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brass fire causes considerable damage Fanned by High Wind it Reaches Over Large Tract and Con? sumes One Dwelling. EFFORTS TO STAY WERE FUTILE Residents of the Riverview Section Were Out In Force to Fight the Flames That Threatened to Destroy Their Homes?Burned Itself Out Early This Morning. A brush fire, which completely de? stroyed u two-Btory frame dwelling house and for several hours threat? ened the destruction of other resi? dences in that section, occurred along the tracks of the Newport News & Old Point railway oetween Riverview and LaSalle avenue last night. The' origin of the fire is unknown. The blaze started on the north side of the railroad tracks eaat of River view about 9 o'clock and fanned by a high wind, it rapidly spread through the tall grass ami brush, eating to? ward LaSalle avenue. Flying sparks Ignited the grass on the opposite side of the car tracks and soon the field for several hundred yards around was ablaze. Scores of people living in that sec? tion hurried to the scene of the blaze aud an attempt was made to check the flames, but It proved totally fu? tile. After burning for an hour the flames ignited a comparatively new frame dwelling house situated near the car tracks west of the Newport News & Old Point railway car barns. Soon the entire building was ablaze and it was destroyed in a very short time. The house was unoccupied. The structure was built less than a year ago by a man named Hopkins and was recently sold to the New? port News Land & Development Com pftnv. It was valued at $1,000. While the building was being con? sumed the flames continued to spread through the grass and sage brush, slowly eating toward the railroad Car barbs. A number of residences were In the pnth of the flames, but clear? ings had been made around them and they escaped damage. At 1 o'clock this morning the fire had burned itself out. flooFthrows This town into a panic (Coltinued from Page One.) prepared ror tue emergency and gangs were at work In a few min? utes and the last reprost were that their work was progressing rapidly. Better at Evansville. EVANSVILDE, IND., Jan. 22.?The Ohio river came to a standstill this evening, the guage showing forty live feet six inches. It Is reported here that at Tell City 1,200 .people arc homeless. I'uMi ? First Audience. Adellnn Pntti once gave the follow? ing account of her first audience: At six years of age I was a prlmn donnn of the nursery. When I had been put to bed on my returh home with my father and mother from the opera I \ised to make sore that they and the rest of the family were asleep, and then I would hop out from beneath the Counterpane and fancy myself a great cantatrlce, bowing before the plaudits of a huge audleuee. I ndmlt my audi? ence was a little apathetic, but, after all, that Is not to be wondered at, for they were only a row of dolls which 1 had ranged on chairs before me. A Patlciit Snnkc. One does not often attribute the vir? tue of patience to u snake. ?'?Letters From a Surgeon," however, contain au anecdote In which its existence is evi? dent. Dr. Perry, surgeon of the Twen? tieth Massachusetts, wakened In camp one morning to find himself tightly field In (be clutch of Dr. Haywnrd, his senior officer. "Don't move, John, till I say three!" ctdered the senior sharply. "Then seize my. hands, and spring to your feet. One, two, three!" .At the word Dr. Perry Jumped, and lioflever made a cleaner leap. He was Just lif time to sec n moccasin dive un? der the oont which bo had been using for a pillow. Armed with sticks, they dragged the coat away, but saw only the hole Into which tbo snake bad glid? ed. The Burgeon had accidentally block? ed the entrance to the reptile's abode, and It had lain all colled under the back of bis neck, waiting patient!.* for ]a\m to move so It could enter. The reverend gentleman who has ?midwtnken to pray away the sins of ^Vall htreet is no doubt long on faith. >w ? - - ORIENTAL JUGGLERS. Feats 1'crforiueil by Chinese und l:[?m t liutlun .MuKloiaiiN. ''During a trip through the far oast I was much impressed with Hie won? derful feats performed by some of tho Chinese und Indian Jugglers nh'ill sleight of hand artists," snld a Chi? cago man the other day. "In Amerl ?an theuters wo see some skillful work along these lines, hut tho per? former Is usually at a considerable distance from the spectators and could employ many aids that tho ori? entals do not use. "I have scon Chinese and Indian mnglciaus come ou board a ship ami In the center of a circle of passengers perform I rick s that are little short of marvelous. For instance, one of tho Chlneso would ask u spectator to place a coin in the hitter's hand. The Chinaman would close the lingers oue after another over the piece of money and then, by passing his bunds over the closed list of bis "subject." would In some mysterious manner extract tho coin. I have bad this trick work? ed on inc a number of times, and I am no nearer to knowing how It is done than 1 was the first tlnio. "Theu I have seen an Indian magi? cian come out on deck, place a Small seed on the plauks. pour Ii Utile water over it, cover with a small cloth for n 'moment and then remove the cloth to disclose a living plant a foot or more high. Those fellows do not wear long, baggy sleeves In which a piano might almost bo concealed, but huvc bare arms. There Is said lo bo a clan of jugglers, among, whom the secrets of] tho craft are jealously preserved nudj banded down from father to sou."? Detroit Free Tress. DRESSED SEALSKIN. Tlte Way Thin lleniHiriil Kur la | Ilruutilit to Perfection. If a lady's sealskin Jacket be com? pared with the coarse, hard or dry salted sealskin as Imported, or, still \ bettor, with the coat of the living furl seals, one is struck with the vast dif- j Terence between them. Passing our lingers among the hairs! of the cat or dog. we may notice lino Short hairs nt the roots of the longer, ] coarser general covering of the nhhnal. | Tills Is so called under fur. lint In the greater number of these animals the short hairs are so few and often so fine as to be, comparatively speaking, Iost| sight of among what to our eyes con? stitutes tho coat. The operation which the skin under goes to bring out, so to say, the fur. may lie briefly described as follows: The sklu, after being washed to rid It of grease aud so forth. Is laid Hat on the stretch, flesh side up. A lint knife Is then passed ncross the flesh sub stance, thinning It to a very consider? able extent. In doing this, tho blade severs tho roots of the long strong hairs, which penetrate the skin deeper than do the soft, delicate ones under the fur. Tho rough hairs arc Iben goi rid of while the fur retains its hold: A variety of subsidiary munipiila Hons, In which tho pelt is softened aud preserved, are next gone through, and theu the fur undergoes a process ol dyeing which produces Hint deep uul form tint so well known and admired. A Freshman. A freshman who had entered oue of the large universities and was not much accustomed to the ways either of Institutions of learning or of cities was returning Into one evening from n lecture. When near bis lodu'.ngs ho was halted by-two masked men, who "hold him up" In true metropolitan style. One of tho men leveled Hie convention? al revolver nt the young man, while tho other relieved him of his watch, pocketbook and other valuables. lie made no mention of the matter to any? body at the time, but a few days later ho roported It lo the president of the university. "It .wasn't a great deal," he said, "but it was more than I like to lose, and I think It's an outrage to trout u boy that way." "Why didn't you toll mo of this soon? er?" asked the president. "I supposed they would bring the things back to me next morning," he answered. "It was a cobple of sopho? mores hazing me, wasn't It';"?YouHi'b Companion. Costliest of'All Fluli. Tho fish was no bigger than a silver dollar. Its color was bright gold, and It had n boawUful bushy golden tall. "That," said tho pet stock dealer, "Is the finest aquarium fish in the world, a Chinese brush tailed goldfish. It Is handsome, healthy and long lived. A good brush tailed goldllsh." he conclud? ed, "costs $250 or $000, and somo fine specimens bnve sold for as much as $700 apiece." Good Some Otbcr Time. "Just as Jack was about to kiss mo last night fnthcr walked Into tho room." "Wbnt did you do?" "I gave Jack a rain chock."?Mil? waukee Sentinel. Imperative. First Doctor?Is this operation abso? lutely necessary? Second Doctor?It is. Tho only possible cbnnco wo have of collecting our bill is from bis life fnsurance!?Llf e. A Poor Wrapper. "Yes; poor Mrs. Elderly Is all wrap? ped up In that son of hers." "And he Isn't much of a wrapper, chV" SERIOUS, YET tf?NNY UNCONSCIOUS HUMOR THAT HELP9 TO PUT SPICE IN LIFE. Some Examples of Delightful lnoon Brultlr? Iu Speaking, Wililm; and I'nlitllnc That Appeal Stroniilr to i the Sense of the Itldleulous. ' Nothing has added more to tbo merri? ment of the world than the unluton i tlonal, unconscious humor of writers, public speakers uud, lu fact, all classes dud conditions of men and women. And there Is none so delightful. It far exceeds lu mirth provoking quality tho cold blooded humor of tho professional wits. Wo Americans arc a fun loving peo? ple, and we must and will have our Jollity. Some one has said with cer? tain truth: "With all our vanity, ener? gy and unrest, we are not a dull, cheer? less people. Sour faced fellows, yellow und dyspeptic, are to be met with lu our cars and on our Btrcets. but they are not the type of tho American, for he is as ready for .a laugh as for a speculation, as fond of a Joke as an office," I And the Joke is all the more enjoy? able when It Is spontaneous. The great? er the stress and strain of life the 'greater the need and demand for hu? mor, and no one deprecates the value of humor excepting those who have none of this good gift to their portion. "Sunset" Cox, one of the wittiest men of his day, says iu his book, "Why Wo Laugh:" "Eliminate from tho litera? ture uud conduct of nny one people tho amusing.and the amused fnculty, and you produce a sterility as dull and un? interesting as the cinders and ashes of the volcanic Heids of Iceland. Uut la elude the amusing element within tho experience and history of ninuklnd, and no description of luxuriance, with grape, olive, nectarine and orange, sueh as makes the vales of Portugal a percu nlnl smile. Is adequate- to emphasize the contrast." One could not well instance a more amusing blunder than that la a paint lug of the "Blessed Virglu" In tin old church In Spain. In this painting the Virgin Is represented as sitting on a red velvet sjfu fondling a cat with uiil1 hand, while with the other she Is pour? ing coffee from a silver coffeepot. This Is us amusing as a painting in a German church representing the sacri? fice of Isaac by Abraham. In this painting Abradant Is about to dis? charge a huge pistol at Isaac when an angel descends and pours a pitcher of water on the pan of the pistol, thereby saving Isaac. The writer once saw a crude painting or King Herod with a pair of specta? cles painted on his nose. There Is a very old painting of St. Peter denying the Saviour, and several of the Kornau soldlers lu the background hnvo pipes In their mouths. Those who are on the lookout for Uietn will find many amusing blunders lu the daily papers and iu periodicals of all kinds. It was but the Other "day that the writer saw Miss Pnnny Cros? by referred to iu a religious paper ns tho "author of so many blind poems." And It was a great metropolitan dally that one morning gave its renders the following information regarding the wrecking of n ship the night before: "The captain swam ashore and suc? ceeded in saving tho life of his wire. She was Insured In the Northern Ma? rino Insurance company aud carried a cargo of cement." Equally amusing as an instance of unconscious hmnor was the statement made by another paper regarding the capsizing of a boat at sea. It said that "bnt one life was lost, and that was found afterward." He must be sadly deficient In bumor who does not find himself amused by a sign like the following seen lu the win? dow of a shoemaker: "Any respectable man, woman or child can have a fit In this shop." It was an enterprising fur? rier who placed a card in his window stating that for tho benefit of the la? dles he would make "muffs, boas, etc., out of their own skins." A prolific source of amusement to manuscript readers is tho surprising way iu which aspirants for .literary honor aud glory often "put things.'* Wo find one young woman saying of her heroine: "Tho countess fell back In a deadly swoon. When she revived her spirit hnd fled." Another young writer places her her? oine In a very perilous situation and then says of her, "Her Hps quivered; her checks grew pale; her breath caine In short pants." \ A third writer gives this nmuslnj? description of the appearance of some one she referred to as "tho bell ol the ball:" "She was clad In sumo soft, clinging, fleecy, vnpory Btuff of purest white that gave tho appearance of n bit of detached cloud floating In the sky. She wore no ornnrnent with tb? exception of several bits of rare bric a-brac gathered in a foreign clime." ? A charming bit of purely unconscious humor wp.s that noticed by some vis? itors to a great English coal mine. Al the mouth of tbo great central shafl hundreds of fc-et deep was a placard bearing these words: "Please do not tumble down the "?Detroit Free Press. Colored Woman Insane. Susan Anne Hollier, an aged color? ed woman, was taken to jail last ev? ening on the chnrgo of being a luna? tic. Tho woman lived In 'ho Pee Deo section. She was adjudged In sano several years ago. D OLD POI OF YEARS \V OF 8TUDY AND EXPERI? MENT Tho method of prepar? ing tho stool and torn9 porin? Is our ox oluslvo Booret VOU GET EVERLASTINQ SMAVINQ COMFORT I01CEB c.tbo. ?so 1 Uignotl<r runo ?550 PoiW. Cob:?y. I *C0 (or Ltit v UuJi * ? "Carto-MixrMtic Blcutlc CutktoH Straft, f I.CO. Pn? Uooklet "IUuU to Staren." For Sale By H R. BOOKER & CO. HAMPTON, VA. BEES IN WARFARE. Tvto Imilniu't'n In v. Meli tln> Iimect? Wen- tHrti um Weuttons. History records two Instances in which bees have been used lu warfare as weapons against besieging forces. The llrst Is related by Apptan of the stogo of ThemlHcyra, In l'oiilus, by I.n cullus In his war against Mlthrldntcs. Turrets were brought up, mounds were built, and huge tiilnc.t were iiuulo by tho Komans. The fi?opte of TlibtulB cyra dug open llteat* mines from above and through the lulus easl down llpoh the workmen hettra and other wild uulmals and hi von or swarms of boes, The second Instance Is recorded In an Irish manuscript in the ltlbllotuct|UQ Royttlo at Kr?ssels and lolls how the Danes and Norwegians attacked Ches? ter, which was defended by I be Husens ami some Gallic auxiliaries. The Danes were Worsted by a stratagem, but the Norwegians, sheltered by hurdles, tried to pierce the walls of the town when "what tho Saxons mid the Onoldbll who were among them did was to I throw down large rocks, by which they ' broke dowu the hurdles over their heads." What I he others did to check this was to place largo posts under the hurdles. What the Saxons did next was to put all the beer and water of the (own Inlo the caldrons of the town and boll tbetn and spill them down upon those who were under the hurdles, so that their skins were pooled off. The remedy which the Lochlaus applied to I his was to place hides outside on the hurdles. What the Saxons did next was to throw down all tho beehives In tho , town upon the besiegers, which pre? vented them from moving their bands or logs from the number of bees which stung them. They afterward desisted and loft the city. ! Tho work of ousting Mr. .lohn Sharp Williams from tho minority I leadership Is still making his oppon? ents Champ. Wines and Liquors I belong to the lost tribo that stray, ed away from Dublin before Mosos sailed on tho Red Sea. I'm a prlco cutter. I'm a money-maker; I'm tho ono that sells all straight WhUkloa retail at wholesale prices. Tho fol? lowing high grado 10c Whiskies I sell for 6c. n drink; Paul Jones, Pure Rye. Sherwood Rye Whiskey, Carroll Springs, pure Maryland Rye Whiskey, Overbold Rye whiskey, Parkwood Rye Whiskey. All rf tho above nara?i(l Whiskies are strictly high grade; watch my prlcWa If you daro, boat me If you can. Whiskey In bulk at following prices Old Nick Pure Rye, 1-2 pt, 25c; gallon .$4.00 I,eonard'p Favorite. 1-2 pt., 20c; gallon .3.00 Hunter's Baltlmoro Rye, 1-2 pt, 25c; gallon .4.00 Maryland Club, 1-2 pt., 25c gal? lon .'.. 4.00 Paul Jones Pure Rye, 1-2 pt., 20c; gallon .2.75 Carroll Springs, gallon ^. 2.50 XXXXRakor Rye, gallon .2.50 Star A. Rye, gnllop . 2.?0 Moss Rose gallon .2.00 Larkwood Pure Raye, gallon .. 2.00 Jefferson Hure Rye, gallon. 1.75 Kentucky Bourbon, gallon . 1.40 Double Stamp Gin, gallon . 2.00 The following brands of Califor? nia Wines, Port, Sherry, Catawba Claret, Blackberry at 25c per qt. por gallon, 75c. Pride of North Car? olina, <i years old, gallon.2.00 Kummolll, per gallon . 2.00 N. LEONARD'S Barrel and Bottle Mouse. 1ft AND IS MELLEN ST., Phoebus, Vs. 'Phone, ?21 Pure Food Store SPECIALTIES. BUTTER) TEA and COFFEE Cheese of all Kinds Canned Meats Bottled Goods And Many other Delicacies for the j able. Finest Quality!?Full Weinht! ? LoweGt Prices! F. H. COUCH No. GO W. Queen St., Hampton, Va. Phone 110. Phone 110. 1-10 3m. NT?Continued. $3.50 and $4.00 Gun Metal Calf. V 3.50 Patent Colt, Best Grade $4 00. (These two up to the minute.) ' ' B ?hib IT V..? HAMPTON, VA. HENRY L. QCHMEU President. FRANK W. DAR?NQ, Vice t 'resident. H AMPTON, VIRGINIA. I? THE OLDEST AND LARGEST IN' EITHER HAMPTON PR ? NEWPORT NEW?. CAPITAL,.$100,000.00 SURPLUS AND PROFITS, $110,000.00 ; DEPOSIT? OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS, The only designated Depository In the St?to of Virginia In Eastern Vlrslnla. Wo make loans on Real Estate?N?T PRO HI SITED?sa are tha National Banks. "OUR PER CENT. INTERE8T PAID ON SAVING* DEPOSIT?. NELSON S. GROOVE. Cashier ST FOR PRE8CRIP1IQNS , CALL UP sj GARDNER & Hl'DQIN&i THEY ARE THE DRUQGU 8. Pine Toilet articles, Patent Mcdlclnos, Clears and Candles.. North King Street. HONE 13. issssmwBtesaam ;| FOR RENT, 'p 014 l.ocit.'it St.. C rooms . SiM^i '529 Center St.. 11 rooms; modern conveniences ....'."' 23.??',? 320 Center St., 5 rooms ..;_ 1?;?0 222 Fulton St., 9 rooms, modern convonlonoes.' .?? ?5;tJ0 326 Marshall St., 10 rooms, modem conveniences . 30,00,7 14 Academy St., f, rooms . 10.00 ? 413 Newport News Aye., 9 rooms . 18.00 ' Ivy St., near Lordloy's Crossing. 6 rooms . 6f>0 - Lauderdalo St., near New Car Barns, C rooms . 10.(10 ,. LaSalle Ave., 8 rooms . 13,00 LaSallo Ave., 5 rooms. 7.G? ' STORE8. Hampton Hotel, will put In good repairs. B. Queen Strcot . $12.00' 8 S. King Street .,. 2G.C0 12 S. King Street. 20.00% 9 'Armlstead Avo. 0.00. 13 and 15 combined, Armlstead Ato . 20.00. FOR SALE. 54 Aero track at Buckroe Boach. An exoollent opportunity for investors. An excellent homo on Chapel Street can bo bought fori $1,650.00. A practically new 9 room dwelling and largo lot oh Newport News Ave., can bo bought very cheap. OED. W. PHHXIPS Real Estate, Rentals, Fire Insurance, Notary Public and Auetton?>?r. 0 AND 11 N.'KING ST. Phone 50. HAMPTON, VA We Wi*h to Call Your Attention to Our PpULTRYPEBD Wo have'In stock-Chick Feod,j Wheat, Wheat'S?recTiing*;;Chlck seat. Ground Bonot Meat Moni, Mica S'av; Cubical Grits, Ground Oyster Shells and Powders of different kinds as well as other foods. Wo also have In otock Erblno Veterinary Medicines. Call and .866' us. Itospectfully yours, ?. - Queen Street Su pply Co. Per J. B. TOPPING.