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JANTTAEY 11, 1909. DRJVEN FROM GAME, HE HAD HOUSE PULLED Man Charged With Cheatirig a 1'okcf Tcll5 Policc About Gam bling Over Marchetti's. POLICE CATCH ALL IN RAIC Confectroner Said Hc Siinply Le Friends Have Room for So? cial Pas-timc. Drlvon from a pokor gnme in whlcl he is sald to havo born cnitght w.hlti allpping a card from tho bottoni o? tht deck, one of seven nllegftl gamblers oarlv yesterday morning left the roon In whlch the crowd waa nsse.nbl._d and reported the proprietor of th. hciir^e. T_nuls Marchettl. of No. flOfi Eaal Main Sfreet, to tlio poU.ce, At 4 o'clock ?, thn bluecoata hroke in on the grme, onptured the table stakos, nnti tnok Marchettl *and Carl Frltzache tc the Flrat Pollce Statlon. whore war* ri-nts charglng them wlth runnlng a cominon gnmlng houae were .worn out. "The Fountain," af- tho confection er'a establishmont is' called, has lon? beon under survellance of Ma.ior "Wer ner. hut tlA aon of Italy, untll yes? terday, had been n llttle too shrewd. II ls aaid that the flrst known of tho e.\!stenco of a game was several daV. ago, when occupants of rooms ln the Mutual Building atiw men plnylng enrda on the aerond floor of the house acrosa the street, and that they made the report. riaybllla Folletl Tliem. The raid was , made by S.-rgeant 'Anioa nnd Privates Toler, Matthcws and Duffy. each of whom haa nn In? teresting story to tell of tht. confec tioner's surprlse when hla door opened. and of hls fear when heavy hands were laid on hls shoulder, and tho com mand wns glven: "Get rendy to go wlth us." - The frnnt wlndows of tiic room ln whleh the Itallan's frlends were tndulglng in thelr pastlme nro coveredj wlth. playbills, nnd from tho outside havo the appearance'- of vacancy. This the pollce sny, was a ruae, whleh had fooled them. "What dey do wid you? "What dey do wld you?" queried the Italian Mar? chettl. yesterday, "I let the boys go ttpstairs for n little soeiable game, and now I'm ln for lt. ] don't run a gnmbllng house. What dey got me charged wlth? ? It's awful, and mo a citlzen, too. .lust cause one man got to chcat, all de- trouble comes. But I got a lawycr, and I hope I got out of it from Mr. Crutchfleld." Marchettl says that the poker play? ers went to the room Saturday nlght, and that they had never been thero before.. The police sny they had been wondering for somo tlrrlo about tho game, but dld not su.spect at flrst that the men entered through Marchetti's Ftore. A DimiKinvn Itniil. Almoat simultaneously with the raid ln Maln htreet, another squad of Flrst Statlon men were at work on a case in whlch a large crowd of alleged gamesters, were hot at it ln No. 7 ?North Seventeenth Street. Thls ? epnd raid was conducted by Sergeant Brown, .and the result was equally as success ".<'.'_. 2.9 I'-'.d b-.-en the sttsizur.* luguer up town. There wero threo arrests. Loula Ball, Ijonnle Bethel and Tom Davls aro charged with belng proprle tors of the second establlshment. Thelr claim is that they hold a license al lowing them to conduct a chartered club, which, they say, will bc produeed in Pollce Court to-day. Whether or not there ts really n. charter the police cannot say, but they do not know of one, and the name of the club' is not glvon. <TJ.e alleged gamhling house proprletora wero hailed aoon after reaching the statlon'house. TO UPLIFT WOMEN Move to Glve Sliopglrl-i Snme Advan iingon nn tlie Men Estlniating conservatively that there are working ln the factories, stores nnd oflices of thls city 10,000 women nnd glrls, who are ln need of juat tho class of physical and moral train? lng as i.n, belng glven the men by tlte Young.,. Men's ''Chrlstlan Asaociatlon, Iho Women's Chrlstlan Association, un? der the dlrectlon , of Mra. A, Beirne Blair, ls Inltlatlng a move to employ Tor two yeurs a general secretary who ?will tako up tho work. It is expeeted that she will begin work hero by Feb? ruary .lst. ' Expeiience of other eitles shows that nf ter the ilrst two years tho secretary is aelf-supportlng. ]n behalf of the as? sociation Mrs. Blair is usking the bus ir.ess men of tlie clty to aid in the movo us they have dono ln tho case. of tho mon; In order to secure a coin petent woman to take up the work, 11 ?will he necessary to ralse $2,000 per year for two years. Attentlon Is called to the fact that outside of the work done in the boardlng department of tho association, which is now overtaxod, practlcally nothlng ls belng done for the largo army of women who are BOrely in need of such splrltual and physical trainlng that wlll mako them of more sorvlce to thelr emplovers. bo aides itnprnvlng thelr condition- ln e.ery other way. SPEAkWpoIOoOMS Mr. and Mrn. \_.i..r Wlll Couduel Ser? vices. ln the Tuxedo To-nlght, Mr. and Mrs. Wllllam Asher win hold tn the Tuxedo Pool Room to-nlght at 8 o'clock ovangellstlc servlces slmilar to those conducted In tlie barroom of Murphy's Hotel la.sr. Friday nlght, whcn thls unusual class of rellglous work was inlllated here with so much sue of-s... Later on vl.lts will be mude to s.veral of the bowling alley... Tho work ln this dlrectlon wlll bokept up by Mr. Asher and hla wi:'.- ,-,ll durlng the Chapmanjrevtvals. T..-rfay at noon thoy hold services at the Southern Railway car tshops iu Manchester. yesterday afternon they went t.. the penitentiary, where Mi Asher ad-! dressed the women and her husband the liien. I.ater, in company with Congross-I man John l.a'mb, they vlalted ihe con? vict roa.1 camp in Chesterth Id county, and then completed a atrenuous day of labor In "The Klng's Buslness"'* by address Ing a large overflow meetlng nl. St, Andrew's Chureh last nlght. P R E S! D E^l\/MrRE TIR E Jn >?l u Cuudldate for lte-elecll..n tn ll.nd of Ntttl. I'nlr Aasoclutloii, The Virgjnia Stato Fair A.,soeiat|..n will nn . i _i. Murphy's Hotel to-nlght fit >. r.Vi.,,1; [...,? t|,e ,/imual election ... othcera. Hon, Henry C, Stuart, presi thnt >.f the asaociatlon since its fouti ilatlon, will no| be a ,-anrlldate for ro l le.'tli.n. The reports will show ihe fair uf laei fall to have been nioal siicce.sftti, nnd atfp:', wlll he taken to plan an eurly campaign for the exhlbHion of this y?_-r. FiiEiieyi.il' EDCAR ALLAH POE Centenary of Poet's Birth to Be Celebrated at University of Virginia. Edgnr Allan Foc'a alma mater. the University of Virginia, lias mado ready to celebrate the centenary of tho fa? mous poet's blrth by an elaborato aerlea of exercises, beginning Satur? day next, and lastlng for aevoral daya. Matly persons dlstingulshed in tho literary world wlll unlte wlth tho Untvei'sity of Virginia ln paylng due inoed to lts honored aon, and hundreds of other distl^igulshed guesta wlll como from far and Wlde to bo present at the celebrablon. 'i'lie Poe Memorial Association, whlch was planiilng to hold lu Richmond, where tho poet spent much of hls lifo, exercises to his mcmory, has decided to hold' jjo formal exercises in thia city, but to send representatlves to Char lo.ttesvllle, tho extenslve program pre pared thero, aa one of tho dlrectors ot the association expressed It n few days ago, bfelng consldered sufflclent. Tho same dlrector volccd tho hope that the proposed monument to Poe ln Rich? mond, for whlch the clty authorltles have glven tho slte, wlll bo erocted withln another year. Ao. 13 Wesl Rnuge. With the openlng on Saturday next of the l oo Musoum ln No. 13 West Range. the room occupled by Poe, whlle he wali a student at the university, dr-slgn.'ited hy a bronzo tabtet aa "Tho Smnll Homo of a Great Poet," the cen? tenary exerclsea will begin. In thls inuaeum, whlch wlll be open from January liith to January 2'ld, wlll bo exhlblted a.l of the mentcntoes of Poe avallable ln tho unlvorslty, and also many whlch have been borrowed for the occasion. The celebratlon proper wlll begin .Saturday evening, wtien the' Jefferson Literary Soclety, of which iho univer? sity'.. greiitest literary genlus wns a member, wlll hold approprlatc exer? cises. On Sunday ovenlng Rev. Dr. XV. A. Barr, of I.ynehburg, will preach in the_.college chapel. The Ittiven Soclety The Raven Soclety, tho undergrad uate honor aotelety of tho university, named for tho most celebrated poem of the unlversity's most celebrated poet, wlll have cnarge of tho exercises to bo held on Monday ovenlng in Cabell Hall. An organ lntorpretatiol. of "Tho Raven," mualcal renditlon of others of Poo's poems, stereoptlcon vlews of the old university, an address and apropos recltatlons wlll constltuto tho program. On Tuesday, the 19th, one hundred years to a day after the blrth of Poe, the celebratlon will reach lts climax and assumo an Internatlonal Iniport anee. Thls day wlll bo tho grand flnalo of tlie centenary. Foe's lnfluence not only on Amerlcan Uterature and _etters, hut on foreign llteraturo wlll bo the subject of addrosaea. - l'oe'a Place ln l_ttera_i_re. Professor Goorgo Edward, of North western Unlveralty, recently of Munlch, Germany, at the morning cxerelses ln Madison Hall, will dollver an address on "Poo and German I.lterature,"- while Dr. Alcee Fortelr, of Tultyio Unlvorslty, Now Orleans, w'll speak ln French on "Poe's lnfluence on French Llteraturo." In tho evening Professor Barrett Wonuell, of Harvard Unlvorslty, known ln Furope almoat aa well aa ln thls country, wlll dellver an addresa on "The Natlonallsm of Poe." \ and Dr. Charles Alphdnsd Smttn, of tho Univer? sity of North Carollna, a dlatlngulahod Southern student of Poe's lifo and let? ters, will speak on "Poe's Influeiipe on Southern Llterdture." Kngllsh trlbutes to Poe in verso and proso wlll bo resd. As a flttlng close to tho exercises ot tho day, memorial medals wlll bo pre? sented to those who, by thelr labors, have added materlnlly to tho flxlng or furtherlng of Poe's reputatlon as a man of letters. SCREAMED FOR HELP Mrs. Dugg-na FrlKhtcncd When Atteiupt In MihIc io F.ntcr Her Hoine. Attrncted by screams from the sec? ond story frorit window of No. 17 "Weat Clay Street, several passersby rushed last nlght to tho asststance of Mrs. Samuel E. Dugglns, who had beon frlghtened by nolses on her back porch. lt was seen by an Inspection of door locks that Mrs. Dugglns had not been mlstaken, but that an attempt to enter tho house had been made. rne lntruder h. belleved to have oscap^d whcn tho woman screnmed. Sho was alone ln the house, wlth several small chlldren. at the time. Mrs. Puggins says that once bofore, soon after her husband left home. sho heiiid nolses on tho porch. whlch had frlght? ened her, but aho dld not say any? thlng'about them, for four lt would stiirtle the llttlo oties. RETURN HOME 10 FINQ IT RDBBED Pine-Street Citizen Loses Jewelry and Money While at Chap? man Meeting. G. C. Dtllard and family. of No. 103 South Pine Street, returned from tho Chapman-Alexander meotlng ln (he Clty Auditorium last nlght to flnd that thelr house, whlch they htul left dark, was lighted ln every room, and that the. back door, which had been left Becurely locked, had been broken open by burglars. The homo had been ran sacked from hasement to garret, und evorything left lp utter confusion. Several pleces of jewelry wero nilss mg, and clothing left scattored In tho path of the. iutrudcrs, indictites tluap thoy wero not after cumljersomo arii cle8j Among the artlcles stol.u waa a '? gold bracolet, a helrlomn, whlch had been ln posseaslou of tlie famlly tor j more than flfty years. nnd which de s.-. mud to the oldest daughtor of each KuecesBlvo Keueratlon. A gold watch] tob and chlld'a hank, contalnlng sov [or'al dollars, woro arupng other th|nu** lt, is tieUeved t'hal the robbors were r i ! righu n.-d mi beforo they llnlshe.l Ihelrj [work, as la :, room on the parlor n?or,-l ti pllq i.f thi iKh iiiat had boon co|loot. I wns h-it I,,-: ind. Mr. nuiai .1 told Pollcompp Th.irman. who waa sent mr : on the ca?e, thui h BtrangQr had nalloil at tha hbuao ln l.io aftornoon, mul had. lo .uired. about a ._rt..er occupaut. 1 DID BECKINDDRSE IDUME. PUNS. Building Inspector Member b Water Committee Wften Flume Contract Was Awardcd. MILLS TO BE HEARD TO-NIGH. Present Head of Water Commit tec Opposed Crouse Contract for Concrete Tube. Star witnesses bofore the flurne in vestigating committee to-nlght wlll bi Chairman Morgan R. Mills, of the pres? ent Water Committee, and Bulldlnf Inspector Ilenry P. Beck, a formoi member of the Board of Aldermen, anc memb.r of tlie Water Committee ai the tlme the plans for the settling basln' flue were approvqd. Aldermar Moncuro ls the only other member ol the committee who has not yet ap peared. Clty Engineer Bolllng has in* dlcated that ho wou... tako tho witness stand agaln to clear up some polnts brought out in tho testlmony of othei witnesses, and he may introdueo one or two witnesses ln hls own behalf. Chairman Mills, of the present "Water Committee, has been An actlve member of the committee slnce the be? ginning of work on tho settling basln. He is on record as havlng opposed, both In tho commltteo and tlie Councll, tho concreto flume, belng an advocato to the last of a cast-iron pipe llno, to whlch the commltteo wlll now no doubt have to come. . Inspector Ileelc to Testlfy. Many people aro looking forward to the testlmony of Bulldlng Inspector Bcck, who was last ycur.a candldate for the posltion of City Engineer against Mr. Charlea E. Bolllng. Mr. Beck ia an onslneor by profession, and hus had experienco in relnforced con? crete. Former Councllman Waller .Morton, ln hla testlmony Saturday aftornoon. brought lt qut that Mr. Beck was a member of a subcommittee of whlch he was chairman, whlch recommended the plans for tho concrete flume, and brought before tho committee tho plan for havlng the Winston Company, builders of the settling basln, erect the flume on a 10 per cent. basis, tho clty taking the risk of hlgh water. Should Mr. Beck bo put to tho same examination as former Chairman .Tohn Mann, Jr., and Councllman Morton wore subjected to on Saturday afternoon, hls testlmony may add much llght to tlie sltuatlon. Should he tcstify that he examined the plans and approved them, lt wlll add the welght of his englneer ing experlence to that of Mr. Bolllng as to' tho character of the plans. Ccr tnlnly members of the committee re lied on Mr. Beck's technlcal knowledge. Morton'., Mnicnieiit. Former Councllman Morton sald last night: "Mr. Beck waa a member of the committee, and T understood that he approved the plans. I know nlso that Mr. Bolllng conferred with englneers elsewhere beforo completlng the plans for the flume. "I wlsh you would mako lt plain," continued Mr. Morton, "that my state? ment before the Investlgatlng commit? tee on Saturday was an attack on the system of clty government, not on In? dlvldual men. I made no referenee to any member of the Councll. and called no names. I thlnk It was former A1-. derman Zlmmerman who sald that cer taln members of the lower branch had' caused delay." Mr. Bolllng'.. statement, wlth suclv evldence ns he may care to Introduce, will closo the general evidence. Tho committee ts In correspondence wlth one or more expert englneers, who may bo askod to pass on tho cnglneer Ing phases of the plans as drawn. Theso experts may aubmlt written opinions without comlng to Richmond. It would be almost valueless tp have them exatnlno the present flume, as lts utter uselessness and tho numerous defects ln lts constructlon havo al? ready been establishod. With the stonographic rocord of tho evldence before It, the committee can then begln the formulatlon ot lts re? port to tho Councll. Cnse Agntnuit tlie Contrnctor. Meanwhlle tho suit of the clty against the eontractor will be pressed, as. accordlng to City Attorney Pollard, the fact that tho clty Inspectors were apparently lncompetent, anfl possibly nogllgent, does not rellevo the eon? tractor of the legal obllgatlon to de llver a workmanllko .lob, free froin de? fects, and, accordlng to tlie contract, guarantee^ to be kept in order for one year. Attorneys for the Crouse Construc? tlon Company have im.tcated that they w'tUfcbaae thelr defense largely on the alle'gatlon thut the plans were not such as would produce a water-tlght tube. Successful contravontlon of this polnt will be ln itself a vlndlcation of City Knglneer Bolllng, author of tho plan for the con'erete flume. fOEDlEEIEI. Alderman Mltchell Says Ordi? nance Must Stand or ^all as It Is. Piscusslon of tljo playground ordl? nance ln tho Board ot Aldermen to morrow nlght blds fair to be the moBt llvely debate tho present Councll has seen. Tlie sltuatlon has been acuto for somo weeks. and about tho Clty Hall the merest passlng remark about pfay giounds brlngs on heated and bltter dlsousslons. Sevoral membera of the Board have announced that thoy wlll ceriaerit to no compromlse; that tho matter will be fought out on lts merlts, and win or lose us a wholo. "If any so-culled ward hosses of Rlohmond want. to forco a flght, said Alderman Mltohell lust night, lot them ct nn. on, SV_ aro going to put a play? ground at Koabrook1. Wurehouse, or we ar,. irolng to let tlie pooplo uf Ulch tnond know why the chlldren can't have tlieill. nnd who lt Im thut ls lnlor CC'tlng Wlth leglslallotl. 1 hullevo, how avev, 1 luit the lloavd wlll pass tho nieusuro uh it is. To nmend lt and M-na it back to Ihe Councll would bo t" 'I" il ii|> llidefliiltoly, aiul to reopen lie way for every t'litincllllian lo dc in.'. tnl a plu'i Ki.mi |? hls. uolghbor lipqd. I bellevfl niiii'iulnu-nta ut this Uui. would hill' ihe project," DIXIE GRAYS, RE4DYFOR CALL TO "FRONT 39 0. PERLIN ROBBED OE Mlir JEI/VEL. Burglar Breaks Into House Dut ing Absence of Family and Gets $400 Worth. Returning home after 12 o'clock thi morning, $Ir. D. Perlln, of 606 Eas Graco Street, found the house wld open, a pano in one of tho rear wln dows cut, the cellar window brokon tho back door ojar and $400 worth o Jewelry stolen. , The burglar, ovldently a professlonal must have- entered at 9 o'clock o: thereabouts, for Dr. Scott, next door heard a noiso in the house at tha time, but thought nothlng more of lt not knowlng that tho family was out. Entry was effected by cutting a hol In' a window pane in the rear an. reaching tho hand through and unfas tenlng the door. Then the burgla ovldently went downstalrs to tho cel lar, where ho smashed a window t proparo for immedlate escape in cae> of discovery. After that his actlon must havo beon dellberate, for Ro wen upstalrs, to the second story, where ht ransacketl aU thft bureau drawers am raked ln every blt of jewelry ln thi house. Threo or four watches wen stolen, plns, fobs nnd numerous otho artlcles, tolallng, in all, to a valuo o $?100, the biggest Jewelry robbery slnc the Btiek caso. Tho famlly notlfled tho pollce of th. burglary shortly after 2 o'clock thi: morning, and an officer was sent tt tho scene. But the thief had boet too clever to leavo any traces behint hlm. LOCAL PAPER GAVE CUP Prlze Won by Mr. Kauver Wns tht Glft of Modern Furnilng. At the recent annual meoting of tht State Horticultural Soclety In Lynch burg, the silver lovlng cltp awarded tt Mr. J. A. Fauver, of Staunton, for tlu best exhiblt of standard commorcla apples raised ln the State, was pre sented to the soclety by Modern Farm? lng, the weli-known agrlcultural Jour? nal publlshed In thlH clty. In givin't the prlze, it was stipulatod tliat tht wlnner keep it for one year, and thai any member wlnning it for three con sifcutlve years should become tht owner. Tho award was offered to the mom? ber making tho best exhiblt of stand? ard Virginia apples in twenty baskets contalnlng not leas than two varletiea Mr. Fauver showed threo varleties 01 oxcecdingly handsome applea. He wll hold tho cup for one year, and wlll bf declared Hs ownor lf ho aucceeds ir wlnning it two yeara moro In succes slon. j MARSHAL TREAT EXPECT-ED Hns Been In Alexandrla for Some Tliin: nnd May Hnve Vlattcd AVntjhlngton. Unlfed States Marshal Morgan Treat, who haa been iu Alexandrla for some days past, is expeeted to bo at his desk ln thc^Federul building to-day. It it lntlmated that whilo away Mr. Treat visited Washington in connection witli his recent appolntment of Captaln Asn Rogers, ns hls chlef deputy to succeo, Mujor M. J. Enrlght. The prolonged delay ln the connrma.tlon of the noml? neo has caused some of the marshal': friends to become apprehensive. even though he expresse's himself ns confl dont that tho matter wlll bo aettled shortly, and that hls actlon will bc afflrmed. Tho princlpals 011 elther slde of the controveray'aro'retlcent about the matter, and aro awaitlng the deci? sion of the Department of Justice be? foro talking for publlcatlop. , MANY POSSIBILITIES . Dcittllock ln Illinois May Shorv Some Surpris.M Durlng Week. SPR1NGFIELD, It-L., January 10.? Wlth a deadlock of the Illinois Legisla? ture, Iho upper branch fully organlzed to transact buslness and the lower b'arred under tho prosent Intcrpretn tion of tho law from proceod tng in lts regular routine becauao the Senuto refuaes to meet tho House ln polnt fesslon, the posslbilttiea for tho ooming weok ln Sprlngflold are many. The Immedlate cause of the deadlock la the refusal of tho Senato to enter a joint sesslon to.convass the votes east for Stato offlcers at the November eloc*, tlon, but. hi-hlnd thla cause ls a suspl clon in tho mlnds of tho frlonds of Govepior Charles S. Deneon that such u joint sesslon would start a contest over the govornorshlp, whlch mlght put tho liemncruts, wlth tho ald of ln surgent Repiihlleans, in a posltion to oust hlm from tho gubornotorlal seat hy techiiicnlltles and place Adlal |._. Stoveiisoti, Poinoural, ln Iho flovernur'e Mansion. Tho seuntorhil olection, 011 whlch de peiula the logs of Senator Albert J. Tlopklns, who wus Indnp'sed tor ro-elec tlon by ti prlmary vo*., la one of tlvj aiii_lcb of the cniansl-Juent, Dixie Grays,. Richmond's Bo; Military Organization, Has Plan for Greater Things. ' An effort ia belng made by the Dlxi. Grays, Richmond's boy milltary orguii izatlon, to enllst another company, t. bo composed of tho leading boys of th clty. Tho present conunand conalsts o thirty-four offlcers and men, and thu far the company ha3 been a pronouncei suecess. The members take a grea deal of Interest ln thelr work, ane they hopo to be able to organlzo a. see ond company bo thnt they can mak< a much better showing when appearlnj ln parados and on other occaslona. The company has no commlssloi from the State, the members not belnj old enough to be cnllsted in the Vir? ginia mllitia. However, lt has a com mlsslon from the Mayor lo drill ant appear on tho streets of Richmond The unlfornis are of the milltary khakl trimmed wlth black brald. The offlcers of tho Grays are: Cap taln, R. B. Proctor; Flrst Lieutenant Charles R. Wlnfree; Second Lieutenant XV. A. Roper; First Sergeant. J. G. Womblo; Second Sergeant, E. G. Tuck? er; Thlrd Sorgeant, B. Grigg; Flrst Corporal, W. J. Prlco, Jr.; Second Cor? poral, XV. B. Britton; Third Corporal J. W. Valentlne. At present the company plans to takc a ten days' camplng trlp beyond Char lottesvllle about June 14th. At .the camp milltary regulatlons wlll be car? rled out, and it is expeeted that the trlp wlll be of great beneflt to the members In learnlng tho customa of a military cainp and at the same time wlll provo an enjoyable outlng. Hereaftor the command wlll hold weekly drills ln Ita "armory," No. 31C Twentyfsixth Street, every Tuesday nlght. The members wlll be instructed in the manual $!' arms and all milltary tactlca; and it is believed that in a short time they will become proflclent in drllling and the handllng of tbe arms. Annual Reports. Cify offlcers throughout tho City Hall are at work 0.1 their tabulated annual roports whlch must be sub mitted to the Mayor thia month. On the information .contalned In theso ro? ports wlll depend muny of the essen? tial polnts, ln the annual messago of Mayor Richardson, which wlll go to the Councll ln February or March. Wlnd Up Acconnta. The Councll Commltteo on Prlntlng and Claims wlll meet to-nlght to wlnd up accounts wlth the former contract prlnter, and for stationory and BUiiplles furnlshed the clty during- the past yoar. Now prlntlng and blndlng con? tracts went into effect on January lst. 10 LEGTURE ON EDF Secretary Pearson, of National Audubon Society, to Speak at Jefferson To-morrow Night. . Mr. T. Gllbert Pearson, of North Caro? llna, isecrotary-of tho Natloual Associa? tion of Audubon Socletles, wlll givo an lllustrated lecturo on "The Economic Value of Blrds" at tho Jefferson audi? torium at 8:30 o'clock to-ihorrow nlght Tho locturo will bo under tho ausplces of the Richmond School Board, the Richmond Educatlon Association and the newly organlzed Audubon Socloty. Mr. Pearson is a rocognlzod author? lty on the subject of blrds, and ln tho course of hls lecturo he wlll show thoir invaluablo beneflt to agrlculture. He wlll explutn how tho varlous klnda of blrds eat Insects and worms that aro destructlvo to crops, Tho lecturo wlll be of special interest to thoso o'ngaged in agrlcultural pursults, und thoso who have the arrangements of the meotlng In chargo are expectlng a large au dlepce. One of tho prlmo objecta of thls Jec ture wlll bo to enlist the interest of Richmond people gonsrally in encour aging blrds not only in the rural dls? tricts, but also to havo them ln the parks anel elty trees. Mr. Pearson wlll givo many valuable auggestiout. us lo tho methods to bo employed ln oncour aging blrds to come Into the clty. He also wlll ondeavor to arouso tho ln torost of school chlldren tn tho movo lnetifc. Illnistors |u Confercuei.. The Baptlat mlnlstors' conferouep wl|l he held nt 11 o'clock to-day iu' tlie First Bay.Mtt Church. , . l_CR_A.EP_.TOR'. SALARY BV S50Q Members of Seventh Street Chris tian Church Show Apprecia tion of Mr, Maclachlan's Work. Though ho haa been pastor only ten montha, tho congregatlon of tho Seventh Street Chrlstlan Church at lts -annual meetlng yesterday afternoon, Increased tho aalary of the Rev. H. D. C. Maclachlan $500 per.annurn. Thls and other marks of appreciatlon wore enthusiastically voted by hla member? ship. The following board of deacons waa.re-elected: G. B. Feasley, H. C. Brown, R. M. Kcnt and A. XV. Hanklna. Mr. T. M. Hundloy was elected chair? man of the offlclal board of the church. The meetlng wus presided over by Mr. C. AV. Throckmorton, ono of the elders, and superlntendent of ti.v_ cu? day school. Reports of tho dtfTeront ollicers ahowed that thu affalra of the church were ln the most healthy con? dition ln ail departments. The mem? bership, after a reviaion of the roll, numbers 6.S. The report of Treasurer Waller Holladay showed receipts* of $10.420.66. Mr. AV-. L. Sydnor, treasurer of tlio rpllef conunittee, reported dls bursementa durlng the year of J1._S.89. of whlch $100.0-1 went to partles not members of thla churoh. Tho Ladies' Ald Soclety, of whlch Mrs. I,. C. Danlel is prealdent, collected $718.28, and reported a balance ou hand of $1.7.21.. This soclety, with the help of the Glrls' Club. whlch rulsed $250, placed ln tho church the handsome stalned glass wlndows. whlch cost $800. and has also assumbd about $,S00 of the church debt. Miss Hester Tabb ls presidont of the Glrls' Club. Secretary F. C. Carr, of tlie Sunday school, reported a reortjanlzatlon of the school on October lst. Since that tlmo slxty-two; now members havv been added, making tho roll at the preaent tlme 337, exclusive of offlcers and teachers. Mr. T. Garnett Tabb, treas? urer of the school, reported receipts of $1,557.35, and a balance on hand of $.0.62. The Children's Day offerlng for mlsslons amounted to $648.60, whilo the church and the Sunday school together gqvc about $4,10(1 to mlsslons and other benevolent causes. Wlll Ariopt Xe.v lliilrn. The Committee on Rellef. of tho Poor wlll meot to-nlght at 8 o'clock to act on tho much-delayed new rules for the government of tho Clty Home. The rules have been prlnted for general dlstrlbution. They have beon worked out wlth care by a subcommittee for somo months past, and lt ls now be lleved that they meet wlth the full approval of the committee and of the present superlntendent. MOST CRIMES ARE TBACED TO IDLERS City Full of Men of Both Colors Who Loaf by Day and Work by Night. Moro promlnent than any other fact brought out by tho hold-up and at? tack on Mlss Stumpf yesterday li.orn lng, following as lt does tho other ro cent hold-ups cornmltted iu varlous parts of the clty and on lts outsklrts, and tho many recent robbories, potty and otherwlse, comes tho knowledge that Rlohmond ls filled wlth a largo olasa of loafers, both colored and whito, a well known offlcer statlng last nlght that there are probably moro loafers ln Rldmond than ln any other city of the State. Neariy evory crlme of recent occur renco, in whlch there was a convlc tlon?and tho police latoly have been very auccessful ln making arrests and seourlng conviotlons?hus baon traced to ono of those who loafs hy day and works by nlght. The Clty Jall is prac? tlcally full of loafers, ot men and wo? men who havo gono down on tho charge of vagrancy. (Juetlco has boen sterner wlth them in, the last few months than it was before, and idlars who wero formerly let off-wlth a warnlng havo now boen glven terms on tho roads. H is siig gestocl that the vagrancy law be made Btrongor,' or .t.hi.tt, at least, lt be on forcod moro vigorously. Thoro ls no doubt that thero uro many men of both colors'who, wlthout yislblo mouns of support. s;tlll oko out a comfortablo Uvlng, They do not explain its sourco. Sald ono man yesterday: "lf more vagranta arrostctl wero sent out to work on the roada, there would prob? ably bo un approeiablo decreaso ln CllTO.." v i *-. J\ . . ' System Works Satisfactorily in Some States, but Fa.ils Uttcr ly in Others. PARTY MATTER IN VIRGINIA Though Not Perfect, it Has Good Points and Can Bc Improved by Change. BY C. A. BOYCE. Atter all the agitatlon of tho pa^t decade throtighout tho country in favor of the prlmary election method of nom lnating candldates for publlc offlce, tliot o are Democratic and Republlcan lead? era of promlnonce In neariy every Stato whero tho system has been trled, who express the bellef that lt ls perhai>B not tho safest and Burest way of dc - terminlng the wlll of tho people. lu somo States, .he prlmary ayatetn has proved omlnently satlsfactory, whilo ln others, lt has been an absoluto fall? ure. in south Carollna for cxamplc where tho Loglnlature waa careful lo work out a aohomo mliilmiztnK e\ penses flnd providing for mnjorltv nomin^tlonH, oven though a second election miglit be necessary, the aystoin has worked admlrably. In North Caro? llna, on tho other hand, the State Dem? ocratic Committee somo yeara ago hur rledly throw together a phu, so crudo and ao full of loopholes, thnt lt waa abandoned uftor a slnglo trlal. 'Nortli carollna ls one of tho few, lf not In r??X t'1?, ?"ly s,,,1,l",'-? State. wljero uembcratlc nomtnatlona nro t,_t ,?e,ua under tho prin.ary system, .,.-' hough sho was one of the Ilrst to glio lt a trlul. Tho prlnclple of popular party n0.? natlons Ka|?od a .trong foothoh) |? tho fcouth and West many yeara ago. East Tn'Uf, R1,?W l!l"lns root "' ??? East. ln the latter sectlon. thero are aovcra. &,?_?, where the 6_di conveV? lon method of nomlnntlng candldato, la stlll In force, but the Ka,? ,)X tlio Prlmary sentlment throughout' o ccuntry withln the past ton ?,- f j \ . be.n remarkable. After ?n, if th,r.- t ?ny fault, it la not to he fotind with th. prlnclple, but witli the ln.nei-.___ plans whlch prevaii here nn.; ffi Hn* Ciil HoiH* \Vnv_. Tlio prlmary system has Vcaulle.l in both c.pcdltlng and throttllng l|,o ', of the people in varlous Biatea l WIsconsin. for taatancc. Senator La FoUette (Republlcan) Involced It lo overthrow a most autocraflc and mer cUesa machlne. whlch wa,- engaged l? the regular bu?ineaa of atlfllng the voice of tho people. whlle ln Kcnturkv the Democrats used it to fo-ter tfHd p.erpetuato such an evll, up to a polnt which so cxaspc-rated the people tliat they nwept the Btate Into the Republl*. ean column. Th-. Kood or ovii to be found ln tho prlmary lles. therefore, not ln Ihe prlnclple, but In the speclfic Plan which may bo adopted for Its ex? ecution. It has been demo__-.trated'.u mnny States, and by both the leading I partles. that If the organlzatlon fiflls Into bad hands, the people may expect but little conslderatlon, whether the prlmary or tho conventlon method ia l used for nomlnatlng purposes. In a great number of -States there are gen? eral statutos proyldlng for. prlmarles, and placlng thelF conduct under the same strict regulatlona as are provided for general elections. Thls is truo of South Carollna, "whlch was a pionccr In tho piovemeht, aud also of Wiscan aln, whlch has one of the irfbst u'd vnnced statute.. on the subject in tho countr.. The system. has beon lound much more satl.sl>_otory Iri SUyft-s when. the I_.gisluturea have takeii hold of the sltuatlon, and passed laws providing for strict regulatlon., and unless tlie prlmary tlde shall reci.de, whlch aeenia' allogether unllkoly, most, lf not all, of them will flnally come to this polnt. I'lau lu V'JrgluIn. The plan ln Vlrglrila Is whoity a party matter, and It is looked upon as bolng far from perfect. Somo of tlio main objectlons urged to it are tliat tho cost, whlch Is'- always heavy in Stato elections, falls upon tho candl? dates, and that under Its provisions ihore rn,ay be mlnority nomination;. Several attaiapts have been made to remedy these objoctions by law, but up to thls tlme no Legislature has given a prlmary blll serlotis conslderatlon. Mr. E. C. Folkes. of thls clty. offored a measure on the subject in the Houso somo years ago, but lt was adversely reported froin the Comniltt#e, on Prlvi loges and Electlonu. Senator Strodc, of Amherst, Introduced a most compro hensive blll on the samo llno lu tho last Genoral Assembly, and this one never got out of the committee. Tho Amherst leglslator wlll be in tho noxt Senate, as ho and all.his colleagues ln ihe upper branch wlil hold over, and ho has receiu.y declared that he wlll make tho fight agaln next winter. Those who object to tho plurallty feature of the, prosent Virginia plan contend that thero ls a atronb j,_ob abillty of the nomination ot a candl? date for Oovernor even In the prosent contest, who wlll not have a majority of all the votes east,, Wlth certalnly three, and perhaps four, strong mon ln the race, thls result appears alto gether likoly. and lt la urged that lt would be better for tho party at the genoral elect|on following, lf the plan requlred a majority .voto ln order to nomlnato, even though a "run off" ahould bo necessary. It is believed that the main reason why the Virginia plan has not beon made more acceptablo to tho candldates and tho voters ls that all tho authorlty to alter or amend lles ln the party at large, and that under tho system State conventiona meet only quadrlenulally, and are alwaya ln a hurry to get through wlth the other buslness under conslderatlon, An effort was made to altor the plan at Roanoke _laat year, but lt dld not amount to u^fereut deal, as lt camo whon tho body had prac? tlcally completed lts othor buslness and wae roady to adjourn. PLANS FOR OBSERVATORY Clilef Mooro Saym Work by Archltect Will ll__vlu nt Oni-i*. Accordlng to a letter just recelved by Congressman John Lamb from Wll lls L. Mooro, Chlef of the United States Weather Bureau at Washlngton, prep oratlon of tho plana for the new Weather Bureau bulldlng, which wlll bo located on Chlmborazo Park, wlll hi. begui. Immedlately, Dlrector Edwurd A- Evans, nf the. 1q.h1 bureau, ls not ln the clty. luivlnt. gono to Aloxundrla yestenhiy morn? ing on prlvato business. lt Ik prob? ablo that ho will go tn Was hluptoii whlle away and talk tlie matter over wlth Clilqt Moore. Thls.saems to in dlcate that. the building of tlio observa? tory wlll be pushed forwtml ns oulok ly as possible, und that lt wlll prob? abi.v bo ^ipmploted withln the tim* -_tec-.lea ofi_ii.al._r.