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M. G. ELY,
Turkey Cove, Lee Co., Va,
Office, Room No. 9, Central Hotel.
If'ill be at Bit? Stone (he r.<l Moii'.Jay in cacb
inmth. Partie? de.-lrinj* his services should mak*
engagement* Wi that day or succeediug days during
the week.
To secure a copy of I he Iiiir Stone
Gup Post's
Send Four Cents for Postage, Etc.
Call On them for Nice Fresh Can?
dles. Raisins, Flfrs, Fancy Cooking:
Material and al! kinds of Family
Supplies. Full line of Country Pro?
duce always on hand. (vin712m)
Big Stono Cap, Va.
W. C. Harrington, Prop'tr.
Thoroughly Equipped with all
Modern Improvements and
Electric Light and Call-bell in Every Room.
Bill of Fare Excelled by None.
Large mid Convenient Sample-room.
Special Attention to Traveling Salesmen.
Heated Throughout by Steam.
Polite Servants. - - Rate, $2.50.
W. Hi HORTON, Prop'r.
Clean and Well Furnished
Rooms, Good Table and
Polite Attention.
Speci.il Unto* to Drummers anil Qegular Boarders.
Porters Meet AN Trains.
Boarding House,
Peari St., Big Stone dap. Va.
Tab e Supplied with Best the Mar?
ket Affords.
Raths :?$1.00 per day, $*.00 per week, ?10.00 per
month, ?
W. T, i H. P. HUDGRffS.
Biff Stone Cap, va.
Done In flrat-cins.h style ntitlni low pricc-s. Contracts
from ? dixtance mdfcitcdi E>ti*n:itM promptly given
on nil work in tin* lino; Shop between Wynndotto
and Pearl.
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Big Stone Gap, - - Virginia.
Sausage and Other Meats
Always on Hand at
W.C.TIiompson's jVleat Market,
East Firth Street, In Collier Building.
Stationery and
Wall Paper.
Just Received.
A $30.00 GUITAR
To Be Given to the Most
Popular Lady, Either
Married or Single,
In tho Counties of Lee, Scott
or Wise," Virginia, or
Letcher, Kentucky.
On exhibition, in the show-window* of
S. L. Whitehead k Co's diug store, can
be seen the handsome $30.00 Guitar that
is now oflered, and will be given to the
most popular lady in Lec, Scott,' Wise or
Letcher county, Ky., by the Bio Stoxe
G a? Post.
The plan is this: In the twelve issues
of the Post, from No. 9 to Xo. 30, inclu?
sive, will appear a ticket in the following
m.:. .
I As the Most Popular Lady
in the Counties of Lee,
Scott and Wise, Va., and
Letcher, Kentucky.
P. 0.
Cut this ticket out, fill in with the name
of (he lady you wish to vote for, sign your
name find scud it to the Bio Stone Gap
Post. These lickets will be filed away,
and preserved till Tuesday, April 25th,
1 SD.'i, when they will be carefully counted
by the following committee: H. H. Bul
litt, Cashier Dank of Big Stone Gap; W.
A. McDowell, President Appalachian
Bank; J. K. Taggart, Gen'l Sup't Virginia
Coal & Iron Co.; who will, on that
date award the instrument to the lady re?
ceiving the largest number of votes. A
list will be published each week, giving a
correct showing of (lie vote as it stands.
Copies of the Post containing these
tickets will be sold at five cents per copy.
Parties wishing to buy tickets in quantity
can secure them of the Post at the follow
In lots of 25 at 4 f each.
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In purchasing tickets in lots of 3.") or
more it will only be necessary to till out
one of them, paste it on an envelope, en?
close the balanco in the envelope, seal
and send to the Post.
Deserving Prulso.
We desire to say to our citizens, that for
years we havo. been selling Dr. King's New
Discovery for Consumption, Dr. King's New
Life Pills, Bucklen's Arnica Salve and Elec?
tric Bitters, and have never handled remedies
that sell as well, or that have given such
universal satisfaction. We do not hesitate to
guarantee them every time, and we stand
ready to refund the purchase price, if satis
factory results do not follow their use. These
remedies have won their great popularity on
their merits. S. L. Whitehead & Co., Drug?
gist.- _ ^_
Kdlson's Now Work.
This new work to which Edison has de?
voted himself, and upon which he is occu?
pied with as intense concentration as he
bestowed upon the incandescent lamp or
telephone, is a method of extracting the
magnetic iron which is contained in inex?
haustible quantities apparently in some of
the Jersey mountains. He said the other
day that he had abandoned all of the old
methods and had begun the development
of entirely new processes, although, of
course, the use of .magnetic electricity
plays a part in this new scheme.
He has now nearly completed his experi?
ments and investigation, so that he says
with quite as much enthusiasm as ho used
to display when talking of the ofectric
light or the phonograph, that he is sure
his new system is a success, that he has
only two details yet to master, and then
he will become a mining king, perhaps
(he greatest East"of the Allegheny moun?
Having learned by experience the ser?
pent-like subtlety of great capitalists he
has been persuaded to imitate that qunl
ityjj and with success so far as the control
of this magnetic iron territory is con?
cerned, "he owns it all," said one of his
friends to me; ''.before anyone knew what
he was doing,-he procured control of
every bit of lhc territory where this mag?
netic ore is found. Unless new mines are
discovered he and he alone has the right
to work the ouly magnetic ore mines
which are fertile enough to pay east of
the Alleg!:enios.
"When his new plans are developed,
Edison will be able at a single plant to
crush 30,000 tons of ore a day, to extract
by his process the magnetic iron, pack it
into brisklets and do (his with only ten
men." ^
This prediction was- not made by a
speculator or an enthusiastic but ill-in?
formed friend of Edison's, but by a man
who has perhaps enjoyed the wizard's
confidence and intimacy to a greater de- |
gree than any other person. Moreover,
as there are to be no patents, no specula- '
tivc manipulation of stocks upon Wall
street, no financing of great companies,
this news cannot be.regarded as an at?
tempt to boom any securities.
"Edison owns it all. There will be no
corporation, no stocks, no bonds, no de?
bentures, absolutely nothing that the
kings of finance can get hold of where?
with to create, by a vote of directors and
a stroke of the pen, enormous obligations
which'can be trafficked with at the Stock
Exchange. Edison is now a capitalist.
If iie needs So borrow money he has his
own securities to get it from, and he. has
become so disgusted with and suipicious
of those operations which are called
financing, that he wants never more to be
associated with them." Thus his friend
said to me.
I found that Mr. Edison was not mis?
represented. He has changed his methods
completely. Unless he loses all that he
possesses and is compelled to seek assist?
ance, he will never again -Iffer an inven?
tion of his to capitalists, nor will he take
into association with him any persons
who might control his discoveries.
Edisou is not an acquisitive man in the
j sense of being a money-grabber, but he
; feels that he has passed the' time when, as
j he. says, other people may take the cream
and he the skim-milk. What ever his in?
ventions bring in the markets that he
wants for himself.
He is a liberal spender, however, gen?
erous to a fault, a gracious and sympa?
thetic employer, and seems to have kind?
ness for all the world excepting for men
who have, as he says, done funny businoss
and played a sort of thrce-card-montc
financial game v?ith the children of his
As soon as hldison solves the problem
upon which he is now working and gets
his mining plaijt into good running order
so that his employes can care for it, it is
his purpose to take up a subject to which
his attention was called some fifteen years
ago. He said to me the other day that he
might work perhaps ten years upon the
investigations. which this mightv idea
would make necessary, and then again it
might be necessary to spend only a few
months upon it.
In 1S77, when Edison was at work upon
his earlier phonograph, a work which he
laid aside to take up Hie incandescent
lamp, he said to me that some day when
he could afford the time and expense he
might set himself to work upon the prob?
lem of securing directly the energy which
is stored up in coal. That, purpose has
never forsaken him.
Occasionally, when he has been at work
upon other matters, a suggestion that
may affect this problem has come to him,
and he has set it down in his notebooks.
He has now a considerable amount of
material which would provide him with
hints of importance in the solution of this
mighty mystery.
With capital and with opportunity,Edi?
son feels that within the next two or
three years he may be free to fake up this
matter which, if solved, is simply going to
revolutionize civilization. Ho believes
that it can be done, that it probably will
be done in the next century, even if he is
unable to do it.
To state the problem is to sot forth a
proposition so simple that a child can
understand it. The conversion of the
energy which is in coal into power availa?
ble to turn machinery entails a wasteageof
about 90 per cent; in other words, only
one-tenth of the energy which is in coal
serves to create steam power. The rest of
the energy goes off in heat and in develop?
ing the latent heat in water.
The problem is simple this, to save tnis
00 per cent, wasteage. That means that
250 pounds of coal will do the work re?
quired now of one ton; 50 cents' worth of
coal will do the work which now requires
'$5.00 worth of coal. A small bin of coal
will furnish power enough to propel an
ocean Bteamehip at a high rate of speed
across the sea. A bucket of coal would
drive an engino from New York to Phila?
The enormous cheapening of everything
which would result from the solution of
this problem would bring about changes
in civilization Edison thinks almost im?
possible to conceive of. Steam power he
believes would be a tradition. Electric
motors would take its place, the electric
current being developed d-rectly from the
the energy which is in coal being liberated
without loss. Of course, to the lay mind
it is impossible to understand what meth?
ods might be employed and how to bring
this about, but Mr. Edisou says that he is
already convinced that he has the right
idea about the method and that the prob?
lem he will have to solve is its manner.
He was in exactly the same quandary
when studying the problem of iucandes
ccnt lamps. Satisfied that carbon filament
of practically no resistance was the proper
agency, his problem then was to discover
the best 'material for producing the fila?
ment. ? ' "*
It is probable that Mr. Edison will, if
he discovers this process, protect it by
secrecy rather than by application to the
Patent Office, just as he proposes to pro?
tect his method of extracting magnetic
iron orCj^and when he was asked whether
it would be possible for orie' matr.to carry
in his brain a secret of such mighty im?
port and consequence as this, the wizard
replied that it would be easier to do so
than to keep between one's lips the neigh?
borhood gossip.
Edison is 46 years of age, and although
his achievements have been such as would
satisfy most nlcn yearning for fame and
fortune, yet it is apparent that he regards
his work as scarcely more than begun
rather than completed. He is now in
perfccMiealth, has the capacity for hard
work which has alwavs distingntshed him,'
and is more than ever convinced that the
great successes of life and the triumphs
which are ascribed to genius are after all
the victories of labor.
He reveals the passing of the years only
by the silver which tints his hair, and he
thinks that be has just arrived at the
prime of life.
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Dr. Drumdiouri'g Lightning
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in large bottles, or sent bj.express to any
address, with special direction*'.and full
information, by Drummond Medicine Co.,
48-30 Maiden Lane, New York. Agents
The Difference Between Prose and Poetry.
W. H. Mallock, in the Fortnightly Re?
view for last June, defines poetry und prose
thus: "Prose is the language men use
when expressing themselves without emo?
tion, or with emotion which is slight or
intermittent; poetry is the language
they use under emotion which is excep?
tional or sustained. Poetry, iu short, is
in its essence this: it iff the successful rep?
resentation of life, as regarded with sus?
tained emotion."
Is this a correct definition? Let us test
it by the actions of men in actual life.
Does the lover face to face with the ob?
ject of his love breath his passion for the
first time in poetry or prose? Iu what
language does the victim of a murderous
assault plead for life with her assailant?
In what form are expressed the wailings
of the mother when her beloved son is
brought home a lifeless corps? How the
anger of a man who has been called a
"liar" or had his jaws boxed? Did any
one ever hear such emotions expressed in
poetry? "Would not poetry in the first and
last cases be ludicrous in the extreme,
j and in the other two, pitiable and an evi?
dence of mental aberration? Tet, arc
not these all cases of "exceptional emo?
tion," nay, the most intense emotion?
i Now if we follow the lover home, wheth?
er accepted or rejected, we will doubtless
find him shaping his raptures or his mis?
eries in verse. But are his emotions now
as intense as while proposing? So the
mother, after her transports of anguish
have passed away, may find relief for her
broken heart by expressing her grief in
rhyme and rythm; but would any one say
her emotion was not as deep as when she
first beheld the mangled remains of her
I beloved?
I conclude then that the mo?t intense
emotions are never expressed in poetry.
Nor is it difficult to see the reason for
this. Every language has a certain word
which will express a particular thought or
feeling more aptly than any other word.
So, too, when words are put in sentences,
one certain relative position of the
words will express the thought or
emotion more aptly than any other
relative position. But poetry requires
the transpositon of words and often
the selection of other words in or?
der to get the rhyme and rythm. In the
nature of things, therefore, one can not ex?
press in poetry, his thoughts cr feelings
so clearly and forcibly as he can in prose.
Again, the ability to transpose and se?
lect new words so as to produce rhyme is
an art which lew possess. With the ma?
jority who do, it is acquired only after
! years of practice, and while with some it
j seems a gift of nature, it is nothing more
than a faculty inherited from ancestors
who have acquired it by practice. To
transpose, to select, requires time, and
objective action of the mind. The
expression of the most intense emotion
is spontaneous, mechanical, instantane?
ous with the emotion felt. There is no
time for the transposition of words nor
the selection of others, and the mind is
too busy with the emotiou to engage in
the objective process of selection and
transposition. If one takes time to ar?
range, transpose or select, it is indisputa?
ble eviducc that his mind is engaged part?
ly with the objective consideration of the
effect his expression will have; and not
wholly occupied with the emotion itself,
and, therefore, evidence that the emotion
is not the most intense. And here we see
I why laughter from the maiden would
greet the lover's verse of pretended pres?
ent emotion. But why would she laugh at
the poem of love written and sent her and
read in the absence of the writer? If we
enquire into this closely I think we will
j begin to get at the real difference between
j prose and poetry. Orally expressed pas?
sion, in verse, would, as we have seen,
I be more or less a pretense, a sham, and
would excite derision, as all shams do.
But when one write*, whether prose or po?
etry, he does not pretend to be wholly en?
grossed with the emotions he attempts to
I express. He is expressing preseut emo?
tion, produced by remembrance of past
sensation. Necessarily the mere act of
writing presupposes recollection, reflec?
tions; and, if for one purpose, why not for
another? Why not for the purpose of
deciding upon the most beautiful, as well
as the most apt,*words and phrases? As
there are no pretense that this is not
done, a written love verse is not nccesari
lv rediculous. "V
From these considerations I think that
a better definition of the difference be?
tween prose and poetry would be this:
Prose is the language men use when ex?
pressing themselves without emotion, and
when expressing emotions, whether slight
or intense, which are the direct and im?
mediate results of sensation and is the
better vehicle for the expression of exact
thought and definite ideas, whether emo
tiodl or otherwise. Poetry is used only
when expressing secondary emotions
which result from remembrance of past
sensations and only when the desire is to
please the fancy rather than the intellect,
and is the better form for such expres?
sions where the thought is not exact and
it is intended to leave much to the imagi?
nation of the bearer.
I believe that history shows that poet?
ry was more iu vogue in ancient times
and the middle ages, aud even down' to
the present century, than it is to-day. A
century or even fifty years ago, "spread
eaglism" was considered the perfection of
oratory. Now a "spread eagle" orator
meets with ridicule aud empty benches.
The iutellect of the present generation
demands ideas, not sound or bombast. If
the idea is there, clearly expressed, iiis
pleaded, regardless of the sound, and if
the idea is absent, it is not pleaded, no
matter how beautiful the sound.
But the sound Is not obectfon
able, provided it be in harmony
with the thought. But how seldom is this
the case? Aud when not in harmony, al?
though the thought may be beautiful, and
the sound in itself, beautiful, the combi- i
nation destroys the beauties of both. It!
is like a beautiful woman bedecked with
a dozen rings, bracelets, pins and car
rings. She and her jewelry are each
beautiful in themselves, but the true ar?
tist prefers the woman, without the jewel?
ry and the jewelry without the woman.
"Mixed drinks produce headache."
I think that the field for poetry has in
the last century been limited to very nar?
row bounds aud that it will in the future
be more circumscribed. lu fornter times
an advocate might grow eloquent and
even shed tears over a dead hog; now such
pretended emotion would surely lose
his client's cause. Juries now-adays will
not, without impatience, allow an appeal
to rheir emotional natures unless the sub?
ject befit therefor. And so the would
be-poet or orator must select,a subject fit
naturally for emotional feelings, else he
will surely fail. Do noTunderstand me as
contending that the day for oratory has
passed or ever will pass away. Far from
it. The heart, the feeling, of the man of
to-day is far more intense than that of his
barbaric ancestor. His love, his hatred,
his pity, grief, remorse, anguish, joy and
misery, are far greater, more keenly felt,
and more durable; and as long as this is
so, his feelings are not so easily aroused
as formerfy; but when aroused, the results
are greater and more permanent. Did
you ever go to a funeral in the country?
If you did, you doubtless saw half the
congregation In tears and were almost
distracted by their agouizing lamenta?
tions. Old women and young, boys and
girls, who perhaps had never seen or heard
of the deceased, crying as if their hearts
would break. Follow them from
the ceremony, observe them after
they have left the burial. In a few hours
their tears have ceased and their heart?
rending moans and groans have given
place to merry laughter.
Observe, on the other hand, the deco?
rum at a funeral of one of the elite in a
city. There are many strangers present
Are they affected by the ceremony ? They
do not appear to be and, indeed, they arc
not. Perhaps not a sound or a sob is
heard in all the vast assembly. Has this
man, who lies in yonder casket, no friends,
no relatives, none who love him, none to
mourn his death? Is Le thought less of
than his negro servant who was buried
yesterday? Look again. Who is that lit?
tle woman standing by the grave, her face
hidden by her veil of crape? Who the
old lady with the gray hair standing by
her side? Who the old man with bending
form and tottering step, who looks upon
the scene as if his time were coming next?
The one is the widow, the other the moth?
er, and the last the father. Do these feel
no emotion? Perhaps there is not a tear;;
certainly no wild, loud lamentions for vul?
gar ears. But follow them home. Ah!
what a bitter day! When will smiles and
laughter come to theso faces? when will
joy fill the hearts of these again? Per?
haps in months, perhaps iu years, may bo
In ever.
In short, our feelings have increased in
intention and decreased in expansion',and
this same increase and decrease will con?
tinue so long as man advances. Aud so
likewise will the number of opportunities
for the orator and poet decrease, but
those few that do come will be greater
and greater as time rolls on.
IJ. F. Bullitt, Jr.
Three Hundred Employees Arrested.
More than three hundred employees of
the New Mexico division of the Santa Fe
railroad have been arrested in Colorado
and New Mexico for stealing goods in
transit, and as many trainmen have de?
serted their trains on the prairies and fled
to avoid arrest, and the company is hav?
ing difficulty in keeping its cars iu motion.
Forty thousand dollars worth of freight
has been stolen during the last thirty
days and the stealings during the past
year are estimated at $150,000
The boldness of the thieves almost
passes belief. Trains would be stopped
at some lonely side-track between La
Junta, Col., and Raton, N. M., ostensibly
to pack hot boxes, cars opened and rifled
of their most valuable contents and the
goods hauled to town in wagons at con?
venient times.
Seals on cars were opened in such a
manner that they cold be replaced with?
out evidence of tampering, making it a j
hard matter to dermiue on* which division
the cars had been opened, as tbey pass
through the hands of ten or twelve train
crews between Chicago and California.
For many months the company has missed
large quantities of the most valuable mer?
The Secret Service Dcpartinen has been
quietly at work and has secured evidence
that will convict many employees in all
branches of the service.
Detectives are scattered all along the
'line for 300 miles south of Lajuna. Search
warrants have been sworn out and deputy
sheriffs are kept busy searching the
houses of'snpected parties, and in many
cases considerable quantities of the goods
arc being recovered.
One engineer has his house carpeted
with elegant velvet carpet aud was living
in style befitting a millionaire. A stolen
sewing machine was found at the house of
a brakuman, and nearly everything in the
house, from the napkins to Brussels car?
pet anti the elegant parlor furiture, had
come from the cars.
The aggregate of the stealing from
freight, trains on the New Mexico Division
of the Santa Fe Railroad is now placed at
$300,000. Arrests of trainmen, station
agents, telegraph operator)*, car sealers
and others continue, and the jails at Trini?
dad, La Junta, Raton, Albuqnerqe and
Las Vegas are crowed with prisoners.
It is given out that almost a clean sweep
will be made. Friends of the prisoner*
assent that the charges are brought
against them in order to break up their
unions and till their places with non-nn?
ion men.
Several of the arrested men, it is under
I stood, have made a clean breast of ?11
I they know of the robberies and will trofi
j fy against the other thieves..
(Pout** Kfjutar COTre-pondcrnt.;
Vtsamyaros, Feb. 27,1883. '
Editor Post :
The U. 3* Senate bns been credited
with never doiug anything hastily, but,
unless those <ti3uaUf well - iu^?wned are
entirely wrong there has been a lightning
change in the sentiment of quite a number
of Sen?t?rs towards tne'trealy for'Ifi^ihv
negation of Hawaii. Ten days ago the
opposition to the ratification to the treaty
Appeared to be insignificant; to-day it is
regarded as having sufficient strength to
have "hung up" the treaty for this ses?
sion. It requires two-thtrds of the Sen?
ate to ratify, and n-firiy* believe that it
would be impossible if a vote were taken
to get even a majority in favor.of ratifi?
cation. Politics have apparently nothing
to do with the opposition, although with
the exception of Senator Morgan of Ala?
bama, who is one of the Behring Sea ar?
bitrators and who consequently had to
leave for Europe before the matter was
settled, no democrat, is ?trongly in favor
of immediate actioii on the treaty, ' Scu
atbr'Allison of Iowa, heads-the republican
opposition, which includes some of those
Senators popularly known as anti-Hagr
rison men. Only a small fraction of the
opposition is based upon dislike, to annex?
ation; the most of it appears to'come
from those who believe thatit wHfbc bet?
ter to go a little slow in this matter, now ?
that it is in such a shape that there Is little
danger of a foreign country picking up
Hawaii. It is, therefore, doubtful wheth?
er the treaty will'be acted on at this ses?
? The populfsts Representatives are right
in the fight now being made in the House
against Sherman amendment to the^Suu
dry Civil bill, authorizing the Secretary
of the Treasury to issuej $50,0?G\000 in 3
per cent gold bond's, to' which they and
many of the silver men arc unalterably
opposed. The greatest interest is center?
ed in this tight, because, if there is no
compromise or back down on either side
it is bound to result in the failure of the
Sundry Civil litll, and consequently an
early extra session of Congress, the re- -
suit of which no man , is in a position, to
predict with even the remotest degree of
"A good bit of mis-infoVomation," said
a citizen of Atlanta, Ga., at present in
Washington, "has been given the coun?
try concerning my,fellow townsman, Hoke
Smith. He is constantly referred to as
an editor. He is no more an editor than,
he is a printer, or a blacksmith. He is
first a lawyer, and next a politician."'"Sev?
eral years ago he became.the owner!-of the
plant of an unsuccessful daily paper, *
which by a liberal expenditure of salaries
to men possessed of the know-now faculty
has been placed upon a self'sustaining
basis. His only connection with the pa
.pcr has been that of financial backer, and
I am quiet sure he never wrote a para?
graph for it, although he has, of course,
dictated its general political policy. Smith
is a delightful fellow to meet and will, I
think, become very popular in Washing?
It is not often that an office holder de?
clines a proffered promotion which carries
an increase of salary and high honor, but
that is just what Assistant Secretary .
Wharton, uow acting Secretary of State,
has done. President Harrison was will?
ing to nominate Mr. Wharton i? the va?
cancy made by the resignation of Secre?
tary Foster, who has gone to Paps to
take charge of the case of the United
States before the Behring Sea arbitration
tribunal, but Mr. Wharton said no. His
action is not remarkable, hpwever, under
the circumstances. If he became Secre?
tary of State he would be out of office the
moment that Judge Gresham qualified,
whereas he may continue to be Assistant
Secretary for a long time to come, as no
precipitate changes are ever made in the
Department of State. A great head has.
brother Wharton; he considers a $5,000
salary preferable to the empty honor of
Many of the prominent populists who
attended the meeting of the-bi-met??ie
league and of the reform press associa?
tion, held here last week, are still in
Washington, and some of them will re*
main to (he inauguration, getting pointers
for 1897, when General Weaver says they
expect to inaugurate a populist President.
President Harrison has issued a procla- -.
mat ion calling an extra session of the Sen*
ate of the Fifty-third Congress to meet at
noon on March 4, to act on the nomina?
tions made by President Cleveland and to
transact such other business as he may
present. The opposition to Judge Gres?
ham, which at one time threatened to
reach such proportions as to make a fight
on his confirmation probable, has entire*
ly died out, and it is now certain that no
objection will be made to the confirma?
tion of his nomination.
The usual exciting rush and general
huriv-burly of the. closiiig hours of Con?
gress has begun. It is uow the season
of shady Congressional jobs, and thecori
dora of the Capital are full of anxious
men, and; there are women also, interest?
ed in the "little bill," which they persist?
ently press upon the attention of Con?
gressmen at every opportunity. The great
majority of these people are doomed to
disappointment and, although it teems
almost cruel to sar it, few of them deserve
anything else,
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