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"f'fc $heSRmf# PRICE TWO OENT& THB TtMEB FOUNDED 1**8. THK DISPATCH KOUNDBD 1850. WHOLE NTJMBER 17,840. RIOHMOND, VA.. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19,1908. rlflUE MIL SKIfEPT TNFIOUSH Secured Overwhelming Ma jority in House When Fi nal Votc Was Taken. BIG CONTEST OVER CHILD LABOR BILL "Physicians Asking to Havc Spc cial Liccnsc Tax Rcmovcd. Maryland and Virginia Delegations Agrce on Oystcr Laws. BY I,E\VIS ir. MACHEX. TH15 proceedlngs In the General Assembly yesterday mtght be briefly eharactcrlzed as imfin l?hed buslnoBf. Tlio speclal orders in botli brar.ches, fiamely, the hlll to rellevc physicians from the payment oT t)ie llconse tax in the Scnate. .ind tho clilld labor blll in the Houee, wcre both partly consldered and went bver tintll to-day. The physicians' blll uttrncted espe clal nttcntlon, for the reason that for Hoirie years the cntlro medlcal fruter nlty of the otate has protested agalnst the exactlon of thls tax, nnd haH rnaln talned an organlzation and haH pub llshed a paper chlelly for the purpose' of brfnglng about lts abolltlon. The debate ln the Senate upon the questlon ?was oloquent, wltty, pathetlc and argu mentatlve by turns. The Ttvo Sldm. On behalf of the doctors it was urged that evory State of the Unlon. wlth two exceptlons. had nbollshed thls tax; that the reaBon was to bo found ln the Jmmenso amount of charity work whlch the physicians are called upon to do, nnd for whlch they recelve no compen satlon. and ln the servlces whlnli they render upon local boards of health. by preventlng devastatlng dlseases. The fldellty and prlvations of the country doctors wcre graphically deplcted and the burden Of thls tax upon these men of small means. who, ln many cases, are heads of large famillcs. was strong ly emphaslzed. . . On the contrary. it was urged that the physicians should not ask an ex cmptlon not accorded to other profes ftlons or to other klnds of biiBlness: that the exemption would deprive the State of about ?4 0,000 a year, whlch It could not afford to lose. and whlch mlght be used to the beneftt of schools and roads and payingr penslons to Confed erato soldiers and tholr wldows. The advocates of the repeal clalm that a great majority of the Senatc have ex ircssed themselves in favor of the blll. Mld it is belleved that, ln case it Hhould pass the Senate, it would paHS tho House also. In fact, lt Is generally recognlzed that the servlces rendcred by the medlcal profession to the State, both ln degree and kind, are such that it would be only Justlco to consider them a? & class apart and relleve them of a burden to whlch other professlons and clasiiei! make no complalnt. The reluctance upon the part of the mem bcrs to '.llmlnlsh the fund from whlch approprlations rr.ay be drawn is, of oourse, a very grent factor In the so liitlon'of thls problem. Yet lt must be admltted that the doctors have mado a strong case for the rellef whlch they Hsk, and it ls altogether probable that the Legislature of Virginia wlll follow the load of all hor slster Statcs, wlth one exc?ptlon, and remove the tax. Cbild I.abor D1I1. The child labor blll furntshed a frult ful cause of contentlon ln the House. The discussion began on the day be-l foro was contlnued in two sesslons' yesterday. and the end Is not yet. The chlef ground of controversy was thei age llmlt to be applled. I Manlfestly lt is a vexed question? the age at whlch a chlld may be put to work without Injury to lts physlcal, intellectual oc moral development. A: good deal depends on the length of time' it may be employed and the klnd of work to whlch it may bc subjected. Idle noss may, of coursc, be worse than a rcasonable amount of labor of thej proper kind, but that laber whlch' hlnders physlcal development or inter-, feres wlth tho mental and moral edu- j catlon of children ls an admltted evll.' Tho fact that largu Interests may Bometlmes be more concerned about I obtalnlng cheap labor than about the! proper tralnlng and development of! children for intelllgent cltlzenship, and! the furthtr fact that indolent parents | aometlmes indulge thelr Indolence at the expense of thelr oitspiing, are wlmt, inake the solution of the problem bothj dlfltcult and important. j The general approprlatlon blll whichi was a special order ln the House yes-1 terday was passed by untll to-day. It! wlll probably requlre saveral busyj days for lts conslderatlon. Innumerable' amendements wlll be offered and pressed wlth eloquence and z,eal, but it ls safa to say that fow of them wlll; bo adopted. In case of doubt the, Houso wlll declde that the Flnance Commltteo understands lts business. IMlotngc Hlll. Tho passage of tho pllot blll in tho House by an inimense majority was somewhat of a surprlse, ln view of the lieavy proclamatlons of opposltlon which had appeared ln tho press. For once tho citles of Noifolk and Nowport News appeared to be at odds. Upon thn tloor yesterday they were repro sented by Delegates Cooke and Barrett as opposlng champtons. The former BCorQd a slgrtal trlumph. The blll re llevos tho coastwlse vossels of pilotage and provldesan added charge on forelgn bottoms. The ports at whlch tho coastwlsers land, includlng Rlchmond, ?\vera naturally anxious that thls class of vossels should be relloved. The for clgnors, who, In thls caso at least, pay tlio tax, naturally objeoted to thelr added burdens. ISvon under the blll, how ever, It ls admltted that tho churges aro less than thoso of other ports on the Atlantic seaboard. The blll provldlng for the olectlon of the coinmtsslonera of the revonuo by the peoplo has passed both houses, and nn\y goea to tho Governor, An amend llMMt to tho Constltutton allowlng them ??> ?u?0BBd themselves ivlthput llmlt has iU?p boen udopted. Altogether, the ,>?*- "' ? ?'-!-T-1-?-?-~ n. <C^aMnuea o?i Thlj-a Pttge,). OHIO INDORSES BRYAN Stnte Commliiec Unnnlniously AriopU IlcNolntlon KavorioK W? Nomlnntloii. COLUMBU.S, O., Fobruary 18?Wil llam J. .Bryan's vlslt to Columbus to day was nlgnallzed hy tho Democratlo Htato Central Commlttee unanlmously Imlornlng hlH oandldacy for the presl dency. Mr. Bryan arrlved at the South ern ITotel whlle the commlttee was stlll ln sesslon, and he paused long enough to Hay thut ho found "a keen feellni? throughout the country that our eftorts wlll not be in valn." Whlle IndorBlng Mr. Bryan the State Commlttee made provlslon In the call for the StajLe conventlon by whlch tho voters of any county in whlch there is a reglstratlon clty may expreas thelr preferenco for a candldate for Presldent by havlngr the names of candldates prtntcd on dele gato tlckets. Thls nctlon was taken nt the rcqueiit of Hamllton county DemocrntH wlio favor the nomlnatlon of Judson Harmon, of Clnclnnatl, for tlic presldency. Mr. Bryan, In the course of an Intcr vlnw here to-day, sald: "The great ciuestlonH to share atten tlon In the comlng campalgn, I bolleve. are the truats, the tarlff and these rall road queHtlons. But one Issue runs through all, however, and that Is .'Sliall the government be admlnistered In bc half of all the people or for the benoflt of a few of the people?'" TAFT FOR LARGER NAVY \Vno(? One CommenmirDtc IVItli Our Weultb, Slze nnd Ilcc|ulremcn?ii. CONCORD. N. H.. February 18.?Sec retary of War Wllllam H. Taft had few spare inoments froin the llme of hls arrlval In New Hampsh!re thls forc r.oon until a late hour to-nlght. Hc dellvcrcd two addr-2ssen, one at Con cord, the other ut Manchester. and at tcnded several rcceptlons, a lunchcon anil a dlnner glven In hl8 honor. Secretary Taft made a Htrong plea for a greater navy ln both addrcsses, and L-oncliided hls Manchester npeech as followa: "I am not In favor of mak Ing a warllke natton. but I am ln favor of liavln? a large navy. to bo com mensurate wlth our populatlon, wlth the wealth we have and wlth the In terests that wc have that nced protec tlon agalnst the lnterventlon of so'me mcddllng forolgn government." Tcnntnice for Taft. NA.SrtVILLE, TENN., February 18.? The Republlcan State Commlttee met here to-day and called a State conven? tlon to ineet at Naahvllle March 25th. Presldent Roosevelt's adminlstratlon was heartlly approved, and the reso lutlonH adopted, and Wllllam. H. Taft, of Ohlo. indorsed for the prealdentlal nomlnatlon. * ALABAMA FOR TAFT State Commlttee Expel* (be Darldson PollotTerH and Adopt* ItesolutluUH. BIRMIXGHAM. ALA., February 13.? The State Republlcan Executlve Com? mlttee, J. O. Thompson chalrman, met here to-day. Mr. Thompson made a s^ech ln whlch he advocated harmony and aninlted party. A credentlala com? mlttee was named and all credentiala pas.ied upon. A motlon vrai presented, after a number of apeeches wero made durlng the absence of the commlttee, that all rnembers who afftliated wlth* the Davidson factlon in a recent meet ing be expelled from the commlttee headed by Chalrman Thompson. Thls prevalled. The commlttee dectded on a conventlon to be held In Blrmlngham May 6th, and named the basis of rep resentatlon. Resolutions were introduced by Judge Montgomery lndorslng the adminlstra? tlon of Presldent Roosevelt and the candldacy of Secretary Taft for Pres? ldent. The resolutlon was adopted by a vote of 30 to 2. WHITAKER HAS A HEARING Clalnis IIU Actlon Was Honciit, but Is Held for Grnnd Jury. SPRINGFJELD. O.. FebiMary 18.? Rev, W. G. Whltaker was pJaced on examlnatlon thls afternoon before Unlted States Commlssloner W. H. Rockel, charged wlth mlsuse of mails ln connectlon wlth hls efforts to se cure the so-called great Parker fortune In England. Whltaker alleged that hls efforts are strlctly honest, and B. A. P.ose, of Dayton, a relative, testl fied that somewhere In Amerlca the famlly Bible, in possess(on of aome member of tho Whltaker family, con tains the origlnal bonds whlch would t ntltled the holder to the mllllona whlc'n are due tho helrs of Captaln Parker. The prosecutlng wltnessea were J. H. Fcrd, H. P. Jones, M. W Broyles and C. L. Jenklns, of Ashevllle, N. C. Whltaker was held to the Federal grand jury, bond being fl.xed at $1,500, whlch he Becured. PRAISE OFFICER FOR KILLING Xewport Xewi Pollueman Shoot* De? periite N>erro aud ln Exbncrated. i So.wlal lo Th? 'l'li.ies-DI?patfh.) NEWPORT NEWS, VA., February 18. ?Pollce Patrolman Edward Parrlsh was exonerated and glven a vote of praiau for brav'ery to-day by the coroner's Jury whlch investlgated the kllllng of Pompey Watson, a notorious negro. bv Odlcer Parrlsh early thls mornlng. The ofllcer attempted to arrest tho negro for threatenlng to kill another man, aud Watson oponed flro wlth a revolver, sendlng one bullet through Parrlsh's coatsleeve and maklnp four others whistle about his head. Tho ofllcer fired twlce, but mlssed hlsmark. Tlie negro then started tp run. but after golng a short dlstarice, whlrled about and agaln leveled hls weapon. Then the oflicer shot him through the hetirt,' LIFE SAVED BY DOG Danvllle Man Wlth Hls Bed on Flre AroiiNed by Faltliful Vei. rSneciai to Thn Tlmo*i-13lspatcli.] DANVILLE. VA., February 18.? Harry Dotrlck, a local tallor, had a narrow oscape from being burneci to dcHth early thls mornlng at hls homo, and attributes the saving of hls llfe to hls faithful dcg. Ho was aroused at about* 2 o'clock by the dog pulllng at tho bed clothlng and awoko to flnd tho room rtlled wlth smoke. The cur taln ovor the tlregrate had caught ailro, and tho flames had extended to tho bed. Tho flre was, soon put out, SENATOR .liATISIHR H.VLMKS AND CONDITION MORK HOPI3FUL WASdTINGTON. Feb. 18,.?The condl tlon of Senator Lathuer, of South Caro llna, who Is 111 of porltonltlw, followlng an operatlon at Provldeni'e HospltaJ on.Suuday, becamo so alarnilng thls af? ternoon that mombers of hls fapilly were uummoned to tho hqspital. He rallled, however, coptlnued to Improve uh the nlffht advancod, and at mldnlght tt'was sald that danger of immediate fata.1 terrotnatlon qt, Mu mnesa had GAHHON TAKES IN I EULOGY ON SELF Presidesin House While Bou tell Nominates Him For Ne'xt President. AN UNUSUAL SPEECH PRINTED IN ADVANCE Fui! Tcxt of the Addrcss Ptirv lislied in Chicago Before It Was Delivered?President Not Working for Aldrich Bill.butltWillPass Both Branches. Tlmes-Dlapatoh Eureau, Munsey Bulldlne, Wanlilnirton., D. C.. Feb. 18. THE feature of the day at the Cap ltol was the apeech of Represeii tative Boutell, of Illinols, noni-l inatlng Speaker Cannon to thol presldency. The applause wlth whU-lw the' flood of euloglstls adjcctlves was| recolved, tndlcated that "Uncle Joe" is| elther the overwhelmlng choico of the! rtepublicans of tho IIouso or that they j feel lt would not be well to be for any j Other candldato untll they have got] through all the bills ln whlch they are j Interested. It is really remarkablej how well a man can slt and recelve the: fulsome encomlums of a speaker wlth! ou't batting an eye, as Speaker Cannon | dld to-day. and probably Just as re markable that a speaker can euloglzcj so extravagantly to hls faco the suh- j ject of hls praise. A humorous fact In connectlon wlth! the Boutell oratlon was lts publlca-j tlon, verbatim, ln a Chicago nowspaperl thls morning, six or seven hours be-j fom lts dellvery. It was notlceable that several Demo-1 erats unlted in applaudlng Mr, Boutsll.j to-day as he contlnued to liurl bouquets at Mr. Cannon's devoted head. Repre sentatlve John Sharp Wllllams was] promlnent among those of the mlnorlty who applauded, but many of hls con freres dld not follow him. Predlcta IIU Xomlnntlon. Mr. Boutcll's remarks were based on the fact that to-day was the thirty fourth anniversary of Mr. Cannon's flrst speech In the House. Mr. Boutell spoke with enthuslasm and when olosed wlth tho remark that wlthin the next few months "the plaln pcople ef the country would Join the voters of Mr. Cannon's distrlct in conferrlng upon him the natlon's flnal honor," tho Speaker was accorded a great demon stration. Upon the conclusion of Mr. Boutell's remarks the House and galleries. as a unlt. Indulged ln loud and oontlhuous applause. Everybody stood up . and cheered and contlnued the demonstra tlon for a speech untll the Speaker arose. Every one expected him to say somethlng in reply, but amld shrleks of laughter, he drolly said: "The gentleman from New Hamp shire, Mr. Sulloway, ls recognlzed for the conslderatlon of penslon bills." Mr. Cannon turned the gavel over to Mr. Capron, of Rhode Island, and retired, vlslbly affected by the demonstratlon. The President and the Aldrich Blll. In tho Senate Sonator Stone's speech on the currency, ln whlch he assalled the Aldrich blll, was a featuro. ilt Is predlcted that the Senate wlll vote on the blll in the course of the next ten days. lts passage through that body Is a foregone conclusion, and, as in dlcated in thls correspondence last nlght, lts passage through the House (Contlnued on Second Page.) MISS EARLY LOSES SUIT Actlon Brought for Ilecovery of Mlncrnl Sprlngs Dccldcd Agalnnt Hcr, TSpoclal to The Tlmcs-Dispatch.] LEXINGTON. KY., February IS.?In the Is'lcholas Circuit Court at Carllsle, the suit brought by MIss Charlotte Ear ly. of I^ynchburg, Va., agalnst the Blue Lick Sprlngs Company, of Kentucky, was declded ln favor of the company. The sult was brought by Mlss EaTly three years ago through her agent, Col. W. H. Polk of thls clty, she alleglnj that her father had purchased tho property, and seeklng to oust the Bluo Lick Company from possesslon and re cover a large sum of money alleged to have been recelved by the company for the mlneral water sblpped away by the company. Mlss Early claimed to own the original mlneral sprlngs, but lt was found' to be outslde the houndary claimed by her. She wlll likely carry tho case to tho Court of Appeals. Tho property is worth J100.000. ARMY FOR LOCAL OPTION BILL Advocaten to the N'umber of 3,000 De neenrt Upon Annapolls. ANNAPOLIS, MD., February 18.?Ad vocates of local optlon to the numbor of 2,000 descended upon Annapolls to day, the occaslon belng a hearing by the committee havlng ln charge the( local optlon blll prepared by the Anti-1 Saloon League. j The friends of the measurc came from all parts of the S^ato, and al-1 though tho hearing dld not eommence untll well intd the aftornoon, delega tions began to, ai'i'ive wlth tho flrst tralns. Several speclal trains wera re qulred to. carry those who came to Annapolls from Bnltlmore. ACCIDENT TO MRS> BRADLEY Colllslon Wlfli Dog IU'siilts In. Frnc ture of Hcr Hlp. Mrs. J. F. Bradley, of Fulton HIU, suifered a palnful and serlous accldont yesterday morning. "While walking across the poroh of her daughtor, Mrs. J. E. Dnker, a large dog ran Into her' throwlng her ilown and fracturlng her hlp. Thls ls tho seoond accldent to occiir to Mrs. Bradley Ih/tho last few months. Whllo drlvlng wlth her brother last Oetober, the horso became frigutenod and ran away, throwlng her out und breaking her eollarbono. Uxplunlou lu IMUftburg, PITTSBURG. PA.: February ? 18.?An exploslon of turpontina on tlio fourtli floor of tho CaplttU Trur.lt ayid, Bag Fat tpry, 1016-10SO Vlcl^ray Street. ta.day, stftrted a flre, wlU^h. <jauBe4 $60,000. Iohs, ?):.' '???' ??"?',? ' - ?<?':?* '>.,0-"'- "-''?:-''-.". +*?? ISrrtr''?'?* v1--?;''?"'? '7 *'*'>ft" TO DIE IN fcLECTRIC CHAIR Chcaier GllleM Mliat Pnr Death I'en nlty for Muriler 6t Sweetucnrt. ALBANY, N. Y., February IS?Tho Court of Appeftls to-day decldcd thot Choster Gllletto, of Cortland, must dlo In tho eleotrlo chalr fot the murdor of hls Bwcetboart, Oraca (or "Bllly") Brown, of South Otsellc. Chenango county, at BIg Moose Lake. In tno Adlrondncks, on July 11. 1000. The court affinns the Judgment of convlc tfon of murder In the flr?t degree and tho scntenco of death rendered at the extraordlnary tcrm of the Kupremo Court ln Herklmer county, Olllett ia now ln tho dcath cell at Auburn. Tho court wllt Boon flx a new date for hls exocutlon. Tho oplnlon of tho court revlews the story of the case and holda that whllo the convlction was upon ctrcunwtantlal evldence, tho counsol for the prosncu tlon made thorough Investlcitton and produced evldence eatabllahlng tlie faot that the death of Mlns tBrown was duo to a crlmo anJ not to aVi accldent. Takrng up the matter of tho admls slblllty of tho pathetlc lettors of Grace Brown to the defendant, tht court says: "Asldo from the permitted purpose of showing tho relatlons and thoughts of tho decedent towarda tho defendant, we can thtnk of no effflct whlch tho letters would have been apt to have wlth the Jury, bo far as the latter could be controlled by any rullng of tho court. except to tend to establlsh a motive for the commlsslon by defen? dant of the crlmo whlch Is charged against hlm. But, as we have seen, j they mlght have been admltted wlth] entlre proprlety for thls vcry purpose, and therefore lf the Jury consldero'l them upon that branch of tho pcoplo's casc, It dtd no moro than tho icourt' should have authorlzed and dlrected them to do." Tho unanlrnous oplnlon of the court, whlch was wrltten by Judgo Illsuock, rlddles Glllette's story of the tragedy, to the effect that Graco Brown volun tarlly Jurnped from tne boat and was drowned, Judge Hlscock ascribes "lmpresslve tinnaturalness" to the princlpal fe.'t tures of Glllette's talo. Ho allurlcs to soverai polnts whlch stlll further im peach Its trutluulnesa and declarss thnt "In addltlon to these deflclencles and Improbabllitlea in hls evldence, there are repeated contradlctlons by a large number of wltnesses who apparcntly had no Intorest ln temnff anythlng but the truth." ARRESTED, HE'tRIES SUICIDE Iimurancc Broker of Plilladelphla Cbnriced Wlth Forglnn Note. PH1LADELPHIA, PA., February 18.? Lowls S. Cox, an inaurance broker of this clty, was arrested here to-day on a warrant charglng him wlth forglng a chock for J30.000 on the Quakertown Natlonal Bank, of Quakertown, Pa. Cox was taken after a struggle wlth offlcers in an office bulldlng ln the cen tre of the clty, durlng whlch he at tempted to shoot hlmself. Cox, accordlng to the pollce authorl tles, admltted the forgery charged agalnst him, and declared it wfts done wlth the knowledge o? Dr. ^Joseph Thomas. presldent of the Quajiyirtown Natlonal Bank. who dled midd?nly about two weeks ago. Cox further made the declaratlon that Dr..Thomas cut hls throat, but thl? statement Is denied by rnembers of Thomas's fatnlly and the famlly physlclan. The warrant for tho arrest of Cox was issued at the instanco of Byron Thomas, son of the bank presldent, who recently dlscovered the forgery. The accused ls about slxty-six years of age, and has had a spectacular career as a iinancler ln thls clty. He was a partner of the late Wll? llam M. SIngerly in some flnancial un dertaklnga whlch contrlbuted to Slng erly's fallure- and the cloaing of a natlonal bank of whlch SIngerly was presldent. The Investlgatlon whlch led to the arrest of Cox was brought about by tho discredltlng of a note dlscounted by Dr. Thomas anu sald to have been glven by Joseph H. Bramley, a well-known manufacturer of thls clty. The note, whlch was for J12.000, fell due after the death of Dr. Thomas and when pre sented for collectlon ^was declared to bo forged. Cox, It appears rnarrled a cousln of Dr. Thomas' and he had trans acted much buslness through hlm. The notes dlscounted were supposed to have been glven to Cox by reputable bur<l ness men to cover premlums on large Insurance pollcles. Accordlng to Casii ier Charles Haring. of the Quakertown Natlonal _Bank, the estate of Dr. Thomas Is well able to stand a loss of $25,000 or more, and the proaecutlon was brought by the son to protect nis father's name and reputa..on as a flnancler. MEN BL0WN TO PIECES Explonlon Kllls Tbree, Wrecks House and Injures People on Paaaing Tralu. WHARTON. N. J.. February 18.?An exploslon ln the nilxing department of the General Explosive Company ln thls village to-day kllled three men, broke nearly every wlndow ln stores and resl^ donces in Wharton and some wlndows in Dover, two miles dlstant. The kllled are: Joseph Hough, one of tho ofllclals of the company. Davtd Utter. Jamea Kevern, workman. The small bulldlng in which tho men were at work was demollshed and the men were blown to pleces. A Delaware. Lackawanna and West ern express traln was passlng tho powder works at tho tlme of tho ex? ploslon. . Every wlndow on one sldo of the traln was broken. several paa sengers were severoly cut by flylng glass and many others were sllghtly hurt. So great was tho coneusslon. accordlng to Iho passengers, that lt seemed as lf tho whole traln would be blown from the ralls. Tho passengers were thrown into a panlc and lt was some tlme after the danger waa paased before tho tralnmen could aucceed ln allaylng thelr fears. Most of the in ulred wero ablc to contlnue thelr jour n'ey after a new traln of parlor cars lmd been made up at Stroudsburg. Three of them, however. were so sev erelv hurt that they stoppod off at Washlngton, N. J., for medlcal atten tlon. FOR DEFRAUDING UNCLE SAM Bunvlllc Miui Clinrjrcd WHli Not Pny lng 1'roper Tnx. (Hpodul M Tho Tlmes-Dlapatch.'] DANV1LLE, VA., February IS.?T. F. Bulley, wlu) Is ut thu head of tho Bulley 'Dlsillllng Company, whioh bonded whlskoy dlstlllery ot rovenuo tax. Ho furnlshed bond ln tho ? sum of ?2,000 for hls appearanoo before the Uulted SUtea Covirt l?V Lyuchburs duviPff ,tUg Morcli Xwrn^ v Falling SnowHurled Through Streets hv High Winds in Blinding Clouds. peoplegoinghome' unable to see way More Than Police Officer Could Do in Some Instances to Pilot Wonien Across Streets. Fishing Boat Wrecked and Two Lives ' Are Lost. CHICAGO, February 18.?Tho most violent snow atorm that has vls-l itod Chicago ln many years com menced to-day at 7 o'clock thls morning and to-night ls raglng wlth Increaslng violence, and therc ls no prospoct of a lessenlng of lts force be fore morning. By 4 o'clock seven inches of snow had fallen, and it was stlll comlng down heavlly. The wind at frequent lntcrvals was at a voloclty of flfty mlles an hour and lt hurled the snow through the streets in blinding clouds. A grent number of accidents of a mlnor churac tor wero caused by the colllslons be tween wagons and between wagons and street cars. Could A'ot See Wny. At 5 o'clock, when the home-golng crowd was at lts thlckest, the wlnd was blowlng so heavlly, and the snow was falling In such blinding sheets that It was dangcrous to attempt to cross Mlchigan Avenue at lts intersectlon wlth eithcr Jackson Boulevard or Van Buren Street. Those crosslngs are usod by thou sands of people overy nlght to reach thelr homes in tho southern "part of the city and in the suburbs by means of tho Illlnols Central Railroad. It was found necessary to statlon a large number of clty and park police at these cornora to asslst women, and often It was more than one officer could do to pilot a woman across the street with out assistance. The street car companles and the ele va'ted rallroads fared well throughout the day, but the heavy lncrease of snow that came ln the late afternoon made desperate work for them. Every avallable man and all the snow plows wero constantly at work ln keeplng the tracks clear. In the dlstant suburbs the trolley llnes were operated wlth difftculty. It was estimated at tho "Weather Bureau that the fall of snow would amount to one foot or more by morning. Tralns Stnlled. In some Instances the Illlnols Qen tral tralns romalned stalled for hours, while the tracks were shoveled clear. In consequence crowds of homeward bound patrons were greatly delayed. The Illlnols Central, Chicago and Northwestern and Chicago, MHwaukee and St. Pau> Rallroads reported incom ing tralns three to seven hours late. The storm centre durlng the evenlng was over Springfleld, 111., and was mo? ing northward wlth a probablllty that It would pass over Chicago early to morrow morning. The snow fall was general ln Eastern lowa and Nebraska, Northern Mlssouri. Central and Nprth ern Illinois and Indiana and in "Wiscon sln and Mlchigan. Omaha. Neb., re? ported tho heavlest fall in twenty years?nearly fourteen Inches?entall Ing much delay and sufforlng to live stoek on routo to Eastern markets. Several tralns are sald to be more than flftcen hours overdue. Two I.ose I-lves. One of the most traglc occurronces In connectlon wlth the storm was tho wrecklng in the harbor at Waukegan of the flshlng boat Anspach, in whlch two men lost thelr lives and six others had narcow escapes from death. The boat left the harbor early ln the day to vlsit nets set ten mlles out ln Lake Mlchigan. Caught In the storm on the return trip the vessel battled wlth the elements untll It regained the harbor at G o'clock in the evenlng, only to be blown against a protectlon wall and crushed. j Captaln Oliver Rubier, wlth flvo men composlng the crew, were thrown upon an lce pack. Four of tho men succeeded ln cllnging to the ropes and were rcscuecl. At Hammond, two men bllnded by the storm were run down by a traln and fatally Injured. In the vlcinlty a woman, overcome by exhaustion, was found dying in the snow. ' The government forecaster an nounced late to-night that there was little rellef ln sight, inoi-o snow belng In prospect wlth falling temperature. KING ALFONSO ALL RIGHT Rumor of Ilis AssnKstnntlou Probably Due to Burceloua Explonion. MADRID. February 18.?There ls no truth in the report current in Par'ls last night that King Alfonso bad been assasslnated. The rumor probably was an outgrowth of the bomb exploslon^ at Barcelona yesterday, whlch now ap pears to have been the work of anarch Ists. In addltlon to kllllug one woman aml dangerously woundlng another and a chilil, tho oxploslons caused much damage to bulldliigs. The preclse object of tho oulrages has not yet been made clear, but lt ls Ir.toresting to noto that tho factlons of the purllamentary opposltlon roeently uniteil ln a request to the governmont to restore tho constitutional guarantees In Barcelona. doclarlng that norinal conditlons prevallod there. King Alfonso Is at present at Sevlllo BISHOP DUNCAN VERY ILL Condltlon Sueli That Nonc of Hls Kumlly Wlll I-eave UedHltlc. AUGUSTA, GA? February IS.?A Chronlclo speclal from Spnrtenburg, S. C, savs Blshop W. "W. Dunean, of the South Ciu-ollna Methodlst Oliurch, Is extre-mcly 111. Nono of hls famlly has left the bedsldo to-day. The blshop has beon ln 111 hoalth for a yeur, from an abscoss on tho back of hls neclt. Murso in Court Aguln. NEW VOUK, February 18.?Churlos W. Morse, llio formor bunUur und Hteamuhlp company promoter, who yesterday was ludicted on u clmrge of porjury, to-day enteiod a pleu of not gullty to the churue und was reloased ^')u^.H*1Jj * ,r-".'"'->H. CAUTHORN GOESTO ASYLUM Jnry Flnd Slnyer of Former Sweetheart Not Onllty of Mnrder. CHRISTIANSBURG, VA., February 18.?Tho Jury in tho case of Frank Cauthorn, the young whtte man on trlai at Chrlstiansburg for tho murder of hls former swee'theart, Mr*. Ada Joncs, returned a vordlct to-day of "not guilty of murder, but lnsane," after being out two hours. Tho trlal lasted flve days. The de fense was lnsanlty, and promlnent allenlsts testlfied that the defondant was insano when he commltted the orlme, and that he ls stlll lnsane, Cauthorn sald ho slow Mrs. Jones be causo ho loved hcr, and she marrlcd another. Tho vordlct was a surprlse to many and a blttcr dtsappolntment to all. Captatn J. R. Johnson concluded the argument for tho defenso this morning in a strong speech of ono hour, In whlch ho contended that lt had been ctearly proven that the prlsoner was hopelessly lnsane and askcd for a vor? dlct of acqulttal on that ground. Com mon wealth s Attorney R. I. Ropp closetl ln a speech of two hours for the prose cutlon, and inslsted that lnsanlty had not been proven aa requlred by law, and begged for a verdlct of murder ln the flrst degree. The prlsoner's lndlfferonco all van lshed when tho Jury acqultted him, and ho thanked tho Jury for the verdlct, thus showlng that ho had more concern than ho pretendcd. The jury stated they declded tho caso entlrely on the testlmony of tho cxpcrts. The court orderod Couthorn take;. to tho asylum, and Shorlff W. D. Martln hurrled him away at onco to prevent vlolonce though lt is not believed thoro was anj danger, notwlthstandlng thore Is greal indlgnation at tho verdlct, In JaU at Snlem. ROANOKE, VA.. February '18. Shortly after Cauthorn was returnet to hls cell ln the Jall at Chrlstiansburg Sherlff Martln and a deputy sllppec him Into a carrlage and drove to Ellls ton, where a traln was boarded fot Salem, at whlch placo Cauthorn was locked up In Roanoko county Jall foi safe keeplng. Opcn throats to lyncr Cauthorn aro sald to have been made by cltlzens of Chrlstiansburg, who dc not bellevo ho was lnsane when he commltted the crime. Asylum guards probably wlll removo Cauthorn to the Marlon Asylum to-morrow. N0TUNDERST00D;KILLS SELF Mrs. Irene Tnlbott Xcnvcs Xote Asklnc That I'ortsnioutli Lady Be Notlfled. tspcclal to Tlio Tlmos-Dlspatch.] NEW YORK, February 18.?Mrs. Irene Talbot, a comely woman, forty-elght years old, commltted sulclde by drtnk Ing laudanum. In a letter Mrs. Talbot nssigned as a reason for her act that she was "not understood." Sho left a letter wrllten on January 29th, addresscd "to whom lt may con? cern." "Some day I wlll be found dead," tt sald, "and I want Mrs. H. C. Sturtevant, of No. 832 Glasgow Street, Portsmouth, Va., notlflod. I have an insurance pol lcy of $245 on my life. Please cremate my body, and If there is any. money leftr-send lt to Mrs. Sturtevant." Mother of Mrs. Sturtevant. [Speclal to Tho Tlmea-Dlipatcb.J NORFOLK, VA.. February 18_Mrs. Irene Talbot was the mother of Mrs. Sturtevant. No Informatlon could bo secured at the home of Mrs. Sturtevant to-night regarding the sulclde of Mrs. Talbot. The dead woman vlslted her daughtor last summer, and hor body is expected here to-morrow for tnterment. DIG THEIR WAY OUT Kntontbed Mlucra Work Wlth Wlll ani] Mcet Rcscuers Hnlfvray. SHAMOKIN, PA., February 18.?All but ono of the twenty-elght men and boys who were entombed yesterday in tho Mid Valley colllery wero rescued early this morning. Frank Orloskle, a mincr of Mid Valloy, fell down a chute after the accldent and was kllled. Tho men were "entombed by a num? ber of plllars of coal runnlng, causlng a gangway to close ln. When tho mln? ers wero imprlsoned they gathercd in a long, well ventllated gallery and mado plans as to the best means ot dlgglng thelr way through the block ade. The men had plcks and shovels and began work wlthout delay. The imprlsoned men hcard sharp raps on the steam plpes runnlng through tho drlft and felt cortaln of being rescued. j When the resculng party penetrated to tho ontombed men lt was found that ? tho men had dug for a great distance through tho fall of coal. There were - but few persons at the ontranco to the drlft when the rescued men reached the surface. The men qulckly made thelr way to thelr homes, showlng no bad effects from thelr experlence. -1 FOR MORE FRIENDLY FEELING Systematlc Moventcnt Townrd Pattlng End to nnllrond Agltntlon. KNOXVILLE, TENN., February 18.? A svstematlc movement ls to be con ductcd through the South to brlng about a frlondlier feollng toward rall? roads and corporatlons. A reprosentai tlve of busincss interests wlll vlslt all leadlng Southern cltles. Resolutlons wero adopted to-night at a meeting of tho Manufacturers* and Producers' As soclatlon of thls clty. deplorlng the agitation whlch has tended to weaken confldenco in railroad and corporate Investments, and whlch, lt ls held, Is largely responslble for exlstlng condl tlons. The press of tho South ls re questod to call a halt on all agitation of thls character, and joln in an effort to advance thls subject along all ma terial llnes. PR0M0TI0N HIS BRIDAL GIFT Jnmcs PjiuI Stevcus Mnde Dlvlslon Sup erluteiident at Uls Wcddiug. fPnoclal to Tha Tlmes-Dlspatch.l CINCINNATI, O., Fobruary IS?The wodding in Covlngton, Ky., just across the rlver to-nlght of Mlss l^oulso Groer Slmrall and Jumes Paul Stoveris, son of President Stovens, of tho Chesapeake nnd Ohlo railroad, wns a brilllant af faliv Mr. A. Greer Slmrall, father of the brlde, gavo her away, nnd Mr. Goo. W. Stovens, of Rlchmoiul. Va., fatheV of tho grooni, sorved as best man. Mossrs, CVcll Stovens, Wllliain Turnor and Dr. Lawrenco Prlce, of Rlohmond, wlth Messrs. Kdward Edsall, Willlam Slmrall and Geovgo Blehl, of thl.s clty, were groomsiuen. Mlss llelen Stevens, of Ulchmond, wus brtdvsmald. , As a weddlng glft, PrasMont Stovons nmilo hls son superlntondent of the Clnoinnatl dlvlslon of tho road. Ho learned tho railroad buslnes^ from the ground up. and has even doiio sectlon work. Up to the tlmo of hls mar rlago he was asslstant superlntenilent or Uila ulvUloa . > .v- VV v UVUlOU ES BY Richmond Shippers and Three Railways Suspected of Violating Law. LANE WILL CONDUCT HEARING HERE TO-DAY Officials Declare They KnoTud Nothing About Matter?Manyj Rumors of Probable Sen- : j sational Developments. j ' Books Will Be Pro duced in Court. i Summoned to Appear Before Commission W. P. Jarvls, wlth Warner Mooie A Company nnd Dunlop Atflla. CouncllDinn 'll. OlUe Gatea, -with W. R. Johnston, vrholesale graln merchunt. '? W. I,. Boyd, ot W. S. Forbes A Company. Edwnrd Thomns, cbfef clerk aud-; Itor ot dlsbnraements, Chesapeake and Ohlo, L. W. Gcntry, Broad Street Frelght Statlou, Chesnpenke and Ohlo. II. It. Flnncy, ngcnt Scaboard Alr Iilne. T. H. Swnln, Broad Street Frelght Statlon, Chesnpenke and Ohlo. H. L. Ktns, ngent Atlantlc Coast Iilne. Samael 31. Clmppell, chtef clerk, Chesnpenke and Ohlo Frelght Statlon. O. D. Jnmts, audltor frelght re cetpta, Chesapeake and Ohlo. E. M. GrcRory, Jr., correapondenee flle clerk, frelght trafHc departraent, Chesnpenke and Ohlo. J. K. Jones, Klnth Street Statlon, Chennpenke nnd Ohlo. FOLL.OWING a aecret Investlgation by speclal agenta ot tho Inter 8tate Commerce Commlsslon. and cxtendlng over a period of three montha, shippers and repr.esentatives ot the Chesapeake and Ohlo, Atlantlc Coast Llne and Seaboard Alr Line Rallroads were summoned yosterday. to appeoir,"?, wlth books, record3 and waybills, be- ??" fore Commlsaloner Franklln K. Lane at 10 o'clock thls mornlng, when the gov crnment wlll attempt to prove that the Hepburn law has been vlolatod In the matter of glvlng and recclvlng rebates. In all, twelve wttnesses were served by Unlted States Marshal Treat. Commls? aloner Lane and Mr. John H. Marble, speclal counsel for tho commlsifon, ar rlved in the clty last nlght. The ex-. amlnatlon wlll begln promptly at 10 o'clock ln the Unlted Statea Dlstrict Court room. wlth llttle posslblllty of < delay. Presldent Stevens Knowi Nothing;. Rallway offlclala declined laHt nlght to dlscuss the case. Presldent George W. Stevens, of the Chesapeake and Ohlo, ls In Covlngton, Ky? and ln re ply to a message from The Tlme8 Dlspatch, telegraphed that he knew nothing about the matter, requesting thls nowspaper to communlcato with hls home offlce. General Frelght Agent E. D. Hotchkiss sald ha knew nothing. Othera wero equqally retlaent. Under the Hepburn law persons con vlcted of recelvlng rebates can be pun Ished along wlth rallroads whlch grant them, the, flne running from j $1,000 to $20,000, wlth a term in the penltentiary whero vlolatlon ia flagrant. Expreaslng ignorance when ordered to appear to-day. the wltnesses were vlslbly exclted; othors were apparently alarmed. The Conncctlng Idnk. The Investlgation In Richmond and other cltles was conducted by Mr. L.' B. Johnson and Mr. S. H. Sralth, speclal] agents of tho commlsslon. Although they decllne to dlscuss thelr work,' Jt .'. was common talk ln rallroad and wholesale busineas clrcles yesterday that the hearlng would be lnterestlng, if not sensatlonal. Records ln, tho frelght offlces of the Chesapeake and Ohlo have been inspocted, the evldence being sufflclent to warrant the issulng of subpoenas and the calllng- of a court hearlng by Mr. Lane. ' The questlon of referrtng tho evldence to a Federal grand Jury, with a view to securlng Indlotments, wlll depend upon the na ture and valuo of informatlo'n whlch wlll be forthcomlng to-day. Thus far none of the hlgh frelght offlclals of tho three transportatlon companlea named 'ln the general "In dlctment" have been ordered to ap? pear. ?'..; Tho posltlon of the government ts ? that the books, waybills and records wlll dlscloso whether or not rebatea wero granted. If lt ls proved that re- , batos wero granted, men hlgher up than statlon agents and clerks wlH be impllcated. Clerks employed by ship? pers may furnlsh tho connectlng Unk . ? or else prove that nono of thoae per? sons Involved in the investlgation wera gullty of wrongdolng. Wltnesses Were Surprlsed. Tho fact that the long and diffloult work of the speclal agenta had been completed becamo known early yes? terday mornlng lmmedlately after Deputy Marshal John Murphy had no tlflod the wltnesaes to be on hand to day, Thero ha8 been no socret aboufc the misslon of Mr, Johnaon. He has been "looklng In" here slnce November. Ho was often seen around the Ches apeako and Ohlo ofncoa and buslnesa men, aware that tho Interstate Com? merce Commlsslon, wanted tho facts, suspected that tho records of thls. company would be probed. liv somo of tho notlces sent l.,v tha commlsslon to the rallroad clerks sum- ,. moned thoy were lnstructed to brlnjr forth certalu bllls of ladlng, many ot whlch wero for shlpments handled, Jolntly by tho three roads. Thero ls some doubt na to how ?nd for what reaaon tho Inqutry waa ?t?rt? ? -.7,"' ,<donUuu?d ob l^fttlT Pa??T ~J.t?