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RANQB OP THERMOMETER.
The thcrmometer ranged as follo wa et
The Times offlc? yesterday: 8 A- M., eS;
32 SS., 6S; 3 P. M., 74; 8 P. M., CG; 9 P. M,
?2; 12 midnight, 00. Averago, 64.8.
WBATH ?R FORECAST.
Forecast for 'Sunday and Monday:
Virginia aad Nort. Carolina--Falr Sua
day and Monday. Cooler in western por?
tion Sunday and ln eastern portion Mon?
day; light westerly winds becoming freao
VOL 16 NO 210
BICHMOND. VA. SUN >AY. OCTOBER 20. 1901
PRICE THREE CENTS
CAMPAIGN IS NOW
IN FULL BLAST.
Democrats Preparing for
a Hot Finish.
ARE SURE TO WIN.
?Crack Orators on the Stump To
TO CANVASS ALL THE COUNTIES.
They Nsme Caodtdctes in All Legislative
Districts Ssve Two?List of tbe Nomi?
nees?Spiendid Fight Being
Conducted in This City.
Poiitical Noies and
The next two weeks wili-practically
wind up one of lhe, most interesting po?
iitical campaigns ever fcught out .:i
Virginia, and tii;-y promlse to bc marked
by uousual activity. especially nn tho
Democratic sido ol" tho struggle. From
reliablc information gatbtrod i'rom the
beat poiitical judges in. the State. it
Bcems safe lo forecast lhe election) or
the entire Democratib ticket by a per?
haps slightly rodncod majority. nnd. the
return of a salt majority of the Demo?
cratic nominees io lioth Houses- of the
It has long been the custom of the
Democratic purty in Virglnia to do its
beat and most effective -vverk ln the lat?
ter days of the struggle, and it is evi
dent that they are preparing for an ex
ceplioually "hot finish"' this year.
The field will. be Ui roughJy covered
wlth the crack stump orators ot the
party to-morrow, nnd tbe same will toe
true of the Mondiy following. whlcli will
dead earnest at Boanoke last niglft, aim
will speak for tho ticket in Amherst to
nmrrmv. where he 1ms long been a great
favorite wiih the voters. li' will speak
ln this city next Friday night; at Hous:
ton on Monday. and then go tp 'he
Southwest for Uie retmainder p? Uie -? t
vass. Captain Wlllard is making asph n
d-id Sgfrt for the ticket, und- his Bervices
a;v? tniK h in demand ail over the State.
Congresemen liay nnd Hhea, who are
great powers on the stump, are "making
i; warm" for the Republicans in their
respective districts, nnd ail the otlu-r
Congressmeu nre likewise doing good
work on the ttuiep.
One of .the heallhfiest signs of Demo?
cratic success is the loyalty wlth which
ali lhe defeaied candidates for office on
flio State ticket are doing their duly.
Dr. DeCato is working manftilly in nis
section. while Messrs. Parks. AVilliams.
and Robertson are doing Spiendid ser?
vice. Senator JeffrJ?s will er.ter the cam?
paign this week, and Messrs. Marshall
and Dchols are standing up for the
ticket- like men.
The chaigee made hy the Republican
candidates thnt the Oonstltutlonal Con
venci'-n ;-.rep>Tf! tr, disfranehisc white
men bave been shown to he so vulnorable
and have been so suo.c-essfuKy rcfutc-d
that even the wnvitry of the party are
pgain turr.ing their fa.ees toward their
o'd rfa.miliar haunts; and at the end of
th" next two weeks it is the belief o1? the
1 ? .T.eera.tic maoiiagieas that all will he in
good shape for the greathatUe of the bal?
lt nll resolves itself into a question of
whether tbe people wili believe those wbo
^eek to giain pres'ige for themselves with
ibe powers at Washllngton toy assailing
the T>ee3t and bravest white men in the
State, <or whether thoy will take tbe
wards ?<>'? i'-rrsident <!oodo. tlulrinan K!
ly?38i and Mr. Montague. ooupled with
those of every Democratic member of
lhe convention aud all tlie Jesser lights
<?r the party, wbo solemnly deelare that
no whit" man ^iiall lose hls right o'f suf
fni4re as a. result of lhe Constituticnal
Oonventlon now in session.
iFOR TVHITE SUPREMACY.
.Men In positions to know express tbe
( joftdent belief that tlie iatter- will be
o~-nsidcred the more crcdible.. witnesses,
ar.d that ihe whit" people of this StaXe
wiil -be s!ow to st t th-e worv.s cf thos-J
in sympathy with tho party that disfran
Chiaed the Confederate soldiers ir. 1869 and
enfranehised tbe worthless negro. against
iWoae <?f Goode, Ellyson and Montagiue
and al! those who stand wlth them and
Who hav: struggied in season itnd out
t > lift tho burden ".1rom the backs of the
jjlain people and make this a white man's
government in word and in deed.
There i? no sort of question that the
recent episode of a President of tli? Unit?
ed State* entertaining a nwgro at hls
table ln the White House has iutenslfled
|nt?nc?t ln the struggle in this State,
and lt will no doubt bave the effect of
f .rinring opimtlesis white men to tbe poKs
n fc-j ;<:??-)rt ito Demoeratlc ticket wbo
cherwise might remaln at home. "When
il iis is <c^nsidered ln connection with tho
vfife uttwamoes of Messrs. Pedigo andi
gjanvmers." said a prominent -leader yes?
terday. "^ ought to hav-> a very material
foearing on the Virglnia campaign." It
w- Il be reesSTyJ that these JSenuhltoan
KncnsS^ms of tiie canveuition wcently de?
clared in puhllc speeclves that the negroes
w<-re ?a gcod as white men, and these
jpenUemon Xire among Colonel llvgn's
most trusted Tieutenanta. Imieed. it has
4>een said that they. are so ciose to the
XContlnued on ^Ixth Page.)
AN ARREST MADE
, IN O'BRIEN CASE
Thos. Edwards Charged
With the Shooting,
CAN PROVE AH ALIBI.
Says He Was With Friends at
NOT SUSPECTED OF MURDER.
Authorities Satisfied Tbat if lhc Accused
Fired the Shot il Was Accidcntal?The
Two Men Were Fricndg aad
Work ed Tojcihcr-Talk
With Mrs. Ed?
Thomas Edwards, charged v.-ith unlaw
fully and felonlously shooting aud killlng
John O'Brien at the Richmond Locomo?
tive Works on Saturday morning, October
12th, is in the Henrico jail awaiting trial.
Tho warrant ior his arrest was sworn
out about 1 o*ciock yesterday afternoon
and he was apprehended by Constables
Waldrop aud Eub&nk.
This is the latest development in tho
killing of Mr. O'Brien at tlio Locomotive
Works a week ago, and is one anticipated
In Friday's Times. Whether or not this
is to prove a solution of tho mystery
which ba. s urrcunded the unfortunate af
f-?ir rc-mains yet to be seen. The prisoner.
who is an cmploye of tho shop where
O'Brien was kilied, absolutely denies tho
charge in all of its a.spects, and though
audience with him could not be gained
yesterday, it was learned through a
souree rciiable as his own statement
woirid be?from his wife?that ho was pre?
pared to provo to tlie satisfaction of all
Uiat he was far away from tlie region 6.
ihj. shooting when it occurred. His hope
thdit he may demonstrate to the conclu?
sion (if all that he is not implicated in
tho affair, it is understood, is based upon.
this alibi, which he confi dently asserts
that he can prove.
There was somo contention yestcrda.y
afternoon as lo whether or not the charge
against Mr. Edwards was actually Lhat
of murder. The warrant, as seen from
the opening statement, contains tho word
"feloriqiusly,. and that was taken by
some to indicale that the case was of a
graver nature than was at lirst supposed.
Inouiry, however, seems to show that the
contrai-y^.Js,...iJie,..case. The Henrico nffi
cers, so far'as is known, have in hand ro
evidence which would justify them in the
bclief that the shooting was malicious.
The prisoner had not decided upon his
counsel late last night. Several friends
brought Mr. W. H. Beveridge to lhe
courthouso, wliile tho man's wife cain-i
along with Mr. 31. . I. Smith. One, or
both. of theso gentlemen will. undoubled
ly. be engaged. Bail had not up to tiiat
time been formally applied for. The
time for the preliminary examination ot
the case before 'Squire James T. Lewis
has . ot been set.
A long and caveful iiivestigation led
up to tho. arrest of Edwards. It was.
about i<_S0 o'clock on the morning of
Saturday, October 12th?a week ago yes?
terday?that John O'Brien, foreman of
the erecting shop at tho Richmond Loco?
motive Works, suddeniy fell in the throes
of death wliile standing- within a few
feet of one of the doors of the shop talk -
ing with two men. For some little time
it was currently believed among thc
worlqrnen around the stricken man tliat
he had died of heart disease, so sudden
was his taking off. Fully a half-hour
al'terwards was it that they learned thnt
a bullet, fired by some person unknown,
wa.s responsible for his decease. Even
when this face was proclaimed by the phy?
sicians who examined the body and found
,the wound, but no blood, many of the inen
about the shop were incredulous. Xot
until the wound was probed and- the
bullet extracted were they convinced.
Thus will it be seen that any imm.t. ate
investigation was precluded by the fact
that it was not generally known for some
little time afterwards that Mr. O'Brien.
iiad reaily been shot. Ample timo was
afforded to tlie perpeirator of the deed
to get at a safe distance before anybody
began to look around for an explanation^
The dcad l'oreman was one of lhe most
hiflSCy regarded men in the entire es
lablishment, and his untimei.\ taking olt
was a source of regret to his wide circle
of friends. Xo one could account for the
deed, and flnally the theory that the
fatal bullet was a stray one iired f?<wn
a rifle handled by sctne unknown person.
probably by boys, who are frequeni. y
caught shooting at blrd. and other tar
?-eis in the immodiate neighborhood of
the works, came to be generally accepted
by the public at largK Practically on
all hands it was agreea that the shoot?
ing was accidental. Th? discovery, made
later, that another person at the works
hau been injured in lhe sam. mysterious
way, only served, in most minds, to con
finn this belief.
Then the Henrico ofiicers got to work
on the case and on. or two new things
developed. They learneds, for instance,
that living on Clvelsea Hill was a m-an
who owned a rifie which aeoommodated
a bullet of the same calibre as that which
was taken. from the body of Mr. O'Brien.
This man was Mr. Thomas Edwards. an
employo of ihe works. lt was further
learned in this corinection. or at least
it is so stated, that Mr. Edwards nad
used this rifie on several occasions on
rats, birds, and Other targets around his
house. The house, by the way, is on a
dire. t line with the door of the Locomo?
tive Works in which O'Brien fell dead.
When approached by the Henrico ofii?
cers with regard to tlie shooting, Ed?
wards, it is said, appeared nervous and
made cont^adi-'o?. st*>!eiri?"1s.
THE WARRANT ISSUED.
With these facts in hand the authori?
ties felt themselves justlfied in taking
steps looking to the arrest of Edwards.
Their evidence, as well as can be learned,
v,ent and goes no father than this. They
are. it is understood, by no means cer?
tain that tho man fired lhe bullet. So far
as any malicious intent is concerned, it
is believed that they have ? no evidence
at all. . f they have, they have not made
the fs_.ts known yet Vvhether or not the
shot was flred with intent to kill, whether
or not it was flrod at all by the man ac
cused will be developed ln the trial.
At all events a warrant was on yester?
day afternoon sworn out against Thomas
Edward?;. charged with unlawfully and
felonlously shooting and killing one John
O'Brein. The man was arrested at 2:60
(Continued dn Third Page.) *.
GO W-A-Y BACK AND SIT DOWN."
Introduced to Fine Audience as
RECEIVES A BIG OVATION.
Spoke With All His Old-Time Fire and An?
nounced His Purpose of Maklng an
of Democratic party.
(Special Dlsuatch to Thc Tlmrs.)
ROANOKE, VA., Oct. 19.?Congrossmin
Claudo Swahson was given an ovation at
Assembly Hall to-night when he made his
opening speech of the campaign. The
hall was packed, all standing room being
Mr. A. P. Staples introduced him as lhe
"Plow-boy" Congressman?one who was
his favorite for Governor, but one who
believed with him that the highest duty
of a Democrat was loyalty to party.
Mr. Swanson said he had made his last
speech here when seeking the nomination.
and he was glad to make his first speech
here for the nominees of lhe Xorfolk Con?
He never mentioned Montague's name,
but declared he had no bad feeling, no
resentment, no complaint, and desired to
do all he could for thc Democratic nomi?
nees. Hc would never appear upon a plat?
form unless he spoke for the Democratic
party. The Democratic party was ihe
judge and tlie party nomlntes were h;s
standard-bearers. He reviewed tho rec?
ord of the Democra-tic party, its honesty,
its settiement of the State debt, v. hat it
lias done for education, and tlie ?Confed
erate soldiers, the asylums and other in
RECORD OF HONESTT.
It was a reyord of honesty, wfedom and
Against this were Republican promises.
and he showed what Republican promisos
were. He declared that the Constitutionai
Convention had decided' only two mat?
ters?one was that no white mau shouid
be deprived of his vote. and thc other "So
help me God we ar. going to strike down
everv negro vote we can."
READY TO FIGHT.
He announced that he lntcnded earry
ing on aggressive fight, charging Uiat the
Republlcans were working for negro
votes. negro control R.nd negro supremaev.
He closed by saving his heart was in
the campaign, and appealed to all his
friends to rally to tlie support of the
nominees. Ho spoke about an hour, and
his speech will st'rengthen the Democratic
party of this city.
GREAT DAY I FRANKLIN.
Democ 'i'C f'cnlc?S eeches by Ly'e, Uale,
Hard a Walla e.
(Speolal Dispatch to Tbo Tloie3.)
ROCKY MOUNT, VA., Oct. 19.?The jxic
nic at Sontag, seven mlles south of this
place, was a grand success in every de
tail, and the peopie of Franklin ar.^
gjrateful to tbe ?Bxecutire C&mralttee of
(Continued on Third! Page.)
MR. GOODE IS
A GOOD RULER
He Promptly Nipped an Effort to Ad?
journ in the Bud.
RECESSTOBE TAKEN SHORTLY.
Mr. Bouldin tMakes His Malaen Effort.
? <;?-???;. idef Cutton's Sllp Causes tf'X
Laugh ? Convention
President John Goode showed yesterday
thiat he was something o!f a "ruler"
when he should take it in his heart to be.
The convention hat for some days been
working under a rulo req (.ring afternoon
sessions of the body, and unless there
is a motion aaopted to the contrary, the
the chair is vacated each day at 1 o'clock
P. M. and resumed at 3.
For several days past a motion to ad?
journ has prevajled just beforo 1 o'olock,
thus abrogaling the tuio as to afternoon
sessions fer that day only.
Yesterday "Delegates Pnwn, Waiker,
Turnbi.il an others desired that this
should be the course again. Mr. Braxton
ivad the floor, and he spoke exactly until
1 o'clock. Mr, Brown was on his feet in
the aisle with a resoltition in hand pro?
viding for adjournment. Tlio grand old
manin tbe o'haia* saiw his portly coileague
and evidently was "on to his curves."
?He had hte eye on the clock, but now and
then he would glance iirst at Mr. Braxton
and then at Mr. Brown. When the hands
reglstered the hour of 1 Mr. Braxton sus?
pended, and as quick as a flash Mr. Goode
said: '"The hour of 1 o'clock having ar
i ed, tbe chair will be yacated until 3
o'clock." Messrs. Brown and Walker
clamored for recognitidn, but with a
wave of his gavel Mr. Goode said: "You
are too iate, gentlemen: tlie chair lias
been vacated." Evidently tlie old war
horse wt ated the convention to proceed
with the considcration of the Bill. of
The convention bas dene more harrt
work in the last two weeks tban for any
other month of its existence. At tbe time
of adjournment yesterday afternoon it
was within futecn minutes of completing
tbe Bill of Rights. But members wero
worn out. And when on the point or
taking a vots on the eleventh section
nn unfortunate motion to adjourn was
carried. There is only one moro section
tliat is at all disputed and that is No.
twelve, which reads: That the freedom
of tbe press is c-ne of the great bulwarks
PACIFIC LINER SIBERIA.
Largest ship ever built in America.
of liberty, and can never be restrained
but by desiiotic governments.
To this seetion Mr. Braxton, in Com?
mittee of the Whole, offered the foilow?
ing amendiment, which are the words
struck out by the committee from the
present Constitution: "And any citizen
may speak, write and publish his semti
meiits on all subjects, being responsible
for the abuso ot that liberty." *
It was the failure to include these
words that has given rise to so much
tiftwspaper comment North and' South,
and a great deal of misrepresentatio. .
Mr. Braxton has been expecting to make
a great speech and a great fight for his
amendment, but a friend'. of hla said
(Continued on Third! Page.)
A GREAT GAME
BY V. P. I. CADETS
Overwhelmed and Crushed Out
The Virginia Cadets Took the Washingtonians
by Surprise an>1 5. ote Them Hlp and
Made by a Trick.
(Spoclal Dispatch to Tho Times.)
"WASHINGTON, D. C, Oct. 1. ?Eleven
husky lads, representing- the Virginia Po
lyteelmic Institute, of Blacksburg, Va.,
defeated the eleven of Goorgetowni Uni?
versity in a gamo on the latter's -campus
this afternoon by a score Qf S2 to- G. The
result ~was a tremendous surprise, and
Georgetown followers are still asking
each other if the whole thing was not a
dream. A close score was expected, as
Tt was known that the V. P. I. had a
fast, scirappy team, but the big end o'U
the score was thought to beloner to
Georgetown. Instead, however, the locals
?wero overwhelmed and crushed.
~" SCORED BY A TRICK.
Georgetown's single touchdown resulted
from a trick, a delayed pass, while the
Virginians seored all of their points by
?hard, straight football. To show tho dls
parlty botween the teams, it n^ed only
to be said that throughout tlie afternoon
Georgeown did not gain over flfty yards,
while V. P. I. smashed its way through
Georgetowrne line and around her end.
for several hundred yard:s. Georgetown's
line, thought to be her great strcngth.
was uo more troublesome than a row of
eorastalks to the plunginj, Virginians.
In the back field, Counselman and r'ar
penter a.lone were worth more than he
entire Georgetown quartette. Tn every
other department of tlie bamo the dlffer?
ence was aa marked, and Gec-rgetown is
ready to acknowledge that V. P. I. lias
a team that should win tho Southern
TOUCHDOWN IN FOUR C1HNUTES.
The visitors seored their first touch?
down in four minutes. Georgetown won
the toss and gave the kick-off to V. P. I.
Georgetown could not gain. and Elmon
ston tried a punt. Counselman blocked
the kick and a Virginian '_sll on the ball
on the twelve-yard line. Canpenter then
.flowed his way through tte linra fear a
touohdown and kicked gvaj a moment
later. Mackay kicked to Miles: V. P. -I.
bega.n swee. ing up the fleld again. but
lost to Georgetown on a fumble. George
town <was given ten yards for off-sdde
piay. Larouissinni, Mackay and Barry
then made Georgetown's only substantial
gains a:nd carried the hall to the twenty
Here the delayed pass was tried. A
feint was made tfor a iplay around Vir?
ginia's right line. The visitors fell into
the trap and massed^n that end, leaving
Captain 3arry with an unobatruoted
path to a touohdown. Ho klcked goai,
tying the score.
Georgetown's joy had an e^ihemeral ex
istence, however, for the visitons got the
ball on-Edmcnston's-punt after the next
kick-off and mrshed lt over for a socond
? , (Ctoattnued on";Third Pagf N
PRES1DE. T'S ACT
Dining Washington May
Cost Roosevelt Dear.
VIEW AT THE CAPITAL
Republican Poiiticians Think it May
Lose Him the Nomination.
MAY HAVE EVEN WIDER EFFECT
Senators from Ohio and Governor Nasb,
of That State, Di3cass the Incident,
ond Have Ociy Words oi Praise
f?r the President?Say it
Has No Political
(Special Dlspatcii to Thc Times.)
WASHING lON, D. C, Oct. 19.?Presi?
dent Roosevtlt stands on his dignity, so
to speak, regarding tho dining oi booker
T. Washington. tlio colored rtformer.
He wlll not admit, so it is said, that he
made a mistake in inviting Washington
to dine wlth him at tho Executive Man
sion. Poiiticians in this city, however,
are of the opinion that Colonel Rooau
velt's action vrtll result ln the loss of the
majority of the Southern States at tho
nt-xt National Republican Conve^tlo" so
far as his candidacy for tha Republlcan
presidential nomination is concerned.
Some erratic action upon tha part ot
the new President has been looked for.
To use a wiang expression, ha has evl
dently "made good."
In the South Theodore Roosevelt hns
heretofore been looked upon as a favorite
candidats by the Republlcans in 1004.
The mistake of his life, Southern poli
tioians think, was in inviting Booker T.
Washington to dine with him at the TSTute
House. The sentiment expressed by
Southern people, Republlcans as well as
Democrats, ia that if he had an idea that
asking Washington to sup with him would
benefit hhn, ho made a grave political
Republican poiiticians are aghast at the
unusual action of President Roosevelt ln
having a colored guest, no matter how
prominent, at the White House.
Notwithstanding tho fact that Booker
T. Washington is regarded as the leader,
intellectually and otherwise, of the col?
ored people of this country, it is not
thought President Roosevelt was dipio
matically or politically wise in lutving him
as his guest at the Executive Mansion.
Not only do tho Southern newsr-pers
protest, ridicule and generally comment
Ungraetously upon the whole affair. bufc
Southern Republicans personally express
their regrets that the President of the
United States saw lit to dine a colored
XV11JL. UOSE HIS NOMTNATTON.
Without doubt this action upon the part
of President Roosevelt will lose him. the
Republican presidential nomination in
1D04. and the whole matter may be so far
reaching in its effect that the Republlcans
wiil not only be defeated in the nudonal
Congressional campaign next year, but in
the national Republican canvass of 1S04.
It is impossible to-night to s-eeure an
interview from the President upon this
matter. It is not believed that he will
s>ay anytlyng for publication regarding
the Booker T. Washington incident.
HOLD DIFFERENT VIEW.
Senators lianaa, Foraker and Governor Nash
Approve of President's Demesnor.
(Special Dispatch to Tha Times.)
DELAWARE, OHIO, Oetober 13.?The
formal opening of tha Republican State
campaign was held here to-day. Senator
Foraker was the only one of tho speakers
wbo referred publicly to the incidmt cf
Booker T. Washington's dining with Pres?
ident Roosevelt, at the White House.
When the Senator briefly referred to the
matter in an informal speech on the
balcony of the Hotel Donovan, he was
h.udly cheered by the audience present.
among them being many colored men.
After the formal exercises, however,
tha Senators from Ohio and Governor
Nash were not averse to discussing the
Senator Hanna said: "The subject is a
personal one with President Roosevelt.
H? has a right to entertain whom he
pleases. He has not surrendered that
right by becoming President. The inci
dent cannot be magnitied into one of
poiitical importance. The Republican
p;jnt.v. however, has always been the
triend of tbe colored race, and of course,
President Roosevelt is in accord with his
Senator Foraker said the colored race
was to be congratulated on the obvi.uts
fact that the' people of this country had a
representative in tho White House who
would not draw the color line. In enter
taining Booker Washington at dinner in
the White House, President Roosevelt has
given satisfactory evidence that he is the
President of the wnple people. Washlng?
ton personally, was highly qualified to sit
at any man's table, and, as the repre?
sentative of a formerly downtrodden race.
it was gratifying to know that he had
obtnined such recognition from the chief
"This is not a white man's government
nor a black man's government, said the
Senator, but a goveriynent for and by the
peopie." President Roosevelt has signifnd
to the vhole people that he cohslders
himself the head of such a government
which in their regard is no lenger ideal,
but is praotioable. The Senator could see
no poiitical signiiicmce in the incid3.1t;
the race question had ceased to be an is
sue in Natlonal politics and certainly
could not now be revived by the
mere fact that a representative
colored citizen, a cultured. digniflert gen?
tlemnn. had dined with the President.
Governor Nash said: "President Roose?
velt, did just right. He sticks to his an
nouncemenft immediately following the
dea.th of McKinley. that he would be tho
President of whole peopie. Surely the
colored race ia a part of our people. and
an important part." Pplitically the oc
currence has no importance except to
show what the colored people know al?
ready, namelv. that they have a friend
in the Wb*** T*r>noe.
Senator Foraker was tne flrst speaker.
Among other things he said:
If our Uemooratic friends had onfy
(Continued on . Thlx*. Fag*.)
TAKES A PLUNGE
Largest Ocean Liner Ever
Built in America.
MISS TYLER SPONSOR.
Christened Mammoth Boat WHh
Ease and Grace.
IMiVIENSE CROWD PRESENT.
The Launch Was in Every Way a SiKcej*.
Tbe Richmond Party and Other Gotsts ,
Handsomely Eatcrtaloed at
Luacheon at thc Wanvkk
oi the Sbip.
"" ,"1 r>:?r,o ,h to Tbe Times.)
NEWPORT NEWS. YA., October 13.
**T. ?"*?**?"-"?> <Jt .ile ?i/ictlu_ i'aciflo
mali jfner hero to-day was a grand
and stirriog event. The blg yard of tha
Xewport News Shisbullding' and Dry
Oock Company quickly filled with an en
thusiastic crowd as soon as tha big sat*.
opened at ncon. and 20.000 people wit.
nessed tho first dip of the biggest sht.
ever butlt in Arqerica.
Ihero was hardly a city in the east that
was not represtnted by a score or moro
of its citizens. prominent among them be?
ing parties Irom New York, Philadelphia.
Baitimore and Washington.
Ono thing: that made the occasion par
ticularly Interesting to Virginians was th*
fact that the great vessel was christened
by .iis. Belle Norwood Tyler. daughter
di Governor Tyler, who was present, of
course. with his staff and a brilliant com
UBiny from the State Capital.
A few minutes to 1 o-cTock thw
aponsor. Miss Belle Norwood Tyler, at?
tended by-ner spcnsor. Governor and Mrs.
J. 'Hoge Tyler. and the Governo.s staff
reached the yard from the Warwick Hotel
'and took thair places on the stand built
for the occasion under the pravr of the
Prominent in the party- were the spon
sor's siaters. Misses Susie and Lily Tyler.
fche members of the Governor'.. staff?Col.
Jo Lano Stern. Col. J. C. Campbell, C V.
Carrington. James Mann. William Came
roi. and W. XV. Sale, Mr. and Mr*. John
D. Potts, Miss Maude Ba.ttie and Mr. W*
lt. Battle, Jr., of Washington; iMis? Mary
Ashley Bell, of Fluvanoa, and Mra C. V.
AIR OF EXPECTAXCY.
On the launching stand there was cn air
of expectancy. Miss Tyler stood in the
?oentre of ber sma.lt' retinue. and in her
hand was the bottle of wine tr? be used
in the ceremony. The bottle wns er.eased
in a silk net, depanded frcm a cord cas
tenecl to tho ship's rail. From Its neck
flowed streamers of red. white and biua
ribbon. While slightly nervous. as might
be expected. the charming sponsor smiled
radiantly, and the eyes of all in the party
were turned to the great ship that loeked
up beffore them. The tide was at the
highest of the flood at 1 o'clock.
As the moment of tne launching ap?
proached, the suppressed excitement
among tho spectators became evident.
The workmen were biu?i'Iy engaged in re
moving thft rcta'ning beams and propa
from beneath tho ship. and the sound of
the hammers and saws was audihte above
the din made by the merry laugbter and
eonversation of the crowd.
At last all was ln readiness. A slender
tbread of timber was all that kept thv, big
ship from an involuntary pittnge. Thera
was a moment of breathless stiliness. and
then tho sponsor advanced to the edge of
the stand and raised aioft graceJCully tha
beautiful symbol of iavoeation to Xep?"
tune. the god of the sea.
The saw parted tho last spiinter, tha
big ship quivered and moved. Gracefully
Jliss Tyler dashed the bottle against th?
ship's prow. exclaiming in a voice sweetlj
musical: "I christen thee Sibcria!"
Slowly, and almost impereeptibly at
flrst, the big ship started toward the wa- j
ter. Then, gathering velocity with her
weight, she glidert gracefully d'own the
ways, and proudly plunged into her na?
The impressive silence of the multitude
was broken by cheers, and th? din of a
score of steam whistles welcomed the
new-born craft to the waters of the his
toric James. Siberia drifted listiessly out
into the river at the mercy of the tide,
until a pigmy tug picked her up an<S
towed her back to the piers, where she
wili be completed.
Miss Tyler is one of the most charming
sponsors that has gracecf a latinchLng at
tlie local yard. She is a decidediy pretty
brunette. She wore a handsome gown of
cream broadcloth applique. touches of
color being supplied by tncrttstations of
Persian embroidery- To complete the
toiiet, she wore a large black Gainsbor
ough hat with long black plumes.
At 2 o'clock luncheou was served at tha
Casino to the launching party and others.
who had received invitations to the
launching stand. Among these were:
Governor Hoge Tyler and party, consist?
ing of the sponsor, Miss Belle Norwood
Tyler, Mrs. Tyler, Misses Sue and Lily
Tyler, Maud Battle, of Washington: Mary
Ashley Bell, Mrs. C. V. Carrington. Mrs.
J. D. Potts. and Colonel Jo Lune Stern.
Colonel AV. W. Sale, Or. C. V. Carrington.
William Cameron. J. D. Potts. James
Mtnn. W. Ir. Battle, Jr., and many navat
officers and distinguished guests.
Costing $2,0<Xi,COO each when completed,
nearly 600 feet in length and with. a dis
piacement of nearly 10.000 tons, the Pa?
cific Mail leviatbans Siberia and Korea
will easily be the largest. costHest. hand
somest and speediest vessels an the Pa?
cific ocean. They wiil ply between Sao
Francisco and Hong Kong, with. Hono
lulu. Yokohama and Nagasaki as ports of
call. The two vessels are exact dupil
cates and th? description which appiiear
to one applies also to the other. Unclo
i Sam is building costlier warshlps, but not
I even the five poweriul battleships of tha
[ Virginia class will aproach the dimen
i elons of tha monster Pacific Mail Liners*.
\ Kacji. when completed. will have a dis
i -phuiement of 3.60O tons more than tha
battleship Virginia, which ls building here.
The finest epulpment is provided tor both
Tho only American-built ships whldh
apj>roach the Siberia tn slze or magnlfl
cence of tnterior finish are the Ameri?
can Llne steamsMps St. Louis and St,
Paul, of theXew York-S*xsthampton roaten |
Thelr dlmenslons are: Length, 52S.5 feet*;
beam, 63 feet; .depth. 23.8 Teet. Their dis
XContinocd. on Tbtol Pa^e.)