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RECORDER VOL. XXV. MONTEREY, HIGHLAND COUNTY, VA., JANUARY 30, 1903. NO. 3. I IN THE CHINA SEA ?*? A NARRATIVE OF ADVENTURE. -_^K By SEWARD W.T HOPKINS. (COPTBIOHT 1S99 BX ROBERT BOKKEB'S 80!Ti.) CHAPTER V. [CONTINUED.] When the two Chinamen reached the ledge leading around the edge of the inlet to the pit, the girl gave a quick movement and wrenched her? self away from them. She would have plunged Lito the sea had they not caught her quickly. She screamed and seemed to be beside herself. I caught sight of her face, and in spite of her disheveled hair and tear stained features, I saw at a glance that she was very beautiful. My first impulse was to discover myself and rush to her assistance. But upon reflection I decided that it would be an unwise move. Even though she were to be murdered I could not help her. I would simply meet with a similar fate for interfer? ing. These men were armed. It will be remembered that I was without coat or shoes. I had no weapons of any kind. I would be a forlorn antagonist for half a dozen armed men. When th~ uniformed mandarin reached tho well and had gone down a few stops, he discovered the open door. Although I had found the way to open the doors in the mysterious island, I did not know how to close them. The big Chtnaman made a great ado aad gave some sharp com? mands. There were evident prepara? tions for a fight. He went down into .the cavern with his sword drawn. They remained inside about half an hour. My position on the rock began to get wearisome, but the sailors on the yacht were very watchful, and I dared not move about. An ugly looking fellow sat iu the bow with a rifle across his knee. There was little chance for speculation as to my probable fate if that fellow discovered me. After a half hour, I again heard voices in the well. The big Chinaman and his servants appeared. 1 heard the great rock swing back into place. The girl'was not with them. Now there was, indeed, a real motive for remaining undiscovered. My heart even made too much noise in beating. I almost held my breath, so great was my fear of being dis? covered. The visitors descended the com? panion-ladder. It was taken down from the iron rings. Poles were put out, and the yacht pushed out of the stone gate. The sails were raised, and the vessel moved quickly away in the direction whence she had come. J remained concealed for what heemed to me an interminable time. I did not dare rnove from my hiding place until the yacht had got far enough away to preclude discovery. I followed the vessel with anathemas for going so slowly. At last I oould venture forth. I leaped from the ledge into the pit and ran down the stone steps. I knelt down and touched the hidden spring. Again the mysterious island was opened to me, and I entered. It was j but short work for me to get to the garden, and here I looked for the girl that I knew must be inside the island , somewhere. She was not in thc garden. I went into the temple. She was not there. But in the treasure-room I found her. She was kneeling on the floor I i by a large divan. Her face was buried iu her hands. She was weeping; she i was also praying. ! i She seemed to be in a delirium oi i grief and fear. ' , I approached her scUly. She could j not hear my footsteps on the thick I rugs. | i Bending over her, I touched hei ] lightly on the shoulder. With a scream of horror she jumped \ to her feet and bounded away from I me. , "You need not fear me," I said, j "I will help you if I eau, but I will . do you no harm." j "You!" she cried iu a hoarse voioe. | t "And who are you that you are here J j alive and yet will help me?" "Why, I don't see anything remark? able about that. I couldn't help you if I were dead." "No. But don't you understand? j None can live here save those who are I familiars of Cha Fong; and his friends ] would not help me." "I do not know Cha Fong," I re* . plied. "I have never seen him, un- I less he is the amiable person with the big sword who brought you here." , l^ Her face grew pale. She trembled j , violently. ' "Yes, thatishe-thatisChaFong," ; jj she said. I ., "And what is he going to do with : you?" I asked. j A look of misery came into her face, and she sobbed convulsively. j <, "The worst he can do. He says ] I tvn to be his wife." "Well, now, look here," I said with I authority. "Cheer up and come sit I , here and tell me your story, and I will tell you mine, lt may give you more k confidence if I tell you mine first." r She came and sat down near me, j and her tearful face, pale and beauti* fal, rested upon her hand as I told P' her the story of my mishaps and the chance that brought mo here. She lister ad intently, often with wonder S in her eyes. When I had finished she ? had become more calm and was abla a to talk connectedly, * "Now," I said, "tell me your story, (jld let us see if there is any way out of this scrape." She shook her head sadly. "I do not think there is," she said, "but it is some relief to find a friend. [ am an English girl. My name if Grace Arnold. My father is Johr Arnold, a merchant of Hong Kong, My sohooldays were spent in England; my mother died there. After hei leath, not more than half a year ago, E came to Hong Kong to my father. There I met many of the most impor? tant residents, native and European. Imong those that I saw occasionally tvas Cha Fong. I hated him and feared him. He has a very bad name. He is regarded as the most cruel and heartless of all the wealthy young men of China, none of whom are free from crime. I had been in the habit of going horseback-riding, accompan I ied by two Chinese servants. Yester I day, while riding in the suburbs, ] was seized, bound and thrown into a ; carriage. I was taken to the coast ! and put aboard that yacht. I was 9hut up in a stateroom alone, and re ! mained alone there all night. In the | morning we set sail for this place, ! When I was.bound again and taken od [ deck," what "was my surprise td learn that my captor was Cha Fong. ] knew then the fate that was in store for me. I tried to wrench myself iway from the man who carried me md throw myself into the sea. The fact that I am safe and unharmed this minute is due to Cha Fong's discov? ery that someone had been here. He was much enraged, and after a short search, he sailed away to meet some one?I judged from his talk?some- J Dne who shared with him the secrete | 3f the island, and whom he suspects >f coming here without his permis? sion, and leaving the island open. He speaks English very well. I think [ recognize the place as the Island or ihe Temple of Su Foo. It is spoken >f in hushed whispers by the Euro? pean residents of Hong Kong, but no aative ever admits that he knows any? thing about it. There is an order jailed Su Foo, the god of which is an Idol. This idol must receive, ut stated intervals, a sacrifice in the shape of a young woman, who is put ;o death in its arms, after becoming the bride of the priest of the order." "Then this Cha Fong is, no doubt, i priest of Su Foo, and you are an mtended sacrifice for that huge idol in the temple?" "I fear so," she replied, sobbing igain. "I would rather you would kill me now, before Cha Fong re? turns." "No,"I said; that does not seem to be necessary. Of course, there is no positive proof that Cha Fong is the murderous villain we think he is, ex? cept the fact that he abducted you." "But that is a plain enough fact," she said. "Very tree. Grant, then, that the worst is true. Your plight and the temple here seem to indicate the truth Df the rumors about Cha Fong and the Su Foo. Now, putting the crimes of the one and the exactions of the othei together, we have a combination that is decidedly against us." Miss Arnold turned very white and leaned against the back of her chair for support. "Then," I continued, hastily, "as everything seems to point to murder? ous purposes on the part of those who have us in their power, our predica? ment provides ample warrant for any ict on our part toward the salvation of Durselves. What I am getting at, Miss Arnold, i3 this: You want tue to kill foil to prevent your falling again intc ;he hands of Cha Fong. My own waj ;o prevent that would be to kill Cha Fong." My lovely fellow-prisoner gasped at ;he audacious suggestion. "But he is armed?he has armed | nen with him. What can we do?we ;wo unfortunates?" She was very >ale. "I wish there was come liquor of tome kind hera," I said. "I am afraid ron will faint." She smiled in rather a deprecatory ray. "I am not going to faint," she re* >lied; "but if you want liquor, I saw [} 3ha Fong drinking some that he got i there." She pointed to the alcove fhere stood the bed. "In there!" I exclaimed. "Why, 1 horoughly searched that place, but I ^ ould find nothing in the way of li uor." "Nevertheless, when Cha Fong ai*d is two companions were looking for ou, or for whomsoever the intruder j jc ere might be, I saw them with bot* I ^ les and glasses. That was before the ! j1( urds that bound me were cut, so I I C1 ^uld not get a good look at them." 01 "Now that is very strange," I said; ^c yet it is quite possible that there is i U| part of this infernal place that I barr] j .* ot seen. I will look again, and, per aps, we may find something more to ur advantage. Even a good club ould be of service. I could creep up ehind Cha Fong and knock him down, j suppose I might cut one in the gar- ' g. en with my pocket-knife?a piece of J ilm-tree would answer. But I'll look ??. ir that liquor first." I went behind tho brouzo screen ' id searched high and low for somo I ind of receptacle that looked ay ii ' a, might hold liquor. I sa.w uothing, ! u. was about to giro ap the learoh, j irhen, as I was turning to leave t apartment, I accidentally kicked uj large, heavv rug that was spread the floor. Under it I saw a panel the floor in which was fastened iron ring. I took hold of the ring a pulled. It took all my strength move the panel, but at last it came t [ found an opening in the floor abo three feet square. There were soi steps leading downward. I uttered a shout of joy and call Miss Arnold. She came runni toward me. "'I have found something," I sai "but whether it is a cellar or a stoi house, I can't tell. I am goii down." I descended the steps. The place in which I now fou: myself wa3 but dimly lighted". The had been no attempt at oruamenl tion; it was simply a huge cavern the rook. This cavern was stre\ with various kinds of material, loo ing like packages taken from v/rec or, perhaps, stolen along the coas Roll upon roll of the finest silk ai linen was piled up on one side. Cas of the choicest pottery stood u packed, many of the delicate pieci broken. Other thinss were there .: plenty, but Tdid hoUfaketime to'e amine them. I found two thing One would of itself have repaid n for the search, for it was what I ht come after. I found liquors, win and cordials, in bottles and cask But the other discovery meant mu( more to me than the liquor. It mean perhaps, rescue?life. It was a larj cabinet, in which were varioi weapons of war and of the chas Guns, pistols, knives were packe away in good order. This was, rj doubt, Cha Fong's armory. Miss Arnold's astonishment was ; great that I laughed at her wid opened eyes when she saw me emerg from the hole in the floor, carrying bottle of wine, a Martini-Henry rifi in English navy revolver, a lon liunting-knife and a bag of ca Iridges. "I am well fixed, you see," I said aughiug, as I deposited my spoils o ;he floor. "Now, then," I said, "I am goin o get ready to meet Mr. Cha Fon: Do you know what tims he intends t eturn?" "Not accurately, But he expecte o be back to-night, for he said, whe te cutAhe.cords that bound me hajlE ess: 'Now you can walk, but""yoi annot escape from here. You wil ie my bride to-night.' " "Ah, exactly! Now what kind of iridesmaid do you think this wil lake?" I asked, caressing the rifle. "I would turn it against myself, if bought you could not conquer," sh aid. "I am not afraid to die." "Well, I doubt if there is a Su Fo -edding here to-night," I said grim r. "And as for killing yourself, don' tiiuk of it. At any rate, don't do i ill I am dead aud all hope is lost Vhen we get ready for business, yoi ike the pistol, which I will load fo ou, aud go down into that chanibe nder the floor. I will replace th> ug so no one can tell it had beei loved. Then I shall get inside o lat idol in the temple, and await de elopmeuts. Whatever seems best t< 0 I shall do. If, after a long enougl me, I do not come and let you out y a great effort you can push up tha ?ap-door. If Cha Fong is still mas ir of the situation, you must try t< loot him. If you don't succeed ii lat?why-" "I understand," she said, in a lov? rice. I loaded the pistol, which was five irreled, of large caliber, and also the fie, which was a repeater. Miss Arnold sat and watched me ic leuce. Now and then a tear would iow itself in her eye, but she brushed away. She was trying to be brave, >or giri, with horrors before her ol hich she could only imagine the ex nt. 1 had not told her why I had ft America. We had had but little ne for talking; and when I explained y presence in the island I began my ory from the accident on board the ty of liio de Janiero. So when I td loaded the firearms I told her the ory of Annie Ralston. She listened gerly with clasped hands and pale ce. "She is my sister iu misfortune," 0 said, when I had finished, "There no doubt that Annie Rilston is the 3tim of another Cha Fong?or per. ps the same. I know that the Su m has agents in all parts of the >rld, to ohooso and obtain the most autiful girls for saorinces to tho >1." "No so much to the idol as to his trshipers, I fauoy," I said. "My ?n impression is that the sacifice to s idol is nothing more than a plan get rid of their victims. If done der the cover of religious fanatic a it would no doubt be more diffi* lt to obtain proof of the actual mur? rara or the co-operation of the Gov iment in bringing about their puu iment." "Perhaps so," she said simply. "If my friends, Ra'ston and Langs i, have succeeded in getting on land, ry probably met the Ketoto at Bhang i or will meet her to-day, in which ie Annie is safe. We have only i-selves to think of?and that teems be about enough just now. Wo 1 better eat some of that idol's e," I laid after a pause. "Your tspeotive husband and executioner y drop in any miuute, and wa want be ready for him. I am hungry, I a hungry man is not a good iter. In that respect he is different rn a hungry bear." 'I am ready to follow your direo is," said Miss Arnold. 'Have you a watch?" I asked, ?Yes. You rn-;/take it." ihe pulled from tho bosom of hor ss a pretty little jcwelod watch and ided it to me. (XOBZCOHxiHVlP,, he i a Ul) iii as id ta P* ut tu td lg iBOUT TliATALASKA LINE England and This Country Will Refer Dispute to Arbitration. MR. HAY MAKES SIGNIFICANT MOVE. ld re a in ru le? is t. id 39 1* 13 U c s, ie id M I, h t, ;o 13 5. & u t ls Understood the Venezuelan Situation Mad Much To Do With The Signing Of thc Treaty, And It May Result In Annuling the Anglo-German Alliance?A Commission of Six. Washington, D. C. (Special).?Sec? retary of State Hay, for the United States, and Sir Michael H. Herbert, Ambassador of Great Britain, for his :oiintry, signed at the residence of Sec? retary Hay. a treaty providing for thc idjustment of the Alaskan boundary dispute between the United States and Great Britain. This may have a very important bear? ing on the Venezuelan question, leading to a weakening of thc alliance between Germany and Great Britain. The greatest secrecy has been main? tained by thc State Department relative to thc negotiations. Western Senators have been consulted by the President and Secretary Hay, and it is believed that thc terms of the treaty now signed will meet with the approval of those most inter? ested. The Alaskan boundary is at pres? ent governed by a modus vivendi agreed ">n by Great Britain and thc United States on October 20, 1809. The basis arranged for the adjustment of the dispute is that the entire ques? tion shall be submitted to a mixed com? mission of six members, three of whom will be chosen by the United States and three by Great Britain. This even num? ber of commissioners has been chosen so that there will be no odd member who could cast the deciding vote and actually settle thc entire question. To any different arrangement tiie State De? partment feels assured the Western States would not agree, and it is also felt by Sir Michael Herbert that it would be opposed by Canada. Of course, the State Department and Ambassador Herbert see the possibility of a deadlock in the commission. The treaty, besides providing for the apoointment of this commission, stipu? lates that the commission shall begin its sittings as soon as the treaty is ratified. At the State Department assurances have been received from prominent Sena? tors cognizant of the terms of the treaty that there will be little difficulty in ob? taining the favorable action of thc Sen? ate at an early date. Although the personnel of the com? mission has not been decided upon by either this country or, as far is known at the State Department, by Great Brit? ain, it is practically assured that ex Secretary of State John W. Foster, who is particularly well versed in the ques? tions to be considered, will be one of thc commissioners for the United States. The commission will doubtless meet in Washington. The modus vivendi is still in opera? tion. In case the commission shall bc unable to reach any agreement there will bc a continuation of the present status as governed by thc modus vivendi. TIIRE2 KILLED IN PANIC. Are Crushed to Death is Rush from a Cigar Factory. New York (Special).?In a panic fol? lowing a fire on the third floor of the 10 story factory building at Crosby and Houston streets three women were crushed to death and others, it is be? lieved, were fatally injured, while many persons sustained less serious injury. The third floor of thc building, where the flames broke out, is occupied by the New Idea Pattern Company, employing about 50 persons, mostly women. The blaze was discovered by Albert Behan, 19 years old, of 309 Ninth street, who attempted to extinguish it by smothering it with his own body. He was badly burned. The flames spread rapidly to the windows, and from the adjoining cigar factory of Leopold Miller & Sons it seemed that the whole building was afire. This factory, which is at 155 and 157 Crosby street, running through to Elm street, employs about 500 persons, mostly Italians, of whom 350 arc women and children. When they saw the flames bursting from the neighboring windows they became panicstricken and ran for the fire escapes on the Kim street side. Many of those who were unable to find a foothold on the fire escapes dropped 10 and 15 feet to the ground. PLANNED A WHOLESALE ROBBERY. Had Intended to Ra!J a number of Bank* In Montana Towa. Red Lodge, Mont. (Spe^il).? The authorities of Carbon county, have evi? dence in their possession showing that the famous Bridger Bank robbery last October was only intended a; the first 9tep in a much larger plot. The state? ment is made by a county official that when the cases of the Bridge Bank robbers come before the distirct court, the prosecution will prove that it was intended by the gang, after the suc? cessful robbery of the Bridge Bank, tc assemble 20 men in western Carbon county, make a raid on Red Lodge and loot the three banks in that city. Three Kided in Explosion. New Orleans (Special).?As thc re? sult of a rear end collision between two south-bound freight trains on the Illinois Central, forty miles above this city, Fire? man Robert Landry was instantly killed and Conduct) ;' Thomas Moore and Flag? man C. 1>. Kelley were severely injured. The trains met in a fog and thirteen cars, the locomotive and caboose were entirely wrecked. Express Wrecked. Kansas'City, Mo. (Special).?The St Louis and San Francisco northbound express, which left Memphis, Tenn., at 9.15 a. m., was wrecked near South Greenfield, Mo. Fred Fisher, the en? gineer, was killed and Fireman Ed Gil? bert seriously injured. Several passen? gers were slightly hurt. A switch had Leen turned to indicate a clear track, possibly by would-be robbers, and thc passenger crashed into a freight on a siding. The engine rolled down a steep embankment. THE LATEST NEWS IN SHORT ORDER. Domestic. Detective Sergeant William D. Welsh, attached to the office of District Attor? ney Jerome, of New York, died from wounds received in the Black Cat res? taurant, and Mrs. Cherriere, wife of the proprietor, is under arrest, charged with firing the shot that killed him . An investigation made by reputable lawyers of Philadelphia proves that there are no American heirs to the fortune ol James Tyson, an Australian miner, who left property valued at $40,000,000. The big transatlantic shipping combine has decided to carry its own risks. Thi! will take an insurance of $6o,ooo,ooc away from the companies. Four of the six molders on trial foi conspiracy to injure nonunion workmen during thc labor troubles of 1902 were found guilty at Chicago. A new alignment of railroads in the South and West is announced, with the Pennsylvania combination as. the domi? nant factor. Rev. E. C. Hirsch, of Chicago, made a fervid denunciation of Sunday school books. There is unusual activity at the naval training station at Newport. Fire damaged a factory building at the coroner of Crosby and Houston streets. New York, adjoining a five-story tcne nent. thc occupants of which got out op alie fire escapes. Three women were Spiled during a panic in an adjoining :igar factory. A number of persons were also severely injured. Three Italian women were killed and 1 number of men and women injured by 1 fire panic in thc cigar factory of Leo? pold Miller & Son, 153-157 Crosby street, Kew York. The fire was in an adjoining building and the cigar factory was in no danger. The Pennsylvania Railroad Company has negotiated a loan approximating $40,000,000 in the New York market at 4 1-2 per cent. The loan is to run for six months, with the privilege of renewal for a like period. A statement was issued by a commit? tee of thc Clan-na-Gael showing how thc soldiers of thc Irish brigade were cared for by the association upon their return from the war in thc Transvaal. William Marconi, the demonstrator of ?vireless telegraphy, arrived in New York. A dinner was given in his honor by the directors of the Marconi Wireless Tele? graph Company of America. Archbishop Ireland has addressed a communication to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, protesting against the forcible dispossession ot thc Passionist Fathers in Paris. In his annual report John McCullogh, state superintendent of elections in Kew Vork. charges fraud at last primary elec? tion in that state. Susan M. Beers and her son. Elijah, were convicted in Belvidere. N. J., of in* Imman treatment of the woman's aged husband "The New Orleans Special" wai .-.recked at Memphis, Tenn., by an open twitch. The engineer and fireman were ulled. At Pittsburg three men were killed ind three badly injured by an explosion it the eastern end of te Wabash tunnel The Adams Express Company has ob rained control of the Morris European Express Company. Foreign. Arguments in the court-martial ol Major Glenn, charged with unlawfully killing prisoners of war, have been sub? mitted and the verdict of thc court il beleivcd to be acquittal, though it has not yet b.Sfl made public. The reciprocity treaty between Cuba and thc United States threatens to raise one of the most serious differences of opinion between Great Britain and the United States that has occurred for years. The German Foreign Office is much aggrieved over American press com? ments on the bombardment of Fort Sar Carlos. They claim that the Panther was fired upon first. Professor Braun, of Strasburg, who gave Marconi the clue to his method oi wireless telegraphy, has now discovered a method vastly superior to that of Mar? coni. Count von Ballerstrem has resigned the presidency of the Reichstag, being orccd thereto by opposition to his rui? ng gagging the socialists, who wanted .0 criticise the Emperor's utterances. In the French Chamber of Deputies :he government was interpellated on ?he charge that the socialists were try* ng to cause insubordination and dis? satisfaction among the soldiers. Col. Arthur Lynch, member Caf Par iatnent for Galway, was convicted ol reason in London and sentenced to be langed. Two high officials of Roumani* have tjeen arrested for defrauding the gov? ernment through drawings of govern? ment bonds. The Pope received Monsignor D'Connell, rector of the Catholic Uni? versity In Washington, in private au? dience. M. Cambon, former minister to the United States, is thc recipient of un* asual honor in Madrid. Timothy Harrington, M. P., was re* ?lected lord mayor of Dublin. All who can are 1 caving Andjan, Prussian Tuskestan. which was devas? tated by an earthquake, and great desti? tution is prevailing among the survivors Itill there. Dr. Von Holleben. on his arrival in Paris, said he was too ill to make his farewell call on President Roosevelt. The second anniversary of Queen Victoria's death was observed at var ous places in England. Lieutenant General Miles and his iarty left St. Petersburg after exchang ng official calls. M. Cambon. the new French minis* er, presented his credentials to King Alfonso in Madrid. Pietro Mascagni has again been made director of the Ro.-sini * Lyceum at Pesaro. __ Financial. United States Rubber's past year wa? the best one it has had for a decade. Erie is contemplating extensive im? provements, including considerable dou? ble tracking. Gould and his friends will soon con? trol 75 per cent, of all thc railway busi? ness of the Southwest. Crude oil has been reduced 2 cents a barrel to $1.52. lt gradually rose with? out a halt from $1.22 to $1.54. Railways Company General, for De tcmber. showed gross etrnings of $20, TBO, against $17.37* thc previous year. ftM ft WI4FPI th? rider frequently meet* with disaster. Ave*;' Vii n ff MC UL handy and efficient doctor to have with you when ?Ul accident happens is a bottle ot' Mexican Mustang Liniment. Ulcers or Rm mi ira leg Sores need noUbecome a fixture upon your body. If they do it is your fault, for MEXICAN MUSTANG LINIMENT will thoroughly, quickly and perma? nently cure these afflictions. There is no guess work about it; if this lin? iment is used a cure will follow. YOU flfiN'T UNDIA/ how quickly a burn or scald oan be cur?d IUU UUI! I nilUfW until you have treated it with Mexican Mustang Liniment. As a flesh healer it stands at tho very top. THE OLD DOMINION. Latest News Gleaned From All Over the State. Pensions granted Virginian-,:?\ er non C. Harris, Norfolk. $6 (War with Spain); Horace Savage. Chesapeake. $io; Dennis Battle. Portsmouth, Jo; Alfred Giddings. Pungoteague. $12: Augustus Wise, Nassauwadox, $6; Dan? iel' Tucker, Whitestone. $8; Owe;' Hughes National Military Home. Elizabeth City, $17: Oavid Chambers Bellehavcn, $6; Edwin Prescott. Big stone Gap. $8; Michael McGmms Na? tional Military Home, Elizabeth City fia; Shryer Stover. Mornsviile. $24: Joseph J. W. Pinnell. Stapleton Mills $12 (Mexican War). Thomas Jefferson, a colored porter al the general offices of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in Richmond, iel. from a thrid-story window while at work. The negro dropped a distance ol 60 tect. head first. He was taken to a hospital, where it was ascertained thal he had sustained onlv a slight fracture ot the skull. The physicians there be? lieve he will recover. The case of John W. Bausermati against Lane Brothers & Co., in the Circuit Court at Woodstock, was con eluded and given to the jury, who ren? dered a verdict of $3,250 damages in ta vor of the plaintiff. Mr. Charles E. Davis and others will build a large canning factory on the Potomac river in King George county, which will be conducted by the Dide Canning Company. Three hundred acres in tomatoes are now being con- j traded for. ' The rule placing Rockbridge count) within the district in cattle quarantine j due to the Texas cattle fever has, I through the appeal of thc County bu- I pervisors to Virginia's Senators and Congressman Flood, been changed am, the embargo removed. The Frances McChesney farm, con faining 328 acres of choice land, in thc vicinity .of Brownsbnrg, has been sold bv the executor of the W. B. Moftetl estate, F. S. McClure, to J. W. Church? man and T. C. Dikinson, of Augusta county, and J. H. McClure for $6,500. Mr. J. A. Conner, aged 70 years, who lived near Rockbridge Baths, died at his home Wednesday. He served througout the Civil War as a membei of thc Rockbridge Battery, and wai twice wounded?in the arm at the battle of Sharpsburg, and In the thigh at tm battle of Gettysburg, where he was tak? en prisoner and kept nine months ia Point Lookout prison. He afterward enlisted at the close of the Civil A\ ar in the United States Regular Army, and for nine months was a member 01 Com? pany ?, First United States Infantry, and saw active service on the frontlet in the Northwest during an Indian out? break there. Mr. Conner was pension? ed for his sen-ices. He is survived by a widow and 10 children. C. M. Luster, a well-dressed travel? ing man, 35 years of age. who repre? sented a West Virginia installment house, was shot dead at Abingdon by a negro woman named Baler, it is be? lieved. Two shots took effect, the fatal one entering his stomach. When dis? covered the man's body lay in the door? way of thc humble cabin home, with one glove off. and the supposed mur? derer has made her escape. Thc pre supmtion is that thc shooting followed a dispute about thc woman's account. Mr. David Crone, the oldest man in Winchester, died unexpectedly after a brief illness of pneumonia, aged 93 years. Until thc day of his fatal illness he was in robust health, and could do as much hard work on the farm as a young man. He' was a native of York county, Pennsylvania, and came herc in 1840. A serious accident befell Mr. John Chamblin, one of the propreitors of the Hamilton flouring mills. I.eesburg While standing on a stepladder, which was placed between two large revolv? ing wheels, adjusting some belting, the ladder tilted and he was thrown against one of the wheels. He was hurled fglfoft t> arain elevator and a-dec.) scalp" wonna!' was inflicted, rendering him unconscious. T. R. Griffith, owner of thc Crater farm, in Prince George county, where one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War occurred, died of Bright's disease. He was known by thousands of North* ern people, who since thc war has visit? ed the Crater, and had a large collec? tion of relics found on the battlefield. Wyatt K. Witt, a young carpenter. aged 2$ years, dropped dead at the supper at his home in Roanoke. HU death was unexpected. He was an in? veterate cigarette smoker, and his death was probably due to heart dis* sase superinduced by the iiflbu. Thc tobacco barr, of "\TrT"frthu+XZi. Turpin, of Jonesboro, was burned, with a large quantity oi tobacco aud 25 bar? rels of corn. The special grand jury of Tazewcll County Court declined to indict Mos< Dills, charged with burning 50 bushels of corn and three fodder stacks belong ing to J. S. and S. A. White, near Snapps. Commander E. Lee Trinkle, of the Second Brigade, United Sons of Con? federate Veterans, has announced the appointment of his staff as follows: Robert Sayers, Jr.. brigade adjutant and chief of staff, Wytheville; J. A. T Griggsby. brigade quartermaster, Ber* ryvillc; Louis B. Spence, brigade in? spector. Richmond; J. V. Bray, West Point: E. C. Martz. Harrisonburg: B V. White, Leesburg: H. K. Jones, Wy* theville, and H. T. Taliaferro, riot Springs, aids. William Robinson, a North Carolina negro tramp, was killed by a train on ihe bridge at Petersburg. Froxen roads enabled heavy machin? ery to be hauled from Bedford City to ihe asbestos mines, ia miles distant. Rev. A. J. Wescott has resigned ??. lector of the Episocpal Church at Da? mascus, and has accepted an appoint? ment at the rectory of St. Stephen't Church. Waterloo. Wis. The First Virginia Regiment, Uni? formed Rank. Knights of Pythias, sleeted W. II. Wilcox, of Petersburg, colonel, and W. C. Corbett, of Ports? mouth, lieutenant-colonel. The dwelling and two outhouses, as ivcll as the household effects, of Mr Jesse Whitehead, who lives near Nas ;anadox creek. Northampton, were jurned. The loss is estimated at $4,000. frith no insurance. William W. Farrow, Richmonds b~; jeen elected class orator by thc tenlbr aw class of Washington and Lee Uni* ,'ersity, to deliver the annual address at he commencement exercises next June. James Harvey, aged 55 years, a itt* ionary engineer, was found frozen 1 > leath on the Norfolk and Western racks near Norfolk. Harvey had been mt ot employment some time. Fred Monroe is on trial at Clarks jv.rg for the murder of his sweetheart. Pearl Massie, at Glen Falls. 18 monthl igo. There are many witnesses. Con? gressman B. B. Dovener is assisting the lefense. Fire damaged the Hotel Sherwood. Old Point Comfort to the extent ol $1,000. The blaze Started from thc fur? nace in the basem-m and climbed tho flue almost thc entire height of the building, which is a frame structure, Thc Fort Monroe Post Fire Depart? ment got thc fire under control in a short time. Thc American Bridge Company has lit Parkersburg instituted suit against thc Lucius Construction Company foi ?20,000 damages on a bridge contract. Colorado Fuel has declared the usual semi-annual dividend of 4 per cent. No Time for New Books. In answer to tho academy's annual iquestion to eminent Englishmen as tu 'the new books they have read with ^the most pleasure the past year Her? bert Spencer writes that he has Dot read any new books, while Prof. Skeat M Cambridge university says that he has read none, having "quita enougb to do to read tbe old ones,"