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There has been much adverse criti? cism of the law passed by the last Leg evident that those who have been most strongly inveighing against the measure have lost sight of one or two essential facts in considering the mat? ter. The collection of taxes is absolutely necessary for the maintenance of the machinery of government. This fact, however, hss never made taxation pop? ular. From time immemorial the col? lection of taxes, whether justly or un? justly assessed, has been a problem. Even in the churches, where men are supposed to be influenced by the high? est and purest of motives, it is some? times found necessary to adopt meth? ods of doubtful expediency in order to make both ends meet. In the case of real estate it is pos? sible, of course, for the government to collect the taxes assessed upon it by forcible sale, if the owner fails or is unable to pay the amount due. For a number of years the method in vogue in Virginia has been to go through the farce of advertising and making sales of property returned delinquent. That this system was an utter failure was shown by the constantly increasing length of the "delinquent list," many names of persons appearing who were amply able to pay, but who through disinclination or sheer negligence let the matter proceed, and in the mean? time the State was forced to get along without the money assessed. This con? dition cf affairs made it necessary to enact a law which would not be a dead letter on the statute books, one which would convince careless property hold? ers that tax paying was not child's play, but something upon which the govern? ment of both the State and the nation depend for their maintenance. The new law is by far the most effective one yet adopted. By means of appealing to the instinct of self-interest of both the would-be "land grabber" and of the man who has carelessly permitted his 'and to get into a "grabable" position, the law accomplishes the desired end. It is unfortunate that the provisions Of the law fall with unnecessary harsh? ness upon any one, but the collection of taxes is absolutely necessary and it is difficult to imagine how such a thing can be accomplished without bringing inconvenience to some one, and we feel sure that a. careful perusal of the meas? ure will convince all fair-minded per? sons that the interests of nil the citi? zens of the State are- reasonably safe? guarded. Before going into spasms of ?indignation against the law-makers il might be well to remember that they have to deal with an element of human nature which abhors taxation, and which will sometimes go to almost any : lengths to escape payment. THE WESTERN WAY. In commenting upon the action of the Chicagoans in their recent fight against the aldermen of the "Windy City," the Chicago Chronicle says: "We are wiid and wooly out this way; l we are noisy at times but we don't wait to lock the stable door until the horse is stolen." This is the only and proper and sen? sible way of conducting affairs. So long as the citizens of a municipality keep a close watch on those who have charge of the city's affairs there will \ be little danger of things going very far wrong. It is only when the people be? come so much engrossed in their own affairs as to .lose interest in public mat? ters that corruption has full sway. ! Whatever is is by sufferance of the peo? ple. [ A dispatch from Havana says: "On, the heels of the announcement that Jim Corbett will open a saloon here comes the news that Bat Masterson and Wy att Earp. of Tombstone, Ari.; Doc Hol? iday, Ed Casey, the Kid, of Skaguay, Alaska, and Doc Brown, of Spokane Falls, are coming to Havana to engage in various enterprises. From appearan? ces the early history of Western towns of the United States is to be repeated in Havana. Gambling-houses are being opened everywhere." Thus we carry the blessings of Christian civilization to the benighted Cubans. Items of Interest. The wives of Siamese noblemen cut their hair so that it sticks straight up from their heads. The average length of it is about one and one-half inches. Gelatoid, a mixture of gelatine with formaldehyde, is being/ used for un? breakable goggles to protect the eyes of workmen exposed to flying particles of stone, metal or wood. The names of the architects of the new South Station. Boston, will be chis? eled in enduring granite high up on the front facade of that structure, in ac? cordance with plans duly submitted by them. Corncob pipes are made by the car? load in Missouri, and sell for 25 to 27 cents per bushel. The industry is also an important one in Indiana, and one factory at Brightwood turns out be? tween '1.000 and 5,000 a day. In 1S2S there were 1,085 debtors im? prisoned in Philadelphia, their debts amounting to $25.40!!: the expense of keeping them was $R02.07fi, paid by the city: the amount of debts recovered by this process was $295. Soup has been in use for 3,000 years I and is twice mentioned in the Bible. A j few years ago a soap-boiler's shop was discovered in Pompeii. The soap found I in the shot) had not lost Its efficacy, | although it had been buried 1,800 years. Debtors in Siam, with three months' arrears, can be seized by the creditors and compelled to work out their indebt? edness. Should a debtor run away, his j father, his wife or his children may be ! held in slavery until the debt is can- I celled. The father of Major Marchand is an old carpenter at Thoissey, in the Ain, j and he is vastly proud of his son's achievements. General Otis, now in Alanila. is said to j be ignorant of his candidacy to succeed Senator White, of California. The gen? eral is editor of the Dos Angeles Times. A brochure, by Mary Foote Hender? son, wife of ex-Senator J. B. Hender? son, of Missouri, advocating a new White House to be erected on Meridian Hill, is being distributed at the capitol. Dr. Shweninger. who won fame and fortune through Prince Bismarck, has accepted the headship of a big hospital which is being built in 'Steglitz. He will open a college of medicine in connection with the hospital. Miss Wiesen recently won the first prize for marksmanship at the little town of Attinghauser, made famous by Schiller. She won from over 100 com? petitors, including her father, seven brothers and three sisters. The family look nine prizes in all. Arthur T. Hadley, professor of polit? ical economy in the academic depart- I ment of Yale university, is at present considered the most likely successor to President Dwight. Professor Hadley is a graduate of Yale of the class of '76. New York Yale graduates are booming Judge Henry W. Taft of the class of 'SO for the place. NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. PLEASANT FURNISHED ROOMS. \ southern exposure, with or without board, private family. 131 Thirty _fourth_ street_ _dec29-lt WANTED?To buy or lease for a term j of years a Livery Stable, or a build I ing that can be converted to such a use. Address D. C. Perkins. North Brookfield, Mass. dec-2S-3w.:j WANTED?To buy or rent Second hand Remington Typewrited. Address "T." care Daily Press FOR RENT?Flat of four rooms, fur? nished or unfurnished. Apply at 210 26th street. dec-28-3t* WANTED?Three unfurnished rooms. ! Address R. G., Postoffice Box 23, City. ! dcc-28-lt* I - ! \ Notice of Dividend. Citizens & Marine Bank. Newport News, Va.. Dec. 15, 1S9S. j The directors of this bank have de i clared a dividend of three (3) per cent, j out of the profits for the past six i months, payable to the stockholders on and after January 2, 1S98. W. B. VEST, Cashier. I dec28-lw DIVIDEND NOTICE. At a meeting of the directors of the : First National Bank of Newport News, ; held December 23rd. a dividend, of three per cent, was declared out of the earn | ings of thr- past six months, payable to : the stockholders on and after January 2, 1899 J. A. WILLETT Cashier. 112-29-Ct ..: '. . ALONG THE WATER FRONT. Flotsam and Jetsam of the Tide of Current Maritime Events. Weathei Forecast WASHINGTON. Dec. 2S.? Forecast for Thursday?Virginia: Increasing cloudiness, with probably rain at night; warmer; light southerly winds. Calendar for This Day. Sun Rises.7:17 A. M. Sun Sets.4:57 P. M. High tide 9:19 A. M? and 9:55 P. M. Low tide 3:00 A. M.. and 3:49 P. M. Vessels Arrived Ve3terd?7. Steamship Phoebe (Br.), Story, Gal vcston. Steamship Stella, Galveston. Schooner John S. Beacham, Rich? mond. Vessels Soiled Yesterday. Steamship Leander (Br.), - New York. Steamship Riojana (Span.), Guerrica, Liverpool. Steamship Kanawha (Br.), Maxwell, Liverpool. Steamship Drat, -, Bristol. Steamship Betty (Aust.), Bleecinch, Trieste. Steamship Prazathus, -, Trieste. Steamship Stella, -, Aarhaus. Barge Mary Whitridge. New Bedford. Barge George Moon, New York. Barge Raeitan, New York. AN INSPIRING SCENE. Hampton Roads presented an inspir? ing scene yesterday with something like a hundred schooners at anchor, and dozens of steamships. The former ves? sels had, most of them, put in for fear of the prospective storm which it seems is not scheduled to materialize. Many of them took their departure yester? day.. DIED ON THE MARYLAND. One of the crew of the bark Maryland, formerly the Spanish bark Carlos F. Roses, now anchored In Hampton Roads, died on that vessel outside the capes and was buried at Fisherman's Is? land. The Maryland is bound to Balti? more from Havana hy way of Tortugas, where she performed a strict quarantine and was fumigated. The death of the sailor makes the fourth which has oc? curred in connection with the vessel since her capture. MANITOBA AND JAMES xOWN. The shipyard officials have as yet re? ceived no advices about the time of ar? rival of the quarantine siiip Jamestown and the United States transport Mani? toba, both of which will be overhauled here. The Cape Charles quarantine station has been closed for the season and the Jamestown doubtless will come here from Old Point, where she is stationed, in the next few days. It was expectsd that the old ship Would he sent here as soon as Quarantine Officer Pettus, .at Old Point, left her. The Manitoba is now at Charleston, S. C, taking on soldiers and military sup? plies for Cuba and is expected to sail from that place daily. While it is not known just when she will be here, it is believed that the transport will make for Newport News after loading this de? tachment of men. Both of the ships need overhauling and the Manitoba will be refitted as to staterooms and saloons. The James? town will be placed in condition for the next quarantine season. The contracts to overhaul these two vessels aggregate upwards of ?200,000. THE B.-VDGER IS HERE. The converted cruiser Badger arrived in Hampton Roads on Tuesday from League Island. She will be further equip-ped for her trip to Pacific waters' at the Portsmouth yard. The Badger and the Yosemite, which ts soon to sail, will each carry a complement of 350' men. The collier Sterling has arrived at Montevideo on her way to Hampton Roads. She was one of the vessels sent ahead of the battleships Iowa and Ore? gon to supply them with coal on their voyage to the Pacific. She landed her cargo at Punta Arenas, in the Straits of Magellan, and then started back. CLEARING AWAY THE RUBBISH. Two tugs and crews of the Merritt & Chapman Wrecking Company are at work clearing away the rubbish and burnt parts of the steamer Cape Charles taking on coal, and it is said will sail for Portsmouth today. SAILING OF THE SANDOVAL. i Yesterday morning the captured! Spanish gunboat Sandoval sailed out of Hampton Roads en route to Ports-1 mouth, N." H., where she will be re paired. The Sandoval is commanded by Lieu-' tenant Edwin A. Anderson, who distin-j guished himself by cutting the Cienfus- ! gos cable during the late war. Her sister ship, the Alvarador, com- j manded by Lieutenant Victor Blue, isj mouth and then commissioned for serv- j ice. TO DELIVER RELICS. NORFOLK. VA., Dec. 28.? The former Spanish gunboats Sandoval and Alva rado, commanded respectively 'by Lieu tenants Anderson and Victor Blue, sail? ed today for Portsmouth, N. H. via Annapolis, where they will deliver relics to the Naval Academy and give the cadets a chance to see the captured ves? sels. They will be overhauled at Ports with a view to raising her. That will require several days yet, but the wreck? ers declare that they will raise her. It is probable that this yard will bid on the work of rebuilding the Cape Charles. NOTES. When the late Calvin S. Brice failed j in his earliest ventures he was about to ! give up entirely had it not been for the j encouragement and aid given him by ! Mr. Foster, who was afte.'ward secre- j tary of the Treasury under President Harrison. Lord Curzon, before leaving London, completed a book on "The Indian Fron? tier," and had arranged for its publica? tion, but the book has been withdrawn from the publishers, at the suggestion, it is believed, of the queen, who has pointed out the impropriety of a book about India by the viceroy during his term of office. While on the bench Associate Justice McKenna. of the United States Supreme Court, is the personification of dignity, in private he is the most democratic member of "the highest tribunal in the land." In pleasant weather he always walks to the court, stopping frequetitly j to chat a moment with a friend or gaze j with interest at the shop windows. The young Chinese emperor, having j outlived the reports that he had com- I mitted suicide or been assassinated, is j now described by Dr. Dethere, a j Frenchman, who is one of his physi- j cians, as merely a sufferer from fits of depression and lassitude, his real ail? ment, so far as there is any, being ab? normal melancholia. Governor Wolcott. of Massachusetts, has recovered from his recent attack of the grip and expects to resume his duties in a day or two. A memorial window to the late Gov? ernor Luzon B. Morris, of Connecticut, lias b.;en placed in Center church. New Haven, by his daughter, Mrs. Pratt, of I Brooklyn. A. W. Millspaugh. aged 85, has been i ticket agent at the LTnion Depot, Kan- 1 sas City, Mo., since 1870 and has been i in the railroad business for over fifty | years. Mr. Millspaugh is as active as | though only half his age. The Princess of Wales never carries | any money about with her. It was not j so long ago that the Princess, on at- ? tempting to enter an entertainment in- j cognito, found herself without the two : shillings required to pay the entrance i fee. BRIGHT GEMS IN OUR / Ornrnm, PUT ON SALE FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS WEEK. TOP GOfVTS Nobby a ad Stylish. Handsomely Tailored. Gf\RM&NTS TO PROT> YOU FROMIGOLD WOULD GH&f\P TWELVE. STORM GOf\T8 Extra Long Cassimcre Lined THEBANNER CLOTHIER 2606 WIoshingicn ayenue. 2906 Washington Avenue, - - Newport News; Ya Again for Xmas Gifts. 5c .1 A i Infants' Soft Soled Colored and White Kid Moccasins. Regular value, 2?c. ?} --"* ?.?_ u_i_ u_._,_.iii_ Children's Genuine Dongola, solid leather, patent tip, lace and but? ton Shoes. Regular value, $1.00. ..... 98G Misses' Vici Kid, hand-turned, patent leather tip, solid throughout, in lace or button. Regular value, $1.50. Ladies' Genuine Vici Kid, soft and flexible, patent leather tips, in lace or button, in all the latest; shapes. Regular value, $2.00. Sil Ladies' Hand-Sewed imported Vici Kid, silk fitted, in all styles, in lace or button. Regular value, 53.00. (Men's Satin Calf, heavy sole, bull dog toes, lace and Congress Shoes. Regular value, $2.50. g?? t\ ;xu^.n^_.? 1 Calf, ing t S5 00 Men's Tan Russia Calf and Box Calf, leather lined, heavy soled Shoes, in bull dog<and all the leading toes. Regular value, $3.00. Men's patent leather Shoes, hand sewed, in all the latest styles. Guaranteed, not to crack. ? ??? . 98c Men's black and brown Der-bys and Fedoras, in all the latest shapes. Regular value, $1.50. i&u f j. ? u_u_ $1.48 Men's black and brown Derbys and Fedoras in Dunlap and Knox styles. Regular value, $2.CO. 290G Washington ?ve., Newport News, Ya. push ice, Eieotrio Lights; sale ana mmi] No Di?t, No Odsr. No Matches, PO?lER.\ 'phone Peninsula Electric Light and Power Co. NEWPORT NEWS, VA. (Board of Directors meet third Tuesday in each month.) arc, X \ Incandescent and WHOLESALE AMD IftUL, BeU Wiring done GOLD STORAGE, I on short notice. ARC LIGt\TS I Inspection guar> Incandescent Lights, lanteed. UETERORCONTR*CT\m\iti m G?i??ii mo ras i rixiures oi Factory Prices Schmelz Brothers, Bankers, NEWPORT NEWS, VA. Off r TJ-ioir* Customers SSv&ry Accomnnoda tion Consistent lA/itti Safe? Benking, Accounts of individuals, firms and corporations solicited. Collections ma.? on all parts of the country. Foreign drafts issued.on all parts of the world. Of mo Saving Department. j Deposits received from 10 cents to $5,000, and interest allowed at the rate of FOUR PER CENT. PER ANNUM. ! SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES f-OR RENT. iOrly Safety Boxes In ?ri? City Secured oy Time Lock W. A. Post, President; J. R. Swinerton, Vice-President; J. A. Willett, Cashier. Fairst National iBank of newport news, va, GnHTf.L $100,000-. 5l'RPLUS$ 30 000 DIRECTORS: W. A. Post, J. R. Swinerton, M. B. Crowell, M. V. Doughty, R. G. Bickford, * C. B. Orcutt, I. Eugene White, J. A. Willett. Accounts of banks, corporations, merchants, individuals and firms invited. We offer depositors every accommodation which their balances, business ami responsibility warrant. Sell our own drafts drawn on all principal cities o? "'safety deposit boxes for rent. G. B. West, President; D. S. Jones, Vice-President; W. B. Vest, Cashier. of newport news, va. CAPITAL $50,000. SUKPLUS $15.0<JQ, PAID IN DIVIDENDS, $5.5,500. A gene.al banking business. Every facility offered for safe and prompt transact'on of business on favorable terms. The accounts of corporations, firms a:i<*. individuals solicited. Special attention given to collections. Drafts drawn all parts of the world. SREG/AL SAVINGS DER ART MEN INTEREST ALLOWED ON DEPOSITS OF $1 AND UPWARD. DIRECTORS: G. B. West. IT. E. Tarkcr. T. M. Benson, .T. B. .TennSngs. L. P. Strlme?,' E. T. Ivy, D. S. Jones A. C. Garrets J. M. Curf