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il»r KJnnix-lal €cnlr«" of.llio Soutli —
Tln> Vc.ir AVff!» the IJnnlisi jih IZx
ccjitlojinllv...flratirjiiiK One
For thr Ins: y.-nr Richmond hr>s m-
Joyod one of the most prosperous periods
in i<s h'.story. She has mad^rnauy strides
forward; in this age of progxess; and none;
more worthy than".. her effort to rid hei-
ffif of provhicialism. A well-known
and progressive business man said yesterV
"Rirhmond is more of a : city thr»n It
■p.-.!? n year ngo. and the.-; capitalists ars
nlowiy : realising:; the possibilities within
her pras'i>r-lhat Richmond mny bo
niru'e the finnnclal center oi the South.
■"The advantage's-:' of Richmond as a
tra<lc center are fast being heralded
over the country, nnd by judicious a<l
vrriirir.c the capital of Virginia can be
tnn-de much more than- a city of interest
ir.c antiquities am' memories; it will be
n. ;i\p. throbbins metropolitan city— a
patcway betiycen the r.or them and south
ern markets. There is life and energy
here to do this, and there is needed only
i litile prir.jrer in business enterprise."
The banks of th' city show its great
jrorpcrity. ..Wiiile the bank deposits in
Nf-.v York city show a considernbie de
rrrf- ormp'-'rert t\-l!h the same porlryl
last y.fcar, t3<e Richniond banks show
-'.•■■. incJtuise oi n<zi±T:\ fi.O^J.Wiu over lust
war. and The banks— not including the
•trust 1 companies— show : over ?:00.(XX) In
&usiness in surp.us and undivided profits.
Xhese figures speak for themselves.
Another barometer is the trade of the
wholesale, grocers., T.ln*se large concerns
In Richmond, arc monthly, extenu.ng
•J.fir trade until . they are shipping to
rr.ost points in the Carollnas as far South
rs. Charleston, and ns far West in Tenncs
eoe ..as Nashville. In this wide reach 'of
territoo^ the Richmond v.-holesale groc
ers n-t strenglheniug ihc'r hold, nnd it
:1s estimated that their solid growth dur
ing- the last year is between fifteen and
twenty per cent, on the average. With
th«> advent of the Omaha Pacltlng Com
jv:ny. ;.ntl the erection of . the Merchant's
Coid Storage. Richmond already Is
recogrnlzr-d as a distributing centor for tlit
■entire South for meats and fru:ts. The
Merchant's Cold Storage, it is said, ship
Northern frviis. such as apples, ail
through; the gulf States, and now have/.
Ftored here borne 7,0-30 barrels for distn
A.pleasing feature reported by whole
; .sale grocers Is the prosperous condiUon
of- the Virginia people generally, which
is said to be greater than at any time
Fince the war. The crops generally were
cood, and high prices prevailed particu
larly in tire sale of tobacco. Money,
therefore, is more plentiful, the farmers
anr' planters are happy, and small mer
chants pay their bills more promptly.
From a real estate point of view the
racniu houses in the city are nearly all
filled, .md the collections, generally speak
ing,- are proT.pt. showing.' general pros
- j.i! Tity. For the last eighteen months the
influx of new faces has been -steady, and
many ot" them are people with money to
invest in Virginia, and. who having heard
of her advantages have cast their lot
•with her people.
The price of dweltings- of the better
gradr- has Increased, and rents en the
average are said to be from ..25 to 30 per
cent, hipner/tban they were. Working
people: moreover, are asking for better
houses, and are" willing to pay the differ
ence when they .get modern conveniences.
There has been an increase in the rent
also in Broad "•'■■ street, and in some cases
there has been a raise in the renting: In
iv.a:n street. The town is. slowly growing
cost and west.. ,
Old;- residv.nts.say they are anwz'i at
the new f>ces in the shopping districts.
The big Etcre-s are attracting people from
aJ] over the Sta'e. The average, more
over, Is b^ttVr dres.red Or "groomed." as
they soy in the North, and this indicates
grent-er wealth.
The rus-hiris bu.^irsess of . the theatres
and the he'filthy plow on the cheeks of
the pvople show a lack of financial dls
trePP: and r^ofj diT^pt'ors which ro h?r >< l
in hand. The retail grocers state their
business Is better than in years, and that
the people are breaking away from hoary
menus and are vating in mnr» variety
and. generally speaking, a better clars of
stnTL Occaficnal'y they g-n a little for-.
rna'dVhyde. borax, or some other pre
cervaiivc, but with- a clean conscience
they dicrc-t it better than they did some
PJehmcnd hns a great future, it is
paid, if the citizen? would only catch
hard hold of; the ppirit of the age and
prncroFc according to the'r- advaniasVs.
A greater civic pride nnd rreedom of
' thpurht ■I? r.ep'led. but there ar'^ siffn?
not wnnl''"tr t\i?\ the purple -rv-ir ri*e
and meet the opportunity to malre F.ich
tnorid the metropolis of the South.
A V.Nmml frojn T:\T.fxre\\.
TAZBWELTi VA.. Dee-nbrr 25:—(S?e
clai.)— Ch-istm : ps wns ushv-rcd in with a
few Inches of snow, as a covering fer
moThc-r earth. r>nd the thermometer at !0
above zero. A'H^ Fables of the sen
son suspended Friday night, to attend tho
Tew Feople Know Hor.' Useful it is in Pre
serving Hsalth aai Dirjt; .
Nearly everybody knows that charcoal
is the-safest and most; efficient disinfect
ant and; purifier in nature, but few realize
its value when taken into the human sys
tem for the same cleansing purpose.
Charcoal is a remedy that- the more
you take of it the betterr It is not a drug
at all, 'but simply absorbs the gases and
impurities always present in the stomach
and intestines and carries them out of
the s: stem.
Charcoal swfc-ten.s the breath after
smoking, drinking, or after eating onions
and other odorous vegetables.
Charcoal effectually clears and improves
the complexion; it whitens the teeth ami
further .-icis as a natural and eminently
safe cathartic
It absorbs the injurious snses which col
lect In the stomach and bowels: It disin
fects tlic mouth and throat from the pois
on of rat.'irrh. ■ ;
All '■«Jr!!gp'-'"s "sell charcoal in one form
or anf/la nf/1 her. but probably the best char
coal and the most for the money Is In i
Etuart'e Absorbent Lozenges: they are
comprised of the finest powdered Willow
charcoal, nnd; other harmless' antiseptics
in t:iblet form, or rather In the form; l
of large., pics Kant tasting lozenges, the
charcoal b< ing mixed -with honey. /,
The dally use of these Jozengcs will soon
tell In a «nuc.» Improved condition oi the
pe.:ir : ral Health, better complexion; swe-et
«r lireath «nd purer blood, and the biau
ly of It Is, that no possible harm can re
cult from their continued use. but on the
contrary, great beneJlt. -
A Buffalo physician, in speaking of the
benetits; of cliarccal. says: "1 advise
Blujirt's Absorbent Lozenge s to all pa
ti< niH Hufferlng from gnu in stcmach and
bowelw. nnd to clear the complexion and
purify the breath, mouth and throat; 1
itlsb bVUleve the liver is greatly benefited
by the <^aily use of them: they cost but
twenty-five cents a box at drug stores,
and aithough 'n ebrnn sense a patent p-ep
srat'on. yet I believe 1 get more and >• bet-;
ter charcoal in Stuart's A.bs6rbent Loz
eng** ''■'ihti.nUny'asiy7qt :thßr«rdinary^daaT» ;
Tl»e Freflcrlcli«l»uPK: Opera
the Scene o' *» Plensant Social
Function. ,' . *■.'•■■
Thousands Have Kidney Trouble} and; e.no^^^^e .n o^^^^
•'■ • at the opera house on Christmaßnighr,
by a large-numberof couples, led by Mr.
Clarence R. Howard. :,
i tie ' house was beautifully decorated
with ropes and wreaths of runrilngcedar,
the Hoor was like glass, and the music
such as Donch -only can furnish. The
scenery in the house had been .utilized
to cur off that portion of the house un
der thestage. and the effect r.-as beauti
ful.. :
The <?ance began at 9:30. and was kept
up until an early hour in the morning.
At the german it was announced that: the
New Year's dance would be held next
Wednesday, night, and an innovation., the
young ladies will select their own escorts.
Before- the conclusion of the dance, a
dainty supper was served to those pres
ent, who were:
Chaperones— Mesdames Josephine Wal
lace. J: G. Goolrick. a. R. Potts. J.
Stansbury Wallace. Walter C. Stearr.s,
H.H. Johnston, and C..C. Rowlett; Misses
Harris. Charleston. W.Va.-.Bncnn: Louis
ville. Ky.; Beriel Barber, Edith Barber,
Lula Braxton. Lizzie Doswell, Virgie Car
michael, Kate Newell Doggett. Mary Gor
don Wallace. Ellen Wallace, , Fannie
Tucker Carmichael; Mercer Crutcufield,
Fannie Thompson, Eva Tyler. Edmo : C.
Lee, Jennie Maitland. Elise Ficklen, Nan
nie Ficklcn. Lizzie Hurkamp. Fannie Tay
lor. Mary Shepherd. ,Ma ude Embrey. an J
Messrs. H. H. Jonr.ston, Blight Harriscn,
Chester Goolrick. Mason Smith. Edmund
Bradford, C. O Conor Goolrick, B.C.
Young. E. M. -oung. Jr.. T. S. Shepherd,
C, R. Howard, R. H. Carmichael, H. H.
Henderson. W. H. Hurcamp. M. C.
Thompson. J. S. Wallace. J. C. Chiches
ter. Charles Beale. G. W. Shepherd.
J. H. Britton, W. C. Steams. C. B. Car
michsie:, of Baltimore; A. F. D.ckson, M.
G. La timer; Baitimcie; James E. Bradley.
Baiiimoie; H. Downman, New York, ami
W. K. Bradley.' "V
Never Suspect It.
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Qertru-j-i Warner Scott Cured by ihe'Great : l'idn2y
Remedy, Swamp-Root. -
Vinton. lowa. July 15th. IDOL
DR. KILMER & CO.. Binghamton. N. Y.
Gentlemen:— My trotibie began with pnin In my stomach and back, so severe
that it seemed as if knives were cutting me. 1 was treated by two of the best physi
cians in the county, and consulted anoth?r. None of them suspected that the causa
of my trouble was kidney disease. They all told me that I had cancer of the stom
ach, md would die. I grew so weak that I could not walk any more than a child a
'month old. and I only weighed ninety) pounds. .One day my brother saw in a Diper
your advertisement of Swamp Root, the great kidney remedy. He bought me a
bottle at our drug store and I took it. Myfamlly could see a change in me for th«
Loiter, so they obtained more am' 1 continued the use of Swamp Root regularly, I
was so weak and run down that it took considerable time to build me up ngnin. I
rim now wel!. thanks to" Swamp Root, and weigh 14S pounds, ar.d -im kepeing house
for my husband and brother. Swamp-Root cured me after the doctors had failed
to dome a particle of gootl^
(Gertrude Warner Scott.) -^^S^/feWi<^^
Women suffer untold misery because the nature of their disease is not correctly
understood: Tin many cases when doctoring they are led to believe that. womb trou
ble or female weakness of some sort is responsible for their ills, when in fact disor
dered kidneys are the chief cause of their distressing troubles.
The mild and extraordinary effect of the world-famous kidney and bladder remeny.
Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Root, is soon realise 1. It stands the highest for its wonderful
cures of the most distressing cases. A trial will convince any one— and you may
have a sample bottle sent free, by mail. •
Sample- Bottle of Swnm p- Root Sent Fre.e %
EDITORIAL NOTE- You may have a sample bottle;-of-this. wonderful remedy.
Swnmp-Rcot. sent absolutely t:ee by mail also a book telling all about Swamp
■ Root and containing many of the thousands: upon thousands of testimonial letters
received from men and women who owe their good health, in fact their very lives,
to the great curative properties of Swamp-Root. In writing. to Dr. Kilmer & Co..
Binghampton. N. V., be sure to say you read this generous offer in the Richmond
Sunday Dispatch.
If you are already convinced that Swamp-Root Is what you need, you can
purchase < he regular fif /-cent and one-dollar-size bottles at the drugstores
everywhere. Don t make anj mistake, but remember the name. Swamp-Root,
Dr! Kilmer's Swamp-Hoot, and the address. Binghamton, N. V., on every bot
!le. ■ ■ . " "' -• - ' ' '' ■ '
Boston Symphony. - a concert given by
about twenty-five ladies.
A german will be given at the Town
Hall to-night, under the auspices of the
your^ men.
Misses Gwyer. of Mississippi, now from
the Mary Baldwin Institute of Staunton.
are visiting their friend, and former class
mme Miss Nanola Gilltspie.
Mrs. S. C. Hair will leave .In a few
days for an extended visit to South Caro
lina, while the Rev. S. C. Hall, during
her absence, v.'il' spend his vacation at
Princeton University.
Joseph Boyle was shot Christmas night
night at North Tazewell. by Abe Thomp
son, the ball ■making a serious wound. .
Mnrcus Gracelon. a while boy. was cut
in the face on -Christmas night by a negro
man of bad repute.
A Madman in Matlicws Terrifies Hix
"Wife nml CUililren.
MATHEW'S, VA.. December 26.—(Spe
cial.)—Mr. William Evans, who spent
three years in the Eastern State Hospital,
wns "to-day lodged in the county jail by
the sheriff. .Mr. John E. Miller.
Mr. Evaiis wns released about two years
ago but became violent and had to be
jailed until he can be placed in the hospi
tal ag-nin." The unfortunate' man became
violent the night of the i4th. and ran his
wife and eight children from the house
in their night clothes. They found refuge
in the home of a near-by neighbor, where
they spent the night.
Mr. John Estis. who was released from
the same hospital five months ago. It is
feared will have to be returned. Mr. Estis
Ins spent three years in the Willlamsburg
Hon. J. Boyd Sears returned uom Rich
mond, via Baltimore, on the 24th. Mr.
Sears will spend the holidays with his
people at his beautiful home.. "Aspon
Hall." Among others who returned home
for Christmas, are Misses Emma 'Wolffe.
i'carl T:ader. • from Southern Seminary;
Miss Hudgins. from Hampton; Captain
jr. ii. Miles; Sr.. and -J. ~H. Miles. Jr.,
Howard \\Tiite, Jesse Machin.
Eugene Miller, of Norfolk; Mr. Clarence
Miller of BaUimore: Mr.. J. D. Weston.
and his daughter. Miss Ethel, of Baltl
nioje; Dr. C. C. Marchant came home
Monday, bringing with, him his college
roommate. Dr. Gleason.
Miss Ellon Douglas Garnett will enter
tain at her home. People's Grove, to-night.
Mr. C. I>. Garnett will -return to ' Ric
hmond Saturday. Professor Garnett; is
one of- the faculty of Richmond Female
The many friends of ; Professor Bcp-rs
are deeply "giievetl to hear of his demh
by drowning in Brooklyn. Mr. Boggs was
pr.'n'lp^l of the High School here for a
good many years, and was thought very
highly of.
One of the barbers of the town "had to
put. on an extra man during the holi
days . : "
Three. Colorful Children Hornt to
north — Clirlxtnm* Personals.
December 27.— (Special.)— A co!ore<l woman
arrived at JohnFon station on thr Buck
ingham brniich of the C. & O. railway., a
few days ?go. with a coffin containing the
remains cf Ihrfe children.' her., bffsp-fri?,
who had b°en ■ burned to d°nth ,ln.;NV.w ;
York cit; . The wnmpn wns yearrd -iiv'tr.ls
■county", nri stvs that "at ■ the lime of .the
accident her husband wps at' work >nd
she ha-1 step'p<vi out for,-a short; time,
jpnving the children alone. She seems to
:hihk the fire was sta? fed ln:the,room f>f
ter the con ten ts of a pocket book Ha d been
stolen, and suspects: a [ colored neighbor, i:
"Mr.'. J. B: -Leasun" and lMr.;;Lbving:7;{of
Red i ill! Is. ware guest* ' of Mr. ,W. Lj Eng-
Uid: vesUrdur..
Mr. Joseph Lee Meadow, of Norfolk,
is spending the holidays with his father
and mother at~ this place.
Mrs. W.'.C- "Hall and<Mrs. XV. I. Eng
land attended the Christmas tree enter
ment at Buckingham church, Friday.
Mr. Grey Claiiborn and Miss Edna
England are at Cedar church to-day.
Rev. Mr. Lenori. of the" M. E. church,
was treated to a very pleasant surprirfo
on the iSd Instant, by the ladies ot tn»
Aid Society, of, this place. Mrs. John
Chandler, the president, started the move
ment, and secured a Dayton wagon load
of good things— turkeys, chickens, caves.
fruit, butter, flour, vegetables, confec
tionaries, etc.
Mrs. Kate Agee, the popular assistant,
postmistress, is visiting her father an-I
mother. Mr. and Mrs. Temple B. Claiborn.
at White Hall.
Mr. W. ■«. Boatwright. of New Canton,
and Mr. Eli B. Davidson, of Mukol's Love,
bought tobacco In this section this sea
Rev. W. C. Foster's resignation as pas
tor of Mount Zion Baptist church, is very
much 'regretted by every one..- Mrs. Fos
ter, his wife. Is a daughter of the late
Rubin B. Pludglns. of Lawford. "Uncle
Rubin" was the leader of the singing -it
nearly all t»f the churches in this section
for a number of years. "His voice was
sweet and mellow, and will not be. heard
on this earth again. He is singing now inj
a better land. Hundreds of people will
remember how . he sang "Old Ship of
Zion." "Nearer My God. to Thee." "Be
yond the Sunset," and other good, old
Start the New Year right and saw
money on your groceries at S. Ullman's
Son. Wine for jelly, blackberry or
Catawba wine. 40c. gallon: any kind jeli\
for' your .cake. 3 lbs. for 10c, Chalmers'
gelatine. 2 pkgs. 15c, Star brand gelatine.
sc; pkg.. - new citron, orange or lemon
peel. 12V^c. lb.. new cleaned currants. Sg.
pkg.. large milky eocoanuts. 4c. large
lemons, 15c dozen. Florida oranges 15. -I
and 35c dozen. ! whole sweet pickles. 10c.
quart, baking chocolate. 9c. cake, London
layer raisins on the bunch. 10c. lb.. new .
mixed nuts. lie. lb.. new home-made
mince meat. 6c lb., all cream candy 9c
or 3 lbs. for 25c. smoked fresh
or corned California hams. lie. lb..
new dried apricots, nectarines, peaches
9c. or- 3 lbs. : 25c. s: \r corn, 7c.
can or 4 cans' Ssc. sweet elder. 25c;
gallon, best Virginia comb honey.; 15c.
lb.. new dates. sc. lb.. French candy, per
pound. 6c. new Virginia • buckwheat. 4c.
or 7 lbs.-. 25c, fresh country eggs. fsc
dozen, black-eye peas. Cc. qt..,, Carolina
rice. 6 lbs. for 2Ec. fresh eggs, chickens
and turkeys always on hand. ,
' . Three Stores.
Bloomln=r Plants, Palms, etc.,
Roses, Carnations, etc.. at
- 107 east Broad' street,
x^,~ .. *~~, 'ati'DE'LIGUTED WITH IT
] It i» the Best.
'■/From- Rev. A. ; A. James, Jonesville, S.
"■'.:"'. "It is far superior to anything of thy
.dnd I have, ever seen."
From' Prof. W.E. Abernethy, President
Rutherford CoiJese. ■N. iC: "U will « do
ALL that; its manufacturers clnihi." .:
Not , a dye. . but " restores ■■• natural color^
stops ' dandruff. T-romotes growth.: ; "'
;■".: ;'-' . At *■(«■*«. frtct.tt. h«bt «i i ttn*t it." u »•*» tt*r» .'.
■■": .' »»« h«» n«l rot 11, MM *l. •«* w« will ««■<>•■ • •>•*■>• g
. Cktsjmt /mm(^, Hlthut l..«l«o«l«l». Writ. mt:.a»
Pardon of Stepli Cross and IHm Atro
cious Crime — Personals.
FALLS CHURCH. VA.. Doc 27.—(Spe
cial.)—Mr. Samuel A. . Luthrell. son of
Dr. S. S. LuthreJl. of this town, and Miss
Bessie A. Puerner. of Washington City,
were quietly married by the Rev. M. M.
Anthony at the parsonage of the Han
cock M. E. Church on Christmas Eve.
Rev. Guy A. Luthrell. brother of the
groom, acted as best-man. Only the Im
mediate families of the contracting par
ties were present to witness the cere
mony. Mr. and Mrs. Luthrell have gone
or> an extended wedding trip.
Mrs." C. L. Atchinson had the misfor
tune to fall and break her arm Christ
mas Day. Dr. G. C. Quich was called
and dressed the injured arm.
Miss Sara Thome, of Washington. Is
spending the holidays with her parents at
"The Oaks."
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Kingsley. of Chica
go, are visiting the parents of Mr. Kings
ley, at their home here. ,
Mr. * Percy B. Tripp. who is attending
the Columbian University. New York,
is the guest. of his parents. Mr. and Mrs.
S. D. Tripp. for the holidays.
Prof. E. C. Sine and family spent
Christmas in Winchester. Va.
Mr. Ralph Marr. of Washington, spent
Christmas at home.
Mr. B. I. ...ock and Miss Mac Richards
were married at Bruen Chapel. Merri
h"e!d. Fairfax County. Monday night.
Rev. D. L. Blakemore. of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. South, officiating.
The pardoning of Steph Cross, color
ed, by Governor Montague .recently, has
brought to mind the crime (which was
committed In this vicinity) for which he
was sentenced. -
About fourteen years ago Cross hada
quarrei with Nancy Mills, colored, over
a little dPbt which was owed tne woman.
So heated was the discussion that when
the woman left the house of Cross, he
followed her and In a lonely spot mur
dered her. He then took her body home
and burled it in a manure pile. His ccn
science evidently troubled him. for. when
night came he took her body in his
wagon and drove to "Fort Buffalo "
used during the civil war. where he
apain buried the remains. The next
night Cross took the corpse to another
place and buried it. For a week or more
Cross v.-as hauling the dead body over the
country burying it?at different places. At
last the guilty- man- re-Interred tne body
in his own manure dump.
Meanwhile the colored wrman was
missed and a di..gent search instituted.
Owing to the peculiar actions of Cross,
suspicion pointed to him. his place was
searched, during his absence one day,
and the arm of the murdered womf.n.
which was uncovered, revealed the rest
ing p'.ace.
When the officers of the law appeared
to arrest the murderer. Cross took refuge
in his own house and defied them with
a shot gun. He was soon captured and
lodged In Jill. Cross was brought to
trial and senifncd for eighteen years.
Since Cross' discharge from prison h?
has been ill in a Washington hospital.
The bill which has been introduced in
Congress favoring the laying of a single
rjiilroad track over the Aqueduct bridge,
will. if. passed, be of great benefit to the
resident!? >"of this town who have to visit
the Capital city daily. For a long time
the people of this town have suffered
greatly, owing to the great ', inconven
ience caused by a long and often cold
-.walk over the bridge.
Mr. Marion Tyler, of Fredericksburg,
was the guest of Mr. Lawrence Shrove
on Wednesday.
; Mr. J. E. Faling. of Richmond, is vislt
irg his sister, Mrs. P. W. Lee. during the
holidays. ,
Miss Ida N. Ball, of Drane?vllle. Is vis
iting her father. Rev. S. A: Ball, for the
Christmas holidays. '
Mr. W. A. Mankin and son. of Balti
•nore. were the guests of Mr. George W.
Mankin on Tuesday.
-. A New: River Grille.
cial.)—A pretty, but <iuiet w*rHlng trok
place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John
Turdy. wh^n th°ir. dauerhter. Miss Mag
gie, and Mr. WllMam" of Narrows,
v'a.. were united in the holy bonds of
ip/rhnrv by the Rev. Thomas Pridiljv
A 'delightful supper was servpd after the
'.vending. Mr. ar>o Mrs. Muks left on
Number 4. for the Narrows, and other
noir.tsi .They will make their future home
nt Narrows.
A Sl;t- Year-Old Telephone* Santn
Clans All Her Wl«lf««s«.
It Is -wonderful .what prcfi'-lents. srmll
♦ots In the household become in talkirg
over the telephone. On Christmos , eve .
n y mother's attention was arrested by
overhearing . ; t"ne following conversation
between her 6-yenr-old dniighter and sone
man who. with the help of "Central." tcuk
the cue kindly and impersonated Santa
Claus: ' y \] •-. ■ ' - . .'• .- .
. '.'Central, plflase give me Sa n la : Clans.'.'
To the mother's surprise. "Central"
?aye the child a connection, and some one
inswererV her. ■ .
"is that you. Santa Claus?" she asked.'
Evidently the answer was "yes." •
'•Well, this is little Annie M— . What:
•Jtne will you come to-night?": Santa
Claus said about .12 o'clock.
"I -wnnt to; tell, you whnt to bring us. i
vfy sister. Da!sy; wants pkltrhen set and i
1011. My little sister. Matt ie. wants a ;
upstairs on downst" irs set. and my little" :
brother. Vince. 'wants a j rocking ■; horse _
And: dium. Sinta CVaus. ;wiil ; ycuc pTnse
■•ripEr m^ a . nice doll and a kitchen set?".
This -• dialogue wr s ' : ~ c- rried on *by the
the child with ;an Intensely earnest ; tone.'
while the youngeri sister was .dancing
up%aridVdown ; on? the^ floor -and; tearing- :
herself i In:, a rage to add; other ithingßftoh
her Jjvagu*"< request g f or ! an ;A!upßtalri|iix<l| l
'downstairs T Mt.'*. . . _ v - »
She Was ffifeir- Owe ID)@te(S<[email protected],
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Written for the : Dspatch b^, J >fif arriion Allen.
James AlVxandre sat in a felon's" ceil;
of I the penitentiary; convicted ; of ' forgery
and sentenced to" eight ;years'j ."confinement:;
Six months had passed; since the' day j the
jury pronounced him guilty.' To the'con
demned, man; innocent, but -utterly unable
to disprove the chariges against ; him. they
had been six months rof misery. \\*hen
first arrested, Alex.-^.der had hoped: the
day would sconidawn when the teal vil
lian would be discovered and 1 jberty would
come to the 'guiltless one: : but as -he
months dragged their weary length with
out any change-in the course: of events,
he grew despondent. There was one cele
orated detective who professed to believe
in his innocence, .and worked to establish
It. 'Several vague clues he^ had followed
up to the "day of the trial.*" but he then
declared the evidence against Alexander
was too great' for him to overthrow It
with his ; - Indefinite; theories. When ■'. the
prisoner learned of this renowred thiei
catcher's decision, it was indeed, a
crushing blow ■to him. Amid the enervat
ing scenes of. the trial and the horror of
his late confinement, the suspected forg
er found but one solace— the love and
fidelity of his: devoted wife.; When he
was arrested, she scoffed -at: the. idea of
her .husband's guilt, and even when the
jury condemned him. she did not waver
in: her conviction of his "innocence. The
world- at; large might turn from him
as a criminal.- but she. never. She knew
his honesty and worth as none other did.
While former friends shunned . him. she
visked, the lonely man in his cell as
often as possible. -
This is an -epitome of. what had occur
red before the unfortunate man's incar
ceration. ~
When the guard announced the arrival
of. Alexander's wife to. the prisoner, ihe
convict's heart was too heavy within him
coreuirn her almost happy greetings.
"James." said the wife, as; soon as the
gtisird had left., and the door was locked
again, "I believe there\are yet hopes, and
for my sake I want you to; brighten up.
It is true the detective has stopped wo: k.
but there is another, on the trail." and that
one has already picked up some clues th:it
are encouraging."
"Another detective? Encouraging news?"
cried the prisoner, with a ring of hope in
his voice. "Who is he? - What has he
"I cannot tell you. . I came to bring you
this Information and to glailden your
life here, but cannot tell you more now.
There are. however, two questions this
detective wishes me to ask. You said you
thought you knew who the real criminal
is; tell me. is it your fellow clerk,' Philip
Rholstan?" . : ,
"I thought so." replied the wife, a
smile lighting her face for a moment. ..
"Why did you ask?"
"I cannot tell you now. for even prison
walls may have ears. Another question
I want you to answer. Do you think that
tall man with the black beard, who ap
peared against you at the trial, was his
"Yes. I do."
"I thought so. agnln." cried the lady.
"Tell me. Mary, who-this detective is.»
queried the prisoner, "and where you got
the money, to hire him?".
Mrs. "Alexander ' pointed to the 'corridi»r
where the guard paced in front".' of the
eel 1 door. ; "I must say no more." she
whispered, "for I am the detective. ?n-l
God willing, shall yet see you free." She
spoke ■ the ,. Inst words so low that even
her husband did not henr her.
"Time's up." cried the i» .-per. unlocking
the door. Husband and wife were again
separated: she to enter upon an under-
■■Prnuiwinii R-'c
in price by just
in quality, ap
pearance, fit,
and durability
than what you
usually find.
..AND*. '
They Must
'■' X :■■■ ;vJLi V C ; :■ '.
takJrt^ Tequiring "rail her- womanly ;: skill.
ancH C&rte : ; upon i which J;; few, women \ dare,
.venture";* he to resume his. monotonous llfo
In*[the small ci 11. but with a new hopt-'
fruifoMng" within ; his' breast. : Could bs
doiibfjhe good -sense of the little woman,
he loved. The answer was no |
She! him be cheerful: ;and ;he knew
herjtbd well- to thlnkTshe) was; holding; out
groundless hopes. ,-.:; " .
■ ;:That .sanie evening a woman heavily
iveiled waited fori the clerks to leave the
lacse^ mercantile . establishment where
James Alexander had' been -employed." No i
one*; pa fa any a tten Uon' to the lone person. }
standing opposite ' the large building.
Phifip^Rhalston. the 'clerk suspected V
the prisoner and 'his wife, as the real
criminal, was the last to -leave. ;, The
woman 1? followed him : as he hastened
down^'the busy streetJ'At the corner Rhal-.j
ston. met . - the man .with ' the heavy black .
beard.owho had appeared 'against Alexan- 1
der.dutiMg the trial.; "1 thought so." mur*
murjsdst-he woman, "asshe saw;, the men
shake ..hands and exchange ": greetings.
"Now.jl.must use my wits and do my
■):ci?ti^-!v :■■•■; ■ •'.;/: . ■ /: - ;.
./TnV .men entered a street car. still fol
lowed by the. woman. They found seats. '
b\»t^th"e woman was compelled to remain
standing, taking a position 'just In front
of her quarry (?) For some time the two
■ were-«}lia jrtil in . parnest cT.versation.'but
iu;svch;a low tone thelistencr could catch
but few words, and those were so discon
neH-l-f could not fathiMi their .near.*
.write to the woman In Ken
"■^oVfJ'^Vasked Rhalston, Eomewhat loud
er.'"* ."""" ;- : .
;'es. here is her. letter. I think she is
just th.e-one we need to help us. too. They
sayjsTie^can handle a pen so skilfully that
Ehe'cnn' imitate any hand."
7"Shi'.not so loud," exclaimed the clerk.
'.•-THe- bearded man drew from his. pocket I
a'J ietYor] and " handed it to his companion
'iVTliv.t Is., good." -was the comment as
Khalslon- finished reading and 'put the
lEttercin his pocket.:
The woman standing in front of the j
nTen Had been watching them attentively I
Her hgavy veH hid both her face and j
ylanres. so that the men suspected noth
ing-. jThe. eyes of the watcher saw the
letter..»and knew it must be of great Im
portance. "I must have It." was hrr
determination, "but how?" It was
the crowded electric' car came to a sud
den stop that something happened, and
so quickly that no eye saw it. The veil-,
ed' woman lost her hold, on the strnp'as
the car jolted and fell against Phiilp '
Rn&lston. One of her hands fell heavily .!
on h."s soft hat; the other darted deftly !
into his s:de pocket, extracted \the letter !
and hirl it in the folds of her dress/
me. sir." she gasped, "the enr
catpe to such a sudden stop 1 lost my '
"You are excusable." answered the
clerk. -'rearranging his hat. "won't you !
.have: my seat? I was so lost in convers
ing with my friend I did not notice you
were standing."
"No. thunK you. I get out at the next
.)* }■ * * .*. • * . • *
y'n.hpur later the wife of the convicted
'forgey* sat in her room, with a look of
iifecp' perplexity upon her pretty face.
;Ph*e reader has- no doubt surmised that
she it was who followed the two men
'just menticned. and who secured the let
ter from the pocket of Rholstan. As she
sits by the open grate, reading that same
■letter, we look over her shoulder and
see this:
:'Mr. Hiram Johns: ,
• "Your letter received. I am the person
to do the writing for you. I shall be In
v .the city Men. eve and' shall stop at — —
*-Wotel under the name of Mrs. R. Simp
son. I'jwill leave on the same night for
!.,S — - on 9:ut> train as you have arranged.
| As we have never meti-you may know
I me by my clothes, for'l will .wear black
ijciothes and black 'hat and veil, as a
widow in mourning. Be, sure to meet that
train at S Mon. eve. the 8. —
After reading the letter, Mrs. Alexan
der sat ■ for some time by the fire, lost
in deep thought. She sprang to her feet,
with a look of determination. "It is
dangerous." she thought, out for James's
rsake_ it must be done, /fhis is the Monday
: . evening mentioned In this letter, and it
.is now S o'clock."
: The plucky wife haitened to the tele
grpph office, and sent this mess.nge:
■■"Mrs. K. Simpson. Room 107. —Hotel:
"Do not come to-i.ight: will see you
at hotel to-morrow and explain.
■AH wns shrouded in darkness when the
9:06 train stopped at the little tiag sta
tion of S . and a veiled lady, dressed
in black, alighted. The train thundered
on. leaving the lone figure standing on
lhf> station platform. A moment later
the ""bearded man. already mentioned
beforej'.stepped from the darkness where
.-he had been concealed.
"Is this Nellie. Kain?"
j "It is.'"
"The carriage Is waiting: let us go."
■The two went to the rear of the build
ing where a clossd carriage stood ready.
Hirb'ih Johns helped, his companion in
then called to the driver. "Go ahead. Jim.
and. lose no time." .
"You have carried out your plans very
wpH,v-^said- Johns, seating himself oppo
.sice'* the woman.,
"'"I always do. I have been dodging po
lice and detectives several years. That
gives,.me great experience."
r t\\'cU, to get to business." said the
man. 'we have heard of you as a clevtr
wonnn with the pen. and as soon as we
Tjorrfd~locate you. we sent that letter."
"""■"\\Uj->t is yotir line of operations." ■
"The'same we heard you ere an adept
"Tho imitation of signatures?" (This
[question with a. r sly smile.)
!'■ may have confl^nce In me." said
! theTrUffn. "so tellme all and I will know
how to": work."
"As we want you. to Join us it 13 only
proper to tell you. There are four of us
who have been working together. The
fellow who handles the pen got his hand
hurt^jn a wreck. ... We have plenty of worK
on hand. too. so we sent for you. We want
to, push things and then skip." .
-""■ ■ ifH&ve'- you had any trouble with the
i polife?" ■-■;■'.■■■■
| "We did have, but got suspicion thrown
! upon another fellow, and since his trial
! the coppers have stopped work. We are
! kgspjns, under cover, anyway, for awhile.:
i un^jnyve can make a 'clean sweep. We.
didn't "Hike to set an innocent; man intt
trouble.'but had to do it to save ourselves.
! He is^scrvirg tieht years. I. appeared
agaiivsr-him myself."
"Who is the man?"
I "His name is James Alexander."
r .r You' want me. then, to forge checks." ,
STSMTQf yoiicsn."
"... ••[ -c-nn. If well paid."
"And we hii%e a counterfeiting plant
andv=orne fine bills to put out. The fellow
Whf*i had his hand crushed did Uie en
graving. The "long green* only, lacks ;t..e
signatures to make It go. It will require
inisJj,6' keen eyes to tell they are counter-.
feiuOfif they are properly signed."
T; "1 "suppose you want me to -o ; that,
loo?" V-: ". " . ". .
zx&s:' ■.- ■. x ■-■„ ■■.
-"•W'tet am I to getr* asked the veiled
wornrn: • .
'"■•fTfiri thousand dollars In, good money.
•'Yes. ! but remember, no funny dodges.
for I am a dangerous person when de
celvefl." .••■ — , : . - «.
"We have heard much of you. and shall
-aenP%tiuare." replied the man. " "
t W^te the two' were, con versing the car-;
[;ri:'^."ha<!' been rolling on >ver a rough "
\[( aii^ry read. As they* finished ; their" col-;
Icquy : the vfhicle : came- to -a standstill.'
an<l the driver opened the; door. .. '
■ "We arf at our plant," said Johns. "let
■"us*g«L;OUt.".." * .""" " .'-, '"■ .■;
-Htr^Hssiated the. : woman" to the ground. '
They "were before a yjarge.
j glo^myi brick buildihg. There was «mv
stsntofflife'wiihiiu^v ,_> s; ..^: ; ,: .;
jSv'.'Thjs "wsis 1 a tobacco -"warehouse." ; cx
i plained ithej leader. . .
jS,sjhoy:enteredvbyj : aVslde sipall door. The
rirSSn^Seem'ed well -Tacquai n ted % wtth^the'
s|plac*; ; i aad^althousrhlit waii ! darfcl without
■ "win - f owir p win h Mk^eiifi. \ lt||
■.".-' lirfiik' In tte »r»«t«Mrt ctw of manklßfeMMg |g
3:«bonor«l ffrare of . a = druoiuinl InatMd'of »» ,
Thyslclans SbSTO 'tons irpWgnlaHl ; 4 ta«t^««^
tinned I Indnlgenee in ' alcoholic; stlmnlanrt '*™£m
the stomaca •> and .?. dlg«tlTc;i organ* Jto 4 »««J*fe
Jl9easp<L tn tfi* ! rast- majority •ot «•*•*» "^S*
tore, haMtnal ; ; drankennc«» -Is ? a > PV*^! 1 f*• '0i
■ ?aw»;v and v w>ft araoant,s of ■ aeatai ; tnoln • X;.
'■■ "fa'tb f^>'> tH'l ; care = it. ' ' """■''.. . ra '<■
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We rnaranteeithis and wilt Trtnr.<t 'Ib*:.tannn%%
Bhonld ! th<» Terni-tiT- fait*"' But I» : nc»i«r ilor» , rall#jg
"OKKUTE". Is tastctp*!, Morlrw :and*coH»rv_^
loss, and cao- Cc ;stTenv.t«ltb«mt3tn#:-p«rtMit.^fi
knowtrdge fn trn. enffr**. watrr or »Hk...' X
tones np th«» jdl.vasrrf w st-nnacb aoa fltc« : ';»£-s
boortr artvtft<« «r<l p~vl «*!r*»f !***»• • - :;;-l^"' r ->#
■•: Members of tn«» W.- C.'T. ,11.. e\*rrrn*rt. t*hrj*J:
s'rlans andnnWlc mm an ort-r tne lau*l ; ender* . .'
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firm. " from" r**p+ ' und^r- tn.r personal ftbs«>rrati<»it, -j^
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if you tuke Vin-«juol
for that troublpsnine cuujrly
or that throat aud luo^ affec- . ;
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promptly and permanently. ; ;%
As a greneral ..tonic and r«- '■'
constructor Vin-gu-ol has no'
equal. : ■* . • ' r
We cannot speat too high
ly of this" preparation, b© -
cause wo know it is the very ,
bes t medicine jon can .
' and that it will do what we $>
claim for it. Try : '"' : ■?. ■;■
Price. $f,OQ
Prepared onlr by
T. A. MILLER. Pharmadit,
519 E BrbaiSrrret
Distributing Agents, _ retersborg, Va! i P;-j
and densely gloomy .within. he did. not us*
a light. He explained .that they r nevet
used any .save ia their' regular working
In a few moments .the veiled womai»:;
was ushered into a large room, brightly ;•
lighted. A glance showed that it was, th«
general work-shop of the Isw-breakers.
A large printing-press stood in the centre 'Si
of the floor, and a plan {was diligently
working at It. The windows "were tight
!ly boarded 'to /prevent' the : light ■ from
: escaping. Two men were examining 'a
bunch of bogus paper, money througb . V
powerful* magnifying glasses. ... _ ~ .:
"You have come?" said -the youriget ;
man. questloningly. ..... -.., .. m .'
"Yes." replied Johns, - "and : have the
lady we are .looking for." : •- " . .
Introductions followed, the womnn learn- J^
Ing that; the- younger man was Philip
Rholstan. his- companion at the table a
brother, and the man at the press they: >
injured forger.
vAnd now." said •Rholstan. "if you will w{
remove the veil we would like to see the_
face of vie one who is to work: with.ua ;
and of whom we have heard so many
clever things." ..■ ■■ .■■■•-.:■■■ . ■■■.'■..• .-
A coquettish . laugh rang, from,- the; ;Ilps
of the one addressed. "You must : excuse^. ; ;
me gentlemeni" said she. "but if you have ,
heard much of me you know it Is ray un
broken rule never to remove my veil
even am« ng the ones I work with. T-he
reason the police have never caught me'/ ; ;
is that. I never permit even my pals to
see my fi.ee. I may be '10 years of age; 1
may . be 50. 1 niay be pretty; I may not
be. When I have made a fortune I ■shall
retire from active service, and no one car
point to me and 'say "'That Is Nellie" Kain. ■ ;
the forger-" .'.' ' -"' '■ . "". ./;.,■
A look of surprise" settled on. tJa« . facei ■.
of the men. ? •
. "Why. I never heard . of such an ab
surd idea." cried; Johns. - .
"You haven't?" rejoined the woman
"Then tell me' why you wear that falst :
beard?" ":'-v
A look of consternation 3praad over.th»; ' ;
man's face.
"Come, come." /cried the injured on* ; :
"let us get to business. I am anxious te
see whit she can do wlto the pen." '>
"And there again you will be disappoint-. .
cd." said the obdurate^ woman, for I never
make a stroke of the pen until I have ::
studied the genuine signature at ,leasf <■;
two hours. If you have any work;for v m* ..
to do give me the genuine signatures and
the blon!% checks you want tilled out. .
I will do the work at the hotel, and give .
the finished checks to you to-morrow eve» , >
ning." . . . '■ ■ ■ .' '
"But we want you to sign some papei
money, too." ' ' : ■:■ -;
"Very well.** was the cool rejoinder; rjf
"give me a.burdl*»and ft-copy of the sig
natures you want" put" on* them and 'l ; wllJ
deliver them to'you at the same tlme.**... : : »
"Why, it's absurd." : cried Johns sus-;".
plclously. --... ;■;"■.'; .;.-. . .",-■ ■■ ■• ■:,,.^:-ii
"Very well. then. I can go to Kentucky :]
again. We, have plenty of work on hand :
theie.' '-•"■. - "'-'•'"". ;'„ '% -:; : j:- :
"But how will you yet tv the atatton :.
from here?" . . ■■•'.-. . i;
"The samf way 1 came." ; . r . •
"But we may refuse to. take; you." . „/ . 5
"Gentlemen." cried the woman flrtoly..' N
"you ' are not dealing, with , a child. 8e«
theser' displaying*: a > brace of < 33-caiibr*
revolvers, "they -have made five mer ;
bite the dust, and^ if you do not ac»
straight some of you will follow them.'*
"By heavens, yoii. are certainly tb» \~
Nellie Kuln 1 heard .of." cried Johns
struck with admiration at the woman't i
pluck. "Come, fellows. 1 guess she's on I j
right to take care of herself . Give ;h« '
the material to work on. arid after sh«
has finished It I*ll call at the hotal for '
"And ■ when you come, bring half .of jth»*fA
jnaC€O. and see to it that It's good money. -
(Now. hurry: there Is a train that tea ve»~
S at 11:15. for the city. I shall go on lt-">
An hour later the woman "in ;blackT*wa*' r j
seated in the tra.'n. which hurried "t«
the city. In her lap lay the bundle ,«t ;
unsigned bills and checks. A aigh of r«»
lief escaped her as she sank on tbe seat . "
SheVrequested the porter, to bring her';"
a glass of water. As she raised the heavy ;;
veil to put the glass to her lips It re
v»>n led the pretty face of James Alexan
der'? wife. She was pale, nervous, al
most hysterical— yet triumphant. " for); sh* \
had succeeded ■in her dangerous mission
'•-.•' ".■■ ■ ■■■■-:• v - . ."- • ' ■ '■ ■ - ■*■" .
The next morning t the real >Nelile« Kate
was ; arrested at . the hotel Philip Jßholftmo^
was taken from , the, -otflce. ' Johns ,wa* ■■>■'>
caught .when he called "to- receive tl
signed bins | an^checks\frbm:N«ni«r?Kain:^
The bt her t wo men ' [ were"; apprehended f it S
the old warehouse "at S — -. ' -
In the course of a few weeks Jamii <jj
Alexander : was . a free and : happy 'man.^
The . real. < true criminals werej aent«T»«*«l|3
to .long^terros'i and !; heard ;? laoor~at2ltaktß
all yej Nejlle"''- Kain;- ,, who";; raans»ge<l -^'tii^3
wriggle .out cf punishment 'on! -V'Uefalil
technicality . .. .
rThuß ; didj a j^oman'a^ pluck ■ and y»tt| «*• ■
'. ravel *: mystery ; that had' bafQe4 !t)M.^lis^
?Hre ?; and ?■ temporarily »^^rolftbiA^bwlrt^liii'l

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