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RICHMOND, VA., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 30, 1911. THE WBATIIKIt TO-DAY??Fair. PRICE TWO CENTS. COUNCIL ADOPTS POLLOCK'S PH Measure to Take Kinks Out of System Gen? erally indorsed. WILL GET ADVICE FROM CITIZENS Rules Suspended and Ordinance Goes to Board?Members Ad? mit That Antiquated Meth? ods Have , Gone Far Enough?Wharf Mat? ter to Committee. "'The l/irrl sent It, if the devil did liiiiig it," was the characteristic ln dorscmcnt given by Councilman Ccurge Jlcb, Blake t-? ili. resolution offered in the Common Council last night by Councilman Gilbert K. Pollock, pro? viding for tin appointment of a com? mittee in prepare a plan for simplify? ing ili.- methods ol city government. Under suspension 01 the rules the reso? lution was adopted with Only two ?II.-1- ! ?so'titlng vote*. Council Moi'gu It; Mills.; who led the- oppoRlttdn, objected inerc- ! |y a-- tu proc4.-ili.u f- and us tu the ad- j vlsabliltj of ussociutiug ? itizens with j tin.- committee in its deliberations, and Mated that lie fully concurred in the | necessity of cutting through the lap glcil well In which tin- business affairs of the city arc now administered. j .Nut for ti CbiiimhiMloii. In asking suspension of the riiles l-i order that the resolution might he i at one 6 adopted, Mr. Pollock stated that every member realized the neces- , s-.lty of changing business methods and facilitating the management of city i affairs; "This resolution docs not look to a commission." said Mr. pollock. ; "1'lveii nt-tc we to advise that step it would tint In- In tili' power of the next Legislature to grunt it. a.- it woulft i require an amendment to tin state ; Constitution. We merely propose a. committee tu study condition:; and pin- j grcsslvij method* of administration to sec if we cannot devise a way to re- ; move the cqhweba from about our legislative functions'' Mr. Mills thought the resolution J should ku to the Committee on Ordi nance. Charter and Hcfbrni, objecting to having ?'outside people try to come In and manage the city's business." j I conuur as to the need for reform- j lng the present method of govern- ! menu" lie said, "but we should hot pass the resolution as offered," CrovfiiIiir \n iirk of Council. Mr. Pollock >aw nothing to bo gained bj a month's delay, and thought li tie- greatest service the Council could perform for the citizens und community. A report simplifying the government, ho said, would be the crowning work of this ? tmcil, tor which It would always be remembered. There was general laughter at Mr. | Blake's humorous reference to Mr. ; Pollock, but Mi . Blake came but ? strongly for the resolution, and espe- ' dully for that part, to which Mr. Mills ! objected, holding that tin- point of \ lew of outs'ders called in In an ad? visory capacity would bo invaluable; Taking no offense at the story told at' his expense by Mr. Blake, ending with '; the expression, "The Lord sent it, if I tin. devil did bring it." Mr. Pollock re- I plied that if In- were given a good committee lie would promise to "play i the iJevU" with red tap.- and Ineffi? ciency and waste which abound In ex? isting conditions. The roll call stood j 25 to 5 for suspending the rules. Before i It was announced Messrs. Cease, burns- J den and Batkins changed from no tot aye, making the vote stand 28 to 2i the ? noes being Messrs. YV. B. Bradley and j Morgan li. .Mills. The resolution was J then adopted without d'sscnt. Text nf ItcMOlutinh. The text follows In full: "Be ll resolved by the Council of the city of Richmond <the Board of Al? dermen concurring): "1. That a special joint committee ?f five, to consist of two members of the Board of Aldermen and three mem? bers of the Common Council, to be ap? pointed by the presidents of the re- i spectlve branches, be, and is hereby, ', constituted und charged with the duty j of making a thorough Investigation I and study of the. present government ? of this city in the light of modern ' municipal governments, with a view ? of securing to the city of Richmond such changes in government as will, i In their opinion, result in greater econ- j omy of administration, and facilitate! the dispatch of city business generally. | The said committee shall present a re- i port of Its recommendations to either j branch of the Council. "2. That the said committee are herehy authorized to associate with them In their deliberations three resi? dent citizens of the city of Richmond, ?who shall be entitled to exercise all of the functions of members of the ?aid committee, except the right to i vote upon propositions pending before I ?aid committee, but the said persons] so acting In association with said com? mittee shall bo entitled, If they so de? sire, to formulate and present to said commitee a separate report or reports of the conclusions reached by them, or any one or more of them, which re? port or reports shall, by said special committee, be returned to the Council with their report." ') C'lfy Attorney'* Opinion. Mr. Pollock also presented an opin? ion from the City Attorney as to tho legality of authorizing the proposed committee to associate with it three, or more citizens not members of the Council. In which the City ''Xtiorney says that he Is of the. opinion that the Council may authorize the committee to make stich association, but cannot delegate to such citizen members tho right to vote, but may authorize them to make, and submit to tho committee the result of their deliberations, which report may he forwarded to the Coun? cil with the report of the committee. Mr. Pollard concludes: "1 consider the proposition to have such association In muking the investigation proposed not only permissible, but wise, for the situation, in my judgment, demands (Contdl?Ted on Third?TageTy COUNT APPOKYI Famous Hungarian Statesman, Standing on Speaker's Ros? trum, Addresses House of Representatives. count apponyi. Washington, I' C, February 0.? . Tl<t; u usual sceh? of a former Speaker of the Hungarian House of Represen? tatives standing on the Speaker' rostrum and addressing the low? r branch of tin.- American Congress was Witnessed In the HouKe to-day, when i Count Apponyi* wan formally presented aiid brought a message of greeting to "The Representatives of the New World from a Representative of the Old World." The House took a recess of fifteen minutes to permit of the exercises. Count A pponyi was warmly greeted when he appeared in the chamber, and \ frequently was Interrupted with ap- j pi a use during his brief address. When | he hud finished speaking the count ! held an informal reception, all the', mein be rs of the House liling by and] shaking hands. In introducing tlie ; distinguished visitor. Speaker Cannon i said; ? It affords rue to-day grout pleasure to Introduce one with v. lo se reputation i\ e are acquainted not only through 1 multiplied thousands of his own countrymen who have made their homes und are making their homes | here and have become our countrymen, i hilt as u mat. who has had forty years' service In the House of Representa? tives of Hungary, tvlib for many years was leader of that body, and now is not only a member of that body, but a member of the Cabinet. Minister of Education." After expressing Iiis thanks for the honor of addressing the House, Count A pponyi said: "1 know \?>u inwardly ask your? selves what has the Old World got to say to the New World? Well, gen? tlemen, I think It is sjbout this, you ! com.- from the Old World, too; you j wore horn under a happy star. j It* Pride nnd Burden. "Thai Ob) World has legacies of tradition which are its pride and its! burden, when your ancestors left the Old World they were privileged to take away with them the very best of those traditions and to leave behind what is the burden of them. "'Yon took with you the very best things, the very highest point of de? velopment which the Old World had at? tained in those days; you took with you the sound, healthy, vigorous tra? ditions uf British liberty "You developed them and - ou adapt? ed them to the condition found in the i new hemisphere to which you had come. You were people who left he.- j hind you what was burdensome In the traditions of the old World. The mu? tual animosities end distrusts, the call lor blood again you were enabled to leave behind you out of a., the in? heritance of hatred, of antagonism nnd animosities.0 Gentlemen, you feel it more keenly than 1 can express that this fortunate situation lays a Treat responsibil'ty upon you, and 'f l am to speak hero before you on behalf of the Old World. lsay this; We uf the Old World, desiring to come out of the devouring waste of the ancient spirit of animosity and distrust, appeal to you for assistance to do away with the. hateful legacy of hatred and war and antagonism between men who ought to |>e brethren. '.'This is tu object of my mission In America. This is what I think the spirit of the Old World has to say to the spirit of the New World, and after hav'ng delivered you this message, let me again thank you for the high honor wh'ch you have done to me. It appeals strongly to me personally and to my country In allowing'me to.aauress you here and to enjoy he eclio which these sentiments to which J give expression have found In this house, because it has found them in your hearts and in your minds." Visits the Senate. The Hungarian statesman also oc? cupied a seat beside Vice-President Sherman in the Senate for a time. Ho was accompanied by Baron Hcngel inuller and was escorted to the cham? ber by Senator Cullom. of Illinois, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations. Count Apponyl was enter tnine'd at luncheon at the British em? bassy by Ambassador Bryce. and to? night was the guest of honor at a dinner and reception given by Baron Hengelmuller at tho Austro-Hungarian embassy. He will return to New York to-morrow. EXPLOSION ON DOLPHIN Two of Crew Injured AVlicn Saluting ChitrRC I.eta Go. Washington, February 9,?An explo? sion of one saluting charge of a gun on the American gunboat Dolphin,'now at Port-au-Princo, -Haiti, caused "ex? tensive superficial burns" to two eif her crow, according to a telegram re? ceived by the Secretary of tho Navy to-day from Captain Laws,-of the ves? sel. An eyo of one of tho men was injured, Captain haws stated, and this seemed to bo the most serious result of (he accident. For the purpose of meeting the needs of the Injured, the Dolphin immediately loft Port-au Prince for Guantannmo, Cuba, where the United States Atlantic fleet is en? gaged in battle practice. There are a number of naval surgeons on tho ileet. Am soon as the two wounded men have been placed in the hands of the phy? sicians, the Dolphin will return to Port-au-Princo. Captain Laws did not report tho names of tho injured men. FAIL 10 UNCOVER Police Make Fruitless| Search for Desecra tors of Tomb WOMAN'S BODY IS TAKEN AWAY Remains of Mrs. Anna M. McCollum Stolen and Every Casket in Mausoleum of Late Millionaire William L. Scott Tampered With?May Be Held for Ransom. Erie, Pa. February t>.?A search of j twenty-four hours has failed to un- j cover a sinxlc clue to the Identity of the ghoul- who; s.'in" time during the past four days, desecrated the mail-| sole um in the Erie Cemetery of the late Congressman William L. Scott, j millionaire railroad ntagnrtto. and ear- I ried away the body of his sistcr-lti law, Mrs. Anna M. McCollum. hue to-nlght the police found a holr i in t to cemetery fence about 50.0 feet , from the vault, and the woman's body | Is believed to have been removen ; from this opening. ! An Investigation of tin vault has shown conclusively that the ghouls were persons familiar with the work undertaken. When the copper plates in front ot the crypts wer? torn awa> a sharp, hooked instrument was run into the crypt and the name plates j pulled from tile caskets. This has led to the belief that tie robbers were looking for the casket for Mrs. McCollum. Besides her body, , there Were five others in th* vault, and , the caskets of all had been tampered w i t h. Itewnrd Oltcredi The Erie Cemetery Association has offered it reward ol $1.000 for infor? mation that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the ghouls. Developments to-day indicate that the body of Mrs. Anna M. McCollum ^^r.jHi.) ia^stio -"'Mi iuoji u" v:t ua?q P?M i lie door of tho vault. its removal from the mausoleum. Parts j jo.\o p.usnr.'s punoj o.m.u t?^sa;i bqi jb ' All the bodies in the Scott mauso- j leum were tampered with. Aside from J Mrs. McCollum the following were In- j ten od in the vault: William 11 Scott. Mrs. William L. | Scott. Richard Town send, of Washing-; ton. Pa.; Edna Townsend, an infant j daughter (,f Mr. and Mrs. Townsend, I of Washington, and .lohn McCollum, j whose wife's body was stolen. The crime has stirred this section i of Pennsylvania in Indignation at its daring as nothing has since the sensa? tional kidnapping which occurred In this vicinity a few years ago. The discovery was made by two wo? men walking through the Erie Ceme? tery. The family was immediately ( notified, and a watch was placed in I the cemetery at midnight after all as- j suranees were made that the missing j body was not In the vicinity. Details of Erie police kept watch at J the tomb during the night to greet the | body-snatchers should they return. The i only disturbance they met was from newspaper men early this morning, who were ordered from the cemetery at the point of revolvers. nndy nf Slffter-lii-l.fivr. While the police have been Informed of the grave-robbing, no name Is at? tached to the missing body by them. The first Information to the public came from the family, but again no name was given. It is known, how- | ever, that the body taken by the ghouls is that of Mrs. McCollum, a slster-ln law of the late Mr. Scott. The police believe the body is being held for ran? som, and that the vandals also intend'.' ed to carry away the bodies of the mil? lionaire and his wife. When the women in the cemetery found broken chains and open doors in the mausoleum they notified Mrs. Charles H. Strong, who is a daughter of Mr. Scott, and the wife of Charles II. Strong, president of the Erie and Pfttsburg Railroad, the Erie County Electric Eight Company and the owner of the Erie Dispatch, the morning newspaper of this section. Mrs. Strong notified the police, and all further in? formation was deemed unnecessary. As soon as the news of the grave robbery reached the Strong home, Mrs. Thoro Strong Ronalds, a granddaugh? ter of William I* Scott, started for the cemetery with her father. Charles li. Strong. Mrs. McCoilum's casket was the first on the lower tier at the north side of the mausoleum, and directly opposite it, on, the second tier,, is the casket containing the body of Mrs. Scott, the wife of the millionaire who built the mausoleum. The wall here also was broken, and when It was examined It was found that this casket was half-way out and to all appearances was ready to be car? ried away. The remains of the million? aire were lying next to those of his wife, but his casket was not disturbed. A number of palms stored In the mau? soleum had been broken down, and two other caskets were, broken Into, but no attempt waa made to carry either of them away. That tho body was carried away In a (Continued on Third Page.) NO CQN6RESSMA Democrats Win Fight for Increased Number of Representatives. 433 MEMBERS IN NEXT HOUSE Battle Led by Hay, and He Is Supported by Party Men and Republicans Who Refused to Be Bound by Caucus. Slemp Helps Save Own Seat. Washington. D. Cv. February '.'.?The Democrats uf the House, aided by a few Repu bli aus. who declined to he J i bound by the party caucus, to-day won '? their light for an increased ropresen I iation In the lower branch ot the Con j gross under the census of 1910. They voted down the Republican caucu bill j to maintain the membership at 301. as ! at present, and then passed the origi ! nai Crumpaeker bill, Using the mem? bership at 133 on and after March : IS)is. li Arizona and New Mexico should he admitted to Statehood, they 1 will be given otto representative each, bringing the total up to 135. To-day's action of the House must be ratified by the Senate. The House leaders believe that the Senate will follow the wishes of the lower branch! Under the new reapportlonmcrit , plans, no State loses a rnrnibcr. Tho following States gain tiie number in? dicated: Alabama. 1; California. 3; Colorado,; 1; Florida, i; Georgia, i; Idaho, 1; Illinois, j; houisiuna, 1; Massachusetts, Z : Michigan; I; Minnesota, 1; Montana? 1: New Jersey. -. New York. r>: North j Dakota, l; Ohio, l; Oklahoma, 3; Ore? gon. 1; Pennsylvania, i; Rhode Island, 1. South Dakota, 1; Texas, Z; Utah, l; Washington, if; West Virginia, l. illbiv n( South Defeated. The House spent more than live hours in discussing and voting upon the bill and various proposed amend? ments. An amendini nt offered by Representative Bonnet, of New York, and designed to cut down Southern representation, was voted down by 15 1 to mi. Representative Crumpacker. of Indiana, chairman of the Committee on the Census, and author of a num? ber of hills to reduce the representa? tion from State? in Ce South, voteci to-day against the Bennet amendment, and was applauded by the Democrats. The Democrats lost hut one decision during the entire fight. A committee amendment in the bill, providing that States should be redistrlctcd by the Legislatures, was voted down on an ap? peal from Republican members of the Missouri delegation. They declared the States should be permitted to redlstrict themselves in their own way. The advocates of a membership of 301 fought for i heir c ause up to the very last minute, .lust before the Una I vote was taken. Representative Camp? bell, of Kansas, moved tin; recomnilt men: of the 4::.", hill, with instructions to the committee of the whole House to report a substitute providing for 301 members. This motion was lost by a vote of 131 to 171. This reflected the sentiment of the members so decisively that the vole by which the bill was passed was decided in the affirmative without a division or a roll call. Champ Clark, of Missouri, in favor? ing an increase in membership, de? clared that tho real work of the House would continue to be performed in com? mittees, and that the number of Repre? sentatives on the lloor would mako lit iL. or no difference. Credit to liny. Credit for to-day's victory should be given to Congressman .lames Hay. of Virginia. He .vas assisted by some uf the members of the Virginia delegation and Representatives Page, Thomas. Webb and others, from North Carolina. Since the tight started to cut down the representation of the* South the Congressmen mentioned have been un? tiring in their efforts to have passed a bill which would permit the number of their States remaining as at present. Lined up with the Virginians and North. Carolinians In their efforts to keep their States from losing one mem? ber each were the following Southern Republicans: Slemp, of Virginia: Lang ley, of Kentucky, nnd Austin, of Ten? nessee. To-day Congressman Austin made a strong appeal to his fellow Re? publicans to si and by the committee report and mako the membership of tho House 413. saying that if the Republi? can party ever expected to make gains I In the South it woulel have to make them in the "bolder" Stntes, and men? tioned especially Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Langloy also made an urgent appeal, and Slemp, to saw his own seat, worked among the Republi cans to have the. membership made 143. So far as known, the three North Car? olina Republicans made no open effort to have the committee report adopted, as they retire from Congress March I. Favor* Inercnneri Unto. Washington. February 9.?Magazine publishers will have to pay a rate of 1 cents a pound on the advertising sec? tions of periodicals carried as second i las- mail if an amendment to the post office appropriation bill, adopted by the Senate Commit tee on Post-Offices and (Continued on Third Page.) Two Names Added to Airs Death List. Doital, Krnnce, Kchnmry 1).?Two more name* norr added to the denth roll of the air to-day. Tlie aviators, Noel and Drlntorre, were killed while conducting; a trial of n military miichinc liefore expert* from the Wnr De? port men}, prcvlnu* to Its delivery to the army. Xocl nn? the pilot and IJel atorre n paiaenger. ?^ AccordlnK to the requirement*! of the department, Noel put the ma? chine through It* paced for an hour, and the trial, which um considered In every way ?iicccunful, wan practically at an end. The nvlatora .were plnnliiK down from a height of about UftO feet, when Kiiddculy the wIiirm folded up, nod f.be mneWnc fell hondlonp; to the earth. The men were taken out dead. Their nLuIIs wer? fractured and they were badly crnwhed. WINS FIGHT FOR VIRGINIA lltai'ft BSBNTATIVK .IA3II3S IIA Y. OROZCO PLANS TO ATTACK NAVARR Apparently This Ends His Threatened Assault of City of Juarez. REBELS ARE QUARRELING Junta. Divided Against Itself,, and General Blanco Obeys No Orders. Kl Paso. Tex.i February 0.?Members of the revolutionary junta to-night said (hat General Orozcp, who was reinforced this afternoon by 250 men I under General Cassllln, would start j south to contest the road to Juarez | with the federal troops under General I Navarro. reported yesterday about | eighty miles south of Juarez. This, if it prove true, will end fur! the present the threatened attack on Juarez. It was General Cassilla and not Alanais who spent Tuesday night twelve miles east of here across the river from Vale la at Saragosa. It look him until this afternoon to make the junction. lie had a brush with tho federals last night, but eluded them. At Sixes uud Sevens. A more serious fight occurred be? tween unidentified forces opposite Fort Hancock, iifly miles east, last night. Sixteen participants were wounded; The report of the light came to Fort Illls.s from American soldiers guard? ing the border. Some of the wounded reached the. Texas side and were cared for by the Americans. Plans of tho Insurrectos were at sixes ami sevens this afternoon. The junta was divided as to whether Orozco should remain near Juarez, nursing a hop'- I hat Blanco would come to his aid. or abandon the campaign for retreat. A member who favored retreat said that Orozco's force had been purposely announced as larger than it was. All told, he said, the insurrecto force under Orozco had not numbertd more than 360 men. This was the real rea? son that Juarez was not attacked. Orozco determined to retreat. Ho was unable to get food from the American side, and, despite his long wait, reinforcements had not joined him. Leaving a rear guard of fifty men across from the F.l Pnso smelter, he began the march south. Meanwhile the local junta was busy on the legal question of sending food across the river. After much consult? ing of the law. United States Commis? sioner Oliver decided that food could be taken across the honndary. The Mexican government had not declared provisions or anything else contraband of war. To do so. it was said, would be to recognize the bel? ligerency of the provisional govern? ment. The American troops had mere? ly to prevent the crossing of armed men and to preserve tho neutrality of American soli. This decision, sent post haste, reach? ed Orozco at almost the same minute as the advance guard of General Cas siUa's force. lie camped at Rancho Fibres for the night. If he carries out his plan of attack? ing Navarro, Orozco will have fiOO men, ali told, save the remote possibility that General Blanco . joins him. The latter is said to be forty-rive miles to the south. Serious Friction. There Is serious friction between Blanco and Orozco. It began two mopths ago. Blatten declined to obey an or? der of Orozco, and the latter ordered his arrest, sending twenty-five men I for the purpose. Blanco had 200, and laughed at the warrant. Since then the two have remained apart, operat? ing independently. Abraham Gonzales, provisional gov? ernor of Chihuahua, within tho last weak has repeatedly ordered Blanco to join the detachment threatening Juarez, but Blanco apparently ac? knowledges no superior. This friction Is said to account largely for the in? effectiveness of tho revolution to date. A work train on the Mexican Con (ConUnucd~*ou^s"?venth ' Gives Committee Facts and Figures on Paper-Making Business; POINTS TO SOLUTION He Believes' Ratification of Re? ciprocity .Agreement Will Relieve Situation. Washington. February 0?Tho paper and pulp wood provisions of the Caiiadian reciprocity agreement formed the subject of a prolonged session of the House Ways and Means Commit? tee to-day. the principal witness being Chairman John Norris, if the paper committee of the American Newspaper Publishers' Association Mr, Norris was reinforced by Don C. Seilz, business manager of the Now York World, an? other member of the paper committee. Mr. Nortis made good his promise of yesterday to make emphatic by tin array of facts and figures his advocacy of the ratification of th> reciprocity agreement exactly as It stands, Includ? ing, especially, the pulp and paper pro? visions without amendment of any kind. Mr. Norris characterized the agree? ment as "the greatest economic ad? vance made by the United States in the present generation, it broadens out our markets. It promotes Interchanges that will immediately and directly benefit 90 per cent, of the population." Ho said ho appeared "as the repre? sentative of newspapers which pay more than $50,000,000 per annum for news print paper. They are deoly con? cerned In tho paper and pulp clause of the treaty, and they ask you. to approve that clause exadtly as It ap? pears in the agreement." Add i??,00O,000 n Year. "The tangle of the American govern? ment with Canadian provinces and the tariff burdens imposed upon print paper have added more than $6.000,000 per annum to the price which newspapers would pay for raw material under nor mal conditions. The complication with Canada and tho excessive duty have enabled American paper makers to to combine for advance in print paper prices " Mr. Norris alleged that the organiza? tion of the paper makers was ".syste? matically starving the market," nnd in December last "exported more print paper than Canada shipped to us. All but two of fifty print paper makers of the country," Mr. Norris declared, -are violating the Sherman law l>> restrict? ing the use to which the paper they sell can be put." Dilating upon the alleged restrictions upon distribution, Mr. Norris said that to-day it was "Impossible for the larger newspapers to obtain quotations from more than one mill at any price." The largest buyer In the country who uses 100.000 tons per annum will probably pay an increase of $0.00,000 per annum for his paper because of the methods of the papormakers. Since the passage of the Payne-Al drich law, though the duty on print paper lias been reduced $2.25 per ton. that is from $tf to $3.7". per ton, the paper combination has advanced prices $3.50 per ton ami threatens further ad? vances. Publishers whose contrails are expiring find that they canned get any terms except from the mill which had supplied them. A uniform price of $15 per ton has ?een established by the paper makers. It makes no differ? ence what the freight rate is within a given zone. Depict* Conditions. The speaker went on to develop his description of conditions in tho paper trade as affecting the newspapers, de? claring that paper Is sold abroad at less than the eloniestic prices. Never? theless, tho up-to-date paper' mills in the United States make print paper cheaper than the ? anadian mills. The price of print paper has boon nd vanced nearly 50 per cent., that is from $31 to $15 per ton, since, the combina? tion of thirty-two mills Into tho Intor (Contiuucd on Seventh Page.), ENGLAND STILL STANDS TRUE TO HER PRINCIPLES New Parliament Reaf? firms Belief in Free Trade. TO KEEP HANDS OFF CANADA Amendment in Reference to Re4 ciprocity Agreement Is De? feated by Overwhelming Vote?Unionists See in It Breaking Up of the Empire. Taft's Campaign j Moves Swiftly Washington, n. C., February ?.?? The enmpalgn of the Taft adminis? tration and tin* various elements allied In the Manie cause for the rati? fication l?y Congress of the recipro? city agreement with Cnnniln, moved on apace to-day. The House Com mittee on Ways and Means held Ks (innl hearing, nnd is expected In executive session to-morrow morn- ( Iuk to vote to report It favorably for the consideration of the House, President Tnft left late to-night for I he West, mid In speeches to? morrow at Columbus, O., nnd Satur? day at Springfield, III., will take oc? casion to cniphnsir.c still further his advocacy of the reciprocity agree? ment. Secretary Wilson, of the Depart? ment of Agriculture, to-night ndded his word to the pro-reciprocity,1 chorus in the form of n long and forceful "open letter" addressed to the Not I,, 11 ni f>'range. The Demnrrnflc members of the Senate will meet In caucus nt it o'clock to-morrow morning. Os? tensibly the conference of the minority ivns culled to outline n program lu relation to all pending legislative matters; but it Is be? lieved the Canadian agreement will consume practically nil of the dis? cussion nnd that the Democrats will determine upon a policy in respect to II. The first open voice In support of the agreement in the Senate was henrd to-day, when Senator Bever Idge. in a strong speech, advocated itsv adoption. .lohn Norris, chairman of the paper committee of the American XewHpaper Publishers' Association, to-day made the final argument be? fore the Ways and Means Commit? tee hi support of the pulp and paper clauses of the agreement, earne?tly urging Its ndoptlon without amend? ment. London, February ;>.?In the first dl-? vision of the new Parliament, tho. House of Commons, by a majority oC 102, to-night reaffirmed adherence to free trade principles. Tho division was taken on the opposition's amendment/ to the address in reply to the speech, from the throne, urging fiscal reform, with special reference to the proposed, reciprocity agreement between Canada and tho United- States, which was moved yesterday by Austen Chamber? lain. The amendment was rejected by) a vote of :!-I to 222, The Nationalists, who heretofore have always abstained from voting in fiscal divisions, on this occasion supported the government, as did also the Laborit.es. The debute had far greate'r vitality than many former fiscal debates, owing to the reciprocity agreement, but this very fact reveals such a divergence off opinion on the side of the Unionists as to how to meet the new situation that in spite of Austen Chamberlain having presented arguments in tho ablest speech he ever has delivered, no whole-hearted enthusiasm was shown by the Unionists. Premier Asquith, in a speech which, was devoted to arguments in support of tlie government's position with reference to the agreement, denounced the. tariff reform agitation. .Mr. Bai four, leader of the opposition, declared that lite Unionists, convinced that their fiscal policy was right, would continue the fight to the very end. llamar Crieenwood, Liberal, said that what strengthened Canada commer-: daily strengthened the empire politi? cally. Organized immigration, and not protection, was the secret of Canada's success. The tariff reformers were not taken seriously there, but were re? garded as using the over-sea dominions as a pawn in the domestic party game. Donald McMaster, Unionist, suspect? ed that politics was at the bottom of the agreement, which was the first wedge in the cleavage of the empire, ami might amount to an imperial dis? aster. OPINION DIVIDED Discussion of Reciprocity Agreement ? Begins lu Canada. Ottawa, dtit., 'February *J.?Tho Ca? nadian House this afternoon began tho debate on the reciprocity agreement with the t inted States. The great In? terest In tlie measure was indicated by crowded galleries and an unusually large attendance of members. The result of the discussion was a, declaration by Finance Minister Field? ing that, parliament would put through the measure without delay, with a pro? vision that U should come into forca as soon as the United States has taken favorable action, and a declaration for tlie opposition by Mr. Borden. Conser? vative leader, that, after a forty-yea? development struggle. Canada had reached a position, whore reciprocity and Increased-trade with the United States was no longer desirable, but that Canada .should continue to seek: British markets with her surplus prod* ucts. Referring to the reciprocity