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THE TIMES KOl'NDED lfSO. WHOLE NUMBER 18.903. RICHMOND,, VA., THUM SPAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1912. Til Ki WKATHER TO-DAY?Fair PRICE TWO CENTS. House Caucus Votes to Retain Congressional Boundaries. EFFECTIVE FIGHT LED BY STEBBINS Sixth District Protestants Win Most Votes. Demand From Ninth Being Overruled?Few People Tried to Have Secret Session, but Failed. All thi congressional districts in Virginia will remain as thoy now are lor the next ten years. A virtual B?l i lenient or the question. Which ha-", caused so much stir in the legislature Hlnco it iihJ.einl.leJ, waa reached last night, when tho Democrats of the House or Delegates, in caueuj assem? bled, decided by a vote of 42 to 32, to u'iont the following resolution, offered by Joseph Stebbins, Jr.; ?Resolved, That It Ma tht aonse of this caucus that In redlstrlcting the Stale of Virginia Into congressional districts, the present district bourida i leu should be preserved, und the Com? mittee on Privileges and Elections is hereby directed to have the i>lll re? committed and report a bill re-enact? ing the present law, so that tho same boundary lines of the districts shall be preserved." Drlnlls of Vc.tr. Thi> vote w;is as follows; Ayes?Adams, Bain. Bargamln. Bell, Borden, Bowman, Brewer, Hurt. Chalk, ley, ChrUtlan. Curtis. Daniel, FUz hugh. Ho wer tori, Jennings, Jordan, Kemper, Kent. Love, Ltinsford, Martin, Montague, Mosclcy, Norrls, Oliver. 1'age, Parker, Peyton, Radford, How, Roberts, of Mecklenburg: Holsten, .Smith, Spessart!, Sto.bblns. StephensonV of Bath; Templeton, rtz. Walton, White, of Rockbrldgei Willeroy and Wise? i:. Noes?Anderson. Btikcr. Batiks, Brown, of Danville: Brownin?,". Byrd, i'olemati, of Norfolk; Coleman, of Spot-I sylvdnlu; Cox. Evans, Gilllam, <lrant, iJrcgory, ilarwood, Houston, Jvey, Kin-! st y, Land, Malbon. Moncuro, Moor?, I Hakes, Richardson, How, Ruthorfoord, Slftphcnson, of James City. Terrell, Th rock uiur ton. Waits, Weaver, White, nf Albcuiaric, and Williams?32. fair?Mr. Clarke with Mr. T?te. William? Uo?r* In ( IIIIrim. Although the members from the three districts affected?tits Fifth; Sixth und Ninth?Voted ten noes und nine ayes, ilio result being that the member* from the districts not alfected decided the case. Judge Martin Williams cheerful* ly acquiesced In tho wish of the ma? jority, und moved to make It unani? mous. II?; will, at tho Urs I opportunity, make the nee?ssary motion to recom? mit the rcdlsirlctlng oill to the Corn inltto on Privileges und Elections, ol which he is chairman, lor the purpose of having tile changes made which will leave all the' district-, just us they now arc. it is fully understood that the Pen ale will not Interfere, and that the bill ?111 to through barring unexpected de? velopments, us decided upon last night. The caucus was replete With resolu? tions, points of order ns to proccduie, and parliamentary ridings, it was said that tile form in which the resolu? tion was put lined up among the "stand-patters'! some of thosu who would have voted to remove llullfux county froth the Sixth District und put ll In the Fifth, but who would not have agreed to lake Olles, Bland and Tuze well 11urn the Ninth aim put them In the .Sixth. If thib be true, the credit lor eng inci t ing tho situation belongs to Joseph Siobbins, of Halifax, who led Hie light on the floor, and who bus made a contest over tills mutter which l.as excited the Interest o fthe entire body. He worked day and night over it, and lias been exceedingly active in securing friends against the bill as re? ported from ilie committee. Party Mutter. Judge Williams made the opening statement, aller Chairman Edwin P. Cox had called the meeting to order. He said that he would have this redis i riding put on the same plane with every oilier In every State?settled with a view to advantage for the domi? num party. He lold how those would save the Fifth District from Republi? canism could figure out that the only chance was to add Halifax to it. Then, coming to the Ninth, he felt that had tho wealth and Influence of tho Tnze wpil Republicans been out of the dis? trict, Henry C. Stuart would now be in Congress In the seat of Bascomb Bleinp. So It had been decided that the best thins to do was to put Halifax In ihe Fifth and take Giles, Bland und Taae will from the Ninth. He went over tlie ideographical situation with extreme care, pointing out every possibility. Then, lie said, tvhon the committee had completed Us work, there hud come intimations that he dealred to advance hia personal fortunes. He said that under no circumstances would he ac? cept nny nominations tltla year. As to a statement that it wits a i.iow at Hop. rcsentiitlve Curler Claas, ho repudiated it with scorn. IIa read from the Taue ive'll Republican, which culled tho Dem Hi rats liars and hypocrites because they hud planned this change'. Demands From Ninth. ?Now." he concluded, "if the othor seven districts think they know more i ban we do about tho best interests of our own district, then vote down the committee report, r have- had a flood i.t demands from the Ninth that this change bo mndo. i hitve heard from .75 p>er cent, of the county chairmen and ebmhil Itcemen of the. district; they all want it. I have, a telegram received to? day from A. A. Campbell, who before the committee first advocated lotting the district alone; ho wants tho change.'' Hugh S. White could not understand the change of front on the part of Ihe Ninth District leaders, who at llr'sl said they wanted Ihr district lines to In- un? changed. Ho said lie ha<l read u letter from U. Tale Irvine, of Wise, to the (Continued on Seventh Page.) ILLEGALLY SENTENCED Justice Gcrurd Decide* lu Fu?or ot llrnndt, Former VoJct. Sew York. Fcbruady 21.?Kxcopt for service of five years In prison, Folko E. Brandt Ih to-night the same inun In the eyes of tho law as ho was be? fore he was sent away on April. 4, 19?7, 10 serve, thirty years for bur? glary at the homo ol .Mortimer L. Schiff, where ho once worked bh a Borvant. The long prison term was brokon up to-<lay, when Juttlce Gerard, of the Supreme Court, sustained a writ of habeas corpus obtained la Brandt's behalf. Tho young Swede remained In tho Tombs to-night, but with assurance that he will be released on ball later to await a new trial or any other de? velopment In his remarkable caso. Justice Gerard's decision brought to a climax a case which has had the absorbed attention of the public for nearly a month, nnd ly still a matter of grand Jury Investigation to deter? mine If there was a conspiracy In giv? ing Brandt such a long term. According to records Justice Gerard reud into his opinion. Brandt on March l'."J7, wltiidrew a plea of not guilty to the Indictment charging that he j feloniously broke into the Schifr house i and stole "two pins and a shoe horn." ! und pleaded guilty. In sentencing him j u week later to thirty years In prison. ! judge Otto Ai Hoealsky Illegally con i demhed the man, according to Justice I Gerard. ' Alton B. I'arker and Delancey N'lcoll, counsel for Mr. Schiff, to-day tele? graphed Governor Dlx, asking that I hoy be allowed to appear before him next Friday to move for a broadening of the Inquiry started by Cf>mmlg sioner Hand, :ti order that Mr. Schiff and Howard ;?>. Gans, his counsel, be allowed to testify. A letter also was mailed stating reasons for t.hu appli? cation for a broader hearing "to the end that scandalous rumors should be dispelled and the truth made known.' i The letter declares that through' tht-Se rumors "the probity of a buhl hebs und the reputation of a lawyer bad been assailed, and, beyond and above, the reputation of a woman had been besmirched by Insinuations and Inucndoea." Uix [Ictuses to Act. Albany, X. v., February 21.?Al? though Attorney ?Genera] Car mod >? strongly aqviscd Governor Dlx to-day to grant an immediate pardon to Folko ; 15. lirandt. tin-- former valet of Mor? timer L> Schiff, the Governor declared to-night that lie would act only on the recommendation of ltlchard I.. Hand, i the commissioner appointed to ascer tain if the evidence warranted the exercise of executive clemency. Attorney-General Carmody, In an opinion submitted to the Governor to? night; contends that while Brandt may have been guilty of a crime, there was no evidence- in support of the convic? tion for burglary, first degree. PAPERS ARE FOUND They Had Been Reported Hissing Frota \\ Ii r Depo r( im-nt. Washington, February 21.?Some of the documents In the case of Major Bccchor U. Hay, which were said to be missing flom the War Department nie?, were turned up to-day and sent to the Helm committee by Secretary Stlmson, who said the papers had been found in .some personal effects of Gen? eral .1. Franklin Bell, former chief of StiS "f the army. The committee al? ready bad subpoenaed General Taskcr 11. Bliss, who is said to have copies of the documents. Major Kay, who is an army paymas? ter, has been under lire before the i committee on charges of political ac? tivities, particularly about the time the Chicago convention of 1908 nomi? nated President Taft. The records sent to the committee to-day show that Major Hay. when under Investigation in tho Philippines j on charge of signing a false certifi? cate, used a character recommendation I from Mr. Taft, then President-elect; that on another occasion Ray was or- | dorcd to the Philippines at his own ex penso by President Roosevelt, ami that] later ha wns ordered back to the. I'nited States at bis own expense by General Belli who cabled that the order was "by direction." By whose direction is not disclosed in the record, und the committee considers calling General Hell. ? After Ray had been on leave from the Philippines before the convention of 15'is, General Bell, ordering him back to the Islands. wrote General Ftinst?n at San Francisco that Presi? dent Roosevelt had directed him (Geb oral Bell) to authorize Hay to sail on; a Pacific liner. The. record indicates that something changed the plan and that Ray had applied for an extension of leave. The committee members think there is still some correspondence missing and hope to secure some links from , General Bliss, who Is to appear on j Monday. CLEARING HOUSE FOR SOUTH Its Object Will lie to Look After Im? migration iiml Industrial Affairs. Baltimore, Md.. February ?i.? Tbc es* tabllshmcnt of an Immigration and In? dustrial clearing house for tho South through the Southern Settlement and Development organization, which was formed here yesterday by delegates . trom the Southern States and trans- | portntlon interests, wan foreshadowed by one of the leaders In the movement to-day. With headquarters in Baltimore, the organization will have branches throughout the country, especially lit i the Southern States. The new enter-; prise, It was Bnid, I? to be In charge of n director thoroughly equipped for) the work. Discussing the new organisation to day, S. Ddvics Wnrflold, chairman of the permanent committee, said that' the undertaking was a. big one and! the- problems involved were many. To iireompllsh their solution, he added, would require the exercise of a high grade f Intelligence, a large anioirfit of money and milch energetic ? ffort. The preliminary work, Mr. VViirfield said. Is now in the hands of tin- members of the permanent ex? ecutive committee, which Is composed of representatives of the transporta? tion lines interested, and the repre? sentatives of commercial bodies who represent the Intorosts of the respec? tive Slates. T0Y~PISTOL FATAL ?Firm That Sold It Mold Responsible for IIot'n Death. Madison, W|s., February 21.?A whole? sale fireworks concern of Milwaukee was held responsible hy the SVIsoons'n Supreme Court yesterday for the death of. a hoy who'purchased n toy pistol sold to' a retailor by the wholesale house. The boy later contracted teta? nus nnd died. The Male of the pivto) was alleged to be in violation of the State law. SENATE DEFEATS WOMAN'S COLLEGE Measure Lost on Final Ballot by Vote of 14 to 20. WILL FIGHT AGAIN AT NEXT SESSION Advocates Say They Will Be Present When Session of 1914 j Is Called to Order?Only j Slight Debate Is Had on Final Hearing of'Edu? cational Measure. Both advocates and opponents of tlio Early-Rifion woman's college bill were floundering in a sea of hopeless inde termihattoh yesterday, an<i wer? alter, nalely skirmishing lor more tune, and j demanding an Immediate vote, when th<_ ijen/.tc grots- weary and voted to rescind a previous motion fixing the time 01 taking a vote on the bill at :.' o'clock. H tuen laid its heavy hand on the measure, declining to pass the bill on Its third reading by a vote or 20 to 14. Two of the Senators declin? ed to vote either way, und lour were paired. lr. thus refusing to puss the Early 1 Hlson oill, tho upper House effectively i routed the last remaining hone that I the present General Assembly would in j dorse the plan to establish at or near the University of Virginia a co-ordtn I ute college lor the education of women. : Incidentally it put an end to a cam i paign which In point of vigorous pro? secution and assiduous lobbying, set ?new standards for Virginias legislative I halls. Will Ucncvi riebt in 101-t. I "Wo fought a good light, held good I f.iith with our friends, and will light j again," said .Mrs. Beverly B. Muntord, ! who was an Interested spectator in the gallery, commenting on tho' result of ! the vote. The eye* ol halt" the audi I ence, upon the Instant tiiat the vote; I wus announced, sought out the woman j to whose efforts In I11130 part was due j the conversation of more than one Sen I atbr who begun the session with ! the determination to oppose the bill. Her presence In th? lobbies ot the j Capitol every day of the present ses ; Bloh, rain or shine, and her unremitting ; labor for a measure which was clo^e to her heart, made her the central llg ! ure In the wliole dramatic light- When it was ail over the whole assemblage I turned to admire the spirit with which ! Bho accepted defeat. If Mrs. Munford felt the blow she betrayed no sign of surrender. She was on the floor within two minutes shaking hands with her opponents and congratulating the advocates of the measure upon tMV;lr worthy light, "Do you care to make a statement?" she was asked by the reporter for The Times-Dispatch. "I have hone to make." she replied, "except to say that we are not beaten, and that we will renew the fight in It'll. Did we expect to win this year? Well, when we lirst started we didn't. | But as the campaign progressed and tile possibility of victory grew blight? er, we began to have- hopes. The op? position has fought us bard, but they have been at all times courteous.'! It lit improbable that tile House bill will now eomc to a vote. Accede* to S inendinent. The contest opened with a state? ment by Senator Kurly that the advo? cates of the bill had agreed to accept the Amendment proposed the day be- j fore by Senator Tucker fixing the )oca-| tlon of the proposed woman's college j at the university at a distance not less' than one mile from the rotunda. The; chair ruled that the bill was beyond the amendable stage, and that a re-' consideration at this time for the pur- j pose of incorporating the amendment was not possible, since the Senate had 1 voted down a motion for rccoristdcra- I tlon of tho vole by which the bill was ordered to its engrossment the day before. Senator Early thereupon served no? tice that ho would see tbut the amend nicht is Incorporated when the bill] reached the House, should the Senate act upon it favorably. This willing? ness on the part of the advocates of the bill to accept an amendment, wii'ch , they vigorously opposed the day be-j fore, was regarded as a diplomatic] concession to the opposition, and as! an indication that every effort was! going to be mndd to gain votes for the measure. To Take Vole at U'elaek. With the prcl'nilnarics disposed of, , the Senators settled comfortably Inj their seats to hear what was expected to bo ti long and heated debate; Sen- I ator nisdn gained the floor and began 1 his argument tor the enactment of the j bill into law. but stopped at the end 1 of a minute to permit a question by j Senator Fletcher. I "Will your side agrc-- to close the! debate at o'clock, and to divide the j time between now and then equally?" asked the Senator from Fuuquler. Senator Hlson replied that ho did not know how ninny speakers on hist / !.!?? d-sired to discuss the question | and could not therefore agree to Hint j the debate or to .1 division of tin ' time. The best plan, hp thought, wus j to permit every one to speak whoj wanted to, and to t?k? the vole a j 11.mi of the debate. "Will the Senator, then, yield for : motion?"' asked Senator Fletcher, With] a reply in the affirmative. Sena to. I Fletcher then moved that debate end at | _> o'clock, and that the Senate at thh I time take a vote Via Hie question. The j motion carried to !?. and both sides; held a short ?. 1 us to determine tin lithe to be glv?n to each of its speak eis. It was I o'clock, and there re? mained one hour for both sides to de? bate the measure, Stoves to l'ns? mil n.?. A hurried consultation held by tb. advocates of the [manure resulted In the conviction that Ihn .Ilm? left ??':;? too short to enable thi'in to present their argument propc'rlyi and Seii.ttoi Bnrly sprung a surprise by offering ; motion t'htfl the hill be passed, by for lb- day. Thirty minutes was too (Continued 011 Klgl?h Pago.) Roosevelt De-lighted With Trip Into En? emy's Country. MAKES PUBLIC HIS PLATFORM In Van of Progressivism, He De? clares for Recall of Judges, Initiative, Referendum, and Popular Election of Sena? tors?Waves "Big Stick" at "Big Business." Roosevelt's Platform "I believe In tbp ?hurt bnllol. ??I believe 1? providing for direct nomiuiit |onN by the people, Includ Irtu therein direct preferential pri? maries for the election of delegate* tu the nutlounl noiutuiitlni; conven? tion*. ??I believe tu the election ?f United .?Mate? Senators by direct vote, ??I believe In th, initiative und referendum, ?hieb mIioiiIiI he lined not to destroy reprcucntiitl* c isov - rrnmcnt, hut to correct it when? ever It becomes mlarcpreaehtatlve, "A* to the ri . nil. I do not helle? e tbnt there Is any Brent necessity for It :i? rcgardn short-term elec? tive oHUth. Then: remains the question of the recall of judges. * ? * I do not liellrve In adapt? ing the recall *n\c n? n last re? sort. Hut cither the recall ?III have to he adopted or else It will bnvc to be made miieh cosier than It now Ik to net rid, not merely of n linil judge, hut of u Judire ?ho, however virtuous, hits grown so out of touch with social Deeds and 'nets that be In until lonper to ren? der c'ioO service on the bench.** ??The (|UKstlon of applying the re. cull In any shape |s of expediency merely. Knob couimunlty ha* a rltilit to try the experiment for It? self In whatever .-hope it pleases. "We prnnrcsslvos believe that the people bn?e the rlcht, the power, rind Ihe duty to protect themselves timl their own welfare: thnt hu? man rlisht* are nwrremc i'Vfr all oilier rlchlK, tnnt wealth shoulil lie the servant, not the muster of the people. "The antitrust law does ?timl In so far as It can lie Invoked ngalnnt combinations whleb are really inn. nnpollcs or ?hieb restrict produc? tion or which artificially raise prices. Hut In so far as Its mirk Initv are uncertain or as It threat? ens ?-orporatloii? which have not heen guilty of nutlsoelnl conduct It does hnrni. ??All business Into which the ele? ment of monopoly In nny way or degree enters, und where It prove* iii prnellce Impossible totally to ellmlniife thin element of monopoly, should he carefully Riipervlsetl, regulated and contrnlleil hy gov? ernment authority.*' Cleveland, Ohio, February 21.?"My hut is In the ring." Tills is what Theodore Kooscvc't said here to-nlnUt when utl uillnlrlnic Cleve, land friend sought to lenrti whether he was n eaudidu'.e for the Itepuhlicnu iinniiiiiitloii for the presidency. Hurl nit the brief stay of ltonaevc.lt In Cleveland, W. V. Blrlck, well known locally in polities, Rreefed the former President, whom he knows well. .."I want a direct answer, Cn'oncl." said Mr. Ctrlok. "All your friends want to know und wont to know now, whe? ther you nrc to be u candidate?" "My hot is la the rtnn:" replied Col ncl Itoosevelt. "You win hove my nti* swer Monday.-' ?'leased by Ileeeptlou. Cleveland, Ohio. February 31.?Belief in the political doctrines of the "pro gl'CSSlves" was reiterated to-day by Theodore Roosevelt*, who made four speeches in Ohio, ft was his lirst trip ol tho. kind since the series of journeys shortly after his return from Africa in 1910. A mixture of -now and rain fell steadily until nearly nightfall, out the Colonel was welconied by crowds wherever he went. On the trnln be twecn Columbus and Cleveland, late to? day, lie conferred at length with a number <>f politicians leading tho Itoosevelt movement in this state. Till train was- over an hour and a half late In arriving, and a stop of bat fifteen*' minute.', was made, the Colonel then proceeding on his way to New York. , Colonel Itbose.t It delivered his prin? cipal address before the iHtate Constl lillloiiiil Convention at Columhu-. Ilerr to-night he ?.i>- nskod what he thought of his recoptloii in Ohio. " I tally, by! lieorgo!" was the" reply. Addressing the Constitutional C6n.-;| venllon, the Colonel several times turned aside from hla pr.-pared speech Ions enough for an epigram two. Whin he came to the subject of con? trol of corporations, hi said: "Rig bus? iness always shudders slightly when I ?-peak of it " As lip hoarded tin- trrilh at Colitnihiis Colonel Roosevelt almost bumped into Governor Harmon, who was coming hack home from a trip Into Kentucky. In Ihe handshakt which followed, Col liliel Hoosev ill's ''dollghted" and a Joe-: ular remark hy .the Governor in the. Colonel's invasion of his State, IherAj whs no rcmlndet "f the antagonism' which developed between Uvj men <lt'f Ing the i!'!" ciicpalgn in Ohle, when; Colonel Roosevelt made a severe per? sonal attafck upon the Oovornor. Governor Wilson, of N'.-w .lot-Key, passi d through Columbus to-day on his way to St. Louis. He.'saw'neither Col? onel liooseveli nor governor Ilarniop. Ills t'olumhliN Address. Columbus, O., Ffbruary 21.?--?'?Rig business.'! the Jltm-sy of the A inert.?an people for self-government.- Ihe rc--.il (.Cotititiu; d on lOigluii I'age.) Flames Wipe Out at Least $7,000,000 Worth of Property. THOUSAND PEOPLE MADE HOMELESS More Than 200 Buildings Laid in Ashes, While Fierce Gale Rages and Renders Futile Efforts of Firemen?Busi? ness Section of City Saved. limit ton, Tc.\? February 21.?In the 1 wake of the most dostruct'vo lire 111 | the history of Houston, smouldering wreckage to-ntghl covers an area about one and a half miles in length, nnd varying in width from 200 yards to half a mile in the northeastern sec? tion of the city. More than a dosen of the city's most Important industrial enterprises are in ruins. 200 or more dwelling houses and store buildings arc in ashes, and approximately 1,000 persons arc homeless. The most con? servative estimate of the monetary loss Is that it will reach ul least 000,000. Tho Insurance curried will not excaed 40 per cent. No casualties attenucd the fire. Breaking forth without warning In an unieiiunled r.ooiniug house, known locally as the "Mud House,'' shortly alter I o'clock this morning, while a tierce gale was , raging, the Haines made rapid headway. Leaping from their place ot origin the Humes pounced upon adjoining structures, and trom them swept toward the soulneust, generally making clean and desolate their routes, but occasionally sparing a structure, sometimes a mere shanty and again a place of pretenMon. Four hours later the area of destruction had been de? fined, but the work ot th.-. fire-lighters was not then ended, nor Is It ended yet, for all over the charred and blackened district arc piles ot debris, the consuming of which is a slow pro? cess. * Idnc of Destruction Ends. Buffalo Bayou divides the city, run? ning east and west, and it was not until the conflagration had readied Its banks that the slightest headway could be made toward checking it. Kx cept for an occasional dip across the stream the line of destruction ended here. In the early morning hours the- gait continued fiercely, and at times burled cloud* of burning shingles und tin great distances, and threatened among others the plants of the Texas Com? pany and the Houston Hacking Com? pany. Th? latter was damaged con? siderably. Within half an hour ft or the fin broke out a great area of small real- ! deuce* was in (lames. It spread rapidly to manufacturing j plants that bordered on cottages an-, boarding houses where hundreds tvorklhgmen reside. Confine ElfartM 10 Warning. The lire spread so rapidly that tire- I men for the time abandoned attempt: to cheek the dames, Instead devotltw their energies to warning household el's. Possible loss of life was thus averted. At tho big manufacturing plants an-' cotton compresses city firemen and volunteers had organized to tight the ohrushing flame's. Walls and roofs of the plants were 1 water soaked. This water was licked tip In the flash of an eye by the ad? vance guard of sparks, however, and when .the great columns of flam 98 reached the factories they succumbed as easily and with less resistance than j rows of the cottages. I An hour arter the flames began their irresistible advonce tin- firemen or- j [ganiscd for n tlnal stand at 'Buffalo bayou. Every piece of flre-flghtlng hp- 1 parniu's was stationed along the banks of this stream, which, if passed by Ihe tire, meant the destruction ,.( the entire city. As tin- advancing columns of Urn began to hiss toward the bayou banks hundreds of streams of water were hurled into them, .-becking little be? little, iheir progress. At some ,,f ||,c narrower portions of the stream the Humes leaped across, but the more substantial buildings they re i \;?,\ r||d not afford the tlnder-IIke fm.j her,-, tofore encountered. The tire was crecked. * j So < BNiinltlcM Itrporled. Thousand.-; of persons wen- driven from their homes, tn the cold of the norther thev suffered slightly from exposure. Belief work was Immedi? ately s.-i under way. however, and food S.nd i lolhlng provided f..r nie refugees. Many persons w i-i- hurt | during the fire, but so far .<:< ran ho j determined there were no casualties. , The burned area is ai b-a.-i a mile and a half long, nt points a quarter "f ; a uilb wide and embraced long rows | ? if cottages and s-olid sti eels of. manufacturing plants. It was swept j CloAn by the flames. Nothing was j .-av.-.l. Some, thrifty cottagers end boanling-bousek-' pers set Ihelr f iir- j niture on tho sidewalks before the flames reached their homes, put ns scon as the lire came the piled-lip be iohglngs went the way of (be de? stroy eel homes. fin.- of the first of ihe more pretfint)^ ous buildings attacked wn? the brick .'?tar and Crescent Hotel. Occupants had been whrhctl of the oncoming Names and all escaped without Injury. HonrliiR Flomen tilvr Warning. The roar Of the llu'ltli gave Want? ing of their coining- Hundreds of per irons, giving no heed of their night at? tire, rushed from their homes as they heard the road of the Uro. Women car? rying babies, women tit whose skirts; small children clung- glthrired in bonu s' of nearby neighbors for refuge, only loj be driven out a i'?w nl ml I es later by Ibv further progress of ib.- tire. Fire men orgn.nl7.ed leaders among the men of the burned area, find these, ninrsnnl ing the refugee*;, lew t'f.ni to the rear of the flames nnd out of danger. Homes (Continued on Eighth Page,), BLIZZARD RAGES IN WEST huh.lint; .Sninv Sturm ?? Driven by llcnvy Gale. Chicago. February 21.?,\ blinding "now sturm. backed by a tifty-m'ic an hour gale, swooped down on the Middle West to-day, id...kid traffic. ' rippled wire communication, and to? night swept caetwtirtl in the dlr?<S iloii "f Northern Ohio, Pennsylvania ami New York. The temperature rang*' ed between 20 and ^1 degrees, hut .10 grent suffering was reported. The storm reached Its greatest inten? sity in Chicago and Northern and Cen? tral Illinois, although K?stern Iowa and .Missouri. Southern Wisconsin and: Michigan and Northern Indiana felt the blizzard to considerable extent. A. \ number of passenger trains have been' snowbound In various parts of the West. Worst In tears. Detroit, Mich.. Fub'ruury 21.?Tho worst, blizzard experienced in Michigan ] in years was responsible id-day tor the death of at least OJtO pCTSplI and the Injury of possibly twenty-live, oth ? r.< as ihe result of collisions between Haina or street ears due to blinding litfpw. Steam ami electric railroad t tathe Is paralysed. Several iiaiiu are buried in snowdrifts. Mac Dwellings lllutrn Over. Blucflcld. \V. Va? February 21.?Nine dwellings were blown over and wrecks <-d l>y a violent wind storm at North fork, W. Va., ld-iilght tit '.i o'clock. The wreckage took lire and burned Col? li 11 hour. Several people are reported missing and a woman and child were severely burned. Norlhfork Is In the I section devastated by tho great KUt? h?rn Hood In 1901. wind Does Heavy Damage. I Meridian. Miss . February 21.?A de-] I strtlctiVQ wind siorni swept over this, district last ilia-lit. destroying thou* I sands of dollars worth of property, killing herds of cattle and demolish I llig homes In the surrounding country. ! Telegraph wires wert prostrated, com? munication not being restored till this afternoon. ISev. T. Carroll was seriously injured When his home at Klondyke, ten miles north of Meridian, was destroyed. A dozen other residences at that place were blown down. At Bailey six houses and four barns were destroyed. At Ant loch a church Wits scattered In every- direction, arid two houses blown down. The store and home of D. J. 1 Stiii-.;.?11. twenty miles north of Me? ridian, teere destroyed. ! At liodgn a lumber mill and several llOUSCa Were wrecked. I HOT REPLY FROM BRISTOW , Sei r lor Determined Stephen-ion Cnsc .-hull lie Aired Fully. Washington, February 2l.r?The Luri iher and Stephcnson election cases 00 cupicd the entire time of the Schate [to-day. Senator llcyburn, who wrote ! the majority report of the Investi? gating- committee, which exonerated s. iiator ritcphenson of having been elected by bribery and corruption In the Wisconsin primary, drew a hot reply from Senator Brlatow, of K-ans.is, w hen ho announced that ho Intended 1.1 press the ?tc'phcnson case for con? tinuous consideration until It was JU posed of. "The Senator may think he can drive Oils tiling- along," retorted Senator Brlslow, with sunn, feeling, "but he will Und he is mistaken. There may? be reasons why he does not want the details of this cane exposed, but they win be presented." Senator Hcyburu did not reply, but did not object when tin- reading of the Stephcnson report was disposed of. Senator Ijorlmor's ease enme up dur? ing a discussion, and Senator Craw? ford wanted to know when the Senate might expect a report. Senator Pil 1 lingnant. chairman of the special com? mittee which has heard the second '11 v.-situation of tin- charges against the Illinois Senator, replied ho could prom? ise no early report, but added that the cominlttoi had ho intention to de? lay it:; work. ??We must get. at this soon If w? expect to It 11 is.It It In the ordinary life? time of a Senator," remarked Mr. Craw 1 ford. "The best wish I can express for Senators," replied Mr. Dllllngham, "Is that they may live until we get through." ALL IS SERENE NOW liny and llnliN?n Shake Hands While House Cheers. j Washington; February 21.?Itepre seutatlve Uobsoti, of Alabama, proclpl ! la ted a lively del.at.- In the House to? day when he Introduced a resolution providing lor an Investigation of the attack upon him by Representative Hay, who had charged liiui with hav? ing acted In 11 "cowardly manner" in Inserting in the records remark's de? rogatory to I In)*, which had not been made before the House. The debate threatened to develop personalities! but It llnally was smooth? ed over by Iteprosontatlvo Hay, who exptajned that "tinder the stress and strain" of tho moment on Saturday he had used the word "cowardly" In referring to Hoi.son, but that he re-, fused to permit it t" In: placed In the record. He said he regretted the inci? dent. "That is all I ask.'' said Mr. Hohson. ? | ask leave to withdraw the resolu? tion." The Alabama ReproSotitullvo then walked acioss tin chamber and sho >k the band of Mr. I lay. While the House, cheered. "f PERISH IN FLAMES Mother HelllrUK Heine and Finds Chil? li re a llenil. Tfiunti.n. Mass., Fobruary 21.?Mr*. Peter Fiirtudo left her home for a few 1 minutes to-day. and returned to tin.] two of her children burned to dc.ith and u thlvd wrltb.ini' in agony on tho floor, so t-crlotisly Injured thnt he may 11.? r.ver. The dend clilldn n?Wal ter. nged three months, and George^ s. v. tit. en month -were tisleep when tin- mother i.ft ib.- house. An older boy. Francis, aged four years, ob? tained matches and "while playing with them accidentally set tire to tho mat ti.ss on which his brothers were, ic? ing. The news i.f the accident Uo ,'..ked the father that he was uneoii gelotts lor hours. WRECK AS MEMORIAL ( lt.. or Tnmpii Wants Hull 01' Maine for I'nrk. Tampa. Fla.. February 21.-That tho wreck of the battleship Main... recently i'lllscd fi-om Havana harbor, be turned jv.-i- io tin- city of Tampa t.. 1..- u-?od us n monument In n government part on Grassy i-lanl. I till shore BiVj 1-j the rcfinesi whlcli the local Board of Trade will make of to. War l-<p.trtm-..-nt inioXigh Chairman s. M. Sparkman, of tin- Rivers and Harbors Committee of Congress. - Plans'.havova!roady been formulated to provide the pfu'k 0:1 which it I? proposed to locate the hulk. House fas-.es Chemical Ulli. Washington. February "I. -Support - ..I by . very Uemocrnt -n tho'House bui opposed by the InsiiVgenl and r-.. Ular Republicans, the lions.- tn-ditv passed tho Underwood chemical tariff ?bin by a vol.- of US to 1:7. The |r.. Biirgents opposed the measure on trie ground that it was .1 revision upward instcuii of downward. IS DESTRUCTIVE OF HOME RULE White Utters Solemn Appeal to Members' Consciences. DEBATE IS NOT YET CONCLUDED Vote Will Be Reached To-Day, Many Members Speak?Meas? ure Does Not Conform to Petitions, Says Montague, and Is Unfair?Many Converts Made. White's Stirring Appeal '?I beg the member* of fbc House ?if Delegates of Virginia, when they enst their votes on the .lorilau hill, to consider their eba?Mencen nnd llictr nnths. nnil not brush nslrte the Constitution nnil the statutes of this Commonwealth. Such efforts hove always been the beginning of the downfall of free nnd llbcrty-lovlng people."". "I know whereof I spenk. I can prove to no? court thnt tills -lordnn bill would destroy representative government ns laid iio? In our Constitution. The liquor question pale* Into tnslgniflcnnce beside this attempt to court destruction of the principles on which our government Is founded, '?Every pure democracy on enrth has none down to destruction. Whenever the law-making power [ hnn been vested In the people, they have become It howllug mob. The j people of Virginia nre not supreme, I beenuse hy tbclr own netlon they j have written Into the constitution n itrlcgntlnn of their stntute-iunk j lue powers. The hend of flic camel Is thin liny protruding In the tent.** ! Ilewnre thnt you ndmlt him. "Trent thc -lordfln hill n-? It stnnrts ns yon would nn lnvnslon of your ] I dnmesfte life. I churfte yon nguln, by yo?ir oaths nnd by your lovr for your State, trrnt It ns you would nn Invasion nf your oira home nnil fireside." With words which burned .their way Into the minds and consciences of hl^ hearers, Hugh A. White, of Rockbridge, made his second speech yesttrday against the Jordan prohibition cn 1 ahllug bill. Tlic silence which brooded [over the hall of the House of Dele? gate*, crowded as II was. showed Iii? elo.-e attention with which he waa heard. The frequent Interruptions demonstrated the inroads ho was making upon the Judgment, If not upon the votes, of his hear?rs. .Many a man In the House now says freely to his friends; "I am satisfied that the bill Is unconstitutional and dangerous. 1 wish I could vote against it, but I am afraid to do so." Mr. White, a lifelong temperance man. who ha.s always voted against the saloon, and who has- a record in this respect of ivhlch he challenged criticism, en? deavored to induce them tp vote as their judgment would dictate, regard? less of the possible effect on their own political fortunes. May Amend Measure; The outcom,. is doubtful. There Is still a strong possibility of the adop? tion of the White amendments, which would make the election on the subject of prohibition, if called and held,'mere? ly advisory to the next General As? semble. Put the organization of the Anti-Saloon League Is compact and well guarded, and has Invoked tele? grams and letters from tho peoplJ ?'back home," who, while not; it seems, understanding the bill, urge Us pas It had been expected that debate would close v sterd ly af tern ion. andfi that a vole would be taken. Hut SO many persons desired to speak that, argument was not nearly concluded. In view of the caucus which had been called for S o'clock, adjournment was had at 6:13, bul this was not desired by the I-.ob i s on either ??'.de. Mr. Jor? dan and Mr. Oliver united In voting "No." bill there was a clear majority In sound for those who desired to ad jotnn. and Acting Speaker I far wood so riilcd; Throughout lite entire legislative ilny debate was wig-d. There wer- many speakers, and passion and argunn :it was nilngb ill The galleries wi re pai ked. Hearing In Senate. In to- Senat- t'e. same matter will come up next Monday itlg'.it. when list Commit!.>n Privileges and Kl<vtlons Will have a public In aring on a replica of the Ionian bill. rjenideu this, the Senate adopted x resolution offered h> Senator Kolke?, to the effect that its dork shall col i and have printed that portion of the debates of the Constitutional Con? vention in reference to referring to tin- people the vote on liquor ques? tions. Hut during; the House discussion, a large part of Senator l-'olkea's thunder was stolen. Copious extracts from th'a debates were read and < ?eumenled up? on, to show that body decided not to ylyc tin? Legislature th ?. right to adopt a liquor referendum as applied to ihe* entire f.tiuie. upon Hi-a rcprescntattqri of J?dgu Walter a. Watson that it would' destroy th-s right of the. com muni ties to regulate their or.-n affairs. Evidently .the purpose of'the Koikes resolut Ions was foreseen by some Sen? ators, for there was opposition to th.y proposition, led. by senator Walker; it was adapted by a vo'e of to JO, and ? Is claimed that tint, is Indicative of the rrsult should Ihe enabling-? Mil come to a vote In tll?l hod;.. Debute In the Iloiu?. It stem.'. n-Hl .hardly end until some lime during th-* afternoon jcfcaion of io-?<.y. i,dv. I? I??