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PobluUlco at leooud-olasi mailer THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 1 ???17. POSTOFFICE SCANDAL ECHO. Sainuol A. Goff Is dead. He is the Second man, generally believed In? nocent, Id die of a broken heart fib'] Hit result of the famous postofllco Investigation trials conducted by former Fourth Ass'starh Postmaster General Brlstow. The tlrst was tho Into ex-Postmaster Qonurai Tynor, who closoil a career of forty ye:i.i In the goverinnoiit service character Izcd by nollilng but honor, sinking Int; his grave with the knowledge of an honorable ncqultnl at- this bunds of the law, but stung by lAibltc denunciation based on ex rnprte' Htutomeuts. Samuel A. Golf wan police oftlcor of tho District oT Columbia. He had served twent) >oars on the force and was about to retire on a pennsion, for widen lib had applied. Previously Mo had .served lu the civil war, being nitul'J first irrgctiiK for bravery wnt-.i im dor eighteen years of age. lP-i tnl t'hts for mechanics led to the in? vention of the (iovlco which fa.iuns loiter boxes to the Iron ' po> 3 :"J they can not bo removed except, from the Inside. U wi, an unde? niably tnorltorlous Invent ion but when ho sought, to market II to tiie officials of i he Postofllco Depart? ment he found himself nga'ns'. the famous "rake-off" system. Jus; how far he was Involved In the trans action which sent .him to the .A.i.utiil.-ville, West Virginia, prison, \v1th A. W. Machen , and Dille- B. Goff; has never been absolutely shown, but tho special counsel for the government, Hon. Holmes Con? rad, thought BUflloloritiy well of his conduct to make a special plea to the jury to acquit him. To tho surprise of every one the jury dis? regarded the pica and convicted Mr. GotY. I During his long form of service on the police force, and through1 hla Inventions, he had accumulated some money?estimated nt. from $10, 0?? to $30,000. Most of It was ex Decided during the trial. The gov? ernment ceased to pay for his pat Qiited letter box holder on tho ground of collusion and fraud. The District, government refused his po? lice pension because of his convic? tion. Ho left the penitentiary a broken, old man, crushed in spirit and IInances, Peeling his brother could have saved him by u frank explanation, Samuel A. Ooff left tho penitentiary at the same tlmo as Diller1 B? hut they trqd separate pntns and never spoke. Groff is dead and another chapter In the famous postofllco frauds ense Is closed. The majesty of the law has been vcndlcated, s.but after all the question Is whether tho great United States, escaped with glory from that slough. Machen Is still In tho penitentiary; so is Beavers, who confessed and took his medicine while the man charged with being his accomplice went to trial and was acquitted. When history writes the story of those cases she will put down on one sido tho killing of Gen. Tyner and the bankrupting of his nephew; tho sentence of death o< Sr.m Goff; the ruined reputation of Metcalf and the penitentiary sei Vice of Messrs Machen and Beav? ers. On tho other page of the ledger slio will write the expense of half a million dollars, tho turn lug topsy?tnrvoy or tho PoslnlTlce Department, and tlio rotlreinent Into innocuous desuetude of the chief In? vestigator. IMnybo history can Brtlko a balance. BLUE LAWS IN BOSTON. Boston lias gone bach to tho days oT Colton Mather nnil about tho only i Min.-, you can do In tho Hub on Sunday without fear of ar? rest is to breath and go to church, and tho whole trouble has been started by District Attorney Moraii whose great ambition in lire Is to "boo his name occupying the head? lines In the papers. A Tew weeks ago ho arraigned the police oflleials or Boston in no uncertain manner for hoi enforcing the liquor laws or that city. The police have retal? iated by enforcing a whole stack of blue laws which had been forgot? ten but which have never been annulled. A week ago last Sun? day, everybody who was seen by an ofllcor doing a stroke of work was summoned before a magistrate for decision whether the work was one of necessity. Twelve hundred per sons In all wero thus brought to Justice and a great many of them paid fines. Sweeping sidewalks^ delivering lee cream and other per Ibhabio articles of food, shilling theatrical scenery and effects, the playing of orchestras In hotels? those are typical Instances' or the kinds or Sunday work which, the police made arrests. Last Sunday the people were not so reckless In attempting to do work hut hero Is a list of offenses lor which a great many were plac? ed under arrest. Hnrnoi slug a pair of horses. Checking bags and parcels at tho North station. Repairing lire alarm line at Ja? maica Plain. Soling fruit ut the South station. Washing windows at the South station. Chinaman Ironing. Towboat captains in harbor. Keeping bakeries open uftor hours. i Washing sleeping cars at South Boston yards. Moving theatrical scenery. Raising railroad tracks at Dud? ley street. Carting Band lor L railway. Shining shoes after 11 a. m. The enforcement of the blue laws without regard to common sense Is mighty Inconvenient Tor the people In the city but if Is also holding tho town up before tho world In ridicule and cannot help but fall to Injure it to n more or less extent. In the end, however, this rigid en? forcement of a lot of old dead laws will be a good tiling for Boston as it Is arousing the people to the fact that their statute books need a thorough overhauling, something that has not been done' for years because of moral cowardice or be? cause they were forgotten. The pages on which they are printed have grown yellow with age and long ago outlived their, uselulnesr, if they ever had any at all, and Boston will he a better town when they ceaso to bo laws. There was an incrense oT over $14,800,000 in the amount of money in circulation during December, tno most notable Individual increases being one of over $0.000.000 In gold coin mid one of over $7,400,000 In gold certificates. As compared with January 1 lnst year there wns on the first day of this mon an In? crease of over $212,300,000. Tho most notable. Individual change was an Increase of over $110,400,000 In gold certiflleotes. Likewise note? worthy were Increases of over $57, 800,000 in national bank notes and over $38,400,000 in gold coin. The total volume or money in circula? tion on January 1 was $2,SS:5,!?oo, 328. On the basis or a population estimated by the Treasury experts at 85,307,000, this represents a per capita circulation ot $311.78, an in? crease of 13 cents as compared witn the preceding month, and of $1.90 as compared with the corresponding date a year ago. - ? ?B_I It la not a particular edifying spec i tacle to see court room doors closed against a crowd of women who want? ed to attend a murder trial because there were some highly sensational features attached to it. Such, how? ever, was the case at Luray, this state, where the Good murder trial I Is in progress. That dismissal of seventy-two mem? bers of the Virginia Military Insti? tute has ./.long string attached to It Tho Shah of Persia is dead. Such is the solemn announcement made In the papers of yesterday. Well what of It? The world is going on I just the same. j It is stated that American navnl Officers will have a chance to son the .groat. British battleship Dreadnought I Some time this winter. Perhaps Kng I land is sending her over here with iho j thought that perhaps she is going to ( scare somebody. If that Is the case she has another guess coming. That he has made SPECIAL PRICES on all of the broken lines of SUITS and Overcoats a.l sizes here. Sweaters, Underwear, House Coats and Bath Robes at Reduced Figures. Bell Phone 256; Citizens' C. The Appropriations committee of Congress had said no to the project of fortifying tlie mouth of the Chesa? peake buy, but that does not neces? sarily menu that the plan is dead Tor over. It is only a matter of lime when tho fort will have to be con? structed. Carrie Nation Is in Norfolk. That Is nenr enough for Newport News people, thank you. Culpeper Is once again on the map. This time ft is tho black man who is in the limelight. it looks as if the Ponce was to lie added to that long list of mysteries which the ocean so thoroughly hides. A woman Is terribly afraid of get? ting her skirts dusty when she has on pretty stockings. WITH THE PARAGRAPHERS Talking of cruel ami unusual pun? ishment, a New York judge read some of his own poetry to a man he sentenced.?Norfolk I.cdger-Des patch. A French dying-machine inventor, died recently, leaving his patent to the poor of Paris. Perhaps he fig? ured that, sinco they were already impoverished, flyng-innchlne experi? mentation could not make matters worse for them.?Baltimore News. Roosevelt's unerring choice of one mlos is again exemplified in his j selection of Harrltnan.?Detroit Free I Press. How much shaper than n serpent's tooth It Is for a Tammany boss to elect a thankless mayor??Now York World. Anyway, the Twenty-fifth Infantry lias wono more attention than a doz? en campaigns could give It.?Cleve? land Plain Dealer. Of course the President is gulag to drop the tariff question. lie Is now studying the effect of Gans' j "left hook." on Herman?New York I Herald. A lusty national swat at the dead? ly technicality would be worth more than all the sermons on lawlessness preached in the sanctum or pulpit.? Atlanta Constitution. Captain Hobson considers it his duty to occasionally remind the country that Japan could tako tho Philippines from us without any trouble, but we are willing to wager that Japan would get a big bunch of trouble with them.?Washington Post. Mr. Hearst has laid a big job for Attorney General Jackson if he pur? poses to have Mr. Jackson investi? gate police and law-enforcement con? ditions in New York over the head of District Attorney Jerome.?Buffalo Express. A Wonderful Happeninq. Port Byron, N. Y., has witnessed one of the most remarkable cases of healing ever recorded. Amos F. King, of thnt place says: "Bucklen's Arnica Salve cured a sore on my leg with which I had suffered over SO ycarr I am now eighty five." Gnnr an'^ed to cure all sores, by the Ideal Pharmacy, 25c. THE LAND OF ROMANCE. Bpulii mid tin- Peculiar Temperament of Hh I'eoplc. If I wore asked to sum up the domi? nant Impression that the survival In Spain of the old world medliievallsm makes, I should say that Spain Is In the precise and specific sense of tho word the home of romance. The spe? cial character of the Spanish tempera? ment and of Spanish developments In literature und in art Is marked hy n quality, rising and sinking with the rise and fall of Gothic, which we call the romantic spirit?a mixture, that Is, of the mysterious and grandiose with the grotesquely bizarre of the Bonrlngly Ideal with the crudely real, a mixture which to us today has the cunning fas? cination of art, but was really on both stilus the natural outcome of the ex? periences and feelings of the men who created It. This romantic spirit was once the common possession of all Christendom, but the Spanish tempera? ment peculiarly lent Itself to the ro? mantic attitude, and It Is In Spain to? day that we may catch Its final vanish? ing echoes. It Is the church, always the most powerful Stronghold of trad^ tlon among uny pe iple, which enables the stranger most vividly to realize how well the romantic spirit has been preserved In Spain. Notwithstanding invasions from without and revolutions from within, especially during the early years of the last century, Spain Is still the country where the mediae? val spirit of romantic devotion Is most splendidly embodied and preserved.? Havelock Ellis In Atlantic. THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. A Member Uny Hrlnlc There, but In I "...( Allowed tu Hut. The British house of commons has! Us own code In regard to the pnrtak- j lug of liquid and solid refreshments. 1 A member making a long speech may | take a drink, and the house is liberal 1 enough not to care whether tho-color I of the contents of the glass is white or i brown or black, whether, In fact, tho glass holds water or whisky or beer. Mr. Gladstone's egg flips, which bis wife carefully compounded for him mid be brought to the house In a bot? tle, are classic. But woe betide the man who scorns drink and must have nient. Contempo? rary recollection only recalls one mem? ber rash enough to disregard this rule. It was u number of years ngo, lu thu stormy time of the home rule debates, that an Irish imfmbcr. In the small hours of the morning, produced from his pocket a paper bug and drew out a bun, which he proceeded calmly to eat. The house was instantly In an uproar. There were loud cries of "Or? der! Order!" and that bun was never finished. No member may read n newspaper In the house. If be had the temerity to smoke, the sergeant at arms would quickly place him under lock and key. ?Applelon's Magazine. Mexican Charcli Lesend?. Querelara was a town before the Spanish conquest and was made a city In Ki.">r>. A legend of Queretaro Is that i an Otouilto chief. Fernando de Tapla j I by name, undertook to convert the city i I to Christianity lu a way that seems | novel to us, but was common enough , to bis day. He came from Tula with j a challenge to the people of Queretaro to a fair stand up light. If he won, tile i people surviving were to be baptized.! The challenge was accepted, but while' . the tight was in progress a dark cloud J came up and the blessed Santiago was seen In the heavens with a fiery cross, whereupon the people of Queretaro gavo up and were baptized. They set up a stone cross to commemorate the, event on the site of the present church of Santa Cruz. There Is scarcely a church In Mexico which has not a leg cud of this kind attached to It. hllftjudved. The manager of an office had adver? tised for an office boy. In eonsequeuco he was annoyed for an hour by a straggling lino of boys of ull sizes, claiming various accomplishments. "Well," lie said to a late applicant, "I suppose you can road anything, und write anything, and figure a little, and use the typewriter a little, and"? , "Naw!" Interrupted the boy. "If I could do all them things I'd strike yer for yer own job. I ain't nothln* but cn office boy." Ho got the position.?Bohemian. ttcnieily For Kxcoks In latinc A hint to those who may thought? lessly nt some time or other indulge in I excess, in eating. If this Indiscretion I is committed, especially lu high sea? soned things with rich sauces, a draft of cold water acidulated with lemon juice will take off the sense of weight at the stomach nnd assist the digestive process by moderating the alimentary j fermentation. Old KnftlUli TClcetlons. As nn Illustration of tho violence that was once common during political campaigns in England Is a quaint bill from a lawyer after nn election nt Andovcr in 1768: "To being thrown out of tlio George Inn, Ajidover, to my legs bel?g thereby broken, to surgeon's bill and lo.S3 of time and business, ?500." A Loophole. "But. Tommy," said his mother, "didn't your conscience tell you you were doing woug?" "Yes'm," replied Tommy, "but I don't believe everything I hear."?Phil? adelphia Proi-s. The I'nrolinNlnK ARent. "Dad," asked Bobby, "what Is bi? ology?" "Go nsk your mother," replied dad curtly. "She spends tho most money." ?Harper's * Weekly. SCHMELZ BROTHERS BANKERS (City and County Depository.) Usuoi certificate of Deposit for 150.00 or more, nsgotlable and pay? able on demand. Drawing Interest at the rate of FOUR PER CENT.! WE KNOW YOUR WANTS AND WANT YOUR BU8INE?i, THE STRONGEST BANK IN THE CITY ;> W. A. POST, President. J. A. WILLETT, Cashier. I J. U. SVVINBRTON, Vlce-Pres. ARTHUR LEB, Asst. Coahlor. % THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK U. 8. GOVERNMENT DEPOSITORY, CITY DEPOSITORY, CITI? ZENS' DEPOSITORY. Capital .I 100,000.00 Stockholder*' Liability. . 100,000.00 Burplua and Profila .?. 100,000.01 Other Raaourcos Make Tota' Ovt.?1,000,000.00 <# arme For the People Of the People By the People H. QL'lNCY SMITH, A. L. POWELL, President. Vlce-PreB ldeat. Wll. H. KELLOG, Cashier. THE NEWPORT NEWS NATIONAL 8ANK CAPITAL, 1100.00?. ?. 5. 80YERXS3ENT DEPOSITARY Transacts a geueral banking butlnesa. Four per cunL Interest allowed on Luviunu accounts. GRAIN, HAY, FLOUR,MEAL, MILL= FEED, POTATOES. SPOT CASH?NO GOODS DELIVERED. Choice Timothy Hay, per 100 lbs. 51.10 No. 1 Timothy Hay, per 100 lbs. 1.05x Ship Stuff, sacked, per 10? lbs. 1.20 'Bran, Bticked, per lOO lbs. 1.15 Vn. water ground white bolted meal, sacked . 1.15 No. 2 Mixed Corn, BaCKed, per busncl . .54 1 No. 2 White Oats, sacked, per bushel .43 No. 2 White Clipped Oats, saCXed, per bushel . 1 .44 Dnnlop's Superlative Flour, per Dbl. 3.85 Dnnlop's Superlative Flour, l-16th Sacks . 3.85 ! Choice White Mich Potatoes, per sack . 1.40 KAN AW HA GRAIN CO., Inc. 34th Street and C. & O. Tracks, |JUST ACROSS THE BRIDGE. N-..PORT NEWS, \ a. I SsOts'SoT Save, Newport Nsws Disti Is guaranteed to give entire satisfaction; all coal kept under sheds, and is always screened. FRED. W, SANFORD, General Manarjer. Thirty-fifth Street and C. & O. Railway. Bell Phone 08. Citizens Phone, 308. Martial Law for Scranton. SCRANTON, PA., .Ian. 9.?ah a I result of the typhoid epidemic the city-is practically in a state of mar? tial law. In language noted for its vigor. Mayor Dimmlek addressed: the police force, stating that "the fever epidemic practically demands' martial law in the city for the next few months." ARE YOU If you are not entirely satisfied ; |with the handling of your Rents, Real j Estate and Insurance, try us at No. j 2517 Washington Avenue, Newport j News, Va. We will do all we can to j please you. If you have property for | salci list with us. C. G. Nclms, Scry., 1 W. E. Kitchen, Treas., C. B. Nehm?. J Prest., Howard VV. Bowon. Directors,I I Albert Howe, | p. Stoarnsa; H. E. | Parker. 1-9-Ct. I SEE ME. T. G. CQBURNy Electric, Qas and Gas oline Construction and Supplier COMPLETE STOCK. Both Phones 148?Residence Bell Phone 118-Y: Residence Citizens Phone 41S. Office and Store 2917 WASHINGTON AVENUE.