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Iv-Tlowln--: -was the ranse ef the ther tnometcr at The TS*m-_ otllce ye-lerda.": f A. M., ?;T4_ M., '7: 3 P. M.. *.; . P. M.. ?.: 9. P. M.. 45; 13.M., .0. Aver-age teni _**r_-nce. _3._". VOL. 15. -NO. 44. KIGHMOKD. VA. FRIDAY. MARCH 30. 1900. WEAf-lEK J*OK_-CA?T. Forrcss. .or JWday and Sto-u-rttay--__ -?CTfe-j*--***"!^''--!*^ -elearing-; coldte*;; h>. ?!_*lR*?_i_-^S .'?;--.- -.-' Saturday 'foitv wlnds becon"-"n_f .W""** northerl-*'. ? _ ? North C!aro_tna--?RaJa Yn&ay...oolae^in: westem aj-dl wntral portioT-**. Satdtday fair. fresh southe-iy winds shlftingr **? ?nerthwesterly-. , ' . :" ? PRICE TWO CENTS. ~ MAJOR LASSITER WAS NOMINATED ToSucceedLate Congress? man Sydney P- Epes SHORT AND LONG TERM Strong Fip-ht Made Atrainst the Dual Term. THE CHICAGO PLATFORM Wns I-'nilorscti as a "IVholc and a De claratiou Made Againsi Iinprrial ism, Milltarisin, and Uie Acqtil sition of Forci__u Liatuls. Monopolics and Trusts Dciioiiiice'l PETHRSBCEG, VA., March 29-Si)e cial.?Tlie Fourth District Democratic Congressional Convention jnct here to day and nominated Major Francis T. j l_asslter to succeed the late Sydney P. ?Epes in Congress. A. big light was made over the question of nominating candidate fur tlie rbgulai* as well as tlie unexpired term, and the dual proposition ?was carried by a vote of !)71-3 torS8,_t_3. Major Eassiter being nominated for both tcrms. The convention was ca'.ed to order by John J. Coclce, member of tbc commltlee from Prince Goorfge county,- who- a nounced ihe temporary organization. Chairman. Judge .1. F. West, of Sussex; Oeerotary, S. 11. Gill, of Petersburg. Judge "West. on taking tbe chair. spoke iiitingly of Hon. Sydney P. Epes, and definod tlje obj.ect of the meeting. THE COMMlT-Ti.KS. Oomniiltees were appointed as follows: Conimittoo t>n Resolutions?Chairman, Oeorge Masoii, Pct*'*l-s'>urg?S. V. Soutli? all. Jr.. Gleonsvillo; A. 1>. Watkins. Greensville; AV. E. Holmes, iMecklcnlmrg; J. I.i. Price, ?Briinswick. AV. E.. Kerinbn. Powhatan; J.. C Smith. Dlnwlddie; Dr. J. AV. Bryant, X6ttpway_ George E. Smith. ?l.unmiluirg; XV. 11. Cocke. : Sus? sex; A. H. ..obbsj Prince George.}- R. G. Soiitliall. Amelia. iiommittee ori Credentials?Chairman. C. S. Barrow, Brunswlck?E. C. Goodc. Mcoklonburg; J. D. RryiVshaw. Xotto way; Gebrge AV. Pegram. Petersburg; E. C. Palmer, Grcenf.ville; T. H. Diekerson, ?Prince Edward: P. lttnch. Powhatan: T. A. Brown. Prince George: AA". D. Fal conef, Dinwidiile: T. J. Arvin, Euncn bafg; AV. B. Cocke, Sussex; R. G. SouthaJl, Amelia. ^ Committee on Permanent Organiza? tion?Chnirn-an. A. R. A'enablc, Prince Edward?T. M. Dilla-d. Is'nttoway: George P. Rridgeforth, Euiienburg; J. P. Tuckcr. Dlnwlddie; Charles Cojrter. Prince George; Dr. R. A. Tncker. Pow? hatan; J. B. Evans, Petersburg; J. AV. Bailey, Brunswick; F. B. Roberts, Meck? lenburg: Henry Maelin, Greensville: R G. Southall, Amelia: AV. B. Cocke. Sus . sex. SPEECHES. Hon. T. C Pilcher. of Fauquler; Hbn. Jo.-e.rfi T. __aW.esa, Sedrctary of the Com. nionwealtli: JelTerson ? AA'ullace. Denio crn*ic eha'TTnuTi of R'ohnlonrt. were among those Invited to seats on the rostrum, and . a* h man Cillcd tiypn for a e-secfti and rcspomVfd to the reduest Hon. T. C. P-tcher paid n high tribute to the CocJcadc OlVy and its nbble women. and Mr. l.awless p-i.lil a splendid tribute to his lale friend, Congressman Epes, whom he depljtiiatcd as a man of God's own chosen ones. Mc. AA'allace, of Richmond. made a Democxartic speech. in whieh !re snnko of Democnacy as his re-Mgion. Hi<- rributes to'-Eas-s-lter. Bryan and the Chicago plat? form were cfaecrod to ihe echo. Tlie convrmtloo adjourned at 1:40 o'clock to give the committee time lo formulate thelir rcipcrts. The convention rcconvened nt o:20. The Commiittee on Permanent Organization reported Uvit tlie temwrary co.?vnr.'tice, with Judge West as Chairman, had been niaxle .vermanon*. THIE RESOI.UT.IONS. The Committee on Resoluttohs offered the following* whloh vvore unaninioutiy adopted: Resolved by the Democratic party of tlie Fourth Congrewional District of A'ir __dn_a in ooiiveir-tson asscmbled, That we reaflirm our allegiance to the prliicblcs of Democraey as j,et forth atid declared ln the platform of tihe last Xational Dcmonrat.c Convctitien. Rceolvod further, 1'hat we are op:>osed to im_wnialis-m and mllitarlsm and Uie acqudsit-on of dlstant foreign territory. Rosolvcr' furthoir. That we are unalter ably opposed to monopollcs. combine.s and lru*-'ts, whieh inerilably tend to tlie as grandizement of the rich and jiowcrful and the opprosslon of tlie weliJt and the poor. The O0"n-n_Uce on Civdentials reported 126 delegates present. All the reports were u-nanrmot sly adopted. On motion of R. G. -fout'iall. lt was decided that tlie delegates .present frostt any county be allowed to east the full vote of each county. Tlli. XOM.NATIOXS. rThe lTominations of candidates for Con? gress to fi'l tho unexpired term of Mr. Epes was t!:en made. The name of Major Eassiter was pre? sented to the convention by Alexander Ho-_ps of Prince George county. ar.d his nonrination m-as seconded by Mr. A\\ D. Fa-i-Jkner. of Din-widdie. Mir. Faulkner also cmoved ^that Major Lassiter be nomi inated by acclaniaikm. A\*. M, Powell. of .'Greejisvile. opposed this motion, and nom? inated Judge l._iK~nidas D. YrirreH, of Greensv-lle, for Congress. The vote was C3'led. and was as follows: For Eassitor?Amelia, C; Brunswick, 14: blnw-ddie. 11: Greensville, 5 1-2; Lunen burg. 10; Mtvklenburg. 21; Xo-ttoway, !?; IVwhatan. *?: Prince Edward, 10; Prince George, H; Sussex, 7 1-3; Petersburg. 17. Total, 113 .">-*". For Yarrell?Greensvile, 5 1-2; Sussex, 2-3. Total, G 1-C. Mr. Powell then withdrew Ihe name of Judge Yarrell, and Major EassHer's nomi? nation was made -unanimous amld deofen Jng checrs. THE FCEI-. TERM. Judge Hotncsi of Mecklenburg. then asl ?d that the convention proceed to eli-ct a candidate tor the full term. This re <_uest brought on u heated fliscussioti. Mr. Faulkner. of Dltiwiddie. said that fftls delegation had been instructed to vote ft?* Liasslter for tho ehovt term, .and pre? vent any noanination for the full teran. He said the <*onv?nt"cn was about;to es tablK-h. a preeedent, and he was unwlSlng that a convention patched up in a ft?w ? dmy* *ehou"<! anak'o a. nomination for rhe ftfij term; that tbo people of thts Fdurth ipoatiduei on Eightii P-uje_)i \ ;___. ^ TO RUSH WORK 'ON THE DEPOT Contract to be.Given Out Early in April. BIDS ARE ASKED FOR. Sub-Contractors Have Been Given Copies of the Specifications. UNDER ROOF BY NEXT WINTER. Mr. Wirt A. CliCFterniaii aiul Mr. W. O. Jliirloii, of Kiclimoml, and Mr. Petiyjolin, of Lynchbiiri*', are , Aiuhiis Those Who Will Sub mitOfl'ers?Ground May be Urokei- iu May. The contract for the -erection of the union o'epbt for the Chesapeake and Ohio and Seaboard Air-Linc roads wil! be given out about tlie 7tli of April. A few Richmond contractors have been asked to submit bid*-. They will do so. Mr. A\1rt A. Chr-sterninn, who is erectin** tbe *depol building for tlie Southern Rail? way, wiH be -one of 'trrose who will sub? mit -proposa*-. "Mr. W. O. Burton, of Riohmon-1. and Mr. lvttyjohn. 01" Lynch? burg, will also seek to secure the contract. Sub-coniractors yesterday were ftirindi. ed copies of tlie spcclfications and -plans, in order tliat tliey may make propisals to the general contractors. Plumbers, brick **rias_ns. excayators and others went to work yesterday afternoon with a view to j-ro-mrstiy s'ubmirfing lo the general coniracfors their preposltioni". These will have to be in hand within Uie ncxi few day*". lt is cxpertc-i tiial g|-mnirt will he broken fo-r the depot during thc month of '."May. Woi k iwrll bc rapidly pu-"ied to coo_cle tion. 11 Is hoped to have tiie depot under roof. before nex't.-*n"!ntcr-. COTTON* BISbT OFFICIAL3. A party of fllsttng'llshcd -?._. Louis S-mtbv.TStprii <ifil.fa!? Will arrlve in K'cri mrm-.l thCs -moriilrig over the Southern. They will leave ,f.r Old Point Comfor. over the Cheiaiieakc and Ohi. at !' o'clock. and will remain there for a short time, ?vhen they will again reMinie tbe jourh'y north. Tbe party is headed by Mr. 1_ nvin Go.tild; and is travelling ln Mr. Goutd's privnte car. The part." h ive iorae from Florida. XO VKKII*'1CA'J-IU.\". ?Owing to the absence of Piesident Geo. W. Stevens. thc report that the C:c!;i l-eake and Ohio was trying tc secure cJn Irol of lhe Ohio Central Line coUld not be verified. President St-'vcns, it is <*ix-, pected, will return to this city to-dsy. Stnce Mr. Dec-'tur Axtell's Fi-Hrotibn as president of tiis Toledo :.nd Oh'o Cehtrai rumors of the cohsoltdattan of tlie Ch.s'i peake ahd Ohio and Ohio Central lines have been rife. They have. bowever, ai? ways laclced officiul cbnnrmtiuon. RA1LKOAD nOtiss. Considerable interest wis taken in tbe mnetlng of the l-xecutlve Committee of the Burlington ahd Olilo. in .New l'or.* \Y< dncsday. President .T. K. Cowcn w s present, but nelthet' Mr. Cowcn nor n:iy of the other directors woul-1 speak about the possibllity ot' a dividend un the c un nioli stock, n'<r would thfc.V expi*in wliy ihe common stock had crossed the pre? ferred. ?"?"liere is a riinior that the St. Paul Road will issue new stock. Oflicials or tne eompany ure non-coniin!i.tal. Bt. Pau '." February gross incrcased **_ii"!,3_4; net .decreased ^31,0*11. Last year d'ebruaYy gross jiicreused $11)9,1-.* net decrea.-ed f9,'..i. Thc spring anthracite coal clrcular is likely lo be put into ertect April lst, and thc iridications now are tliat the new spring prices on bolb line nnd tide will average about twcnly-five cents a lon higher than thc spring circular prices of last year. GILLIGAN TRIAL NEXT TUESDAY Both Sides Would Prefer Another Postponement?Love Letters'Have Been Copied as Evidence SUFFOI-K. VA., March _"..?Special.?The trial of Andrew Carter Gilligan. the Isle of Wight young man, .harged With shoot? ing down in the dark C. Bever/y Turner, father.of Miss Isabel Turner, whose suit or he had been, will be called at tlie court hoxise next Tuesday. That is in pursu anc. of a imotion *n?de by tlie defence and .sustained by Judge Atkinson, March 13 th. One of the attorneys in the case tells me that on Tuesday the Commonwealth w-li likely move for another continuance, owing to the expected enforced absence of a lawycr for the .irosccution. But ln dcfaii-t bf such niotion by fhc 6U_te the <lefencc wou*~t probably ask tfor a postponem;ent. because W. II. Weods, who is alil.ged .<-* be a material witness,- is now iu l__.r_i)e .on a tour of indclinite duration*. Weeds -is.a well-to- j do farmer, wlth whom Gilligan had lived, and who __ said to have a'dvi.ed Gilligan concerning the propriety of a suiTender. With the exlstln**l condition of affairs, each side suspeeting tbe other's unreadi ness, it is possible that both may hesltate to riight for the continuance, and the case may go to trial on its merits. The -result will hahg on t'he evidence, and letters of Miss Isabel Turner, a pretty young woman," nineteen years old. The iproseciiilon now has abotlt twenty-" five of her love epistles addressed to Gil? ligan. The Court has ordered that dupii cate copies be furnished for jfche defence, pendlng a setttement of their legal title. ? - Casuntiies in ?l?e Phlllpi-tnes. WASHINGTON. March 29.?The Senate Committee on Military Affairs to-day au? thorized a favorable report upon Senator Allen's resolution calling upon the S*cre -tary of War for information regardlng casualtles of all sorts in the Plif.ipplnes. The committee amended the resolution so as to call for information as to the comparative losses and disabilltles of col? ored troops ln the Philipolnes as com? pared wlth white troops. *.!a*le IU*nr-..*liniinl., WASHlN*Gl*ON, Maroh 29.?The Presi? dent to-day nominated.-Captain Charies 6. Cotton, United States Navy, '._*?> K-ar-Admlral. . ,.? CARNIVAL WEEK, RICHMOND, MAY 14 TO 19. MAJOR CUTCHINS IS THE WINNER HonJ.T.EllysonDofeat ecl for School Board. ALMOST UNAN1MOUS. Joint Meeting of Aldermen and Coun? cil Very interesting. SCHOOL BOARD IS ARRAIGNED. Member or Tbat Body Snvcioly Criti ciseil by Mr, Marx Giiiist?Mr. Joseph C. Dickcrson nnd Gen? eral A; L. Phillips Eleeted Xi'ustces ? rilr. "Waller? stein Speaks. Major Sol. Cutchins was eleeted as a trustee of the School Board from the Second District over Hon. J. Taylor Ellyson last night. There seemed to be some diversion of opinion as to the ad'-* visabilily of the re-election of alr. Elly? son, owlng to the statement by Mr. Tan? ner that the Iiicumbent would decline to serve if re-elected. "Mr. Joseph C. Dickcrson was a'niosl unanimously eleet? ed as trustee from the First District, while General A. U Phillips was e'.ccted from the Third District. The joint meeting of. the Common Council and the Board of Aldermen for the purpose of electin*; school trustees. was called to onler at 7:_l> o'clock last night by President Ttirpln, of the Board. MAJOR SOL. OUTCIITXS. Those of the membera of the Board present were: Messrs. Allen, Bahen, Burton, Cutchins, Donahoe, Drewry, Ferriter, Ha-ruwictte. King, Eawder, Mosby, Mom->omcry. Jeay, Smith, Gordon, Whlttet aud Presl? dent Turpln. The following members of the Councll were. present: Messrs. Bloombcig.-Cnmp, Curtis. Ebeli Fergttsson, Garber, Gibson, Gi'imes, Gunst, Hnrrclso", Hobson, McCarthy, Mills, iMiner, Xeale, Peters, Pollock, Shea, Tanner, Teefey, AVallerstein, West, AA'halen and Caskle. The president announced that the nrtler of busiiicss was the clection of three school trustees to fill the tcrms expiring on April 3d. MR. WAJ-..1-RSTEI-\T*.S SPEECH. Mr. AA'allerstelh moved that the elec? tion of trustees be postponed until April 12th, and in advocating this he asserted that the sacredncss of the schools de manded that careful and proper atten? tion be given the selection of men who were to gulde our schools. He main tained that this had not been done for many years. and' that. lt had become the custom to select men either because they -were popular citizens or they had political influence. The time had arrived, in his opinion. When they should en-. deavor, with calm. deliberate considera? tion to select school trustees Who pos sessed the highest qiialilications for this position. He maintained that there were three great requisites that could best promote the efficiency of the schools, and' it should be so aranged that at least three members of the nine should un derstand the science of pedagogy; an equal number should be familiar with promotion of .lygeinie and general sam. tary conditions, and lastly, three mOm bers Who should possess good business and executive ability. _.?__ POSTPOXEMEXT RECOMMEXDED. Mr AA'allerstein recorhmended that post ponement was hlghly advlsable ln order to g've the Councll an opportunity to look about for men With these qualities, and that upon the eve of a political election the independence of thought and action necessary would' not prevail. He was not prepared* to name any particu? lar man and had no man's e.a.m to ad vocatc. but he was ready to adVocate gfeafer improvement and better condi? tions in our schools.- He had no desire to crlticlse Ihe management of the Schools. t?ut he contended that they were sUsceptible of great improvement, and they needed- much to put them upon an equal footing with' schools ln many cities of tho same size In other sectlons of tho country. He earnestiy. pleaded for rhe setting.aslde of every other consid? eration when the welfare and progress of public schools were undex considera? tion. ? >. ': ?Mr. Wallerstein spcjke In behalf of. se? curing school trustees who were effictent school . teaehers as well. He said that ifien of other cities considered". It a high honor to ho'il-a position as school trustee. TRUSTEES. EI.ECTED. Mir. King placed the name of .Mr. Joseph C. Diokersoii in nomtoatlon for the posi? tion of school trustee from the Flrst Dis? trict and was seconded by alr. Sear. - 'alr. Wallerstein nominated Mr. T. Wiley "pavis. He speko very Wghly of Jlr.. ?Dayils in placing bls name- before -the 'tnembers, but when tbe vote was taken Mr. iJav-S'was>defeat___. Major Allen arose .and. stated. th<ithe '-?: _ (Continued on.Second-Page.)' FOUR NARROWLY. ESCAPE DEATH Car Runs Over Them Near Soldiers' Home. ONEMANLOSESALEG The Other Three Badly Mansled and Bruised. THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN DR.UNK Samuel Amlcrson, Alice Goode, Emma Andersoii, and Albert Davis tho ? Vietims?- Were AValkinj; AlouK the Track When thc Car Caine Along. The lives of Samuel Anderson, Emma Anderson, Alice Goode, and Albert Davis. all colored. narrowly escaped being cruS-ied out beneatlra Ti-actlon car on Robertson Street, near tlie Soldiers' Home, -at 1~::12 o'clock last nlght. At the time of the-aceident the victims we.a walklri'g along the track. carelessly, tinaware of approaching danger. and be? fore the -mo-orman on the car could check its speed the four were run over and bad? ly mangled. The ? exact particulars of the aceident could not be le-arned at an early iiotir this morning, owing to the fact that bone o? tho slreet-c-ir-men seemed "nelih-i" to talk. rn.ni.cliately after the aeeidetit. however. the viotjnis* were taken to the Traction Co-ihl-iny's c-a'r-sheds; where thc arnliu lance wa_ at once called. Drs. Parker and Gtfls rc-sp*>ndlng. , HIS LEG A'llPUTATED. The condition of Samuel Anderson was found to bc* very serious. His left leg was broken. and hc was otherwise badiy bruised. -His leg was ampu'tated after he wai tuicen to the Almsh'ouse. Emma Anderson Was very dengerously bruised and injured aboivt the body. 'Alb'.rt Davis had his back. arms and h_iad bruised. He was frightfully injured, but may recover.. Alice Goode was. cut on the head and bruised about the "body. The -Wctims ,w-ere''treated by Drs. Park? er'and Gill*-- Some of their injuries ap? peared to be very dangerous. Albert Davis, Birnma Anders*on, and Alice Goode, after having their -wounds sewed up ahd their bruises treated. were taken home. At n late hour this morning, Samuel Andorsotii'v.-hnse leg was amputat'-d. was in a very critical condition, and it was not thought he could recover. Some of those who wit-nessed the acei? dent stated that tney thought the victi-ms were drunk and could not get out of the Way of the car. PHILIPP1NE3 DIVIDED. Tlie l-'oniial Ordrk* Issued Iiy Dirnction ol'the Pri-shl-MilYostiri-d-iy. WASHTXGTO-*,*. "March 20.?The fofmai order dividing the Philippines into four military departments was Issued' to-day. It follows: By direetion of lhe President, the De? partment of tfie Pacilic is disconti: uctl and a military dlvision to be known as th**. division of the Philippines, com prising all the islands ce-ded' to the "L'nited Slates by Spain by the treaty of Paris. ratificd April 11, 1S!*S. is created under command of Alajor-Gcneral Elwell S. Otis, U. S. V., with headquarters In the city of "Manila. who. in addition to command of the troops in tbe dlvision,' will continue CO exercise the authority of military governor of the Philipptne Islaods; the division to be composed of the following departments: Department of Northern Luzon, under command of "Major-General HacArthur, Ui s: v. ' Department of Southern Luzon. to nv clude all the rema-ning part of the Island cf Luzon, under command of Major-General John C. Bates, U. S. V. Department of the Yizeaya, under com? mand of Brigadier-Goneral Robert P. ?Hughes, U. S. V. Department of Mindanao and Jolo, to include all the remaining islands of the Philipplne archipelago. Brigadier-General William Kobbe. IT. S. "V.. is assigned to the command of this department. The division commander will-designate the places for the several department headquarters, and will also assign the ! -necessary staff officers and make. such !, distribution of troops as in his judgment ! wil! best meet the requirements of the ; servlce in the division. I buoITtheatre STOCK COMPANY New Organization to be Chartered Here Within the Next Few Days?the Officers. ' A company has been orgariized here with a capital stock of ?-.,00., to b. known as the "Bijou Theaire Company, and a charter will be applied for within the next few days. The purpose of the. company i_ to form a circuit of vaudeville houses cf the highest class. A most desirable lot has'been leasect in -Norfolk. adjolnlng tho property of the "Monticello 'Hotel. A new theatre will De built at once, and a cireu't will be for'm.a, embracihg the Bijou theatre in this city, .he new one in Worfoik, and later 6th* rs !n the largerSoutnern cities. - . The plansiof: the- company Have been settled, ahd it is ?believed that.by the heginnlng of next! season a circultof some dimensions may he establlshed; .and tbe very"fiinest acts In vaudeville introduced here. '?'? -. - ?; - The officers of the company Tor .the present yeer are: President. Jake Wirlisr Vice-'President, vThqmas. G". Leath; Secre-., tary;Charies I; McKee. '.ana-'t'ne-?, -._=?-?? -ethet?with W. Greanor Is'eal- and A; B. Blair, constltutetafi -Board of Directora. j ,*?'?/"?-':-'?" .:"'.-"?' :t_ .'- ??.:?..-.:' .. ?""___????-< THE FREE TRADE AMBDMENT LOST Direct Vote Taken in the Senate Yesterday. PRESAGES PASSAGE Of the Bill But Does Not Indicate the Final Majority. SENATOR REVERIDGE SPOKE. ( ? He Advocated I-eciprdcity Between the L'nited States and Porto Kico, But if All Efforts Tor Free Trade I'ail He "Will Support tho Pending Measure?Pro ccedliiK-s in House. WASHIN'GTOX, March 29.-A. direct vote was taken by" the Senate to-day on the prqposftion to strike from the Porto Rico measure the provlslon levylng 13 per.cent. of the Dingley law duties u_>on Porto Rico produots. The proposition was defeated by a vote of 16 to 33. AVIiile the vote is regarded as presaglng the passage of the pending measure, lt is not regarded as tndlcattng the final vote on tfie bltl. The foat'ji-e of the debate to .day- was the speech of Mr. Beveridge. of Indiana. AVhile he advocated reciproelty between the United/States and porto Rico, he-an? nounced that if all efforts to secure free trade should faill, he would support the pending bill. The bill was under discus IiOGS'. J.'TAYLOR I_._-t.YSOX. slon tr.roughout the session,.-severai Im? portant amendments being agrted to. The conferenee'report dn the dlplomatlc and consular lappripflatlon bill was agreed to by the Senate soon after lt con vened. '. ' A concurrent resolution, offered. by Mr. Culberson,. of Texas, dircctlng the Seere? tary of AV'-ar and the Seeretary of the Xavy to keep "seasonably advised" the families of wounded soldiers and sullors of the condition of the men, was agreed to A consideration of the Porto Rico tariff and government bill was then resumed. FOR FREE TRADE. Mr. Beveridge addressed the 3enate ln support of the proposition for free. trade between the United States and Porto Rico. At the conclus-ton of Mr. Beveridge's address Mr. Foraker asked that the 'Sen? ate proceed with the consideration of amendments. The flrst amendrnent was one imposing a duty of 5 cents a pound uyon .coffee Irraported Into Porto Rico. Mr. Pettus, of Alabama. moved to strike out the amendrnent and demanded a vote on his amendtneat. which involved. tlie question whetter a tax cOuId be Intposed upon imports Into Porto-Rico which was not imposed on the same proditcts im ported" Into" "other parts of the L'nited States." Mr. Gallinger defentled the amendrnent Of the committee. During the Spaiiash regime, he eaid, a tariff had. been irrt nosed upon co*fee Importcd into Porto Rico- because the coffee jralsed there is resafded as the best iti the World, and it was desired to prevent lt from . belns spoiled by being blended with inferior brands. - "If you have a free hand. to mutil-.te the constitution," said Mr. Pettus, "then yoii can pass this bill; biit if the consti? tution means anything when it says thaf. taxes and duties shall be uhltorm,. then vyoU have. nC'such right." Mr. Pettus' amendme~ht was def-atea, 13 to 32. THE BACOX AMEXDMEXT. alr. iBacon.- of Georgia, entered an amendrnent in" the form of a substitute for sectlons two and three of the commit? tee bill. establishlng tbe regular Dingley tariff rates of duty on article.. Importe-i from foreign- countries . Into Porto Rleo, and providing that no duties shalf he leyied ,on articles imported Into PcrU Rico frOni the United States- or into the United States from Porto Rico.. Mr. Bi con explained that ft was his idea to es tablish inTorto Rico the tariff system In vogue ln this country. He said the amendrnent -presented, a Sauare issue "bf the question noW before the Senate. '. Mr. Gallinger said the bill, as lt stood, was Inflnltely more liberal than was the "amendrnent offered by.Mr. Bacon. ?Mr. Eindsaj-j of; Kentucky, offered an amendrnent to.Mr. Bacon's amendrnent, providing for absolute.free trade between this country and Porto Rico. He wanted to afford the Seriate oppbrtunlfty tb/v6te dlrectly for:free trade."*' "'- ??"".'-. He then? offered an". amendrnent, to' Mr. Bacon's amendrnent." providing -for "absb-^ Iute free-trade .between-this country and" the island. Mr. IBafibn "accepted the amendrnent. -" ?Pending action vupbn: the Bacon amend? rnent.'sections 2 _unT3 of tfle bill wefe..| perfecTed '?'-by ? the'.. co_fimlt.ee.' .'. . Mr. Pettus- .then moved to strike ,ont "IfiV provlauVn ;Sn se6Qon.'?'%; pr6r.dh._r tor (Continued on B-cond Ptje.) ?._. -'??, j '-?;-. ?/?:?*?' vV-'vv'-"-'-'=".- -.'?' ''?-?"- '/??'?-- '<*->? ' SHERIFF FLEES WITH PRISONER Close Hack Surrounded by Armed Deputies. SENTENCEASURPRISE Emanuel Morton Receives Eighteen Years for Murder. HIS VICTIM WILLIAM SNEAD. Fenriii*. Mob Vlolenco the Offlcers Were Armed With Winchesters. "Will BrinsthePrisonertoKich moiid?Fear of Trouble at Clover AVhero the Mur- ? dered Man tiivcd. HOUSTON. VA.. March 20.?Special.? Enamuel Morton tried here this week for the muxder of William Snead, at Ofeiver. V*a., received eighteen years ln the penitentiary this afternoon. Public _entiment ls surprised. and the Clover population are very indigriant. Two of the jury stood out for eighteen years, and .won over. The other ten were for a long time for hanging. The reason givert- by the jurymen for their verdict is that the intent to kill was not plalnly proven. * . FliBD WITH PRISONER. At half-past 5 o'clock this afternoon the prisoner was taken out of town by the -Cieriff and his deputies in a close hack, -Or fear of mob violence. ? ' ? The sheriff and deputies Were well armed with Winchesters and -plstols. It Is theugh that they will reaeh Richmond to-night.. provided that they caa get. through Clover. At a late hour this ?morning no* further tidlng had been .reecived from the sheriff and his prisoner. The only train by Which they could reach Richmond arrives hero this morning. THE CRLME. The following..acount of the crlme ap? peared in this paper at the time of its occurrence: Clover, Va., Feb. 5.?Special.?In a'seml drunken state. a negro struck a young ?white -man. named Snead, who llved two and a half rn-'los from here. over the head wlth a heavy stlck, and young Snead died at 4 o'clock . this morning. Tne negro was -arrestcd, and this morning carried to Houston for -safe keeping. as there was tailk of lync-hlng him. It seems the men commenced to quarrel in the bar-room and the .proprietor asked thom out The negro went tirst. .ollowed hy Snead, and in a 'few minutes the negro returned and said: "I have fixed . blmr now." No one saw the deed done, but -thero are many witnesses to the above remark. This -morning after the young man died there was considerable excitement. and the negro was carried to the county jail "for safe keeping. .Some time ago a similar dlfficulty arose between two other men in a drunken state, and so much resis-tance -vas made .when the offlcer attempted to arrest them that one of the men nearly met his death. MR. HENDERSON'S DEATH. Statement of Mr. Warbiirton Fnts au 13.-d fo Rumors of Foul Play. MIAMI, FLA.. March 20.?W. H. War burton, eastern agent of .the Clyde Steamship Company, has just arrived here from 'Merritrs Island. He was a guest at the Riverview Hotel when Wil? liam Henderson was taken 111 and died. Mr. Warburton says Mr. Henderson was coming out of the toilet room when he was seized with a faintlng spell. and in falling struck his head against the door jamh, cutting the scalp and bruising his face. He did not recover conscious ness, and cxpired in a few mlnutes. ? This statement from a gentleman of Mr. Warburton's sitandlrtg effectualiy puts an end to the rumors of foul play. STEAMERSUNKOFF The Officers. Escaped in Only Boat and Four Passengers Were Drowned. g.*_NTO -DOMINGO, March -O.-The French steamer Georges Croise, bound to Cuba Wlth cattle and eighty prussen gers, Is sunk outside this,Dort, The steamer New York, which has just ar? rived here, rendered her assistance. Four lives were lost. Accordlng to a report the only boat on board the Georges Crolse was used by her captain and officers to save them? selves, the survivlng passengers and crew being saved by the Clyde line steamer. It Is said that the loss of the steaaner was caused by' her officers leaving her ports open, and water.entering the vessel She sank. The Georges Crotse *".*as built at Glas? gow ln 1-SS. She was 350 tons and was 153 feet long ahd 20 feet 1 inch wide. and had a depth of 11 ieet S inches. Sho was owned by the Coropagnie de .Xavigation et de Colonlzation des Antiles, of Dun klrk, France. * . i . ?' "W.-mr tli? THsar Plant. AliEXANDRIA, VA. March 23?"Special. Efforts are being made by the city ofB clals to get the Trigg Shipbuilding Com? pany. of Richmond, to locate thetr pll_it here. At a meeting of the City Council.? resolution was adopted otterbig that company the u3e of the-old canal pr-*** _rty gratis if they bring I_heir plant he**, The ground offered consists of about ten acres. and sitnated on the jlver tnat "wl-ha deep harbor. ,," ; --. ? - ? ? ? Steamer ClaudiuM Still Fi.*-r. FORT I_AU"DBRDAl*--k 5H_A., March. flL." Thev'Steamer Claudlua; of the Munc-_n Line,riCSwtain. Schunner, from Philadel? phia fori"; Havana. with a cargo of coal. iI_s__l been ashore about two mil-j* oBf th* House of Re-us-e s_i.ee Monday eventn*. * Attemrrts to float be* have been un_rac ;c-HsCot.. fflwr ls ln nfr -*w_r*r m-Im-ta Drisk nort_te?ua ot t^*efa-a*laaa?:m*) erew-nnmber tMrty-_*_t. I_at-*?Tto CUqdl*-* CONFER WITH THE WAR SECRETARY }. Philippiiie Commissioa Behind ClGwSed Doors. C1VIL GOVERNMENTS Their Establishment in the tsfandi. Primary Object. WILL HAVE BROAD POWERS, Tiie Conm-i-wioii Will 3feot Agnin To Day Tor tho Last Timo Before Their Departuro Tor the- Scette of Tlicit* Laborsand Ucucivo "Their Final In struutions WASH-tNGTOIN, March 23.?The mem? bers of" the new Pbtilppine Coinmiss-on spent three hours behind closed doors ln_ earnest conference with Seeretary Root at the War Department to-day. At the concluston of the conference the Secrets_r_- ? said that tho dlscusaron had coverei. the probable scope of the work of the Comn-lss-on for the next two ye_vrs. So far he had not been able to present the ccmunlssloners' written in structlons. and what passed to-day was rather preparatory to the reception of those Instruc-lons. It was not the intention at th"3 time to make -he^instructlona imbllc. But lt might be stated In general torms, tha Seeretary said, that the new Commlasion would have much broader powers ln deal- . ing TOith tho problem. arlstng ln the Phil? ippines than had its predecessor. The prlmary purpose wus the establishment ot local oivll governments throughout tha Islands. In the selectlon of the) oivll \ officers tho Commlssion would have a tree hand. XO OHA-N'CE FOIR FRfCTlON. When asked whether the clvll aut__orl? ties would d<-mlnate the military. tha Seeretarsr conteoted himself wlfih the reply that as he saw tt, no nuestlon waa likely to attlse on that point; thero would bo no chance for frlctlon. The Commlssion will meet agaln to morrow and will continue the conferenc. with Seeretary Root ln the afternoon. That will be the last meeting ot tho full Con_n-"sslbtt ln Washington before the departure for Manlla. The members will dine wifih. the Presldent of the tWtedy States at the White House tc-morrow eve? ning.. antl to-morrow night, three of them, General Wright, Judge Ide and Prof. Worcester, will go to their homes to pre pare their private affairs for a, two years' absence in the Philippines. Judge Taft. the ohairman of the Conv mission. goes to New Tork Saiturrtay. bul will return to Washington before startbi?_ on -.Is voyage. Prof. Moses also leave* Saturday, going directly to hils home ln California. The Commlssion will gather at San Franclsco on April 12th and will snll tot Manlla on the 15th on the army trantsporl T-T ji j-[42Oclt-. Tlto personnel of the attaehes and start has been practically completed, but Judge Taft preferred to defer the announce ment ot their name.-* until to-morrow ln order to comply wl-h certain necessary formalitles. r REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE. Two Hours* Session Behind Closed Doors. ALEXANDR.A. VA.. March 2!*-Special. A Repubiican conference ot two hours was held here to-day behind closed doors. Chairman Park Anew presided. and Alex. Httrrls acted as seeretary. Others present were General J. A. Wal? ker and Judge Strocher. ot the Xlnth ; District; L. M. Glbbins and C. M i-outhan. from the Seventh; Captain R. W. 'Nlchol. from the Second, and J. A. Turner, from the Flrst. . The main object of the meeting was to reverse the action of the Starte Con? vention at Staunton, ln 1SWI. preparatory to the Xorfolk Convention April 10th. Congressional candidates and matters pertalning to the party ln Virginia wero dlscussed. SUMMARY OF TO-DAY'S NEWS " Local. ?The Bijou Theatre Company to be C -Contract for the ereetion of the new depot soon to be given out. ___.___" ,_, -Dr. Hunter McGuire*** condition Is *? Meeting of the political clubs. -Chief Puller reruses to lnt-rfero wlt__ nolitical work of rtremen. -Major Sol. Cutchins succeeds Hon.' J. "-avlor Kllyson on the School Board. ^Suprerne Court of Appeals refuses mandamus ln the Epps case. . ?Four negroes run over by a street car and badly Injured. State. ?New Good Templar Lodge organized at Falrfax Courthouse. -Captain Lewis B. Evana and two aons . drowned ln the Potomac. _.?,.__,,,___ ' -Three negroes" on trial at Ablngrton for breaklng Into apartments at the Stonewall Jackson. Institute. One ot them S'^two negroes break out of the Jail at Lexington and are recaptured at Bu ^Lexington District goes dry by a ma ?ttoc'-wt'-shap man decamps from New? port News.-with warrants- taken out for h ?Cavatry arrlve by transport at New? port New* from; Porto Rlco. ?The Kearsarge goes to- sea to try her superimposed turrets. _ ^The 'cilllsan trtal *-'?"X;V Isle of Wight Courthouse T^day The love letters to tlgure lmportantly ln tne ^Repubiican State Chairman Park -.-tnew holds- two hours' conference with prominent Republlcans behind close.. j U-MaJor F. R. Lassiter nominated to succ-eTlthe late Congressman Sydney P. . t-pea for both short and long terms. v Genert-L. ...> ?FTee trade amendrnent to Porto Rican *-_to-?t!t??l -*"">* -Approprtatlat* j bll^brder for division of PhUlpptnes l_?- '?% S?Phllipplne Commlssion ln secret eon- i ference wltht Secre-ary of War. " __T?*xaltow"* Dlck CombB arrested v*.,-x?s technlcal charge-?.???;?:.. ? ?? Fo|-ef_cr?. ?French ?.teamer sunlr. oft -"ant<> _"*?*_??-, _'.jj ^Hoeis coacentr-itin? north otmm. _M?.hue-t tmhwed b-vsh ?t? Kh-H-ift-Br I^Ku5-lMr*?2y b? -_M_-l? ?rtaiJMita. :_.?-.*