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Randolph-Maeon Trus?
tees Still Firm in
Cannon Proposition to Put School
System Under Conference Con?
trol Opposed on Ground That
Such Action Would Show
Bad Faith?Meet Again
Positive refusal on the part or the
trustees of the Kandolph-Macon sys?
tem to surrender or amend the charter
of their chain of educational Institu?
tions and so relncorporate as to give
control to the Virginia and Baltimore1
method 1st Conferences, was the result
of the meetings of the true
tees and committees of tho
two conferences, held last night at the|
Young Men's Christian Association.
When the meeting adjourned, shortly
before 1 o'clock this morning, the
question which has agitated tho Vir?
ginia Conference for four years was
apparently as far from solution as
ever. Adjournment was had to 0
o'clock this morning, when a new plan,
offered by Rev. James Cannon, D. D.,
?will be considered.
Last night's meeting was the out?
come of action taken by the Virginia
Conference at Its last annual session,
held in Centenary Church, in Rich?
mond. Dr. Cannon at the outset of
that session renewed his demand that
the Randolph-Macon system should be
openly designated as being In accord?
ance with tho discipline of the Metho?
dist Episcopal Church, South, and that
the trustees should be asked to Join
in securing a new charter fr4m th-)
fitate Corporation Commission, con?
taining the proviso that the manage?
ment should be under the control of.
nnd that the property should be held
In trust for. the Virginia and Balti?
more Conferences, and used for edu?
cational purposes.
Start New School.
It was further provided In the Can?
non resolution that should the trus?
tees refuse to co-optrato with the con?
ference In securing the des'red
amendments to the charter, the com?
mittee to be named should be Instruct?
ed to Inquire Into tho feasibility of the
establishment of at least one educa?
tional Institution, to conform with the
discipline of the church
This resolution was not adopted, but
In lieu It was decided that a com?
mittee should he constituted, com?
posed of six members from the Vir?
ginia Conference, three from the Bal?
timore Conference and nine from tho
trustees of Randolph-Macon. to meet
and try to arrange some method of |
pettlement of the dispute, which has i
had Virginia Methodism In a turmoil
for several years, and to report to j
the 1911 meeting of the conference, to
be held at Salisbury, Md., In November
next. This body It was which h#ld
tbe meeting of last night.
_J All Trustee's Onpone.
Those who desire to have the char?
ter changes made presented their prop
;( osltlon for appeal to the civil nuthor
"', ltles to gain the - desired end. A
lengthy discussion followed, and a poll
?was taken. All of the nine trustees |
voted r.galnst consideration of an |
abridgement of charter rights and }
obligations, and they were Joined In j
this by one of the representatives of I
the conference, making a clear ma- I
Finding that the trustees are as de- :
termlned ns ever. D1- Cannon proposed j
a plan of hin own, looking toward ac?
tion which will tend to bring the five
?schools In the Randolph-Macon system !
?ur der control of the conference. This
Wiu be considered to-day.
Many arguments and much strife
have resulted from the consideration
of tho different proposals of Dr. Can?
non, and his friends during the past
four years. His attitude ar-re from
the action of the board of trustees It:
(placing the Randolph-Macon Woman's ]
College at Lynchburg under the. Car- j
riegle Foundation for tho advancement
of teaching, one of the requirements ',
of which Is that the Institution tak- j
Ing advantage of It must not be de?
nominational, nor must they have de- !
nomlnational tests in the selection of ]
Instructors. This action was constr-?-:tl !
by Dr. Cannon as a declaration th-it j
the schools were not Methodist, and |
he began his tight to have them j
ptrought under Methodist control.
Claim of Schools.
The defense brought forward by Dr |
William W. Smith, chancellor of the;
^ Randolph-Macon system, is that the
"charter was secured many years ago
from the State. The s^lyscl was estab?
lished eighty years ago, and during that
time many c'on.iiiot:>-- have been sollqi-,
ted and received, some of them with;
tho understanding that the schools
were not denominational. Many In?
structors nre and have been non
Methodists. All the trustees now be?
long to that denominai ion. Dr. Smith]
contends thut It would bo u breach of]
ttrust to the donors, many of whom arc]
living and who oppose :he proposed'
changes, to place the system under
a different control from that whichi
prevails. The trustees form a self-,
perpetuating body.
An especially forcible example of;
the situation, in tho, opinion of Dr.
Smith, exists in the situation nt Front
Jtoyal, where a Randolph-Macon acad?
emy exists. Many of the contributors
to the fund t.heru nre Catholics, and a
large amount of money was subscribed
' and much land given, with the under?
standing that the school was unde?
nominational and thut n seif-per:>etu
dting board controlled. It would I":
breaking faith with these men. argues
Dr. Smith, to consent to tho chnrler
"I love my church," said Dr. Smith
.(Continued on Seventh PageT)
Cre't of Mount Ctna Presents Terrify?
ing Spectacle.
Catania. Sicily, September 12.?The
crest of Mount Etna now presents a
terrifying spectacle. Heavy smoke lies
over It, with frequent brilliant flashes,
and the bombardment which la con?
tinuous along a lino nearly two miles
In extent. Is like the firing of heavy
artillery. A torrent of burning lava,
estimated at 2,000 feet wide and four
feet deep. Is pouring down the slope.
^Everything in 'ts way has been car?
ried before It. Groves of trees have
been protected and set on Are, and tho
lava stream Is-sweeplng through the
fields, sending out for miles around
hot resinous waves of smoke.
The peasants hove left their homes,
carrying with them the aged, tho sick
and the children, and whatever meagre
belongings they were able to get to?
Whole regions covered with harden?
ed lava from past eruptions have been
torn open by the frequent earth
shocks. Many of these have been of
great violence, and the peasants fear
a repetition of the Messina disaster.
Truesdale Turns Dona Proposition of
Itallroad Trnck Men.
Scranton, Pa., September 12.?Presi?
dent W. H. Truesdale, of the delawarc,
Lackawinna and Western Railroad,
has turned down the proposition of
the trackmen that the matter of rein?
stating Foreman M. J. Foley be arbi?
trated by the New York labor com?
missioners or a board of arbitration
to be selected by the company and
Mr. Truesdale's letter says:
"The mnnr.gement of this company
cannot. In justlco-to Its best Interests,
submit to any outside parties, or
board, questions involving Its right to
discipline Its employes for such wilful
disregard of orders, nor the policy it
shall adopt and pursue in dealing with
questions of this character."
President Truesdale had been given
until 3 o'clock to-morrow afternoon to
agree to arbitration or "lake the con?
sequence." which the trackmen's com?
mittee says means a strike on the en?
tire system from Buffalo to New
York, and on the Syracuse and T'tlca
John A. Johnson Suspected of Murder?
ing Little Annie Lentbcrger.
Madison, Wls., September 12.?John
A. Johnson, a neighbor of Martin Lem
hcrger. to-day In a cell at pollco
headquarters awaited a summons to
appear In court and tell what he knows
of tho death of Annie I^mbergcr. the
seven-year-old girl whose body was
found In Lake Monona Saturday morn?
District Attorney R, N. Nelson said
that he ha<j hot yet decided when John?
son will be called, but probably it wtfll
be to-morrow morning. Lemberger tes?
tified at the Inquest yesterday that
he had had trou'tle with Johnson about
three years ago, ,?nd that Johnson had
invited him to light it out. This Is i
considered Important by the police.
Johnson's record Includes two terms;
In the Stale prison, two commitments
In State insane asylums and numerous i
jail terms for drunkenness and non-j
support. Johnson denies knowledge of
the circumstances of the girl's death, j
A photographer visited Johnson in j
his cell yesterday. A crowd followed i
to get a glimpse of the man. Johnson.!
It Is reported, saw, them surrounding:
the bars and cried out: "My God. are
they coming?"
Seventy-One AVIll Study In American
L'nl verultlc?.
Chicago, 111., September 12.?Seventy
one Chinese students, seven of them
women, arrived in Chicago yesterday
direct from the Orient. They are the
pick of Chinese student life for the
last year, having been chosen from
schools throughout the empire by com-!
petltive examination to take college1
courses in American colleges nnd unl-|
Tho students made up tfie 1911 del-1
egatlon. which is sent to America an?
nually by the Chinese government as!
a result of the remission of a, partajfi
the Boxer war Indemnity which China
'had paid to the United States. Each
student gets an annual stipend of $360
from tlie Chinese government.
English was their common language. J
because the native dialects :n the dif- I
ferent parts of the empire from which |
they came differed widely. The ma?
jority of the Oriental freshmen will
study in the universities of the Middle
McXnmnrnn Cannot Secure Change of
Venue to Indianapolis.
Lor Angeles, September 12.?Judge
Bordwe)l, before whom John J. and
James J. McNamara will be tried Oc-j
toher 11 on Indictments charging them'
with dynamiting and mundcr in con-i
nection with the blowing up of the
Los Angeles Times plant, ruled yes?
terday that John J. McNamara must
be tried In Los Angeles and not an
Indianapolis, from which city It was
claimed he had been kidnapped, as
the defense had requested.
The bill of exceptions tiled by coun?
sel for McNamara questioned the Juris?
diction of the Superior' Court, but tho
court' held It had Jurisdiction. Cyrus I
McNtitl, one of the attorneys for the
defense, stated there would be no ap?
peal from his docirion.
Htiok Scatter* Crowd, but Doe In Fa-,
tally Kicke-J by Horse.
Springfield, Mass., September 12??
RUrtnlng through Main Street lite last
night with a crow<j of several hundred
persons streaming after It, a fright?
ened buck deer 'bur.'it through a plate
glo::s window into a department store,
whi re he C tused much havoc before lie
mule his est ape by lumping from the
window, nnd scattering the crowd with,
his hoof und antlers.
A doe. which hfid accompanied the I
buck across the Connecticut River,:
sought refuge In n stable, but was
kicked there by n horse so severely,
that a game warden was compelled to
end Its suffering by shooting.
V.III Meet in Itulrlgli.
llalelgh. N. C. Septemt-ar 12.--The
Convocation of Raleigh ?i!i meet lnt
Christ tfhurbh', this elty, October 10-12. j
This convocation forms V.i'.f of th?ij
Diocese of North Carolina, of which,
the Ht. Rev. Joseph Elount Cheshire,
D. D.. Is cblshop. Many delegates are
expected. The nrchd?a?on of the con?
vocation la rtov. N. C. Hughes.
Fowler Hurled to L'arth
When Biplane Hits
Tree s.
Machine Is Partly Wrecked, and
Delay of Two Days Is Probable
Before Cross-Country Flight
Can Be Resumed?Engine
Trouble Cause of
Alta. California. Soptembor 12.?
Aviator Ben Fowler, en route from Sun
Francisco to New York, met with the
first . mishap of his pioneer cross?
country voyage at 10:30 this morning,
when In trying to make a landing, ne?
cessitated by a refractory engine and
steering gear. hts biplane collided
with two trees, hurling It to the
ground. He was slightly Injured, but
both planes of the craft and Its two
propcllors were broken, and Fowler
will be delayed for at least two days
before ho can resume his Eastern
Before leaving Auburn to-day Fow?
ler had his first trouble with his en?
gine, when a wire of the magneto cir?
cuit pulled out. The wire was repair?
ed, but It Is believed this defect
caused the later trouble.
Leaving Auburn at 9:37 o'clock.
Fowler rose to a height of about 400
feet, and followed the route of thoi
Southern Pacific tracks to the foothill
district. For almost forty miles h<?i
sailed along without a mishap, easily
distancing the special train and au?
tomobiles that had started from Au?
burn at the same time. When a half
mile from here his course suddenly de?
viated sharply, and without slacken?
ing speed his machine dashed full into
two trees.
Pitches to Earth.
At the height of fifty feet, the right
plane of the craft struck the branches
with a splintering sound, and the force
of the Impact sent the craft careening
against the other tree. This second
collision crushed the lefi plane, and
with both wings crumpled, It pitched
to earth. The biplane struck, with
Its propellors pointing downward,
thus splintering both propellors and
tho rudder.
Fowler was hurled against the
motor, and through the debris of the
rudder to the ground.
Spectators who had witnessed the
fall rushed to his a'd and his injuries
were quickly given attention.
In explaining his mishap Fowler
said that his steering gear had sud?
denly become blocked when he was a
f.?w miles from the scene of the acci?
dent, and he was helpless to direct his
course. At the same time his elevat?
ing -plane refused to work, and his ef?
forts to control the biplane discon?
nected the defective magneto wire thar
had given trouble earlier In the morn?
Fowler declared that he would con?
tinue his Journey In three days. His
injuries consist only of bruises and are
not of a serious nature.
Will Learn to Fly.
Hempstead, N. Y-. September 12.?
Mrs. Ralph Johnstone, whose husband
met his death in an aeroplane last
year at Denver, has decided to take
up aviation, and this week will hegln
the first of her series of lessons on
the Hempstead Plains When Mrs.
Johnstone saw the skill with which
two women aviators who are here
were flying, she decided to Join
them. She says she will sun the spec?
tacular and dangerous spiral or
Wnenu Driver* Firm In Demand for
More Pay, Households Suffering.
Boston. September 12.?Striking milk
wagon drivers remained firm to-day In
their demand for increased pay and a
better arrangement for helpers and
new men. with the result that many
mllk-consumlng hotels and steamship
companies here did not receive their
usual supply of milk ur.til after the
business of the morning had started.
Many families were without milk be?
cause the delivery was suspended in
some sections by reason of there not
being enough men to take the places
of the striking drivers.
After the midnight meeting of tho
striking union drivers efforts were
to-day made to persuade the strike?
breakers to leave their wagons. It
was also announced that a delegation
from the strikers planned to meet tho
officials of the companies affected.
Two Arrents Made In Case of V.'eu
nerntrom Murder.
Chicago. September 12.?Continuing
their search for the alleged murderers
of Frederick Wenr.erstrom, the chauf?
feur, whose body was found In F.*x
River, at Cary, 111.. Chicago detectives
to-day arrested Oscar E. Brown, said
to have recently been released from
the penitentiary, and a man who gave
the nnme of John Clopton. The In?
formation which led to the arrest of
the suspects was furnished the police
by a mystc-rlous woman, said to live
near Woodstock, III.
The police theory is that the men
have knowledge of several recent
holdups In which chauffeurs were the
victims. Brown had $30 In his pockets
nnd wore n large dlnmond pin when
taken In custody on the West Side.
Senntor I'omerone Seriously HI.
Canton; O., September 12,?United
stoles Senator Atlee Pomerone is con
fpod to his homo here by serious Ill?
The attending phyielan to-day Haid
that Mr. Pomerenc must remain In
bed at least several days In order to
rid himself of a kidney affection which
threatens complication*.
Prohibition Probably
Wins in IViaine by
Nearly 500 Votes.
Defeat Practically Had Been Con?
ceded by Anti-Repeal Forces.
Other Referendum Questions,
Including Direct Primaries
Act, Carried by Large
Majority Against
Repeal Reduced
Portland, Maine, September 13
Ilcvlsed returns on the question of
the repeal of constitutional prohibi?
tion, at 1 o'clock this morning, re?
duced the majority ngalust repeal
to 205. The total vote stund:
For repeal, 60,210.
Agalnet repeal, 110,511.
Portland, Me.. September 12.?Aftsr
a day of almost constant surprises,
during which the result was many
t'mes hanging in the balance, it ap?
peared to-night, on the face of returns
from town and city clerks in all but
196 towns and plantations that prohi?
bition had won in the special election
of yesterday, by 466 votes. Most of
the towns yet to be heard from have
been unofficially reported w'th small
majorities favoring retention of thj
prohibitory amendment In the Consti?
tution, and any change in the vote
of these places Is likely to help the
In addition to the 465 majority
shown by the clerks' returns, there
are fifty more "dry" votes known to
exist in Portland, which are not in?
cluded In the city clerk's report, be?
cause of an admitted error.
If necessary anti-repcalcrs will pe- i
tltlon for a recount.
Comes an Big Surprise.
The change from an apparent victory
for the "wet" side by 700 votes, to 500
votes In favor of the "dryg" came as a
big surprise. The prohibitionists had
practically conceded defeat. while
representatives of those who sought
Lie repeal of the constitutional amend?
ment had sent out numerous state?
ments on the strength of their appar?
ent safe majority:'
Of the other referendum questions
before the people yesterday, that pro?
posing to make Augusta forever the
capital of the State, and favoring the
direct primaries act, were carried by
large majorities, according to returns
at hand to-night. With no cities and
only 196 towns missing out of 521, the
vote on the minor propositions was:
Retaining capital at Augusta?yeas,
48.295; noCB. 30.419.
Direct primaries?Teas. 55,540; noes,
World-Wide Interest.
Mrs. L M Stevens, president of the
National W. C. T. UV, made the fol?
lowing statement to-night.
"On September 9 England cabled:
'Hold the fort, the world watches." We
have held the fort against the terrible
assaults of the united forces of the.
liquor makers, liquor sellers and their!
allies, and the world will rejoice. 1
"The remirVable campaign just'
closed has revealed that there is
world-wide interest, not only In total
abstinence, but in prohibition, and the]
dny of the final overthrow of the liquor!
traffic has been hastened."
Frederick G. Fassett, secretary of;
the Maine Non-Partlsan Local Option'
League, said to-night:
"We do not concede that the amend-!
ment has heen reaffirmed. There has
been so much contradiction In the re?
turns that vrfi do not know what the
result is. We shall wait for the official
canvass of the vote, an<j at that time
shall decide whether to take steps to
secure an inspection of the ballots."
Two-Year-Old I.ad Found by Posse
Led by Father.
Chicago, September 12.?The peculiar
evolutions of a water spider led Alfred
Yurs. two years old. on a thlrty-<slx
hour tramp, and kept a posse of fifty
excited farmers out of bed for twenty
four hours.
Yesterday, just as they were ready to
give up hope, the searchers came upon
the infant sitting hesido a creek. H>
had been without food or shelter for
thirty-six hours, hut in one hand was
triumphantly clutched the crushed
"I got it. papa," he said as his father
picked him up.
From the child's disconnected nnrra
tlve it was gathered that he became
interested in the spider Sunday morn?
ing. It was darting back and forth
n?;rOS.i a shallow creek hack of the
boy's home near Ka.<t Plato, six miles;
west of Elgin. Fascinated by the dart- |
in^ shadow, the hoy followed it along J
the hanks of the creek. Finally ho
taught It and then, being tired, lay
down and slern with the capture still
In his hand. He had jusi awakened
when the farmers found him.
Destroyer Held Attains Percentage of]
.1)0 In Torpedo Target Prnetlee. i
Newport. R. I.. Spetember 12.?All
records for torpido target practice
were broken by the torpedo boat de- j
stroyer Reld during the annual autumn !
practice at Gardner's Bay. L. I., from:
which the Re.id, wjth other vessels of
the torpedo boat nnd destroyer flotilla.!
arriced hero to-day. Vhe Reld attn'jied j
the. percentage of 96. despite a loss of ',
speed by one. of the eight torpedoes. |
The eight shots were fired at, a dts-!
tancc of 2.000 yards, the toi*pedoes
being speeded to 29 knots, apd the
vessel traveling it a rate of 20 knots.,
Th-.' target wns an open space of water
between two buoys.
Headed by the flagship Dixie, all
the torpedo boats and desfroyers of
the eighth, ninth and tenth division,
which arrived hero to-day, will sail
to-morrow for Chesapeake Bay. there
to take up tho, annual gun drill, J
S. A. Potter, Cleverest
Confidence Man in
World, Arrested.
Said to Have Garnered More
Than $1,500,000 From Unwary
of Two Continents?Among
Evidence Found Is "Sucker
List" of Former and
Prospective Victims.
New York, September 12.?S. A. Tot?
ter, who is said to be one of the best
known gold brick and green goods
confidence men in tho world, and who
also is said to have garnered more
thun 11,500.000 from the unwary of
two continents during the last few
years, by means of gold brick swin?
dles nnd confidence games, was lock?
ed In Jail here to-night.
He was arrested to-day by O. F.
DeWo'ody. division superintendent of
Justice, after being sought for a year
by United States Secret Service men
and the police of almost overy city In
the country. English detectives of
Scotland Yard also are Eald to have
sought Potter and his companions,
who were credited with having ex?
tracted numerous dollars from too
credulous Londoners.
Potter, who also was known as
George W. Post, was wanted here en
an indictment for swindling, returned
in the Unitod States Court In July,
Potter and a. companion, Edward
Starkloff, also are wanted In Phila?
delphia, wher? they forfeited a $2d,000
bond in the United States Cou-'l a
year ago.
Cash Uond Refuaed.
A cash bond of $50,000 offered by
Potter was refused by Federal offi?
cials, who declared nothing less than
$100,000 cash bond would gain him
his temporary freedom.
Staraloff, who is said to have ope?
rated with Potter under a score uf
names, Is In the city, according to
DeWoody, and all of the Secret Ser?
vice men and polloe here are starch
j insj for him.
At Potter's home a great quantity
of evidence was found, Including what
;the Secret service men termed a
"sucker list" of former and prospec?
tive victims. The list is satd to con?
tain a greater number of names of
residents of cities than or rural in?
After fleeing his $23,000 bond in
I Philadelphia, Potter and Starkloff are
said to have opened an office here,
and to have flooded the middle West
with advertisements of spurious money
for sale at half price. The bills, It
was declared, were made from plate a
stolen from the United States mint at
Philadelphia, and were splendid coun?
terfeits. The investor usually re?
ceived a package of blank paper and.
being In the position of having sought
to defraud the government, he would
not dare complain to the authorities.
Tn Philadelphia for Trial.
Chief DeWoody said to-night that it
was likely the prisoner would be ta?
ken to Philadelphia for trial. It is
believed there Is more evldenae in the
Philadelphia case, and a greater pen?
alty could be Imposed there.
Superintendent DeWoody said: "Pot?
ter 1= the cleverest confidence man
in the world. In my opinion. He and
his companions have obtained $1,500,
000 In a few years by means of tho
green goods, salted gold mine, and
gold brick swindles. They are known
to the police of overy big city."
Censorship Board Condeinnn Pictures
' Posed For by Bculnh ninford.
New York. September 12.?The Na?
tional Board of Censorship of Moving
Pictures to-day notified the police of
all the larger cities of th<s country that
iney had condemned the films posed
for by Beulah Binford, one of tho
figures In the Beattlo murder case In
Chesterfield county, Va.. and request?
ed the authorities to follow the ex
emple of New Tork and forbid the ex?
hibition. In its report the board says
regarding the pictures:
"Their sole and only appeal Is to
the morbid curiosity. They fall to
toach any lesson, except one of sentl
mentul toleration for the girl who
goes wrong."
William nnnkln Is Oldest College
Graduate In America.
Summit. N. J.. September 12.?Wil?
liam Rankln. the oldest college grad?
uate In America, will be 101 years old
next Friday. He will observe the day
as the guest of honor at n family re?
union in the home of his daughter
here Mr. Ranktn Is a graduate of
Williams Colbge. He enjoys good
hi alth und keeps posted on current
events by reading the newspapers
every day.
Mr. Rankin was formely treasurer of
the foreign mission board of the Pres?
byterian Church of the United States,
lie came to this town from Cincinnati,
O.. where he was for fifteen years a
lawi partner of Mphonsc Taft, father
of President Tnft.
Evidences nf Killing Seen, hut Body
Cannot Be Found.
Crystal City, Manitoba, September 12.
Miss Blnke. teacher, was murdered last
night at Rlverdale Schoolhouse, be?
tween Pnowflake and Manitou. Miss
Blake had rem.ilned In the schoolhouse
after sohool hour*. When she did not
put In an appenrance at her home
friends went to see what had become
of her. On their arrival at the school
they found on the ground portions of
the woman's dress, pools of blood sri."1
tufts of human hair. The horlv was
nowhere in sight, nnd it is supposed
that as ?he scene of the murder Is sit
! uatod near the border line, the body
I has been conveyed into tho States.
Posslbl i lly of Serious Results In Sre
Chuen Province Considered Grave.
Pckln. September 12.?An Imperial
edict Issued to-day says that the ring-1
leaders in tho disorders In Sza Chuen
province Intended to proclaim Inde?
pendence. As a consequence, the Chi?
nese government has ordered the Vice?
roy to destroy tho rebels to the last
man. The Viceroy's attention has been
called, however, to tho fact treat many
of those taking part in the disturb*
ances are misguided, and the govern
ment instructs him to distinguish bo
tween them and the actual rebels in
imposing punishment.
The possibility of very serious re?
suits in Sze Chuen Is considered grave.
If tho rebellion is not promptly sup?
pressed it is likely to spread to the
other province, where there has been
much discontent of late. Some of the
newspapers are urging tho people to
Join In the rising, but \he merchants
everywhere are fearful that If tho
rebels are successful it might be tho
beginning of a general conflagration.
The Japanese legation has received a
dlspatc'.i Indicating that Chinese troops
are among tho rebels who are besieg?
ing Chen Tu. No.reports have reached
here as to the extent of the affected
area. The Tangtse section of the prov
, ince has not yet broken out. although
j ready to participate if the movement
I seems to bo successful.
I It Is not known whether the Ameri?
can and Canadian missionaries have
left Cheng Tu or are besieged there.
I Their last telegram declared their In
I tention of sending the women and chil
| dren forward.
Four Itnllnns Accused of ^Derailing
Cars for Itcvcnge.
Mlddleton. Conn., September 12.?On
warrants Issued by the coroner four
! Italians are under arrest here to-day
charged with wrecking an express train
on the New Haven Railroad near here
on the night of Auguot 27, causing tho
death of one passcngor and serious In?
jury to sixty others.
According to railroad detectives, the
four men hired a row-boat in Portland
the Saturday night preceding tho
wreck and rowfed down to the place
selected, where they hid crowbars and
wrenches for use the next night. On
the night of tho wreck the four men
again hired the same boat and rowed
to the scene, where they removed tho
spikes from the Inside of one of the
rails and propped it up on one end, so
: that the wheels of the engine would
strike It and derail the train.
As a motive for the crime the de
j tectlves allege that Glacomo Lisi, who
was formerly employed by the road
os a track walker, had been discharged,
I and that he looked for revenge and a
chance to loot passengers. Antonio
Dlorrl Is said also to bave desired re?
venge for a fancied grievance. That
there was no attempt made to rob pas?
sengers, the detectives claim, Is due
j to tho fact that only two of the cars
went down the embankment and that
there were too many uninjured pas?
sengers around after tho accident.
Will Go to Grand Jury In Connection
I With Murder of Harry Smith.
I f Washington. D. C. September 12.?
Tony Melano. the Italian cobbler, was
to-day held by a coroner's Jury for the
grand Jury In connection with the
murder of fourteen-year-old Harry
Smith. Young Smith's body, charred
beyond recognition, and with the skull
crushed In, was found in Melajto's
shop, near the Government Printing
Office last Sunday morning, when tire
1 men extinguished the flames which
had been set to conceal tho murder.
I While the inquest was in progress
to-day, over the body of young Smith,
his sister Myrtle, becoming hysterlcnl.
sprang at Melano, and before she could
be restrained clutched the Italian's
throat, hurling him hnekwards and
throwing herself ngatnst his hody. She
had well-nigh overpowered the husky
Italian when severnl men. Including
Assistant District Attorney Hawker.,
tore her from the accused. The girl
was taken from the Inquest-room,
shrieking wildly and leaving all be?
hind her In confusion. She has been
hysterical ever since her brother's
murder and tried Sunday night to
throw herself Into the Potomac River
after Identifying the charred body.
U. ousuffeur F-hthlmku cmfwymf
Indictment Agnlust Dowle's Successor
Quashed by Judge.
Waukegan. 111., September 12.?A vic?
tory for Wilbur Glenn Vollva. succes?
sor to John Alexander Dowle ns gen?
eral overseer of Zlon City, 111., was
scored here to-day. when Judge Whit?
ney, in the Circuit Court, announced ho
would enter an order for the quashing
of the Indictment ngainst Vollva and
three of his officials, charging con?
spiracy In connection with tho alleged
Illegal voting nt the '/Aon City elec?
tion last April.
The court held that Vollva and his
followers had not b^en properly noti?
fied to appear before the grnnd jury
which found the Indictments. Other In?
dictments against Vollva. however,
still stand, as do 190 Indictments
against others for alleged Illegal vot?
Fire Also Adds to Terror Aboard the
17 Septerubre.
Cape Haltlen, Haiti. September 12
?The dispatch boat 17 Septembro lies
off Port de Palx with mutiny nnd flru
on board. The steamer Kclaireur.
which went to the assistance of the
dispatch boat, returned here to-day,
bringing sixty passengers who had
been transferred from the 17 Septem
brc. One hundred and fifty passengers
remain on the vessel.
These include the medical commis?
sion, which was on its way to Quant
mlnthe, when the trouble occurred.
Quanomlnthe Is stricken with disease
and the people are without proper sup?
plies and food. The commission will!
come here and proceed by land to the
suffering town. Dr. James Donnelly
an American physician, is here, and
will Join th?* commission.
Vlnceul Aster to Kntcr llnr?nrd
Newport, K. I , Soptembor 12.?Vin?
cent Astor, son of John Jacob Astor.
will enter Harvard this fall. He Is
to so to Cambridge in a few days. J
O'Neal's Denunciation
Is Answ ered by
Woodrow Wilson.
Southern Executive Makes Ve*
hement Address and Abruptly
, Leaves Hall?Later He Re?
turns, but Takes No Fur?
ther Part in Discussion.
Harmon Greets Wilson.
Sprlnfe Lake, N. J., September 12_
Governor Woodrow Wilson, of New
Jersey, and Governor Emmett O'Neal,
of Alabama, measured swords over
the Initiative and referendum, before
the conference of Governors this af?
ternoon. Governor Wilson, as cham?
pion of the measures, replied to Gov?
ernor O'Neal, who had previously de?
nounced them as "an insidious pop?
ular vagary." and the Southern execu?
tive was on his feet In a moment with
an Impassioned defense of his posi?
Governor O'Neal spoke vehemently
for ten minutes, and without a word
walked to a piazza facing the ocean.
"What's the use of my going back
in there?" he asked a reporter. T
have already spoken twice, and I am
limited to two speeches on any ono
He did not re-enter the convention
hall for fifteen minutes and took no
further part In the discussion.
When the conference ended, how?
ever. Governor Wilson grasped Gover?
nor O'Neal by the hand and remarked
that he did not wish to be misunder?
stood. Governor O'Neal later said that
he had' stepped to the piazza to meet
Mrs. O'Neal, who he had heard wns
No Mincing nf Words.
There was no mincing of words in
the Alabaman's denunciation of the
! Initiative, referendum and recall.
"There Is a movement which seems
to be gathering strength In certain
sections of the country." he said, "that
tends to weaken rather than to
strengthen executive authority, and
that Is the system of Initiative, refer?
endum and recall. The Governor has
no power to veto or amend a law Ini?
tiated by the people nnd adopted \>y
referendum. If a law Is In violation of
the Constitution, Invades vested rights
or destroys Individual liberty, the only
remedy can be found lr. the courts:
nnd where the system of recall of
Judges prevails, overthrowing, as It
does, the Independence of the Judiciary,
the courts would degenerate into
tribunals organized chiefly to reglstor
popular judgment on all legal ques
It was pleasing to know, he added,
that this "insidious popular vagary"
will meet with the almost unanimous
opposition of the American bar.
Governor Wilson did not reply un?
til several Western Governors had
"It seems to me." he said, "that on
the question of tho Initiative and ref-"
erendtun it is necessary that we car?
ry the analysis n little further than
it has been carried. A very Important
think. a fundamentally important
thing. Is the source of the law. Sorna
of the laws that wo have are-bad laws,
and they are bad for the reason L&it
there is a suspicion as to their source.
The people of the United States want
their Governors to he leuders In mat?
ters of legislation, because they have
serious suspicion as to the source of
legislntlon, and they have a serious
distrust of their Legislatures.
A( odds hh to Method.
"What 1 would urge, as against tho
views of Governor O'Nell, is that there
Is nothing inconsistent between the
strengthening of the powers of the
executive, and the direct power of
the people. He spoke of 'the caprice
of the majority." I have known of In?
stances of tho caprice of the mob." he
said, "but 1 have never known of any
Instance where the vote of the popu?
lace was spoken of as a caprice. t
don't believe there is any distrust of
the fundamental principles of Democ?
racy. I believe we are all Democrats
if we use a small d. 1 believe that
Governor O'Neal feels as Governor Mc
Qovern feels, and that we are mere?
ly at odds as to the best method of
giving expression with reference to
that great public, opinion upon which
nil depends."
As Governor Wilson sat down. Gov?
ernor O'Neal sprang to his feet and
proclaimed the reiteration of his be?
"I would rather st?nd with Madison
and Hamilton," he concluded after
outlining ivhat he believed the menace
of the measures, "than to stand with
some modern prophets, and some of
our Western statesmen."
Tne discussion following Governor
O'Neal's address consumed the entire
afternoon session.
Among the speakers was Governor
Kit.-hln. of North Carolina.
To-night the Governors and their
wives were guests of Governor und
Mis. Woodrow Wilson at the State
cottage at Seagirt.
Welcomed by Wtlaon.
Governor Wilson called the third
annual Conference of Governors to
order at 11:35 o'clock this morning.
Nineteen Governor? took their seats
within the convention hall. Governor
Francis K. McGovern. of Wisconsin,
was elected temporary chairman. In
welcoming the delegates. Governor
Wilson said
"You are indeed most welcome. We
are glad thut Now Jersey has be.-n
chosen ^f- ihn phace for assembling tlm
second Independent Conference of
"There Is no mistaking tho signs of
the times. The people of these United
States expected their Governors lo ex
J2clse leadership?leadership of tint*

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