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ra?ffl?. ?BIB ffi: I WHOLE NUMBER, 16,231.
Its Celebration Is Not a Metho?
dist Matter.
Exercises Will Begin May 17th and Last
Until 20th?Addresses by Many
Men of Eminence?Notes
and Gossip.
"It Is not merely a Methodist matter,"
Xald Dr. Edward Leigh Poll yesterday, In
speaking of tho aproachlng? celebration
of the bl-centenary of Wesley's birth.
"Wesley was a Methodist," Dr. Poll
explained, "but ho was more: he was ft
.world force, and It Is an unwritten law
?hat a world force cannot be held In
fee Himple by any single denomination.
Lutheran? would have their hands full
trying to establish exclusive claims in
Martin Luther; or Presbyterians In Jona?
than Ed wards; or Episcopalians in Phil?
lips Bruoks; or Baptists In I John A.
Broadus. Wesley's famo did not rest
up<?n Methodism. He was fimous before
Methodism; not popular?he was never
popular?but famous. Eighteenth cen?
tury England thought of him, not as the
organizer of a d?nomination, but rather
as England's chief servant of humanity
?Just a? we think of Jonathan Edwards,
not ns a Presbyterian, but as the great
list thinker America haa ever known;
Just as we think of Glads ton?, not as an
Episcopalian?as devout a churchman as
he wa??but as tho greatest English
?talesman of his time.
"It was not, I believe, a Methodist
writer who said that since the days of
the upostlcs no man had risen with such
ti passion for doing good as John Wes?
ley. It was this passion, and not any
ono thing that ho did, that made him im?
mortal; and it. Is because of this passion
tlutt men ot every name under heaven
will find it In their hearts to do honor to
his memory at tho approaching celebra?
tion. Wesley's love for humanity made
him the greatest promoter tor tho amelio?
ration of mankind that ever lived. He
conducted more educational, philanthro?
pic and religious enterprises than any
tithor man of any time. Ills Ideas about
?ho education of tho whole people were a
? century and a half In advance of his
flay. Tho Southern Educational Confer?
isco has Just caught up with him. He
Believed In the development of the whole
man?tho body, tho mind and the soul?
jind he taught physic and hygiene as well
XS theology. Ho not only established
?ohools, but ho translated, culled and
fometlmes wroto the toxt-books for
I hem. He wrote on so many subjects
that a collection of his works forms a
respectable encyclopedia.
' "He know more about darkest England
than all the philanthropists of his day
Ugeihor, and his knowledge filled him
with such zeal to help mon that hie
preaching feats, which have excited the
wonder of mankind, were but Incidents
In his tremendously busy life. All Eng?
land stood agapo at this many-sided ge?
nius. Men listened to his discussions of
public problems ns they llstenod to Pitt,
nnd turned to wonder nt his philanthropy,
??? tlioy wondered nt tho philanthropy of
Wllborforce. They llockcd to hie preach
lm;; they applauded his skill In contro?
versy; they accepted his help as an edu?
cator; they admired his sanity as a ?soci?
ologist; they road his philosophy; they
even enloyd his poetry; they chimed In
with him us an organizer; thoy obeyed
him as a dlctntor.
"If ho hail loft no church behind him
lie would havo llved-as Savonarola has
"I hnve said," continued Dr, Pell, "that
lie was famous, rather than popular,
pomehow, the world's greatest pioneers,
with rare exceptions, hnvo commanded
our Intelligence and ont? will, but not our
uff eel Ions. You do not lavo Mosos, or
Elijah, or John the Baptist, or Peter, or
Luther,' or Ben Franklin, You admire
them, you reverence thorn, but you do
not lovo thorn. You lov? the men who
have another quality In them?I am not
euro that I know what It la?you love
a Dnvld, ? Jonathan, a John the evange?
list, ft Melnucthon, a Livingstone, a Phil?
lips Brooks, Asido from tho ras ? of Gal?
ilee, I recall but one really notable ex?
ception to tho rule. All tho world loves
G?????, tho prince of pioneers."
Extensivo preparations are being made
to celebrate Wesley's birthday In all parts
of the world. In/ many cltioe the chief
addresses will bo delivered by leaders of
other denominations, nnd, by statesmen,
educnlors und philanthropists. A nota?
tile event In America will bo the address I
nt Wesloyan University by Professor
Woodrow Wilson, of Princeton, on "Wes?
ley as u Historia Character,"
Tho programme of the celebration In
Richmond, which takes place May, ????
to 20th, la In charge of a committee,'of
which Rev. W. B. Roaucliamp js chttir.
man. Mr. Boaitchamp said yesterday that
the committee hopes to add tho name of
Bishop Galloway to tho already attrac?
tive programmo. A striking figuro at the
celebre lion In this city will bo Dr. John
C, Kllgo, of Trinity Colloco, North Caro,
lina, whp t? said to ? carry within Wm
*??.?? ~* ti.? fUd-tluia Una'or Coriltt ora-.
tory tlian any other Southerner now liv?
The celebration will begin Sunday morn?
ing, the 17th Instant, with a sermon on
John Wesley In every Methodist Church
In Richmond nnd Manchester. In the af?
ternoon Dr. John C. Kilgo v/lll address
a mass meeting at Centenary on the
"Evangelistic Spirit of Methodism." At
night there will be four mass'meetings,
at which addresses will be delivered on
"Methodism and Education." Monday
afternoon there, will be a mass meeting
for women, nt which Dr. R. D. Smart, of
Norfolk, will speak on "The Contribution
of Women to Methodism." Monday night
at Centenary, Dr. J, J. Tigert, of Nash?
ville, will deliver an address on "Two
Hundred Tears of Methodism." The
morning sessions of Tuesday and Wednes?
day will be devoted to tho doctrines
taught by Wesley. Tuesday night Dr.
Kllgo will speak on "The Mothodlst
Church of the Future," and on Wednes?
day night thero will be an address, prob?
ably by Bishop Galloway, on the "Place
and /Responsibility of1. Laymen In the
Methodist Church."
? Rev. R, M. Ma'xey Is chairman of the
Executivo Committee In charge of the
celebration. Mr. J. P. Branch is chairman
of the Finance Committee, and Mr. Qeorgo
L Bldgood of the Music Committee.
Committee Acts Favorably on
Bill Offered by Mr. Bland.
, of Portsmouth.
The House Committee on Roads and In?
ternal Navigation met yesterday and con?
sidered one or two matters of impor?
tance. Tho committee decided to report
favorably the following bill, of which
Mr. Charles T. Bland, of Portsmouth, la
the patron:
A bill making It a" misdemeanor for any
electric railway company or steam-car
company, carrying passengers in the State
of Virginia, to operate their oars through
any city or county without first providing
them with sufficient heat for the health
and comfort of passengers.
Be It enacted by the General Assembly
o.' Virginia, That It shall bo unlawful
for any electrla railway company or
steam railway company, carrying pas?
sengers, to operate their electric railway
cars or steam railway cars in any city or
county, between tho months of November
1st and March 1st, without first providing
the said electrlo railway car or steam
Tall way car with heat sufficient for. the
comfort and health of their passengers.
Any electrlo railway company or steam
railway company violating the provisions
of this act shall bo deemed guilty of'a
misdemeanor, and every car operated by
an electrlo railway company or steam
railway company without sufficient heat
?hall constitute p. separate offense, and
for each ' offense the company
offending shall bo'fincd not less than 519
per day for each and every car so oper?
This net shall be in force from Its
passage. '
They Are Putting up Money
for the Tunnel.
The Question That Is Agitating People
Is, .Why Should the Goulds Want
This Road as Well as the Ches?
apeake and Western.
Times-Dispatch Bureau,
. " ? Washington, D. C, May 2d.
. A great deal of interest Is being mani?
fested here over the news that cornea
from Rocklngham county to the effect
that ground has been broken by the
Central Railroad of Virginia for a tun?
nel through the" Shenandoah mountain
at Dry River Gap. The question that
Is bolng asked, and which has not been
answered satisfactorily-as yet, Is, "Who
Is furnishing the money for the under?
taking?" Whoever it is that Is finan?
ciering the undertaking, has taken pains
not to discover their identity, and they
havo so lar succeeded In good styls,
. This much is known.?however; and tliat
Is that Major .Holmes Conrad, who has
an office in this city, has been In direct
communication from time to time? with
the men who are ostensibly the people
who are building the road. Ho Is out of
the city to-day and could not be seen
by Tho Tlmes-Dlspatoh correspondent.
In the spring of 3901 a charter was.
granted to the Central Railroad of Vir?:
ginla by the State Legislature. It au?
thorized tho' building of a road from the
State lino to tidewater. Among tho in
corporators wore W; H. Reckara, of
Rocklngham, and P. W. and D. C. Re
herd, of tho samo county.
'For a long time these people had a
corps of engineers In the Dry River Gap
and lines were run to Harrlsonburg along
the line of tho turnpiko road to Hawtsy
Springs. To their Intimate friends these
jieople claimed to reproscnt the West
Virginia Central in tho work, and all
along manifested a groat deal of a do
Blro for secrecy of their real motives.
During the past winter they have been
making several trips to Washington, and
during tho course of one of these visits
one of the incorporators confessed to The
TlmeS-DIspatch correspondent that they
had acted for the West VIrgnlla Central
Company in getting tho charter.
Captain Warren S. Lurty, of Harrison
burg, through whose land tho road will
pass, was in Washington this mornirvg
on his return from Buffalo, N. Y. When
seen by Tho Times-Dispatoh correspon?
dent In reference to the matter he re?
plied: "I suppose you know about as
The Kraiul-ncphew of Qonewt Jarnos L, Kpmpor, who with ArmBto?ul and, Giirnott,
ioil the ohai'KO of PJokett'e Division at Gettysburg. The photograph from whloh,
thiB pj^oturo wab t?k?a was disyluyoa ?t in? Arkaueas Tablo of the Uixum?
much about the situation ns I do. Tho
Rooklnghnm end of tho enterprise, the
incorporators of the road, claim to be
acting for tho Goulds, and that thoy are
going to tunnel the mountain so as to
get a connection between Tidewater and
Elklns, West Virginia, which route they
claim Is the only feasible ono between
these points."
? Those who' know tho conformity
of the country between Elklns und
Harrisonburs believe that It Is tho
best route, 'and yet such a move?
ment can hardly bo made to dove?
tail In with the official Information that
tho Chesapeake and Western Company
will build an extension of 201 miles across
the mountains of West Virginia to Grants
vlllo from, thoir present terminus at
Stokosvlllo, Vo. This extension would con?
nect tho Gould road with tho Chesapeake
Western at Grantsvlllo, and tho latter
road Is classed everywhere as a Gould
Interest, a classification which The
Times-Dispatch correspondent believes to
bo a true one, from the fact that he him?
self hns seen tho mortgage from the Ches?
apeake Western Company for 135,00O per
mile on all roads ' then built ftnd all to
be thereafter built to the Bowling Green
Trust Company of New York, of which
George Gould Is president. ,
All in all, It Is a guess at most to say
what Interests are flnnncecrlng the Vir?
ginia Central work. Some say It Is the
Darts syndicate, which used to own tho
West Virginia Central.
There Is ono other fact which may
throw some light on the situation, and
that Is that the Southern and tho West
Virginia Central were planning to connect
at Harrisonburg over the samo route now
to be pursued by the Central Railroad of
Virginia when the West Virginia Central
was bought by tho Goulds. This Infor?
mation The Times-Dispatch correspondent
has from one who was a party to the
negotiations at that timo.
It Js ,probable, ..however, that^the de?
velopments of ?tho, next week or ten days
will clear up tho situation and bring out
the real purposes of the Central of Vir?
ginia as well as of the Chesapeake and
? Captain. Warren'S. Lurty,? of Harrison?
burg, and CaPtain J. B. Jordan, of Bed?
ford county, are In Washington to-day
on their way home from Buffalo, Where
they spent several days as tho guests of
the Bidwell-Witkerson Post, a rand Army
of tho Republic. They are both enthusias?
tic over their trip. To The Times-Dis?
patch correspondent they spoko in tho
highest torras of tho reception they got
at.'the hands of the Buffalo veterans. Said
Captain Jordan: "Wo had tho grandest
timo two old rebs over had. I will never
forget It as long as I live." In the samo
connection Captain Lurty said: "Talk
about Virginia hospitality; I never was
so royally treated In my life as I was
In Buffalo. The city was virtually ours.
I wouldn't take anything in the world for
tho experience I had. Wo were shown
tho time of our lives during tho.trip. u
wero taken to Niagara and cared for as
well ns If we wero kings. Wo addressed
tho post Thursday night, and during out?
stay addressed over a thousand school
chlldron. We had a delightful time."
The way the trip came about was this:
Last fall, Captain Jordan was In Wash?
ington during the G. A. R. encampment.
Whllo here ho became acquainted with
various members of the Buffalo Post and
was Invited to visit them. This Invita?
tion was afterward pressed upon him
from time to timo until finally he ac?
cepted, with the understanding that Cap
taln Lurty would necompany him. Cap?
tain Lurty accepted the Invitation and
together they, two as brave Rebs as
over shouldered a gun, Invaded the land
of Yankeedom on a visit.
Oaptaln Lurty has some doubts as to
Roosevelt's ability to carry the Virginia
delegation If he has any opposition.' He
says ho is growing weaker every day,
and, save among tho office-holders, he
has very little strength among the peoplo
of the State. "He deserves to be roasted
well and long." said he, "for his atti?
tude in Virginia appointments. He ap?
points only such men as will knuckle to
Wm, when there ore many better men
In the Held."
Speaking of the Supreme Court deci?
sion In the Alabama cose. Cnplnln Lurty
said that, speaking ns a man who had r^
tired from politl?n, ho thought It. was .1
wise one; that the white race was bound
to hold the reins of government,''and that
since the election laws of the South
sought to purify the ballot, thefc- had bet?
ter not be disturbed.
Speaking of politics in Rocklngham, he
said that the Republicans are united
onoe again, and that If they atay united
they will carry the county Jn the next
The exhibition of tho Newspaper Ar?
tists' Association, which wh? scheduled
to take place during the week of Mar
36th, has been postponed to the first
week In June. Several of the best-known
ne\yHpaper artiste and Illustrators are
to show their work at this exhibition,
whloh will be unique, In that all the pic?
tures aro t'originala."
The work of cho newspaper artists Is
not appreciated by the majority of the
reading public, as they Judge tho work
of tho picture as they see It reproduced.
Tho beginning of newspaper Illustration
was with the New York Dally Gruphlo,
and could tho reader of to-day seo the
work of that time, ho would realize what
vast strides havo been made, not only
by the ariste, but by the mechanical de?
partment of the dally press,
Substantial Interest for the sucoess of
tho exhibition. Is being shown by the
citizens of Richmond to make this a, so?
cial as well as au artlatlg svece?
Anti-Saloon League Will Sup?
ply it for Medicinal Purposes
A Deposit Will Be Madci?t the Hospital
of the City, and a Prescription from
a Physician All That Will
Be Necessary.
(Special to The Times-Dlspatch.)
DANVILLE, VA., May, 2.?The Anti
Saloon League of Danville, now a dry
town, offers to supply liquor for medici?
nal purposes to the citizens of the town
without charge. A resolution to this
effect ,was adopted by the League ai a
meeting held last night,;;- If is a bold
move from a pecuniary standpoint, as no
one can approximate the pumber of calls
that will be made upon;.'lis offer. The
physicians, who have .experienced in
the last few days the necessity of some
such arrangement for supplying stimu?
lants hi. urgent caaes, .appreciate the
generous pxtrpose? of the 'League and will
londHhelr efforts to see that there Is no
abuso of the; offer. ',,
The 'following resolution waa adopted
by tho League:- :??
"?VVhereuB. it has been brought to tho'
attention of tho Anti-Saloon League ot
Danvilla that possibly by reason o? the
druggists in a local option territory being
deprived of the right-to-All physicLans'
prescriptions for alcohol; whiskey, wlno
or brandy, th'art a hardship may bo
wrought to suffering humanity, .which id
far from tho pitrposo of tho mombors of
this League; therefore bo It
"Resolved,? That the mombore of this
League will offer to deposit in such
quantities as may bo needed for. strictly
medicinal purposes nil tho alcohol and
other spirituous liquors of tho best qual?
ity that may be needed, by patients in
ihe city, at tho Homo, for the Sick, in this
city, to bo dispensed to any patlont In
tho city only, upon a written prescrip?
tion of a regular licensed physician of
Danville, Vn., in quantities not exceeding
one pint, and that no prescription is to
be refilled.
"Resolved, That all of the aloohol and
other spirituous liquors thus dispensed
to citizens of Danvlllo from tho supply
deposited at tho Home for the Sick shall
be furnished by this League as abovo
stipulated to any citizen of Danville ab?
solutely free of charge."
A committee consisting of Rev, T.
McN. Simpson, ?. O. ? Moseloy, ?. O,
I Nelson and J. H. Schoolflold was ap
| pointed to confer with a llko oommlttea
from the Board of Academy of Medlolne
to malto arrangements to carry into
effect the above resolutions adopted by
the League.
(By Associli tod Prell.) .
NEW YORK, May 2.?Several of the
most important banks and trust com?
panies In tho United States have Joined
a syndicate to underwrite an Issub of $15,
000,000 five per cent, ten-year noto? of the
Underground Electrlo Railway Company
?f London, England, the company con?
trolled by the Yerkes-Speyor syndicate.
The syndicate - has been organized by
Spoyer and Company of this city and
the Old Colony Trust Company of Boston.
The entire loan, will be ?30,000,000, the
other $15,000,000 being placed In London.
An Interesting feature of the arrange?
ment Is the provision that half tho loan
ahal] be Issued In pounds sterling, and
the other half In dollars.
Town Council Passes a Law
Which Practically Prohibits
Their Use on the Streets.
(Sp?cial to The Times-Dispatch.)
SUFFOLK, VA? May ,2.?The Town
Counf.';. at.a meeting last night adopted
an ordinance which virtually prohibits
the use ot automobiles on. Suffolk's
'streets.? An extract from the, law says:
"No automobile, bicycle or other velitele,
using gasoline, electricity or eteam as a
motive power which makes- or produces
any sound or. noise liable to frighten
horses shall be propelled on or through
the streets of Suffolk." There Is a p2n
alty. of $10 to $20 to eaoh offense. The
law as a result of casos of damaged prop?
erty aa a result of horses bolng frightened
bj an automobile.
(By Associated Press.)
HONOLULU, May 2,?The Paciflo Cablo
Board is reported to be conducting ne?
gotiations for a series of wireless tele?
graph experiments between here and the
Fanning Island cable station. Fanning
Island Is the present southern terminus
of the British Paclilo cable, which will
eventually be laid to Australia. It Is
about 1,000 miles from Honolulu.
Anovo Is presented u picture of Mio First Hantlet Church of Savannah, 6?.,
with whloh tao Southern Ikptlst Cinwoution moots, and t?Ua of Ita pastor, uov,
?h\ John J.). Jordan.
Southern Convention to Meet
in Savannah This Week.
The Year One of the Most Prosperous
In the Denomination's History?A
Very Large Attendance
(Special to The Times-Dispatch.)
SAVANNAH( . GA., May 2.?The ?Bap?
tists all overUhe Southland are right
now packing their grips and otherwise
making ready to Invade thl3 beautiful and
hospitable olty, that is to say about
twelve or fifteen hundred of them are..
Some of them will be here early next
week, and by the middle of the week
they will be arriving in oar-load lots,
They will come from all parts of fourteen
States, two Territories, and the District
of Columbia, and Savannah Is ro?dy fot
them with the latch, hanging on the out?
side of pvery floor.:
Thl3 city Is to. entertain next weejctvi'd??
Southern Baptist Convention//.ono of the
largest-, and most influential' religious.:
bodies In. the country, and Savapliah Is
going to mako" the most of tho opportu?
nity ^o'show, to tho world what a hosplta- ?
ble town It is. Everything is. in readiness,
and a warm and most cordial welcome
awaits tho Baptist hosts. ?
The First Baptist Church of this city.
Is tho entertaining church, arid tho pas?
tor. Rov. John D. Jordan, D, D,, his board
of deacons and his numerous committees
have been busy for a month or more'get-,
ting everything in readiness for the big
meeting. Tho members of .the ? conven?
tion will not be entertained in'? tho private ?
homes ot the peoplo, ae Is the custom
with other denominations, ! and ns has
been with tho Baptists until Recently, but
they will enjoy greatly reduced' ratea
ab the hotels and boarding houseii .Many
privato houses have been converted Into
boarding houses for the time being In or- ,
dor that none may be turned away, nnd
the boarding rates range from $1 to 11
per day.
The magnificent De Soto Hotel, ono of
the best nnd finest establishments In the
country, has' been made convention head?
quarters. All the officer? and the heads ?
of the mission bonrds have secured rooms
there, and about 500 other members of
tho convention will be guests of the De. '.
Soto. Tho beautiful parvlllons at Tybco,
tho Virginia Beaoh of Georgia, will also'
be thrown opon, nnd It Is probable that
quite a number of the members will take
quarters thero as trains will be run with
the regularity and frequency of street
cars, and all can attend tho meetings of
tho body and spend the balance of their
time on snlt water.
??-G? ????G?a PLACES.
Tho day sessions of the convention will
be held In tho auditorium of the First
Church, whtlo the night sessions will be
held in the Tnhernnclo, a spacious build?
ing which In being erected, but'Is hot
yet entirely completed. The First Bap?
tist Church, the host o? tho convention,
Is ono of the oldest churches In Georgia,
having bnoii erected In the year IfiOO.
Among the dlntlnrfulshed ministers who
have served this church as pastors wero
Rev. Dr. J. E. L. Holmes and Rey. Dr.
S, A. Goodwin, both of whom were onoo
Virginia pastors and tho former was
a native of Virginia. Both of these well
known men of God have passed over tho
The convention will be called to order
In Its forty-eighth annual session by
the president. Rev. James Philip Eagle,
of Little Rook, Ark., nt 10 o'clock next
Friday morning. May 8th, and will hold
morning, afternoon and night sessions
until Its business In completed, whloh will
bo about the following Monday.
The convention's business Is purely
missionary nnd benevolent. Tt has noth?
ing whatever to do with the government
of tho denomination or of the churches
which K-snd delegates. There Is no de?
nominational government In tho Baptist .
chureh beyond the Individual church.
Each Baptist clmroh In tho land settles
Its own affairs and acknowledges the
authority of no higher body and that'
of no olllcer beyond the man who pro
eliles over a ohuroh meeting for the time
being, nnd who U called a moderator.
Hence this convention, composed of
about 1.B00 delegates from the Baptist
churches of fourteen Stato?, one Dis?
trict and two Territories, has no ninhor
Ity over any of those churches and does
not claim any. The convention Is, In
fact, nothing moro than a great mission?
ary society and a kind of Baptist mls
?loqary mass meeting, but an institution
nevertheless that Is loved and Ignored
by ono and threes-quarter millions of
Southern' Baptist. They love It bocaua*
thoy look upon It as a foaafc of fellow?
ship and spiritual power, a banquet of
missionary Information end enthusiasm
and a place- tq get new vision? of (ho
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