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rooms, use Tlmes-Dls? patch Want Ads. wC-Tunr?? To rent flats, try Times-Dispatch Want Ads. 1'IIH DISPATCH voUSnKDtKO. TMM TIM 108 irOUNUBto ?W? WHOLE NUMBER 17,050. RICHMOND, V__M THUKSDAY, DEC-DMBli?? 28,1905. PKIOE TWO CENTS. SHARP CRITICISM FU!. P. Judge Christian De? nounces "Indirect? ness and Injustice." SHABBILY TREATED SAYS THE JUDGE 'Star Chamber" Proceedings Are Divulged in Lengthy State? ment?Would Not Open Case When Informed of New Evi? dence. In a lengthy statement mad? public yesterday, Judge Owrge U Christian, of this city, reviews the recent action of tlio management ostini Virginia? Polytechnic Institute In denying udmlssloti to hl8 hoii for alleged hazing, sharply criticise? the fcculty and the board ot vlHltors of the school, and In words of unmlBtukeuble l>lnlnnc88 denounces what lie character? izes as "methods of Indirectness," pur? sued by faculty and visitors alike to . u treat detriment of the institution and the serious injury or the student body In (t-nerai ami the four dismissed cadets In particular. The Htatenient is in reply to the recent publication selline forth the faculty side of the controversy, and Is in the nature of an appeal to the bar of public opinion. Claiming that lie and his son lrave been . 'denied common Justice at the hands o? the school managers, Judge Christian seeks vindication before the people of the State, and In doing tills, expressed the belief that he ha? "rendered a great pub? lic service by exposing the methods by which these out rafeen wore perpetuated. He declares that he would not under any circumBtnnces permit his son to re-enter Ihe Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and In this connection says that his effort Is solely to reveal the true conditions, as he ' understand them, to vindicate the wrong inflicted upon the cadets, and to call the attention of patrons of the school ?o the true state of affairs existing therein. While lie does not indicate clearly what further steps he will take, . It Is understood to be the purpose of Judse Christian to lay tho entire mat? ter beforo the General Assembly at Its r-oming session. It is further under? stood that United States Senator John XV. Daniel, who has throughout the con? troversy acted as the advisor of Judge rhristian. will shortly prepare and Issue ? statement to the public. History of Case. The prominence of Judge Christian and the air of mystery thrown about the case by the school management havt? served to attract the attention of th? entire State to the affair. The alleged hazing occurred in September last at the opening of the present session of tin? tislitute. Bawley. a new student, was "bucked" by Andrews, an old student, r.nd young Christian and two other i-Hdots were discovered in tho room at ' Iho tims of t?a occurrence. Tlio faculty regarded the offense seriously, and aftor -.unnidoration refused to allow the four .-?aih.ts to matriculate. Efforts on the part of Judge Christian and Senator' Daniel to have tile case reopened and tho ludgment of tlie faculty reconsidered 'ailed. An appeal to the board of visitors was likewise Ineffective. The board met In Ihls city, hfStnl lengthy arguments from Judge Christian and Senator Daniel, and lustaincd the faculty, refusing to make Ihe proceedings of the session public, or ?ven to reveal Its decision, tho nature of rvhlch had to be uscertalneoTTrom an un sffleial source. What waa behind this mystery the public could only g-uess. Judge Christian how. In precise terms, describes tho en? tire? matter as a "etar chamber proceed? ings," hints nt ? "thwarted" telegram ind a mysterious visit from a man who irled to frighten him-off tho scent, de rlares that records wero suppressed, and ?hat a stenographer, which he and Sena? tor Daniel took with them to report at tholr expense what they had to say to tho board of visitors ??-as turned out. "It behooves the Geiioral Assembly to inquire," Judge Christian sayu; and else? where: "Is this tho measure of Justice to be expected at tho hands of thoso to whom wo commit our children for guidance and training, who stand to? wards them In loco parent Is, and for whose reputations they .should be even more solicitous than for tho protection of their persons and their mental train? ing?" The Statement in Full. The paper is "live" from beginning to ?nd. It is given hero In full: I have been very reluctant to say any? thing: for publication about the alleged i-iiSB against my eon, convicted of being one of a pnrty engaged In ha ing at tho Virginia Polytechnic Instituto, and fol? limi reason only refused to bo allowed to matriculate for tho present session, but havo done what 1' could to prevent mieli publication. I hnvo pursued this ??.Hirne, not bocause elt lier my eon or niysHlf ?,,.,! ,i0,le anything that we wero ?inii?r nsluuned or afraid for the world 10 Riuiw, but bec-viso such publication wan mont distasteful to both of us, could ?J\..h. ,?00?? *?? because I feared It IWfcM injure this state institution, which 1 nTlH 'n"?t anxious not t.i do. ?mil ? ? ?1 ?Wov,?r! tno s'd0 ?f Hu? faculty ni'mv "w?publ 8he<1? ? 'eel ""W that It I ,i y\J,lty'li0} only t0 my son awl my? . ' . d,,ty * ow" tO the people of ?,'?? ?L?10-?0} them kn?w the facts of this case, and especially to let thoin terA,^ son ,w,la Ad by tin" f *r\ yth? fVh?W T have l)epn feuled b, Li.e<L?55? J?S ,Paren!" <>n<i Patrons of As I Informed tho president ne thi? lUltutloil-in the onlj^inforview f was rivlleged lo have with lilm or. this m,i iot, I am anxious to havo mv son rdn rated In Virginia among my own neonln tvltli whom 1 have spent mj- ?& ?ln people 1 bolli lovo and belfeve in, and' II waa for this reason,, und because ? ?Cuiilinuftd OU liilsrlith .Pano, ? HORRIBLE STORI IS ?ETJD COU Correspondents Words CutOff As He Starts Report. POLES TO ATTEMPT TO CAST OFF YOKE Encouraged By the Success of the Insurgents in the Baltic " Provinces and the Moscow Situation, Poland Plans Rebellion. (By Associated Pre??.) ST. J>BtBRSBt-_t_, Dce?niber 27_ 11:37 1?. M;?Thoro In no fnrthor news from Moscow to-night. Tlio Associated Press correspondent there ?wieeodod In getting tho St. J'?<ioniburg bureau by telephone HiIh evening, but he luid only uttered tin? words, "1 ntn going to toll you u horrlblo story," when ho was .put off. Hinco Ilion nothing ha? been heard from tho correspondent. The HrmlnovHky llfglment of guards wan dispatched to jMohcow by f'ruln to? night. This Im considered rattier oml iiou'W. Poland Plans Rebellion. fBy Associated Press,l BT. PETER8BUBQ, December 27? 11 :Sf> P. At,?According to Information rc.??r?lv?^d by th? revolutionary lead eit? her??, nn urnn-?? rcbolllon un a large Beale luis boon planned In Poland. The So? cialist revolutionaries encouragea by the huccohb of the liiHurgcnta ln the Ealtle province!?, and of the situation at Mos? cow and ln llussla. generally. Have de? cide- that the moment has come to try to coat off the yoke of the autocracy. The- t?ctica to bo followed are the samo us those adopted at Moscow, the rising to bo preceded by a general strike A-hloli already has practically come Into operation, bringing ubout half the rail? roads In Poland to a suiiidsllll. An open rebellion in Poland would im mctiHoly complicate the situation for the government, as If it should gain enough hcadwny to warrant reasonable hope of success, it probably would draw in the entire population, '.and the government would practically have to. reconquer the country? women Most Brutal. (By Associated Press.) , MOSCOW, December 21, 3 P. M.?The cannonading continues and the lint of casualties Is swelling. Tho revolutionists arc . operating In three sections. There are about 1,000 or them In each section. They are all err/red with revolvers and rides. The women, who are participating In iir-o fighting, are guilty of tho worst cruelties. SITUATION IN NOT GREATLY CHANGED Troops Pouring Into Moscow, and Desultory Firing is'j Takihg Place. fBv Associated Press.) ST. PETERSBURG, December 27.-5 P. M.?A brief message from .Moscow of to-day's date says that troops, w th artillery, are pouring Into the city, out that the situation has not greatly chang ed. The revolutionists hold sections of the Moscow-Kazan road. Desultory firing Is taking place. The ml Itary patrols are engaged In guerilla waif aro with the revolutionists, who aro seeking refuge on the roofs of houses and in me narrow thoroughfares. Another message from Moscow says that during the night tho artillery worked at destioylng the barricades. The revolutionists, this message snyH, are divided Into three "armies," tlie first consisting of 800 men,! armed with rliics and spkes, In operation bet wo-? Moscow and Perovo, using the railroad, which It controls. Artillery and eavahy are be? ing employed against this forces The second "army" Is armed especially with bombs and revolvers and Is composed of a thousand persons, in whose ranks are many women, who airplay aio only bravery, but ferocity. This force Is oper? ating in the region between the Sadovla district and tne Jow.sli market, it lias many barricades to prevent the passage of troops and Is oneratimi In munii 'groups and is attacking patrols. AVhen pressed, theso revolutionists dimppntr in? to auoys and houses. Artillery, cavalry and infantry aro used ugalnst tills body. Tlie third and largest "army" is ope? rating In the region between the Brest Itallroad station and the Triumphal Gato. It has also ninny barricades, and Is en? gaged In guerilla tactics, making It' liflll cult for tlm troops to enclose It. Some of the barricades were battered down by (Continued on Second Pago.) WHICH BOY WILL GET IT? FIDE SAIE Will Not Disclose Associates Nor Plans for the Future. WILL PAY CASH FOR STOCK Millions Were Procured Before Negotiations Were Concluded for the Purchase. Mr. John Skclton Williams, head of the banking house of John I?. Williams and Sons, and former President of the Seaboard Air Line, was asked last n|ght if he had read nn article In the. Baltimora Sun of yesterday which proposed tho ?Hiestlon: Are E. II. Barri man and John XV. Gates behind the recent purchases of Seaboard stocks made-by -Middendorf, Williams & Company, of this city, and John L?'. Wil? liams & Sons, of Richmond? And, continuing, related the antogonistn that Mr, Ryan has aroused in Mr. Harri nian on account of the Equitable deal. Mr. Williame replied that lie had, but said : "I refuse to make any comment on tlie article." I "Is Mr. Harriaian about to engage In a light with Mr. Ryan for the control of Seaboard Ah' hi ne? ? "I cannot say at this time," replied Mr. Williams. . ? , Will Pay in Cash. ! "Is the rumor true that your firms havo not purchased the 60,000 shares of Seaboard Air Une. hut have only taken the place of the R?hstahl committee, act-, ing for the pool?" ? Mr. Williams replied: "On or before February 1st we will pay In cash for tho ?6,000 shares purchased from the Ruhstahl committee. "The stock will be turned over to us absolutely, and I state positively that It Is ? bona Udo salo. "What we will do with the stock I ?will not say. ! "I urn not. contradicting rumora; I am stating actual facts." "Will you say who Is associated with you and whore the two and a half mil? lions cam/) from?" Mr. AVISlams smiled broadly as he said: "I will lot, but 1 will tell you this: The money for the payment of the entire pur. chose was provided before the announce? ment of tho purchase was made." ' "It Is enld that your Arms have pur? chased some 50,000 other shares on the open market, Ib this trite?'' "I can't say a word," was Mr. Wil? liams' answer. "All sales are mattors of record, however, and that is no eecret. "Wo havo paid cash for all we have ?bought, and these shares, as well ns the 06,000, will be locked up as a permanont hold." "Will you possibly bo elected to tho ??Continued on Second Page.) PAESINI TUCKER VISITS KING VICTOR Latter Expresses Himself As favoring An Italian Display at Jamestown Exposition. w (By Associated Press.) HOME, December _7.?King Victor Kin? manuel to-day received In private au? dience Harry St. Gooibo Tucker, presi? dent of the Janiostown lOxposltion Com? puny. Tho King, who has always tallen Brent Interest In the United State?, In? quired minutely nbotit the unw exposi? tion, showing knowledge of formet? under? takings of the samo kind In Ami-.rn'i?, nnd expressed himself In favor of tho.? partial? patlon of tho Italian government in the displays at Jamestown, hater Mr. Tuek or visited, the admiralty and the forel.'in offlco, where he found that liaron M-yor Dee Planches, the Italian umbassador tn tho United States, had already notllled the oiltlclals of the importance of ?.he ex? hibition, Tlio visitor was ussurod that the government would consider lh_ ?lues llon of Italian representation at the (;>; position, nial illBO the prrnins.lt iii.i to linvu Italian warships parllclputo in the naval ceremonies. s. Wary Wife of Freckled Fighter is Located in Sioux Falls, S. D. (.Special to The Tlmes-Dlspatch.) SIOUX KAhhB, S. D? December 27. llt's. Bob llltzslrnmons was definitely lu-a-tnd to-ilny for the first timo since her disappearance, following the defeat of her husband In. San Francisco. She has become a member of tho "dlvorco colony" of Sioux Falls, and le under? stood to havo located here for the pur? pose of obtaining ? residence, so that she may get a divorce from the veteran fighter. It Is not known what the charges are against the freoklcd pugilist, hut thoy will undoubtedly havo to bo filed in court so that they will soon become a matter of record. PltzBlmmone and his manager are now on their way to New York. SET ROMAN CANDLE IN KEGJPpE! One Boy Dead and His Brother Badly Burned and Injured. YOUNG GIRL'S HAIR WAS BURNED AWAY A Youth Takes His Christmas Present to Buy a Pistol and Takes His Own Life?A New Yorker Hurt . While Beraking- - a Colt. (Special to The Times-Dispatch.) GLOUCESTER, C. H., VA., December 27.?Boyd and Tiny Farlnholt, sons of Mr. R. H. Farlnholt, were badly burned by the explosion of gunpowder yesterday. Mr. Farlnholt some time ago took from tlie store at ' Freeport," near -which he lived, a can containing a considerable quantity of powder. Ho Inflended to throw the powder Into tho river, but dropped it at ills porch, yesterday the little boys, thinking thnt thcro was noth? ing but dirt in the can, sot a roman cantile In it and lighted the wick. The sparks from the romun candle Ignited the powder and there was a terrible ex? plosion. The boys wero badly burned, and a, piece of the can gave one of them a severe cut on the leg. A pleco of the can was ombedded in a fence some dis? tance away. A llttlo girl, aged Avo, slater of the boys, was peeping: from behind one of the porch columns. Her hair was set adre, but she ? was not seriously hurt. Everything that could be done for tho little boys was done, and It was thought early this morning that they vvtere doing well, but Tiny, aged seven, died suddenly during the morning. Boyd, aged nine, In now very ill, but it is hoped lie will recover. Demorest Ash, a son of Mr. George D. Ash, of Guinea, committed suicide Christ? mas morning by shooting himself through tho head with a pistol. It was Ash's custom to give his children five dollars apiece Christmas. Demorest took the money, bought a pistol, and went into the barn and shot himself, lie was about nineteen years old, and was apparently of sound mind. Mr. XV. J. Burlee, of New York, who owns White Marsh farm, had his arm broken yesterday while attempting to manage a colt. THE WEATHER ! Forecast: Virginia?Increasing- cloudi? ness? Thursday; Friday rala? liglu to fresh winds, mostly south. North Carolina?Rain Thursday and probably Friday; ftesh oust winds. Conditions Yesterday. Richmond's weather was clear and mod? erate. Itango of the thermometer: 0 ?. M.31 ? ?, M j? 32 ?1.-iti 8 ?, m .Vi S P. M...ss Vi nuiniphtV.'. -S Average.,..,,. i_3, .Highest tonviemturo yesterday . . ?; Lowest temperature yesterday "ai Alcun temperature yeeterd ,y* " 44 Normal tomperaiuio for Dei?mber!'!!!"Si Departure from normal temperature,,,, 3 Thermometer This Day Last Year 8 ?. ?1.3d (I !>. p.? v? m.as o p; m!. w 3 P.? ?'?;.IS l? midnight.tic Average.63 2-3. Conditions in Important Cities. (At ? ?, ?1., Custom Time.) Place. Tli.-r. High ?. weather. Augusta .? so 6? cloudy Atlanta, On.so ss c.ou.iv Hilflnlo, N. V.?? ?? i.'ie.ir Charlotte . -IS m Clear Charleston. 18 fi? ????? Halteras, N, C. 4<i 6h ?\ cloud}' New Orleans. 61 f?H Hain New York City. 3S 4?.? clear Norfolk, Vu. li 60 Clear Pittsburg, Pa.4? SO Clear Hulolgh . I? 01 Clear Havunimli . 48 fit (.'lonely Tampa, Flu. 6K tu Cloudy Washington . ?U fit) Clear Wilmington .?8 60 Rain Miniature Almanac, Decornimi? ?S, 1905, Sun rises. 7:2.?. HtCUi TIDE Sun sets. 4:57 .Momlug.15:05 Aloou sets.1:4? Evuiihi?.,_(??d p< THE UOSEIELI UEII The President, Mrs. Roosevelt and Their Children Come to . "Pine Knot.*' BRING THEIR OWN GROCERIES The Secret Service Man and Stenographer Return With the Train. (Special to The Times-Dispatch.) Cl'l ? RLOTTEE V1L.DE, VA., Decembor. 27.?President and Mps. Roosevelt and tl:re0 children, en ? route to tho country place ' hi' southern Albemarlo, purchased last spring by Mrs. Koosevelt. and by hor dubbed "Pino Knot," reached Charlottes vlllc at 2:28 this afternoon in'tlie spe? cial Pullman "Rover," which was at? tached to the United States fast mail over the Southern Railway ut 2:?5, twou ty-fivo minutes later than the schedilo, the trahi pulled Into North Garden where the presidential party disembarked. Col? onel L. S. Brown, general passenger agent of the Southern, was in charge, ? and was the first to descend from, the ] train, followed by a secret service man land Stenographer Latta. Thon cnmo Mrs. I Koosevelt, Miss -l?fliel, Tliuuiloro.' Jr., ami Keriuit. ' The President emerged with a book In ? hand. The usual ...hrlstina.s crowd was assembed at tho little station witli one ? or two execeptions, thero was no lcnow | leilga of the coming of the President and ? the loungers, half of them negroes, wore ' drawn together by other motives than curiosity to see tho Chief Magistrate. ? Unappreciative. I As he stepped from teli car platform, the President bowed, without eliciting any noticeable response from tho Ilttlo ! gruup, ttlid after shaking hands with ? the station agent nnd the liveryman, passed on to the vohlcles, three in num ] ber, which had been provided to con | vey the party to 'Tine Knot," twelve ? miles ? way at the foot of Green Moun? tain. Into the first of those?a two? ? seated drag, drawn by two bays, climbed : tho President, Mrs. Roosevelt and Miss j Ethel, the young girl taking her seat ; be-sido John Henry, the colored driver, who was innocent of livery. All three proceeded to don heavy coats, | In preparation for the long drive through , tho chill air of the afternoon. | In the second?a three-seated wagon? j tho two boys were soon comfortably fixed, with lap doer, rifles, a golfing out? fit and a miscellaneous assortment of bnggago, Brought Their Supply. The third?a largo covered spring wagon?contained besides mattresses and other house furnishings, boxes ot groceries and other supplies for com? fort and convenience at "l'Ino Knot." Theso had been sent down from Wash,? (Continued on Seventh Page.) vini bot il Tells How He Spent a Part of Big Sums to Kill Bill. STATEMENT READ TO INVESTIGATORS Legislative Agent for New York Life Insurance Co. Says He Had to Do a Little Mis? sionary Work in the House of Dele? gates. (By Associated Press.) NEW 'YORK. December 27.?Andrew Hamilton, tho legislative agent for the New York Life Insurance Company, who, according to testimony, has been en? trusted with hundreds ot thousands of dollars by tho company, and has not ao counted for $235,000, has been heard from by the legislative insurance investigation committee, but has declined to make an accounting. A statement by Hamilton was read for the record to-day. It was presented by Secretary John C. McCall, of the ..New York Life, who went to Paris to secure an accounting from Hamilton. In his statement Mr. Hamilton says that he Is unable to produce any books or accounts, because ho undertook the legislative mat? ters for the Ufo Insurance companies with tho expresa understanding that he was tp make no accounting. Absolute secrecy was necessary ln retaining- as Istants, thcreforo no checks were used In making payments. Secret Service System. Mr. Humllton went Into an exhaustive explanation of tho reasons for organizing this confidential service, as he charac? terized If, covering his methods of work and citing a number of legislative bills In which ho had been Interested. A list of expenses from 1890 to 1901 was ap? pended to tho statement. The sum of 1235,000, unaccounted for, ho says, would be greatly reduced by his running ac? count, still unsettled and open, and, as a matter ot faith pending a settlement, ho otters to deposit JIOO.OOO to the com? pnny. Mr. Hamilton, In his statement, says that at the timo of his employment by the Now York Life, the Ufo insurance companies feared tIrnt unless concerted action was taken they might bo practi? cally legislated and taxed out of exist once. "The usual practice of depending alone upon counsel to attend and present arguments was determined to be Insuffi? cient," says Mr. Hamilton. "The very fnct that the great life Insurance inter? ests of New York favored or opposod pending legislative propositions, would Itself often concentrate the opposition against their views: so likewise did the knowledge that wo were represented at the capllols of various States lend to de? mands that political favorites should be employed In the role of counsel, which, If acceded to, placed our affairs' at "the mercy of those who did not possess our confidence. Theso and other considerations led the three companies to but one conclusion. We fell that If a secrel sei-vice was a permissible governmental agency, a con? fidential service would bo the only ef? fective anil at the same time proper plan to guard the welfare ot the most oxtonslve commercial Interests ln tho world?tho life Insurance buslnosB of the Slate of New York. This confidentlal secret service was decided upon as tne only feasible plan of protection." Takes a Shot at Virginia. Mr. Hamilton gives a long summary ot the various styles of bills hostile to ln n'uranco companies, many of them taxa? tion measures. "Blls to compel tho company's reports to bo repeatedly and uniioessarlly published In newspapers uro advocated," says Mr. Hamilton, "to gain favor with the press for increasing their revenues. ? Outrageous propositions, Hiich as tho ten por cent, tax proposed iti Arkansas, or absurd propositions like tho Michigan bill, where a doctor's certifi? cate of 111 health would excuse the pay? ment of the Insurance premium and keep a policy In force; or the Virginia bill, making It actlonablu for a life insurance agent to ontor the ofllco of a man where tho sign "no agents allowed" Is dis? played, find legislative favor. However ridiculous those bills may seem, they ?Jemand attention. Finds Some Honest Men. "At the oapltnl of every Stato we have either rotnlned representatives for the (Continued on Ninth Page.) SHOOTS FATHER FOI Ezeakil Gilbert is Seriously Wounded, and His Son a a Fugitve (Special in Tho Tlmua-Ulspatch.) CHESTNUT, AMHERST CO., VA., ??a, ".'7.?Ja?ob'?Jliberi, a lad of eighteen, shot his own father, Mr. pzolilel Gilbert, two days before Christina?, for whipping his brother. Robert, the'younger non, refused to tlo up some tobacco lu the barn, and tho father commonccd to whip hlin for dis? obedience, whop the older brother came ' In, Ho went lo tho house, and, returning, found tho father continuing his punitili? ment, whoa ho -hot his father ut clono rung?. The ball took effoot In the father's ,1nw, and, ranging around, lodged ln his neck. Ho had to rido ten miles' to Uumia Ylatu to lutvo tlio bullet extracted, mid I? now hi a serious condition. As soon as Jacob shot his father ho fled, und left (to"} ?parts unknown. JEALOUS WOMAN SENT TO Albany Police Think They Are On the Trail of Miss Smith's Enemy. (By Associated Proas.) ??-?????, ?. ?., pu?. 27,?T?o police say that they are on tho trull of the per? son who on Christmas sont h box of chocolate creams containing' l'arls groen mid other poison to Miss IClsle Smith, ?\??? lu Ilio All-lliillow'i'eii Carnival o? 11)01 took Hie loading puri a? "Queen Titillila." While Misa Smith protests thai, she lias no Idea who could have wished hur harm, she admits that for several months siiti has beim receiving y nonunions lettoni, threatening her with hurm If she did n-jt refuso lim attentili??.?* of Clayton 13, Mo Kluley, who acted tho part of "Prince Cliarmin?" In tlie ratniviil with her. Air, McKinley also Im? recclvitl similar let? ters, and all of those received by the couple me now lu tho hands of the po? lice. One young woman bus already been questioned by Chief Hyatt, ill the belief that she ??????? know mmu-thlng about ihe matter, but lltu? fur nu urresta luivu been made. L BUTTLE Great Contest Will End To-Day With Cast? ing of Ballots, MUCH INTEREST BEING DISPLAYED Mr. Charles L. Todd Retires in a Graceful Card, and There is Much Speculation As to Where His Vote Will Go. Candidates for Treasurership. ?. ?. Barber, Arthur B. Clarke, N. \V. Davis, J3. C. Garrison, 1_ B. Hancock?, A, C. H arman, John Kratisse, .lames B. Pace. Cha a. I. Philips, James B. Wood, Willlnm lt. Zimmermann. ?With the battle of the ballote for cltr treasurer, to-day will end one of the juo-? unique and Interesting campaigns ever fought ln Richmond for a local office, and ono of tlio eleven aspirants will get ? handsome New Year's gift from the poor pie. Mr. Charles L.. Todd retired from the contest yesterday in a graceful and manly card, which reads as follows: "Tho contest for the treasurership has assumed such peculiar and unexpected conditions that I feel assured _ cannot win at this time. "I therefore announce my withdrawal from tho race. "To my many friends In all section? ci? tile city I return my heartfelt thanks tor tholr good will and -eulous support." Where tho strength of Mr. Todd will go Is a question, but all of the votes he would have gotten will not be cast.for any one candidate by any manner of means. The fight is terribly mixed, and there was never a time when those active in ; local politics were more divided ln their choice. . Deep Personal Interest. The polls will be opened at the usual voting precincts at 7:25 this morning, and will, close nt -1:57 P. M. It Is feared that these short hours will deprive many working people of the privilege of voting, and yet It Is argued, on the other hand', that owing to'the holiday season, a large number will not bo at work. Not In many4years lias so much of personal in? terest been displayed In a local contest, and this is accounted for because all the candidates havo strong friends, who are actively nt work for them. Tvhls will mean a heavy vote, and it is expected that tho total will not fall below 5,000. It will lie a genomi election lu con? tradistinction with a party primary, and ' all persons who were qualified to par ticlpnte. In ???? recent November contest will bo admitted to vote. This wiHSu cludo Republicans and colored citizens as well as white Democrats. In addi? tion .to those referred to above, all'male' . citizens who have become ot ?igu since the November election may pay their taxes; register nnd voto to-day. Tho official ballots have been printed and the necessary paraphernalia for con? ducting the election delivered to the Judges and clerks named by the Elec? toral Board. Will Know Early. Owing to the early closing of the polls,, the result will be known possibly by 6:30, and certainly by S o'clock P. M. Tele? phones will bo kept busy making known the returns to the various clubs, news? papers and hotols, and many personal . Inquiries may bo anticipated. There has been a good deal of betting, and the money has* been laid in many different wnye. In sporting circles Pace and Wood are easy favorites, but by no means ull tho money has been placed on . them. There havo been some oven bets on both ot these gentlemen and a good many on pluralities, but the spurting people have laid wagers on tlio size of tho total vote and that of the winner. It Is not at all unlikely that a largo sum of New Year money will change hands on to? day's results, though it is not known that any one man has made any very heavy wagers, Most of tho candidates seem to have fairly good organizations and dozens of strong precinct leaders will be at work all day. Carriages and buggios will be pressed Into sen-Ice and there will be ninner? scattered throughout the city. All Bars Closed. Tho bars all closed at sundown yester? day evening and will not open until sun? rise, to-morrow morning under the law. Major Werner has made the usual police arrangements and one pttrolman will bo at each precinct during the day. Tho final determination ot Mr. B. C. (?arrisoli to romain In iho contest tiiM ??ompllcatlons to nn already complex sit? uation, and this fact was often referred to by tho supporters of various other candidates yesterday. The friends of Messrs. Harman, Philips, Zimmermann ami others of the remaining ?spirants aro equally ?a no-.; live ami enthusiastic as those of Messrs. Wood and Pace, and on all aides, there are prospects for a merry final struggle. The eontest has been oleati and high SO . far an Is known, and while no bitterncs luis appeared, thero has been, anil is now, tlio greatest ?mount of Interest and earnestness. The ottlce Is considered one of the btst In tho City Hall, und tho man who -, lands It will have ? most desirable berth. Officers Named. Fallowing are tho judges and clerk? chosen to conduct the election: Clay Ward. First?II. V, R? Moore, Thomas Boudais : C. B, Carey, Judges; clerks, S, S. Tyler and Roger Gilbert. Second-P. T. Howie, C. P. Davis, Charles Trlplett, judges; C, K. French,' H. S. Hul_llp. olerks. Third?-H. L. Huleo, C. W. C-rter, W, \ SI. Williams, judges; John T. Cnrter, j? ?Merit. Lee Ward. First-J. B. Winston, A. W, God-In, B.