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EDWARD JETER, REPORTER.
The Richmond Dispatch of the 3rd in?
stant contained a very complimentary
notice of the life and work in Richmond
of Rev. dames Alfred Morehead, pastor
of the first English Evangelical Lutheran
Church, of that'eity, recently called lo
the Lutheran Church 'of this place. It
Is not positively known as yet, but it is
hoped that Mr. Morehead will accept the
A telegram received yesterday at 11
o'clock from Evangelist C. 15. Stroe.se,
stated that Col. J. M. Byars was very
sick in Orlando, Fla., with little hopes of
his recovery. He had started from De
Leon Springs to go to St. Petersburg, but
was taken ''esperately sick in Orlando,
and it is feared by bis physician that his
ehd Is near. His married daughter, Mrs.
Leon Palmer, and her husband will prob
ably leave for Orlaudo in the next twelve
Goo. W. Logan left yesterday for a bus?
iness trip to the city of Atlanta.
The Salem Lodge of the Knights of
Pythias initiated last night four candi?
dates into the mysteries of^the order.
Judge duo. M. Woods, of Koanoke,was
visiting in t he city yesterday.
Evangelist B. 11. Strouse has returned
from Pearisburg, where'he 'has been con?
ducting a scries of religious services. His
co-workers, Messrs. E. II. Marshall and
duo. M. Oakey. dr., have gone to Bristol,
wdiere they will hold their next meeting.
Mr. Strouse and bis assoc'ates will,.we
learn, in a short time, inaugurate a series
of meetings here, the council having
kindly devoted the use of the city hull for
Mrs. F. G. Webber left Wednesday for
Richmond am! Baltimore.
Miss Hattie Wiley, of Crumplers, N.
C, is visiting Mrs. _E. M. Worden, on
Miss Arnold, of Richmond, is visiting
Mr. and Mrs. R.^C. Stenrnes, at their
home ou Development Heights.
A letter has .just been ^received by duo.
It Payne trom Mrs. J, S. Homer, nee
Miss Blanche Marx. It may be of interest
to her Sah-m friends to learn that she is
now living in Caddo, Italian Territory.
Her husband, Mr. Homer, holds the lucra?
tive position of secretary of the, C hoctaw
1!. F. Cannnday is spending a short
vacation here with hisfamily\m Virginia
C. M. Killiiltt, of Augusta county,
brother of our townsman, Dr. .1. P. K11
lian, will,in a few days, remove to Salem,
where he will open a handle factory in
the Fitzgerald building on 'the wesl side
of Roanoks river. Mr. Klllian was, dur?
ing t ie- boom, one of our most cuterpris
itig and substantial citizens, and bis re?
turn will be hailed with pleasure by bis
many Salem friends.
Miss Allie fox, who h is been visiting
friends in Bluefield, returned home yes
Judge Henry E. Klair. who a short
time ago delivered an eloquent oration in
the Old Opera House in Roanoko before
the iVatts Confederate Camp,has received
a letter from the camp thanking him in
chaste and beautiful*larguagu for the ad?
dress, with a rennest that a copy of the
-.aim- be furnished them as a memento to
spread on the minutes and keep among
?t in archives of the old [soldiers.
Two marriage licenses were issued Wed?
nesday from the clerk's office, one lo
-lohn Truvey Kiugery and Miss Lizzie
Francis Feather, the ether to Joseph Ed?
ward Hundley and Miss Jennie Cundid'.
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Knoxville, Tenn , March 4.?The con
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opened here this morning, dodge Pays,
of Jackson, was chosen president of the
meeting ami work began. Ten Mate-,
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gates The conference will last for three
days, but it is generally believed that the
plan to wind up the nil airs of the associ?
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The House Paid Him a Graceful
BY A RISING VOTE THE SPEAKER
WAS THANKED FOR HIS IMPAR
J.T1AL RULINGS DURING THE SES?
SION JUST CLOSED?A MARKED
CONTRAST TO THE PREVIOUS
SESSION?HE HIGHLY COMMEND?
ED THE NEW M KM HERS.
Washington, March 1 ?Roth houses of
Congress were, since last night, niter
untelv in recess and in .sessiou, hearing
the reports ol conference items no to the
moment when the House adjourned sine
(lie and the proceedings in the Senate
merged into the Inauguration ceremonies.
The scene and temper of the tinal ad?
journment of the House were in marked
contrast with those of Fifty first Con?
gress, when Mr. Reed was concluding his
first service as speaker. Then, owing to
the partisan rancor which had manifest?
ed itself nt various limes during the
Congress, no member of the minority
would offer the usual resolution of
thanks to the speaker for his administra?
tion of ?he duties (if the chair.
To day all that was changed. In the
course of this Congress, Speaker Reed's
conduct and at t it Ilde towards public mat?
ters have frequently been referred to by
Democratic members iu terms of praise,
and Mr. McMtllin, the lender of the min?
ority, presented the resolution of tlltiuks
and supported it. in >v brief speech, com
mending the speaker, couched in the
On motion of Mr. Livingston, of Geor?
gia, the question was decided by u rising
vote, the entire body rising with much
enthusiasm. The result of the vote was
announced by Speaker pro tern. Doekery
amid applause on all sides.
Speaker Reed was summoned from his
room, and as he came in the door the
members rose to their feet, applauding
as they did so. He remained on the
steps a moment while Mr. Doekery an?
nounced the action of the House to him.
The Speaker's usually impassive face be?
trayed something ol' the emotion which
he felt. His voice, however, was firm as
he returned his thanks for the expression
of good will contained in the resolution.
"Gentlemen of the House of Represen?
tatives: Two years ngo you were sum?
moned to your share of legislative work
which could not be otherwise than dis?
agreeable, disappointing.and unsatisfac?
tory, for it involved a dismal struggle to
adapt a narrowing income to the grow?
ing wants of a greac nation, growing to
he still greater. Yotl were, most ol von,
untried in your new vocation. llow
Others have performed their share of tin
task it is not for us to say. Hut it is
proper for me to say that your share of
the divided duty ?has been performed
with so much readiness and good sense,
that even among the asperities of a heat?
ed campaign there was no room for an
attack upon the House of Representa?
tives. I um sincerely grateful for the
kind expression of your confidence und
esteem, but I am still .more grateful for
the daily kindness and good will on tin
part of every member on both sides of
the House. To all of you. then, gentle
men of all parties, I offer the'sincere ex?
pression of my highest personal regard."
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To In- truly successful, ;i man must be
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his opponents to bear and to respect
him shows that he is a great man. The
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Tim man who has only an eye for dif?
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Adlai Thanks the Senate for Past
Washington, March 4.?In laying down
j the carts of ollice to-day Mr. ^tcvcuson
j addressed tho Semite as follows-.
Senators: The hour has arrived, which
! marks the i lose of the Fifty-fourth Con?
gress, ami terminates my official relation
to this body. Before laying down the
gavel for the last , time, I may be par?
doned for detaining you for"n momeutj in
the attempt to give expression to my
grntitude for the uniform courtesy ex?
tended me?for the many kindnesses
shown m<?during the time it has been
my good fortune to preside over your de?
liberations. My appreciation of the reso?
lution of the Senate personal to myself
can li ud no ndcquate expression in
words. Intentionally I have at n" tinn
given offense; and I carry from this pres?
ence no shadow of feeling of unkindm-ss
towards any Senator?no memory of a
Chief among the favors political for?
tune has bestowed upon me, I count
that of having beon the associate, and of
having known something of the friend?
ship, of the men with whom I have so
long held official relation in this cham?
ber. To have been the presiding officer
of this august hoily is an honor of which
even the most illustrotis citizen 'migl t
he proud I am persuaded t hat no occu?
pant of this chair, during the one hund?
red and eight years of our constitutional
history ever entered upon the discharge
of the duties pertaining to this ollice
more deeply impressed with a sense ul
the responsibilities imposed, or with a
higher appreciation of the character and
dignity of the great legislative assembly.
During the term just closing, titles
tions of deep import to political parties,
and to the country, base here found car
nest, and at times passionate discussion.
This chamber has indeed been the arena
of great debate. The record of four
years of parliamentary snuggles, of
masterful debates, of important legisla?
tion, is closed, and passes now to the do?
main of history.
I think I can truly say, in the words of
a distinguished predecessor:
"In the discharge of my official duties,
f have known no cause, .no party, no
friend." It has been my earnest endeav?
or justly to interpret and faithfully ex?
ecute the rules of the Senate. At times
the temptation may be strong to compass
partisan ends by a disregard or a perver?
sion of the rules. Yet, I think it safe to
say, the result however salutary, will be
dearly purchased by a departure from the
methods prescribed by the Senate for its
own guidance. A single instance, as in?
dicated, might prove the forerunner of
" 'Twill he recorded for a precedent,
and many an error, by the same example,
will rush into the state."
It must not be forgotten that the rules
governing this body are founded deep
in human experience: that they are the
result of centuries of tireless effort in
legislative hall, to conserve, to render
stable, and secure, the rights ami liberties
which have been achieved by conflict.
By its rules the Senate wisely fixes the
limits to its own power. Of those who
clamor against the Senate, and its meth?
ods of procedure, it may be truly said:
1 ?"They know not wdutt they do." In
this chamber alone are preserved,without
restraint, two essentials of wise legisla?
tion and a good government, the right of
amendment and of debate. Croat evils
often result from hasty legislation,'rarely
from tin delay which follows toll dis?
cussion and deliberation. In my h rouble
judgment, the historic Senate?preserv?
ing the unrestricted right of amendment
and of debate, maintaining intact the
time honored parliamentary methods, and
amenities, which unfailingly secure ac?
tion after deliberation?possesses in our
scheme of government a value which
cannot be measured by words.
The Senate is a perpetual body. In
the terse words of an eminent Senator
now present : '?The men who framed the
constitution had studied thoroughly all
former attempts at republican govern?
ment. History was strewn with the
wrecks of unsuccessful democracies.
Sometimes the 'usurpation of the cxectl
i live power, sometimes the fickleness ami
unbridled license of the people had
brought popular governments to destruc?
tion. To giiatil against rhesc dangers,
thev placed their chief hope in the Senate.
The Senate, which was organized in
17SII, at the; inauguration of the govern?
ment, abides and ivill continue to abide,
one and the ,;ame body, until the republic
itself shell In- overthrown, or time shall
be no more."
Twenty-four Senators who had occupied
seats in this chamber during my term of
ollice. are no longer members of this
body. Five of that number, Stanford,
Cohpiitt. Vance, Stockbridge and Wil?
son, "shattered with the contentions of
the Great Hall," lull of years and honors,
have passed from earthly scenes. The
j fall of the gavel 'Jwill conclude the long
and honorable terms of service of other
Senators, who will be borne in kind re?
membrance by their associates who re?
I would do violence to my feelings if I
failed to express my thanks to the OtllcerS
of this body for the fidelity with which
they have discharged their important, du?
ties, ami for the timely assistance and
! unfailing conrtesv of which I have been
the recipient. Km- the able ami distin
; guislied gentlemen w ho succeeds me as
j your presiding ollteer, I earnestly invoke
I the same CO operation and courtesy you
i have so generously accorded me.
Senators: My parting words have
' been spul.en, and I now discharge my
I last oflicial duty, that of'declaring the
j Senate iidjciiriied without day.
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Tells the Senate He Will Try to Do
Washington, March 4.- Upon assum?
ing the chair in the Senate to-day, Vice
President Hobart spoke us follows:
"Senators: To have heen elected to
preside over the Senate of the United
States is a distinction which any citizen
would prize, and the manifestation of
confidence which it implies* is an honor
which 1 sincerely appreciate.
"My gratitude and loyalty to the peo?
ple of the country to whom I owe this
honor, and my duty to you as well, de?
mand such n conservative, equitable and
conscientious construction and enforce?
ment of your rules as shall promote the
well-being and prosperity of the people,
and at the same time conserve the time
honored precedents and established tradi?
tions which have contributed to make
this tribunal the most distinguished of
the legislative bodies in the world.
"In entering upon the duties of the
office to which 1 have heen chosen, l feel
a peculiar delicacy, for I am aware that
your body with whom, for a time. I will
he associated, has hut a small voice in
the selection of its presiding officer, anil
that I am called upon to conduct your
deliberations, while not perhaps your
choice in point of either merit or fitness.
"It will be my constant effort to aid
you, so far as I may. in all reasonable ex?
pedition of the business of the Senate,
and I may be permitted to express the be?
lief that such expedition'is the hope of
the country. All the Interests of govei n
meut and the advancement toward a
higher and better condition of things call
lor prompt and positive legislation ai
your hands. To obstruct the regular
course of wise and prudent legislative ac?
tion aftsr the fullest and freest discus?
sion is neither constant with true Sena?
torial courtesy, conducive to the welfare
of the people, nor in compliance with
their just expectations.
"While assisting in the grave settle?
ments wheh devolve upon ^the Senate of
the United States, it will he my endeavor
to so guide its deliberations that its wis?
dom may l>o made fruitful in works,
whilst at the same time exercising such
fairness and impartiality with the rules
of the Senate as shall deserve, at least,
your good opinion for the sincerity of my
"Unfamiliar with your rules and man?
ia r of procedure, I can only promise that
I will bring all the ability I possess to the
faithful discharge of every duty as it may
devolve upon me. Relying always on your,
-uggestious, your ad vice nil'' your, o opera?
tion, I should feel uueqnal to the task did
l not trustfully anticipate that induluent
aid ait'1 ronsiderntlou, which you have at
all times given to my predecessors, and
without which I could not hope to acquit
myself to your satisfaction or with any
degree of personal credit.
"It shall be my highest 'aim to justify
the confidence the people have reposed in
me by discharging my duties in such a
manner as to lighten your labors, secure
your appreciation of my honest effort to
administer your rules with an eye single
to the public, good, anil promote the
pleasant and etlicieet [transaction of pub?
"1 trust that our relations may be alike
agreeable: that, tue friendships we may
form here may be genuine and lusting,
aad that the work of the Senate may re?
dound to the peace and honor of the
; country and the prosperity und happiness
of nil the people."
THE HARBOR LIGHTS OF H?ML
t s<-t my shallop on youth's shining sea
That smiled up at the sun.
"riurrah!" I cried. '-From home a rover free,
I'll breast lifu's waves alone."
And storm and night seemed faint ami far away
Anil old wives' hints of wreak,
I.Ike fairy tales, the while the sunshine lay
Like gold upon the (leek.
But when upon the oonvan of the cloud.
Ink black in onward rush
And hoarsely mouthing of the thunder loud.
The jagged lightning's brash
Limned mo my folly with each vivid stroke,
Then, in the driving foam
And stinging spindrift as the tempest broke,
"HomoI Honio!" 1 cried. "My homo!"
And through the inky curtain of the gale
There comes a thread of light.
And o'er the slitting of the useless sail
Home voices cheer the night.
For. seel Across the outer bar that lies
Smothered in creamy foam
There shines the welcome of a womnn's eyes.
The harbor lights of home!
?J. I.. Heatou in ??The Quilting Beo."
A CRITIC CORRECTED.
If* Was on tin- I tight Trach.but Did Not
Go Far Knough.
It had been a very l>ad attempt at an
Ihorahip, and tho actor who had made
tho venture into literature was sonsihlo
enough not to quarrel with Iho unfavor?
able verdict of the audionco. It was
hard to admit that his genius was at
fault, but ho did so with a good grace
' and without reservation.
"I?er?I suppose yon saw that com?
edy of mine?" ho was saying to a friend.
"Yes, I saw it. "
"In looking over the houso I was
forcod to the conclusion that a gn at
many people were missing it, and I was
afraid you might be one of them. "
"No. I staid till tho vory end."
"It wasn't ;t very hilarious occasion,
"Not very, I must admit It may be
that I didn't catch tho spirit of tho
I thing. I hoar so much about tho density
I of audiences that I suspect it was duo
I to my own lack of appreciation that I
j couldn't get enthusiastic But somo of
it was undoubtedly your fault. You
"You told mo it was going to bo a
! funny play."
"That's what I got for trying to be a
prophet. I was sure it had all the symp?
toms when I started in with it. I re?
garded it as a masterpiece of efferves?
cent hilarity. "
1' Von were wrong. That was tho great,
difficulty with tho puce?it was too
soinbor. You must pardon my frank?
ness, hut that performnnco was positive?
"My boy, you don't speak advisedly.
Your comment may he .justified by your
point of view, but it doesn't cover the
"I had bno of the best seals in tho
"lint you Should have been with me.
up on tho stage, where you could watch
the audionco. Then you won Id rohlissa
that 'gloomy' i^u'r, (ho word. It was si -
DUlchl ..L "?"ve.bunr.o
It's Out of tlie tussti?? i
Duplicating present lots at prices made
now to reduce cur stock, When too
late, don't say we didn't remind you.
There's money in it tor you by acting
We're making great preparations for
the coming season.
All Boys' Knee Pants that sold for
75c and Si to go at 50c.
Ali 50c Pants to go at 35c,
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FORGETFUL MR. BILLTOPS.
Anil How Claude*'* shoes Finally Cut to
"Forgetful?" said Mr. Billtops.
"Well, well, w.ll, I should say uol I
haven't any memory at all. If I want
to remember anything, I have tu nmku
a memorandum of it, and tlion twist tho
paper around my key ring, or shut it in
my knife, or tin it through tho ring of
my watch, I can't remember anything
"Airs. Billtops tried for days to get
mo to take Claude's shoes to tho shoe?
maker's. He'd worn them through on
the soles and put on his best shoes to
wear while tho others were being fixed.
Every day Mrs. Bill tops would put the
bundle on the table m ar mo as I lead
the paper and say:
" 'Now, Ezra, don't forget thoshi OS,'
"And I would look at them and Bay
nil right, and lhen forget all abouttbom
and go away without them.
"One morning .Mrs. Billtops said to
mi', 'Ezra, I have put Claude's shoes in
"That really did BCCm lileo business,
j It did really seem as though when 1
j came to pick up my hat I would take
the bundle out of it and put the hat 0:1
I my head, and that then, being ready lo
! go and having the bundle actually in
my bands, I would take it along and
leave it at tin* shoemaker's. I laughed
to myself as I thought what a tremen?
dously shrewd woman Mrs. Billtops is
"I am as particular as I am forgetful,
j I never go out in tho morning without
j first brushing my hut. 1 took the bundlo
j out of my hat and laid it 011 the table.
1 brushed my hat and?
"Mrs. Billtops looker! at me just t?
little reproachfully that night when I
cnine home, but that was all. Next day
dim took the shoes to tho shoemaker's
herself."?New York Sun.
Tho True Test or Oysters.
"Tim best oyster experts that I know
Of," said the captain of an oyjtter hoar,
"judge an oyster by the smell, instead
of by the laste. There is something
about the smell of any oyster that indi
?ates its condition to me much plainer
than does tho taste. People buy them
anil eat thoui probably 011 account of
their taste. So also do they buy ton,
coffee and the various grades of whisky
mid brandy for their taste, but all ex?
perts on those things pass upon them
entirely by their smell. Tho professional
tea taster or whisky taster, so called,
uover tastes them, hut simply arrives at
Ihoir taste by tiioir peculiarities of fla?
vor, or, to speak plainly, smell.
"I can tell what price a load of oys?
ters will bo rated iitwhcil they arrive at.
the wharf hero by opening up the hold
nf tin boat and smelling. In eight cases
Dut of ten I am right. It strikes oyster
men as strange when thby seo persons
going about from boat to boat, as they
lio at the wharf, tasting oysters hnforo
?hoy conclude to buy. Taste is all right,
.at if they don't smell right thy will
h vi r taste right."?Washington Star.
flio llnmnn Mind May Never Solve the
Problem of WJ-.ut U Is.
To tho metaphysical mind on the ono
hand and tu the confident ignoramus on
the other the mysterious nature of elec?
tricity offers a frnitful subject of specu?
lation. To tho latter especially it seems
a reproach thai the true nature of elec?
tricity lias not long before been made
manifest, and he is always prepnred to
dash off un explanation with much more
confldcneo than Newton proposed his
theory of gravitation. It seems inexpli?
cable to Iho public at large that the myii
tery surrounding electricity is not dis
pelled. It does not oeom to occur to
those who are impatient to bavo tho
great question, "What is electricity''*'
answered that we are in just as denso
ignorance as i/> the mechanism of other
phenomena, Gravitation, *^ight, heat,
and chemical action are in the samo
category of scientific mysteri?s and have
ba>l centuries more of thought bestowed
on them than has been dovoted to tho
now agent. While it now seemn that
we may be on ;he threshold of one of
the greatest discoveries of tho human
mind, yet it is possible, and even proba?
ble, that the knowledge of man may
never be permitted to extend to the en?
tire solution of the problem, for it is tin
very problem of tho universe itself.
Assuming what seems to be unques?
tioned, that electricity, electrical action
or whatever WO may call it, has its scat
in tho atoms or molecules of matter or
of tho hypothetical matter, el her, we
are brought face to faeo with tho same
conditions that confront the cosmical
philosopher. As the latter can never'
hope to have his material vision extend
to the bounds of the universe, neither
can the molecular physicist hope to ma?
terially appreciate the ultimate elements
of matter. Lord Kelvin has shown that
if a drop of water were magnified to tbo
size of the earth ono of its constituent
molecules would only bo magnified to
approximately tho sizo of a cricket
ball. Bearing this in mind, the im?
mensity of the problem which is so often
flippantly referred to is evident. True,
we may demonstrate the exact relation
between electricity find magnetism and
may satisfactorily connect these with
other phenomena and oven obtain n
working hypothesis that will answer all
scientific needs, but tho ultimate solu?
tion may forever evade tho human mind.
Whatever we do learn, however, will
not bo through the speculations of meta?
physicians or the guesses of tyros, but
through tho physical investigations of
Hertzes and Teslas. While as a mental
training metaphysical speculation may
have its use, tho absolute lack of addi?
tions to our real knowledge during tlx
many centuries from Plato to Bacon,
when metaphysics held full sway, is con
elusive that nothing can bo expected
from this direction, and merely specula?
tive theories in regard to lit" nature Of
electricity descrvo as little considera?
tion us is now given to the metaphysical
vagaries of fite schoolmen of the mill I!