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PORTSMOUTH LOCAL NEWS AND ADVERTISEMENTS
What Virginian-Pilot Rep?
resentatives Hear Daily.
BRIEF ITEMS OF INTEREST
Tito Movement* of People In Whom
inn ATcr?Be Header la Inter?
ested-Happening* In I.eg:?l?Bni
Inrii, llellgeoaa nnd Nociitl t'lr?
Clin A I'D recant of Inline
Farrngut Post, G. A. R., will install
ofllccrs to-night and have their annual
The January term of the Hustings
Court begins to-day.
Rev. C. L.. Corbett, of Mnrlonvillo,
Va., Is In the city on a visit to his
father, Air. James Corbett. on Wash?
ington street. He will preach to-night
at the Park View Baptist Church.
The Green Street public school will
not be opened to-dny, for the same
reason that It has been closed for the
past two days.
The next holiday will be on the 19th
of January, General .Lee's Birthday.
A delightful pnrty will be given this
evening by the Misses Maggie Sullivan,
Annie Colosnntl. Sarah Pace and a few
more of South Portsmouth's charming
young ladles, at the residence of Miss
M. Sullivan. 400 Second street.
Yesterday's Baltimore Sun says: "The
barge Thomas P. Strann, Jr., finished
loading 400 tons of rails yesterday at
Sparrow's Point for Portsmouth, Va.,
and the barge Caroline went under the
derrick to load 500 tons of rails for the
same port. Another barge is about to
reach the Point to load 1.000 tons of
steel rail, also for Portsmouth."
A car of molasses for the Norfolk
Distributing Company, which left New
Orleans Saturday night, December 31st,
via the Seaboard Air Line, arrived in
Portsmouth Tuesday night, having
made almost passenger train time.
Mr. L. S. Allen, successor to Mr.
T. J. Anderson, as general passenger
agent of the Seaboard Air Line, arriv?
ed here yesterday, nnd at once took
-charge of the ofllce. Mr. W. M. McCon
nell has been nppolnted to the position
made vacant by Mr. Allen's promotion.
Wilmington (N. C.) Messenger: "Mr.
Victor T. Boiitwrlght, who is a 'true
blue' Wilmington boy, has returned to
Portsmouth, Va.. where he now works.
He was accompanied by Mr. C. C.
Graves, of Portsmouth, who has been
in the city the nast two days as his
Tuesday's WMlmington (N. C.) Mes?
senger, says: "Mrs. and Mr. W. S.
Hewlett have returned to Portsmouth,
Dr. N. W. Ferebee, medical Inspector
In the United States Navy, who has
been ordered to the Naval Hospital in
this city, arrived yesterday. He will re?
lieve Medical Director Cleborne Satur?
Dr\ William Schmoele left inst :?lght
for^ Philadelphia on business of im?
portance. He will be gone about two
Mr. Claude Markham left last night
for Washington. D. C.
Mr. Willie Rlddick, receiving teller at
the Rank of Portsmouth, Is confined to
his home on nccnunt of sickness.
Mr. H. B. Wllklns tells you that he
has Just received two car loads of
fresh mined coal, and asks you to call
and see him.
Mr. Willie Pnughtrey, a well known
young man. will, about the 9th Instant,
open a finrft class hat store.
Workmen have commenced to put up
the Iron girders and columns In the
Miss Mollie Llnnohnn. of Washing?
ton, D. C is In the city on a visit to
friends in South Portsmouth.
Mayor Balrd will return home from
Baltimore to-day. He has been spend?
ing the holidays with Ills daughter.
A crpzy negro chased a number of
Mr,' Rossor Brownley, who has been
in the employ of the Citizens' Heat.
-Light and Power Company for the past
four yenrs as an electrician, has left
that company to accept a. position in
the navy yard. Master Leo Vaughn
has been employed by said company;
/Newport News Telegram: Mr. B. F.
/Smith, contractor for the new jail, left
yesterdny for Portsmouth. Ho will re?
turn via this city and Denbigh.
Ocean Council. Royal Arcanum, In?
stalled Us newly elected officers List
Cap'taln Chris Gill nnd a companion
of the Hydraulic Fire Company, of
Alexandria, Va., visited Hie city yes?
terday. Ohlef Frederick "Wiersdorf es?
corted the gentlemen about the city.
They left last nlglht.
Justices Rustic. Rutter and Haynes
bave heild a commission of lunacy on
Mr, Wm. Bouldin. at his residence on
Paradise Creek, and the commission
decided unanimously that he Is n luna?
tic, and ordered his removal to the
asylum for the Insane as soon ns pps
Mr. J. F. Cut.hr ell. who, for the past
ten days Tms been visiting the family
of Mr. W. H. Baxter, in Petersburg,
has returned home.
Messrs. W. & J- Parker ask you if
you have tried W. & J. Parker's Eure?
ka flour, and If not, why not, as It is
the best on earth.
Julia Harrel!, colored, was landed in
the county Jail yesterdny by Constable
Anderson on a charge of stealing sweat
potatoes from Samuel Shepherd, on
Western Branch. Justice Haynes will
bear the case this morning at 9 o'clock.
Mr. Joseph O'Connor's family have
moved back from Philadelphia, where
they have been living for three months.
Chambers Steam Fire Engine Com?
pany, volunteer firemen-'
Farragut Post No. 1. G. A. R.
Atlantic Lodge No. 24. K. of P.
Grice Lodge No. 83, I. O. O. F.
Portsmouth-Conclave No. 15. I. O. H.
Peabody Council No. 106, Jr. O- U.
Wilson Lodge No. 95, O. of O. C.
Joseph H. Plunket Council No. 473,
C. B. L.
REAL ESTATE CHANGES.
B. H. Owens and wife to Samuel J.
Dickinson, Jr., lot on south side of
London, between Middle and Crawford
J. J. Blllsoly nnd wife to Georgia
O, Poole. lot, with appurtenances, on
south side of Fayeute street. CO Xect
iwsat of Fifth street; J600.
WILL BE A SCREAMER.
Acres of Fun at. the Mock Trial Will
Be Meted Out to the PeoDle.
It must not be forgotten that on
Tuesday evening next, at the Elks'
Opera House, the amusing entertain?
ment of a mock court trial will be
given. The trial hinges on the alleged
theft of a Plymouth Hock rooster.
Mr. T. J. Wool Is the complainant.
He Is supposed to have owned the
rooster. Mr. John H. Hall Is a white
man. yet he Is uccused of lifting the
rooster and making way with it In
some manner to the complainant un?
known. It Is about decided that Mr.
C. W. Coleman will sit on the bench
as presiding; Justice, but anyway the
bench will be sat on by somebody to
hold It down during the roars of laugh?
ter thut will sweep over the court
room. In any other court is It not good
form to laugh or applaud, but the rules
will be suspended on this occasion.
The great entertainment will be
under the auspices of and for the bene
lit of the Portsmouth Y. M. C. A.
Tickets on sale at the association build?
ing. General admission, 35c; reserved
scats, 50c' Reserved seat snle will
commence Thursday, January 5th, at
a a. in.
MRS. EMMA WIGG DEAD.
Yesterday afternoon at 1:15 o'clock
Mrs- Emma Wlgg. relict of the late
Major William Hazard Wlgg. died at
the residence of her son, Mr. Samuel P.
Wigg, No. 118 Dinwiddlo street. Mrs.
W'igg was 74 years of age last New
Year's Day. She was a sister of the
late Admiral Thomas Stevens, U. S. N.,
and was the last surviving member of
the Stevens' family. She leaves a son
and three daughters?Miss Meta E.
Wigg, Mrs. Edward W. Martin, of New
York, and Airs. Norman Cassell, of this
city. Mrs. "Wigg was a consistent mem?
ber of Trinity Episcopal Church.
The deceased lady was an Ideal
mother and an affectionate friend. Site
possessed in the highest such graces of
character as best ornament the life of
a model wife, while in her every-day
walks she shed a radiance about her
which lighted up in a most attractive
manner the attractiveness of pure and
GILMERTON AND DEEP CREEK.
Tuesday night the Glltnerton Bap?
tist Church was the scene of a very
pleasant afTalr, the services there being
In recognition of the new pnstor. Rev.
J. T. Riddick, who was recently called
to this church and the one at Deep
Rev. E. E. Dudley, the former pns?
tor at Gilmerton, was master of cere?
monies. Rev. W. F. Fisher made the
address of welcome and delivered the
charge t<i)the new pastor. Rev. E. E.
Dudley delivered the charge to the
church. Mr. Casey made a short talk
at the conclusion of the service, and
presented Rev. Mr. Dudley with a
handsome umbrella. The music was
very appropriate and beautiful, espec?
ially the solo by Mr. Buckman. The
new pastor, Mr. Rlddlck, made a feel?
ing response and pronounced tha bene?
SAYS HE DIDN'T DO IT.
Last night Officer Hart conducted to
the station-house a very small colored
boy named Nathan Macon, who was
charged by a colored man, who cap?
tured him and turned him over to the
olllcer, with having stolen an overcoat
and a pair of shoes from a caboose car
of the Seaboard Air Line standing on
a siding near the shops.
When the boy was carried before
Cnptnln Tynan and nsked to tell how he
came In possession of the coat and shoes
which he had on, said: "Ross, deed I
didn't done stole 'em: I Jos' put "em
on to war down town an' now dis mnn
done said I stole 'em. Deed, you know
I didn't done dat, boss; I jes' took 'em
fur to war, dat was nil." He was
turned over to the county authorities
and Justice Alnsworth sent the boy to
jnll for sixty days. Ho Is from LewJs
burg, N. C.
SYLVESTER SHAW DEAD.
In itho early hours of yesterday
morning, at 1:20 o'clock, the soul of
Sylvester Shaw, the seven-year-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. James Shaw, took its
flight from this world of ein and sor?
row to the realms above, where all 1?
The pnrents are grief st.rickon, and
to them the entire community and cir?
cle of friends in which they were, ex?
tend the deepest sympathy, and quote
the joyful promises of the Saviour ns
a consolation for their loss.
The funeral will take place this af?
ternoon at the grave, in St. Paul's
Cemetery, at 1 o'clock.
MISS ELIZA JAVINS DEAD.
Tuesday night late, at the residence
of Mr. L. C. W. Page, In Webster ave?
nue, Park View Miss Eliza Javlns, aged
72 years, departed tills life. For thirty
five years this lady has been in the
Page family In the capacity of nurse
and came here from England with Mr.
Page ninny years ago. She was greatly
beloved by the members of the family
with whom she had been associated so
long, OS was evidenced by the badge
of mourning attached to Mr. Page's
..nice door yesterday.
Her funeral will be conducted from
the residence by the Rev. J. R. Fim
st.-n. of Trinity Church, at 1 o'clock
STOLE A POCKETBOOK.
Yesterday morning a negro boy in
the service of a lady on Columbia street
stoic her pocketbook and tried to get
off with It. The lady missed the purse
shortly after the boy bad taken It niiU
accused him of having it and threat?
ened him with the law. The boy he
came frightened and bid the book In n
box of wood and Insisted that the lady
might have dropped It there. She
emptied the box and found the book
where the boy claimed it was. He Is
now minus n home.
CARDS OF INVITATION.
Cards of invitation have been Issued
by Captain and Mrs. T. L. Massenburg,
of Macon, <ia.. to the marriage of their
daughter, Miss Annie Stilen Massen?
burg, to Captain E. V. White, of Ports?
mouth, the nuptials to i>e celebrated
on Thursday morning, January 12th,
at 10 o'clock, In Christ P. E. church,
Macon. They will be at home at
"Sunnyslde," Portsmouth, after Janu?
STRICKEN WITH PARALYSIS.
Mr. Joshua Davis, father of Mr. L. IT.
and W. L. Davis, was on Tuesday lnst
stricken with paralysis at the resl
donee of bis son, on Randolph street.
His condition Is considered critical.
Mr. Davis Is well-known in this city
and his numerous friends will regret
to learn of his misfortune
OTHER PORTSMOUTH LO?
CAL ON PAGE 11.
WILL BE SOLD
Southern Syndicate Seeking
Control of the System.
JOHN SKELTON WILLIAMS
Tills Prominent Young Ritllroad Ex
ecntlvc Knld to Bo >?t llio llend <>l
Ibe Ornl- 8*200 it Slinro ??*ered lor
Common .st. ich ? Vice-President
Kl. Joint Knew Nothing About It
Until He JttoaU Pre?? Dl^pnl cb
The fact that a- strong syndicate lias
been organized and made an offer for
a controlling Interest In the Seaboard
Air Line system, was the occasion of a
great deal of talk and speculation
among business and financial men of
this city nnd Norfolk yesterday. The
offer of purchase was made Tuesday,
in Baltimore, to Mr. R. Curzon Holt
man, president of the Seaboard Air
Line, and it is said will go to the stock?
holders with that official's recommen- I
dation that it be accepted It is un?
derstood that there arc about S.?OO
shares of the common stock, for which |
$200 a share is offered, Its par value
being only $100.
EFFECT HERE AND IN NORFOLK.
Very naturally much Interest is felt
in the matter here, as at present
Portsmouth is the northern terminus
of the system.
Vice President St. John was seen,
and said he knew nothing of the al?
leged purchase. When asked what ef?
fect It would have on business here,
he snappishly replied that he could not
discuss the qucs+hm:?From?pel fectly
reliable sources, however, the following
information was gleaned:
A control of the Seaboard Air Line
carries with it the control of the Bal?
timore Steam Packet Company, which
operates the Bay Line between Balti?
more, did Point, Portsmouth and Nor?
folk. The company also has large in?
terests in the Old Dominion Steamship
Company, which supplies the New York
connection for the Seaboard ^Jr Line.
Considerable Norfolk ann Ports?
mouth capital will lie interested in the
purchase and, of course, these gentle?
men will look afteh the interests of
the people here. While the system will
control an all-rail route from Balti?
more via Richmond to Atlanta, much of
the business will come via water route
and Norfolk and Portsmouth, and as
the system will be Greatly enlarged, the
business will naturally be Increased.
SYSTEM IN STRONG HANDS.
The Baltimore Sun, of yesterday,
speaking of the deal, said:
"Those who aire in the confidence of
the syndicate. Stated yesterday that
neither the Southern Railway Company
nor the Atlantic Coast Line were In
any way identified with the move to get
control of the Seaboard Air Line, and
that when the deal was closed the sys?
tem would be in -strong hands, which
would continue to operate it as an in?
dependent railroad. Nearly the entire
capital comes from Richmond and Bal?
timore, and the syndicate Is under?
stood to bo headed by the banking
honso of John L. Williams & Sons, of
Richmond. This firm, with its asso?
ciates, constitute the dominating in?
fluence in the management of the Geor?
gia nnd Alabama railway, and In mov?
ing to get control of the Seaboard It Is
expected that a combination of these
properties will be effected. This would
call for the construction of new lines to
unite the two systems, and it is be?
lieved that when its plans develop the
syndicate will have organized nnother
big railroad system in tlie South."
JOHN SKELTON WILLIAMS.
Mr. Jo*hn Skelton Williams, who Is
one of the prime movers in the deal.
Is one of the youngest and most prom?
inent railrdad executives In the South,
and the fact that he is connected with
the movement carries wich it unnuan
fled assurance of the genuineness of the
undertaking, and t'hat the Seaboard
will be maintained as an independent
system and its usefulness greatly ex?
Mr. Williams is president of the Geor?
gia and Alabama. Railroad Company,
which Is the reorganized Savannah,
Americus nnd Montgomery railroad.
Since its organisation the property has
been steadily developing under the wise
and abb- direction of its president, who
is recognized as a far-seeing manager
of such property. The recent deal, by
which bis railroad secured large and
independent terminals In Savannah,
was accomplished with notable ability,
nnd his association with the syndicate
.'that Wants tlit- Seaboard speaks only
too plainly the high estimation capital
places upon his worth as an able di?
rector and Is clearly indicative that an
ambitious project is back of the move
of the syndicate.
THE COMMON STOCK.
The Sun 80 J 81
"There are about S.P.OO shares of ihe
common stock of the Seaboard nnd
Roanoke Railroad Company in the pool
for which the syndicate made Its offer.
In all Liiere are about 11,000 shares of
common stock Issued, and the pool,
therefore, holds a large majority of the
stock. Ths pooling agreement was for
five years, and delegated the voting of
the Mtock to Messrs. Louts McLano,
Leigh R. Watts and Moncure Robin
j son, who were named sis a pooling com?
mittee. Signers of ibis agreement
bound themselves not to sell or other
wiso dispise of tbo'r stock, or delegate
any part of the voting power of such
stock to any one other than the pooling
committee without the written consent
of three-fourths of the aggregate
amount of shares held by the parties
signiing the document, Mr. Robins in
has siaice died, and the object of the
I pool to prevent the syndicate, headed
by Thoniiis F. Ryan, of New York,
from getting a control of the property,
was rendered further sc.-tire by the as?
signment of ihe certificates of stock in
the pool to Mr. Louis McLane, chair?
man. It will be necessary in order to
effect a sale of the pooled stock to the
new syndicate to secure the requisite
assent of three-fourths of the whole
amount. Tills, it ;s understood, is al?
CO N T I LM P DAT 10 D PRO PERT Y.
A special to the Baltimore American
from Richmond says:
"Mr. John Skcllon Williams, of the
firm of John I j. Williams & Sons, llnan
SEni-ANNUAL CLEARING SALE
- O F? THE
New York Olotlxinfg Company
Commencing January 3d, 1899, and Continuing for Three Weeks.
$20 000 w0rth ?f wen s and ?0ys' cl0thing and furnishing goods ^20 000
Those who have attended our previous Sales and who took advantage of the Immense Bargains wo offered will need
no Introduction and to those who have not wo will kindly solicit a call so as to convince them that wo advertlso nothing
Men's Su'ts that were $6.00, now $3.90. ,
Men's Suits that were $8 and $9, now
Men's Suits that were $12. now $S.90.
Men's Suits that were $13.50. now $9.S0.
Men's Suits that were $15 and $16,
Men's Overcoats that were $6, now $3.30.
Men's Overcoats that wero $8 and $9,
now $6 SO.
Men's Overcoats that were $12.now $S.90.
Men's Overcoats that wero $13.50, now
Men's Overcoats that were $15 and $1C,
These fire to he had In all the Latest
Colors and Shapes, with or without Vel?
MEN S STOUM COATS.
Men's Ulsters that were $G, now $3.90.
Men's Ulsters that were $i and $9,
Men's Ulsters that were $12. now $S,90.
Men's Ulsters that wero $13 50, now $9.JO.
Men's Ulsters that were $15, now $11.40.
Boys' T.ong Pantfl Suits that wero $G,
Hoys' Bong Fants Suits that were $7
and $S, now $4.90.
Hoys' Long i'ants Suits that were $9
and $10, now $('..90.
Boys' lyjng I'ants Suits that were $12,
BOYS' OVERCOATS AND STORM
Coats that wero $C, now $4 90.
Coats that were $S, now $6.99.
Coats that were $12, now $S.90.
rants that sold for $1.50 and $1.75. now
I'ants that sold for $2. now $1.48.
Pants that sold for $2.50 and $2 75. now
I'ants that sold for $3.50, now $2.48.
Pants that were $1, now $2.98.
Pants that were $5, now $3.4S.
BOY'S' KNEE PANTS SUITS.
Suits that wero $2, now $1 4S.
Suits that were $3, now $1.9S.
Suits that wero $3.50. now $2.48.
Suits that were $1, now $2.9X.
Suits that were $5. now $3.40. '
Suits that were $6. now $3.9S.
BOYS' KNEE PANTS.
?DOc. and 75c. quality, 39c.
Some others ut 19e.
Big bargains In Mackintoshes, Rubber
Coats and Umbrellas.
Men's r.Oc. Merinos, now 29c.
50c. quality. Ribbed and Fleeced Lined,
75c. quality. Wool Ribbed, now 4Sc.
An enormous quantity of Pure Wool.
Fleeced Lined, In all colors and weights,
worth $1 and $1.25. now 69c.
The famous Glastenburg, both single
and douldo breasted, usually sold nt $1.50
and $1.75, reduced to $1.25.
Our assortment of Underwear Is so
large that we cannot quote all of our
line in this space. Call on us; you will
lind what you want.
EOc. quality In both silk and Imported
webs, now 29c.
Another large line of the famous wire
buckle, now 21c.
Mo. quality, now 39c. All now Holiday,
25c. and 35c. quality, now zlo._
All the grades of Press Gloves, In all
colors, at greatly reduced prices. Big out
In Wool and Men's Working Gloves.
MEN'S DRESS SHIRTS."
(White and Colored.) , f
White, unlaundrled, 39c. . vif
White, laundricd, 4Sc. >}'??? "*
White?. Pleased Bosom, C9c.
Best qualities, S9c.
Men's Colored Stiff Bosom, 50o. and
75c. quality, now 42c.
$1 quality, now C9c.
$1.25 quality, Manhattans. 89c.
Good Wool Working Shirts at 420.
Our $1.55 and $1.50 grades of both Stiff
and Soft Hats, now 98c.
Our $2 Guarantee Stiff and Soft Hats.
In nil the late shapes and colors, $1.69.
Our 50c. quality, now 42c.
Our 75c, $1 and $1.25 quality, now 89c.
There Is also a big assortment of Dress
Suit Cases, Jewelry, Cartels and a great
many things that are kept in a Mens
Outfitters, all to go at cost. If you want
to karu what big bargains mean call
P>ge>^?*r York Olotlni^o: Coijtip?jtiy
TUB LEKDING HOUSE IN PORTSMOUTH,
?21-5: Higli Street - = _Ports ith onth, Va.
DOES YOUR PROPERTY RPlY YGU ?
Tf not, why do you not place it In the hands of an nprnt of experience and known reliability?
This office has been successfully managing some of the largest estates In the eti\ tor the past fifteen years, and its
success Is th>> best evidence ot its mcTlt. You w II get n check one each month, t mbrnclng all your rents, and a comprehen?
sive statement, showing the standing of your tenants. WE WILL COLLECT ENOUGH ADDITIONAL RENTS TO PAY
THE COMMISSION, AND SAVE YOU AHE THE WORRY AND TROUBLE. Begin With the New Year. Call or write and
I will see you.
JOHN L. WATSON, Portsmouth, Va.
ciers and president of the Georgia and
Alabama railroad, left here to-day for
BaM 1 more in connection with a rallrctad
deal comprising the purchase of the
Seaboard Air Bine and its consolidation
with the Georgia and Alabama, to
make, with other eonnections, a
through lino from Washington to Jack?
sonville. The connecting links between
Washington and Rldgewny.N. C,where*
the Seaboard Air Line is reached, will
be the Richmond, Petei-sburg and Car?
olina road, now under construction
south from Petersburg, and for which
necessary property was recently bought
In this city for a right of way through
the city and ample depot facilities. Be?
tween hero and Washington the Rich?
mond, Fredcrlcksburg and Potomac
railroad und the Pennsylvania line is
to be used. Mr. John L. Williams de?
clined to-nOght to discuss the deal. He
practically, admitted most of the- facts
above stated. II is said Hint the largest
capitalists in Richmond are heavy in?
vestors In the big scheme, and if car?
ried t'hrough the headquarters of the
company will be located here.
"Mr. John Skelton Williams was seen
at the the Stafford last night," says the
American, "and while he would not go
into details respecting the deal on foot,
he practically admitted that the ulti?
mate design of t'he syndicate Is to con?
solidate the Georgia and Alabama, Sea?
board Air Line and connecting lint
WHAT THE DEAL WOULD COST, j
The Sun states that, "if the report?
ed figure of $200 a share is correct, it
will take considerably 'less than $2,Qu0.
0(10 to huy otIL the pooh wh'Ar tile coot
of securing the entire common stock
would he about $2.100.000. For this sum
the syndicate would secure control of
a system running from Norfolk to At?
lanta. Ga, with a number of feeders
and branches, and aggregating about
1,000 miles of railroad. Embracing
twelve corporations the combined cap?
ital stock of the system is $5,882,750, and
the total bonded debt is $17.112.000. For
the fiscal year, which ended June 30,
1S0S, the receipt? of the system from
all sources were $4.011.554. Of this sum
the gross income was $1,403,619, anil the
net income $268,965. This road reaches
a number of important cities, and
brought Into a combination with the
Georgia and Alabama and .'tich other
lines that might be built by the syndi?
cate, it would bo 'rounded out into a
THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED.
For a long time the Seaboard has
been aiming to get a through rail route
to the North, and i: is likely that this
will be one of the first moves of the
syndicate. There is a project to build
to Richmond, from a connection with
the Seaboard system, which would fill
in the gap and make possible such a
The Georgia nnd Alabama Is the
shout route from Montgomery, Ala., to
Savannah, Ga.. and connection with
the Seaboard Air Line could be made
by building a new road through the
belt of territory which now separates
these two systems. Mr. John Skelton
Williams, of Richmond, president of
the Georgia and Alabama, is one of
tin- leading spirits in the syndicate
which lias offered to buy the Sea?
THE NEW OFFICERS.
Tf the deal is consummated Mr. John
Skelton Williams will no doubt be
placed at the head of the new system,
either as president or general manager.
While the new system will have a
straijrht all-rail route between Balti?
more and Atlanta, and Portsmouth will
lie on a spur of 'the main line, the fact
tli.it it will he the connecting poh t for
the steamboat lino will enhance Its
prominence as a terminal point Instead
of detracting from it.
Of course nothing oonld be learned as
to where the general ofilces of the new
system would be, or what change
would bo made in the officials, but
thero seems to be little doubt that di
Vision offices wHI be retained here at
the very least.
The following Assoeiated Press tele?
gram received last night explains Itself:
Baltimore, Jan. 4.?The report con
cerning the proposed purchase of tlie
Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad Com?
pany, parent corporation of the Sea?
board Air Line system, is officially con?
firmed. The syndicate which has bid
for the property, subject to the ap?
proval of the owners of three-fourths
of the stock pooled with Messrs. Louis
McLane and Legh R Watts, is com
posed of Baltimore, Richmond and New
John Skelton Williams, president of
the (leorgia. and Alabama Railroad
Company, Is "the moving spirit In the
transaction, and It is understood that
he will be president of the company
when control is transferred to the syn?
The price agreed upon Is J2oO a. share,
which is $7ii a Share more than was Of?
fered for a controlling interest In the
property two years ago by Thomas F.
A member of the syndicate said to?
day that It is the intention of the new
owners to continue the company a:-, an
Independent system, though he admit?
ted that a line might ultimately ba
buiK from Atlanta to the Seaboard's
Southern terminus, to Montgomery,
where connection would be made with
the Georgia and Alabama. The ins?
tance between these points is 178 miles.
This would make a, through line from
Washington to Jacksonville. _ |
(Continued on Eleventh Page.)
[ IliC'il City of Portsmouth, Va.,
January 4lh, lf-99.
t Owing to tho existence of smallpax in
the City of Norfolk, In Norfolk County
adjacent to tho city, ami the occurcnce of
three cases within this city during the
past two days, the Hoard of Health, while
realizing the very mild nature of the dis
easo and the general good Sanitary con?
dition of our city, deems It necessary, as
the best possible means of preventing the
spread of the disease, that all persons
should be vaccinated.
Therefore, the Hoard of Health hereby
requests all persons who have not been
successfully vaccinated within the past |
two years to be vaccinated without delay. |
Any person or persons t-o poor to have
this service rendered by a private physi?
cian can bo vaccinated at the expense of
the city by applying to Dr. George H.
Carr. olllcj 337 High street.
By order of tho
BOARD OF HEALTH.
I".. THOMPSON, Jr.,
jan-5t . C. C.
Ledger and Portsmouth Star copy i> times
Kotice I? hereby Klven that iho firm
of RICHARDSON it OGG, Stone Con?
tractors, has this day been dissolved by
the withdrawal of Mr. ALFRED RICH
Referring to th.- above, notice is given
that Mr. A. tvG<: and Mr. A. WALKEH
have this day formed a copartnership
and will conduct the business of stone
cutting In all of its branches, and will
settle the affairs of the late firm of Rich
I srdroh SL opg
j We shall continue to serve our patrons
i at the oid .stand, on Glasgow street, at
Cedar Grove Cemetery Kate.
Portsmouth, .Va., December 1S9S.
US'. . I'.
MTJR.DEN.--At the residence of his pa
rents, No. 32t Randolph street, Ports?
mouth, Va., January 8. 1M>9, at 3 p. m.
UI?MI.\Rl> MEADS MUHOBN. eldest
smii ..I David VV. and Josse D. Murden,
aged years 0 months and in days.
Puni from the residence THIS
(Thursday) AFTT9RNOON at 3 o'clock.
Friends and acquaintances are respect?
fully invlli'd 1o attend._
T OST.?AN ANOORA OAT, BB
.1 i tweon Mieles- Mill and tho ferry.
Suitable reward '.f returned to Dicks'
o.NKY DOST. ? MONDAY NIGHT,
between Dr. P. S. Hop?-'* of lice and
317 Hflingham street, on High street, a
purse containing n stun of money near
$20.00, Reward If left at Portsmouth of
lico of the yirglnlnn-rilot. Jal-3t_
FOR RENT?FURNISHED HOUSE,
;> rooms, on Port Norfolk car line;
Hill avenue, near Second street. Pinner's
Point. Address H., I'ortsmouth ofllco
A NT El >. ? ? nTpE GENT f .E MAN
or gentleman and wife can obtain
a Nice Room In private family, with or
without hoard, at reasonable rate 1105
Washington street. Jal-lw
TWO (2) CAR LOADS OF
FRESH MINED COAL
H. B. WILKINS,
1213 WASHINGTON STR'K 10T.
?r*?-s to perfection on top of the Alle
Bhanles, My third lot of the pnro flour
Just In. Continuous use proves its merit.
Alaplo Syrup accompaniments. Nichols' '
Crushed Oats Is the highest grade break
fast dish obtainable.
E. R. HARKS DA EE.
l.j Court street.
Hell 'phone. 2293. no25-6m
Mr. A Richardson having withdrawn
from tbi- firm of RICHARDSON & OOO,
sir,i;e Contractors, wishes to inform the
building trade and public generally that
he is prepared to furnish estimates on all
kinds of building and cemetery stono
work. Residence 810 Middle street, or
new 'phone, after January 2d, 1S0D.
FUN! FUN H FUN!!!
At the great MOCK COURT
TRIAL, under the auspices of the
I'ortsmouth Y. M. C. A., in Elks'
TUESDAY EVENING, JE 10.
? One of our prominent citizens will
be charged with the larceny of a
Pipouti) Rogk Booster.
Regular Court Rules. Startling
Developments. Ludicrous Situations.
Local Hits. An Evening of Refined
Prices: Admission, 35 cents; re?
solved seals 50 cents. Tickets on sale
at Y. M. C. A. Building, commencing
Thursday, January 5. 9 a. m. Doors
open at 7. Court called S p.m. ja5-tf
HAVE Y?U BOUGHT
YOUK XMAS GOQDS?
If not, look at our Prices.
Seeded Raisins, 10c. per package.
Cleaned Currants. 10c. per package.
Finest Citron. 12V4c. per pound.
Figs, in 's-lb. boxes, ?e. per box.
Finest l.t.v - r Raisins, 12f6e. per pound.
Errtion Peel lJi.ic. p'-r pound.
Orange Peel, I2',jc. per pound.
.Iii..: received a large lot of the famous
Brownie Brand Peaches. Nothing finer
than this fruit.
C. W. HUDGINS &, CO.
Roth Phones 802. Crawford street.