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VOL. 175 (Old Series.- VOL XX. (N-wSerieO NO. 51 WILLIAMSBURG. VA-. -AY 15 . WI3. ' _? V ?UWM YIAM
HAPPENINGS OF THE WFIKI
GOSSIP Of THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Messrs. T. H. Geddy, N. L. Hen
ley aod K. L. Spencer, accompa?
nied by Dr. Thomas N. Potts, went
down to Warwick courthouse Mon?
day to attend court.
This has been the coldest May on
record in this section. Sunday aod
Monday nights were cold and a
heavy frost fell. Ice formed at To?
ano. While damage has been done
the early potato and other crops, it
is believed that no permanent injury
will result. Many people in town
saved their tomatoes by covering
them. The cold nights have re?
tarded the growth of all crops.
Mr. Scott, who purchased the
Amos Loagsbore place west of
town, is expected here soon to spend
the summer. The house has been
overhauled and repaired for the
Mr. Cary Branch, of Toano. thc
well known trucker, was in Williams?
burg Monday morning, on his way
Hon. H. U. Stephenson and Mr
E. T. Martin, of Toano, were ii
Williamsburg Tuesday to attend i
meeting of the stockholders of thi
Peninsula Bank. Dr. Stephenson
who is a prominent physician an<
surgeon, left on the evening train to
?x Richmond on orofessional businesi
K. K. Lee, a son of the lau Cai
ter Lee and a grand nephew of th
great Confederate chieftain, Gen. V
E. Lee. was a Williamsburg visiu
Mr. D. A. Powers, ot Magrude
-was a Williamsburg visitor Tuesda;
He reports that wells are dr /ing i
in Bruton district and that tl
t drought continues there with bi
effect upon crop prospects.
Mr. Gregory Spencer, Jr.,
Newport News, spent Sunday he
Mr. Z. G. Durfey, of the Sti
Road force, spent a couple of da
here the first of the week with M
Hon. M. H. Barnes, of Pro
dence Forge, spent last Sund
here with his family.
Prof. J. W. Ritchie, director
the William and Mary Sum:
i Session, has every reason to exp
a large attendance at the term wi
it opens in Dublin on June 18. 1
session will last six weeks, dos
Mr. and Mrs. Collin Cooper,
Washington. D. C., spent sev
days here this week. Mr. Coo
who is an artist of note, sketchi
number of places of historical ic
' est in and near Williamsburg.
Dr Thomas N. Potts, presi
elder of the Eastern Shore dist
with headquarters at Salisbury,
spent Monday and Tuesday hei
MR. COLE ELECTED REGISTR
The Williamsburg electoral t
has elected Mr. H. D. Cole reg
to succeed W. C. Johnston, resit
Thc latter has held the office
1902, haying been appointed a i
ber of thc board of registrars b
Constitutional Convention. It
office that is not much sought
but is really one of the most re
sible In connection with the el
machinery of the state.
Mr. Cole has posted notices
be will register voters next Tai
May 20. Those who have n
ready registered should do sc
before that day. Those qa
may register -tay time. Se
jroux name it upon tht poll bo
HULD1NG ITS OWN
Last Saturday waa Farmer's
Auction day. and while farmers
were more conspicuous by their ab?
sence than their presence, the sale
was successful and all who patro?
nized it seemed satisfied. Ot course
the loyal few were there with their
live stock and other articles for aale,
but very few new faces were seen,
showing mat as usual the farmers
are holding back and denying these
sales the support they should give
with a cordiality and enthusiasm the
enterprise merits, Bot as some peo?
ple have "to be shown." perhaps a
few more months will open the eyes
of those who will not see.
Mr. Mouquin. who has been the
biggest patron of the sales and to
whose individual support is due
much of its suocess. writes The Ga?
zette: "Williamsburg and the Pen?
insula have had on the second Sat?
urday of every month, for the last
six montbs an auction market, be?
ginning at ll a. m., which have
been a great success. Anyone car
sell here what he does not ne,*d anc
can realize on it in a quick way
Those who want anything at a rea
sonable price can get ic without go
ing to Chicago. Most of the good
sold there are delivered free at tb
Williamsburg station or to the home
around. At least the Williamsburi
market has the glory of a great ec
terprise. not so big. however, as th
Panama Canal. We have to than
the committee in charge for the
kind considerations and also Cap
Maynard for tbe beautiful mark
place on old and new historic
Mr. Mouquin last Saturday so
calves, lambs, pigs, lumber and ha
and he says the prices realized we
good and he got the cash on tl
spot. He linds that the market
the best way to get rid of his si
plus stock and has never yet fail
to get fair returns for what he ofi<
The next auction will be held hi
on the second Saturday in Jut
In the meantime let the farmers i
their things together and bring th
to this sale. Tney cannot afford
let the market day go by deft
now, just when it is growing int
permanent thing of inestimable va
Holdcroft. Va.. May 12?
other of Charles City's gallant
diers has answered the last roll
Mr. Fleming Binns, a membei
Company K. 53rd Va. Reg.. F
etts Division, passed away at
home in Claremont last week.
Binns, who was 83 years ot
was a native cf this county, w
he spent the most of his life, is
vived by his wife and
The smallpox scare has
abated. Dr. Ashton Harwood,
has been very ill with the dis
is now much improved. Many
arc being reported in different
tions of the county; vaccinate
proceding as rapidly as pos:
The so called quarantine is not
observed by many who have
exposed to tha disease. Wit!
coming of warm weather it i
after, i licved that the danger will soc
psssed and that normal cond
will prevail. No services wer
at thc various churches yestt
The meeting of the Jr. O. I
and all public gatherings have
The frost of this week baa
mach damage to early craps
sections of the county. Tho*
have planted corn are very u
i on or
oki. faning t poor ita nd.
IMMORTAL POEMS, CLEVER EDITORIALS |*
ON THE WILLIAMSBURG CLOCK;
A PKETTV AND APPEALING THEME FOR THE
FACETIOUS NO LONGER EXISTS
The Gazette, in order to preserver
for the delectation of future bistort.)
ans. in this column reproduces al
clever coitorial from the Richmond j
Times-Dispatch, as weli as a couple
of poems that have found their way)
to this office. Some day it
make icterestir g reading.
But the clock is running again,
and the theme for the clever writer,
tha poet acd the paragrapher, is lost.
The council, thinking the town too
poor for such extravagence, cut off
the annual appropriation of $50
Later, after securing a magni.
I they found $25 in the town
treasury and promptly appropriated
that toward winding and caring for
the clock in Bruton church tower.
A competent man could not be se
cured for $25. so Councilman R L,
Spencer decided to appeal to the
public and by Tuesday morning he
had secured an additional $25. so
the town clock (which, by the way,
is an Episcopal clock) was set going
Tuesday morning. True it is run?
ning a little fast, but it is just trying
to make up for lost time.
The people of Williamsburg an
very happy that they can again nea:
the me.low stroke of the clock
"All's well that ends well." but w<
do feel sorry for the Newport New
and Richmond papers in the loss c
a pet theme.
ld Once we wrote of LaOtus-lidde
y. Williamsburg, where the drows
re folks forgot election day. To forg<
he seemed to us a good way of mai:
is raining the peaceful serenity of li
ir- unfretted and unvexed by the druc
ed and tramplings of the dynastii
cr- Now the Lotus-burgers have coe
upon a way of solving all thi
rte troubles, and of banishing carki
ae, care forever. They have seized
get eternity and bound it captive; th
em have won immortality for all th
1 to dreaming. In short, they have i
mit cided to let the clocks stop. 1
o a City Council refuses longer to wa
tlue money having the clock in Bru
parish tower wound.
Time has always worried Williai
burg. The people didn't know w
to do with it. There was so in;
An- of mt, It was so persistent. Tl
sol. tried abolishing the calander.
call, time kept up. Now they will
of time by stoping the clock.
;cl_. There is a malicious rumor that
his unwound clock has stirred the ai
Mr. of many to fever heat. This
age j plain lie. The native Williamsbu
never stirs. He never lets his a;
be aroused for fear it might ari
the rest of him. He regards a f
as a breach ot decorum.
No one really believes that
town of twilight and of dreams c
for the clock. It has too n
sense. It doesn't care when it
up?if ever; or when it goes to
if never. Everything can noa
put off until to-morrow, and
morrow will never come. Belle
whom the relentless passing of
made life miserable can forget
birthdays. Notes can bc exte:
until judgment day. Comm
litions \ ment week at the college can tx
I held longed for months. Life will c
one thing after another. It ***
just one thing.
Williamsburg, by this simp
vice, hath become sub specie a<
tts. the goal of all our hope
wiil be crowded by tackers
Nirvana. Who will cara to
hustling Richmond, or mad
fork, when he can dwell in the ever
og Sabbaths ot Lotusburg? O
e blissful village where noaa
shall ever ripe and ripe or rot and
rot; where time is symbolized by
the morning-glory and the
where slumber is unbroicen
by harsh warnings; where mealtime
is the only alnunac! Out upon the
miscreant who dares import an
Ingersoll Not even a sundial shall
re-xind you of stealing death. In
winter you will hibernate, and io
summer you will aestivate, and at
night you will sleep, and ir thc
take a nap, and never a clock di
(Wednesday's Times- Dispatc I
"Official notice was served
ty on The Times-Dispatch that
never again can "lotus-iidde
liatnsburg" be dow. The
little city that once was the capital
of Virginia has redeemed itseir. and
has become a rast town.
"Not long since an editorial article
in this newspaper referred to various
sights an4 scenes in the historic city.
One of them was the town clock,
that, perched en the tower of old
Bruton Church, had stopped ai
though never to go again. The con?
cludion drawn was that thc people ol
.amsburg had no need to know
the time, and were happy in thi:
creupon, citizens got busy
d It seems that in former years thi
y city council had made an annua
et | appropriation of $50 to keep up th
tt-'.clock and to provide time for th
opie. But, hard times touchin
?r treasury, this was discontinuec
J the clock stopped. After tk
ac newspaper article appeared, a con
?at" mittee went around and got t
ag private subscriptions enough to p
"n the clock on its pendulum again.
cy "The works were tamed on at
. clock yesterday morning, ard t
**** hearts of the population were gla
-c ened bv the sight of sometn.
tm moving. Ail day crowds stood
ton the street and saw it move.
largely-signed notice to The Timi
Jispatch was circulated and piac
hat ia the hands of Captain William
M>ers. of Richmond, who chane
to bc there, for delivery to the
"Most important of all, by 5
o'clock, when Captain Myer's ti
left, the clock had gained five n
utes. and not for a moment dui
the day had it been slow."
The Quest of the Time of Da)
"I prithee, ancient graybeard ma
The kindly tourist said,
"What is the matter with yon eli
Has iu machinery gone to hock
Oh. why does it not tick and tc
Is its sweet bell voice dead?"
bed,! The ancient native bowed his h
"I really cannot say I know
Why yonder clock does never g
Except the Council Jw illed .it so
time j Ihe graybeard native said.
"Except thc council willed it so
The tourist loudly cried.
ence-j "Yon sorely do not mean to sa)
i pro- Your councillors refuse to pay
ot be j For knowledge of thc time of d
ill bc j Have they no civic pride?"
"They used to have, when i
The ancient native said,
"This town ia fall of mea who
Within their togara sach phd
Bat they alu, art fast asleep;
LIGHT CHANGE IN |l
The new postmaster of YTJItiaiaaa
-Jward M. Lea. a toa
rf tuc late Edward M. Lee. for
nany year** steward of thc
kati HoavM. Mr. John
haa bean thc efficient clerk
ind-et Po i master Peachy for faa
?_st year, will be rcttiacd ia kit
present position at ta inruaiail sal?
ary. His experience tin thc offiet
?od his popularity -with thc peop?e
make his ts valuable la thc
ic. Toe principal obie ct ia
making a change in tba -personae! of
the * BffCt was the desire ot
lal to fill these ot
with men. especially that of assistant
whose salary is paid by
, osttaaster himself, not by the
government. The change is not in
tc oded as a reflection on sny ona, in
any man ur r
Ihe retiring postmaster aad his
ent assistant have mered thc
people loot aad faithiraUly and they
go out c ?* ith the respect aad
taaacm of everybody. Thc hope ot
the new regime is to give thc very
best service possible. Both Mr.
Peachy and Mrs. Ware have gener?
ously offered to lend every assist*
-ance to thc new force tad ase it -well
on its way. all of which is
Magruder, Va.. May 13?Miai
H-xei Saxby spent Sunday with ma
parents. Mr. and Mrs. Edwarc
Mr. W. B. Schenck.of h*ir.hna?d
ed our community last week.
Mr. Ira Landrum spent Sunda
last v Mother's Day i at his -Hame i
Mr. Clarence Newman, of Nee
port News, spent thc week-end wit
his mother. Mrs. C J. Newman.
Spottswood Council No. 35. J
O. U. A M. presented our echo
with a flag and Bible last Ihursd.
a.ternooc. Ine exercises were bo
impressive and inspn
We have been informed that c
school league has raited sa
funds which, when au_-rentee?
the usual appropriation from i
district sebe-ol board and thc st
board of education, will parches
school library. Wc will welco
Mr. John Leath. of New*;
News, spent Tuesday here on t
In fact, kind sir. they're dead."
"Perhaps the town is sleeping, to
Ihe tourist said, dismayed.
"I noticed as I wandered thro
That no oae hat a Urang to do.
. your city council ruc
This timely escapade."
"I've often heard my father si
Replied thc ancient maa.
"The Clock was once a useful a
To tell what he called "time of
What that doth mean we cannot
Perchance, kind sir, you cat?"
He Slop pa* J the Old Church CU*
Tick! Tick! Tock!
He's stopped thc old church ci
Go find thc peerless bootter.
Who with so mach vim aad psi
Espoused taa ctatt ol pra-grcas
To the voters far aod wide.
In the cowcila.ame body
He's proven quite a bete.
He stilled the voice al tha old
Which rang oct faa viii**- gn
Tick! Tick! Tock!
He's stopped tha old church i
AFT. Mri I WK MES
MT AFTtt IMS lLLKJJ
Hoa. Jone S. Wite
if Mrs. Aaa Wisc Hobson, aad
ia sade of Miaa Virginia Piachv
?Vise, of this c?ty. died Maaday at
ibaat 12 o'clock ia thshomiofhia
woo, Henry A. Wise, saar
Md. Capt. VV se
haas of haa brother, -ase las Dr.
Richard A, Wise, aaember of Coav
grce* Tom tba* district, a-adadb
tiaaaiihad tarawa in the Coafeder
ate War. Capt. Wisc aa weil
kcown by many Wilhaambarg pas
s son. Hos. Henry A. Wt* .
j mimed Miaa Henrieta
ot thc moat
ot thc state, a daughter of Dr.
Mr*. EG. Booth, of this 4
He had been practically aa invalid
for thc past six yeats aad la
months his death
peat winter was apeat by hat ia a
hospital at Byra Ma arr.
ieiphia. which be left May 6.
tag to hia home. 'Kiptopeafcc. ' ia
Northampton County. Va. Ha
stopped over at tha aaasmtr rnai
Diatrict Attorney Haary A. Wim.
of aaar New Yara, aear taaccas
Aaaa. aad aooa after hia arri va', he
wss stricken wtth paeamoaa.
Joha Seresaat Wiat waa boca oa
Harrami 27. 1 hmo, at Rio da J awe
no. Braaii. to which maa* j Us
rather. Henry A. Wise, aa minis
.er -rom tbs United Steam. Haary
A. Wise served hat State ia Coa?
ttest, and waa Goctiaei d Vicfia
ia. He waa easily oaa of tba maa!
fliirinaaiibarl Aeaeriesa dtaaaaa ol
j .ns dsy. His wife, tbs as thar af
Wisc, was Miss Sarah Ser?
geant, daughter of Jobs ScEgnaat,
Bomber ox a promiaeat Peaacyl
vama family, leading Ceagresemaa
aad -one-time caadfc-aate lor Vxa
icn the war ended, -st catered
aw daaa ot tba Uaweraiiyaf
Virginia, wheace he
1867. with thc degree ot
of laws. He at once
practice of his protessu.a ta Rich?
mond, aaaa forming a
with his father, which
unu. thc latter's death ia 1876 Ha
aoon cams to tba ta eal as a lawyer.
I i :ew yean ba tock a
position vu the bar of tnt
>ort mg eagaoed ** ***y
On November 3. 1869, bs marncd
Miaa Evelyn Beverly Doaajat. ol
Nashville. Tana. Sba mvieca bias
Slates Armv. who
himself for gallantry ii tbe
od Ssa Jaaa ia 189a aad ia
ia the Philippians; Hean
Wise, msjor ia tba fourth United
?**.,.., 1* i I un fr ta final! ? frat t*^M?
aaat vouasmer asaaamy m ems
Spanish-American War, aad antU a
few weeks ago Unatad States Dis?
trict Attorney for New York; Jo-bo
S. Wisc. Jr., of New Yora\ vb*
served as hi sf am aider hasbro
thcr ia tba Speewah Wa
Mrs. Ferriee Barney, wt
Comic*. Va; Cote*
Cropper Wise, i ??aimrn al
dets aad profeaaor ia asa Ul
Byrd Donate* Wise
Tha f aaa rat efl* mts
morea** alli o'clock*
aad bahai wi* ba la Hdlywaod.
Robert m. Uaasaj.
formerly of New York,