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Request of Member for Room in
Building Opposed by Secre? tary McKcc. DID NOT ACT OFFICIALLY Air. Noble Withdraws From As? sociation, and Money Will Be Refunded. Reports which have been current | Within the past few .lays thnt the ap? plication of a member of the Young J Men's Christian Association for a room] In the bui'ding had been refused be- j cause he was employed as a book keeper In a wholesale liquor establish? ment, were officially denied yesterday 1 by James V. Gordon, president, and by General Secretary Si K. McKee. It was explained, however, that Wal? ter Hi Noblo,. of 817 East Marshall | Street, who works with the firm of II. j Clarke * Sons, hnd interviewed Sec? retary McKee tho other day and hud. asked If he Would Indorse his appli? cation tor n robin. Mr. McKcc stated that while lie would object personally he would bring the matter before the executive committee If Mr. Noble made formal application, and that the com- l mlttco would decide. In view of this 1 statement. Mr. Noble announced that he would not go higher, that lie de? sired to withdraw from tlie association, the promise being made that his mem? bership foe would be returned. Took It ns filial. Mr. Noble has declined absolutely to discuss the matter, though his friend* expressed themselves rather vigor? ously, due, it is said, to tho fact tha-t they wore not in possession of all details. Those friends contend that when Mr. McKee had declared that he ?would oppose tho application, Mr. No? ble accepted his statement as official nnd final, while Mr. McKee say- that he simply cave bis personal opinion, without speaklnc ilnally or authorita? tively. The matter, as stated above, was never presented to the committee, and the committee has not laid down any rule or law that the rooms are not to be rented to employes of llrrr.s which deal in liquor. Mr. Gordon expressed much regret last night that an Mnforunate question1, had become public. Ho was informed i that the allcaed rejection of Mr. No? ble's application hart be*n rather freely ' discussed, that the fact? were not! probably fully understood and that an effort was simpiy being made to get at tho exact situation in justice to the association and Mr. NoV.de. \o Application to Pau On. Mr. Gordon said that r.o application had ever beert present to be passed; upon by the committee, and t-*at Mr. j Noble had merely received ih* per- < forjal opinion of the secretary. He', explained -.hit it: his opinion the ques AioTr of acceptlj-s members and rent? ing won! were entirely different. It being the Idea ri the managerne-rit to place iu the limited number of rooms ?t Its disposal, me:; who could do the greatest amount of g'?pd in Y. M. C. Tfcer? was never a question as to Mr. NofcU's character. Indeed, It is inown -,ha: he has taken an active part la church work. Is highly rec/ard ?.-'l ty his friends, and -.hat he is a ytyiss zr.-.r. of the highest standing and integrity. His membership In the association was given to him as an Kaster present by hi.-- mother, and as sh*. is preparing to leave the city for the Minuter, she suggested -.hat he live in thi* blinding where he would have m an That the rumors have con u n r t ? r. a'. e rn i su nd e rs ta tu! I rnitted arid regretted by officers and members of the association and by friends of the applicant. WHAT'ABOUT CITY CODE? Inquiry to ne Made To-M^-lit by Coun ell Committee, Another effort will be made to-night . to find out what has become of the | Code of 'he city of Richmond for 1610, \ which was ordered printed last No- i vernber. The Committee on Printing I and Claims will meet at S o'clock to, look Into the mutter. The contractor j for tho work. the Capitol pr'ntlng 1 Company, hns recently filed a petition ' in bankruptcy! and whether the work ! will bo completed or not according to contract does not seem clear. It Is htatcd that the b ill: bf tin- work hi do:te;?that little remains to be printed save the Index, which 's being pre? pared by tho City Attorney. ;,?,] t)?. volume will then be toady for the binder. It hits been amended In a half dozen phicos sit,, e its adoption by the Council, and with each passing mojUh It is becoming less and leiss valuable as a work of reference. neside.s t).e Printing and Claims Committee, a subcommittee on streets ?will meet to-night at g o'clock to , e.-i side-r the application In regard to the ?Westhaniptotl Street Car l.lno. ST. PETER'S ANNIVERSARY qsvo Hundred Children Celrhrntr Plriil f'oiiiimiulon. The anniversary of tit'- first com? munion day of St Peter's Catholic Cliurrh was celebrated yesterday morning at 7 o'elok. wheii Bishop Van do Vyvei conducted the scrviiips and administered the- sacrament of confirmation. The entire day was a gain occasion, ithd iipprqprliitely celiir brated as a parish feast day. Bishop Van de Vyyei delivered the sermon at high t:. More tlian Uf'fi children made their first communion yesterday morning, nnd nil gathered at the church yes', terday afternoon to renew their bap? tismal vows. Knitter Bowler, riaslot of tho church, preached at t?.!? service, ?Which was followed by belieilictiori of tho Blessed Sacrament The children wer. appropriately gownr.d_for the occasion all of the girls wearing white dresses ar,<i veils. Day and Night 809 E. Main Street. Police Halt Joy Ride in Hearse Driver Arrested, but Employer Explained Why He Had to Make Quick Time. Seated In an empty hearse, James Coleman drove through the streets yes? terday afternoon at breakneck speed, and gave every Indication of being up roarously drunk. Members of the Po? lice Department were notified and soon after brought the gruesome Joy ride to an end. It was found out that Coleman was not the least bit intoxicated, so he was locked up on the charge of cruelly driving bis team. The whole thing | came'out when a rcpresostutlvc of tl/ Kicks livery stablo caiv*. In response to a telephone cull; bailed his man. and sent him away with the hoarse. Tho man explained that Coleman was In a way acting under instruc? tions. It seems that the hearse hail to do duly at two funerals yesterday, and that the driver had little time to make both dates promptly. He was told to drive as fast ns he could for the second event, and in Ills zeal prob? ably exceeded the speed limit. The charges preferred against him will go to the Police Court this morning, but it is expected that Justice Crutcblleld will take the extenuating circum? stances into consideration and dismiss the case. If he does not. Coleman's employers will pay the tine. I allan Ignorant as to charges, _,-: I I Can't Understand Pernicious Activity Report After Former Exoneration. That he 1? about to be "Investigated" for alleged political activity, as was announced In a special dispatch from Washington published yesterday morn inir In this paper, was news to Post? master lid gar Allan, Jr., who said yesterday afternoon that ho had no intimation that any such action was contemplated. The telegram from Washington in? timated that the removal of, Postmas? ter Keezcll at Harrison burg for dis? playing too much interest In politics and the retention of Postmaster Allan, who was said to nave been active in I trying to control a certain faction of the Republican party In Virginia, are matters which are likely to come be? fore the special investigating commit? tee of tho House of Representatives for the Post-Oflicc Department. This committee win meet to-morrow. In Republican c'rcles In Richmond ! this Is believed lo be another effort I on the pan of some of the enemies Of Mr. Allan and the faction with which lie Is said to be affiliated to bring about his political death. Th'- visit here several months ago of District Secretary Fisher, of the Civil Service Commission, to look into charges of "pernicious political ac? tivity." which were preferred against government officials, and the furor It created a; tho time will be recalled by the present report. It Is under? stood that the contemplated action on the part of ihe investigating commit? tee is an outgrowth of lho?e allega? tions. The question which the committee, I it is asserted, wishes to fettle Is whs Mr. Keezell was removed and Mr. Allan retained. Mr. Allan declined to make any comments when seen yesterday. "I thought thai matter was all ended." said the postmaster, referring to the report filed by .Mr. Fisher with the Civil Service Commission, practically exonerating those against whom the charges of political activity had been preferred. The advices from Washington con? tain no definite information on this score, but It Is understood that some? thing will be done this week. Tailor's Errand Boy Robbed While Carrying Clothes Through Alley. Tctty thieves and house-broakcrs were busy In the Second Police Dis? trict Saturday night and early yester? day morning. Reports of thefts from a few dollars In value to nearly $50 have been received from many sources, and owing to the Inability o. the per? sons robbed to give any adequate de? scriptions few arrests have been made. R. H. Mann, a colored tailor, of 313 North Adams Street, reports that late In tho night as his errand boy was going through the alley on tho north side of Marshall Street, between First and Foushee Streets, he was knocked down, beaten and the clothes, amount? ing to about $10, stolen. The boy was badly beaten, and could not give much of a description of his assailant, who attacked him In the darkest part of the alley. He de? scribed him as being a large, black negro, who after knocking him down, struck him several limes with his (1st, then took the clothes and ran. Miss M. Book, of 20'1 South Third Street, complains that her house was entered and clothes and Jewelry to the value of $30.25 stolon. There were no evidences of broak'n'g. showing that the thief was well acquainted with the house. The police are on the lookout for a former sorvunt girl, whom Miss Hock suspects. Pcmberton Johnson, colored, was ar? rested yesterday morning on tho charge of breaking Into the house of Armlstead Logan, 1115 Boyd Street, and stealing clothes valued at $10. Charged With Stealing Junk. John Carter, colored, was arrested yesterday afternoon in Hcnrlco county for trespassing on the property of Slalvern Wit Farm and stealing a small quantity of Junk. He was lodged in .fall, nnd will bo given a hearing titis morning before n magistrate. Seaboard Air Line Knrnlngn. Approximate earnings of the Sen board Air Line Railway for the second wool-: In April show an Increase of $11,541 as compared with the corre? sponding week last year. CAR SKIDS INTO TELEGRAPH POLE Dr. Henson's Presence of Mind Prevents Serious Crash With Street Car. Dr. J. v.". Henion, of 405 Allen Ave- j nuei by his presence of mind, nar? rowly avoided a serious accident yes? terday morning, when his motor car collided with a M.-jad and Twenty-tlfth Street car at the corner of Eleventh and Hroad Streets. As It was, the au? tomobile and the street car both w.tre Slightly damaged, nut no one was hurt Dr. Hensr.n, driving his machine sh?wT>\ was making she turn around the corner, when lie found that there j would not he enough room to pass the . tracks, nor was there time for either he or trie motorman to stop and avoid the accident. A moment before the collision l,e turned the automobile tn watd the Hidowitllt and as 1: struck the street ear i' skidded straight into a telegraph pole. Fortunately the automobile was ef|Ulpped with a guard rail over tin: f i out wheels, and the only damage was \ Iii? putf taring i>f one of the front tires and the twisting of the r;,n. the ferjder of the street car was slightly damaged. Trallle was delayed fo!- n few" minutes. Inspector Franklin was there in a rhort while after the ac i ?lent, and trie loss of time did not ! CROWDS PACK CHURCH Crrirp Street MeetlngH May fie Trans? ferred in Auditorium. Heran., of t|?. ??^,. crowds which have beeil attracted to the meetings conducted In the Qraci Street linpllsl Church by \ u. M. Whnrion. D. D.. of Baltimore, it is probable that it will be necessary to transfer the ser? vices to the City Auditorium in order to accommodate tin- people who are anxious to hear the evangelist. Yesterday afternoon Dr. Wharton preached to an audience of men which filled the Colonial Theatre, where he spoke under the auspices of the Young Miin'il Christian Association. At the Grace Stieet Church lost night it was necessary to turn away more than 300 people. If the crowds continue of the same proportion, Dr. Whtwtoii announced, he will be forced to transfer the meet? ings to Di.. Auditorium, ir this change Is tibi made the services win continue each nighl this week at X o'clock In J the Orace Street Ch'urcn, The music is a featuie of the re ! vlvals wh?eh is attracting attention. I It 1- undo the direction of I'. W. \ Hush, who accompanies the minister. LIQUOR LICENSE Conviction of Murphy's Bartend? er to Be Heard on Appeal To-Day. The case Of John Powers, bartender at Murphy's Hotel, will come up cm appral In the Hustings Court this morning. Powers is charged with sell? ing liquor to Kohert Jones, of Peters? burg, a minor. If the decision of the lower court Is sustained the hotel will lose Us license, although there Is right of appeal to the Supreme Court. Before Justice Crulchlleld In tlie Po? lice Court Powers, who pleaded his own caso, was fined 150. The evidence showed that the boy's father, J. It. Joins, found him In the bar Just bo fr.ro he had taken the drink ordered. The young man left without taking the drink, nnd ills father reported tlte occurrence to the police. Powers tes? tified that Jones claimed to be twenty one years of ago. which, however, ac? cording to the letter of the law, does] not relieve the bartender of respon? sibility; I This is one of the few eases of the j kind to come tip here. and. coupled I with the prominence nf the place in- I vblyed, has created great interest : hiring people in general powers will J I h< represented by Gilbort K. Pollock. It Is possible that the case will be postponed on account of the absence ? if material witnesses for both the de- , ft rise and the Commonwealth. Colored Hoy Hndly Cut. John seoit. a colored boy. iVos badly cut on the leu yesterday afternoon by "Brother'" West, also colored. He was I rented |,y nr. Tone, of the ambulance, who took several stitches In a long gash between the knee nnd the thigh. Scott was carried to his home, -12:12 Pulton Street, and West soon after I was arrested. The Scott boy said thai jibe attack was unprovoked; that he j was standing on tlie corner watching a : boy shine shoes when West conic up. gave him a thrust with his knife and j look to his heels. SERIES OF SERVICES i _ i ', Congregations United In Worship nt Allen Avenue Church, Rev. George W. ?Kemper, pastor of the Marshall Street Christian Church, last night began a series of evangel? istic services in the Allen Avenue Christian Church,. In which the con? gregations of both churches united. The meetings will continue each night this week at s o'clock. A large congregation tilled tiie church in the Initial mooting and un? usual Interest was displayed. Mr. Kemper'* subject was "What It Means to Be a Christian." ABOUTSHORTAGE? Method of Handling Accounts in Collector's Office Subject of Speculation. MAJOR WOOD MAY QUIT RACE Salary Feature and Public Cam? paign Render Place Less Attractive. Close friends of Krank W. Cunning linrn cxprossod the belief yesterday that lie had received no pecuniary benefit from the recent shortage in his accounts, but that It had been used to cover old Indebtedness; in other words, that the Collector has been more or less behind for somo time and had used tlie amounts re? cently refunded by ills friends to square former transactions. It Is slated that lunds wero raised and the ac? counts balanced after the investiga? tion of December. 1909, and that tho Collector then promised that such shortage should nipt continue. Previous to that he had been reported short, and bad sold his house to raise money to meet the deficit. Developments nre expected at the. trial to-morrow before Mayor Richard? son, when efforts will be made to as? certain how far the alleged juggling of accounts was known to others than the Collector himself. Wood Huh .Not Decided. Superintendent of tho Penitentiary .1. B. Wood said last night ilint there was no rhnnge In 'lie situation as re? gards his candidacy. Many of his friends anticipate that he win with? draw from the race for tho collector ship, since the Council has already shown Its dfspbs'llbn to take advan? tage of tlie opportunity to place the ollice on a salary basis, and also since the appointment by the Council nt this lime Is only until the next gen? eral election In November. If appoint? ed he would have to go before tho people nt n primary In August or Sep? tember of this year. Tho Committee on Ordinance, Char? ter and Reform has already recom? mended adoption of a resolution in? structing the City Attorney to secure through Richmond representatives In tlie next General Assembly a charter amendment abolishing the ollice after January l, 1914. and placing tho duties on the City Treasurer, city Treasurer Pace holds ofllcc until that date, and is ineligible for re-election. It has been suggested that If the ollice of Col? lector be continued as a separate de? partment Mr. Pace might then bo a candidate. May Itednce Pecs. Settling the point raised by Mr. Ilohson at the last mooting of the floard of Aldermen, City Attorney Pol? lard has rendered an opinion to Coun? cilman .lohn .1. Lynch to the effect that the Council may at any timo either Increase or diminish the salary of a public ofllcer unless there be some constitutional provision or legislative act prohibiting such Increase or diminution. There is no such prohibi? tion In the rase of the Collector of Tnxos, and Mr. Pollard rules that the Council has the right at any time either to increase or diminish Ills com? pensation, and that the Council may. In lieu of a commission basis, fix a stated salary, either more or less than the commissions. Mr. Pollard further says that tho suggestion that the com? pensation should not lie uimlnlshod during the term of office Is illogical and without merit. , ICntrancc of n "dnrk horse" Into the race for tho colloctorshlp Is antici? pated, especially should Mr. Wood re? tire, ns some Councilniell have ex? pressed the view that there should be a complete change In the Collector's ollice; thai a now man not conversant with <ld conditions should lake hold, and for this reason there Is opposition to Mr. IInice, although personally he Is popular with the members, and con? fidence is expressed In It's ability. REVENUE CUTTER HERE S'nrty of Ofllolnl* Pny City Visit on Pleasure. The United States rcvenuo cutter Apache, Captain Wood, steamed up the .lames River yesterday morning and docked at the city wharf. The cutter has aboard Assistant Secretary of the Treasury A. 1". Andrews nnd a party of other officials from Washington. They are hero on a pleasure trip and leave tlie city to-day. The visitors spent yesterday in a sight-seeing trip about Richmond ami vicinity. None of the local representatives or the Federal government lias been ad? vised of the visit. Subcommittee on Streets Will Again Discuss Wcsthamptoh Schedule To-Night. HARD TO PLEASE EVERYBODY Question of Service and Fare Presents Rather Difficult Problem. The subcommittee of the' Council Committee on Streets, to which was referred the ordinance relating to -street car service to Westhampton, will meet at the City Hull to-night at S o'clock. Tile committee consists of .Messrs. Davis, .Pollock and Lynch. The problem presented Is a dllllcult one. and from the public hearing ul ready had, before the Council Com? mittee on Streets. It would seem that almost any solution Is bound to work a hardship on some Interest. West? hampton, with Its growing suburban population, and the largo membership of the Country Club of Virginia. Is about live miles from the city. The Wosihampton Line was built down to Itoblnson and Floyd Avenue at a time when that section was in llcnrlco county, and It operates under a fran? chise granted by the lienrlco Circuit Court. Several propositions lind coun tcrpropositlons for more frcnuent ser? vice passed backward and for'wnrd, the slreet car company finally proposing a llftoen-mlnute schedule, with a second fare after passing the city limits at Crensliaw Avenue, a coupon to ? be given, good for the return trip, for T, cents. This met opposition on the part of residents of the neighborhood, who nevertheless admitted that the haul to Westhum'ptoni at less than 1 cent a mile could not be profitable. Pinn Xinr Pending. A committee of thn Country Club worked out a plan which was accepted finally by the street car company nnd submitted to the Committee on Streets, and is now pending. It proposes a ilf tccnfmlnutc schedule durlnq the rush hours, and that the Westhampton cars, plainly marked as of a special line, be run on down Hoblnson and Broad Streets to Eighth, thence back by way of Ninth and Main Streets. On this special line a straight 5-cent fare Is to bo charged, pood through to Westhampton, but without ticket or transfer privileges. Members of the Country Club nnd citizens of the Westhampton neighbor? hood spoke strongly for the plan. Cap? tain A. B. Otligon, for the car company, said it wns not the company's proposal, hut the company would necept It. But strong opposition developed from that section of the city lying between Hob? lnson Street nnd the new corporation line, which under the plan proposed would bo the only section of the city without transfer privileges, and where school and labor tickets would not be good. Members of the committee also expressed doubt as to the advisability of having special cars on Broad Street on which the usual regulations ns to tickets and transfers did not apply. Tt would prove confusing to strangers In the city. The whole matter then went to a subcommittee to consult the City At? torney on several legal points Involved. Mr. Pollard has consulted tbo fran? chises, and rendered a written opinion to Chairman Oilhert K. Pollock. In which he holds that under the fran? chise the city ennnot compel the West? hampton Uno to give transfers. The franchise merely uiiarnntoes to citizens of Honrico county living along Its line all the privileges as to transfers that the company may grant to the citizens of Hlchmnnd. Thus, while no transfers at all are guaranteed, were the company to offer transfers good merely to the new cor? poration line 't would seem that those living beyond might, tinder the fran? chise, compel the issuance to them? selves of transfers also. MALONE MAY DIE Vnder Guard In Hospital as Ilesult of General Fight. John Ma lone, colored, who was se? verely shot Saturday night by James Busse, after he had cut Frank Lom? barde, of 1010 F.ast Main Street, is under police guard at the City Home, and the man who shot him Is being held without ball at the First Police Station. It was said at the City Home yes? terday that Malone's Injuries wore se? rious." nnd that they might result In a ense of blood poisoning. A wad from the shotgun and bits of his clothes wero blown into the flesh, while some of the shot flattened against the bone of bis leg. It probably will be some days before he will be able to appear In court, even it there are no compli? cations. "Be sure you arc right, then go ahead." We advocate this doctrine in every walk of life, but es? pecially in it applicable to a big business enterprise built by and i< >r tlie people. fully realizes its duties and responsibilities to every customer, and it knows that it can offer and guarantee? If you think you are not getting what you arc entitled to, ask for it. Have individuality and merit. Spring styles are all in and wc await the opportunity of showing them to you. We also carry a full stock of automobile caps and gloves. Gans-Rady Company IDLE SOCIETY HAS CENTENNIAL Three Hundred Years Since Pub? lication of King James Ver? sion of Scriptures. All denominations Jolnod yesterday In observing tit Centenary Methodist Church tho tercentennial ot the King James Version of tho English Bible, the service being under the auspices of the Bible Society of Virginia, an auxiliary of tho American Bible So cloty. Similar services wero held In other cities by the same organization. At Centenary Church tho addreps was delivered by Rev. Thcrori 11. Rice, 1). D., of Union Theological Seminary, and a report was presented by Row M. B. Porter, secretary of the Virginia organization, showing the progress made In distributing copies of the Scriptures In the past 300 years since the completion of the authorized trans? lation. Emphasis was laid not only on the moral tint! religious Influence of the English Bible, but von tho effect on English literature of the King James or Authorized Version. the verbal translation being described ns the foundation of English literature, the work most frequently quoted by" Shakespeare and Milton. The Virginia Bible Society was re? ported as being now moro^thnn 100 years old, antedating by several years the formation of the American Blhl? Society. The larger organization Is now distributing copies of the Scrip? tures all over the world, and In forty languages. The Virginia organization Is the distributing agency for live States?Virginia. North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida?having permanent offices In Richmond, and employing forty colporters. There was a large congregation present. Includ? ing leading ministers of all denomina? tions. tllrl Hun* Array. Cora Stout, thirteen years old, had tho police of South nichmond and Chesterfield county searching for her yesterdny, when she ran away from the Virginia Home and Industrial Schoo] for Girls nit Bon Air. The girl was captured by one of the county officers yesterday afternoon nnd re? turned to tho Institution. Here for Treatment. Dr. nnd Mrs. C. VV, Astrop. of Surry j county, arrived In Richmond last night, bringing with them Mrs. Gordon C. I Berrlman, who will undergo trentmont at the Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Berrl? man was accompanied by her husband and aunt, Mrs. Bottle Berrlman. Roti? ert Astrop, son of Dr. and Mrs. As? trop. who Is n student nt Randolph Macon College, Is also a member of the party. Two Conncllinen In Ilonpltnl. Councilman C. p. Davis, of Clay Ward, underwent a serious operation yesterday In the Itotreat for the Sick, and h's condition last night was re? ported to be grave. Councilman Barney Bowman. of Madison Ward, was also operated on yesterday. He Is confined In tho Me? morial Hospital, and his condition is not believed to be serious. Wednesday Club Chonm. A special car containing fifty Pe? tersburg members of the Wednesday Club chorus will arrive here this af? ternoon for the big rehearsal to-night. Probably 100 people will come over In tho party, and the chorus will bo final? ly drilled for the hlg music festival next week. BAD TIES FOUND BY JUDGE RHEA Orders B. & O. to Improve Roadbed Between Winches? ter and State Line. Judge William IT. Rhoa. of tho Cor? poration Commission, who mado a personal Inspection of the Baltimore and Ohio Road between Winchester and the West Virginia line with sev? eral railroad and city olllcials, has mado a report, in which ho states that a great many of the ties ahould bo re? placed at tile earliest practleablo mo? ment, and that the pressing need of such renewals along the entire Bnu Is evidenced by tho Inspection which lias hocn made by the company's, own men, In that a largo number of the ties hnvo'boen marked to como out. lie further reports that all tho cuts are In need of ditching, a large num? ber of spikes raised, and he also found many loose nuts on some of the Web? ber rail Joints. Addressing his letter to General Superintendent F. K. Blaser, of the railroad company. Judge Rhea says the commission will expect tho com puny to report each month tho number of new Cos installed until the full i|Uota necessary haH been renewed between the West Virginia line and Strasburg Junction. When the rall roud olllclols Jieard that Judge Rhen was corning In person, they bad a lnrgo number Of new lies distributed hur? riedly along the road, and track? walkers, who were laid off a number of years ago, were assigned to work again Judge Khou's letter to General Su? perintendent Beaser follows: "t beg to advise thai on April 17, In company with your Mr. Jordan and several gentlemen representing the city of Winchester, a personal Inspec? tion was made by a member of this commission, oh foot and by lever cat. of that portion of the Winchester and Potomac Railroad between Winchester and the Virginia State line, a distance or 9 21 miles. "From this Inspection, the commis? sion Ik of opinion that a great many of the ties should be replaced at the earliest nract Ic.ablc moment, the worst I condition In this respect being found In the track lust north of Winchester and between Wudesvtlle and the Vir? ginia State- line. The pressing need Of renewals along the entire line Is evi? denced by the Inspection which has been made bv your own men, in that ?' larire number of ties have been marked to come out. In a number of Instances several consecutive ties hnvo been marked, and tho necessary renew? als should bo made at such points at once. "It was further noticed that all cuts are In need of ditching, and that a large number of Kplkos are raised. These spikes should lie redrlven and replaced wherever necessary. loosn nulE were nlso found on some of tho Webber rail Joints, which should 1 bo tightened. "The commission was pleased to not? that a largo majority of the ties which have been recently distributed were lirst-elass and apparently of a better grade than those used In the past, nnd It Is felt, that much better results will be obtained In the future under the ad? ministration of a practical track super? visor, who. It Is understood, wn:i put In charge of this branch on the 17th Instant. "I will thank you to furnish tho commission, ?s soon as your inspection has been completed, a statement bu? ndle posts, showing the number of ties whlrh have been marked to bo taken out during the present renewal season, and I will also thank you to furnish the commission each month a state? ment bv mile posts showing tho num? ber of iicw ties put In tho track, until (he full quota has boon renewed; this Information to be given for tho entire line from the Virginia State lino to Strasburg Junction. "The commission further expects that all of the necessary repair work, as outlined above, on the Winchester and Strasburg Railroad, from Winchester to Strasburg Junction, ho commenced at once and pushod to as speedy com? pletion as practicable." (nils for Iteporl. ONE YEAR SUNDAY One year, ago?on Sunday next?the doors of the hnndsnme building of the Young .Men's Christian Association, Seventh and Grace Streets. were thrown open to the public for the first time. At the last meeting of the directors tentative plans for greater things for the Richmond branch were outlined, and. If. carried into effect during the ensuing year, will add tremendously to the. Y. M. C. A.'s popularity, which has Increased fourfold since the open? ing of the new building. * Among other things in contempla? tion, it lins been agreed to open the massage and Turkish baths for the use of members and those, who may have their names placed upon the rolls. It Is hoped to have the State Y. M. C. A. committee arrange to hold a hoys' conference In Richmond next fall. The question of Installing automatic pln selters on the bowling alleys, said to lie the finest In the South, is under consideration, nnd will likely be favor? ably acted upon. The Richmond association In the pa-st year has become recognized as one of the lending branches of the organiza? tion In North' America. It Is consid? ered unusually aggressive In all phases of Its work. The total numher of members to? day is nbout 1,875, and Indications aro that this will be increased (o 2,000 be? fore the end of this month. The biennial conference of the em? ployed officers of the Young Men's Christian Associations of this conti? nent, of which there are about 3,000, will take place In Columbus, O., .Tune I to fi. Richmond will be represented at this meeting by General Secretary McKce, and while in the Middle West lip will visit numerous cities for thn purpose of Inspecting the operation of llio various branches In order to get new ideas, to improvo the local condi? tions wherever jro^siblo. \ FIRST PRISONERS WELL CASED FOR On the fiftieth anniversary of 'ts Issuance, the following ordor, the first concerning prisoners during tho War Between the States, will bo of Interest. It was found In the government archives by General Marcus J. Wright: "Orders from Governor Eetcher of Virginia, to carry Captain Kodgors. of the United States Navy, and Captain Wright, of tho United Slates Army, to Washington as prisoners. "Executive Department, "Itichmond, April 24, 1861. "Lieutenant Slmms, of tho navy, and Colonel G. B. Coclte, of the volun? teers, are specially charged with tho duty of accompanying Captain Wright, of the United States Army, and Cap? tain Itodgers, of tho United States Navy, from this city to Washington, and thoy will seo that these gentlo men uro protected from insult or an? noyance. "Tho citizens of Virginia ore earnest? ly requested to'abstain from all dem? onstrations of passion and violence, and arc requested to observe the laws of the Commonwealth. They have been released by tho action of the Executive by tho recommendation of the council of Slate and the military committees of tho Convention, now In session. "Given under my hand as Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, tho 24th day of April. 1861. 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