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THE DISPATCH FOUNDED Utt).
THE TIM EH FOUNDED l&M.
RICHMOND, VA., SUNDAY, MAY 12, 1912.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
IN OLD VIRGINIA
Bird 's-Eye Views of Two
Cr acker jack Minor
Cities in the Southside.
CHASE CITY AND
Splendid Growth in Last
Decade?Two Good Tobacco
Towns?King Cotton Coming
to Front?Growing Banks.
New and Larger Indus?
BV FRANK S. WOODSON.
It would be a good thing for any
man who loves old Virginia and In
proud of her prosperity to occaslon
-lly visit some of the good towns In
the State that he happens not to be
pooled on. Their rapid industrial and
commercial growth, and growth in all
things that are good, would Cheer a
man up, und If he should happen to
suffer at times with the blues, the
same would be eared by such visits
now and then.
I took a little outing last week and
Visited several of the towns and vil?
lages. I will talk this week of only
two of them. Chase City and South
Chase City Is located In that corner
of Mecklenburg county thai has Chatv
lotte county on one side only live]
miles away from town, .itid Laihenburg
?n the other side and the same dist?
ance off. and thus It happens that Chase
City In the trade centre for splendid
and prosperous parts Of thr*e rich
counties An Idea of th? rapid growth
of the town may be hau by u glance
at tho census ngures. In 1?C") Chase
City was only a village, having but
bfi Inhabitants. In ten years It had
become much of a town, having mote
than thrlbbled In population. The
last census fives It 1.662. This in?
creased population was attracted to
the town hy Its new industries and
thi? spltndld advantages offered the In?
vestor and the man of business.
(,'ood ftonda n Iloualer.
The best thing that his happened for
the town In a very long time was tn?>
building of good roads branching out
In Bve directions. The Chase City
district of Mecklenburg county made a
l.i it bond issue and the good roads
of tho i?and-cloy blend variety are be?
ing built. More than twenty miles J
have been completed and work la now!
proceeding on twenty-odd more, whlcnj
vlil carry the good roads to the limits j
of the district. The town met the dis?
trict at Its rjorders with firs-class mac-1
adiim streets, and counting tne nearly
four miles of these as toads, the dls- [
trtct now has about twenty-five miles]
or first-class road. These good roads'
hnvo added large to the trade of the'
Chase City has Just voted a town is-]
tise of tt'.ooo for Improvements. The
eum of t2.'.fif'o will be v:sed to build a]
complete sewer system and $40,000 will!
be used for Water works. The town
nireadyjiwm a splendid electric pl>t\t,
v-hlch furnishes light and small pow
fires]: Trl-Couufy Fair.
Last year Chase City lead the towns
?ef the State In the matter of pulling
oft an agricultural fair. The effort
vas such a grand success that the
people decided at once- to make the
Mecklenburg County Kalr a permanent
tfilng. The Fair Association wa? In?
corporated and seventeen and one-half
acres of ground bough1, vllhln the
town limits, and. now the work of pro?
viding buildings Is going forward. As
>hls Is a kind of trl-county fair, It Is
expected that three counties will have
reparato exhibition halls on the
giounds. The matter Is now before
tho authorities of Mecklenburg. Lun
enburg and Charlotte counties. The
?rrounds will also hnve a half-mile
track, anl arrangements are already
being made to have tne same filled
?with fine horses at the next annual ex?
hibition the coming fall.
With Us lumber plants, its furniture
factory, Us big wagon factory. Its fa?
mous Mecklenburg mineral spring's
and water bottling and shipping plant.
Its box shook factories. Its two strong
banks. Its hustling renl estate estab?
lishment. Its large mercantile business
end Its very large leaf tobacco busi?
ness that keeps four warehouses and
a score, of tobacco buyers busy In the
tobacco season, the town Is a perfect.,
beehive of Industry und push,, but it,
Is not stopping at that.
It proposes to become a cotton mar?
ket and to that end a cotton sin is
being erected by the Southside Supply ,
Company, Inc.. a new concern that is |
Just putting out its shingle.
Ice Factory anil Cold Storage.
This company is also erecting and
equipping an ice factory and cold !
storage plant anel will be making Ice ;
und running the most up-to-date lit- j
tie cold storage plant In Virginia j
within the next two weeks. In this
plant, as well fie in the ginning es- :
tabllshment. the company Is installing!
tho very latest machinery and the |
very best equipment and building rail-j
way side tracks to their loading doors. J
Tho company Intends to enter largely
In the supply business and will han?
dle meats and other goods requiring
tho right kind of storage, in carload
lots, thus establishing the largest
?wholesale supply houso on that line
of the Southern Hallway that can bo
found between Richmond and Durham,
ff. C. The Ice-makln'g plant is of ca?
pacity sufficient' to supply all of the
towns and villages between Richmond
gnd Oxford. N. C.
A Very Strong Company.
The officers of the new company are:
C. M. Boswell. president; A. H. Rob
prtson, vice-president; J. A. Robert?
son, secretary and treasurer, and
Thomas O. Boswell, superintendent.
Thlj big establishment Is quite an ac?
quisition to Industrial and hustling
Speaking of the coming cotton mnr
fltet of the. town, It seems rather cu?
rious to any one who has not kept up
with Chase City and tne surrounding
rich country that this tobacco town
ijdhould bo building n, modern flrat
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GOOD THINGS IN VIRGINIA?ILLUSTRATING INDUSTRIAL ARTICLES
farm canning? scene.
Home Tnlk?V "City- Broke" roadster t
._Tobacco hualnea? Heese In South Doaton. _ c ?
-?,. "uiajj,c=gni. ? Happy South Doston tobacco trailers.
A South Ilonton nrhool nnd home._
BLUE GRASS LAND
IN OLO VIRGINIA
Why Farm Property in South?
west Part of State Sells
CATTLE AND HOGS BIG CROPS
Mountainsides and Valleys Are
Almost Equally Rich Where
Blue Grass Grows.
BY MISS MARY MILES.
Marion, Ya.. May 11.?H Is a common
occurrence for people from other sec?
tions of the country to inquire Into
land values when they come to the
blue grass section of Virginia, and al?
most invariably when told that the
rolling fields and sleep hills they see
sell readily for from J"5 to $125 per
acre, they are greatly surprised that
land of such a rugged nature should
command so high a pries, and ask why
It is so. It Is so because such .land,
when properly farmed, can be made to;
yield from 4 to over 6 per cent, net In?
come, on a basis of the above values,
and because a great many people think1
'he life of the blue grass farmer is thoi
best life in the world.
This blue grass section of Virginiaj
lies largely In the southwestern pur-,
tlon of Wh it Is known as the great Vul-;
ley region of Virginia. It also extends i
to some extent over Into the Bluo(
Ridge region on the east and the Alle-!
ghany rldgc3 on the west. The Blue]
Ridge and Allegheny ranges are from
sfventy-i'iv- to 100 miles n^nrt. ana ex?
tend northwest and southwest along
nearly parallel lines. The section be?
tween these ranges Is composed of nar?
row valleys and linear ridges, and
structurally. Is probably the most com?
plex area in Virginia.
Graft* the Lending; Feature.
The principal rock ttructures arc!
of different grades Of limestone. Thoj
rough effects of weathering, or rockj
decay, which has been goirg on foj i
thousands of yea r;, Is a spantle
of decayed rock matr-rlffl over the]
sound jock. This mnntle forms soils
which are ideally adapted for the
nourishment of grass, wheat, corn and
many other crops.
Orass. however. Is the important fea?
ture, and the fanners in the. grass sec?
tion use the plow as.'little as possible.'
"The object Is to raise only enough corn,
straw, etc., to winter the stock. You
can grate from April until December.
As an Illustration of the way grazing
land will make Itself, one can cut thh
timber from woodland, then cut off all
brush and briars, and in the large ma?
jority of cases the grass will natural?
ly set itself and make good grazing.
The section In well w.ttered by small
streams, and the seasons are remark?
ably uniform. The summer of 1911
came nearer hrlnglng a drought than
any summer has for e great many
yenrs. Yet during that summor the
usual number of export cattle were
grazed, and put on more than 300
pounds of flesh per head, going to
market In the fall direct from the
figures That l'n>k.
To show more exactly that -reason?
able Interest can be madrf on money
lnvehtcr in this high priced lnnd. let
us take what I am perfectly safe in
calling an average southweslern Val?
ley region farm. Let us take, for ex
amble, a farm consisting of 400 acres.
iContlnufid on. Third Pp<K<\)v.
TO BREAK RECORD
Current Fiscal Year Will Show
Greatest Shipments Ever
of American Goods.
The prediction that the export of
domestic pr:-lucts from the United
States will he larger during the pre
cnt fiscal year than ever is Justified
by statistics of the national treasury
department. Barely a dozen years ago
treasury officials were delighted that
exports of manufactures averaged $1,
000,000 for each business day. Dur'ng
the current fiscal year the aggregate
for the-nine months ended with March
has been. In round numbers. $720.000,
000. or nn average of fully $3,000,000 a
day. This Is an incr-ase of over $30,
000,000 In the value of manufactures'
j exported, as compared with the cor
I responding months of last year, and
should this average be maintained It
I will Justify tha hellef expressed by the
bureau of statistics that tho total
I value of manufactures exported during
J tho fiscal year will, for the first time.
exceed $1,000.000.000. Agricultural and
I other products will make up another
J $1,000,000.000, thus giving total exports
I for the year considerably In excess of
! $2.000.000,000. The largo increase in
j exports occurs especially In mnnufac
I turas of iron and steel, copper and Its
. manufactures, leather . and Its manii
I factures. agricultural implements and
; lumber. The articles other than man
factures, such as cotton, wheat, hog
j products and coal, show largo In
' cr?ases and will show greater totals
, In tho current fiscal year than In any
: preceding year. Tho oils, Illuminating,
lubricating, gasolenes, napthas and
. others, show a considerable increasj,
especially napthas and other lighter
products of distillation. These, ac?
cording to the statistics for the nini
months now available, are expected to
approach and possibly cross the $100,
000.000 line. On the import side tho
moat notabla feature this year will ap?
parently be a material Increase In tho
importation of certain articles for use
in manufacturing, especially hides and
skins, India rubber, raw wool and
VIEWS AND NEAR VIEWS,
HINTS AND SUGGESTIONS
Educational Ideas for a Generation?Getting
Ready for the Fairs?A Country Doctor's
Plea?In the Dogwocd Forest?Business
I before Politics?Tree Pruning.
? Various Hint?.
By FRANK S. UOODSOX,
i n.ii;.<, rial Editor,
i hin ealuiuu in oiien to contributors
will) have itoiuctlitug tu nay of u sug
Kcnttve unturc. and who are willing to
inukc hints auil mikk\i.Vuii looking to
the better development ot the Rood old
^ aim or Ylrgtnlu, \\ mi Virginia und
-North Carullua, and who eau hold tbelr
nuitgestious down In nuy one Issue to
from ISO to 200 words. Such com?
munications, addressed to the ludus
trlnl Mil it or, will receive iiroiunt atten?
Then and NOW.
I clip the following rrorc an old
paper dated May ". 1881:
"A correspondent in forwarding the
returns of the recent election for mem?
bers of the Legislature of Virginia,
Bays: The Megislaturo passed an act
at its last session to refer to tho peo?
ple tho question of establishing a. free
school system In this (Accomac) coun?
ty. But to our astonishment. It was
j lost. The wealthy oppose it because
they would be taxed for its support and
; a great many of the poorer because ot
1 their ignorance."
I How things havo changed In Old
I Virginia in the last thirty years. When,
in 1872, Virginia commenced to make
its ptfbllc school system samcthlng
worthy the name, thero was consid?
erable opposition to large expenditures
for free tuition. The people were hard
pressed at that time, and then In the
Eastern parts of the State, a large part
of the population (negroes) paid no
taxos at nil, and they had many chil?
dren to be sent to school at their
white neighbors- expense. But senti?
ment soon changed. According to tha
official reports for the year ending
'June 30, 1911, there woro then In this
I same Accomac county elghty-owo public
. schoolhouses. twelve of which wero
high schools, and quite a numtoer of
? the graded schools have a high school
) departme nts, in which a one-year high
' school course may be obtained. In
! these schools there are III whlto
j teachers and thirty-four eo!orsd; thorn
I are enrolled 5,121 whlt0 students and
I 2,863 colored; the average dally at
I tendance for tho term previous to tho
.4a*.Q ?t tho report, wog ?,33p. whltos
and 1,903 colored. Accomac county paid!
tho teachers' salaries last year that
aggregated $42,500. Accomac is but)
one of 100 counties that can show just
as good a record. Truly Virginia Is up
in the front rank among the Stales j
that prldo themselves on their public'
j school systems, and all of this has;
come about within a generation.
About ("oun'j y Fairs.
Last year being a drought year, and!
thererore a short crop one. It wu_-= na?
tural to suppose, that the county fairs
would get a black eye. Some counties
thut intended to hold fairs abandoned!
the idea because of th<- drought'condi?
tions, but every county fair that was
held was a success from every view?
point. Several counties made their
tlrst effort last year, and the success
was so great that all of them have
decided to try again this year, and
some that I havo heard about havo
I bought grounds and are erecting bulld
| ings with a view of making the fair
| a permanent annual county institu?
tion. That is good, vory good, and In
this connection I want to throw out a
hint that I catch in a Western agri?
cultural journal. Hero it Is:
"Now and not next fait ts tho tlmo
to get ready for the fair. Select some
stock for It or plant something to ex?
hibit, save samples of the winter grains
wlitle they can be secured, and put
fruits In cold storage as they ripen.
The best exhibits cannot b? securad if
nothing Is done until tho week before
A real agricultural fair 13 a good
thing, and carefully selected exhibits
' uro necessary to make this kind. De
! clde now that you are going to the
! fair and that you aro going to tako
I something to exhibit."
Save the Dear "Women.
A physician who culls himself a
?'cour.try doctor," writes as follows:
"Tho women folks of the country
sections will call you blessed If you
will prevail upon the railroads to com?
pel their porters on passenger trains
to use tho portable stepping blocks
when tho trains stop at tho country
stations as punctilllouscly as tho 4o
JConjtlnueA~P.n SggpD^p?ifc.)' -
HARNESS HORSES ,
A LIGHT VARIETY
How It Will Pay Farmers to
Grow the Light Har?
AS MERCHANTABLE PRODUCT
In Spite of Automohiles and
Cycles, the Horse Holds '
BY J. M. BELL.
The Virginia farmer has a good
chance to add to his yearly Income, by
raising the right kind of light harness
or saddle horse; this in spite of tho
fact that automobilem, bicycles and
the like are on tho. Increase
From tho early Colonial days on up
to the present writing, tho Virginians
of all classes havo been lovers of a
good horse, and most certainly of that
type of horse which uniting speed
with style and beauty, became the
pride of his owner, whether It bo on
the raco-course, In tho hunt'ng field, or
on the road. This lovo of a good horse
still is alive in the hearts of the sons
of tfte old Commonwealth.
The stringent laws against betting
have had the effect of breaking up rac?
ing to a great extent. It Is not the
object of the writer to take up this
phase of the subject, except to say that
the Virginia farmers might ba ablo to
secure stallions and mares, o>f thorough?
bred or standard trotting strains at
figures that ten years ago would have
boen looked at as ridiculously low,
thus supplying themselves with breed?
ing strfck at very reasonaJblo prices.
Approved Type of Light Harness Horse.
When a man considers the purchase
of a light harness horse, he, does not
loso sight of tho cardinal requisites of
an animal of tho approved type. They
are, style, action, conformation, dis?
position and to somo extend speed.
Color, of course. If oftentimes an Im?
portant consideration, ullhough It Is
more or loss a matter of taste or fancy
on tho part of tho would-bo owner or
purchaser, aj there Is a saying that
"a good horse cannot be of u bad
It Is a generally conceded fact
among horsemen that the American
trotter ts the best, and tho fastest
light harness horse In lha world. For
j several deoades ho has been bred for
j both speed and endurance. Some fnml
I lies of trotters ara noted for tholr
. style and also -for beauty of form,
j while as a rulo, tho trotttng-brcd horso
j of almost any strain 1? tractable. Hence
I it seeme In place to advise the Vlr
' glnla farmer who contemplates tho
} profitable raising and handling of
light harness horses to chooso a stand?
ard trottlng-bred stallion.
The Choice of a Dun,
I It Is an acknowledged fact among
I breeders that the choico or selection
I of the dam Is of equal Importance to
? that of the selection of the slro. Scat?
tered over tho Btato of Virginia will
bo found many mares In tho hands of
I the farmer, mares that have a strong
'infusion of thoroughbred blood In
I thorn. Most of theso nro what might
i be termed, say, half or three-quarter
I Those mares If well shaped and of
I good else, will do admlrfably to cross
with a stundnrd-bred sire of the right
typo and quality. Tho progeny from
such a cross should, under ordinarily
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REAL ESTATE AND
A Week of Deals and
Sales That Were on
ACTIVE ON BROAD;
DOINGS ON MAIN
Transactions That Give Large
Investors More Extensive
Frontage on Great Busi?
ulators in Far Out Points
There was something doing- and a.
great deal of It in the real estate
realm last week. All of the agents
had fairly good business, and some of
them real big trade. More sales on
the larger order were consummated
during the week, and moro of this
kind that had been practically made
before were closed up than has been
the case In several weeks. There have
been weeks when more sales were
made, but then they were more or
less on the small order, and It took a
great many of them to make a big
aggregate. Last week's business -was
mainly on the large order.
As usual, a majority of the agents
are slow to go Into details when talk?
ing to a man of news who Is In tho
habit of printing what he hears about
big deals, but enough facts have come
to the surface In one way and an?
other to make n rather entertaining
real estate column.
Big Doings on Broad Street.
Pollard & Bagby, who are always
doing more business than they will
tell about, were persuaded to admit a
business for tho week running closo
to and maybe a little over 5200.000.
Among some of their big deals may
be mentioned the sale of 38 feet on
Broad, between Third and Fourth, to
Mrs. Wllhelmla Schmidt, for $65,450.
or $1,700 per front foot. This prop?
erty adjoins that Mrs. Schmidt bought
from the samo firm tho week before
and gives her a frontage on tho north
side of Broad Of 88 feet. Pollard &
Bagby also sold 418 East Broad to H.
3. Wallcrstcln for $47,000; also 182
feet at the southeast corner of Davis
and Broad to W. J. Ollmer for $40,
000; alBO three houses on West Grace
Street, near Shepherd, to W. H. Adams
for $22,500. This firm also made the
following smaller sales: For E. B.
Addison and .Warner Moore, commis?
sioners, 205 feet of ground on tae
north side of Monument Avenue, be?
tween Addison and Davis Avenues, to
the following gentlemen: ISO feet to
Mr. Emlle Clark for $10,000; 60 feet
to James J. Pollard for $,12,000; 60
feet to H. S. Wallorsteln for $12,000;
36 feet to Sol. L. Clarke for $7,000.
All of these purchasers expect to build,
handsome homes on the property In
the near future.
J. D. Carneal & Son report business
active during the past week. Thoy
made about twelve sales, aggregating
$125,000. and still have some large
ones on the string.
The same tlrm put to record during
the week a $97,000 deal. Including No.
18 East Broad Street, to Marchettt &
Baldacci. for $65,000; No. 102 North
Eighth Street, to A. L. Straus, for $18,
000; Nos. 1625 and 1639 West Broaa,
Street, to H. S. Wallersteln, for $34,
000; also No. IS North Eighth Street,
for Raphael Levy, for $13,75.?.
Charles A. Rose Co., made sales as
Twelve brick flat buildings. Robin?
son and Cary. $32,000; 128 feet corner
Seventh and Hull (South Richmond),
$18,000; 129 feet south side drove Ave?
nue, near West Street, $10,000; sixty
feet Grace Street, west of Boulevard,
$5,000; 1616-18-20 West Cary 8rxeet.
$10.500; thirty-two feet Allen Avenue,
near Park Avenue, $6.000, making their
total for the week $81,600.
W, M. Miller & Co. sold over $46,000
worth of realty as follows:
Three Broad Street stores near
Eighteenth Street; 250 feet of ground,
on Cary Street, west of the Boulevard;
three homes In the West End; one
homo on Pino Street.
Extensive Main Street Frontage.
Rut ton & Co. sold during the week
to Straus, Gunst & Co. the store prop?
erty. Nos. 802 and 804 East Main Street,
which gives Straus &. Gunst a total
frontage on Main Street, corner of
Eighth, of 104 feet. Tho price obtain?
ed was $65.000. Button & Co. also
made several smaller sales during tho
Harrison & Bates sold to H. S. Wal?
lersteln 112 East Broad Street, but no
figures are announced. Mr. Wallor?
steln. who Is both a buyer and a sailer,
also bought four blocks of land near
tho Now Reservoir, and he sold four?
teen more lots In Woodland Heights.
Glbbony & Nuckols did some right
lively stunts in out-of-town realty,
having sold a farm near Fort Harri?
son, seven mileB out. to John W. Car?
son, for $3,250; anothar farm, near Ce?
dar Point, for $3.000. Both of these
farms, which are small ones, were sold
to city men, who are going to build
country homes on them. This firm also
sold two acres on Brook Road to W.
B. Broaddus f?r $6.000. who will build
I houses on the ls-nd for rent. Glbbony
& Nuckols mado other salts on Monu?
ment Avenue, on Broad Street and
Leigh Street and clsownere, running
their total for the week up to about
Many Smaller Transactions.
Williams <fc Cease sold $18.000 worth
of property on tho Boulevard, between
Floyd and Grove Avenues, to Dr. E. B
Hawkins & Buford hauled a largo
?number of prospective buyers out to
look at beautiful Westbrook Lawns,
and several tine deals ware hung on the.
string. This firm sold over $10.000
worth of property on Hanover Street
and some on Elm Street and Kensing?
Robinson & Phillips disposed of about
$23,000 worth of stuff, the same btlng
In various parts of tho city and out
in the suburbs.
Kuehrmund & Bowles sold 100 fast
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