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>^'lili Celts It Was Yule; anC With.
KoTO.^^^ Sm'nrnnlla — The Drclds
anfl- "-the Ever^rrccns — Kngliah
rnrlinniciit at IGl4. Denounced the
Holiday— Alton , Gossip. .
"AFTOS. VA., December 2Q.— (Special.)—
Of all festivals that mnnkind ever knew,
there Is none like Christina?. Others liave
ihcir special sis^iKcnnco. for this creed
or that, for one nation or another, but
Christmas throws Us penile influence over
all and' ls ■essentially i he feast of peace
and "good will.'**
Among the • heathen Christmas was a
scsUval. To t"«e Celts -it was yule, for
the Romans; Saturnaiia, <:eJebratinfr the
t.urnin?; point of the year, and the revival
of nature from the increasing power of
•the sun. The Druids had h superstittion
that the houses should be decorated with
oversreens in December, to propitiate the
sylvan spirits, and- keep free from the
Masts of the cold north winds and the
3'rost until milder season- renewed the
foliasc for their out-door haunts.
The evergreen tree is a symbol. Hnng
•with lights and offerings, the l*"ccl *"cc has
i"or centuries boen one of the principal
.•haractciistics of. Christmnsiidc. And so
>.-'th the mistletoe bough and the holly.
"The mistletoe hung in the castle hall;
s'iis holly "branch slione on tiic old oak
■ivair' . , '
Amons the ancienl Britons, the misMc
*.oe thai grey.- en an oak tree found the
tnosi favor.
In the light of thip rjlnetc-cnth century
rivilization. tvht> would think that -•lrist-
Vr.as was once denounced'^ 'Parliament, in
\Sii, ordered Christmas" to "l<c kept as a
Folerari last.: to be .-passed in humble re
pentance for"" the national- £Sn of the
English forefathers in 1 ' eating plum pt:d-
Sing and drinking ale flave'red with roast-
H apples.
The Puritans regarded Christmas as a
heathen feast, and did not 'observe it.
The restoration of Chrales, the "merry
monarch." was the. crowning of King
Christmas in the old world and the new,
though the recognition of it was slow in
the New England States. The festival
beloMsea 1 to the "Old Dominion," and the
cavaliers; for Lhese were of the church of
England, with all the mother country's
sfiherence to old customs and Jove of
bigh living. Jlight weli was Christmas i
Vept Ja lhai day Ijy the lenient, courtly
ttssters and tiioir well-fed s!a\-es.
The significance of Christmas as a re-
Jigious festival, though still keeping its
holy observance; is in many ways ovcr
?!iadov.-ed by its social characters. The
lights of the Christmas -tree burn more
Brightly than, even the lights on the al
lar. and the joyous laughter of the chil- I
dren makes louder and sweeter music [
than organ tone and son? of choir. i
Sanctuaries put on gayer colors for this J
■ Say of days, and worshippers crowd the
Jecoratcd churches, but the chief feature
Is the giving of gifts, the loving remem
brance of dear ones. The feasting- and
iia king merry.
Human nature is in its .gentlest; mood,
and glorjes in doing deeds of kindness.
The holiday season will be properly ob
served in and about Afton. The same
old blue-eyed frosty-bearded Santa Claus
will roll over the Blue Ridge in the first
starshine. -The seme old-reindeer will
spin down the sharp, decline, with the
same old tinkling tinsel reins and silver
horns sounding merrily. The same old fat
lingers that brought gifts to you and me*
will lightly open every swinging stock
ing, and all the hum and bustle and the
hearth melodies of old-time Christmas
■tvir be heralded far and near. There is
an aroma of fruit cake and mince pics,
old hams and "bug-jtiice," hot and cold,
from Afton to Nelly's Ford, with the
promise. cf roast turkey and other «di- I
bles later on.
Sociably we shall be quite gay. The
various Sunday schools have made pre
parations and the little folks will enjoy a
royal time.
Among the marriages of interest to
vri3e circles of friends, were those of Miss
."Bertie Goodwin, of "Washington, D. C,
niece of Mrs. John S. Hayes, of "Chestnut
rriidge," to Mr. Joseph H. Meyer, of Wash
ington city, and Miss - Fannie : Dowel!, of
'GloEton Manor." to 'JMr. ■ ""Willie Faris,
>f Grfienwood,. Albemarle count>-. Va., also
lhat of- Miss Emma Dooms, of Greenfield,
ir.d Mr. J. T. Martin, of the same place!
Miss Jane Shipman has- returned to her
Jioire in Salem, Va. ■ •
The sad news of the death of Engineer
.T\ M. Kirby, at "Whitcomb, Va.. was re
ceived here on Sunday. . Mr. ,Kirby's form
or home was •at Alton. >?. He leaves a
■NVife, five children, three -sisters, and an
•";sed mother to mourn their loss of a
dutiful son. and a good husband and
brother. This death is- peculiarly sad, as
>c is the third of Ms family lulled on the
Catarrh is Fount! Everywhere.
Catarrh is at home anywhere- and every
where. While more common in cold,
<-;h£ngeable climates, it is by "no means
confined to them; "but is prevalent in every
State and Territory in the Union.
The common definition' of .catarrh is a
chronic cold' ln the head, which if long
:icglected often destroys the sense of smell
and hearing; but there are many other
forms; ofj the disease, even more obsti
uate and dangerous^
Catarrh of the throat and bronchial
tubes, as ■well. as oatarrii of the stomach
and liver, are almost as eomrhon as nassal
•^itarrh. and c-enertlb'. '.mere difncult to
Catarrh is ii.mloul<tcdly a blood disease.
*jn<s can onl>; be successfully eradicated
by an internal treatment. Sprays, wash
es; and ponders are useless as iar as
reaching the real; seat of the disease is
toncorned. " " .-
Pr. McJvcrney advises catarrh sufferers
to use a new.- preparation,:; sold by drug
fists, called. Stuiti-fs Catarrh Tablets, be
cause actual analysis has shown these
.tablets 10 contain certainVanti-septic qual
ities of: the highest value, and being an
Inu-rnal remedy, pleasant to the taste,
convenient and harmless, can be used as
irccly ••*« rcqiiUefJ. as... Well •for children
agi for adults.
; An attorney and public speaker, -who
had been a catarrh sufferer for years.
'ays: .. • ' - .
"Every fall I -would catch a cold, which
would settle In my head and throat and
Jiang on all winter long, jsnd every winter
Lit ccemed to get a little .worse* ' J ; was:
coniinually clearing my throat and my
volco became affected to such an extent
ab to intc-rfc-re with my public speak
"I tried troches and cheap cough cures
nti'3 sometisnes pot rcllcX. but only for a
. ».bort time, until 'this winter, when I
Jeurned of the new catarrh cure, Styart's
Catarrh Tablets, throuirh a, . newspaper
: Hdvertisemer.u Two ' :iUy-cent boxes
i>vh?ch"l bouEht'at rcy-Vjr Ufrg i stp ; cleared
> «iy head and ihfoat in fln« shape., and
tlo guard asalnstra return '-. of my old
trouble, . I .keep a box ol the tablets- on
; nand, anC-wheritvcr'l catch a little colfl I
lake a tablet. or two and ward off any «c
, rtous <Jevelopm«!:nts." -, - ■
"J^TV^^^'^ -Tablets .. deserve, to
$&& ; ? Is «- as a household remedy -
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through neglect or other causes, kidney trouble is permitted to
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Dear Sir; . Oct. 15, 1201.
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"kidney trouble. All symptoms were on
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had left me: I could hardly drag my
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was giving out, and often I wished to
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the Richmond Sunday Dispatch. . . - .
railroad. Mr. Ed. Kirby, a brother, was
killed several years ago, and a sister , was
killed by a train while walking aver the
bridge in Waynesboro. Two other broth
ers have been seriously injured in railroad
wrecks. -Mr. Kirby was one the saiest
and most trustworthy engineers on his
run. His remains were taken to .tiinton
for burial.
An elegant reception was given last
evening at Locust Dale, by the Misses
Goodloe, in honor of Miss Margaret Petti
grew, of Richmond, who is the guest- of
Miss Martha Weisiger.
The "VVeisiger home, "Highland Lodge,"
which was destroyed by nre in June, is
being replaced by an elegant ten-room
Mrs. J. Ezekiel Hall, of Afton, has re
turned from a visit to Richmond, where
she attended the Lximsden-Scoit wedding
The regular Christmas tree and enter
tainment will be given at the Sunday,
school at Afton on Christmas eve. A
supper and dinner will also be given at
the chapel to raise funds for new seats
for the building.
Mrs. Tavenor Goodloe, who has been
very ill, is convalescent.
Mrs. Guy Corbett and daughter will
spend Christmas with Mr. J. \Vi!co:s
Brown, in Baltimore.:
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peace, of Balti
more, will be^Christmas visitors at Afton,
as will also be Mrs. W. Bailey Saunders*
of Richmond-
Engineer James Elliton, of Richmcnd,
is visiting Mr. Sam Elliton.
Mr. John L. McCue will make his home
in Richmond after January Ist.
Mr. and Mrs, Roy Goolsby, of Char
loitesville, ..are the guests of Sirs. Martha
Mrs. "\V. E. Birch and family will spend
their Christmas with friends in Amherst.
Mr. John Grayson, of Batesville, has
sold his homo place to the Miller school
for SIS.OOO, -He expects to locate at Cro
The firm of Foster and Matthews adver
tise their livery business for sale on the
~d of this month.
Captain J. W. Timbcrlake is again on
the sick list.
Typogrrnphieal Union So. OO Keturns
liw Trusted Leaders.
Tj-pogr-aphical Union. Xo. W met last
night in Concordia Hall, and elected the
following officers for the ensuing term:
President, Daniel McCullum. who serv
ed one unexpired term, and his re-elec
tion last night was for the second full
Vice-Presidcnt. Sidney dates, this be
ing his third term as vice-president 'of
the union.
Recording and Corresponding Secre
tary, c. w_ Ulaiey, re-elected for the
fourth term. ■
.Financial Secretary. Henry Mver, this
being his third term.
Treasurer. A. TV. T>Tee. who has been
treasurer for sixteen years. '- •
Trustees. W. H. Mullen. A. TV. Tyree.
and J. S. Leach.. . '
Delegates to Central Trade, and Labor
Councils. Daniel McCallem. "M. RJ Pace,-^
Thomas O'Keefe. W. M. S. Cease. W. H
Mr. Cates was re-elected as a delegate
to the Central Trade and Labor Council;
in which body he is now financial Becre
tary, but resigned In favor ofiMr. W. ;H.
Mullen; who Is at present Correspondirig
secretary^ of ) the council. ' V
The ; action of Mr. Cates In withdraw
ing In favor of Mr. Mullen was; done In
harmony : with the:, labor, moyement'in.
order that Mr. - Mullen should . ; be"r ctalhed
a* - correspondinsrfificretary of- the '"counr
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Defendants Have Not Retained Jack
son—Xo Objection to Him.
Seme of the prominent members of the
Constitutional Convention who are named
as defendants in the, suits for damages
brought by. James H. Hayes and others,
were asked. last. night -what grounds there
were for the reports that Giles Jackson
{colored) % had been, retained to defend
these cases.. .
• They all spoke very 'highly of Jackson
as a representative of his race, but none
of them know .anything, about the fact
of his retention .for that purpose. Some
r-f them did not view the matter serious
ly ar.d . were inclined to take it as a
joke .
Attovnoy.-General Anderson, who has
been in correspondence with some of the
cef-?nd'ints and who will doubtless be the
leading counsel for the defence, said ho
had no information that any of the de
fendants hadretGined J-ekson. None of
the defendants in those actions were ne
t;roes. The only' negroes who are parties
to the suits are the plaintiffs, represented
by the negro lawyer. Hayes.
He did not see how Jackson could be
come counsel in the cases unless he was
retained by some party to the suits, and
the. colored 'citizens who ' are ' reported to
have engaged " Jackson's services are
ncne of them parties to any suit brought
byl Hayes:
"lie said that if there were any way
to make them parties to the suits there
would be no objection to Jackson appear
ing for them.
All Things Musical.
Guitars, Mandolins. Banjos, and. all
other small musical instruments, from the
cheapest to , the -best. r Call in and look
them over. .
103 east Broad street.
p| A Fountain
i&J-'Ppn- '■'■ : ■ ■■"■•^ ; '
111 forXmaSy ■!■"
alg $lfoo.l f OO.
£3W ' .There, are many, ; fountain'
- KM* "pens and many prices. ; but^§l
wW is enough' to pay. ; - l -The Rosen-
■ dorf S Fountain Pen has been
i™ a! tlie favorite Christmas Gift, for
■ s§3 five, years. Time ; proved,
Sbs to be the perfect fountain pen.
S A barrel that does not? leak. A'
" feed that supplies- evenly, with
gl outclogging. A gold pen that
£3 j writes smoothly.-;. A
a&z :r that. guarantees.- -Sent: postpaid:
. SJr to ; any address for . 'SI. < More
. ,'< as a s ; expensive .vstyles . _ with . : gold .
-!® h bands, sterling silver, and solid
$3 & ol(i » U P to 520-"' v~" '. " -\ ''"."
-=-:'; I > .SOUTHERN ) STAMP , &-STA
o';- m" s TIOSBEYCa, '/^
■-'"" W k '- - Twelve-Six Main street ;^ ;
,r ftf t .Many more Xmas Gift 'BUgg^ o
_..' ""v tlons here.:.- J~~ .'-*.', •'■ '
Princeton.' Ulan Says He Hopes to At
tend the Meeting in This City-
Others Who Arc Expected— Princi^
pal' Topics That Are to Be Dis
Dr. J. W. Southall, State Superintend
ent of. Public, Instruction, has issued a
call for a meeting of the city and county
superintendents in this city January 14th,
15th, and IGth. The purpose of this con
ference is to collect certain statistics and
facts about the schools; to have a full
uiscussion as to fvie best means of im
proving the public : schools, and to ascer
tain what changes in the school laws are
needed at this time. "V
Secretary Frank P. Brent has received
a letter from President Woodrow Wil
sop, of Princeton, stating that while his
appointment calendar is full, he may be
able to attend the conference. It is un
derstood that an effort will be made to
\sret President Roosevelt to attend a ses
sion of the superintendents* conference,
as it will be the forerunner of the great
educational rally that will be held
Virginia during the early spring, when
the Southern Education Conference will
meet here.
Among those who are expected to at
tend the superintendents* conference are
William H. Baldwin; J. £.. M. Curry, Dan
iel C. Gilman, Frederick Gates, Morris
K. Jessup, Robert C. Ogden, George Fos
ter Peabcdy. Walter H. Pace, and Albert
Shaw, members of the; General Education
Beard, under whose inspiration largely
the conference has been called. From the
Southern Education Board are expected
Dr. Charles W. Dabney, Dr. E. A. Alder
man. Dr. H. B. Frisseil, and Dr. Charles
B. Mclvor. besides the field agents fcr
Virginia front this board. Messrs. Harry
St. George Tucker and Robert Frazier.
Dr. Wallace B-uttrick. the -executive of
ficer of the General Education Board,
will ba ir. constant attendance at the ses
siers of the superintendents. He will col
late the facts and statistics brought out
by the superintendents and lay them be
fore this board, sothat the board will be
in a position to know, just where they
can render the greatest aid to the public
schools of the State. Similar conferences
have been held in other Southern States,
and have resulted in a great stimulus
to the cause of more general public edu
The principal topics to be discussed a±
the conference are the following:
• 1 ■ Improvement ' of school-house and
school grounds.
2. School libraries.
3: Consolidation of rural schools.
4. Average attendance to-be required in
rural schools.
5. Local taxation under the new Consti
6. General measures for advancing the
cause of popular education.
Secretary Brent has prepared a list of
over one hundred questioni relating to
the public schools of the State .which
will b-2 sent to every superintendent in
the State, with requests for prompt and
full replies. The questions cover the field
of taxation, teachers, pupils, buildings,
ai)d courses of instruction.
distinction between "total abstinence"
and "temperance."- The latter is made
much of in the Bible, and strongly ap
peals to human judgment and experience.
The former is never once name;) in the
Bible, and its enforcement by uny out
side power is, I think, subversive of the
exercise of that liberty upon ->vmch the
baildirg of character depe;,u.s.
Still, total abstinence voluntarily prac
ticed, may often be a useful— sometimes
a necessary— check upon wii'^ appetite;
of tener. still, it is useful us an example
to any :who T n we can. infiuencj.
My conclusion from this belief is that a
man's home influence is better,- and tne
children are safer from the temptations
to intemperance in those homes where
egg-nogs is not used to add to the joy
of the srlad yule tide. Sincerely yours.
Rector Episcopal Church.
"Dead-Fall of Intemperance." .
To the Editor of the Dispatch:
"Finuing a dead-fall in the wilderness,
he waited for Simmo, his guide, to come
arcund the bend, and took him to see the
work, denouncing the ' heartless careless
ness of the trapper who had gone away
in the spring and left an unsprung dead
fall as a menace to wild things. At the
first glance he pronounced it an otter
trap. Then the fear and wonder swept
into his face and the questions into mine.
'.' 'Das Noel Waby's trap. Nobody else
make-um tukpeel stick like dat,' he said,
at last. Then I understood. Noel Waby
had gone up the river trapping in the
spring and had never come back, nor any
word to tell how death met him.
"I stooped down to examine the trap
with great interest. On the underside
of the fall-log, I found some long hairs
still clinging in the crevices of the rough
bark. They belong to the outer water
proof with which Keeonekh keeps his
fur dry- One otter at least had been
•caught here and the trap reset. But
some sense of danger, some scent of
blood or subtile warning dung to the
spot, and no other creature, had crossed
the bed log, though hundreds must have
passed that way since the old Indian re
set his trap and strode away with the
dead "otter across his shoulders. t I>^-
have our young people the sense of ani
mals?" Is egg-nogg as good bait? If so,
who baits the dead- fall? '
Pastor. First English Lutheran Church.
Hr. Boyles! Five Reasons.
To the Editor of the Dispatch:
! I am steadfastly opposed to the old
! heathenish -custom of using egg-nog,
i Christmas or any other time, for many
' reasons, 'five of -which you may publish as
' follows: ' ' ..
! '1. This custom is dangerous tippling-,
and it is one of the devil's traps for
souls. Many a strong: man has been de
coyed into this "trap or. snare, and has
been ruined for time and eternity. 'Watch
the beginnings. If we could stop dram
drinking, we would stop all drunkenness.
T?aat "one dram calls for another," is just
as true as truth. ' "Tha little : foxes spoil
the vine." "Watch, lest ye, enter into
temptation." This is the solemn warning,
of Jesus Christ. How shall we heea it?
Again, the; Savior, says, "Lead us not into
temptation. ," He teaches that we are to
pray this:prayer. Many a wife has-en
cburaged her. husband, weak at this point.
by giving him" Christmas -esg-nogg. ; and
crazed his brainy for - more and more till
tie wentoff into long and. repeated drink
1 ing, sprees. a^' down .: to ruin." Stay away
■ from'the tempter.: We. are seriously, warn-
f eflito "touch; not,, handle not, and trate
not' ii>'4 unclean ' thing.*' , During the
:6hristmasV kQlldays : let- us lift, high -the
red lantern;.' of, danger. Let. Christians
hpld I high the J banner , of . the; Cross and
'teach /■. others: how,; to •overcome. . ' •
%2 2. This J ege-iiog j-iinkins : is ?a ."bid;:ex
'ample, and -a "dangerous one,* ; to set for.
'the children.: It U3 easy-' to create; an jap T ,
petite" in ;thes'e 'little on<?* that niay develop
; Into" 'at'BtroaSidealre,? and'; evenitC; purpose.;
;and> then »th^v act i of r drinking,' liot;<mce,|
■Trtit :! "£reaij«dtjjr-fai ;'t£i^cKi/iaa£» vth*lfl»*ii
':;.!."• ." ANNppNpE-FO^.- ; -
Boys' Knee Pants Suits, worth $3.00 and $3.50,
Boys' Knee Pants Suits, worth $4,00 and $4.50,
Boys' Knee Pants Suits, worth $5.00 and $5.5.0,
Boys' Oxford Overcoats, worth $6,50,
■,"/: ; SPECIAL PRICE, $4.45.
Boys' Oxford Reefers, worth $5.00,
: : SPECIAL PRICE,.^^2.dS. ;; ■ -
portunity. It may lead to destruction. .
• 3. For church members to bpy whiskey
from liquor men and thus patronize them,
even at these special gleeful times, is en
couraging the liquor traffic in its- devil
ish and soul-destroying work.
4. Dram drinking, egg-nogs or anything
that intoxicates, is a sinful way of cele
brating the Savior's birthday. It is in
some instances a blasphemous way to
celebrate Christmas. It is a disgrace to
associate the using of intoxicants in con
nection with so sacred a day or period.
5. The word of God is most unmistak
ably against this 'evil" custom. Let us see:
"Be not among wine-bibbers." "Taste
not the unclean thing." "Have thou no
fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness." The great curse of the liquor
traffic is the social glass. "Woe unto him
that giveth his neighbor drink." These
are the words of God. We need no -theory
to reason this thing out. All such ques
tions are settled by the truth, and by
this we are to be judged in that great
day. A strong sentiment against egg-nog
drinking among the good and true will
soon make a great change for- the good of
humanity, and religion. Sincerely.
Pastor Randolph-Street Baptist Church.
Ite-r. .XV. W. Lcnr.
To the E-ditor of the Dispatch:
I think the devil owes quite a debt of
gratitude to the man who invented the
concoction known as *'egg-nogg."
This mischievous mixture is responsible
for much drunkenness; and many a
drunkard began his downward career at
the family bowl of egg-nogg.
. To bring liquor into the home and make
drinking a family affair is. at any time,
the height of folly; for nothing has done
so much to ruin homes and disrupt fam- ;
ily ties»as strong drink. And it makes;
one shudder to see fathers and mothers '■
give drink to their children, to see the
hands that are most potent to lead them
o heaven used to push them to hell.
But, if we must needs have whiskey in
the- house at any time, let it rather be
some other time than Christmas, not only
because of the sacred association of the
day, but also because of its extra tempta
The record of crime for Christmas week,
the most of which is to be credited to
strong drink, is enough to drive any sensi
ble man to total abstinence. But to begin
the day with the egg-nogg bout is to pave
the way for general debauch and offer a
prize for outside excess.
Let him who brews this hellish mixture
in his own" home not forget that he is
mixing a cup of sorrow for the days that
are to come. .
-Pastor Centenary M. E. Church.v
Ret. James E. Cook.
To the Editor of the Uispatch:
I am among the number of those who
heartily wish and hope, that the time
will come when this old costum will be
entirely. obsolete. Forty or fifty years ago
it was quite the thing to have egg-nog |
in the home on Christmas; in fact, Christ- '
nias was not complete without it, but c I
am thankful to saythat I believe that this
old custom is fast losing its hold upon
our/people, so that we do not find it-near
so prevalent as of yore! This in itself is
a' strong argument against "it. I firmly
believe that the drinking career of many
of our young -men "and -the downfall of
many of our. young women, can be traced
; to ' the use of strong drink in . some form
of. other in the home.
-The heads of our homes. should, in my
opinion, make their motto in the home,
"total abstinence." for it Is ; the only safe j
. preventive from the -. habit of ; strong !
drink, j and even though it might deprive
them of a pleasure in which they could
maulse without injury .toother" selves, yet
they should .teach ' the yoiing ; the great .
danger -of i tampering - with strong drink j
in.any. : form;wKatsoever. " If
strong drink is never acquired, it is cer
,.tain that 'the -habit of drunkenness 7 will
never be i drme<L • Sincerely,- yours, :
\ ' ~ ' - JAMES E. COOK.
".-:■;- ". Pastor Hose 'Memorial Church.
Example as a. "WarnLnsr.
To the Editor of the Dispatch:' .
■T; I '-..- iay c■.e ■ .- •: greatly " rejoiced ; . over ; the . im- ",
fprbvementi in Virginia 7' ciistpnsa (during j
I Christmas (time. S"We Vare <'steaa rtyVchang^
log trami ibacchaoaliani brigiirta a Christ^
fajjaKfiiiaYaJ.""-: Some' years' ; asbj 1 on: Cbrlstg,
Mas-Eve, I united in holy marriage a cou
ple, both of whom were consistent mem
bers of the church of which I was pas
tor. At the wedding feast an immense
b~wl of egg-nog occupied a conspicuous
lne bride offered a foaming goblet to
the groom; he declined it. Then the
bride's mother insisted, and to her ap
peal he yielded. Within a year he was
seen drunk; within five years he was
a fugitive from justice, having killed a
man in a drunken brawl, and two heart
broken women, who "sowed the wind,"
were "reaping the whirlwind."
Shall other Virginia women do like
wise? H. E. JOHNSON,
Pcstor Laurel-Street Methodist church.
Rev. EC. P. Aticina.
To the Editor of the Dispatch:
With regard to the subject of egg-nog
drinking at Christmas. I beg you to ex
cuse me from an extended expression.
Merely count me with those who believe
that not all customs, however old. are
gocd; and who think that the institution
does not make for good, but rather for its
opposite. Very- truly yours.
Pastor of West-End Christian church.
Key. I*. B. Bettr.
To the Editor of the Dispatch: ' .
I do not approve of the use of egg-nos
during the Christmas, or at any other
The custom is not in keeping with the
sacredness of the occasion, and Is fraught
with peril to the home.
Thousands have acquired a. thirst for
stimulants by observing tills custom, and
iiave been ruined thereby.
" Very respectfully,
Fastor Clay-Street Methodist church.
R«leish T. Parker, of Cnmberland,
Sustains Most Paininl Injuries. .
CARTERS\ r ILLE, VA.. December ID.~
(Special.)— Mr. Raleigh T. Parker, living
near Bush Park, in this county, met with
a veryVserious accident yesterday after
noon, by which he had his leg broken
near the ankle joint. In hauling fuel for
the Christmas holidays from hi 3 woods,
near his. home. Mr. Parker was driving
his wagon through the woods, when one
of the -wheels struck a stump, which
threw him to the ground with great force,
and caused the injuries referred to.- Dr.
N. P. Snead was called in and rendered
the necessary medical aid. Mr. Parker
at this writir.tr is restins quietly.
Mrs. ; Mary. E. Palmore. who met with
a painful accident by falling down a
flight of steps on Monday afternoon. 'ls
still unable to walk. Her ankle, which
was " wrenched r and lacerated, is vc^y
much swollen.
I Mrs. R. B.Knos Entertains at Cords.
..- '■■ .- .;■ ;SUrlcT ; Pera onnla. ■ ■-:■ .-«.£-; '
: . SHIRLET. YA.. December 20.— (Special )
; Mra.,R. B. Knox /entertained the f Maga
i zinc Club f last; evening at£ her * residence
| ; Berkely. , on •« the ;Jame^ ,The ? parlors c and"
idining r room;i^vereC; beautifuHy/j decora ted
,VRrithyeyergreens.^4TheUassembled com
;■; ■ pany were entertained, by .the illvely- game
ii.wlnr.ing-;-'. tha § ladles* : : , flrat-.i'sxlaiL'SS Mti?J'
The Mistletoe
the man who receives the. sweetest
kiss is the nattiest in the room— other
things being equal— the one whose lin
en comports with his clothes. We at
tend to the laundering of men's shirts.
collars, and cuiTs in such- tine t'ashioa
as to win encomiums from the most
particular. Let's have your Xmas
laundry work.
"Eclipse ■ Laundry,..
M. P. ■ GORDON & CO., Proprietors,
1519 West Main Street.
Old. 'Phone. 4iS; New 'Phone, c'.-j.
oc 5-Su.Tu<S:Th-6mo
M. Bell the gentlemen's first prize, and
Miss Burgess the ladies' consolauon prize.
There could be no prize to console a man
for his defeat at cards, so none was of
Arcer the prizes were distributed th»
club was called to order by the presi.
dent. Mr. Charies Clark. Mr. William L
Harrison was made an honorary merabdi
and also libra-ian. .Mrs. IL. S. Saunders
announced that sha would entertain cha
club at its next meeting by siving them
an "old-time country dance" on the nignt
after New Year's. This noiice was re
ceived with much applause.
Among those present were Mrs. William
Ramsay, Mrs. H. S. Saunders. M-ss^-a
Carter. Clark. Gilkinson, Upshaw \vuifc
er, and Burgess: Messrs. Clark. Carter.
Johnson, Bell, Harriscm, Noble, Lyc'i
and others. .
Miss Sophia V/ashir.gton will spend
Christmas with her sister in Norfolk.
va. She left for that place yesterday.
-vlis3 Fannie Carter accompanied h-r
sistor, Lucy Nelson Career, as tar
as HanodsviUe. Ky., on her going io
Utah. Miss Calvert. of HanodsviUe will
accompany Miss Carter to Utah. Mb?
Fannie Carter will be the guesc of ILUs
Overly in Har.odsburg.
The ktfiies or" the neisrhborhood are deco
ratms GranviUe Episcopal chapel zo-dgg
for Christmas services. '
St. Andrews Will Xot Be Ccniplete«:l
llefore Christmas.
At St. Andrew's the Rev. Thomas
Serames will preach this mornins, and
K «T;- s - Cary Beckwith to-nignt.
lne congregation will nm b<? able to
enter the new church building for ser
vice on Christmas-Day, as w^s * -d*"-c
ett Owing to. several -delays, the church
will not be ready.. There wiu be. no
cioubt however, that everything "will be
completed by January Ist. and it Is now
proposed to open for service the tirst
bunday m the vear— Janua-y 4th
•^. music, excepting the hyir.r.s
tvh eh has been prepared for Christinas.
will, ba_ suns at the opening service. The
™°JJ r * composed of forty-five voices,
lne fine; new organ has been completed
?£>lfiX cs f % reat satisfaction. It, is an
Instrument. of great power ar.d s-.v-ee'ness.
and pernaps one of the best in :he city,
but -it is not capable, of being doubled to
?H'n~ ' a me chanical contrivance."
as some or the papers have stacd.
Wed in "Washinstbn.
Miss Margaret llosley Apperson, o?
ii C ,K y - a ™ *Vr- -Albert Lynn' Hughsor. ■
of Albemarle county. Were married ia
nashinston. D. C.. December 17£h. by
Rev. Mr. Adki.is, of the Presbyterian
church. Miss Apperson was accompanied
to Washington by her uncle-, Mr. 11. V.
B. Moore, ilr. and Mrs. Hughson will b«
at homo to their frlends;at Xo. IZS wesc
Main street, after February 1. 1303.
Music Calilnets.
_ :.li:sic Cabinets make an excellent
Christrrios gift. We haV-e the finest stock
.ever""' shown in this city. Prices from
$1.50 to £5.00. "■-■•'"
'. 103 east Broad street.
Tallclnsr ''Mauchtaes.'L '.
iVlctnr Talkies, Machines from 515.n0 a
SSO.OO. They raaks'^n-. elegant present.
Talk lpce human b-j'Ti*"': l>r£< •*><**** • ' « ? c
as sgood :iaS.tho; orfsinal.VA!l tha latent
; Secoxda. y.:'C^..\ U^"': : ~^^---^ : ■ ' ' ■'■■ ■-, ■
" ••,-..:•■-.■ -103 ; east Broad str««t.

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