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^be Xexington (Susette
Condemned Man Must Be Executed
November 24th
With the frank and emphatic
? tatement that he believed absolute?
ly in the prisqper's guilt. Governor
Mann has declined to g. ant a re?
spite to Henry Clay Beattie. Jr.,
convicted in Chesterfield county
September 8th of wife murder. Th?
refusal of the governor to interfere
with the sentence which the Su?
preme Court declared on Monday to
bo plainly right, means that Beattie
will die in the electric chair at the
State penitentiary on Friday, No?
vember 24th.
Unlike the Supreme Court, which
Gled no written opinion in refusing
a writ of error,Governor Mann gave
out a statement in which he said
that Beanie's appeal was made
"with the purpose, if possible, of
avoiding the consequences of a
crime of which he knows he U
The Governor also stated that the
so-called affidavit of Paul Beattie
was not worthy of consideration as
lo a signed statement to Beanie's
lawyers and the public. Governor
Mann said;
"While I sympathize very pro
roundly with tne father of II. 0.
Beattie, Jr., and would be glad to
help him if 1 could do so with prop?
er regard for the public interest, 1
cannot with any consideration for
those interests interfere with thc
due execution cf the sentence of tho
court in the Beattie case.
"There is no question of the hon?
esty and fairness of the jurors try
ing the case, nor is there any ques?
tion that the defense made by law?
yers .of character and ability ob?
tained for H. C. Beattie, Jr., every
ad vantage guaranteed by law to per?
sons charged with crime.
"That Beattie is guilty of the wil
ful, deliberate and cruel murder of
bis young wife I have sot the
slightest doubt nor is it insisted that
there shall be any greater relief of?
fered than the commutation of his
sentence to imprisonment for life.
"To grant a respite in so plain a
case would be to set a precedent;
would be to temporize with the law
an i to encourage appeals to the Su?
preme Court wita tbe sole purpose
of gaining time. I believe the best
way to prevent such crimes as this
to punish them adequately, certain?
ly, speedily. Therefore the judg?
ment cf the Circuit Court of Ches?
terfield will be carried into effect
without interference from me."
State Preaches on Ventilation
Surest and greatest among the
remedies of Nature is the one most
neglected?abundant fresh air?ac?
cording to the November number of
the Virginia Health Bulletin just
He who wishes to protect himself
against diseases, or to have the aid
of Nature in the cure of his mala?
dies, should live as much us possi?
ble in tbe open air and should al?
ways have abundant ventilation in
his sleeping and living quartera
A marked feature of tbe Bulletin
is the outlined plans for the ventila?
tion of private rooms. These are
illustrated by cuts showing tbe
methods by which rooms can be
ventilated at small cost and are ac?
companied by the general warning
that in no place where a man lives
is he more liable to the disastrous
affects of foul air than in his own
home, unless he takes precautions,
To meet the demand for literature
on the subjest, tbe Health Depart?
ment bas issued an edition of 10,
000 on "Fresh Air." Copies of
this bulletin will be mailed,as usual
to the list of the Health Department
and will be sent to any individual
upoa request.
Kenyon Cox, in The Field of Art
of the Christmas Scribner, discuss?
es the question: "Has our product
ion in painting sufficient national
and local accent to entitle it to the
name of American school in thc
sense in whicii there is, undoubted?
ly, a French school and an English
aobool?" _
Subscribe for The Gazette. $1.00.
He Experimented in Astrolog'
With Federal Ofiicer
The Signs All Pointed to Maligi
Influences in 1863
Capt. B, D. Woodbury of Con nee
lieut, has given to us a glimpse inti
tbe life of Stonewall Jackson, be
ginning when be was a lieutenan
in the United States army, and end
ing with the tragedy at Chancellors
ville. We think that this inciden
will be news to our Star readers, a
we have never seen it in print. 1
is from a book called "Keel ant
Saddle," written by Colonel Rever
of the Seventh New Jersey Infantry
Revere bad been an oflicer in th
navy, but had resigned previou
?o the Civil War. In 1852 he wa
on bis wayup the Mississippi river
Oj the same boat was Lieut. T. J
Jackson of the United States Array
who appeared to Revere to be a rt
markably quietand reserved,thougl
intelligent young oflicer. In thei
several days' favel together, the;
conversed on many subjects, am
astrogoly wts among them. Thi
science had quite a following in th
world at that time. It divided hon
ors with mesmerism and uiagnetisti
and, like them, bordered on th
It is well known that Louis Ni
poleon at that time kept a fumuui
astrologer at bis court to cast u|
horoscopes, and by a remarkabli
coincidence all of them culminated ii
that which really befell?the traced2
that ended the Napoleonic dynasty
Many practical natures like tba
of Jackson have a touch of the mys
tic in them, and he and Revere dis
cussed tho prevailing topic. jNt Uh
er of them believed in it fully, bu
both of them owned to amusing
themselves by a calculation af theil
owd scheme of nativity, and Roven
gave hischart to Jackson when thei
parted at Pittsburg.
Several months after wards Revert
baa a letter from Lieutenant Jack
son, haying that lie had worked on
both of their nativity schemes as in
dicated by their horoscopes, ?n<
that tbe wonderful thing was thal
they run in parallel lines, and thal
each was threatened with maligi
influences at the same time ant
within a period of ten years, ani
that the signs pointed to May, 1863
and if they survived this peril i
would not again occur. In his let
ter to Revere, Lieutenant Jacksoi
writes: "1 have gone over thesi
calculations several times and thei
result is always the same. It if
clear to me that we shall both be ex
posed to a common danger at thi
time indicated."
Colonel Revere said that ho kep
tbe letter, though he little imaginec
at that time "that the rather unpol
ished and rugged exterior of Lieut
enant Jackson concealed acharacte
destined to become famous among hi:
countrymen."?Winchester Star.
Water Meters Prevented Famine
The people of Staunton wen
through the summer and early fal
without realizing that they were on
tbe rugged edge of a water famine
tbe supply having been less than ai
any time for tbe past six years
Notwithstanding the short supply
water was not cut off a single tim;
and the pumps did not have to rai
usually on Sunday. The recen
rains have had the effectof restorinj
the normal flow. The reason th'
town passed the crisis without ex
periencing trouble is that the towt
is metered. Water meter* hav<
saved the town from a most disas
trous experience. All tbe larg*
usors have meters,and a great man)
ot the smaller users. Their instal
lation have stopped the criminal, ay
well as the simply careless, wast*
that, prevailed a number of year:
ago. users now paying for wha
they use, and they do not waste thi
water.?Staunton Leader.
A pinch of salt to tbe pound o
fruit that is being stewed will brinj
out tho flavor.
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Photo by Aim-rlcan
Pres* A*eovLutlon.
A Commission
For the Trusts
Best Plan to
Correct Evils Jg
?-H"t"H"M~?"i":"H"H-aa???? n++* ?* i <?? i+ 1 <?.; ?t~i"M"H-i?!???<? ?+a*
at ??. ?t
"We have had commissions appointed that are now investigating
how railroads should be capitalized in order to prevent stock watering
schemes. Wc have had a commission appointed to investigate the
postal rates. We have had a commission appointed to investigate
and report on the tariff, and on all three of these great and important
business questions judgment is being suspended, and action is not to
be taken until these commissions have reported.
In view of all that has happened why cannot a commission be ap?
pointed in the SAME WAY for tba SAME PURPOSE in con
nection with our great industrial agencies of trade?
In short, a system by which PUBLICITY, full, frank and ooru
plete, could be had from the proper source will of itself eradicate a
very large part of all our trouble end at the same tinio preserve for
our people the ENORMOUS ASSET that they have in thc e:ri
ciency of these great interstate and international agencies of trade
that have been built up after such a struggle and in order to meet
the conditions brought about by the great revolution that has taken
place in tbe last quarter of a century.
Felon's Stripes Instead of Fines
"Felon's stripes" as a punish?
ment for "trust criminals'' in the
United States to end 'commercial
piracy under benevolent rules of
nanon" are proposed in a bill
amending the Sherman autitr. st
law, drafted by Representative
Henry, of Texas, to be introduced
in the Mouse upon the opening of
Congress next month. Its intro?
duction probably will mean its pas
Hage in the House.
The bill specifically defines just
what constitutes a trust, legislates
from the present statute the "rule
of reason" as interpreted by the
Supreme Court iu the Standard Oil
and Tobacco cases and Iprovides as
punishment for violation of the law
imprisonment from two to ten years
in the penitentiary, lt will he re?
ferred to tbe Judiciary Committee.
Representative Henry, who lias
been conferring with Representa?
tive Clayton, chairman of the com?
mittee, and other Democratic lead?
ers, has completed the draft of the
proposed changes in the much dis?
cussed statute.
In explaining his bill, Represen?
tative Henry declared that actual
imprisonment of great industrial
offenders was essential to a cure for
tbe trust evil, and that a law to be
rigid must of necessity define a
trust to leave no rocm for contro?
versy. _
Thanksgiving Proclamation
Governor Mann bas issued the fol?
lowing Thanksgiving proclamation:
"Unto God who is the source of
all mercies it behooves us tootler up
our thanksgiving and praises, for
he bas dealt bountifully with usdur
ing the voar which has passed.
"Therefore, I, William Hodges
Mann, Governor of Virginia, do set
apart Thursday, the thirtieth day o'
November, 1911, as a day of thanks?
giving for the blessings and boun
ties we have received. And I do
earnestly recommend that the citi- j
zens of this Commonwealth asstin
ble on that day in their accustomed
places of worship, and in such I
places,in their homes and surround I
ed by their families, with grateful
hearts, they offer thanksgiving and
praise to the God of nations aud in j
dividuals. und to Him who sotteth :
the solitary in families.
"Given under my hand and under'
the lesser seal of the Common wea't li
at Richmond, this fourteenth day of
November, in the year of our ijurA. ,
one thousand Dine hundred and
eleven und in the oue hundred and
thirty-sixth year of the Common?
Flooding The Desert with Water
The Baltimore Sun is our author
ity for the fact that an interes.te.ins
project is being urged by scientists
for li-.e con versing of the Desert of
Sahara into a sea. A large portion
of the desert lies below tbe level ol
the sea and it is proposed to cut a
canal from tbe Mediterranean, which
is only about fifty miles distant, and
empty tbe refreshing waters upon
a vast waste of blistering sand.
The economic advantage of the
enterprise would lie in its value tr
tbe commerce of Northern Africa.
If this land, which is not arable sod
is worthless and uninhabited, could
be turned into a great body of nav?
igable water whose waves would
touch the shores of producing com?
munities, it would open a great
highway for the transportation ol
merchandise and add to tbe com
mercial advantage of tbe region:
An important question as to tb<
effect it would produce upon tb?
elimata must necsssarily be consid
ered. The bot winds, sweeping
across tbe desert, nave great in
fluence in modifying the climate
of Northern Africa and Souther!
Europe and the introduction of t
vast body of water mightcompleteh
change climate conditions in all this
section. Tbe enthusiastic advoc&ti
of tbe plan, however, insists that ai
inland sea would piomote rainfall it
its vicinity and transform tbe arie
wastes contiguous into fertile plains
?Richmond Virginian.
Would Change Date
Determined effort to amend tb<
Constitution changing tbe data o
tiie inauguration of tbe Presided
and vice-President of the United
States from March 4 to tho lasi
Thursday in April and altering thc
official term of the session of Con?
gress is to be one of tne features ol
the Sixty-second Congress, which
assembles in regular session nexi
A joint resolution introduced las!
sjinmer iu the House by Represen?
tative Henry of Texas, and in the
Senate by Senator Clark of Wyom?
ing, will be taken up by the House
on Judiciary soon after Congress
convenes. Besides changing the
date of tbe inauguration the reso?
lution provides for tbe elimination
of (ha short session of Congress,
tixIng tba second Thursday of Jan
nary as the date of the commence,
mont und termination of the othcia
term of Senators and Represents
ttaaa, ____
Thanksgiving turkeys ara soars*
Native of Rockbridge and Presi?
dent of Texas Republic
Francis T. A. Junkin of Chicago
The Donor
The portrait of Rockbridge'*
greatest celebrity, General Sam
Houston,the President of a republic
; (Texas). Governor of two State
: (Tennessee and Texas), a Congress
j man and United States Senator from J
Texas, will be presented to tbe |
Board o' Supervisors of Rockbridge
about January 1, 1)12. to be hung ;
in their "Hall of Fame" in the
Courthouse. We are sure the peo?
ple of Rockbridge will feel grateful
to tne donor of this portrait, than
?vhora there is none who takes more
interest iu the history std tradition
of his native county.
This portrait was painted at the
jrder of Mr. francis T. A. Junkin
>y the noted artist,John E. Jenkins
;f Austin. Texas. 1' is a replica of
th?* handsome portrait rete tly sub
scribed for by various citizens of
the States of Texas and Virginia and
presented by legislative act of tho
State ot Texas to the State of Vir
jinia. ard which will be unveiled
io the bute Capitol at Richmond
soon after the meeting Of the com?
ing Legislature. Both portraits art
said by contemporaries of General
douatoo to be remarkably lifelike
likenesses of the distinguished sol?
dier and statesman just prior to the
close by death of his remarkable
career. The artist used as a guide a
photograph of (Jeneral HooatOB
-igned by him and carefully treasur
ed io the Capital of Texas.
John li. Jenkins, the artist, train?
ed in the Academies Julieu and
Colarossa cf the Sorbonue, Paris,
under such eminent masters as
Meissonier, Dagnan Bouveret, Le
febvre. Counois, Rixens, and Benj.
Constant, is distinguished cot only
for gifted portraiture, but for his
nae landscape work as well.
Mr. Tucker for Woodrow Wilson
Monday's Richmond Times-Dis
patch says:
"I am more interested just at
present in helping to make Gover?
nor Woodrow Wilson President of
the United States than in my own
candidacy for the office of Governor
of Virginia," said former Congress?
man Harry St. George Tucker of
Lexington, at the Jefferson Hotel
last night.
Mr. Tucker has made no secret of
the fact that he will be in tbe raea
in 1913 for the Democratic nomina?
tion against all comers. However,
he has made no formal address to
the public on the subject.
"It is a little too early,"he said
last night, smilingly. He made
brief comment on the fact that "it
seems every candidate must run
twice before he is elected in this
State." This recalls the fact that
Governors Mann, Swanson and
Tyler each made unsuccessful ef?
forts to win the nomination before
they were finally able to land the
Mr. Tucker's friends were glad
to learn that his eyesight, which
bas given him nuch trouble of re
cent years, is much improved. "1
can see as well as at any time in mv
life," he said. "I feel that I am
now out of the woods as far as my
eyes are concerned."
An Expensive Dollar
The postmaster at Eist Berlin
Codh., reports that his recoil)ts in
the last year were $999.
If he had spent a dollar for'
stamps, bis receipts would have
beau $1,000. the minimum allowed
if his office waa to continue in the
third class.
Hut the dollar was not spent for
stamps, and so the postmaster gen?
eral, under the law, must, he said,
put East Berlin back into the fourth
That cuts oil tho annual allowance
of $700 for rent, fuel and clark hire.
Tba ?awtte lor a flhriatman gift.
Halifax Man Won Trophy sf $1000
From Big Field
For growing the best thirty ears
of corn exhibited from any portion
of the United States. W. H. Dorm
of Clover, Va., has been awarded
the $1,000 stiver cup offered by the
International Haivester Company at
tbe American Land and Irrigation
Exposition, held in New York at
.Madison Square Garden, Mr. Doria
winning over exhibitors from evfiry
section of the country, among them
L. D. Clore, the famous Indian Corn
King, hitherto undefeated in aeon
test of this nature. Mr. Dorin's
corn ia now on exhibition at the
Southern Railway's booth and is
attracting great attention. Farm?
ers from all actions are showing ex?
traordinary interest in tbe award
since it is tbe first time such a prize
has been won by a Southern corn
Mr. Dorin plowed his land ten
inches and subsoiled twelve inches
more. He used 2u0 pounds of phos?
phate, his only fertilizer outside of
clover turned over. His seed was
carefully selected from an acre on
which be made a splendid yield io
1910 and the corn which took the
prize was from an acre cultivated
under the methods of the United
States Farm Demonstration Bureau,
the yield from this acre being 137
bushels. The soil is tbe ordinary
type of Southern Virginia, a gray
sandy loam about eight inches deep
with a clay subsoil.
Mr. Dorin's success shows what
can be accomplished on Southern
iaod and isl the more remarkable
since be is a former resident of a
Michigan city and knew practically
nothing about farming until six
years ago when be purchased Sol
acres in Halifax county, Va., on the
Southern Railway's Richmond and
Dan ville line, paving eight dollars
per acre. Tbe award of this prize
to Mr. Dorin will prove a valuable
advertisement for the Southeast as
? corn growing land. It was with
the purpose of showing tbe agricul?
tural possibilities of the Southeast
that ine Southern Railway Company
placed an extensive exhibit at this
sxposition and did everything pos?
sible to encourage individual ex?
hibits on the part of the farmers
throughout the territory served by
its lines.
V. P. I. Charges Not Sustained
Resolutions tantamount to a dis?
missal of tbe charges recently made
against Dr. Paul Barringer, presi?
dent of the Virginia Polytechnic
Institute, and against the corps of
cadets, were adopted Wednesday
last by the Board of Visitors, all
eight members present signing
them. The charges, which were
presented by a committee composed
of Rector L. E. Johnson and
others were not made public.
It is stated by the board that
after hearing the complaints and
Dr. Barringer's answer, it is of the
opinion that the trouble at the col?
lege during tba last session was
largely due to a lack of harmony
between the civil and military
authorities, and a difference, which
no longer exists, of interpretation
of the rules. The board commends
tbe institution to the people of th*
State, and finds that tbe charges of
countenancing immorality are with?
out foundation.
Virginia Game Law Void
The Virginia law rigidly restrict?
ing the fhipment of game fro.n the
State was practically rendered void
by a decision handed down Tuesday
by Judge Waddill, ic the United
Mates District Court in Norfoik,
Th* court held that tbe action of
the Princess Anne County supervi?
sors in permitting tbe shipment of
game from tbe county was not in
violation of the provision of the in?
terstate commerce law prohibiting
interstate transportation of articles
not legally transportable in inter?
state commerce.
lt is believed that under this de?
cision "pot" hunters, who were put
out of business by tbe Virginia law,
will o* able to ply their trade

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