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Talk Only When You Have Something to Say, Or It Is You For Gahbyjack's Job— Says Elbert Huhhard.
The Circulation of the
wS" day 4,163
Comjug events east their shadows
before, and, picturing in these sha
dows storm clouds of dreadful real
ity, men guilty of political bribery
are leaving the county fearful lest
they be dragged before the grand
jury, which is investigating the No
vember election frauds or made de
fendants in the criminal proceedings
which will speedily follow the grand
News of the preliminary batch of
fifty indictments returned yesterday
doubtless served to lend wings to the
feet of many who were hesitating.
The unmistakable evidence of the
intention of the grand jury to in
dict the guilty is causing a stampede.
Fugitives are scurrying across the
state line into Tennessee and Ken
tucky. They represent in large
measure that element which, being
without civic conscience, sells every
year to the highest bidders.
Though a sensational big suit i 3
being tried before the circuit court
—one of the most prominent citi
zens of the county suing a neighbor
for $25,000 for the alleged aliena
tion of his wife's affection —the ac
companying scandal oft repeated is
almost lost sight of in the avalanche
of political disclosures.
Officers Admit It.
Five county officers-elect, taking
advantage of Judge Skeen's promise
of immunity, have appeared before
the jury and admitted that large
sums were spent buying votes at the
. November election. ,
A prominent county merchant has
admitted that he acted as treasurer
for the Democrats in the vote-buying
An ex-sheriff of the county has ad
mitted that he banked the game for
the Republicans. Witnesses, six of
them, have sworn that the Common
wealth's attorney advised them that
they did not live to testify, Judge
Skeen has retained two other attor
lilth, the Commonwealth's attor
being excused from service,
nd jury which is conducting the
uiry, it may bo said that the in
county against corrupt practices
is now earnestly working with
Oliu Woodard, foreman of the grand
jury, with the interests of the coun
ty at heart, to eliminate the floating
vote from Lee county politics for all
time by hunting down every man
who sold his vote and disfranchis
ing him for life. Previous to the
election the Democrats, having the
county clery and county treasurer,
controlled the county.
The Republicans now have both
offices and are more or less satis
fied regardless of the outcome oi
the investigation.
■There are two kinds of floaferr
d all were listed in alphabetical
order in a ledger now in Jonesvill •.
iith each man's name his rec.rd
d price were entered.
These two classes are derelicts and
rty floaters. The derelict will
te for the party paying him the
greater amount of money. Fre
quently, however, when once bought,
his sense of honor will rise like a
bubble to the surface and he will re
gret his action. X T nder such cir
cumstances he will immediately hire
himself to the vote of the other par
ty and sell himself over again. In
this way a man is frequently able
to get as much as $75 for his vote.
The Floaters.
The party floaters will not under
■any circumstances vote against his
political convictions, but they will
not vote at all unless liberally paid.
A Democrat could never induce a
Republican floater to vote the Demo
cratic ticket, but by seductive argu
ment can keep the floater from vot
(Continued on page tw-o. )
■ie Who Expect to Contribute
WHs Have to Hustle
the good people of the community
-ome forward today as well as thoy
did yesterday and the other few
days since the fund has been started
[ the fund will pass $100 today. With
i the amount of money which it now
i seems will be contributed, a whole
lot of Christmas cheer can be spread
among the needy poor children of
the city, and the little stockings
which remain entirely empty on
Christmas morning will be only
those which have not been reported
to the committee.
Yesterday's contributions amount
ed to $12, and the total was $91.65.
Today and Saturday morning are all
the days left for making contribu
tions, so if you intend helping the
to bring or ser.el the money in to
urday morning. Here are yester
day's contributions:
Received by the Dispatch-News—
Miss Mary Grasty 1.00
Master Jack Grasty 1.00
Cash 1. 00
A friend 25
Mercer Catlett 25
Margaret Hilleary .25
Received by W. D. Hoge—
Mary Nelson Quarles % 1.00
Mrs. Mary E. Ault 1. 00 I
E. R. Anderson 1.00
Cash 1.00
Cash 1.00
Mrs. Y. M. Bickle 50
Cash 50
rtously reported 79.65
otal $91. 65
Resolutions Adopted Apropos
Retirement Three Members
and Attorney Ker
I veiling at the courthouse yes
for the last time in its olli
story, the old Board of Super
adopted appropriate resolu
apropos of (lie retirement of
Mr. Elijah Coiner, the chairman,
Imce, I'Ar. WhiUiioro and Cap-
S. Kerr, (lie commonwealth's
y for t!:e county.
new board will hold its first
g on the fourth Thursday in
board approved expenditures
ending January !. The Long ]
Meadows road in Lh_ North River
district will b-3 __cadami_ed. The I
! establishment of the road in :
Idle Elver district for which
l.M.irod petitioned. The aud
'liumiUee reported that the
:";'.-" and a half miles of the
tlill road completed to date
,7 GO.
' YORK, Dec. 21.—The police
are searching today for a thrifty
bridal coupie, who have been mar
ried at least seventy-five times, each
ceremony costing an unsuspecting
clergyman $10.
Every minister who smiled over
them and bade them good fortune
and success is the possessor of a
check for $2 0 for which he gave
$10 in change. The checks were
It is entirely a new swindle and
Judge Letcher found that it would
be impracticable to conclude the
business of the circuit court by to
morrow and so yesterday adjourned
his court until the 2nd or 3rd of
January, as will later.be determined.
1 HuASY hLI lo
Final Step Taken for Abrogation
Congratulations Wired to Mon
arch on Anniversary are
ICortlifilly Returned
olution passed by Congress ratify*
his action in serving notice on
Russia of the abrogation of the trea-
II 1832 with that country. The
y automatically will continue in
t until January 1, 1913. In the
itime efforts will be made to
tiate a new treaty eliminating
causes of friction which led to
ermination of the old one.
;e House late yesterday acccpt
le Senate resolution as a substi
for the Sulzer resolution which
initiated the-legislation.
Coincident with the signing of the
made public at the. WhUe House, an'
exchange of cablegrams between
President Taft and the Emperor of
Russia. The president under date of i
ruler. The message follows:
felicitations upon this
2rsary and the assurances of
igh regard and good wishes I
for yourself and for the nation over
which your majesty reigns."
Ii emperor replied:
ay accept my cordial thanks
our congratulations and good
LYNCHBURG, Va., Dec. 21.—1t
was learned here last night that
Wallace A. Taylor, president of the
American National Life Insurance
Company, of this city, sustained a
man while enroute home Sunday
morning from a business trip to Nor
hospital and today his condition is
reported to he slightly improved.
Mr. Taylor's left si«le; is involved
but there has been a marked im
provement iv the use of his arm and
nolly, of Brooklyn, in a letter open-
Santa ("hues to l)u sure to call on her
as she would have hot coffee for him
after his cold trip. '
The Weather man Says
1 love to see the autumn leaves
go swirling in the breeze that whis
tles softly in the tops of the denuded
trees. I like to watch the capers of
Jack Frost upon the panes and trace
imagined pic
tures he has left
the-?. When it
rain-, and cold
winds turn the
rain to sleet and
coat the earth
with ice, I revel
with the young
sters in skaters'
paradise. I love
birds' song; their plaintive twitter
seems to ft! me with the sweetest
semi-melancholy dreams. I think i
I love the winter time the best of j
all the year exceot for just two rea
sons: Gee, I shiver when I hear
my wife call, "Get up, William, build
the fire —now, no back talk—and
then go out and shovel off the snow
from our front walk."
I'nsettled, probably rain Friday
and Saturday; light to moderate va
riable winds.
Temperatures Yesterday.
Ba. in. 30 3p. in. 34
\ v^_
Favors National Reserve Associ-
Discusses Subject of Tells for
dent Taft sent another of his prom
ised series of messages to Congress
today. Thig time ho dealt with cur
rency reform, Panama canal tolls
and various governmental questions.
On the subject of currency reform
and in connection with the forthcom
ing report to Congress of the mone
tary commission, President Taft said
it was exceedingly fortunate that
"the wise and undisputed policy of
maintaining unchanged the main c
features of our banking system ren
dered it at once impossible to intro
duce a central bank." He gave his
approval to the proposed national
Reserve Association. !
Independence of Banks.
"I trust also that the new legis-1
;_tip:i will carefully and complete-1
iy protect and assure the individual
ity and the independence of each
i.>auk, to the end that any tendency
there may ever be toward a consid
?r_:io_ of the money or banking
power of the nation shall, be defeat
ed," said the president.
The immediate establishment of a
rural parcels post was urged. The
president took the position that the
post would not destroy the business
of the country storekeeper. "Instead !
of doing this," he said, "I think the ]
change will greatly increase busi- j
ness for the benefit __ all. - The re
taction in the cost of living it will |
bring about ought to make its com
■ng certain."
On the subject- of the Panama
.•ana! the president dealt at length
with the question of whether Ameri
ca r. shipping should pay tolls. "1 I
im very confident that the United
states has the power to relieve from
■v.ymcnt of toils any part of our
•chipping that Congress deems wise,"
said the president.
More Men for Navy.
Among the presielents recommen
dations were the following:
An immediate increase of 2,imi(i
men in the enlisted strength of (he
Abolition of the smaller navy
Contributory pension system for
government empolyes.
The elimination of all local offices
rrom politico.
Increased appropriation leer the
:ompletion of river and harbor im
provements aloe:,'-; the Mississippi, the
Ohio anel the Missouri rivers.
An extension of the term of ser
vice of the special board of engi
neers on the waterway from the
lakes to the gulf.
Power in the president to remove
clerks of federal courts for cause.
Payment of the French spoliation
Employers' liability and work
men's compensation legislation called
to the attention of Congress.
Two weeks of holiday vacation for
the public school pupils began with
yesterday's dismissal. The formal
closing at the Mary Baldwin Sem
inary was of Wednesday's date, and
at Stuart Hall of Tuesday's, but by
an arrangement permitting comple
tion of studeut work some day's in
advance, the seminary vacation prac
tically commenced with the begin
ning of the week. Some of the
heme bound trips involve travel to
destinations as far as Texas. Of the
hundreds of young ladies gathered
in Staunton during the school terms
by the two seminaries, only about
ten, respectively, will remain at
easier because of the spirit of mv-
Ktdliness long developed be
?se two institutions of high
tural preparation.
Curry is at home from j
on and Lee University. j
'Santa's Gold Mine," a Pretty
The sisters in charge of St. Francis
:.. iiool always have their students
so well drilled and give such inter
fcstlng entertainments, that these en
tertainments are greatly enjoyed;
and none have been more enjoyed,
[than "Santa's Gold Mine" as pre
ricnted yesterday afternoon. The
stage was most attractively arranged
::nel the children acquited them
selves with honor and credit.
The costumes were elaborate and |
cacii group seemed to cause renew-I
ed interest as they made their ap-1
The story, acted, as told in a few
words, was that Santa Claus was in j
trouble because his enemies, the
Jig-A-Kee, had combined to put up
the prices of materials he had to
■ ched the poor children, near
ory, that there would be no
as for them. Tom and his
ions, undertake to give the
nate juveniles some taste of
Christmas joy, because "It is more
blessed to give than to receive."
This fact brings "Good Cheer," who
Ii the fact that at the spot
he forget-me-nots bloom in
ne are the hidden mines in
lavs. His majesty is warn
ist the wiles of the queen,
lig-A-Ree, but he falls into
and is rescued by Miss Lucy,
her in charge of the poor
Everything ends happily j
ita gives the largest, store
?ver bestowed.
Cast of Characters.
Claus—Hobart Cassidy.
cheer —Merle Croghan.
Geneieve—Margaret Mere
•al, Tom, Felice, Alice, Sus
erine—The rich children.
Bridget, Sadie, Henry, Chorus—
The poor children.
Many Members and Famine? Will
Rern-in Washington For
Social Functions
today for the customary holiday re
cess. Some of the members living
in near-by States will return home
■ Christmas, but the big ma
tho senators and represen
vili remain in the capital,
ears the holiday season has
period of great social bril
liance in Washington and as a con
•cnuence very few of those promi
nent in public life, to say nothing of
their wives and (laughters, care to
leave the city at this time. Then,
too, the abolition of railroad passes
has been a potent influence in chang
ing the old habit of the members of
Congress in making frequent trips
to and from their homes.
spell!" The clerk at the postoffice
receiving window yesterday after
noon in that earnest ejaculation for
mulated the sentiments of clerks all
over the business section of Staun
The home-stretch part of the rush
week before Christmas was a thing
■us as the weather.
o .
\ T A, Dec. 21. —It is reported
that Emperor Franz Josef is in a
critical condition aud can live but
a few hours. All the afternoon pa
pers published pessimistic reports
concerning the emperor's condition,
and the papers were seized by the po-
■ -..- , q___^HßE-_—
Dispatch-News Suggestion to "Get
together*" on City Manager
Matter, Meets Approval
Citizens of Community May Have
Opportunity to Voice Their
Sentiments on Subject
o —
Plans for a citizens' forum on the city business manager subject will
to formulated today by officers of the Chamber of Commerce and others
representing Staunton organizations.
Independent iniative will thus b 3 taken so that a possibly crystaliz
ing new element may be introduced into the delicate situation. To that
end the conference today is one as b/ informal organization practically
improvised for the specific purpose. The conference is to be for the pur
pose merely of suggesting the time, place and scope of a more or less
public meeting of citizens, as such, for the free and friendly discussion
Phoie subject. The meeting-plan conference is ont contemplated
irticipants as one for any attempt at determination of issues
That is left for the now d clayed joint meeting of the Board
men and Common Council. The projected citizens' meeting is
as one preliminary to the official session, in which projected
meeting those having vote on joint ballot may in their capacity of cit
izens dispose of the lyceum part of the more forma lsession, and do it in
company with other representative citizens not at the present time hav
ing seats in the city legislature.
On nearly every hand expressians were forthcoming yesterday to the
effect that a meeting of some such nature would doubtless prove of
pertinent present service; that it would be likely to "flush" the situation,
crystalize public ideas and bring forth a proposal uniting in amicable,
enthusiastic co-operation all those who earnestly seek the common good
of Staunton, however much they may have found themselves in honest
disagreement regarding details and methods of procedure.
Informal discussion of the issue, which was common on the streets
and in offices yesterday, gravely recognized that about the present city
business manager issue are focussed all the public questions and prob-
Future Plans
Hinge on It
No action was taken on the new
jail project by the old county Board
cf Supervisors at-its final session yes
terday. That matter had been left
in the hands of a committee appoint
ed some time since to confer with the
city council.
fairs of an economic nature, and
in the business manager appointment
are closely associated the lighting
plant, the opera house or city hall,
the Baldwin street primary school
building, and the new jail project
factors. These are all questions at
present pending for settlement, and
what can be done in reference to
any cne of them partly determines
what can be done in ergard to others
should the primary school building
not be further used for school pur
poses, there is a proposal by some
that it be occupied by municipal of
fices. Another official suggestion is
that instead of building a new jail
on Sears hill, opposite the depot,
the city and county jointly occupy
property adjoining the present jail,
and make that both the headquar
ters of the city police department
and the seat of a county magistrate's
court. This proposal hinges in some
measure on the purposed sale by
the municipality of the opera house
property on Main street. It hinges
likewise on the city revenues that
will be forthcoming in the spring,
and on the magnitude of cost saving
that may result from still better or
ganization of the city's business af
fairs under further development of
the famous "Staunton plan" which
individualizes responsibility in a
general manager's office.
Much of the elucidating argument
that is now going on among respon
sible figures in the handling of the
local public affairs is directed to
this point of the cost and the econo
(Continued on page two. )
"It Is More Blessed
to Give Than
to Receive."
leems Popular
rther; let it be put to a vote
as one of the many forms in
pression commending the
forum proposal was voiced
. This suggestion of a pop
ular vote was coupled with the ad
ded remark that "the tax payers and
voters have now had three years'
experience with the Staunton plan
and so far no opportunity has arisen
for them to talk on the subject at
tiec ballot."
Opinion as to the desirable scope
of a public discussion meeting was
varied yesterday. A prominent
county official believed that the most
in result would come from a session
of representative citizens chosen by
specific invitation to meet with the
members of the Board of Aldermen
and the Common Council, while one
of the most active members of the
joint committee whose recommenda
tion of the general manager appoint
ment is now awaited used the phrase
"mass meeting" with favor.
Mention of desire for expression by
the Chamber of Commerce and kin
dred bodies was conspicious among
suggestions uttered.
Whatever may be the scope devel
oped by the movement to inject some
new and crystalizing element into
the situation, community in feeling,
amity and consideration for mutual
interests is the spirit in which it
is desired the discussion should be
The builders of the band wagon
want it to be big enough to carry
every Staunton citizen.
May Write Book
Seven pages are devoted to the
city of Staunton and the "Staunton
Plan" in No. 127 of the Annals of
the American Academy of Political
and Social Science that has just been
(Continued on page two. )

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