TRE RICH.MOttD DISPATCH.
sT THE DISPATCH OOMFANY.
?rh. rvAtt.T DISPATCH I? delivered to
Week t?a>?M? t0 ,h? c*rrl'' S?
U.tiV at ? ?" anaum; O for ala
?tenth?: fi? for thro, month?; ?Oc *?'
%;SkKLT DISPATCH at H ???
1tTsi'ndat dispatch .1 H? P*r
?unum, or Ite. for ala ??*"? .
flubt.oripi.onB In all eases Pn>*bJ?,'" ?
?.ace. and so p?r?.r continued aftcr MB
?pirstlon of MM t m. g* ?? ' *?J
?o.t-offloe m*n- order, cheek ?' "??,
??red letter CWrtOSSy ?em by n?" *'"
??t he ?sK of t,..? andrr. ??***
?.h.ng their r*st office *????< ??
,iv? thrlroli M W.I1 ? ABB new po.t
?lue?. 8-niple cvpl?? STSB
UM ? ?? !l OB l?8? id
I time.!!!$ 1 W
? timp*. ibi
t time* .\. 170
? t'me* ._ S Jf>
(1 tim ? .*_io of?
1 m .nth. ..... *? 00
tha . M f?
piis'ne*?- want? ??? v;? "?^?'nr Ye???^. *
, Ata runsinf ?????????*
.?., m r ?Un* matter type.
- Ri ?n nonpar. U NBSBS,
- tM f.r mer* .pace furnished
m if??..,?? ?ni ifl^-rams mu?t be ad
l?UrEwS DISPATCH W-PAKJ.
nmusloaUeBa will not be re
tt town oancm ?s cast broad
BTv^7.Nn r.rrirn. G???-PLACK
M>\"\1\<*V D?brider? ?and Mala ?tr.eta.
? on ram um B?i*
?eliiflou? Secular Dalllea.
,n ,.. ? BTterlSB, ilited In
, .. ,. ? . R v. W. X ltlcl...rd*>n. 1>.
I?., who ss?" u l.-tt.r in Tuesdays We
?.. , ,.i ti.?? rsUowtse ????t???:
.. of our ! ??*?? ore
ttan men who
|r,. r, ; ,!i.v with ChrUUan ??
? ? >:<. and aho are certainly
, deal Jual aa fairly with all re
? ?*** "
tho? ?rf with leticai BBSBttos? ond
?ocular ?ITai? S Hut whether a BMM h BOT?
? ??! b? BB? W
of the .? ? pre?? In the cause of evan
: ? ? rlstianlty Is certainly worthy of
I Barrii eoestdarstlos The
, . log ninth seglectei thi??
, y, hesitating, fa is?!?*?, p> r
haaS, <?r usina It for her great wotk."
If our memory Is n"t at fault, the
Ksw fort World was vtartad as a reli
glou? dally. Aiti t --. ? BsttBSJ Biadi ?
upon It. the owner? ? una t'> the tonc?u
aion that Ib? ' ' had l" ' " ,l fl1''
? a ? 11 th? pap? r.
?\Ve fe.ir last '-? ?? woeM
"fall from ? IS It had lOBg BSSB
i \ ? . ? read Ut? --I
made iv ? rallaiou? arsa?
I aj.-r Boati result from
hartas ? loae daily .
Bag all the queatloaa which an
: lb? acculai
Al |.r..-?:;: w? hat face WBS
. ? ? '
i ; who would dlacoaa all
e , la th? ?
.ni. ? ? ? ! Ily, sat Into all
Forts tf difficolti , ra thus
quai ?? is and
? i Boon los?
?hould BTt r Mcur? any.
Th? hypoctitl G.. ? N m ib*j -
m ? k.-r ? ? I Um ??t : ?? Ml op ?
? Uy. Who It? to decide v.!. i'
; ? llglous is BBtltlcd
: : ? . ,..ju:? OOaUBU
If th':?' . ' '
ili? ir ? muai dja< uaa whal
? ? . irlly have t
? ?. ra laaportant ., ? aasMly,
. ? larlUea. f'o
there ? - dalllt ?,
G? I ?:.;.., ? ? - .1 tlU< .. J apttBt IS
t Bplaforsal rallglosa aSI
? -. Lathsrss relistoua dallla?, and bo
t?n to t:.<- ? r. ? of t!n> chapter. If w.?
uas ti..? wot l "''hurch" aad ti.u,
na *.f Carla?
tians tin? . tabllahmenl of daily papera
tiy IBS "Chui ? ? ?? . . ? work.
I'htiMii aaa BcsMcfd another
mighty hi., my?to-wit, the? bar. If rsll?
?tose ? ssssrs ? aghi to bt? inelsesd
I ' the "BUBhty nRonclrV of the
Chnrch, it aa>rn? to n.?? tasi the lawyers
BhouM not ha orertookoA 'J'i. y nre, aa
? rui? itimi apaatais Ihss tilei
syaaas >?? ? .?? Uetea to them for ten?
er thr..? hoot? nt ,t tltn?> who cannot ha
i : t . licir with BBttSBBS a one-hour
Thr<? l< BOlhlBS, we think, that can
?sperato? tho Choren, aa It Is. There l*
Bothtas that caa ha ssbstltstsd for it,
juin aa \\f ii. ? it.
Injoymeiit of Chriatmaa.
This is oot u puritanical community.
rtl* f* ' I Wleh is that ev?ry man.
w. bss, ai I nay < ? joy Chrlstmaa
?- ha or Bhc ?1? -ir ?, no long as the
' Of other? are not
' 0 publie sentimi nt WBlcJ
?? t.. taterft ra with
lll': ' ' ; Im ? l S .iule horns er
: "M t!:?? sidewalks
? l arlatmaa tv* or Christmas-day. aro?
N ' ITS BB St ry sick person?
Wot tl. ? two ? pig are wlll
1 : ' '? ?r ?manees to be re?
lax??! in fatrer ti the Juvenile members
- eosusualty; bul th.-re 13 little dis
ulous or riot
?tii eosdsct on the jtrt of tiny one, nor
1 ? 1 , ,
1 IB their worship, or lire "cannon
t ?? MWBBB1 or
1 I hlswBBJ mon
1,1 ' " ? nders. as a rule,
*' . 'ant with ? '
kUj arht i.? it m atrtSeal that th >
ttre ? Ily (llMturblnK the pea.?.
1 mf.it of ?.?.?. rs. But nevtr again
? 't and respectable citizens
h a? we had mtt
ISilli, our CkrtSt
' hSTS been very BMeh
"? il.n. The Improvement
' ?B tSOSdy, BoUOBBbaij and gratify
have our peo|>ie
fc"" to r..ak<. the ot ?, rvance of thia year
?wet u,..,, vv, r u ivtc
?-^fy tity in the country ha* been
*?:l*d to tho atmoyaueee of which we
?>*ve ?pajlilBU h the paat. and aome
l,.' sary to pro
tmn at an tim.s. absolutely and en
th? u?, of tlre-erackera. torpedoes.
J?"? '?n hMBS M the publlo thoroueh
",w We have not gotten to that
'? ??tremlty. and we hope we
BSMr may. We feel .ure that If parenu
*'?! out .id the police authorltlea In pre
??rvlng or.ier ana deourum we ahall never
>> ?nisjuim t0 ?tutiY9 oup younK
?JBB of lh# llU.rty w||lch tnpy have
tiltil 'T>?J hv'*? ,lut ther? *r?
??G.?W.k haVe ?*"?????? to the
2^- %bli* lh?^ owa children were
t. own y?' ,,0ry: Every cro? thln??
sa? own >yui|l whu#<
?.?^^G? .'?" P"W*r of IBBBBl to do
but Utey are loth to ln?rfcre wlth ch?.
*m ?um me, miw lw>4 rtM0M tor
this. The p*p?l*r atan?? caricature of
a ?-foe* policeman marching down th.
street with a t-foot hoy under arrest
has mlrte a never-fading impreaslon upon
th?? mind* of th? public. Hie police In?
eluded, rio the policeman who arr?ela a
little boy Is apt ta become an object
of ridicule Then, Mo, perenta are nearly
always ready to naht when a policeman
even eo much a?? warn? th.lr boy thet
be la dolne; wrong. B? it *oea The
thlna for parents to do la to look after
their own t.<?ys. We do not enjoin perenta
to |anfll "HfUT th. Ir own bad boys," be
eaua. n.*arly every parent would then
assume Unit hi? etri boys were excluded
from the category of thou*, who should
r Um? rule? which public opinion
establishes here, there la latitud, enough
for uh uil to have a Jolly, fine Christ?
mas. It l? not asked that the boys be
tied 10 their mothers' apron-strings, but
that they should remember that they are
entitled to use the public etreeta only m
long a? they do not Interfere with the
rlfntl of othera. This Is a principle in
which our youth cannot bo grounded
iy. It anea to the root of personal
I . it touches the conscience of every
honest and thoughtful person.
The Negro Problem.
The trust? e? of the Bieter fund h.tvo
published ar. interesting pamphlet entitled
. t ina Negrees of the United
The Slater fund waa left by a
ra man to t?e expended In the in
? of the negroes. The pamphlet la
by Henry (?annett. of the United Unten
Qeoloaleal Survey. The Post, of that city.
"ih. object of the publication, as stated
by the trustees of the Slater fund, is to
furnish authoritative data to correct the
varied aad often erroneous statements
: f prese, pulpit, and in general con
\ ilon. The faeta aad figures eat ferta
hare been aoaaalttai to Hen. Carroll D.
Wright, ?superintendent of the Census,
and have r? 01 ?ved hi* approval."
The final summing- up of Mr. Cannette
study is stated in the propositions Ms
'The negroes, while Increasing rapidly
In tl.is country, are diminishing In num?
bers relative to the whites.
"Tiny are moving southward from the
State.?* lino those of the South
Atlantic and the liulf.
"They prefer rural life rather than ur?
"The proportion of criminals among the
? roes Is much greater than among the
Whit! s, and that of pauper* is at leant as
"In the mutter of education, the number
of ?.? ,-r ? attendaste at school is far be*
hind the Bomber of whltea, but is gaining
rapidly upon that race."
The Brat conclusion has no value that
we can Bee. it ?? a B0lf?erMeat proposi?
ti, ? that in a country hnvin; pay ?sixty
BillHoa Whlti s and not on?? seventh ns
? any eegToea the latter, however rapidly
they anay lacrease, must diminish In
itlvely to the whiles.
The secoad eonclualea is no doubt true.
might bare born expected to
We donM that the negroes prefer rural
life to city life. They accept that life
which is kept opea to them by the whlti a
The fourth conclusion Is true.
The fifth conclusion is not tn
-. but is true us it sraa meant to
The total number of each race at each
? lai enumerati m Is ahorro In the
? Census Year. White. Negro.
. ?,?t?,?? ?t,?
. 1906.4M ?
ino. :??? _'."T:t i,377,80j
UM. 7.?2.1? 1.771,656
? ? . 1<< 537,! li
UN .11196,1 ?
. 19 ??: 168
UM . BB.B22.Ga7 1441,830
:?.-? .B3.5S9.377 ?
II ? . ?3,402.970 ?
From this, says Mr. Qannett, it appean
that th" aiutai have laereaaed in a cen?
tury from a little over 3.000.?U0 to i. udy
U.O0O, OB, nnd the negroeH from three
fourth:?? of a million to about seven and
alf millions. The WhltOB were In
iidy ? ighteen times as numerous as
in 1790, the negroee nearly ten times us
The following table shows the rates of
?? of the negroes duri:!:,- each Of
tho ten-year periods for the last century,
nnd placed In Juxtaposition therewith for
coaiparison are the ratea of increase of
the whites of the entire country:
Percentage of Increase.
I' cada. White. Negro.
1790 to i- i.H.H . .?. :
,v" to 11 0.G.6.12 1710
ino to UB).3-1.12 tuo
UBO t. UM. M I : :i u
? ? um.itTi
Ut? to UM.37.71 M.6J
?? IBM. I7.M H.07
; l UN. H.7I I.M
UN ??! IBM.M :
?? ' to UM. H . ?::.;,?
In the State of Virginia the negroes
constituted In ?7G? not less than 41 ?? r
cent, of the Inhabitants, and their pro?
portion Increased slightly for twenty
reaohlnc a. maximum' In 1810 of
over a per c it. Sin??.? that time It has
diminished steadily and in MM constituted
bttt fi 1-2 per cent., taking the Bt
Virginia and West Virginia tocether.
We further loara fr-?m Mr. Qaanett thai
in the Cotton BtBtea th?? proportion of
the negro clement tuts in'nearly all cases
1 until a very recent time, lt.
dead, in two or three of them it has ln
i up to the tune >?; the lasl census,
while In most of them the only diminution
?? tho proportion has occurred during the
last ten rears, "?11 thin Indicates in th?
tunistakabla terrai a annera] south?
ward migration of this race. As com
pari ? with the whltea, the border stai? s
! ire Mal la proportion of negroes for the
past half century, while the cotton Stai? s
have continued to gain until very re?
A Subsidized Preaa.
On?} of our exchJiiges has made a dis?
"The BaatrOpoUtaa press of the country
seems to ho tnaTSltd In an effort to secure
the repeal of the Ineo.ne-tax feature of
? tariff law. and to that end U
endeavoring; to work up a Bsntlment
aaalBBt its enforcement, (if course, the
p..p.is which are making this cruaade
I this most Juftt and e<iual lyatem
of laralhBi havo aith r aantnaoas in?
comes of their arm, which th y .?? BOI
vM?.ti to see taxed, or else they have been
?iii.nl.Hsed by the great moneyed Interest
of the country."
our contemporary Is mistaken. If th^
"m ?m y ? MjUfnat" of the country be?
gins tho work of buying up the presi,
ihre aal aaaetatatota ?? newspapers rea<iy to
s II out will be discovered to be numerous,
and will not find It difficult to lay their
hands upon ?a lut pretend to bo Jourual
Ista Hut nliieiy-nino papera out of a
tinnirci ar<? ui purchasable. There la
no more possibility of subsidising the
paper? than of subsidizing the lawyers;
and the-e la no danger whatever that
either tho presa or tho bar will be found
where our contemporury thinks they may
be seen?namely, dancing attendance upon
men with MMJ pumea
To our Missouri correspondent who
sends to ua a currency-and-banklng
aeheme, we would say that the questions
he diBCUBsee, and the suggestions he
makes will receive due attention In
Washington very soon. Th. people do
not desire enlightenment on abstract
questions, but to get the benefit of the
bist possible financial Boheme; and
amongst the congressmen are not a few
very able financiers. 8a we ask to be
excused from publishing the Missouri let?
ter mentioned above.
Alt southerners will be glad to hear
that tbe charges against District-Attorney
.lohn It. Fellows bave been dlsmtascd by
Oovernor Flower, after ? thorough exami?
Tho ChrUtma? Turkey.
Happy the turkey that haa outlived
Thanks)gl?1ng-Dar and will etseap* the
Chriatmaa ?acrtflce. No ?tatlstlclnn that
we know of haa yet computed the num?
ber of these birds (they ar? blnla, not
fowls) that la annually aerred on the
tablee of the American people, but It must
be very large Indeed.
Other people? enjoy turkey?, too, but
non? uae them ao lavishly a? w? do.
In foreign lands the goose ?till hold? the
conspicuous place on the Chrlstma* table?
of many famille?. Hut the turkey is
known and highly esteemed the world
over. The turkey and tobacco are two
of the distinctive product?, of America
which all natlona have been ready to
adopt and use.
It Is not known whence the turkey was
Introduced to Europe, but It I? thought
that he was carried there by the Span?
iards who had occcupled Mexico. Prom
Bpaln, probably, he waa carrl<-d to Tur?
key and thrived mightily In the conge?
nial atmosphere of that polygamous em?
pire. In England ho made hi? appear?
ance aI>out the sixteenth century and
"turkey" waa his name.
Our domestic turkeys, we dare say,
have come to u? from Mexico via Spain,
Turkey, and England, and this, notwlth
?tanding the fact that there never ha?
been a time when a "gang" of turkey?
could not he "started up" within ten or
twelve miles of Richmond. Indeed, but
recently a daring but misguided gobbler
Invad.'d the suburb? of the city, coming
as near Richmond as the fields Immedi?
ately wWSl of the Exposition grounds.
Whether his purpose was to present him?
self at the grounds for exhibition or he
was In search of missing member? of his
fuinily we know not. but he fell a victim
to a sportsman and furnished forth a
feast, where, we doubt not, that
old question was discussed?whether the
wild or the domesticated turkey is the
better. Certain It Is that more of pheas?
ant-like flavor Is discoverable in the wild
turkeys than In domesticated ones. Epi?
cures prefer the wild turkey when it has
had proper foraging ground. Rut what
was once true of the excellence of the
wild turkey may not be so true now.
lie hasn't the ?ame "range" that lie had
In colonial day?.
Times have altered, both for the turkey
and for the Indian. The Indian Is now
hemmed In by the fast tightening belt
of civilization. Tho turkey that values
his life must hide in our swamps and
new pine lands. He can no longer strut
over the whole State as he used to do,
using his wings to suppl?ment the power to
his long legs. So the old-time wild tur?
key, ObUbtloa?, made ? better dish than
the domesticated turkey did; but slneo
then It may be that the former has
been deteriorating while the latter has
Virginia and tho Carolina? wer?? 1
with wild turkey? |n abundan???-. In the
early day?? of English settlement. Then
the farmer had no need to raise turkeys.
All that be hid to do was to build a
Mini, imitate a turkey hen's cry, and
BOOB he would have a whole cang within
the range of his gun. Sometimes tb?
turkey would be cooked on a spit near a
lire of oak or hickory coals; or. if not
on a spit, then in an oven, to which
hard-wood ooclfl were applied top and
Beyond the Rocky Mountains the turkey
Was never known in his aboriginal BtstS.
His habitai was east of that sterile and
forbidding range. Eong as are his strides,
he never voluntarily ventured to eros?
When the day of domesticated turkeys
cam.? In Virginia they were raised?as
they are now?in great numbers In tb?
country. It was formerly the custom to
collect them in droves in the Interior
and drive th?m to Richmond. Drove? of
turkey? numi? ting 600 or 600 have come
hire from counties as distant aa Patrick
Turkeys are a? obedient to the drover
as cows, sheep, or hogs, and are ex?
cellent walk.'rs, but they will ?top at
night-fall. When instinct tells them that
it Is time to go to roost, go they will if
trees and fences ar? at hand. Thu? on
one occasion a drover who was hurrying
his turkeys through this city, hoping to
get them to BSOOB'I Quarter branch be.
fore dusk, got along well enough until
he turned from Governor ?troit Into
Capitol street, when the turkey-, seeing
the it.?ta and fences of the Capitol BqOSIS,
? a altogether uantanagssblB "Here
we rest" s? what their action ?aid, and
from the Bquar? they could not be Btlrred
until next morning, when the cheerful
"gobbi.?, gobble" of the leader gave notice
that they were ready to ?tart, more
e. pi uully as thu tlrover, who was their
guide and friend, dropped many grains of
corn a:, be led tho way toward? brook
Whether we Americans would have bet?
ter ? lopt? 1 the turkey instead of the
(in. I BSd lapa .ous <aale as our national
bird we cannot say, but certainly the
tsrkey ?s? a gracious girt of Providence.
It 1ms come to be suggestive of gaod
ChsST, of festivity, and of the happy fam?
ily circle. But w? have to remember that
there are many families in this land t
day that will have no Cariatane? turkey,
unless kind friends provide it. There ?re
families, indeed, that would b? glad
enough to go Without the turkey if they
could but be provided with bread ani
bacon. W? OOaUBOad all such to the
ebsrlty Of tho?? who are ble?* 1 With
abundance. What we have ?M I
writt*? on the subject of Christmas tur?
keys for tho poor has. we know, d SI
good. We know of many penons who
bar? already opened their pockets to
provide tuikeys or <>th?v food for poor
families, and WS fot 1 sure that hundreds
of others, having been reminded of their
duty, h?ve qrletly HOUlT<d to look out
for :?i.d relieve the wants or their poor
neighbor* We fhall etjoy our own
Christmas turkey and tho cheor of our
own tabi? ar. 1 tireslde in proportion as
ore have oostrlbsted to tho comfort and
Lappine?? of lesi fortunate per?:? ia
Japan and Peace.
The new? that China has BBS? for peace
is confirmed, yet it does not tot] >w that
there will be a ?peedy actual conclusion
of ?????. Nor, considering tho Port Ar?
thur Saturnalia of butchery, doe? It fol?
low that there will be a cessation of hos?
tilities pending negotiation?. Japan is
very apt to hold the turrltory ?lie 1ms
overrun as s curity for any Indemnity
she may demand, and it Is not unlikely
that, while U e peace commissioner? are
dickering over terms, ahe will continue
lier march upon l'tklng
Again: Ever since the war begin It has
beeu generally conce led thai the final
adjustment of the relations of China and
Japan to Korea, to each olV-, and to
the European powtr?, would Involve the
settlement of many ekle lssuos,; and It
must now be recognized that Japan, by
throwing off the guise of civilization, ha?
further compllcat.-d tha problem.
Immediately afte?, the firet Japanese
victories It was given out that Japan
would be willing to settle the trouble on
the bases of Chinese recognition of the
indtpendence of Korea, the erection of
Manchuria Into a buffer State, and the
payment by Chira of a reasonable war
Indi mnlty. The Island Empire undertook
to be the light that would lead Korea out
of the night of Ignorance and degradation
Into which Chinese Influence hid plunged
the Hermit Kingdom. The Japanese
jKiaed as the would-be deliverers of the
Koreans from Chinese oppression. In?
trigue, and rapacity, making the commer?
cial relations with Korea they had at
stake a secondary consideration. Ily
this mean? they secured the sympathy of
the rosase?, If not of the diplomats of the
civili? ?>1 powers.
But how sadly ha? Japan fallen from
grace. How soon has succ?s? ?tripped her
of tb? veneer under cover of which she
entered upon the struagl?. The Port
Arthur massacre has demonstrate that
to aeratoti a nineteenth eentury Japanese
la to discover a fifteenth century bar?
barian. It haa also demons!rated, It may
be remarked In passing, that the civilise?.
power? were entirely too premature In tne
movement for the rellnqulshment of extra?
territorial Jurisdiction In Japan.
Aa has oeen frequently said, the In?
tervention of Krgland and Russia In the
treaty of peace between China and Japan
would aeem almost a necessity. The lat?
est phase of Japanese warfare emphaslsea
thla conclusi?n. Theclvlllxed world, when
confronted with the picture of the Port
Arthur atrocities, will be slow to accept
japan as sponsor for tbe olvillsatlon, en?
lightenment, and advancement of Korea.
What the? will be done with the Hermit
Kingdom? The logic of the sltut\.lca would
seem to point that England and Russia
must finally decid, that Issue, an well as
several others growing out of the war,
and before th? decision la reached we
may aspect that an interesting game of
diplomacy between landon and Bt. Peters?
burg will have been played.
Whs?, la a National Bank Kote G
The Haltlmore Sun give? the follow?
ing answer to this question. We quote:
"The national bank note la not a legal
tender for debt, but for practical pur?
posea la Just as good. It la the promls
aory note of a banking corporation, pny
ablo In legal-tender currency upon d??
mand. and thla payment la guaranteed
by the government, which ha? bond?
owned by the tnnk? on <*hsr>oslt with the
Comptroller of the Currency to hold the
government harmless from loss by reason
of Its suretyship."
According to the New Tork Tribune
the honorary title "Father of the House"
was first bestowed upon Lewla Williams,
of North Carolina, who served In four?
teen consecutive congresses, from De?
cember 1 1811. to February 10, 1842. His
succeisors were Dixon H. Lewis, of
Maryland; John Qulncy Adsms, of Mas?
sachusetts; Joshua R- ''?'? Mings, of Ohio;
John 8. Phelps, of Missouri; Ellhu 15.
?G??????????. of Illinois; Henry L. Dawes,
of Massachusetts; William D. Kelley, of
Pennsylvania, and W. S. Holman, of
Indiana, the present bearer of the title.
David 11. Culbereon, of Texas, will ba
the Father of the next House.
We think Mr. eickles, of New Tork,
made a sensible, as well as amusing re?
mark when he ?ail in the House of Rep?
resentatives on Friday that whilst aot
approving many of the provlsiona of the
Carlisle bill, nor concurring In the reasons
given for Its passage, and reserving to
himself the right to vote as he pleased,
he was nevertheless in favor of the BOL
Bunty * Co.
Twas Just before Chrlitmoi; the down
of its wing
Already dropped softly o'er peasant and.
And the winds seemed to throb, aa they
eddied and swirled,
With an anthem of Joy frem the heart
of the world,
Tbe nu?fa were all fleece, and each pott,
you'd have said,
Had a spotless-white comforter tied
'round it? head;
While windows of cottages blinked 'neath
Uh ir wraps.
Like drowsy eyes under some grand?
The cote.?, where the plump pigeons
nestled; the coops.
Where the one-legged chlckena wer?
posing in groups,
The the Is and the faheltere that shielded
Seemed pillowed with plumes from the
pinions of sleep.
Rut out in the age-wrinkled barn, tho' ita
Was quilted with elumberland's mantle of
Thro' the wide-open door gleam?d the
Of Tomrni?? and Teddy and Tot; you'd eur
Ae th'-y enuggled there, deep In their
burrows of hay,
Looking out at the flakes as they flur?
They were talking 'bout Christmas; but
Tummle and Ted
Were the spokesmen, and they'd other
thoughts In their head.
They were chatting of what sort of busi?
They'd till when from school they Jumped
Into the traces;
And all the world's callings they'd studied
Till Tom waa a soldier, and Teddy a
Then tender-eyed Tot, who had heard all
Tho' her glances seemed fixed on the
flakes as they 11. i,
'Fore the doorway, looked 'round, gave
her head a wee jerk.
And said: "I'm u-go'nter be Santy Claus'
"Ho, ho!" BhoutiOl Tommle. "Ha, ha!"
ahout. d Ted;
"What put that queer trick In your
bonnle, brown head?"
"Neblmr mia'," answered Tot, with a
cute little wink;
"It's fun to be makln' fokes happy, I
"M; ! Wouldn't I like eb'ry Chrls'maa to
Wid .Santy, to fib to de poor fokes, you
An' I'd laugh till I guess I'd be mos?
At de way dem poor eouli'd be tickled
"Hurrah!" came from Teddy. "Hurrah!"
While a kiss found th. llp3 that the
words flitted from;
"You've got the Idea, little Tot; It's ?
We'll Join you, and make the firm Santy
Ah! dear little friends, the' you may not
That the tendrils of Christmaa your
hearts had o'ergrown.
Sweet charity bloomud at your lips but
You had breathed of the breath ef the
The day when good-will all Its banner?
The day that gave God'a only Son to the
Whose birth gave to hope a release from
Whose dying gave llf. everlasting; to
Bo They Bay I
Custom, bo the legend aaya,
Makea the recompensa a kiss
If beneath the mistletoe
You do chance to find a misa
Now. where'er the custom holds.
Fired by mischievous spark
Where they hang? the mistletoe
There the miss'll tot? the mark.
With Oa. Accord.
Christmas come, but once a year,
Verified by fact and rhyme.
And ne'er comes the hallowing time,
To this sublunary sphere,
But recalling; how deficient
Is our purse when speede the day?
We lo unison do say?
"Once a yesr Is quite suffieleat,'?
?- aa -.
N? Ooeht About th. Aetl.n. .
Lawyer: Well, sir! What can I do? for
Client: I want to commence suit against
Mr. Harshmau. 1 called on hie daughter
laat evening, and ha Monad me out of
Lawyer: Do? you think you havo good
cause for action ?
Clienti Well, I certainly felt so at thy
ThO ???? Of Spendthrift?.
"Funny about Noggin?. He Kimi to
have plenty of money, end yet I never
hear of his spending any of It In town."
"None to ?peak of."
"Where do you think be spenda most
of it?In Europe?
"No; la revelry.
"Well. Pat, do you intend hanging up
your atocklng to-n!ght7"
"And if you do, you hope to get it full,
"Indade, sor, an' o'ld rather have the
manes of gettin' full myself."
lllght In HI? M ne.
Doodleman: ?Somehow or other I can't
grasp this story about Santy Claua and
this chimney business.
Rasher; That'a funny. You ought to
bave Just tbe head for that, for I asiure
you there'a nothing in It.
Teacher: You have read something about
pearls, haven't you, Willie?
Willie: Ye?, sir!
Teaoher: Where ere they found?
Willie: In divers' countries.
Is ?? Right?
The ?keptlo poet, much we fear,
The sacredness of fable mocking,
Thinks 'tis the yarn of Santa Claus
We use to darn the Christmas stocking.
At this season the average bowler feels
that he has made a strike If he's given
a chance at the wassail-bowl.
The girl who pretends to wear a No.
2 gaiter rarely hangs up her stocking for
fear she'll "put her foot In It."
Will-power Is a great promoter of
wealth, but It depends much on who
makes the will.
Music may bo the food of love, but the
average lover's appetite seems to run to
Quit, proper?driving a dead-beat In a
Speaking of General Rradley T. John
eon'? "General Washington," and General
Fltzhugh Lie's "General Lee," the Now
York Critic rays they are "biographl?-s
of Virginia's two greatest soldiers. Roth
booke are entertaining and Instructive,
giving, as they do, an Insight Into the
characters of two of the purent men and
ablest soldiers whose names adorn Assert?
can history," "Th>; character of Washing?
ton," says the Critic, "as portray. I by
III.?* biographer, Is one to chalk Bgl the
admiration of every reader." "The Look,"
It says, "is especially well written In
easily flowing language, which can .
along In a pleasant way." Some minor
defects are pointed out. of Gem ral ?.? 'a
book the Critlo eays: "It is impossible
even for tho love and pride of a BOBT rela?
tive and trusted euborllnato to place
Robert E. Leo on a hJgbi r pedestal than
that to which h? U entitled by his genius
and valor. Like Washington, Lee was
one of the purest ani noblest characters
of modern times." As a literary work,
the Critic thinks "it is not up to the
Stan lard," but adds, very Justly, that
"perha'.j it li not fair to expect high
. incolli ace from the Bea of a
bollkr." The Critic la tho leading lite?
rary paper Of thla country, and is inferior
to (? \v, If any, foreign Journals of its kind.
"The Ri li rioni of Japan" Is the title of
a volume In the Seribncr press, which Is
said to b?i the first work wholly devoted
to the subject. It Is by Dr. William Elliot
Th? adeaace ardere for Mrs. Burnett'?
"1'lcelno" numbered lo.^n). Tlioso for F.
Marion Crawford's "The Halstons," which
nil] be pubUlhed in January, already
"The Story of Ung," by Rudyard Kip?
ling. Is published by D. Afpletun ?v- ' .
. ? Moore's new book, "C?libat, s."
will be published in this country by Mac?
millan ft Co.
"The Veiled Doctor" Is the title of a
BOral which has Just been completed by
Miss "V. Inule" l'ivis. U t. ils the story
Of an over-sensitive man, whose married
life with a BOt v.-ry sensitive young
woman was a braga ? ? ? ? both of them.
"It is a strange story," says the New
York Critic, "and one likely to attract
attention, as it is yult.? out of the IBM
which is so popular at tim present time."
The Prince Ue Joinvill-'s ".Souvenirs"
are published by Macmillan Ac Co. The
Prince wat the third sou of Louis Phil?
ipp?;, ar.'l was born in 1?13. Re served
during the lata war under Qenernl Ito?
CieUaa la too Peninsular campaign, and
later In the Franco-Prus.d.m arar. HM
book corara the period from his birth
to I??, and includes ? most Interesting
pttoa of tin? bringing of Napoleon's
body front 8t. Helena to Paris, a duty
allott.d to him by his father, the King.
The fourth volume of lohn Been Mo?
Master's "History of the People of the
United State?" will be ready for publica?
tion by D. Apploton ft Co. early In the
Zola has again been defeated for mem?
bership In the French Academy, receiving
ti.is Mine not a BtngM vote. The Queen of
Italy gave au andiene?? to him on De
r 4?? at Home, and. as? he dotila red
later, proved herself perfectly conversant
with his works.
Brrl Hart?? will have a new ballad In
the February Bcrfbaer. It is called "?
a of Privilege Reported by Truth?
ful Jarnos." and tells of the doleful fate
tant 1 > fi II a man who stuttered. It Is
Bald to be in his earliest manner. The
January Scrlbn-r will contain a poem by
?. Gonna Doyle, entitled "A Forgotten
? ' ??
The Publishers' Circular prints an Base?
dot.? of a gentleman who went Into a book?
shop at a well-known seaside town in
England and asked for "The Autocrat of
the Breakfast-Table," and was told that
they had It not, the vender being quite
sure, as all tho cookery books were kept
Harp, r ?- Brothers announce "The Bor
derland of Czar and Kaiser," a new book
by Poultney Bigelow.
Macmillan A Co. are arranging to pub?
lish, in two volume?, a new edition of the
poetical works of Scott, selected and
edited by Andrew Lang.
The Century will publish during the
coming year a series of live short novels,
. ?? !i eeflsaaate la a Magda number. The
first will appear In the January number,
and hi e ill l ? Lady of New York." it
Is by Rot?ert Stewart, an entirely new
Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes asks that
???? person having lettera of his father
will Kind them to Houghton, Mlfllln ft
Co., Bananas, with refer nee to their use
by .T. T. Morse. Jr., In "Life and Letters
of Dr. Holmes." These letters will be care?
fully returned to their owners after copies
have been made of such as are found to
"The Presidents of the T'nlted States"
Is the title of an elaborately Illustrate?
volume by John Flske, fari Schurz, Wil?
liam ?. Russell, D. C. Oilman. John Hay,
and others, to be published immediately
by D. Appleton ft Co.
"Social Evolution" Is the title of a book
by Benjamin Kldd, of which It Is ?aid
that it has gone through so many ?editions
that the original plates are worn out. A
new edition has been printed from new
type, and Issued in more ?convenient
shape. The author waa practically un?
known In England before his book ap?
Postal Table to Old Point.
FORT MONROE, VA.. December B ?
(Spedai.)?Mr. Fuller, of New York, wa?
here yesterduy laying; a new cable acro??
tbe Roads to SewU'a Point for the PoBtal
Telegraph Company. This will be used
so connect with their lines at Norfolk
when the new hotel opens for business.
?Governor Woodfin secured the services
of Grau's Opera Company for two per?
formances at the Soldiers' Home Theatre,
which waa very highly appreciated by
his friends. On Thursday they presented
"Paul Jonee" and "Tar and Tartar" Fri?
day night to large and fashionable au?
. Mine Resale Waller, who Is attending
the Boston Conservatory of muslo, ar?
rived home this morning; for the holiday
Fe? Benevolent ChriatU* Parp?se??
BEDFORD OTT, VA., December tt?
(Special.)?Coming event? cast their sha?
dow? before them. The festivities of
Chriatmaa have had their prelude in va?
rimi? entertainment?*, mainly for benevo?
lent puipoeea. The Willing Workers, a
?ociety of the Baptist church, rendered
the cantata of "Santa Claus * Co." at
tlie Opera-house on Tuesday evening In
tine style and with beautiful effect. They
realised about $40 from the entertainment.
The young ladles of Delmont Institute
gave a concert In the hall of the school
on Thursday evening, In which the musi?:
reflected much credit on I'rofeesor Haas
and his pupils. There were aeverul reci?
tations by Mis? Mary Hill, tho instructor
in elocution. By the by, this young lady
will spend the holiday in Richmond.
All o? the t?unduy bchool? Will give en?
tertainments in honor of Uio Joyous
I'lftuen couple? this week have entered
Into the holy estate of matrimony, all of
thum in tbe country, while there baa not
been one in the town.
??8 FRlKNlJd CONVINCED.
Mr. Updike, who shot a man named
Buffalow at Tocahontaa a few days ago,
was reared here, and much eeteemed.
His friends are convinced that he would
ii..t have taken such a step except In
R?v. w. II. Christian took possession of
the house he has rented on Bedford ave?
nue on Tuesday. That evening the mera?
ber? of hi? congregation called to extond
welcome and good wishes, and left many
substantial tokens of regard, consisting
of household articles and supplies of va?
On Sunday last Rev. T. W. JOSSS, Of
St. John's church, took occasion to re?
turn very hearty thanks for valuable
gifts that had been sent him In v.? ? ? ?
th.?. coming Christmas II?? said that h?i
also wished to express his appreciation
ot tha action of the Carl Club in aban?
doning the habit of playing for prlz -, Is
(?ef. renee to his request made tho Sunday
A musical club has been BffBlSSj for
Improvement and pleasure, to me.t twtOB
a month. It Is styled the Recital club,
and will be conducive of much enjoyment,
as there are quite a number of musica]
people, both ladles and gentlem-n, in tha
Mr. J. M. Berry h.i<? returned from an
extensive southern trip.
Mn?. T. D. Kerry, Rosalie Smith, and
Mr. ?, ?. lt?rry returned to-day from a
visit to New York.
Charley < ?'liara, of Bethel Academy, Is
at home for the holiday.
Mrs. Aguets numi; has returned from
a visit to Richmond.
I Virginia Aaapscb and Bell" Bu
ford went to Lexington to attend the mar
of Prof? ssor Samuel O. Anspach on
SALE OF THE PROPERTY ORDERED.
A Revival That Result? lu Conversions?
LOVINGSTON, va., December 23.
(Speclal.)?The Judge of the Circuit Court,
In vacation, heard this week the cbSaV
cery cause of Osgood vs. The. Buffalo
River Boapeton? Compaay, aa ? I '?
dears a decree confirming tbe report of
the master commlsetoaer, aad directing a
tale of the company*? property to pay th?^
d?lits, a.?? ro? orti I.
?? mtereetlag revival-meeting which
has b'- n conducted at i: I III ally
two weeks waa closed oa v..
night. It had large t . aad
much Interest wad mani rough*
Out. Th?? ? BUK Bt BSrmona I :?' tl
ducting mini.-ti rs wer? very effective, sad
the BM BtlBg resulted in a nu;:.lj'-r of cvn
A vi ry pretty weddlag took place thi?
week at the beautiful coustry reald? ;
Mr. an 1 Mrs. John S. i: r Pop
lare, when their youagi it d ? r, Mia?
Cinthia I.Roberta, uni Mr, Henry Tur?
ner were united in the I ? ?if t:. le
triti ;iy |.y the RBV, V. . B. QwatklB, of
Rov. Mr. Klankenshlp, tb? BOW Metho?
dist preacher for the n? leoo ? ircuit,
preached hla first ?atmon at Oei v
la-t Sunday. Be v.-as greeted by a large
MBSTSgsttOBi who were greatly ?
with his able nn 1 instructive sermon.
il??!?*? Mili.? la very much ? Bdb 4 o? t
tb? ? ntest for tha pou-oilio? at that
place, which Is on.? yf ti?u nn.st remunera?
tive In the county. Tho contest Will be
decided by an election after Christmas,
lilil? TKRRXBIB Xllt?rORTLTNE.
Little Sauona Me><-rs, the "year-old
daughter Of Mr. Lenji'.r.in M'-yers, of thia
place, i* again in Baltimore tur treatment
of a tumor upon ber eye. "The toner
m id?! its appesisse? some Urns sine??, ami
about a month ago It was removed by BB
operation by a BaJtimoro physician, wIij.
however, in?! litti* hope of affording pi r
tiianent relief. The tumur imm?jdiat?'ly be
gan to roappear, and the little girl WBB
taken to RichaiOBd for treatmeat No
hopa was aatertaiaed of the eblld'? re?
covery, but recently the phystelaa? have
como to the OOBdnalos that there Is Some
? of aavtag bor luv. The little gui
la a remarkably lntere?.t.ng child.
Tho many friend i of Capti,? .S. A
Pas! Will loara with regret that he was
paratyaed Ibi? week at nia rwsdeaee? near
Mr. D. A. Hughes an 1 Miss Myrtle Eve?
nti Brere married yeaterday (Friday) at
the residence o? the bride's ? liber, near
Mr. J. G. Carter, of M.i.-'sie's Mills, left
on Thursday for ?? guai >. wat re be wss
married yesterday to Mlas ktaupea.
SPREAD OF THE MARRIAGE FEVER.
A Wuodeo Wedding Celebrate?! au?l Anoth
er About to I >:.. l'lace.
btotsylvania, va., December B.
(Speclal.)?The near approach of the
Christmas holidays Beema to have pro?
voked the marriage-fever am
pie. On Wednesday Mr. A. U. Cunning?
ham and Mini Dora CsrBohSSI were mar?
ried, and the same Bight Mr. Ito. D.
Wilson and Miss Alice M. Wilson also
took upon themaelvea the Bscred \^ws
which BIS made at li>men's aitar.
Invitations have been out fur some
days trum Mr. aad Mis. Charlea lt. An?
drew? to friends and acquaintances to
cel?brete with them their wooden wed?
ding at their elegant home, "K-nmere,"
In this county. Eoiig before twllleht had
gone, the resounding of horses' hoofs
and humming vehicles told that the
numerous friends of these two happy peo?
ple were going to Join them la the plea?
sures of the eveniag, ani by 7 o'clock
the house was crowded with merry,
happy hearts, whose ringing laugh and
voices told of the enjoyment that w is
In reserve for each and every one present
At ?MM o'clock the company whs invited
to an elegant supper, beneath whleh the
tables groaned, ??nd after which dancing
was resumed till 1 o'clock, when the
company broke, after many good wishes
and congratulations from all to Mr. ani
Mrs. Andrew? for a long and prosperous
life. The presents were many aDd BBS !
some, and the occasion one long to be
Mr. fesSBB Rlttle, formerly of this
place, but now of New York, is on a
AIL OVER THE GLOBE
?Dr. Pierce'? Pleasant Pel?
let? ara known. They ar?
far more effective in
arousing the liver to
action than tbe old fash?
ioned cathartic pills, calo?
mel or otter pr?parations.
1 ara purely vegetable and
ectly barmlesa In any con?
dition of the system. No car?
b required while using them.
They cure biliousness, sick headache, oca
tiveneca, ?our ?tornatili, windy belching?,
" heart-burn," pain and distress after eating,
and kindred derangement? of tie liver,
ttoiuac-h and bowels.
MbSJbbbjSJSJj Ora ? Qt Co- JV. Y.
T>n. Ptsscb: ???? mr? I ?uffered untold
misery with bleeding pile?. I cculd get no
relief night or day, until 1 commenced using
your "P)*asant Pellets," and now for two
d' are or more, I have not befn troubled with
ie piles: If my bowels get in a constipated
condition, I take a dose of Ur. Pierces Pleas?
ant Pellets, and tbe trouble ia ail dispetti
ay next day.
It There is no time better than the
present (or using Patne's Celery
Compound. Qec strong and veil by
NOW ! using It now. We recommend IV
OWBMS A MINOR ORLO CO.,
1007 east Main street.
BOOK AND JOB PRINTING NEAT
LT gXK.cC 1Kb AT TUB UUi'STC?
vtstt here, and rumor has a) then When
he returns to New York the happy con?
summation of a prearranged covenant
will mum him to take Mrs. Blttle with
him. Mr. Blttle la a native of Vir?
ginia, and Is a moat estimable gentleman.
Mr. Charles M. Chewning, of this coun?
ty. Is the veteran school teacher of thla
entire section. He has taught school
every year, without exception, since ISSi,
eave the four years of th. war, when
he served aa a volunteer In the Confede?
rate army. If. In th. cour*, of events,
this class of persons should ever be p.?n
sl< m-1. Mr. Chewning would rank first
The Courtland Uterary Association of
the county will give an oyster supper in
the historic hotel hero on New-YCar'a
The Board of Supervisors of the retinty
held their last m.?etlng for th.? vear on
tho tfth Instant. They made the ievv
for BW,, and It Is due to them to state
that the finances of the county are In
better condition n> w than nt any tlm>?
preceding tills since the war.
THE DISPATCH AS A MEDIUM.
Another Virginia Couple from ?iawlddle
Made Happy at Wel.lon.
WSLDON, N. C ? ! ?'? r ? lSn"?
Clal.)?And ?till another runaway Virginia
couple were made man and Bftfa Bl ?
: .?, ??? v. ?, K. Btalabacfe, of
course, tying the knot. Th? hippy pair
arrlv'-l her?, last Bight from Dlnwiddle
county, Va.- Mr. W, I I Miss
Susie L Bid il??. Teaterday m ruing a
: ? \v.i?< ?ir.cure I, and !
home han ' ?' Mr. BtambacS
married his it two
years ago. The fact was mentioned in
this eoi I Bi a tl it ? me all
tho rui- I I Inquire f r him, an I
th?? reeuh hai beaa he has had a won?
derful experience alnee that Unto In hitch?
ing thos?.? who come her?? arlth iii-itrim ? -
nial int. r.ti : : that 1
patch is a great ailieillalag nsediiun, aad
that the ? ? opta r? ad it *
FOUT ?tores were tr ?k ? open n?
night by burglar??. Two of them BS r??
entered, and gOOdB wore missing this
morning. The other twi were ?
ns the Dilerea mual bare Been f .
off b? fore they could enter aft> r braak
Ing the wir
Ul ? ii m
Many good remedies are
unavailable because they
need the direction of a
can be used by anybody,
and it is alwavs effective
for sprains, strains, wra'.c
back and soreness in the
chest or muscles.
Do Not Be Duped inn uklrgin Iniitttion.
Int.it upon hiring Ih? gtnutae "AlUM I "
AH- ock't Corn Shields,
Ailcock'o Uunlon Shields,
H?it no e%aal ?? * i?ii?f ani ture far eorni
renovate the ays'.em by purifying;
the blood. They do not weaken,
To-day the clergy of the
Episcopal and Roman Catholic
churches will complete the
official census of those religious
The Episcopalians have 4,323
clergymen, 4,870 parishes, and
580,507 communicants, besides
44,3^5 Sunday school teachers
and 400,566 scholars. The
Catholic church has 6,307 cler?
gymen, 5,911 parishes, and 7,963.
coo communicants, or io,oco,ooo,
counting all children and la
Come to-morrow ond help tni.o an?
other census of our bargains in
CHEAP, DURABLE, AMD SENSIBLE
XMAS - PRESENTS.
SMOKING J A4 KETS,
COLLARS AND GUFFS,
and everything necessary for a man's or
boy's coaiiurt ami wear.
McADAlS ? BERRY.
Have You w
If job have, ready-made pants
arc plenty good enough. But
if your legs wen mad* for you,
for you, too.
you can get
Mata to leisure.
all-wool, full of style and wear,
why put up with ready-mades
that pinch here and bag there?
We make a whole suit for
$ 13.25 and a fine Melton over?
coat for 5102$.
OVL : -,??t?? h H euiTS COMPANY.
for the iBBjaaB BM price ot Uui St'PERlOB
OK AT? iT?,
THE CLOYER-HII.L? COAL,
Will be: LU M f. ?.V?; II ?? ?.. ?? ? ? ?t too.
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80I?, AiifOt lyj- Uk limon.1. ?a
Y.r,i.? iharrWou eed Br?.?vt.'rtiowe 177.
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