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DAI UV? >V if. i.i.V--SUNDAY. Suranui? uince.tu Main Street South lUcbmoud.liuil 8ttW. *\-t,-i-.!i Bureau....10? N. (yi'smon auee tornchburg- Bureau.tu Eighth Street UV MALL Co* fiu nm Oat P06TAUK PAID Z*u. Mom. Mo*. Mo Pally with Sunday.?C. .<0 IJ.N HI) .11 Daily without Suuday. ? .v ?.od lcj .a Sunday edition only.IK J.? .W .? V,?t*.y (Wedoasdajr>.L98 .M js . By Tlme?-Dy?r>atc& Caxrlar Delivery Bar. rice In lUchtuoud (and auburn*; ana. FaUrs On* Week Call? with Sunday.Ucen? pally without Sunday.I' cent* Sunday ooly. ? c*aii Entered January 17. 1K6, at Rlcnraond. Va,. %a eecond-cla?a matter undvr act of Con ol Mnrch I. ink. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 19U. DOWN TUB KIVEKI That was a great sight at Newport News yesterday, when the steamship "Pdcahontas" pulled away from the pier, and Hampton Moore, standing OH the poop deck, whatever that is. with megaphone at his mouth and Joy In his heart, said to the Richmond Commit lee, 'patting is such sweet sorrow."! and led the cheering for the imperial city on tile James and for its splendid hospitality to the line people It was highly privileged to entertain within its gates for u lew short days; and six hundred men and women from Cape Cod I jto Key West said they had taken sugar i In thcr'n. The end crowned the work. The day on the River was iike linked sweetness long drawn out. Everybody was happy, nobody balked, all caughl the spirit of the occasion. The weath- j er was a little grey, as it ought to have been, for that is the color of the. town, end trie water was muddy, us It ought to have been, as that Is the complexion ' of those who cherish long-forgotten animosities: but the sky was blue ir. r niches, and the shores fairly blazed ?with the beauty of the changing foli? age, another symbol of the harmony Of Nature with the exquisite fellowship Of the pilgrims atloat. There was not a spot of historic fame that did not attract the Intelligent interest of tho visitors, and the guides, counsellors und friends on every deck imparted o special charm to their recitals by the eloquence and variety of their speech. Drewry s Bluff, where men ot the same country fought madly for what they believed to be right more than half a century ago, vjririnu, where the prisoners of war were exchanged. Dutch Gap. where Butler made a new channel for the River: City l'olnt, where Grant had his headquarters; the ancient homes of the Carters and Ran? dolphs and Byrds and old "Tlppecanoe end Tyler, too," and all the rest of the places of battle and siege and the homes of Virginia gentlemen passed before the eyes of the wondering hobt like dreams In the night-time, when the soul is filled with visions of the grace and beauty and chivalry of tho days that are dead. The tangled thick? ets on the river banks were peopled ?with the aborigines, on chase or foray bent: down at the water side the crea? tures of the wood had come to slake their thirst; on the farther hills tho liorns of the hunters rang out clear and Strong In the crisp morning air, and through the openings In the forests rode 1-dles and gentlemen upon well groomed mounts, with quip and jest and r.cppy. care-free, hearts, as In the olden time, and not s leaf but trembling j teemed with golden visions or romantic | dreams. There couK Tir.ve._bef.n nothing love? lier than Vhlrr'ldst day of the Deeper "Waterways people In Virginia, except ' the ever-present thought that with each removing link In the chain of their delightful experiences they were going further away from the fortunate town In which they had spent five full days. The Richmond Committee had provided sverythlrig for their comfort; food for their bodies, and such food as few of them had seen since the conversion of "excelsior" into pure food, after the prescription of Dr. Wiley; drink for their eouls ar.d music for their ears. Df course, there was a great deal of conversation. How could it have been otherwise, when eight hundred Amer? ican men ar.d women got together? *.nd from the Odes of Horace to the geneal? ogy of Pe-cahontas, boldly claimed by Dr. Samuel T. Morgi.n, that distin? guished son of the* grand old State, as a native of North Carolina, and from the chances: of Woodrow Wilson to the future of The Colonel, there was not an Idle moment or a misspent word. It might have gone on forever, if the River had not run Into the sea, and the voyage ended where the tides meet, and the acquaintances of a few short days parted as friends fcrevor. THIRTY VAU os or POISON. Dr. Cutler Is the Dr. Wiley of St. ] Louis. He Is the centre of attraction at the pure food show row taking place in the Missouri metropolis, nisi exhibit is known as 'Cutler's shocking ! Shelves," or "thirty yards of poison." One of the things that this St. Louis' edition of Doctor Wiley u doir.e is teaching the housewives to protect themselves. In the case of butter, for example, he is instructing the women how to tell butter from oleomaj-garlne. Here are tw-o easy methods: "Put it in a dish over a fire Butter will foam, oleo will crackle, sputter and give an unpleasant, greasy odor. "Put a little of It in a glass of cold Sweet miik and stir with a paud'.c. Butter will divide and spread itself over the milk's surface, oleo will Stick In a lump to the paddle." To test lemon extract, only a rna.tch and a siucer are. needed. Pour a few drops In the saucer, pet it afire and the real lemon extract will make a con? ning little, blare like a charms dish, while the fake, extract will not have ?anything to do with the flame formalin, or embulrnlng fluids, in Irnllk can bo ."ound by using sulphuric , acid. A purple ring will show tho ! presence of formalin When the acid is poured Into milk. On Dr. Cutler's shelves may be seen I bottles of pickles In which the acid . has wholly consumed the cucumber, i leaving nothing but a greenish Huld. ! Also there are to Ibe seen there bulging I cane of fruit and tomatoes, some ot which have been punctured to let the gases out. then resoldored; strawberry jextrjet, which Is nothing but coul tar dye and sweetening, with timothy seed on the side of the glass to create an I Illustration of genuineness; tomuto sauce composed of spoiled apple pulp. , pumpkin grUs and floor sweepings. . and a "horrible cake" Of burnt earth which is the basis of cheap chocolate candy. Even pecans me shown as cx , ample; of fake treatment. There Is a process of polishing the shells of rancid stale nuts and selling them for the price of fresh ones, and the ex? hibit shows the pecan as it ought to look. WORSE THAN IX W.Mi TIMES. A Confederate record discovered In the tare documents possessed by Dr. Dunbar Rowland, Director of the De? partment of Archives and History, ol Mississippi, brings out the fact that "trust prices" of articles In dally use are'higher than they were fifty years! ago, when war had swooped down upon the country, and the farms had been left untonded. An order found on the record shows the following differ? ence in prices, as compared with daily quotations taken from the records bl tin present: Article. War Time. Now. Flour .S4.10.$7.75 Hams .lie lb.20c-2Sc lb. Lard .Sc-12c.12?ic Butter .16c-20c tt).S0c-S5c lb Cheese.lie lb.3r,c lb. Sugar .10c-lSc lb.Cc-7c Molasses ... .30C-3Cc gal.S2c-3Sc gal. Beef .C'ielb.Lie lb Shoulders . ? 5i 11?.20c lb Coffee .l?c-10e lt>.26c-40c In war time Hour sold for $3.65 the barrel less than at tho present tlmej This is remarkable. a> the Birmingham News points out, because there Is now more acreage In wheat than during the war. BE HltlEE, GENTLEMEN. Long-windedne8s is a sure sign ot mental distress. Not every man can make a speech, but every man thinks he can, nnd nearly nil talk too long. There Is a speed limit In speech-mak? ing, as well as in motoring. To par? aphrase the preacher In "Georgia Scenes," when Ned Brace was singing in doleful discord, there are some peo? ple who can't speak. This truth was illustrated at the Deeper Waterways Convention this week. Some people, not all of them "furriners," mauled words all over the lot. There was a time limit, but It was a dead letter restriction. The chairmen In some cases overtalked, often repeating what they had sail or what some one else had said. Patrick Henry and other Virginia worthies all work overtime in the convention In? troductory speeches. It is safe for speakers to assume that the American people are not totally ignorant of the great men and great deeds of \'irglnla and the history of Richmond. The best speech Is the short one. That man is afflicted with an abner mally swollen ego who thinks tn.-.t an audience will hang on his words for hours. Not alone In vaudeville houses, hut on public platforms as well, the "get the hook" policy should prevail. A NEEDED AMENDMENT. Abolition of fees in connection with the enforcement of the hotel Inspection law of the State Is eminently desirable. L'nJer the present statute, hotels hav? ing ten bedrooms or less are exempt from Inspection and the payment of the inspection foe. This arbitrary dis? tinction has been found to work much unjust discrimination throughout %be State. In many small towns there ure two rival hotels, one of which has less than ten rooms, and the other of which has ten or more. The result Is that though both ? aro rivals on an equal tooting, one has to pay a fee and meet the requirement of the law, while the other hotel does not. Tho remedy suggested, which we deem wise, Is that the Inspection fees should be abolished, the expense paid out of the State treasury, and all hotels brought within the operation of the law. The fee system crops out here, and, as In all other cases. It should suffer excision. Abolish the fees and put all the hotels In one class: that Is What should be dope at the next s?s?lon of the General Assembly. ABOLISH THEM. The Council Committee on Grounds and Buildings should adopt the recom infc.ndr.ttcn of Chief Health Officer Levy that the common drinking cup in the parks be done away with. The up? turned spigot will he an excellent sub? stitute for the cups, which are veritable nests anl breeding places of deadly and disease-conveying germs. It Is a well-known medical fact that there are many diseases which can be trans? mitted through the common drinking cup, and every' cup abolished means a cause of slclcness destroyed. Dr. Levy's recommendutlon Is In line with : the policy of the best and most pro? gressive cities, and should be adopted without delay or discussion. Such a step would be unquestionably for the conservation of the health of the com i munlty. aUITTING THE PULPIT. j Three Chicago preachers have left, the pulpit in the last three months? ; the Rev. Mr. McDowell, of the i'ongre gatidnal Church, and the. Rev. Mr. llcy wood and the Rev, Mr Ilostl.-k, both of the Baptist Church. The reason In the cases of all tbrte was the sume? tho salary received was Inadequate to support a family. Both the Rev. Mr. Heywood and the Rev. Mr. Bestick conteinplutod mar? riage, and they eald they could not support wives on $1,000 and $l,'i00, re : spectively. The Rev. Mr, McDowell's salary wub $1,110 yearly, but he has a wife and i live children? He sought manual labor ! In the summer holidays, but His flock ' thought the work undlgnllied, and so he j quit. From the pulpit he went Into I an express car. and now Is an express? man at $1S the week. He Is accustomed ' to physical labor, because he Is an ath ! lote, having played on the football I teams of the two colleges of which ne j la an alumnus. This same minister says that a ; preacher. Instead of leading a flock, must obey its "whims and orders." Ho thinks that the church at large Is "an honest institution." He adds that "there are always a few people who get into the church to cover thoir meanness. To cover it well, they get I the oftlces." Conditions are very much the same In other places. The minister who gets : n reasonable compensation Is an ex i ocption. Good men. men of ability and I power, are wearing out their lives, un 1 able to save, unable to have the things they should have. PEDIGREES MADE TO OltOtsn. The tallor-to-order genealogists who are trying to provide our millionaires with pedigrees showing descent from royalty are Unding stumbling blocks In their path. Last week It was as? serted that the Rockefellers could be ? traced back to the Plantagenet Kings of England. Now it doth appear that the abstract o? title is detective, be , cause one of the links is a ten-year old wife. Similarly, the elaborate fam? ily tree of which King James 1. of Scotland was the beginning and the Astors the foliage has developed a hla-| tus In the seventeenth century. A mother is lacking somewhere, and stu dents say that the royal descent is, i therefore, Invalid However, there is no need to be downcast about it. As the Chicago, Record-Herald says, "it Is better to be an ancestor than a descendant." It is most likely that every person In America has some royal blood In him. ' Rocketellers and Astors have been'; few, but many have been the royal personages of the world since the' dawn of time. All kings have. In the1 last analysis, sprung from the Innum? erable company of the third estate. Even the kings primeval descended from the Adam who delved and the Eve who span. "THE GREAT UNKNOWN." The Vice-Presldent of the United States walked through the lobby of! the Waldorf the other night. Only two people knew who tie was. One Was n reporter who had seen his pic- ; ture somewhere, the other was a Cleveland man, who wished to Intro? duce his wife, but who had forgotten whether the Vice-President';: name was! James 'S Fairbanks or Charles W. Sherman. For all he knew. It might ' have been Daniel D. Tompklns or, Elbridge Gerry. A Vlco-President is' well-known before he Is elected; after: he Is elected, he Is unknown. Vet Fate may In a single day, as Fate has done, raise this negligi? ble official to the highest elective of? fice In the world. The Baltimore Sun says that this "is one of the strangest things In our political system?that we devote so much attention to the! choice of a President and so little to the election of a Vice-President who stands next In succession." This, too. In the face of the fact that no Vice president elevated to the Presidency has as President ever been wholly ac? ceptable to his party or to the people. As we said once before, we say ajaln, "Why Is the Vice-Presldent?" The "Handbook of Virginia," Just is? sued by the State Department of Agri? culture, la a very creditable publication. It is full of attractive Information about the Old Dominion, and the facts and pictures both should convince everybody that Virginia is the right Place to live In. as well as that the .-ta;.- is marching splendidly along the highway of prosperity and progress. The women were Interested when Admiral Peary told them here Thurs? day night that married life has its excitements and Interruptions even in the North Pole neighborhood. He told of one woman who, though very young, has had four husbands and is now a widow. She left the first one. the second one left her, the third died, and the fourth was eaten by a polar bear. Peary came and saw ntid lectured, but he failed to conquer the conviction of many folks hereabout that Dr. Cook is the original traveler to what Cap? tain Lamb termed "the crest of the .Northern Pole." Why Is the fee system? Who Is that far-sighted statesman in the General Assembly who will father tho momentous measure increas? ing the Governor's staff to one hundred colonels? Let him Hpeak and- Immor? talize himself. I Voice of the People | Old Vlrglulu >'ever Die. To the Editor of The Tlmes-Dlspatch: Sir.?The old Willis house, a mile distant from Orange, now owned by the Crenshaws, waa the scene of a Confederate military ball during tho spring of 1S64. when Genefal Lee's army was encamped along the Rapl-I dan. Corps, division, brigade and regi? mental commanders were Included In the company Home of the privates in Mahone's DivlBlon furnished two I fiddles and a banjo, and tho division i band supplied the rest of this music, j The Virginia reel, with the old-fash j loncd cotillions, polltae, masourku. ! schottische, galop, vesuvlonna, waltz, j and lancers were played: merry, happy ? faces mingled In the dance, and "bright the lamps thut shone o'er fair women ? and brave men." Richmond society j was well represented with attractive i matrons and popular belles, who had ' como up for the occasion, and u grand i war-time banquet had been prepared < by the young ladles prominent In the , social life of Orange. The good cheer j of a delicious supper banished from j the warriors every thought of war, as : they looked over tho rich vlunds bc | fore them and contrasted the array of ' Luxuries with tho moss pork, hard I tack, cush. slapjacks, hoppln' John i and hoppln' Jinnie ana horrible, make I shifts of food tney had endured In I camp. Ldeutenant-Oeneral A. P. Hill, at j tired in gray uniform, and Mrs. A. P. ! Kill were prominent in the dance, and ! they missed but few of the cotillions und round dances. This was the last i time the old hero ever joined his wife I In the waltz. Those hilltops and valleys along the historic Rapldan have echoed to the mighty tread of triumphant and happy legions elated witty the knowl ; edge of well-merited victory and hard* ' fought battles which will leave their Indelible Impress upon the canvas of history and quicken with patriotic thought hallowed memories of the "boys in gray" who breasted the iron storm of war. ! We find here a lnnd graced and adorned with picturesque homes, as charming as the people who live In them, and there nre still soft Southern voices In these homes to tell us war stories of terror, devotion and humor. Perhaps upon a day an old chest is opened and a sabre bitten deep With rust, an ancient musket and a stained uniform with tarnishing buttons, or a soldier's skull recentl plowed up In a cornfield, are taken from their store places and spread out In the sun for an airing; and their use is explained to the growing child who learns with sharp perception that his father had had wonderful and heroic experiences, and his mother had fell the heart-1 aches, the anxieties, the thrills and painful emotions <>f stirring times. Not all the readings of history can present or convey such a conception of the lire and thunder of war. Over all these historic Heids peace' has resumed its sway; the plowshare has been busy with its oblivious la bors; the thoughtless whistle of the1 plowman floats on the air. Instead of the trumpet's clangor: the team slowly tolls up the hillside once shaken by the hoofs of rushing squadrons, and wide fields of corn wave peacefully over the soldier's grave, where rival warriors, after their fierce and fitful struggle, sleep quietly together In the lup of their common mother earth, j Here amid devastation of war, amid i the change of revolving years and the! busy tumult of our strenuous genera? tion, hospitality, the pride and stand? ard of the. gentleman; Virginia nos- ! pttallty, that ancient and redeeming! grace, stands out sweet and clear. The stranger who would form a; correct opinion of Southern character' must not confine his observations to the metropolis. He must go forth Into the country "far from the inaddlnr; crowd:" he must sojourn In Villages and hamlets; he must visit farm houses, loiter about country churches and camp meetings; attend the tilt and tourney, the fairs, the dance and; other rural festivals; and cope with' tho people in all their conditions and all their habits and humors. Follow? ing up these sentiments. I drove from Barboursvllle to Stanardsvilie (thlr-, teen miles dlstane), on isolated and romantic village, resting upon the foothills of the Blue Ridge and re? mote from the onrushlng sweep of commercialism Above it the moun-1 tains are plied to the sky. It looks like the unburled part of the bygon-? regime. But the people are big hearted as of yore. The road thither Is' winding, and does not abound in grand and sublime scenery, but rather; in little home scenes of rural repose and sheltered quiet. The eye Is de? lighted by a continual succession of small landscapes of ravishing love'.t- ! neas. The antique family mansion. I standing apart in some little rural! domain, looks down with a protecting air on the surrounding scene, and . seems to reflect the growth of ages! of reverend custom and peaceful ex-1 Istence. All these charming features evince i a calm and settled security?a heredi? tary transmission of homebred virtues' and local attachments that speak? deeply and touehlngly for the moral character of the people of Orcene county. Back among the hills, in close con? tact with nature, is found the typical Virginia mountaineer?a character suit generis. Ills nature leads him not i forth into the struggle and bustle of the world. He seeks not for fame,! nor fortune, nor space in the world's thought, nor dominion over his fellow-1 men. He revels in the beautiful nnd simple-hearted customs of sequestered; rural life, lie Is at home with a gang; of men around a spittoon- He has the! eye of a man who has been true to himself, clear and kindly?nn unques-j tlonlnir faith, a slmi?tlclty, a gracious-' ness of spirit that make hospitality' proverbial and give undying strength' to friendship He likes Just to slti arounj and smoke and talk. He isn't! cynical, though he lncks fulness of, knowleuge. nnd Is like a person with i hopes that He over the horizon line,! which he knows he won't live to see realized, but which look good to him! In the quiet of his soul. It Is a hardy race, simple, generous, | brave, loyal. Their fortune is small.! but their wants aro few. Under the! humble cottage roof they eat a simple fare with the npfetlte of perfect health, and sleep the sound slumber of a sound conscience. They nre farmers In a small way, and they love the land of their birth, and serve their country with patriotic pride. Thev may slay an enemy, but they will never rob him. High finance, as practiced by the high-toned set of Wall Street they never heard of. Wa? tered stock and second mortgage bonds disturb not their "even tenor." They believe in the Bible; they worship at the altar: they love liberty, and when? ever you find an outlaw among them It Is one who believes the govern? ment has infringed an inalienable right. Beauty reaches Its perfection In the' Virginia country girl. She has the! mountain flush of health on her cheek; young life brightens i nher eye; the free winds sport In her tresses, and she possesses, the virgin charm of modesty that all men admire. A damsel rode Into Barhoursvlllo on horseback yesterday fop tho mail from her mountain h'onv. She was a comely, fresh, mild-looking gffl, be? yond the reach of art and the peer of any Scottish highland lassie that Burns ever pictured? "To me more dear, congenial to my heart. One native charm than all tho gloss of art." She was a blooming lass of fresh, 1 eighteen, ripe and melting and rosy I lipped as the Inside of a pearly sea i shell, or the petals of u peach blossom ! In April: her dress, a mixture of an j clent and modern fashions, as most ' suited to set oil hor charms, und j withal a provoklngly short petticoat i to display the prettiest foot and ankle '? In all tho country around, j As she was leaving I begged pardon ? for my boldness, und playfully asked ' her why she didn't ride astride. With j the delightful confusion of maiden ? modesty, she replied, "l am a Virginia girl, and you are from out West, aron't you?" and galloped away. j Notwithstanding the current phaso : of religious thought and the shock , that religion Is to-day receiving at ? the hands of science und the higher i criticism: and notwithstanding the ! foundations of morality are receiving j a rude shaking up these days, the lu? nate reserve of the Virginia girl Is I sublime, and her delicacy Is the. bloom i on tfle ripened fruit of civilization, i Theso are the gems and Immaculate , adornments?the glorified nobility of I our grand old Virginia motherhood, j whlc muko for the boautiful in our daily life, whose escutcheon no ono dares to efface or sully, and from which the South may draw her Inspl j ration, her duty, her prestige and her j glory. So long as this quality of her ln ; tultlve high breeding appeals to man he win render unto her a willing and glad obedience, and he is going to j keep on hoping* his great hopes and I dreaming his splendid dreams. it is that life of quality that breathes the uplifting sentiment and makes for our pathway a border more beautiful than llowers. So long as this quality shall i live, her throne will be In every man's ! heurt. and her sceptre absolute, though j wreathed In roses. J. W. FOWLKES. I Barboursvllle. Defend* Ml?? Johnston. To the Editor of The Times-Dispatch: ! Sir,?In the Wednesday edition of your paper 1 read a letter commending Rev. James Power Smith's "protest against the errors promulgated by Miss Mary Johnston's novel, 'The Louk < I Roil.' " j ! The writer. In conclusion, says: "We have always regretted so-called his? torical novels, and consider them par- I ticularly Injurious, to the young. In whose minds they are apt to produce u hopeless contusion of facts and flc-, ! Don." This Is true concerning the great ma- i Joiity of tho so-called historical novels, but it Is not true of "The Long Roll." | Miss Johnston's work Is so far beyond these historical novels it should not be ranked with them. In the accounts of the marches, battles, number of men ? igCd, etc., the book Is aa true to fact as any history ever written. Indeed, it is ?o realistic and full of' ?l-L.iils that It has sometimes been' found fault with on that account. Here Is ? :..it two leading magazines say on : the subject: One. "The book is not a novel?It! is history. It la not history?It Is war; itself." Another, "Two-thirds of the book' ri like a detailed arrny report of I General Jackson's movements." These tw,o criticisms are the highest praise of the book?as history. Sir Walter Scott has been called the best historical novelist that ever lived. His books are recommended to every boy and girl for their great his? torical value. And yet, from the stand? point of Impartial history, Scott la guilty of many error?. In "Ol.i Mor? tality" he ridicules the Covenanters, showing them In their narrowest, most bigoted light. On the other hand, he paints Claverhouao several shades lighter than do most historians. In "Woodstock" he represents Crom? well as a cold-blooded, scheming hy pocrlte. "The Long Roll" Is more true to history than sny novel that Scott ever wrote. Another criticism is that Miss John? ston represents profanity as being rampant In the Confederate army. This army was made up, for the most part, of polished, cultivated gen? tlemen?but there were some of the lower classes. Now, with a few excep? tions, she puts profanity In the mouths Of these rough. Illiterate soldiers?not the higher classes. 1 do not remember that Richard Cleave, tho Carys, or the better cLass of soldiers were In tho habit of swearing. Miss Johnston's object In writing "The Long Roll" was to present the Southern side of the question convinc? ingly to her readers, and this novel is by far the best that was ever written on the subject. No other writer has shown us so well the brav- , ery and valor of the Southern men? the loyalty and passionate devotion of the Southern women. She has de- . scribed the War Between the States with all the accuracy and realism of history, and with a passion and fervor more thrilling than any history that' was ever written. Miss Johnston is to be praised, not | blamed, for her noble work- Such ; criticism of It Is not only unjust?it is most ungenerous. A READER, I V. OF P. The Arvln-Urnck Controversy. To the Editor of The Times-Dispatch: Sir,?I beg permission to publish in : your paper a few lines concerning the Arvin-JSrock senatorial contest, now before tho congressional Demo? cratic committee of the Fourth and , Tenth Districts. After the late prl-l mary various articles were publishedi In the press, in which the idea was' conveyed to the public at large that Mr. Brock's majority was secured by Republican votes. Several of these ar? ticles were published accounts of In? terviews with Mr. Arvin. Although this impression was being created In the Interests of a contest. It w-a3 -after the State Central Committee ha<j met in Richmond about three weeks after the primary, and after this committee had delegated Its authority In the final decision of contests to the committee men of the congressional district or districts in which a contest wub brought, that this contest was brought. Admitting that the State Central Com? mittee had a right to delegate its au? thority was given them, and them only, horitv was given them, and them only, by a convention of Democrats, these oommltteemen from the Fourth and Tenth Districts In this Instance cer-? taitily have no further jurisdiction' than the State Central Committee. The; party law provides In this case that a contest for nomination of State Sen? ator must first come before a commit? tee composed of the Democratic chair? men of Amelia, Nottowny, Prince Ed? ward. Lunenburg and Cumberland counties, and then only can It come "before the State Central Committee on an appeal. Was this contest brought this way? No. It was brought primarily before the Tenth and Fourth congressional committees, and theso committees took Jurisdiction In the matter, which will be decided next Tuesday. Di<j the con? testant want this matter brought in regular form? No; he did not want hia claim that Republicans voted for Brock (brought before tho chairmen of these five counties, who know condi? tions as they are, because he knew that if enough Republicans voted to affect the election before a tribunal familiar with this affair, he would be the man to suffer and not Brock. | Mr. Arvin says that he could not bring | on a contest sooner after the election because ho did not know that a cer? tificate of nomination hod heen award ad Mr. Brock by the proper committee until after the meeting of the State I committee, which was about ten days I aftor such certificate was Issued. Would this be probable? Knowing conditions as they exist, a majority of tho Democrats In these' five counties. I believe, stand out against a contest, which Is to be do clded Iboth primarily and ultimately by a committee who know nothing of the ' conditions, and wiho nre oble to command so meagre testimony. C. B. NEBLETT. Kentyridge, V?> ^Absolutely Pure MAKES HOME BAKING EASY Light Biscuit Delicious Cake Dainty Pastries . Fine Puddings Flaky Crusts The only Baking Powder made from Royal Grape Cream of Tartar Daily Queries and Answers \\ a Mi I 1 on Hotel. Is there ... hotel In Washington. D. C. by the name of ????? How Is It rated? N. A. N. Yes. It Is rated as a fair hotel. Hounding a Curve. When a railroad train rounds a curve Is tho tendency of the weight shifted to the outside wheels of the; locomotive and train or to the Inside ones? X. Z. In rounding a curve the tendency of the weight of a train is to shift to the outside wheels. To counteract this tendency ihe outer rail of a curve Is raised to a higher level than the In? side, tho elevation being In proportion to tho sharpness of the curve. If both rails of a curved track were of ex? actly the saruc elevation no engineer would dare to round It at high speed. Green. What Is the address of Colonel Ed? ward Harland Robinson Green, son of Hetty Green, of New York? G. P. Terrell, Tex. PRINCESS CHARLOTTE REACHES 96TH YEAR UV LA MARQUISE DE PONTKXOY. PRINCESS CHARLOTTE of Sohwarz burg, the eldest scion of Kuro pean royalty, has Just celebrated -bor ninety-sixth birthday, at her beautiful country seat In Switzerland, not far from Berne, on towards the Prlbourg border, and remote from the railroad line, where she lives so se? cluded from the forld us to be almost forgotten by the public. Yet more than fifty years ago the romance of her mar? riage created a world-wide sensation, and it has furnished the Inspiration of several novels. Princess Charlotte, who belongs to the sovereign house of Schwarxbtirs;, and who Is a grandaunt of the present rul-r of that principality, was In her younger days passionately fond of Al? pine climbing, a form of sport In which she was an adept. In one of her ex- j curslons, her life was saved by the most wonderful presence of mtnd, muscular strength and pluck, of her Alpine guide, who narrowly escaped being dragged down the precipice, over the brink of which she had already disappeared, suspended to the rope, the other end of which was fastened to him. In accordance with lyountaincer ing requirements, He managed not only to withstand the shock of hor fall, but likewise to drag her back Into safety, though with the utmost difll culty, and at the risk of himself slip? ping, owing to the Insecurity of the foothold. Indeed, so great was his danger that some men in his place would have cut the rope in order to save themselves. The princess naturally wns Piled with rpntlments of gratitude towards her preserver, and as he happened to be an extremely handsome man, and possessed of sufficient education to qualify him for a commission in the militia of his canton, she determined to prove her gratitude by marrying him. True, she was forty years of i age at the time, and some ten years ! his senior. But she was a very good- I looking woman, and rich Of course I there was a tremendous outcry on the I part of her royal and imperial rela- ? tlves. Por she 'is connected by ties of I blood with two-thirds of the reign- 1 .-.uses of Europe, and all sorts of stories were circulated as to the origin Ihe r-om-n.te. the one most general? ly accepted being to .the effect that t 'ohn .lud?for that was the name of I the guide?hnd been one of th.?. domes- I tics of an Inn at which the princess ! ? been staving, and had attracted her : attention while engaged In the per- ] formance of some menial service. The reigning Prince of Schwarzburg | eventually gave his consent to the marriage of the princess, on the condl- ! tion that she should live abroad with | her husband, and he thereupon con- i ferred upon tho latter, by way of a 1 wedding present, the title of baron.,j The union turned out far more happily ! than mesalliances of this kind do as a ! rule. The couple bought a very pretty place in the Canton de Berne, wihere the baron died, after ten years of en? tirely unclouded marriage, deeply mourned by his widow, From that time to this, that is to say, ever since 1866, the princess has never left her Swiss home. She lives there all the year Tnund. greatly beloved by all her neighbors, on account of her boundless charity, of 'her gentle, unaffected man? ner, and of that gracious considera? tion for the feelings of others which, nlas! belongs to another generation. Her relatives, however, visit her every year. In fact, there are very few royal or Imperial personages who pa-ss through Berne without driving out to pay their respects to the doyenne of tho sovereign houses of Europe, and the heroine of a thrilling Alpine ro? mance of more than fifty years ago. Court dignitaries, even when nomi? nated by the premier, and holding their office in connection with the political administration In power, hold their of? fice at the pleasure of the King. This fact has been emphasized by the com? pulsory resignation of Lord Hamilton of Dalzell from his post of lord in waiting. He was very much to the fore at the coronation festivities, and owing to tho fact that Lord Spencer was just then recovering from a severe operation, he filled the role of lord chamborlaln at many of the state functions, notably those held at Dub? lin Castle, and at Holyrood In Edin? burgh. In fact, he was generally re? garded as persona grata at cotiTt, and as destined to higher honors. Stories, however, of T/ord Hamilton of Dalzell's 'evotlon to n married woman, reached the enrs of Queen Mary, In such a form as to cause her to Insist upon his disappearance from court, us hav? ing ceased to enjoy tho good will of their Majesties, nnd it Is -owing to this that he has been asked to realen. his place as lord In waiting being tak? en by Lord Allendale. who Is succeeded In his command of tho Yeomen of tha Guard by Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Mar? tin's son-in-law, Lord Craven, "as re laud In these letters the other day. Lord Hamilton of Dalzell Is a good looking bachelor of about forty, and is the fourteenth Lord of Orbiston, and tne ninth of the Hamilton Lairds of Dalzell. He served in the .Scots Guards throughout tho Boer War, Is a mem? ber of the Jockey Club. Is fond of rac? ing, and has since his boyhood been a more or less familiar figure at court, owing to the fact that his father, trie first Iifird Hamilton of Dalzell, wai i favorite member of the household of Queen Victoria He Is descended from sir James Hamilton of Cadzow, who la likewise founder of the families of tha Dukes of Hamilton and of Ahercorn! iVird Hamilton's branch was known originally as that of the Hamiltons, of Orblston; and John Hamilton, of Or blston. accompanied Mary Queen of .Scots to the battle of Longslde. v. here he was killed. His estates passed to his son and namesake, but were con? fiscated bv the Regent Murray, This son marrfed the daughter of Robert Dalzell, ancestor of the Karls of Carn wath. His eldest son. Sir John Hamil? ton, Lord Justice Clerk of Scotland, succeeded to the Orblston estates. The lord Justice clerk's younger brother succeeded to his mother's property of Dalzell, In Lanarkshire. That If why Dalzell, and tile whole of the Dalzell estates, belong to-day to Lord Hamil? ton of Dalzell, Instead of to the Dal ze'.ls, whose family Is headed by the Earl of Carnwath. Curious international complications have arisen In connection with the strange robbery of the remains in two of the tombs of the house of Lorraine. In the Church of the Cordeliers, at Xancy. For the church In question Is Austrian territory, although situated in a French city. When at the begin? ning of the eighteenth century tho Duchy of Lorraine passed Into the pos? session of France, Its last sovereign duke, husband of Empress Marie The rese, receiving In exchange the grand duchy of Tuscany, It was especially stipulated by treaty that the Francis? can Church of the Cordeliers at Nancy, In which most of the Dukes and Duch easea Of I/orrainc and the members of their family are entombed, should re? main In the possession of the house n't Hapsburg - Txirraine, of Austria-Hun? gary, and that the Franciscan father-! having charge of the tombs, and who are paid and appointed by the Aus? trian crown, should enjoy identically the same extra-territorial privileges as the Austro - Hungarian embassy at Paris. When about half a century ago Savoy was ceded to France, a special clause was added to the treaty, where? by the Abbey of Hautecombe, on the Bourget Lake, and In which many members of the dynasty of Savoy are entombed, should remain the property of the crown of Italy, the Cistercian monks entrusted with the guardian? ship thereof, enjoying the same im? munities as the Franciscan monks of Xancy. Every American visitor to Alx leS-Br/ns -will remember this noble Ab? bey of Hautecombe. which constitute* the theme of one of Lamartlne'3 fin? est poems. The. Church of the Cordeliers belns therefore, like tfie Abbey of Haute? combe, foreign territory, the French judicial authorities, and the French po? lice, have no jurisdiction whatsoever In connection with the ghoulish rob? bery which has been perpetrated. Ono/ of the bodies stolen Is that of tlili; Cardinal de Rohan, son. of Charles IUI Duke of Lorraine, nnd speculation fs rife as to the object of the theft. Whc-Jn the outrage first became known, tl*e French authorities and police immeoft. ately took the matter up, but their !n\ terventlon was resented, and they werol withdrawn from the case. Since thenw the Austrian government has been cn-? deavorlng to deal with the matter by1 means of secret agents of Its own, but apparently without success, and mean? while the French authorities are obllo ed to stand idly by, and to do noth? ing, although aware that a crime of a particularly horrible character has. been perpetrated right in the centre of a French city. We Want Your Account National State & City Bank RICHMOND, VA. Wm. H. Palmer, President; John S. T?llett, Vlc?-Pr?fld*iit; Wm. M. Hill. Vice-Presl? dent; J. W. Slnton, Vice-Presldent; Julie? U. Hill. Cashier.