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J. E. THACKER, Editor and Manager. PUBLISHED EVERT MORNING EXCEPT MONDAY BY THE Daily Press Company POSTOFFICE BUILDING. SUBSCRIPTIONS. Dally, twelve months. $4.00 Dally, six months .$2.00 Dally, one month. .40 Daily, one week .;'..10 The Dally Press may obtained every morning at the following places; Crossley Bros.. "Washington avenue. J. A. Corey, Acre. Chesapeake & Ohio Restaurant. Charles Robinson. No. 7 Ivy avenue. Advertising rates furnished on appli? cation. Contractors are not allowed to exceed their space or advertise other than their legitimate business, except by paying especially for the same. Ad? vertisements discontinued hefore the expiration of contract will be charged for at transient rates tor the time in? serted. All business, news letters or tele? graphic dispatches should be addressed DAILY PRESS. BELL'PHONE.2514 CITIZENS' 'PHONE . 14 Entered at the Postoflice at Newport News, Va., as second-class matter. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1898. THE FRENCH ARMY. In commenting upon the dissensions that are now shaking the French repub "e to its very foundation, the Chicago Chronicle speaks as follows regarding hat portion of the population from ime of every man in France is placed m the rolls from which the recruits are drawn necessary to maintain the nu? merical strength of the army or to in? crease the numbers if required. The recruits spend three years in active service?are disciplined and drilled un ?I il they become adept soldiers. They may then return to civil life, but for ten years are numbered among 'the reserve of the active army. They then pass into the territorial army for six years and then are in the territorial reserve Tor six years more. This is twenty-five years during which the recruits are bearing or are liable to bear arms. At the age of 45 they are finally dis? charged, but the traits of military life and discipline never disappear." This succinct statement of the rela? tion which the army bears to the nation at large furnishes an explanation of the hesitation felt by the authorities while considering the matter of reopening the Dreyfus case. 'Circumstances tend to show that the prisoner of Devil's Island was the victim of a huge conspiracy. This injustice should be wiped out even if such a course involves the destruction of the republic. Sooner or later the is? sues now involved must he settled by a revolution which will either overthrow militarism or else will more firmly establish its sway. Nothing can be gained by postponing the struggle. If civil authority is to control it should ?become something more than a name, i f the army is to rule, the court martial should become the supreme court of the nation. No people can live in peace with two masters striving to govern i hem. Militarism or republicanism?one or the other must go in France. NEW PHASE OF SUNDAY LAW. :: Councilman Davenport, of Fort Scott, Kas., has brought forward a hitherlo,unrecognized pha>5? of the Sab? bath observance Question. As a result of a Sunday crusade in that city, the barbers and "street' cars were forced to suspend operations oh the first day cf the week. This aroused the ire of C^nc^jlrnan Davenport, who professes 'do be ?nable to see why ministers of the gosp\l should be permitted to pursue their call?ng, for which they receive reg? ular salaries on the Sabbath day, and in 'order to strike down what he pleased to call this inconsistency, he has offered an ordi? nance specifically including the minis? ters' of the gospel in the provisions of the Sunday law./ While Mr. /Davenport's ordinance raises some interesting points it is un sidered. However, if it shows the good people of Fort Scott how a good thing in itself may be forced into a ridiculous and inconsistent attitude, it will ac? complish some good'at least. Nearly twenty centuries have elapsed since the 'Christian era began. In that whole time the record fails to show the case of a single soul being legislated in? to the Kingdom of (Heaven. It is pos? sible to lead a horse to the water, but all the power, in the world cannot force him to drink unless he feels inclined to do so. The Philadelphia Press almanac for 1S99 has made its appearance. It is a volume of over- 500 pages, replete with the information that every citizen in? terested in the past, the present or the future of the country in which he lives needs constantly. There is no depart? ment of human activity'' which is not touched on. The farmer and the mer? chant, the clerk and the professional man may eaoh find in it something to interest and instruct. It answers the many questions concerning the govern? ment of the United States and of for? eign nations, is a valuable resume of the war with Spain, abounds with sta? tistics from commercial and industrial pursuits, tells the story of the part play I ed by the Keystone boys in the late war ?and is, in fact, a complete cyclopaedia of the world's activities during 1898. The almanac may be had from news? dealers or by sending 25 cents to "The Press," Philadelphia. General Corbin volunteers the infor? mation that "divine visitations" were responsible for the heavy death rate among the volunteer.3. Perhaps, but the General fails to state that the "di? vine visitations" had able allies in the AVar Department. DKLIGHT TlTVTuUX ICNTKKTAINKD. Postmaster Kctul Tenders a Iteception to His Employes. . Postmaster Fred Read delightfully entertained the attaches of the post-' office last evening at his hospitable home on Twenty-third street, tendering' them a reception which they will re? member as one of the most agreeable ocaasions in their connection with the office. j The Invitation was, of course, unani? mously accepted and by nine o'clot/k all were present. 1 The menu was a work of art. , It was ! as follows: Cold Turkey. Chicken Salad. Celery. Baked Smithfield Ham. Chicken Sclad. Potato Salad. Cranberry Jelly. Old English Plum Pudding. Brandy Sauce. proctedc-d to t...- uining hah, .-.here u; tastefully arranged table, filled with potted plants, greeted the sight of the juests. After partaking of the good i :hings provided, which included all that j ivas procurable, both in the domestic ind foreign markets, and having been reinforced by a plentiful supply of that ivhich cheers and sometimes inebriates the assembled party were treated to a number of toasts delivered by those present. Mr. J. T. Reed, assistant postmaster, was chosen toast-master. The first toast called was "Our Post? master." This was responded to by Mr. Read, the postmaster, who, in a few appropriate remarks said that the efficiency of the postoffice of Newport News was due entirely to the able as? sistance rendered by the clerks and car? riers. "Our City," was responded to by Mr. R. B. Watson. "Our Carriers" was responded to by Mr. James D. Bohlken. "Our Clerks" was ably responded to by Mr F. D. Henley. "Our Absent car? rier, Hiram S. Scull," was respondeu to by S. J. Bradshaw, superintendent of carriers. At the conclusion of the banquet Miss Lizzie Read, nephew of Postmaster Read, rendered some very choice selec? tions on th&"piano, which were heartily encored. ( A great deal of credit must be paid to the wife of the postmaster, who super? intended the arrangement of affairs. The menu was left entirely ti the dis? cretion of Mr. (General) Lohse, the well known caterer of Newport News, who managed affairs in the usual well known style. At a late hour the guests dispersed, wishing Mr. and Mrs. Read many happy returns of the occasion. TOO MUCH MOTHEK-IX-L.VW. Paul Jones ?ml Marth? Edwards, Itlood flold Negroes, ISotoIi the job. It was a case of too much mother-in law, superinduced by red-eye, and natural born cussedness. It happened in Bloodfield about 5:S0 o'clock yester? day afternoon. Paul Holmes, physical? ly a very large negro, came home, and amused himself before supper by fight? ing with his mother-in-law, one Martha Edwards. The latter, finding her claws ol no avail against brute strength and awkwardness, picked up an axe lying near the door, and endeavored to exe cute the good resolution she had formed to slice him through the middle of the J head. Holmes grabbed the axe about midway of the helve, and in snatching] it back, struck a little four-year-old negro child in the head with the eye of it, breaking the child's skull, inflicting an injury which will doubtless prove fatal. CITY NEWS IN BRIEF. Lizzie Daily, a nine-year-old colored girl, living with Susie Mallory, No. 615 Twenty-first street, stayed from home Tuesday and has not been heard from since. . ' ? ? Mr. J. E. Moore, agent for Metropoli? tan Life Insurance, for Newport News, and Miss Lillian Pettman, of Smithfield, were married Wednesday morning at that place. Mr. and Mrs. Moore have taken up /.their residence-on Thirtieth street. The pilot house .of the tug E. Lucken bach was badly damaged Wednesday night by the tug coming into collision with the whalcb'ack steamer City ot Everett at the coal pier. The 'latter vessel was not injured. Flotsam and Jetsam of tbe Tide of Current Maritime Events. Wrathet Forecast (By Telegraph.) WASHINGTON, Dec. 29.?Forecast for Friday, for Virginia?Increasing cloudiness and possiby ight rain and much coder Friday night; fresh to brisk southerly winds. The cold ?weather is likely to continue until Monday. Calendar for Tills Day. Sun Rises.7:17 A. M. Sun Sets.4:59 P. M. High Tide 10:27 A. M., and 10:57 P. M. Low Tide 4:15 A. M., and 4:54 P. M. Vfwmeln Arrived Yesterday. Steamship Lincluden (Br.), Watley, Norfolk. I B id ??.1 Steamship Indrani (Br.), Gillies, Glas? gow. Steamship Fernmoor (Br.), Davies, New Orleans. -i.j^i Schooner Cox and Green, Boston. Schooner Estelle Plinney, Portland. ?V?>R?el? Sailed Yesterday. Steamship Fernmoor (Br.), Davies, Rotterdam.. i Steamship Jamaica (Nor.), Brum, Port Antonio. ' Steamship Carlton (Br.), Adams, London. >_,_a ; Barge "Woodside, Boston. At the Motels. At the "Warwick?E. L. Richmon, Baltimore; S. E. Bernhardt, Baltimore; H. C Poinston, Washington; Sol Levy, Baltimore; H. B. Gray, Baltimore. At the Imperial?Blair Blanton, Roan oke; Wm. H. Tomkins, Roanoke; R. B. Felthorns, Richmond; J. C. Quintz, Ayden, N. C; A. H. Gude, Brooklyn. At the Hotel Ivy?W. W. Evans, Cen terviile, Utah; Ducej" Wood, Fielding, Utah; F. S. Goodman. Old Point; C. H. Corhart,,' Portsmouth; William Blue ford, Portsmouth; F. Benson, Johet, 111.; S. Bergstein, Potsville, Pa. At the Alleghany Inn?John B. Rodg? ers, Brooklyn; H.' B. Craig, Syracuse; J. E. 'Warren, city: B. M. Nose, Ford, Va. At the Metropolitan?J. E. Seintz, 'Harrisburg, Pa.; G. H, Southard, Rich? mond; James E. Haring, Dead 'Man's Gulch, Col.; C. J. Shells, Marinsburg, Va. PHILADELPHIA RESTAURANT. Mr. John A. Lyons opened up the Philadelphia Restaurant, corner of Washington avenue and- Twenty-fourth street, yesterday at noon with a dinner to which'be invited a number of friends, who turned out unanimously and en? joyed a fliSt-class recast. The restaur? ant is neady fitted %p, as cleaii' as a new pin, and starts oufWell. Mr. F. W. Porter \\\\\ nanage' the\enterprise and the best wishes for his success are en? tertained by tht eating pifblic. Will 1? Retained, . CBv Tletrranb,'* President saw the regiment at Macon, Ga., when he was there, and was favor? ably impressed with its appearance. The President indicated to Mr. White that he would retain the regiment in service. Frederick De Barry Dead. (By Telegraph.) NEW YORK, Dec. 29.?Frederick de Barry, founder-of the house of Freder? ick de Barry & C*., wine importers, died this moning at his home in Sum? mit, N. J., of apoplexy, aged S3 years. He founded the De Ba.rry line of steam? ships in Florida and also possessed or? ange groves in that State. ?Generous Treat to the Bleb at JcstaT? Simp? son Hospital. o.-. '????:.??..? . ? ? - ; - "??? There was joy among the injured and invalided soldiers at the Jerry Simpson hospital yesterday, and all the inmates of the institution shared in it. Mr. William Baulch, of Old Point, with the aid of several ladies and gen? tlemen prominent in musical and church circles, tendered the sick soldiers a complimentary entertainment, consist? ing of vocal and instrumental music. The band attached to the fort also volunteered, supplying several numbers, under the efficient leadership of Profes? sor Tasslin. Among the participants in the lengthy and varied program were, Mrs. John T, Cavill, of Bpworth Church choir, Norfolk; Miss Alice Oliver, of Norfolk College, and mem? bers of the Artillery School Band. Major John L. Tiernan, commandant at Fort Monroe, presided over the as? semblage in the big mess hall and Chaplain Walkey made a happy address at the close of the entertainment, ex? tending the thanks of the soldiers to Mr. Baulch and his associates in the good deed. The evening was a truly enjoyable one for the unfortunate in? mates, who evidenced their delight in the unstinted applause they bestowed upon each of the entertainers hi turn. A vote of thanks was given to Mr. Baulch, the originator of the concert idea. A Poor School. Mrs. Strongmind?I am afraid that women's college I am sending ,my daughter to doesn't amount .to' much. Friend?It is a very famous insti? tution. Mrs. Strongmind?So I had heard; but my daughter lias been there three years and she doesn't look or talk or act like a man yet.?N,. Y. Weekly. NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. LOST?On Washington avenue, be? tween 25th street and bridge, cash and order book. Finder will please return same to Bright & Belch, 217 25th street. 12-30-lt* TWO SECOND-HAND PIANOS for sale or rent at The Bookstore. 126 twenty-sixth street_12-30-lt WANTED?Gentlemen boarders, beau? tifully furnished heated house, cen? trally located. Terms reasonable. 129 Thirty-second street, between Wash? ington and West avenues 12-30-lm* FOR RENT?Store room 20x60 feet, second door above St. John's church, Hampton, Va. Was occupied by us as apharmacy. G. G. CONGDON & _CO., Hampton, JVa.__ 12-30-3t* WANTED?Five experienced insurance' agents for Hampeon and Newport News. Liberal contract. Apply "In? surance," box 153, Newport News, Va. 12-30-3t* WANTED?To buyv.or lease for a term . of years a Livery' Stable, or a build Ving that can be converted to such a use.. Address D. C. Perkins, North Brp'okfield, Mass. dec-28-3w. WANTED?To buy or rent Second hand Remington Typewrited. Address "T." care Dailv Press DIVIDEND NOTICE. First National Bank'of Newport News, held December 23rd, a dividend of three per cent, was declared out of the'earn? ings of the past six months, payable to the stockholders on and after January 2, 1899 J. A. WILLETT Cashier. 12-29-5t_ Notice of Dividend. Citizens & Marine Bank, Newport News, Va., Dec. 15, 1898. The directors of this bank have de? clared a dividend of three (3) per cent, out of the profits for the past six months, payable to the stockholders oh and after January 2, 1898. W. B. VEST, Cashier. dec28-lw BRIGHT GEMS IN OUR ! PUT ON SALE FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS "WEEK, TOP GOf\T8 Nobby and Stylish.1, Handsomely j Tailored. would GfiE>f\P nr TWELVE. Gf\rme)NT8 TO prot> YOU from:gold STORM GOf\TS Extra Long Cassimere Lined IS ?9 THE BANNER CLOTHIER 2606 U/a^hingfon ayenue. WE "WISH TO OUR PATRONS AND THE COMMUNITY, AND WE OFFER OUR THANKS TO THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR GENEROUS PAT? 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Inspection guar/ anteed. Eiecific and GomBinaiion fixtures ot Focionr Prices ?????? 'PHONE 2SIS. Peninsula Electric Light and Power Co. NEWPORT NEWS, VA. (Board of Directors meet third TaeBday In each mouth.) WHOLESALE AMD RHAiL. GOLD STORAGE. flRG LIGHTS incandescent Lights, 16 ET Eft OR CONTRACT MOTOR POWER. sole No Dirt No Odor, No Matches? Schmelz Brothers, B?nke NEWPORT NEWS, VA. Off v The>ii* Customers Every Accommj tion Consistent l&iith Saft? Banking, j Accounts of individuals, firms and corporations solicited. Collections; J on all parts of the country. Foreign drafts issued on all parts of the wv. Dime Saving Department. Deposits received from 10 eents to $5,000, and interest allowed at the rate FOUR PER CENT. PER ANNUM. SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES FOR RENT, ionly Safety Boxes In, the City Secured ey Time I_.< W. A. Post, President; J. R. Swinerton, Vice-President; J. A. Willett, C OF NEWPORT NEWS, VA, I GnHTflL $100,000. SURPLUS Sell our own drafts drawn on all prin DIRECTORS: if* IW. A. Post, J. R. Swinerton, M. BACrowell, M.-V/?^ R. G. Bickford. C. B. Orcutt, I. Eugene "White, J. A. ' Accounts of banks, corporations, merchants, individuals and flovj, I We offer depositors every_ accommodation which their balances, b responsibility warrant. I the world. SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES FOR / ^ J? G. B. West, President; D. S. Jones, Vice-president; W. V^c OF NEWPORT NEWS, VAV?>" CAPITAL $50,000. SUKPLUS PAID IN DIVIDENDS, $15,500. A gene-.al banking business. Every facility offered for saf, '?? transaction of business on favorable terms. T}je accounts b, -0 firms a:id individuals solicited. . Special attentiortr'given to coileeV't drawn all parts of the world. / [SPECIAL SAVINGS DERART INTEREST ALLOWED ON DEPOSITS OF $1 AND UPW DIREC TORS: . B. West, H. E. Parker. T. M. Ben son, J. B. Jennings;. L. P. E. T. Ivy, D. S. Jones. A. C^GantetV '-3. M. .Cor*'