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Tl» range of the thermometer at Th» Times office yesterday wa« as follow*: 9 a. >r.. si: i: m.. r.2; n p. sl", :>s: c p. m.. r ~>; 9 P. M., 50; 13 midnight, 42; average, 51. VOL.:i«. no. 63. THE HOWITZERS ELECT OFFICERS First Lieutenant Myers Made Captain. LT. MINSON GOES UP. Lieutenant Taylor and Sergeant Booker Also Advanced, FINE RECORD OF THE COMMAND Brief Review of Its History, Notable in Both War and Peace— The New Officers Among the Youngest in the His tory of the Battery— Planning to Attend Reunion at Memphis. The Richmond Howitzers assembled at their armory last night to elect, a captain to succeed Captain R. A. Williams, re signed, and to fill any other vacancy oc casioned by such election. Captain W. W. Barrow presided at the meeting. After reading the orders for the assembling of the battery. Captain Barrow called for nominations. Sergeant Arnzen placed in nomination First lieu tenant Myers, who was unanimously elected captain. Junior First Lieutenant F. W. Minson was advanced to the po sition of senior lieutenant; Second LleUr tenant Taylor was unanimously elected Junior first lieutenant, and First Sergeant j. v> r . Booker was unanimously elected FIRST LIEUT. F. TV. MINSON. second Jleutonant. The. elections were en tirely harmonious. Several wwe made -a:i<3 were loudly applauded. Major Henry C. Car ter made a fine tnllc to the. boys. The members of the battery will be tendered a spread at the armory next Tuesday nijrht. and the rejruiar monthly iiiFpection will talce place on Tuesday ni^ht. May Till, after which a dance will bt> tendered the fri'-nds of the member?. It !■ very proliable that the Howitzers will attend the Confederate Reunion at Memphis, Trim., next mottth. HISTORIC HOWITZERS The ory; J;iwl company of Richmond llowiters was organized Nov. 9th, isri-.t, maJnly throiiprb the efforts of George W. Randolph; who was the first captain, and n?s subsequently promoted to brig adier of artillery, and linally rose to the position of Secretary of War of the Confederate States of America. The present battery of the Richmond Howitzers was orsahized <m Iho ]<Hh of April. I^7l. The first captain of this com pany was H. C Carter, who was succeed ed by <\iT>iisi:i lv. A. Wortliam, and he in turn by CajJtain V.. .1. Bosher. Then came Captain Bea-urcgard Lorraine, Captain Jn)-.n A. Hut heson, and Captain U. A. Williams, which latter retired last night, V>eing: succeeded by Captain William M. M>crs, who has the distinction of bcins too youngest captain ever placed! In com mand fi th>' present company, being only ttvenlty-sevcn ycane "f age. THK; NiZW" CAPTAIN Captain Myers enlisted as a private in The Howitzers October Ist, 1890, and ap pointed corporal September 5, IMC; flirt CAI»T- W. M. MYERS. eergeas't. Juno 27. I£M: elected junior first lieutenant January 12, 1697; senior first lieutenant, Marc3> 15, ISPS: captain, April 23, IWI. He i: ; a fine t icticlan ;:"<! excellent drill master. lIH ability was recognized -ivhiif a private. ;>'-'->l his arcmotlon has •^c.-ii rapid. H:^ ready wil and Inexhaus tible energy have made him ;> gnat fav orite; with the men. CaiDlain Myers is now chief bookkeeper of the ■w-i! known r.rm of C Ijuansdcn & Son. jlc is thr regent of Sbockoo Council. No. 853, Royal Arcanum, one or the most progressive councils of that etm! order. SENIOR rilvST J.IFH'TKXANT l*h« senior lir*'. lieutenant electwl last alshl if Frederick A - v - Minson, who m '.iFtorl as a private April 2;. '•>"!; appointed sorperal, September is, iv/.: sergeant, iun'o »i. 1596: elected eecqnd lieutenant, July v. J8S0: junior tiv.-i lieutenant. Feb ruary T. 1901. ami senior first lieutenant ;, s , v.t~>,;. He ban a.ways .-toorl high with hi* company, »s"i Is one of <v.ir popular i-oung cltteeiis. Mr Edward K. Taylor, who was l?s! • , -■ . , intori Junior first lieutenant, was --.';•,.,•, :i« private May -*• IS»2; apiwihted -o-porai Jjiii^ .". !*-!♦<•.: porgennt; February t" 1S8T: :irst sergeant, Juty ffi>. 3589: elect -<i second lleutehaßt February 11, 1301: , inior tlrst Ueutcnani on last liiciit. Mr. r*yJor i* q;ii«f i>oj>ular with his company «-<i aritli tlic public. Tho .sfrnnd lleutcnantr«l«:t la*t r.islu '* Mr, .7. "Wa-rrcn BooUer. Mr. Booke-r \\;i.< tt)li«ted h* private May. L VSti uppoint.-.i mrpowtl Febmsir;.- 2K 1S?T; serecant. Ai>ri| i. 1S?3: J\rti\ Herp"ant. February 26, 3r<i)l; »fvv?nd li<?ut*Muint. April 23. HKH: LIEUTENAKT BOOKER. Tfwiwunt Booker gobuu of a family of a long military record. His father, John A. Booker, entered tho Confederate army as a lieutenant of Company B, Twenty-iiivL Virginia Regiment, and in a short while rose to captain. His grand father, Willie Booker, was a veteran of two wars— lßl2 and Mexican. In the lat ter he Berved as captain of artillery. Lieutenant Booker was born in Cum berland county. Va.. twenty-nine -years ago, where hi-, resided until about twelve years ago when he came to Richmond and "engaged in business, being: now the- busi ness manager of the engraving depart ment of tho well known firm of I. N. Jones & Son. He was for many years connected with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company, and in all his posi tions has won the highest favor of h!a employers :md tho public. He Is a past repent of Shockoe Council, No. 595, Royal Arcanum, in which popular order he stands %'cry high. These officers just elected are the youngest by many years of any set of their predecessors, and give promise of reflecting yet more lustre upon the his toric Howitzer Battery- NO ARRESTS MADE. Owing to Overflowed Condition of Bottoms Dogs May Not be Able to Trail. (By Associated Press.) MJUiSPHIS, TEX.V., April 23.—Detec tives have been at work all day at the scene of the daring train robbery near Iron Mountain crossing. Ark., last night, but no arrests have Jx-en made. H is stated by an official of the Wells Fargo Express Company that the bandits secured less than $300. it is suspected that the men who perpe trated the robbery were in Memphis last night, as two men asked for tickets to Bridge Junction. The ticket agent de clined to sell them^ tickets because no trains stopped ther& The men appeared nervously anxious to get off on the outgo ing Kansas City train. They staled th£t tickets were wanted for several persons. Cashier Murphy, of the Wells Fargo Express Company, would not say how much money, if any, was sent out ot Memphis last night. General Agent ]>ongacre says every ef fort is being made to apprehend the bandits, but owing to the, bottoms being overflooded lie does not think the dogs will be able to trail them. REACHED GREAT WALL. Expedition of Allies Met With no Opposition Whatever. (By Associated Tress.) BERLIN", April 12.— The German War OfMee has received the following advices from Count yon AVakiersee, dated Pekin, April :3d: •"Patrols sent: out for the Kalgah Dis trict found no gathering of Chinese troops there. Li Hung Chang informs me that General Liu's troops retired into the province of Shan Si last Wednesday, "The execution of the murderer of Cap tain Bartsch (of the Second Infantry) will take place at the scene of the crime." In a second dispatch Count yon AVal dersee .says: "Tlic columns under General BaiHoud and General Ketteler have arrived at thrt Great Wall, the boundary of the province of Shan Si, without opposition." HELD FOR GRAND JURY. Man and Woman Will Have to Aswcr for Serious Charge. (By Associated Tress.) NEW YORK, April 23.-Giro Buttacavo and Frantresca Spinelio, who were arrest ed in I'onkers yesterday, charged with burying a baby alive, were to-day held for the West Chester county grand jury which meets on May sth. The prisoners refused to-day to discuss tho case, but declared they were not the parents of the child. Naval Orders. (By Associated Press.) \V.\SJIIXGTOX, April 23.— 1t was an nounced at the Navy Department to-day that Rear-Admlral F. J. Higginson will bo detached a.s chairman o: the- Light house Board April SOUI, and assume "the duty of commander in chief of the North Atlantic Station May Ist, relieving Rear- Admiral M. 11. Fauquhar, who is ordered i.i assume the duties of a member of the Lighthouse Board May 3d. New Record. (t.v Associated Frrss.) NEW YORK, April 23.— T0-day's New York bank clearings established a new high record for the third successive Tues day. The change of checks between New York Clearing-House banks reached the aggregate sum of 554G,007,1"m. on which a settlement was effected, with balances of only $13,058,575. JOHN E. MASSEY IN EXTREMIS He Has Not Shown the Vitality Ex pected and His Doctors Fear That His End is Near, A telephone message to The Times from Charlottcsvillq last night gave a most alarming report of tlic condition of Rev. John E. Massey, who is ill at his home outside that city with tho grip. y\r. Massey addressed an audience in tlio rain about a week ajn, and caught cold, from the result of which grip dc yeJoped. Mr. Massey has not shown the vitality ■which tln> doctors hoped and expected from his characteristic vigor, and at a late hour ln^t nlsht they were <it his l>od!=iii^. when the foar was expressed iIK-t ho might not survive through the night. Mr. Massey was nominated almost unanimously l>y the County Convention Monday as ;i candidate for the Constitu tion;!! Convention. Should Mr. Massey nnt live until the Constitutional Convention meets another nomination would Have to bo made. CARTER CASE. Appeal in Uabcns Corpns Will be Proceeded * With. (By ASHK-latoii Progs.) V.ASir.X<"iuX, D. C. April ~!.-Jih]r» .1. M. Wilson, counsel for ex-Captain Carter, returned to-day after a visit to his client. Ho denies that Captain Carter will institute proceedings for lih-->' against Solicitor-General Richards on account of the la tier's brief. Ho stated that he had only learned to day of tho Supreme Court's denial of nio tion for bail, and had formed no plans except to proceed with the appeal in the habeas corpus proceadinga. RICHMOND. VA. WEDNESDAY. APBTL 24. 1901 ADVANCE GUARD ON THE GROUND Three Candidates for Gov ernor at Murphy's. GREETED BY FRIENDS. Many Parly Leaders Are Expected Here To-Day- SENATOR MARTIN IS BACK Messrs. Echols and Marshall Talk of Their Chances — Attorney.Qeneral Montague Will Return from Lynchburg To. Day— Some Live Politi cal Gossip of Interest. The advance guard of the army of polit ical leaders, who will be here to attend the meeting of the State Democratic Committee to-morrow night, arrived in the city yesterday afternoon. Among them were all the candidates for Gover nor save Mr. Montague, who is expected to return from Lynchburg to-day. ■Congressman Swanson came hack from Houston yesterday and was in the lobby at Murphy's last night, shaking hands with his friends. Senator Martin came down from Seottsville late in the evening and wont to the Westmoreland Club, where he conferred last night with friends regarding Mr. Swauson's campaign for Governor. Lieutenant-Governor Echols arrived in the city -at 3:M o'clock from Staunton and a number of his friends conferred witli him in his rooms at Murphy's last night. Mr. Echols said he had not yet completed his plans as to his fight here, and could not say now exactly what line of battle lie would pursue. He was satisfied with the progress of his battle throughout the •.State. He said he had been in nearly all sections, and thought his bharices for the ■nomination were steadily improving. He did not think the people were taking much interest in the Governorship for the reason that the all absorbing topic now was the Constitutional Convention. Hu will remain here until after the meeting of the State Committee. Colonel R. C. 'Marshall, of Portsmouth. was at Murphy's last night. He said he just ran up to feel tho pulse of the boys, and felt sure it was beginning to trot his way Colonel Marshall said he felt very much encouraged at his prospects of suc cess and thought his changes werc__mi proVink He wants the convention hold in Norfolk because it Is his neighbor city. He will go out in the county to sec some friends to-day, but will be back in time to attend the committee meeting to-mor row night. Two accounts of a Democratic meeting held -it Palmyra yesterday have been re- Sve.l by The Times. It is gathered from them, taken together, that there was a warm discussion between colonel \V. B. Pettit, candidate for the Constitutional Convention, and General A. A. Gray, who was opposed to the Democrats 'making any nomination, and who contended that the action of the Goochlahd committee in declaring against a nominatlo^was proper and best for tho party. Colonel 1 eti. stated his platform at some length and said he was opposed to a wholesale dis franchising of the negro. Fx-Consressman James B. Richmond, of Scott county, was in the city yesterday. He will, no doubt, represent his county In the Constitutional Convention Ho said Lee -county was practically solid lor At torney-General Montague: for Governor, but that sentiment had not fully crysLal- S on the subject in Scott, where both Messr. Montague and Swansori had many strong supporters. V prominent Richmond Democrat; who =nent the past several days in Nottoway. ;■ id vc terday that he min S led freeiy with the people" and found them practically unanimous for Mr. Montague, and he was sure the county would go for him. Newport News and Old Point, it is un derstood will both put up strong tis-its for the honor of entertaining the coming State 'Democratic Convention, and •will have committees here to-morrow night to urge their respective claims. TJr W E Pratt, chairman of Ihe. Demo cratic County Committee of Buckingham; Is in the City and is confined to his room at the Alhambra Hotel by sickness. His condition is not serious. Mr George Pilcher. a young lawyer and .Democrat of Norfolk, was registered ... at Murphy's last night. He thinks tTie State Convention should so to Norfolk. CRAIG COUNTY DEMOCRATS. Vole for "Cyclone Jim" First, Last and All the Time. (Special Dispatch to Thf Times.) NEWCASTLTS. VA.. April 231-The larg est Democratic mass-meeting in years was hold here to-day and twelve delegates were chosen tn th~ convention to nom inate a candidate for the Constitutional Convention. They were instructed to vote for es- Cohgrcssman James YV\ on every ballot. MONTGOMERY POLITICS. Democrats and Republicans Elect District Officers. (SpcMal Dispatch to The Tim<-F.) CIiniSTIAXSBUKG. VA.. April .'23.— IJrrth Democrats and Republicans held mass-meetings hero to-day and nomi nated district officers. T. h. Moore v.as nominated by the Rc inibiicans as a candidate for the Consti tutional Convention. Speeches were made by IV. L. Jordan and T. t. aioorc. John G. Gurrasit was elected county chairman of the Democratic party. Large crowds were in attendance. POLITICS IN PETERSBURG. More Attcution Given to the Governorship Since Convention Candidates Chosen. (Special Dispatch Co The TliueS.) PETERSBURG. VA.. April 23.— More attention la being given to gubernatorial politics since the delegates to the Consti tutional Convention have been determined upon. Neither side seems sang-uine. for really two sides only are talked of here. It cannot be said whether or not Peters burg will have a primary, and no one seems to know whether a primary would advance the interests of Swanson or of Montague.- The Attorney-General is giin ing fast in this district, according to those who are thoroughly familiar with politics In' this section, and a politician who vis ited Petersburg yesterday, and who keeps up with the party throughout the State, said that if Montague does not carry Petersburg it will be the only city in the State that iie will lose save, possibly, Alexandria. It is now more favorable here for Montague than it has been at any time since he became a candidate for Governor. His friends are working with out any heralding trumpets, but their work is beginning to be manifest, and one of his firm irjejids said to-day that Mon tague will certainly carry Petersburg and the Fourth District. COACHING VOTERS. Republicans Establish Scbools to Teach Illiterates in Maryland. (Special Dispatch to The Times.) WASHINGTON, D. C, April 2,l.— When ■the Democratic Legislature of Maryland enacted the new franchise law depriving illiterates of the right to vote, it was be lieved that the result would be to largely reduce the IJepublican poll in Baltimore. According to Congressman Wachter. who is here to-day, the RVrpublieans of Mary land are hard at work to overcome their disadvantages. Mr. Wachter says that day and night schools have been established all over the city for the purpose of. teaching Republi can illiterates enough to qualify them as voters. He declares thai the negroes are taking 1 up the idea of" obtaining an edu cation with great zest, and he expresses the firm belief that before the next elec tion thousands of them who are now dis qualified will be able to pass the exami nations of the election officers. WENT FOR CONVENTION. Vote in Alabama was Light but Measure Carried. (By Associated Press.) BIRMINGHAM, AiLA., April 23.—Chair man J. V. Smith, of the Democratic Cam paign Committee, announced at 9 P. M. that Alabama has gone for Constitutional Convention in to-day's election by a large majority. The vote was light throughout the State. On account of the large number of names on the ballot, the count is pro ceeding slowly. WANT AMERICANS TO STAY. Chinese Request That They Remain Till General Withdrawal. (By Associated Press.) PIDKIN", April 33.— Many applications have been made to Mr. Rockhill and Gen eral Chafl'ee by Chinese of all degrees for the retention in (China of the American troops until the general withdrawal of the troops of all the Powers. Many of those -n-ho arc making this request think the withdrawal of the Americans will make the others remain longer. Field Marshal yon Wfildersee has made application that the gate of the (Forbidden City be guardedly German troops.. after, the* departure of the Americans. General Chaffe.e 'lias replied that American sol diers will continue to guard the gate. At this the Germans are indignant. If General Chaffee persists in this course diplomatic representations will be made in the matter. The ministers of the foreign Powers are meeting daily. They do not at present show a disposition to reduco the claims which many think to be extremely reas onable. SIZE OF ARMY. Determined to Increase Force to Seventy-six Thousand Men. (By Associated Press.) WASHINGTON, D. C, April 23.-It has been determined to increase the regular army to approximately 76,000 men, and to leave it at that number unless conditions in the Philippines should make more troops necessary. Tho number of officers appointed will be as originally contemplated. The ar tillery corps will be increased to its full strength of ].S.oo<>' men. Some time ago It was announced that the companies of cavalry would contain Go, instead of SO enlisted men, and it is expected the in fantry companies also will be reduced Lo bring" the total to tho figure agreed upon. It "has not yet been determined what proportion of the troops shall be stationed in the Philippines, although it is known that a large force will be needed there for some time. INDICT RATRICK. Order Said to Have Been Given to Grand Jury. (By Associated Press.) NEW YORK, April 23.— Albert.., T ; Patrick; David D. Short and Morris Meyer were taken before the grand jury again to-day, that body considering the charge against Patrick of causing: the death of William M. Rice. The three men said, that, acting: on advice o£ counsel, they preferred not to testify. After tho jury had adjourned for tlic day it was said an order "had been given for the presentation of an indictment against Patrick on the charge that he caused nice's death, and for indictments against Short and Meyer on 'charges of forgery In having, as alleged by the prose cution, signed their names as witnesses to a will bParing the signature of William J\L Rice, which signature, it is claimed, was forged. WAR LOAN SUBSCRIBED. Increase of Income Tax Adopted After Criticism. (By' Assoeiutril I'rcss.) LONDON, April 23.— Applications for the new v.-ar loan continue to pour into the Bank of England. Jt is estimated that the loiin is subscribed for six or seven times over. In the House of Commons to-d;iy vari ous members sharply criticised the bud sot's increase of tho income tax, and Sir Michael Hicks-Beach replied that more money must be raised somehow and none of tho objectors suggested a better way. Ho hoped that the additional taxation might bring home to the. country tho virtues of economy. The income tax resolution was adopted by 363 to 8S votes. TOLSTOI AN EXILE. Czsr Said to Have Expelled Him from Hi Domain. (By Associated Prens.) LONDON, April 23.— A special dispatch from Vienna says the Czar has signed a decree expelling Count Tolstoi from Rus sia, and .that the decree has been.aerved- MR.J.H.SHEPHERD IS UNDER ARREST He Is Charged With Em bezzlement. CHECK WAS ALTERED Allegation That Money Was Obtained by This Means- WAS DETECTED BY ACCIDENT. Col. Marye While Looking Up Information Came to Entries That Aroused His Sus picions and Led to an Investigation, Further Said to Exist— Accused Denies His Guilt. Mr. Joseph H. Shepherd, a clerk in the office of the Auditor of Public Accounts and a man of wide acquaintance, was arrested at his residence, No. 005 Floyd Avenue, yesterday morning about 10 o'clock by Detective John Hall, on a warrant sworn out by Auditor Marye, charging- him with the embezzlement of funds of the Commonwealth. The specfic offense is alleged to have been committed October 3d, IS9S, nearly three years ago, though the apparent discrepancy was not discovered until a day or two ago, and then by accident. Tho amount with which the warrant sworn out by Auditor Jlarye charges Mr. Shepherd with embezzling Is 550. but it is understood that the investigation being made has brought to light other appar ent irregularities. Mr. Shepherd was completely crushed when informed by Sergeant Hall that the latter had come to arrest him on the grave charge oC felony. ••^Iy God!" he exclaimed, as he prepared himself to ac company the ofric-. 1 down town. The two men walked to the Auditor's onice, and Mr. Shepherd was confronted with the tell-tale evidence that had oc casioned his arrest. Auditor Marye. him self, was touched. He haa placed the ut termost confidence in Mr. Shepherd, and nad admired him as a friend and as a comrade. In carrying out what seemed to be his duty to the State, the Auditor deplored the condition of things that placed him in the position of an accuser in«s c r rmsan<lanassodate DECLARED HIS INXOCEXCB. Mr. Shepherd declared that there must have been some mistake for, he said lie .had not wiifully done anything wrong lie was then carried to the office of the Chiel of Police, .and later conferred with Mr. H. M. Smith, whom he retained as counsel. In this conference it was deter mined not to ask for bail until this morn ing, when the case comes before the Po lice Court for a preliminary hearinj. It is quite probable that examination will be waived in the Police Court, when the case -will be sent on. Then counsel ior the accused will make a motion for bail, which will 'be refused on tho ground that the police justice or the acting police justice has no cower to grant bail in such cases. Vpon this decision counsel will take his client before Judge Witt on a writ of habeas corpus, and bail may be granted. The case is an important one, and in view of the fact that other charges may follow, the amount of bail will prob ably bo not lens than SI, OOO. RETURNS !PitOM CLARKE COUXTY. On last Friday Mr. Shepherd went to Clarke county to work for the nomination of Mr. iMoore. a candidate for the Con stitutional Convention, and a personal friend of Mr. Shepherd's. He went at the solicitation of friends in Clarke county, and with the knowledge and approval of Auditor •Mayro, and it is reported that he did good work, although his friend was defeated. He returned to .Richmond on Monday morning. When ho reached home, ho learned that hit? wife had gone to Clarke county the night before, upon re ceipt of a telegram from relatives that her mother was seriously ill. He, also, found his daughter and his son-in-law, Mr. If. O. Winn, confined to the home by sickness and ho himself was not at all well, ille was excused from his post on Monday for this cause, and again yester day. He had not been well for six weeks, having exhibited symptoms of appendi citis. With all these troubles surrounding him, Mr. Shepherd was almost prostrated when he reached the Second Police Sta tion. Captain Angle kindly gave him all possible privileges, and he was allowed oflicc liberties. Many friends visited him during the afternoon and evening to con sole- and sympathize with him. IXOTHIXG MORE THAN* MISTAKE. The prisoner was seen last night by a Times reporter and talked freely, al though he would not go into details con cerning the charge against him. "I may have made some mistakes," ho said, "but who has not? So far as I know. I have wilfully clone no wrong and feel that when the matter is cleared up I will not show up in a bad light to my friends. '•But tho mere facts of this arrest, the serving of that warrant, my detention Here, the publication of this affair broad cast, has crushed mo completely. I am unnerved now, and when I think of the ignominy, the disgrace, the finger of scorn that may be pointed at me, even after I urn cleared, I can hardly feel that 1 will be able to stand it. "I am so thankful that so many of my friends have visited me and shaken my hand, for a friend is a friend indeed when a man is placed in such a position. As weak and as tired as I am now, I do not feel that I can close my eyes in slumber to-night. "I know nothing about this* charge. I did not anticipate anything of the sort. It came to me as a great shock." Mr. Shepherd spoke in tho tones of a man in the depths of despair, and his ap pearance was that of one who had gone through a great ordeal. HOW IT WAS DISCOVERED. The discovery of the item that led to the investigation that brought to light tb.> alleged embezzlement by Mr. Shepherd was made by the merest chance by Audi tor Marye himself. Several weeks nr -^"legate William IT. Boa*, of Albemn ■ "rote the Auditor requesting him to fa-pply him with cer tain data concerning the collections made by the State tinder the old law as com pared with those under the new law as coming from the various commissioners of the revenue. While gathering this data for Delegate Boaz the Auditor, In exarn inlns tho r<y:ords la reference to tha amounts turned in through the Commis sioner of Revenue of Accomac county, found a peculiar condition of things. _ In the vouchers dated October 3, ISOS, no found certain items that he had also no ticed in the spring vouchers. This at tracted his attention as being most pecu liar, as it indicated that the commissioner had been paid twice for the same things. The personal account books were then examined, and the Auditor found that the amount of the extra Items on the October vouchers, the sum of $50, had not been charged to the commissioner. In order to make the books balance the additional $50 had been placed In the general account book. "OR BEARER" ADDED. The Auditor's suspicious having been excited he looked up the warrants and checks for that date, and found that on October 3d a check had been drawn pay able to the commissioner, with the words "or bearer" added in the marks of a rub ber stamp. On the back of the check was written in Mr. Shepherds hand thn words, "mailed on October 3d, but the stamp of the First National Bank of this city on the check Indicated that the check had been cashed the same day. It had never been the custom of the Auditor's office to place the "or hearer stamp on checks that are sent through the mails. Auditor Marye Is not sure that that impression was on the check when he signed it. He said yesterday however, that he had never signed such a- check to his knowledge, and that it was his rule not to do so. When this discovery was made an Mon day. Auditor Marye was horrified. A systematic examination of the books was then entered into, and similar discrep ancies were found, the aggregate sum not being large. The Auditor on Monday evening sent for Commonwealth Attorney Richardson, and the two officials held a long confer ence at the residence of the Auditor that night. Both gentlemen looked upon the case as a most distressing one, for both had known and loved Mr. Shepherd for many years, and before the conference closed and it had been determined that the only thing to be done was to let the law take its course, many tears were shed and expressions of sorrow uttered. IN OFFICE MANY YEARS Mr. Shepherd had been attached to the Auditor's office since ISB6. He came from his native county of Clarke, where, at Berryville, he had served as justice of the peace, notary' public, Insurance agent and claims agent. He was a gallant sol dier and an ardent Confederate. Since his residence in Richmond. Mr. Shepherd had been prominently identified with a number of fraternal and secret orders. He has been active in the work of Holy Trinity Church, and has always taken the deepest, interest in politics. He is a trenchant writer, and for years has de lighted in the discussion of public issues. Tho arrest of Mr. Shepherd caused uni versal surprise and regret. The deepest sympathy was everywhere expressed for both him and his family. AUDITOR'S STATEMENT. The following statement was written by Colonel Morton Marye yesterday after noon: A warrant was issued to-day against Mr. Joseph H. Shepherd, a clerk in the office of the Auditor of Public Accounts, upon the complaint of the Auditor. "The offense charged is that said Shep herd—whose duty it was to make out warrants in favor of certain officers for the amounts due on account of services rendered the Commonwealth, and to keep the accounts of said officers with the Commonwealth— fraudulently made nut a warrant in favor of aa officer for fif ty dollars, which was not duo him. and certified undpr his signature that "no had mailed tho warrant to him: but. instead of mailing it to tho officer, said Shep herd drew th* money out of tho State depository, whic-'n he was enabled to do by adding the words "or bearer" after the name of the officer in the warrant, after it was signed by the Auditor." Auditor Marye declined to discuss the case further last night, but there Is good ground for the statement that other ap parent irregularities have been detected. VAIDEN INDICTED. The Grand Jury Find a True Bill Against Him for Wife Murder. fSrvprln! OizDatoh to Tha Ti:is"s.) CjaRISTIAN'SBURG, VA.. lApril 2^.— The grand jury found an indictment asralnst John Henry Vai'len to-day for wife mur der, the details of which case has already been published in The Times. New Apostolic Delegate. (By Associated Press.) ROME. April 2.".— Tt is understood hero that Monsignor Frances TarnassF, the present internuneio at The/ Hasue. has been selected as Apostolic Delegate to the United States. Big Price for a Colt. (Ky Associated Tress.) TOLEDO,' 0.. April 2::.— George 11. Ketcham lias sold the six-months-old colt "Cresceus Direct, sire Cresceus, dam Miss Woolver, a half sister of Creseeus, to It. H. Plant, of Macon, Ga., for ?G,OOO. WANT ABSOLUTE - INDEPENDENCE Peace With Americans Without In dependence of Cuba In. possible, Says Member of Commission. (By- Associated IVess.) JACKSONVILLE, FLA., April ■?,.— The Cuban Cop-stitutional Commission, which arrived here last night, left at 10:^0 this morning for Washington. General Por tueno spoke as follows to a reporter: "Ninety per cent, of the Cubans want absolute independence. It ia their wish that the military occupation by the Unitu-d States come to an end at once. "PeaceNvith the Americans without the independence of Cuba la impossible — I mean moral peac?. "I do not mean to say that in the event that independence is not granted -war' or revolution would follow, but that th*>ro would be no sympathy nor friendliness be tween tho peoples. "We should not do^ire free trudf: with tho United States if the independence of our country were, established. We should require revenues to support our govern ment and we would lind It necessary to raise them by customs duties. What >ye would wish would be a specially devised system of tariff duties between the coun tries making the rates as low aj» practica ble; and to the mutual advantage of both countries." Will be Cordially Received. ' CBy Associated Press > WASHINGTON, I>. C\, April 25.-Much of the time of the Cabinet to-day was de voted to discussion of the coming visit of the commission of the Cuban Censti .tutional Convention. The-» commissioners are to 4 bo received cordially and arc to be shown every courtesy. ' A state dinner will 'be given by the President in taeir f^J fresh westerl* on, the «omC PRICE TWO CENTS RESERVES CALLED TO QUELL FIGHT Fruit Venders and Mes senger Boys in Row. MOB GREW RAPIDLY- Messengers and Curb Brokers Rush ed from Every Direction- NO FATALITIES REPORTED Broker Was Hit on Head With a Battlr and Received an Ugly Scalp Wwwd. A Valuable Message Was Lost Daring the Riot— The Leader Was Arrested. (By Associated Pre».) NEW YORK. April 23.-All the reserves from the Old Slip and Church-Street Police Stations, and ten men from pollccr tienrtqaaiters. were ordered to Broad Street this afternoon because of a free for-all fight between messenger boys and push-cart venders. A number of the curb brokers joined in. the light and ther» was considerable excitment. The trouble commenced -when a num ber of Italians were arrested. For some reason the Italian venders had crowdeU together and refused to move. The police then arrested a few of them. This caused uuite a crowd to collect. In the contus ion messenger boys by the hundreds swarmed about the Italian venders, and after the police had gone, began to steal fruit and candy. Tha Italians resisted, but the boys, being reinforced, rushed in and fought the Italians. WAS TRAMPLED OX. A man rushed Into the crowd to pre vent the boys from stealing the fruit and he was thrown, down and trampled on. As the excitement grew, the messenger boys, curb brokers and others rushed from all quarters. The mcb was the thickest in front of the new Broad Exchange building, at Broad Street and: Exchange Place. Workmen on this build ing threw down plaster and bags of de bris on the crowds. The reserves soon quelled the disorder. The police arrested one messenger boy, who seemed to be a leader in tha fight. The pplico refused to give the boy's name. Another nr.essenger boy had an en velope with five certified checks in it. One was for $27,000. and amAher for $9,000. They were lost in the mob. Harry VanTassal. a. broker, during tha '.•.eight of tha riot, rushed out from No. H Broad Street, and just a.s he reached the sidewalk was struck on the head with a bottle, which was thrown from some upper-story. He received a bad scalp wound. it was reported that many valuable messages entrusted to messengers by their employers are missing, the boy» having dropped them during the- riot. NO HOSTILITY. Venezuelan Government Friendly to Uacl t Sam. (By Associated PresO WASHINGTON. April 23.-Frank B. Loomis. United States Minister to Vene zuela, has arrived hi Washington am* called upon Secretary Hay at the State Depurtmtnt this morning. The general tenor of his statement was that there has been no appreciable change in Venezuela since his last interview with President Castro, when tho wlshp.s of the United States Government respecting the issues between the two countries were set out. Regarding tho future the State Depart ment is willing to allow him to exercise his discretion— he may return to Caracas or ho may be provided for elsewhere l;i the diplomatic service-. Tt Is said the Min ister has made it clear that he> has faith fully and accurately followed the In structions laid down by the State Depart ment. Thf^ Venezuelan Government, it appears, manifests no hostility against this coun try, and the resentful feeling has f.>un«f no expression outside of private and un official quarters. PLOUGHING UP COTTON. Cold Wave Very Disastrous in Lower Country. (By Ajwoeiuted Pr<ws.) CHARLESTON, S. C, April 23.-ThV cold wave has apparently not affected the cotton crop In Greenwood, Spartaaburg and other counties of tho Piedmont, be cause what s»»ed had been planted was not yet up, but disastrous results are report ed from sections of tho low country. In Hampton county, which fs very near the coast, vegetables, fruit, corn, and espec ially cotton, have been seriously damaged, if not destroyed. Many farmers are now ploujrhinsr up their cotton, some replanting with cotton ami others sowing food crops. Cotton seed is scarce, nearly all of It having been: soM to the oil mills, and at this lai<s sea son it is expensive to plant cotton, aa grass comes up with it. ASK WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS. Chinese Now Able to fosiire Safety «t Foreigners. (Bt Associated Frrss.) WASHINGTON. April 23. — ft i» under stood hero that tlsfj Chinese commission* era at P^kin, Krincr- Chtnj? and IJ Hung Chang, are prepared tr> Klvft a guaranty* to the Powers for the protection, of all forfisrt.ers in China If the foreiim troops now st;i Honed th«»ro are withdrawn. ? Thf Chinese authorities say that order has been sn far re-established .that th» Imperial CJovernmont is fully abio to «n» sure complete safety u> the interests ot~ all foreigners. STEEL RAILS. Price Will Pro&abfy Sooa Be Raised to (ny Associate! Fr-*«. I XKVV YORK. April 23.— The following official statement concerning ths prlc* ot steel rails was made at the ofltee of th* United States Steel Corporation to-day: ■Th« demand for rails la such that some of the rail makers are offered? t5. and the result will probably be that %hm gent rai s»lllnj? price will soon be increased to $28. although there i# •om* opposition on the part of some of tho Uadioir Mt> niactur-rsC'