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VOL. X111. NO. 8.
While Church Enterl
gress in Boyertown
TOTAL NUMBER OF
Performers on the Stage in Then
Upset Kerosene Lamps and
Building Was Compltteiy I
Lost Their Lives Will
Special Trains I
irtt Associated Press)
UOYHRTOWN, PA., Jan. Ill?A ra
lautropho, Horrifying In Its details and
sickening Iii Its results, tonight swept
nearly ino souls of this borough into
eternity In almost the twinkling of
an eye. and Injured jfc'arly three
score, many of lliom fatally. A ma?
jority of (he killed wero members of
the leading famllltcs.
While the Scottish Reformation was
being produced for the benefit of tbe
Luthe an church in Rhodes' Opera
House by Mrs. Monroe of Washing?
ton. :i tank used in II moving picture
outfit, exploded. Immediately there
was a wild rush for the exits of tho
building. Men of mature years en?
deavored to still the panic, but their
Voices could not be hoard above tbo
shrieks and screams of the terrified
women nnd children, who compose.I
the greater part of the audience. I
Bloodcurdling Scenes. *]
The scenes cannot he portrayed
fittingly by the most Imaginative. The
blood curdling cries for help of tboso
who were penned within the walls
of the biasing structure could be
beard above the roaring, soothing
flames. It seemed as though nesrly
the entire audience made a mad rush
for the exits tbe moment tbe explo?
sion occurred. In tlielr attempt to
quiet the great crowd, those persons
who were on I he stage accidentally
upset die coal oil lamps used as
the footlights. Tbe burning oil scat?
tered In all directions, and the lamps
which were used to light tbe opera
house exploded, throwing biasing oil
over the terror stricken people, who
. were fighting frantically to gain tue
Floor Gave Way.
In''Hie mud rush a section of the'
floor gave way. precipitating scores
of persons to the bstfement. It was
scarcely five minutes from tbe time
of the explosion of tho tank until the
structure seemed a roaring furnace.
There was a mad scramble for the
stairway leading ftom the balcony
and scores of women and children
were knocked down and trampled
Upon. At least r>0 persons riskpd ,
lltelr lives by jumping from windows.'
Limbs were brokVn and skulls wero
crushed by this method of escape. j
To add to the terrible disaster, tbe
lire apparatus became disabled npd
the building was left, entirely to the
mercy of the seething flnmes.
It Is almost certain that not a vcs-l
llge of tho bodies of the unfortunates
who wore overcome by the smoke
nnd perished, will ever he found.
Aid From Nearby Places Sonoht.
Aid was asked from Po'ltstown, but
before the apparatus readied this
place lite CCUte- structure was a roar?
ing fi'rnnco. Had the women and
children hecdo:) ;ho warning of the!
cooler heads In the audience the lior- j
ribln lo?s of life might lave- been'
avoided, bill there was the usual'
panic and stampede which Invariably
follows su"h It catastrophe. The
(lames spread rapidly and communi?
cated |o the oilier parts or the the-1
ntor. Mnh, women and children rush-'
e:l for lh|. many exits and the weaker
BOX Slid tile child-en were trampled
Assistance was asked of both Ros'd
Ing aud Poltstowtt and speo'al trains
carrying nurses ami doctors were
rii*hcd io the scone of the disaster.
Kvery homo within a radius of half
a do/.eit blocks of tlio oiteru house
was made a temporary hospital where
llie wounded were rushed hy cairlngOS
nnd other means of conveyance.
Has a Population of 2,500.
floyortown Is a borough with a pop?
ulation of about '> 500 nnd Is located
about mldwpv l?"iwecn Pttslown and
Reading. Tbe fire Is not yo: under|
s control, bill It Is not thought that It
w'll be communicated to other prop?
erly, ss litt? opera bouse Is on a plot
i of ground by ltseir.
Hundreds of persons surround tbe
bunting structure apparently imcou
ainment Was in Pro
Pa.. There Was an
Fire and Panic.
DEAD MAY BE i25
r Efforts to Quiet the Audience
Set the House on Fire?The
)es'roved and Persons Who
I Never be Identified.
Rushed to Town.
|CCIohs of the ponding danger from'
rallllng w?llt). Mrsuy parents, who
had children in the opera house aro
pacing to and fro almost maddened
by the awful sight.
The night was one of walling anil
anguish. The shrieks of mothers ;
who mshed to the scene as soon as
As the. night ware on the crowds sut^
, rounding the building grew to such
' proportions that was almost Impos- i
Bible for the police forces, which ban |
been augmented by a score of men I
from Pottstown, and Heading, to beep!
the people back. One woman, who
said she had lots her entire family in ?
the theatre was with difficulty restrain
ed from throwing herself Into the
Nurses and Physicians.
1 Al one o'clock this morning a spec?
ial train from Reading bearing physi?
cians und nurses reached here, hut
I there was little for them to do as tue
I Injured, who had dashed thomsoivea
to the pavement had been cared for.
A few minutest after midnight the rear
wall of the theatre collapsed. The
flames broke out anew and those,
who had hoped to be able to find the
remains of some of their loved ones,
turned In despair from the scene.
It is estimated thai at least 75
persons wore Injured by I'-ing tram?
pled upon either on the stairway or
by jumping from the windows. Of
this number a score were fatally In?
jured and at least a half dozen suc?
cumbed to their injuries after being
hurried to one of the temporary hos
Three children ranging In age from
eight to twelve years and one woman,
who were dragged from the building
by persons who rushed to the,rescue,
had been trampled most to a pulp, the
sltull of one of the unfortunate chil?
dren having been cfushed us though
Fire Under Control.
The lire was under control shortly
before one o'clock hut It will he abso?
lutely Impossible to attempt to make
a search of the ruins before tomor?
row. It is* extremely doubtful if the
remains of the victims can be dis?
tinguished from the debris ns many
persons in Ihe audience were covered
with binning oil as the lamps explod?
DEATH TWICE ROBS
THIS GIRL OF FIANCE
Miss IWary Trimble, Engaged for the
Second Time to be Wed, Is ,
Again n MournlYig.
PITTSnUROi PA.. Jan. 13?For the
second time within three years Miss
Mary C. Trimble, daughter of John
Trimble, a well known justice of the
peace, followed a fiance to the grave
tills afternoon when Frank I>. Creese
of Asplnwall, was laid away. They
worn to have been married next
w-( ok, and the wedding clothes which
Miss Trimble ha- prepared on two
different occasions have been again
laid aside for deep mourning.
Three years ago Mjss Trimble was
engaged to be married to Waller Mo
! Keo. The date of the wedding had
noon uet. when Miss Trimble's sis?
ter. 8ybllla. was taken 111 and died,
end the wedding had to bo postponed.
Another date was set. but two weeks
bofore tl'^! day arrived McKcon was
taken ill with pneumonia and died on
I the day they were to have been
Frank Creese whs the most Inti?
mate friend of McKce, and nfler a
year of mourning had passed lie be?
gan to court Miss Trimble. Finally
they became engaged afld the wed?
ding coromony was to have been
reformed next week. Ten davs ago
Creese whs taken ill with typhoid fe?
ver, which during the past few days
docvloped 'n?o pneumonia, and he
died late Friday night. Miss Trim?
ble Is prostrated.
fmiifArri CnUoqe Building Burned.
ORFKXSBnrfo. x. r.. Jan. 13.?Flr<j
at Cnllford College this morning dc
strayed King ball, one of tlu> princi?
pal College buildings, library, clnas
rooms, society halls and museum.
The building was a throe-story brick
structure, it was built fifteen years
ago to replace one liurned on thO same
spot five veais liefere, at a cost or
TWO SAILORS SWEPT
OVERBOARD IN STORM
Norwegian Steamship Fortuna Arrives
From Sea With Hull Badly
Damaged and Two of
Crew Missing .
With two sailors of her crew miss?
ing, another seriously Injured und her 1
hull superstructure badly damaged as
the result of an encounter with a
terrific so Vaster off the Virginia coast
Saturday night, the Norwegian steam?
ship Fortuna. Which steamed from
Norfolk Saturday morning with a
cargo of coal for Havana, arrived at
lliis port fiinn sea Sunday evening and
dropped anchor in the harbor. The
steamer will go to the shipyard this
morning to have a survey made. She
probably will repair here.
Captain Roy en, master of the ship,
reported yesterday that Im ran Into
the storm shortly before midnight
Saturday night ami that for several
hours there seemed lo be little hope
of saving tin- ship. Seas almost moun?
tain high broke completely over the
ship from stein to stern, carrying two
Herman sailors ?vcrtoard and serious?
ly Injuring another by hurling him
against the ship's Side.
A part of the bridge, the blnnlclo,
compass. |H>rt boats, ventilators and
side lights were carried away, the
hand wheels at the stern were smash?
ed and a hole was stove In the ship's
side. The smokestack wag also bent.
Wheu the elorin abated Sunday morn?
ing the steamer put about for the
Roads. The names of the missing
sailors couid not be learned yester?
DECIDE NOT TO RE OPEN
Only Chance Left it the Purchase of I
Fair Property by Private
(Ily Associated Press)
NORFOLF, VA., Jan. 10?Thai there
will be no official reopening of the
Jamestown Exposition for the season
of 1008 wus determined today by the
reply of Chairman Oeorge 11. Adams
of the Exposition reopening commit?
tee, to a communication on this sub?
ject sent him last week by Alvah
II. Martin, chairman of the receivers]
for the Exposition Company.
The only chance left for reopening
would be the purchase of the property
for tills purpose by private Interests.
The Exposition receivers will to?
morrow lile with the court their first
Tlie Powjhutnn C.uard on thrf
grounds was todfiy 'reduced to 25
An efflcl'onl fire department Is still
being maintained for the protection
of the state buildings, etc.
MAY BE THE ONLY SURVIVOR.
Engineer of the Thomas W. Lawson
Back?Captain Very Low.
NEW YORK. Jan. 13.?Edward la.
Howe, of Wlsonssct. Me., chief en?
gineer of the schooner Thomas W.
Liwsou. which turned turllc In Hoard
round. Scilly Island, the night of
December 1.1, has arrived on the Am?
erican Line steamer St. Paul, from
Southampton, Howe and Capt. D. Wi
Cow, of Mclrose. Mass.. are the only
survivors of the crew of 18. Oeorge
Allen, of Breford, England, a sailor,
managed to reach land after the seven
master went over, but died of his In?
Howe said Captain flow was slill
at Iho farmhouse, near Hugh Town
where the Captain. Allen and he were
taken. Captain Cow was frightfully
injured, and is* In n critical condition.
Howe is still suffering from injuries
to his legs. Two weeks after the
wreck he was able to proceed to the
Bngllsli mainland! where his passage
home was arranged.
The Thomas W. Lawson was owned
by the Coastwise Transportation
Company of Boston, and was hound
rrom Philadelphia for London with oil.
She wtis the largest vessel of her
class ever built.
Linton Anxious for More.
I Bv Associated Press)
COLOMBO. CEYLON Jan. 1^?Sir
Thomas Lipton iu an interview to?
day, said ho had definitely decided to
send another challenge for the Amer?
ica's cup In September of this year.
He hoiies to receive nft Intimation
that Ibis challange will bo accepted
whereupon he will nt once begin
building the challenger yacht.
FS. VA., TUESDAY, A
INSANITY WILL BE
MUTS SOLE DEFENSE
Littleton In His Opening Address
to the Ju y Shows He Has
But One Plea.
AVEBS THAT ACCUSED WAS MWIAC
So Strong in His Language Thai Law?
yers A'<e Wondering How He la
Going to Prove That Thaw Has Re?
gained His Mental Faculties?Wit?
nesses Not to Stay In Court.
(By Associated Prosa)
NEW YORK, Jan. 13?The Thaw
trial moved with n rush today. After;
the state had prcKirntcd Us direct:
case and Assistant iimtrlct Attorney
Carvlu had chnractr. ?od the silling'
of Stanford White as a premeditated, I
del I horn to and cc. 'ardly murder,"
Marlin W. Littleton -r the defense,
made the opening for the prls-i
Ills promise of now evidence was
sensational, Mr. Littleton promised
to forgp a chain o circumMtnnccs'
and to produce a II, rj of testimony!
which will prove Huivy K. Thaw un
douhtedly Incline at _.ie time of the
Kvldencc of beredt ? Insanity and
of Bttnngc, unusual a & of Thaw waK
told of by Mr. Llttvton. who said i
that physicians who n> I attended him'
were hurrying Ihm-? ) from Europe. |
that the altcndanls (, his childhood,
would be on hand f Vivo lhclr ,n>-'
pressions of "Hie wlwi-oyed, distant
Mr. Littleton startled the court'
room by declaring that after Evelyn I
Neshltt had told him her Story in |
Pari- In 1003, Thaw "drenched him-j
self with a poison" and would have
died hut for the heroic work of three
physicians who labored over him all
of one night,
Mr. Littleton spared neither Thaw
nor bis family in bis recital of the
U ?fondant's life history.
During the speech Thaw sal wide
eyed and pallid, looking fixedly til Ids
counsel. Toward the close be seem?
ed ra-thor dlsploasod with something
that was said.
Mr. Litt'. ?Ion's speech was some-1
what drsmotjc and Impassioned at
times and was keenly foil by tlio
-Thaw's ancestry, marked by de?
cided taints of Insanity on both the
farther's .and mother's side, accord-'
Ing to his chief counsel, was drawn
with great care und them the tiefend-j
ant himself was pictured as Irrational ,
oratio and Insane as a boy, who oscil?
lating between "starshlp and mad?
ness, between brilliancy and dark?
ness" fought unavalllnglyt against the
fever of Insanity which coursed In
his blood ?I high.
Insanity tl-'e So|e Defense.
"I make no claims for this defend?
ant above those of tbu average man
as to morals, vices or virtues," de?
clared Mr. Littleton. "But I say bis
life history is enough to free him
from the charge thnt ho was respon?
sible for his act. Add to his history
the heart breaking episode of his love
for the young woman who became ills
wife 'and of her recital to hint of a
Btory which flashed in the four quar?
ters of the globe, made nil the world
that reads, stand still and wonder,
nnd I shall have no hesitancy In ask?
ing you if von have not a reasonable
doubl as to whether be was sane the
night of this deplorable tragedy. And
upon that doubl I shall ask yon for
a verdict of not guilty."
Mr. Littleton told of a trip abroad
taken by Thaw in 1899 when he was
ill and Insane at Home, Monte Carlo
and London, being under Ibe care of
physicians and nurses at each place,
and declared ho would produce these
physicians anil nurses as far as pos?
sible io loll their st rles. Teachers,
who kept diario- about the strange
child who sat in their classes, afco
will come, he sft'd, to tell the jury
about 'ibe early life and tendencies
of the defendant. Describing the
killing of White Mr. Littleton said:
"Tbt'w's madness, horn and bred
In him; had Moon Bc( on fire by the
stories he had heard, lie hail gone
to ihe district attorney with Ihom
and to Mr. ('oinstock. They ran in
his head until stnggorlng among the
chairs of Madison Square Carden ?
.vet not diunk?bis eye? burning like
two great coals of fire, unable Intell?
igently to answer questions put to
him. mahactal In the list degree, lost
?lost as ho was In Honte. In Monte
(Continued on Page Seven.)
ANIJAUY 14, 1908.
FOR STATE RIGHTS
Scuta Congressman Made
V gorous Defense of Timm In
House of Representatives
RWE QUESTION EMBED DEBATE
House was Considering the Civil
Rights Bill and the Dlson Resolu?
tions Made a Number of Amend?
ments All of Which Were Defeated
by a Strictly Party Vote.
(By Associated Press)
WASHINGTON. I). C. .Ian. III.?Vlg.
orous defense of the slate's rights In I
dealing with violations of civil tights]
or with special stale elections where
state troops ate called Into service,
served to enliven the debate In the.
House of Representatives In the con?
sideration of the bill to obdlfy the penal [
laws of the United States. -A number
of Democrats mostly from the South-J
ern states, strenuously sough! by am?
endment to reserve to the stall's
themselves- discretion an to the. quali?
fications ol voters or of persons serv?
ing on juries ami to eliminate the
powers of the Federal Judges In cer?
tain cases; hut every attempt failed.
The Republicans presented a holld
front and the votes all were on parly
I Wien debate on the hi!) wan re?
sume,! in tin- House today, Mr. Do
I Armpnd, of Missouri, expressed the
view (hut, the powers given to Federal!
I Judges In certain cases eliould bo j
I curbed. Ho said he favored giving
them Just as Utile option and Just as
Mittle absolute power as possible. He'
I offere d an amendment to section 221
I of the bill relating to conspiracies to
intimidate government olllcers by!
changing Iho line to not "Icsb" thnn
$.ri0u ami Imprisonment with or with
t out hard labor of not "less" than sixty'
I yenrs or both. The original provision
calls for a flue of not "mort" thunj
i$5,000 and not "more" than six years
Imprisonment. Mr. Williams, or Mis.
isjasippl, opposed the amendment and
it was lost. Thereupon Mr. Williams j
moved it, strike out the whole section;
remarking llutl it was another relic'
I of reconstruction days and was put on1
i the statute hooks to tnool the Kill-1
Klux conditions of those days. Klu
Kluxlsm hud passed and he thought j
i the statute should have passed with It. I
I The motion was lost il l to 120. Mr. j
j De Almond then Bought to ament by
. fixing the fine at not inure than St.ilUO
' Instead of $5.001) and not more than
one year's Imprisonment, instead of
Race Question In Congress.
This amendment likewise, was lost
117 to 11K. Section 21 on motion of
Mr. Webb, of North Carolina, was
amended so as to limit the punish?
ment therein prescribed to "persons
who willingly" subject Inhabitants of I
any state or territory to the deprlva-l
Don of any rights guaranteed them
under iho constitution or laws of the
United states or to punishments be?
came such Inhabitants Is alien or be-j
cause of his color or race. Opposition
to section 21 prescribing penalties for!
j attempts to disqualify for jury ser
I vice any citizen on account of rnee or i
I color came from Messrs. Hardy of
I Texas. Dartlett, of Georgia, the latter!
of whom moved to amend by striking1
out the clause applying the statute to i
I Juries In ?dato courts. Roth declared ,
the section, as framed was a ursup-!
lion of states rights.
Their arguments were rigorously
combatted by Mr. Moon, of Pennsyl?
vania, who remarked that the section^
as it stood represented the action of
u Democratic Congress and iVAno
I catlc president who declared the law
' was good.
After Messrs. Hardy; Texas. Hons
' ton. Tennessee and ?artlett, Georgia,
had spoken in favor of Mr. Hartlc-'s
motion. Mr. Drlscoll, of New fork, as?
sailed the Democrats for attempting
to take from the negro his right an a
The motion was lost 77 in 0.1 as was
also a motion by Mr. Hardy to striae
out the wdiole section.
I An amendment by Mr. Webb, of
I North Carolina, to prevent the pre?
sence of Federal . troops at private
state elections culled for by the legis
| tature or governor of the slate, pro?
voked a discussion which was par-;
jtlclpatcd in by Mr. Wehl-. Mr. Mann.pt
Illinois who Opposed the amendment
and Mr. Cock rah, of New York.
I Mr. Mann asserted that the amend
monl was partisan, but Mr. Webb de- i
elarod he was acting in good faith.
I A tlnpe of pict'uresquoss was given
to the dehnte when the venerable for
mer Speaker .1. Warren Kelfer, of
Ohio, rose and pitted himself In 6p-"i
position to Mr. Wehl', one of the
youngest members of the House who,
I had Just sal down.
I The amendment was lost.
Secretary of Treasury Hocused of
Corrupting Original Idea of
Panama Bind Issue
"STHINGEHCY SOURCE OF PROFIT"
Senators Tlllman and Bailey Want toj
Know Why the Secretary Hao not
Sent In the Report ABkod tor by the
Senate, and Indulge In Caustic Re?
(By Associated Prrws)
WASHINGTON, I). C, .Inn. IX?
Bonator Ctilborson started a discus
slop In the Kennte today liV asking
whoth oiuny reply had been received
(mm the secretary of the treasury in
response to the Sonnte, resolution call*
Inn on the secretary for Information
regarding the recent bond luatio.
Mr. Clny. of deuteln, wanted to
know whether the secretary wait not
required to make a report of these
facts by law, In rosponso to which In?
quiry Mr, Aldrlch Bald bo believed ho
waa so required but there was no
provision of law stipulating how the
report should he made. He wiia sure,
howovor, the Information would bo mi
Mr. Cuiberson insisted thai the duly
of the secretary under the law was to
make such a statement on or before
January l, for tho proceeding your,
concerning deposlta of public money.
Mr. Tlllman referred to two reso
lutlotiH by hint which had remained
on th* calendar BlnCO December S...
calling for Information concerning
clearing house certl/icaloB nnd tho
hood Issue und snld It would be best
to leave the matter to tho committee
on finance. He said be wished to
lay aomo correspondence on this sub
Ject before the committee nnd bad
road from the vice-president's letter
from O. H. ICIooborg, of Wilmington,
Del., stating thai he had bid an avor
age of 104 1'.! Tor $10.000 of Panama
bonds anil had not been awarded any
of thom although they sold for 102 1-2.
Mr. Tlllman wanted to know how It
happened that the bonds bail been sohl
to the batiks at a lower prlCO nnd no.
to citizens who bid higher for them.
He also rend a letter from Assistant
Secretary .1. II. Kdwards, of tho treas?
ury department to Mr. ICIooborg as
follows: "hi reply to your lifqulry
of the 17 Instant von are Informed
thai Individual bidders, whose bldit
were greater than $1,000 were not al?
lowed any bonds." Ho also raid
another letter from a correspondent
In Augusta. flu., who wanted to know
how It bnppcued tnat tho <tocrctary
places "vast stints of currency tu New
York Danks" to relieve the flnnnrlttl
stringency whllo those banks chnrgn
1 1-4 per cent peranum On this money
,to Southern banks. "The stringency
'seems to be a source of profit to
some one." ndded Mr. Tillman's cor?
Senator Bailey's Reflection.
"As some courts; have been s*o glad
to Issue Injunctions," Senator Halley
said, "I think they would he glad of
an opportunity In this case."
"I think this course on the part of
the secretary Is more remarkable In
view of the fact that the very pur?
pose of Issuing these^honda was to
attract the money Hint was In hiding.
You might attract It from plnces
where citizens had It hut not from the
hanks. A pari of the understanding
under which these bonds worn Is?
sued, was that 'JO per conti of the
money received from their sale would
he left on deposit with the hanks. If
Hint bo Irije the hanks: received from
the government Interest at the rate
of 30 per cent, per aniim.
"The governmon sold these bonds
at 102 1-2 and deposited In the banks
90 per cent, of Hie purchase price,,so
thai the $10. paid oil each bond actual?
ly drew Interest at Hie rate of 80
per cent, per annum. It was noj In?
tend, d thai this money should ha
used for the Panama canal, but It
was to relieve the financial pj'osstire.
Under thai plan with that profession
on his llns, the secretary seems to
have declined the money which Indi?
vidual citizens were willing to take
from their trunks or other plnces of
hiding, and turned the bonds over to
the banks at ,'!0 per cent, per annum.
"1 think this dlsclsslnn Is morn or
less premature," said Mr, Aldrlch.
Mr. Tlllman denied that It was pre?
mature in view of the letters be had
read, hut raid hn would wait for Sec?
retary Cortolyou'B reply.
Mr. Tillman's resolutions wore then
referred lo tho committee on finance.
The rcgniar meeting of the l.aill.is'
Auxiliary of the Young Mnu'.i Christ
Ian >KS"c|atlon will' be held ?t 10
o'clock this morning In the as-sociatlon
hall. As several matters of great
imnorlnnce arc In be discussed, a full
attendance of tho members is desired.
Fair Tuesday, with colder In
east portions; Wednesday fair;
fresh west winds.
PRICE TWO CENTS
FIGHT ON 10 REPEAL
MONOPLY OF STATE
Contest to End Richmond, Fred
erlckb'jrg ana Potomac's Ex?
clusive Privilege Will be Bitter.
LEGISLATURE TO HEAR AIL SIDES
Sinking Fund Commissioners Are
Aligned Against Taking Away the
Exclusive Privilege ? Sweeping
Liquor BUI, Which, Among Otlu<-f
Things, Forbids Treatlny. k
(Special To Thn Pally Pres.;.)
RICHMOND, VA., Jan. 13.?The hill
to repeal the stntuto which prohibits
the paralleling of Iho Richmond Freu
prlcksburg und Potomac Is before the
members of the general assembly. The
light In on in earnest, und from new
to the time when the vote Is finally
taken on the proposition there will bo
The sinking fund commissioners of
the state have iillgncl ngalnst any In
torfcrence with existing conditions.
They have Informed Hie metiihrrs of
the general assembly, of that fact.
They desire to protect the slnkhv
j fund of the state?the revenues coin?
ing to Virginia Dalng devoted to the
i Kinking fund. Members of Hie slnk
j lug fund are to be seen mingling with -
i the leghdalors, bul it Ih not known
' that thoy nre discusulng the railroad
On tho other hand, huslne.is men
of the city of FrnderlcksliurK aml'otheir
points which are clamoring for the re?
peal of tlio bill and for a chance tu
nro'v' y- in numbers, and
working with the earnestness ot men
who menu business. These gentle
then all represent substantial biislnos"
Interests of FrOdorloksburg, and tiro '? ?'.
red-hot for the success of the Uli. ' "
which they think will give their sec?
tion rights equal under the law to all
other sections of tho state.
Members will have nil sides of tho
matter presented to them. It is ex?
pected that business bodies of this anil
other eitle? wlil take a hand In the
matter. It Is believed that if the
vote was taken at iIiIb time, the "re
poalers" would win by a good.majorly. .
mid Ihn impression is that the stntl
ment for getting the state out of the
railroad business Is spreading.
Today's sosslon of the Senate open?
ed with prayer by Rev. K. N. Callsch,
of Beth Ahabab synagogue.
The reading of the list of the stand?
ing committees, formunlatod by the
i landing committee, opened up the
first "scrap" of the session. Sena?
tor Karly, in the nbsonco of the chair?
man, Senator Noel (Republican), lead?
ing tho minority, arose and made a
vigorous prolest ngalnt-t the Ignoring
of the minority on the Vhtsncc and
road committees. He said that he had
given tho committee the names of the
minority nnd hnd asked that the min?
ority be represented on the two com?
mittees. He submitted statistics
showing the property valuations ami
assessments of his district and thai
of the Eighth nnd Ninth districts.
Tho question was submitted to a
viva voco vote and it was doclnjud
adopted, when Senator Noel asked a
roll call, and It was ordered.
Senator Parks introduced n bill
which revises the old What-ton '"w
ngnlnst insurance companies having
any agreement regarding rates in Vir?
Senator Ilurmuu Intioduccd u 1411
to provide for n uniform system of
keeping the accounts of the various
Senator Holt Introduced a bill to
create the office of commissioner of
banking, placing the department under
tho stuto Corporation Commission.
Sonntor PearBon. Republican, offered
a resolution providing for the aboli?
tion of the five district school examin?
Asks Help of "Uncle Sam."
Tbc following resolution, offer, ,1 in
the House today by Delegate Curlelt.
of Lancaster, was, at his request, icfer
red io the committee on federal re?
"Whereas Iho several States of Iho
United Stales pay into the National
Treasury an enormous sum in tho
way oi internal revenue; and
"Whereas this State is nimble to
proporly provide for its militia, fire?
men and soldiers disabled in the ser?
vice of the State by reason of finan?
cial aid necessary for the upbuilding
of our public highways and settlement
of our public debt; therefore, be -?
"Resolved, by tho House of Dele?
gates (tho Senate concurring*. That
the following memorial bo presented
to our representatives In Congress:
"That Ihey are earnestly and i"
spectfully requested to Introduce ?
bill in Congress making tho following
"Thnt tho National Government re
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