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VOL. XIX, NO. 5S
A Christmas Suggestion!
Those, who contemplate making
**B Cht ist mas or New Years' "ifts
II sometimes find themselves con
fronted with the perplexinir ques?
"Whai S?all I Boy ?"
Why not decide on a Camera? A more
interesting, instructive or useful gift
eould not possibly be selected for any
member of the household? young.or old.
We have them at prices from $4 to $10.
Come and see them.
ROANOKE CYCLE COMPANY,
108 Sulem avenue s. w.
Onr Holiday Sales
Now la Foil Blast
The public is cordially in?
vited to inspect this beautiful
display of Cut Class, Lamps,
Sterling Silver, Table, Toilet?
ware and Novelties. Deco?
rated China Jewel Cases, Are.
We solicit comparison of prices.
EDWARD S. GREEN,
M,\ X t FACTURl XO ,1 GWELER.
Special bargains In Diamonds and
See Our BeantiM
Line of Pianos.
We are now receiving that beau?
tiful line of pi.itios your atten?
tion whs called tu a few days
ago. They will have to be .seen
to be appieclated. We are
carrying our same line --MEU
I.IX, HAINES, and KROE
GEH PIANOS. An inspection
of the M EH BIN will prove It
to be the finest piano ever
brouuht to the city. You are
invited to call at
J. E. ROGERS & CO..
No. 11 Jefferson street.
Are constantly shifting and changing.
Early in the sixteenth century the French
gentlemen of fashion could stand nearly
erect and hold the toe of his long and
slender shoe in his hand.
. The lack of demand for similar shoes
now is Ihe only r.*ason we havo none to
offer you. Every shoe that fashion will
permit you to wear is here. Style, com?
fort And lorn: wear enter iuto every shoe
we sell. The prices will save, money for
BQWBRE SHOE COMPANY,
110 South Jefferson street.
BIMETALLISM IN GERMANY.
Silver Mei to IKeen ',Up Propaganda in
Spite of England's Attitude.
Berlin, ^Dec. 14.?Herr Wilhelm von
Knrdorlt, president of the Bimetallic
League of Germany, presided yesterday
at the meeting of the league, at which it
was "esolved to take steps to promote the
objects of the league in otbet couutries,
as though England's attitude might de?
lay, it could not permanently prevent bi?
Herr von Kardorff, in the Reichstag,
has expressed his great regret at Eng?
land's rejection of the proposals of the
Wolcott monetary commission.
EFFECT OF D1NGLEY TARIFF.
Berlin,Dec. 11.? While the budget was
under consideration in the Reichstag yes
nterilay.Herr Richter said he agreed with
Baron Von Thielmann, secretary of the
tro-tsury, that the Dimzley turilF ten fled
in the direction of the abolition of sugar
bounties, and he added that if England
adopted the samo course as America, the
bounties would soon be Abandoned.
CARLYLE'S SISTER DEAD
Toronto. Ont., Dec. 14.?Mrs. Janet
Carlyle, sister of Thomas (5. Carlylo. the
author, and the last member of tho fam?
ily, died yesterday at tbo'rostdence of her
son-in-law, >n this city, aged 83 years.
Examine the Virginia Carriage Facto?
ry's baggie* before buying. Ofllco No.
Can Now be Seen in Clear Weather
Through Smoked Glass.
IT IS ESTIMATED BY ASTRONO?
MERS TO BE ONE HUNDRED
THOUSAND AH.EES IN DIAMETER
AND IT LOOKS LIKE A BLACK,
SWIRLING MASS?JUST SUPPOSE
IT FALLS ON THE EARTH.
New York, Dec. 14.?One of the largest
sun spots ou record, hut. not the largest,
is now to he seen uy anybody who will
hold a piece of smoked glass between his
eye and the sun. The spot, has attained
to a diameter estimated at 100,0(H) miles,
and the great black shadow may bo ?een
easily near the centre of the sun's disc.
Many people- saw it yesterday,t lthough
there wero so many clouds thnt'thu situ
was obscured for a large part of the day.
There is little or no doubt that, it may~be
seen for several days, 'in the same way,
and it is highly probable 'that small tele
ecopes will be able to see It for many days
Sometimes the spots remains visible
for several rotatious of the sun, which
are accomplished in about twenty five
days each. The spots begin near the
sun's poles and make their ?way toward
the emiilateral region. They t raverse^a
region about corresponding to that where
the trade winds are felt on the earth.
They are never seen at the poles or the
equator. The great spot now visible is
near the equatorial line.
Contrary to some prevalent notions,the
appearance of the great spots and a large
number of the spots should bo welcomed
rather than looked upon with trepidation
by tho inhabitants of the earth, for they
are evidence that the mysterious energies
of the sun aro working full time and not
shirking, and consequently that the earth
may expect reasonable temperature and
weather conditions. Instead of the violent
and detestable, or at least detested, nit-,
seasonable extrentes from which we of
the earth suffer when the sun's energies
rp.dtice their operations to .half power or
Prof. Garrott P. Serrisa, the astrono?
mer, who has had his eye on their out?
ward cud visible manifestations for a
good while, in common with other as?
tronomers, says thatJihese"spots are not
eruptions, like earthquakes. They are
workings of tho sun's mysterious force,
like nothing with which we are familiar
on the earth, and whatever tbo working
is cannot be described. |The big spot now
to bo seen appears to the 'observer like a
heavy black, terrible 'swirling mass, sur?
rounded by shadows or penumbra, and it
1s the diameter of the whole, the penum?
bra included, that is estimated at 100,000
Thin spot, having been of gradual
growth, Mr. Serviss thought there was
little doubt that some effect of it had been
lelt on the earth already, although he
had heard ot none reported. The dlffl
ctllty, he said,was that we had not as yet
sensitive PUMlgh instruments to deteet
the effect or influence of it. The only
effects that might yet ba noticed here, he
thouaht, were magnetic or electric dis
turbances and the apoearnuces of the au?
THAT BIG REDUCTION OF $30 IN
Was madu by the Robbie Piano Com?
pany in o:der that those contemplating
tho purchase of a piano, in the near fu?
ture, ivou'd avail themselves o' this De?
cember reduction,to make an Ninas pres
ent to sorm loved one. Terms as low as
One of the Six Named Below_Will Plead
Cariacas, Vene/,., Dec. 14.?Venezuela
''ns not yet definitely determined who
shall plead her cause before the arbitra?
tion tribunal to fix tho Guiana boundary,
but it is settled that it will be one of tho
six distinguished jurists of the United
States: Joseph II. Choate. of New York:
Frederick R. Corniert, of New York; For
mer President Harrison: United States
Senator .(. B. Foraker, if Ohio: Judge
Wni. R. Day, of Canton. O., or former
United States Senator ^George F Ed?
munds, of Vermont.
NOT RAPID ENOUGH.
A Pastor Does Not Believe the Saviour
Could P'ease Them
Columbus, O., Dec. 14.?The Rev.
George Smith resigned the pastorate of
the First English Lutheran Church Sun?
day in a sermon in which ho said ^to tbe
congregation that )it mattered not how
devout and diligent their pastor was,
Lhrist himself would not please them.
His parishioners say that he is not pro?
gressive enough for them.
SPIDER CAUSES DEATH.
New York, Dec. 14.?Tho death of Mrs.
Sarah Cassidy, who expired while climb
inir the stairs at her home, ^No. 1870 Sec?
ond avenue, was primarily caused by a
spider's bite. The woman was bitten on
the face, and tho poison finally reached
the h?art She lived only a week alter the
FIRST CUBAN TOBACCO.
New York. Dec. 14. -The Ward Line
steamer Orizaba, which arrived today,
brought frr.m Havana ill bnles of to
biceo. being the first shipment of the
weed from that port in many months.
RETURN TO WASHINGTON.
Canton, O.. Dec. 14.?President Mc?
Kinley and the Cabinet officers, along
with several other officials, lift shortly
after 7 o'clock this evening tor Washing?
Forecast for Virginia: ? mn and rolder]
>KE, VA., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER
Children's Books and Games.
We can safely say we carry the largest stock of the above goods c f any
hoese in the Southwest, and as for prices, we will compare.theci wUi ANY
HOUSE in the State. Make the children happy and the household bright
by gettiiiK new Hooks and Games for Christmas.
Ask for Bicycle Mudi Gras Ticket. 10 Campbell Avenue
NOT AN OPPOSING VOTE,
Senator Daniel Unanimously Re
Richmond, Vn., Dec. 14.?John W.
Daniel '"as to day elected United States
Senator to succeed himself. There was
not. an opposing vote cast In either branch
of the general assembly.
J. H?ge Tyler and Edward Echols were
this evening formally notified of their
election as governor and lieutenant-gcv
John AY. Womaek, agent of the Amer?
ican Hook Company, will have a two col?
umn article in the morning papers to?
morrow in auswcr to Stuhbs- card refer?
ring to him as a man in bad repute.
Tho senate confirmed the following
appointments hy the governor: Henry T.
Wickham to succeed Camm Patteson on
the board of visitors of the^ University of
Virginia; Grauvillc. Gaiues, of Warren
ton; Richard Walke, "of Norfolk; H. T.
Parrish, of Roacoke, as members of tho
board of visitors of the Virginia Military
DIED AT LYNCHBURG.
Ex-Minister McDonald Succumbs
Mr. Alexander McDonald, former min?
ister to Persia, died at an early hour yes?
terday morning at St. Andrew's Home,
in Lynchburg, of pneumonia.
For a year or more, says the News. Mr.
McDonald has been in somewhat feeble
health, but until very recently his condi?
tion was not considered as very sprious.
j While in Persia ho contracted a bronchial
trouble, which, despite the efforts of the
best physicians, became aggravated with
'i'ne, and when he arrived in this coun?
try a few weeks airo, ho was weaker and
mote debilitated than he had been since
he contracted the disease. After a few
' days sojourn in New York, he went to
: Washington, where he severed his last
1 official connection with the State Depart
: meat, bringtna ton close a service honor
' able to himself and to the country.
Ou reaching Lyuchburg, the home of
! his nativity and the place of his life-long
I residence, on Tuesday, he registered at
j the Arlington Hotel, and there remained
confined to his room until last Friday,
when on the advice ot his physician, he
was removed to St. Andrews Home.
Tho bronchial trouble developed into
pneumonia, and when on Monday about
midday the report spread throuuh tho
city that Mr. McDonald was living, peo?
ple were loth to credit the announcement,
and received it with expressions of pro?
ton ndest sorrow and regret.
Fortuany hours preceding his death,
he was in an unconscious condition, and
his last moments were peaceful J|aud un?
touched by pain.
I BIG DECEMBER REDUCTION IN
During December Robbie Piano Com
! pany will cut *->() otr tho price of every
I piauo in their wnrcrooms above ?:loo.
I Terms as low as the lowest.
ESTHAM TAKES THE STAND.
Gives Dramatic Version of His Encoun?
ter With Frank Thompson.
Cumberland. Dec. 14 ?To the surprise
of everybody but his own counsel, Col.
Estham took the stand yesterday after?
noon at Parsons. Tho prisoner denied
many cf the threats proven against him
and tried to explain away the others. He
admitted assaulting Frank Thompson in
the car. call!uk him a vile name, aud or?
dering him out, but said he had Intended
him no further injury, and that would
have been the end of it had uot Thompson
drawn his revolver. Ho swore Thompson
shot him twice before he returned (ire
from his pocket. Donning the bullet-rent
garment ho wore in the atTray, he took
tip a pistol and dramatically gave his ver?
sion of the. encounter.
NATIONAL HOARD OF TRADE.
Washington, Dec. 14.?The national
board of trade met to day in twenty
eighth annual session. Ex Governor
Stanard, or St. Louis, presided. The ex?
ecutive committee made its annual re?
port, which was adopted without a dis?
senting vote. In tho report, currency re?
form Is urged and it further says that
only unexpected prosperity can put an
end to the feeling of unrest.
UNION DEMANDS S/?O.000.
Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 14.?Ana con?
dition preliminary to tho removal of the
boycott against the Armor Packing Com
p ny the three labor unions involved have
demanded an Indemnity of $50,000 to bo
paid to the union men who have beeu
locked out. Other lab.r unions repudiate
jest RECEIVED ne-v crop California
LOTS OF WIND. !
But Very Little Business Trans?
acted by Council Last Night.
Council wns called to order last night
promptly at S o'clock by President Terry
with the following "members present:
Buckner, Colcman, Coulhouru, Evans,
Hodgson, Minnehan, Mullen, Newton,
Page, Witt and Woods. Messrs. Fox and
Strickland sauntered in later.
The ]lire and water com mini?. Mr.
Buckner chairman, recommended the
pui chase of 1,800 feet of hose at a cost of j
51,107, and also that all the other appa?
ratus asked for by the fire department ho J
purchased, except 11 new fire ."alarm box, |
at a cost not exceeding $113.70 and that
the city engineer be instructed to pur?
chase the same in accordance with the
contracts accompanying the report of the
committee. The repart was unanimously
The committee on ordinances recom?
mended that mi ordinance be passed au?
thorizing the mayor to deduct 20 per
cent, of the sentence ou persons incar?
cerated in the city jail and working on
the chain gang for uood behavior, which
There being no further reports frcn
committees.' miscellaneous business was
uext in order.
Dr. Hodgson Introduced a resolution
that the Old Opera House be put in con?
dition, which wa>? referred to the nubile
property committee tor investigation and
Several communications were read
from Citizens in regard to sidewalks und
repairs to certain streets all of which
were referred to the street committee.
A communication was received from
the ('has. Lyle Drug Company olTering
to compromise their suit for $55 now
pending against the city which was re?
ferred to the finance committee.
Dr. Hodgson ottered a resolution that
all Councilmen should receive ,sT>(> a year
salary aud that $2.1)0 should be deducted
for every failure to atteud a Council
meeting. This resolution w?s also re- 1
[erred to the finance committee
Several other commuuioatoua were rend !
but were of minor importance and were
all referred to the proper committees.
The finance er mini Ute made a leport
recommending the city solicitor be in?
structed to present to the legislature,?
bill authorizing the City f ouncil of l*oa
noke to redeem the present outstanding
B per cent, bonds ttmcuntlug to ?15,000
by Issuing other bonds nt t per cent.
This recommendation, together with a I
resolution by Mr. Page, 'o present a Hl' i
amending sectioi. 23 of the city laws,
were, on motion of Mr. Buckner, re?
ferred to the ordinance committee which
was instructed to re pert at some futon
meeting a bill embracing all the proposed
amendments to the city charter.
Mr. Colemnn's moiiini to reconsider
the vote taken in regard to engaging 1
man to copy the delini|uent tax lists in a
book pun-based for that purpose was
carried and then the fun commenced.
Mr. Coleman then moved that the au?
ditor bo instructed to do the work. , ln"a
second ?Ir. Paue was on his feet and
offered as an amendment, that the finance
committee be. instructed to engage a man
to do the work at a cost of *'.??">.
Mr. Buckner opposed this amendment
and after several speeches had been made
in favor of and against it, Dr. Hodgson
moved that the matter be thrown open
for full discussion. Might there, the ball
gtnrted rolling and before it stopped and
the dust had cleared away there was not
a person in the hall who was convinced
that, some of the Councilmen at least car?
ried air-pumps and had learned only too
well how to use them time after time.
"Question was called bv a weary mem?
ber and just as often it was voted down
until at last the air pumps gave out and
when things sett led down again and the
vote was taken both the motio.i and
amendment were lost and precious
"wind" and time had for the most part
As the "weary" member of Council
said, when he called for "question" the
last time. "It Is utterly Impossible to tell
how many speeches 1 have heard on this
suiject. but a conservative estimate
wouldplace'ltat250. Still I know 00 more
than I did before."
On motion of Dr. Strickland Council
adjourned to meot next Saturday night
at which time the report of the school
committee will come up.
~ BAIL IS NOW DKNll'.D.
New York, Dec. 14.?Actor Hate 11 tie,
who is on trial for assaulting his wife,
has been out on bail, but when court ad?
journed to day Judge Newberger ordered
that he be put in jail until the trial was
BIG CURRENCY MOVEMENT.
New VorV, Be?. 14 --Currency trans?
fers aggrgegatina $270,000 were made
from tho sub-treasury lure to Southern
cities to day.
ONE CASK OLD FASHIONED
MARSH MALLOWS 1 1 pound pack?
ages. 10c; 1-2 found packages, 20c: 1
pound packages, 85c; :i pound packages
$1; 5 pound packages, *l ">(>. Kresh, just
received at. J, J, CATOGNl'S. Choto
1 im I'mmiiiint und V .mill lluviirn
American Federation of Labor Con?
venes at Nashville.
ONE HUNDRED DELEGATES ARE
PRESENT?ANNUAL REPORT OF
PRESIDENT GOMPERS IS RE?
CEIVED WITH ENTHUSIASTIC AP?
PLAUSE?MANY THOUSAND NEW
MEMBERS ADDED DURING THE
NasbviUe, Term., Dee. 14.?When Pres?
ident Gompers called the seventeenth an
Dual convention of the American Federa?
tion of Labor to order yesterday, in tho
hall of tho house of representatives,
there ware present mote than 100 dele?
gates and many visitors. Tho halls were
decorated with the Hags of different na?
William Aimison, former president o!
tho Typographical Union, extended a cor?
dial welcome to tho delegates,
fit President Gompers, in his address, de
ncnuced the convict ;labor system, aud
said that it was gratifying to ii'Uo that
tho best people of our country are extend?
ing the hand of friendship to the united
labor organizations. Two delegates,
Havilock Wilson, of London, of the .sea?
men's organization, and mem her of the
British parliament from Mlddlesborough,
and Edward llarfoid, of London, of the
railway employes' organ'zation, were in?
Another prcmiucnt visitor is Mr.
Cardo/.o, of France, who is hero for! the
purpose of obtaining statistics relative to
industries of the United States.
Theodore Petry, of Nashville, was ap?
pointed assistant, secretary, after which
tho annual report ot H-'reddct Gompers
Prolonged applause followed the con
elusion of the report and the convention
adjourned for dinner.
Upon reassembling the reports of the
secretary, treasuier, and auditing com?
mittee were read, and committees were
appointed. Thosectetary's report showed
that the increase of membership during
the past year is 31,230.
The greater portion of this increase oc?
curred during the past tour months.
Two hundred and seventeen charters
were issued to national, State, local and
Federal labor unions Over 500 applica?
tions for unions havo been forwarded by
organizers to the different affiliated na?
The treasurer's report showed n balance
of several thousand dollars on hand.
Tho matter of selection of the next
place of meeting is already exciting in?
terest Kansas City is the leading can?
MARKED IN PLAIN "1GURES.
The prices of Hobbio Piano Company
are so well established, each piano being
marked in plain figures, that the Decem?
ber reduction of s??"? <> is a honilldo cut.
Terms as low as tho lowest.
PRINCETON S CA PTA IX RESIGNS.
Kelly ot Baird Likclv to be Chosen to Fill
Princeton, N. J., Dee. 1! The captale
,of the university football team for next
season will \ rolmbly be elected to-mor?
row night. Captain Gnrrett Cocbran, of
tho *07 eleven, returned to college to?
day. Since'tho Yale game ho has been
confined most of the time in a hospital.
Captain Cochrnn, who was unaniniousty
elected to this position at a meeting o'
of the class last Thursday, handed in his
resignation to day. This was due, he
said, to the fact that-he did noi. think the
captain of a defeated team should accept
any position at the hands of his class.
HOT AGAlNS'l WEYLER.
Madrid, Dec. 14.?Newspapers here say
that reformism at the reopening "f the
cort.es will demand the trial of Weyler.
Weyler received the leaders of the conser?
vatives and several generals yesterday.
LUETGERT JURY COMPLETE.
Chicago, Dec. I I.?The Luetgcrt jury
for the second trial was completed yes?
terday afternoon by the swearing of
Hehry Boasderg, a pressman, and this
morning the second trial of the sausage
"PLAYED FOOTBALL AND DIED.
Akron, ()., Dec. 14.?Frank Hunt, the
11-year-old son of William H. Hunt, of
this city, died to-day from brain fever,
the result, of contusion on tho head sus?
tained on the football field last Thursday.
GOOD COMMON SENSE.
SJBetter buy slightly used ilrst class
piano than a new cheap make. Hobbio
Piano Company can suit you in a line
plano^but alisbtly used.
Folding Pocket -Kodak."
Your best girl wants one.
ROAN OK E CYCLE CO.,
lOM Salem avenue s. w.
Another big shipment, of Lowmy s
world famous Uon Bons and Chocolates,
."ii) cents per pound, put up 'in attractive
boxes at Catognl's.
Holiday goods In endless variety a; the
E. H. Stewart Furniture Company.
Don't tail to attend the tire sale
at Enock's Bazaar. Goods slight?
ly damaged by smoke to be sold
i rp.gardlfiss nf cost.
PRICE 3 CENTS
Report That He Has Offered His
Services to Blanco
RICH CUBAN" MERCHANTS CON?
TEMPLATE SENDING A PETITION
TO PRESIDENT 'M'KINLEY ASK?
ING HIM TO [ESTABLISH AN
Havana. Uec. 14. ? It is announced
seini-ofltcllaly that (ieneral Sanguilly,
the insurgent leader, has written to Mar?
shal Blanco offering him his seivices uu
Some of the richest Spaniards iD Cuba
have held further meetings here, at Cien
fuvgos and ?agua, to consider the advisa?
bility of sending a petition to President
McKinley asking for the establishment of
a United States protectorate over Cuba
if, within six months, the government's
plan for the pacification of the island
give no result.
Later advices from Madrid seem to
show that Deputy Amblar will be en?
trusted with the task of making other
offers to t he Cub* Junta when ho reaches
New York. Ho 's said to have informed
the Spanish ministers that he counted,
upon the adherence of General Sanguilly
to tho new order of thlnus, and. if it is
truo that the latter has offered his ser?
vices to the captaiu-general, the intluence
of An blttr at Madrid will be greatly in?
It is officially nnnouueed that the Span?
ish forces under the command of General
l'ando, in the province of Puerto Prln
cipe. have been pushing the Insurgent
leader. Gen. Ma> into Gomez, so closely
that he wes obliged with about 200 men
of his escort to seek refuge in tho wcods
and mouuViins of Las Deltoias.
Tho commissioners sent by General
l'ando to different parts of tho island,
with instructions to negotiate with the
insurgents for their acceptance of the au?
tonomous form of government, proposed
by Spain, hare not returned in it single
case, which seems to confirm the reports
that son:e of them have been hanged by
the insurgents and that others have
elected to remain with the enemy.
It Is reporteil that Juau Delgado, the
insured)I lender, has hanged the two
commissioners who were sent to him with
DIN DKM AN UPRIGHT PIANO AT
ABOUT HALF PRICE.
A slightly used upright Lindoman
Piano, fancy walnut case, good as new,
fully warranted flve.'r*!ars, at about half
j>rice. ou easy payments. You cannot
a (ford to overlook this bargilu. Hohhie
PEACE WITHOUT WAR.
Germany Hopes for a Solution ot tho Chi?
Berlin, Dec. 14. A numbai ot civic,
military and university deputations at
Kiel walled upon Prince Henry u? Prus?
sia on Saturday, to wish him bon cojage.
Prince Henry said: "1 enthusiastically
undertake the voyage i to China) at the
personal instance,of the emperor, arid
with the consciousness of thereby con?
tributing to German .might and great?
The Prince added: "There are reasons
to hope for a peaceful solutiou of tho
dillieulties with Chitin."
EXPRESS AGENT HURT.
Staunton, Va., Dec 14.?B. Miller Mo
Cue, agent ^f tho~Adams Express Com?
pany, nt this city, met with an accident
ou Saturday that may result fatally. He
I was riding on the "tracks of the .Chesa?
peake and Ohio railroad on a bicycle. It
was at niaht ami in the darkness he could
not see where he was riding. He ran
U(K)U a trestle and was thrown down
through it headforemost. His frontal
bone is crushed, his scalp and face badly
bruised and lacerateJ, and he is thought
to be hurt Intern? Uy. Relatives have
been summoned to his bedside
NO CHANGES LIKELY.
Washington, Dec. 14.--The Dingley
tariff law will not be changed in any of
its customs features at the preseut ses?
sion of Congress. A general understand
Ing to this effoct has been reached imong
the Republican n(embers of the ways aud
means committee,who fed that it is moat
desirable to avoid disturbing the tariff.
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I The Popular and Reliable
3 RIANO W
S has been before the public jj
5 for more than forty years ft
? and is more popular to- ft
5| day than ever before, ft
5S Their productions of 18l,)7 ft
5j j>$e tin* finest they ever jj
* turned out. JJ
Robbie $mno Co.
22 ? ?
2 l'nclor> "rices, Knny l*i\> nieillt.