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JOKER IN MEASURE JJill Regarding Power Companies Said to Confer Wide Privileges. LIVELY DEBATE IN COMMITTEE iJill to Require Reports of Acci? dents by Railways Also Discussed. ( bona tor Mart's bill requiring- electric lighting und power companies organ? ized under the laws or Virginia to fur? nish any person along their lines with light and power at reasonable rates und uniform charges, In the light of mi examination before the Senate Com? mittee on itou is and Internal Naviga? tion yesterday afternoon, was made to uppoar pretty much ?f u wolf in sheep's lot hing, (?'ranted apparently with thv -ole purpose of protecting a helpleos public against extortionate charges and Inadequate si rvlco, the bill, it Is claimed by opponents of the measure. Will operate to strengthen the hold of ? so-called water-power trust of Bouthwest Virginia und bestow upon It advantages which will dispose of all ? ffeciivu competition. The bill reads as follows: "Be It enacted' by the General Assembly of Virginia, That all public service corpo? rations heretofore or hereafter Ineor porattd under the laws of this State, *nd engaged In the business of general electric lighting.and power companies, ?hall be bound to furnish at reasonable rates any person, company or corpora? tion along Its lines desiring the snip* With electric lltlhl or power, or both, j and to charge uniformly therefor all I persons, companies or corporations: uiilng the same under like conditions as to cost of supply." Claim to l tnd Joker. The measure was the object of a heated dlacusslon which consumed most, Of tho meeting, l-'or tho enactment of j the bill Into law thero appcarod At-! torncv llobcrt E. Scott, of Richmond, lOCtll representative of Hlp Appalachian i'owcr Company, which Is engaged III developing heavy water-powe-r projects on New Hivcr, In Southwest \irmma. 3. Normen t Powell, of Wythevlilc, of-i fered strong opposition to its passage, which, he said, would ho nothing iess than a public calamity for tils part of the State. | Tips Joker In the bill, according to Mr. Powell's argument, is tho provision which makes It compulsory lor a com-! pony or corporation to furnish llgnt' ? ?Ii.! water-power to any person or corporation along Its Hues. This eiaute. he pointed out, once applied by] the. Corporation Commission, -would ; Ipso facto make such a light and ptiWer pony a public service corporation and endow it with me right ol eminent domain. lletpe, the Powct Triiat. "Tills, ' he saul, "is precisely what the Appalachian Power Company is al? ler, it n? preparing to const! uct thre-ei additional dams, at a cost of several: million..; of uollara, and needs the rig.it of eminent domain to acquire curtain lauds, both fur the overflow and tor. /U;hta of wuy. At present the company, lit hot truly a public service corporation, j end has to acquire Its lands and tight ? l way by purchase. .So lar from be-' ihg a piece of altruistic legislation for the benetit of the public. Its purpose- is iololy to enuow the Appalachian I'owcr Company with the riant of eminent do? main. ' The fata! defect in tho bill, arguc-u air. Powell, warf Its general application lie had no objection to a company, cii IJUged lu the business of general elec? tric ltgiitlng and power, applying lor t. charter as a public service corpora? tion, but he objected to tnu compulsory j nature of the low, which would leqtllr* every plant engaged in the buxlnqsa, of whatever capacity, to do likewise. Would Kill Coropelltiou. To compel a small company, with a '.milted supply of power, to be subject lo tr.e same demands as those made upon the largo companies, with unlim? ited power, Mr. Powell thought would upeia.:u tu drive all competition front i the Held. The proposed law, he erased, j would compei me sinaller power com- i panics of Western Virginia to furnishi llgnt or power In any quantity demand- | id by any user on tho line, or suiter a suit for damages. In etfeCt it wpuid I tie up ail of tue smaller companies in litigation, and leave the tteid tree to the one big company witn limitless power. Mr. Powell admitted the right of any company to incorporate as a public scrvtcx corporation, with the right to condemn land, but Insisted that wie i only c<iuuable arrangement was to j make It optional with tho company to | do so or not. He took exception also j to t'he "reasonable rates" clause in the j bill, on thj ground that no tribunal In the .State is In position to decide what | Is or what Is not a reasonable charge for lighting and powur under the wide? ly dltlerent circumstances that obtain, i Would Limit Charter. "Before granting the rignt of emi? nent domain," said Mr! Povvrill, "the | Stuto should Uemund a contract from the company providing that In the dis- , trlbution of power, preference- snail at all tlmea be given to users n oar eat to the sourcu, and that all contracts with distant users should contain the clause that in tbei event of a reduction in the ourrent from any anise, nearby users would bo served first." He advanced this Idea, he said, be caiiso of tha fact thut the Appalachian Power Company, although deriving nil of its power from the natural re? sources of the Stute of Virginia, is pre? paring by means of contracts with firms In West Virginia to divert Its benefits to sections wltlyput the Hints. Aji enterprise deriving Hb existence from Virginia, ho thought, should ho Oompolled by Its charter to give Vir? ginia ?the preference in the distribution of Its benefits. Wilt Work No Hardship. Attorney Robert E. Scott asked the comnrltta'o to roport the bill without amendment. In the Interest of both the power companies and the consum? ers. To amend It so as to include the Ideas of Mr. Powell would be to kill It lib could not see how Its enact? ment Into law would work a hardship on any company doing a legitimate business. On the point of acquiring tho rights of a, public service corporation, Mr. Sco'tt stated that the Appalachian Pow ct Company had been adjudged such a corporation by tho circuit Court, and to all intents was such a corporation. To Mr. Powell's question why. In that case, his company was 30 anxious that Children Cry fOK FLETCHER'S CASTORIA YOU know those tiny, gritty flecks in Talcum Powders?we remove them all?this way:? After Air-Float Talcum has been pulverized to the lightest, powder, it is blown into the air in a tightly enclosed rooai?all heavy par? ticles sink and are discarded?only the pow? der that floats lightly like vapor i? used. No other Talcum Powder Manufac? turers uto our "Air-Float" Procets Talcum Powder is the finest, highest grade Talcum Powder you can find anywhere. And because u e owit our Talc mines, wa make up the purest quality of Talcum Powder by an ultra-refining process?ands; 11 it for. 10c a Box The boxes are stout and handsome?imper? vious to air and damp? ness?Sifter Top. Ask your dealer to iltutv you AirtFlool Talcum. TALCUM PUFF COMPANY Mlttrl ?*t Mm/Ill. Biuh Terminal Bids. BROOKLYN. N. Y. the bill bo passed, he replied that 1U only purpose was to make Its publlo eervlce character unquestioned. right on Wendeaburg Ulli. Senator Wendenbtirg's bill retj-ulrlng electrio and steam railways to fllo re? ports of all accldanto, together with names and addresses of wltneHsea and particulars, encountered ttrong oppo? sition when It camo up for considera? tion at the hands of the committee. A Ftrong delegation of railway attor? neys appeared on lbs door to argue ugalnst It. Among those who spoke against the measure wer'. Samuel Cum? mins, of the Newport News. Ham],ton and Old Point (tall way and Electric Companies; A. B. G.ilgon, of the Vir? ginia Hallway and Power Company; J. P. Wood, of the Virginian Railway, and the Roanok-? Street Hallway Com? pany, and lt. E. Scott, ?' the Norfolk and Western Hallway. The trer^i of their argument was that surh a law would op-Tnte to In? crease the business of shyster lawyers and ambulance chasers, and would re? sult In no benefit to the public. Suits would be tiled en trivial charges and crowd the docket. Temptation to in? dulge III specious litigation would moro than offaot possible benefits, ?Senator Wendenburg and Attorney John A. Lamb, of Richmond, spoke on behalf of th? measure. At t'r.e execu? tive session which followed their ar? guments the committee decided to hold another heating on the bill next Tues? day; and fixed Friday, January 2>,. at ?'. o'clock, as the time for a further examination Into the Hart bill POINT IS GAINED FOR INCOME TAX (Continued from first page ) Oeneral Assembly h>~GoTernor Mann. He recommends the passage of a bill covering the situation, which was later Introduced by Colonel John S. 1 far wood. ? This property, then containing ahout twenty-five acres, was deeded to the State In lSS'J by Lee Camp In con? sideration that the Legislature would maintain the Inmates for twenty-two years. Lee Camp was to govern the Institution for that period, at the ex? piration of which, it was then expect? ed, thi need for such a home would have censed. This arrangement will expire on March 3. 1911. However, experience lias shown that the Insti? tution must be kept up for some years to come, and the Governor recommends that the Lee Camp be allowed to con? tinue to name the directors for eight years from the end of the present con? tract, or until March 3. 1923. This will probably be agreed to. 1 HOUSE 1 Reports made to the Houee from committees at the beginning of yes? terday's session included the income tax amendment resolution from the Commitleo for Courts of Justice; the Ttirockmorton ?ntlchlcken bill, the Creamer semimonthly pay bill and the Cox safety appliance bill from the Committee on Oeneral Laws; the Richmond charter bill from the Committee on Counties. cities and Towns, nnd the woman's suffrage bill from the Committee on Privileges und Elections, the latter with a recom? mendation that it do not pass. A message was received from the Governor, recommending that the con? trol of Lee Camp of Confederate Vet? erans over the Soldiors' Home be ex? tended for eight years after Its pres? ent expiration on March, 3, 1011, Mr. Roberts, of Mecklenburg, offered a resolution requesting the Committee on Finance to Increase the appropria? tion for pensions from il?i?OU to $500,000 a year, lie said tho youngof.t soldier Is now post sixty years of age, and whatever the State does for vet? erans she must do now. 1 On motion of Mr. Cox. the Sonate hill permitting the supervisors of llen rico county to Increase' C'O salary of the circuit judge was dismissed. IIIIIn Are Passed. The following bills were read o third time and passed: Extending the operations of the law regulating the Investment In this state of? certain mining und manufacturing corporations. Amending; the charter of the town of Kstlllvllle, now Gate City. Authorizing the town of Pocahontas to sell and convoy part of a street. Allowing State cadets lit the Vir? ginia Military Institute to add to their Incomes. To prevent the killing of robins in Virginia. Mr. Norrls tried to got' re? consideration of the engrossment for the- purpose of amondment, but failed, and the bill was parsed. 83 to 3. The'following Senate bills were read a second time and engrossed: Regulating the Issuance of tax. deeda Incorporating tho town of Cedar By LEWIS H. MACHEN THE FEE SYSTEM J For many years there has been a 1 growing opposition tu the iej svslcin in (nis Stale, tjuite an Imluential por 1 tlon of the press lias liamniereii it ivltn porcopuoio cited. A tew otttcials In the lars^r cities have aejn repeatedly .cited as the recipients of exorbitant j compensation. I Beyond doubt there has beeil ii large element of truth in th?se charges. I Therefore many people, Including a I part of tiie membership or the i.ogis | laiure, hove been led demand the j total abolition of tho present system j and the substitution of the plan of j paying public oiilclals by salaries only. I It lias been frequently suggested, i however, that white there may be In I dividual Instances of ovei'paymerit, tho i probability is that many of tiie fac-paid , brHclals gei less than they would do j tinder any reasonable scab? of salaries ' that could bo devised, and that the i transition to the salary plan niighl cost the .State and the counties and cities far more titan Is generally sup j posed. It k also said that In most of these I oflices the work Is variable, and that : It would he fairer to continue to pay ' the officials according to the amount , of work done than to give them fixed i salaries, which In some Instances might j not bo earned and In others more than earned. Others assert that while tho ' compensation Is dependent upon the j fees, tha official., will be moru zealous i In performing tho service for which i the fee Is paid thun if the fee should I go Into the public funds. '1 hu enemies 01 the. fee system, how? ever, attempt to refute tneae argu? ments by t.ie example of the Uiuted States government and of those Stales ililich have adopted lite salary system. it is but human nature mat the offi? cials In the eines and the larger coun? ties, who are supposed to profit by the continuance of the present system, should use th:lr combined lnfluoncc to prevent Its abolition. Ttois Influence, if fully exerted, will ba great enough to prove a stumbling block to taoso who seek to make the change. Though several rtwafforcs have been proposed in tho Legislature looking to a greater or less curtailment of the fee system, It is practically certain that none of these can pass. There lj a fueling among the mem? bership of the General Assembly that In the present condition of the finances I of t.-.e State it might be a mistake to j make up an immense salary pay roll without knowing whether the plan will result In a saving or a loss. It is ! probable that the officers of the small I ei counties would welcome the change. Thero aro many members of the Legis? lature who would ba willing. If the .State could afford it, to give all pub? lic officials fair and full compensation In the form of salaries, even though it might bo more thun they are now receiving. As to most of the fee-paid offices in the State, nobody knows what th-ey are now worth to those who hold them. Pc-rhaps there are many officials who do not themselves know whai they re? ceive In any year for their services. It Is the general impression that the first stop In the direction of doing away with the fee system Is to a/sc-er tuln' how much these officials now re coive. To accomplish this end. Senator "West has Introduced Senate bill 49. which requires that all public officers whose compensation Is paid In whole or In part in fees or commissions to keep s fee book and to report annually the aggregate amount of fees and other allowance.* received by thsm. The State officers are to file their fee accounts with the -Secretary of the Commonwealth, and the county and city officers with the clerks of their liluff, Tazewell county. I Tiie House bill permitting cities to ! borrow money and issue bunds 10 build email bout harbors was passed on its second reading. .Meioturt Goes Over. The bill to prevent criminals, Idiots and Imbeciles from propagating tneir I kind camo next. Mr. uiivur moved that it be commlltod to the Commit? tee for Courts of justier,, iie thought it violated the Hill of Kighls of Vir? ginia, which says that "cruel and un? usual punishments ought not to bo inilicted." Dr. II. V. Stophenson, the patron, asked that this be not dono. Colonel Harwood said the Asylums' ? and 1'rtsoiiB Committee had reported the bill unanimously. Jt was auggestod by Mr. Ruther foord that the discussion of this mat? ter should be in executive session, but thu Speaker said the spirit of thu rules of tho ilouso was opposed to such sessions. I On motion of Mr. Montague the bill was passed by for tho present, be? cause of the near approach of the hour 'for the nomination of Senators, and ?the consequent Impossibility ot ex? tended debate. Others Postponed. Por the same reason, the bills to ' establish a colony for the feeble? minded nnd the Byrtl primary bill were passed by for the day. ' The House engrossed a bill relating ! to the taxation of cemetery companies, and one to mnko the statine conform to tho construction of the State Cor? poration Commission In the mutter ol decrease of outstanding capital slock ; Mr. Wlso desired to add lucorpor ' ated towns to the bill, which extends the probation system for drunkards to all the cities of the State, and offered a substitute bill. The Spoakcr sug ' gested that It might not be consti? tutional to put In n substitute in this manner, and the matter went over. So nlso did a bill allowing direc? tors of corporations to put deeds of trust on record without the consent ol stockholders. Hynl XnillCH Martin. The lime having come for the cxe eiltlon of the Joint order, Judge Mar? tin Williams took thu chnlr. Speaker Byrd addressed the House. He said j in part: "On a similar occasion six years ago I hud the hoiit>r to place in nomina? tion the name of the distinguished gentleman who Is now the senior Sen- | ' ator from Virginia. j "In speaking of the qualities of Sen? ator Martin, I then sntd: , " 'Thero Is a iform of intellect which consists of a clearness of mental vision, a Just sense of perspective, and an accurate perception of tho relative Im? portance ar.il tho true relation of facts. These qualities we summarize In the j word 'Judgment.' This high montnl attribute Senator Martin possesses In I a greater <lcgrao than any man I know.' "Tho olx yearn of 8?rvIco which Sen | ator Martin has given his State and I'll,KS CURED IN 6 TO 14 DAYS. Your druggist will refund money If PAZO OINTMENT falls to cure any; caso of Itching. Blind, Bleeding or Pro? trudln Flies In ft to 11 days. 60a, I ' > iy.'t. V- ': ? v.''\',V-.i'; y'\ . /-'??*:?? : ' .'..S respective courts before ilic iutu day Nif January ot each year, as well as i the amounts paid by ti.111 in deputies, ? clerks ami stenographers. A failure to ! comply with this law Would be pun I lslud by a Cue not exceeding >2U0 and, I 111 the discretion of the court or Jury I trying the case, by Imprisonment In I jail not exceeding thirty .lays. Provl ? Hloti la made for reporting such olll cials to the grand Juries. 'file A urn tor 01 i'?oiic Accounts Is roiiiured to report to trie legislature on to ? Hrrtt uuy of February every session the names of such oiilcdrs and the amount 01 compensation received by each during the preceding year. It might lie better to require the Audi? tor s report to cover lue tw? previous years, so that a continuous series of I reports muy be had. Exempted from ; t ie operation of the bill an- notaries public, commissioners in chancery., justices of the peace, county Supervis? ors, constables and th; officers of in? corporated towns. I' is not perceived that any great | harm' could come of requiring these Officials to report also. They arc public Olttccrs, arid the public iias a right to i know what they are being paid for their servjoia. 'l he Mil docs not appear to provide ' for the reporting of this Information by the Secretary or tao Commonwealth and the clerks'to the Auditor of Public Accounts, unless U may be Interred from thi fact that the Auditor is to I prepare the blanks upon which these : reports are to be made. Otherwise the j hill appears to be In proper form. I Since it carries no appropriation J (that worst handicap of measures), and does not call for anything but information, and that, too, of a kind Which ilia public has an acknowledged right to know, there should not be the slightest doubt of Its passage. And I yet there la doubt. ! Those officials who ara reaping the richest harvests from the present sys? tem do not caro to hava tho public know just how rioh taelr particular gold mines are. It will be something more than marvelous If they do not strain several nerves In tho effort to keep this information In the same Im? penetrable darkness in which it has t remained these many years. Moreover, they will recognize this measure as the foundation stone of a new structure, which, from their standpoint, would be highly detrimen? tal to thi general welfare and to. their particular welfare on the side. It would be a sweet and blessed thing If all of these officials would co? operate In forwarding instead of hin? dering this inevitable movement. The fee System Is doomed in this State and in all the .states, if the Legislature can get complete information as a basis of action, there Ie no doubt that ? Its determination will be equitable and, conservative. If such information is denied, the I next session is likely, under the pres? sure of an aroused and perhaps Indlg- i nant public opinion, to wipe away the ] whole obsolete system r.nd substitute j a plan which will pro;s most heavily upon those who are now making such efforts to escape Its heavy hand. But ' men are ever prone to seize the pres? ent advajitagc and allow the remote evil to take care of Itself. There Is much talk theec days of an "offlce-'holders' trust." There Is some fact and much exaggeration in what ! has been said on this subject. The underlying truth Is that the people . do not relish the idea that public ser- i vanta should ever undertake to be the ' public's masters, and any serious effort In that direction will ultimately prove ? more than sorlous for those who un? dertake It. Ma country since those words were ?spoken demonstrate the correctness of 'hat estimate. i Demands (or Change. "Into the melting pot ot this na- ' 'Ion nas been cast all creeds, all racos, ill political formulas. "Out of this melting pot comes poll '.lcal heresies, insistent demands for fundamental changes In the fabric of (overnment, "Insistent voices from the uttermost <iarts of the county are calling for i-outnern leadership. And the South aus splendidly responded. She presents i notable array of statesmen and de? motes them to the servlco of the na- ; lion, and among the greatest of thorn, among the nioi<t powerful in Intelli? gence, In experience, In Influence, is the senior Senator from Virginia. He aus played a great part. Ho Is destined to play a greater. Ho will be one , of those who will help to save reprc- j tentative government In this nation and defend the fundamental principles | upon winch alone a democratic gov- ! crnmcnt can stand. "In response to tho command of the Democratic voters of Virginia, I have the honor to nominate Thomas S. Mar? tin, of the county of Albcmarle, as Sen utor of the United Slates from Vir? ginia." Repetition of History. Edwin P. Cox followed. He saiil that history repeats itself, and spoke of the greut struggle, preceding the Revolution, when Richard Henry Doe and a son of Alhomarle?Tnomas Jef? ferson?were the contenders, Jeffeison making his mark In the world. In 1893, he continued, another L>Qc and anothor man from Albemarlo were contestants. Destiny spoke again, and Thomas B. Murtin was elected, the result being that Eitzhugh . I_.ee be? came the foremost figure of tho Spanish-American War era, and Martin occupies tne commanding position of Democratic lender In the United States Senate. The private und professional life of Senator Martin were spoken of by Hill Montague. He said that instead of being an unknown country lawyer when lirst elected, us has been'charged, Sonator Martin was one of tho fore? most attorneys In the State. His prl- I vato life was above suspicion. The nomination was further second- ! ed by C. W. Throckmorton, Aubrey O, Weaver, John S. Whlto and C. Richelieu Coloman. SwitiiNnn Is .Named. The nomination of Senator Claude A. Swanson was by Judge Martin Wil? liams. Ho said that Senator Daniel, whose eyes in canvas looked then down on tho Oeneral Assembly, did moro to heal the wounds between the North and the South than any other man. "When he died," he continued, "the Governor gave tho commission to Claude A. swanson. Did ho make a mistake'.' Tho record of Swanson says. ?No." Did tho people disapprove his choice? Tho verdict at the polls last September flays, 'No.' "Born In obscurity, Swanson served his people In Congress, coming on the stago at a period of progress and ad? vancement, he did his full share to make the' State keep slop In tho front rank. I perform tho greatest political duty of my lifo when I place in nom? ination the no-mo of Claude AuguMuB Here's the Sixth I'rize Jingle in th?i lust week "Vel? vet Kind Ice Cream" Jingle Contest. The Seventh prize will appear TO-MORROW. Phone Orders Monroe 1862 When yov want some pare Ice Cream, One by all Richmond declare supreme. Keep this fact fresh in mind. And order only the Velvet Kind. W. H. KELLEY, R. F. D. 4, Brook Road, City. PURITY ICE CREAM CORPORATION. | Jefferson and Cary Streets Kwanaon, of the county of Plttsyl vnnia." Numerous Second*. The nomination woe seconded by Captain W. \V. Baker, AMen Bell, who dwelt upon Virginia'*, position in na? tional council!!: x. H. Love, who gloried In the tuet that Swanson had led the primary ticket, "not because I love Martin the less, but love Swanson more"; Berkley I?. Adams. Itev. R. C. Buck, James J. Creamer, "as the repre? sentative on this door of organized labor, whose friend he has always been": Tip ton r>. Jennings, "as coming from the home town of John \V. Daniel and of Carter Class"; Or. II. U. Stephcn son. of Toano, "representing the five greatest counties and tno greatest city in th0 State"; C. J. Mcetzc. C.. W. An? derson, C. W. Orcgory and E. W. Mllstead. The vote was taken on each position, the Republicans refraining from vot? ing,, but nominating no candidate. The House adjourned at 2:16. [ SENA TE_I .Hev. George E. Booker, brother of Clerk M. u. itookcr, open- i tho Senate "/Ith prayer at noon, L.iuuteiiu.iit-Guv ernor J. Taylor Ellysou presiding. Justness began with the reading of -he journal and reports from several Uanalng committees. To avoid delaying the Joint meet? ing of the houses tor thu election of United States Senators scheduleu for io-day. Senator Echols moved that vhen the Senate suspend tor the day, .t adjourn to meet at 11:30 o'clock this *iorning itutead of 12 o'clock, the Jsiiul Hour. The motion was carried. Senator Fulkos offeied a resolution lulling upon the Senate to request Ihd State Corporation Commission to fur? nish, ut its earliest convenience. a ? lutement showing the aggtegatc :otal assessed value of railroad prop? erties of ail kinds, Including rolling nock, that will be liable to local lux? ation In each county, city and town of the Commonwealth, In the ovent of the enactment of Senate bill No. 1, vhlch proposes a pro rata division of /oiling slock assessments among tho different counties. Will Iteport Kridny. For the Information of the Senate, before action was taken on the reso iution, Senator Holt stated that Secre? tary Wilson, of the State Corpoiation Commission, had expressed his Inten? tion of tiling such a statement willt tho Committee on Roads and Internal Navigation at its meeting next Friday. The Folkes resolution carried by a unanimous voto. The first bill on the calendar was Senator Harnian's measure to rcgu luic Insurance of public buildings and other State property In Virginia, which camo up on its third reading. Senator Holt was not clear as to how the proposed law Improved tho present stale of affairs, and Mr. Herman ex? plained that it was designed to place nil public buildings under the super? vision of the State Department of In? surance. Under the present system, he said, policies on many public build? ings are permitted to expire, leaving; them for longer or shorter intervals unprotected. The measure was In? dorsed by Governor Mann and other public men, who thought that in tho Interest of safety and economy un arrangement like that provided by the bill In question, was necessary. A vote on the bill was unanimously in favor of Its passage. It was the on? ly one advanced at yesterday's ses? sion. 1 ei,, Hills Passed By. Two other bills were considered, but no action was taken on them. The bill to amend tho game laws so us to shorten tho season for tho killing of robins, was tipoui motion of its patron, Senator Walker, passed over for future consideration. Senator Gravntt's bill to amend the Code of Virginia relutlve to the standard of cord measure and of agricultural pro? ducts, which came up for its hi corid reading, gave rise to considerable dis? cussion, which was cut short by tho chairman at 1 o'clock, who ordered tho Senate to proceed with the nomination of United States Senators, pursuant to a resolution carried the day before fixing tho nominations for this hour. Argument on the measure hinged about an amendment attached by tha committee, providing thnt the stand? ard bushel of corn meal In the State shntl weigh fifty pounds. Senator Hart objected that such a law would place the Virginia miller nl a disad? vantage with millers In adjoining Stales, who sell their product on the basis of forty-eight pounds to the bushel, and who will therefore he ab'e to quote a lower price per bushel. The United State? government, he staled, was nbout to draft a law llxlng forty-eight pounds as the correct weight of a bushel of meal, anil the Virginia law should be the same To Protect Consumer. Senator Holt favored fixing the weight at fifty pounds, nnd argued the position of the consumer. whose rights, ho said, ought to he considered as well as ihoso of the millers. The Gently sweep the system, Cure Constip? ation in a night. A certain Kidney nnd Liver' Regulator. %J?m them to-doy. . ^UlryEglti6_lO.Jf4.50c.,.ciM4liPr?P*Jai miller, he thought, was ampl> pro-| viue<l for, by tne seven pounds he trots out of every fifty-six -pound ' bushel of corn for grinding, and the uddluonul pound he receives for bolt? ing. Senator Oarrctt causod a ripple of laughter when In tho course of a short talk I nfavor of the forty-clght-ponnd Btundara, lie expressed It as his opin? ion that Senator Holt knew very little about corn meal. If he thought that a bushel of corn will make a bushel of meal. "I am from tho country, he saldi "and 1 know that It won't." further debate was Interrupted by the order to proceed to the election of Senators. Martin Nominated. In a speech roauundlng With elo? quent praise of Albomarle's greatest son. Senator N. O. Early, Jr., placed In nomination the namo of Thomm-, Staples Martin. for .senior United Stales Senator from Virginia. Ho sketched his early career and his first political triumphs with the pride of neighbor and friend, and declared him to bo "tbo mightiest gladiator, which Virginia's Democracy has ever pro?! ducod." Seconding speeches were made by Senators Hart, Echols, Moncure, Cum mlngs, Wendenburg, Gaylc and Walk? er. Senator Walker received hearty applauso when he said that Thomas S. Martin was not his choice foi the sennlorshlp, hut because he was the choice of Virginia, he was glad of tho privilege to second his nomination, ltlaon Nominates Swanson. Senator Hlson presented the name of Claude A. Swanson as Junior United States Senator from Virginia. He re? ferred In his speech to the growing confidence of tho people In his nominee, dating from his earliest pub? lic office, and to his worthy adminis? tration aB Governor of the State. The nomination was seconded by Senators Drewry, Fletcher. Folkes, West, Mapp, Garrelt and Featherston. "It was not my pleasure to be one of the supporters of Senator Swanson ? In the last campaign," said Senator | Feutlicrston, "but my failure to sup? port him was not due to mistrust. II voted for another good Virginian, who was my. friend and neighbor, hut I ami ] glad at thla time to second the noml-l nation of Mr. Swanson." Eighteen new bills were Introduced] In the course of the session, nnd ad? journment was taken at 2:05. HOUSE BILLS The following were presented and refer? red under Rule 37: To Committee on Finance. By Mr. Harwood: A bill to amend und re-enact section 11?D of the Code ot Virginia. By Mr. Kumper: A bill to provide (or a uniform ending and beginning of ttio fiscal year In Virginia. By Mr. Cox: A bill to amend the general tax Inn'. To Committee nn Schools and Collegea By Mi ??rs. Baker. ' of Chesterflelr, and Ivey: A bill In relation to treasurers' ac? counts: how rendcrod and examined. By Messrs. llakor. of Cheatortlold, ana Ivey: A bill In relation to the collection end disbursement of sehool moneys by the county treasurers and thulr compensation. My Mr. Kemper: A bill In reference to ap? pointing teachers in tho Virginia School for tho Deaf and the Blind at ijtaunton. To Commlttr? on General Law?. fly Mr. Harwood: A bill to regulate the conduct and equipment of hotols. to pro? vide for tho Inspection thereof, and penal? ties for the violation of the provisions thereof. l'o Committee on Insurance and Banking-. By Mr. Cox: A bill tlxlng tho liability of a bank to Its depositor for payment ot forced or raised chucks. By Mr. Williams: -V bill to provide for the examination of banks and other similar institutions in this Htato, and in make cer? tain general provisions, and (or the con-* duct ot tho business of banking, and to provide penalties (or the violation ot tho provisions hereof. By Mr. Cox: A bill relative to payment and custody, of deposits In two or mure names. To Committee on Roads nnd Internal Navi? gation. By Mr. Houston: A bill entitling the holder of a railroad ticket or a, mileage slip, accepted by the railroad company In lieu thereof, to check not exceeding -CO pounds of baggage to point o( destination. To Committee uu Counties, Cities anil Towns, By Air. Wise: A bill In relation to the compensation of overseers of the poor. By Mr. Weaver: A bill to amend an act to provide for tho Issuing of county bonds for permanent road or brtegu Improvement In the miigtsturlnl districts of the counties of the State. in Committee for Court* of Justice. By Mr. Hotatoii: A bill relating to prohi? bition of rcmnrrlago In decrees of divorce. By Mr. t.'ux: A bill to punish tho mak? ing or use of false statements to obtnin i property or credit. By Mr. Cox: A bill defining the crime of burglary with explosives, and providing Iho punishment therefor. By Mr. White, of I'.ockbrldge: A bill pro? hibiting contributory negligence to be nnide a defense In actions (or personal Injuries. I By Mr. Whilo, of ltockbrldge: A bill to I authorize the sale of real estate held as courtesy or us dower, whether the remain? der be vested or contingent, and whether! the remaindermen be Infants or adults, and lo provide for partition In certain cases. . By Mr. While. o( ltockbrldge: A bill aa I to now Indictments (?und nnd presentments I nnide. and how amended: By Mr. Holsten: A bill t? place In thej 'discretion o.' the court to require testimony In n divorce case to be given ore tenus In open eourl. nnd providing how testimony so given, or the (nets so proven, may be made part of the record of the cause, for appeal. By Mr. itolston: A bill in reference to ?in.n affirmation may be made In lieu ol taking an oath. By Mr. Itolston: A bill to' make infants under fourteen yeare uf age und pemona otherwise defective In understanding, com? petent to testify ore tcuus without oath or affirmation, By Mr. Watts: A bill to proven! tho op? pression or Intimidation of persons held In custody, or under arrest, and to provide punishment for person* violating this act. By Mr. Moncure: A bill Imposing upon railroad corporations liability for Injury .to their employes In certain cases. By Mr. .Stephenson, of Bath: A bill to! prescrlbo In what eases a' Justice of the j peace shall not have Jurisdiction In * suit o? warrant. By Mr. White, of Rorkbrldge: A bill to tlx and define tho evidential effect ot a si-ul affixed to writing*. By Mr. Whlto, ot. Rockhrnlga: A bill re? quiring-. Juries to pass upon tho question of negUtonce In actions fer seraoaal in Junes. Jtiy .Mr. While, of Rockbridgo: A bill to allow tho employment of court stenogra? pher* In cases punishable by death. By Mr. White, of Rockbridge: A bill to amend and ro-er.act section Its of tho Codo of Virginia, entitled Justlcen to certify tinea to clerks. By .Mr. Whlto. of Rockbrldge: A. bill to amend aad re-enact section SiiO of the Codo of Virginia. By Mr. Whlto. of RocUbrldgo: A bill to amend and re-enact ecctlon 577 of tho Codu of Virginia, entitled "Presentment, indict? ment orlnformation, process thereon, attor neys' feea; no officer to rccelvo fees out oC - treasury taxation of cost; limitation tu prosecutions," By -Mr. White, of Rockbrldge: A bill to amend and re-enact section SfiK of tho Coda of Virginia. By .Mr. While, of Rockbrldge: A bill to amend nnd re-onacl section 10:1 of ths Code, and to amend and ro-cnact soctlon tea of tho Codo. By Mr. White, of Rockrbrldgo: A bill to amend and ra-enaot section Slya, of ths Codo of 1904, ??titled "Hutles, compensation, lia? bilities of offloers; thalr retldenc-e." By Mr. Whlto, of Rookbrldgo: A bill re? quiring contributory negligence to be pleaded. By Mr. White, of Rockbrldge: A bill In relation to commissioners, sheriffs, consta? bles, eta, to givo information of violation cf penal laws to the attorney for the Com? monwealth as herotoforo amended. By Mr. White, o( flocltbnugo: A bill to amend and re-enact soction f.'H of tho Codo. of Virginia. By .Mr. White, or Rockbrldge: A bill to amend and re-enact section 7!t of tho Codo of Virginia. By .Mr. White, of Kockbrldge: A bill to amend and re-enact section 35.7 of the Codu of Virginia. By Mr. Jennings: A bill to Invalidate as? signments of wages to secure loans In cer? tain eoiua, unless accepted, und restricting their offset as tiocurlty. By Mr. White or ilockbridge: A bill io amend and re-enact chapter Sj of thu Acti of the Lienorai Assembly of Virginia of 1MB, approved February 17, 1!>?, entitled an Bet to authorize thu Board of Supervisors of any county or council of any city or town to offer rewards tor the arrest and convic? tion of criminals where tho crime was com? mitted within the limits of said counties', cities or towns. By Mr. White, of Ilockbridge; A bill pro? viding that railroad employes do not as? sume risks Incident to th? manner In which railroads conduct their business. By lift. White, of Ilockbridge: A bill to amend and ic-cnact section Sit: of the Codo of Virginia. To joint Committee on Special, Private and Local legislation. By Mr. Howerton: A bill to amend an aei to provide for the bulldlns. working and repairing of public roads of Mussed county. By Mr. Harwood: A bill to _.ucnd an act making annual appropriations lo the Con? federate Soldiers' Home, and In considera? tion therefor accepting a conveyance from lt. B. Coo Camp, No. I, Contederato Vete? rans, of the property owned by It and now used for said borne, so as to extend tho time when tbo possession and control of tho property, conveyed In tho deed from said H. E. Lee Camp, No. I. Confederate, Veterans, to the Commonwealth of Vir? ginia, dated March 14, ISM, shall pass from tho grantor to the granteo of said deed. By Messrs. Old and Peck: A bill to au? thorize the Hoard of Supervisors of Norfolk county to borrow a sum, not exceeding JXQ, 000, for the purpose of permanent road Im? provement* In said county By Mr. Flannngan: A bill to authorize, and empower the Board of Supervisors o* the county of Montgomery, In their discre? tion, to contribute and expend annually out of the general county levy of the said county a sum of money for tho purpose of promot? ing agriculture and stock raising In eald county. By Mr. Brewer: A bill to amend tho charter of tho city of Suffolk. SENATE BILLS By Mr. West: A bill to amend and re-er.. act Bectlon 16 of the charter of the city of KtirTolU. Referred to the Joint Commlttco on Special, Private and Local Legislation. By Mr. Moncure: A bill to require tho board of bridge commlfsloners of the Fa! mouth Bridge. In the county of Stafford, to let out the collecting of tolls and keeping of said bridge to the highest bidder. Refer? red to the Joint Committee on Special, Pri? vate and i/ocal Legislation. By Mr. Feathcrston: A bill to add an In? dependent section to bo known as section (Continued on Tenth Page.) r For 1012. Our New Descriptive Catalog is hilly up-to-date, and tells all about the best Garden and Farm Seeds. Every farmer and gardener should have a copy of this cata? log, which has long been recog? nized as a standard authority, for the full and complete infor? mation which it gives. We are headquarters for Grass and Clover Seeds, Seed Potatoes, Seed Oats, Cow Peas, Soja Beans and all Farm Seeds. Wood's Descriptive Catalog mailed free on request. Write for it. T. W. WOOD 6 SONS. Seedsmen, - Richmond, Va. 1417 and 1419 East Muln, . JUchmond. V?.