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States already in the
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i fa second, and third
in? of special rights
is.ind prevents unjust
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[;?,.;, nl arrangements
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lloUnwJo except afte
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ed rates.
atktnd eighth clauses
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trtHublishtnent of tcle
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of the county
[faction arisen, or the
nation, against the
' ' heard without
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M?r hostness upon the
nannseatth'? attorney is
'?I tb< commissioner,
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J?r,to prevent the com ?
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restraining order
? U?e thirteenth
#N??ion of any' of
: lor.and sub
SJ^VW to a fine of!
J'o&reUian $500.
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ty in second,
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p?^*r? provided with
i;^fd-v'?rtlie recovery
W of the killing
ptstli4.0^r!lie protection
^ *roi? railroads
decision of
kts. rtvtftll.v rendered
the legis
4 ;l providing for the
j ?r,i!*^b will bring
!?!. .*, several thous
411 aft aas
passed requiring railroad companies to re
torn for taxation an itemized statement
1 of all the t>o?4s, stocks, and other scenri
' tics held by them, fiom which it is thought
a largely increased revenue will be brought
to the Common wealth.
??This Legislature, in my opinion," con?
tinued Mr. Munford, "is the lirst to enact
a law with reference to oysters which will
eventually settle the question of their
taxation upon business principles. The
laws passed lirst provide for an accurate
survey and mapping of the oyster
grounds; then for their lease for a long
period at the stipulated price of $1 per
acre. The legislation is necesssarily
crude, but it will be improved upon by
succeeding legislatures, and will, as I
s.u , eventually result in the preservation
of the oysters, which arc uow heing de?
pleted, and securing to the Commonwealth j
a large revenue from these sources.
Governor .McKinucy has evinced a great |
interest in this matter, and his valuable
j message was a great source of assistance
j to the General Assembly in dealing with
this subject.
"The subject of the distribution of the
direct tax, amounting to four hundred
and odd thousand dollars, was as well
disposed of as could have been expected
::ider the circumstances. The bill provides
that each treasurer in whoso county or
city this tax is to be distributed shall
jive a new bond with security for the
proper distribution of the fund coming in?
to his hands, and it is through him that
tiie parties entitled arc to receive their
several shares.
"A great many minor acts, important
in themselves, though possibly not of
such venera! interest, were passed?such
las the law prohibiting book-making and
pool-gambling;providing for the oxpens': i
and treatment of the indigent but curable
blind; providing for the erection of work?
shops at the reformatory established at
Laurel, and the incarceration at that in?
stitution of youths who were hitherto
sent to the jails or penitentiary; for the
copying and preservation of all the old
records in the Clerks' officce of the Com?
monwealth anterior to 1?<K3; for the erec?
tion of a public library building costing
$200,000, in which an; to be provided
apartments for all of the basemen! o*B
eers and too room for the Supreme com t
of appeals: and the act making Labor
Day a legal holiday.
"The passage of the World's Fair oiil,
tiiough the appropriation is small, is, in
my opinion, a source of congratulation.
The bill provides for the appointment of a
commission of one person from
?ach congressional district; who
are to servo without pay; to employ two
agents, whose duty it shall be to collect
and to Chicago an exhibit of the manu?
facturing, agricultural, mining, and c-M'er1
industrial interests of Virginia* A build?
ing, the fac simile of Mt. Vernon, is to bo
erech'd on tin. exposition grounds, which
will be the headquarters f?ir Virginia
and a place for distributing statistical
literature relative to the resources of our
Commonwealth. The State is now taking
the lead, and if our cities, counties,
towns, railroad .corporations, mining and
manufacturing, and other concerns will
ali unite wecmi make theexhibit at Chica?
go an honor to Virginia, which will turn to
our borders capital and emigration and'
yield one hundred fold for every dollar
expended. Newport News is Nearer Chi?
cago than New York, and there is no rea?
son why, with proper effort, a large portion
of the Europuan travel, either g?>ing to or
returning from Chicago, might not be
brought through Virginia.
"In the mutter of appropriations this
General Assembly has, on the whole, been
reasonably prudent, the only marked in?
stance of increase being for the care of
our lunatics and our wounded Confede?
rate soldiers. Under the appropriation as
made the schools will derive a larger fund
than ever before, ample provision inside
the walls of our asylums will be afforded
lor every lunatic in the Commonwealth,
and the old. soldiers have provision for
the care of :200 inmates in the Soldiers'
Homo and a considerable increase in the
fund distributed among those who do not
come to that institution, As to the in?
creased appropriation to the Soldiers'
Home, the State will eventually receive
in return property amply sufficient to re?
imburse the outlay, as by the terms of the
bill all the present property of the insti?
tution, and any that it may hereaftcr.}ac
quirc, is to become the property of tl>c
State when its inmates shall have passed
"The Legislature also assisted in the
erection of the monument to the private
soldiers and sailors by a ?mall appropria?
tion, and discharged a debt of the highest
honor in paying Rufus B. Weaver, of
Pennsylvania, his claim for services rend?
ered itt removing the dead bodies of our
soldiers from the battlefield of Gettys?
burg and interring them iii Hollywood
"In addition to the passage of the
above law?, which arc a few among all
the many, and the consideration of divers
other measures, this Gcnecnl Assembly
had to elect a United States senator, all
the high officials of the State government,
one hundred county court judges, livo cir?
cuit court judges, and numerous other
minor officials. It apportioned the State
foe representation in Congress, and for
representation in our State Senate and
House of Delegated.
"As I have stated} a large majority of
the lower house were farmers, and though
there were many measures brought before
that body, which at first had the appear?
ance of being especially conducive to the
interests of that class, yet they were
carefully considered, and the treatment
received evinced the profound conser?
vatism of this great clement of our peo?
"If this Legislature has done nothing
else," Mr. Munford concluded, "it has at
least convinced the people that the farm?
ers of Virginia, when entrusted with
power, are observant of t\\e rights and
interests of aH classes of people and wield
their power with wisdom and with mode?
Sergeant Gilly .Makes Easy Pr?y of Some
Negro Offenders.
Tom Johnson, Marshall Belcher and
Levi Quillin got on a drunk and attempted
to take charge of a negro dance, which
was in progress in the old house uear the
calaboose. The owner of th,p house ut
tempted to put them opt and received a
slight cut in the shoulder. Themen then
started out of town, and when they had
gotten etose to an Old stable near i\\p
Jjuuimy line, one of them firetl a Winches?
ter rifle towards town, They had gone
only a few steps when they fell plump into
the arms of Sergeant Gilly uud Policeman
W. K. Baker, who had been lying in wait
for them behind the stable.
?n the eitv court Johnson was fined
mM Bclcher|7.(f0 and Quillin $4.50 ami
ft aboH time in jail.
He IIa? a Wild Experience hi Hunting
Down a Murderer in the Wild* of Went
Virginia? Pretend* to be a Mule Thief
and Get*Into the Murderer's Conlldenc.
At the close of the civil war the moun?
tain portion of Kantern Kentucky, Vir?
ginia and West Virginia, on account of its
remoteness from railroads and almost in?
accessibility to the outside world, became
the hiding plncc for parties who had com?
mitted criminal offences in various places,
and had it not been that such ? men as the
subject of .this sketch existed in this sec?
tion of country, these criminals and law?
less people would have continued their
When the citizen lost a horse or any
property of value he did not dclaj in giv?
ing tbc particulars to John Wright whose
log house near the Pound Gup was always
open and ready to receive his friends.
When by started for the horsetbief it wan
generally a settled conclusion that Join.
! would return, with the horse, though hi?
[joirYncys would sometimes bc'for long j
I periods in other states, and it has been j
j aaid that he has left a tew of the horse
borrowers where he fo.unti them, in rather
! a disabled condition, but this; was only j
;donc in extreme cus?h and when it was ab |
8olutcIy necessary. j
Several years ago a murder was com?
mitted in Central, Kentucky. Tito mur
dered man was shot one night while in his
store and the store was burned over his
body. The merchant was a witness
against a m;i:; whose brother did the deed
to keep him from testifying in court. The
murderer escaped and it was several vears
before any clue could be obtained eg to
his whereabouts,although detectives were
stimulated to search for him by the liberal
reward that was offered.
The case was finally mentioned to John
TIC right by two detectives, and John be?
gan operations with that determination
that marked all his efforts. The two de?
tectives were to be his assistants ar..j he
was to do the planning. He first learned
that the murderer's father had moved
from Kentucky to the wild couutry on Elk
River in West Virginia, and he naturally
supposed that bin p.on was ir? the same vi?
cinity. The thret started to hunt for him
in a country vufumiliar to either, a region
where the original forests at re in disturb?
ed, and the roads were paths, through the
tienthickets of ivy, Inure! and black
jacks, across streams that rushed like tor?
rents down the mountain sides, a couutry
suitably for the hiding place of criminals,
-.nd wild beasts. John, who went ahead,in?
troduced himseil to the old man to be a
man ibcing from parlies after him for
stealing the mule he '.???uk riding andked
the old man to show him where to hide in
a safe place until his pursuers should get
out of the country The old wan received
the ten dollar gold piece John gave him
and hid his mule out in the bushes and
directed John to an old fodder statK un?
der a shelving cliff not far distant. It
was not long before the two detectives
name up and asked the old man if he had
seen a man pass there on a mule he had
stolen from them, they said that they bud
tracked bun in that country, but had lout
his trail in the branches and rocky paths.
The old man stated that he had not seen
any such person or mule pass there.
They then turned and went back to the
place they had agreed to meet John within
three days.
John spent t-:e night in the fodder slack
fighting rats and coons that came out ol
the mountain cliffs to get the corn, and
once or twice thought he heard a whole
den of rattle snakes in the fodder stack
with him". When daylight came he heard
the old man coming toward him calling
hogs. lie had a basket of corn under
which lie had John's breakfast. . He told
John all about what the detectives said
and John seemed greatly excited and be
secched the old man not to betray him,and
give him five dollars, saying it was the last
dollar he had in the world, and wanted the
old man to hide him until be could go west.
John unfolded all of Iiis pretended trou?
bles to'thc old man who dually said he fell
sorry for him, and that he had a son that
had gotten into trouble and would proba
bly go West with him. Tbc old man prom
ised to consult his son during the day and
have him meet John that, night so they
could arrange to go West together. John
pretended that he was afraid to meet the
young man, that he might betray him, but
finally agreeded to leave the matter in th)
hands of tbc old man and trust him fully
The old man made the arrangements and
after dark went to John's .fodder stack and
told him to follow, ti.ially, after going
through laurel thickets and over precipi
tious cliffs, they catne'to a low marshy spot
between thesteep ridges,here toe old man
told John to wait near a big sweet gum
tree until ho could, go and get his sou.
While he was gone John became nervous
and thought they m?ght have found him
out, and he was being led in a death trap,
so he moved away from the tree and bid in
a thicket. Presently, although John nays
it seemed many hours to him, he heard a
whistle near the tree. He approached
and met the t wo meu. The young man was
a tall, well developed man with heavy
beard and long hair, roughly dressed and
armed with big pistols and a gun. He
shook hands with John and they swore
to be friends to each other. They went
to the cave where the young man was
holding the fort and found it quite a good
hiding place. The entrance was . small
but after entering it broadened out in
large, dry rooms, and had a small opening
at the top through which the. smoke
escaped. He had made quite a breast?
work near the entrance of stalactites and
stalagmites, and was so well supported
with firearms and provisions it would
have taken oflicers quite a while to have
captured him by force.
He told John that he had committed a
crime "down South" and would go West
with him, aud explained how he got money
by'making siloes out of leather the old
man brought him, and that he would,
seil them und bring him provisions, etc,
John soon gained his confidence and they
talked freely, Neither slept any the first
night, each suspicious of the other, and
John was careful not to take off his coat,
lor he had fastened on his pants wast
.bund a pair of handcuffs and know if they
were discovered it meant certain death
to him.
The second night at about twelve
o'clock, when their fire was almost out,
John heard his man snore, aud when con?
vinced he was asleep, fastened the hand-^
cuffs oh hiii fett Hand; that lay across his
bWast. At tlie click of the handcuff the
murderer awoke and grasped bis pistol to
kill John, but ?John. Avas prepared , and
pressed, the muzzle of his pistol to bis
forehead and, with a gentle pressure on
the trigger, warped M* man to be quiet
or receive a free passage to the unknown
West. The other hand was then fastened
and John told his mail to - lead him to
where his (John's) friends wore stopping,
and if he misdirected hiiti h is life would
answer for it. A storm-was raging in tbc
mountains. The wind moaning through
,*bo pi?e tretf tops helped ia inabe tee
journey more dismal as they moved along
the mountain paths in darkness and
silence. When the storm hushed and the
chickens began to crow for day John be?
came so tired from loss of three night's
sleep that he was compelled to have rest.
He cut tbe top off a sappling aojn made
his prisoner place his arms over it and
stretch himself out on the ground. He
tied his feet to another tree. John then
used his prisoner for a pillow and slept
until daylight. After day they found the
other'two men who -were getting quite
anxious a bout John and came near going
to hunt for him, which would have caused
his* death.
The prisoner was tried and convicted
for his crime. John did t he work and got
only one-third of the reward. W. J.
The Great E locator and lexicographer
Ends a Long and llasy Lffe.
Mbw Haven, Conn., March 4.?Noah
Porter is dead. The man t?ho ha* done as
much toward the exemplification of t{je>
English language as any man alive or dead,
is no more. In lhr> ex-president of Yale
College was imbedded the earnest seho!. ..
the profound thinker, and the able rh'r-t-j
orician. His life; although not marked in
"connection witkauy fcrt Ott&if :rar'ioiiai"mi
port, was spc.'it r: forming I he foundation,
upon fundamental principle0, of tbe tina
Iogical rules of science in their relation t?>
religion. During his regime Yale College
made material progress, and every insti?
tution of learning throughout the length
and !>readti; oi the land, has profited by
hiw labors.
To be Repaired, Renovated, Papered and
Fitted up in an Elegant Manner?The
Post's .Suggestions Adopter! and the
Hotel to be the Pride of the own-W.
C. Harrington to bo the New Propri?
Several meetings of the spc ial com
in it tee of the stockholders and of the di?
rectors of the Intermont Hotel Company,
were held last week, and the following
programme agreed upon:
The building to be thoroughly cleansed
from top to bottom, painted where neces?
sary, and papered throughout; the kitchen
to be overhauled and renovated, table
and bed linen and table-ware to be bought
in abundance, furniture repaired, aud
new carpets to to be laid on the stair- ays,
in the brills and in some oi the rooms; a
fence tc be built around the three lots,
high and in the back-yard; and, perhaps,
a grano' thic pavement laid around tl
'.t'jtei on Wood avenue and Eat Thin,
street, with a number of mino- improve?
ments to the same general effect.
A louse was agreed to be made to Mr.
W. C. Harrington, who intends, when all
the ollices, except the telegraph aud ex?
press, are vacated*,.as will be the case be?
fore the tft of May, when th_ new lease
tuk?'s effect, to move the billiard tables
into the rooms now occupied by the Big
StoneGap Improvement Company and the
Virginia, Coal and Iron Company, amt
thi bar into the front room, now held by
Messrs. Bullitt &? McDowell. Their rear
room will be Mr. Harrington's piivate
office, as he will coutinoe to be secretary
of the various companeiS with which he is
now connected. Messrs. Addison & Har
din's office will be turned into a drum?
mer's sample room, while the large room
ou the corner, recently occupied by Sena?
tor Mills und the East Big Stone Gup Im?
provement Company, will be changed in?
to a bright and attractive writing and read?
ing room. The stairway may be changed
so as to make the ladies en traue on East
Third street more private. The bathrooms,
wash basins and so on, will probably be
put in the old billiard room, while the old
bar may become a barbershop.
A cold storage room may oe erected in
the rear of the annex, so that large sup?
plies of the best meats, vegetables, milk
aud butter may be kept ou baud.
The paper for the rooms will be selected
this week to come from Philadelphia, und
the work will be pushed steadily forward
in time for an opening M?v 1st.
The intention of till concerned,is to
open a Well-furnished,convenient and at?
tractive hotel, that shall be run as a>firstr
class hostelry;; and by giving full
satisfaction and on the theory that a
pleased customer is the best advertiser,
gain a discriminating patronage and keep
it. Travel has increased very much in
the last week or two, and with reviving
business there will be abundance for it to
The Case Severe, But Ho Hopes to be Out
in a Few Days.
Washington,March 5.?Secretary Elaine
has been quite sick for several days past.
The following official statement as to his
condition was given out at the State De?
partment to-day:
"Secretary Blaine is a victim of the
grip. He was taken Wednesday quite
suddenly and severely. His fever was high
on Thursday and Friday. He was much
better this morning ami hopes to be out
in a few days.*' . ' ,
Late this arternoon it wjts stated that
the patient's condition was- considerably
improved. He wa? still confined to his bed
but the force of his cold was bnokun and
there was every reason to suppose that he
would be all right soon.
At the Czarina and Czarovitch in Their
? Carriage,
St. Petersburg., March 0*.?While the
Czarina aud the Czarovitch were outdriv?
ing on the Vevski Prospect this afternoon
a tall man with a dark mustache and
wearing a loose overcoat, ran ont from
the crowd and threw a parcel at the car?
riage, He evidently intended that it
should fall inside the window, but it
dropped to the ground several feet from
the rear wheels. The Czarina .saw the
man tunning, and take something from
under his coat. She turned white, half
rose from her seat and then sank back on
her son's shoulder. The coachman drove
on with all speed, shouting to the police
on the drive and pointed toward the_inan,
who hurried Off through the crowd. Sev?
eral arrests were made within a tew min?
utes, but with what results can not be as?
certained.. The hqudie consisted of a
metal receptacle containing fluid not yet
analyzed and covered wilU-ioosp bhick
cloth ^_
Several .Uore 31lllion? Aakcd.
Washington, March4.?Representatives
of.the Chicago World's Fair met here to?
night and agreed to ask Congress for an
additional appropriation aggregating .$6,
.300.009* Five million is to be ror the
completion of the buildings and grounds,
and the remainder is for the expenses of
the ;Kaiional Qomraififiitfu,
Th? Character and Achievements of David
B. Hili ?A Mau H ho Can Carry New York,
Without Which the Democracy Can't
Win,?Senator Gorman Commands the
Admiration and Affection of New York
.Hon. Charles A. Dana, the premier
journalist of America and editor of the
New York Sun, was interviewed a few days
ago by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Here is
the result:
. "How many Mugwumps are there in the
State ot New York, and where are they to
be fb?nd 1" asked the reporter.
"Probably about 10,000. We have met
r. ith them in various elections. In every
election Pn which Governor ti;il aas been a
'candidate they have uniformity been
against him. in this city jm the lasi few
? vears thw have always ppptytcd th<2 regu?
lar dember*^ ic ticket.' lit the last mayor
"airy electron they suppo-rt?/1 i republican
vaff tbcir candi date, and in all these con?
tests they have loco laid out. Whether
then* numbers an* now- any greater tiKm
litey have been before it is impossible to
say until a new census of them lias been
taken in a new election. In the recent
movement they enlisted a few gentlemen
who have not heretofore been identified
with them, but how far they have got new
iceruits to any extent there is as yet no
evinende that can he deemed conclusive."
"lb it possible for the democrats to elect
their candidate without carrying New
York V
"i suppose not. I do not think any
good fortune elsewhere would enable thetn
to gain the victorv with New York against
"What gives Governor Hill his com?
manding position in this State as a demo?
"'l ;iis fact is due to several causes. In
the I rst place, he has been Governor of
i New York for seven years, and 'no man,
! not even his. embittered opponent/has ever
said that he was not an upright; able,
faithful and distinguished-governor. His
vetoes have been models, his vigilence in
watching over rhg public interests has
been conslcnt, while his fidelity to demo?
cratic princ pies and his care of the wel?
fare of i he*k roc rat ic body has been sleep
less. He has continually had to deal .. ith
a republican legislature, perpetuated
through tl constant refusal of the repub?
licans to lake the census of the State, as
the constitution requires, and to appor?
tion, the legislative representation accord?
ing to the ascertained population. Dur?
ing this whole period the political contest
has been bitter and unceasing, and yet
not a breath
of scandal ob of dishonor
lias been raised against Hill. A dignified,
patriotic American, he has never slept on
his post or allowed the enemy to gain any
advantage that prudence and courage
could avert. More than this,during this
long struggle for democracy he has con?
stantly gained in individual breadth and
power until to-day he stand* as one of
rhe ablest statesmen In the country.
What perhaps has most, endeared him to
all democrats is his fall victory in making
the legislature democratic, so that at last
we shall have an houes*: enumeration of
rhe people and an -honest-allotment pi
members of the legislature. In this vic
ory all the artifices set up against him and
all calumnies have, been ineffectual, and
ihe final decision of the court of appeals,
showing that the law has been upon his
side, especially in the closing struggle,
and upon the side of the democracy, con?
firms the praise that belongs to him as a
leader and brands as worthless the attacks
of Ihe virulent republicans and malignant
"What has been his. record while gov?
ernor as to ability and integrity in oftlce
and restraint, on corruption ?"
"It has been first-rate, as is proved by
the fact that throughout his administra?
tion not a single case of corrupt ion aud
not a single scandal made itsnppearance."
'"Is his record as governor a reasonable
guarantee that he would, if elected, inane
a g ''od president V
"it is. t d,> not believe there is a man
in this country, of any partyv who would
make a vriscr, a more faithful, a more I
courageous or a mure efficient president
than David B. Hill."
"Is his performance in regard to the
??ew York legislature a promise that the
democracy bus found the man who will
tight for his party when it is the right, stud
not yield disputed points, even under
shower-* of opprobrium from the republi?
cans ?"
"It is the strongest possible guarantee
iu this direction."
"Was not his prompt and decided action,
aud tlo approval by a tribunal of
buch ui?u standing
as the New York court of appeals, a proof
of his learning as a lawyer and his cour?
age as a politician and public man ?"
"Ail this is so, especially with regard to
his learning and his courage. Since Gen.
Jackson he is the bravest statesman North
America has seen."
"Was it not the opening of a new hope
to democrats, who have become so thor?
oughly accustomed to being cheated that
they need an uncompromising and un?
daunted leader V
"Hill is undoubtedly the right leader
for the present crisis. No other man can
inspire Ihe democracy with Buch hope and
confidence as he."
"Doe.-: the result of the recent town elec?
tions in New York indicate a falling off in
Hill's popularity ?"
"Not at all; They were mainly local
contests ou local questions and for local
candidates. The mugwumps and republi?
cans did their level utmost, but the demo?
cracy knew there was nothing of general
importance at stake, aud it is not their
habit to make any extraordinary exertion
i upon such occasions."
? "Do the democrats of New York look
with friendly eyes on Senator Gorman 1"
"Most friendly. I do m>t believe there
is a democrat in New York who does not
cherish a deep admiration and affection
tor the Maryland Senator."
"Would ho be a strong candidate for
president ?"
"Very strong, indeed,"
"If so, what arc? the qualities and Der
formances that commend him to the dem
oei'acy V
VH?8 broad and all-considering judg?
ment, his steadiness, patience and un?
yielding firmness iu a fight, bis high abili?
ties and statesman-like grasp of all the
questions that his mind lavs hold of, and
above, ull his victorious conduct of the
campaign against the force bill."
"Would the fact that he lives in ? Sonfh
OriiStale seriously eaibarrasa him asacitn
didate V*
"No, it would not embarras him at all."
This closed rhe conversation, and the
Enquirer, having drafted Mr. Dana for a
column or more of editing, lefthini so that
he-could "catch up" ou the Sun.
Official World's Fair ? uide.
It affords us pleasure to announce that
the Official Guide to tl*e World's Qoiauv'
bian Expoeitioa a^t ^e greV* cits oi
Chicago is now ready to. elegant book
form of over 400 pag^rftialy embcliphed
with superb illustration* of the highest
order. The aid of the best photographers
an J engravers has'been invoked that tfiie.
beautiful and picturesque features of tk#
great Exposition and points of interest
thoughout the city of Chicago be clearly
presented. Twenty millions of dollars
will have been expended on the grouuds
and buildings before the gates are thrown
open in 1893 Who can imagine what
the genius of many men can create with
such a vast sum at their command? Who
cau picture in imagination what these
wonderful buildings und grounds will look
like when erected? The fairy castles of
tales of fiction will not compare with
them. The Guide does not only describe
to the minutest detail everything of ines?
timable value pertaining, to the Exposi?
tion aud Chicago, but a fall page picture
of each of the mammoth exhibit build?
ings in oil colors. Also many others,
illustrating artistically the useful the
carious and the beautiful that will be
there in magnificent display. Whatever
movable things tho world has that can
please the eyei delight the car and iii
; struct the mind?the richest products of
eyer\ ..clime.
It cups the climax with a raagniiiccut
c.r cloraraic- view, " Bird^ey.^View of the
Exposition Grounds andBuildings,Mheaur
tifulty lithographed in eight oil colors,
size 7x27 inches.
It is a book for the millions who con?
template visiting Chicago in. 1893. It will
lie purchased by the millions who cannot,
go, hut will desire to kuow just what their f
friends are seeing. In fact, every loyal
American citizen should possess a copy of
fin's great work. The well known Pacific
Publishing Co., St. Louis, Mo., are the
sole State agents, and they want agents
to sell ,the book in every town. Full,
narticulars and terms will be sent on ap?
plication. Read their advertisement in
another column.
Officers Elected and Practice to Commence
at Once.
The second meeting of the Powell's
River Fire Brigade was held on last Sat?
urday evening at the council room on
Shawnce avenue.
The meeting was called to order by Mr.
R. T. Irvine, and the constitution and by?
laws were read and adopted-after some
changes were made in the bitter.
In the election of officers Mr. H. C. Mc?
Dowell, Jr.. was unanimously elected chief
of the fire department. C. A. Tracy was
elected assistant chief, and R. K. Fox,
secretary and treasurer.
The members were divided into four
companies and each company elected its
own captain and foreman. The companies
with their captains and fdremuns are as
Hose company No. 1 C. E. Bibbs, cap?
tain; J. A. Youell, foreman; W. N. David?
son, Jno. b. Payne, H. E. Fox, R. K. Fox,
R. L. Brown and 0. R. Evans.
Hose company No. 2, R. W. Shellon,.
captian; W.'B. Kilbouru, foreman; C. E.
Spalding, J. L. Jennings, W. S. Beverlvy
W. R. Youell. Fred S Hoback and Mal?
colm Smith.
Hook and Ladder company No. 3, J. M.
(Goodloe, captain; G. E. Gilly, foreman;
Frank C. Smith, A. W. Tracv, C. H. Spald?
ing, W. M. MoElwco, W. F.Baker and W,.
A. Hen wood.
Salvage corps No. 4, W. T. Goodloe,'
captain; W. A. McDowell, foremen; D. H.
Shelby and L. T. M.iury.
The entire tnig .de will meet at Goodloe
l>rod' store, Ss Iurday afternoon at 4 o'clock
sharp, for u couple of bourn practice.
An Important Meeting of tho City Fath-'
era at Which Much Business is Tranacted.
Th? regular monthly meeting of the
City*Cv.nncil was held last Monday eve?
ning. The councilmeu present wore: W.
T. Goodloe, C. W. Evans, W. E. Harris
and 0. E. Spalding.
The finance committee reported that
th/y have investigated the matter of er?
roneous assesmonts, brought before the
council at the iast meeting by H. A. W.
Skccn, and suggested that the- changes
be made as asked for by Mr. Skeen.
Tlie committee appointed to find out
why certain electric street lights were not
put up, reported that the lights were now
being attended to by the Electric Light
Com patty.
The sanitary committee found the back
premises of several parties in a very bad
condition. These will bo attended to im?
The>'ollowing claims were allowed:
G. E. Gilly, salary and feeding
prisoners.$71 25
R. T. Irvine, jail lock and key.... 4 00
Prof. W.T. Ketiedy, on account_ 35 00
Miss Dickenson, on account. 15 00
W. F. Baker, on account..1G 00
C. E. k 0. H Spalding, lumber for
side wulk_. . r 2 62
3. R. Jessee, recorder. 40 00
T. McNulty & Sons, sidewalk cross?
ings. 11 17
Total.$195 34
W. H. Horton's bill laid over unti next
City Engineer Smith's bill for superin?
tending the construction of the Poplar
Hill sewer, was laid over until the special
meeting to tie held Friday night.
Messrs. Spalding; Evajis and Goodloe
were appointed to examine the .Poplar
Hill sewer, which is ready tobe turned
over to the town by Mr. J, K. Tuggart,
who constructed it.
It was moved and adopted that R. T.
Irvine, Assessor, aud Collector W. B.Kil
hourn be required to make a full report at
the next meeting of the council who are
in arrears of sidewalk and other
taxes due the town, and that properties
betonging to said parties, who are in ar
reage on sidewalk taxes, be advertised
for sale, to satisfy said taxes, on or be?
fore the 15th of March.
There will be a special mcetiDg on Fri?
day evening of this week.
Two Dead and a Lynching fu> Prospect.
Dkxtkr, Mo,, Feh, Last evening, as
City Marshal Sprinkle, with a man named
Amos Miller .under arrest, was coming
from Justice Tool's office, they were met
CV ...
by one of Miller's pals, name uukuown,
who demanded Miller's release. A. J.
Cooper and Thomas Tool heaid toud voices
and ran out ou tho stair landing of the
mill with drawn revolvers and ordered the
unknown to drop his pistol. Instead of
dropping it he turned on them aud a gen
; eral fusilade began. Tool had a little fin?
gcr shot offby the first fire,and the second
shot pierced Cooper's heart. Sprinkle was
shot three times and will die.
The unknown was wounded & the. hip.
He ran into a field aud killed hirnaeIi' to
prevent his eaj^uie.aliuer was shot in
the ^rw*.' T& escaped and is still at Urge.
A large poasee S? in, pursuit oibiui sind he
Welt PI caned with the OutIook,?l?0 More
Men to be Employed In Furnishing Him
With Iron,?New Lease of Iron Lande
Near Duffle id?Fox & Whit ridge Con*
inence Operations?The Appalachian
Stc?d and Iron Company Hav* TheSr
Hands Full, Etc., Etc.
Big Stone Gap bad as visitors, last week,
Messrs. Walter Graham, General Manager
of the Graham Furnace, Graham, Vs., J.
M. Gettelman, bis iron ore expert, and 3).
H. Smith his prospector, who came to
look over the iron ores of this section,
their quality and quantity, with a view to
buying or leasing some territory. They
v;< re shown the ores iu the Itfild Cat Val?
ley, on the Preston, McGeorge and Stew?
art UXots, also the openings on the South
Fork and above and near the furnace.
While Mr. Graham did not state what
he would do, it is believed that be found
rhe entire field: so thoroughly esotOYwfr "
that there was no necessity Of doing thefc
oioneer work, and so many operators in
the field that it was cheaper for himv to
buy his ore delivered" oh the car, than to
attempt to mine it.11 If he gets bis- full
'supply here, as is likely, it will, of itself,
give employment to one hundred aud fifty,
more men.
The competition will now, probably, be
bei ween Cripple Creek, which bas hitherto
been supplying Mr. Graham, and Big Stone
Gap, and it is believed that this place can,
in price and quality of its ore, win the
It is reported that the Graham Furnace
has spent a very large amount of money
prospecting Ibra reliable supply of'ore.
especially in Tazewell county, Va., and
-had it found it, it stood ready to expend
sixty thousand dollars iu running a road
to its banks; but the search was not satis?
factory. Mr. Graham uses about 250 tons
of ore per day and will use both the red
and the brown kinds as a mixture pro?
duces the best pig-iron.
Some Italians, who have been working
iu th - ore fields near'Birmingham, have
made a lease of the lands of Messrs. Mc?
George aud N-ickels, and the Virginia
Coal and Iron Company, near Duffictd,
twelve miles from Big Stone Gap. The
brown ore here shows five feet and over
in thickness and Mr. J. K. Tnggart saysit
is the best vet found in this section,
* *
Messrs. Whitridge, Fox and McGeorge, "
are sending a car load of their brown ore,
from their Lipp's farm this week to the
Graham Furnace for test, with a view, to
its introduction there.
Just at the moment the iron ore is hav- "
ing a larger development than is any
thiiig < )se The Appalachian Furnace
people arc working the Preston tract and
will perhaps have enough to do to supply
themselves without shipping away; Mr.
Lewis, of Pennsylvania, is developing fOr
Mr. Met George, while Mr. Monteiro is close
by, aim the Italians at Duffield, and others
elsewhere arc all working away solving
the problem of the best and cheapest ore
* *
There is no reason why the ore from
this section should not go to the furnaces
at Brii ltd, Alax Meadows, Pulaski ana
other p> inls on the Norfolk and Western
road between here and Roanoke.
Arm Broken.
Will Polly, son of.S. Polly, had his.arm
broken Saturday He was engaged-'in
erecting a private telegraph line and was
carrying a telegraph pole on his shoulder
with the aid of Jim Slemp. When Slemp
threw bis eud down before Polly was ready
and the pole struck the latter, breaking
his arm below the elbow.
A Kotetourt Jury Takes the Doetor1? Nock
Oat of the Halter,
I Richmond Dispatch.}
Abinodon, Va., March 7.?Dr. John A*
P. Baker, who bas been twice* tried, for
the murder of his wife by poisoning hfjrt
wns acquitcd this evening.
The jury waa sent to its room about 2:30
this afternoon, and at 4 o'clock returned
with a verdict of "Not guilty,"
a oreat shout.
The house was crowded, packed, jam?
med and wedged in until there was pa
room to be found, and when the clerk
read the verdict the shout of approval that
weut up seemed almost to shake tho house
Shouts of''Hurrah for Baker!" "Hurrah
for Botetourt!" sounded from hundreds of
the best citizens of the county, and all
efforts to silence the audience were totally
ba?er's innocence.
For several minutes these cries of ap?
proval were made and hats were tossed to
the ccil'ng until the air was fairly black?
ened. It was the most whole-souled and
thoroughly convincing evidence of the
people's belief in Baker's innocence that
..outd have been given, and those who
have taken so much time in preaching that
everybody was down on him have certain?
ly received a proper aud thorough re?
a grand ovation.
People of all classes, high and low, rich
and poor, young and old, crowded around
the released man, and vied with each
other in their expressions of gratitude and
congratulations. Nothing like it has ever
been witnessed here under any circum?
stances. No words can paint the scene
and no immagination can fancy -the evi
dencea of approval which pervaded the
entire audience.
twelve good jhcn amd true.
Boterourt county may well be prood of
the manner which"twelve of her citizens
have discharged their doty, and the citi?
zens oi Washington will always be Ibeir
friends. Men never received the c?h>
gratubvtions of-a more thankful people,
and the recollections of the just and up?
right manner in which they have coudec
U-d themselves will forever -give theme
welcome in the hearts of all who wore
WILL 3E DiS?IlS?Jt?.
There is an hau tot went again at Dr?
Baker tor poisoning W, R. Oilmcr, bat
your correspondent is reliably informed
it wilt be dismissed to-morrow, the Cora
men wealth being unable to make out*
case. Thus ends the most seuaatftsaaS
trial cveti held in Virginia. OStea th*
clouds hjjve bc?? thick and bUcU,a?4 tfc*
storm of j^emcutsoajteeroed uab?13M
its but Utify and ?%a* Jk&f
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