REV. DR- R. P. XERR.
E1RST PRESUYTER1AN CHURCH.
OF GOOD -SERVICE
Rev. Dr. R. P. Kerr to Celebrate His
HISTORY OF CONGREGATION.
The Pastor Will Prcach an Interesting
Sermon Giving- a Slcetcli ofl'resby
tcrianisin in and Around
lt i C Ii in o n d .
An interesting cvent in church circles
will bo the oelebralion to-day of the six
teenth aniversary of tlie pastorate of
Rev. Dr. liobert P. Kerr, of tlie First
Presbytorinn church. Just sixteen years
ago to-day he was Installed by a com?
mittee of East Hamover Presbytery, con?
sisting <of Rev. Dr. Moses D. Hoge. who
preaclied tho sermon; Rev. AA*. T. Rich
ardson, D. D. who -delivered the charge
to tho pastor. iiiid the Rev. C. H. Read,
D. D., who delivered the charge to the j
Dr. Kerr will to-day preach a sermon,
giving a history of his congregation and
of Presbyterianlsni In Richmond and vi?
cinity for tlie past slxteen years.
FIRST PRESUYTERTAN CHURC1L
Tho Fir.at Presibyierlan .ehurcTi was or
gtnized in 1K2, toy Rev. John H-olt Rice,
fl-'. D., who was its first pastor. In 1S^3
Dr. Rk-e resigned to onganlee Union Theo
logical Semlnary al llanipden-Sidiiey, Va.,
which institution has reeently been moved
to this city.
The Rev AVm. J. Armstrong, D. D.,
was "nstuJlod pastor in 1824. Dr Arm?
strong was n.fft'rwards seeretary of the
Amerlcaiii IViard -of Oommissioners for
Foreign Miissions in Boston, and w.is lost
by -shluiwreck in Long Island Sound ln
Thn Rev. AA'in. S. Plumer, D. D., lifcamc
pastor dn isr.4. -and continued in that of?
fice until "IS4R. During his pastorate, a
culony, thn Second Prcsbyterian churcli.
was orcranlzed under "tho pastoral chargo
of Rev. M- D. Hoj;e. D. D.
ln IR47 the Rev. T. A*. Moore, D. T>.. was
lnstalled pastor. ln 3NC.N he resigned to
tn.ko charge of tho First 'church, ICash- j
Tho Rev. Thomas S. Prcstor.. D. D..
becamti rpustcr in J8G9, .and continued so
until 1S82, wln-n he was called lo the pas?
tor.-me of the church In Lcxingion, A'a.
The Rev. Robert Pollock Kerr. D. D..
wnK installefl the sJxth pastor, February
3. 3XR4. "During h'? pastorate of slxteen
years s<"von hundred and twenty-one
members have Ibeen addc-d to the roll of
tbe church, nnd tho iiew church building
has been erecied at the corner of Grace
and Madtoon streets.
The whole membershlp of AAVstmlnstor
went from ihe First church. and there
has not been organlzed during this time
any Pnesbyterlan church in this vicinity
that has not received a k:rge quoto from I
the First church. i\nA yet this church j
ls now one of the most flourlshlng in ?
.Virginia. Besides its own work, and
conlrllmting larirely to Ihe general work
oi the rhuroli, it 7>rovides the greater
part of the salary <if tho pastor of AVest
mJnster church ln this city. and sup
ports sntlrcSy the Rev. J. Mcrcer Blain.
as a mlsslonary ln Chlna.
REA". DR. KERR.
The following brief sketch of the life
and work of Rev. Dr. Robert p. Kerr,
pastor of the First Presbylerian church,
was |pt>epared for The Times by Dr Kei-r's
?warm personal frlend, Rev. William S.
Robert Pottr>ek Kerr was born in
Groonsboro, Ala.. on July 1C 3S50. His
parcnts were ,1ohn Ponlp KeiT, who was
born in Sanguhar. Seoiland. nnd Mrs.
Howard AA'ebb Kerr. of Granvi'.le county,
North Ourollna. They were both conse
cratcd Christlans. members of the Pres
byterlan Church. who trained tlielr chll
oVcn for the ecrvlce of God".
,Jbhn Robert, who was the youngest of
right -children. wa? ?*!x years old when
his fathnr moved with his fnmily to Du
huque, lowa, -whero they reslded for ten
yearr, -and there tho h<Md of the house
fcold died ln ISOT*. They then returned
South. and had their home flrst in Ar
kanMB and afterwarde in MiHso-url.
Tn? subject oi this sketch recaSvefl his
educatJon at Willlacn Jewell Col!??jre, Wb
?rty, Mo., from which he graduetea Jn
1?70. We purpued hl? theole^ool Ptudle*
*t tJnlon Theologioal Semlnary. Hamp
d*n-Sldney. Va., eompletlnc the coutwe
?nfl creduetlng ln 2872.
"Ftto flnrt pastorate mt ln Lwrlngton.
M?. JU ??? ttwn putor/suooeulvebr cf
| Uie ehurch at Thomasville, Ga.; the
j Independent Presbyterian ciiurch. Savan
! nah. Ga.. and Tabb-Street ?ehurch, Peters
I burg, Va.
PASTOR IN RICHMOND.
j Since February 3, 1SS4, he has been pas
? tor of the First ehurch, Richmond. A:a,
j During this period' the ehurch has grown
j constanUy ln membership and infiuence,
and has sent off a colony of eighty mem
' bers to form what ls known as Westmin
? ster ehurch, besides- conlributing of its
! membership lo other new organizaUons.
j Tho First ehurch was never in a better
? condition nor more thoroughly organized
| than at present.
In 1573 Dr. Kerr -was married to Miss
j Ellen T. AYebb, of Nashvilie, Tenn., who
Has proven to be a helpmcet for him,
j indeed, a true handmaiden of the Lord.
i Jle received Uie degree of doetor of di
j vinity In 1SS7 from Washington and Les
, Uhiyenslty, Lexington. Va.
t As an author Dr. Kerr Ikis done yeo
5 mtan's service for Uie cause of Christ and
| tho IPreslbj'tterian ehurch. liis pui&lished.
J works are: '?Prestoyteriahlsm for the Peo
I pl"." "The HKtiT of Prestoyterianis.ni ln
j All Alge*..Tho Voieo of God in His
j tory?A Jlistory of Christianity," ??Land
1 of Holy Light?or Travels in Bible
1 Lands," "Jiymns 'of the Ages," and a
I number of useful pamphlets.
AS A PREACHER.
, lAs <a, preacher (Dr. Kerr is direct and
j fonceful in style. with an oloquerice in
delivery that comes .from a heart filled
"wi'tih tihe itruth and with the lovo of the
i -Uuth and of his fellow men.
As a pastor ho wins the love, not only
? of (his own people, ibut of all with wlhom
h<5 eomes in contact, Hy his unifbhm
Christian courtesy and .cordiality, and
the deep interest he ahanlfeslts in all that
coiK-erns otners. iBy liis words of ?Umcly
eheer Jhe helps the diseouraged and dls
By His lcindly sympathy He eartics eom
fort to tHe hoarts .of tlie sad and alllict
od; (by His brlglit and genial manner he
increases Uie joy of those who rejoice.
So great is liis Christian love nnd so
broad-anhided is he, Uiat in even- child
?of Oud he recognizes a brother. And this
Has cnabled him to do much in bringing
the iriembers of the varlous denomimiilons
among whom he lives into harmony with
each other and In uniting tbem in many
a good work.
AN IMPHICSSIA'E AA'IHTER.
As an author h's syle is chaste, slmple.
polntod and irapresslve. He Has eucoeedod j
wo.il ln presentlng the dbctrines and His- j
tory of the Presbytc.ria:i ehurch in popular i
style. and tlie continuous circulatlon of His ?
works is the best -evidence that they have I
taken hold of thfe people. His "Hymn.s of i
Uie Ages" sHow his poetical and musical ]
la^te to Ho of a very high order, and his |
own oompo.sitions, musloal and poeticaJ.
in this popular hymn book, give evidenco I
lhat he Has been greaUy favored by the I
As a writer for Ihe newspapers he has
fe,w e-cjuals. His articlcs, especially the
notes on his tnavcls, are always interesting
and instruotlvo. Some one lia-s said about
his lcrttcrs wrltten to the papers durln;r
his trarels, that he sees and writes inter
estingly about what other traveliers scem
not to see at all.
As a Presbyter he !s fatthful and dili
gent. and wise, and is always .gladly heard
iby his brelhren and his counsels are hon
ored and appreciated.
Broad in intellect, doop and thorough in
j learaing; eathol'c ln spirit: faithful in aJl
tlv.ngs. may his love long abide in
strength to be an honor and a bulwark
to the church; a defender of 'the l'aith; a
j heraJd of the cross.
i Heavy Loss.
The loss to tlie Armitage Manufac
turing Company by the destruction of
their plant Friday night is several thou?
sand dollars in excoss of the insurance.
The total loss is between $11,000 and
JlTi.OW. As publi--hed in ye-sterday morn
ing's Times, the company was insured in
the A'irginia State, Insurance Companv for
SUt.COO. This makes the loss to the "com?
pany between four nnd flve thousand dol?
lars. The plant will very likely be re
Mrs. Xatlianiel Crow.
News -was received In Richmond sev?
eral days ago of the death at her home|
in Essex county, of Mrs. Xatlianiel
Crow, the sister of th? late Jacob J.
King, of this city. Mrs. Crow died on
OwfS much of its attractiveness to
PERFECT TEETH. Users of
Millei 's No. 4 MOUTH WASH tell
T.A. MILLER, 519 E. Broad
Brtnch Under the leflerson Hotel.
Savlng. Every Person SHOULD Save
Somethlng Regularly and Persistently.
The "ProvideMt" is a Savings Bank Excltt
sively and Jtistly Popular. Call, Wrlte or
Provident Savings Bank,
911 EAST MAIN STREET.
ALL SUMS ACCEPTEO.
Interest From First Day, Compoundcd Semi-" nnually.
THE WORK OF
j Few Bills of General Interest Have
T.'io Movement IiOoking to Holding- a
Consiitution.-il Convention? Great
Figlit Over Proposed New Rich
moiid Line to Washington.
I The Degislature will adjourn in about
| a month. Two-thirds cf the session has
I been ppent. The remaining days will be
| busy cnes.
I There has been very little legislation
| of public interest enacted. Two bills that
| tove a.ttract-ed much attention have been
j placed ur.cn the statute-books. One isv
! the Epps measure to require railroad
j companies to provido separate coaclios or
l separate apartments in cars for the white
| and the black raees. This act goes into
J effect on the rirst of next July. The
j Qlar.hev.-s bill requlrlng steamboat com
I parles tc separate the races on eteam
j boais has also become a law.
Tho other measure referred to which is.
j gontral hi its eppiication is the one en
I la-.cing the powers of the State Board of
! Agrk-tdture and providing for a more'
j thorougb insrcctlon of fertilizers...
| A number of bills have been passed,
? makdng changes ln the Code, but the gen
I cral public has but little interest in
! thejn. Many acts have bce-n passed iri
> corporating cempanies to transact busi
! ness, but, as already stated, there has
! fotian very l.ttle general legislation in tlie
; strict acceptance of the term.
MEN ARE CONSERVATIVE.
? This Legislature seems to be a very
: conservative one. Certainly no radical
: legislation ha.s as yet been enacted. There
are a number of measures in which the
public, as a rule, feels an Interest pend
ing 3n the Senate or the House or in the
Tho Parks employers' liability act has
passed the House by a very close vote.
What its fate will be in the Senate re?
mains to be seen. A similar measure
went through the lower branch at the
It-st eetsicn and was defeated in the Sen?
ate, notwithstanding the brilllant flght
made for it by Senator "Mcllwaine and
others. The bill passed the House two
j years ago by a larger majorlty than it
I received last Friday.
Probably the uwst important measure
l that will pass the General Assembly will
bo the Fiood joint resolution to submlt
to ithe voters on ihe fourth Thursday ln
next May the question of calling a con?
stitutional convention. It has been de
termlned to make this a Democratic party
issue as far as the action of the Demo?
cratic caucus can do so. The Democrats
in the General Assembly are pledged to
i:se their best endavors to have the propo
sition adopted by the people at tho polls.
There will have to be a Btate conven?
tion in the spring to elect delegates to
the National Democratic Convention. j
Some of the party leaders favor the hold?
ing of this meeting in the latter part of I
April iri order that it may take action !
cnnee.rning the call for the convention. i
Tn other words, it is desirable for tho j
State convention to approve of the action
of tho caucus in making this a party
AN EXTRA SESSIOX.
Should tho (Convention scheme carry I
at tlie May eleotlon lt is probable tho |
Legislature will be convened in extra ses- !
sioii at once to make provision for tho j
holding of the convention and the e'w
tion of delegates to that body. Then
there will have to be an election for dele- !
gates, and the convention Will probably
be held in the fall.
The advdeates of the convention. as a
rule, are anxious that the new constitu- ]
tion be drafted as early lis pi-actlcable ;
?now that the agitation has begun in j
There are a number of important meas- I
ures yet to be clisposed of. One is Sena
tor Barksdale's bill to prohibit and puri- I
Ish the corrupt use of monejr ln elections. j
It is not believed this act will pass at |
this session, but there are quite a number :
who thing it will eventually become a j
law in this State.
Senator Glass' bill providing for trave'
ing auditors to cxamine the accounts of
all officers who are charged with the col
lectlon of moneys for the Conunonwaaith,
is yet to bo considered. It has very
earnest supporters and as far as has de
veloped there is no opposition to the ob
ject sought to be attalned.
The greatest llght of the whole session
will be over the propositlon to sell out
the State's holdings in the Richmond,
Fredericksburg and Potomac road, and
grant a charter to a company to build a
paralle.1 line to Washington. This matter
will be considered by the Senato Commit?
tee on Roads next Tuesday afternoon.
There are many who advocate a rlva"
line; but, on the other hand, there ls
strong opposition to the State's dispos
Ing of stock that Is paying so hahdsome
BUSY BRAINS OF 1NVENTORS
An improved apparatus for tho genera
tion of acetyline gas has a hopper in
which tho calcium carbide is placed in
granular form. with an adjustablo gate
at the lower end, through v-hich the
graliis fall into the water underneatn, the
gus pressure regulating the positicn of
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An improved electric lamp Has a pencil
of rcfractory. niaitorial suspended inside
the bulb and surrounding the wlrcs, Uie
passage of the eurrent through the latter
heating the pencil and causing it to glow
with a white heat.
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In a new! apparatus for handllng goods
arranged on shelves the upper half of the
shelving is suspended by means of
movable guideways, with clutches for
pulleys and ropes to slide up and down
securing tho pulleys to revolving shafts
to raise or lower the shelves.
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Railroad and street car tracks can he
cleaned of snow or dirt by a new ao
paraaus which has a pair of circular
brushen running in conjunction with a
pair of paddlo wheels, Uie latter cleanlng
off the heuvier porUon of the snow and
tho brushes flnlshlng the work.
For the better defense of Iarge cities
from war ships a new system of fortl
ficaMon Has submerged emuankments ox
tendius on mther sldo of tiu> t-hanncl
l> ftding from the harbor, ? with ferts lo
i .iicd on t?* outer ends to supply a dofen.
bive firo remote from the city.
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A Chicago man has deslgned a life
eaving net &>r use at flres, <whlch ls easy
for tho nremen to euipport, haivtag ari
outer grip rope looped at lntervaJW to the
?op* wrbica supporta the _t? a_l losps '
being curved snmcicntly to allow the men
to grip the rope without binding -Uie
* , ?
In a new oven thermomcter a pointer
is connected to a shaft running through
Uie door, with an expanslble bar inside
which moves the pointer as the heat
varles, a danrper being set in the door
to be opened when the heat increases and
llfts the pointer to a certaln hdight.
Street cars are prevented from running
into open drawbridges by a Southerner's
patent safety, which has a wedge-shaped
biock pivoted on either side of the track
with levers connecting tlre blocks with
the bridge to swlng Uie blocks over the
rails as the draw opens.
I * * *
i A new atfachment for sailboats al
t lows Uie mast -to be moved to either side
I of the boat as the wind shifts, a horizon
i tal arm being pivoted at the forwaxd end i
i of the hull, In the outer end of which
the mast is set. with a lever which al- j
I lows the bar to be shlfted' to adjust the i
? A handy lamp-filling attachment for |
! oil cans has a tube exlcnding from the |
j bcttom of the can through an alr-Ught
| cap, -with a crook at the outer .end, a j
j second pipe being T-snaped. with an :
} air bulb on the end to force air into the
I top of thc can and drive the oil out.
For automatically throwing rthe ralls
i of switches a new engine attachment |
j has a beam extendlhg out In front, with ;
] tacklc for swihgirig the free end to either i
j rail. with a small wheel at tlie outer end, j
| which -fingages the switch rail and forces
; it into position as the engine moves for
To indicate wheh tlie contents of a bot
I Ue have been parUally romoved and re
I piaced with a nadulterant a eentral rod
! is plaoed in the bottle, with a lloat mount
: ed on the rod to fall as the contents are
poured out, internal pawls engaging not
che-s on the rod to hold the float down
when the bottle is reiilled.
Corks which Have slipp'Hl inside bot
I tles can be easily extractcd by a uewly
j.designed implement, which Has two han
dles pivoted together to control a pair
! of elongated paws, which are made of
: strong steel and are narrow enough to
I pass through the neck and catch the
I To prevent Holsting engines from 11ft
! ing the cage too far the derrick ls pro
j vided wiUi a Ulting biock set in line with
I one side of the cage. a rod running from
! the biock to the cut-off on the engine,
j to stop the latter when the cage rises
high enough to turn the biock.
Small insccts are automatically caught
by the invention of a Mairie man, com
prisihg a lamp inclosed in a conical shield
and resting in a basln partially tillcd
wiUi a llquid, into which the Insects fall
after striking against the ehimfiey or
Rain or snow is prerantied from beat
ing in under doors by using a hewly
patented weather etrip. whieh is pivoted
to the lower edge of the door by spring
wires, the outer edge of t;he strip being
raised as the door is shut and falling
over tho sill to act a.s a shield.
Two Southerners have. patented a den
tal a-ppliance -which absorbs tlre mois
ture around a cavlty, a piece of sipring
wire being formed into parellel jaws,
which pr$ss against the upper and under
rows of 'teeth, with a pad for taking up
the moisture and keeping the tongue and
choeks cleax of Bhe cavlty.
A 'Callfornian luis designed an appara?
tus to aid swimmers in propelling them
selves through the water, having a pair of
sandals provided with hlnged %vings and
parachutes to surrouud each leg. the
apparatus opening to afford resistance to
the water o.t each backward stroke.
Bicycle lamps can be easily lighted by
a new CEierman device, shaped like a r-e
volver, with an arm hlnged to Uie under
side of the stock to project Heyond the
barrel and carry a wick, which is held
In line with Uie end of the barrel to be
ignited by the explosion of a carttridge in
A combination beer glass and bottle
has boen patented by a Mlssoufian, hav?
ing threadod ca.ps on the top and bottom
of the bottle. Uie onie at the bottom be?
ing unscrewed and attaclved to the top
wiien the botitom of the bottle fonns the
rim of the glass.
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Four-ln-hand and Otiher tles can be
qufckly placed around the collar by means
of a new holding de.vice, ?which is formect
of a pie.ce of spring- wire bent into a
central scroll, around which the body of
the tie is formeti. with arms on either
sidte coverdd by the tie ends and forming
a spring yoke.
To hold -an uimbrella over a. person and
leave tho arms free a new supportlng ap
.paratus has a rod provldod with clamps ;
lbr the handle of the umbrella with two
pairs of spring- arms, which are curved
ov-er the back and around tho walst to
hold the rod in place.
Growing plants can b9 'treated to force j
their growth by a Florida man's appar.
atus, which has a hydraulic ram to force
water from a tank and strearu from a.
boiler through sprlnkler pipes suspended
over the plant:, the steam, warmlng the
water to the proper temperature.
The legs of tables can be made to stand
soli3ly on an uncven tloor by using the j
invention of an lowa man, which has
a central scrow-threacJed stem. provided
vlth a revolving collar, which pressea
against the end of tho leg and is raised
or lowered to adjust it.
To allow life-preservers to be stored in
small convpass on a ship-a pahadlan has
designed an air cell of small size to be
inserted in one side of a. flat belt, the la*
ter being dellated and folded in a small
space, with a valve to allow air to tiow
into it from the co.-npression chamber.
For use in writing and translating s
cret messages a new instrament has
series of disks of different size arranged
cn a central pivot pin. with ftgures and
numbers on the edges of the disks, to be
brought into ccnjunctlon and form the
key to the cipher.
Asht's can be convenlently handled by
a new combina-tion ash-box and shovel,
whloh has one s':de hinged to drop into a
horlzontal position and be used as
scocp to take up the ashes. after which
the side is raised to close the cpening
and prevent the ashes spilling.
Tho comblnation of suspendtars ejnd
belt has beetn patemed by a Cenr.ecticut
man. the two main straps beir.g con?
nected et the rear by a ring. with the
loops secured by detachable clips straight
ened out to form the belt.
38^ . ,
107 East Broad St, Richmond, Va.
PUot Decorations, Choice Rosobuds,
g Cm* Howwc, fnaeral Desigu, A.
N OLD DOMINION
Architects Adapt Themselves to New
BUILDING MATERIAL SCARCE.
Plans for New Bnildings in Richmond
and Other Virginia Cities? West
over to ho Improved by Its New
Owner ? Building Notes.
Tha Architetts' and Builders' Journal of
Baltimore prints the following inler
! esting building notes from its Richmond
The architects of Richmond are me?t
ing an unusual demand for, estimates
and plans for new buildlngs. The new
structures being planned Indicate that
! the Iarge amount of building that was
inaugurated during the last half of 1SS9
! will be execeded in the first half of 1D00.
j The increase ln Uie price of building ma?
terial, and partly on account of the
scarcity of structural necessities has ln
terfered with or In some cases caused
the abandonment of enterprisesalready
entered and decided upon. Plans that
were made a few months ago have. in
some instances had to be modified to meet
increased prices in materials, and archi?
tects iind that they have to adapt them?
selves to changed conditions to meet the
wants of their patrons.
AVork will commence on the power
house of the A'irginia Electrical and Con?
struction Company in March. The build?
ing will be constructed of axtllicial stone.
which is made of cement and crushed
granlte. About thirty,. blocks of this
stone are made a day and three Uiousand
of these will be made before work com
Plans Have Heen completed for a
warehouse in this city for Charies E.
Hunter, manufacturer of agricultural im
plements. It will be 471-2x143 and will
cost $12,000. Albert F. Huntt is the archi
tect. Mr. Huntt has also drawn plans
for the alteration of the store of Mer
cantile Co. of Manchester. This will cost
William and Mary Odllege at "Wll?
llamsburg is to Have a new gymnasium.
It will be built of brick and roofed with
slato and will cost about $S,00O. M. J.
Dimmock is the arohitc-ct. The con?
tract is yet to be awarded.
Among the most_ notable of the indus
trial plants recentfy inaugurated in Dan?
ville is the new wrapper faetory of the
Continental Tobacco Company. whiclf- is
the plug branch of the American Tobac?
co Company. The new faetory. whieh
was recently completed, and now begun
operatlon, is a massive three-story,
brick structure, fronting on Lynn street,
and is 80x190 feet in dimensions.
An effort is being made by the Business
Men's Association of Danville .to induce
the American Tobacco Company to lo
cate a cheroot faetory in that city. It is
said that the American officials are fa?
vorably consideriug Danville for such
a plant and will locate there if advan
tageous freight rates can be secured.
The new Jewish Synagogue at the
same place, handsome two-story brick
structure. surmounted by a tower, is
William C. AVest, of this city, Is pre
paring plans for a dwelling in the west
end for R. E. Monsell. This will be
frame house with a slate roof and will
cost about $2,000. Mr. AVest is also pre
paring plans for a dwelling for II. II.
Cannon on west Franklin street. This
w-ill He built of brick with brown stone
trimmings and will cost about. $10,000.
Westover, the famous old mansion, tho
home of AVilliam Byrd, the founder of
Richmond, has been sold. The purchaser
ls Mrs. Clariso H. Harrold, of Santa
Pana, Cal. Westover Is situated on
James river and is one of the handsom
est of the old colonial mansions; the
brick u:-ed in building having been
brought over from England. Many res
torations and improvements will take
place under the new owner.
Plans have bren completed for a resi?
dence in Fredericksburg for Mr. Fleming
Bailey. This will He a frame structure
with brick foundation and the style is
colonial. It will be fitted up with all
moclern conveniences of heating. electric
Wiring, etc. Cost $10,000. M. J. Dim?
mock arehitect. The contract is yet to
An Enlertainment of Merrimeiit in
GLOUCESTER. VA., Feb. 1?Special.?
The mambers ot" the Gloucester Literary
Society which niet this week in the rec
tory were much interested ln an original
story read by tho Rev. G. D. C. Eutts.
After the meeting adjourned some of
the pupils of the Gloucester Academy
eutertained the assembly with a mock
marriage, in which flgured the bride,
Miss Snodgrass (Mr. Xeill Reed). the
groom, Mr. Dolitt'e (Mr. "Walter Grey
song. of Xew York,), the parson, (Mr.
Albert Rodgerson (Mr. Marion Groves).
The affair was very ludicrous and called
forth peals of laughter.
This has been a time of marrying and
giving in marriage in Gloucester, and
the prescnce of the two brides, Mrs. W.
Snowden Hopkins and Mrs.' Henry O. i
Lentiers, in the county has brightene-d j
up the winter immensely, and now, on
dtt, tho wedding bells will soon rlng
again, and then Miss Pcarl Leamore.
of Gloucester, and Mr. Mlcheaux, of
Xewport News, will be married ln Ab
ington church on the 21st of February
Mr. William Thurston, of Dansdowne,
is in Richmond.
Hon. and Mrs. Joseph Washington, of
Tennessee, who have been visiting Mr.
and Mrs. R. W. Withers, at Severnby,
will leave for Washington to-morrow.
This is Mrs. Washington's first vlslt to
Gloucester since as Miss Mary Kimber,
of Clifford, she was universally ad
Major L. S. Taliaferro is in Rlchmoiid.
Mrs. R. P. Taliaferro is in Petersburg,
the guest of Mrs. Le Moyne.
Miss Sally Tomukins ls at iNewstead,
the guest of the Misses Tabb.
Miss Unwood Stubbs is on the East
(Mrs. H. Horner, formerly of Fauquier
county, Va.. but now of Alexandria, is
at "The Cottage" visiting her mother,
Mrs. Eliza Cary.
Mrs. Fielding Lewis Taylor i3 Jn Rich?
University Alumni Iicunion.
The annual reunion of the alumni of
the University of Virginia of Washington
and its vicinity will be held ih the ban
auet-hall of the Shoreham. Hotel next
Saturday evening, owing to the fact that
preparatlons are being made by the au
thorities of the university to gather her
alumni at the university on the anniver?
sary of the blrth of her. founder, Thomas
Jefferson. on April 13th.
At no period ln the hlatory of the
Alumni Association ha? tha msmbershlp
been. so large or as enthua'aatlc, there
being at present 130 loyal aons of tbe
old university ln and around Washing?
ton. It will also be gratifyin* to the
friends of the old institution to know
that no American college is so largely re?
presented In our Natlonal Congress as the
Untversfety of Virrfnia.
Ofca sresent officers of tha ?rilitlsn
ILIFE INSURANCE CtWANY OF VIRGINIA
ANNUAL STATEMENT for the Year Ending Dec. 31st, 1899.
Real estate.$41.324 61
Mortgage loans. on real estate.. 500.032 10
Loans on collateral . 4S,334 13
Loans on company's pollcies... 42.091 "i?5
Bonds and stocks . 115,244 SI
Cash ln banks and office. 84.61') SS
Bllls recelvable'. 9.4S3 5S
Interest and rents due and ac
crued . 21,459 34
Market value of real estate
over book value .I. 13,723 30
Net uncollected und deferred
premiums. 111.020 SC
Gross asscts .$090,338 4S
Deduct assets not admitted and
ledger llabllitles . 5.87S-14
Total admitted assets.?990,C60 04
Reserve. actuarles. 4 per cent.
Including special reserve ....$74il,232 00
Death losses reported but not
due ._. I4.30S* 00
All other Ilabllitles . 3,660 40
Total .9730,221 50
Surplus to pollcy-hclders.523T.438 ftt
Total .$0!>O.t'0O 04
THIRTEEN YEARS' GUOWTH.
1887 . . . $99,566.00
18SS . . . Sj?t'-:7.0 4!>.00
1891 . -
1892 . .
1893 . .
1894 . .
1897 ...... $752,214.87
Gross Income, 1899, - - - $985,225.91
INSURANCE IN FORCE.$22,558,471.00
Total Number Policies in Force -.222,554
STATEMENT OF OPERATIOXS DUKIXG 1SDO.
INCREASE IN NUMBER POLICIES IN FORCE . 24.759
INCREASE IN AMOUNT OF INSURANCE IN FORCE. $1,860,347 00
DEATH CLAIMS, DIVIDENDS, ETC, PAJD. 5403,044 93
Total Payments to Policy Hoiders Since Organization . ?3,588,801.00
HOME OFFICE, Richmond, Va.
G. A. WALKER, President. . JAS. W. PEGRAK, Secretary,
Your loved ones and saye your money at
at the same time by joining thQ
|> a home insiitution and reliabie fraternal bene
ficiary order. Liberal benefits also in the eveni of
sickness and total disabiiity. The only fraternal
order haying a substantial State deposit for the
benefitof its membership. For Particutars Apply to <|
t S. GALESKI, Supreme Secratary, %
are: President, Maj. Robert Huntex; first
Vicie-Presideiit. Maj, Holawa Conrad;
Second Vice-Frer'ccnt. ERev. R H. Mc
Kitn: Third yice-PresMont, Dr. W. II.
Wtlmer; Seeretary, Mr. -N. A. Tyler;
Treasurer, Jlr. William H. Saunders.
The coming reunion, judging from. thj
large number of acceiptahces, promises tj
lUurpass ail lorher such meetings. Th-3
chalrman, with othera of the faculiy, wDl
be present. Itesides th'e alumni, a number
or distinguished guests have been invlted
The following committee have tho re
union in charge: Committee of Arrange
ments?-Mr. W. K. Saunders. Di. L. W.
Glazebrook. and Mr. Clarence Thomas.
Committee on Invitatton?Mr. Thomas
Nelson Page. Cazenove Lee. and Mr. N.
C. Tyler. Jr. All alumni of the university
are cordialiy Invited to be present.?Wash?
ington Post. 1
Jcsts aml Jinglos.
WHAT DID 3HE MEAN?
Mr. Marryatt?1 .see old Gokiman leaves
an estate of moro than $3,000,COO. Don"t
you wish you were his widow?
Mrs. Marryat?No. tlear; I'd rather be
Editor-ln-Chief?I understand young
Eluegore, the millionaire's son. has gone
in for journalism.
City Editor?Yes, he's on my staff.
Edltor-in-Chief?And what do you think
City Editor?Well, he's a unique flgure j
in journalism. ]
Editor-in-Chief?You don't say? j
City Editor?Yes. He's at once the rlch
est and poorest reporter in the city.
RETURNED WITH TILVXKS. I
The poet-aster's chase for pelf i
Is generally hard, !
For though a bard he thinks himself, j
It Is his verse that's barred.
USUALLY" LIQUID. !
Wlgg?Do you mean to tell me he's [
dying through the use of liquor? i
Wagg?That's what I said. "
Wigg?Why, that's nonsense! The man
looks younger than ever he did.
Wagg?Certainly, and the hair-dye he
uses to make him look so youthful is a j
liquor, isn't it?
STILL THEY COME.
Once upon a Time a Great Boor said to ?
-^ Small Boer:
"You appear to have'a Great Deal of \
Gold about You. Now such a Dlsplay of j
Wealth is Barbaric. I propose to take lt j
away from You that You may be Civil- j
Theretipon the Small Boer replicd:
"It seems to Me your Kindly Intention
"True!" retorted the other. "but 'Con?
sistency is a Jewel,' and as I said before,
Jewelry is Vulgar."
MORAL.?Of what use Is a Solltalre
Diamond Shirt stud to a Man with Long
THE ORIGIN OF IT.
An editor of olden time,
Who was most wondrous wise,
In settlng forth his thoughts sublime
Used up ten fonts of I's.
. Then, finding that his I's were out,
Used* W and e:
That's'why -we have to-day, no doubt.
The editorial "We." T. A- D.
?Catholic Standard and Times.
No sale of oil paintlngs ln New Tofk,
for several years* at laast, has had so
handsome a. catalogua aa the edltlon de
luxe, numberlng 250 coplee of the William
T. Evan* collectton. It ls. a Iarse octavo
volume of 200 page*. It includes, besliss
blograph of every artist repreaented. an
lntroduction by Charles De Kay, and an
lndex of artlsts and paintlngs. thlrty-fiva
photogravures of the more important can-,
vases. This edltlon will remain a pleas
ant wmjinder ot erae ot tbe most iincopast
607 East Broad Street
From A to EE.
Is this the first year of tho
twentieth; or- the closinjc year
of the nineteenth century?
According to our coruttructiort
of hlstory, It is quite plnin that
?we wIIJ not reach the twentieth
century until the first day of
January, ISOt Still we cannot.
as some others have done, con
demn those who thlnk this ls
the beginnins of the new cen?
tury. It would not be cbnslst
ent for us to do so, for, as a
matter of fact, the deslgns in
FINE GOLD AND D1AH0ND
which we are now exhlbltlnj,
ara just as far ahead of any
other line in the city, as the
people who thlnk this ls the
twentieth century are ahead of
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