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CLAIM THEY FIND
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
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The boxes are stout
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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
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