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3MP0RT TRADE
; OF RICHMOND
-
Not What it Might be With a Deeper
Channel.
THE CITY'S EXPORT TRADE.
fctiror and Harbor Improvonicnts
Would Make of Ilicliiiuuiil a Com
nicrcial Power so For naTrad
ing; Vcsscls are Conccriicd.
: TThere is nothlng that speaks fo clo
frucnUy for tho development of Richmond
|a.nd the improvement of the James river
BS Rk-hmond's lost foreign trade.
During thc fiscal years of 1S9S-1S99;
Ihere was one cargo of foreign freight
traceived' in bulk at this port. The bark
JIancoek came -up the James to Richmond
fwith a cargo of guano, consigned to S.
>W. Travers. This cargo. and this cargo
only, represented the amount of com?
merce enjoyed by Richmond during that
?I>eriod. Tni- trade for the six months of
tha present fiscal year fails to show thc
rocelpt of a sinitle foreign cargo received
fet this port in bulk.
What a record this. for' thc port of
SUchmond, a port which at one time was
one of the strealest of the Republic. Her
Juills yupplicd Brazil and many other
eountrlcs with flour, while her markets
iwcre supplied' with coffee and other pro
Gucts of American countries.
Richmond was. before tho war. among
llid greatest of the llour and coffee mar
Stets of the world. But Ihen Uie bosom
of the James bore the""~hunclreds and
Ihundreds of good shlps, deep laden. They
-ilieel between Richmond and foreign
(ports. Her trade extended then far be?
yond a few co.-ist towns. \The cargoes
that were brought to this e-ity were then
far more varied than to-day. The ves
fsels that threaded the tortuous windings
of tlie James were the same ships that
traversed the scas and found a market
ffor their cargoes in foreign cllmes.
West Point was a sub-port of Rich?
mond. Tbouiiands of bales of cotton were
Eblppcd! from that point 1? ante-hcllum
tlrjes. Tobace-o was shipped to Europe
3n en'-rmous quanUUes then. Richmond
?was a -port of no mean importaiu-e, but
that was the Richmond of nearly half a
century ago.
SA1UING SHIPS NO MORE.
Bui the day of sailing slnps went by
land the steamer suoceeded. Richmond
euffered bevause tho Improvement of tbe
incthnds of ocean transportaUon and
these great freight carriers was oquallcd
only by the lack of improvement of thc
rioble James. Norfolk offered induce
?snents that Richmond knew nothing of
nnd with Norfolk was Newport News.
These cltles ofTered advantages as a port
that Richmond could not do. Deep water
nnd the linest dockimr faciliUes will cei
talnly prove dnducements. Tlie wharves
at Richmond cradually fcll away and
the improvement of the James was far
from the proporUons with tlicuimprove
ment of the facilities for handling foreign
L-ael?
Yet Richmond can retrieve lost glory
nnd rcgain lost prestige, but there is only
one way and ..'.at way is in river in.
jprovement.
"The James river ls capnble of bearins
(more freight <n its Ii.><otii than all the
tra'iways f<f the United Slate* com
(bhied." said a well-known ship-broker of
this city. "Let the government give
Ricbmond what she asks. Let us have a
channel with water at 22 fe-et mean low
lid<? and Richmond's berths will hold
fast and smig thc liners of 1h" Atlantic
end the wanderers and the tramps of
\.)-K) seas. River improvement* i> what
iwe need, -what we -want, and what .we
dc-serve."
It may prove interestinir to know just
how many vessels arrived and cleared
at tlie port of Richmond during the
year from August."lS9S to August. 18W.
The steamers, schooners and barges are
listod by months and Uicir? tonnage is
estltnated on the following average:
Bteamers' average carrying-capacity (not
rewsterod tonnage) 1.5u0; schooners and j
barges, 500 ea-ch.
BUSrNESS FOR A TEAR.
August. 1WS?
No. T't'l Ton.
Steamers.27 40,500;
Barges. 9 4.500
Schooners.14 ~<m
September. 1S9S?
Steamers.34 51,000
Schooners.11 ?r,-:w>
Barges. S 4.000
Pctober. isps?
Steamers.38 57,000
Schen.ners.1- fi-O00
Barges. :; 1-?
Kovembcr. IKeV
Steamers.3S 57,000
Schooners.1"' 7.500
Barges. 5 2,500
JDeoember. 1SDS?
Steamers.37 55,000
Schooners. 7 3,o00
Barges. S 4.00li
-fanuary, V.W? -
Steamers.20 ' 39,000
Schooners. , 0 3,000
Barges. 4 2-???
February. 1S99? ""?
Steamers. 2 ",000
March, 1?!>!>?
Steamers.20 30.000
Schooners."1 r,-:,0?
Barges. 8 4.000
April. 1899- ?
Steamers.19 2S,i)00
Schooners.
3,oOO
3,000
Barges. -
May. 1699- _ j
Steamers. -.15 ??'"??
Schooners.
t.r-OO
Schooners...
Barges...
Bargt*. * --000
June. 1SP9?
Steamers.-V.33 49.500
Schooners.10 5.O00
Barges. ' s'm
Julv. 1899?
s-cnme-?-? .-.??* 52.500
.10 5,000
......... 15 7.500
During the fiscal year endlng June. .10.
3SW. the number of documents issued to
vessels was 12S. The duties and tonnage
tax amounted to $21,879.30, the aggregate
j-cccipts, (21,-976.30. the value of free goods
entered was $24.05; Uie value of duUable,
$:? 171: total, $00,070. The tota.l amount of
duties' paid was $21.S43J>3 and the total
expenses, $5,165.28. The number cf rra
{ployc- is five and the eostof collecting
a. dollar amounted to $.>.ii).
HANDSOME P0RTRAIT.
Onc of Major \. K. Courtney Ilaiiss at
tlie Home.
A handsome three-quarter lengUi por
traltof Major A. It. Courtney, Past Grand
Master of Masons in Virginia. was on l->i
day plaeod u:>- n the wtails of the Masonic
!H-j::ie by re-ejuest of the Board of Gover
inors, extprcssi-d 4n the following resoiu?
tions, luid afterwards endorsed by Uie
Grand Lodge:
The Board of Governors, having, at the
requcst of Uielr late President, Most Wor
ehipful A. R. Courtney, very reluctant
ly abandoned tho unanlmous deslre of his
Assocltites to contlnue him ln the office
which he hua so efficlently and wlsely iill
ed for ho many yeare; feel eompelled to
place upon their records ? teaUmonlal of
their high appreclaUon of his past ser?
vices. and of Uie sense of obligaUon
which they and all the friends of the
Home feel. for their value ia the promo
tloc of its lnterests.
' At tbe wiff1*!^! orcuuxatioa ot th? ia
.
Richmond, Va., January, 1900.
To Our Many- Patrons and tho Public ln
General:
We desire to express our thanks for the
liberal patronage bestowed upon our es
tabllshment in the past, and beg to sollcit
a contlnuance of the same ln the future.
Our ...^_?au
establlshment 13 among the most exten
sove in the countrj', provided -with every
facllity for t.he execution of all optical
work cssential for the improvement and
preservation of the eyeslght. We do not
merely SELL optical goods. Our sklll,
conscience and guarantee is behind every
order and prescriptlon. Our
department. with dark room on the prem
ises and free instruction in photography,
ls daiiy gaining in patronage, and its most
efllcient standard will be maintalned.
Respectfully,
optical ca
Cor. Nintb and Main Streets,
stitution. Brother Courtney was eleeted
its vice-presideht and during the lifetime
of his lamcnled predecessor was his
most efficient asuistant, and upon the
death of Brother Babcock was eleeted
president, and by succcssive re-elcctions
has been continued in that position.
It is :iot practicalile in any phrase of
of specch to give adequate -expressions
to the value of his services to the Insti?
tution. nor to th-e effectionate and grate
iul astimate in wlffih his adniinistration
was held by the Board, and by all the
officers and in-nates of the institution.
They all contemplate his retirement with
feelings of most unfeigiv.-d regret, but
oongratulate themselves that his con?
tinued anembership in tlie Board secures
to them his judicious counsel and active
co-opsration in the future conduct of the
lnstitufte ar.d the advancement and en
largement of its beneflcent work.
Resolved, That brother Courtney be re?
quested to furnlsh iiis portrait, to be kiipt
In a prominent position upon the walis
of the Home.
Resolved, That a copy of this minutc be
suitably engrossed and officially signed
by the President and members of the
Board, for presentatioii to brother Court
ney.
B. R. WELLFORD. JR.
CPreslderit),
G. G. GOOCII,
11. HODGES,
GEORGE H. RAY.
J. 11. FISHER,
P. H. ROISSl'AU.
J. TIIOMPSOX BROWN,
SAM'L. W. WILLIAMS,
JULIUS STRAUS,
THOMAS X. DAVIS,
X. T. PATTERSOX. JR,
S. H. NORTH 1XGTOX,
DAVDD J. WE1SIGHR,
J. S. MOORE,
JOHN S. ELLETT,
Board of Directors.
CHARLES A. XESBITT,
Seeretary.
This portrait is tlie work of Mr. O. S.
Morion, assistant bashier of the Xational
Bank of Virginia. who has made some
of the linest speelmens. which adorn the
public hails of this city.
The portralts of Judges A. B. Guigon
and' George L. Christian, which h'ang
upon the walls of the Hustlngs Court
room, were made by him. and this portrait,
which ls of the same stylc, was furnish
ed by tlie Washington Centennial Com?
mittee as a token of their appreclation
of the splendid services of their col
league. who as chairman of the Executive
Committee made a grand success of that
.niemnrable otocasion, and through the
souvenir-book, which was gotten up by
him and distributed to the rc-presenta
tive Masons a^sembled at Mount Ver
non, on Deceinber 34, lsnii. established
for all time the fact that George Wash?
ington was not only a Mason, but that
he took great pride and' pleasure ln being
recognlzed as eucIi and iri dlscharglhg
tlie "duties of a master of one of the
lodges of his beloved Virginia.
The Washington Centennial Committee
who presented this portrait to the Home,
consists of the following gentlemen in
addition to Maj. Courtney:
Judge R. T. AV. Duke. Jr.. MJa". Mann
Pago, Senai/ir John AV. Daniei, Sen?
ator Thomas S. Martin. Captain K.
Kempcr, Major Mica'ah Woods.
The portraits of Capt. A. G. Babcock
nnd Maj. A. R. Courtney aro fit compan
ion picces to adorn the walls
of tho Masonio Home. as they
reprcsent the 'two master workers
in the establishment and upbuildlng of
that noblo monument to charity.
Anti-Gambliiijr Crnfiadcr.
The men of Richmond will have the
pleasure and profit of hearing the anti
gambling crusader of Xcw York this
afternoon at 1 o'clock in the Y. M. C.
A. Hall. Mr. Quinn has been doing a
great work throughout the country in
cxposing the methods of gamblers, and
leading men to a positivc stand against
this great sin. He is a speaker of un
usual force. and was for twenty-flve
years a gamb'er.
Commlssioner Pec-lc has appointcd Mr.
Charles Voikmar, Mr. Marshall Fry, Jr.,
Mrs. Anna B. Lconard and Mme. Le
Prlnce to be judges for the keramic ex
hlbition by ihe Xational Leaprue of Min
eral Palnters. to be sent to Paris on Feb?
ruary 1.
e Best
For All Crops
Manufactured by
S.I.TRATEBSMO,
Branch Mrqinia-Carolina Chemica! Co.
RICHMOND, Y_L
BRANDS:
National Tobacco Fertilizer.
Capital Tobacco Fertilizor.
Bcef Blood and Bona Fertilizer.
Champion Corn Crower.
Capital Bone Potash Compound
Travers' Dissolved Bone Phos
ohato.
MANY LANGUAGES
SPOKEN HERE
The Population of Richmond Remains
Stratified,
A COSMOPOLITAN CITY.
German.?, Frenclimen, Italians.Greeks,
Cliinese and Many Other Natioiial
ities May be Discoveretl Here.
Their Impresslons.
Richmond is, as is the entire Unltsd
States, in fact, cosmopolitan. The dis
tinotlve features of the American nation
is its non-distinctiveness and thus it ls
with Richmond.
Should wc eeek tliom It ls prob'able that
reprcsentatlves of every nation of any
importance are riglvt here ln Richmond.
Germans, Itallans, Spaniards, Greeks,
Frenclimen, Cliinese, Sryians and many
other nationalities may be disti'nguis-hed.
if not by t'li.eir .personal apeparance, at
least by their language.
In the course of an hour one can hear
severai languages, for though' they all
try to speak Englisih, the nationality re?
mains strongly marked.
The German over his "sweulage" and
Limbcrger will tell you his 'history in an
entirely different dialc-ct from that of tihe
Frcnchm.iii. while itho tonguo of the
Chinaman as be argc.es over tho money
due him for washing six collars, is as un
like that of the Italian as is the Spanish
and Syriac. And it lt is all English.
The Germons are probably most num
crous. and when a German emigrates to
America. he usually comes to etay
ITALIANS MAKE MOXEYt.
In this he difters from the Italian, who
comcr. ihere. sells enough gods to pay his
way back, and gets him hc-nce.
lt ih -true a number of tihem Fpend their
iivos here. but they will tell you that it
is only because they did r.ot make enough
to 'ustify th-2'ir return to Italy. And
though this may oftf.r be the ca.se, they
never fail to get along. The secret of
his success is probably hidden in his
Under whatever eircuir.stances he ar
d'ict.
rives. hc is rarely seen to go back with?
out his poekets fuli. Give him a banana
stalk and a quart of peanuts and in a
week lie will have a flourishing stand.
He is a good business man and full
of enerpy.
The -Germans. though thoy rarely re?
turn to Fatherland, retain their national
c aracteristics and they never cease to
love with a touching devotion the old
country.
They smile at the youthful faces of the
warriors Cncle Sam sends to the front,
and retuse to believe that it takes less
than three Englishmeu to whip one Ger
rnan.
The Itallans are different. They grlnd
t e chestnut roaster and look wise. They
reallze that Italy consumes a very small
portion of tbc carth's surface and that
she is by no means the leading nation on
eartb Tihey like America faiiiy well.
but they are eonstantly long or the sunny
shorcs of tho land of their birth. To
eyes that havo seen the bcautibs of Ven
ico nnd Florence, have gaved on the
architectural and artistic efforts treasured
at Rome, nnd have taken in tho atmoa
pherlc splendor of the ca-mpagnia this
country seems indeed only a substitute.
and their aim in life, as they will teil
you, one and all, is to accumula.te a for
tune. return to Italy, and live in luxury
the rcm-aitvlcr of their days.
OJFTU'MIISTIC FRIONICHIMAN.
'Spaniards and Frenchman are by no
means so nimrerous as the Germans or
Italiaris. In fact one seldom sees a re?
presentatlve of the former; but thej- are
here. nevortheless.
Little can be said of the Freinchman's
views on this country. He looks at every
thing with an optimistlc view. and does
not soem. to worry over t.he disagreeable
orcurrences of his life here. Urbans and
doborairc. he has a fine way of listenlng
?tio everybody's troubles, without ever
intruding his own. Of them all he is
most a Bohemian and sceni.s to live alikc
in all atmospheres. Two iSyrians were
rirarried here some time ago. They are
probably the only representatives of their
race, and appear to bc eminently satisfied
with tOieir lot in life.
The Chinese are too busy ironing col?
lars to think or say anything.
John Chinaman is a terror to bad chil?
dren and a mentioh of his llat iron to
wayward little boys is in itself enough to
proudce a magic effecr
There are no Boers here, but South Af
ricans are present in great numbers. Their
language is a Babel in itself. Each negro
has his own pr.rticular dialect and he will
suffer no change in his vocubulary. Lan?
guage does not trouble him.
If he can't pronounce a word one .way
he will another. and provided he gains
his obiect in making himself understood
he doesn't worry about the proper use of
nhrases.l
DELEGATES APPOINTED.
Virginia "Will be AVell rteprescntctl at
tlielnteriiational Mining Congress.
Bv request of Hon. B. F. Montgomery,
of Cripple Creek. CoL, president of the
Intornational Mining Congress, Governor
Tyler on v-esterday appointcd the-following
persons as delegates from Virginia to the
next annual meeting of the congress,
which will meet ln Mllwaukee, Wis., June
19th to 23d.
Hon. J. C. Featherston, Lynchburg; Dr.
R. X. Hewitt, Evington; Hon. J. L.
Campbell, Bedford City; Hon. J. F.
Ryan, Arcola; Mr. B. F. Carter, Mtddl,
burg; Hon. F. M. Jones, Richmond; Mr.
John R. Williams, Richmond; Hon. Pem
proke Pettitt, Palmyra; Hon. W. AV.
Baker, Hallsboro; Dr. J. P. Gilliam, Win
?terpock; Col. J S. Browning, Pocahontas:
IHon. Edward Echols, Stauntonl Mr. J.
Mason Miller. Jr., SUiunton; (Hon. A. F.
AVithrow, Millboro; Mr. John S. Eckman.
Pulaski: Mr. George L. Carter, Brlstol;
rMr. John Roblnson, Graham: Mr. J. C.
McKinney. Charlottesville; Col. William
'Hcnrv Mann. Petersburg; Mr. Peyton R.
Noel," Richmond; Mr. Horaco A.-Haw
kins. Richmond; Mr. Walter E. Harris,
Richmond; Hon. D. L. Toney, Manches?
ter; Hon. H. F. Hutehison. Baskerirllle;
Mr C. C. Taliaferro, Roanoke; Mr. Hugh
,B Sproul, Staunton; (Mr. W. "2. Eugbee.
Palmyra; Dr. James O'KeefJ, Tazewell;
Mr. C. T. Jones, Swansboro.
The next meeting of the Congress
promises to be a big affair. The Gov
ernors from many of the States have al?
ready appotnted delegates. The local
executive committee who will have
charge of tho reception of the delegates,
compose about thirty of the leading cit?
izens of Mllwaukee, and the Indications
are that the Congress will be largely at?
tended. The Governor has also been in
vited to attend the Congress, and hopes
to be able to do so.
V isit tlie Tri?rjr Yards
The House Ctomirmttee on Naval Affairs,
it is understood, will visit the Trigg ship
yards in this dlty and inspect tha Tjovern
ment work here.
The committee is composed of the fol?
lowing representatives:
George E. Foss, lllinois; Alston G.
Dayton, West Vlrginiu; Henry C. Lou
denslager, New Jersey; R. B. Hawloy,
Texas; Thomas S. Butler, Pennaylvanitt;
James E. Watson. Indlanaj Victor H.
Metcalf, California; John F. Rlxey, Vir?
ginia; William AV. Kitohln, North Caro?
lina; William D. Vundlver, Mlisouri; Sld
ney E. Mudd, Maryland.
This committee ls now on a.tour. ylait
IqS the ahip-yards in th* North, ^_ ji
m
Isadysmith, Majvfa&lltil>
Spion Kopand Kimberley.
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THE TIMES, Richmond, Va.
8s^^
R., P. AXD C. TRESTEE.
(Showing the Progress of the Work.)
CENTER OF MANY
RAILROAD LINES
The New Road Will be Completed
About April 1st
GREAT DEMAND FOR LABORERS.
The Contractors Employ Two Forces.
AVlio are "Wovkine Both Night and
Day ? "Work on thc Picrs for
tho C & o. Delayed.
The expenditure of several million dol?
lars for work on a river at a certain
point seems enormous?and to say that
something like thait amount will have
been expended on tho James nver, at
Richmond, when the work now going on
is completed, seems contrary to reason;
but it is neventheless true.
Tho rairoads that will cross the river
then will he tha Richmond, Petersburg
and Carolina, Seaboard Air 'Line. Rieh
mond and Petersburg, Richmond and Al
leshany, Southern Rallway, Norfolk and
Western, and the Chesapeake and Ohio.
Tho Chesapeake and Ohio's track tra
verses the middle of the river over a
mlio's distance. The trains will get on
the elevated rails at Hollywood, and from
there to tho great Union Depot'they will
not come in contaat with , the ground
tracks. Tho two roads?the Richmond,
Petersburg and Carolina and the Chesa?
peake and Ohlo-will run into the depot
on elevated traoks. as the present work
now gocng on at Fifteemh strer.t clearly
indicates.
LONG STRETCH OP RAILS.
The long trestle of the new road Is a
wonderful stretch of rails of about one
mlle The amount of work on this fc-estle
iu <?o great as to require two forces of
hands working day and night, ln order .to
complete the structure by the time the
track, through to Ridgeway,* ,N. C.^is
completed. ' ?
Workmen find great dlfflculty in getting
feundatlons for the uiers, owlng to the
soft, sandy. condition of the bottom of
th^ha1Vp!ilars a" boltsd together, m
that there may ba no danger of. their
Jarring out of place durtng the pasain*
of trains.. . ? . . ? _.
The contractors s&y that they.can *iye
ampJoyment to.any whoo seek it. They are
over-crowded .wiOxirori-. Ther. > a ?rt*t
demand for laborers on all the wor now
being done along the river.
EXGIXES TESTIXG TRACK.
Two engines were used in testing the
completed track from Petersburg towards
Richmond last week. The track between
Petersburg and Richmond is almost com?
pleted.
The line comes into Richmond at War
ner Moore & Co.'s mills, and crosses be?
tween them and the Southern railway's j
freight depots. It crosses Cary street be- j
low the gas house and comes across j
Main between Fifteenth vtfid Sixteenth I
streets. All of this way has been cleared. i
o!d houses having been torn down to give |
place to the track. The track will go i
over the top of some one-story build'ings. j
All of the work on this line wil be :
completed by tho first of April, but it is |
not exactly known when the tlrst trains ',
will begin to run. It is thought, however. j
that they wi'.l be runing by the middle '.
of this summer.
C. & O. WORK DELAYED.
The work on the pierst for the elevale.I i
track of the Chesapeake and Ohio railway j
has been greatly delayed, owing to the ,
fact that the oontractors have been un- j
able to get the specified stone from Ken?
tucky and West Virginia to continue the I
work. It will be some time in the spring
before enough stone can be gotten to
complete the construction of the piers.
They are. however. almost completed, and
only four or flve piers remain to be
built.
SECRETARY RO'OT
RiDES HORSEBACK
Though He Has Not by Any Means
Found the Animal He
Wanted.
When Seeretary Root was at Lake Cham
piain with the Presidttnt, he was called
upon io review tlie Twenty-slxth Volun
teer Regiment?stationed at Plattsburg
Barraeks, and he greatly admired tha
sight of the field officers dashlng about
the parade grounds upon .their curvetlng
steeds. He wa3 offered a mount upon one
of these mettlcsome an__. but coyly
refused and stuck to terra firma.
'But the fine plcture. remained in hla
mind, and after his return; while sittingr
In his office one flne afternoon, he sum?
moned to him Adjt.-G?n. Corbln.
??G*neral," he remirteed, "I have btmn
a buay man for a nwmlw of ye?r? back."
<3en. Corbln bowed hi? heal ln ascent.
"And, General, for my business I have
negleotad imany pleasurea?pleaiurea and
pastlmes, alr?that I once enJoy?d.' . ,
?Yes. Mr. Seeretary."
"Oae-or which, General, I -_ lorry to
state. is the noble and kin=r-like sport
of equestriaiiism. Ah, Ihorseback riding
?a firm sext and a steady hand. a gal
lop in tha bracing air nver a smooth road!
Could anything be more enjoyable?"
"Nothlng, illr. Secretary. Nothlng."
"Well, General, to come to the point,
I find that now, in the course ot my
duties, I shall need a suitable mount
occasionally, and you know there Is noth
ing like fchowing the horse one has under
one. I desire to make use of your su?
perior judigment in th?se matters."
"Certainly, Mr. Secretary."
"As I s^id. I have negleeted tho *xer
cise, and. of course?ah!?v.-ell. I would
like'an antmal -with a mlld temper, sweet
dtep-ositioned, you know. and a broad
back? tbe. sort that is hard to fall orf
of."
"I understand, Mr. Secretary. I will
ask Gen. Ludington, who has had consid?
erable more experlence than either of
us to aid me in making the sefeoUbn."'
''And I say, General." called the Sec?
retary, "this need not be mide public, you
sbcretast'* elihtj hoot.
know?not just now. at any rat?.
"Yes. Mr. Secretary."
Gen. Corbln hurried up staira to Oe
office of the Quartermaster^General. (
"Ludlngton!* he gasped, short of breath,
"the Secretary of War -wants us to help
him buy a fine horse?a riding horse. He
?wants a flne, good looking horse. with a
broad back, so he can't fall off, and gen?
tle as & doe-" , _ . _ .
??urel euret answered Oer.*ral Lud
lru-ton. "I can get ?* for his:. iure.r
What color doe? hs want?'
"Wait a. minute and IU <?"* ???
Getu iCorbln reoched the stepa and
found th* Becretary "waitlns for him.
"Ifr. fiecretaiy. Gen. I,udra?ton ?w?U
to tamr what ooicThoMftyoawMit,?
??*-?? m m ?? ??*? to?*, ?9lorf x
had never thought of that. I alwayS
rathcr fancletl a gray horse. you know:
perhaps ls was from a picture I once
saw. Yes T believe lt was. You recall
the magnlflcent gray horse Napoleorv
str-des ln the canvas. 'Tlie I3ve of Water
loo?' "
"A spTendld anlmsit, Mr. Seeretary.
"And then there was Alexander's Bu
cephalus?a magnlfii-ent black. If I re
mombrT. Black is ta beautiful coior for
a horse."
"But Mr. Seeretary. Bucephalus wna
?well. ahf?you mlght say not exactly
well broken."
"Well. sir I have no objection to ai
sorrel. In fac-t. I am not rnrtlcular abouc
the coior, sir. A broad back, though.
remomber: that ls the main point?and
the dlsposltion."
Gen. Corbln agaln vlsited Cie Quarter
mastf-r Central.
"Ludlngton," he said, "the Seeretary
?ays he lEces a gray. and he llkes a blaclc
and a sorrel or a bay or a strawbemr
rcan-in. fant, any coior. Just so- tho>
horse ls gentle aad hawon't fall off."
"Sure, suret" said the Quarterc_*e?
General." "I will nnd him right away..""1
. iEut Gen. Lodlngtoa was too santpajney
for the horse has not yet been, purchased.
That he- was seen to earnest conversa
ttoa with the owner of a troop or hix?
school horses not long ago ls wrtoln.
but 't ls preBumed no bargaln reauiwoi
as he ts still on the hunt for ?hat rara
comblnat'on ln hors* neah. posie?tin? tha
haughty loolt and proud bearin-r ?_??_;
voleaa'* hlacortc ?ray. ahs undaamadl
splrtt of Bucephalua. and th? svaa dls
posltioa of a Dobin, but ha i? oonvlacad
that thsy ara hard to flnd.
He has contiwded blxasaiC with aa ordta*
ary Mddla Horsa.
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