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No happier description could have been applied to an institution which, if not among the most ancient,: is, at least, among the most honorable In the Commonwealth. To an outsider, in attendance upon the twenty-third j annual session of this body at Hot Springs last week it was strikingly1 noticeable thnl the commercial spirit was not manifest in either the. dobar.es or the conversations Of the members of the Bar of the Old Dominion. Those who were there were there for enter- ; talnment and instruction, but not for; financial gain. If lawyers discussed their personal practice, it was only i to extract from it an interesting; reminiscence or a convulsinc anecdote! ? and none are better raconteurs than, Virgihl*. lawyers. These are the days' of money madness, but the commercial spirit finds no place in ihc councils of the Virginia Bar. Nothing could be more pleasantly informal than the social intercourse of the virgin'a lawyers. Gathered In groups on the spacious porches or In "Peacock Alley," they renewed old friendships, laughed over the past, and spoke hoSefully of the future. There were no secret conferences. No matter, who sauntered up to Join the group he was always welcome. Politics was' discussed, of course, hut not heatedly j nor at length. The chances of this man or that for a political position were considered, but in no partisan way. J Some talked earnestly of changes that' should be brought about In the law, of legislation that should be effected, but there was no acrimonious discus? sion of any kind. Judtres and new lledged barristers mingled together, and the country lawyer and corpora? tion counsel found each other con? genial. All constituted an agreeable company of Virginia gentlemen. There was no Etrtitting. no pompous parade of the broad-brimmed black felt hut and the ostentatious "Jitnswinger." Even a layman would have found much profit and pleasure ]n the formal sessions of the Association. He would have been delighted with the scholarly monograph of Judge George 1? Chris? tian, the retiring President, on tho true Taney?a luminous picture of a great man, an exquisite biographical composite fashioned from many sources and set by a master hand. Nor could he have failed to hear with mure than ordinary interest the paper of Judge A. W. jWftllac*-; of Froderlcksburg, on the lifo and character of Lord Brougham, one of the greatest advo? cates who evor spoke the English tongue. Through an hour and a half, u man or woman who had never heard of the rule in Shelley's case would have listened without effort to the Utopian dream of Holm Bruce, of Louisville, that soon the nations of the world will bow In submission to the decree of an International supreme court to huul down fo-ever the r<-d Hag of war. While perhaps not so interesting to people without the pale of the profession, the papers read l,y Trofessor Raleigh C, Minor, of the University of Virginia, and Walter H. Taylor, of Norfolk, were extremely valuable. Though one of the younger members of the Bar, Mr. Taylor's ar? gument for abolition of trial by jury In civil cases was as able as It was ingenious, singling out many defects in our present jury system. In I he dispassionate judgment of an outsider, Professor Minor's paper ,vas the best of all. It was original, it was scholar, ly, but, best of all. it was constructive It found a defect, but it proposed a remedy, it might be described as a suggestion that the short ballot be applied to State government?thai tho Governor appoint all the prlhe'pu) executive department officers and be responsible to the people for thuir neglect or misfeasance, if this could be effected, In the opinion of Profes? sor Minor, the State government would be more centralized und stronger, and. therefore, heiter fitted to ward off the encroachment upon State powers and rights By the Federal Government. The paper was an Incisive .analysis of the weakness ar.d the strength of the State Government r,f Virginia, and if Professor Minors suggestions could he adopted they wouiu make for economy ar.d efficiency In the adminis? tration of the people's business. It is not too much to say that Professor Minor's paper reflected the highest de? gree of credit not only upon himself, but upor. tb' law sehool of the t'r.l Matter.? Having to do with law v ? form principally -?ngaged the atten? tion of the Association, afcide from the I speeches. Moro would have boon ac? complished hud a greater proportion of tho membership been present, and It in to bo hoped that next year the attendance will be so great that It will mark nn epoch in tho history of j the Association as achieving far- j reaching reforms In the btatutes of j Virginia. As It was. however, tho As? sociation Is to be commended warmly for pnssln'g a recommendation to tho Legislature to reduce the fee compen-j sation of the clerks of the Supremo ( Court of Appeals to a salary hast-?, for appropriating $1,000 for the preser vatlon and equipment of the John ' Marshall house, for recommending to . the General Assembly tho establish? ment of expert testimony on an official nnd not a private basis, for requesting the General Assembly In appeal eases where the amount Involved is small to substitute typewritten records for printed ones. Three of these construe- : tlve measures look to the simplifica? tion of legal procedure und the reduc? tion of the high cost of litigation, and : will, for that reason, he generally ac? ceptable If enacted Into law, tis they surely win be. In a delightful essay on "The Old j Virginia Lawyer," Thomas Nelson j Page lolls us that in the old days the Virginia lawyer for the plaintiff would file a blank declaration and that the counsel for the defendant would (lie a blank answer, because, to j use their own expression, wishing to1 avoid the tortuous process of prelimi? nary pleading, they wanted to "throw j out the foolishness and get down to the guts of the case." For a good lone time that Is lust what some of the members of the Par Assorlatlon have been fighting to do. and it would seem that they will soon prevail. A movement is on foot for the simplifi? cation of pleading nnd practice and for the excision of technicalities, nnd ( it will come to tho surface at th??1 next meetlnpr. In fact, the Association Is more and more devoting Its atten- I tlon and effort to reform In all branches of the law, so that tho law will be just, cheap, and fair to every litigant, no matter whether he be rich or poor, friendless or Influential. No one can attend a session of the Virginia Bar Association without bo coming conscious of a certain dis? tinctive atmosphere which pervades that body?an atmosphere suggestive of tenacious loyalty to the traditions, of old time, yet of recognition of that; which Is good In the now. of a con- ? servatism consistent with construc? tive purposes, of impersonal nnd dls- . passionate Judgment. Conscious of j tho fact that they are the successors of Wythe. Marshall and Mason, tho' members of the Virginia P.ar take euro ; ; that they shall attain to the standard of personal conduct which actuated I those greater Virginia lawyers of for? mer days, even If they may not attain ! their fnmo. The shyster nnd the : trickster do not make their appear? ance. For tho Virginia Bur Assocla ! tlon is. of a truth, n brotherhood, i moving In the spirit of good ft-llow I ship and good feeling, sincerely and ' simply striving to "uphold nnd elevnte ' the standard of honor. Integrity and courtesy In tho legal profession" ROOKElt WASHINGTON'S LATEST PHASE. Thern is such an organization as the .National Independent Political Rights I League, and Its name would seem to 1 indicate that it is widespread in Its j objects. What its strength may be i In the South, we shall not expose at ! this time; but It Is at work up Nuth. and Is ull the more to be watched for ' that reason. We assume that It is generally composed of negroes with an Infusion of white blood sufficient at j least to supply It with the necessary I munitions for the conquest upon which It has entered. I One night last week the Citiions' Auxiliary Committee of Boston held : a meeting nt the new Twelfth Baptist Church, at the South End. In that town. : which wns addressed by Dr. O. M. j Waller, of Brooklyn. New York, and he made some startling disclosures, to thc effect that for the last fifty years j the Negroes of this country havo been . living under the most rigid nnd clever? est organized conspiracy that any I weak race had ever been compelled to I endure. The heavy villains in this , play are the capitalists of the North I who have over $2.000.000.000 invested In the South, and the Bourbons of the South who want It to stay Iriv?sled i there. Going somewhat Into the par? ticulars of this dastardly conspiracy, ; Dr, Waller said, as reported In the Hosjon Transcript, which doubtless knows more about it than It is willing i to tell: "The head of this organised ion : Splracy is u Negro?n man Of splendid genius. In my opinion, a diplomat, r.n orator and a splendid organizer. It Is Booker T Washington, of Alabama, who is at the apex of this organised combination of Northern capitalism -.:..] Southern Bourbonlsth. You notice thai ia.-- people who are engaged !ri keeping the Negro race In a subdued state occasionally let the cat out < f the bag. You find both the North .-rn capitalist and thf. Southern FJ.Tirh.in Urging the Negro to follow mor? close. |y the teachings of Mr. Washington. You lind thnt the people of tho North arc perfectly wil?r.g to give their mono; id help educate the Negro along Industrial lines. "TW*'* is another point in thlr or? ganized conspiracy Yon hav?- under this r.ystem tome 1,600,000 erf .Negroes who are ?killcd laborers and mecr.uii Ici that can be carried by traits to tike thc places of white men who no out on strike. I am glad to say that the white laborers in the last three years hove become aware of the situttr lion, and arn Jtift about getting tnerf heavy hand upon It." P.ooker appears to he plavlng In i rathor hard luck In these latter days; but it Is hopol that,he.will not give up Tis strangle hold ni the monev o'tg> of the Northern oapi.trtllste until he has j hied them mons . prof t(sely than :i<> n:.s ; so far succeeded in doing. But just I to think that Is really the work that the Ogdon Movement has boon doing ! all theso years, and that we have sus? pected the leadors of that great edu- : ; catlonal aggregation as themselves j ' having doslgns against tho whlto peo- | pie of the South and their control of j their own uffalrs, when here It has I leaked out in Boston that Hooker has. i In fact, bocn the active tool of tho j Vankco capitalist and tlio Southern Bourbon to keep "the Negro In a sub- t dued stato." Surprising things aro i happonlng almost every d:\y. and ono cannot toll what will happen next. If j It be true, however, that our old 1 friends Robert C. Ogden and Seth Low ! have been really standing in with ? Booker Washington In this conspiracy j to manage the race question in tho ' South so that it can do no particular I harm cither to the whites or the blacks | in these parts?if this has boon their | serious purpose, we can only admit that we have been mistaken in our I estimate of their activities and Invite j them to come to our arms. IN THF. RIGHT DIRECTION. The struggle In Atlanta for tho adoption <>f tho commission form of city government has enden in a com? promise, under which the Georgia metropolis will probably have what is properly termed by tho Birmingham News "a hybrid plan of government."! which Will be neither commission nor! nldermnnlc. but a combination of both. The Atlanta plan, now up to the Legislature, will undoubtedly be sub? mitted to the people by that body. It provides for a commission Of five men j and a Council of ten men. Tho num bar of wards Is to be reduced to ten. j and the Councilmen will be from these, wards, though they will be elected by | nil the voters of the city. The Conn- j ? ?'lmcn will set s salary of J300 the' year, and they will constitute the I legislative hody of the city. The five; commissioners will be elected from the city at lnrge. They will have complete charge of the administrative business of the city. The Mayor, who will be chairman of the commission, will receive $6,000 the year, and the; other four commissioners will be patd| $5.000. The Mayor will serve two years and the other members of the board four years. The proposed charter contains ni modified, unique form of recall. It provides that a recall election can be had on petition of seven mernhers of the COitncllmanlc board. Thus, to a certain extent, the Councilmen are entrusteu with an axe to hc,\(\ over the heads of the commissioners. This proposed change will be moro satisfactory to the people of Atlanta than the present cumbersome system, with Its numerous Aldermen and Its various boards. It cannot equal, how? ever, the commission plan In efTertivZ I ness or in the speed with which public, j business can he transacted. Eventual? ly. Atlanta will find that its City Council of ten Is superfluous. This I board Is a concession to those who j opposed commission government. It is ' a rompromise in behalf of harmony, j only that and nothing more. The five i men that Atlanta will elect commis? sioners, if tho new charter Is adopted, , will be as capable of legislating for j the city ns the Councllmeii. Expe j rlenco will show that tho Council is a political excroscenco. j Atlanta Is doing by degrees" what I It ought to have done all at once. j HOT STUFF FROM I! LB A SB. I Last Friday Governor Blease, of I South Carolina, made n speech nt the ! Red Men's rally at Young's Grove, In : Newborry county. Two thousand peo? ple were there, and the Governor made jit hotter than the weather for "the j dirty, unscrupulous Hounds" who have been assailing him for alleged dis? courtesy to n lady at Belton on a recent occasion, the story being that in buying his ticket for his return to the State Capital, where he lias his present place of business, he was guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. Some of the bystanders or persons of good Standing of the vlcinnno have certified that such was the case nnd two or three notaries public have been removed from office by the Governor for their part in the affair. ThiM brief, arid necessarily incom? plete, recital of the unfortunate inei Jdent brings us to the Red Men's rally ' at Young's Grove Digressing for n 'few moments from the l?-xt of his I address, explaining the objects of thej 'Great Order and extolling Its virtues, the Governor recurred i<> the Beltoh' matter, "which he has bitterly denied, ; and declared that this was Only nn ! other effort of Iiis enemies to discredit j him with the State which has elevated ; him to the highest olllre In its gift. Having tried 10 bent him with every other kind of abuse and vituperation they could Invent, they had in this lease gone "to that extreme, to which tall dirty, unscrupulous hounds like them will go, thinking. 'Now we will strike him with a woman; we will bring him Into controversy with a wo? man." " There were many women In . the ntldlence who had known the Oov 1ernor from boyhood, and to them he appealed, snylng "if nny of them be I Moved lie would Instill n woman with but provocation! he wanted them to Stand up or raise tlielr right hands." Nary one stood up or raised her hand. Turning then to tht men, the Governor made the same request of the men. and j the only response he received were ; remarks to the effect that ho ought to know the people of Nowberry did not believe any such thing. In the ,-ir icumstances n I? not to be wondered :at thai the Governor should have ex? letal med with n depth of emotion ihnt must have touched the most callous 'heart- 'M> friends. I thank you. God ' knows I do." It is reported by the Spartanburg Her.ild, an antl-P.lCase paper; "H6 wan J enthusiastically rocolved and was fre? quently Interrupted by applause, and I he said this afternoon that the warm ] reception which ho had received at tho hands of tho pooplo of his native j county made his heart glud." Yet there uro ?omo persons, who do not llvo In South Carolina and who do not know tho people of that Stute, who Insist that Governor Blcaso does not repre? sent that State. A pooplo, however,, must be Judged by their representative man, the man they select to their highest omcc, and Judged by this rulo it cannot be denied that Governor Bleaso Is typical of his State. If he Isn't, why did they put him In their highest place? He has announced his ^ intention to be a candidate for re-: election, and if he is not their very I own choice they will have a chnnco to prove their faith by their works at the Democratic primaries next year, j All the "dirty, unscrupulous hounds'^ who have been pursuing him thus far should slick to his trnli till tho hunt is over next summer. SENATOR WKST. A good man has succeeded a good , man in Suffolk. Polonel J. E. West will represent that district In the Sen- ! ate of Virginia, taking the seat for- j merly occupied by Congressman E. 13. ! Holland. E. II. Williams, Colonel j West's opponent, has wlthdrnwn. Col-j oncl West made a good record In the 1 House of Delegates nnd Is nn uggre?-' Slve, constructive representative, who ecn be depended upon to represent his district to Its best interests. Ho! played no small part in lighting for puro elections in the Young-Me.ynard con? gressional contest. Colonel West, <ti may be added, included In his platform a plank looking to the reform of thej fee system, and doubtless will he prom- I inent in the fee system reform legis? lation which will be presented at the next session of the General Assembly. II Oil BUT GWAT11 HE Y LIT A S. Fifty-two years in the active service of his city. That Is a sufficient epitaph for Robert Gwathmey Lucas, who died Friday, aged seventy-nine. His was the longest nnd most honorable record in the annals of Richmond. He was of unimpeachable Integrity. He refused to receive pay for what he did not do. He worked always, under all condi? tions, without a murmur. On Sunday, in hottest weather, In icy winter wa? ters. Mr. Lucas worked for the city, uncomplaining, cheerfully. manfully, courageously. No matter how old he was, or how he felt, he was "on the Job." When he retired, ripe In years, rich In honors, but not In material things. I Mayor McCarthy In his annual message; gave him rare praise, saying that hot would be proud to see a picture 5f j Mr. Lucas In the reception room of j thc City Hall, adding "1 know of no more heroic character ever connected; with the city government, nnd his ex-' j ample should be preserved for future' years to inspire to faithfulness and! 'duty the officers nnd employees of the city government." By special action of the Council he was retired on full ! pay?small reward, indeed, for his su-j pcrb service to Bichmond In these days, when so much com-1 plaint is heard of tho inefficiency and' corruptibility of tho employees, stipe-' rlor and subordinate, of American cities, it is refreshing to contemplate 'lie record of tills man. who gave the' best that was in him to his city. Here was a city employe who did not think' the city owed him nil he could get) out of It. whether he was entitled to It or not. Fifty-two years on the! Job! We doubt If there is a parallel! instance In this country. Here was an' upright man. n good and faithful ser-j vant. nn honorable citizen, nnd his | city is bettor because he lived. Better! ; the memory of such a remarkable ser? vice than all earthly hereditaments: "COURTESY" IX RAILROADING. ' The Illinois Central Railroad Com- j pany and the Yazoo and Mississippi; Valley Railroad Company conduct an j Educational Bureau, with the object ; of increasing the efficiency of their j service to the public, and have issued! a number of pamphlets, or leaflets. ' covering all branches of tho servlco, t nnd especially the relations subsist- ( Ing between the transportation lines, and the public. Ono of the most in- j terestlng and thoroughly practical of i the series of pamphlets Is that upon the subject of "The Value of Courtesy."! It \va> written by W. L. Park, Vice-: President and General Manager of the j Illinois Central System, for the instruc-j j tion and guidance of the employes of \ j the railroads with tho hope that It may I Improve the character of the service! I by increasing the efficiency of those! j engaged in it. Many of the mlsunder I standings between tho public nnd the : transportation lines have been the re j suit of the had ten,per nnd 111 manners I of the employes of tho roads, and there j Is money In courtesy. It Is "abso-j ; lutely essential to a successful sales : mnn: those engaged In railroading are illtng transportation-!?they cannot I fill responsible positions acceptably if j they f"ni 1 to practice the principles of j Courtesy," and this pamphlet treats in . n general way the application of tho '. j ordinary rules of polite conduct by railroad employe? nnd officers to all ihelr relations with the public ; It would be a good thing for thent und n good thing for tho railroads and It good thing f'T the public. A good .? thing for the employes; for, as Mr. \ Park say.-, "in 'sizing up' some par? ticular person for promotion, his dis? position is one of the first things to he; considered; in some departments It is I the prime consideration?unless the, man Is a 'mixer,' no mntter how well j he may be qualified In other respects, . he In 'passed up' as undesirable. Other, things b?lh*g equal, the employe who! Is uniformly civil and courteous In i his dealings *.Rh the public und his ' fellow employes, i? vory likely to he j tiven Preference." A good thine for tho railroad; for "a crabbed employe no matter what his position may be, is unpopular," and "Riving tho public a bad impression of tho railroad re? sults in unpopularity, which may lead to advorso legislation or impositions, that in time may affect the prosperity and domestic affairs of the employe." A good thing for tho public: becauso "a rnllioad for which nil employes aro loyally ondenvorlng to win the good will of the public would need no bet? ter advertisement," and, possessing this good will, would bo all the bettor able to perform tho service for the public, which it demands and has tho right to demand. Many of tho misunderstandings bo tweon tho railroads and tho public have been caused, we havo not tho lenst doubt, by the attitudo of tho employes of the railroads towards tho customers of the roads, llttlo things which appear harmless enough In themselves, perhaps, but little things which keep tho peoplo stirred up and for which tho owners of the property nre in no sense responsible and really should not be blamed. There are In tho United States 1.48?. 30f> persons engaged in rnllroad ser? vice, not counting the officers and general managers, who number 1.1,514, and upon these people there Is depend? ent at least four million other people, an i what a difference It would make lor them and for everybody else lfi .they were all courteous in their bear? ing towards the other larger public on the outside who mny be called tho general public, hut whose good will Is necessary to the prosperity of the transportation Interests of the coun? try. To stato the case simply Is to impress tho men who run the rail? roads with "tho v;?tuo of courtesy." There is some very tine cotton grow? ing in the Norfolk district, end there; ought to be more, of it. not only down. Hier?, but in other parts of Virginia. Cotton is a money-making crop when i its price is anything like eleven or! twelve cents, and what is needed in Virginia Is diversification in our crops. , We should not he surprised If. with a j llttlo careful cultivation, it would be j possible to produce In this State a long staple cotton as fine as'the finest of the Sea Island staple. For a little while last night It looked as if it had not forgotten how to rain; but things will Improve nfter next Wednesday, when the conjunction of Mercury and Saturn is advertised to take place. Congressmen are still Inserting in the Record "applause" thrice to the pa ragraph. The weather in Richmond has been so suggestive that the merchants are now engaged In making their August blanket sales. Think of that! Blan? kets In August. It fairly brlr.ss out all the goose-tlcsh. Some people on an castbound sleep Ing car Saturday were so ufraid that they would sleep until they passed Richmond that they got up three hours before the time the train was due in this paradise. Everybody wants to , come to Richmond, and nobody really I wishes to go anywhere else. It Is not at all to be wondered at ; that Senator Percy should have been| greatly disappointed by his defeat at; the recent election for I.'nited States; Senator In Mississippi; h.tt that is no reason why he should have played the Bailey act in resigning Ills seat In the Senate. He owed something. It seems to to tho members of tho Legislature that elected him for the unexplred term of Senator McLaurin and he owed a great deal to the people of Mississippi who at the recent elec? tion cast their votes for him. I Voice of the People | The Gentlemen From Richmond, To the Editor ol The Times-Dispatch: I Sir,?"And they a'l began with one . accord to make excuse."?Old Book. Like, the heroos of the ancient story, j the aspirants for legislative honors In i Richmond and vicinity, in answer to i Mr. Lwlman's pointed queries, began to make excuse. it Is interesting to note, however, the startling lack of originality In their replies. They appear to havo learned somewhere their lesson per? fectly. Like good little boys In school, lhey evidently had the lesson drum? med in, unlil they could nil stand up in o row and recite It without a break. We can well imngine who was the schoolmaster. But another thing surprises us in the rocital of their common excuses. It doesn't seem to have dawned upon these incipient statesmen that they ; were flatly contradicting themselves in the two ends of their story. They do not believo In State-wide prohibition, because that would be in contravention of the Democratic doc? trine of "home rule." They do not believe in restricting the liquor trade to those cities or sections that by their votes allow It, and barring it from those cities and sections that by their votes have excluded it. If they believo in "home rule," why not make it apply to the liquor business and give the people In dry territories the benefit of their own local self government us expressed nt the polls? The simple truth Is the "gentlemen from Richmond." those who have de- | livered themselves of their well-conned lesson, all believe, in Utate-Wlde liquor, but local prohibition. Thoy are not troubled about the principle Involved. They ure troubled about the applica? tion. They are not anxious about "home rule' so much as they are about rum rule. With them It Is Stato-wide, for rum; and local option for tho home. The people are not to be deceived. Their high sounding phrases mean only State-wide rum. But the people want Stale-wide prohibition, and tho pollles (stands for parrots or politi? cians, SB you like) may as well un? derstand It. "A word to the wise Is sufficient." For the otherwise a whole dictionary would he wasted. J, It. LIGHT. Richmond. Aiutusi 12. 1011. /C?W>v , ^^^^^^^l^^l ? ^ J.X. MORRIS & CO., r)iitrib?!?r? Begets Health ^???^^J Daily Queries and Answers . T. Tron-brldge. Please toll me what you can of J. T. Trowbrldge. Whore does he live, und how mnny books of his uro on tho market? What aro tho titles? P. D. Q. John TowHsend Trowbrldge lives at Arlington, Mass. He was born In Og den, N. Y., In 1827, and In tho course of his long lifo has published quite a number of books, from "Father Bright' Hopes-' (lS.r>3) to "A Pair of Mad Caps", (lOOfi). Ills complete poetical works; were published in 1003. The titles of, s< me of his books are: "Jack Hasard and His Fortunes," "A Chance for Himself." "The Silver Modul." "Tink-; ham Brothers- Tide Mill." "Tho Little j Muster," "Peter Bludstone." "The Kelp Gatherers." There aro many others. Ho has been quite a prolific writer. Bonk on Socialism. Can you tell mo some good book to read on socialism? I.. W. D. Write to J. Mahlon Barnes. National Secretary. ISO Washington Street, Chi? cago, and he will likely supply you with Information of the kind you ask and perhaps a good deal of literature. "Old DUr.y." A newspaper snys: "If old Dizzy i were alive Henry Asqulth would not tlnd it such an easy matter to abolish the prerogatives of the jeers.' Who was Old Dizzy'?" L, B Benjamin Disraeli, Karl of Beacons fteld, grout English statesman and lead? er of the Conservative party for many vears, was so nicknamed. Mr. Brynn'e Speech. (a) When William J. Bryan was nominated for President In 1850 was the Democratic convention that nomi? nated him hold In Kansas City, Mo . And also would like to know where he made the famous speecti lliat th'-y claim caused him to be nominated (b) Didn't they have a iarge hall in Kansas City that they aimed to hold the convention In. nnd didn't It burn and they put op n new one for that purpose? G 1' (a) .The Democratic National Con? vention of lfct>6, at which Mr. Bryan was first nominated, was held In Chi? cago. It was there he made thc cele? brated "Cross of Gold" speech. (b) Thc Democratic National Con? vention of 1900, at which Mr. Bryan secured his second nominal Ion. was In lr| In Kan..as Cily. We do not recall the Incident of the fire. The convention was held on the date fixed. Cnt Hoax. What waB the cat hoax? P. O. The "cat hoax" was perpetrated aij preparations were being made to take Napoleon to St. Helena In 1S15. Hand? bills distributed In Chester by somo wag stated that rats swarmed In thej Island, and that 168. would be paid for i vory tomcat. 10?. for every tabby, and 2s. 6d. for every kitten able to feed Itself. On the specified day men. wo? men and children, with cat* of every description, poured Into the rlty. A, riot followed, the cats escaped, and for days they infested houses, sheds and barns, hundreds of them being killed. Hook Contract. Will you kindly inform me If I im Compelled to take a book I signed n, contract to take? I paid no money. A NX IOCS If the other party to the contract compiles with all of Its stipulations you are legally obligated to comply with your promise. LADY BERESFORD COMING FOR VISIT UY LA MAHt,UISE DE FONTENOY. ADMIRAL. LORD CHARLES BERESFORD Is so frequent n visitor to the United States, and so familiar a figure on this side of the Atlantic, that his arrival In New York to-morrow night, on board the Olympic, would excite but little atten? tion, were it not for the fact that h<\ is accompanied by Lady Charles, known among her relatives and friends. Indeed, by half of English so? ciety, as "Dot" She has been a great beauty, and Is a brilliant, gifted wo? man. But If her gallant hushand Is re? nowned for his brecsy frankness, which has frequently Involved him in controversy and has rendered him a subject of apprehension to the bureau? crats at the admiralty, what Is to be said about Lady Charles? She has never had the slightest scruple about speaking out her mind, especially In, defense of her husband, and. possessed of that thorough Independence of char? acter which may be regarded as war? ranted from birth, wealth, beauty and cleverness she has been even more I frank than the admiral. Possessed of a keen sense of ridicule, and with a gift of the most pointed satire. It Is not astonishing that remarks, and even pamphlets, holding up to de? rision, and sometimes obloquy, person? ages most highly placed', should be as? cribed to her tongue and pen; nnd if she has escaped demands for legal re? paration, it Is because most of her criticisms and her satires have boen so true that the people concerned were afraid to face the music if they had moved in the matter. Lady Charles had some voice In the origin of the feud between her hus? band and Admiral Sir John Flshei. which reached such national propor? tions. Ten or eleven years ago Fisher was at the head of the Mediterranean squadron, and Beresford was his sec? ond In command. The headquarters of, the Mediterranean fleet are at Malta, nnd there both T^ady Fisher and Lady "Dot" took up their residence. Now, Malta, besides being, like all garrison stations, a perfect hotbed of mis-, chievous gossip. Is a very small place: far too small to hold both Lady Fish-' er and Lady Charles, especially wlth| the latter in a secondary position, of-i ficlally subordinate to Lady Fisher. The respective salons boon became rival camps, and T^ady Charles, with beauty, wealth, elegance and possess ed of all sorts of tnlents. in particular a perfect genius for music, carried the! day in a social sense. This was bit- | terly resented by Lady Fisher, and In course of time she communicated her! sentiments to hor husband. Mischief-j makers promoted the feud by repeat? ing to the two women remarks, satir? ical and critical, heard in the salons of the one about the other, and to? wards the end the situation had be? come so intolerable that the two ad? mirals, namely. Lord Fisher nndi Lord Charles, were scarcely on speak? ing terms with one another. Of course.' the fact that Lord Charles on two me-j morahle occasions during the sham j war operations in the Mediterranean managed not only to inflict slpnnl de-1 feat upon Lord Fisher, but likewise by hlfs e'eee,- ...-.-.tetrv placed him In a somewhat ridiculous position, did not tend lo mend matters between them Lady Charles, who. with the Mur chloness of Ripon nnd Henry Hignlns.' may be said to have founded the Cov-! ent Garden Opera In London as it now! exists, has besides her town house a beautiful suburban place near West Hum whori "'?<? ??. nlwnvs surrounded by a large circle of admiring and very devoted friends. Its situation is ideal, lying as It does Just outside one of the entrances to Richmond Park. Tho house Is reached through a long arch of trees, forming a shady avenue, and is characteristic of its master and mis? tress, being thoroughly unconven? tional, and withol most Interesting, nrtlstlc and in perfect taste. The ex I traordlnary niimber of Chinese idols, some of which Lady Dot insists aro speaking likenesses of her husband, are mingled with presentation photo? graphs, with Inscriptions of devotion lo Lady Charles, which ah-: w tho great rang* of her friend.?, including the groat Prince Bismarck, the three Ger? man F.inperorjt. Kitchener. King Ed? ward, I-ord Benconsflold. King George. Field Marehal Von" Moltke, General ciordon. of Khartoum, Cardinal Vaughsn, Mr..Gladstone, Gamhotta an<l King Humbert. Lady Charles, whoso daughter, Miss Kathleen Boresford. is already in this :buntry, staying with Colonel and Mrs. Robert M. Thompson, at Southampton, Long island, is Indirectly responsible for the fact that on the occasion of the great naval review the other day at Spithoud, In connection with tho coronation, nil the ladles on board tho various warships were ordered below and out of sight while the royal yacht was passing through the lines Dur? ing the great review he,ld in connec? tion with, Queen Victoria's diamond Jubilee, three years before her death. Lord Charles signaled from his flag? ship a message to La<]y Charles, who was a guest on board one of tho other battleships, a message to the effect that he would bo unable to join her nt dinner, as he with the other flag of? ficers hud been commanded to dine that night with the Queen. This mes? sage, couched In his customary breezy fashion, was wigwagged x while the Queen was passing along thc lines. While many naval men. both on board the roynl yacht and the other ships, saw Lord Charles's signaling, somo of them being able through their knowledge of tho code to read tho message offhand, yet nothing further would hove been done about this slight breach of etiquette had It not been for Lord Mayo's brother, the Hon. "Algy" Bottrke, a member of the stock exchange, who for the occasion was representing the I-ondon Times, and on board the man-of-war whore Lady Chnrles Beresford was a guest. From her he heard of the message which she had just received from her husband, and very indiscreetly he re? lated the matter In the account print? ed on the following morning In tho London Times, giving, if my memory serves me right, the message just aa sent, and which was certainly never Intended for publication. In this man? ner the affair was brought to tho at? tention of thc Queen, who chose to see therein n gross piece of disrespect to herself, expressing indignation that, any admiral, especially one who had been in command of thc royal yacht nnd a nnvnl A. D. C. of the sovereign j like Lord Charles, should have BO far forgotten himself ns to signal from his flagship private messages, when I the monarch was passing his ship In [ review. It followed In consequence of this that a series of > stringent rules wero Issued, providing for tho etiquette to bo observed on tho warships durin? naval reviews by thc sovereign, ono of the features thereof being that no women, and for the matter of that no civilians, should be in evidence on tho deck of any warship while the review i Is In progress. Lord Chnrles and his wife are a most devoted couple, and may be said to have spent their entire lives in cham? pioning one another's cnuso and tight ! Ing one another's battles. I Lady Charles, let me add In conclu? sion, hns a great fondness for Jewels, of which she has a wonderful collec? tion nnd which nre particularly suit? ed to her style of beauty. She is en? thusiastic on the subject of Wagner, and can dissect With singular astute? ness tho merits of Zola, Tolstoi, Mae? terlinck, Ibsen, Shaw, etc., has- a most remarkable mastery of foreign lan? guages, a singularly melodious voice, i with a clearness of diction unusual among well bred English people, and Is a daughter and coheiress of the Into Richard Gardner, M. P. for Leicester. (Copyright, 1911, by the Brentwood Company.) I WOMEN It's a wise woman who puts a little money In the savings bank regularly No woman can tall when she'll neod money pretty badly. The National State and City Bank has many women among Its deposi? tors. Why not prove your thrift and wisdom by . becoming, ono of them? National State and City Bank, RICHMOND. VA. Win. H. Palmer, President. John S. Kllett, Vlec-Prciililent. Win. M. Ulli, Vloc-Preiililent. J. W. sin too, Vlce-Prc?|dent. .Inllon H. Htll, Cnshler.