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Entered .''anusrT f?, IKS. at rttchrno: '
\'.. ?s ieooni-olaM matter under act ot
Concrete ot March 3. 1S7B.
FRIDAY, JUNE 21. 1912.
'llir. - lit M il. IS HI39PONSmijl3. I
Every member of the Common Coun?
cil will be held Individually responsible
by the people for any action that will
enable the proposed light and power
fianchlso to bo granted without full
and careful deliberation. There Is
absolutely no reason why this meas?
ure should be railroaded through the'
Oouncll In the Interest of those who I
ar- not willing apparently that time
Should le taken, both by the members!
of the Council and tho people, to un-i
derratand all Its provisions and results
s.r<! weigh Its merits. If the fran-'
chlse Is good, deliberation" will notj
Otracr from Its value; If it is not-'
gin..;, the feet sbpuld be known. No!
plea of ignorance will excuse any ser-j
vant or the people, whose sole concern J
ill uld bo to protect the Interests of
the city cf Richmond, now and In tho
future.
A delay cf a few weak a will do ab
sclutely no Injury to the oompany
seeking this grlfL Hasty action may
saddle tho people of Rlohraond with a
burden for f.'tonn years. The city is
In no rcsltlon cf asking favors from
this company. It Is granting a right,
of the most vital Importance. If this
company Is not willing to give the
city an opportunity to study tho merits
of the matter, the company has the in?
alienable right to abandon Its desires.!
"Why should the city run even -thei
slightest risk of making a false stepj
merely to ticeede to the wishes of men ?
who come seeking a gift? The Coun?
cil docs not have to do the bidding of
those who seek favors.
Thl? franchise should be printed.
All of Its provisions should be
thoroughly reviewed and considered.
The recommendation of tho subcom?
mittee th-it tho nuestion be fully In?
vestigated should bo given Its un?
doubted weight. The opinion of the,1
city's legal adviser that this fran?
chise contains clauses that will allow
of prolonged litigation, and his furth
? i , xpresslon of the view that a more,
satisfactory form of contract can be
drawn, should not be dismissed cas
uelly. There Is no reason for deliber?
ately disregarding thefe illuminating
views.
The Times-Dispatch has already
vrlee.t its opinion that the principle of.
competition in public service tit!ll-i
tics does not prntc|t the community.
It further believes that'this franchise
US it stands guarantees no perman?
ent benefits to tho users of electricity.',
But the merits of tha franchise aro!
not now the main Issue; The question
Is whether the Council intends to pass!
this measure without tho careful con-i
slderntion that tho protection of the,
people's rights demands.
iiRLrrVip nijDiiMOND n?>\ 5.
Better reercat|on should be provided
for Richmond boys. This belief The I
Times-Dispatch made the basis of a :
suggestion for Imitating tho Lynch- ?
burg river playground by establishing j
an outdoor athletic field on the James :
River. The basis of the argument was
t' I something should bo ilono to tie
Velcip and amuse those of the city's
youth who cannot afford to spend
money on n club or a vacation. On this
page Is published a very interesting
Utter outlining the admirable work
being done by the chrift Church As?
sociation in tho East End. This is a
fine bit of achievement. It reaches
the chaps who need It. It Isn't a
charity, but n sincere endeavor to
supply ihn amusement want." of a
group who might not otherwise get
anything, Unfortunately, the v. m.
C. A. does n"t meet this demand to
Its full extent. It does not always
draw the crowd It was intended to
help. Ha this effort to g -> right Into
the place where wholesome fun <h
heeded nhd supply it. is worthv of
eVf ry er.r on rage merit.
Of courfc, the city should! da this
Work. Home day the Ehsi Kid, hhti
the West End and the Bouthslde will
wake up to the fact that they cfcli have
their own playgrounds, fully cqulppijti
and properly supervised, useful t.>
young and old, to girls and boys. The
people could have had playgrounds ?
this type t.ils year had they Impress,-.:
trie council with their desire. Bui
until they realize that they can havi
these advantages the endeavors ol
nocletlee like ttint ,,f r-hrist Churcl
needs backing. Private Individuals 0
more wisdom than the people will hat
to contribute. The sum ,.f $.:,i< <?
wanted to build a swimming pooi
the Bssoclat'on grounds. Persons o
means In' Rlchmoi i . wild find n<
worthier cause to contribute tn thai
that which makes its chief concern ti
give cleaner and filier bodies and char
actors' to the next generation.
We tr.ist that these sporadic move
meats w'll result in a demand tor :
city playground eommiaslor.. The stir
voy preliminary to their Installatloi
has. .been begun. "Perhaps then tli 1
l,oy? of the rdnitnui Ity will not hav
to peek- contributions to bu'ltl a pro
?,0 bv CO fect. or risk drownfria in th
open James, 'but will have a true rlvor
park fitted and safeguarded for tho'r
pleasure and health.
A SEW PAVING MUDDLE,
The smooth paving: of Broad Street
seems about to be Indefinitely postponed
Tho company to which the contract
wag awarded Is unable to get the as?
phalt blocks adopted ns the best ma?
terial at a reasonable price from the
manufacturing company, ?WlUrh was
also a bidder on the work. The man?
ufacturers, it is said, arc asking a \
prohibitive price for their material. 1
As a result, the successful bikers
ask to be released from their con?
tract. If they are not released and
refuse to execute the work at what
they assort Is a loss, they will forfeit
a bond of 51,000.
There Is no apparent renson why
this bond should not be forfeited. It
was tile province of the bidder to de?
termine his risks before submitting I
a price. Certainly the city Will lose
fnr more than J 1,000 by the delay.
But tho true Issue Is not us to wheth?
er the city shall claim the forfeit.
It Is whether the paving of Broad
Street Is to be postponed until It
will havo to bo completed after bail
weather sets In. Immediate action
should be taken to settle this ques?
tion. The loss of time, the Incon?
venience to the whole city of hav?
ing Us main retail street torn up in?
definitely, the money loss Co the mer?
chants along the street, a.re manifest
reasons for speed in enforcing tho
present contract, or letting a new one.
If tho action of the asphalt block
manufacturers Is an attempt to hold .
up the city and force their bid upon
the Council. It would not be tho part (
of wisdom to give them the contract.;
A full nnd Immediate Investigation
of this matter Is necessary. The city
Is not forced to aooept the demands
of any company. If tlioro Is no com?
petition In tho manufacture of the
type of paving selected. It seems
probable that all future extensions of
thlg work would be accompanied by
the same objections. No contractor
would be permitted to underbid the,
mnkers, no matter how much more
cheaply ho could do the accessory I
work.
In this connection The Tlmes-Dls- j
patch ngnln points out the use of!
wood blocks for paving in other'
cities for similar streets. It has
proved both satisfactory and durable.
The Initial cost Is reduce.1 b> \nej
long wearing qunlltles of the pavintr.
Thoro Is ample competition to secure
low bids. But whatever the final ac?
tion we reassert llio main proposi?
tions. Broad Street must be smooth
paved. 'The work should be begun nt
the earliest possible moment. Fur?
thermore, no material Should be used ,
that will enable its manufacturers to
force the city into accepting Its bids. ?
ca tut inn TO THE niOIIEST COURT.
That the Supreme Court of Appeals,
has consented to rehear the case in?
volving tho right of city treasurers
and city commissioners of the revenue
to unlimited tenure of office Is most
welcome intelligence to the forces who
have fought for a rational settlement
of Hie question. Tho constitutional?
ity of resubmisslon of the amendment
to the people this year ought to be
settled by the courts, for If the de?
cision Is against the resubmisslon of
the queat'on an unnecessary election
will bo avoided, nnd if resubmisslon <s
held valid the advocates of the pro
pose<l amendments will have the ad?
ditional argument to support their
case, that the proposed changes 1
have the weight of constitutionality.
Tho case involves several points of :
constitutional law which are novel and'
vital, nnd the opinion of our hiebest ,
court on theni will be of national In- |
terest to lawyers and to students of'
government.
The Tlmcs-Dlspatch Tias had much'to j
say about these proposed amendments,
but It has never sought to criticize'
the Law and Equity Court of Rich- I
mond for its doclslon from which ap?
peal now, lies. 1'pon the constitu?
tionality of this question there Is the
greatest divergence of opinion among
; men who know the law. There nre
: decided o.ises to sustain the con?
tention of both sides, ns was shown
by the very able arguments which
were made before Judge Crump. The!
Ttthcs-Dispatt'h has never undertaken'
to criticize Judge Crump. although!
pome "f ih" newspaper counsel for
Iho se< kers of resubmisslon Ibis y?ar '
have so stated. The Times-Dispatch has
] not criticized and doer, not criticise the
courts. There are two lines of attack
pursued by the opponents of i-esuh
I mission in l!?12 whose views The
i Times-Dispatch represents In some
j measure. The question Is both con?
stitutional and political. The courts
determine tin- constitutionality of this
quc lion. If they determine it favor?
ably to lite supporters of the proposed
I'.inoudnicnts, the question becomes
1 ?> ise it is submitted to
' ? people Th.' .-Hi,i.-ine Court "f
Aiq , ale win say whether or not the
isitlotiK uro in accord with the
C titutlbn, and whether or not the
mbly Was authorised" to
, ? < ? " ?' did, but it will hdl inquire
lili motives of iho leuislators,
e j'the Inlluehoes which prevailed, the
I'i'oiason "f political expediency that
, catwtd -the adoption (,f th,- act. the
f v-'i >f ' irtattlng th.- tenure of ?f
) j fieehoUlors or iik,- considerations.
which' arc tor the people to pass upon
, I at the polls it subiriissjjon is constltu
. ? tlohnl.
I Tho Times-Dispatch will from time
to time dlscusH tiiesa proposed amend?
ments, their history arid, their de?
sirability f, om the. Viewpoint ,,f KO0d
government, but nur1, dlncnssion win
flection on tho courts or In any wuy
to bo connected with them. The poli?
tical side of the tssuo Is the side w,hlch
should be discussed fully In the press
from this time on: discussion of the
constitutionality of the act Is largely
academic because that Is for tho
courts, and th\> courts alone, to con?
sider and decide.
THE DBMOC11ATIC situation.
Tho selection of Alton D. Parker as
temporary ohalrman of tho Democratic
convention yesterday overshadowod to
a great degreo the Kopubllcan situation
at Chicago, which was marked by al?
most complete Inactivity. If there Is
anything on the faco of the earth that
the Democrats should avoid this year
It Is tho factionalism, the bitterness
and the division displayed by the Ro
ptihllcans In Chicago: but tho Demo?
crats seem to Vo headed In the very
samp direction. Tho choice of Judge
Parker, eminent and loyal Democrat
that he Is. was an antagonism of Mr.
Bryan as wilful as it was unnecessary.
The committee on arrangements could
have acted In tho Interest of harmony
nnd named a temporary chairman suit- I
cd to all elements In tho party, but It
chose tho unwise end the undiplomatic
course. It has In nil probability pro?
voked a bitter fight on the floor of the
convention, n light that may stir up as
much harsh feeling nnd as much di?
vision us tho Root-MoGovorn fight at
Chicago.
Harmony ought to prevail it Balti?
more, heraus? the supreme consider.!- :
tlon must be that of naming that man
for the presidency who will most likely
gain the favor of patriotic and lndo- '
pendent voters. If It will give the '
nation a candidate of unsullied char
acter, or real public service and of
freedom from dlsentanglemonts, the
Democratic party will sweep the conn- !
try. The Democrats must nominate
that man who can capture the waver?
ing vote. This Is no time for party
rewards for party service. The Dem
ocratlo candidate must be one whose
appeal Is national In scope and whose
campaign will bring to his following
men unaccustomed to vote the Demo?
cratic ticket. The Democratic, candi?
date must be one who can touch the
conscience, the hopes, the faiths nnd the j
common sense of the American people.
He must bo a man whose shoulders bear
no burden of log rolling or combtna
tlon, who Is Incapable of secret deals
and malodorous bartering.".
tni", mui.e wins.
The moral In tho old fable of the
rac e between the hare and the tor- j
tolse Is equally applicable to the case j
of the mule and the auto truck. The ,
race Is not always to <he apparently
swifter, in a fair and free contest
against the nuto truck tue mule has
established his meritorious right to,
remain In tho ranks of the Amert
can army. They tried to kick him
out, but a mule Is always strong on
the "come back." and this time ho
kicked his way back Into harness.
The proposal to retlro too army
mule, without pension and Iwlthout
honorable discharge, was warmly sup?
ported when the mot. .?-driven army,
wagon made Its first appearance. It
seemed obvious thot the auto truck
would have to be substituted for the
mule and the relegation Of tho lat?
ter to civil life seemed Inevitable. It
jnny U'e that inter the mule (win
have to leave the service, but for the
present the auto <t|ruck will have
to stay In the garage.
?| he superiority of the mule for
hauling' was decided by tho provis?
ional army requirement that lately
made transportation tests In Iowa;
Automobiles were pitted against males
In practice marches, and tho black
man's favorite won. The mule does
not movo as rapidly as the nutomo
bile. Testimony seems to be unani?
mous on that point. The rnule dnesj
not move as willingly as the auto-!
mobile Testimony Is unanimous on!
that point. It looked as If tho mule
would have to take to the side of
the road, but he won. Ills great met--'.
It was his dependability. His guso-!
lene-consumlnfc rivals failed to nego?
tiate hills nnd broke down on rough 1
cross-country routes, but the equine
ffrlond of t^he colored rrace always;
arrived nt his destination on time
The mule Is not subject to blowouts
or punctures; his machinery Is slm
pic and not often out of order; he
Is rarely in need of repairs, und no
matter what burden Is Imposed upon
him or what obstacles confront ('.Is
path, he still bobs up serenely. He
lasts forever, and there Is no differ?
ence In the 1812 and the 1912 mule
models.
I., t us. therefore, wreathe the mule
' with the roses of victory, as Shake
M-ero bedecked him in "Mldsummt r
Night's Dream." If be Is obstinate,
be Is hard working. If he Is slow, he
is never haled into court for violat?
ing the speed; laws, ne hns Served
the public faithfully. In time of war
be is Invaluable, and the hope of many
an escaping Northerner In the war
was nipped In the blossom by the
? refusal of the Southern mule to aid
or abet stich night i?y moving at ail,
The mule has been elected by tho
Republican's as the Democratic < m
ob m. but, as L\e at my mule test
I proved, the Democratic party, lilt'
the mule, may move slowly and take
r long time to git there, hut R will
i ?? : there Just the same.
There ar> a go..<| many people who
share the belief of the village con
' Halde that the Colonel ?will ret
'.'pinched" for raising a rough hou.-.e
'yet. -;..'
?'one Johnson will head ."the Texas
delegation at Baltimore; and prove his
| nines., for tho Texas governorship by
I voting every limn for Wilson.
ij In bis first Chicago speech. the
I third termer used tbtt word ?,ihl.?t"
'land "thievery'.' seventeen times,
On the Spur of the Moment
By Roy K. Moulton
Oh, Bhortcako, 'tia of thire.
Sweet calte of btr.iwbcrry,
Of thee I ulng.
Cake of a. luociouj grade.
With molting fir all inlaid.
Of e?i tho pastry nuide
Thou airt tho king.
Candidates In Ike future.
Republican?Teddy. Ulllj Robert.
Democratic?Champ, Woodrow, jud
son, William J., Oscar.
Suffrage?Mabel, Myrtllla, Gladys.
Phyllis, Susan, Agnts. Mtlllcent. Ama
tyllls, Mag, Flo, Kdytho, Josephine,
Hartha, Sylvia. En mal'no, Carrie,
birdie, Pansy, Lily, Hose, Hyacinth,
A'lolet, Dove, Bedellln Bridget, Prls
cilia. Lutle, Mamie, Annie, Uollle.
According; to I nclc A liner.
I never see a real man yet that
used perfumery.
A feller from a small town will
always foller u baud - r a tire Inline.
When tho wlmmcn i^n the ballot
most every one of ', m will have two
votes?her own and her husband's.
There uro a lot of spring hats that
should never bo sprung.
One thing we will never see Is a
lawsuit over the will left by a poet.
Three fellers who never stem anx?
ious to have a man Bavo his money for
a rainy day are the itcher, tho baker
nnd the candlestick-maker.
I never yot heei-d a feller say a
work ngln* his own automobile, for
he Is gcn'ally anxl .es to sell It end
git another kind.
So far as Versttlllty Is concerned
[there ain't no mouth in the year that
bus got any thing April.
Miss Lutle Perkins says tho lips
I hat touch llcker shall never touch l
lier'n; but a feller would havo to be
soused before he would want to.
Caught on tho Fly.
An English noblemen has come to
America to forget his title, but It
won't be. long until they begin culling
him colonel or major, ana tnen no'll
linve another to forget,
Bernhardt, aged sixty-nine yoars. Is
back on the stage, U is nearly tlmo
for her to begin writing beauty ar?
ticles for the newspapers.
There Is a slight rift In the clouds.
Mr. Wickersham says ho is going to
retire from the Cublnot, no matter
hew election goes.
The Wilson boom 's In need of
money, which shows for ono thlr.ir,
that It Is a real honu lido boom after
all.
Prospects are that there will be a
lot of second-hand political band
wagons on tho mnift, I along In July.
Laura .lean Libby b.nyn a man should
be careful In select!:ik a wife. Yes.
he should be carefu! n t to select some
other man's.
Judging by the odor In some of
tho Bohemian cafes the Turkish ci?
garette makers have not all quit work
to go nnd fight Italy.
There has l>een discovered?In Chi?
cago, too?a girl With a perfect foot.
Hut with nil that she may be only nn
Indifferent cook.
Voice of the People
The ("lirlst Church Association.
To tho Fdltor of Th- Times-Dispatch':
?Sir.? In your pap--: of June is you
published an cdltoi al under the title.
?'The Rlv?r a playground." in the
article you stated that "the youths
who most tued this kind of enjoy?
ment are frequently thoso who cannot
Kct It at any expense."
Christ Church Association in Rich-I
moml's crowded Last End Is meeting
tho need of the class of boys and;
young tuen to whom you allude, and
lias solved the problem of outdoor j
Summer life for our section of the!
city. .
Tho association athletic field Is open
dally except Sunday from 7 A. M.
to 11 P. M. The baseball field is alive
with boy:, |i. the morning .and early,
afternoon, and later tile men and work-]
lug boys swarm to the Held to enjoy!
lb<; sports in the twilight and lator,
after the luhts nr.- turned on for the!
night.
The association Is conducting a free!
public playground for Church Mil!
Schoo) buys, und it is hoped by another)
year that an outdoor swimming pool i
may be built .??> that th<: boys in this
section of the city may have a safe
place to lath nnd '.earn* how to swim.1
we have i,ei-n Informed that a pool
?tOxCa feetj with ? depth of from two
10 six f< t. can bo built for about
>.'. If ? le assoi 'inn was financially
able t hi- sw'mmlng pool would bo
built at once.
For the boys r ho don't get a chance
to go to the country the association
director takes a i. ip to Fallin? <"r<-,-k
once a w, ek foi ? day's outing. This
Is a delightful i In e for a swim and
play in the oreck,
The Held child ??use. with hot and
cold shower bal dressing room and
recreation room, with books and mag?
azines, a fi ords n delightful place for
those who only I ,ve a day off now
and then; tand i t afford to leave
the city.
Few people In chmond realize the
importance of thi work being done
In the Fast End for the moral tip
lift of men and boys, nnd tho time
has come when il is work should re?
ceive proper rc cnttlon.
There are n fi . public spirited men
and women who . helping the work
along, and thi It y helps rome. but
the work ir. \vi rl ? of large support
and should b< k ;, tnr. financial as- j
slstancc nccessat ?., conduct a rccrea-|
t on work in keeping with tho large
territory It Is ? .?ig to cover. There]
is no other on :/ution on Church I
Mill open to met nd boys, and Christ
Church Association with Its gymna?
sium in Wintei d its Inclosed nth-i
lellc field :. htl er, Is meeting the
need of young nu and boys who cant
? nlj afford lb na; a small fee.
Richmond j, x. .?. EAGLE. |
Wilson the Man.
To the Edltoi ,.> Tlmcs-Dlspatch: I
Sir,-?To an Inn bio onlooker, as iho |
: tlmo for tii" holding of the National,
Democratic Con lion comes apace; it j
Ahe Martin
S'obndd . ... went into politics for
Ills health tnul showed any improve?
ment Mi Tlpton Bud has stopped
t bei iiewspapi i . n nut on a party wire.
HUMORS OF THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION.
._By John T. MoCutcheon.
rCoprrtrtit! 1813? By John T. MuCXitehecn.]
THE LAY OF TKE O&LEGA 7"Z???*/ dreamt I oWt Ox ..orW. w^''
appears that sentiment Is crystallizing;-.]
In favor of Wnoilruw Wilson In liln |
aspirations to t/h? nomlnailon for the |
presidency <>r the United state*, or
course, other aspirants to that honor |
will have a following When the great |
convention shall assemble in tho [
Monumental City, but It now appears;
that there Is a very general awaken- t
ing to the fact that Wilson Is the ]
most available candidate?file one in
whom the Kr?ntest possibilities con
tre. The Democrats have a splendid j
cttanco to win under the present clr- I
cumstnnces, with the right man as'
standard bearer. This chance thrown ?
away by a mistake in tho convention I
would serve to weaken the party in I
the rut ure.
All true Virginians might be Justly
proufi of a ticket header) hy a son or j
Virginia, one who has been elevated I
to the gubernatorial chair of n sis?
ter State, and whoso public record j
Stands unsmlrchcd?n candidate from
a State thus described by an English
man in 1S02:
? Virginia, named after my England's |
Virgin Queen.
As fair to look upon ss any land
ever seen.
Thy mountains, with beauty clad, peer j
upward to the s?ty,
Within thy soil's skirts, priceless. Ilm- j
itless treasures lie;
Thy people, noble, brave, hospitable. |
free and gay; j
Thy nalne. grand among nations--lt.
cannot fade away."
FRANK MONROE BEVERLY. I
Freclirrg.
The l nlvernlty nnd l(? Veteran \luniiilj
To the Editor of The Times-Dispatch:
Sir.?Tho commencement exercises at i
the University of Virginia last week'
were marked by some unique features, I
Investing the occasion with n Ulgnlft- I
cance quite out of the ordinary; ouo:
Of these notable features w.is the pros-1
ence as ghosts of'honor of more than]
fifty veteran alumni; who. in tho fsite,
ful days of tho sixties took their first
step "out of school life int? life's!
School'1 Upon the rugged Held, Of war.
Urcat seemed those days of their go?
ing Olli, but not le?S gieat those of;
their return to alma mater hnlfucen-J
tury later. Nothing more could have
been done than was done- by the board
of visitors, by the prosldoni and fac?
ulty and by the student body to
Show them reverence and honor. Re?
ceptions and banquets followed last!
uport en eh other, the post of honor1
was reserved for them ,.verywhere and,
en refill provision was made for bring?
ing them together in constant and
uninterrupted association during nil
their stay. The rest of the way wo ;
have t'i mi will be cheered by the:
memories of these gracious days, sol
rich in .spiritual communion and com-|
rndcshlp,
The interest of every event was eh-l
livened by speech-making, and tho,
speakers seemed nil to be under the
spell of unusual inspiration, "W'tli
scarcely an exception tho addresses
were of high order In respect of both
finish and effect. They were striking*]
ly able, instructive and stimulating,
tlo manifest aim being not to enter- ;
tain, but to Influence thought and ac
t on. But, however high the tide of'
oratory n>l?rht rls". the climax 'hva-1
rlably waited on the closing words of
the gifted president.
On commencement day 12.1 degrees
were conferred, covering the range df
academic honors all the way from M. .
11 to Ph. D. Magnificent contributlbnI
? if all tbnt trained and trusty man?
hood Implies for the future of Virg'u'a ;
and the South..and coming at a time
v ir 11 there W0S never so vide a Hold
or so great a need for manly virtue)
or trained power! Every utterance that,
I heard from the representatives of
these line young fellows, lust setting 1
their faces to the tremendous prob-1
loms now upon us. was characterised j
by an admirable ?plr!t of seriousness
and high purpose, nnd their beav'ng
nnd ail tho composure and certitude of!
competency.
Throughout the exercises of thn?e
days .Uni night.- I observed not a hitch!
101 a misstep. Everywhere there was!
manifest the touch of a master of de- I
tails. But I saw nothina. Quito ?0 Im-1
presslvo or so In?,-)!ring as the dignity,)
the manl'ticss ami the earnestness of
the students?undergraduates as well I
as degree men; and I br'nir from this]
commencement a surer hope for ourI
democratic institutions than my heart I
has carried for many a day.
The veteran alumni rejoice With thell ;
successors in the complete vindication
that has come of the faith that, eight '
years ago. established a new order at I
the'r alma mater
P.OPF.P.T PRA7.BR
Hot Springs June s. I?l?
For Wll??n.
To the Rdltor of The Tunes-Dispatch: ;
Sir,? I have read with keen Inter?
ns'/ and gratification your forceful ;
editorial Indorsing the candidacy of
Governor Woddrow Wilson as the
most available man Whom the Demo* I
crats could put forward In the cum- !
tng presidential election. The logic '.
Of your reasoning Is unanswerable, nnd
the friends of Governor Wilson note
with satisfaction the glowing sentl- ;
merit In the conservative Kastern and ;
.Southern States In behalf of (lover- j
nor Wilson ns the man who would
most surely attract the regular nor- ?
mal Democratic vole, and at the same;
time make an Invincible appeal to the i
Independent clement, whlcn Is llkoly
to be decisive of tills election. Besides
this, there are innumerable ronser-I
vative Republicans who would support I
Governor Wilson as against the ultra- I
radical Roosevelt, while, on the other i
hand, if I'.-csident Taft be Hie nomi?
nee of his party, many Republican '
progressives would similarly be at-;
traded to Governor Wilson s support. |
In short. In my judgment. WoodroW >
Wilson Is the one man whose nomi?
nation Is possible who could win -ver
the Ropuhllcati candidate, no matter
who that candidate might be. Cover- ?
nor Harmon, admirable man though
he be, is foredoomed to defeat be- '
cause of the announced and vindic?
tive opposition to him on the par:
of William .1. Bryan ? ad his follow
Ing: by reason of this circumstance,
it is likely that Governor Harmon. It
nominated, would fare little better
than did Judge Parker. Ndtwlthstand
Ing the attempt of the opponents of
Dr Wilson to construe him as n
radical, his great ability, high char?
acter and purposes, together with a
titling sense of responsibility, should
he be made President, would insure, u
safe and conservative administration
of the affairs of the country.
There is n general tendency hern
not to seriously regard the candidacy
of Speaker ("lark. who. while person
all.- R likable and popular m,.fi, does
not embody in himself tne attributes
that are essential to a great Presl
rlenl, and could nut earry tne Kastcrn
.State?. It is generally believed that
the Speaker's strength will be great?
est on the first ballot, after which
there will be a steady and gradual
recession from his ranks.
Virginians, of all men. should feel
a peculiar sens,, of pride in the dis?
tinction that I">r. Wilson has won by
sh-er force of ability and character,
and. as a Virginian, .ivlng In New
York, it gives me pleasure to express
1.early approval and commendation of
your nttllude. JOHN P. BAST.
New York.
Thinks Electric Cnr Owners I nfnlrly
Treated.
To the r:ditor of The Times-Dispatch;
Sir.?The proposed new law taxing
every person that drives: a car $2, i*
a gross Injustice to the drivers of
electric ears, who are mostly women.
The electric Is so ensv to operate that
usually every member of the family
operates the same. To compel the
mother and her numerous daughters
to pay }\i each nnd to have a badge
conveniently attached to their thin
wearing apparel Is unfa'r and un?
just.
Rlcclrlc drivers arc not speeders.and
?should not be classed as such.
Richmond. ?DKCTR1G.
QUERIES & -
ANSWERS
Partner i -nr.
.Seeing that the victim of the late u.*
Sault in Caroline recovered; how could
a capital sentence be Inflicted bit tno
offender? LA vman.
The charge ?in robbery with v o
lence, a capital crime under section
?567 4 of the Code of Virginia.
Liability for Unit.
A man's wares are J<0 u ,-nontn.
lie rented a house, got behind and wan
l ifused permission to move, und then
ordered to move a few months litter.
He has !. ft tho house. Can ha Da
made t? pay the back rent? M. C.
H? owes rent up to the time tin
left the house. Whether he may bo
tor.-.d to pay in another matter. His
wag.-= may not be garnished. They
are too small, and he seems to hive
removed his furniture from the possi?
bility of levy for rent.
\ Hate.
Please tell me what day Of the
week was February 11. lh?;.
MRS. H. N.
Saturday.
Stanhope Woraley.
Please tell me where I may find
the pram containing the verses, "No
nation rose so white and fair; none
full so pure of crime."
W. ii. WEST.
Philip Stanhope Worsley. young
English man of letters, fellow of Cor?
pus Christi, Oxford, wrote them 'h a
presentation copy of his translation l(
the "Riad," sent to General Lee about
a year afteh the war.
The rrnnd old bard that never dies,
Itccelve him in om English tongue;
I send thee, but with weeping eyes.
The story that he sung.
\
Thy Troy It; fallen?thy dear land
fit married beneath tiie spoiler's
; heel
I cannot trust my trembling hand
To write the things I feel.
1
Ah realm of tears hut let her bear
, This blazon to the end of time;
No nation rose so white and fair.
None fell so pure of crime.
The widow's moan, the orphan's wall
I Come round thee, but In truth be
j strong;
Internal Right, though all else fall,
Can never be made Wrong.
Ah angel's heart, an angel's mouth,
i Noi Homer's, could alone for me
Hymn well the great Confederate
South?
Virginia first, and Lee.
l.llernry.
I Please toll me |ri which edition of
.lohn Hay's poems may be found "Jim
Bludgo" and "Little Breeches." in
! which oi Mark Twain's books Is tho
"Jumping Prog" R. A. P.
Almost any edition Of Hay's poems
would contain the two you mention.
1 The "Jumping Frog" has no logical
lonnectioti with any other of Mark
Twain's stories and is variously lo?
cated In different edlt'ons.
An Address,
Cnn you give the address of (J.
Orovenor flnivf. whose remarks before
I the Southern Agricultural Society you
?lately published? F. CHTCFIERTER
Washington. D. C.. Is sufficient ud?
I dress.
j National State and
City Bank
lllrhmonil, \ Irclntn.
Solicits V"ur Account.
I Capital. ? 1.000.000. Surplus, SdOO.Utate,
1 Best bv Taat for forty yesafft

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