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Trrr; timkh focnded issb. Tlfi; DIHPATCII KOUNDBD 1850. WHOLE NUMBER 17,839. RICHMOND, VA., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1908. PRICE TWO CENTS large: increase F House Votes to Appropriate $400,000 for Necdy Con federates and Widows. STATE TO GIVE S250.000 TOAID WORK ON ROADS Question o? Extension of Session Now Agitating Both Branches. Byrd Modifies R-, I\ & P. Bills?The Rhea Re? port Not Yet Completed. BY LEWIS II. MACHEN. In lcglslatlve clrcles lt was a day tt strenuous activity. A great number of bllls wero passed by tho two housas, and some of them will now go to the Governor. Many more were reported by the commlttccH. and a score or two acore were lntroduced. In splte of horolc efforts at three sesslons of the House and two of the Senate, the number of bllls on the calcndara re? malns about the same as on Saturday. Hxteunioii uf .ScmnIoii. In the Senate the question of extend Ing the session and asking the Gov? ernor to call an extra session was the subject of resolutlons, aa pre dlrted ln yesterday'a roport in thls eolumns. These resoiutiona will becon? sldered to-day, nnd it la certaln that strong representatlons will be made of the Imposslblllty of flnlshlng the work of tho session tn tho allutted period of alxty days. Just what will bo tho fatc of thfi resolutlons cannot be stated, but lt Ih generally oonceded that the re malnder of the slxty-day period ls wholly Insuftlclent for the dlspatch of even the more Important buslness now before tho General Assembly. The hentlment for ttctendlng tho present Hesslon. wlthout pay. appears to be stronger In tho Senate than ln the House. As lt will bo necessary to have a three-flfths voto of the memberx olected to each branch, lt ls more than doubtful if such an extension will be voted. The proposltlon to have the Governor call an extra session Eeems to meet wlth greater favor. That method would not call for so great a flnancial fcucrlllce on the part of the members. I ?>?, II | | III Idllil I A llll-llll IIM'll t. The constltutlonal amendment pro? vldlng for nlnety day sesslons, which passed the House wlthout opposltloo. was put on lts passage. A majorlty of two to one voted for It, but lt failed of tho constltutlonal vote owlng to the small attendance of Senators. The vote was reconslderod, and the reso? lution will come up agaln to-day, and it ls believed that it will be adopted. The Senato last session adopted a slmllar resolution by unanlmous vote. But that was near tlps end of the ses? sion, when the necesslty for longer meetlngs was more apparent than lt is now to some new members. It must bc remembered, too. that there are cer? taln persons and Interests that make a speclalty of kllling by obstructlon measures whlch could not bo killed if tfme were allowed to conslder and vote upon them. The short session Uj an Ideal situation for thls class. and their influence may now be thrown agalnst the resolution. n The Senate passed a large number of bllls. chlefly local. except one In relatlon to the care of the lnsane. and two ln regard to schools. In the House much work of Import? ance was accomplished. Two hundred and flfty thousand dollars was appro? priated for State ald to roads, to be expended condltlonally in those coun? tles not avalling themselves of the provislons of the AA'ithers-Lasslter law. Four hundred thousand dollars wns appropriated for penslons to needy Confederate soldlers and indijjent Widows of Confederate soldlers?an In? crease of about *|100,000 over prevlous appropriations. This blll caused the most plcturesQue, not to say florld. de? bate of tlie session. Tho bravery of tho Confedorato soldlers, the heroisin of their wlves and sweethearts. the pathca of their falling away, as the wlthered leaves of Autumn?those are themes that cannot but carry great welght. But the most eloquent pleas could not avall agalnst the stern fact of the State's llmited resources, and the blll was adopted practlcally as it came from the Finance Committee. This is tho more remarkablo when lt is consldered that about one-llfth of tho Tlouso served in the Confederate Army, and a large proportion of the other members aro sons of Confederate Veterans. The House passed the bill for a re? vision of the Code by threo persons, to bo chosen by the General Assembly. If tho Senate concura in thls actlon of the House, there will be three respon? sible posltlons to bo fllled, at a salary of $5,000 each. The revision of 1887 was done by Messrs. Rlley, Staples and Burks, all of whom woro afterward elected to tho Supremo Court of Ap? peals, whero thoy served wlth dls tlnguished ablllty. Tha bill for placlng a replica or mo'dlficd copy of the Houdon statue of George Washlngton ln Statuary Hall, ln Washlngton, Avas also passed by tho House. Conslderable complalnt .has been made of the posslbillties for evll lnvol.'od in the idea of the modlUetl copy. but lt ls not believed that any artist will venture to engraft uny ldeas of his own upon a copy of thls famous and noble masterpiece. To-day is expected to be a stirrlng one ln tho Leglslature. It ls possible tl tt the Rheu Investlgatlng commlt t60 may formuluto its report. It ls thought that the Assembly will not act upon this report until tho members have had timo to road tho prlnted evl? dence, whlch will not bo reudy until poxt week. ln the Senato tho propositlou to ro jnovo tho licenso tux from doctors, and In the Houso tho child-labor blll, are expected to provoke warm dlsousslons, SESSI0NS0FTW0 HOUSES Both llrniii'lu'N IIiikII.v ul Work CohnIiI erlug nml PiinnIiik HIIIn. The House of Delegates was called to order at 10 o'clock hy Speaker Byrd, and pruyor was offerod hy Ht, Rev. iJContlnued on Third Page.) MISTRIAL IN SNELL CASE .Inry Innlili- in Agree An (o Will of tlie Reeentrlc Mlllloiiiiiri-. CLINTO.V,. ILL., February 17.?The Jury In thc Snell $2,000,000 wlll case tlils afternoon was dlscharged with? out ngree-lng on a verdlct. Tho Jury stood eight for breaking tho wlll and four agalnst. The Jury was out forty-slx hours. The case cannot be hearel agaln beforo tho May' term of court. Tho suit to break the wlll of Colonel Thomas Snell was brobght by the aged and eccentric inlllonalrc's son. RIchard Snell, president of the Cllnton Bank. It has been rlfe wlth sensa tlons, chlef of whlcli wero the "Snell letters," wrltten by women and young glrls to tho olel man, who wns wllllng to pay lavlshly for bolng loved and for being told so ln affectlonately worded eplstles, ln whlch appeals for money. nilngled wlth cxprcsslons of enelcarment. Among the letters .were some from the wife of a clergyman, who not only expressed her own lov<;, but told Snell that her daughter, six? teen years old, would love hlm lf ho would send her money, Letters from thc glrl herself, bearlng out the prorn Ises of tho mother, were lntroduced at the trlal of the suit to break the will. Whon Colonel Snell dled In June, 1007. ho loft an estate of $2,000,000. To hls son RIchard he loft only an annulty of $50 por year. To a grandnlece, Ma? bel le Snoll MoNamara, he left property valued at $25,000. and an annulty of $1,000 per year. The rest of hls prop? erty he left In trust, Interest to be added each year to the prlnclpal, untll twenty years after the death of hls youngest grnndchlld, then but flvo years of age. Itlchard Snell ls trylng to break hls father's wlll on the ground that thc old man was Insano about women. . WILL ACCEPT CRUISER Nnvy oniclnls Greatly Plcnscd Wltll Itun Mnde by thc North Cnrollua. WASHINGTON. February 17.?The ofllclal report of tho trlal of the new armored crulser North Carolina off the Virginia capes Saturday nlght confirms the statement ln the press dlspatches that sho avcraged approxlmately 22.1 knots tn her four-hour speed trlal. It says tha*. the trlal was a very suc cessful ono, although mado ln a heavy sea. Although the supposed speed made by tho North Carolina is the best ever made by an American armored crulser, Engllsh bullt vessels of thc samo class have made much better records, run? ning up to twenty-four knots an hour and ono ot them. the Duke of Edln burgh. lt was estfmated, would make 27.75 knots. Admiral Clover, president of tho Board of Inspection ond Survey, and the other members of the board, whlch conducted the trlal, have returned to Washlngton. The admiral says that the speed made by the shlp ls the best ever made by a vessel of tho armored crulser class In thc Unlted States Navy. He attrlbutes her good run to the faet that plcked coal was used. that the bearlngs were carefully adjusled, and that n--ire lead was glven to the steam valve of the hlgh-pressure cyllnder. The aceeptance of the crulser by the government ls now guaranteed. SENATOR LATIMER VERY ILL opi-riitluu on South CaroIIun Senateir LrnvCN Condltlon Crltlcul. WASHINGTON. February 17.?Fol? lowlng an operatlon for a twlst of the bowels, Senator Asbury C. Latimer. of South Carolina, for llve terms a member of the House of Reprcsenr.a tlves. nnd slnce 1903 a member of tlu Senate, ls dylng in a crltleal condl? tlon to-nlght at the Provldence Hos? pltal here. Senator Latimer, who is flfty-seven years of age, had not beon feellng well for a woek. At mldnlght Saturday he was suddenly taken worsc, and was removed at once to the hospltal for an operatlon foi- appendlcltls. It was discovered when the Inclslon had been made that the trouble was more grave than expected, and thut the Intestlnes were involved. An operatlon was performed to-day. and at Its concluslon lt was announced that, though hope was felt for hls re covery, tho outcome was by no means certaln. INDICTED MEN SURRENDER Voorhees and CouiIiom Give Thcmaclvea l li nnd Are llnlb-d. NEW YORK, February 17.?Fostor M. Voorhees. former Governor of New Jersey. and Frank G. Combes, of 1'liil adolphia, who were indlcted by the grand jury last week on charges of perjury, to-day surrenderad themselves io tho district attorney. They wero arraigned before Justice Dowllng ln tho Suprome Court, and gavo bail in the sum of $2,500 each. Tho indict nient on charges of perjury agalnst each of tho men grew out of an an? nual report of the Bankers' Life In? suranco Company, of thls clty, ln 1904. At that tlme Voorhees was president and secretary of tho company. This report, which they signed, declared that $20,000 of tho dlvldends of the company wero not due the stockholders. FIVE INJURED IN WRECK Mlclilgnu Central Pflsscngei) Trnlu TcIcBcopea Vurd Kngiiic. BUFFALO, N.- Y., Februury 17.?Five persons were Injured, one probably fatally. when a Michigan Central pas? senger train, running twonty-five miles an hour, crashed into-and teloscoped a New York Central yard englne at Black Rock late last nlght. Janios Barry, Buffalo, ehglneer of the yard englne, who sustalned a frac tured 8kti.ll and internal Injurles, .will probably dle. HUSBAND WOULD NOT EAT Voiiuk Wife, Dlahppolntcil, Jumpa Froni Wlueiow, nnel Muy Dle. NEW YORK, February 17.?Becauso her husbanel of a few months returned IuTme two hours late last nlght anel thon rofusod to eat the supper she had taken much palns to cook for hlm, Mrs. Goorglne Clark leaped from a wlndow ln her home to a paveel court twelve foet bolow ln an effort to take hor llfo. She ls at a hospltal and ln a serious condltlon. KILLED BY GAS EXPL0SI0N One Man I.naea Hla Life ut Pntlavllle nud Ani-tlu-r Fatally llurneil. POTTSVILLE, VA., Fobruary 17.? Jonus Sllcox. who wouhl have been elected to tho school board of St. Clair at to-morrow's electlon, was kllled thls afternoon by an exploslon of gas in tho Wuglo Hlll colllery of tho Phila? delphla nnd Reading Coal nnd Iron Company, nnd Thomas Wado was per hnps fatallv burned. A shot brought down a largo fall of coal und released a body of gas, whlch was ignlted by a mluor's lamp. GREAT INDUSTRY IS A Prominent Oyster Planter Says Business.Is in Dan? ger of Destruction. URGES BREAKING OF BAYLOR SURVEY Richmond Men Hear Discussion dt Oyster Culture, and Manifest Much Interest in Situation. What State Should Do to Remedy Present Conditions. Oyster culture was discussed at length last nlght before Post A of the Travelers' Protectlve Associatlon by Mr. Rlchard Armstrong, of Hampton. the members of the organlzation ask? ing many questions and showlng great Interest ln the conduct of the busl? ness and the ateps recommended for Its protectlon. Mr. Arni3trong warmly advocated the breaklng of the Baylor survey?a temporary provlsion whlch was made slxteen years ago for the beneflt of 4 the oyster buslness, but whlch has now outgrown Its useful ness, and whlch threatens to Impalr serlously, if not to destroy utterly, thls Industry ln A'lrglnla. That the oyster question is of imme dlate Importance to RIchmond buslness men was shown by the speaker ln hls statement that under proper condl? tlon, tho Industry ln thls State should have an annual pay roll of $7,000,000, a sum equal to flve times that of the Richmond Locomotlve Works when running at full blast. The expendlture of thls amount an nually wlthln a radius of 150 mlles of Richmond, and with Richmond as the melropolls of the sectlon, was polnted to an an Immediate and cogent reason for local Interest ln a buslness which the speaker consldered to be seriousl> threatened. and whlch ho feared might entirely dlsappear. Vlrsrlnla Hoen Back. Mr. Armstrong exhlbited a number of charts and answered a great va? riety of questions affecting the busi? ness, explainlng at length the methods of raising oysters and the hlstory of the buslness, showlng a wide famlilar lty wllh the laws of thls State and other States, and declarlng that owing to her present laws A'lrginia can no longer compete wlth Connectlcut, Rhode Island and Loulslana, and that under laws passed by the last Legls? lature. Maryland ls rapldly outstrip plng Virginia as an oyster-producing and shlpplng State. At the instance of tho Vlrginla Leg? lslature of 190:: a survey was made of the oyster grounds known as the Baylor survey. all the area within cer tp.ln prescrlbed llnes, 230.000 acres, more or less, belng declared publlc lands. in whlch any porson might catch oysters wlth tongs. The Speaker ex? plained that the Virginia oystor. ex? cept the klnd ralsed on tlio Eastern Shore. ls a brackish wator oyster. whose spawn Is best hatched about the mouthSMOf rlvers, where the water is nelther too salty nor too fresh. This spawn floats on the surface of the river until Its shell begins to form, When it slnks. If it falis upon rock bottom or other oyster shells. the spawn takes hold, and ln two years' time produces a well-slzed oyster. if lt falls on niuil bottom or in too deep water, it dles. Mr. Armstrong exhlbited the plat of the lower James Itiver, in which ther" are about la.tiuo acres of publlc land proteeted undor the Baylor survey. Most of this ls shallow water, In which there are large oyster deposits, a place whlch has ln years past been the breedlng ground for the bulk of the suppiy of the A'lrginia ovsters, and has, in fact. furnlshed seed to other States. Uslng thls James Rlver plat as an illustratlun of what ls golng on in others rlvers, Mr. Armstrong said that thousands of people, more tlian half of whom are colored, are paying the annual license fees and taking seed from the ground. The regular plant? ers take the seed or young oysters by the boatload to tholr private grounds ln tho creeks, and plant it for a year or two ln water ln wh'loh (Continued ou Second Page.) ARE PREPARING FOR WAR Turklsh Army Reserves Ilelug Rusheil to Froutler?Appeals for Pence. TIFLIS, Fobruary 17.?Reports have been recelved here from Armenla that all the P.edlfs, or Turklsh army re? serve, In Aran, Mush and the other vllayets of Asla Minor, have been called to the colors, and nro proceed ing rapldly for the froutler. At the same tlme a league of all tho Turklsh revolutlonary partles is Increaslng the revoiutlonary ugltatlon. Appeals and proclaraations are belng lssued requost lng the populatlon to protest in every way possible against the warlikc plan's of the Sultan. At Tiflis tho apprehenslon of hostili ties has not abnted. The Russlan mlli tary authorltles have ordered that all horses In the Caucasus sultable for mlll? tary purposes be registored. The doc tors of Tiflis held a meetlng recently and volunteerod their servicos in case of war. WAR SCARE IN RUSSIA Siliiatlon 'J'akoii Serlously in AU Cir elom Country IVohnbly Nol I'repureil. ST. PETERSBURG, February 17.? Tho alarmlst reports of the posslhillty of hostllitles between Russla and Tur? key, whlch have permeatod all strata of Russlan society. have assumod the proportlons of a verltablo war scare, to whlch the sensallonnl press is do votlng Its blggest head llnos. The. situation is taken seiiously, not only In mllltary clrcles, but also by conservative politiclans. M. Guelikoli', tho leader of tho majorlty ln tho Dunui announced hls Intentlon' to:nlght of raising at the next meetlng of the Com? mission of National Defense tho ques? tion of the nation's reudlness for war Thls, he holieves',- is of.the most vltnl Importance, in viow of tho news from the Caucasus and all ports of Europe. He also proposes to interpolnto tho Mlnlster nf Conimunioatlohs ns to the ablllty of the rallroads, pnrtlcularlv ln Caucasus and Trans-Caucaslu to transport troops qulckly to the south? ern und south western frontlers. Tho Duma, according to M, Guchkoff. will be gullty of criminal negllgoncu lf |t permlts the country agaln to bo drawn Into war for whlch it ls wholly unpreparod. Tho surest means to avold a. rupture, he sald, is sorlous .preparatloti for any evcntuaUty, CAUTHORN'S PLEA SUSTAINED Drs. Dreivry anel Prlddy lleitli Testlfy Tliot He l? liisnnij. rHpnrli-l fei Tho Tlmc-i*- Dlnpttlch.) CMRISTIANSBURG, VA., February y7.?Drs. W. F. Drcwry, of Petersburg, and A. S, Prlddy, of Marlon, went on tho star... ln behalf of tho defense and statod that ln thelr oplnlon Frank Cauthorn was lnsano now and tit the tlme ho kllled Mrs. Ada Joncs, basing thelr oplnlon on tho faet that ho was tho son of Intoxlcatcd, reckloss and Imtnoral parents, anel had beon rearod under tho worst lnfluences; that he was suffering from Juvenlle ele-mentla. a form of dlseased mlnd whlch 1m pelleel hlm to tho crlme, and that ho did not havo sufflclent wlll power to reslst tho temptatlon. Dr. Drcwry sald tho man's lnsanlty, hc belleved, began soveral years ago, and he thinks lt wlll last a llfetime. He thought Cau? thorn practically lncurable, and that he should be locked up ln an lnsane asylum. Ho has glven tho caso more study and attention than lio has given nny caso during his twenty-two years' connectlon wlth the State hospltal. There was a plalnly perceptlblo mur nmr of dlsapproval on thc part of the crowd when wltness sald ho regarded the prisoner as being lnsane. The court gavo sevon lnstructlons to the Jury thls afternoon. and the argu? ment began at 3:30 o'clock. Common wealth's Attorney R. I. Roop opened the case In a forty-flve mlriutes' speech, ln whlch he contended that the law presumed every man sane untll the contrary was proven to thc satlsfac tlon of the Jury. He reclted much of tho cvldence to show that thc prisoner know the nature and consoquences of hls crlme, and had suftlclent wlll power to restrain himself had he trled: that tho .crlme was only the usual sequencn of a'lustful lnfatuatlon for thc wlfc ot another, and seelng lt Impossible for him to possess her, shot her, anel that he ought to receivo the extreme pen? alty of the law. W. H. Colhoun, for the defense, made an able anel powerful plea for the prisoner. He sald that ho had been shown to be lnsane beyond all ques? tlon, and that it would be lnhuman to punlsh hlm. He contended that overy act and thought of the prisoner in connection wlth the deed was Irra tlonal; no sane man would have done as he did. i Captain John R. Johnson will speak for the defense to-morrow, and Com monwealth's Attorney R. I. Roop wlll close for the State. There Is consider? able spcculatlon on the verdlct, some expectlng acqulttal and some a hung Jury. 1 SH00TONE: CHASE OTHER Negroes Who Attnck Georgla Woman I'urweil by CItlzc-ua. SAVANNAJI. GA., February 17.?A special to the Savannah Press from Statesboro, Ga., to-day says that one negro was shot and probably fatally Injured and another ls being pursued by a sherlff's posse, and wlll prob? ably be 1,/nched it caught, as tho re? sult of an attempted assault upon Mrs. Matthew Howard, threo miles from Statesboro. Mrs. Howard escaped by running out of tho house when the negroes ap? peared, and her screams as they fol? lowed her brought asslstance. J. D. Smith, a neighbor, shot and wounded the first negro twlce, and put hlm ln a wagon and took hlm to the States? boro jall. SELF-DEFENSI HARGIS'S PLEA Wlll Clnlm Thnt Hla Father Chokeel Hlm nnel ICicked Out Teeth. [Sppclal to The Tlmos-Dlspatch.] LEXINGTON. KY., February 17.?In the defense of Beech Hargis for the murder of his father, Judge James Hargis, the expenses wlll be pald out of the $50,000, which Is the boy's share of hls father's large estate. When Judge James P. Adams con vened tho Breathltt County Clrcult Court at Jackson to-day, tho Hargis e.ase was the most Important matter awaiting actlon. lt is expected that Beeeh Hargis wlll be promptly in dictoel, and if thls Is done, hls trlal for the murder of hls father will at once begln. The defoiise wlll be self defense, and will clalm that Hargls's father choked the young man and klcked out several teeth beforo the son flred. PUT TIE 0N TRACK Dlschnrgcd Employe Arrested on Sus plclon of Attempt lng te> Wreck Tralu. AMERICUS, GA., February 17.?An attempt was mado hero late to-day to wreck the northbound Central train. A crosstlo was placed ln Muckalee Creek trestle at the end of a sharp curve. The traln had slowed down, and tho englne struck tho tlo at re? duced speed, without being dorailed. The chlef of police went with a posse to the scene, and arrested John Hoelgos, a dlscharged sectlon hand. Hodgos denied placlng tho tle, but ls sald to have admltted ho knew it was there before thc englne struck lt. SELLS ITS COAL LANDS Louisvllle and Nashvllle Dlapoacd of Its Inlereata (u Indlvlduul Stocklioldera. CINCINNATI, OHIO, February 17_ Pursuant wlth tho provisions of the Hepburn act agalnst transportation of coal in which the carrler has an In? terest. announcement was mado to day that thc Louisvllle and Nashvllle Rallroad Company has dlsposed of its holdings in the Louisvllle Property Company to lndlvldtial Louisvllle and Nashvllle stookholders. Tho rallroad, as the Property Com? pany, bought thousands of acrots of coal lands ln S'outheastern Kentucky and bullt spur tracks to thom. Tho lands wero leasoel to coal companies. ? BURN WAGON AND TOBACCO Nlghl Rlders Pny Mall io ihe Onrn of v. McKlnuey, HOPKINSVIDLE, IvY., February 17. ?"Nlght Rlders" late last nlght vislted the farm of V. McKlnuoy, In tho north? ern pnrt ut' Christlan coupty, bvoke open hls tobacco barn aiul rolled out two wagons, heavlly loaded wlth to? bacco. Under one of the wagons thev started a flro whlch destroyed tho wagon and coiitenls. Thoy placed ln tho othor wagon tlynamito, which, how? ever, fallod to explodo. ?--1 ?. DEATH FROM YELLOW FEVER ?-? Third lhiRluee-i' Ilnvla Dle* of DUense, Hut Prlelmrd la Dolng Well. GALVKSTON. TEXAS, Fobruary 17. _Third En'glneer Wllllam Davis, ouo of tlio two mon suffering train yellow tovor on tho steamer Crispln ln Gal voston Roads, threo mllos from tlio elty, diod early to-day. Third" Offi? cer Prliharil, tlie other fevor patient, wns reported to-nlght as slightly im? provlng. _ , , Tho stcnnior Crispln camo from Ma. nos a polnt about 800 or 1)00 mllos up the Amas-on Rlver, ln Brazll, vla Parn. All precautlons aro bolng taken to avold uny spreatj of tho disease, ( TRE ALDRICH BLLL Secret of Democratic Agree ment Will Unite Republl? cans In Its Support. ONE MEMBER ADMITS THAT ALL WERE BOUND This Done, the Majority of Cur? rency Committee Force Ad journment That They May Confer and Map Out Their Course?Party Whip to Crack. Tlmcs-Dlapatch ttureau, Mun.ir>y Bulldlng, AVnshlngton, D. C? Feb. 17. That thn Aldrlch currency blll will pass tho House ls to-day tho bellef of many men who thought last week that there was llttlo or no chifnce of lts gettlng through tho lower branch of the Congress. The change ln Re? publlcan sentiment appears tn have been cffected through Democratlc mls takes In generalshlp moro than through any other means. In short. the Aldrlch blll, according to present Inrllcatlons, will ho whipped through the Houso of Representatives us a partlsan measure. The votes agalnst It will be east by the Demo? crats excluslvely, whlle the Republl? cans will east all whlch will be east for it?enough to put it on the statute books. The bellef that tho Democrats had agreed to support the so-called AA'il liams currency blll appears to have caused the Republlcans to declde to unito In support of the Aldrlch blll, whlch ls now pending ln tho Senate, and wll] be passed by that body ln about ten days or two weeks. AA'hen the Committee on Banklng and Cur? rency adjourned thls mornlng it was understood that lt was for the purpose of allowing the majorlty members of the committee to confer. It ls well known that tho object of their con? ferencc ls to agreo on a Hne of pro? cedure, and it Is loarncd thn ma? jority of the committee favors unlting to support the Aldrich bill. Someliodj- Tnlkeil. Had not the Democrats allowed the lmpression to get out that they had bound themselves to support tho Wil? liams blll, there would probably not have been the slightest chanco of the passage of the Aldrlch blll. Mr. Wll? llams. tho minorlty leader, appeared be? fore the Democratlc members of the Banklng and Currency Committee some tlme ago, and discussed wlth them tho features of hls proposed blll. The measure dld not meet the vlews of the minorlty members, wlth ono excep tlon. but lt was agreed that they should not opposo, but unite wlth the minorlty members of the Flnance Com? mittee of the Senate In the support of the measure, ln order to present a solld front to tho country, though havlng tho right to amend. It appears that there was an understandlng that tho dc-tail-; of thls agreemont were to bo kopt secret. Somebody gave them to tho press last week. It was evldent as soon ns tho House Committee on Banklng and Currency met thls mornlng that much Interest had been created among tho Republl? cans by tho announcement of the Democratlc agreement. Democratlc members wero questloned very closely regnrdlng tho statement that they had caucused on the AVI1 Ilams bill, and wore bound to support It. All tho minorlty members present, wlth ono exceptlon, asserted. that they dld not understand that they wero bound to support tho measure ln ques? tion. 'The one referred to sald It was hls understandlng that the Democrats were pledged to stand by tho Wllllams blll. After some further discusslon, a motion was made by a Republlcan member that tho commlttoe adjourn until Wednesday morning, In order to glve the majorlty of tho committee time to confer. Ono of the Democrats agreed to voto for the motlon If the latter clause Avore stricken out. Thls portlon was wlthdrawn, and the com? mittee adjourned. Forced Support, of Alilrlob Blll. It Is tho belief of the Democrats of tho committee that tho Republlcans of tho Houso will now be compelled to support the Aldrlch blll, sinco they have the lmpression that tho Demo? crats aro pledged to support tho Wll? llams blll. A member of the committee, a Demo? crat, told The Tlmes-Dlspatoh corre spondent thls afternoon, that lt would havo been nbsolutoly Impossible for the Uepublicans to have passed elther the Aldrlch bill or the Fowler blll had they not formed the ldea that the Democrats were bound to voto for the bill whlch bears the namo of Mr. AA'll llnms. lt has boen sald that there were almost onough Republlcans In tho Houso of Representatives opposed to the Aldrlch blll to Insuro Its defeut. But tho whlp ls expected to crack, and a fairly unanlinous Republlcan line-up for tho measure la expected to be the result. Tho further result will bo tho enactment of tlie Aldrlch blll into law. It ls a pecullar fact In connection wlth tliis blll that lt does not appear to have any enthuslastlc frlends, though a majorlty of tho Senate will undoubtediy vote for lt, and It looks now as though a majorlty of the mem? bers of thn Houso of Representatives would do llkewlse. PLEA FOR TURNER'S LIFE Clnliiieil Thal He Killed IIls AVIfe Bc eiiuNo of Hls Love For ller. LEXINGTON', KY., Fobruary 17.?On the plea thal Edward Turner, con demned wlfO-murderor, had been reur ed ln a godless comnuinlty, seventy tlve cltlzonts of Rrcuthltt county, Ky., havo sent letters und pi'tltlons to C,ov onuir pattoraon, oi' Tennessoe, pleadlng for a commutatlon of tlu- death sen? tence of Turner, who formerly llved iu Bretithltt county, Turner is sen tencud io liang on Fobruary HIst, The plea <>!' tho petltlonorH Is that TuriiiM', brought up tn a godless ciiin munlly, never had an opporlunlty to know right from W.rontSi thut hls pa? rents illt'd when lie was vory young; that the wlckoduess of hls wli'o un ? bulancoil his mind, nnd that ho killed hor, not bocause he hutod her, but bo kcauuo ho loved hor, , IMPRISONED IN MINE T*venty-F.lBi-t Men Caught In C'olllery, lmt Belleved lo He Alive. POTTHVILLE. PA., February 17.? Twonty-elght mlners woro Imprisonce' Iti tho Midvalley C'olllery, near Mount Carmol, thls mornlng by tho breaklns of a dam of water, which hael formei! ln a elrlft, whlch hael causeel a rush oi iiui'l lnto a gangway whero the mer woro at work. All day long a partj of rescuers endeavored to reach the entombed men, anel shortly after i o'clock to-nlght they wero glven en couragcment by sounds of dlgglng fron the Inslde. Later a shot was alsi heard, Indlcatlng that the mon wen at work to effect tholr own rescue am also glvlng assurance that tho alr l. good. Among the men entombed are a nura ber of experlenced mlners, and lt 1: belleved thnt lt wlll bo possible te effect tho rescue of all the mon unles: somo of them should have met deatl by beln-J smothereel ln the rush of mut when the elam broke through the gang? way. Seven of thc number aro Ameri? cans. Tha other entombed men art forelgners. Tho work of roscuo ls under thc dlrectlon of Mlne Inspector James A. O'Donnell, of the fourteenth distrlct. asslsted by Inspector B. I. Evans, of thc flfteenth distrlct. O'Donnell hns n force of 100 men working under hlm, anel they are taklng thelr turn3 ln regular relays of two hours' work and four hours' rest. The nolso of men working with plcks Inslde gave tho rescucrs great cn couragoment, .anel lt ls bellovod that the majority of tho entombed mer. are allve, although lt ls scarcely possible that all of them wero fortunate enough to havo escaped the great rush of rrrucl whon tho dam broke. Great crowds of people have gath? ered around the mouth of the slopo and havo announced thelr Intentlon oi ronialnlng during tho entiro nlght They Includo thei families of tho en? tombed men. During tho day women and chil? dren were gathered about tho mine havlng rushed there from thelr homec at tho flrst alarm of tho dlsaster. The.v could not be prevalled upon to gc home, but lnslsted upon remaln lng about tho mouth of tho slope. Aftoi tho rapplng was heard from tho en? tombed men these fear-strlcken one; were gro/itly reassured, and many oi them returned to thelr homes, whlle others bullt bontires wlth tho Inten? tlon of camplng out during thc nlght The mlners about the colliery were formed lnto a tempotary police force but later In the afternoon a siiuad ol State constabulary appeared on thc scene and performed excellent servlce koeplug the crowd back. DOCTOR'S TERRIBLE MISTAKE Took C'orronlvc Subllmntc for IJromidc Hut Antldotea Saved Him. f Speclal to Tho Tlmes-Dispatch.] SUFFOLK. VA., Fobruary 17.?Aftet havlng accldentally swallowed enougl polson to klll twenty men, Dr. Job G Holland, of Holland, Va., stlll llves and hls physlcans believe the dangoi polnt ls passed. Dr. Holland about 3 o'cloc.c thli mornlng went. to hls lahoratory. in tending to tako a bromidc to rellevc insomnia. lnstead of tho bromhJe. hc reached a bottle contalnlng blchloridc of morcury, or corroslvo subllmate. and swallowed seven and one-half grains. One-twenty-flfth of ono graln ls an adult's elose. Tho physlcan roallzed Ills mistake almost lnstantly and notlfled hls wife. Antldotes were applied and doctors from Holland were soon at hls beelslde. Dr. Franklln Plerce, who llves near by, reached hlm in a very short perlod. Dr. Holland ls one of the weaUhtest and most promlnent physlcans of the county. _^^ WILL TRY RIPPEY TO-DAY Negro Cluirged Wlth Illglnvny Robbery nnei Asanult la luellctcil. [Speclal to Tbe Times-Dlspatch.] TAZEWELL, VA., February 17.? Four lndictments were returned by the grand Jury to-day?one for hlghway robbery aiid three for orlminal assault ?agalnst Walter Rlppey, tho negro who was rushed here to jall Friday to prevent a lynchlng. As soon as the lndictments were found preparatlons wero immediately begun for tlie trlal, whlch ls set for to-morrow mornlng. No trouble ls antlcipated ln securlng a jury. Thls Ls the flrst case In whlch R. O. Crockett, the newly-electod Com niouwealtli's iiltorner, wlll olllciate, and lils record of havlng secured the ovi den'ce and prepared hls case on such short notlco Is highly commended, The crowds from Pocahontas, whoro tlie crlmo was coinmltted, are very order ly and no trouble is expected. COMPANY IN3G00D'SHAPE Iltiukera' Life llna Not Goue Ont of Bual nosu, na lSrroneoiisly Hcporteel. NEW YORK, February 17.?The Bankers' Life Insuranco Compaily, two former olllcial.s of whlch were recent? ly Indlcted for perjury, has, accord? lng to an ofllcial statement made to day, assets of $1,400,000 and a surplus to pollcy-holders, as certlflod by the lnsurance Denartment on July 1st last, of $123,876; In a news Item of February 13tn It was erroneously stated that the company had gone out of business somo tlme ago. As a matter of faet, the company has been in active liusl? noss coutlnuously slnce Its organlza? tlon ln 1S0S. The lndictments recently returned are personal to former oftl clals, who severed their rohutons wlth tho nianagenient aeveral years ago, FROM TRAIN T0 DEATH Kbb Loo, lu Attentiitlng to Allght, Falla Under WhcelH und la (.'rushed. IS'peelal lo Tho Times-Dlspatch.] BRISTOL THNN., February 17.? Robort 11. Lee, known us "Ehb".Lee, a well known briokluyor, of thls olty, was kllled thls afternoon by Nor? folk and Western train No. 11. as it was onterlng tlie Union passenger sta? tlon here. Lee wns a passenger on the train. and, as it pulled lnto tho statlon, ho lunipi'il off. Btrlklng thp ground In stoad nf tho enel of tho platform. He was thrown under the wheels aiul botb legs wero cut off. Ha ilied two hours lator. lle leaves a wife and two chil? dren. WHOLE TOWN SHAKEN ll* HY MXPI.OSIO.X OF DVNAMITr, MANCHJ3STBR, N, Y., February 17. ?Two-tnirds of the housos ln this vlllagc have broken wlndows to-day, owlng to the aocldental explo.ilon of about twehty-flve pounds ot dynamlte lu the contre of the town, whleh American Telephopo and Telegraph Company employes woro Ihuwlng out. Houses ahd stores for two mllos away fell the |ar. Bulldings near at hand woro deitiollsheil und glass was broken ln largo nuantltlOH overy where.*- No ono wus hurt. .-m . Injured Golng to. Flre. PITT.SHUl'G, PA.. Fobruary 17.?Five flromon woro sorlously injured to-day, when a Itoaa carriago attaehecl to No. 13 Englno Compnny overturned whlle rospouUlng tu uu ?tlurui. Bailcd on Charge of Grand Larceny, Grand Jury Brings in Another Indictment. VIGOROUS DENIAL AS TO THE O'BRIEN NOTES Counsel for the Accused Issuc? Statement Dcclaring There Was No Agreement That Notes Should Not Be Dis counted?Correctcd His Testimony. NEW TORK, February 17.?The legaV entanglemeuts of Charles A\'. Morse, former. banker and promoter, aro mul tlplylng, A third Indictment. alleglng perjury by Mr. Morse durlng an ex? amination before tho grand jury, was found by tho speclal grand Jury to? day a short tlme nfter he had ap* peared In court to answer tho two In dlctmcnts found against him last week, charglng hlm wlth grand larceny. .\r rangements wero mado to-nlght to have hlm appear to-morrow before Justlco A'Ictor J. Dowllng, of the crim? inal branch of rhe Supremo Court, to plead to the perjury Indictment. An? other turn In the case to-day was the servlng on Phlllp J. Brltt, counsel for Mr. Morse, of summons ln two actlon.i brought against tho former banker. Tho complalnts ln theso suits have not yet been liled, but it was explained that thoy relate to stock transactlons whlch occurred somo tlme ago. The TCarceuy Ohnrge. Mr. Morse, the former banker. or ganlzer of the Amerlcan lce Company and tho $120,000,000 Consolidated Steamshlp Company, pleaded not gull? ty before Justlce Dowllng to-day to tha two charges of grand larceny. A 'hear? lng on tho case was set for next Mon? day. Tho charges against Morse are based. on a check transactlon growlng out <>J the saloby Morse of a block of stoclc of the National Bank of North Amer? lca to Morgan J. O'Brien. former chlef justice of the Appellate Dlvlslon of the Supremo Court of thls State. Mr. O'Brien gave Morse a note for $100, 000 ln part payment for the stock, wlth the understandlng that the note was not to bo dlscounted. It ls alleged that Morso discounted the note at tho Mercantlle Natlonal Bank of thls ol'.y, recelved a check made payable tb Mv. O'Brien, Indorsed the check "Morgan J. O'Brien, per C. AA'. Morse." and de poslted it to hls own account in the Natlonal Bank of North Amerlca. AA'hen he wns arraigned in court to? day, Morse's counsel Informed the Jus? tlce that Morse dld not know what tho speclflc charges against hlm were and that the dlstrlct attorney had refused permission for his counsel to ex amlna the mlnutes of the grand jury whlch lndlcted Morso on the grand larceny charges. Counsel sald also that ho should apply to the court for authorlty to examine tho mlnutes and had asked for two weeks' postpone ment to frame hls appllcation. As? slstant Dlstrlct Attorney Kresel argued successfully that ono week was enough time to allow Morse's counsel, who sald ho would declde ln the mcantlme whether to change or withdraw Morso's ploa. Statement Made by Counsel. After hls return to hls offlco Mr. Morse's attorney, Phllip J. Brltt. made a statement concernlng the transactlon upon which tho larceny Indlctnients rest. IIo said: "The statement that there was a wrltten agreement between Mr. Morso and Mr. O'Brien that the' notes should not be dlscounted is false. Thero was an agreement that the notes should bo renewed for a period of threo years, but thero was no agreement that tho notes should not be dlscounted. If the notes were to be continued for a period of three years, and were not to be dlscounted durlng that period, lt would practlcally make them worth less ns securily tu b.0 converted ln case of need durlng that tlme. "What Mr. Morso did make hlm? self responsible for was that If the notes passed out of hls hands dur? lng tho period in whlch ha said that the notes should be renewed. he would be responsible to see that thoy should be renewed no matter ln whose hands they happened to bo at that tlme. AVith thls under? standlng of the agreement there can bo no question as to tho fair ness of Mr. Morse's actlon ln get? tlng the notes dlscblinted. "If tho check wlth whlch the . dlscounted note was paid was made out ln tho name of Mr. O'Brien. to whom wus the money due? To Mr. Morso, of course. It was in pay? ment for stock dollverod by Mr. Morso that the notes were made. So, lf the check in payment for tho note wus mado out technically in tho namo of Mr. O'Brien. whose -namo was on tho note, It was real? ly mennt for Mr. Morso. to whom the note had beon asslgned. There are a lot of facts in connection wlth thls caso whlch havo not yet como out, and whlch will put an entirely different aspect on lt than, has so far appeared from what luts been published ubout it." Mr. Brltt suld ho did not yet know whether he would Interposo a de nutrrer to the Indletments. His legal actlon wOuld depend upon a grand jury mlnutes, for which he Intendod to apply. ^ Charge of Perjury. Tho perjury Indictment, It wa? lenrnod, ls based upon a loan obtaln? ed last September hy E. R. Thomas from the Bank of North Ainerlca, of whlch Morse wus thon vlce-presldent. In tostlfying boforo tho speclal gnintl Jury, Thomas told about the loan, whlch was ono of $50,000. Alfred H> Curtls, then presldont of tha bank, ul?<? testlfled to the fact that the loan was made. Mr. Morso. who had been beforo the grand Jury, was roculled, aml asked lf such a Umu had been made, It is alleged that ln> denled that the money luul beei: loajied to Thomat, elther on hls racommondatlon or wlth? out It. Thomas was agaln summoned, and thls tlme, lt is further alleged. produced a letter whlch Morso wrot* cecommoiullus tho loan. Luter Mr.