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BIG FIRE AT CONEY UD (Continued From First Pnge.) thieves ?broke through the fire line3 or entered the district from tho ocean side and their work of looting was whole? sale. A crowd carrying off a piano was one eight which taught the pulice what kind of crooks they had to deal with. So far as known only four persons were Injured or burned, and all will recover. INCENDIARY ORIGIN. Deputy Battalion Chief Kirkpatrlck Fays he is convinced that the lire Is of incendiary origin. He arrives at this conclusion owing to tho fact that the llan.es broke out In two different parts of tho island at about the same time, both places being difficult of access so far as fire engines are concerned, and from the fact that upon his arrival he found traces of kerosene oil along the boar.! walk? and around both houses where the fires originated. CHURCH LEGISLATION. [WORK OF THE PRESBYTERIAN GENERAL ASSEM BL.Y. (By Telegraph to Virglnlau-Pllot.) Richmond, Va., May 26.?After a dis? cussion which lasted for over three hours, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, at Its morning session, recommended a change in the book of order, so as to provide that the ruling cider may deliver the charge to the people at the Installation of a pastor. Forty-four of the Presbyteries of the Southern Church had pronounced In favor of the change, which was also recommended by the Committee on Bills and Overtures. The vole in favor i>f the report of tho committee stood: Ayes, 77; noes, 43; absent, 73; excused from voting, 2. BIBLE CAUSE. There was an interesting discussion on the report of the Committee on Bible Cause, which report contained?a reference to the difference In prices charged by the American Bible Socie? ty and its competitors. Tho difference was said to be duo to some extent to the better 'quality of the books of the society, and In part to the fact that the society has carefully avoided the swent-shop principles followed by other corporations. BAPTISM AND MARRIAGE. The Assembly concurred In the action of the Committee on Overtures recom? mending the change In the baptismal formula, from I tic words "into the name of," to "In the name of." The report of the same committee re? commending ministers to exercise the greatest caution in performing mar? riage ceremonies where a doubt exists as to the consent of the parents of cither of the contracting parties when such parties are under age, was also adopted. The assembly referred the questions the American Sabbath Union was en? joined In the work of legislative re? form, and continued to merit the rec? ognition ???f trie churches to committee on Sabbath. ' A protest was received from the Min? isterial Association of Nashville, Tenn., against the removal of the committee on Foreign Missions from that city to Richmond. A negative answer was returned to several overtures, which suggested the inclusion of the English Bible In the list of subjects for the examination of candidates for the ministry. The assembly then took a recess. COLORED EVANGELIZATION. The report of the Committee on Col? ored Evangelisation was considered tit length during the afternoon session. The statement contained In It, that crime is on the Increase among the negro population was the chief bone of contention. The fear was voiced that in the present Inflammable state of the negro mind, the promulgation of such n statement was ill-advised. It was, however, supported by the chairman, who, its the result of his investigation, made the statement thai three-fourths of the crime In the South is committed by negroes ami the Increase of crime, particularly among Ihc younger mem? bers of the race, Is alarming. The re? port wiih subsequently amended so as to read that ''statistics show the preva? lence of crime." A protest, signed by ten commission? ers, was presented against the netlon of the Assembly In regard to the division of the Presbytery of South Alabama, the contention being that it practical? ly gives the Synod unlimited power. A motion to reconsider the vote "n the presiding elder question, dispos? ed of at the morning Hcuslon, was de? feated by a vote of 51 to 4". THE ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS. The last session of the Assembly was held to-night. It was for the most part occupied with addresses made upon resolutions expressing tho appreciation of commissioners for hospitality and courtesies extended to thein during their visit. A resolution to Include Sunday news? papers nnd excursions in the list of ?worldly amusements against which the pastoral letter Is to be directed, failed adoption, many of the commissioners being absent from the session, and It being deemed Inadvisubie to reconsider the notion of the full Assembly. The Assembly was dissolve,! hy (he Moderator, who. according to the for? mula, ordered the election of another Assembly to convene In Atlant'. <'.a, on the third Thursday In May. I'.'OO. SERIOUS RIOTING. FIGHTING AT GUADELOUPE - MUCH PROPERTY DESTROYED. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) London, May 26.?Advices received hero from Guadeloupe, the French West Indian Island, or tho Leeward group, report a recurrence of serious rioting between the native population nnd British contract labor immigrants, which culminated In the recent Are. Continuous fierce fighting is said to have taken pluce on the plantations, nnd the police and military, It appears, cannot suppress the disturbance. Seve? ral fatalities are reoorted. As a result the British Consul there has annealed to C.reat Britain for thnt protection for British subjects which local government Is seemingly unable to afford. ? a ????? ? The Secretary of State, it was an? nounced from Washington, received on April 18 a tolegrom .from Consul Ayme, at Polnte-A-Pltre, (Guadeloupe, Baying that fires, alleged tovbe of incendiary eriuln, wtarted at midnUht April 11 an<S destroyed sixteen squares In the vicin? ity of the American Consulate. The Consul said that four hundred houses were destroyed, thirty-one lives lost und 1!,000 persons rendered home? less. The loss, he estimated, would approximate $1,000,000 The Consul added that, though the fire was out, great uneasiness prevailed among the people, and that the Gov? ernor had arrived at Polntc-A-Pltro with fifty soldiers. A CABINET MEETING. FINAL CHANGES IN CIVIL SER? VICE ORDER APPROVED. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) Washington, D. C, May 28.?At the Cabinet meeting to-day final changes In the civil service order were approved and the order will be ready for the President's signature as soon as the changes arc incorporated in the fluni draft ot the document. All of the no tu? bers of the Cabinet expressed them? selves as satisfied with it. It is said the order will exempt about 4.000 or the 6fi.noo positions In the classified service. Tlie question of Cuban shipping was again brought up by Secretary Gage, who also furnished some data showing that thei amount of shipping tied up because it has no flag to sail under has been greatly exaggerated. The ques? tion, with the data furnished by the Treasury Department, was turned over to Attorney General and Secretary Hay for examination nnd report. Postmaster General Smith brought up the question of the franking privi? lege in Cuba nnd Porto Rico. The Postmaster General read a letter from Major Rnthbone, who is at the head of the postal affairs in Cuba, saying thut the number of persons exercising this privilege now was excessive, and th" question nrose as to whether It would not be wise to cut the privilege off altogether. No decision was reach d. The Postmaster General has decided to send a special agent to Lake City, P. C, for the piirpose of examining the situation there with a view to deter? mining whether or not a. postofflce shall be re-established there. Mrs, llryuu to X si?Ii Ii fJ r? ?I ii at cs. (By TeJesrnph to VlrtrinJon-Pllot.) Jacksonville, 111., May 26.?Mrs. W. .7. Bryan, herself a graduate of the Acad? emy for Young Women In this city, made the chief address to a graduating class to-day. Mrs. Bryan spoke**" on "The American Woman." She said, among other things: "The public And the American woman an interesting subject. This Interest follows from the unique position in which American women stand to-day. The Amerlcnn woman should be suffi? ciently Independent to study her own surroundings, choose her own course and live the life which Is best for her? self nnd those nearest her, without re? gard to the opinions of the outer world. "While we hear n great deal these days about equality, the real permanent advancement of women depends on her Individual development. When mint tlnds in woman a thorough apprecia? tion of his work nnd aims; when the mind of woman becomes the perfect supplement and complement of the mind of mnn which the Creator In tended it to be, then will all the dis? cussions as to the rights and privi? leges cease." Mr. Brynn In Illinois. I (By Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pllot.) Danville, 111., May 26. -W. J. Bryan spoke to ten thousand people this af? ternoon and evening at tlie Armory. He followed his usual lines of argu? ment, discussing the money question at length, condemning the administra? tion's Philippine policy, also trusts, and advocating an income tax. He" was given an enthusiastic reception. *punish General l>io?. Gly Telegraph to VlrE'nlnn-Pllot.) Manila, May 2fi.?9:55 p. m.?The Spanish General Montero, while on the way hither with the Spanish garrison from SSambo&nga on the steamer Leon NU I., died of wounds received In a recent engagement with the Filipinos in Mindanao. Vnvv Ite-pnrlmrnt Autln For It III*. Washington, May 25.?The Navy De partmcnt to-day asked for bids for the repair shop for steam engineering at the United States naval station at Port Royal, S. C. The building Is to be '.'.'i0 feet long, with boiler room 50 feet lang, and an administration building 47 by :I8 feet. _ _ The Amen ! of marriage is always a baby. W i lb out it, wedlock is a summer field that never blooms, a flower that never buds, a nicht without stais, a sei moll without a ben? ediction , a prayei without -. , an Amen. ttffif^f ' Thee never was a husband worthy of the name, who did not aspire to be the father and the grandfather of healthy, capable children to hand down his name and the fortune accumulated by the sweat of Iiis brow, from generation to eneration. There never was a wife lit to rat that noble title, who did not wish to wcai womanhood's most glorious crown, the sceptic of motherhood. Thousands of wedded couples, Otherwise happy, fall short of wedlock's greatest happin^s he cause tliry ate childless. In the majority of cases, this is because the wife, through Ignorance or neglect, suffers from weak? ness and disease of the organs distinctly feminine. Vor women who suffer in this way there is one great medicine that does hot fail to accomplish its purpose. It is Dr. Piercr's l'avoiitc Prescription. It acts directly on the delicate organs concerned nnd make-* them sttong, healthy, vigorous, virile and elastic. It allays inflammation, he.il-. ulccration, 6oothes pain and tones the shattered nerves. It fits for wlfehood and motherhood. It quickens and vitalizes the distinctly feminine organism. It ban? ishes the maladies of the expectant months aul makes baby'S introduction to the world easv and almost painless. It insures the little new-comer's health nnd nourishment iu plenty. It is the best supportive tonic fot nuisiii< mothers. Mrs. Jennie Parks, of Marshall. Spokane Co.. Wash., writes: "f am p.lnd to tell of the Rood renulu of your great medicine,?Dr. Pirrce's F?v?rite Prescription. 1 was benefited bv your medicine in eonCnemeol. It gives me strength. I have no tired feeling nnd mv hahy is the picture of health. I feel belter tliau I have ia ten ycsr?." In c?6es of constipation Dr. Picrce's Pleasant Pellets ?hould be used as nn adjunct to the "I'avorite Prescription," they are extremely simple, perfectly natural and insure prompt and permaneut tcli?t 5r 1 i ALL NORFOLK TALKING ABOUT IT I FEREBEE, JONES & CO/S BIG CLOSING OUT S?LE! 1 1 i CROM NORFOLK, PORTSMOUTH AND BERKLEY the people are glorying in the opportunity to buy the 1 Superior Clothing we are selling at the unprecedented price-paralyzing rates. The success that has attended this sale has far overshadowed our most sanguine expectations, and as a consequence many lots that were complete when the sale started, have been reduced to one, two and three of a kind. We can't afford to lose much time with these, and have therefore,put the knife into them again. But everything in the store is reduced in price to cost or below, and no matter whether you buy a collar-button or the highest priced suit or overcoat in our stock just now, you'll save money. Here are a few particularly important lots. fiVlen's Suits All-wool Fancy Chovolt suits for mon, durably mado and trimmed; originally J7.M, now . $4.89 JS.00 nntl Jfl.OO Suits of RInek Chcvolt and Cassltnercs, splendidly Kotten up; well Worth the original price; all cut down to.. $5.80 flO.OO. $11.80 and J12.">0 Suits, mail.' from All-wool Chevolts. shapely, stylish and seasonable: In all new styles, single or double-breasted coats, cut for this sale t 9 $7.48 BOYS' PINE St'ITS. very strong, noil, very well made and perfect fitting 1' to years ojd, sold rijjht here for $0 and $7. Unsjiurlngly cut for closing to. BOYS' HANDSOME SUITS, single-breasted, guaranteed all-wool, many colors, II to !!?, cut from IS.i? and $9.00 to the m raculous price of_ ?18.E0 Sll.nO and $1". 00 Suits, made or Im Iiorl^d worsteds and Chevolts, cut In tin latest fashions and mado for the very line.st trade, unsparingly dropped to . $8.98 $16.50, $17 CO nnd ?1S.0O Suits of superfine fancv chevolts und worsteds, handsome in ovory detail: the greatest bargains ever offered; down for linal closing to . $10.48 FOR BOYS' FINE CHEVOIT SUITS, all styl, s, all-wool, all colors, 14 to l'J years, former price $k> and J12; now at the one amazing prlco of BOYS* ALL-WOOL CHEVOIT SUITS, either double or single-breast? ed. IK to 10 years, formerly sold for }i3.fj'o and $15. Bike finding money to get fhem for . $2.2"> nnd $2."0 Men's Pants, made from good serviceable materials In dress and stylish patterns. Without exception slashed to . $1 and }4 Men'* Pants, Will hold their shape and wear splendidly; great values at Oi.ginal prices. Mirvclous bargains at . 80.00, ?22.00, ?21.00 nnd ?2.Y0O< Suits, a strictly high-grade line of desirable mater? ials. The assortment embraces every new stylo and cut of pattern; all wonderful bargains; tho chance of a lifetime to buy tlioin for..". ^13.80 tt.SO and $5.00Men's All-wool Pants, mado from elegant and clioleo materials, stripes, plaids, etc. Most wondrous bargains ever offered for $6.00 Men's Striped All-wool Worsted Pants. Fine tailor-made, custom Utting. Hundreds to select from. Mammoth stile price. f7.00 and S^.OO Men's Kxtrn F nc Pants. Highest grade.,of woolens, all stylish patterns. Slashed to tho unheard-of price . $3.00 $4.00 $6.00 $7.00 $1.75 $2.39 $2.85 $3 85 $4.62 Men's Striped Office Coats. Lot of Men's Stripe Ofllce Coats?lrf sizes from 31 to 41?worth 75c?will go at.. S 25c. Men's Hosiery. Lot of Men's Fine Seamless Half Hose, in black and tan shades, guaranteed fast colors?worth 15c?during this sale. All Fancy 25c. Hose now . ... 17c. All Fancy 60c. Hose now 38c. Men's Collars and Cufs. All our 2 for 2."ie. Collars go at.7c. lOo. ones. r, for 25c. 2jc Cuffs . 0., 3 for 25c. Men's Belts. Lot of Men's Lcnthcr Belts?with har? ness and covered buckles?all colors worth 6oc, will go for . 37c. Lot of Men's Belts, worth 75c. will go for.? _ 50c. SPECIAL VALUE BLACK MOHAIR COATS, SPECIAL VALUE MEN'S NEGLIGEE SIIIBTS, Special Sale Men's Umbrellas! Gloria Umbrellas, formerly $1.60, now. ^?iT50? Gloria Umbrellas, formerly $2.50, now. lftil.S?C"> Self-closing Umbrellas, formerly $4.00, now. <$i??s5.<30 All sr. and $C Silk Umbrellas now. *H$*i?QO B A LB BIGG AN UNDERWEAR, 37c SPECIAL VALUE SERGE COATS, 2.85 i ALL OUR SPLENDID FIXTURES FOR SALE. J m FEREBEE, JONES & CO., j f Open To-Night 10 O'Clock. 323 MAIN STREET. * THE ??? Has Begun the Improvement of Another Large Section of Its Property FOR HIGH GRADE BUILDING LOTS. Will be First^Ciass?in Every Way, and of the Most "Modern Design and Execution, ASPHALT ROADWAYS, ARTIFICIAL STONE FOOT PAVEMENT, COMBINED CURB AND GUTTER. TIIF sRBA NOW BEING IMPROVED IS AN EXTENSION OF THE GHENT STREETS NORTH OF OL.NET ROAD TO A.N'l) INCLUDING RED GATE AVENUE AND WEST OF COLONIAL AVENUE TO COLLEY AVE? NUE, INCLUDING THE STOCKLEY GARDENS. WITH HOUSE CONNECTIONS FINISHED, IS NOW IN OPER/. The Sewer System TION. The Water Wlains The Gas Mains ARE LAID AND CONNECTED WITH THE LOTS. ARE NOW BEING PUT IN PLACE. WILL BE PAVED WITH VITRIFIED BRICK WITH GRANITE CURB AND PAVE MBNT. FROM STOCKLEY GARDENS TO COLLEY AVENUE! WILL BE PAVED WITH SHEET ASPHALT ROADWAY. ARTIFICIAL STONE CURB AND GUTTER AND ARTIFICIAL STONE FOOT PAVEMENT. ARTIFICIAL STONE FOOT Boissevain Avenue Raleigh Avenue I TO COLLEY AVENUE. Redgate Avenue Manteo Street WILL BE IMPROVED IN THE SAME MANNER FROM COLONIAL AVENUE FROM COLONIAL AVENUE TO COI/ LEY AVENUE, IN THE SAME WAV. FROM OLNEY ROAD TO REDGATE AVENUE, WILL BE PAVED LIKE? WISE WITH SHEET ASPHALT AND ARTIFICIAL STONE. NO CITY IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE BETTER MADE THAN THESE. THE STREETS ARE BEING GRADED AND PREPARED FOR THE PAVING. THE CONTRACT FOR THE WORK HAS BEEN FORMALLY EXECUTED WITH THE WARREN-SCHARF ASPHALT PAVINO COM? PANY, OF NEW YORK, AND THE WORK WILL BE COMMENCED AS SOON AS THE WEATHER WILL SAFELY PERMIT. THE STOCKLEY GARDENS, WHICH ARE SHOWN ON THE MAPS OF THE NORFOLK COMPANY'. ARE BEING IMPROVED TO AGREE WITH THE ORIGINAL PLANS. THESE THREE GARDENS. EXTENDING NORTH FROM OLNEY ROAD FOR NEARLY ONE THOUSAND FEET, WILL BE PLANTED WITH ORNAMENTAL AND SHADE TREES AND WITH FLOWERING SHRUBS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CAREFULLY PREPARED DESIGNS. AND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE WELL KNOWN GARDINER, MR. JOHN MAUGHAN. ALL THESE IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE PUSHED AS FAST AS THE WEATHER WILL PERMIT, AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT THEY WILL BE COMPLETED BY OCTOBER 1st OF THIS Y"EAR MANY' LOTS II AVE ALREADY BEN SOLD, AND THOSE WHO WISH TO INVEST IN VALUABLE PROPERTY. OR DESIRE TO SECURE FOR A HOME A SITE WHICH WILL MEET EVERY MUNICIPAL REQUIRE? MENT, ARE UROED TO CONSIDER THIS SECTION AND ITS ADVAN? TAGES. THE SIXTH WARD IS THE GROWING WARD OF THE CITY, AND THE NORFOLK COMPANY'S PROPERTY IS IN THE MOST VALUABLE PART OF IT. TWO LINES OF ELECTRIC STREET CARS CARRY PASSENGERS TO MARKET SQUARE WITHIN TWELVE MINUTES. For information as to prces and terms apply to J. P. ANDRE MOTTU, JOHN GRAHAM, Jr., General Sales Agent, Norfolk, Va, Engineer and Sup't, Norfolk, Va.