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RUSH BY BOERS AT ESTCO?RT. The Attacking Force Driven Back. ASTONISHED BY K?Y?L GUM. One Shot From That aod Several Long j Kange Volleys Caused Them to Retire Precipitately?White Repports All Well at Ladysmith. Estcourt, November 18.-1:40 p. in.? At 10 o'clock this morning the Boers at? tempted to rush Estcourt, but one shot from our naval gun, and several long range volleys fired by the Dublin Fusiliers sent them bpck precipitately. The Boers had several guns posted on surrounding kopjes, but our naval men apparently as? tonished them, and their guns were with draVn. TIDINGS FROM LADYSMITH. Estcourt, Natal, Friday, November 17. ?Evening ?A runner arrived here from Ladysmith today bearing dispatches from General White, who reports all well there. He adds that the Boer shells have no ef? fect. General White recently made a sortie | and drove the Boers from their gun posi? tion. The British did not lose a man. "The town is healthy. It is rumored that the Boers have oc? cupied the village of Weenon. 25 miles j hence. What advantage they hope to de? rive therefrom is not known. The bombardment of Ladysmith was continued almost daily with big guns. The Boers endeavored on Tuesday, November 14, to make a closer investment, but were repulsed, General White following this up with a sortie which drove the Boers from all their positions, with considerable loss. The Boers are reported to be eeriously Short of provisions. ^BOERS ANNEXING TOWNS. Orange River, Cape Colony, Wednesday, November 18.?General Methuen has de cided that the Kimberley relief column is to march in as light order as possible. Small bands of Boers are roaming in Griqual and West, annexing towns with out opposition. They have already taken possession of Barkley West and Douglass. A few police were captured at both places. Lorenzo, Marquez, Delagoa Bay, Friday, November 17.?The official Volkstemu re ports that the great bridge over the Tugela river near Colenso was completely des? troyed Wednesday, November 15th. The Boers are looking forward with great interest to the impending encounter, between Colenso and Estcourt, with the advancing British. About 600 burghers, with cannon, are guarding the Helpmakar Pass, 18 miles from Dundee, to baffle any strategical attempt to reoccupy Dundee by the Pietermaritzburg-Greytown route. BOER REPORTS FROM LADYSMITH. Lorenzo Marquez, November 18.?Be? lated dispatches from a correspondent with the Boers near Ladysmith, up to Tuesday, November, 14, are arriving here after be ing^lrictly censored at Pretoria. Commandant Weibach captured a man who reported that General White was wounded and had gone to Pietermartiz< burg, leaving General French in command, This, however, does not tally with the Transvaal's information. The prisoner also reported that the British forces were hiding in underground chambers in order to avoid the shells, and said there were about one thousand wouoded in the hos? pitals. General Joubert has been indisposed' but is better. Heavy fighting occurred between the Orange Free State troops and the British south of Ladysmith, during the morning of Tuesday, November 14. The result is not known. ANNEXING TERRITORY. Orange Free State Orders British Resi? dents to Leave or Become Burghers. London, Nov. 20.?A Stormberg special says Commandant Duplooy has proclaim? ed Albert District a part of the Orange Free State and ordered British residents to \ea.ve in fourteen days or become burgh? ers. }W? is announced that the command would proceed to East London. Other dispatches from that district indi? cate that though few colonial Dutch have joined the invaders, they openly express their sympathy, and unless the British act quickly numbers of the disaffected will join the enemy, at Aliwai on the north and Barkly on the east. A dispatch to the Central News from Pretoria says President Kruger is no long er confident of success but appears to be terribly worried. The dispatch says he fives like one isolated from the world. A telegram received at Lorenzo, Mar? quez, from Elandslaagte says Ladysmith ib completely invested. The second French gun has been placed on Bulwana Hill and every shot reaches the town. CAPTURE OF 0D0NEL. Captain Leon H?user Makes One of the Most Brilliant Coups of the Philippine War. Manila, Nov- 21.?Captain Leon H?us? er has made one of the most brilliant coups of the war in the capture of Odonel, a town in the mountains west of Capas. He made s quiet night march from Capa* and surprised the insurgent garrison, who surrendered with their arms. They numbered two hundred. Ten thousand rounds of ammunition and several tons of provisions were captured. One Filipino was killed, but there were no casualties amqng the Americans. 145 Years of successful business in paint?Devoe is the Uom* paint in existence. HABEAS CORPUS PROCEEDING. A Novel Case Heard and Determined by County Court. In our columns, recently, we eeveral times mentioned the habeas corpus proceeding of Mrs. Kate Campbell vs. W. W. Ruff, in which proceeding the petitioner was seek? ing to recover from the respondei t pos session of her children, who had been in ais custody since June, 1S93. The case lad been pending before Judge Stuart, of ;he county court of Tazewell, for about one nonth, and on last Thursday the trial was jegun before that court in vacation. Mrs. Jampbell, the petitioner, was represented >y Messrs. V. L. Sexton and H. C. Alder on and Col. A. J. May; and the Rev. W. iV. Ruff, the respondent, by Messrs. Geo. iV. St. Clair and A. P. Gillespie. A number of witnesses had been sum, noned by both parties and they were> uost of them, in attendance. The taking >f the evidence was commenced on Th?rs lay, and all that day and Friday, Saturday ind Monday of this week were occupied in he examination of the witnesses. The trial taking place in the law office )f JudgeStuait rendered it comparatively private, as many persons could not get nto the room On Tuesday morning the case was argued, m the facts and the law, by Col. May and Sir. Alderson for the petitioner, and Messrs. St. Clair and Gillespie for the re ipondent. The arguments on both sides vere strong from their different stand joints, but it seems to be conceded by all ,hat Mr. Alderson's was the speech of the pccasion, it being commended, by those vho even differed from him in hie con ilusions, for its lofty sentiment and able nesentation of facts. At two o'clock Tuesday afternoon Judge stuart rendered his decision in the matter. Je denied the petition of Mrs. Campbell, iiemissed the same, and left the two chil Iren in the keeping of Mr. Ruff. Counsel or Mrs. Campbell made a motion to pread the facts and announced their in ention to appeal the case to the circuit :ourt. The facts m the case, briefly told, are as ollows: i In 1891 Mrs. Kate Campbell (whose ^ msband, Mr. Wo, Campbell, was then iving,) lived at Chatham Hill, Smyth ?unty, Va. She became insane and was ent to the Southwestern Hospital, at , ttarion, Va., for treatment. She had ;ight children, among them Flora, an in ant some six months old, and Katie, about wo and a half years old. Some time after Urs. Campbell was committed to the i r?ylum her husband died, and all the i ihildren were taken to the house of Mr. ^ysander Campbell, brother of the de leased. Then Mr. William Campbell, eon i if Lyeander Campbell, qualified as guardi- j in of the children. He soon began to i mnt for homes for them; and induced Mr. i iuff, who was then living at Long Hollow, i n Smyth county, to take charge of Flora I ind Katie, Mr. Ruff engaging to rear them i is if they were his own children, they to 1 remain with him until they became of age. i This was in June, 1S93. In October, 1893, Mrs. Campbell was discharged from the isylum as cured. After that time, prior. :o 1896, when Mr. Ruff moved to Tazewell, Mrs. Campbell made several efforts to get ! Mr. Ruff to restore the children to her custody, which he refused to do?asserting :hat he did not believe she was in a proper ?t?te of mind to care for the children, and that under the circumstances it was both his right and duty to retain them in his custody. In February, 189G, Mr. Ruff moved to Tazewell to enter upon the duties of pastor of the Presbyterian chnrsh at this place, in which position he still continues.' A few months ago Mr. Frank Campbell, brother of l'lora and Katie, w ho had at? tained his majority, qualified as their guardian, their former guardian having moved from this State to West Virginia Mr. Frank Campbell, in his capacity of guardian, came to Tazewell and demanded the children that he might restore them to their mother's custody. Mr. Ruff, for the same reason that he bad before as? signed, refused to give up the children. Thereupon Mrs. Campbell, through her counsel, Mr. V. L. Sexton, presented her petition to Judge Stuart for a writ of habeas corpus, and the court directed the issuance of the writ. We will not undertake to give any of the facts or law that were developed in the case, as it will go to a higher tribunal for its decision. Death of An Estimable Lady. On Monday the sad intelligence reached town that Mrs. Hattie Neel, wife of Mr. M. F. Neel, had died suddenly at her home near Cove Creek, in this county, on Saturday night, last, at ten o'clock. Mrs. Neel, in company with her husband and Mr. S. W. Neel, had started at about eight o'clock to a neighbors house to sit up with a sick child. When they arrived near Mr. J. G. Higginbothain's, and were pa-s? ing through a field, Mrs. Neel complained suddenly of her head. She was taken at once to her home, and died in about two hours. The deceased was a daughter of Rev. I). A. Daugherty, who is now preacher in charge of West Tazewell Circuit. She was between thirty-five and forty years old and is survived by her husband and six children, four girls and two boys. The burial took place at the Neel burying ground on Monday afternoon at three o'clock. From a gentleman who has frequently visited the home of t he deceased and w ho knew her well, we have received the fol? lowing expressions: "In the death of Mis. M. F. Neel, there will be a vacancy in the Clear Fork circle which will be hard to fill. "As a devoted member of the Church, and an earnest worker in all that pertained to the cause of religion, she occupied a high position, which may well excite the pride of all those who are near anil dear to her. "In the domestic circle, as a wife and mother, she was kind and affectionate,-and her home has long been noted on Clear Fork for its eheerful and open-handed hos? pitality. "The once happy home i? darkened la? this shadow which has fallen acrow its threshold, but those who mourn, have the pler.sant assurance ot ahappy reunion, where separation is known no more." DEATH OF THE VICE PRESIDENT. The End Came Tuesday Morning At 8:30 O'clock. FOLLOWED A LONG ILLNESS. Surprise Occasioned liy the Announcement Coming After the Apparent Improve? ment of Monday. New York, November 21.?Garret A. Hobart, Vice President of the United States, died at his home in Paterson, N. J., at S:30 o'clock tins morning. At bis bedside were Mr?. Hobart and his son, Garrett A. Hobart, jr., together with Dr. William K. Newton and his wife and Pri? vate Secretary Evans. Mr. Hobart's death had been expected for some hours. The beginning of the end came yesterday afternoon, when there was a sudden failure of the beirt, and from this attack Mr. Hobart never rallied. He had been pick for a lone time, and bad suffered frequently from heart failure and hi* strength had been undermined. Grad? ually, the failure of the heart's action be? came more apparent, and soon after mid" night last nitrht Mr. Hobart became un? conscious. He remained in that condition until death came. Mr. Hobart's death was due directly to angina pectoris, com? plicating myocarditis. Owing to the prostration of Mrs. Ho? bart, the funer d arrangements will not be completed until tomorrow. The only step decided upon is that the services shall be held in the Church of the Redeemer at Paterson, and the interment in the family plot at Cedar I .awn, where the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart whs buried six years ago. Rev. Dr. MaGee will preach the sermon. The church can accommodate not more than 800 persons, and as thousands will be eager to attend the services, it was sup [rested that they be held in the armory, which will accommodate 10,000 persons. It is known, however, that Mrs. Hobart wishes the funeral to be as quiet as pos? sible, and there is little likelihood that the program will be changed. T11K PRESIDENT DISTRESSED. Washington, November 21.?All the Bay in Washington are half-masted out of respect to the memory of Vice-President Hobart. The announcement of the Vice President's death, while not unexpected, L-ame as a distinct shock and cast a deep ?looui over the city where he was loved und honored. The President was deeply affected by the telegram announcing his colleague's death ami at once dispatched a t:-WrHm convpyinir the sympathy and consolation of himself and Mrs. McKinley to Mrs. Hobart. President McKinley was deeply moved, and when Senator Fair hanks had left he joined Mrs. McK'nley in his private apartments. His close and in? timate relations with his colleague made him fee! the Vice-President's death as a great personal bereavement. Mrs. Mc? Kinley was greatly affected. She gave way completely to her grief and Bobbed convulsively. Mrs. McKinley has but few intimates here and among her most cner tshed friends friends were the Vice-Prcsi dent ami Mrs. Hobart. THE A0VANCE IN LUZON. General Otis Gives a Resume of the Movements. Washington, November 18.?Two dis? patches were received at the War Depart? ment today from General Otis giving the details of the advance of Lawton and Mac Arthur: The first dispatch follows : "Manila, November IS.?General Mac Arthur entered Gerona yesterday and pushed advance to Paniqui, few miles be? yond. Inhabitants remained in houses, receiving tn.ops hospitably; first instance din ing entire advance from San Fernado. Railroad intact from washout north Tarlac, to Paniqui, anil cars practically destroyed by insurgents on retreating. Sufficient rolling stock can be repaired to insure railroad service. Nothing from General Lawton, as telegraph line only working to San .lose, south of Oarranglan and 35 miles saetTayng. His Cavalry reported yester? day at Bayambong, railroad station south Dagupaii. Reinforcements and supplies leave here for San Fabian, Wheaton's headquarters tonight. 'Indications are that insurgent troops widely scattered; some retreating into the western Luzon province of Sambelles." Under date of today, General Otis again telegraphed, having received advices from Lawton; General Otis says: '?Dispatch from General Lawton dated on road between San Nicholas and San Manuel, ten fifteen, 18lh instant, trans? mits dispatches from General Young and Major Ballance, at Asingan and Rosales, of November 15th and lGth; former mov? ing on Pozarrubio, about twelve miles east San Fabian and twenty-five miles west San Nicholas, where Major Swigert finds ene? my strongly entrenched. Young and Ilal lauce have had several skirmishes with the enemy, driving them northwestward, cap? turing prisoners, guns, large amounts of property. Troops have subsisted on coun? try; cordially received by inhabitants; would appear that insurgents driven northward off road to Bayombong, their mountain capital. Lawton reports drown? ing of Lieutenant Luna, Thirty-fourth In? fantry, his aide, and two men of his es? cort, in crossing the Agno river; also re? ports still missing Lieutenant Thayer and ten men sent to communicate with Whea ton. He says must again recm* to forti? tude, endurance and cheerfulness of com? mand. Hays just telegraphs from San Isidro that he holds Aguinaldo's Secreta? ry of Interior. Indications now of good weather." Economical Paint. Devoe lead and zinc; for it costs no more, and wears double ; costs less by be? ing ground by machinery. Hand-wot k can't compete with machine-work. WELL, VA., TH?RS GOEBEL TO bET CERTIFICATE I Says Commltteeman Woodson?Volun? teers to Seat Taylor. I Chicago, November 20.?National Com mitteeman Urey Woodson, of Kentucky, who was piesent at today's meeting of the National Democratic Executive Committee, said there was no doubt that the State Board of Elections of Kentucky would award the certificate of election to Goebel. He said that Mr. Goebel will not contest the caee if the Board of Elections decides against him. Former Senator Joseph Blackburn, Mr. Woodson said, will be elected United States Senator. Louisville, Ky., November 20.?The Commercial [Republican] today says : "The following communication from Harlan county talks to the point : "We, together with 1,000 other able bodied citizens of this county, have ten? dered our services to Governor Bradley and General W. S. Taylor, to inaugurate General Taylor and maintain him in the office to which he wan elected, however auy State Board of legislature may decide. [Signed.] "A. B. Commett, county judge; S. N. French, county attorney; W. S. Hensley, sheriff, Harlan county; J. S. Bailey, chairman Republican committee; H. H. Howard, commissioner Harlan Cir? cuit Court; J. S. Kelly, U. S. Commis? sioner; John B. Hurst, postmaster; M. W. Howard, clerk Harlan Circuit Court; C. '. Eversole, attorney-at-law." Harlan is one of the strongly Republican counties of the Eleventh district. Frankfort, Ky., November 20.?The Democratic State Campaign Committee concedes that Taylor has a majority on the tace of the returns, but base a hope of the election of the Democratic ticket on throwing out the vote of Lou'sville on ac? count of the interference of Governor Bradley, and Johnson and Knox counties, where tissue ballots were used. The Ken? tucky election law plainly provides for a secret ballot, and the Republicans admit they are not as well fortified in the defense of their interests in the Johnson and Knox counties cases as might be, but do not credit to any extent the Democratic claims regarding l^ouisville. In fact, they assert that they have assurances that Governor Bradley will back them in resistance, which they say is already fully planned. Goebel managers announce they will not taue an appeal from the decision of Judge Jones, at Glasgow, where 1,183 votes er? roneously certified for W. P. Taylor, were ordered counted for W. S. Taylor. In this state of the case, the vote of Jefferson, Knox and Johnson must be wiped out to rive Goebel a majority, but I?9 managers, it is believed, are collecting evidenc of tlleged fraud in various Republican coun :ies, and will ask the Stale Election Board to throw out these counties. Senator Deb>e came back tonight, and s supposed to be in direct communication with Governor Bradley, though he did not eisit the executive oflice. Thanksgiving Service. A union meeting of the young people of the churches of Tazewell, under the au? spices of the Westminster League and Christian Endeavor Society, will be held it the Presbyterian church at 7, p. m., November 30th. The public is cordially invited to attend. I CONTINUING ! I IN BUSINESS. n | Ii Serving our customers tS g and the public with lower 4^ g prices than ever. Yes, we a g are still selling clothing, tj ^ furnishing goods and <| g men's shoes, hats, macin-g jjj toshes, trunks, valises etc. g g We have sold our dry p g goods business to Mr. R. g g C. Chapman. Having g but the one stock now, to jjj which we give our whole g 8 - , h g attention, we are in a bet- g g Ter position to serve you g I best of any one. You can J J buy some suits at less than | cost; some at cost, and } some we ask only a small | profit. This state ofjj things is ruling in each | department of this store, jjj ' The best time to buy is | to-day I 49 Harrisson & Gillespie Bros. DAY, NOVEMBER S. W. VIRGINIA LOCAL ITEMS. WHAT HAS RECENTLY TRANSPIRED IN THE COUNTIES OP THIS SECTION. Work on the construction of the build? ings for the Columbian Paper Company's plant at Bristol, Va., will commence on the 27th inst. The machinery for this plant will cost fully one quarter of a mil? lion of dollars, and the time that will be required for the construction of the build? ings will be at least six months. On election day, the 7th inst., at Black water, I^ee county, Va., Deputy Sheriff Evan Bledsoe, of that county, shot and killed John M. T?te, who was at one time representative of his county in the Virginia Legislature. The difficulty between the two men arose over politics. Now come8 the news that Howard T?te, son of John M. T?te shot and killed Bledsoe, on last Saturday. Young T?te had sworn to avenge his fathers death, and Bhot and killed Bledsoe on sight. The work of excavating fo> \e govern? ment building .it Bristol bra commenced. The county- court of Pulaski county has made an order for constructing an iron or steel bridge over New River at Towe's Ferry. The bridge is estimated to cost $14,467. General Walker In Town. On Tuesday morning General James A. Walker, Congressman from the Ninth Vir? ginia District, arrived at Tazewell, and I spent that day and yesterday mingling with his personal and political friends in the town and county. It is the first time the General hns been in Tazewell since the Fall of 1898, audit was the first time he had been met by many of his friends here since he was shot by Davis. It was a pleasure for them to see tlie General look? ing so well and find him so cheerful. The way in which he was met Tuesday# by gentlemen from all sections of the county indicated that he is more popular in Taze? well than he has ever been. General Walker will go to Washington the first of next month when, Congress meets, to actively push his contest for the seat in Congress which was given to W. F. Rhea, by the] returns that were secured by the most outrageous frauds. A Masonic Honor. At the meeting of the Grand Command ery of Virginia Knights Templar, held at | Richmond last week, Dr. James O'Keeffe, of Clinch Valley Commander}-, was ap? pointed to the honorable position of| Grand Sword Bearer of the Grand Com in an de ry. Dr. O'Keeffe is an enthusiastic Knight Templar and will appreciate the honor conferred. It places him in line for the position of Grand Commander. Tough Paint. Zinc and grinding make D^voc wear twice as long as lead and oil. ? # SKIRTui? ft We have a line of new a f dress skirts, the latest fall $ I and winter styles. They | ft arc well made and nicely ft f trimmed. Some are black ft I and gray unfinished ser- J f ges; some are black mo- f f hair, others blue and black f J diagonal, while some are J * of navy ladies cloth, trim- a f med with silk braid. 9 I These skirts were man- f y y I ufactured by us, under f ? our own personal supervi- f ^ sion at our own factory in 0 New York. 1 We claim advantages J ft of low selling prices, few ^ f in this section have. In- f ? spect this line of skirts t ^ and see how well our ^ f claims may agree with f your good judgment. y 7 R.C. CHAPMAN. t J t Successor to_a- ? I HARRiSSON & | IGILLESPIE BROS. J | P. S. The new goods | J will begin to arrive next $ t week. I ?PUBLICA 13< 1899. SHOULD ALWAYS BE THE FIRST CONSIDERATION . . of every buyer, whether it is the merchant who is buying to sell again, or the consumer, who is buying for self and family. There is no line in which Quality is of so much importance; for that which you eat is the source of life itself. We want to emphasize the point that it is OUR FIRST CONSIDERATION in the purchase of every article that goes into our store. Now, as to this point we have no de? cided advantage of several other grocery stores that we know of except in Tl iE FACT that OUR ENORMOUS SALES always insure you getting fresh goods. The point where we differ from others, who are also careful about the quality of their groceries, is that OUK UNEXCELLED BUYING FA? CILITIES and capacity for handling large quantities direct from headquarters enable us to sell you pure, wholesome groceries of strictly first quality at LOWER PRICES than can anyone in this section. Give us a trial, if you are not already buying from us, and we will made you a perma? nent, pleased customer. BUSTON & SONS, Leading Grocers, Tazewell, Va. J. P. CAMERON, Prop'r. and Gen. Mgr. J. C. CAUDILL, Superintendent. Thistle Plow and Foundry Co., GRAHAM, VIRGINIA, Foundrymen and Machinists. WE MAKE TO ORDER Patterns from Drawing or Description, Castings of all kinds?Plain and Gored?for Engines, Mine and Coke Ovens, Saw Mills, Contractors, Builders, anything for anybody. WE EXECUTE. Blacksmith work, Machine work, Lathe work, Drill? ing, etc. We Grind Corn for Corn Meal by Burr Mill, Corn and Cob Chop by Patent Crusher. WE MAKE AND SELL Ready for use, Level Land Plows, Hillside Plows, Plow Repairs. Feed Cutters, Cane Mills, Grist Mills, Grate Baskets^ Sash Weights, etc. TELEPHONE 70. I Works?WEST GRAHAM. The Best Flour Ariel the ChcopcHt Im the Cultbrftted "Orange Blossom." It is pure, straight Flour. Why eat impure flour when you can get the best so cheap? T^^nes Bros. V. L. SEXTON, Pres. J. N. HARMAN, Sec'y and Treas. Tazewell Insurance Agency. Fire, Life and Accident Insurance. TO OUR FRIENDS AND PATRONS: FIRST: Is Your Life and Property insured ? SECOND : Is Your Insurance Placed with I S? To Both Questions : If not, Why not? We are prepared to write all kinds of Insurance in the Best and Strongest Compa? nies doing business in this Country and can write it. at the VERY LOWEST rates at which Good Insurance can be effected in Responsible Companies. We do not claim to represent ALL of the Beet Companies, neither do we claim to be the Only men that write Good Insurance and the only men that know the Insurance Business, but we do claim to write as GOOD Insurance as tbc BEST can write and better than a ijreat many who CLAIM to write Good Insurance. We will write you Insurance that will indemnify you in cate of a total loss to the full amount of the face of the pol? icy. Can any one do better for you than that? We can issue you Insurance in Com? panies backed by millions and we have one Company in our office that has issued the largest Fire Policy in the history of the Insurance World. The old PHG3NIX of Lon. don established in 1792 has paid over One Hundred Millions in 1*?>s and w sued one policy covering Seventeen Millions of property, the largest policy on record. Before placing your Insurance have a talk with US. We have been in the Insur? ance business for 5 years and claitr..to know what we aie talking about and the va^ue of Good Insurance. / P. O. Box 36. Office first Door West of Central Hotel. Phone 37. NO. 47. How Many Times Has a sad and heavy Cake stood between an ambitious house - keeper and a brilliant success in the entertainment of her friends ? If you contemplate A Five O'clock Tea Or An Evening Company it will be worth your while to visit our store and overlook our ?De of Cakes Just Received, A complete assortment in shape, size and kind. Those are some of them: SCOTCH COFFEE, THISTLE, FANCY MIXED ALMOND WAFERS, WALNUT MARSH MALLOWS, CHOCOLATE MACAROONS, COCOA MACAROONS, FRUITED HONEY, JELLY TURNOVERS, BLOOD ORANGE SLICES LUNCH MILK, FIVE O'CLOCK TEAS. All fresh and light. It Is An Exacting Taste /That We Can't Please. EDITORIAL PARAGRAPHS. It is possible that the situation in Ken? tucky caused the I^eonids to postpone ttieir appearance. Two fireworks displays in one month would hav*1 been too much. If Goebel is given the certificate of elec? tion in Kentucky, as is now threatened, the Kentucky Republicans will give the Virginia Republicans an interesting exam? ple of how to resist fraud perpetrated un? der an election law similar to the Virginia law. It is announced that the National Demo? cratic Committee will meet in Washington on the 22nd of Febuary, next. George Washington, if consulted, no doubt, would express great gratification at the honor conferred upon him. The free traders are very abusive of the protective tariff, because it is raising the price of wool. They used to contend that it would not advance the price. What do the wool growers of the country think of the conduct of the free traders ? Expansion and Protection are doing great things for the South; but the peo? ple who are now rejoicing over the bene? fits they are receiving from these things, in 1900 will vote against the party that ad? vocates them, and for the man who op? poses them. The country will hear with profound sorrow of the death of Vice-President Ho bart. He was a good man, and enjoyed the esteem of his political opponents as well as of his political friends. If he had lived and kept his health he would have been placed on the ticket with McKinley in 1900. The expansion sentiment is growing strongly at the South. Mr. Bryan will either have to modify his views on that subject, or make Southern Democrats eat an extra amount of crow in 1900. We lmvn't the slightest doubt that Gen? eral Walker will be given the seat in Con? gress. The record in the contest of Wal? ker vs Rhea discloses frauds of such a character and quantity as- to convince any honest man that Rhea is not entitled to the seat. In the last Congressional election 35,000 votes elected seven Congressmen from Mississippi. There were that many votes polled in the Ninth Virginia District, with? out counting the dead men, repeaters and fraudulently registered votes that were voted for Rhea. Is there any justice in having eeven men who represent together only 35,000 people sitting in Congress from one State ? Public sentiment and justice will compel a cutting down of the representation trom Mississippi and other Southern States, unless the people are en? couraged and allowed to vote. Oldst firm Here. The oldest firm in paint manufacture in the United States, F W Devoe & Co, is represented here by j. E. Jackson. Also the largest and best?its paint, which last twice as long as a first-rate lead and job oil, is used by railroad companies generally. Devoe lead and zinc is the name and description of it.