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K KIP AY MARCH 10, 1871.
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In the House of Delegates yesterday Mr.
Turn man , of Bedford, Introduced the tol
louing resolution, upon v.hicb he asked
Hit; immediate judgment of the House :
?? lit solved. That the Committee on Roads
and Internal Navigation he instructed to
investigate and ascertain who are the real
parties proposing to purchase the State's
interest in the Richmond and Petersburg
railroad : bv whom the money for said pur
chase i? to "be furnished; who is lo lsoid the
stock when so purchased, and by what cor
poration or company said company is to be
operated when said purchase shall have
been.iuade; the true object and intention of
stiil proposed purchasers, and make report
thereof to this House ; and for this put pose
said committee shall have power to send for
person^ and papers and to examine wit
The Resolution Oppose*!.
Mr. Lovenstbin, of Richmond, said he
did not claim to speak the sentiments ol
the gentlemen who had made the proposi
tion at whieh this resolution was evidently
aimed, but so far as he was individually
concerned he was decidedly opposed t<Pany
such farcical investigation. Ho thought
the character of the gentlemen who were
competing with lien. Mahone for the pos
session of the State's interest in the Rich
mond and Petersburg railroad was entirely
too well known to make such an investiga
tion necessary. Their
was :i sufficient guarantee of the purity ot
their intentions, Besides, he was tired ot
these futile investigating committees. If
any investigation was made, lie thought the
proper committee to make it was the one
already appointed to inquire into General
21a hone's affairs.
SteiuurliM ol* Mr. Ihomax.
Mr. Thomas, of Henry, expressed him- 1
self in favor of investigating committees
whenever there was anyt liing to he brought
to light that the House really needed or de
sired, hut when a proposition is made to
empower a committee to ask where Frank
lin Stearns and the gentlemen associated
with him in business transactions get the
money to carry out their enterprises, he
thought it
The gentleman from Bedford [Mr. Thur
inanj might as well ask for an investigating
committee to determine where I get the
money to pay my hotel bills, or how the
geutlenian from Richmond [Mr. Lovcnsteiii]
manages to buy his groceries. These gen
tlemen are persons of character and means
seeking an investment. What right have
we to make any inquiry as to how they
came by the money they are to invest,
and what they propose to do with their
property ? i wonder it is not asked whether
they came honestly by the bonds they have
deposited with the State Treasurer. 1 shall
unhesitatingly vote against such an investi
Mr. Popuam asked whether the resolu
tion was sufficiently comprehensive to
examine any witness that a member ol the
committee might think would be able to
throw light oil the subject in any ol its
branches? If there was an investigation,
he desired that it should be ascertained
whether the money to he paid by the At
lantic, Mississippi and Ohio railroad comes
from one source or another.
or whether there is any alliance between
that road and the Atlantic, Mississippi and
Ohio railroad, expressed or implied, ill re
lation to the Richmond and Petersburg
railroad. Will the resolution of the eentle
man from Bedford (Mr. Thurman) cover
these and similar questions that naturally
arise in regard to (Jen. Mahone's plans?
Mr. Tuikmas : It provides for an inves
tigation as to the purchase of this stock by
anybody. 1 think it is sufficiently compre
Mr. Popham : It don't read so. I ask
that it may be amended so a-> to make both
matters iuquirable.
Mr. Thukman : There is no doubt about
its (loin;: that. ,
Mr. Porn am : I understand the gentle
man to say , then, that he construes it in that
way, and will use his influence and efforts
to have a fair and full investigation.
Mr. Guy said he was glad to find the gen
t It-man from Bedford (Mr. Thurman) so
frank, and after his assurances he would be
incliued to vote for the resolution as it
stood j but in view of the tact that the gen
tleman from Halifax (Mr. \\ ood), who was
;il>o an influential member of that commit
tee, had declined to say whether he places
the same construction upon it, 1 must pro
pose an amendment.
Mr. Wood: 1 have not read or seen the
resolution. 1 told you I would make no
bargain, and 1 won't.
Mr. Guy: And 1 did not ask the gentle
man to make any bargain, but expressly
told him that 1 did not. 1 only asked his
view of the bearing of the resolution.
31 r. Wood: Aud I declined to give my
Mr. Guy: Very well, sir. I then propose
the following amendment, to come in at the
end of Mr. Tliuiman's resolution:
"And it is understood that tho investiga
tion herein provided for may be had iu re
gard to the proposed, purchase by the At
lantic, Mississippi aud Ohio railroad, as well
a^ to that by Joseph It. Anderson aud oth
ers, and to any proposition now made, or
that may be made." - ? .
Mr. Tuuhman again spoke, giving his
verhiun of the proceedings in committee,
and laying upon his opponents the offence
ol making an investigation necessaiy. He
fc ud it all resulted from the witnesses de
clining to be sworn.
Mr. Lovenstein inquired whether, when
gentlemen came before the Committee on
lioad? to advocate their bill for the exten- j
siou and completion of the Chesapeake and |
[>hio railroad) the gentleman from Bedford
Jesired to have them sworn ?
Mr. Thurman rejoined that he was not
discussing that question. He then pro
ceeded vehemently to defend his course in
tho committee, incidentally saying that the
gentleman Irom Richmond and the capital
ists whom he represented opposed an Inves
not so.
Mr. Guy denied it. They courted any
inquiry, hut desired the proceedings to be
regular and legal,
Mr. Mardox, of Chesterfield, was the
next speaker. He regarded the proposition
before the House as monstrous. The gen
tlemen whose names were affixed to the
contract were too vrell known for their in
tegrity to be questioned lor a moment. It
to go into an investigation of their business
transactions. But if there was to be an in
vestigation, he suggested that a special com
mittee be appointed for the purpose ; for it
was well known that several members of
the Committee on Bonds, &c., were parti
san friends of the iniquitous amendment
proposed by the gentleman from Halifax,
which gives, away the State's interest in the
Mr. Poors asked if the gentlemen meant
to imply that t he members of the commit
tee were not honest, and would not act fair
Mr. Maddox meant nothing of the kind,
but was unwilling that the case should be
submitted for decision to men whose minds
were already so strongly biased. Ho had
read in the
the Dispatch, how the gentlemen who
made the proposition under consideration
was treated, anil had read the account with
amazement. Those high-minded and hon
orable gentlemen had been treated with
gross discourtesy by the committee. The
members of the committee had sought to
do what they had no right to do, and the
gentlemen who they treated so invidiously
very properly resented it.
Mr. Wood then submitted the following
substitute, which he said was the resolu
tion unanimously agreed to by the Com
mittee on Roads :
" Resolved, That the Committee on Bonds,
&e., be, and they are hereby, empowered
to send for persons and papers, and to
make a thorough examinafion in reference
to all matters and things connected with
Senate bill 2s' o. 3."
Mr. Popham thought the substitute
ought to be adopted, as the motives of the
opposition might be impugned, however
honest. He then administered a scathing
rebuke to the young men who had assumed
the leadership of the House in railroad
affairs, and were attempting to crack the
whip over men "who were old enough to be
their fathers and grandfathers. These gen
tlemen were too partisan, too subservient
in their allegiance to certain railroad mon
archs. This matter ought to be given into
other and more discreet hands.
Mr. McCaul : What commit tec is the
gentleman a member ol'? We might send
it to that.
Mr. Tom am was happy to say that he
was a member ol' but one of these in
vestigating committees, and that was a
very humble one ; and if the gentleman
from Roanoke [Mr. McCaul] had foregone
the pleasure of his trip to the city of
Brotherly Love he might have been on one.
mb. wood's inconsistencies.
Mr. Topiiam then commeuted at length
upon the inconsistency of Mr. Wood in hi*
railroad politics. An investigation was
necessary, he thought, in order to find out
what that gentleman was driving at. Yes
terday lie commenced a speech by vehe
mently protesting against the recommittal
of the bill, and wound up by urging that it
be recommitted. In his advocacy of the
Pennsylvania Central bill he had been
loud in his proclamations of invitation
to foreign capital to come in and
help us, on almost any terms, and sneered
at the Virginiauism of his opponents. Now
he is loud in his expression of desire that
the railroads of Virginia should be man
aged by Virginians. He had been outspo
ken iu denunciation of those blighting mo
nopolies, the Richmond, Fredericksburg
and Potomac, and Seaboard and Roanoke
railroads, and now he was lending his aid
to a scheme which was popularly believed
to be in the interests of those monopolies.
An investigation is desirable, that the mem
ber from Halifax be set right, and himself
and his constituency enlightened.
Before the vote was taken, Mr. Guy re
plied to the repeated assertion of Mr. Thur
man that Mr."Hftyson and others had re
fused to answer questions propounded by
the committee. This was not so. Mr. Ei
lyson had avowed his willingness and anx
iety to answer any question on earth that
the committee chose to ask. The difficulty
was not that he refused to answer, but sim
ply that the committee insisted upon the
chairman's, administering an oath which,
under the circumstances, it would have
been sacrila?<' to take.
The f?ub>titute of Mr. Wood was then
agreed to, and the resolution, as amended,
adopted with few dissenting voices.
A Novel Case of Commercial Respon
sibility.? In July, 1868, lv. D. Roberts
drew an order on Giles, Wales & Co. lor
?1,000 worth of watches, which was duly
accepted by them, Soon after Roberts bor
rowed &00 of Mr. Meyer, and gave this
order as security. Meyer alleges that be
fore he took the order he received an as
surance from Giles, Wales & Co. that it was*
all right, but subsequently, upon making a
demand lor the watches, they refused
to deliver them, and he brought an
action yesterday in the Marine Court,
part 11, before Judge Curtis, to re
cover them. The defence was that there
was no consideration given for the order.
Messrs. Giles and Wales testified that Ro
berts called at their store and said he was
trying to get up a trade with a gentleman
in Chicago, and wanted them to accept his -
order for ?1,000 worth of watches-,; that if
he succeeded in making the trade he shonld
get the money immediately, and would
bring it' to them before the goods would be
demanded, and if he did not succeed lie!
would return the order ; that he had iu;vcr
paid them anything tor it, and that they
had never tofd any one it was good ; but
wheu asked concerning it, had always said
it would not be paid except at the close of
a lawsuit. The Judge said that if the jury
found that Giles & Co. had made statements
calculated to mislead the commercial com
munity as to the value of the order, they
were as much responsible as though an
original consideration actuallv existed.
Verdict for the plaintiff for $500.? New
York Tribune. ' \
The Medical Gazette suggests an inquiry
whether the common practice of -putt ng
up chewing tolkeco in lead foil, may tot
account for some of the numerous cases of
lead poisouiiig not ttaced to any recognized
source. ? v *-?
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Examination of H. K. Ellynon and
Franklin Stearns.
The Committee on Roads, &c., having
received authority from the House of Del
egates to send for persons and papers and
investigate the competing propositions for
the control of the State's stock in the Rich
mond and Petersburg railroad, met iu the
Senate chamber last evening. Dr. Graham
occupied the chair, and the following mem
bers of the committee were present : Messrs.
Budd, Horton, Guy, Hill, Segar, Moss,
Marshall, J. F. Wall, Fretz, and Thurman.
The witnesses present were General Joseph
K. Anderson, II. K. Lllvson, Charles E.
Wortham, Gen. William Mahone, Franklin
Stearns, C. W. Statham, Major R. F.
Walker, R. R. Bridges, John Lyon, and
John M. Robinson.
Mr. H. K. Ellyson was first called and
sworn. Before answering any questions be
asked that both questions and answers
should be carefully taken down by the
Mr. Tuurman said "Mr. Ellyson, I believe
you arc one of the parties who made a
proposition to purchase the State stock in
the R. &P. R.R.F
Witness : I was.
Q. Of the $100,000 in State bonds pro
posed to be or actually deposited with the
and were the bonds furnished by you your
own property ? and if not your property,
state whose they were.
Witness : I furnished the ?100,000? the
whole amount? that is they passed through
my hands. They belonged to Brown,
Lancaster & Co., of New York, and I will
add further, because I wish to give the com
mittee all the information whether drawn
out by questions or not, that the bonds were
furnished by W. T. Walters, of Baltimore.
The bonds were to have arrived by express,
but failing to do so, others were furnished
by Lancaster, Brown & Co.
(^. In making this offer, arc you acting
for yourself or for other parties ? A. I am
acting for myself and for my colleagues to J
the extent of securing for ourselves
By Mr. Wall: Who are your col
leagues? A. Joseph R. Anderson, Isaac
Davenport, Jr., Franklin Stearns, John B.
Davis, and A. F. Harvey, of Richmond ;
Frederick R. Scott and Reuben Ragland,
of Petersburg ; andJas. H. Cox, of Ches
By Mr. Thurman: As one of the par
ties to that offer, is it your purpose to be
come a bona fide holder of said stock ? A.
it is until I fully accomplish the object ex
pressed in a previous answer,
By Mr. Budd : What is that object?
A. To control the company, manage its
. By Mr; Thurman : IIow is it that
Walters furnishes the money to make
the purchase ? A. I have never had any
conversation or correspondence with Mr.
Walters, and cannot inform the committee,
of my own knowledge, what are the mo
tives that influenced him to advance the
money. I have reasou to believe, however,
that he' and gentlemen m Richmond, Ches
terfield, Petersburg, and N, Carolina own
enough stock in the Richmond and Peters
burg Railroad Company, which, with the
State stock in that road, does now give
them, and will continue to give them, the
control of that company, the State proxies
and State directors now cooperating with,
these gentlemen and managing the road
now as we. propose to continue it.
By Mr. Budd: State
before you part with the control of the
stock if your proposition is accepted liy the
General Assembly. A. I propose to hold
in my own name, and vote fu the meetings
of the stockholders of" the Richmond
and Petersburg Railroad Company,' mv
proportion? say one-ninth? of the stock
which we propose to purchase from the
State until the stockholders of the said com
pany enter into a legal contract with the
authorities of the cities of Petersburg and
Kichmond conditioned forever to keep
open said road for the use of every railroad
chartered and built, or which muy be here
after chartered and built, connecting with,
said road, for the transportation over said
Kichmond ff and Petersburg railroad of
freight and passengers uponthe same terms
allowed the most favored road connecting
therewith ; and if the said city authorities
and railroad company have not now the
legal right to enter into such a contract,
we propose to ask that that power be con
ferred upon them by the Legislature, so
that should the stock ever pa6s
By Mr. Wood: I see in the Dispatch
what purports to be a memorial or protest^
signed by yourself, Isaaac Davenport, Jr.;
and Joseph R. Anderson. As far as that
goes, ju-e you willing to adopt It as part of
your evidence touching this offer ? ;A.
Yes, . V ??? i '? ?
? (i.YouHaye stated that yoij have never had
liny iouvorsat4o4. 5*
Mr. "Walters on this subject. The memo*
rial rignod by yourself and others states
that "your memorialists have the under
standing that Mr. WJliam T. "Walters, a
wealthy citizen of Baltimore, will take the
stock from them on their terms and after
such contract is made."
! A. The arrangement was made through
the counsel of Mr. Walters, John Lyon, and
Bradley T. Johnson. I would state here
that four of the gentlemen who signed the
proposal to the General Assembly have de
termined that if anything occurs to pre
vent Mr. "Walters carrying out the contract,
and pay our o *vn money for it. But we have
satisfactory assurances from Mr. Walters
that he will faithfully carry it out.
Q. Am I right in inferring from the con
cluding portion of your last answer that
the nine gentlemen who signed this propo
sition are not to pay any money, or become
owners of the State stock in the Richmond
and Petersburg railroad, unless Mr. "Wal
ters fails to comply with his contract ? A.
You are not.
Q. What do you mean, then, by the con
cluding portion of the answer referred to ?
A. You asked, in the next preceding ques
tion, "or own the State's interest" ; there
fore, I answer " you are not."
Q. "What do you mean by saying that
your understanding with 3ir. Walters is
that you will take the stock and pay the
money if he don't? A. I mean just what
I said. If you wish to know whether the
nine gentlemen ifeaking the proposal to the
General Assembly expect to pay any of
their own money for this stock, I answer,
they do not, except in the event before
to insure the faithful performance of the
contract, and as an assurance to the Legis
lature that the stock will be used in the in
terests of Virginia and of the two Virginia
cities I have before mentioned.
Q. Is there any contract between your
selves and Mr. Walters? A. No written
contract. A memorandum was drawn up,
but only to set down the ideas of counsel.
We have every confidence in Mr. Walters.
Q. Produce that memorandum? A. I
haven't it with me. I think it is among
some papers of mine. I will furnish it to
the chairman of the committee.
A. A wealthy citizen of Baltimore.
Q. Is he not the owner or controller of
the "Weldon and "Wilmington railroad ? A.
I do not know. It is commonly reported
that he has a laree interest in that road.
(J. You are a director of the Richmond
and Petersburg railroad on behalf of the
State. What number of shares of the pri
vate stock in the Richmond and Petersburg
railroad is owned, held, or controlled by
Mr. "Walters and his friends? A. I am a
State director in that railroad. I do not
know of my own knowledge how many
shares of stock he holds. I have been in
formed on what I consider reliable author
ity that Mr. Walters and those who are
friendly to the present management of the
railroad own about 3,000 shares? a minori
ty, I think, of the private stock.
Q. The stock list of the Richmond and
Petersburg railroad shows you to have been
the owner of 100 shares of private stock.
State when and to whom you disposed of
that stock, and what price was obtained
for it. A. At the last annual meeting of the
Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Com
pany Mr. John L. Bacon and others, who
were opposed to the liberal policy we pro
posed to inaugurate on that occasion, com
plained that if it were adopted the stock of
the company would greatly depreciate in
the market ; whereupon I and some of those
cooperating with me in behalf of that pol
icy replied that we would give per
share for all of the stock those gentlemen
held, which was an advance over the price
at which it was generally sold in the mar
ket for a few months prior to that time.
Mr. Bacon accepted my ofl'er, and having
bought the stock on speculation, I sold it
some few days afterwards
or for ?40 per share. It' was purchased of
me by Mr. Thomas H. Wynne, President
of the road. lie did not say whether he
bought for himself or some other person,
but as he gave me a draft on Wm. T. Wal
ters, of Baltimore, for the payment, I con
cluded that he purchased it for him.
Q. You nine gentlemen propose to buy
the State stock for ?130 per share. "Why did
you not propose to buy the stock of Mr.
Walters ? A. The State stock was about
to be sold, as we feared; to
and the stock of Mr. Walters we had every
reason to believe was to be used for the
benefit of our cities, and we therefore pre
ferred to buy the stock that threatened to
pass into unfriendly hands.
Q. Is there any understanding or agree
ment expressed or implied, written or ver
bal, between yourselves, or any of you and
any person acting for and in behalf ot the
Weldon and "Wilmington railroad, the
Pennsylvania Central Railroad Company,
or the, owners of a majority of the stock in
.either one of those companies, that the pur
chase of this State's interest by yourselves
is to enure1 to the interests of those com
panies, or be used so as to result in the
adoption of their management or control
on the Richmond and Petersburg railroad ?
A. I reply for myself and for my colleagues,
so far as I have heard them express their
sentiments on the matter, that wc have h id
no understanding other than that already
contained in my answers to former ques
tions'. And ? will say for myself that if I be
to any extent whatever in the management
of the Richmond and Petersburg railroad,
I would immediately withdraw my name
from the proposition, and have no further
connection With it. 1 have been, and am
now, :
liaving control of any of our Virginia rail
roads. ' ' ' . . *
Q. Were you nt>t,.up to the date of your
proposition to the Legislature, in favor of
giving the absolute control of the Rich
mond and Petersburg railroad to the Wel
don and Wilmington company, and are you
not in favor of it now, and is not this offer
to buy the State slock at $150 an indirect
way of giving to the Weldon and Wilming
ton road the control of the Richmond and
Petersburg railroad ? A; I* have never had
such a proposition presented 'to me in any
Shape whatever, nor have Feverof my own
volition considered such a proposition.
Q. If the bill had passed witliqut having
whatte town m tfee Wood amendment
? inserted, would not the effect have been to
i transfer the control of the Richmond and
Petersburg railroad to the Wilmington and
"Wehlon road, orWm. T. Walters? A. I
have not sufficient information to give any
answer to that question.
Q.%Did you not use your personal influ
ence* with members of the Legislature and
the columns of your paper (the Dispatch)
in advocacy of the bill as it stood, without
Wood's amendmeni? A. I felt very little
personal interest in the bill, until I under
stood an effort was to be made to adopt an
amendment like that proposed by Mr.
Wood. I do not believe, so far as I can
recollect, that I spoke to a single member
of the Legislature on the subject prior to
the introduction of the amendment. After
I found that Mr. Wood's amendment was
before the^House, I did use what little influ
ence I had against it, particularly with the
Richmond members, though I was glad to
find that there was no special necessity to
speak to them.
Q. In usingyour influence with members
of the Legislature before the adoption of
the amendment, had you or your associates
conceived the idea of buying the State's in
terest in the Richmond and Petersburg
railroad ? A. That question has been ex
pressly answered in our memorial published
in the Dispatch this morning, and made a
part of this evidence this afternoon. And
I repeat here that the plan was conceived
Q. Then we are to conclude that during
the pendcncy of the amendment you were
an carnesjt advocate of the sale of State
stock in the road to the road itself, and not
to yourselves? A. You are not to conclude
any such thing. My sole purpose was to
defeat your (Mr. Wood's) amendment. I
did not feel any great interest in the ques
tion whether the State sold out its interest
in the Richmond and Petersburg road or
not. My chief concern was to keep it out
of what I conceived to be
Q. While Wood's amendment was pend
ing, did you not have frequent conversation
with R. K. Bridges, president, and Messrs.
Lyon and Johnson, attorneys, of the Wel
don and Wilmington railroad, and unite
with them upon a plan of opposition?. A.
I did not. Until last night, in
your committee-room, I never knew Mr.
Bridges even by sight, and had never before
spoken to him, and then I only had a for
mal introduction. I had had one or two
conversations with Mr. John Lyon, and
none, I think, with Gen. Johnston prior to
the adption of Wood's amendment, and so
tar as I now recollect the conversations with
Mr. Lyon had reference mainly, if not sole
ly, to the defeat of that amendment.
Q. Arc not General Johnson, Mr. Lyon,
and Mr. Bridges earnestly and actively aid
ing you in obtaining the State's interest in
tbc Richmond and Petersburg railroad,
and in defeating Wood's amendment; and
before you made the offer to the General
Assembly was there not an expressed or
implied understanding to that effect/' A.
I do not know Messrs. Johnson and Lyon
as the attorneys for that railroad, nor have
I an) reason to believe that they are such
attorneys. They are actively aiding us to
the extent I have already mentioned, in the
purchase of this stock. What I have al
ready said in regard to Mr. Bridges will
show that I do not know to what extent, if
any, he is aiding in this matter. I had no
understanding, expressed or implied, and
I do not believe that any of my colleagues
had any understanding, with either of the
above-named gentlemen that this stock was
to be purchased for the Wilmington and
Weldon railroad.
Q. "i our protest to the General Assembly
states that aaer the adoption of Wood's
amendment several gentlemen of Richmond
and Petersburg consulted together, &c.
and at whose suggestion or instance it was
calledi' A. The whole plan of purchasing
the State's interest in the Richmond and
Petersburg railroad originated with myself,
and was not suggested by any other person,
directly or indirectly ; and there were seve
ral consultations with the gentlemen whose
names are signed to the proposition ad
dressed to the Legislature. Gen. Jos. R.
Anderson and myself discussed it for a few
moments on the street. There was a meet
ing of Judge Cox, John B. Davis, Franklin
Stearns, F. R. Scott, and myself, at another
time in my oflice ; and there were consul
tations between myself and Mr. Reuben
Kagland, of Petersburg, between Isaac
Davenport, Jr., and myself, and between
A. F. Harvey and myself on three separate
occasions. The whole plan was suggested
by me, and acquiesced in by these gentle
men without any sort of suggestion from
M r. Walters, Mr. Bridges, the Pennsylva
nia Central railroad, the Weldon and Wil
mington railroad, or any other railroad or
person. It was originated and carried out,
so far as I was concerned, solely for the
purposes I have heretofore set forth.
Q. Then, when and how did " your me
morialists have the understanding that
Mr. Wm. T. Walters, a wealthy citizen of
Baltimore, would take the stock from them
011 their terms and after such contract is
made ?" A. After 1 had conceived the plan
I suggested it to Mr. John Lyon as a means
of securing the object 1 had in view in my
efforts to defeat the Wood amendment. lie
approved of it, and informed me on the
following Monday [I spoke to him on Sat
urday, I think] that he was authorized by
Mr. Walters to say that he would agree to
the plan proposed, and codperate with us
in carrying it out. I would have made the
same agreement with any other wealthy
Q. What do you mem in your memorial
by "on their" ("your") terms?" A.
After we, had secured the objects already
expressed, we proposed to transfer the
stock to Mr. Walters at the price we paid
the State, for it, .
. .Q.. What id the principal occupation of
Mr. Walters? A. I don't know.
; . By Mr* Budd : Do you know,, any
thing else that will throw any light: upon
the subject before the committee? If sor
state it. A. Nothing occurs to me this
tiinc. I have some statistic* though that
I would like to lay before somebody.:
Mr. Wood : You can lay them before the
Testimony of Franklin Stearns. -
Mr. Franklin Stearns was then called and
sworn. Mr. Hill conducted hie examina
tion. ' ' ' ' j
Q. Did you hear l&v Eflyson's testi
mony ? A. Only a'part of it. This is what
I do know : A party oE gentlemen, fearing
that the interests of Kichmond would be '
greatly damaged if the Richmond and Pe?
tersburg railroad was placed under the con
trol.of . / .?'??'?? I'
agreed that they would buy the State stock,
if sold, and hold it in trust for the people
of .Richmond
Q. In the discussion on the amendment,
were you at any time in consultation with (
Mr. John Lyon or Mr. Bridges ? A. Yes,
sir ; I spoke to Mr. Lyon. I never saw
Mr. Bridges until just this minute.
Q. Were you aiding Mr. Lyon In securing
the defeat of Wood's amendment. A. Yes;
I did to some extent. I spoke to a dozen
or so of my friends in the Legislature on
the subject, and. urged them to vote against
it. j
By Dr. Graham : Don't you fear that it
would seriously damage Richmond to fall
into the hands of the Atlantic, Mississippi
and Ohio railroad? A. I do.
By Mr. Wood: Do you think it would be
a serious injury to Richmond to fell into
the hands of the Weldon and Wilmington
railroad? A. No, sir. I think we could
control the through connection.
Q. Did you think of making any com
bination to secure the State's interest in
the Richmond and Petersburg road until
after the passage of Wood's amendment?
A. I did not, for the reason that I did not
think Wood's amendment would pass.
Q. As one of the parties proposing to
purchase, is it not your understanding that
if the purchase is made on behalf of your
self and your associates it will bo entirely
in the interest of William T. Walters?
A. No, sir, it is not. I have not seen Mr.
Walters for ten years. My object in form
ing this association was that we might keep
open for all time to come the present happy
connection between Richmond and our
North Carolina trade.
The committee then rose to meet at 4
o'clock this afternoon.
On all public or private sales of Real Estate
made between the 1st of Jantuin/ and the 1st of
July the purchasers pay the taxes for the pre
sent year; but on all sales between the first
day of July and the last day of December the
seller pays them.
THOS. W. KEESEE will sell at 10 A. M. ilry
goods, notions, clothing, hats, &o.
COOK & LAUGHICN will 6Cll at 10 A. M. fur
niture, &c.
W. GODDIN will sell at 4 P. M. the dwelUng at
I he northeast corner of 5th and Oary streets.
For other liOcal Matters see 3d pace.
The Public Debt.? The following substi
tutc was introduced in tbe Senate yester
day by Mr. Herndon, for Senate bill .No.
274, which provides for the funding and
payment of the public debt :
1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly ,
That the accounting officer of the Treasury
pay, on the 1st of January, 1872, four per
cent, interest ; and on the 1st of July and
1st of January in each and every year there
after two per cent., on the principal of the
public debt of the State now bearing inte
rest?this being the amount of interest
which this State feels obligated to pay until
there is a settlement between her and "West
2. Nothing in this act shall be construed
as intending to aflect or compromise in any
manner the settlement intended to be had
with West Virginia in regard to the public
3. All necessary expenses incurred in
carrying out this act shall be paid, upon
the warrant of the Auditor of Public Ac
counts drawn on the public Treasury, out
of any money therein not otherwise appro
4. This act shall be in force from its pas
Damages Caused by the Opening op
Dutch-Gap Canal.? At the suggestion of
Colonel Craighill, U. S. A., engineer in
charge of the operations of the General
Government in James river, a commission
was recently appointed to assess the amount
of damages likely to be sustained by Mr.
Henry Cox. owner of the Dutch-gap prop
erty, by tne opening of Butler's canal.
The commission, consisting of Capt. James
13. Jones, Major Clay Drewnr, and R. A.
Willis, of Chesterfield*; G. D. Pleasants and
Dr. C. Archer, of Henrico, and Capt. Hut
ton. U. S. A., were in session during the
early part of this week, and after hearing a
statement of the location of tbe canal, tbe
probable washing, &c., and examining wit
nesses as to the value of the land in that
neighborhood, finally assessed the value of
the land destroyed or used at $100 per acre,
and ?7,500 as the damages sustained by the
severance of land? nearly 800 acres? from
Mr. Cox's farm. In the opinion of the
commission these figures show the amount
of the actual damages. They did not un
dertake to fix the commercial value of the
Eligibility to Seats in the General |
Assembly. ? The following joint resolution,
introduced in the Senate yesterday, is 01
interest to the citizens of the State gene
rally :
44 \Vherea3 doubt exists in the minds of
the people of this State as to whether a per
son who is disqualified by the fourteenth
amendment to the Constitution of the
United States from holding office is eligible
to a seat in the General Assembly : There
fore, |
Hesolved, That in the opinion of this
General Assembly any person who is en
titled to vote under the Constitution of the
State of Virginia is eligible to a seats In
either Ilouse of the General Assembly."
Fisn Culture.? The bill appropriating!
$2,500 to defray the expense of replenish- 1
ing the fresh-water streams of the State
with lish, was passed by the Senate yester- i
day. It provides that the Governor 6hallj
be required to appoint two suitable persons
l as commissioners of fish, who shall hold
their office during the pleasure of the Gov-j
ernor, and shall receive for their compensa
tion ?3 each per day while in the actual dis
| charge of their duties, in addition to their j
travelling and other necessary expenses.
These commissioners shall inform them
! selves fully as to the methods adopted in all j
other States and in Europe for the artificial
propagation and naturalization of fish, and
of replenishing the fresh-water streams!
with the best variety of fish adapted to the|
Welsh Slate-Mining Cokfany.? The \
annual meeting of the stockholders of the 1
Wefch Slate-Mining Company of Virginia,
I Buckingham couuty', was held at the office |
| of the company on the 4th of March, 1871.
The following officers were elected : John
W. Edwards, President ; Edw. Jones, Vice
President : John J. Pritchard, Secretary
Wm; J. Thomas; Treasurer. Directors:
John K* Williams, Win. J. Thomas. David
lVThomas, Griffith D. Griffiths, William
J. Humphrey, all of Buckingham.
Sprinkling Needed.-? The streets were
clouded -with dust yesterday, making walk
ing vory disagreeable, and interfering to no
small extent with, the shopping of ladies.
The sprinklers should be brought out ai
once, and if our business xn$n realize the
imjiortance of allaying the dust as they
should, they will subscribe liberally, and
keep them going all spring and summer. ?
Cork and Flour Exchangi.? On and
from the 13th Inst, the Corn and Fjtour Ex*
change will be opened at 8 o'cl&efc A. M.
Sales to commence at JBK and close at 10#,
One eqa?Ki one inserT
One ?ja*r?- twelve insertions...
[ QM p'ltuupe, one month.
I One wiatte, t fro BicmtS**. . .>*?*?*? ?
| One aqqtro, three
; PoLrarConwr, Thutisi>at. ? JuziiCe J. J.
White pre$idifV7<-Tlic following cs?s were
disposed of: $ ? ?" '
i Suain Hughes (colored), for steflltog a
quantity of underclothing of the of
$2 from the trunk of Claffcorhe Bfazton^
wae sent on.- ?&#*:? '* **? -wi ? ?
ing one accordeon, the; property of *
Schnver, value at ?15, wa?jreauire<tj
security for his appearance on the T
which time the case was ednnmie&r .
? Hampton Greer (coloredl^chanrta wn?
being a lunatic, was sent to the -Howard s
G MolIle^hSi for beine'drt^^bkMRp
Inpr stones at detective John Wren, was re
quired topsy a flrie-'of-'fRr^.^^g^ .frfe
JLewls Davie, throwingrocks in tho street,
and breaking the windows of Tdwelli^
bouses, was required to pay a tniecf W>,
and to Rive security in the sum of ?ow ior
future good behavior.' .'J. ??
Jane Overton, Ida Mason, CbarIotte GC
man; Cary Trabien, Minnie Morris* Manr
Davis, and Tim Sulhvan were charged with
being persons of evil name, fame, Olid rep
utation. and with keeping ati Ul-^dVemea
fcnd disorderly house. Trabien, fflorrfs,
and Sullivan were discharged; tte> other
parties were sent on for triai.
Zephaniah G. Lampkin, charged with
unlawfully shooting w. JL Heath on the
18th day of February -last, was required to
give security in the sum of $700 for his ap
pearance before the grand jury on the 3d
oay of April:
Quite a number of persons were up to
show cause why they should be allowed to
run wagons on the public streets Without
Having the proper numbers affixed? as pre
scribed by city ordinance. . . ; ? ;
1 Chancery Cottbt op Kichmowd^-JIk^c E,
H. Filzhugh presiding.? The following, cases
were disposed of on yesterday : ;
Stuart and wife vs. Dabney's administra
tor. Decree confirming report of commit
sioner, and directing a safe of the real es
tate in the bill and proceedings mentioned*
Evans, p. q.
Warwick's com'r, &c., vs "Warwick's
trustee and others. Decree referring cause
to a commissioner for inquiry and report.
Meredith, p. 4j.
Julia Doyle, &c., vs. Dougherty and wife.
Decree relerring cause to a commissioner
for inquiry and report. H. A. and* J. 8.
Wise tor plaintiff ; Chandler, Shields, and
Morton for defendants.
Small's administrator, vs. Lumpkin's ex
ecutor, &c. Decree directing commissioner
to take account, and report debts against
Lumpkin's estate. George L. Christian, p.
q. ; E. Y. Cannon for defendant.
Henrico County Court? Judge E. 0. Mi*
nor presiding.? La tbis court, yesterday,
Juo. VV. Talley was appointed by the Judge,
and qualified as township collector ofTuck
uhoe township, to till the vacancy occasion
ed by the resi;rnation of Chss. G'ottrelL
Isham Harris, Patrick Shelton, and Uus
tavus Mills, jointly indicted for grand
Larceny, were arraigned, and having elected
to be tried separately, Patrick Shelton was
put upon his trial, and acquitted by the
jury. The other two cases will be tried to
The First Colored Lawyer in Rich
mond.? In the Circuit Court of this city
yesterday, Wm.G.Wynn (colored) qualified
as attorney to practice in this court. He
was introduced by Judae Alfred Morton, of
this city. This is the first colored lawyer
who has qualified to practice in the courts
af this city. . ?
Harper's Weekly and Fbank Leslie's
illustrated papers, for this week, are to
hand from Eilyson & Taylor, booksellers
uud news-dealers, No. 1110 Main street.
Unmailable Letters Remaining in the
Richmond Post-Office March 9, 1871. ?
Andrew H. Simpson, Ora Doll, Union co.;
Mrs. Eliza Woodson, Washington, D. C.al
Sale of a Handsome Residence^ Mr.
Wellington Goddin, Auctioneer, will w;U at
4 o'clock 1'. M. to day that large and handsome
lesidence formerly occupied by Win. Barret, de
ceased. It Is rare that such valuable property is
olTcri d for sale, or bo fine au opportunity presents
luelf to any one to secure a handsome home in so
ilealrabie a locality.
A #reat many of our friends who deal at I K V
Urothees' say they can make tholr purchases
quicker there than at any other store, for several
reasons :
First. As Levy Brothers ask but one price
they are satisfied that they can get their goods as
I low, if not lower, tha.n they can be had elsewhere.
Second. They can always find the freshest, best
assorted, and most desirable stock of dry goods,
notions, Ac,, at Levy Brothers'.
Third. As Levy Brothers' goods are always
selected with a good deal of taste, It Is really a
pleasure to make your selections there, and there
is no necessity of being compelled to tako any
article which you arc not satisfied with.
The reasons above elven should be sufficient to
Induce all those who are about to make their
spring purchases to call at Levy Brothers',
more especially If they have a heap to buy and but
little money to buy with. The best way Is for all
to call, and we feel satisfied that none will regret
havlng.done so. ? ?
t kiting Rink will oc open every Monday and
Wednesday nights for gentlemen and youths only.
One thousand dollars reward will be paid by tbe
proprietor of Dr. Tierce's Alt. Extract or Gold
en Medical Discovery for a medicine that will
equal It In curing all the diseases for which It is
recommended. In the enre of severe and linger
ing coughs, bronchitis, and diseases of tbe longs,
It Is without an equal. Sold by all druggists.
Skating this afternoon at th8 rink.
For medicinal and family use we confidently
recommend B Select" whiskey, only sold
by W. D. Blair <fc Co., corner 9th and Main
streets, at ?2.50 per gallon. Their stock of fine
Teas is unsurpassed.
Skiting Saturday morning at the rink.
Call at my office. corner 9th and Mala streets
(Wood A Son's drug store), where yon may get a
very superior article of sawed and split Oak and
i'ine Wood for cooking and kindling. Also, Coal
and Coke or every kind. A Iao, long Wood, very
cheap. if. W. W atkins, Agent.
Skating at the rink tbis afternoon.
JKllyson & Taylor, ills Main street, are pub
Ushers' agents for Gnyot's Geographies, adopted
by fcta'e Board of Education for use la public
schools of Virginia. , ?
Seating Rink open Saturday morning at 10.
The public schools of Virginia will bear In mind
that Stakes & Kyland are agents for Davie*'
Arithmetics, Bullion's Grammar?, Holmes's Spell
er and Headers, Maury's Geographies, and Ven
Abie's Arithmetics. School books of aU sorts on
Job i'ai>*TLKQ._ We call the attention of mer
chants, clerks of courts, shflrifft, lawyers, rail
road, steamship and caaal officers aad agents, and
all others having orders for printing, to Um facili
ties offered at the Dispatch Pbistino $&tab
lishxknt for the prompt aad faithful exceuiion
of all kinds of Job Printing. We oan famish at
abort notice Cards, Bill-Heads, Letter-Heads,
Programmes, Ball Tickets, fagiptyeta.
Tags, Hand-BllLs, Catalogues, Bills or If are, b&ow
BUls, Checks, Drafts, Ac* AcM <fec. Satisfaction
ggaranteed. r Uv?
School Books.? Great Inducement* offered in
school books by Ellysox A TaylOB, ills Main
*lreet" ' a. ? '? ? ? #
Old Papers at 40c. per hundred at the Di*?
patch counting-room. ;
Envelopes furnished and printed at*?, feMi
$3.73, and *4.50 per l,e?4? at Um Dispatch Printing
all Periodicals aTpuWlstoera' price* at
lyson A lAYLOB's news depot, naxj. to JMspolcb
office. _
All the latest novels at ?U?T0OM M TAYI??'8
UlS Main stritet. m -
Skating ? ?]?
saAe, Me bale# OR
j v'v- ;?th etr*k, it!***-.
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