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GRAND MY IS ON DYNAMITERS" TRAIL Explosions In Non-Union Steel Work Indicate Collusion of Others INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Dec. 14. — After weeks of preliminary work and probing by government agents in many parts of the country where ex plosions have taken place, the fed eral grand jury today began its in vestigation of an alleged nation-wide conspiracy by which more than 100 structures were blown up and in which dynamite, nitroglycerine and other explosives were carried into at least seventeen states. A detailed list of 100 explosions in structures erected by firms em ploying non-union workmen, as furn ished .to the government by the Na tional Erectors' Association, was pre pared for the grand jury. The explosions began two years prior to the employment by the Mc- Namaras of McManigal, who, accord ing to his confession, blew up his first building in Detroit, in June, 1907, "with twenty sticks of dyna mite," and they extend into the pres ent year, several months after the arrest of the McNamaras. There were two explosions in 1905; eight in 1906; six in 1907; twenty-six in 1908; twenty in 1909; twenty-five in 1910, and thirteen in 1911. They occurred in Ohio, In chusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, vania, New York, New Jersey, Massa diana, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsyl- Wisconsin, Missouri, lowa, Nebraska, I tah, Washington and California. Ohio with twenty heads the list in the number of explosions. Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Missouri come next. After the arrest of the McNama ras explosions took place at Mount Vernon, N. V., and at Cleveland. The last attempted explosion is recorded in the list as having taken place on October IG, T.„;s year, near Santa Barbara, Cal., at a bridge erected three years ago. Dynamite was found near the bridge just be fore the special train bearing Presi dent Taft passed over it. After the explosions of the year just preceding, the National Erec tors' Association in May, 190G, was formed by contractors who, in pur suance of a plan to maintain an "open shop," employed detectives to investigate the dynamiting. At the AUGUSTA —Hunter Pen dleton and wife, Lexington; R. G. Houlman, Chambersburg, Pa.; P. H. Coleman, Charlottesville, Va.; Floyd Showalter, Harrisonburg; Col. F. H. Colton, New York; S. N. Con rey, Canton, O.; C. S. Mullen, Greenwood, Va.; W. K. Adams, Charlottesville; B. F. Dollison, Washington; R. Russell Burdette, Roanoke; O. T. Finston, Baltimore; Mrs. J. F. Brooks, Faphine; Mary S. Terry, Huntington, W. Va.; S. J. Malony, W. A. Barrett, Columbus; H. R. Morrison, Rockbridge; H. M. Perkins, Robert Leigh, Louisa; C. C. Pierce, Kingwood, W. Va.; L. A. Arttim, Leesville; J. Peebles, Nor- Miss Mattie Young Richmond; G. E. McDonough, Baltimore; F,. P. Johns, Richmond; G. H. Walker, Greensboro, N. C; Frank O'Don nell, New York; O. M. Baldinger, Lexington; Wm. A. Adair, Wm. Shorter, Lexington, L. B. Yates, Har riosnburg; C. W. Lunsford, Monte rey; L. A. Jones, Baltimore; Jno. H. Cecil, Richmond; Jno. H. Hicks, Stuarts Draft; E. Roder, Philadel phia; Miss Blanche Mattiner, Monte rey; S. R. Thompson, Washington; C. C. Houff, J. H. Hall, Virginia; W. T. Jacobs, Washington. At the Virginia—S. H. Goodloe, Jr., Williamson, W. Va.; E. H. Jones Richmond; V. W. Cassell, Balti more; H. T. Freer, New York; J. A. Burress, Harrisonburg; C. H. Cal fee, Pittsburg; Wm. Price, Bluefield, W. Va.; M. Miller, Richmond; H. Baylor, Harry Catt, Virginia; J. R. Kindig, Richmond; S. A. Moffett, Mt. Jackson; S. M. Kellum, Washington; W. T. Short, Charlottes ville; T. C. Stillson, aßttle Creek, Mich.; E. R. Stillson, Battle Creek, Mich.; Wm.Greerer, Knoxville; Mrs. E. H. Bucknear, Miss Clor Bucknear, Ohio; J. H. Caskson, Chicago; C. C. Caskson, Chicago; Mrs. R. T. Mor gan, Mrs. C. C. Mann, Petersburg; J. D. Sawyer, Charlottesville; W. Budd, Landon county; O. A. Eubank, Landon county; R. Floyd, Phillips, Cal.; E. N. Foster, Mansfield, La.; J. P. Carrole, Pottsville, Pa.; Walter Coleman, New York; H. C. Klotch, Baltimore; J. W. Weeks, Frank O'Donnell, New York; Jas. H. Har key, Oneida, N. V.; S. A. Jordan, Baltimore; O. C. Cash, Roaonke; Geo. C. Babcock, New York; M. C. Wolfe, Odrion, Mich.; J. O. Seamell, Chicago; W. W. Cunnard, Phila delphia; W. H. Quinnell, Philadel phia; J. E. Spurrier, Baltimore; W. T. Coleman, Boston; B. V. Swarin ger, Baltimore, PERSONALS Dr. J. S. DeJarnette, went to Tazewell yesterday. Dr. B. L. Miller, who has been spending some time at R. L. Gray's went to Washington yesterday for a few days. J. D. Fisher has gone to Virgi lina on revenue service business. [ Miss Mattie Young is the guest of Mrs. J. S. Craig, before going to Richmond, where she will locate. Miss Gladys Walker has returned Itimore and Washington. McComb returned from on last night. )gilvie, who spent several it the Kalorama, left last her home in St. Louis, mma Johnson has returned elightful visit to friends, in IMPED FROM A BURNING BUILDING ISONBURG, Va., Dec. 14 — and Mrs. Earl Hyde and Iren, of Broadway, jumped ie upon awakening and find -3 second-story window of louse on fire. Professor 5 painfully injured, but the d miraculous escapes. The probably of incendiary ori- . URG NEGRO IS RRESTEI) FOR MURDER IBURG, Va., Dec. 14 — lornhill, a Lynchburg ne _____ arrest here charged •der of David Barker, near rg, Pa., on December 3. The ao will be sent for, admits ig, and says it was done drunken row. [CENSED TO WED. ; to marry was issued at the office of the county clerk to Sum merville Summerfield Tomlin and Sarah A. Cullins. They will be mar ried at Fordwick, Va. o MISS NEFF TO WED. i Brownie Neff, who has many 3 here, will be married at the •sity of Virginia, on December > Edward Wright Noble, of )ii-Salem, N. C. o NEGRESS RELEASED. ora Ramey was released last after the Staunton police had 3d word from Danville that was no charge and no evidence t her. The statement by s Ramey, the negro jail break ex-convict, who will be taken to Danville today, that she had aided in his escape, is not competent cvi- Hi Valjean Didn't Fit In China. eloquent advocate, Maitre Gans, vent to China with his cousin. Marcel Bing. When they found them selves at Sinanfou, in the heart of the Celestial empire, they made the ac quaintance of a certain lan, an under ?refect, who prided himself on his lit erary attainments. He begged them to dine with him and served them a European repast, of which the first flish was a preserve of hot gooseber ries. In the course of the feast he Apprised them that a beautiful French novel had just been tfanslated into Chinese. "It is," lan explained, "the history of a very honest brigand. He Wa poor unfortunate girl. He defender of the weak, and he has much trouble to escape a gendarme who has sworn his destruction. Do you know this writer? He is called 'Igtorio?'" "Victor Hugo," corrected M. Gans, who with infinite perspicacity had ?omprehended that the novel "Les Miserables" was meant. I haps," said lan, "it may be that not pronounce well. In China 11 him Igtorio. His romance is iting, but it is a little discon ?. There never was an honest d in China."—Cri de Paris. Sticking to It. Magistrate—Now can you describe the horse in question? How big was it, for instance? Witness—lt was six teen feet, y'r honor. Magistrate—Come, come! Remember you are on your oath! Don't you mean sixteen hands? Witness—lndeed, thin, it was hands I meant. And did I say feet, y'r honor? Ah, well, I'm on my oath, so we'll let it stand. Sure, thin, it was sixteen feet, y'r honor—London Punch. ■ Proved His Case. er—The whipping you had yes does not seem to have improved you. Your behavior has been even worse today. Willie—That's what _ wanted to prove. You said I was as bad as 1 possibly could be yesterday. I knew you were wrong. _ Worldly Wisdom. Father—ln choosing a wife one should never judge by appearances. ■Son—That's right. Oftep the prettiest _irls have the least money.—Exchance TO SHOPPERS. When shopping don't fail to visit the Arts and Crafts Shop. MRS. BEARDSWORTH. Room No. 15 Crowle Bldg. Tw6 Champion Penmen. A contest in the fine art of penman ship would not arouse much public in terest now. But there seems to hay. been great excitement when Peter Bales was challenged by Daniel John son in 1595. Bales was the beautiful writer who could transcribe the whole Bible so that it would go into a wal nut shell and who had provided Queen Elizabeth with a specimen of his hand writing which she wore in a ring, a magnifying glass being required to read it. When the contest took place there were five judges and a hundred spectators. The competition included all kinds of writing, the proficiency of the rivals' pupils and the masterpieces of either. Bales won the golden pen, but Johnson declared that there had been trickery, Bales having begged to be allowed to show the pen to his sick wife and having promptly pawned it, whereupon the judges had to declare him the winner to get out of the diffi culty. Really the award was private ly made to spare Johnson's feelings.— London Spectator. Fat and Fashionable. According to the Moorish idea cf beauty, a really handsome woman ought to be so fat that she can only waddle, not walk. The fatter she is the more beautiful she is considered. If she can attain 200 or 300 pounds of flesh she is the envy of all her sex. The Moorish shape—if shape it can be called—approaches the perfection of feminine beauty when it resembles, or, rather, exceeds, the circumference of a barrel. What a paradise for the fat woman! There she can eat and drink and feast to her heart's content, denying herself nothing, living an easy, indolent, luxurious life, with no hor ror of accumulating fat, but rather rejoicing in it. There the ambition oi a woman is to acquire bulk. Physical culture she would regard as an enemy to beauty, and to take Turkish baths and diet herself would be considered the height of folly. She wants to be beautiful, and to be beautiful she must An Early Street Cleaner. "One day." Ben Franklin wrote in his autobiography. "I found a poor, in dustrious man, who was willing to un dertake keeping the pavement clean by sweeping it twice a week, carrying off the dirt from before all the neigh bors' doors for the sum of sixpence per month to be paid by each house. I then wrote and printed a paper set ting forth the advantages to the neigh borhood that might be obtained by this small expense. I sent one of these • papers to each house and in a day or two went around to see who would subscribe an agreement to pay these sixpences. It was unanimously signed and for a time well executed. This raised a general desire to have all the streets paved and made the people more willing to submit to a tax for that purpose."—Survey. Grave Humor. The punster is irrepressible. He even indites his jokes on tombstones. An epitaph in Waltham abbey informs us that Sir James Fullerton died "fuller of faith than of fears, fuller of resolu tions than of pains, fuller of honour than of days." There is another of Daniel Tears: "Though strange, yet true, full seventy year 3 was his wife happy in her This was written of an organist: "Here lies one. blown out of breath, who lived a merry life and died a Meri- Another says: "Here lies Thomas Huddlestone. Reader, don't smile, but reflect as this tombstone you view that Death, who killed him. in a very short while will huddle a stone upon you."— Aspiring Vocalist— Professor, do you think 1 will ever be able to do any XMAS CUT FLOWERS. Roses. Carnations, Violets and Narcissus. We are cutting excep tionally fine stock. Place your or ders early. Gt JOHN FALLON. What to Give and B r here to Get It? ou will find an IMMEDIATE answer in our splendid stock of holiday goods. We wait the op portunity to*put you in touch with j all the latest and best in Christmas novelties for 1911. We are offer ing the best products of the most reliable manufacturers, and certain assurance of high quality and hon est worth in each article. Satisfactory selections for every person. Altogether the most de sirable line of holiday goods; insur ing an easy selection of appropriate gifts for old or young. We shall deem it a privilege to show you these attractions. We offer the best at tempting THE STAUNTON DISPATCH-NEWS. now Battle* Are Wen. Napoleon bad this to say of the way in which battles are gained: "In all battles a moment occurs when the bravest troops after having made the greatest efforts feel inclined to run. That terror proceeds from a want of confidence in their own courage, and it only requires a slight opportunity, a pretense, to restore confidence to them. The art is to give rise to the opportunity and to invent the pre tense. At Areola I won tbe battle with twenty-five horsemen. I seized that moment of lassitude, gave every snan a trumpet and gained the day with this handful. You see that two armies are two bodies, which meet and endeavor to frighten each other. A moment of panic occurs, and that moment must be turned to advantage. When a man has been present in many actions he distinguishes that moment without difficulty. It Is as easy as casting up an addition." R Hunting In Russia. ly all the dogs used in hunting iimals in Russia not only attack deavor to devour their quarry. With the borzoi and gontscho it is en tirely different. At an early age they are put into training with old and ex perienced dogs, so that they soon learn how to properly attack their adver sary. They are slipped three at a time after a single wolf. When one of the dogs gets nearly side by side with the wolf he makes one bold spurt and with the fore shoulder strikes the wolf so that he is knocked over or else grips him by the neck. Each of the other dogs, coming up, strikes the quarry in the same manner as he tries to rise, finally pinning him to the earth, so engaging him until the hunt er arrives. The sportsman then either kills the animal or takes him alive, the latter being much more exciting.— Wide World. Turned It to His Advantage. An instance of the usefulness to other people of illegible handwriting is included in the vast collection of anecdote and fable that deals with the writing of Horace Greeley. One compositor could never get used to his appalling scrawl, and. in rage at the continual "typographical errors," Greeley sent a note to the foreman or dering him to discharge the man at once, as he was too inefficient a work man to be any longer employed on the Tribune. The foreman did it, but the compositor got hold of the note and took it to another office, where the foreman, after much puzzling, finally read it "good and efficient workman and long employed on the Tribune" and promptly took him on.—London Chronicle. VX7l__- V /_ — Wno 1 Am 1. lam born of Mother Earth—my heart is of steel— my eyes are of glass—my limbs are of iron—my fingers are of brass. 2. Ido brain work, but have no brain—l work fast, early and late and am too stupid to make a 3. You find me in every country, my voice rings out around the world, 4. I speak every language, tell the truth, and noth ing but the truth. 5. When I speak, millions listen: (1) the Caucasians, (2) the Mongolians, (3) the Ethiopians, (4) the Malayans, (5) the Indians. 6. I need no food, but live as long as metal endures. 7. I handle all kinds of money, (1) Gold,  Silver,  Nickel,  Copper,  Paper in all currencies. 8. I make unchangeable records of all I do. (X I remove temptation, shorten the hours of labor and keep people correct. 0. I protect the weak and strengthen the strong. 11. I give hope to the weary and make the world 12. I give,  Publicity,  Protection, [3j Prosperity,  Profits, and  Peace of mind. 13. I cost but little and do so much. lam the cash STINKING SMUT.^^^^ The plant disease known as stinking smut is responsible for an annual loss to the wheat crop of about $11,000, --000. The disease ruins the wheat for flotirmaking. The germs of the smut are on the grain at the time of sow ing, and it develops as the grain grows and ripens. A simply preven tive of the trouble is a treatment of the seed witli v formalin solution. using one pint of the chemical t<> about forty gallons ol water. The seed wheat si onld be spread out to a depth of four or five inches on the barn or granary floor, sprinkled with the solution, then shoveled into a pile and covered with gunny sacking ami allowed to remain for tive or six hours, at the end of which time the fumes will .have [«uetrated the pile and killed all germs. The same solu tion is also used in preventing the de velopment of other grain smuts and • in potatoes. SEEDLESS APPLE AGAIN. A newspaper dispatch under a Rec (Nev.i headline states that an appl% tree on a fruit ranch in Modoc county, iv northeastern California, bears seed less and cureless apples, the placenta _eing forced out of the apple during the process of growth, the withered stamens and pistils being visible on the exterior of the mature apple. Thi parikular "find" has been hailed as something brand new. the owner tak ing samples of the fruit to Burbank for tbe purpose of having him prop*. gato i*. Some sevpn or eight year, ago considerable interest was aroused in connection with a seedless apple. but in this case there was a solid string at the center of the apple. While freaks of the above kind are in teresting in a way. they have little to commend them for one who would produce apples in a commercial way. DIHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID. Investigations conducted for some time past by expert soil chemists in tbe department of agriculture at Wash ington have brought to light the inter esting fact that a large influence tend ing to make soils unproductive is that they contain dihydroxystearie acid. In samples of soils taken from unpro ductive fields in eighteen states this acid was found. This new theory seems to make clear why some soils, apparently fat and rich, do not pro duce the crops one would export The presence of this acid in the soil is supposed to come from mold, to be connected with soil fungi aud to be the result of improper oxidation. The difficulty is overcome by drainage, which dries the soil and increases the amount of air it contains, and by the application of lime, which neutralizes its acid tendency. Handsome China for Xmas Gifts We have received a hand some line of 25c plates that we are now offering to the trade at 10c We have many other beau tiful new Xmas things in CHINA and other lines that we will give special prices. Come and see us and get your share of the bargains. tavis & Holt 10. 4, East Main Street Heaters and Cook Stoves We have the largest line of heaters we have ever carried and the best collect ion. We have a stove for every one and a price to suit. It will be to your interest to see our line of cook stoves and heaters before Flavin & Watson [Company] I eg i. 'i v ( \ CONFIDENTIALLY we^fdon't blame [you for feeling sore over the w_y you are held up for auto supplies on the road. But you have the remedy in your own hands. Come here wh.re all auto supplies are priced hinestly and not according to the us °ener of your need. By buyine I ere you not only save money, yci get >et ter supplies as well. A. B. KERR, Staunton. Va. Who Could Suggest a more sensible gift than apaircf SLIPPERS? For anyone in the family a pair of our XMAS SLIPPERS make really an ideal gift. Men's from 50 cents to $2.50. Women's from 75c to $1.50. McH. Holliday In the Crowle Building.