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understanding With Draughts? man Bass. EVIDENCE ALL IN AT LAST Argument Will Be Had Monday on* Charges Against En? gineer's Office. Although the He was passed in a committee room at the City Hall yes? terday afternoon hetwoen Lucicn 1?. Bass, a draughtsman, connected with the City Ehglnoor'n ofllcc, and Con- j tractor Clarence G. Burton, just on adjournment of tho subcommittee that has been investigating Mr. Burton's charg-oa against the Engineer's depart? ment, friends of tho two intervened and proven toil an exchange of blows. In the eloping moments of tlie meet? ing Mr. Ban* made a statement In re? gard to certain occurrences In the En? gineer's otlice. "I deny that." said Mr. Burton, with some heat, when Mr. Bass turned and asked him whether he had not given a correct account of what transpired at a tlmo when Mr. Burton, Jackson Bolton and Mr. Bass were present. Construing this ?s a reflection on his voracity, Mr. Bass followed Mr. Rurton to tho door on adjournment. The lid panned and Mr. Burton, who is larger than Mr. Bas??, drew buck to strike when Assistant Engineer Allen Havllle pushed forward his husky shoulders. Friends Intervene. "Hit a man your size," ho shouted. In reply to Mr. Burton's remark about "knocking Buss'b head off " Mr. Bur? ton was willing to fight any substitute of the proper size, and there was some confusion for a moment. Several con? tractors and others hurried Mr. Burton from tho building, while Mayor Rich? ardson and members of the committee and of tho Engineer's staff gathered around Mr. Bass. Mayor Richardson j assured him that a difference In state? ment between witnesses war, not neces? sarily a reflection on his intentional j honesty, as It is known to all lawyers tliat eyewitnesses frequently disagree on material /points. Mr. Bass is a son of the late Colonel Luden I> Bass, once president of the Hoard of Aldermen and acting Mayor of the city during part of the term of former Mayor Carrlngton. He has been associated with the Engineer's office for several years, and has charge of the filing of plans and drawings, and tho making of blue print: and charts. ."He Is regarded as a vnlucd employe. Evidence Concludrd. The committee concluded the taking cf evidence In tho Investigation yes? terday afternoon, and on Monday af? ternoon at ?5 o'clock the case will be nrgucd by counsel for Mr. Burton. As? sistant City Attorney George Wayne Anderson said that he appeared to aid the committee In bringing out the facts, and that he had only repre? sented the Engineer's ofllce to the ex? tent of seeing that no ox parte state? ments were made prejudicial to city employes, As he appeared for the com? mittee, rather than for the Engineer's department, and might be associated with the committee In drafting its report, he said he did not feel called on to argue tho case. Mr, Burton himself was the chief witness yesterday, and was on the stand nearly all of the afternoon, tell? ing' in detail of what had led up to his making the charges. He had bid sev? eral times for sowers in 1&10 and lost, securing no contract from the city in that year. He noticed a variation in bids submitted, and came to the con? clusion that some were not bidding on the stone for basins. Und Wrong Form. In January, 1911, according to his account, ho asked for plans and specifi? cations on a job, and was supplied by Mr. Bass. While In the ofllce he remarked to Mr. Bolton thnt there was a variation?that the specifications did not require stone. Mr. Bolton said he had the wrong form and gave him one with the Interlineation regarding sup? plying stone. There ' was some dis? cussion over the matter. Mr. Burton assorting that some bidders were not supplying ston->. Finally Mr. Rurton said he would not estimate on it, even though it were In tho specifications, and Mr. Bolton told h!m, "Do as you choose." When the bids were tabulated. Mr. Burton came to see the sheet and it was shown him by Mr. Bass, whose attention he called to an error of too many house connections for the length of sewer. The Jot, was then figured j to go to Mnynard. Mr. Bolton later admitted the error.! nnd said that on correcting it, the job bad gono to Fletcher & Kelly. The sheet was gone over again and an error found In brick computation, and final? ly Mr. Burton got the contract and executed it?the first he has gotten in more than a year. Mr. Burton em? phasized this, as something had been said before about his getting contracts in the past when not the lowest bid? der. Wenl to Mayor. Mr. Rurton said hp fehl former Councilman T. Francis Green about the confusion, saying that he knew errors were likely to occur with the best cal? culators, but that he thought the two sols of specifications singular. Ho went, with Mr. Green to tho Mayor's office. According to Mr. Burton. Mr. Boiling stated In the Mayor's office that the Interlineation in the unit form of spe? cifications was an error that crept in when the committee decided to lmye two forms of bidding. Tt was then claimed, be asserted, that the inter? lineation should be in only one sei. the linear measure, hut was never intended lo be in the unit system specification. Many street basins, ho asserted, had been erected in various narts of the city, which had been paid for by the city, but were sllll incomplete as to the top stones called for In the plans. He did not take his complaint to the head of the department, an he had been re forred to First Assistant Engineer Bol- I ton us In charge of sewers. Not Called On to Say. "Do you think," naked Colonel An? derson, "there was any purpose to ox clude you and your nophow from city work by giving information to all other bidders that was not given to you , two?" "I don't think 1 am called on to say." ) answered Mr. Burton. "The evidence la hero. It ia not for me to Interpret It. I do not think the mistakes In calcula- , tlon were Intentional." Frank T. Bates testified as to the In- ' structlons of City Engineer Boiling to j Interline all .contracts. Mayor Richardson mad? a general ' statement as to what had occurred In his office, the charges being mistakes In. calculation, use-of two sets of spc- , ?ideations, inconvenience to bidders by i not allowing them use of plans long enough to make calculations, and fail- ' ure to furnish them with estimates ot the approximate amount of work to be done. The Mayor said he found no mal? feasance or misfeasance, but was sat? isfied that certain mistakes had been , made, though no injuiitlce was done Mr. Burton, ns he got the contract. I)I?nsfree? With Holling. "As to the two sets of specificstlons," said the Mayor. " It was my Impression ' from Mr. Boiling's statement to me, ? that when parties bid by the unit , system, they were not required to fur? nish stone. Mr. Boiling has since said ? that lie required all parlies to furnish j stone whether bidding by either! method. I did not so understand him ! at the time. I told Mr. Burton I ! thought It a matter for regulation by j the Street Committee. 1 regard It as entirely proper that an Inquiry should be made and a report formulated so that all contractors may understand alike, and such mistakes be avoided in! fuiure." Mr. Bass made a statement in regard 1 to Mr. Burton's account of his getting! specifications from the office, saying! that Mr. Bolton had at once come for- j ward and called attention to his offer-' Ing tho wrong specifications, and that neither the plans or specifications had left thc office. Mr. Burton finally flat ? ! ly denied Mr. Bass's statement, saying I that he had the specifications rolled j up In his hand, and was leaving when ! he spoko to Mr. Bolton. With the understanding that all tes- I tlmony Is In, and that only counsel will now bo heard, the committee adjourned \ until Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock. ? RECTORSHIP NOT YET CONSIDERED! St. Paul's Vestry Has No Inten? tion of Taking Up Call at Early Date. No definite plan for calling a rector to St. Paul's Episcopal Church has been discussed as yet by the vestry, though several names have been tentatively mentioned among members of the con? gregation, includlnc the- name of Rev. W; Russell Bowie, a former Rlch monder, now conducting a mission in the Ragged Mountains, with headquar? ters at Greenwood. Judge R. Carte: Scott, a member of the vestry, said last night that the matter Qf selecting a rector had not as yet been formally taken up by that i body, and that probably no action | would he tahen for several months. I Arrangements have been made for pulpit supply for the next three months, and even when a permanent rector is secured it Is not anticipated that he will as.surqe charge until next fall, as many members of the congre? gation are away from the city in the summer months. Judge Scott said that ho thought the vestry would take ample time before acting, so as to get all Information possihle, and be cer? tain of getting the right man for thc place. The vestry meets next Monday night, hut the call, it is stated, has nothing to do with the selection of a rector, but'relates to other church business, including extensive improvements to the church building recently authorized at a congregational meeting. Talk of Mr. tic.wie. Mr. Bowie, whose name is being men? tioned by members of the congrega? tion, was raised in St- Paul's Church lie Is the son of the late W. R. Bowie, an attorney of Richmond, and a grad? uate of Harvard and of the Episcopal Theological Seminary at Alexandria. Recently he was extended a call to the R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church, Ijcxington. Two years ago he was tendered the position of as? sistant rector at St. Paul's at a salary of $2,000 a year, and declined, feeling at that time, that he must continue his mountain mission work. One member of the vestry Is ouoted as saying that he would oppose the selection of any one over thirty-five years of age. Mr. Bowie is not yet twenty-nine. The name of Rev. W. E. Evans. D. formerly rector of Monumental Church, and now rector of Christ Church. Bir? mingham. Ala., has been mentioned. In-. Evans is more than fifty years of age. in the prime of life. It was announced yesterday that Rev. P. A. Arthur, who has been in charge of St. Luke's Mission in Rich? mond, has been assigned by Bishop Gibson to the charge of Trinity Church, Manassas. succeeding Rev. F. L. Robin? son Mr Arthur has been at .St. Lukes for three years, and was previously rector of St. Margaret's, Caroline coun? ty. SECRETAHV XAtlEI. AND WIFE VISITING IX WINCHESTER Winchester. Va., March 23.? Charles V. Nagel. Secretary of Commerce and Labor, is at ' Winchester Inn for several days. lie is accompanied by Mrs. Nugel. He declined to discuss Shy Cabinet matters pertaining to Jap? anese and Mexican troubles Danville Company Inspected. [Special to The Times-Dispatch.] Danville, Vu., March 23.?The annual United Slates, inspection of thc Dan? ville Light Infahlry was held bere to? night in its quarters in the Municipal Building. The inspection was made by Major 10. I\ Tnggart, of the. Twenty Ppurth Infantry. V. S. A. The inspec? tion was made in the field service uni? form, aitd .Major Taggart congratulated thc young men on the good showing made. There are fifty-three men in the company and three officers. strike Causes Failure. New York, March 2:!.?The strike of tax Ida 1; chauffeurs last fall is hold re? sponsibly for the ?fall tiro of the Cab and Taxi Company, for which a re? ceiver was appointed to-day. Tho as? sets are estimated at Sf.00.00i). while tho liabilities were not announced. ^^^j ^^^^ I Announce .35 Here is a letter from the Regal Shoe Company that will begin a new era in the shoe business. It will be an earthquake for the shoe trade, but like other Regal innovations, a benefit to the public, in which pnrchasers of Regal Shoes will first share. No concern having a plant and organization less powerful than the Regal Company's could dare to so defy trade custom. But? It Means Greater Variety and Greater Value in Regal Shoes Than Ever To Regal Agents and Regal Customers Everywhere: Boston, February 1st, 1911. The retail price of every shoe hereafter produced in our factories will be the manufacturing cost of that shoe, plus five per cent, commission and the cost of selling. Except that we shall not "split" nickels, every price will be fixed exactly as it thus figures, regardless of whether it comes out in odd or even money. Thus, if the cost of any model, plus 5%, is S3.85, the price of that model will be S3.85?not $4.00. or any other figure. And this price will be verified and certified by chartered public accountants and stamped on the shoe at the factory. This smashes the immemorial shoe-trade policy of building all high-grade shoes to fit cer? tain arbitrary prices. The trade will, undoubtedly, rise in protest against our action, and call us "price-cutters." But, like Regal innovations in the past, it will benefit Regal customers. In face of that fact we can disregard this protest as we have others. This is NOT a price cut, although the result will be to give Regal Shoe buyers better value for price than ever before. Regal Shoes have always been priced at 5% above cost of manu? facture and selling. But, according to universal custom, the prices were fixed BEF'OREHAND at $3.50, $4.00, $4.50, etc.?and the shoes were built AFTERWARD to fit those prices. Hereafter we shall regard the shoe as FIRST in importance and let the price fall where it will. Regal customers will therefore profit by numberless small savings represented in the new Regal plan. And in designing Regal Shoes we shall no longer be obliged to keep one eye on the shoe and the other on a fixed, arbitrary price at which it must be sold. We shall now keep both eyes ON THE SHOE, to the improvement both of style and of value. Very truly yours, _ Managing Director, Regal Shoe Company. This means an end of the arbitrary prices on shoes. These arbitrary prices have for years been fixed on good shoes immovably at $3.50, $4.00, S4.50, $5.00, S5.50, and so on; each price always a half dollar jump away from the next. If a designer produced a new shoe which could properly be sold at, say, S4.30, the manufacturer had either to take something out of it to bring the price to $4.00 or to add extra and unnecessary expense merely to shove the price up to $4.50. Thus you can see that under the fixed-price system the customer often had to buy and pay for more than was actually necessary. True, the difference was seldom large?20 to 30 cents at most?and true, too, that in Regal Shoes the full money's worth was always given. But, what the customer wanted was TO GET A SATISFACTORY SHOE?not to say a r er tain price. Why should he be forced to pay in half-dollars if satisfaction could be given in dimes? Why must he pay S5.00 if all that he wanted could be had at $4.85? Hereafter, as Mr. Bliss' letter states, every Regal price will be made to fit the shoe, not the shoe to fit the price. If the Regal Shoe-builders produce a style that can be sold for $3.85, then $3.85 will be the price. Nothing will be added merely to bring its price to $4.00, nor will anything be taken out to make its price $3.50. The customer gains both ways, and the Regal style-makers now have a free hand, unfettered by tradition. With this new freedom, and with the whole at? tention of the Regal organization fixed on standards of quality, regardless of the ups and downs of the leather market, Regal Shoes will more than ever be the best that money can buy. In Regal Shoes ant and Pay Only Get for What You Get This Is The Stamp 611 E. Broad Street Exclusive Distributors of iSJ&n of ye REGAL Roseneath Road Property, Held by W. S. Forbes, Subject of Litigation. Argument was parity heard ?yesier Jay in the Chancery Court in the case of Council and others against \V. S. Forbes, over a one-half interest in a large tract of valunble property lying on the Rosencath Road, partly in tho partly out of the city limits, at the head of the present extension of Mon? ument Avenue. It in claimed that tho property was purchased from :t man named.Griefe, in Baltimore, before the annexation of 190C, on joint partnership account. Forbes denies that partnership, claim? ing to have purchased the tract out? right In his own right, and asserts that Connell has. no claim on It what? ever, either as partner In the owner? ship, or or for commissions -on the sale. .lames 10. Cannon and A. G. Collins represent Mr. Connell. and Meredith &. Coclta appear for Mr. Forbes. Tho argument, which began yoatorday morning, will continue to-day. Mr; Mclodith ridiculed some of tho affidavits in regard to the character of Conn ell. given by members of the How? itzers' Battalion some years ago. when Connell was n member, tlio assertions being tiiat Connell had been known as. n man of honesty and good character. "I didn't suppose he would steal a cannon." commented Mr. Meredith: The papers in the case are voluminous. The land is that on which Mr. Korbes at one time proposed the erection of a resilience, facing directly down the] centre of Monument Avenue, extended, toward the Davis Monument. The liti? gation delayed that project, and it may lie now that the county authorities Children Ury FOR FLETCHER'S CASTORS ttooa as the Name. Virginia Made WILTSHIRE'S 1009 E. Main St. TEH 1 CA N AND a FXraOTO <d A'.tVS 9 TMP BEST . fiYfiV&rVTt&t ma. will see tho advisability of joining: with the city and properiy-ownera in open? ing Monument. Avenue as a driveway some distance into the county. County Officer Exonerated After Examination by Sheriff Kemp. Deputy Sheriff Frank B. Traylor, of Ilenrlco county, was thoroughly ex* onerated of any intimation of negli gence of his duty by Sheriff L. H. Kemp after a sweeping Inquiry yester day. Jt was brought to the attention ot Sheriff Kemp that Deputy Traylor had failed to make, an arrest In a recent .shooting episode In Brookland Park. The matter was looked upon as a grave charge, and one which the heart of the county constabulary deemed to demand his Immediate attention. Ho was closeted with Deputy Tray? lor for some tlmo yesterday morning. Following this conference. Sheriff Kemp expressed himself satisfied with thp conduct of the officer In The por forma'neo' o^ his duty. Deputy Traylor donled the nllega lti?3 of dereliction of dutv from tha first, and has been llrm in his stand, lie was confident that the sheriff's In? vestigation would result in his ravor. In fact, he courted an examination. Speaking of the mailer. Sheriff Kemp said last night: "1 have inquir? ed into the case and lind nothing to warrant even a reprimand for my deputy. Mr. Traylor has not been deredlct in ills duty, and his conduct has only been that, of a capable and elHcient ofllcer." Two Convictions, in the Hustings Court, yesterday dames Robinson, colored, charged with maliciously wounding Charles Loving. a white man. was convicted of ussa.ult I arid battery, sentenced to fifteen daya i in jail and fined $5. William Willis, colored, charged with assaulting Harry Ounn, was convicted i of assault and battery and sent to lall i for fifteen days Official Visit to Idles. [Special to The Tlmes-Dlspatch.] Danville. Va? March J.; ?District Deputy Grand Exalted Kuler J. A. Cblsholm. of Charlottosvllle, paid an official visit to the Danville Lodge of Ellcy here to-night. After the session was concluded an Informal social ses? sion was held. Light, Sparkling, Refreshing No Pumping No Impurities 1$ No Tanking No Stagnation PHONE MONROE 477 OR 478 Guaranteed by Holly Litrua Springs Cc Inc Richmond, W under Pute P<*k1 *a| Drug Act. June 30, 1904. Serial No. 30,533.