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CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION NEEDLESS
'?'ke Oys!or Question mill the !?????
lection ?l' Iii?! Interests involved
Dealt With Very Exhaustively?
'flu' University of Vlrgluin-Tbci
election I.inv rally DisciiNscd.
Commonwealth of Virginia,
Richmond. Va., Dec. 4, 1895.
To the Gen. tnl Assembly:
In obedience to tile requirements of
the i .in.-minion ul Virginia, you have
assembled to enact such laws us may
in your wisdom be necessary to pro?
mote tin- welfare and advunce the pros?
perity of the people whose sovereign
will has made you their representa?
I congratulate you upon the recov?
ery. In great measure, of the Common?
wealth from the long financial depros
: loll under which she lias been sulTer
i. ... tin1 resumption of work in many
of her Industries so long- dosed, and the
prosi .t u! .in early general revival
of business and trade.
I congratulate you upon the general
good health with which our borders
have been blessed, und our freedom
from serious epidemics and contagion
which hi,', e ailllcted other sections of
Yon have beio: e you ninety days for
Work, every available ham- of which
wiii if required tor the faithful arid in
' I ! '::i ili;-.. barge of your important
< .institutional Convention.
It i. likely that the question of a con?
vention to frame a new Constitution
ni:i be brought liefpre you. With duo
defcience to the sentiment which pre?
vails, to some extent at least. In Its
favor, It Is my opinion that a con
I'cniioii would be impolitic and Involve
r.u unnecessary expenditure of money.
So far as I am informed the reasons
advanced for a convention are. that
the expenses of the state government
could thereby be lessened by returning
i*i Die ? Id system of county courts, re?
ducing I he number of circuit Judges and
imperial iidenls "i" public free schools,
abolishing the oillcc of county trea?
surer nhd Imposing the duties now per?
formed by bin! upon the sheriff, and
changing existing criminal laws in
!..?: us consider them in their order:
First?A i et urn to the old system of
In this ihelr would be no economy,
for tic- aggregate pay of Ihe justices
vvi'.o constituted the county courts prior
to tin- present Constitution was fully
its lunch. I think, as the aggregate sala?
ries of the county judges which are
trradt d at cording to the population
of the respective counties, ruder the
old system the county courts had no
jurisdiction in felony cases except
ngiiltul free negroes, where the penalty
was no; death; and 1 do no; sup|K>se it
is seriously proposed to confer such ju?
risdiction now. for if it was not con?
sidered wise when the Justices were
i:.. :i of superior Intelligence; it could
in>: be at present. Under our enlarged
suffrage, and citizenship, It Is a well
known fact that in certain sections of
the State the justices In many instances
nre Inferior In character as well as in
lelllgt nee. Then, If felony cases are not
to be tried in the county but in the cir?
cuit courts, ppei dy trials could not ho
bad. and Injustice would be done to the
innocent and loo tardy Justice meted
out to the guilty.
Second?Reduction o? the number
of circuit judges.
In m\- opinion nearly every Judicial
circuit of lie State is as Inrxe as it
proper regard lor the administration of
Justice will admit. Though the popu?
lation of ihe present territory of Vir?
ginia has greatly increased and
bus a ess has grown Immensely, we
have about the same number of circuit
Judges as in the same territory in I860,
and the uniform salaries less now than
then. If Ihe Circuit courts nie to have
original criminal Jurisdiction in all
felony Cases, it must be admitted that
the number of circuit judges would
have to be increased. In fact. 1 think
it would be liillnltely better now to
increase the number of circuits and the
number of lentis annually of the cir?
cuit courts, and confer upon the cir?
cuit courts exclusive original Jurisdic?
tion In felony cases. Ii" this were done,
appeals Would be directly to the Court
of Appeals, and this would result in a
more speedy determination of such
rn'scr and a large decrease of criminal
Third; Reduction of number of su?
perintendents of schools.
The salaries of these officers, like the
ral.iries of county court Judges, are
graded according to the population of
their respective counties and cities. In
the eitles and larger counties the time
of the superintendents is wholly occu?
pied, it" they do their duty; in the small
counties they are not continuously en?
gaged, but. If additional labor Is im?
posed, additional compensation should
follow. The salaries are as low as
ihev cm be to secure well qualified
and elllcient ofncCrs, and lb.onle
demand the List system attainable
lind will hoi 11 lernte any change which
may tend In the most remote degree
to impair or weaken the system or place
It in the hands of incompetent or Ineffi?
Fourth. Abolishment of the ollloes
of county and city treasurers.
State, county and city taxes are col?
lected upon commissions. If the offices
of county und city treasurers are abol?
ished, and the duly of collecting the
revenues Imposed upon the sheriffs,
there will simply be a change of per?
sons without any saving, unless the
commissions are reduced. Should this
he done-/ 1 think not. The responsibi?
lities are gnuit and fine business quali?
fications um required, and if the emolu
meats are inadequate It will be dim
Cult to Induce proper persons to accept
the positions, and tbe Commonwealth
may surfer in the collection of her
revenues. Besides, the sheriffs have
generally enough to engage them in
serving civil process, enforcing execu?
tions, arresting offenders, attending
the sessions of the courts nnd per?
forming the duties which belong pecu?
liarly to their oftlcee. Again, with the
taxes to collect and executions to en?
force, the Sheriffs would hold a power
which might prove to he dangerous.
That the criminal expenses of the
Stale are too heavy must be admitted;
that they should be carefully considered
and tbe pinning knife applied when?
ever it can be done with due regard
to the enforcement of the laws, the
preservation of order and the de?
mands of justice cannot be questioned.
Hut this, as well its the proposed
changes before mentioned, can be ac?
complished, if desired, either by legis?
lative enactment or by the people by
I amendment to the constitution?either
a s'.ifer anil much less expensive mode
than a constitutional convention.
A general re-assessment of the lands
of the Commonwealth being required
this year, ii was feared there would be
a considerable reduction In values and
a consequent falling off in the reve?
nues. This apprehension gave me deep
concern, for willi u decrease in the
revenues to any considerable extent
theft; would be serious embarrassment
in meeting our obligations, and the
expenses of our State government. I
am. however, pleased lo learn that the
reassessment shows that there has been
an increase in our real estate values of
$11,046.792 over 1S90. and not a decrease.
Si> that Virginia, despite the heavy
financial depression under which she.
in common with the whole country,
has bewi suffering for several.years, has
gone forward and added appreciably
to tier taxable real estate values.
our treasury has been able to meet
promptly every demand matte upon it.
and there is no reason to fear that loss
will be sustained by the defalcation of
any who have been entrusted with the
collection of the Slate's money.
Little need be tab! In reference to the
public debt, it has been settled upon a
basis honorable to the Stale und satis?
factory to. the creditors, und I can con?
ceive of no condition of affairs that can
arise to renew any contention over this
Under the provisions of an act up
proved January 31; 189-1. holders of a
portion of the unfunded debt, who were
barred from the provision! of the act
approved February 20. 1S92, by their
failure to accept within the time pre?
scribed were permitted to accept the
terms of the last-named act. and the
Commissioners of the Sinking Fund
were authorized and empowered to
place these holders on the same foot
liifS as if they had actually accepted the
terms of said last-named act within the
prescribed time. In pursuant.f the
power conferred and us directed, the
Commissioners of the Slaking Fund
advertised for the reception of said
outstanding bunds for exchange, and
bonds lo the amount Of $1,474,017.94 were
surrendered and funded, and. In lieu
thereof, new 2-;i per cent, bonds for the
aggregate sum of $1,016,184.89 were is?
it is well known thnt the United
Slates holds registered bonds of the
Commonwealth. In May, ls:-4, a de?
mand was made for the payment of
these bonds (aggregating, as staled by
the Treasurer of the United States in
his demand. $540,000 principal), anil re?
fused upon the following impregnable
grounds, as set forth in I lie letter
cd' A. \V. Harman. Esq., Treasurer of
Virginia, to Hon. I>. 11. Morgan. Trea?
surer of the United States:
First. Hochuso no appropriation had
ever been made to pay them.
Second, ltecuuse the bonds were Is?
sued befor<- the dismemberment of the
State of Virginia, but no credit was
allowed for West Virginia's "equitable
proportion" of said bonds.
Third. Because the Government of
the United States Is indebted to the
Commonwealth of Virginia for ad?
vances made and money loaned during
tlie war of 1812, amounting, on the 1st
day of January. 1891. to $1.596,022.04.
It Is a matter of record that lor forty
live years Virginia has been demanding
payment of these advances and loans,
and ever since the United Slates be?
came the holder of the registered bonds
aforesaid Virginia has been ready to
give due credit for the same upon the
United States' indebtedness to her, but
lo the present Ulli" she has failed
to secure a settlement. One branch of
tile other of Congress has repeatedly
but at different sessions, recognized Vir?
ginia's claim, ami passed bills to pay
her. Clllier States have been paid the
advance:; made by them, but Virginia,
as patriotic and true as any, and so
liberal In her territorial donations to
the Union, lias been left to continue her
I would recommend that your honor?
able bodies memorialise congress for
an adjustment of the matters between
the United Stntes and Virginia.
Went Virginia Port of Stele Debt.
By Joint resolution of the General
Assembly, approved March 6. 1894, en?
titled "A Joint resolution to provide for
adjusting with the State of West Vir?
ginia." &C, a commission was created
and authorized and direoted. under
conditions specified, to negotiate with
the State of West Virginia. This com?
mission was duly organized, and. after
the conditions specified had been com?
plied with, notified me thul they were
ready to perform their duty, whereupon
1 communicated the said Join! resolu?
tion, as directed therein, to the Gover?
nor and Legislature of West Virginia
by letter, a copy of which Is appended
[ in- Penitentiary.
The number of convicts In the peni?
tentiary has been increasing monthly
evii- since my administration began.
On the 1st day of October. 1S94. then
were fifteen hundred and thirty, on the
1st dsy of October, 1S95. there were
sixteen hundred and sixteen. While I
am an earnest advocate of the public
free school system. 1 am constrained
to say that Its advantages do not seem
to Improve the morals of our colored
people, or restrain crime nmqng them,
lor the number of colored criminals Is
constantly growing larger, and of the
1616 In the penitentiary on the 1st day
of October, 189$, 1279 were colored,
which Is a smaller percentage of oim
colored population than the average cri?
minal percentage of the colored popu?
lation of the Northern and Western
States. According to the census of 1S90.
thoro were nearly llfteen In every 5.000
of the colored population of the North?
ern end Western States in the peniten?
tiaries and Julio, while in Virginia
there weie only about eight In every
5,000. This proves cither that there Is
more crime among the better educated
colored citizens of the Northern and
Western Stales than among the colored
citizens <>f Virginia, or that our people
are more lenient to this race than are
the people of those Slates. If the for?
mer. It WOlild appear that education
I has not been heticllclul to these people;
If the latter. It is a lull answer to the
charge of Injustice and wrong so per?
sistently made against us?that we nre
severe and cruel In our treatment of
them. Fdr Ihe llscal year ending on the
:ioth day of September, 180-1. the net
revenue was about $31.000; Tor the last
fiscal year, about $51.000.
Public Free School*.
It will be no less pledging to you than
It Is to mys It" to know that our public
free schools ate doing well and the in?
terest in them steadily Increasing.
The school statistics for the year clos?
ing .Inly SI, 1S95. will show that there
w? re G;033 while and 2,243 colored schools
opened; with 235,533 white and 120,45::
colored pupils enrolled, anil 0,211 white
and 2.dm Colored teachers. The reve?
nues for ihe year were as follows: Local
funds, including county, district and
City levies, $?49,935.34; State funds, In?
cluding proceeds of state school tax
appropriation by General Assembly. In?
terest on investments of tin- Literary
Fund, $974,351.93?mnklng a total of $L
?21,287.77. The expenses were as fol?
lows: Teachers' salaries. $1,383.906.88;
real .state, buildings, etc.. $159.856.33;
school apparatus, etc.. $25,343.1:1; all
other expenses, $2o:v4SC08?making a
total of $1,807,592.40. In this statement
no account is taken of balances carried
from the preceding year. Bvery year
shews a slight advance in the revenues
applied to the support of the system,
but there is urgent need of mere money.
The term is too short in country schools,
teachers' salaiics are Insufficient, and
there ate other demands which must
be met to bring our system abreast with
the schools of other States, where the
revenues are much larger.
About a year aso 'the charge was
made that patrons of the Virginia
schools were paying more for school
books than the patrons of the schools
of 1 ther Staus ware paying for the
same books. A careful and exhaustive
investigation was Instituted, and tin
charge was found to be utterly ground?
less. There is no State which has more
favorable contracts than Virginia.
The ITniverslty of Virginia.
It becomes my painful duty to report
lo you the burning, on the 27th day of
October last, of the rotunda arid annex
of that grand institution of learning,
the University of Virginia, which for
nearly three-quarters of a century has
been the pride of all Virginians and the
literary ami Intellectual Mecca, of the
South, and whose founder and first tec
tor was the sage of MontlCcllO. .It is
a calamity which has brought sorrow
to the whole State, and I am sure 1
state it not too strongly when 1 say that
the people of Virginia will not be con?
tent until th.-y can again gaze with
fullness of heart upon the lotundn as
Jefferson planned it, and such addi?
tions as will make the whole equal in
form and beauty to what It was be?
fore the lite.
I .tin not prepared, nor do I think It
proper for me to suggest ways and
means. I have the utmost confidence
in your wisdom, as well as your de?
votion to tin- object so warmly cher?
ished throughout the borders of our
State, and 1 am confident you will
take such steps. If within the scope of
your authority, as will result speedily
in the fuli restoration of our beloved
University?the nursery of statesmen
and orators, scientists and literati.
That I will strike a responsive chord
In your breasts, 1 doubt not. when 1
recommend that the utmost liberality
be shown lo dependent soldiers and de?
pendent widows of soldiers who served
in Virginia commands In the Confede?
rate army. Tin- Confederate soldiers
fought for principle, not spoils: pa?
triotism prompted him, not bounty
money nor pensions. Thirty years
have passed since the war between the
States 1 lose.I. and all who participated
In it have pasfsed the meridian of life,
and numbers of I hem ate in old age.
Kxposure incident to that service lias
brought disease to many,, rendering
them Incapable of earning a livelihood,
Willie others received wounds which
have so weakened them physically as
to make them dependent. In maniy
lnsta.n,nes the widows of those who
wer.- hilled or died during the war. or
since, from wounds Inflicted or diseases
contracted in the service, have been
reduced to poverty, nnd. either by rea?
son of advanced age or impaired health,
are compelled to rely upon the charity
of friends for support. Virginia Is In
duty hound to care for those gallant
surviving veterans and the widows of
the no less brave and loyal men who
gave their lives In her defence and at
her behest. I am confident 1 will ap?
peal not In vain for generous appro?
priations for pensions and In mainte?
nance of that noble institution known
as tile Confederate Home. Kvery loyal
Virginian will applaud you for recog?
nizing l;t ns full measure as possible
Virginia's sacred obligation.
IConril of Agriculture.
You will lind life report of the Board
of Agriculture Interesting, and I recom?
mend its careful perstiai. .The board
direct your attention to "the sugges?
tion for legislation on various sub?
jects" containing In their last annual
report; and I hope you will 'give their
suggestions thoughtful consideration.
(Continued on Sixth Page.)
Receives a Great Shaking Up al the Hands
of. Secretary Herbert.
CONSTRUCTOR BOWLES HIGHLY PRAISED.
TlirSecretary Nays Thui Mr. iton Ich
In (irntluntly lli-iucilng the Force
I'lIllCf llilll 1?|> (<> 111,. Hlyll SllllKl
nrd ol' Kxc-ellcnce dial ICxlNtH nt
Washington, D?c. 4.?Secretary Her?
bert to-day gave a decided shaking up
to the mechanical department ol like
Brooklyn nuvy-yard. After careful
consideration he lias detailed Nuvul
Coiuttructor Francis M. Bowles In take
charge of the construction and repalr
departmetll of the yard, and it Is stal?
ed that this action was taken because
of the administrative ability and ca?
pacity of Constructor Howies Lb secure
it fair day's work out or the force under
him at a fair day's pay. While the con?
structor was in charge of the construc?
tion departmbr-iit at the Norfolk navy
yard it was found that the work them
cost LT> per cehtj less than similar work
at the Brooklyn nuvy-yard for about
six months and lliorc have been many
Incident:: showing thr.t he Is gradually
bringing the force under him up to
the standard that Is desirable sd tar as
cost of the work and excellence pi
workmanship Is concerned. Secretary
Herbert Is in rull sympathy with the
general ideas of Mr. Bowles 10 place
the construction department nt the
Brooklyn yard oh n business basis,
and has approved practically all recom?
mendations that have tended lo Blither
such a result. Mr. Bow ies recommend?
ed that a change lie made la the posi?
tions of master Inside shlpfltter, master
painter, inaSter shipwright, and innsler
shipsmitll In the department of which
he has charge, statine generally Hint
the men holding these positions have
not the force nor the mechanical ability
to conduct Hie work anil carry on Its
details satisfactorily, and Hint the in?
terests of the service require men of
more general capacity to properly nd
mlnlstcr the duties which are required
of them. Upon receipt or this commu?
nication, which was approved by the
commandant of the yard, ihe Secretary
has declared these positions vacant and
a competitive examination will be held
at the Brooklyn navy-y?rd on the ISth
Instant, which will be open to all comers
for the purpose of securing foremen
who can demonstrate In the examining
board, to be composed of naval oltlcers,
that they have the administrative as
well as the mechanical ability tn fill
the positions named satisfactorily. It
is said nt the department that politics
played no part in these changes and
that it is nn-l known with which party
ihe nresent incumbents are affiliated,
but that the change Is a business mat?
ter to be carried out on business prin?
VIKOIMA 4'OfJItT < 1.1.HKS.
The Legislature Ashed to Adopt Means
to Secure Their Pees;
Richmond. Va? Dec. 4.?At the ses?
sion to-day of the convention of the
Virginia Court clerks, the committee
appointed yesterday to prepare certain
bills and amendments to the laws
touching the taxes received ami to lie
paid into the State treasury by the
clerks of the Commonwealth, submit?
ted their report.
it recommended the repeal of the
act approved March f.. 1S34. entitled
"An act to prescribe the forms to be
furnished by the Auditor Of Public Ac
counts to clerks of courts of record."
etc. The committee expressed the opin?
ion that the net referred to does not ac?
complish Hie object for which it was
passed, hm on the contrary Imposes
a great burden of tax on the Treasury
as weil as unnecessary and unrequited
labor and trouble upon tin- clerks nnd
the Auditor of the State, and a useless
expenditure of the public money.
The committee recommended that
the Legislature be called upon I i adopt
some means of securing the revenues
received by the clerks, more reasonable
and proper than the act now in force.
It was further suggested .that the
General Assembly be requested to ho
change the law that witnesses In mis?
demeanor cases may receive their at?
tendance fees without waiting for the
return of (he selro facias (no effects)
when there is no conviction of the ac?
cused, as Is provided in section 4032,
Code of 1 SSV. thus putting them II] Ml
the same footing as witnesses In felony
cases. It also recommended thai the
Legislature be asked to provide the pub?
lic officers who have need for 11 a copy
of "Howard's index to the Code of Vir?
ginia of 1887.".
The report In full was adopted. The
convention then adjourned.
Tile 4'oilllllllMCtie'N Mulden Trip.
New York. Dec. 4.?The- new Clyde line
steamer Comanche, Captain Penning
ton. sailed this afternoon on her maiden
trip for Charleston and .Jacksonville.
It Is calculated that the speed of tlu
Oomanche will enable her to reduce the
time from New York to Jacksonville
(including a half a day's stop ut Char?
leston) by twenty-four hours. She left
tier pier about 1 p. m.. and was re?
ported passing out at Sandy Hook at
5:20 p. ni. This Is very quick time to
the Hook. The Oomnncho lias berths for
200 cabin passengers. On this trip she
takes out 250 passengers.
National lim- iron Association.
Plttsburg, Pa., Dec. 4.?The National
Bar-Iron Association was organised
here- to-day. the following ofiirers being
elected: President; .lames O, Cnldwell,
Louisville: Vlco-Presldent, Ii. T. Wal?
lace. Wilmington, Del.: Treasurer, Ceo.
M. Bard, Muncle. Ind.: Secretary, .1. S.
Eaverson, Catasauqua.'Penn. The nRv
association will arrange for a uniform?
ity In what is known to manufacturers
and the trade as "extras."
Air. Dupoitt Admitted An ii Senator
Washington, Deo. 4.?Seriate.? Imme?
diately afler the reading of the Journal
of yesterday Mr. Mitchell (Rep.), of
Oregon, presented the claim of Henry
A. Dupont to he admitted ns a Schaidt*
from the Stale or Delaware under tin
election by tin- Legislature of the Oth
of May. 1895, together with evidence
In support of the claim, and the mat?
ter was iuftired to the Committee on
Privileges and lOlcctlons, lifter the
reading of a certificate slimed by the
Speaker of the Delaware House of Rep?
resentatives, attested to by the Clerk
of the House.
<>n motion of Mr. Gray, the privi?
lege uf the floor was extended ,to Mr.
Dupoill pending the examination and
decision of his claim to a sent In the
Mr. Chandler presented petitions from
various counties In A III bit lllll alleging
the commission of election ft amis,
and asking that Congress shall sec lire
to that State a Republican form of
Government, and ihey wore referred to
Hie Committee on Flections.
Mr. Sherman presented a report from
citizens of Ohio for recognition of the
Independence of Cuba. Deferred lo
Commit! eon Foreign Relations. I.Ike
petition was presented from Mr. fall,
Mr. Squire (Itep.), of Washington. In
Introduced a bill to provide forlltlca
IItilis and ether coast deft lists.
Mr. Squire's coast fort I lion I ion bill,
appropriates (87,^)00.001 to be expended
under the direction of the Secretary of
War in carrying out the recommenda?
tions of tiie Hoard of Fortifications lit
fortifying the ports of New York, Sari
Kraut ls< o. New Orleans, Philadelphia,
Washington, Halt lino re, Portland (Me.).
Key West. Charleston. Mobile, New
London, Savannah. Gajveston, Portland
(Oregon). Perisacoln, Wilmington <N.
C). San Diego. New lied ford, Port
Smith. Portsmouth (N. II.). New
Haven; nnil the ports on the Piigci
Sound arid the Great Lakes. One mil?
lion ami a half is to he available next
.Inly; live and a half millions on July
I, 1S:>7. and 88.000,000 each year for teil
A bill was Introduced by Mr. V'oor
hees defining contempt of Dniteil States
courts and llxlug the maximum punish?
ment therefor at a line not exceeding
$500 s'.-'d imprisonment for not mare
than three months. It also gives, un?
der certain conditions, the right of (rial
by Jury and an appeal to Ihe Supreme
Mr. Hoar offered the follswlng reso?
lution, which was referred to the Com?
mittee on Froelgn Relations:
Resolved, That the Senate will sup?
port llie I'resident in the most vigo?
rous action he may deem lit to take for
the protection and safety of American
Citixens in Turkey, and to obtain re
dr< Bs for Injuries committed upon such
Resolved. That the President be. de?
sired to make known to the Govern?
ment of Turkey the strong feeling of
regret and Indignation with which ihe
people or Amm lea have heard of the
injuries indicted upon persons of the
Christian faith in Turkey, and that Un
American peqple cannot be expected to
view with Indifference any repetition or
continuance of such wrongs.
The resolution ofT< red yesterday by
Mr. Allen upon the Cuban question was
then taken up and Mr. Allen addressed
the Senate lit advocacy of the resolu?
tion, lie believed that the time was
speedily coming When not only the peo?
ple of Cuba would be free, but when
the people of all the adjacent islands
would have established a Republican
form of govi rnment, or would have
become integral parts of the United
No action was taken on the resolution
which, thereupon went to the calendar,
and as Mr. Call, who was to speak on
tin- same subject, preferred to post?
pone his speech till lo-inorrbw, the Sen?
ate proceeded to executive business,
and soon after adjourned.
JfKW MTSCOPAI.IAN' DIOCEMK.
Tin- Primary Convention Convened in
Washington. Dec. 4 .--The primary
convention of the new Episcopalian
Diocese of Washington commenced In
this city, to-day with divine service at
St. Andrew's Church. Hishop Paret, of
Maryland, admlnlst.-iring communion,
and Rev. .1. R. Perry preaching Ihe op?
ening sermon. A temporary Organisa?
tion of the diocese will he perfected
late tills afternoon. Before' the selec?
tion of a Hishop is undertaken the im?
portant question If to he settled as to
whetinr tin- Diocese has the power at
once m enact now organic law or should
be governed by that of the Maryland
Diocese, from which it has been sepa?
rated. The question was informally re?
ferred to two Justices of the United
States Supreme Court, who. It is under?
stood, gave diametrically opposite op?
inions on the subject. It was resolved
that the new diocese should he known
as tin- Dlo.ese of Washington, ami
Rev. Dr. .lohn H. Klllott, of the Church
of the Ascension, was unanimously
chosen permanent president of the con?
vention. Hishop Paret. in resigning the
chair, made the formal announcement
that he f-lt It his duty to remain with
the Diocese of Maryland.
court of.Appeals Proceedings.
Richmond, Va., Dec. I. -The following
are the Court of Appeals proceeding
Munford's trustee vs. McVeigh's oil
mlelstrn'or. Argued h.v B. a. Munford
nnd Judge W. It. Staples for ap'pcl
iunt, lind .lohn M. Johnson for appel
lee. Continued until to-morrow.
C rand t OdgC of UnSOIlM.
Richmond, Va., Dec. i ?The Grand
Lodge Masons of Virginia to-night
elected J. P Fitzgerald, Grand Master
A. It. Courtney, Grahd Deputy Master
R. T. W. Duke, Grand Senior War?
den; George W. Wright. Grand Jit
nior Warden; and Frederick W. Tlea
sants, Grand Treasurer.
! rum Delaware.
Mr. Bland, of Portsmouth, Wants the State to I
Have the Names of Confederate Soldiers,
WANTS COMMISSIONERS APPOINTED,
Who Nliull Copy tlio List From the
KcciinlN nt <Im- (to vcrumont at
WnNtiiuglbti - An Appropriation
lor Hu- 1'iu-poiie?The I lotlebicdncMS
ol' Co nut)' iiiitl city Trciuiircrs.
Richmond, \'a.. Dee. 4.?in the Senate
here to-day Mi. KokcII offered the fol?
lowing, which \\iih adopted:
"Resolved, by the Semite, That the
Allilitur nl Public Accounts In hereby
requested to furnish this body with
n statement showing the Indebtedness,
If any. of eacli of tin; treasurers of the
count Ich ami eilten of the Common?
wealth on Ihe 1st day of August, ISli?i
also what Indebtedness, if any. existed
from "aid treasurers to the Common?
wealth on the ist dtiv of December,
In the House. Mr. I Hand, of Ports?
mouth) Introduced the following, which
was refcrjed in Ha- Finance Committee-.
"Tlial tlie Governor Is hereby, authtir
Iv.ed to appoint one or more competent
persons who shall copy from the muster
roll of the Virginia commands In the
Confederate army on Hie in the War
Department at Washington, the names
which appear Ihoreon, together with
.such Informal Ion umecriilng the same
as shall appeur on said rolls, and shall
pity them far their services out of the
money hereinafter appropriated.
"Thill the said persons so appointed
shall, before uhtertnt; up'?a>l the duties
of their appointment, take an onth be?
fore some person duly itutliarlscd to ad?
minister an oath. Hint they will well and
truly perform Ihe work required of them
by this act. ami shall append a rertlfl
cati of such i|uallllcatloii to their rc
port; nml Ihe roll;:, as made out by
them, shall be lodged with the Secre?
tary of the Commonwealth, and shall
have the weight and effect of ofllclal
pa tiers. ,
"That the Governor lie requested to
use every effort In Ids power <?> obtain
from the proper au thorities Mil AVnsli
Inglon permission for (no commissioner
or commissioners so appointed to copy
the names and other memiranda from
the said rolls and that the Senators and
Uupresvntn.tlycs from Virginia . in . the
United Slates Congress be requestcd'to
co-operate with him.
"That the sum of $.",00, or so much
thereof as may be necessary, be appro?
priated out of any money In thcTronsury
not otherwise appropriated for the pur?
pose of carrying out this ad. and that
the same shall be subject to the order of
the Governor, payable to the persons so
appointed by him In such sums and
at such times at; he may deem proper."
?'<> x V F, DER A T K V KT F. It A A S.
A Heeling or the Historical Commit?
tee Uriel Y est er tiny.
Richmond, Vit., Dec. 4.?A meeting
of the Historical Committee of the
Grand Camp of Confederate Veterans
of Virginia was held In the Senate
Chamber tills afternoon, and much
work of Interest to the Southern
people was done.
The first business of the committee
was it discussion of the accuracy of
?Mrs. Williamson's "Child's Life of Gen.
R. 13, Lee.". It was finally decided on
motion of Gen. Brandet-, to have the
committee- examine the book carefully
and If It is found worthy to recom?
mend Its adoption by the State schools.
f)n motion of Colonel Oary Mr. Stubbs
was requested to write nt once to Mr.
Marcus .I.Wright with a view lo ascer?
taining how best the muster rolls of
Virginia troops In the Confederate army
can be procured, and on motion of
Judge Williams Mr. Stubbs was further
requested lo have prepared a hill for
submission to the Legislature requiring
the commissioners of the revenue to
list all Confederate soldiers in their
respective counties ami cities.
This concluded, ihe question of hav?
ing proper histories In the Virginia
schools was again taken up and ad?
dresses were made on the subject by
Prof, McGulre, Judge Williams; B. A.
Brock, Gen. Maury. Commander Stnoot
and Prof. Powell.
A communication from McGruder
F.well Camp of Wllll-imsburg, was read,
asking the committee to do whatever
was necessary to eliminate certain un?
fair books from the public school book
Col. Chi.v stated lo the committee
that the- Confederate Museum was
completed and would he turned over
lo the ladles on Saturday at noon.
He invited those present to attend the
Air. E. A. Brockj secretary of the
Southern Historical Society, was added
to the History Committee, after which
the committee adjourned until next
Wednesday night at 8 o'clock.
A POI.MI.MAX SITM'IPLN
In : In Presence of ills Wile mill 4'liil.
?Iren He .Shoots II I tinsel f.
Raleigh, ><? C., Dec. 4.?Police Officer
William Austin, ot Durham, commit?
ted suicide there to-day by shooting
himself In the head with a pistol. Death
was in statttaneoits. The deed was
done at his home. lie war. on duty
yesterday, but last night said he did
iioi feel well. Just as he had eaten
breakfast he drew a revolver and In
the presence of ills wife and seven
children, took his life. The only ex?
planation of the suicide' Is that Austin
was temporarily Insane.
Th'ef? Is a movement on foot to es?
tablish ii blonohery nt Friyettevllle to
cost $1,000.000. It Is stated that Holts.
Dukes and other North Carolina capi?
talists are behind the scheme. Tests
to ascertain the purity of the water are
now being made. A railway is to be
Immediately extended from Aberdeen
Substantial Aid Promised tor ?-JInj>',;^
Augusta. On., Dec. 4.?At a mceUoBM
or tlic presidents of the cotton, liiilin-?*
In Augusta and other promlneht .cltt??js
zoiih. Including ex-Senator ^PatrlekjS
Walsh, ex-Congressman George tTfiH
Harnes. P. h. DcUerard. of the Newf.W
York Dry Goods 'economist; D. B.Dyeftftf
President or the Augusta Railway, ana^;
others, the following resolutions werft||
Whereas, the South has been cml-?3
nently sueoessful In the manufacture' oC.m
cotton goods, httving In llftceh years ln%M
creased the capital Invested COO 'per?
cent., and ?
Whereas, a diversity, of producta
would secure new mills, and,
When as. with new outlets, the SoutttSI
could produce and distribute all claseifs
of cotton iionii;, much more cheaply than35
nl present, be It jjaBBM
? Resolved. Thai it Is for the Interests
of Ute s mih to encourage the produc
lion or all classes or cotton goods n?t-S?f
now maiie by Southern mills, and the ?'
production of u>e highest grades.
The resolutions further declare In fa-^'i
vor of a cotton exposition In Chlcagorag
and a committee was appointed to cr- ;.
It is further recommended that a svif-.-'S
llclent sum he raised by subscription t'OfS
provide for the expenses of promotion^
Including the cost or the printed mattered
and the services or a general managere1?
whose duly il shall In: to act as oxc-cu--''
tlve odic r under the direction of thb;',J
The following gentlemen are nomt-.'.-j
union for Ihe offices named:
Provisional Cominltiee?Charles K.
Steer, chairman: Mr. .Inmos P. Verderyytjl
vlce-chnlrman:Mr. T. I. lUckman.tre'BJtK^
liier: Mr. II. 11. Stafford, secretary.
Executive Committee?Charles F..
Steer. U. 11. Iliekmnn. Thomas K.
Scott, \V. C. Sibley. Stewart I'hlnlzeyV?
.Inmos P. Ver.lery. Patrick Walsh, W. "
ft. Young, <".. R. Lombard. O. R. StearnB.'-'iW:
D. It. Dyer. C. 11. Phlnlzey. L. C. Haynb',S
and T. G. Rnrrctl, Jr.
Advices have been received from Ctil- ?'.
eago of substantial aid in the movc-Vi
in'enl and il i>= sure to result in a ma'g-'a
nlllcent exposition of Southern product*.^
.tinny Items. I rani Hniiy Sections, nt
Interest to Many Persans.
Winston. N. C, Dee. 4.?Scotland H?
son. one of Winston's leading grocer
firms, assigned to-day, naming W.
Hcndren as trustee. The assets riggre
gate several thousand dollars. The Hi
blllties arc not .yet Jvnqwji.,
Butler, Pn., Dec. 4.?The Magazine
the Humes Torpedo Company;'t
miles south of Butler, was ? blown-t
this morning by the explosion of 1,(1
pounds of nitro glycerine. George Be,
tor and Lewis Black, who' were In tl
magazine, were blown to atoms, wif
only shreds and splinters remain,
their horse and wagon.
Kansas City, Dec. 4.?The Sunrer,
Court decree affirming the decision
the lower court, which sentenced';;]
mil S. Sntley, cashier of the disrut
Kansas City Safe Deposit and Snvt
Bank, to serve four years in the St
penitentiary, was made public to-dj
Satley was arrested yesterday.In
London, Dec. 4.?A dispatch to tli
Standard from Constantinople says th
question of admission of additions
gttardsliips into the Bosphorus Is ;l:
suspense and nil diplomatic action'-t
the matter Is nt a complete standstill.:
Winston. N. C. Dec. 4.?Robert Wat'f
kins, a married mnn, wns found frosei '
to death in ills wagon, near Hay
meadow, Wllkes county, yesterday
morning. When found he was sitting
in the wagon, his feet on the dpubji
tree ntul his head loaning against tb'
side of the wagon.
Spanish General* Ilonfed.
Key West, Fla., Dec. 4.?-PassehgeV
by the steamer Olivette to-night rcpo:
that on the 3d Gens. Gomez and
che-/., with two or three thousand 1,1
surgents, attacked the Spanish Geir
1-a.ls. Suarez, Vnldez and Gaurlch, wj
had about 2,500 men. between Camague
and Lns Villas, completely . roittiji
them. They left 150 dead on tho
Yesterdav it was rumored In Havaz
that Antonio Maeeo. with 2,000. me
had passed La Trocha, going toward)
Ca maguey. Tho insurgents chief, Hep
on Sunday, blew up a train "with'
guard or forty soldiers, capturing!
the arms and ammunition. To-day,
eighth ship, with Spanish soldiers,';
rived at Puerto Rico, making a. toi
of S,000 freslt troops.
Resigned the Chairmanship, ?'/*
Plttsburg. Pn., Dec. 4.?PostmttS^
John O'DonncIl resigned the eiialrni
slilii of tlie Democratic City Com
tee last night. Tt was learned to.-d
that the pmtmnstcr yesterday recely
this concise and plainly written: lett
from W. Li. Wilson, Fostmaster-Qer
"We are informed that you are chaj^
man of the Democratic City Committee
of Plttsburg. You will either have\to;
resign that or the pnstmoatershlp..''j.'?
no Not Eolny If Yon Want tO.Siiv^
Think of all-wool Uff-ss ?.o. els/ InV.filJ
the newest shading and fan'.'V effect-?
worth PU- . .'i0c, and G0c; <o while t^O
last at t'5c.
AIl-v. ofil r.erge In fancy eff?etsi. w;j
75c.. now -i". y 37&c.
Silk and wool drcsa gi-o'ls. \y
$1.25, now CS'.fcfci
Silk nu*:tares in. high arc drestfnSO'
worth $t.;".'.?. now on!y 75c. "%'-fi
N'ow. rough effects in 1 lack and/.C
ored dress goods nt now price",,
Boucle dress goods in blue, "file
Blankets, quilts, wrappers/and^'rj
lug saoques ut new prices.
Visit our new wool and' art. silR
R. A. SAUNDER9. 172 Main "
pain, N. T. D. Rooms, Ennca, lC2.fi