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THE RICHMOND PALLADIUM AND SUN-TELEGRAM, SUNDAY, DECE3IBER 26. 1909. DEAL FOR HOTEL IS EXPECTED TO BE CLOSED SOON It Is Thought That the West cott Will Soon Be Under Pro prietorship of One of Form sr Managers. A FINAL AGREEMENT IS NOT YET REACHED Trustees of J. M. Westcott Es tate Refuse to Confirm Re port, Which Has a Very Re- liable Source. Announce ment of one of the largest real estate deals cvr made in this city, ift expected soon, as it is understood that Fred Van Norman of Evansvilie, formerly proprietor of the Westcott hotel, and now owner of some of the largest hotels in the middle west, will again take over , the Westcott hotel, and place his son, Harold Van Nor man, who is also well known here, in charge. , Owing to difference in the purchase price, the deal, which has been in con sideration for several weeks, has not been completed. It is said that Mr. Van Norman has offered .Hu,mo for the property, but that this figure is not regarded as sufficient by the trus tees of the J. M. Westcott estate. Refuse to Confirm It. All knowledge of such a deal is de nied by those in a position to know, except Omar Hollingsworth, and it was impossible to find him last evening. Those asked about the matter last evening, admitted that it had been un der consideration, but said it had been called off because of the failure of Mr. Van Norman and the trustees of the "Westcott estate to agree on the pur chase price. However, from another source, and one which is regarded as reliable the deal has not been dropped by any means, but is only hanging fire. That the hotel is for sale is known positive ly, as one of the, heirs of the late M Westcott stated recently that the prop erty was on the market, providing the trustees' price was met. Mr. Van Norman, it is said, is par ticularly anxious to acquire control ot the hotel. The hotel is regarded as one of the best money making propo sitions in the state, and when Mr. Van Normau himself, had charge, it is said that he made a small sized fortune out of it. RICHMOND PEOPLE GREATLY ENJOYED WHITE CHRISTMAS (Continued From Page One.) as old. as the world. The little chil dren who awoke Christmas morning to fln'i empty stockings dangling in front of empty fire places; the heart sick mothers who tried to ease the childish heartaches by wiping away the tears and smothering the puckered little mouths with kisses and bravely telling the little tots that perhaps San ta Clans was too busy to visit them this year, were few in Richmond yester day. Not many children were disap pointer1, but instead, the hearts of hundreds were brightened and the homes of the poor cheered for many a day by the memory of a truly glid Christmas. Sleighing Was Good. Sleighing is excel If nt today. The weather man evidently does not believe In doing things by halves, for he per mitted the snow to fall through the day yesterday, until last night about eignt inches were registered. The merry- jingle of sleigh bells has a peculiar fascination at Christmas time and i like music to the ear on that day. Services were held in almost all of the churches yesterday, but owing to the difficulty in walking, were " not very largely attended. Hundreds of local people flocked to the larger cit Jes yesterday, where more varied fo:ms of amusements were offered, whil hundreds of others arrived here to spend the day visiting friends or to gather around the home table in a large family reunion. The trains were all lata and the interurbans were badly off schedule all day, but every one was too filled with the Christmas spirit to mind such trifles, and practically all will agree that this Christmas has been the happiest Richmond has ever Known. A BALLOON IS LOST , " (American News Service) .; Berlin, Dec. 25. The balloon Hilde- brand and four aeronauts which it carried when it left here on the even ing of Dec. 21, are believed to have blown Into the North Sea. . Hope for the aeronauts escape was practically abandoned today with all efforts to get a trace of the balloon were reported to have failed. Govern ment officials were asked to aid in the search, and they did so, but they too. failed. The Wistaria. In China wistaria leaves are eaten and also used in ' place of tea. The flowers are also eaten. FRIGHTENED COW STARTS SOMETHING Breaks Away From Farmer And Then Tries to Enter Poet Office. OWNER LED MERRY CHASE WHILE THE LARGE CROWD OF CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS HALT TO WITNESS THE SPECTACLE OF RUNAWAY MILKER. The "chug chug" of an automobile, which chanced to be rounding the cor ner of Ninth and North A streets Fri day afternoon about ." o?clock, proved to be too much for the nerves of a cow belonging to Charles Wise, a farmer, residing near Centerville, and wuich was being led behind a wagon going south on Ninth street. With a mighty jerk, the animal broke loose from the strap which held it a captive and en gaged in a few circus stunts never at tempted in Richmond before. The first feat tried by the milker was that of climbing the pobtoffice steps. The animil got up the steps alright, but the revolving door proved an enigma it had never bucked up against, and impeded further progress in that par ticular. Makes a Wild Dash. The cow then made a wild dash across the postoffice yard and west in the aliey until Eighth street was reached. Here the animal became be wildered, but urged on by the cries of hundreds of holiday shoppers on that street, the bossey blew by Scott Win ters, the policeman at the corner oT. Eighth and Main street, like a cyclone, dodging in an out between street cars, automobiles and vehicles of all possi ble kinds and descriptions with an alacrity truly remarkable for a rural cow, unused to city ways. The big cop blinked and wondered if he were seeing things. In he meantime the excited owner had itched his horse, and although handicapped in the race by . half a square, was soon in hot pursuit. Puf fing, and all out of breath he finally caught up with the animal at the cor ner of South Eighth and A street, where after about ten minutes of coax ing and gentle persuasion, during which time a large crowd gathered, he at last got a strangle hold and half Nelson clutch on the milker and she was his for keeps. Considerable diffi culty was experienced in getting the cow back through the crowded business district to its destination, but the feat was successful accomplished and the journey to the slaughter house was then resumed without further feature. HELPING THE POOR Wif e of the Lord Mayor of Lon don Is Doing Charita ble Work. CALLED LADY BOUNTIFUL London, Dec. 25. Lady Knill, wife of the Lord Mayor of London, alarmed by the reports of increasing poverty, has taken the lead in mapping out re lief work. It became known today that for some time she has been mak in gi uiiagts in me asi Aim dis guised as a poor woman. As a result many i re enjoying Xmas dinners who otherwise would have gone hungry. Already known as a lady bountiful in South London to hundreds of fami lies, she has now turned her attention to scientific relief work. She has laid her program for the alleviation of con ditions along the embankment before a committee of prominent men, headed by John Burns, of the cabinet. "As Lady Mayoress, I am, going to make this work a part of the adminis tration of the city if possible," she said today. "My first work at the Mansion House is for the poor. I hope to Io great good. HOVEL EQUIPMENT (American News Service) New York, Dec. 25. The lofty tower of the First Reformed church at S?v enth avenue and Cr.rroll street, Brook lyn, is soon to be equipped with four strong searchlights pointed north, east, south and west. The lights will be flashed just pr vious to and during evening service; and the ringing of the chimes will be discontinued. The lights will be 200 feet above the ground and will be vis ible from the Narrows. A rich member ot the congregation is having the searchlights installed at his own expense. MUST HONOR SONG (American News Service) Washington. Dec. 25. Officers and enlisted men are required to stand at "attention" when the "Star-spangled Banner" is played, hereafter, accord ing to a circular issued by the war department. When the air is played by a band on a formal occasion other than retreat and when the flag is low ered at retreat and aboard transport when - the flag is hoisted at Guard mounting. Business Review of The Past Week by Henry Clews New York, Dec. 25. Holiday quiet prevailed in the stock market. This is ; the season of the year when many con cerns are engaged in making fresh plans for the future, and speculative at tention is generally diverted in conse quence. A good undertone exists and a hopeful feeling is shown regarding the future. Railroads are doing a large traffic, and the volume of busi-: ness is generally up to the pre-panic j level, and in some cases is in excess, j The country now feels the stimulus of agricultural prosperity. Everyone is f familiar with the fact that Western farmers and Southern planters have been receiving phenomenally high prices for their products this year, en abling them to b liberal purchasers j of clothing and household goods, not ; to speak of luxuries as pianos, talking ; machines, pianolas, automobiles, etc. i Not a few farmers, instead of buying more land, are making investments in securities with their surplus funds, a condition of affairs which will eventu ally promote the floating of all sorts of questionable schemes intended to entice the inexperienced. Prosperity of the farmer is natural ly followed, though in a less degree, by the activity in industrial circles. All our large plants are busily running on full time and over, and labor is well employed. In commercial circles j there is a corresponding degree of ac-1 tivity and the only classes who are not ; sharing in the benefits are those with fixed incomes and those whose work is of a professional nature. The latte.-, however, did not suffer during the pan ic, but often benefited thereby in a re duced cost of living, so cannot serious ly complain. But those who took ;he brunt of the disaster should now have an opportunity of averaging up. La bor is showing much unrest and mak ing demands for higher wages in ord er to share the improvement, often for getting that it took little of the loss which followed the panic. While it is satisfactory to record a generally act ive state of business, it should not be overlooked that the benefits of such activity have largely gone to certain organized classes, who should now be content to see the unorganized get a share before demanding more for them selves. Investors are beginning to shew some interest in the security market, and with the opening of the new year there should be a brisk demand for de sirable issues. Dividend distributions will be larger than usual, and at the same time there is likely to be no lack of attractive offerings. A number of important new issues are in prospect. which in all probability will be readily absorbed owing to the very high prices at which well seasoned and high class securities are now held. It must be recognized that securities are upon a higher level than before, and that this generally high level is largely justi fied by existing conditions. The high prices of securities and commodities are part of a world-wide movement arising from the depreciation of gold, the activity of trade, the comparative scarcity of agricultural products, the advance in land and numerous other causes which enter in the complex make-up of prices. It is easy to pick out individual securities and individu- 726 Main S tract al commodities which are unjustifiablv high, but weighing the situation from ! the large point of view there Is little reason to anticipate any important re cessions in the price level for some time to come." On the contrary, the indications point to a continuance or the upward trend, and in all probabili ty the coming year will be one of large ! business and even higher prices with ! of course the usual temporary reac-. It is not unreasonable, however, to look for lower prices for food products, inasmuch as the relatively short crops of last year and their high prices would stimulate efforts for a big pro duction In lfl. Should we have av erage crop weather in lf10, it is rea sonable to expect that the price3 of food products next year will be mate rially lower than they have been in the past, thus affording relief against the frequent complaints about the high cost of living. Flour has already de- clined from the . high prices of last , summer, and before long it is confi dently expected that the price of meat will drop from its present high level as a result of increased production. The monetary situation is reasonably assuring. Some slight flurry may be looked for in the last week of the year owing to preparations for January dis bursements, but this is not a serious matter, and after the middle of Janu ary when crop funds should begin to return from the interior we may look for still easier conditions. The peri od of cheap money, however, lias pass ed .owing to the activity of trade aid to high prices which absorb money freely. It is useless to expect low rates for some time to come, and the West may not return funds as freely as usual, keeping them at home for its own use. Bank reserves are still low, and the tendency for undue expansion of credit is something that will require watching. IN SANTO DOMINGO Conditions Are Reported to Be In a Very Unsettled State Now. PRESIDENT IS UNPOPULAR (American News Service) San Juan, P. R., Dec. 25. Passengers arriving here from Santo Domingo, re port that political conditions are crit ical there. President Caceres is be ing attacked by many factions. The revolutionists say they expect to cap ture Puerto Plata shortly. Several engagements have been fought in which many on both sides were killed or wounded. It is stated that Caceres' downfall is assured. Ex-Presidents Jiminez and Morales are reported to be the heads of tne revolution. PALLADIUM WANT ADS PAY. Have You Thought of What to Purchase With That Christmas Money? Wc Seggestt Mammoimds Why? You Will Say Our Answer Do you know that wrthin the past three or four years, Diamonds have increased in value over 65 per cent? Do you know that the same increase in this beautiful stone is going on year in and year out, and that by investing in Diamonds now that you can realize from 10 to 20 per cent on your investment within the next year? Then if this is true, isn't it better to invest in Diamonds than placing your money in a bank or buying real estate? In fact there is nothing that will increase in value so quickly and at such a rate of interest than an investment in a Diamond. This along with its great beauty and brilliancy as a piece of Jewelry and as a re minder of the givers of money you no doubt will agree with us that a better investment of your CHRISTMAS MONEY could not be found-nothing better than MainmcraiMfls Be sure, however, that you buy them of a firm that is reliable, that is known to you, that handles the largest line in South Eastern Indiana and Western Ohio. DIAMONDS that article of intrinsic value that which kings envy, the rich adore an article which increases in value forever and ever. DIAMONDS we say, invest your Christmas money in Diamonds. Prices from $5.00 to $1 ,000. JENKINS & CMPANY Jewelers and Diamond Merchants Paris Dressmakers are in Fear 9 That the Rich American Women Will Decide That French Capital Is Not Entire World of Fashion. (By La Voyageuse.) Taris, Dec. 25. Is the feminine worm about to turn at last? Can it be pos sible that woman has decided that there are other dressmakers and milli ners in the world than those of France? It seems incredible that American women, of all others, should even hint that they will no. longer submit to the dictates of Paris fashion, but such is the case. A number of them, residents of New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Denver and elsewhere, while at a farewell tea at the Hotel Ritz, previous to sailing with families for home for the Christ mas holidays, discussed the subject of the yoke which French fashion has placed on their necks. "Why," they asked, "should pro gressive, liberty loving Americans look to Paris, a city in France, to be told what to wear and how to wear it? Why not declare our independence by se lecting some representative American city, to create and fret the styles for what is tasteful, right and proper for American women to wear? "Surely there must be inventive ge nious, good taste and commercial abil ity in our own land to accomplish this. The fad for the French fashions (for it is nothing else) is not only expensive, We desire in this manner to ex press our heartiest thanks to the public who have so gener ously accorded us their patron age during the past year and during this Christmas season, and to all we wish A MERRY A. KUTCHE I CM1Y TO but most injurious to generations yet unborn. "If the women of the United States would only look at this subject in a sensible and matter-of-fact way, they would emancipate themselves from more trials than the dictates of French fashions." Of course, this was all very brave talk, and "sounded" of the American independence; but what did it amount to, as decided action by American wo men, iu the direction suggestion, is concerned? Nothing whatever: as was proved when each of the women was asked in turn if she would agree not to buy a dollar's worth of wearing apparel when she came to Paris in the future, but to patronize solely dressmakers and mil liners at home. They all either dodged the question, or came out point blank and observed that "of course the time is not quite ripe for such a demonstration of inde pendence." And there j-ou are. The result Is what might have been expected: for when you seek to deprive the average American woman visiting Paris of the opportunity to buy clothes for person al adornment you are taking from her the chief oy and main purpose of com- ling to the French capital. AEk any IUchtsond, Indiana 'a American woman mho has been to Pax is for pleasure, if this is not true? The latest suggested remedy for lu natics which comes to Paris from London, must surely have been born of a lunatic's brain. It is nothing less than the use of colored lights for the treatment of diseases. Blue Is pre scribed for those of disordered minds; red for persons who are depressed, an aemic, languid and debilitated; golden yellow is supposed to give tone to the brain; green Is restful, while violet, it Is declared, claims moral trouble and nervous tension. Lunatics. It is asserted, should be confined in blue-lighted rooms, when their excitement rapidly decreases. The color best suited to the case or the Individual who Is responsible for this suggested remedy Is not given, but probably blue would be most in har mony with his mental condition. Caught. She Did yon near tbey were going to tax bachelors? He Tea, but they'll never get it out of me. She It la nice of yon to put It that pay, bat I mast apeak to mother first, i London MaiL 'A Neglected Apple. . ... Mrs. Benham You used to aay tmaf I was the apple of your eye. Benham Well, what of It? Mrs. Benham Nothing, except thai yon don't seem to have such a keen relish for fruit aa yon once did. Ex change.