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VOL in, NO. 68.
NEWPORT NEWS. VA.. FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 181)8
PPT^TT single copy, two cents
i IXAKJJCj one week, ten cents
An Immense Throng Witness
INCIDENTS OF THE DA >
Kentucklann Smash Holtles or W hinke;
Against the Mounter Hull or the
UattleHhfp Named for
the lllue (trasH
A mare successful ev-. nt Is not record?
ed in- the history of shipbuilding that
that which transpired at 10 o'clock yes?
terday morning, when the prow of th(
tbattleship Kearsarge, fre-.d from th<
bands which held her to the spot or
which she was born, slid away to th<
rippling waters of the James and wa;
borne far out upon the bosom of tht
u.reara. Over 20,000 people, heedless o;
the sharp -breeze that swept in from tht
northwest, thtvnged the yard and for- et
their way as far as they could toward
?the big ships, while several thousand
others looked on from vessels in tin
river. When the Kearsurg* began tf
? MRS. WINSLOW.
move they sent up a shout tht
like of which has never- before been
heard h-.-rv. On the stand, almost under
the Kearsarge's starboard bow. the Na?
tional Marine band played patriotic air;
until ten minutes before the signal was
given to-saw the l>onds which held the
ship t? the ways, when the notes of o
song as famili?r to the colonels us blue
grass or Old Kentucky Pepper floated
out 'upon the air and brought forth a
storm of applause. It was the "Old
Kentucky Home." As the vessel start.
*d Mrs. Winslow, wife of Lieutenant
Command* r Winslow. - f the na vy, nais.
ed the handsomely decorated bottle
containing champagne and as she dash?
ed it against the stee! bow of the ship
said In a char voice. "I christen the<
Kearsarge." In less than half a minute
the Kearsarge was in the water.-.
The Kentucky was scheduled to leave
the ways at 111 o'clock, but it was thirty
minutes later before she joined the
Kearsarge. She was horne noiselessly
along che heavy tlmitvirs which formed
the track for her cradle and as sin
struck the water- turned -her bow up
stream. The two vessels were picked uj:
by the tugs Helen and Luck r.baeiv and
towed to the dock, where they will
receive their machinery and be
prepared for their armament. The
christening of the Kentucky was
watched With eager interest, not only bv
the representatives of the- Brie Gro=s
State, but by hundreds of others, the
reason for it being that Miss Christine
(Bradley, daughter of the governor of
Kentucky, was to break upon her bow
a bottle of water drawn from the spring
at whioh Abraham Lincoln used to knee]
and slake his thirst. Whatever the
charming young lady who did the hon?
ors of the occasion may think about
the matter, she performed the duty as?
signed,to her. In a most admirable man?
ner. Doubtless Miss Bradley knew thai
notwithstanding the cold water pro?
gram in which she was the central fig?
ure there were those near- her on the
?U.nd wno wou'id not fail to observe the
andient and honorable-, custom in a
manner worthy of the pe-triotic sons ol
Old Kentucky. !ii
ON THE STAND.
Tickets of admission were neevssarj
to view the launching of the ships from
the stand. But notwithstanding this
fact several hundred men and women
soon found their way to the high plat
fcrm.. Conspicuous among those wh<
stood near the little box-like structure
draaed with bunting end rising two 01
three feet above the floor of the stand
occupied by Mrs. Winslow, was Genera"
Jtf'Hes, white clustered around Mm, wen,
? Senators and Represenla-Mves in Con
| gross from many States of the Union,
1 men wearing the uniforms of officers
[ in the army and navy, and others whose
names are familiar to the good people
of the Old Dominion. Mrs. Winslow,
' becomingly attired for the occasion,
was at her- post some time before the
h-uur set for the launching of the Kear?
sarge. As she stood on the little piat
form ready to grasp the prettily adorn?
ed bottle which swung g.n?y in the
breeze, scores of admiring eyes were
fixed upon her. Around were gathered
many well known people with whom
she chatted pleasantly until the quick,
sharp taps of the workmen under the
ship as they drove the 'light wedges
under the bow to their placs, gave
warning thut the time was near at hand
for the Kearsarge to leave the ways. It
was at this time that the band struck
up the "Old Kentucky Home" and
brought forth from the other end of the
platform a cheer that the passing breeze
caught up and )>oie away toward the
blue water of the sea. In which, it may
be. some day. the ship to which .Mrs.
Winslow gave a name, may 'become us
famous as her old time predecessor in
defense of the Hag. The pounding of
the wedges was followed by the swish?
ing of the saws as they were sent back
and forth by the arms of four sturdy
workmen. A slight snap, a shout, the
rattle of brok- n giass. a flood of music
minalut?e '"iurf the voices or the munu
nule. .ama, iicard above a)', the'clearand
distinct words of a woman crying, "I
christen thee Kearsarg.-," and the s'tate
. iy ship, her tall masts barely quivering
as she raced down the ways with hun
' dreds of men and women looking '.ike
i midgets on her decks, had been l>ip
It is doubtful if such a scene as that
5 which followed when the vessel' left the
1 ways has ever before been witnessed on
? a launching occasion. Congressmen in
- tall huits. army and navy nie? iuid aside
? their dignity, defied the damp ntor.cn
' east air and expressed the'r delight in
prolonged hurrahs. And .is if this wc-ie
'? not enough they waved their hats high
? above their bore heads and stamped
with their polished hvots on the floor
of the platform, and ceased not until
' the Kearsarge floated out behind tile
Kentucky und was hid from view.
' Women mounted ch-iirs with their
? handkerchiefs fluttering in the breeze
! and th-rlr faces the picture of supreme
satisfaction. When all this ended, a
' youth, named Joseph MueDonald, clad
in the garb of a workman, with
' hammer and tongs dangling at his
sld'e. approached Mrs. Winslow and
' announced that he appeared before her
' as the spokesmun of the employees of
' the Newport News Shipbuilding and
' T>:y Dock Company, and that his mis?
sion was to present to her as a token
of esteem, on behalf of his fellow work
' men, a beautiful floral Kearsarge.
' Then with his little hands he placed
1 the present in those of the lady, who
responded happily und appropriately to
1 his speech. Mrs. Winslow was the re
' eipient of many pretty bouquets, and
? was heartily congratulated upon the
manner in whhh she had carried out
her part of the program.
An hour and thirty rrilnutes elapsed
before the Kentucky started for the wa?
ter. The people on the platform, how?
ever, bore the delay patiently. There
was nothing else to do. As fast as they
? -.ould. Mr. Doughty's busy workman
were pounding the wedges under the
monster man-o'-war and making her
snug in the cradle in which she was to
take her first rock in' the deep. T... make
things worse the chilling breeze that
had blown all morning from the coast,
began to caper along at a much livelier
jate, forcing men and wom-.m to draw
?their coats and wraps closer about them
and seek shelter for their little ones in
plxces where the .wind could not r<ach.
The crowd on the Kentucky end of the
platform was larger than that which
gathered at the bow of the Kearsarge.
?But the dlffeirence was easily accounted
for. Miss Bradley had decidedly the
advantage of Mrs. Winslow in the mat?
ter of colonels. The Governor's daugh?
ter, attended by several members cf the
gubernatorial staff hnd a number o!
distinguished ladies from the Blue Grass
State, ascended the steps of the platform
and stationed herself within easy reach
of the bottle of spriing water. A few mo?
ments after the Kearsarge slid off the
ways. Miss Bradley's father stood near
her and among the ladies who made up
the company wore Misses Oastleman,
Bronsjcn, Stege. Gatewocd and Ballard.
noted not oily in Kentucky, but in
many other States of the Union
for their beauty. They attracted
much attention, and those who knew
them wete kept busy pointing them
oitit to inquirers. Notwithstanding
the discomforts Incident to the situa?
tion, they passed the time pleasantly.
There seemed to be an immense bou
? quet in the hands of almost every man
and woman on the little platform built
for Miss Bradley, giving it the appear?
ance of an immense tln ral ivm In which
' youth and beauty weite about to -e-m
; gage in a contest with nature for hon?
ors. Surrounding Miss Bradley were
n good full score of Kentuckians, with
the purpose fixed' in their minds that
a ship to h'e named after their
' State should be baptized with some
i thing stronger than even the water
! fnom the spring from which Abraham
' Lincoln drank. Accordingly each was
provided with a tiny glass 'bottle, made
? in ex-J'ot imtation of the- larger ones?
; those that are put to practical use in
? Kentu?ky. Each bore a neatly printed
. label, conspicuous upon- which were the
1 words "Old Kentucky Pepper." A jo-ldy
i- fellow from the northwest corner of the
State stood -near the writer, his left
hand thrust into his coat pocket. "I'm
a left-handed man." said he, "but I have
never been beaten at throwing stones.
I can knock a hog down every crack at
"But I'm going to hit that ship. Look
hare,"?and he drew the little bott'.e
from his pocket?"I'm going to h-,t her
with th s?and there are others." He
laughed us he returned the Pepper to
nis pocket and prepared himself to make
'good his words. At 11:30 Miss Bradley
was notified that the Kentucky was
about 'to glide down the ways. She
grasped the bottle, held it firmly in her
hand nearly three minutes, when the
mighty mass o: iron and steel began to
move, and then dashed it against the
bow, at the same time pronouncing dis?
tinctly the name of the vessel. Simul?
taneously a volley of the- small bottles
of "Old Kentucky Pepper" pelted the
ship starboard and port. As she rode,
somewhat slower than the Kearsarge,
but not less successfully, toward the
water, the well charged projectiles
from the inland forts of Kentucky
broke en her steel sides. As before, Un?
people shouted, the bund once more
played "Old Kentucky Home." -the
steam craft in the stream turned their
whistles loose, all- ending in a grand
outburst of rejoicing when- the Ken?
tucky rested softly on the bosom of the
J" ..3riita rouowea Uic H'eactuiiLi.ion
of dowers and a gold medal the .ast
the gift cif the INewpomt News W. C. T.
U., to Miss Bradley, the presentation
address being by Miss L-mise 'Hopkins.
The Kentuekians cheered the charming
daughtirr of the Governor, and as heart?
ily applauded those who mode presenta?
SCEXE FROM TILE STAND.
Never before has so large a crowd
assembled in this city. Looking from
the stand one beheld a sea of heads in
every direction. Thousands occupied
the spice between the ways on which
the Kearsarge stood and the battleship
Illinois, while on the other side the
crowd was almost as large. Doorways
and windows of large buildings adja?
cent to the scene of the launching were
filled with people. Even the high
frame work on which the great cranes
travel, were utilized as points from
which to view the plunge of the new
ships. On the roof of the fiame shed
an enterprising photographer planted
himself and took-views of the multi?
tudes around the v- ssci. At half past
10 o'clock the military arrived and
marched, headed by the band, to the
port side of the Kentucky. Hundreds
followed them. pushed th*ir way
through those already in the yard, and
made themselcves comfortable at the
expense of women who had b en pa?
tiently waiting for nearly two hours to
see the sh.ps launched. After the Keu.r,
sarge reached the water the throng
rushed to the north side of the
ways, and perhaps a thousand climbed
to the greasy track on which the Kear?
sarge had ridden to the water in- order
to view the flight of -the Ke'.-vtuek. Out
in the river more than a hundred sail?
ing craft, each with as many passen?
gers as it cou'd carry, were huddled to?
gether, 'but yet in such position as to.en?
able those on boa>rd to view the launch.
Shortly after 1-0 o'clock the Old Domin?
ion steamer Hampton Roads rounded
the main dock of the yard. As she
came in, with 'hundreds of men and
won* n aboard, 'her passengers pressed
to her port side, and to them on the
stand it seemed that she would 'turn
over. Below the steamer Newport News
and other large boats lay the cruiser
Brooklyn and the monitor Puritan.
Mary expected that the warships would
fire a salute as the Kearsarge and Ken?
tucky and Kearsarge were launched,
but they confined their welcome to long
and loud blasts of their whistles. Hun?
dreds of people remained in the yard
-and visited the shops and other places
Superintendent S. N. Smith and his
courteous secretary. Mr. McDonald,
crave much of their time and attention
t'? the visitors, and did their best to
make the day not only an occasion of
material importance, tut one of en?
joyment to the people. Mr. Smith
nef' r doubted that the two big sh'ps
would be successfully launched. His
great knowledge of the business of
build/T.'g sh:!rs. cc?.p'>dwith the fact that
In Mr. Doughty he h-ad an assistant who
is without an eq'ual as a constructor of
hulls, gave him amp'ie assurance that
th'-.- day would pass without an incident
to 1>e regretted. Not an accident oc?
curred, and this, in view of the fact
.that two ships so large were launched
within the space of an hour and a half,
is a record of which the Newport News
Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Compniniy
justly fee! proud. But. after all the
honor of the achievement belongs to
Mr. Smith and Mr. Doughty, whose
heads planned the work?and brought
it day by day to the point at which
thev were able to demonstrate to tie
world that American shipinildcrs and
American mechanics have distanced
thi-ir rivals in other lands.
GT BESTS ON THE STAND.
The- launching wtar.ids were crowded
to 'their utmost oatpacllty, at least 200
people being packed like sardines on
Among the d:is.''iniO?ufS'hed per! ons were:
Governors *W. O. Bradley an? J. H?ge
Tyler and their staffs: Gen. Nelson A.
Mi'lcs. Commander-?n-'Ohief of the Uni?
ted States Army; Admiral 'Matthews,
OContimued on (Fourth IPage.)
It Reaches Washington Lat
10 BE CONSIDERED TODAY
fcllicrgetlc War MeasuresFollow Each Othui
In Constant SucceSbiou. Urn xampled
Activity In.VII Otllclal Quarters.
? Important N;?val Oriiers.
WASHINGTON, .Yiiirch 24.?The last
day before the an rival of the report of
the; Maine court of inquiry was one
of unexampled activity Tin all official
quarters. A'll'Vices cam's eairiy drat -th*
Spanish1 torpedo flotilla Qijud sailed iCroim
the Canaries fur Porto 'Rico, and from
this moment the most energetic \var.,...e
measures followed one another in con?
stant succession. The movement of irhls
lleet hud been watched -viti-h.. the keen?
est-unteres-;, as it was left to Inivoilve
serious possibilities which might Com?
pel the UnittcU States .,i;o%rern-;r.cnt to
protest against* the hlltitemen t as of a
hostile character. Immediately on the
receipt o>" a dispatch from
one of ein- naval attaches abro.nl.
briefly announcing the sailing of th*
lleet, the fact was made known to the
President, and an earnest conference
was held between him and Secretary
Long and Assistant Secretary Roose?
velt. The seriousness of the movement
was fully considered, and the Pres a* nt
was advised that naval strategists re?
garded it as essential that this torpedo
Heet should Ii? be uJIowed to reach
western watet?. What, if any, conclu?
sion was readied is not known. Later
in the day the Spanish minister, Senor
Polo y Bernabe, called ait the state de
partmeir.t and spent some time with
Judge Day. It was naturally inferred
that the approach of the Spanish llo
tilla was one o: the subjects relented
to. Whether, however, th. re was any
suggestion against ?his move was not
disclosed by either Judge Day or the
Spanish minister, both of whom main?
tained the strictest reticence regarding
Following the flotilla announcement,
important news came rapidly.
The first was this announcement by
Secretary Long, radicating tihe placing
of- our squadron and fleet on a war
"Admiral Slcard has l>een granted,
leave, very much to the regret of the
navy department, on aceount of his
"Captain Sampson' has been made
commander of the fleet at- Key West.
Captain Evains has be.n ordered to take
command of the battleship Iowa.
"The orders to t he squadron in Hamp?
ton Roads have not yet been issued."
Although the announcement did not
so state, it soon became known that
Commodore W. S. Sobley was selected
Do command the "flying squadron."
This announcement was recognized as
of unusual importance at this juncture.
Admiral iSicard has been in command of
the lleet at Key West throughout the
oiRica! period of the Main',- disaster.
Captain Sampson has been . in com
iiwnd of the Iowa, but more reeemt.y
has been conspii uv-us before the pu..uc
as piesident of the Maine court- of in?
quiry. Captain' Robley T. Evans is bet?
ter known as "Fighting Bob."
The next important movement was a
determination to create a Joint commis?
sion from the war and navy depart?
ments' so us to bring them into hair
monions action on all measures. Cap.aln
Barker, naval aide of Secretary Long,
was designated to represent the navy
department in this common plan of ac?
tion. The representative of the war
department has not yet been named. It
will r.ot be' nec-c-ssany for these two of?
ficers to leave Washington, as they ccuti
best at range a Joint plan of action in
conference with the bureau' chiefs of
the two departments here. Then at the
close of day came an announcement
that the navy department had suc?
ceeded in purchasing eight steam yachts
and four steam tugs, presju.ma'bly at or
near New York, Per use in the auxiliary
nava". fleet. The boats ate about 400
tons each, and in an emergency -would
be suitable as torpedo boats. The
yachts purchased are among the fleet?
est along the Atlantic coast, and ore
said to'be somewhat similar to the May?
flower, recently purchased of the Og
den-Coelet estate. This acquisition to
the navy is regarded ns on exceptionally
valuable one at the pr-ser.t time, as the
greatest need is felt for small crafi,
suitable as torpedo and dis;>o.tch boats.
The ramps ami amounts for the vari?
ous yachts are not disclosed.
Throughout the day the While Housv
presented an animated appearance,
Senators and Representatives from ly.th
political panties calling to confer with
the President. Among the collets were
Senators Cullom. Fairbanks, Lodge.
Aldrieh, Jones (of Arkantsasl and
Spooner, and Representative Bailey, the
Democratic floor leader in the HVyuse of
Repr?sentatives. The uppenmosit ques?
tion at all the conferences was the
Maine disaster, and the anticipated ac?
tion of the President In laying t'he re?
port before Congress. The conferences
showed that the President stilt hoped
tor peace, hut that there would be nV>
-i:iu.einem of the preparations to meyt
the other alternative.
The President said to several of his
a.Hens today, in discussing tthe situa?
tion, that he would do everything con?
sistent with the honor and dignity of
,'ae country to avert war and he stili
oeireved war could be averted. He also
said that he believed the government
?Jt Sypaun was.as anxious Por pcuoe a=r
?is we were, but at the stume tliime he
lid not -hesitate to admit the gravity of
.-he situation. The President -frankly
aieknowttedged that be believes that
the rei>ort of the- board of inquiry iwSli
find .that tire 'Maine wot; blownup.ft?m
the outside. WCb- program has been def?
initely devidwl upon. It is his purpose
to treiatc -the blowing up of 'the 'Maiine
as an incident. The report of the board
will be -sent to Congress on Monday
with a very brief message, relatitn-it
.he events leading up to that point and
tiforniing Omgre-ss that the facts con?
tained In 'the report havelbeen cabled to
Madrid to l>e laid before the Spaoisli
government 'by Minister 'Wov'idiford. <XU
demand will be made upon Spain, bu.
the laying of the facts .before the Span?
ish government wild be equivalent to
calling upon Spain for am explanation,
and such action as she.may deem pro?
per. It is the purpose of the House
-Jcioeriy ?to -po^er '-SlYe- report a.nfd. message
to -the committee on foreign affairs,
without debate, and to this purpose -it
is believed the petmotorats of tlhe House
have acquiesced, reserving .the right
t<> demand action" if a report from -the
eomimii'ttee it-; too King detoyed.
'Muc-li will theh depend upon Spain's
response, but there are those close to
the President who believe that from
the time the report is sent to Congiess
it will drop out as a factor in the situa?
tion. The second pant of the PresH
d'ent's progra-m reaches the Maiine ques?
tion, and -im-volva** int-ervent rinn on hu?
manitarian grounds within a week or
ten dtaws after the report of -the board
g\ies to Congress. It 'Will be Initerven
,wn to relieve 'the starvation in Cuba
and uiKrn Spain's acquiescence .in or
objection 'i_o the act will depend peace
or wiir. A prominent member of 'the
House said today that in his opinion
the next 'two weeks would determine
which it would be. Such information
-a-s exists here leads those elot=e to the
President to believe that the Spanish
government will go to any length it
dares to preserve peace. The Queen
Regent is especially anxious to prevent
wag, and it is believed the miimistry
wtiPgo just .is far as it can without
jeopardizing i'u? own exi'stenee and tht
survival of 'the present Wpanish dymials
."With the report in- Washington to?
night, it will l>e laid befote the cabi?
net at the regular meeting at 111 o'clock
tomorrow, and at that time the Presi?
dent and his advisers will begin the
grave work of weighing the conclusions
reached and determining the action that
is to be. taken.
The formal plan of its transmission to
[ Congress next Monday Is already ar?
ranged, but with the report and evi?
dence before them, the President and
his advisors for the lirst time will be
in a position to outline the character
of the message which is to accompany
the submission of the report to Con?
gress and to arrange definite plan of
detailed .procedure, which as yet has not
been worked out.
Th>e navy-department was advised to?
day of the sailing of the monitor Ter?
ror from New York for Key West: the
arrival of the T, xas at Hampton Roads,
of the monitor Pur.tan at Newpont
News, and the Monadnock and Monte?
rey at San Francisco. The lvattlesh'ip
Texas came up from Key West, mak?
ing an exceptionally quick run for a
vessel of her class.
The Spanish euthorities here have
been Informed that some time ago Cap?
tain Sigsbee asked permission to use
dynamite in the destruction of th'-.
wreck of the Maine.
This was refused by Captain General
Blanco, for the reason., it is officially
explained, that as there are evil dis
pos- d persons who insist that tthe Mair.e
was blown up from external causes, the
i Spanish authorities db' not want the
I wreck destroyed, as it affords all the
i evidence obtain<tb"e as to the actual
I cause of the disaster.
CluliH Rfcelve Vlnitor*.
Both tbieC. P. Huntington Republican
League and the iN'ewport News Repub?
lican clubs kept "op n bouse" yester?
day, receiving visiting 'Republicans ard
many men prominent in the party call?
ed at both places. Among those re?
ceived by the Newport X. ws Repub?
lican Club were Coolnel Wild'am Lamb,
of 'Norfolk: Mr. William H. Fairless, rf
Portsmouth; Hon. Harry Liibiiey, of
Washington: Dr. Richard A. Wise, of
lean Club were Co?onel W-i.l.liiam Ivauuib.
of Richmond; Hon. I'. I" McCain!, of
Oj'lpeper, and cV.immonwealth's Attor?
ney F. S. Colli' r, of Hampton.
Lot Sale Yesterday.
The lot sale held yesterday afternoon
by Powell' Bros. & King attracted a
'arg- number of people and the sale
iroved a big success, the number of lots
suld bringing the sum of $5,115. The
?mrchasers were mostly Richmond and
Hampton people. It was decided to ad?
journ the sale till 10 o'clock this morn?
ing, when the rest of the lots wllv be
disposed of. 1
FA KI KS IN
UuoMnn Arretled Charged With Kuunlng
a Shell Game.
Yesterday was a good dory for fakirs
in Newport News and they succeeded
in '?gulling" some people. Thte fakirs
came here with the hope of doing a
good business and same got in itiheiir
Patrolman C. B. Crafford was de?
tailed by Chief ot Police S. J. Har
wood to look out for green goods men
und their ken. The oftii*T. made one
arrest, taking into custody a man giv?
ing the name of Bleck, for running a
shell' game on Twenty-third street.
Officer Crafford' ran ajitoss the man
early in the afternoon. After watching
him manipul ate the shells and "dupe"
several persons the fvutnoilman arrest?
ed Heck. Tlie man resisted and Ihe was
assisted by several bystanders, who are
supposed to have been pals. The police?
man blew has whistle. A Norfolk of?
ficer who happened to be passing along
the street heard hum and went to Of?
ficer Crafford's assistance. Heck -was
arrested and taken to the city jaili He
was admitted to bail an hour or so
Drew Their Revolver?.
The surging maife of 'Immaturity ithJajt
moved up and down Washington ave?
nue yesterday kept .the iHillicenien ibusiy.
Right pallrolmen -were stationed on ithis
?street. While there- was coni-:.iderable
drunkenness there was very little dliu
order. Yesterday aflternoon Policemen
'N. I. Rayfield and T. A. .Mitchell! ar?
rested a private in a Richmond milioairy
?company for disorderly oomdiuct. The
ma-n resislied ami he was supported .by
several of his comrades who threatened
to take him away from the patrolmen.
The men followed close bethtiid. At tihe
corner of Twenty-ftRh street and
Wawhi'ingiton avenue an attempt was
.made to take t'he eoldier 'from the offi?
cers. Sergeant 'J. W. Rej'nolids amtl
Policemen C. B. Crafford, N. T. MadJory
and B. J. O'Harra wenlt to the assist
ance of the other officers. The soldiers
.threatened' to use their 'bayonets ii
their comrade 'was no; released, daim?
ing that a policeman had no night to
arrest a .man in uniform unless on the
charge of murder or arson. Sergeant
Reynolds and 'Policeman O'Horra drew
their gum? and warned the crowd -not
to touch the man. The man was taken
to juiil and aifterwards released from
custody by Justice B. B. Semnies.
RICHMOND NEWS AND COSolP.
Druggists .Examined by the State Board
(Special to tile Daily Press.)
RICHMON'D. VA? -March 24.?diich
mond is almost deserted today, the twin
liaum ih.i ng at Newport iNews hiaiviing
drawn- thousands of her citizens down
to the sea side.
The Chesapeake & Ohio railway ran
inline trains to that point this morning,
eonstlfuitlimg an aggregate of ninety-one
coaches. It 1b estimated that 9,100 peo?
ple tnade the trip, and more than, a
thousand1 others who desired to attend
could not :be acdom modated.
Captain W. H. Chllldireas, a pioneier
resident' of the eastern portion of
Richmond, died today at 12 o'clock,
'aged 72 years. For twenty years he
?hud been employed on James river in
the service of the United States govern?
ment. He leaves live children and many
?Richard Rowe, a well known iresildehit
of Henrico county, went to ihus home
last night, after over-indu'lging in. li?
quor, and arsiaulted his wife, beating
her severely. Thus mornling Rowe was
arrested and' locked up tin the county
jialil, no one being wiiMing to go hi*
Much interest is felt here in the effort
which is on foot to erect a compressed
air plant, mention of which has here?
tofore beet) made in these despatches.
If succesef-ul. it will prove of much
value to Richmond.
The municipal prim?r " election hav?
ing been concluded, the -people are now
ibeglwnttng to look forwanl to the spring
election when a member of the Nation?
al 'House of 'Representatives from this
section will be ejected. It is stated, that
Capt. Ceo. T>. Wise has determined to
oppose Copt. John Lanab, the 'incum?
bent and that he has some show to win.
The Board of Pharmacy of Virginia
today granted Certificates as registered
pharmacists to Harry S. Arrjngton and
W. E. Snellirgs. Jr.. of Norfolk; F. D.
Mears. A. C. Kerchmei and W. T).
Clarke, of Portsmouth, and W. Pow?
ell, of Newport News.
Manager Booker infortms the theatre
going public that he has secured Oliver
Byron to -play his new piece. "The Plun
gave freedom to a rote and sav.d our
it unnecessary to say anything to New
port News '.beultre-goers about the well
known Oliver 'Byron except to aifsure
"hem 'that tvoth he and the chormtng
Kate Byron are with the <\?mparny.
and wtfl aippear ait every performance.
"The Plunger" is 'Mr. Byron's greatetst
vehit'tire, 'and it is safe to say that it
has proved the most fortunate. The.
play is by far the most expensive that
he has ever produced. Tuesday night
the "Turn x>f the Tide" Will ibe produced
and on 'Wednesday night, "Ups and
Downs of Life."
FEAST AT OLD POINT
Brilliant Affair at the Cham
Two Governors Ue?i>onU tu Xuu?tt*, E*c?a
The naval world's greatest evemtt
closed With a bn.w.au. ~??o.Ue-c at aiaa
AiCts:r Uie vessels were laumoned toe
?distitnguiisihed vtustMu* ..iuo caune down
trout W ashling vu j-e steaaner
Newport News were yrv th aa opportun
ity 'to inispeet tine inaatitnotiu. pliant.
?Many of tne Coiigretetiai/sa and matviei
officers-were shown uno-ugh the vartoua
departments, mu.ni.ie*.cng interest iuillhe
country's gitu.?-. a'.u^JUi?ito'rjB aindaLs
try. At o cvck .u.-c Newport Newa
hauled in ner iviies nai Leaded tor Old.
l'oi-mt. The run u^c-c an thirty
minutes, .ur. c. jj. Orcuu, president
i>t llhe Newport 'News ait.v'ou.-<ciuve and.
Dry Dock Co-uupon-y led. -it.? way 'to
the Cham-befiiiin iaocel. where covers iiad
been laid for Vuu guests. The banquet
was giwen in the bait room, and when
the doors were swung open the sipacious
hall presented a scene o? bri-llianicy.
Festooned about the large white -piQilara
and arches were the Scars and Stripes,
state Hags of Virginia and Kentucky,
and the colors of the navy. The com?
bination of colors presented a pleasing
picture to the eye. When the guests
were seated there was not a vacamt
chair. The dining hall -then presented
a dazzling scene. There were many of
Virginia and Kentucky's fairest daugh?
ters, fanning their warm but 'happy
faces, surrounded by utdimirails, com?
modores, colonels, captains and lieuten
nln.ts, 'with their gilded uni-fortms glis
t?umtig in the dazzling electric lights.
At the northern end of the hall a plat?
form had been erected for 'the guests of
ihior.or.w.li-b-ih included 'Governor J. -Hege
Tyler, of Virginia; Governor 1W. O.
Bradley, of Kentucky; United States
Senator Thomas S. Martin, of Virginia;
'.Mr. im. R. rngalls, president of the
Ctoesiapeake & Ohio 'railroad; Congress
ma-n K. s. Hopkins, of Illinois: United.
States 'Senator J. L. -Raw;lins, of Utah;
Ad-mi nail 'Matthews and Commodore
Wat kilns and Commodore MtffN'aiir, U. S.
N. P-rosident Orcutt oocupied the seat
in the center of the platform, it was
not 'long after the guests were seated
that the popping and tlzzing of cham?
pagne bottles mingled with the rattle
of dishes and the hum of voices. One
hour wacs spent around the festal 'board
while the elegant collation wt.s served
in courses. Then Mr. ?rcu) t arose
amid a storm of hand cCappimg. Briefly
but gracefully, the chftof executive of
the shipbuilding company expreused
the -pleasure he felt in 1 aving so many
guests to honor the cin-.p tny's greatest
taich ievement. This broucint fc-rth an?
other wia.ve of app.attse. Then, as
toastmaster for the occasion, (Mr. Or?
cutt called on the guests to rise and.
d'nin'k a tooiit 'to the Pretid'^n t of the
Unied States. This doc.e. Congressimam
Hopkinis, of Illinois, bt'.n-g caiHed on to
respond to the toast, "Our President.*"
The speaker was in good voice. In
?patt, he said:
'There 'is no man who has occupied
the posil'lon of Frei ident . f the United
States 1 would more w.ici-nsrly respond
to than that great American, Wili'latm
M-r-K'in.'.ey. (Great appliance.) Tie ac?
cident of birth has ei'ven otii-ier coun
tni'es their rulers. Some have developed
their country; but most of them were
despicable characters. In this country,
thank God. it is different. By the suf?
frages of the people we choose our rul
er. The present chief execultive is a
typical American. Tlis life has been an
;>pen book 'and he stands close to the
people. This was well ilil-ust-rated the
.vther day, when Congress uniani'mouely
voted to place money at his disposal to
cianry out America nfisim. I thank God
we have ai? President a man who is
?so well rounded and complete." (Ap
"The 'Navy" was the next toast.
Senator 'Rawlcns responded in a brief
?speech, declaring that a strong niarvy
was not only a guarantee of peace, but
?a cvumiPortlng thing in tame of war.
Governor Tyler responded to the
next toasAt, "Old Do-minion."
[When he arose he was greeted wilth
deafening applause that lasted for sev?
eral milintrtes, and his excellency was
oormpeMed to bow his acknowledge?
ments. Virginia's chief magistrate, af
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f ul Ir.l.uK' to KeutuuLy.