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THT3 TIMES FOL'NTJBD 1886.
THB DIBPATCH FOUNDBD 1850. WHOLE NUMBER 17,821. RICHMOND, VA., FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 1908. s PRICE TWO .CENTS All Important Committee '-Hearings Have to Be Postponed. CAUCUS FIGHT DRAWS CROWD Bill to Place Replica of Houdon Statue of Washington in Na j tional Capital Passed by Senate ? Several Minor Measures Also Adopt . ed Yesterday. BV LEWIS JI. MACIIEN. Agaln yesterday the admlnlstratlve work oC the General Assembly over ? hudowed the leglslatlve. The Roanoko judgeshlp contest ln the Democratic caucus at night, resultlng in the noml? natlon of Walter R. Staplcs over Boy, B. Smlth, and the hearlng of the Rhea matter, in the afternoon nnd evenlng, ln large measuro engrosscd thc attcn ? Uon of the law-makers. The Senate, however, passed tho blll for tho purchaso of a replica of the IToudon statue of Washington. to bo placed ln Statuary Hall at tho national capital; the blll for th? Increase of tho convlct road force, and a few local and mlnor measures. The House was en scaged almost wholly ln the passage of local bllls. During the continuance ol the Rhea Investlgation the work of the com mlttees ls crippled, and the consldera? tlon Ot bllls. at to which there ls mucn cohtcntion, ls being postponed. Lively Cuucus. ln the caucus two hours and a hall were occupled ln maklng the nomlna ':on..All of thls tlmo.but ten minutes was taken up in talk. The apeeches were good, though somewhat numer ous; r.omc of them were long. and two or three were warm in thelr terms and qulte' pcraonal ln character. Yet' they wero all within parllamentary hounds. ur.d-wereby no intans as acrimonioti* '? mlght have been expected from the nature of the llterature on the sub? ject which had been clrculated. Thq dlvlslon of sentiment among , the bar and the cltlzens of Roanoke was the subject of much dlscusslon, and tlnnlly left thc caucus. as one member *aJd In his speech, with less Informa? tion than the members had, at the b-; arinning. It appeared : that' both the Xeriator und the Delegate from Roa? noke had pledged thtmsclvcs to vote *or thc candldate having the suppott of a majorlty of the bar ot that clty, Lut the bar spllt up In such a way, and there waa so. much dlfferencc of opln? lon as io who were the real members of tho bar and v*hom they really want od for Judge, that the situatlon be ?came ambjguous and resultcd ln the Senator's aupportlng Mr. Smith and the Delegate, Mr. titaples. There were strenuous offorts on both sldes to show that each of the nsplrants had tho nroponderance of the support. but th; closest-' guess that a bystapder could ni&ke wis that' there was a stand. oll. High eulogUs, no doubt hlghly deserved, were passed upon the char acters and abllities of the two gentis men, whlch, if they had been only half as.compllmentary, would have demon . strated that both were fully quallfied for the posltion. This was the only judgeshlp eon test bofore thls General Assembly, and it Is a relief .to cvery one to- have It | over. In pajt sesslons there have usual . ly been several. which were of ten pro ? .luctlve. of unfortunately hltter feel ? Ing . Itliea InvcMtlgntion. The taklng of testlmony.In the Rhea ? Investlgation began in tlie afternoon, ; and-Was contlnued untll a late hour nt ' nlght, with an adjotirnment for .dln I ner. ? Much.of the testlmony sought to be j introduced was ruled out by the com? mittee, as being' barred by the legal rujes of evldenee, but enough went in tothrow considerable light upon recent political contests ln tho Nlnth District. The celebrated - Scott county bollot was exhibited. and-its worktpgs were ' olaboratiely explalned. As a means of ? myatlfylng and mlsleadlng the. average votor it was, pronounced a decided suc ? cess. To a casual observer lt resembles nothing so much as chaos put to con fttsion. The fact that it contained a numbor of vei-y'distingulshed names ls tbe only thlng that saves it-from uttcr ? condernnatlun. There was evldenee, too, of much faysifylhg 0f returns and alteration of certlflcates. but none of the wJtnessHs ? appeared-'able to connect Judge Rhea ? dlrectly wlth-ajiy of these Irreguiari tles. CIrcumstanees wero given tendlng to ImpJlcate somo ot his close frlend*), but no partiplpatlon^norvapproval "was brought'home-to him. Sotpv foundatlon was lald for Impeachinent. and if this ! lihe iR'foJlowed up. some ultra inter ? esting information' may-be forthcom* ing. The practice upon the part of the prosecutton, as it has been styled, oi nbtlng'exceptlons to the rulings of tne committee^ gave rlso to some dlscus? slon agto what use was to' be made oi them, and it was clcatly indicated th?'.. ln case of .a report in favor of Judi Rhea, a vigorous appeal wlil be made to the Jolnt- Assembly to reverso tht committee's flndlhgs. At nlght the testlmony for the fli>. fepse-was hegun, and further evldenee upon both. sldes will be heard to-daV; Th'o committee wl.ll sit ln the mornlng afternoon -and nlght, ind thc hearlng w|li then be qpneltided. Unless thest plans are changed lt ls probttide thm the commltteo will be rendy wttlv-.'-'ts. report to-morrow, or the day after. n ls thereforo llkely that a,jolnt meetln.' of the two houses of the Legislature wl)l be held ln a. few days to dlsposii of.the matter- finally. SESSIONS OF TWO HOUSES luvitatlon Kstemle.- to H?'i. XV. J Bryau to .\ddre?? Assembly. - In the House 'of'Delegates the Rev. J.'J. Haley, of Seventh Street Chrls. tian Church. offered prayor. and th< clerk proceeded at once to the reading of the usual raports from tha? Sienntt nhd'froiTi the varlous CQm"nJtteos of th< House. - ; , Mr." Thrlft offered a jointrosolutlor exu-ndlng ?thro'ugh"'" the ? Cfovernor ? ?o tlon, W. J. Bryan on Ipvltatlon to address the jo(nt Assembly at such tlmi as.inay. sult ;th<5 . eonyonlence of Mv. li; (Contlnued om' Third Pase.),-'-.:;. KlIFE 0ESCRI6ES Once Checrful and Happy, s Now Morose and Erratic. DEFENSE MAKES OUT STRONG CASE Prominent Physician, Relatives and Friendsof Prisoner Deciare He Has Been Wr.ckcd by Aicohol?Case May Go to Jury This Af? ternoon. In the oplnlon of many of thO?o ln thc courtroom. a prlma faclc case of lns-anity was eatabllahed yeaterday ln the defense of Frank P. Burke, charged wlth robbing the malls whlle sup.rln tendent or Statlon B of the Rlchmond poat-offlcc. Or. J. Alllaon I-Iodges, an oxpert on nervous diseasea, declared. in anawer to a hypothetlcai question, that a man ln the condition described by witneaaea, referrlng to the prlsoner, wns certalnly not morally rosponslble for hla actions, and that, m nll llkell hood, he waa not meutally reaponslblo. Aa to this latter Important polnt, how ev.r, the physlclan would not bc posi tlve. At thc cloee of the sesslon the de fensie. rcBted Ita case. and to-day the government wlll er.deavor to establlsh thc sanlty of tiio prlsoner beyond a rec.onable doubt. It was reported that Dr. J. C DeJarnette. auperlntendent of the Western State .Hospital at Staun? ton, wlll be introauced as an export wttn.sa on Insanlty, but thfs could not be vorified. The case may icach the Jury this afternoon.' Judge Waddlll remarked yesterday that. he had never before trled a case ln whlch ao much public interest was toanlft-ated, or durlng whlch there waa a larger crowd ln eonstant attondance. Veaterday afternoon the room wa* c'.earcd. and before no apectators save tr.tmbera of the famlly and represen tatlves of the press, Mrs. Burke told a pathetic atory: of the change in her huaband from the gcnlal. an? . kindly companlon of former yeara to tho mor* bld and erratic man, for whose acta she constantly had to apologlzo, and who. for six months prlor to hls arrest, had not supported his wlfe and chll? dren. Further cttmulative evidence showed inordlnate drlnklng. nlght and day. by Lurke, who habltually vlalted four -uloona before breakfast and had a pint bottle of whiekey' under hia plllow, whlch was emptled each night That hls character had b__n of thc beat prlor to hls present trouble waa abundantly shown by a number of witnosse--. ScrtRlon of Court. The defense opencd wlth the testl? mony of Sherlff John E. Epps. wfio stated that ho belleved Burke to lie dcranged. An e-cceptlon was noted to a ruting- of the court iri regard to the oplnlon of a non-rexpert wltness a. to the sanlty or insaplty of the defen? dant The court held that a non-e**; r-ort wltness must flrst tell whatho had notlced that was abnormal. and then say what'his oplnlon was.- The .Jury may then agrce or diaagree with the oplnlon of a non-expert wltness. Contlnuing. Mr. Epps aald the prlsoner had lately insulted his best frlends wlthout cause. Burko stated to the wltness- two weeks before the arrest that if a man stole 'Ao cents from the government twlce he was bound to bo caueht. Pollce Sergeafit Jeter had notlced the changc In Burke's character and hnd frequently seen hlm under the influence of liquor. Questionod by Judge Lewis. he sald. the defendant had always attended to buslness, and the wltness had heard no complaints of mlsmanagement of hls ofllec. Mr. E. A. Stumpf attrlbuted the chango in Burke's character to slck ness. Burke was once lald up for a month or two wlth kldnoy trouble. Prevlously Jovial and agreeable. he had lately been dlsagreeablc and un pleasanc. Mr." Morgan R. Mllls said he had kno\Vn Burke flfteen years. He thought th? prWnner 1at<"'ly contvilled by ?ome thlng that had changed hls dlsposi tlonVand made hlm crosa to hls best (Continued on Second Page.) HAVE NO JOINT REUNION Stieli ii >leetln*_ Imponnlble Cnder Con-. Mlltirtlon ot the V, C. V. NEW ORLEANS, LA.. Jar-uary 30.? An official statement tr>at there will be no -jolnt reunlon of Confedorate and jf|ra**d A*\mv Veterons atthe next an? nual Confederate Reunion -tn June. at EUnntngham. -A'a? was 'ssued here to nlght by ' AdjutPnt-General Willtnm E, Mlckle. of the Confederatt* .veterans. ?.(Ten.pral Mtrkle-sald thnt tbe propis ed Jolnt reunion is imposslble under tt'e tf'rms of the Confederate veterans' conatitution. -THE FLEET INSIGHT Capc Vlrgliili Dli?"**teli to Bnctiua Ayres Mnkea Tlils Report. BUENOS AYRES. Januiary 30.?Tha followlng apec'al dlspatch was received here this evening: "Cape Virglnia, -h.O P. M. In*.slght maklng for thc* Mngellan Sfnlti an American battleshlp. Judglng by smoke on horlzon, presume it ls tlio varp'uard of the fleet bound to tho Pnclfic." EFfOKT MARK TO 1'IlEVENT ""?IAJOK _?_-!.BTT'S UETinEMEN"! [l^-ont Our Ra.uicr Corrcapondent.J WASHINGTON. P. Q? January 30.? Rep7'rsetitative Lamb. trled to induoe the Rrep'dent to-day to allow Major George E. Plrkptt to remaln in th? army, "Mo-Jor Pickett Is a paymaster, and the deafness whioh is about tc oauso hls retln-ment doe6 nQt Inter* fere with tluV dlscrarge of hls duties Captaln Lamb thtnks. It ls probabh the. retlrement of Major Pickett wll be ovdored. 4 . ' ? . . ? ' W'ilfciimon Aceents Refeut. NEW ORLEANS. LA.. January SO.? There wtll bo' nocontest of laat Tlies v's pemocratlc prlmary for' Gover i-.or of Louialamc.-. Ttua was the an* nnur-re, io-day of the mtuiageri for T. S. -WllkJnson, whoso defeat by J.-y, Sanders, the WUUln.on manaBork admltted yesterday. BIG STONE GAP FIRE l*rlnclpnl Bm-lnet-s llluok Burned? Dniii ubc, BlOO.OOOi Innnrnuce. 100,000, BIO STONE GAP, VA, January 80.? The prlnclpal business block of Blg Stono Oap was destroyed by flre at an oarly hour thls mornlng. The alarm was sounded about 2:30 o'clock, when flames wcro scen bursting through the wlndows at tho rea'r of tho Ki-d star Hhoo and Clothing Company, a largo ciothlng store, and trom the wlndows Immtdiateiy above, In tho law oillce of R. T. lrvlne. The flre department responded promptly, but lt was soon dlscovered that the water pressure was not siifllcl^nt to afford much protec tion, and tho flames wero not checKtd untll nlne ot the largest brlck build iugs In the town were demolished. The loss will approximate *>100,000, wlth about lOO.Ouu insurance, as fol? lowa: damage to United States court tulldlng, 83,000; fully Jnsured: Dr. J. Vv. Keiiy. loss, $15,000; insurance, $10. 000; J. M. Willis & Co., loss, 816,000; insurance, 810,000; Interstate Fmance and Trust Company, loss, 85,000; in suiance, $2,500; C. H. Carter, loss, 86,000: Insurance $2,000; Rud star Shoe and Clothing Company,. loss, 8S.O00; Insur? ance, $5.0*00; R. T. Irvine, llbrary and offlce furniture, toss,. $8,000; Insurance, 12,000.; W. S. Mathews, loss $2,000; no Insurance- H. A. W. Skeen. Eugtne Hotel, loss, $9,000; Insurance. $1,500; Kelly Mann, damage, loss, $500; fully Insured; Mrs. L. 1. Brown, loss, $2,50u; insurance, $1,500; Goodloe Brothers, loss, $16,000; insurance, $8,000; L. V. Kelly, loss, $3,500; Insurance, $2,000. The orlgln of the flre ls unknown, but is supposed to havo been a defec tivc flue. The J. B. Aycrs Insurance | Agency had recently moved thelr of? fices Into thls block. all of whlch were brick bulldlngs, and lost thelr entlre ofllce cqulpment, amountlng to $500; no Insurance. It "s thought that the burned, district win be rebullt soon. w'th better constructlon than be/ore. MIGHT HAVE CHARGED MORE Tliis LInc of Defense ot the Alleged I'ciinsijlvaula Graflers. HARRISBURG. PA., January 30? That John H. Sanderson did not really charge as much for furniture supplied for the new Capltol as he was entuied to under his contract, will be the chlef defense in the conspiracy sult against Sanderson. Snyder, Mathews and ShU maker, now on trial ln the Dauphin County Court, Thls was developed by the. cross examlnatlon to-day of Stanford B. Lewls, who was Archltect Joseph M. Huston's actlve assistant durlng tht constructlon and equipment of the Cap? ltol. Lewls was called by the Com? monwealth to-day to Identlfy Huston's blue prlnts for sofas. tables and clothes trees, offered In evldenee, and for whlch Sanderson Was pald by the State at the rate of $18.10 "per foot." Lewls was then compelled by the defense to measure each of the articles exhibited agaln. A sofa seven feet long was shown to eontain flfty-stx of the klnd of feet on which Sanderson based hls charges. A table, wlth a top three and one-half b> two and one-half feet, contalns seventeen and thrce-quarters of the same unlts. One of the clothes trees elghtccn Inches at the base. with a three-inch shaft slx feet high. had seven feet. They showed that a clothes tree which Sanderson contracted to furnlsh ror $5.55, and for which he was pald by the State $27.40. could have been blllod at $I47.'50, accbrdlng to the thfory. of . the defense. They also showed that Sanderson charged only nlneteen and one-half feet for the hfty-six-foot sofa, at the rate of $18.40 "per foot." or . $386.40 Instead of $1,030.40, to whlch he was entltled had he charged for it at thls rate. CQLLAteED IN COURT Scnsutlonal Incident of thc McDonald Trlnl at Chlcago. CHICAGO, ILL., Januarv 30.?At the ?trial torday of Mrs. Dora McDonald. charged wlth the murder of Webster S. Cuerin,- Policeman John Doherty told of- flnding in the desk of Guerin one of the bullets from the'revolver held by Mrs. McDonald at the tlme of her arrest. On cross-examlnation the defense demanded to know why he had carrled the bullet ln hls pocket for ten months without saylng anythlng about it. Doherty explalned that he had "been upset rnentally" because of Illness m hls famlly, and had forgot? ten all about the bullet. Mrs.' McDonald coliapsed just as Do-' herty took the stand, and lt was nec? essary to adjourn court untll' physi clans had admlnlstered restoratives. The trial was delayed about flfteen minutes. BODY IN COLD ST0RAGE Reirarkable Experlence of Itoanoke Couple, Whose Daughter pied >i'ortli. (Sn<*'''al to The Tlmes-rilspafh. ] . ROANOKE. VA.. Jan. 30.?The body of Sarah Ronth,: dai'ghter of Mr. and Mrs. J. II. Booth. of p-iague's Mlll, Roa noke countv.'arrlved-here to-day from a Phlladelphla rnod'cal lnatltute, sev orty-one days after her death. The prlr' Wt here wlth a famlly that moved to PIttsburg. was taken sick there, dled at the horpltal, and no one claimlrg ber body. lt was turned over to the State instltutlon for d!s?Pction. The parents heard of the death of the girl. but could flnd; no trace of her body untll last week. when lt was lo? cated in the cold .storage denartment of the Phlladelphla instltutlon. If the holldays had not come onand sus pendert studles' at the Instltutlon tbe narents would never. have. secured the body.of thelr daughter, who was twen tv-three years of age and a beautlful glrl. . _ FOR AUT0W10BILE KILLING ' XewnrU DentlM< GJveu Wur'ii Sentcnec tor V'utal Aeeident. NEW YORK, Janiiary 30.'?-Dr. Wol tor II. Morrls. a denUst of Newark, N. J.. was seiiteiiced to oltrhte^n ?n-i?th's inn r's'-'iimeni ln 'he Kesiex county? penltent'ary yesterday fir tho killing of Mnreus J. Jacobs, theatrl onl '""na'ger, by. an autoinoblle whlch 'r. M*?rris wns drlving ln Broad Street Ne->-Rrk. ri" Septrmber '26tb last. Before the ..se-rtmee was lmposed ?*?roi|p| Kallsch, oounsel for nv,. Mfr. -ls, r-scl a lonur corference wlth Judgc Ten Eyok. and later be made n stroro "iea for ele'n'ie,,'>v t*r bjj< cllent in open oaurt.- Prose.cutor Your-g. ;ti -eniy, pjcim-psooi* the hope tb?t th' court would 'mpose sufh-sentencQ as w?n net a* a df.terrent upon other au toinoblle o'rivers, ?? ;. ' ? . ?-. . . >*o Prohibition iu Sonth Carollna. ' COLUMBIA. S, C? January 30.?Th? prohibition blll was kllled Jn tho House of Representatlves, to-day by tho do olslve vote of ,64 to 58, The Senate alsc ls opposed to prohtb'tlon.- Qounty loca option is now provided for throushon the- Stato,- v 12 BECiBJ FOR STEAVISHIP MI Courts Requested to Take Charge of Affairs of ConsolifJatedCo. MORSE HOPED TO CONTROL THEM Company Now Embarrassed Formcd by Him in Pursuance of Plan to Direct Practically thc Entire American At lantic Coastwise Business. , NEW YORK, January 20.?-Appllca tlon has beon made ln Portland, Me.,1 aud ln Boston and in this city for the; appolntment of a recelver for thc Con? solldated Steamshlp Company. i ? A representatlve of the bondholders'l protectlve committeo aald that tho! suits havo been brought by credltorsj who are not unfrlendly to the company, | and lt Is believcd a. rccclvershlp will best protect the seourlty holderaand other Interests conccrnod. lt la an? nounced also that the proceedings do not affeet the Clydo, Mallory, New York and Porto Rlco or tlio New York end Cuba Unes, the roeources of whlch are cohsldered to "bo ample. Tho llnes affected prlnclpally aro the Metropolltan and Eastern Steamshlp Company. The proceedings wlll come before tho United States Clrcult Court In Maine on February 4th. when ap pllcation for tbe appolntment of a recelver wlll be declded. The llnes for wlilch a recelverahlp "6 asked are the Consolldated Steamahlp Llnes, a Malne corporation, which la the holdlng company, and for the Metropolltan and Eastern Steamshlp Company, lVa? Formcd By Morse. The Consolldated Steamshlp Llnes, organlzed under the laws of Malne, was formed by Charles W. Morse lo carry out Hls plans looking to the control of practically the entiro Amet ican Atlantlc coastwise steamshlp bua.l ncss. The aggregate capltalizatton con sists of $00,000,000 collateral trust i per cent. bonda and an cqual amount ln stock, maklng the grand total $120. 000,000. The total amount of bonds of the six companles was $21,631,000 at 5 per cent., and stock $62,000,000. Lat_t addltlonal bonds were issued by the varlous companles, which brought the] amount to $21,024,000. A greater pro? portion of these bonds are held by prlvate lndlviduals, but the atock of all ls owned by the Consolldated Steamshlp Company. Up to wlthln a compafatively few months the ambttlon of Morse appear ed to be ln a falr way toward reallza tlon. One after another half a dozen of the blg companles whlch operated steamshlps along the Atlantlc coast and from New York to Cuba and Porto Rlco had come under hls direct command. With the financial crash of October. whlch carrled down several flnanclal Instltutions in whlch MOrso was heav lly tntorested, support was withdrawn from his steamshlp enterpr|se an<J talk of a reorgunizatton galned wlde circulation. Whlle no such reorganl; zatlon yet has taken place. a commlt? tee has been at work upon plans to that end, and tho component companles have been operated under separate management8. Iatcrcat ou Uonds Unputd. As'avresult of tho troubles which came to the big holdlng company the January'Interest on the $?0.00f.,000 ls? sue of collateral bonds was-not paid. The flnanclal condition' of- the Con? solldated Steamshlp Company. ' durlng the latter part of the summer began to attract attentlon, and especlallv when lt was,learned that over $3,000. 000 had been taken from the earnings of the six companles ln oider to pay for' two new steamshlps, the Harvard and Yale. A month later came the crash ln Wall Street and the resignation of Mr. Morse from a number of flnanclal Instltutions In New" York. The market prlce of the consolldated 4 per cent. bonds: decllned rapldly. and in Novembor a protectlve comVnittee was organized. wlth the fol? lowlng member.?: E. J. Berwind, pres? ident of the Berwlnd Whlto Coal Com? pany: H. R. Mallory. H. P. Booth, W. H. Granberry and A. XV. Keech, all of New York; Galen Stone and Henry Hornblower, of Boston, and- Governor W. M. T. Cobb, of Rockland, Maine. On October 3d the fioatlng lndebtod ness of the Consolldated Steamsbln Company was comparatively small, but there were a number of bllls and in stalments on fteamshlps In .course of construetlon comlng due. Lack of money ln tbe treasury dur? lng the past few weeks nece?sitated the postpohement of tho payment oe comparatively small bllls, and > fihaUy resulted ln tho appllcation for a re? celver to-day. T0 0PP0SE GLASS Cnptntn. Robert D. Ynnccy, ot Lynch? burg. Candldnte for Xominntlou. [Speclal to Tbe Tlmes-Dlepatch.J t ? LYNCHBURG. VA., January SO.?Ru mors whlch liave been heard for some months that Caotain Rouert D. -Yancey, Commonwealtii's Attorney foi* tho clty, would be a candldate ln the'Democra? tic prlmary this year ln opposltion to Congressman Carter Glass, to repro sen.t the Slxth Plstrlet In Congresi-v were yeritled in a meeting last nlght, ln which Captaln Yancey announced that he lntended to bc a candldate for tho nomlnatlon. Tho' meetlng, whlch lasted untll a late hour, waa held ln lhe Red Men's Hall, and was presided over by Mr. D. H. Kizer. a local at? torney. A requeat was . made that Captaln Yancey announce hla candi dacy, and he stated briefly that he would do so. There Is no doubt but Mr. Glass will be a candldate to succeed lilmself. -0'BRIEN STRUCK BY TRAIN WclI.Knov.ii Bin-lneriH Mnn of Kuox. Tllle Killed nt NortU ? Fayk. . [Siv?.*lil t-iTh** T iiss-pisnatcti I ' ' BLUEFTBLD, W*. VA-. Jariuary 80.? P, M. O'Brlon. vt Kn?,xvt,'',?,* Tenn.. was run down and Instantly killed at North Fork this afternoon at 4:45 o'clock. O'Brten, lli company wlth W. Kellay a travellns s-alesmatv was .'walklriie along the track, and ln fttteinpting tc get out of the way of the tratn.O'Brlen was struelt. Kelley had a narrow ea oape, Mr- 0'13rleji had uome to ? tbjt section to uloae a o'ealI lor tho purobasc of tho North Fork Hotol, Tho l>od. wtw taken to Iveystono,. ? ._ ' THE HELEN TAFT SUNK Tn Colllnlon wlth tlie I'plrmds She Ooes Dovvn?Crevr Snved. WILMINGTON, N. C, January 30? Whl'o lylng nt anchor at Southport, N. C, thls mornlng the-United States revenue cutter Sotnlnole, Captain J, H. Qulnlan. Intercepted a wlreless mess age from the Clydo lincr Comanohe to the Clydo steamer Ap'ache, . statlngi that an unknown steamer had sunk tho four-masted sehooner Helen E. Taft, Captaln Falcs, from Baltlmoro to Galvoston, Texas, slx mlles southwest ene-half west from Lookout Llghtshlp, and that her foretop mast was pro jcctlngoutof tho water. The Comanche had on board tho master and ten men of the crew of the Taft. The Seminole. upon racelpt of the information, Immediately put to sea and at 3 P. M. to-day spoke the Swcd Ish steamer Uplands, Captaln Porsson, from Port Arthur to Rotterdam nnd Cardlft, whllo slfwly steamlng and lylng to ofl' Fryfng Pan Llghtshlp. The Up'ands had been ln colllsion the nlght beforo wlth the Taft, and had her bow badly stove ln. The Seminole ofTered asslstancc, but thls was de cllncd. The cutter has been warnlng steamers plylng the coast of tho sunk en sehooner Taft, whlch |s very dan? gorous, and ls In the path of navlga tlon. So far as could be ascertalnod no lives wero lost. . PUBLISH CONTRIBUTIONS Mr. Bryan UracM That All Campalgn Gift* lie Made Publle. WASHLnutO.n, D. C, january 30.? "An nect.on is a pubiic auair, and par tiL-ipati'jii m poiitic-9 Is a clvlc duty. .-\il ai'gumcnts ti ..co in electlons shouiu ne ustti puoiiciy, ana au muans etn iiioytd to stcure the eicctlon of or to aeuat a candlaate shouici he meun.-. which the one using them would not be ashamed to have tho world know " Wiliiam J. Bryan thus exprcsseu hlm? self on tho subject of pubi.city ot campalgn contnbutlons betore the .ioUso Conimittte on Eiection of Pres idtnt and Vlce-Presldent. The thlng to be remedled ln Amerlcan politlcs. said Mr. Bryan, was the uj>o of monoy to stcure control of the government Mr. Bryan inslsted that the most im? portant thlng to be done was to mako the campaign contnbutlons known be? fore'the eiection. The trouble about the publicatlon of expendltures nftet electlons was that the knowledge came too late to be of any advantage to the people ln that campalgn. It was very easy to change the committee and th* pex-sonnel of tho organlzatlon, he sald, and thtn make scaptgoats ot those who had been tn charge of the electlons. Mr. Bryan said he was glad Pres? ident Roosevelt had taken the matter up. He declared he had a far greater interest in government and in publlc questlons than personal concern about the success of an indlvidual, and he added "I assume that President Roose? velt and those who like him have spo ken out ln thc Republican party have the same broad general Interest that have Democrats who have spoken qut." The hearlng was arranged by the Publiclty Bill Assoclation. and Perry Belmont, its president, pres?.nted to the committee an abstract of the laws of the several' States relaMrig to the publiclty. of.electlon contrlbutions and expendltures. ' RESCUE CREW AND WOMAN I.lfc-Snver* Snucecd After FItc Hour* of Cold, Hard Work. NANTUCKET, MASS., Japuary 30.? After a btruggle of flve hours' durar tlun against mtense cold and a lurT bulent sea the llfe-savers of the Cos kata Station rescued' the crew of the Newport brlgantlne Frederlcka Schepp, whlch was wrecked ? to?day oh the north slde of Coatue Btach. Mrs. Cha's. Oyerson. wlfe of the captaln, and her year-old baby, who were on board, were also taken off the stranded ves sel. Last nlght the brlgantlne' encounter ed agale and anchored 'under the lee of the; Haudkerchlef Shoal. The vessel durlng Uie nlght began to drlft and struck on the island. * The seas tumbled over the vessel, formlng tona otf lee as the water froze. The crew suffered severely- In the zero weather. several being frostbltten. After day light the llfe-savlng crew,. wlth their boat and apparatus, hastened to the stranded vessel, and again and agaln futlle attempts were made.to reach the brlgantlne. For flve hours the strug gle went on. FInally they were suc cessful In reachlng the vessel and savlng those on board. There were six men besldos Captaln Overson in the crew, all belonging ln New York Mrs. Overson displayed rare cour age durlng the trylng experlence. ' -??,-j APPEAL IS PROBABLE Judge Parker aa Counscl tn flclialf of Lubor Fcdcratlun. WASHINGTON, D. C, January 30.--T Judge Alton B. Parker, of.Now York, senlor cbunsel for tho Amerlcan Feder ation of Labor ln the case of the Bucks Stove andRange Company against'the Foderatlon ot Labor. enjolnlpg lt from boycottlng the/goods of the company:, has been in conference with President Gompers, of the Amerlcan Fedcratlon of Labor, regardtng the recept pro ceedlngs tn court. Judge Parl?or wlil appear ln connectlon wlth the case with a view ti> taklng an appeal. Testlmony In the case .was heard to day In- the offlco of Ralston &. Slddons, Bond Buildlng. before Wllliam H. oinith, a court ej\.amlner. I -;???-. VIRGINIAN IS NAMED . Ooc of tlie Selectlona Sent to tlie Sen? ate for Coualdcrntloo. WASHINGTON, D. C.,, January 30_, The president to-day sent to the Sen? ate tho following nomlnntions: War?Coloncls to the brlgadler generals: Charles E, L. B. Davls, Coro^ of Englneers; .Ramsey D. Potts, Fifth Fleld Artilloi-y. Navy.?Commander to be captaln: Albert B. Willlts. _... Treasury-rRevenue. .cutter sorvlco: Cadet engineer to be second assistant eneilivor: Harvey B'letcher Johnson,' o' Vlrglnla. IN HANDS 0F NIGHT RIDERS Hold Man HunuliiK "Blind Tl?cr" Prla ouer und Destroy Ut* Liquors. ' HOPKINSVILLE. KXi, January 30.? "Nlght .riders" aurrounded tho grocery store ot John Colllns, at Gold Pond'. i Trlgg county, last ? nlght, covered tho propvletoi- wlth plstols and held hjtn a prlsoner whllo they-smashed a.bar | rel of whlskey, nlno cases ot* heor and la quantlty of wine and liquors ln bot ' tles. Twenty masked men wore ln the , band. They charged Colllns wlth run [inis ?, "blind tliw.'* - "" - . JEROME iVIAKES PLEA THAT JURY CONVJCT Closingf Npted Case Sec? ond Tirne. Urges That Justice Be Done. SAYS THAW SHOT IN JEALOUSRAGE Picks to Pieces thc Pleas of In sanity No Longer Shields Name of White, Pleads for thc.Young Wife, Who Has Never Had Fair Chance. Denounces Prisoner. XEW* TORK, January 30.?Wllliam Travers Jerome, reprosentatlve of the people, mado a masterly plea to-day that juetlce be done ln the case uf Harry Kendall Thaw. Vlndl.tlveness, snetre, Insinuations, all were la.cklhg! loglc analysls and a calm consldera tion ;of the facts were subatltuted. lt was no bllnd appeal. for tho .vengeanuo of the law that Mr. Jerome addresaed to tho Jury, but oy.or arid always there was the r.ote of fairness, even at times of meroy. "Tho year 'that'has elapsed slnce the flrst trlal had wrought a wonderful and startllng change ln the prosecutor, No longer attomptlng to shleld the namo of Stanford Whlte, ho acceptod tho story told by Evelyn Nesblt Thaw as true?all but tho drugglng?and he made frank confesslon to the Jury th'it thc velvet stylngs and mlrroretl room-s of the studlo, as doscrlbed'by tlio glrl, wero Indeed a mlaerable reallty.' No lopger attacking Evelyn Thaw _n a skllled adventuross, Mr. Jerome plead ed for the glrl, because .ho never hed had a chance for any of the hlgher. chnner. Rweeter thlngs Of life. - The cllmax came, however. when Mr, Jerome denounoed both Thaw and Whlte In one breath, and classed .^thern "as two ? degener-tos qua.rrellrtg -over a woman." and the women, the-prose? cutor deijlarod, knew 'no*. more,-- had been'taught no,more by the-world than to play ono' agalnst tho 'athei untll ln Jealo'u^ rage," ln- bllhdest ragi*. In vengeancc of :,an-? undenlably gross wrong done to hiB.wife." Harry Thaw shot and killed the archltect. Tho caso gocs to tho. Jury to-mor? row morning. and Thaw.may know nls fate beforo tho setting of another sun Justlce Dowling wlll begln hls charge as soon as court convenes at 10:30 o'clock. SiigfseatN Three Docroo*. Distrlct Attornoy Jerome ttirned u wllllng ear to tho testlmony of In? sanlty placed before tho Juvy, and ! cmphaslzed lt in a number of'In'stances. He admltted that Thaw. had alway beojt physlcally weak, and that at times his mlnfl had been unstrung And. whlle at no polnt was there thr direct offer of compromlso ln the pros ecutor'3 speech, tjiere was uotably an Indlcatlon that >he would not feel that Justlce had heen mlsdirected lf a verT dj'ct of sorne lesser gflllt than murder |i tho ilrst degree. should be the cul mlnatlon of tlio Jury's dejlberaclons. Mr. Jerome "carefully explalned ? tlie elemonts that - enter into a verdict of prlmary murder, the penalty of wh*eb is death, and then pqinted tho way. to two other findings whlch he deolared posalble under the clrcumstances. In first degree murder, the distrlct' attor? ney stated. the killing,must havo beon the result of both Intent and-dellbera tlon; ln second degree murder. ho sald, the Intent to effect death remalned, but premedltatlOn must have- had'no part; In mahsfaughter In the ilrst de? gree, Mr.. Jerome declared, the de inents were overwhelml'ng whlch com pelled t)ie assallant to shoot,- wlthout, however, 'the Intent to infllct death. Mr. Jerome sald he- could not see how, under thelr oaths as Jurors, the twelvo men in the Jniy box could go outsldo of theso three verdicts. ? II la View of IiiNtiiilty. To render a verdict of not guilty on the ground of Insanlty, the prosecutoi declared, it would be necessary, under the statutes and the decisions ofUhe Court of Appeals, for the Jurors to be liove Harry Thaw waa so Insane that he did not know lt was a pistol lie hold In his hand when he flred wlth per feet and deadly alm three bullets Into the body of his victlm; that hemust have been so Insane as not tb know that. the man he killed was Stanford (Continued on Foiirth Page.) , BRINGING MOSE FERRIS BACK Detectlve Bnldwlu ? Sturt. From Itio With Alleged Murdcrer. RIO JANEIRO, ' January 30.?Dot?c tlve Baldwih' left here to-day for Southamptan on board tho' steamer Nile wltli Mose-.Ferris'ln hls custoay. Thplr ultimate .dcstjnatlon is New York. Ferrls has been oxtradlted' from the Argentine on the charge of muruer. lio ls sald to have assasstnated Frarik A sald, at Roanoke, ya., last February. Baldwltr was' sent to Buenos A.yres for hls man-nnd left that olty with him on. January. nth. ? ." _,ne lilllltij; of. .-Wild. hOANOKB, VA..'January DO.?Moses For rlo, arrested for. the murdor of Assold, . biothar Syriari .mercltant, who, lt la allogad. stebbed hlm through the heart, CRcap.cl, and u largo reward-was'oltored .for. hle captiim, Ho waa located lu Argontlno and a Ronnolrj dclectlve wusneiH for him four nionthu ago. Xtitr Syrlan eolony at Rounoln. la dlvidcd, onu fnctlon havlng put up.tho .money to hnve ForrlH brought back, tlu* othor fur rii.lilng- t'unds to flght extrad.'tlon. HAD STILLS" IW CELLARS Ollk'.M'*., _.ons Uaffletl. Flunlly _"?'_?" mitl Sflise TUcni. fSneclnl toTti* Ttro.s.*Dliji>atch.] '.' ?GATE CITY, VA.. January 30.? Deputy'Mai'shal W. F. Qutllln arid a* dstants havo^ just :deatroyed two llll'elt dl8tilleries whioh they found ln operay tion on the north slde of this county'. At one of th*> ? places they oaptured Emmett _.ane, andat the othor Wllr liam Estep and Robert and- Brattoii Blgley,, Thoso sttlls were o'porated- Iri cellars, the amoko ascendlng througli the chlmnoys of tho 'dwelllngs, Tpe stills wore destroyed apd the oaptured men placed under bond for .thelr cpj pearanca at the Federul oourt, ;? ; 'Por some tlme lt has been known thut whlskey wus, belng made ln the coinrauntty In whlch t'lose- Mllls woro found, but the ingetuilt'y wlth- whU'h they wero concenled baffled' the offl* , cors,. ?','.* IT1REPW Prosectition Has , Failed Up to This Time to Make Ca.se Out. MAY APPiAL TO JOINT ASSEMBLY Exceptions Notid to Many RuU ings That Have Barred Tej* tirnony Along Gertain, Liiies. p Notorious Scott County Ballot Figures in Hearing. Ending perhaps to-morrow, the Geli* eral Assembly's investlgation? of tha charges touchlns the fltnessof.Judgo \V. F. Rhea. of Bristol. to be a member of the State Corporatlon Commisaloa will result ln a report In his favor, tha prosectition having. slgnally failed ui> io thls tlme to produce dlrect ovldenc^ aufetainlng the? charges made.: Two scsslons of tho Jolnt Commltted on Conllrmatton wero hold 'yesterday. and a number "of witnesses were ex amlned for both sldes. Judge Rhea will probably tako. the stand', ln jjls own defense when. the coranilttee r?? convenes at S o'clock. to-night,, biit this has not been dehnltely determlned* " Senator Noel was allowed to arriejid*. his charges yesterday, afternoon. soraa to ihcludo alleged' frauds resujtjng from what ls known as the Sco^cbijii ty ballot. Upon thla new count ho .sought to provb that the ballot. wf? prepared ln Judge Rhea's office. and with his apprbval, but at-'tbe close'oj the day's proceedlngs . no: witness . Ji?4 testltied: to thls effe'ot. 'The"attorn?y*i wra'nglcd over many polnls',' 'and during the afternoon s aessloh Messrs. Bullltt and Irvine flred sharply-at each, e?theV? Mr. Irvine ohjectedlt.o many of j&v. PiiHitt's a'nestions^seei-;lng"to connect Judge R^h'ea:.with ,tb,e. Scott. county bia.| ibt, and most of theso objectlons wero sustalned./. ??..??:. :^.. , Kx'ceptlons wefe-rioted,'and Captalri Bullltt and'Mr'; Noe'i inarcatcd'that th.-j nght toduld be-renewed ln ? the Jotn'ti Assembly. if they .failed ' before the commltteo, which has'linilted the scopb of-the lnquiry. Pennsylvnnla Idea. ? ? The most-interestlng testlmony con? cerning the Scott county ballot warf given at thc nlght session by Mr. W: S; Cox, of Gate Clty. Hc declared-thatMt niun named Brown,' who had been a> prlhtcr.'ih Gate City, sald he prepared ah.d. printed the ballot, and'that he got the Idea from Penhsylvanla, hav?iie fi.ved a slmllar one at the Instarico Cof ono of' the late Sonator Quay's lleur tenants to beuscd at an elecMoh ln the Keystone-. State. . About a'. dozen - wltrje'sses were cx amlned yesterday, "and. tliey .wcre^ pret ty evenly dtvlded between, the proeeeu' tlon and the defense. Senator Noel 'h?d summoned W.'D. Smlth. of Scott, ap4 J. H. Ashworth.of Bristol! and -bpth/. gavo testlmony ; hlghly . favorabje . to Jiidge Rhea. . , . ? . V M.. F. Powers. who took the United States consus .iiy Bristol ih 1890, ? te'stl fied that Judge Rhea had suggesteil that he go to the bpera house arid" sei* tho people as they came. c-viL. Peopta from both the Vlrglnla and^ Tennessse siilcs utten'd the same opera house, and this was ln support o'f tlie charge tlint a former-census. taken ? two -' rnont'lis ' prior to this to ascertaln lf there wpra enough- inhabltants -to jti'stlfy.a - Cor? poratlon. Court had been...fraudtilant, ahd' that lt had been directed by Judge Rhea, who was afterwards made judgt-, - Ntelsbl>br?'3*eiitlfy; Hon. Herber-t' G.'Peters, former: Stat? Senator, and for.sevori years. law ptift ner of Judge. Rhea, ."testlflcd' strorigfy as to tlio' latter's- hlgh character and standlng ln Bristol, as did also 'Jud^e: John \V. . Prlce, ? of the- Corporatlon Court of that clty. ,. '?--Rules were lssued 'for- several :0t Senator-Noel's wttn'esses, who nave not yet arrlved, and the Senator said' tl'vjt he would reqplre-but-'llttlo more t'tjji**; to close .hisr.caso after thelr.arrival.T-j'*;' was because'he'had no mpre.wltnesasi' present that MTrlr.vlne started ln. wltli tcstimopy ??for the defense. . -Judge. Rhea apd hls counsel appett.i* absolutely conthient of -success, anii thoy ? expect to .compietb thch sjdo.'; tn a yery short tlmcr' Ind'icatlohs polUt'-to an early;;repqrtof ,the. cbniroittee,. 4?,'J, it may be rea'che'd - by , to-morrciw af? ternoon.. At any rate.^it ls.believed the Leglslaturo '?'wilVha'vo iictod finalVj" : upon Judge. Rhea's -nomlnatlon witftln the next few-days. The~term: of' Mr. Stuart as commlii?: siorior' explres to-nlght, and tnat ff>r^ whlch Judge Rheii Was appolnted be glns tormorrow. - - - ; '?': -'-?; AFTERNOON SESSION - Senator ^Ichdls called to order ?hortt lv after: 3 o'clock ond Captaln BulllJH aVose and offered Oie following -paper hy- way of-amendl*ig..the chacses--,hlt.lj-;. erto flled by Sepator Noel; -; --v, "I hive.iust.recelve.il.-through Judge J. B. I'tlchmond, whoarvh'ed thls. morn? lng, Information. to -t:t? effect> tl^at what ls known as the famous;.. Scb^t county ballot. wns'prepared ln Judge Rhea's office In Uie clty of Bris? tol. ... "1, therefore, deslre to add"to.'th? charges, whlch T hav.'i heretofore. pre? ferred the following. vIk.''* ,-".'. "No. 'tj. ?: I charge -J-haf Judge .Rl)?a was' tlio author or- pavttctpated in tn<? preparatlon of wlmt'-'la known as th'o famous Scott : county ; ballot, a cony1. of whlch ls uttached h'er'eto;" that-the I sald ballot waa-Vused i-'th- the " cangras. I'ioral electidn of :I?0Q, thi-otigh'Judge I Rii.-a's Influisnce^and. Avlthljls knowl |edge,' consent und .approval -and ? thnt ho and.hls, frJeiids.;mad'A:*ff^iT-s "W rmve, a like t'onu-of 'tlckot used'ltt othqr countles. of. tho Nlnth' Tllstrlqt. Insald electlop. ?7 ...'.;, J. C. NQBt-.".'.: Mr Jr\?irie,. for.JudS^ Rhra, walved *he rlght to obiect.. nnd chiiiansito proof of the* new, cha.-g-ss, but 4enl*i4 them all ln' tot^. 'The- committee was , apparently : about :ta exCudf: this p?i ner/.when Mr, Irvtne'.sald that JudfV Rhat dftmanded.tbat the charges be i*kr. ve3tig'i}.tQd, ' ,'?..' ? "''.'' ,?'?."' .'.- -vUtillot BxhUjlteii. .' '? !' C-Xp'tain B'ulHtt' oxHibltod the ?b.iilteV and'declared- thut.lt wa* "'"'d for the purpose -' of-. defraudlng . B^publican* outof thelr votes...and that.lf a niew. ber' of the conuinttee coitld .marK :it pvopevU' i? two and one-hult mtnute?,v ?whicli ttn-ie ? la "allowed ? by 'h?v '?)?? ,' would wltlidra^' thv case for the piose* Icutlofi.' ? ?'??'." " '?. ?; :? | . Juolgo J. B. Rlchuioud'.w? puf.-.?^