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th JiMK 58SS81B iffi-WHOLE NUMBER, 16,172.
Letter of Dr. Foster on
This Subject.
is Too Easy to Put People In
an Asylum Now,
He Says Phthisis is Increasing and Inno
ent People Are the Sufferers From
the Arrangement of tho Hosplt- .
als?Too Strenuous Llfe
Often Causes Insanity.
xne statement reccntly made In the
Senato that insanity ls largely on the
Increase in Vlrglnia has aroused much
Interest. In a letter on thls subject Su
perlntendent L. S. Foster, of the East
_rn Stato Hospital, imys:
I beg to say that my observatlon at
:hls hospital for the post four years hus
not been such as to convinco me that
'.hero ls any vory great increase in In?
sanity beyond what mlght be expected
wlth n grovving populatlon. ln tho re?
port of the superlntendent of thls tjo___
Pltals for the fiseal years endlng the_30th
uf Beptember, ltSS. there was remalning
at the close of hls report 625 patlents,
whlle tho average present during tho year
was 5.1. On the fourth of January, 1902
(the morning of the flre), wo had ln thls
hospital 563, an Increase in populatlon of
t$. for a llttle more than tlireo years.
As far as my .memory serves me I dld
not have an appllcatton on flle at that
tlme. Thero Is no occaslon for alartn In
Vlrglnia. Whllo Insanity is increasing,
the populatlon ls also on the Increase,
and the increase ln thls disease Ib not
proportlonately larger than In other
States. lt wlll be some tlmo before an?
other hospital wlll be noeded if the prop
sr provUlon le mado at the white hos?
pltals for the eplleptics and consumptives.
That ls, to glve each of these hospltals
i separate bulldlng for thls class of pa
?Jents, as stated In my last report.
Phthisis ls spreading dally, and ls forced
lpon innocont and helpless people by be?
lng compelled, as our hospltals are now
trrangod, to conflno them In the same
sards wlth those suffering from thls dls
In addltlon to maklng thls necessary
provlston, J would refer you to the sug
jestlon made ln my report of OCtober
l, 1-59, ln which I stated "it was too easy
1 matter under the present forms of law.
lo commit a person to an Insane hospital,
_nd ln my oplnlon great safeguards
should bo thrown around the indivldual's
liberty." j ,
After a patient has been committed to:
a hospital thero are only two ways be
sldes death to get rld of hlm; one is to
dl-charge hlm If restored to sanlty, and
the other 13 to get some relative to take
hlm out on a furiough.
There are some patlents In every hos?
pital who are qulet and tractable, dis
turb no one, but we cannot get a friend
or relative to take him and the conse
quence ls we have lo keep hlm.
These help to keep out some who ought
'.o reeelve treatment. We have applloa
llons for admlsslon of persons from 70
to 92 years of age, suffering from senllo
iomentia, wlth no hope of recovery, and
lf we have room, we must take them.
These crowd but many that ought to be
treated In tho acute stago when the
.hanoes of recovery are so much more
favorable. ln my oplnlon the causes
R-hlch tend. elther slngly or in combl?
natlon. to produee. Insanity nre too stren?
uous llfe. overworkod or overtaxed body
and braln'. Impalred physlcal health, trou?
ble, anxiety, and I mlght mentlon a score
of others.
The crowded condltlon ot the Eostern
Stato Hospital !?? dtio to ,the flre of last
wlnter whlch destroyed one of our lnrg
est bulldlngs, and I mlght ndd thnt thls
had Bometh'lng to do with the congested
condltlon of the other two hospltals, as
aiany from thls sectlon havo applled and
been reeelved In both of theso hospltals.
Dr. J, D. DcJarnette, asslstant physl
Jlan ln the Western State Hospital at
Staunton, wlrtes ns follows'.
The puestlon of an Increase of In
innity h, Vlrglnia hos been recentlv dls
?usst-d both ln tho press anti the Legls?
lature of tho State. It ls not on easy
?natter to declde whether there has been
>uch Increase, or if so, what has been
ts ratlo. Tho only avnllable ciiterlon
ls a comparison of the statistlcs of the
hospltals for u,e Insane for a term of
years. And even these are pretty sure
to bo mlsleadlng when handled by one
who ls not famlllar wlth all thelr de
talls. For Instanco, the annual reports
1.9S to 1902 there woro 4,007 applicatlons
for admlsslon lnto them. of whlch only
.,220 were actually admlttod. Tho nat
ttriil Inferenco from theso flguros would
bo hat there are now 1,387 |?s<ino persons
itt lnrge In tho Stuto or ln Its jails, whlch
Ih nbsurd. .?.*-..
Tho explanation ls that tho list of an
pllcHtions reeelved, but rejeoted durh b
Ihe courso of a year nro. at Its close
tronsferred to tho rccords of tho SUc
ceodliig yenr; and from thl__ lt would an
pear that during tho blennla] perlod there
wero two nppllcants for admlslson,
whllo ln ronllty the appllcnnt ln both
pases wns ono und the sumo person. Agaln
lt may happen that nn nppllcatlon may
bo made ln suocesslon to ench of tho
three hospltals for white Insane, and be?
lng ontorod on tho records of oach of
them, tholr iinnunl reports would show
npparontly that \here were three soparnte
(ippllcunta where in l'nct thero was only
one. Thus ln 1608 thoro wero 022 and lii
1902 thero were (199 upplleants for admls?
slon Into tho white hospltals, an nppar
ent Increase of 77. Cut thls ls mlsleadlng
for tho reason that after tho llio at
Wllliamsburg many of tho Insnno from
that sectlon of tho Stato upplled for ad?
mlsslon, llrst to tho ICnalern and then
to the'Western hospltul, ench man or
wommi thiia appourlng bb two on the
(Continued ou Thlrd Paee.}
Emperor Willie: Aw, Come on! what you 'fraid of?
John Bull: I think there is a man behind the tree.
Hls Eloquent Address ln Pre
senting Picture of Kemper.
Not Glad the War Ended as it Did, and
Remarks of Lee and Hunton Had
Reference to Another Incident,
Not to Him.
The Tlmes-Dispatch prlnts below the
full text of the address mado by ex-Gov
ernor Wllllam E. Cameron Friday nlght
in prcsenting the portait of Governor
Kemper to Lee Camp. Thls ls dohe for
two reasons: The speech was one of the
most notable of a very notable occaslon,
and an erroneous construction was placed
by some of thoso ? preseni - upon ? certaln
patrlotic utteranc.es of the dlstlnguished
ex-Governor, and associated :.these, w.Ith
remarks made later ln the evenlng by
Generals Lee and Hunton.
The speech of Colonel Cameron was pa
triotic throughout, and he dld not say that
he was glad the war ended as lt did.
The trend of .hls speech was' entlrely" to
the contrary, and tho remarks of Gen?
erals Lee and Hunton were in full ac
cord wlth hlm, and were based, lt is
understood, upon another recent epiaode
to whlch no dlrect reference was made.
The occaslon was a love-foast, a most
delightful one In every respect, and lt
is rogretted that there should havo been
the slightest misunderstanding to mur
ln the least what to all who wero present
Wlll ever be a pleasant memory.
Colonel Cameron sald:
"For nearly half a century the moons
ln heaven havo waxed and waned, and
the tldes of ocean, obcdlont to thelr sway,
have flowed and ebbed. since you, my
comrades, were glvlng tho dovotlon and
service of warm young hearts to a coun?
try which has no place among the natlons
now?whlch has no namo, except in his?
tory, and whlch has been blotted out
from the atlas of tho world.
"So far remote from us, in tlme, that
country is; but further still from tho cark
ing cares and selflsh ambltlons of our
present llves.
"But so embalmed ln the inmost caskets
of our souls, wlth tho most preclous splces
from momory's storehouse. Is nll that we
hoped for, Joyed tn, wept over and suf
fered there?that, often still, an Idlo word,
tho odor of some slmple woodland llower
drlftod to us ou the litful wlnd, a pass
Ing straln or martlnl niuslc-or, ns to
night the pathetlc suggestlon from elo
quent cnivvus of ees whlch woro onco
our guldlng stars ln battle?wlll strlko
from our inlnds tho shackles of the pres?
ent and the real; and lo! wo stand agaln
in DIxlo's land?and tho war ls young?
touchlng olbow wlthi us ln tho full rnnka
aro thoso dear oomrndoa wo long hnd
mourned as dead, nnd tho llne ls llylng
hlgh on land and sea?and falth ls stoad
fast and hope Is radlant; for, ln the mercy
of God, the Btnoke of Inltlal vlctorles yet
hangB as a vell betweon our vlskari and
tho wrath that ls to come!
"That was -j, country of statoly homes,
well-gunrded f.rosldes, of siiilllng llolds,
of^Bonerous hnrvoBts. lt' was a country
whoro manly honor and womanly n'lrtuo
walked hand ln hand wlth ctiltured mlnda
and Boclal graoos, where hospltallty was
tho Instlnot.and tho law in manslon and
ln cottage; where wealth shed bounty ns
the skios drop dew; whoro unobtruslva
plety wns tho guido of gcntle Ilvea; where
Justlco doalt wlth even scales; whero tha
?itundards ol' publl'c llfo wore lofty und '
offlce was reserved for the wlse and the
honest; where factlon and fanatlcism
found no congenlal soil nor atmosphero;
where a happy people obeyed tho laws,
meddled not wlth the concerns of othei
folks, cultli'ated gontle manners and klnd
ly feellngs; did thelr duty ln that state
10 whlch God. had pleosed to call them.
and Hved In peace and Iove wlth 3ne
"It was a country to be proud of. . It
was a blessed country to llve in. It was
a country to llve ln. It was a country
worth dylng for!
"The ancestry of the men and women
of that country were the ploneers of
Christianity and civllizatlon in the new
world. .At a later era 'twas they who
Insplred. formulated and achleved Amerl?
can lndependence, and they were the ar
chltects of the Amerlcan Unlon and the
authors of the chart of Its powers and
_"Thelr descendants inherlted from these
sages and statesmen a genlus for gon-ern
ment; nn instlnctlve apprehenslon of those
fundamenta] prlnclples whlch constitute
at once the sanitlon of all rullng author?
lty and the boundarles of Its power. They
inherlted a love for Iawful llberty..a rev
erf-nce for constitutlonal obllgations. *
feariess Impatlerice of ippression. a Jeal
ous regard for the rights of, the" States,
a posltlve credence in the doctrlne that
"all gw-mments dcrivetheir just powers
frorn the conseiit cf the governed," and
a readlness to do and sufter all thlngs
in malntenance of a princlple.
"To such a race, so slrea. eo reareu",
so competent to know thelr rights, so
tarlned In polltlcal pereeptlon. so lovlng
peace and yet so brave,. there camo a
. (Contlnued on Thlrd Page.)
Death in New York City of
Father Robinson. One of
Stuart's Men.
Father Thomas Vlncont Robinson dled
in New York, at the Houso of the Paul
Ist Fathers, February 10th, aged slxty
two years. Ho had been in bad health
for moro than two years.
Father Roblnson waa well known ln thls
clty, whoro ho was born and spent hls
early boyhood. Ho was the son of the
lato Mrs. Sarah Mllls Robinson, brother
of the late Andrew Roblnson, and grand
son of Nicholas Mllls, and' nephew of Dr
Charles Mllls, of thls olty. He was a
brave Confedernte soldler. He was much
bekved ln Now York and elsowhere for
hls many chnrltablo deeds. He has often
vlslted Riehmond, where ho has many
relatlvos and frlends. Hls rolatives are
Mrs. C. B. Vaden, of Ashland, Va.; Mr.
N. M. P.lalr, of Arnelia county, Va.; Mlsa
Acleio Mllls, Mr. rt. M. Brander. Miss
Mary Brander and Mrs. Helen Brander
Pot.tway, of this city, and' Mrs. R. j
Melgs, of Bnltlmore, Md.
. Thomas Vlncent Roblnson was born In
Riehmond, Va., ln 1810, und about. iho
samo time Father Elllott was born in
Detrolt, Father Roblnson won a dsscon
dnnt on hls mother'a sldo of PorahomaH.
and hls grandfather was tho Dr. Robin?
son who, for hls work In the Iriah revo?
lution that resuJted In tho exocutlon of
Robort Emmot, was exlled from his na?
tivo land,
Father Roblnson was educatod at tho
Collego of Wllllam and Mary, In Y'lrglnla;
the Vlrglnla Mllltary lnstllute, thon pro
sldeil ovor by Htouewull Jacksou, ,h*.j
aflorward attendod' tho Theoluglca] Setni
miry at Aloxandrla, Va., the alma mater
of Phlllips Brooks and Blshop Pottor.
Tho boglnnlng of the war found hlm
thero, but ho lald aslde IiIb studles and
durlng tho wnr wns a cavalryma nund.-i
Goneral J. 13. B. Stuart.
Hls romalns were lald to rest tn ono of
the orypu ln tho Church of tha Paullst
Fathoi'B, >
A- Banquet at the Jefferson
To-morrow Evenlng.
An Interesting Programme Arranged
and Toasts to be Responded to
by a Number of Distin
guished Virginians.
The annual banquet of the Sons of the
Revolution wlll be hel_ atp the Jefferson
to-morrow night. An Interesting pro?
gramme has been arrranged and toasts
wlll be responded to by a number of
promlnent Virginians. The annual meet?
ing of this society is always held on the
anuiversary of Washlngton's blrthday
except when thnt day falls on Sunday as
this year. .Immedlately after .the buslness
meeting, a banquet ls held at whlch Vir
glnla's illustrious past as told by Vlrgln
la's illustrious sons senves to klndle agaln
the splrlt of '70.
By way ot stlmulatlng study along
Revolutlonary llnes this society hiis ro
cently offered a prlze to tho graduatlng
class of the Vlrginla Hlgh School. for
the best essay on a revolutlonary subject,
the. njirtlculars of whlch were publfshod
a few weeks ago,
Tho offlcers nre: Presldent, George
Ben. Johnston, M. D.; First Vice-Presl
dent, Colonel Francls Lee Smlth, of
Alexandriu; Second Vlce-Presldent, Cap?
taln W. Gordon McCabe; Reglstrar,
Judge R. T. W. Duke, Jr., of Charlottes?
ville; Secretary, Charles R. Robins, M. D.;
Treasurer, W. Cliase Morton.
It ls Almost Completed and
Will Be an Ornament
to the Clty.
(Spcclnl to Tho TImos-ITIspntch.)
FARMVILLE, VA., Fob. 'JT.-Work on
tho handsome paseonger statlon of tho
Norfolk und Western Rallroad of thls
pluce is about completed, and thu-con
traotbrs, Messrs. Pettyjohn _i Co., of
Lynchburg, expect to turn snmo over tu
the rallroad uuthorltles lu a fow days.
Tho statlon, whlch ls not qulte as cust
ly us was at llrst reported, ls une of
tho neatest und best equlpped on l.hci
road. Thero I* about -100 fevet of plat?
form, and It ls of tho flnest seloot hrlck.
Tho sliod is about 200 feet in Icngth,
und wlll oover almost any passenger
train. On tho Inslde the work ls of
tho flnest workmanslilp. Tho equlp
ments conslsl of heatlng apparatus, lav
(vtory, und oll modern convenlonee.'.,
There ls a baggngo-rnom. npurtmonls for
ladles nnd gniiilemen; ulso the tlcket
nnd telegrnph riillce, whlch ls very haiul
somo ln deslgii.
Tho statlon ls built of whlto hrlck,
stono belng used for tho foundul.lon.
From a dlstanco, tho statlon, whlch wa.
a long-folt want, ls a honuty, and u
structuro of whlch the peoplo of Farm?
vllle feel Justly proud.
Mr. J. D. Eggleston, Jr., of Humpdon
Sldncy College, will dellver tho next pubi
llo lectiuo ln the Interest of educatlon,
arranged for by Hr. Rlclmrd M, Smlth,
\ln the Fuim.vllle Opera Houso, Frlday,
February 20th. Mr. Eggleston wlll take
for hls subject "A Publlc Library and a
Memorlal Association for Farmvllle and
Prlnce Edward county."
The Dramatic Club of the. Normal
School, recently orgnnlzed. have begun
to prepare for thelr rioxt play, which
they wlll glve some tlmo lri March.
At i meetlng of tho Town Council, held
recently, the questlon of runnlng- tho
electrlc light plant all nlght, a subject
of much concern to tho patrons of the
Hghts, was dlscussed at some length,
but no deflnlto actlon taken. It was,
however, agreed that if the Normal
School and tho Norfolk and Western
take the llghts. paylng- anywhere in the
nelghborhood the extra cost for runnlng
tho plant all nlght. whlch would bo be?
tween twelve and flfteen hundred per
annum, then the Council would conslder
the questlon of runnlng llghts all nlght.
It ls not llkely that the Normal School
will subscrlbe to tho town llghts, as lt
was but recently an electrlc light plant
was Installed at tho Institution. The
llghts, however. are put out at ten
o'clock. .
The young nlllgators brought from
Florlda by Edltor J, L. Hart and do
nated to the Normal School. are attract
Ing conslderablo attentlon among tho
students. The young ladles spent hours
each day cxamining tho creatures. They
have not opened their mouths yet, and
this seems to bo tho funniest feature
about them, tho glrls say. When they
got so large as to become dangerous they
wlll' be slaughtered and dissected.
Mr. R. L. Price, rcslding near Pros
pect, was greatly damaged by a, terrifio
wind and storm recently. A large barn
was unroofed, lodglng in the mlddle of
tho publlc road; hls stable and small
sheds serlously damaged, orchard trees
uprooted and straw sHacks entirely de
mollshed. The poles ln the mlddle of
the stacks were carried a long dlstance
Lack of Money Wlll" Make the
Current Meetings Rather
? Tame Affalrs.
Tues*day, Commlttee pn Prlntlng, 8
o'clock; Commlttee on Improvement of
James Rlver, 8 o'elook.
Thursday, Commlttee on Water. at 8
Friday, Commlttee on Pollce, Electlons
and Schools, 4:30 o'clock; sub-Stroet
Commlttee, 4:80 o'clock; Commlttee on
Streets and Shoekoe Creek, 5 o'clock.
Such Is the schedule of moetlngs at
tho Clty Hall thls week..
Owlng to tho fallure ot the Commlttee
on Flnance to report tho budget for
thls year, thero is llttle dolng ln locnl
(lotiiicllinanlc clrcles. < Every committoo
of tho Council ls more or less dependent
upon the annual budget for oxlstenoa,
and untll thls has beon reported and
adoptod by tho Council und slgned by
tho Mayor matters wlll contluuo dull.
Last week a number of meetings were
held, but at no slngla ono was tho ox
pondlture of a cent coutrnctod for or
ov.-ii so much aa rocommended to tho
Council. Tho members reallzo that thoy
have no money to thelr credlt, whlle
tbe treasury ls equally as bare.
As ls well known, all of tho commlttooa
have prepared a llst of tholr needa for
tlils year, and lt is theso estlniiitos thnt
nre now engaglng tho. attentlon of tho
Flnance Commltteo. It Is proposecl to
havo the budgut roady for tho Common
Counoll at Its flrst moetlng ln March,
nnd wlth thls Idea In vlew sovoral sos
slons wlll bo hold between now and tluit
t/nlosfi somothlns uiiforescou comes up
Vu? moi'tlngs this week liroinlau to Im
unlntvrostlJitf aud uiiuvuiai'ul.
Wfll Meet ln Fredericksburg
on March 25th.
Mr. Wagner, of Keyser, West Vlrginla,
Wlll Preach the Opening Sermon.
Frlday Nlght Card Club Pleas
antly Entertained?Gossip.
(Speclnl to Tho Tlmes-Dl-patch..
The Baltlmore Conference ot the M. E.
Church, South, wlll-meet ln thls city on
Wednesday, March 25th. The clerlcal
and lay delegates wlll number about 275.
BIshop. A. Coke Smlth, of North Caro?
llna, wlll preslde. Tho opening sermon
will be preached by Rev. Mr. Wagner,
of Keyser, Wost Vlrginla, on Tuesday
night before the opening of the confer?
ence. . Thursday nlght the anniversary
of tho Sunday-School Board wlll be held.
Frlday nlght Rev. George Hammond wlll
delivor a lecturo. and on Sunday tho ordl
natlon' of ? deacons and elders will take
Tho revlval at the Methodlst Church
has closed, the last sermon ? belng
preached at the lnvltatlon of the pas?
tor, Rev. George T. Tyler, by Rev. Dr.
J. S. Dlll, of the Baptlst Church. There
wero throo converslons as the result of
the meeting.
Dr. R. J. Payne has boen appolnted by
Judge R. H. L. Chlchester as coroner
for Stafford county to ffll a vacancy.
The members of the Frlday Nlght Card ?
Club, in the last meeting before Lent,
was pleasantly entertained last nlght by
Miss Lucllln Yates at tho handsome homu
of her parents, on Lowis Street. MIsj
Carrlo P. Mooro, of Bon Alr, near RIch?
mond, won the flrst lady's prlze and Mr.
A. B. Yates the second. Mr. E. M.
Young, Jr? won tho llrst gontleman's
prlze and Mr. S. G. AVallaco tho sec?
ond. At the concluslon of the game
dalnty refreshmonts were served.
Mr. A. B. Botts Is out agaln, after a
sevoro attack of the grlp.
Mnjor W. S. Embrey and Mr. and Mrs.
C. L. Knlmbuch, who havo been qulte
slck, aro convnlosclng.
Mr. Z. P. Smlth, dlstrlct passengor
agent of tho Senboard Alr Llno Rail?
way, of RIchmond, was a vlsltor hert.
thls wook.
Mr. and Mrs. David Hlrsh, of thls
olty, nttended a mtistcal rocltfil In Wnsh
Ine'ton lnst nlght, In whlch thelr duugh
tor. Mlss Caiilne Hlrsh, touk part.
Captaln Robert E. Leo, of Stafford
county, brother of General Fltz. Lee.
of RIchmond. and of Major John M.
Leo and Captaln D. M. Lee, of Stafford,
who has beon very 111 at the Mury
Washlngton Hospltul bore, ts so mucii
Improvod ns to be able to go out occa
Mayor O. M. Relley and wlfe, and Mr.
nnd Mrs. II. D. Mcrrlam, all of l'hoonlx,
New York, have boen tho guests of Col?
onol E. D. Colo and famlly thls woek.
Mr. T. C. Sweet, of Phoonlx, Nuw York,
is vlsltlng hls auut, Mrs. H. A, Elnis,
License to Wed.
A llcense to wed Ims been recorded ln
Washlngton by Mr. Jospeh A. Farley
and MIs.-.' ISlnoru H. Pollard. of thls clty.
Mr. Farley llyes iu No, -i>?! Last Lelgli
Street, nnd ls a tline-keeper. Mlss I>ol
lard llv.s In No. 1.181-S West Muln
Street. >
Dr. Garclnor's Subject.
At thi Gruco-Slreot Baptlst Chnrch
Hr. Uai'iJner will pioaoli thls uiorntug Q|)
"Countlug tho Cost" ur.i'. ln tho. evenlng
vu ''Chrlat's Vlslou ot th? Full t_ Sataii."
Talk on Thls Line Re
sumed ln Legislature.
Has Been Accompllshed Un?
der Many Dlfflculties.
Mlstako Was Made In Not Havlng Com*
mlaelon Laat Fall and Now It is
Reallzed by All?Farmers De6lr?
to go Home ln Tlmeto Hear
the Blrds Sing and to
Plant Corn.
Serlcras talk cocernlng the appolntment
of a commlsslon to adjust the statutes la
conformlty wlth the new Constttutlon'
shortly, and an ndjournment of the Gen-.
oral Aissombly untll next fall has been ro->
vlved, and lt would cause no great sur-<
prlse if somethlng tanglble should come
of lt In tho end.
There aro many good reasons for thls
bellef. One ls that. many of the most
substantlal men In 'both branches are
oarnostly considering lt, and anothor la
that all soom to reallzo tliat lt Is golng !
to be hard to hold the members here
when tho Bprlngtlmo comes; when the,
roblns begln to fling among tho apple
blossoms, and whon tho earth ls puttlng /
on her annual oloak of green. A large
majorlty o'f them"are either' directly br.
indlrectly lnterestod ln agrlcultural pur-.
Bults, and wlll not consent to absent
thomselves from tholr farms at the most
lmportant season pf tho year wlth farm?
ers, whlch is that of p-lanting. But thore
Is etlll another and perhaps more co
gent reason than all these for the prou
ablllty of a commlsslon.
The Loglslaturo has made very slow
progress wlth its work. No one will deny
thls proposltlon. On the other hand all
regrotfully admtt it. Up to thls tlmo tne
Commlttee on Flnance and the Commlt?
tee on Roads are the only sub-divislon ot
either branch to get ln their reports and
these are only upon one branch of their
work, More thaai thls, eVen these com
mtttees have so far reported to only
one branch. and the report wlll r.ot be
disiposed of for many weeks to come.
Everyono seoms now to realize that
It was a grave mistake not to have
named a commlsslon last fall. and many
contend that If this had beon done.then
the lntrloato and lmportant work of tha
extra sesslon would now be over.
The. Senato Courts of Justlce Commlt?
teo ls meetlng every afternoon. but its
work ls belng accompllshed only by easy
stages, whlle the correspohdlng body ln
tho House has not "hlt a Hck" on its
report, owing to tho long time it has
taken to considor the Campbell-Crawford,
cowhldlng case, whlch even yet ls pend- .
ing. ?'/
Then there are the two commtttees orf
Countles, Citles and Towns, thoso oii
Educatlon and Publlc Instructlon, PrisJ
'ons and Asylums and varlous ? others.
whose roports so far, are not nearly com
General laws of both bodles stand ln
tho same category, whlle the House Com?
mlttee on Roads ls expected to show 'up
shortly wlth Its roport on one branch of
Its work, that of corporation3. And yet .
it cannot be said that the Legislature 1ms
ldled away Its tlme, for it ls manlfestly
a worklng body. But It has had to con?
tend with many drawbacks. not the least
among them havlng been tho now famous
Campbell-Crawford lnvostigation. Then;
too, for ono reason and anothor, thero
have boen n number of recesses, and a
large number of matters had to bo at?
tended to, whlcli woro not, strictly spenk
ing, ln dlrect contemplatlon of the call
under whlch tho body met ln extraordl
nary sesslon.
It would not be at all surprlslng for
tho reasons given above should there bd
a jolnt resolutlon presented in one House
or tho other almost any day. calllng for
tho appolntment of a commlsslon, and
another followlng thls up, provldlng for:
adjournment untll next November.
Mr. Lasa-lter, of Petersburg. showed
somo Impntlence the other dny, when
trled to comnilt the House to a flnal nd
Jourument by May lst, but tho body re
ftisc-.l to bo commltted, an.l nccopted a
substituto declarlng lt to bo the purpose
..f thf. body to dlsposo of Its work ns
speedlly ns mlght be found conslstent
lylth tlie publlc good.
If a comnjlsslon r.^olution shmiid flnn,.
ly prevull, lt wlll llkely be for three or
flve ni.'ii- to l.c, t-ikeii excluslvoly from
>>ui.sl(ln tho Legislature.
Tho ladles havlng ln chargo tho enter
tnliiniont Whlch was glvon at tho Church
of the Holy Comfortor on Thursday night
last are iiiueh lndebted to thelr frienda
nnd the pntillo generally for its flnanclal
and soclal succos>i.
The musl-jal programme, reiulered by
MV, aud Mr."'. E. 11. Clowes, Mr. Joseph
Whlte, Miss Helen Porteaux and Mrs.
Arthui M. Tylor. and so.'eral recltatlonn
by Mrs. Jennle Yeamnns. wero thorough-*
ly enjoyed. After tho muslcal programme
was over. refreshments wero served.
Much regret wns oxpressed ovor the
abseiiL'O of Mr. Dk-klnson. the pastor,
who. un account of the delay of hls u*m,
wub unable to reach the clty.

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