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SN A THOUGHTFUL MOOD.
"Tramp" Says a Few Words on
Ministers and Churches.
Thja Impressions gathered by an obser?
vant person knocking about the city on
Sunday with nothing particular to do
are varied and sometimes the subject of
much thuOght In the fir?t place tVre
seems to be a sort ut almlessucss about
our people on Sundays. Many of them go
to church?many more than one would
think until the number of churches is
counted over and the size of the regular
congregations noted. Yet aside from this
there appears to be an air of "nothing to
do." This may be accounted for by
the fact that there really is nothing to
do. If we walk we feel that we must do
eb at random, as there Is noplnce to walk
to. If we go on the cars we do so feelimz
that at the other end cf the ride there will
be found nothing more interesting than
what we have left beind. We feel the
need of somewhere to go on Sundays aud
something to do.
Roanoke has a very lnrge church going
population. Many of the congregations
have had to divide up and form other
churchcB because too large for their
buildings. Our ministers as a rule have
been good preacheisnnd interestiug ones.
That goes a leng ways towards the growth
of religion. People will set aside the
sense of duty in many cases and remain
at home or wander oil to other folds If
their pastors are dry and dull in the pul?
pit. Then again there Is occasionally
something Inching in the way of "hospi?
tality," it may be called, or good fellow?
ship, that tends in many cases to chill and
gradually cause the entire withdrawal of
persons from a church. People now-a
days are heard to say,"We want l'Jlh cen?
tury religion, religiou that nfftcts us as
we are to-day and our relations with a
world also of to day. Let questions of
time, for Instance, or argument as to
whether it should be said 'The Lord rose
again from the dead/ or the 'Lord rose
from the dead/ take care of themselves
?that is of small import as compared
with what relates to the welfare of our
souls." Let us have less learned theo?
logical dissertation in the pulpit ami
more practical exposition of scripture and
tho number of our church?? will continue
Music and tho church choirs are very
difficult problems In communities where
the congregations cannot afford paid as?
sistance. Many people do not appreciate
the vast amount of work, worry and vex?
ation those composing a voluntary choir
have to undergo, and are therefore often
very apt to criticise the performance of
persons who have only undertaken the
work to prevent Its collapse, entirely of
their own free will and with no preten?
sions to musical ability at ifll. Praise
alone for their efforts should be given.
An elaborate musical programme when
well rendered, though not liked by many,
is very beautiful and Utting, but if badly
Teudered does much towards destroying
the effect of the sermon and all else of
the service. Therefore no matter bow
much zeal there may be to prompt per?
sons of limited musical capacity to un?
dertake choir work they should confine
themselves to simple music, which if
well rendered is a thousand times more
?effective than difficult music badly ren?
Why should large bats be worn at
church any more than at the theatre?
The majority of people depend as much
upon the speaker's expression for their
pleasure in his sermon ns upou his words,
ft is hard to listen to a mnu you cannot
see. A great big bat decorated with a
tremendous fluted, perpendicular bow,
under which is a young girl who has
come to church to see the people and is
determined to accomplish what she came
for, can do more towards destroying all
pleasure in a sermon than anything else.
This may not be charitable, but although
"charity belongs at home" wo trust that
it will begin in sufficiently large quanti?
ties to be worn Instead of these big hats.
How many of us have not noticed and
abused the dog that comes to our church.
Some times he Is large and Inclined to be
vlclous.wlth no fellow feeling for anyone
on earth but his owner,who Is somewhere
in the congregation looking as if he never
owned a dog in his life. Then there's the
bla dog that wants to be friendly and
doesn't caro who he is friendly with?his
soul is full of charity and lovo for all
men; and tho nervous dog that trots
around all the time and seems to have
something on his mind: and the little
slick looking dog that howls if touched,
yet insists upon going from one end of
the church to the other under tho seats,
between every one's feet and making peo?
ple uncomfortable generally. How much
better would it be if about one minute
were to be taken before leaving home and
the dog that goes to our church left be?
hind. Yet whether theso dogs set their,
surly, their rostless, their friendly or
crawllng a'ways at people's feet charac?
teristics from their owners or not, they
are exceedingly like people we know?
some of whom go to [our church, too.
It is curious with what persistency
some of the mluisters of Roanoke Insist
upon holding up a pernicious example
and nil manner of unjust criticism cer?
tain of our social organizations. It is
strange that they cannot see that when
the most intelligent, thinking men of n
city organize a place of recreation for
themselves they are not going to bo pre
vailed upon to give it up by any public
utterances or villifl jntion by anyone.
They have their own views as to their
morality. If they are thought to be fit
subjects for the attention of those wish?
ing to do missionary work they will have
to be approached in some other way. Some
people have to be led by the noses, some
driven and there are others whose ideas
of right and wrong aie stiong enough to
take them,if indeed there is any necessity
for their going. "TRAMP."
EDWARD JETER. REPORTER.
Mrs. Ellen Eskridge, of Montgomery
county, and a daughter of Dr. Henry Eu
mondson, of Christiansburg, jire visiting
at Judge Henry E. Blair's.
Mrs. John Murray, of K?lner Springs.
Is visiting Mrs. Stralue at her home ou
Miss Ragan Bpikard, of Blncksburg, is
visitnig in the city, the guest of Mr. and
Mrs. W. T. Younger, on Main street.
Miss Bessie Bonsack, of Bonsack, Ya.,
Is visiting in the city, the guest of Mr.
and Mrs. C. D. Strouse on [Broad street.
Mr. Nolle, postmaster at East Radford,
stopped over In Salem yesterday en route
to his home. He is a very pleasant gen?
tleman and a warm supporter of .1. H?ge
Tyler for the coming ^gubernatorial nom?
Win. E. Bricker. of East [Radford, for?
merly of Salem, ;accompanied by Irs
brother, passed through the city yester?
day on their wheels en route to Rock
H. A. Forsyths. 'who has for several
months been pitching ball for the Roirers
ville team, has returned home, the club
having disbanded for the season.
Mrs. ,T. A. Baumgarduer left Saturday
night for'a visit to friends and relatives
at Rural Retreat and Wytheville.
Win. McCauley left yesterday for
Lynchburg, where he goes to take charge
of the position of clerk of the United
Btates court of the western district of
Virginia, to which place he wus[recently
Judge Bland, of Roanoke. 'was in the
city yesterday on legal business.
Hundreds of thousands have been in?
duced to try Chamberlain's Cough Rem?
edy by reading what It has [done for oth?
ers, and having tested its merits for
themselves are to-day its warmest friends.
For sale by H. C/Batnes, ."He puts up
We will sell you baby carriages, refrig?
erators and sidebcards cheaper than if
you were, to find them. We deliever them
free. Cincinnati Installment Company.
AX ELOQUENT ADDREBB.
The Students of Virginia College Charmed
With Rev. Mr. Barr.
Sunday morning at 11 o'clock Rev. W.
A. Barr, the eloquent pulpit orator of
Suffolk, delivered the annual baccalaure?
ate sermon to tho students of, .-Virginia
College. Tho'spacious chapel was well
filled with friends of the school; w-ho'had
gone in anticipation of*h feast In the way
of a sermon, and it hut mildly expresses
their appreciation to say that.their most
sanguine expectations were more than
realized. It is seid diu tho privilege and
pleasure of an audience to listen to a
more entertaluiug sneaker than Rov. Ban
and his discourse,which was well studied
wns delivered In his most lluent and
He selected as a basis fcr his discourse
a part of the 23d verse from the l'ith
chapter of St. Luke. "The life is more
"That life is more than meat," ho said,
is hardly a question.but how much more.
Humanity has never sunk so low but
that some would rise above the meat and
raiment herd." He spoke of the briefness
of life and that the glorious faculties with
which man was endowed were intended
for more than this ephomerarexlstence,
where a man quest ions with his neighbor
and is goue. His faculties aro for some
thing higher and better. The treat ques?
tion ot living, the mystery of life, myste?
rious because the researches of ages have
failed to answer the great question,"Is it
all of life to live or all of death to die."
He spoke of two substances comprising
human nature?the spiritual and mate?
rial, its delicately and evenly connected,
yet eacii so entirely different that the re?
lation that exists between the two seems
almost not to exist. He beautifully illus
strated tho 'relation of ."the spirtual and
matei ial and the utter follytbf a life that
?us spent for life only.
"All that is within man revolts at the
thought of annihilation and 'the desire ot
man for immortality is one ol the surest
signs that it exists. Men~have different
views as to the. character of that future
life formed from whatever to them is
greatest happiness, but tl*e fact has never
His illustration:! of living for the pleas?
ures of life and for the immortal pleas?
ures of a life to come* were most impres?
sive and beautiful.
He dwelt at some length on the influ?
ence each one exerts in this life and how
that iulltience should be guarded so that it
was exerted for gootl. Life as an end
could hut result in unspeakable misery
and discomfiture, but as a means to gain
the life to come, its result au unspeaka?
"His words to the young students who
ore just entering the arena of life, to do
battle with the numberless foes of living,
were full of council and cheer. He spoke
of how they have experienced, even in
their own lives, that tho real is always
far short of (he ideal, that tho golden
fruit which a fanciful imagination has
pictured is dissolved and becomes but the
ashes ol disappointment when once pos?
He that lives so that when this life 'is
over can repeat with the glorious soldier,
"I have fought a gootl light, I have fln
ished"the race, I have kept the faith," has
lived all of life there is to live and has
fitted himself to enter upon the greater
and more lasting pleasures of a life be?
yond the grave.
Live Crabs, Soft Shell Crabs, Deviled
Crabs, Hard Crabs, Crab Meat, Clams,
Raking and Pan Fish, just received at
Worth makes the man'the want of xt the fei,ow'and:S0,
in a great measure, is this applicable to the man
properly clad. Worth and value go hand in hand
in this store, just like merit in the avenues of professional skill.
The public demand the best?we keep only the best?and after
all the public is the best criterion to go by. Hence we are care?
ful to state exactly the facts as they exist about our Clothing.
Several lots of Men's suits tliat we bought at less
than manufacturer's cost, that we have been selling
at $(5.50 to $8.50 are mostly closed, so we have added
other lots that were higher in price, making them the
Greatest $6.50 to $8.50 Suits in America.
$10 and $15.
Those Suits we're selling at $10 are exceptional in
make-up and are really worth $1/5. They bear the mark
of exclusivencss in cut and finisli not to be seen in any
ready-to-wear clothing house in Koanoke, and those
Suits at $15 are the perfection of custom work, tail?
ored according to the swell custom suits of the season.
Men's Suits at $3.90.
Those Men's Suits we've been selling at $9.00 are
running low in stock. A few days more will wind
them up;"so act quick, for an opportunity to buy
sucb quulity'at such a low price will not soon occur
We place on sale today one hundred Youth's Suits,
ages 11 to to 10, in light colors, that sold trom s-U50
to $12, but to close them quick we make the price $-1.
Bargains in Children's Suits.
We plnce on sale about, seventy-live Children's Suits,
ages 5 to 10, that art* actually worth double the price
we name, but to move them quick we make the price
Hoys' Suits in handsome Plaids and Mixtures
Pine Cheviots, made with double seat and knees, sizes
8 to 15, from $1.75 to $3.
MEN'S CRASH^SUITS. HOYS' CRASH SUIT!
Men's Alpaca Coats & Vesta. Hoys' Alpaca Coats.
Men's D. B. Serge Coats. Hoys' Cotton ('oats.
Men's Straw Hats. Hoys' Straw hats.
Don't Throw away the knowledge of facts. You know there is no use buying in?
ferior Negligee Shirts when it's in your buying power to obtain the best at no qgore
cost. We sell more, please more, dress more gentlemen in our celebrated Si.00
custom work Negligee Shirt than any other two houses here. It costs nothing but
your time to see them.
As has always been our policy?your money back if not satisfied with any pur
chase made here.
THE ORIGINAL ONE-PRICE STORE.
-PRICE CLOTHING HQU
I HAS NO EQUAL. jj
c Sold everywhere. ?
Fresh lot of Lowney's Chocolates and
Bon Bons iust received at .1. J. Catogni's.
MANUFACTURERS AND duale its IN
iLw ? R IH Er. Bc.UiHEBJI.BIJ
Mouldings, Brackets, Shingles, Laths, Lime, Cement, Plaster,
Hair, Bricks, Sash, Doors, Blinds, Etc., Etc.
Office 1 lO Campbell St. 'Phone 174.
Ladies Ready To Wear Linen
We oj)(!ii to-morrow fi-dozcn Lud'us1
ready-to wear Linen Crash Bkirts, (well ]
made, fn!l wide width, six inch hems, at
only $1.19. worth regularly $1.50. Get
figured Mohair SMrts.
Open to morrow new lot large Retired
Molmir skirts, full width, lined through*
out with good quality rustle lining vel?
veteen hands, all sizes at $1.00, worth
Great Chance in Shiit Waists.
We have culled from our stoek about
two to three dozen ladies' fine shirt
?waists, all of them the newest styles and
stylish pretty patterns, have lasen from
$1 to )?2 each. They go as follows:
Shirt waists, formerly $1, now 79c.
Shirt waists, formerly $2, $1 -14.
Get them quickly?-won't last long.
Boys' Shirt Waists.
At 2<"c ?ach, big line of hoys' well made
shirt waist*, fa?t colors, full size, ages
from 0 to U) years.
At 50c, great lines of the eelebrnted
Mother's Friend shirt waists, new nobby
ladies' Leather Belts.
Just opened n big line of new popular
priced ladies' belts -over 50 dozen, open
15 dozen ladies' tan and black pebbled
leather belts, lie'" harness buckles, at
12 l-2e, the 20o sort.
25 dozen very stylsh pretty Letts, lat?
est styles, all the new colorings, at 25c?
extra quality, see them.
10 do/en line quality real leather belts,
all the highest novelties, most stylish
buckles, nt 80c, 48c, 50c and up to 75n
The New Rob Hey Belting.
We have a full line of the new Hob
Hoy belting. The very newest, nobbiest
belting made fit 50c the yard. If you
wouhl be up to tlate secure" one of these.
Pretty line of novelty buckles to match
at 25c to 75c each.
Ladies' Bows and Neckwear.
Have now ready great lines of ladies'
bows and neckties. All the new ideas
in silk ant! wash ties
Stock bows at 23c to 50c.
Wash hows, 5c to 12c.
Wash club ties, nice quality, well
made, very stylist nntterns, two for 25c.
See the lines.
Things of Interest to Seasonable Shoppers.?Prices Correct
White Ducks for Shirts.
Now ready 20 pieces of good quality
heavy white duck at 10c the yard?tho
usual 12 l-2c grade.
At 7 34u the yard, another big lot of
the falle dimitie, worth 14 1 2c.
At He the yard, another case of the line
.Tuconot tunl Cordcle Turquoise, worth
12 1 2c.
At 12 I 2c, great line of fine duality
Domestic Printed Organdies, copies in
designs from the French.
At 12 1 2c. ureat lines of the I.appet
Lawns, lattice effects, corded elTects,
newest styles. See them.
At 8e the yard, full yard wide Percales,
At 10c the yard, instead of 25c, 20
pieces of wool challies, very desirable lor
children's dresses and ladies' wrappers.
At 45c the yard, nice assortment of real
French all wool Challies for ladies' tea
jackets, house gowmj, etc.
Another lug lot of India Linon Hem
nnuts In white goods.
The 8c kind, 5c.
The 10c kind, 6c.
Tho 121-2e kind, 8c.
Tho 15c kind, 10c.
The 20c kind. 13 1 2c.
Great values in Pique, Welts, etc., in
all the new ideas.
Everything in Persian Lawns. India
Lawns. Organdies, Nainsooks. Long
Cloth, Swisses, etc. All the grades.
Gentlemen's Percale Shirts.
At 08c each, we tire showing a great
lit e of High Class, Well Made Shirts for
gentlemen. Still fronts ami soft negligee
styles. Very pretty patterns. See them.
Ladies' Gauze Underwear.
These hot days remind one ol the ne>
cessities of these:
At 5c, 100 dozen very fine soft, real
Maco Yarn Ribbed Vests; well made:
At 10c, 100 dozen Ladies' Full Hlenched
Gauzo Vests, full finished, taped neck,
sizes full: worth 12 12c.
At 12 l-2c, 100 dozen Ladies' Ganze
Vests; the peer of any 20c Vest in the
At 25c, Ladies' Lisle Vests, with the
new adjustable shoulder, can be adjusted
to fit. See them.
At 25c, Ladies' Fine Lisle Thread,
Full Hleached Gauze Vests, the 30c sort.
We are making a great offering just
now In Table Linens.
At 48c the yard. 10 pieces of full 72
inch wide All-Liner. Table Damask; tho
At 79c, 10 pieces of very fine Heal Irish
Damask, beautiful designs and more
beautiful quality. Fully worth $1; for a
short while, 79c.
Large Turkish Towels, good heavy
finality, 5c each.
Very large Turkish Towels, full
bleached, ?t 12 l-2c; the usual 18c values.
At 25c, great big generous Turkish
Towels, real thick and gootl, just the
thing for the bath; you've paid 50e often
for no better.
At 10c each, 20x40 All-Linen Hucka?
back Towels, not half cotton.
At 12~l-2e, 22x45 All Linen Huckabock
Towels, the best value you ever saw.
At 25c, Some special values in very
large fine quality Linen Towels, full
bleached; all colors of borders.
At 20c, 80c aid 50c, ve-y fine Pure
White Damask Hemstitched Towels.
Wonders at the price.
At 25c each, 100 dozen Gentlemen's
Gauze Shirts, fine quality; better value
than you got elsewhere at this price,
At 39c, one case of Men's Balbriggan
Underwear In Shirts and Drawers. This
is the regular 50c value; our price on this
At 50c, very fine. Gauze Underwear for
Gentlemen, tho 69c quality, shirts and
drawers. See them.
Host quality Real Good Jean Drawers
for gentlemen, 49c.
ladies' linen Collars and Cuffs.
Over 200 dozen ladies' latest style linen
collars and culTs. All the newest shapes,
in both collars and cuffs. See the great
Collars, 10c, 12 l-2c and 17c.
Cuffs, 17c, 20c and 25c.
Everything in Hosiery.
At 10c the pair, 100 dozen Ladies' Full
Seamless Very Fine Gauze Hose, the
usual 12 1 2e. quality, at only 10c. Tans
nnd black, plain and Richelieu ribbed.
At 15c tho pair, 50 dozen Ladies' Very
Fina Regular Mode imported Black Hos?
iery, the usual 20c sort.
At 25c the pair, a gre.it. range of styles
in Ladles' Full Regular Made Imoortecl
Hosiery, all the new Ideas. See them.
Finer grades of all sorts of Hosiery.
Finest and Best Goods irr
o2C3 Commerce Street.