Foreca-st Tor Saturday and Sunday:
Virginia?-Fair Saturday ar.d . Sltr _ ly.
fresh -westerly -winds.
North and -South Carolina?Fair and
warater Saturday. Hjfht to frc."?h south
wgsterly -winds: Sunday fair.
VOL. 14. NO. 305,
RICHMOND VA., SATURDAY. FEBEUARY 3, 1900.
PKICE TWO CENTS.
Better Than. at Any Time
Since He Was Shot.
Attendine Physicans Hold Out Some
Hope for First Time.
NO FEDERAL INTERVENT10N.
Tbe President Says Sliuat'oii OoesNot
YVarraiit It?Tlie I>C*nocwHs Met
Yesterday and Effectc'I Orjran
izat ion? They Will Oflcr
No Resistaticc to
FRANKFORT. KY.; Fcb. 2.?Thc con?
dition of AViiliam Goebel is to-night con
t=idered better than al any time since hc
was shot. The iron will ahd determina?
tion or the wounded man that he will not
die by an as.sn_-s7n*_ buTiet Is, however,
Mill considered tlie main factor in' sus
laining him. but to-night thc attehding
physicians for tho lirst time hold out
some hope for his ulliraate recovery.
Governor Goebel secured some. sleep
during tlie day, which Increased his
strengtli perccplibly, and though uiifav
orabde symptoms sHowcd themselves at
times. tlio sick mari always rallied well.
Compared with twerity-four hours ago,
his condition shows a decided iniprovc
fnont. his temperature being more. nearly
normal, though some fever still shows
ltself. Ilisfp-lee and lespiration are still
high. but his kidneys. thc condition of
which las: night was r.gardcd as the i^ft
unfavorable symptom, are perfornilng
their(funcllons in a more normal manner,
thus obviating In a degree the danger of
anacznib poisoning. Governor Goebel
during 'ihe day complaincd somewhat of
bid soreness and he was turned par'tlj
on -his side to rellevc the straihed muscles.
This for a time had an unfavorable effect
but he soon rallied ahd shprtly afterward
fell Into a light sleep. His temperature to
nlght Is P?> 3-2. his respiralion SS, and
HOPE OF RECOVERY.
Shouid thc wounded man succeed in
passing through io-nlght well his phy?
sicians express tlie hope that his recovery,
though necessarily slow, will be sure.
"At present Governor Goebel breathes
altogether from his left lung." said Dr.
WiUiams to-night. "Cflbttcd lilood has al?
most entirely coatod his wounded right
lung. wliji-li of course forms a natural
Tiantlng.-. "ainT provenis t'uftlier blecding.*"
but later will prpve sbmewliat ;t sburce
of danger. The dotted blood will decom
pose in about eight days and then it may
be necessary to remove a section of a
ril> in order to remove- tlie deooihposed
blood. The wound will then be drained
and the danger then will be from
WASHINGTON. 1-M>. 2.?Nearly the en?
tire tn.e of the Cabinet meeting to-day
wa_ d.-voted to a discussion of the situa
iion in Kentucky and the riglus and
duties of the President in connection
.\ decision was reached . at once. and
when Senator-Elect Blackburn with Rep
resantatives Rhea. Allen, G'lbert, Sml~.ii
and Whoeler called this morning to pro
Vest against Federal interference in Iven
tueky. the President promptly gave them
to undarstand that he had already reach?
ed a eonclusion oh the subject and that
3-eTad f-ti.id that the situatlon d:?l not. war?
rant ti.e Fedexal aut-ibrilies in inierf.i-ing.
Tho law "wheh-must govern in this case
authorizes Federal action only when tlie
Legisiature is not in session and cannot
be cohvehied. Governor TaylOr's messaj
ilncs.no; intimate that Uie Legisiature of
the State cannot be promptly convened,
nor does he show ihat the eonditions in
Frankfoit are such as would justify Fed?
eral int.i rfetvnee.
The President and the members of his
Cabfnet, without oxocp-tiin. recognize thc
fact that the Legisiature of the State of
Kentucky, by a majority thereof. is the
sole judge of which of the two contestants
was eleclad Governor of the State at the
After the cabinet meeting the followifitr
siatemom was made:
"The President has decided that no ense
has yet arlsen *o juslify the inlervcntion
of tho naitonal governmeirt in Kentucky..
snd has so inforaied the Governor."
WA-IUNGTON, Feb. _.?A dei'gation
of Kentucky Democrats, cunsisting ol
Senator-elect Blackburn. and Repfesenta
l-.ves Rhea. Wheek-r. Smith; Allen and
<Jilbcrt, and Colonel Phil. Thompson.
calli.i upon President ATclCinley to-day
at tlie White House to protest against
3-Vdi.-n.il interference in the contest in
Kentucky. They expressed their deep so
llcltude lest a collision sliould occur be?
tween -)iu wariihg elements i'i Kentucky,
and mude the report that Governor Tay?
lor had soiieited Federal iniervehtion tiic
text of their protest.
'They assurcrt the President that the
law and const_t_ti_>n of Kentucky had
been sirictly followed hy the Democrats
in the conl-.st over the Governorship. ?nd
' that they proposed to sta'lid by the law.
The crisls rflst hnd arisen. they declared.
shouid be mat in the courts and deter?
mlned by the law.' The Democrats. they
asser;. would abstain from violence. They
B_nply desired -i lawful and orderiy set
tleme.-i: of the eonrroversy. Federal in
tftrvonlien would only aggravate matters,
Ihteasify the exdtenient. and almost cer
talnly lead to trouble, and .ucrhups. loss
They eamestly appealed to thc Presi?
dent to avert such a calamity by abstain
ing from Interference of any sort.
Senator Blackburn and Iiepresentative
Rhea said that they were going to Ken?
tucky to counsel penee and obedience to '
the law. Senator Undsay endorscl what
hls colleagues had said about thc Dem
oerats ablding within the law, ni
matter how much men might differ as ti
the wisdom and merits of the contest.
The dispatch of Federal troops to Ken?
tucky. would. ho said, in bls opinion
creato, anjtrehy and chaos.
The President in reply expressed hls
great anxiety <>v<t the situatlon: hls
proroundest wish that violence shouid be
avoided and contests; shouid be legally
determlned. He assured the delegation
ln a general way ihat Federal interference
would come only as the last resort after
having been invoked by the proper
authorlties under the law and constitution."
While the Prealdcnt spoke in general
lerms. thc de!e??ilon expressed them
selvvs as perfeetly satlsned with his as
suraaces. The members of the dele
gntion wfien they left the W-hlte House
said they had counselled their friends in
Kentucky to avoid vlolence at any cost,
and they said they were satisficd that lf
trouble came lt would bc"pfecipitated by
tlic-ir political adversaries.
LEFT FOR KE3SITUCICY;
Senator Blackbiirn left this afternoon
for Kentucky, and Represehtatiye Rhea
will follow him to-night. They will use
their ulmost endcuvors to prevent a
collis'on. At the same time they will
act as ndvisors ': of Coverhdr Goebel1 iri
the legal procecding.s that are to be in?
stituted. They assert that Goebel is the
legal Gcvernor,- and that the courts wili
Senator Lih'dsajt; romaincd with the
President a quarter of an hour after the
delegation had left. On leaving the White
Houso he said that it was ihe oplnion
of the authorities that a case had not
bo*n made out whieh would warrant Fod
crai intn-I'erer.c-i- in Kentucky. and that
he (Lindsay) was disposed to share lhai
-Tho Senator said further that he did
not believe there would be any more
bloodshed and that before the week
closed the difliculties would bc amicably
settled or in a fair way of settlcment.
FRANKFORT. KY.. Feb. 2.?The Demo
/?ratic members of the Legislature to
day effected a regular organization for
the: first time since the swearing-. in of
Governor Goebel. A seeret session of Uie
members of both houses was held in one
of the parlors of the Capitol Ilotel. at
whieh Ihe election of William Goebel. as
Governor and J. C. XV. Beckhani. as Lieu
tcnant-Governor, was reaflirrfied. lirst in
separate sessions of the House and
Senate. and afterward in a joint session.
Preceding this aetioh the members of
the Senate eiected as president pro tem.
Senator Carter, who was nominated for
that position al yesterday's caucus. A
committee of Uie mcriibers of the House,
composed of I*epresen,te.tlves Firiiiey.
Lafforty and Gochrari, was also appointed
10 draw up a set of resoluUons. showing
Ihe condition of affairs as it exists at ihe
State capital to-day. and coveiing thor?
oughly tiie Denrocraiic siile of Uie con
troversy. Probably no further attempt
will bo made to hold sessions in the State
lt seems lo be well understnod among
tho Democratic members of the Legisla?
ture Uiat the session at London will bo
ignored al together by them. and that no
Democrat will attend "1111111 compclled
to do so."*
The Democratic members will continue
to hold sessions at somo'convcnienl place
until ihe political atmosphcre has cleafed.
This plan of acUon was decided on to
forestall any attempt 011 the part of Uie
Republicans to arrest them and compel
iheir atlendance at London. which action,
accordlrig- to the Democratic members,
has been determined' on by Governor Tay?
lor. If arrests are atternpled, no resist
ance will be made by the Democrats,
citlier to arrest or to "attending ihe ses?
sion at London, should they be arrested.
11 was determined that all nets of vio
lonr-e should bo avoided and Uiat Ihe bat.
tle for suprom.'ioy heraafter should be
fought out in the courts. Xmeriheless.
the sltuation to-n gbt is rcgardod as gravc
by members of both partles' and 11b one
is willing to forecast Uie result of tho
anticipaited clash of authority between
Governor Taylor and the State courts.
Some action is expected at the session
Monday in regard lo offering a reward of
$50,000 for the arrest and cbnviction of
ov wouid-bc aasass-i of _j__u__j; fifljhej
The -Dnniocraih- leaders to a man are in
favor of such aetioh;
National Cormnitteeihari Ur'ej- Woodson.
(Continued on Second Page.)
This is Flashed From Ladysmith and
Bears Out Other Signs That Buller
Purposes an Attack.
LOXDON, Feb. **.?1 A. M.?Heliogfams
flashed from Ladysmith three days ago
say that the Boer investment lines then
were thlnning- and that the Burghers were
moving in force toward the Tugela indi
cating tliat a collision was expected
tlicre. This ihtelllgerice bears out orher
signs lhat Ceneral Buller purposed a
The War Oflice continues to reveal rioth*
ing that has happened in Natal. With?
out excepUon the military critcs vtgard
with dismay the. prospect of a reno.vil of
tbe assaults unless General Buller laa 1 ee
heavily reinforeed. and there is nothing
to inuicaie that this is the ease.
Lord Kitchenere has been travelling
from army to army in Xor_"_rn Cape
Colony. and General French, by instrue?
tion is now in Cape Town, cohsultihg with
Lord Roberts. Large engiripering con
structions are proceeding at Moddcr
River, suggesting' that Lord Methuen's
fortilied -camp has been selected as the
base from which to invade Uie Free State.
Xumerous sldings, piatforms and-?vare
iiouses are being built and a permaiient
railroad bridge? is well advanced.
German strategists assert that the topo
graphy of the country would make in
vasion easier from KJmberley and tlie
'district northward than from the more
ruggod region of Sterkstrom or Colesberg.
CAPTURED SOO BOERS.
LONDON, Feb. 2.?Dispatches from sev?
eral points in South Africa merely tell
of dosuUory shell liring and the move
nienls of patrols through Cape Town and
nicntion a rumor that General French
has captured SfK? Boers, where and when
not being announced.
SensaUonal rumors are current that
the militia ballot act will be
put in force February Jlth, ana
that General Lord Roberts, the com
niundcr-iii-chief of the British lorces in
South Africa. has i-uhled.for LO.000 addi?
tional men. which. it is added. the Gov?
ernment has promised to give him, send
ing: 50,'XK' militia and volunteers and
40.000 militia reserves.
It is also said that tho volunteers will
be mobilizod forthwitb. It is even as
seritil to-day that the Cabinet has spe
cially dealt wiUi these matters. The mi.
lilia ballot act makes every anmarried
man between eighteen and thirty years
of ago liable to serve for five years.
Tha Gazette this evening says it is the
Queen's intention to confer the Victoria
Cross on Captains Congrave and Reed,.
Lieutenant Roberts and Corporal Nurse,
for their attenipts to save the guns at
the battle of Colenso.
TOOK THE FLAGS.
LOHEXZO MARQUEZ, Thursday, ?*eb.
1.?A dispatch from Gaberones, dated Jan
.uary 23d, descrlbing a reeonnoissance of
some of Colonel Plumer's forces around
the Boer Laager sbuthward, seems to dls
poso of the story Uiat "Mafeking has been
? On that date the Rhod'esians," captured
two Transvaal flags and drove off the
Boer outppsts before returning to Gabe?
CAPE TOWN. Fei-. .2.?The Supreme
Court has decided to make no order of
confiscation ln tho, case of the steamship
Mashona. at present, in order to allow
her owners to show .within-two weeks
(Continued on Second Page.)
RYAN WANTED. HIS
Asks for an Injunction
Affainsl the Seaboard.
L1VELY TIME IN COURT
Judge Waddill Refuses to Admit Cer
tain Evidence in the Case,
DECISION IN A FEW DAYS.
.-r#umeiit on the Amended and Sup
plcmciital Bill Has Been Kndcri
and the, Matter is Taken
Under" ? Consideration
by Jndire I'dmiind
Judge Ecimund Waddill, .Ir., sitting in
the United States Circuit Court. yester
'day Thcanl argument on the amended
bill of cpinplaint and to the amended
and suppleincntal bill of complaint liled
by Thomas F. Ryan against the Seaboard
and Roanoke Railroad Company and
others. The petitioner asked for a tem
porary injunction restraining the Sea?
board and Roanoke from c.onsolidating
With any of thc roads comprising the
Seaboard Air Line system. and on thc
conclusion of argument Judge Waddill
stated that he would announce his de
eision within a lew days.
The prineipal light was made on (he
passage of eertain legislatiou - by Vir?
ginia allowing Uie Seaboard and Roanoke
and the Richmond. Petersburg and Caro?
iina. the Seahoard's new connecting link.
to consolldate, and the provislon by which
the latter was permitted to consolldate
with any other road in Virginia. It
was contended by the plaintiff that lecris
latiou regarding this road must be con
current with that of North Caroiina; as
it was also a creatlon ol" that iStatie.
Tho plaintiff also nskei that the court
dellne. Ihe logal status of the case and
the right's dr tlie minority and objectlng
stockholders. and also the proper method
of eompensation for their holdinge,
The consolidation. thc defense claimed,
was not' yet effected. and due notice
would bo given before action was taken.
Proper and just provision.,would also be
made for the dissatisfied"1 stockholders. -
It wns agreed that each side would he
allowed a eertain time fpr argument,
but. Mr. Carter. after his argument was
questioned by the court, resumed along
another line of argument, and w.is in
sisling tbat an injunction be granted,
when Judge Cross ihterposed:
VT shall have lo ask ror a temporary
"i'tfbU?jhlug .nidnV on ~ you,-" snid -J-rn^c
Cross; "you have far cxccedc-d -your
The court granted this injunction on
"Mr. Carter. and tho ease wns submitted.
THE FIRST T1I/T.
The first tilt was over the admission
of eertain affidavits. one referring to thc
earning capacity of the G. und A. rail?
road and the F. C. and P. railroad, the
others. one referring to the laws of North
Caroiina. rcgarding the government of
corporations, another referring to the
proceedings of the meeting of, the stock?
holders of Raleigh and Gaston railroad,
held January _1, 1000.
There was a lively discussion-in which
Messrs. Marbury and Carter and Judges
Cross and Lewls particlpated. Judge
Waddill ruled that the last two only
were pertinent und would not allow thc
tiling of the lirst of the affidavits, as
the hearing was only on thc amended
bill, nnd the first affidavit belonged to
the original bill
The hearing of thc argument was then
beguri, Mr. W. L. Marbury, of Balti?
more. openlng for Mr. Ryan. Mr. Ryun
contended that the consolidation of the
roads was being planned and carried out,
despite reports and statements te the
contrary. ? ,
"While tlie defemlants stated that
they did not intend to consolldate until
proper legislation hud been secured from
the State of Virginia allowing tbe con?
solidation to be effected; now this leg?
islation has been secured, and consoli?
dation is not now intended, then 1 do not
know tlie meanlng of the English lan
Mr. Marbury also read from the affida?
vit filed in answer by the Seaboard and
Roanoke to the amended and supple
mental bill of the complainant, and c.'ted
the resolutions passed by the stockhold?
ers ol the Seaboard and Roanoke at
their meeting at Porlhmouth on January.
lGth, and the resolutions udopted by the
Bcard of Directors of the Seaboard and
Roanoke January ."0th. and the legisla?
tion rcgarding the Richmond, Peters?
burg and Caroiina railroad. all of which
he contended showed that consolidation
was planned and this was what tbe
plaintiff wanted restrained. as it would
result in greatly injuring his interests.
Mr. Marbury contended that the Sea?
board and Roanoke was the result of
concurrent action on thc- part of the
States of Virginia and North Caroiina;
and that the action of one State alone
is hot suftieicnt to deprive the ?_'.::or.d
of any of ii* franchises, but coivui'i-nt
act'on is necessary.
After recpss was takeri Judge Cross an.
swi-kJ for the Seabpard.Company. Judge
Cross stated that the amended bill qties
tiprio- the cbnstitutlbnality of tbe bill
passed by tlie Legisiature allowing con
solidatioc -He also stated that Mr. Ryan
was asking that a restra'hlng order be is?
sued against a thing that might not hap
pen and the court could not grant an in
junctJon under such circumStances.
"Tbe act of the Leglslature is constitu?
tional." declared Judge Cross. "A char?
ter is amendable and the courts do not
take into consideration what motive in
__-ired the ?.ct.
"Then the court' sliould romember that
a special .meeting called for the purpose
is necessary for the stockholders to take
any action regarding consolidation. Due
notice of tliis msatiog w'U be g ven to all
and nothing t*3"' -^e done without due
notico being given.
"All charters, rights and frarichtees,'!
declared Judge Cross, "are subject to thfi
right of cmlnent doma'n possessed by the
State. That right is the State's .and hhs
always bean so reeognized., If tho com?
plainant is injured in any'way by the
aotion- of tlie Legisiature in modifying
the charter of .the Seaboard and Roanoke
rialroad, then (Mr. Ryan shouid tind. hls
renuldy. 'n an action. against the State
and not against the Seaboard and Roan?
-.'The Legisiature has exercised its sov?
ereign power and has told Mr. Ryan that
if he is not satisfied, then he can get the
val-ie of his stock. und the law demands
that 'he value be giyrii."
Judge Cross contended -that -the
(Continued on Eighth Page.)
IS NOW ALL IN
Investigation of Davis'
Shoe Company Contract
MR. THACKER HERE.
He Would Not Answer All Mr. Pilcher's
ONLY ONE OFFER WAS MADE.
Jtepresentative of" John L. 'Williaiiis &
Son Xatkctl W'jtli Directors aml Ih
timatc? That ja, Proposition
"llijrlit hc Made for Hire of
Convicts to Work on
Tho joint special committee appointed
to investigate the contract between the
Davis Uoot and Shoe Company and <ihe
Conunorewealth of Virginia held a meet?
ing iu the Senate Chamber last night.
Thero were present Chairman "Pileihef,
Senator Lupton and Delegate Folkes.'.
Senator Lylo and Delegate Gregory were
The. lirst witness caitled was Mr. T. W.
Thacker, of Boston, the secretary and
treasurer "and . general m inager of the
Davis Boot and iShou Company. lle had
nat been on tho stand long before a snag
was struck. Mr. Thacker was linwllling
to an'gvver, or Mr. Miles M. Martin. cijun
sel for the Oe-mpany,' objected to his an?
swering certain questions put by' Mr.
Pilcher. on the ground that tho interro
gations" were not germane to tho inves?
tigation. and replies to them would dis
cfose th'o ipriyate nffairs of the Company.
Mr. Pilcher asked Mr. Thacker why it
was that his Company wanted to renew
its contract for seven years six years
before it expired. Mr. Thacker was pro?
ceeding to tell of the valuaMe^plant his
Company had 'here, and of the necessity
of looking far ahend and opening up new
ii rritories for the sale of goods. when
Mr. Pilcher?question.ed him as to the val?
uo of the plant. CVTr. Thacker .said he
was unaible to furrush this information.
and Mr. Pilcher expressed great surprise.
Mr. Thacker was pressed for an answer,
but said it was imipffeublo for him to es
timate the value ef. tho plant. because
imaehincry was cdnstantly chahging, and
ho did not know just what -w.is ou hand
now. Among other. things Mr. Thacker
said his Company had ibeen looking to tho
Ouban Held as nossSbly a good territory
in whioh to uispbse of it? shoes and boots.
ln roply to questions. ho.said represen?
tatives of North Curolinu and Alabama
had been soelcin,g io induce tlie Company
to leas*5~cnnvicts In .Uro'so States, but the
concern had enjoy'd pleasant relatipris
'wfth Virginia. was doing a fairly good
business. and was sat*s_ed to r.tay here,
nrtwIthstaiKiing North Ct-o'Ina offered
convicts at less th_n is paid to Virginia
for their services.
?_". iPil-o.her wanted to learn simething
about the prospects of the Davis Com?
pany. and. started our. to osk where the
good.--. manufactured in tho Virginla peni?
tentiary -are sold. Mr. Martin objected
to this, and Mr. Thacker did not reply.
Mr. Pilcher then "stated it was useless to
__""mine .Mr. Thacker any further, -as
?the information tho committee wanted
he would not give.
Mr. Martin insisted that the pilvatc
affairs of the Company had nothing
whatever to do with the contract undt-r
Mr. Thacker, in re.sponso tr> ques-.'ons.
stated that his Company wis bnpo'ed to
an act requiring that the bO-*ts and sheos
be stamped to show that they aro tnr.de
by convict labor. In the.event ot" _'n h a
law being passed ihis Comxmy vould
h_ve to retire from business in the State.
A DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT.
Mr. W. D. Chesterman. one of the
penitentiary directors, was next put
upon the stand. He stated that there
nau not been in the last twelve months.
as far as he knew, any offer from any
concern other than the Davis Company
to hire the convicts. At various tim?s
in the past applicattons had been made
for the lease of* prisoners in small
Pometime last year, Mr. Chesterman
said, a Mr. Williams came to him to ask
about the terms of the contract with the
Davis Company. He ga.ve him all the
principal provisions as far as he could
recall them.- Mr. Williams ? wanV?d a
copy of the contract. -and the T'oa?? had
a conference with referenee to whether
or 'not lt would lw proper to allow the
contract to be copied. Tt was decided,
by advice of the oGvernor, that a copy
of it could be had, and some one, Mr.
Chesterman did not recall whether it
was Suiperintendont Helms or President
Harmon, of the Board, was instructed to
inform John L. Williams & Sons that a
copy of the contract could be had.
?Mr. Pilcher wanted to know of Mr.
Chesterman ir* in his judgment it would
not be better to advertlse when convicts
are to be leascd out for bids. Mr. Ches?
terman replit-d that this might or might
not be a wise course to nursue. There
was no secrecy about the renewal of
the contract with the Davis, Comnany,
(Continued on Eighth Page.)
Dr, Fred Kellam, of Hinton, W. Va.
Leases the Madison Hotel
for That' Purpose.
'The -Madison Hotel, at the corner of
Tiwe'Pth and Bank streets, has (b--en
leascd by Dr. Fred. Kellam, of Hinton, 1
W. Va., and it will be thocoughly repaired,
refurnished, and irnproved, atfter wl-.leh
it will be used for a hospital for the
treatment of patients havlng cancers
and cancerous grovvths, or diseases of jt
The hotel was for several years known
as Hotel Dodson, wlth Mr. Cnarfes B.
Dodson as praprietor. About thres years
ago Mr. Dodson. gave up the hotel, and
lt was then lensed to two geotlemfn, who
kept lt open only a few months, when lt
Dr. Kellam was in the clty Monday to
lOok for e?te for a hospital, an_ se?
lected this hotel.. He ha_ a large pri
vat | hospHal ln Hinton, which" Iri con?
ducted for curing special diseases.- . :
(Continued on;Second I age.>
Chamber of Commerce to
ROAD TO THE NORTH.
Discussion on the\States' Position in
the Railroad Business.
MUCH INTEREST MANIFESTED.
Tlie Chainbcr Declared Itself in Favor
of tlie Proposed Xew Air Line to
the Xorth Parallel With the
and Potomac?Text ot
Pursuant to notice a general meeting
of the Richmond Chamber of Commefce,
which was very largely attended. was
helu'Jyestcrday evening at 5:30 o'clock.
President L. Z. Morris. who occupicd
the chair, announced that ln accordance
with a motion made and carried at a
meeting of the Board of Directors. held
the 31st ulthno. that this general meeting
of the Chamber had been called to consld
er Senate biil Xo. 342 now pending in tiie
Legislature "To incorporate the Richmond
and' Washington Air-Line Railway Com?
pany" and to give some expression to
the sentiment of the community upon this
imjfortant measure. . He then declared
that the meeting was ready to hear any
member upon the question. ,
Mr. L. C. Younger said that he consid?
cred tho matter one of the .greatest im?
portance and interest to the people of
Richmond, and that he had a preamble
and resolution favoring the blll !n ques?
tion. which he jvoutd offer for the con?
sideration and' adoption of the meeting.
and request the secretary to read. The
secretary then read the preamble and res?
olution, as follows:
PREAMBLE AND RESOLUTION.
Whereas. a biil has been. offered in the
General Assembly of Virginia for the
purpose of chartering a railroad "from
the city of Richmond, or any point in
Henrico county. to a point on the Poto?
mac river, in either Fairfax or Alexandria
counties," the title of the biil being. "To
incorporate the Richmond and Washing?
ton Air-Line Railway Company." which.
in effect. means the construction of
another railroad between Richmond and
the seat of our national government;
and. as it is believed to be of paramount
importance to the best lnterests of ths
South. and especially of the State of Vir?
ginia. as well as the -city of Richmond,
that this biil should,be passed. t_e Rich?
mond Chamber of Commerce. in the ex
orcise of the right of petition most re
spcctfully appeals to the General Assemr
bly to grant this charter for tlie follow
? While the facilities for traffic between
Richmond and other Virginia cities and
tho South are quite ample. there being
three Southern systems?viz.. the Southern
railway, the Atlantic Coast-Line and the
Seaboard Air-Line, and between AVasii?
ington and the Xorth, the 'great Penn?
sylvania and Baltimore and' Ohio sys?
tems. with their doubled track lines, af
fprding most abundant facilities, the link
between these sxeat systems from Rich?
mond to Washington is a single track
line, consisting of the Richmond. Frede?
ricksburg and Potomac railroad. from
Richmond to Quantico, and thence to
Washington of the Washington and
Southern railroad?a part of the Penn?
sylvania railroad system.
WHY THE RI_5TlRI'CTIOX3?
The question arises at once upon a con?
sideration of this sltuation, why this
restricted condition'as to the traffic be?
tween the Xational capital and the cap?
ital of the Commonwealth exists, and
the only answer that can be given is
that the State of Virginla. which or's*
nally subscribed. most liberally. to tti'd
stock of the Richmond. Frede'ic-ksbnrg
and Potomac railroad. for '.he cxprf.ss
purpose of affording its citizens what
was then deemed a necessary\ highway
for trade and travel, has been asked by
parties desiring to perpetuate the ex?
clusive charter of the Richmond, Fred?
ericksburg and Potomac railroad, to put
itself in the anomalous position, almost
two-thirds of a century after its sub
scription to this enterprise. of denyng
its citizens the right to build another
much needed railroad. urglng as their
reasons that the State has a pe_urti*ry
interest ln the Richmond, Fredericks?
burg and Potomac railroad. and '.he Et'p
position thut the value of that 'ntsrest
might be impaired.
Siich a position, upon every c.nsidera
tion of the wisest public policy, rterna
to be absolutely inconststent and inde
fensible. The Richmond and Washing?
ton Air Line Railway Company not only
proposes to build Its road .wlthout the
aid of the State, but it is: expected to
create more than three million dollars
of railroad property subject io taxation,
while the property of the Richmond,
Fredericksburg and -Potomac railroad,
based on the current market value of its
securities, valued at iver live million
dollars, is forever exempt from taxation.
It also proposes to guaranteo the. Slate's
income from its holdings in the Rich?
mond, Fredaric-ksburg- r.nd Potomac for
five years, ar.d at the State's Dption to
pay the State for its stock and dividend
obligations or the Richmond, Fredericks?
burg and Potomac, an siiuount over one
hundred and fifty per cent. in excess of
Its original investments. and the hlgcest
market price at -which the stock has
ever been sold.
A simple statement olffhi case car
nes with it its own argument. \c re
cuniary consideration. it ls beltevd, in
the slightest degree justines a positiwn
so contrary to the State's obligations to
its citizens, contrary to its every tradt
tion-and to Its present attitude upon
most Important economlc problems wlth
which it is confronted, but,, in view of
the very favorable offer on the part
of the Richmond and Washlngton Air j
Line Railway Company, to buy.its hold?
ings in the Richmond, Fredericksburg
"and Potomac, and the additional revenue
to tha State which will be created by
the construction of this road and thle
developments alprig its! routes. it Is be?
lieved that her interest will suffer in no
degree- whatever. therefore. be lt
Resolved" by -the.'-"Richmond.?? Chamber
of Commerce, That the General Assembly
of Virginla be most earnestly Teauested
to - divest Itself, of its Interest in the
Richmond, . FrederleksOurg-; and Potomac
r_lrc-ad.-a.t_ this <mpst favorable time. and
that the Chamber urgently appeals to
that honorable . body .by. gr?nting.., tha
charter f o the ^Richmond and Washlngton
Air' Line Railway Company,- to permit Its
f citirens that free developjnent of trans
portation facllltles along thls most im?
portant line or traffic which it has most
liberally fostered and encouraged in al?
most every other direction throughout
the State. -
WANTED IT REFERRED.
Mr. R. Carter Scott moved that the reso
lut'on be referred to one of th? commit?
tees ot the Chamber for its careful inves
tlgation and report to some subsequent
meeting, saying that there were other*
part'es interested ln securing a charter ot"
this character and also that the St-te
had a very important Interest Involved.
and that ln such cases he thought that
the Chamber shouid only act after the
full-est consideration. whereas this meet?
ing -was called on short notice and the
members of the Chamber gerverally had
had no npportunity before of b?lng ac
cniaintcd with the paper which had been
presented by Mr. Younger.
In reply Mr. Younger stated th:.t the
subject was no new one to the people of
Richmond. that the papers had recently
Trten filled *?tth editorials upon lt .ind
vthat he thought thls meeting fui;,- com
petcne to act intelligently upon the I'.at
The motion of. Mr. Scott not meeting
with a secdntT; and the resolution offered
by Mr. Tcucger being scconded ov Mr.
D. R. Midyette. tlie Chair announced that
Mr. Younger's resolution was the question
before theT meeting and that remark.-- upon
?the resolution were in order.
MAJ. DOOLEY FAVORS CHARTER.
Major James II. Doolwy stated that hc
was a director and a stookholder in tho
Seaboard and Roanoke railroad and that
he had .nvesteel a large amount of his
means in this railroad enterprise. having
for its immediate objoct the organization
of a great railroad system through to tha
Gnlf of Mexico and later on the establish?
ment o-f shiipping .acil-tifes from __f_pa
to ilavana. Cuba: that he had tnvested ln
this enterr>rise from his beli^f in its
merits "an.l 'that the greatest .benefit
which could be testowed upon the Smith.
upen Vhginia and espesSalty upon the iity
of Richmond was the gran.ing of this
charter to the Richmond and Washington
Alr Line railway. We pmpose. he said,
to have cars running: through thls spring
frcm Ta-npa to Richmond. but when we.
get to Richmond what do we tind? Look?
ing to the south and southwest we !ind
three great sy_t-ms centerimr at Rich?
mond?the Southern, the Atlantic Coast
Line and the Seaboard A'r Line?looking
to -the north and west and northwest we
find three groat syst-ems centering at
Washington?tfba Pennsylvanla. the Bal?
timore and Ohio and the phasapeake and
Ohio- thus making Richmond the gateway
to th'e south and Washington the gateway
to the north.
SfiNGLB TRACK RAIL-WAT.
'But what do we see between them? One
single. track railroad?the ? Richmond.
Freder!i-k?burg and Pcitomae from Rich?
mond to Quantice, cohtrolled by the At?
lantic Coast Line. and the line from Quan
tioo to Washington. controlled by the
Pennsylvania. Railroad; T'nder these eon?
ditions not a ponnrt of freitcht nor a pas?
senger c-in pass over thls rsiite either way
without paying tell to fche Pennsylvania
Railroad. Tlio Atlantic? Coast Line and
tho Richmond. FredericI_"burg'"an'I Poto
j mac being old-time frirnds and allii*--- of
the Pennsylvania. gather large quantlties
(?aStij; pue;3S "*? ponunuoO>
POINT OF ORDER
He Was Not Permitted to Discuss the
Phllippines in the Senate?Pro?
ceedings of the House.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.?An effort by
Senator Pettigrew, of South Dakota. to
discuss the Philippine question in the
Senate to-day, taking for his text the
'.reaolution which he offered yesterday,
was of uo avail. as he was met by a
point of order, which took. him from the
tloor. He had gotten only so far as to
charge that the great journals ol" the
country woulu" not publish the facts con
-cerning the Philippine war. when the
point of order was made by Senator Gal
linger and sustairied by the Chair.
r Subsequehtly he offered another reso?
lution. which he will speak on next week.
Senator Allen, of Nebruska, conciiuled
his speech ln arrargnment of Secretary
Ga'ge because of his transactlons with
tho National City Bank. of New-York.
He had previously Introduced a resolution
?providlng for an investigation by the
Senate of the Treasury Department, but
objection to Its consideration sent it over
until next week.
?Mr. Allen resumed his speeel- begun
yesterday on the staternent of Secretary
Gage, concerning hls re'ations with the
National City , and Hanover Ba_"-s, of
At - o'clock the Financial btll was laid
beforo the Senate. but no Senator was
prepared to speak upon it.
Mr. Chandler. gave notice that next
Wednesday he would call up the Quay
case. at whieh time Mr. Tuiiey, of Ten
riessee. would address the Senate upon it.
Bitls were passed recognlzing th-> gal
lantry e-f F. H. Newcomb, command:ng
tho Revenue Cutter Hudson, of his'offi?
cers and men: also recognlzing Captai.-.
D. B. Hodgson, c?f the Revenue Cutter
service! for efheient and mecltprtoqs ser?
vices in command of the Cutter Hugh
McCu-Ioch. at Manila.
.Mr. "Pettigrew offered the resolution ex?
teiuling the sympathy ot the Senate to
the Boers, previously introduced by Mr.
Mai'on, and gave notice that he would
speak on it on Monday.
After a ,bri?f executive sfssion the Sen?
ate adjourned till -Monday.
ln thc Heusc-'
WASHINGTON. Feb' 2.?The House
to-day devoted Its attentlon to the Indlan
appropriation bill. It got no further.
however. "than the appropriatlons of in?
dlan schools when an effort was Inaugii
rated by Mr. Fitzgerald. of New York.
to permit the Secretary of the Interlor to
j contract with schools for the educatlon
of Indian children where the govern
i ment lacks facilities.
, It ls claimed that the present Indlan
school facliltie"- are inadequate.
i A brlsk debate occurred over the bill
t giving to Cuban vessels the most fuvored
j nation treatment in American ports.
I Tho reports of Generals Brooke. Wilson
[and Lee. he said. hail shown that the
! Cubans were capable of self-governmeht,
[ and that the time was now ripa ror the
'American .government to reco-jni-e the
independent sovereigr.ty of Cuba. While
support'.r.g the bill, Mr. Clayton expressed
the hope that the legislatlon tor Cirha
would soon be framed on broj-der linss
and more in harmony with what had
been h?-d out to the Cubans. Hls re?
marks evoked vigorous npplaus!-,
Tho iblll was then passed as reported1.
Mr. BarUett," of Georgia. mada a spae?h
cn the Southern question. ln reply to
Mr. Llr.n'ey. of North Caroiina. Tbe s*f
! erence to Iynchings brought out an ftar
nest speech by Mrt ?_nnon. of Illlonts.
explalnmg some of -he statetnents made
as to Iynchings in lllinois, but repudiat
tng thls ,class of lawle_-ne_> wherever
1 it might tycur.
-The House, ait _ o'clock, rece.*e*-t5 untlll
is P. M., the eveniri? session Jtiaj 4_
>vwid W? peaslon legislatfo-b " j
?Destructive Fire at Poly
ENSHROUDED IN ICE
For Two Hours in- Bitter Cold and
THEY BATTLE WITH THE FIRE.
The Officr-s of the PresitleHt. Cour
iiiaiulant aud Kxperiment Station
Burned to tlie Ground? Irrepu
rubto Iioss of Many Valu?
able Papers?Steel Safe
Stood tlie Ilcat.
CHRISTL-VSBrRC,. VA.. Feb. 2.?Spec?
ial.?The bulMing used as oltlces of Presi?
dent. commandment and experiment
station of the Virginla I'olytechnlc Insti?
tute at Blaeksburg. was destroyed by tire
at 2 o'clock this morning. All the
vouchers of the Treasurer and other val?
uable papers except a few ln the safe
were destroyed. ?
It was a large stone building- and con?
sidcred safe. The tire origtnatetl ln tha
upper story. but the cause is not known.
Tt was covered by insuranee, but the loss
of the valuable papers is irreparable.
A GOOD SAFE.
Tlie steel safe with insuranee and other
vajuable papers and about Sl.t'OOin money
was gotten out of the debrls about noon
to-day and every thing- in it found in good
The setretaryof the faculty. who s'eeps
in the building, vw* uwakened by the
smoke and gave the alarm and the entlre
corps of cadets rushed to the seene, but
despite their herolc efforts for two long
hours in the bitter coid aml fierce >vinds
the rire was beyond their control.
CADETS FOtrOHT NOBLY.
Tho battery in charge of the institute
tKjse department poured con_n_ou_
streams of water upon the Barr.liig tmild
ing. but to 1:0 purpose. The failing water
was scattered hlther and thiiher by the
furlous. wind and covered the cadets im
medlately freezing. but that did not
deter r.or cause them to relinqnish, their
efforts. .'fter tlie buildlng was destroyed
they returned te their rooms enca-sed ln
a shroud of iee. And all praise be thelrs,
though tho building- was lost.
. DARlEPi RtOTERS.
Edwari! Delezal, Colored, Diseharjfed
front <**?_*'>? (_-. ? -
?SAVANNAH. GA., B_b. 'J.?Edward
Deicgel, co'.ored. one of the Darlen rloters
who was convlct-ed of murder in tho
second degree and sentenced to t*-.* peni?
tentiary for life. has. been dl.;-'". trg-ed
from custody on the order of Judge Seu
The State Supreme Court a fiew days
ago granted Delegal a n~w trial. and
Judge Seabrook dfscbarged him upon his
own recognizance to answer when
This is regarded as tho end of a fa?
.Reached 3"J 1-2 Yesterday for Fii"st
Time iu 'i'u'e'vr- Years.
'SAVANNAH. GA.. Feb. 2.?Spirlts tur
pentine reached 531-2 cents in this
?market to-day. wlth the tone very strong".
This ls the highest prlce touched In twelve
years. The statfstteal position' ta such
as to give baek-bono to the market.' The
movernent for the season has been below
the average; Futures are relatively as
high as spot.
MACON, OA.. Feb. 2.? Talbott and
Palmer, cemm'ssion brokera. n-..ni.- a val
? untary assignment to-day. They a.rtrtbute
their troubles to the panic of Deeember,
ISth. No statement of ossets and H.-ilMll
ties has be*n made. The firm h.i.i branch
offices in a luamber ot southern" elti.-s and
a large 'business,
It Is thought that the I'abil.'tles ot the
lirm will reacih a large sum. Several Io?
cal speculator.) are said to have hid
heavy miargins .wlth them, besides large
No IWore Deposits.
WASH'XGTON. Feb. 2.?The Secretar>
of the Treasury to-day notifie.i all nutlonaa
bank depos-Storles that no further deposits
of Irateraal revenue receipts w:ii be for.
warded to New York for dlstrlbutlen
XBereafter all excess receipts wili be sen.
to the various su'o-treasurhe as was done
prior to Deeemfcer ISth.
The amour.t on deposit with nationai
bank depositorios urutei."- the -Seeeetary'j
recent order :s about yf7.000.ono.
StMMARY OFTO-DAY'S NEWS.
?Employers* liablllty blll passes the
House of Delegatus.
?The Armltage Manufacturing plant
?Lieutenant XV. Strother Snjtith ha*
been ordered Jto leave the TSigg sfiTp
?Investigratlon of the Davis Shoe Com?
pany contract comtilett-d.
?Chamber of Commerce deelarm ln
favor of the pro*p"bsed air line to Waah
?A company to ooerote the old zinc
mines on the Roanoke and Southern
?The Virginla Polyteehnlc cadets HKht.
a destructive fire for two hours in oierc
1ns cold, and are covered wlth Ice. Build?
ings burned and Irreparable loss of
-_h*ps in Chesapeake bay nearly de
stroved by water spouts.
?Mrs XV M. Jollv lose? her dwelllnjc
ln Dinwiddie. wlth all its contents. by
?Dr. A. Nash Johnson's election ? very
oulet affalr. .
?Phystcians Rive some hope of Goebel'sr
ultlrmue recovery- ?,:??'":
1 ?President McKInley refu?es Taylofa
aoD*aI for Pedorat interference.
-Senator Pettigrew prevvnjted from dis
cussing Phlllppines on a point of order.
?News from Ladysmith says burghers
are'movioe toward the Tugela In force.
whieh Ia conflrmatory of theory tha.'
Buller ismaklnsr another attack. **
?It ts rumored that Bobs ha_ cabled
for 00,000" moro m?_.
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