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BiTsT?ftr! POST PUBLISHIfTG CO. ?zu.-1..... - ? six Months,. *136 Payment ?trtctiv In odvancr. Ao\Kltnwxo Katks: DUplny ?Jv, rt?M m?.nt> per Inch, for cscl? Inncrtlon, IMtcnutil slluwol fur <>t?c column or morp. Friday, October 31, 1890. Notice to Subscribers. Any person furnishing us (he names of ten yearly subscribers or more, and for? warding the cash by pootul order, regis? tered letter or express, is authorized to retain fifty cents of the two dollars for each subscriber. Wc will not be responsible, however, to such subscribers unless the person acting as agent duly forwards the amount of sub? scription as directed. Subscription* to the I\>st arc payable in advance. In ho cote will this rale be de? viated from. The Force Bill Alive. Governor Hill informed an Ohio audience the other day that in conversation with Major McKinley, the latter gentleman in? formed him that it was the purpose of the republicans to pass the Force bill through the next Congress. The enunciation of such n policy, coming from so high an authority as the ex-chair? man of the ways and means committee, may be regarded as conclusive, so far as the leaders of the lower house are concerned. It is well for the democracy to understand this fact. Major McKinley unquestion? ably knew 'what he was talking about. He knew the dominant sentiment of his party, and he was well informed in regard to the settled plans of its leaders. The Force bill cannot, therefore, be con? sidered a dead issue. It will certainly come up in the next Congress; and, should the republicans secure a large majority in the House, the Senate will weaken iu its opposition to the measure, after what will be regarded as so decided an expression of public sentiment, and we shall have this infamous partisan measure thrust upon us. Readers of the Post arc familiar with the provisions of the bill, and it is need? less to analyze it in detail. It is sufficient that it revolutionizes our system of elec? tions; that it makes the Federal govern? ment the judge?almost the Sole, judge?of the returns, introducing a practice which tends to subordinate the Stare authority and to deprive those States where it is ap? plied of functions which they have exer? cised for over one hundred years and of which the Constitution never contem? plated they should be deprived except when a State refuses to elect representatives to Congress or when it was impossible to do so because of foreign invasion or other cause. None of these contingencies have arisen or are likely to arise. No one familiar with the Constitution will claim thnt the conditions under which its framers in? tended this power should be exercised by Congress,now exist. They cannot claim that there is a remote probability that tiny will exist. The purpose of the repub? lican party, therefore, involves a wanton invasion of (he duties of the various States, an impudent interference in (heir affairs, and a dangerous attempt at cen? tralization. The cost of executing the law will be enormous. It is vnriouly estimated that a single election under it will involve the expenditure of from ten to fifteen millions of dollars. Hut, though the imposition of so needless a burden upon the fax-payers would be an outrage, this is by no means the least evil that would result from so reckless and perilous an experiment. The ruthless violation of the spirit of the Con? stitution, the disregard of the peace and prosperity of a large section of the coun? try, the mean and atrocious partisan pur? pose at the bottom of it, all combine to render the measure both odious and alarming. Its effect upon the South?against which it is aimed?will be disastrous in the ex? treme. It will not only have a tendency to cheek the investment of capital and obstruct the present industrial movement which iM enriching the entire section, but it will, in all probability, precipitate a con? flict of races, the horrors of which one dreads to contemplate. For a baud of desperate politicians to destroy the peace and prosperity of a vast number of their countrymen and to wan? tonly arouse hostilities that must result in bloodshed, furnishes one of the most atrocious conspiracies knowu to modern partisanship. Nor are these knaves all fools. They know that the result of the conliict which they propose to precipitate must prove disastrous to the very class and color they pretend they would shield. Nothing so clearly discloses the hypocrisy and depravity of the Northern republican leaders. Nothing better illustntes the deceptions by which they have hoodwinked the fanatics of their own section. They conferred the right of suffrage on the negro iu order to perpetuate their power and increase their capability for plunder. They have iu a measure failed iu this expedi? ent, and they are now ready to sacrifice the innocent instruments of their conspir? acies becnuse of the inadequate service they have rendered. They would drive an inferior race into an uucquul conflict with a superior race, with the bare hope that the sympathy aroused by the conflict may strengthen those who precipitated it. There must needs be many "outrages" in one section; und the purpose is to make them the pretexts for partisan triumphs iu another. The Pomt is not and never intends to be a purtisun newspaper. Rut it feels it its duty to expose and denounce the mean hypocrisy and base methods of the cut-~ throat crew of pirates that seem uow to liav acquired ascendancy over the repub? lican party. None but the blackest hearts, and most corrupt minds could have- con? cocted .a conspiracy so unpatriotic oud cruel.- It reminds one of the treacheries and tortures of rival factions during the most disordered periods of Florence and Venice. |t is worJbKj of tie worst of the Medici. Before it the tariff issue becomes for the first time in n quarter of a century, 'unimportant. All material matters must yield to its infamous supremacy. It is an issue that comes directly to our homes, to "OUr hearts, to our social sanctities: and every devout mother and father in the South nnd every honest patriot in the North must pray that the cup will pass from us. A Few Grievances Only. The Southern Express Company and the South Atlantic k Ohio Railroad Com? pany have this community at their mercy, and [they arc imposing upon it. A box was sent to the depot Tues? day October -I, the contents of which would be greatly injured by delay in ship? ment. The express agent received it. The shipper, knowing the bad manage? ment which had characterized the office here, some days ago had inquiry made to learn whether the box had been shipped. The agent in charge said it had been. The party to whom it was addressed how? ever,- notified the shipper that it had not been received. Another inquiry was made at the express office on Monday, October 27, and it was ascertained that the box had never been shipped. Goods have been known to remain in the office days after inquiry had been made for them and after the consignee had been told that they had not been received. One package shipped by express from Louisville to a gentleman here was not delivered in two months. These delays and such negligence con? stantly occur, though the most exorbitant rates are charged. The South Atlantic & Ohio Railroad is hardly less gouging. A number ot bills of lading arc before ns in which from ten to twenty per cent more is charged for freight from Bristol here than from Cin? cinnati to Bristol. It is with great diffi? culty too that freight can be obtained on these terms. There is nothing more hurtful to a com? munity than such descriminatioti against it. There is nothing more irritating to those who are compelled to have dealings with these corporations than to have goods hid in some corner and be denied accu? rate information about them when in? quiry is made. Elsewhere freight and express agents notify parties oil arrival of consignments to their address. Here they are denied the information when they apply in person. These irregularities, this gouging and these delays have gone on until the companies in question seem to think Un? people of Big Stone Gap have no rights and cannot acquire any. it matters not how much they pay for them. Major Bates has been informed of the neglect and inefficiency of his agents and he showed a disposition to correct the abuses, but they continue. The Express Company have been in? formed of the feeling of outrage and in? justice which prevails in this community against their exactions, but they do not seem to care an atom. We submit that it is time for the citi? zens of this community to organize and bring their Ullited protests to bear against the injustice. It is disgraceful in the companies to take advantage of our neces? sities, but it is humiliating to see how tamely the people submit to such mis? management and oppression. Elsewhere these acts of petty tyranny would arouse a storm of indignation. They should have that effect here. We are gouged by the Soutli Atlantic k Ohio Railroad; we are gouged by the Southern Express Company; and there is a good prospect that, taking its queue from these corporations, we shall be gouged by the Dummy line. Gen. Avers is at the head of a corpo? ration here which is hand in glove with at least two of these companies, and, as lie is largely interested in Big Stone Gap, it is to be hoped he will give our grievances his personal attention. He certainly has sufficient influence to correct many of them, and he cannot do so too soon. Meantime our Commercial Club must show what stuff it is made of. We must rely after all chiefly upon ourselves. There are too many complications, in tarcicics and mysteries of management among corporations to expect that anyone of them will take ground against another, when all arc more or less beneficiaries and enjoy a direct or indirect division of the spoil. We must look to our own unbacked, but determined energies for remedies and apply them unflinchingly whenever we can, and where they will do us the most good. "The whirl-u-gig of time makes all things even," says the Proverb; and it is high time, indeed.for us to have a square deal all around. An Important Movement. The establishment of a Commercial Club at Big Stone Gap is of the first iinpor portancc. We have relied long enough upon other influences to push us to the front and to secure for us the position to which our natural advantages entitle us. We have lost by this misplaced re? liance. The time has come when wc must realize our position and when we must summon our unaided energies to better it. Big Stone Gap hus almost been killed by its natural advantages. Though it has the best coking coal in the world, though it has an an abundance of superior iron ores, though it is immediately on the line which affords the best grade for transpor? tation for hundreds of miles, though, in short, it has a combination of advantages which no other spot in this country or any other has the effrontery even to claim, we nre kept back because wc have been misled into a reli? ance upon other influences and have not individually and collectively done ourj duty. All this is to be changed, and changed at once. The Commercial Club is composed of the bone and sinew of the town. No hand is too smutty to attach a signature to its constitution and by-laws. It is an organization which invites the active sympathies and support of all classes of the community. There is no aristocrary about it. The only conditions of membership arc u half a dollar and energy^ und the energy is more impor? tant thau the half u dollar. . If the people of Big Stone Gap are I wise?if they deserve success?they will give this organization their most earnest support. It is going to arouse dormant ac? tivities; it is going to arouse a spirit which has been hitiicrto unknown; it is going to make a city oTBig Stone Gap. Now rally around it and let every man do his duty Tnt recent report of the traffic on the I Norfolk k Western railroad conveys some idea of the rapid development of this sec? tion of Virginia. The mineral traffic of that line practically commenced in the year 1882, during which the minerals transported were 4?vlll tons. In 1881) this traffic amounted to2,436,757 tons, and ! the whole of this business originated in (Southwest Virginia. All this section of jthc State asks now is a continuance ofj i the tariff and exemption from force hills j and all the miserable clap trap of partisan politics and partisan legislation. The Commercial Club has been organ? ized and the suggestion came originally from this paper, but it is due to Mr. R. T. Irvine to say that he has devoted more time and hard work to the enterprise than anv one else. "Comparisons," save the proverb, "arc odious," but it is proper to commend so meritorious nnd effective u worker as Mr. Irvine, and no man, woman or child in the community will deny him the credit which he so richly deserves. TllE Farmers' Alliance of the South? west propose to establish a stock-yard at Kansas city, and thus protect themselves from the middlemen and monopolists. If they can carry out their scheme they will save .">0 per cent on their sales. A IKY TOXGCJBS. The intelligence has come from across the water that Lucca sings no more. Lucca was very Stltmg in the deep operas and had a more pa thetic voice than l'atti. Poor Lucca ! likeRis tori,shc has had her sorrows. When Ristori first appeared a young and brilliant musicianheard her with rapture. "Rat," said he to her, "you lack pathos?you will not be perfect until some one breaks your heart. Her heart was broken, and so was Lucca's. Hut it is only from the crushed flower that the most exquisite per? fume is taken. The world is indebted to the martyr-makers for the most brilliant products of genius. If there were no suffering there would be no happiness. ? * It would be difficult for any novelist to de? pict a sadder and more touching scene thtin was witnessed over the coffin of young William Sprague, who recently committed suicide, and whose body was sent to Canonchet to be in? terred in the family burying ground. Mrs. Kate Chase Sprague, the daughter of a chief justice of the United States Supreme Court and the furnier wife of a governor of Rhode Island, with her daughters, came from New York to attend the funeral. Ex-Governor Sprague and his present wife were also in the church where the coffin lay. Here are all the living members of a wrecked family. Governor Sprague; once worth many millions, the happy husband of a gifted and beautiful woman, now poor and broken in spirit. The liaison with Conkling, the scandal, his escape from a shot? gun, a divorce, suicide of a gifted boy! The Governor and new wife, the boy's mother and sisters, all meet around the coffin. The mother has on the coffin a wreath of flowers, and an embossed mourning card containing the words: "From an e\-*t-l?vlnK sml devoted mother. "Katk Ciiask SraAorK." Irresistibly impelled by a motherly leader ness she seeks tu pet a glimpse of her dead child's face, but the coffin is sealed and the undertaker tells her he has "orders from the governor." The coffin is moved by the pall? bearers. She tries to get as close to it as pos? sible?to touch it. Her former husband inter? cepts her?almost pushes her back: but not a word is uttered. The poor woman sinks in a pew and sobs and sobs as if her heart would break and love to break right there. The old servants of Canonchet, her servants of happier days, crowd around her. touch her dress, cover her hands with kisses and bathe them with tears. There are traces of her former beauty yet in her fine face, but the harrow of suffering has passed over and over it, and wrinkles mark its track. Ah! what a wreck is there. High? born, brilliant and beautiful woman, she was. Hut oh! how swiftly did the ruin come!? "faster," as De Quincey says?"faster than showers run along the mountain sides." Oh, ye women?you who fall before the guile of a serpent; yon who press your throbbing temples upon marble slabs and find your downy pillows full of thorns?you poor, longsutfering martyrs to love?what parts you play iu the dreadful tragedies of life! There is a bitterness iu high life that the simple-minded provincial knows little of. The most rankling jealousius and exquisite sorrows have their homes nnd abiding places on the pinnacles of society, and they pierce and tor? ture their victims in spite of an.armor of gold and the dazzle of diamonds. God help us; let us humble folk be content with our lot. Prometheus stole the fire of the stars and his fate is a warning. ? * A movement is on foot to erect a monument to the memory of the late President Arthur. Mr. Arthur was a gentleman. Indeed, had he lived in the time of George IV. and in Europe, he would have rivaled George IV. in his claim to the position of the finest gentleman in Europe. Mr. Arthur's death was precipitated by his luxurious taste. He used to have late suppers at the White House, and the "bright lances of the morning sun" ofteti appeared before his guests rose from the table, or from under it. There were numerous scandals cur? rent iu Washington which sprung from these morning orgies. The Wushingtonians, how? ever, liked Mr. Arthur, and they did not give them an exaggerated importance, particularly as there were so many other scandals about other people, only a little less prominent, to gratify their taste in that line. He was invited to open the Louisville Exposi? tion, and he delivered a brief, but very grace? ful, speech on that occasion. A dinner was given him, to which Henry Wattcrson came very drunk. Watterson threw his arm around the neck of General Sheridan, who was one of the guests, and with the other hand took a leg of grouse out of his plate and proceeded to de? vour it in true canibalistic style. Sheridan rather resented the intrusion,and manifested his disgust, whereupon Watterson walked around to where the president was, requested Mr. B. du Pont, who was sitting next to him, to give him his seat, pushed his face in the presi? dent's, and mumbled out, "Mr. President, don't believe a d?-d word that Dave Yandell says." I This broke up the gathering, and the president was manifestly annoyed by the familiarity and indecency of Watterson. Arthur was also entertained at the Pendcnnis Club, iu Louisville, and a number of persons requested him to give them his autograph. There was some difficulty in getting paper enough for this purpose, when Sam Mallory produced a blank check and said, "Mr. Presi? dent, you can just sign this, if it is the same thing to you." Mr. Arthur laughed heartily, and seemed mil!v to enjoy his visit to Louis? ville. He was a good judge of eating, and had a keen and discriminating appreciation of liquids. He once invited the writer to take a glass of whisky with him, the reflection of which re? mains like the memory of buried lore. Mr. Arthur was perhaps the most popular president among the Washingtonians who has ever filled the office since the days of Washing? ton. Thomas Jefferson was perhaps the sim? plest and most unaffected. When he was in? augurated he rode to the Capitol on horseback, hitched his mare to a post, and went up and took the oath. Washington was inaugurated in New Y:irk. While he was president he would not speak to any one under a cabinet officer on the street. He was a great stickler for forms, and he allowed no one to approach him unceremoniously. Govcrneur Morris, when in his cups, once made a wager that he would slap Washington on the back. He arose from a dinner-tabble where Washington had been imbibing quite freely, went around to where he sat, and slapping him on the shoulder asked him some question. Washington did not answer the question, but gave Morris a look which was a lesson to him. The diaries of the time tell how stately the old general was. His presidency commenced with the adoption of the Constitution of the United States, and when monarchical customs still prevailed. He maintained the dignity of the office very much like the kings of England maintained the dig? nity of the crown. besides this he was a bom king of men. ? * Ex-President Cleveland appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States a few days ago and argued u case. The judge of one of the courts in Buffalo told the writer that up to the time of Cleveland's election as sheriff he had never known him, and that he had never had a case in his court. Mr. Cleveland is not much of a lawyer, but he was listened to the j other day by the judges of the Supreme Court of the I'nited States with interest, and particu? larly by Chief Justice Fuller, whom he ap? pointed, whose moustache is so voluminous, and who is said to have more beard than brains. Mr. Buchanan, when asked what he thought of his chances for success, said pleasantly that he would leave the answer to the voters of his district. He had not, however, the air of a man who expected to be defeated: and, to judge from his conversation, had not been disappointed in his canvass. This had been made, he said, in Russell, Tazcwell, Bu? chanan and Dickinson counties, as well as in Wise, in which county he had spoken in two other places besides at Big Stone Gap. He spoke with amusement and gratification of an old limn at Gladeville who was so overcome at hearing of the iniquitous designs of the Force bill that he uttered an exclamation so loud as to be heard by all the assemblage. Mr. Buchanan left here to attend the bar? becue at Bristol in seemingly the best of spirits. From there he said he would go to Blair, completing thus a flying canvass of all the counties composing the district except Craig, in time to be in Abtngdon on election dav. ? * The hunt is the tiling. Snow has been fall? ing on Bald Kindt, and the tracks of deer and hear are plainly discernible. This winter the young fellows of Hig Stone Gap will have a rare time. Pheasants are plentiful nit the plains. The heavy frost of Monday night will wither the leaves. Ilo! for the mountains. TIMHKIt LANDS. What Eight Men Found on the Mountains Adjacent to Hip Stone (Jap In Ten Hays. By the courtesy of Mr. Charles T. Mal? lard, president of the Interstate Invest? ment Companv, of Louisville, wc are ena? bled to give lumber men abroad an idea of the amount of timber that grows on our mountains. The table below represents the work of eight men for ten days, count? ing the trees on a body of his lands on the Black Mountains of Harlan county. Kentucky, and Wise county, Virginia, (a large part of which is tributary to Big Stone Gap.) It must be noted that the diameter of the trees is mentioned as the minimum diameter, and that many of them, of course, will run much larger. Inches in Tree-. diameter; Walnut. ...70s Iii Cherry.2,391 14 Kirch.4.0S5 U While Oak.MUM 10 Red, Spanish ami Water Oak..MIS is Ash.1,?74 11 Hickory.I.OStl U Lynn. *.5,733 14 I'oplar. "Us IS Cucumber.:t.si;t; is Chestnut.7,4211 SO Maple. ..... 4.177 IS lluckcye.X3M 24 Liciist.2.IHIS In Total. 45,994 In addition to this there are very many j sugar trees estimated by the men who i counted the timber equal to from one I third to one-half of the above. Virginia Iron Notes. A development company has recently been organized at New Castle. Va., having a capital of $250,000, with A. E. Hum? phreys."^president and general manager; William S. Yodes, vice-president; and Frank Woodman, treasurer. The object of the concern is to develop the rich min? eral deposits of that vicinity, and it is said that a blast furnace, the first industry to be established in this direction, will be closely followed by other iron industrial plants. The Irish Creek Mineral and Develop? ment Company is I he name of a corporation organized to advance the iron making in interests of Cornwall, Rockbridgc county, Va. This company have a maximum cap? ital of $800,000, and own over 5,0110 acres of rich mineral lands. Cornwall is situ? ated eight miles from Bucnu Vista, and is the sight of the first iron furnace ever op? erated in Virginia. The newly organized Virginia Steel, Iron aad Slate Company, at Logan City, Va., have a maximum capita] stock of $2,000, 00(1, and own 211,000 acres of mineral lands, besides -1.000 acres of town site property surrounding and including the town of Howardsvillc. There are said to be large quantities of magnetic, specular and brown hematite ores on the company's property. The Low Moor Mining and Development j Company were recently organized at Staunton, with S. M. Yost as president: Hain Sheppard vice-president and general manager; and John McQuade secretarv and treasurer. They have purchased 500 acres of land near Low Moor, through which the iron ore runs for nearly two miles. There are two furnaces already in operation at this place, and $f>0.000 worth of improvements arc soon to be made upon them. The Hoauoke Iron Company, of Ron noke, have placed an order with the Rob iuson-Rca Manufacturing Company, of Pittsburgh, Pa., for a complete plate null, including boilers, piping ami machinery. There will be a 'Mi x 4H inch engine, 26-inch three high train, with tables and guillotine shear to cut ?.j inch plates. The Wythc Lend and Zinc Mines Com? pany, of Ivanhoe, are developing one of the most extensive veins of iron ore to be found in Southwest Virginia. The vein has an average width of 45 feet, and the bottom has not been found. Shufts and drifts have been sunk and cut at regular intervals, and the ore is the same through? out. It is stated at Lyuehhurg that a New York plow works is shortly to be removed to West Ly neb burg. LITKRARY. Kiss and be Friends.* "Kiss and he Friends" is published by a noted house, and belongs* to a class of American novel literature much read. Its class is of the prevailing class, and this novel embraces the common faults and virtues. Domestic gush is the character? istic. Morbid sentiment, affectation of fine writing, want of artistic form, with bright gleams of truth, and total lack of invention, as far as human probabilities go. with thin nnd unnatural romance pad them out. But even the current literature that dies serves an end. The flimsiest of books will convey an impression, good or bad. from musty pages, of the day and generation they* represent. The female bird has done most of the singing in this matter of novels in America. It is too much a question of national peculiarities to analyze at present the fundamental points involved in each novel of this class, but premising that the whole is a mixture of good and bad, a general account of "Kiss and be Friends" will throw some light upon the larger matter suggested. This story is that of the quarrel, separa? tion, and reunion of two very silly people. The reunion is brought about by a variety of means, incidents, and personages not worthy of "detail, but in the main trivial. Dr. Eustace Winchester, a young man of the clubs, with ambitions and idleness, is married to Bessie Wolcott, an emotional young lady of society, and they live in a house and home furnished by Wolcott pen. It seems that the butcher, the baker, the candle-stick maker, and the grocer are duly mollified by Winchester pere. There are glimpses of "portieres of heavily brocaded silk for the windows, and the reader is soothed by the assurance of a lnndaulct and foaming steeds. Mrs. Winchester, the mother-in-law, appears on the scene, and later on Mrs. Gum rill, a former "flirtee" (whatever that may be) of Dr. Winchester's. Bessie "throws up" to Eustace that the house is hers (including the heavily brocaded portieres and the landaulet). Eustace announces his inten? tion of going to the opera with the Gum rill his "flirtee"): he goes, and on his return finds that Bessie has fled to her father. (A bunch of geraniums and the question of smoking cigars is mixed up ! with the landaulet and the Gumrill. ami j the portieres and the mother-in-law in i some way. which wc shall not attempt to j account for.) Eustace goes off South. I becomes a hero on the first occasion, which is a railway smash up. and develops into a first-class physician?iu short, gets to be a man. He meets with Andrew Ashcrnft.H strolling piano-tuner; Andrew ! meets with Nan, a waif?Nan meets with j two tramps, later on with Andrew, who I was mashed iu the collision?goes home to j his sister Bianca, who is at a watering place, and there meets Bessie, who meets him, after Bianca has met her and her baby, and Nan meets the tramps; who kidnap her. In the meantime mother-in law and Mrs. Gumrill meet them, and Eustace comes on and meets them, and from this on, by a system of misunder? standings and couquctry the two come together again, and the mother-in-law ! and Gumrill are baffled. The German ', cril ics describe undefined and badly drawn ? characters as nrhnblotien?that is. execu ' ted by a stencil after the common literary I type. The characters in this novel do not I even present this merit. They are unlike ? any known species of the human biped. Perhaps we may except the mother-in-law j anil the Gumrill. People come and go, i spring up and vanish in the most unneces I sury manner, but they are as the clouds that obscure the landscape for a moment, ; except, "hen they have nil vanished, Mrs. ! (<iiiniill and the mother-in-law hold the ! memory. The novel is a complete hand? book against the mother-in-law. Space [only prevents a complete vindication here] I of mothers-in-law in general, and this one ! in particular, as iu fact this paper has j among its cardinal principles justice to i this misunderstood exogenous ami flower 1 ering plant. The novelist's description of ; her is unfair. She is represented as hav [ ing "a wheezy, high-toned voice," as "sniffing" (which, if it rested upon the I statement of other than an interested witness, would cause us to abandon the ' mother-in-law's case), as being fat. "idle, I selfish, and conceited;" she has "a flaccid ' smile." a flabby, sickly smile," sometimes "even flabbier than usual;" her accents are "oily." she "paddled" and "waddled." ami >hc "nagged the old gentleman." i whose acquaintance we are not granted, although he pays the grocery bills of Eustace. Mrs. Gumrill (widow) is a fit companion; she is "an old flirtee" of Eustace's, and is very elegant and bril? liant, although there is im positive evi? dence to that effect, and we are inclined to doubt her elegance from the solitary remark she makes on the occasion of a I "Hell-cooked" dinner, to-wit, page 7<?: "I have a dceavity in my tooth which troubles me. it makes me feel quite dilapidated.'' said Mrs. Gumrill. laying herrings against her cheek. "She wore a great many rings on her pudgey fingers." The Gumrill it is that causes the jealousy and separation. The elegant Bcrintha, whose ears, wc learn for the first time in the latter part of the book, "stick out." The name Bcrintha Gumrill is striking, but it is one with the most remarkable feature iu the book?the exasperating names. The genealogies in the Penta? teuch are expressive and patriarchal but here we have names that neither beget nor are begotten. The characters are in numbers as the seed of Moses. A handful of them. Miss Quipscy, Miss Fogg Foggson, Mrs. Perci val Pcudrngon, Mrs. Flatboy, Mrs. Bother body. Jessie Wilmcrding, Mrs. Capt, Slocum, Mrs. Lampcr Calidorc, Clafton. Dempster. Petingill, Hisbec,Upton, Pixie. Prance Pedlow, Mrs. dan Vedder, most of whom simply send in their cards to the reader and vanish. A large number of the characters do escape tlie novelist, and are now roaming over the country. The elo.-est analysis fails to discover what be? comes of Winchester pere. It is authori? tatively stated in one place that he has left for San Francisco, iu another, for New Orleans. It is not essential to know, but it is no way to treat an estimable gentleman. Mrs. Wolcott is made to dis? appear on a convenient occasion to please "Bob," whom wc hail not heard of before, and do not hear of again. In chapter second "Miss Briggs and the children" are referred to and left unmentioned again. Andrew Ashcroft is an accom? plished, but actual tramp, a piano-tuner iu the South, who seems, to have wealth, at least he talks of visiting Europe, and his sister Bianca wears "a lead colored silk." Other characters are even more arbibtrary. Andrew, himself, is crazy for awhile, and talks very good fustian, while the obscure nuse of the baby, Nora, com? mits suicide from a tall cliff in u flat country. Mr. Wolcott dies without cause. But as the novelist appears to be laboring to reduce things to the least common denominator wc get to be prepared for such things. But as fast as she gets them out of the way new characters conic in, so that in the last chapters they swarm; among them may be mentioned Gussy L'pdyke, the Cluftons, Genevieve Tubbs, Mr. Greene Melon, the artist, the Ropers, Pom Blossom, the Blairs, the Bradshaws, the Walsinghams, Gwendoline, Rose Flan nagan, and others. These new people are apparently sane, although we have our doubts us to Pom Blossom and Genevieve Tubbs, by reason of their names, We could elaborate a theory that tqo entire lot were demented. Mrs. Gumrill herself says, there was insanity in the Dawkius family (a branch of the Winchesters) and the mother-in-law states that the Gum rill's neice died iu the usyltun. John Bunch, Terrance, Pate, Grocufeldt, Big Kate, and?but wc desist as to names. A 4- Kl-.a ami be Friends. A Xnvpt. By Julie V. Smith. C. W. Carltua * <.'??., New Vork. S. bourdon & Co., Louden. few quotations of Involved and peculiar sentences and affectations and we finish. Mrs. Gumrill, it seems, fell on one occa? sion "while her black-stockinged legs twinkled and trembled in the air. Bessie's pctnnmc for her mother is "31 rs. Mama;" "who like small bears have all this sorrow before them." We arc unequal to the following sentence: "When fate shakes a bachelor up she may set him down again at her leisure, nnd nobody hurt, but when she pounces on a married man the sifting process is almost certain to involve a number of collateral in? terests, which mav prove benefits or calamities, according to the value and puritv of the material in hand. Tins last quotation will be a sufficient calamity for the reader. We have given -Kiss and be Friends" this much attention simply because it is representative of a popular class of current literature. There is much in it that is creditable; the motives are in almost every instance pure, but the arrangement of the material, in almost every instance, inartistic, sketchy and crude. The manners of no place are pic? tured, and no additions arc made to the characters that live in the world's litera? ture, or men's minds. "Kiss and be Friends" will interest a large number of readers, and its story is a mingled yam of good and bad. Let 'the authoress become natural and artistic, then will her fine fancv, womanly grace of expression, and true'pathos. lead to the creation of better books than "Kiss and be Friends" and her already popular "Widow Goldsmith's Daughter." R. Worthington's new edition of Moli erc, just ready, is a remarkable enterprise, considering that the three large volumes, duplicating the expensive English edition, are furnished to the American public at but W.?.") the set. The edition is printed from the regular plates, i.i large type, on fine paper, with wide margin and uncut edges, and is bound in red cloth, with a paper label in colors. The title-page is also printed in colors. The three volumes contain nineteen full-page engravings on steel from the paintings and designs ot Horace Vernct, Desccnne. Jobannot and Borsent?the same plates that were used in the sumptuous Paris edition,and which have been imported for this one. Mr. V an Laun's translation of each play is prefaced by introductory matter, and there is also a memoir and general critical introduc? tion.?Publisher*' Weekly. Mr. Talmagc's views on art. as expressed in his lecture on "Happy Homes," may be taken as a fair exponent of his method of dealing with the people. This expression of his views, moreover, indicates the secondary character of his mind. He has beeii assimilating "Mark Twain" on this subject, as he has been absorbing X. P. Willis in his description of the sun? rise on the sea. It is impossible that he be quite sincere in all he says. He may not be so fond of the better class of pictures as Theodore Tilton, who would change their positions of hanging at all [hours of the night; but Mr. Talmagc's parlors are not decorated with woodcuts taken from the illustrated papers. As to art, Mr. Taint age sees an opportunity to make a bright remark or so. and a few other humorists have furnished him ready material. It is not a matter of con viel ion with him, l>ut it is an evidence of the character of his mind Tal mage is a I humbug. It would be an easy matter to prove the charge from his own sermons. FASHION'S FANCIES. Loose riusli Reefers for Uut-iloor Wraps? Costumes for Dinners unit Receptions? Millinery Suggestions. House dress is the very last thin;; in the way of wardrobe that occurs to the aver? age woman. She must have a nice gown for the street and for visiting. It is essential that she should possess a demi toilet. An evening costume is also among the other necessities with which she feels herself beset. But as to llOIISC dies.-: "Anything will do to wear around the house" is the usual idea. Still, nil occasional woman is to be found who feels that she owes* something to her own self-respect in the matter of dress; and also that her husband or her family have some right to a part of the consideration she bestows upon the taste of the general public. Such women pro? vide themselves with in-door dresses that are at least neat and dainty, if they are not elaborate. ix-noon fiowxs. Blouse forms are at present affected for in-door gowns. Cashmere is much worn; surah also sometimes appears, striped and plaid surahs especially. They are madi up in very simple full-blouse waists shirred to the collar and cull's, and with perhaps a touch of ribbon at the neck. As to the lower portion of the dies-, anv plain, dark skirt will do; and in such a costume one feels not only perfectly com? fortable, but al.-o provided against the advent of the unexpected caller, who will drop in now and then despite all one's calculat ions. The effect of the present fashions is all toward the formation of the long-waistcd appearance of the figure, which is ob? tained by reason of the deep bodice and the straight, narrow skirt starting awav down on the hips. The result is undoubt? edly a certain grace that used to be ob? tained by corseting, to the detriment of life, health, and comfort. boose plush reefers are among tin- fash? ionable out-door wraps of the season. They are in the dark shades, preferable brown, and show vests of astrachan or krimmcr or Persian lamb. They have a charming air of negligence, combined with style that is really very fetching. Here is a description of a costume to be worn this winter at ceremonious din? ners receptions, and similar atl'airs: It is in a combination of plain faille, in a shade of blue that has been called robin's egg and brocaded bcngulilic, the colorings of the latter being a light tan. with pompa? dour figures. The latter fabric forms a kind of polonaise, with long skirts behind, falling over the plain faille petticoat; in front it is made like the usual evening bodice, slightly decolette, the V's (back and front) tilled with lace. The sleeves reach the elbow, and arc caught in here and there with small bows of blue ribbon; at the ends, deep falls of lace. The skirt exhibits a flounce, some eighteen inches in depth, but is otherwise plain. Another gown, to be put to similar uses, shows a new effect in the draping of the skirt that is certainly worthy of imitation. The foundation skirt is a pearl-gray satin; over it are draped a number of different layers?if they may be called so?of mou**elinc de wie in different shadings of pale pinks and blues and grayish whites, producing a cloudy, shimmering effect that is beautiful when the wearer moves. A decidedly taking street-gown is one which, emanates from the famous work? shop of Felix, who is running Worth and Pingot hard nowadays for the higher class of custom. This dress is in a dark-gray cloth; the coat opens in front with ii rolled collar to show a waistcoat of white surah. The coat is almost ccaled Beneath heavy embroideries of white and "old braiding. Within the high collar a loug bow of gray ostrich feathers is worn, the ends tailing over the front. The felt hat for morniug wear in town is shaped with a broad brim, turned up in the back, but extending tar forward over the face, and usually a little downward. Feathers und fur arc particularly promi? nent for trimming everything this* winter, hats, gowns, and wraps, OTIIKK K ASM ION .NOTKri. Flounces are again worn, and especially on evening dresses. The V waist is all but universal for dancing-gowns and for demi-toilet. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps has occasioned much rather stingiug commeut bv her crusade against the decollete bodice. I fear even this worthy ladv's influence will not suffice to banish the abbreviate from our midst. Society is in a |,q Pretty little plush coats, trimm. Persian lamb's-wool, are stylish ?, very smalt hoys and girls. The Bolero and Toreador ?im . been again revived for hats. Passementerie trimming is n ulation of jewel-work. Pearl? mooncstoncs nnd gold, or garii?M brilliants are seen. The fur turban of the year ;. skin, with a border of mink and with a small head, mink usually. Blue surely never before ? i much favor. In all its shad. ? ticulariy turquoise) it is disd fashionable color. . _-'-?>?-? Appreciates the Situation. (Editor of ili" Bjo Sto.m I ? Hakkodsbiri;. Ky.. Oct. J" ? I have just read with great ii i splendid editorial, "Time tor \ ? the last issue of the Post; also, peal to the People" by a n change." Both articles com i suggestions and right to the You say: "It would cost hut scatter our pamplcts contain indisputable facts, and to services of a few reliable agi portanf points, say Knoxvj Koanoke and Bristol, n ho won this stream of visitors do n i verv gates without hnving siin of the inducements we cm ? Hi ??Member of Exchange"also ? the committee (composed ? : n the Exchange) issue telling , live circulars which shall i mental to the literature ol i ment Company nnd eni] men to visit tiie centres : bv investors and distribute : and point out to inquirers t!.. of the place and the way to .-. ? a train should be allowed I. ? or Knoxville, without being su these circulars, handbills, a. These suggestions contain i Big Stone (lap's early pros dcvclopmcnt. There is a gr< Uarrodsbnrg capital invested Gap, ami these articles an dorscd by all of us who are im the outcome of your city. I ? services, as one of the agents assist in advertising as iudicati sensible articles, and am read upon the rounds, and keep work is finished, and make i,. in any of the cities named or or East, or wherever the gri it can be accomplished, and tons i sible effort to get this infoni it hands of every one desiring concerning the best place i incut of capital in the cut ire S Southern Tin Making. [Iron Age.) Whether it be due to the . ? the McKinley Tariff bill ... i ? spurt has manifested itself ii the tin making industry. I The Iron Age have already In quaitcd, in a casual way, ? mineral possibilities in \ .t I of the South. The raw material undeveloped is now likely to latent power and contribute g< the still greater expansion ? - dustriul activity. Near the vigorous iron eon,: Bucna Vista, in Virginia, an A ienn enterprise?the Lock I. nnd Universal Company. I.iuiiii weeks ago drove its first stak? the town of Saveruakc, nam< ment to the English coutilry re? the president of the compauv, I. Brudenell Bruce, M. I'. f. i ? England. Hen' it is intencd to csi .'? ? tin making industry. A con i'osed of practical tin plate m.. formerly of Swansea and capitalists from Virginia, 1 Philadelphia has been orgai ploit this undertaking. The p| . equipped with all the improvi thoroughly modern tin plate n Siemens-Martin open licaril ore" process will be used 10 I of the steel, and the lililiiiig w il plished by mean.- of the process, newly in vogue. Ii this company has come into valuable patents in pickling n regenerating acid and saving ? capacity'of this plant is desigm first 3,500 boxe- IC fin plate w ill be constructed so that 11 be increased to 8,0011 boxes, ferromnngniicsc furnace, mi ?' furnace is to be built, an.! .i important industries are In for, among which are fron I : iron foundry and machine sho| iron works ami hardware fai t? There are good supplies ore nearby, and also of mal quality equal to that ol Crii is limestone in abundance and : superior quality. Altogi thei able location for the establis! industrv. At Wheeling. W. Va.,the H and Steel Company, ncwlv org construct a steel plant and nil plate mill. The Crescent S \\ orks, at the same place. i ning department and coninn ? ing at once, as they have all tie equipment for the mnnufai plates. The .Etna I run and puny and other similar Win are like to commence tin- mai tin plate, as all the eqilipim ; the tinning plant, ami this i at comparatively insigliificaul This small cost of transfoin steel mill into a tin plate phi induce the newly organized 1 ing Mill Company, at Cardiff. I to also begin the maiiufactnri after their plant is iu operati At Baltimore, Md.. it i- -' (5,000,000 company, backed and home capital, has erg.im. Iis!) a large tin plate mill im city. It is further state.I thai ' for the construction of llii. already been given to M. ? Brothers, of Pittsburgh. Pa. It is also stated that the Compauv, of Chattanooga, I to commence soon the consl tin platc'mill, which tin j h:i i tcmplation some lime. The Bail Girls of London. (X. Y. Sun Cahl.- 1^ :t. i The County Council make- ; regulate the conduct of the I women who infest the street? though in several of the most l and must traveled Ihorougl heart of London no lady would tore after 1) o'clock at night, obliged actually to fight their h rank after rank of brazen and women. The sceues that .. acted in such prominent thon Piccadilly, Regent, and Covi and Leicester square are im description and incredible to I - yet the pious reformers ol ' Council overlook these pub spots to make war upon the : Stanley Coining. Stanley and his wife sail foi N on the Teutonic on October ? his lecture tour in America. The Thrpe Ca. (<?H.uibl? Kecvrd. The Three C> road, after lt? reportc the reports as io it? Snauces, i, tu coni. ami the ^reat ooal-haulloi; air line nt n much variier day than ih<- uu>m ho|ktl tur. Thin In >joo<I uew* iu evei* ?evti.in ot the country, and auothri ?'l p4m> hel^e Columhia can rvceb ? Tvuurwtce.