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Zhc Tbotel Hstor was openod on Beptember L, 1904, and haa dono a large busincss from the first day, in creasing so much as to compel an enlargement of the houso by tho addition of 500 more rooms aad baths. ITS LOOATION is thc most central in Now Yorkj within a few blocks of the New York Central and the new Pennsylvania Railroad depots; within ono block of the 42d Street Subway station, which, with the car lines in front. enable our guests to reach any part of the city. While facing Broadway (Times Square) it has the further advantage of being located on two quiet streets (44th and 45th), besidos overlooking the beautiful Hudson River and the Palisades on the west side. One can onjoy lively Broadway and yet have ab- 8 9 r>olute quiet within one's room. The Equipment is of the very boat, the for nishings being the most elegant obtainable. All tho modern appliances known, besides some of our own inventions, were installed re gardless of oost, and the servico thereby brought to a high state of efficiency. Nothing Is missing in our rooms that the human mind so far has devised to make the guest oomfortable. Famous men nnd women have again and again commented on the homelike atmosphere that pre vails in every part of the HOTEL ASTOR. TWELVE ELEVATORS run from cellar to roof, besidos eight others that rnn part of that distance. THE ENTERTAINMENTS (as many as 30 dif? ferent functions taking plaoe every day) are a great attraotion to the visitor seated in the spacious lob? by or oorridors. Banquets, Danoes, Concerts, Wed dings, Bazaars, Exhibitions, Lectures, eto,, take placo from morning till night THE GRANDE PROMENADE on the ground floor, 600 feet in length and lined with fine furni? ture, eircles around the famous Orangerie and the Grand Ball Room, and on the other side passes numberless beautiful rooms, such as the LAUREL ROOM and ROSE ROOM and the OONSERVA TORY with its fine statuary. ON THE BALCONY another Promenade of the same length offers a bird's-eye view ?f the pano rama below. TlBim* C. -TDuscbenbetm TfflS HOUSE HAS RECENTLY BEEN ENLARGED AND NOW HAS OVER 1000 SALONS, BED CHAMBERS AND BATHS Single Rooms With Bath, $3.50 to $7.00; Double, $4.50 to $10 Single Rooms Without Bath, $2.50 to $5.00; Double, $3.50 to $6 En Suke: Parlor, Bedroom and Bath, from $10.00 upward -HCTORIAL LITERATURE desorlbi-g ln jaoae det-tl all foe (aauires ot the Hotel wlll gl_dly be matlM to tbose d4_rirto_ It. Ona tolo\nr tn particular eo_t_lna 85 plctnrss ln color ot tha many Interastlng p-DHc rooms of the bouM. THE OREAT ORCHESTRA ORGAN, the largest in existenca (102 speaking stops) and really representing four independent organs distributed eqnaJly along the great oorridor and played either from one console or sep arately, makes this Grande Promenade a most unique feature. AT 5 O'OLOOK TEA the matinee-goer and the women's olnb member, the euffragette, aa well as the lady returning from a shopping tour, make this Hotel a rendezvous to aip a cud of tea and partake o. a mumn, or take a stroll in the Promenade and en_oy th? won? derful Organ RecitaL AFTER THEATER no one wotfld ttrink of Koing home without stoppbag at the AflTOR for supper, especially Blnce the teri enables nonresiaents of th* Hotel to reaoh name very quiokly. THE GRAND BALL ROOM, really a Gold en Court, has, besides 80 boxes in two tiers, also a complete stage wbicjh can be r?i__d or tt lowered, according to reorairements, by pow? erful machinery. Below the cefling k a oan 0Dy of solid bronze (weigbing 30 tons) pon cearlng the electric lights and produdng Ught effects never before acoomplished. The stata arv, by Isidore FConti. and the mnral paint ings, by E. H. Unitt, help io make perfect this Twentaeth Century wQndey, It waa in thig hall that tho oelebrated HTOSON-ITTLTgN Banquet was held last Septenobejf, attended by the representatives of 27 foreign nt_taon_, and irumbor ing altogether 2,100 gueeta, THE ROOF OARDEN is the largest and most artistic in the world, oovering 88 city lots. Its beau? tiful lighting efreots, Fonntaroa and Ca_cade_- Per golas and "NookB and Corners*' make t__B roof a veritable Fairyland. The BELVEDBRE ai the ex treme western end is a Restanrant de Ltrxe-; wMch offers a seating oapaoity for 1,000 persons- Three oroheatras furnish the ransio in this vast parklike paradise. THE ETTOHBIf ie the Iergest and eoneeded to be the best planned and equipped of any hotel in the world and is worthv of an Jospec-Jon. It is, therefore. no wonder thiat the OUI3JNE of the ASTOR is renowned and nnenrpassed. THE WINE VATJLTS are also a great show plaoe, both for their architeot__al featnres and the rare vintagea Btored here from every part of the globe. Several hundred thousand bottles are stored nere, msny of them covered with eobwebs, an indi cation of their old age, a picture apt to enthnse the donnoissenr. ?Ui News of Petersburg Tlmes-Dlspatch Bureau. lo'.i North Sycamoro Street. Potersburg, Va., Fobruary -0. Eome of tlio accounts of the arrest and alleged confesslons of tho Seylar brotiicrs, tho alleged Atlantic Clty uiurderers, ln thla clty, published In Northern papers, and evldently manu .actured tokiii space, wereln tho hlgh est degreo oxaggerated and without foundatlon. No confcsslon was made here l>v either of tho Seylars, both donying knowledge of the death of Mlss Jano Adams, thougl! the younger brother contradicted tho di'liial of lho elder that hc was with Mlss Adams tho night "f her disappearance, and did not hcsltato to declaro this very materlal fact. And then, too, Chief of POlICO Kag Iahd makes posltive denial <>f the pub? lished staternent attrlbuted to hlm that a woman giving her namo as Mary Hamilton called on him and de? clared that she i" the wife .>f Wllliam Seylar, havlng marrlod hlm in tho sum? mer "1" 1202, when he was employed here. Chief Ragland says no woman called "ii him. and that he made no ? ii.-h atato'ment. He denloa havlng said thal if 'he woman could produce a niarriage certificate. a eharge i>C blg-( nmv woiild bo preferred against W'ij liniii Seylar. Whc.n Scvlar Ilved in Potersburgsome years ago he asaoulated with a woman of avestloriablo character, who has long since disappeared from these parts. Much other sensatlonal matter of lilec untrtio character has bceu pub? lished. C<(iiiiiil***dnii CJovernmenl for < Mies. A board of control, or a commlsslon form of government. for Petersburg was a subject brought before tho Chamber of Commerco at its big meet? lng held Krldiiv nlgnt, and from tho favor wlth whlch lt was received -lt m-)v be judged that lho chamber is lienrtily in favor of the consUtutlonal nnienilimnls proposed, to allow cllles, lf thev so desire, to change their gov ornments to tbe commlsslon form; and lt mav bo snid that Potersburg wns tho lirst clty in tho State to move in thls matter, und the Counclls have for roally rqquested its roprescntativos in the General Assembly to ald in secur ing the proper legislation to glvo tho citles such optlon. Tlio Petersburg Investment Corpo? ration has made a proposltion to tho citv to buy Iho nlmshoiisc tract, a largo and dosirahlo farm, with lho view to lts Improvcinont as resldential prop? erty, and to huild a boulevard along Us front. oxtendlng to tho southern liniils of the city. Tho Chamber of Com? merco is asked to asslst ln thls matter. Whether tho city will sell Is a matter of doubt, ns the. Counclls are now con sidertng tho expendlture of a large sum of money in tho improvement of that property. liiiilriiini 'rreHpuHHers, Henrv Austin, negro, wils sent to the Hustings Court to bo trled on the Superior SEEDS Garden Seeds', Seed Potatoes, Onion Sets, Flowcr Seeds, Alfalfa, Essox Rapo, Grass Seeds, Cow Peas, Field Beans, Clover Seeds, Seed Corns, Poultry Foods. D1GGS &BEADLES, Seed Merchants, 1709 EAST FRANKLIN STREKT, - - - RICHMOND, VA. Branch Store-. 603 antl 605 East Marshall Street. Write for our frec Catalogue and Price List. , charge of yr> damaglng a frelRht train on tlie Norfolk and Wcstern Railway as to threuten dancer of wrcck. He tainpored wlth lhe Hteam air brake. A wee blt of a negro boy, John Stowart, 4'lKht or ten years, was eharged wlth a llfo offense in the Pollco Court. Ile was too young to be sent to Jall, and the Justice com promlsed nn a Kood whipping for hlm. HIi-rcllmieou8 \cw.i. From the gltmmer of a candle to llio brilllant glow of the arc liKlit was tho llsure descrlbed by President Heath. of the Chambcr of Commerce, in referrlng to the unprecedented ad? vance in prosperlty of the clty of Petorsburg during tho past few years. W. 1-*. Baugh and Harry Hartwell, tax asaessoru for Dinwiddic county, havo been at work for some tlme and it is reported that tho asscss nieiils of property so far show fully -T. pei'?<-ent. increase. over the pres? ent assessed values. The sales of loose tobacco at the warehoiiHos last week aggregated 217. Sfif, pounds, rnaklng total sales for the season 3,365,280 pounds. A "well-known citizen of Dinwiddic said tliat there is not a plece of prop? erty in tho county, if put up at public salo to-day, but would brlng twlce Its assessed value. Mrs. Mary A. Itawllngs, aged seven ty-stx years, flled Friday nlght at hor resldence on Adams Street. Tbe cltlzens of Fttrlck nre asklng tho lntluonco of tho Chamber of Com merco ln having the Virginia Rallway nnd Power Company extond its old street llne Into that vlllage. west viiKiiM.w iim.n ON SJGUIOUS CHAllC'F.S [Srpclal lo Tlio Times-Dispatch. j Pocahontas, Vn,, February 20.?Wil? llam Ford, alias John Froeman, was arresled here. yesterday for hlghway robbery and assault, by Clty Siwgoant Georg-o W. Mays. Freeman cut the throat and robbed J. E. Sea, at San ford. Ralelgh county. W. Va., several weeks ago. Sea had on his perwou ?ns when robbed. Freoinan has been working hero ln tlio mlnes for somo tlmo, and has been corresponding wlth hls wifo In West Vlrglnla, and It was through the post ofhep people hero nnd tho asslstanco of Ilnniei- f* Brenerman, the assistant postinaster. that Freeman was cap? tured. Ills wifo arrivod horo and was met by hor husband, und whlle tho meet? ing of man and wifo was taking place the ofllcers arrested hlm. He con fessed and was taken to Beckloy, tho county seat of Ralelgh, by Deputy Sherlff Henry Lemon. L [Speclal to The Tlmes-Dlspatoh.] West Raleigh, N. C. February 20.? There will be a prellmlnary contest for the selection of commencement orators of the BCnior class some time within the next month. The Deague Llterary Society wlll hold lts annual banquet at Uierche's Hotel next Saturday night. Among the invlted guests are Josephus Danicl, Ex-Governor Aycock, Dr. D. II. Hill and Dr. T. 1'. Harrison, professor of English, who will deliver short ad dresses. The banquet committee is composed of _. P. McLendon. U. lt Ross and T. H. Thompson, The third entertalnment of tho col? lege lycotim coursr was given in Pullen Hall Saturday night. under the man? agement or lho Alk^bert l.yceum System, of Atlanta, by Reno B. YVoll born. J. R. Mullens, of Charlotte, N. C. was called homo on l-'rlday on account of tbe death of hla fath~r. The senlor class has elected the fol? lowing marshals for corntnencomont: J. M. Blel. '11. chief: G. W. Glllijtte, '11; D. 1_ IHnkle, '11; W. II. Graham, Jr., '12; F. R. Baldwin. .Ir.. '12; J. B. Muzc, '13. and J. I, McCallum, '13. Dr. Holmes, of the Stato Geologtcal and economlc survey, ddlvered two ad dresses boforo tho agrlcultural stu? dents on Thursday and Friday. His subjeets belng I'Forestry Protection" and "Forestry Utllization." TIKE FAILURES [Special to Thc Times-Dispatch. 1 Dancaster, Va., February 20.?Three disastrou's buslness failures huvo re cently occurred in Rlchmond county, the flrst belng that of .1. Milfon Sydnor, a prominent drngglst and buslness man of Wa.rsit'w, who ims boen put in bankruptcy by hls credltors. His unsoc.urod liabilities ara estlmated at $77,000, wlth avallablo assots amounting to only $2,700. Mr. Sydnor's failuro is said to havo boen caused by unCortunato speculatlon ln canned toinatoes. J. 11. Haniblln, also of Rlchmond county, has boen put Into bankruptcy by hls credltors, wlth liabilities amounting to $0,700, and as sets, $6,500. A meeting of tho repre? sentatives of the credltors of thoso men was held recontly at Warsaw, when C. A. Cardwell, asslgnoe ln bank ruptcy, was presont. Among tiio luw yers from a distance wero 11. M. Smlth, of Rlchmond, and W. II. Vuaton, of tho Armour Fortlllzor Works. Colonel 10, llugh Smlth was appointed trusteo for Mr. Sydnor, aud Asa S. Rlco, trustou for Mr. Haniblln. Tho third failuro is that of John A. Brockenbrough, who for a number of years has boen doing a general morchandiso busiuoss at Warsaw, and has just mado an assignmont for tho bonoflt of hls oroditors, A. N. Wollford belng named na asslgnoo. Tho liabili? ties and assots are not stated. A number of educational moetlngs wlll bo hold during tho comlng- week iu the threo lowor counllos of thc Northern Neck. J. s. Thomas, Staio suporvlsur of prlmary schools, wlll do* livor three addresses ln Uichiiiond county during lho flrst part of tim woek. Next Krlday the Toachers' As eciclfttlou of Northurnborland. .outiiy ! vlll hold a tncoting at Wlcomlco *> 'hurch, when a large crowd of teach irg and patrons of the schools will ie present Addresscs and lecturea vlll be delivered by State Supervtsor riiomas, Robert Lee Blanton, editor of he Virginia Journal of Educatlon, and .Irs. Danlel Warwlck Read. State su lervlsor of drawlng, and on the fol onlng day tlu. sume speakers will ad Iress the Laneaster Teachers" Asso iation at Laneaster Courthouse. The bank at Hcalhsvlllo herctoforo iperated. as a part of the L. E. Mum ord Company banklng system, has >een taken out of that system, and vlll hereafter be known as the Bank .f Northumberland, wlth the following illicers: Cilus F. Eubank, presldent; I. M. Booth. vice-presldent; Charles E. -.tirling, cashier; Directors?Glles F. ?"ubank, J. M. Booth, Randolph S. Brent, Asa S. Rice, E. Hugh Smlth, t. B. Booker, Gordon Blundon. George _. Shlrley, W. Andrew Jones. Tho newly organlzed People's Bank it Beedville, recently taken out of the Uumford system, wlll begin business ;o-morrow. T. Dorsoy I'*i.-kltn, commercial iraveler, whose home ls at LltwaRon, ln thls county, and Miss Edlth Laura .VrmstrOng, wero reconlly marrled at Relay, Md., and arc now spending thelr tioneymoon in Flurlda. Lyell McKenney, a young merchant doing business at Brookvale. near hero, and Mlss Addie P. Lowery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Lowery. (.f this county, were marrled Wednes? day evening at the home of tho brldo's parents ln the presenco of the niem bers of the two families, the Rov. W. A. Ware, of iho Methodlst Church, pcr formlng tbe coromony. News comes from Weems ln tlie lower parl of Laneaster of the death of Mrs. Charlotte Dainerel ln the seventy-elghth year of her age. Willlam II. Hundley. second son of Captaln and Mrs. J. W. Hundley, of Irvlngtori, died soveral days ago at tho home of his parents, ln tho thlrtleth year. of his age. Ho had lirm.aii usually strong and healthy For asking so many questions about Wood before placing your order. I know you were disappointed with the last load, and are trying to avoid gclting anbtheri;- My regular customers hardly ever ask me price or quality of Wood; onlv ask, "When can I get it delivered?" because they know I am as low or lower than the lowest reputable dealer. I have been a specialist in Wood that heats while it burns over twelve years. My Coal makes a lasting impression on housekeepers because it only makes ashes. 1 have more Wood, sell more Wood, prcparcd in more ways. Why not try The Leader? Phone Madison 1069 and 1070. HIghland Park Phone, Monroe 1320. The Wood Man oung man, having never been sick a day in hls life tlll he was strlcken down about two weeks ago wlth pneu tnonia. He was a member of the In? dependent Order of Odd-Fellows an<l also of the Junlor Order ot American Mechanlcs. Hls remalns were intorred ln the cemetery of the Whito Stone Baptlst Church, accordlng to the rltes of these two order*. ALLEGED HORSE TIIIEIf* ESCAI'ES FItOM JAII, (Special to The Tlmes-Dlspatch.1 Floyd, Va.', February 20.?Loe Diok erson, who was lndtcted at thls term of the court for horse steallng. took "log ball" late last nlght, and his whereabouts ls unknown. The Jailer, after giving the prlson ers' supper. returned to tlie Jail to look them in for the night and found Dlck erson gone, while the doors to the cor ridor and outslde were unlocked. Dickerson must have escaped '?y means of a key nn.l wlth tho help of friends from thc outslde. The telephone wlres wero rut to tho rallroad and other important points, and it was Imposslble to trace hlm untll a late hour to-day. Xcwit <>f Eautern Sliore. [Spcclnl tn Tho Times-Dispatch.] Onancook. Va.. Fobruary 20.?Fire. started by sparks falling on the root, destroyed the dwelllng and outhulld? ings of Alfred W. James last night. The tire bad made such lieadway when dlscovered that very llttlo fur-rUuivo was saved. Tho loss ls estlmated at $2,500, wlth no Insurance. Iu the case of Georgo 71. Mason agalnst the Baltimore, Chesapeake and Atlantic Rallway Company, heard at the present term of court, in whlcli iho plalntlff suetl for lnjury sustalncd bv falling through Ihe wnarf at f'edai Vlew. the Jury found for tbe plalntll?. and assessed hls damages at $.'.00. Tho Brlck Houso home, In Bello Haven, wlth I r,0 acres of land, was sold on Salurdav for $tR,fir.O to Dr. S. Sl.lnoy Kellani. PRIZES OFFERED TO BEST PUPILS |special toThe Tlmes-Dlspatch.] Onancock, Va., February 20,?Or ganized efforts are maklng ln Accomuc ln behalf of the movement for tho teachlng of improved agrlculturo ln the county schools. Monday. a meet ing of the teachers of the upper parish was held at Temperancevlllc, wlth an attendance of thlrty-two. At I'alnter. the next clay. from St. George's Parish twenty-flve were present. These meot lngs were called by Superlntcndent G. G. Joynes, who was present on both Occaslons. B was determlned to have educational day at the Iveller Falr. whlch ls held the last week in Au? gust. Nlneteen boys have entered tho agrlcultural llst, and forty pupils eu llsted for tho old-tlme spolllng boe. The following program was adopted and offered. I. Flrst prize ln spclling bee, $10; second, $5 Class to conslst of 100 names to be sent to Superintendent joynes. _. Oyster tongs; work to he dono entlreiy by pupll offerlng such tongs ln tho contest; $5. ;(. Bcsi collectlon of twelvo sweet potatoes, twelve Irish potatoes and twelvo ears of corn. The collectlon to bo selectod from one acre of land cultlvatod entirely by tbe pupll. One prlzo, a farm wagon. ?1. A batenu; size not to excecd 2 1-2 feet. Prize, $10. f>. Best twelvo Irish potatoes ralsed under the above conditions, $6. (5. Best twelvo aweet potatoes, ralsed by pupll, 55. 7. Rest twelve ears of corn, $5. S. Best collectlon of worked bis outts?onc dozen?51. !>. Best loaf of bread, $l..",0. 10. Best pound cake, $5. II. Bost a.ssortment homc-mado candy?three klnds?$1. 12. Best hand-miido cook apron, $1.50. Ri. Best half-jo_**n worked buttou holes, 51. 11. Best bed outfit, |5. IS. Best ombroldered shirt waist, $o. iti. Be.-d drawri-work centrbplece, 51. 17. Best uullnctlon of oyster shetls, cbim sholls, dlamond-back terrapin sbeiis. Flrst prize, $5; second, $2.50. IS. Best tnap of Accomac county, $5. 19, Best. mup; selection left to tho cholce of thO pupll, $2.50. _o. Bost drawlng-book, $i. ?>? Hlgh school examination papers?Grados VIII, IX, X, Algebra. Prize, $1 each. _2. Hlgh school examination papers? Grades X and XI. goomotry. Prize, $1 oach. 23, Graniniar school examination papers?Grades IV, V. VI, Vll, arlth mettc, $1 each. 21. Prlmary schoo) number work? Grades I, II, IH, $1 each. 25. Prlmary school best specimen penniiinshlp?Grades I, II, HI, six lines. Prlzo, $1. 2ll. Best copybook?Grades IV, V, and VII, Prize, $t mich. L'7. Bust specimen of busy work, $2.50. ?!S. Best drawlng ln physlology, $1. .0. Best ossay on "Hlstory of Ac oomac County." Flrst, $5; second, $2,50. ;to. Best ossay on "Tho Battlo of Gettysburg," with tnap. First, $2; sec? ond, 51. nlSTlllt'TS Altl-: FAVOmXG MH'AI, SCIIOOI, TAXES [Speclnl lo Tho Times-Dispatch. I Newbern, N. t '? February ?JO. - I.ocal taxes Cor schools soeui to tio "taklng" In this county. Untll ubout two yeara ago there was onl-,- one local lax dis trici. Al Ui_ beguihliit,- of thls your there wero four and on Wednesday of last week Cove City District an.l Muple Cypress Disirict both voted for local tax by a good majorlty. At present there "are a number of petitlons up for local taxes in otlier dtstrlcts. S R. Mathes. of Nortolk. ??? <i-. has been appointed master niachau.ie. at Nowborn for tlie Norfolk an.l Southern Railway. On the same day that Mr. Mathes took charge tlie company cut the tlme of tbe men it) the shop from fifty-llvo to fortv hours per week. it bolng stated that the shop appropria? tlon had boen cut $r.no a month. and thus It was necessary to cut down the tlmo of the men. Clil.EIJRATIO.V WII.I. HE A.V KL.VHORATE AFFAIlt rSpociii! to The Times-Dispatch. 1 Staunton, Va., Februnry 20.?Willlam B. McChonery, of this clty. recently elected grand master of Masons iu Virginla, speaklng of tlie celebratlon of Georgo Washlngton's annlvcrsiuy at Alexandria on next Tuesday by the lodge of -which Washlngton was a member and named in his honor, says the celebratlon thls year wlll be more elaborat,. than usual. Stcps will bo taken on thls occasion to rnature plans for a great memorlal temple to he 1 > 111 lt at Alexandria in Washlngton's honor: and distlnguished Masons from all over tho country have slgnlfiod thelr assenl to be present and counsei with the Alexandria grand master of Vlrglnla and other Statc grand odl oluls will be present and tako part in the celebtatlon ceremonles. The new temple whon built wlll house the preclous paintlngs and rolica of Washington. which have a money value of several hundred thousand dol? iars, now ln lhe possession of the lodgn. Children Cry \ FOR FLETCHER'S CASTOR I A D Wood's Early Ohio ^ Seed Potatoes aro being pla&ted in increasing quantities each year by tho largest and most suceessful market-grow ors. This varioty makes uniform ly largo sized potatoes, of excellent shipping, market and table qualt tios, and is proving to be one of tho most prolitable and reliable of oarly-cropping potatoes. Wo are headquarters for the best Maine-grown $_ftd Second Crop ?V , Northern-grown rOtatOeS Wood's 30th Annual Seed Book gives full descriptiona and information, with the highest tes titnonials from suceessful growers as to tho suporiortty of Wood's fcieed Potatoes, Wrlte for prices and Wood's Seed Book, which will be mailed froo on requost. T. W. WOOD & SONS, S Seedsmen, ? Richmond, Va. ?