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One Tenth of This Amount for l^ee
j. n r. 1.0VF.1) THE i.LOST CAUSE.?*
"'ln* Tovtnirlv AVns n lvrn<nc*Ulan by
nir<li nml Woii< North With Her
Husband Just Before the War —
Munificent <lif<s to Kdiicational
ln.vlitiittous mid Charitnl»le Or
g-aiilr.atioii's. >,
>"K\V YORK, March "L— (Special. )—
Thcro is a strong sentimental interest nt
i3-chod to the will of Mrs. Susannah P.
IvCos. which is now on Tile in the Surro
gate's offices awaiting probate
A Kentucky woman, born and a brcd, she
iievor lost her love for the South, and
tnossgh she lived in the North for the la.H
foriv years of her life and was in her
7gtn'-ycar when she died, last month in
her homo at Hazelwood.Hijjh Bridge, N.
V.. she remained true to the cause which
:-::■■ J;;ul" strived so hard to help before it
yet was icst.
One of the principal bequests in her will
whs one of SGO.WO for: the. benefit of
'.■pit-rans of the Confederacy.
"It is my desiro," she -wrote, "that this
sum should be used and employed for the
!h'.!'.!'u of old and poor Confederate sol
diers and their families. ?:
Other sums ranging from $5,000 to $10,000
were left to different institutions in the
South organized for a similar purpose.
Mrs. Lees was the widow- of James
Lees, formerly a member of the firm of
Lvcs "& Waller, the representatives of
the Bank of California in this city, and,
H'kp his wife, a Kentuckiari; "■'..
They ea:ne North just before the out
break of the civil war, and towards its
close Mrs. Lees took a prominent part
in the work of tlie Southern Aid Society.
Even after the immediate need for help
had passed, Mrs. Lees retained her ac
tive sympathy in the work, and con
tinued to distribute large sums of money
, every year through tho R. E. Lee Camp
2'icrne, in Richmond. Va., for the benetit
of Confederate soldiers and their families.
Since leaving Kentucky Mrs. Lees lived
almost exclusively ■ in; the fine old (house
in High Bridge.
The sum of 510,000 was left to the R.
.32. Lee Camp, in -which she had been, so
much interested in her life. The total
amount of her bequests to charitable or
ganJzations. most of which were of an
educational cnaracter. reaches $250,0 tV).
Among the institutions benefited were
the Jackson Collegiate Institute, of Ken
tucky, the name of which now is to be
changed to the S. P. Lees Institute; the
Thormveli Orj-shanage, at Clinton. S. C;
the Washington and Lee University, Lex
ington. Va.: ihe University of Richmond
f.probabiy University of Virginia — jL,di»ur).
mtkl many other institutions in New
Another curious feature of the will is
the number of bequests which it contains
Mrs. Lees was childless, but Mrs. Clifton
ii. Broekenridge, a niece, was not the
only child she adopted. No less than
seven were taken into her family, at dif
ferent times during her life, and all
!i?Tured largely in the disposition of her
property, as well as many relatives of her
For Vcnrs She Hart Forwardcfl
ChfciiH for Substantial Amounts,
lint Insisted That HprXiimc
Be Xoi Known.
For noarly ten years past the Soldiers'
Home lias been the recipient of Mrs.
Lees's bounty, although'- the name of -the
generous giver lias been withheld at her
request.,: Some years ago. Mrs. Lees read
;iift report on the condition of the home
prepared by Major "Xorman V. Randolph,
She became deeply interested, and remit
ted hint a check for $1,000. 12 very year
since she has been sending her check for
Mims averaging ?x,OOO a year, to be used
for the benefit of the Home, but so un
ostenla.tsons lias she been that no one
■•-ive the board in control of -the home,
h.is been aware of her name. She gave
Mrs. Randolph $250; for: the Ladies' Aux
iii.try of the 11. 12. Lee Camp, with the
understanding that her name should not
lie. mentioned.
Mr. J. Taylor Stratton. of the Lee
<\'tmp, slatted last night that the Camp
had expressed a. wish to present a gold
medal to the kind donor, but her name
could not be ascertained.
Mrs. Randolph received a letter on the
li\h instant from -Mr. Caleb B. Bullock, of
Kentucky, in which he stated that he and
Mrs. Clifton li. Breckenridge, of Arkan
sas, had been made the custodians of the
fCO.OOO for the Confederate soldiers and
their families in the South. He stated
further that Mrs. Lees had loft a sealed
letter to him in which she said, "1 should
l>e pleased if you and irfrs. Breckinridge
■v.iii consult Mrs. Xorman vB. Ilandolph,.
<>f Richmond, .'.Va., in the distribution of
this fund."
Mrs-. Randolph visited Mrs. Lees at her
home in HSghbridge, XJ Y. "I oiten in
vited her to come to Richmond,' and ui'g
ed I>< r to attend the reunion here some
years ago, but she declined, saying that
she couid not bear to see the old soldiers.
'J'he awakened memories of their strug-
P.iet! from 'Cl to 'C 5 affected her so deeply.
Khe related many experiences, of her vis
its to the Confederates in the prisons of
the North. She was constantly doing
something to relieve their sufferings. On
one occasion a woman spy was sent to her
home under the guise of a nurse. Mrs.
Lees was so kind to her, and the nurse
was so impressed by her devotion to the
fause of the Southern, people, that she
confessed the nature of her mission, and
■would give no information to,the Federal
authorities. She was a sweet, lovely old
lady, living hi a masn:llccnt home, but
very unobtrusive in her life and deeds."
Before her marriage. Mrs. -Lees was a
Roverness in the Marshall family. In Ken
tucky, being a relative of the family.. Her
husband was an JSnglishman.- and 'under
his protection she enjo.yed to some "extent
immunity from -Federal persecution when
Hhe sought to alleviate the wants of the
Confederate soldiers..
Slu; promised Major Randolph five years
»KO that Klietwould provide., for the Sol
diere' Home in Uilh city in her: will.. ;
Mr. Fielciing;L: Marshall, of New York,
in the «ixe<:utor of the estate. He wrote
Mr, 'Bullock and Major" Randolph, that'
Mrs. Lccs'h property^ was' chielly; in real
<':»tate, and that: ; the »egaey wouldl not
be available for three years, as it : would
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require that time to make tho distribution'
of the bequests. ■ ~- . ■ -
When rcmittinj? her check for tho Home
here. Mrs. I.eea generally employed a
hnlf sheet of note paper with a few'words
accompanying the remittance ' !
Mm. Snsan V. Leer, oC Xew York,
Leave* ?:JO,OOO <o the Lexington
University— Benefaction an
Assured Fact. "
LEXINGTON, VA.. March 2l._(Spe
cial.)—Washington and Lee University re
ceives. $30,000 by ; the terms of * the
will of Mrs. Susan P. Lees, of New York,
and President George 11. Denny this
morning received notice to this effect from
the executor of the e:\ato.
Mrs. Lees has been for some years in
terested in the university. Five of her
nephews were educated at Washington
and Lee. Some years ago General G. W.
Custis Lee, president emeritus of the
university, visited Mrs. Lees,, and" it was
then thought she would remember the
university in her will. |
Certainly much is due General Lee for
the interest shown by Mrs. Lees. This
benefaction of Mrs. Lees's will greatly aid!
the university on its onward move. It'
is suggested by some that a Lee memorial
dormitory hall be erected, v his matter,
however, must await the action of the
Board of Trustees.
A forest lire of greaO proportions is
raging in the Blue Ridge mountains to
the north of Lexington.- Much valuable
timber is being destroyed, as the fire
reaches from the base to the summit of
tho range.
S?:M,000 Paid for 51 1-3 Feet Be
tween Fifth and Si.vtk
James R. Gordon, trustee for the- estate
of Charles E. Whitlock, purchased from
Charles Thompson. Sarah A. Thompson,
and Virginia G. Sully tne three brick
tenements 504, f>OG, and SOS east Broad
street. The consideration paid was $24,000.
The property is situated on the north side
of Broad street, and adjoins Herman
Schmidt's store, with a frontage on Broad
street of fifty-one fee*, four and one-half
inches, and running back 136 feet two
Haulingof Forty-Five Ton SteeJVault From the Depot
to National Bank of Virginia— Captain
Rodman /'The Burglar."
The new burglar- and mob-proof manga
nese, steel-v ault of the National Bank of
Virginia will be placed in position this
afternoon, unless unforseen obstacles
Captain Samuel Rodman, engineer of
tests for the Hibbard-Rodman-Ely, Safe
Company, No. 153 Broadway, New York, is
in the city to superintend the arrange
ments for placing the vault in position,
and be i .'present if any tests are made as
to the strength of the structure. He is at
the Lexington.
The vault has been shipped to Richmond
by the Pennsylvania railroad, and will
be unloaded from the tracks of the Chesa
peake and Ohio at Ninth and Byrd streets.
It conies from the factory at Plainiield, N.
J., under the care of a special workman,
and will be moved to the bank building at
the corner of Eleventh and Main streets
by the veteran mover.- YV. A. O. Cole.
Foreman Stbekel, of the safe company,
will superintend the moving. A special
wagon brought from the factory will be
used to transport the vault to the bank
building. Block and tackle, attached to
the telegraph' poles along the street, and
operated by mule team will slowly drag
the heavy mass of metal to its destination.
Two windows and a portion of the bank
wail ono Eleventh street will be removed
to enable the vault to be placed in posi
tion. The vault comes ready for use. Its
weight is forty-five tons. The outside
dimensions arc nine feet wide, nine feet
high, and ten feet deep.
This ponderous steel structure is put up
in three sections, joined together on the
inside by shrinking steel rinprs over lugs
that project from the sections. The sur
face of the sections are ground absolutely
true so that when drawn together the
joints are impervious to the entrance of
any explosive liquids. It is made of cast
manganese steel, finished by grinding with
carborundum, which is eight times harder
than emory and second in hardness to the
diamond. The. door is circular, being
seven feet in diameter, and weighs ten
tons. It is so evenly balanced on its ball
bearings that it can be shut and thrown
open by a child. So smoothly is the rim ;
of the door ground that the introduction j
of any foreign substance between it and
the aperture of the vault is impossible.
No liquid explosive can be introduced at
any point. The manganese steel, out of
which the vault is constructed, is of such
hardness and toughness that no tool has
ever been found that will machine the ma-
e The interior is fitted with the most im
proved safety deposit boxes, affording abso
lute security for valuables. This vai.lt is
the first of its kind that has ever been
constructed. The order for it was placed
with the company by the National Bank
of Virginia about a year ago. Mr. \\ . M.
Habliston, president of the bank, saw a
specimen safe constructed of the same
material on ehibition at the Bankers Con
vention held tT7O years ago at the. Jeff ar
son Hotel, and decided to have a vault,
built of manganese steel for the bank. „v
Cantain Rodman was in consultation
with' his southern representative, Mr >Ml
liam V Price, formerly cashier of the Se
curity Bank, yesterday. He is a graduate
of "West Point and an authority on explo
sives, lie was in the artillery branch of
the service, and had charge of the explo
sive and electrical department of the gov
ernment at Fortress Monroe from ISSG to
1S86: During the Spanish-American war
he was a captain in -the First United
States Volunteer Engineers, and accom :
panied General Miles on the Porto Rican
expedition. In 1592. Captain Rodman was
selected by. the government to make ex
periments with . explosives upon safes and
vaults with a view to determine whether
it was necessary to secure. new vaults for
the United States Treasury. A; bill -was
pending in Congress at the time, appro
priating $330,000 for this purpose. His re
port filled a good sized volume, contain
ing numerous: photographs of his tests
The result of the experiments showed.that
no vault had been constructed ,up : to that
time rapable of resisting the most power
ful explosives. The bill was shelved, and
the government decided to let the present
The Dispatch reporter called Captain
Rodman's attention: to the report. made. a;
few days ago by a government , offlcial 5 to :
the effect that there was no .material, in
existence that would resist the explosive ;
knoWn ■as thermite. 1 : <l- have : read -the; no
tice " he said, "but no -tests; were Jmado,
-on 'manganese steel with thermite. I have
case of nei.i,;cropseyjs alleg
ed slaved with the - :
' '„.■-.'■ -;; : ;. ■■:-';■;: ; jury. - ; .-. -
Last Night It Lookctl as If Trouble
.-> • AVere BreTring.
lawyers Tliink;lt'-WIH Be Hcndercd
To-Day- The Instrnctions of the
■ Jndgrc— Urpred the .Tory Not to Be
Biased by Circumstances Extrin
sic, to the Evidence*
ELIZABETH CITY, N. C., March 21.—
(Special.)— At a late hour to-night crowds
arc gathering along the streets in antici
pation of the; jury's verdict in the case
of James Wilcox, charged with the mur
der of Nell Cropsey.
Should they say Wilcox is innocent,
there will likely be an attempt to snatch
him from tho officers' hands. That is not
probable to-night, however, for lawyers on
both sides say they, do not look for a
decision until Saturday.
The police acknowledge that small
crowds are collecting, but they do not ex
pect trouble just now for the jury is not
likely to render their verdict for some
time. . :
Judge Jones this morning made a feel
ing charge to the. jury. He told them not
to consider popular sentiment or prejudice
and not to take into account any public
demonstration, referring to yesterday's
exodus from the sourt-house and the ring
ing of the fire alarm.
. He 'declared other action would do vio
lence to their oaths. He said they should,
before conviction, find that the evidence
was not only consistent with guilt but in
consistent with the idea of innocence and
told them to rise above prejudice and pas
The court reviewed the evidence and the
contentions on both sides: He said he had
known about this material for several
years.. and our company holds the exclu
sive rights to its manufacture for sales,
vaults, and jailsi I have made demon
strations of a private character for the
benefit \pf bankers with -this -manganeses
steel." and have found that thermite will
not affect it, since the hardness and
toughness of it is inherent in the mate
rial and cannot be drawn by heat. Other
steel, such as. chrome and armor-plate,
has an artificial hardness that can be
drawn by heat. Many extravagant and
unreasonable claims are freauently made
by. safe manufacturers In regard to their
products, and so-called safe experts tell
queer stories in regard to the feasibility of
certain methods of attack. Electricity
was advertised as being a burglar's tool,
but it has been shown to be an impracti
cable means for attack. Of course, there
is nothing made by man that cannot 'be
destroyed by man, but that is not the
meaning of mob- . and burglar-proof. . A
burglar' must -work within certain limita
tions, and. the- problem is to construct
something that he cannot enter within the
materials and time at his command. If
there were any material that could not be
worn through in time, the.problam of per
petual motion: would be solved, for ( the
wearing effect of friction would be
A test was made at Youngstown, 0.,
last December, between a safe made in
the usual manner of plates and oho con
structed of the manganese steel. Two
pounds of dynamite, and two charges of
nitro-glycerine, one of four ounces and
one of three ounces, were used. The pho
tograph of this test was very interesting.
The time consumed in the test- was twenty
minutes. In that time the plate safe was
demolished. The manganese structure
was unhurt. Even the concussion from
the severe shock did not interfere with
the time-lock adjustment, owing to the air
space provision made between the locks
and the. door.
"Captain." said the reporter, "if bur
glars should get hold of this vault that
you are placing here, and work on it for
several hours with the best tools and ex
plosives, what would be the result?" '"It
would have about as much effect as a rat
trying to gnaw through a brick wall," he
Captain Rodman brought out a small
bottle' containing a yellowish liquid. He
said it was nitro-glycerine mixed with al
cohol. In that shape it could be carried
around withoutdanger. "Icould drop this
on this floor without danger of its explod
ing," and suiting the action to his words,
he started to let it fall.' "Never, mind.
Captain," interrupted the reporter, 'Til
take your, word for it."
"Captain Rodman has made a searching
study of explosives since he resigned from
the army, and his many experiences in de
stroying safes and vaults would make a
readable chapter. "I am the only bur
glar." he said, '"who ought not.to be in the
penitentiary." . -
Mrs. Blizaoeth A. Adkins Died on
Tuesday on the Reservation in
Charles City. ' .
■..-.■ .. - ■ . . ■ -...-..-.
Mrs.- Elizabeth A. Adkins, the oldest
woman of the Chickahomir^y tribe of In
dians, died on Tuesday. She was S2: years
of age, having been born on January IS,
IS2O. The deceased was 'greatly beloved
by the members of her tribe.
She has been ill for the past two years,
during most of the time .being wholly
unable to walk or even turn herself in
her bed. ; She is survived by two? sons
and four- daughters, " and a number of
grand children. , 'The remains were laid
to rest . ; yesterday in the : burying-grounds
Of the tribe, near Bradley'sStore, '• Charles
City county. . •
' Death of. Mrs. Davis. L \
Mrs;. Rena' Davis, wife! of -Mr..;; j. 7W.
Belllield Davis, : died yesterday, morning
at 'the'sresidence bf ; her husband.rbritthe
Williaihsburg . road, ncar.^ the , National:
Cemetery. - : ; .'Mrs. 7; Davis ' was; -o "years lot
age, -ahd : is ;surviyed;by^her; husband "anJ:
five children:^ Tne ■ funeral wiiU. take -place
this 'afternoon t from Fulton Baptist
churciiat 3; o'clock. ' • ' ■ •
no and; if "he> shou ld f dwell more
ohTone side than:the other he ; told-. the jury,
hot ; to 'consider.; it, but- to find 5 in accord
ance with the facts. , ' , - : :
Among the' -instructions he gave to -the
Jury; are' these :::•; :!'••* '.''■'. '.'- ."-' -;"■-.'
•, : "Under the bill of indictment, and :the
evidence in- the case,' you can "return : a
A'ovdict of ;murder in the first degree, or
murder • in "i tho second" degree, or a -verdict
of riot guilty ,; as ybuv may 'find the ;facts
to be from. the evidence, after applying the
facts so found by, you to the rules of law,
given you-by: the court." . :.: . ■' \: _■"■'. : - _
•; "In . coming ;.to \ your [verdict you have
taken an oath that you -will try : this case
upon the evidence introduced in this trial.
It is your duty not "to be, influenced by
anything other. V than the evidence. If
you' have formed an .opinion about this
before the. commencement of this trial, it
Is the duty of each of you not to allow
that opinion or the facts you have; heard
aboutthe case before you were empaneled
in this case,- to.Jnfiuence your verdict in
the'least, but you are to render. your ver
dict from the evidence given by the -wit
nesses and '- by that, alone. . " _
"In this case, the State relics 1 entirely
upon circumstantial evidence to establish
a fact that a crime has been committed,"
and in order' to establish the guilt of >the
prisoner, it shall fully, appear that a crime
has: been: commitLed: ana committed by
him. :. . -- ;'. : . ...r '-'; ■ • ..: ■ •'• :.
"Every material circumstance relied up
on by the State as proof of the guilt: of
the prisoner must: be proven beyond a
reasonable doubt, and the circumstances
so .'proven must not only be consistent
■withVhis guilt, but must be inconsistent
with, his: innocence, ana if there is any.
reasonable hypothesis consistent with : the
innocence of the prisoner, the jury should
give him the benefit of the doubt and
render a verdict of not guilty.
"If you: shall : flnd from the evidence in
this case beyond a reasonable doubt that
the prisoner formed "the preconceived arid
fixed purpose in his mind of taking the
life of Ella M. Cropsey, the deceased, and
in pursuance of such preconceived and
fixed purpose, did wilfu.ly, with delibera
tion and premeditation, carry out the pre
conceived and fixed purpose so formed in
his mind by taking, the life of the de
ceased, then he would be guilty of
murder in the first degree, and you should
so render your verdict/ '■ ■
"It is not necessary that .the purpose
and design to kill must exist for any par
ticular length of time, but it must have
existed before the killing, and if the
prisoner formed a fixed and deliberate
purpose in his mind to take the life of
the deceased, and in pursuance of such
fixed deliberate purpose did, in a moment
after forming such purpose, take the life
of the deceased, Ella M. Cropsey, 'this
would constitute a wilful killingwith de
liberation, nad premeditation. -1
"If you are not satisfied beyond a doubt
that the prisoner is guilty of murder in
the first degree, you will proceed to,de
termine whether or not he is guilty of
murder in the second degree.
Chief of Police Dawson said to-night
that there might be trouble to-morrow
should the prisoner be acquitted.
Crowds have been gathering all night on
the streets.' Dawson is giving out in
formation that the. jury may render; a
verdict at any moment. He says that in
this manner the crowd may stay up all
night and be too sleepy to cause much
trouble to-morrow.
It is reported that mere is a conveyance
in readiness to remove the prisoner at a
moment's notice."' . •/.- -
There was a secret movement put on
foot late to-night by determined persons
to go to the jury room and demand the
verdict at once. .."*
; If, the/ .iury; refused .-to acced.e 5 .t0 -that
demand, or if their verdict was not guilty,
the mob would take the law into their
own hands. There were cool heads that
got wind of the plot and saved untold
trouble 4 "and -bloodshed. The laboring
classes figured chiefly in this last move..
They are determined that 'Jim Wilcox".
shall pay with: his nfe lor the supposed
murder of Nellie Cropsey. \ ■■'
Later.— As the midnight nour approaches
the crowds are dispersing, and there will
probably be no trouble to-night.
President Will at Xo Distant Day
Take' Action Ijoolcinjj to His
Retirement. ,"
WASHINGTON, March 21.— At the Cab
inet meeting to-day, the publications re
lating to the statements -made by Gen
eral Miles .before the Senate committee
yesterday were brought up. but considera
tion of them was postponed until all the
facts in the matter shall '-become known.
V^itpv'er: snt"nt?on' the President had
with respect to the treatment to be ac
co.ucu y\--iieral imes, jus tuture action
will be somewhat influenced by the fact
that General Miles's statement before the
Senate committee has been represented to
him as being privileged. The President
proposes to read the testimony given at
the hearing and to consult with different
■ members of the Committee' on Military
Affairs before finally announcing what he
proposes to do. It is significant that long
ofter the Cabinet meeting adjo.\"ned Sec
retary Root and the Attorney-General
were closeted with the President. The
President is known to have stated that he
was tired of the friction in the army, and
whether it is uecided that General Miles's
statement was privileged or not, he will
at no distant day take action looking to
his retirement. In discussing the matter
to-day with his callers, among whom were
Senators and Representatives, the Presi
dent took the position that the Lieuten
ant-General of the army should entertain
toward his superiors the same respect
that he would expect and demand from
his subordinates.
. WASHINGTON, March 21.— The printed
testimony of General Miles has not yet
been made public, jnd it is understood
that it will be submitted to him for ap
proval. It is tvell understood that a
great deal of what the General said will
not appear on the record. Members of the
committee say the report .published yes
terday afternoon was correct in; sub
stance, in every particular. At the same
time, these Senators do not agree that
General Miles can-be punished for his ut
terances before the committee, Whether
they appear in the record or not. Of
course, the committee could take no ac-^
tion to prevent the retirement of General
Miles. That; under the law, is purely an
executive act, and needs.no confirmation
or approval' by the Senate.
Rain For Jo-Pay ;
Rain Jo- Morrow.
V WASHINGTON, March 21.—Fore
cast: j '.'■ '\ .- -'; " ■ ; . ' .■ '
. A r Jrg:inia— Rain . Saturday, pre
ceded I>y fair : weat'ier in morn
ins> in Nortli portion; Sunday,.*
rain; light': to fresh north to cast
' winds. ;'.•:;; ' , *( :'. : ;- .
North Carolina— Rain -Saturday)'..
; Sunday, fair in west.-rain in eaut /
portion; fresh - winds, mostly south.-;
: '.Mean' Temperature - ■ ■■ .- .- ' '■ 55 '.'■
YESTERDAY was I. balmy and
Spring-like. The range of the
tHeriiio meter was .' as lolloiT s . j
.10.-A.'-M.-'.-ir -.-■■- -.---'-- -:-'-- r -:42
O A: M. - - ■-. - '!»
12 M. - - - - - -,- -'- - -~- «6
»>•>'-- «:
l> II U _ _-U.--"- :-'\ -■■-'<- 'J . -'01
IS-MsUt - - - - - - - - - - - 5-1
In the Absence of Got. Montagrue. lie
Spoke on «Virginia.JJ •
The Banqnet Jlarked an Era of Good
Feeling: in. the Politics of the
State — Graceful Conipliment to the
Members and an Elegant Affair
in All Its: Appointments; ';-
The banquet tendered the members of
the House of Delegates of Virginia by
the Richmond members, of that body in
the elegant banquet hall Of the new Mur
phy's Hotellast night,- was an exception
ally pleasarit : event in. the lives of both
hosts and guests. • It was a graceful com
pliment to the members and an elegant
banquet in all that go to make up ele
gance. Tho speeches -were well timed
and- in excellent spirit, and. in every re
spect-tho occasion was an enjoyable one.
The absence of Governor Montague/ who
had been called away from the city, was
the only thing that tended to detract from
the pleasure of. the -occasion. The ban
quet marked an era of political good feel
ing in the General Assembly of Virginia
and a comaraderie among i.»e entire mem
bership of the House, seldom, if ever, be
fore known. . ' . . -
The tables were arranged in such a way
that all might readily face the one at
which .sat the; toastmasters and speak
ers of the occasion.- Hon. John F. Ryan,
toastmaster, sat in the centre of the head
table, the, other three being at right
angles thereto. On his right sat Hon.
J. Taylor Eliyson, chairman of the State
Denrocratic Committee, and one of the
speakers; Hon. Charles M. Wallace, and
Hon. George C.' Bland. On his left sat
Hon. Joseph E. Willard, the popular
young Lieutenant-Governor; Hon. John
N. Sebrell, Jr., Colonel George C. Cabell,
That Originaiiy Drafted By Mr. Meredith WiU Be Of
fered at the Session of the Democratic
:, Conference To=Day.
The following plan of suffrage, original
ly drafted by Mr. Meredith, will be prac
tically the plan which the wing of 'the
Democratic conference of the. Constitu
■tiouar!Cohveritronr*whif}h~is" '>n;i"-"-'> •-to"
any understanding clause, will offer at
the session of theconierence 10-Uc... : . -..-■
Prepayment six months before election
day of all poll taxes assessed against the
intending woters for four years, .per
sons who have served in the army V/f.the
Confederacy, or the army of the United
States, or some State thereof during some
war, being exempted from the payment of
such tax, unless he be in receipt of a
pension of §G0 a year.
Until January 1, 1907, persons not other-,
wise disqualified, and'who shall. have paid
ali capitation'taxes. as required, may be
placed on a permanent roll, provided he
be embraced in one of the following
classes.- -j ; >.-'
(a) .A Confederate soldier or sailor, or
shall have served in the army or navy, of
the United States during some war; or,
(b) A .descendant of • such soldier or
sailor; or, "
(c) A person over 55 years of age on
January 1, 1902; or,
(d) A person who, or whose wife, or
during the year 1901, or shall be thereafter
whose- parent, shall have been assessed
assessed, with $150 worth of property, real,
personal, or Ijoth. -
The foregoing are to be placed on a
permanent roll, and in all future registra
tions are. to be registered, unless disquali
fied by removal from the State, or by
crime. , ;'~.
: After 1907 the applicant for registration
must have paid all poll taxes assessed
against him "for the four years after the
adoption of the Constitution, and he
shall be required to make out- his own
application for registration without as
sistance, setting out his name, age, time
and place of birth, occupation, and place
00 residence for at least one year prior
to his application for registration, or shall
be assessed: with $200 worth of realty or
personal property.
it is understood that Mr. Meredith -will
present this plan- on behalf of his asso
ciates in the effort to prevent the adoption
of a plan which has in it an understand
ing clause of any character. -The mem
bers of the conference who will support
the foregoing plan are said to number
about -twenty-five) It is believed that this
is a liberal estimate. While there was a
larger number at the conference of this
wing * yesterday, it is well known that
several who were present will not sup
port the plan agreed on.
The Conference. . .
■At the session of the conference yes
terday morning .Mr. Daniel presented the
plan agreed on as a compromise measure
by the Daniel-Glass and the Thom-Bar
bour wings, and moved that it ; be sub
stituted; for the Glass plan. Mr. "Wysor
moved that the plan which he reported
from the Suffrage Committee be adopted: :
Mr. Pollard, who was one of the com
mittee of compromise who did not sign the
report presented by the joint committee,
said he could not bring himself to support
any understanding clause whatever. ■
Mr. Meredith moved thatthe conference
adjourn until this morning, and the motion
was supported by several members and as
vigorously opposed. The motion to ad
journ was 'discussed for some time and
finally Mr. Braxton. ; who is one "of the
leaders of ;the . anti-understanding; men,
arose and asked that all who stood* with
him would adjourn . to the room of the
secretary. This meeting; lasted .for over
an hour arid there was also a second meet
ing during the day.; The meetings were
behind closed doors, . and the members
were not at all communicative. But there
is no doubt that- the plan agreed^ upon is
the one which the members who- are op
posed to an understanding clause will ad
vocate in the conference to-day. •
There is much speculation as to _the
strength of the; anti-understanding j men:
They claim that they, will have - from
twenty-five to thirty votes in the-con
ference^ The members who are supporting
the Vplan agreed on by; the; cofnprpmise
committee ■: say ■■:. that the 'third wing; will
not have more than' twenty-five members
in ■ the conference. ;: , .' -' - ■
Some of those at the meeting.of.the anti-;
understanding; men ; yesterday] ;were Sir::
Parks, of Page.V who .presided;; Messrs.;
Braxton, -William A; Anderson, • Pbllatd. ;
-M&edithi- ; Rives/r-iWyso;r;{:Mcll.wain^-;an'di
R. .Walton Moore) 5; Mr. * Meredith Xwill ; pre-,
sent the plan,^^raridjit^wiir^besuppbrtedlb'yi
speecheslbyiseveraUofithe gentlerrienfjust^
Earned.- Butitherel is i^J^OMbJ^t^tVif^tlie;
advocates of the compromise plan agreed
Jr., arid Hon.' E: C. Folkes and Samuel L.
Kelley. ■ .- Messrs. "■; Christian .and ;'Harman J
the ?otti~erj two inembers"- of ithe ; Richmond:
delegation,"; had seats at another table. "' -
; ; When ; the; guests -had attested* their ap-^
preciation ;"substantialiy.v:bf ; ;;tne viands'
spread ibefore^ them, the Horir ; Johri7;F^
Ryan arose and,; amid "cheers, rprdposed;
the 'health of; the Richmbhd .delegation;;
which^ was idfunk standing. "f after .: liberal ~
applause. ; Mr. Ryan .was unusually, happy?
in his iritrbductorj' remarks, and filled, the;
intervals^ with laughter. b>-; his effective 1
hits/ 7V^-: '/.:-.■ " :- : .-%■ ■■ ■' :: -„
.". Hon. J. '-'..Taylor..- Ellyson was' : then in
troduced to respond to the toast. '"Vir
ginia, "^ to .which Governor: Montague' had
been asked to . resporia. ; ;>n the unavoida-.;
ble'absence of ;the. Governor, Mr.iEllyson
had rkindly . consented" to discharge, the;
pleasant duty assigned to;him. -Mr. Elly
son expressed *his resrret at. the absence
of the Governor. He loves Virginia, said'
the speaker. ; and has ; consecrated his
splendidjability. to ncr welfare. - All .wish
his administration complete ; success.,
With a .tribute to the --- Governor's elo
quence and; -a"' modest I- disclairrier of his
own merit, _ Mr.' rlllyson said:;: "But I
will not yieldj to him in loyalty to the
old .Commonwealth nor in my glory in
her. history, and traditions. As one. who
followed Robert E.; Lee, I feel that there
is no chapter in our history in which all
may feel greater pride than that in which
Lee. Stuart, and Stonewall Jackson added
lustre by their, achievements. "... We" feel
just as proud of the Virginia of to-day.
I am ; glad'; l haVe lived to see the Virginia
of trie twentieth century, and -th\it Vir
ginia has been. first in statcsrrianship and
leadership in the nation in '. the past, but
:r trust that we of to-day may live to see
Virginia again foremost among tae States
of tho 'United' States." : The speaker
closed by an eloquent expression of his
confidence in the future of the old Com
monwealth. . ///; ' V
Tho. toastmaster then .presented an elo
quent young; representative of Tidewater
to respond to that toast— the Hon. John
N. Sebrell. Jr.. lof Southampton: Mr.
Sebrell proved worthy of -the flattering
introduction- accorded him; and made, a
very graceful response, in which he, ex
tolled Tidewater in words and tones that
well bespoke the pride he felt in his home.
Lieutenant-Governor "Willard-' responded
felicitiously to'tho toast. "The ' Young-
Men of Virginia." He acknowledged
gracefully the honor done him and re
ferred to his long service in the House,
but humorously added that as presidlni?
officer of the Senate he was not a speaker
as was the presiding officer of the House.
He then paid an earnest and eloquent
tribute to the young man of Virginia, to
whom, he declared, he was willing to trust
his ; destiny and that of his State. ■ but
acknowledged the need of the wisdom and
experience, of the older men. Mr. Willard
on Thursday are so disposed they can
force it through, for the fact must be
borne in mind that they represent the bulk
of both, the old Thorn plan, and the. GIa3S
.plan-supporters, and "also the -further fact
that several of those in the conference
yesterday will not support the plan agreed
But the Republican members of the con
vention, eleven in number, are beginning
to realize that the probability of their be
ing able to cast the deciding vote in the
suurage fight, is not nearly so remote as
it appeared when eighty-nine cheerful
and hopeful Democrats first assembled in
Richmond nine months ago for the pur
pose of purifying the electorate of the
State. .
Xeitlicr a Denial IVor Confirmation
Can Me Obtained— Why the
Pennsylvania System Might
r 1 ': ' " -.Wisill It.
BALTIMORE, MD., March 21.— (Special.)
Neither a. denial nor a confirmation of the
rumors of a sale of the Atlantic-Coast
Line could be obtained from the road's
officials to-day.
President Harry .Waters is in New York,
and the directors in this city declined to
discuss the reports. '
An authority on Atlantic-Coast Line
matters denies that the property will be
sold to the Pennsylvania railroad. A plan
looking to the joint control of the Plant
System" by the Southern railway and the
Atlantic-Coast Line, is believed to be the
deal pending. . „
The probability that the division of the
Plant estate may be hurried, and the close
traffic relations of the Southern and Coast-
Line with the Plant System, suggest this
plan. -
In New.York one explanation of the pro
bable desire of the Pennsylvania for the
Atlantic-Coast Line property was to fur
ther safeguard its control of the soft coal
Previous to the acquisition of the Poca
hontas Coal and Coke Company, by the
Norfolk and Western the latter, it is said,
planned to build a connection with the
Atlantic-Coast : Line.
"-.. The plausibility of this explanation is
affected by the fact that if the Pennsyl
vania railroad was prompted by such a
desire^ it would* have to acquire nbt'only
the Coast Line, but the Seaboard AirrLine
railway, the Southern "railway, and .per
haps the Louisville and Nashville, all of
■which, systems could .be- connected with
the coal fields of Kentucky and South
west Virginia by lines over feasible routes.
Inquiry in this city yesterday failed to
elicit any information, either in conflrma-r
tion or denial. of the reported sale of the
Local railway officials profess entire
ignorance; concerning the report. '
Smashinx of the Klyinß- Tarsets I*ro
iui»e.H to Be Marked by Unusual
■^Activity."' . ' ';■; ' 1
The gun clubs of the city areVrepa'ring
for the coming season; ahd ; the sport of
smashing the flying^. inanimate targets
promises to.be more popular and moro
generally in ; than for many
. years. : ■'. The East-End Gun ; Club has al
ready "organized : f or. ; the season. . and will
soon have ; their; first ; shoot. - ' The West-
End -Gun Club reorganized Thursday ]
night, by electing Z the . ; folio wins ; officers :
Franklin: Stearns: president ; :r VV". A. Hara
nion^o vice-president; iThomaisVSYxy'hittet.
secretary,; and ?* treasurer.- %\The ;; club J will;
begin : i ts ] fegulari weeklyi shoots aboufcjthe;
middle; of "April/ and wiU'have them every
; * i The ; State tournament % wil h be ;■ held '■■ this
year i at^Lynchburg, on Labor Day; about ;
the lsttof ■ September.
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General Hill Will Sot Be a CnntlU
- rtidnte Before the Cancss Xext
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em Kailwnr Charter Stllll'ndet
Disenssion— Legislative -Notes nu«C
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The Senate Committee on Public In3tlr^
tutions and Education and 7^he Housf-
Commtttee -on, Education, /met in ; joiril';
session in the Senate chamber-last nighf.
and heard one^or two speakers in advb^;'
cacy of tht\ v suggestion that there bo a^t
appropriation made for one. or moro ad- .
ditional. normal schools for the instruction! 7
of .women intendins;to teach in the publloj
schools V. of, the State.' 'Dr. Robeft;Fraser^v
until, recently the head of the -State Fe-?;
male - Normal School. 'at FarmvlHe, - r aricl i
Mr.- John. Stewart Bryan, of this cityi •
spoke for the appointment of a commltf;*
teo froni the Legislature; to investigate tlie
subject and report at the ;next • ses
sion of the General Assembly. : The com
mittees did not s take any; action. Tha
fact was elicited that the Farmvllle school
is at present filled to overflowlng:"]tfin6ty» :
two courities of . the - State are ; represented I
in the school. It is believed that:the com-;
mittee will .take the . action asked .las|
night. Several ladies, who are" member^
of the Richmond Educational Association^ ,
were present at the meeting.'
Mr. E. G. Akers, clerk to the Railroa*.
Commissioner, will be nominated to ,th^ r
office of Railroad; Commissioner by :th< •■,
joint Democratic caucus of " the tw<
houses of the ' Legislaturo on >Tuesda^-
night. General J. CV Hilt, the'incumbent^
will not be a candidate f or re-election^ ;
and it is almost certain that tho nomi
nation of Mr. Ackers will be' unanimous •
by acclamation. General HIU, -who '.--ha4V
held the position for a dozen ,- years 6? .
more, will retire to his farm, near; Scotts*
vnle. The intimation in the Dispatch o{.
yesterday that General Hill would retira I
created surprise and very general regret^';
He has many frienus among the public?,
men of ; the State, as well a3 among th'os<t^
who do hot "hold public positions, ; who ,
regret to see. him retire. JSiit the elec-» ;
tion of Mr. Akers 10 tne place 'will ;givi' :
satisfaction to the many friends ho hai ;
made since; he entered tne office as: clerks
several years ago. He has for years beettf
a. very active party man arid t his work* '-.
aside from everything else, has made hint
very popular. ; .' ,- . ; <-
The ; Senate Committee on Roads has
not yet completed consideration, ■of <th( f -'
bill for 'the (incorporation of the sfbuci -
and -Western Railway.^ Company; ;to ib<"..
biiilt.in.Wise and Dickerisorr counties, iarid
to be about one hundred mile3 ; long. 'tno
bill was under consideration at two ses
sions of the committee yesterday, irr."
Daniel Trigg, and several : other well*
known men of the Southwest, were bororo:
the committee iii the interest of the bill,
and Mr. William A. Glasgow, counsel for,
the Norfolk and ;Wt>steru. opposed tho
; ;. ... NEAR : POTO!VIAC RUW.
Sonthlionnd Seal>onr<l antl North-*
bonnil Sontliern Trains Come ■-■ .'."
To*Kether.- ' r'l
FREDERICKS BURG. VA.. March j 21.— »
(Special. ) — A ; head-on collision, whlcbj
came near resulting seriously^, occurred^ on
the Richmond. Fredericksburs and Poto-"
mac railroad, near Potomac Run, about
four. miles north of here, last nieht. . : ' / .'' : :_--\
It was between . th« Southbound Sea
board Air Line: passenser- train and tho
Northbound Southern . passencer train,
The former" 13 due at 8:10 and the latter^
■which -.was' running. behind time, at 7:35. : V.
The exact cause of the accident is not
known, but from wh:tt can be learned.' the
Northbound train was ■ either waitine.at
the siding or wasaboutto enter it, when,
the Seaboard crashed into it. :; - >
Both engines were ctuito badly damaged
and delayed travel for several hourH. 7 .
While no one was hurt.' the passengers
in tho front coaches were 'considerably!',
shaken up.'
It is thought that the engineer of tha
Southbound, seeing a collision was un
avoidable, applied the brakes in time ta
prevent a more serious collision. ,
: The rnuch-talked-of, and all-absorbing
question for the past few days— a policy
justice— was. so far as tho City ': Council
is concerned, settled at a meeting at thai
body last night, by a resolution? referring
the question to the people at the May;
election. : : ■ . ."• »' :
'■' The Council ha 3 a right under, an act
passed by the. Legislature in IS9S to elecll
a Police Justice, and: it was thought tha s
such would be done last nignt. but a suci
cessful coup was made by its opponents,
and the question as to whether there will
be one will be settled by the people. ; '':"/ : '
For the Boston * Horse , Show, whichj
takes place April It. Mr. Charles Huc
kamp has entered Amaret. Ifornpipe. Frea
Lance, and White Oak. They will com
pete in eighteen contests. : ;'
The remains of C- A. Martin, f ormerlj*
of Caroline county, who died at For(
Clark. Texas. November - 15, 1001, 'whil<
stationed there with Company 8., Twelftii
Cavalry, of which he was a member," ar
rived here to-day, ami were interred; in
the National Cemetery. He was nbouf
twenty-one years old. and a son of Mrs.
Georgians' Purks. of this city. - >
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