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THE GREATEST COSMOPOLITAN
TOBACCO MARKET IN THE WORLD
Greater Variety of the Weed Handled Here
Than in Any Other City.
TOBACCO MEN OPENED THEIR EYES
Some of the Probable Effects of the Recent
Meeting to Form a National
Association. . \ ?
probably th? greatest cos
eco market in the world.
, 11 i- ihought, ls Uiere
? '. 0f tobacco to !>e had.
,':-...- >n> anest to the best,
:'.?:? i which Is ln many
-1 . same advantages ln
n <vi-n the metropolls of
ond to thc metropolls of
;;. -hxnond Is thus well
???<<-.. market has re
<v-'nt!v I- ? 11 stronglj brought out. and
;, . ;.?: to rodound to the
j'* . , trade l.ere. The convention
','.-'? whleh was -hT-ld' here a.
,.i,,..,-. . go for the formation of a
national association has done tbat much
tor th< "?.'?<'? city. Tobacconlsts from
.!-/...,' sections of the country congregat
,.,5 hcrc saw things as they are. and
tber probably wenl away a Wt tlie wiscr
in thclr cstlmatlon of RlchmpnoTs place
taoco world. Some brlsk trad
arrled oh between the visitors
r>eals while together. and hence
t'h<- ;?-????!'.: ~ has an aflded Interest from a
business polni of view. The convention,
tjiln n all Jn ;:':. wlll serve to bring Rich
taonfl forwJird ln Uie tob.-.cco world. The
rteciion of a RiOtfnond man as president
ofthe National Association will further
operau i>> accomplish this fact.
The outlook for the long life and p-os
perlty uf the new association is bright
irdeed. Ev< r\ thlng points 10 a suc'cess
ful career: and th< bellef at flrst f-:'.t in
somo quarters that th'e scheme to creato
a national body would noi "psm out,"
lias been onee and for all put down.
With such ;i start ih- association caiinot
but proceed succcssfully, and Such is'thc
opinion of ;01 who have expressed them?
selves upon th-.' suftject. lt is thougat
that next year lhe meeting will bo two
or three linus tin- size '-f the initial onr.
Tin- stabllity ol" the scheme established',
there will !>?? many who will unite in it
who liave held out so far. learlr.g tliat lt
would Drove a- failure.
T> re has been some indicision as to
h-.st whit is the objeel of tbe associa?
tion. "What's the good of it all?" is
heard every now and then. Tho purpose
of the association primarily is to get
the tobacco mni together?to get them to
know oeo another and to havo confl
oence in one another. Thoro is thus a
strong sorfal f.->atiire*attacjicd lo it. ln
addition. the tobacco mon thus associated
can get together on certain plans for
the promollon of tha welfare of all and
OAK RIDGE, HOME OF
THOMAS F. RYAN
Was Once Home of Rives, and There Are
Many Interesting Stories and Traditions
Connected With It.
By EMMA ELLIOTT.
There is a certaln flne old mahsion in
Kctoon county, Va.. which, with its sur
rouiKlinc estate, bas recently acquired
c v.ovr Interest from becnmlng the prop?
erty "f Mr. Thomas F. Ry.in. ?f New
wbo purchased it la-st winter. Mr.
Nelson boy himself, but
mewhero about the rocon
1?:i time when money was
pleritiful anywherc in tiie
i. thoro is not. to say lhc
jp.-ral.imd.-ince of it in Nelson
so when lhe negroes
v hoar of Mr. Ryan's
many millions. they exclalm in amazc
jnt'-.t: "Lor! is he done i> f any mo
mjpney in lhe wofl'?"
Onlc Ridge. his lato purcbase, is a
beautiful estate oy. tbe Southern Rail?
road v.oar tho station, whioh. having
been known emccessivcly as Nelson Sta?
tion Lovlngston Depot and Montrual, had
it? name changedi agaln last year to Oak
Ridge, aftor ihe place. lt is the hall?
way statVin between Charlottesville (Uile
.eat <>f tbe University of Virginial and
"Lynchburg. and is ?oroe five hours' ride
from Washington. Nelson ls one of the
Piedmont counties of Virginia. and the
beautiful Bluie Ridge risos about twon
tv mPes to the west of Mr. Ryan's es?
tate. Tho whole county is noted for
lieaiillful soonery. and that of tho portion
in which his purchase lies is parlicularly
Mr. Ry.in is not Iho first celebrity
that Oak Ridge has known. It original
lv bclonged' 1o the Rives' family. the
latest member of which to become prom
in. m in tln- public > ye was tho aiithnress
of "The Quicfc "f iii.- Dead," Miss Ame?
lia Rives. now Princess Trouhestkoy. As
every one doubtless knows. Castle Hill.
Sn Albemarle county. is her fcome, but
she is a dlrect ccscendant of Robort
Riv?s. the founder of Oak Ridge. llo
wns the wealthy man of tbe Nelson of
"his gcrieration, owning probably more
landod pwjjierty tlian any othor man in
the county. 11c married a Miss Cabell.
and their son. Wm. Cabell Rives. was
distinguisbod, not only in his naiive
Sl?>-<?. but i-.: ih>- whole country and held
several positions of honor, serving as
Cong_ ssman and Senator and being twice
pent as Unltod States Minister to France.
Another son. Judgo Alexander Rivos.
was an emlnont lawyer. He was. how?
ovor. unpopular In Virginia. because of
V.is markod adhorence to the Union dur?
ing the secession times, and onc-o hts
liome' was actually mobbed. Ono of the
gvandsous of Rnbort Rivos was Hkewise
tjuUe well known in his day. Edward
Pollard, ???n author and. th'e assoclate edi?
tor of the "Examiner."' tbo. chief news?
paper of Riclimond during tho Confed?
eraey and noted' lor tho oaustic and
f,r;irby.-.-_- st; le of iis oditorials. Lator on
Mr. Pollard became soi. editor; but he
met with ;: ti'.-'s-o late, being shot from
n window ar- he walked along a stroet in
Richsneiid by a young man prominent in
tb- socW.ty nf tliat city. who had been
oj_<?:.-"?-? b> ??-.' article in tho "Examiner."
Mr. Polb'.id's gravc is one of those in
thc <-.(i Oak Ridge buryiug-ground.
CAUGHT THE LEAVES.
Rives to live at Oak
maiden lady known far a:i?l
Peggy." She kept nn the'
i scrupulous care that the
amor.fr hor neighbor. thfl*
a 6talwart negro woman
undicr every tree in the
?i> out stretch. d' to oatch
th.y foll, so that"they
<>t:<- moment on the care
. mlglit l>o. it was certaln
b and poilshted floors were
alk on and Uiat child vis
[uested to uso handkor
ng tbe shining brass d.or
('.?!.::>! Parilio Miles, tho next resid.-nt
of Oak !:i'i :???. had been Confederate Scn
fit'.T from S >'.!'.h Carolina. and had proved;
liis fa.Ui i:i tiie Confederaey by investing
lils entire fortune in its bonds at a time
whon purchasors <>f thom were extremely
few and f--r baiw'oen.
Tb le hcroic effort to restore thc credlt
01 the "lost cause" rcsulted in thc loss of
Colonel Milea'B fortune, but his wife's
father had purchased Oak Ridge for her
and ihv famlly lived there a. number of
years. Thon the Miles children inherlted
great wealth from an adopted son of their
matcrnal grandfather, concernlng whom
tho foilowing romantlc story is told:
Onf day, whon Mr. Blrne, the grand
fathor, was riding along by a little stream.
be board tho cry of an Infant and saw an
unknown baby boy lylng all alone on the
t>ank. He took lt home with him, and.
#is no one .ver appearofl to claim lt.
adopted it. giving it the namo Burnside,
from tho placo of its linding. tho Scotch
word barn signifying a brook. Burnside
lived to srow up and became remarkably
successful ir. getting on in tho world. He
nevor married. and when ho died hc be
queathed the immense fortune ho had ac
cunmlatod to iho heirs of iiis benefactor.
.Much of his property was in tho form of
sugar plantations ln l.onisiana, and. on
coming into possession of it. the Miles
family removed to that State
For many ytars after they left ihe place
was Inhabited hy t-nants and care-takers
only. though oceasionally ii becaine the
soone of a gay danco or pichic. wlieri tho
young folks of thfc county borrowed ir for
suoh puii.osf-s on account of its large
rooms Miiif beautiful grov.e.
. BKAVTIFn.I.V FJXFD UP.
During this period ihe stately old houso
;rot badly out of repair But now a .change
has come ar.d .Miss Pegcv li rself; rould
sho roturn to see. would look v.-Uji ap
pr-oval on the condition of her beloyed
hdmestead. The place has literally
swermed v. iih workme.n all summ/kY and
hns become deoid^lly tiw show-rloce of
the countv. AYator-works will r-n-ry water
ovor tho hr.rs.-'?n luxurv tho "Rivos own?
ers did r.ot know?hnnds.-une naner.covers
tho walls nnd n.ur>ronrihte furniture has
Tieon ir.ov^d into tho rooms. cn thaf Onk
Kidge. while preserving all its old-time
can nccomplish things which, individual
?lv/they ?wouliih't even. attempt to un
?dertnke. There are other advantage3
to be dcrived.-from. the organization, but
thc-se are the. chief ones. and they aro
"The Board'nf Governors of the associa?
tion will meet in this city shortly to
transact business. The matter of elect
ing n. permanent secretary and tr'casurer
will bo considered. The teport of tho
Committee on Time and' Place for tho
noxt meeting will be received. Other
matters will 'be looked after. President
Carrington expects within the next tw<?
or three weeks .'lb appoint. the standing
committees. He will make air effort tu
roI good. liard-working men on them.
Mr, .lohn C. Hag.in. temporary secretary
and treasurer.' is preparing application
blanks for 'admisslon to mernbership and
will have them' ready shortly for distri
Tho feeling of alarm which manifested
lisoif horo when it iirst became generally
known that th'e Consolidated Tobacco
Company of Now York. was preparing
to make a move on the English markot
has. to a great extent, quieted downr A
.great variety of cpinions on the matter
have developcdi themselves. Many are
dispbsed to look at the matter in a
cheerful frame of mind and to believe
that tho efforts will not be as dire as were
at first supposed. They thlnk that. leav?
ing aside' otlur j considerations. the con
sorvatism of the Knglishnian and th'e cx
terit of his markot will serve to keep the
trust well within hounds. . The British
er is m'nre than lik?ly <o swing on to.his
factory longer than any other man on
earth, and then there are so many fac?
tories in England that the Conso\j,d_ated
wbuldn't attempt to snatch them all.
These wil! always he sufficient to sup?
port tho .American' exporters. say thoso
hopeful ones. Others do not view the
matter in this light. They contend that
the Consolidated, by sheer force of mon
,.,'? ?in do practically what it wills with
iho English market: that it aims to se
I ciir'e i'We wholo thing and that it will get
| it Thev hc'.ovc that it is only a ques?
tion of timo when thoy will all wake up
one fine morning and discover that they
! bave r.o fmlher business occuoation;. so
| far as tob.n.x'0 expprtiag to Kngland :s
stateliness', has boen converted into an at?
tractivc and comfortablo modern resi?
dence. And in tlie pastures blooded. cattle
graae, so there will be a. use for the stono
dalry, and doubtless the green-house will
b'..- bright with llowers once more, as it
used to be in Miss Peggy's day.
That lady. it is said. was exceedinsly
fond of flowers, and a. furjny story apro
pcls to her love Tor them is told. Miss
Peggy had just returned from Albemarle
and.was boasling to a eouaiii-?both ladies
being rather deaf?of th'e beautiful roses
sho hnd brought with her. "And how did
you come. Ccusin?" asked the othor lady,
being rather vague as to what Miss Peggy
had said. Miss.Peggy was not vague as
to whnt she had said. She was certaln it
I was. "Uow did you bring thomV" and she
trtumphahtiy replied: "In a tin bucket.
Cousin; ir. a. tin bucket." thereby con
yulsing all hearers with lauchter.
Beside Oak Ridge. Mr. Ryan has bought:
largo tracts of lar.d in another part of the
, cquhty. which wil! bo converted into a
j stieep farm. and it is said that ho would
j like to own all the old Rives lands. Any
w.-iv. th" peoplo of his native county aro
' delighted to welcome b*m aitions ihoni
' once moro. EMMA ET/LTOTT.
Sido by sido all dny the 01onn?r went.
VVo brea'thod tho rold. spie'ed air of
swoci Spring. dark
Before the dawn; together, when the
Awoko. v.'o raised rn-.it faces. and we
To*liSten in still grasses; (he dear sconl
Of noon and dusk we breathed. "We
knelt to" mark
Holy of holies Of the d"ea.thless ark,
i'nvcilodfor us boforo tho day was spent.
Ohl prodigal of sweetness that dead day
I saw and wprshipped and I passed; nor
Tliat Silent One beside we stopped to lay
Som-what asido. Xow. in lho d'usk of
An.V biitotrnoss. the Glcaner bears to me
Wistful, her garnered wreath of ros-j
, . ?Zona Galei in tlie Bookman.
MINNIE MADDERN FISKE AS "MIRANDA."
New Production of Mrs. Fiske, Popular Actress-Manager,
Receives Great Praise from Metropoli tan Critics.
?Minsie Maddern Fiske, the well-known emotional actress who has
startled theatrical circles by attempting to run her own big New York
theatre this season, is scoring a" big success in her initial production,
"Miiada .? the Balcony," ia which she appears in the title role..
At our ohib it'? a riile that no one must talk about oUier membeis."
Lor beaveri's sake. what then do you find to talk;about?*j-Lustig^Welt.
By GEORGE ADS.
The Alod ern Fable oi' the Misfit Who Lost His Ticket
Because Ile Got the Wrono- Hold.
(Capyriglit, 1901, by Robert liowcrd Russeii;)
Onea there was a Social-'Fizzle nam>:d
Homtir Spllvens. lie Was tbo dampest
Kiie-Craeker that over tried to Pop in a
His Parents had spent $300 on him :;o
that hc might know how to enter a Ball
Rqom. At the agt- of 2\1 ho could not En?
ter without walKing on several Ladies.
Among the Town Boys hc -was regarded
as a hot Patsy, but tbo Girls looked upon
him as a fair lia'ired Rollo who was too
Simple and Bashful to bo real Interesting.
At a. Stag Party ho was a. Jamos Dandy,
but. when ho found himself in his Merry
Make-lTp and surrqunded by tho Elite,
he simmei-ffl down and became a mere
Cbair-'Warmer and Cnffee-Cooler.
Ilomer was what thc Horeemeh call a.
Bad Actor. In tho early morning Prac?
tlce. hc could do a Quarter in 29. but when
_ _.<W ^^;^!v-*'--'^U-,V\ $
hc had to Pace with a Bunch he struck i
roolish Side-Motion and ran into th
?When he was among the Feilows h
openad up like a Moruing-Glory. He told |
Storics and' said Sarcastic Things about i
Married People he knew and made up
Verses. The Young Men would rcpeat
these Bright Observatious lo the Girls
and tell them how witty and entertaining j
oid Spllvey was. So tho next timo Ilomer .
showed up, the vivaeious little Kittens ,
v.-r.ulJ form a Sc-mi-Circlo in front of him |
ami say, "Oh. Mr. Splivcns, do tell us a |
Story or else make ono ot your killing
Jokes.V Thon Horner would flush up and
try lo swallow his Palate. Hc would flat- j
ten out like a d\ing Welsh Rabbit and ;
mako a fow ehoking. Sonhds. but there
would be nothing doing in ihe Story Line. j
After a. Painful Pause the Girls would
quit him cold. During the re. tainder of |
the Evening, Homor would sit back in a
dark Corner of the Gentleman's Dressing
Room, thinking up the Reply he might
have made, but did not.
In the meantimc. the Girls would be giv?
ing hhn tho Giggle and saying he was
the wcoziest ever. If thoy met him later
in the .Evening. each one gavo him some
Cutting Remark about having a. Nice
Timo. lf they had boon Mon ho. could
have Como Back in grand stylo. but whon
any little blue-eyed Elsie van up and
jabbe'd a Harpoon into his quivering
Bosom, ho simply groaned and tunied his
Face to tho. "Wall.
AVhat made it so Biltor for Horner wns,
that in his Heart of Hearts ho wanted to
b_. . Bmterfly. Frequently he would say.
'?Somo Boys can Fly and why can't I?"
At many an Evening Party he would
conceal himself behind the Ba?s Viol nnd
watch the frivolous Capcrs of tho Charloy
Freshes and wonder how they did it. He
would listen to the merry Babble and
wlsh that bo ;,ould butt in and Talk alt
Evnilng withov.T having anytbing to Say.
So. etimes he wculd cverh.ar the Con
versatlon that ?aa caueing all the Girls
tc dciiblo up _nd have Duck Fits. Thsn
the Cold- Sweat would gather in. large
Bonds on his Forehead. The Talk was
a Cross bfttwK-n the innocent Prattle of
Chlldhood and the maniaoal Maunder
ings of the Jncurable Ward at Blooming
"Ch"* thought Horner. "If only T could
mislay my Mind some evening andi get
out nnd deal that kind of pink Persiflage.
I would be as Popular as any of these
YV'i! 1 ing Perfonr.ers."
Hbmef fell in Love at lor.g range with
a, Girl named J'Luey Livirig3tbne. Lucy
was a Prize Pansy who navor passed m
Algebra, but she was a Talker frora Con
versationville. Hcmer never tcid his Love,
but let Conecalment, like a Green Worm,
feed on his esssntial Organs. He would
cbmpose a Honeyed Speech with whiciv
to greet his would'-be Bulclana, but when
he met hor at the Corner bf Fifth and
Main he would lift his Hat with a wrong
Hard and gurgle a few Words of stereo
typed Piifle and back into a Lamp-Post.
Oh. but he wasa naughty Lover: When
it came time for him to go into Action.
his AmmiinJtion was always wet. Anci
even when he Fired. he never got the
Range. Me would L-oop a few Loops ar.d
dodge-into a Cigar Store.
What made him so Sore was that some
Handsome Harry with Vaseline on his
iiaiy and.not more than, two Ounces of
Cerebelum couid saunter up tb the ETeart's
Idol and tap her on the Back and call
hor "Luce." And what was, ten times
worse, sho seemed to Like it. He saw
himself done up forty \vays from tne
Jack by many u He-Pellcan who couUi
not com'inanB $S a week in the Open
When he met her, he addressed her as
Miss Livingston?. Tho other Fellow
called her '-gis" and lirikeu Arms with
Whenever a RiVal blocKt-d him off, Ho
mer stood around on cr.'e Foot for a
while, waiting lor nn Openmg, nnd then
hc u^d a soft-slipo Sn-'nk anu swore mat
I;-.- wblil'l-Fofget hor. '
He told himself rhat he was a Chump
for contiriuing to "Worship one who could
bc pa.wned over and man-haji'dled Ly any?
thing that wore -a Derby Hat.
But XI. Spllvens was' Hard Hit. The
more ho tried to Spongc hor Likeness
from the Blackboard of his Memory, the
ofrener he thought of hor. He yfarned
to monopolize the Affeciiou which seemed
to be On Tap for any one who cared to
stop up and turn ihe Spigot;
He told himself that Faint Heart never
wom out Fair Lady. Prom all he could
gather, the Society Tid-Bit preferred the
Ually Boy to the one v.-ho sat on the
other side of the Room anel talked about
the New Books.
Mr. Splivens decided to turn over a. Xew
Leaf. He saw that his only Chanbe was
to jump in and make a Bold Play His
telepathic Tactics " had not made the
slightest Imprcssion on Lucy. The Silcnt
System was no good.
"The next time I get a chance to Lead.
I wd! give hor a Glad Surprise." ho said
to himself. "[ wil! convince tho Little
Lady Ihat I am not made of Wood. T
can he just as Loving as the next one if
my Nerve holds out."
So he went to a Dance and ihc-re was
Lucy. looking very Cute and Cofuiottish
nnd hemmed in by the usual Gang of
Third-Raters. Mr. Splivens was about to
Buck the Line and make a hard Tackle,
but he suddenly realized that he vas not
ln Condition. What he needed was a
little Dutch Courage. Accordingly he
slipped out and stov.ed away live San?
tiago Sours, so-ca!led because they leave
you wrecked on the Beaeh. He came
back a trifle Squiffy and ail Set. Homer
was ready to be as Priehdly and Familiar
as any Girl could possibly wish. He laid
Hands on the surprised Lucy and led her
to the dim Conservatorj.
"This is where my Stock takes a Leap
of 20 Points," he said to himself, as he
led her to a Rustic Bench biiieath a
Ho lixed a Burning Gaze on her and
carelessly wrapped sn Arm about her.
"Old Girl, you are all right,'' he said.
With a piercing Shriek. she hurled him
among the Cacti and declared that she
had been - Insulted. "
"Why do you discriminatc against me?"
he asked in a hurt Tone,
"I always supposed you were a Gentlc
mau," she said, freezingly.
"I have been up-to-date and protably
that is why "Work Is so Coarse," ho re?
plied. "Was I too Sudden?"
"Wretch!" she (0\claimed and swept
back into the Ball Room.
For three Days after that her Brother
was looking for Mr. Splivens with ;. Gun.
MORAL: IV has to he done; in just a
cortain Way. -'-.-? -*--^_.?._.
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SPARKS FROM THE.
ANVIL OF POLITICS
On the Eve of Battle it Looks Like Montague
is a Winner and That the Legislature
Will Be Democratic?Many Changes
in the Personnel of the House
The Stato campaign of 1001 ih Virginia i
is rapidly drawing to a close. Within
two weeks from next Tuesday tho result
will be known. and then there will come
a siight lull in the poiitical matters that
have attraeted the attention of the voters
for so many months.
On the eve of battle two things are ap?
parent. One is that Hon. A. J. Monta?
gue will be the next uovernor of the
State; the other. that the coming Legis-^
latare will be Democratic.
There' are mnny ivnsons for tlie veri
fication cf thls forecast. ' ln the first
:)lace. Virglnia Is cssentially a Democrat'c
^tate. and has never been^other-.vise. save
when that party was distracted by serious
internal discord: This State of affairs
not only doos not oxist this year. but.
on the other hand, the party is in good
shape, according to Chairman Ellyson
and other prominent leaders. save in
spots. where local factional troubles ox?
ist. Again. it is --ie opinion of some of
the hest posted leaders in the State.
that the Republican "bosses" do not de?
sire Col. Hoge's election, for the reason
that it would open up avenues for a lons
iivision of Federal patronnge in the
State. and would iend to diminish the
jvower of distribution. which is said to
Me now in the hands of a solect few. The
nrestage of these few would necessarilv
be lessened. and many who would prob?
ably say: "I did it." would.gain seats at
the "Pie Counter in WashinKtofi."
. Mr. Montague. Captain Wlllard and
Major Anderson have all made spiendid
'?anipaigns thus far. and they-.have boen
?>.hly supported on the'stump by seorts
of "the most poiAorfuI Democratic ora-.
*-ors in the Stnte. without resard to their
orimary choics for Governor: and ths
gaps made by the Montague-Swarison
campaign for the r.omination, have been
<-losed. certainly so far as the coming
?seneral electicn is concerned.
No one who was ores<".it Pt the Norfolk
Convent'on and heard the mahly ut
terances of C'.aude Swanson evf r doubted
for a moment that he and h'S friends
?vould be ..loyal: am"- 't is st?t?d or. srood
-"uthority that there i=i probably ar- IftfJe
trouble irt the Fifth Congre?sianaI Dis?
trict. as in any section of the State.
Tho Democrats nearly always make
r.hcir "base-hlts" during the last- thre
?verks of the campa'gpl There was an
?vident upward tendency in tiieir stock
last week, and from now. until the'ath of
November it is expeoted to climb stoadi
ly, and to overwhelm the forces of the
tnpasitiori on that day. At least. this
\s the opinion of the bfst leaders of tbe
narty. and in the past they have uot
Kpt-rj knewn to shottt wide of the mr.'k on ?
noiitlcpl forecssts." tl
In the minds &! these leaders thero
has never been any real danger ahead
for the State ticket.- Less dbttftt; if
possible has lurked around the legisla?
tive fight. It is believed to bo a safe
estimate that the Democrats will con?
trol both b-anehes .-.nd that thev will :
have from RS to SO m-:mbcrs of the Houso.
and not less than Ct> and possibly 25 of
the -50 Sei-ators.
Even in the SouUi-wtrst. which is nl-.
ways. donbtful grouft'L ths Democrats
have put forward a high class of men
for.thr General AiH^ratJy, and are ei
r^cisrt to mnke a jrood-sticwinp cn ei^c
tion day. In the Sevfenth peutoria! Dis?
trict, composed c? lho cour.ties of Bate
InurL P.cckbrid?e, Allethanyi High!and:
and Bath. the situation at one time' look?
ed blue for the Democrats. but they put
fcrward Colonel Robert Catlett.' of Lex
ir.aton. and owing to iiis spiendid popu
larity. it ls the general impression that
he witt pull through. though the district
is a. tfangerously clasa one. But it rs
easy, to prdeiet what will be the com?
plexion oS the Leglslat tr-i, for tbe Re
nominees and still be in tho minority.
pnblicans misht elect nearly ali th-ir
for they have nominated hardly enough
to control. There are. o? course, some
independent cahdldates here and there,
bui ii.- ilay bt independents ir. p -lltics
i^ rapidly passing aw ly ln Virginia, and
the people jirefer to st ind on one side
or the other of ;; fignt.
ln the e'.ties, as in nearly all the
Piedm^nt and Black Belt couhtle 3, there
are no Republican candidates up, and
the Democrats -wiil have a walk-over ia
Thc Democrats o? thr- various sec?
tions have nominated only fi out of the
31 Senators to be chosen this fall. Many
of them, of course, fli<i st ar.d for re
election. This fact will make the Senate
a most interestii
Those who have
lead Hi'-in party
upper branch are
ta; Wallace. of s
of Petersburg: ai
* Only thirty-thr
dred House nominees are present ln
cumfcents. Some of tii.se who were
nominated havo served in former hr.dies
and should they he elected they Will be
familiar xviilt the work or Ia_r-maktng.
This is notably true of ilessra Walker.
of Augusta; Turpin. of Bedford: Bland.
o>" King and Queen;; Snead of Princess
Anne; Wallace. of Richmond city; Win
bourne. of Rockbridge; and Carter of
A grent many familiar faces will b?
missed when th? Ubuse meets for or?
ganization. Some prominent fignres who
were not renominated are Messrs-. Mc
Allister. of Bath: Stoner. of Boterm-rr;
Poweii. of Brunswick: Ffi**>ard, of Bu.k
ingham; Pfcher. o Fauauier: Pettit. of
Fiuvanna; Saunders. of Franklin: Jones.
of Isle of Wight: We'lford. of Richmond
countv: Madis On. of Xewport Xews; Wil?
liam?. ? of Orange: Ivey' bf Perersh.r?:
.alieher. of Prince William: ar.d B'ake
morc. of Rockingham. ' Many <_" the
above gentlemen <iiri not stand for r?
eiection. The Democrats in most In
stances have nominated strojr men. ar.d
the iie-"t Legislature will no do;: .t b? up
to the average in inte'lilgence and abiil
C -A. B.
Whims of Famous Sir.gers.
Madame Patti would never play in an
opera v.h:re any one had to s-k pn a. ta
1 '.>!??. This was because sh ? had not ntada
j the success ln "Curmeti" that she h ;id
t in other operas. She attributed this en
i tirely to the fact that sho had to sk on
j a table in the iim scehs in the s:cor.d
.Madame Scalchi was in a very .-ad way
j :f she met any one that squlnted. ar.d
she would go through a long lot of evo
1 lutlotis to rid l*erseif of the evii sp<d!.
ilarto's foible was smokinfj. As smok
j ing w-os forbidden at tha th'iater, bo
?? would ricver sign a contract until the
; clause- which made liim an exce. tio . to
j the rule was Ir.sarted. Hs vould hava
I this valet waiting ir. the wtogs wlth a
I match and a clgar, and weu'.d r.jh off
j the stage, take a few whlffs and then
i return to a tender love scene. The crgars
that he smoked cost him half a crown.
and he never more than partially flnish -
ed one. Kven the street boys in London
knew him, and when they followed his
carriage. cheering. he would have a.
handful of com. ready to- toss to thetn.-^
PWlade Iphta Saturday Post.