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fCliUSHEP EVEKY UOKNIMQEXUKfX MONDAY. VIRGINIAN BUILDING. A )N AND COMMENCE STliKETS. U, GLENNAN, Owner. Enten J ?? **coml-cl?m wall matter. ! Our oyster business amounted iu 1S94 -to 82,000,000, nud tisb oud game $1,000,000, a very Cue thuw iug._ The estimate of tho tobacco und cigar business of Norfolk duringStho year is ?1,300,000, liquors, not malt, 82,500,000;Wewers' agents, 8250.000 Tho furniture business of tho city is put dowu at $600,000, JSooks, stationery and music at $280,000, and jewelry, watches and.clocks at 8200,000. Norfolk's drug, point and oil trade last year amouuted to ?800,000. Brick and stone workB $750,000, aud ship chandlery railroad and steam? boat supplies 9525,000. In crockery and china ware Norfolk trau?ncts a business of 8350,000, and iu stoves aud tinware 8500,000, wbilo in hardware its busi? ness reached $750,000 last year. Norfolk is a 6weot city. The confectionery busiuos.s alone amounts to $600,000. It is growing sweotcr, The bakery business reach ed 8^50,000, aud tho fruit business 8350,000. Excellent showing of our city's trade. The grain trade of Norfolk lust year reached 83,000,000; Hour and meal, etc, $1,435,000, and peanuts, SI,080,000. Iu tho latter Norfolk holds;her owu as tho greatest mar ket in Amerioa. In tho other linos eho proposes to climb,up and climb higher. As a live stock and horse market Norfolk is rapidly advancing. Tho business in livo Block last year amounted to 8810,000, and iu horses and mules to 81,000,000, a total of SI,810,000. In 18S-1 tho business in both these Hues only reached $100, 000, and this was considered a full estimate. The dry goods trade of Norfolk last year is estimated at 83,000,000; boots aud shoes,at 81,500,000; cloth? ing, at $l,500,000,aud hats and caps, at 8350,000. There isja groat opou ing in Norfolk for largo wholosalo houses of this chnracter, nud it is gratifying to learu that efforts to secure the same will be pushed dur? ing tho coming year. The volume of tbe business of manufactured knitting goods was $1,000,000; barrels und cooperage, $1,000,000; agricultural implements, $450,000; building material, $1,500, 000; fertilizers, 82,000,000; carriages, wagons and harness, 8350,000; foun? dries and iron works, 8300,000; oreosotiug works, $125,000, an ag? gregate in these linos of trade of $6,725,000. The ootton business of Norfolk for 1891 amounted to $14,833, 354; its grocery business to $14,000,000; its lumber busi? ness to S12,000,000; its cool $G,600.000,and;its truck to$6,200,000. Here are only live blanches of trade in our city thnt aggregate a money value of 853,033.345, while the en? tire bueiuess of Norfolk in 1SS0 only reached 838,200.430, and this was thought to an immonsebe ?bowing, THE veit.il Ma vs riUDE HE VI KU Ot 1S91. The work of compilation of the trade of Norfolk for the year 1894, ! as presented in the columns of The Virginian to day, speaks for itself. The showing is ono that is most gratifying to every well wisher of our city, and the results that must follow as they affect the future growth and development of Norfolk and this port, cannot be doubted or questioned. A business of $91, 198,348.00 is a remarkable exhibit in a year of general and widespread depression, and compared with the Buu-.wug of 1884, ten years ago, when it summed up 848.007,500. it is a source of sincere and pleasurable satisfation. It is with this spirit that The Virginian viewo it. In its eventful history of nearly thirty years of publication one of its principal aims has beon tho betterment aud devel? opment of Norfolk aud this section. It has never tired in this laudable work. Early and late, in season and oat of season, dnring all these , years, it has struggled unfalteringly to attract attcutiou to tbe greut nat? ural advantages with which we were surrouuded and to prouioto activity I and effort on t ho part of oar people j to utilizo these advantages with a pride that was ub patnotio as it was ^ generous and a faith that was deep und broad aud unwavering. ' Thoroughly alive to the great im- ] portance of making known tbo bnsi- ? ucss of Norfolk to the country at J large, Tun Viboinian iu Ootober ISM), inndo tbo first'systematic and nearly uecurato trade compilation. It was a revelation. It presented a business showiug of 833,200,436. It i attracted favorable commout on the part of the presB of tho country, and it was not long before the benefits of the publication were recognized. At that tune the population of Nor? folk was about 22,000. In 1883, Tai: VlBGlNIAN's trade issue prosouted the trado of Norfolk at $50,011,056? un increase of nearly $17,000,000 in three years. The exhibit of business in 1S84 summed up Sl?.007,500?a fulling oil from the previous year, owing alouo to the decrease in tbe amount of cotton bandied, it being lessened at every cotton port of the country. There was, however, au uctuul increase of nearly twenty five per cent, iu the aggregate of tbe other branches of trade. This showing continued to attract attoutiou throughout the country aud caused settlers from other sections to seek Norfolk as their placu of abode, aud this attructiou was greatly en hauoed by the euccessfnl eQort of Tue Vina ini an to secure from the goverumout of the United Htatos.tbo erection of a monument ou the field of Yorktown, commemorating the crowning event of the Revolution? the surrender of Coruwallia?and ulso the celebration of tbo ceutoumul of tbo ullair. Thousands visited Nor? folk on this occasion, and many took their residenco in our midst from that time, and thousands havo come among us since. Norfolk's population to day may justly be estimated at 50,000 witb an adjacent populutiou of nearly 50,000 more. Tbo great purpose now is,to concontrato this total pop? ulation and territory under ouo municipality of a *'A GREATER NORFOLK." Tbo reasons for this are not only expressed in the show? ing which Tue Viboinian furnishes iu this issue, but is conspicuously set forth in tbo letters of the distin? guished southern editors who re? cently visited our port, and especial? ly so in tbo clear, forciblo und con vuicing views of lion, Clark Howell, editor of the Atlanta Constitution. In his letter the key note of the situation is sound? ed with romarkublo foresight. " THE GREATER NORFOLK" is only a question of time, and why should not the live, active business men of our rtspectivo commnnities take the matter iu baud, and accomplish a result that will bo recognized as ouo of the greatest events in tbo history of the country, securing to tbo riouth a commercial metropolis, which in not many years to come, will bo surpassed but by few cities in the country in population, wealth and business? To tbo realization of "THE GREATER NORFOLK" The Vib a IN IAN dedicates its issuo of to day. THE V I ICti I NIAN'V ?JlltfJfJL, \ Through the many pageB of this issuo of The Viboinian ovidonco has been presented and proof fur? nished of tbo reniurkoble growth and development of Norfolk, It will therefore be pardoned if it presents another and strong proof of this growth aud development, personal to itsolf, and that is its 6teady and remarkable in? crease in circulation. Siuco 1881 The Viboinian has beeu keeping a most systematic record of its cir? culation. Its books are always open to the inspection of the advertiser, and tbo bgurcB presented below for 1881 to December 20, 1801 are the actual and accurate records of its circulation during the periods men? tioned. No. Printe?! Daily Av'gft 1SSI. 784,139 2?il 1SS5. sis. :u 'i.Tti 1S-S<1. 851,522 it,J4'4 1.387. 965,5 .1 a im 1SSS. 1,082,109 8,601 1S??. I,269,til(l 4 utMi ISVU. 1,3M I.t2 4'::.. 1891. 1.(110,011 My; 1892. 1,659,983 E IS'.'3. 1,766,770 11 1 lsi*i. l,ui.5,aoi o.aa.-, The showing demonstrates a per? centage of increase iu ten years of 148 per cent. The following is tbo sworn statement of the business manager: STATE OK VrBOINU, CITY Ol1 NORFOLK, DS.l I, It. E. Turner, bnsinoss man? ager of The NobpoiiK Viboinian, do solemnly swear that the above etat? moot is true, to the best of my knowledge aud belief und in accord? ance with The Virginian's circula? tion books, whiob aro open for tho inspection of advertisers. 11. E. Turner, Business Manuger. Subsoribod to and sworn to be? fore me this 2(Jth day of Deceoi bor, 1894. H, L. Myers, N. P. There cannot bo a stronger evi douco of the growth of this city. As J shown, the total circulation of Tim Virginian iu 1881 was 781,139, or a daily averago of 2,521 copies. This was looked upon as a very ex? cellent exhibit. Hut compuro it with the showing of 1891?a total issue of 1,945,364, or a daily average of (3,255 copies. The daily average of laotjyear as compared to the issue of 1893 ex? hibited an avorago daily increase of 125 copies. The Virginian can but expross its gratification at this steady showing of growth, iudica tiug not only tho growth ot Nor? folk, but tho assurauce of the con? tinued confidence and support of tho good puoplo of Norfolk and vioinity, It shall ever soek to retain tho mine. NOICFOI.K'? POSTAL It i A' KIP l?S Tho increase iu the postal receipts of Norfolk is ono of the best proofs our city's growth and development, The detailed figures of tho reoeipts aro givou iu another column, From them it will bo soeu that in 18S0 the postnl receipts for the fiscal year ending June 3d, 18S0, whou letter postage was 8 cents, amounted to 885,851.41, and that during tho yoar just closed, 189-1, tho receipts on tho letter postage at 2 cents reached 883,809.46, an increase of 847,458.05. Tho mere statement of these fuots is of itself sufficient proof to show tho wondor ful development of Norfolk during tho past fourteen years. LErTEK? OF iui- NOtirHEHN i.hi nuts The lottors of the editors of rep? resentative aud influential papers in tho South, who recently visited Nor folk during tho session of tho an ! uual meeting of tho Southern Asso ciuted Press, wiil command a gene? ral reading. The writers present their impression of Norfolk and it is a most favorable one, Thoy aro all advocates of THE GREATER NORFOLK, and their view9 on this subject aro valuable, They are all friends of Norfolk, who rojoico at hor advancement and who will al? ways bo ready to contribute their assistance to its growth and pros? perity. It 13Ad ESTATE TIS AICSAO 1'IONS During tho past five years tho transactions in real estate in Norfolk aud vicinity, as will be soou from tho dotailod statement in another column, reached the great sum of $23,584,948. These ligurcs speak for themselves. The t-alos iu Nor? folk reached $10,920,494; in Ports? mouth, $2,184,238, aud iu Norfolk county, $10,180,199. It is doubtful if uuy other city iu the South can present such a Bhowing. RVIEjDINU DKVUI.OPJ1ENT. Tho number of buildings erected iu Norfolk during tho past year amounted to 2.153, valued at 8V 011,508, or nearly Five Millions of Dollars. During the year just olos od 448 buildings wero orooted, with a valuo of 8951,858. This was the largest showing of building im provemeuts in Norfolk iu its history, it is an exhibit of growth, steady and permanent. ii. hu m u Building .tlaicrlal* It is well within the memory of many persons when metal as a building material was praotically unknown. But within a few years building has been utmost revolu? tionized by the uso ot metal iu various forms and for various pur? poses. Irou beams, columns, gir? ders, rafters ami window saslies have come into use, uud now we are to have as a regular addition to our list a great variety of btamped out sections. These have heretofore beeu mado mostly out of galvauized irou or some composition of the spelter sort, or, iu fine and high priced work, bronze has beeu employed. Steel is, however, found to answer all de mauds far better thau any other metal used for this purpose. Door and window casings will bo mode of metal, und, indeed, almost all parts of u house may bo constructed of somothing besides wood. ||With paper-pulp doors and floors, metal frames and finish, slate or tin roofs, ami Portland cement or con? creto walls, our houses may iu time come to bo actually fireproof, as they have for a long tinio unjustly claimed to be. Budapest'? i ndorg-rouiid ltoad< The olectrio underground railway at Budapest wilt-bo two miles long. Tho line is to beoompleted by April 1, 18U?. * THE GREATER NORFOLK. What the Elditors of the South Say on the Subject. SHE SHOULD PHVE P PILUBI Ol Population, and United Effort win Hasten Sued a Result. THE OPINIONS OF CLARK HOWELL, Atlanta Constitution. SENATOR WALSH, Augusta Chronicle. J. H. HEPJIPHILL, Charleston News and Courier. J. H. ESTELL, Savannah News. C. O'B. COWARDIN, Richmond Dispatch. ADOLPH S. OCHS, Chattanooga Times, W. H. BERNARD, Wilmington, N. C, Star. J, H. STOCKTON, Jacksonville Times-Union. J. S. VAN WINKLE, Knoxvillc Tribune. On the occasion of the annual meeting of the stockholders of the .Southern Associated Press, in this cititflaet November, the most promi? nent editors and owners of news papers in the lending Southern cities were in attendance, aud during their stay in Norfolk thoy were greatly impressed witb its importance as a commercial city and port. The greater number bad never visited the city before and were astonished at all the evidences of growth aud prosperity, of lifo and activity thoy witnessed on every hand. Thoy were surprised that it was so large and so progressive a place. When they visitod our great piers aud ducks and wharves, our groat ware? houses and railroad depots; when thoy saw tho wonderful harbor and the great number of steamships, steamboats, and innumerable sailing crafts; when they rode over tho city from sectiou to section und formed gotBomu idea of itsextent.wben they viewed cities and towns on both sides of tho Eli/.abotb, with the smoke frotu hundreds of stacks, the great lumber mills, coltou com? presses, coal yards and piers, peanut factories, oyster establishments and all tho other evidences of progress and thrift and growth, they did not hesitate to express their surprise and gratification ami attest their opin? ion that Norfolk was a great city and bud a great futuro before her, with the promise of becoming the metropolis of tbe South iu 1 population, trade und commerce. With one accord they urged tbe im? portance of a consolidation of tho cities and towns on both aides of the Elizabeth, to form tho Greater Nor? folk, a consummation which they predicted would give wonderful im? petus to the unquestioned suprein acy of Norfolk as the metropolis of tbe South. In response to tho request of the Editor of The Virginian, the letters following were written. They will bo read with interest, containing as thoy do, most valuable sucgesiions as to tho measures necessary to pro? mote our city's advancement ami greatness. The vis't of theso dis? tinguished gentlemen cau well bo considered an epoch in the history of Norfolk. Our city has secured in them warm, generous friends, who will iu the columns of their journals novor fail to assist iu every way Norfolk's growth and pros? perity, Mr. Clark Howell, of the Atlanta Constitution. The Constitution, I Atlanta, Qa., December 17, '91. i .1/, Oiennan, Esg,, Editor of The Virginian: You wish mo to write something about Norfolk, All right, ltisuot' only mi easy subject on which to write, but an unusually agreeable subject to ouo who has so reccutly enjoyed the hospitality of tho people of that spieudid city. I see no reasou why Norfolk should not iu a fow yearH become the most promiuent, populous aud prosperous city of tbo South Atlantic coast. "We already lay olaim to that," pomo entbasinstio citizen of Norfolk might say. But not nutil "Greater Norfolk" has materialized can this claim be backod hy tho showing that is necessary to establish Norfolk in tho position to which she is outitlod. I believe that Norfolk proper has about 45.000 iuhabitauts, Portsmouth has about 18,000 more, Berkley ubout 8,000, and other suburbs about 10,000 more, giving Norfolk, and the municipalities and suburbs immediately surrotiuding it, a total population of 81.000. On my reoent visit to Norfolk I was astonished at boiug told that the population of Norfolk aud surrounding towns was nearly 75,000. I know Norfolk to be a city of about 40.000, but oue who is not acquainted with local conditions aud wbo has not been there to see for himself that Norfolk is but u part of the municipal popu latiou clustered around it, is apt to underestimate tho importance of tho combiued population aud credit the wholo urea with but tbo strength, tho hope aud the future of tho part wbloh is most conspicuous. Hence, without stopping to calcu? late, or to bo iuformed, aud iu nine cases out of ton tiudiug that tho world credits Norfolk simply with Norfolk's population, it can readily be understood that the aggregate interests of the community sutler,or at least that tbey do uot derive tho benefits aud advantages to which they are entitled by the population which backs them. A liostouiau or Obicugoan or a far Westerner in? quires tho population of Norfolk. He is told that it is 40,000; "but," soys his informant, "our surround' iug towns aud suburbs givo us near? ly 40,000 mire." Bocoguiziug the fact thai every city is liable to lay undue stress ou its suburbs und to credit them with an overdeveloped strength entirely unjustified by fact, tho statemeut is received with a grain of salt, aud probably the census report i? sought, 't here it is in black and white for 1890: Nor? folk, 84,871, and naturally the cen? sus report does not stop to givo auy information in the samo connection about either Portsmouth, Borkhy, Atlantic City or anything else but Norfolk proper; and if you wish to find out about either of these other places you must turn to tho iudex and take it up as an independent proposition. By all means your people should push the question of consolidation. The difference iu the necessity for consolidation of interests between Norfolk, Portsmouth aud surround? ing cities aud tbo reasons which urge consolidation between New York and Brooklyn, and adjoining towns, is merely a dirt'orence in do gree, If it is good for Now 1'ork and Brooklyu it will be good for Norfolk and Portsmouth, aud the minute consolidation is ucaom pbsheil the prestige of the commu? nity is vastly iucreased, aud its strength, while really the same, uumenoally speaking, is more potent and productive of better re? Bults. The greater Norfolk can only bo a quesion of time. If it does not materialize in this day, or in this gouerution, it will in tho next. Therefore, siuco it must come, why not let tho active, moving, enter prising forces now at work for tho development of the city havo the credit of it, as well as onjoy the bcuubts to bo derived from it? In tho impromptu remarks made before tbe Business Men's Associa? tion iu Norfolk, 1 took occasion to say that if Atlanta hud tho natural advantages oujoyed by Norfolk, it would bo u city of a million iuhab? itauts in tcu years. With niue railroads acting as uu enormous commercial funnel through which is poured the produots of the industry of a vast section of country into Norfolk, for distribu? tion by water to ull i arts of tho world, with as fine, if not the finest, harbor ou tho East Atlantic coast, ou whoso broad bosom can be aceom modated the commerce of the world ? with a people rich in resources, full of ouergy and determination, aud realizing to the fullest extent tho advantage of their location, it does seem to me that Norfolk has as bright future as auy city of its size ou tho continent, und when 1 speak "of itH size" I do not mean of Nor? folk proper, but ol Greater Norfolk. It enjoys a climate cquuhlo through? out tbo year; it possesses tho dual advauta^o ol water and rail connec? tion und, what is more, it has plenty of water and plenty of ruilroads; it is never troubled with tiiliug chan? nels and rising bars. The stilus como und the ships go with the cer? tainty of railroad schedules?there never is annoyance about getting in, and nover auy trouble about getting out. Tho coal business alono of Nor? folk is tho nucleus for u great city, and 1 am informed that it is de? veloping at au astonishing rato. As tbo greatest coal port in tho couu try, tbo greatest oyster und Qsbory hi adquartcrs, the leading market of tho famous Virginia ground peas, tho coutor of oue of the richest trucking sections of tho coast und commercially one of the most active business centers ot tho coast be? tween Washiugioti and New Orleans, Norfolk, if it improves its oppor tunny, will turn tho now century I with 100,000 people to its credit and with u balauoo book of prosperity second to no city in the .South. But all depends upon tho people. The city will bo as thoy make it. If they allow internal strite and dis? sension to weaken their energy and divert thoir attention from more substantial work, they cannot expeot natural advantages to do, unaided, what must be done by enterprise, thrift, unity and determination. Tub Virginian bus undertaken a great work iu briuging the cities urouud Norfolk together in tho for? mation of "Greater Norfolk." If the people are tue kind I take thorn to be, I do not soo how it is possible for the movement to do anything else than succeed. That it will, is tho earnest hope of, Very truly yours, Clark Howelii, Mr. Walsh, of the Augusta Chronicle New Your, December 7,1804, M. Glcnnan, E?q.t Norfolk, Va.: My Dear Sir:?Iu crossing tho Hudson this morning. I reoalled your letter askiug me to write my impres sions of Norfolk for tho Trade Issue of Tue Virginian. The possibilities for tho commer? cial development of Norfolk are limited ouly by tho intelligence, in? dustry and enterprise of her citi? zens, Witb deep water aud a harbor capacious euough to lloat in safety tho ships of every nation, with linee of transportation by water aud rail to tbo South, West and North and to Europe, with choap raw material iu abundance; iron, cottou, wool and lumber from lirst bauds, I see no reasou why Nor i folk should not continue to increase j and prosper. She has the condi? tions essential for tho upbuilding of a great metropolis, Norfolk is des tiued to be not ouly great in com? merce but in manufactures. In providing her with a muguiliceut harbor, natura has donu wonders lor Norfolk, but it is well to boar iu mind that where naturo does most for muu, ho ofteu neglects his op? portunities und docs least for him self. Cities aud States are what uieu mako thorn. Norfolk will bo what her own oitizeus make hor ? no more no less, This is truo of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Bultirnore, Cincinnati. St. Louis, Chicago, aud other great cities, Last and West. Lord Buoon said thoro be three things that mako a nation great and prosperous ?fertile lands, biiBy work-akous aud easy means of trans portatiou tor men and goods lrom place to place, This applies to tbe couutry tributary to .Norfolk, Sho has a fertile soil and abundant moans of transportation, by reason ol nor eiieap raw material tdio tan b ivo busy work shops und factories of all kin.is. She has cottou, coal, irou, lumber, grauito and marblo from first Lands. The development of your city will bo limited only by the determina tion und publio spirit of your citi? zens. Your uuturul advantages aro unsurpassed by any city iu tho Union. Tho growth of Norfolk lias beeu substantial. Her future pros? perity seems to bo assured, fours sincerely, Pa i rick Walsh, Mr. Hemphill, of the Charleston, S. C, News and Courier. Charleston, S. C, Dec. 22, 1891. i\f. Olcnnan, fCsq., Virginian: 1 think, my dear Mr, Glonuau, that tho members of the Southern Associated Press came as near catch mg a glimpuo of lleavou ou tho eve ning of tho day that they returned from Lambert's Point as it is possi? ble to obtain anywhere else iu tins wido world except possibly in tho harbor of Charleston, The mutch less bounty of thut Virginia sky, with its divine creations in the near? er and remoter musses of clouds, glory piled upon glory, exquisite beyond comparison or fancy, its bu? pernul brightness shading down into tbo softening splendor of a South? ern night, will never leavo tbo pic ture gullery of my soul. It wore worth living in Norfolk to dio ou such a day as that. It is not ex? pected, however, thut I should write about tbo msthetie aud ideal so much as tiiut 1 should give my impressions of your enterprising und prosper, ous city. 1 am glad that I went to Norfolk, because 1 did not dieam ot what Norfolk was. 1 hud a confused idea that it wus something like Augusta, Ga? in tho reaped that it knew now to blow its own horn, und something like Jacksonville,Fla,, in tho respect that it wus situated ou a river a long di.tauce from tbu bcu, with somo thing of a future, if by hook or orook, ono Maj. E. B, Stahlmau could bo returned in oflice as tho Commissioner of tbe Southern Rail? way and steamship Association. 1 confess that 1 hud not read tho Norfolk papers us closoly us 1 should have done, or 1 might have known that Norfolk, next to Charleston, was indeed the most important Hea port south of Baltimore. But I have seen a great light, ami while I most insist that Charleston is still entitled to my lirst allegiance, if I could not livo ami die in Charleston, 1 should like ato livo aud die in Norfolk. I should Iiko to livo in Norfolk because- I like tbo people and their ways, because it is not u boom town ?Honry Wuttersou says that looms aro tbo Devil's own inventions, aud bo is right; because it is not n new South town, because its population is growiug at a phenouicnul rate, because it has a harbor that would literully accommodate the navios of the world, because its possibilities of development aro without limit, and because, as near as I could mako it out, it is as near tho busi? ness and commercial and social and political ceutro of the world ob it is possible to get without being scorched. Tho only fault I have to find with Norfolk, 1 frankly avow, is prompt? ed wholly by a selfish consideration ?tho railroads have tho long haul to Norfolk, the long haul pays the railroads, and, therefore, a consid? erable part of Norfolk's business has no business going to Norfolk, But whilo this is true it must bo credited to the enterprise and public spirit of tho business com? munity of Norfolk, reinforced as they aro by railroad combinations aud systems which would care just n-i much for Charleston aud Suvon nah if tbeir termiuuls happened to bo ut either of those ports instead of at their more lucky rival ami com? petitor. 1 do not believe,moreover, that by any combination of circum? stances or conditions tbo certain de? velopment of Norfolk could be de? feated, When tho rivers in the upper part of this State were form? ed, God designed that South Caro? lina should become a groat manu? facturing State, aud so it was that Humbert's Point was designed for a coaling station aud Norfolk for a great city, tho 6ails of whoso com? merce should whitou every sea. It is nature or Providence or desti? ny?predestinatton good Presbyte? rian's would say?it was not chance or?Stahlmau. Nothing can pro vent, nothing can long delay tho certain achievement of your larg? est expectations, I would not hin? der you \l 1 could. I would help you because 1 know that there is room enough for all of us, and 1 bo lievo that tho scepter or commercial supremacy is surely coming to the South. 1 rejoice with you that Nor? folk is not a new South town;,that its present prosperity is largely duo to Southern enterprise and South? ern pluck; that while respecting the opinions and sentiments of all your countrymeu, whatever their poli? tics or placo of birth or residence, you yet respect yourselves. Tbe great ships and splendid docks that 1 saw at Norfolk did not menu nor promise nearly eo much to mo as tue ludomitablu spirit of your people which has built a great city, tbo just pride of Virginia and a glory to tbo South. Nature has poured out its abundance upon you with luvish hands, but your dock? would bo empty and your lields would lie fallow but for your peo? ple. Very sincerely yours. J. (J* Heuphiltj, Mr. Estell, of the Savannah News. Bavaxxau,Ga., December 10, '9i. Dear Mr. Olt /man: Referring to your reqnest, con? tained in your lotter of 7th, for my impressions ot Norfolk, it would af? ford me pleasure to comply fully with the same iu a special article hud 1 the time to do so. i therefore must refer you to a recent article L penned ou my return from your Hplemlid city on this Bttbjnot, la that article I said it is no reflection on New York or disloyalty to Savannah to assert that iiamptou iloads, on tho estuary ol which. Elizabeth river, Norfolk is situated, is oiio of the liest harbors iu the world, and us was demonstrated: during tho great nuvul review of the Columbian Exposition, can tloul the navieu of the world. Upon it* shores uro numerous towus and: cities, tho most important of tho group being Norfolk. With the development of the country it may bo safely prediotod that an immense eity, with its pop? ulation of hundreds of thousands, will grow up around Hampton Ponds and tho .lames and Eb/abeth rivers. Norfolk, like Savannah, la not a "boom city," but u steadily growiug ooininurchd metro) 0)1 is, with all the adjuncts neoe* sary to success; good bus; nesH facilities, und, what is better thun that, u community ot solid ollizous. The harbor, with its magnificent fleet ol steamers, plying to near anil farther ports, presents a sight that is not seen outside ot Now Volk, uud at night tbo long lines ot electric lights on shore, and the myriads of ship lights afloat, ia n picture that is not presented at any other place ou this side of tho At antic. With olevon railroads which bring tho varied products of tho country to this harbor, with cotton and iron from the South and bordoc .States; coal from tl.o mines of Vir? ginia: corn and Hour from the fur West, Norfolk will grow rapidly uud bus a ni cut iuturo before her. With kind regards, J. 11. l.sii:u? Additional Letter? on 1'JrV* Page.