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Honnr Dl«cn»n<ri. the Mcimnrc. fin«l
Thorr i« OnuWcraldc, AdvprM
CHllclnm of the Prc«l«lc»i<'i» Ap
polntmcnt of the Con.mlMlon.
WASHINGTON. December ,3.— The Sen
ntc to-day began the real J work of dis
posinß of the business before it. although
the session lasted but an hour and a half.
IVhcn an adjournment was. taken., at 1:^0
o'clock, mit of rcspoct. to the- memory ot
Representatives De Graffenreld'-and.Shep
pard. of Texa.^. the bill to amend the
ImmipraWon laws was, under discussion.
Early. In the day Mr. 1 Nol?on. from the
Committee on Territories, reported a sub
stitute for the' omnibus Statehood bill,
with the recommendation "that, Oklahoma
nnd Indian Territory be admitted, into
the Union as one State "Ainder.*the name
©f Oklahoma.
When the immigration bill was brought
tip Mr. Quay precipitated " a
over the status of the Statehood bill,
which was terminated by a ruling from
the Chair thnt. beginning .on December
JOlh. it would be the unfinished business,
nnd that at the close of the morning
hour each day it would- be 1 laid "before
the Senate, unless displaced by a vote
j>f that body..
ItntiKO of n«"prcf«<;ii<!itlvc».
The House passed to-day the bill ap-
Uropriatinß SoO.OC"0 to defray the. expenses
of the Anthracite. Coal Strike ' Commis
sion, and then adjourned' j,until ' Friday,
•when the .London dock-charge bill will
be 1 considered. There 1 were two hours of
discussion on the commission bill, during
■which the President's course Jn creating
the commission was highly commended,
except by Mr. Bcnton. a Missouri ' Dem
ocrat, -who contended that' the commission
was created without .authority of law or
the Constitution. There was some criti
cism of -the nature of the bill,- allowing
double salaries to members -of the com
mission now in government .employ, and
because the bill left the amount of the
compensation of the' members to the
President. But all amendments were
voted down, and the bill was passed with
out division. ; • ,
Before the discussion began. Mr. Games.
of Tennessee, stated, that he" desired to
offer an amendment. The Cliair having
ruled that amendments were "not in order
at this time. Mr. Cannon. ~in "charge of
the/ bill, agreed that the .amendment
should be read for information. It proved
to be an amendment, to place anthracit
con 1 on the free list.
"I presume the Eleventh J Command
ment might also be read." remarked Mr.
Cannon, sententtously. -who proceeded to
say.that he had no desire, to discuss the
bill." It showed on its face what it- was.
It merely provided ; for.. the., payment of
the expenses of the Coal Strike Com
mission. ..-...- V ':.
Mr. Benton. of Missouri. -a member of
Ihe "appropriations committee, declared
that he could not support the bill. As an
original proposition containing' authority
Tor the creation of a commission to settle
the coal strike, he. said it would have
received his support, mit this bill pro
posed to place in the President's hand?
foO.OOO for the payment of the expenses of
a.": commission for which there was no
authority, statutory or constitutional.
T^9 President. 'he said, had no legal' au
tbortty for the creation of the commis
"I know," sp.id he. "that to refer to.
■the constitution is to place myself in
lh<? role of a back-number. Nevertheless.
T do have respect for the constitution
t\vri the laws, nnd I do not approve of
this sort of prpceeding." - ,
"Do you think the President should
have waited until congress enacted a law
for the creation of a commission?" asked
Mr. Heminway. of Indiana.
"I believe it was unlawful for the
President to act as he did," replied Mr
Benton, who proceeded to say that his
second objection to the bill was that it
placed J50.000 in the President's hand?
without sny limitation whnteyer.
Mr. Livingston, of Georgia^ and Mr.
TJnderwood, of Alabama, supported the
bill, although they agreed that the Presi
dent's action was Irregular:
Mr. Bartlett. of Georpia. said the Presi
dent had acted patriotically. Mr. Coch
ran, of Missouri: Mr. Kelly.. of Illinois;
Mr. Games. of Tennessee, and Mr.. Mad
sox. of Georgia, endorsed the action of
*he President. : .
Mr. Cannon, in charge of the bill, ar
gued that it should pass in the form in
which It was presented. The President's
action had been. taken in response to an
overwhelming public sentiment.
."I sometimes think." said he. "that a
Just and righteous public sentiment, rom
":ng up from the whnle country "of 50.000.00 C
people, which begets action.- is,- for the
express purpose it represents, larger than
Ihe constitution." . -
The t>ill was then passed, without di
vision, although there were several dis
*enting voices on the Democratic side.
■ The House adjourned until Friday.
Jl*cl<nl of <he Seminary- Girl*— Per-
Knnnl Mention.; .
•<£££?£■ 7 ISTA^ A ' ' December 3.-
Speoalt-A crowds house attondod the
.ecital in iho ohapel of tho Southern
Bvrninary last evening. All .the young
ladies did woll. and reflected credit on
thnmselvos and on Ih<>ir tf>acher«; An
anusual feature- of the -recital was tho
Jaot that all th^ numbers wero' ronrier^ri
without tho aid of- not^s. ■" Amonir the'
performer? were Mif=sfs Mnttie Midvptte
from Ashlsnd: MnW.ie ■'. Kmbrev. f rom
vFrPderlckFbiire-; Elizabfih ■• -- -Hollfdav
from SnotsyJvania county: Norma
from eulppr^r: Lizzie >l e «twood* f-om
and Mips" HeVn "Tvellam. from
the Enstorn Shore. The programme
was opened by Miss Abnry.of "\V*i«>H<->tt.
Ijs... am! clo^d by Miss Deborah Young
of Monroe, T y a.
i : . The president mr».d<> an interesting
statement the Institution
.The Southern' Seminary' .-.Saddle. Cl'ib
had an outinsr vecterday; under the
chnperonace- of Mi«s Mclver "of" Xash
vllle.'-'TVnn.-'' Thrre were many enu'es
■trienreci.ln the hapny party.. -.Miss Cam
mlo.'Rifler. .of Richmond, being among
the number. .
- Mr. H .K. "ParVer. who has been chief
clerk for T. T. Dickinson & Brother for
fluitc a number of yvars. has resigned
that position 10 accept a place with
Datiiel. Miller <t Co.. of Baltimore Aid
.Dr. P. E. Tucker and wife, of Xew-
T»ort News, are vi«-ftintr Mr. and Mrs J
3^'V Cu^ilncrham. of.thi«? city. ■'• '
;;■ Mr.. AVillinTn N". Merrlwether 'and three
of PiVe county. Mo., are visit
lntr the family of Dr. G.T>.
'•.'; The appoiritnient for carriers on the
ireeontly.-: e.«=<ah'iphed rural free delivorv
■routes from Ihi« city. to taK> effect Jari
.onry 1»1. h->ve ?upt bprn announce by
.lhe.: Po^i-Offlce Rrnanmi -nt. as follows
:vßonie: v ßonie X". 1. H. C. Amole oarrior with
'-* i. TV. Gilbert as i>suheijtMt»;- -Route \n '
:/E,- Page, -with Arthur W. Page as sub
;;-.;ltutv». - '- , • •--■
' • Ship Vlldsnden Overdue.
1 - P*™™^ 3.-The Xorwpdan
Jhln Mlfla^-n. Ca P t fl i n Luidv. which
jailvd from Tampa. March 2d. "for Ad«»-
has been posted at Lloyds ass over
ir.ue."- - ■■ ■ . . .-
T When any article oi sterling worth
presents itself for the approval of intel-
S«g">t'pcople, and they prove the manu
:. facturcr g s advertising by personal test.
!-; it is bound to be successful.- That is the
people are now talking about
lK^-? Ilt< ? ie:arcUcs - They have tested
P ll '*i?fl 1 ?: rused Praise and learned 'its
il!*" I *^/^ 0^ they do the praising. It.is
l^asserted that more Piedmont Cigarette*
«old in the South than any other
Smokers understand "the meao-
pi Pi*dmonJ[ soodxvac^. :.
irara 24POQ To^oO^BQXfNDS^
Heavy TrnnnnctlonK In Planting?
Gronntln — ,7. S.. DnrlingrTu Plnnx.
VORKTOWN. VA.. December 3.—(Spe
cial.)—Oyster-Inspector J. W. Waln
wright. who was. here to-day on busi
ness in connection with his office reports"
heavy transactions in oyster planting
grounds. He was engaged the major part
of the past week in laying off all the
vacant oyster rock in Poquoson river,
for J. S. Darling, of JTampton." Mr. Frank_
Darling, the managing owner.' was , with
him and had both his little steamers.
Powhatan and Bivalve, to assist in run
ning the lines. The urea rented runs
from Back river to York Spit and em
braces about 1.000 acres or . more, being^
all the ground not public rock, designated
by the Baylor survey. This is deep water;
ground running from seventeen to twenty,
feet deep on the average. Mr. Darling'
has developed the use of deep water
ground for planting. His stock on- the
rqeks, which was planted some time,
since, is fa.t and in fine shape, though*,
there was no new strike this fall. Frank
Rudiger. of Aoeomae county, the State'
surveyor.- conducted the engineering. In
addition to his using this ground for fine
shipping stock. Mr. Darling will erect a
packing house near the mouth of Chis-'
man's creek in a year or so, and, can the^
oyster- on its "native heath." '
Mr. S. . M. Bloss. the secretary of the
immense new lumber plant on Poquoson.
river, spent a day or two in Washington
the latter part of last week. r on business
with, the Post-Office Department. He
•succeeded in. having a post-office'estab
lished at the works which was named
Vorkville. with Mr. Ruben Perry, treas
urer of theiYorkville Lumber Company,'..'
as postmaster. | ' ?
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Llewellyn, of ' New
port News, were at the clerk's office' on>
real estate business. Monday evening.
The 3leclilenl»nrpr Was Tlirorvn Open '
on lUomlny Xislit. •'• ' ,
CHASE CITY. VA.. December 3.— (Spe-;
cial.)— With an elegance and splendor un--'
surpassed in the red hills of Mecklenburg,
the new hotel opened its doors Monday.J
The electric lights threw a rich glow over
'.he scene which was a striking one.
An elegant dinner was served at 6 P. M. ;
and inaddition to the guests were invit--*
ed the Council of the town and many'
representative citizens.
Of those present were George A. Endly,
Thomas W. Smith. Rev. H. T. ."William's, \
Dr. H. L. Burwell, Thomas D. Jeffress,
VJev. Dr. Moore. C. Haskins. Dr. A. T.
Finch. P. H. Maddox. J. M. Sloan. W.-.-V.
Gregory: F. B. .Roberts, William Gil
more. W. D. Norvell. T. E. Roberts, L. N.
Revelry. W. 11. Jeffreys. C. T. Rails, of
Chase City; Thomas F. Jeffress. R. R. :i
Roberts. P. M.Fry, and John G. -Miller. : [
of Richmond. "" " ;
The occasion was without formality and
the entertainment was In keeping with
the famous Jefferson of Richmond, un
der whose management the Mecklenburg
is conducted. After the dinner the guests
inspected the building, the water, electric
nnd ice plants, and expressed great grati
fication at the successful culmination
after years of struggle "of such a magnifi
cent enterprise for this section.
Messrs. George A. Endly and R. R/i
Roberts, who had been working with in-'*
tiefatigable industry in this enterprise for"
over nine years, were congratulated upon:'
the realization of their hopes and labors.':
Heard «t Falls' Church.
FALLS CHURCH. VA., December 3.—
•(Special.)— The dwelling house of David
Patterson, in the West-End, was burned
on Thursday night together with nearly
all its contents. The property was par-:
tially insured.
A large-attended meeting' of the Vil
lage Improvement Society was held at the- ;
residence of Miss Mattie Gundry on Broad-;
street, on Monday night. This society,
v.-ill give a number of public entertain-*'
mentsl in. Odd Fellows' Hall during the 5
winter. The proceeds are to be used hi/i
improving the streets and sidewalks.
Worshipful Master G. M. Newell. Senior '
Warden W. A. Ball, and Senior Deacon'
P. W. Lee. of Kemper Lodge. No. 64, r
Ancient Free and Accepted -Masons, are :
in Richmond attending the Masonic
Grand Lodge. ; ' j
Xorfolk Man Sentenced for Ainluct-
; ing a. Girl.'" -
NORFOLK. VA.. December 3.— (Spe-'
cial.)—C. P. Lewis will have to serve only.,
three years in the penitentiary, numer-i
ous other charges against the Sunday
school, leader having been disposed of..
The sentence now effective is for abduct- ; .
ing Mabel Joyner. a young girl. He was'
acquitted of a grand larceny charge.]
which involved the sale of an east Main
street lunch-room for which Lewis, it was
alleged, gave title when there was a
mortgage on it. He-left Norfolk accom-i
panied by Miss Joyner and the two
figured In . Baltimore. Washington. Wil-*
mington. Delaware, and Philadelphia be-";
fore .they were apprehended In the latter
city by Miss JoynerV brother and broiight"
back to Norfolk. Miss Joyner at Lewis's;
| trial endeavored to .shield him and said
she loved him still. }
The outcome of the case will be watch
ed with great interest by the members
of tho congregation of Cumberland-Streetr
Methodist church where .Lewis professed
religion during a revival eighteen months
or more ago and entered actively into
church work. . -•
Tnreivell AflTairn. - • --j
TAZEWELL. VA.. December 3.— ( Spe- •
cial.)— The Circuit Court opened Monday,
with Judge R. C. Jackson presiding. The c
law issue docket was called during the
morning, and it appearing to" trie court*,
that sill the witnesses had'- been sum-.?
moried for the second day of/the term, ; anj:
adjournment was had until 9 o'clock thisj'
morning. The case of Read ;• against- thef
Southwest Improvement Company, which?
is a suit for heavy -damages, ,is now en-*
gaging the attention- of a jury- 'Judge}
J IT. Fulton, of: WytheviUe: Judge Hol-V
brook, of Bluefleld;'.and V..L: Sexton, ofrt
Poca hontas. are the visiting. lawyers inj
attendance on. the court. ; - i*
The address *of' Dr. /Robert Fraiierf
formerly • president of, Farmville : Normal^
on the Ogden educational movement,\bei»;
fere a large audience In the; Tazewefl
High School; was- well received. -
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ECdurntioiial . Meetinjc' Snturday-r^
David Crawford Stubbed. -^;
. GATE CITY. VA..- December ; 3.— (Spe|j
ciaD—HonHarrj'St- George ..Tucker arigt
Dr. Robert Frazier, representatives] of ,th*^
Ogden movement; will ."rnakeleducatioriaj^
addresses here next Saturday- at; l ; P;r M. ;!
,The speaking is beinß well advertised and; j
ip arouslni: much interwit. I%'ik^ aJnttclpat-^i
Ed that ; a large audience, will . assemble
from all ;~parts of the county and- that', it
wi 11 give great Impetus .t o the educational
Interests of this section. . - *
a -fight in Hawkins county, ' Term.,
?recentl jV;: David : Crawford was stabbed in
several places by \ David -Meeks, and it is
thought he will die. The young men dif
"fered over some trivial matter. "■-■ ■.
g'Walter/ Smith, a well-known young. man
of Hawkins county, had. his left hand torn
off at the -wrist by a corn-shredder.
A. large -■ flavor distillery is a new en
terprise started up at the base of Bays
in Hawkins, county. It will
use the wild herbs, 'barks, ,etc, growing
on the mountains and hills of the vicinity.
r Many of the public schools of Scott
county, will close this week.
'_) /Your correspondent learns of a _ large
number of letters that : have been received
fby people of this county from persons in
the "employ" of the H. B. Price Com
pany. Norfolk, Va.. and it is reported that
some of the recipients have within the
past week, not knowing that the concern
had been closed down by reason of their
riot' being, readers of the Dispatch, sent
'the company the requisite $2.50 -for' the
' fountain pen and . the privilege of'be
coming employees of the company. One
young man was here to-day for the pur
pose of forwarding the- money.' but upon
Jheing- Informed that, the . scheme had
been exploded, returned home a wiser,
"thftugh sadder, man. ,
_,Mr. J. C. Scott, who for the past two
■years has been associated with Mr. R. M.
Alley in the management of the Myrtle
Hotel here, has gone to Wise and taken
charge of the Dotson House, the leading
hotel.o f that place.
•j?' ....
Proposed Oyster Law Excites Alarm.
.- A AVedilinpr— Personal.
.'? (Correspondence of the Dispatch.)
*~~MENCHVILLE, VA., December 3.—
The proposed oyster law, breaking the
Baylor survey, brings nothing but sad
ness to the' -oyster - tongcr's hereabouts.
;To J most of them it appears now to mean
'that they must seek some other means of
.'p'btaining a livelihood. And one of the
nvbrst hardships which the enactment of
*S*nch a law as. was mentioned in the Dis
patch of recent da;e wiil entail upon the
■tongers, is found In the fact that tnese
men have all of their means of living
invested in oystcring material. ' _f all the
oyster-beds are thrown open to the'.rent
ijersVvmeri with money . will, of course,
get the best places: there will be^no sale
for the boats and tackle now owned by
the tongers.. and the proposed statute will
work well for the man who has money
already.', but nothing but. evil for the
men, who, for so many years, have looked
to the natural rocks for their daily bread.
Could the cry of the oysier tongers be
heard, the proposed law would surely d.c
'in .committee.
_Ori ~- the i 23rd ultimo, a pretty but simple
'Carriage was 'celebrated at the home of
the pastor of Denbigh Baptist church.
The contracting, parties wore Mr. William
T. White,- of Newport News, and Mrs.
Alice Belle Turlington, of Warwick coun
ty. '; The. bride wore a handsome going;
away gown of dark blue cloth, with large
picture hat of black material. ..The groom
was .attired in the conventional black.
[After the ceremony, the couple drove to
Newport News, from which point they
\vent for a few days' visit to the home
of^the groom's parents in Elizabeth City,
Thanksgiving Day is a rather dull day
"in 1 the church circles, of most rural dis
tricts. In this community it was ..some
what enlivened by. a lecture delivered at
night in Denbigh church by the pastor.
Rev. W. L«. Britt. The subject of the
lecture, "The "World We Live In," stim
ulated interest as soon as it was an
nounced, but owing to the inclemency of
the weather.', only a. small crcwd assem
bled at the time appointed. The lectur
er".' was. listened to . for almost two full
.hours, and even after that several had
questions to ask him about the. moon.
The, proceeds of the lecture will be used
,tq-purchase two large lamps with which
to -1.0-.C the yard of the church
-,The firm of William and James Tur-
Jington has dissolved. T;'e former con
tinues in business at the same old sta^nd. '
while James has not as "yet decided as to
his. future work.
t Mr. .James Burcher took a. rock fish
from his nets yesterday which tipped r the
scales at fourteen pounds. He is looking
outfor more of the same size to-day.
.t. Messrs. Menchand-Melzer, on opposite
jsides of Deep Creek, are both , running,
saloons. It is doubtful if a local option
contest would result in a dry commun
ity.... .; ■ ■ . y :.
The Teniperaiite Ladies— A Recent
Marrlnge-WcnthcrHnreiiii Bnilding:
: LEESBURG. VA., December 3.-(Spe
cial.)—There-will be a large "representa
tion of the Woman's Christian Temper
ance Union of Loudoun county at the
meeting- of the seventh annual conven
tion of thw National Anti-Saloon League,
to be held in> Washington, December
'tith. Mrs. Howard M. Hoge. of Lincoln,
-,State president, and' Miss Laura Smith,
of Hamilton,- secretary of - the- Woman's
.Christian Temperance Union, and others
.will- take part in the sessions, which
{will be held in Calvary Baptist church,
corner of Eighth and H streets, north
west. -'■-*: ." .-.■-■'- '•..-■ . .- - : :■
£ Mr. John Spinks.of Waterford. is erect
;ing a. ; comfortable dwelling in that
-town. The house will -be ready for oc
cupation by Christmas.
Mr. ; Thomas Bauckman, who has be'en
j-ejnployed by Armour ■ & Co. for eight
.years as: stenographer,- has accepted a
position ' at .the Navy Department.
i-J'One of the most interesting social
.-events of the .county was the recent
•marriage of Miss Georgiana Hay. daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. George ..Hay,
of Ashburn, to Mr.. Clarence H.. Houser.
a prominent business-man of that place.
-Rev. Mr.- Clymer, - of the . Presbyterian
church, officiated. . ' '
tj^The United St3tes ; Agricultural ' De
partment has advertised v for sealed, pro
posals until December :l7th. for the erec
tion of a three-story ? stone building • for
iuse by the Weather. Bureau. The. build
■ings are- to be .erected ■■■. on.-the : summit
'of the Blue' Ridge mountain. ■ about' one
*and; a half miles- from Trappe, . Loudoun
Va. This land was. recently ,pur
chased by the United -States Government
•from- Mr. Herbert Allen, of New: York.
' 3rewcd in a. plant' as clean- as the'cleancst Aortic. kitchen^ always opan >to
( your inspaction — 58,971 visitors last year. -j^
Such, in Brief, Is His Scheme to Pre
vent Destruction of the indnßtrr
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in Vlrglnin-Hls Bill Will Precipi
tntc a A r igforons Fight. _ ■. ': ;
There is a hard fight already going on
i quietly among the 'members of the Geh- ;
;eral .-Assembly .".-on "the oyster . question;
which will be precipitated like ;a bomb
'among them when Mr. 'Jordan, of Fred-:
'crick. introduces his bill designed - to' pro
tect the declining oyster interests of,: the
State arid to bring - into the ;-; treasury
greater revenue from the oyster. In years
gone by. before the Baylor survey and
the creation of the Board of Fisheries,
a large share of the time of, the sessions
"of the General Assembly was consumed
in '.[the consideration and discussion', of
oyster legislation. Thesebills were usual
ly fought; out .'on., the '-floor of the House,
and evoked a storm of polemic oratory.
History is to repeat itself when the Jor
dan bill comes up. Indeed, the forces of
the oystermen will be marshalled in
mighty phalanx against the measure, and
many ,of the ablest; men in . Tidewater
Virginia will be aligned in opposition to
n; - " ■ . „ . ....
Mr. Jordan is not unprepared for the
battle before him, nor has he^ anticipated
[ anything else but a hard battle. He is
armed with facts and statistical inform
ation and' has studied the oyster situation
carefully for many months. -He will
quote authorities of. this State, and other-
States and those of the national govern
ment on. the subject. Mr. Jordan will
undertake to show that the State's oyster,
beds are being depleted every year under,
the present system, and that in the course
of a few years this great interest of the
State . will be practically extinct unless
prompt remedial legislation is had. That
is what he proposes in his bill, which he
has drawn with great care.
The natural oyster rock included with
in what is known as the Baylor survey is
.year by year being rendered- barren by
the oystermen who disregard the law and
scrape away all the rock on which oysters
are produced. Then this process "■ is car
ried to other localities until slowly.-.' but'
steadily the oyster, producing area is be
ing narrowed until in a few years, with
out some prompt remedial legislation, the
supply, of oysters will be limited to. those,
grown on private planting . grounds.
These dredgers under the'present law p«iy
a tax. -at > least all of them are. supposed
to do. so. and. some do. In many locali
ties the oystermen are said to have prac
tically defied the State Jo collect this tax
or to restrain them from taking oysters.
A large proportion of the Virginia oyster
product, he contends, comes from planted
beds. The supply of seed oysters is de
creasing yearly, and so rapid has been tht
diminution of the supply that it is assert
ed that it, has decreased So per cent, in
five j-ears. The patron of the bill pro-,
posing to break the Baylor, survey .be
lieves that trie State should not only fos
ter this great, interest, but that -it should
also derive a larger net revenue from
the oyster. . , ; . .■. ■ .' .: •■ ' -■ . .
: The Jordan bill will be offered with this
dual purpose, and its patron is. confident
that he can show that it-will accomplish
these objects without detriment ■ to the
interests of the oyster taker. ". . -
The entire motive of the bill is to make
it to "the interest of the oyster "planter to
cultivate'the oyster rocks and shoals of
the State by making him the beneficiary of
the increased producing power of the ter
ritory leased by. him. In short, he pro
.poses' to lease the territory now embraced
in the Baylor survey (now open to all
who • pay the tax to take oysters) to
private parties for a term' of years, who
at the expiration of that tenure are to
surrender the lands to the State. Since
it will', be to; the' interest of the planter
to make his planting ground as prolific
as possible, he will thus'cultivate the ter
ritory he leases and when his lease ex
pires it will be in a state of great produc
tive capacity.
The opponents of the bill admit many of
the contentions of the advocates of the
measure, but contend that the bill is in
the interest of he wealthy oyster planters
and packers, . who will.. soon monopolize
the oyster interests of the State, to the
exclusion of the thousands, of poor oyster
men. One of the Tidewater members con
tends that if the bill is 'passed' it will
; bring 1 about a political revolution and
turn the Tidewater section of the State
Republican, but the friends of the meas
ure regard this. as an idle threat.
■That some remedy for " the bad
and raidly-growing-worse sonditions ' is
promptly and imperatively demanded is
'- conceded generally. The only question is
how to best accomplish the desired result.
A week ago a correspondent of the Bal
timore American, writing to that paper;
from Cambridge. Md.. gave a gloomy, ac
!count of the oyster prospect in the waters
of that State, and the statement is made
that tHe Virginia supply is growing short
er'every year.
Here is the' letter of the Cambridge
correspondent of the. American, describing
conditions which, it is claimed, will soon
be similar in this State's waters:. ' i
"The - American correspondent inter
viewed.a number of captains: just return
ed from the oyster grounds of the Chop
tank, and all gave very gloomy reports of
the oyster supply and the chances of suc
cess for the season's; work.
"With nine tenths of the scrapeVs the
season will prove a failure.
"Some of the best dredgers on Chesa
peake bay live. af Cambridge; and several
of' them" returned home last week.' dis-'
charged their crew's and;laid their' boats
up, declaring ■ that . it was impossible for
them to make' expenses, oysters being
scarce, wages low, and food supplies very
high.- ./-. ■'. '"...' . ' ■• ; ..""-•'*
"Dredging began only about three weeks
ago, :and a number of the 'river' cap
tains returning here to-day say that they
have .barely met their, expenses;' that the
bottoms are almost barren of marketable
oysters, and that they see no possibility
of makingenough money to pay for their
nttirig^up expenses. Some 'of; them will
not go down the river again;' others* say
they will .drop- out after next -week.^and
the majority of those who do continue
to work after "that ' time will go out only
with crews willing to work on shares.
'■'•: "It has been only a few years ago since;
therdredging season extended from Octo
ber" Ist to April \lst.- and then it^wasnot;
a ■question^ of catching, a supply, but,, of.
what to ■ do with the oysters after .they,'
-' J" , !• :-' «^u»k /nlsw SvP^H lf92*^^ "' ' ii^v
./':•, ; ; '- ;r; --.says©f ■■--'■--
Very nice indeed. I made cakes from Presto and they was
' delicious, : deed they wa3, and the pie crust was elegant too.
1535 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. October 17. 190 a. (Signed) Alice Booker, with Henry Diaston.
The H-O {"o'£&] Company
were caught. The demand was never
great enough for the supply of shell stock,
and it is a well-known fact that then, at
20 and 25 cents per bushel, the scrapers
could make more money than they can
now. make even at $1 per bushel. Then all
engaged made moriey, many becoming
rich; now very few can meet their ex
penses. - '■ . ■ ' ■■-.-' . ' ;
"While it is true' that the. packinghouses
here 'have* probably sent out more oysters
for the .Thanksgiving trade than" ever
before in, their history, it is also true that
the bulk of the : supply- was not the pro
duce of Maryland waters, but brought
here from; Virginia .on; chartered vessels.
But' the Virginia' supply is also growing
shorter with each succeeding year, and it
will be only a,short while when her oyster
beds will be as barren as those of Mary
It is already apparent that if the oys
termen defeat :the Jordan bill, they can
only do so by offering something, in its
stead. It is generally . recognized that
the necessity for some remedial legisla
tion exists and . that it is' growing year
by year more- pressing. Inaction will be
to the. detriment of the interests of the
oysters takers themselves if conditions
grow worse. /.The men from Tidewater
usually flout any ' proposition " originating
with members from other sections of the
State; contemptuously dismissing it with
the inquiry, "What does he know about
the oyster business?" On the other hand,
the mountain • members assert that ■ the
Tidewater members in. many cases are
biased by self-interest and that they have
for years claimed a monopoly of informa
tion on the subject and to which they are
not entitled.
The men from, other .. sections of the
State feel that the oyster interests are
too valuable to be sacrificed and extin
guished by. what they regard as greed
or disregard of the laws by some of the
oystermen. and that :the oyster beds
should pay more revenue to.tlie State.
Certainly, they claim, the revenue-pro
ducing capacity of \the oyster interests
should not be allowed to decline until the
State derives nothing therefrom. The
oystermen retaliate by claiming that they
pay a -larger proportion of the revenue of
the State already "than their share, and
the lands of the up-country members
are assessed far below their value and do
not bear their equitable proportion of the
burden of government.
Mr. Jordan- has not yet offered his bill,
but, the opponents of the. measure are
marshalling their forces and,, preparing
their fight. When it : does come there is
going ; to be more oyster talk than for
four or .five years past. -
The • fight for the bill prescribing the
manner of electing or appointing commis
sioners of. the revenue in counties, is one
which promises -to provoke great discus
.sion when it comes up. Several bills on
this ' subject are now in committee, and
■when , hearings are had the battle will
begin, but it will, hardly end until the
question is finally fought out in the two
houses. ;. Senator Lyle. of Roanoke. has
offered' a • bill prescribing that commis
sioners shall be appointed by the judges
of the circuits. Mr. Lee. of Fairfax, has
a' measure designed to authorize the ap
pointment of commissioners by the Boards
of Supervisors of counties. Both plans
are opposed by many influential members,
some . of whom charge that they are
merely schemes to evade the constitu
tional provision which forbids commis
sioners succeeding themselves. The judges
of the Circuit Court do not wish to have
this responsibility, thrust upon them, and
many, people , are opposed to dragging
the judiciary" into politics. On the other
hand, the .plan of having the commis
sioners named •' by Boards of Supervisors
will., it.is contended by some, give to the
."courthouse rings" entire control of the
matter.and result in the detriment of the
:public service. ,-.
Many of the members agree with the
members of the late convention that, it
is. a wise precaution which forbids com
missioners succeeding themselves, and
that, the limitation of their tenure of
office -to - one/ term will result in great
good.. ;> .'. . . .■■; ..
v The other measures -have their earnest
advocates, . and up to this, time there has
■been no means of judging- of the rela
tive strength of the : various . propositions
on the subject. There is sure to be a
.prolonged discussion' of the subject when
'it comes up in, committee. . ; -•■■."'
' :The Capitol ■ Building -.Committee, of
which Governor 'Montague is ex-offlcio
.chairman! ; will meet at 4 o'clock Friday"
f afternoon'", with •the Joint Finance Commit
tees .of the two houses at the capitpl.
ItVwill be remembered that air the bids
for 'the 'repairs to: the capitol largely ex
ceeded the 'amount;, available therefor,
arid . the .. contract could not be ; let/. ? An
effort iwill be ,made to: secure an Increase
fbf ; • the appropriation; .arid this will be
stoutly opposed by .many... of the leading
members '.' of both ; houses. Many of -.the
members of ithe > House 'are : disappointed
that '^ the : : plans y proposed 'by .': the ' Joint
committee ; f or ;■ the . repairs and improve
' merit rof ; the •> capltol rma ke no provision
: for-: the^enlargement of .'the House. ] which '
Is I: very .much; desired.^ It Is riot Impro
bable^ that -. the ; entire i matter,' may' be "re-
;opened>Rnd?: that*'; the i T nlans- Approved
will jb^r> rejected '.and -others subm I tted. Vlt
Is^feltsbyV^aomelC .^embers > 'h^ } if : the
State h Is. pr'olngv to. expend ; so. larjrV a sum j
frnrwoent^of %*• ei4 boildln«ipiift»;
I THe Nowlan Company, 1
m . ...... ■ . *?*
| * .' beg to announce that their selec- |
| : lions for the holidays are more ex- |
|-'."-- : tensive. than ever before, and they |
I- ' ■•'*-. cordially invite an inspection of the |
I largest assortment of Elegant Gifts I
1 - in Fine Gold and Sterling Silver to 5
I ; be found; in the South. 9
is ■'''•' ... uS
* H^H^E^E^SS'^H^H^H^n^'S^H'Sfl^Sa^a'^H^E^H^B^a^H^H <s : E3>a*H'i-a^ «
X The fairest and most attractive proposi-
B tion ever made. Each member pays $1 a
I .week on a $12 outfit, "or $2 a "week ou a
| $24 outfit. Club meets weekly; and at
I every -meeting some one memter gets a
| Phonograph for JUST WHAT HE HAS
* PAID IN. Every member eventually gets
S ' a machine; and he CAN'T PAY more
| than cash price. New clubs just form
s ing. Get in.
I 729 East Main.
w Bj^-'rVyr?^W- ftW^ Jwn^''' LW '*^^^
We Have Removed * \
525 East Byrd Street, 304-316 South Sixth Street \
COne Block from Byrd-Street Station.) >. J\
We also announce that we have installed a GLASS BEVELUMB
now prepared to fill orders for these items from stock that have
heretofore been compelled to be executed out of the city.
Soon— Christmas
and Books.
•g Who ever heard of a Chrisfc
| mas list without a book or
I two on it ? It's a^ood plan
\ to take for your gift-giving;
\ motto : "When in doubt buy
j books."
\ Every book in our stock
I was. selected to make happy
\ hours for some one— won't
I you help «s.iind the right
' person ?
! It would take a column to
\ : tell you the whole of the
! books we have here-- all
about the splendid list of ti
tles, the handsome bindings,
and the range of prices.
Best way is to come in and
see if the book that you have
been locking- for isn't here
and at a fair price. Ten
: chances to one it is.
629 E. Broad Street.
provide for all needs for years to come.
The whole matter may "be;, gone" over
again:' ■In .order to do .this. ' however, 'the
Senate.'inust' : consent' to : the reopening of
the and : the •; rejection" of the'
plans .proposed. '-'.; .'; ; "'•.■"■ . . :•:- ■'■
Pink Camatlono. 25 cents p«r doien. at
Hammond'*, lift** > Broad >tieSt&Sßi&S
1406 East Main Street.
in Furniture, j
Floor Coverings, Comforts, Blanket*,
Spreads, ;
Beds and 1
Mattresses, • j
Cook Stoves, j
Ranges and 1
Heaters put
up free.
AU goods
marked ia
! plain figures
Low Prices.- Easy Terms
Be\vare of
typhoid -Fever.
; Boot wait unUl maiarta o» itypHoid
fever; fastens Us d*idly~liol<l:«tt jo«. * at
foirWySyoar^iiyat'em'C a jainit its att»c*»
biftaklncfresalaTrdoMSof ' .' '- ■

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