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ggj : ===== BicWby^;';^^;t!ffPitsDAY morning, march 9, i87i ^ jp ' rj^ Q TT "" CAK,J-"iVAB^ABLT IN ADVANC1. . Tb0 ^ATCH Js delivered to sabscri l>rni.- 1-2,1 > .< CtNTS per week, payable to the /? Mailed at 16 per annum ; 91 for L et- : *S<*. Txt month for * shorter period. Tho ^.Ml-WKKKLY DISPATCH tt $V par &n "VU?.* ' S for six months JT' > WKKKT.Y m^PATOfl at & per annnm. Richmond |}ispfdt. THURSDAY MARCH 9, 1871. THE CIRCULATION OK THX DISPATCH I.s LAIvtiKK THAN TMX. COMllINKl) CIR tTLATTON OF" ALL TMK OTHKli DAILY > K\\ Sl'APKKS OF TUB CITY. THE WAR UPON THE PETERS BURG RAILROAD. A GOOD DAI'S WORK. SOBER SECOND THOUGHT IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES. SHALL Jil CUM (> XI) BE SOLD OUT TO MAIWXE? * O! Shall the State Give $200,000 to the " Railroad King ?" * O! A KOttB IX THE CAMP OF THE (OXSFIRATOKK. KU hmori'I to bo Saved and ttie State Trcnsurj' to be Replenished. 73 to 37. THE BILL RECOMMITTED. The House of Delegates of Virginia may fonirratylutc itself upon the work ol yes terday. On Saturday last the bill directing the Hoard of Public Works to sell the State's interest in the railroads of the State was so amended as to make an exception in the case of the gallant little Petersburg) road, so that the company controlling that road, instead of being allowed to purchase i lie Slate stock, should be deprived of that privilege, and the State stock be absolutely given away to Gen. Mahone, President of the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio railroad. 'I bis iniquitous amendment was no doubt indiscreetly and inconsiderately adopted, and the House yesterday, by an overwhelm ing majority, voted to recommit the bill. THE QUESTION. The question being upon the passage ot' lite Will, Mr. Winn, of Hanover, obtained the floor, and moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the substitute of Mr. Mihood, as amended on motion of Mr. Wood, was agreed to. ATTEMPT TO CrT OFF DEBATE. Mr. Hill, of Albemarle, thought the mo tion to reconsider was out of order, but the speaker promptly ruled otherwise. Mr. Hill appealed from this decision, and spoke in support of his view. A MERE TECHNIC ALITT. Mr. Budd expressed his surprise that any technicality should be taken advantage ot to prevent a lull and fair consideration of this subject. He claimed that the decision of the Chair was in accordance with the ! universal custom of this House. Mr. Hanger urged that the rule explicitly required that a motion to reconsider should lie made within two days, and more than that time had elapsed since the substitute, as amended, had been agreed to. TnE OBJECT OF RECONSIDERATION. Mr. Popuam said it was well known that this reconsideration was desired in order that two distinguished members of the House (Messrs. liudd and Guy) might have an opportunity of expressing their opinions, they having been unavoidably absent when the vote was taken upon agreeing to the substitute. It was well known, also, that it was desired in order that the gentleman lroin JUichmond (Mr. Guy) might introduce A MOST IMPORTANT AMENDMENT, the adoption of which might SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLA11S TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA. It was no light matter to incur the re sponsibility of shutting out any light ou the questions involved in the bill. 11c was sur prised that any objection had been made by anybody to a proposition so fair, and especially that objection had come from the gentleman from Albemarle (Mr. Hill), who was not the father of the amendment. The latter (Mr. Wood) had, he was glad to say, in accordance with his universally courte ous habits, refrained from supporting the appeal. This called up Mr. Wood, who gave in his adhesion to the appeal from the decision ol the Chair, saying that he believed the point of order well taken. Mr. Guy said no member of the House was more ignorant of rules than he, his ob ject being always to ATTAIN FAIRNESS AND JUSTICE, rather than to pay close attention to tech nicalities. But, since the point of order had been raised, he had looked at the rule under consideration, and was forced to the conviction that the Speaker's decision was in accordance with the true construction thereof aud in conformity with precedent. The spirit of the rule is that a matter hav ing been finally decided by the House, must have some certain time fixed within which it can be ?eut to the Senate; that, when a bill has been passed upon by this body and gone to the Senate, it must be regarded as beyond the point of reconsid eration. It was never intended to prevent a reconsideration at any time before the parage of the bill. It was never intended to prevent the House from retracing its steps one inch, in order to take a better track, when they have been HASTY AND IMPROVIDENT IN THEIR ACTION. Mr. Bi'DD cited a case in which a bill which had actually passed the House and ^one to the Governor ; also, a case in which a tax bill had been reconsidered under cir cumstances similar to the present. Mr. Tburman thought the first was not a casein point. Mr. Hill again urged his point of order. -Mr. Maddox said this had been a pending question for many days, and certainly gen ?l*-rnen could not seriously think it was not in the poiver of the House to amend any proposition actually before it. S uch an idea was preposterous. The decision of the chair was in accordance with the uniform ruling, and he hoped it would be sustained. THE TENDING QUESTION. Mr. Bagwell called the pending ques tion, and the call was sustained. WARNING FROM THE SPEAKER. The Speaker explained his ruling on this ' point, and said It had always been the same. A contrary ruling would involve the House in inextricable ditHcultiea, aa had been fully shown by the member from Richmond (Mr. Guy). Such also had been the ruling of his predecessor in the chair (Hon. 3. B. Baldwin), who is a gentleman eminently skilled in parliament. The Speaker had no personal interest in this question, but had decided in the interests oi the House. He would warn members that if this new con struction of the rulo prevailed the result would be disastrous. IT 18 NOT HEEDED. A vote was then taken, and resulted in the overruling of the Speaker's decision by the following vote: Feas.? Messrs. Atlee, Bartlett, Bodeker, Budd, Bulman, Campbell, Clark, Cox, Daniel, Dugger, Edwards, Glascock, Gos ney, A. Graham, G.W. Graham, Guy. Ham ilton, Hawxhurst. Haynie, Holloman, Hudgin. Jackson^ Johnston, B. F. Jones, Peter K. Jones, Keyser, Lovenstein, Mnd dox, M&hood, Mason, Matthew, Mc Cracken, Robt. A. Miller, Moss, Noble, P. 8. Norton, Robt. Norton, Popham, Rags dale, Seaton, Stevens, Stewart. Stubbs, Tov, Thaver, Thomas, wentwortn, Wilson, H. Williams, Wm. L. Williams, George W. Young? 61. Nays.? Messrs. Arnett, Bagwell, Henry Bell. H. M. Bell, Boiling, Bowen, Breckin ridge, Brisby, Bristow, L. H. Bryant, Wm. A. Bryant, Buchanan, Burgess, Burk holder," Cochran, DaviS, lidmundson, Geo. Graham, Joa. J. Graham, "Hanger, Hatcher, Hill, llensley, John Q. Hodges, Horton, llutchcrson," Jas. D. Jones, R. G. W. Jones, Kelly, Lawson, Liudsay, Lipsoomb, Marshall, Massie, McCaul, McDonald, J.B. Miller, Jr., Moulton, Murreil, Pannill, Caisar Perkins, Poorc, Polls, Read, Segar, Smith, Geo. H. Soiunall, S. V. Southall, Shefcon, Terry. Thompson, Thurman, Tur ner, Geo. Walker, J. W. Walker, Jr., Jno. F. Wall, Win. J. Wall, Woodson, Wood worth? oil. So the motion to reconsider the vote by which the substitute as amended was agreed to, was lost. MOTION TO BEC01IMIT. Mr. Bell, of Augusta, then submitted a a motion to recommit the bill. In his view, by the adoption of Mr. Wood's amendment every principle involved in the bill was re versed, and reversed TO THE DETRIMENT OP THE COMMONWEALTH. He was, perhaps, not up to the railroad spirit of the age, but he held that the State was bound by every principle of equity to obtain for property held by her as a trustee the best price in the market. In a court of equity the principles involved in that amendment would be scouted as vicious. The Com monwealth is bound by the strongest chains to do equal justice, and we should do for her as we would in a case in which we were personally interested. We should make the best bargain we can. The cause of the Commonwealth is before the Court of Con science, and we ought not to violate the principles accepted in every other court of equity. LIGHT WANTED. Mr. Woodson inquired whether the gen tleman's objections go to the whole merits, or only to the amendment of Mr. Wood ? Mr. Bell, in reply, explained that he was entirely opposed to the principles in the Orange and Alexandria railroad bill as reported, but was more favorable to the substitute agreed to, in which his own views were substantially embodied, until Mr. Wood's amendment was adopted re versing not only the principle that the State ought, if she sells out, to get the best price for her interest, but picked out a purchaser having no claims whatever to priority. He was sati.-lied that the State could get fifty or a hundred per ccut. moic than General Mahonc otlcred if allowed to go into the market. It was for this reason that he moved to recommit the bill. The Voice of fliclimon<l. Mr. Guy said lie was gratified to be able to be heard, even at this late day, on a mutter of such interest to bis constituents. The cut in the buy; which the member from Halifax (Mr. Wood) introduced to the House, and which bud opened the way for u most interesting zoblobgicul exhibition, was to he followed by tbe introduction by him (Mr. Guy) of an animal of a very differ, ent nature, by no means ferocious and dan gerous. In this controversy, however much be felt bound by any personal considera tions, the deep'interest of his constituents would cuuse him to WAIVE THESE PREFERENCES OB PREJUDICES, aud cause him to speak their united voice. The Richmond delegation was in this case neither swayed by prejudice nor biased by favor. 11' any constituency is interested in this matter, it is, Richmond. Papers on his desk showed thut the merchants and people generally of Richmond take the sume view thut he did of the question. He implored members who huve no particular interest in it, owing to their distunce from us, not to assist in SHACKLING RICHMOND, whose weltare is so deeply involved, by agreeing to this monstrous proposition. If you are not affected, said he, pray give us the benefit of the doubt. Let us, as far as you can, judge for ourselves as to our own best business interests. Are vve not better qual ified to judge than anybody else what will result to our advantage and what to our detriment ; and are we not united upon the question involved iu the admeudment which this House has, perhaps, hastily adopted ? We would accord others the same privileges. We will not undertake to speak for the business interests of Williams burg, Sussex, and Albemarle, and we ask that the members from those districts will not attempt to speak for ours. Richmond comes with a united voice, and IMPLORES THIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY fairly and tully to consider this question, and in a matter which affects us so much, and which affects others so little to pay some attention to our wishes. It this bill as amended becomes a law, one great source of trade between Richmond and North Caro lina might be SHUT OUT FROM US FOREVER. Mr. Jones, of King William, asked here rather irrelevantly whether the many rail roads passing through St. Louis hud not benefited it ? Mr. Guy said he supposed they had. He had nothing to say in disparagement of railroads, but when they are run disadvan tageous^ to the communities interested, or ure likely to be thus managed, the people surely have a right to complain. He had opposed putting the railway line between Richmond and Washington and southward under the control ot the Pennsylvania Central, but he had never said that he did not wish AS MANY INLETS AS POSSIBLE FOR RICHMOND to the producing regions of Virginia aud North Carolina. This Petersburg road affords us an unusually profitable inlet, and we ask that it be kept open beyond all haz jird and peradventure. All that we fear is, that if it passes under the control of Gen. Mahone it will be run In the interests ot other cities or other corporations, whose i ' ?? * '? --i * i' ',!&* ' ^ ~ ? ? interests arc not identical with ours. All that we ask is PAIR PLAY. . He was frank to say that he was in (avor of the State's selling out its interest in any railroad, if ft could be done advantageous ly, as was the cane with some railroads. Trices had been offered in some Instances so dazzling that they could hardly be re sisted for a moment. And when parties came before the Legislature, and offered for ccrtain stock prices far ahead of .those ruling in the market, he for one could not/ from a simple business point of view, re* fuse it the approval of bis judgment. But when A LESS PRICE THAN WHAT THE 8T00I IS WOBTH is unblushingly offered, is not the situation very different ? Would any member here sell his own stock for a price far less than could be obtained from other quarters? Theu how is it that members would sell the State's 6tock on such ruinous terms ? "Why will members pursue a different course in the management of their own business from that they pursue in the affairs of the State ? How can a man satisfy his own conscience in closing such a bargain, whatever his local interest may be ? THE ESTABLISHED PRECEDENT.' JUr. Guy then reviewed his reasons for supporting the substitute without the ob noxious amendment of Mr. Wood. That a company should have the first right to buy the State's interest fn its own road had been agreed to by the General Assembly. This was wise for many reasons. The justice of such a course is too obvious to require ex planation. But now comes forward an other PROPOSITION OP A VERT DIFFERENT CHA RACTER. It was proposed by the representatives of Gen. Mahone's great railroad that when the State's interest in the Petersburg rail road is to be sold, whatever might be the precedent, a stranger should be allowed to purchase that interest in preference to the Richmond and Petersburg Company itself. The proposition was enforced by- holding up to the eyes of the friends of Virginia the picture of the rapidly-advancing strides of the Pennsylvania Central railroad, and the propriety of stopping it in its career by keeping it from getting possession of this important link in the great through line between the North and South. The ques tion was put thus : Would you place this little road in the hands of this foreign cor poration, or sell it to the Atlantic, Missis sippi and Ohio railroad, which is a Vir ginia institution ? Naturally with the ques tion thus stated, the sympathies ol the speaker were with the Virginia company. But sober, second thought brought with it the tact that there is NO EVIDENCE WHATEVER that the Pennsylvania Central road desires thecoutrol of this road, but that the parties really opposing the schemes of General Mahone are North Carolina gentlemen, in terested in railroads there, who desire to give their State an outlet through which TIIEIR PRODUCTS MAY FLOW INTO THE LAP OP RICHMOND, and m:;n;ige it hi the interests of Richmond. On the otheipnnd, we know that if General Mulione^^ Control of the Richmond and 1 etersbnrg railroad, tiiere will be a hazard of our trade being cut off in favor of an other city than Richmond. He was op posed to putting such a power into the i hands of any man. a rnosrERous and live management. In regard' to the Petersburg road, he had to say that under the new management a new and prosperous commerce had sprung up over it which never existed before ; that the fares have been reduced fifty per ! cent, and tolls one-third, travel has in | ci eased, and of these things Richmond has I had the benefit. Six months ago we had to pay six cents per ton per mile for coal, and j now we only pay four. Aud there have been | correspondingly advantageous changes which have wonderfully encourage^" the southern trade, and enured 1^3 -the ben N* of our Pcople^W<outh ag0 ft ju-ge umber this city stood own town, Obliged to be near the J. 11 beiM necessary that lumber Jthnn > T ;?'steamer> instead of by rail, C?, roHn-, f ?autiful P^e of North ti.'ic i i ' wus 60 ncar at hand. Now v nf ^ T>Trd has removed to the vicini hu? f , .. iu?,ber, which never would fiave found its wa tK ' , . in the manageaJ b.ut for tbe fore the chaigo? ?' tllls ?^ood.^ gar Works were ?an"Sers oftheTrede of the fore*. of 10 ava1.' ^selves facture of care in" CaroUna'n the niauu limber is within I, VlrsIma' No? that flne use. The line bn!eir reach; and 18 m daily constructed of p.'1?0 ?ver Jam,08 river wa9 from New York?'^ br,Tsllt ,by 'teamcr array of superior?'0 WltbstandmS tho vaat Under the new n, lmber ,n Nortl! Carolina, trade has spruuf'":lsc,mcnt> a Prosperous and North Carol it2'p between Kichmond prosperity which'! B.cro 18 " of land onlv ask that ipe *ic*v m delight, until we' have a chrj6 "ltertcrod with will grow into a staC? ?!? ' ~ whctller " U J? rs ta raStTe . uth since the I eMrsburg railroad had passed into the handftf live railroad men, and showed how newBfe had been infused 111 various departments, and not only this I but valuable new tracle built up. j A MODES 11 REQUEST. I lie only asked in behtrff of Richmond that Jthe bright hopes of htr citizens, based j upon these encouraginor signs, J>c not dis I pelled, and that the personX by whose man agement this happy state qlUftairs has been I brought about shall not be estopped in I their plans. yVc ask that an exception should not be made in the ca*e of this little railroad company, whose president and directory have set such a gooh example in live railroad management to? the internal improvement companies of Virgin in. \yc ask that if the State's interest in that rail road be sold the company now managing it be allowed the privilege of purchasing it. MR. HILL DESIRES INFORMATION. Mr. Hill : The gentleman has repeatedly intimated that the price offered by General Jtlahone for the State's interest in this road is less than what could be gol for it from others. I wish to ask if he ha* authority foi baling so, and if so, who the parties offering iribre are ? < PATIENCE ENJOINED. \ 31r. Gut : That, sir, Is my cat, /lid. at the proper moment I propose that foe shall leave the bag, and come out blfore the House with a graceful bound. Ai$! I hope that when she does come myfriehd from Albemarle will give her his approving smiles. ANOTHER ANXIOUS INQUIRER. Mr. Bagwell : Is the cat caught, or is the gentleman still on the chase t . i - ? X?B, TOOy 18 ANSWERED. I Mr. Gut : I am happy to say that she Is caught, and is safely in bond. If gentlemen will be patient they shall be favored with a sight of her. \ OPENING THE BAG. ! Mr. Gdy then approached the considera-;! tion of the proposition which he desired to bring before the House if the bill was re committed, in accordance with the motion j of the gentleman from Augusta (Mr. Bell). He had been asked who would give more j than General Mahone for the State's inter est in the Richmond and Petersburg rail- J road. HE WA8 NOW PEEP ABED TO 6 AT. ? Certain wealthy, influential, public-spi rited, and highly-respectable citLzens of j Richmond, and residents of the counties, along the line of the road, alarmed at the threatened disasters to the business inter ests of the community, had revoived this whole subject in their own minds, and had determined to put their own shoulders to the wheel in order to avert the dire results otherwise inevitable. He was authorized to say that these gentlemen would give the State FIFTY PER CENT. MORE THAN OEN. MAHONE for the State's interest in the Richmond and ! X>etersburg railroad, and would put $200,000 MORE IN THE TREA8URY OF VIRGINIA than General Mahone was -pleased to offer. \ [Sensation and applause, which was checked by the Speaker.] THE PROMISED ANIMAL APPEARS. Mr. Guy then sent to the Clerk's desk the following paper, which was read, causing a profound sensation on the floor and in the galleries: "The undersigned citizens of the State of Virginia, interested in the manufactures and commerce of the city of Richmond, and in the preservation and extension of I the valuable trade recently developed be tween said city and the States of North Carolina and South Carolina, do respectful ly petition the General Assembly of Vir ginia to sell to us the 6tock held by the State in the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Company for the sum of $150 per share, payable in bonds or certificates of | debt of the State of Virginia. And we jointly and severally agree and Covenant with the Qommonwealth of Vir- j ginia, that we will boy from said Common wealth all of the stock owned l>y it in the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Com pany, and will pay the said Commonwealth therefor, at the rate of $150 per share of | said stock, in bonds or certificates of the Commonwealth of Virginia, within six months after the passage of an act author- 1 izing such sale, and upon the transfer to us of said stock. Witness our hands and seals, this the 6th j day of March, 1871 : (Signed,) H. K. Ellyson, [Seal.] Jos. R. Anderson, [Seal.] Isaac Davenport, Jr., [Seal.] Fred'k R. Scott, [Seal.] Franklin Stearns, [Seal.] John B. Davis, [Seal.] Jas. H. Cox, . [Seal.] A. F. Harvey, [Seal.] Reuben Ragland, [Seal.] "Received of H. K. Ellyson, Joseph R. Anderson, Isaac Davenport, Jr., Fred. K. Scott, Franklin Stearns, John B. Davis, Jas. H. Cox, A. F. Harvey, and Reuben Ragland bonds of the State of Virginia amounting to the sum of one hundred thousand dollars, with power of attorney to transfer the same ; which said bonds are left with me as security for the faithful per formance of a contract dated March G, 1871, for the purchase of the State's stock in the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Com pany at the price of $150 per share, paya ble in State bonds or certificates at par, this day tendered to the General Assembly by the parties above named. If said offer is accepted by tho General Assembly*; said bonds are to be retained as p??Vt payment for said stock, under said con tract. If the offer be not accepted, said bonis arc to be forthwith returned to said parties. [Signed] Geo. Rye, Treasurer. March 8, 1871." HANOVER "WAKES UP. After the sensation hud subsided some what, Mr. "Winn inquired whether the gen tlemen signing this paper would guarantee that this road shall not pass into the hands of a foreign corporation ? Mr. Guy asked whether any such guar antee had been asked of Gen. Mahone ? As to these gentlemen, THEIR NAMES AND THEIR CREDIT WERE A SUF FICIENT GUARANTEE that this road would be forever run in the interests of Virginia. He would not ask a paper guarantee of such gentlemen, ne was astounded that persons who do not represent Richmond on tills floor should dare to come here and cast such doubts upon citizens of Richmond whose names were as well known as these. MR. HILL THINKS HE SMELLS A MICE. Mr. Hill : Does not the gentleman know that two of the gentlemen signing that pa per are connected directly or indirectly with the parties that have been buying the stock of the Richmond and Petersburg railroad? Bridges, Walters & Co.? Mr. Guy : "Whom do you mean ? Mr. Hill : Are any of them interested in the plans of Bridges & Co. ? BUT IS MISTAKEN IN THE SOENT. Mr. Guy^; ^?ot one that I know of. I would fcRe the gentleman to state to whom he referred. HE REFLECTETH. Mr. Hill did not answer. RETURNING TO THE CHARGE. Mr. Guy thought it passing strange that a guarantee should bo unblu*hingly asked by these gentlemen when none was asked of Gen. Mahone. As to the propriety of such a guarantee, it had never occurred to him or his colleagues to ask such a thing. They knew that the^e eentlemen were known here, that they had the ability to carry out what they promise, and that all their interests were involved in the pros perity of Richmond, and he had never dreamed of asking them to guarantee that the railroad should not be managed to the detriment of the city or of the State. But if any suspicion attaches to the proposi tion, let the motion to recommit prevail, and then let it be carefully weighed in the committee-room, and if the committee thinks A GUARANTEE NECESSARY, LET IT BE EXACTED. This proposition comes from men who stand high in commercial circles? whose motives are above suspicion, and whose personal solvency is known to every mem ber on this floor. They come forward and gay, if you are unwilling to trust the Pe tersburg Railroad Company, trust us. "We propose to give you fifty per cent, more than General Mahone offers, and, as a jgu a ran tee of good faith, we have already DEPOSITED $100,000 IN 8TATE BONDS "WITH THE STATE TREASURER. ?" Our names are good for quadruple the amount to "be paid for the stock ; and not only do we propose to pay the State $200, 000 more than General Mahone offers, but while he asks that he be allowed six years to pay it in, we propose to pay it in six months. Are these men more likely to mis manage the road than Gen. Mahone ? A BUSINESS QUESTION. He contended that this was a question of common business sagacity and honesty. It is only asked that members will do with the State's stock as they would with their own. Would you sell your own property to one, person for fifty per cent, less than to an other ? Then why will you thus - SACRIFICE THE PROPERTY OP THE STATE? Will you neglect this op portunity|of plac ing $200,000 in the Treasury of our debt ridden, overburdened . Commonwealth ? Will you tax your people to pay money which you now have it in your power to secure by a simple vote without taxation ? WILL YOU THROW THIS MONEY AWAY ? Will not your constituents, and will not West Virginia, m the settlement of the joint debt, hold you strictly to account if you sell this stock for $200,000 less than you can get for it? And all for what? To gratify General Mahone. General Mahone is ? great railroad man, and worthy of all praise as such. JBut what claims has he upon us, that he should come to the Legis lature of Virginia and A8K A BONUS OF $200,000 FOR PURCHASING THIS STOCK ? Mr. Guy then read again the list of names appended to the proposition which he had the honor to submit, commenting upon the personal charactor, business reputation, and means of each. GBN. JOS. R. ANDERSON had a controlling voice in the largest manu facturing concern in the southern States ; was possessed of immense capital, and a national reputation. ISAAC DAVENPOBT, JR., President of the First National Bank of Kichmond, and JOHN B. DAVIS, President of the Planters' National Bank ; both men of ample fortune, public-spirited, and enjoying the entire confidence of the community. FREDERICK R. SCOTT, a member of one of the most prosperous and influential banking-houses in the South : that of Thomas Branch & Co.; FRANELIN STEARNS, probably the largest real estate owner in the city of Kichmond, and who, like JAMES n. cox, another signer of the paper, is possessed of great means, and is the peculiar represent ative of the coal-mining interest of Chester field county ; H. K. ELLYSON, known to be a man of wealth, reputation, and enterprise ; A. F. HARVEY, President of the National Bank of Virginia, and a leading merchant of Bichmond ; REUBEN RAOLAND, a bank president and a financier whose reputation as such had spread all over the State of Virginia. These were the names that we offer as a guarantee, and we CHALLENGE INQUIRY into their responsibility for double or tre ble the amount which they offer for this stock. In view of their offer he asked that, inasmuch as he was prevented by a techni cality from amending the bill, it be recom mitted and the propositions of General Ma honc and of these Richmond gentlemen fairly considered, and a just and equitable decision made. A PERTINENT QUESTION. Mr. Bolung: I wish to ask the gentle man whether if Gen. Mahone offered more than these Richmond men he would favor selling the road to him ? PROMPTLY ANSWERED. Mr. Guy: I am glad to have an opportu nity to answer such a question. I am glad to say that, if General Mahone does pro pose any better terms, I certainly shall not be disposed to kill the goose that lays such golden eggs. If there is such competition for the possession of the road, then I would favor putting it up to the highest bidders, and sell it to them, whoever they may be. WHAT RICHMOND ASKS. Mr. Guy then reiterated that the propo sition which he had submitted emanated from his constituents, alarmed as they were at the evils threatened to Richmond by the passage of the bill. They only ask that Richmond be protected by placing this franchise in the hands of those who will discriminate in favor of nobody, but who will keep it open to all. It will not be to their interest to shut out Gen. Mahone or anybody else ; but it will be a disaster in deed to Richmond if Gen Mahone, getting possession ol' it, should manage it in the in terests of some other city. FLOORED FOR ONCE. Mr. Wood took the floor after Mr. Guy concluded, and endeavored to make a reply to the able argument of that gentleman. For once the ingenious and wide-awake delegate from Halifax was not himself. He could get around everything but that sim ple proposition that there was a chance for the State to make ?200, 000, which, if his amendment prevails, would be lost. He groped along, refusing to be assisted by the member from Giles (Mr. Popham), from Richmond (Mr. Guy), or from King Wil liam (Mr. B. F. Jones), and finally wound up by saying he would withdraw opposition to the motion to recommit. VICTORY. The pending question was then called, and the motion to recommit was carried by the following vote: Yeas.? Messrs. Atlee, Bartlett, H. >1. Bell, Bowden, Breckinridge, Budd, Bul man, Burkholder, Campbell, Clark, Coch ran, Cox, Daniel, Dugger, Edwards, Fray .ser, Gilmer, Glascock, Gosney, A. Graham, G. W. Graham. Guy, Hamilton, Hanger, Hawxhurst, Hill, Hollomon, Hudgin, John ston, B. F. Jones, J. D. Jones, Kelly, Key ser, Lovenstein, Maddox, Mahood, Mason, Matthew, McCaul, McCracken, R. A. Mil, ler, Morgan, Murrell, Noble, F. S. Norton, R. Norton, Pannill, C. Perkins, Popham, Potts, Seaton, Sherman, G. H. Southall, S. V. Southall, Stevens, Stewart, Stubbs, Toy, Thayer, Thomas, Tiiurman, Turner, Geo. Walker, J. W. Walker, Jr., Wentwortb, Wilson, H. Williams, W. L. Williams, Winn, Wood, Geo. Young, G. W. Youmr, Mr. Speaker? 73. iVfays.? Messrs. Arnett, Bagwell, H. Bell, Boiling, Bowen, Brisby, Bristow. L. H. Bryant, W. A. Bryant, Buchanan, Burgess, Davis, Edmundson, Fayerman, J. J. Gra ham, Hatcher, Haynie, Hensley, Horton, Hutcherson, R. G. W. Jones, Lawson, Lindsev, Lipscomb, Marshall, McDonald, Moulton. Poore, Read, liagadale, Segar, Smith, Snelton, Terry, Thompson, Win. J. Wall, Woodworth? 37. So the bill goes again to the committee, and there is yet hope for the State. The Cleveland Plaindealer Is the best paper In Ohio. Even the editor's head is red,? Ohio State Journal* EXTBAOBDnriltY PBOCBEWSOs iar THE COMMITTEE oar 12 O ADS. A SELF- CONSTITUTED INQ UISJTI01 f INVITED GUESTS ROUGHLY HANDLED, BUT MAINTAIN THEIR equanimity. An Honest and Indignant Protest. Yesterday afternoon, after the adjourn ment of the House of Delegates, Dr. Gra ham, the chairman of the Committee on Roads, &c., at the request of certain mem-, bers of that committee, sent through the Clerk of the Hou*e an invitation to be present at a meeting of the committee to be held at the Exchange Hotel last even ing at 8 o'clock, for the purpose ot throw ing some light upon the bill recommitted yesterday. The gentlemen thus invited were the signers of the proposition to buy the State's interest in the Richmond anil Petersburg railroad at $150 per share, or 00 per cent, more than was offered by General Mahone. We append the names : General Joseph R. Anderson, H. K. Ellyson, Isaac Dayenport, Jr., Franklin Stearns, A. F. Harvey, Reuben Ragland, F. R. Scott, J. H. Cox, li. R. Bridges, John Lyon ; also, R. F. Walker, C. W. Statham, and William Mahone. THE MEETING. The committee met, according to appoint ment, at the hotel . There were present the following members : Messrs. Graham (chair mgn), Wood, Segar, Marshall, Guy, Budd, Horton, Thurman, Hill, and Moss. .Nearly all of the gentlemen invited to attend were also promptly on hand. Mr. Thubman asked that a testament be sent for, in order that the witnesses might be sworn. No objection was made, and after some little difficulty one was procured. Mr. Thubman then moved to proceed to business. ?WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT? Mr. Guy asked what the business was. It seemed to be understood among some mem bers of the committee, but he had not been Informed. Mr. Thubman : Wo want to see what is the object of the proposition you intro duced in the House to-day? what it is, and where It comes from. Mr. Guy: Well, while I have no doubt the gentlemen invited here will gladly be examined, and assist in the enlightenment of the committee, I, as a member of the committee, feel called upon to protest against any formal investigation or exam ination at all, unless there is a distinct un derstanding that there is to be a full and fair hearing of witnesses on both sides. He would suggest also that tho authority of the committee to go into the formal examina tion of sworn witnesses was questionable, as the House had not ordered an investiga tion or empowered them to send for persons and papers. Mr. Thubman said he had offered a reso lution in the House providing for such an Investigation, but it had been objected to. He thought it perfectly proper to go on and swear the witnesses. ONE OP THE GUESTS SPEAKS. Mr. H. K. Ellyson here said that he had been requested by the chairman of the com mittee, through tho Clerk of the House of Delegates, to appear here this evening. He certainly did not understand that he was here as a witness. The Chairman: No, sir ; you are not. Mr. Ellyson : Well, sir, so far as the gen tlemen who signed the proposition intro duced in the House of Delegates by Mr. | Guy are concerned, we are perfectly ready to answer any questions, fully and frankly,? we mean what we say in the paper to which our names are attached. WE MEAN BUSINESS. We have no concealments to make, and arc now ready to give the committee the benefit of anything that we have to say. Mr. Thurman said the idea in sending for Mr. Ellyson and others, was to get all the light available on the subject under con sideration in view of the recommittal of the bill. MR. GUY'S POSITION. Mr. Guy said he made no objection what ever to the investigation on its merits, but wished it understood that if entered into it should not ceasc until both sides have been fairly and fully hoard. He was willing to waive all technical objections, but a^ked an assurance that all parties likely to know anything about it should be summoned and examined. WON'T PROMISE ANYTHING. Mr. Woon : I can answer for myself. I won't promise anything, lest my promise should be misunderstood. NO BLUFP. Mr. Guy : Very well, sir ; then I under stand your position. But let us have no bluff. He (Sir. Guy) then formally raised the objection that no witnesses could be sworn, the committee not having been empowered by the House to go into any investigation. He was sure that the gentlemen present by invitation were perfectly willing to be sworn, but he really would not advise them to do so under the circumstances. Mr. Budd ssid this was AN UNHEARD OP PROCEEDING. He was no lawyer, but helieved that if a person was to take a false oath under such circumstances he could not be indicted for perjury in a court of law. THE QUESTION RAISED. Mr. Wood then said that ih order to de cide the matter, he would move that Mr. H. K. Ellyson be called and sworn. He would take Mr. Ellyson's statement with out oath, and believe every word of it, but did not wish to set a bad precedent. Some one else might hereafter appear before the committee whom it would be necessary to swear. ? AND SETTLED. The Chair put the question whether Mr. Ellyson should be called and sworn, and it was decided in the affirmative. Seven mem bers voted ? five for and two against the motion of Mr. Wood. A HORSE LED TO WATER. Mr. Ellyson was then called, and, step ping forward, declined to be sworn. He said he wished his position to be distinctly understood. BUT WON'T DRINK, He had had the honor of being a member of the Legislature, and had some knowledge of committee work, but it was the first time ho had ever beard of a gentleman being in vited to appear before a committee to ex* plain a proposition of which lie was the patron, and then being pressed into ser vice as a witness. He was willing to be sworn by proper authority, but not other wise. The House had ordered no investi gation, and this committee had not been imh 1111 lima. THE DISPATCH; hi r i n i r n ? i * * ? r i o ri?~~n~*i i~ii~i -i ~ ~ i~ ii~?"-?'SifV TERMS OF ADVEBmanreM CASB-ZaVAMAJUT w ADtAMCSh 8SS 8K ^rrJS^::::;;::::;:;;:::: tS tine sqoM?, ftwrtrelcMttlotu. IN Una ignore, one monto One ?qa?r?, WroinotrtJM.... -jj ?# One square, tbree months. empowered to examine witneiMh He ()Cr. Ellyson) and his friends had been INVITED, NOT gUHKOltlEB, to appear here, and tbey had come prepared to explain in detail, if necewary, the prop osition which they had submitted to the [General Assembly of Virginia In regard to the purchase of the State's interest in the Petersburg railroad. That proposition had been made in good faith, and be was pre pared now or at any time to set ro?th its merits in competition with that of any other parties, and demonstrate that these interests of the State demand its acceptance by the General Assembly. He was readyto explain the motives which prompted him, the interest which he had to the plan, how long he proposed to hold the stock if successful, and how the road WilHW man aged if he and his friends secured the con trol of it. All this and anything else that might be thought relevant he was prepared to say, but he desired at the same time to enter a most solemn and emphatic protest against being sworn under the present cir cumstances. Furthermore, he would not submit to the indignity of an explanation under oath as a witness until the committee had been empowered by the House to com mence such a proceeding. . Mr. Wood : Then tho gentleman refuses to testify 't Mr. Ellyson : I decline to be sworn un der the present circumstance, but am per fectly willing to make a full statement. A RETREAT. Mr. Tiiubman then explained his posi tion in some vehement remarks, in the course of which he tried to throw the re sponsibility of the meeting being a failure entirely upon the opponents of the Ma hone scheme, but admitted that as the gen tlemen invited would not be sworn the only thing to be done was for the commit tee to rise. AN UNFAIR VIEW. Mr. Guy considered the views advanced by Mr. Thurman as unfair, unreasonable, and unjust as they possibly could be. He denied that he (Mr. Guy) or his friends were responsible for the dilemma in which the majority of the committee now found them selves. He offered NO OBJECTION WHATEVER TO THE INVBSTIOA TION, but, on the contrary, promised to vote for it when it was regularly asked for in the House ; but he was not disposed to favor hasty action or meetings at uuusual hours, Mr. Budd said, tbat so far as he was con cerned he only asked that the investiga tion, when ordered, should cover the whole subject-matter. He would be glad to have such an investigation as that. Mr. Ellyson hoped no objection would be raised to an investigation, GENERAL ANDERSON EXPLAINS H1H8XLF. General Joseph B. Anderson, one of the guests so cavalierly treated, begged per mission to say one word to the com mittee. In common with other gentlemen, he had been invited to appear before the committee. He had no wish to speak unless the committee wished to hear him, and wished this to be understood. He was not willing to be considered as a partisan. He belonged to no railroad ring, but was a plain citizen, entitled by Virginia birth and business interests to a hearing in matters of this kind. He came not as the friend of any road, but to protect his own interests as a producer and shipper. The only rail road in which he was interested was THE CONSOLIDATED LINK. He proposed to look as far as possible to the interest of that line, and would not lend himself to any scheme to its injury. He had been its friend from its incepttoju Mr. Wood at this point objected, and Gen. Anderson took bis seat. The committee then roee to meet at the office of the Clerk of the House of Delegates this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Just before adjournment a resolution was adopted asking authority to send for per sons and papers. Protest of Messrs. Ellyson, Davenport and Anderson. To the General Assembly of Virginia : The undersigned citizens of Virginia re spectfully show to your honorable body, that on the 6th instant they submitted a proposition to you to purchase the State's interest in the Bichmond and Petersburg railroad at the price of one hundred and iifty dollars per share, payable in Stato bonds. That upon the receipt of their proposition by the House of Delegates, the pending bill for the sale of the State's Inte rest in the railroads was recommitted to the Committee on Roads, That the com mittee then invited them to meet them on Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock. That the undersigned, on behalf of themselves and their colleagues, attended the committee, and desired and offered to explain to them all the facts and cir cumstances attending their offer of pur chase and their connection therewith; but to their surprise, the majority of the committee claimed . the right to ex amine them on oath, and refused to allow them to explain the merits of fcbeir pro position, or to argue or show the superi ority of the proposition of their colleagues and themselves to purchase the State's in terest over any other proposition submitted to the General Assembly, and especially its superiority over the one to purchase by the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio railroad, which is now incorporated in the pending bill, without your memorialists would sub mit to be sworn. Your memorialists are advised that such a proceeding by a legislative committee without special authority from the Bouse of which it was a member, is utterly un precedented and unauthorized, and en tirely illegal. A proper self-respect, and a due regard for the rights of citizens of Virginia, re quired that they should, in their own per sons, protest against such an indignity, and refuse to allow a committee of the General Assembly, without any authority of law, to subject them to any such illegal pro ceedings. They, therefore, with all proper respect for tho House of Delegate*, de clined to allow its Committee on Boad* to administer any oath whatever to them, or either of them, without direction or authority from that House. They dis tinctly stated to the committee, and now aver, that they were willing to give them any and all information whatever in relation to the proposition made by them? at* to the motives which prompted tt, the interest* which controlled it, and the^atendonj with regard to the fature disposition of the stock? without oath at that time, or on oath whenever the Howe ehooM enthorae it. But lest their acts, motives, Interests, and intentions, should misconstrued, and since tho committee declines to aitew hem to make any explanation w&ttowm? regard to the merits, of their i purchase, they deiiro to lay at ?ace Wtow* ' , , ? :f : '