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VOL. LV, 'NO. 41._NORFOLK VIRGIN LA NT: 8A.TURDA.Y J/VNUAUY 8. 1898. PRICE TWO OENTSl
mm hi oi i Gils
MAINTAINED HIS INN?CEM TO THE LAST
Changed His Religious Faith a) the Su?
Slot-}- of Two Ilciimrknblo Crimen ?
Two CJIrlk Mysteriously lllnnppeur
?TliOir .todies I>lscovcrc<l In n
I'litircb?Tlio Crime Trncctl to Dar?
' rnut-Kxtrnordinitry Eirorlm' to
KllVU tili' I r I in t mil's l.llu-Oilier
San Quentin, Cah, January 7, 1S9S.
Wien Wlfllaari Henry Theodore
Durnant d';ed on 1'he gf Blows this morn?
ing- for the murder of Blanche Lauvont
he g?ave such an exhibition of coolness
and nerve vas has seldom bee seen un?
der similar circumstances. Hopeful al?
most "to the very last minute that
sonttJUhlng or someone would intervene
to save him, he walked to the. pcaffold
and nsule a speech, protecting his In?
nocence as. calmly and with <is dls
tfnet enunola'tton as> if he had been ad?
dressing: c.n assemblage of friends upon
same ordinary topic of the day. ills
- face whs pale, his eyes were rod, but
his voice Was firm and ho stood us
solidly ?a a rock while 'he proclaimed
his Innocence and professed forgive?
ness to*t1:w-:e who, he sa'.d. had hound?
ed h'.m to death.v!
There was nBjTft. Witch of accident to
' m?ir-.the plar*iS?f*^r?ird<yn-Hhlt- 1n-car?
rying our the??^encK cf the law. The
neck was" broken, hy t'he fall of tlve
fec't, awd fifteen minutes later the mur?
derer's body was cut down and placed
in a coffin;
In Spite of the exciting events of last
night, when Durrant was besieged by
newspaper reporters and tnlked to his
parents until 11:30 p. m? he rested
easily during the night and shortly
aft.r C o'clock awoke and bade his
guards good morning. Warden Hale
?had provided a new suit of dark ma*
ferial And these clothes Durrani quick?
ly donned. He noticed the absence of
collar and necktie, however, und know?
ing- full well the reason for their omls
in he asked for fhem, explaining that
a turn down collar would not inter?
fere with the njoose. Then ho eat, down
?to an excellent break fart and ate
heartily. During tire early morning
hours Durrant did not have much to
say beyond expressing a desire that no
newspaper men should he allowed to
see him. This request was compiled
Cohrlntenit to the last, Durrant died
profesvving religion. But ho died, ac?
cepting a.t the last moment the com?
forts of Che Catholic Church, instead
of t'hose of the Baptist faith In which
he w.iis reared. Rev. -Under, n, Protes?
tant minister, ihad arranged to ascend
Mio scaffold with Durrant. but the
nrlnister would not say that ho thought
Durnaivt innocent and the condemned
man declined to accept his services un?
less R?der professed belief In bis Inno?
cence. Then 'it was that the once ar?
dent Baptist turned to the Citholio
Church for consolation and called upon
Dather Dagan, a ppiedt who had fre?
quently viel ted him In a prison, to at?
tend h-'.m. Father Li.g.nn responded
promptly and performed the last sol?
emn rites of the Church. Durrant re?
mained In close consult-atMon with the
pries! and seemed to be deeply Inter?
ested In the Impressive ceremonies. As
?the hour of the execution approached
?the prisoner became somewhat rootles-3.
His rather and mother were admitted
to bid him a last farewell. The elder
Du.rrJ.tvt grasped his son hy the hand
and t'he young man rhen turned to
comfort his nwther, who cried hysteri?
cally. Dm rant embraced her tenderly
onvd, saying "The hour has .come for
us to part." put her gently away. The
grief-stricken mother wn=? led to a pri?
vate roam, where she remained until
after the execution. The father how?
ever, went to 'the execution room, und,
Fit.pported by'two friend.?, saw his son
mcer his death.
Warden Hail4 did not attempt to
hurry matters, but allowed all possible
time for the Supreme Court at Wash?
ington to take some action. Finally
when w?ird wo? flashed across the
continent that the Supreme Court hud
declined to Interfere the warden or?
dered the execution of the sentence to
be carried out. At 10:3-1 o'clock. Dur
r.ont. accompanied by Father Dagan,
appeared at the door of the execution
room. He was followed by Ma fathfr.
n friend; Warden Halo and the guard?.
TIk O.iit'hcr and friend walked around
itiho gallows to the front, while Dur?
rani und his keepers climbed to the
gallowvs platform. Instantly on arriv?
ing at the gallows his legs and arms
were pinioned and the rope was placed
about his neck. The hangman was
about to ndjtiLst the black cap. when
Durrant announced 'his desire to spsak.
permission was given, and the .doom?
ed murderer spoke as follow.?:
DUF.IRIANT'S Li?JST WORDS.
"I desire to say that although I am
aoa ininoctint man, Innocent of every
crime that has been charged against
mie, I bear no animosity toward those
wiho have -persecuted me, not even the
Pres? of San Francisco, which hounded
me to the grave. If any man thinks I
?aim going to spi4ng a sensad'ion?I" am
not, cxos'pt it Is a sensa:tlon that I am
an Innocent man brougiht to the grave
by my parsecutots. But I forgive them
eil. Tthey will get t'helr justice from
the greift God who Is blaster of us all,
a.nd there 1 R'lso expect to get Justice,
that is the Justice of an Innocent man.
Whether or not the perpetrators of the
crime of wh'lch'l am charged are die
covered, it will make no difference to
me, but 1 say this day will be a shame
to tho 'State of California. I forgive
everybody w'ho 'has persecuted me, an
innocent man whose bawls have never
been stained with blood, and I go to
meet my Gcd with forgivenes3 for 3.11
?Ilie words were delivered slowly and
cSist'lnctly and without emphasis.
Durrant linlshed quietly" and had
scarcely ceased ivten the black cap
was placed over hie face. At the same
Instant Hangman Bunt talsed his hand,
?t'hc trap wvas sprung and with a rattle
Durrani's laody shot through the open?
ing. Tn eleven minutes and twenty
ejg'lvt seconds all signs of life had van?
ished and the most noted criminal of
Die .n'inotecn.l.h century was ?olliclally
The body was allowed to hang for
fifteen minutes, when It was cut down
and placed 1n a black coflln provided
by an undertaker from San Francisco.
It Is not yet known what disposition
of 'the body will be made, as Duriant's
pairen'ts have been so far unable to se?
cure accomimodatlons 'In any of the
?local cemeteries for the body of their
son. It la very probable that It will be
Durrant, Sr^wen't immediately to
his wife, whojwas waiting In one of the
guard roomrfa'iid together they accom?
panied thqyuody of their son to Sun
?The prison officials were all enthusi?
astic In liheir praise of Durrant's nerve.
It had-' been feared by them that In
spite of Ms apparent bravado, he would
break down at the latt moment and
ini'ke a s?ene. At one time, seve:al
days ago, Durra nt gave evidence of a
cc/llaTise. but he managed to pull his
nerves together once more and proudly
doc-lined all offers- of stimulants to
enable him to make a bold showing on
?tihe scaffold. He was apparently
proud of his race and avowed he would
"dr.e like a Durrani."
Durpant/siwst earnest request of
W.at\1W'TfflW?<v?s: Uha:f*TiH nuKfpsy be
held on his body. The prisoner's medi?
cal training s.-emed to hive imbued
him with 'horror of the surgical tre-at
menit of corpses, and 'he vowed that no
knife should ever touch Iiis flesh, lie
also requested thin the rope with
which he was hanged be burned. His
wishes In both these respeots were ob?
served by tthe warden.
HISTOtRY OF THE CBIMF..
William Henry Theodore Durrant,
who was hanged at .the State prison at
San Quentln to-day, gave his life in
exchange for the lives of two young
women, who were members of the
Church to which he belonged. While
Durrani was convicted of but one mur?
der under the law, he was held respon?
sible by public opinion for the murder
of both Blanche I>amont and Minnie
Williams, and it is felt that his death
expiates one crime as much as the
Durrant's crimes were peculiar In
their atrocity, from any point of view.
Ho was reared in a Christian home,
and until the time of his arrest was
regarded as a moden young man of In?
dustrious habits, who was trying to
work his way through n medical col?
lege. The only characteristic that
seemed marked in his nnture was his
piety. He had been a prominent mem?
ber of the Kntanuel Baptist church for
several years and for a year previous
to his arrest had been assistant super?
intendent of ,the Sunday school. In this
capacity 'he made the acquaintance of
Blanche Baniont and of Minhie Wil?
liams, both of whom were destined to
bo murdered by him In the church
where they worshiped together.
Blanche Bnmont disappeared on
April 3d, 1S98. and was never seen alive
afterwards. She left the home of her
aunt, Mrs. C. G. Noble, on .that day to
go to school, and for ten days no trace
of her could be found. Many members
of Bmanuel church assisted in the
search for the missing girl, and among
others was Theodore Durrant, who had
often acted as Miss Burnout's escort.
He seemed greatly distressed on ac?
count of Miss Bamonfs disappearance,
and at length expressed the belief that
she had Joined the ranks of fallen wo?
men. This theory seemed plausible to
the police, and a search was made
among the places where it was believ?
ed the missing girl might be found.
Durrani assisted in the Inquiry; which
came to imught. Ten days had passetl
since Miss I^nmont disappeared, and
her friends ha<i almost given up hope
of ever knowing her fate, when a dis?
covery was made which led to the Und?
ing of Miss Bamonl's body.
The ladles of Bnvan?el church were
engaged in decorating the edifice pre?
paratory to tho celebration of the Eas?
ter Sunday services, when the mangled
body of Minnie Williams was found,
almost, naked, in the library. A num?
ber of ugly knife wounds and some
rags thitl had been forced down the
young woman's throat .told of the un?
equal struggle she had made to pro?
tect her honor.
M'iss Williams' body was discovered
In the afternoon, and late the same
night the first clue to the murderer
was obtained. From some of the
young woman's friends It was learned
that she had been seen the evening be?
fore with Durrant. and although there
was nothing else to show that he had
any connection with the crime, the
police decided to arrest him. Durmnt's
?home was visited late at night, but he
was not there. His parents said that
ho had left at midnight with the signal
corps of the National Guard, to which
he belonged, to make some heliograph
Ing experiments on M.t, Diablo. The
(Continued on Sixth Page.)
TEUER SMS I
lies lo See II um in nie
Hl 0! 1900.
Will DO ULI III CA? TO DUM II DOM
Vigorously Resents an Insult by Gold
Allen Introduces i% Resolution for
Frco Uoinnc? ?"?I IHrcct t'.Miic or!
Paper Money by il?e Ooycrniaeiut
Ituller Wimm tu Klcot Federal
Juilcm by PoitMlnr Voin?Civil Ser?
vice I?euuio CoutiiiiOM in
Washington, Jnn. 7, 1S1?.
The feature of the Senate session to?
day was a speech delivered by Mr.
Teller (Colorado) regarding l'ross re?
ports that the recent efforts lo make
It apppear that Secretary Case had
tendered his resignation as n memhr-r
of the Cabinet to President McKinley,
were a part of a conspiracy of the sil?
ver men to disrupt the Cabinet and
create dissension bc.bwcn the Presiden:
and his advisers. Mr. Tellir branded
the publication as an Insult lo the ad?
vocates of the free coinage of silvery ?
At the opening of the session, the re?
ply of ihe Attorney General lo the
Senate resolution calling upon Mem?
bers of the Cabinet to inform the Sen?
ate what, if any, changes should be
made In the administration bit the civil j
service law, was rend. _ ? ? Vi
.'The Attorney Oenornl recommended'
that attorneys employed by the De?
partment of Justice md Deputy United
States Marshals ought to be exempted
from the opcrrtlon of the I.TjV.
Mr. Allen (Nebraska) offered a reso?
lution declaring that the United States
should. Independently an?i without de?
lay, begin and continue th>> five coin?
age of sliver at the ratio of 16 to f; |
that su"h coinage could be supple?
mented by n safe and f.i'in-l national
paper money to he Issued by the Guv?
ernmcnt without Interventloh of ">r.tilts.
the notes lo be full lognl tender and
In be issued In an amount sutltclcu', lo
meet the business demands of ihe
country: that any Increase of the In
?terest bearing debt should be prohi?
bited and that no Government bonds
should be Issued or sold except by
specific act of Congress, and thru ?niy
In cases of pressing neccsoily; that
the Government, In 'lie discharge of Us
obligations should use Its option as to
tho kind of lawful money n tvhlsh '.hty
should be paid; and Hint such option
should never be surrendered,
Mr. Allen spoke briefly In favor of
the proposition set forth rn his resolu?
tion, concluding with the statement
thai he would at some SUbsequeri'. '.inv.
go more fully Into the .letalis of his
reasons nnd ihe reasons of the Populist
party in favor of the plain he had set
forth In the resolution.
At the conclusion of Mr. Aller.'* re?
marks, Mr. Teller (Colorado) rose. He
said that he did nbl often give heed
to publications concerning himself or
the con viel ions of those who believed
as he believed upon the financial and
other questions, but he felt that a
statement recently published?which
is in fact, now going the rounds of the
press?was a grntutons insult to those
who believed upon the financial question
:is he believed. "Tills statement shows,"
said he, " that many of those who at?
tempt to dtnl with ibis question h ive
no proper comprehension of it. They
regard it as merely a local matter 10
be considered anil discussed from the
standpoint cf their own selfish i r local
Mr. Teller then read from n news?
paper the article of which he com?
plained. In brief. !i chargel that ihe
recent reports to the effect that ihe
Secretary of the Treasury had tender?
ed his resignation were the result of a
conspiracy to create trouble between
the President and h!e Secretary of
the Treasury, and perhaps lo disrupt
"I resent thjs charge," said Mr. Tel?
ler, with grent emphasis. "I do not
believe that It, comes from Ihe Secre?
tary of the Treasury, or Mint he be?
lieves any surh thing. We ?those who
believe In the financial questions as I
do?differ from the Secretary of the
Treasury and ,t>ic great Republican
organization which Is now in power in
"I resent, most emphatically the Im?
putation that any other but the broad?
est considerations and reasons have in?
fluenced me or moulded my sentiments.
I ought not to bo charged with surdi
a dirty insinuation as Is contained In
this /article, It Is perfectly plain that
to-day the Republican party Is ihe
pnrty of tho gold standard, and It Is
equally plain lha.t there Is no distinc?
tion between the sentiments of the
President, and Secretary of the Trea?
sury upon the question."
Mr. Toller then discussed nt length
the efforts that have been made to ob?
tain an International agreement upon
Ihe silver question. Me declared that
every Intelligent person know when the
message of the President was laid be?
fore Congress on the 24th of last July,
asking for a monetary commission, there
was no possibility of an international
Mr. Chandler, of New Hampshire,
declared that the Senator from Colo?
rado (Toller) was doing much to pre?
vent the successful fruition of the ef?
forts ;to bring about lntornutlOitnl bi?
"I should like to bring about Inter?
national bimetallism," said .Mr. Toller,
"and 1 think f Tiave done as much to
luing It about us any man In this
chamber. If I except the Senator who
sits in front of me (Allison). When
he returned from Europe, however,
without success I felt that It was
practically useless to proceed further
In that direction."
Incidentally Mr. Teller drifted Into
a discussion of the foreign relations of
the United states. He maintained that
the money power held the country so )
llrmVy within its grasp that the Gov?
ernment IVOS unable to take such ac?
tion upon foreign questions as the peo?
ple desired should be taken. He hoped
that the lime would soon come when we
could say to a llfth rate power like
Spain: Take your bands off that boun?
tiful island?tin island which you have
nearly d< populated?-and say It, too,
without fear of the opinion of the
"1 ,<lo not IbellCVO." said Mr. Teller,
"that war would result If we should
put out our hands to support Cuba. It
would he a humane thing for us to do?
a reasonable and just act. Tho French
came to us at a time when we were
struggling as are the Cubans, and It is
doubtful whether we could have achiev?
ed our Independence without their aid."
Reverting to the financial question,
Mr. Teller snid: "I attuck the Kepubll
<vm party because It is the party of
the gold standard. T hope to see It go
down In 1000 and I pledge you that I
will do everything in my power to drag
At the conclusion of Mr. Teller's
speech Mr. Turner (Washington) called
up the Immigration hill, saying that
as he wns about to leave the city, he
desired to submit some remarks upon
the le nding measure. He strongly op?
posed the measure.
Mr. Butler (Nortli Carolina) present?
ed a joint resolution proposing nn
amendment to the Constitution, pro?
viding for the election or the Federal
judiciary. The resolution went to Mu?
table to permit Mr. Butler to make a
speech on it.
A message from the President inform?
ed the Senate that the sale of the Kan?
sas Pacific railroad had been postponed
to February Ifl-ISlh, and also submit?
ted the Agricultural Department re?
ports on experiment stations.
At 2:45 the Senate went Into execu?
tive session, and at 3:10 p. m. adjourned
TOie civil service debate continued
throughout the day In the House. All
efforts to fix a time for Its termination
failed: and It is certain mow to run over
Into next week. The interest In the
discussion does not seem to be waning. !
The debate to-day was without mark?
Mr. Gillette'(Republican), -of Massa?
chusetts; opened the dehnte In support
of the bill. He maintbined that the
arguments of Mr. Grosvenor and Mr.
La lid Is against the lav.' were both In
reality strong arraignments of the
spoils system. He denied that the
scope of the executive order of May
6Sh, 1SD0, wan not understood when the
St. Louis platform was adopted.
Mr. Gillette commented wittily on
the. spectacle of the white-hnli ed vet?
eran, General Orosvenor, hading tho
young hotspurs of the party in the bat?
tle for the spoils, and said it recalled
to his mind the words McCaulcy placed
in the montii of Henry of Nava:re at
the battle of I ivy:
''Press where you sec my white
'Midst the tanks of war,
And be your crUiammc to-day the
Mr. Furls (Republican), 'of Indiana,
spoke in oppasitlori to the 1.1w. He de?
clared thai the Republican patrty was
not reap n.-'.ble for the civil service
Sir. Cummlnga (Democrat), or New
York, announced himself an Implaca?
ble foe of the whd.- system of civil ser?
vice reform. "The system is doomed,"
fei.ld bo. "and one of the factors in Its
destruction Is Tammany Hall."
Mr. Burton tit. publican), of Ohio,
followed In d fenso of the merit sys?
Mr. Varidlvor (Democrat), of Mis?
souri, in the course of some remarks in
opposition to tin' law, referred to ex
I'r .dd.nt Cleveland as "his fat-witted
Mr. <M<ahaney (Republican), of New
York, said If he were not allowed to
Y itc for a m llflcl > n of the law ha
was or.c of those who would vote for
Mr, Kcrr (Republican), of Ohio, fav
n l the modification of the law.
'Mr. Bartholdt (Republican), of Mis?
souri, look ocoasilon to defend Car)
Schurz from what he termed the slan
[ dors heaped upon that gentleman by
?Tho other speakers were Mossr.i.
Briggs und Bradley (Democrats), of
New York, who defended TammUny
Hall, and Mr. Fitzgerald (Democrat),
At 4:55 the House adjourned.
FIiBF. BREAKS OUT AGAIN.
Steamer Lambert"? Point Having Trou
blt with Her Cargo of Cotton.
St. Johns. N. F., Jan. ".?Fire hroke
out again in the cotton cargo of the
British steamer Lambert's Point Cap?
tain Humphreys, from Norfolk,-Decem?
ber 19th, for Liverpool, that arrived
here December 20th with lire In her
hold. On December 31st tlje first was
practically extinguished, and she was
getting ready to proceed to sea. A
portion of the cotton stored In the alley
ways will 'be landed, as the flames ore
thought to be confined there.
The mind made easy and the body
comfortable by wearing tho garments
Budolphl & Wallace make.
JURISDICTION OVER IHE OYSTER INDUSTRY
Committee on Reduction of State Expenses
Strikes a Snag.
All Want lo Exriupl Nnlnricn ol Ttiolr
on ii Constituents? Nuwtiorno Will
Hold IIIh Hem- Appropriation Hill
Will Uo l(t-p?ri?<l ICiirly ?ViKoroiitt
l real in' ii i I'ropoHetl lor Vagrant*
) """Hl Surrenders ami is lies
leaned on I'.nli.
(Special Dispatch to Th.; Virginian.)
itichmond, Va., Jan. 7, 1898.
A -bill \v?s ofTeired hi the House of
Delegates by Mr. Montague lo-day to
lncorporuito the Chesapeake and Hamp?
ton ltoadis Hallway Company, with
George Booker, John i*. Wultjon, H. G.
Ulokfond, Joseph T. lUwlcss, it. c.
Marshall, It. M. bait, and L.. II. Sclatcr
as corpoiutors. The capital stock Is to
be not leas than $10,000 nor more than
$:)0?,?00. AuMiOlty I? given to construct
?andopcrate a railway from Newport
News to Old Point with branch lines.
Tho House OommittL'O on lilectlons
and Privileges will make Its report to?
morrow In' the case of ?tfle vs. New
berne from Norfolk county. The ru
port will recommend t'lvail Mr. New
berne be declared on titled 'to his neat,
a.ml 11 Is quite certain t'hiU the recccn
mcnclnt'loit will be carried tfut.
Beirat or George tl. Iveesell, of Rock
Inghain, la in favor of mi.klng some
o.ha'nges In the exiting election laws.
He would prefer the emblem bullot, but
would comprornl?c on an amejidhieh't
requiring a cojiy of the olllelal ballon to
be posted In full view of t,he public
outside of each polHng place before
the voting begins. There Is no
staunchor Democrat than Mr. Keescl)
In the Legislature, and he bh'loks the
best tnfterestis of t'he patrty will be serv
ed by making some changes In the law.
The Oommtbtee on Reduction of state
Kxpensfs haiS not gotten down to work
an yet. One of the greatest difficulties
before this committee Is that In cutting
down expenses each member is anxious
to pave ins constituent*,.
An effort will be ma-do to get the
appropriation Mil before ttn* House
earlier than usual this session. It I?
generally reported during the last week
of the session, Bind has to be considered
with too much haste. Already H Is
quite evident flint there will be a fight
on many appropriations the bill will
make, and members as a rule, are
anxious that the measure be reported
by the first of February.
Dr.log'nte Feaitiherslon, of Campbell,
Introduced the following resolution,
whloh ws? referred:
"Whereas, It is widely believed that
tihe current expenses nf tho Slate are
greater at presen't than its Income;
therefore, be It
"Resolved, That the standing commit?
tee of this House, known as the Com?
mittee on Hetrenohment and I0?on
omy, bo nnd Is hereby requested and
Instructed to make at once report of
progress made in pe,rfo:m<uice of Its
The following resolution was present?
ed In the Senate by Mr. Barksdale, and
in the House by Mr. Withrow:
"Resolved by the House of Delegates,
the Senate concurring, that a joint com?
mitted composed of three members of
the House and two from .the Senate,
none of whom shall be chosen from a
constituency having a puhlic institution,
bs appointed, whose duty It shall bfl
to ascertain und report at tho earliest
practicable moment, a list of officials
Who draw salary or emoluments, di?
rectly or indirectly, from the Stnte of
Virginia, with the salaries, emoluments
or perquisites paid to ench, with the
hours of labor performed by each .and
?to Hint end are empowered Jo call on
any ofllcer of the State for n report or
reports as to his own salary or fees
nnd for nny information he may have
as to oth' is which reports shall be
verified by affidavit.
"And- Hie committee shall call upon
the executive head of every Institution
In the Stnte which receives any nppro
V>rla.tlon from the State for a list of
? very person drawing a salary therein,
together with the amount nf the salary
paid same and the duties of the ofllce,
and the numOio.r of "hours per day
actually employed, stating what per?
quisites. If nny, are attached, and If
said refiort Is net received from said
executive head within one week after
the same Is demanded. It shall bo re?
ported 'back to the House and Senate
for such action as may be necessary.
"And said committee shall be em?
powered to enforce 'the attendance of
witnesses and the production of books
and documents as may he deemed
necessary, and with their report shall
return a bill eivrhodylng such equaliza?
tions and reductions as from the facts
they may deem Just and fair, due re?
gard being hnd .to the work required,
the hours of labor, the Increased pur?
chasing power of .money, the general
depression and especially of the agrl
cultural Interests from which tho taxes
mainly come, and the danger which
overshadows the treasury and the
"It being recognized that the only
way to curry out pledges of retrench?
ment and reform to the tax payers Is
Ao\ embody thorn In a general toll! of
such equality and fairness that no class
or classes of office holders shall light
the reform by claiming Invidious dis?
crimination, but that all will bow with
patriotism to this necessary movement
In the direction of the overburdened
tax payers' relief.
"And to have the committee's bill
free from even the suspicion of favor?
itism or 'undue Influence, the com
mltee, .nfler arriving at the facts, shall
prepare the bill In executive session,
j and give no Intimation of Its contents
I until report be made, accompanied by
all papers and reports upon which said
bill Is based."
Mr. Sands, from the Committee on
Courts, In the Senate, reported favora?
bly Mr. Morris' bill amending ,tho title
of the not passed at the last session
prohibiting gambling In Virginia on
horse races run beyond the borders of
this State. The amendment corrects
the defect In the law discovered In the
case of Lacy vs. Palmer.
Mr. Sands offered a hill In ,the Senate,
which was placed on the calendar, pro?
viding for the workings of vagrants In
the county of Ilcnrlco. The act pro?
vides ihat it shall be made tho duty of
the special police of Henrlco upon re?
port that a certain person Is believed ,to
be a vagrant, to cause at once the ar?
rest of such person and take him be?
fore the nearest Justice of the peace.
If It appears the person arrested is a
vagrant he shall be committed to Jail
for a term of thirty days. When five
or more vagrants have been arrested
tho lioiiTd of Supervisors shall work
them with ball und chain upon one or
more of the public roads'.
A bill was introduced by Senator Le- '
Onto to create a Hoard of Fisheries,
define Its duties and fix Its salaries.
.The act authorizes the Governor to
appoint, live persons who shall constl- i
lute a Hoard of Fisheries. Two of the
members shall be .taken from the Tide?
water section of the Statu and shall
be experts, versed In the oyster and
llsh Industries. The remaining throe
members shall he taken from different
sections of the State. The Oovernor
shall designate one of the experts as
chairman of the board and the other
expert as secretary.
The bill provides that the board shall
establish an olllco or offices in Tide?
water and staled meetings shall be
held. It shall be the duty of the board
to see that all laws relating to the oys?
ter and llsh Industr' i arq faithfully
observed and on for. I. Authority is
given the commission to fill all vacan?
cies occurring In the ofllcc (if oyster In?
spector; to abolish any such ofllces, or
to create new olllces of Inspector where
none now exist and to remove any
Inspector for cause.
The act Is a very long one and pro?
vides In detail as to the duties of the
commission, which Is given practically
exclusive Jurisdiction over the oyster
and fish Industries and over the Vir?
ginia oyster navy, with authority to
elect the captains of the vessels, To
meet the expenses of the commission
there shall be annually appropriated
$4,000 from the oyster fund, or so much
ns may 'be necessary to carry the act
Col. John Cussons came Into the city
to-day and surrendered himself to the
police. He had heard there was a
warrant for his arrest on the charge
of being about to fight a duel with
Col. James N. Stubbs. The Colonel
was bailed In the sum of $1,000 for his
appearance In the Police Court.
A delegation of citizens from Norfolk
called on the Oovernor this morning
and advocated the claims of Dr. Felld
for Health Officer, while a delegation
from Portsmouth, appeared on behalf
of Dr. Hope.
The anU-Tredltrg Stamp bill was dis?
cussed for four bairns to-night before
the House Oomm/Jttee on Hanks, Cur?
rency and Commerce. A vote was not
Hit him; nivriMnai.
I .North Cnrnllnn It > II rood i.cnso <(ne
lion Will Como up AbrIii Xexi 1
Charlotte, N. C,'Jan. 7.?A special
from Salisbury, N. C, to the Observer;
I to-night says:
No testimony was heard before Spe?
cial Master Cralgo In the lease case
to-day. The attorneys for the plain?
tiffs had expected to examine Cof. A.
H. Andrews, first vice-president of the
Southern railway, this morning, but
after consultation to-day they agreed,
to an adjournment of the court until
next Wednesday, the 12th Instant, when
the plaintiffs, the Southern railway, the
Central Trust company and the old
Hoard of Directors of the North Caro?
lina railroad will continue their evi?
dence, if any they have to offer, In re?
ply to the evidence of the defendants
as to the Issue of fraud in the mnklng
of the ninety-nine year lease of the
North Carolina railroad to the South?
Counsel for the plaintiffs say that it
is unlikely that they will offer any
evidence on the 12lh, but that they ap?
pointed tho day in order that If th^y
desire they may do so.
The future of the protracted litiga?
tion over the lease Is as follows:
The sixty days which the plaintiffs
have In which to offer evidence expires
on tho 10th of January, unless extended
by Judge Slmonton, which Is unlikely,
as It is understood that the plaintiffs
do not desire an extension of time.
After January 10th the defendants,
Governor Russell, Attorney-General
Walser and the new Board of Direc?
tors of the North Carolina railroad
have twenty days 1u which to offer
evidence In rebuttal of that Introduced
by the plaintiffs.
Upon the expiration of the defen?
dants' time on February 5th, Special
Master Craige will send In all the' evi?
dence adduced In his court .to Judge
Charles K. Slmonton, of tho United
States Circuit Court, who will render
his decision as to whether or not there
was fraud in the leaso when, he sees
fit. - ?;. ,.V '"?:C-t^ ? '
Regular Candidates for Minor Offices
Elected without Opposition- ./?/
II<.use Adjourns lliitll lloiuliij- *9hOU i
CJovornor l.owiulcn Will Send In '
His Mrnntc ? Halloting lor Scuatoif
Will Begin n Weolt i.nlcr-Soiinior.
Inl Situation In Ohio Romain?
Adopt* Secretive tuet its.
Annapolis, Md., Jan. 7, 1808.
Tim Republican members of tho
I lower houue of tho Maryland Legisla?
ture, after more than two months ofi-> ?
deals and promises, failed to 'agreoHiJ,
upon a Speaker for the House of Dele?-..'-v
gates, and to-day twelve of their !\v>
number, assisted by forty-one Demo-;-"
erat?, elected Mr. Louis Bchaefor, Re- J
publican, of Baltimore city, to the posKy?
tlon of presiding otllcer.
The Democratic menVbcrs of tho
House, realizing that there was not
possibility of electing their candldatd'
for tho Speakershlp, Mr. Lloyd WU- ?
Iclnson, of Worcester county,' listened!
to the overtures of the bolters, and ,
to-day delivered the goods as agreed!,.:^
upon at a conference held late yester-*
day. ? "
Preliminary to .the 'balloting Mf.!,';'.?|
Ashley M. Gould, of Montgomery coun*1,.;'^
ty, th^ majority nonilnee, withdrew,, "|;
anil presented the name of Oscar L. ?'
Qulnlaii, who wns on Wednesday' elect
ed Speaker pro tern. There was;one...;
deserter from the ranks of the regji- .
lars, and Mr. Schaefer recelved"\IR8^M
more vote tlran was expected, and Uia
result being Schaefer, 63; Quinlan, 37.
There being one absentee:?a Demo-.1:,
erat?every vole was thus accounted
for. There was no further contest, andi 'M
tho caucus nominees for the other : |
niiices of the House were elected vlvarf
Both branches adjourned after tho.;\i
organization of the House until Tues- ,y
day evening, January 11th, at 8 o'clock.
Governor Lowndes 'announced .that heiS&S
would present his biennial message o.t
that session. Balloting for a sucooBSor..'^
to Senator Arthur P. Gorman will be
gin in each House a week from thai) ':'
date. ' V';',;
OHIO SITUATION UNCHANGED.
Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 7.?Tho Sena
torlal situation Is practically unchang-^
ed. Senator Banna's managers were'? :
apparently more cheerful to-day, .but'^S
Uhe cause for It was not ? apparent. .V
They have adopted quite a different ,.
policy In their canvass from'that fol?
lowed at the beginning of tho contest.^'
here, and are now following .the tac- jgj
tics of Mr. Kurtz, leader of the oppo-'i;^
sltlon, whose strong suit has 'been t&$h
conceal every thing possible from! .tho3&
Hanna people. It Is not so? easy hoflf.v>;.
to secure inside Information- from .;the$i*
Hnnna headquarters, and this pollcy.ia, ?' ''.
generally approved by the Senator's:.^;
supporters. . r ; f v
The efforts of the steering commit-'-^'
tee to whip the Democratic members!
of the Legislature into line to vot.e^'fflcMui
a Republican for Senator have not beetiv.f
as successful as they expected.-'^As.' ?V'?J
result It Is stated authoritatively- to--=V
night that there will be a caucus of:;Ji
the Democratic members next Monday ^
JAPAX SUPPORTS DMJi.AKB,
Strong Fleet Placed at (ho I>1ftpos<V
lion of tlie tlilusli Coiiwnnnder j&;
London. Jan. S.?A special dispatch I;-;
from Shanghai says that a Japanese '
fleet of three battleships, ten first: clasgfi
cruisers and numerous smaller, vessels,'
has received orders practically .' plots,
ing It at the disposal of Sir Alex'andcift&l
Duller, British commander In chief of ^;
the China station, tills step being: takeh^
in case Russia persists in Ignoring
joint interests of England and Japan?$
The Berlin correspondent of the Dally^f
News says he understands that the pe?:^
culiar form of the lease of Kiao-Ohbti^
was the outcome of prolonged negO-'i-ft
tlations'between Germany and Russia^
ending In an agreement and 'tb.e.?m?.'^
diatlon of Russia between Ohirwi and ,
Germany. The correspondent ? 's?ysu;vj%
"This happy conclusion of Baron. Von*~i;
Buelow's (jGermnn -foreign minister)-.',
negotiations is the cause of universal r
CHINA MOANS TOWARD ENGLAND /
London, Jan. S.?The Crublnot "\-w.Hlv?
meet .to-day. presumably to decld,e ttbei^ri.'
;the Chinese loan.
The Standard, in an ? Irnportn'nto.'e?U'rai
torinl, apparently Inspired, sayst ^'Fbfe^l
the present if must Suffice to say th(it';;f
China has made earnest ovor.;ureft ^f' V
Great Britain's good offices, and thatV:;
Lord Salisbury is glylng the closaat
tenllon to the matter In Its' pr&tjrif
There is e^ld to be a worn
of Newman, 111.,-: who '