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^JVOL. L NO. UP _ NORFOLK. VA., SATURDAY NOYEMBKR 2, 1895. PRICE 2 CENl?M
Theodore Durrant is Adjudged Guilty of the
Murder of Miss Blanche Lament.
(HE VERDICT OF THE JURY MEANS DEATH
She Look on (Ik* Fnce of flip Von?
tipiiinoa Nam Wh? ?nc of Defiance,
it it I liic Hysterical Suits ol Uis
Mother Softened IIIn Heart anil He
OlnspcU "licr In u Fond Embrace.
Pan 'Francisco, Cal., Nov. L?Theo?
dor?- Durrant murdered Blanche La?
That was the verdict of the jury In
the case this afternoon. The Jury
were out twenty-eight minutes. The
verdict was received with a shout of
applause from the auditors who pack?
ed the court-room. The closing scenes
of the great trial were full of dramatic
Interest, pathos, and excitement.
The District Attorney's peroration
was an able effort. He said he had
struggled to suppress his feelings ot
repugnance to the defendant, and to be
absolutely fair to him, and to lay aside
his feeling of horror and detestation
Which hindered and oppressed him. He
confidently assorted that nothing had
been stated in his address to the jury
which had not been proved by compe?
tent evidence. Link by link the ohain
had been welded until It had beeil
shown beyond doubt that Durrant had
murdered Blanche Lament on April Ud
by strangulation. The charge of Judge
?Murphy occupied It little over an hour
In delivery. Before he bopan it General
Dickinson. Durrant's counsel, formally
objected to the portloilH of Barnes' ad?
dress abusive In their nature, but the
Court considered them proper.
The charge was u cold statement of
the law unrelieved by any side disser?
tation. It was very fair and covered
the ground ol alibi, circumstantial evi?
dence and motive completely. The mo?
tive would not necessarily need to be
shown, as It might not appear oh the
surface. Circumstantial evidence as to
motive would apply as to other points
In the case; He stated the California
Irw as to murder in the first degree,
which involved one whose death result?
ed to u victim of a criminal assault,
Whether the hilling was or was not med?
As soon as the Court completed the
charge, Dickinson took an exception on
the ground that His Honor had not
read the instructions submitted as the
defense had written them. The jury
was then Riven in charge of two Deputy
Bherlfis and conducted to the jury room.
Suppressed excitement was manifest?
ed throughout the court r<n.in and the
corridors outside during the wait which
succeeded the departure of the jury.
There was great deal of speculation as
to how Ibliu. the jury would remain out.
The opinion .'11110111; those who hail fol?
lowed the trial was thai an agreement
would be soon reached, but owing l" the
mass of evidence it was thought pos?
sible that the jurors might remain out
all night. The result showed that the
jury men had already digested the evi?
dence and thai the overwhelming case
Which the prosecution had piled Up
against the accused had left them no
option ami not even room for doubt.
The jury, upon reaching the room, se?
lected Warren Dutton for I'orcmtill and
then baliottcd. Tile first bit Hol was for
murder in the first degree. Word was
Immediately sent to the court-room and
Judge MUrphy sent for tile jury. While
this was going on Durrant sat in the
court-room beside his counsel, convers?
ing with ids mother ami several of her
As soon as Mrs. Durrani learned that
the Jury was coming in. her demeanor
changed from one of gnlty and a look
of dread came to her face, which was
not reflected In that of her son. He
stoically watched the jurymen as they
took their seats as if Iii get from their
fea lures the import of the verdict which
their early return portended.
As Foreman Dutton pronounced the
verdict of guilty Of murder in the first
degree, the large audience which hnd
listened in perfect silence fur the words
which In- was lo utter, rose and uttered
si yell which echoed far out in the corri?
.Most of those in the audience were
women. The cries which went up
from them fell upon the ear of the
COliviCtcd murderer's mother like a blow,
ami it seemed to bring her fust reali?
zation of the force of the words of the
Jury's foreman. Her face was averted
jis lie had nerved herself fur the ordeal,
lull though possessed of marvelous cour?
age, a cry hurst from her lips, followed
by a. hysterical outburst of sobs.
As he listened Intently to the words
Which sealed his late Durrant partially
rose from his seal. The look on his
face was one of defiance, and It was
apparent that he had it in mind to
address the Jury. The first cry from
bis mother changed ills mind. If lie had
such intention. He sat down, turned
to his mother, and took her fondly in
his arms. She rested her head on his
shoulder, and with his left arm about
her slender form, he held her in a
tender embrace, patting her with ids
left hand, and with his right sin.king
her hair, lie seemed oblivious to the
fact that a verdict which meant death
to him had bee? returned; oblivious to
everything except the weeping woman
who had snt patiently by his side
through Ihe long trial, cheering him
with words or hope, if his display was
of nerve It was marvelous, and' if of
callousness to hny but filial sensation,
it was etjuhlly marvellous.
The triumphant shout from r.oo
throats in the court-room had been
hushed by the bailiffs, and a hush fell
upon the crowd wh.-n Judge Murphy
liegnn to address the jury. He assured
them that they had his lhanks for the
manner in which they hnd performed
their duty, and he believed they would
have the thanks nt the entire commu?
nity. As the Jurymen marched by Dur?
rant and hin mother, they all looked
sympathetically upon the sad picture
of the weeping woman unon the shoul?
der of her condemned son.
Then Judge Murphy announced that
next Friday he would pass sentence
upon Durrant, and ut the same time he
would tlx the time for beginning the
trial id' Durrant for the muredr of Min?
The verdict of the jury meets with
The town is wild.to-night over it and
is resembles the aftermath of ah elec?
tion. Durrant himself lakes it coolly
anil says lie has not yet lost hope. His
attorneys will take an appeal to the
Supreme Court on a bill of exceptions,
the malerinl for which accumulated
during the trial.
The material for the Minnie Williams
trial has all been gathered and the
prosecution is prepared to go rieht
ahead with it. it It certain Unit Judge
Murphy will set ah early day for the
hearing. The general impression is that
the result in that case will be the some
as the one just concluded. Considera?
ble matter beating on the case was de?
veloped during the trial of the I.nimmt
case, and since the preliminary exami?
nation much new evidence has been
gathered. So far as known DuiTant's
defense in the case yet to be tried will
be as weak ns it was in the one just
QUALIFICATIONS FOR SUFFRAGE
Was Passed by tlic.Soutli Carolina, t-'on
volition its Origthnlly Intended.
Columbia. S. C, Nov. 1.?At 11:25 to?
night the Convention adopted the es?
sential section of the suffrage plan, put?
ting on tin.- parliamentary clincher,
thereby accomplishing the soli- object
of the Convention. The section was
adopted In the following shape: j
Sec. A. The qualifications for suf?
frage shall be as fololws:
(A) Residence in the State for two
years, in the county one year, in the
election district In which the electors of?
fer to vote four months and the pay?
ment six months before any election of
any poll tax then due. And payable; pro?
vided, however, that ministers in charge
of an organised church and teachers ol"
public schools shall be entitled to vote1]
after six mouths residence ill tile State
if otherwise qualified.
(B) Registration, which shall provide
for the enrollment of every elector
once In ten years, and also an enroll?
ment during Wich und every year of
elector not previously registered Under
the provisions of this article.
(C) Up to- January 1. IS98, all male
persons of voting age applying lor regis?
tration who can read any section in
this constitution or understand ami
explain it when read to them by the
legist rat ion officer, shall be entitled to
register and become electors.
A separate record of all persons regis?
tered before January 1. is?s. sworn to by
the registration otllcer shall be tiled,
one copy with the Clerk of the Court
and one in the rdlice of the Secretary
of State on or In-fore February 1. I89S.
and such persons shall remain during
life t|ualtfied electors, unless disquali?
fied by the other provisions of this arti?
cle. The certificate of tie- Court or
Secretary of state shall be sufficient
evidence to establish the right to any
fun her registration and tin- franchise
under tin- limitations In rein imposed.
(D) Any person who shall apply for
registration after January 1. 1S?8, of
otherwise qualified, shall be registered,
provided that he can both read and
write any section of this Constitution,
or possesses property assessed at (300
(K.i Managers of election shall re?
quire ol" every elector offering to vole at
any election before allowing him to vote,
proof of the payment of all taxes, in?
cluding poll tax, assessed against him,
and collected from (lie previous year.
iK) The General Assembly shall pro?
vide for issuing to each duly registered
elector a certificate of registration and
shall provide fur the renewal td" such
certificate when lost, mutilated or de?
stroyed, if the applicant is still a quall
fled elector under the provisions of this
constitution, or If lie has been registered
as provided In sub-section (C.).
There was much opposition expressed
to the plan, which many declared on tIn?
door could only mean fraud under the
"understanding" feature, the supervi?
sors being the judges of the sulllciclicy
of the "understanding."
Senator Ttllmnn's Charges.
Columbia. S. C, Nov. 1.?-No headway
whatever was made in the solution of
the Buffrnge problem by the Constitu?
tional Convention to-day. Tin- whole
day has been devoted to the rehashing
of the history of the reconstruction pe?
riod. The charges that Senator Till-j
man made last night In his speech In
regard to the steals and frauds of the
reconstruction period based upon the
fraud reports, und attacking negro
delegates on the floor, were taken up
by the negroes, ami Miller. Smalls,
and Whlpper made vigorous und de?
termined speeches defending them?
selves und their nice. All the speeches
were purely of u historical character.
The fool Pleading of II Murderer
Tiffin; (?.. Nov. 1.?Leo Martin, the
murderer of Marshal August Schultz,
and the cause of the fatal riot at the
jail here Sunday night, was brought to
this city secretly early this morning
ami arraigned before Judge Melborn.
When asked to plead to the Indictment
he coolly remarked that he "guessed
part of It was true, but not all." He
will be tried in December. After the
hearing Martin was quietly taken to
the outskirts of the city whore he was
kept In hiding until the arrival of he
northbound train, when he was re?
turned to the jail at Sandusky.
A IJrnkr.mniiii Instantly Hilled.
I.ynchburg, Va., Nov. 1.?Joint IT.
Robertson, a brakeman, employed on
the Dynchhurg and Durham division
of the Norfolk and Western railroad,
fell from a freight-car this morning
near Crystal Hill, and was Instantly
killed. The remains were taken to
South Boston, and afterwards brought
by a special to tills city.
GOV. CLARKE IS HAPPY
Declares That His Strongest Cards Are
Yet in Reserve.
THAT SWEEPING OMNIBUS INJUNCTION
Came I'pou tbo Pugilists wiiii Niuii
iilng Force und Tliey I'niiiiul light
Uli AliillllSIIX Nllll -Prospects tttltt
the Moil Will Fight I? Private?
Tbo Two I'lgiitor* Playful.
Little' Kock. Ark.. Nov. 1.?Corbett
and Fitzslmmons will not light in Ar?
kansas.. Tills proposition Is sullied as
nearly as anything can be settled, that
Is not an accomplished fact, and when
It Is added ibat the ptmliisis themsel?
ves ad mil Unit the game is up. It may
be conceded that the courts and the
Governor have won. it Is altogether
safe to say that both Corbetl and his
rival would be glad to he anywhere out
of this State, under a promise never In
FlUslmmons, Corbetl, Brady and Ju?
lian lire to-night asleep In the same ho?
tel, guarded by a Deputy Sheriff. The
Judiciary has not only maintained its
hold upon the pugilistic ohtingeht, mil
has added fresh mcsl > the web In
which they arc ciltan . und Gover?
nor Clarke, looking more like Henry
Clay than ever, sat in his Olllce and in
a smiling way declares that he has
only began his campaign and that bis
strongest cards are still in reserve.
The chief events of the day were the
arrival of Corbetl and his party from
Hot Springs, tin- peace warrant pro?
ceedings In tin- circuit and Chancery
courts and. last and most Important of
all. the Issuance by Chancellor Martin
of a sweeping omnibus Injunction re?
straining pretty nearly everybody in
Arkansas from having any pnii In a
light at Hol Springs or elsewhere in the
Stale of Arkansas. It is this legal doc?
ument Which lias destroyed the last
bo].f the lieht promoters and caused
tin- prihctpails land their backers to
throw iti> their bands and admit them?
The pugilists and their friends bad
discounted about every other possibility
Inn tin- injunction was the one thing
they hail not thought of. It was not
aloiu- unexpected, but It was stunning
In its force and when the news became
current It was admitted on every side
that Arkansas was no longer debatable
ground and that If Corbetl and Fltz
slminons were in light nt all. It must be
in oilier territory than Hull so jealously
guarded by Governor Clarke.
The recognition of this fact at once
sei Hie matchmakers at work afresh
and Into to-night there Is a prospect
that if the pugilists can make their
p'ace with Arkansas authorities on
the condition of getting out of tin- State
they may yet meet in Hie ring before a
select company for a side bei of $10,000
Corbetl and his party, consisting of
Manager Brady, Hilly Delnney, .Ilm Me
Voy and .lohn Donaldson, arrived al
la o'clock this morning from Hot
Springs. They registered at the Cnpl
lol Hotel, which also has Fllzslni
mons ami Julian as guests, but the dis?
tinguished principals did not meet until
The meeting was rather in Hie nature
of a disappointment to those who
Imagined thai the men would fly at
each others throats like bull dogs. Noth?
ing, on the contrary, could have been
in.ue amiable, not to say frolicsome,
thail their actions. Corbett, who bad
entered tho dining-room some time be?
fore Fitzslmmons, made his appearance
finished his dinner, and in having the
room passed close to tin' laid.- at which
the Australian was seated. There was
a glance nt" mutual recognition. Then
Corbetl stopped for a minute, gazed
benevolently al his rival and perform?
ed the dancing movement known as
Chassez all?a rnpld side step In quick
time. Having executed this leal lie
stopped, smiled ngnln and wafted a
kiss from ihe tips of his lingers to Fliz
slmmous. who grinned amiably in re?
turn. The champion then put his hand
to the side of his mouth niicl in a stag,
whisper ejaculated the singh- syllable
??boo." which it will be remembered was
agreed upon two weeks ago as a signal
for hostilities when the men shoub:
meet. Evidently, however, it bad lost
Its significance, for Instead of provok?
ing Fitz, to writth, it merely caused him
to smile all the more amiably and after
blowing another kiss to bis rival. Cor?
betl passed out of the room without
any blood having been spilled. This
ended the forenoon's entertainment,
which had been somewhat In the nature
of a comedy. I
Soon after dinner the court proceed?
ings began. The case against Fltz
slinmons before Circuit Judge Martin
The defendants, with their counsel.
Colonel Murphy, of Little Bock, and
city Attorney Martin, of Hot Springs,
appeared at the bar, and as the Attor?
ney General (llcmmliigwny) nt once
asked for a postponement in order to
secure witnesses from Hot Springs.
Colonel Murphy vigorously opposed
Hie motion. He declared that It was
merely a subterfuge on the part of the
Slate to prevent trial, and Insisted that
the hearing should go on.
The Court, however, could see no
hardships in postponing the hearing,
and after a little further sparring be?
tween the attorneys the case wenl over
until to-morrow morning. Then every?
body went across the Hull tr> Chancel?
lor Mi'.rtln's courtroom, where tin- Cor
bctl-Brudy case was to he heard.
When everything was ready, the At
torney-Genernl renewed Ihe request be
had made before the other Judge. He
wanted time, he said, to bring witness?
es from Hot Springs. The usual ob?
jection from the defence followed und
then Colonel Murphy Introduced the
bond given by Corbett and Brady be?
fore a Hot Springs Justice of the peace
as a bar to the proceedings. There was
a forensic wrangle, Colonel Murphy
milling one way uml Attorney-General
ICInsworlhy 'in? other.
Finally the Court Intervened In a lit?
tle speech, which showed the attitude
of ihci.illlcKock Judlolary toward prize
lighting. Chancellor Martin Is a little
man with curly gray hair, and a chin
heard. He wears a milled shirt and a
low cut.vest and might sit for a por?
trait of Ople Head s "Kentucky Col?
onel." He spoke slowly, hut with evi?
"It in idle to protend." he shld. "that
this case is an ordinary application for
a peace hond. It is. a matter of com?
mon notoriety nil over the United Slates
thai these men together with eertiin un?
worthy citizens of Arkansas, have been
trying to bring ?11C a prize light in Mar
land county. They have been warned
repeatedly to desist. The Supreme
Court lias passed upon the unlawful
nature of the enterprise. They have
been cautioned by the Governor, ami
they have received warnings from Other
Officers of authority. In spite of all
this, they have persisted in their at?
tempt to break the laws of Ibis State.
1 propose to Investigate the matter
thoroughly. I don't blame diese prize
fighters so much as I do the recreant
citizens ami officers of this State who
have aided and abetted them in their I
unlawful enterprise. 1 shall give the
Attorney General iiiholc lime to produce
witnesses in this matter. lie shall have
all the time he requires, consistent willi
tin- rights of these defendants to a
speedy hearing. The ease will be ad?
journed until :i o'clock to-morrow after?
There was n bum of surprise In the
courtf-room when the Chancellor de?
livered tills stab at the Hoi Springs
people, and it began to be Impressed on
tile pugilists ami their friends (hat the
proceedings before the court were like?
ly to prove more serious than I hoy had
bargained for. Hut this feeling was
mild compared with the sensation that
was caused when it became known that
Chancellor Martin had granted nu In?
junction restraining .lai.= .1. Corbett,
Roberl Fltzslmmona. the Hot Springs
Athletic Association. YV. A. Brady. Mar?
tin Julian, Joe Vondli', N. K. Wheelock,
W. b'. Bnbcock, H. E. Ii. Iloupt, W. W.
Walters, Peter Malier, Steve O'Don-!
nell. William Delahey and others un?
named from engaging lu or fostering
prize lights In the city of Hot Springs
or elsewhere In (he State of Arkansas.
The Injunction was Issued at the In?
stance of the state of Arkansas, ex
rel, K. it. Kinsworihy.
The petition recites, at great length,
the history of the projected prize tights
ami de. lar.-s that "as the otlieers of
Hot Springs are eugawd in the con?
spiracy, (he i h reft toned crimes cannot
he stopped by ordinary methods and
the lights will be held until stopped by
This Injunction was admitted on all
hands to he the knockout blow to the
hopes of the Hot Springs Club. They
writ Is not returnable until twenty
days from date, ami although a motion
to dissolve could be made in the menu
time, there is little hope I hat Chancel?
lor Marlin would entertain it, much
less grant it.
A delay of twenty days in pulling off
the light would bo as fatal as twenty
weeks or twenty years, and any al?
tem pi to violate the Injunction would lie
surely followed by imprisonment for
contempt of court.
THE PUBLIC DEBT STATEMENT.
Showing II .\>I Increase lor Hie
Man III <>t <lei.it.ei- ol y.."i.;tJI. 17.",.
Washington. Nov. 1.?The debt state?
ment Issued this morning shows a net
Increase in the public debt, less ensh In
tin- Treasury during October, of
475. Tin- interest bearing debt was in?
creased $7ii?. Tin- non-interest bearing
debt decreased $110,032 and cash in the
Tr.-asury decreased $5.437,3G4. The ba?
lance of the Bevern! classes of dcbl at
lie- close of business. ( Ictolier ".1st. were:
Interest bearing debt. $747,301,500; debt
on which interesl has censed since ma?
turity, $1.081.070: debt dialing no in?
teresl. $377.385,S70. Total. $1,120,3711,109.
Tb.- certificates ami Treasury notes
offset by an equal amount of cash In the
Treasury outstanding at the end of the
month were $591,102,07:1, a decrease of
$0,125,020. The lotal cash in the Tren
BUry was $812,137,010. The gold reserve
was $92.043,179. N'.-t cash balance. $K7.
004,918. In the month there was a tie;
crcuse in gold coin uml bars of $190,073,
Ib.- t.dal at I h,- close being $143,360,838.
? ?f silver lbet,- was a decrease of $4,594,
385. (if ib.- surplus there was in na?
tional bank depositories $15,513,185.
against $10,047,105 at the end of the pre?
An Important A|ipulnliii?>iit.
Washington, Nov. I.?The Important
legal position of Solicitor for the State
Department, which was left vacant
through the resignation of Mr. W. D.
Dabney to accept the chair of law at
the University of Virginia, was illlcd
to-day by Ib.- I'rostdonl by tin- ap?
pointment of Mr. Whiter Emerson Fair
son, of North Carolina.
Secretary Ohicy also tilled another
important place in his department, ap?
pointing Mr Frank A. Ilrnnagan, of
Ohio, as chief of the bureau of ac?
counts, the position from which Mr.
Francis Klecklioefcr resigned last week
as a result of an Inesiigatlon into the
conduct of i-.ls office. i'-oth appoint?
ments were made on merit, and bolh
appointees entered the service of the
government under civil servlco rules.
An Electric Light Man Instantly
Wheeling, v.'. Vn.. Nov. I.?Christian
Schleid.-, a trimmer of the City Elec?
tric Lilgth Works, was instantly killed
wlille trimming :t light (his morning.
He had recently secured the Job and
this morning started to work. A light
hangs In front of his house, and he
asked his wife to come to (he door and
watch itim trim his first lamp. The
light was lowered and Sohlohle look
hold of both carbons. The currant ran
through his body, killing him instantly,
before his horrified wife. Deceased was
about o0 yearn of uge.
IS ASKING FOR MERCY
Holmes, the Man of Many Crimes and Mys?
teries. Attempts No Defenee.
SECOND BLUNDER OF HIS COUNSEL
MrM.IMelael Attacked by n KeryouM it
und Her .Scrcnnm Hong Tltrotigli
tile ItOOItl Ettiliiics CoillllM'fl null
siiiiiiK'iiiiiMi 'iti,. Deren?? Asked
for Their Cllottfu Acquittal.
Philadelphia, Nov. I.?Holmes to-day
threw himself iii.uii Mn- mercy i?r iin
jury. When llio Com.nwenllh closed
Iis case I His nftci iioon Ills attorneys an?
nounced that tln-y c.sldercd the prose?
cution had not nuiilo nut Km charge ot
murder, ami I hey won hi rest their ease
upon the evidence olTereil hy the Com?
monwealth ami submit iio lestliiiony ill
?i dense of the prisoner. Thin decision
was made by Holmes upon Hie utlvlcc
61 n well known luwyer, wlio nt one
time was retained hy Ihe prisoner. The
move seemed like a bold "lie. but was
unquestionably done more In despera?
tion in the hope id' Influencing the Jury
and creating the Impression in, their
minds that, belli;; conscious id' bis in?
nocence and not hu\ inn had time tu pre?
pare u proper defense, Holmes trusted
himself to their sense of justice.
In reality Holmes has mi defense.
Not a witness lias appeared for him
and bis black record would toll terribly
against him even if ho were abb- lo
offer something like substantial proof
that In- did not kill I'iet/.el. The Com?
monwealth presented no direct proof
that Holmes murdered I'lctzcl. Their
chain of circumstantial evidence even
was hol l\U Strong as was expected, and
but for the admission at various limes
of Holmes himself. Hie District Attor?
ney would have bad a most dllllclllt
task in proving the charge. Thai the
Commonwealth destituted lo arraign
Holmes lor murder here uiilll Ihe dis?
covery of Hu- dobles of the Plctzel < hll
dren is well known. When the bodies
of Ilvese children were found, ihe Dis?
trict Attorney was ihen absolutely con?
vinced that Holmes killed I'lelzel and
that the murderers of the children were
the direct outcome of Hie lirsl assassi?
nation. When the remains of the three
children were unearthed ami Holmes
made his admission thitt In- had been
alone in the bouse with the dead body
of Plctzel. Mr. Graham was satisfied
of the strength of bis case und brought
the accused man to trial.
It was ex|iec<ed that the case would
be sensational In the extreme, but after
Judge Arnold ruled out all evidence
bearing upon the murder of the chil?
dren, the most ghastly feats of Holmes'
scries of crimes were eliminated, in.
stead of furnishing nny sensation Ihe
trial itself has been as dull and unin?
teresting to the spectators In the court?
room as the majority of ordinary mur?
der eases are. Hut two incidents out
of the ordinary have broken the mono
tony. These were the appearance upon
the wtlncss stand of Mrs. Piolzcl. and
her pathetic tale of her journey with
Holmes, and the testifying against the
prisoner of the girl that he deceived
into believing that she was his legal
Hut nine witnesses were called lo
tin- stand to-day. The defense this
morning had decided hat they would
at torn pi lo prove thai Pletzel committ?
ed suicide ami wns not murdered. Ex?
pert testimony hearing upon this the?
ory introdu.1 by Mr. Graham must
have shown the attorneys for Holmes
thai the defense th'jy had outlined
would require greater resources lo
maintain than they bad at their
They also made two blunders to-day.
Mrs. Plot/.el was recalled lo the stand
lo Identify some articles of clothing
belonging to her husband, ami under
cross-examination the defense attempt?
ed to show that she was perfctly cog?
nizant of the scheme o swindle the
insurance company, and that in the
journey sin- took with Holmes she
was trying to avoid arrest for her
share in it. and was not seeking her
children and husband.
Mr. Graham resented this form of
examination Indignantly and accused
the defense of attempting to add to
the woman's already heavy burden of
grief. He showed by the witnesses'
statements thai although arrested for
conspiracy, no Indictment was ever
brought against In r. and that she was
discharged because there was no evi?
dence showing that she had any direct
connection with the swindle. The ipies
Uons of the attorney for the defense
brought tears to Ihe eyes of the broken
woman upon the stand, and her appear?
ance exulted the sympathy of all In
the court. When she wns removed
from the stand and led Into the corridor
she was al tacked by a nervous fit and
her screams rang through the room.
The defense's second blunder was In
endeavoring to elicit from Miss Yolie
Ihe opinion that she still believed her?
self to be Ihe legal wile of Holmes.
When Mr. Graham saw the drift of the
questions being asked he had the wit?
ness IM1 the entire story of how Holmes
hud deceived her in the marriage and
the lies and deceptions he practiced
upon her. During this recital Holmes
became confused and hung his bead
in a shamefaced manner. Just before
reci ss was taken Mr. Grahnm an?
nounced that the prosecution bad closed
its case-. During the recess Holmes
consulted his lawyers, und when they
came into court Mr. Rolan boldly asked
Judge Arnold to either discharge the
prisoner on the ground that the Com?
monwealth had not made out a cass
against him or else charge the jury to
acquit him. This Judge Arnold refused
lo do. Then they asked for a contin?
uance for at least three or four hours. In
which to prepare their evidence. Judge
Arnold refused to grant them this much
time, hut gave them half an hour,
They retired with the prisoner and up?
on their return Mr. Ttolnn announced
that they would rest their caae upon
the evidence of the Commonwealth;
He salt! they were satislled that the
prosecution had not proven Hie charge
of murder und they were willing to no
to tin.' Jury without calling uny wit?
nesses. It was then arranged Hint the
closing arguments on both sides should
begin to-morrow and the court adjourn
ed for the day.
The closing arguments and the charge
to tile Judge will probably cohstuhq the
hCttcr part of to-morrow, but I he ease
will In all likelihood be given to thb
jury lb-morrow afternoon.
THE REPUBLICANS TO CAUCUS.
ite, (i i<> Btc Xomlnntcd n-, Acclamn?
lion for Npciilier.
Washington, Nov. 1.?|t |? under?
stood thai RcprCscn tilt Ivo Warren It.
Hooker, of New York, secretary of the
Kcpubllcun caucus of the House, has
Issued a call lor a meeting of a caucus
of the Republican members of the Kiftv
fourth Congress, to be held In the hall
of the House at X o'clock on the evening
of November 301 It.
Nominations will be made for Speaker,
Clerk of the House, Doorkeeper, Ser
gount-ui-Arins, Postmaster and Cha?
The question or who will be nominat?
ed for the Spcakorshlp has been practi?
cally settled. lOx-Speaker Heed will,
without a shadow ot doubt, be nomi?
nated for tills place by acclamation.
The Clerkship of the House, which Is
Hie most Important position next to the
Speaker, will be warmly fought lor. The
gentlemen who have thus far made
their Intention known tire: fl?ht Hen?
derson, or Illinois, chairman of the
caucus committee, who lulled or ro
nomlnatlon to Congress, and ex-Repro
sentatlvcrnt-Lurgt! for Pennsylvania,
Knr the Doorkceperslilp, w. .!. Glenn,
of Cuba. N. V., Is the leading candidate
Ills only opponent will be Editor Tip
Ion, or Tennessee, who was a Collectoi
or Internal Revenue for one district of
Hint State during Harrison's term;
No Selections have yet been inudi
for the position id" chaplain ami Post
mastcr.but it is generally conceded that
n Kansas man will be nominated for tin
former and one from Ohio for the lat
A VERDICT FOR MISS GIBSON.
The Jury Assesses the iiuiunve nt
Thirty-Two Hundred Hollars.
Richmond, Vai, Nov. 1.?The K<iult>
court-room was crowded this morning
with an eager Huong to hear the con
elusion of the celebrated case of Miss
< Iii.sou vs. Mrs. Todd. Judge Mlnoi
having instructed the Jury, counsel or
cupled most of tin- day in arguing tin
case.? -To-night the Jury rendered,
verdict for $:l.:!()() damages. There lias
been no appeal so rar, hut it Is undei
slood there may he.
Miss Gibson sued for 110,000 damage
alleging that Mrs. Todd had Injure
her in her occupation as a saleswoman
by saying that she had salt! In effet
that Mrs. Hatcher, the wife of Re
Dr. Iln.tcher, pastor of the Ora<
Street Itaptlsl Church, was a klepto
maniac, she (Miss Gibson) having bei
discharged by her employers for th:
reason. Miss Gibson denied positiv
ly that she had ever made suoh a r
mark about Mrs. Hatcher.
New Reconstructed French t'aiilm
I'arls. Nov. 1.?The new Ministry lie
a meeting laic- last evening and decided
upon a policy which contemplates
searching examination into the South
ern Hallway scandals to the end
fixing the responsibility for niiscondut
alleged and proven. The Cabinet also
decided to support a proposal to sill
mil the question Involved in the C(
IliaUX Class Workers' strike to arid
trillion to modify the Madagasc
treaty, lb create a colonial army and
introduce in the budget for ISO0 a pi
vision Imposing nil income tax. It w
also decided to offer the foreign poi
folio to M. Decrals, formerly Front
Ambassador to England. The on
was made, but M. Dccrais declined 11
The Xew French Cabinet Meets.
Paris. Nov. 1.?Since the umiounc'
men) list night of tin- formation of
new Cabinet some changes have he
made In its composition. As competed
it is constituted as follows:
Prime Minister and Minster of the
Minister of Foreign Aft'utrs?M. Bei
Minister ol' War?M. Cavalgnac.
Minister of Marine?M. I.ockroy.
Minister of Finance?M. outher.
Minister of Justice nnd Worship?
Minister of the Colonies?M. Le
Minlsf.or of Public Instruction?
Minister ol" Public Works?M. Guyot
Minister of Commerce?M. Mcsir
Minister of Agriculture?M. Vigor
The i:nrlh?|tiiikc Canned Water to Flow
Indianapolis, Hid.. Nov. 1.?An inter?
esting point in connection with the
earthquake, which was felt in this city
yesterday. Is tie- fact that a number
of small Indiana streams having their
source in I he southern border of the
gas bolt have suddenly tilled with water.
No ruins have occurred In this Slate
for months to swell the streams, and in
the case or Honey Creek, lu the eastern
part or Bartholomew county, it had
gone dry several weeks ago, the water
standing only In pools lure and there.
This.week it is lllled lo the brim and In
some places has overflowed.
Edward 9fut>l>?r<I Hanged.
Richmond, Va.. Nov. 1.?A special to
The Dispatch from South Hoston. Va.,
says that this mom Ins at Houston, the
county scat of Halifax. Edward Hub
bard wasJiatiged in the old Jail for the
murder last July of Pink Collnnd, an?
other colored man. Hubbard shot
Collnnd in the road in a dispute nbout a
negro woman. Death was almost In?
stantaneous, as the neck was broken
by the fall. Only about twenty per?
sons witnessed the execution. This is
the first legal hanging in the county,
CIRCLES OF COMERG!
The Volume of Trade and the Conxion
Business Throughout the Country, i
OPINIONS OF DUN AND BRADSTREi
TU?? Itnpid Recovery of Cotton II?
Not. '.Increased Cotilldcncc?The.
toil ?tiHtrlliutlon Htlrly Knconr
?ging?There In it I.nrgc llciimuo
for .llitiitil'itcliircd Products.
New York. Nov. 1.?It. G. Dun & C?.'?SS
Weekly Review ot Trutle, to be Iasue0;?
to-morrow, will say:
Failures In October thus far reported '
show liabilities of $11.120,483, against^
$X.20S.S!l2 last year anil $18,1105.494 In r
lS!i:t. Failures for the week have been
278 In the United States, against 249i?j(
last year, and 53 In Canuda, against CO
The rapid recovery in cotton and-the
rise In sterling exchange to the point j|
at which the last exports of gold were . f;
made have not Increased confidence.ijjsj]
Whether cotton Is kept back by plant- ;
ers, aa many reason, or by speculators,-;'?'};
makes no practical difference If ? mer-'^S
chandlRo Imports (for the past four ?
weeks al New York :i2 per cent, or :
$10.200,000 larger than last year) so farV.;
exceed merchandise exports (for the
past four weeks at New York 10.2, or.;'
$2,000,000 larger than last year), as to.'-},
cause shipments of gold. There Is a
little better demand for most mnnufac-.r*
tu red products, retail distribution Is.-;'
fairly encouraging and the closing ol.-tf
many works Is less significant at.thia^
neu son lliun It might be at others. Coj-.
ton has risen to 9 cents again, Receipts'!
are at present very small compared,!
with last year, and It Is stated that;'
banks here have more money loanotl,'
on cotton, to enable holders to keep It',
without marketing, than ever before, '
Exports and takings ot spinners aro
small, and stocks abroad and here soV
huge that consumers may be better.:
able to wait than borrowers from/
banks. The tendency to realize a ljjiod-"'
crate advance was shown on Th?rs
day, though spot prices remain strong/'.:
The larger demand for manufactured
products has held prices of cotton gootln 1
and even advanced some prints, in spltalffi,
of last week's decline in cotton. Mbre'tgf
activity Is also seen in Iron and steel
products, though Hessemer and gray 'i
forge, billets and plates are a little.^;
lower. Contracts for lake ore hang ?
fire because wheat pays $2.23 for tho'v^;
room on which ore would - :v $1.10 froyv
the bead of the lakes. '1. nail corn.?\?
bination reduced its Noven. er output'^
to a third its usual quantity and thev'gl
rail output this year lias been only;:,
about half the quantity required for^j
renewals alone, which shows the. en?rii'fj
nious Increase in use of steel for bulldr'.^l
ing and other purposes. Minor m'otala'n?
are a shade weaker and American tin
plate makers are taking a good part ;;!
of the business by selling at 10 cents be- '-,);
low prices for foreign plate.
The volume of domestic trade shown ';
by exchanges through the principal?'.'?}
clearing houses Is 17.4 per cent, larger v
than lnst year for the closing week-.of );
October, but 22.S per cent, less than; in'fi
18S2, and reflects in part the extraordl-*,
nary speculation In cotton.
ltradst t'CetM on General Itusineae. ?
The volume of general business hasv
been smaller this week, due In part to
drought, although the widespread-/
rains during the latter portion of thai
week have gone for to break the dry ?
West and Northwest the commercial!.!;^
demand has been mainly for staples';."'*;
but with a falling off. In volume.
Larger Eastern business centers feel ?*
the effect of the falling off In demand ^ij
at the West, notably lioston, Phlladel-,a$
ptila and Plttsburg. i&H
At the South general trade o.mffng , ,;
jobbers al most points Is only fair, and,..'
in some sections mercantile collectidha'%'
are slower, with farmers holding theVr'^SS
crops. i ^>?tv
Business at New Orleans at the close.'tS
of the month Is smaller in volume, ntVt'S
is usual. Oalvcston reports very little';-1!
Texas cotton remaining in produceravf
hands and receipts falling oil- sharply^^
Hut general trad^ has improved someS^S
what at Memphis, Atlanta and Aug?st?,i?$
and (o a greater extent at UirmlnghSij&xg
where the output of coal and iron/jB?j!
much larger than heretofore, and the^
number of employes at work corren^i'^
pondtngly Increased with the pr?sy?f
pect? more favorable than for month's^
Hank clearing:; in Hie United Sttitetf'Sf
'this week amount to $1.0S2,000,000, whtchV'SS
Is a falling off of nearly G per cent. ae^S
compared with last week. ijgjSg
Ixposure to cold, i'amp winds tnaja^^H
t In pnoumonla unless the system V>B"]S3
it Invigorated with Hood's ^a/so^^ftS
A Painter eillleil f. I'nil,',
Wilmington, N. C. Nov. 1.?Htnryifj
W. 'Wenzel, a painter, while engaged-'^
this morning in painting a. skylight litiS
Katz & Povogst's store on Fr?ni^i"
street, fell from t he scaffold, which gav.&&f>
way. and was instantly killed. He VfklfM
a native of Germany, but came to \^J.i??g
mlngton from New Orleans some te.iV ?fi
years ago. He leaves a wife here,. buroS
no children. He wns about 115 years bld^.'Isj
Exposure to cold, Camp winds may r^wl?
Have Oi?cne<lii Lovely Line ofoJ C<;afej^J
and Capes. 'W;
Have opened a now line of Coats; nr-"'*
Capes for ladles', misses and ChU^ '
from $2.50 to $10, In all tho newest
fects, Including Bouclo, Cheviot^,'?*
sey and Plush. Coats In all the-/
shapes?box fronts, ripple hack, ni
sleeves. Also, silk lined. Call atpM
money If interested In a Coat or -if
B. A. BAUNXji
"Newest Discovery"?Ext. l?o;
pain, N. T. D. Rooms. Kimcs. Xd:
Oyster. San?wlches nt Mac"?,'