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Attorney-General Williams Tells
History of Brief Filed in Protest. WICKERSHAM CONSENTED _ i Virginia Official Defends His Course in Opposition to Re? organization Plan. Reply to an editorial appearing In The Tlmes-Dlspatch ycstordiy Is made by Judge Samuel W. Williams, Attor? ney-General of Virginia. It Is as fol? lows: To the Editor of The Tlmes-Dlspatch: Sir.?in your Issue of to-<iay there appears an editorial under the head? line. "The Three Attorneys-General," In which, amongst other things, you state as follows: "How did the Attorneys-General of Virginia. North Carolina and South Carolina get Into the American To? bacco case? What authority have they from their several States to become parties to this affair? Who sent them to New York to appear before tho United States Circuit Court In the huslness with which that tribunal has beeil Intrusted by the Supreme Court at Washington? What authority have tht v for their most unusual and sur? prising course? Who Is paying tho expenses Of their venture, and why? What special clients. If any. do they represent, and what for? What par? ticular African Is ensconced In this f>artlcu!ar woodpile? What assistance, f any. hive they had In the prepara? tion of the petition they have submitted to the court? And If they had any ns-"s ?'i.e in this way, who rendered ]t. and why and what for?" I am not unmindful of the discour? tesy and evident injustice on your par! of making my conduct In thin matter the subject of editorial com ti" ni. without firs' applying to me for the tacts In the ease and mv self respect and due regard for the dignity 61 the office which I have the honor to red'!. might very well justify me In declining to notice your editorial fur? ther than to enter mv dental of all of Its uncalled for and unfounded In Hlnuatlons and Imputations of Improper Conduct on my part. will Answer Comments, Hut for the benefit of the tobacco (rowers '>f Virginia, in whose interest my action was primarily taken. 1 will ?waive all personal considerations and will answer fully all of your comments On 'lie conduct of myself anil tho other Attorneys-General, with whom I am associated In this matter. First. You ask how did the Attor? neys; -General of Virginia. North Caro? lina and South Carolina get Into the t"bacro case? This Inquiry might be answered In a general way, thnt we were actuated by the same motives which prompted ti.e Governors In their recent conference in appointing a com? mittee* to appear before the .Supreme Court of the fnlted States to assert the Tights of the State In regard to the power to regulate Intrastate commerce, which had been denied by the Judge Of n United Suites district court, nnd which strikes at the very root and foundation the rights of the States to enjoy loenl self-government. The Attorneys-General concluded that the more than fiOO.ooo tobacco growers In i . three States, who produce over 262.000.000 pounds of loaf tobaooo, hud ' u right to be beard and to be repre- | sented In a case which vitally affected ? their Interest, and whloh case haa for I Its objeot the destruction of a mo- . nopoly In the tobacco trade which had ! for yours so grievously oppressed thai tobacco growers of the three States. | Heard From Blokett. And speaking of myself personally. I got Into the case In this way: On the 11th of October, 1911 I received the following letter from the Honorable T. , W. Blckett, Attorney-General of North i Carolina: "Raleigh, October 0. 1911. I "Hon. Samuel W. Williams, Attorney General of Virginia, Richmond.' Vs.: j "Dear Sir,?To my mind It is per-; fectly plain that the plan of reorgani? zation submitted by the American To? bacco Company will afford no relief to the men who grow tobacco. I notice that Mr. Brandcls, of Boston, has died a protest against the adoption of this plan on behalf of the Independent cigar-makers. As you well know, the tobacco growers have no one to speak for them especially, and 1 am this day writing to the Attornoy-Goneral of the United States requesting his permission to file a protest and brief in behalf of the tob'icco growers of North Caro Una. I earnestly Invite you to unite with me in formulating a protest and In preparing a brief, provided the At? torney-General of tho United States Krunls us the desired permission. I have written him that I am taking this matter up with the Attorneys General of tho leaf tobacco States. If this suggestion meets with your ap? proval, please wire me ut once to tho end that we may arrange a conference In New York the latter part of this week or the first part of next. "Very truly yours, (Signed) "T. \V. BICKETT. "Attorney-General." To which I at once sent the following letter by wire: "Richmond, October 11. 1911. "Hon. T, W. Blckett, Attorney-General, Rnleisrh, North Carolina: "Letter lust received. Am in hearty aeoord with you in the objects set forth In your letter. Glad to co-oper? ate. Can meet tn Now York for con ference latter part of this week or latter part of next week. Previous en gagemont prevents meeting first part lO( next week. Answer. "SAMUEL W. WILLIAMS. ' "Attorney-General of Virginia." Wlckeraham's Consent. '.?n the 13th of October. 1911, I re > . [Ve"d from the Attorney-General of North Carolina the following letter: ?Raleigh. October 13, 1911. "Hon. Sam'l L. Williams, Attorney Gvieral, Richmond, Va.: "Dear Sir,?Your wire received. As soon us I heair from the other Attor? neys-General I will advise you what day we expect to meet In New York. 1 notice In the papers that there Is to be a meeting on Thursday, the 19th; 01 the Intere?' opposed to the plan 'of the American Tobacco Company. It might be well for us to attend that meeting If arrangements can be made to that effect. I hope to advise you by wire definitely not later than Mon day. In the meantime I send you copy of letter received by me from the At? torney-General of the United States. I think the position of the government tiiat those not Interested In the sub? ject matter Bhould not be allowed to Intervene technically, but should on permitted to be heard either orally or by brief or petition. Is correct. At any rale, the letter Of the Attorney General makes It possible for us to a protest without being considered , discourteous to him. "Very truly vours. 'Slimed) "T. W. HICKETT." The letter from A t torney-General Wlckersham, referred to In the above !< tier, Is as follows: "Hon. T. \V. Blckett. Attorney-General of North Carolina. Raleigh. N. C: ?| have yours of the 9th Instant. The newspapers have not published I anything like an accurate account .">f the plan which. I understand, the Amer? ican Tobacco Company is going to sub A STORE FOR BOYS That In conducted on different lines?aggressive methods, highest standard of quality, lowest quotation of prloes. test of service. Com? plete satisfaction that laede you to come avals and again, and to eend your friends. Boys' Knickerbocker Suits 81ies 8 to 18 years?A huge, inexhaustible display, newest models, ex? clusive styles, finest fabrics, weaves and patterns. ?8.00 up to PI 1.5?. Children's Novelty Suits Russian blouse, eisen 2H to 7 years. Sailor Blouso styles, at see 6 to It yeara Richest fabrloi. nattiest styles and models, a magnifi? cent display. SV-GO up to 98.7S. Reefers and Overcoats A etrlklnk display, notable for elegance, oxtenslveneas and variety: all tho newest models and fabrics, all hefts, lengths and textiles. 93.00 up to Q12.BO. BURK & COMPANY Main and Eighth Streets mit. Wo have had, no conference on tlie subject since September 28, and I am dally expecting to receive their final revised plan In the form In which they have decided to submit It to the court. I cannot say what my attitude, with respect to It, will be until I see the final form. When It Is filed you will have so opportunity to study It, and. If you desire to file a petition of protest against lt. I will be very glad, so fa* as the government Is con? cerned, to consent to that being done. I think the court will take the attitude, and that will be the attitude of the government, that It cannot be expected to permit technical intervention of par tits not having a direct Interest In the subject matter, though interested In the legal and economic question in? volved, but that It will permit them to bo heard either orally or by writ? ten or printed briefs or petitions. "Faithfully yours, (Signed) "GEO. W. WICKKRSHAM." Had Learned of i'lnn. And on the Hth of October. 1911. I received from the Attorney-General of North Carolina, the following let? ter: Raleigh. October 14, 1911. "'Hon. Samuel I? Williams, Attorney General. Richmond. Va.: "Dear Sir,?When I wrote you yes? terday I confidently expected the American Tobacco Company to file on yesterday Its final plan of dissolution vith the Circuit Court In New York. The papers had said that this would be done. No plan, however, was filed, and. of course, we cannot make a pro? test until the plan la submitted to the court, and we know definitely what It contains. I do not think It will be different In real character from what has appeared In the papers. I had a conference with a gentleman last night, who Is on the Inside, and he confirms my views In this respect. "I have made arrangements to se? cure a copy of the plan ns soon as it vM?1' -j^e Aristocrats Qf Coatdom Are "HIGH-ART" Greatcoats. THEY have that finely calculated symmetry of shoulder, that virile swell of chest and that luxurious sweep of skirt which denote "caste " Natural shoulders, that are tailored, not "stuffed"?deep, "snugglc-into" pockets?most vjarmth with the least weight. Every man cherishes "dress ideals." You will realize youti in "HIGH-ART" Suits and Overcoats. The fabrics and colorings span the whole domain of fashion, fiom the "awfully swagger" to the"gentee!y quier." "HIGH-ART" Clothe aie on view at nearly every shop that sets latufactiea to the customer above mere sale, find tlit- "High-Art" Iahe! in the bteast-pocket of the roat. A Pictorial Exposition of the season's most applauded modes has been set aside for jou. Write foi it to STROUSE & BROS. Makers of "High-Art'* Clothe* BALTIMORE, MD. DABNEY BROS. & CO. 6 East Broad Street Is submitted to the court. We will then arrange a date for a conference In New York. "You will observe that the Attorney General of the United States says that he has been dally expecting to receive the final report of the tobacco com? pany, but It seems for some reason that they are holding up. "Thanking you for your prompt at? tention to my former correspondence, and trusting that we may be able to do something substantial for our to? bacco growing constituents. I beg to remain, "Very truly yours. (Signed) "T. W. BICKBTT, "Attorney-General." The subsequent correspondence re? lated alone to fixing the time for meeting in New York. In the mean? time, before going to New York, I consulted with the Governor of Vir? ginia, and many other citizens of the State and sought their advice as to what course I should take In the premises. They all advised that tTTe matter was of such Importance to the people of this State, that they regard? ed it as my duty to attend the con? ference and take such steps as I might find necessary to properly represent -.ore the court, and to protect the Interest of the tobacco growers of this State. oecond. You ask what authority have they from their several States to be.-ome parties to this affair? This has already been answered. Sent by No One. Third. You ask who sent them to New York to appear before the United States circuit Court In the business with which that tribunal has been Intrusted by the Supreme Court at Washington? This query has also already been answered. As far as I am concerned, no one sent me. I went myself In the discharge of what I conceived to be my duty to the to baci 0 growers of the State of Vlr > glnia. Fourth. What authority have they ' for their most unusual and surprising I course? I have given you the au | thorlty. I do not regard the course pursued by myself and* the other At? torneys-General as being unusual or surprising. The very object of the Sher? man anti-trust law was to potect the public nga'nst the oppressions of crim? inal monopoly. The Supreme Court of the United States solemnly adjudi? cated that the American Tobacco Com? pany was a criminal conspiracy, and had also solemnly decided that no plan of reorganization should be adopt? ed by the American Tobacco Company which did rot restore actual working competition, and I do not regard It as being either unusual or surpris? ing that the le;jal representative of the State of Virginia should be will? ing to do all in his power to protect the legal rights of the tobacco grow? ers of this State and to render such a.d as he could towards carrying out the derision of the court. Not only was the letter received from the At torr.ev-General copied above, but the Attorneys-General of Virginia. North Carolina and South Carolina filed a I Petition boforo tho United States court | In Now York, setting forth the facts above) stated and askod permission of that court to appear and file a brief I by way of objection to the plan of re? organisation proposed by the Amor- I lean Tobaoco Company. This leave . was granted by the court, und this should silence all criticisms as to our course. Aa to BxBeBMa. Hfth. You next ask the following question: Who Is paying the expenses of their venture, and why? If you mean to Insinuate by this question that any person, corporation or pri? vate interest la paying, directly or indirectly, any expenses of the At? torneys-General, then so far as I am concerned, and as I honestly believe, so far as the Attorneys-General of N.rth Carolina and South Carolina, are concerned, this Insinuation Is not only unworthy of a creat leading dally newspaper, and o-.' the man who wrote this editorial, but Is without any foundation In fact, whatover. As far as my expenses are concerned, i con? sulted with the Governor of this State, and with many other citizens of this State, for whose opinions I have the highest regard, and told them that I thought that this was a case In which 1 T should tmo enough of the contingent fund of this office to pay my actual expenses to New York to look Into , this matter. I stating at the time that I if there was any reason why I should ; not do this, then my interest in the I tobacco growers of this State was !such that I would pay the expenses I out of my own pocket. All of these I gentlemen whom I consulted expressed the opinion that I would be lustllled I In paying the expenses out of my con I tlngont fund. I have not as yet drawn on the contingent fund for these ex? penses, and if you or any other tax? payer can point out to me any reason . why I ehould not do so, then I will pay the expenses out of my pocket. Sixth. You next a:<k what special clients do they represent and what for. and also. In th? same connection, you ask, what particular African Is en >conced In this particular woodpile? In reply, I do not represent any spe? cial clients, and I do not believe that either the Attorney-General of North Carolina ur South Carolina reprenents any special clients. I represent, and I believe they renresent, alone whit we believe to r.e the best Interests of the toiling masses of the three States, who are engaged in the cultivation of to? bacco: and as for the reference to the negro In the woodpile, fhU carries with it a veiled Insinuation which It as false as it is contemptible, and one which no fair-minded man should he willing to make, and which no reputable news? paper should print. Prepared Petition. Seventh You next ask. what assist? ance. If any. they have had In the preparation "of the petition they have submitted so the court? And. if they had any assistance In this way. who rendered It, and why. and what for? In reply, when we reached New York we succeeded In getting hold of printed copies of the plan of reorganisation proposed by the American Tobacco Company. After carefully going over and studying this plan, we consulted with cert-Oi Independent tobacco man? ufacturers, who were there present In New York, and with their attorneys, and we got information from them and all other sources available fo us as to the Vuc meaning and probable effect upon the tobacco growers of the plan of reorganization proposed by the American Tobacco Company, and we, the Attorneys-Genqral of the States of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, went earefully over the whole ; matter and discussed It, made full I notes, and agreed upon our objections, I or petition, as you call It. and after this wajs~done It was agreed that the Hon. T. W.' Blckett, Attornry-General of North Gr.rollna, acting for us, should throw the petition in form, which he 1 did, and after having been thrown In I form, wa? adopted and signed by all 1 of us. and acting upon the leave given I by the court, was Hied, a copy of which, i 1 "presume is In your possession. This I paper represents the work of all three of us, and it was Inspired by us alone, and this Is a full and complete answer to the suggestions and covert Insinua? tions contained In this last question. Honestly believing that the protec? tion of the rights of the tobacco grow? ers of the State of Virginia demands at my hands as full and thorough rep? resentation of their interests before the court "as I am able to give, I shall, unless prevented by unforeseen causes, go to New York and be present at the hearing on the 30th Instant, and do whatever is In my power to secure for the tobacco growers in this State the full benefit of the decision already ren? dered In the suit of the United States against the American Tobacco Com? pany, and which demands that compe? tition In fact, and not In name, shall r>e restored in the tobacco trade so far n-< It Is In the power of the law to restore It Yours truly, SAMUEL W. WILLIAMS. Attorney-General of Virginia. News of South Richmon d South Richmond Bureau. i Tha Tlmes-Dlspatch, 1020 Hull Street. Phone Madison KS. Damages amounting to lino whs awarded to the plain.ff? in the suit of the Worth Electric Vehicle Company against I*. Pi Lips iltlb which eras ru-:ird b<-foro Judge Welli In Hustings Court. Part -'? So elliei cases will lie heard this week. On Monday another damage suit against the Vlrslnla Railway and Power Company will be tried. I All cases set for tbis term will be flnlkhod i on scheduled time, it is thought, as throe have been settled out of court and the tun? withdrawn when called. School Contract Not l^et. i ontrt.'j to expectations the members of the ten aol board of Manchester district. OhfStei-neld county, at their meeting yes terdcj ?1 r.-.?.- office of 'Squire Cheatham raited ti make the award of the contract I for the construction of the new Jioo-oj school building, whirh will he erected on the Midlothian Turnpike/ between Bwsns bcro and Forest Hill. This action of the] beard '?' ooinplrte surprise, as the I in- . pri-sslon had prevailed that the meeting . wss merely a formality, and that the con? tract woiic! go t" .1 A. Ciriis. of Warwick j counte the lowest bidder. As a result very few outsiders were present. Alt members o: the board were on hand, . and nft"r the meeting n visit to tli- site of tlie proposed structure was made The location is regarded as Ideal. It Is In the heart of the district, and in the centre of th? Inerfarlnq population of Woodland He'thts und Porest ?tili. At the present lime nearly IN children are attending the. ? swtnfbor,, School, find many more are sent, to the city because, of the small facilities, i Oi?k firnre Ciim-m. To.day In the Oak Grove Court 'Sqiilre : L. W. Chcr.tr-nm will hear n case which | hn.s arous-d much Interest in the county. ' An action In deilnue Is hrocght against i 'Seorge Faiimul to compel the delivery to ihr complainant of a quantity of wood alleged to hsv. been taken from hin prop I erty without his consent by the defendant. ' I It Is claimed that this has been happening j for a considerable period. James Ford, ex errlclng a power of attorney, appears as ! the ermDio'.n-.nt. I About a tlosen small elvll cases will also h.- ^-card ?am Talle)*; holder of the championship L bolt and ^ title of.. "Chesterfield Orounri I Stuffier." and Tom Brown, a contender for ; thn honor, will answer to the 'squire this j morning for disturbing the peace by en i g.-ging In a little iot-to last Baturday. Pini ; and Tom. while rivals with the flats, were . I good friends until they got on opposite . [Sides In tho rtenttle case. Sam supported [the Conimcnwealth and Tom took occasion I to r? on the s'.rnd and cast doubt on th? accuracy of n ?.'?ttnuni made under oath I by ?tm. A threat was then and there 1 nude, which, coming to the ears oi Judge [Vntsnn. eaueed Knin !o get a severe lec? ture. Had feeling resulted and ended In la fight, which showed class unili'broken up ' by the ruthlasa hand of the law, i Convicted for Nonaiipport. In Police Court. Part J, H., W. Osntry. la young white man. aesrooly' twenty-one, . was s?nt?nrod to sorvu twelve months on j the, roads yesterday morning by Justloe. I I Maurice. The charge against the boy wa* nonaupport of his wife. Hit plea was Phy- ' I slcal Inability. It In said he left his wife Thursday nlgnt after a quarrel. The wife late yesterday tried to withdraw the war? rant, but the damage had been done. No arr-sts. were made yesterday, but three men men?H. F. Orlnkard. R. A. Rrown and a Mr. nowden?were reported for violating an ordinance requiring a li? cense numtur to he displayed on vehicles. Special Service, lit Ahhury. At Asbiirj Methodist Rplscopal rhurch Sunday the pa>-."i. lu-v. W. O. Burch, will I preach at til* morning service, taking for his theme "Pvliglon In Business and Busi? ness In Religion." The evening service will be under the charge of the Epworth League, Song servlr.. from 7 to T:W. K. T. Bates, fmin t'nion Station Methodist Episcopal Church, Richmond, will delivrr on add res?. The pastor VIII Inat.tfl tjje newly-elected officers of the Bpuurth I.- ac re. ,v py>r>.prla?e uiuslr has }>?en prepared with a i>e;n. "The Sinner Miii the Sons." by Wilbur East Selections from the Asbvry mixed quartet will also be rendered. All ere cordially In-. Ited to bp present. Accident ar Klha. According to a report made to the police yesterday afternoon, a taxlc.ib. in charge of R. M. Hughes, chauffeur, backed into and considerably damaged a carriage . belonging to Joseph Cole mnn, 312 North M.idlson Street. A cir rlsgc belonging t" James Winston, was also run Into and damaged, according to the report The accident occurred et Elba Station. Afraid to use hair prepara-^ tions ? Certainly not, if your j doctor approves. Let him de? cide about Ayer's Hair Vigor for falling hair or dandruff. Will not color the hair, nor harm or injure. L*?\\J,0u?,: Brazing of Cast Iron Richmond Machine Works, Inc. Successors to MAYO IRON WORKS, INC. Mad. 118?. V40t B, Main St. T&i AMhWOVI .MT.>?tAH>?~-..~., *?>? Uneeda Biscuit never disappoint! You have never heard anyone say? "The Uneeda Biscuit in that last package were not as good as usual." You have never said it yourself. It is one thing to make soda crackers that are occasionally good. It is quite another thing to make them so that they are not only always better than all other soda crackers, but always of unvarying good? ness. The name "Uneeda" ?stamped on every one of them?means that if a million packages of Uneeda Biscuit were placed before you, you could choose any one of them, con? fident that every soda cracker in that package would be as good as the 1best Uneeda Biscuit ever baked. 5c a package?never sold in bulk. NATIONAL BISCUIT COMPANY APPROPRIATIONS BY ROCKEFELLER BOARD New York, October 21.?Conditional appropriations, aggregating $033,000 were granted to si\ colleges and uni? versities by tlie board of trustees ot the .Jolin p. Rockefeller fund for edu caton?the general education hoard? this ufternoon. Applications from twenty-four In? stitutions were presented From tills list the board Helected six, among wtfilc. Is distributed conditionally the av,.ilahle funds. Among the six institutions wer-. To Furman University, Greenville, S. C. $20.000 towards $100,000, and to South? ern Methodist University. Dallas, Tex., 1200,.00 towards Sl.ono.oOO. During the meotlng, attention was called to the fact that since Mr. Rock efller made his first contribution to the hoard for the promotion of higher education In lO^fl, contributions have hoen made to ninety-one Institutions to an aggregato amount of $7,f,2fi,orfl towards a total of $33,009,512. Fifty-one In.irltutlons to which the board has runde conditional contri? butions, have completed the subscrip? tions for the Htlpplothontnl turns re? quired,' und t? those institutions the bnnrd has already paid $3,300,000 In cash, It was pointed out that as a result of the campaigns made by these fifty one institutions, their assets have hoer. Increased over $15,000,000, the student body Increased 2,017; I S3 new pro? fessors have been employed, and tho annual payment to professors In theso ..-iy-one Institutions has been In? creased $431,713. In addition to this. It was shown that the board Is now paying the sal? ary and traveling: expenses at twelve of the State universities of the South? ern States of professors of secondary education, engaged In promoting- the establishment of public hig-h schools. Since t'-e beginning of this work nvo years ago 9! 2 new public high schools hi been established In the Southern States; S2t teachers have been added to the sohools that were already In existence, rtcfi new public high school buildings have been constructed, at a cost of $9,000,000, and the. fund for the annual support of high schools I has been Increase,] by $..SR?.g9|. The hoarl hs.t contributed lietween 1400,000 and ?700.000 to forty-one nchrols for ntp-ste. It hag also been flghtlni.' the boll weevil through farm ricmonstrnlion In Southern States, hav? ing contributed $400,000 for this pur pnse. The salarlos and expenses of 219 agents are paid by the hoard I These men are conducting domonstrm ! tlons on JO.000 ftvrrr.s.