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The Victim of an Assassin Firing frorii
State Execntive Office Building;
Even the Detail of Smokeless Powder Provided
in the Dastardly Work.
— i -. ac ■
But the General Belief is That He is Not the Mur=
derer— Goebel's Wound Declared Fatal— Great
Excitement in Frankfort— Militia in Possession of
Capitol— Contest^ Boards Qecide to Seat Goebel.
FP.ANKFORT, XT., January 30.— While
T..'Jkir.ff through the Capitol grounds on
jjii; way to the Capitol building at ten
minutes after 11 o'clock this morning,
"William Goebel, the Democratic contest
ant for the governorship of Kentucky,.
■vvaF shot down and very dangerously,
Harland Whittaker, a farmer from But-
Jer county, the home county of. Governor
Taylor, is now in the jail at Louisville,
charged with the crime. There is no di
rect evidence against Whitiaker, and he
was placed under arrest more because he
wits caught around the. Capitol building
v.-hen the shots were fired than for any
other av'Parenfreason. lie denies in the
most positive manner that he had any
conncctioa with the shooting, or knew
fiiiyiliing about it. He was running to
ward the scene of the shooting, and not
away from it, when he was arrested.
Bcnator Goebel was wounded by a rifle
hall of small calibre, not over 38, which
Ftruek him in the right side just'below
the arm-pit. The ball passed through the
lack part of the right lung, and across
The body in a. diagonal line, passing out
1..: low the left shoulder-blade. The vital
organs were not injured, with the excep
tion of the right lung.
-"Mr. Goebel was on his way to the Sen
ate Chamber, in company with Colonel
.jack Clunn arid I Warden Ep'h" Liliard, of
;he Frankfort penitentiary. Mr. Liliard
-'•was -a few feet in advance of Goebel and
Chirm, who were walking side by side,
Goebel being on the right and Chirm upon
From the outer edge of the Capitol
pTOunds to the step of the Capitol build
ing- the distance is about 300 feet. Two-
Ihirds of this had been passed and the
juen wore walking slowly, when suddenly
a shot rang out from a large three-story
building which stands fifty feet east of
The Capitol building. This building is used
Jt offices by nearly ail the leading offi
cials of the State, Governor Taylor and
Hie Secretary of Slate having- rooms on
the "first lioor.
As the shot was heard Goebel save a
quirk, involuntary exclamation of pain,
;tn<l made an effort to draw his own re
volver. -His strength was unequal to the
task, however, and he sank upon .the
pavement.. With great rapidity several
more shots wore firod, ; the bullets all
litrikiuK th<_> brick sidewalk close to where
O-K-1.-v! lay. None of thorn touched him,
fcoyn ver.
! -il!nrd hastily turned around to i aid
G[,ci K-l.K -l. who was supported;. l>"y Chirm.
v-" i»ad his arms about Go-W almost
<-•- n.on hx lie touched- the pavement.
"<~><i ht-lp," saW Chirm to Liliard, and.
y^'i'mti to Goobel, he asked, "Are you
"«i'v, Did they set you?"
'"i'h.y have irot me-- this'tinu'." snid
<^ <!,<!. ••] guess they «ay« killed me."
•'< l<-:-« than a. inhiut'i a crowd of men
aroiijuj Govb-ji. ,H« was 'losing- much
k-'">ti and was becoming very; weak. : H<>
»:»: ■ hftstUy carried to tin; dil!eVoi:Di\ E.
'»• Humct, in the basam-nt of tiio. Capitol
""'"-). fcbout 1.000 feet :lrom : the^pot
* -wuej-fe tL« shoot ln X " occurred. Hero 'ho
B'^H^W^^^w^^'' '-^^^^^mo^%tmmm - - -m^^^ , r
v.-as laid on a sofa, while Dr. Hume made
a hasty examination, pronouncing the
wound to be of a nature that must cause
death in a short time.
Goebel, who showedgreat fortitude and
courage throughout, smiled weakly as he
heard the verdict, and feebly rolled his
head from side to side in token of dissent
from that opinion. He was then carried
to his room on Ihe second floor of the
Capitol Hotel, and in addition to Dr.
Hunse, Drs. McCormick and Ely were
summoned to attend him.
-After a careful examination of the
wound the doctors announced "that, while
exceedingly dangerous, it was not neces
sarily fatal, unless complications or
blood-poisoning should set in: The pa
tient himself kept up his courage, insist
ing again and again that he was not go
ing to die.
It was decided by his friends to call in
also the services of Dr. McMurty, a prom
inent surgeon of Louisville, and urgent
messages were at once sent for him.
After the wound had been dressed Sen
ator Goebel showed great exhaustion, and
it was announced by (he physicians that
h« would in all probability die in a short
time. He rallied, however, and under the
influence of an opiate sank into a. gentle
slumber, which lasted several hours.
The bullet which struck Mr. Goebel was
fired from a window in the centre of the
third story of the office building just east
of the Capitol. That window was raised
about eight inches from the sill, to per
mit an unobstructed. passage, for the bul
let-when Mr. Goebel' should "come within"
range. Both Chirm and. Liliard assert
that, whilo The first shot came from the di
rection of the window in the third story,
there' were other shots fired from different
portions of the same building. Some of
those who heard the shots say that at
least one shot was fired from the office of
the Secretary of State. This, however, is
not true, as there were men in the office
of the Secretary of State, .who rushed to
the window as soon as the. shooting was
heard, and all of them declare that there
was no shot fired at all from that part
of the building.
The window in the third story was left
open, no-effort being- made to close it. by
the would-be assassin,- while not another
window in the building was owned, nor
were there any places where bullets had
been fired through them.
Whittaker was arrested as he came
down the stops on the cast side of the
State office building, directly below the
window from which the shots had been
fired. As he reached the sidewalk, and
was hastening toward the scene of the
shooting, he was met by John E. Miles,
who is 7* years old. Although o'd. .Miles'
threw himself upon : Whittakor, winding
his arms around him and calling loudly
for help. This, was right at hand, and
in aii instant Whittaker was surrounded
by a group of men:, many of ~ them with
drawn revolvers. He made ,no attempt
to escape, knowing well that the slightest
attempt to do so would have brought a
dozen buli.Vts into his body." He submit
icd quietly to a search, which was quick
ly made, the proceeds- being -three, re
volvers and one: big knife. A' quick exam
ination -of . the. revolvers;' showed /that
nonet of the cartridges had been used,
ami there was no powder-smut upon: an>\
part of his weapons, 1 - proving. -conclusively
that he .could not .-have", used any. of his
three revolv«;rs. In addition ; to : -this, all
t hdsv who heaVd the shots join ' in -the
'statement that they; were: from a rifle and
lroin a smaller -weapon. ' ' ■
Whiitaker was quickly, taken away and
placed in jail, -while a guard --was ■■ placed
at the outer.-"entrance . to- keep .out 'all
■people; who had ho direct; "connection with
'theMhsthutibnV; " \ : " -^ " : ■;.
; 'The ■prisoner, is 'a man; slightly: over the
medium size, with sandy;,hair ; 'and: mous-i
. tachc; .; He : ; is .- disposed; to, take -thingH;
calmly, \altlioush he repeated- again and
again' that he knew, nothing '^whatever:
about-the shooting." . '[■'. •
"I was on the first floor, of the build-,
ing," said he. "when,;! heard. Governor'
/Taylor .. tell ; that man Davis, the Capitol
policeman, to go over, at once to see Gene
ral; Collier. I said I would : go with him,
and thnt was where! was going. I want
ed to know, too, what the shooting was
.about. When Istepped outside that man
grabbed me, and that's air I know, and
that's a 'fact." -.', \.\ .
Few people believ^e that Whittaker is
guilty of the .crime, but the fact that lie
was hastily leaving- the. building from
which the shooting was done was enough
to:make the trouble, for him... . .
"That man Davis," to whom Whittalcer
referred,- is Colonel- John Davis, custodian:
of the Capitol grounds. His -story agrees
with that of Whittaker.'.
"I was just outside of Governor Tay
lor's office," said Colonel Davis,»."when : I
heard the shots, and heard Governor Tay
lor say: 'My. God. when have they done?'
He called to rrie at once to go over to the
oHice of Adjutant-General Collier,; and
.Whittaker went alongl I am" positive;that
he could not have done the shooting.r.:We
wer€;at the door of the; building in" too
short «a time for that." ;• ;
As soon as it was known that the bullet
which struck Mr. Goebel had come; from
the.building to the east- agroup of men
gathered in front of the door on the east
side. Others ran around to the door on
the west side to prevent the escape of
anybody from there. Several men at-,
tempted to enter the doors from the out
side, but were prevented by groups of
mountaineers, who stood in the doorways.
Some of these men held Winchesters in
their hands, and presented an aspect SO:
generally. uninviting that no attempt was
made to enter the building, and nobody
gained entrance to it for someminutes
after the shooting had been in
which time the assassin had a n&le op
portunity to escape.
That the shooting of Mr. Goebel was
the result of a carefully-laid plan is with
out question. The man who did the work
had evidently taken his stand at. the win
dow, which had previously been raised; in
order to allow the free passage 1 of the
bullet, and. waited until his victim was
in full sight before firing. / .
Ever since the; influx of. mountaineers
last week a large number of them have
been sleeping in the upper part of the
State House. It is not known, however,
that any of these men did the work, or
that they had any knowledge of the pre
meditated crime. There, has not, so far,
been discovered the slightest direct evi
dence 1 pointing to any man, and Jt not like
ly now that they will ever be found.
" The man who fired the shots took the
precaution, to conceal his location by,
using smokeless-powder cartridges. A
score of people had a full view of the
side of the building from which the firing
was done, and all of them declare that
not a sign of powder-smoke was visible.
Both Chirm and Liliard are men of ex
perience in affairs in which powder
smoke is a more or less prominent feature,
and they botli declare that, while they
could tell the general direction from
which the bullets came, they could not
guess at the spot from which' they were
"I tried hard to get a sight of the 1 fel
low," said Liliard.. "He kept pouring the
lead down at us, and I will swear there
was not assign .of anything to .indicate
from' u where he "was shooting. As many
shots as he fired would make considerable
powder-smoke, if ordinary cartridges were
used, but never a sign of smoke could I
see." ,
"I looked around, a mighty brief spell,"
said Colonel Chirm. "but there was no
thing for me to look at, so I paid atten
tion to Goebel. The fellow used smoke
less-powder all right, and I guess he was
pretty wise to' do it. Somebody might
have got him, if they had known where
lie was. By the time we knew where to
look for him, he was gone."
The Republican State officials and mem
bers of the Legislature, without excep
tion, denounce the shooting in the most
unmeasured terms.
Governor Taylor immediately caused a
small address to be published, declaring
the affair to be a disgrace and an outrage,
and calling for the severest condemna
tion. He sent orders at once to Adjutant-
General Collier, directing him to; take
steps for the preservation of order. Gene
ral Collier is a Republican and is opposed
to Mr. Goebel. He declared the shoot-;
ing to be a most cowardly affair, and one
upon which every condemnation was to
be set.
By the time Mr. Goebel had been lifted
from the ground to be carried to the
hotel Colonel Collier had telephoned to
the Armory, ordering the infantry regi
ment, under Captain Walsh, to march to
the Capitol and take possession of it,
which they did. The men inarched across
the front- of the Capitol building
and halted at the foot of the steps. Or
ders were issued to outside militia
throughout the State to make ready: at
once "to come to Frankfort, the entire.
State Guard being called into service.
It was feared that the news .of the
shooting would so inflame the Democrats
that they would come to Frankfort .'in.
swarms, whilo the mountaineers would
lose no time in .coming to the capital for,
the purpose of upholding their party.
"It makes no difference to me," said
General Collier, "who starts anything.
We will preserve order on both sides.'- ;
The excitement among the followers of
Mr. Goebel was great, and for a short
time immediately following the shooting
of their leader there was more than a
possibility that some of the hot-heads"
would seek vengeance upon their political
enemies.. Threats were made.against Re
publican leaders and attorneys during
the excitement, but", the .leading Demo
cratic members of the House and Senate
soon brought calmer talk. .
Like wildfire the news spread, and men
began to pour, toward the Capitol grounds,
one-throng being. led by two firemen, one
of whom carried a Winchester rifle, which
the other finally^ prevailed upon him to
lay aside. .
A shooting affray occurred in a. saloon
about the time that Mr. Goebel was shot,
Craig Ireland, a sporting man.. ; fatally
Avounding Ike Williams, "a; negro. The men .
were in an altercation when Williams
struck Ireland, who promptly sent a bul-.i
let through the; negro's stomach;; Ireland
\vtis locked up.
It was at first thought;this.was the in-,
auguration of the long-threatened politi- .
■'cafsliootins. in .'general; all along the line,
but the affair had; nothing to do with the
"political situation. , :.>: .>
Senator-elect; Blackburn; who Was in
Washington, was informed, of the : ; shoot
ing- through- the; long-distance telephone,
aiid sent backa message. urgiUKthe Dem
ocrats to h'emain qiiiet ; and ; take no rash
action of any sort.^; ; , ;•- ..
Contest Hoard*. So Deoiile— Cupltol
": : ':'.' Grotind.siPtill-ofiSoltller.s.;. ';.. "■-//:
-FRANKFORT,. KY., January, SO.^-Whiie)
Wiiiiam-CJoebellay at the: point : of ; death
iii his room as.:the..result'Of:arifassagsin'si
initial Steps: looking to This
End., Taken Last Night, ....
They Discuss the Preliminary Plans
WitQ Great Enthusiasm.
The STutter to Be Laid Before tlie
BoJird TJuij* LlTeisinji— Slny Be Held
■in Ilie Fall When State Fireiuen
.'3leet — GooilHeginninff Mnile.
The first definite- steps looking to the
formation of a street-fair organization
fov- Richmoml; woro- taken last ."night at
Murphy's Hocsl, •when a number of prom-,
inent citizens assemble:! to discuss the
scheme. The suggestions; made and the
ideas advance:! :. we're -.necessarily tenta
tive, but there now seems no doubt that
Richmond will have such a fair..
The gentlemen present; as they hope to
secure the assistance :of the Chamber of
Commerce, and other". organisations, did
not go into details^ but- mutely formu
lated the initial plans. Mr. Alex. Meyer
was selected chairman of the meeting,
and Mr. E. R. Chebtermaii, by request,
acted as secretary. -
Among those present were Messrs. W.
S. Rhoads. L.. CMiller, Dr. J-ud. B. Wood,
JchnD. Potts, O. A; Hawkins, Captain J.
H. Redwood, Harry' Eichelberger, Herbert
Fuusten, Sydney. Sycle, Morgan R. Mills,
A. R. Holderby, W.S. Cope'and, George
Minter, Thomas Christian, Sumuel Stern,
Jefferson "Wallace, Thomas G. Sydnor,.Jo
seph T. Lawless; Frank Robins, of New
York, and others. ■'■/.:
■Mr. Meyer, in assuming the chairman
ship, briefly stated the purpose of - the
meeting, 'saying its main object was, first'
of- all. to determine whether a street fair
should be held: The details, he intimated,
would unfold themselves. later on.
Captain. Redwood, representing- the Vir
ginia State Firemen's Association, stated
that his organization would meet here
September 27ih.2Sth, and or -there
abouts, and now had under consideration
extensive plans looking- to an elaborate
programme for the visit:' He said his as
sociation would bring;, to Richmond on the
dates mentioned ; between 1,500 and ' 2.00 D
men,' representing not only (ire compa
nies of .Virginia;' -but of.. Maryland,- Penn
sylvania, and adjoining States as well.
Some of these fire -.organisations would,
he .saifi.,a.]vnear, in.j'.onU'Qrm; others ,-svopld
bring" their apparatus -with i r . theru, and
nearly ; every, organization would be ac
companied by a band. Indeed,, he said,
there would be at least fifteen or twenty
bands, among them the Soldiers' Home
Band, of Hampton; the famous Stonewall
Band, of Staunton, and musical organiza
tions from Danville .and Suffolk. . Y/hile
here the firemen will have parades, drills,
banquets, and other amusement features,
partaking both of the spectacular and the
amusing character. Captain Redwood
urged the meeting to fix for the date of
the street fair the date selected by the
firemen. He believed this combination
would be mutually beneficial and alto
gether the best thing that could be done.
Incidentally, he mentioned the fact that
last year, when the 'association met in
Roanoke, the Council of that town appro
priated .S7OO for the entertainment. of the
visitors. He then asked the pertinent
question why Richmond could not do as
much and more when the "lire laddies"
came here. . .
Mr. Eichelberger, who is always on the
alert to encourage prompt action, moved
that Richmond should have a street fair,
which motion was carried, but the meet
ing deemed it judicious not to fix' a defi
nite date, nor to give a. categorical an
swer to Mr. Redwood's request. It was
the consensus of opinion that the minu
tiae could not and should not be arranged
until the assistance of the Chamber of
Commerce and other organizations was
Mr. Mills moved that the Chair, appoint
a committee of ten persons to 'confer
with. the Chamber of Commerce and fix a.
date for the fair. He expressed himself
iii opposition to hasty action in the mat
ter of details.- ..
Mr. Sydnor suggested that the 'same
committee should likewise confer with
the Travellers' Protective Association, an
organization whose members continually
do Richmond inestimable good in pro
claiming "her industry and thrift and ad
vertising her attractiveness:' This sug
gestion was gladly acquiesced in both by
Mr.. Mills and the other gentlemen pres
ent, and the motion,, as - thus amended,
was carried.
As all the proceedings were ■informal,
the Chair requested that . every gentle
man present should go before the' Cham
ber of Commerce Board and advocate the
attractive .'scheme; hence the committee
was not named individually.
The conference contemplated by Mr.
Mills's motion will take place with the
directors of the' Chamber- of Commerce
this-, evening at C o'clock.
There seemed to be some doubt' as to
when a meeting with the Travellers' Pro-"
fective Association could be- had. and this
matter will be decided after the confer
ence this evening. ;'■'■'■
The -Chair invited all '•; the 'gentlemen
pr.-t.ent to express their opinions and give
their views as to the proposed. street' fair.
Literature on the subject was also hand
ed aiound. Mr. Potts, of the Chesapeake
an.! Ohio," expressed himself as enthusi
astically in favor of some movement to
annually attract the .; people : to -Richmond, :
and endorsed a; street fair most heartily.
While he confessed himself ignorant as
to the details' of such- public .entertain
ments, he pledged his' support both as
a railroad man and a; citizen. •
MeHsrs.- Chesterman : and Sydnor sug
gested the importance of taking' prompt
steps to secure the use ,. o'f--: the ; . Capitol
Square, and public grounds for .possible
use in- case .that, locality Js selected: as
the site of the" fair. / This matter otvas dis
cussed-at,some length;, and proper: steps
wilt be taken to secure, the necessary con
cessions from the-- proper; State, officials.
It ■ should 1 ; not be inferred : from this ■ ac
tio'o.. however, that the: meeting .pledged
Itself to nhat; locality as a place: for the
fair. No; place was settled upon, for that
.matter : will -be held in abeyance for the
present! _-•' -' - ' \ ,
Secretary-of-the-Commonwealth Law
less; who 'rln?;thti' course of -the •, evening
m;uie several -valuable, suggestions, 'intro
duced to^theimeeting Mr.;- Frank 1
of New York; a gentleman-: whose' busi
ness itftis- to look after^.the^amusement
■in.-l' 'spectaculfu- ; features,= of.;such- fairs.
and to relieve'the committees fronrmiuor
hraiicial.worries.^ Mr. Robins? was Tealled
? m>c;vtogive "is v iews:as;tojstreet?fa^r3,•
?II? II ml to : state just what he proposed;to " elo:
H-? submitted; a= plan of ;.organizatlon:iin,
•v/ritinEV^and'tuis fDaper,- ;whenvreaQil3y,
the -: secretary..- shed much > light: upon?. the
;-prehminary -steps vwhich ! niust.be taken in'
■■ this . .; _The - association t which- ; Mr.
;"RobinsJ: represents -'Usuallyi' assumes ; the
'greater -part ■ of^ the/ financial': obligations
;Of; such sfairs;-'; in 'consideration'; of
; concessions^; frpm ;i : the* Council.".-'No.;-defi
| ni te vcontract^wasVmade ;with .iMr.'Robins,
as ; it/ was .' deemed : premature -to -; arrange
sucu details at s this .meeting.'^ Mr. Robins,
by ." the : way ,•• said - tha t i he was now : nego
tiating withithe^Business-Men's: Associa-.
;tion of Norfolk: along: the same " .lines.
The people.iofithe'.City;: by >the Sea, -he
said, contemplated, having some gala oc
cssionin .their town in Maylnext. ' ; "-■-■■.
WP&v* Sam Stern delivered a ,, f fervid!specch.
expressing- hiscehthusiasm concerning the
proposed scheme.V; "Go ahead,": exclaimed
• this j enterprising /citizen. :,"I1 for one :will
to' beiwith you- on :this. occasion."
>• Seme inquiries were made, as: to thelate:
Civic Carnival'-: organization, ; which . did
1 suchi splendid . work", in connection with
the : Shubrick, launching. -It was;suggest
ed ithat that -body, after . -its -recent,
achievement; was" willing to rest on its
laurels and - commit such good works as J a
StreetiFair.; to. newer hands. . Mr. Stern,'
;h'ow ever, . expressed -.himself :as ■ certain
that the-. Civic jj Carnival Commltfee ; would
enthusiastlcally-ifollow the ; leadership of
the gentlemen and those' with
whom: they might hereafter ; associate
themselves. : . •:. ' '. " ' : ':-'■ '■.
Mr. Meyer thought it was asking too
much to. expect the Civic Carnival' organi
zation to again bear such honorable- and
fruitful burdens as they bore last fall.
Dr. Wood favored a .mass-meeting— a
b:g,- enthusiastic affair— at which officers
should be ; elected; and the incidental ma
chinery, put- in regular motion. He said he
l>elieved that: we were going to have a
Street Fair; that this scheme. evidently
proved itself more attractive: than any
other, and that, for his part; >he thought
May would do as well for.itaa September.
Norfolk's Fair, in his opinion, wouid in
no way interfere -with Richmond's ;more
ambitious undertaking. .: ' ;
' Captain Redwood strenuously opposed
having the. fair in May. That time, of all
others, -he. said. : was the busiest' with
farmers; whereas September- is a period
of comparative idleness with them..
. . It is generally, expected that the whole
proposition will assume a definite, tangi
ble, and promising shape after the con
ference with the members of the Cham
ber, of Commerce to-night. After this
meeting there will, follow another with
the Travellers' Protective Association,
and later, perhaps, others with such fur
ther organizations as shovi an interest
in the matter. - . :
All-classes of business were represented
in the" meeting last night, and: none of
the gentlemen present desired special dis
criminations to. be ipadeto their line of
business. It was distinctly intimated that
the Street Fair should be an. industrial
free-for-all. : and that Richmond's inte-.
rests and welfare should, under all cir
tcumstances,. be paramount.
Eiinernl: .of Major Hmmler -Ye.ster
(laj-—Oiit-of-Toivn Attoiirtanis.
. Seldom has a larger assemblage, and
never one more deeply affected, : thronged
Grace-Episcopal church than that tvhich
gathered at the funeral of Major Thomas
A.-^Brander . at, 3 o'clock yesterday after
noon. Outnumbering all the others of
air ages and classes were the gray-clad
and gray-haired comrades of ' the' civil
war, who .occupied more than • half the
main-floor tiers of seats. Lee Camp and
the Soldiers- Home veterans, as well as
a fine representation from Pickett Camp,
were present. Seldom in recent years
liave so many of Lee Camp's : members or
of the Soldiers-Home veterans turned
out on any occasion. Pegram's Battalion
Association, Company F Association, the
Sons of Veterans; and the Richmond How
itzers honored the. dead: commander's
memory by their pTtsonce. ..The Howit-.
zers : dfd not enter the church, but re
maiifed at rest outside. .''
The Daughters of the Confederacy, the
Lee Camp.: Ladies' Auxiliary, and the
Junior Hollywood Association were rep
resented at the obsequies by. officers and
members. In the procession to "Holly
wood a group of officers of each- of the
ladies' organizations occupied carriages.
The casket was borne in' and
before ihe- chancel. It was covered with
Confederate >flags. .Two came from Lee
Camp, but more suggestive, of. the service
<■>£ Dim..-. whose..- body:., was thus .hnrtorert
was the -tattered, bullet-torn headquar
ters flag of Pegram's Battalion, now a
cherished reminder of the campaign of
'61 to '65. The casket was,- of course,
closed. ; Inside, a uniform of Confederate
gray enveloped the lorm of the dead.
This was in accordance with an oft-re
peated req.ue.st.-' ;
The services were conducted by Rev.
Landonß. Mason. . He confined himself
to the Episcopal burial form. A large,
vested choir sang favorite hymns, which
seem to grow sweeter and more precious
as time goes on. 'Among the selections
were "Blest Be the Tie That Binds."
"Jesus, Lover of My Soul," ami "Just "As
I Am, Without One Plea."
The procession to the cemetery was a
long one. Nearly all the organisations
in attendance at the church, followed the
remains to the grave. The Soldiers-Home
veterans were an exception; the weather
was so cold and raw that it was deemed
best they should drop out of line.
At the" conclusion of the burial service,
which was read by Rev. Mr. Mason at
the side of the grave, i son of the de
ceased. Rev. W. W. Brander, stepped
forward and pronounced, the" benediction.
There were few- dry eyes about the mound
when, an instant later, the Howitzers'
bugler sounded taps. The boom of a ma
jor's salute echoed: among the hills as
the crowd commenced the homeward jour
ney.' : „
Among distinguished personages xrom.
a distance who attended the- funeral were:
General Stith Boiling, of Petersburg; Col
onel Theo. iS. Garnett. of Norfolk; Colo
nel Hugh D. Smith, of Petersburg; Colo
nel Richard C. Marshall., of Portsmouth;
General Thomas T. Munford of Lynch
burg; Colonel C. C. Taliaferro, of Roa
noke; Colonel.. John Cussons. of Glen Al
len, and Major William Munford, of Bal
timore. "■ ■
Dentil— A Fii-e — CoiiHrmution— Other
KeliSious Xotcs.
PETERSBURG, VA., January 30.—(Spe
cial.)—Mr. Julius Leibert, whose illness
has been mentioned in this coi'respond
ence, died this morning about 7-O'clock.
He was taken ill with pneumonia one
week ago. It ; was thought yesterday
that the disease' had been conquered.
Last evening, however, : his condition
changed for .the worse and death result
ed this morning. Mr. Leibert was .23
rears old. and leaves a widow and one
child He is the third member of his
family who has died within the past live
months. His father, Mr. Julius Leibert,
St., died in September, and a few weeks
later his mother passed away. Mr. Lei
bert was the agent in this city of the
Home Brewing Company, of Richmond,
and was universally popular. He was a
member of Petersburg Lodge of Elks,
and -was the seventh member of that;
lodge* who has died. " .
Fire occurred this afternoon about .5
o'clock- in tha-dwelling-house on Boiling
brook street owned by.: Mr. J. B. Bass
and occupied by the family, of -~Mr: Charles
A. Clark. Considerable damage was done
to* the roof and upper portion of. thehouse.'
The fire is supposed, to have originated
from sparks. '■.■', . -.■
The offerings of loose tobacco continue
very large this week. The sales last week
aggregated. 1.145.C00 pounds. The receipts:
of hogsheads are also -large. .. . , -.-
Mr Joseph R. Tucker to-day qualified
before" Judge Timothy, Rives, in vacation,
as Assessor of Lands and Lots for Prince
Geo" l^ county, to which office he; was: re
cently appointed. -Mr.^Tucker-gave bond
in the sum o£ ?5,000 in the United States'
Fidelity and. Guarantee .Company. •;.
Bishop ■ Randolph last .night confirmed a
class of four candidates' at; the Church of
the ' Good Shepherd; ■-•in this city. -He'also
visited 'arid administered "confirmation
yesterday at the Episcopal church at
Hon '■': "W. W^ Baugh. member of 'the
House' of Delegates. from "Prince George
and' Sun y counties, has sold his farm near
Spring Grove/ to >Mr.'; C. H." , Williams- jof
Pennsylvania.'; Mr. Baugh,' however,' .will
still; live : in: Surry. .•;-:,::;.;■:.
■ The County Court of Sussex meets
morrow. This: .is a regular grand-jury
term ', and; ; - it : is Tsaid, several Common 1
wealth's casesare on the docket.
-Mrs; : Williams. ;of .Victoria;, B. C, has
written here.Vmakinsr-inquiriesTabout her
'sister Mrs. " : H. " Dausonville. . '^ who, she
'says- lived in m.. the -^ fit ties
and -sixties- ,-.. There is no- such' name;. in
our ; di re<-' t ory. " an d ;. none such ' is ■ . remem
bered. .The writer -of the letter is .very
anxious to -learn -something .about her
: sister -•'
": The : first" quarterly • conference- of o.the
v\Vest-Street ;^Methodist "'Episcopal .church
was'held last night.SPresrding-Eldei^R.'cT.
Wilson Bresldingr.';gßev. :> Lv 'A. TiGuver.'- the
pastor,*- gave a jroocl account;o£>his church..
He- reported! 270 "Sunday-school . chUUrfn
on the -:ro|l; an Increase -iot.' membership,
'of the church. land the' prompt and f"»
payment of aU. the .; quarterly.; assess-,
ments. .Thechurch:ig.growlns raoialv-inj
numbers and. influence. ..and Rev.. Mr.
Guyer. is to be congratulated on the gooa;.
work he is doing:. "_ : ' i: ' :0 '
Tl»e 6Vil Company AViJIRe-Knter the
Service FrlilnyXislit.; ; :
The Richmond will i\b« mustered
in next Friday night at the Regimental
Armory... lt is proposed to celebrate the
muster-in: withan elaborate banquet, and
a/ committee is how at work arranginir
the details. As some important busines.s
will be transacted, such- as_. setting the
night for drills, etc.. a large and enthusi
astic meet ing: is expected. .
■The" muster-in of the Grays is a matter
of more than iordinary interest.- -It is an
organization" with a~. glorious history .be
hind it, and ha*-: always been oneof the
■most popular V military companies .in :the;
city. In the: days prior to the Spanish'
warit bore the : reputation of being one
of the crack "companies of the State. It
has : probably, taken „ as. . many prizes in
comiietitlve drills as any company in Vir-"
ginia. " r-'-.'S-S .".'•""••■ „ ■ ■■■ *•■"
The present organization has more than
the requisite.i'number "o£ names. However,
there isial ways room 'for a few more, and
any young ■ man of .good character -may
become; a Gray. . The new company has
the hearty support: of the Grays' Veteran
Association -and the Grays' .Junior Asso
ciation,'and atany meeting night'theold
vets^ may :be. seen encouraging the young
Grays by thwi'r presence. The company
has completed, the elections of officers,
and notliing remains now to be done ex
cept some routine -work, which Captain
C. A. Crawrord. the. genial commander of
the Grays, thinks, will take a week or ten
days to complete.
; I'roeeertinj;* «>» HanUriiptey.
the United States District Court
yesterday discharges in bankruptcy were
granted to Alfred C. Walter, A. T. .. V.
Bennett, and E. E. Johnson.
Orders of notice for discharge were en
tered in . the : matter, of bankruptcy of
George W. , AndersonA W. V. Clements,
Nora A. Jackson. Ford & .McDonald, and
Goodman Brothers. \
Orders for adjudication and reference
were entered in the matter of bankruptcy
of. Abram Dettlebach and R. C. Auus-
DatiKh. :-. ; " " ' , ■ •- :_■ ■'■_:-
Trustee bonds were executed by. J. K.
V. Daniel in the penalty of «(>, and by
J. H. Knotts In the penalty of $250. ;
Captain SlieltonKe.Hisn.s.
Captain A. V. Shelton, foreman ot Hook
and-Ladder. Compimy No. 3. has tendered
his resignation, to ' take effect from,- Z eb
raary Ist. The vacancy will probably be
filled at the next meeting: of the fire com
missioners. Mr. Shelton's business as an
elevator contractor;. requires all of his
time, so that he has concluded to resign
his position in the department. •
Anil»iilimee' Cans" 1 : Y"ester«lay.
A negro man ha 3 "convulsions at the
American Tobacco. Company's factory at
Twenty-fifth. and.' Gary streets yesterday
morning The ambulance. was summoned,
and Dr. W. W. Parker treated him.
Eddie Jones (colored) had a liemor
rhage from the lungs at the T. C. A\il
liams Tobacco Company's. Dr. Parker
treated him- and removed him, io his
home. ,-
Motions for Judgment Filed.
In the Law and ! Equity Court yesterday
motions for judgmenf.were tiled, as fol
lows: By Hoover. Freetl & Van Gunteii
against "Eva N. Ewig, for 595.94: by the
Cohen Company -against Martha E.
Mvers.. for SStH.IS: by Lewis Ginter's.trus
tees against Nellie U Hoffman, for ?110.
St. Andrew's XeVv ClinreH. '.
It" is understood that St. Andrew's
church will in the summer begin the
erection of a handsome new house .of
worship, to be built entirely of "stone.
New and" permanent- buildings willi also be
erected,- it is said. : for the school, and
other work" or .'the- 'parish. "'. "
Marslian-"\Vard Assessments.
The assessors having 'finished, assessing
Marshall Ward, can be found in .Room
No 14. City Hall, from 9 A. M. to :J
o'clock P.. M. the balance of the week.
Persons owning property in said ward
can call, if they so desire, and review the
Caused !>y Defective Flue.
A defective flue at the drugstore ' of
Owens & Minor caused a still alarm to
be turned in .yesterday morning at 9:10
o'clock. The damage was tritling.
American : ; Lieutenant ami TUrr»>
Private.H Killed.
MANILA, January 30.— A scouting- party
of the Twenty-fifth Infantry, while ope
rating near. Subig, "\vas ambushed by
surgents, and a lieutenant and three pri
vates were killed, and two or three pri
vates wounded.
A~ company some distance in the rear,
on hearing" the firing, hurried to . the.
scene and recovered the bodies.
The local papers assert, though the
statement is not confirmed, that the in
surgentsjost forty in killed and wounded.
Xo Clmnjce in Telegraph IJtUicalty—
Gompcrt to He Consulted.
ATLANTA, GA.. January 30.— The si tu
atiori in the threatened trouble between
the telegraphers and the Southern 'rail
way remains unchanged. No reply has
yet been received from General-Manager
Gannon to the request made by the com
mittee of telegraphers for an interview..
It is said to-night that Samuel Compers,
president of the Federation of Labor, has
be>°n invited to. Atlanta for a conference
with Chief Powell, of the Order of Rail
road Telegraphers.
Idle Cotton-MUI Soon to Start Cp.
SAVANNAH. GA.. January 30.— The
Savannah Cotton-Mill, which has been
idle for about two years, was purchased
to-day by.X. H. Tilton, of New Hamp
shire. It will be put . in operation about
April Ist. The mill makes yarns only, .and
employs over ICm>. hands.
Ulules and-Kooil lor TSrltish Army-.
NEW ORLEANS, January 30.— The
steamship lona (British), Cummlngs mas
ter, cleared to-day for Cape Town.^Afri
ca, via St. Lucia, with I.2<Jo. mules for the
British Government and- a large lot of
foodstuffs. ••■•'-..
llatM-at . Ilerrj'.s.
Fifty dozen Black'and Brown ?2 Derbys
at Berry's, until sold, at §L each. This
season's styles . and -shapes.
Mr. Jacob Bioch, : who has been con
fined: to his room. for. the past three weeks,
is convalescent, and will soc»n be at his
old stand,, with Burk & - Co. .
: Sj>l llat.s;iit Berry**. .
Fifty dozen Black and 'Brown $2 Derbys
at Berrj'>, until sold, at "sl each. This
season's styles and shapes.
. PlllslMiry' I*.1 *. KlakeU Oat a,
" the : best money., can buy.
§1 Hat.vat Uerr}>.
Fifty dozen Black and Brown -JU Derby.-*
at Berry's, uiruil* sold, at $1 each. " This
season's' styles and f shape;?. : . ;
OI«l Dominion* Daily K«*t FreJ^lit;
The Old Dominion: .Steamshij* Coiii
pany's Daily .steame'rs : are now making a
very Fa st .Freight" "sch'etlult* , to and : f roni
N'ew.:'.York-=;'aud^Richmond, freight ;Vle
livefies being' made" In ithis olty ;on tsecontl
morning from New York. .thus, givingr^ a
Daily service with cheap rales arid "fast
time, r : , v■; '.■;: ;— .:
"PillMbury'ii He»f
.£l3;the best' Flour,:-
Budget Provides for Great!
Economy of Production.
-■-.-.-.". ■•' •'.■.*■'.* .'.■-■ ■ .. ----" -V :. . -.- -.'.'" -„.-. -.'".'.■■,■ ■'. ■--'. ■ "- ;
Double Superheating System at- Water-
Gas Plant. -
Conteiitleil TUat Air Abovejf JO.OOty:
for Tiilerp.tt, Should Be^ Sitveil jtti"
Cinisnmer.i — T« Auticipntc" the ;Com
petition of Eleetriolty. - ;^^^
The price of the city gas may :be. re
duced to SO cents per thousand .in : ir><X>. In'
fact, this is altogether probable that this
measure of relief will be afforded .- the
thousands of gas-consumera of the city.
The "present rate, ~:%\V has beenin effect
since October. 1595. . - ' /
It was learned yesterday that; tha
Finance Committee's budget, ■which v will
be reported at the next meeting; of .the
Council, provides ?21,£00 for the " improv.y
mnnt of the water-gas plant.' The
provement wiU'consist in the .Installation
of a double super-heatinif system. 'It \yfii:
permit the use of crude oil as a substi
tute for. naphtha, the price of which, in
1599, necessitated an. extra expenditure iff
the last six'nionths of about : Sll,f>oo. which
is at the rate of $22.00t> per annum. -Thi
price of naphtha went up about the middle
of. last summer, at the expiration of *th«
old contract. The .new contract called
for a price ; thac: entailed the extra, ex
pense mentioned above. . :
Since the advance. In naphtha the com-,
mittee has been seeking diligently for a
means of avoiding.,* the 1 use of that fuel;;
The .unanimous decision for a '.doublu
super-heating- system was reached. A
resolution piovidirjj for aii : appropriation
of $21,300 passed .the ; Council , several
months ago. anil its passage; through ths
Board of Aldermen, it is believed, could
have beenisecured. However, in- view -o£
the early expiration o£ the fiscal year; it
was thought best to let~the^Finance Com r
mittee make, provision for the. improve
ment, in' the budget for 190), -and'thU the
committee has done. ;. ; ■
The sense at the Committee oh ' Gas, as
well as of those in charge fot '■ the '-:Gas
Department, is decidedly in favor of r«
ducing the price of . gas. It' is believed
£l!at^--fonowlns'tfte^in^tallaxfdn :: nsor^;ttii>"
double super-heating system, an ordinance*
will be adopted by the Council, making: ii
reduction in the price -of gas from II to
75 to SO cents.
Another argument In favor of such re
duction is the language o£ the ordinances
governir.K -the department, which clearly
dtates that the price of gas shall boso
regulated -as to produce, over and a.bov^
expenses, only so much as shall be neces
sary to pay interest, on the plant at -iv
valuation at $I,OC-O.OjO, which, at 4 per
cent., 15 £10,000. The excess over expendl
turus last year was approximately SJff.COO.
of which, after d«ductlng-S!O,Ct» forin
torcsr. -?47,0C(> remains. This surplus, it is»
contended, should be wiped out by re
ducing the price to condumerd.'
..Still another argument for reduction is
ths intention of the owners of the elec-,
trie conduit system to furnirfh .electric
lights to private residences in compel it ion
with gas. The city will probablyunticl
pate such cumpetiUon by lowerins the
price of Its , gas product.
■Altogether, there is every reason to be
lieve that before next winter sets in the
price to consumers oC gas will have been
reduced 20 to 25 per cent, which would
be a- very substantial reductluu. ; -
The budget does not provide s»k).ooi).a.*k'-tl
for in order to construct a holder lii.lh'f
West End. >
ilat:* at llerry'H. .
-Fifty dozen Black. and Brown |2.JJerby.->
at Berry's, until sold, at ?1 each.^.ThliJ
season's styles and shapes.
■ ... Xlam'^nonfl. :'..',:..:,.
The best Roses. Violets. Carnations;; and
other Cut-Flowers, always on hand; Spe
cial attention given to weddings, ur.d <I<i-
• '. ' .. . I*ill."»l»nr>-*» Vlto.H, '";■„ Z' " '7 '•'■
the beat breakfast food.-; .*"■•■■;:'":.'".■.
."JWriiik Kcnny'.H Tetii am! C«»flfec«. ~
: Highest quality; lowest prices. TurJa
Sugars sold at cost.' CD. KENNY,
Northwest -.corner Broad , arid Six (h
streets: southeast corner .Main and
Seventeenth streets. ' . . „.'-:
■ "■'■ ' " . ■ :■■: ■
?t ilat.H «t HtrrrjN.
Fifty dozen Black and Brown $2 Derby's"
at Berry's, until sold, at $1 t-acli. Thia
season's styles and 3hap«:s t
If tlier IJaby i>» Gutt^npr Te<«th .
be sure and use that old and well-tried
remedy." Mrsi ■ Win^tftw'.s "Sodthlnjr* Syrup,
for children t«-.:thip.j,'. it soothes thw
child, softens the gums, allays all .iiain.
cures wind colic, and is the best remedy:
for, diarrhoea. Twenty-five cents a bottle.
The lAZeather.
- - -• 7 - -_ — -„ ;..-,-.- — .- • •
'-r-—\ WASHINGTON. JaV.ua'ry 20:—'
SNOY/l w " eatlier for^'-' a st for Wednesday
I anil Thursday: . ; ' "'
.■■■.•.Virginia— Snow flurries aiid
colder Wednesday, with brisk westerly,
shifting to northwesterly,, .winds; '.Thurs
day continued" cold, with fair in ; western,
and ratnW. snow in eastern ;port!on.' .
North Carolina. : and South .Carolina— '-.
Rain Wednesday,: followed in the: lnterior
by 'clearing r and cold«?r weather, wlth ;
.winds slilftin!; to.brisk and possibly hish
riortlicasCfriy; Thursday ~. fair Vand colder.
Y ESTKRDA Y- ."••"was " c!ear and cold. ; Th»'
ratiK<s?of the thermonieter was;as.;foU6wsi:
; <> a. m '■-•■■ „...:.....'...: .n -.
■12 :M...." '■■•■'■ = : ? «
■5jVkm................. ......... .........•-• :
j.« V. :-M...::..- •■•- J v ;•• VSSV 5S /
1^ Niaht '
- ■• v.,'-v:-i'-:'-.;-. ;.-:.:. •■ .-' :.. -\ . •..• •; ■'/■ ■^yv.:'^ : / :'~ — -U\
■ Mean temperature ". A.' 3-<»

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