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GRADUATES Interesting Address of the Presi? dent of Richmond College. M.A. DEGREE AWARDED TO 98 The Graduates of the College Have All Attained Honor? able Positions in Life. - l'ho ousloni wns Inaugurated nt Rleh montl College, tills session of having special oxorclserj on Weil nestln y mornings, Ilio usimi hour of chapel exercises. All students attorni, anil the inecthigs con? tribute much to the instruction nuil In ? lernst of colloso life. Among those who have spoken on these occasions luivu been Dr. XV. Ri .tones, Dr. Vf, P. Miithewft, Ur. George B.. Taylor anel professors of ilio college. Last Wodncsduy morning Presi? dent Bontwright spulte briefly on Hie Masters of Arts of Richmond College. In Ills opening remarks. Dr. Bontwright said Hint formerly gretit' emphasis lint! been laiel on elcpnrtmcnt cllploinas, nnel ti.tit Ulis fnot, together with low entrance! requirements nnd unusually high gradua? tion reeiuirnients, and kept clown the juimhep of degree graduates. While Richmond College counts nearly two thou? sand alumni, including ns such all who Lavo graduated In any school of tho college, there haves been only about flvo hundred degree graduates. At this timo ho proposed lo speak only of those who had won the highest collego honor?the M. A. degree. There aro tills session six candidates for this degree, FIRST Mi A. DEGREE. "Only ninety-eight persons havo re. colvoel tlio Waster of Arts degree from Richmond College!. The degree was llrst conferred In 18111. At thnt commencement two young mlnlste/s, John M. Pllclier nnd William H. Willitims, both of Rich? mond, won the new college-honor. Tlio former now lives In Petersburg, Vn? nnel is General Superintendent of tho Baptist Sunday School and Bible Hoard. Tlio hitter died several years ago In St.. Louis, whero for many years bo liad been editor of the Central Baptist. Tho flrst fact that impresses one who rends this roll of graduate? Is that all have attained honorable positions In life. Kot nil have been equally successful, but not one has dishonored bis Alma Mater cr failed to justify (lie value of sound learn? ing. Another striking fact is that so largo ? proportion of these degree men arc now living. The period covered Is forty-two years, yet only twelve, of the ninety-eight nre known to have passed away, No ono can doubt that these men were hard stu? dents, but close application seems not prejudicial to longevity. I note further that none of these men lui ve made fortunes. Doubtless somo ,'of them could have accumulated lurgo sunnl of monoy, but most of them seem to havo bad a different a'.m in life. Six en? tered the world of business, and only one? of these became a banker! Preachers and teachers predominate, and these have always been tho most Impecunious of mortals. MINISTERS AND LAWYERS. With the exception of ono editor, two lai meus, and tho six business men, I And Unit theology, teaching, law and medicine claim the entire list. There are thirty.-. Ilvo ministers of the gospel, an equal number of teachers and college professors, seventeen lawyers, and four physicians! No ?Masters of Arts have entered the en r.ineerl'n? profession, and in recent years only one has studied law and ono has Liken a medical course. Nowaday* tlio requirements of professional education are .mi severe that most students who look forward to law, medicino or engineering content themselves with tho bachelor's ?degree, or stop short evon of this. Prior to IMO the candidate for M. A. was required to coiiipl?;to tlio full course of study offered in the college. About this time, however, came a notable en? largement In several departments, und It was deemed unwise to attempt, to hold i-tudents long enough for them to com? pass the o*f;u'ndeel .curriculum, Tho now ltquiremeills-Viihultted as candidates ft? the degree only those students who had previously won the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and required of these lho com? pletion of four additional senior classes mid a thesis which should show nt least Hie power of original work. Under the new regulations tlio number of masters lias Increased, and it is believed that their scholarship has Improved rather than ?leterloratcd. " , DIVINO DEGREE MEN. ' Calling attention only to tho living, 1 may mention among tlio lawyers, ,1. IL Miller,, of San Francisco; Vf, M, Turpln, iWjUiaro Ellyson, and Sol. Cutchliis, of Richmond; Howard R. Iliiyne. of New York; C. Vf, Colernan, of Portsmouth; Annisiejiul R. Long, ol Lynchburg; and .lohn Vf. ?nyder, of Kansas City. Nearly nil the minist?re aro living, and all have been widely useful. Soin?? ?if those who am best known are J. M. Plfbh?r, D. D., nt Petersburg; W. C. Jiliting, D, D? of New York; I. M. Mercer, D. D., of Rich F I ? u OSTRANDER'S, 209 W. Broad Street? monti! ?T. J. Taylor, 11, T>? nntt 13. S, Pollard, Ph. D., D. D., of-Georgetown, K.V.J A. J. Dickinson, ?s. D., of Birming? ham, Ain.! K. H. ltnlcbctVD. t)., of Balti? more; mu? W. O, Citt-vei?, D. ?>., of Louis Vlllo. Besldo thoso thcro nro tt scoro of donnent young ministers of etitinl proinlse, somo of Ihciii itlrently filling Im? portant pulpiti?, 'l'ho missionaries aro ?. ?. l.tidil In Porto Rico, W. M, Buchanan Iti ,??)???, tifiti S. M? Sowcll In Argentina, Of th? tcnt'.hoif? thcro aro college presi 'dolile, J. ?!? Tuylor, of Georgetown Col? lege, Kentucky; Vf, . II. 'Harrison, of Belltet Collette, Kentucky; aliti 1? \V, Bniltwrlght, of Richmond College. Col? lege professors aro Charles Purycnr, of (ho Agricultural Collego, of Texas; J, ti, Lnlto, of WnJto Forest College; John ,13. "VVitttt, of tho Agricultural Collego ?f Ala. l'ttinii! George- Swntm, of Itoanolto Ko 11G11?0 College; E. 1... Scott, of tho Univer? sity ot l.oulBnnti; Vf, l?. Harris, of Rich, inutili College! A. M. Carroll, of- Co lttiii1iln.il University! C, M. Hasson, of Ilio Medicai College uf Virgin lu; Garnott 1.S'Intuii of Georgetown College, Kentucky! M, 1?, Held, of Baylor Unlversllj?, Texas, ? Others hijvo given themselves to tho up-. building of the public schools, as II, C, Stimmen, President of Ilio Touchers' As ;fooldtl?li of? Virginia; II. C. l-Ox. Presi? dent of Elba School, nini lt.- Leo Mila Ufi I 11 of Ilio Richmond High School. Still ?-.(hers are principals of academics, ns E. S. Llgon, of the Newport News Academy, unti H. G. Notts Ingoi-, of tho Franklin Academy. Some of the more recent grad? uates nro still pursuing university studies, us ft, 13. Loving unti Henry Marlin nt Johns Hopkins University, nnd tho two Intest M. A. graduatesi Vf. G. Williams nnd T. T. Bollito ni ilio University of Berlin." LIST OF OUADUATES. Below lit given a chronological list of graduates with, the degree of ?, ?.: John M. Pllchcr, Alexander Mason Har? ris, William 11. Williams, L. Floyd Nock. Edward Klngsfortl 'Murray, William C. Bitting, E. Carrlrigton Cabell, Biti'telot Todd Dnvles, Lewis Templo Gwathmey, Edward II. Hartenstein, Flllson V. Bowun, Howard II. Payne, David HlgglnboUiam, Charles Vf. Coloniali, George 11. Swann, Solomon Ctitchlns, John Henry Miller, William F. Harris, William Mlles Turpiii, Armlstead lt. Long, William Ellyson. Go'oi'ge Vf, Hlggnn, James Ai Brown, Thomas Read Con?, Rolfe E. Glovor, Her? bert Braille Cox. William T. Hudglns, Wllllnni Clalboriio Robinson. I. Morton Mercer, Beniimer Colcman Stear'ns, John Vf. Snydcr, Robert Daniel Tucker, Joseph Judson Taylor. Frederick William Bont wrlght, Lantlon G. Cittlett. Alexander Mitchell Carroll. John J. Gunter. Madison Edward Parrlsh, Charles Puryear, William Henry Harrison, George Chapman Abbltt, Charles Morso Hauen, Reuben JTancock Garnett. William Bnnielt MeGarlty, James Ludwell Lake, Itussoll Champion Williams, John Curi-Io. Walter McS.vmon Buchanan. Edward F. Sottlo. AVIIllatn Owen Carver, John E. Wlatt, John Cranberry Winston. Frank Puryear, Burnett Rylarid, Augustus Barlow Rudel. Ebenozor Emmett Re?d, Ed? ward Leo Scott, Charles Thomas Taylor, William Frederick Gunter, Christopher Crldlln Crlttontlon, Alfred James Dickin? son. Olniiu,us Walter Duke, William As bury Harris, Thomas Sanforcl Dunn way. Jr., Eldrltlge Burwell Hatcher, Herbert Winston Provence, Edgar Perkins Lips comb, Joseph Rylanrl Murdoch, Edward Bngby Pollard, John Edward Johnson, James Terrell Redd, Robert Edward Lov? ing, Orron Lewis Stearnes, Thomas Branch McAdttnis, Ehlrldgo Vornon Rlddoll. Joslah Moses. Alfred Paul Bagby, Sidney McFarland Sowell, Robert William Dur rett, John Walter Cammack, Arthur Jack? son Hall, Howard Leo McBnln, Elvln Soth Llgon, Henry Martin, John William Tliomns McNeil, Cullcn Sundldgo Pitt, Hugh Goodwin Noffslnger, John Watson Shepard, Edwin Alexandre Armlstead, Willis Edward Lowe, Clnybrook Cottlng ham, James Pleasant McCabe, Jr., Joseph Emm-son Hicks, William Goodwin Wil? liams, Alonzo Tilden King, Theodora Thomas Belote, Joseph Day Lee, Fred. Washington Moore. GREAT SPEAKERS ARE TO BE HEARD Some Wlio Will Address the Anti-Saloon Con? vention. Evidences continuo to multiply that the Slate convention of the Anti-Saloon Leugne, to meet In Richmond on the l?th-1-ltti of January, will bo a notable gathering, oriti ono of far-reaching re? sults'. Among the. speakers who will ntldross the body, and whoso coming has not heretofore been announced, Is tho Hon. Charles Llttlefield, tho brilliant Con? gressman from Maine, who has Just wrlti'on his acceptance of the Invitation to make, an ntldross, Dr. Blackwell, of Norfolk, a finished spuuker, has also been added to the list, and ll really looks as If this will bo a record-breaking temporanee gathering In the history of tho State. There will bo no hurrah business about tha convention. It will bo a business body?a deliberate body of thinking men. lt will be a non-partisan, catholic con VOntlon, exacting no test of membership, but a desire to uhi In the banishment of the saloon by practical methods. There will'? bo a free exchange, of views and recitals of experlunce Ihat all the light possible may 'be given to promoto the convention's object. Churches and temporalice organizations arc invited to select del?galos and Im? press upon them tlio linporut.ee of at? tending the convention. CASlT^CONTINUED. Garfield Banks Charged With Cutting Sylvester Williams. ?The case of Gurllold Banks, chargea with cutting Sylvester Williams, was con. tinned lu Un? Polire Court for tin ilays OWing to the Inability of Williams to up? pi-ar In court. ? 'I'lu, llglit occurred at tin? bar-room ot George Bannister, on iTurteeuth street, on Christmas eve. Banks was an employa Of the Iliaco. Ho Rot Into ?nul altoreutlnu with Williams, und cut him several Unies. L'ile rut was a largo one on tho Intel?, another on I be ear, and two minor fills. Ur, Crump, of 11)0 ambulance corps, nltended tho wounded man, ?mil he went hotno, The man Is not badly wound?il, :m,| i* Is llk?-ly lie will be able to appear when Uhi cano Is next called. NON-RESIDENT HUNTERS. ? Petition That the Land Own? ers do Not Endorse. (Special to Tho Tlmes-Dlspatch.. BOVDTO.V, VA., Dec. -.0.--? petition bus bien circulated here this weck usKIng tlio Legisla turo to amend tho gumu law so as to |-eiiu|lO non-resident hunters In pay fifty Insilati of top dollars llcenuo tax fur tin- privilege of hunting ami fishing |n tho Blute, There Is much ? PP'?-iilon op the part of lanil-ownoio to this move and soinu of them resent It by saying that pot ?>ue of tbe signers of Uils petition sbnll hunt on tholi- farms. ?\s a rule, tbe hiiul-owniiis of Mecklen? burg do not ..i.Je.-l tu noil-l-csliienl hunt? ers cotillon Into ilio county, for' 111 maio Instance.?? they are of benefll to them, UU tin- laud-owners sell tin? hunting privile?.?,, of their farms (reserving tho' right to hunt themselves) for enough money to pay their luxes, und In this way ll helps the land-owners considerably, but lew of whom calvi to hunt very much. The complaint Is that the move for h If her lleensu 1? hi Uu? interest of rosi dviit hunters, who want lo monopolise Miller ? Rho&ds. | Miller 6 Rhoads. | Miller ? RhoNds. | Miller ? Rhoads. An Important Movement of Winter Merchandise at Very Low Prices Begins To-Morrow. Tho following departments are among those that will contribute to this sale : Suits, Coats, Woolon Waists and Skirts, Sweaters, Furs, Bath llob.es, Winter Underwear for Men, Women and Children, including Infants' Winter Woolens, Arnold's Unsurpassed Knit Goods and Flannelette Gowns and Kimonas for Women. Blankets, Comforts, Carriage Robes and ??orse Blankets. This special movement also embraces another very important department in our store, which is Dress Goods. Especial attention is called at this time to our Black Dress Goods and also to our Dross Goods and Silks for evening wear, the latter fabrics having been on exhibition under electric lights every day after 5 P. M. during the past week. The display of theso beautiful goods will be continued this week. After-Christmas Bargains in th? Suit, Coat and Fur Dep't. The goods things iti these departments didn't all move out before Christmas, although this December's business has been the greatest we've ever had. To-morrow morning wc offer the following spe? cials and when wc tell you a garment is worth fio much?the mere statement is its own guarantee. No fictitious values placed on merchandise here. - . ... New Coats. ???-Wool Military Coats with largo rape, In black or castor, ?JT.BO, worth $.10. Now Korsby Military Coats, marlo with a. bell, lined throughout1 with natili anil trimmed with brass but? tons, if I?, worth $12.50.' Well Made Oood. Covert Cloth Jackets, lined with satin, $10, worth $12.50. Covert Cloth Coats, SO Inches long, tailor mnile, with lappo?] , seams, ???iltf.OO, worth $15 nnd $10.50. 22 Finely Tailored Suits, $12.50 Each. Worth $16.50 and $18.00. Scotch Mixtures and Small Checks, some made in blouse style, with a cape, others in cor? set jacket style. Not a Suit in the lot (and they're all new goods) but what is worth $16.50, and many of them eighteen dollars?tailored in an up-to-date manner. Splendid bargains at $12.50. Three Especially Low Priced Furs. Long Black Hare Scarfs, with cord nnd tassel, for (f3.08, well worth $5.9S. Fox Scarfs have ?Itraeteci moro attention lliun any ot|icr Fur this .season. ' Salile qr Isabella ,Fox Senrfs, with six full, largo fluffy tails, aro lj..-?.l>.S, worth at. least $7.50. Large Mack Hiiro or River Mink Heart's, lined with satin and finish? ed with curd and tessei, f?,-is, worth $S,5(i. Two New Styles in Moderately Priced Walking Skirts. Like all the Skirts that come into our store, ihe tailoring and finish is the best that we could find?notice how nicely they hang. $3.98 for an ?11-Wool Gray or Black Melton Skirt, made with a yoke. $0.-18 for a FIne-/I<erscy In bin ok or navy, with each seam bound and tho entire skirl kilted; new and very serviceable garments. Special Prices on Children's Fur Sets. By "special" wc mean reduced prices?VI. 81.48, ?l.lW. 82.?8. nnd. $:t.i>8. Each price represents a cut from tho original figure?, about CO sets in nil. " White Japanese Silk Suits The Newest Idea For the ?qjjiirig Season. Bought.especially for evening wear, as there's many a time you arc 'unexpectedly "called upon to attend places where an evening dress is indispensable and the time is too limited to have one made. Wc arc prepared to furnish such a Suit on short notice. Four designs. Look at them all. $20.00 and $25.00 each. 10 Per Cent. Discount on Oriental Rugs for Three Days Only. On Monday, ?Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, any Rug in our Oriental Department will be sold at io per cent, under ?ts marked price. You know the Rugs?their qualities and uni? formly fair prices?which run from $2.75 to $95.00. The best experts in Richmond have admitted that our Rug values have not been equalled in this city and it's not necessarj for us to say any more. To wind up the business for 1903 we arc making this special three-days offer of 10 per cent, discount, which positively ends with the close of business Wednesday night. Our Stock of Comforts and Blankets, Like every other stock in our establishment, is found to be at all times exactly as represented in our advertisement; G? nn organization like ours stocks tire carefully manipulated and under tho control of buyers, who aro thoroughly posted on existing conditions. ? Is that knowledge nnd forolhougbt that tnnnyjmonths ago socured us theso goods, which arc still coming ln\ at tho lower prices prevailing before Lltc? advance of values. Our Comforts aro rather different to the ordinary Quilt, ljocauso of the taste? ful selection of design and coloring. Our Tufted Comforts at $1.00, for instance (and a tremendous variety wc have of them)?the silkoline with which they arc covered has in many cases the same pattern that you'll find on the high-grade satteen, covering the splendid Comforts at $2.75. Full and eomploto Une of Comforts nt.?!, 91.3.*?, ?LSO, ?1.T5.V83 and i|ia.75, either tufted or stitched; well and evenly filled. Our Ivitmb's Wool Comforts arc of? ten preferred to tho higher priced Down; they're so light, yet so warm. Ask to see thoso at 8? unc? $?"?. In Down Filled Quilts, our special numbers are I'll?.50, fltf and V1O.30. ? lie latter price being for ? beauti? fully figured ?sateen covered, silk lined Eiderdown Comfort, that was niado to sell for $30. We bought a couple of dozen samples and liavo not many left. ? The value of Blankets has ad? vanced very much, but our prices have not. We own- ours for less money than they will be bought for for a long time to come, and you'll not let us own them long, according to the rate at which they are selling. Our.Fleece.Blankets. ???? tho way, this Is really a polite name for cot? ton, only wo tell you? so J have a very superior' finish. Soft and? smooth to tho touch, compactly -woven and clean and sightly in appearance. Some of the Great Values in Women's and Children's Underwear at 50c. Women's Union Suits, Onelta stylo, Combed Egyptian Cotton, flceco' lined. Women's Jersey Ribbed Vests and Pants, heavily flecco lined; pants made with French band. Women's Part Wool Vests and Pants, In white und natural gray. Flannelette Gowns for women, includ? ing size 17. ' .Plain colors or fancy stripes. Flannelette Underskirts Cor ' women, fancy stripes or plain colors of pink and light blue. Children's Sleeping Garments and part? ly wool Vests. Our KM Blanket, white with col? ored border, is tho best valuo you can find If you only want to spend Trio, for a pair, In 11-4 Blankets, at til. fl.lfi, or 8l.no pair, wo pell what Is ad? mitted to be tho best Blankets for these prices. They nro white with colored borders, ? very pretty low-priced Blanket comes In while, with fancy stripes nil over, in different colors, very soft to tlio touch, for $1.-*> pair. . , If you need a largo Blanket, of that ?i'uallty, wo sell il 12-4 Blanket either white or gray, with colored border, for 1JII.7-C and ?!? a pair. Wool Blankets are really the most sensible Blankets to buy. They can be laundered and re? tain their weight and comfort giving qualities. . Vf it at tur a special 10-1 Blanket, Whlto with colored borders, every Inch of which Is solid wool, both warp and filling, and daintily bound Jn silk, for s?-l.?S pair. In 11-1 Wool Blankets, ,wc have ?three special values. tWl. will con? vinco you of our superiority on tho Blanket question, Very good Blank? ets for 8:?."Jj pair: bettor ones for $'I.SO pair, an?! lho best Blankets lo be had of that kind for t?5.48 pair. ??1 specially combed and finished wool, Rood weights and bound In ?Ilk. Colored Iwrders on whlto, ? large sized 12-1 Silk Bound Wool Blanket, weighty, warm and soft In finish, that we rely upon to mako us friends is $U.fi?J pair. Children's All-Wool Broad? cloth.Coats, $2.98. Not many left, but those wc have arc decided bargains; nicely lincd'with Italian Cloth. Eiderdown Wool Bath Robes for . Women, -$3.25, $3.98, $5.00 and $5.98. Woman's Sweaters, $2.48, $3.98 and $5.00. A Special Sale Black Dress Goods From A Stock That Has no Equal in Richmond. Facing the east, as it does, our Sixth-Street store is naturally well lighted, but not satisfied with that we have the additional ad? vantage of Luxfcr prisms, set in the front windows, giving us the finest light on this floor of any store in Richmond, We have moved our Black Dress Goods di^parlmont over to Ibis side nf lho store, where Ilio si longest posslblo light will be thrown upon the fabrics?and where ihr, slightest Imperfection In the color or weave would show at once. whereas, under ordinary conditions in niellinomi stores, It would not be noticed, nvnii win.??, rlerlis would not iiilciilloiiiilly misrepresent mutters I Wc have such confidence in the absolute correctness in every way of our Black Dress Goods that wc are only too glad to be able to subject them to such a test, although in their former place in the store, a good light was thrown upon them. We believe Richmond ladies will appreciate, the superior advantages of our store in this icspect?entirely independent of the intrinsic value of the stocks?as it very often happens that shoppers wish to match certain shades and a perfect light is an absolute necessity. Silk Warp Aeolian Cloth, $i. ?io inches wide, iiKht weight ana very lustrous, Grenadine Voile, $1.25. 50 Inches wide, all pure wool. Silk Warp Cr?e de Chine, $1, All wool lilllng, pure silk wurp. Gros de Laine, $1.25. This is a sheer, light weight, silk warp fabric, tlint Is very 1'nshioniiblo this season. Seeded Etamine, $1.35. 42 Inches wldo, silk and wool and very ijreasy. French Voile, $1. 4L' Indies wide, all worsted. Carmen Broadcloth, $3. fi4 Inches wide, mudo In Clermimy. This I'lolh has 11 very high lustro nnd Is guaranteed not to ' water spot. Cora Broadcloth, $2.50, the Cannon, but having the same high lustre nnd h'i Indies wide, n llttlo lighter In weight than with the same guarantee. Angora Suiting, $1.98. This fabric bus a long lustrous nap, and Is very fashionable' for tallor-mado gowns. Nub Suitings, 98c. and $1,25. Zibelines, 50c. to $1.50 Yard. Cheviots, 39c. to $1 Yard. Venetian Cloths, 50c. to $2. Thibet Cloth, $1.25. Melton Cloths, $1.59 to $2,75. Perola Cloths, 69c. Nub Canvas, 98c. Granite Suitings, 50c. Mistral Suitings, 50c. to $1,50. Prunella Cloths, $j and $1.50 Yard. Mohair Biilliantines, 39c, to $1.50 Yard, Storm Serges, 39c. to $1 Yard, All-Wool Tricots, 25c, Etamine Voile, 25c, Danish Cloths, la&c. Yard &* wm. the hunting privilege by placing a lineili,, tax nlmoBt. If not entirely, prohibitive in its operation. The ?Oinjiegatiuii ni Bl, James Kn|?i pal Clini'?:)!, in this plucu. jjhvo u puuiul 1 parly tn their r?'Ctor, lliu llev. Krank titrlngfollnw, yestoriluy. Quite a large | ?juaiitlty nf ?iupplles were seal In. 'l'ho Nov. Kl unie Htrln?reHiiw. rt'clor ut St. Jumes episcopal t.'luuili. has been 'ronfinoti to Ids boti for several ?lay? with a very sore U*g. Jlls friend? tear ???' | lina erysipelas. On Account." Judge- Rlley, furmerly of Virginia, but now of Pennsylvania avenue, met a friend on tbe ?troc? Um otlnr day, says tho Washington cirrcspoiuioni of tho Now Vork \Vorl4i and said, dramatically: "Ulli. I will allow you to lutin mo a ?linn ti-i- of a dollar." . "N?jt m??," Httld Hill. "I have been stalt liic von for years and 1 api going to (pill." "V?ry well,1' rcapunded Bllcy, "If you put It on those grounds 1 huvo nothing further In common with you." "????" walked on up Ilio streot and as ho did his conscience smoto bini, lie thought that perhaps tlio Jungo might noeti the money, find he went lulo Ilio Ulggs House, put a quarter in uu envel? ope and tohl tho clerk to hauti It tu Itilo?/ when ha canni lu lo ask for his mull. While he was standing Hiero Blley came In. "Any mall for me, Mr. Clerk?^ he ask? ed, The cloik handed Klloy lho envelope with Ihn miarter In lt. ttlloy took It sus. ploioiisly. Ho had not received a letter In live, years, although he asks for bis mull every day, Ho oponed tho onvolopo, found Ihn ?m?rier o ml thou bngun to lfiugh, whllo lho man who put the nuui-tcr in tlio onvolopo stood by watching. "Whnt Is It, Judgo'.'" asked lho clerk. "Why." Hiley replied, "hero's a scound? rel who has ovvt'd mo $0 for seven years ?lid nnw liu pays mo? a ?luurior on ao count." WILLARD IS A VIRGINIAN Friends Rcsc?it Intimation That He:Lives tn ."Wash . ifigtoti. HIS HOME IS IN FAIRFAX Sharp Contest ?s .Expected to Open Up When the New Leg?- ' islators Settle iti January, ! Tlio 'political situation Is naturally riilhor? ??ulct libro during lho holidays, but It Is expected to look up ??otisldora.bly upon the return of lho Legislature next ''"""'* ""?"? '"'"?ii the new body comes In on. January 12th things will in all prob - ublllty got very lively. I..U ?juvui-iiuisiiip is one of til? llvest topics discussed around tho lobblos, and everybody isyoxi>ectlng a spirited contest for tho honor In the primaries of ?XX?. There arc but two avowed candidates so far, and tholr frlonds nre growing quito activo In tholr support. They nro Llou leiinnt-CJovoriior Joseph 15. Willard, of Fairfax, and Cong-rcssmnn Claudo ?, Swanson. of Rlttsylvaniu. Mr. Swanson has Issued several slato ments In which, ho says ho will surely be In the race. Captain Willard lias said nothing in a publlo way, but his friends well understand that ho ?Alii i>?? a.candidate? ni tlio proper time, nnd they are u I ready hard at work on this line. Attorney-General Anderson, ex-Congress? man Hnrry Tucker, General Kufus A Ayers and several others aro favorably mentioned, and Judgo .William Hodges Mann, of Nottoway, is expected to be? come a candidate later on. FAIRFAX CLAIMS WILLARD, Thero has beon some talk by tlio op? ponents o C Ciiptnln Willard, which scolte to leave/ tho Impression that ho Is prac? tically a citizen ot Washington, D. C.? Instead of Virglnln, Tills the friends of lho popular Lleutenant-Oovernor wurmly resent, and declare that It has no founda? tion In fnct. Ono of thu most prominent of tho Fair? fax Democracy was here tho other night, and ho discussed tho matter of Captain WIllarct'B residence In a most Interesting manner. "Joe Willard Is not only a bona fido citizen of Fairfax county, where, he hns lived practically all his life," said he, "but ho Is ono of our most progen? itive and enterprising citizens, of whom wo are very proud. HOME AND LAW OFFICES. "Ho owns and resides nt a splendid home at Fairfax Courthouso, and his per? sonal property nnd a largo amount of hla real calate Is assessed for taxation In tho couniy. He lias law offices nt Fair? fax Courthouse, as well as In Washington, and Is Interested materially In nearly every enterprise, In tho county. It Is tlio idlest folly for any ono to intimate that Captain Willard Is not a Virginian to the manner born, and It will not. benefit any one to give currency to such a story." It Is evident thnt up to this time tho contest, so far us the Richmond vote is concerned, Is between Captain Willa.nl and Mr. Swanson, and already the lines are beginning to settle In this direction. They both have wnrm supporter? hero, and great activity Is becoming-ovi dent among them. SMEDLEY'S NEW WIFE ROUTED SOLDIERS But Reinforcements Came and Sniedley et als. Had to Knock Under. (Special to The Tlmes-Dlspatch.) LURAV, VA., Dec. 2?.?An unusual scene, marked Christmas day In Luray ? ?out half? past two this evening. ? corporal and detachment of the Pago Riflemen (tho Luray military company) .. salted in front of Strlckler ?t Brothers* store and demanded the person of Ashby Sinoflloy. a clerk for the firm and a re? calcitrant member of tho Riflemen, who refused to attend the public drill set for (o-day. Smedley wits In tho store, but. did not go, os tho flolnchmont. who. It seems, had orders to bring only moral suasion to tear, wer? put to rout. It is said Unit nn axe handle was used by Smedley's wife, to whom ho was mar rlctl a row nionths ago, for this pur? pose. Tho corporal and his men returned tn ; the armory hall for reinforcements, aril in twenty minutes a sergeant nnd it dcitei, mon drew tip befc.ro tho embattled business houso of Strlckler & Brother, which is situateli opposite tho postofflce, and ?n the heart of tho town. Flder Walter Strlckler, the head of th? firm and a prominent Dunkard, met the military squad on the threshold and ro- ? fused admittance?. Behind him stood hla ? wife, holding In her band u 38-eaIlbra ?? pistol ready for nutlon, and Its threat- * enlng point turned full on lho offlccr'tn command. The sergeant did not push matters ta eytvomlUes, but sent messengers post haste for tho cupfalii. In a few minutes the ? attic of tho drums was heard, and t'a pia hi Robert F, Lecdy, with the whole available force of the company, forty, five strong, appeared on tho scene and halted beforo Strlckler it Brother's store. Captain Leedy gave ardors to his mon lo'load with hall and to shoot If their t-aptain wns fired on, and calling lit? lieutenants to follow him, rushed for th# store entrance, where stood l?,ldor and Mrs. Strlckler and Mrs. Smedley. Influenced no doubt by the determina? tion exhibited by tho commander of th? Riflemen, his ontranco was not resisted, and f-meclloy Instantly appeared and gav? himself up. He was marched off to boudriuarters In triumph, By this timi? a. inrgo crowd had assem? bled find the event was witnessed, by hundreds of people-, Mr. Strlckler say? I hat hla only reason for resisting the on tranci? of tho Riflemen was that they had no right to enter privato property In the mtuinor thoy did. Car and Wagon Collide. A collision occurred at Twenty-soyenth tini Venablo Streets early yestenluy morning between a car and a delivery wagon belonging to A, B. Bryant, TU* viigon was damaged and tho driver was thrown out. Tho collision was caused by tho explosion 'ot a fire-crackor, which made the horno run away. The driver? .,. was slightly bruisci!. '*' a Miss Ryan Resigns, ? ?you Tho resignation of Mise Margaret P,)0> as organist of St. Mary's Church \> great surprise find oausecl piofoun(.aSD f0r row. Miss Ryan Is a gifted mv,_ ?n '<" was formerly a pupil of ?1?. ?<?"?'..p.???.? Hlijir, and later studier] In Nov ? wncro sin? received lier cllplonuuee?s a real ,-_.- ha said at Senator Noell HerV'"00? of *"*? Hopntor.oloe.t .1.^0. Noell, of Iltelv to ,lsten U lu th? city on privalo buslu"0^ ^? ?,61?p V'slcla-n thought V'tUfe right dj.