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jjlf HIGH GRADE TEAS, I ";
Brno That Never Get Beyond the Bounaaries of China. ,'Mauy of the highest grade Chinese ] Itts never leave the o??utry?that la, i ?e never exported In commercial quau- . lies." says a writer. "Tea specialists ! I Europe and America manage to ob- j tlu specimens through corresponding ! jrius in Chinese export centers, but | bese samples are not for sale. These ? ire leas are preserved for occasional ! mpartsdu and testing with the gen- j ul commercial teas. They are known j s 'uiiexportcd teas.' I have known of ?uly one person outside of the tea pro* litclug countries who supi)l!es the | rnde of the geueral public with sped metis of the rare teas.. His prices range from $7."i to $100 u pound. "As hot even an expert can safely judge such lea by Its appearance alone, I It Is necessary to taste It in the cup be? fore purchasing. The vender can hard? ly afford to dispense this $100 tea gra? tuitously, so a charge of $1 to $1.50 a Clip Is made, and as a Judiciously pre? pared infusion allows the making of about 200 cups from a pound of tea the profit from this tasting Is almost gigantic. On rare occasions exception? ally valuable teas sold at auction lu London have brought from $225 to $275 a pound. "But these fancy tens?almost lit? erally worth their weight iu gold?are rarely seen by ordinary people. They are preserved In seuled kIuss Jars lu the safes of the ten specialists who own thorn. Such exceptional tens are worth the high valuation placed upon ' them."?Chicago News. THE WAITER. An Enviable Job, Hit, According to ' One of the Profession. "Why ilo the young men of America sneer lit the waiter's calling?" suld the quiet man in the black swallowtail cout. "A waiter can travel all over the world, become a superb liuguist and easily earn from $2fi to $511 a week. | Vet the young clerk or salesman, -with 'eight tier' and no future, sneers at him. "When I was u young chap my good mother wanted me to take a Job lu a department store selling collars. Not I. 1 said I'd be a waiter. Aud my mother was shocked. "Vet look at me. As a waiter I trav? el wherever I wish. One winter I'm iu Egypt, the next on the Riviera, the next In Rome. Spring finds me In Paris, and thence 1 leap the channel lu time for the London reason, lu the uutumn I am back in America again With full pockets. "I have learned French, German and Italian. I have made friends with I many rich, intelligent, amiable people. 1 have seen the world, aud I earn $2, U0O a year. Vet clerks and counter jumpers think they can sneer at me. They had bettor lenru my trade."?New York Press. She Had Many Suitors. Napoleon III;, when be was living In Ixmdou; the Huke d'Aujuale. Lord Hen i. uns tie id and many other conspic? uous dgures of the nineteenth century are on record as buving been among the suitors for the hand of Miss Bur dett-Coutts, who afterward became bareness, aud It Is doubtful whether nny woman ever received so large a number of matrimonial offers as the baroness. In fuet, they became a posi? tive nuisance, and lu 1S47 she was compelled to bring legal proceedings against a lawyer of the name of Rich? ard Dunn, who, according to the terms of the iudlctment, had for eight years prosecuted her with most uuwel come utfcntlous with a view to inutrl niony. Dunn was sent to prison for eighteen months, although there is no doubt that ho was, while sane in other matters, perfectly braky on the subject of Miss Burdott l'ontts, as she wui then, and (particularly on the subject of her fortune.?Cltl'.-ago Tribune. Time to Compromise. jlu Melntosh c?u?ty. On., there was a lawsuit about it cow. The cow was dead, but the lawsuit went on. It whs decided by the Justice of the peace, ap? pealed, remanded, decided agftln and once more appealed and remunded. This IwflTt on until the case came buck to the squire for the eleventh time. It .was it Jury case, and wheu the last trial was ou the squire astonished the attorney by announcing an Indetinlte postponement, saying: "This ense has exhaustyl the whole Jury venire of the county, and you will have to wait until the coming genera? tion gets old OUOUgh for Jury <luty." ?Then the litigants compromised.? Kew York Sun. De Nerval'c Pet Lobster. A few dnys before Gerard de Nerval was fotiud dead In a-narrow, dirty street of Paris he, was seen walking In the Talais Royal, dragging after Jilm by means of u blue ribbon a live lobster. To a friend who accused him of madness he replied: "Why Is a Ipb Jtor any more ridiculous than a cat, or a tiogi or a gazelle or any other beast that will follow man'/ Besides. 1 enjoy the company of lobsters. They nre quiet; they are serious: they know the secrets of the sea; they do Hot bark." At the Dreakf?st Table. ' "What n lovely morning!" said moth? er as she seated herself liehlnd the coffee cups. "And yesterday the ?weather man prophesied rain!" Bobby taged four)- -The newspapers don't always know what God's going to do. do they, hinmmaV ? Woman's Xlome t'onmuulou. VIPTON, PH AERIAL TELEGRAPHY. First Attempted by Amontom In the Fifteenth Century. One of tin- ilrst systems of aerial telegraphy was attempted in I bo tlf tooiitb century. The originator was Auioutons. at that linic considered one of the cleverest scientists of the world. Vet you never bear the name nowa? days in connection with that of Mor*o or Bell. However. Ainontous develop? ed a systeui of signal telegraphy so that a message could be soul from I'llrIs to Uoill ? in three hours. Those who assisted in the transinlssion of tint message along the lino were unable to tell the nature of the message. Posts were plneed from Paris across the Alps at consecutive points, where men were stationed with telescopes. -Different signals, represent lug com? binations of letters, were run up at each post. The uiau lit the other end, seeing the signal, placed a similar one before his post, and so the message was carried to Its destination. The key to the signal was known only to those who sent the messages in Paris and to the recipients a thou? sand miles away. Amoiitons was not i encouraged In his work by the puffy, gouty functionaries of the time and | discontinued Iiis efforts. ? Philadelphia \ North American. THE COTTAGE. It Should Be Without Sham Elegance < and Elaboration. There are cot tagen and cottages. Any modest, unpretentious house designed j on strictly economical lines may be i fitly called a cottage, and it Is more | satisfactory to regard one's own sim? ple little ahode as a well built, commo? dious cottage than us a small house of comparatively cheap construction and cramped dimensions. It Is when given 1 to the !>lg swaggering seaside houses of the rich that the term "cottage" be- j conies a misnomer and an affectation. , 'I'd the man of moderate means tho very Idea nf building a cottage rather | than a bouse carries with It a sense of | making a home within Ills means free from vain striving for a sham elegance atid elaboration. The cottage which j apes the mansion is as absurd as tho ' affected and exaggerated dignity of the 1 pompous ami understated individual ' who seeks to create an Impression out of all proportion to bis real importance. Since simplicity is one of the main at- j tributes of a well designed cottage, Its , clinrni and effectiveness must depend | upon the quiet excellence of Its proper- I tloii and the harmonious and uuobttu- ! sjve quality of its coloring iu relation to its surroundings.?Robert C. Spencer iu House Henutiful. MISLED BY PARROTS. How Columbus Missed the Honor of Discovering This Continent. A (light of birds, coupled with a sail? or's .superstition, robbed I'oluuihus of the honor of discovering the continent; 1 When Qolumbus sailed westward over the unknown Atlantic, lie expected to j reach Zlpangu (Japan). After several , days' sail from Comers, one of the Canary islands, be became uneasy at ; not discovering /Ipangu. which, uc- ' cording to his reckonings, should have : been 216 nautical miles more to the ? east. After a long discussion be yielded to the opinion of Martin Alonzo Phixon, the Commander of the Pinta, and steer? ed to the southwest! Pinnen was guid? ed in Ills opinion solely by a tllght of parrots which took wlnj; in that direc? tion. It was good luck to follow In j the wake of a (lock of birds when eu- j gaged lipon a voyage of discovery, nc-1 cording to widespread superstition among Spanish seamen of thai day. If Columbus had kept to his course, he would have entered the gulf streu in, have reached Florida and then proba? bly have been carried to Cape Hut teras and Virginia. On the Bias. "What do people mean when they I tnlk atiout tacking': " asked Bobby, Who had listened to a detailed account of his sister's ilrst experience In a sail bout, but in much confusion of mind. "Oh, you'll know when you're a lllllo bit older," said bis sister, but the small round face wore nil expression of Injury, and she bad to explain fur? ther. "Why, It's just turning halfway round," she said, with sllgbt hesita? tion, "and then-and then you sail ou the bias." THE PIANOFORTE. A Direct DsscendanVof the Clavichord and Harpsichord. The pianoforte was directly evolved from the clavichord and the harpsi? chord. Iu Jill Sclplone Msffei gave a detailed account of the first four in? struments, which were built by Burlo lommeo . Crlstofori, named by him pi? anoforte, and exhibited In lTim. Marius In Fiance exhibited harpsi? chords, with hammer action, in 1710, und Schr?ter In Germany claimed to have Invented the pianoforte between 1717 and 1721. Marius at first was generally credited with the invention, for it was uot until 17I-W, when Crlsto fori's Instruments had become famous, that the Italian advanced ills claim, und It was In 1708 that he brought for? ward the proof of his contention. Pianos of that -period were shaped like the modern grand, the first square piano being built by Frelderica, an organ builder of Saxony, In 175S. The first genuine upright was patented lu England and the United Slates by John'Isaac Hawkins, an Englishman, lu 1S0O.- tjcrtiD Book, i LOW NECK CLAMS. ' A Joke That Met a Man Who Had a Feeble 8enoe of Humor. t An \is governor of Wisconsin, famous i as a story teller, once rejoiced a coin ! finn\' of friends with an account of Ins l i'xfierlence at a New Jersey clambake. At ibe clambake there were plenty of people who enjoyed the speech of the | Wisconsin man, hut there was one serl ; ous nil tided listener on whom It fell tint. "I started off," said the ex-governor. ! telling iin- story, "by stating that 1 had : eaten ho many of their low neek elums I that I wasn't In the least sort of eoudl ! tion fm" *pcechmnklug. At Unit uio j l?ent a loug faced old man directly j across the table scowled at me and ; said in a stage whisper: " 'Little neck clams, little necks, not low necks!' "I paid uo attention to lUm and went on with my remarks. After dinner he followed me out of the hull. " 'You're from Wisconsin, aren't you 7" he asked, ? " 'Yes,' I answered. I "'Don't have many clams out there, 1 reokohV j " 'Well.' 1 said, 'we have some, but I It's II good way to water, ami In driv j Ing them across the country their feet get sore and they don't thrive very well.' "'Why. man alive,' said he, 'clams haven't any feet!" "Soon after that he buttonholed one I of my friends. " 'Is that fellow governor of Wlscon I sin?' he demanded. I [ "My friend admitted that I was. "'Waal,' said he, 'pVtips he may be a smart enough muu for Wisconsin, but he's a good deal of a fool at the seashore!* " TESTED HIS LIBERALITY. - And the Host In Turn Tested His Guests' Generosity. A rather parsimonious gentleman got the better of some of his acquaintances, who were continually pestering him ubotit his nlKgurdlluess. Goaded to desperation by their taunts, he one duy Invited his detractors to a dinner. When they made their appearance they were simply astonished ut the mngnlll ceUce of the trout provided. Apologies were tendered, and the miserly Individ? ual was warmly complimented as well. "Now. Kentlemen." said the host when acknowledging their compliments, "you have put nYy lltieralily to a test. I am going to try your generosity. I know a poor mail who Is very much In need of tlnanelnl help through untoward cir? cumstances, and I propose to raise n subscription In bis behalf. See, I com? mence the list with 10 shillings. Will you help7" Needless to say e\ cry one subscribed liberally, as no one cared to be thought more close listed than the host, who, when he bud collected ull the money, coolly Koid: "I thauk you, gentlemen, foi your sympathy', and now 1 think wl* are quits. You have paid both for your joke aud your dinner. It wos I who required the money."?London Mall. The Pygmy Cattle or samua, The Samoan island:, are the uutural baldtat of the most diminutive species of variety of the genus l>os now known to the naturallHt. '1 he average weight of the mules of these lllllputhiu cuttle seldom exceeds 200 pounds, the aver? age lieing not greater than 15*) pounds. The females usually average alwut a hundred pounds larger and are very "stocky" built, seldom being tallet than u Merino sheep. These dwarf eat tlo are nearly all of the same color reddish mouse color, marked- with white. They have very large heads as compared with their bodies, ami their horns are of exceptional length. The Sky and the Weather. Wbethor clear or cloudy, a rosy sun? set presages Hue weather; a sickly looking, greenish hue, wind und rain, a dark, or Indian, red. rain: a red skj in the morning, bud weather or much wlntl, perhaps rain; a gray sky In the morning, line weather; a high dawn, wind; ti low dawn, fair weather. He markable clearness of atmosphere neat the horizon, distant objects, such as hills, unusually visible or raised by re i fraction aud what Is called a good "bearing day," ruuy be mentioned among signs of wet, If not wind. ' All Scrappers. Callnhan-01 want to git a book to put th' photographs av all me rela? tives in. Ol think this wau will do. clerk?But that Isn't a family at bum, sir; that is a sCraplvoot. Callahan?Oh, that's ull right, young man; all av me relatives are scrap pers.---I'tick. Rather Negativa. Father- Well. Tommy, what did yo? learn nl school today? Tommy?1 learned that two negatives iir? equiva? lent to an affirmative. Father?Ami what's nil uttirintitlve? Tommy?I dou'l know. We haven't got that far aloun yet.?Chicago News. Special Rato. The Preacher?Have you special rate! for clergy men? The Hotel Clerk?Yes sir; we charge them* n dollar extra The Preacher -Dollar extra! Why? Tin Hotel Clerk?They don't patronize thi bar.?Brooklyn Eagle. Looking Backward. "Well, doctor, dq you thins It it any? thing serious?" "Oh, not at all! It i< merely a boll at the back of your neck, but I would a.l .vise you .to fc,cc-p your eye ou lt."<-W<* OUR NEW OFFICES, 18 EAST QUEEN STREET. M. 0. LACKEY, Prest. A. J. PHILLIPS, Vice Prest. T. L, SC LATER Secty. Real Estate, Rents, Loans. Insurance, Auctioneers, Notaries Public. 18 East Queen Street, Hampton, Va. FOR RENT?FURNISHED HOUSES. \W have n huge list <>r Furnish? ed houses i:t nil sections oi I lamp ton. 14-rnmn dwelling, modern con? veniences. On waterfront, cjoti \enli in in car Hue. One oi the nicest dwellings in Hamilton. |l6fl per month. fi.rooni dwelling, modern con? veniences; I oca led on waterfront. $75.00 per monin. Ifl-rcnin dwelling, modern con? veniences; centrally located. $150 per mouth. 11 room dwelling, modern con? veniences,: looated on watorfrbnl? use iif boats, etc. $150 per month. 9- rooni dwelling, well located on Newport News avenue. $75.(10. n-rooni ilwelling. conlrriJly lo? cated <m King street. Sin per month. 10- roohl dwelling, modern eon yeniences. on Klhg slicei. $125 per month, Others In all sections or damp ton. FOR RENT?STORES. 1ST l-*2 Queen street; doit jblo store .?25.00 N. King street and Flat second floor . 15.00 X. King street mid Flat second floor .'. 35.00 FOR RENT?UNFURNISHED DWELLINGS. ?117 131m street ..-$ IS 00 Myrtle street, Orooin . 10.00 Ivy ltoad . 7^00 HI vorvlow . 12.00 FOR RENT?Two nice TRUCK FARMS. FOR SALE. OLD HUCKROE HOTRI^?Witli 17 fteics land attached, Directly on the ear line. A fine property. Will sell nt a bargain and on easy terms. FOR SALE. La Salle Avenue Acreage. Ono acre desirably located dl icctly on the avenue and car line Price $750. Two acres directly on the nve line mid ear lino. 150 foot front Will sell at a bargain. Chapel Street Home. 1 tun offering for a quick an!? a desirabl," home on Chapel street. Property In excellent condition und on bent side of the si root. Building Lot?Lordley'o CroBiilng. Directly on car line. Southern exposure. 4!i loot front. A bar? gain for quick sale. FARMS. We handle the laigosl list of Farms on the Peninsula. Many desirable WATF.llFRONT Price $750. Terms easy. La Salle Avenue Home. An attractive home; 2-story anil l.-nscmont dwelling, nicely arrang? ed and well-built. Large porches! Convenient to both car lines. Price $:1,000. Terms easy. Real Estate A BARGAIN. 42-acre Truck Farm, desirably loealed It 1-2 miles from Hamp? ton, on main Shell Road. 25 acres In cultivation and 17 acres In timber. 5-rooni dwelling. Price, $2.200. R!l ncie farm; well located on main road, about 5 miles from Hampton and the same distance from Newport News. Oood dwell? ing, barns nnd cut-buildings; '.10 acres In timber. Price, $3,500. 25 acres, one mile Hamilton, o" main Shell Hond. Monuments! l<argc stock of finished memorials. In granite, and marble always on band. A postal will bring our re? presentative ut your door with a full line of designs and samples. UWSON& NEWTON Granite and Marble Dealers, NORFOLK : : : : VIRGINIA. Cor. 11th & William street. Grieved Over Dowie's Death. IHv Aesoctated Press.1 NEW YORK. April 20.?Grieving, it is thought, because of the death of ? Prophet Elijah 111" Dowle, Mrs. Ly? dia Staley, threw herself from the front window of her home on the fifth floor of an apartment house In East One Hundredth street today und died later in a hospital, from u frac? ture of the skull. Waiters Can Wear Moustache. (By Associated Press). PARIS, April 20.?The number of striking waiters here is diminishing rapidly. In most instances the em? ployers accorded the waiters princi? pal claim, namely, the right to wear a moustache. About 280 waiters still refuse to return to work, objecting to agreeing to pay for brhoaknges. EVERYBODY PLEASED Mr. Bozman, of Monie, Md.. says? "Davis Yellow Metnl Copper Paint has given the trade GREATER SAT? ISFACTION than any Copper Paint I ever used. Everyone trying It Is well pleased." Isn't it n pleasure to use goods that tire ABSOLUTELY RELIABLE? We have yet to hear the FIRST justifiable complaint of Davis Copper THE H. B. DAVIS COMPANY, BALTIMORE. ASK YOUR DEALER, HENRY L. SCHMELZ, President. FRANK W. DARLING, VIC*-P.-??lu'orlt. ANK OF HAMPTON HAMPTON. VIRGINIA; 13 THE OLDEST AND LARGEST IN EITHER HAMPTON OR NEWPORT-NEWS. , CAPITAL,.$100,000.00 SURPLUS AND PROFITS, $125,000.00 DEPOSITS OVER ONE Ml LI ION DOLLARS. The- only designated Dasooltory In L.s Stats ot Virginia in Eastern Virginia. Wo make loans on Real Estate?NOT PRO? HIBITED?as are tho National Hanks. FOUR PER CENT. INTEREST PAID ON SAVINGS DEPOSITS. NELSON S. GROOAAC. Cashier A SNAP FOR HOUSE-KEEPERS AND HOTEL MEN. To those who are contemplating keeping boarders daring tho Jamestown Exposition n visit to our stove will he a paying trip. Wo j have just slocked up on . i HOTEL DISHES Including the heavy, as well \J the thin dish; cheapest as well as ?the most expensive. It's a money saver to come now. Toilet sets, single wash bowls and pitchers?they are here In every variety and they ate worth double tho money wo are asking' Just a Good One. The bar and hotel glasses we have In stock are the best to bo found anywhere and you may have them at a small cost. I. KIRSNER, Proprietor.. ? STREET. HAMPTON, VIRGINIA. Phone 23R.