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Is the only newspaper In Newport News that receives full Asso? ciated Press report. VOL. XL NO. 309. AJ. CASSETT'S LIFE HAD SUDDEN END Great Railway Man Stricken In His Home and Dies Al? most Instaneously. CAUSED By A HEART TROUBLE Was Interested in Many Transporta? tion Companies nnd Banks and His Wealth is Estimated at from $50, 000,000 to $60,000,000?Had Been Overworked for Several Years Past. (By Associated Press.) PHILADELPHIA, PA., Dec. 28.? Alexander .Tohnstone Cassatt, presi? dent of the Pennsylvania railroad and one of the foremost railroad men and financiers in tho country, died sud? denly at his residence in this city todny. Mr. Cassatt, who was n little more than 67 years of age was stricken with heart disease shortly before 1 o'clock and died before assistance could be given him. He was a vic? tim of acute disease known profes? sionally as "the Stokes-Adams sym brone." Though Mr. Cassatt's death was entirely unexpected, he had been In 111 henlth for nearly a year. His condition wns aggravated by an at? tack of whooping cough which he contracted from his grandchildren while at Bnr Hnrbor in September. | He never entirely recovered from the effects of the attnek and when he! returned to Philadelphia he remained for several weeks at his country home in Hnverford before he resumed his arduous duties in the management of Ihe Pennsylvania rnilroad and Its al? lied interests. He continued attend-! ing important meetings until his birthday on December 8. On that day he was 67 years of age and after cele? brating the event with his family he never returned to his duties at the rnilroad offices. His Last Days. Mr. Cassott spent much of his time driving and he was out as late as last Monday. Subsequently lie was known to have been confined to bed. but ev? en then his condition was not regard? ed as alarming. While not feeling entirely well, Mr. Cassatt arose this morning, but remained in his room, lie seemed to be in good spirits. Refore one o'clock while sitting in a chair in his apartments he suffered an acute heart attack and becume un? conscious. His wife nnd his daugh? ter, Mrs. Plunkett Stewnrt, were with hlni nnd his physician. Dr. J. H. Mus ser, was summoned, but ho was dead when the physician arrived. Dr. Mus ser said that death had been almost instantaneous. The news of Mr. Cassatt's death was nt once telephoned to Broad street station nnd was flashed through the financial and business sections of tho olty causing much astonishment, since the public, and oven his closest business associates, were given to un? derstand that he was not seriously ill. Did Not Effect Market. The effect of his death upon the local stock market was not as great as might hnvo been expected. Penn? sylvania was quoted at 138 1-4 wheo the news was received and the stock dropped only 3-4 on the report. Some months ago Mr. Cassatt made changes in the organization of the company which put new duties on some of the higher officials. Among these was Samuel Road, the third vice-presf lent nnd it was suggested at the time that the act was equivalent to plac? ing Mr. Rea In line for promotion. but there Is no offi? cial authority to sustain such an inference and pending the election of a successor. First Vice-Presldont Green will assume charge of the af? fairs of the railroad company. Overwork Broke Him Down. The operation of the road has had much to do with the breaking of Mr. Cassatt's health. He had just gone to Europe for a rest when the sensa? tional investigation of the Interstate Commerce Commission on rebates be? gan. Ho threw himself into the breach in an effort to bring about an amicable settlement of the questions at issue. Deprived of his rest abroad he plunged into routine work until he went to Bar Harbor. Interested in Many Companies. Aside from being the hend of the Pennsylvania railroad, Mr. Cassatt waB president of six other companies and a director in twenty-throe con? cerns, principally transportation com? panies, banks and trust companies. His wealth is estimated at between $50,000,000 nnd $60.000,000. Mr. Cbb sat was horn in Pittsburg in 1839, was educated in Germany and at the Troy Polytechnic Institute He entered the service of the Pennsylvania in 1861 as a rodman. In 1867 ho became superintendent of motive power and In 1878 became general superintend? ent for the Pennsylvania system. From tliif. time on his rise was rapid and in 1880 be had become first NEWPOI vice-president. In 1882 Tie resigned and did not again hold another posi? tion with the company until ho was elected to presidency In 1889. Mr. Cnssatt began his railroad career In the engineering department and never lost his interest In that branch and the planning and starting of the great New York city tunnel system for the company was duo to him. Mr. Cns? satt had resided in 1'hllndolplila for many years and his family had been very prominent socially in that city. FORTIFICATION FOR CHESAPEAKE BAY Governor of Virginia Clothed with Power to Transfer Necessary Land. (By Associated PreBS.) WASHINGTON, D. C. Dec. 28 ? The Secretary of War has Informed the House committee on fortifica? tions that the legal obstacles to the acquirement of the government of title to the land under water at. the entrance of Chesapeake Bay necessary as a site for an erection of an artificial Island and fortress have been removed. The Governor of Virginia has been clothed with authority to transfer the innd to the United States government and If Congress makes the necessary appropriation of $1,625,000 for the [ purchase and erection of fortifica? tions already Included in the esti? mates submitted by Secretary Taft, the work will speedily begin and an island of fifty acres aren would be erected at the entrance of the bay. $500,000 Fire In Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA. PA., Dec. 28.? The loss caused by the fire which began In the Strawboard Company's plant at Fourth and Cherry Streets last night Is estimated at $500.000. Four buildings were practically de? stroyed, fifteen firms were burned out and 400 persons nre thrown out of employment. NO 3IGNM6 KILLED Snow Storm Causes a Shocking Accident in Arbroath, Scotland. THIRTY WERE ALSO WOUNDED Work of Relieving Their Suffering is Difficult Because of the Heavy Snow?It Was a Rear-End Col? lision. (By Associated Press.) DUNDEE, SCOTLAND. Dec. 28.? In a railroad collision, caused Indi? rectly by the heavy snow storm of the last fow days, 16 persons hnve been killed and over 30 Injured. The accident occurred near Arbroath, on the North British railroad between Edinburgh and Aberdeen and some distance north of hero. Among the persons injured is Alexander William Black, member of the House of Com? mons from Baffashlre, Scotland. Tho accident Is attributed to the heavy fall of snow, owing to which trains from London for Aberdeen were held up at Arbroath. During the af? ternoon, however, the line was clear? ed, and one train proceeded for Dun? dee. It had stopped at Elliott Junc? tion, and the danger signals were thought, to be set. They failed to act. however, through being clogged witli snow, or from some other cause not yet ascertained, and an express train dashed Into the rear of the waiting train. Everything possible is being done to succor the wounded, but the ren? dering of assistance is ntterded with much difficulty and the suffering can be alleviated but slowly. PRESIDENT GOES HUNTING IN WOODS Rain Prevented His Going Out in the Morning, But Afternoon Was More Favorable. (By Associated Press.) RICHMOND, VA., Dec. 28.?Inter? mittent showers kept the President from going on a hunt this morning, but no sooner had the sun made Us appearance about 10:30 o'clock than preparations were begun to spend tho afternoon in the woods at the foot of Green mountain. Lunch was hur? ried up and shortly afterwards, head? ed by Uncle Dick, the President's faithful guide on former expeditions, a start was made from the Roosevolt. cottage. Tho party included the President, Surgeon Rixcy. Joseph Wli mer, Kermlt Roosevelt and Lieutenant Hamnor, the small boys of tho family, Archie and Qucntin, being left behind with Mrs. Roosevelt. Word was left at the cottage not to expect the party bRck until about dark, provided the rain did not force them to return earlier. * IT NEWS, VA., SATXJ EUROPE IN GRASP OF GREAT BLIZZARD It is Many Years Since, England, Germany and Austria Have Had Such Storm. RAILROADS ARE COMPETELY TIED-UP Passengers on Scores of Trains Suffered ?From Cold and Hun? ger and Relief Trains Can't Qet to Them?Cities in Scotland are Prac? tically Isolated. (Dy Associated Prtss.) LONDON, Dec. 28.?It is mauy years slnco Central Europe gener? ally has1 Suffered bo severely from an Arctic visitation as this Christmas. From France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Austria nnd Hungary there is the same tale of heavy snow storms, the Interruption of railroad traffic and telegraphic communica? tion, the lob's of life and general dlscomfllure and inconvenience ,in the towns as well as in the coun? try districts. According to the re? ports received tonight from North? ern points in the United Kingdom tlie storm is growing worse. The heavy mow storms are accompanied by violent gales and even thunder? storms. Railroad traffic in the northern' pnrt of England aud es? pecially In Scotland, is becoming completely tied-up. Large towns like Edinburgh,kDun dee and Perth are almost Isolated. The telegraphic service is greatly disordered. None of the trains' that left Lon? don Thursday over the Midland rail? way has yet reached Edlnburg while in uil other directions trains arc snowbound and passengers are suk fering from cold and hunger. Relief Trains Snowed In. The relief trains sent out nre being similarly imbedded in the snow. The gales have caused many minor casualltles along the coast. A telegram from Holyhend says it is learned there that an unknown vessel has foundered off Rhoscelyn point, Wales. Distress rockets- were sent up last night and a life boat put out but found no sign of vessel in distress. Among tho worst sea disasters thus- far reported Is the wreck of the Jap anee steamer Mnru through the snaping of her anchor cables. No lives were lost in ? this accident but the .steamer which Is on thorocks off ftedcar, threatens to become a total loss. A large unknown steamer is re? ported in distress off Scarborough. She has been sending off rocRots for relief for tvevernl hours but tho sea is so rough that it is Impossible to launch a lifo boat. SON OF MILLIONAIRE SHOT IN THE WOODS Was Out Hunting, But His Father Believes That Murder Was Com? mitted. (Special to the Daily Press). RICHMOND. VA., Doc. 28 ? Jessie Smith, seventeen years of age, wus found dead one mile from Advance, Davis county, today. A coroner's jury is engaged in investi? gating the case. There is a hole in the stomach and another in the breast of tho young man, both of which were evidently made by a shotgun. The dead youth is a nephew of Morgan Smith, the Pittsburg millionaire. He had been out hunting with a party of three, but failed to return with oth? ers. His father, Edward Smith, Is convinced that murder has been com? mitted. Bishop Smith's Funeral. (By Associated Press.) NORFOLK, VA? Dec. 28?The body of the late Bishop A. Coke Smith of the iMethodlst Episcopal church. South, in Aahevllle, N. O, will arrive tomorrow, and the fun? eral will take place from the Ep worth M. E. Church in the after-1 noon. Dr. Smith was pastor of i Epworth church at the time ho was elected bishop. Cheaper Milk in Richmond. RICHMOND. VA.. Dec. 28?Begin? ning with the advent of the New Year, the price of milk will, for the first time In many months, tukc a backward slide. The retail dealers of tho city have decided that milk can ho sold profitably at the old scale of eight cents per quart, and are going to sell It at that price after January 1. Presbyterian Minister Assassinated. (By Associated Press.) UNION CITY, TBNN., Dec. 28.? i Rev. I). L. Holder, a Presbyterian I minister was assassinated last night at Troy, Tetin. His body was found near the railroad tracks. RDAY. DECEMBER 2 STRATEGY UND GUNS WON BRIDEGROOM People cl Clarksvllle are Very Much Excited Over Chand? ler-Elan Case. LEADING PRINCIPALS TALK FREELY Great Excitement in Mecklenberg County, When the Clans Gathered at Clarksvllle to Attend the Trial of the Younger Chandler, Who Is Charged With Kidnapping Elam. CLARKSVILLE. VA.. Hoc. 28.?Ail day long Clarksvillo has boon in Buch a state of excitement ub probably It has never before fell. Upon every corner In every public place nothing !b being discussed but the (.'handler Elnm affair. Tho caBe, howovor, Jus? tifies every atom of interest. It Is such ns probnbly has never happened In Virginia. The excitement is large? ly BtipproBsed, but, that, instead of dotnctlng from it. Intensifies tho feel? ing. Last Saturday night ns Dally Press renders know. Richard Khun was forced to mnrry Miss BcBSle Chandler nt the point of n gun. The gun was In the hands of R. 10. Chandler, her father, and beside him stood his ne? phew and business partner, It. A. Chandler. Before the ceremony Elam's father, n one-armed man, attempted to pre? vent it, but he, too, was driven away with a revolver. Young Elam shortly after tho ceremony, wished to leave the home of his bride, but was pre? vented. In the meantime his father, by means of the country telephone, and by messenger, collected a num? ber of friends, and driving to tho, Chnndler residence, rescued tho groom All in Three Miles Radius. The two families live about three miles apart and throe miles from this town. Those in tho rescue party nil live within the radius. ' After Elnm was taken from the house he had R. A. Chandler arrest? ed, charged with kidnapping him and forcing the marriage. The case was set for trial before Captain John S Wood. In Clarksvllle, today. It was rumored early this morning that it was to he hold fur? ther out in the country, but shortly afterwards R. A Chandler reached town. He was followed a few minutes later by the Elam family?Richard Elam. his father, and his (wo broth? ers. The crowd then turned toward the county courlhous?'. R. K. Chand? ler, the father of the young lady, waa not present. He Is in bad health and crippled, It is said, and the warrant for kidnapping young Elnm is against R. A. Chandler, first cousin of the bride. Young Chandler Talk* Frankly. Young Chandler said this morning that he had no hesitancy In explain? ing his connection with the case, "Mr. Chandler," ho said, "1b my uncle. He came to me last Friday and told nie that his daughter, who Is also my cousin, was In a delicate condition and that Richard Elam was responsible. I intend to make him marry my daughter,' ho said, 'will you holp me?* "Mr, Chnndler is my uncle, my partner in the horHO trading business, and my friend. T did go with him and the ceremony was performed. I can? not say that young Elnm showed any great resistance." Ages of the Principals. Mr. Chandler Is about thirty-five years old, young Elnm Is about twen? ty-three. Mrs. Elam is said to be a pretty and attractive young woman. She is slightly above the medium height and hns clear features and henutlful brown hnlr. Her condition, it is said, has existed for six months. The young woman for several months hns been regarded ns the sweetheart of young Elam. Elam Talks Frankly. In speaking to a reporter of the marriage, Mr. Elam, tho groom, said that It wns forced, and candidly added that his purpose In leaving the houso was to have the ceremony annulled. He alleged grave charges against the young woman's character. "I was in my place of business Sat? urday." said Mr. Elam, "when Messrs. Chandler came in, between 5 and 6 o'clock. They told mo they wished to buy a pair of ?horses from me, for a man in Henderson, NT. C. I wont out with them, and, as we got out of sight of everybody, they told me their pur poso, and showed the weapons. I went with them, nnd was forced Into marriage." The Minister's Statement. Rev. Mr. Thrirt the Clarksvllle cler? gyman, who performed the ceremony, said ho had no reason to suspect any? thing wrong. 'I received n note Saturday night," he said today, "about 8 o'clock, signed by Miss Chandler's father, which ask? ed me to come to their roRldeneo Im? mediately. I went. 1 was there be? fore the marriage, but saw nothing 9, 1906. Mint might not have been expected. Mvh. Chnmller wept, but tho olhorB seemed calm. Miss Chnndtor'a sister camo Into tho room and npokc to me In the usual way. I how no gun, not revolver In the room. Tho couple an [ Bwered tho questions enhny. Onl\ once wuh Ihla broken. When 1 asked Mr. Elnm If ho could take thlu woman for htH wife. tearH came In to his eyes; hlB voice wns atlll, but he nod? ded hiB bend. 1 attributed thlH to the natural excitement. I have Huon Hiich a thing happen many Haien. "I left the house a few minutes uf tor tho marriage, and when about a hundred yards from thore met a band of about a dozen h?rnernen. all armed with shotguns or riflos. Thoy told mo they Intended to provont the mar? riage. I told them that It wan too lato and went with them to the barn. They bogan to deliberate and. con? vinced thnt there would bo no blood shod. I left." "After the ceremony," asked tho reporter, "did the couplo ombrncc?" "Thoy did not." Two Abductors Fined. Robert E. Chandler, tho father of the girl, wan tonight fined twonty-flvo dollars, and Toxiib Rob Chandler, her cousin, fined fifty dollnrH, for the ab? duction and forcod marriage of Bos .Hie chandler and young Robert Khun, on Saturday, It was proved during the trial that young 101am WttB not responsible for tho condition of tho girl. Sovorul of tho young man of tho neighborhood testified thnt her character was not of the best. R. A. Chandler, who wnB Insistent thnt Elnm bo forced into tho marriage, was named rrooly as hav? ing boon very friendly with tho young I woman. Tho case wns not concluded until after nightfall, having taken up tho better portion of the day. Tho Elnmn will Institute procoodingB look? ing to an nnnullment of the marriage [Tho trial was sensational In tho ex? treme. Bonl's Election Valid. PAR1B, Dec. 28.?The Chnmbor or Deputies todav decided that the lat? est election of Count Ron! de Cnstol lalne to the chnmbor was valid. CHARGED WITH FORGERY Grand Jury Finds True Bill Against G. W. Perkins. ARHAICHED UNO BAILED OUT District Attorney Politely Notified the Accused Man That He Was to Be Arrested and He Was Await? ing the Officer. NEW YORK, Dec. 28.?George W. Perkins, former vice president of the New York Life Insurance Com? pany, and partner of J. Piorpont Morgan was indicted by the grand jury today in connection with the New York Lifo Insuranco scandal. Presentments' containing Perkins' name were handed In by tho grand Jury which has bcon investigating the case. Thore woro six indictments Men against Mr. Porklns, all of which charge him with forgery In tho third degree. Distreit Attorney Jerome had noti? fied Mr. PerkiitH that ho was to bo Indicted, and the former vlee presi? dent of the New York Life and Iif*v counsel. Lewis A. Dclaflchl, were in Recorder Qoff's court when the In? dictments woro handed In. 'Mr. Per? kins was formally placed under ur rest and arraigned Iwfore Recorder Goff. He pleaded not guilty to the indictments with tho privilege withdrawing his plea between now and January 21st in order that he might Interpose another plea. if ho so desired. . Mall Promptly Furnished. Hall was fixed nt $10,000, which ?was promptly furnished 'by J. -Pier pont Morgan, dr., who was In court with Mr. Perkins. Cleveland H. Dodge, of Rivcrdale, N. Y., also went on 'Mr. Perkns' bond. Mr. Morgan said that he lived at 328 Madison Avenue and that he owned the prop? erty at 239 Mndlf.on Avenue vhich was valued at $300,000. Mr. Dodgo said he was owner of six acres of land In Rivordnlo. The ball proving acceptable, Mr. Perkins was releas? ed. What Grand Jury Said. In filing the indictments tho grand jury's loport read: "Phat in filing bills and indictments against two persons for offonses committed In connection with Now York Life af? fairs, the grand Jury, in accepting the law In these cases as advised by the District Attorney, thoy felt constrain' <] to find the accompanying indictments. The Jurors, however, doRlre to record their convictions thnt in tho acts charged, tho defen? dants wero solely Influenced by desire to benctit the pollcyholdersv of the New York Life Insuranco Com? pany, that tho defendants thorn selves neither did nor could in any way profit personally by tho acls done, and that tho evidence conclu? sively shows thnt a largo pecuniary benefit was derived by tho policy holders' as tho consequence of these acts." THI WEATHER. Partly cloudy and continued warm Sat? urday and Sunday; light variable winde. ?????????$?????3 PRICE TWO CENTS MISUNDERSTANDING ON BRYGE'S APPOINTMENT British Claims That They are Be? ing Embarassed Because Presi? dent Hasn't Accept Him ROOT SAYS HE'S SATISFACTORY And That the English Foreign Office Was Notified Orally and In Wrltlnfj to That Effect 8ome Time Ago? King Waiting to Hear From tho United State a. (By ABSoclatod Proas.) IXJNDON, Doc. 38.?Tho United Slates Is causing British official, dorn considerable ombnras^mont through Us failure to sond in its acceptance of tho appointment of James Bryco ns ambassador to Washington In nuooosnlou to Sir Henry Mortimer Durand. This ac? ceptance must be rocoivod boforo tho official announcement of appoint? ment is made. Tho appointment had been admitted by tho foreign office and Mr. Bryco announced his nr. ooptanco to his constituents, hut the proclamation of the King is lying on tho desk at tho foreign office n waiting a cablegram from tho State Department at Washing? ton. Has Been Accopted,' Sayn Root. W1A8H1NOTON, D. C. Deo. 28.? When shown the cablegram from London saying that the Brltlbh gov? ernment Is omharrnssed by the fail? ure of the United States io send Uk nccoplanco of James Bryco' as ainhnssador to the United States to succeed Sir Henry Mortimer Durand. Secretary Root, today said: "The British povernment was fled both orally, throiigb, dor Durand, and In writing several days ago that appointment of Mr. Bryco as ambassador to the Unltotl States would be eminently satisfac? tory to this government. It wns announced in Washington dispatches a week ago that In re. sponso to Inquiries from tho Brit h h government Presldonl. Roosevelt had Indlcatod that Mr. Bryco's np pointinent will he entirely accepta? ble to this government. COL MANN ACQUITTED OF PERJURY CHARGE Editor of Town Topics, Says the Jury, Did Not Write That Famous "OK." (Ry Associated Press.) NEW YORK, Doc. 28.?Tho Jury In enjte of Col. William D. Mann of Town Topics, charged with per-' Jury, tonight returned a verdict of acquittal. The case went to the Jury at Bovon o'clock and tho ver? dict was reported four hours later. The ohnrge against Col. Man grow out of Ilapgood libel cult. During the proceedings In that case Col. Mann testified thnt tho letters "O. IC. W. D. M." appearing on a letter received by htm from Count Regi? nald H. Ward of London had not been written by him. In the trial It. was charged that Col. Mann commit? ted perjury when he denied tho authorship of the letters. Great Northern Must Show Cause. (By Associated Press.) ST. PAUL MINN., Dec. 28.?Judgo Orr of the district court, at the In? stance of Attorney General Young, has signed an order directing tho Great Northern railroad company to Bhow cause why a temporary in? junction should not bo granted pend? ing final adjudication of the proceed? ing to restrain the. proposed Issuo sixty million of Grent Northern stock. Aged Negro's Throat Cut. WILLIAMSBURG. VA.. Dec. 28.? The throat of Thomns Berry, an aged negro, was cut yesterday morning while ho was asleep In his bed. Berry has been bed-ridden nearly two years. Sergeant R. C. Lawson Is confident thnt somo member of the family at? tempted to take tho old man's lifo. Gans and Herman Training Hard. (Ry Associated Press.) TON A PAH NBV., Dec. 28.?De? spite a heavy fall of snow through? out tho night Joe Cans and Kid Herman, took their dally morning run of ten miles today over tho country roads. The highways' were knee deep in mud and snow but the pugilists floundered through tho mire at a rapid pace. No Bucket Shops in Atlanta. (By Associated Press.) ATLANTA. OA., Doc. 28.?The Boykln anti-bucket shop law which goes into operation on January 1, has caused nearly every wirb ex? change In the state of Georgia to close out "Business.