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ARE SUCCESSFUL Clear Weather and Attractive Card Bring Big Crowd to Track. Columbia, B- C, December 2L?Clear weather for the first time In rJjorc than a week, with an attractive card, brought out a good-sized crowd to the Fftlr Grounds to-day. Two favorites were successful. Oakley proved a sur? prise In the fifth, defeating the favorite. i>oa Swell, by halt' a length. Emperor William, heavily barked, stopped tu the last Quarter and finished far back. Hai deman came from far in tho rear in the closing furlong to win the sixth event handily as a well played favor? ite. Summaries. First race?S'-OC. three-year-olds' and upward, five furlongs, selling?L'Ap pelle (3 to 1. 6 to 5 and 1 to 2) tirst, Eoni;ie Bee (3 to 2, ." to .*? and out) scc 6ad, WJnnlr.g Smile (20 to 1, S to 1 and S' to 1) third. Time, 1:0S 2-5.' ?Second race?J200, three-year-olds ?nd up, five furlongs, selling?Tom Shaw (t> to 6, 7 to 10 and out) tirst, Dust (e to 2, 6 to 5 and 2 to ?) second, Elizabeth (6 to 1. 2 to 1. even) third. Time. 1:0S 2-5. Third race?$200, three-ycar-old3 and up, eve furlongs, soiling?Sir Edwarri ] (c to 1, 6 to 2, 0 to 6) tirst, Vnca (2 to' 1, 4 to 6, 1 to 3) second, Chilton Sipmw (5 to 1, 2 to 1, even) third. Tlinu, liOS Fourth race?$200. three-year-olds and up, one mile, telling?Warner Grts well tS to 2. even. 2 to 5) tirst. Roso burg II. (S to 1. 3 to 1, 3 to 2) ttvund, Flarhey (2 to 1, i to i>. 1 to 2) third. 'Jiruo, 1:03. Fifth race?$200. two-year-olds -and trp. rive and a half furlongs, telling? Oakley (6 to 1, 3 to 2, 11 to 10) tirst, 6e.fi. Swell (4 to 6, 2 to G, 1 to 4) second, Dove Watches (S to 1, 3 to 1, S to 5) third. Time. 1:14. Sixth race?$200. three-year-olds and up, mile and seventy yards, selling? lltldeman (6 to C, 1 to 2, out) tirst. Joe Koso (4 to 1, ? to 5. .1 to 2) second, Dolly Bultman (4 to 1) third. Time. 1:67 4-5. WHILE SEARCHING BUILDING TWO POLICEMEN ARE HURT Kxploalon Uurls Ofnecrii Into Street, Ouc Being Seriously Injured. Hunt Woman's Annuitant. Buffalo. K. T.. December 27.?Po? lle, men William Ahearn and John Fiynn were searching a house on Fay Street early to-day for Paul Lutz, sus? pected of having committed a mur? derous aseoult upon a woman, when an explosion wrecked the building and hurled the officers Into tho street. Ahearn was badly burned and bruised, but Flynn escaped with a few bruises. Half an hour earlier tho police hud [?been notified that a murder had been .committed at 02 Pay StrooL Tho of? ficers found that Mrs. Ida Schultz. ? Jit'ty-flvo years old, had been beaten lover the head with a blunt instrument 'and was dying. A search was at once begun for Paul Lutz, who had occupied rooms in the rear of Mrs. Schultz'? house. Tho of? ficers were preparing to break In his door when the explosion occurred. A search of the ruined building revealed tie- body pf Lutz in the debris. Lutz had been act'.np strangely of lato and rh. woman had ordered him to vacate 3ii; rooms. BOYS' CONFERENCE Many Speaker* to DI?cum T. M. C. A. Work This Week. Many ppftkors of note have hee.7* onjr.i.ceri to artdrtJ> the drat conference of VlrRlnl.T. Ole>r Christian Boy?, which will be held ?btro on Frldfo and Saturday under th.i allspices of Ihn S;:r.e Boys' Work Commit-'' t'c of the V. M. C A. of Virginia. Amonq ; the ?peakorf. ?rill h,. Oeorse W. Hinckley, tfounocr and superintendent of the faniotu Ooodirlll farm for boy* in Maine: David Jt, Toner. International secretary for hlirli j sah il work; Pr\?r. G Walter Flskf, junior [ iear, of Obfrlln Seminary; C. C. ltobtnson. j Sot Ketv York, and Prof Charles W. Reut, j M C. A , a reception by Governor and Mrs! | .Mann, an automobilo sightseeing tour of i \Y.< city, jnil, ,j yvi'v k'oui demonstration. J The banquet-will be ,10 chiirice of the wo-I Man's Comm|ttee of the Y m C. A,j and I i-lfitor." may look on from the gallery ,,f I 'h? gymnasium The nlKht .-itslon? of the c-mferer.cr. be '.?.<l!4 in tr:o wnoelxttoD auditorium, v Ix- or>?r. to the punllc. POLICE COURT CASES yirtvor nl Pnited State? Malt Delivery Wagon llnrd ler TterkletttncM. ?lo.Sn Bentlay. driver of a United sta rhtcfc dws. for $10. wa SlfXK r\ BAY OF TW*< IV. fuTimm "?triinier Chios Wrecked mid All Ilm 'I i.i, en Hoard I ??. <"hios. foundei irlhrirt?T the r< t The mechanism is tougli as Chronic Vanadium steel. The wheels arc made of the strongest second growth hickory. "Ask the man from Detroit." FORD AUTO CO., 1629 West Broad. MURDERS SEVEN: HANGS HIMSELF Prosperous Farmer and Mer? chant, in Fit of Despondency, Exterminates Family. Benton. Ark.. Dcccmbor 37.?De? spondent; according to a note found to-day. James Grant; prosperous, far rner and merchant, clubbed his wife. ! live children un,| Btcpsoii to death | at his home, autir Benton, Lost night, and then hanged himself Grant's body was found suspended from a ratter In a barn, and those of the woman and children about the farm dwelling, their skulls crushed. Hugh Grant, a slxtccn-ycur-old son. made the gruesome discovery when he returned from u holiday celebration on a neighboring farm. The note explains that "owing to deep despair, and that I sec nothing for me or my children, who. I (believe, would be better off In heaven. I com? mit this act" Instructions were glvon where money might be found to cover burl'i'i expenses, and a request that Grant's parents bo nol notified until after the bodies had been burled. The bo<i yof the woman was found In a sitting posture partly disrobed. Apparently she was preparing to re? tire when eho was killed. Those of the children, ranging In age from five to thlrtocn yours, were found In their beds. A heavy oak club, covered with blood, ivaa found near the bodies of the children. RUSSIAN PROGRAM AROUSES BRITISH (Continued Prom First Rnge.i uary. Medical assistance has been sent ? hi in. The consul was 'bulng escorted ! to his post by 100 Indian Sowars when .in attack was mado by SUO Kushgnl tribesmon. The Indians were forced to retreat to Kaaeroon, leaving the consul behind, and fur a time much anxiety was felt concerning his fate. Reinforcements of 150 Sowuru have been dispatched from rfhlraz to relieve the force nt Kozoroon. FATAL CHRISTMAS FEAST Thirty-Six Homeless Men Die After ?Seating Putrid KlaU. Berlin. December 27.?Thirty-six] homeless nun. who sought with decay-! cd smoked herring to add to the frugal | meal of bread and soup served to I them at the Municipal Lodging Mouse! hist night, nrr dead. More than forty 1 others arc sick, several of whom arc: believed to be dying. The cause of death baa not yet been announced, but the authorities tiro con-. Ildenl that the putrid iish are responsi? ble. The partially completed uUtop slos appear to substantiate this, view.; All those known to have partaken of I tho Itsh are dead r"' In such condi? tion as to be unable to throw light on the subject. It is believed, how? ever, that on,- of tho victims found the tish in the garbage pile of a near? by market and divided them among his comrades. The men became sick early tili;- mornmg, death following rapidly. MAULS PHYSICIAN Larerel Ooodc Brenk* Loose In Jull and Injures |)r. Took. Dr. Cook, druggist and general physician in the City Jail, was attack* ed yesterday afternoon by Lazcrel Goodo. colored. :ind was sa,ved from the negro's clutches after some dilll culty. Goode had ijO&n arrested as an In-1 nine- person, and, as Is the custom, was' sent to the Glty Jail. Immediately tu? tor being 'aken Into the hospital ward, he- set upon Dr. Cook, and proccede-1 to maul him all about tho room. ? The druggist defended himself as best he: could, but was no match for the in? sane negro. Guards rushed In. and. rescued htm. and he was brought but] with only an Injured nose. Goode wns placed In .'? padded cefi. He nf-| lerwards quieted down. PLEADS FOR DEFENSE Sjtn Orleans A?k>. That Mississippi ?Over He Cared l'or. New Orleans, La., December 27.?Since the formal opening of Southwest Pass} | with its thirty-flvo-foot channel to the gulf, the commercial organizations ol'.j this city have decided lo take the lignt for an adequate system of defense for the Mississippi River tit the Joint Army and Navy Board in Washington, to? gether with the protest ug.lllist the pro? posed abolition ? of the New Orleans naval station. , A letter of nppcnl, signed by :h< bends of i.ll the commcr rial organl/.atlons, was forwarded lo Calling iittehtloh (o the fact that lin priivemenia '? >>'???. valued at $ If.,000,000, and tin naval station, val ?i ' $3.000,0(1(1 would lie jeopardized In til-, i vent of humilities which might bio 1: the Mississippi River. Hnd a con? sequent indefinite paralysis of the riv? er's ocean commerce, the letter appeals I? i i liefer.: ?? for the mouth of tho river I "wlilch, iti our opinion, can no longer h. delayed, an I that Faid defense can m mm MM ?m 8B3B i$Sls Quaker Whiskey disputable claim on your patronage?it is belter R. L. Christian & Co., Distributors. Richmond. Ya. . ' . Pertinent Comment By GUS MALBERT. It would appear from tho votled and covered Insinuations, behind which not ono bit of argument or logic or con? clusive evidence Is found, that some? thing rather mystorlous Is going to happen at tho next meeting of tho Virginia League. To thoso of us pos? sessed will! the normal thinking ap? paratus. It Is Impossible for anything miraculous to happen. The one thing which Is worrying the minds of most of those who ai:c directly Interested is who will be the president of the j league. There enn be nothinK mysterious about this. It will either be tho In? cumbent or some one cj.se. That's all there Is to it- Personally the writer believes that the Incumbent will snc ,-eod himself, und he will be truly sorry |f he does not. This feeding Is not brought about by anything save the welfare of the league, 'i'be writer has no nxo.- to grind, lie is not in the employ of tho Virginia League, nor in the employ of any onu connected with the Virginia League. He has ! never received any favors from tho ] Virginia League, nor is he expectlna any favor of the Virginia League or any one connected with the Virginia . League. The writer of these lines is cm ployed by The Tlmes-Uispatch, ana only by The Timcs-Dlspatclu He Is ' jvaiil to express bla views along Bport- | lng lines. He is given his weekly salary to serve no parttculnr hull- ? vldunl, but to serve tho public. Dur- j ihg the actual baseball playing sea- | son ho Is paid to "report" baseball | games. He Is Instructed to loll of the game just as It happens. If It is a good game ho is compelled to say that it Is a good game. If It Is a poor game he is compelled to say that it Is poor. There Is nothing which makes htm the oxcuso.r-ln-e.hicC : for any of the raisplays of which the. men engaged in the game may be ] guilty. In other words. The Times-Dispatch is simply a recorder of what actually happens, not an organ wherein ap- J pears apologies for those who may j not have given the public its money's I worth Haseball Is a form of amuse- | tnent, paid for by those who enter the iratcs of the baseball park. And as an amusement Is subject to the same criticism as any other form of amuse? ment, whether It be given In the open air or In a theatre. Tfce public Is en? titled to know all that goes on, or at least as much of what goes on as the reporter can Und out. Unless the re? porter does this he loses his Job. For a reporter of a husebull game m. sit through a contest and after It Is over tc say that It Is good, or to pro-j cecd to excuse It if It Is bad. Is an uf-l front to the rest of the crowd pres-j ent. each of whom Is nearly as well able to Judge the game as the man oni-i ployed to write It. It Is always easier! to boost than to knock, but It Is al-j ways best to tell the truth. Thus Tbe: Times-Dispatch serves the people whol go to see baseball, regardless of In? dividuals, regardless of teams, regard loss of leagues. If the public. In the face of true reports, should such re? ports carry information which mlfrht hurt the Hlohmond team, or the Vir? ginia. League, still wants to pntronlr.e the games, then the writer of tho're? ports and tho paper for which he works, will at least have' the knowl? edge of having done their duty as they aa w i t. So far as the presidency of the Vir? ginia Loap~'c ts concerned, the writer will guarantee to support the man I elected no long ao he does hla duty and tries to give tho peoplo who make the Virginia League posslblo the class of baseball to which they are entitled. His support of President W.lltumu is becauso of tho fact that WUlJams has made a good executlvo; one who has; looked after the Interests of the, league, has not btfeu bulldozed, has! stood for the right as ho saw lt. und baa not bocu Inlltiencod by favoritism, or any of the powers suppot/cd ? to| reign in Virginia League affairs. In his support of kViUlaihs ho Is at lcayt as secure in hin position as those, who oppose him. for he has throe clubs occupying the sumo position,] while a llko number disagree. ABlde from all this the brutal fact?] brutal becauso of the dlscoloratlons which scent almost biased?remains] that 'It is the public which must be .served. Regardless of what might he' written and regardless of what might bo aald, those who go to the baseball] park are the host Judges. The writer is willing to leave his position In the hands of these people. Williams ruayl or may not be re-elected. It Is of; small concern when the bigger ciuc.*- | tlon of a truthful and accurate report; of the happenings of the Virginia] League is taken Into consideration, j Xcw ;;, news which is nccurutc and I which tells what happens, is the os-! sonce, the very right-to-llvo of the' reporter. This 13 what the writer Is striving to do, and he believes that | he nearly accomplishes his purpose, at' least, he tries to do so. The man who wrote the letter which' appeared in the Bpbrtlng Section of The Times-Dispatch last Sunday Is not. In the city. Ho will be back before | the cn<| of the week. As he has no I interest whritovor in the proposed! United States League, and us he has] been made the subject of some qrltlctsm, he will probably make a reply. Just as: Information, it miirht be stated that] he Is one of the biggest and most In? fluential men in the city of Richmond, ?.1 man whose word Is his bond and for whom respect is entertained by! men In every walk of life That's ail for tho present. | Prantlo efforts are helnc made by tho press agents of the big fellows :ol encounters. Now that Jack Johnson' Is buck in this country and Just spoil-] lug for a fight, the various promoters] are anxious to make n little changed j Johnson is still In a class by himself, and the result of any tight arranged' lor him at the present time will be known before the licht takes place. Jim Plynn couldn't give him 11 battle, neither could Carl Morris nor Al. Kaufman. Sam McVey and Lankford are across the wntera, but even If they] could be brought right buck, the fact! that they uro ofr color would lessen! interest in the tight. So Ronhag broke nnothor record. As] an American Olympiad possibility hoi looks bettor than most of the rest. I America will have a rather hard time] holding Its own when the games orb pulled off over In Copenhagen. Sammy White, of Princeton who won at least two games for his foot? ball ?loven. through his own endcav-j ors. has received more votes for a plHce on the All-American team than any other candidate. Sammy deserves jusl what he got. While probably not as brilliant a player as sonic of his predecessors, and while maybe he was an opportunist, still he shone bright? er than the rest tad won his laurels. create some Interest In KENNEDY WHIPPED BY OKLAHOMA ENGINEER New York, December 27.?Carl Mor? tis, the Oklahoma engineer, outfought Tom Kennedy, tho New York heavy? weight, in eight rounds of a ten-round haut at the Empire Athletic Club to? night. In the general opinion of those at the ringside, neither of the "white hopes' showed any advancement to? night toward their aspirations of some day wresting the world's championship troni .lack Johnson. The heavier Okla? homa man. weighing pounds, as compared with Kennedy's -'l',, was con? sidered too slow, and Kennedy's much -praised footwork proved a disappoint? ment. Tho New York man showed great gardeness in taking'punishment. Ho had so much tho worst of It in the later rounds that many of the spectators shouted to Referee D.m Tomo 10 stop the bout, but he declined to Intorff-re. The tirst round was even, with Mor? ris's best blow* lefts und rights to the body and Kennedy's left jabs to tho face. Morris rushed In In tho second VAST TERRITORY IS LOSI TO CHINA (Continued From First Page.i ? ?! military activity. Tho soldiers eoi? lldtintly expect that Yuan will yield as griittff ally US possible whenever such a demonstration Is made. .Inpnii Xn| OppoHcd in Iteimlilie. The conference which was held here December ? I between the members of ih,. Jnpuncsi Cabinet und some of tin eider statesmen decided, according to the Kokumln Shliribuh and the Yama to. that In the event of the. Chines: rebels insi.-ting oh the foundation of rttpulilic, Japan would place no ph? stacle in the way. The plan Is con? sidered lo re as i est calculated to maintain the territorial Integrity of China, Hoib ?>! tii.wspnpois mentioned are organs Of Prince Kutsurn, former? ly l'r< mlor and Minister of Finniici . and who was present at the conference. Plot Vo AKHnnstnnte l.radcrH. I Amoy, China, December 27.?A plot has been discovered among the Ho nancse troops .r> this city as assassi? nate Ftian, th> tnotal, and Choy. the military eomma rider. The lender of ilie plotters ban been arrosted and sum marlljl beheaded, while several of hiti fullowers are under arrest. *>niind?i llclinnre to All. New York, December I".?Owen Mu ?he English tighter, arrived from England on |h< Olympic to-Fighf, ipO'iudtng defiance to everybody in the lightweight division of put-lli.-'i-.. "I have come li'cre !<? make a match with Ad. Wolgast." said Mornn, ???and I hope to defeat him.'or any others who ird themselves as champions. To prove that' I i.upnblc I will take oil ethei then in Wolgast'? class ami deal with th>-ni first, giving away weight to run of them and lighting any mm. at 132 t>o,und#," with a left to the faro, followed by lefts and rights to the head and stom? ach. Kennedy sent bark a eonple of Icfl Jabs to the face. .Morris kept forcing through the th'rd round with rights and lefts to the body and a left to the face Kennedy alHO go; In a stinging left to the Western? er's face, and followed with a left swing to the Jaw. They exchanged body blows, and were in the midst pt' a hot rally at the hell. It was Morris's round. Morris was the aggressor again in the fourth, but in the fifth honors went to Kennedy. After taking a right and left to the head ajid being forced into a neutral corner. Kennedy exchanged left hooks with Morris and ^ot a bleeding nose. Kennedy came backt however, with a shot of his right to tho law. staggering Morris to til,- rope:- at; I In end of the round Morris came back in the sixth with severe punishment lor Kennedy by short arm jolts, half Uppercuts and a straight left on Kennedy's nose, which made it bleed the more. Froin this on Morris was all over his man. with Kennedy lighting hack as: gamely as he could. Tile botit ended with a ; rally. In ?vhich both ivcre iutiglitlng ' to the body. They clinched several times, and in the brcakways Morris i got in the more telling blows. The I Oilly damage Morris showed was a pulling of his lip.--, while Kennedy was bleeding profusely at ih-- nose and was severely battered. Kansas City, Mo.. December 57.? frank notch, world's wrestling chum; ! pioh, defeated Alec IIunj'o, tlx- lhig ' iisii champion, in straight falls here 1 to-night. The liist fall cam*) In twelve minutes and ihe second in eight min 1 utis five seconds, eiieh with a half I Nelson ami crotch hold. ! After tin- decision Ootch came over to the ropes and smilingly s.ild to Hie newspaper men: "Boys, I'm don.-. This was my last appearance on the mat." It \y?H the e:,sies-| mutcll fjotch ll'IS ba.) for several v, ars. Tin- Ihiglish ; man displayed ion scum Knowledge of tin- game, Tin- champion secured his fii.i fall tty getting a balf-Nolson while In was raising Munro high In the air. t'lotch brought the- Ihiglishinan down in lite mat.'and. affixing the ? rot' ii bold, easily gained Ihn fall In ' twelve minutes flat. The second fall \-. . uveii easier, the champion still ndkcrlni; to tue successful hold of the first fall. Tin- time was right min? ute,, and five seconds. "Knghind for liiilie." said Munro. "1 i \* is epinplctel> outclassed.". h is superlatively good and refresh? ingly delicious with the untnlstiiknbli! character of elegance?The Velvet Kind i ice Cre.uii. News of South Richmond South Richmond Bureau. i Tho TUnoa-Dlspatch. 10C0 Rull gtrcot, Telephone Madlton 17f.. In the. Hustings Court. Port 2. this morn? ing. Judge Erneut H. Wulls presiding-. Mio caeo of Louis stein, who sues tho Virginia irou A Metal Company for JS.Mo, in. as eumpall. 11 lb0 heard boforo a Jury. Sloln Is represented by Rhode? & Rhoden uJid Willlnm S. Mullen, who In thotr doola ration set out thnt tholr client bad boon employed by the dofendants under a yearly contract, whereby he wo? to be paid a sal? ary of f 1.-JC0 a year and was to receive 10 per rent. ?f tho pronto accruing from a certain portion of the business; that Stein had en icrcd into bis employment, and after worli In? nearly six months was, without cauM, discharged: that stela for the liniance of -the time cdntraoted for. 'hold himself In readiness to perform the work, and that I his amount an well as the profits aro still due. ' , Nelson .t- Nelson representing the defend? ant company, in their answer plead non asauniptilt: that Stein did iv?t serve faith? fully, as nllcged. and that the president o: the company saw _iiiet cause for the plain? tiff, discharge, ami ho was discharged for cause; thui there |,nd been a complete set? tlement ">r salary mid profits and that tho salary claimed In extra compensation not earned, or Is extra compensation forfeited. The salt was instituted February a 1SU, and has been set for trial several times, meeting with a postponement ?ach time. Urldge Work Held t.p. Work en ilia new Mayo'a Bridge has again been held up owing to tho frcahet caused by the r'-r.-m rain". Profiting by this .aillcr experience with the high water, the contractors had made all movable material fact to the bunku with heavy cubic*, and consequently the loss has not been vory severe, with the exception of tho temporary loot bridge which was completely demolish? ed Tuesday night. The high water at this, time. It Is feared. will de up the work until spring, as the difficult p..rt o( the work, pdttlng up the timbers to support the frame work of the arches, Is ye; to bo done. Low water will he necessary foi this work, as the river bed must lie leveled and a firm foundation to sustain the tremendous weight of the arches while the concrete Is settling, must be made. I'm Winston Arrested. I. ate last r, Ight Officer "Mike" Mooro placed I?ol Winston, colored, under arrc-sl on a warrant charging him wtth having In Iiis possession stolon goods. Winston Is tho second Ol the gang which for the past year la alleged t? have stolen considerable lettthcr1 iroin thi> American 1,-ice Laaither Company. The ni?t person urrested ?vaj Thornton Tallafcrro, colored, wito in Po? lice Court, fort was granted u contln unnce until Monday. Charged with being n suspicious (harae ter, wanted for felony, Carl Ch.-.uham was arrested last night, and Is being hid for the Itlchmond authorities. In I'oUri* Court? Leniency marked the attitude In which Justice II. A. Maurice acted toward a heavy docket In Police Court. Part .'. ye? terduy morning when only one flno. that of (S and vests, was assessed, the victim being Ocorge Tinsley, colored, who was charged winh resisting an officer In discharge of his duly. (Jcorge lio Is known am-jriK his race as the "Cold King." because of hi" huvqr-endlng supply o; that kind of cur? rency, lived up lo ids reputation^ produced ., double eagle, which, with n.jny hows, h-? presented to f.'l'-rk John Hastings. Holding that Curtis Dell, seventeen years old, charged with threatening Curtis sta? ples, color.-,!, with a gun, was acting In Sotf-defense, Justice Maurice ordered tho boy dismissed. Percy Marshall, charged with ihr theft 61 11-' from A. K. (..rimes, was dismissed. W, C. Ilallowny, drank, was allowed to return home after taking a pledge l0 ab? stain from drinking for a year. The cumc of Thornton Tallafcrro. charged With stealing a side- of laco leather from the American Lace Leather Company, was continued by request of counsel until Mon duy. Ilulnrnul and Mandolin. Another quiet day in police circles was reported yesterday, only onn arrest being runde, the unfortunate being J. 6, Floyd, sixty-five year., old. -Ahe was p|.*k<-d up by ' nplain A. S. Wright and locked up un;!! sobered, and then allowed to go home. Ai the Third Police Station S 1". NIco'.O poolns reported yostorduy that Ids home, cr; West Twentieth Street, had In en robbed during the nicht of December :'. of a rain coat, valued at fi. und a mandolin, valued at KV. The entrance was effected with talsc keys. It Is thought. Royal Arcanum Officers. At the regular meeting ol the .Manchester Council, No. 1117. Royal Arcanum. held TiieadS) nh-h: the following officers wore elected. F. 1?. Dunfcrd, regent: .t. P. Jones, vice-recent: .1. It. Patterson, treasurer; J. II. Vurdy. secretary; t:. T. Duvai, collector; L. 1' Peel, orator: A. J, Smith, chaplain: Is. J. Brooks, warden; A. S. Wright, sen? try* Charles nurkert, guide; H. C. Boattle, A. L. Adamson and Augustine Roy?!!, trus? tees. riiur?-h Entertainment. An : iterestlng proKram. i.onslstlng of roc Rations and Kinsing, will bo renderd to* night at the anntia! Christmas tren enter? tainment of tin Porter Street Presbyterian Sunday school Santa Claus wli| he pres? ent and will distribute gift* id the school. Sure doev, keep the joy flags wavln' ? The Velvet Kind?Fruit Brick Ice Cream. Seaboard Air Line Railway. Change of .Schedule January l. nil-. %UZ I'. M. Florida Limited, solid Pullman train for Florida points will i..- . stahllshcd. 9:42 P. M. Pttlman sleeper to Jack? sonville: day couches to Birmingham. 11:33 V. M- Pullman sleepers to Pine, hurst, Jacksonville, Ttompa, Birming? ham and Memphis: day coaches to Jacksonville. l or .'10 Vcars tbr Mouse of Quality. Straus, Gunst & Co., DintlllcrH nnd Blender* of Finis Whiskeys. Drink Old Henry Its Long Record Proves Its Mrrlt. 1/? OUNCES OF QUALITY I U IN EVERY POUND I Waverly Electric Victoria $500 Richmond Motor Co., Inc. _313 West Main._ ? ^?zaw* . Serve Highen Price nnd Dcst W. C. SMITH & CO., ?14 N. Fifth. A'lne and Main The buyer who know, the dlffere i a automobiles will own a Jones ffiotoi Car Ca Allan Ale and B.r?Md_?JrjH, . ^ Tho public It cordially invited to b* prot? on t. Married In Washington. Friends In Houth Richmond yettorda? r? oelved word of tho marriage In Washington Tuesday night of Mlu Mary B. Cbooly. daughter of Mr* Mattle R, Chaaly. to Mack 11. ArcUor. Tho young couplo were acoom panlod by August Krause. Arter a brief wadding trip Mr. and Mrs. Arch or will b* ut homo to their friends at 113 Oowardln Avonuc. Lodge Meetings. Manchester Lodgo of Elks will bold Its regular weakly moetlnc to-nlgiht at the Elko' Homo. Eloventh and BalnbriAgo Street. The regular weokly mooting ol Henderson Lodgo, No. 105, l o. o. f.. will bo hold to? night at Tone/? Hall, Eleventh an* Hull Streets. Davis Council, No. S. Jr. o. U. A. M., wtU meot to-night at ita room, Eighth and Hull s'trcota. Discuss Y.*3L C. A. Brunch. Great onthualnam was displayed last night over tlio proposed plann for a branch V. M. C. A. In Mouth Richmond, whon tha pro? position was placed before a clUzons' moot? ing called In tho homo of J. P, Jonas. VJK Datnhrldgo Slroot. Aftor a abort dlscuaalon tho meeting waa adjourned u> moot nost Wednesday night at iho same plaoe. No definite plana for tho Bouth Richmond branch bavo boon formulatod, and tho mai? ler will bo taken up In detail next week. C bvugb ter-M a rtln. Miss Eula Loo Martin waa qulotly mar? ried to James Basil Slaughter lust night at ?J o'clock by the Rev. J. L. Haloy at hla residence on Balnhridge HtreoL Immedi? ately following tho ceremony ibo youug couple woro tendered a reception at the groom'a homo. Bit West Eloventh Street, ivhoro they will bc at homo to ttiolr friends after a brier wedding tour. Personal und Crtierul. Mra. B. M. Robertson and boo. Iugram. are vlalllng Mr*. Oaului D Brldgforth In Lunonburg. .Misses Bailie Blankcnehtp, Loipl M. Hoop? er and Zuleln DuVal have returned from l-'armvUic to spend the holidays. Miss Annie Xoell, of Bedford, la vlaiting Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Doyle. 15? Porter tftrooL -Mrs. W. M. Tompktns and daughtera. M lanes Elizabeth and Evotyn. of Toiect Ulli, are guests of rolativca la Now Jeraay. illsa Mattle Harris, of Brunswick, who hoa been vlsltlug Mrs. M. R. Cheoly. has re? turned home. Mrs. W. A. Neil, who has botn ver>' HI, Is slightly Improved. The. condition ?.' Carl ton Rodford. non o( i Mr. and Mra. J. E. Redford. who recently mid. rwent a serious operation at the Me- I niorlal Hosplta:, la reported as very ?alle- j factory. Ho hopes to bo ablo to return | home In a few days. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar O. Faebeck ore vl? ttlng relatives In Canada. After a visit to I relatives In Ohio and Michigan thtty will return lo tholr homo In Chesterfield. seduce mmi BY EQUALIZATION ? Continued I'rom First Fuge.) formulate general rulen and regula- I lions for the uniform assessment of property. Illpbt of Appeal. Land assessments, pursues the re- j port, should be based on actual sales j values. Improvements should be ua sesscd In a like manner throughout the State, arid personal property should be taxed at Its fair uniform value. Ma chlnory Is provided to protect locall tlc-a from unreasonable averages. Any section would have the r!nht to ap? pear and sul.mlt evidence as to the value of Hk lands, and If it be dis? satisfied with the average tlxed, It would have the right oC uppeal to the courts. No commissioner of the reve? nue, actinic as land assessor, would be permitted to return a land book showing mi average valuation of lands lower than that fixed by the State Such a commission, it Is recommend? ed, should consist of tin- Governor, the president of the Senate, the .Speaker of the House of Delegates, the chair? man of the State Corporation Comm's-' slon, the chairman of the Plnuncn Com? mittees Of tho Senate and House, the Attorney-Cenrul, th Auditor and the Treasurer. All of those would servo without pay, but then would be one paid excutlvc officer to gather material and supervise the work of assessment. Taa oh Net learnings. Tho existing system of taxing public | ? ervico corporations Is held to be unsat- | 's factory In some respects. It is sug? gested that just as soon as the dccls Ions of Federal courts will permit, such corporations be placed or. a moss earn-; IllgS basis, which is said to be the mo.-t I equitable plan that can br devised, This I system would be adjusted no to rail-, I roads according to the ratio of opera t-I ling expenses to total gross earnings, j As to other corporations. It is recotn- l mended that the. tax on express com ? I panics be Increased from 46 to $7..Ml a' j mile: that the tax on passenger car scr- I vice (Pullmans) be doubled, and that! i freight car service corporations pay on ! the property used in this State. The, present offset of 10 per cent, allowed l banks on their taxes should be abol- i ished, according to the Tax Commission. ; No changes In Insurance taxes are: recommended, although there Is consid arable discussion on this point- Dr. j Freeman In his report asked for the j ultimate removal of the municipal taxes of insurance companies, their agents and policies, except the real and per? sonal properly owned by them. The income tax conii-s In for a great deal of attention. It Is recommended thai, all llrms and corporations be re? quired to reports the it mounts paid by them to any individual in excess of $1,000 the year, such reports to become prlina facie evidence of assessment, luerense In LicmneH. Nine changes are suggested tp the specific licenses. Onr of these is to double the pawnbroker's license and to reduce by 60 per cent, the amount of .interest allowed: to put the medicine vender's license at $100, instead of $2v; lu double the tax on menhaden Ushers; to Impose additional penalties for the violation of the law licensing money ? lenders, and to increnso the stock bro- i ker's tax. No recommendation Is made as to the removal of the physician's license tax. I'ho secretary felt that this came under the same rule with vocational licenses, and If it were abo'. Ishcd, all others of the class should be. "Wc have found," said tnc report, "that the work done by tho examiners of racord is expensive, and since the examination of delinquent accounts, the work for which the examiners were first appointed, has In large measure been completed, we havo sought to dis? cover soruo method whereby this work can be done with the same success and at less expense to the people. We arc convinced that the work d. by the examiners of record can bo done, and done as well,'by the commissioners of th. revenue. If the latter arc undo the supervision of the proposed Tax Commission- Accordingly we recom? mend the abolition of tho" office ot examiner of rcrords and the amend? ment of the act creating them so as lb provide- that the work ho done by commissioners of the revenue. The saving would be considerable Und there ! will- be no loss Of efficiency.'' I Tux llnsebnll (tarne?. ! ' Professional baseball games arc tu be charged license taxes, ' If the pi q W'hon better Ice Cream Is mode The XsXyoj, Kind .udU make iu gram of the oomml6slon is enaoted. It is pointed out that baseball 1? an or ganlzed industry, with a large profit la many lnst&noes, and "there would B08m to be no reason why its promote ra should have nn advantage over other persons engaged In holding publto por formancos. The business Is privileged; it derives Its profits from the commu? nity, and should contribute something to the public burden." The license would not apply to garnos playctj by persons not organized Into professional leagues or receiving a fixed compensa? tion for their servlcoe. Dr. Frocman, In hts report, this purl not being acted on by the commission, calls the second Auditor's office an "ad? ministrative anomaly." All the busi? ness should bo under tho direction of the Audttbr of Public Accounts, in Ills opinion. , In its conclusions the commission ex? presses tho conviction that the equal? ization of land taxes will make possible a reduction In the rate of tax to 20 cents. "The tlruo is rtpo for tax re? form." says the report. "The Common? wealth is entering on a new era of prosperity. It Is essential that tho pub? lic llnuncc keep pace with the needs, of the State." MESSSlFICE FOR FOLLOWERS Reyes Well Supplied With Funds and Could Have Escaped. San Antonio, Texas. December 21. - "General Reyes was mistaken about the people of Mexico when ho under? took this revolution." common ted Se noru neve-., his wife, to-day. "In tele? grams sent by him to Scnaro Del Vails he said that while he called to the people for assistance he was not an? swered. The government soldlors fail? ed to capture the general. Ho has an abundance of funds on his person and could have easily made his way to the gulf, boarded a tteamcr and escaped to Kurope. He did not cure to do thin os he feared his followers and sympa? thizers would be taken and executed." Rehorn Heyes was not convinced of the general's surrender until she re? ceived a telegram from him to-day. Not Silicic Follower. Washington, December 27.?A gen? eral without an army and a revolution? ary patriot without even u Mingle fol? lower was the plight In which General Bernardo Reyes found himself when he unfurled his standard of rebclli?.r&i in Mexico. According to advices re? ceived to-day at the Mexican embassy here from Manuel Calcro, minister of foreign affairs for Mbxlco. General Heyen confessed that "not one man ' had rallied to him when he crossed lo Mexican soil. Minister Cnloro's dis? puted follows: ?'Please communicate to the i. Officially, that General Reyes has ?i?r rnhdered to the government, making lim following declaration: " 'In order to effect the counter-re? volution l Issued a call to rocoluilori Ists. to the army and to the people-. When l entered Mexico from tht United States not one man ons#cred thy summons. This dear demonstra? tion of the general sentiment of l ho nation obliged me to yield myself up. acknowledging the imposslbtVH? of creating war." The embassy officials foretell a re? markable era of development In the development of Mexico now that tho menace of civil war Is removed. one record broken IN AMATEUR MEIST New Tork, December 27;?Ono record whs broken in a scries of well-contest? ed , vents thai wound up the two nlghl Amateur Athletic Fnlon Indoor championship inert in Madison Square Garden lo-night, a few records were equaled, among them those for the l&O-yard run and the 600-yard run in the senior events Tin: record sent Hying was In the five-mile run. which was the star fea? ture of the evenings ruid aroused great enthusiasm. W. J. Kramer, of the Long Island Athletic. Club, set the marl; at 25 minutes 12 t-5 seconds, af? ter a grand race, in which for the ilrst two miles, first one and then an? other of the (Ivo leaders set the pace. At the two-mile mark, however, Kra? mer took the lead, and thereafter no? body could reach him. He won by about I Oft yards. The old A. A. L\ championship record was 25 minutes 15 seconds, made in lOftX by T. .1. Collins, who finished second in to? night's race. Washington and Lee Defeated. Ashevllle, N. C, December 2T.?The local Y. M. C. A. basketball team to? night defeated Washington und Lee in the first of a series of two games, score no to 10. The second game will be played Thursday ovenlng. It's as healthful ns it's delicious? Tho Velvet Kind?Maple Nut Ice Cream. ACADEMY?New Year's Matinee anil Night. MISS DELL.t CLARKE. In a Carnival of Laughs. "Introduce Me" Prices: ?-?5c to if 1.50. B'JHU?This Week Matinee Thursday and Saturday. MISS EUGENIE BLAIR, "THE TEST" First time at Bijou prices._ BIJOU?Next Week KPBCLVL MAT IXEE MONDAY Viuertca's ftrcatent Contra Teonr, MR. RICHARD if. josi3, in the Sweet Pastoral Play. "Silver Threads" CONCERT. 1 nie L'nlvrrnttV dec. Ronjo nnd Mnu dolln . Clubs. Jefferson Hotel Auditorium. >-\iturdav. December 30. at S: 15 P. M DANPIJMsV Tickets now on aale at McCoy's, Poll: Miller's, Walter D. Mose.? .C- Co., Y. M <" A. Wright's Drug Store. Warlnner's lung Store. Bauer's Drug Store. Come and hanr CJole Porter slug Tale li"P.*r^.?VWp'