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| - a be no deviation from enforcing every provision of tbe Piatt amendment to the line. This pleases the advocates of annexation who say tbat sooner or later there will be friction with Cuba which will result in tbat end. Secretary Root says he will again urge his general staff for the army on Congress and hopes this time to be more successful than he was before. Tbe fact tbat the law would hardly go into effect before the time for General Miles retirement may have some effect on tbe consideration given tbe Score tary's recommendation by the Senate Committee on Military Affairs. "There will be a pretty scrap when Speaker Cannon comes to reorganize the Ways and Means Committee" said a republican member today. "There is already no eu*l of friction between Chairman Payne and Representative Tawney and there is every prospect that Mr. Baboock will lock horns with tbe chairman on tbe tariff question. Mr. Payne will lose three of his valuable valuable supporters this year, for Representatives Representatives Long aud Hopkins will go the Senate aud Major Steel was not reelected. reelected. There is little doubt bat the revisionists will attempt to prevent Payne from being chairman through another Congress. Oh yes, Mr. Cannon Cannon has trouble in plenty ahead of | JAMES E. A. GIBBS. The Last of the Original Sewing Machine Machine Inventors. | James Edward Allen Gibbs, who died Tuesday at his home at Raphine, was tbe last of tbe original sewing machine men and one of Virginia's great in- Mr. Gibbs was of New England ancestry. ancestry. His first American progenitor I of the name of Gibbs being a Scotch I Presbyterian minister who came tol Connecticut in the beginning of the 1 18th century. His earliest American ancestor was Dr. John Hirpin, a Ha I guenot physician, born in Bochefort, France, in 1690 and immigrated to Con necticut in 1715. flis massive tombstone tombstone still stands in the cemetery at Milford, Conn., with this inscription: "For fifty years he praoticed physic and surgery in this place with distinguished distinguished reputation." Mr. Gibbs wa« also a great grand nephew of Ethan Allen of revolutionary fame. His father, Richard Gibbs. came to Fairfax county, Va., in 1816, and brought the first wool-carding machinery machinery ever in the State, but be was not patronized as the carding was done by band by the slaves. He then moved to Rockbridge county, where he mar- j ried Isabella Poague, of pure Scotch- Irish lineage. There be also engaged . in the carding business, but owing to impaired health was not successful, | and therefore was able to give bis son only a common school education. • Mr Gibbs was born August 1, 1829, ; and was reared in the carding business, business, bat when about 17, bis father's Swas burned, leaving him without oyment. He then went to Pocaas Pocaas county, W. Va., and built a carding machine of a new pattern—an invention of his own —but he soon realized realized that large factories were superceding superceding the smaller mills, and dispos- BLiis interest, 'as at this time that Mr. Gibbs 1 ion was first attracted to sewing nes by the wood-cuts in adverints. adverints. These only presented a iw of the machine, which left urse of tbe needle and the man ip uiation of the thread under the cloth a mystery. There was nothing in the cut to show tbat there was more than one thread, and to do the work with one thread he invented tbe revolving book of the Wilcox & Gibbs sewing machine, its most distinguishing teatare. teatare. He gave it no more thought, thinking he bad merely solved a newspaper newspaper puzzle. Heme months afterward he saw a Singer machine with its shuttle shuttle and nnderthread, and then realized he had made an invention. He had unconsciously done what other minds, with effort, had failed to do. After taking out some minor patents, he obtained obtained his most important one June 2, 1857. After overcoming almost insurmountable insurmountable difficulties, he completed bis ideal machine, and got the manufacture manufacture started with a royalty accruing accruing to him. At this time tbe civil war came on, and, though his interests were in the north, where his machine was being manufactured, be sacrificed his business business and all that he held dear, and gave himself with unyielding devotion to the cause of the south. His weak constitution preventing his going to thefield.he placed his service at the dis posal of the government and received an appointment from the ordnance department, in which position he con tinned until the close of the war. During the first year of the war he took refuge with his family in his native native county, where he bought a farm on which he had his residence for the last forty years of his life. At the close of tbe war he again went north, and found that throagh the fidelity of his partner, James Wilcox, he had suffered no loss. In 1869 he went to Europe to conduct a suit in Edinburg, Scotland, against infringers of his English patent, and then made a tour of the continent. Being In London i n IS7O, he visited Paris two weeks after the suppression of the Commune, while the city was in great excitement. The Wilcox & Gibbs machine has become one of the standard machines of the world, and is more largely used in factories than any other, and the company is one of the strongest in the United States. When the Valley railroad was built throagh his land, a station was estab lished on it, around which a thriving village has been built, which he named named in honor of his sewing machine, "Raphine," being tbe Greek form of the verb "to sew." Unlike many of Virginia's successful sons he spent his life and his money in his native State. His life was so full of remarkable incidents incidents that it is bard to condense it into small space. Raised among tbe secluded hills of the Shenandoah Valley, Valley, his early years passed among the still rougher mountains of West Virginia, Virginia, at the age of 27 he suddenly •merged into the world of active business. business. His versatility of talent was remarkable; his legal cases in connection connection with bis patents, gave him a knowledge of the patent and other laws which made his legal opinion of weight among the profession, and be was often consulted in difficult patent cases. Mr. Gibbs retired from business 201 years ago, and since then has traveled extensively in this country and Mexico, and was greatly interested in literature literature and scientific pursuits Once, when asked why he settled at Raphine be said: *'I went to Raphine because I was born and raised and went to school in sight of the spot, and after traveling all over this country, Mexico and Europe, 1 have come to believe that the Valley of Virginia is tbe garden garden spot of the earth; its people, its soil, its scenery, are unsurpassed." j Mr. Gibbs was the last male member of bis family in America, descending from the Scotch preacher named above. He was twice married, bis first wife was Catherin Given, daughter of Samuel Given of Nicholas county, W. Va., whom he married in 1853. She died iv 1887. His second wife was Mies Margaret Craig of Craigsville, to whom he was married in April 1893. He is survived by his wife and three daugh I ters, Mrs. B. C. Rawlings, Mrs. J. C. Moore and Mrs. Geo. E. Wade, all of Raphine. His second daughter married married B. G. Davies, a lawyer of Hot Springs, Ark., and died there in 1884. He is also snrvived by eleven grand children. By economy and good management management he had during his long busi I ness career accumulated a good for-! tune and left his family independent. His death occurred at 1 o'clock Tues- day morning after a long sickness, although it was not until the last few weeks that he was confined to his bed. He was buried from the chapel at Raphine Raphine Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Dr. J. A. Quarles of W. & L. University, conducted tde services, assisted assisted by Rev. 8. W. Haddon of Old Providence. Dr. Quarles text was from Exodus 35, 30:33, especially these words, "The Lord called by name Bazaleel and gave him wisdom and understanding to devise curious works." He began his discourse by referring to the great men Rockbridge had produced and said Mr. Gibbs was last but by no means the least. There was a large crowd in attendance and the active pall bearers were" J. W. Stoner, G. W. Huffman, H. 8. Camp bell, W. S. Brown, L. C. Lockridge, and James Wade. Honorary, C. J. Bell, J. A. Spencer, J. W. Miller, J. Stoner, S. F. McClure and E. L. Smith. " - +> mt m ' HI Henry's Big Minstrel Boom. Hi Henry's Big Minstrel Sensation, who recertly opened their season in New York City, and scored the biggest minstrel hit known in years, will present present a brand new programme of novelties novelties at the Opera House on Tuesday evening, Dec. 2. There is said to be fifty all white minstrel stars in this big company, fourteen bigh grade vaudeville features, eight bright comedians, comedians, headed by the real comedian, Billy Clark, the dancing comedians, Corrigan and Dove, the wonderful bird imitator, J . Probst, the unique star saxaphone {quartette, the Columbia Quartette, and the Ampbion Glee Club, the popular Cornet Virtuoso Hi Henry and bis superb military band; the graat European sensation, the Ronzeatta Troupe of Acrobats, and tbe European novelty, tbe marvelous Portuguese wonders, Senor and Senora Fraccelia. who perform incredible feats of muscle training. • ♦ . Marlinton to Have Another Railroad. The Midland Railway at a meeting , held at 141 Broadway, New York on tbe 34th day of October, 1902, adopted as Its permanent location the line recently recently surveyed by theC. W. Engineers down Knapp's Creek and up Stoney Creek passing through tbe village of' Marlinton. A profile and map have been filed in tbe office of the County Court. Tbe road passes through a tunnel of 450 feet at Marlinton. It 1b supposed to be a part of the Wabash system which will pass through central central West Virginia.—Pocahontas Times. The above if built will be an extention extention of the C. W. Ry. westward from Stokesville. _; Midway High School. Midway, Nov. 24 —Roll of honor for week ending November 24—Grace Thomas, Mary Moore, Maggie Hum pbries, Mary Humphries. John Moore, Mac Hess, Nellie Chittnm Edgar Troxell, Troxell, Gertrude Thomas, Ruth Hess, Edna Cox, Hrinton Thomas, Ell ie Agnor, Grace Frame, Ralph Moore, Harry Moore, Harry Agnor. Women as Well as Men Are Made Miserable by Kidney Trouble. Kidney trouble preys upon the mind, discourages discourages and lessens ambition; beauty, vigor and cheerfulness soon fsear when the kidare kidare out of order eased. Iney trouble has ie so prevalent is not uncommon child to be born ed with weak kid- If the child urinates urinates too often, if the urine scalds the flesh or if, when the child reaches an age when it should be able to control the passage, it is yet afflicted with bed-wetting, depend upon it, the cause of the difficulty is kidney trouble, and the first step should be towards the treatment of these important organs. This unpleasant trouble is due to a diseased condition of the kidneys and bladder and not to a habit as most people suppose. Women as well as men are made miserable miserable with kidney and bladder trouble, and both need the same great remedy. The mild and the immediate effect of Swamp-Root is soon realized. It is sold by druggists, in fiftycent fiftycent and one dollar i sizes. You may have a sample bottle by mail free, also pamphlet tell- Home of Swamp-Hoot ing all about it, including many of the thousands of testimonial letters received from sufferers cured. In writing Dr. Kilmer & Co., Binghamton, N. V., be sure and mention this paper. f\UR SIXUH ANNUAL Opening of Holiday and Art Novelties will be held Friday and Saturday, November 28 and 29. You and your friends are cordially invited to pay us a visit. ALBERT SHULTZ. Virginia Farmsf or Sale Ist.—A blue grass farm in Augusta county, county, splendidly located, very close to station, churches and schools. Contains Contains 350 acres, improved by large dwelling and barn, abundant fruit, fine water. Immediate sale important, important, $18,000. 2nd—A James River plantation, 1.346 acres, improved by 10-room dwelling, large new barn and many other buildings. buildings. Station on place. Lands productive. productive. $23,000. 3rd—A vary cheap faim in Halifax county, county, 1,500 acres, excellent for grain, grass and tobacco. Large stone dwelling, stables, etc.. 4 m. of a town of 4,000 people. 816,000. 4th—An elegant estate in Botstonrt county. county. 492 acres, 200 of which is Catawba Catawba bottom land (always rated at $100 per acre). Fine brick dwelling and brick barn. $20,000. Sth— Fine stock farm of 882 acres, natural blue grass land, in Randolph Co..W. Va., 500 acres in sod, 60 acres meadow, meadow, and balance in virgin forest, which affords fine pasture as cleared. Good buildings. $20 per acre. My list includes properties valued at from $10,000 to $150,000 in all parts of tho State. Desoribe your wants. Address H. W. HILLEARY, STAUNTON, VA. We Have Not the BUT "WE The Best Clotting See what we have in this line Men's, Women's and before you buy anvthlng in this line. GOODS, NOTIONS, &c , and save Cash Bargain House, «_>

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  1. Staunton Spectator and Vindicator,
  2. 28 Nov 1902, Fri,
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