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Alexandria gazette. (Alexandria, D.C.) 1834-1974, March 31, 1922, Image 13

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little Pictures of Your City
By Frances Thompson.
The Old Mil1 at a stumer resort
is a scries of long winding passages
filled with water and suffused with
darkness, where narrow boats wend
their way in and out, carrying per
sons who love the mystery of dark
waters and little boats. At the en
trance in the glaring electric lights,
a huge wheel turned by the weight of
water gives the appearance of the old
mill where your grandfather and
mine had their wheat ground into
flour.
At intervals of aitouz twenty feet,
small squares of light pictures are
found. Sometimes it is a country
church, calm in the warmth of a sum
mer Sunday and we can imagine the
drone of the preacher's voice in the
quiet interior, where sunlight filters
through the colored glass windows.
Sometimes the littie square is a snow
covered hiTT. and still little dolls are
put on sleds, to represent little chil
dren coasting dyvvft the hill. It is
the dark narrow passage, with the
swirling water about us which lends
mystery and beauty to the pictures.
Tonight I can see pictures of
Alexandria, set in the wall of the
years, just * as the pictures of the
old mill are set in dark, narrow walls.
There is the glare of a street lamp
casting an enaemic circle on a snow
.'covered pavement. A door in an
humble frame hou.se opens anu we
Do You Suffer From Stomach Trouble? If So, You
Are Living in Dread of Other Dangers
To be a constant sufferer from Stomach Trouble is a big: mistake.
It means that you are depriving1 yourself of good health, which alone
brings comfort and contentment in living.
For you can buy at the Drug Store mentioned below a remedy that
will drive away all miseries caused by undigested food, and you can enjoy
eating your food without Nausea.
Why not let Tonall, the Universal Tonic and System Builder, do what
you have failed to get done? Try it.
These are the days when Good Health calls?calls often?in order that ;
you can perform your daily duties.
Give your Stomach, Liver, Kidneys and Heart Nature's remedies, all
carefully selected and blended into a medicine known as Tonall.
Remember the names of the Roots, Herbs and Barks are printed on
the label?so be sure and ask for Tonall and get it.
Tonall is sold at Edgar Warfield's, Jr., Drug Store, Corner King and Pitt
Streets, Alexandria, Va.
see inside an American family, a Vir- j
ginia family. A girl of eighteen is j
washing the faces and hands of a!
little brother ana sister, making them I
ready for bed. A red tablecloth cov
ers a round table in the center of the 1
room and an oil lamp burning there I
lights the center of the room and !
leaves the corners in uncertain shad-'
ows An hour ago the big family had j
gathered about tnis tabic for dinner,
but the crumbs have been brushed
/.way and the chairs fixed neatly,
against the wall. Two girls, fifteen
and sixteen, are knitting gill net.
They fasten their threads to the
chair board and begin drawing the |
fine, strong thread over their little
ringers. At every stitch or two, they
?*nove their chain; nearer to each ,
other. A boy of twelve is watching
them and he knows just what will
happen. The chairs will finally meet,
as the net forms, and the thin sharp
thread will cut the little fingers of
the two sisters. The gillnet sells
for a dollar a pound and in those
days, just after the Civil War, a
dollar bought a dinner. The mother
is rocking the baby to sleep and last
year's baby is in his cradle. A man
comes into the room wrapped warmly
in woolen stockings and a heavy
homespun coat. A woolen scarf is
about his neck. He bids them all
a chcrry good-night and goes out
into the snowy night. He is a rounds
man.
This is th<j solidity of the American
family.
The next picture is an inn. It
is about three in the afternoon. An
old man of sixty, dressed in a swal
low-tail coat and grey trousers, neat
ly creased above Congress gaiter
shoes, is seated at a table with a
flagon of beer and a sandwich. A
boy of sixteen, appai ently poor and
honest, is with him consuming the
same thing. The old man holds pub
lic office and the boy is his companion
and general assistant. The major
wants to pay the bartender and he
lets a silver quarter roll from his
pockets and into the dark back room.
The boy sighs. He has spent a half
hour every day for the last year
looking in dark rooms for the major's
quarters. The major's propensity for
dropping things is the bane of the
boy's existence.
The lad strains his ear and listens
eagerly for the ring which will help
him approximate where the silver
disk ends its journey.
A carpenter's shop on the corner.
Don't Throw Away That
Old Suit or Dress
Send it to us and we will return it clean
and fresh with several more months of
wear in it. A trial will convince you.
Office
804 King Street
Phone 106
Plant, Rear of 1210 Queen Street
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The tapping of a hammer and the
buzz of a saw tell the story of a busy
man within. A man of almost eighty
is sawing a board which he holds
firm to the implement with his bended
knco. His long white beard is tuckc-d
into his vest.
The sounds of his work camo out J
into the pleasant May afternoon of
'60, but General Lee, when he looked :
inside in 'fiO, saw r. thick shoci: of '
black hair on a muscular stripling of '
twenty and one years.
The next picture is of the sun glint- i
ing each little ripple of the-Potomac i
[on noonday in late June. Thirty,
Alexandria boys are swimming oSf
Jones' Point without regard to bach
|ing suits The lads are from twelve
to sixteen, but there is one a trifle r.Jd
| cr, about twenty. He enlisted in the !
Navy at sixtedn and has been around \
the world. The tales of green nnd ?
white islands in turquoise seas which ;
I he has brought back with him fan
into flames that desire to see the
world which is latent in every Kttle
swimmer's breast.
| He has a Turkish girl in purple ,
and green ink on his chest. They call
j him "Spanish Jack."
H. KIRK & SONS, INC.
Widely Known Wholesale Grocery
House and One of Alexandria's i
Greatest Commercial Assets?Own- '
j cd and Managed by Same Family
for Forty Years
Nearly half a century ago the late '
1 Harrison Kirk, wise in his age, re- |
cognized the possibilities of Alexan
dria as a distributing center and he
; proceeded sto organize a wholesale j
: grocery establishment, which has not 1
only grown to Jfxtensive proportions |
; but one which has greatly increased
{the prestige of the city.
: Upon Air. Kirk's death his sons
continued to carry on the business ?
which has been greatly enlarged and j
today is recognized as one of the i
city's greatest commercial assets.
The offices and warehouses of the
firm at No. 1-7 King Street are among
the largest and best equipped in the
wholesale district, and thc> company
carries a complete stock of staples
; and fancy groceries, candies, confect
ioneries, flour, feedstuffs, cigars, to- ,
' baceo, cigarettes, and paints ami oils, ;
j as well as some automobile supplies.)
Its territory includes all of North- j
ern Virginia and a considerable por
tion of Southern Maryland, it having
five traveling salesmen on the road
and nine employes in the offices and
warehouses.
The spirit of cooperation which has
1 always been manifested between the
Kirks and the retail trade has been
one of the greatest factors in the <ie
' velopment of the concern. It has
, been the means of bringing an im- i
mense volume of business to Alex
i andria for the last forty years,
i The present officers of the corpora- ,
}| lion arc Mrs. Addie R. Kirk, presi
ij dent; Harry D. Kirk, secretary; and
Orlando H. Kirk, treasurer and man
ager.
1 The Messrs. Kirks are among
|. the most prominent business men of
Alexandria. They arc leaders in the
commercial world, and are recognized
i as broad-gauaged, liberal and public
spirited citizens. Mr. Orlando H.
1 Kirk is a member of the luwanis Club
i and all Masonic bodies. Mr. Harry
! D. Kirk is a Kiwanian and an Elk.
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