, an, agvd a Mil res?
pected cGtisen Of this city, died at his
?vstdonce, No. Tit Middle street, Satur?
day xnorJiins at 6:4?) o'clock, afit.il 73
Mr. Soobt served; la the Confodorat'
(army during- the lite war, enlisting in
1862 In the first company of the Signal
Corps, under command of Captain Small
and Major MllUgaa., fife had, been a
resident of this city all ot hk* life, hav?
ing, boon bora In the. hx>tise that he died
in. Ho was a. devout X?ristlan, being
a member of Monumental. M, E. Cburcii
for a number of years. Be was one of j
tha oldest members of OKI Dominien
Lodge. I. O. O. F.. und was also a mem?
ber or S:onewuU Camp, C. V.. auJ
SsavaJ Lodge of Masoas.
Major Mllllgan, his -late commander,
speaking of his war record, says? It was
one of the most thrUllng- of the late
war, and his escapes. ; on . the James
Elver were mSratulous, ahd he was
only spared from death at-that time by
a merciful Providence...
Mr. Soot: had for a- n.timber of y<.-ars
twnduotod the . furniture' business on
High atreet, and waj? ona of the best
known funeral directors In the State.
His funeral took place yesterday af?
ternoon at 3 o'clock from Monumental
CM. E. Church and was attended by a ;
large concourse of friends and ac?
quaintances. Rev. L. B. Botty, pastor
of the church, conducted the services.
assIsUd by Revs. Thomas Beaton and
J. B. Fonsten. Stonewalr Camp. C. V..
Naval Lodge of Masonsv Old Dominion
Lodge I. O. O. F., aafl the directors of
the bank of Portsmouth, attended the
funeral In u body. The floral trlbu-.es
?wert numerous and beautiful. The fol?
lowing gentlemen acted as pall-bearers:
Citizens?Mosrrs. John T. King.
Charles W. Godwin, Henry Kirn, John
H. Baesett. R. D. Cuthrlell, John W.
Bldgocd, and Oolorrel Vf. H. Stewart.
Masons?Mr. *R. A. Hudglns. Old Do?
minion Lodge, T. O. O. F.?Major Jas.
F. Crocker and Mr. James L. Wei ton.
Batik of Pottsmouth?Judge Legh R.
"Watts and Mr. J. Ii. Blllsoly. Monu?
mental Churoh?(Messrs. James H.
Toomer and W. H. Brlttlnghnm. Mon?
umental Sunday school-rMessrs. Louis
Phillips, Lloyd Jack. George Peed, John
Lee and Otis Beaton.
A small colore'd 'hoy named Harry
Gray had his face burned very badly
on 'Christmas day. He .was firing a
email cannon in front of his W.Mise,
i.n Washington street, near Glasgow
street, when *t exolbded In his face.
A physician was sent for and dressed
Carter Shannon, a young son of Po
?ilce Officer Henry Shannon, was pain?
fully hurt on Christmas day while ex?
perimenting with a.bomb of his own
manufacture. Carter secured an empty
tomaOa can, put 'In a lot of -powder and
at'tathed a fuse. Then he packed the
con full of clay and lit the fuse, and
placed the can on ithe edge of the Hide
walk. The fuse burned faster than
he anticipated, and before Carter could
get away from It the'ean exploded, scat?
tering Into many pieces. One piece
struck ithe lad In the corner ot the
right eye.and cut a gash, and his face
was peppered with the powder. Dr.
HOpe. who attended Carter, declared
the lad had suffered- nlo serious Injury.
A man named Robinson wns badly
injured Saturday by a fall. He was
taken to his home In Brighton, where
ho was ait tend ? by Dr.' R, R. Robin
eon. ' ; '; :. . ' ,
A you'th named WllHo Johnson who
lives on Chestnut street, -was badly
burned by the explosion lof a bottle of
Mr. Pablo had his hand ..badly cut
while swinging on a meat block on
Cqunty street. Ho was alttendjid by
Dr. V. G. Cul pepper. f
CAME NEAR BEING DROWNED.
Sunday morning a well known man
who lives up town, who had been drink?
ing rather freely and had been out all
Christmas night, slanted, as he sup?
posed, fk>r home, but .Instead he wont
to Ute foot of North street, where he
fell overboard, and would have been
drowned but for "two colored men, who
saw him when he fell and Ashed him
otit. On getting nshore he -was ready
to swear off or anything else, but yes?
terday he forgot his narrow escape and
proceeded "to gat full again.
A CUTTING AFTvRAY.
Charles Ed. A. Price and Samuel Ed.
Oassell, two colored men, engaged In a
dispute on Chflfttmaa Day on Sixth
et:e?t extended, in the county, and al?
most without any warning Prjce Stabbed
Cassell In, the back with a knife, the
wound .penetrating the lung. Me was
aTrest?d, (by a. county officer, and will
have a hearing as soon as" Cassel] I.?
Bible lo be out. Price Is an old offender,
having served a number of terms In jail,
the last oho attempting to shoot his
Sunday morning switch engine No. 1C.
on the Seaboard Air L/ine, ran into.a
street car at the'TJnlon bridge crossine,
end kn'acked It off the track. Fortu?
nately there- were no passengers on the
car at the-time. It looks like careless?
ness on the part of some one with
ea/fefty gates, etc., there lo allow an ac?
cident of that kind to occur In the
STRICKEN WITH PARALYSIS.
Sunday Mrs. Boyd, wife of Mr. James
Boydl -who lives oh Green street, was
sitting at the.table' eating dinner, when
all at once'she was stricken with pa?
ralysis end fell. She- was picked up
and put on the bed and'Is In a critical
condition.. This is Mrsl Bbyd's second
otroke, having been parallzed about
Dlx mlcxnths ago.
iBome time durdngf,: Saturday night,
'WhU? ithe family- of Mrs. Stewart, who
lives In Brighton, was away from home,
some one entered 'the house and robbed
?t'.of ail the eatables, and ithe children's
Christmas toys, etc. Two small colored
boys had been seen hanging around
there, and they' evidently must have
committed the deed.
ft ELECTED BRIDGE KEEPER.
Mr: Hoggard, ? resident of Scobts
ville, has been elected keeper of the
Western Branch 'drawbridge In place
of Mr. George Mcrkle.? .deceased. There
. "were fifty applicants for the position,
.^?./rom,,<thAt' number>'Mr. Hoggard
. .was .selected., ;Tiije/is^rivlte a compli?
ment to that; gentleman; He will take
SlTNfDATYy .SCHOOL OFFICERS.
Tho flollpvslng were Sunday elected
officer* of the Court Street Baptist Sun
.l.iy School: K. S. Brooks, superinten?
dent; W. C. Corbctt, assistant superin?
tendent-; D. A. will Ums. secretary: Ar?
thur li< Williams, assistant secretary;
V A. Bain, treasurer; GeOrge R- Ttinft;
librarian; Albert Tyler, assistant llbra
riitu; it. A. blutchtns, Jr.. musical Uliec
I6r; Mis. Emmet OeaJW and Mr?. W. T.
CORA VAN TASSELI*
The Cora Van Tassell company gave
a varied ?nter>taln-3ieiit last night to n
full house; The suvtertainment was net
wholt ivtlsl i&pected, but owing to the
sickness of some of the members only
a portion i f the play was presented:
Th- re wa^t a number of specialties,
which were good. The living pictures
wore excellent. To-night "The Hidden
Hand" will be presented.
A STRIKING FEAT OF MEMORY.
Sel-Iom Is it that a stage director Is
compelled to call on his leading woman
for assistance In the rehearsing of a
play, but under certain circumstances
this is made necessary. Such a con?
tingency arose last week in the Park
Theatre. Arrangements had been made
by Director Huffman for the production
Of "Young Mrs. Winthrop" to follow
"Mr. Barnes of Xew York," which was
I at the time being ployed by the com-'
j pany. The manuscript of the play was
In the hands of a dramatic club which
ployed It on Thanksgiving evening In
Wheeling, W. Va. A. M. Palmer, from
I whom thLs play was to be secured,
notified, the club that ithe manuscript
was to be returned on Friday?the
day after Thanksgiving?and n return
message <ii the latter day salti that It
had been shipped. People in Wheel?
ing, however, have very elastic Idens
of punctuality, for almost a week went
by without, the greatly wanted maim
scrip. Dispatch after dispatch was
sent, but It was not until Wednesday
that a letter arrived, saying that It
had been sent two days before, or Mon?
day. In .the meantime the stock Com?
pany was In a quandary. Managers,
directors and actors alike were at their
wits end. The paper, as the bill board
lithographs are called, was nil out, nnd
everything was ready hut the. manu?
script. Apparently nothing could bo
done and the people would have to be
content with another week of "Mr.
Barnes of New York," when Henrietta
Crosman, the leading woman, stopped
In with a proposition. -She said she
would undertake the difficult task of
recalling the lines of the play from her
memory. Miss Crosman was confident
she could do it. A few years ago she
had played for n season In "Mrs. Win?
throp," taking at different times both
tho title role and the part of Mrs. Dick,
for uhloh Litter part Mr. Huffman had
cast her. And hy her knowledge of
these two parts, with her general
knowledge of the play, and of stage
craft she undertook the task,
"It can't be done," was the general
verdict, but as 11 could do no harm to
try she was allowed to proceed. Qradj
ually ithe entire play came back 'to her.
Not word for word, of course, hut the
sense of It, and what she was not -sura
of she was helped out with by another
member of the company, who had for
a short time played in It. Thursday
was spent In 'getting n general idea of
the play nnd on Wednesday ithe ser?
vices of the olnoe stenographer were
called In to take down the lines. A
transcript was made of his notes nnd
by Thursday every one had his or her
lines pot, so that when ion Friday
mornlnfc the delayed manuscript ac?
tually did arrive its services were not
required, except to compare with Miss
Crosman's version from memory. This
was found to be excellent. Some of the
smaller Incidents were lacking in her
version, but In the main It was right
nnd few alterations were made. And
she has played In -two hundred other
plays since "Mrs. Winthrop."
REMOVED THE SOOT AND PAINT?
A Scotch journal says that a well
known painter went tie a seaside village
to paint a picture, and put up at a small
public house. One day, while In his
room, he heard a commotion, nnd on
running down stairs found that th?
chimney was ??i fire. Two or three
men were trying to put out the Harnes
by sweeping the soot down with
brooms, but the blaze wns -too high to
lie reached In this manner. Seeing their
want of success,'the painter caught Up a
thick mat, ran with It 'to the r?r..f, and,
climbing lip the stack of chimneys,
placed It on top of 'the one that was on
Are. His Idea was, of course, to ob
struot the draft. It happened thait n
stiff breeze was blowing, and n-s the mat
was In danger of luring blown off, the
artist sat on it to hold It down. He was
Just comfortably sealed when he found
himself lifted bod'.ly and land d up in the
tiles of the roof. What had happened?
That was more than he could imagine
until he went down stairs. No one know
that he had gone nloft, and when :tbe
landlord saw that sweeping down the
soK was Ineffectual, he tried the old
fashioned remedy of lighting a charge of
gunpowder, This it was that removed
hot only the soot, but :the mat and -the
PLAN TO SAVE THE BANKS.
Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 27.?The con?
ferees selected to formulate a plan of
BettlehienUiafi the affairs of the Chest?
nut Street National Bank and the
Chestnut Street Trust and Savings
Fund company, of which William M.
Slngerly, proprietor or the Record, was
president, and which closed their doors
last Thursday, to-night presented their
plan for the consideration of depositors
and creditors. The chief measure sug?
gested is the issuance of Record stock
to secure .the creditors.
MEN FROZEN IN A BOAT.
New York, Dec. 27.?A row hont con?
taining four men frozen and uncon?
scious washed tip on R'/ckaway Beach
to-dai-^. .Tty; ^heh's feet were frozen
fast to the bottom of the boat. They
were carried to a hospital, put to bed
and restoratives administered. After
four hours care they recovered so far
as ,to explain that they had hired a
row boat from a fisherman and had
last tOie oars and had been at the mercy
of the w ii.l and waves all night. It Is
probable that they all w'A\ recover.
Lea Ahlhorn, the famous woman en?
graver of Swede, who died recently,,wa?
selected by the United States Govern?
ment to engrave the Indepencc medal
Town 1 Suffolk
BRISK FIRE AT MYRTLE
House Devoured by Flames Whllo the Own?
er Locked on Helplessly.
METROPOLITAN DRAMA BY HOME TALENT
Wlint Klllmi l.ltilc BHIto lolls?Sly
Reynnird iingacii while, tiic nirUn
Flow Awny-ClirlNfmn* In .Suffolk
Juki an Ordinary llotllfny-I'crh
Suffolk. Va., 'Dec. 27.?(Special.)?
There was a lively. little .Christmas
blazy la*. Saturday at Myrtle. The
residence and smoke' house belonging
to Win. I. Folk, and practically all
their contents went up In smoke and
[ Kolk looked on helplessly. Th? dwell?
ing wan nearly new. Folk and a com?
panion had Just started on a hunt/ but
saw the building In a blaze before they
hud gone far. The loss was not more
than $1,000; Insurance, $600.
AUTISTIC AND MADE MONEY.
"The King's Daughters," a metro?
politan romantic drama by Suffolk
talent, entertained a good sized au?
dience at the City Hall theatre Satur?
day night. The young ladles appear?
ing In the oast?there were no men?
said their parts with remarkable ease
and for the most part their e'.age pres?
ence was go'Ml. There were solo spe?
cialties by Misses Virginia Jordan, Es
telle Freeney and Helle Thompson.
All trouble? and unrealized hopes were
passed nnd forgotten In the third and
last act, when- there was a reconcilia?
tion. The play -was rtagid by Ml?s
Louise Brill, to whose managerial ab'.l
Ity the successful rendition was a trib?
ute. The Methodist Church, for whore
benefit'It waai made about $40 net.
The Christian Church play comes off
Two foes attacked a covey of part?
ridges simultaneously, at Nuirn yvillo
to-day. Tint's what saved them. ^As
n rly old f :,x crept up on one side Mr.
M. W. Joyner'a big dog. Lee, glided
noiselessly toward them In an opposite
direction. Mr. Joyrier t?nd his compan?
ion. Harry Nurney, fnllowod ;he dog.
Just before the birds (lushed the fox
thought things were getting tco wa.rm
and ran away. Air. Joyhcr tired twice
! at Reynard and let the birds escape In
ftafety. The fox dlrd then and there.
It was i\ big fox?one of the largest
ever 'brought :o Stif.'^iK. It measures
nearly four fc-et from tip to tip.
IT WAS STILL POISON.
Little Mike Folk, who looked for
Christmas candy frund strychnine,
and died, was buried on Christmas day.
Hey. \V. T. Green, of 'ie Main Street M.
K. Church, conduct'..1 the services at
the rb*!dehco, No. r<J Holladay street.
Mrs. Folk la ajmbs! heartbroken. Other
mothers who hear the -story, will hcre-l
after keep deadly dtugs out of their
children's reach. The strychnine which
killed Mike had been put away for a
number of years.
Mayor Brewer didn't have a very big
Christmas docket, a PI er all.
Davy Garrett. fcr being disorderly,
was taxed $3.C0.
.T. A. Mllrey, cn the fame charge, was
B. Trotman was charged $9.20 and $3
for minor offenses.
JUST AN ORDINARY ONE.
The Christmas of 1S97 In Suffolk came
and went without leaving any special
event to mark It from the hundreds
whltth preceded It, or which will make
any lmpre?3 on affairs of the future.
The day was characterized by family
reunions, big dinners and fireworks.
There mere many hunting patties, with
others to follow all this week.
WHAT A FEW PERSON'S DTD.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald MeLead are
passing this week in Norfolk.
Water Superintendent G. H. Colemcn,
of Portsmouth, was here to-day.
Po was W. W. Robertson, of Norfolk.
And Tom Jones, of Edenton, N. C.
Qr. W. W. Staley left to-day for a
Visit to his family In Franklin ton, N. C.
?lames !'. Burges is gpcodlng the holi?
days with friends In Southampton
Miss Mettle BrO'ckcnborougn, Mrs. R.
Kowl.it:?! Moore's governess, Is visiting
In Richmond county.
Edward M. C. Quimby sang a sole
nt the Episcopal church Sunday.
Mr. Arthur Wool ford, of Ivenstown,
Md.. who had Isevn visiting his wife ut
the homo of her mother. Mrs. M. T.
Withers, went llDmc to-day.
Mrs. E. C. Brooks, No. 43 Kllby street,
gave n Christmas dritter In honor of
her sister, Miss Lucie Rlddick. Among
the guests wore Misses Wood house,
Williams and Wright.
P. E. Jenkins, of Anlandet-, N. C.
was in Suffolk to-day.
Little Claud Bley had a big crowd
of young friends to enjoy -.his Christ?
mas tree nnd other festivities.
Many persons cannot take
plain cod-liver oil.
They cannot digest it.
It upsets the stomach.
Knowing these things, we
have digested the oil in
Scott's Emulsion of Cod
liver Oil with Hypophos
phites; that is, we have
broken it up into little glob?
ules, or droplets.
We use machinery to do
the work of the digestive
organs, and you obtain the
good effects of the digested
oil at once. That is why you
can take Scott's Emulsion.
- joe. and $i.oo, ill druggists.
SCOTT & BOWNE, Chemists, New Yorlu
Prof. Frank Roach, of Hampton,
spent the .past' few days In- Suffolk. '
?'Mrs.. B.'. J. Beale had 'a reunion ol
her children and grandchildren Sunday.
. D. J. Ward, of Henderson, N. C,
was In Suffolk to-day. - v
'-Richard Cahoon, of Norfolk, passed
Christmas with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. W. John Cahoon.
Robert W. Withers, who Is a law stu?
dent at WVishlngton and Lee, Is at
home for. the holldnys.
Capt. Edgar Clifton Cohen, assistant
paymaster of the Atlantic Coast.L'ne,
passed Sunday with friends In Suffolk.
M'lss Daisy Nurney will leave to-mor?
row for a few days' stay at Rocky
Mount. N. C.
W. lr. Fisher, of Portsmouth, -w*as In
Suffolk to-day on 'business.
Miss Rose Mordecnl, of Ulchmond, Is
Miss Elise Urquhar.t's guest.
All holidays look alike to tihe people
who are too stingy to observe them.
Miss Margaret Wilson, of Norfolk,
Is being entertained by Miss Nan
There will be a Christmas tree en-,
tertalnment at the Presbyterian church
Do you know that we sell the best Life
Insurance Policy to be bought any?
I We represent the Union Central,
which Is absolutely the best company
which writes business in this section.
I Our Twenty ' Payment Life Policy
cannot be equnlled by any contract of?
fered by any other company, while our
Life Rate Endowment policies are the
cheapest and best endowment Insur?
In these you pay ordinary life rates
and get an endowment contract.
You will lose money If you Insure be?
fore seeing us.
We also sell the very best Fire and
WOODWARD & ELAM.
No. 6 Main street.
nolC-tf Suffolk. Va.
Extensive Shipyard Water Front?Fa?
tal Shooting Affair.
Newport News, Va., Dec. 27.?The ru?
mor tholt Collis P. Huntington had
purchased a.large body >>t water front?
age above the shipyard has been con?
firmed by himself. He says thnt tho
shipyard now has >the largest frontage
of any In the world and that sreait Im?
provements will probably bo made
Ernest SaundeTS shot and faiia'lly
wounded Charles McElroy at the ci:-r
ner of Thirty-eighth street and Laf.ay
ti'.te avenue. The cause of the shoot?
ing Is not exactly known, but, as Is
generally understood, Is supposed to
have been about Saunders' wife. Mc?
Elroy was sh*?t three times, the doc?
tors not being able to exitract ithe bul?
let which took effect In 'the breast.
Saunders ts In Ja.ll pending the results
of McElroy's wounds.
In Rockets n. negro :hy na.mo of
Rcclt quarreled w-trh nnother negi'j.
?whom he shot In "the ?breast.- While the
negro shot Is badly hurt, the physicians
says he Is In no danger.
Alice Lockctit. also of Rockots, carved
a negro up badly. However, noithing
scrlrais Is anticipated, except that the
negro will possibly lose the use of an
arm by having the tendons cU't.
Bloodfield .vas generally Hvely, there
being three shodtlng ?crapea, 'the par
?ticulars of which we could not got In
MIM LETTER BOX IN BERKLEY
All conitiinnlcnllonN, ?rivortl?o
?unit*, nnlern leu- Ilie pnpar, or oilier
ttiixiiii'va, left In ?Ii?' Iciliflr box <i( Iii?
.N'orloin Vlrglittiiii In Hie Oflleo of lite
Hunk uf Ilarkley, 14 Hcrhl*f A to.,
will In- promptly ntteiirioil lo II put In
in hIx o'clock.
A small flight occurred In town last
night about 7:30 o'clock between two
white men. In which beer bottles were
freely used. It resulted In ene of the
men engaged losing a piece of his car
nnd the other received several scratches
on his face.
. Mr. Albert Whltehurst while walk?
ing the enrs on the Norfolk and South?
ern road late Friday night fell from
the top of the car to the ground and
broke his loft leg just above the ankle.
He was taken up and carried to his
mother's residence, on Cliftcr.i street.
Dr. Morgan dressed the broken part.
Mr. L. C. Butler, who has been visit?
ing relatives In Suffolk for several days,
Mr. S. C. Butler, of Liberty street, .'g
visiting his brother, Rev. H. H. Butler,
In Suffolk. .
Nothing of Importance In the Mayor's
Court yesterday. -v
Christmas passed off very quietly.
Occasionally could be seen a man hav?
ing too much exhlleratlon, but most of
the time in such cases he hid some one
else to help him carry It. A few fights
occurred, but no one was seriously in?
The proposal from the Berkley Elec?
tric Light and Power company, which
was read and accepted at the last
meeting of the Town Council, w.is made
for the remainder of tho company's con?
tract Instead of ISPS, as the report read.
The Fire Department was called out
Saturday about 12 o'clock to n .-mall fire
in the First Ward, which was extin?
guished before the firemen re.nhed the
spot. Tho hose oart was turned over
at the comer of Chestnut and Wash?
ington sire-'Is and the driver thrown!
about fifteen feet, but without serious
Injuries. The axle, of the cart was
broken nnd the left wheel badly split.
Mr. E. P. Dnlrymple, of Port Alle?
gheny, Pa.. Is visiting friends at Ry
Mr. J. H. Floyd Is very sick at his
residence, on Main street.
' Mr. Q. T. Sexton returned from Cen
way, S. C, yesterday, where he has
been for several months.
Complalntrt were made yesterday
against boys having air rifles on the
streets who are not responsible for their
acts. A hoy was slu t .it yesterday with
one of the rifles. The shot took effect
i and went through sixteen thicknesses
of paste beard that he was carrying
under Oils arm.
THE BANK OF BERKLEY.
?USINES9 AND SAVINGS ACCOUNTS.
SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES.
HISTORY OF ?UtOM?TR
Vulcan Made Toys for. the Gods of Olym?
pus Which Want of their Own Will.
HUMAN IHGEN?ITY IS GREAT
From tlio Dnya of Uneunlua to' (be
Present Petipl'e Hnve Delighted In
'Ihmo X ?Timuicml Wo?iders-Thv
Mysterious ?lies? Plnyer and tbe
urcnt Wonder IIo F.xullort.
There are few things more attrac?
tive to the generality of men, or more
calculated to excite their wonder and
?adni'lry^lon, than a dexterously and
mysteriously contrived ? automaton,
says tl\e London Standard. There Is,
Indeed, something almost uncanny In
the sight of a figure made by men's
hands acting like a creature of flesh
and blood, and this uncannaness Is ont
of the most subtle of fascinations.
Hence the silver of the curious readily
finds its way Into the pockets of men
Ingenious enough to invent such mar?
vels, and hence men of mechanical
genius have In all ages thought It
worth while to pun 'their toll of brain
and band Into such contrivances, per?
haps to the neglect of works far more
permanently valuable to mankind.
This passion for the ? automaton Is
certainly no new thing. One meeits It
In almost the earliest books, some?
times veiled In myth, sometimes more
directly stated. Vulcan, Lt will be re?
membered, made automatic. tripods
for the gods of Olympus?stools which
advanced of their own accord to the
bnnquetlng table, and so retired when
the feast was over. Was thl3 all pure
imagination on ithe part of Homer, or
did It shadow out some actual achieve?
ment of skilled mechanicians of Phoe?
nicia? According to the author of the
life of Apctlonlus of Tyna, similar trl
pods were known In India, and, indeed,
the Hindoo sacred books seem to hint
at more thnn one lost or only recently
recovered mechanical Invention. Among
the Greeks J?ter Oaan Hemer, Daedalu3
Ib the famous maker of scientific mar?
vels?ths Houdln or Maekelyne of those
dim old days.
I Aristotle tell3 us that the human au?
tomata which Daedalus mode were so
active that It was necessary to keep
>:hem tethered, for fear they should
run away. The same philosopher de?
scribes n wooden Venus who walked
about ,and gives also the secret of
the phenomenon. She was filled with
quicksilver?a somewhat crude device
Later on?In the midle ages?the fame
due to (the maker of automata was
darkly connected with the unlawful
magic arts. Ry a strange irony of fate
most of the stories of magic prowess
then currer.it wera fathered upon ths
Roman poet Virgil, the last man. prob?
ably, -to have coveted, or even wished
for, posthumous fame as a necroman?
cer. Two of the legendary Virgil's
nj:<st famous magic automata may be
quoted. One was a brs^s fly he made
I for Marcellus,' the son of Augustus,
lemperor. Marcellus was flying his
hawk ait birds?30 goes the tole?when
Virgil casually asked him whether he
would prefer to have a bird that could
catch j all other, birds, or a fly that
would destroy all other files. Perhaps
Marcellus was no very keen snortsmnn
for he chose the fly, and It .a said to
have proved very useful, especially to
butchers. The other was a coppe ar?
cher, who perpetually pointed his magic
! arrow at Mount Vesuvius to prevent
It from erupting. All is said to have
gone well until a mischievous boy crept
behind the archer nnd lot off .the ar?
row. After that, the eruption. These
stories. It should be said, were of course
not known to the Latins. They wer.?
Invcntod by the monks, and l't Is one
John of Salisbury who has handed them
down to us.
Similar achievements were attributed
to other less fabulous doctors of strange
arts. Albertus Magnus Is credited with
baring made a brazen man who talk?
ed, and St. Thomas Aquinas with hav?
ing pounded It to pieces with a club
suspecting It to be a Work of satnn
Some marvelous feats of mechanism
, are credited to John M?ller, otherwise
known fls Reglnmontanus, who flour?
ished In the fifteenth century, and in
dealing with him we perhaps touch
llrmer ground. One was an iron fly
which flew around n 'table; another a
wooden eagle which went out to meo(l
the Emperor Maxlmllllan on his en try I
of Nuremberg on the "th of June 1470 j
and. returned "with him to the city
gaites. an attention n'a doubt appre?
ciated and adequately remunerated by
the monarch. Indeed. It was 'to the
king rather than to the people that
an old <:ime Inventor had to look for
the rewards of his Ingenuity. Mechan?
ics especially exerted themae'.vos to
please Louis XTV. One Father Tru
chet, of the Royal Academy of Sciences,
made him an automatic opera with
inning figures and scenes complete
The figures did not, of course, speak,
?that Is an invention not yet per footed
though some str-p? have been made -to?
ward It during this century? but acted
In dumb pantomime. A M. Conus mnd?
him a moving c'oach with running
horses, and n lady who descended from
the coach to present ''.he king with
a petition, and -a footman who opened
nnd closed the carriage door for her.
Toys of this kind, no doubt, delighted
kings In those days when there was
llf'.le to read and time must have hung
heavily. One connects with the auto?
mata of King Louis the better known!
mcchnnlcal tiger which used t'o dellgh'
Nana Sahib by tearing a mechnnlcn.l
Englishman >'.o pieces, with an accom?
paniment of growls nnd yells.
Whether due or n'v to the Stimulus
given by i/iuis XIV. the seventeenth
-.nd eighteenth centuries were In France
limes of.gr -at automatic activity. In?
deed, the flr?i-nnmed century ma.rks the
beginning of the really historical era of
the automata. In the eighteenth cen?
tury lived M. Vaucnnaon. p;rhaps the
most wondeful of all makers of auto?
mata, and the creator of the famous
duck, which first appeared before 'the
public In 1711. This duck was Vatican
son's masterpiece, and completed a repu?
tation already mada wide by his me?
chanical flute-player, and an automatic
musician who not only blew upon the
flageole:. Mit also kept time to It on a
tambourine. The bird was of life size,
and not only was It outwardly an exact
Imitation to a feather of a real duck,
but Its Internal anatomy was absolutely
t:ue to life. So, Indeed, were Iis move?
ments, for It walked, quacked, swam,
dived, ate, and. by an Ingenious,de.vlce,
even ?3omed to dlge/UbAm itooji. Tnln
automaton disappeared 'after tho Inven?
tor's death, but turned up again In 1840
in a garret in Berlin, end was 'pur?
chased, by a. Mr.' George Tiets, who took
tour year* to put it lnv proper working
order again. At the end of -that.time (H
was exnlblted In a room lh the Palate
Royal, Paris, where M. Houdln, the
celebrated' conjurer, saw it, and, indeed,
af terward, when something happened to |
one of Its wings, took charge of and re?
paired it. 'No doubt it is Btlll in exts-l
feiico. Of more modern automata thls|
Is .scarcely -the place to speak, for they
are private secrets. Let us confine our-1
selves to merely mentioning Mr. M-aalte
lyne's "Psycho," and "Zoe."
Like most things, automata have not
always been what they 6eemed. Of!
many frauds upon the wonder-loving
public perhaps* the completest was that
of the famous automatic chess-player
of M. Kempelen, which was exhibited
all over Europe at the'end of the last
century, and afteTward In America. It
was the figure of a life-sized Turk,
seated behind a 'large box, the top of
which was marked In the middle for
chess. Prior to the automaton's meet?
ing an opponent the front of the box
was Opened "und skeptical lookers-on
were shown an arrangement of strings,
pulleys nnd cylinders.- After this they
were allowed to examine the Interior of
the figure, which was hollow; the M.
Kempclcn wound up his Turk with a
key and it was ready to play, which
It did 'by moving the pieces with Its
left hand, and giving three nods for
check to king and two for check ;to
queen. AJl the noted chess players of
Europe swecumbed to the figure's supe?
rior strategy, and Us skill so Impressed
the, Empress Catherine II. of Russin,
that she wished to buy It, and was with
dltllculty persuaded by M. Kempelcn to
g'ive up the Idea. It was not for years
that the secret was discovered, but, like
most secrets, it leaked out at last. The
real chess player was a M. Wronsky,
a Polish ex-captain, both of whose legs
had been amputated at tho trunk In
consequence of a wound from a cannon
toll. While the spectators were-exam?
ining the box Wronsky was In the
Turk's -body and when they turned to
inspect that an ingenious mechanism
slid him back 'Into the box.' To the
Pact that WTonsky was a chess player j
of consummate skill the wide fame of i
the automaton, which he secretly con?
trolled. Is to be attributed. After this
disclosure Mr. Kern pel en's automaton
naturally enough ceased to move main
kind to wonder.
Killed on the Railroad Track?Exten?
Petersburg, Va., Dec. 27.?(Special)?
Thomas Rowlln, who resided In Bat
tresea, was run over and killed by
train cn the Norfolk and Western rail?
road near Fleet street, early yesterday
In the Mayor's Court ;Iiis morning
W. R. Inge and T. A. Poole were con?
victed of stealing 715 pounds -of to?
bacco from W. L. Venable & Co., nnd
each was lined $150 nnd costs. Poole
Is a merchant on Halifax, street, anil
Inge h-.is been in the employ of Vena?
ble & Co. ever since he WM a mere lad
Fines amounting to S330 were Imposed
in Uhe Mayor's <~*ourl this morning,
$2;")0.1? of which were paid, all of which
goes to tnc State.
Charles Godsey, a little son of R. H.
Godsey, was very painfully bruised this
morning by the explosion of a cannon
The Petersburg Guards, a colored mil?
itary company here, had a parade and
target practice this afternoon. Robert
H. Goode made the best shot.
Mr. Alvln Sutherland nnd Miss Jen?
nie Deshnzor, of Sutherland's county,
were mnr:-led last Thursday night at
the residence of the bride.
Mr. T. V. Collins, a former grocery
merchant of this city, left Inst night
for Atlanta to accept a position with
the Southern Railway company.
ONE WAY TO HELP.
A bird sang this morning In yonder
He sang not for you, ho sang not for I
He snng Just because he was happy and
But he made us all glad with his
'Tis so little children with me and
If we are but cheerful, courageous |
We help other folks without knowing |
Like 'the bird that spread gladness,
?and you never knew.
A COFFIN SELLER'S LETTER
H. O. COLEMAN. Durham. N. Cj
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number of years. Ho much so that
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her work with pleasure. Her
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bought the remaining bottles wo
had left, and we have a cnll nearly
every day for It. Enoloscd you will
find money order for ono dozen
more. Please ship nt once. Res?
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J. G. Sutton & Son, Funeral Direc?
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W. H. TERRY & CO.,
Wholesale Distributing Agents,
Southern Farmer sent ono year
to everyone buying a bottle, 25c.
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LIVERY AND BOARDING BTABLES.
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corner Chestnut and Pearl street and
ntoched the same with Borne first-class
Bi'-bgies, Carriages, Driving Horses, etc.,
1 am now piionred to furnish gooa turn?
out day or night at rock bottom prices.
Norfolk nnd Portsmouth trade solicited.
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i o?ui?i!on. Don nf in ii op ii ii mem
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will treat any patients who apply before
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month, medicines Included. |
This Is just one-half my usual rato, and
less than one-fourth what specialists usu?
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1st y<>u will be treated at this rato until
cured, but this rato will not bo given to
any ono applying after New Year's Day.
ft. L. B. FIREY
Has offices 1 and 2, No. 314
Main street, over Frank &
Specialties: The Eye, Ear,
Nose and Throat.
My success in treating Ca?
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mouth, Berkley, Brambleton
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Will soon be bore, nnd for tho holiday
season wo havo now a splendid stock of
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factory, and represent tho highest stand?
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?lightly used pianos which wo will offer
for the next few days at greatly reduced
prices. Call nnd seo us and got our prices
nnd terms If you want a line piano at the
Tuning and Repairing. Terms to suit.
Ohas. M. Stieff,
?I1C MAIN ST., NORFOLK, VA
Henrv MacLachlan, Manager.
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