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The Circulation of the
$r day 4,152\
Mystery Develops in Berlin's
Shelter House Case
Victims Show Symptoms of Chol
era, But Germs are Not ,
BERLIN, Dec. 28. —Over fifty j
deaths from ptomaine poisoning have
occurred since the night of Decem
ber 26 at the municipal shelter for
the homeless on Froebel street. An
other fifteen of the seventy others
are seriously ill at various hospitals
in the city. New cases are being
rushed to the hospitals at such a
rate that statistics cannot keep up
with them.
The affair has assumed such pro
portions that doubts are being ex
pressed as to whether the deaths
were due, as at first believed, to the
eating of decayed smoked herring,
which the homeless people had
brought with them to the shelter
to eke out the scanty diet provided
there. A considerable number of
cases have been reported from an
other municipal shelter and from the
jail. The authorities, however, still
adhere to the original theory.
Symptoms Similar to ("holera.
The symptoms of some of the pa
tients correspond to those of chol
era, but several post-mortem exam
inations have disproved absolutely
. the existence, of .cjjolera. __, (
The hopes that the later c::ses
would prove less serious than those
reported at fl.-st have vanished, many
of the victims today, as well as yes
terday, succumbing in thirty or
thirty-five minutes after they were
attacked. The ambulances starting
from the Shelter to the hos
pitals had in many cases to change
their destination and go to the
morgue instead, as the patients had
died on the way. Others expired in
the Shelter before they could be giv
en medical attendance.
The symptoms of the poisoning are
fainting, which is followed by vio
lent vomiting and death.
The superintendent of the asylum
expresses the opinion, based on one
of the post-mortem examinations,
tha: the deaths have not been due
t. _ sh, but to deliberate poisoning.
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For the information of patrons
and subscribers of the Dispatch-
Nti'VS, the management announce
they hve compelled by ciicur_stu? ce_
ever which they have 10 co irol and
which afford considerable embarrass
ment, to print only 4 pages. A short
age of paper of the proper size for
the new press has made this neces
sary, the supply of the larger size
having been exhausted, and leaving
no alternative except to use the half
size rolls, which were on hand. A
carload of paper of the needed re
quirements was ordered several
weeks ago, and was shipped ten days
ago, but up to this time it has not
arrived. Under the circumstances
the patrons of the paper are renu
ed to bear as kindly with us as ! .
can, until facilities again enable us
to give them a big, newsy and up-to
date newspaper.
Of the thirty cadets who remained
at the Staunton Military Academy
during the vacation, Captain J. J.
King of the faculty has chosc-n six
to represent the school Young Men's
Christian Association at the Older
Boys' Conference to be held in Hirh
mond during the last three days of
the old year. Captain King will ac
company the delegation which starts
on the morning train for the State
The cadets going are J. A. Cush
j . ing, of New York; .1. L. Walker, of
Texas; Julian Hawthorne, of Nash
ville, Term.; Charles Smith, of New
York; ]_ p. Black, of Oregon; W.
Lee Citizens Declare Neighboring
County Much More Politi-
BRISTOL, Va., Dec. 28.—Promi
nent citizens of Lee county do not
relish the notoriety the county has
gotten as a result of the sensational
disclosures of wholesale election
bribery and declare that Lee is a
scapegoat for other Southwest Vir
ginia counties. One prominent citi
zen of Lee county, whose political
affiliations' are not confined to Lee
county, stated this week that the lat
ter county was far surpassed in
wholesale election debauchery by
several other counties of the South
west, mentioning Scott in particu
lar. He declared that Scoit county
was notorious for election crooked
ness and that money was the domi
nating force in elections in that
This calls to mind the -congres-
New Musical Organization May-
Be important Addition to
the City
• Gradual development into a strong
musical organization of consistently
large membership is the purpose
growing auf of the rejfent egtabl- -
ment of the "claf Club," organized
recently with Mr. Alfred Jnft'e as
president and Captain Wonson as
Careful additions to its member
ship nucleus will be made by bring
ing the mutually adjustable people
of strict musical tastes together in a
series of private recitals to be given
in the course of the winter by the '
club founders. The date chosen lor
the first of these is January 15. It
will be given at the home of one of
the members.
Among Staunton residents there
are about twenty-five who are class
ed in critical judgment as music lov
ers, with technical command or or
.gan, horn, violin or piano. Whether
the new organization which aims to
act as a center for the stimulation
of discriminating musical culture in
Staunton shall be confined mainly
into something including a choral
union is a matter that will be left
to developments and experienced
consideration. Should the choral
society project later be undertaken,
the organizing coterie will find from
50 to 75 fair voices available among
the city's "home" population. It has
been some years .since a choral so
ciety existed in Staunton.
A subscription recital by outside
artists for public admission will be
given under t_c auspices of the club
in March or April, and a second one
month later. The character of the
first of thei c public recitals has not
yet been dstcriaiaed.
The :--<•'.. id will be a violin a;id
vo•_; recital. Mr. Willy Jaffe of
: ; :!' Milwaukee Conservatory, the lo
ta !'y well known violin virtuoso, will
! ring a Chicago singer to Staunton
for that occasion. Plans had been
ccr-tiderod for his filling a Staun
! ;:• engagement this week.
The first subscription recital may
jte of a religious nature, and given
|in one of the churches.
Handicap in handling the mail
during the Christmas rush has
prompted purpose by Postmaster
Brown Allen to take early occasion
for calling the attention of the Wash
ington authorities to the urgent, need
of an additional clerk. Should his
request be granted, fitting promo
tions will be mnele. Pntil yesterday
the postmaster kept secret from the
public the fact of a threatened par
tial closing .of the windows, because
of the illness at. the height of the re
cent rush of one of the most ex
ptrienced men in the office. The
incident forcefully brought atten
tion to the need of a reserve in the
staff of clerks in constant training.
the election it was a matter of com
mon comment that $36,000 was
spent in Scott county alone. While
probably a large sum was spent in
Lee, no especial comment was made
upon it because so much larger
sums were spent on election day in
other counties. Scott was consid
■!\.! the banner boodle county of
the district, and it is always realized
by Loth sides in an election that
money and plenty of it is needed to
"turn the trick" in Scott, which long
•ago achieved notoriety by a double
murder in an election and the no
torious Scott county ballot gotten
out by the Democrats in one of the
Famous Rhea-Walker contests.
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Storehouses Burn, and <_?any
BALTIMORE, Dec. 28.—Four
large storehouses for patterns of the
111 ylarid Steel Company at Spar-;
ro»*_ .■.in, were> destroyed by '. j
: ■' 3:30 o'clock this morning.
dar.-age v. ill be very heavy, as tin
buildings contained all the patterns i
of various castings made at the plant
for the past fifteen years.
Many other buildings were threat
ened, and for a time it was feared
the entire town would burn.
The origin is unknown, but it is
th opinion or" many that a spark
from a passing locomotive was car
ried into one of the buildings.
As soon as the blaze was disci v
ered the fire whistle was started aud
quickly aroused the residents. ;
The county has no lire company
near Sparrow's Point and the -town
depends on the employes of the
Maryland Steel Company to fight the
fires. These men responded quick- j
ly to the call and did heroic work.
SEATTLE, Wash- Dec. 28.—Mal
colm it. Patterson, son of former
Governor Malcolm R. Patterson, of
Tennessee, shot and dangerously
wounded R. T. Seal at Port Orchard,
December 7. He was suffering from
alcoholic epilepsy or "dipsomania."
induced by drinking kuxy for five
This was the finding of the lunacy
commission that sat yesterday to
haar \'r \ insanity complaint filed by
Patterson's father. The commission
reported that it was dangerous to
perni' Patterson to be at large.
In accordance with the finding,
the defense asked that an order be
issued permitting former Governor
Patterson to take his son home for
treatment. This was opposed by
Prosecutor Stevenson, who contend
ed that Patterson should not be tak
en from this state until after he had
stood trial on a charge of assault
wit!: intent to kill.
Judge Frater granted a stay of
three days, and if the appeal is eio r
!•« rfected at the end of that time
I'a.tterson will be released to the cus
tody of his father under $5 000
St. Paul's Reformed church at
Nanrpori will have service and Holy
Communion next Sunday morning at
11 o'clock. Preparatory service at
3 o'clock Saturday. The Willing
Workers will meet Sunday at 3:ao
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is Killed
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Sa.ad Livfs of Eight
Mai! Clerks
AtV.'r changing crews. No. 5, the
same Chesapeake and Ohio train that
was safely brouglit to a stop in front
of the overturned truck-load of
trunks at the Staunton depot Wed
nesday evening, was wrecked early
on Thursday morning by running in
t.o a slide of dry shale east of Mc-
Kcr.dree, W, Va.
Engine No. 103 was derailed and
partly overturned, killing Engineer
\Y. J. Dunn, of Hfnton, W. Va., and
slightly injuring Fireman L. E. Ter
rell, of Huntington, W. Va. The
passengers escaped harm and were
transferred from No. 5 to No. 1 from
Quinnemont. No. 5 resumed its reg
ular run from Charleston, one hour
and twenty-live minutes late.
The shale was dislodged from the
effects of recent wet weather just
afier the' bluff watchman had made
his trip of inspection.
An incident was. that an all-steel
mail car had been put on the train
only recently. Ih (he car at the
time of the wreck were eight mail
clerks. The ni;Tl! car overturned
but its powerful cpretruction kept it
fntact, and the eiprks were practi-
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Sate, Acc_.npar.ißd by Snow and
Colfi, Sweeps East
Frefii Lakes
ERIE, Pa., Dec. 23.—A blizzard
is raging today in western New York,
northwestern Pennsylvania and
northern Ohio. All shipping on
Lake Erie has been warned to stay
inport. Today is the coldest of the
_Tsliv__.ui si at Buffalo.
Buffalo, N. V., Dec. _.. —The
blizzard which originated in the
Hocky Mountains yesterday struck
this city early today, causing a low
ering in the temperature, a sixty
aiile .ui-hour blow and snow flurries.'
The temperature dropped to eighteen
degrees above zero.
•Syracuse ...ml Hit.
SYRACUSE, N. V., Dec. 28. —A
blizzard arrived here early today.
The temperature fell rapidly till a
minimum of'nineteen was struck.
The fall of snow was blinding and
steadily increasing in volume.
Rochester Suffers Tie-Bji.
ROCHESTER, Dec. 28.—The
worst blizzard of years had Roches
ter in its grip early today. A high
Wind, low temperature and heavy
snow combined to held up street traf
Fair and continued cold Friday.
Saturday fair and slightly warmer;
light to eiioderate north winds be
coming variable.
A storm center of decided energy
and expanse, depicted _s over the
Oregon region on yesterday's weath
er map, will probably be near enough
by Sunday to produce much milder
weather in Virginia. The crest of
the cold area of high atmosphere
pressure was yesterday over the gulf
states, moving southeastwardly.
Temperatures Yesterday.
Ba. m. 21 _ p. m. .;;.
12 in. 85 (i ]). m. 28
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Bank officer elections will be held
at ihe National Valley Dan!; the Au
gusta National ne'e' the Staunton Na
tional ou J.aauary .', anel at, the Far
mers and Merchants on January t.
Demands for Republic Are Accepted
and Details Left to Con
PEKING. Dec. 28. —China will
have a republican form of govern
ment, and the Manchu dynasty,
which has ruled the empire for up
wards of three centuries, will go.
The imperial family, after a long
council today with the most influ
ential of the Manchu princes in the
palace in Peking, decided to abdi
cate. They are expected to leave the
capita! hourly. This information
was officially transmitted from Pe
king to other centers today.
Premier Yuan Shi Kai is expected
to resign, his post. He has been
brought to a realization that his at
tempt at pacification must inevitably
fail in the end. Dr. Sun Vat Sen,
who launched the present revolu
tion, will probably be elected presi
dent of the Republic of China to
morrow at Nanking. Formal dec
lariaipn of independence of the em
pire from Manchu rule will be pro
Plan Formally Accepted.
The throne today formally accept
ed the plan of Premier Yuan Shi
Kai to refer the question of China's
Si piifF
Mlsses Frances and l^arjorie
Enter .a... Klany of Their Little"
Fri2_ds Sumptuously
The magnificent home of Mr. and
Mrs. J. D. Witz on Deverley street,
was the scene yesterday afternoon
of a most beautiful party, when
Misses Frances and Marjorie Witz
most hospitaily entertained their
many friends.
The large drawing room had the
furniture removed so that after the
young ladies received there was
dancing and games to the delight of
ail the young hearts. Music was
furnished by the Beverley theatre
orchestra. The grand march was a
sight which will remain long in the
memory of those, especially the old
er friends, who saw it. As they (
formed for the march they were led
through the conservatory and here
eath ehiid was given a favor, some
of caps, some of fans, but all at
tractive. Alter marching through
the drawing room and hall, they
went into the elining room and li
brary where long tables, gracefully
arranged and ornamented with red
streamers tend red candles were made
more inviting by each place having
a tiny Santa Claus and a present and
these so occupied the attention of
the guests that they were hardly
prepared when other Santa Clauses
arrived from the frozen regions,
fringing little snow-balls, but as all
children love to eat, these soon dis
appeared, for the Santas were made
of ice cream and the snow balls of
The little hostesses were fully
equal to entertaining their many
guests, but some older friends joined
in the merriment and the hours
slipped <|uickly by and the time for
saying good bye came all too early.
Those invited were: John B.
Bell, Harriet Sproul, Eugenia Sproul,
Hugh Sproul, Harriet Echols, John
Echols, Charlie Hunter, Katherine
Pratt, Margaret Pratt, Elizabeth
Kerr, Charles Nelson, Frances Wood
ward, Mildred Mercereau, Wallace
Mercereau, Dorothy Mercereau,
Mary Grace Trout, Mary Braxton,
Jean ami Polly Sprinkel. George
Sprinkel, Virginia Worthington,
Charlotte Spotts, Elizabeth Caldwell,
Lucy Morton Payne, Armstead
Payne, Watson Gooch, Harry Gooch,
Fannie Murray, Esther, Caper, Mar
garet Holt. Virginia Parkins, Charles
Rodgers, Mary Nelson Quarles, Syd
ney Shultz; Lacy Gibson, Anne Will
son, Louise Heydenreich, Wayt Tim
berlake, Mary Margaret Bumgard
ner, Katherine Oliver, Archer Hogs
head, Harriet Hogshead, Eloise Mc-
Coy, Ralph ( eosby Katherine Mc-
Clure Elizab- th Perry. Margaret'
Perry, Junior Morris, Katherine Per
ry, c'rauce» Perry j William Pony,
The announcement from the
throne came after a long conference
which was held in the palace be
tween the Dowager Empress, Pre-1
mier Yuan and a number of influen
tial Manchu princes. j
While the proposition was urged
by Premier Yuan and Prince Yu
Tang, a member of the grand coun
cil, as the most logical way to solve
the domestic difficulties of the em
pire, it was stoutly opposed by Prince
Tsai Tao, former minister of war,
and a brother of the prince regent.
The > van Shi Kai cabinet was in
structed to draw up regulations
Which shall govern the conduct of
the national convention. The cabi
net will also send a formal note to
Dr. Wu Ting Fang and Teng Shao
VI, the peace envoys at Shanghai,
informing them of the acceptance by
the throne of the convention plan.
It is agreed that the convention
shall be called as speedily as possi-
Trial of Suspected Postal Clerk to
Be Held in Lynchburg
in March
LYNCHBI'G, Dec. 28.— Geo. E.
Ca3kie and John L. Lee of Lynch
burg and D. Wampler Erman of Har
risonburg have been selected
counsel for George Huffman of
Rockingham county, charged with
the theft of $20,000 from mails two
months ago. Lee's retention means
that the case will not be tried at
Charlottesville next month, but will
be heard here in March. The case
will be reported to the federal
grand jury at Charlottesville in Jan
uary for indictment.
Mr. Lee is one of the counsel for
Rev. C. V. T. Richeson, who is to
Jp tried at Boston for the murder I
of Avis Linnell, the choir girl of his
Police Justice Glasgow yesterday
imposed a line of $30 on O. L. Fox
before he was taken to Raphine.
where he would have faced a charge
of disorderly conduct. The latter al
leged offense prompted his arrest
when encountered by the Staur.ton
police. A revolver was found on
his person.
. Following is the December Honor
Roll for Arbor Hill school: Frank
Decker. Robert Hanger, Sidney
Palmer, Wallace Wiseman, Mary Dell
Decker, Annie Clem Palmer, Beulah
Whitlock, Jessie Whitlock, Clara
Wiseman, Clemcnee Wiseman, Gor
don Hanger, Jacob Palmer, Walter
Rosen, Alexander Palmer, Herman
Craig, Robert Cason, Wallace Cason,
Irene Bacfi, Gussie Palmer.
Mrs. C. K. Anderson of St. Louis
is 'visiting at B. M. Smith's. j
Elinor Glasgow, Elizabeth Glasgow,
Merrill Yost, Nancy Timberlake, Ju
lia sad Eugenia Goodail, Nannie
Brown Allen, Mary Allen Blackford,
Elizabeth East, Nancy Elder, Car
rington Foster, Olivier Mcl Harmon,
•Te it, Elizabeth Oliver, Met Harmon,
Edward Harmon, Clarence Elder,
Charles Blackley, Jean Fraser, Jose
phine Barkman, Dorothy Jones,
George and Howard Ker, Edward
Ranson Alfred Taylor. Hampton
Wayt, Katherine Wayt, Dorothy
Bowman, Charline Karicofe, Eliza
beth Moore, Paul Heydenreich, Robt.
Hoydenreich, Katherine Holt, Rodes
Nelson, Clay Catlett, Kenneth Mc-
Coy. Frances Timberlake, Elmer
Miller, and Iva B» uglier. Frankie
Lee. Wiilodeen Smith, Elmer Smith.
Klenor Serber. Victor and Barrace I
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Chamber of Commerce Confer
ring With the B. & 0.
Costs $4.50 to travel 90 Miles
and Yet No Dividends Are
Two convenient daily trains be
tween Washington and Staunton on
the "Valley" railroad will be the
subject of conference in Baltimore
early next week.
Should that conference not at
once secure the desired service, the
Washington-Staunton train schedule
will be one of the subjects meeting
the attention of a session of the
Chamber of Commerce on Friday,
for which Secretary Robertson will
send out the formal notices next
week. The regular meeting date is
the second Friday of the month, but
conflict with meeting of the Retail
Merchants' Association has suggest
ed desirability of the call for a week
from today, both bodies having a
considerable common membership.
Officers of the Chamber of Com
merce will be elected on the second
Friday in February.
Want Early and Ijatc Trains.
Staunton business men through
their organization have been seek
ing to bring about adoption of a
schedule which will furnish a train
starting from Staunton about 7:30
o'clock in the morning, and another
permitting return by about 9 o'clock
in the evening, with intervening time
for the dispatch of business in Wash
ington. Baltimore owns $3,000,000
of the stock of the "Valley" railroad
and so the Chamber of Commerce
has been acting in cooperation with
interests of the Chesapeake port. The
Baltimore people are themselves de
sirous of the more convenient sched
ule for the sake of better "opening
up" the western Virginia field to its
commercial houses.
The Chamber of Commerce will al
so seek to learn "why" the manage
ment of the historic "Valley pike"
from Staunton to Winchester has
raised the toll from 15 to 25 cents
per five mile fare zone. The Staun
ton organization is in mood to make
a "kick" about the condition of the
road, and will be ready to remind
somebody that neither does anything
in the way of revenue accrue to the
state because of its three-fifths in
terest in the toll company nor are
dividends paid on the remaining
$20,000 of the stock owned by nu
merous holders in Augusta county
and elsewhere along the 91 miles
of the road. It has been a toll road
since 1828, and during the war was
in condition sufficiently good to per
mit horses to pull a locomotive over
its well kept levels. The present
rates of toll which excite complaint
from the Chamber of Commerce are
proving almost prohibitive to travel;
the privilege of taking an automo
bile ride over the whole ninety miles
would cost $4.50. The toll com
pany's offices and most of its officers
are at Winchester.
Another war path that the Cham
ber's committees are treading is that
which leads into the subject, of the
coal rates, The railroad company
is waiting to be "shown" that these
rates should be ameliorated; the
committees hold they can do it.
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass., Dec. 28.
Mt. Holyoke College .girls were see
sleepy and sluggish at the recita
tions held at 2 o'clock every after
noon that the faculty, long puzzled,
decided to investigate. It was final
ly reasoned that as the girls became
drowsy after luncheon the explana
tion was to be sought in the lun
cheon menu. It was, or at least the
professors think it was, for today it
was announced that when the girls-:
return after the Christmas holidays
mince pie and apple dumpling
found to be the favorite liineheo ■
food will no longer be served.
Luncheons hereafter will consis'
of v fruit and otherlight edibles.

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