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VOL. XXV. MONTEREY, HIGHLAND COUNTY, VA., FEBRUARY 6,1903. NO. 4. *^H IN THE CHINA SEA I -*- ' * ? || A NARRATIVE OF ADVENTURE. ?g ** 'CHAPTER V. [continued.] / "No!" I replied, notiug the time. ?'You had better keep it. It is now two o'clock. If Cha Fong does not arrive before night I shall be vary im. patient. Dont forget to wind your iratch, for wo may want it to-morrow." I "I will not forget." We went into the temple and ate lome rice from the golden bowl. "Do be careful, Mr. Criokmore," Miss Arnold said. "You must not give Cha Fong any advantage. He is no ordinary Chinaman." . "Do not fear. I shall be prudent," I replied. "Now I think I will go on deck and reconnoiter." p "On deck?" she said, smiling. f "Well, what would you call th? top of this thing? How does 'roof strike you? By the way, is this the tenth ol January?" I*, "No?this is the eleventh." B "Then I spent all day of the tenth In stupor, as a result of meddling with Cha Fong's tobacco. No wonder I ?was hungry when I got into this world again. Well, Ralston and Langston are surely on shore by this time." ir We went through the garden and ont into the pit. We climbed up to tho top, and I carefully scanned the horizon to see if Cha Fong's yacht was coming. It was not in sight, nor was any other vessel. I led her to a spot that was somewhat screened from view?to prevent any prying glass from coming suddenly upon us, and we sat (down on the rock. "This is refreshing!" exclaimed Miss Arnold, drawing the invigorating "Air into her lungs. "I did not know the atmosphere down there was so dose. But it is grand here." I "It is," I replied. "This is an Ideal place for a residence, but one would need a fast yacht to establish a ready communication with the main land." "I tlon't think I would ever wish to see this place again," she said with a shudder, "if I only leave it alive." . "Probably not. But you will leave It alive. Don't worry any more about that. How far do you thiitk we are from Hong Kong?" "I cannot even imagine. I was con? fined in a stateroom in the yacht when we came here, and could not see how fast we came or the direotion we took." The mention of Hong Kong brought to her mind her father's anxiety for her safety. Her face saddened. "My poor father!" she said. "He is no doubt frantic with grief and worry over my disappearance." "Then he will be frantu with joy in a few hours, when you are restored to him," I replied. We sat there some time, talking. Aside from the fact that her life and mine depended upon my efforts, I was beginning to take a more than ordinary Interest in the girl who had been so miraculously thrown under my protec? tion. She was very winsome. I wondered if our acquaintance would continue after Miss Arnold had re? sumed her place among the friends from whom she had been taken. I was musing thus when she spoke: "I think I see a speck coming this way, Doctor Crick mora." I followed viie pointing of her Auger. "You are right. That is a sail, and if I am not greatly mistaken it is Cha Fong's yacht. It will be some time before he can reaoh here, as there is very little wiud stirring. But it will not do for us to remain here. He mig"ht see us, and it would put him on his guard." We carefully made our way into the pit and down the long flight of rough hewn steps. I led Miss Arnold into the garden. "Have you noticed the beauties of this place?" I asked her. "No, I did not pay muoh attention to it when we went out," she replied. "It is indeed a beautiful place. How ?musical the fountains are!" As the time passed, I noticed my companion was becoming nervous, al? though she was evidently laboring hard to remain calm. After a time 1 went out to see where the yacht was. It was slowly coming toward the rock. I did not show myself, but cautiouslj peered from behind the ledge. 1 judged that in half an hour she would be in the inlet. I returned to Miss Arnold. Then were traces of tears on her face. I was a tryiug ordeal for me. What must it have been to this gentle girl! I strove to encourage her, and soot had the pleasure of seeing her smile again. "I think it is time we made a move,' I said, after a time. "You take thii pistol?you know what to do." "Can't I help you if I remain witl you?" she asked. "No. I prefer to have yon ont o harm's way until it is over." "Very well?I will go." I put her down in the trap and closet lt. I told her to be perfectly calm ant not to fear the result. I did not fee sure of it myself, but no harm coull eome from encouraging her. I care fully rearranged the rugs, and remove all evidence that any one had bee there. I took up the knife and pnt i in my pocket. Then with the rifl olasped fondly in my hand, I went t the rear of the big idol in the temple and entered it by way of an apertux nsed no doubt to fill the lamp Inside; I took my position to one -:ide of the"' amp, where I could look through the hideous month between the rows ol priceless teeth. The air was suffocat? ing, but I did not dare put out the lamp. I knew the absence of the light In the idol would attract the attention jf Cha Fong at once. So I breathed the hot and stifling perfume and waited. . The minutes seemed like hours. My position was cramped, and it was with difficulty that I remained quiet. And I cursed Cha Fonar far bains so lone tn coming?when it might have been more to the purpose to curso him foi coming at all. But, notwithstanding my belief to the contrary, time passed. I could hear footsteps approaching in the garden, the heavy tread of mili? tary boots and the softer step of ? second person. I oould hear loud voices in angry argument. Ths lan? guage was a queer mixture. Now and then I could catch a word or a sen? tence that I could understand; but il was mostly Chinese. I felt a queer sensation at the sterl? ingly familiar sound of one of the voices. It Bounded unmistftkablv like the voice bf a pef flon whom Iliad cause to remember, and whom I would be glad to meet under circumstances favorable to (myself. My blood grew hot, my fingers tingled as they rested upon the rifle in my grasp. The angry speakers advanced and came into the temple. I bent a little lower that I might look up through the idol's mouth and see the faces of the newcomers. They stopped before the idol. One was the gigantic Cha Fong, dressed as I had seen him before, in full military costume and evidently in a towering rage. The other was Mr. Gambok Snell. How I longed to empty the rifle in? to Mr. Snell's snake-like carcass) With what joy, I thought, would I see him writhing in dying agonies before me! But it was not yet time for me to act. There was so much that I de? sired to learn. I thought perhaps by remaining quiet I could catch enough from thei'Jx;tt^xt" conversation to tell me of vj friends, Ralston au^ jc^.n?a. ton. J gathered from the bits cf their gibberish that I could understand that Cha Fong was accusing Mr. Snell of a breaoh of trust. It appeared that these two precious rogues alone pos seesedthe seoret of the hidden spring by which entrance to the island could bo effected. Hence it was plain to Cha Fong that Mr. Snell was the person wjio had been there in his absence, a$sl upon departing had left open the rolling doors. This was evidently i serious matter in the estimation ol Cha Fong, for he was greatly excitec and wrought np. Mr. Gambok Snell way apparently engaged in a frantic endeavor to dis tibbse the mind of Cha Fong of his error. He seemed to be telling bin that he had not had time since the ar rival of the City of Rio de Janeiro a Hong Kong to visit the island and re turn to Hong Kong again. Howeve: patent this fact may have been to Mr Snell, it was a difficult task to thrus it down the yellow throat of his mas ter. But the vehemence and earnestnes of Mr. Snell made at least a little im pression on Cha Fong, for he switchei the question of Mr. Snell's infidelit; from the intrusive presence of himse! in the submarine palace to the stil greater crime of divulging the secrete the place to a third person. In reply to this awful charge Mi Snell grew perfectly wild in his protei tations of innocence, and seemed to b invoking the wrath of the idol, insid of which I knelt, upon himself if h was not telling the truth. I chuckle inaudibly to myself and patted m rifle fondly. The wrath of the id< would come sure enough if they onl waited with patience. I heard the name of "America" an "girl;" and from the ugliness of Cb Fong, JI concluded that he was accu ing Mr. Snell of playing him false i still another respect. I also hear the Ketoto mentioned. Putting th. and that together, I judged the acci sation against Mr. Snell to bethe sei ing, for his own ends, of the girl wi had been sought and abducted I Cha Fong's agents for Cha Fong own purpose. I had no doubt thi Annie Ralston had been taken fro her home to be the victim of Cl Fong, and that Gambok Snell had a propriated her .himself, and now wi trying to hoodwink the Chinami into believing something else. So far as the fortunes of the gi were concerned, I could not see th it made any difference whether si was the wile of one or the other these scoundrels. While* the two were engaged their wordy war, 1 was calmly and d Jiberately shaping my course. I w pot naturally of a murderous dispo tion. In fact, it bad always been n boast that I was almost womanlike my gentleness in the practice of r profession. Even the most sim] operation in minor surgery called I the utmost sympathy within me i the sufferer. But tuere was no roi for sentiment here. I was wi awake to the fact that whatever I t must be done boldly ^nd quickly. | It was the lives of Cha Fong a Gambok Snell as against the lives ol Graoo Arnold and myself. Miss Arnold was, no doubt, at that moment shivering with fear in the vault to which I had sent her. If I failed in what I undertook now, her fate was plain. My own would be death; hers worse than death. I did not know the extent of Cha Fong'a ac? complishments in the way of crime. J did know that Gambok Snell was, so far as his knowledge and intentions went, a cold-blooded murderer. I had no doubt that both these enii ?nent gentlemen would regard the sec? ond effort to kill me a mere pleasantry. Existence had, as I have stated be? fore, always been very sweet to me; and since my mishap at the bands ol Gambok Snell, resulting in the sud? den acquaintance and friendship of the beautiful English girl, whom I was now called upon to rescue, existence had become sweeter than ever to rae. My love of life and my resolve to save Grace Arnold had be? come now my motive to act; and, as I said, it was the lives of Cha Fong and Gambok Snell as agaiust the lives of Miss Arnold and mvself. The"argument of my two enemies waxed hotter and louder. Cha Fong pointed to the despoiled rice-bowl be? fore the idol in support of his accusa? tions. Gambok Snell shouted his angry denials and shook his fist in the face of his Mantchoo master. As Cha Fong, with a gesture of rage, turned from Mr. Snell and was about *to leave the temple for the room in 'which he had left Miss Arnold, I cramped myself still more in my suf? focating hidingplace and took good aim at his breast, where, if he had any, his heart was located. Carefully sighting along the barrel, I fired. The report of the rifle awoke a thou? sand reverberations which thundered around the rocky cavern. Cha Fong fell prone upon the floor ?dead! Mr. Gambok Snell became panic stricken. His face became lived. He trembled and seemed to lose his head. Mr. Snell, perhaps, was a brave enough man in open warfare or in the face of known and palpable danger, but when idols dealt out death, and the very walls of the temple rolled with the reports of cannon, he was not terrible as a warrior. He turned and fled. t This was not according to my plan. fl did not fear the result if Mr. Snell came back with reinforcements, but j tc he would do nothing of the kind. He was on the run, and if he gained the yacht and made off with it, Miss Arnold and I would be no better off than before. I have always entertained a hearty contempt for au assassin. To shoot a ?man in the back was, in my estima? tion, a cowardly thing to do. But it *tjsrAs Snell or Crickmore, and I had no !^|uce. EeWe .nc ^ yU^'figure got out of my sight 1 fired again. Mr. Snell shrieked with pain and sank to the floor. I made a hasty exit from my hiding place and went to the side of Mr. Snell. , As I stood over him, my rifle still grasped tightly in my hand, he rolled his eyes up at me. He lecognized me, and with a howl of terror he gasped and fainted. If it had been to my advantage be? fore to shoot Mr. Snell, it was equally to my advantage now to keep him alive. I seriously questioned the re? sult, if I, with Miss Arnold, should attempt to board the yacht, and the two priests of Su Foo fail to appear. I had no means of giving orders to the sailors, and as they were no doubt faithful adherents of Cha Fong, they would unquestionably be inquisitive enough to spoil things. Hence, Mr. Snell, wounded, but alive aud sub? missive to my will, was just then a valuable adjunct to our escape. I rushed to the bedroom, kicked aside the rug that covered the trap and pulled it up. "You can come out now," I called to Miss Arnold. "Is it ali right now?" she asked, emerging from behind a pile of silks. "Are we safe?" ' "So far we are safe," I replied. "I have killed Cha Fong and wounded Gambok Snell. I want to prevent his dying, if I can, until we get away from here." "Gambok Snell!" she exclaimed. "Why, that is the name of the man who threw you overboard." "Yes, and this ia the man," I re? plied. "He is not a Chinaman, is he?" she asked, shuddering. "No. I don't know what he is. But I know what he will be if I don't hurry up. He'll be a dead man." I hurried back to the wounded Mr. Snell, leaving Miss Arnold to follow at will. She soon joined me, and I was delighted at the coolness and courage with which she took hold and helped me in my attentions to the un? conscious man. She had wits, she had tact, she had a mind. "By Jovel" I exclaimed, approv? ingly, after we had succeeded in get? ting Mr. Snell's eyes open in con? sciousness again. "You would make a capital nurse or physician, or?er? er?a physician's wife." She smiled slightly and blushed. I succeeded in getting Mr. Snell laid out on two or three rugs, and plied him with restoratives. I was not so very particular about the gentleman's comfort, but I was eager to get him where he would not bleed to death. With Miss Arnold's assistance I stanched the blood from his wound and bandaged it. He lay for some time with his eyes fastened upon me. In them there wore wonder, surprise and the fire of hate. Pretty soon hts curiosity overcame him. I heard his voice. I [TO BE 001TT1NUED.] A La Ml rh re th la h:i rc wi tn fel ie< U ?: cc Vi ju to Ol til ru tr gi tn th PT th pl hr ta ti ce at th is cl fr ti tl ti? ti W di COMPROMISE OFFERED cst Plan May Solve the Venezuelan Question. NISTER BOWEN WAITING ANSWER. Proposition Suggested by a Represents* ive of One of thc Allies, ls That for a Short ?erlod of Ihe Year the Allies Shall Exclu* ive!y Receive a Percentage of the Custom tulles. Vashington, D. C. (Special).?Prop ticns involving a compromise of thc ed powers' contention for prefercn 1 treatment in the settlement of their ims against Venezuela have been jmi'.tcd to the governments of Great itain, Germany and Italy by their iresentatives at Washington, and, ile no answers have been received as :, there is reason for the belief tfiat : al'ics will see a way to accept the e.-t proposition. This compromise s been suggested by one of the rep entatives of the al'ies herc, and ide it bas n~t formally received thc lorscment of Minister Bowen, it is t that he will not enter serious ob tions to its adoption, provided thc lited States and thc other claimant tons outside the alliance can be minced that their own interests in nezucla will not bc substantially in ed by yielding to a plan which seems offer a solution of the present seri s hitch in the Washington negotia >ns. rhe details of the proposition now der consideration bv the three allied tions are not obtainable, but in a neral way it is understood to be a iditication of the allies' contention lt they be recognized as Venezuela's cfcrred claimants in thc payment of ! indemnity. The plan suggested Brides that for a short period, per ps six months or a year, Great Bri n, Germany and Italy shall receive elusively a percentage of customs re ipts of the ports of Porto Cabello d Laguayra. and that at the end of is period?the exact length of which yet open to decision?that all the limant nations be placed on the samf o'.ing. and at the expiration of that ne thc 30 per cent, of the receipts of ese two ports be divided among all e claimant nations in ratio based on e amount of each nation's claim. Tlie plan is regarded as a compromise lich will enable the allies to with aw their ships from Venezuelan wa? rs without a serious loss of prestige. Whether the claimant nations outside e tripartite agreement will assent to is scheme is not yet known. The 'itish ambassador rilled by appoint cnt on Secretary Hiv this afternoon 2 o'clock, and it is believed that some ch plan as this wis under consi'er ion, the British ambassador wishing acquaint hirme'f w'th the exact at ir'e of the United SfatAs recrardin*?' ord Lansdowne'* contention for pref ential treatment fer the allies. BOY MURDERER GETS 20 YEARS. "-* Landis, at Lancaster, Pa., Thinks Sentence too Light. Lancaster, I\. /c ? ,N r., r /- ..?.?. Snccial).?Clarence Ic Coy and William Gu. .. olumbia (Pa.) boys convicted , . *">ur er in the second degree, were given ti. laximum sentence of 20 years by Judge .andis. who stated he was sorry he coule ot make thc punishment more severe. The prisoners are each 20 years 0! ge, and the crime for which they wen onvictcd was the murder of Jacob H lostick, a trackwalker on the Pennsyl ania railroad. After shooting and beat ng him over thc head the murderer ilaced the body on the track, expectinj hat a train would run over it and hid he evidence of murder. The body was discovered a few min itcs before the passage of a train. $1,000,003 DEAL REPORTED. Chicago Concern Miy Buy Four Minis 0 Perry Company. Clarksburg, W. Va. (Special).?A rc port is current at Clarksburg that tb Perry Coal Company will sell its hold ings in this county to the Weaver Co; Company, of Chicago. The price is n ported to be $1,000,000. The Perry property consists of foi mines?the Howard, at Wilsonburg: tl Perry and Gore, at Adamston, and tl Pooz, near Lumberport. The three la ter plants are modern and were coi structed at considerable cost. In tl tract of coal lands is comprised 2,000 ? 3,000 acres of the regular nine-fa) "Pittsburg vein." It fronts on the Ball more and Ohio and the Short Line rai roads. Will Work Day and Night. Washington, D. C. (Special).?T three-shift system, by which work w be kept up clay and night, has begun thc gun-carriage shop at the Washingt Navy Yord. There is an imperative i maud for completing thc orders now hand, and this step ls taken with a vii to expediting the completion of wo thc orders for which were given o\ two years. It is the purpose of thc nai officials to keep thc other shops at I yard in full operation during thc ent day and night as soon as sufficient wot men can be obtained. Fatality ou thc U. S. S. Boston. Vallejo, Cal. (By Cable).?The bio ing out of a plate in thc engine-room the United States steamer Boston c Edward Lee Baker his life and anoth Concord Tate, lies in a critical con tion. The two men were naval mach ists and were endeavoring to repaii leaky valve. David P. Jones Dead. Pittsburg (Special).?David Phill Jones, Chief Engineer of thc Uni States Navy, retired, died at his ap; ment at thc Iroquois here. As fathel modern engineering in thc navy Cl Engineer Jones was prominently kne throughout the United States. Tlie < Unction was earned by bis establishn of thc engineering department of Naval Academy. After the course opened he became one of tlie profesi and was one of thc most successful popular ones ever at fhe naval schoc THE LATEST NEWS IN SHORT ORDER. Domestic. Thc Pennsylvania Railroad's famous 20-hour special between New York and Chicago will be abandoned in order to aid in removing thc traffic congestion. Justice MacLean, of the Supreme Court of New York, has denied an ap? plication for separation based on an antemarital error on the part of the wife. L The Thomas Jefferson Memorial As? sociation has issued an appeal through its president, Admiral Dewey, for funds to erect a memorial to Jefferson at thc capital. At the Indianapolis wage conference the operators unanimously voted not to grant the demand of the miners for higher wages and certain changes in the method of mining. The question was discussed and referred to the scale com? mittee. C. B. Allison, an electrical contractor of Shcradcn, a suburb of Pittsburg, was called to the front door of his house and shot down by an unknown person. The Southern Pacific has reached an agreement with its firemen on the wage question. The increase granted aver? ages between 6 and 12 per cent. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad has voluntarily increased the wages of all its machinists, boilermakers, black? smiths and car repairers. An appraisal of the estate of thc late Augustin Daly, of New York, shows that it is not sufficient to cover his debts. Jean Jules Jusserand, the new French ambassador, and his wife reached New York on thc French liner La Lorraine. The schooner Minnehaha sprung a leak and sank at thc entrance to Winyah Bay, South Carolina. The big department store of Weni stock, Lubin & Co., in Sacramento, Cal., was destroyed. At thc opening of the afternoon ses? sion of the Strike Commission in Phila? delphia Attorney Wolverton, for the Reading, announced that at a conference I held during the noon recess between j : John Veith, general mining superinten j dent of the Philadelphia and Reading I Coal and Iron Company, and George W. j Hartlein, secretary of District No. 9, of I the miners' union, it was agreed that the I weighing of coal in th* Ninth district, 1 which takes in all of the southern coal j field, is impracticable because of the I pitching veins. This settles, so far as the lower fields arc concerned, one of the principal issues in dispute in the other two regions. \Tlie National Board of Education, which was incorporated by a recent act of Congress, organized by electing W. H. Baldwin, Jr., president. John D. Rocke? feller, Jr., is a member of thc board. John D. Rockefeller, Sr., has given $100, 000 for io years. Levy Ankeny, the millionaire banker and farmer of Walla Walla, was elected United States senator by the Washing? ton legislature. Mr. Abraham Gompers, son of Mr. I hu Samuel Gompers, president of the J. American Federation of Labor, died in J pe Denver, Col. While crazed by drink at Titusville, Pa., John Fiddler shot and killed his wife, tried to kill his son and then killed himself. John Beard Allen, a former United States senator from Washington, is dead. ap Fi pr tic Gc an ?P th; 1 mi c . 1 th; Foreign. pl( arm .storX jfcaJWFffflts i1* the.. proyincM li of Saxony is determined to renounce his m succession to the throne in favor of his th son, George, who is io years old. \\ United States Minister Powell and a $1 representative of thc Dominican govern- T ment signed a protocol to submit an fe American company's claim to arbitration, p; Brazilian generaL, with guns and C ammunition, have gone to the Bolivian frontier to take command of the Brazil? ian troops there. The French Chamber of Deputies, amid a patriotic demonstration, adopted the first chapter of the army budget. The engineers of the' Netherlands Rail- p road struck, stopping traffic between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Sousa's Band played American airs in Waterloo Castle, London, for King Edward. Serious floods have been caused in Scotland by the melting of thc snow. Herr Ballin, director general of the Hamburg-American Line, explained that the French Line has renewed the usual traffic agreement, but has not entered into the'shipping combine. Dr. van Lynden, the Dutch foreign minister, announced that Carnegie's offer of $250,000 for a library for the In? ternational Court of Arbitration had been rejected. Countess Isabella Wesierska Kwilecki was for the second time arrested in Ber? lin on the charge of palming off a bogus child as the heir to a large Polish estate. Foreign Minister Prinetti, of Italy, had an attack of paralysis while attend? ing a conference of the ministers with the King at the Quirinal. An American chamber of commerce was organized with 101 members, who are engaged in business in various Ger? man cities. Thc Crown Princess of Saxony has been excluded from all rights and dig? nities of a member of the Saxon royal house. It is reported that Ben Kamara, the pretender to the throne of Morocco, has been defeated. Financial. Thc Reading is producing an average of 33,000 tons of coal daily. Standard Oil brokers freely sold St. Paul when it bad risen to 179. St. Paul Railroad is putting Eastern freight in storage, the railroads being so badly blocked. European exchange rates were un? changed, money conditions running smoothly despite Venezuela. Storage battery jumps about very nimbly. It is so closely held the in? siders can do anything they care to willi it. Chicago Great Western is to be trans? ferred to one of the big railroad sys? tems, says vice-President Oppenheim. Of. seventy-nine independent tin plate mills only eighteen are now running owing to a reduction from $4 to $3.60 a box. There are 227 out of 264 trust mills in operation. _ Movirin will rpadiiy QiSHJHSTIS IjOS3 ot Hair, __ "SCAICrtll l)13eas?Ml Hoofs nn.lSoratrhcsin hor iYlUStang Liniment ses mules aa*a cattle. Farmers try it. A toad under a harrow suffers no more than the faithful horse that ia tortured with Spavins, Swinney, Harness Sores, Sprains, etc. Most horse owners know thia and apply thc kimi of sympathy that heals, knovvu far and wide as MIUlstaI^lg, Liniment Never fails?not even i;t the most aggravated cams. Cures caked udder in cows quicker than any known remedy. Hardly a disease peculiar 1) muscle, skin or joints that cannot be cured by it. Mexican b the b?^ remedy on iho nwrfcaHfor _ i * * a. ^ i'l'K'^l's iSpr.iius.-'.iidfikiii Lunn*. lUUStang Liniment Itkee'wl.Gr.r.^n-inHdesmcuiiditioi', THE OLD DOMINION. test News Gleaned From AU Over the Stale. V strong delegation from Tidewatct teared before the House Committee on lance in advocacy of the $_'oc,ooo ap ?priation for the Jamestown Exposi* rs. Messrs. D. Lowenberg. Director neral, and H. L. Page, of Norfolk i 0. D. Batchelor and J. L. Patton ike in behalf of thc bill. Gen. Fitz ?h Lee was present, and he and Hon taylor Eliyson will make the fina! ap ds this week. General Lee declared t the $200,000 was all that would evel asked from the State by the Exposi* n. He thinks the sale of stock, with ltrihutions from the Government, es and counties, will yield aniplV ' cnues. Ihe Courts of Justice Committee of House reported favorably Mr. Cum rigs' bill amending the Divorce law SC t a partial divorce may be made com? te after three years where there has 'fi, no reconcilliation. md Telephone CoUYff..Y../>f the Rich t Virginia Trust company, n ..sold bj amer, Moore & Co., whose bid wai 0,000. There was no other bidder, ie purchaser is believed to have acted r the Southern Rell Telephone Colli? ny, which recently has obtained the ty Council's permission to take over e business of the independent concern. was only an hour before the sale that was certain the property could be sold ider foreclosure, W. C. Heinroth, of ncago, having sued out a temporary junction forbidding thc sale. Detail the settlement have not been made lblic. but it is said that Heinroth and ose he represented were secured to the nount for which they contended, t.oto. Plans to greatly enlarge Roanoke Col ge, at Salem, have been prepared and ?"proved by the faculty and trustees of ie institution. The expenditure will nount to $25,000. This improvement as projected by the alumni and former udents of the college, and they will resent it as an offering in commemora 011 of the semi-centennial of the col :ge, to be celebrated at the fiftieth an? nal commencement in June. The propo ition is to include in the new building 3 cience hall. In the case of William J. Bott against -ane Bros. .& Co., railroad contractor: t Woodstock, the jury gave Bott $1.20; amages. This was the second trial foi lamages against Lane Bros. & Co. dur ng the present term of court, the resul ?f an accident in their quarry, when J N. Bauserman and Bott were terrilT nanglcd by an explosion and J. W *lidenour lost his life. A. B. Montcurc. of Reams. Dinwiddi rounty, has been assigned space for ai ?xhiblt at the Sportsmen's Show n Madison Square Garden, New YorV next month. This will bc the first ex bibit of its kind from thc South. Fair dus possum and turkey hunters of thi section will accompany Mr. Montcur with three days' camp outfit and liv (jame. A mysterious assault, in which J. V Egger, of Philadelphia, was the victit xcurred at Winchester at an early hoi the other morning. Egger is a pres man at the Eddy Press. He says he wi jjoing home when he was held up by :rowd, who demanded some money ai upon his refusal assaulted him with blackjack. The verdict rendered against the Vi ginia Fire and Marine Insurance Cot Dany of North' America and the Niaga Insurance Company in favor of S. Lonas, of Mount Jackson, for damap \o his store building by fire in Februa 1902, for $1,500 was reduced by t court to $050 and judgment docketed. Mr. John W. Payne dropped dc from heart failure. Mr. Payne was c of the most prosperous farmers of C peper county and highly respected, was in the fifty-fifth year of his age a leave a widow and four daughters. The Tunis Lumber Company of N !olk is said to have made a combinat .yuh, big lumbej concerns,, insuring^ ts immense planing mills an anim riant supply of timber. The big timber interests of Mr. John Harker and hil associates in thc firm of Wiley. Harker & Co. have, it is stated, been secured by ?.be Tunis concern. The Norfolk con? cerns have been after the more heavilj wooded districts of North Carolina for a long while. The Tunis Lumber Com? pany, however, appears to have gotten it* reported alliance with the Angola and the Carolina lumber companies, recenth reorganized, the pick of all thc immense timber lands of the Wilcy-Harker peo? ple. Mr. Thomas Ford, thc blind mattress* maker of Lexington, died at bis bonn'' in that city, aged 73 years. In his youth he lost his sight by two accidents. The prong of a fork which be was using to untie his shoestring slipped, pierced his eye, destroying the-sight A sill*. >? iinji afterward a whip lash destroyed the sig" of the other. He was buried in thc Lex? ington Cemetery. Five children survive him. Thc work of double-tracking the Southern railway is progressing rapidly at Manassas. Some valuable property in the town will be impaired. The trees in front of the Hotel Maine and the Howard House will have to be cut down to make way for the tracks. been appointed watchman at the Nava' Academy. Annapolis. He held a sim ilar position in the Treasury Depart ment at Washington, and was trans fcrred to the Naval Academy at hil own request. Lynchburg Elks arc to build a band some new home for thc lodge. Work will probably begin within two months Dobyns Bros. are to build a large bo tel and storeroom at Dublin, to be com-, plcted and ready for occupancy the 1st of May. John H. Detterman died at Western? port, Allegany county, of rhcuumatism, aged 39 years. Mr. Hugh M. Blain, who for two years had been associate principal of the Valley Seminary, a large female school at Waynesboro, bas been ap? pointed adjunct professor of English in the Louisiana State University at Ba? ton Rouge. The Federal Government bas notified J. Clements Shafer, a Richmond con? tractor, that his bid on thc proposed improvements on James River, to cost ?237,000, has been accepted. The con? tract will be signed in a few days. While pursuing two negro fugitives near Windsor, Officer Bradshaw shot three times and one of them fell badly wounded. They were suspected of rob? bery at Dwight, but it appears that the real thieves have been caught. William Watkins was cut and mor? tally wounded by John G. Ball in a row at the crossroads near Hampton. Ball jsed a caseknifc. Watkins' throat was rut from ear to ear. Cdd Museum in Paris.' Paris has a museum of objects re leting to the ballet, lt includes every? thing, from old ballet skirts to jew? elry worn by famous dancers. There are also casts of the feet of tues? U-rpsichoreans, among them being one of Mme. Vettris' feet, lt was made for Lord Fife at a cost of $5,000, and 1 sold after his death for a small sum.