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The Stars Shine More Brightly
Through Its Pellucid Air.
Chc KcROiirccs of Her Motintains nntl
Palen are Limitlcss anil for Genc
r&tions to Come Tliej- Will
I'oiir Korth Treasurcs.
DE.\vr.R, COI/>KAIX>. .Tanuary 31.?
Special?Tho cl'mate of Colorado beats
the world. Tlie daily cl^udless sky, the
balmy atmosphore, mercury ranging 00
to CO at mid-day, and in mid-winter mak?
es one feel as if lie were in a trayical
clime. Some say this ls on cxcoptional
wlmer, yet I a.tn told by others It is not
cxcoptional. 'Be is cxccptional or othcr
?wise it is truljt enjoyablc and in wide
contrast 10 our Virginia winter wcather.
But for the absence of foliage. at r.oon
011c could fancy it were summer, without
a stretch of the imagination.
SittJng upon <tfhe open porch breathing
the. soft, lialmy saTn.iner.Jike aJr and at thc
same time seeing the long rancc of moun?
tains a few miles distsnt covcied with
perpetual snow ls a condition and spec
tacle unexcellcd in the hoasted clime of
Italy and Kr.vitserland. No qicn can depict
or i>en(*il portray thc grandcur and sub
limity of such sccnes as present them
selves in the iianorama sprcad in view.
The pnow-clnd peaks glistening in tho
brig?!it ?un-!;g!it like sparkling gems and
scarcely subdtied under the less radiant
lipht df a full unobscured moon seem to
hwkon us mra-ird to touch their beauty
and bask in the light of their bewitch
:ng smiles.
As the last rays of the setting ntn il
lume the western horizon, the lleecy
ledges of tlie far off west are tinged with
gold and sllver. and tlie high pcaks with
t'heir white eaps of snow in changing
tints of sparkling brightaess, prraduated
d.rwn to the shadows whieh creep slowly
uj> as tlie sim disn.ppears from view, hid
ing the resplendent and retli.cted glorj'
of a gorgeous sunsct. is a. mfgnlficently
marvelous asfpect, extending as it does
with its conslautly clianging beauty from
the farthest point north where tihe ranges
rise to view to thc extrcme south, where
tbey sink from sight and Lheir oulline is
lost against the inky sky as darkness
creops o'er the scene. Such are not raro
siglits. bat daily oecurenccs. Never have
I seen sturs shine more brightly or seem
*i iarge nnd near; we look at them
through a thln. pure rarefiod atmosphere,
110 raists to d!m their brightness. or lleecy
ek>ud to obscure their glory. The beauti?
ful "Bedinmond creseent with duplicato
liorns" secms to be on duty here more
mi<l oftencr, n.? usual it is, thun in' the
Jrecions whene elotids hold full sway
and pitch darkness reigns sunreme.
One who loVea the moon and t.he stars
and e>njoys the deplcted glory of their
. shining should be so situated as to sleep
in day itiroe and rt-v.'l in the beauty of
these nights made glorious by the un?
obscured ferm.-i.menl. "The inverted how]
they call tlie sky" whereunder we live.
:-li<-'!s its most effulgent beauty. its
most inspiring soul thrilling exhibition of
tb" glory of the univ-er.w at a. time when
tnxmanlty is sleeping. Alas! there Is no
changing of the order of things in this
respect. Busy man inurcd to to!l must
have the light of day to lhustle for his
bread and butter. and stern nature de
niand^ n. time fur sleep; the mandate that
Inng since w<nl forth. "Work while it Is
day. for the night comcth iwhen no man
can work" has fallr-n upon us like other
results of Adaim's sin.
Nature has dc-alt kindly with Colorado;
hrr rivulets of pure water dashing down
through mountain gorges ln an^ry form,
oa.lm down to pl.-icid jpeaceful llow as they
pursue their wlnding course across the
level plain. where by man's iuvention,
they are utiiized to tihe advantage and
growth of herbage, in place of the gentle
ralns, Oip absence nf wliich, in conse- .
quence of the great distance from ocean,
lakes and Iarge rivers, to produee preci
jMvatlon or p-entle dew, has caused this
plains country to be an arld, treeless
desert, She has also opened her hands
jit'.'I jioured into the laipe of t3ic enter
prising pcuple who foresaw the great ]>os
sibiliUcs waM.Ing energj" and devclopnient
the wealtli of her mountains, which for
long ages reanalned uutouched and un
Notmithstandlng all that has thus fir
been accompllshed, the resourees of this
Slate and H-; mountains have scarcely
been scratchrd. For generalions to come
they will contlnue to pour out their treas
tire in re^ponse to the labor and energy
exeried. The depth and richness of her
soll, tihe abundance of water yet to be
utlllrred for watering the ground and
maldng it "bring forth tho bud, that it
may Kive sced to the sowcr and bread to
the eater" will not wear out or its rich
riess b" cxhatisted for npes. All her vari
i-.l iv^r.iircs are bere to stay; and the
tnie i? not ramote when Colorado will be
the richest productivc State in the union.
And as it rriws in richness anil wealth
;;? too will it srn-\v in power and morali
iy. The swaddling clothes of its inraney
bave already been laid aside nnd its
childishuess fast disappearing under the
brightness of coming manhood. All dis
order thht grows and fiourishes on the
frontler of civillzatioh will gradually be
forceii onward by thc progress of better
Us'ngs E\*en fnke journals that live and
Tirnspor for a while must give way and
*o>ek localities better suited to their ne
farious calling. Joiirnalistic and all other
cnterprises tliat catcr to the imorbld and
unrefincd taste of au unthMiking populace
must l>e liftei up to a higher standard
or move wesiward where It is still wilJ
and woolly. The onward march of pro?
gress brings with it men and woauen
hibhex up in the scale of thought, refllie
ment and taste, from whom goes forth a
QUierl innuence uplifling and purify:n?r.
T>y thc inexorabie law of nature the
we;ik must jcive wav to the strong. the
bad to thc better. The "survival of the
flttest" boids good in every element of
active movin.T existencc.
Tlie Bvenlng Post, whose proprietors
%\ere saot tlie other day by an outraged
eitizen. is not thc. only "snide" journel
that should raise Its standard or move
on where exist more congenlality and ap
preclatirn for their hashed-up gossip and
telf-made news.
There are others. One in ;iart:cu'.ar.
which Btartcl in life as a good Ixmest l.'t
1!e boy. about :" Tty years ago, but which
lius derreloped into a mighty bad man.
In 1S59 or 'GO, when the only means of
travel w<-st of the Missuuri river v.-t.s by
ox te.uiiH across tho "Great American
Desert." an enterprirlng young man pack
e-l up l;ls printing press and startetl. as
1b- saying was in those days. "For Pike's
leak or bust" After a month or more of
hard travel and liardships he ix^ached tbe
Jltlle minlng c-amp located -where Dcnver
liow slands, and in a. faw days, as the
Ktory goes, isrui-d the. first number of the
"Kocity Mountain News." For many years
he continued to jnblish It with credlt to
himself and beneflt to the growlns com
munity. That same enterprising youth is
to-day Mi honored eitizen of Denvtr.same
?what whitened by the frost of time, .but
still hale nnd b<*r.rty. 4-nteringr nrSth inter?
est and tnergy huo cvcrythlng for th?
n<x>& and Tt rmanent advancemeat of the
city *xd iLa.ie.Ia tfaa person ot l\rm.
Atlantic and Virginia
Fertilizer Co.
Branch of Vrrginio-Corolina Chcmica! Co
Richmond, Va.
Eureka ^piBrand!
And Standard Grades
of Fertilizers
for Spring Crops.
Will pay if used on Truck, To?
bacco, Grain, Grass and other
?N. Byers, the orirrinal owner and the
organlzer of the Rpcky Mount;iin News,
Deuver has no better citizen. or one who
has reflected more honor and uprlghtness
of life.
After he reiired from the "News" it
passed into other hands. and has had
many changes and vicissitudes. It was
purchased in 1S7& by W. A. H. Loveland,
a candldatc for Governor on the Dumo
cratic ticket, for the purpose of boosting
his eampaign. He was d>r-a.ted. however,
and the paper proved- to be an unprolit
able vcnture for him. After a few years
of struggling existence it passed from one
to another, and finaJly into the hands
a.nd ownership of its present controller,
T. W. Patterson, a lawyer of uncertain
note, and a pure poiitical trickster, who
has grown gray in the censtant and per?
sistent effort during the past twenty
five years to get into office, and rich
fr?>m"a lucrative law practice and annual
stipend from corporations, which sti
pends he has ma"ntained through suh
tllity pi-jtuliariy his own.
For long years he. has held high ns-pi
rations for the United States Senate. but
without avaiL He is a popocrat dycd-ln
the-wool, three-ply, doubled and twistcd;
but not nvcrse to being a leader of the
dlsgruniied split off forces from the Re?
pubiican party; taking up the cause of the
populists not because he loves them, or the
prlncipies they espouse, but to help
?"Tommy" roach the olilce for which he
has so long ycarned. From his sebter
fuges and the vaceillating tone of his
journal it is hard to tell where he is
Be it said, however. he is nothing more
or less than a double-distilled soliticlari,
an aslute lawyer. a forceful wrlter, with
an ungratifiea ambition for public office.
About tWenty-five years ago he ran for
Congress, and clalmed to be e'.ected. but
tho dec.ision of the Congress gave it to
the other fellow. Be has also been a
nomince for Governor of this State and
numerous other smaller olliecs. but the
people willed at the polls that he stay at
home. The "News" under his control, as
a newspaper, is not of a'high order; except
for gall, bltteraess and wholesale vitia
tlon of truth and boid display of tnasli
and defamatibn, which mdny self-rcspect
insi cltSzens scorn to read. Thus the
Rdcky Mountain News. which started on
its career forty years ago, modestly,
truthfuliy and purely wh'.te, has after a
checkrt-ed life reached old age, not with
Whltened locks in which there is honor.
but with hair and brow of dishonored
J. S. I.
One of the greatest prohlems in general
gardening is the production of a good
turf and ma'intaining it. Yet it is easy
to solve. too, if carefully attended to.
The chief thing is to start right. There
should be a good, ricli, loamy, top-soil,
six inches in depth. at least, in which
the seed should be sown. Unless for
some very good reason. which would sel
dom be the case, one kind of grass only
should bo sown, whioh will make an
even, regular growtli?if cared for. Dis
honest contractors are occasionally to
be met with who do not hesitate to
"skimp" with the top soil, and a weak,
stunted and tuftyeu growth of grass ls
the resuit.
Kentucky blue grass is the most popu?
lar and best for more Norihern States,
being very hardy and close-growhig. It
is a famous pasture grass, and thrives in
almost all soils. For excessively dry
soils. where it has been found diflicult
to establish ordinary grass; sheep fcscue,
a very fine, "silky" grass, will be found
admirable. Around the base of Iargo
trees, where it is not also shady it will
grow right up to Uieir trunks. This is
also reconmiended for sowing in sod
which is troubled with annual grass or
weeds, as it may be cut very close, and
the annuals preverited from seeding.
While telling what to do it is well to add
what to avoid. Whatever kind of grass
is employed to seed with, it should be of
a slightly creeping. and not ot" a tufty
character. lt is impossible to make a
close, cven carpet with a tufty grass.?
Meehan's Monthly for February.
Grocerles Given Away
Special Sale This Week.
Sugar, Fiour nnd Coffee at cost. Wc
have 10 car-Icads of them and must be
Yan Houten's Cocoa, J4-lb pack
age only. 9 .13
3-lb Can California Peaehes.13
"?.-Ib Cake Chocolate, No. 1.15
Fancy Creamery Butter.15
Banquet Saltine Wafers, paekage ' .15
_> pr.ckages Jeliycon. C5c.: 2
packages Cream Custard, -25c.?
;>?);?.: bolh for.25
Flna Country Butter, for cooking
Fine Little Small Hams.12*i
Home-Made Leaf Lard. 29-!b can 1.45
Large California Prunes, por lb.. .05
4 Large Cans Swan Bakir.g Pow
der for.25
::-lb Can Soup Tomatoes. each.Ol!
Nico lot of Thin Breakfast
Bacon. per pound.os
Large California Oranges, per
3-lb can Clain Chowder. the best .J5
Fancy Carolina Rice, per ib.o5
3 boxes Butter Milk Sweet Suap.. .25
i cans Sugar Corn for.25
Large Box Blacking. 3 for.05
French Mustard. per galion only ."10 .
New Orleans Dark Moiasses per
10 Large Bars of Soap or 10 Pack?
ages Soap Powder for.25
3 dozen Small Mackerel for.25
Heintz's Chow-Chow, per quart... .15
All of our goods retailed at wholesale
price, guaranteed in every respect or
money cheerfully refunded.
Very respect fully.
Ail Grooery Co.,
bll to 613 East Marshall street.
NEW 'PHONE 381. OLD 'PHONE 1232.
. Orders by mall promptly attended to.
Cannoa-ball Dellvery at exnress rates.
Trotters and Pacers With Fast Re?
cords Owned Here.
I'ichniotitl as a Distributins Point
Ciicstcr, the Son of Falsetto,
Hornpipe in tlie Hunt?
ing Ficlcl.
A greater number of fast trotters and
pacers are owned in this city and vicinity
now than ever before, and the interest in
speedy horses at either gait continues
to increase.
With the return of prosperity ln busi?
ness and iinancial circles the demand for
gentlemen"s roadsters has greatly in?
creased. and good ones :are constantly
cnahglhg hands at prices' representing a
fair margin of prolit. The fastest trotter
owned in Richmond. or for that matter
in the State of Virginia, is the bay geld
ing Mosul. 2:001-1, by Sultan, out of Vir?
ginia Makl, by Sam Purdy, who trotted
to his record and won that memorabie
seven-heat race at the Grand Circuit
meeting at Columbus, O., 'p August, IStiT,
since,which time the unsexed son of Sul?
tan, -who is a mastodon in size. has
been in retirement. Trotters seem to be
far more popular here than pacers, as
the list, which foiiows, will show, but
sooncr or later the lateral gaited' per
former is more than apt to force himself
into recognition, and a few years hence
may bo in the ascendaney, or at least, on
an equal footing with horses that take to
tbe <liagonal gait. Among those with
record of 2:30 and better, following Mo?
sul, in the order named, may be men
Uoneu: McZeus, 2:13, br. h.. by McKInney,
dam Graeio Kaiser, by Kaiser; Kodras,
2:15 1-4, b. g., by Norvai. dam Bianca, by
Blackwood'; Roster, 2:1G 1-4, b. g., by
Almomedo, dam Red Rose, by Red
\Vilkes; Fircwood, 2:171-1. b. g., by King
Nutwood, dam Medina, by Middletown;
Eloroy, 2:1S 1-1. br. h., by Simmons, dam
Berkshire Belie, by Alcyone; Hulman,
2:20, by Quartermaster, dam Winnie D.,
by Hannis; Lucena, 2:22 1-4, b. m., by
Wickliffe, dam Happy Prineess, by Happy
Medium; Charles Anderson, 2:22 1-2, ch.
g., by Wilkes Cliief, dam by Bai!cy"s
Dexter: Little Betz, 2:23 1-4, ro. m., by
John W. Daniei, dam Betz Psringer, by
Captain; Lord Hareourt, 2:23, b. g., by
G<eystone. dam Mezzo, by Mambrino;
Presque Isle. 2:2.rt 1-4. b. h.. by Norfolk,
dam Mambrino. by Mambrino King: Lady
May, ro. m., by John WT Daniei, dam
uritraced; General Dashwood. 2:20 3-4. blk.
g., by Simmons, -dam Nelly Grant; Robert
itansom. 2:20 3-4. br. h., by Gambetta, dam
Black Marla, by C. M. Clay, Jr.; Z'.lla
B.. 2:30 b. m., by Woodburn Hamble
tonian, dam untraced'; Crow, 3:20, blk^_g.,
hy Rupee. dam by Dictator: and tho
pacers Princess Eulalle, 2:17 1-4. ch. m.,
by Prtnce Belmont. dam Sea Foam, by
Re-.l .Tacket; Branchwood. 2:22l,!>. b. g.,
by Woodburn Hambletonian, dam un
traccd: Uavelock. Jr.. 2:23 1-4, b. g., by
Havelock. dam Baroness, by Rothschiiii,
and Tissack, 2:2G. ch. m. by Grampain,
dam Santa W-, by Prophet Wilkes.
As a distributing point for supplyinj
dealers throughout Virginia, North Caro?
lina and South Caroiina, Bichmond has
gainetl considerable promlnence as a
horse market. Not only are large num?
bers of horses and mules disposed of at
auction, but numerous private sales are
Smyth Brothers, of the Southern Horse
Bazaar, who lead in the volume of busi?
ness by public auction, report the best
season in the history of their business.
They have bullt up a large trade and are
well known and popular throughout the
South among buyers. Their auction sales
are held Wednesdays and Saturdays, and
on some occasions as many as. three and
four hundred head of horses nnd mu!"s
of various grades are disposed of in asla
gle day.
Joseph Lasitter, who conducts the
Richmond Bazaar, is one of the best
known and most popular horseman in
the whole South, and has been identified
with the horse market of Richmond for
many years. He has been prominent
as an owner and breeder of trotters dur?
ing that time, and numbers of good ones
have passed through his hands. His.
auction sales are held on Tuesdays and
Fridays, while in addition he disposes
cf numbers of horses by private sale.
Tn addition to Smyth Brothers and
Joseph Lasitter, R. B. Pendleton, agent
for the Guyton and Har'-ington Mule
Company. of St. Louis, and Peter Paul.
also dispose of quite a number of both
horses nnd mules at private sale, so that
it wiil be seen that Richmond is not only
prominent now as a horse market, but
as a distributing point for buyers to
gather at it is more than likely to grow
in importance for years to come.
One of the most popular events to be
decided at tho forthcoming spring meet?
ing of the AVashington Jockey Club, and
which will be run off over the Berinlngs
course, Washington. D. C, is the Spriiig
Hunter's Steeple Chase, subscriptions to
which close on or before February 15th,
horses to be named on or before March
15th. This steeple chase is for hunters
four years old and upward, qualitied
under Uie ruk-s of the National Steeple
Chase and Hunt Association. that have
been regularly hunted during the season
of 1S90-1WX), owned and ridden by mem?
bers of the recognized hunts in Mary
larid, Virginia and District of Columbia.
Tho former well known Virginian, Jlr.
Algernon Daingerlield, assistant seere?
tary of the Washington Jockey Ciub,
writes me that the outlook is very prom
ising for this steeple chase, * alid the
cliances are that d gratid field of horses
will face tlie starter. The Deep Run.
Piedmont and Wurrenlon Hunt Clubs.
of Virginia, will be represented, and the
winner may turn up from that source.
The bay horse Chorister. thoroughbred
son of Falsetto and Addie C, by King
Alfonso. owned by James R. Keene, of
New York. ar.d for several years past a
member of that noted fir.ancier's famoits
Castleton stud at Lcxingtofi-, Ky., will go
to the Vallcy of Virginia to make a stud
season forV 1000. Chorister is one of
the grandest looking horses in Kentucky,
standing 10:2 hands -high and weighing
nearly 1.400 pounds, while in heart and
girth he probably measures more than
any horse in the Blue Grass regibn.
The son of Falsetto was always well
thought of hy Major Daingerfield, who
directs affaiirs at Castleton, and that
nstute judge of horse flesh looks for th?
bay stallion to sire a grand lot of hunt?
ers, saddle and general purpose horses in
the Valley of Virginia, where he will have
access to numbers of good mares. Chor?
ister was a good race horse. He ran a
mile in 1:30 1-4, and won among other
events the sea and sound stakes, carry
ing 113 pounds.
Mr. Charles H. Hurkamp, of the Amaret
Farm. Fredericksburg. Va.. has recently
sold to a gentleman in New Jersey the
handsome and highly-formed black
mare, Black Satin. flve years old, sixteen
hands high. and weighing close to 1.100
pounds. Black Satin is described as a
inaro -of - exquisite quality and ilnlsh, lit
to compete in any show rlng.
' - * ? *
The heavy-welght hunter, Hornpipe, de
veloped and sold by the Amaret Farm,
is showing up ln grand form ln the hands
of his new owner. Miss Marie Murchison,
at Orton Plantation, near Wllminjton.
N. C. As seen in action when being rid?
den to hounds by Miss (Murchison, this
fine. big geldlng is a splendid plece of ma?
chinery, while his manners in the hunting
field are well-mgh perfectioa, At &t*\
years old Hornplpe stands slxtoen hands
and an ihch in helght, welghs 1,175 pounds,
and through his sire, Young Sanford, tho
son of SanfoVd, he inherlts the potent
thoroughbred blood of Bexington, which
enables him to 'take up any weight and
live through a chase of many hours' du
ration where' the pace is furious from end
to end.
? . ?
CMr. B. Banks Holt, of the Alamance
Farm, Graham, N. C, has a couple of
grand-Iooklng brood mares in Winnie D.,
dam of Hulman, 2:20; GInter, 2:24 1-4,
paclng, and Mayo, 2:2Sl-4, a daughter of
Hannis and Maud B., by Flyaway, and
Blondette, dam of Governor Ilolt, 2:15,
by Beland, out of Mlnetta, by Kentucky
l'rlnce. Winnie D. is the dam of Giles
Mebane. a brown colt, four years old, of
extraordinary beauty and finish, by John
R. Gentry, 2:001-2. Both AVinnie D. and
Blondette were bred in 1S09 to Gregorian,
2:2fl 3-4, the premier sire at Alamance,
and appear to be in foal.
Mr. Thomas M. Hewitt, North Bend
Farm, AVeyanoke, Va., Is wintering iive
horses with records, all owned at the
farm. They are the chestnut pacing
stallion Whitby, 2:1S. by Hannis, . dam
Maud L., by Flyaway, who sired Ange
lus. 2:121-4: Miss Thompson, 2:201-1, by
Toodles, Jr.. dam Frimrose, by Hetzel's
llamblotonian; Fanny Cox, 2:20. pactng,
by Judge Cox. dam Mambrine, by 11am
brino King; Kitty B., 2:241-4. by Nutgold,
son of Nutwood, and Florence Sliles.
2:211-4, bay mare. by Prophet AVIlkes,
dam by Red Champion.
The big bay pacing mare. Almist,.2:23 1-4.
by Alehcmist, son of Almont, owned by
Mr. M. E. Doyle. of Bynchburg, is win?
tering iinely in the stable of her owner,
who looks for her to lower her record
durintr the coming season. after which
she will probably be retired for road
work or bred. Almist was d'riven to her
record in 1898 by W. G Bryan, of Albert
C. (2:16%) fame.
In the bay gelding. four years old, by
Baron Russell, dam by Sam Purdy, AV.
D. Adams. Jr., of Bynchburg, Va., has
the prospect for a trotter. Baron Russell,
a son of Mambrino Russell, dam a full
sister to Baronet. 2:11 1-4. by Baron
"U'ilkes, was formerly owned by Mr.
Tn tho bay pacing gelding Perfection,
reosntly purchased from T. M. Arrasmi'h,
Mt. Pleasanr. Teimessee, it is said tliat
Br. T. J. B. Battle. of Greensboro. N. C,
has secured a 2:10 prospect. Perfeottoh
Is by Bliw Hal, 2:14 3-4. dam by B:iy Tom.
In nddlt.ion to Perfection Dr. Battlo owns
a bay pacing stalHon by King Nutwood,
dam Miss AVindsor. by AVindsor, also
Botsy Tussey, a full sister to the latter.
Botsy Tussey was bred in 1SS9 to Grego?
rian. 2:2!> 3-4. thc framlsome chestnut scn
of Prinoe George and Celtina. b>~ Mnns
rflelidf, that heads the Alamanc-. Farm
istud of Mr. B. Banks Holt. Graham. N.
C, and aippears to bo in foal.
* *
M:\ Frank M. Parker. Jr.. formerly a
wcll-known residen: of this ei-y. om now
at the head of important busin-;sa enter?
prise:* in Hcnduras. who ha;i been visit?
ing friends hero during tho latter part of
the past week. left for N;iw York, where
ho will remain a few days nnd then'depart
for iHonduras. V/hile residlng In this
Ctty Mr. Parker was a p-aitron or oubdoor
sport. and was frcquently drivlng on the
road ibehind such prood ones as Toodles.
Jr.. the sire of Ne.lley D.. 2:lSl-4: Ida
AYisc, bv Bapora, and others.
A Practical .Joko ln Mccklenlmrjj
Many Years Ago.
BOA'DTOX. VA;, Feb 3. Special.-Many
old persons lived in Meeklenburg. on the
good old unte bellatri days, when peace
nnd plenty made gl-'id tlie liearts ot" her
people and their homes were the abodos
of happiness.
ln these days the rccn who were liable
ta mllitia servlce. assembled at their
muster-ground under the call of their
captain and Uien again once a month
the people in larse numhers met at
cc-bnty court.
At these ineetings the best cf good
humor prevailed, and a gfnenlly good
time was expeeted, as friends met there.
and treats >were freely indulgcd in.
There were no rcstrictions placcd upen
the bar-rqom trade. and it was not in
frequentiy the case that John Barleycorn
was master of the situation, as whisky
was sold plentifully at retail for fifty
cents per gallon.
Many incidents are told of these times,
One particularly Is recalled to my mind
which is very amusing in its character.
It is this: One court-day mcrning a gen?
tleman (we will call him A) was passing
by a neighbor's (whom we will eall B)
and eniiuired if he did not wish to
to court. B replicd that he would like
to go. but that his shirt was very much
soiled. and that he did not have a clean
one. AVell. said A, just ipull eff the shirt
and put on a sha-n, (a gham was a bos
om and collar. without the shirt, and
was made to wear over the shirt, and
was conlined around the neck and v/aist
by strings). B at once accepted the sug
gestion. donned the sham and tho two
proeeeded to court.
After getting there, It occurrcd to A.
that he would have some fun at B's ex
pcr.se. So he let a third party into the
scheme about B's sliam, and engaged him
to assist in playirig a practical joke B
was a hct-tempered man and when ever
he was offended. the iirst act before- fight
ing was to pull of Ihis coat. On this oc?
casion the third party went up to B and
insutled him very grosslv.
Immediately B threw off his coat, with?
out thinking or caringf about the lack of
his shirt, and A, wh owas watching for
tho opportunity, seized the coat and ran
off. As soon a*s this was done, the party
who had offered the insult was profuse in
his apology to B. who at once acecpted it,
turning to get his coat. he found it was
gone. and in this predicament he was left
for a good while.
3. in relating the circumstances to me,
many years ago, said that the joke was
practiced on him ane hot summer day,
and that before he recoverec! his coat,
his back was blistered.
The Best on the Market,
Delivered Fresh From Spring Daily.
14 Half Gal. Bottles, Tickets, $1.00
5 Gal. In Demijohn, - .50
Special Prices to Larae
Consumers Bv the Month
or Year.
1013 Main St.
Opposite P. 0.,
Richmond, Va
NEW PH0NE, 521. OLD. 205
| Bargains That'll Make ?
I Enthusiasts of You. |
^- The store that gives you ihe best Furntture, the best make, the best service, snd the best j?
^ treatment?embodies all of these features with a lower price than others--is the concern that'll ^F
%i win the trade of every reasonable thinking person. It's only uatttral?hnman economical in- HgP
&i stincts dictate this. The better yott know us?the closer you wacch?the stronger and more im- |5g?
|L pressively you'll hold us in the first light. This week we're hustling for business, and ii you -A,
^ don't respond to the beckon of the many ofifers you're refusing cold cash from your purse. Sav% g*
*$ ing possibilities haven't run so high since we've been in business. You know what credit means Ji
& here. It's buying as much as you want and paying as you want. Merely say when you'II make *gr
*??i' settllments and fulfil your word, and there's no worry or inconvenience. ^
Sfcj Our stock of Baby Carriages would do credit to any wholesaler. The pick of the }jg?
& three largest and best Lines in the World. They simply out-class any {? A ^[Z ti&
g; shown in the city. There is every desirable style imaginable. We sell a J)ffc#i?;j |"$
?' very creditable Carriage as low as-.-. JT -^g.
Here's the SIDF.BOARD for your
home. It's Iarge, splendidly-made,
golden-oak finish. swelled front,
Frcnch-plate mirror, and finished up
to perfection.
ST.25 isn't to be turned away on such
an occasion. It's exactly what this
Combination Bookcase offers. It's a
beautitully-constructed' case. with gol?
den-oak finish.
A EED-FOOM SUITE that embodies
all points of goodness. One that any
home would bo benefited by Bed-room
Suite richly made. golden oak, swelled
front. skillfully and deeply carved:
dressing case with French-plate glass.
A set of furniture that no one dares
to equal for the price.
Bed-room Suite.
A low price fnr Bed-room Suite h!gh
ness. Handsome solid oak suite?
dressing case with four drawers and
bevel-piate mirror?finely-made bed
stead and washstand.
Carpet Cuts.
AVo take particailar -pride in this
Carpet Department of ours. There's
plenty of patterns and' pienty of room
to show them. You can expect better
quallties and values always?especial?
ly so this week:
Ingrain Carpets. K*e
Heavy B'russels Carpets.75c
Barge Fringed Rugs.f>Sc
Fancy China Matting. l2Ut
Rattan Rockers, of every depcrip-*
tion We are selltng a very largo
Rattan Rockcr, well made and cora
ftrtable, only
Parlor Saite.
We give you the peer Parlor Sulte
of the city for srj"-."*?>. Flve hand
somely-constructed pleces? cxcsllentiy
carved. mahogany-finlshcd frame and
uphofstered In superlor silk tapestry.
Don't deiay.
Virginia Division T. P. A. Met at
Danville Last Week.
Huniorosis Lecturc on the Drummer
by Ale.xuntler H. Sweet?How Hc
Travels and What He Hasto
Daio in His Eusiness.
A visit was made to Danville by severai
otilcers of Virginia Division T. P. A.
reeently and the Danville Reglster has
tho following to say regarding it:
Mr. K. B. Walthail, State Seeretary,
and Mr. II. Lee Lorraine, one of the
?Board of Directors of the Virginia Divis- j
ion. Traveliers' Protective Association of
America, came in from Richmond yester?
day to visit Post E. members of Dan?
ville, for the purpose of re-organizlng the
local branch. Alr. Walthail said thax no
city in the Stato could boast of a more
substantial membership for this, asso?
ciation than Danville, but there had been
for severai years a Jack of organization.
He was very much encouraged ln tha
v.-ork ueconuplished yesterday. After vis?
iting severai of the business houses and
meeting with a. number of the members. a
meeting was called at Wemple, Ellerson
& Co. s office.
The meeting was called to order by Mr.
Orlando Wemple, and Mr. J. S. Oliver
was chosen as temporary chalrman. The
first business was the reading of a letter
from -the State-President, Mr. C. W. Saun
ders, of Richmond. After the reading of
this leitter officers of the post were elec
ted as 'follows:
A. D. Keen, president; Chalmers Patter
son. vice-president; C E. Cabiness, see?
retary and treasurer. Board of Directors:
C. B. Keen. Andrew Jameson. J. S. Oliver,
E. W. Dixon, Jr.. R. H. Thomas, J. D.
Wemple,; J. B. Anderson.
The ehairman of the Railroad, Legisla
tive, .Press andf Employment Commit?
tees. also physician and chaplain. will
be* chosen at a later meeting."
Following is a lecture by Alexander
H. Sweet, on the Drummer, which. will
be interesting to traveiling men:
"The .predominant tralt of the drummer
is what is called c'neek, or gall, or both.
"The inhatbltants of Burmah worshi?
idols made of brass. How they would
go down on their knees If an American
commercial traveller were to get around
their way!
"There is a town in Switzerland namedi
after St. Gall, who ls belleved to be
rho patron salnt of drummers.
"It has been stated as a fact. that a
drtunmer -was once struck by Ughtnlng,
and the spot iwhere he stood Iooked as If
a brass cannon had been melted.
"The country imerchant has no iprotec
tlon against the drummer. A country
merchant will 'oad up a double-Sarreled
gun with nails, with tb? Intention ol
vacclnatlng the ifirst drummer who eu-%
ters his store, but he never does it.
"The commercial emissary flisarms him
with a smlle, and ln fifteen minutes telis
the old man four good jokes. pay* him
oampilmenta oa fcualOM* *billty, yrs-,
\.,S--1 -V- ?'" ! '? '''?"'
pounds three commdnrras and perhaps
comes near itelling the truth once.
"As a result, tho sanguinary country
imerchant makes out an ordsr for $509
worth of goods he don't need. and he
. goes out and takes a drink .which he
? does not need.
; "The drummer inhabits railroad trains
! prlncipally. He also .tennporarily infests
| the best rooms in the ho>tel. He is usu
ally swung to a satchel contalning a
comb and brush, another shirt, a ciean
: cellulold collar and a pair of cuffs, etc.
also a railrcad gulde, and a newspaper
wrapped around a suspiclous-looking bot
j tle. That is about all his personal bag
I gaga He has. ibesldes, a two-story, Iron
bound trunk containing samples.
"He travels for a first-class house?the
largest firm in their line of business in
?the United States?a firm that sells more
' good3 and sells them cheaper than any
other two houses in the country. He
ia very modest about stating these facts,
and blushes when he makes the state?
ment, but he makes it. nevertheless,
probably as a matter of duty.
AA'hen tho drummer traveis alone he oc
cupies ono seat, and on tha other piles up
h.'s baggage and overcoat and tries to look
as if they didn't belong to him. but to
i another man who has just stepped into
' the smoking car, and would be back
! presently.
[ Drummers are usually found in pairs
; or quartettes on the cars. They sit together
' in a douible seat, with a valiae on each
| end 'between them. on which they .play
j poker and other sinful games. AATten
! they get tired of playing tbey go out
into tho smoking car. where a man who
is traveling for a liquor lirm "sets 'em.
up" out of his sample case, and for an
hour or two they swap Iies about the
big bill of goods they have sold in the
last. town they were in; tell higm>*-sea
soned stories about their personal adven
turea and exhibit to each other the pho
togruphs of the last girl on whom they
made impressions.
The drummer ls the only -man who
dares address hotel clerks by their Chris?
tian names-. He knows every hotel and
every room in the hotel. AVhen he arrives
'by a late train he is the tirst to get out
of tho 'bus and reach the clerk's desk,
when he says to the clerk: "Hello, Char
lie, old fel, h-jw are you? Got No. lt> for
me?" And the clerk flashes his Kohlnoor
I and a smile on him as he shakes his
hand, pounds the nlckel-plated call bell
and shouts: "John. take the gentleman's
baggage to No. 16."
In tho dlnlng-room the drummer Is a
favorite with tho colored waitersr, although
ho order3 more dishes and l!nd3 more
fault Tvlith the fare than other guests do.
He does not bellevo the walter when he
says the mfllk is all out, but senas him
j off to Inqulre further Into the matter, and
; while he ls gone he fills up his glass out
of 'tho blue milk in tlie cream ipltcher.
? He flirts with the chamheromids, teases
i tho bootblacks and plays practical joke-s
!.on tho regular boarders.
' Tha drummer has much to worry him.
Traveling at nlght. to save time, sleep
ing in the baggage car or ln the caboose
of a freight train. .with nothlng "but his
iear for a pillow, btrmping over rough
roads ln etagas and hirckboard3, Hvuig on
: corn bread and ooffee dinners. yet ha is
.usually good natured, although ho some?
tlmes expresses his feelings regarding
:tha discomforts of travel or the tou*h-,
n.ess of a fceefsteak in language 6n? would
never attributo to the author of Watt's
The drummer is tho jrowth. of this fast
ag?f. "Wlthon: him tha car of commerce
wuld anes.k slowly along. Hs is an
enerxetlc and genlal cuss, and wo hope
he will appreclate this comp1?mentary
"notice. and show his appreciatlon by
coatmctlnc tha habit of goin* lawn lato
..Mi nkamt aad pcoduda* tltalta
buy a Texas SIfter whenever the train*
boy conies around."
Acnri.H ('miriinens Varicgatu-.
The sweet-flag Acorus Calamus. mosf
narticuiarly !he variegated-lwived form,
is very generaily known. and has been ir?
use, though perhaps not cultlvated toe
ornntr.ent. since ancient tim>>y. Doubtless*
tho svrnet calamus. nifi tloned ln thej
Book of Exodus, Is identtcal with it.
There is a genus of palms by name of
calamus. but of course unrelated to our
reedT, the sweet-flag. The r<rit ot th?
acorus when d'ried or bruised emits a
pleasant, aromatic odor, and Is said t<J
have been used, by the ancients. mixed
with rttsr.es and strewn on the floors oC
their home* and in places for rellgtotts
worship. The name acorus ? comes from
Greek derlvatives. Showing It to hav*
been utillzed medicinally fur maladlea oC
the eye. In more- modern times its v?hi9
has been extended. bfing used in confec*
tionery, for hair powders. and ptrfumory,
and for tlavoring intoxicatlng llquors.
With the origin and eultivation of the?
variegated form, It has been brought
into mt-re general us? !n gardening,
where something for damp anrt marshy
ground ls desired, in which placa it ls at
All this. concerning the spccles calamus.
Curnlshes greater interest in another spel
cies (there are but three decided species),
gramineus. which has also a variegatedt
form. But while calamus grows vlgor-*
ously to an approxlmate height of threa
feet. gramlneus is barely more than nln4
inches. and grass-like, formlng very prett.vt
little tuft*. The writer has never seen it
grown outside of a green-house; but ther?
is good reason to believe it might provi
hardy.?Meehan's Monthiy for February*
Life Is a game of cards; on starting out
We mean to guard our hands beyondl al]
Then. by some careless word or reckles3
We give the secret of our trumps away.
I Can
Repair Them
With a Very Small
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H. Hawes, Atlantic Coast Line and;
hundreds of others. ,,.
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