The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, February 15, 1912, Image 9

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AC'll j car nnda tens of thou
Bands of American citizens mak
ing patriotic pilgrimages to the
uomc ami tomb of George Wash
ington nt Mount Vernon on the
Potomac river. Almost without
exception theso tourists "stop
over" going or coming at the
quaint old town of Alexandria,
Va , located about half way be
tween the city of Washington
and Mount Vernon. Many of
the visitors declare Alexandria
nimost If not quite as Intel est
IllE as lln f.'ir.fuintHl mnnii-v
oat of thu Father of Ills Country. Old Alexau
drla would bo well worthy a visit merely as n
lino example of nn old colonial town, rich' in tho
architecture of tho period, but added to this Is
Hho hlstoilcul significance that It was George
'Washington's "home town."
Hither he came to attend the balls and other
Koclal festivities that brought out all the landed
gentry or thu old dominion; hero ho attended
church every Sunday when residing nt Mount
'Vernon; nnd to this place he repaired when
business matters connected with his law estate
required legal or other adjustment that could
not readily be negotiated on tho plantation. Al
exandria was the meeting place of the Masonic
lodge of which George Washington was so prom
inent a member and hero was located a volunteer
Uro company that boasted our llrst president as
no of its members. In short, from every stand
point. Alexandria meant more to George Washing
ton thnn the nearest town or cross-roads com
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In George Washington's time Alexandria or
Uellhaven as It was at first known along about
the middle of the eighteenth century was one of
the most prominent porta In the United States and
seemed to hold out every promise of extensive
development In the future. George Washington
hlmEelf took a hand In booming the port, which
developed an extensive foreign trade. Tho docks
wore crowded with warehouses filled with corn,
tobacco and other products, while In the harbor
were always to be found many of the largest class
of cargo ships of that period loading and dis
charging a variety of commodities. As the Amer
ican terminus of a heavy overseas's trade Alex
andria became well known In shipping circles In
England, and It was thought for a time that the
port on the Potomac would overshadow Balti
more. Then camo the various Influences that
combined to bring about tho commercial ocllpso
of the llttlo city no dear to tho heart of the na
tion's liberator. One of the first of theso was tho
establishment only a few miles away of tho capi
tal of the nation, which spoedlly overshadowed
Alexandria In various ways. Then camo the
building of railroads, which diverted much traffic
to other channels, and Anally tho Civil war
helped to put a blight upon tho community
which had long been one of the strongholds of the
Lees of Virginia.
Hut even In this twentieth contury neglected
Alexandria gets "on tho map" as least one day
each year namely, on tho 22d of February, when
with each recurring anniversary of Washington's
birthday there Is a big celebration In tho little
city that Is filled with landmarks and objects
Identified with tho private life nnd public career
of tho leader of tho Revolution. Often tho presi
dent of tho United States goes to Alexandria by
boat or trolley to participate In the exercises,
nnd tho governors of Virginia and Maryland aro
Invariably Invited. On such occasions tho town
which Is located In closor proximity to historic
Mount Vernon than Is nny other community, ap
pears almost too Binall to accommodato the
crowds that Invade her public plncos. For, bo It
known, for all that thero nro handsomo, well
paved business streets that nfford a routo of
parado for tho procession that Is an Invarlablo
featuro of this holiday, there aro other highways
nnd by wnys In tho staid, dignified, conservative
old town that readily convince tho visitor that
they havo undergono llttlo If any alteration since
tho days of George Washington.
Old Alexandria is "going on" thrco hundred
years of age, for It was founded as long ago as
J730, although, as previously explained, It was
known for somo score of years by another namo.
In 1848 the general nssembly of tho colony of Vir
ginia formally designated It as Alexandria. The
town rotalns to this day the names of Its streets,
chosen In tho days of long ago from tho titles of
royalty and nobility. Thus wo find as tho most
conspicuous thoroughfaros King, Prlnco, Duko
and lloyal streets.
Alexandria was tho starting place of General
Brnddock's fumous expedition agulnst the French
and Indians which, Ill-fated though It was, eerved
to bring George Washington, for te first tlmo,
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consplcuously before his countrymen. Here, In
the old Carlisle house, which remains to this day
one of the chief "show places" of the historic
old town, George Washington nnd other leading
men of the colony had a lengthy conference with
tho British commander on tho night before the
expedition tot out upon tho campaign which was
destined to go down In history as "Draddock'a
The old rarllsle house, which Is assuredly one
of the men Interesting structures in the United
States, fell sadly into decay somo years ago, al
though a i-'ove looking to Its complete restoration
hns lattoily been made by a patriotic society.
Georgo Wellington was a frequent guest at
Carlisle house the mansion of Major Carlisle,
and when, after a social function In Alexandria
he returned to Mount Vernon by boat It waB al
most Invariably from the Carlisle house that ho
set out, the terraced grounds of tho mansion
sloping down to the river, rendering It convenient
for General Washington and his houso guests to
step Into the bargo to be rowed to his manor
house farther down on tho Virginia shore of tho
Potomac. It was nlso'Genernl Washington's cus
tom to sup at Cnrllslo house each 2-'d of February
when ho came to Alexandria to attend tho "Birth
Night Halls." which weio instituted In his honor
in Alexandria after ho rose to fame as tho hero
of tho War for Independence. Theso balls were
hold at Claggott's tavern nnd constituted tho su
I "no height of Alexandria's social glory.
General Washington was most intimately Identi
fied with tho history of Alexandria from tho year
170;?, when ho purchnsed considerable property In
the town. lie showed himself n good citizen by
becoming a member of tho Friendship Fire Kn
glno company. This was n volunteer organization
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for ny such thing as a llre-Ilghtlm;
dcpaiiiiieiit with paid employes was,
of coin se, totally unknown In those
days Tradition recounts that not
only was tho Father of Ills Country a
Ftipportcr of this old time lire-lighting
oiganl.atlon. but that on the occasion
of more than one Hie he "ran with the
machine" In the good old-fashioned
wnv. Another organization which
lvals tho veteran two company
In Interest Is the Masonic lodge
of which Washington wiib a mem
ber, and the lodge rooms of
which in the city hall at Alexandria
aro filled with Washington relics of
priceless value.
Among tho buildings In Alexandria
which attract much attention from
visitors Is the old colonial mansion at
the coiner of Duko and St. Asaph
sheets, where Lafayette and his sulto
were quartered when the distinguish
ed Fienehniau visited this country
and where a great ball was given in
his honor. Not far distant Is the build
ing occupied as the first free school In
America a school established through
the bounty of Georgo Washington.
On Fairfax street, near Duke, is tho
Firnt Presbyterian church, built in
1774, nnd on Cnmeron street is the
town houso of Lord Thomas Fairfax,
a splendid exnmplo of tho architecture
of the Georgian period and yet In a
porfect state of preservation. Persons
who essay to "tour Alexandria" by
motor car are destined to many a
bump and Jolt, for whereas tho prin
cipal business streets aro paved with
ashphalt most of tho old residential streotB have
tho grent cobble stones that have with stood the
traffic of moro than a century. However, It Is
Interesting to note that even this prlmltlvo pav
ing has Its historic significance, for these self
same cobblestones wero laid under General Wash
ington's direction by tho Hessian prisoners, cap
tured by the continental army.
Mount Vernon Token Returned
Old .Turn, gardener and general factotum, was
accompanied one day by a bright-looking lad
eight or ten years old.
"Is this your boy?" I asked.
"Yossuh, lie mine, ho las' ono I got, suh .Junior,
you wufiles nigger, irek your manners tor do
white folks!"
, "Junior," I commented. "So ho Is named after
"Nawsuh," tho old man replied rnth'er Indignant
ly; "he nln't named fur me! My name Jumbo,
whar ray mammy git out'n do Blblo. DIs hyar
chile namo Junior cuz he wuz bawn in June."
When Mount Vernon, tho homo of Washington,
was restored some no years ngo tho various
btotcs wero asked to send somo token to be
placed In the rooms. Tho women of Kansas sent
a solid wnlnut, hand carved seal of Kansns to rep
resent this stato. For 30 years tho beautiful seal
has been standing In tho former home of the
Father of His Country and It has Just been re
turned to the Kansas Historical society to bo
plnced In tho exhibit of Kansas curios.
Tho pleco Is carved from ono solid piece of na
tlvo Knnsas walnut, ono of tho few perfect pieces
of walnut wood found In the stato. A search of
several months was required to find a treo suit
able for tho work. One wns found In Coffey
county and was cut down expressly for this carv
ing. It Is four feet long nnd two feet high and
Is Intended to go over tho door of somo hall.
Tho seal was. carved by the lato Henry Worrall
of Topekn, tho first artist In Kansas. Ho worked
all one summer on ,lt. In tho center Is tho great
seal of tho state, painted In colors In oil by Pro
fessor Worrall. Around tho seal nro tho words
"Great Senl of tho Stato of Kansas, January 29.
18G1," carved by hand, each letter In relief.
Around tho seal aro grouped tho products of
When the servnnt quarters wero restored at
Mount Vernon, Kansas school children raised tho
money to pay for the restoration. It was then
decided that Kansas had sufficient ropresentatlou
among tho relics In the home and tho great seal
was icturned to tho Historical society.
Wnat Is Going on Hero and Then
That Is of Interest to the Read
ers Throughout Nebraska
and Vicinity.
Diller. Paul Stange, a fannei
living one mile south of thin plaie
met with a peculiar accident wlun la
wnit Into the barn to feed and blew
Into the tacu of one of his otuu;
hursts, whereupon the horse nipped
at .Mr. blunge, biting olf his lower
Thinks He Ic Entitled to It.
Fremont. Kph .lolinson, who ills
cinoivd coal on his faint In the iioilh
eru part of (he county, nays futthei
Investigation hu'i convinced him that
he In In u poult Ion to lay claim to
tho Htate'tt offer of $4,000 for a coal
vein over twcnty-sK Inches thick, as
the vein on lib; farni Is thirty and as
much as thliij-llve inches th'lek In
places. Ilelow Is Is a clay like sub
stance. Above Is a shale, resenibllnp
tho shale from which cement Is made
Singleton It's wonderful vvhnt love will enabl
a fellow to seo In a girl that ho never saw before.
Wedmore Yes, and It's equally wonilorful what
love won't lot him seo that he'll seo later on.
Boston Evening Transcript.
Writing about n recent "function," the society
editor of tho KHIb, Kan., Itevlow-Headllght says:
"Light refreshments were served, consisting
of popcorn, elder, etc., served in courses."
"I hear the bride nnd groom nro having trouble
"Married only a month already, and quarrel
ing?" "So they sny."
"What Is tho troublo?"
"Seems her husband wants to quit going to
afternoon receptions and get back to buslnoss."
Twenty Hor&cs Cremated.
Clay Center. A large farm baru
belonging to Georgo Schljel.. thru'
lulled Miuthcast of here, wan burned
wllh all its contents. There wetc
twenty horses In the barn nnd all per
Ished Iml one. A large quantity ol
grain and other piopcity w,n con
sinned. The cause of tho lire Is not
I't Ufc
Fortune Came Too Late.
Aurora. Ilda Katon was a pool
gl-1 who worked Tor her living an a
telephone operator. Between tlmei
she was working on an InvalldV
chair and obtained a patent. The da
after her death an oiler came fiom
a manufacturing company of $10,000
for her rights.
Mro. Fletcher Slcson Dead.
Fremont. .Mra. Slsson. wife ol
Itev. Fletcher M. Slsson, pastor of the
First Methodist church, hi dead hoie
alter a protracted illness co.'urlug ai
years. Mrs. Slsson was ul.ty-oia
years of age. She wa well known
through Nebraska and on account of
her books, throughout the middle
Proves That Lydia E. Pink.
ham's Vegetable Com-
pound Is Reliable.
Rnedvillc, Ore. "I can truly recom
mend Lydia K. I'lnkliam's Vegetable
Compound to all women who nro pasinn
through tho Change of Life, as (t mado
me a vell woman after
aufferini; three years."
Mrs. Maiiy liOUAKT,
Ilecdvllle, Oregon.
New Orleans, La.
" When passing: through
the Change of Life I wan
M-iMvitioMri J troubled with hot Hashes,
weak nnd dizzy spells and
backache. I was not fit for
anything until I took Ly
dia K. I'lnkliam's Vpro
table Compound which
proved worth itu weight
HbONDKAU, lfill I'd-
lymnia St., New Orlenna.
Misliawaka.Ind.-" Wo
men jiassinp through tho
Chango of Life can tako
iiothinrr belter than Lydiit
K. Pinkham'rt Veetahlo
Cnmnoimd. I ntn rernm.
r niendingittonllmy friends
i becnuso of what It has
ItAUKit, r2:t E. Marion St,
Mishavvakn, Ind.
Alton StnHon,Ky.-'For
months I Buffered from
troubles In consequence of
my ng-o nnd thought I
could not live. Lydia E.
I'inkhnm'H VoRotabloi
Compound madu mo well
and f want other HUirerJnr
women toknovv about it
MrU rnhnrnj f.lrs. KM MA UAII.HY, Alton
&&MMM ! Station. Kv.
Deisom, No. Dak. "I wna pnssinpf
through Change of Life nnd felt very
bad. 1 could not sleep and was very
nervous. Lydia 10. 1'inklmin'i! Vegetable
Compound restored me to perfect health
nnd 1 would not. be without it" Mrs.
P. M. Tiiohn, Doisem, No. Dak.
LMrtOmt Oniicr,
Mm lmm Itaf
Lost Arm In Corn Shredder,
heatrlce. Lciren Ucliniiud, aged
thirty-three, suffered the loss of ills
left arm fiom a corn shredder nccl
dent. Ilclmund was feeding the m.i
chine when tho fingers of the left hand
beeaino entangled In tho feeding
mechanism and pulled In to tho shoulder.
Hy a voto of 1,65.1 to 1,179 tho mom
bcrs of tho Btato teachers' associa
tion havo decided to hold their 1911!
gathering at Omaha. Tho datoa will
bo November 6, 7 and 8, tho voto for
theso three days bolng 2,197 at
against a few scattering for dates It
that month.
Stnto Hotel Commissioner McFod
den, in a talk at tho banquet of the
United Commercial Travelers at Hist
Ings, stated that ho and deputies had
Inspected .110 hotols loented In fjrty
nine counties of tho state, outslJo of
Lincoln and Omaha. Ho report h tho
work In his department as prr gross
ing very satisfactorily.
Governor Aldrlch suggest j that
schools take steps to celebrate the
forty-flfth anniversary of state
March 1, by having ono or moro pa
pers read commenting on tho growth
of tho state, and that citizens of tho
ntato write a letter on tlat dato to
somo ono or moro frlencs in other
states telling thorn of Nebraska's de
velopment Tho money In tho state treasury In
creased from ?,-i:iO,77G to $68(1,030 dur
ing tho month of .Tauuory, according
to tho report of tho stato treasurer.
Tho trust funds and the monoy In
tho general fund rcar.hed Biilllelcnt
proportions that tho atato official was
warranted In calling in tho $:,.ri0,000
worth of outstanding stato warrants.
Claims for tho destruction of glan
dered horses amounting to $0,0:11.05
havo been paid by the stato from a
total appropriation of IJ.I.OOO mado by
tho last legislature. Tho claims have
been coming In at the rate of nearly
$1,000 a month.
Three machines for making shoes
will bo purchased by the stato for In
Btallatlon in shops nt the Kearney in
dustrial school. Tho Institution In tho
past has been turning out betweon fiOQ
and 700 pairs of shoos each year, thy
product of tho hand labor of tho boys.
W. II. Smith of Seward, secretary
of tho senate at tho last session of tho
stato legislature, has filed as a candi
date for tho democratic nomination
for stato senator.
Prof, L. L. Zook, a corn specialist
In tho department of ngriculturo at
Washington, will visit Nebraska and
accompany tho Beed corn trains,
which will tour tho stato tho last
week In February. Profossor Xook Is
deemed ono of tho greatest corn spe
cialists in tho country. His visit to
Nebraska nt this tlmo Indicates thai
tho urgency of tho seed corn situation
Is recognized at Washington,
Helen No; I shall nover marry. I
Viavo borno too long with tho sorrows
mid trials of life ulono to add to my
burden by
Ethel Heg pardon; you mean
you've been boru too long, don't you?
One Was Lacking.
Head Clerk (to applicant for gov
ernment poBt) Aro thos your Iden
tification papers?
Applicant Yes, sir.
Head Clerk H'm, your death cer
tificate is missing.
Referred to the Lexicographer.
To Renege Not to follow suit
To lten(j To begin suit Llfo.
Tho cvIIb ami sorrows that affile!
mankind nro of mankind's own mak
ing. Mario Corelll.
Coffee Poison Breeds Variety of Ills.
A California woman who didn't
know for twenty yearn what kept her
HI, writes to tell how she won back her
health by quitting coffee:
"I am CI years old," sho says, "have
used coffco all my life, and for 20
years suffered from indigestion and
Insomnia. Llfo was a burden and a
drag to mo all tho tlmo, and about
once a year my 'ailments got such hold
upon mo that I was regularly 'sick lu
bed' for several weeks each tlmo.
"I was reluctant to conclude that
coffco was tho causo of my trouble, but
I am thankful that I found out the
! truth.
i "Then I determined to uso Postura
exclusively for a week at first for .1
doubted my ability to do without cof
fee for any length of time. I mado
tho Postutn carefully, as directed, and
beforo tho week expired had my re
ward In a perceptible Increase in
strength and spirits.
"Seeing tho good that my Bhort ex
periment had accomplished, I resolved
to continue tho use of Postutn, cutting
out tho coffee entirely. This I did for
nluo months, finding, dally, increased
causo for gratification at my steadily
Improving health. My Indigestion grad
ually left mo, my sloop returned, I
gained 2G pounds in weight, my color
changed from sallow to a fresh, rosy
buo and llfo becamo a blessing.
"Then I thought I would try coffoo
again, and did bo for a few weeks. Tho
punishment for deserting my good
friend, I'obtum, was a return of my old
"That taught mo wisdom, nnd I am
now and shall bo all my llfo hereafter
usli.'g Postum exclusively and enjoy,
lug tho benefits It brlngo mo." Namo
given by Postum Co., Dattlo Creek.
"There's a reason," and It Is explain
ed in tho llttlo book, "Tho Road to
Wollvlllo," In pkgs.
ISvrr rrnd the above letter? A new
one nppcnra from time to time. They
lire urnulae. true, and full of brnnaa
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