News from culpeper incl. Bywaters', Yowell's, and Coppage's. Sept-1901
LETTER FROM C?LPEPER. 3orrespon*eute of the Alexandria ?.? tte." Mitchell'? Station, Va., Sept. 23. At public aale of personal property oo Friday on the farm of J. C. Jorgao eon & Broa. (Danet), one ani a half miles north of Rapldao station, there was a very large attendance of bidders ani buyers and almost everything brought fair prices. Cows without calves brought from $16.?SO to $30 50, colts (weanlings) from $25 to $30, work borei s, from $40 to $75, fodder, 10 ? 15 ote per ebock and corn was withdrawn ata bid of $2 per barrel iu tbe field. Ine season jaat passed has been Ibe wettest aad most trjiug to both the patience and puree of tbe farmer of many years. Tbe rains wai-bed tbe bloom from the grain, thereby de? traction from the quality and yield, and after tbe wheat and oats were out ?nd shocked tbe almost dally downfall of water necessitated the pulling down, drying and re-shocking of the same, until the farmers became bo discour? aged tbat they just let it stand in the field until the threshing machin?e could net around, the result being the sprout? ing and damaging of hundreds upon buudreds of bushels of wheat and oata. Lee Rug?an, a negro machine hand, being under the Influence of liquor, while walking on the traok from Col peper to bis home at Winstone a few nights ago, was struck by a freight train and knocked eenseless for aometime, but after a short time he rallied with? out bavioii any bones broken. Notwithstanding tbe loss of wheat and oati to tbe larmer by the exoeesive precipitation of the past season, he bat been cempensated to a large extent by an exceptionally fine growth of corn at the least expediture of time and labor aod blessed with tbe finest fall pasturen? in many years. Corn cutting is going on apace preparatory to seediog wheat aod winter oats. ?a constquence of tbe unprecedented fnquency of the showers of rain, at UL" usual amount of dampness permeated the land and invaded tbe dwellings, eu itenderine both diphtheria and fever to an alarming extent, producing much sickness aod several deaths of both the aged and young. A tournament was beld oo tbe farm of Mr. Alma Yowell on Saturday after noon, the 21st inst. The charge to the knights was delivered in a very happy manner by Mayor Alden Bell, of (Jul peper. Tbe riding was graoeful aod spirited of tbe 16 gallant knights tbat eatered the list under tbe instructions end directions of Chief Marshal Pierce Yowell. The successful knights were ?Coppelle, Knight of Rappahannock ; W. By watet f, Knight of Culroeper ; Bruce Yowell, Knight of Mt. Poney ; Youog Jenniogs, Knight of Gathwrignt, and tbey crowned, respectively, Mita Mary Bailey, of (Julpeper, Queen o Love and Beauty ; Mies Bertnet, of Brandy, fi'st maid of honor ; Mi** Roberts, oi Orange, second maid ol honor, and Mi*s Wharton, of StevenE bur<?, third maid ot honor. The lists was followed by a splendid display of horsemanship in a aeries of nigh jumping and hurdle races on the part of Trav. Daniels, W. Bywaters, O. Frazier and Jack Yatee, after whicb dancing aud good cheer were indulged in uotii nightfall, everything passing oil in the most delightful manner.