THE T1MF8 FOUNDED U3C&
nre; dibpatcii founded in iko.
RICHMOND, VA., SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1911.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
CENTRE OF RICHMOND'S WHOLESALING DISTRICT
More Facts and Figures
Concerning Trade In?
crease in Decade.
Pleasing Illustration of How
Richmond Wholesalers Enlarge
Volume of Business?Forced
to Find New and Larger
Quarters?Site of Old
nv FRANK S. WOODSON.
In an article which appeared on this
page a few weeks ago It was said that
comparatively few of the citizens of
Richmond are aware of tho immense
wholesaling and Jobbing business that
is done in this city, and that those peo?
ple who arc not directly interested in
the business, or who do not feel an in?
terest in trade statistics generally, but
who yet love to boast of Richmond's
commercial and industrial greatness
?would he surprised, should they care?
fully analyze the figures, study the facts
concerning the wholesale trade of this
city and examine the map showing the
vast territory over which Richmond
sells all kinds of goods to retail mer?
chants. They would learn much more
of the greatness of this city's jobbing
trade were they to also make a study
of the figures which show the marvel?
ous Increase in this business within the
past five or six years.
Thon and Xow.
The time was when the jobbers of
this city confin.-d ? their efforts almost
entirely to two states, and it was rare
for them to make a shipment farther
south than North Carolina and farther
west than West Virginia. Now they sell
In all the Southern and Southeastern
States and In many of the Western
States, and with tho completion of the
Panama Canal and the expansion of
the Dlaine-McKiriley-Taft-Chaihp Clark
reciprocity idea the Richmond jobbers
and manufacturers will very likely b&
nmong the first to invade the Central
md South American states, and possibly
the Orient, but this kind of prophesy?
ing U calculated to call for the croak
Ings of certain kinds of creatures that
unfortunately still infest so good and
so progressive a city as Richmond, al?
though they are not altogether as much
in evidence as they used to be. But
this is another subject. Bet's get back
to the figures.
<?reat- Increase nud Why.
it is n pleasing tat.k to revel In these
figures and bring them to the. front
for the Information of those who love
tt? talk up big Richmond. An interest?
ing little pocket folder recently gotten
out with great tare by William T. Dab
ncy. business manager of the Chamber
of Commerce, tells us that from 1900
to 1910 the annual sales of the Rich?
mond wholesalers increased SO per cent,
nnd for the same period the capital in?
vested in the business was increased
only 31 per cent. Thi.- mean? that the
houses already engaged in wholesaling
enlarged their trade territory and in?
creased the volume of their business
faster than new houses were estab?
lished: that what were small houses
became large'ones and that tho Alex?
anders of the jobbing trade did not
."top to shed tears about the absence
of other worlds to .conquer, but went
??ight ahead to Und new ones and pro?
ceeded to conquer them. But few of
the jobbing houses- are tess than ten
years old. There have been changes
in proprietors and in firm names and
styles In the time as the houses grew,
and capital has been enlarged, but near?
ly every jobbing house in Richmond
was in existence in some way or other
a decade ago.
.Just an iHutttratica.
More than ten years ago there was
on Cary Street. Ncs. lOOi-Oti and OS a
wholesale notion house that did a good
and conservative business. Seven years
age> two active anel energetic young
men bought out this concern, and while
they were conservative enough they
eommeneeel at once to push things, as
they had not before been pushed in the
notion line in Richmond, and the South?
ern Bargain House, the name the estab?
lishment became known by, began to
grow in a way that was wonderful.
The proprietors of the house are
William C. Long, who tills the office of
president, although the concern is not
incorporated, anel Arthur B. Bauer, who
is vice-president. Their old stand cut
Cary Street was a building with four
stories and a basement, having ia all
about 50,000 square feet of Hour space.
This house was supposed to be large
enough to stand all the business growth
that could come Ir. a decade or two, bat
so rapidly did the business! of the
Southern Bargain House expand and
grow the owners had to begin last year
to look for'larger and more convenient
quarters. So great was their volume
of business in the last month of la3t
year that the concern had to close Its
doors six whole days between the 1st
nnd loth of December in order to catch
up with orders and make, (ho promised
shipments in the time agreed upon,
and for r,i>: weeks previous to the holi?
days the entire force worked half of
each night after getting, in the usual
full day's work.
?lust lie:; to (lose.
Thus more room and a larger force
became an absolute necessity, and when
It was announced that M. Cohen Son
& Company, wholesale dry goods mer?
chants, were going out of business and
the mammoth storerooms and ware?
house on the site of the famous old Ex?
change Hotel. Fourteenth and Frank?
lin Streets, occupied by the in van to
become vacant the Southern Bargain
* House proceeded at onoe to lease it. In
this way they secured a belter loca?
tion right In the. heart of tho whole?
saling district of Greater Richmond
and at the same time secured the
necessary floor space, better packing
(Continued on Thira page.)
DAD'S OLD RECORD
BROKEN BYTHE BOY
Agricultural Awakening in the
South and Mow It Is
BIG WORK BY GREAT WORKER
Dr. Knapp Tells What Farmei
Boys in the South Are
TJr. Seaman A. Knapp, of the Agri?
cultural Department of the United
j States government is a little past
j seventy-live years of age, but a more
active worker, is not in the employ of j
the government. He is at the head of
i the greatest work for the good of the
i country that is known in America to
I day?a fir-reaching campaign that ia
i telling for good on the education and
! agriculture of the South and tha
j whole, nation. Thousands of good men,
j numbe rs of whom are in Virginia, arc
i co-operating in the great movement,
i but Dr. Knapp is said to be its origlna
i tor and organizer and is now its
! chief. Me has recently written for
I Farm and Kircside, an Ohio agricul
j tural journal, an interesting account of
i one factor of the campaign, one that
t the Industrial Section has had muc'-.
! :o say about. Here * Is the graphi?,
! olory as given by Dr. Knapp:
j A few days since two very interest
J .ng young women were escorted to m>
office of Chief Clerk Jones of the Bit
j :eau of Plant Industry, and Introduced
Ijt'ith the explanation that they wanted
-:o know something about the Boys'
Corn Club work. I was about to ex
?use myself, owihg to pressure of busi
I toss, when one of them remarked that
? she was a school teacher from New
Ljfork, knew something of practical life,
.nariaged her own farm and as a teach
?r wanted to use any knowledge sha
night obtain of the Boys" Corn Club
?vork for the benellt of tlie? boys of
,ier State. This won me, .and I dis?
covered suddenly lhat I was not so
pressed for time as 1 had supposed.
"Kindly commence at the beginning,"
said the teacher, "and tell us some?
thing of the origin of these clubs; how
' they are organized and .Instructed, and
, what you expect to accomplish by this
"Bather a long story," 1 remarked,'
"but 1 will tc.l you some of it. ? ; ?
"Tho Boys' Corn Club work was or?
ganized under the United States De?
partment of Agriculture to enable the
common school teacher' to teach real
"Can't real agriculture be taught in
(Continued oa Second Page.) ~
Deliveries of Loose Leaf Some?
what Smaller?Good Stocks
Are Selling Well.
BURLEY OFFERINGS LARGE
?Conditions in All of the Markets
of Virginia and North
While there lies been' some falling
off in the deliveries of loose loaf to?
baccos on the markets of Virginia and
North Carolina, the breaks arc yet
quite large, and the tobacco dealers
of the two States were kept exceed?
ingly busy all of the past week.
The Richmond warehouses sold a
trifle byer .750,000 pounds of the sun
cured and otheV dark stocks, th'o most
ol which vvere delivered by wagon
direct from the farmers' barns. The
Hurley s^les amounted to 125,000
pounds, making the gross sales on the
Richmond warehouse floors .for the
week nearly 1.200.000 pounds.
Partly because of the smaller de
". i^ontinue~d~?n~Third "page.)
VIEWS AND NEAR VIEWS,
HINTS AND SUGGESTIONS
Advantages of Bankson Wheels?An Overdrawn
Picture?Southampton Wants a Peanut Oil
Mil'?Time to Annex Some More
?Y FRANK S. WOODSOX,
I A bank on wheels seems to be the
newest thing undtr the sun. A New
Jersey tnfnd lias brought forth an auto -
I mobile bank and started it out on its
? mission. It Is said to be fireproof.
I bulletproof, burglarproof and proof
against everything except the bank of
!? fjcers. it is lllcd with desk and other
otiice equipment, a steel safe built in,
? .. small armory of lirearms and a win?
dow strongly guarded with bars The
i whole Is painted steel color,
j For the present the only merit claim
led for tliis automobile bank is that it
can sail out In the rural districts,
gather up deposits from its country
customers or pay their checks at their
doors, thua saving them trips to town
I and return to the parent bank in the
I city before t}lghtfall.
Comc/lQ think, about it. many other
f advantages might be claimed for an
tail to bank. For ir'aihrico; When rob;
' hers attempt to make a raid on it for
[ thb cash in tin- vault it could take to
j the road, and If it is guarded for the
'speed made on Franklin SirJtt In Rich?
mond by some automobiles no burglar
oh oartli could overtatcc and rob it in
a night Then again, an institution
thus equipped could easily bead off a
run on the bank by Indulging in a lit?
tle, run.on its own hook. As soon aa
frightened depositors commenced to
line up in front, the chauffeur-cashier
would only -have jo crank up and take
(to bis heels, or more strictly speaking,
j to his wheels, when seventy-five or a
I hundred miles down the road the cash?
ier could conduct negotiations with the
depositors by telegraph and force, them
to sane and reasonable terms.- Truly
the automobile bank has good points,
and no one need be1 surprised if tho
Virginian Auto Plant in Richmond
shall proceed to build one or more right
away, build them for enterprising and
up-to-date Virginia bankers.
Where Prices .itn-.tp.
i A Chicago man found in a barrel of
npplfs for which he paid $1" a note
"Ue&r Consumer?1 was paid 7."? cents
(Continued on Last Page.)
BUILD BIG STORE
Broad Street Establishment to Be
More Than Doubled?Run
Through to Grace Street.
The largest real estate deal of this
year was consummated last week when
Isaac and Moses Thalhimer, compos?
ing the firm of Thalhimer Brothers,
far famed Broad Street merchants, be?
came the owners by purchase of sev?
eral stores on Fifth Street, between
Broad and Grace, and the ground on
which they stand, and also of twenty
seven feet on Grace Street, on which
the residence and offices of Dr. Phil
Taylor now stand. There is no secret
as to what the Thalhimers are going
j to do with this property, upon which
I they have had their eyes for quite a
long time. They are simply going tc
tear down the buildings now on the
ground and erect an addition to iheii
present store that will give them more
than double the floor space and facili?
ties they now have.
The business of the Thalhimer
Brothers has grown with such leaps
and bounds this enlargement has be?
come a necessity. The property pur?
chased is separated from the store now
occupied by Che linn by an alley, which
will be bridged, and from tills alley
Die new building, which is to be four
stories high, will extend 112 feet on
Fifth street, then make a dent west?
ward and go on to Grace Street, there
t<> have it twenty-rs?ven-fopt frontage
where Dr. Taylor's residence now
stands. The enlarged store will then,
as now, have a Broad Street entrance
of forty-eight foot, run back 13;"? feel
to the alley, bridge the alloy and then
go on 157 feet to Grace Street, mak?
ing a depth of 292 feet on the wesl
side. On the east side the combina?
tion storehouse will ? bp 135 feet on
I Fifth Street to the bridged alley, and
j then 112 feet more to the south end of
I the property that has just been ac?
quired. ' Of course, there will he Fifth
land Grace Street entrances and show
windows. Altogether this will give
Thalhimer Brothers just one and one
third more room than they now" hava
in their already large and most at?
tractive, up-to-date store. The plans
for the new building are being drawn,
and the work of touring down and re?
building will be commenced in tli'e
early summer time.
Already the 11 rm has commenced im?
provements In the building fronting
ton Broad Street, The cr.tjro second
floor has been relit t cel. new fixtures In
? tailed. and the entire floor. I;?2 feet
ic'ng by forty-olght wide, Is now de?
voted to the display of ready-to-wear
Banner Week of the
New Year; Increased
BIG SALE AT
FIFTH AND GRACE
Business Property in Active De?
mand?New Stores Going Up
in Various Sections?No Ces?
sation of Activity in
The past week witnessed marked ac?
tivity in the real estate realms, and.
all of tho agents are wearing broad
omlles of supremo satisfaction, or
?tearly all of them are. There Was
Increased animation in all lines from'
one end of the city to the other. In?
creased activity In business and In?
dustrial properties and more sales,
larger sales and more of them In resi?
dential properties, a real reawakening:
In the suburbs and greater Inquiry for
Virginia farm lands were the feat?
ures of the week.
Some of the agents attribute these;
pleasing conditions to a loosening-up.
of the money market, some attribute
them to better weather, and yet oth?
ers just declare that it is duo to tho
hustling qualities of the real estate
agents. Perhaps all of these things
combined to make things hum, but
after all the activity Is due mainly to
the fact that men with money for In*,
vestment know there Is nothing bet.-'
tor and safer to put it In than Rich
mend city ami suburban realty and'
Virginia farm lands.
Of the burger Dealt*.
Gne of the deals of importance was j
pulled off by El?m it Fqnsten. who,
acting for the estate of W. IT. Scott,,
entered Into a contract with Schwarz-,
schlld & Sulzberger Company to orecV
for their use on the lot at the south
west corner of Seventeenth and Grace
Streets a b'uildlng to be used as pack?
ing-bouses and office rooms. It la
understood that the building, which
is to cost $20.000. is to be erected a?
i once, and the firm is to lease if for av
period of twenty years. Tho Chesa?
peake and Ohio Railway will run slde
| tracks Into the building, and it is to
be an up-to-date establishment in all
'-The' largest deal of the week, and!,
-for the year, as for that matter, was
the combination deal involving $90.
000 worth of property at Fifth and'
Grace Streets. Thalhimer Brothers
bought from several parties 112 feet
on.Fifth Street running from an alley
in' the j-car of their present Broad
Street store to a point near to Grace
Street, and also the adjoining lot and
buildings to the west and running 1ST
feot to Grace street. Tito object of
the purchasers Is to more than double
the size of their present store and give
it Fifth and Grace Street entrances as
well as a Broad Street entrance.
IluHincMN Property in Demand.
R-icheson & Crutchfield sold during
the week four stores, two on West
Broad Street, one on Baker Street and
one on East Main Street, for all of
which they got $20.250; They also sold
four We t Bread Street lots;, on which
four stores are to lie erected at once
For these lots they got $15,120. They
j also sold a sixty-foot lot near, Fif?
teenth and Franklin, upon which a
store Is to be erected. Another agent
sola $1*5.000 worth of vacant ground
on West Broad, upon which business
bouses are to be built. Other busi?
ness properties were sold by various
agents, but for reasons best known
to themselves they decline for the
present to give, out any particulars.
To give an idea of the Broad Street
business property values. It may ho
mentioned that a store situated on tha
north side, between First ami Fp'u
shee. was offered last week at nuc
tlon by 11. Seldon Taylor & Co.. and
withdrawn after ? bid of ?1,000 pet
front foot had been made.
KcHideuttai Property Active.
Nearly all of the agents report good
business In residential property, and
many sales made. Flam &- Funsteh;
sold the residence- of Dr. .lohn S. Well
ford. No. sir. East Grane, for $l2,ti00.
and S. Se'.don Taylor & Co. sol ) two
high-grade Grace Street homes.
.1. C. Pollard reports business very,
good and real estate ^conservatively."
active. He .--ays his firm had the best
business of the year the past week,
the sales being of various classes. P*
property, and the deals being valued
from ?20.000 down. Mr. Pollard de?
clined to particularize when asked
about these sales. lie rathor inti?
mated that he was bordering on the
conclusion that real estate agents
ought tt. seal their lips when men o.
1 news are around, and said he kneAy
that some of the men.who lend money
i on tealtv are of that way of tblnk
, in,;. Nearly ail of the agents seen
! yesterdav concur in tho. general state
' ment that last week was the bannet
week, so far. of the year in real es?
tate but when my inquiries reached
the point where particulars and speci?
fications were expected to come in. the
most of them. In fact, nearly all of
them, like- Mr Pollard, began to chew
i sealing wax. ,
(n tho Suburbs.
I \ plois'ng feature of the week was'
i renewed activity in desirable suburban
I properties. Out about the Battle Ab
i be-y sit* many sales were made. Amos.
&? Poind oxter sold 117 feet to one man.
land raked in $40 per'front foot for
I the same. . - - : ?
In all of - the suburbs were to be
seen investigators and inquirers, and
i not a few sales were made Presi?
dent Puristen', of the Lewis Glnter*
Land and Development Company, was
asked about th<- carlj spring octivlty
in Glnter. Pajck He said the evidence,
was several new houses to bo com-*
merictd this week, one for J. M. CookO
on Noble Avenue, another for John p.
Eggleston on Seminary Avenue, and
stilt another for Arthur Trowett. He
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