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WATT, RETTEW & CLAY. | "NORFOLK'S GREATEST STORE." j WATT, RETTEW & CLaY.
'NORFOLK'S GREATEST STORE'"
WATT, RETTEW & CLAY.
"NORFOLK'S GREATEST STORE." I WATT, HETTEW & CLAY
The complete upheaval of odds and ends creates
bargains of "true blue" quality!
Irresistible money-savers are quoted in our to-day's ad.,
brought about through.our firm determination to quickly sell every
odd and end, broken size, short length and to-be-discontinued line
that the store contains.
Every department sends forth its full quota of bargains?bar?
gains that have the joyous money-saving ring and that will as surely
redound to your immediate benefit as the buying of gold dollars at
To our public this sale marks the final merchandising
event of importance of the present century?an event that
will add new and lasting laurels to our already fairly
won reputation of being your best and most thor?
oughly appreciative servants.
A Triumphal Entry
Into the New Century,
Every item a bargain!
A most opportune event. The entire winter is still ahead
of you. Bargain chances such as these mean much to you.
$ 8 Coats, now $4.
$10 Coats, now 5.
$12-Coats, now $6.
$15 Coats, now $7.50.
Clearance Prices on Taiior=made Suits.
We'll not go into details?simply say that suit bargains
such as these are to be had only at "&(prfoWs Greatest
At the prices quoted, these suits stand for true suit excel?
lence and great monev-saving possibilities. None but this
season's suits are shown?every one newt
$7, $8, #10, $12. $13, m up to $20.
Remnants of Dress Goods and
Silks at Half Price!
Short lengths of black and colored Dress Goods and
Silks?plain and fancy?will be thrown on the counters and
quickly scattered to eager buyers at exactly half their former
Remnants of Linings w^'ll also go at half price
Remnants of Table Linens I
Remnants of French Flannels!
Remnants of Silkolines!
Remnants of Check & Stripe Muslins!
At Greatly Reduced Prices!
Waists, Skirts and Wrappers.
Lace Curtains?less than cost.
There's only one pair of
a pattern?slightly soiled from
}6 Ecru Curtains?$2.
S I Ecru Curtains?$1 S9.
$:i Ecru Curtail.s?il c9.
$2.5u Ecru Curtains.?9Sc.
$?.25 Ecru Curtains?i&c.
$4 White Curtains?$2.
$3 White Curtains?$l.K9.
$2.60 White Curtains?$1.19.
$2 White Curtains?9Sc
We will enter the initial year of the
new century with every indication of do?
ing the largest business in our history*
this after establishing a record in both vol?
ume and value in the closing year of the
century about to end.
No patronage of such gigantic pro?
portions can be retained except by su?
preme effort. Effort to do greater and
better things, ever, is what has made
Watt, Rettew & Clay
Norfolk's Greatest Store."
The effort will be most strenuous in jf
1901. We will enter the century with the |jj
confidence born of experience and the j|
strength that comes of success.
We will nnyf th* U<*tf nf everything from manufacturers everywhere? &
controlling hundrens of styles and patterns of which we have first pick f
always. This is a stereotyped claim, but with us it means something. If \\
you know it-well and good. If you don't?pardon the suggestion that it's \\
high time you did. ^
Toys, Dolls, Books, Etc.
Black Taffeta Waists?full corded
.front?stitched lapels. Were $G,
$5 Black hemstitched Taffeta Pllssc
Waists at VS.'J*.
$5 Colored Taffeta Waists?cadet, ce?
rise and helio?at 3.69.
$i Flannelette Waists?red, blue, gray,
hello and old ro.-e, with polka, dots
und bow knots, at 7'Jc
F,0c. Flanncletc Waists?red, light blue
and old rose, with black polka dots,
$2 Flannetlotte Wrappers?all Rood
dark colors?10-inch ruffle around
bottom, a I $1 49.
$1.60 Black Satlne Skirts?14-inch I'm
breliti flounce?11 rows of cording,
a i $1.
GOc. Black Saline Skirt:-- deep ruffle, ::
rows of cot ding, at Me.
Oakley's 25c. Toilet Water, at 19c.
Oakley's Extract?two bottles In a box
?were 60c?at 39c., the box.
25c. Viololto Soap?3 cakes In a box
Eight packages of regular De, Toilet
Paper for 25c.
Five Cakes of regular 10c, Cuticle
Soap for 10c.
Broken packages of 10c. Writing Pa?
per for Sc.; 15c, at 10c.
Knit Goods reduced.
87">4o. Fascinator.-:?whlto and colors?
$1.G0 Ice Wrool Shawls?white?$1. V
ones, at $1.50.
Good Bleached Cotton?4%c.
Remnants ol 10c, Bleached Cotton at
Remnants of heavy Unbleached Cotton
Remnants of 75c Velours at 35c. the yard.
39c. Sterling Novelties, 13c.
Glove buttoners, seals, curlers, cuticle knives, wax
holders, stamp moisteners, tweezers and paper knives?ster?
ling silver handles?former prices were 19c, 2$c. and 39c, to
go to-morrow at the uniform low price?i?c* each.
$2.75 Comb and Brush Set:., in boxes?
12 I lair Brushes?$1.50.
S'j 1- ia:-k and Cup?$4.
$2.69 Ebony Hulr Brushes?sterling sil?
ver trimmed -$2.25; S2 at il f.o.
$2.60 Military Brush?sterling back?
52 Eli.my Clohtse Brush?sterling sil?
ver i rimmed?$1 50.
sv. clove Stretchers?69c
69c Pen I loldors?J60c.
$1 Pearl Handle Pen Holders and Pen
6-Bo', Pencils?76c : r>9c, at 60c
2Sc Oxidized Cigar Clips?15c.
toe. Book Marks?26c
I0e. canton Planne!?8%c.
I2V&0. Ticking?4 styles?inc.
8c. Scotch Plaid Gingham*?6c.
"D. G. U." Sh iota?90x90-lnchcs?59c.
12',4c. Pillow Coses?tape bolder?9c.
12' ic LlgHl Portales?10c. ?
15c. Plaid Back Coverts?Sc.
:. Ribbed :
\2y2c. Embroideries, 8c.
4',i yard strips of regular 10 and 12'v..
Embroldelca ivlll go on sale to-mor?
row at fcc tho yard. Will bo sold
In si rips only.
Wi.t.- Embroidcrclns that sold at 12'ic.
and 15c. will go at ioc. the yard.
Geh! Soutache Braid?8c. the yard?33c.
the dosen?86c. the piece, 3 dozen.
Remnants of Torchon and Imitation
Torchon Lace and Insertions will
_f... -,t 11 \ I I'IMl l v_
The Nude in Art.
We've a beautiful lot of line nude
ait pictures, in heavy black frames,
embracing eight new and very beau?
The S4 ones, now $}.
The $1.49 ones, now SI.
Men's Goods reduced.
$2.50 Smoking Jackets?sizes 37. 3S and
J5 Smoking Jackets?sizes 31, 40 and 12
Sin Smoking Jackets?size 44?$1.60.
C.i Bath Robi 18?$6.60.
r.'.'e. Silk Suspenders?39c
SI Silk Suspenders?75c.
I'.'c. Fancy Sox -lie.
lue. silk Handkerchiefs?solid colors
hemstitched?3 for 60c
SI Kid Gloves? odd sizes-69c.
White Initial hemstitched Handker?
chiefs? E. L. N. P. It. A. K. H.?ti?jc.
for box of six.
Initial all-llncn hemstitched Handker
chiefs?F, 13. L. J. 8. B. G. P. O. R.
II, A. K. M. D. N.?$1.26 for box of
Plain Hemstitched Handkerchiefs?S5c
for box of six. Were $1.
19c. All-linen hemstitched Hanuxcr
$1.60 Sewing Machines?9Sc.
Photograph Albums?were 60c now
37Vic; were 75c, now 69c,; were i9c?
19e. Paper Dolls? complete dressing
out?2 for 25c.
10c. Yellow Kids?5c.
Largo size Tricycles?No. 5?wero $3.60,
Girls' Tricycle?upholstered seat and
back?was $4.60, now $2.50.
Rocking Chairs and Others?Were 25c,
$1.87 Children's Wicker Rockers?$1.37.
$?'..50 Hair Covered Rocking Hors $5.
$9 Hair Covered Swinging Hors?87,
Hair Covered Horses on platformn
with wheels?were $7. now $5; wore
SI, now $3; were $1.37Mi. now Jl;
were $1, now 76c,
r>0c. liill Climbing Trolley Cars 25c
Iron Freight Trains -were 7.'>c. now
ii9c: were 45c. now IVT'/jO.
Iron Passenger Trains- -were 95c, now
76c; were C9c? now 50c,
Me. iron Combination Trains?39c.
ioc Tranls?engine, tender and coach?
25c. Horse and wagon?sheet iron?19c,
$7.50 Pool Table- $6760.
$J.s7 .Manhattan Pool Table $2.39.
$2 Croklnoie and Checker Board?$1.60.
$I.K7 Ten-game Comlilnation Crokinole
$2.50 Crokinole Board?$2.
69c Iron Toy Range?complete out 111
Sheet ir.m Ranges- brass trimmed?
were $1.69. how $1.49; wero SI, now
75c; wete 75c, now &9c.
69c Tool chests?69c
Boll Top Desks?woro $2.S9, now $2;
were S2 50, now }1 .SO.
Polished <)..k Desk?Chippendale logs
wns $4.50. now 33.69.
legs?was $5.69. now $I.C9.
25c Excelsior Washing Sets?17c.
Game Table?f?u coyered?can bo used
as sewing table?folds Into small
space?was $2.r,o, now $1.^9.
ioc. a. it. O. Blocks?7c
39c. Leather Reins?25c.
$i Bampiot Lamps?$1.60.
$.> Banauet Lumps?$3.50.
IOC, Bohemian Class Vases?7c.
35c Cream Pitchers?26c.
81.60 Salad Bow Is-$1.19.
Busts with pedestal?were f9c, now
39c; were 29c, now 19c.; wero 25c,
10c. Salve Jars, 7c; 25c, at 17c; 17c,
$2 Work Boxes. $1.50; 60c, at C?c; 25c.
75c. Trinket Boxes. 60c; $1 at 75c.
SI Glove MBoxes?75c.
60c. Handkerchief and Jewel Boxes
Miniatures?Caholtc emblems?75c, nt
60c; 6oc, at 29c; 25c, 17c; 19c, at
IOCS 10c. tit 5c.
Platinum Pictures In deep black
frames?were 12V&C, now lOe.
$1 Cb lr Boxes?sine lined ?to keep
cigars moist- Son.
Full size Mahogany ami Oak Rockln?
Chairs?pearl Inlaid backs ? wero
$3.i?9, now J3.
price St. Our former price 60o?
After Bread?Man in Tho Iron Mask?
The Bondman?The Mas serene's?
Mystery of Cloomber?A New Noto
?What Cheer? Uncle Selplo, and a
host of others. Published at 73c.
i>ur former price 25c. Now 19e.
C vol. Sets. Dumas* and Russell's
\% orks. Publishers' price 33.60, at
15 vol. Set. Roosevelt's Works. Pub?
lishers' prtc? $7.50. at $4.50.
5 vol. Set. Hawthorne's and Doyles*
Works. Publishers' pnoo _$1, at
60c. 9 :;M
5 vol. Sets. Optic's and Doyle's
Works. Publishers' prlco $1.50, at;
An exceptionally good line of 12 mo.
cloth bound books to go on sale to?
rn, rrow at 10c. each. 27 different
Our entire Uno of 25c. cloht bound
books?embrocing tho boat tlUos-?
to go at 19c. .
5c. Children's Books? ?c.
ioc Children's Book:?7c.
20c Children's Books?13c
25c children's Hooks?17c.
50c. Children's Books?37'.ic.
The Famous "Elsie" and "Pansy"
Books?beautifully bound la cloth.
Were $1. now iyc.
For The Freedom of the Sea
-y< ]v-OliiUuiuui uf Prance?A
Gentleman Player?Soldier Stones?
By Right of Sword?The Jessnmy
Bride?and others. Publishers'
All 10c Games, now 7e.
All 15c. Games, now 12VGC
All 19e. Games, now 13o,
All 25c Games, now 19c.
All 39c. Games, now 2Dc
All 50c Games, now 37">io?
All 75c. Games now 59c.
All Hoc Games, now 69c
10c. Washablo Dolls-5o,
Oreat Clearance Sale of Handkerchiefs.
All the 10c, Handkerchiefs used in our
holiday d< eolations to g?i at Sc.,
Children's Initial Handkerchiefs?19c,
for box of tht?e-. Were 2.5?.
Children's Colored Border Handker?
chiefs?16c, for box of three. Were
Women's regular 25c, all-linen, large
size handkerchiefs to go at $1.25 tor
box of six.
GI.OVE BARGAIN:?Our $1.25 K?
Gloves?'.ens ond modes?I pearl
buttons?eizes 6-*4 to 6?*?to so at
Throughout tho Store.
Throughout the Store
THAT LEE LETTER.
Dr. J. William Jones Says That
It Is Spurious.
Ho Brings Many Strong Points to Provo
That It Is Not Genuine?General Leo
Expressed Sentiments ??s Noble.
Dr. J. ?William Jones, who was chap?
lain at the University some years ngo,
and who has hosts of friends and ad?
mirers In Virginia, has written the fol?
lowing letter to the Klchiyond Times
attacking the authenticity of a letter
said to have been written by General
Leo to his son before the civil war.
The letter has been going the rounds
of the press lately and is especially
noted owing to the fact that it con?
tains the world-famous dictum, ac?
credited to Lee, that "Duty" .d tin
snbllmest word in our language.
Here are Dr. Jones' comments on the
Editor of The Times:
Sir?I see that you have recently re
produced a letter which went the
rounds of the papers during the ''War
between the States," und has been
published in several books, purporting
to be 'from Colonel Robert K. Lee at
Arlington to his son, Custls, at West
I published In the University Month?
ly, New York, in March, 1S7?, the fol?
lowing article, which, I think, shows
conclusively that the letter is spurious:
"The famous letter purporting to be
from General Lee at Arlington, to his
son. fust is, at VVest Point, is unmis?
takably spurious. Tliis letter, which i.?
published in the November number of
the University Monthly, has long
passed i irrent as giving the key-note
of the lire of the great chieftain.
"It has been very extensively copied
and appears in a number of books
about th<; war. It seems a pity to spoil
all that has been written about it; and
yet we have the highest authority for
saying that General Lee never wrote
and his son never received any such
"Its history Is simply this: In the
early days of the war it was published
In the Northern papers purporting to
be a letter found by a Federal soldier
"Being rtpublished in the South, It
attracted the attention of the Lee
family, and the general stated that he
'? Mid hot remember writing it, and did
j not think that he did,, [a very strong
denial for him]; while his son. G-eneral
Ctistis Lee, was confident that he never
I had received It. Upon the statements
the Richmond Examiner denied Its au?
thenticity, and criticised with some
severity its style.
"But the leV'.er Itself bears internal
evidence of being spurious. It is head?
ed 'Arlington Mouse,' whereas General
Lee and his family were always care?
ful to write simply 'Arlington,' to dis?
tinguish their beautiful home from
"It is dated -April 6th, 1862." Now
at this date General Leo was not at
Arlington, but was at West Point in
the discharge of his duties as suporln
I tendent of the military academy,
where he could have seen his son and
given him proper advice without the
necessity of writing.
"The letter ni I; ; General Lee say,
"I am Jirsi in tins sot of leaving home
for New Mexico. My fine old regiment
! hns been ordered to that remote re
i gion. and I must hasten to see that
j the men are properly tuk?-n care of,'
when he really did not leave West
I Point until 1866?three years after the
; date of this letter. The regiment?-the
j famous Second Cavnlry?was not or
' ganlzed until IST,", and while he might
! well call ti corps 'tin<>' which riuniber
I ed among Its officers such men as
' Albert Sydney Johnson, lt. E. Lee,
;-Wm. J. Hardce, Earl Van Dorn, Klrby
: Smith. Hood. Field, Cosby. Major, pita
> Lee, Ceo. II. Thomas, Johnson. Palmer
i and Stoneman, he would hardly have
I spoken of It as 'old' several years after,
?certainly not three years before?Its
"Besides, there are other parts of the |
letter?especially the story of the old j
Puritan legislator?whicn are not writ?
ten' at all in General Lee's style, and
which V? might com l?de a priori he
did not write.
"The Lee family are so entirely per?
suaded that the letter Is spurious that
Mrs. Lee made special request that it
should not go into the forthcoming
'Lee Memorial'?saying that she want?
ed nothing In that volume which is not
"But the expression. 'Duty Is the
gjubllmest word in our language," did
occur in a letter (at a different date)
from General Lee go his son, and other
sentences of his letter were probably
use l by him at different times.
"The true origin of the letter, then,
seems to be that some ingenious corre- ]
j spohderrt took a number of General ?
i Lee's letters to his son (found at Ar- I
j lington), and manufactured this one.
Which has been so successfully palmed
off on the public.
"But. although he did not write this,
General Lee did write letters as noble
In sentiment and even more felicitous
In expression. Indeed, he was a model
"We have had the privilege of look?
ing over some loose sheets found'Tifter
! his death In General Lee's army sat
'? chel along with his parole and other
papers?with which he had evidently
amused a leisure hour In camp.
"There were quotations from the
Psalms, and from select authors, with
comments of his own, and some line ]
specimens of his chaste, simple style.
On one shew wag written in Iiis well
known, ohara? t. lisuc chlrography, <he
following. Whi i we deem well worthy
of a place in Lie columns of the Uni?
versity Monthly: 'The warmest in?
stincts of every man's soul declare the
glory of the soldier's ileath. It Is more
appropriate "to the Christian than to
the Oreek to sing:
"Glorious his fate and envied his lot.
Who for Iiis country lights und for It
'There Is a true glory and a true
honor. The glory of duly done?the
honor of the integrity of principle/
'Ami certainly In his own pure life.
' he beautifully exemplified this noble
sentiment to duty and has left an ex
amjil-> of devotion to duty which can- (
not be too frequently held up for the
study and imitation of the youth of
"This may be a matter of small mo?
ment, and I am sure that tho Times
desires to be entirely accurate, espe?
cially in all historical matters. I re
member that Mrs. Mary Cuatis Lee,
who did me the kindness to read tho
MS. of my 'Reminiscences, Anecdotes
and Letters of R. E. Lee,' and gave m>*
very valuable material and practical
suggestions concerning it. said in ref
erones to this letter, which I had put
in my original Ms: 'It Is a very good
letter and we have not though; It
worth while to publicly deny Its nil- |
thentlclty, but General Lee did not .
[ write it, and I want nothing to go Into I
your book which is not perfectly au?
"In the name spirit I take the liberty
of .sending the Times this communica?
"J. WILLIAM JONES."
A BOER S UNKIND JOKE.
A trooper in Paget's Horse who was
taken prisoner writes home that the
Roer commandant, slyly pointing to the
u tters P. H. on his prisoner's helmet,
? What does "P. H." stand for?
" 'Perfectly Harmless." "
Shoek old proprieties, cruite local forms.
How Indignation In a moment storms:
Lie, cheat, bribe, steal, thrust orphans
out of doors.
And Indignation In Its armchair
?Harry Lyman Koopman In Morrow
SOMETHING JUST AS GOOD.
W'Have you Dicken's 'Talo of Two
files'?" asked the occasional cus?
"No, sir." replied the new salesman
\ at the book Store, after a glance at the
shelves, "but I see wo have a 'Romance
of Two Worlds,' by Marie Covelll,
: Won't that do? '
l^fc Restes VITAUIT^
GREAT *tS? _
F'.??!?1,1 REMEDY produces the sbove r?a*.
locH-/ '* *>t"*?ry- Slop? all drein? fcSE!
?ti.ica"fS? by eTrcT3 of youth. v/a.-ds off Js. :
?nd S-onaumption. Young Men regain H*?y !
hood arid Old Meri recover Vouthfcl VI?or. H
S I V80!? *fd siaie to ahnmVeo ornu, sud fit?
a man lor business or marriage Easily carried In <
the vest pocket. Price C(\ f*TC 6 Boies
by mail, In pi?.,, pack-JjU L l e, wit* :
written guarantee. DR.itxH VHMIHA, l*?i* .
Oorsttcn Patent Medlcino Rtoro. 2S9
< ."arch St.; Jereni? P. Carr. Portsmouth,-/
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