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|WE OF THE THERMOMETER.
7hp tJiermomotcr r&ngrti as 101 l otto at
•Rvft Times tvrhce yesterday: 6 A. M.. 92: V-i
SI., «>; S T. M.. R2. 6 r. M.. M: 9 P. M.,
T9; 12 midnight, 77. Average, S3.
vol.:i«. so. 122"
MANY FATALITIES
ARE RECORDED
Hundred and -Fi fiy-fivc
Deaths in New York.
.. — _
AMBULANCES BUSY
Ail Hospitals of City Unprecedentedly
Crowded.
RELIEF CAME WITH STORM.
We»ther Bureau Issued Special Bulletin-
Says btorms Afford Only Tem
porary Relief, but It iR Probable the
Middie Atlantic States Will Not
Suffer So Much Owinj: to
West Indies Disturbance
FATAL RESULTS
OF THE HEAT
Deaths. Prostrations
New York »55 17S
' Baltimore ' ~J
Philadelphia 5-
Washinpton 7 SSe e| c
St. Louts 4 7
Pittsburz 5° any
Newark 31 60
(By Associated Tress.)
NEW YORK. July I'.-Thc heat which
has worked such havoc in this city slnte
last Saturday was somewhat mitigate!
late this afternoon by a succession of
thunderstorms which cleared the atmos
phere and sent the mercury tumbling
aown ton degrees between the hours of
4:30 and R P. VL N<?ver did a downpour
of rain receive such an enthusiastic recep
tion as did this one. The thunder and
lightning was heavy and many bouses
were struck, causing fires, but so far as
known no person was killed or injured.
During the last downpour bail fell in
quar.tni's. As the furious wind blew
across Battery Park it seemed to gain
more energy as ii entered Bowling Gr'icn
and the narrow part of lower Broadway.
in ppitt r.f all th" ram. there was little
sign of H on the streets Uiroo hours alter
it foil.
HOTTEST TN HISTORY.
; ft v.ss t!r> hottest July 2d In the his
~ tory~nT 'thf; lr>val "A>s;!i^ Buvniir ■{••"id n
day that, almost reached the city's record
of September T. ISBL The morning opcn<."d
wi:h the. temperature at 63 at r> A. M..
sn<l in an hour it had sons lo st, sill in
another hour had climbed still liieiv:r.
• Jumping all ilif way to C". by 0 o'oloCK.
Th» wind was scarcely perceptible and
Ui~ humlfiity, which whs 5? per cent.. ;.g
gTj->-jueii the conditions.
Then the mercury kept on climbing,
registering 95 at 10 o'clock and going up
a point an hour until it reached :«S, and
ctayori th<-re until after 8 o'clock. The
little eight-miles an hour breeze dwindled
to an Imperceptible movement, to be de
termined only by instruments that rr-
CoYded only a velocity of six miles an
hcur. The-humWlty, however, had fal
len to 47.
HOSPITALS CROWDED.
■JJ& The suffering caused by heat was nl-
TDOSt u/iprecedentcd. All the ambulances,
•* thetffftro] wagons, and many other ve
hicles were kept busy answering calls.
At tho rate nf about "lie a minuto they
came in over the police wires through
out the day, breaking all records nf de
mpnri;- upon lho ambulance service and
providing patients enough to crowd all
thp hospitals of tho city as they have
never before been crowded.
"While. th«» official temperature up in
the lofty tower of the Weather Bureau
remsiii^d at 98, tho thormomctors n n
The Ftreot level ranged all the Way from
100 to 106.
Between tho hours of 2 o'cJodt and 12
o'clock "to-rajrhr there wore- in tlir
Boroughs of Manhattan and tl'.o Bronx
155 deaths and ITS prostrations. Th» same
■weather condition? which prevailed in
this city obiainerj jn Brooklyn.
It. was estimated by the police at roid
nlcht thsi durir.fr Tuesday there Vino:
been sixty deaths and 150 projtr.it i^ns
by tb" hc-at. in Brooklyn.
Amor.jr tho more prominent victims
wr«» tho Rev. Dr. Ntewiand Maynard,
the Episcopal clergyman m-A lecturer,
ar.a Jacob S. F^ogprs, thr- former locomo
tive builder.
RELIEF TEMPORARY.
nnotber Hot Wave Makin}; Eastward. Says
\\'cathcr Bureau.
WASHINGTON. July '2.— The Weather
Bureau to-night issued the following spe
cial bulletin:
The hot wave which has prevailed dur
ing the past ton or twelve days over New
Er.giand. the Middle Atlantic States, the
Lako Region, the Ohio Valley and the
Central West and Northwest, continued
during Tuesday, although temporary re
lief was afforded during/the afternoon
by numnroue thunderstorms in New ICn?
3atid snrs the JSiddlo Atlantic States and
at Chicago and St. Louis.
As yet This, warm wave has not equalled
in duration those of IRBI and IP(K>. except
in Notv- York oiiy. where, during- the
pr*>.»fni Int wave. il\o maximum tempera
tures bav<» ranerd from M to 98 during the
psst Beven d«ye, exceeding ibr greatest
•^evious record by two days. JCelthei
have the extreme temrcratur.-p of tbo pres
ent wrvo exceeded the. previous hipli
est record, elthough tiiey very nearly
wjualled them.
Tha >GfU*war<s movement of another
low preaeurc aro a in tbe extreme Went
renders it improbable that there will he
any lor.? continued relief from the hisn
temperature* over ;he districts now af
fected, but it is probable that Uie v iviil
not reach tho previous extremes In ih»
Atlantic State, o n account of the in- :
ftuenc* of a moderate West Indies dis- .
turnance which appears to be moving I
northward ever thr- lesser Antilles.
STORM HELPS MATTERS HERE. J
The Morning Very Hot, but the Aficrnoou
More Pleasant.
A most wiwmc t;u:n<i.--r-Kt.>rm It; ii )P
early «d.t#rno<«n ot yfsterday brougJit re-
Htl aft^r «■ morning of the most intense
heat. Following the temperature O f
Su»aay and Monday and. exceeding the
■'■ ' i ■■ a■' i - i i ■ ■ i ■ m — _._ ... ........ -'".'■ . ~ '■■" """ fc. • "- ""
thermometer readings of those days by
two. or three degree* the Arat half ot
tin <iH> was one of ■••!•■ most oppressive
«nd WfiirhiK, thu his faJ'en to Klch
rnona'i !ot in H (onfe win;-.
The feature Of the day from the point
of view oi i j. , U'catlier Bureau wo.? the
phenomenally hish early morning t<*m
piiatures observed at !nan\ i.oints. The
* O'clock l<T»r; Of'l'2 dcgl'efS Which
came from Baltimore and Philadelphia,
established 'a new record .md outclassed
anything to be found iii the -e-.-ords of
the govarnment or Mi ■ cxT«erience of the
>>luvm employe of the weather service.
New voik and Richmond were a-t s-' and
Washington at 86 ai 8 o'clock yesterday
morning. High early morning tempera.
luroH. as Indicating h nersistive and
stubbornness of the high temi>eraturi
tendencies as opposed to the moderating
ler.rionries of the night, not only fore
cast a severe and possibly protracted
heated term, but as well so to make a
ii,-r- that if especially wearing: and liable
to heat prostration.
Til*-- Intensely warm weather was con
:ino,i t"' two geographical areas— one the
Central Atlantic States, from New York
to Virginia, inclusive: the other the Cen
tral Mississippi Valley States of Illi
nois', Missouri and lowa. In the inter
.-n'-cii.iio are*, covered by Ihe States Of
Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, the tem
peralures recorded wore muob lower.
The Times" thermometer record for yes
tedav v.-.i^ as follows: :• A. M.. !>2 de-
ETccs; a M.. 99: " P- M., ?2; X P. M., 81;
9 P. M.. 7D; I_' P. M.. 77. At 1 P. M. tbo
government instrument registered ?9
4-If>. There were no deaths or serious
prostrations here.
IN BALTIMORE
Twcntylhrec Deaths and Forty-nine Prostra
tions—Temperature 103.
fnr Associated rifss.p
BALTIMORE. MD., July -—This city
whs again at the head of the list of the
hottos-f cities to-day. The highest, point
reached by the mercury to-day was at 2
P. M., when it touched I<l3 degrees, the
maximum temperature of yesterday, air!
remained stationary for an hour. A siicht
i-r. • 7.r between ri and 6 o'clock brought
it down to rt decrees
T*P to mJdnisht to'-nlght 23 deaths and 43
prostrations had been reported.
PHILADELPHIA SUFFERS.
Fifty-two Deaths and Over Three Hundred
Prostrations.
<n? Associated Press.)
PHILADELPHIA. PA.. .Tuly 2.—Philadel
phia passed through another period of tor
ture to-day, and. up to midnight, 52 deaths
ha<l been reported ani n-.-rr throe hundred
prostrations. The official record of tem
perature, made yesterday, 1"2 degrees; was
eclipsed to-day, when tho Government
Thermometer, at 3 V. M., touched I<l2 3-10
<■;■ erecs, which now stands as the Quaker
city's record.
Just »s the temperature Tiad attained
theso tn;> figures, an electrical disturbance
off t he south caused a. welcoming change
in the almost phoro.
JACOB S. ROGERS DEAD.
Died as He Had Lived. Alone, and Exact Hour
is Not Known.
<B.v AsKociatpd Pro.*?.)
NEW YORK. July II I.—Jacob1 .— Jacob S. Rogers,
famous American builder of locomotives,
and tho wealthiest citizen of New Jersey,
died in the Union League Club, this city.
to-day from the effects of heat. The
exact hour nf his death is not known.
Jacob S. Roprers died as he had lived,
alone. He was of the most eccentric
character Xew York has ever known.
If bis ofton expressed wish is observed
there will Y>r no crepe at bis funeral.
Secretive m a remarkable degree. Mn
Ropers never let it hr> known, even ap
proximately, how much he was worth.
Many estimate his wealth at $80,000,000;
more conservative persons divide that
amount by ton. Ho was horn in IS"4
and suceeodofi in jssg to tho locomotive
business r,f his father. Thomas Rogers.
who constructed the first locomotive ever
run in America. Recently Mr. Rogers
decided w> close the works, and they
have beep sold, tho sale at present being
the subject of litigation.
Boston Has Relief.
(By Associate -Press,)
BOSTON, MASS.. July 2.— A gale of
wind, accompanied by a beautiful elec
tric display on Groat Banks of black
clouds and hero and there deluges of rain,
temporarily broke tho heat wave through
out New Enplane] late this evening. The
storm in most sections gathered in about
(Continued an Fifth Page.)
NEGRO LYNCHED
FOR USUAL CRIME
Assaulted a Young Lady, Was
Quickly Caught and Sum
marily Dealt With.
(Special Dispatch to Tho Times.)
SELMA, N. C. July 2.— There was a
lynching near Smithlicld, in Johnston
county, to-night about 10 o'clock. A
negro, whose name could not be learned
here, paid the penalty for committing
criminal assault upon a. highly-respei:tc*<!
young lady.
Miss Strickland, the daughter of a
prominent citizen, was walking out a
short distance from her home when she
was attacked by the negro and maltreat
ed. No Boorier had the news been received
than Indignant citizens, aroused to a high
state of excitement, started out in pur
suit of the liend.
The. negro was soon caught. He was
fully identified, acknowledged his guilt
and pleaded lor mercy. The officers and
many cool headed citizens urged that the
law be allowed to lake Its course, but thy
monster was soon swinging from :i tree
near the scene of his crime.
The news spread rapidly and a largo
crowd had soon assembled. For .a time
excitement ran high, but nt midnight all
is quiet.
The young lady Is in a critical nonnltion.
NEW BARRACKS.
Arrangements Completed for Expenditure ot
a Million Dollars.
flly Associated Press.)
WASHINGTON*. July 2.— The Quarter
master's Department of the army has
completed arrungemonts for the expendi
ture of "Me million dollars for quarters
and barracks for. men of the coast -ar
tlllpry. These buildings arc to be erected
at forltflcatipnis that already have been
constructed, or arc now in course of con
struction. ■
Tho buildings are to be constructed at
Fort Henry, Baltimore; Washington, on
th« Potomac River near Washington: Fort
Monroe. Virginia: Fort Caswell. Xorth
Carolina: Sullivan's Island. Charleston,
S. C; Ton Mor^n, Mobile, Al*.
RICHMOND. VA. WEDNESDAY. JULY 3. 1901
PLAN THAT IS
ENTIRELY NEW
One to Restrict Suffrage on
Geographical Grounds.
UNIQUE PROPOSITION.
Suggestion as to How to Get Rid of
Votes of Certain Races,
SEVERAL COMMITTEE MEETINGS.
Questions Concerning the Elective Franchise.
the Government of Counties and Towns,
/ the Regulation of the Legislative
Department and Many Other
Subjects of -Mere or Less
Importance Discussed.
The suffrage resolution introduced In
the Constitutional Convention by Mr. A.
C. Braxton. of Staunton, yesterday at
tracted a good deal of attention.
Mr. BrHxton. when seen last night,
stated that, in his judgment, the fran
chise feature of the Constitution to be
framed would be one not easily agreed
upon. "When I prepared the paper that
I presented for the consideration of the
convention I had in mind two things,"
he said. "In the first place. I believe
with a great many other lawyers that
it would not be violating the Federal
Constitution to provide that only white
persons shall be eligible to office. If
this would stand the test of the courts,
the problem that is giving us so much
concern would be solved. But the courts
might hold that w 0 were wrong on this
point. In my resolutions the payment of
all taxes, poll and taxes oil property is
made a prerequisite to voting. If wo
should fail to accomplish what we desire
by one method w e will have another
'prop' upon which we can lean."
ANOTHER PP.fiPOSITION-.
It was learned last night that a mem
ber has prepared and may introduce a
suffrage clause, that would he an entirely
new and an unique one. It has been
suggested by some very wise lawyers
that the- great bulk of the negro vote
might be disfranchised on geographical
grounds. That is to say, that persons
born in certain counties or their descend
antp should not be entitled to vote or to
hold office. "This is an original propo
sition.' 1 said the member who has writ
ten the resolution, "but the more it is
considered, the more it commends itself
to my mind. We might say In our or
ganic law that people horn, in Asia and
Africa and certain islands of the sea,
find the descendants of such persons
should not be permitted to vote. In this
way we could get rid of the negro, Chin
ese. Japanese, and Fillipino vole and [
spo nothing in the Federal Constitution
to prevent us from adopting such a
provision. Of course some whites, som p
Anglo-Saxons, if you please, would be
disfranchised, but. the number would be
small and wo would get rid of a most
undesirable vote."
AGAINST COMBINIVIC, OFFTCES.
There is a groat fight being made
against the combining of the. offices of
treasurer and sheriff. One of the mem
bers of the committee that has to deal
with this subject said last night that an
outsider had. np idea of the pressure
brought to bear upon the driegatos to
keep up these two offices. "The appeals
of .some of the officeholders," he said,
"arc almost heart-rending. I feel sorry
for them, but my plain duty is to regard
first the interests of the whole people
and, if in tho end, I shall be conyincgd
that one official can discharge the duties
of both offices as at present created, I
shall vote (o consolidate these offices."
Some of the members of the Committee
on Reduction of Kxpenses are talking of
recommending the abolition of the offices
of Lieutenant -Governor. Secretary of the
Commonwealth and Second Auditor. The
matter has been talked over informally
and no action will be taken hastily. The
duties of each official wi.l be carefully in
quired into before any report is mad(.
Several committees met yesterday and
are prepared to report progress in their
work.
Divergent Views on Ssiffrajc.
The Suffrage Committee was In session
nearly four hour?. It met at 10 o'clock,
and excepting the thirty-five minutes the
convention was in session, was occupied
in hearing argument on the various reso
lutions before it until after 2 o'clock.
Senator Daniel, near the close of tho
session, informed The Times reporter that
the session was executive, although many
persons not members were present, and
the impression prevailed that it was a
"free parliament." By permission the re
marks of the speakers named In this re
port are presented.
Mr. Flood spoke in favor of noil-tax
and property qualifications and exemption
from disqualification 'or military service.
He did not approve of the viva voee plan,
believing it would give rise to riots 'and
confusion in some sections]
MR. MEREDITH'S PI,AX.
Mr. Meredith made an extended argu
ment in support of his resolution. He
would disqualify inmates *oi" charitable or
State institutions from voting except at
their places of residence, citing as an ex
ample of the evil, amorrg other instances,
the political experience in Henrico county,
especially i:i one precinct where the effect
was eritremly demorajixing. Asked by
Mr. Thorn if he thought the right to vote
should be based on capacity to read and
write, iirslead of intelligence, Mr. Mare
dith said: "You could oniy '.stabJisi n
"basis of intelligence, and that reading
Writing is the first basis."
Speaking of a property qualification, he
man: it might be inherited, and "for that
reason and for others, an educational
qualification was a hotter test. Referring
to the military service clause, he said
that Virginia bad not prior tn IS6O done
her duty to the poorer classes in giving
them opportunities for education, and
when her sons spent four years in the war
without means of education, the State
should novr reward them for heroism and
repay, not punish, them for the loss of
that education which they could not ob
tain.
The reason 'for extending this reward
to the sons of the soldiers was because
they were deprived of tho means of edu
cation, since free schools were not ef
fective until 1576. and besides this many
of these sons had to support and care
for their father, whom the- war either
crippled nr impoverished. The New Eng
land States in their Constitutions made
distinctions in favor of their soldiers al
though before the war they had fine
school facilities. He said he had no
I (Continued on Fifth Page.) ~~~" (
MR. H. M.JYLER. V >
MADE LEADER
He is Chosen Chairman of
the Montague Forces,
A CONFERENCE HELD.
Harwood and Lynch Named' for State
Committee.
THE RACE FOR THIRD PLACE-
Jeffries Says He is a Sure Winner, While
Major Anderson's Friends Claim the
Honor for Him— Mr. Alonta
gue to Rest — Other
Political .Matters
of Interest.
The delegates to the State Democratic.
Convention, appointed by Attu. ney-Gen
cral Montague from this city, met in con
ference at Murphy's Hotel las: night.
Nearly all of them were prejem, or rep
resented by proxy.
Mr. 11. M. Tyler was. on niption, of. Mr.
E. C. Folkes, elected chairman by accla
mation, and Mr. E. W. Moore was ch'js-'n
secretary in tho same manner.
it v.as decided to select two m?n to be
voted for as members of tlic ytatc Com
mittee from this city at NorfVtit. The
names of Messrs. John S. Harwojd, John
J. Lynch, Henry Ei. Valentine and Henry
1... Carter were placed before the m>.o:iiig-,
and Messrs. Harwood and Lynch W»re
chosen on the tirst ballot, the. voto stand
ing as follows: Harwood, 29; I^yich. ?SS;
Valentine, 16; Carter, H. Before the vote
was announced there were, a great u>any
changes, from Messrs. Vsi !n"n.» ariil Car
ter to the successful can'Ji late?. a;io t'"-e
nominations of the latter wsre nvtflc
unanimous on motions of tho c. who Vad
named thfc defeated csiiiididatcs^ After
adopting a. resolution to invil'3 the iswan
sori/'Echols and Marshall d-legatcs to a
joint conference at'som© tlin.i which v.-'ll
be agreeable, to all sides, cite confcftice
adjourned, perfect harmony and good
feeling having prevailed throughout the
session.
MEANS NEW MEN.
Tho* action taken lasfc'night means that
Messrs. Harwood and L,ynch Will succeed
Messrs. Henry U Carter and Clyde W.-
Saunders on the Stute Committee, unless
all signs fail. Col. Harwood has long
been a prominent ligure In the., politics
of tho. city and was twice a. member 'of
the House of Delegates. Mr. 'Lynch is
prominent, both in political and labor cir
cles, and is a foreman in. the Machine
When the penerarconforence is held Mr.
IT. M. Tyler will be made chairman, while
it is not unlikely that Capt. Cuhningh&m
Hall, tbo Swan'son leader, w ni he put for
ward as vice-cliHirman of the delegation
Tho secretaryKhip of the Richmond dele
gation will probably go to a Marshall or
an Echols man.
Senator John I>. Jeffries, one of the
loading candidates for attorney general,
spont ytstefday in Richmond aiui lt;t
last night for one of the counties to look
after bis light. Senator Jeffries was in
good spirits over the outlook, and confi
dently prefHctot] his nomination at Nor
folk. Ho sak! letters and personal assur
ances from all parts of the State re
cently received, were of such * flatter
ing nature, as to lca-1 him to believe
more firmly than ever that he would
win out and he did not think his friends
would fail to stand by their promises.
The Senator evidently realized, however,
that he has a strong opponent in Major
Anderson and is "burning the bridges
behin;] him" wherever he can do so.
There will bo a lively fi^ht in Rich
mond and Henrico this fall for nomina
tions for the General Assembly. .For
the Senate • Colonel George Wayne
Anderson, Delegate S. S. P. Patte
son and Messrs. U. O. Wendenberg and
Sol. L. Bloomberg are the avowed candi
dates, while the friends of ex-Delegate Ju
lian Bryant are urging him to run.
Neither Senator Sands nor Senator
.Munford will stand again. With Mncsie
Anderson and Pattesori in the mcc"for
the Senate, and Delegate Epps a candi
date for sheriff next spring, only two of
' the members of the present House are
left in the fight. It looks as if they
will both be returned. Indeed, Delegate
Kelley is apparently the lending candidate
for Speaker of the House, and it will be'
the pride of his constituents to return
him by a handsome vote.
Mr. Folkes seems to have lost none of
his old time popularity and it looks as
if he would also win out with .ease
For the other three seats a. number of
prominent gentlemen are mentioned The
friends of Mr. Ordway Puller, the popu
lar young attorney and Democratic lead
er, dosire him to enter the race and be
will probably do so . Ex-Deleiite Th'.s
Diggs and James Lewis Anderson and
Messrs. Richmond T. Lacy and Hujisdoh
Cary are being asked to stand for the
(Continued on Vjfth Page.)
NORFOLK SELIfS
HER FRANCHISES
Bay Shore Company Granted Righi
to Traverse on Payment
of $30,000.
(Special Dispatch to The -Times.)
NORFOLK. VA.. July 2,-Norfolk Com
mon Council to-night, after a long ses
sion, during wh'ir.h the representatives of
two rival companies spoke, voted to give
the Bay Shore Company a franchise to
traverse certain streets with- a street
railroad track, which shall also connect
Norfolk and Berkley and run to the shore
of Chesapeake Bay,- to. a considerable ex
tent practically paralleling the Norfolk
Railway and Light Company's line.
Several amendments to' the -original
ordinance were tacked on the principal
one providing- that the city shall receive
£30,000 for the .franchise, in annual payj
ments of $1,000 each. This payment tm
Bay Shore Company's rival— the NorfsSfc
Heat, Light and. Power Companj'Vpro
posed to make, and forced "the Bay/Shore
to agreo to make.- ■ f
•The Select Council --will next Tuesday
vote on the question. Vote: IS ton.
HOTEL BURNED [
AT HOT SPRINGS
The HomesteacTDestroyed
by Fire Last Night.
ALL GUESTS ESCAPE.-
Flee for Their Lives and Lose Their
Wearing Apparel.
- ,
ONLY MEAGRE DETAILS KNOWN.
The Resort Thrown Into dreat Excitement
and Only Messages to Friends of
Those Who Were in Peril Were
Sent Out— One of the .Most
Popular Hotels in
Virginia.
The Homestead Hotel at Hot Springs,
Va.. was completely destroyed by fire last
night, and though all of the guests es
caped.; they lost their wearinC apparel
and whatever other belongings they had
with them.
Tho fire occurred about 11 o'clock last
night, but its origin could not be learned
this morning. The wires were kept busy
fiashtng intelligence of the guests safety.
They saved absolutely nothing but the
clothes they happended to have on at
the time the flames burst out. and ap
parently were glad to escape with their
lives.
There was the greatest excitement pos
sible among the guests.
The hotel building was a complete loss,
nothing but ruins remaining of the once
handsome structure.
The guests who fled from their- rooms
at the cry of fire were cared feu- at the
other hotel at Hot Springs and in the
the cottages.
The news of the disaster was not re
ceived in this city until a short while be
fore The Times went to press, and the
details obtainable were very meagre.
The hotel was. burned to the ground in
a very short while, and no one was lost
experience with the Jefferson.
' The only information received at the
Chesapeake and Ohio offices here about
the fire was a bulletin about 3:30 this
morning, which merely stated that the
Homestead bad been entirely destroyed.
The Homestead was one of the finest
hotels in the South, and one of the. most
fashionable of her many summer resorts.
Many guests from the North were accus
tomed to spending the hot months at
this resort, and many had fled hither
during the past few days of torrid
weather. The Homestead was the- older
of the two hotels at the Hot, but had-re
cently been greatly improved and made
like new.
FATAL AFFRAY IN PITTSYLVANIA
One Man Killed and Several Wftunded by a
Desperate Negro.
(Special DispatcL to The Times.)
Chatham! va.. July 2.— A shooting
affray occurred near Hodnetts Mill, three
miles' from Chatham, at 2 o clock Sat
urday night, the result of which was
one man was billed outright and four
or five wounded. Authentic details can
not be ascertained as the different re
ports vary.
It appears that a party of eight or ten
white men went to the house of a col
ored man. Jim Craft, to recover sonic
whiskey that it was thought ho had
stolen. Craft warned the party not to
enter and locked his door.
They, It is said, broke open the door
and he opened fire with a shot-gun. The
lirst man hit was John Shelton, who
after retreating twenty-five steps fell
dead. The others halted to take him
are: Owen Adkins. badly wounded; Jim
Walker, supposed to he. badly wounded,
and whereabouts unknown; Rawley
Sheltori, slightly wounded. Sever.il
others are said to have been wounded,
but their names are unknown.
Shelton was buried yesterday. War
rants have been issued, but so far no
arrests have been made.
NEITHER SIDE WORRY.
Second Day of Strike Without Exciting De
velopments.
( % By Associated Press.)
PITTSBL'RG. PA., July 2.— -The second
day of the strike of the. sheet-steel and
steel-hoop workers of the Amalgamated
Association. opened without interesting or
exciting features. It - was evident that./
neither side anticipated early develop
ments, as there was no unusual activity
about the combine offices and the utmost,
quiet prevailed at the headquarters' of the
The belief is quite genera I, that the real
test will not come until^Jh'e close of the |
hot weather and the g-eherai resumption
of business in the fall, and In the
meantime it is thought that the conflict
ing interests will see their way clear to
recede from klie present positions. That
President JJnafer is preparing for the
rainly &■&& which may come if the strike
is prolonged, is evident from the circular
• majiiea to the association lodges to-day.
Tl^ circular directs the lodges to lay as
jfcsrnents upon their members, the money
Wpbs used for the relief of such members
ryot the association as may be out-of work.
The money collected by these lodges -will
be forwarded to Pittsburg. where it will
be placed in the general fund of the asso
ciation. The latter has for years neen
creating a strike fund systematically.
"This fund Is now said to amount to be
tween $200,000 and |300,000.
The combine offlcialado not appear- to
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be worrying over tne situation, and say
they do not recognize a condition fof a
strike as yet. Some' of the~ officials inti
mate that there may be a renewal of
negotiations. In some outside circles it is
believed that the strike will be called cm
before it is underway. '
KILLED IN QUARREL.
Veteran of Soldiers' Home Dead; Another
Charged With His Murder.
(Special D'snatch to Tfie Ttines.T
NEWPORT NEWS. VA.. Jul>' 2.—Wil
liam H. "Wyatt. aged 61 years, an inmate
of the National Soldiers' Home, whose
home was in Philadelphia, was killed
last night in the barracks of the Home
by Edgar Barber, another veteran, in a
quarrel over a bottle of whiskey.
Wyatt. it is alleged, was In the habit
of selling whiskey on the grounds of the
Home without a license. He was ac
costed yesterday, so the story goes, by
Barber, who wanted to buy a bottle of
litiuor. Wyatt would not sell the liquor
and Barber was inclined to argue the
matter. Finally, it is alleged. Barber
became angry and drew his pistol with
out warning jtnd fired. Wyatt was
killed instantly, and people running up.
on hearing the shot, placed the alleged
murderer under arrest.
He will be giver.» a. bearing to-morrow
before United States' Commissioner J. C.
Tucker. All of the evidence is purely
circumstantial, and no one knows what
the result of investigation will be. No
one was in sight when the fatal shot
The dead man had been at the Home
for a number of years, coming there
from Philadelphia.
! TO PREACH AT ST. PAUL'S.
Rev. Robert W. Barnwell Will Officiate During
Rector's Illness.
Rev. Robert W. Barnwell, D. D.. of
Florence, S. C. will preach during July
and August in St. Paul's Church, this
city.
Dr. Barnwell- will spend his vacation
at the seaside and mountain resorts of
Virginia, and arrived in this city Mon
day evening. He left for Virginia Beach,
but will return to Richmond Saturday
afternoon and will preach at. St. Paul's
Sunday. Dr. Barnwc-11 preached at St.
Pant's some time ago and made a most
favorable impression. He Is recognized
as one of the ablest men in the Episcopal
Church and the committee is to be con
gratulated on securing Dr. Barnwell to
officiate during -the illness of Rev. Dr.
Strange, the rector.
GEN. LEE'S FUTURE HOME.
He Will Soon Take Up His Residence at Char
lottesvilfe.
Gen. Fitz. Lee has positively decided
to make Chariottesville his future home,
and he will hereafter vote in that city.
The General has- leased a resirence in
Chariottesville. Mrs. Lee will be here in
a few days to look after the shipping- of
their furniture, which has been stored
in a Main-Street building ever since the
family broke up housekeeping: on Grove
Avenue soon after the breaking out of
the Spanish-American war.
General Lee expects to remain perma
nently at Chariottesville and will get-his
transfer from tbo First Precinct of Ciay
Ward to the precinct in which he will re
side in his new home city.
IMPORTED SOME PLUMBERS.
Morgan R. Mills & Co. Take Decisive
Action.
The lockout of the plumbers employer!
by Morgan R. Mills .£ Co. is ended, mon
having been imported to take the placos
of the strikers. Mills & Co. imported .-iv
non-union men from Elkhart, Ind., and
the force .'was put at work on contracts
yesterday.
Mr. Mills tried In various ways to ar
range with the Plumbers' Union of this
city some plan that would bo mutually
satisfactory. * All efforts, however, failed,
and the tirm imported men not. under the
control of the Plumbers' Union.
FLAMES DESTROY
CROWDED HOTEL
With Great Difficulty All the Guests
Were Removed to Safety— No
Water in Reservoir.
(By Associated ri^ss.)
HUNTINGTON. W. VA.. July 2.-A ".re
raged in. the heart of this city from 11
o'clock this morning until 5 o'clock this
evening, resulting in a, loss or" $200,000. The
flames started in the Arlelphia Hotel from
an electric wire on the fifth floor, and had
gained great headway before being- uis
covered.
The hotel was crowded with guests,
many of whom were women. Of these
a number fainted when the alarm of fire
rang out through the halls, and it was
with great difficulty- that they were re
moved from the building. Many attempt
ed to leap from windows, but were pre
vented from doing so.
There was not a gallon of water in the
city reservoirs when the fire started, rt.d
all the engines in the city were out of re-
The flames spread rapidly and soon t'alf
a dozen residences were on fire. The brick
annex to the Adelphia Hotel, on the other
§ide of the- square, also eauerht afire and
was destroyed. This, as well as the hots!
proper, was handsomely furnished. All la
a total loss, together with a Hvery jt t'ole
and a number of private offices, fruit
.stores, barber shqp's and dozens of smaller
structure*. Tbe fire engines that *'ere
sent to the soc-ne from surrounding' tpwus
soon broke 'down and the flames spr^i'l
rapidly . unhindered.
Prostrations among- the firemen were nu- !
merous, but none will result fatally. ('.
W. "F^ost, of Catlettsburg. was struck by
rf falling wall and his skull fractured. rf"e |
'is in a serious condition.
I SPLIT INEVITABLE. j
Herbert Asquiih Bidding for Liberal Leader
ship. ,
(Bj- Associated Press.)
LONDON. July 2.— Herbert Asquith, j
former Liberal Home Secretary, has con- >
sented, after considerable hesitation, to
attend the banquet tendered him by the
Imperialist Liberals. In a letter accent
ing the honor he promises to deliver a
speech at the dinner, setting forth the
Claims and duties of the. Liberal party
and his view that "there Is an alterna
tive to the existing Government."
The banquet is regarded as a severe
reflection upon the policy of Sir Henry
CarapbeH-Bannerman. and Mr. "Asqulth's
action is. looked upon as a bid for the
Liberal leadership. The greatest efforts
have been made against the project being
carried out. but these have failed, and a
complete split .in' the Liberal party ap
pear* JLo be inevitable.
''* Great Irritation is observed In the Lib
eral rank 3. . ~-^ - -». -„ .
Forecast for -Wednesday and Thunrttey:
Virginia— Partly cloudy Wednesday an# - 4.
Thursday:VartJ»sl« wliidst.
North CarojirKt-Locat thunder strom*
Wednesday; warmer m central portion.* \
Thursday partly doudy; variable winds.
PJRICE-.TTTO CENTS.
OLD MAN JAILED ON
SERIOUS CHARGE
Alleged to Have Abducted
Girl of Fourteen.
HE SAYS SHE IS .OLDER
Weriey Alston Sixty Years Old Sent
on by Grand Jury,
INDUCED GIRL TO LEAVE HOME.
When Girl Returned Her Orandinonjer »nrr»
Her Away—Robert Johnson Wouldn't
Have His Hair Cut Despite the Beg. *„
Sfag of IHs WHe — His j
Neighbors Acted as I
Barbers. I
I
(SpecUi Dispatch to Tho TUae*.) ■
SUFFOLK. VA.. July 2.-Charged with 1
attempting to abduct fourteen-year-old \|
Mary Bell Johnson, Werloy Alston, sixty
years old, of Southampton county, was
to-day thrown in Suffolk jail, having been
sent on to the grand jury by Mayor Bea-
The warrant alleges that Mary is four
teen years old, but Alston said this eve
ning she was seventeen. It is charged*
that Alston induced the girl to leave her
home at Boyklns for Newsoms. Va The
pair started to walk down the railroad,
the distance being only a few miles. When
Mary came home her grandmother, with
whom she lived, drove her away Then
Alston was arrested. Alston claims he
took away the girl to get her a position
with the family of a telegraph operator.
REFUSED TO SHAVE.
Refused to being shaved or have hi*
hair cut Robert Johnson, a well known
citizen of Courtland, Va.. got so object
ionable to his wife that she decided some
thing ought to be done. Sheriff Williams,
of Southampton county, says Johnson's
beard linked like it hadn't been shaved
for twenty years, and his hair hung over
his shoulders like a woman's locks.
Mrs. Johnson thought so much hair
spoiled her husband's looks, and she ask
ed some nf the merchants to Nsjiggest a
remedy. Finally H number of the mer
chants jind their salesmen got together
and decided to play barber? til' Bob John
sons looks were made more to Mtt. •
Johnson's liking.
HAIR CUT AND SHAVE.
When the details had been fixed John
son was hesieged and the business men
wouldn't let him go until they had clipped -
away the masses <_>f hair and lopped off
and shaved the great shaggy b?ard. "
Johnson objected for ;t while to losing his
much-prized hirsute ■ growth, hut sub
mitted when he saw his assailants meant
businepf.
Johnson \s a carpenter. When he went .
to the house h<* was" building nobody
knew him. and it took his wife some time ■ "
to learn who he was. Mrs. Johnson re
joiced when she learned what had been
done. The man who used the razor on
Johnson's face is one of the biggest ahop
keepers in Courtland.
ELOPED FOR FX'N.
Miss Annie Bradshaw. of Windsor, and '
William Vaughan, of Franklin, to-day
eloped to Vi'eldon. N. C. and were mar
ried. They used strategy to keep their
intention? from friends. Miss Bradshaw
came to Suffolk last night ostensibly to j
visit relatives. To-day she took a train '
for Weldon and was joined by Mr.
Vaughan at CarrsviHe.
"No. the young lady's parents did-a'l
object tn th* match." said Miss Mamie
Bradshaw. hf*r cousin, to-nlgrht. "They
ran away Just f-~r fun."
MANCHURIAiN QUESTION.
Russia's Installation of Civil Administrator
' Raises it Again.
(By Associated Press.)
LONDON, July 2.— A .lispatch from Pc-
Kin says: -The installation by Russia
of a civil administrator In New Chwangr.
Manchuria, has astain made prominent
the question of occupation of that pro
ers have already rpcocrnizeci the adminis
trator, but the ministers, of other nations
are doubtful as to the course to be fol
lowed in ' the matter and are awaiting
instructions from their home govern
ments. Among: those thus awaiting in
structions is the representative of the
United States.
"It is understood that the British and
Japanese ministers will recommend to
Li Hung- Chan? somo plan for opening
Manchuria to the world in such a way
as to constitute an' effectual barrier to
Russian aggression and to avoid trade
and other complications that are other- *
wise bound to follow a Russian occupa
tion. The matter has not yet been pre
sented to the court."" _
RIOTOUS DISCUSSION.
Unparliamentary Caaguage Used fa Beljium
Chamber.
(By Associated Press.)
BRUSSELS, July 2.— There was a riot
uotis scene between the Socialists and
Ministerialist.* in the Chamber of Rep
resentatives to-day, ft was provoked by
a Socialist interpellation- over the recent
spf-ech of the general in command of th«
Civic Guard, who Is reported to have ex
« orted his men, in case of riot, to fire on
the moK.
M. Poiullc. h Socialist, promised, fn * -
case of a riot occurring, to kill the gen
edal in question. "Liar" an-1 "Assassin"
were among the epithets hurled at. tho
Ministerialists. The House ultimate^
approved the Government* position on
the matter.
Tension Increased.
CRr Associated Press.)
• YOKOHAMA, July 2.— Report3 w ec**ive4 '
here from Seoul say Corea has suddenly '
requested Japan to close the latter"* -
postoffices . in Corea and withdraw the
Japanese officials, thus increasing tn-»
tenston between the two countries. Th«
newspapers continue the veiled; allusion*'-,
to Russian intricue.
Declared a Dividend.
(Br As«K'!at«l Pre*O
NEW YORK. July 2.— The directors of • - :
the United States Steel Corporation de
clared a dividend of I*4 pep cent, on tlw^K
preferred and tper cent. on. ths commosi^:
stock. The dividend on the preferred t» ;
payable on August 7th. and Uut v Urn $
common on September 14th. . j

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