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The thcrmometer ranged as follo wa et The Times offlc? yesterday: 8 A- M., eS; 32 SS., 6S; 3 P. M., 74; 8 P. M., CG; 9 P. M, ?2; 12 midnight, 00. Averago, 64.8. WBATH ?R FORECAST. Forecast for 'Sunday and Monday: Virginia aad Nort. Carolina--Falr Sua day and Monday. Cooler in western por? tion Sunday and ln eastern portion Mon? day; light westerly winds becoming freao northwesterly. VOL 16 NO 210 24 PAGES BICHMOND. VA. SUN >AY. OCTOBER 20. 1901 THBEE PARIS PRICE THREE CENTS CAMPAIGN IS NOW IN FULL BLAST. Democrats Preparing for a Hot Finish. ARE SURE TO WIN. ?Crack Orators on the Stump To Ivlorrow. TO CANVASS ALL THE COUNTIES. They Nsme Caodtdctes in All Legislative Districts Ssve Two?List of tbe Nomi? nees?Spiendid Fight Being Conducted in This City. Poiitical Noies and Gossip. The next two weeks wili-practically wind up one of lhe, most interesting po? iitical campaigns ever fcught out .:i Virginia, and tii;-y promlse to bc marked by uousual activity. especially nn tho Democratic sido ol" tho struggle. From reliablc information gatbtrod i'rom the beat poiitical judges in. the State. it Bcems safe lo forecast lhe election) or the entire Democratib ticket by a per? haps slightly rodncod majority. nnd. the return of a salt majority of the Demo? cratic nominees io lioth Houses- of the General Assembiy. It has long been the custom of the Democratic purty in Virglnia to do its beat and most effective -vverk ln the lat? ter days of the struggle, and it is evi dent that they are preparing for an ex ceplioually "hot finish"' this year. The field will. be Ui roughJy covered wlth the crack stump orators ot the party to-morrow, nnd tbe same will toe true of the Mondiy following. whlcli will dead earnest at Boanoke last niglft, aim will speak for tho ticket in Amherst to nmrrmv. where he 1ms long been a great favorite wiih the voters. li' will speak ln this city next Friday night; at Hous: ton on Monday. and then go tp 'he Southwest for Uie retmainder p? Uie -? t vass. Captain Wlllard is making asph n d-id Sgfrt for the ticket, und- his Bervices a;v? tniK h in demand ail over the State. Congresemen liay nnd Hhea, who are great powers on the stump, are "making i; warm" for the Republicans in their respective districts, nnd ail the otlu-r Congressmeu nre likewise doing good work on the ttuiep. One of .the heallhfiest signs of Demo? cratic success is the loyalty wlth which ali lhe defeaied candidates for office on flio State ticket are doing their duly. Dr. DeCato is working manftilly in nis section. while Messrs. Parks. AVilliams. and Robertson are doing Spiendid ser? vice. Senator JeffrJ?s will er.ter the cam? paign this week, and Messrs. Marshall and Dchols are standing up for the ticket- like men. REN23WED CON'FIDEXCE. The chaigee made hy the Republican candidates thnt the Oonstltutlonal Con venci'-n ;-.rep>Tf! tr, disfranehisc white men bave been shown to he so vulnorable and have been so suo.c-essfuKy rcfutc-d that even the wnvitry of the party are pgain turr.ing their fa.ees toward their o'd rfa.miliar haunts; and at the end of th" next two weeks it is the belief o1? the 1 ? .T.eera.tic maoiiagieas that all will he in good shape for the greathatUe of the bal? lots. lt nll resolves itself into a question of whether tbe people wili believe those wbo ^eek to giain pres'ige for themselves with ibe powers at Washllngton toy assailing the T>ee3t and bravest white men in the State, <or whether thoy will take tbe wards ?<>'? i'-rrsident <!oodo. tlulrinan K! ly?38i and Mr. Montague. ooupled with those of every Democratic member of lhe convention aud all tlie Jesser lights <?r the party, wbo solemnly deelare that no whit" man ^iiall lose hls right o'f suf fni4re as a. result of lhe Constituticnal Oonventlon now in session. iFOR TVHITE SUPREMACY. .Men In positions to know express tbe ( joftdent belief that tlie iatter- will be o~-nsidcred the more crcdible.. witnesses, ar.d that ihe whit" people of this StaXe wiil -be s!ow to st t th-e worv.s cf thos-J in sympathy with tho party that disfran Chiaed the Confederate soldiers ir. 1869 and enfranehised tbe worthless negro. against iWoae <?f Goode, Ellyson and Montagiue and al! those who stand wlth them and Who hav: struggied in season itnd out t > lift tho burden ".1rom the backs of the jjlain people and make this a white man's government in word and in deed. There i? no sort of question that the recent episode of a President of tli? Unit? ed State* entertaining a nwgro at hls table ln the White House has iutenslfled |nt?nc?t ln the struggle in this State, and lt will no doubt bave the effect of f .rinring opimtlesis white men to tbe poKs n fc-j ;<:??-)rt ito Demoeratlc ticket wbo cherwise might remaln at home. "When il iis is <c^nsidered ln connection with tho vfife uttwamoes of Messrs. Pedigo andi gjanvmers." said a prominent -leader yes? terday. "^ ought to hav-> a very material foearing on the Virglnia campaign." It w- Il be reesSTyJ that these JSenuhltoan KncnsS^ms of tiie canveuition wcently de? clared in puhllc speeclves that the negroes w<-re ?a gcod as white men, and these jpenUemon Xire among Colonel llvgn's most trusted Tieutenanta. Imieed. it has 4>een said that they. are so ciose to the XContlnued on ^Ixth Page.) AN ARREST MADE , IN O'BRIEN CASE Thos. Edwards Charged With the Shooting, CAN PROVE AH ALIBI. Says He Was With Friends at Another Place. NOT SUSPECTED OF MURDER. Authorities Satisfied Tbat if lhc Accused Fired the Shot il Was Accidcntal?The Two Men Were Fricndg aad Work ed Tojcihcr-Talk With Mrs. Ed? wards, Thomas Edwards, charged v.-ith unlaw fully and felonlously shooting aud killlng John O'Brien at the Richmond Locomo? tive Works on Saturday morning, October 12th, is in the Henrico jail awaiting trial. Tho warrant ior his arrest was sworn out about 1 o*ciock yesterday afternoon and he was apprehended by Constables Waldrop aud Eub&nk. This is the latest development in tho killing of Mr. O'Brien at tlio Locomotive Works a week ago, and is one anticipated In Friday's Times. Whether or not this is to prove a solution of tho mystery which ba. s urrcunded the unfortunate af f-?ir rc-mains yet to be seen. The prisoner. who is an cmploye of tho shop where O'Brien was kilied, absolutely denies tho charge in all of its a.spects, and though audience with him could not be gained yesterday, it was learned through a souree rciiable as his own statement woirid be?from his wife?that ho was pre? pared to provo to tlie satisfaction of all Uiat he was far away from tlie region 6. ihj. shooting when it occurred. His hope thdit he may demonstrate to the conclu? sion (if all that he is not implicated in tho affair, it is understood, is based upon. this alibi, which he confi dently asserts that he can prove. There was somo contention yestcrda.y afternoon as lo whether or not the charge against Mr. Edwards was actually Lhat of murder. The warrant, as seen from the opening statement, contains tho word "feloriqiusly,. and that was taken by some to indicale that the case was of a graver nature than was at lirst supposed. Inouiry, however, seems to show that the contrai-y^.Js,...iJie,..case. The Henrico nffi cers, so far'as is known, have in hand ro evidence which would justify them in the bclief that the shooting was malicious. The prisoner had not decided upon his counsel late last night. Several friends brought Mr. W. H. Beveridge to lhe courthouso, wliile tho man's wife cain-i along with Mr. 31. . I. Smith. One, or both. of theso gentlemen will. undoubled ly. be engaged. Bail had not up to tiiat time been formally applied for. The time for the preliminary examination ot the case before 'Squire James T. Lewis has . ot been set. THOROUGH II7\'ESTJGATIOX. A long and caveful iiivestigation led up to tho. arrest of Edwards. It was. about i<_S0 o'clock on the morning of Saturday, October 12th?a week ago yes? terday?that John O'Brien, foreman of the erecting shop at tho Richmond Loco? motive Works, suddeniy fell in the throes of death wliile standing- within a few feet of one of the doors of the shop talk - ing with two men. For some little time it was currently believed among thc worlqrnen around the stricken man tliat he had died of heart disease, so sudden was his taking off. Fully a half-hour al'terwards was it that they learned thnt a bullet, fired by some person unknown, wa.s responsible for his decease. Even when this face was proclaimed by the phy? sicians who examined the body and found ,the wound, but no blood, many of the inen about the shop were incredulous. Xot until the wound was probed and- the bullet extracted were they convinced. Thus will it be seen that any imm.t. ate investigation was precluded by the fact that it was not generally known for some little time afterwards that Mr. O'Brien. iiad reaily been shot. Ample timo was afforded to tlie perpeirator of the deed to get at a safe distance before anybody began to look around for an explanation^ The dcad l'oreman was one of lhe most hiflSCy regarded men in the entire es lablishment, and his untimei.\ taking olt was a source of regret to his wide circle of friends. Xo one could account for the deed, and flnally the theory that the fatal bullet was a stray one iired f?<wn a rifle handled by sctne unknown person. probably by boys, who are frequeni. y caught shooting at blrd. and other tar ?-eis in the immodiate neighborhood of the works, came to be generally accepted by the public at largK Practically on all hands it was agreea that the shoot? ing was accidental. Th? discovery, made later, that another person at the works hau been injured in lhe sam. mysterious way, only served, in most minds, to con finn this belief. Then the Henrico ofiicers got to work on the case and on. or two new things developed. They learneds, for instance, that living on Clvelsea Hill was a m-an who owned a rifie which aeoommodated a bullet of the same calibre as that which was taken. from the body of Mr. O'Brien. This man was Mr. Thomas Edwards. an employo of ihe works. lt was further learned in this corinection. or at least it is so stated, that Mr. Edwards nad used this rifie on several occasions on rats, birds, and Other targets around his house. The house, by the way, is on a dire. t line with the door of the Locomo? tive Works in which O'Brien fell dead. When approached by the Henrico ofii? cers with regard to tlie shooting, Ed? wards, it is said, appeared nervous and made cont^adi-'o?. st*>!eiri?"1s. THE WARRANT ISSUED. With these facts in hand the authori? ties felt themselves justlfied in taking steps looking to the arrest of Edwards. Their evidence, as well as can be learned, v,ent and goes no father than this. They are. it is understood, by no means cer? tain that tho man fired lhe bullet. So far as any malicious intent is concerned, it is believed that they have ? no evidence at all. . f they have, they have not made the fs_.ts known yet Vvhether or not the shot was flred with intent to kill, whether or not it was flrod at all by the man ac cused will be developed ln the trial. At all events a warrant was on yester? day afternoon sworn out against Thomas Edward?;. charged with unlawfully and felonlously shooting and killing one John O'Brein. The man was arrested at 2:60 (Continued dn Third Page.) *. GO W-A-Y BACK AND SIT DOWN." SPEECH Introduced to Fine Audience as Plowboy Congressman, RECEIVES A BIG OVATION. Spoke With All His Old-Time Fire and An? nounced His Purpose of Maklng an Ag?ressive Fight?DefeEs: of Democratic party. (Special Dlsuatch to Thc Tlmrs.) ROANOKE, VA., Oct. 19.?Congrossmin Claudo Swahson was given an ovation at Assembly Hall to-night when he made his opening speech of the campaign. The hall was packed, all standing room being occupied, Mr. A. P. Staples introduced him as lhe "Plow-boy" Congressman?one who was his favorite for Governor, but one who believed with him that the highest duty of a Democrat was loyalty to party. Mr. Swanson said he had made his last speech here when seeking the nomination. and he was glad to make his first speech here for the nominees of lhe Xorfolk Con? vention. TRUE BLUE. He never mentioned Montague's name, but declared he had no bad feeling, no resentment, no complaint, and desired to do all he could for thc Democratic nomi? nees. Hc would never appear upon a plat? form unless he spoke for the Democratic party. The Democratic party was ihe judge and tlie party nomlntes were h;s standard-bearers. He reviewed tho rec? ord of the Democra-tic party, its honesty, its settiement of the State debt, v. hat it lias done for education, and tlie ?Confed erate soldiers, the asylums and other in slitutions. RECORD OF HONESTT. It was a reyord of honesty, wfedom and patriotism. Against this were Republican promises. and he showed what Republican promisos were. He declared that the Constitutionai Convention had decided' only two mat? ters?one was that no white mau shouid be deprived of his vote. and thc other "So help me God we ar. going to strike down everv negro vote we can." READY TO FIGHT. He announced that he lntcnded earry ing on aggressive fight, charging Uiat the Republlcans were working for negro votes. negro control R.nd negro supremaev. He closed by saving his heart was in the campaign, and appealed to all his friends to rally to tlie support of the nominees. Ho spoke about an hour, and his speech will st'rengthen the Democratic party of this city. GREAT DAY I FRANKLIN. Democ 'i'C f'cnlc?S eeches by Ly'e, Uale, Hard a Walla e. (Speolal Dispatch to Tbo Tloie3.) ROCKY MOUNT, VA., Oct. 19.?The jxic nic at Sontag, seven mlles south of this place, was a grand success in every de tail, and the peopie of Franklin ar.^ gjrateful to tbe ?Bxecutire C&mralttee of (Continued on Third! Page.) MR. GOODE IS A GOOD RULER He Promptly Nipped an Effort to Ad? journ in the Bud. RECESSTOBE TAKEN SHORTLY. Mr. Bouldin tMakes His Malaen Effort. ? <;?-???;. idef Cutton's Sllp Causes tf'X Laugh ? Convention Notes. President John Goode showed yesterday thiat he was something o!f a "ruler" when he should take it in his heart to be. The convention hat for some days been working under a rulo req (.ring afternoon sessions of the body, and unless there is a motion aaopted to the contrary, the the chair is vacated each day at 1 o'clock P. M. and resumed at 3. For several days past a motion to ad? journ has prevajled just beforo 1 o'olock, thus abrogaling the tuio as to afternoon sessions fer that day only. Yesterday "Delegates Pnwn, Waiker, Turnbi.il an others desired that this should be the course again. Mr. Braxton ivad the floor, and he spoke exactly until 1 o'clock. Mr, Brown was on his feet in the aisle with a resoltition in hand pro? viding for adjournment. Tlio grand old manin tbe o'haia* saiw his portly coileague and evidently was "on to his curves." ?He had hte eye on the clock, but now and then he would glance iirst at Mr. Braxton and then at Mr. Brown. When the hands reglstered the hour of 1 Mr. Braxton sus? pended, and as quick as a flash Mr. Goode said: '"The hour of 1 o'clock having ar i ed, tbe chair will be yacated until 3 o'clock." Messrs. Brown and Walker clamored for recognitidn, but with a wave of his gavel Mr. Goode said: "You are too iate, gentlemen: tlie chair lias been vacated." Evidently tlie old war horse wt ated the convention to proceed with the considcration of the Bill. of Rights. The convention bas dene more harrt work in the last two weeks tban for any other month of its existence. At tbe time of adjournment yesterday afternoon it was within futecn minutes of completing tbe Bill of Rights. But members wero worn out. And when on the point or taking a vots on the eleventh section nn unfortunate motion to adjourn was carried. There is only one moro section tliat is at all disputed and that is No. twelve, which reads: That the freedom of tbe press is c-ne of the great bulwarks PACIFIC LINER SIBERIA. Largest ship ever built in America. of liberty, and can never be restrained but by desiiotic governments. To this seetion Mr. Braxton, in Com? mittee of the Whole, offered the foilow? ing amendiment, which are the words struck out by the committee from the present Constitution: "And any citizen may speak, write and publish his semti meiits on all subjects, being responsible for the abuso ot that liberty." * It was the failure to include these words that has given rise to so much tiftwspaper comment North and' South, and a great deal of misrepresentatio. . Mr. Braxton has been expecting to make a great speech and a great fight for his amendment, but a friend'. of hla said (Continued on Third! Page.) A GREAT GAME BY V. P. I. CADETS Overwhelmed and Crushed Out Georgetown Team. SCORE THIRTY-TWOTOSIX The Virginia Cadets Took the Washingtonians by Surprise an>1 5. ote Them Hlp and Thigh?Gecrgetown's 0nlySc3re Made by a Trick. (Spoclal Dispatch to Tho Times.) "WASHINGTON, D. C, Oct. 1. ?Eleven husky lads, representing- the Virginia Po lyteelmic Institute, of Blacksburg, Va., defeated the eleven of Goorgetowni Uni? versity in a gamo on the latter's -campus this afternoon by a score Qf S2 to- G. The result ~was a tremendous surprise, and Georgetown followers are still asking each other if the whole thing was not a dream. A close score was expected, as Tt was known that the V. P. I. had a fast, scirappy team, but the big end o'U the score was thought to beloner to Georgetown. Instead, however, the locals ?wero overwhelmed and crushed. ~" SCORED BY A TRICK. Georgetown's single touchdown resulted from a trick, a delayed pass, while the Virginians seored all of their points by ?hard, straight football. To show tho dls parlty botween the teams, it n^ed only to be said that throughout tlie afternoon Georgeown did not gain over flfty yards, while V. P. I. smashed its way through Georgetowrne line and around her end. for several hundred yard:s. Georgetown's line, thought to be her great strcngth. was uo more troublesome than a row of eorastalks to the plunginj, Virginians. In the back field, Counselman and r'ar penter a.lone were worth more than he entire Georgetown quartette. Tn every other department of tlie bamo the dlffer? ence was aa marked, and Gec-rgetown is ready to acknowledge that V. P. I. lias a team that should win tho Southern charmpicmsMp. TOUCHDOWN IN FOUR C1HNUTES. The visitors seored their first touch? down in four minutes. Georgetown won the toss and gave the kick-off to V. P. I. Georgetown could not gain. and Elmon ston tried a punt. Counselman blocked the kick and a Virginian '_sll on the ball on the twelve-yard line. Canpenter then .flowed his way through tte linra fear a touohdown and kicked gvaj a moment later. Mackay kicked to Miles: V. P. -I. bega.n swee. ing up the fleld again. but lost to Georgetown on a fumble. George town <was given ten yards for off-sdde piay. Larouissinni, Mackay and Barry then made Georgetown's only substantial gains a:nd carried the hall to the twenty (flve-yard line. Here the delayed pass was tried. A feint was made tfor a iplay around Vir? ginia's right line. The visitors fell into the trap and massed^n that end, leaving Captain 3arry with an unobatruoted path to a touohdown. Ho klcked goai, tying the score. 'BRIEF JOY. Georgetown's joy had an e^ihemeral ex istence, however, for the visitons got the ball on-Edmcnston's-punt after the next kick-off and mrshed lt over for a socond ? , (Ctoattnued on";Third Pagf N PRES1DE. T'S ACT STIRS COUNTRY Dining Washington May Cost Roosevelt Dear. VIEW AT THE CAPITAL Republican Poiiticians Think it May Lose Him the Nomination. MAY HAVE EVEN WIDER EFFECT Senators from Ohio and Governor Nasb, of That State, Di3cass the Incident, ond Have Ociy Words oi Praise f?r the President?Say it Has No Political Slgnlflcance, (Special Dlspatcii to Thc Times.) WASHING lON, D. C, Oct. 19.?Presi? dent Roosevtlt stands on his dignity, so to speak, regarding tho dining oi booker T. Washington. tlio colored rtformer. He wlll not admit, so it is said, that he made a mistake in inviting Washington to dine wlth him at tho Executive Man sion. Poiiticians in this city, however, are of the opinion that Colonel Rooau velt's action vrtll result ln the loss of the majority of the Southern States at tho nt-xt National Republican Conve^tlo" so far as his candidacy for tha Republlcan presidential nomination is concerned. Some erratic action upon tha part ot the new President has been looked for. To use a wiang expression, ha has evl dently "made good." In the South Theodore Roosevelt hns heretofore been looked upon as a favorite candidats by the Republlcans in 1004. The mistake of his life, Southern poli tioians think, was in inviting Booker T. Washington to dine with him at the TSTute House. The sentiment expressed by Southern people, Republlcans as well as Democrats, ia that if he had an idea that asking Washington to sup with him would benefit hhn, ho made a grave political error. STAND AGHAST. Republican poiiticians are aghast at the unusual action of President Roosevelt ln having a colored guest, no matter how prominent, at the White House. Notwithstanding tho fact that Booker T. Washington is regarded as the leader, intellectually and otherwise, of the col? ored people of this country, it is not thought President Roosevelt was dipio matically or politically wise in lutving him as his guest at the Executive Mansion. Not only do tho Southern newsr-pers protest, ridicule and generally comment Ungraetously upon the whole affair. bufc Southern Republicans personally express their regrets that the President of the United States saw lit to dine a colored man. XV11JL. UOSE HIS NOMTNATTON. Without doubt this action upon the part of President Roosevelt will lose him. the Republican presidential nomination in 1D04. and the whole matter may be so far reaching in its effect that the Republlcans wiil not only be defeated in the nudonal Congressional campaign next year, but in the national Republican canvass of 1S04. It is impossible to-night to s-eeure an interview from the President upon this matter. It is not believed that he will s>ay anytlyng for publication regarding the Booker T. Washington incident. HOLD DIFFERENT VIEW. Senators lianaa, Foraker and Governor Nash Approve of President's Demesnor. (Special Dispatch to Tha Times.) DELAWARE, OHIO, Oetober 13.?The formal opening of tha Republican State campaign was held here to-day. Senator Foraker was the only one of tho speakers wbo referred publicly to the incidmt cf Booker T. Washington's dining with Pres? ident Roosevelt, at the White House. When the Senator briefly referred to the matter in an informal speech on the balcony of the Hotel Donovan, he was h.udly cheered by the audience present. among them being many colored men. After the formal exercises, however, tha Senators from Ohio and Governor Nash were not averse to discussing the Rjcsevelt-Washington dinner. Senator Hanna said: "The subject is a personal one with President Roosevelt. H? has a right to entertain whom he pleases. He has not surrendered that right by becoming President. The inci dent cannot be magnitied into one of poiitical importance. The Republican p;jnt.v. however, has always been the triend of tbe colored race, and of course, President Roosevelt is in accord with his party." Senator Foraker said the colored race was to be congratulated on the obvi.uts fact that the' people of this country had a representative in tho White House who would not draw the color line. In enter taining Booker Washington at dinner in the White House, President Roosevelt has given satisfactory evidence that he is the President of the wnple people. Washlng? ton personally, was highly qualified to sit at any man's table, and, as the repre? sentative of a formerly downtrodden race. it was gratifying to know that he had obtnined such recognition from the chief executive. "This is not a white man's government nor a black man's government, said the Senator, but a goveriynent for and by the peopie." President Roosevelt has signifnd to the vhole people that he cohslders himself the head of such a government which in their regard is no lenger ideal, but is praotioable. The Senator could see no poiitical signiiicmce in the incid3.1t; the race question had ceased to be an is sue in Natlonal politics and certainly could not now be revived by the mere fact that a representative colored citizen, a cultured. digniflert gen? tlemnn. had dined with the President. Governor Nash said: "President Roose? velt, did just right. He sticks to his an nouncemenft immediately following the dea.th of McKinley. that he would be tho President of whole peopie. Surely the colored race ia a part of our people. and an important part." Pplitically the oc currence has no importance except to show what the colored people know al? ready, namelv. that they have a friend in the Wb*** T*r>noe. FORAKERS SPEECH. Senator Foraker was tne flrst speaker. Among other things he said: If our Uemooratic friends had onfy l (Continued on . Thlx*. Fag*.) THE S1BERIA TAKES A PLUNGE Largest Ocean Liner Ever Built in America. MISS TYLER SPONSOR. Christened Mammoth Boat WHh Ease and Grace. IMiVIENSE CROWD PRESENT. The Launch Was in Every Way a SiKcej*. Tbe Richmond Party and Other Gotsts , Handsomely Eatcrtaloed at Luacheon at thc Wanvkk Hotel?Deacrtptten oi the Sbip. "" ,"1 r>:?r,o ,h to Tbe Times.) NEWPORT NEWS. YA., October 13. **T. ?"*?**?"-"?> <Jt .ile ?i/ictlu_ i'aciflo mali jfner hero to-day was a grand and stirriog event. The blg yard of tha Xewport News Shisbullding' and Dry Oock Company quickly filled with an en thusiastic crowd as soon as tha big sat*. opened at ncon. and 20.000 people wit. nessed tho first dip of the biggest sht. ever butlt in Arqerica. Ihero was hardly a city in the east that was not represtnted by a score or moro of its citizens. prominent among them be? ing parties Irom New York, Philadelphia. Baitimore and Washington. Ono thing: that made the occasion par ticularly Interesting to Virginians was th* fact that the great vessel was christened by .iis. Belle Norwood Tyler. daughter di Governor Tyler, who was present, of course. with his staff and a brilliant com UBiny from the State Capital. TFTE SPOXSOR. A few minutes to 1 o-cTock thw aponsor. Miss Belle Norwood Tyler, at? tended by-ner spcnsor. Governor and Mrs. J. 'Hoge Tyler. and the Governo.s staff reached the yard from the Warwick Hotel 'and took thair places on the stand built for the occasion under the pravr of the great shjp. Prominent in the party- were the spon sor's siaters. Misses Susie and Lily Tyler. fche members of the Governor'.. staff?Col. Jo Lano Stern. Col. J. C. Campbell, C V. Carrington. James Mann. William Came roi. and W. XV. Sale, Mr. and Mr*. John D. Potts, Miss Maude Ba.ttie and Mr. W* lt. Battle, Jr., of Washington; iMis? Mary Ashley Bell, of Fluvanoa, and Mra C. V. Oarrinrton. AIR OF EXPECTAXCY. On the launching stand there was cn air of expectancy. Miss Tyler stood in the ?oentre of ber sma.lt' retinue. and in her hand was the bottle of wine tr? be used in the ceremony. The bottle wns er.eased in a silk net, depanded frcm a cord cas tenecl to tho ship's rail. From Its neck flowed streamers of red. white and biua ribbon. While slightly nervous. as might be expected. the charming sponsor smiled radiantly, and the eyes of all in the party were turned to the great ship that loeked up beffore them. The tide was at the highest of the flood at 1 o'clock. As the moment of tne launching ap? proached, the suppressed excitement among tho spectators became evident. The workmen were biu?i'Iy engaged in re moving thft rcta'ning beams and propa from beneath tho ship. and the sound of the hammers and saws was audihte above the din made by the merry laugbter and eonversation of the crowd. At last all was ln readiness. A slender tbread of timber was all that kept thv, big ship from an involuntary pittnge. Thera was a moment of breathless stiliness. and then tho sponsor advanced to the edge of the stand and raised aioft graceJCully tha beautiful symbol of iavoeation to Xep?" tune. the god of the sea. THE CHRISTBXTNG. The saw parted tho last spiinter, tha big ship quivered and moved. Gracefully Jliss Tyler dashed the bottle against th? ship's prow. exclaiming in a voice sweetlj musical: "I christen thee Sibcria!" Slowly, and almost impereeptibly at flrst, the big ship started toward the wa- j ter. Then, gathering velocity with her weight, she glidert gracefully d'own the ways, and proudly plunged into her na? tive element. The impressive silence of the multitude was broken by cheers, and th? din of a score of steam whistles welcomed the new-born craft to the waters of the his toric James. Siberia drifted listiessly out into the river at the mercy of the tide, until a pigmy tug picked her up an<S towed her back to the piers, where she wili be completed. Miss Tyler is one of the most charming sponsors that has gracecf a latinchLng at tlie local yard. She is a decidediy pretty brunette. She wore a handsome gown of cream broadcloth applique. touches of color being supplied by tncrttstations of Persian embroidery- To complete the toiiet, she wore a large black Gainsbor ough hat with long black plumes. THE LLXCHEOX. At 2 o'clock luncheou was served at tha Casino to the launching party and others. who had received invitations to the launching stand. Among these were: Governor Hoge Tyler and party, consist? ing of the sponsor, Miss Belle Norwood Tyler, Mrs. Tyler, Misses Sue and Lily Tyler, Maud Battle, of Washington: Mary Ashley Bell, Mrs. C. V. Carrington. Mrs. J. D. Potts. and Colonel Jo Lune Stern. Colonel AV. W. Sale, Or. C. V. Carrington. William Cameron. J. D. Potts. James Mtnn. W. Ir. Battle, Jr., and many navat officers and distinguished guests. THE VESSEL. Costing $2,0<Xi,COO each when completed, nearly 600 feet in length and with. a dis piacement of nearly 10.000 tons, the Pa? cific Mail leviatbans Siberia and Korea will easily be the largest. costHest. hand somest and speediest vessels an the Pa? cific ocean. They wiil ply between Sao Francisco and Hong Kong, with. Hono lulu. Yokohama and Nagasaki as ports of call. The two vessels are exact dupil cates and th? description which appiiear to one applies also to the other. Unclo i Sam is building costlier warshlps, but not I even the five poweriul battleships of tha [ Virginia class will aproach the dimen i elons of tha monster Pacific Mail Liners*. \ Kacji. when completed. will have a dis i -phuiement of 3.60O tons more than tha battleship Virginia, which ls building here. The finest epulpment is provided tor both Tho only American-built ships whldh apj>roach the Siberia tn slze or magnlfl cence of tnterior finish are the Ameri? can Llne steamsMps St. Louis and St, Paul, of theXew York-S*xsthampton roaten | Thelr dlmenslons are: Length, 52S.5 feet*; beam, 63 feet; .depth. 23.8 Teet. Their dis XContinocd. on Tbtol Pa^e.)