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Powder Makers Toil In Constant
I Peril of Their Lives.
I / ,
Men Callers Are Permitted In the
I Plant Only With Extreme Reluctance
i and After Drastic Precautions, and
| Women Are Absolutely Barred.
! In all the vocations in which a man
can make a living in the United States
there is none more perilous than the
manufacture of gunpowder and none
In which the public, which usually
suffers severely in case of accident,
takes so small an interest. The word
gunpowder itself carries a suggestion
of peril which is reflected iv all the
superstitions of the men who work in
the trade.
The men who work ii> powder plants
are a study in themselves. Probably
In no other business do the human
agents take more precautions against
disaster with such pitiful results.
Men who work in powder plants are
In constant fear of death. They are
face to face with peril every second.
Instead of growing hardened to it, as
do the laborers in many other fields of
danger, they appear to be the most
superstitious class of men on earth.
They are well paid. A man who has
nerve enough-to work at this trade is
worthy of his hire. He can command
$10 a day, sometimes $20. He prac
tically makes his own rules, since he
Is the onettoo o suffer from an infraction
of them. His every suspicion is re
spected by his employer. He cannot
dictate the hours of labor, since that
Is a matter eternally in dispute, as in
other kinds of labor, but he can dic
tate the conditions under which he
works from the moment he enters'the
factory until he leaves.
These superstitions seem absurd
sometimes, but they are the law of
the gunpowder factory. If you are an
employer you break the law at the
risk of financial loss; If you are a fel
low employee you violate it at the risk
of your life.
One of the first laws among the em
ployees is that of self preservation.
They have a deep rooted fear of the
casual visitor. Few men have gone
through a gunpowder plant out of
mere curiosity. They are not wanted
and are told so frankly. If they suc
ceed in obtaining the permission of
the superintendent or possibly of some
one higher in authority they are sub
jected to an extraordinary ordeal be
fore they are admitted to the sacred
First they are searched, and no po
lice official is more adept in the art of
"frisking" than is the outer guardian
of the average gunpowder plant.
Every piece of metal, from pocket
knife to garter clasp—every coin,
match, suspender buckle, everything
that could possibly strike a spark, is
removed. The hatband of the most
fashionable derby is examined with
e*are to see that lt carries nt> metal
Initials. And this examination is not
carried on alone by the official whose
favor you have gained. A representa
tive of the employees takes an active
part in the examination, and if he has.
any doubts he will politely request
you to strip to the skin.
Once inside the powder factory you
are under even more careful scrutiny.
tYour shoes are taken away, and you
are provided with felt slippers. Con
vinced that on your person there ia no
piece of metal which under any provo
cation could strike a spark, you may
feel at liberty to roam around, but
you are not Your every movement is
watched carefully, and should you
make a gesture calculated to inspire
distrust you would be hustled out of
the building and told to leave the
neighborhood within a given time.
I I had a graphic illustration of the
extreme care taken by these men to
prevent an accident and to save their
own lives. After having been care
fully searched and after having sur
rendered everything which might come
under the classification of metal I was
admitted to the plant. Secure in the
knowledge that I was thoroughly "dis
infected," I assumed a nonchalance
iWhich I was far from feeling as I
watched the various processes of mak
ilng gunpowder. I was so well at ease
•that I drew a toothpick from my pock
et and calmly picked my teeth.
Instantly I was thrown to the floor
. and while two husky men held me a
third searched my clothing. When
finally I was released it was explain
ed to me that they feared the tooth
pick might be a match.
Laboring under the constant fear of
death, the employees grow extraordi
narily superstitious. Once allow a wo
man to set foot within a powder fac
tory and the entire force will quit. It
Is one of the axioms of the trade that
a woman brings misfortune, and it is
useless to argue the question. A wo
man photographer for a newspaper on
a "Sunday assignment" once was ad
mitted into an Illinois powder factory
by an inexperienced official, and the
next day the plant was shut down.
■The employees struck. The plant re
mained idle until an entire new force
,Was recruited.—Chicago News.
Natural Longing.
However old, humble, plain, desolate,
'afflicted, we may be, so long as our
(hearts preserve the feeblest spark of
Blfe they preserve also, shivering near
that pale ember, a starved, ghostly
longing for appreciation and affection.
' 'Tis heaven alone that is giten away;
| 'tis only God may be had for the ask
Mexico's Way With Women.
Woman's place in Mexican life is the
Inevitable mingling of the Moorish
ideas of the Spanish conquerors and
the savage ideas of the natives, the
Milwaukee Sentinel says. The Castil
ian hides his wife and daughters be
hind stone walls and the picturesque
lattices of romance, and he is their
lord and master. On the other band,
the Indian tribes are, of course, still
bound by the spirit of the ancient sav
age customs. Historians tell ef one of
the baptismal ceremonies of the Mesh
lc tribes, who fought their way to su
premacy long before the Spanish ar
rived on the scene. To each boy baby
the priests chanted this command:
'Thy profession and faculty is war,
thy obligation to give the sun to*ilrink
blood of the enemies and the earth
corpses of the foes." To the girl baby
they said with far less ceremonlali
"Ton are to stay within the house, as
the heart does within the body. Our
Lord enshrines you in that place, and
your office is to fetch andl to grind
maize In the metate." |
— j
Mrs. Willard Smoot and children
ar* spending some time at Swoope.
Deputy Hupman Makes a Sunday
Round-up of Many "Gamists."
Crawling on his stomach through
the grass and underbrush a distance
of 500 yards, Constable John A. Hup
man Sunday morning attended a
gathering not forecasted in the Dis
patch-News church directory but
which, it seems, has been progress
ing with equal regularity. The
meeting palce is an open air rendez
vous in the woods just west of High
land Park. A number of benches
serve to accomodate those on the
waiting list, while an open space,
sufficiently large for the simultane
ous progression of several classes,
serves the more active communi
Strange to say the constable's ap
pearance did not bring forth the wel
come to which one who had gone to so
much trouble in getting there would
seem entitled. Instead there was a
hasty scramble "for the tall uncut. In
the rush he nabbed four. These were
threatened with lodgings at the jail
if they persisted in withholding the
names of their companions. As a
OF ■■
Furniture and House Furnishings
OUR old customers know what this means at our store and if it were not for the
new friends we make, all this big adv. would be unnecessary. U A word to
the wise is sufficient and friends who have attended our sales are wise to the
bargains we offef, and the word "SALE" connected with our name will suffice
them. Now ask your neighbor who deals with us and you will have no trouble in
persuading yourself to attend this sale and there you join the multitude of old cus
tomers that make it possible for us to buy in large quantities, and this, combined
with our ability make it possible for us to offer good values at all times
and double values in a CLEAN-UP SALE sale. This sale covers our en
tire stock and if you have not read over our general advertisement on the other
sheet, do so and take it from us that a few minutesf of your time spent thus will not
be waisted. You will not find it filled with 50c values at 19c, 20c values at 9c, &c.
but you will find the real trinsic values of some articles stated in connection with
the cut prices, and if you will visit our store we will convince you. The better
judge you are the greater your purchases of us will be.
WFHif FIMRFI? our stock is composed almost entirely of useful articles in the medium and nice grades, bought keenly,
scrutinizing the honest value and durability as well as appearance. Don't lose sight of the fact that we
pay cash for all our goods and always buy the quantity td get the lowest price and we sell only for the cash and there is absolutely
nothing for you to pay for but real values when you buy from us and we defy competition in any of our lines. Remember we are
going to move our stock in this sale and don't miss this opportunity to supply your needs with merchandise at a price.
isolid Oak Bed Room Suit, closed wash
stand and plate mirror fi?A
Oak Suit, full serpentine swell dresser,
6-foot bed, 3 styles mir- £4 O AA
Oak Suit, extra large cases, 24x30
plate mirror, rolled head CO/I Off
and foot bed V.ttf •OeJ
Genuine Mahogany Dresser and Wash
stand with handsome £OQ QA
iron bed ty£iO*W
See our two large Oak Suits, worth $60
and $70 that we are offering in this
_,* $41.50 & $51.50
9 neat and attractive little &A f[*
Dressers «[)*•■ •
Oak Dresser 20x22 Mirror <gr Aff
Princess Dresser in Geniune Quartered
Oak 18x40 Plate $19 A.^%
Prince's Dresser in Mo- {|»-i M Aff
hogany 18x40 Plate VM. t ±mVfM
Very large -Oak Dresser 30x36 Plate
Mirror Serpentine Swell (g-| A f»ff
Drawer 9-l1«l)w
Very large Princess Dresser Quartered
Oak large Mirror with 2 swinging
side mirrors, a handsome CM Q /TA
piece worth 25 00 tyM.V»tM\J
Don't fail to see our Rugs, Art Squares, Carpets, and Mattings and price tnem during mis sale and save
money on these articles. Big lot of remnants in Matting. Carpets, Oil Cloth and Linoleums
In conclusion let me impress you with the fact that this is a clean-up sale and some articles will be cleaned up every day and new
bargains take their places. We have everything we advertise now, and if you come at the starting of the sale you can get them.
The Big Department Stote
22 South Augusta Street. J. H. BRYAN, Proprietor
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result, fourteen church absentees |:
will appear before Magistrate i
O'Rourke Wednesday morning for
shaking the bones. . I
Fourteen is fair enough for one r |
haul, but Constable Hupman regrets :
that he was os premature in his raid :
which occurred about noon. Before ■
he left the resort, five new subscrib
ers put in their appearance and it
was whispered that if he had waited
until three o'clock he could have
had forty as easily as fourteen.
Who said Highland Park's popularity
was on the wane?
Sunday's Baltimore Sim carried the
following dispatch:
Staunton, Va., July lj»>-Sixty-five
negroes held a meeting last night
and adopted resolutions declaring
that unless the Judge of the Corpor
ation will agree to license one negro
to sell liquor in case Staunton goes
wet they will vote the dry ticket at
the forthcoming election.
Persistent efforts lasting through
out practically the entire day yester
day failed to disclose a single fact in
connection with the reported meet-
Solid Oak Exterition Table 5 feet $2.98
« « i. tt 8 tt
U It it tl fL tt
Nicer Grade.. $4.49
Solid Oak Extention Table 6 feet $3.79
Round Pedestal " " $5.98
Nice size Side-Board $6.98
Nicer Oak Side-Board with Plate
Mirror $6.89
Handsome Large Side-Board all Genu
ine Quartered Oak with large Mirror
and 2 small Side Mirrors $17.95
Bowed Back Wood Seat Chairs, per
Set $3.98
White Oak Chair with Hickory Split
Seat, per Set $2.39
Nice Cane or Cobble Seat Oak Dining
or Suit Chair, per Set $4.79
We have all styles and prices in Chairs
up to Slip Leather Box Seat French
Leg Dinner, per set $19.98
Side-Tables from $1.98 to $6.00
Glass Cupboard, our $6.50 Seller
at $5.69
100 Piece Gold decorated Dinner Set
at $5.98
100 Piece Gold and Flowered Dinner
Set, 5 Patterns $6.98
I ing of the colored voters. When"
seen in turn by newspaper men, who
were endeavoring to run down the
story, about twenty of Staunton's
leading colored citizens denied hav
ing knowledge of such a meeting,
and expressed surprise at hearing
of such a one being held.
Much In'erest in Meeting to be
Held Here This Month.
A meeting which promises to be
very interesting to many farmers
will be held here on July 20 when
the growers of alfalfa will meet and
i discuss the best methods ( to pursue./
Addresses will be made by the Co
i Operative Alfalfa Growers and an ex
. port from Washington. In the mean
tme Mr. R. G. Coiner will be glad
• to give an information he can along
i those lines.
i Sixty-two Augusta county farm
; ers have now joined to co-operate
in the growth of alfalfa.' Besides
• those already mentioned are Mrs. A.
• L. Swartzel, and Messrs. William F.
i Coiner Jr., Samuel H.Hawkins, Char
• les C. Wine, L. L. Greiner, Jf. Nevil
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Jackson, Jacob Tost, E. A. Wine, E. .
P. Coiner, G. M. Grove, F. F. Freed, .
W. K. Irvine, Randolph Shumate, i
Frank Diehl, A. Hefiry Towberman,
R. G. Coiner, and Joseph A. Click. I
Singers Glen, July2.—Joseph R. ,
Funk died this morning at 8 o'clock
at his home here of cancer of the
liver with which he had been afflicted
since January and for which he was
operated on in a Richmond hospital .
in February. He was 55 years old
and was a son of the late Rev.
Timothy Funk, who died about two
-years ago. He leaves a wife and
four daughters—Mrs. Bowman.wife
of Dr. J. M. Bowman, of Union ;
Springs, Ala., and Misses Beatric,
Mary and Josie, at home. A daugh
ter Miss Nellie Funk, died about two
years ago.
H will be buried at Singers Glen
from the Baptist church at 10 o'clock
Tuesday morning, Rev. G. C. Ben
dick officiating. He leaves also one
brother, William C. Funk, of Singers
Glen; and one sister, John
Acker of Edom. His five nephews,
son of Hon. and Mrs. John Acker— .
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All kinds of Dishes and Kitchen Ware
at reduced Prices.
5 Piece Silk Velour Upholstered Par
lor Suit $21.69
3 Piece Plush Upholstered Parlor Suit
3 Piece Silk Velour Upholstered Suit
Plain Top Silk Velour Couch „ $ 5.79 j
Tufted Two Tone Silk Velour Couch j
Cable Connected Springs $7.89
Tufted Imitiation Leather Couch Cable
Connected Springs $7.69 I
Velour Upholstered Bed. Lounge $7.79 P
Large Sleepy Hollow Rockers, •'Fabri
coid" $9.95
Upholstered Rockers from $1.45 up.
$2.50 Leader Rocking Chairs Mahog
any or Oak, sale price $1.89
$3.50 Polish Mohogany Finished Rock
er, Saddle Seat $2.69
Sewing Rockers at 98c
35 other styles of Rocking Chairs to se
lect from.
Library Tables, Weathered, Golden
and Quartered Oak $1.98 to $15.00
Large line Quartered and Polished Hall
Racks $5.39 up
16 inch Stand Table, Quartered Oak
Finish : 59c j
John, Harry, Preston, Joseph and
James Acker and A. U. Wise will
act as pallbearers.
The funeral will b«\ held under
Masonic auspices, the deceased hav
ing been a member of Rockingham
Union Lodge, No. 27, A. P. and A.
Mr. Funk was a prominent and
influential citizen of Rockingham
county and his death will be receiv
ed with sorrow and regret by a wide
circle of friends and acquaintances
throughout this part of the Valley.
Hte was a well known cattle dealer.
—Harriconhurg News.
Toms Brook, July 2.—Randolph
Fravel was the victim of a real bad
accident on the farm of W. J. Kel
ler at Mount Olive last week. He
was coming down out of the moun
tain with a load of wood when he
got his foot caught under one of the
wheels, badly mashing and displac
ing several bones in the fore part
of the foot.
'The wounds though very painful,
are healing nicely, but Mr. Fravel
will be laid up as a result for quite
a while.—Harrisonburg Trfhes.
Full size guaranteed Iron Bed, Straight
Spindle, Brass trimmed £0 f*Q
Full size guaranteed Iron Bed, straight
Spindle Brass Rod j»0 fJQ
Very handsome Iron Beds in
S a :! eredoak .. Fin :ss.9Bup
Very Massive Iron Beds 2 in ti»A AJ?
Continuous Posts pWtflflp
Wovaa Wire Bed Spring d»<| *J{k
with Supports Vl«lw
Bryon's Special, Iron Frame, Close
Double Weave, Heavy Coil Supported
Spring, ndn'e better && -fl Q
6 or 8 other styles in Woven Wire and
Coil Springs. \
Full size Cotton Top Mattres- <!_<* mft
sesat Vfl«lv
Full size Combination Mat- £0 AA
tresses at tJW.tJv
Full size Felt Mattresses in 2 t& OQ
Pieces U»d«F
Our famous "ShortniteV Felt O£A
Mattresses guaranteed O»Uv
Full line of Pillows, Sheets, Blankets,
and Spreads.
Clifton Forge Courts Witness
Legal Battle Between Parents
Clifton Forge, Va., July 1. —An-
other step was taken here yesterday
in a suit that has had sensational de
velopments on both sides of the At
The proceedings involve two well
known parties, Mr. and Mrs. Hunter
G. Breckinbridge, of Botetourt coun
ty. He is a son of the late Judge
Breckinbridge, while she is a wealthy
Northern lady. They married, quar
reled, separated and she took the two
children to Europe. He followed
and captured the children while they
were on the streets of Paris with a
nurse. Since then she has been try
ing to get possession of them by legal
Yesterday Judge Anderson enter
ed an order in the Circuit Court that
the children should remain in the
' care of their father, until the final
decree in the divorce case, but that
the mother should have frequent ac
' cess to them. The matter of the di
' vorce will be decided later.
ladies I *^«i_-^
A.V T««r Ortwstlrt for CHI-CHES-TER'S A
Gold metallic boxes, sealed with Blue<o>
Ribbon. Tabs no othk*. Bay .r.uss v/
Drnmclat and Ht for CIII-CUES-TER 8 V
years regarded as Best, Safest, Always Reliable.
time PUFRYWUFRF worth
tribd cicninncnc tested
Alex.F.Kobertson. A.Htuart Robertson
Staunton, Va.
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Second Floor, Masonic Temple,:
Mutual Phone. Stauhtoh, Ta.
: Awoincioi
l_ J ._.'ALB_AN__K,
Ho.B Lawyer'sKow.
Court House Square, Staunton, Va
Ganeral Practice—Virginia
and West Virginia.
Attorney and Counsellor at Law
No. 14 Court Plaoe.
Practise in ail.State and Federal Courts.
General Roceivei for Corporation Court
for City ot Staunton
Eehols' Building, Staunton, Va.
1. D. TMBEBLAKS, J*. _. «. B. H.LSO
I and 3 Law Building, -tannton, V.
No.a, Court Home Square.
y 4 Lawyers' Row,
FroniW-ttention to all legal business.
Rooms 5 and 7 Masonic Temple.
Staunton. Va.
Room 3, first floor, Patrick Building.
Staunton, Va.
Attorney _ Counselor at Law.
10 Echols' Buildißg,
■iv nton, ... Virginia.
Staunton, Va.
I_r Eehols' Building
2 Barristers Row.
Mutual I _une 392
ISF" Oflice in County Cou.t House.
No. 4, _»wyerr Kow.
Com. Atty. for City of Staunton.
<!8 Hontli Augusta St.
Staunton ,Va.
Specla latter tion given tooolleotlons a o
slianeery practice
™ Successor to
Attorney and Counsellor at Law.
7 and 8 Law Building,
Staunton, Va.
Prompt add energetic attention c
all legal business.
Office—Patrick & Gordon Building.
Lan 6 Staunton, Va.
3ueeessors to J., J. L.;& R. Bnmgardner.
Attoriwvs and Counsellors-at-law.
Di vision Counsel B. & O. R. R. Co.
Local Counsel Valley R. R. Co.
Prompt attention given to all legal bus
ness entrusted to our bands.
§& gkm Rooms'l and 2,
Crowle Building
Phone 736. Staunton, Va.
TJ. M. Quarles J. W. H. PUson
; Attorneys and Counselors ™
Law >_-«s In Masonic Temple.
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to purchase a limestone loam
farm, well watered. Resi
dence must be large, attract
ive, old-style house, preferably
stone and located to have a
wide view-over the surround
ing country. Prefer a large
acreage. State all particulars,
Rockefeller Bldg.
Cleveland. P****
For Infanta and Children.
rbe Kind Yoo Han Always Bought
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