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?be Xexin-gton (Sascttc
Many Bills of State-Wide Import
Failed of Passaee
Tiie General Assembly adjourned
last Saturday afternoon. The fol?
lowing summary of the sesion's
work was published in Sunday's
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Taxes on the rolling stock of
steam railroads will, after 1912, be
divided, 25 per cent. going to the
cities which have the home offices
and the remainder homo; divided
among the cities and counties
through which they rim.
All convicts regarded as safe to
work on the public roads will be
employed on highway construction
after the expiration of the contract
with the Thacher Company on May
I, 1918. The remainder, not to ex
coed 500, will L>*? put to work on a
new contract.
To the people of Virginia is rr
ferred the amendment- to the Const!**
tu tion permUting ol tl treasurers
and commissioners of tho revenue
tj succeed themselves, and the
amendment permitting toe General
A*.Noin nly to grant, to cities a com?
mission form of government.
The counties of Halifax and Char?
lotte aro tiiKen fruin the "Sixth Con?
gressional District anti placed in
the (fifth.
A commission is created to cum
promis.- back taxes with the Rich
mond, Fredericks bu rr* and Potomac
Railroad, aud to guard a merger un?
der which the road is permittod to
amend its charter hy surrendering
its exemption from taxation and be?
ing relieved of its special buniol ra
A colony for feeble-minded,women
of child-bearing ago is established
at the farm for epileptics near
Two plants for tho grinding of
limestone will be established by the
State, the product to be sold U
farmers for tho improvement of land
The killing of robins in Virginia
is prohibited at any season.
Primary elections are put under
the jurisdiction of the courts as tc
punishments for violations, the ex
penses of candidates are limited
counties and cities pay the costs,
and paid advertising matter must bi
so marked.
A Bureau of Vital Statistics ii
established for the protection of thi
public, health and of hoirship o
Two United States Senators wen
Unfinished business includes ta:
reform, legislative redistricting
modification of the fee system, am
ratification or rejection of the Fedet
al income tax. Rejected proposition
include woman suffrage, a woman'
college, a liquor referendum, an
adoption of the principles of the ic
itiitive, the referendum and the rt
Bills of general interest whic
died on calendars were:
Providing a State Board of Optvc
metry, the Clialkley and Robertso
pure election bills, the Adams pur
paint bill, the Harwood bills for th
consolidation of reformatories, tl
abolition of the Governor's statf, tl
nepotism bill,the district poorhous
bills, the White bills designei
abolish the pleading of contributoi
negligence, the Milstead investme
company bill, the Byrd child lab
and Cox safetv appliance bills, t
Stebbins uniform bills of ladii
measure, the Stephenson antigai
bling bill, the Fit/.hug li unlit reat i
bill, the Banks antitrading stat
bill, the Creamer bill limiting t
hours of labor of street car ei
ployes, the Walton bill to provii
for the election of school trust?
by a vote of the people, the Walt
and O'.ivor bill to repeal the lo
option compulsory school atte
dance law, the water pollution bil
the Hannan safety match bill, t
Throckmorton milk bill, the cont
tutionai ameudment permitti
election of school superintende
by tho people, and the game prut
tion bill._
James Elliott, a negro, and a I
mer slave, who, before the C:
War, escaped North by the "Und
ground Railroad," is dead at
home at Bingham pion. N. Y., ni
101 years. He amassed a fort
by dealing in rs*..1 estate.
'resident of Old County Court of
Justices of Peace
Lived and Died in This Community
Respected by All
(Remarks of Frank T. C,la*>K<i\v in prrscntinn
[he portrait ol John Kurt Sr .to tha- Board ol Su
parviaatl la tb* I ."tirthouse, LcunKlon. Va..
M.nih |, lg: ? I
Mr. Chairman:-? A people who
do not treasure in memory the lives
of their good and faithful de'ad dc
not deserve, and rarely receive, the
loyal affection of those why follow
The man, whoso portrait I have
the honor to present to yon, was a
good man, a useful man, und a prom?
inent citizen in tho annals of Hock
bridge county.
Wo are told if a canal were cut
connecting t.ie Athabasca and Sas
katf hu.van Rivera, and another con
aecting the Red River of the North
anel the Mississippi, an Indian
might enter the. month of the Mnek
antin from the Artic Ocean and row
from these latitudes of ice down tu
the Gulf of Mexico* the regions of
eternal summer!
So, likewise, the life John Ruff,
Sr., which began in Revolutionary
times and extended down nearly te
the Civil War, constitutes a bridgt
Spanning the grea, chasm between
our,own time and the liberty-maWinjj
epoch ejf the American Revolution.
Mr. Rofl was born April 5, 1783,
and eli ed September 9, 1856, in bis
Tt'.th ycr. a typical Scotch-Irishman
as shown so plainly by th.
strong lineaments of his counte
Banca in this portrait. He nan I
prnaperotia, thrifty farmer, living ;
short distance south of lexington
Ile left a considerable estate to hi
family ?t his death. Tho late Judg
William McLaughlin was one of hi
Mr. Kuli was. through his loni
life, an active, useful member of thi
community, and whilst I have at tn
disposal limited data ns ttl eie-tail
shall mention two facts which spea'
volumes to shtiw bis character, us<
fulness and influence in the oomaal!
f He w;is a prominent member c
the Methodist Episcopal Chnrcl
South. In the Valley Star of Sei
tember 13, 1858, are published resi
lotions, adoDted then recently by ti
lexington Circuit of the Virgin
Conference, expressing their his
estimate, of his ^reat worth. In I
words they record theil gratitude fi
his useful life; for his prudent cou
sel; for his ellicient action; for h
constant charity, and for his brigl
and Christian example in the v
r iou fl relations of life. In oneof tl
closing paragraphs he is deserib
as "an affectionate husband,
honored pareut, a kind neighbor,
dignified gentleman, a valuable ai
intluential member."
And, again, it appears from t
public records of the county tl
for over 15 years he was a menah
of the County Court, and during
to think, a considerable part of tl
ry time, the honored president of tl
nt' Honorable Court. I use the wc
or "Honorable" in this connection t
h*3 in the formal sense alone, for it
?U a fact that our old County Cou
composed *of the county justic
a% count, y gentlemen of ebano!
nP high standing end influence, v
**e indeed a remarkable institution.
n' held, and justly held, high plact
*e the affections of our people. Tr
l0S it was composed of men goner;
on not learned in the law, but. met
ca; clear, strong minds, familiar w
in" affairs and of incorruptible int
's- rity. They undertook to dec
"e what was the very right of
**" cause without giving technical i
n**f sons.
?*?*?? Remarkable as it may seem it
ee" been often assertod (and so far i
know never successfully deni*
or- that of all the decisions of the
ivil County Courts of Virginia wi
ler- were appealed to what was then <
Iii* ed the Superior Court, and from
jed latter to the Supreme Court of
uuc peela ot the State, though the in
meaiate court reversed sundry
Something Nev/
Will Be Found
When Natural
Resources Fail
Vice President of thc United States
? American PrsiBa
RE is the BEST CONSERVATIONIST who utilizes the
forces of tho air and all the hidden forces of tho earth for
tho advancement of mankind and turn.-* these forces into
comforts and conveniences and makes them supply necessi?
ties and in other ways lighten the burdens of this generation.
I believe that each new generation is equal to the task of discover
ing SOME *N'EW THING to take the place of toy exhausted nat?
ural resources. I am willing to give the COMING GENERATION
credit for being as smart as we are. I believe that they will find fuel.
It maj be that they will invent appliances to squeeze out of the air
the thing tbat will light and heat the homes.
How Delegates and Senators Voted
On Enabling Act
Following is the vote on the En?
abling Act in the General Assembly
of Virginia, which provided for an
expression of the people on State?
wide prohibition.
Tbe House of Delegates voted on
the measure Febrjary 22nd and the
temperance people won by the vote
of t>2 to 30, as follows:
Ayes?Adams, Anderson, Bain,
Baker of Chesterfield, Baker of
Louisa. Bargain in. Hell, Borden,
Bowman, Brewer, Brown of Dan?
ville. Book, Burt, Coleman of Spot
sylvania. Daniel, Earman, Evans,
. Ewing, Fitzhugh. Flanagan. Fulton,
. (Jrant. Gregory, Harvey, Ivey, Jen
. nings, Jordan. Kent, Kinsey, Love.
v bunston!. Malbon, Martin, Massey.
Meetze. Moore. Moseley, Mustard
, Norris, Page. Radford, Rakes, Kew,
r. j Roberts of Washington, Robertson,
Rolston, Row, Sinivli.Spessard.Steb
bins. Stephenson of Bath, Stephen
son of James Cit*/, Stratton. Tale,
Throckmorton, Walton, Weaver
White of Albemarle, Willeroy, Wil
barns, Wissler and the Speaker?62
Noes?Banks, Browning. Chris
tian. Coleman of Norfolk, Cox
Creamer. Curtis. Gilliam, Harwood
Houston. Howerton. Kemper, Mil
stead, Moncuie, Montague, Old, Ol:
ver. Parker. Peek, Roberts of Meek
lenburg, Sutphin, Taylor, Temple
ton, Terrell, Tiffany, Utz. Waits
WTebb. White of Rockbridge, am
Paired ?Clarke with Rutherfoorci
Chalkley with Peyton. Tabb wit
Richardson, Brown of Westmore
land, with Land. In each ease th
first-named would have voted "aye.
The bill reached a vote in th
Senate March 2nd, and the tempe]
ance people lost by the vote of 23 t
15, as follows:
Ayes?Senators Bowers. Brool
a Catroc, Drewry, Early, Fletche
[,(* Folkes. Garrett, Harmin, Har
j Hobbs. Holt, Lesner. Massie, Mn
he ! cure, Montague, Parr, Paul, Risi:
,at I Sowder, Thornton, Watkins, We
,er jdenburg?23.
1 j Noes?Senators Blanks. Crocket
iat Cummings, Edmonson, Feathersto
lat Gayle,Gravatt, Mapp.Royall, Saar.
,rf* ers, Smith, Tavenner. Tucker, Wal
10l er, West?15.
is I Paired?Rinehart, for bill, wi
,.* Echols, against it.
es, -
er. cisions, yet not in a single case d
ms the Supreme Court sustain the !*?
lt perior Court of Law and Chance
? in in so doing, but in every install
ue, reversed the Superior Court a
illy affirmed the original decisions of t
n of County Court,
ith To belong to that court was
eg-' small hourn . To be its preside
ide ! was to hold the most prominent a
influential position in the county.
1 beg, Mr. Chairman, to presi
to your hon. ruble body the portr
of a president of that bonorab'e ?
,s I honored tribunal, the Peopl
id), ; Court, tho old County Ctnrt
old I Rockbridge; i his splendid porn
dch I and excellent likeness of a stro
tall-1 and good, and useful iran, Jt
tho J Ruff, Sr , n? radorv tin* willis of ll
Ap- | tho Courthouse of the ci eat hist
tor-1 county of R ickbndge, whic
de- loved and served so well
Sam Houston's Portrait Presented to
In the Virginia House of Dele?
gates Saturday night. March :*
ll'l-, Congressman Jack Heall, o'
the Fifth Texas district, presented
on behalf of the State of Texas tu
the State of Virginia an oil portrait
t of General Sam Houston.
"We tender you tonight." saiei
Mr. Heall, "a portrait of this simple
hut majestic man, this soldier who
bled for the two republics, this
orator, statesman and patriot, and
we declare to you that tlie deeds In?
wrought entitled him to live in our
hearts as a great Texan, in yours as
a great Virginian and in the hearts
of all mankind as a great Ameri?
Accepting the portrait, former
Attorney General William A. Ac
j derson of Rockbridge, Genera
Houston's native county, said:
"On behalf of the authorities o
Virginia. 1 make giateful acknow?
ledgment of the gracious act o
Texas in this gift of the portrait o
a sot; of Virginia, who after a che
quered career of gallant ana dis
tinguished military and civic ser
vice as soldier, citizen, representa
tive in Congress, attorney genera
and Governor of Texas, became ii
lustrious as the savior and ch ie
architect of the republic and th
State of Texas."
Delegate Hugh A. White of Roc!
bridge, was chairman of the join
receptiem committee
Taft and Roosevelt
Whether considered from th
e | political or the human standpoint, tt
causes wiiii'ti have broken up tl
frieu.i-,l,ip of T*?!l anti la.lose ere. t al
instrcutive. Just as the artilici.
light oi the stage creates a misleac
ing glamour around the actors. :
the calcium of publicity concea
some traits of character ami e
aggerates others in public me
Let us look at Taft aud Roos
velt in the dry white lig
of everyday. If we do that, it
seen at once that the reasons whii
have made Roosevelt and Taft eu
uiies are like those which dost te
thousands of friendships in pr iva
life. Tlie difference is in size, c
kind. The Taft K osevelt hatr
seems to bc on a bigger seale th
tbe mutual dislike of Smith a
Jones, simply because RoosCTi
and Taft deal with large affairs, a
their repulsion toward each otl;
has split a political party.
But any friendship based
such grounds as that of Rooscv
and Taft must go to the sinai
Roosevelt thought, probably s
cerely.that he valued Taft for Taf
self. Really he val nod Taft only
a tool. Taft doubtless supposed
ad ni net! Roosevelt for Re ie >.*>?.< ve-i
sake. In point of fact he ad mil
Roosevelt as the political creator
Taft. ? Noitiun K. Mack in Natio
Ths intnperntera inside a silk
on a man's head is from 15 ttl
degrees higher than on the outsi
according toa French inventignl
The world s demand for nwt
pict?rea ne>?v calls for trie use
nearly 55,000 miles cf hims a yeo
Jorn in Rockbridge Near Timber
Ridge Church
jovernor of States of Tennessee and
{AOdrmsmmt \v e; McDowella*********** thr
^.rlrait atti**. Sam Mouse.ni e.. the Board f Su
ptr*keett m itu: Cowtthoasc, Utaiastaa, Vi
March i. wi.-..
(Concludeel from last week.)
On May !nh. 1840, Sam Houston
again married, at Marion, Alabama,
Margaret MoffottC Lea, a lady of
rare mental culture, endowments
and force of character, who bore
him four sons and four daughters.
Houston's life was always full of
storms, but at no period was he
>-onf rooted willi more opposition and
denunciation than at the outbreak
eif the Civil War, when he opposed
?cession of the State of Texas,
anel nowhere does his independence
of charcter loom up more resplend?
ent than in this crisis. He found
in the ranks of his opponents many
of his o'.d friends and comrades and
it made him very bitter. Houston's
! sentiments were those I, as a boy,
heard expressed often by so many
jin his native county at the sime
j period: "If we must tight, let us
tlo it in thc Union, the flag is ours.
I and the Inion is the product of the
sacrifices! of J our forefathers."'
Houston was against hasty and un
concerted action and could not rec
onoile to his mind the idea that our
safety demanded an immediate sep?
aration from the government, ere
we have stated our grievances or de
mantled redress. Houston ienored
the Secessions! Convention of Texas
and believed only the Legislature,
? then in session, had the. power tc
i settle the matter in con trovers
He refused to sign the Ordinance ti
f Secession which this conveotior
? passed and to take an oath to sop
f pe>rt the Constitution of the Confeel
f erate States when ordered to .io st
- in their presence. For this act ht
was driven from power and hi>
- lieutenant-governor. Kdward Clark
- succeeded bim. When Clark en
. terni tho executive iittiot* and .le
- mended its archives. Houston
f wheeling slowly in his chair to faci
e bim, asked witb great deliberntioi
and with that hauteur and scorn, c
- which he was master. "What is you
t name, sir'.''* They had been loni
'political and personal friends.
There was no doubt as to where hi
sympathy lay in the struggle be
? tween the States. At the city e
.n Houston in \r62, being invited t
ie? address a Confederate regiment i
'?' which his son hail enlisted, he saie
ul I "While in the beginning 1 dilTert
I- | with many of you, my feeling ur
K> interest are bound up in the cans
ls end while by reason of old ? e>..ne
x- 1 am too inrirm to enter the car
n. ' paign myself, 1 offer my only se
e- I old enough to tight."
ht I A distinguished senator of Tex
is has said of him, he was a man
-h splendid presence, a popular oral
e eif the first order. No oue at ai
>y ; pet iod of his career ic Texae a
te proacbed bim on tbe busting
ut When on the platform. Houston h
ed something of the individuality ai
an ; force of Benton, something of t
nd audacity and majesty ol Dann:
elt In personalties ne never asked
nd gave quarter, (Kio illustration
ie-r [his was an assertion of what
tho..<?ht of a distinguished form
on friend in answer to n question ash
elt him during one of his speeches. 1
lb. I replied, "He has ali the chat-act.
in- j istics of a dog except his fidel it]
t's j While in Washington as sena'
as in isr>4 Houston he-came greatly
bs forested in Christianity, and on i
ts return to Independence, IVxas,
md united with the Baptiat tlenomii
of tie>n. of which his wife was a HM
aal her, and ever afterwards lived
I consistent Christian life, and ut
his death was an active and devoi
hat. . ?
0 i
Houston died at his homo
' Huntsville, Texas, on July 2'A l!>
r* ll dust still reposes In tbs um l
ing I-cemetery in a j.r.ive Rihim
,i uie.niiment, as laie. as 1 let ni, in
r. i (Continued on page four)
?/ill Provide Cheap Transportation
For Small Packages
Prof. Joseph R. Tx*ng ot Washin^
on and Lie University faculty,"on
ributed the following article under
late of March "nh to the Lynchburg
Editor of The News: I havo read
with interest the forceful letter of
Mr, Craddock, republished in to?
day's News, arguing against the
parcels post. 1 am nersonally a
strong advocate of thu parcels post
and believe its establishment wv ill
be immensely to the advantage of
the country, even, in the end. to the
merchants who are now opposing it.
Congress, in my judgment, could
give us no more useful legislation
just now than to establish an effect?
ive parcels post. 1 will not attempt
to answer Mr. Craddocks letier in
detail, but cannot let pass one point
ha urges in his letter to the effect
that, the activity ot the farm papers
in favor of the parcels post is the
result of pressure brought to bear
by the mail order houses through
the use of advertising patronage. He
mentions particularly the Southern
farm papers, but his argument
would apply equally to all.
Nuw, the Farm Journal, with a
circulation of 750.'uni, is one of the
\ most active advocates of the parcels
i post, and is a journal of the highest
ciass and above suspicion. In the
March issue 1 bnd no mail order
' house represented among the adver?
tisers. Very few articles that can
be sent by mail except seedy are ad?
vertised at all,and no merchants do?
ing a general mail order business
I are found. In the Rural New York
I er. another widely circulated farm
and family journal of the highest
! class, whic1: is equally strenuous
j for the parcels post, and which car?
ries a great deal of advertising, I
lind, in the February *J4tn issue,one
' small adve-tisement from Mont?
gomery. Ward ?, Co.. advertising
i mainly articles which cannot be
! sent bv mail, such as gasoline en?
gines and wire fencing, and another
from Sears, Roebuck *!*: Co.. adver?
tising vehicles. The Fruit Grower,
probably the leading horticultural
journal, is also working for the par?
cels post, presumably being bought
by the Sears, Roebuck A Co., by a
', small advertisement of vehicles in
the February issue, if Mr. Crad
r dock's argument is sound.
There seems to be only two class?
es of citizens wno are actively op?
posing the parcels post, the express
? companies and the merchants.
Si ,r ,
\ ery truly yours,
Jos. IX. Lomi.
Not Sentiment But Business
n A few years ego one or two rail
*; roads adopted the policy of employ
111 ing no men addicted to drink. The
id ruie worked so well from the start
'" that it has not only been continued
^s in operation by the roads fir.-.t in
?' augurating it but has been put in
jn forcesince by a number of the others
, big railway systems. Now comes
;*-s the report that a number of emp'oy
oj ment agencies which find situations
or ' for thousands of boys and young
BJ men in the course of a year, have
P' announced a determination not to
I**" secure a place for aoyone who does
ad not tune a pledge Ut refraiu from
nd smoking cigarettes and tbe use of
nt I tobacco in any form.
,D* This is not a sentimental policy
Ot but one bottomed upon sound bus
*** iness reasons. Employers have a
?*? material interest in securing, a
'''' linht to demand, the maximum of
mo otTiiiein-y and reliability in their
*???*> employees: and lhere is no sucess
"' ful decying that these are most like?
ly to be obtained from those who
'or abjure strong drink and narcotics.
in If the rues were put in general
?*s operation in the business world, it
l*e would do more to discourage the
ca- I formation of the cigarette and drink
'??? habits than all the prohibitory leg
a islatien that has nant benn or ever
?fi' will he devised. Norfolk Virginian
ted pt),-*
The Clifton Forge Council has
J*~ ratified Um purchase faf the Water
' Works p int for 1189,0001, and a
reso'ut! ii "i - ? *r ?! ie,- ,*i
2 tl,Ul.') ta***" p. r e.-..I li ...-I*. lt. ur.
v.du tue purcha.se money, and to
i make necessary improvements,

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