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Go to It via The T-D Want Ad Page, For Sale or to Let 66th YEAR yom mi; on m iiiimt :??? RICHMOND, VA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1916 To Buy or Sell Remember the Easiest Way,T-D Want Ads?Randolph One FOURTEEN PAGES. imi.i: ii ?FAIR PRICE, 2 CENTS RAILROADS OFFER TO ERECF STATION IN FAR 1ST END Plans Drawn for $2,000,000 Structure on Hermitage Golf Club Site. CHAMBER DIRECTORS PREFER BELT LINE Vote 12 to 3 for Location at Broad Street and the Rose ncath Road. Alil/ TRACKS OFF HltOADSTUFFT Hyr<] SI re?M Station to lie Allan* (loneil, INMcr??l>uru Trains Ijoinc Into Main Street. Plans for a $2,000,000 pnssenirer sta tion for Richmond. to I**"* erected bv the Richmond. FredorUksl>??! ?: and Potomac and Atlantic Coast Railroads in the \u : - i t n j.art of the city. will be lai'i before a conference of railway officials ami representative": of tho city this tiM'TTilnp by Henry Walters, chair man of the board of directors "f * 11 Atlantic < Vmft Line Railroad The (Chamber of t'onunTie, at an executive moot in" of th?. d i r<-i't or*-' yesterday af tflrnooi', went on t iworO by a vote of 12 to r. a- indorsing ilx> erection of the propos* '! statior at IIroad Street :iml tlii.- |;r. . i r-nti R"ad. fri' i't; directly nn the Relt . ? itlier than at the Her milage i l ii. ?'.?f. as proposed by the ra'.lr'?:?*'!.- locations. :t if Mated. ,ii < mv ? i I'V ' rail" o.t.1 nir.i panic- J .a ?? ? l:t-t night t?i< Retail Merchant ?? ??. .<ti.-.nof llichxio d :n 'I ? h? i* '' * ..? ? b t' ? ? * l .iml or lif t.'f.iMtlVM' \s jt in: i?i:ri.?\i:s n> imsi t t<i-ii.\ v* mi:f.ti\?. Tli. g???a.t?"s t secrecy was maintained by tli", r:> . Iro.xU' as to tlx naturf of the I'Otif* i"11for to-flay Presi dent William H. White of the Rlch luoi '1 I**rederi?-'r*.|? ?;rg an 1 Potomac Hall' oad, cU-flii.;in' '?> Interviewed or ??? *:iit tl.<> :?s kr.'-w of a iv,? ???tli g. ' "1. t irt?,:? ii PulW r of t he .1 ?*r>i;.i: .t?.<?. i,:i Street*; City At - totnev Pollard. Rus rit's*1 Munnucr ? T l>abn>v a'I president William I*. Hi.od. of tli- u>t?. :* ?,f I'otnsiicri i-. and others hitYf b? on invited to he pri- i nt. h'iwpvi;r. i" meet Mr. Walters, who cinnir:C from N< w YorJ< for th<* pun-"-, . mill ?? ?imb.-rstood thai sev eral of th> inlroad presidents who are dire to*- :n tK?? Richmond, Fred ori'-Usliiiri: ai,?l Potomac will also be pres-nt it the* conference. when the question of site- lt> to bo thoroughly d i S?*US -?1. According to Mr. I>abney, tho plans fot tl ? station arc already drawn, and the mattci of s'Kvtlmr a Kite is the only obstacle that staixl : til the way of tv.? . :,-1? tlot i': tlx tx".v -tatton by 1 tlie two railroa<lr With t !? ?* ? peniiiK of the larno t>as fiOnBer dt.-pot, Tt.vrd Street Station will b? abandoned as a paspenwer station, and will i > u.*:' d as an ex< ess frei(.-ht. station The n? w paKsonger station, which ? II l-i' ????> "f tl1" handsomest stt i:- ttired> \ oteii t-> r/tilroad purposes In t> ?? South, will i,? on tlx main iiix of t!x' train* that now pas.- over tin He!; !,ine tracks on their way from New Orleans. Atlanta. Florida and other Southern points. ItKMOVK C.MI \ STATION MIIITII OF ItltOAI) STItKKT Not <??:;!> the elimination of the Hyr-i .Street Station, b it the iea<ljustment of the route- of almost nil tlx* trains that com- and leave Hieliiiiond. would re sult when the new station is built. All through trains will stop at the bifcf station on West Hroatl Street. All looal trains of tlio Coast J-ln? and i Norfolk and Western Hallway will ko into the Main Street Station. 1211<a Station would be removed from its present location and the iraeks ?>n liel vide: e and Uroad Streets will be I a ken tl'1- A small station, replaeini^ P.lba. will be built on the north side of ltroad St re t_ near Harrison, to t-ike care of tiie. local truflle of the Hich niotni. Frederleksbui i; and I otomae llallroad. A special meeting; of the hoard of directors of the Ohambei of t'ominerce was called yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, t>.-t' t.sibly to hear ;i debate be tween City Attorney II. S. Pollard and 12ppa Huntoti, .lr, attorney for the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Poto mac. concerning the policy of tho city of Hlchmond and the policy of tho rail road company, respectively, in the mat ter of extending .Monument Avenue and other thoroughfares In the West End over the P?ell I.itie tracks and. above all, which is to bear the cost. NO M'.\N FACTS IIIK uitoi <;irr to m<;itt For more than three hours the. two attorneys presented their cases befove the chamber directors In the hope thaK thov would KO on record as favoring a definite policy. Hut no such policy was voted ?>n. The arguments pre sented by both Mr. Pollard and Mr. Hunion liavo been threshed out in the Council Committee on Streets and in the public press, and little that was new in regard to the stand taken by both sides was presented. Mr Pollard sketched the stand taken by the city. The city, he said, in his opinion, would not have to pay a cent for tho iVfPOsed depressing of the tracks as tho city would insist on Its rights and the railroad company would bo compelled to depress Its tracks. In order to conform to the street grades as established l>y the Administrative Hoard Condemnation proceedings would ho instituted, the street extended, and i}U the cost must he borne by the rail r?Mr llunton reiterated tho stand taken t>y the railroadju the last meeting ofj * (Continued on Ninth Page.) Wilson Highly Elated \ Over Results of His \ Trip to Middle West Firm in Belief That People Are Bach of Him. ON I JO A KD PRESIDENT WILSONS SPISCIAL. INDIANAPOLIS, IND.. Keb ruary *.?President Wilson was spiel ing back to Washington to-night. con v I need that the people *>f the Middle West are with him on tfc.' issue of na tional defense. and are prepared to in sist that Congress take speedy action. Me finished his speaking tour In St. I.nuiv to-day. ami expressed the con viction that his mission had succeeded beyond his greatest hopes. He will ar rive ill Washington at 1 o'clock to morrow afternoon I 'resident Wilson's advisers believe he has explained clearly why he con ! siders immediate preparednerJ itnpera ? tive, has won many converts to the I movement. and has Riven new Impetus 1 to a discussion of the cause. Krotn the j sympathetic attitude of most of his | audiences, from the enthusiasm hia . very appearance in public has evoked. from the 11 ticto crowds which have . ureeled him, tliev have drawn the roti ; elusion that the people overwhelmingly ;U pport his plans?at least, In the Mi'ldl" West Tiie I ?resident's official family want him to start soon on another tour. s,,me of them liken hi- swing through t, Middle Went \>> an operation not *.-i completed. En route to Washing ton ?o-nlght. they looked hoth South mi West for 'h-' setting of his ne\? appearance in the io|" of champion of national pt ep.tr* dr,< sf.. <IM Til IIE<I\<IXS \Ml.S<)> WITH MA XV 11A X 1J >> The South beckoned with many I'.aiuis Senators and Representatives from most of the Southern States al ready have askr.l him to include their | sections on his next. t..ur, There have been added invitations from many puhlie bodies, with Texas strongly as .-.erting her claims. TP* re is a feeling among some of hia most Intimate :>d visers tliat 5n choosing the scene for his nevt plea to the pe<|>le. the Presi dent could pay r.o greater compliment to his own political party than by going , into its stronghold. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Denver have presented what they **? onsider strong claims, and It Is possible that if tin President makes another pre parrdness tour it may Include those | cities and then swing south Into Texas. ' possibly returning by way of New Orleans, Ulrmlngham <?r Louisville, although nothing has been decided ? onceruing this. President Wilson goes lack to Wash liigtor refreshed by the trip. not ? f' itrue'1.. as some thought h?? would be. The enthusiasm displayed wherever his itinerary has taken him and the throngs I which flocked to hear him have been a ? tonic to his nerves. His physician said to-day his appetite is good and his rest has been unimpaired. The addresses delivered at the chief stopping places have been apparently as neiiericial as ir.s usual game of golf. At least 1 OIV'OO poisons, bis advisors state, heard the. President's chief speeches, l'ullv 5'>.000 more crowded about the rear platform <>f his car during his flve-mlnutc talks, and hardly 1 fewer than f'00,000 others have been banked on the sidewalks: in various 1 cities to watch him pass. WANTS l. V. TO 11AVK t.KKATKST XAVV IX WOHI.I) President Wilson to-day told an audience of l.">,000, which swayed with a tumult of cheering, that the United t States should have the greatest navy i In the world. "I believe the navy of the United ' states should be unconquerable." he said, "the greatest in the world." Tlie President declared that subma rine commanders abroad have instruc tions which, for the most part, conform j with international law, but that the act of one commander might set the w>rld afire, including America. ^ "Upon the ocean thero are hundreds of cargoes of American goods," ho "cotton, urn In and all the boun'.i fi-1 s pplies America Is sending out to ?lie world?anil any one of those car goes, any one of those ships, may be the point of contact that will bring America into the war. For the first time during the tour, I the President told how one set of bel ligerents was cut off from the world. | Ho said this kept the United States from helping them as il would like, i He made the statement In trying to show that the United States was really : neutral. At the. breakfast of the St. Louis Rusi | liens Men's League the President de Iclnred here that he believed there would I never be nnotlier war like the present, and that the war will hasten the. time of perioral ponce. j Governor Miijor, of Missouri, s.it next ' to the President. The room was deco rated Willi American Hags. Enthusias tic applause greeted the President as he rose to speak. When ho spoke of his conviction thatj a tariff board should be creatod, tho applause was enthusiastic. He then spoke of national defense. . KIXIIS WHAT III*: SEEKS IX THE MIDDLE WEST; The President opened IiIh Coliseum speech with the statement that he bad] "come seeking something in the Mid- ( dlo West and found it." Ho said he j had been told the Middle West was! against preparedness, but did not be-1 IIeve It. "1 know the people of the Middle West were Just as patriotic as the rest of the nation," be said. "\o man can lead America anywhere (Continued on Tenth rage.) Germans Preparing for New Offensive ISpeciiil t'nlile Jo Tin* TIiiicn-I>Is pntcb. | 1. II X it I) \, Kehriinrv It.? I'rn nonnceil nctl\lty on tin* ?ohIitii front in ueconipnnleil hj- ninny rc ports from vnrlouM Niiurcrx Hint the (?rrmoiiM nro prepnrlnur mi oIVciikIvc on it u;riiii?l Mciile, perhaps nnothcr ntti'iniit to hrenk throiipli to t'ulni* ?ikI Dunkirk. \ iiintfriliini report* flint H.'hhi neiv minx of vitrioiin cnllhrr hnvr Ju?t nrrlveil nt tin* tiernum front. nml Hint for Nevernl iIiijm there Iiiin been n f*tiii*tIIIIt n1 rrnin of troops pntxlnp lliroiipli IIcIkIuui. 'I In- 1'rench Wnr Olllce linn been informed Hint violent tiermun nt tncl. m nrc Imminent nlonii the \ hit. l.nrpe hodlrx of tirrmnn troop* tin* helnp hmucrht up. They lire e \ - feinlltic mill nt renutflenlng their elnhnritfc system of trrnrli forti fication* uIouk tlic entire I runt frnni Wesfetiile to V pre?. It In believed in I'nrii flint the enptnre of Xienport Ih the lin meillnte object of the otfenxive movement. Init Itrlllsli troops sire (lino prepnrlnp to renin! pn nttuek in the ilireetion of Duukirk. E Newspaper Man Kvmlr,>> Itnn tin Press ami Inspect* Captured Vessel. oiAitn is )titcsiii:i> \siiu:. West Africa Negroes, mi Their "Farthest North" .Journey, Fur nish Merriment for Others on Hoard?Women I .east Concerned. XKWI'i.iRT XKWS. V.V.. February 3? The ' Jerman prize commander's ban against newspaper men boarding t h<? [former British liner Appatn was evaded j to-day by an Associated i'res? r<*presen-I lative a few hours before all her I'ritish , p.^csctipfri and prisoners had bn'n dis embarked. As the ship lav at anchor off this nor: the cm respondent pot. ! n>?or?rd ami walked about th? two tipper j ?locks for an hour chatting with mem-', bers of the prize crew and their cap-i t! Access to the i-hip was pained by ao- ? ; companyirg a uip bearing the masters i of the f ix captured English freight?M .s ' to tii?- ve-s.d. climbing :? swaying lad dor .i::d floundering over the ? .de into' a pile of freiuht Instar.tly a Hitiiui sailot with drawn j gtm sprang forward arid demanded that] the visitor depart. Permission to .see the pr.;:e crew commander, lieutenant 'p.enr. was asked and refused. "<Set out! (let out at once'' the sailor cried in fair English, rushing to the rail of the boat. "Down the ladder!" Hut as the guard spoke the 'up. pulled away and the ladder swayed! in the wind. The puard, dismayed : (darted half-way tip a stairway audi |declared heatedly that to-day was no] time for visiting. "Can you not wait until to-morrow?" ' he demanded "Will you be dead to- ! i morrow?" i And then, after making a grimace.) i he disappeared up the stairs to return i I no more. MOVING DAY OX I'lU'/.K IIOAT. axi) TiriXQ.s Aiti-: i .xTinvj lleinp moving day on the boat.! things were in tather untidy condition.! The docks were littered with alm-tst! every conceivable kind of hap?:age. in-! eluding fishing poles, portable bath-| tubs, talkinp machines, bicycles and | scores of trunks. A crowd of West African negroes., whose arrival here marked their; "farthest north" Journey, were on the tipper deck behind the forecastle fur-! r.tshinir amusement f<>r the idling pas-j sengers. A crowd ?>f women watched i their antics from the main saloon! above. The women appeared the least j concerned over their long detention of' any one on the boat. Several of them j were smoking cigarettes, a few wore: reading ami the rest were calmly, awaiting the coming of the steamer that was to carry them ashore. "Punch," a white cat. and light snow which the negroes called "white rain." , furnished them with plenty to keep' their minds off their captivity. They! rubbed the snow on their trouble-j scarred faces and laughed gleefully. Occasionally one of them would break: into a weird <'11.1111 which was under- j standable to no one. And tltcy would; play with "Punch." The* fact that he was far from home, and had not had a square meal in many 1 days apparently did not worry the i quartermaster. He was loud in his i praises of the German treatment of all. lie speaks five languages, and one of his assignments was to talk with the prize crew when passengers of various (Continued on Third Pag*-..) Alexander Hamilton Dies Alexander Hnmilfon, vice-presi dent nnd general eoun.sel of tlie At lantic Const I.lne ltallrond and form er member of tlie VlrKlnin Constitu tional Convention, died at IiIm home In Petersburg this morning nt 3t20 o'clock. More Than 100 British Passengers and Prisoners Leave Captured Liner. COMMANDER AND CREW LEFT WITH THEIR PRIZE Sharp Controversy Between Agents of Owners and British Embassy at Washington. I.ATTKKS WISHJvS I'KKV.MI. Xmio l,ofl on Hoard to Support Claim That Ciormnns Must For frit Vessel. NKWI'OUT Ni:\VS. VA., February ' ?XiiiofRii ilnyp of roastOpss viu'I for tli?> short-handed German prize ?? w : aboard the fnrini r Uritish liner Appam ended la to to-night. wlirn the l ist of ! more than *<)?> I'.ritish passengers ami prisoners climbed over the ship's side t<. fit-<-?l<??th on American soil. And for tin- first t nif since taeutei.; nt Herg ' anil h'.s twenty-two men boarded tho liner I'roTii the raider which captured her on thi- night of .Innimry 1 /nost of the prize crew ?l??pt peacefully i ;t few "f their number on watch Ml I'.ritish subjects and ill'1 natural ized Aiikm icM-.. G A. Taeliaferri. ile pitrted. leaving the prize commander with the twenty Germans who had been prisoners on the Apparn. including three women. Captain Harrison ati<i the Appam's l!ritl:-h < r?-w left speir vessel only after there had been a sharp con trovetsv iictwecn airents of the owners, The Kldor-Pempstcr Co.. ami tli? - Hrit i !i emlassy at Washington. <;om i* \ \V wants mi:\ to it tow \ t x on \i-;ssr.i. The company desired its men to re main on the liner to support the claim That *!? Hermans forfeit their prise by rem'iinhig in neutral waters. Hut the embassy insisted that ever;- one on the depart as: :-oon as permis sion had lifttn granted by the prize commander on the demand of the United States government. Plans were changed every hour dur ing the afternoon and evening. but die cinl>assy'8 authority prevailed tinai | ly. ar.'l a ."pecial boat was provided to | take the Appam's crew of 1 "? "> to Nor folk to await the sailing of .1 steamer for New York to-morrow night. In the meantime. the 13 4 passengers and the 13t! Uritish seamen captured with site other seven ships taken by the raider Ponga, or Moewe, hail been transferred ;ishore by steamers. Five of the seamen, one Englishman and four i-ascars, of the crew of the Clan .Mi Tavish, all suffering from several wninds. wet-- r. ino\e.| to a local hos pital for treatment. All the test, with most of the passengers, were placed aboard river steamers for Norfolk. An Old Dominion Unci was being held at her dock to take them to New York. The J'.rlti. li government is caring for all passengers and crews of the cup ttjjed freighters. and will send them on i<? Ki.gland aboard the tlrst avail able ship The Kith i - Dempster Co. will arrange for the return of the Ap pam's crew. t OM 'ICllli.VCKS I. A ST WKI.I. INTO Till-: m<;iit The Appattt, which had been at Old Point Comfort since sh< arrived in Vir gin iti waters on Tuesday morning, moved up to this port early in the day and anchored mar the shipbuilding plant. Met* anchor hardly was on the bottom before sn ail boats were along side. and soon there began ashore con ferences that lasted all day and well into the night. Prince von liatzfeldt. counselor or the German embassy at Washington, was on hand to assert the claims of the German govcrnnieit on behalt of the prize crew commander. Captain <Jaunt, I'.ritish naval atta.h? and a corps of vice-consuls, beaded by Vice-Consul Kenworthy. in charge of the local Itrit ish consular ol'iee, busied themselves with arrangements for getting their fe.low - countrymen otT tit'- captured liner. All of the otTieials were in frequent conversation with Collector Hamilton, who front the custom-house and on board the Appam enforced the orders from the I'nited States Treasury De partment governing the proceedings of both Uritish and German officials. Im migration Inspector Morton handled im mediate problems, but his task was not arduous, as the Hritish government pro vided ample funds for all its subjects who might have been eniba rrassed by lack of funds. It was a happy crowd that disem barke'd from the liner. There were all kinds of people, ranging from Mr Kd win Mere we titer, the I*. n g I i sh Gov ernor of an African province, to black tribesmen with faces slit and scarred by savage rites. There were Hritish merchant skippers with their crews whose ships were captured by the raider, twelve men the- Germans had claimed were members of tho Ilritish army or navy and a dozen women. i.vitjnnun TO ItKTAIN SOMI-: AS l'KISOXICKS Until the American government over ruled him, Lieutenant Herg intended to retain as prisoners Captain Harrison anil the entire crew of the Appam, hold ing that they resisted capture, and the twelve alleged member* of an enemy's army forces. Collector Hamilton's demand for the release of all passengers and Knglirdi sailors on the Appam was .made formal ly on instructions from Washington. The State Department had ruled that, oven though tho vessel might be a legal prize, Germany could not hold ' (Continued on Second Page.) iBIG PARLIAMENT BUILDING BURNS 1'arliamciil Kiiihlin^ at Ottawa. Huns.- of Delegates Fuils to Indorse stand Taken by President Wilson. ; liimiws LKADS OPPOSITION" Republican Members, Solid for Pre paredness, Vole to Dismiss Reso lution, Preferring to Leave Wilson Administration I'jihumpered. Following the longest debate that ? the present session of the General Ah j s<ml.ly has developed. the Douse of! Delegates yesterday, by a vote of is !? to 45. dismissed from the calendar ? Leedy "preparedness" resolution, tie- , i cl.irtng fh.-rob\ a hauds-nff policy in tin* national defense program that la i tiow engaging the attention of the President of tho United Stat< In vain Colonel It I*, Leedy. of Page.' j commander of one of the throe Virginia ? militia regiments. and a militiaman of j fifteen years' standing, pleaded with : the members to give their moral sup J port tc? (lie administration's prepared ness program, pointing out the folly of 5 r. mn.'iiing hlind to the inadequatcuess | of the country's military, naval and j coax: defense forces when all around . her aro powerful and envious noigh- | I l>ors whose armament and battle' | strength are a constant menace <'t. the opposite side argued Delegate ? lordon. of Louisa, patron of a rcsolu- I t ion declaring it to he the sense of the people of Yiiginia that tliev a i ?? opposed to the increase of national | taxation for the purpose of increasing | the standing army, and that the normal I growth of the navy under the Demo-! j cratic administration is adequate for ! the country's needs. MOSs WA VI'S I'ltr.smicNT I.HPT I MI VMfi:ni:n A ilozcii ntemhers took the tloor to j j voice sharply differing views on the hig j ; national issue. In the number, notably j j Delegate Moss, of Lynchburg, were! | those who believed that it was the ! part of wisdom to lot Congress and 1 the President work out the problem' i themselves without advice from the ' General Assembly of Virginia, whose | ) members could not have the intimate i | knowledge of national and interna tional affairs necessary to guide them j aright in their judgment. I When the debate had stretched j through the whole morning, and was : j already three hours old, the Issue was abruptly brought to a decision by a | motion for the previous question. Thereupon Delegate Moss offered a substitute for the Gordon resolution, ; declaring the Virginia Legislature's i abiding faith in the wisdom and judg- ' I incut of J 'resident Wilson and its be i lief that the great question now be fore the nation will be wisely and | adequately met by him and his ad ! visers. The Moss resolution was killed by a vote of ;>s in i-i. Delegate Musgravo j hero moved that the Cordon anti ' preparedness resolution he dismissed, ' ! and the motion was carried bv a vote j of to S. Only the Leedy resoluton ? and a committee amendment, wore now before the body. Mr. Moss now offered : his resolution, which was defeated a ! lew minutes before, as a substitute . for tho whole, and aguiu it was de i feated. lp.p.im itp.soi.i;ti?\ paii.s ox iti:<oi<i)i:i> villi-: | The Mouse, approved the committee | amendment to the Leedy resolution I recommending tho enactment of a Pcii- j j eral law under which arms and in ' struction could be furnished the ' I students of public high schools who ? organized themselves into battalions | for this purpose. With the adoption i t "f the amendment, the vote came up ' now on the amended Leedy resolution, which indorsed the President's effort ? to secure a proper and adequate plan of national defense, recommended the strengthening of the coast defenses, ! and upheld the militia increase plan of1 Chairman James Hay. ? " the Douse i Committee on Military Affairs. Delegate Musgrave moved that the] amended Leedy resolution be dismissed, and an aye and no vote showed its apparent defeat by a vote of ti! to 43. Opponents of tho Leedy resolution, however, called for a recorded vote. This was taken, and tho motion to dismiss was carried by tho harrow j vote of t8 tq'45, tho Hepubiican minor ity voting in n body to strike the "pre-1 parodness" resolution from the rjilen-1 dar. Hepubiican Floor Loader Lowry ox tCoutlnucd on Fifth Page.) PEOPLE If CHOOSE MORALS COMMISSIONER Informal Conferences Point to Prob-j able Amendment of Probibi tion Hill. | STKODK Qi;iTS CO.M.MITTKK Swaps Places "W* It Ii Senator llolt. Leaders Apree to Kleetion by Peo ple After First Term, for Wblcli CJeneral Assembly Is to Klect. Informal conferences between prohi bition leaders, which follower! yester day as Die aftermath of the public hearing on the Mnpp bill Wednesday, resulted in the unoflicial statement that the I? i 11 ill lie amended to provide that the Commissioner of Moral Wel fare, after the first term. shall be elected by the people. The Mapp bill, in its present form, j provides for the election of the com missioner by t he CJeneral Assembly every six years, in abandoning this i plan in favor of election by the people, ! the prohibition forces would carry to its fullest application their statement, through Dr. Cannon, that it was their desire to make this ollleer near and responsible to the electorate. Conferences between prohibition leaders of both houses were In progress all day. Chairman Mapp. of the Senate Committee on Moral and Social Wei fare, before which body the prohibi tion bill is pending, said yesterday that the committee lias as yet taken no definite action either ?in the proposed new amendment or upon the several other suiigcstions for changes. kxi'uvsk or iMtntvitv m:i,i> to I'llKVKXT Kl.r.t TIO.V TltlS YKAIt The plan to elect the commissioner ; by the people, it was stated on good I authority, appealed to most of the in- i tliicntia! prohibition men in the two , houses as preferable to election by (he i General Assembly. Only the expense, j involved iti holding a special primary ' j this year, it is understood, stands in | the way of an amendment to the bill ' which would give to the people the | election of the first Commissioner of Moral Welfare. I' the present tentative program with regard to the comtnissionership j is carried out, the first commissioner j wiil'he elected by the present General ! Assembly for a term which will expire j at the expiration of the term of Gov- j ernor Stuart. Thereafter the commls- j sioner will be chosen at the general j election for a four-year term with the J tjovernor, I.leu tenant-Governor. Attor ney-* Seneral and other State officers. Although the Senate Committee on i Moral and Social Welfare held a ' lengthy session yesterday afternoon, it adjourned without incorporating any I amendments in the Mapp bill. A num- ? ber of the proposed changes were ilis- | cussed?among them the amendment I desiuncd to allow the sale and distribu- ' tion in the State of outside periodicals! carrying liquor advertisements. It is j understood that a majority of the com- ; mittee are opposed to yielding? to this demand. ?i.\\ it ??;<? i iin: \ kwsiiioa i,10its TO i:\IM IttiATK I'LUMCATItlNS if tiiis provision is retained, news dealers will be compelled to delete with a black rubber stamp or otherwise the champagne, wine ami liiiuor advertise ments lliat appear in large number in some of the nationally circulated humorous papers before placing them j on sale on newsstands. The periodi cals, after they have been expurgated according to law. will present the gen- i era I appearance of a Socialist paper after it has been released by the Rus sian censor. A significant development was the announcement yesterday bv the. Senate' Steering Committee that Senator Strode, had resigned from the Senate Commit tee on .Moral and Social Welfare and had been assigned to the Committee on Public Institutions and Kducation. Ilis place or. the Moral Committee was taken by Senator llolt. of Newport t News, who retires from the Public In stitutions Commit lee. Senator Strode, explaining his resig nation, said that ho was actuated only by a desire to renew his affiliation with tho Committee on Public Institutions and Kducation, of which he. was a mem-; ber during a former term in tho Sen-' ate. The two Senators merely ex-j changed places. uoi/r srrcKicns stiiodk ON MOItAI.S l UMMITTKi: Senator llolt was the leader of tho "wet" faction in the Senate of ion, and his assignment to tho Committee on' (Continued on Fifth Page.) 'j Flames Spread So Rapidly That Escape Almost Is Cut Off. TWO GUESTS OF WIFE OF SPEAKER LOSE LIVES Several Policemen and Firemen Buried by Collapse of One End of Structure. TWO HOI SK MKMItKKR MISS1XK Many of Tlient Stifling With Smoke, Forced to licnp From Windows Into I-ifc Nets. 11TTAWA, ON'T.. February 3.?The historic Cattail!;! n P.ii'linnicnt nuihlinjj was destroyed last tii?lu by a tiro. de clared unotlicinlly to have boon caused i l>\ th'1 explosion of a gas bomb or an i infernal machine. Two women. guests of the wife of Speaker Sevigney. were overcome by smoke ami perished. Sev eral policemen anil firemen were buried under debris when "tie end of the build in is collapsed. The number of persons taken to hospitals had not been deter mine.! early this morning. Frederick F. Pardee, chief Liberal whip, ami ? William S. l.,oggie. a member of Parlia j incnt from New Brunswick, are tniss ! ing, and it is feared they have lost I their lives. Two dominion policemen and two ' House of Commons attendants are de ' dared to have been killed when the | roof fell. I The main tower fell at 11 :'S0 o clock, j It was believed at that time there was ! still hope of saving the library, i According to reports, the first burst | of flames. In the reading-room, was fol ? lowed by at least one explosion, and j probably two. The flames spread so rapidly that the Ottawa tire brigade j was utterly helpless. Aid was sent ; front Montreal on a special train. i fOXTKXTSf OF III il.DIMi <)!?' I MOSTIMAlll.r. > AIXM The loss cannot be estimated in 'money. The building was valued.at about $5,000,000, but the contents are j of Inestimable value There was no in : sura nee. At midnight the Commons and Sen ' ate chamber had been destroyed, and ! as the great clock boomed out the I hour, flames were sweeping up the j magnificent tower anil licking then | wav towards the clock. | The fire in the great $.*.,000,000 struc I ture. the finest Gothic pile in North America, was discovered at S:.">0 o'clock. | It broke forth in innumerable places. Half an hour later a tremendous explo sion shattered the. right wing of the buildings. The flames burst forth with the sud denness of a lightning stroke. Strang ling brown smoke accompanied them. The Ottawa fire department and the special tire squad assigned to Parlia ment worked like madmen, but the water seemed to feed the flames. The tire started on the north side of the Commons. Frank Glass, member of Middlesex, discovered the flames. He gave immediate alarm, but even he, nearest the door, had difficulty in escaping. Tho two women who perished were Madame Bray and Madame Dussault. The loss so far is estimated at 510,000,000. X\011!-:\ ItlM'OMK I.OST IX SM Olv K-FU.I.K1> CIHIIIIIIOHS Madame 15ray and Madame l.tussault became lost in the smoke-filled corri dors. Firemen found them on a nar row stairway, clasped in each other's arms. The exact number of persons missing is unknown. No sooner hail the alarm sounded than General Sam Hughes took charge of the situation. The Seventy-seventh liegiment, engineers, and other detach ments were called out. He himself and his staff rushed to the scene, and a cordon of troops was stretched around the building. The house was in session when the fire started at 8:50 o'clock in the beau tiful library building at the north side of the. Commons Huilding. It spread with enormous rapidity. Secretary of Agriculture Hon. Martin Hurrell. who was at work in his oftice, had a narrow escape, and was badly burned about the face and hands. The progress of tho fire was terrify ing. and it burst upon the great h;ills like a deluge. XI. Sevigny was in the Speaker's chair. W. S. l.eggle, of New Brunswick, was discussing the improvement of tho Dominion fish tratio. The house wto silent, save for his voice. t<I.ASS, ON DKAl) IUW. <;IVKS WAKXIMi OF FIRB Frank Glass, member for Middlesex, cante into the chamber on a dead tun. He staggered against tho railings in the rear. "The buildings arc on tire!" he gasped. Then he staggered out. Almost immediately a wall of smoke heavy, black and choking?rolled Into the big hall. It swept forward slowly, like the billowing of the ocean on a calm day. Uyt Mte members who sought to pierce it were staggered Some ran to the lookers for their coats; others fled coatless and hatless. For the moment there was a terrible panic.