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Bunlneim Offlce.916 15. Maln Street Msnchestor Buroau.1103 Hull Stroet : retersbunr Bureau...109 Jf. Hycamoro Stroot ? Lynchburg Bureau.215 Iilghth Stroet BY MAIL, Ono Slx Threo Ono POSTAOB l'AID. Year. Moa. Moa. Mo I Dally wlth Sundny.$6.00 $3.0. $1.60 ; Dally without Sunday... 4.00 2.00 1.00 .35 Kunday edltlon only.2.00 1.00 '? Weekly ( .Vedncsdny).... 1.00 .50 By Times-Dispatch Carrier Delivery Sor 1 vlcc In Richmond (and suburbs), Manches ler and Pe.tersburR? Ono Weok Dally wlth Sunday. lt cents ; Dally without Sunday.10 conts ; Sunday only. 6 ccnta Entored January 27, 1503. at Richmond, | Va.. as sccond-class matter under net ot i Congress of March 3. 1S73. THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 1910,_ JST. 1'ATIIICK'S DAY. ; Evcrywberc throughout- tho world to-day, wherc heats an honest Chrls tian hoart, thc niiino of Salnt Patrlck : is honored and revcrcd. He bclongs, ! ln n sense, to Iroiand. but ln a far _'. largcr way hc belongs to thc Church : unlvcrsal, to Protestant as well as to Cathollc; for tho mlghty works that he did nre tlie herltage ot Chrlsten dom and thc story of his llfo ls tho Insniration of thc lilghest thought nnel tho best llvlng. , There have been many accounts glven of hlm, hls na . tlvity, his rellgious aflHiatlons and hls relations to tho lloly Seo nt Rome. It ?has been vartousty clalmed that ho Was born in Scotland. that ho waa a "Baptlst, that ho was a Fresbyterlan, that he was an Eplscopnllnn; nnd that, in fact, hc wns never anything more than an idea. He is one of tho few 'great men whom all the churches ,-, would clalm antl, lt nothing moro than Ean ldca. yct an Idea to which nll tho ; world would look even as the chlldren of Israel looked to th0 scrpent In tho wllderncss ns ono of the gifts ot God Bo men for thelr salvatlon. '"? Thc story ot Snlnt Patrlck was . .irlefly about as follows: Corn a 8 Frenchman, taken prlsoner by the ,_rish, held In captivity by them for slx ; vears. educated in France for tlie irlcsthood. sent as misslonary to Ire , and by Popo Innoccnt, founder and inlfier of thc Irish natlon, prlest, ilshop, schoolmaster, cxcmplar, for ourtecn hundred and forty-flvo yeara i0 has been one of the great mountaln icaks in thc spirltual lite of the vorld, and to this day pilgrims from ill parta of the world vislt hls grave 'n thc cliurchyard nt Downyiatrlek to \a.y .Yiomage to hls narac and to thank iod that he llved. . St. Patrlck dled when he was about ilncty ycars ot age. At ihat tlme . _$ere were 7,000 of his dlsclplcs in the onvents and monastcrlcs ot Ireland nd 3,000 schools and churches that lad been establlshed by hlm, and from hcae schools and churches they went orth conqucring and to conr.uer tlio 'agan world for, Christ. That was a 'onderful work, and its effect upon io hlstory of the Iiuman race cannot e exaggerated. In these days ot jnuch dverttsing and complicated machlncry . secnis almost imposslblo' that any ich work could have been acconi tlshcd through tho efforts of one ilsslonary; but that misslonary, it ust be aumlttca, could not have rouglit the miraclos St. Patrlck rouglit save wlth the. help of some gher power wlth whom this ono man as as a thousand. Like tlie great postle to tlie -fyHitil.e ,-world, St. Pat ck was in pcrlX,* ry"thc heathen, in irlls ?n thc wilderiiess, in perlls ln e sea, ln prisons more frcqiicrit, and }t flllcd with power of God. Jn some communitics Salnt Patrick's ,iy is made a tlmo of much innoccnt (Srrlment, but here in Richmond it is garded as a religious foast, at which od people tako counsel togellior as how the e.xatnple of tho Patton Int of Ireland may bu turned lo the ;gest and best splrltual account, and , tho day, whether it bc obscrved as holy day or as a tlme for religious ;lection and encouragement, wc may say may it last to the end of GETTIM; CLOSE TO THK I.AM). Rhlnebcck, on the Hudson, is in an rful .?tate of excltcmcnt over tho jings of a rich New Yorker wlio fently settled ln thelr mtdst, Thc \n in questlon?wc do not know his siness?hud the idea thut he wanted 1 establish .an "estate" near Rhlne ?k. so ho bought up 4,000 acroa of Jm lands, tore down the buildings Cl turned the whole into a preserve. ire'-koepers in IUiinobcek are fool ']? tlie plnch and are sendlng long -'ils to New York agalnst the action the mllllonalre who has turned tlr flourishing country into a desert. rio far, the landowners who sold out *Ve not complained. They ai'e keep j their mouths shui and are saylng ?.hlng, ono way or ihe other. We :sume from thelr sllencc that thoy inot caro what the nowcomer does 'h hls cstntn, as soon as they wero il paid for their property, if they l satisflccl, tlio store-kecpors wlll bably havo to tako tlu-ir medicine . rcduce thelr stock. c: ls, however, a haa plan io turn an gicultural se'cilori into a gamo prc t*e on general prlnclples. l? wc *eve old Unclo Jlm lllll, we nocd 1 ' j. thc acres wo liavo to fee<i tho "?frtons gathered ln the clties. Wo ta. c.vcry farmer at work and every *n under culttvatlon. Wlien .'we ii a good farm into a prcservo, wc g the benetlt of the land without I return to tho communlty, except . Enxcs ou iho liuiii wiio wants to turn , **itrytnan. *n the" other liqnd, the ldca of a ^1 roiurnlng to the soll antl sottllng self ln tlie country is altogether V'c|mn|i, lt la Jimt whatvTv^-need to balance up the llfo of the natlon. Our rlch men havo been In tho cltlos for too long a, tlme. They have wlncd nml dlnod niid worn swnllow-tall coats nnd have rlddon in nutomobllos, untll somo of them have forgotten what it ls to bo out in the country and to know thnt thoy reaily aro mon, Tho flnest civilization Ihat America evor saw, the civilization of tho South, was upheld by men who llvcd a part of tho year in the city and spent ihe rest of tho year on tholr plantatlons. Under thls blcssed old reglme, they ha(i enough ot the clty to keop them cosmopolltnn ln spirit nnd enough of the country to kcep tliem human nt heart. lt thc mlllionnlre who is dlsturblng the pcace nnd dlgnlty of tho Common? wealth at Hhinebcck were to put on a pair of ovcralls, niul take a chew of homc-spun tobacco, and reaily get to work on hls farm. we suspect the na? tlon could spare hlm a few ncrcs for liis deer and hls pheasants. FOIICINC* ITS HAND. In the oplnion of thc Norfolk Land mark "the movement forclng the hand of tho Uichmond, Frederlcksburg nnd Potomac Railroad wns omlnently just and wlse." But why? The road ls actlng under a charter granted by the Stato nnj is in.an cspcclal sense un? der the protectlon of the Stnte. It has boen op'eratea under this charter for a long perloijjof years nnd It has glven splendld service to the State and lts peoplo and thelr industrial and commercial interests. It hns not sought to do ahythlng that tlio Stntc has not permitted It to do. It hns ndmitted its readlncss to make a now agrcement wlth tlio State If tho State would permit lt to como In as a taxpnyer on tho samo terms as tlie othcr railroads operatlng ln thc State. It ha-.-asl.cd for no speclal privllcges, but only that lt shall receive tho same treatment as the other roads. That seems to bo falr; but thc State actlng through lts lle'glslatlve body and ln obedlenco to public clamor, has sought to force thc,company to aban? don certaln rights which are guaran? teed to it by tho State, without any compensutory bcncllts from the State. It has done what any business man or company would have done In tlie like clrcumstancos, and, standing squarcly on Its rights as a creature of thc State, and as theso rights nre se? cured to it by lts charter from the State, thero was 110 reason elthcr ln good niorals or in good polltlcs why any effort should havo been mado to dragoon lt Into accepting a settle? ment which might have been dlsas trous to its Interests and of no ma? terial advantago to tho State. It may bo, as the Landmark predlcts, that "thc road wlll come in us a tax payer"; but lt ought not to come in except on cqultable terms. Wo do not belleve that thc Sunday blll wlll hold in law. Wc do hot bellove that thc courts would hold for a moment that what could not be accompllshed by falr dnaling can be compcllcd by force or by a policy which is ln its nature conilscatory. Thero is another point made by our tldewater conlemporary whlch ls not creditable to it, and ls so strifllng and solflsh, in fact, that it wlll not con vlnco thc sober second I thought of the Landmark Itself. lf thc Road do not come in as a taxpaycr, says our friend, "we cnn stand thc dlvcrslon of traftic to Norfolk, and the State of Virginia ought not to care a rap. which way tho trafllc goes, provlded her own cities and countlos get the handling of It, as they will undor elther agreement." But the State of Virginia ought to care a good many raps about any effort that would re? sult ln ihjury not only to a great transportatlon llno, but to the Stato itself, which has a property Interest in the line that Is to be crushed be? causo it will 110^ sacrlilco the rights whlch lt holds under the' great seal of the Commonwealth. Thc dlvcrslon of tho trafllc whlch llnds Its natural way over the Rlohmond, Frederlcks? burg ai.d Potomac Railroad through Norfolk would not help thc town of Rlchmond or rcsuR ln tho sllghtest benefit to the State as a whole. The State would not make any more mon? ey by such diversion except by in creaslng thc assessment-of the roads which would then do the business now handled by thc Rlchmond, Frederlcks? burg 'and Potomac road. It might bo found also that Just to thc extent that Norfolk would benefit by the policy whlch tlie Landmark "predicis" -would that town be expected to pay larger sums into the treasury of the State. We suppose the other roads which would lio bencfued by the sacrillcc of the Richmond, Frodericksburg and Po? tomac road would not desire this pol? icy, against whlch also the laxpayors of Norfolk would doubtless (irptest. THB ltl.POIlTt-.-t, AGAIN. ln hls report of what he heard at the Stato Capitol about what was Iu the Loglslatlve mlnd. ono of the young mc-n employed by this paper said some weeks ago that it was the general be Ucf that the offlco of Secretary of tho Virginia Military Records would bo ubollshed by tho present Leglslature by thc slmple cxpodlent of outtlng out tlie appropriation, That was what hc heard, and it seemed to bo air entirely proper tlilng for hlm l? r.port. Thero wns nothing brilliant in tho statement, nor any d_-ir_ on tho part of the wrlter to a?..ume any edltorlal prerogattvo; nor was thero any halluclnation on tho.part of tho brlght young man who reads thc copy to lot anything pass by hlm whlch dld not 'appear to ha adegltlmato thing for publlcatlon lh the news columns of tbo paper. The stntcnienl was made the occasion nf a hit of smart writlng ln tlie estocin ed Hoanultp TImc_, whlch dcsciibed the rcporter as "ternpornrlly unbalancod hy tho cxcltlng doluulon that ho was an oditor," and tho copy.reader was held up iu the publlo conlumcly on tho charge thnt he wns laboring "under tho lin lliiclnn tion that Itwas hls dny off;" nnd tho young Journallst xyna advlBod that hls earn nnd soul would be mado to tlnglo by tho card of Major Httnter, thc Secretary of tho Rocords, ln whlch ho "polnts out tho importanco oi tho work ho is dolhg and lts Inestlmable valuo not only ns a record of tho.pnst, but ns a guldanco and history for tho future." lt Is hoped at least that the reportor who made tbo statement would havo exprcssed hlmself In rathor bettor form than that; but tho polnt wns not that the work wns lacking ln lm portance or that tho grand old man who hns been charged wlth lt hnd not lone hls work well. Tho story told at thc Capltol wns that the offlce would be abollshed, nnd tho offlce has licon .hollshed In preeisoly the way the re inrter sald it would bo. There wasn't iny "excltlng doluslon" In that, as thc result proves. Tho Times wlll now make a noteoflt, tve nre sure, not for tho sako of tho rc porter, but to show that it means to totc falr. Wo recollect when Iho edl? tor of tho Times was a reportcr nnd n Leglslatlvo correspondent, and thero was never a bettor ono anywbere, so that ln hls present estntc he wlll tako Klndly thought of tho reportor who ls cllmblng up Into higher ranks of the profession. There is nothing that a re? portor so much riqeds as just a little approval now and then, and nothing that ho so much desplses ns an attempt to do hlm Injury. | A DAY'S DOI.VGS AT KHARTOUM. ] Wo nre now givlng dally bulletlns of what tho Colonel ls dolng down in Egypt, and it must bo said that ho Is a. vory busy man. On Tuesday hc turned down the Invltatlon of the Knnsas Clty Chamber of Commerce to nako hls American cntry through tho sort of San Francisco; but ho broko :he fail by givlng a tentatlvo promlso :hat ho would attend the frontlor :elebratlon In August at Donver and 1'heyonno. That Is very good, as It may help to kcep Taft and Balllnger n a trcatablo conditlon, and it would never do for them to get above thelr titislnessj Then he put ln a part of tho day in recciving callers and plannlng cxpeditlons to thc polnts of lilstoric Interest, and gave glfts to thc natives who had accompanled hlm in the junglo, and vislted the Gordon Mcmorlal College in tho east ond of Ihe town of Khartoum, an Institution liullt from contrlbutions levied upon thc Engllsh people by KItchener, and Croni the collego hc drove to othor parts of the town. That is vcry im fiortant, as hc might have stayed in one part of the placo wlthln his rights. "Jcnkins," whom wc tako to bc reaily old Mol Stone in thls case, is doing the thing up brown, biit hc falls to explain who Major-General Wingate is. During tho drivo of the Colonel, we aro told ho was "jolned by other members of Major-General Wlngatc's staff, occupylng two car? rlage?." Wc can undcrstand why two carriages should have been rcqnlred to hold them; but iwho thc deuco ls Major-General Wingate? That's what we want.to know, as thls ls tho first time ho has been mentloned in clos touch with the Colonel. Then wo also want to know whether or not there was reaily anythlng especialiy signifl cant ln thc Colonel's riding all the way to Kerreri on the back of n donkey. Did that mean that he In? tends to run for President in 1912 on the Dcnioeratlc ticket. Thls incident of the Colonel's first day at Khartoum may have. and doubtless wlll have, direct Influenco on the politlcal situa? tion in our own common country. So many other persons have rldden the donkey that one ride more or loss probably will not make much differ? ence but it is well that these develop? ments should be explained as/wo go along. Then there is anothcr fact recorded in tho account glven b3' Ihe Assoclated Press about what tho Colonel did out it Kerreri. "Before leavlng," says old Uel Stone (lt wlll be noted that ho loes not explain what ho loft or whoro tie loft it), a son of IL II. Asqutth. the tiritlsh Primo Mlnister, was intro lucod. The party then procceded to ho Ell'ln, and thenco to the palace, horoughly dellghtcd wlth tho trlp." \ro wo to undcrstand that the Colonel md hls party procceded to the tiilfln .iinply becauso Mr. Asquitfi was In? troduced to them? Thero Ig.still an Dther statement ln thc^ Stono account _f what happened at Khartoum that would secm to requiro clucldation. rhe story is told thus: "This evening _. dlnner was glvon at the palace, at whlch somo 300 covers wore lald,* tho guests, in addltion to Colonel and Mrs. Roosevelt and thelr son and daughter, including many others." "Many others," what'.' Wc do not caro very much what happened at Khartoum or what ls to happen ntter Khartoum?all that wo want now ls to have the Colonel back at home. becauso things havo been mighty qulot and pe.iceablellke slnco lio went off after big gamo to Afrlca. Wq do not know, of course, what he wlll do when he comes homo; thoro iro a great many matters requlrlng attentlon. What ls ho going to do ,vlth Taft? Wlll ho let hlm have an -ther term? Thon there aro tho Inaur jents ln tho Wept, who havo been runnlng at a furlous rate Cor months :_nd have never takon a hurdle. What's ac going to do with theiu? Wlll Joe' .annon be siiffored longer to cumber tho ground? Wlll he send Pulltzer to jall and keep Deiavan Smlth off tho roscrvatlon ot Washlngton? Will ho arrango for a reproduetlon of hia wol oomo ln Afrlca by sunimonlng the col? ored trlbes iu iho country to moet hlm at tho landlng ln New York? Wlll he permit Dr. Lymim Abbott to con tinue to imnglne that ho ls still the pdltar of tho Outlook? We don't enrp what liappoin., our wlthers aro un wruqg. We have always llked hlm, oxcoiH tn spot?, ? -" ~"~* | A CHICAGO TIHCK, Thero Ib no tclllng what thoy -wlll do ln Chlcago, nnd lt ls uselcss to mako. prcdlotlons. Thoy may turn arounj ana have n, groat exposttlon, or thoy may docldo on a llne dlsplay of bomb-throwlng, or they may choose to havo a campaign agalnst long hat? plns. Thoy may docldo to mako sau sago out of women, or to ralse the prlce of wheat, or to eat some new and unhoard of dlsh, Imported by ono of tholr cltizens who spont hls money ln seclng the senmy sldo of Europe. ? Chlcagb's latest fad, however, ls a llttlo surprlslng, even to thoso who have always thought that tho Insan Ity ot that town liad long slnco paascd every llmlt thls sldo of tho.Madhouso. It lurns ont, accordlng to thelr food Inspcctors. that tho store-kecpers of tliat town havo boen selllng candy to men, women and chlldren, which Is de? elared to contain "..2 1-2 per cent. other, 2.1-2 per. cont. other oil, and 66 per cent. alcohol." We do not know nuici, about other and ether oil. They mlght bo very useful for somo thlngs and wo are Incllned to pass them by, at least for tho purposo 'of argument. Tho last Item ls the Important one. Tho candy, whatever Its vlrtues, Is sald to pro? duce drunkenness of thc hlghest order. We cannot understand how lt la that anybody In Chicago wants to take hls llquor ln candy. What's the good of lt? If tho man does not wlsh to carry around a half-plnt ln his hlp ponket, or, for personal reasons, does not care to cntcr a bar-room, why should ho chooso to take hls refresh ment ln such a way? Tho bag mlght liroak, thc candy mlght fall, and whero would tho man bo thon? Agaln, why should anyono in Chlcago, ot all places, ever want to dlsguise hls ll? quor? We have never heard that the Chlcago poople wero modest, or that thoy hesltated to take their drlnk,- or that they cared what anybody clse thought about anything they dld. Tho thlng mlght have been Intelltg able down in Georgla, possibly, and ln North Carollna. probably, provided there wore no speak-easles handy or no express trnins due ln thc next few hours. A mon mlght have an excusc in that dry and thlrsty land to con ccal hls llquor in chocolatc bonbons, but ho could not plcad that excuse ln Chlcago, where there Is a bar on ev? ery corncr and somo ln between. Wo do not know what our friend of the Chicago Trlbune wlll say on this point. and wo do not wlsh to condemn him unheard, but we have our suspi clons about the whole matter. Those Chlcago people aro great advcrtlsers and they do not hesltato to adopt any method to bring thelr goods to the attention of the people. For an we know, thls whole talk about the pure food authorltles stopplng the trade ln tho lntoxlcatlng candy may bc an ad vortlslng device?merely lntondcd to assuro the good people of North Car? ollna and Alabama that Chicago will not fall them ln tholr hour of nced or turn a deaf car to thelr crles for a llttle "sumthln* ter drlnk." THU COMET'S A-COMIXG. Thc coming of thc comet has sot the nntlons to work quletlng tho fears of their ignorant citlzoris and subjects. England ls bcstlrring hersolf ln par? tlcular, and ls placardlng India from thc mountalns to the sea, warnlng the na tlves that a hcavenly visltant is near, and that hc or lt. whatever may be the sex, will give them a nlghtmaro or send them panic-strlcken through the jungle. We admlro England's foroslght, hut we deploro the wasto of money. The gcvernment may plaster every blll board from Melbourne to Labraidor with announconicnts that the comet ls nearing the earth, but lt cannot stlll tho alarm which wlll be aroused among the ignorant when the perpotual sky. rocket really looms up in tho sky. Even In our own country, where tho nowspapers havo been talklng of tho comet for months, many peoplo wlll thlnk that thc end of tho world is at hand and that thc general smash-up ls coming. No newspaper talk wlll re assure them and no sclentlflc investi? gatlon.. will enlni thom. Thore are yet two months ot grace for tho slnfnl, and somo months of waltlng for tho rlghteous before the comet will be near us. As yet', lt can hardly be seen oxcopt wlth tho ald of opera glasses. and lt will not loom large for somo weeks. By tho first of May, hqwevor, the comefs light will brlghten, until, on May IS, Its tail will brush the earth. None knows what will happen that nlght. Tlio sky may be llt Wlth a strange firc, aml u10 earth may bo sparkod as with a powerftil eiectric current. Tlio most eourageous' may hold tholr breath, nnd tho bravest may liavo q'ualms of fear. Tn France, they aro alroady prophesying a rough tlmo for the people. Sclentlsts havo dis covered cyanogeu gas In tho tail of Morehouse's comot, and aro fearlng' that an examlnatlon 0f tho spectruii. of Halley's nnniesako may show tho same drcad polson. if lt do, these wlse men solemnly tell us that llfo wlll becomo cxtlnot on the earth in a day. On thc other hand. thero is the llko llhood tliat the ptifticlcs in the comefs tail, however eomposocl, will not in terfcrc with iho normal atmosphere of tho earth, and may even bo carrled away from tho rarth's surface.or ho dlssolved as soon as thoy reaoh the alr around this old ball. There ls also the consollng thought that Ilalley'a comet may not contain cyanogon gas or any other nosiou.s gas,. but may bo, p'or fcctly harmless, arid mny ovon wag In a klndly sort of, fashion as Jt brushes uy. Then there Ih 'anothor conEOlatlon sthout lt all. lf ti,0 worst should como to tho worst, thoro wlll be nobody loft to nioiirn, it wo uro takon. our hrotbor will not be left. It wo ?_?o th* [ vletlms of cyanogen gas, our enemleaj wlll fall a.t well aa we. Thoro wlll be: no regrbt ln golng whon thero wlll bo no one left to bowall. So wo liltl tho comet welcome, whether ho or sho brlngs cyanogen gai or aorlal flre works. I Wo wondor how that nogro feels who was glven *10 for roturnlng a bag containing Jowols worth J2G.000, espe? clally whon prlces aro high. An Ex-Clty oflicial haa been arrested In Boston, but tho men who stlll hold offlco are not trombllng. Thoy hold tho bng. Nobody need have stated that a nro was raglng under Carbondale, Penn? sylvanla, Evorybody knows tlmt a certaln flro la always close to that Stato, In a murder trlnl ln Vlenna. a fe? malo witness really ftiintcd, all re? ports to tho contrnry notwlthstandlng. . A Central Amerlcan genoral dled tho other day?yes, a nattir.il death with? out a hemp collar. Wo always had our susplclons as to tho sanlty ot Walter Pholps Dodgc, of Now York. Our worst fears aro verl flod, slnco ho has announced that he wlll leave Amerlca and llve ln Lon? don. Cook has received the hardest blow yet, Joe Brown, of Georgla, has en dorsed hlm. Hls frlends neod not be alarmod. Old Taft Is just taking a llttlo jaunt, and wlll travol only 2,600 mlles. [ Thc Provldenco Chlnatown ls ln ai turmoll. Whllo thc Coiostlals .wcrol having a little gamo of skln, tho cops ralded tho placo and thc "pot" dlsop pcarcd. Wc havo our susplclons where lt wont. A glrl in Plttsburg hanged herself wlth a pair of silk hose, which showa the lnnatc Plttsburglan taste for os tcritation. John X). need not .worry. Whllo Wickersham and tho rest are black guurdlng lilm, tlie preachers are com? ing to hls rescuc. If he ls punlshcd In thls world, he Is glven every assur o.nco of an easier tlme hercafter. XVc cannol docldo which was tho lucky party in that New York near wcddlng which was called oft by the brlde tho hour before tho cercmony was to take place. Tho long sesslon of Congress always carrles one consoling thought. The longcr they stay there thc less chance there ls that thc members will agree on any laws. "I am stlll here," says Tim Wood? ruff. So he is, but wherc is thc wcsklt?! Thc closlng of a movlng picture show in Moosup, Rhode Island. covered no scandal. They did not mind how rank the plctures wcrc, but tho pollco would not nllow a man to operate the lantcrn without a perm!t.; That burglar up North who atc sup per in a house lie was rlfllng before ho took tho sllver belleved that the most valuable thlng should recelve flrst attentlon. We are stlll hopeful that Dreyfus's name wlll come up before thc Duez scandal ln Paris is finlshed. Newport reports ninc engagements at ono tlme, not Includlng those which cannot be announced, owlng to the slow work of the divorce court. Is tl.crc not some hopo for a con? troversy over who startcd tho antl vivisectlon movement? This would bo the bost way of killing it. What was the use of calling an ex? pert into tlie Clncinnatl court to provo that the prlce of butter was bogus'i Some of thc womon are complalnlng about the fallure of the, chauffeurs to sound their gongs or whlstlcs at tho streot corncrs, and, wlthin tho last ?few days, thero havo been several narrow cscapes from ser(ous accident on thls account. lf Officer Bendall would direct some ot his attentlon to thls matter ho would savo as many prccious llves, probably," as ho hus saved by stacklng up flnes against thc drivers who exceed the speed llmlt. Tlio streets were made as much for pedestrliins as for automobile owners, strange. as lt may seem, and one old lady run over ln tho streets would cause as much trouble to tho' careless driver as a host of possible chUdren ori the stretches ot country roads in our beautiful suburbs. No man who falls to blow hls hom at the stroet corncrs ought to be allowed to'run an automobile. That moon last night! Thore was never anything llko lt scon anywhere elso ln the world oxcept ln Charleston beforo the war. It is clalmed by the now clty dlrec tory of Charlotto. North Carollna, that tho alleged Cradlo ot Amerlcan Inde? pendence now has a population of 50, ?155. Thoso iiguros are llable to ro vlsion by the United States oensus takers; but, for tho present und untll the correctod roturns have boen receiv? ed, Charlotte has a population of half a hundred thousand, which means, among othor thlngs, of course, that Charlotte ought to pay a larger part of tho runnlng expenses of the State Government. Grcater population brincs wlth lt nocossarily greater hurdens. Wc warn the publlp not. to accept any reports that como from Houston regardlng tho doings of tho baseball teiim ln thnt town. Nothing rcllablo cvor came from Houston yet, elthor In tho form of newsorT'of newspapers. Horo's a voioe from the tomb: Eu gene V. Debs is .golng to looturo ln Washington. He is to talk about the Federal Judiciary, which indlcates that ho ls stlll doing. business at the same old. stand. . How Roosovolt would rololco lf he could "read tho nowaj froin WaHhington. An oftlcor is really'to bo rotlred bo oauso he cannot atand tho physical teeta lald down by tho Mlghty Ono. Thls. is tho ilrst tlmo anybody, any? where, could ovor show that there wus ajythlug sarttus about the testfl. Address all communlcatlons for thls column to Query Edltor, Tlmcs-Dlspatch. No mathematlcal problems wlll be solved, no colns or stamps valued and no dealers' names wlll be glven. Rccordcr of Deeila. Is tho succossor of the negro Be corder of Deeds for tho Dlstrlct of Columbla a whlte man Or negro? A CONSTANT READER. A negro. I.ii.l.i and thc Law. Does a person deslrlng to study law hnvo to undcrstund Latin, and Is thero.any need whatovor to take samo wlth tho above mentloned study7 A READER. Lntln Is very holpful ln the study of tho law, but lt Is not noccssary. Tha Snlpc Meanon. Pleaso teli mo whon the sntpe season ln Vlrglnla bcglns? . B. All snlpo excopt Wilson, or Engllsh, snlpo aro' protoctcd betweon Airll 1 und February 15. Compulaory Vacclnatlon. Hero In Orange county, Va., thero Is a grcut smallpox scaro nnd .the Board of Health has sent out a doc? tor. from Charlottesvillo to vacclnato nll ' tho people who havo not been succcssfully vacclnated. A groat many ot the people In thls Immcdlato nelgh? borhood aro blttcrly opposed to It, and say that it is no law. as clalmed by the doctor. They think ho tells thls In order to scare and forco them into belng vacclnated. For my part I think It is a law and thlnk.it is rlftht, To sottlo an argument and general dls pute, teli mo whether thore Is such a law or not, and how it is gotten up. ONE. Tho county supervisors are empow ered to order compulsory vacclnatlon whenever they think propor. If they fail to do ho tho Stato Board of Health Is nu.horlzed to order all persons ln an Infocted nelghborhood vacclnated. The law on thls subject ls vcry strln gont. A Medicine to Uc Sold. 1. If I havo n good recolpt for u I good medicine, have I tho rlght to I iiianufuoturo und sell same without It belng guaranteed under the pure food nnd drug aot of 1906? 2. What wlll the llcense be on the samo In the State of Vlrglnla? ... To whom wlll I havo to anpl.v to havo same guaranteed under oure food and drug act of ID06? READER. 1. If sold excluslvcly wlthln the Stato you aro not reaulrcd to rcirlster It 2. .2... 3. Pure Food Bureau. Department ot Agrlculture, Washlngton. D. C. Hnllcy'M Comet. Wlll Hallcy's comet bc vlslble by loth Instant, or wlth the ald of opera glasses at present tlme? I see you soatc In to-day's paper that lt ls. Klndly teli mc at what tlme I wlll be able to seo same. Is thls comet very low In tho sky? K. A. S. A number of porsons In Rlchmond _laim already to have seen tho comet with Held glasses. It Is at present low on the horizon. Father Francls Torn dorff. professor ot astronomy in fSeorgetown Unlverslty, gives theso dl rectlons for findlng It: Tho comet ls sllghtly west of thc star Dr-lto, of the constellatlon of the flsh. Tho caslest way to locate lt ls from thc three bright stars of the constellatlon or aries. frr>m whlch It ia one hour and twenty mlnutes of are In a southwosl erly dlrcction. With the ald of glasses the comet can easily bc (liscerned every FREEDOM OF.LONDON FOR COL. ROOSEVELT HY LA ..I.VnQXISE DK KONT15NOY. ^, O much mlsapprchenslon prevalls W as to the exact nature of the -J honor whlch thc city of London Is to bestow upon ex-1'rcsident Theodore Roosevelt, on thc occa.'iton of hls visit to thc Brltish metronolis in the early summer, that lt may be just as well to explain what it reaily means. If he were a subject of KluK Edward,the action of the Lord Mayor and Aldermcn ln conferrlng upon hlm thc freedom of tho clty would tnvest him with all sorts of. ancient prtvlleges and Unmunitles, besides a number of pernuisllcs. In fact, there is a consld erable pecuniary value attachcd to a freemanship of thc city of London. Lord Cromer. Lord Curzon. Lord Kitch ener, Lord Roberts. have all received the freodom, whlle the only woman upon whom it was ever hestowed was the late Baroness Burdett-Coutts. Honorary freedom of the clty of London such as that in store for Colo? nel Roosevelt has been granted ln comparatlvely very few cases. Indeed, the only Instances that I can rncall are those of Garlbaldl, General Grant, GeOrgc Peabody and Ferdlnand de Lcs seps,.who received a copy of the reso? lution of the Chamberlain's Court electlng them, thc resolution belng contalned ln a valuablo gold easket, worth anywhere from S5.000 to $25. 000. But being aliens, of course, they wore debarred from any of the orlvl leges, prerogatlves and pecuniary ad? vantages of frecmen. With regard to forelgn soverelgns, a mere address of welcomo ls substltuted for tho certi? ficate of freedom of tho city. Who la Lady Grace Mackenilef It would bo lnterestlng to learn who Is the solf-styled Lady Grace Macken? zle, who, whlle ln Now York, at tho Waldorf-Astorla, en. route to her flve big ranclies ln Crook county, Wyo.. gave out Intcrvlews abusing former J President Roosevelt for the havoc. whlch she declares .that, although a' former ranchcr himself, he caused; throughout tho rariching lndustry dur- I lng his term at tho* Whlto House by ! his action rogardliier cattle InspccUon. She descrlbos-hersolf as the widow of tho lato Lord Mackenzle. Thore has.been.no peer for the last flfty years of tho name of Lord Mac-. konzle- True,. thero ls a judge of the CJourt of Sesslon at Edlnburgh, Charles Mackenzle by name, who, by vlrtue of Hls ofllco, has enjoyed for the past four years tho courtcsy tltle of Lord Mackenzle. But hls wife's Chrlstlan namo is Lily, and not Graco; and.whlle _he has the right to the courtesy tltle _f Lndv Mackenzle. she doos not dream it styllng herself "Lady Llly Macken _Ie." _. ', The assailant of the former Presl ?lent, ln descrlbing herself as Lady Urace Mackenzle, lmplles that sho ls tho daughter of an Engllsh earl, mar ?luls or duko, slnce tholr daughters ilono aro-warranted ln uslng the pre flx of "Lady" to thelr Chrlstlan namo. and ln conjunctlon witli thelr sur name. Thero aro. at least a dozen women entltled to tho deslgnatlon of "Lady Mackenzlo," wlves or wldows of baro nots and knlghts of the name of Mac? kenzle," but not one of them bears the Chrlstlan namo of Grace or an swers in any wny tho descrlptlon of tho alleged owner of the flvo ranchc3 ln Crook county, Wyo. I would not refer to thls matter were It not for tho Immense amount of publlclty which she hns laie.y-.re ::olved ln tho press; her allegatlons that Theodore Roosevelt had done far more harm to the sheep and cattle breed Ing lndustry than tho meat trust, and that he had by hls policy forced many jattle-owners Into hankruptcy, having been telegraphed from New York to all polnts ln tho Unlted States. Be? fore attachine any Importance: to theso .ssertlons lt would bo. well for*Ladv Srace Mackenzie to explain just how .he.comes by her, name, apd, aboye all, ay her tltle, of whlch hq , standard ivork contalus tho slightest ,-rofcrerloe. Thoro is a Miss Graco Mnokens-lo nontloned. And, ouriously eiiough, sln. nakos her home: ln. thls country. But iho ls only thlrteert years of ago, and tvos at AVestfleld,: N. J.. where hor .ather, Edmund Lyons Mackenzle, a /ery dlstnnt cousln of Sir Kenneth ilackenzle. of Tarb&t and 8c*tweU. ^e-( nlght in tho southwestern sky. If the moon be partlcularly brlght, however, tho celestlal vlsltor Is not caslly .ils ccrnod, Its brlghtness belng ov*or Bhadowed. Father Torndorff says the earth wlll nof be affected when II pnsReB through tho tail of tho comet about Mny 10. Tno only result may b< a sllght nffectlon to' tho mucous mem? brane, due to tho gnses. Those gases, however, nro so 'sllght?about one nlno-thousandth part of tho denslty of tho atmosphore?and that tho effect wlll be vory sllght, lf lt is felt at all. The World-Clrcllng _F(ce?. 1. From what placo and dnto dld tho United States llcot start for tour of thn world? 2. Thc names of the vcrbcIs? 3. Date of rotujen to Hampton Roads? J. II. T. 1. Tho fleet left Hampton Ronds Be combor 1G. 1907. 2. Tho shlps wero Connectlcut, Ver mont, Mtnnesotn, Knnaafl, Georgla, Ne brasko, Kentucky, Rhode Island. New Jerscy, LoulHlana, Virginia, Ohlo, Mis? sourl, Wlsconsln, Illlnols, Kcarsarge, and a nnmher of tonders. 3. February 22, 1009. All Sorts nnd Klnds. 1. Is thero a law ln Virginia prc hlbltlng a hardwaro dealer or other1 merchant from selllng a revolver to a mlnor? 2. How long should a safety razor bladc last which ls used to shavo wlth once* a week? ... Has Yoder, the edltor, who wns sentenced to Jall, llnlshed serving hls term yet? .. Who Is tho superintendent of tho State Penltentiary? BILLY JONES. 1. No. 2. About three months, if thc blada ls a good one. 3. Yes. i I. J. li. Wood. \ .Vcit In Thls Column. L. XV. N.: Jf you will read the cap tlon of thls column you wlll uoe why your questlon cannot be answered here. Settlng Colors. Plcaso tell mo how to set the color ln gnods. I have a baseball suit which stalns vory badly, and would llko. for you to tell me. T. S. H.. JR. Sugar of lead ln water wlll set the color. John D. Kopkefellee'a AddreM. Please glve me tlie address of John D. Rockefeller. Sr. READER. Thls address was prlntcd ln The Tlmes-Dlspatch of March 9. copies of whlcli can bc secured at thc business ofllce. n ' ' Interior Wnnil .vork. I am bullding a homc. All tho wood work ln thc parlors wlll be palnted whlto except thc doors. These wlll bo mahogany. Now shall I nut whlte or mahogany mantels ln theso rooms? BROWN. Tho best taste would suggest that thc mantels bo whlte. I.en.Ilnc PIillnntliroplHtn of Amcrlcn. Last fall or early wlntor a llst ot lcading philanthroplsts of Hic United States was prlnted in one of our oa pers Can you give me th?i namo and date of thc- paper? READER; We do not And such a list In our iile. You can find all of the leading Phllan throplsts named In "IVho'a Who in Amerlca." sides wlth hls American wife, a daugh? ter of Peyton Skipworth Coles, of !?;_> toutcvllle. Va. Lord Sackvllle'n Vlctory. That Lord Sackvilie's vlctory In the recent sensattonal peeraee case haa glven great .satisfaction, not only to hls neighbors ln Kent, hut also to all tho people on and around lu.. hls? torlc Knule Housc estate, near Sevcn oaks, ls shown by thc enthusiastiu manner ln whlch practically tho en? tire county turned out to welconic- hlm and hla wlfo and daughter on thelr arrlval at Knole, on thelr return thero for the lirst tlme after tho conclusion of the trlal, whlch was in every senso of the word a cause celcbre. For Lord Sackville, as soon as ever Lady Sack ville's brother Henry Instltuted legal proceedings to dlsputo hls successlon to the peerage and estates, wlth un usual deilcacy closed up Knole and went elsewhc-re to llvc untll the ques? tlon of Ita ownershlp had been de? clded. That tlje clalmant purposely delayed thc settlement of the case by every means In his power ls undoubt edly true, due to the fact that as long as the Issue renialned undeclded ho was able to retaln a certaln amount of social prestlge and flnancial credit, both of whlch were bound to vanlsh from thc moment that he was defeated. -\ hen Lord and Lady Sackville reach? ed Sevenoaks the other day thc horses wero unhltchcd from thelr carrlage, whlch was thereupon drawn bv tho people through densely crowded streets, adorned with triumphal arches. a'l . t'm way to Knole Houso, whero thelr neighbors had gathered to con gratulatc them on thelr return; while at night the entlro countrysido waa lighted up by hu-h bontlres. While, of course. Lady Sackville must nave been gratlfled by tho warmth of her reception,; and havo boen pleased to bo able to roturn thus to livo at Knole House. where she had made ner home with her fathor from tho tlme when he was forced to loavo \\ashington. her satisfaction must havo boen tempored by the remem brance that the vlctory whlch she and her husband had won was over hor own brother. and tliat lt had not been achieved beforo tlio latter. ln hls seltlsh and foollsh efTorts to se? cure the barony of Sackville and tha estato of Knolo, had blazoned forth to tho entire world the almost for gotten clrcumstancos that hls mother had nover been marrlod to hls father and that his sisters. Lady Sackville herself Included. were, llke himself. 11 legltimate. I havo so often descrlbod Knolo In .avS<.,.,?t.?rS th(_*t ,l may su?ic? t2 ???i_thah H v.as, Q"ee? Elizabeth's fa yortte. the Earl of Lelccstcr. and af? ter that her cousln and Lord Treas? urer. Sir Thomas Sackville. flrst Earl pf Dorsot, who mado Knolo Park th? beautlful place lt ls to-daT The bulld! L'i,? coniPrlsos soven dlstlnct courts. _LT_ i0% ,r0i0ms and fl?y-two stalr ?r.a,^' CaialoB?os and Inventories of J* and Stuart times show that whilo ovory generation has added something to the treasures of Knole the very arrangoment of tho furni? ture and of the pairitings, oomprlslng magnlncent old masters, haa remalned unchanged throughout tho lapse. of conturles. whlle none of the helrlooma soem evor to, havo heen dlsslputed or allenated. Two flredogs ot steel, bear Ing the arms of Queen* Anno Bolev'n. remaln to this day. dolng duty ih tho largo open flreplaco of the room whlch sho oceuplod ^during her resldence at Knole, and thore are plenty of other rellcs of thls ill-fated consort of Henrv VIII., as also of other Engllsh aover olgns, fow of whopi negleqted to vlslt and stay at Knolo House whlle on the throno. (Copyrlght, into, by tho Brentwood Company.) The wide awalce loca) m_rc.i_._tis being as Bist.d by' om- _trong corps of advertising writers and illustrators.; Rlchmond AdTcrtit *I-j? Agency, Inc. Mutual Building,