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?MAKE REPORT Remarkable Attendance on Presbyterian Assembly. THE WORLD REPRESENTED The Committee on Bills and Overtures Make Report on Mnny Overtures. The Members Visit the Na* turai Bridge. (Kporinl in Tho Tlmes-Plspntcti.) LEXINGTON, VA? May ??.?After a restful Sabbath in a quiet town, with services In nil the churches by visiting ministers, members of the General As? sembly of tbo Southern Presbyterian Church, crnno to their work this morning well prepared for tho arduous duties awaiting tlrem. Tho first business nftcr tho Assembly was called to order by tho moderator, ?Dr. Hopkins, wns tho report of the trus? tees of the General Assembly for tho year ending April 30th, 1003, which was IBS follows: Halan co from last year, $78.70; receipts during tho last fiscal year, $18,8110.03! total receipts, $10,003.82. Disbursements to different causes of the church, as directed by tlm donors, $16,881.88. Bal? ance In hands of the treasurer, $72,28, and on deposit, $?1,055,10. Tho trustees re? torted $3,055.10 of the bequest of Misa Mary Stuart, Into of Alexandria, Va., ns provide for In tho following Item of lier will, dated March 28th, 1801: "From and after the death of tho said Miss Mary Brown, I privo, deviso and bequeath nil tho residue of my said cstnte, after the payment of tho aforesaid legacies, or such of them as may not lapse, to tho trustees of the General Assembly of thu Presbyterian Church of the United States (popularly known as tho 'Southern Pres? byterian Church'), for the uso nnd benefit of saJd church." Tho committee asked how this fund Should bo applied. EXPIRATIONS. Tho term of the following officers ex? pires with this mooting of the board, and tho committee recommends their re-elec? tion: Rev. J. R. Howorton, P. M. Brown und G. F. Bason. Tho report wns signed iby tho following: Dr. E. Nyo Hutchison, president; Georgo E. Wilson, vice-presi? dent nnd attorney; J. U. Pharr, secretary end treasurer. Tho report was referred to tho auditing committee. At this Juncturo Dr. "Wilbur ?\ Crafts, secretary of tho American Sab? bath Society, of Washington, D. C, was extended the courtesies of the floor for ton minutes, which ho occupied In speak? ing on the relation of tho government to tho Sabbath. Overture wns received from the Prps- I bytery of Nortli Alabama, touching tho 1 preparation of statistical reports to Pres? byteries, nnd referred to the commtttco pn bills and overtures. OVERTURES. The committee on bills nnd overtures, Dr. W. T. Hall, chairman, made a partial report, ns follows: (1). Tho overture from tho Synod of Missouri, toucblng the subject of educa? tion and ministerial relief, was referred to tho Committee on Education nnd Min? isterial Belief. (2). The overturo from Enorco Presby? tery ns to double representation in the General Assembly, substituting the word "may" for "shall" In the Book of Church Order, the committee answered in the n?gative and the report was adopted. (.1). The overture from Columbia Pres? bytery to malto tho Synod of Tennessee a representativo body, answered In the negative, and tho report was ndopted. (4). The overture from tho Presbytery of Augusta, ns to who may presido ovor congregational meetings, called by tho session to elect, officers, nnswerod that the congregation may oloct any mnlo member of that church to presido over tbo meeting, when Impracticable to so suro ? minister. Adopted, (5). Overturo from Ninth-Street Pres? byterian Church, of HopkliiKvllle, Ky., touching on statistical reports (1.) statis? tical reports must embrace the twelve calendar months. Adopted. (2.) Tho presbytery has no power to change the time of the closing of tho report from March 81st of each year, Adopted. The .cfoj/fnitt?e on Publication. Dr. J. ?. Wallace, chairman, reported partially, (1), Overture from ?blngdon .Presby? tery that tbo Sunday-school lesKons ho published In the Children's Friend, res? cinding former action. Adopted. t (2). Overturn from tho Presbytery of [Nashville, asking that names of clerks of sessions be inserted. Answered not practicable-, Adopted. (3). Overturo fnmi East Hanover Pres bytory that names of churches ho printed according to priority of organization. Answered not allowed. Adopted. (1). Overturo from Presbytery of Charleston thai the stated clerk be re? quired to make publication two weeks In advance of nil stated days of occasions of prayer appointed by this General As? sembly, nte. Adopted. (6)?Overture from tho Presbytery of New Orleans that blank reports for nil societies ho provided. Qrante? by com? mittee, but docketed by tho assembly, (0-Presbytery of Memphis nverturcd for suitable blnnkH for Sunday-school work. NICHT f?UHJl?CTB. Dr. Thornton Whaling, chairman of tho Committee on Devotional exercises, ro portod that for night sessions there would be popular meetings, as follows: Tuesday night, foreign missions: Wednesday night, humo missions; Thursday night, colored evangelization. Adopted, Ho also offered a resolution that the 'American Tract Society receive the coniv iiielidatii.il of tho assembly, Adopted. There was no public session of tho ns pembly this afternoon, but a number of commissioner? and (ilmidH y lui led thu Natural Bridge, driving to that point la carriages. The committees, however, have put In tin? afternoon in their special work. Then? Is a remarkable attendance at tho nsMinlily. snch as possibly novor before, Among them are Dr. <". < . Owen ami wife, of Korea; Dr, J. W. Muoio und wife, Jupaii; Dr. 11. C, Dubosu, Ruv. "W. H. Hudson and Mrs. Addio SIohii, China; Dr. W, M .Thompson and wife, Dr. Ora liam (formerly of Scotland), llev. B. It. Gi.ininoii and wife and Misa Charlotte Kiinper, Brazil; Kov. W. M. Morrison, Africa. The popular meeting to-night at R:S0 o'clock ?.?? ?,? the Interest of ministerial relief. The speakers were Hr. I. H. II?? Elroy, of Richmond, \'a.; Henry A. Moore, Of 'IVxarkana. Texas; Or. \V. M. MoPho.? tors, of St. Louis, Mo.; Or. J. T. Plunk? ftt, of Augusta, Ca. ' ' 'IHK MODKllATOlt. The moderator of thu fleneraj Assembly |s Hev. A. C Hopkins. 1). ?., pf Charles' town, ?\G. Va. !>r. Hopkins was lorn In Pewhataii county, Va., ?otober Zi, 1?8G?. J!? received his acad?mie education at Jbiinpden-Sldney College and his theojog, Icul training at Dillon ?1???1??|?-?1 Borni nary. After graduation hu wu? culled to the Presbyt?rien Church In Martinsburg, ?\? Va., und later Served thu "Will!? Church. In Cumberland county,' Vn. l>r. HoiiklitH entered the Confederate service and was made chaplain of the f?cond Virginia Infantry, Stonewall Bri. nuli?. As a chaplain he was sympathetic ?uni tini, ui.i wat) tiUi-.tly beloved By bin comrades-in-arms. Frequently ho led his reclinent Into battle. In October, lSC.fi, Dr. Hopkins was called to the pastornto of the Presbyterian Church nt ?- ?inrlrstown, W. Vit, nnd line since continuously served that congrogn tlon, by whom bo Is held In the highest esteem. Ho brings to tho ?frico of mod? erator long and usoful service to his church, nnd Ills promlnenco in tho coun? cils of his? denomination will servo him in pond Btcnd as presiding officer over tho highest court of his great church. ONANCOCK HIGH SCHOOL Tho Consolidation Plan Brings Fine Results. (Special to The Times-Dispatch.) ONANCOCK, VA., Mny 25.?Tho clos? ing exercises of the Onnncock High School took place on tho evenings of Slay 21st nnd 22d n fier one of tlio most success? ful sessions in Its history. ? delightful recital by the pupils of the elocution and muslo departments wns the fen lure on Thursdnv evening. Friday evening tho commencement exercises, Interspersed with piano nnd violin selections by tho music pupils, were observed. An nddress on '"??? Kthlcnl Phase of Education" was delivered bv tho Kov. J. Scott M'erodi th, rector of the Trinity Episcopal Church. Superintendent of Schools (I. O. Joynes mudo a statement as regards the devel? opment of the high school, praising tho work of tho teachers nnd remarking up? on the low cost of the tuition per pupil in this, ix consolidated school, in compari? son with tho one tendier and tho gram? mar schools In tlio vicinity. Ills figures wore as follows: Six one tenchor schools, average cost of tuition )ier pupil in ac? tual dally attendance for the month of April, $2.48; two grammar schools, with two nnd three teachers, $1.75; tho Con? solidateci High School at Onnncock,. in? cluding funds from nil sources, with six teachers, $1.32. Those stntlstlCH show with What success the policy of consolidation Is being pursued among tho schools un? der his supervision. Principal Sydenstrlcker conferred over 40O promotions In tho regular course to the pupils, and awarded diplomas of grad? uation to Miss Until Ames Kcllam nnd Mr. Edward Chandler Doughty, the first class over graduated from tho school. The nmuini scholarship to Washington and I>>e University wns awarded to Mr. Doughty. The high school hns had nn enrollment during the pust session of II? pupils, near? ly 60 of which are In tho three-yearn' high school course. It's graduates uro ac? credited by the Southern Association of Colleges nnd Preparatory Schools, nnd by tho University of Virginia. A BOND ELECTION Chase City to Vote on Streei Improve? ment?New Census Being Taken. (Special to Tlio Times-Dispatch.) CHAS13 CITY, VA., May 23.?Tho voters of Chase City will vote on the 0th of Juno to decide whether or not to Issue bonds for macadamizing streets and other improvements. A new registration of voters Is now In progress to conform to the requirements under the now Constitution. The postonico authorities have decided to lease a largo room, 21 by SO feet, on Main Street, under the new Township Hull,' to bo used as tho town postonico. It will he suitably fitted up nnd make a handsome and commodious olllco. United States District Attorney L. L. howls Is hero engaged In taking deposi? tions In the o:iso of the estato of Maria Shirley against tho United States, now sending In tlio court of claims for prop? erty taken by troops of General Hanks ? Jefferson county, West Virginia, In ..SC2. Tho plaintiff was represented by Utornoy Thomas D. Jeffreys, at whose illlco depositions wero taken before N. 1. Williams, notary public. Witnesses vere now residing near bore. Judgo Lewis was much Impressed with ho progress of tho town since his visit many years ago. lie wns a guest at the Mecklenburg for severnl days'; Captain W. W. Davl?s lins purchased :ho Finch farm, near hero, of 5121 ncres, or $2.?"00. it was bought from the owner, ,???? lives in Illinois. There are between fifty ?nnd slxttyl tuesta at tho Mecklenburg, with daily HTlvals, and all well pleased with the jatlis, mineral waters and entertaln nent. BOYKIN'S GRADED SCHOOL Medals Awarded by Distinguished Speakers?Concerl by the School. (Special to Tho Tlmes-Dlspiitch.) BOYKINS, VA., Mny 25.?The closing exorcises of the Uoyklns Graded School was hold Thursday and Friday ovonlngs. The address was delivered by Mr. w. J. Scinoli, of Courtland, Va., Commonwealth Attorney. Tho medal on declamation was present? ed to Miss Minnie Beaton by Mr. J. N, .1. or.; of Courtland. Mr. II. D. Stephiuimu?, of Branohville, Va., presented MIsh (?race Knight with the medal on penmanship, Mr, W. H. Sykcs delivered tho modal on spelling to Miss ?nico Knight. There being ? tie on penmanship, Miss Ivcnla Hill wiib also presented with a. medal by Mr. lt. W. Qrlzzard, the popu? lar principal of the school. Friday evening's entertainment wns a concert given by tho girls and boys of thu school. -o A Gracious Rain. (Rpeclnl t?i Tin? Tlnii'.i-Plnpntrli.) ItOXIillHY, VA., May 26,?This section was visited Saturday by a splendid rnln. To-day the farmers are busy putting out potato plants, Vegetation, which had began to suffer greatly hns now put on new life. Wheat is looking fine. All tho fanners nro smiling at tho bright pros? pects for n fino crop, IS STRONGER THAN ITS m IIS.S.TRONGEW THAN ..HI S MAC t-?? ?-* _ iMAKES'WEAKl STOMACHS .STRONG NOTSTOPPED BY DOWNPOUR Thousands Go Through Rain to Hear Stuart. SOUND DROWNED BY RAIN The Body of Mllford Pettus of Black Btone Found Floating in the Appo tnattox River?Conference of Y. M. C. A. Secretaries. (Spedili to The Tlmos-Dlspatcli.) PMTKRSQUR?, VA., May 25.-Tho lnrg. est. assemblngo of man that over attended a religious service In Petersburg henrd tho Kov. Dr. Stuart last night. Amid a threatening storm thoy wont In hundreds, until moro thon two thousand men wero in tlio building. Many, drenched by tlio heavy rain that began to fall about 8 o'clock, did not leave until tho service had ended. There wero In tlio hall prom? inent business men nnd professional men, oleike, laborers, gnmhlors, drunkards, some of whom still had the snioll of whiskey on tlielr breath. Tho rain foli In such torrents that tho vtlec of tho speaker could not bo heard nbovo tho sound. Hymns were sung, und so deafening was tlio falling rnln thnt singers could not hear ?.no sounds of thoso Kitting next to them, Tho vast crowd ki pt perfect order. When the storm was nt Its height every light In tho houso went out, but there was not a word heard among tho vast throng. "All things como to him who waits," nnd tho men eager to hear tho messalo of the distinguished evangelist sat till tho storm had spent Its fury. ADAPTED HIMSELF. About half-past 0 o'clock tho storm hnd subsided sufficiently for tho speaker to be henrd over tho ludi. He snld thnt ho would adapt himself to conditions and would not prendi the sermon he had In mind for tho occasion. Ho announced his h'tcr.tlon to preach another sermon to men during tho weok, and said ho had a "slump-digger" for tlio occasion. Mr. Stuart's subject last night was "Klements of Manhood." Before the au? dience was dlsmlssad he requested that every person In the houso stand up who iroin that hour would say: "By God's help I shell endeavor from this hour .to lend a better lite." Hardly two hundred persons out of tho two thousand kopt their seats. BODY IN RIVER. Tho body of a colored man, Identified ns that of Mllford Pettus, of Blackstone, was found flontlng lit the Appomnttox Hiver nein- tho city yesterday. Y. M. C. A. CONFERENCE. All tho secretaries and paid employes of the Young Men's Christian Associations In Virginia will hold a conference In Pe? tersburg 'for two day?*, beginning to? morrow morning. Methods nnd measures for currying on tho work will bo discussed. Dr. S. D .Jordan, a distinguished Bible teacher, of Ohio, will attend tho confer? ence. There will bo about twenty pres? ent. Tho colored Spanish War veterans held anniversary exorcises nt Zion Church, In this city, yesterday afternoon. Tlio ser? mon wns preached by Rev. Peyton, of Tllchmond. A company of veterans from Norfolk camo up to attend tho exercises. A LADY FALLS. Mrs. A. W. Burgess fell nnd wns ren? dered unconscious this morning In gottlng from a street car on Washington Street. She wns not seriously injured and ro coverd In ? short time. Tho heaviest rain of the Benson fell in this city last night. Tho rainfall wns heavy in nil tho adjoining counties. In Dinwlddie county rnln fell to a depth of two or three Inches. BIRTHDAY PARTY Elegant Entertainment at the Old Town send Residence. (Special lo The TImes-Dlspntch.) PROVIDENCE FORGE, VA., May 25.? Tho old Townscnd residence wan tho scene of a happy birthday party Thurs? day, May 14, given in honor of W. For rost Ulll'lain. For several days previous elaborate preparations were made, result? ing In a most pleasing effect. Long ropes of evergreen were festooned through the ball-room, while stately palms nnd potted plants wore gracefully arranged In differ? ent parts of tho room. The young ladles wero beautiful In their dainty evening gowns, und tho young men looked ex? ceedingly handsome In their full dross suits. At 9 P. M. tho orchestra, under tho able direction of Harris and Johnson band, burst forth In nil its fuhiees In tho mellow strains of a waltz, and at once tlio ball-room became an animated scene of grace and beauty, A delightful pas? time continued until 1:80, when tho grand mnrch wns played, and tho merry dancers repaired to tlio dlnlng-hall. As elsewhere, busy Ungern hnd been nt work, and tho decorations were beautiful In the extreme. Tho long table wero beautifully decorated In American beauty roses and cut Mowers, and maiden-hair funis were most Inviting, The birthday table seated twenty-ilve, nnd ono of its attractions was a large cake n gift of W. Forrest Gllllnm'u mother-in-law, Mrs. j, n. Richardson, and it wns decorated In evergreens. The guests were: Senator Mnnly II, Barnes nnd wife, J. 13, Richardson and wife, W. Korrost Uilllam nnd wife, Mrs. Roano Valentine, of Washington, D. C; Miss Mary Taylor (?llllniii, of Orneo Street, Richmond; m1nh Dora Median, of Walk? er's; M Ins Emo Jerdono. Charles City? .Miss iriorenco Bitrnetto, Kliss Not Chris Bawls At 8 wislil days :;;.,..''-?-??'?"?. ?"".??. uiubboi ui mug William: Richard Mountoustle, George Binas, G rover MoCann, ]?j. li. Mulford, C. M. Berten, Reginald Major, George Major. Frances Joraono, r. 12. Richardson 1-?s> . :i A. M, all departed for their homos, ng Mr. Ollllain many happy blrth CRACKSMEN AT WORK Junior Mechanics Hold Festival?Gun Club Otficora. ?K..i-.?.?? t?, Tho 'J'lm,.n-Ills|,uteli.) CMFTOX BORGB. VA? May 25,-Tho safe of tho Clifton Forge Bottling Works was Mown open and robbed Sunday morning? of fir, und several unendowed chocks. The robbery was committed be? tween 1 and 2 o'clock at 11 timo when a thunder storm wiin raging. Il Ih supposed that professional? did the work uh tools wero utoleii from a noarby bliieksmlili shop. ??10 Junior Order Bnlied American Me hcanlcH gave an Ico-ereain fosth-ul In Nettlolun II..11 Friday und Halnrdiiv ?light?, A gi.i.il sum was mode which will bu nuoti to buy paraphernalia for the Older. Tin. Ladies' Qulld of tlnr Bnlscopal ?'hmob giivu a musical ut ilio residence of Mrs. 19. \v. Qriee, Friday night. Tlio Clifton Fiiign Gun Club have elm-t? ed 111?? following olllci'iH for th?. eiiiiilng yean Hr. John 0, Wymir, president; John A. Sproul, vice-president; Thornton Ran. Itcrvlllc, secruliiry und treasurer. CiOOD ROADS The C li e; stortici (I Association to Employ u Superintendent, (Special to The Tinies-Rlspatch.) CHKSTiatFIHM) O. H., VA., Muy 2.1. Tlio ChvsU-rfluld Good R.,u,<ln AWJOClutlOli met at the cuurthuiuu Monday, May '.'Mil, ut ti..? reaue* of Jmhje C|o|it(jn? for th? piii|'"Mi of HUKKi'stliig the mime* f)f competent mini to serve uy road com missioners under the nniendment to tbo Chesterfield road lnw. Tbo Judgo of tho county appointed Mr. II. Swlneford. for Dalo; II, ?. Hnrnlsh, for Manchester; J'. A. Strachan, for Bermuda; O. L. Ivoy, for Metohcaj J. B. Wntklns, for Midlo? thian, and John l?. Bailey, for Clover Hill district. As tho Board of Supervisors are re? quired by tho amendment to appoint a superintendent of ronds before. Juno 21st, the Good Ronde Association called another meeting for the second Monday In Juno, and suggested to the board tino advisability of advertising in tho dally papers for a comp?tent man to fill tho office, and not necessarily confine appll cnnte to be citizens of Chestorflold county; and atno on tho day of tho meet? ing of the Good Roads Association and tho day of the special meeting of the Board of Supervisors (tho second Monday In June) for tho applicants to appear beforo tho Board of Supervisors, who will fix tho snlnry to bo paid tho superin? tendent of ronds on that day. ? ? ? ' " MEMORIAL EXERCISES R. E. Lee Camp Deorate the Graves of Dead Comrades. (Special to Tho Tlnios-Dlspalch.) ALEXANDRIA, VA? May 2B.-Cnnfed erato Momorlnl Day was appropriately observed hero this afternoon? by public, oxerclses'undor the s?pleos of ?. ?. J-oo Cnmp, Confederato Veterans pr?cediMi 1>1- a band and the Alexandria. Bight In? fantry, tho veterans paraded tho prin? cipal streets of the city and halted in front of tho Confederate monument at tho intereso?tlOM of Prince nnd Washington Streets. . . ?. Muslo was rendered by the band, nn? tho invocation was offered by Boy. Wil? liam J. Morton, rector of Christ Church. Colonel K. Kemper, the commander of the camp, then presented Judge R. G. w. Duke, of Chnrlottosvlllo. who dollvered tho oration of the day. After further exercises, Including sing? ing by tho Children of tho Confederacy, tho procession moved to Christ Church yard, whoro a volley was fired and taps Hounded over the common mpund In which wero burled eovernl Confederato sol? diers. , , Tho graves of tho Confederates In nnd about the city woro strown with flow? ers. HALIFAX COUNTY COURT A License Refused to Happy Hollow Distillery. (Special to Tho Times-Dispatch.) HOUSTON, VA., May 25.?Tho long and distressing drought In Hln.llfax county was broken yesterday evening, refresh? ing showers foil In ninny parts of the county and to-day the farmers aro so busy planting tobacco that tho crowd at court Is very small. ? special grand Jury was lmpannelled and several Indictments wero found. Nono of general Interest. R. R. Holland and J. P. Estes made implication to open the Happy Hollow distillery inUho town of South Boston, which tho court denied on tho ground that tho cortllloato of the Town Council of said town required to bo obtained by any one selling liquor In said town, was not procured. Counsel for applicant hold that this cer? tificate was not necessary In the caso of a distillery and noted an appeal to tho Circuit Court FIRE BY LIGHTNING Two Barns Destroyed In Sunday Morn? ing's Storm. (Special to Tho Times-Dispatch.) FRBDERICKSBURG, VA.. May 25.? During a severo thunder storm nt nn oarly hour Sunday morning, lightning struck and set Ore to a largo now barn on tho Corson Farm, In Stafford county, Just across the Rnppahnnnock River from the lower end of tho city. In a short while tho bam with lus contents, con? sisting of feed, agricultural Implements nnd several bend of cattle nnd hogs wns destroyed. There wn*> only a small in? surance on the property. The Corson farm -was at ono timo the home of George Washington. During tho same storm lightning totally destroyed a largo barn near Moss Neck, In Caroline county, belonging to William R. Sale, together with agricultural Im? plements ami feed, entailing quite a heavy loss. Tho property was Insured. FATAL SHOOTING IN THE SOUTHWEST Scott County Furnishes Two Mortal Combats on Sunday. (Spediti to Tho Timen-IJIspntcli.) GATE CITY, VA., May 2u.?A tele? phone message received gives an account of a serious shooting near Duiigaiinon, Scott county, on Sunday, In which rtray ton Sayler mortnlly wounded LU Itamey. Tho shooting was the result of a quar? rel between Saylor and Ramey over a notice given Saylor by Ramey to vacato Barney's premises, on which Sayler wue running a moonshine still. The wounded ?man wns a nephew of the notorious outlaw nnd desperado. Jack Ramey, nnd hns been moro or less for years engaged In the Illicit whiskey business. Sayler has recently served a torin of four months In the Scott county Jail for Illicit distilline. Saylor was shot In the leg, Inflicting a slight flesh wound, lie made his escapa and hns not been nrrested. Hayler 1b a desperate character. GATE CITY. VA., May 25.?A serious shooting affray took place at Fort Black more, Scott county, Sunday, twelve miles from Gate City, In which Put Boutwrlglit shot and probably mortnlly wounded Pat Hagan, Jr., as the result of ? quarrel. Hagan was shot three times. Tho wound? ed man Is u son of Colonel Patrick Hagan, of Dungunnon, Va. Bontwrlght belongs to a prominent family of tills county. Tho assailant was arrested nnd Will bo given a preliminary hearing bo fore a Justice of tho peace. "BAKING POWDER) /Contains none bul? rhe 'best materials , Socornpounded and blended as lOproducei ine best possible Leavenina Aaenf? SoldrejguTarly in ' t50Lia CAR-LOAD LOTSi Jhe Soulhern M'rjj.Co/ Richmond,Va, Manufocrurar^ WIDE AWAKE EMPQR1A Wonderful Prosperity of Little Virginia Town. THE WEALTH IN LUMBER It is from the Woods Round About that Its Raw Material Comesand Energy and Enterprise Convert it Into Wealth. > .Special From Staff Correspondent.) EMPORIA, GR1CENKSV1LLE CO., VA., May 25.?It 1b pretty snfo to assort that there le not a town In Virginia, large or l'inali, thnt has developed no rapidly In the pnst ten years ns has this ono. Ton years ngo nbout two hundred peo? ple lived hero, dozing tho days away, content with the linppy-go-eoey present, for the futuro promised no charge. It wns a typical Boutlisldo Virginia vllingo of tho early post-bellum days, everybody poor, everybody compelled to work for a living, nobody working more than wns necessary to keep tho wolf from tbo door. The Emporta of to-day Is ne far removed from tho old Emporta ns can well bo Imagined. I have spent somo timo hero recently, talking with tho business men of the town, Virginia men of real Yankee hustle, strolling along tho busy streets, or walking through tho humming facto? ries, which keep hundreds of rrion busy and tutu loose thousands of dollars overy week to bo spent with th j thilfty mer? chants of this little town on tho Moller ?-. Tho population of the Emporla of to? day Is variously estimated nt from 2,5oo f> 8,000. A decado ngo thero was not a bank In K.mporln. Thoro aro to-day two flourish? ing blinking Institutions in tho town, and the business needs of that portion of Em? porta to the north of tho Meherrln havo become so urgent that one of the banks ban established a branch In that .quarter of the town, known as Belllleld. Tho aggregate of Individual deposits In tho two Institutions Is upwards of $150,000. Tho Merchants? and Parmors' Bank had on deposit nt the close of business March 3tst of this year $78,013.03. The deposits subject to check In tho Bank of Grecnesvllle on tho ufternoon o? April 9th amounted to $5G,G13.7D, and timo certificates of deposit to ?04,807.99. The loans and discounts among the re? sources of tho last named bunk, on April 0th amountod to $171,003.15. while under tho same hond the Merchants' nnd Farmers' Bank, on the same date, reported $89,130.27. The banks aro essentially local institu? tions. Tho capital stock Is held almost entirely by Emporta and ClreencBvlllo county people. Tho presidents and direc? tion are nearly overy ono of them men who live In Emporla and mnke their moi ey thoro or nearby. The capital stock of tho Oreenesvillo Bank, paid In, Is $50, ono, nnd tho Merchants' and Farmers' Bunk Is capitalized at $25,000. Tho direc? tors te of the Merchants' and Farmers' includes such well known people as W. E. Bnlley (president), G. B. Wood, II. W. Hall, W. F. Deal, E. E. Goodwyn, G. L. Vlncont, G. M. Cook, J. H. Baker. W. R. Crto, F. T, Fox and E. Peyton Turner. Fully ns well known ae enterprising men who are leaders In the development of Emporla are the directors of the G'eencsvlllo Bank: W. Samuel Goodwyn (picsldent), B. W. Wyche, R. W. Man son, H. S'chwarU, John Peart and \V. T. Tillar. 1 know larger banking rooms In Vlr glrla, but I do not recall having eeen more beautifully finished Interiors than those of tho two banks In Emporla. Ele; gi'nco and beauty nro combined In a way most pleasing to one's aesthetic sense nnd suggestive to tho man of business of solidity and stability. ENTERPRISE AND THRIFT. Tho general nppearnnco of Emporla In? dicates enterprise, thrift and growth. Thero is one solid block of brick stores and offices that aro all occupied by busy tenants. I was Informed that a? a result of tho demand for such buildings they are almost Invariably leased before tho work of construction Is finished, nnd rents aie much higher than In the average town of Emporla's slzo. A romarknblo fact In connection with these and nil the buildings In Emporla Is that the material comes almost entirely fieni home. The stone which enters Into the foundations Is quarried from nearby, th? bricks aro burned at Wood's kilns, Just beyond the corporato limits, and the hin bor Is cut and sawed and dressed right at tlio site of tho building Into whose con slrrction it is to enter. Thero aro few towns In this or nny State which havo so nearly oil building materials In a raw etnto praotlonlly on tho ground whoro they are to bo used. To me tho fact forms significant, us containing, possibly, tho koy to tho problem of Emporla's prosperity. A cognato fact mny nlso be cited. The" market at Emporla Is supplied very large? ly from tho adjacent country. For In? stance, the chicken which I had for din? ner nt the Centrili Hotol to-dny came from a nearby farm; tho peas wero grown In a patch but a few mllos out; other vegetables came from tho samo pince or from ono not far away, Strawberries of sui passing flnvor wero gathered on a truck farm nenr town; the milk and but? ter wero brought In by tho farmers. It was a homespun dinner, Thoro Is a considerable amount of cot? ton grown In Groenesvllle county. I was told that probably overy pound of It Is sold In Emporla. While there uro no dis? tinctively cotton merchants In the town, nearly nil tho retnil dealers In other linos are generally glnd to buy tho staple. Tho farmer hauls his balo to town, nnd has but to lot tho merchants know ho bus It on tho market. Ills wagon In soon sur? rounded with bidders, and tho "high man" gefi the hale. It Is shipped to Norfolk by the purchaser. There are probably forty stores of vn r'.rus kinds In Emporta; nobody seems to know tho exnot number, I rnuldn't see or learn that a singlo ono of thesn wns tliicnteneil wllh anything like hnnkruptcy. Of course, oven a woll-Boasonod newspa? per writer must draw the Uno somewhero in queutions, and a pretty safe pinco to draw It Is on tlio near sido of nn lnter rrgntnry designed to elicit Information In direct language concerning a man's prospects of Immediato Insolvency. But there aro signe about a business bouse which uro not to lie misread. Those soon In nnd iiround tho Empnrhi establishments uro nil pointed In the direction of pros? perity. Tho town has an excellent electric light? ing system. Tlio are lights on the street? ni pear tn lie nearly as good ?a those of lt'ohmnnd. nnd the stores and hotels nro as well lighted by Incandescent lamp? ns nro such buildings In other towns. The telephone system Is unusually good, Judg? ing by tho excellent service given. The light company also operate? tbo telephone system and Dio loo plavit. Tho Inttor Is a llg enterprise and a profitable ono. LACKS WATER BYB'PBM. The town lucks, paving nml a water systoni. Thero lire some good sidewalks,., but ijie streets are only dirt roads, in which tho dust is now of a thlelcncss so grout I (im afraid to tell the truth. Hut there will soon bo paved streets in Emporla, The subject Is being agitated. Tho ?usines? men of tho town realizo that It Is one nt the pressing, needs of the place, tho luck of which Is retarding Its growth as nothing else Is doing. Thy prediction 1? made that paving will be? gin Inside of a year. There la little reason to doubt tho fulfillment of the prophecy. There is no water system. Tho substi? tute is privato tanke, supplied with water driven by eloctrlo motors. There are pilmps nil over the town, and tho water Is of finest quality. Some of the mer? chants are endeavoring now to inaugu? rato a system of streot sprinkling. The need of aomo metihod of alleylng tho duel of tho ?streets Is urgently felt, But encli men as those who campees the husmees strength of l?mporla will not long bo Oontcnt with makeshifts. Tanks nnd privato etreot sprinkling will have to go, and In tholr stead the town will havo Its system of water mains and eoworngo pipes, It may bo that tlliore nro some Em? portons who oppose paved streets, bo onuso to havo them would be to mako employment scarcer for the chain-gang. For Emporta has a chain-gang. The sergeant and his deputy generally have a goodly-nlzcd gang of unwilling work? ers on their hands, mending the streets. Recruits aro obtained from among habi? tues of tho pinces of refreshment, not soda fountains, that so frequently glad? den thla sight of tho thirsty In Emporta. For In this town of something less than 8,000 souls?men, women and children? there aro no less than eleven saloon?. One citizen gravely Informed mo thnt the town was growing better! that two snloons had closed this year. Reforma? tion nt this speed would leave one bar man growing rich boynnd tho dream of avarlco at tho end of five years, and most probnbly beyond the reach of moral suasion. Estimating that adult males composo ono-tlilrd of tho popula? tion of Emporta, thoro Is a saloon In town for every seventy-five of tli?-ni^ It Is certain that a largo portion, porhaps half, maybo a majority of tho men of tti> town, nro total abstainers, It will occur to tho reader that somebody Is drinking a lot of whiskey In this town. I have soon no Indications of an unusual amount of drunkenness. On last Satur? day afternoon and night, for Instance, when tho town was crowded with hands from the mills, whlcrti closed at half-past ?1 o'clock, I could not find a drunken man In town, though many1 had taken a drink or more. THE .TOXPLANATTON. IDmporla pooplo tell mo that tho Beeret of the numbor nnd prosperity of tho saloons here Is found In tho fnct that tlliore nre none In the county ut which tho men at the mills mny spend their money, and there aro none in Brunswick, which adjoins Greensvillo on tho west, nor In Mocklenhurg, or beyond Brunswick. The "Jug trndo" from Lawrencevllle and Boydton, county seats of Brunswick and Mecklenburg, respectively. Is very heavy. There does not appoar to bo a strong local option sentiment In Emporta, Of course, there aro good pooplo who wish to seo all tho saloons of the town closed some day, but It does not appear thnt thoro ?are enough of thorn to make it probable that any strong antl-llquor cru? sade will be Inaugurated at nn early dny, The saloons turn Into the town treaeury every year tho sum of $t>50. One naturally asks, Where does Em porta'? money?her wealth and general prosperity?come from? Tho answer Is prompt: From the woods, Lumber has made Emporta flourish, The woods of tho surrounding county are full of ?nw-mllls. There are three enorr mous box factories at tho town, manu? facturing lumbor cut In the woods nearby, and sumo of tho biggest mills in this country aro located In the pine forests that encompass Emporta "as tlio moun? tains are round about Jerusalom.". There are farms In tho county, on which are raised peanuts, cotton, tobacco, toma? toes for the cannery here, a llttlo corn and truck, but lumber ha? mado and Is making tho fortunes of many enterpris? ing men, who, linking business sagacity and an industry which made them will? ing to eat bread In the sweat of their faces, went Into tho mighty forests and broke the hush of the woods with the ring of tho axo and the whirr of tho saw. And Virginians havo done It. Virginia men and Virginia money (of course, tliere aro notable exceptions) havo cleared away tho wilderness, and though they hnvo not turned It Into a garden, they have mailo the woods yield wealth, and have helped thousands of men nnd women solve tho vexing problem of how to keep soul and body together, WALTER EDWARD HARRIS. THE CASE DISMISSED The Matter of the Legality of Loca| Option Election Not Tested. (Special to The Tlmes-Dlapatch.) DANVILLE, VA., May 25.?Some time ago John Gibson, ngent for the Robert Portner Brewing Company, was fined ono hundred dollars In the Mayor's Court for selling beer in a local option district. Tho case was appealed and came ut> on appeal this aftornoon. The grounds of appeal wae that tho recent election, wblch mndo Danville a dry town, was Illegal. Tho Commonwealth asked the case to be dlsmlssod as thoy could not sustain their charge and this prevented them going Into the matter off tho legality of the election. Tho question will come np lator on some other case. _ THE PAMUNKEY BRIDGE Structure Which Is Let to Contract Will Be Built on Piles. (Specilli to Th? TlttU'S-PUputrh,') ETNA MILLS, VA., May 2C.-The build? ing of the bridge across tlio Pnmunkoy River nt "Nelson" has been let to II. A. Hall, of Studloy, Va. It Is to lie nn im? provement on the old one that washed uway about two months ago. it will bo built on piles. Tho people are pleased nt Mr. Hall getting the contract, as he Is an oxpert hand at this kind of work, and a hustler. Over this bridge Is nn all-road route to Richmond. Mr, Peter Puul, who Is In sympathy, has kindly given tho piles from his lnrge es? tate. Mr. nnd Mrs. W. II, Brooks, of Asli lnnd, are visiting tlio home of Mr. C. Tuck, the parents of Mrs. Brooks. -f STORE ROBBED A Colored Farmer's Horses Killed by Lightning. (Spoetili t? The Tlmoa-Dlepate??,) VOIllCTOWN, VA., May 25.?J. R. Hill ?St Co,, mere-limits, doing business about ton mile? below here were the victims of a robbery tho pitst week. The storo was entered In tho clerk's absence and despoiled of ?.'I0 In cosh und goodit. John SVoIIh, the worthy colored farmer, lost two valuable horses by lightning dur? ing Mio severo electrical storm yosterday evening. Tho owner discovered his loss when ho wont to tho atablo to feofl. He is left without ft team to work Ills crop. He estimates his loss between ?T-'EO and $3(J0. ? ? Will Be Burled In Lancaster. (Special to Tho TInies-PlHpiilch.) STAUNTON, YA., May iiO.-Tho re? mains of L. C. ilughlett, who committed suicido here Saturday, will leave hero to-night for Lancaster, Vu., whoio he will bo burled lo-iuorrow, Tho remains wero accompanied by his three brothers, YOU'LL LOOK WELL And feel well, too, If you will only take a doso of Hostettor's Stomach Bitters before each meal. It will AID DIGES? TION, PREVENT THE BOWELS FROM BECOMING CONSTIPATED und the blood Impure, STEADY THE NERVES und STIMULATE THE LIVER AND KIDNEY8. These aro the soorets of good health and must be observed. Hundreds or sickly men and women havo been mado strong'and healthy by the pittore. Bo'sure to try it. KMQ HIS PAROLE WAS BROKEN Sensational Story In Connec? tlon With Artilleryman. A WOMAN IN THE CASE Failed to Appear for Examination for Promotion end Then Told a ?*?? About It?Son of a Wealthy Philadelphia Man, (Special to Tho Tlmes-Dlepatch ) NEWPORT NEWS, VA? May 25-A sensational story has Just come to lieht at Fort Monroo. It Involves the aood namo of First Lieutenant David Mo Coach, formerly of the Fifth Regimen* McConoh woe ordered before the ox? ? mining board at Old Point Comfort fo? examination for promotion to a cap? talncy. At the timo appointed for hi? examination no failed to show up. on Thursday ho appeared botor? Colonel Story, commandant of tlio fort, nnd ex? plained that a porter at the Chnmberlla Hotel had allowed him to oversleep him? seir, and asked to bo excused on that ground. It Is said that Colonel Story began m quiet Investigation, and lenrned that the young oftlcer was not In the hotel that night at all, but that ho was seen 1? Norfolk with a woman, ARREST ORDEBED. Colonel Story Immediately ordered th? arrnst of McC-rvich, and preflerredl charges of conduct unbecoming an ofll? ccr and a gentleman. The court-martial wns set for to-day, and McCoach waa paroled, being allowed the freedom of tho Sherwood Hotel. When the caso ?as called to-day Lieutenant MoCoach could not. bo found, and it was unnounoed that he had broken his parolo and dlsap? penrod. MoCoach Is a married man, nnd la the eon of a Philadelphia millionaire. It la reported that hi? wlfo arrived on the econe Friday and that ho disappeared beforo she reached tho hotel. McCoaoh was at ono timo stationed at Fort Monroe. He. le a graduate of th? University of Pennsylvania, and entered tho Hnlteil Stales service July Otti, 1R08. He Is a bright young man, and undoubt? edly would havo been promoted to 14 captaincy had he been on hand to take, tho examination. TO SETTLE STRIKE. Th? Chamber of Commerce was uched?. Uled to hold a special meeting this morn' lug fur th* purpoEo of receiving a com? mittee from the Central Labor Union? with a request that the body take nome action toward having the. carpenter?" strike settled. The meeting did not mate? rialise, however, as there was no quorum present. The committee of tbo labor union ex? pects to settle the strike In a day or two now without the aid of tho Chamber, so It Is probable that another meeting. will not bo called. The ?lot machine question ho? been practically settled In this city. Borne time ngo, before the Legislature passed the special net shutting out the ma? chines, C. Belnap, the owner of a num? ber of machines In tho city, was con? victed under the lottery statute, f.ned heavily and given two months In Jail. A motion to set asido tho verdict was made and tho argument heard, and Judgo Bar ham, of the Corporation Court, reserved hla decision. NEW TRIAL GRANTED, To-day the Judgo rendered his decision, granting tho new trial, but no order was entered In tho case on account of tha absence of Commonwealth's Attorney Robinson, who Is not In the city. Tho granting of a new trial practically ends tho case, as the. lottery statute was the only one under which a conviction could be gotten until the special oct waa passed. Belnap cannot, of course, be tried under tho new act. ns his offense was commit? ted before tho act was passed. FRENCH CRUISER. The French cruiser Tugge arrived at Old Point to-day, and was saluted by the UnlUd State? ships anchored off the point, ' ? large chapter of the Army and Navy Union wns orgnnlzert onboard the bat? tleship Texns Saturday night Nearly ono hundred memhera wore enrolled. The policemen are very mucii distressed ovor their summer uniforms. Tho "uni? forms wye mndo hy contract and every man on Hie force except one wns com? pelled to send his clothe? back for alter? allons. ,..>,; HAIL IN MECKLENBURG Vegetation Completely Ruined?Heavy Rains. (Hpeelnl ?0 The Tlmci-Dlapfttcb.) CLARKSVILLE, VA., May 26,-Clarke vlllo and vicinity wan visited Snturdny afternoon with the heaviest boll storm seen hero In the last fifty yoars or more. The hall ranged In size all the way from an English pea to a guinea egg and for fifteen or twenty minutes was an In? cessant downpour. The ground wns literally covered one or two Inches deep with hull stones and leaves, Gardons were for tlio most pai t utterly ruined. Wheat und outs in neigh? boring fields nnd ns far back In tho coun? ty as hoard from was hopelessly Injured and enn only be utilized by cutting down and curing for forage. Comparatively little tobacco had been planted, so the Iosa In thi.t lino waa small. Tho heavy rnlns of Saturday and Sunday will enable the farmers to finish, their planting without further delay. Because I Love You. (Hpoclsl to Tho Tliues-lllapiitcb.) FREDEUICK'S HALL, VA., May 25.-? Tho "Louisa Amateur Opera Troupe" pro rented "Hccuuso I Lovo You" Friduy night, which was thoroughly enjoyed by a crowded houso. The piny whb given for tho beneiit of the Confederate mon? ument to be erected at Louisa Court? house. Among the principal actors In the piny were Judge V, W. Sims, J, E, Porter, Mr. George L. Black and J. F. Klcknrs and Misses Bessie Johnson, Jennotte Bibb und M?as Edna Koono. About (CO was real? Izad. A Passing Type. (Specilli m Tlio Tiineii-Dlapnteh,) BON AIR, VA.. May 25.?"Uncle" San? dy Fleming, one of tho former type of durkles, now rapidly disappearing, was burled at his church, near Bon Air, last Tuesday. lie was quite an old man, an ex-slave of Dr. Fleming, of Halifax county, al? ways bold in high esteem ns 11 inim of honesty und integrity by a large circle of friends of both races both here where he has lived for many years and uiso lu Halifax, Stricken While He Prayed. (Special to Tho Tlmes-Dlepatch.) SUFFOLK. VA.. May 25.~"Whlte offer? ing up a prayor for the betterment of the huinun race, Henry Johnson, an aged col? ored veteran, yesterday evening was stricken dead In the Pine-Street A. M. E. Church. Ho was asked lead in prayer and ha had not proceeded far wllli Ilio petition When the death stroko came. During the Civil War iiu was a bugio? In the northern artuy.