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»|i ■ VIRGINIA- AT-I/ARGEL : 29. 'f iKvhat talks so eloquently as eld furniture" [fioiiiy <o cerinin people, -it is true, and In IfieertAln atmospheres will 5t speak, but as purely as the setter dog in his closeness IPto his master Is evolvJnc a soul, so surely r #viH ■'«■■ hundred years of intimate family Imjfe Invest furniture with ; human kinship. I'ybSlM' why ie It that vhen\"ant.to.yo" ecr ijljjer-cupboa rd*." four-pesters, and nrm 'flcbairp are subjected to the -degradation iflof the auction, or of private. bribery. and :*|beeome thr property of Ih© ; fashionable iMMcsdrmes Xewly Rich they.. assume an r |ln«<ere dignity, and Invariably fill their llnlcbian owners with aw© arsd discomfort. •Kromctimes poir.jr so ..far 03 to emit H'-fcaunts" into the palatial new homes ||si;to which they are Introduced. if .lenisalem. the old—very old— county seat If nf Southampton is now and flic known anCourtland. Its good old name =(| was ■.'suppressed because, -it is. said, some ffof its thriving Inhabitants; objected to the if post-mark "JerusaJcnV.-'on thvlr letters. If However that may be. It. was around Je nrasalein that the events of my old fur flniiure story centered. II ilt wr.s told m« >n a.quaint. quaint old cour.tr> 7 Utiome about twenty miles from the county *|*©3t a house with firrnccfnl sloping roor pand dormer windopre. 'and f plain English £1 black oak furniture.- I wa? a visitor at ittthft house, but I was nino a descendant of iplts founder, anfi the furniture, had sllcnt || jy t«t warmly weV;c.me<s me on my ar llriva.l. The hour m^ late, the fire bright— firnr took ended. I had looltcd geveral If times to-R-nrds the majestic four-poster. Ifvrith its feather bed and turned-down If quilts— but th« arm-chair, and the fire, *f end the pervading comfort srour.d the U hearth ftill held me.' I fell to observing f| and rnrsins upon the other occupants of lithe room— the furniture. On my right, 3|fc#ar the foot of the bed. stood the iron i*fchert. sis It was feroillarly kr.own 5n tho 1| family. It wse unfioisbtedly the sreat- Hereat-grandfßther of -the modern fire and i* burglar-proof safe." It was rs.:s«d about jf«!x inches from th« floor by "stoct wooden >stert. and was composed of iron at least !%*n Inch thick: it was probably three feet llfclyh. and about eighteen Inches in depth ■ft and breadth. Its ponderous door was 'I locked with a hupe key that hur.p above Hit, and I knew that it was fitted with it pigeon-holes anfl small drawers. I was If fain to conceaJ from this- important cus ffeoaiari of the family papers— will?, deeds. ||ejj(S maps— the Irrepressible smile that jltrof-esp I pictured a burglar's face, when I thus confronted! I .In the cornrr en my. left stood a tall I eight-day cloclt of Glistening mahopany. |t I wns somehow conscious that this arlsto- II cr&tic time-niece was a stranger to the ■Jl house— but ' wltha! a welcoms and cor.ge inicl grucst. W The four-poster was evidently anxious il-to settle for the nicht. for it creaked com | plaininsly from time to time, but the 1 chairs: were resting quietly. Only the j£ ixill clock seemed -thoroughly awake — M'ti was surely more loquacious and noisy ithan usual. "Rapidly and loudly it count- It ed the seconds, then it cleared Its throat f-pnth a clicking eound. and emitted from f JtK fWonant chest twelve clear strokes. i"Then ft spoke in rasping; quick tones, tc |! which. the iron chest replied ponderously ISand Blow: and what I learned was his f tory. and Is here set down for the curious p to read. i§ The Hisioric Clock: There's a machine 1 made wheel in my insides that -I don't U like at all. It is an outrage --that the Nat I] Turner Historic Clock should have such 'ty a modern, common thing stuck in its me- oh^.nism Positively. I <3or/t feel .really |f genuine. M The Iron Chest: Pardon me v I appear fl'aWcourteous or Inhospitable— which -; I || truet would be impossible in one of my w gontf^l .associations— but it .'would give f| me infinite satisfaction, to learn your his- Story.S tory. I am sure it is. honorable and In- P teresting. for you come of a fine old ': family. The Blounts. of Bellmont, are 1 tlie peers of any in the land, not even 1 ' t.Tcepting my own house. I The Historic Clock: "U"ith pleasure! The \ dour and pl3cr arc propitious, for we are. I 1 may say. among ourselves, and I can |; speak freely. : . ii To begin with. I must. remind you that, i though the manner of my arriving here was perhaps undignified, there..was.noth ing in it. You also know that it was all Viecause a daughter of your house— which, || like mine, has fallen upon evil days—con 1 ceived a consuming desire to possess a i tall clock. I blush for her motive. I must iconfeFs; it had its origin in a .fashionable frad among the' plebians— the dregs that ti have ris^n to the top of the pot-sir.cc I the Yankees stole our slaves— but enough 1 r;f that: it is an unsafe subject for me; it : eends my sap to my head. AVell. to re l Fume: One of our boys, hearing her .es ; press this intense desire, remarked that « when our house passed into the possession i tf its present unworthy owner. I was left [ , Inadvertently, of course, in the garret. ; there, indeed. I had lain in dust and sl !; lence for years, listp.ning to the Gtrange ■voices that echoed In ..the rooms below, R.nd glad that my shamed head was hid fien from the world. * "What "small beginnings make large I ends!" It wss to the teasing jokes of two |] Isds thai I owe my present comfortable I home, my historic reputation, and most s of all. the dear love of my sweet young : Xady. Tou doubtless know that rather I lhan be laugjlied at by her brothers for \ her fashionable notions, she secretly I bribed a messenger to fetch me home. i She abstracted from her respected fath ■ cr's wardrobe a well-worn pair of panta- Icons and a speckled waistcoat, and hung them behind the pantry door until that hanger-on of the kitchen; ragged Davie ' Simroa, should bring me in safety to "her. * * • You must forgive my merri ! tnent at the recollection. The Joke is on Very £ow Priced. If yoa have not BOUGHT your Xnias Gifts yet, you can consider the fact a fortunate coincidence, for we will place on sale, beginning Friday morning, the 19th, an extra large stock of Watches, Diamonds, and Gold Jewelry I This is IN ADDITION to our REGULAR stock, and was sent us on CONSIGNMENT by the largest wholesale jewelry house in New York city 1 The greatest values ever seen in Richmond, if not in the entire South. Now, whatever portion of this large assortment of Jewelry we fail to sell will be returned to this jewelry house in New York Xmas morning. Therefore, there is no expense to us on account of this " • rare consignment of choice Jewelry, and we will sell every article at the lowest possible margin of . ' profit. • }• :■-■ : '■ . : -.- ,-' You have practically New York's Jewelry stock from which to select your gifts ! If you fail to take advantage of this rare opportunity, don't blame any one but yourself. ; Misses' Solid Geld Rings... .51.50 up Manicure Sets, Sterling 5i1ver.... ...... 1.55.00 to JO.OO Brooches ..J2.SO to $150 OO "-Leather Purses. Silver-M0unted.......... 51. 25 to $5.00 ' Wrist Bags. .........51.25 to SS.OO Jackets .54.00 to Jl 3.00 Umbrellas. Gold or SUver-Mounted....s7.OO to 512.00 •■■■ Comb and BruEh, and Mirror 5et5.... 510.00 to 525.00 Opal Rings, with or without Diamonds. sl.so to $75.00 ."■ *■ gifts for Men. y Scar* Pins. SolM Gold ..................... .75a to $25.00 Gold-Headed Canes.. ........ ..........$3.00 to JIG.OO Scarf Pins, with Diamomis .. ..$3.50 to $IO«M Umbrellas $3.50 to JSiOO r.,ff nmt.« Rniw r,M ' .^"AaV ■■*_..«__ Card. Cases. Bill Books-Best Leather. 'Watch " ; ; Cuff Buttaiw. Solid Golfi $2.00 to $i 5.00 Chains-Solid Gold and Filled.: Our Filled Chains are ■ Cutf Buuonc with Diamonds $4.00 .t_ SlS.oo made by Simmons, who are conceded to be the finest ; ; .WnxcY.ts. 1«K.. : Solid Gol<J. guaranteed. .$20.00 up Chain-makers. ■ • Gold-Filled Watcnes, best grade.... ..SiS.OO to SiS.oo Our stock of Watches !» the largest ever shown , in i : Lockets. Solid-G01d'...... ....&4.00 to $15.00 Richmond. You will find our prices "the lowest, con-. :' X S, et ■■' Rir 'Z s - •♦'•••• ••• ..54.00 to $10.00 Bistent with quality— and, remember, every article sold ,| Colored Stone Rices . ................... .$5.00 to 510.00 bears our guarantee. • ;' : -. ■ • L j.& /Allen \&:Co. 9 fourteenth and Main Streets, ;r you— though T know/ by his chuckle it often stTlkcs the Colonel when I strike. Never shall I forget tho moment of my. "arrival nt the front door. I stuck' out at least three feet from the back of a common cart, to which a miserable mule I was driven by a black rag-a-muilln. The ! Colonel dropped his feet from the porch rnHintr. slowly took his pipe from his lips, and stared hard at the approaching com bination. "I'll cat my. head." ho thun dered. "If that ain't a coffin! David 'Simms, '""'you damn rascal, whose funeral !s this?" >. The Colonel was wrong— it was no fune ral, but a resurrection: the quality or his voice and greeting told me' that I was once raoro in the company of the gen teel. But my adventures were not yet over. In the nature of things, I was found to be generally out of order, and I had lost my voice completely; and so. until. l could be repaired, I was put in an unoccupied ofHce In the yard. One night there were K ay doings here. A bride and groom were fessted— there was much music and dane- Inc Although my works were out of or der, I knew by habit that it was 1 o'clock before the great house and offices were silent, and family and guests slept. TChar happened then I shall give you In my young; lady's words, for she dearly loves to tell of my peril and safe deliverance. -I walced." she said, "suddenly from a •^ound sleep, with a Strange conviction of fire I ran out Into the hall where a lamp wa? left burning; it was perfectly safe. As I parsed a window I glanced out. and the strangest sight I ever saw confronted me. I thought in a flash of the lUrk In Tara O'Shanta. The -office was one bril liant Illumination from foundation to roof ccmb-it seemed built of light. In the il luminated circle around It was ■ collected a large company. The horses-left out to ctszc at night-the cov.-s. the hounds, the setters, the ducks, the geese-all s! ent in "astonishment— even the geese— silent Then suddenly the mystery was solved: A «hnrp tongue of flame shot from the roof, and the building was wrapped in fierce conflagration. The Enell was broken, a hubbub of barking. lowing, cackling arc*f» from the creatures, and 'Fire! fire! I screamed with all my power." Now I was In that office. The very wax ruDocd into my pores J.fty-nay seventy five years; ago. started out in drops, the paint on my~face cracked, and I thought mv last hour, my last minutes had been told But. suddenly.:: above crackling flames and breaking glass, a girl's voice rar.e out: . , , ... " c ave oh! save my cleck; The next moment a strange figur* sprang into that room. It was that of a dare-devil 'newspaperman from Rich mond, who was visiting the >xnl£.J*e had hastily donned his swallow-tail coat worn at the dance that night-arid yet I cannot conscientiously affirm that He was in full dress! He seized me about the middle-my weights made me lurch from side to side— the floor was red hot; it was a maa struggle, but he was game: he heid on, we reached the door and I fell at my dear lady's feet, scorched, cracked, but happy because— she loved me! The nest chapter In my history starts out with a mystery I cannot yet explain. In <=p«te of the affection my mistress T>ore me" as ?bove exemplified, in spite of my great v?lue, evidenced by the risk of life the reporter ran to save me from the flames, I wss next thrown— actually thrown— into a shefi with a lot- of mere lumber. Divested of my face and works, my frame, a broken wreck.. I lay there forgotten, almost forgotten, for the end of time seemed very near. While" In. this pitifully Jcnominous position a dominick er hen had tho term ertty to lay eleven e~gs in my skull. If so I should term the part of my case behind my face. In the end this insult proved a. blessing, anci saved mv tottering faculties from obli vion. Automatically I commenced cal culating and countirg time between eggs— the period of incubation— fhe pip ping of the chicks. Save for this, time passed unheeded, unmarked. But there was still happiness In store for me. One weary day my young lady ran into the shed "all eagerness, passea trembling hands alorrs my once polished surface, and finally: in a sudden transport of Joy, embraced* me. Hey? "What are. you laughing at? The Iron Chest: That occurred on fhe first day of October. I am as particular shout dates as you are about time. There was a visitor here on that day. a dear old lady, a fourth cousin, once removed, of ours. She sat by the fire here while our young lady told her th<* story of the fire and the clock. "My child." Ghesald. "if that Is the Blount clock and really came from Bellmont. then it must be the Nat Turner Insurrection clock, and if it is the Nat Turner clock, then the Ehot are still sticking In the floor." With that the j-oung lady flew from the room— no doubt to rapturously embrace you! You will please excuse my merriment, for the laugh Is on you this time. When she re turned she said "M 7 clock Is historic— I always felt It. but now I know. Oh, I am so proud of It." Nott, what I want to hear about is not your every-day history, but yzir historic history. I have history of the most re spectable quality and earliest dates, and yet nobody calls me "historic." As for the Nat Turner Insurrection. I remember it well. As far as we were from the scene of It 3 bloody deeds this house was filled for many nights with the terrified white trash of the neighbor hood. The Historic Clock: Recember. my friend, that' I bear the shot fired by the insurrectionists still in my body, and that I received them 'at. my post of duty in trepidly counting fhe bloody moments in Dr. Blount's hall. But !t grows very late. The Diligent Reporter Unj earths ttieS(ory^fnim>iOld: Furniturejtt the County of Southampton. > and I must be : brief. Kathanlel Turner, belonged to Mr; Joseph; Travis, known, to be the kindest of masters, and so^ con-, fldcnt of his slaves' honesty and; affection that he never locked his house doors at " Nat was born in ISOI. .and was a large and active speclmenof unmixed African blood. He vyas very black, with wool.ly hair and a retreating: forehead. ' The Iron Chest: Bump :.' of . combative-; ne<=g cnormoußly developed; "that ;of do strucUveness as large as a • goose-egs Very curious skull Indeed,, :.no« ; .top , np front all back. I ought to. know all about It for it sat'-'on top of me ror years. Out voune Dr. Richard was just homo from his medical course in. Paris, and ready for anything in the name of. science. Ho left home the day Turner was hung and buried, and returned the ns-?t .night, with a bloody sack under the seat* of his gg.- There were ' four wild blades with him In that uncanny nighfs work. I knew a man also who carried a square inch ot tanned skin In his pocket-book, which he declared to be Nat Turner's, though he. would never tell, how it. came" into his por.scsslon; "" " .-■..:-"' •.."■- '..:: The [ Historic Clack". r: ?H« waa. remark-. ably ingenious in shaping metal In clay moulds, -and' even learned to .make gun-. I owder. He also -taught, himself to 'read ?rd write, which- was against :he law of the Slate, for a slave. He conceived, at. an earlvfige the Idea and the overwhelm ing ambition to become the savior ofhis race— the means of freedom for. the slave, ami spent much time ; in formulating his plans. The Iron Chest: As a. matter, of fact he was 16 years old when the Idea was presented to him. and there was no origi nality In his plans whatever. _ ■ The .Historic Clock: Excuse me,, but you seem to know It all. • The Iron Chest: Yes.' I have inside in formation:. In my third pigeon-hole there Is a letter dated October. ISI6. con taining a full account of an: Insurrection planned by a really remarkable negro known as ". General Sampson: This wa? ex-idently Turner's Inspiration. I shall take pleasure .in showing you the letter next Sunday night, as it is both curious and interesting. • • • The Historic Clock: Thanlo. But to resume. In order to inspire the negroes with superstitious awe and confidence in his powers, he several times ran away from home, and after weeks of hiding in the woods would return, declaring he nad not tasted food, and that he" had received great revelations from "the. spirit."- He saw "white spirits and black spirits en gaged in battle.. The sun was darkened, thunder rolled In the heavens, and blood flowed in streams." After a .while he be gan to hold midnight meetings In: the woods to prepare the negroes^ for tht/ great work •of ■"• his destiny. Hundreds, supposed by masters and overseers, to bb quietly sleeping- 'm~ their beds, noiselessly crept ir. bare feet through the cypress swamps to the rendezvous. Ah, what a chapter such a meeting would. make. .for the writer of one oi those ridiculous'"'his toric novels" our young . lady ]is "so -.fond of reading- to- her brothers. What lies they are. to.be sure! Now", "if we' could use: the pen, we could give them history. This is about how they would describe it: "The forest rustled with the silent tread of a multitude of bared feet. Hoot-, ing owls and barking' foxes _ceased : at the human Invasion and passed without sound to deeper, solitudes. Torches begnn to' flicker and to shine upon black faces with glaring eyes— larger and larger the concourse grew — then a huge giant in ebony mounted the broken trunk of a for est king, once a fit type of himself"— bosh! .Then would come a lot of twaddle about "his ."rancous" — that's the 'fashion able word— "and guttural tones, the fierce eloquence evolved by an heredity of a thousand years of unbroken savagery." But It fs ten minutes to strJklny I— l've only time for facts. At last his followers were sufficiently disciplined- and drilled. -and /the time for striking; was set— the night of the last Sunday In -August. In this.'.Natmade a fatal mistake: that year— lS3l— there were five Sundays in the month. Those only, who like himself were ignorant of this fact, met him at the rendezvous—unde terred, however, by their numerical weakness, they started at once upon the work in hand. ■-':-■■ Like shadows they crept .to the Travis homestead, through the ' confiding, open doors, into the chamber where the master slept in the peaceful atmosphere of his own benevolence. He died without a flicker of the lash beneath the' terrific blow of a hatchet. Then the" wife, the children, and last the dear baby In the cradle, the .monster had so often hold with seeming pride, in .his. arms. I will not repeat the . horrors of that night' In detail. Undetected, unresisted, they proceeded from house to house," mur dering the sleeping whites, augmenting their numbers, arming themselves with guns, swords, axes, anything. \ but always stopping at-tfce-brandy stills... One pitiful case was that of a woman who waking to the bloody work, fied to the;' woods. was overtaken and tied behind a negro on a horse, brought back and commanded to He down in. bed beside her murdered husband. Then she was auietly dispatch ed. . '" . --■ - ■■•■ : -.- ' . I had . lust struck 9 the morning after this night of horror when the alarm was given in one house. In a short_while the poor white trash and nearest neighbors ran in for. advice and protection.., Oh. how breeding shows in the. face of dan gers. The doctor was as cool as a mint julep, but every inch equal- to the emer gency. There were eight men in, the house: these remained in the hall armed with every available firearm.' Of course, the doors- and windows were barricaded. All the women and -children who had come in were sent upstairs. They were shrieking and fainting, and carrying on m^m&m&mmmto* **?■»* . T~' : ■■.■•'■• '■■ ■•- ■• -' "• •■'• . .......... ..,i. ... , sr • -. ( --. .••... - , I I Cash or Credit _^_ It Costs Nothing j I A Little Money for Credit Here. |j I- : Will Buy a I^l3^ Everything Sold | I Great Deal Here my^^S^P^^^TT at Cash Prices. :* 'a..'. -•-"■ - ■ -•-,■■'■' : -.. ■' "- ' •■■'•••" _J . •• < — — — — — ■ ■'— — ' — ~~ " - .. : " ' :.i m- ■'■ ■■ ... .'-■>"■ .. ' ' ~:;~ . ■ '■"■ ■ ■ ■ ' '- -» ■5 FFIHE Christmas possibilities of this store have been told again and yet again, and ! I Jill now that Christmas is closing in, we can only say it's to your interest to call J I early. This store has never offered such grand values. | ■♦■"."• — — — — — — — ' — ' ' — ' : " ~ ~~~ ' ' ' " ~~ - ' "~ "a ™' A T\ t '' ~ GLurvrv&.ci-'irm Hundreds of Pretty, Comfortable Rockers, wood, leather, J "5 J± i\OCKGt* ■'&llg-ggC'S>il(Jll9 and cobbler seat. Every Rocker has bean priced very low, j I and we have sold quite a lot; bat to close out the balance ' quickly we have cut the price on all from 10 to 20 j I per cent. You can buy a $10 Rocker here for $8.00. "No extra cost for credit." j ♦'■ , : — ; — ■ — ■ " ~ ' ~ ~~~ ~~ ' ■ \ "" s •*■•'"' : r (gss>To/r "^ "W T *d- Til js^Ei~Ss / £' ® ? The best assortment of Standard Watches, Elgin and Walt- ° I i^^^^^^^fe, ham movements, in 14- karat gold and gold-filled cases, for ladies and j^^^^S^^ n g entlemen - We handle only Keystone r and Jas. K. Boss' cases. f DIAMOND RINGS, PRETTY SET RINGS, BROOCHES, ? i-^^^^^^W ' SCARF PINS> CHAINS, and LORGNETTES, | I :^SIHB^ ' ' ' Cash or Credit. : , " . " | ® '-.'•-. D-789 - ' '.- , - G ' B4l . ♦ •B __ . — _■ _ ■ ■ — ■ ■ — ~ r— — — . @ w ■■'.'■•■ Such an assortment of Solid Colors, and Decorated Lamps has never been shown. Lamps that were $6, | b L3,tJIt)S9 S7, and $8, your choice, while they last, for $5.00. Others as low as $1.50; There are only 103 left. 3 'h :'— — — ■ — — ■ — ■ ■ ■ ■ — ~ " — ~ ' ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ — ' ~~" ' ' 33 l- ; -^^^^^^^^S-' ■ ; - l^^l^l ' A Perfect Chair, that-retails everywhere at f '"-■■■^^'^^lff/- ■■" Just received the c^^ i fKt^^ 6 ' C0 ' only costs.you"ss,oo" here. .? I prettiest $15 Sideboard '_ r . .' V- . . | ra plt J^3S|tji you ever saw/ It is really |^'J^^^3| in Vefo vr, a I an $18 value. Some beau- ® f " 1 Verona, Lea- "^^^^^^^^^B^ 9 1 (fil^SSyf t?M con «« an n S3O ther and Pantesoti. Our $12 ? &* ". _■ -■ ©. ..,.._ ■...■•■ .. - . _ . ■■ . *«■ ■ _ - m -*- " ■ . . - — — ■ ■ ■ ■ — ~~ '■ — ■ ' ■ ■ — * : '' rffAMW p SUITES CHIFFONIERES WARDROBES. Two crates of IMPORTED DINNER SETS just in— 102 pieces-afc 'slß and §20, worth f a CHAMBER SU IT^' ''f^.^i Sm'^S PARLOR SUITES-Fiva-Piece Suites, thac are wonders for $25 ; Handsome Suites in Damask a IS V^oS ■ SSTfeio t^Z iraSt&?%: $**& 6R^ML^RU m CARPETS, KATTHrO3,__d ART SQUARES. n- LACE CURTAINS, PORTIERES, and TABLE COVERS. ' '.. - - . - ' . .' * •4" ■ . ■ ■ . - 1 1 1 ' 1 1 $p f " ' m I : --ir%4 r \ / T*t-f £___>- mnr X A* f^f\ Fourth and Broad Streets,™ ■& " &w^~ i ■- # _f" if if if __• F% M %Jk %b/ \^®q ■ tintinft h t iirtii^ni*r^ ♦ awfully, but our own young lady stayed below "and loaded the guns as the men dropped them smoking from their 'hands to take up others. The attack was shor. and bloody. • The doctor afterwards, said he felt sure a negro dropped to every shot fired from our windows. On their side, frenzied wifh blood and brandy, their shots went wild, "all flying above the Iliads of our defenders, except, alas! one discharge thai buried itself in my ma hogany. My face was uninjured, and the pain was slight, but my vanity suffered considerably at the time. Little did I know that the scars then Inflicted would bring me honor and love in the future! Now. I understand why a grateful gov ernment, finding no personal reward suit able for my heroism, bestowed • upon young Simon Blount a commission In the navy. • By the way, this boy,; only 12 years old," fought with intrepid bravery, side by side with. the rr.cn. Thus repulsed, the negroes pressed on to Jerusalem, where preparations had already been made for their reception. About two miles from the town they were met by a small ad vance guard of the whites. Turner ordei ed his men to halt and wait until they were within fifty yard 3. Then came th<v order "fire! rush en them!" The whites broke and fled, and many were overtaken and dispatched. At this critical moment the main body of the whites came up and the negroes were quickly, routed in great panic and disorder. Turner once more succeeded In partially rallying them and they again endeavored to reach Jerusa lem: by crossing the Thomas plantation. Mrs. Thomas, Judith and Ann, were crouching in the bushes when they passed. '• " Since George H. Thomas has become historic like myself these little facts are of interest.' Met at every cross roads by armed white men. Turner's following melted like snow, until at last only two or three remained. Then in bitter dis appointment lie returned to his old hiding place on the Travis plantation, where he had once held communion with "the> spirit.". . When the troops, sent from Old Point by the" government, and the volun teer companies .from Richmond and Pe tersburg, reached the scene of action — summoned by the slow process then in vogue— even, the ashes of rebellion were cool; • ■ . . It- was -weeks before aught was known of Turner's fate. ■ One day a gentleman was hunting in the Travis woods, when his dog. : attracted by the smell of meat, began, scratching in the ground. A cave was .revealed in which the fugitive was captured. ■ - . On ' Saturday. November sth. of the same year, Nat Turner was tried "for plotting in cold blood the indiscriminate destruction of men, helpless women, and of infant 'Children." There was no de fence, the' prisoner having made a full confession, -and the sentence was death. On Friday the 11th. he was hanged from the limb of a tree that to this day stands "on the outskirts of Jerusalem. He v.-as buried- beneath the same tree.' You have the story. Heroic deeds grow lustrous with the friction of time. I lit tle i thought -when I ticked away those bloody moments, neither too fast nor too slow, 'l was kndling a spark that would ■in Uhe-. future cast upon me a blaze of notoriety. , I have a piece of news for you: It pains and pleases me. both— l cannot decide which in the greatest measure. My. young lady has received a letter from a naval officer, whose home Is In Texas, and who is the son of little Simon Blount. My fame has reached him, and he begs to have the honor, of placing me in hi 3 hall as his most precious heirloom.^ Of course^ I shall go. It is right and fitting that I -should occupy my own natural and honorable, position. •""• And yet I dread that awful railroad journey, lying like a dead man in a coffin; silent.' too. as the dead. I once sailed from Liverpool to^Perta mouth in the schooner, "Pretty Polly, whence I was transported by wagon to Bellmont; from that place my ludicrous journey to this hospitable mansion ;jbe vond ■ this I have stood- for over a hundred years' in my corner. My heart fails me at the thought of leaving; my dear.;dear young" lady, 1 how will she find strength for. the sacrifice? ..I am an alien in this house— honored-, though gby all— but there ls ; poverty here, and I am often brought Into - association with ; people who^are not the equals of the Blounts. The Colo pie, and . even- myi young ; lady, are not^as partlcular/as? they have.; ay rifht to 'be; Tghr-thVi nmwaaaaer r«a)Q*t*r from Bioa» mond. that mushroom upstart! The Ircn Chest: Yes. that newspaper reporter comes often. My young lady Is to* marry him In six months. It is to buy her trouseau that she sold you for SSCO to Captain Blount. Excuse my merriment, but the joke's— why. bles.'J my metal, but tha clock's stopped. ■ .. Wei. well, there's no fool like an his toric ioO^- HE D rLIGENT REPORTER. History of the Christmas Tree In the thousands of humes In which thß Christmas tree will soon burst Into bloom, ir. may be oi interest to Imcw that the American scion springs from a stock of unknown antiquity, indigenous to Ger many, the existence of which may be traced with certainty to the dawn of the sixteenth century. With the German, in deed, it is not only an object of pride as the product of his native soil, but a type of his faith, and a means by which ha instils his creed into the minds of his children; and any alteration in its. ar rangement is regarded both as a tamper ing with national tradition, and a dese cration of a sacred observance. Unwill ing to forego or even abbreviate the plea sure of preparing for it, he discards as much as possible the tinsel ornaments of commerce, the older members of the household gilding and silvering with their own hands the nuts and fruits, with which it is to be laden. As symbolizing the unchanging: love 01, God— "the same yesterday, to-day, and forever"— of which the anniversary itself is the most convincing proof, he adopts the evergreen for his purpose. Procur ing a symmetrical fir or holly, he fixes it firmly in the midst of a table, occupying the centre of the principal apartment of the dwelling. Above it is suspended the figure of an angel, with outstretched wings, the bearer of "glad tidings of great joy." From the boughs hang the glit tering ornaments, simulating gold ana precious stones, types of the "glories and excellencies revealed in the §on of Man," while from every twig slime gleaming tapers, emblematic of Him as "the light of the world." Santa Claus. the patron saint of Amer ican children, has no existence in Ger many. The gifts are bestowed by Kris Kringle, a corruption of Christ Kindleln, or the infant Christ, "from whom cometh every good and perfect, gift." They are not suspended from the tree, but are placed on the table to signify that In conferring upon us His bounties/ our Savior in no. way diminishes His own glo rious beauty. The celebration occurs on Christmas- Eve, when standing beneath the tree, German parents direct the attention . of their children to faults which they hava observed in them during the year, earn estly and solemnly calling upon them for amendment, and at the same time, com mending them for any . good conduct which they may have exhibited. . In Germany the tree Is never denuded in the presence of the cnildren. It re mains intact from Christinas to New dear's Eve, wher. it Is privately borne away, by the older members of the family. Although it was originally confined to. the Fatherland, it ;has sent up shoots !n all of the German provinces in the north of Europe; and after the marriage of Queen Victoria" to Prince Albert of Saxe- Coburg-Gotha, was Introduced Into Eng land. .. Its first appearance' In France was on the Christmas anniversary after the,ar rival at Fontair.bleau =.of. the Princess Helena, of :Mecklenburg-Schwerlri. the oride of the Duke of Orleans, when Queen Amelia, ' the wife of' Louis' , Philippe, anxious! that her daughter-in-law should be' deprived of none .'of .tne pleasure* which she enjoyed In her own countr. . addedto the usual festivities of theroyal household, her own national celebration. ■ ; '■'■ Through the agency of the German feet? : tiers .'iJn. : . America, the 'emblematic \tree" has. been Implanted; ln. the soil of bur own country. Xa tJw'r«hoval it fc_s unhappily ] Be Romance of Holly AND The Mystic Mistletoe. So many are the traditions clustering about the mystic mistletoe that in France, in mediae\-al times, '■:';■ fetes were held in its honor. We know it as the famou3 "kissing bunch"," which plays so important, a part in Christmas festivities: it was selected for this honor centuries ago, before the Christian era. At the begin ning of this last century, when the Lord of Misrule still heid his Christmas reijn. the privileges sanctioned by the presence of the mistletoe were permitted to all ranks of society, from the lowest to the highest. It is seldom that we see it hung prop erly nowadays. Two hoops twined with evergreens must be suspended from the centre of the room; within the bunch is placed a bunch of small rosy apples with the mistletoe. The cavalier who has a right, or claims It, of saluting a maiden, must pluck off a berry at each kiss. The pearly berries are symbols of purity, and associated with , the rights of marriage. From this Druidical superstition the transition was but slight to the kiss beneath tha cabal istic bough. . Very unlucky is- it If tho mistletoe fall from, the , place where it has been hung UP- ■ :. • •"■' " " So, sacred was the mistletoe to the Druids that wherever it was found it was considered a gift direct from heaven, and was cut with a golden knife by a lost Its symbolic significance.. and the Heavenly Messenger, with the priceless. Imperishable tidings, has been superseded by a -benignant but very material Santa Claus. It flourishes, however, bearing: abundant fruit, and Is not without ita uses 'since It gladdens annually thousands of little hearts all : over the new world. GLLBERTA S. WHITTLE. The little eiderdown coats, red. tan. blue,, and gray, with a hood of the /Red Ridinghood variety, are among the warm est and most serviceable wraps for the toddlers: •"".. : - , A hairpin that Is "unlosable" is one /of the -noveltles'Been in, the'stores.-, It.con sists of the regulation pin. with an or namental ■; cap, which = flts- on- the point of the :■' pin;- After : the pin -t has ."; been- stuck through; the"*hat .this separata • cap its flipped ov«r tho protruding point. :■ priest, clad in a white robe, two white bulls being sacrificed on the spot. The name given It by the Dru'ds signified "All-Heal"; its virtues were, believed to be very great, and- Us seed was sup posed to have fallen from heaven. By the Teutons, mistletoe was held sa cred to Balder, the sun god. the son oi Freya, the Scandinavian Venus. In Bal der, all that was beautiful, eloquent, wise, and good, was honored, and he waj the spirit of activity, of Joy, and oi light. Predicting his own approaching death, his mother Freya exacted an oath froia animals, plants, and minerals, not to in jure him. The mistletoe among the plants had been forgotten. When this was dis covered by the treacherous Hoedur. th« blind god of brute strength, he took a wand o£ it, and. being directed how to aim It. the mistletoe pierced Balder through the heart, and ha fell dead tr> the ground With his death. light, and purity fled from the earth. The unholy one who had caused the death of the god was confined within a cave; above his head was hunj a venomous serpont, to drop its poison on his face. But his wife Digyn. stood by him and caught the drops in a cup. It was only when she emptied the gob let that the venom touched him. when he caused the earth to be shaken as with an earthquake. There are many traditions also connect* ed with the holly. One. that it is unlucky to brir.s it Into th* house before Christmas Eve. Thera are two kinds of, holly— the prickly and th« non-prickly— and according a3 the holly which is brought in for the Christina* decoration, is smooth or rough, the wlfs or the husband will be master. A bunch of holly, with berries, must be broken from holly which nas been used in church decoration and kept until tne next. Christmas, to protect frees lightning and insure a lucky year. -.Siberian. squirrel fur Is a prominent ele ment of mlilinery departments. A hat with a soft crown of blue velvet has a broad brim of the gray fur. which finishes in wide tabs held close to the hair by * long steel ornament. The linins U shirred blue satin. The renewed demand for Indian blank ets and Italian slumber robe 3is fast ap proaching the craze stage. The Navajo and other hand loom weaves, as well ai the plalded and jacquered patterns, are prime favorites. Christmas goods are al ready appearing in new and attractiv* styles, such as may be utilized for couch covers, draperies, travelling rugs, athletic blankets, etc" Some of the fancy pattern* are tied with satin ribbons and prettily. boxed for gift making. ;.-= Removal Sale. * Until after Christmas in order to c!oa* out all our" neckwear, we are making th* fohowins prices: Mcny oi the 50c. kind at 25c., j $1.50 'scar f 8. ». : 75c. : reduced to Mew " CONSTABLE ! BROTHSH*.