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some uncommon bargains ?
Cloaks are less than the usual stores half. Special selling of many lines. Remnants of Wool Dress Goods and White
Goods are to be closed out. Nothing is ever high here. Only goods of merit are sold at all times. The stocks
fresh, the styles new, and in nine out of ten cases the buyer who comes here saves.
Lndles' ribbed mace- Onelta (Egyptian
1 cotton), 23e. Flno black cotton ones, with
A ppecinl advertised Inst Sunday In
Men's 39c. colored laundered print nog
llgo Shirts at 29c. There are enough to
last another day, perhaps. Come.
Men's White unlaundered of fair Muslin,
bound bosom, a full cut, wonderfully well
made Sbrll. Enough probably of all sizes
to run another day. Hustle If you want,
MEN'S FANCY SHIRTS,
Fine Percale bosom and separate cuffs,
fine muslin bodies, choice styles those
Shirts and now. Wo nave seen none so
good at 75c. We say because wo closed out
NEW SPRING VESTS,
Fine Maco cotton, silk trimmed, spring
weight Vests and Pants. The lutter ankle
ulso kneo leiir.ih, 25c. Extra sizes, 33c.
Finer ones, those who are waiting for
these may come for them now. Ladles,
These are a summer wrap, good the year
round. We want you to carry them not
us. Come for the yard long eoquo plume
25c. ones, Monday. Find them
BLACK GOODS SPECIAL.
French Serges, not Storm Serges, but
soft, line twilled Serges, mado In
France, lustrous black, heavy, 50 Inches
wide; should bo 75c. We took ovor two
thousand yards at a clip that wo might
save. You can save on ono yard. These
will not be here many days. What wo
say Is so.
Two cases advance styles for spring,
Two-Toned Vlgoroaux, iridescent effects,
in plain stuffs. All the new spring
shades; also new and bautlful Wool Ben
gallnes, 75c. and $1.00. These beauties.
Threo rich novelties In French Wool
Crepons, In black?just open?these, $1.25.
Priestley's G2lnch Varnished Board brand
Oravenette is here, ,
SPECIAL IN SILKS.
A pick up of a small lot. Rich Brocad?
ed Silks, Cotton Back, 0 colorings, floral
offects. A very stylish waist these silks
make. Do not Judge by the price, which
Is below their worth.
Yard wide, changeable, four plain shad?
ings. Wo hear of these at 75e. Wo cell
Falling like snow here. More than 20,000
yards have come In within the week.
Excellent White Check Muslin, 5c. and
up. Special In 15c. White Striped Dimi?
ty at inc. Forty Inch White Dawns, 10c.
Special in WhlUe India Linon,
This season's choicest Coats for ladles
and children, at 25 per cent, or moro be?
low their prime cost. No Coats sold else
whero at half aro nearly so clioap. A few
days will end our stock. $20 Coats, $10.56;
$15.00 ones, $8.25; $8.00 Conts, $3.04. Childs'
$5.00 Coats, $2.95; others $2.50 and
LAST SEASON'S COATS.
N^ot old Coats, but last season's?need
only slight alteration In sleeves. Tills
Is a slaughter, but it Is so. About SO
Coats were $8.00 to $20.00 each. Takt
them, now, $5.00, $4.00 and
HOUSE KEEPERS SPECIAL.
Curtain Swiss, -white with coin spots
and figures, 60-Inch 12V4c; whlto, with
colored spots and tigures, 40-Inch, 10c.
Barnscy All Linen Crash .one-third below
value, now, 5c. Curtain Scrim, 4c.
Great Turkish Towels' 23x50 inch, heavy,
Special In White Quilts. Marseilles, $1.25.
Crochet, extra weight and worth, special?
Serges, wide and narrow walo cheviot
serges, some fancy weaves, navy and
black, lined, velveteen bound, new cut.
Tho material In these dress skirls Is worth
75c. a. yard. We took tho balance of a
manufacturer's stock, 205 of them. Some
aro heavy, most aro spring weight. Rich?
ly worth $5.50, we say each, and they are
SPECIAL IN SKIRTS,
Ladies' ready mado dress skirts, navy
blue serge narrow wale. Wido skirts
these, cambric lined, velveteen bound. A
wonderful bargain, only twenty-lie of
them. Hurry or lose. Skirts cacli,
LADIES' COATS, #1.
Seventy of those. Long ones, carried
from some seasons past, were $10 and $12.
The materials excellent. Can be cut down
for children's wear. Make a good gift to
aorvants, who, on their long, cold walks
to reach your house, perhaps before day,
arc not so particular as to style. Few
swells are abroad at that hour. Warmth
and wear here and choice of all,
Now Spring Styles Black China, l'ned
throughout, tucked back and front, $3.69.
Black Satin, made In the same manner,
Black TafTotn, Blouse front, tucked, ne
eordeon plaited ruffle, tucked cuffs and
collar. Stylish these, very, $5.00.
Rich striped taffeta waists, tucked back
and front, very chic waist this,
BOYS' SHIRT WAISTS,
Heavy navy bluo duck, with white fig?
ures, 25c. Cable (patent) waists of best
percale, 4Sc. White, of same, laundered
LADIES' SHIRT WAISTS, .
New colorings and designs. A most at?
tractive line, $1.25, $1.00, 75e., and
Ladles' fine cotton Hose, some plain,
some drop stitch. Imported, spliced heel
and too all fast black, with colored tops.
25c. Hose; closing price on these, only
about 10 dozen, a pair,
Eclipse brand, lino, free from chemicals,
soluble, will not clog the pipes. Rolls
weighing one pound. 10c. each, 3 for 25c.
Royal blue wrapper brand, good tissue,
not, of course, as good aa Eclipse. Six
nine-ounce rolls for
One decorated China Dinner Set, 112
pieces. Good bye. The set,
Adjoining the Butterick Pattern Depart?
ment in the fancy goods nlcho all em?
broidery silks are In generous assort?
ment. Holding, and Bralnard & Arm?
strong's famous makes both here. Hem?
stitched and drawn linens are here also.
Interesting unstamped pieces, 39c. 25c,
OUTING PICK-UP, ,
A ten-piece lot at a price fully one
fourth below the usual. Heavy, particu?
larly pretty plaids. While lot lasts
Hemstitched 1IM Sheets of Atlantic
Mills,, which, as all know, is splendid
quality cotton, 62&c. Tho same, but hem?
med, not hemstitched, arc 50c. Then the
same, but only 2Vi yards wide, are each
(All aro below the market.)
Novelties for Shirt Waists: Biased
plaids, fancy stripes, square checks now
hellos. blues, reds. New black designs.
Fine cloth, liner than porealcs,
It Is noteworthy that nothing Is adver?
tised In this city in competition with Ibis
offering. It Is highly creditable that no
store has attempted to meet the price
with Inferior goods. New spring color?
ings, a full assortment, Sc. is the real val?
ue. We say,
Heavy Covert Cloth; Just what you
havo uald near four limes this for. ex?
cept that these arc all cot Ion. The com?
ing thing Tor skirts and full dresses. Mix?
tures of gray, tan, green, navy and elec?
tric blue. Stylish istuff,
Unlaundered, reinforced, set In bosom.
Not flimsy, but good muslin. 50c. gener?
ally. 43c. Is the lowest wo have heard.
We say for men's or boys:',
Men's size, 2S-inch. Fast black, closely
simulating line silk. Close roll, Welsebel
handles, steel rod. ThcSO are great.
There arc only 100. Each is a prize. Draw?
ing begins Monday,
PADDING WAR VESSELS
Kentucky and Kersarge Will Have Armor
Belts of Cornstalk Pith.
A VERY UNIQUE EXPERIMENT
Knvui Kxiterta Declare 'Mutt n Three
Foot licit or ?ornstnlk Pith I.?
! (|inii lor Prolroilra Purposes 1?
Mx Incites ?r llnrvcylKoil Nickel
(Hone Bache'8 "Washington Letter In
The new battleships Kcarsargc anil
Kentucky, to be launched some time
this month, are the first vessels of their
class ever constructed witli armor belts
of cornstalk pith. M Is a notion wholly
novel, and navul experts are watch?
ing the experiment with great inter?
est. Such confidence Is felt in the
wisdom of it that nil the other ships
now in couree of building for Uncle
Sam's navy are ordered to be furnish?
ed with a similar equipment, Those
who are best informed on such sub?
jects declare that a three-foot belt of
cornstalk pith Is equal for protective
purposes to six Inches of Ilarveyized
The Idea of it is thnt cornstalk pith
possesses in a remarkable decree the
property of absorbing water, swelling
with such rapidity as to close a shot
hole before the briny ocean can enter
the ship. Thus a belt of it placed be?
tween the outer and inner skins of the
vessel, and covering the water line, Is
calculated to keep her aflcut, even
though that delicate part of her anat?
omy shotild be fairly riddled by pro?
jectiles. A similar stuffing of cellulose,
obtained from cocoanut ?ber, saved the
Japanese cruiser Itstlkuslma at the
battle of the Yalu river, when she was
struck repentedly near the water line,
?by large projectiles. In the same light
the Chinese armored cruisers Tehi
Yuen and Kins Y'uen, neither of them
so protected, were capsized and sunk
The upper part of a cruiser Is sepa?
rated from "downstairs," so to speak,
by a turtle-back deck of steel plates.
This is called the protective deck, and
its edges are 'below the water line.
THte whole "top story" of the vessel,
with masts, bridge, smokestacks, etc..
might 'he shot and burned away and
still she would be expected to float,
the "turt!e-deck'J delecting the projec
tiles aimed nt her. But tho .trouble
Is thnt shot holes ti'bove tho protective
deck might let. In water on one side,
overbalance her and cause her to turn
suddenly nnd keel upward. It is in
order to avoid this embarrassing con?
tingency ttiat the water line fa backed
Inside by a series of steel water?
tight compartments called "coffer?
It is obvious Mint if a number of the
coffer-dams were pierced by projectiles
in a sea fight and filled with intruding
water the weight of the water would
be apt to upset the delicate balance
of the vessel, causing her to list over to
one side. Under such circumstances
some of her cannon would point up at
the sky and others down toward the
ocean, so What she would cease to be
serviceable as a gun platform. In
other words, she would become useless
ns a fighting machine, and would be
compelled to strike her colors, even if
she were so lucky as to er,cape cap?
sizing. Accordingly, .it has been sought
to fill the coffer-dams with something
ns light as possible to help keep the
water out of them and to assist In
maintaining the flotation of the ship.
Empty tin cans, hermetically sealed,
and various other things were tried
for tills purpose years ago.
Nothing satisfactory was found, how?
ever, until a. Yankee genius hit upon
the Idea of using pith of cornstalks.
Thi3 proved the solution of the prob?
lem, and that is why all the newest
vessels of the United States Navy are
being provided with n. belt of this
material. To call it a belt is fairly
accurate. Inasmuch as the compart?
ments, or coffer-dame, filled with the
stuff run all along both sides of the
ship. Tho belt of stuffed coffee-dams
Is three feet thick and extends four
feet above the water line and four feet
below It. The pith Is packed under
pressure In the coffer-dams In the
shape of bricks. Navy men say that,
with a good turtle-back deck back of
It to defend the "vitals" of the. ship,
100 tons of cornstalk pith are equiva?
lent to 1,000 tons of steel armor.
Henry W. Cramp, of the firm which
has built most of the ships of the new
navy, says that cruisers of the Balti?
more ty-pe, if protected with a corn
pith belt, would be warranted In en?
gaging many of the Ironclads of the
other powers. Without it they would
be liable to be sunk by a well-directed
machine gun fire. "This product of
American farms," he adds, "offeTS a
cheap and ready means of vastly In?
creasing the efficiency of our cruisers
and the unarmored sides of all our
war vessels should have those bells
without delay. This discovery nnd
application of corn pith is of as vital
Importance to tho United States Navy
as the development of Harveylzed
armor and smokeless powder."
The point is that without adding
much to the cost of .the vessels thi
efficiency of them can all bo greatly
increased by making their sides auto?
matically resist the inflow of water.
Inasmuch as the American cruisers
carry heavier batteries than similar
ships of other nations they would when
so protected be able to give battle to
vessels far heavier than themselves.
The corn pith. It should be said, has
not been adopted by the Navy Depart?
ment without elaborate experiments
and. teats. Coffer-dams filled with the
stAiff were riddled by big ?hells, but
water could not be made to enter even
when projected at the holes in a pow?
erful stream from a fire hose.
The old woode/i vessels were attacked
by ipfhells that nf.idc holeo. along the wa
torllne, but the amount of water that
entered was .small, owing to 'the swell?
ing of ithe wood and the fact that holes;
In wooden eh hps could be 'plugged with
comparative ease. Hut a sheet steel ves?
sel under lire from modern 'high power
guns Is likely to receive a great many
Shots along -the water line, every one
admitting water. The first and most
natural way of guarding against such
water line damage was to put a belt of
armor around the vessel, extending for
a few feet above and 'below 'the waiter
line. But guns improved so rapidly In
penetrating power and facility of lire
that a 'belt could not be carried the
whole length of sufficient ?thickness 'to
guarantee defense. Hence the value
of the cornstalk padding for armored
ships, while for unnrmored vessels it Is
a most admirable protection;
This idea, like many others, has had
a gradual evolution. A few years ago
?having decided on -the correctness of
the principle, 'the Navy Department
filled the coffer dams of some ships with
"cellulose," obtained from cocoanut
husks. That 'material w?s most highly
commended at the time. The husks
were Imported from Cayl?n and the
"cellulose"?a word for the cellular sub
stance of woody matter freed from im
purHies?was separated from them by
machinery in Philadelphia. The finish'
ed product looked like bits of ground
cork. Unfortunately it did not prove
aMogother succussfuTl. It was apt to
putrefy, and taking Are readily, give
out a distressing smoke. Ship rats bred
in It by myriads, and. In short, it was
a nuisance. W cost about J100 a ton
more than .the new corn ?talk pith.
Meanwhile other nations were mak?
ing experiments in the same line. Ger?
many -favored cork, which was cut Into
slaibs an Inch thick and stowed In the
coffer dams with glue to fill the Inter?
stices. Italy tried cat-tails. These were
the every day .cat tails of swampy
places, which, not 'being cultivated)
plants, had to be gathered at large ex?
pense -where they happened to grow.
The fuzzy heads were packed in can?
vas bags, which were covered with a
non-comfbUstkble con/ting. Certainly -the
notion of protecting fighting ships with
cat tails was suflloPntly picturesque,
if not humorous. However, the cost of
?them was too high, and they rotted
quickly, So now the Italian navy has
adopted* cork shavings mixed with tar
and pressed Into cakes.
Franco, too, has 'tried the mixture of
cork shavings and tar, but n.t present
she Is using "zostere"?a species of sea?
weed common on the French coast. It
Is dried, treated chemically, packed In
canvas'ba.gs and smeared wHh a water
proof coating, or else pressed into
bricks. Being a marine growth, it is
safe from deterioration In salt water.
The experiments of the United States
Government naturally have attracted
attention abroad, and all of the princi?
pal European powers are making ex?
periments with cornstalk pith ns a fill?
ing for 'the coffer dams of their ships
of war. Doututless It will be quite gen?
erally adopted before long.
The process of preparing the cornstalk
pith is decidedly interesting. The un
.triimmed stalks, just as they come
from the field tha't has yielded Its har?
vest, ore fed to a chopping machine
and cut Into pieces an inch In length.
Then they ore exposed to an air blast,
which 'blows aside the leaves and light
trash, 'While the pieces of .??talk are
carried through a pipe to a hopper.
This drops them Into a 'mill, which
cracks the husks, releasing the pith
The resulting product Is exposed to an?
other air blast, which blows the pith
one way and tho shells of the stalks
another. The pith is separated into
tiwo grades, coarse ond fine, by yet an?
other air iblnst. The coarse pith?a
White, spongy pulp?is the sort used for
ship padding, and before the linal press?
ing of It into blocks It is subjected ito
Chemical treatment to render it fire
proof and decay proof.
The fine pith is utilized for n variety
of .purposes presently to be described.
The husks, leaves, otc., of tlie corn
plant, separated in the manner above
referred to, tire ground into a meal
which Is a most excellent f .'od for cat?
tle. The meal somewhat resembles
?bran In appearance, and it has been
proved to contain more digestible food
for cai'.&a and borsea than timothy
hay. weight for weight. As a basis for
cattle food, rrr'xod with other food ma?
terial, it is extremely valuable. It is
easily imagined that the discovery of a
use for cornstalks, hitherto regarded
ns a waste product, is likely to be
very profitable to the farmer. The en?
tire corn plant, after the ears of corn
are removed, contains one pound of
pith to fourteen pounds of blades,
husks and stall;.
It is predicted with confidence that
Itilve demand for oornstaljk pith will
eventually nbsorb the entire available
supply?so many uses are being found
for this new product. A finer grade of
paper is made out of it than the best
and justly famous Chinese rice paper.
All other grades of paper are made from
it likewise. Before long. it. is asserted,
the pith will "suporofde wood pulp for
paper stock. This, if true, Is a mat?
ter of the greatest importance, inas?
much as the forests of this country are
so rapidly disappearing. In order to
produce the Chronicle for one year an
appalling acreage of trees bos to be
iwilped out, and this -can not go on
many decades longer, ft will tie odd
if the newspapers of the future shall
be printed on paper manufactured from
The fine corn stalk pith afbove men?
tioned Is being utilized ?s a base for
explosive -compounds. It Is declared that
explosives with this base will super
ced" nil other explosives, and that they
will develop themselves. Incidentally,
as the smokele?s gunpowders r?f thr;
future. Among tibe ?00 and odd uses
found .for tho cornstalk pith may bo
mentioned water-.proofing compounds,
leather enamel, varnish, glue, a sub?
stitute for celluloid, artificial silk, fillers
for water and beer, electric lamp fila?
ments, a floor covering superior to
linoleum, mattresses, c?mont, paint,
horse collars, Insulation f?r refrigera?
tor cars and dry cells for electric, stor?
Thus, If there is no error in 4ho
claims advanced it will be seen that a
material hitherto supposed worthless Is
a.bont. ito 'be applied more profitably
and in n great variety of ways to tho
uses of mankind.
Professor Polbeir sftys that what is
called stupidity Is simply the Indication
that a certain 'brain area Is not properly
nourished or is without communication
with the nerve fibres.
I^KMY TE^TH f
We Invite an examination of our latest Improved methods and appliances for
fine work and painless treatment. Vp-to-dato work; the very liest work, ami mero
nominal prices, t.'ome to us and get the host. Vitalized Air made fresh every day
for painless extraction of teeth. Any one can take It in perfect safel y?yoting (ir old.
371 MAIN STKlilOT. Over Hub Clothing Store.
Dr. W. W. FREEMAN, Manager Norfolk Ofllcc.
The Cos! of Coal
Should bo considered only In conjunction
with quality. 'There are cheaper kinds of
Coal than ours. There are none better,
but many worse at the same price as
Steam Coal, Grate Coal,
Toms Creek and Cannel, An?
thracite Coal, all sizes;
Furnace, Foundry and Domes?
Toms Creek Coal and Coke Company.
TRIGG & WILMER, Agents,
65 GRANHY STREET.
Phones?317 (new); 232 (0731.
15 N1VIS0N STREET.
Phonos?SIS (new); 318 (old).
IN THE MARKET FOR LIME.
PORTLAND OR AMERICAN
CEMENT, PLASTER, HAIR,
CHIMNEY PIPE. FIRE PRICK.
LATH OU SHINGLES. SEE UP
BEFORE YOU BUY. WE ARE
BOLE AGENTS FOR ACME
CEMENT PLASTER. NEW NO.
HG WATER STREET.
What Iis fvJoro Attractive
Than a pretty face with a freah, bright
complexion? For it, uso Ppaont'S Powder.
A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL1
Wo also beg to acknowledge with grate?
ful appreciation the liberal patronage be?
stowed upon us in tho past, and purposo
to prove It by offering our patrons the
lowest living prices on anything in the
way of Hardware, Household Goods,
Paints, Stains, Tools, j.;io.
See the WHITE HEATER, f-n.OA up ac?
cording to size. Sheet lion sides, steel
lined, cast Iron top and bottom. Nothing
Tho BANNER Oil, HEATF.Tt. $4.60. Tho
safest, best and most ornamental oil heat?
er ever offered; every one warranted.
SASH, DOORS AND BLINDS
Estimates cheerfully furnlacd. Give us
a call or ring us up on either phone, 327;
WHITE HARDWARE CO.
309 Main Street, Norfolk. Va.,
Corner Commercial Placo.
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