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'WaMnea. Offlea, - - - nifl E. Main Slreet. TKLHl'HDNEa, Buatnaaa Offlea.M? BdltorteJ Department.9M Clrculatlon Department .ffl Wnahlnifton Dureati.601 14th St., N. W. Manoheater Iiurenu .1103 Hull BU Feteraburg Bureau.No. ? W. Tabb BU BT MAID. One Blx Three One POSTAOH PAID. Year. Moa. Moa. Mo. Dally. wlth surnlsy.$0.00 13.00 tl.M .g Dally. without Sunday. 4.00 2,00 1.00 ?? Bunrl-iy edltlon only.... 2.00 3.00 .80 .? Weekly (Wedneaaay) .. L00 .60 .ia Bv Tlme!.-Dlap?itch Cnrrler Dellvary SerrlM ln Rlchmond (and auburba), Manoheater nnd roteraburg- Omxfai. One Year. Dally. wlth Sunasy. 14 centa IJ-jW Dally. without Sunday.... 30 centa 4.W Sunday only . 8 centa 2? (Yearly Subacrlptlona Pnyablo In Advanco.) Entered. January 37. 199?. at ntehmMd. Vfcj aa aerond-clnaa matter. under act of Lonarcai of March 3, 1S79. RATCRDAY. MARCH 10, 100?. No man knows hla strflncjth or hla weakness untll occaslon prove3 them. -?-Thackeray. Judge Crump Vindicated. We aro gratlfled thnt the Oeneral As Eembly concurred In tho vlew oxprosscd by Tho Tlmes-Dlspatch that there should he prompt nnd doclslvo actlon on tho re? port of the commltteo appointed to' ln vestlgato tho "Lanier Incldent." It would have been n gross Injustlco to Judge Crump. to tho Corporatlon Commlasiun nnd to the general publlc had the I*g Islature adjourncd and left the two re? ports ln tho alr. We nre also gratlfled that thc minority report submltted by Senator Scars wns Bdopted by an overwhclmlng majority. that report contalnod no suggestlon or Intlmniion that Judge Crump should rc tire and no chargo more serlOUB than' that hls subscrlptTon to a share of atock ln Major Danler'a company wna "a gritve error of Judgment and an act of indis cretion," yet wlth no corrupt thought or purpose. The minority report' must now be ac ceptcd by thc publlc as the sentiment of the Oeneral Assembly. Tl ls a complete vlndlcatlon of Judge Crump's personal nnd otTlclal Integrity and lenves hlm froe to retaln hla positlon or retire, as hla own Inclination may bo, without ombarross ment and with no taint upon hls char actcr. And thus tho whole matter ends, so far as the publlc is concernod. There haa "ooen a thorough investigiition of the whole eublcct and both reports ngree that there B-as no corruptlon, no malfeasance or mis feasance, no cvil purpose on the part of Jurge Crump, Major Eanlor, or any person connected dlrectly or Indlroctly with the Corporation Commission. This Is not surprising, but It Is nonr> the less pratlfyinfc to thr general publlc. Bi tore dlsmlaslng tht- subject, there Ib me exp'.anatlon wo dcslre to make. ln sur comnK-nts the other day on the re? port of the majority, we held that the suggestlon of the majority that Judge Crump should reslgn wna gratultoua and ?learly beyond the authorlty veated in :hem by the resolutlon under whlch they were actlng. We also stnted that the oommittee had no nuthorlty to make ro ?ommendations except aa to prcventlvo "ogislatlon. By nn unaccountuble ovcr ?Ight we fnlled to note the last sentencc In thc concludlng paragraph, which provlded that all evidence should be reported to v.he General Assembly "wlth tho conclu <lons and rocommcndatlons of the com rnltte?." Wo make thla stutcment for tho Bake of accuracy and falrness, but it ln no way affects our contentlon that the majority were not Justiflable In expressing an indl rect opinlon, or nny opinion, aB to tho course whlch Judge Crump should pur sue. We felt that any recommondatlon or suggestlona<..whlch the majority aaw llt to''inalt<- should bo mndo lo the General Assembly and not to Judgo Crump. The General Assembly Eeems to havo taken the aame vlew. A Possible Swap. The edltor of Harper's Weekly, who recently suggested the nomlnatlon of President Woodrow Wllson, of Prlncefon University, as thG Democratlc nom.'neo for the presldency ln 1908, now says that lt was not a hasty or ill-conslderod ut-. terance, und that ho hns slnco received verbally and by letter a surprislng num ber of approval measages. "It secma worth whlle, thcrefore," be says iu the last issue of hls paper: "To Invlto conslderatlon of somo of tho reasona thal mlght properly be ad duced ln support of tho propoaal. (l) Mr. Wllaon la, aa stated, moro than the nc compllahed scholar, the practlcal edu cator, the competent executive he hns proven himself to be; he Is, ln truth, a statesman of breadth, depth, and exo'ep tlonal sagaclty. (2) He is an Idenllst. yet notably sone. (3) Ho is a genulne orator whosc words rlng true and b?ar convlc tlon. (4) He standa for everythlng that la sound Und progreaslve. (5) Ho hold-* the rcBpcct of every one with whom ho has come in contact, and the adnnratloh partlcularly of all college-bred men. i>i) Hls fidelity to tho Intorcsts of the whole people is as unquestloned as hla intecrily. V*i He repreaenta no clnss, no creid no nobhy, ho valn Im'aglnlnga. (S) Ile is at the fulneaa of hls powers ln age and exps. rlence. (9) He haa profound eonviotiona 'rom Instlncl and lcarnlng und tho cour? age of fearlesa expresBlon. (i(j) He has no cneniles?his 18 a clean Blato. iiti Ho ?30SSI-.-.ML to n di.'Kroe uni-<iualh d s::-.ce tho laya of Blalno that Indeilnabb. ^uallty 'anovv-n i-s p.-r.-on;il magtictlam. (12) He ia ?;ot oti'.y hlgh-mlnded but broad mludr-d ?nd atrong-mtnded. (I3t iu- was born ln Virginia and hniis from N*w Jeraay. His aominatlon would be a recoghltlon bt the Bouth whlch the South nobly deaervee Hls election would bo an e\\rlaatjng celdgo of a country utiltcd in /act, In deteimlnatlon to aolvo all beaettlng prpblema, lu Ins'plratlon lo fulllll Anierlcna hlRhest destlny. Such la tho man, and fiuch a man la need id hy the country, from whatcvi r polltical purty lie may Bhrlag. We have no hosi tancy, thereforo, ln InvUIng seripua con ildoratlon of the sugg-oailon. jt la moro u> ihu polnt for a Northern lewspaper to nomlnate a Soulherh man lor tho presldeney than fnr a Southern aewspapi-r to make iiuch a nominatlon, tnd there is no doubt that the dUtlngulsh ?d "Virglnlan named by Harper's VYoekly ls wcrthy of any honor that the country aglbt t>?atow upon hlm. But thla lmport nnt fnct ls to ho consldcrod. Harper's Wceltly la not a Dcmncrntlo puhltcation nnd before tho dlsrucston progrcaaoa far ther wo would llko to know If, ln tho cvent of Mr. Wlison's noinlnntlort by thu Domocrats, our fttt'efmed Reptihllcnn con lempnmry, who glvoa tho Democrntlc pnr ty thla vnluablo hlnt, wlll nlao glv(! Mr. Wllson Its enrdlnl support? If ao, the smnjOBtlon la whrthy of aerloua con sldcratlohj' if not, lt la fnjrly open to auaplclon . Ono oth'.-r thought occurs to us ln thla connectlon, and that la that If Presldent Wllson. of Prlncoton, ahould bo olectrd rrealdent of the Unlted Statos, tho Hon or.-ible Theodorp Roosevelt, Prealdcnt^of Iho Unlted yttntcs, mlght! be elected prcBl. dont of Princetnn. H would bo a moat bcautlful awnp nnd would rolleve tho country of tho responslblilty of maklng sultahio provtalnn for.Mr. Rooaovelt, nf tor ho ahall havo rctlred from tho White House. Organizing for Consular Reform. Tho urgent neofl for an Improvod con-? Biilnr servlce nnd tho vlsiblo roluctnnco o: CongreBB to do nnythlng worth men tlonlng townrd Boettrlng lt. hna Inaplred vnrloua bUBlncsa IntcrcstB to deflnlto ac? tlon. ? Commerela! orgnnlzatlons, ropro BcntJng many of tho lnrge cltlea ln tho country will meet ln Washington noxt week to form a permanent lenguo wlth a rcformed and rcnlly cnpahlc forelgn servlce. ns Its mnln obpectlve. Tho pro llmlnary circular.says ln part: "It la obvlous that, lf wo aro to bo aucceasful ln our erforts to aecure forelgn irado, we must bo ns well equlppcd in every dlrectlon na aro tho countrloa of Europc, whlch to-day carry on that trade on a large and profltnble acnlo. These ccuntrleB havo for a great many yeara been cxtremcly careful ln selectlng for tho poaltlon of consuls only men of abillty nnd ofTlr.lency who, hy trnlnlng and bus Inesa experience, are quallfled to bocomo li.rgely insBrumentnl ln the developmont of the trade hetweon the country they rcpresent and tho countrles to whlch they nro sent." There ls tho whole problem In a nut shell. Rnpldly nppronchlng a polnt whero our productlon of many claseas of goods la greater than homo consumptlon dc mnnds, we must Incvltably turn more nnd more to forolRti marketa. Intcr nationnl competltlon In the world'a mar? keta has grown ao koen. and la often on ao equnl q, footing, that every ald ln the way of organizatlon and mnchlnery 18 of vltal importnnce. Among thoao alda the consular system standa probably foremost. Other countrlea have rcadlly recognlzed this fact. nnd have long ago given lt practlcal and offectlve nppllca tlon. The proposltlon is ao slmple tfhat there ls no room for two minds about it. Yet the Lodge bill. whlch took an important step ln tho obvlously proper dlrectlon," haa been amended to death. Every con Rressman would certalnly express himself ns kindly dlspoaed toward a plan for bet terlng the consular servlce, yet many of them. when Its comes to a vote, exhlblt the most deep-rooted reluctance to tam per wlBh ao vnlunUe and pretty a part of tho patronage syatem. The propftsed commercial leagne. wlth the backlner of large husinesa Intcrests, ahould be ablo to moderate this reluctance. In attempting thla, however, It haa doubtlej.i taken on rather a large Job. Congresslonal nver siens are no trlflea. Hang the Kidnappers. At laat one rich mnn hna had the courage to refuso to be held up and black m'ailed by kldnappera. He ia John Boz zufTl, an Itallan banker of New York. Hla aon waa kldnapped nnd hold for ran som of fcM.OOO, but the Itallan banker pub llcly declared that he would not glve up ono penny and that lf the kldnappera thought so he wantod them to undcr stand that he had aeven moro children, every one of whom they could ateal be? fore ho would pay ono cent of blackniail, A short tlme after this announcement was made the boy returned to hla home, safo and well. Tho acoundrela hnd threatened to klll hlm In caae tho money was not fortheomnlB, but when they underatood that the father would not come down wlth tho cash they doolded to glve up the boy wlthout pay and wlthout carrylng out thelr threat. Tf all parents whoao chlldron are kld? napped would tako thla aenslble vlew the kldnappera would probably atop plylng thelr Infamoua trade. But when a man'a chlld has been stolen and tho kldnappera inform hlm that unless tho ransom de manded ia forthcomlnpr tlTcy wlll elthtr torture or dostroy hlm, tho natural promptlnfrs of the father'a hoart nro to pay the money and rodoem hla chlld. H0 Is unvvilling to tako nny chancos. The kldnappera know this nnd trade upon the natural Instincts of humanlty. There la no protectlon againaf. thla heartless crlme, and hence we havo long advocatcd a law maklng kldnapplng for a ransom punlshablo wlth death. Tho man who ls mean onough to stcal a chlld and hold 'lt for money, whether or not he lntenda to do the chlld bodily harm, ls unflt to llve, and aocloty would e "better for hls taking off. A curious caso has recently been decided in tho Supreme Court of North Caro? llna. A dlspensary had boen ostabllshcd lr, a town in the State tjnd tlie act un? der whlch It was operated provlded tlhat all proflts thcrefroin ahould go into tho town troasury. But in rcaponac to pop ular demnnd from tho county tho not waa so amended aa to provide that ono hulf of the profita of all such dlspensarlos should bo paid over to the county treaa? urer tp bo uaod In linprovlng tlio puollo renda. Tho cltlssena of the town in ques? tlon ivero up In arms against tho amend? ment and tho authnrltlea forbade tho liown treaaurer to pay any money re? ceived from tho dispensnry to thn county treaaurer, The case flnally went to the Supromo Court und was decided ln fnvor ot the county, Thc county paper ln commentlng on thc dc-clsUm says thnt It 'ls . reasonuMe to pri'Biimo that tho pouplc of tho county i-utvhuse hnlr the liquor sold by tho dla pensary, nnd that ns the wholo county hns to bear the exponse of crlmlpal pros eculloiiB rcaultlng from tho aale of liquor, ll ia but fair th'at the county should re celvo hnlf tiho proflts. Thnt soema to ] bo gnod loglc,' If it ls not good law. A pronrhor In ono of tho Northern cltleB recently roslgncd from tho pulplt, glvlng ns hla rcnson that hls Balnry waa only $12 a wook. That romlnda ub of tho atory nf n colorod preacher In Vlrglnla, who rccolvcd very amall componBatlon for hla BOrvlcoB. A whlto nelghbor once nskcd hlm lf ho dldn't eonsldor hla salnry a very poor one, "Yes," replled the candld prcnchcr,' "H's poor pny, but it's poor proach." If our coriBi dofoncoB Bhould ho atrength. onod In tho coatly way that Prealdent Rooaevolt recommonds, lt would renlly bo necOBBnry to Involvo oursolvca In a llttlo war In order to avold fecllng wnatc ful. John Ollver Hobbea Ib Colllng London audlencoa that Amorlcnna havo "aovon teonth ccntury facea." Bho does not deny, howover, tlint tho Amer'can brain is about four conturlea further along. Wlth the arrlval of the McCurdles, Paris may fcol that London, tho speclally sc lectcd homo of Wllllam Waldorf Astor, has got rather the best of her. Now York'B population la Blowly belng killed off by automoblloa. Only Immlgra? tlon and tho chauffours sorvo to keep tho flgures up. Tho President went to the theatro tho other night, as much aa to any that tho Sennte wasn't glvlng hlm gny sort of a show. It would seem that the Norton confer? ence Included a few of Mr. Bornard Shaw'a "unaoclal" soclallats. Bunau-Varllla hns salled for France, lcavlng nothlng much hohlnd but the mem ory of his flavored namo. Justlce Deuol ls nnothor mnn whoso ca roer may some day bo ruTncd by~hls ex trome sensltlvoness. Or possibly Mr. Rockofeller haa mls taken the process-scrver for young Mr. Llncoln Steffcna. Nobody can accuso the conferees at AI geciras wlth any deslre to bo spectncular ly hasty. Whatever the Fillplnoa may thlnk, they cannot, lucklly enough, say lt in Eng llsh. Bomb aide-combs are tho latest fashlon novelty from Ruasla._ The moth-ball industry wlll shortly pick up. fflAymes for 7jo~%)ay. Floral Tributes. I wlsh that Spring would hurry up, And let the flowers come; I long to see the buttercup, And sweet geranium Once more: and ah, I'd love to see, Hlbiscus and the cute sweet-pea. I plne to pluck a ro?e or two, And group them in a vase; I yearn to Bee the fox glove do Its darndest o'er the place; And oh, the prlde to aee once moro Oloxlnla buddlng near my door! How aweet to wonder by the rlll And see the dogwood out! How nlce to pluck a daffodil Gr eke a Brussel sprout! How cute tb spy, whlle stlll lt's cold At> ox-cye near a marigold! I meant to wrlte a triolet; One verBe?Yet nhis is 4; l'll have to sklp the vlolet, And doubtless fleveral more; 'TIs well becniiBe (a thought that shames) I can't rocall thelr dlfferent names. H. S. H. Merely Joking. He remembered.?Magg*.e: "Chimmle, Is youse suro de lce wlll hold?" Chimmle: "Aw, gwan! Uv course lt wlll. Wuzn't I on It last year?"?Judge. More Expenslve.?"lt's awful, lsn't it, the way the prlco of necessltlea hase gone up?" "Terrlble! "Why, huabands nro twlco as much aa thoy wero."?Llfe. The Parrot'a Language.?Tho Lndy Tn tervlewer: "And you brought that lovely parrot from tho lll-fated Bhip? What a beauty! Does It talk at all?" The Sallor Man (ombarrassed): "H'm! E-r--yos, quito a' hit, murn, but not fer publorca tlon."?Brooklyn Llfe. On General Wood.?Oeneral Wood no tlced the aholition of tho Ueutennnt-gen eral grade. "Too bad," he sald; "I've been kceplng ln condltlon and thought I hnd one more good jump In me."?Phtl ndelphla Ledger. New to Anne?Anno Tceke: "Mr. Gfis ser Is such nn Intorestlng talked! Alwnys aaying something ono never heara from nny one olso." Hattle Hottewunno: "Has ho been proposlng to you, too?"?Puck. THIS DAY INHISTORY March 10(h. a^aama am j ORY4 ??a?iaMa.a?J Church Day, Apolonius. Sun rlaea at 0:13 aets at 5:47. 222?Hellogabalus. Emperor of Rome, as snsslnnted. Ho wns a cruel, vlndlc tlvo and llcentioun tyrant. 1830?Sloux Indlans nnnll.llated tho Sac and Fox trlbes, near Duhuquo Iowa. 1855?Carloa, the clalmant of the Spanlsh throne from tho tlme of the death of Ferdlnand, In 18.13, died nt Trieste, where ho wns known as tho Condo de Mollna. 1865?Gonoral Bragg- attacked Genoral Cox, near Klngnton. N. C, but was dofented. General Sherman oeeupled Fayetteville, N. c. 1874?Klng of Ashanteo pnid 10.000 ounces of gold to Goneral Wolseloy as part of Indnmnlty to Great Brltaln. 1875?The Hnwallart tretity wna belng fought ln the Sonate by augnr lnter oats. 1884?Tho Comte rlo Parla and hla fol lowera indirectly warned by Prcsl dent Grovy to censo plottlng against France, 1885?Tho mllitla moblllzed at Sodolla and other polnts In Mlasourl to Bitpprosa rlots Incldent to tho rallroad atrlko on the Gnuld system. 1894-Tho Hrazllian government fleot en? tered tho harbor of Rlo do Janolro. aupported ngalnat Inaurgcnt forta by Germnn gunboata. 1895?The Marquls of Queensberry com mltted by a l.ondon inaglstrate for tlbollng Oacar Wllda. Voice of the People RoadBide Trees. Editor of Tho Tlmea-Dlspatch: Slr,?I notlco In your laauo of tho 6th that your Ashland corrospondent advo uates Uio romoval of all troos along the hlghways for a dlstanco of flfty fcot on each alde. This ahould never ho done, Molsture ls a very necessary factor ln tho presorvatlon of mnceadam roads, tho long npt and dry d?ys of summor ald very mntorially in tho destructlon or hard thoroughfaresi heat producea oxpanalon, ovpaiifllon creates ravellng. Sliadcd avo nues rotaln a certaln amount of moi8turo, ao noccasary for the llfo of good roada. Franco has spent *Jo50,000,000 In Improving hes Klrlvewnya; I^irgo auma aro spent each year In tranaplantlng ahadc trees along tho roadB In European countnea, cmphaalzlng tho cxporlenco and practlce of road buildera, that tlrst and second class roads should bo act wlth shadea treea, thus cmploylng 1ho Bllent forcoa of naturo to prevent dlBlntegrntlon of macadam, and tho dlasolving of gravol nnd dlrt ronds Into dust and cnuck holes? bosldea, in tho heat of tho day a llttle shade, to man nnd beast.-would bo llko tho ahadow of a mlghty rock In a weary land. Spare tho trees. C. E. DICKINSON. Richmond, Va., March 8, 1006. ? ? Our Confederate Gravcs. Editor of Tho Tltnca-Dlspatch: Slr,?"Vlrglnla la my brothor; Gcorgla is my sweotheart," aald a allver-tongued orator?and I can aay the aamo. I doarly love old Vlrglnla, Richmond In partlculnr, my blrthploce and dwelllng place for halr my llfe. Yet, 1 had cuuso to bluah for my natlvo clty a few days slnca. I attended a meetlng of "Tr-?* Ladies* Memorial Assorlntion, of whlch 1 am a member. We .were dlacuaalng a bill now pendlng to have tho North tako care of tho gravea of tho Confederate soldlera who dled in prlson. All aeemed anxtoua for the bill to pasa, and wo were conslderlng the hest methods of nelplng lt through, when n dear llttle woman remarked that aho "had been opposed to tho North's carlng for tho Southern doad untll ahe saw the condl? tlon of the 8oldlerB' gravea nt Richmond." Then tho presldent, n noblo Southern woman, one wliom I am proud to call rrlend, turned anil nddressed mo by name and aald, "I actually wept at the negleet of our doad btirled In Hollywood, and why ls lt? Tho Clty Councll of Richmond does nothing to help the Mo tnorlnl Assoclatlon to keep the aacred place in order." Immedlntely I felt poraonally responal blo for the condltlon of. affaira, for tlio fallure of tho Councll to do thoir duty, nnd detcrmlned to wrlto nnd 11ft up one feeble voloe to nsk why Is thla so? And ls thero no remedy? My prlde for beautlful Richmond has hnd a aad blow. Can you not agltato thla matter In your paper, or ia our love for our honored dead paaalng awayj r pray somethlng may be done, for, as another member aald, "Richmond, of all placoa, ahould take th0 lead In thla matter and tako the beat care of tho Rraves of our dead." To wnich l say atnen, for nre they not herocB, every one of them-bravest of the brave?" MARGARET GRAEME NORRELL. Richmond, Vo. ? The Land Records. Editor of The Tlmes-Dlspatch: Slr,?Havlng served as clerk of the Land OfTlce ror tho paat tlve years. and having a very lntlmate knowlcdge of the records and flles of the offlce, 1 ahould llko to say a few words concernlng the orlglnal land offlce. This offlre contalns the orlBlnal records of nll Vlrglnla land patents from 1*23 to 1774, nnd the orlglnal record of all Vlrglnla land granta from 1779 to this date. These records are the orlglnal tltles or all Vlrglnla. West Vlr? glnla (prior to 1861) and Kentticky lands (prior to Ita crcction Into an Independent Stato). The orlglnal plata and certifl catea of aurveys, whlch are the basla of all patenta and grants. are also flled in the offlce. And there are also about nlne thouaand flve hundred orlglnal certiflcates of service of the officers and aoldlers of the Revolutionary war upon whlch Innd bounty waa tssued, and the wnrrants isaued to offlcera and aoldlera of the French nnd Indlnn wara. There is a mlataken Idea prevalllng that these land recorda aro of no value bcyond thelr hlstorlc value. but those records and flles are conaulted dnlly, and cer tlfled copies aro belng mado dally for use In land lltlgatlon in this State, West Vir? ginia and Kentucky. There nre cases pendlng In probably every court ln South west Virginia at this time ln whlch these records flctire very promlnently. nnd In a grent many caaea It la absolutely neces? sary to produce tho .orlglnal tllle from tho Commonwealth or. a certlfled copy of the Btime as evldence In order to settlo the lltlgntlon. Only thla week a ense was aettled in the Accomac court In which certlfled coplea of tho orlglnal patenta prepared by mo from the records of the offlce, woro produced as evldence. and tho caae declded ln favor of the man olaimlng title under theae patenta. Some of these patenta wero lasued prior to 1675, nnd would any ono thlnk that there Is lltlgatlon pendlng to-day over theae old patenta Isaued before 1675?ono hundred years before tho Revolutionary war? Thero Is lltlgatlon now pendlng In whlch tho attorneya for varioua lnterested partles aro con8ultlng theso records and flles dally, the lltlgation Involvlng mll llona of dollars, and'hundreds of thou? sands of acres of land. It ls gonerally belleved that when" a man named Dyer came from West Virginia to Richmond and made an attompt to copy all the Vir? ginia land grants (prior to 1861) for land now lylng ln Weat Virjrinla thla offlco would not havo occaalon to do any further work on the West Vlrglnla rec? orda. But that ldea ls wrong for more than one reason. Flrst, Dyer'a work was very badly dono and any nunihcr of law yera from hls Stato do not depend upon his work, but get their copies from this offlco; and. second, sonre very careful lawyers of Weat Vlrglnla prefer to havo .certlfled coplea of the orlglnal recorda and flles, rather than cople8 of nny sec ond-hnnd work. The Pocahontas Conl nnd Coko Com? pany does not havo any work dono at all on the copies kept at Charleaton, but gets nll of Ita certlfled copies from this offlco of the orlglnal records nnd fllea. Tho feea of thla offlce, allowod bv law, nlmost auatnln the offloe, ao the offlce is coatlng tho Stnto very llttle. I do not know of any Stato ln the Unlon thnt does not malntain a separate land offlco oontaln ing the orlglnal land titles, and ln aome Rtntea tho recorda are guarded wlth tho most rlgld care, fees belng chnrged for n caaunl examlnntlon. Very truly yours, R. C. KASEY, Clerk Land Offlce. > Expensive Oratory. Somo "talk ls cheap," But, bless your aoul! , Not all this talk About our coal. ?Phlladelphla Press. It la not only a lamentable, but a dls graceful, condltlon of affaira whlch makes |t unaafe for women to wnlk tho reahlonce streeta of Chicago wlthout male oacorta. And yet wo tnlk about the progress we nre maklng as a clvllized people.?Chicagn Intor-Ocean. cA Card. L The Southern Mercnntllo Aa? aoeiation. of Norfolk, Va.. purchased ten new Smlth i'remler Typewrltors and desks tii-rtuy, after tesllnn novaral leadlng nmchlnea. THE BMITH-PRBMIBR TYl'BWIUTBK C.O., 704 Eoat Maln Street, HK'HMOND, VA. March 8th. HEsAL/TH is the Most Important s No one can tell good baking powder from bad merely by the appeatance; The price is some guide, but not an mfailiHe one; Some cheap brands may raiae the dough, yet con tain unwholesome ingfedients. There is one sale, stire way,? to foRow the recommendatkms of the U. S. GOVERNMENT AHALYSTS, THE HIGHEST AUTHORITIES ON HYGffiNE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, THE BEST HOUSEKEEPERS EVERYWHERE OAVAI BAKING IV V/ I /*JL* POWDER ABSOLUTELY PURE. | THE LATEST BOOKS j 1 UNDER BRIEF REVIEW. || ?-? THE AVEIGHT OF THE CROWS.-By Pred. M. Whlte; a. p. Fenno & Co. It la tho crown of Auaturln, Bald to be ono of tho Balkan prlnclpalltlca which so rcailily lend themaelvea to tho needs of llctlon ,whlch ls here tho subjcct of con tentlon. In splte of hls strongmlnded and heaiitlfui Queen, the Klng of Aaturla la by way of belng a degonorate and RubbIil Is only waiting a likcly chance to annteh his klngdom away. The actlon mostly lakra pliicca ln London, and for thnt mat? ter, Just about everythlng happens In ono hlght nt a large entertalnment givon by nn English dlplnmiit. There officlal docu menta of nn agreement between England and ABturla, whlch the RuBBlan spl>8 Bteal, und there is an abdlcation whlch they try to make the Klng of Asturla slgh. und there la the Klng hlmaelr, who managoa to get drunk Jubi when It whi cause tlio most trouble. Kverybody wna Intrlguelng or plottlng or Bch.-nilng In one form or another. nnd every tlme nn eyebrow waa rnlsed it slgnllled somethlng vltal. Not the ieast part of the mystery grew out of ihe change of ldentlty whlch took placo between the two girls, whore by Jesaie, the mllllncr'a glrl. playeii the role of hostess nt tlie brilliant party, and Vera, ln Jesaie's pluln attire. crept off to Bteal the paperB bnck. Barrlng a few extravagancea such na the party at Lor.l Merehaven'a, whlch evldently Iasted be yond and orthodox party llmits, the atory Is pretty well concelved and worked out and there are fewer rogged enda left jiendant than ln many atorlea of thc klnd. THE OIRL IX WAITING. By Archlbald Kyre. Ltice & Co. Thla la rpihe a clever atory, and but for a falae note now and then ls doeldedly amusing. The main theme Is ono of inls taken Idenlty. Thc negro la thoroughly dlsappolntlng nnd unattractivo. When he flrst sees hls lady lnve sho la alttlng, on the doorBtep of a mayfaro dwelllng about dawn one mornlng wlth her fnther nBleep besldo her. As she la In evenlng eosturrre tho explnnntlon Is aeemlngly ob vlous, but In dolng her behest George flnda hlmaelf arrested for house-breaklng. Naturally he Ib Imbued wlth the Idea that she la a lady burglar nnd when sho comea lo sojourn In hls natlve town mnny com pllentions ensue. not the len8t of whlch is that he actually seoa her wlth a beauti? ful, but stolen tlara In her hands. Aa n matter of fact ahe la tho daughter of a dotlng. but convlvlal, mllllonalro and an Intlmnte frlend of tho noha. Her vislt to her old nunt in the country la mduced i by her fathor'a marriago. And hls reaaon for mnrrylng lay in hls fear of the lady whlch he lookod to to keep hlm from in duiglng ln hla fnvorlle weakneas. It Is qulte a dlsappolntment that Llllnn choosea Georgo Inatond of Lord Tomury, who ls a nico, young peor, or tho home secretary, who Ib a quasi sultor. oaao^p THE DAWN OF A TOMORROW. By frances Hodgson Burnett. Charles Scrlbner'a SonB. For anle nt the Bell Boo4c nnd Statlonery Company. Thla 8tory, whlch recently appeared Borlally in two or threo Instalmcnte, Is now publishcd for the flrst timo ln hook form. It Is a hlghly moral tale and of tho type that ls inovltably assoclated wlth a Chrlstmas sottlng. It la tho old plot whlch Ib a Bormon ln the vlalon of Slr Lnunfolo, but whlch has gotten rathcr commonplaco from hartl ubo. Mra. Bur nott hna made a varlatlon frorrr tho nor? mal in not introduclng the customary pathetlc death-bed scenos, whlch usually form an Importnnt part of the stage effecta. Slr Ollver Holt, a mlllionalre and flgurc of national importance, decldes to commit suiclde because, as ho sald, he folt that he was worn out and the world seemed worn out and done for. When ho atarted baclc wlth tho platol ho got lost In the fog, nnd wnnderlng along tho embankmont he feli In wlth Glad, tho "oheerflest" and wleest little paupor of Applo Blossom court, whero apple-trecs nover blossomed. Under hor guldanco nnd sponBorshlp he nret Polly. who re membered tho prlmrosea and lamba, tho Inventor who had novor hnd a chnnco, Mlss Mortanbyn, and tho "curlck." Need less to say he played tho falry god-father amd returned to a llfe of usefulnoss, '?5e^x THE LADY AND THE LADDER.-By Harrlson Garlleld Rhodes; Doubloday, Pago & Co. In propoBlng to Mary, tho detnuro llttlo wldow. tho most noble Due; df'Artnnnes, reniarked wlth noblo enndour that so great was hla lovo that he would marry her wlth tho ten thousand pounds atl pond sho had, but would not wod Pnullne, her fltep-daughter, under twlce tho llgure. Mary accepted both hla offera nrovlalon ally, and sot about flndlng tlrts money for Paullno. Strungo to say, ln Chlcago, whero tho money enme from, the dnughter and tho rollct or tho Into A. T. Whltlng had not sccured u lodgomont In tho haly. con clrelo> of tho i.nke Shore Drlvo peo? ple. But nbroad Mary had been ablo to do wonders. Aitor qulto u brilliant so? journ on tho, Rtvlera, sho ironted a Ixm don house for tho aenaon, from n lady who guaranto?d hor some hlgh Booloty a sa part pf the lenst. Thla klnd lndy ulao furnlahed manv 'Inviilunblo hln*s, aucb aB what chnrltles could bo aub acrlbod to .wlth - inoa) proflt, nnd by a iudlclous contrlbutlnn Marv enrolled a noble princosB on hor calllng llst. But lt waa ln mutrlinoniul lasues thnt Mury ahowod most tact and generalshlp. Shj told Ersklne, who mado the money for Paullne'a dowry, that she alwaya had married Amerlcana, but that dld not deter her from maklng her third venture wlth an cxaltc-d Scot. MARCELLH. THE MAD.-Hy Scth Cook Cotnatock. D Appleton & Co. in tlu- forcat of Ardennfa, the haunt and haven of nll lawleaa folk ln the days of Charlea the Bold. of Burgondy, Mar celle has collected her ahattered crow of brlganda and niete<l Juatlce to them. Tho Sieur Olraud. hlgh In Count Chnrles-s fa? vor, la east out hy hla Implacablc rnaater because he poralsta ln asplrlng to the Lady Agathe. of broad flelda In Dau phlne. The sieur wanders Into the camp of Marcelle. who promptly faila In love wlth hlm, nnd la ao intld mannered and soft-hearte<l that lt a-f-ma atrange Khe f.ver got lu-r Job. For her punishment. tho Lady Agathe is proralaed In marrlage to young Munsleur Vlgnolles, who Is qulto roluetant to begln wlth. He and Agathe are kidnapped by tho brlganda and In tho Impenotrable fort-st, the tangle la tinally str.ilghtoned out. Agatho and Marcelle become good frlenda aftor a llttlo whlle, and Marcelle mado up her mlnd to r'form at any coat. The Count Charlea deter mlned to nnnlhllato the nest of frce bootera. Hls troop of archera dld the work nnd captured the four prlnclpal charactera. Each of them wns charged wlth treuaon In one form or anothor, but Marcolie'a qtikk wlt and knowledge of tho factB aaved all. When lt enme to tho choosing time It appcared that lioth Sieur Olraud and Agathe had forgotten thelr old vowa, and palred off wlth Marcelle and Monafeur Vlgnolea. THE REAL TRIUMPH OF JAPAN. By Loula L. Seaman, M. D. D. Appleton & Co. Dr. Seaman. lato aurgeon-generai, W. 8. V. E., makes a vlgorous demand for bet? ter eondltlons In the medlcal department of the Unlted Statea army. In dlacuasing the marveloua efflcicncy and adequacy of the Japameae servlce In all mattera per talnlng to the welfare of the troopa. ho draws aome startllng contrasts whlch re flect anything but credit on th eAmerl can ayatems. Othor thlnga belng cqual, flguree make the most Irrefutable argu ment and Dr. Seaman uaea them wlth telllng effect. Iti tho lato Spanlah war fourteen Amerlcan aoldlers dled from dlseaae and preventable cauaea to every one legltlmately killed ln actlon, whlle on the other hand out of the Japnnose dur? lng thelr war wlth Russla four foll on the firlng llne to every one that suc cumbed to dlscafle. Dr. Seaman enjoyed nll tho prlvileges of a. mllltary nttache In the Japanese army, and wrltoa from flrst ho.nd knowledge. Hla book detalling, aa Ic doea, the machlne-llke efflclency that is posBible of attalnment and tho haphazard Incompetcncc of the United Statea de pnrtnrent as it now Is, constitutea a very potont protest and cogent appeal for better eondltlons. THE NEGRO AND THE NATION. By George S. Merrlam. Henry Holt & Co. Tho sub-tltlo of this book dlacloaes it to be a hlstory of Amerlcan alavery and cnfrnnchlsement. This subject .maturally ls fully broad enough to lnclude tho body and bulk of Amerlcan hlstory, nnd Mr. Merrlam has ahowed nlce dlacrlmlna tlon ln the llmlta wlthln whlch hla dls cusslon la conflned. A very tlmoly oplaode whlch consisted of a chanco meetlng be? tween John "Rernard, tho Engllah actor, and George Wnahlngton. fonps tho flrat chapter, and durlng the courao of the Intervlew Wnahlngton defenda alavery undor tho exlatlng eondltlons nnd expreaa ed a hopo that tho instltutlon would not be pcrmanont. The volumo contalna about four hundred pastos and la written ln an oasy nnd attractlve style. Tho H. M. Suter Publlshlng Company. of Wnahlngton, D. C. have publlshed In book form the proceedlnga of tho Con gresa of .the Amwlcnn Foroatry Aaaoeia? tion, whlch waa held In Waahlngtoin the flrat woek of January, IDO.". Mr. Suter Is hlmaelf tho aocretary of the nssocla tion which waa organized In 1S82, nnd now numbora approxlmately flve thousand membora. Tho fleld for nn effectlvo foreatry organizatlon Is very cloarly de 5ned, and tho noceaslty of strlngont en foroomont. of forestry laws Is annually moro appnrent. In Presldent Roosovolt's meaaage of KKVi he doslpmatcs tho foreat problem an one of t.he moat vltai Intornal questlnns of the Unlted Statoa. The pro? ceedlnga of tho forestry congross are dtvlded Into seven hoads?Forestry aa a Natlonnl Qucatlon, Importanco of the Publlc Foreat Landa to Irrlgatlon, 'The Lumbor Induatry nnd tho Poreat8. Im portnnce of tho Puhllc Foreat' Lnnds to Ornzlng, Rallroada In Relatlon to tho Porest, . Imnortanco of Puhllo Foroat Landa to Mkdng. National nnd Stato Foreat Policy. A proac'ner itnown to fame oi! .''Rocke feller'a pastor" doclares that a general lmltatlnn ot Chrlat would ho tho "greatoat poaalble calamlty,". and would brlng mod crn llfe to a atandatlll. Botter progreas wjth the devll.?New Yorlt AmejlcaaT OF FIRST DISIRIEI The Commitrec Called to Fin Date of Primary to Nomi natc a Congrcssman. ELOPERS ARE UNDER ARRES1 VV. T. Graves and Miss Ray SnelliBgs, From Stafford, Taken in. (Special to The TlmeB-Disp.iteh.) FREDERICKSBL'RO, VA., Mnrch ?. A meetlng of thc Democratlc Commltte.1 of tho First Cnngresstonat Dlstrict hns been called for next Tueeday. The object is to flx thn time for holdlng a prlmary nomlnate a candldate for Congresa from thla dlatrlct. to declde upon th? condltlons, etc. A chalrman of the com? mlttee Is iiIbo to be clected, to aucceed the late Lloyd T. Smlth. of Northumber land county. Mr. George Wnehlngton Proctor, of thla! -Ity,- now clghty-four yearB old, la th? only cltizen of Ercderlckaburg now llvlng who hna a aon also llvlng here who served na a Confederato Boldler. Tho son ls Mr. Harvey W. Proctor. who bow servlce throiighout the Clvll War and was at Appomattox at the surrender. The parsonnge of the Westmoreland clrcuit of the M. E. Church, South, near Oldhams, In WoBtmoreland county, haa been aold und a new parsonnge wlll bo erectcd at Klnsnle, in tho fftme county. Mr. St. George R. Fltzhilgh. the dlBtln gulshed lawycr of this clty. sent to-day to Judge B. T. Crump. chalrman of tho Corporatlon Commission, thc following telegram: "You do not need a certlflcato of good character from any aource. Your llfe has been an open book, without blem IbIi, and no report of any commlttee can east even n transient ahadow over It. I know you wlll not r<-algn." W. T. Grovea and Mra. Roy Snelllngs eloped from Stafford county at an early hour thls mornlng, and were arrcsted here to-day by Sergeant J. Con way Chl chester upon a telegram from D. W. Patton. ot Stafford county, whose daugh? ter ls a wlfe of Groves. Thoy wero on thelr way to Hanover county ln a buggy, In whlch were artlcloa whlch showed preparationB for a long Journcy. Tho pnlr were lodged in Jall to awalt the ar rlval of Stafford partieB. Thoy wlll b? taken to-morrow to Stafford for a pro llmlnary hearlng, and wlll probably ba sent on to the grand Jury. Groves and Snelllngs have beon on bad terms foi a long tlme, and recently had a flght. Thls Is the second v/lfe Snelllngs has lost, hls flrst wlfe havln-r also run away wlth anothor man. The wlfe of Groves Is th*. mother of two young chlldren. >u_s. Snelllngs ls chlldless. The woman. waa nrreated by the sergeant whlle she was. maklng somo purchasos In tho Bo.ston Varioty Store hero. The couple drovo about elghteen mllea over had roads dur? lng the early mornlng hours, and stopped here to feed tho horse, get breakfast and make a few purchases. ? He Almost Got There, "There goes a man who nover prophe sled ?the falluro of the frult crop, nevei | spoke a hnrsh word ln hla?" "That's enough. H?'s a salnt!" "No, he oln't. He waa 'frald ho would bo, so ho robbed a bank ln self-dcfenael" ?Atlanta Conatitutlon. A HAPPY HOME ls one where health abounds. With impure blood there can? not be good health. Wlthadlsordered LIVER there cannot be good blood. rerlvlfy thetorpld LIVER andtestore Ita natural actlon. A healthy LIVER means pure , blood.- ii Pure blood means health. Health means happlness. Take no Subatltute. All Drugglsta.