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i Ms. tv. L. Oonooif, -
-t E. Tab Hsel.
"We can't help 'but
i i express appreciation of your paper
1 1 as an advertising medium. As a
i result of one "insertion of an adL
; I for flour- and seed oats. ? We, re-
; ceived large orders y from parties
iwhom we had never: sold before."
Oear Bir: t
--rV.i.'AS ' wio,vone. of tne
'W'? iteac the sale
' -. ' :J-:4ectlj ' to our advertisement in .
r ii-j yW Paper. , Wth best -wishes,
" '- v -Very truly,
Yours truly, - S
J. B. Flora & Co. I
-r -' ' : : '''!Elizabeih-City, K. Of
TWICE A WEEK
Devoted to the Industrial Development of Eastern North Carolina.
ELIZABETH CITY, N. C., TUESDAY, FEB. 4, 1902.
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T- ' .- . - i, - . .. . . ?
at Norfolk, Virginia.
Destroyed a ' VholeT
Block of Business
ItiCLUDINti ATLANTIC HOTEL.
Fire Started at I o'clock
Friday Morning and Vas
Hot Under Control Un
Norfolk, Va., an. 31. Early this
morning Norfolk was the scene of
one of the most disastrous fires in
thehistory of the . city. A city
block is practically in ruins and
the proVerty loss is estimated at
half a million. No lives were lost;
but several persons . were injured
and there were a number of nar
row escapes. A number of ' thrill
ing rescues "were made by the
police, fireman and citizens. From
one building .five women were car
ried down the fire escape and were
not injured- . The fire started at
2 o'clock this morning in the Col
umbia building, in Grahby street
On the first floor of the building
were Brown's saloon and a restaur
ant and on the upper floors about
150 offices.- -; . -- " "
In a few minutes after the fire
started the flames burst through
the roof and 1,000 gallons of whis
key stored in the building explod
ed with terriffc -force, tearing out
the front walL The firemen were
driven back by the1 explosion and
before they could get a stream of
water on the flames the entire
building was afire. I
Hardly 15 minutes later the
north wall, which was over 75 feet
high, fell in, completely annihilat
ing the home of the Virginia! Club,
which adjoins the baiilding on ' the
north. , .- ":
j The Columbia, which was the
Largest but one of Norfolk's office
buildings, was six stories in height
sod was built in 1892. When the
roof of the Atlantic HoteL one of
the largest hotels in Norfolk, took
re Col. Davidson, manager o the
hoif-1, went from door to door with
aasixtaats ftrousin'g the mesH. s
1 iFalf d)f;ssod run and women
began to leave the-building, each
carrying a handful or clothing or
mh articles as the first-thought
f saving. The:hotel was soon in
uii'S and only bits oi brolcen walls
Tbe fire crossed Granby , street,
destroying the Albemarle flats, the
store of the Johnston China Com
any, Hatch, and Dean,: Mott,
evitt & Co., brokers; Stephenson
nd Taylor, Real Estate; and Lloyd
wnen tne ore, eatmff its way
flouth, threatened to turn eastward
to Main street, the principal busi
ness street, a wind from the north
west became a 26 mile gale and
checked the flames. This wind
jrobably saved Norfolk, as the
names, after reaching the store of
"watt, Bettew & Clay's bier depart
ent dry goods store, began to
The Western Union building was
orcnea ana tne operators - were
m . -4 . .......
dinven from the building. Much
material was removed, but was re
tur ied sis the building did not
Among the guests at the Atlantic
Hotel were several traveling' sales
men who lost their - clothing , and
Insurance men say the loss is
remarkably well covered and will
fall mainly upon the insurance
companies. - -
No one was seriously hurt, but
a live wire lell on Fireman Wm.
Bummer and burned out his front
teeth.- Several other persons were
slightly injured. .
The flames were under ontrol
before daylight, and now the block
is a mass of ruins.
Miss Mamie Eixey, sisterof Dr.
Rixey, recently appointed surgeon
general of the United States navy,
was at the Atlantic Hotel and had
a narrow escape from death. Wm.
I Thorogood was actively engaged
in rescuing the guests of the hotel
when fie found Miss Bixey; lying
on the floor with a severe bruise
on her face. . .She had been struck
by a trunk which had been thrown
down stairs fromthe floor libove,
Thorogood took the injured woman
to the custom house,; just across
the street, where she was made as
comfortable as possible.
Riverview Land Company.
attrative and pleasant loca
tions for residences are offered by
the Riverside Land Company!"
The lots are situated on the : high
est land in the city, and will .no
doubt be the most popular resi
dential quarter of the city in the
near future. "
The company's tract is located
right on the, river and commands
an .excellent view.
Seventy-five lots lying between
Riverside Avenue and Roanoke
nd Raleigh avenues are offered at
very reasonable terms. Some are
very valuable and the purchasers
will draw for location. The "Prior
property with residence and two
lots, worth at least $4600, will be
drawn at a low price.
Substantial, improvements are
being maie, streets laid out, grad
ed .and - ditched. The proposed
trolley line will intersect this pro
perty and will drop you iD to. the city
m three minutes.' At present it .is
only fifteen mils vies walk from the
post-office and the business part
of-the city. ' u
The company is offering fifty
tivelots, full size and on high
ground, at only $210, payable in
ill - all m
montniy installments oi flu per
month. T v
The value of this property will
undoubtedly increase rapidly. The
new railroad terminus will be right
on tne river, ana property can
not keep from gaining in value.
If you are. considering the buil
ding of a home we would advise
you to inspect this property before
purchasing. : ; . N ? -
A Delightful Occasion.
Miss Nannie Brothers entertain
ed a number of friends at her home
on Factory ave., Thursday even
ing from eight to twelve. Refresh'
ments were served and varied
games were, played." All spent
most delightful evening and accord
praise to Miss Nannie . as an- en
r or , a nrst-ciass xamuy news
paper subscribe to the semi-weekly
Tas Hul, 4150 a year.
From the; Chief of the
i.G. stokbes opibion.
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-. ti-" : - '. ' - ' - '.-
Of the Members of the
Different Fire Companies
of the City.
Elizabeth City, Feb. 3, 1902
To the Citizens of Elizabeth City:
Dear friends, I take this method :
of communicating to jou, through
the kindness of the genial Editor
of the Tab Heex and: will endeavor
to show you wherein you, as a
body, are treading upon danger
ous ground. The Fire Depart
ment of this city is composed of j
men who volunteer to protect your '
lives and property from fire to !
the best of their ability, for which
service they charge you nothing.
The city exempts each member
of our fire companies ' from street
tax and pays into the treasury of
the Elisabeth City Fire Co. No. 1.
twc hundred dollarsper year for
funning Expenses of this company.
This money is jused, principally,
for the purpose of sendiner dele-
. ., i- - w
gates to the convention of State
Firemen's .Association, jthat they
may be taught better methods of
fighting fires, and incidentally for
such bills as - this company mav
contract in the -ordinary course of
its existence, as an organization.
The city pays to the Chief and
assistant Chief the munifficent Bum
of twenty-five dollors per annum,
each, and to the engineer, the sum
of ten dollars per month. - These
men are the only ones in the de
partment who receive any personal
recompense, except- the exemption
from street taxi Each member of
each of our volunteer companies, is
working man,! and, so " far as
my knowledge goes, .not one mem
ber owns property of a value
greater than one thousand dollars
and very few own this much, and
when the fire bell rings it is our
duty to lay aside our work, be it
ever so pressing ! or to spring from
our warm beds, no matter what
may be the condition of the
weather, and go! to the rescue of
your property, and perhaps your
liHs, Somebody must do this ami
-our; city is. not able hnanciallvs
Li pay men to do this duty. These
men imve never I yet failed you.
The bell never has rung that our
Companies have not responded
and done . all that mortal man can
do, to perform j their full duty,
considering ourl poor . equipment
for performing7 that duty. We
have never shir ced, never failed
you, and", you- know it That we
are not there within a very few
minutes ' after the alarm sounds
is not our fault.. It- is owing to
the - very antique . apparatus and
firefighting facilities we have to
work Tvith, and a most woTul
handicap under j which ' we olabca'."
We have an engine that was built
in 1873, nearly a-, third of a cen
tury ago. This engine is bqth too
small and too weak to convey
water to any great distance in any
quanitity or pressure. To fight
fire, we must have both quantity
and-pressure of water. I call to
ypur , mind thei dreadful fire of
Norfolk on last I Friday morning
as an example of the dire result
. .... H;'
of having not enough water and
inability to secure any pressure
) with what they had.
To secure witer in this city we
have channelled creeks, two " arti
ficial well8 or: cisterns and the
water front JVom these places
we have sometimes to lay down
1,800, or 2,000 feet of hose to
reach a fire, ' and then, if it is a
large fire we must divide this, one
line of hose into two or three
streams, which reduces our pres
sure so greatly! that we can throw
water -only a short distance and
with no force; We have in the
day time, to await the arrival of
the horses from the street working
operation. This time has been
noted, on several occasion, to be
from ten to thirteen" minutes, and
this waiting time taken with that
of the average ten minute which
must "elapse between the discovery
of the fire, and the ringing of the
bell makes a handicap under which
the most efficient, fire department
must stand in awe. I have no
need to tell you that the first
fifteen or twenty minutes after a
fire is discovered is when it should
be. attended to. That, 'in fifteen'
minutes a fire may get far beyond
control, and destroy thousands of
dollars wor.th of property.
Another handicap the fact
that our engine stands "cold,, and
t-hitt, u our ;tst, we can only, get
lip . steam .in eight to ten minutes.
.We shewed u - what we could do
wheii luy tngiue stood hot, when
th steamer "Derickson" cattght
lire Ian year,-just "after a drill we
had. It took . ten and a half
minutes to , throw, water, ' in our
drill, xho Jbestt, could do . at . the
fire. We had to gatherfrom our
homes, built a fire, complete, in
the engine, go to the water, and
in a an even five minutes after the
firt tap of the bell, we were throw
ing a heavy stream across the bow
of the boat.
' Now, in the month , of January,
just past, we had six alarms of
fire, and of these six, four : were
alarms turned in because some one
saw a chimney blazing, and Wanted
to see the boys run, I suppose.
All four of these fire alarms were
in succession, and the. time has
come, for me to call your attention
to them I would most respectfully
ask if this department is to be
called upon to turn out every
time a chimney burns out? Are
we to throw down our work,
which the daily bread of our wives
and children, and go watch
ovtrj enimney uurnmg out in
this t( u 'I Have you ever read
the table of the boy. who was sent
to attend shoep, fooled the people
several times by crying "Wolf!
Wolf !!" and "then when the wolf
really came sind he yelled all fie
could, "the people thought he was
fooling again and the wolf got the
sheep? My dear friends, some of
the members of oar steamer com-
pany are f : iking of resigning.
When a man receives pay for
services and speaks of resigning
he" doesn't usually do so, when he
sa vs b
will! r e.si gn from a posi
tiou full -of
hard work, for which
he r'.fives tio i v, theu- he must
be in .-ii-r'st. you'd- better think
it over. Iam sure you will see
where the danger lies. We volun
teered to' .fight Sre not to loo"k at
cbiuniiTs burn out while our
-,(-r. V?,cl! ' staudsr' idle. Some
one-'w:!- say it is mv duty to prose
cute t-ie ringer of a false alarm Of
fire, I will say in reply that its a
case of "First catch your rabbit,"
I hav something else to do, while
the "bell rings, and that is when
you mus$ catch your rabbit" After
the file is oat. or the chimney
burns out, and I have timte to at-
tend to the matter, I find no one
knows who ran g- the belL i I .re
spectfully ask that the city
authorities make it a rule inthe
future to ascertain .who rings the
fire belL an easy matter for: any
the police to attend to,- that I may
know who to hold responsible. ;
At not one of these four alarms
were we absent from our work
less than an hour, possible an hour
and a half. In the Elizabeth City
Fire Co. No. 1, there are twenty
four men, one hour to these men,
& loss to city trade of one man for
two and a half days, of ten hours.
In the Hook and Ladder Co., there
are fifty two men, one hour loss
for these is over five days for one
man. This loss invariably comes
out of the men's pockets, and it is
no wonder they speak of resigning.
I am sure the citizens of this town
will understand that we have no
idea of shirking our duty as fire
men, but we do have an idea of
what is just and fair to us and the
amount : of consideration that is
due to us, and I also ask, as my
right as Chief of Fire Department,
that we give : these men a clear
road into their houses when the
bell rings, and that the erowdof
small boys be prohibited, and forc
ed to keep away from the engine
room -doors ) at such times.
There is an ordinance prohibiting
it I ask that is be enforced, be
fore somebody's child is seriously
injured. ; ..
t " A-C. Stokbs,
: Chief of Fire Department
Let's Speak. Out lit Meeting. .
The newspapers and commercial
bodies of the various' towns of the
State, Chambers of Commerce, etc.,
can materially aidvthe committee,
of which Major E. J. Hale is chair
man, in securing as large an ap
propriation as possible for the im
provement of the CapeJTear river
if they will ' speak out in its
favor, and surely that is a small
thing to do, compared to the bene
fits involved. - Not only all Eastern
North Carolina,, but Central North
Carolina are interested in this
matter.. It means a great deal to
us alL Major Hale's speech before
the House Committee on Rivers
and Harbors at Washington, which
has been printed in, pamphlet
form, was a masterly argument
His comparisons and' allusions to
the Manchester (England) ship
canal, upon which Major Hale
made a printed report when he was
-consul, in 188 are striking and
convincing, and all ms points are
admirably and forcibly made. It
was a great argument, fortified by
unquestionable facts and. ' figures,
but our people here at home ought
to now back it up, as indicated
above, and the effect would be
good. Whatever is to be done
should be done at once, however.
Joe Thorne Plays.
A very meagre audience was
present at the Academy of Music
last evening. ' The occasion being
the production of the time hon
ored ; drama 'Rip Van Winkle" by
the genial Thomas Thbrne and
company. f Mr. Thorne -is well
known in this section, - and hjis
abihty in his chosen profession
is recognized. Many of his old
friends who knew . him in years
gone by, are glad to welcome him.
Tonight the company will present
some laughable features, including
the , farce comedy "My Uncle's
vy in, - ana introducing many
! After Our "Industries!
The following letter was received
by Mr. C: W. Stevens; 'propriet6"r
of -the cigar factory '"-4 . -5 -7 -X
Mb. C. W. Stevens, '
" , . r , EUzabeth'City, N. C.
I Dear Sir; It has occured to me
that you areata great-disadvan
tage in Elizabeth City regarding
transportation facilities both at to
the raw material and the.; finished
product and I believe here we'" are
the bes t situated place in thf Si:
as to rail-road facilities. I -should
be glad to have you come up .heorej
to meet me as I think I could capk
itaUze a company that could well
meet the competition of the Ameri
can Tobacco Corn's, goods. , If you
think well of the idea I will- make
an appointment to' meet you here
at any time and 'would "interest
myself, in regard . to increasing
your Uo, : it you care to nave this
done. It is only a - short time
hence when -the . people all : "j over
the country .will recognize our
great advantages and we will be
come a power jn . the commercial
world. . . ; '
Ycffie truly, ,f
' - J. P. BxTxtox:
After carefully considering the
matter "Mr. Stevens has decided to
remain in this city- . -
It is a fact that he is under a
disadvantage on account of the ex
cessive freight rates on bpth , raw
I materials and the finished product,
but he believes-that with the com
ing of the new railroad, rates, will
bemuch'more reasonahle. s -j;
There is no doubt but " that " a.
large company in Norfolk could do
an immense volume J. of business
but Mr. Stevens does not ., believe
in giving up a sure thing ior an
uncertainty. - Then in 4 ' addition,
he would be unable . to take his
present hands t forfolk, as they
are almoswilhout exception,, resi
dents of this city, and he does not
care toj goto the expense of taking
on a. lot of green hands. , ( . '
We are -glad that Mr. Stevens
will remain in this city. The cigar
facory.is most prosperous , and is
growing. About fifty of our ; peo
ple are employed at good , wages.
In fact,: it is an industry which , we
cannot afford to lose., . , . . "
The Fair .Gives Away One Days
. . . : Sale's. -. :V5-..,.;r
As advertised, the Fair will give
away one days sales ? for . January.'
The day was chosen on Saturday
by three citizens as 'follows:; - 1
Elizabeth City, Feb. 1st 1902-
We, the undersigned, do hereby
affirm that on the first day of Feb-
ruary, ii)Zf at iz o ciocic noon,
we chose one of, the 27 business
days of I January, as . per the, ad
vertisement given put by the ''The
Fair" and that the day chosen
was Jan. 15th. 1902. Signed,. f
i , Al T.Davis, : ;
t G.' White, '..'
J. A. Litchfield.
Persons having 'duplicate bills
bearing; the date January 15th
must present them. at. our office on
or before February 8th. inclusive
Real Estate Transfers. ' "
Jan. 22. J. Q. A- "Wood and wife
to Charles and Alpheus DaVis,
Consideration $2,400.00. '- ..' -
Jan. 24-r-rDavis ,V. Harris ;and
wife toJSamuel J. Harris. Consid
i o an. zo J ames Jtu w nson . ana
wife to Edward C. Griffin. Consid
eration $125.00. - . -. - :
a.- oraan ; carter and
t s ' .
WetTVant- KitcheL- Consid
faatibn J30.Q0.; rf)
--J-Heywood Sawyer,- Comr., to
Cadar rJ ennings. f Consideration
Ster- N.'Sawyei and wife
to , Sallie : Ashley,"" " Consideration
Mi'N.-Sfiwyr and wife toGreen
Tilhi E? bozier. Consideration $300.
iuSO.Oli to,;isaac' F.
eighnsideration 11500.00. V
i f3! fempon,' Comr.,
tbEnn!aaDunston;& Consideration -
- V mi 44 WmJ- w-
lu Leigh, Comr.,, to
M N.. Sawyer! and wife
to BamueVModlin. Consideration"
$160.00 " " '
t. John. D, Parker and wife to R. :-L
O. Mercer. Consideration $800.00.
Elizabeth City; rfl. C.
Official wholesale quotations! as
furnished by H. T. Grelnleaf Jr.
Broker & Distributing Agent
Low MiddUng 7. - . . '. ' r
i- r "HAT, OHAnV, UCT. ' ' -
Com Market quiet; From Store. K. 2 mixed
corb. No. a white corn 78c. " " .' -Hay
From store ;lTo; 1 timothy 18.60 Special :
pricey car ;lota. ,
Oats MliedNO.' 21rom store B2c. rtiite Kq. 2,
4 from store. Special price on car lota.
Feed corn hominy 1.55 . . . ; ,
Mill Feed Bran from store' pW ton MJX)
. Middlings from, etore'per ,toa 30.90.
, Shorts from store per ton .80.00
Bioe Head 5.1-2 No. 1 S.34c Bioe-Bran
; :v,y JcouOTBr pboduc V , ; '
Poultary - live, . steady; chickens, eld hens,
large & Jafc 20o and 85c t
Eggs. '. JWBak. 18 to 2oc per doa, , c,
Butter Gfood Country 20c lb.
Country. Hams JFirm; Good North Carolina
at 12.1-2 per lb. :'. a t i'-
Onions at 4.00 to 4.50 per bag. 1
PotatoeHUTe'viaweets.'i Haytoan at 1.00 ner
bUTelloV at L25 u rV ,4 i
Irish 2.25 to 2JS0 per bag . "...
Tomatoes 'None being receiTed. $ . -i "
Cabbages at 10 to L75 per ljblj? .. .. J;-
Apples at 4.50per bbl fine northern' J :
Lemons 3.50 to 8.75 per box. : " , " '
Cocoanut lOOto bag at 8.00to'Si6 r ' ' : -Oraagee
Florida, i&OO- per. iox.' :Cali-2 S.25
Budded 2.75 . ,
Bananas-75o td 1.60. V"1" -
FEffiS FISH AlfDlOTSTEBS.
Oysters - rielects 1.20 .medium 40 -stda.' per
No fish to Quote-
Hides weak. Dry Flint IT.diy salt ; dry
.damaged -ft, to 7K graeui j4W. t j. green
calf te. x
"gBOCEbIes." " ' ;
Tlouf1 Bt Patent at' 4.25' to" IdO Straight
,:: at a.oo.to 4.25 . ; , x. . 1.-
Meal Bolted Meal,. 100 pouns to sack at 1.S0
tto-Boltl MeatOtlitouiids'tb eaci 1.45. : .
Cheese.'lflata, full cream 11 ..to Mc lb irt i .
Butter Fxtra 60 lbs to tubs at 24 to 28o . .
Extra 1Tb prints at 29c.' "-
fJS&"& ' PROVISIONS.-" 7 V3 ' '
Bulk Meat Market Higher y Western hearjr
: bellies at 0,7-8 to lo Western light . weight
? atloto lo . '
Pork Plater at 8,3-4 . -V J. ' .
Picni&Hams at 8,3-4 . j . ... .. t, ,
Ham Port New at 17.24 to 17,ib ,
MesaPork Newat --'
Ham sugar cured at 13 to It f . j TJ
ShouldBrs SC8.Wto' ' ' . "
Lard pure in tierces at l64 toll -68 - lb 'tins
add 1-4 c, , - f . V f I J
Sugar Granulated at 4.8S JtOmr. at V-
daily at this new-grocery store be
cause our stock is fresh' clean and
tempting. So good rand 'tteii so
cheap. When thfttkin of
food to'replehish'the rarages of
time upon the dinner man," or to
quickly1 make' the cnildren strong,
fgWthistbre- eatt It will help
vnn-r onnfitite in come m and
j .- rr . .
the good things we have
have for the
table? OtrfdeliTery wagon is Dusy
supplying the, wants of others,, why
not let us supply r you. lirflig us
up over phone and youj$jP as
well satisfied as- if 79ui 'ame;in
OLD &'FEARI!If, - -
Blni-BuiWin., . X .."Mara; Si