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The rango of the thermometer at The Times etne*** yesterday was as follows: S A. M-. 22; *? iti ?*?; 3 P. M.. 33; C P. M., 27; S P. M.. 24; 12 M., 20; average, 25.33. VOL. 15. NO. 16. W?KATHEK FORECAST, Forecast for Tuesday and "Wednesday: Virginia?Partly ?loudy Tuesday, fres*? westerly -winds, becoming: light and v*w rlable; AVednesday warmer? with Increasi?. Ing cloudiness. Nortll Carolina?Fair Tuesday, ???-??? Winds-, Wednesday warmer and cloudy.. I RICHMOND, VA., TUESDAY. FEBKUARF 27. 1900. PBICE TWO CENTS. DEBATE EXTENDED ON TARIFF BILL No Compromise With Dis? satisfied Republicans. A VOTE WEDNESDAY. Permission Granted to Offer a Sub? stitute to the Bill. QUAY CASE BEFORE THE SENATE. Mr. Turley Made a Constitutional Ar? gument Against ilio. Seal ins of Mr. Quay? Property Qualification for Voters Stricken Out of Hawaiian Govern? ment Bill. WASHINGTON. Feb. 26.-General de? bate on the Forto ?lUcan tariti -?? in the House was to-day extended until to? morrow on announcement of Mr. Payne, of New York, the floor leader, that ne* compromise had been made -will, the dis? satisfied Itopublicans. The speakers to? day were Messrs. BouteTl ot Illinois, .Bromi of Ohio, Mondell of Wyoming, Graham of Pennsylvania, and 1'ecder of Kansas, for the bill, and Messrs. Bart lett o? Georgia. Lanham of Texas, Moon of Tennessee, Williams ?G Illinois, John? son of West Virginia, Sutherland of Ne? braska, Jett of Illinois, Noon of Illinois, and Wilson of Arizona, against it. AVhen Mr. Payne preferred "the ^request for the extension of lime, Mr. P.ichard soii. the Democratic leader, said: "This is a remarkable request to come from the majority. We construe it to be a trank and candid C-___-_'?n that, they have brought here a bad bill and an admission in open house to the country that they have not votes enough to pass MAT OFFER SUBSTITUTE. The Democrats, he continued, were al? ways magnanimous. They -would not strike their foes when they were down, lie did. however, as conditions to an ex? tension, ask for a. night session to-mor? row night and permission to offer a suh s-tirute in the House on Wednesday when the final vote was to be galten. "With these condition-," he remarked blandly, -the minority would grant the 'entreaty' of the majority.'' Mr. Payne smilingly replied that, not to be outdone in magnanimity, he would _si'ee ?o the conditions. Mr. Partien, of Georgia, then took the floor with a. half hour's ?speeech against the bill. He laid down? as an elementary principle of international law that when? ever ;?. country, whether empiri?, mon? archy, or repu-bllc, acquired territory by (?onquest, purchase, or treaty. Ihat ter? ritory became a part of such country ;"*nd subject to her laws. He poiT-.i 10 the Supremo Court for consolation on the constitutional question in case the bill passed. Mr. ?.anl-nm. of Texas, declared that the Porto Kioans were either Americans or aliens. There could be no such thins as separating: and dividing the immuni? ties and privileges of American citizens. Mr. Moon, of Tennessee, was oppi sed lo the bill. NOT RIGHTS ?G CITIZENSHIP. Mr. Bauteil, of ??lincls. followc? in ad? vocacy of the bill. The people of X'orto 3::cc, he said, hud certain fundamenta' rights' but noi the rights of . .?m rivan citizenship. The fundamental ?. '.gilts of American citizenship, he argued, would be er.o_!is:erod if the inhabitants of ter? ritory acquired by conquest or perhaps Involuntarily, as a result of war, came i?.?..o full fellowship with our people with? out lhe consent or the latter. He was op-posed, he sai?, to admitting the Porto J;!(.aus and the Filipino?- to free compe? tition with American labor. It '11-D.eame the other side, Mr. Boiitell _aid. to taunt the UepuWicans with imperialism. The Democratic party was the only party that had sold American territory to a foreiirn monarch. In 35.1 a Demo? cratic administration, against t!ie protest of the people of Texas, sold 380.0DD square miles of territory, with the people on it, to the King of Spain. "Great God!" said Mr. Boutell, "if we evereise'd the prerogatives of an earthly empire the Democratic party exercised tne prerogatives of the Almighty." Mr. Sutherland, of Nebraska (Populist). declared that the anti-imperialists were anxious to join ?heir opponents upon the issue. Tho people, he said, would rally to tbe standard of ihe great Nebraskan, who In 1SR8 had announced that imperial? ism would endanger the life of the P?c pi-hllc. There was no disposiiion to dodge the isrue. Thet platform of 1896 would ib?? reaffirm? ed, with the Declaration of Independence added. After other speeches ths House, at 5:10 P. M., adjourned. in Tlu? Sena?. \V.VSHJ.\-GTON, Fob. ?.(..-Formal dis? cussion of the right of Former Senator Quay to a seat in the Senate, as mem? ber from Pennsylvania, was begun to? day by Mr. Turley, of Tennessee, in a constitutional argument against ino seal? ing of Mr. Quay. ?Consideration of the Hawaiian govern? ment bill -..tight out a lively discussion -etween Mr. Tillman. of Sdu?Ii Carolina, and Mr. Spooner, of Wisconsin, In which the former admitted that ballot-boxes had .been stuffed and negroes had been .shot m the South to maintain white dom? ination. An amendment was made to the bill, striking out property QuaMfications Tor voters for -members of the legisla? ture, hut little other progress was made. Mr. Frye of Maino, reported tiio ship? ping subsidy bill. Mr. Turley. who prepared the majorltv report of the committee on the Quay resolution, then spoke. He said the Gov? ernor under the constitution was power? less to fill the vacancy, nnd his action was In the teeth of every provision of the con? stitution bearing on the subject Mr. Turley agreed that the representa? tion in th. Senate from each State ought at all times be kept full, but he did not believe Uie framers of the constitution had intended deliberately to confer upon somebody else the duty to fill the vacancy in case the Legislature failed to perform its duty. "It is not possible," he said, "to coerce the Legislature or to coerce Uie people and when they fall of their duty it's a place where our system breaks down." Mr. Turley then entered upon a detailed discussion of the eonstituUon and tie technical points involved In the case, his desire being, he said, to present cvery legal phase of the question. MUST DO ITS DUTY. "Every State," he said, "should be noti fled in language that cannot be mistaken, that its permanent representation in this body, shall depend upon it electing a Leg? islature that will do its duty. Let it once be understood." he continued, "that these contests are not personal questions and wiii be decided on legal and constitutional grounds, and the bringing of contests here will soon cease. In my experience I cannot now recall an honest division of a Legislature on party lines. There are nearly always three or more ambitious candidates of the same party who create all the trouble. In not one single instance in seventy-iive- years has a Senator been admitted here who was appointed by thc State Executive after the Legislature had had an opportunity to elect, and never in lhe history of the government has a candidate been seated when the vacancy occurred curing the icssion of the Legislature." On unanimous consent the case *was thei? ?postponed. AVhen the Hawaiian bill was taken up Mr. Cullom offered several minor amend? ments, and one striking out the property qualifications of those who desired ;o vote for representatives and senators in the Hawaiian Legislature. Mr. Tillman argued that his amendment submitting the suffrage privileges of the islands was. in all senses, a better un'-vis lon than that offered by the committee. ?Mr. Tillman said: "The people of ? South Carolina, in their constitution, have done their level best to present the 'niggers' from voting. What I ask you to do is to give the Kanakas und Portuguese of the Hawaiian Islands the same power of suffrage as we in South Carolina have given the 'niggers.' " ?**"' ENOUGH SNEERING. In reply to a question of Mr. Spoonc-r's, Mr. Tillman said that the S2'J0 prcporty qualificatlon had been put into the South Carolina constitution for the benefii of the negro. No provision was needed for the whites, said Mr.~ Tillman, "because the whites would get through anyhow. AA'e have some conscience in the South as to treatment of the 'nigger.' You have been sneering at us a long lime, and I don't like it." Mr. Spooner deprecated a discussion ot" the racial question, and added: "The Sen? ator has said that the people of South Carolina has sedulously excluded the ne? gro vote. They are now accomplishing their purpose through the State constitu? tion, but they did not always do it by constitutional amendment." Adverting to the pending amendment of Mr. Cullom, Mr. Spooner said: "I don't like a property qualification for Voters. There is something of reason in an edu? cational qualllicatlon, but manhaod suf? frago ?s one thing and dollar suffrage is quite another." He then appealed to Mr. Tillman to lay aside tne bloody shirt. Mr. Tiliman replied that his only reason for rehabilitating the bloody shirt befors it was finally and irrevocably ItJiI at rest was that he wanted tho position of the Southern people to bs understood. "I'm fretting tired of these taunts and sneers," said he. "You won't let us alone." "The Senator won't let us let him alone," suggested Mr. Spooner amid laughter. "In every State where the whites have divided politics between thc Dcmocr.its and Populists, and it is so in every- Southern State except South Caro? lina, tiie 'niggers' held the balance of power. As such they stand there as a menace to a pure suffrage and to good government, because they are a purchas? able quantity, educated or uneducated. AA'e are charged with fraud and corrup? tion and ballot-box stuffing. Finally, after the bayonets had cime to use again in lSTi*. we rose in righteousness and mi^lit. AA'e took the government. AA'e stuffed ballot-boxes, we bulldozed the 'niggers' and we shot 'em. And we are not asham? ed of it." Leaning over toward Mr. Spooner and .?-baking his i?negr at the AA'isconsin Sena ("Continued on Second Page.) SAD DEATH OF MR. C. L BANNAR Came to the City From North Caro? lina for Treatment, But Died .Before Relief Came. Mr. O. L. Bannar, of Mount Airy, N. C, died yesterday morning at 3:30 o'clock at the Old Dominion Hospital, after be? ing under treatment there only about thirty-six hours. Mr. Bannar was found unconscious in the lobby of Murphy's Hotel Sunday morning about it o'clock. AVhen at once his critical condition was recognized ho was removed to the Old Dominion, where most heroic efforts were exerted to revive the patient and save his life: Mr. Bannar came to Richmond from his home in North Carolina on the loth of this month and resisterert at Murphy's. Ho' came here to be operated upon by Dr. Joseph A. AA'hlte for a slight nasal trouble, but after his arrival here he complained of feeling- badly, and the operation was being postponed. Saturday afternoon Mr. Bannar was at Dr. AA'hlte's oilice, and said he was feeling so unwell be thought he would go home. The Doc? tor advised him not to go home, but to return to his hotel and retire; and told him be thought he would be all right in a day or so. He evidently returnees to the hotel, ror late Saturday afternoon he came to the desk and asked Mr. John Murphy, Jr., to telephone to Dr. Fergusson. Dr. White's assistant, and ask that he tie allowed to change bis medicine. Mr. Murphy stated that while ha was at the 'phone Mr. Bannar was standing near, and It could be seen that lie was suffering greatly. ** Once he almost fell to tbe floor, but Mr. Murphy assisted him to a. chair and he seemed to regain himself. No one in lhe .hotel seems to have noticed the sick man again until later in thc night, after the usual crowd had disappeared. The lobby was d?serteVl, with the ex? ception, of the night, clerk and Bannar, who ivas lying ?Imp and motionless in one of the large leather chairs. There he sat all night, supposedly by all wlio saw him to be sleeping. / Sunday morning about S o'clock, as Mr. John Murphy, Jr.. cartie on duty, he ivas told that the man had spent the night in the office and was believed to be intoxicated. Mr. Murphy at once recognized Mr. Bannar, and rcmembaring the condition he had seen him in the evening before, he knew he was no? vdrunk. but ill. An attempt was made to""" arouse the man, but it wtis unsuccessful, as he was un? conscious. He ivas taken to a room in the hotel and later taken to the hospital. The cause of the death seems a mjs tery. The .doctor? who saw the man differ In their opinion. Dr. AATiite thinks thc death was due to an acute kidney trouble, with a brain complication. The remains were sent to Greensboro, N. C, last night by Undertaker Bennett M the requeiit of lila father, Dr. C. P. Bannar. ARMY OF BOERS ARE ASSEMBLING To Dispute, Roberts' In? vasion of Free State. CRONJE HOLDING OUT. No News .of His Surrender Has ReadiedWar Office as Yet. BULLER STEADILY ADVANCING. He Faced the Last and Strongest Po? sition of the Boers Who Bar His Way to Ladysmith on Saturday. The Strenuous Fighting Indicates ti Battle Be? tween Armies. LONDON, Feb. 27.?The Boers are as? sembling an army snear Bloemfontein with which to dispute the invasion of Lord Roberts. This intelligence comes from Pretoria by way of Lorenzo Mar? ques. The commandoes are described as "hastening from all quarters of the two republics." No estimate is made of their numbers, but the withdrawal of the Boers from most of the places where they havo been in contact with the British, except the district near Ladysmith, may raise the resisting force to 20,000 men. This ligure assumes that the Boers have between sixty thousand and seventy thousand men in the field. The gathering of this army across the patii of Lord Roberts gives significance to General Cronje's steadfast movement. He has engaged the corps of Lord Roberts for ten days now, and whethen* he is relieved or not, he has given time for the dispersed Boer factions to get to? gether and to prepare positions to receive the British advance when Cronje is over come and Lord Roberts moves forward. It is difficult to conceive that the Boers are strong enough to take the offensive and to rescue General Cronje from his precarious situation. The AA'ar Ofiice has nothing after mid? night to indicate his collapse, and he may hold out for a few days. The correspon? dents seem to have no eaxct information respectiiig his resources. Some say he has plenty of food, but is short of am? munition. Others assert that he abandon? ed his food supplies, but kept abundant supplies of cartridges. BULLER ADA'ANCING. General Buller, on Saturday, faced the last and strongest positions of the Boers who bar his way to 'Ladvsmith. The strenuous fighting indicates a battle between armies rather than rear-guard actions protecting a retreat. On Thursday and Friday he lost 43 officers killed and wounded, reporting probably a total loss of from 400 to 500 men. General "White's guns worked on Sat? urday upon the Boer positions, and a heliogram. from Ladysmith reported that the Boers were retreating, and that larger rations were being issued, in view of the fact that relief seemed at hand. Nothing has been heard from Mafe? king since February lieh. Tho move? ment on the'veldt, away from the rail? way, is becoming increasingly difficult for large bodies of troops, as the grass is burned up. General French has to wagon forage for his horses, and even the infantry finds long marches harder than before, as forage for the transport animals must be carried. This requires the formation of g-arrisoned depots. Theory campaigning season is over, and the sickly season for both men and ani? mals has set in. The Daily Chronicle pays it. learns from pri\*ato letters that British rifles and am? munitions have been landed on the south? ern coast of Cape Colony, presumably for the Dutch colonists. Lord Roberts has recently received 72 additional pieces of -artillery. AVhethcr all bave been sent to Paardeberg ?s not known. Probably the Eighth Division will leave England next Monday. A DAY OF FIGHTING. General Dcwct Attempts to Break Xhrimirh British Lines. PAATtDBBEBG, Saturday, Feb. 2!.? Yesterday there was a most interesting scries of fights along the British front. One' thousand Boers, commanded bv. Gen? eral Dewet, who were known to be operating in the immediate front, at early dawn yesterday determined to at? tempt to break through the British lines to aid General Cronje. ? body of 500 Boers moved toward the British left and cantered in the direc? tion of a kopje. Unfortunately for the Boers, however, the kopje was held by a company of ' Scottish borderers, who opened a heavy lire. The Boers galloped off, but moved again towards another position, with exactly the same result. Then they made a third attempt to occupy another position, but the border? ers were again ready to receive them. The third repulse thoroughly disconceit ed the 'Boers, who galloped away In a ;l*anie. Later, perceiving another kopje, the Boers moved quickly toward It. This kopje was unoccupied, But the borderers, not to be beaten, raced the Boers for the position and won, occupying the kopje and driving off the Eoars. A portion of the latter ultimately oc? cupied a kopje Hanked partially by tho borderers and facing another Kopje held by tho Yorkshires. A vigorous tusllade ensued, the British firing accurately and succeeding in silencing the Boer fire. Meanwhile the Buffs were ordered io re? inforce the Yorkshires in case the Boers were reinforced. The British attack worked around to the right of the kopje held by the "Yorkshires, where the Seventh Artillery was stationed, the Sixty-second 'Battery being placed at a farm near the centre of the Borderers' ' position. A Vigorous shelling, accom? panied by- a British fusllade, completely silenced the Boers. A company of Yorkshires were sent to dear ? out fhe Boers, but the attempt I failed, tho Boers opening a heavy fire and the British having no cover. The British then again opened a heavy rille fire. . which silenced the Boers Th*? Boers made several attempts to rim but the Maxims opened upon them eff?ctu ally and checked thsm. The Buffs now wo?ked carefully and cautiously around and got within 150 yards of the Boers Eighty Boers surrendered, but many it a-ppears, escaped,? going singly; > Most of the prli-oners had just arrived from Ladysmith. They complained of the bad generalship of their leaders. Nearly every man carried explosive bul? lets, and five BriUsh were wounded with these missiles. L have Been the buller, of which one Boer carried fifty. There i_ no longer the slightest doubt that the BoersVare gradually discarding all rules of civilized warfare. The other day they poured the contents of a Vickers-Maxim gun into an ambulance, which happened, however, to be some BOO yards away from the nearest troop. Tho war balloon is doing excellent ser? vice. Early this morning it arose to a great height and discovered in the bed of the river four wagons, which con? tained ammunition. These were exploded by the British shells an hour afterward. The balloon observer also discovered a number of horses concealed near by, and these also received attention from the British shrapnel. The Gordon-, are now incorporated in the Highland Brigade, making four kilt? ed regiments. The Highland Light In? fantry, who arc not kilted and are a fine body of men, are going to join Gen? eral Smith Dorken's regiment. TRYING TO RELIEVE CRONJE. HciiifOrceiiiei.t Attack Roberts and are I.epul.cd. LONDON, Feb. 25.?The Marquis of Larisdowne', Secretary of State for War, has received the following dispatch from Field Marshal Lord Roberts, Commander in-Chief in South Africa: 'VPaardeberg, Feb. 24.?12:20 P. M.?Par? ties of Boers who recently arrived from Natal attacked our outposts ii?. force again yesterday. They lost a good many in killed and wounded and nearly one hun? dred prisoners, including a commandant and three field cornets. Our cas.inities were two men killed, thirty wounded and two missing. Among the officers a cap? tain was severely wounded and a captain and two lieutenants slightly wounded. "On February 21st, thirteen men of the ? King's Own Scottish Borderers were wounded. On February 22d a captain was severely wounded. "Six men were wounded yesterday by hollow-nosed Mauser bullets. The nickel case is slit into four slits, making the prejectile of the most expansive and most explosive nature possible. A wounded Boer was brought to our hospital yester? day with sixty of these bullets in his peckets. "During the advance to and at Kimber? ley there were the following casualties: Eight me;: and two officers killed: ????'?? j officers and thirty-two men wounded, and \ one officer and forty-two men missing. "Further reports state that Barkly West ! was occupied by our troops on February 22d. The loyal inhabitants displayed great enthusiasm. The town west of the Cape Town-Kin.berley railway is gradually set tling down. A detachment has started ? from De Aar for Brltstown. Douglas and Prieska will shortly be visited by our troops. "General Methuen's account of the ad? mirable manner in which the Kimberley hospital is managed has made me desire to send some of our sick and wounded there." Though the above dispatch was filed yes? terday afternoon, it was not received at the War Office until to-day. BURROW LIKE RABBITS. Cron.io's Men Have Taken to the Earth for Protection From Shells, LONDON, Feb. 2C?'Dispatches from Faardeberg show that General Cron. je's forces have far more protection from Field Marshal Kobens' heavy ar? tillery than the tirst dispatches indicated. A special dispatch from Paardeberg. pub? lished in the second edition of the Daily Chronicle and dated Saturday, February 21th, says: "A balloon has discovered the enemy well covered by a system of bur? rowing in the river bank, which re? sembles a rabbit warren and affords shell-proof position." This, perhaps, more than any other circumstance, explains why what is look? ed upon here as Gen. Cronje's deatii struggle is prolonged. Thus is will not be much of a surprise if to-day, or anyhow to-morrow, which is the anniversary of Majuba Hill, pass without being marked by the surrender or annihilation of the gallant baud so overwhelmingly hemmed in. though the closeness of the invest? ment appears open to criticism. In the meanwhile. Lord Roberts' engineers are sapping steadily towards the.Boer laager and according to a special from Paarde? berg, dated Sunday, February 25th, the cordon is gradually drawing closer. General Buller's march on Ladysmith is hoing marked by sharp fighting. ? Pielermaritzburg dispatch of to-day's date says he is still heavily engaged in fighting. In Grobler's Kloof, Gen. Buller seems to have discovered a hornet's nest. In Cape Colony tiie British arms are stead? ily advancing. Bark!;.* East is now in their possession, according to a dispatch from that district, the Boers evacuating the place, retreat? ing on Ladygrey and wiring President Steyn for reinforcements to prevent their surrender. The Pretoria government proclaimed February 23th and Fcbraury 27th days or thanksgiving and prayer, presumably In memory of the battle ?G Majuba Hill. A dispatch from Kimberley says its In? habitants have planned to erect a status to Cecil Rhodes in recognition of his ser? vices during the seige. MADE REPRISALS. Chief Lindi. Reports Killm?. a Few l?oers and Criptiii'iiiff Wn ?roils. (LORENZO MAP.QUES, Monday,. Feb. 26.?A dispatch from Gaberones, dated Thursday, February 22d, stys: "Chief Lynch has reported that he made repr's als from the Boers near Sequani, killing a few men and capturing several wagons (Continued on Second Page.) DEMOCRATS GIVEN CERTIFICATES They Were Duly Sworn Into Minor State Offices in Kentucky on Yesterday. FRANKFORT, KY., Feb. 25.?The State Contest Board to-day awarded certlr,T cates of election to all of the Democratic contestants for minor State offices. Im? mediately afterward the contestants were sworn in and repaired to the State House in a body, where they made a formal demand on the Republican Incumbents for possession of 'the offices, but thehi demands were not acceded to. . The Democratic contestants sworn in are: Secretary of State, O. B. H?1, of ?Clark county; Attorney-General, Robert j Brecklnrldge, of Fulton county; Audi?? tor G. S. Coulter, of Grave county; Treasurer, Wilbur Hager, of Boyd coun tv Superintendent of Public Instruction; ?,* v. McChesney, of Livingston county. THE TELEPHONE BILL UP TODAY [t Will be the Biggest Fight of the Session. TO VOTE AT ONE P. M. But Half an Hour Will be Given Over for Debate. .THE AIR LINE FRANCHISE. Large Amount of Discussion on the _ Measure Before the House Com mittco on Finance Last Night, Engaged In by Railroad Moil, State Officials and Legislators. The greatest fight of this session of the General Assembly will be that in the ?ertate to-day over the bill to incorporate the A'irginia Telephone and Telegraph Company. It has been agreed to take a vote at 1 P. M. Both sides claim a ma? jority of the Senators. There will be only haif an hour for debate, unless the agree? ment is changed. Friends of the bill say they can muster .enough votes to pass the act. On the other hand, opponents of the measure claim that they have enough "rock-bottom" men to insure the defeat of fhe bill. The vote will proba? bly be close. There is som*; feeling man? ifested, and yesterday ?a personal diffi? culty between: an opponent and a friend of the bill was narrowly averted. AIR LINE RAILROAD. The House Committee on Finance met at S o'clock last night to consider the bill cnarlering the AVashington and Richmond Air Line Railroad. A number of parties interested on either side were (present, including Messrs. John Skelton Williams, E. T. D. Myers, John B. Moore and Hill Carter. Colonel ?Morton Marye and Second Au? ditor Ryland were also present. -Major Myers, president of the Rich? mond, Frederlcksburg and Potomac Rail? road, -was questioned by Chairman 'Boaz and other members of the commi',t-*e as to the meeting at which it was agreed to offer the State an annual dividend of 12 per cent, on its holding in th* com? pany. Major Myers thought nearly six-sev? enths of the stockholders were present or represented in the meeting at which the resolutions were passed. Colonel Marye "was then questioned at some length as to the effeci of the grant? ing of the charter upon the interests of the State in the Richmond, Fredericks? burg und Potomac. His answers were in line with the ideas that tfie best interest of the State could be best subserved by not selling its hold? ings in the road. The answers to the questions put to ?Second Auditor Ryland were alcng the same line, Mr. AA'illlams was then asked by Mr. Boaz what his company proposed" to pay the State for its holdings in the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac. His answer was $200 per share, which he thought was a very liberal offer. He thought that amount would bring the State, if invested in century bonds, as much revenue as she was now receivin*: from this source. In addition to the taxa? ble values which would be established by tho building of his road. He said he had calculated that his peo? ple" were paying $75,C00 per mile for the State's interests, which was far more than it would cost to build that much of thc road. Mr. AVilliams called attention to the fact that there was a charter in the hands of the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad by which that road might at any? time parallel the Richmond, Fredericks? burg and Potomac to "Washington, In which ovent tho State's interests would be unprotected. Major Myers stated on this point that the Chesapeake and Ohio could not build such a parallel line without the assent of the Southern railway. SPEAKER SA-UNDER5 AGAINST IT. Speaker Saunders was recognized and spoke against the granting of the charter, unless It could be settled beyond question that the interests of the State would be benefited by the sale of its holdings in the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Po? tomac railroad. In answer to what was said by Mr. AVilliams about.the charters already in existence under which ti parallel line miaht be built -to the prejudice of the State"s interests, Mr. Saunders said it was easy enough, if necessary, to remove thts weapon of threat by repealing these chap? ters at the present sesslo.1. He did not think there was a sufficient guarantee of protection to the State's in? terests in the proposed charter, either in point of price or in the matter of certainty that the new road would be buiit. to war? rant the passage of the bill by the Legis? lature.? Mr. AA'illiams asked Mr. Saunders a number of questions which he undertook to answer from His standpoint. Mr. ?Saunders contended that the ques? tion to be determined was what was the charter worth to the Seaboard Air Une. He did ndc take much stock in the idea in some quarters that the Seaboard Air Line was in thc fight to protect the interests of the State by breaking up a monopoly. They cared nothing for establishing a competing line for the benefit of the peo? ple; they wanted the charter as a busi? ness proposition, out of which to 'make money, and very properly so. So he would, brush aside all the talk about the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac railroad being a monopoly, and treat'the matter aa a plain business proposition. He said there was no doubt on his mind of the ability of th"e Richmond, Freder? lcksburg and Potomac railroad to pay the State She 12 per cent, guaranteed in the resolution of the stockholders, anil read from an opinion of the attor? ney-general along the same line. He thought the people whom the.Legis? lature represented here in ??his matter would -want to.know that their Interests had been thofougbly protected if the charter was granted, and-before the hold-, lngs were disposed 'of they should get ' an amount fully equal to that which th? "State-now owned in j;he road.. QUESTION TO BE DETERMINED. Mr. AVlliams said It. was equivalent; he contended it -was not That was the only question ?? be determined, argued Mr. Saunders. . Mr; Wunders further said that unies? the Seaboard Air Line put up a" larger bond than the one named in the charter. ' the Legislature should not consider the proposition. . He should be very glaa for the State to go out ot the railroad business, but tho interest, la his judgment? ehould not be given up on the terme and for the consideration .offered by the proposed charter. Mr. Kelley. of Richmond, followed Mr. Saunders, and itook direct issue with the gentleman from Franklin? He did not think the State should stand in the way of the progress of her peo? ple. He could see no reason why the Legislature should not grant this charter ?and allow *the> Seaboard Air Line to build 'the road. He did not ithink a more enterprising proposition had been made to the Legis? lature for years than this one, by whlcii it was proposed to supply .the missing link between the South and the North. Mr. Kelley contended that there was a question "Whether the 12 per cent, offered by the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Po? tomac to the State would be paid, and that ho did not chink the State had a right i'to accept it, even if it were paid. He spoke ot ?the benefits which would result to the people from a competing line, and contended that under the pro? posed charter the interests of the State world be -amply protected. In fact, he ?nought the offer of the Seaboard Air Line would prove" much more profitable to the State 'than the keeping of the Interest in the Richmond? -Fredericksburg and Potomac by the State. GREAT PROGRESS. Mr. Kelley called attention to the pro? gress which waa being made by other Southern States, and said the Legislature of Virginia should not put her in the ridiculous attitude of being opposed to progress. He thought it was proper to throw necessary safeguards around the interests of the Stj-te. but he thought this was fully done by the charter which was being asked. Mi*. Saunders replied briefly to Mr. Kelley. Mr. Williams interrupted Mr. Saunders (when tho iatter gentleman was discuss? ing the safety of the State's Interests) to say that his company would be willing to pay the State the amount offered by the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Po? tomac railroad if 'the State would place his company in the shoes of the Rich? mond, Fredericksburg and Potomac rail? road, and exempt his company from tax? ation. Mr. Saunders thought that was a busi? ness proposition worthy of consideration, and closed by hoping 'that Mr. AVilliams and the committee would get together upon tho proposed charter. Mr. AVilliaois then read -a letter, which he had written to Colonel George AVayne Anderson, giving assurance that his com? pany was willing to allow the State to retain the interest in theRiehmond, Fred? ericksburg and Potomac railroad? and pay into the treasury an amount annual? ly large enough to make up the differ? ence between what the Richmond, Fred? ericksburg and Potomac holdings would pay and *S6,G0O, provided his company should be exempt from taxation. He asked the committee to take its choice between 'the two propositions. The ?committee, after a brief executive session, decided to take the matter up again this morning at 9:30 o'clock, when it will be disposed of. ASK FOR RECEIVER. Snit Filed Against the American Plate Glass Company. INDIANAPOLIS, IND.. Feb. 25? Suit was filed in the Federal Court to-day ask? ing for a receiver for the American Plate Glass Company. This suit is owing to the interests of the Depaw estate, which owns 25 per cent, of the stocks. The complain? ants avers that the company, while mak? ing large dividends, has failed to pay the earnings of the money which thc Denaw estate has Invested ?n the stock. The claim has been made by the trust that it could not be based on its earnings pay dividends. BELIEVE PASSAGE OF BILL ASSURED Agreement Reached on Porto Rican Measure Ensuring Support of All But Four Republicans, WASHINGTON, D. C, Feb. 26.?At the conference of House Republicans to? night on the Porto Rican 'tariff bill, asr surances were given that 'the President believed the measure constitutional, and would approve it if it came to him, and an agreement was reached to limit the operation of the bill to two years and ?to reduce the duty Imposed by it'from twenty-five to fifteen per cent, of the American tariff. As a result the Repub? lican leaders claim that the bill will have the support of all the Republicans except four. Messrs, McCall, of Massach? usetts; Littlefleld. of Maine; Lorlmer. of Illinois, and Crumpacker, of Indiana, and that this loss will be off-set by affirma? tive votes of the opposition. They claim the passage of the modified bill is cer? tain. After the conference adjourned, at II o'clock Chairman Cannon gave out tne following statement of the amendments agreed upon by the conference. "The conference required the Ways and Means Committee to offer an amendment to the bill as follows: Amend the bill so as to make It an act temporarily to pro? vide revenue for the island of Porto Rico and for other purposes, and to add the tollcrwing section: " 'This act shall be taken and held to be provisional In its purpose, inte.ided to meet a pressing, present need for reve? nue for the island of Porto Reo, and Is not to continue 'in force after 'March 1st, 1902.* " These amendments were adopted with practical unanimity. Another to reduce the duty Imposed" by the act from 25 to 15 per cent, was adopted by a vote cf 105 to 11. A further amendment is to be offered by the AVays and Means Commit? tee to make it clear that no double duty is imposed; that the payment of one in? ternal revenue tax la the total tax on importations. .? TO ANNUL COKE CONTRACT. Bill tu Equity in W li ich Carnegie Steel Co. is Defendant. PlTTSBUiRG, PA., Feb. 2e.?John Walker, guardian of Andrew Carnegie Wilson. S. L. Schoonmafcer and John Pontlcrs and such other stockholders or the H. C. Frick Company aa may choose to jola in the suits as plaintiffs? filed the much-talked of bill in equity to annul the coke contract held by the Carnegie Steel Company. Ltd. In Common Fleas Court No. 2 late this afternoon^ This action Is remotely connected with the trouble now existing between H. C. Frick, former chairman oC the Carnejtle Steel Company, Ltd., and Andrew Carrie gl?, and was precipitateti by t\a rc?ht I filin?? of Mr. Frlck's bill to secura an ac. , counting of the affairs of Um Caraeaie Steel Comr-fny, Ltd, PEPPERED HIS BODY WITH SHOT Tom Brokenbrough Shot by Albert Lucchesi BREAKING IN STORE He and Ed. Crutchfield Broke Into Marchetii's, on Broad, SHOT IN BREAST AND LUNGS. Hail Been Planning Their I.alii SO? Sometime anil a Trap Was Set for _hem?? Shotgun Gets In Good Wort?Taken to tho Alms house? His Accomplice Escaped. A youthful burglar, whose age is about twelve years, was shot by Mr. Albert Lucchesi upon entering the store of An? ton Marchetti j_ Brother, No. _>S east Broad street, at 1:10 o'clock this morning. When asked by the police, to give his name; he said that it was Tom Broken? brough and that he lived on Broad, near Mayo street. Tom is a negro of tho darkest type. He has been playing the part of Jessie James lately and had car? ried out his plans successfully until ha met with an unforeseen foe early this morning. He was not alone In his skill? ful raids from the rear entrances of the stores of the city. His companion in his "bold and daring works, he admitted to a Times reporter, was Ed. Crv.tchfleld, an? other colored youth about the same age, only more fortunate. Ed. made good 1:1s escape, but Tom wa_ taken to the Alma house In order that the doctors attending him might examine the nature ot the wounds. HOW HE! WAS SHOT. It seems that the two young hurglan had been planning for weeks to make a great raid on this store. They had gained entrance from the stairway from Broad street, and In the rear of the hall? way had begun to cut a hole through the floor in order _h_t one might k'o down and make c_.tr_.nce for the other by way of a window in the rear of tho store. Mr. Lucchesi had an alarm clock put in his room and a strini, arranged from there to where the youth- wore tearing up the floor, in order thnt it might go off as soon as one of them stepped on the string. Tom was the first one to _;.en on the string, and as he did so the alarm went oft and Mr. Lucchesi came down post haste with ? shotgun. He spied the burglar ait the hole and fired a load of shot Into his body. As the deadly lead had missed Ed, who was also In the hall in the act of aiding his companion to the lower floor, he made good, his escape through a window. SHOT THROUGH THE LUNGS. In a few minutes after the shooting, several policemen were on the scene?, together with Dr. Goode, of tho city am? bulance. Dr. Reese, of the Retreat Cor the sick, was also on the scene. Dra Goode asked to be allowed to talca the wounded boy to the City Aim.house, whom he thought he and Dr. Reese could examine the wounds more carefully than at the Second Police Station. Upon reaching this institution thoy 'took tho clothes oft the wounded youth and found that his breast, arms and neck wero peppered with shots. Examination also disclosed the fact that several shots 'bad penetrated the* right lung and it Is ?thought that others glanced the left lung. Dr. Goode at once proceeded to ex? tract some of the shot from the boy's body, and did everything ho could to save his life. At a late hour this morn ins: he thought that his patient stood ;? fair chance for recovery, though he could not say positively that he would g_ ! we!!. Tom is. nevertheless, in a very serious condition. MI*. Lucchesi was carried to tho Second Police Station, where he will remain un? til sometime to-day. when, it is thought, he will be released. G - Permei Efcctroentwl NEW TORK. Feb. 2?.?Antonio Ferrari was electrocuted at Sin?. Sing prison to? day for the murder of Ltiealne M'.i_hio_ in Brooklyn on April _:h IS SS; The electric current was turned on at 8:20 ?. _L, and five ?/frocks were adminis? tered before .he attending physicianj "were satisrfied that he was dead. He was pronounced dead at 8:28 A. M. SUMMARY OF TO-DAY'S NEWS Local. ?The Money bill discussed in tho Senate. ?State bank bill pusses the Senate. ?Virginia Telephone and Telegraph bill special order for to-day. ?Poisoning In the county due to rough, on rats. ?Number of weddings here yesterday. ?An automobile on the streets of Rich? mond. ?More discussion on the Washington and Richmond Air Line railroad. ' ?Youthful burglar shot on Broad street. State. ?Dry3 refuse to vote in Farmville be? cause of claim of illegal ejection, and wets carry by large majority. Drys to ask for another election. ?Mrs. Poliy Rynwr, weakened by hun srer anil cold, was unable to move from the railroad track, where she fell, and was killed by a train. ?Two new manufacturing concerns are chartered in Lynchburg. ?An angry father from Emporia reaches Suffolk to find his eloping daugh? ter already married. ?Oyster League after illegal dredgers in Nanscmond river. ?A meeting of country people In Staun? ton pass resolutions opposing the Vir? ginia Telephone and Telegraph Company.' ?Mr. John tW. Sherman presents a new drama in Roanoke. ?Fire practically destroys large budd? ings and contents on Main street, in Lynchburg. ?Schooner lost and part of her crow drowned off Hung-r'3 creek. ?.V little girl badly burned in Crowe. General. ?Republicans reach an agreement ?? Porto Rican bill, which, they think? as? sures Its passage. ?The debate on the measure extended UH Wednesday. _ ?... ?Kentucky State Contest Board award? ed ccr_5catc?* to- Democratic candidate ior minor oHIces. .- ? ? ?Chairman Jones talks on issues in coming campaign. Forci};??. ?Boers assembllnj. in force to stem Roberts' invasion of Free State. ?Cronje has not. yet surrendered. ?Buller continues to advance towarij : Ladysmith.