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Circuit Court. Robert C. Jackson, judge; H. Bane Har man, clerk. Termsof court?1st Monday in April, -Hii Monday in August and 1st Monday in December. Comity Court. J. H. Stuart, judge; T. K. George, dork. Terms ofc >urt Tuesday after 3d Monday in each month. Officers. Jno. T. Barns.ConPth. Atty. Jno. W. Croekett.Sheriff. James Bandj.Deputy Sheriff. R. K. GiHespie.Treasurer. ; II. P. Brittain and H. (i. McCall.Deputies. R. S. Williams.County Surveyor, Address, Pounding Mill, Va. P. 11. Williams.County Supt. Schools, Address, Snapps, Va. THE Cii?eOHES. STRAS MEMORIAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH. Divine Service?First and Third Sun days of the month =>t i 1 a. m. andSp. m. Holy Communion?First Sunday at 11 a. m. Sunday school every Sunday at 9:30 ? m. A hearty welcome is extended to all. Rev, W. D. Buckxer, Rector. Methodist Episcopal Choren south. Public worship of God on the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11 A. M.,on the 2nd and 4th at 7:30 P. M. Meeting for prayer, Wednesdav at ~.')'K P. M. Sabbath School at 9:30 P.M. Meeting of Epwortb League each Mon? day itight at 7:30.,-the third Monday night of each month being devoted to literary work. A most cordial welcome is extended to all. Isaac P. MASTIX, P;iStor. Itoptist Church Services. Sunday school every Sunday at a. m; preaching 1st and'4th Sundaysat 11 a. m.,and on 1st and 3d Sundays at 7:30 p. in.; P.. Y. I'. U.every Monday a 7:30 p. m.; prayer meeting every Thursday at 7:30 p. m.; Missionary Society 2d and Ith Sun? days at 4 p. m. AH are invited to attend. .Strangers welcome. W. C. Foster, SECRET ORDERS. COMMANDERY, NO. 20, KNIGHTS TEMPLAR. XCLINCH VALLEY Meets first Monday in each month. JAMES O'KEEFFE, E. C. W. G. YOUNG, Recorder. O'KEEFFE LOYAL ARCH CHAPTER NO. 26. Meet1- second Monday in each month. IL W. O'KEEFFE, II. P. W. G. YOUNG, Secretary. TAREWELL LODGE, No. G2, A. F. & A. M. Meets the third Monday in each ' month. H. W. O'KEEFFE, W. M. W. G. YOUNG, Sec'y. BLUEGEASS LODGE, No. 142, l.O.O.F. Meets every Tuesday night. Lodge room over Pobst & Wingo s store. A. S. HlGGIXBOTUAM, N. G. II. K. Dodd, Sec'y. J. P?. Ceawfoed, S. P. (i. TAZEWELL EN? CAMPMENT, No. 17, I. O. O. F., meets ev? ery Wednesday night in hall of Rluegrass Lodge, No. 142. W. D. BuCKNER?C. P. A. S. HlGGIXBOTUAM, A. W. Landox, P. C. P. Scribe LAWYERS. AJ. as. i). MAY, ATTORNEYS at LAW, Taxe well. Va. Practice in the courts of Tazewell couuty anil in the Coon of Appeals at Wytheville, Va. funicular attention paid to the collection ol claims BARNS Ss BARNS, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, Taze well, Va. Practice in the courts of Tuxewell county, Court of Appeals at Wytheville and the federal courts at Abingdon. t'.'J. Burns, John T. Barns. CHAPMAN & GILLESP1E, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, Tazewell, Va. Practice in nil the courts of Tazewell county and Court of Appeals al Wytheville. J. W". Uiapmuu A. P. Gillespie. frjLTON <fc COULLING, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, Taax-uell, Va. Practice in the courts of Tuze ?well eonnty. S. M. B. Coaling will continue his practice in all the courts of Buchanan county. .1. H Fulton. Wytheville, Va. S. M. B. fouling, Tazewell, Va. GRKEVKlt a GILLESPIE, LAWYERS, Tazewell, Va. Pra? ..? >- n the courts of Tftzeweil and ad oining counties. Office?Stnu building;. Edgar L. Greever i'.ur;i> Gillespie. J1JKO. W. ST ( LAI!:. ATTORNEY AT LAW WTazewcll,Va. Practices ia the courts of laze *vgl) and adjoining counties and in the Supreme Court of Appeals at Wytheville. Particular at? tention paid to the collection o: claims. Office? iiras building. HC. ALDERSON, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Taze ? well, Va. u ill practice in the courts of Taze? well county and the Court of Appeals ut Wythe? ville. CouectiDg a specialty. VINCENT I.. SEXTON, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Tazeueil. Va. Will practice in the courts oi Tazewell and adjoining counties. Particular at? tention paid to the collection of cluims. Office in itras building. WR SPRATT, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Rieh ? lands. Va. Practices in the courts of Taze ivell and adjoining counties. Prompt attention paid to the collection of claims. i H. STUART, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Tazcw JtVu. Land titles in McDowelland Logan coun? ties. West Virginia, a special!v. Oilice in Siros ouilding. HENRY A GRAHAM, LAWYERS. Tazewell, Vo. Office in building near (,'oiirt House. R. R. Henry. S. C. Graham. B. W. Stras. I have for sale three Poland-China boar pigs; farrowed Oct. 29, '96. These pigs are thorough? bred, and pedigree fur? nished with each sale. Write for prices. A . JT- MAY, JR? J ZU Im of ti>e I "Carl of emr g ? | #AW,MA?AW.VA*^ /^X Tire ?tb of August T embarked \J on board the ship '"Karl of Eldon," of London, 600 tons, Cnpt. Theaker, at Bombay, with a view of returning to my native land on furlough. She waa one of the finest and strongest ships in the trade, and any insurance might have been had on the chances of her success? fully resisting' the winds and wares. She was laden with cotton. The num? ber of individuals on board were in? cluding three ladies and an infant and the captain and hl3 crew. It unfortu? nately happened that the cotton had been brought on board in a damp state, not being dried at the warehouse pre? viously to being put on board, and it seems not unlikely that the fire damp may have been generated within. In the same manner as in a haystack when it has been stacked damp. On the 26th of September, after a scries of bnfiling winds and calms, and heavy rain with squalls of wind, wcgot into seven degrees 27 minutes south latitude; and the trade wind appeared to have fairly caught hold of our sails. We began now to anticipate our arrival at the Cape. On the morning of the 27th I rose early (about half past five) ' und went on deck. I found one of my fellow passengers there, and wc per? ceived a steam apparently arising from the forc'hatehways. I mentioned at the time to TT- that. I thought it might be caused by fire damp. and. if not im- I mediately cheeked, might become fire. The captain came on deck, and I asked him what it was; he answered steam, and that it was common enough in cot ton-loaded ships when the hatches were opened. I said nothing, but the smoke becoming more dense and beginning to assume a different color. I began to j think that all was not right, and also that he had some idea of the kind, BS I saw the carpenter cutting holes in the deck just above the place whence the smoke appeared to come. I went down to dress, and about half past six the captain knocked at my door r.nd told me that part of the cotton was en fire, and he wished to see all the gen? tlemen passengers on deck. \Vc accord? ingly assembled, and he then stated the case to be this: That some part of the cargo appeared to have, spontaneously j ignited, and that he purposed removing j the bales until they shonld discover the j ignited ones and have them thrown j overboard, as well as those which ap? peared to be in the same damaged con? dition: and that it being necessary, in his opinion, to do this, he deemed it his duty to lay the case before us. We of j course submitted everything to his ! judgment, and he ordered the hands to, | j breakfast ns quickly as possible, and to , ! work to discover the source of the fire, j After breakfast he said there did not appear to be any Immediate danger. | However, about eight o'clock the j smoke became much thicker and began | to roll through the after hatchway, ! the draught having been admitted for- I ward in order to enable the men to work. Several bales were removed, but the heat began to be intolerable below, and!the smoke rolled out in suiTocating volumes; and before nine o'clock we dis? covered thai part of the deck had caught fire, which obliged' the men to discon? tinue their labors. The captain then ordered the hatches to be battened down, with a view to keep the fire from bursting out. and to hoist out al! the boats and stock them in case of ne? cessity. This was done, and about half past one the three ladies, two sick pas? sengers, an infant and a female servant were put in the longboat, with 210 gal? lons of water. 20 gallons of brandy and biscuit for a month's consumption, to? gether with such pots of jam antPpre served meats as we could get at. and the day's provision of fresh and salted meat. It was now about two o'clock; the hatches were then opened ar.d all hands set to work to endeavor 1o extinguish the fire. The main hatchway being lifted and a tarpaulin removed, there was a sail underneath which was so hot that the men could hardly remove it. When they did the heat and smoke cams up worse than ever, and it being now known from inspection that the firo was underneath that- part, orders were given to hoist out the uppermost bales In order to get at those that were burning underneath. But when the men laid hold of the lashings to intro? duce a crane-hook they were found to have been burned through beneath and came away in their hands. The case now appeared bad indeed. However, we cut a bale open and tried to remove it by handfuls, but the smoke and heat became so overpowering that no man could stand over it, and water in the j quantities we dared to use it only ! seemed to increase it, for had the cap? tain ventured to pump water into the ship sufficient to extinguish the fire the bales would have swelled so much as to burst open the deck. Under these circumstances, perceiv? ing the case to be utterly hopeless, the captain called us together on the poop and asked if anyone could propose any expedient likely to avail in extinguish? ing the fire and saving the ship. As in that case, said he, we will stick by her while a hope remains. It was unani? mously agreed1 that all had been done that could be done; the men had been most arduous in their exertions, but one and all seemed positively decided that the case was hopeless. The heat was increasing so much that it became ?angerous to leave the poop; the cap? tain therefore requested the gentlemen to get into the boats; next he embarked his men, and at three o'clock he himself left the ship, the last man who did so, just as the flames were bursting through the quarter deck. We then put off the two boats, towing the longboat. The progress of the ship had been pre? viously stooped by backing her yards, end when we were about a mile from her she was in one blaze and her masts began to fail in. Between eight and nine o'clock all her masts had fallen in and she had burned to the water's edge; suddenly there wasa bright flash, followed by a dull and heavy explosion, the lire having reached the powder. For a few seconds the splinters and flaming fragments glittered in the air and then all was darkness, for the waters had Closed over the "Karl of Eldon." Sad was the prospect now before us! There were in the longboat the captain and 20 persons, including an infant four months old; the size of the boat 23 feet long by 7','a broad; inj each of the others ten individuals, including the officer in charge. Oue of the boats had some bags of biscuit, but the chief provision was in the long boat. We were, by rough calcu? lation about 1,000 miles from Rodriguc and 450 from Diego Garcias, the largest of the Chogos islands; but to get there we must pass through the equally lati? tudes wo had just left, and be subject to variable winds and heavy weather or calms, neither of which wc were pre? pared to resist. Seeing, then, that our stock of food was sufficient, we deter? mined on trying for Rodriguc, and, hav iuir humbb',committcd otrcsshres to U>? gunmuve or mat Providence In whom nlonc we had hope, we accomplished rig? ging the boats, end got under snil. On the third day of our boat navigation the weather began to threaten a change, but as we were in the trade we did not apprehend foul or contrary winds. In the course of the night it blew fresh with rain; we were totally without shelter, and the sea dashing its spray over us drenched us and spoiled pome of our biscuit. The weather grew worse, and one of our small boats. In which were. Mr. Simpson, the second mate, with nine others, was *?pllt by the sea. She came alongside, und wo put the car? penter Into her, "who made what repairs ho couid, but with little hope that- they would answer, We then proceeded to fasten a spraycloth of canvas along our weather gunwale, having lashed a bam? boo four feet up tli?> most and Uxed it on the intersection of two Btancheons, at the same height above the stern; the spraycloth was firmly lashed along so as to form a kind of penthouse roof. Toward evening it blew hard, and, not thinking the other damaged bout safe, we took in the crew and abandoned her. We were now 30 persons, stowep) na thick as we could lx>, and obliged to throw over nil superfluities, and we had not more than eight inches of clear gunwale out of the water. Wot, gloomy and miserable, the night passed away; at last the day broke, and though the weather was still very bad. I again felt hope, which had never entirely for? saken me, that we would still weather the storm. During the last night tho sea hud broken rludit over us more than once: one sea enme roaring down, and "while I held my breath with horror It broke right over mir stern, wet the poor ladies to their throats and carried away the steersman's hat. The captain then erlcd out In a tone calculated to Inspire us with confidence: "That's nothing! it's all right; bale away, my boys!" ITo. never expected us to live out the night, but harassed as ho. was j both in mind and body he gallantly stood up, and never, by word or deed, betrayed a feeling that might tend to fink our hopes. De stood on the bench that livelong nip;ht. nor did he ever at? tempt to sleep for nearly 49 hours. Later the weather began to moderate, ant] we enjoj'cd a comparative degree of comfort. We had three small meals of biscuit and some little jam, etc., and three half pints of water per day. with brandy if we liked It. The men had one gill of spirits allowed them daily. Thus wo had enough for necessity, and I in? cline to attribute) to our having no more the good state of bodily health we en? joyed. The ladies were most deserving compassion and praise, and never ut? tered one single word like repining or complaint. On the eleventh evening wc began to look out for Rodrigue; the- captain told us not to be too sanguine, ns his compass was not to l>e depended on after the rough treatment it had met with. The night fell, and T went forward to sleep. About dawn I was awakened by the cry that land was ahead. 1 looked and saw nothing through t lie mist. An instant after I informed the captain that I could see no land every person in that boat, was awake. Every eye was strained in the direction the captain indicated. Some thought they could see land; others had their visions blurred by phantom ships, and finally the tears from their overexerted eyes shut out their vision to such an extent that their Imagination ceased to not. "Where is it?" "What is it?" "I can't sec anything." and dozens of similar questions were asked in as many sec? onds. Daylight was now asserting Itself a little more, and the captain had the boat brought to, and she drifted about for an hour. Rodrigue appeared right ahead, distant about six miles, and by eight o'clock we were all safely landed. A fisherman who came off to show us the way through the reefs received us In his house and proceeded to feed v.3, und. In the meantime, sent to tell the people of the island of our arrival. Two pf them came down immediately, and, having heard our story, said that we had been most miraculously preserved. Every arrangement was made for our comfort, and during the period of our stay at Rodrigue we were treated with such invariable kindness and attention as demands from us the fullest expres? sion of our pratitudo toward those to whom we arc under so many obliga? tions, without forgetting our para? mount obligations to that Power by whom we were preserved through all the dangers that had surrounded us.? N. V. Ledger. ENGLISHMAN ON BASECALL. Uamo Seemed ? Dastardly Attaeb on the Dataman. The game throughout seems to be a dastardly assault with intent cn the batsman, who, armed with a police? man's slick, or waddy, or club, or what? ever it is called, sets himself up, within a defined area, which looks like the ace of diamonds, to be. cock-shied at by a long, strong man who can project a ball with unexampled violence, at the same time imparting to the missile a dispo? sition to dodge and curve and twist, and ultimately land on the batsman's short ribs by false pretenses. However, I the batsmen seem to have inured them- j selves to these brutal attacks, and they j await the onslaught with commendable fortitude. A ball that to the uniniti-I ated spectator looks like carrying away large portions of the striker's anatomy ' is nearly always deftly and unexpect- j edly smitten below the vest and wiped right out. Another feature of the game, which lends excitement to the whole under? taking, is the wild scramble for bases. When the runner starts out to cover his 90 feet his chief anxiety Is to land on the next pad before the ball, which is invariably heading in the snmc di? rection at top speed, as the boys don't stop to blow on it when it comes In bot. These contending elements give vivacity and spirit to the game, which is never at greater pitch than when a runner finishes a brilliant-run by plung? ing forward and finishing the rush by sliding gracefully in on his car or nose. Then, too, the ubiquity of the fielders is an amazing thing. Indeed, the man? ner in which the scientific fielder man? ages to be here, there and over "be yant" at one and the same time is the most remarkable thing In contempo? raneous history. I was glad to notice the enthusiastic plaudits which rent the air when a genius succeeded in chasing an escaped ball 100 yards or so, falling over it twice, finishing the run on his hands and catching the recal? citrant globe with his feet, or a per? formance to that effect. Baseball Is a spirited affair; It is alive from start-to finish, like football; it does not give one time to grow old; it does not wear on the spectator like a lingering illness, as cricket is apt to do when two stonewallers arc In. If a man should perchance go to sleep he does so at the risk of his life, nnd In case of death there is every prospect of the Insurance company refusing to hand over the monej-, on the plea of contributory negligence. These are my first crude impressions of the game. Maybe time will play the part of disillusicnizer and rob me of my present realistic attitude toward the snort. Later on I exDeet to find ar tistic subtleties, fascinating nuisances, exhilarating delights surrounding the game, but that time will come when the professional ceases from professing and the curver curves no more.?Boston Transcripts HOW CONTAGION SPREADS. a ?; Cnrw nml Hotel Ilodroom? Fruitful Sonreea. It i3 a mistake to suppose that the microbes of contagious diseases sail through the atmosphere like thistle? down on a summer breeze; they are great colonizers and onitbreed the En? glish sparrows, but they are birds of short flight and rarely cross a river or penetrate a screen of clustering foliage. The contagion of such diseases as yellow fever, Influenza and smallpox is communicated either directly by the breath or touch of Infected individuals or ind irectly by Infected clothing or the atmosphere of stuffy rooms, cabins or street cars that have been occupied by persons In a far-developed stage of the disorder. Standing in a market crowd persons of deficient disease-resisting abilities may inhale the contagion in the open air; but in walking rapidly along a sidewalk or public promenade the risk is very small. In influenxa (grippe) epidemics public schools often become veritable hotbeds of contagion. At country resorts they may happen to meet refugees from the centers of contagion, and for similar reason fam? ily flights to the highlands arc apt to defeat their purpose. In warm weather ua elevation of anything less than 4,000 feet can oiler no guaranty of sal? vation, and crowds of idlers, congre? gating on the veranda of a country ho? tel, will gossip to compensate the lack of better pastimes, at the risk of ex? changing assortments of microbes as well as of anecdotes. Railway cars, too, often become peri? patetic hatcheries of contagions disor? ders. The air is liable to be rcinfected at every station. In spite of all pre? cautions the carpets get defiled with the sputa of consumptives. The cush? ions, curtains and pillows are impreg? nated with the contagion of half a dozen different fevers. In ill-ventilated bedrooms the case may be even worse. Reaching a hotel late at night travelers may resign themselves to the inevitable when the clerk assures them that he has given them the best of the vacant dormitories, and trying to let in the cool night wind they are apt to discover that their only window opens upon a dead wall, close enough to be touched with an um? brella. Fatigue makes them drowse uway in a temperature of perhaps 00 degrees Fahrenheit; and In that sleep of exhaustion what microbes may come? ?Felix L. Oswald, in Chautnuquan. A PRETTY HOME. It la Something That Every Wumiiti Wnnts. The deftness of woman's fingers en? ables her 'to turn and twist the things that nre old into decorations that arc new and lovely in effect. She can select harmonious colors when she buys inex? pensive furnishings, and so tone the as? pect of her home that rest and ease may welcome every new visitor; she may be? come, so essential to the happiness of each child in the home that its first in? quiry when returning from play or from school will be "is mother home?" She may live her young years over again with the loving childhood about her, if she will share the joys and sor? rows of her boys and girls. To every woman a home is essential, whether it may be her own or .somebody elsc'a.' But wherever she lives it is light that hhe should bring the heart into her life. Love begets love, and wherever it Is present the joys of daily life coun? terbalance the ills. How to make a home? Why, let the. two who build it be of one mind?that It is to be the happiest spot in the' whole earth. Include in your desire not only the purpose to make yourselves happy, but to brighten the lives of t very-body else. And be sure to keep your windows open to the sunlight. Ho many limes the best rooms in our homes are treated as If they were too good for everyday life. And their chill and discomfort when experienced by an unexpected guest make her dream of "cellar-damp and creeping things." Let life in-thehomehefree and easy and yet orderly. But do not despair if the Bticks of wood piled for use in the par-. | lor fireplace are not perfectly straight and just the right length. And do not feel it a duty to brush the carpet each time a neighbor calls to see you, else you will become the victim to a dust? pan and brush!?X. Y. Ledger. Where lie Worked. Tho prisoner was making his appear ar.ee before the magistrate for the hun? dredth time. "Well," said the magistrate, "you here again?" "Yes, your worship," responded the prisoner. ? "What's the charge?" "Vagrancy?same as before, your j worship." "It seems to me you are here about half your time." "Fiather more than less, your wor? ship." "Well, what do you do it for? Why don't you work?" "I do, your worship, more than half my time." "Ah. now," said the magistrate, sur? prised, "if you can tell me where you have ever worked I'll let you off." 'In prison, your worship," smiled the prisoner, and the court kept its word.?The Riva!. Good Jellr. Lemon and orange jelly nre pretty and toothsome served together. Al? though some cooks make these dishes so stiff with gelatine that they are leathery, it is usually considered really nicer to see a quivering, unformed mass of jelly rather than n molded form In any device, if the latter calls for that unappetizing thickness of the materi ?ujs employed.?X. Y. Post. _ Strong Champion A Mother Whose Child Was Saved from Suffering Had Jnflammatory Rheumatism and Screamed with Pain. " One of my children was helpless with inflammatory rheumatism and rheumatic fever. He had been in a bad condition for five- weeks, and Bcrcamed nearly ali the time with pain. Medicine seemed to do him no good. One evening my hus? band suggested that a good blood purifier was what Was needed. He purchased a bottle of Hood's Sarsaparilla and began giving It to him. From that time he im? proved rapidly and soon he was able to attend school and could walk quite a dis? tance. He has never since had an attack of this kind. I have given Hood's to other members of my family, and find it ensures good health. I am a strong champion of Hood's Sarsaparilla." Mrs. C. 8. Flktchek, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Hood's Sarsaparilla Is the best?in fact the Onu True Blood Purifier. M A* r^;|j are purely vegetable, ro liOOCl S KlHS 11^, beucficlak 20c. GltflJiG hw ? show. ? BT FRANK H. SWEET. f \ LD Farmer Brownlee was moving \J slowly across Iiis big onion field, lie was on bis handfl and knees, and his head was bent low so that his near alghtedeyes could distinguish the weeds among the tiny, upright onion points. Now and then he raised himself wearily, LTls back was too old and rheumatic for such work, and he wished that one of his boys had chosen tobe n farmer in? stead of a business or professional man. When at home they had taken all such work ns this from him, but now the last one of them was packing his trunk for the cltj*, and hereafter he must do his own chores and onion weeding. Well, he would not complain; the boys had bettered themselves, and that was what he most desired. When ho reached tho end of the row he straightened his shoulders with a sigh of relief. Then a look of surprised Inquiry came Into his face, lie thought he knew every boy in the neighborhood; but there, from the topmost rail of his zigzag fence, a ragged, unknown boy of 12 or 13 was regarding him earnestly. As he looked up the boy grinned concll latingly. "What Is thorn things you're so care? ful 'bout tendin', mister?" he asked. Farmer Brownlce's face darkened. The idea that anyone could be so ig? norant as not to recognize growing on? ions never entered his head. "Xone of your sass, boy," be said, angrily; "an'just suppose you git down off that fence. Fust you know there'll be a rail broke, or suthin'." The boy s.prangnimbly to the ground; but It was on the inside of the fence and not on the outside, as the old man had Intimated. "I'd like awfully well to know what they be, mister," he said, ns he bemt down to examine the green, nccdle-liko points. "I've been watchin' you a long time, an' 'sposc likely they're some ex? tra fine posies, you're so careful of 'em. But 6ay, if you don't mind. I'd like to try a row of 'em across. I b'lleve I can do It." The look of anger on Farmer Brown lce'3 face became one of astonishment. A boy anxious to weed onions! nnd not know what they were. Two phenome? na that made him almost speechless.. Llis boys had always been willing to do the work for him, but he could notTC member that cither of them had ever seemed anxious for the job. "Xot?know?onions! Well, that beats me!" Then a quizzical look came Into his face* I d'know's I mind you goln' across nnd back. I'll sit under this tree an' sort o' keep an oversight, You must be careful an' not pull up any onions. An' say," as the boy dropped on his knees astride one of the rows, "you haven't told me your namo j?et, nor where you come from." "Boy Cooper; un' I'm one of the fresh-air boys over at that farmhouso t'other side the hill." "Urn! yes; I b'lieve I did hear Sol Perkins speak of takln' some street boys for a week. Crazy idee, I thought It." For some minutes he watched the boy dubiously; then the uncertainty left his face and he leaned back comfortably against the tree. i "Mighty spry with his fingers, an' careful as one of my own boys," he thought, approvingly. "Do the work twice as fast as I can, If he Is a greeny. Cm! makin' of another good farmer lost in him, I s'pose." Here his eyes closed, and they had not opened when the boy came back on his second row. A sharp scrutiny, and then Bob turned to the third row and again wended his way slowly across the field. As he rr.se from the sixth row he heard the sharp clang of a bell. Going: to the old man, he touched him lightly on the shoulder.. "I gucis likely that's your dinrcr bell, mister," he said. "Dinner bell? Sho! sho! Tain't nine o'clock yet. I only- jest she* my eyes a minute." Tie glanced up at the sun, then down at the newly-weeded onions and his face lengthened into in? credulous astonishment. "Von don't mean you've weeded six rows! Why, that's much as my obstinate old back'll let me do in a whole day." Again the d.inner bell sounded. "Yes, that's for me, sure enough. Won't you come in an' eat with me?" "No; Mis' Perkins'll wonder where I've gone. But if you don't mind I'll come back soon's I've cat. I'd like to try them onions again." ".Mind! I should think not. I'm al? ways glad to run across such help." It was nearly half a mile to Solomon Perkins', but when the old man re? turned to his onion field he found Bob already there and well down in his sev? enth row. The}- worked until dark; then the old man took out his pocketbook. Bob &hook his head and grinned. "I don't want no iuoncy, mister; but if you'll Jet me come again to-morrow I'll be much obliged." "Come all you want to. There's plenty of work, an' we can settle when ive're through. But it seems sort of' hard for you to come down here on a vacation an' then work all the time." "Oh, that's all right; I like farm in';" and with a quick spring he was over the fence and running across the field. , It took three days to weed the f.nions. nnd when they were finished the old man again took out his pockct hook. but again Bob shook his head. The old man looked perplexed. "Come, come, boy take the money." ne urged. "I don't want nobody to work for tne for r.othin'. You've aimed it, every cent." Hob shufilcd his feet nnd looked nt the old man sideways. "I didn't come for no money," he said; "but there's something else. Baa?has my work suited?" "Yes; good work's I ever bad. I'd like to hire you for a year." The boy's eyes sparkled. "An' would you be willin* to hire a man, too?" he asked, eagerly; "one who could work lots better than me?" "No, I haven't work for two hands." The eager countenance fell. "I thought maybe you would," and Bob began to climb over the fence de? jectedly. "We wouldn't ask much wages, an' we'd work like anything." "Is he some of your folks?" ".My dad." "U'm! Well, there'll be no trouble about work, I guess. Good1 hands are scarce, an' your father could git plenty to do In the neighborhood. Perkins hires help, nn' so does Brown an' Thompson. I've got nn old house that I'll rent to }-ou cheap, an' you can move in any time you like an* go to work. I'll keep you stiddy?an' be mighty glad to git rid of onion weedin'," grimly. But Bob's face did not brighten ns he expected. "I don't b'lleve dad would come, 'cept !hc was sure of gettin' work," he said. "We went out in' the country last Summer an' trigd, \q\& pf farms, Jbufc nobody would hire him. Dad said he wouldn't try again." Then, in answer to a look of incredulty, he added, with a sudden flush coming into his face: "You see, it's just this way. Dad's the best man in the world, an' he's a splen? did worker; but ho's that easy like an' pleasant he won't say no to nobody. He didn't drink any 'fore mother died, an' he often goes weeks without it now I?he did when I was sick last summer. Him an' me is all there is, an' some? times henries to give it up on my 'count; but most folks like him, an' there's ten whisky shops in sight of our door. 'Tain't easy for a man to go past all of 'em. Dad says he just can't do it. If wc lived way oil' in the country there might be some show." "If he only drinks now an' ng'in," eald the old man, reflectively, "it seems sort of strange that he can't git work' nowhere. I know a. good many- hired men who drink a little." Bob flushed and looked embarrassed. "You see, he?he can't stop when he once gets started," he explained; "he's so .awful easy an'?an' good-natured." "Urn! Drunk most of the time eh?" Bob remained silent, but shuffled his feet uneasily along the rails. "No, I don't want him," said the old man, decidedly; "I ain't reformin' drunkards." "He ain't no drunkard!" cried Bob. fiercely. "He's easy; an' we've lived al? ways among rumshops. He smells whisky just as soon as he stepson the street, an' there's plenty of men to give him a drink. He can't stop, but I tell you he ain't no drunkard. He ain't! he ain't! he ain't! I guess I know, for I'm 'most always with him. I sit up with him nights,an'I follerhim when he goes out. I wouldn't be here now, only he. went off with a lot of men for two weeks, an' I couldn't go 'long. I thought maybe there'd be a chance for us out here; an' I worked for you just as hard as ever I could, an' hope'd you'd be wlllin' to help me. give him a.show. He ain't no drunkard, an' he don't use no swear talk, an' he don't light. He never struck me in all my life?not once. Even if he does drink he's a good man. an' be aiu't no drunkard?no, not if nobody in nil the world will hire him." Farmer Brownlee's face had lost its severity during this explosion. Now lie laid his hand detaining!}' upon the boy's arm. "Xo, I don't be?eve your pa is all bad," he said, gravely; "an' maybe I said more than I meant. I'll think It over to-night, an' you come round ngaln in the mornln'. I once had a brother who must a-been some like your pa; but that's a long time ago. Well, good-night." Bob watched him until he was lost In the shadows, then he slipped down from the fence, and went across toward the Perkins farmhouse. In the morning lie was back again" long before Farmer Brownlee was astir. When the old man appeared he was ex? amining the beets and carrots. "Il'm! more weedin' for you," chuckled the old man. as he approached. "Well, about your pa. now'd you like to farm it a little for yourselves?" Bob looked at him wonderingly. "How can we?" he asked; "we ain't got no land." "I'll fix that. I can't hire you an' your pa both, but I've lots of idle land. I can let you have that house an' about ?10 acres round it for almost ncthin'; an' you can work the rent out. I'll hire you all the time, or both you an'your pa part of the time, an' you'll beab'e to git consider'ble work among the neigh? bors. Spare days you can work your own land. If you're careful, as 1 b'fieve you will be. you can lay up money. An' as for your pa, there ain't a liquor shop in nine miles. Does that suit?" Bob did not answer; but the look on his face made the old man's eyes twin? kle, then suddenly grow misty. "U'm!" he said, as he turned away, abruptly, "s'pose we go over an' look nt the house; then you can go to the Perkinses an' tell 'em you're goin' to stay with me after this. When it's time for your pa to git back you can go to the city an* bring him down.?X. Y. Independent. MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. ?At Tangent, Ore., a steam plow has been devised which the inventor thinks will plow 15 acres a day. ?Though for 50 years a lumberman and much of the time in the deer coun? try, a Machlas, Me., man never shot a ileer until this season. ?Mrs. J. F. Hostetter, of Suffolk, Va., was surprised recently to find a night blooming eereus flower wide open at 10:o0 o'clock in the monung. ?After letting a cut finger go un earcd for for a couple of days, a Calais, Yt., man had to have it amputated, and then fell a victim to tetanus. ?It is told of a woman who lives mid? way between Machias and Whitneyvillc, Me., places four miles apart, that she has not visited Machias for 10 years, or Whitneyvillc for 13 years. ?Pheasants, which hunters have pro? tected in recent years since a blizzard almost exterminated them, have been more plentiful this season in the Cum? berland region of Maryland than ever before. ?Officers found a speak-easy in the top story of a building at Durham, X. C, and discovered that the patrons did not climb to it, but had their liquor let down by means of strings to them on the ground floor. ?One of the athletic young women of San Jose, Cal., when a footpad grabbed her the other evening, struck liim a fist blow in the eye that took nil the enterprise out of him and enabled her to make her escape. ?The burial of n. colored veteran's body in the special G. A. B. plot at Hiawatha, Kan., so incensed the widow of a white commander of the post that she had her husband's body disintered and rcburied in a private plot. ?After cleaning his waistcoat with gasoline, n railroad brakeman of But : land, Vt., struck a match to light his i pipe, and the corduroy garment caught fire. The conductor smothered the flames by throwing a coat about the brakeman. ?In a Maine community where apples have been scarce this season and where normnlly the apple is the stapilc re? freshment at card parties raw carrots were served at a whist party the other bight and were pronounced most de? lectable. They Settled It Ontsiae. At a certain county court some time ago a case of the disputed ownership of a donkey was called on, when the learned judge suggested, in a friendly way, that the suitors?two costcrmon gers?had better "settle the matter out? side." Tho judge's kindly meaning j was apparently misunderstood, for in: the course of half an hour or so, during which the court was emptied of its usual audience, the plaintiff appeared, with two black eyes and a flattened nose, to announce triumphantly thatj he had knocked out the other party, and; to demandihis lordship's judgment In: his favor. As the other side consented to this course, judgment wns given ac-. cordingly, and the case will, no doubt, be cited in future as one of the latest instances of "Judicial Combat," or the. "Ordeal of Battle."?Tit-Bits. _! TRADE NEWS OF THE WEEK, Exports of Products Continue Surpris ingly Heavy Despite Raise in Price. New York, Feb. 4.?Ii G. Dun & Com? pany's weekly review of trade says: Actual pavements through Clearing houses in January made a remarkable showing, being much larger than in any previous mouth, :>6.3 per cent, larger than the same month last year and 7.G larger than in 185)2. The failures in January were smaller than in any previous year of which there is record and were probably smaller than in any other January since 1881. The statement by branches of business given this week shows a surprising gain in most departments of manufacture and trade. .Meanwhile the money market is as con Iii tent as ever; gold does not come from Europe in large amount only be? cause bankers lind it worth while to lend American money abroad, and the com? mercial balances are heavily in favor of the United state?, heretofore. Perhaps the most striking feature of the week has been the decline in wheat. With exports of 3,094,517 bushels, against 1,770,0-Hi last year, Hour included, from Atlantic ports, and 77G.8-10 from Pacific ports, against 844,343 bushels last year, the temper of the market has been weaker. The report of the Agricultural Department has had some influence, although its figures are not generally credited as reliable. The wheat market has turned largely upon the operations of Chicago specula? tors, but the fact remains that the price depends largely upon foreign needs and upon the comparative scarcity of American supply. The outgo of corn continues heavy, 3,798,786 bushels against 3,343,400 for the same week last year, and the excess over last year, when exports were much the greatest ever known, indicates a very heavy foreign demand. The spot prices of cotton remains un? changed, but the fact that receipts con? tinue larger than duiing the same week of 181)5, after the heaviest crop ever known, checks speculative operations for an ad? vance. The iron and steel manufacture i.~ steadily gaining in consumption of pig iron, although the production of the ma? terial is still in excess of immediate de? mands, but not enough to cause a decline in pit ices at Pittsburg or Chicago. Even the Southern producers are able to get a fair price at Chicago and at the East, and anthracite pig i>' unchanged. The demand for fiuiehed products has been very heavy, and includes for struc? tural works 5000 tons for the State Capi? tol building in Pennsylvania, 4?U? tons for the court house at Denver, 3000 tons for (he elevated railways at Chicago, and numerous small buildings in various parts of the country. The demand for car building has been very heavy, both at the Bast and West, and the plate demand greatly increased at the East on account of orders from shipyards. For plates the demand from tinplate works has been very active. The prospect of a combination of wire manufacturers has stimulated the demand and raised the price of wire rods. Of Connellsviile coke, 15,009 ovens are iu blast, with an output of 155,000 tons weekly, and the quoted price is 81.50 for furnace. Tin is quiet and steady at 13.S5 cents, with a visible supply, February 1, of 31,1-0 tons, against 32,332a year ago. Exports of copper in January were about ? 10,225 tons, against 9066 List year, and the price is held at 11 cents for lake. There is a better demand for cotton goods since the general stoppage of works at the East, but there is no indication as yet of material gain as respects unsold ; stocks on hand. In woolen goods the de? mand is altogether more satisfactory, an advance of about 20 per cent, being paid , on most grades of woolens and worsteds, , and nearly all the mills are active. The : sales of wool at the three chief markets ' were 6,361,400 pounds, of which 3,973,000 1 were domestic, against 13,563,700 last , year, of which 8,493,4000 were domestic. Failures for the week were 235 in the United states, against 311 last year, and 39 in Canada, against G3 last year. POINTED PARAGRAPHS. Shame seldom comes to a man unless he invites it. The airs of some people are of the cy? clone pattern. It's an ill win A that escapes and leaves a flabby tire. Irregular honesty is harder to manage than regular dishonesty. Marriage is a lottery in which the prize winners draw alimony. The doctor's bill is about the hardest dose the patient has to swallow. The stepping stone in front of a saloon leads to success?for the owner. The political machine can only be started by dropping dollars in the slot. An old maid says she loves cats because they are almost as treacherous as men. It is often a hard matter to convince a brass band that it isn't the entire process? ion. A writer says that brains will tell. Sometimes they do, and sometimes it is brains that keeps a man from telling. Some men tell their wives everything that happens, and there are others who tell them a great many things that don't happen. The woman who is continually lecturing her husband either considers him a fool or else she has forgotten that a word to the wise is sullicient.?Chicago "News." Mary Ellen Hogers is suing Volney Rogers for divorce at Ravenna, O., on the ground that havinglived with her for forty years he never took her anywhere, not even to church. One hundred and seven witnesses have been summoned to appear in the case. All the women will probably a?ree that Mr. Hogers was a real mean man. The last instance of boiling to death occurred in Persia in 1S90. The victim was found guilty of stealing State reve? nues. He was placed in a caldron of cold water which was slowly heated to the boil? ing point. In this country such offenders generally become bookkeepers in a peni? tentiary for a few years after being gently "roasted" by the newspapers. Prevent Pneumonia Prevention is always better than cure, even when cure is possible. But so many times pneumonia is not cured that prevention becomes tho natural act of that instinct of self preservatioii which is " the first law of nature." Pneumonia can be pre? vented and is often cured by the use of Averts Cherry Pectoral. "Some years ago I had a severe did and was threatened with pneumonia. I could neither eat nor sleep, ar.d was in a wretched condition. I procured a bottle of Ayer's Cherry Pectoral and took it according to tho directions, and at the end of fifteen dayswas as well and sound as before the attack. I have recommended it in many cases of pneu? monia since, and have never known it to fail in effecting a cure." JOHN HENRY, St. Joseph, La. "I was attacked with a cold that settled on my lungs, and defied the skill of my phy? sicians so that they considered me incurable. At last I began to use Ayer's Cherry Pectoral and was entirely cured after having taken two bottles." FRANCISCO A. SEVERIANO, Taunton, Mass. C&epry Pectoral is put up in half-size bottles at half price?50 cents. COMMISSIONER'S NOTICE. Geo. Buston, J. G. Buston and H. L. Buston, merchants and partners in trade ander the firm name and style of Huston & Sons; Geo. W. Yost, A. ii. W. Walton, trustee; J. S. Moss and J. A. Greever, merchants and partners in trade under the firm name and styie of .Moss iV Oiteerer; B. W. Stras, J. B. Ilankins,Thomas Hankms and 15. H. Baylor, late merchants and partners in trade under the firm name ami Style of J. Ii. Ilankins & Co.; R. it. Henry and S. C. Graham, law partners as Henry & Graham; J. W. Chapman and Jo I^ane Stem, trustees for the Columbian Building ec Loan Association, of Richmond, \'a.; Columbian Building & Loan Association, of Riebmond, Va.; Mary E. Warden, Jo? seph Warden, her husband; Robert L. Yost, W. W. Yost, John C. Yost and Elizabeth Yost. ^ Take notice: That on the 25th day of February, 1898, at the law oilice of 11. 0. Alderson, Tazeweli, Ya., I shall proceed to execute a decree of the Circuit Court of Tazewcll. county, entered at the December term. 1897, in the case of Boston it Sons against Geo. W. Yost et als, requiring me to take further proof and report any mat? ter required by aiw party to this suit. W. H. Aldebsox, Y. L Sexton 1 Commissioner. iL C. Alderson f p'q' J-:3-4t Belfast Mills. Va., Dee. S, 1S97. Messrs. Higginbotham & Kirby, Cedar Blulf, Va. Gentlemen: I wish to say that I have been having my wheat ground at your mill for the last year or more and have found your iiour derfectly satisfactory. I can truthfully say that it is the best flour 1 can'get; my deal? ings with you have been very pleasant and satisfactory. Yours truly, L. R. Worn. SEMIHARY FOR SALE. The valuable property known as the Tazewell Female Seminary is v for sale. It is a new and large building and located on one of the principal Streets of the town. It can be used for school or other purposes. For terms apply to GEO. W. ST. CLAIR, L.27-tf. Tazewcll, Va. Notice. 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