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President McKinley weighs ex nctly one
?hundred and ninety-one pounds. From
this it would appear that the cares of
State do not entirely oppress him.
President McKinley has left Washing?
ton and is enjoylne himself on 'he shore
of Lake Cham plain. If he can only man?
age to keep away from Senator Hanna for
awhile the people will not object to his
If the Canadians should attempt to im?
pose any hardships upon citizens operat?
ing in tho Klondike gold regions, the
United States will easily find means of
retaliation that will make the Canadians
sick befrre they uro through with it.
The fact that the Japanese vessels re?
fused [to participate in tho American
fourth of July celebration in the harbor
of Yokohama would seem to indicate
that the little Orientals really imagine
they have^a grievance agains*- the United
Col. Fred Grant has resigned the posi?
tion ol police' commissioner of New York
city, the duties of which he seemed to
have discharged with fidelity and effi?
ciency. The New Yorker will, however,
manage to secure a successor, as fat
offices do not long go begging for appli?
cants in that city.
The Secretary of the Navy will build
an armor plant for the United States
Government if the shipbuilders reruse to
furnish tan needed armor for. American
battleships. This should have been
done before now, as it would make this
country independent of all such combina?
Japan is angry ^because the Hawaiian
government sent back a ship load of em?
igrants from that country. *and if .it was
not known that the United States would
stand by Hawaii the little republic
would have to apologize humbly or have
a'war with the Orientals on Its.hands in a
LET HARMONY PREVAIL.
The action of the late Populist State
convention in this city, and the course of
that party in th? late national campaign
plainly indicate that the "differences be?
tween the Democratic and People's par?
ties are not so great, but that they can
unite this year on State issues and come
together with great unanimity in the
Presidential contest of 1001), when the
tattle of giants will be fought. With all
the silver element ranged under one ban?
ner, a victorious struggle can be made
against the Republicans; but with the
silver forces divided and, though aiming
at the same ends, fighting under different
banners, t'^eir strength will be wasted
and the party of trusts and monopolies,
of greed and corruption, tvill triumph at
the polls, thereby fastening itself indefi?
nitely upon the people of the. country.
If the Democratic State convention
Which meets' hero on 'August 11 will
make Congressman Peter "J. Otey chair?
man of the State committee to succeed
Mr. Ellysou, and will nominate for lieu?
tenant governor Captain Cocke, of Cum?
berland, or some Democrat I'promiuent
for his advocacy of free silver, retrench?
ment In public expenditures, and clean
politics, it will do much towards bring?
ing the Populists of this State back into
the Democratic fold. It is believed that
SOpercent. of the membership of the Peo?
ple's party recognize that they can do
much more effective work under the
Democratic banner than under any other
wheu the battle opens. Thcy-have shown
Blood is absolutely essential to henJth.
It is secured easily and naturally by
taking Hood's Harsaparilla, but is im?
possible to get it from so-called "nervo
tonics," and opiate compounds, ab?
surdly advertised as " blood puri- I
fiers." They have temporary, sleeping ]
effect, but do not CURE. To have pure
And good health, take Hood'sSarsaparilla,
which baa first, last, and all the time,
been advertised as just what it is ? tharl
best medicine for the blood ever pro?
duced. Its success in curing Scrofula,
Salt Rbeum, Rheumatism, Catarrh,
Dyspepsia, NervouB Prostration and
That Tired Feeling, have made
The One True Mood Purifier. All drupfpsN. SI
-T -, r-??n are pi:re1v vpRctahle. ro?
ll OOaS FlllS llabloanUlx-neficlaLac.
this by their recent ^ course * in national
and State issues. Their natural home Is
within the Democratic party, to which at
last 00 per cer.t. originally belonged, and
no sensible reason can be given why the
two parties should fight each other.
The dictates ol wisdom and patriotism
appeal to both to bury .their differences
in the pending campaign, and preps i o
for the great struggle which is to come in
1000, and that this is tho sentiment of
the great majority of the Pcpuilsts a talk
with many of those attending the recent
convention showed. All, under the re?
quisite couditions. favored a hearty co?
operation with Democracy, and with
proper concessions from the latter it is
believed thay would eventually become
an Integral part of that |organizaton.
The principles of reform^advocatedlby
Populistsand Democrats, if carried out
in good faith by tho latter, will remove
all impediments to such a union and will
put the State of Virginia in a position to
give a sweeping majority for the free
coiuage of silver in .1000, while, should a
serious division now occur, a bold and
aggressive enemy will be prepared to take
every advantage of such a situation. The
caus? of silver is steadily gaining in the
West, and in Ohio, the home of the Pres?
ident and Senator Hanna, the prospects
are excellent for an overwhelming
triumph in the elections nex t fall. Only
divi?iou in tho ranks of the opposition
to Republican tyranny and misrule can
defeat tho will of the majority of the
people, and everything possible should be
done by the friends of currency reform to
harmonize the elements, which, if thor?
oughly united, will sweep the country
with one grent, grand wave of success in
The Times has received the following
letter from a subscriber ^at Bluefield, W.
Editor Times: The "cuestion.is often
asked by .many of your .patrons out here
whether cr not you favor the nomination
oi Hon. J. H?ge Tyler for the governor?
ship of Virginia, and, if you expect to
support him, why don't you say so in
your editorial columns*. Are you dis?
posed to answer?
In answer to ""he above we will say that
The Times w'lll support Major Tyler for
governor in the 'approaching campaign.
We do not regard him as measuring up to
the full standard of statesmanship that
the exalted ollice of governor of Vir?
ginia calls for, and have so stated in
these columns; but he is patriot and
genuine Democrat who had the courage
to advocate true Democratic doctrine and
principles before his pa'ty framed the
Chicago p'atform, and before many who
no*- bow to him had the manhood to
step forward, while the ranks were thin,
and battle for the cause of the)people
Since the^presen*, owners took charge
of this paper, which was nearly three
years ago.thecolumnsof The Times show
that it "has on all occasions advocated
the cause'of Democracy,and no intelligent
reader of its opinions doubts that it
stands for, and is ready to battle for, a
genuine Democracy of the people. We are
?".ware that a lew office-seekers iu Roa
noke are very much 'distressed because
The/Times is not Democratic according
to their Ideas of Democracy. This little
band cau be counted on the fingers of
one's hands, while more than a thousand
Democratic voters in Roanoke stand
with The Times and 'respect it for refus?
ing to be made the too' of a dozen men,
every onu of rvhom has an eye on an
office, if not already holding one.
The Times will advocate the tau so of
Major Tyler nnd true Democracy in the
pending campaign, and ns long as it is
under its present control will stand up
for all that the name "implies. It makes
a great difference in this world, in men's
estimate of things, from what standpoint
tney are looked at. If Tho Times thought
only of self it would pursue a narrow
and scllish policy, but recognizing the
fact that it is a journal of the people it
will always faithfully endeavor to promote
the best interests of the public fioin
whom it deriv?s its support. If in doing
this it should not please a few individ?
uals, it will at least have the satisfaction
of knowing that it is' aiming at the
greatest good to the greatest number.
That tho people of Roanoke are a
church going people a visit to the places
of worship in this city upon any Sabbath
day will fully demonstrate. All will be
found well filled with listening worship
pers, who attend church for the moral
benefits they receive, and for the pleasure
and satisfaction which the attention to
their religious duties thus affords. The
effects of this attendance are manifest in
many ways that shew the advancement
of the people in the true principles nf
morality and the growth of the city along
lines that tend to the upbuilding of any
As a whole there arc no people In this
country nioro law abiding or more chari?
tably inclined than those of this city."An
appeal for assistance to worthy objects
meets with a ready response, and while
the disposition to enjoy the real pleasures
of life is general, vice and immorality
.are frowned upon with just indignation.
With a population drawn from niauy
States and countries, tho people hero are
devoted to the best Interests of their
adopted home, and in all the relations of
life are neighborly and kind.
Crime, which exists in all places to a
certain extent, has been reduced to a
minimum, and this no doubt has been
largely brought about by the influence of
the churches and the advancement of the
people In morality nnd higher order of
citizenship. The population is fully as
large as it was in 1893, when there were
57 bai rooms, whereas now thore are -mly
22. The people have been taught by pre?
cept and oxample the evils ;'ot lutemper
auce and forces have been quietly at work
10 briug about a reduction In the number
ot saloons, as the ; follow lug figures from
tho office of the commissioner of revenue
From 1890 to 1801, 55 retail liquor
llceuses were issued; from 1891 to 1892,
56 wero issued: from '92 to '98, 57; from
:92 to '94, 44; from *94 to '95, 27; from
?95 to '90 to '97, 22; from '97 to '98. 22.
The above summary of liquor licenses is?
sued in the past seven years Is an exhibit
from which tho people of Roanoke
may well take encouragement, showing,
us it does, a progress in the direction of
temperance that promises important re?
If in 1893, when the|population was the
same that it is now, 57 saloons could live
andfiourish, It follows as a matter of course
that they receive far less patronage when
only 22 have been licensed. If the demand
existed, and law allowed it, f>7 saloons
would be in operation now instead of 22.
The people, however, through the influ?
ences of religion, and the growing cus?
tom of business men to decline the em?
ployment of those who patronize saloons,
have turned away largely from such
sources of temptation, with the result
that the bar-rooms aro neglected for bet?
ter and higher sources of enjoyment and
recreation to the great improvement of the
community, morally and pecuniarily.
f rom last woek we gathered much en?
couragement. We thought that the
future, or as much of it 'at least ?s could
be crowded into the next ".six days, was
eoing to be just like it and we could
almost taste its delights of a. column and
a half of interesting events for tho suc?
ceeding Sunday, but our expectations
have met with bitter disappointment.
However it is [some consolation to know
that the social ; public loses as much by
not entertaining itself as we do and its
chagrin at finding Itself shown up in such
a bad light during the last 'week will be
just as poignant as curs is at having to
discbarge so distasteful a duty. Thei e
has been* absolutely nothing of interest
other thau an uuseemly tendency on the
part of various of the "Jmen to suddenly
disappear from their accustomed^haunts
for a brief space. It is mysterious. Con?
jecture is wl'd land curiosity rife, but it
availeth naught nnd their goings out and
comings iu must'remaiu unheralded by'us
at least. Blue Ridge enjoys tbe proud
distiuction of being probably the only
summer resort iu this country where
there is one man for each girl and one or
two over. The news of the phenomenon
has gone forth and intetested parents are
investigating the rumors with a view to
bringing their little flocks to graze iu
these green pastures. We wish them
luck and trust that their schemes may
meet with a glorious fulfillment. A
party of ten men went down to Blue
Ridge on the l"burst" on' Wednesday
evening in response to a call issued by
the young ladles. The object of "[the
meeting was a uermnn and watermelons.
It was well het forth and the gathering
was enthusiastic and appreciative. Those
who went were E. B. Fishlmrne, Uavton
Miller, Campbell, Stras, Waller, "Fitz?
gerald, Wood.^Tinsley, W. ~W. Davis,
Pritcbard and Denison. On Thursday
evening a few young pecple drove out to
the "Bed Farm." That and the above
mentioned excursion completed the list.
This thing of social stagnation is getting
ts be more serous than one would think.
There are remedies within the reach of
every one?-heroic perhaps anil probably
fraught with danger and'a secret feeling
of distrust in the efficiency thereat, vet
we think that a lair trial will [convince
the most skeptical, etc. Wc mean that
some one might give a "party." It is
appalling, we know, but not altogether a
wild idea. It has been done here, and
now that the carpets are "p and there is
r.o mud to be tracked through the bouse
or wet umbrellas to stand against the
furniture it would lie safe to ask in a few
neighbors. People are not supposed to
eat much at parties,so there is nothing to
fear in that direction?if theio should be
a little salt, judiciously spilled into 'the
ice cream or too much fire at the cake
baking, would alleviate the awful feeling
that no one had enough to eat. Do any?
thing?get up a trolly party and run the
risk of getting your knees knocked oft on
the way to Salem,walk up on Mill Moun?
tain, r'ule a trotting horse over to the
Peaks of Otter, or give a tacky party?
anything for excitement. There is some?
thing to look torward to in the german
on Friday eveniug at Blue Ridge. It
will be given by the Cotillion'Club.
WANTS TO KNOW.
To the Editor of Tho "Times.?Are
wheelmen to have their wheels tagged
like an ordinary dray?
Is a tourist wheelman passing through
the cttv and taking a meal to be sub?
jected to a taxi
In the next decade when everybody will
tly tnrough the air in airships will our
City Council tax I hem because they dis?
place an nttom or t-o of air in their
Do bicycles injure the streets any more
than a pair of gum boots!
Is it. just to discriminate at all and es?
pecially against, the least offensive party.
Are not wheelmen as a rule good citi?
THE GOLD FEVER IN RICHMOND.
The Alaska gold mine fever has touch?
ed Richmond only in a very mild form.
It will be well for the city and the State
if our young men should 'nnoculate them?
selves against tho spread of the disease
which has become epidemic |in many
other States. Alaska is not an Inviting
field for the mau who is illy provided
with means to protect himself from cold.
Besides, thero is no need to hurry to
these gold fields."If tho mines are as rich
as reported, a year or two hence, after a
better civilization has been established
at the gold fields, ?ho chances for fortune
will bo just as good as they are now.?
CONVICTED OF A [CRIME.
Decatur, Ala.. July 31.-The trial of
Lewis Thompson, colored, ended here *o
day. ? Ho was charged with feloniously
assaulting a little white girl while a col?
ored woman held tho child. Thompson
was found guilty and tho penalty was
flved at death. Another colored man and
tho woman are to be tried later. ^ %
RIVER TWO MILES WIDE.
A Cloudburst In Connectict Causes
Very Heavy Damage.
Ansonia. Conn., July 31.?Not in a de?
cades has tho Naugatuck river been two
miles wide, yet that .Is what it was this
morning at Thomas to u at 10 o'clock.
From Its source In Win?ted to its junc
tlou with the Housatonic river, a mile
below this city, this usually quiet stream
was a raging toirent. The .rain of last
night coming upon Ttho ground already
soaked by the severe storms of the last
two weeks had to run off,and the Nauga
tuck tried to accommodate it all. It
was an * Imposslblity, and wherever the
river runs through level land, ^as it does
in Thomaston, It spread out ?beyond.any
bounds known heretofore.
At Waterville, just above Water bury,
the river took the whole valley for its bed
and the highway between Thomaston and
Waterville was seven feet under water.
The Nagatauck division, of the consoli?
dated roail had several washouts between
Waterbury nndj Winsted. In some
places six feet of 7 water flowed over the
t racks and the trains were stalled. At
Torrlngton the damage was very heavy.
Several highway bridges between that
town and Litchtield were carried aw ay.
An 'old-fashioned circus travelling by
wagon was nearly swamped out, the
grounds being flooded before the evening
performance was over. Help had to be
sent to pull the tents down >nd carry
them to higher grounds. A dam holding
back a large body of wator "was forced
out during the early morning, and
helped to swell the flood.
At Litchlleld there seemed to be a
cloudburst, and the flood reached propor?
tions never known there before. Thou?
sands of dollars have been iost in ruined
crops, bridges carried away, and . high?
ways washed out. At Shepaug ."stat'on,
on the railroad of that name, a little
stream hardly worthy of the title of a
brook oecame a river in an hour.
The principal highway^of the town is
gone entirely and teams cannot travel
over it. In some places holes have been
gougeel out large enough to swaPow a
house. At Morris the railroad tracks
were washed away.
Waterbury was a severe sufferer. All
over tho city tho unpaved streets were
gullied and many of them will bo impass?
able for weeks. The storm of a week auo
did damage of *30,000. A great part of
this damage had heen repaired when last
night's rain undid all tho work.
West .Winsted, Conn., July 81.?A
cloudburst broke over this ^region last
midnight and lasted until daybreak this
morning, entailing a damage of at least
500,000. Nothing like it has occurred In
this county since June, 1802.
Tho rainfall amounted to 5.30 inches,
making tho total rainfall for July to date
13.6'23 Inches. The storm was accompa?
nied by lightning and heavy thunder.
It was discovered this morning that
the Otis reservoir, which'covers 1,300
acres of land, "aud " is undoubtedly the
largest reservoir hereabouts, had sprung
a six-inch leak near the base. John
Root, who tends the gates at night, made
the discovery anil at'once sent out an
alarm. Several families left town. A
few of tho more daring villagers wheeled
an old cannon to the foot of the reser?
voir,and after considerable difficulty suc?
ceeded iu plugging u?< the hole with the
cannon. The two thirty-foot gates at
the reservoir are open, and the Farming
ton river, through wh'ch the surplus
waters of the reservoir How, la high.
The reservoir was built several years
ago by men in New Hartford andCollins
ville and is owned by the Farmington
River Water Power Company. It fur?
nishes water power to tho large Green?
woods cotton mills in New Hartford and
also to the Collins ax?i works in Coins
vllle. The Farmington river at New
Hartford is eight feet above its normal
height. The first train to arrive from
Bridgeport this morning "did nor reach
here until 3 o'clock this afternoon.
CYCLONE KILLS SEVEN.
The Victims Were Ail on the Farm of A.
San Jose, HI., July 31. ? A cyclone
struck the farm of )A. C. 'McDowell,near
this place, to-night, and his house and
barn were destroyed. Seven persons were
killed on 'tie farm andthree] wereseverely
'nj u reel.
The killed are A. C. McDowell, Mr. Mc?
Dowell's grandson; Mrs. Samuel Brown
lee and three of her children ;and Miss
Mrs. A. C. McDowell, her son Charles
and her daughter Mary^ were severely
COLONEL GRANT RESIGNS.
New York," July 31.?Fred Grant has
resigned as a member ol the board of
policcf commissioners of this city. Differ- I
ence of opinion with other members .of
the board as to how the force should be
run is the reason' given for his action.
Mayor Strong has announced; the accept?
ance of Colonel Grant's resignation,which
takes effect at the close of business to?
day. Colonel George Moore Smith was
this morning appointed to succeed Col. F.
A WONDERFUL FIND.
Houston,-Mich., July 31.?Five drill
holes blasted in Six-Mile shaft . broke
seven tons of ground, over one ton of
which was native copper. This 'Js by far
the richest strike of copper ever made
and has caused great excitement through?
out the Lake Superior mining district.
A NOMINEE INELIGIBLE.
Dos Moines, In., July 31.?F. L.
Eaton, who was recently nominated for
governor of Iowa bv the Prohibitionists,
is IneligibhMiot having Hvd in the Stato
the required two years, S.'P. Leland'of
Charles City, will probably be put on tue
ticket to fill the vacancy.
AN INHUMAN FATHER.
Ozark, Ark., July'?81.?Lee Davidson
has been arrested here charged with in?
fanticide. It is alleged!that he threw his
.wife's baby into a hog pen and that it
was devoured by the swine.
THERE IS NOTHING SO GOOD.
There is nothing just as good as Dr.
King's New Discovery for Consumption,
Coughs and Colds, so demand It and do
not permit, the denier to sell you some
substitute. He will not claim there is
anything better, but in order to make
more profit he may claim something elso
to be just as good. You want Dr. King's
New Discovery because you know it to be
safe and reliable and guaranteed to do
good or money refunded For Coughs,
Colds, Consumption and for all affect ions
ol Throat , Chest and Limits there is noth?
ing so good as is Dr. King's New Discov?
ery. Trial bottles free at Massle'8 Phar?
macy, 10!) Jelferson street.
Regular size f>0 cents and $1.00.
Five and Six Hooks.
Also Carry the Fol
H. & S.
? 34 Salem Avenue.