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RICHMOND, TA., TUESDAY, APRIL. 22,1902.
PRICE TWO GENT*
REPORT TO EXONERATE
Will Also Vindicate City
ERRORS' IN THE PRECINCT
Ail Evidence in Second Monroe
Case Shows This.
SUB-COMMITTEE TO REPORT
Will Lay Matter Pefore Full Special Com?
mittee Thursday Night?Examina?
tion of Witnesses Completed
J_ast Night ? Investigation
Has Been Very
We, the investigating com?
mittee, after a careful, exhaus
; tive and painstaking investigation
! into the matter of the discrep
' ancies which were declared in the
i returns from 2nd Monroe, by
i the recount of your committee,
report that in our opinion these
discrepancies were the result of
clerical errors and we exonerate
each and every person of any
evil intent who was in that booth
at 2nd Monroe on the night of
April 10th, and we wish to fully
exonerate Chairman Doherty in
The above r?solution "?vas offered **y
Dr. Charlee V. Carrington, of Lee Wtjj .
v. hen the evidence was all in last ni<_ tj.
before the special luvestifeatin?? conimii
?tee in the matter cf discrepancies in the
returns freni the second precinct of Mon?
roe Ward in the recent primary, and
?while It was not adapted it ina y be safely
?aid that it. embodi-ns practically what
will tv;? the findings of the committee
Members stated that they f,i?.ored the ?
resolution, but desired to make a fuller i
icj.ort after carefully going over the sten- J
ographcr's notes. ? subcommittee, torn- |
Vai'ed of Messrs. Hall, liaals.?.?. Siundert?.
Carrington. Lcaman, Brockenbrough and
"Welsh *.\as appointed to draft the report
and e?,b*m*it the same to flip full commit?
tee on Thursday night.
It will undoubtedly exonerate ail tha of
ficers of any wrongdoing and will at the
same time completely exonerate Chair
in?? ? Doherty, in whose possession the
trunk of ballots has been since the pri?
mary, and will doubtless call attention
80 lhe technical violation of the plan of the
primary in the matter of allowing out?
siders to ?ally the votes without being
C?.EARLT AN ERROR.
Tl.c overwhelming preponderance of ihe
i?s6umiiny has been to establish elea ri..?
th:it ?lit errors were committed in the
precinct and that they were innocently
made, and that the ballots have not been
tampered with since they left the pre?
ci r. p
Messrs. "McKenney and Tyler, the two
clerks 111 the precinct, made very clear
fctatenients before the committee last |
Tii^ht. aval they were in corroboration of ?
Tii-ise piade by the judges. Chairman Do
?hefty detailed his handling and keeping j
of the trunk, and numerous other wit- i
ncEscs were examined, and their testi?
mony tended to show clearly that there
had been no fraud.
Mr. L. O. V\'endcnburg. of counsel for
Mr. Epps. is still at work on the hitter's
contest, and was examining the poll books
for Jackson Ward yesterday. lie bar- un?
til noon on Friday next to file his no?
A THOROUGH EXAMINATION.
Captain Hall's examination of the wit?
nesses last night was equally as search?
ing as that, of Mr. Puller, for which the
?chairman received rome criticism. .
Captain Cunningham Hall called ' the
meeting to order at S:10 P. M-. and Mr.
"Hughes, of Marshall Ward, was desig?
nated as temporary secretary in place, of
Mr. Brockenbrough, who. with Mcstsrs.
Saunders and Welsh, were absent. Cap?
tain Hall Mated that he and Mr. Taylor
V.ad called at Chairman Doherty's oflice
nt 7:5o P. M. and secured the ballot box.
?and had found the trunk properly locked
MR. CULLEX TESTIFIES.
Mr. John A. Culien was the first witness
introduced, having been duly sworn by
Air. Watson. He said he went to the pre?
dict about S:30 P. M. on April 10th at the
request oi Superintendent Puller to wit?
ness; the count of ?the. ballots. Messrs.
Snead. McKenney, Gunst. Tyler. Jacobs,
Puller and Policeman Clai kton were then
in the precinct. He had found" Mr. Puller
tallying at one table. In about ten min?
uits Mr. Gunst brought in four juleps.
"Witness did not take one. Mr. Puller
soon left., and Mr. Gunst took his place
and tallied about (fifteen minutes. Mr.
Puller returned in fifteen minutes, and he
ar.d Mr. Gunst left but before doing so
the former asked witness io relieve Mr.
Jacobs who was greatly fatigued. Wit
ness fallico about twenty minutes. He
yr.ade out the certificate of returns but
the figures were furnished by Mr. Snead
-and verified by Mr. Jaccbs. The other
-niernbers of the committee, save Mr.
Sounders, had now come in. as han' also
Chairman" "Doherty, thc latter occupying
a seat In the rear of the hall.
Witness could not say whether or not
b'? used a blue pencil. He was positive,
J.owevcr, when shown the tally-sheet
where a blue pencil had been used, that
"Ibis was not his work. He then iden
titied his work. He said he used two
?tally-sheet.?., first one then the other, byt
it wan hard for him to pick out his tallies
or tbe ?several sheets. He went -over
bis figures twice and wat* then sure they
**y?ere eorrtyt. Witness was about the
?precinct only about thirty minutes bo
?orc the polls closed. He had asked one
?person to vote for Air. Epps for sergeant,
but had no ??special interest in the tight.
Witness swore that he kept a faithful tal?
ly of the votes as called out to him. He
bad not been drinking during the day. "He
bad no way whatever of accounting for
?the errors, and attributed them to poor
Bebt s and'to tho fact that, theoiflcers
(Continued on ?Second Page.)
LADY KILLED BY
Mrs. Umlauf Struck at Canal and
DEATH IS* INSTANTANEOUS
The Gates Were Down and No Blame is
Attached to the Railroad?The
Coroner Will Hold an
Mrs. Hannah Umlauf, of No. COI West
Canal Street, was struck and Instantly
killed by a passing: engine of the Rich?
mond, Fredericksburg and Potcmac Rail?
road at the intersection of Belvidere and
Canal Street early last night. ?
Mrs. Umlauf v.'as making lier ?way. as
was her ?custom almost every evening,
from her home on Canal Street, a square
and a half east of the railway crossing.
to the residence of her sister-in-law.
Mrs. XV. Tt. Burke, at No. Co? AVest Canal
Street. It was ln the twilight about a
quarter before eight o'clock.
The railroad track to the south of
Canal Street, in turning to the east to?
wards the tunnel, makes an angle of
about 45 degrees with the street. In this
angle there is a vacant lot which is not
enclosed with a fence or other enclosure.
Mrs. Umlauf was walking westward on
the sidewalk on the south side of thc
street. A short time before a special
train, bearing Governor Odell and party,
had gone south over this track. The en?
gines were " changed at the Byrd-Street
TWO ENGINES TOGETHER.
The engines'of this train, No. 37, was
coupled totanother engine, No. 41, both
fronting southward, and the engines
started on the journey, as is their cus?
tom, back to the round-house of the
company, to the north of Broad Street.
The -engines: appear to have been running
at tho usual rate of speed of engines on
Belvidero Street, about that of an electric
car. They were in charge of Engineers
W. D- Bryant and W. S. Morgan. As
tho engines approached/the Canal-Street
crossing the gates were lowered by the
gate-keeper, Mr. George M. Kitchen, of
No. 620 ?South Pine .Street. Mr. Kitchen
was standing at the west side of the
track near the gates. The latter, how?
ever, crossed and closed the roadway,
but not the walkway. Not moro than
two or three persons ?saw the accident
CRUSHED BY THE TENDER.
| It is believed that Mrs. Umlauf saw
and heard the approaching engine, but
in the twilight misjudged the distance
and speed at which they were moving aud
attempted to cross. She was struck and
knocked down by the rear end of the
tender of the first locomotive. The body
was dragged to the middle of the road?
way, a distance of some twenty feet. The
upper portion of the skull was crushed
in and death was instantaneous and pain?
less.. The left hand was mashed. Other?
wise the body was uninjured. The cloth?
ing was considerably torn. The engines
passed on and neither of the engineers
knew that any mishap had occurred until
called up over the? 'phone an hour later
at the round-house.
A number of people gathered on the
sc.Mie of thc accident ia an incrcbib y
short time. Coroner Taylor viewed the
remains before they were removed. Ha
will summon a coroner's jury at 4 o'clock
this afternoon. They will view the re?
mains at the home and adjourn to the
Citv Hall, where the inquest w*ill be held.
' '?. TRAINMEN NOT TO BLAME.
Those who inquired into the accidint
last night found nothing to indicate that
thc railroad or its employes were to
blame. The gates had been lowered, aud
the engines were running at a ncrmal
rale of speed. The crossing is not a par?
ticularly dangerous one, as the houses
arc not built up close on each side, and
any one walking up the street can sea
the track for some little distance. It is
probable that the accident, ln large
measure, was due to the fact that Mrs.
unilauf lived near the railroad, and for
years had been accustomed to the trains
passing up and down. Her sister-in-law
lived a square distant just across the
track. Her step-son. John A. Umlauf,
lived just beside the track at No. S04
West Canal Street. She was killed imme?
diately in front of his house. In pa.-rsing
to and from the houses of her relatives
it is probable that she had become sd
much accustomed to the trains that they
were not noticed as much as any one
from another part of the city.would have
Mrs. Umlauf was in the fifty-eighth
year of her age. Shs leaves a husband
Mr. Jacob Umlauf; gatekeeper at Frank?
lin and Belvidere Streets, to whom she
was married about two' years ago. Her
first husband was J. O. Smithers, a dealer
in the Old Market. She leaves a sister,
Mrs. H. A. Separk, of No. 1 Strawberry
Street, and a niece. Mrs. M. P. Johnson,
of No. 513 South Laurel Street.
The funeral arrangements had not been
completed last night.
TENTED CITY RISES IN
THE FAR LONE STAR STATE
Forty-five Thousand Visitors Have Gathered in Dallas
and Forced Opening of Reunion Grounds Day Ahead
of Programme?Entire City Gay With Flags.
(Bj APsni'isted I'ross.)
DALLAS. TEX.. April 21.?The twelfth
annual reunion of the United Confeder?
ate Veterans, despite the repeated an?
nouncement that it does not begin until
to-morrow, is under way. It began early
to-da.y. and has gained strength and en?
thusiasm as the day passed, though it was
not officially recognized as the twe'.ith
annual reunion, which begins to-morrow
To-night it is estimated that there are
45.000 visitors in the City. Sons of Vet?
erans, sponsors, maids of honor, sons,
wives and daughters, each with seme
badge showing pride in Confederate deeds
make up the total mentioned.
The unofficial opening came about
through stress of numbers. Delegation
after delegation of veterans marched
fiom the depot to th? fair grounds, which
have been convene?! into a magnificent
camp, only to be met with the announce?
ment that the grounds were not to bs
opened until to-morrow. A small army
of workmen was still busy pitching tents
and clearing the grounds, and it was said
that matters could not be put in shape
Colonel Slaughter, president of tre
Texas Bounioii Association, announced
that the veterans had bee ordered to re?
port April 22d and not before.
"AVe are making exhaustive prepara?
tions to c.-.re for them in a way they will
remember with pleasure." said he. "but
we are not now in the proper shape to
Later in the day. however. It wa? found
necessary to admit the veterans. The
greatest good nature prevailed every?
where. There was hot a single sign of
conflict. The veterans freely admitted
that the state of unpreparedness was to
be expected under the circumstances, and
the local- committee abandoned the au?
thorized programme. By early afternoon
the- Fair Grounds had become a tented
city, sufficient to accommodate.12.000 men.
cr?d to-night the veterans were once again
afield, enjoying all camp necessities.
Workmen were'still at work on - the
grounds this evening, but this was no
hindrance to the singing of the old sol?
diers, nor to the exchanging of reminis?
cences. So nearly incessant was the ar?
rival of the delegations during th? diy
that the different railway officials found
it necessary to clear the yards of all
ireight cars.. Many trains were late, hut
th?? immense traffic is being handled with
a promptness remarkable under the cir?
The entire city has be?n decorated ?i
honor of the old soldiers. Not a build?
ing in the down-town district is without
its bunting or flags. Electric lights and
portraits of the Southern generals appear
everywhere. The decorations have been"
so perfected that the hunting on indi?
vidual structures has blended into a har?
monious sea of fluttering color. Among
the flags en many houses appears a white
one. signifying that lodgings can be ob?
To-night a figurative "standing room
only" sign is out in many homes whore
this emblem of hospitality showed. The
streets are a network of crowding, but
good uatured humanity. All have secured
accommodations and It is believed that
the great crowd which is expected to?
morrow will be well cared for.
A hoige shed, at the Cantonment has
been erected, where 12,000 people will be
served with meals to-morrow. It was
found impossible to finish the work of
preparation by to-day and the visitors
were forced to purchase their meals at
CONVENTION MEETS TO-DAV.
The conrcntiou of the United Confi?r?
ate Veterans will be called to order in'..tho
??udltorium at 10 o'clock to-morrow morn?
ing by- Major. General K. M. Vansaiidt,
commanding the Texas division of the
\ . \:. ''
association. The division is tha largest
one in the country.
Tho Sons of Veterans' convention will
begin Wednesday. It is said the Daugh?
ters of Confederacy, although members
are present in large force, will hold no
formal sessions, confining themselves chief?
ly to entertaining the veterans and Sons
of Veterans at receptions and other func?
tions. Many attended the opening of the
auditorium. Paderewski being a feature
for the benflt of the reunion' fund.
General Moorman, Adjutant-General of
the United Confederate Veterans, to-day
received a telegram from General Fitz?
hugh Lee, who is at San Antonio, stating
that he would not be able to attend the
reunion owing to the fact that his son
has been ordered- to leave within three
days for a distant post.
To-morrow's sessions will be taken up
almost entirely with ceremonieswelcom
ing the veterans to the city. Among the
speakers named on the programme' are
Governor Sayers. Mayor Cabeli, "Pri?
vate" John Allen, the orator of the day.
and General John B. Gordon, commander
ln-chief of the association.
Constituent Companies Wi?l Lose
Their Identity and Ideal
Will Become Real.
(Bjr Associated Press.)
. PITTSBURG, PA., April 21.?The reor?
ganization of the United States Steel Cor?
poration, the obliteration' of the names
of the constituent corporations of the
greater one, the changing of its purposes
from a purely financial concern to an
operating and manufacturing company,
which shall operate directly all the prop?
erties now owned and controlled by it,
is the latest project of the financial and
manufacturing giants at the head of this
It was learned to-night from excellent
authority that the project is to be
launched the present year. In short, the
United States Steel Corporation, will be?
come the practical and actual manufac?
turing corporation as well as. financial
head of all great steel companies that it
President Charles M. Schwab will be?
come the director of all mills, railroads,
coal and coke plants, steamship lines and
RICHMOND GIRL WEDS.
Miss E. L. Gifford Marries New York
?'.- (Special Dispatch to The Times.)
NEW TORK, April 2L-Sam Thal?, a
"well-known theatrical manager, was
united In marriage last Saturday a?t?-r
r.oon to Miss E. L. Gifford, of Richmond,
Va. The ceremony was performed in the
City Hall by an alderman.
Mr. and Mrs. Thall will leave fn* Sa"i
Francisco on April 2Sth, and -wi l maie
that city their home in the future?
(By Associated Press.)..
NEW YORK. April 21.?Later in the
day it was announced at the ofBco' of J?
P. Morgan &. Company that the syndi?
cate in control of the steamship combina?
tion had closed the subscription books
h?re and abroad. No details as to allot-"
inent-* of stock were given. >..''*,
Kentuckian Defends His
State from Attack
"Hypocritical Rot and Rant,"
Says Mr. Gilbert.
RIVERS AND HARBORS BILL
Without a Word of Comment or Discus?
sion tbe Measure Carrying an Ap?
propriation o f $70,000,000
Passed the Senate?Philip?
pine Government Bill
Over Until To-Day.
(By Associated Press.)
WASHINGTON. April ^1.?The House
to-day entered upon the consideration) of
the military appropriation bill, which in
addition to the regular items, contains
provisions for the extensive, improvement
of tho grounds and "buildings at West
Point. Theso improvements are to cost
$6,500,000, a little over 53,000.000 of which is
appropriated in the bill. Twenty-four of
the thirty pages of the bill were com?
During the general debate on the mili?
tary academy bill, Mr. Gilbert, of Ken?
tucky, precipitated a discussion on the
race question, which was participated in
by Mr. Glllett. of Massachusetts; Black?
burn, of North Carolina; AV. "W.* Kitchin,
of North Carolina, and Mr. Gaines, of
Tennessee. Mr. Cochran, of Missouri, and
Mr. Gillett also discussed the question of
the alleged violation, of the neutrality
laws in connection! with the t.iipment
of mules and horses'to South Africa.
Mr. Cannon, chairman of the Commit?
tee on Appropriations, characterized the
. proposed expenditure at AVest Point, as
"the rankest kind of rank extravagance."
Mr. Hay. of Virginia, said that the im?
provement was necessary, to accommodate
the large increase in the number of ca?
dets which already liad been provided for
DEFENDED HIS STATE.
lur. Gilbert, of Kentucky, took occasion
to reply to some remarks recently maae
by Mr. Gillett. of Massachusetts, Mr.
Bromwell, of Ohio, and General Funston,
which he thought reflected upon his State.
In the course of his remarks, Mr. Giloert
saie that in Kentucky, and in fact all
the South, they looked with supreme con?
tempt upon the social, e.quality of the
?aces. The most ignth^rtnt white girl in
nib State, he said, would infinitely prefer
tc marry the lowest, meanest, most igno?
rant white man? in tho world to the most
cultivated negro in America;
Gentlemen on the other side could not
cry down the "taint in thc blood. He re?
called the fact that when a colored man
sat on the other side not one of his col?
leagues invited him to his house. The
prejudice against social equality was as
strong in the North as in tho South, he.
declared, and all talk to the contrary
was "hypocritical rot and rant."
Mr. Gilbert's remarks drew a. reply
fiom Mr. Gillett. of Massachusetts. Mr.
Gillett said he was willing to a*3mit the
prejudice against the negro in New Eng?
land. He thought, that perhaps there
was a greater physical repugnance to?
ward the negro there than in the Soutn.
But because one man. possibly, felt a
prejudice against the negro he did not
think he had a right to attempt to en?
force it upon others.
Mr. Bartlett. of Georgia, interrupted to
ask whether some time ago Booker Wash?
ington was not refused lodging at the
hotels of Boston.
Mr. Gillett replied that the incident re?
ferred to occurred at Springfield, not
Boston, and he explained that AVashlng
ton was refused lodging at two hotels
because they were full and could not
accommodate him. But he said the pro?
prietors made every effort to secure lodg?
ing for him elsewhere, and invited him to
cerne to the hotel for his meals.
Mr. Gaines, of Tennessee, asked if the
Governor of Massachusetts, when he went
to the Nash\-ille Exposition, declined to
take with him a member of his staff who
was a negro.
"If he did." replied" Mr. Gillett, "it .was
because he did not want to wound the
sensibilities of the people of Nashville."
Proceeding, Mr. Gillett explained that
in New England they could understand
the prejudices in the South against the
negro and against negro domination, but
the people of his section insisted that so?
cial ostracism should not be visited upon
those who did not share these prejudices.
When a negro man raised himself above
his fellows and led a pure, clean, manly
life, he thought his worth should be rec?
ognized. He did not sympathize with a
state of society which accepted a man
whose hands were stained with the blood
of lynching or with election frauds, but
which rejected a worthy, pure man sim?
ply because his color was black. He ob?
jected to making unpardonable the crime
HE NEARER DID.
"Do not dodge the issue."- cried Mr.
Gilbert. "Did you ever invite a negro
to vour table?'.'
"I never have." replied Mr. Gillett. "but
G never have been mean enough to criti?
cise a man who has done so." (Republi?
Mr Gillett went on to tell of the high
honors won in New England by colored
men of worth, including the selection of
a colored man as class orator at ^ Hat
vnid this vear. and concluded by saying
that he'dkinot ask the people of the
?outil to put aside their prejudices, but
?h'e did insist that they should not ostre.
cise others who did not believer as tn<*y
?lid. - ..
' Mr. Patterson, of Tennessee, saio ne
blushed for the honor of Massachusetts
when he heard a defense made ?G social
equalitv of the negro and white man.
* Mr Blackburn, of North Carolina- made
a ?.rhement'speech protesting against th*;
constant injection of the race question
.nto politics in the South.
Mr. W .AV. Kitchen, of North Carolina,
replied to Mr. Blackburn.
In the Senate.
(By Associated Press.)
WASHINGON,, *D. C, April 21.?With?
out a word of discussion of the merits of
thc measure the Senate to-day passed the
river and harbor bill, carrying in appro?
priations about S70.00i.000. So thoroughly
had the bill been considered by the Com
merc? Committee that.every Senator was
content that.lt should pass as reported
from the committee.
-?. As no. Senxt?r wae prepared te-day-to
begin tho debate upon, tho Philippine
Government bill, the measure, after a
few minutes of informal discussion, went
over until to-morrow. %
Mr. Teller, .of Colorado, said to Mr.
Lodge that some timq during, the.debate
on the bill he wanted some Senator to
explain what the status-of the ?Filipinos?
would be after the passage of tho meas?
Mr. Lodge replied that they.? "would! be
citizens of the Philippine Islands, pre?
cisely, ?as it was provided by law that tha
inhabitants of? Porto Rico wero citizens
of Porto Rico/
Mr. Teller said the cases were not an?
alogous. The truth was said he. that
when the Porto Ricaa *- act was paesed
the party in power- (the Republican
party) did not.know, what it wanted to
declar? ?s to the citizenship of the in?
habitants cf insular possessions. He
urged that the United States G:verriment
?:".ght to declare that the Filipinos either
are or are not citizens of this country.
Mr. Lodge said it was declared distinct?
ly that the Filipinos were citizens cf the
. Mr. Bacon insisted that the inhabitants
of ,any country must be of necessity
either the Citizens or subjects of a sov?
ereignty. He said the United States had
not the courage to declare that the Fili?
pinos were subjects, and asserted that t?
call them citizens of the Philippines
meant absolutely nothing. '
STOCKTON DEAD. $??
Well-Known Writer Dies of Cerebra*
(By Associated Press.)
WASHINGTON, April 21.?Francis Rich?
ard Stockton, one of the most popular of
American novelists, died suddenly Sun?
day morning at the home of Mr. Robert
F. Brown, No. 212b ? Street, North-west.
The cause of the death was paralysis im?
mediately resulting from a hemorrhage
ln -the brain. The death was unlooked
for, and came as.an intense shock to his
relatives, who were with him.
Mr. Stockton, his wife and his sister-in
law, Miss Tuttle. of Virginia, have been
in the city for five days. At the ban?
quet of tho National Academy of Science,
held at the Arlington Hotel Wednesday
night, Mr. Stockton was taken suddenly
and mysteriously ill.
From that night Mr. Stockton was con?
fined to his room, but seemed to be rapid?
ly improving. By his bedside, at the
end. was his wife, who was Miss Tuttle,
of A'irginia. and her sister. - The shoe?:
almost prostrated Mrs. Stockton.
As a writer of juvenile books which in?
terested adults as well, Francis Richard
Stockton.? or, as he preferred it, Frank
R. Stockton was known in thousands
of homes in this country and in Eng?
land. He was born in Philadelphia April
5, 1S34. On the side of his-father, who
was a nath-e of Burlington county. New
Jersey, he was descended from one of the
best known of the English families who
have left their mark on the history of
this "country. His mother was a Vir?
ginian, whose maiden name was Emily '
SENTIMENT IS RISING
HALF A HUNDRED
Steamer City of Pittsburg Went
Up in Flames.
SAD SCENES WITNESSED
Half-Clad Passengers, With Clothes on
? Fire, Leaped From Burning
Boat Only to Drown in
(By Associated Press.)
CAIRO, ILL, April 21.?Although no
complete list of either the victims or
the sun.-lvors is yet obtainable, investiga?
tion to-day indicates that almost one
half of the 150 people, on the City o?
Pittsburg were lost when that ill-fated
stesmer was burned yesterday at Ogden" s
Landing, between this city and Padttcah.
Many of those who were brought to this
city are suffering from Injuries, exposure
and fright. The number aboard was
about equally divided between passen?
gers and crew, the latter suffering greater
less in casualties. Tho names of many
of the "roustabouts" wero not known,
and the number drowned or burned is not
likely ever to be ascertained.
DECKS SWEPT BY FLAMES.
The tire started in the lower part o?
the steumer in the freight material, or
possibly in the engine room, and shut oft
the means of escape there, while passen?
gers jumped overboard from the upper
decks. Within ten minutes after the dis?
covery of tire, at 4 A. M.. survivors say,
the upper decks wera swept by flames
and passengers were penned in on all
sides, even the life preservers being cut
off by the flames. The panic that fol?
lowed caused a greater loss of life than
would have ensued if thc officers had
been able to control tho terror-stricken
people. Some rushed through the flames
and perished: others fainted and sank
down to be cremated. Many in their
night robes, ?orne of them afire, jumped
overboard and were drowned. Those that
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MAY FILE INJUNCTION BILL
AGAINST RAILWAY MERGER
United States Supreme Court Grants Permission to
State of Washington to File One Against the
? ? ?. Great Northern and Other Roads,
?Bv Associated Fress.1
AA'ASHINGTON, April 21.?The Unite*!
States Supreme Court to-day granted
lea\*e to the State of AVashington to file
an original bill for an injunction against
the Great Northern -Railroad Company,
the Northern Paciiic Railroad Company
and the Northern Securities Company, in
accordance with the ? petition of that
State, recently filed in the court.
The opinion ' in the case was delivered
by Chief Justice Fuller, who stated that
the Court had always exercised the
utmost care in its proceedings in original
cases, and that the present decision to
giant leave to file was intended to be en?
tirely without prejudice to other parties
The Chief Justice's opinion was very
brief and consisted entirely of a review
of original cases of the same character
which have been brought to the attention
of the court. The two most important ot
thc cases thus cited was the case of the
Slate of Alabama, vs. the State of Texas,
concerning the quarantine regulations of
the latter State in which leave was given
to file and the State of Minnesota vs. the
Northern Securities? Company, in which
tlie petition to file was-denied. .
Referring to th? latter case he said the
petition had been refused because of the
I arties to the case could not ?be brought
into the court. This .objection didentri,
however, confront-the court in the pres?
ent case and the court felt the precedent
? f the Louisaniana-Texas case should be
followed rather than the Minnesota case
in the nresent case. Hence leave to file
would be granted and subpoenas would
be issued' returnable on 'the first day of
th?*? next term of the court in October,
BIG FIRES IN DALLAS.
Losses There on Sunday Amounted to
S350.000?Of Incendiary Origin.
("?TVI.T pil.BJOOSSV ??)
DALLAS. TEXAS. April 21.?Two per?
sons fatally injured, Fire Chief Magee
prostrated and a property loss of fully
$350,?00O is the result of several fires which
occurred in this city shortly after 3
o'clock yesterday morning.
The Dorsey Printing Company's build?
ing and plant was destroyed, the loss be?
ing $200,000, half covered by Insurance.
While the Dorsey fire was in progress
and more than half the fire department
was engaged there, a second alarm was
received from Lamar Street, close to the
large agricultural district.
It is estimated that th?? losses In the La
mar Street district will aggregate .**>150,00?.
A dozen smaller mercantile and manu?
facturing establishments were destroyea,
th. losses in each case being from 5>1,00?
to So.ObO. with light insurance.'
While the two big fires were raging an?
other alarm came in from the residence
district of Fisher Lane, in South Dallas,
two miles distant. This fire destroyea
four cottages worth "*2,t-00.
IMPORTANT NEWS OF THE DAY.
Fair and warmer Tuesday; Wednesday fair and warmer, fresh to brisk south
winds. ? >
Lowest temperature..50 : y
Investigation of discrepancies at Second Monroe concluded and election offi?
cers will be vindicated.
Mrs. Hannah Umlauf knocked down by an engine at Belvidere Street and in?
Every indication that sentiment in the State is in favor of proclaiming the
?. ?. AVeller, president of the Prudential Banking and Trust Company indicted
by the grand jury.
A woman fatally burned in a room in which another was burned to death
ten years ago.
Richmond pastors criticise an address by Professor Taylor, but he says he was
Mr. AVill?'ughby Reed to teach in the Richmond Female Seminary next session.
Alrginia tobacco growers to use Paris green to get rid of worms on plants.
Negro sentenced to hang at Portsmouth for criminal assault and another held
The Joynes brothers fined in Norfolk for attacking? Editor Thompson and sent
on to the grand jury.
A new hotel to be commenced at once to take the place of the burned Atlantic.
The Republicans of Newport News nominate a municipal ticket.
Fourteen persons go off a trestle in"a trailer" to electric car at Old Point and all
The Democrats of Prince Edward instruct Dr. Mcilwaine to vote for proclaim?
ing the Constitution.
Exposion- at Romaine Fireworks in Petersburg injures two men and destroys
eight small buildings. **
Detective Baldwin shoot3 a fleeing prisoner Uv Page county.
Warm discussion of race ctuestlon injected into debate on military academy ap?
propriation bill in the House.
Senate passes rivers and harbors bill without a word of discussion. Amend?
ments for Virginia items included in bill.
. United States Supreme Court grants State of Washington right to file, bill of
injunction against railway merger.
Democrats In caucus reach an agreement on Philippine government bill.
. Fitzsimmons posts forfeit for fight with Champion Jeffries.
List of victims in steamer City of Pittsburg, which was burned on Sunday, Is
incomplete, but number of dead is estimated at more than sixty.
Forty-five' thousand visitors in Dallas day before beginning of the Confederate
Reunion. ' '
Mrs. W. .O. Jones brutally murdered in South Carolina.. .
Fires in Dallas. Tex... on Sunday destroyed property valued at $?0,000..
President Shaffer, of the Amalgamated Association, in his annual report, at?
tacks Samuel Gompers. the Federation of Labor president-:
Plans on foot to consolidate under one management 420. cotton* mills In the
two Carolinas. '
Kansas and Nebraska ii throes of disastrous hot wave.
Blizzard rages in Nevaaa. Wyoming. Idaho. Montano and parts of Utah and
Colorado. .-'? -.... ... .?.."" ?
Unl?ted States Steel Corporation to be reorganized, * and ' constituent companies
will lese their identity. ??;-i-~
Democrats of Mecklenburg
and Prince Edward Instruct
FEELING IS WIDESPREAD
Nelson County, to Act in the
Matter Next Monday,
PROCLAMATION IS SURE
Louisa and Charlotte Will Probably Go
the Same Way?Southwest De?
mands It and Halifax is in Line?
Praises the New
Meetings held so far to take
action on the disposition to be
made of the new Constitution?2.
Mecklenburg and Prince Ed?
ward both declared outright for
proclamation. Names of dele?
gates so instructed Hon. Geo. P.
Tarry and Rev. Dr. Richard.
How they stood in recent poll?*
by The Times:
Mr. Tarry: "I am for procla?
mation as at present advised.""
Mr. Mclllwaine: "I will go
home and consult my people."
It begins to look, accordili?** to? well ?.
posted men on political affairs, as If tha t
lines on which the battle for the adop- !
tion of the new Constitutions will b? j
fought will be similar to those that di- J
vided the people in the great struggle j
for members of the convention. The real
reformers everywhere are crying for
proclamation as the safest, easiest and
least expensive method of putting the
instrument into operation, while, as a
rule, tho3? who* all along; opposed any,
change In the organic law express th?
belief that the present electorate should'
be allowed to pass upon it. The public
pulse, as It beats around th?-* hotel lob?
bies at night, in other gathering: place-*
by day, indicates that a great Bt.t-t.9 Is
on between the advocates ? und opponents
of constitutional reform.
IS IN" THE WIND.
That thc tide in the early stages of the
fight is toward proclamation Is evident
from what is apparently tho pr?domin?t-?
ing sentiment? as well as straws which
are flying here and there to denote the
course of tho wind.
Tho counties where any action has been
taken are all drifting that way.
?Mecklenburg and Prince Edward had
large meetings yesterday, and Instructed
"Messrs Tarry and Mcllwaine to vote for
proclamation first, last, and all the time.
Democratic Committee of Prince William. )
Thornton to vote to proclaim !
One district in Mcckelnburg county ?
declared for proclamation on Sat- ;
urday and a few days ago tho Democratic
Committee of Nelson voted the same way. ?
That county will hold a mass-meeting: oa '
Monday next to take further action, as j
Delegte Gordon preferred that the whole j
party should speak. Letters received here
from prominent and active Democrats ?
forecast a victory for the proclamation (
forces. One of them, who was very ac?
tive in securing instructions from that ?
county to make the convention' a party ?
issue, writes a friend here: "The rank ?
and file of the party here are in favor ,
of proclaiming tho new Constitution, and
will so vote in the mass-meeting. If the
negro is competent to vote on this great
question, then I am not in favor of di?? '
franchising him as to other election?."' ?
AVANTED TO INSTRUCT:
Charlotte will hold a mass meeting on t
the first Monday in May, and the new? /
from there favors proclamation. It will
problably prevail, for it ie well knowrt '.
here that when Delegate Eggleston was ?
nominated for the convention a. r?solu- f"
tien to instruct for proclamation was in- j
troduced and would have been adopted. !
but was withdrawn at -the request ot '
Mr. Eggleston. who said ha would pre- I
fer to wait and seo what kind of an in- }
strument would be framed. Those in ?
close touch with the situation in Char- [
lotto county say the public mind has not I
undergone any change "on the subject. |
Tho Louisa Democrats wilt meet on the (
Monday following. Ex-Senator "William E. [
Bibb said while here the other day that f
h. had no doubt that it would result in
a victory for proclamation. "Our people ?
look upon the instrument as a wonderful *
improvement over the present one? and '?.
are in a humor to sustain the work of the? }
PUBLIC MEN- FAVOR IT.
There is a strong sentiment, too. among
tho public men. of the State in favor ot
endorsing the convention's work. Hardly
a day passes that does not reveal some?
thing along this line. In a letter to the
State officers and members of the conven?
tion, in which he advises them of the
shipment"* ef some "constitutional oaks.'"
to be placed in their respective yards.
Congressman Harry L. Maynard, of the*
Second District. Is warm in his praise of
the convention's work. Following is a
copy of the letter sent to Colonel John
"i.V. Richardson, Register of the Land
Office, on the subject:
House of Representatives.
Washington, D. O.
. April 13, 1302.
My Dear Sir.?Th? Department of Ag?
riculture will forward you at my request.
at an early date, an oak tree, to be
planted at your borne a?- a memorial oC
tho Constitutional Convention, which, is
just about to finish its labors. I hope the
tree will live and flourish and serve to
remind you and your family of the great
services which the Constitutional Conven?
tion has performed in giving Virginia a
home-made - Constitution, one made by
our own people. In place of the Iniquitous
Underwood Constitution. With kindest
regards. I am. ? "
"Very sincerely yours. !
. H. L. MAYXARD.
HALIFAX* IX LINE.
Hon." Wood Bouldin, of Halifax, return?
ed here from bla home last night and said "
it looked as if his people favored pr?*?V
claiming th? n??? C?netltuU??,